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OHSAA Celebration of Officiating to Honor 70 Officials - Ryan Thompson to be Honored

Annual banquet will enshrine new class of hall of fame inductees, award officials of the year in each sport and recognize officials with 50 years of service

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen individuals will be enshrined in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame and 21 individuals will be honored as the OHSAA Official of the Year in their respective sport during the OHSAA’s annual Celebration of Officiating banquet this summer.

Additionally, the OHSAA will recognize 34 individuals who have dedicated 50 years of service as state-certified officials in Ohio.

The banquet is set for June 22 at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus.

The 15 Hall of Fame inductees are being honored for outstanding officiating careers and significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio. More information on the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Officiating/HOF.

 

The officials of the year are selected through a process that includes OHSAA staff, OHSAA Directors of Officiating Development and local officials associations.

“Each of these individuals has dedicated themselves to the service of officiating and set the standard for excellence within their sports,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Director of Officiating and a member himself of the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame. “We appreciate the commitment of all of our officials and congratulate the hall of fame inductees on their distinguished careers.”

Included in 2023-24 Officials of the Year is:

Baseball: Ryan Thompson, Rockford

 

Snow & Ice statistics for winter season 2023-2024

by Jim Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer

 

Mercer County, 385.7 miles of roads

13 snow plows average 29-30 miles per route (one way)

21 days of snow & ice control in winter of 2023-2024

Total miles driven = 24,137

Salt used – 735.25 tons = $56,896.57

Grit used – 735.25 tons = $7,573.08

            Total material costs during the winter season = $64,469.65

 

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 431 hours

               Overtime hours                       = 712 hours

Total costs for snow & ice during the season = $177,581.99 (Equip., labor, & material)

Average cost for snow & ice control per mile of roadway:

                                                                        2018-2019 season = $758.47/mile          

                                                                        2019-2020 season = $759.97/mile

                                                                        2020-2021 season = $998.72/mile

                                                                        2021-2022 season = $559.94/mile

                                                                        2022-2023 season = $468.48/mile

                                                                        2023-2024 season = $460.41/mile

                                                                       

 

 

Mendon Union Alumni Banquet Planned
by Jim Shaffer

Invitations will be sent out on April 20th for the 128th Annual Mendon-Union H.S. Alumni Banquet to be held Saturday June 1st, 2024 at the Celina American Legion Post 210 starting at 5:00 p.m.  The 50 year class of 1974 will be this year's banquet honoree's, and the 45 year class of 1979 will also be recognized.  Banquet emcee will be Jon Shindollar, Class of 1971.  If you didn't attend last year's banquet, but would like an invitation to this year's banquet, contact Jim Shaffer at 419-795-5511, or Marge Trisel at 419-795-4007.  Other events scheduled for M-U Alumni Weekend June 1-2.  Mendon Fire Dept will be having their Pancake, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy breakfast Saturday morning June 1 from 7:00 a.m. to noon.  Collector car, motorcycle, and truck cruise-in Sat. morning downtown parking lot and adjoing streets from 8:30 a.m. to noon.  On Sunday June 2, we invite you to worship at either of the two churches in town starting at 10:00 a.m.  The Alumni B*B*Q Chicken Dinners, catered by Rockford Carry Out, will be handed out starting at 11:30 until 12:30 at the Community Church Drive thru.  Pre sale Chicken B*B*Q tickets will go on sale starting May 1st, at the Mendon Library.  Cost is $10. each, and includes a ½ chicken, baked beans, roll & butter.  The Mendon Community Church ladies (Willing Helpers) will be selling homemade pieces of pie during the B*B*Q Chicken pickup.  Wrapping up the Alumni Weekend, Buckeye Blend, a barbershop quartet from Columbus who have been performing at events throughout Ohio for the past 20 years, will be at the Mendon First Church of God Sunday evening June 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This is a free event, you don't need to be an M-U Alumni to attend, it is open to the public.  Sponsored by the M-U Alumni Association.  Buckeye Blend mixes comedy with their great blend of voices singing an array of Ohio State football fight songs.  To show your pride for the buckeyes, please wear your favorite Ohio State apparel.  It will be a show you won't want to miss!  

 

Central Insurance Appoints New General Counsel 

Van Wert, OHIO, April 9, 2024 – Central Insurance recently announced Jordan Martell as the new General Counsel for both Central Mutual and All America companies, effective March 11. 

“Jordan possesses the qualities and qualifications that align with Central's vision and values. His understanding of the legal landscape will be invaluable to our organization, further strengthening our commitment to excellence and innovation,” said Evan Purmort, CEO and president. 

Martell comes to Central from Pacific Life, where he served as vice president and associate general counsel. His knowledge and expertise span many areas, including cybersecurity, emerging technology, intellectual property, reinsurance, and corporate risk insurance. 

The Central Mutual Insurance Company was founded in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1876 and has since evolved into Central Insurance, a property and casualty insurance carrier providing premium coverage for hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses across the country. Central Insurance remains based in Van Wert and operates regional offices in Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas, with satellite offices in Columbus and Salt Lake City. Central Insurance has combined assets of more than $2 billion. Central Insurance’s A.M. Best rating is A (Excellent). For more information, please visit centralinsurance.com. 

 

OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital Launches Electronic ICU and Stroke Network, Adding Additional Layers for Safety, Expertise, and Proactive Care

VAN WERT, Ohio – OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital is now a part of the OhioHealth Stroke Network and Electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU), adding additional layers for safety, expertise, and proactive care.

The Stroke Network uses advanced virtual health technology to connect the Van Wert Hospital emergency team with OhioHealth stroke specialists across the hospital system.

This partnership is advantageous for patients who need more intensive medical care. If necessary, they can be transferred to a higher level of care at a comprehensive or primary Stroke center. This collaboration ensures that communities throughout Ohio have direct and full access to advanced technology and critical care therapies.

Electronic ICU is a secondary layer of support for critical care patients which offers remote physician and nursing expertise. The addition of the eICU supplements the current team on the floor and the role of hospitalist and nurse practitioner will not change with this addition.

Physicians who specialize in caring for critically ill patients work in a control center instead of patients' rooms. They coordinate with the physicians and nurses on the floor. The video is a live feed with no recorded information.

The eICU allows for constant observation of a patient's status, using artificial intelligence, video, audio, and vital sign monitors and can pick up on small changes. When that happens, the eICU alerts physicians and nurses on the ICU floor to take corrective action right away.

"This technology provides an extra layer of safety for our patients by adding the ability for our nurses and physicians to consult with an intensivist in central Ohio," said Joy Bischoff, president of OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital. "OhioHealth has used this technology for years to support our care teams, and to enhance safety for our patients."

"Electronic ICU acts as a secondary layer of support, harnessing the clinicians' expertise and technology to help improve critical care patient outcomes across the system," said Evi Zhang, eICU administrative nurse manager. 

"This technology does not replace any onsite physician or nurse," said Kristy Mueller, administrative nurse manager at Van Wert Hospital. "It provides more expertise to the team."

The eICU system uses microphones, video cameras, alarms, and other monitoring tools to observe the patient and send information to the control center. To preserve privacy for the patient and the family, the care team ensures they are aware when the camera will be in use and the equipment has no recording capabilities.

 

Spring planting & open ditch maintenance

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


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


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



OhioHealth Donates to Main Street Van Wert to Fund New Clock

A clock on a pole

Description automatically generatedVAN WERT, Ohio – OhioHealth announced today it has donated $6,000 to Historic Main Street Van Wert to provide the final funding needed to bring the National Bank Clock project to completion. It's a significant part of a major revitalization project to transform downtown Van Wert.

Located on the corner of Main and Washington Streets, the clock is an iconic piece of local history. In 2023, Main Street Van Wert set out to raise $60,000 to fund the clock restoration and now, OhioHealth has helped the non-profit meet that goal.

"I am honored to announce our enthusiastic support and funding for the renovations of the historic clock, symbolizing our commitment to preserving Van Wert's rich heritage," said Joy Bischoff, president of OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital. "This collaboration between OhioHealth and the Van Wert community exemplifies our dedication to both preserving the past and building for the future."

OhioHealth acquired Van Wert Hospital in March of 2023, one year ago, with the goal of becoming integrated into the community.

"We appreciate OhioHealth for closing the gap on the fundraising efforts. We got through the finish line, and we couldn't be more excited," said Mitch Price, director of Main Street Van Wert.

The clock was manufactured by the OB McClintock Clock Company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota which operated from 1917 – 1949. The clock has a detailed design which includes stained glass dials and copper cladding for the body of the clock.

It will serve as a centerpiece with more than 50 buildings slated to be renovated in historic downtown Van Wert which include restaurants, shops, apartments, and offices. In total, the entire project has an estimated price tag of $100 million.

 

Mercer County - Celina Chamber Welcomes Brazuca USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Mercer County - Celina Chamber happy to welcome their newest chamber member Brazuca USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. TMC Brazuca USA, Founded in August 2022, Brazuca USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has provided high-quality BJJ training to students of all ages and skill levels. They are a licensed branch of The Match Champ Team. Their experienced instructors are training to help students reach their full potential and achieve their goals. The mission is to provide a safe and family-based environment for all students to learn and grow. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help individuals develop physical fitness, mental strength, and self-confidence. The academy provides group and private classes suitable for beginners and experts alike and their program focuses on setting a foundation of basic techniques such as correct hand and foot movements, joint locking, and safe falling techniques, which can be expanded and furthered during each new session. The business is located at 7729 US 127, Celina and you can also learn more by calling 419-605-6759 or visiting their website at http://www.tmcbrazucausabjj.com 

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46th Honor Flight From Fort Wayne
 
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is slated for its 46th Honor Flight from Fort Wayne April 24, 2024.  Eighty-Five veterans from the Fort Wayne area are booked and confirmed for the flight.  Included will be, 6 Korean War veterans, 11 Cold War veterans, 67 Vietnam veterans, 1 Lebanon/Grenada veteran.  Included on this flight are 9 Veterans that served their country in more than one war or conflict. As of this date 3,394 veterans have traveled from Fort Wayne to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight.
 
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana thanks all the organizations and individuals who, through their donations at local events and fund-raising events have made it possible to give our Veterans a day of remembrance and honor for their service.  The visits to all the memorials built in their honor, make this a wonderful day for the men and women who deserve our respect and honor!
 
A Welcome Home celebration is scheduled at the Fort Wayne International Airport for 9 PM.  Please plan to arrive by 8:00 pm and park in the Long-Term Parking Lot.
 
Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, and the entire Honor Flight Team are excited to honor this group of veterans on our First flight for 2024.  "We are so thankful for the community support of Honor Flight so we can Honor our Veterans with their trip to Washington, D.C.  We look forward to having a large crowd at the Fort Wayne International Airport to welcome these Veterans home."
 
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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Honor Flight Northeast Indiana will not provide name and address information regarding the veterans traveling with us.  We appreciate all your efforts to honor veterans and suggest that, if you want to honor veterans from your circulation, request that information in your coverage of the Honor Flight event.


  

 

St. Paul’s Country Church on Sunday

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their Worship Service at 10 AM on Sunday, April 21, 2024. The sermon, titled “Jesus Leads; We Follow” is based on John 10:11-18. Pastor Mike Husted will present the service.

Sunday School starts at 9:00 a.m. for all ages. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible-based lessons and children’s activities plus snacks are included. The Chosen is at 8:45 on Wednesdays with Bible Study following at 10 AM (Book of John).  Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


April 7-15, 2024
 

Road Closures (early-mid April 2024)

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is issuing a reminder to all drivers, that during the construction season and also at other times throughout the year, there are various temporary road closures in the county to allow our crews to do the repair/maintenance work required to keep our roads in good driving condition.  These roads may be closed intermittently on our normal work days (Monday thru Thursday 7:30 am-4:00 pm) as conditions and work requirements fashion.

The only reason a driver should bypass a “Road Closed” sign is to access a local address in the “closed” road area.  Through travel should always detour away from the road closure.

If local access is necessary and you must access the “closed” road, please use caution and drive slowly to keep yourself and our workers safe.   

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

Rockford EMS is Thankful for recent donation --- extends appreciation to Rockford Cabinet Company LLC


  
Our supply cabinets needed replaced so we reached out to Jason Rollins at Rockford Cabinet Company LLC.
  
Not only did he build us these beautiful cabinets but he made the decision to donate them to us!
  
We truly appreciate Rockford Cabinet Company LLCs support and encourage everyone to check them out for your cabinet needs!

 

Visit St. Paul’s Country Church on Sunday

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their Worship Service at 10 AM on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will be leading the service. His sermon, titled “What Makes Them Different” is based on Acts 3:12-19.

Sunday School starts at 9:00 a.m. for all ages. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible-based lessons and children’s activities plus snacks are included. The Chosen is at 8:45 on Wednesdays with Bible Study following at 10 AM (Book of John).  Women’s Fellowship meets monthly. Join us!


Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to meet

Monday April 15th at 7 P.M, there will be a meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society at the Rockford Village Administration Building.   Harrison (Harry) Frech will do a power-point presentation on Native Americans in the Parkway Area, the tribespeople who hunted, traded, planted and settled along the St. Marys River between Mendon and Willshire.  

He will briefly discuss the evidence of indigenous people in the area in Prehistoric era but will concentrate on the Historic period from the late 17th century until the Native Americans left the area in the 1830s.  Frech has studied the historical records of the local native population, he is not an authority on arrowheads and other artifacts.

 

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable to Meet

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable announces Ike Coate, who is the group’s immediate past president, and now serving as treasurer, as the guest speaker for the evening. He is their most experienced speaker, accepting the role just about once every year.

The topic of Ike's Thursday, April 25, 2024 talk will be "Command Issues of the American Civil War". President Lincoln was the Commander-In-Chief, and as such, was tasked with many of the most vexing issues which had no easy solutions. Without any guidelines or precedents, Lincoln fulfilled his duties in a skillful manner. Ike will explain everything.

Come on out and join the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable on Thursday evening April 25 for a well-thought-out program looking at the confounding issues that piled up on the President's plate.

See you at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina. The meeting will be called to order at 7:15 PM. Public is invited.

 

 

Second fatal traffic crash of 2024

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating Mercer County's second fatal traffic crash of 2024.  Grey advised that Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call at 9:57 PM last evening, April 6, of a crash that occurred in the area of 3416 Rockford West Rd in Dublin Township. 

The investigation revealed that a 2019 black Polaris Turbo UTV driven by 25 year old Dylan R Bigelow of Rockford, Ohio was travelling eastbound on Rockford West Rd when he went off the south side of the roadway and overcorrected, causing him to lose control and travel to the north side of Rockford West Rd.  Bigelow then hit the ditch, causing him to be ejected and the UTV to flip several times, coming to rest in the field north of Rockford West Rd.  Mr. Bigelow was transported from the scene by Rockford Squad 4 to Van Wert Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Rockford EMS and the Rockford Fire Department.

by Jeff Grey, Mercer County Sheriff

 

Mercer DD to Host Autism Resource Fair

CELINA, Ohio —Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Mercer DD) will be hosting an Autism Resource Fair on Monday, April 29th from 3:00-6:00pm at the Mercer DD Gymnasium.

The Autism Resource Fair will be held in conjunction with Autism Acceptance Awareness Month, which is celebrated during the month of April.

“We are very excited to host an Autism Resource Fair,” stated Shawn Thieman, Superintendent of Mercer DD. “Through collaboration with local partners, we are pleased to offer a variety of supports and organizations that are available to those with Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” he continued.

An open house style event will take place with vendors, ranging from the medical field to equestrian therapy. The public is welcomed to come and meet, talk with, and learn about resources available to help individuals on the ASD.

“With April being Autism Acceptance Awareness Month, it’s the best time to learn about who is out there to help. As Autism becomes more and more prevalent, it’s equally important to know how to support our loved ones, friends, or neighbors with Autism,” said Jessica Baltes, Transitions Specialist at Mercer DD and event organizer. “It’s also important to know about Autism, so that we can spread inclusion and allow acceptance of those with Autism,” she continued.

 

 

Evan Purmort Elected as Chairman of Central Insurance

Van Wert, OHIO, March 28, 2024 – Bill Purmort announced he will step down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Insurance, effective April 1. In a meeting held on March 26, the Board unanimously elected Evan Purmort as its new Chairman, effective April 1.       

Bill began his career at Central in 1979 and held multiple positions across the company before becoming CEO, President and Chairman of the Board in 1994. During his tenure as CEO and President, Bill grew Central's premiums from $183 million to $767 million. He committed his career to an unwavering dedication to Central's employees while also ensuring an enduring future for the independent agency system. He also prioritized charitable contributions to foster the growth and well-being of the local Van Wert community, donating both his time and leadership for over 45 years. Bill retired as CEO and President in 2020 but stayed on as Chairman.

"It's impossible to describe Bill's impact on this company and on me personally," said Evan Purmort, Chairman-elect, CEO, President. "Bill measured our success on the degree to which we fulfilled the promise in any given year and on how well we positioned ourselves to do so in the future. He achieved that success year after year because of his commitment to people and culture. This mentality and his service to others will fuel Central for many decades to come. It is with deep honor and responsibility that I embrace the task of advancing and expanding the mission and vision that Bill has so passionately established over his lifetime."

The Central Mutual Insurance Company was founded in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1876 and has since evolved into Central Insurance, a property and casualty insurance carrier providing premium coverage for hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses across the country. Central Insurance remains based in Van Wert and operates regional offices in Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas, with satellite offices in Columbus and Salt Lake City. Central Insurance has combined assets of more than $2 billion. Central Insurance's A.M. Best rating is A (Excellent). For more information, please visit central-insurance.com.   

 

 

The Trauma, Mental Health, Wellness Conference is Coming
by Laura Sanford, OCPS, LSW


The  Trauma, Mental Health, Wellness Conference will be held in Wapakoneta, Ohio on Saturday, May 18, 2024.   Gina Fox is the conference organizer.

This year's focus will be on collective efforts to educate on the correlation between childhood trauma and mental health, promote well-being, prevent illnesses, increase resiliency, and foster recovery. Topics will highlight lived experiences, mentorship, neuroscience and biology, and resources and modalities, centering around community and social determinants of mental health - all ages - with a focus on collective community efforts.

There will be contact hours available for school professionals (they will need to turn in their certificate of completion to the Department of Education to receive the 6 credits). There will also be 6 CEUs being offered for: NASW approval for Social Workers and Marriage Family Therapist, Department of Education approval for Education Providers, Pastors/Layperson, Certified Coaches. 

Pricing and registration can be found here: www.wearethevoice.org

Vendors and Sponsorships are also available, specifically for those who offer trauma recovery services.

 

 

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Parkway High School
Third quarter 2023-2024 School Year Honor Roll
by Lisa Miller, High School Secretary

 

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Breanna Berry, Devon Crouch, Meg Henkle, Ashley Jackson, Addysin Leighner, Madison Louth, Samara McDonald, Audrey Nichols, Trent Rollins, Tyler Rowen, Sarah Sheppard, Francesca Steinbrunner, Paige Stephenson, Woodrow Tinkham, Paige Williamson 

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Ben Bates, Ruby Bennett, Alexis Berry, Morgan Bollenbacher, Olivia Dicke, Logan Green, Harli Grunden, Emma Prichard, Abigail Sheets, Apollo Thomas, Kathryn Trisel

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Caiden Berry, Aaron Hipply, Justin Parsons, Casey Popp, Ellie Prichard, Fletcher Smith, Avery White, Jacob Winget

 

 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Shay Boroff, Brayden Bruns, Gabriel Cross, Gaven Garwood, Evan Kimmel, Scarlett Laux, Adria Miller, Ashton Minnich, Alexavier Samples, Cora Schumm

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Amanda Barrett, Cali Bollenbacher, Lillian Carpenter, Braedn Conn, Noah Connolly, Jersie Evans, Zoey Henning, Creeden Knittle, Collin Langenkamp, Kaitlyn Rager, Matthew Roberts, Madison Williams, Elizabeth Winget

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Kylie Barker, Anna Bell, Matthias Byer, Brynlea Houser, Grace Pontsler, Alayna Reigle, Zachary Rogers, Briann Scudder, Wyatt Seals, Melanie Severt, Helana Sinning, Trevor Stearns, Isabella Thornsberry, Ethan Tuttle, Derick Vann 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Brittyn Bruns, Hayden Castleman, Lola Dailey, Trevor Heitkamp, Natalie Moeller, Taylor Muhlenkamp, Nathaniel Stolly, Emmery Temple, Lucian Winters

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Carlee Barna, Meagan Boroff, Olivia Clifford, Payton Frese, Mackenzie Hoover, Carson Kirby, Rylan Lyons, Josiah Neff, Haley Perry, Ethan Pond, Jordyn Schaefer, Abbagail Shinn, Gabryelle Sill, Kyndra Thornsberry, Christina Tong, Kendra Zimmerman

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Lennox Boroff, Miley Crouch, Addison Fisher, Kaleb Gilliland, Parker Lyons, Russell McDonald, Taylor Minnich, Megan Nichols, Ella Putman, Zavier Rissner, Eli Schumm, Analicia Velez, John Yoder, Kylie Zimmerman

 

 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Charles Bennett, Freya Blount, Lillian Hays, Megan Hughes, Madelyn Stover

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Mason Ackley, Luke Booher, Rhen Carpenter, Aisley Everett, Kara Fullenkamp, Wyatt Pancake, Magdalene Rich, Lexie Sites, Samuel Tickle, Jacoby Triplett, Jaden Wenning, Grace Winget, Tobin Winters, Isabell Young

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Kate Anderson, Morgan Bentz, Dylan Bollenbacher, Sasha Buckner, Bethany Denney, Piper Eguia, Morgan Louth, Taylor Nusbaum, Jaymie Quickstad, Brody Reigle, Gwyneth Ridenour, Tyler Rutledge, Luke Sheets, Robert Shirk, Arwen Williams

 

 

 

 

Lisa Miller | HS Secretary


April 1-6, 2024
 

 

The Parkway Board of Education Meeting for April has been changed to Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm in the community room.

 

Mock Crash Cancelled
Celina, OH - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announces the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled the mock crash program scheduled for Wednesday April 3, 2024 due to the inclement weather. 

While it’s unfortunate we have to cancel, our priority is the safety of the students and the numerous volunteers that it requires to hold the program. We want to thank everyone that was scheduled to take part and thank all Mercer County School districts for your continued support of this program.

The mock crash program aims at portraying the harmful consequences of drinking and driving, distracted driving, and the importance of wearing seat belts. As we go into prom and graduation season, please drive responsibly to protect yourself and others on the roadways.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mercer County’s 9-1-1 Administrator Rachel Williams at 419-586-7724.

Reservations Open for "Gladys in Wonderland”

Reservations open Monday, April 1st for members and Wednesday, April 3rd to the public for Off Stage Productions' next dinner theatre show "Gladys in Wonderland", a two-act comedy written by Rosemary Frisino Toohey.  Show dates are April 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27 & 28, 2024. Saturday and Sunday performances will be dinner theatre shows.  For Saturday performances, doors open at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM and show at 7:30 PM.  For Sunday matinee performances, doors will open at 12:30 PM, dinner at 1:00 PM and show at 2:00 PM.  Rockford Carry Out and Catering will once again provide the buffet meals, and cost of dinner and show will be $30. 

For both Friday performances we will again be doing "Popcorn Night" with no dinner included, but popcorn will be included with the cost of the show.  Water and pop will also be available for purchase.  Doors open for the Friday performances at 7:00 PM and show at 7:30 PM. Cost for the "Popcorn Night" performances will be $16 

Performances will again be held in the Commons at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin Street, Van Wert, Ohio.  Enter door 13 off the back parking lot where plenty of parking is available. 

Call the box office number 419-605-6708 to reserve your tables or seats!         Box office hours:  Monday through Saturday – Noon until 6:00 PM, no Sunday calls please.

Mercer Health recognized as Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital in the Nation, Only Top 20 Hospital in Ohio

Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). The NRHA ranking is based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and finance.

Over 800 hospitals in the United States are included in the rural and community hospitals category and the top 20 represent the top 2.5% of hospitals in the country. Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital is the only hospital in Ohio on the list. 

Mercer Health has been identified as a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital six times since the inception of the performance index in 2016, including the inception year of 2016 and again in 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023 and 2024. 

Lisa Klenke, Mercer Health’s CEO, shares, “I am so proud of our Mercer Health family.  Each day our team is committed to achieving the very best outcomes for our patients and community. The recognition is appreciated, yet even more valued is the dedication of our healthcare team, medical staff, volunteers and other members of our local healthcare community. They carry out our mission and demonstrate the expertise and compassion that has resulted in our achieving this level of excellence.”

In a letter to the Mercer Health team, Klenke further expresses her heartfelt appreciation, “This incredible achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of each and every one of you. Your unwavering dedication to providing exceptional care, innovative solutions, and compassionate service has not gone unnoticed.  This recognition reflects the outstanding efforts and contributions of our entire team, from frontline providers and staff, to support personnel and leadership. Being named a Top 20 Hospital is a tremendous honor, but it comes with a responsibility to continue striving for excellence in everything we do. Thank you for your exceptional work, your passion for serving others, and your commitment to making Mercer Health a beacon of hope and healing in our community.”

An official recognition by the National Rural Healthcare Association will take place at its annual rural health conference in May.

 

 

4-H Camp Palmer All Camp Clean Up April 6
by Billie Goodson

To open and prepare the grounds at 4-H Camp Palmer, we need volunteer help. Does your club or organization need a service project? An adult must accompany youth ages 8-15 years of age. Please be prepared to bring your own rakes, and work gloves.

The clean-up morning is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Please check in at the covered bridge entrance for work assignments.

Some of our main projects will include leaf raking, picking up sticks, mulching trails,    and removing pool cover at 10:00 a.m.  

The camp is located at 26450 County Road MN, Fayette, Ohio right next to Harrison Lake State Park. For more information about the cleanup call Bill Goodson at 419-237-2247 or goodson.34@osu.edu

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies Meet
by Delaney Sawmiller, reporter

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies had their second meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The Cloverbuds met at 6:30 pm and at around 7:00 pm, members were called to order by President Breanna Pohlman. Then, the pledges were led by Kinsey Dearing. Secretary Ella Wilson's question for roll call was, "What is your favorite food?" 

The secretary, treasurer, and community service officer all shared their reports.

4-H members and their families participated in the annual trash pick-up the weekend of March 23 by taking maps and reflective vests, (for safety while alongside the road.) Trash was then picked up on roads in Van Wert county in an effort to help clean up the community and raise funds for the Venedocia Lads and Lassies 4-H club. 

President Breanna Pohlman read aloud the Club Constitution and Club By-Laws as all members attending the meeting followed along. The club reviewed and discussed the articles and sections; some changes in them were made. These changes were discussed and then voted on. Reports and demonstrations were then presented to the club. Addy Bockey did a health report on "Sleep," Claire Geier did a health report on "Exercise," and the final health report was done by Meah Osting on "Drinking Water." All the health reports presented that night explained why doing enough of these things is important and beneficial to living a healthy and happy life. Next, Lydia Stant demonstrated what a balanced meal is by showing the group an illustration of her plate and what different food groups were represented. Tara Radabaugh wrapped up the reports and demonstrations by explaining the different types of pig viruses.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 25, with Cloverbuds starting at 6:30 pm and 4-H at 7 pm. 

 

 

New Horizon Church in Rockford Plans Solar Eclipse Party
by Ken Meyer
Gather with New Horizon Church on Eclipse Day, Monday, April 8, 2024 at 12 noon to marvel at God's creation, the total solar eclipse. Rockford Carry Out food trailer will be there with food to purchase. Scheduled children's and students' activities will be fun. Bring your own solar eclipse protection and lawn chairs. Plenty of parking! Plenty of fellowship!

St. Paul’s Country Church Invites You to Hear Pastor Ken Meyer

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their Worship Service at 10 AM on Sunday, April 7, 2024. Guest Pastor Ken Meyer from New Horizon Church in Rockford will be leading the service. His sermon, titled “How to Love Like Jesus” is based on Roman’s 12:9-21.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Bible study and The Chosen are available on Wednesdays. Women’s Fellowship meets monthly. Join us!

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


March 23-31, 2024
 

HAPPY EASTER!

Norm VanTilburg --- Recognized for 25 Years of Service
by Lisa Kuhn



 

Mayor Ron Searight - presented a proclamation to Norm VanTilburg for his 25 Years of service as Shanes Crossing Historical Society President. Norm is stepping down.

The Proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, we are here today to express special recognition to
Norm VanTilburg and to honor him for his 25 years of distinguished service as
President of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society; and

WHEREAS, Norm and his wife Deanne are charter members since March of 1995, which was the beginning of the Historical Society, each have contributed to the society in their own way, and as a couple together that have been united in marriage for 62 years; and

WHEREAS, Norm through his leadership,  helped secure the purchase of the Rockford Lumber office for the museum, was a part of the removal and rebuilding of the log cabin at the Shanes Park, and he has overseen museum growth to where it is looking to expand; and

WHEREAS, Norm will be missed for his desire to promote the historical facts of the Rockford area.  As he has been a friend to so many people, and has displayed the highest example of character, ethics, morals and unselfish service to this community and beyond, as he has been a teacher, coach, principle, but even more a leader; and

WHEREAS, on behalf of the entire Village, I want to express my sincere appreciation to Norm VanTilburg for his dedication to the Rockford Community and wish him much happiness as he begins this new chapter in his life.
PROCLAIMED this 18th day of March 2024.

Mike Schumm’s Tribute to Norm VanTilburg



Norm VanTilburg was recognized at a recent historical society meeting for his 25 years of service as the President of Shanes Crossing Historical Society.    Norm has retired and handed leadership over to Mike Schumm.  
 

Mike wrote a tribute to Norm -  
SALUTE TO NORM VANTILBURG
           3/18/2024
FOR 25 YEARS THE PRESIDENT WAS HE,
OF ROCKFORD’S SHANES CROSSING HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

HIS COMMITMENT TO HISTORY WAS HIS MAIN QUEST,
BUT HIS SHARING THAT KNOWLEDGE IS WHAT MADE HIM BEST.

HIS PASSION TO PRESERVE THE THINGS OF THE PAST,
SO MEMORIES NE’ER BE FORGOTTEN AND FOREVER WILL LAST.

NORM HAS BEEN A FIXTURE AT THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM,
WHERE HISTORIANS AND STUDENTS CAME EAGER TO SEE HIM.

PEOPLE LIKE NORM ARE UNIQUE AND RARE,
WHEN YOU MEET HIM YOU KNOW HE REALLY DOES CARE.

A GREAT LISTENER, THE BEST TEACHER THIS MESSAGE I SEND,
TO A MAN WHO I CALL BOTH MENTOR AND DEAR FRIEND.

AN EDUCATOR, A PRINCIPAL, AND EVEN A COACH,
HIS CHARACTER AND INFLUENCE ARE BEYOND REPROACH.

WE SAY ‘THANK YOU NORM’  - WE SAY IT WITH GLEE,
SO YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR WIFE DEE.

WE WISH YOU ‘THE BEST’ - THE BEST YOU DESERVE,
AS WE ENJOY THE HISTORY THAT YOU DID PRESERVE.

WE HOPE YOU HANG AROUND TO MAKE US THE WISER,
AS ULTIMATE GUIDE AND HISTORICAL ADVISOR.

TO CONCLUDE THIS POEM, THESE WORDS WE DO SEND,
‘GOOD LUCK’ AND ‘GOD BLESS’  TO A LEGEND AND FRIEND.

 

Rockford Area Churches Plan a Service on Good Friday

The Rockford Area Churches plan to meet on Good Friday for a Community Good Friday Service @7pm. It will be held at the Rockford Community Building this year. Please bring some Non Perishable food items to help restock the local Food Pantry here in Rockford. Specific items needed for the pantry are: CANNED MEATS, PROTEIN ITEMS LIKE NUTS, PEANUT BUTTER, PROTEIN BARS, or other canned or boxed items.  The Offering will be received to help support the Parkway Ministerial Association Fund. This fund is available to help those in the schools district with needs. Make plans to come reflect Christ's Sacrifice for us!

 

Parkway April 2024 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

The Parkway HS Boys' Basketball Team held their basketball banquet last night at the Community Building. These boys earned the MAC ALL-Academic Award: (left to right) Ethan Pond, Trent Rollins, Xavier Samples, and Brayden Bruns.

 

The Parkway Varsity Boys' Basketball Special Award Winners from left to right include: Caiden Berry-Panther Award; Devon Crouch-Panther Award; Trent Rollins-Best 3-Point Percentage; Fletcher Smith-Best Defensive Player and Best Assist/Turnover Ratio; Trevor Stearns- Most Points; Most Assists, and Most Rebounds; Brayden Bruns-Best Free Throw Percentage; and Xavier Samples-Best Assist/Turnover Ratio.

 

Civil War Round Table to meet March 28, 2024

The Civil War Roundtable's March 28, 2024 meeting will feature Todd Spieles who should be no stranger to Civil War enthusiasts in Western Ohio. He will speak on the topic of Charles Kruse the Auglaize County soldier who survived the War and a POW camp only to perish in the ill fated steamship "Sultana".

Todd was custodian of the Kruse story (source-letters from Charles to his family) for twenty years or so. Last season he was successful in seeing the story make it to the stage as he worked in collaboration with Playwright Michael Hurwitz to bring it to the St. Marys Grand Opera House. 

The meeting will come to order at 7:15 PM at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina. This should be quite an interesting evening. Invite friends who might enjoy this local story.

 

 

VAN WERT COMMUNITY-WIDE GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

A family tradition and Van Wert area custom for over 70 years will continue this Good Friday, March 29th at Promise Church, 1017 South Shannon Street in Van Wert, beginning at 12 PM.  This community collaboration includes 10 pastors representing 11 congregations! Area pastors will be participating in the service with scripture readings, drama, music, prayers, hymns and the message, It's Friday, But Sunday Is Comin', delivered by Pastor Bill Watson from Van Wert's Pentecostal Way Church. Pastor Missy Mullenhour, of Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene will be sharing the Word in a very special children's sermon for all of the young people in the congregation.   

You won't want to miss Pastor Gary Ginter of Ohio City United Methodist Church, as he will be in costume as "The Centurion" and acting out the drama, The Centurion's Song, along with singing, The Hammer, by Ray Boltz, while the vocal ensemble, "In Spiritu", will be offering up two, much loved Lententide hymns, Near the Cross and O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. Annette Hoverman, piano, along with Paul Hoverman, flugelhorn, and Pastor Christian Taylor of the United Methodist Church of Van Wert; vocalist, will also be sharing a beautiful arrangement of Jesus Paid It All.  

We hope you, your family, friends and neighbors will join us on Good Friday at noon! All are welcome in the house of the Lord! 

 

Protecting Ohio’s Veterans: Mercer County Recorder Julie Peel cautions Veterans to be aware of exploitative practices

By Julie Peel

Mercer County Recorder, Julie Peel and the Ohio Recorders’ Association (ORA) urges Veterans to be aware of exploitative practices targeting Military Veterans who are being charged for services that are available for free. DD214 Direct, a company based in Arizona, is currently soliciting veterans in Ohio to purchase a copy of their DD214 form for a fee ranging from $79 to $99. While this practice may be legal, Recorder Peel and other County Recorders across Ohio want to ensure that Veterans are informed about the free services they are entitled to. Veterans can obtain a free copy of their military records through their local Veteran’s Service Commission as well as record their DD214 at their local County Recorder’s office at no charge. The DD214 form is essential for veterans to access benefits like VA loans, disability compensation, and reduced medical costs. In recent months, Recorders offices across Ohio have received DD214 forms (paid for by veterans) from DD214 Direct through the mail, along with a limited Power of Attorney granting the Recorder the authority to file both documents on behalf of the veteran. To safeguard veterans from exploitative, unnecessary fees and inform the public, the ORA is working to raise awareness among Veterans about these practices. Furthermore, the ORA is currently looking into potential legislation aimed at regulating companies like DD214 Direct and mandating the disclosure of the availability of these services at no charge.

Veterans can request a copy of their DD214 at National Archives website at https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records or print a Standard Form-180 and mail or fax it to:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St Louis, MO 63138
FAX: 314-801-9195

For more information or assistance, please contact Mercer County Recorder Julie Peel’s office at (419)586- 4232 or Mercer County Veterans Service Commission office at (419)586-3542.

 

RADC to Meet
The RADC will be meeting Monday, March 25th at 7 pm in the Rockford Library basement. We had an informal meeting last month and received a nice update from Rob Belna regarding the tentative plans for the community development project. 

We also have a general board member, the vice president position, and the treasurer position to fill within our group. Let us know if you are considering a position. 

We have some exciting projects in the making and we would love to see our organization grow, along with our community. 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Invites You to Easter Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their Easter Sunrise Children’s Service, Flowering of the Cross and Breakfast beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, March 31, 2024. Following will be Pastor Mike Husted’s Easter worship service at 10 AM entitled “What . . . He’s Risen?” based on Luke 24:1-8. This service includes the Holy Sacrament of Communion.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES.

Maundy Thursday is the 28th at 7 PM at St. Paul’s with Communion.

Good Friday Chatt Community Service (March 29th) is 7 PM at Chatt Methodist with Reverends Poe and Brunstrup, and Pastor Husted officiating.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding Holy Week worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

Ohio Business Week Opportunities for High Schoolers
Ohio Business Week is excited to announce registrations are open for their 2024 summer business program.

Ohio Business Week creates a hands-on experiential environment to educate, empower and encourage a diverse population of high school students to recognize and achieve their potential. Business leaders, educators, high school students and community volunteers teach and inspire one another to be responsible employees, employers and citizens.

Ohio Business Week places up to 200 high school students in a dynamic simulation where they compete as industry professionals, sharpen communication skills, and face real-world challenges. With the guidance of a volunteer mentor from the business community, students gain a competitive edge in college preparation, workplace readiness, and overall life success. This is the premier summer experience for current high school students to ignite their potential. The week-long residential program will be held at Bowling Green State University June 16-21, 2024 and focuses on skills in entrepreneurship, leadership, communication, teamwork and problem-solving. Students undertake hands-on projects providing them the opportunity to operate a business and create a new product or service complete with a business plan, financials, marketing materials, a website and a commercial. The week concludes with a public tradeshow and presentation judging.

Students can apply online at www.OhioBusinessWeek.org

 

OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital Launches $12 million Medical Record System Upgrade

VAN WERT, Ohio – OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital has invested $12 million to launch a new medical record system that will improve patient care by making it easier for patients and their providers to access important health information. The new system, CareConnect, went live at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital on March 24, 2024.

CareConnect, powered by Epic, creates one record for each patient to improve communication between their clinical team. It enhances the patient experience by making it easier to access their personal medical records. Patients can now begin utilizing the MyChart app and website to quickly access their appointments, results, billing information and more.

"This will improve patient outcomes by enabling quick access to comprehensive data for accurate diagnoses and timely interventions," said Joy Bischoff, president of OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital. "The change will also improve the patient experience by streamlining scheduling and offering patients access to their medical information, which will help guide healthier behaviors and choices."

Physicians can track results more efficiently. 

"From the physician and staff perspective, I feel that CareConnect is a much more robust and complete version of Epic which allows for better documentation and communication with patients through MyChart," said Scott W. Jarvis, MD, FACP, Associate Vice President Clinical Affairs, OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital. "This will facilitate better patient care and allow for timeliness with annual screening reminders and also allow the patients to schedule themselves over the computer rather than the current method of placing a phone call."

Before the launch of CareConnect, patients were already using MyChart for results and messaging the providers, but they were not able to use it to schedule appointments or pay on accounts.  This new system will allow patients to schedule appointments, see a provider virtually, and pay their medical bills all in one place.  

"The launch of CareConnect was part of a $12 million investment OhioHealth has committed to providing safe, effective care for our community, identifying patients who require screening and preventive care, improved treatment, diagnosis, decreased errors, and flexibility related to patient care," said Paula Stabler, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Director of Patient Care Services.

OhioHealth MyChart is a free, simple, secure, and convenient way for patients to manage their healthcare. MyChart can be accessed online at mychart.ohiohealth.com or via the OhioHealth app https://mychart.ohiohealth.com/MyChart/. Patients still have the option of requesting medical records in-person at hospital registration. 

 

 

Liberty Baptist Church Brining Special Music to Easter Sunday Service
Guest Gospel Singer, Mike Radebaugh will be singing Sunday  March 31, 2024 at 10:45 AM Easter Morning at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third Street, Van Wert, Ohio. 

Mike is from Akron, Ohio and has been in church music ministries for over 50 years. He is not only a Gospel solo singer, but for years has been a part of several Gospel Quartets.  Most recently Mike has been singing and playing the bass in a Blue grass group called "Ohio Crossroads." 

 

Liberty Baptist will also be hosting a free Easter Breakfast on Sunday, March 31 in the church's Fellowship Hall and Youth Room from 9 am to 10 am. At 10 am, a brief movie of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ will be shown in the church's main auditorium.  The main Easter Service will start at 10:45 am which will include congregational singing, special songs by Mike Radebaugh and an Easter Sermon by Pastor Jim Burns.  The public is invited and there is no charge for any of our Easter activities.  For more information please check out our church's Facebook page.  You can also access our main Easter service from our Live Stream video on Facebook, our Youtube Channel and our church's website which is:  lbcvw.org.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Grand Opening Held in Rockford

On Saturday March 16, 2024 Hang Over Brews - a new event venue located at Second Crossing Brew Co.   142 N Main St. Rockford held a grand opening.  
    
Mayor Searight remarked "The Village of Rockford welcomes this new addition to our business community with great delight. We appreciate this building and what they’ve done towards its historical look in appearance and the value that it adds to our community.

We believe in our great community, a community that’s ready and willing to see businesses like yours expand, giving us the opportunity to help us grow. I encourage all residents of the Rockford community to welcome “Hang Over Brews” to our community and even more to utilize the services that they offer us.

In closing, we appreciate the business owners and their investment in this community. As it reflects on the pride that we have in the community that we live in."

* Photo - Mary Beougher - Village Council,  Lacey and Luke Stephenson - Owners, Mayor Ron Searight, and Pastor Bill from the United Methodist Church / Rockford Chamber Board Member.

 

Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Hear Speaker
 

 

Mrs. Betty (Tom) Leininger recently presented a program for the Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), on her experience attending the National Society of the DAR Conference held in Washington D.C. in June 2023. From visiting Ford's Theatre, the DAR Genealogical & Historical Library, the decorative arts Museum containing 31 Period Rooms, and  hearing outstanding speakers in the DAR Memorial Hall- it was an exciting and fun week.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. Visit www.dar.org and click on "Membership" to learn more.

 

New Members Inducted into IVW-DAR

Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently inducted two new members. Pictured are (left to right):

Chapter Regent Deb Hardeman, Inductees Kimberly Dick Robbins & Nancy Bowen Ellzey, Chapter Chaplain Nancy Smith, and Chapter Registrar Mickey McConahay.

If you are a woman 18 years or older and canprove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution, you are eligible for membership in the National Society DAR. Visit www.dar.org and click on "Membership" for more information.

 


March 15-22, 2024
 

Plan Now to Attend the Rockford Lions Club Quarter Auction
to Raise Funds for Scholarships and Other Community Services
The Rockford Lions Club is planning their annual Quarter Auction under the direction of Lee Ann Frank, Project Chair, and Dennis Hecht, Lion's President. The event is scheduled for Saturday April 6, 2024 starting at 1 PM. Doors open at noon. There will be loads of wonderful donated items to bid-on, and plenty of great food. Paddles are $5 at the door with an all-in paddle for $35. These vendors will be there: Amy and Debbie Paparazzi - Bling Bling; Amy Joseph - Mary Kay Products; Joe Noll - Reckless Woodworx; Chris Berry - BC Sweets; Amy Noll - Thirty One Products; Danielle Naugle; Petty in Polish; Susan Sheppard - SGS Quilts; and more vendor spots are available. There will be a 50-50 drawing, too. Proceeds from this fund-raising event will go for Parkway Senior Scholarships and other community services.

 

Plan now to support the Fox Family Purse Bingo for Autisim!

 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Lenten Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted’s sermon will be “The Mindset of Christ” based on Philippians 2:5-11.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM Book of John). Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

We hope you will join us for March 31, 2024 Easter services. Sunrise with breakfast at 8 AM is always a beautiful service with the children doing the program. Sunday School 9 AM. Church with communion is at 10 AM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding Holy Week worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

 

Shanes Park to Hold Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg hunt for Rockford will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM at Shanes Park in Rockford.

 

Winter Homecoming 2024 Queen and Court
Photos shared by James Leighner. Thank you!

The Winter 2024 Homecoming was held on 2-17-2024 after a two week delay due to a big winter storm.

Shown above are the Queen and her court L to R:

James Leighner Homecoming Pictures 2-17-2024

James Leighner Homecoming Dance Pictures 2-17-2024 

 

 

 

Van Wert Community Good Friday Service

The Van Wert Community-wide Good Friday service will be held at Promise Church, 1017 S. Shannon St., Van Wert at 1 PM on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Kewpee Art Show Coming to Lima

Kewpee High School Invitational Art Exhibit ArtSpace/Lima will host the 36th Annual Kewpee High School Art Invitational from March 22 – April 12, 2024.

Kewpee Restaurants have sponsored this exhibition and ArtSpace will once again highlight student artists from area high schools.

The work is categorized in nine areas: Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Artists from eighteen area high schools entered work to be exhibited. There are awards in each of the entry categories, a Best of Show, and a Dr. Sullivan Award. Awards will be presented on the opening night.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 pm.

For further information about the Kewpee High School Art Invitational, or for information regarding other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Sally Windle, Executive Director, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

 

Civil War Round Table to meet March 28, 2024

The Civil War Roundtable's March 28, 2024 meeting will feature Todd Spieles who should be no stranger to Civil War enthusiasts in Western Ohio. He will speak on the topic of Charles Kruse the Auglaize County soldier who survived the War and a POW camp only to perish in the ill fated steamship "Sultana".

Todd was custodian of the Kruse story (source-letters from Charles to his family) for twenty years or so. Last season he was successful in seeing the story make it to the stage as he worked in collaboration with Playwright Michael Hurwitz to bring it to the St. Marys Grand Opera House. 

The meeting will come to order at 7:15 PM at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina. This should be quite an interesting evening. Invite friends who might enjoy this local story.

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Kylie Younker as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Wrestling. Kylie is the daughter of Ben and Megan Younker.

 

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Bethany Denney as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Cheer. Bethany is the daughter of Matt and Amy Denney.

 

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Brittyn Bruns as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Girls Basketball. Brittyn is the daughter of Chad and Brandi Bruns.

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Ethan Pond as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Boys Basketball.  Ethan is the son of Jessica and Troy Temple and Travis and Joelle Pond.

 


Bridge Closing in Washington Township

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Schroeder Road between SR 49 and Wabash Road in Washington Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on March 5, 2024 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

21st Century Club Wants to Know
Members’ Names before 1980

The Twenty First Century Club met on February 27, 2024 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Café for a regular meeting. Vice president Kim Carr called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone with things that happened on this date 100 years ago in history: famous births and deaths: King Tut’s tomb was opened; and President Coolidge did the first radiocast to the nation. Roll-Call by Secretary Cindy Canary was completed with members answering who was the oldest person’s birthday party they had ever attended. One hundred three was the answer for two of the members, and they were their great aunts from the Rockford area. The treasurer’s report was given by Valerie Fritzinger.

Minutes were read and approved. Discussion continued on the upcoming May Birthday Party in Old Business. An invitation letter was approved for President Karla Butler to mail out. Updated addresses on past members is nearly complete, but any member prior to 1980 needs to contact Karla at 419-203-2489. All prior records for club before 1980 were destroyed.

Toni Fisher then presented her program on her birth year of 1963. It was during the term of President John F. Kennedy and led to his assassination on November 22, 1963. Toni went over the great romance of the time that many in America felt for the young couple as they went into office together, suffered the loss of 1 newborn and one in infancy. The couple had John, Jr. and Caroline. On the fateful day that President Kennedy went to Dallas TX to campaign, Jackie went along and wore her “raspberry or strawberry” suit, which was a Chanel knock-off.  It is reported she didn’t like the word pink. The suit is in storage and banned from public view until 2103. Toni covered many details of the shooting and aftermath including Jackie’s famous last words to him as she held his body, “I love you Jack. I love you.” The Warren Commission investigated the sniper, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the assassination. 

Presenter Julie Henkle continued her birth year of 1963 by detailing Fun Facts. President Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Beatlemania got started; Martin Luther King, Jr., was the TIME magazine Man of the Year; ZIP codes were introduced; voted best movie was Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor who made $1 Million for her role; Dr. No, the first James Bond movie was a hit, too; Petticoat Junction and The Andy Griffith Show were big on television; Rin Tin Tin , Roy Rogers and the Bugs Bunny cartoon were popular; Ragu Spaghetti sauce was 39 cents a jar; postage stamps went up to 5 cents; and the average new car was $3000 dollars. Julie shared 1963 treats of Sweet-tarts and Juicy Fruit gum with the members.

 

Sheila Baltzell-Linn served angel food cake and cherry topping in honor of President George Washington’s February birthday for refreshments.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Program leaders are Cindy Canary and Rozann Maurer (both born in 1954). Melanie Shindeldecker, Kim Carr and Karla Butler will be hostesses at Rockford Methodist Church. Contact Karla Butler, if you’d like to join us for a meeting (419-203-2489).


March 8-14, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years now!
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on March 13, 2024
by Sally Cox

St. Paul’s Country Church Lenten Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 17, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted’s sermon will be “A New Covenant” based on Jeremiah 31:31-34.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM Book of John). Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Come to St. Paul’s for the next Chatt combined churches’ Lenten services on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Tom Brunstrup preaching.

We hope you will join us for March 31, 2024 Easter services. Sunrise with breakfast at 8 AM is always a beautiful service with the children doing the program. Sunday School 9 AM. Church with communion is at 10 AM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information. The entire Holy Week Schedule is there.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

Parkway March 2024 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith



Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be holding a special business meeting

Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be holding a special business meeting on Monday, March 18th at 7 pm.   The meeting will be held at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum located at 151 E Columbia St., Rockford.  The public is encouraged to attend this very important meeting. (Water color photo by the lateJeff Pontsler - using with permission)

 

 

Statewide Tornado Drill                             
coming on March 20, 2024 at 9:50 AM

Announced by Chad Willrath, Mercer County EMA

 


March 1-7, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years now!
 

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 to Meet

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with coffee, juice, and donuts available beginning at 9:30 AM.

Guest speaker will be Kelly Hoyng who operates EF & Wellness, a gym and fitness center in Coldwater.  Kelly will demonstrate safe, appropriate exercises for the PERI age group.

Kelly is also co-owner of EK Health & Nutrition providing healthy salads, wraps, and protein snacks to the public.  She will offer tips on healthy snacks.  Some samples will be available for tasting.

Members who have not yet paid their annual dues of $10.00 are encouraged to do so at the meeting.


 

Heart Week Celebrated at Parkway High School

During the week of February 12-17, 2024, and in celebration of “Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week”, Parkway Schools celebrated the week with challenging activities and raised money for the Heart Association.  Congenital Heart Disease is the lifelong complications of being born with structural or electrical heart problems. All of this activity was in support of their fellow Parkway Panther, Sophomore Rylan Lyons. Congenital Heart Defects affect % of the population so, Nearly 1 in 100 babies (about 1 percent or 40,000 babies) is born with a heart defect in the United States each year.


Beginning on Monday, the Coin War went into effect in grades K-12. Free doughnuts were awarded to the homeroom class in each building that collected the most change.

According to Amy Lyons, the winning classes were: Ms. Burrow’s at the Elementary School; Mr. Clouse’s class at the Middle School; and Ms. Yoder’s class at the high school.  The Middle School won overall for the most money collected. The total for the week was $2,287.74, which was an outstanding amount that was donated to The American Heart Association.

The coloring contest for grades K-4 got underway as well. Gift card winners included: Kindergarten, Marius Whitaker; First Grade, Evelyn Stover; Second Grade, Hattie Hayes; Third Grade, Alayna Knapke; and Fourth Grade, Mara Slavik.

On Tuesday, the plank challenge began for grades 9-12 during both lunches. The winners of Taco Bell Gift Cards were: 5th period lunch – 1st Maddox Houts, 2nd Trever Stearns, and 3rd McKenzie Matthewson. 6th period lunch winners: 1st Braedn Conn, 2nd Jamani Bixler, and 3rd Jaden Green.

On Wednesday, the high school and middle school sold red hearts for 25 cents to honor someone living or the memory of someone affected with heart disease.

On Thursday, the high-school students participated in the jump rope competition during both lunches. The top winners were: 5th period – 1st Natalie Moeller, 2nd Ella Putman, and 3rd Christina Tong. 6th period winners: 1st Braedn Conn, 2nd Jamani Bixler, and Wyatt Carpenter. All six winners received Hot Head Gift Cards.

On Friday, all grades wore red shirts. Many students bought and wore red t-shirts for the week, bearing the name of their friend Rylan. Top picture above.  There were scotcheroo sales during high school and middle school lunches. 280 scotcheroos were made and sold to raise money for the American Heart Association.

When Saturday arrived, all Parkway Panther students and fans, attending the boys home basketball game against the Spencerville Bearcats, wore red.

Organizer Amy Lyons reported that the efforts of Parkway raised a total of $3000 for The Heart Association, and everyone had a ton of fun doing it. Congratulations Panthers!

 


Plank Challenge winners were: Jamani, Jared and Braedn shown with Amy.

Jump Rope Challenge winners Natalie, Ella and Christina.

Jump rope Challenge winners were Wyatt, Jamani and Braedn. Shown with Amy.

 

 

March 10, 2024 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

When local standard time is about to reach:

Sunday, March 10, 2024, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 10, 2024 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

Some states are considering keeping this time permanent, however, Ohio, at this time, plans to Fall Back one hour on November 3, 2024 at 2AM.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Lenten Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted’s sermon will be “The Purpose of the Law” based on Exodus 20:1-17.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM Book of John). Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Come to St. Paul’s for the next Chatt combined churches’ Lenten services on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Tom Brunstrup preaching.

We hope you will join us.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


February 24-29, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years now!
Happy Leap Year Day on February 29, 2024.
 

The RADC group will be meeting 2-26-2024 at the Rockford Library at 7 pm

 

 

 

Lady Panthers win Basketball Sectionals
by AD Teri Samples
Parkway Varsity Girls Basketball Team picture after cutting down the net on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The Lady Panthers defeated Wayne Trace to earn the title of Sectional Champs! The Parkway Lady Panthers will next face Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday, February 29th at 6:00 pm at the Elida Fieldhouse. Online tickets or cash tickets at the gate are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

NEW BUSINESSES IN OHIO CITY - Grand Openings

This Saturday (March 2nd, 2024), two new businesses in the Village of Ohio City will be having their Grand Openings. The first business, Pierce Bookkeeping and Bookstore will be having their grand opening at 10:00 AM. Pierce Bookkeeping has offered decades of bookkeeping and tax preparations and now also offers a bookstore. They are excited to open up their new location at 501 W. Jefferson St. in the Village. Their regular hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. They will be having a grand opening special for their books. All $0.50 books are three for a dollar, all $1.00 books are six for five, and all $2.00 books are three for five. 



 

Danny's Bar & Grill - OC will also be having their Grand Opening on Saturday 3-2-2024. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 11:00 AM. Danny's is a restaurant style Bar and Grill that offers weekday specials, entertainment, and a full menu. This is the family's Second business, also owning Danny's Bar and Grill in Middle Point. Danny's (In Ohio City) regular hours are Monday to Wednesday 11:00 Am - 11:00 PM,  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:30 AM, and they are closed on Sunday. Danny's will be offering drink specials all day, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing with the proceeds going to children activities at Lambert Days. They will also offer entertainment from local band: "The Breaks" from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM. 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church to Celebrate Women of the Bible

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their women’s worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 3, 2024. In honor of Women’s Week 2024, the Women’s Fellowship Organization will present the sermon featuring “Women of the Bible – Proverbs 31 Woman, Deborah the Judge, Shiphrah and Puah” all based on Holy Scripture.

 

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM Book of John). Women’s Fellowship meets monthly. Easter flower pre-sales are ongoing.

 

Come to Chatt Methodist for the next Chatt combined churches’ Lenten services on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Mike Husted preaching.

 

We hope you will join us.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

 

 

 

Salem Presbyterian Church's "St. David's Day"
Service and Meal Planned for March 3rd

Come join Salem Presbyterian Church's "St. David's Day" service and meal on March 3rd for our St. David’s Day service starting at 9:30 am in Venedocia.  We will be honoring our Welsh heritage by singing our favorite Welsh hymns and special music with our youth handbell players and Connie O’Neill on the organ. 

 

Immediately following the service, there will be a spaghetti dinner including salad, garlic bread and desserts. Our chefs for the day will be Mark Zielke, Steve Richards, and Kevin Price.  The youth of the church will be assisting.  There will be a free will offering for the meal which will go towards paying for Sunday school, Bible school supplies, and confirmation class supplies.  

 

Also, please wear something yellow, as this is the favorite color of Wales.  Even if you only have yellow socks – wear them!  St. David once suggested to the Welsh soldiers that they wear a leek on their helmets, to help distinguish them from the invading Saxon soldiers who wore similar uniforms.  So if you don’t want to wear yellow, just pin a leek on your shoulder!!!

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies 4-H Club Holds First Meeting and Election
By: Delaney Sawmiller, Venedocia Lads & Lassies News Reporter

Venedocia Lads and Lassies had their first meeting, Thursday, February 22, 2024. Prior to the meeting, 4-H members came early to help clean up the Venedocia Lions Building hall at 5:30 pm. Thank you to those who helped clean the hall before the meeting, as well as a big thank you to the Venedocia Lions Club for allowing us to use their facilities once again. We are very thankful for the privilege to meet at the Venedocia Lions Building. At 7:00 pm, 39 members were called to order by Chloe Kroeger. The pledges were led by Breanna Pohlman and our Treasurer's Report was done by Tara Radabaugh. 

After discussing new business, the 2024 election was held for members to vote on those eligible to hold a position. Votes were cast, and those elected are President, Breanna Pohlman; Vice President, Avery Pohlman; Secretary, Ella Wilson; Treasurer, Eli Stant; Reporter, Delaney Sawmiller; Health and Safety Officer, Easton Leibrecht; Recreation Officer, Meah Osting; and Community Service Officer, Aiden Kroeger. 

We discussed the need for volunteers for the upcoming Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on March 16th at 6am-1pm. Each year our 4-H club appreciates the opportunity to serve at this community event.

The next meeting is Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm, the Cloverbuds will meet before that at 6:30 pm.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

By Tiffany Fishbaugh, director Samaritan’s Purse

 

Samaritan’s Purse recently sent thank-yous to the overwhelming generosity of the people of the Parkway Area, who worked hard on Operation Christmas Child and had had a successful season in the Rockford and Chatt Communities. Across the U.S., the Samaritan's Purse project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2023, the ministry is now sending over 11.3 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies, and personal care items— Parkway area volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God's love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 220 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories.



 

Across Ohio, shoebox packers often shop for deals on shoebox items throughout the year, and many serve at a deeper level by becoming a year-round volunteer. Information about ways area participants can get involved year-round can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Although local drop-off locations for shoebox gifts are closed until Nov. 18 – 25, 2024, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

 

Mercer County Reminder about Signs

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.

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 

Win on the Wabash Super Raffle Senior Scholarships
by Ryan J. Steinbrunner, Representative

The Win on the Wabash Super Raffle, sponsored by the Fort Recovery Athletic Boosters, will be awarding 25 total Seniors this year from the local area with $500 scholarships. The success of our event over the past five years wouldn’t be possible without the support of our local and surrounding communities, as well as without the help of countless volunteers. These scholarships are just one way of saying THANK YOU to those communities, and are also a way of rewarding those Seniors who are active in their own community.

 

The requirements to apply are listed below. Applications can be submitted online by filling out this Google Form. The application link can also be found pinned on the top of the ‘WoW Super Raffle’ Facebook page and online at www.wowraffle.com/scholarships/. Any questions regarding the application process can be sent to scholarships@wowraffle.com.

 

The application deadline is March 31st, 2024. Students awarded with a scholarship will be notified by April 30th, 2024.

 

The requirements for eligibility are as follows:

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Must currently be a Senior (class of 2024) enrolled in a school within Mercer (OH), Darke (OH), Auglaize (OH), Shelby (OH), or Jay (IN) County.

Must have logged community service hours throughout your high school career.

Must fully complete the application through Google Forms.

Application must include a typed, in 12 pt. font, 300-word maximum essay. Please include your name on the essay. The subject of the essay is: Throughout your years in high school, how have you contributed to your community?

Application must also include a letter of recommendation from a non-related community member or school employee that highlights your commitment to community service, with contact information included for the person writing the letter of recommendation.

 

The Win on the Wabash Super Raffle, held annually in Fort Recovery, OH is produced by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over $1,000,000 has been raised by the event thus far with all the money being given back to organizations in our local communities.

 

Farm Focus Inc. Scholarship

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 to promote agriculture in Van Wert

County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert

County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a

degree in an agricultural related field.
                                                                                   

Farm Focus Inc. is offering a minimum of two scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to high school seniors interested in majoring in an Agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school.

In addition to seniors, full time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program

in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant  

from previous years can reapply again this year.

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

 

Scholarship applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert

County students may be enrolled, so please contact your High School Guidance

Counselor, or Agricultural Education/FFA Instructor for your scholarship application. 

 

The application is available at the OSU Van Wert County Extension office at 1055 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891, or email; FarmFocusScholarship@gmail.com .   Scholarship application is in a PDF file and MS Word formats and can be emailed or put on a jump drive. Questions should be emailed.

 

All completed applications must be emailed, mailed and postmarked or delivered in person no later than March 29, 2024, to the OSU Van Wert County Extension Office.

 


February 17-23, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years now!
Yes, the Parkway Independent will be 20 years old on August 4, 2024!
 

Special Parkway Board of Education Meeting
The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 6:30 a.m. in the High School Conference Room.  The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on personnel and go into executive session to discuss personnel.

 

Parkway Panther Fletcher Smith Signs to Play Football



Parkway Panther Senior Fletcher Smith recently signed his intent to play football in the Fall at Ohio Dominican College.

In the photo, left to right with Fletcher seated in the middle are parents: Mandy, Fletcher, and Cort Smith. Sister Colbie is standing behind Fletcher.

Congratulations to Fletcher for pursuing both academic and athletic endeavors after graduation from Parkway. Best wishes!

 

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Braedn Conn, as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Wrestling. Braedn is the son of Trevelin Conn.


 

Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution recently inducted new members in January 2024 (left to right): Cora Scharf, Rebecca Macki, Christal Etzkorn, and Mindy Wehner.

St. Paul’s Country Church and Lenten Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted’s sermon will be “A Promise Kept” based on Romans 4:16-26.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM Book of John). Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Come to St. Paul’s for the next Chatt combined churches’ Lenten services on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Tom Brunstrup preaching.

We hope you will join us.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

MERCER COUNTY ENGINEER DITCH MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming construction season that engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be on-site on many of the 111 miles of Mercer County maintained open drainage ditches and 76 miles of tile throughout Mercer County.

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

 

The Panther’s Den
by Lisa Kuhn

  
Representatives from The Village of Rockford, Rockford Chamber of Commerce and local residents gave Patrick and Christy Castle a warm welcome to the Community.    They are the owners of Rockford’s newest
business The Panther’s Den – a small café with many food options.  
  
Lacey Rizor – President of the Rockford Chamber welcomed the new business to town.  Mayor Ron Searight spoke  “ The Village of Rockford welcomes you to our business community with great delight. We appreciate your interest in serving not only our community, but travelers going through our town.
  
We believe that we have a great community that’s ready and willing to offer new businesses like this the opportunity to be a part of us and help us grow. I encourage all residents of the Rockford community to welcome “The Panther’s Den” to our community and even more to utilize the services that they offer us.
  
In closing, we appreciate the business name as the “The Panther’s Den”, as it reflects on the pride that we have as being Panthers and the community that we live in.”
  
The Panther’s Den is located at 101 S Main St, Rockford, Ohio.    Follow ‘The Panther’s Den’ on Facebook to view their menu and business hours.
  
Welcome to Rockford!    Wishing you success and prosperity in your new venture.

Parkway Elementary Kindergarten Registration

Parkway Elementary will be holding their Kindergarten Screening on March 21 and 22 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment for their kindergarten student to Parkway Local Schools should also register at this time.

If your child is new to Parkway Local Schools, the following should be brought to the school on the day of screening: the official birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, one form of proof of residency and any court documents pertaining to the custody/guardianship of the student (divorce, foster, etc.)  The birth certificate is from the Department of Vital Statistics (if born in Ohio, from any Ohio county health department) where a fee will be charged.  The hospital complimentary birth certificate will not be accepted.  Immunizations are required to be documented by the 15th day of school for the 2024-2025 school year.  

Appointments may be set by calling Michelle in the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720 to register your child for a screening time.  Thank you!

By Michelle Tribolet
Parkway Elementary School Secretary

 

Van Wert County Agricultural Society Announces Spring Mom-2-Mom Sale

Van Wert, OH  |  The Van Wert County Agricultural Society will host a Spring Mom-2-Mom Sale in the Junior Fair Building March 9, 2024.

This semi-annual event is the perfect time for families to sell and buy sell gently used:

Baby / toddler clothes

Toys, games and activities

Furniture and decor

Shoes and boots

Strollers

Hangers

Snow suits, coats, hats and gloves and more!

Admission for the event will be paid at the door: $5 for early-bird access starting at 8:00 am and $2 for general admission. The Mom-2-Mom sale will be hosted in the Junior Fair Building located at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds -  1055 S. Washington St. in Van Wert, OH.

 

 

 

Culvert Closing Notice
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close St. Peter Road between State Route 119 and St. Joe Road in Recovery Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on February 13, 2024 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.


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

 

 

Youth to Youth Retreats - 2024
February 17 and March 2 at the Purple Door Church

The retreats are youth-led by students from the Mercer County Youth to Youth (Y2Y) group and adult-guided.  Y2Y helps to promote Youth to Youth’s mission – youth empowering youth – and educating their peers on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, along with mental health and suicide awareness while focusing on positive activities and skills instead. The purpose of this retreat is to equip students with skills to be a better leader and positive role model in their schools and communities. The retreats will consist of team building through escape rooms, how-to sessions, and much more!

This year’s theme is Dinosaurs: Make Drugs Extinct!

 

 

Celina Police Dept. 02/12/2024
Stolen Guns Recovered – 4 Teens Arrested
by Chief Tom Wale

On February 12, 2024 Celina Police received information about 4 Celina High School students involved in the burglary of a Wapakoneta, Ohio gun store the night before.  Celina Police officers began investigation and identified the students and conducted searches of multiple area residents.

All 17 guns stolen in the burglary were recovered as well as one previously stolen from a car in Celina. 

Celina Police were assisted by Wapak Police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

The firearm stolen in Celina was stolen Saturday night from an unknown victim.  The Celina Police asks that anyone missing a firearm to please contact them to identify the firearm.  Anyone with further information is also encouraged to call Celina P.D.  419-586-2345.

 

Civil War Round Table to Meet

Harry Frech, will be the speaker for the Civil War Round Table  and give members a look at the art and illustrations of Civil War era political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Harry addresses the February 22, 2024 meeting at the Richardson Bretz Building at 119 West Fulton in Celina. We call to order at 7:15 PM and adjourn by 9:00 PM. Hope you can make it.

Thomas Thompso, president, said, “Mild weather is expected to continue right on up to our meeting date. We need your attendance to maintain the viability of the Roundtable. For sure, you are not going to find anything on television better than the show we will present. Come and hear Harrison Frech, local historian and retired Parkway High School History teacher.”

 

St. Paul's Country Church Women's Fellowship Donates to Our Home Ministries
 
The Women's Fellowship at St. Paul's Country Church of Rockford recently voted to make a donation to Our Home Family Resource Center located in Celina. Kevin Draiss, Director, accepted the donation and explained to Sheila Baltzell-Linn (left) and Carol Gibbons (center) that Our Home provides a Family Crisis Network  with many, varied services including: assisting victims of domestic violence; supervised visitation; direct services and referrals; and food pantry. The Women’s Fellowship met recently, discussed this important program, and felt strongly that a donation was in order. The Women's Fellowship meets monthly with a lunch and Women of the Bible Study. All women in the area are invited. Or call the church office at 419-942-1374 for more info.

Parkway Preschool Preview

Plans are being made for our Parkway Preschool Preview for the 2024-2025 school year on Wednesday, March 13.  Two sessions will be held  - one at 4:00 p.m. and another at 5:00 p.m. We ask parents to call the elementary office to register for the session you will attend to help with planning.  Children are welcome to attend with parents.  This event will consist of an opening session with a preview of our preschool, tour of the rooms by teachers and a chance to complete the pre-registration form and pay the fee.  Copies of birth certificates, social security cards and immunizations may also be made.

Children ages 3 (by August 1) through 5 are eligible to enroll and should be fully potty trained. You may start the online pre-registration process at the Preschool Preview as we will have computers available after each session.  A $25 fee applies.

Our grant program offers financial assistance for those who qualify. Limited grant money is available for the 2024-2025 school year.  We also offer a preschool classroom in conjunction with The Mercer County Educational Service Center. The Ohio Department of Education allows us to have eight children with special needs in the morning and afternoon and eight typical children in the morning and afternoon sessions, making a total of 16 children per session. These preschool classrooms are in session four half days, Monday through Thursday. 

Did you know that children who participate in a quality preschool enter Kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math skills than those who do not?  Give your young child's education a boost by enrolling them in our Five-Star "Step Up to Quality" rated program at Parkway Preschool.  Please call the Elementary Office by March 12 to register to attend our Parkway Preschool Preview at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. Current Parkway preschool students need not attend.

By Michelle Tribolet, Parkway Elementary Secretary

Snowstorm Miguel Passes through; drops 3 inches of snow quietly


 
Parkway Weekly Athletic Update
       
Home Away      
         
2024 Time Event Opponent Location
         
Monday, February 19 No Events      
         
Tuesday, February 20 No Events      
         
Wednesday, February 21 No Events      
         
Thursday, February 22 10:00 AM HS Girls Bowling District Tournament Interstate Lanes Rossford
         
Friday, February 23 6:00 PM HS Boys Basketball New Knoxville (Senior Night) HS Gym
         
Saturday, February 24 7:00 PM HS Girls Basketball Sectional Championship vs. winner of Wayne Trace and Ft. Recovery on Thursday HS Gym
         
Sunday, February 25 11:00 AM HS Girls Wrestling Pre-Regionals Findlay HS

 


February 9-16, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years now!
Yes, the Parkway Independent will be 20 years old on August 4, 2024!
 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “God Comes Nearbased on Mark 1: 9-15.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM. Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Lenten services begin on February 14 with Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


February 1-8, 2024
 

Historical Mortgage Project Information
The Mercer County Recorder’s office is entering the final stages of their historical mortgage project. When finished this will put all mortgages in our office back to 40 years online. During this time, as these mortgages are being entered into our recording software it will trigger our Fraud Alert Notification for those that are signed up to receive these alerts. When you receive your email, it will guide you to click on the link to view the document. These documents are currently hidden from the web until the Recorder’s office has reviewed that these documents have met all the requirements and ready for public view. Just a reminder, these are not current recordings and not a cause of concern. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Recorder’s office at 419-586-4232.

Van Wert County Agricultural Society Receives Grants from Cooper Family Foundation

Van Wert, OH  |  The Van Wert County Agricultural Society has received a $35,000 grant from the Cooper Family Foundation. The Cooper Family Foundation works with organizations to provide funds for projects throughout local communities. Over the years they have provided funding to area fairgrounds, fire departments and EMTs, Boy Scouts, 4-H, FFA and schools to name only a few.

The Van Wert County Agricultural Society applied for the grant to assist with replacing pens in the Cooper Farms Swine Barn.

“Cooper Farms and the Cooper Family Foundation have been an integral part of our building improvements over the years. We are grateful for their dedication to supporting area youth programs and to preserving agriculture in Van Wert County,” states Mike Poling, Van Wert County Fair Secretary and Fair Manager.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Taking up the Mantlebased on 2 Kings 2: 1-12.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM. Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Lenten services begin on February 14 with Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

THE GRAND EVENT CENTER + MARKET HALL project at The Mercer County Fairgrounds is a multi-million dollar campus designed for year-round large-scale indoor events. The 100,000 square feet of customizable space and total capacity for 5,000 - 6,000 attendees will host and present expo and trade shows, concerts and entertainment, tractor pulls, livestock shows, athletic tournaments, and more. Featuring adaptable floors, removable stalls, staging area, site camping, and ample parking, this destination event center will serve a broad geographic audience in a multistate region bringing discretionary spending to Ohio, significantly impacting the county, region, and state GDP. By Tafi Stober, Director

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Ruby Bennett, as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Girls Bowling. Ruby is the daughter of Michael and Amanda Bennett.

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Frankie Steinbrunner as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Girls Basketball. Frankie is the daughter of Adam and Maryann Steinbrunner.

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Brayden Bruns as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Boys Basketball. Brayden is the son of Chad and Brandi Bruns.

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Wyatt Seals as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Boys Bowling. Wyatt is the son of Garry Seals and Cassie McMurry.

 

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Isabell Young as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Cheer. Isabell is the daughter of William and Heather Young.

 



Parkway Panther Devon Crouch Signs with Defiance College


Parkway Senior Devon Crouch and his family are shown during his recent signing with Defiance College to play baseball. Seated is Devon with his parents, Josh and Amanda Crouch. Standing behind Devon and his parents are siblings:  Marcus, Marley, and Konner and standing in the back row are Miley Crouch and Blake Frank. 

Devon plans to study Criminal Justice at Defiance College. Congratulations and best wishes, Devon!

Teri Samples

Parkway Athletic Director

 



Caiden Berry, Parkway Panther Athlete Signs with Defiance College

Parkway's Caiden Berry recently signed with Defiance College to play baseball. From left to right in the picture are Caiden with his parents:  Angie and Ryan Berry, Caiden Berry, and Shana and Tom Bradley.

Caiden plans to study criminal justice at Defiance College.

Congratulations and best wishes, Caiden!

Teri Samples
Parkway AD

Cheer Raffle Benefits Family
The Marion Local and Parkway Game on February 2, 2024 featured a 50-50raffle sponsored by the Parkway Cheerleaders. The proceeds were to go to the family of the Parkway student (the late) AJ Taylor.

Shown here with Cheer Coach Slavik is the winning raffle recipient Dennis Hecht. Christian man that he is, Dennis handed over his winnings to AJ’s family. Thank you Dennis and the many, many Marion Local and Parkway fans that night who bought tickets to help this worthy cause.

 

Parkway High School Sports Updates for February 2024

Friday, February 2nd: Parkway Boys Basketball vs Marion Local at 6:00pm

**Mrs. Shannon Wagner will showcase the Elementary students in the singing of the National Anthem.

**Mrs. Mandee Slavik and her Cheerleaders have been working with "Little Panther Cheer Campers" that will perform during Varsity halftime. 

 

Tuesday, February 6th: Parkway Boys Basketball will play at Versailles at 6:00 pm. (This game was cancelled on 1.12.24 due to poor weather conditions.)

 

Saturday, February 17th: Parkway Boys Basketball vs. Spencerville at 6:00pm

**Recognition will take place during the Varsity halftime to honor the State Softball Semi-Finals team and two track athletes who earned state recognition last spring.

**Winter Homecoming coronation will occur between the JV and Varsity games (This was originally scheduled for 1.19.24.)

Parkway Homecoming 2024
The 2024 Winter Homecoming Coronation has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 17, between the Boys' JV and Varsity Basketball game with Spencerville. The homecoming dance will follow in the elementary commons. Pictured are the senior queen candidates and attendants:

 

Front Row: Junior Helena Sinning, Sophomore Addison Fisher, Freshman Cami Langenkamp

Back Row: Seniors: Paige Stephenson, Ellie Prichard, Audrey Nichols

 

This little guy and his uncle Mike Fox is what started it all! This little guy is now a freshman at the University of Cincinnati. Every little bit helps, from Learning and communication devices, family support, and love and understanding.



 

Tafi Stober of Rockford Named New Director of Development for Mercer County Fair
The Mercer County Fairgrounds is on the grow and the Mercer County Fair Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce an addition to its professional staff. Tafi Stober has been selected for the Director of Development position for The Grand Event Center + Market Hall project. Tafi's professional experience as Executive Director of the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation as well as donor development and marketing expertise complement her leadership in community projects and campaigns. 

Board President, Bart Leininger shares, "Stober brings a special energy to the project. Her admiration for the work ethic and values of Mercer County and the Grand Lake Region is shown in her desire to build something that will impact generations to come. As President of the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Inc. Board, we unanimously approved her appointment and are united in our efforts to see the Grand Event Center become a reality."

The project is a multi-million-dollar campus designed for year-round large-scale indoor events. The 100,000 square feet of customizable space and total capacity to serve 5,000 - 6,000 attendees will host expo and trade shows, concerts and various entertainment, tractor pulls, livestock shows, athletic tournaments, and more. Featuring adaptable floors, removable stalls, staging area, site camping, and ample parking, this destination event center will serve a broad geographic audience in a multi-state region bringing discretionary spending to Ohio, significantly impacting the county, region, and state GDP.

Mercer County Fairgrounds Executive Director, Cara Muhlenkamp has twelve years of experience guiding the explosive growth of the organization and leading the vision for The Grand Event Center. Cara is eager to add power to the project viability by bringing Stober on the team. 

"Tafi Stober has extensive experience in campaign development, having successfully led multiple projects in the past by building community around the endeavor. She is well-equipped to oversee the Grand Event Center project at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. With a strong background in fundraising, process development, and leadership, Tafi Stober has the skills and knowledge necessary to assist in developing and ensuring its long – term success.  As a strategic thinker and effective communicator, she is able to collaborate with various stakeholders and community members to bring the Grand Event Center project to fruition, making her an ideal candidate for the role of Director of Development."

New laboratory hours at OhioHealth Van Wert Medical Offices take effect

VAN WERT, Ohio – There are new hours for area residents needing laboratory services at OhioHealth Van Wert Medical Offices. The laboratory is now open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The lab at OhioHealth Van Wert Medical Offices is located at 214 Towne Center Boulevard in Van Wert and it's one of two walk-in lab testing sites in the area. The second lab is located at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital at 1250 S Washington Street and is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No appointments are necessary, except for Glucose Tolerance Testing. To schedule a Glucose Tolerance Test Please call the patient service site directly.

OhioHealth Laboratory Services is an integral part of the local healthcare system supporting the Van Wert community. All patient service sites are staffed by experienced and dedicated professionals.

To learn more about the laboratory services offered by OhioHealth in Van Wert please visit our website: https://www.ohiohealth.com/locations/hospitals/van-wert-hospital/healthcare-services

 

21st Century Club Celebrates 100th Year Birthday

The Twenty First Century Club met on January 23, 2024 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Café for a regular meeting. President Karla Butler called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone with things that happened on this date in history, a report on birthday customs, and where the custom of a birthday cake and blowing out candles came from (round lunar moon shape and smoky candles to ward off evil spirits). Roll-Call by Secretary Cindy Canary was completed with everyone naming one’s favorite birthday custom. Rolling the birthday child under the bed to represent rebirth, and baking coins in a birthday cake were two of the most interesting old customs. The treasurer’s report was given by Valerie Fritzinger.

Minutes were read and approved. Discussion continued on the upcoming May Birthday Party in Old Business.

Sheila Baltzell-Linn then presented her program on her birth year of 1954. According to the Atomic Energy Commission, the world’s first nuclear disaster happened 10 days after her February birth on March 1, 1954 in the Marshall Islands atoll called Bikini Atoll. It is in the Pacific Islands adjacent to the Philippines. When the nuclear arms race ramped up after the end of World War II, the US began doing further development and testing of hydrogen bombs. The first bomb tested was in New Mexico and was of plutonium. The Castle Bravo test, a dry thermonuclear bomb (first lithium deuteride-fueled), was tested on March 1, 1954, and was a far bigger explosion than scientists expected – 15 megatons. It destroyed nearly all of their recording equipment and ruined the Bikini Atoll with radiation. The natives who evacuated will never be able to return for thousands of years.

Presenter Janie Overley continued her birth year of 1954 by detailing how this bomb test, one of 24 in the Marshallese Islands, still affects us today in 2024 Mercer County. Francis John was one of the first Marshallese natives to take advantage of the US government’s promise to monetarily help the islanders. He was formally educated in the islands. He came to the US in 1993 to a new home, went to college, became a church pastor and started helping his fellow Marshallese settle in Mercer County. Janie interviewed a different Marshallese community member recently and learned that the Marshallese people are a calm and relaxed culture. Families all live together in one home and take care of each other. They revere their elderly. There are 50,000 people in the collection of Islands, the temp is 80 degrees year round, the land is flat, and they travel from island to island by canoe. There are now 2500-3000 Marshallese in Mercer County. They come here on special passports. The first family came in 2001. Today, seven Marshallese-based Christian churches support their spiritual needs. They work in local factories, farms and businesses. Celina Schools have around 200 Marshallese students enrolled, who have to learn to speak English in school when they arrive. They also have to get used to cold winters. There are no Ohio coalitions to help the Marshallese assimilate, like other states do. The Celina Library had a culture club before COVID hit. The community has non-profits including CALL Ministries and Our Home which provide help to the Marshallese. Private donors also provide help. Some Marshallese study to become U.S. citizens. The online program Ohio Newsroom is providing videos on the Marshallese people that anyone can search and watch. Janie provided many more details which were very interesting. Julia Henkle and Val Fritzinger served apple crisp and ice cream for refreshments.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Program leaders are Julia Henkle and Toni Fisher (both born in 1963). Sheila Baltzell-Linn and Janie Overley will be hostesses at Rockford Methodist Church. Contact Karla Butler, if you’d like to join us for a meeting (419-203-2489).

 

Donation to C.A.L.L.


The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a generous donation to C.A.L.L Ministries to benefit the Parkway and Celina Back Pack Programs as well as the Food Pantry. Director for C.A.L.L Ministries Homer Burnett (center) accepted the checks from church members Cinda Cook (left) and Bob Cook (right). Homer expressed his appreciation for the donations, saying “God always provides.” In this past year, the back pack program numbers have increased due to the addition of students on the “Free Meal Plan” at local schools. Homer said that the price of groceries have gone up significantly. St. Paul’s Country Church is blessed to be able to help.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “The Kingdom Revealedbased on Mark 1: 29-39.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM. Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT and non-denominational church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.


January 24-31
, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for over 19 years!
Yes, the Parkway Independent is 20 years old on August 4, 2024!

 

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association Donates Honey

 

 

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) recently donated 50pounds of honey to C.A.L.L. Ministries’ food pantry. The honey, packaged in12oz.bottles,was produced at the club’s bee yard.  

Pictured above is Ty Shelby (right), GGLBA President, presenting the honey to Homer Burnett (left), director of C.A.L.L. Ministries. GGLBA is pleased to be able to support local families in need and C.A.L.L. Ministries. C.A.L.L serves families in need in Mercer County. 

Learn more at http://callministries.org.  

GGLBA supports bee keeping and bee keepers in  the Grand Lake area. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrandLakeBeekeepers Association (GGLBA)

 

Parkway February 2024 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

The February Parkway Board of Education meeting
has been changed to Monday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Misery is Coming!

No, we are not talking about the winter weather in Ohio. Misery is the next production of the Van Wert Civic Theatre.  Performances are February 8-10 and 15-17, 2024 at 8 PM and February 11 and 18 at 2 PM. 

Written by William Goldman and based on Stephen King’s novel, Misery is a thrilling stage adaptation that follows the story of Paul Sheldon, a successful author. After a car accident, he is rescued by his self-proclaimed “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes. However, Paul soon realizes that Annie is not the caring nurse she appears to be. Trapped in her secluded home, he must navigate her twisted and obsessive behavior while plotting his escape, leading to a gripping psychological battle. This adult production is brought to life by director Kedryn Roether with cast members Jan Miller as Annie Wilkes, Nick Hribar as Paul Sheldon, and Ralph Myers as Buster.  

Tickets are $16 and are available by visiting vwct.org or call the box office at 419-238-9689. All performances will be held at the Van Wert Civic Theatre, located at 118 S. Race St, Van Wert, OH. 

Please note that this performance is for mature audiences due to strong language and violence. 

This performance is proudly sponsored by Schroeder Roofing.

 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce - January News 2024

Financial Report – Amanda Peel  - Have been receiving 2024 Memberships and have several yet to process.  Will be getting an updated list soon that will be used to update the website and for the new directory.

Financial assistance request from St. Teresa for their Family Fun Night – committee agreed to donate (3) $75 Chamber gift certificates.

Old Business:    
Chamber directory / website –  Brand It Marketing – took photos of new Mayor and Council and will be using that information for the directory and website.    

Officers for 2024 –
President –   Lacey Rizor – The Fix / Second Crossing Brewery
Vice President – Kylie Houser – The Peoples Bank Co.
Treasurer – Amanda Peel – Rock Solid Performance
Secretary – Lisa Kuhn - Village of Rockford

Board members -  Ami Boley – Mercer Health,  Amy Wendel – Wabash Communications,
Shelley Muhlenkamp – Rockford Library,  Tom Burtch – Rockford Carry Out and Catering,
Vance Waldron – First Financial Bank.

Spring Fling event date ---  date was set for Saturday – May 4th.    Will contact Amy Noll to lead the Vendor Market.   Also checking with Amy Noll on her contact for car show organizer.  Committee would like to see an entry fee for the car show.    $10 fee - $5 to Chamber / $5 towards door prizes as an example.  Need to ask Council to approve closing parking on Main Street --- we had good feedback and was a safer environment with young children.    Kylie made some suggestions for themes / tag lines,  several ideas with flowers --- have someone do classes,  See if Betsey will have a fresh bouquet making area in front of store, have kid zone again – which small flower pots painting / decorating and maybe planting flowers for Mother’s Day.    Would like to have a ‘flower’ photo set in Kids Zone.  Will look at offering tractor rides – seemed to go over very well at Rocktoberfest.     Music at both the Eagles and Second Crossing – outdoor seating available at both places.    Paint n sip event.   Food trucks – already have 1 scheduled for that date.  

Future plans --- Discussed sponsoring a “Date Night” so parents can have a night out and the Chamber working with Vantage students to provide child care and crafts / snacks --- maybe hosting at the Library.  

New Business:

2024 Business Spotlight -   Kylie presented a sample form to email to members.   Will be adding Kylie to the Facebook page administration and access to email account.  She has volunteered set up the Social Media posts for spotlights.   Will schedule the posts every couple of weeks throughout the year.    This is good benefit for members.  


New Ownership – Subway
New Ownership – Car Wash
New Ownership – Dental Clinic

Looking Ahead to 2024


• Update 2024 Membership for directory / web site
• Directory to printer
• Spring Fling – May 4th
• Parkway Scholarship interviews – Ami Boley and Kylie Houser volunteers
• Parkway Scholarship presentation
• Community Days Parade – Citizen / Business of the Year / Scholarship Winner
• Mercer County Leadership
• Golf tournament – suggestion
• Rocktoberfest 2024
• Citizen of the Year
• Business of the Year
• New Business / Anniversaries recognitions
• Chamber Business Grant applications
• Anthem ad / Anthem Presentation
• Small Business Saturday
• Membership 2025

Lisa Kuhn,
Secretary

Van Wert County Agricultural Society Receives Grants from Van Wert County Foundation
Submitted by Marie Miller

Van Wert, OH  |  The Van Wert County Agricultural Society has received two grants from the Van Wert County Foundation totaling $16,375 from the John D. and Nellie S. Ault Memorial Fund. The Ag Society applied for the grants during the 2023 Fall Competitive Grant Cycle. The competitive grant cycle is a biannual process where Van Wert County nonprofits, government, and schools can apply for funding for special projects or programs impacting Van Wert County. The applications submitted are reviewed and voted on by The Foundation’s Board of Trustees with the main focus of the process being how the organization’s project is focused on creating a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for our community.

“This year marks our 168th Annual Van Wert County Fair. We have nearly 50 buildings, barns and arenas that need updated, upgraded and improved to continue to meet the needs of our agriculture and fair community. We rely on our fundraising efforts, grants and community donations to make this possible.” states Mike Poling, Van Wert County Fair Secretary and Fair Manager. “We are grateful for the continued support of the Van Wert County Foundation and look forward to finishing our active projects.”

These funds are allocated for specific projects, one being 2-way LED sign at Gate 2 to help advertise upcoming events and deadlines as well as continued marketing efforts to best communicate information and events to the Van Wert Community.

 

Parkway Schools are now on a
 3 hour delay
for Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Thursday, January 25, 2024.
Dense Fog.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Wedesday, January 24, 2024.
Fog.

Parkway Schools are now on a
 3 hour delay
for Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
There is a winter storm with freezing rain and cold temps.



Fire damages JMF Equipment Limited business on 312 North Franklin St in Rockford

An alert went out from the Mercer County Sheriff’s department on 1-22-2024 for drivers to avoid the area and State and US Routes entering and exiting the village. Later in the day, the Sheriff reported that the fire on N Franklin St in Rockford is fully extinguished and the roadways are back open. Thank you to Todd Henkle for sharing the pictures.




Parkway High School
Second quarter 2023-2024 School Year Honor Roll
by Lisa Miller, High School Secretary

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Alexis Berry, Breanna Berry, Olivia Dicke, Meg Henkle, Ashley Jackson, Addysin Leighner, Madison Louth, Audrey Nichols, Ellie Prichard, Trent Rollins, Tyler Rowen, Sarah Sheppard, Francesca Steinbrunner, Paige Stephenson, Woodrow Tinkham, Paige Williamson 

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Ben Bates, Ruby Bennett, Morgan Bollenbacher, Logan Green, Harli Grunden, Samara McDonald, Casey Popp, Emma Prichard, Abigail Sheets, Apollo Thomas, Kathryn Trisel, Jacob Winget

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Caiden Berry, Aaron Hipply, Justin Parsons, Fletcher Smith, Avery White

 

 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Shay Boroff, Brayden Bruns, Lillian Carpenter, Gabriel Cross, Evan Kimmel, Scarlett Laux, Adria Miller, Ashton Minnich, Alexavier Samples, Cora Schumm

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Amanda Barrett, Cali Bollenbacher, Riley Bolton, Noah Connolly, Gaven Garwood, Zoey Henning, Brynlea Houser, Collin Langenkamp, Kaitlyn Rager, Matthew Roberts, Ethan Tuttle, Derick Vann, Elizabeth Winget

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Wyatt Carpenter, Braedn Conn, Douglas Hughes, Creeden Knittle, Kenzianna Missler, Elias Poe, Alayna Reigle, Zachary Rogers, Briann Scudder, Wyatt Seals, Melanie Severt, Helana Sinning, Trevor Stearns, Andrew Taylor, Isabella Thornsberry, Madison Williams 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Brittyn Bruns, Lola Dailey, Payton Frese, Trevor Heitkamp, Mackenzie Hoover, Rylan Lyons, Natalie Moeller, Taylor Muhlenkamp, Josiah Neff, Ethan Pond, Nathaniel Stolly, Emmery Temple, Kyndra Thornsberry, Christina Tong, Lucian Winters

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Carlee Barna, Lennox Boroff, Meagan Boroff, Hayden Castleman, Olivia Clifford, Kaleb Gilliland, Carson Kirby, Russell McDonald, Megan Nichols, Haley Perry, Ella Putman, Zavier Rissner, Jordyn Schaefer, Eli Schumm, Gabryelle Sill, Analicia Velez

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Miley Crouch, Addison Fisher, Steven Harner, Parker Johnson, Parker Lyons, Maddie Miehls, Taylor Minnich, Milee Peel, Addison Reigle, John Yoder, Kendra Zimmerman, Kylie Zimmerman

 

 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Charles Bennett, Freya Blount, Bethany Denney, Lillian Hays, Megan Hughes, Wyatt Pancake, Madelyn Stover, Grace Winget, Isabell Young

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Mason Ackley, Zavior Bailey, Luke Booher, Rhen Carpenter, Kara Fullenkamp, Jaymie Quickstad, Magdalene Rich, Lexie Sites, Samuel Tickle, Jacoby Triplett, Jaden Wenning, Tobin Winters

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Sasha Buckner, Piper Eguia, Aisley Everett, Joshua Hague, Marianna Hernandez, Faith Kiser, Morgan Louth, Taylor Nusbaum, Adalynn Rogers, Luke Sheets, Robert Shirk, Deagan Taylor, Gavin Westgerdes, Arwen Williams

 

Celina VFW donates $10,000 to Celina Choir Boosters
Recently, our local Celina VFW Post 5713 generously donated $10,000 to the Celina Choir Boosters. This money will be used to purchase choir robes to be worn by the various choirs in Celina City School's Choral Department.

Celina's Choral Department is under the direction of Mr. Joel Trisel, who is in his 11th year with Celina Schools. Trisel teaches and directs all of the 7th-12th grade choirs, directs the High School Spring Musical, and is an adjunct College Credit Plus (CCP) professor at Wright State University-Lake Campus. The Department performs various times throughout the year, including at Christmas and in the Spring. We are very grateful for this generous donation and the support of the Arts from our community.  

Pictured above left to right: Gerald Ward, Trustee, Joel Trisel, Choral Director, James Babcock, quartermaster, Karl Hagaman, member, and Kathryn Kennedy, Auxiliary member.

 

OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital expanding use of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgeries

VAN WERT, Ohio - Area residents now have access to a growing number of leading-edge surgery services that allow them to heal quicker, experience less pain and stay close to home.

The robotic-assisted surgery program at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital is expanding in use and breadth of services, giving patients more options for minimally invasive procedures. "I think it's a game changer," said Dr. Thomas Conte, the hospital's chief of surgery. "I think people should feel blessed that we have this cutting-edge technology in a rural area."

"We're creating the same standard of care at home as you would in a larger city," said Dr. Craig Hanson, who also performs robotic surgeries at Van Wert.

Since December 2020, OhioHealth physicians have performed more than 800 operations using the da Vinci® Surgical System to treat a wide of array of conditions, including perforated stomach ulcers and colons, hernias and gallbladder disease. Other surgical services include bladder repairs as well as treatment of endometriosis and other urogynecological problems; additional growth has been seen in prostate surgery and the treatment of acid reflux disease.

Robotic-assisted surgery is being used increasingly as an alternative to traditional open and other minimally invasive surgeries, such as laparoscopies. Robotic technology gives surgeons an enhanced and magnified view inside the patient's body and provides them with a set of surgical "hands" that can move and maneuver more precisely than human ones.

However, a human being, not the robot, is 100 percent in control. "The robot doesn't perform the surgery, it replicates my hand movements. It allows me to get in spaces I couldn't otherwise access," Dr. Conte said. "The robot is an additional tool we can use to help the patient."

Dr. Hanson said the robotic system's three-dimensional, panoramic imaging capability provides a much clearer view than laparoscopy. "It's kind of like the difference between an old black-and-white TV and the latest generation HDTV, where you can see every blade of grass on the football field. It makes you a much more precise surgeon."

Compared to traditional surgery, robotic procedures shorten healing time, allowing patients to get back to normal more quickly. "I've had patients tell me, 'Oh my gosh, I didn't feel this good,' Dr. Hanson said. Less pain means reduced need for narcotics, and the risk of blood loss and infection also is lower.

"This reaps tremendous benefits for the patient," said Dr. Conte. Robotic surgery isn't always the better option, but when used appropriately, it can make a significant difference for both patients and their families and caregivers, he said.

At a recent meeting of the American College of Surgeons, about 40 percent of attendees responded yes when asked how many had 24/7 access to a robotic surgery system, Dr. Conte said.

"Little Van Wert is at least as good as half the places in the country, and better than the majority. For many things, small-town hospitals can do things at least as well or better than hospitals in large cities, and with more empathy. When you're in a rural area, you want that personal touch," said Dr. Conte.

The robotic surgery system at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital was made possible by a gift from area philanthropists Bruce and Julie Kennedy.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Sponsored by St Teresa Parish

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Dinner / DJ beginning at 5:30pm at Rockford Community Building

Wedding Style Dinner– PRESALE TICKETS ONLY $11.00/meal (5 and under free) Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb 18, 2024.

Contact the church office at 419-363-2633 or email stteresachurch@bright.net

Many great prizes to win for adults and children

Open to the public.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Power Revealedbased on Mark 1: 21-28.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 8:45 (The Chosen) and 10 AM. Women’s Fellowship meets monthly.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


January
16-23, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Traffic Fatality on January 18, 2024 in Mercer County – Hopewell Township
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred January 18, 2024.  Grey advised that Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call at 7:50 PM of a crash that occurred on Fast Rd in the area of Hoenie Rd in Hopewell Township. 

The investigation revealed that a 2001 tan Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 17 year old Andrew J Taylor of Celina, Ohio was travelling westbound on Fast Rd, west of Hoenie Rd, when he went off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and came to rest after striking a second tree.  Taylor was air lifted from the scene by Lutheran Air and transported to St Rita’s Hospital in Lima.  He was later transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for further treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified yesterday, January 21, 2024, that Andrew Taylor succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene.  Also assisting at the scene were members of the Rockford Fire Department, Celina Fire Department, Celina Squad 2, Lutheran Air and MCERV.

Jeff Grey, Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

Parkway Schools are now
CLOSED
for Friday, January 19, 2024.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Friday, January 19, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Friday, January 19, 2024.
There is winter storm named Indigo with snow and cold temps.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

 Expect sub-zero temperatures
and even worse wind chills
for Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

Parkway Schools are now
CLOSED
for Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
There is a winter storm with sub-zero temperatures
and even worse wind chills.

The Wassenberg Art Center Opens 1968: A Folsom Redemption

The Wassenberg Art Center invites you to celebrate the 1968: A Folsom Redemption exhibition Thursday, February 1st, from 6PM-9PM. The free to the public, opening reception includes light appetizers, cash bar, and live entertainment. 1968: A Folsom Redemption will be on display Tuesday, January 30th, through Friday, March 15th.Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a landmark event, 1968: A Folsom Redemption is a collection of photographs and memories of two journalists lucky enough to be among a handful of eyewitnesses to the historic Johnny Cash concerts at Folsom Prison. This candid and personal photography exhibition covers a critical juncture in the career of Johnny Cash, one of the twentieth century’s most beloved performers.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the re-scheduled service entitled, “Come and Seebased on John 1: 43-51. The annual membership meeting, which was canceled last week, will be held following the service. A carry-in meal is included so bring a covered dish. Meat will be provided.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10 AM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


January 9-15
, 2024
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2024

Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Boys Basketball - Xavier Samples

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Xavier Samples as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Boys Basketball. Xavier is the son of Steve and Teri Samples.

 

 

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Girls Basketball - Audrey Nichols

Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Audrey Nichols as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Girls Basketball. Audrey is the daughter of Les and Cheryl Nichols.

 

 

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Wrestling - Gaven Garwood



Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Gaven Garwood as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Wrestling. Gaven is the son of Scott and Shawna Garwood.

 Parkway School Board Agenda for Records Retention, Organizational and Regular Meetings
 on January 10, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm

IT'S OUR 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SCHUMM REUNI0NS!

Please save the dates of Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 as our celebratory weekend commemorating the 100th anniversary of Schumm Reunions!  The ice cream social and the reunion meal will be held on the church grounds of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church located east of Willshire, Ohio in Schumm, Ohio.

On Saturday, August 3, we will have a relaxed and informal ice cream social at the church, a chance to visit the historic Wyneken School near Decatur IN, and the opportunity to attend a Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball game that evening in Fort Wayne IN.  Details will follow this spring.

Sunday, August 4 will be our Grand Celebration of the Schumm Reunion, celebrating 100 years of Schumm Reunions! 

We look forward to your being able to attend some—or ALL!—of the events that weekend!  PLEASE BE SURE TO EMAIL ANY CHANGES IN FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES (BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, ETC) TO US SO THAT WE CAN BE SURE THE GENEALOGY IS UPDATED ACCURATELY.  You can email those to us at the reunion address of schummfamilyreunion@gmail.com or you can email  Sharon Dietrich at  flatface5@frontier.com and that will permit us to update our genealogy.

A more formal invitation will be sent out in late April/early May, but we wanted now to get that information to you so you know we have big plans for this year's reunion.  It's something you will not want to miss, so please make plans to attend if you can!

 

Your Reunion Committee

Al Schumm, President                 Larry Schwartz, Vice President

Maurice Schumm, Treasurer     Sherry Dietrich Shaffer, Secretary

Sharon Dietrich, Historian          Andrea Hays, At Large

Mike Schumm, At Large              Tim Muntzinger, At Large

Chad Dietrich, At Large 

 

 

Western Ohio Civil War Round Table to meet Thursday, January 25, 2024

Daniel Masters is the January 25th speaker at the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable. Dan is an award winning author who has been actively engaged in Civil War research for the past twenty years. With a focus on Ohio infantry regiments, and documenting thousands of letters contained in Ohio's newspapers during the War.

Dan's areas of specialty include: anything Ohio related; the war in the western theatre; and the war in the east through Gettysburg. For our January 25th meeting, he will focus on the 57th OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry) at Shiloh.

The meeting starts at 7:15 PM at the Richardson-Bretz in Celina.

Plan now to join us for an interesting topic from a presenter with years of research and speaking engagements to his credit.

379 Bridges Inspected in Mercer County
Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 379 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart completed the inspections before the end of 2023.

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

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Come and Seebased on John 1: 43-51. The annual membership meeting will be held following the service. A carry-in meal is included so bring a covered dish. Meat will be provided.
 

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10 AM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Drive carefully
for Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
There is a windy winter storm with rain and snow.

Update to Church Scheduling 1-11-2024 by Dawn Agler :

New Horizons Community Church
833 S. Main St.
Rockford, OH 45882
419-363-2064
email : office@nhccrockford.com

Ken Meyer - Lead Pastor
Nate Davis - Student Ministry Pastor
Todd Moser - Children's Pastor

9 & 10:30 am - Worship Gatherings with
all 3 gatherings with full kids ministry (infant - 5th grade)

Wednesday at 7 pm - Worship Gathering with Kids Ministry
 

Nate Davis - Student Ministry Pastor:

EGGS Student Breakfast
Second Friday of the month at 7:15 am (September - May)

Student Ministry Gathering - (5th-12th grades) meets Sunday evening 5:00 - 7:00pm

Church website: www.nhccrockford.com

 

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January 1-8
, 2024
Happy New Year!
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
Yes, the Parkway Independent is 19 years old!

 

Parkway Panther basketball player Paige Williamson, center, signs her letter of intent to play basketball for Anderson College in the Fall of 2024. Watching are her parents, Dan and Angela Williamson and her three sisters Abby, Hannah and Samantha.
Parkway Panther softball player Meg Henkle, center, signs her letter of intent to play softball for Davis Elkins University in the Fall of 2024. Watching are parents Stacy and Terra Henkle, sister Macy Henkle and coaches Trey Stover and Brenden Bates, along with Caleb Kinney.

Military Discharge Records by Julie Peel, Mercer County Recorder

Be safe. In Ohio you can record your DD214 form in your county recorder’s office. Register your DD214 with your County Recorder as soon as you separate from the Service. After you record your discharge papers, they can be easily retrieved if you need additional copies. There is never a fee for recording a military discharge record or for certified copies for authorized parties.

The Mercer County Recorder’s Office encourages Veterans to have their military discharge papers (DD214) recorded in the Recorder’s Office. You must present an original or a certified DD214 for recording. Your certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 form is one of the most important documents that the Service will give you. It is your key to participation in all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs as well as several state and federal programs Including: Disability Compensation These are just a few of the services that require Home Loans your discharge papers. You should keep your Loan Guaranty Services original document in a safe place, certified Vocational Services copies are available for no charge to Insurance Services authorized parties. Burial & VA Cemeteries Military discharges have restricted public access. ORC 317.24 allows authorized parties to request copies of recorded military discharges. Proper identification MUST be present to view and receive copies.

Authorized parties include: The person who is subject of the Discharge County Veterans Service Officer Person with Power of Attorney for the Veteran An Executor or Administrator of the Veteran’s Estate A funeral director MERCER COUNTY RECORDER Julie Peel Copies of DD214’s must be requested in person at the Mercer County Recorder’s Office by an authorized individual. Please have identification with you such as a driver’s license. A recorded discharge document is not a public record for a period of seventy-five (75) years after the date of recording. If you are not an “authorized party” a copy of any DD214 may only be made available to you in redacted form. Including only name, rank, date of birth, date of discharge and type of discharge.

Unauthorized persons will also be subject to a two-dollar ($2) per page charge. If you have lost your DD214 and have never recorded it, the Mercer County Veterans Service Commission can direct you in obtaining a copy. The Veteran’s Service Office is located in the Mercer County Central Service Building, 220 W. Livingston St., Rm 2701, Celina. The phone number is 419-586-3542. You may also obtain a photo ID card from Mercer County Recorder’s office. Your DD214 must be recorded with the Mercer County Recorder’s Office prior to obtaining this ID card.

 

 

Montezuma Fire Department Release on Victim’s Identity
by Chief Lee Braun, Montezuma Fire Department


On January 2, 2023 at 2057 hrs the Montezuma Fire Department, along with the Coldwater and St Mary’s Township fire departments for mutual aid, were dispatched to a structure fire located at 8583 St Rte 219 Lot # B17, Celina, OH 45822.  When the Montezuma fire department arrived on the scene, the 10’ by 20’ structure was fully involved in fire.  The roof had already collapsed as well.  Crews worked diligently to put the fire out.  Once the fire was under control, it was learned that there was a victim inside the structure that did not make it out.  The victim’s next of kin was notified by the assistance of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

            At this time the State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and 2 investigators responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

            The victim was identified as Vickie J. Schumm age 65.

The Montezuma Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Coldwater and St Mary’s Township fire departments, Coldwater Squad, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

            Any further inquiries at this time should be directed to the State Fire Marshal’s Office as they have an open investigation into the fire.

 

Mercer Health welcomes First Baby of 2024

 

Mercer County Community Hospital’s first baby of the year was born on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. A baby boy born to Rutha Anitak and Jimi Briand of Celina arrived at 10:35 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 14.6 ounces and measuring 18 inches long. He was welcomed by his parents and a big brother and sister.

The family received multiple gifts including a fresh 48 photography session by Beth Fortkamp, a Mercer Health blanket, a gift card from The Gift Shop at Mercer Health and additional items.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 

Mercer Health Medical Staff awards Medical Student Scholarship to Parkway Grad Clayton Agler 



Mercer Health Medical Staff awarded its 2023 Mercer Health Medical Staff Scholarship to Clayton Agler, a Parkway High School graduate currently working toward his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Agler was selected as the scholarship recipient based on his desire to promote healthier communities and to bring specialized care to rural areas. “I am thankful that I was born and raised in Mercer County and had the opportunity to work in local healthcare,” Agler states. “It has shaped my perspective of medicine and inspired me to practice medicine in rural areas.”

The Mercer Health Medical Student Scholarship program was initiated in 2020 and awards $2,000 annually to a medical school student who has shown a strong connection to Mercer Health or the surrounding communities. The scholarship is awarded for a one-year period and provided directly to the student.

Mercer Health’s Medical Staff looks forward to giving back to additional medical students as the scholarship program continues. “Across our country and right here in west central Ohio, rural hospitals play an essential and integral role in the healthcare system, providing significant contributions to the well-being of the communities we serve,” Dr. Stefanie Moeller, Mercer Health internal medicine provider, said. “Our goal is to give back to students, especially those who are interested in supporting our rural communities as a physician—and in other ways.”

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be a resident of the United States who is currently enrolled as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year medical student in an accredited MD/DO school located in the United States. Applicant must either be a resident of Mercer County or one of the adjacent counties for at least 12 months prior to registering as a medical student or have participated in a rotation at Mercer Health. Applications for the 2024 scholarship are now being accepted. Participants must apply online by October 1, 2024 and submit transcript of their medical school courses/grades and a letter, on school letterhead, from the applicant’s medical school verifying that he/she is enrolled full time as a medical student at that institution.

For more information about Mercer Health’s Medical Student Scholarship, visit mercer-health.com/med-foundation or contact Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Director, at dhemmelgarn@mercer-health.com or 419-678-5679.

Pictured is Dr. Megan Core, Mercer Health Chief of Staff, and Dr. David Rosado, Scholarship Committee Representative, presenting Clayton Agler his 2023 Medical Student Scholarship.

 

Parkway Varsity Boys Basketball Win Bobcat Holiday Classic with new School Record
by Teri Samples, AD

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

Parkway January 2024 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees to Meet

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 9, at 4 pm in the basement meeting room in the library. As always,  the public is welcome to attend.

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 to Meet in 2024

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold its first meeting of 2024 on Tuesday, January 9th.  The meeting will be held at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds and will begin at 10:00 AM.  Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:30 AM.

Guest speaker will be Zelda Zizelman, Assistant Director of the Center for Neurological Development in Burkettsville.  The Center serves neurologically impaired children and adults.

Chapter members who pay dues annually are encouraged to do so at this meeting. 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Jesus’ Baptism . . . and So It Beginsbased on Mark 1: 4-11.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

Special Olympics & Sheriff’s Department to Battle on the Court

CELINA, Ohio — Mercer County Special Olympics is set to battle the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with a friendly game of basketball and an evening of competition on Monday, January 22nd at the Celina Field House.  

“We have hosted this game for several years on a smaller scale. This year we have decided to bring it to the Field House and create a fun event for all,” said Sam Fledderjohann, Mercer County Special Olympics Coordinator.

While the game takes place annually, this year’s game has been turned into a larger-scale event at the Celina Field House. The evening will open with the Special Olympics Skills Team, The Wildcats, facing the Mercer County Sheriff Deputies at 6:00pm. An intermission will occur between games at 6:45 with the Special Olympics Cheer Team and Unified Cheer Team performing. The evening will conclude with the annual Bobcats vs. Deputies game at 7:00pm.

“While this game doesn’t count toward our official record, its one the players look forward to the most.  The comradery that has been built between the Sherriff’s department and our athletes because of this event is outstanding. From a spectator perspective, it’s also really fun to watch,” Fledderjohann stated.

The game admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Mercer County Special Olympics Programming. Concessions will also be available. Radio personality Jonathan Williams from JW Sound & Production will be the official MC of the night.

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Mercer County Special Olympics currently hosts six sports including: basketball, bowling, power lifting, traditional and unified cheerleading, unified volleyball, and unified golf. Thanks to the support of the community, our athletes can compete all over the region against other special Olympics teams.  To learn more about the program or to find out how to become involved, contact Sam Fledderjohann at 567-890-0265 or sfledderjohann@mercerdd.org

 

Winter Reminder from Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart and Snowplow crews

 

During snow and ice removal nothing prevents crews from doing a safe and efficient job of clearing roadways more than abandoned vehicles on and along county roadways that either slow or obstruct snowplows from getting county roads open.

Here are a few winter safety driving tips that hopefully will allow snowplow crews to provide safe travel this winter for Mercer County motorists:

 

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.  A lot of turning around at intersections occur.

 

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 not push snow to the approach side of mailbox (place it on the exit side of the mailbox).

Stay abreast of the road conditions and advisories issued by the local media.

 

Parkway Cross Country members who earned MAC-All Academic Awards

 

Parkway Cross Country members who earned MAC-All Academic Awards at the recent end of the season banquet held at Parkway include:

Members in the picture (left to right) are: Lexi Berry (Senior), Paige Williamson (Senior), Amanda Barrett (Junior), Lani Sinning (Junior), Natalie Moeller (Sophomore), Taylor Muhlenkamp (Sophomore), Christina Tong (Sophomore), Tyler Rowen (Senior), Woodrow Tinkham (Senior), Xavier Samples (Junior), Josiah Neff (Sophomore), and absent from the picture-Nate Stolly (Sophomore).


 

2024 USA Curling Wheelchair Mixed Doubles National Championships to be Hosted in Fort Wayne This Week

 

Fort Wayne, Indiana – January 2, 2024 – The Fort Wayne Curling Club is proud to be hosting the first USA Curling National Championships of 2024.  The 2024 USA Curling Wheelchair Mixed Doubles National Championships will be held at the Fort Wayne Curling Club Thursday, January 4th through Sunday, January 7th.

 

"Hosting this event in Fort Wayne would not be possible without the support of Visit Fort Wayne, Team Indiana, the Fort Wayne Sports Foundation and Turnstone.  We have partnered with USA Curling to host two national championships previously, the inaugural Arena National Championships (2013) and the U18 National Championships (2022) but this is the first time we have been entrusted with hosting a Wheelchair Curling National Championship." said Club President and Co-Founder Craig Fischer.  "This is really special to us because our club was founded with the idea of inclusivity to people of all abilities.  We currently run what we believe to be the largest special needs curling program in the United States and we hope that hosting this event raises awareness about the inclusivity of the sport of Curling.  It really is a sport for people of all ages and abilities.  Literally anybody can participate in the sport of Curling if they want to, there are a lot of accommodations that can be made."

 

Wheelchair Curling is the adaptive version of the Olympic Sport of Curling and started in Europe in the late 1990s, making its way to North America in 2022.  Wheelchair Curling was added to the Paralympics for the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy.  In July 2023, the Mixed Doubles variant of Wheelchair Curling was added to the Paralympic Games and will make its debut in 2026 at the Paralympic Games in Cortina, Italy.

 

The 2024 USA Curling Wheelchair Mixed Doubles National Championships will feature 6 teams competing for the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Wheelchair Mixed Doubles Curling Championships to be held in Gangneung, South Korea on March 10-16, 2024.

 

Matches will be held on the following dates and times:

·      Thursday, January 4th - 7:00 PM

·      Friday, January 5th - 9:00 AM

·      Friday, January 5th – 2:00 PM

·      Saturday, January 6th – 9:00 AM

·      Saturday, January 6th – 2:00 PM

·      Saturday, January 6th - 7:00 PM –SEMI-FINALS

·      Sunday, January 7th – 10:00 AM –FINALS

 

Additionally, a free Wheelchair Curling Clinic will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00 PM by the head of USA Curling's Wheelchair Curling program and some of the athletes.

 

Matches last roughly 90 minutes.  Spectators are welcome.  There is no charge for spectators.

 

The Fort Wayne Curling Club is located at 3837 N. Wells Street, directly across Wells Street from the Parkview Ice House.

 

THE SPORT OF CURLING

 

The sport of curling originated in the 1500s on the frozen lochs of Scotland but was formalized and made into the sport it is today by the Canadians.  The sport entails teams alternately sliding 42 pound stones down a sheet of ice roughly 150 feet long to a set of rings ("the house") while teammates sweep the stone to make the stone go straighter and further.  Once all the stones are thrown (an "end"), the team whose stone is closest to the center of the rings scores and the number of points they score is the number of stones closer to the center than the opponents' closest stone.  A game continues for 8 ends at the club level and 10 ends at the Olympic level.

 

Curling has grown significantly in the United States since its re-introduction into the Olympics (it was included in the inaugural 1924 Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix).  There are currently nearly 23,500 curlers and 185 curling clubs in the United States and significant additional growth is expected. 

THE FORT WAYNE CURLING CLUB

 

Curling has a long and storied history in Fort Wayne which can be found here, but the modern Fort Wayne Curling Club was founded in 2010 by Craig Fischer, Greg Eigner, Jerri Mead and Dan McCoy.   Brief history of the club is here.  The club started curling at the Parkview Ice House (then known as the Lutheran Health Sports Center) and, in2014, opened a 3-sheet dedicated facility in a rented warehouse on Wells Street (now partially occupied by 2Toms Brewing Company).  In 2019, the club opened a dedicated 4-sheet curling facility at 3837 N. Wells Street, directly across Wells Street from the Parkview Ice House.  The Fort Wayne Curling Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers leagues for curlers of all ages and abilities, Learn to Curl sessions, private events, corporate events and activities for those with special needs.

 

 


December 14-31
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Isaac Van Wart Members Placed Wreaths Across America on Veteran Graves

Isaac Van Wart members assisted Middle Point Boy Scouts Troop 32 with placing wreaths on Veterans graves at Woodland Cemetery. This was in conjunction with the National Wreaths Across America which originally began in Arlington Cemetery with the goals of Honor, Remember, Teach. A moment of silence is given at each veteran’s grave after saying their name out loud and then placing a wreath there. 

Deputies Investigate Fatal Crash
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this evening, December 22nd, 2023.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call at 5:18 PM of a traffic crash on St Rte 49, north of Oregon Rd in Liberty Township.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Trey Frech, age 24, of New Paris, OH was driving a 2016 white Chevy sedan northbound on St Rte 49.  A John Schwartz, age 24, of Celina, OH was traveling with his family southbound in a horse driven buggy.  Frech went in to the southbound lane to pass a northbound van and then struck the Schwartz buggy head-on.  Frech was ejected from his vehicle.  

Mr. Frech was air lifted from the scene by Lutheran Air and transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Mr Schwartz was transported by Celina EMS, Squad 6, to Mercer Health in Coldwater and was treated and released.  Elizabeth Schwartz, age 26, who is seven months pregnant, was transported by Squad 6 to Mercer Health and was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. John Schwartz Jr, age 3, was transported by Squad 6 to Mercer Health.  John and Elizabeth Schwartz's daughter, Roseanne, age 1, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The horse was seriously injured and later passed.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Chatt Fire Department, Celina EMS, Rockford EMS and MCERV.    

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene.  This crash remains under investigation at this time and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review. 

 

Holy Communion on New Year’s Eve - St. Paul’s Country Church
The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to New Year’s Eve with us. On Sunday, December 31, 2023, the sanctuary will be open during the hours of 2-3 PM and 6-7 PM for an informal time of individual prayer and to celebrate communion with Pastor Mike Husted. The regular Sunday morning worship service is also at 10 AM.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

PS. We love our new sign made by Johnny Harrod of Mercer Metal.

20th Century Club, Now 21st Century Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary
By Sheila Baltzell-Linn, Club reporter


 

The 21st Century Club is the longest running club in Rockford, Ohio perhaps even in the county. At 100 years old, and spanning two centuries, it began as the 20th Century Club and, by vote in 2000, became the 21st Century Club.

History reveals that over 100 years before the club, Antoine Chen (Anthony Shane) had plotted Shanesville on June 23, 1820. On June 5, 1866, Shanesville was incorporated and became known as Shanes Crossing. In 1890 the U.S. Postal Service decreed the town would be called Rockford. Rockford went from a frontier crossing for trappers, Indians, and military forces to a bustling, busy town on a main thoroughfare to Fort Wayne. There were groceries, farriers, blacksmiths, buggy and barrel makers, saw mills. brick kilns, dry goods stores, printers, bars, restaurants, hat makers, seamstresses, churches, solicitors, bankers and everything an expanding town needed for pioneers. There were families in Rockford who wanted everything they missed from back East: libraries; opera; theater; - - intellectual stimulation.

In November of 1923, the desire for a musical and literary club became strong enough to cause a group of nine women to organize themselves into a club in Rockford. They created and adopted a constitution. The club colors of green and gold were chosen as well as the club flower -- a chrysanthemum. These choices remain today in 2023.

The first meeting was held in the home of Mrs. M.L. Downing. The officers elected for the new organization were Mrs. Paul Fishbaugh, President, Mrs. Roy Bissel, Vice President, Mrs. Lillian Coates, Secretary, and Mrs. E. E. Jackson, Treasurer. (It is of note here that E.E. Jackson was a solicitor (lawyer) working out of the Mercer County Courthouse in Celina.) The constitution shows their intention to meet the fourth Tuesday of each month September thru May in the homes of the members. The constitution also describes how membership was to be held to 24 ladies with an object of promoting a broader and better culture, intellectually, and socially, among its members. This continues in the club in 2023.

While delicious dinners were once cooked for each meeting, the club today enjoys refreshments of a lite fare except for the first meeting of the year which is usually a feast.

The 1978 Mercer County History book lists the following community projects which this club did or helped to sponsor: 1. Sponsored the clean-up of dump grounds at the edge of Rockford. 2. In 1923 and 33 paid lights, coal, water and cleaning bills for library. 3. In 1934 sponsored the building of Public restrooms on West Market Street. 4. Bought bookcase for paperback books in library. 5. Fifty year club members bought bookcase for library books at Shane Hill Nursing Home. 6. Contributes annually to Combined Community Fund Drives. 7. Donates to Carey, Bill and Benny Scholarship funds. 8. Contributes to Girls State project. 9. Bought a lighted globe for library. 10. Contributed to library building fund in 1970.

The club in 2023 today carries on the learning of topics that follow a “theme” which is decided upon by the officers of the club at the beginning of each new year. The current president-elect is Karla Sidenbender Butler. The theme is Happy Birthday: A look back. Every member will report on something important that happen in her birth year.

So far three meetings have been held. Topics of September dinner meeting included Karla’s report on Sheila Baltzell-Linn’s research on the club for its 100th year. In October, the first two presenters were Melanie Shindeldecker and Susan Coburn. Melanie did a flip chart on the day in the life of a housewife in 1964. Melanie covered prices, food, home cost and appliances that were up and coming. Susan followed with a report on the bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1941. It was a very moving account, and Susan, as a native Canadian, was thorough on how this act of terror affected both of our countries as well as the world. It brought the USA into WWII. The November presenters were Twyla Hays and Kim Carr who both had the year 1961. Twyla reminded members about the many new gadgets of the times, births of important Americans, and the inauguration of JFK, but nothing was quite so prophetic as The Jetsons cartoon show. As she brought up the many devices used, many of them have become a reality. Kim finished the evening with the history of Willshire and Rockford Schools which merged that year. It became Parkway Schools because the stretch of US 33 between the two towns was known as the “parkway”. The late Bob Thompson won the contest for the school’s name. Kim gave a thorough history on the merger and the later merge with Mendon. She had pictures and historical documentation. As the club continues to celebrate 100 years, please watch for more reports!

Sheila’s references on the club history included: 20th Century Club article from Mercer County History Book c1978 Page 204, editor Joyce Alig; Internet Research; and the Rockford Sesquicentennial History Book. 1970.

Picture is from 2016 membership.


 

Congratulations Doctor Jerry Sell!
Sheila Baltzell-Linn's last doctor visit with him in December 2023.

Dr. Jerry Sell Retires Again in December 2023

Rockford and Van Wert physician to retire after more than 40 years of service to the community
Provided by Ohio Health Media Services


VAN WERT, Ohio - After 44 years of caring for patients he’s come to know and love, family
medicine specialist Dr. Jerry Sell is stepping away from the practice he has cultivated in his rural hometown.

Dr. Sell, 76, a family medicine physician with OhioHealth, says the decision to retire at the end of the year was a difficult one.
“It’s been my life work, my entire life.” A native of Rockford, Dr. Sell has been treating patients in the Rockford and Van Wert areas since 1979.

The day he opened his doors that July, Dr. Sell had 33 new patient appointments at the office. In addition, “I had thirty-five pregnant ladies waiting for me to come to town. Some were overdue,” following the departure of the previous physician, he said. “I think my office staff wanted to run away.”

Dr. Sell hit the ground running, building the practice and honing his skills so he could provide the most comprehensive care possible, which came to include setting fractures, performing colonoscopies, treating skin cancer patients and delivering babies by Caesarean section. On the other end of the reproductive spectrum, “I’ve done almost all the vasectomies in the area.”

For the first 12 ½ years, Dr. Sell was the only physician in the practice. “I was never home,” he said. His wife, Connie, became not only his office manager but a member of an extended family of co-workers and patients. “We had a dedication to patients that helped develop continuity of care,” Mrs. Sell said. “We followed up with patients to make sure they picked up their prescriptions and that they were taking their medicine. If an elderly patient missed an appointment, we’d call their family.”

The couple, who have been married 57 years, met at Rockford High School and married in May 1967. A month later, Dr. Sell was drafted and went on to serve four years with the U.S. Army as a preventive medicine instructor at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where he earned an Army Commendation Medal.

Dr. Sell came home to earn his medical degree from The Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton.

His academic performance gave him his pick of specialties and practice locations, but he chose family medicine and his hometown of Rockford to make the most impact. “I felt like I needed to come back. I had made that commitment. Family medicine was the most urgently needed,” he said. “Having a good family medicine physician is the key to getting the best care.” Personal care has extended to the financial side. Instead of sending patients to a financial services office, “If you can’t afford care, just let us know and we’ll give it to you,” said Dr. Sell, who also made house calls and still does on a limited basis for patients unable to come to the office.

That’s not to say Dr. Sell has practiced medicine of a bygone era. His office was an early adopter of electronic medical records and was the first in the state to use electronic prescriptions, he said. “We had to wait on the state to write the rules.”

The practice eventually grew to three physicians, a nurse practitioner and 24 employees, many of whom were cross-trained. Dr. Sell and his partners saw as many as 150 patients a day, but despite the busy schedule, he said, “we treated all the patients and staff like family.”

Longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Conte said attempting to fill Sell’s shoes is a daunting task. “He’s an amazing physician and has such a wide spectrum of skills. I cannot think of enough words that are sufficient to describe how wonderful he is as a person and a physician.”

Dr. Conte recalls an event several held several years ago to celebrate Dr. Sell’s career when he cut back his schedule. A woman attended with her 40-year-old son, whom Dr. Sell had treated as an infant. “He’s had a huge impact, and the community is going to feel it,
” said Dr. Conte, chief of surgery at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital. “He very much deserves his retirement, but it will be a great loss to the community and the hospital.”

Dr. Sell and his wife look forward to more travel and spending time with family. Reflecting on his decades-long career he says, “Over time, you come to know your patients and even love your patients. It’s been a very rewarding practice, it’s been a lot of fun, and patients have
appreciated it.”

About OhioHealth Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Serving its communities since 1891, OhioHealth is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 15 hospitals, three joint-venture hospitals, one managed-affiliate hospital, 200+ ambulatory sites and other health services spanning a 50-county area. For more information, visit ohiohealth.com.

 

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


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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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


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


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

So, retirement? Not exactly, but close enough.

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

 

 

Mercer Health welcomes Rona Dellinger, CNP, to Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon

Rona Dellinger, Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), has served the Rockford and surrounding communities for over 24 years and will continue to do so in partnership with Mercer Health. Starting January 8, 2024, Dellinger will join Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon, located at 128 Drake St., Mendon.

Dellinger has enjoyed caring for the Rockford and Mendon areas and is pleased that she will continue to get to do so at Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon. Before becoming a family nurse practitioner, Dellinger worked as a nurse at Mercer Health.  She states, “Mercer Health was my first ever job as a nurse so I really always have called them my first home.”

She will continue to see her current patients and will accept new patients at her new location, Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon. To schedule an appointment with Rona Dellinger, CNP, call 419-795-2050.

Mercer Health Medical Group provides primary care physicians and nurse practitioners throughout the area including locations in Celina, Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, Maria Stein, Mendon, New Bremen and St. Henry. For more information on primary care services at Mercer Health, visit https://mercer-health.com/our-services/primary-care/

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 posts.

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on December 13, 2023
at 6:30 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox

Rockford United Methodist Church Announces Together at Christmas
Rockford United Methodist Church announces the Rockford Community Meal called Together at Christmas. Started many years ago by the church, members volunteer Christmas Day to serve a free meal to anyone wanting to attend in celebration of the birth of Christ. It is held at the large Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park.   It is from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. It is a hot home-cooked meal fit for Christmas with homemade desserts. Everyone is invited! And, it is always FREE!

St. Paul’s Country Church Service – Two Christmas Eve Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to enjoy Christmas Eve Services with us. On Sunday, December 24, 2023, the 10 AM program will be presented by our children. It is a time-honored tradition filled with the story of the birth of Jesus and singing.

At 7 PM, there will be a candlelight and music service.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding Christmas worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

St. Paul’s Country Church Service – Advent
The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their third worship service of Advent at 10 AM on Sunday, December 17, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “The Good Newsbased on Isaiah 61: 1-4.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Join us for Christmas Eve services. Details coming.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

EverHeart Hospice Care Center Helps Patients in Need

Patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness often find themselves faced with important decisions to make regarding their healthcare goals and needs. One resource available to these patients is choosing hospice or palliative care to focus on comfort and quality of life as their disease progresses. While hospice and palliative care can be received wherever a patient calls home, EverHeart Hospice also operates a five-bed Hospice Care Center on the 4th floor of Wayne Healthcare in Greenville, Ohio.

The EverHeart Hospice Care Center has a home-like setting. Patients have private rooms furnished for families to visit or even stay comfortably overnight. There is also a lounge area for guests to step away and relax.

This unit was designed for patients with uncontrolled symptoms or who need to be monitored for medication adjustments. The EverHeart Hospice Care Center is only intended for short-term stays to stabilize the patient’s symptoms. While there is no set number of days a patient can stay in the unit, the average stay is around five days. Social workers start working with families on a discharge plan as soon as a patient enters the Hospice Care Center.

To receive care in the EverHeart Hospice Care Center, patients must qualify for either General In-Patient (GIP) level of care or elect to use their respite stay benefit. GIP level of care delivers a higher level of care for acute symptoms that cannot be managed in the home. It requires approval from the Hospice Medical director. Medicare allows hospice patients one respite stay per hospice benefit period. Respite stays may be taken for up to five consecutive days in an in-patient unit or a facility setting to give the caregiver a short break. This relief allows the caregiver to reset, relax, and helps prevent caregiver burnout.

While at the EverHeart Hospice Care Center, patients are supported with a 24-hour nursing presence to provide comfort, medication adjustments, and education. Collaborative visits are also available from our team of hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, music therapists, bereavement support, and volunteers. The Hospice Medical Director or Nurse Practitioners also make frequent visits.

The scope of hospice services is defined by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Your hospice benefit covers care for your terminal illness and related conditions. EverHeart Hospice accepts Medicare and Medicaid coverage as payment for Hospice Care Center services. Most private insurance also covers these services. EverHeart Hospice will never turn anyone away due to the inability to pay. 

For more information about the EverHeart Hospice Care Center, visit their website at everhearthospice.org or call 800-417-7535. Tours are available upon request.

 


December 9-13
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Final Handel’s Messiah Performance Announced
On Sunday, December 10th, the Celina High School Choral Department, along with members of the community and alumni, are pleased to present our FINAL performance of Handel's Messiah. 

The performance will take place at Grand Lake United Methodist Church, St. Paul's Campus, in Celina, at 6pm and will feature soloists from the past 30+ years of Messiah performances. David Vantilburg will be the evening's pianist, with Carol Zimmerman playing organ, under the direction of Joel Trisel, choir director at Celina City Schools with assistance from Cricket Dobmeyer and Ian Kennedy. 

Admission is free and open to the public - all are welcome to join us for this one last beloved community tradition, which has been celebrated annually in Celina for over 30 years. 

If you still plan to join the chorus, you must attend rehearsal on Sunday, 12/3 at 4:30pm in the CHS Lecture Hall.

Any questions can be submitted to Mr. Trisel at joel.trisel@celinaschools.org

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service – Advent and Care Services

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their second worship service of Advent at 10 AM on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Our Only Source of True Comfortbased on Isaiah 40: 1-11.

A congregational meeting and vote on leadership positions will take place at this service. A soup and sandwich meal, sponsored by the Board of Christian Education, will follow. Everyone is welcome to partake!

If you feel you lack the joy of the season, please join us for the Blue Christmas service ~ a special time for a message of comfort and care from God. It is on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 PM

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

Congratulations – Luginbill Construction on being chosen as the
Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2023 Business of the Year.

    
Luginbill Construction started in 2016 and is owned by brothers Drew and Lucas Luginbill along with Marcus Heitkamp.  
    
    Luginbill Construction specializes in the following:
    * New Construction of homes, garages, shops, and pole barns
    * New roofs, additions, and remodels
    *Occasionally large commercial projects
    
This year, Luginbill Construction purchased Van Wert Glass and created a Celina location called Lakeview Glass.  They offer replacement glass, windows, and door installations.
    
Dumpster and Storage Unit Rentals are other services provided by Luginbill Construction.
    
Luginbill Construction is community minded, purchasing and renovating what now houses RSP Gym and Wellness 365 in downtown Rockford. They are proud supporters of: Rockford’s Veteran Memorial in Hedges Park, WRKD Rockford’s Best Mix, Parkway Sports, and Parkway Athletic Boosters.
    
Luginbill Construction we are proud to have you as part of the Rockford Community.  We appreciate your support in all things ROCKFORD !
    
Luginbill Construction’s office is located at Lakeview Glass, 910 South Sugar Street, Celina.  
    
On Behalf of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce --- Congratulations and Best Wishes in the future.

 

Paul and Annette Hoverman Christmas Music at Liberty Baptist Church Dec. 10, 2023

(Van Wert), Paul and Annette Hoverman will be ministering Christmas music with their musical talents and instruments at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third Street, Van Wert, Ohio at the 10:45 am Worship Service on December 10, 2023. Paul and Annette have blessed hundreds of people in Ohio and other parts of our country with over 30 years of Paul's church choir directing and trumpet performances along with Annette's piano solos, accompanying choirs and singers.  Paul has been actively involved in years of music education and Annette has operated a piano studio and instructed 100's of students in piano for over 39 years. 

The Liberty Baptist Church is located at 501 E. Third Street, 5 blocks east of the Van Wert County Museum in the former Horace Mann School building.  The public is invited to this event and it is free.  The church's Senior Pastor, Jim Burns will share a brief Christmas message during the service. For more information you may visit the church's Facebook page at:  libertybaptistvanwertoh.

Mercer County Fair Concert Lineup for 2024
Celina, OH — Mercer County Fair is thrilled to unveil its concert lineup for the 2024 Mercer County Fair with two unforgettable nights of music and entertainment. On Thursday, August 8, 2024, iconic rock band 38 Special with Special Guest Kentucky Headhunters will take the stage at 8PM performing their legendary hits. The blend of 38 Special's timeless rock anthems and the Kentucky Headhunters' infectious energy promises an evening filled with unforgettable melodies and incredible performances. The concerts will continue Friday, August 9, 2024, with Ernest, the rising Country star known for his dynamic stage presence and chart-topping hits, will take the stage at 8PM. ERNEST will be joined by the talented Josh Ross as the opening act, adding another layer of excitement to an already amazing night. Cara Muhlenkamp, Fair Manager, shared her enthusiasm about the event, stating, "We are ecstatic to bring such an incredible lineup to Mercer County Fair. 38 Special and Kentucky Headhunters are icons in the music industry, and their performances promise to make this year's fair an absolute standout." Ticket Prices: • 38 Special and Kentucky Headhunters:   $50 for Track (ALL STANDING ROOM ONLY)   $40 Box   $30 Grandstands o $30 Handicap • ERNEST and Josh Ross:   $50 for Track (ALL STANDING ROOM ONLY)   $40 Box  $30 Grandstands   $30 Handicap Tickets for both concerts will go on sale starting December 8th at 10 AM. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early to ensure they don’t miss out on these incredible performances. The Christian genre act will be released at a later date with a different location that will surely be the perfect landing stone at the fairgrounds.

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.

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

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

Van Wert Community’s very first Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along

Join us for Van Wert community’s very first Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along to be held on Sunday evening, December 17th, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in First Presbyterian’s beautifully decorated sanctuary. Doors will open to the public at 6:15. Come to sing with us or come just to listen!  There will be Messiah scores to borrow for anyone who would like to sing in the choir.  If you would like to bring your own score, we are singing from the Schirmer/Spicker edition.

A “Messiah” Sing-Along, also known as a Scratch “Messiah” or The People’s “Messiah” is an informal performance in which the audience serves as the unrehearsed chorus, supported by a prepared core group. It is a come-as-you-are, casual evening of spiritual, historical and truly meaningful music. The chorus will be seated in the front pews in their respective vocal groups while listeners may sit anywhere in the pews behind the chorus. Mr. Joel Trisel, Celina native and Bowling Green State University alumnus will be the director for our "Messiah" Sing-Along.  Joel holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and for the last 8 years, has been the choral director for Celina City High Schools.

Familiar choruses such as, “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”, “Glory to God in the Highest”, and others will be sung throughout the evening with several featured soloists & ensembles that you won’t want to miss! In addition; organist, Carol Zimmerman and pianist, David VanTilburg will open the sing-along by performing the bombastic Messiah “Overture” and in the middle of the program will play the beautifully tranquil, “Pifa”- The Pastoral Symphony.   We will end the sing-along with the famous, “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Featured soloists for the evening are:  Shay Bolton, Sheila Chilcote-Collins, Mary Ann Falk, Kirsten Fuelling, Dee Hartsock-Fisher, Hannah Jones-Dresher, Mia Keirns, Anna Reichert, Joel Trisel, & The 16 member “In Spiritu” Women’s Ensemble.

FYI - There will be no stopping and/or re-starting choruses as it will be a “hold on to your hats and sing with wild abandon” night of glorious music! All are welcome!  This is a wonderful way to celebrate and remember the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord, Christ’s passion and His promise of eternal life.

Parkway FFA October Recap - Click here for a PDF with Photos by Taylor Muhlenkamp


December
1-8, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
Yes, the Parkway Independent is 19 years old!

 

Parkway December 2023 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

Man Arrested for Stalking

 

On November 29th, Celina Police arrested 49 year old Shawn Allen Steinke of Monroe Rd, Celina on the charges of menacing by stalking, a felony of the 4th degree.  Celina Police have been investigating allegations that Steinke had been stalking and watching children at bus stops in Celina.

The investigation came to a conclusion after weeks of investigating and conducting surveillance.  Steinke was observed by officers watching and talking to children on the 29th  his gray 2013 Dodge Challenger.  He was arrested and is being held in the Mercer Co. Jail.

 

Shawn Steinke does have a prior arrest and conviction in Auglaize Co. for child enticement in 2004.  He was given probation then.  He is currently being held in jail without bond.  The Mercer Co. Prosecutor Erin Minor is reviewing the case for formal charges.

 

The Celina Police Department would like to thank Celina City Schools staff, the parents, St Marys PD, Coldwater PD and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for their assistance in this investigation.  We ask that anyone with further information call the Celina Police Department and speak with Patrolman Poppe.  419-586-2345

St. Paul’s Country Church Service – Advent Begins

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their first worship service of Advent at 10 AM on Sunday, December 3, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Maranathabased on Isaiah 64: 1-9.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 


November 25-30
, 2023
 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


November 16-24
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 



The completed Train Mural in Rockford can be seen at the east end of Market Street. It was begun in 2019 by students at Parkway High School. A mosaic was prepared with the name and date. The train was added i the Fall of 2023.

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar
for Christmas

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting
on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. 
The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on personnel.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service and Thanksgiving at Chatt Methodist

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, November 26, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “After Giving Thanksbased on John 6: 5-23.  

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome to join us in our handicapped accessible facility.

 

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet
in regular session at 4 pm on Tuesday December 12, 2023
in the library basement meeting room.

 

Shakespeareans to Hold Open House

The Shakespeare Club will be holding an open house on Friday, November 17, starting at 1:30 p.m., in the St. Marys Community Public Library.  Following a short business meeting, guest speaker Beth Keuneke of the library staff will deliver a presentation on the history of Shakespeare clubs.   Interested members of the public are welcome.  

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff Announces Indictment of Multiple Individuals on Prostitution and Solicitation Related Charges

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today announced the indictment of multiple individuals on prostitution and solicitation related charges. 

 

Mercer County Detectives began an investigation on October 5th, 2023 relating to intelligence that they received, suggesting that there was a possible active prostitution ring in Mercer County.  The investigation revealed that there was in fact prostitution activity taking place, which involved five adult females and one adult male. 

 

Detectives presented the case to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  Mercer County Prosecutor Erin Minor then presented the case to the Grand Jury on November 16th, 2023.

 

The Grand Jury returned indictments on the following individuals:

 

Donald E Stachler (81) of Celina, was arrested on November 17th and is incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail, with no bond.

·       One (1) count of Promoting Prostitution, a Felony of the fourth degree.

·       Six (6) counts of Soliciting, a Misdemeanor of the third degree.

 

Shelby L Preslar (27) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, currently incarcerated at the Mercer County Jail, with no bond.

·       Three (3) counts of Promoting Prostitution, a Felony of the fourth degree.

 

Brittney E Harris (31) of Piqua, OH, currently incarcerated at the Mercer County Jail, with no bond.

·       One (1) count of Promoting Prostitution, a Felony of the fourth degree.

 

Shawn M Hetletvedt (48) of Celina, was arrested on November 17th and is incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail, with no bond.

·       One (1) count of Prostitution, a Misdemeanor of the third degree.

 

Adela M Sharpe (35) of Montezuma, was arrested on November 17th and is incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail, with no bond.

·       Two (2) counts of Prostitution, a Misdemeanor of the third degree.

 

A fifth female was charged, who is currently in custody in another facility.  Her name is being withheld pending service of the indictment.

 

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. 

 

 

Vantage Awarded $1.2 Grant, Lt. Gov. Husted Pays Visit
 

Vantage Career Center has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the CTE Construction Expansion Program, as part of the state operating budget. A visit from the Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who awarded the grant, included a tour of the facility and a round table discussion with Vantage board members, staff, students, and other local partners.

“This grant is not just a financial boost; it's a game changer for our school and our community,” says Superintendent Rick Turner. “This funding will enable us to expand our offerings and enhance our facilities, thus serving more students and bolstering our local workforce.”

The heart of the expansion at Vantage lies in illuminating the surface lot used by our high school and adult Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Training program. This addition will allow the program to offer year-round driver training courses during the evening hours, a significant step toward meeting the growing demand for skilled CDL drivers. The need within the community is significant and this grant will enable Vantage to fulfill it. Turner states, “We anticipate that our enrollment will double, leading to more infrastructure and additional instructors, thus strengthening our community's workforce.”         

Ag and Industrial Power Tech senior, Maddie Osborn (Lincolnview), is grateful for the opportunity to receive her Class A CDL to enhance her future goals of becoming a diesel mechanic. “I came to Vantage to gain a hands-on experience in the Ag and Industrial Power Technology Program. Vantage has opened up so many opportunities for me, and I wouldn’t have the job, nor the skills I have now if I hadn’t taken advantage of these opportunities. The beginning of my career has been beyond successful as a student on work release this year. I am also a student in our school’s CDL program, and obtaining my CDL will open many more doors for me as I pursue being an experienced diesel mechanic. I am very thankful for the grant we received for future students in these programs to benefit from.”

In addition, the grant will also be used toward the two-acre, on-campus public safety training facility that will support both the school district and local public safety agencies. As Vantage continues its commitment to expanding the fire and safety training capabilities, it will also be helping to fill the shortage of firefighters in our region. “Having already gone through the Public Safety program in both Fire and EMS, I can say I am extraordinarily excited to see this project come to life,” says Vantage adult education graduate Matt Saunier. “A state-of-the-art training facility will only enhance the hard work put in by students and instructors. Finding men and women in the community to fill the role of first-responder is difficult and the accessibility of a public safety training space will attract more individuals and improve recruitment. When it comes to emergencies, time is of the essence and having the ability to train in scenarios that are as close to “real world” as possible are vital to the success of a rescue or fire suppression.”

Turner echoed Saunier, adding that “the inclusion of a fire training structure will not only make our students more attractive candidates for employment in the industry, but also benefit our local fire departments by reducing the time and cost of training new recruits.” Turner continues, “This addition will ensure that Vantage students are well-prepared to handle the challenges of firefighting in real-life scenarios, strengthening our local public safety departments.”

Administrative team members Ted Verhoff and Paula Vantilburg, both supervisors, shared that Vantage high school programs that have a direct pathway into these enhanced training opportunities are averaging full capacity for enrollment, including; Construction Equipment Technology, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Criminal Justice, Health Technology, and Sport Exercise Therapy.

Closing remarks were given by Superintendent Rick Turner, “we would like to express our gratitude to Lt. Governor Husted, Governor Dewine, and the Ohio Legislature for recognizing the importance of Career Technical Education and workforce development. Their support is a testament to their commitment to our community's future. Thank you Lt. Governor Husted for your ongoing support and for believing in the power of Career Technical Education to transform lives and provide a much needed skilled workforce for our community.”

 


Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Meg Henkle, daughter of Stacey and Terra Henkle, as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Cheer.

 

Parkway High School
First quarter 2023-2024 School Year Honor Roll
by Lisa Miller, High School Secretary

 

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Ruby Bennett, Alexis Berry, Breanna Berry, Logan Green, Meg Henkle, Ashley Jackson, Addysin Leighner, Madison Louth, Samara McDonald, Audrey Nichols, Ellie Prichard, Emma Prichard, Trent Rollins, Tyler Rowen, Sarah Sheppard, Fletcher Smith, Francesca Steinbrunner, Paige Stephenson, Paige Williamson 

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Ben Bates, Devon Crouch, Olivia Dicke, Harlie Grunden, Casey Popp, Abigail Sheets, Apollo Thomas, Woodrow Tinkham, Kathryn Trisel, Jacob Winget

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Caiden Berry, Morgan Bollenbacher, Aaron Hipply, Rhyan Martenies, Caleb Nusbaum, Justin Parsons, Nathan Perry

 

 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Shay Boroff, Brayden Bruns, Zoey Henning, Evan Kimmel, Scarlett Laux, Adria Miller, Ashton Minnich, Alexavier Samples, Cora Schumm

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Amanda Barrett, Cali Bollenbacher, Riley Bolton, Lillian Carpenter, Noah Connolly, Gabriel Cross, Gaven Garwood, Brynlea Houser, Kaitlyn Rager, Matthew Roberts, Ethan Tuttle, Elizabeth Winget

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Matthias Byer, Wyatt Carpenter, Braedn Conn, Jersie Evans, Creeden Knittle, Collin Langenkamp, Kenzianna Missler, Elias Poe, Alayna Reigle, Mason Schumm, Briann Scudder, Wyatt Seals, Melanie Severt, Helana Sinning, Trevor Stearns, Andrew Taylor, Isabella Thornsberry, Derick Vann, Madison Williams 

 

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Carlee Barna, Brittyn Bruns, Olivia Clifford, Lola Dailey, Trevor Heitkamp, Rylan Lyons, Natalie Moeller, Taylor Muhlenkamp, Ethan Pond, Ella Putman, Nathaniel Stolly, Emmery Temple, Kyndra Thornsberry, Christina Tong, Lucian Winters

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Lennox Boroff, Meagan Boroff, Hayden Castleman, Miley Crouch, Payton Frese, Parker Johnson, Carson Kirby, Russell McDonald, Madison Mosier, Josiah Neff, Megan Nichols, Haley Perry, Zavier Rissner, Jordyn Schaefer, Gabryelle Sill, Analicia Velez

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Tara Brown, Addison Fisher, Logan Fullenkamp, Kaleb Gilliland, Steven Harner, Owen Hill, Parker Lyons, Maddie Miehls, Taylor Minnich, Ashtlynn Muhlenkamp, Milee Peel, Donovan Richardson-Norris, Eli Schumm, Colbie Smith, Gabriel Welling, John Yoder, Kendra Zimmerman, Kylie Zimmerman

 

 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Charles Bennett, Freya Blount, Lillian Hays, Megan Hughes, Wyatt Pancake, Madelyn Stover, Jacoby Triplett

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Mason Ackley, Zavior Bailey, Dylan Bollenbacher, Luke Booher, Rhen Carpenter, Bethany Denney, Kara Fullenkamp, Faith Kiser, Jaymie Quickstad, Magdalene Rich, Luke Sheets, Lexie Sites, Jensen Thomas, Samuel Tickle, Jaden Wenning, Grace Winget, Tobin Winters, Isabell Young

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Andrew Biberstine, Sasha Buckner, Piper Eguia, Aisley Everett, Marianna Hernandez, Cami Langenkamp, Morgan Louth, Mackenzie Miller, Taylor Nusbaum, Gwyneth Ridenour, Adalynn Rogers, Tyler Rutledge, Robert Shirk, Deagan Taylor, Gavin Westgerdes, Arwen Williams, Kylie Younker

 


November 8-15
, 2023
 

HAPPY VETERANS DAY
 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service and Thanksgiving at Chatt Methodist

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, November 19, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “Hurry Up and Waitbased on I Thessalonians 5:1-11. Also, the Chatt Community Thanksgiving Service is planned for Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Chatt Methodist at 7 PM.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet
Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be meeting on Monday – November 20th at 7 pm at the museum located at 151 E Columbia St., Rockford, OH.     A presentation will be made by Harrison Frech and Lucas Minnich.  The subject of the presentation will be:  Local Service People in World War I – the experiences of Rockford / Willshire area men joining the military, training, traveling to the front and in combat.   The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this informative program

COMMUNITY-WIDE THANKSGIVING SERVICE TO BE HELD
AT VAN WERT'S TRINITY FRIENDS CHURCH

VAN WERT — Trinity Friends Church will be hosting a community-wide Thanksgiving service to be held on Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 PM. 

Pastors from all around the area will be participating in this special service. The Trinity Friends Church Praise Band will be providing music as well as a volunteer choir led by Paul Hoverman.

Please join us in giving thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  All are welcome!  

Trinity Friends Church is located at 605 North Franklin Street in Van Wert Ohio.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled, “It’s a Matter of Choicebased on Joshua 24:14-18. Stewardship Sunday will also be celebrated.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information. 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


November 1
-7, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

November 5, 2023 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends when local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 5, 2023 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

It is also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

 

Parkway November 2023 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital Phone System

Due to scheduled maintenance, the phone system at OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital will be down on Tuesday, November 7 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The hospital will maintain normal operations during this time.

 

Harvest Jubilee Planned with Special Music
Rockford United Methodist Church will be hosting the annual Harvest Jubilee on Sunday November 12, 2023.

Majesty Quartet will be performing at 4:30pm. Majesty is a Southern Gospel Quartet founded in the Logan County, Ohio area. Members of the group are Tim Walls, Rob Kilgore, Ward McBrien, and Jerry Zellers. A Love Offering will be taken.

Following the performance, a Harvest dinner will be held. All are welcome and donations are accepted for the meal.

Please come and enjoy an afternoon of Southern Gospel music and great food to follow! Rockford United Methodist Church, 202 S. Franklin St., Rockford, OH.

 


Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 to Meet

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold its last meeting of 2023 on Tuesday November 14th.  The meeting will be held at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds and will begin at 10:00 AM.  Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:00 AM. 

The agenda will include a report on the Annual PERI meeting held in September.  Guest speaker will be a representative from the Mercer County Fair Board who will address the current facilities, new construction, rental opportunities, and year-round activities at the fairgrounds.  

 

Thursday Fire on November 2, 2023 in Rockford on West Pearl Street

Photos provided by Robert Barnes Photos. Van Wert FD Photographer. Thank you Bob!

A three alarm house fire on Thursday, November 2, 2023 gutted the structure at 302 Pearl Street in Rockford on Thursday afternoon. Rockford, Ohio City and Mendon Fire Departments and their firemen worked quickly to get the blaze under control.

Shared by Robert Barnes Photos. Van Wert FD Photographer

 



Adria Miller, daughter of Lynne and Kendra Miller, is being recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Volleyball. Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department sponsor this.

 

 

 

Logan Green, son of Carl and Kimberly Green, has been chosen as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Football. Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department sponsor this event.

 

 

Rylan Lyons, son of Tom and Amy Lyons, is being recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the month for Parkway Boys Golf. This is sponsored by Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department.

 

 

Christina Tong, daughter of Aaron and Nicole Tong, is being recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Girls Cross Country. This is sponsored by Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department.

 

Nathaniel Stolly, son of Chad and Karen Stolly, is being recognized as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Parkway Boys Cross Country. This is sponsored by Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department.

 


Shay Boroff, daughter of John and Sheila Boroff, is a member of the Parkway Girls Golf team and is being recognized as Scholar-Athlete of the Month. This is sponsored by Shultz Huber & Associates and the Parkway Athletic Department.


 

Season Award Winners for Parkway Boys Golf:

Evan Kimmel-Panther Award; Rylan Lyons-Low 9-Hole Average, Most Valuable Player; and Eli Schumm-Low 18-Hole Average, Most Improved

MAC All-Academic Award winners for Parkway Boys Golf: Evan Kimmel, Creeden Knittle, Rylan Lyons (left to right)

 

 

Sheriff Reports Serious Accident
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a serious injury accident.  Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:39 PM today (11-1-2023) advising of a traffic crash at the intersection of Fox Rd and Wourms Rd.

The preliminary investigation indicates that David C Koesters (38) of Fort Recovery was driving a brown 2017 Nissan passenger van Southbound on Wourms Rd.  A black 2006 Dodge pickup truck driven by David R Garcia (51) of Fort Recovery was Eastbound on Fox Rd.  Garcia failed to stop for the stop sign on Fox Rd at Wourms Rd and struck the Nissan passenger van.  Garcia was transported by Coldwater EMS to IU Health in Jay County, IN for treatment.  David Koesters was transported by St Henry EMS to Mercer Health in Coldwater and later air lifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  Koesters wife Carrie (35), was a front seat passenger and was transported by St Henry EMS to Mercer Health and also air lifted to Miami Valley Hospital.  Their seven children, age range of ten (10) years to fifteen (15) months were all passengers in the van.  All seven children were transported to Mercer Health by St Henry EMS and Coldwater EMS for treatment. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Southwest Mercer Fire Department, St Henry EMS, Coldwater EMS, and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers).


The Mercer County Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and the crash remains under investigation at this time.  When the investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review.

Shelley Muhlenkamp Chosen as Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Shelley Muhlenkamp for being chosen as the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2023 Citizen of the Year.
Shelley lives in the Rockford area with her husband and four children. She is the Library Director at Rockford’s historic Carnegie Library where she “goes above and beyond” to run several successful programs for readers of all ages. Shelley is a Chamber Board Member and currently heads the Fall soccer program at Shanes Park. Shelley can be seen working at the Rockford Community Days and various other community events. The Muhlenkamp family recently served as a host family to an exchange student from Spain. Shelley has a passion for serving, especially children, in the Rockford Community.

Left: Karla Butler - 2022 Citizen of the Year  presents the award to Shelley.  
Below: Commissioner Dave Buschur presents Shelley with a Proclamation.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

St. Paul’s Country Church Remembrance Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “It’s All His Anyway. . . .” based on Luke 16:10-13. Incorporated into this service is a solemn remembrance for loved ones who have passed on. You are especially invited to come and light a candle(s) as we all pray and remember.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


October 24-31
, 2023
 

Sally Cox Reports on Parkway Board Meeting Change
The regular Board of Education meeting for Parkway Local Schools has been changed to Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on November 1, 2023
at 6:30 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox

Parkway Homecoming Queen and Court - October 6, 2023
Parkway’s Homecoming Court includes: left to right, Junior Meah Suzuki; Senior Avery White;  Queen Frankie Steinbrunner; Senior Emma Prichard; Sophomore Olivia Clifford; Freshman Madelyn Stover.


A hug from the Parkway football co-captain Logan Green.




























Homecoming 2023 Queen Frankie is crowned by the 2022 Fall HOCO Queen Ali Rowen.

Missing Drugs at EMS in Coldwater Leads to Arrest
Celina, OH -Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today announced the indictment of Ashlee R. Heinl-Botkin, Age 39, 805 Hoover Lane, Coldwater, after a lengthy investigation into missing drug inventory at the Mercer County Emergency Ambulance Service, Coldwater Branch.

On July 5th, 2023, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Mercer County EMS director that a routine inventory was done at the Coldwater EMS facility.  During the inventory it was found that medication was missing from the secured medication box.  This began an investigation by Mercer County Sheriff's Office detectives, which included reporting to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the DEA.  During the investigation, detectives were assisted by an investigator with the Ohio Board of Nursing.  Once the investigation was completed, it was presented to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review.  The Prosecutor's Office presented the case to the Mercer County Grand Jury on October 19, 2023.

The Grand Jury returned a twenty (20) count indictment on Ashlee R. Heinl-Botkin.  Heinl-Botkin is a member of Coldwater EMS.  The indictment was for eight counts of Theft of Drugs a Felony of the Fourth degree, three counts of Theft a Misdemeanor of the First degree, four counts of Possession of a Fentanyl-Related Compound a Felony of the Fifth degree, four counts of Possession of Drugs a Misdemeanor of the First degree, and one count of Tampering with Records a Felony of the Third degree.

This morning, October 21, Heinl-Botkin was arrested and booked into the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  She is being held without a bond until further order of the court.

 

Halloween Blitz
Celina, OH – The Mercer County Sheriff's Office will have additional deputies on patrol during the month of October, and during Halloween. These additional deputies will be working overtime hours targeting impaired driving, speed, seatbelts, and distracted driving. Sheriff Grey would like to remind motorist not to drive impaired, always wear your seatbelts, and never text and drive. Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. The goal of the Sheriff's Office is not to ruin Halloween, but rather to keep our motoring citizens safe.

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “It’s About Relationships, Not Rules  . . . .” based on Matthew 22:34-40.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Eye Doctor Opens Office in Celina
The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce Dr. Michael Fishbaugh's recent opening of his third office, located in Celina. This will allow his practice to better serve the area and have increased access to quality affordable eyecare by board certified professionals. Fishbaugh Family Eyecare opened it doors in St Henry in 1995. During this time Dr. Fishbaugh was working throughout the Lima area and officially opened his second office location in 2008. Most recently Dr. Fishbaugh with help from associate doctors and wonderful staff has acquired Lifetime Vision Care previously Dr. Paul Wilken's practice in Celina. Dr. Wilken's office has been a long time supportive member of the Chamber and we are excited to also begin work with Dr. Fishbaugh and team. The new registered trade name will be Lifetime Vision Care by Fishbaugh Family Eyecare. In addition to routine eye care the practice offers the latest technology, prescriptive and non-prescriptive eyewear, sunwear and contact lenses including advanced and specialty contact lenses products. They offer comprehensive eye examinations for all ages, utilizing the latest techniques and equipment for earliest detection and treatment of all ocular disease such as ocular infections, dry eye syndrome, keratoconus, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and more. Some of the surgical services include procedures for more advanced dry eyes, foreign body removal, laser vision and refractive surgical consultation, and cataract co-management. Additional services include corneal refractive therapy, scleral lens fitting, Infantsee examinations, myopia control, vision therapy, and much more. The offices accept most insurances and new patients are always welcome.

To contact their office in Celina, call 419-586-5149.

 

Bridge Replacement Planned
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Clover Four Road between Dicke Road and Mercer-Auglaize County Line Road in Franklin Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 30, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 


October 17-23
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Dedication of Train Mural

Rockford Area Development Corp. invites the community to attend the dedication of the Train Mural on East Market St on
Saturday - October 28th at 2:30 pm.  

This event is held in conjunction with Rockford's Rocktoberfest to be held on Saturday - all day family fun begins at 1 pm.  

All events can be found on the Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Facebook page.  
  

Halloween Festivities

Rockford's Trick-or-Treat - 5-6:30pm on Saturday, October 28, 2023
Rockford Fire Dept. costume judging and delicious fall treats at 7pm

Willshire's Trick-or-Treat - 4-6:00pm.  
Willshire Park - Lions Club & American Legion costume judging and delicious fall treats at 6:15pm

Mendon's Trick-or-Treat - 4-6:00pm.

Halloween Party in Ohio City

The Ohio City Park Association is planning on having its annual Halloween Party this Saturday on October 28th. This year there will be a gift basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, an adult hayride through the graveyard (weather permitting) and the regional band: "Undecided". Their world famous chili will be served, along with OC-L alumni favorite: peanut butter & lettuce sandwiches. There will also be an array of snacks and Halloween treats. The festivities will begin at the Ohio City Community Building at 8 o'clock in the evening and last until the witching hour of midnight. There will be a costume judging contest that will consist of prize money for multiple places. Anyone interested in more information or interested in donating a gift basket can contact the event via their Facebook page: "Ohio City Halloween Party" or contact Brenda at (419) 965-2000 (leave a message) or Scott (419) 953-9511 (call or text).

 

State Route 118 Closed to Remove Hill

A dangerous hill on State Route 118 south of Rockford is being fixed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. 118  was closed on October 2, 2023 and expects to be completed on or about by November 9, 2023 - 45 days. It is near the intersection of State Route 707. Todd Henkle provided the pictures. Thanks Todd!

Scholar Athlete of the Month - Football

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Trent Rollins as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Football. Pictured is Athletic Director Teri Samples and Trent. Trent is the son of Jason and Deb Rollins.

Scholar Athlete of the Month - Volleyball

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Paige Stephenson, daughter of Eric and Amy Stephenson, as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Pictured is Parkway Athletic Director Teri Samples and Paige.
Pictured is Parkway Athletic Director Teri Samples and Paige Stephenson with her PSA shirt and certificate.

Scholar Athlete of the Month - Cheer

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department proudly present Payton Frese, daughter of Jason and Annette Timmerman, as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the Cheer team. Pictured is Parkway Athletic Director Teri Samples and Payton.

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Month at Parkway – Girls Cross Country

 

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department sponsor the Scholar-Athete of the Month for each sports team. Pictured below is Paige Williamson, daughter of Dan and Angie Williamson, being congratulated by Teri Samples, Parkway AD, for earning the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Girls Cross Country.

 

 

First Financial Bank and the Parkway Scoreboard Sponsorship

Above you will see Vance Waldron with the Parkway Football scoreboard. He represents First Financial Bank and the sponsorship between First Financial Bank and Parkway Local Schools. A huge thank you to First Financial Bank for their continued support!

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Month at Parkway – Boys Cross Country

 

Tyler Rowen-Boys Cross Country Scholar-Athlete

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department sponsor the Scholar-Athete of the Month for each sports team. Pictured below is Tyler Rowen, son of Alex and Beverly Rowen, being congratulated by Teri Samples, Parkway AD, for earning the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Build a Replica of the Old Train Depot

The old train depot, that stood behind the First Financial Bank building fell into dis-use after the trains quit stopping in Rockford many years ago. But it was used for lots of other purposes like a seed warehouse back in the 1980's after freight service stopped. It fell into disrepair, and the wood structure was eventually torn down. Several years ago, Steve Thompson built a to-scale model of it that sits in the Rockford Museum. Now the Shanes Crossing Historical Society has decided they want the real thing back, and they are looking for funding to do just that. The depot, when completed will be a delightful addition to the museum on Columbia street.

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.

 

Community-Funded Project Underway Cornerstone

Community-Funded Project Underway Cornerstone is being constructed by Tri-Star and St. John’s Builders, Celina, Ohio- The Cornerstone Chapel is underway as Tri-Star Career Compact and St. John’s Builders continue to make strides on the new facility.

Cornerstone Chapel is being constructed at the Mercer County Fairgrounds and will be used year-round with various events. The mission of the Cornerstone Chapel is to strengthen the spiritual foundation of Mercer County residents and visitors by providing a venue that enhances collaboration and partnership among all local churches and the community.

The structure will consist of a shelter house area on one half and a chapel area on the other. These two will be utilized for various events such as weddings, worship groups, and family gatherings.

“This project is fully community-funded, and we are relying on businesses and families to contribute towards this project. We are still fundraising for the facility that will eventually serve as a worship area and shelter house for our community. I am ecstatic and grateful to be part of the planning stages and look forward to seeing people utilizing the new facility to its fullest potential,” Cara Muhlenkamp, Mercer County Fair Manager stated. The committee for the Cornerstone Chapel consists of Cara Muhlenkamp, Bruce Swonger, Hank Kaiser, Carey Welker, and Tom Wale. If you are interested in learning more about the project or would like to donate towards this facility, feel free to reach out to the Mercer County Fairgrounds at 419-586-3239 or info@mercercountyohiofair.com.

 

Road Closures – Temporary

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the scheduled closing (approximately October 23, 2023) of Union City Road between Fox Road and Barger Road for a culvert placement.  This road will be closed for approximately two weeks depending on the weather conditions. 

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

 

Due to Parkway's varsity volleyball tournament action on Wednesday, October 18th, Parkway's Meet the Candidate Night hosted by the Parkway Student Government will now be on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parkway Auditorium. 

EverHeart Hospice Volunteer Travels to Washington D.C.

John Strawser, Veteran and Volunteer for EverHeart Hospice, recently traveled to Washington D.C. This trip was hosted by Darke County Veteran Services.

Strawser has been a volunteer at EverHeart hospice since 2016. He honors hospice patients who served in the military by providing them with a special pinning recognition ceremony and salute. Patients also receive a certificate to commemorate their service. It means a lot to patients to be recognized by a fellow Veteran.

Darke County Veteran’s Services hosts a trip to Washington D.C. every fall and it is open to any Veteran. It’s a destination that Strawser encourages everyone to experience.

“We can’t forget about our history and education to younger generations. Otherwise, history will repeat itself,” he shared.

Strawser served in the military from 1968-1971 as Communications Technician in the Navy. During his service, he was stationed in Adak, Alaska for a year and Bremerhaven, Germany for the rest of his service.

Some of the stops on the Washington D.C. trip included the Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Wall, The Lincoln Memorial, Flight 93 experience, The Marine Museum, and the Washington Monument. At the Vietnam wall, a child and his mother made rubbings of the names on the wall for the Veterans to take home as a souvenir. This really hit home for Strawser as the Vietnam War took place during the time of his service. He also had the opportunity to listen to three phone calls from passengers on the plane for Flight 93 and walk the path where the plane went down.

“Just walking through some of this stuff the emotions truly bubble up,” explained Strawser. “You’re fine one minute and not the next. We would encourage everyone to go [to Washington D.C.]– but make sure you take your tissues along.”

EverHeart Hospice, formerly State of the Heart Care, has been a local, community-based non-profit since 1981. To learn more about volunteering at EverHeart, visit their website at everhearthospice.org or call 800-417-7535 option 5.

 

St Teresa Catholic Church Chili Supper
Annual Chili Supper will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023 from 4:30-7:00pm
at Rockford Community Bldg, 420 North Holly Lane, Rockford, Ohio

Serving: choice of chili soup, chicken noodle soup, creamed chicken, sloppy joe or hotdogs, chili dogs, applesauce, and desserts.

Free will donation will be accepted.

Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program of St Teresa Parish. Tickets will be available at the building.

Sponsored by St Teresa Catholic Church 4227 State Route 707, Rockford, Ohio

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “Bearing the Image of  . . . .” based on Matthew 22:15-22.

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.


October 10-16
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
Yes, the Parkway Independent is 19 years old!

 

Funday of Games and Pizza Planned at St. Paul’s Country Church

The Board of Christian Education at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford have planned a Funday for all ages on Sunday, October 15, 2023 following morning church services which should be over at 11:15 AM. Located at 1538 Oregon Road, the church is inviting all children, parents and members of the community to join our members in this day of activities.

Pizza and other snacks will be served followed by an afternoon of all kinds of games including dartball, kickball, board games for all ages and children’s crafts.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding Funday and worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible.

Be a Van Wert County Agricultural Society Director in Van Wert County
The Van Wert County Agricultural Society has four open Director seats.

There are currently four open seats on the Board of Directors of the Van Wert County Agricultural Society. These seats consist of York Township, Jackson Township, Hoaglin Township and the Southern Region of Van Wert County, Ohio. Per Article IV of the Van Wert County Agricultural Societies Constitution, these seats are now to be filled by appointment of the Van Wert County Agricultural Society Board of Directors. Any current member of the Van Wert County Agricultural Society may apply for the open seat. While being a resident of the open townships and/or region would not be a requirement, residency in those areas would be given preference. Anyone who is interested in fulfilling an open seat on the Board of Directors is asked to contact the Fair Office to confirm their qualifications for appointment on or before October 23rd, 2023. The names of those interested will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and a decision on the appointment will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 11, 2023.

 

 

Lions Club Pork Chop Dinner
The Lions Club Pork Chop Dinner will be held Saturday, November 4th, 2023 from 11 to 1 pm at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 South Main Street.  This Drive-Thru and Pick Up event, a joint effort of the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Lions Clubs will benefit the Parkway Eighth Grade Class Trip. Tickets are $10 and available at the Rockford Carry Out, as well as from any member of the Rockford, Mendon, or Willshire Lions Clubs.

Proceeds from Area Lions Club projects fund scholarships and help fulfill community needs and requests.

The next meeting of the Rockford Lions Club will be Monday, November 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

Drive-thru flu shot clinic

The Mercer County Health District (MCHD) will offer a drive-thru flu shot clinic on Tuesday, October 17th, 2023. Flu shots will be available from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Those who attend the clinic can get a flu shot without leaving the comfort of their cars.

The MCHD asks that you bring all insurance cards and complete the screening and insurance forms prior to the clinics. The forms are available at the Health Department and on our website at www.mchdohio.org.

Vaccines available at this year’s clinic include High-Dose for those 65+ and Standard Quadrivalent for those 6 months and older. All vaccines protect against two A strains and two B strains of the influenza virus. Vaccines will be available while supplies last.

MCHD will bill all contracted private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Section 317 or Vaccines for Children (VFC) vaccine is $20 for self-pay clients. These clients will not be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay. For clients who do not wish to bill insurance, the pay-at-the-time-of-service fee is $87 for High-Dose and $44 for Standard quadrivalent.

This convenient clinic would be impossible without the hard-working MCHD staff and the following valuable partners: the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps Unit, Wright State Lake Campus Nursing Students and Cadets, and Tri Star Career Compact Med Prep students.

 

Van Wert County General Health District Board of Health to Meet
The Van Wert County General Health District Board of Health will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 5:30 pm at the Van Wert County Health Department Conference Room, 1179 Westwood Dr., Suite 300, Van Wert.

 

Rockford's Fall Fest has been rebranded to Rocktoberfest 


Join us Saturday, October 28th for a full day of fun at Rocktoberfest! The event takes place on Main St. Rockford, Ohio! Numerous Main Street Businesses will offer seasonal specials and sales. Browse the Large Open-air Vendor Market with over 30 vendors.  FREE, family fun at the outdoor kids’ game zone, tractor rides, and kids’ crafts in the library. Enjoy a day in the fresh air, shopping, dining, listening to live music, and making memories with family and friends!

Special Events Include:
Large Variety Vendor Market 1-5Pm
Live Music at the Market Street Mural 1-7pm *Bring a lawn chair
Rockford Mayor Candidates “Meet and Greet”
Food trucks
Rockford Eagles Chili Cook off! * Open to the Public
New Horizons Community Church - Open House /Food/Trunk or-Treat from 4:30-6:30
Rockford's Trick-or-Treat - 5-6:30pm.  
Rockford Fire Dept. costume judging and delicious fall treats at 7pm

Second Crossing - Brew O Ween  
... stay tuned for more fall fun!

Sponsored by:   Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Visit the Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for additional details.  For inquiries call 419-363-3032 ext 1 or email lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org.

 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service and Family Funday Planned

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “Learning to be Content” based on St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4:10-13.

Mark your calendar, also for Sunday, October 15, 2023, for Family Funday following the morning worship service.  A pizza lunch will be served with snacks later followed by games, activities and crafts for the whole family to enjoy! Community invited!

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services or Family Funday. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


October 1-9
, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 4:00 pm in the basement meeting room

 

Celebrate Fall Homecoming at Parkway High School



by Cali Bollenbacher

The Parkway Student Government is delighted to invite all alumni and community members to the 2023 fall homecoming festivities.

This year’s homecoming football game will be held on October 6th, 2023 where we will face the Fort Recovery Indians starting at 7:00 p.m.

A parade for the homecoming attendants and fall athletes will take place on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 starting at 4 p.m. The parade route starts at the football field and goes up north on Franklin Street, west on Market Street, and south on Jay Street.

This year’s wonderful attendants of Parkway’s Homecoming Court include Freshman Madelyn Stover, Sophomore Olivia Clifford, and Junior Meah Suzuki.

The three senior candidates for Homecoming Queen are Emma Prichard, Frankie Steinbrunner, and Avery White.

Come on out and support the Parkway football team, marching band, and student body for a fun night of football, and find out which lucky candidate will be crowned our Parkway 2023 Fall Homecoming Queen!

 

Parkway October 2023 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

45th Honor Flight From Fort Wayne

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is slated for its 45th Honor Flight from Fort Wayne on October 11th, 2023.  Eighty-five veterans from the Fort Wayne area are booked and confirmed for the flight.  Included will be 1 Post WWII Veteran, 3 Korean War veterans, 8 Cold War veterans, 72 Vietnam veterans, 1 Lebanon/Grenada veteran.  Included on this flight are 5 veterans that have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

As of this date 3,309 veterans have traveled from Fort Wayne to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight.
 
Honor Flight Northeast Indiana thanks all the organizations and individuals who, through their donations at local events and fund-raising events have made it possible to give our Veterans a day of remembrance and honor for their service.  The visits to all the memorials built in their honor, make this a wonderful day for the men and women who deserve our respect and honor!
 
A Welcome Home celebration is scheduled at the Fort Wayne International Airport for 9 PM.  Please plan to arrive by 8:00 pm and park in the Long-Term Parking Lot.
 
Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, and the entire Honor Flight Team are excited to honor this group of veterans on our 5th flight for 2023.  “We are so thankful for the community support of Honor Flight so we can Honor our Veterans with their trip to Washington, D.C.  We look forward to having a large crowd at the Fort Wayne International Airport to welcome these Veterans home.”
 
Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Columbus Day Celebrated on Monday, October 9, 2023

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. Columbus went ashore at Guanahaní, an island in the Bahamas, on October 12, 1492.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 8, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “To Know Him Better” based on Philippians 3:7-14.

Mark your calendar, also for Sunday, October 8, 2023, for the annual AutumnFest Supper at 4:30 and Auction at 5:30PM. Homemade food and pie ~ auction of handmade and homemade items including crafts, bread, candy, noodles and more. Sponsored by Women’s Fellowship – all proceeds go to mission projects.

Tom Robbins Auctioneers will call the auction. This is a VERY fun event! He keeps everyone laughing.

Community invited!

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

 

Reservations Open for “Four Old Broads”  

Reservations open Monday, October 2nd for members and Wednesday, October 4th to the public for Off Stage Productions’ next dinner theatre show “Four Old Broads”, a two-act comedy written by Leslie Kimball.  Show dates are October 20, 21 & 22 and 27, 28 & 29, 2023. Saturday and Sunday performances will be dinner theatre shows.  For Saturday performances, doors open at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM and show at 7:30 PM.  For Sunday matinee performances, doors will open at 12:30 PM, dinner at 1:00 PM and show at 2:00 PM.  Rockford Carry Out and Catering will once again provide the buffet meals, and cost of dinner and show will be $30. 

For both Friday performances we will again be doing “Popcorn Night” with no dinner included, but popcorn will be included with the cost of the show.  Water and pop will also be available for purchase.  Doors open for the Friday performances at 7:00 PM and show at 7:30 PM. Cost for the “Popcorn Night” performances will be $16

Performances will again be held in the Commons at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin Street, Van Wert, Ohio.  Enter door 14 off the back parking lot where plenty of parking is available. 

THE SHOW: Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.  Cast is as follows: 

Beatrice Shelton:  Amy McConn 

Eaddy Mae Clayton:  Mary Weisman 

Imogene Fletcher:   Connie Friemering 

Pat Jones:   Michelle Foster 

Maude Jenkins:   Stephanie Wagner 

Sam Smith:        Dan Bulau  

Ruby Sue Bennett:       Jennifer Rigdon  

Alexia/Lurleen:     Julie Miller 

Carlton:   Matt Krol  

DIRECTOR:  Matt Krol             COSTUMER: Julie Lang 

Call the box office number 419-605-6708 to reserve your tables or seats!                              
Box office hours:  Monday through Saturday – Noon until 6:00 PM, no Sunday calls please . 

 

Thanks from VWCT

The Van Wert Civic Theatre Board would like to thank everyone in the community and beyond for your support of our opening show of the season, Disaster!  The Musical.  We were very proud of the 20 plus actors and musicians who brought this show to life on our stage.  It also was a great way to showcase our new stage curtains and new lower lobby flooring that was provided by a grant through the Van Wert County Foundation.  It was a wonderful community event that would not have been possible without the support of all those who came to see the show.  Thank you!

We are excited to announce that auditions will be held on October 15 and 16 at 7:00pm for the next show of the season, Sorry! Wrong Chimney!  Jan Miller will be directing.  The show needs 4 men and 3 women.  

It will be performed on November 30, December 1,2,3,7,8,9,10, 2023.  

As always, the box office is open now for purchasing tickets for Sorry Wrong Chimney.  Call the box office at 419-238-9689 and leave a message or go to www.vwct.org to get tickets.  

 

Get a Flu Shot – Get a Gift Card

The Van Wert County Health Department is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging to offer $50 gift cards to anyone over the age of 18 getting a flu shot during the following clinic dates and times:


October 10         4 to 6 p.m.

October 17         9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

October 24         9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 31         9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The clinics will be held at the Van Wert County Health Department. The clinics are walk-in only, no appointments will be made. Please bring your insurance card.
 

If you are unable to make one of these dates/times, flu shots will also be available by appointment, but you will not be eligible for the gift card.

The Van Wert County Health Department will also be holding a walk-in COVID vaccination clinic every Wednesday in October beginning October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The newest COVID vaccine manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer is available. Anyone over 6 months of age is eligible, regardless of vaccination status. The health department is asking parents/guardians wanting to get a child age 4 months to 6 years a Pfizer vaccination to please call to schedule an appointment.  

Please contact the health department with any questions at 419-238-0808 extension 103 or 107.

 

Mercer Health Enhances Access to Women’s Health Services with
New Scheduling Line and Additional Office Locations

“At Mercer Health, we want to make it easy and convenient for women to get the healthcare services they need. Women are busy and we recognize that, which is why we have made these enhancements,” said Abby Schmitz, Practice Manager for Mercer Health Medical Group Women’s Health offices.

New Scheduling Line

Mercer Health Women’s Health services now has a convenient scheduling line to reach any of our five women’s health provider offices: 567-890-6510.

5 Women’s Health Providers

All providers are accepting new patients. To contact any of these provider offices, call 567-890-6510.

·       David Rosado, MD, OB/GYN

·       Eric Seward, MD, OB/GYN

·       Roxanna Torres, MD, OB/GYN

·       Jessica Bergman, CNM, Nurse Midwife

·       Lori Geesaman, WHNP, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


5 Women’s Health Office Locations

Women’s Health offices are located in five convenient locations throughout Mercer County, including Celina, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Mendon and St. Henry. Women’s Health will also be located at the Mercer Health Marion Campus upon it’s opening later this year. To contact any of these provider offices, call 567-890-6510.

 

For more information on our Women’s Health Services, Childbirth Center and more, visit www.mercer-health.com.

 

Civil War Roundtable

October Civil War Roundtable speaker, Mike Klinger, will be making his second appearance before the group. The date of his talk is Thursday, October 26, 2023. 

Mike writes and researches the activities of the 118th OVI. In his previous presentation, he touched upon the many engagements the unit was engaged in. The group asked him to come back and detail that unit's role in the defeat and destruction of Hood's Rebel army, ending at Franklin and Nashville.

Remember that the  meetings are open to the public, so feel free to invite a friend who might enjoy learning more about the Civil War. 

The meeting will call together at 7:15 PM at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina - 119 W. Fulton Street.

 


September 25-30, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Parkway Fall Athletic Team Pictures by James Leighner. Thank you James!


Parkway Girls Cross Country


Parkway Boys Cross Country


Parkway Band Seniors


Parkway All Athlete Seniors


Parkway Boys Golf


Parkway Girls Golf


Parkway Senior Football

Parkway Varsity Cheerleaders


Parkway Football 2023


Parkway Varsity Volleyball


Parkway Seniors

 

 

Scholar-Athlete of the Month award winners


Pictured above are the Scholar-Athlete of the Month award winners with Parkway Athletic Director Teri Samples. Evan Kimmel was nominated by Parkway Boys Golf and is the son of Mark and Michelle Kimmel and Sarah Sheppard was nominated by Parkway Girls Golf and is the daughter of Ryan and Lisa Sheppard. The Scholar-Athlete of the Month is sponsored by Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. and the Parkway Athletic Department. Scholar-Athletes earn a Scholar-Athlete shirt, certificate, and the opportunity to read to an elementary class! Congratulations Golf winners!

 

 

OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital to no longer offer inpatient maternity services

VAN WERT, Ohio – OhioHealth announced today that OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital will no longer provide inpatient maternity services as of September 29, at 11:59 PM.

The hospital will continue to provide gynecologic procedures, such as hysterectomies or endometrial ablation. Women, who typically chose to deliver at Van Wert Hospital, can deliver at other area hospitals.

“Changes such as this are never an easy decision to make. As we look at the continued trends in labor and delivery, we want to make sure the highest quality resources and support are available for our obstetric and newborn patients,” said Joy Bischoff, president of Van Wert Hospital. “This higher level of support and care is not typically provided by most community hospitals. Across the nation, less babies are being delivered in rural and suburban hospitals.”

Van Wert Hospital will continue to meet the healthcare needs of Van Wert and its surrounding communities. Van Wert Hospital emergency department will be prepared if a laboring patient arrives to the hospital or an emergent delivery is needed.

The Van Wert Women’s Health practice, located at 140 Fox Road, and adjacent to Van Wert Hospital, will continue to provide pre-natal and post-natal care, in addition to the gynecologic care. The practice will continue gynecologic procedures at Van Wert Hospital.

 

 

 

Gallman Road to Close For Bridge Work
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Gallman Road between Mercer Road and Deep Cut Road in Union Township for bridge maintenance work.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 2, 2023 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.

 

 

 

 

RADC will not be meeting this month
The RADC will not be meeting this month. We will not have a quorum as Board members are out of town. Please mark your calendars for Monday, October 22, our next scheduled meeting.

 

DAR Meets in Van Wert
Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution met at Willow Bend on Thursday, Sept 14, with 15 members, one prospective member, and one guest attending. New members inducted were Marie Markward, Linda Mathew, Doreen O’Daffer, and Mary Looser. The program was given by Mrs. Sheila Linn-Baltzell sharing the story of her Mayflower patriot - Samuel Fuller, Physician. Mayflower Society information was also shared. 

 

 

Pictured above: Marie Markward, Linda Mathew, Doreen O'Daffer, Mary Looser

 

Pictured above: Sheila Baltzell-Linn

 

AutumnFest Coming to St. Paul's Country Church - Evening of Fun and Food
St.
Paul’s Country Church, 1522 Oregon Rd., Rockford, OH will be hosting their annual “AUTUMNFEST”  on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

The evening begins with delicious homemade food at 4:30.  The homemade menu includes: BarBQ sandwiches and creamed chicken sandwiches.  They will also be serving chicken noodle soup and potato soup, macaroni salad and taco salad. For dessert – homemade PIE!

They  again have secured the services of Tom & Eric Robbins for the auction which will begin at 5:30p.m.  Tom has been the auctioneer for several years and has the ability to liven up the entire evening and make it fun for everyone.

The proceeds from the evening will be used for the Backpack Program, McClain missionary program, and other projects for the Women’s Fellowship.

Everyone is invited to this event.

 

World Day of Holy Communion at St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their World Day of Communion worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 1, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “When the Well Runs Dry” based on Exodus 17:1-7. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Mark your calendar, also for Sunday, October 8, 2023, for the annual AutumnFest Supper at 4:30 and Auction at 5:30PM. Homemade food and pie ~ auction of handmade and homemade items including crafts, bread, candy, noodles and more. Sponsored by Women’s Fellowship – all proceeds go to mission projects. Community invited!

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


September 18-24, 2023
 


Class of 1968 - 55th Class Reunion
The Parkway High School Class of 1968 celebrated their 55th Reunion on Saturday, September 16, 2023 in Rockford at the Phil and Jane Suzuki Workshop. Visiting with classmates and spouses, sharing a meal catered by the Rockford Carry-Out (prayer by classmate Rev Steve Howell), a class photo, a class meeting led by Teri Wehausen and a few words led by Terry Reichard were the highlights of the evening. The committee of: Teri Wehausen; Terry Reichard; Jane Suzuki; Sherry Adler; Linda Roehm; Rhonda Edgel and Cathy Smith did a fabulous job putting this 55th event together. A committee for the 60th Reunion was selected.

9/14/2023 Parkway Boys Golf Results from Celina Lynx:

 

Parkway: 181

New Knoxville: 261

 

Medalist: Eli Schumm (41) - personal best & season best

Runner-Up: Evan Kimmel (45) - personal best & season best

 

Other notable scores:

Lennox Boroff (46) - season best

 

MAC Records:

Parkway: 2-7

New Knoxville: 0-9

 

Complete match results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YMdfZutBkVesDoOiQsrLF3WS7UbUZYG0RH1p_2skaZE/edit?usp=sharing

by Coach Ryan Thompson

 

Girls Golf Update 9-19-2023
Girls finished the regular season with a head to head record of 16-1.  We are 44-10 overall as we prepare for tournaments. MAC tournament is Thursday and Sectionals are Tuesday September 26th.

Parkway Girls Golf defeats Lincolnview at Willow Bend 214-245
By John Boroff

University Women's Club of Mercer County Meets for Private Tour of the Mercer County Courthouse

Above: Kip Wright, tour guide and University Women's Club officers.

 

 

The University Women's Club of Mercer County met for their first meeting of the year on Monday, September 11, 2023. The Mercer County Courthouse was the venue, and the members were delighted with the private tour hosted by Kip and Mary Wright and Robin Armstrong. The week of September 11-17 had been designated as the official 100th anniversary of the dedication of the courthouse completed in 1823.

 


 

The ladies learned about the costs with the levy the commissioners passed, the beautiful original marble floors and walls which some came from Vermont. Kip pointed out that the marble was cut and laid in the very same pattern so all detail matches when it was cut. Cork floors adorn the courtrooms on the 3rd floor. The black onyx handrails held details of fossils that were pointed out by Robin Armstrong. Some walls were covered with leather and then painted. Others were covered with hop sack cloth. Mary explained about the courthouse lounge for resting after a long day in town and the delight of the installation of indoor restrooms. Following the fascinating tour, they women held their regular business meeting. Jacqui Amstutz, Ann Hilty and Carol Hone were thanked for suggesting and setting up the tour.

VWCT debuts upgrades thanks to Van Wert County Foundation

The Van Wert Civic Theatre is proud to unveil exciting upgrades to its facility, made possible through generous grants from the Van Wert County Foundation.  At the 2023-2024 season opener, audiences will be greeted by brand-new stage curtains, graciously funded by the Flickinger Fund, and fresh lower lobby carpeting, made possible by the John W Eustler Am Vets Post 698 Video Raffle Fund. These projects were long overdue and wouldn't have been possible without the Foundation's invaluable support.  The VWCT Board of Directors extends their gratitude to the Foundation’s donors, Board, Chief Executive Officer, Seth Baker, and Director of Philanthropy, Laney Nofer for their unwavering commitment to the performing arts in Van Wert.  

 

To see these upgrades, purchase a ticket to Disaster! The Musical, opening Thursday for an eight performance run. Prepare to be swept away by the hilariously outrageous plot using iconic hits from the '70s for the music score. Set aboard a floating casino in 1979, Disaster! brings together a group of diverse and eccentric characters who navigate a series of calamities, unexpected romance, and side splitting mishaps. It's a rollercoaster of laughter, love, and pure entertainment that will leave audiences wanting more. 

 

The creative team helmed by Jerry Zimmerman and Dee Fisher have assembled a star-studded cast featuring beloved VWCT regulars and some remarkable new talents making their debut on the VWCT stage.  The cast and ensemble include Debbie Briggs, Amy Boley, Mary Ann Falk, Emily Foudy, Emily Gehle, Jonathon Hodges, Nick Hribar, Evan Joseph, Chad Kraner, Kristin Lee, Nick Long, Abbie Mengerink, Janelle Moorman, Kara Place, Roger Rex, Seth Rollins, Hadley Sauer, Kimmy Warnecke, Courtney Wendel, and Jessica Banks.  

 

Show dates are September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 at 8 PM, with matinee performances on September 24 and October 1 at 2 PM.  Purchase tickets by visiting vwct.org or calling 419-238-9689.  Tickets are $16, with a special $14 senior rate only available for advanced bookings. Don't miss out on the fun and be one of the first to experience the remarkable improvements at VWCT. Join us for a night of unforgettable entertainment!

 


September 11-17, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Click Here for Parkway Panther Golf News - Boys and Girls

 

 

9/12/2023 Boys Varsity Golf Results versus Delphos St. John - from Celina Lynx

Parkway: 193

Delphos St. Johns: 157

 

Medalist: Collin Feathers (36)

Runner Up: Tyce McClain (39)

 

MAC Records:

Delphos St. Johns: 6-2

Parkway: 1-7

Complete Match Results:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yqeJYCEQtdEVwmr3zln1tJC2V5P7ZPywABzBupel490/edit?usp=sharing

By Coach Ryan Thompson

 

 

9/11/2023 – Parkway Boys Varsity Golf Versus St. Henry at the Mercer County Elks:

 

Parkway: 195

St. Henry: 172

 

Medalist: Josh Rindler (41)

Runenrup: Zach Rindler (42)

 

MAC Record

St. Henry: 4-4

Parkway: 1-6

 

Complete match results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TP6sUIQo4fftqhwmM9VqyDYvbVn4DxW-wSSmi1o4zCs/edit?usp=sharing

 

by Coach Ryan Thompson

 

Parkway Girls Golf defeats New Bremen 204-223
By John Boroff

Parkway finished the MAC regular season with a 7-1 record in the league and a 15-1 record in head to head matches.  The girls have one more head to head match on Monday Sept 18th @ Willow Bend in Van Wert against Lincolnview before tournaments start.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf defeats St Henry 213-214
by Coach John Boroff

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Drive Carefully! Fog in the Area for Thursday,
September 14, 2023

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION WEEK  
Communities throughout the nation will be celebrating the spirit and meaning of the country’s Constitution beginning September 17. On this day in 1787, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 39 delegates at the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution of the United States of America. Nearly 170 years later, in 1955, DAR spearheaded an effort to set aside one week annually when Americans could celebrate this iconic signing.

After petitioning Congress to set aside the week of September 17 – 23, on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Constitution Week into law. Local chapters of NSDAR celebrate with many events to honor this founding document. Celebrations begin with Bells Across America, on September 17, when bells across the country are rung simultaneously at 4 p.m. EDT. The week also features displays in schools, libraries, and other community locations; Proclamation signings, educational presentations in schools or in public, broadcast interviews and outdoor signage.

For ways that you and your community can join the celebration go to Constitution Week | Daughters of the American Revolution (dar.org). For more information contact  Mickey McConahey of the Issac Van Wart Chapter of the DAR in Van Wert, OH mickey.mcconahay@gmail.com for more information on special events for this celebration.

 

AutumnFest Coming to St. Paul's Country Church
St.
Paul’s Country Church, 1522 Oregon Rd., Rockford, OH will be hosting their annual “AUTUMNFEST”  on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

The evening begins with delicious homemade food at 4:30.  The menu includes: BarBQ sandwiches and creamed chicken sandwiches.  We will also be serving chicken noodle and potato soup, macaroni salad and taco salad. For dessert – homemade PIE!

We again have secured the services of Tom & Eric Robbins for the auction which will begin at 5:30p.m.  Tom has been our auctioneer for several years and has the ability to liven up the entire evening and make it fun for everyone.

The proceeds from the evening will be used for the Backpack Program, missionary program, and other projects for the Women’s Fellowship.

Everyone is invited to this event.

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on September 13, 2023
at 6:30 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Monday, September 11, 2023.

Harrison Frech to Speak at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society


The Shanes Crossing Historical Society of Rockford will meet on Monday, September 18th at 7 pm in the museum and town hall located at 151 E Columbia St.  

The program will involve Mr. Minnich, the Social Studies teacher at Parkway High School.   Mr. Minnich and several students will make a presentation about a local Civil War veteran, Aaron Sutton, who was captured and held in prison camp and escaped twice.  The students will present their findings about the food that was eaten in the prison, including recipes.    

Mr. Harrison Frech, former Social Studies teacher at Parkway High School will present his findings about the 83rd Volunteer Infantry of Ohio which was the division that Aaron Sutton was serving in when he was captured.  
The public is encouraged and welcome to attend.  

Worship Service & Weiner Roast Both Planned at St. Paul’s Country Church
Community Invited!


The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 17, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “The Principle of Forgiveness” based on Matthew 18:21-35. The annual Weiner Roast is that same evening at 5 PM. Hot dogs will be roasted around a camp fire. Hot dogs, buns, and bottled water will be provided. Please bring a finger food to share. The community is invited to this event!  

Sunday school begins at 9:00 AM for ALL AGES. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


September 1-10, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

Parkway September 2023 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Parkway girls golf defeats Marion Local 206-221

by Coach John Boroff

 


Parkway v. Marion Local - Varsity Boys Golf Results 8/31/2023

 

Parkway - 199

Marion Local - 173

 

Medalist - Marcas Rethman (36)

Runner Up - Adam Schweiterman & Grant Kremer (45)

 

MAC Records:

Marion Local: 4-3

Parkway: 0-5

 

Complete match results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CZAyKAIPARu0yMDW27ANohGWTblX5fgNizRXAHxz7Ak/edit?usp=sharing



 

by Coach Ryan Thompson

 


Boys Golf vs. Crestview - 8/29/23

Boys Varsity Golf - Parkway at Crestview 

Hickory Sticks Golf Course (Van Wert, OH)

 

Match Play Results

 

Crestview wins 3-1

 

Match Play Results - Parkway vs. Crestview -

 

 

 

PARKWAY vs.

CRESTVIEW

RESULT

WINNER

Evan Kimmel

Matthew Dealey

Dealey wins 5:4

Crestview

Rylan Lyons

Logan Schlemmer

All Square

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Mason Schumm

Brady Petrie

Schumm Wins 2:1

Parkway

Eli Schumm

Trey Skelton

Skelton wins 3:2

Crestview

Lennox Boroff

Evan Hart

Hart wins 1 up

Crestview

Elias Poe

Jacob Schumm

All Square

--

 



 

By Coach Ryan Thompson

 

Parkway Girls golf defeats Coldwater 201-244


Boys Golf Results - 8/28 - Parkway @ Coldwater

Parkway - 210

Coldwater - 165

 

MAC Records

Parkway - 0-4

Coldwater - 5-0

 

Medalist - Rob Howell

RunnerUp - Ben Giere

 

Complete match results:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Yv9bIul6L5FDAUakdFN61u9_kCm0N8kuMGGwQMSa4DY/edit?usp=sharing



 

by Coach Ryan Thompson

 

Click Here for Parkway Panther Golf News - Boys and Girls


Older Water Tower in Rockford (on the south side near Belna's) has been repainted and new lettering applied as of August 28, 2023. Thank you to Todd Henkle for this updated picture. Thank you Rockford fiscal agent Lisa Kuhn for this updated info: The NEWEST water tower will be operational at the end of October and is located at the old trailer park off 33 north of the village. The demolition of the oldest tower on Front Street has not been scheduled yet.

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 to Meet with Guest Speaker

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the Hopewell Grange Hall at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.  Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:30 AM with the business meeting starting at 10:00 AM.

Guest speaker will be John DiPietro, PERI Treasurer.  He has offered to discuss:  1. Current operations and priorities with the State PERI office 2. Finance and Treasurer initiatives at the State PERI office 3. WEP and GPO update and recommendations for a grassroots approach with PERI and the National Fraternal Order of Police.  John will welcome & answer questions related to PERI.  Additionally, time permitting, John has offered to discuss and answer questions related to crime prevention programs associated with his affiliation with the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

 

44th Honor Flight From Fort Wayne

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is slated for its 44th Honor Flight from Fort Wayne on September 13th, 2023. Eighty-nine veterans from the Fort Wayne area are booked and confirmed for the flight.  Included will be 2 Post WWII Veteran, 9 Korean War veterans, 11 Cold War veterans, 59 Vietnam veterans, 1 Panama Veteran, 4 Desert Storm/ Shield Veterans, 3 Iraqi Freedom Veterans. A special note that there are 4 women veterans that are included in the group.  As of this date 3,224 veterans have traveled from Fort Wayne to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight.

This flight will include several Veterans that have more than one generation of service traveling together, including the Bultemeyer family from Decatur Indiana.  Four members of the Fritz Bultemeyer family including Fritz, Louann, and sons Jared and Von served in the US Army and will be enjoying a day in the nation’s capital, visiting the monuments built in honor of all the veterans who have sacrificed for our freedom.  Honor Flight Northeast Indiana thanks all the organizations and individuals who, through their donations at local events and fund-raising events have made it possible to give our Veterans a day of remembrance and honor for their service.  The visits to all the memorials built in their honor, make this a wonderful day for the men and women who deserve our respect and honor!

A Welcome Home celebration is scheduled at the Fort Wayne International Airport for 9 PM.  Please plan to arrive by 8:00 pm and park in the Long-Term Parking Lot.

Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, and the entire Honor Flight Team are excited to honor this group of veterans.  “We are so thankful for the community support of Honor Flight so we can Honor our Veterans with their trip to Washington, D.C.  We look forward to having a large crowd at the Fort Wayne International Airport to welcome these Veterans home.”

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

 

Interdiction Arrests

Celina, OH - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of several individuals yesterday afternoon (August 30, 2023) on drug related charges.  The Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug interdiction detail in high traffic areas throughout the county.

Mercer County Deputies made 22 traffic stops that resulted in 14 warnings and 8 citations being issued.  Three people were arrested on drug charges as a result of this detail. 

Michael A Visnaw (28) of 5101 Deerland St Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Visnaw was arrested for Possession of Drugs (hashish) a Felony of the fifth degree. Mr. Visnaw was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bond.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review and filing of formal charges. 

Jeremy L Smith (37) of 10738 Neptune Mendon Rd Mendon, Ohio.  Smith was arrested for Possession of Drugs (cocaine) a Felony of the fifth degree. Mr. Smith was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bond.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review and filing of formal charges.

Rex E Diedrich (47) of 119 Bayview Dr Celina, Ohio.  Diedrich was arrested for Possession of Drugs (methamphetamine) a Felony of the fifth degree.  Mr. Diedrich was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bond.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review and filing of formal charges.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 12 at 4 pm in the library meeting  room basement.  The public is always invited to attend.  

 

Join St. Paul’s Country Church for Worship

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 10, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “The Importance of Relationships” based on Matthew 18: 15-20.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM including an adult class. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

 

Mercer Health Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Banquet

Mercer Health held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on August 7 at Romer’s Catering in St. Henry. This annual event is held to celebrate the accomplishments of the members of the Volunteer Association of Mercer Health.

The evening began with an invocation delivered by Volunteer Board Chairperson David Nicholson and included the presentation of the annual scholarship from the Volunteer Association by Vice Chairperson Terry Liette. Gwyneth Elking of St. Henry was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Guest speakers for this year’s event included Mercer Health CEO Lisa Klenke and Mercer Health CFO Jon Dingledine.

“We are so grateful to all of our volunteers for donating their time to give back to the community,” Deb Hemmelgarn, Director of MED Foundation and Volunteer Services, said. “Our volunteers play a very important role in the day-to-day operations of Mercer Health.”

The Volunteer Association donated a total of 8,905.4 hours to Mercer Health in 2022. Additional awards distributed that evening included:

       5000 hours: Oliver Wendel

       3000 hours: Diane Buening

       1000 hours: Chuck Selhorst, Bernice Koesters, Linda L. Hoying, Carol Bellman, Liane Muhlenkamp, Mary Lee Thomas

        500 hours: Connie Howe, Mary Honigford, Betty Sanning, Linda Cummins

       250 hours: Terry Liette, Roy Kremer, Mary Jo Bellman, Barry Paynter, Mary Ann Hemmelgarn, Jim Fisher, Brenda Schoenlein

 

 

Mercer Health expands services at Mendon location

The Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon location has expanded its services. Occupational Health & Wellness will now be on-site at Mendon to meet the healthcare needs of area employers. Women’s Health providers will also be offering specialized services for women of all ages and stages of life.

Free walk-in screenings, including weight, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, will be offered to the community each Wednesday from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Appointments are not required.

Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon continues to provide primary care services and same day appointments.

Located at 128 Drake St., Mendon, OH.

Ohio Magazine recognizes Celina

Ohio Magazine recognizes Celina among five great places to live, work, and visit!

We are pleased to announce that Celina will be recognized as a great place to live, work, and visit in Ohio Magazine’s annual Best Hometowns issue which will be published November 1. Ohio Magazine solicited nominations last spring searching for the best hometowns in Ohio. 

 

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce nominated Celina for this award. Ohio Magazine looks at Community Spirit, Education, Entertainment, Health & Safety, Business Environment, and the culture or heritage to help make their selection.

 

Chamber director, Stacy Beougher received a call this summer stating that magazine officials would like to come and visit Celina and find out more about the hometown. They spent the day meeting business owners, visiting area attractions, and enjoying time on Grand Lake. They also had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Hazel and Greater Grand Lake Visitor Center director, Donna Grube to learn more about Celina.

 

On July 26, Beougher received notification that Celina was indeed selected as one of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns for 2023-2024. Ohio Magazine highlights all the great things Ohio has to offer in travel, tourism, food, and entertainment. Ohio Magazine recognizes places that make our state a great place to live, work, and visit. They selected Celina for its welcoming downtown, thriving sense of community and our location with Grand Lake that offers a wealth of opportunities for recreation.

 

We are so extremely proud of this honor as it shows the heart this community has. Our businesses thrive because of the support they receive from the community, and our community continues to grow because of the great support they receive from our businesses. It’s truly the people that make a community special and the local support in this area is simply the best. We all come together for the good, and THAT is what makes us so special. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful and safe town where people work hard and live hard all while loving and supporting their neighbors. If there was a county award, we have no doubt that Mercer would be at the top of that list. We are so honored that Celina was named Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine.

 

Celina will be one of five communities in Ohio recognized in the November/December 2023 and July/August 2024 issues of Ohio Magazine. 

 


August 26-31, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
 

106th Gymanfa Ganu

VENEDOCIA — Salem Presbyterian Church of Venedocia will be celebrating a longtime community event with its 106th Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday, September 3rd.  The Gymanfa Ganu (pronounced “Ga-mahn’-fa Ga’-nee”) is a Welsh festival of song tradition celebrated around the world.

The village of Venedocia has strong Welsh roots, being settled as it was in 1848 by three Welsh families. Those early settlers brought with them strong religious convictions, but also a deep love for music — particularly for singing in four-part harmony. The first church was built in 1851 and the present church building was finished in 1898.

Venedocia’s Welsh Festival of Song has been kept alive for over a century. Every year, people come from many different states to renew friendships and to participate in the singing. To hear the grand old Welsh hymns sung in four-part harmony by a large and very enthusiastic congregation is quite inspiring.

The director this year will be Ben Williams. Ben is from Goshen, Kentucky, where his exposure to music began at a young age. His mother, Susan, played flute, and his father, David, played trumpet, and his brother Nathan would go on to play the French horn. Ben’s musical experience began at the age of 4 when he started singing in the children’s choir at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, eventually going on to ring handchimes, handbells, sing in the youth choirs and Chancel Choir. Through his church music program, he would come to realize the power of using music as a vehicle for service, building community and relationships, and bringing himself and others closer to God.

Early musical interest lead Ben to take piano lessons for 10 years, later also studying saxophone and oboe. After being accepted into Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School, he would perform with the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, as well as the Manual High School Chorus and “Crimson Sound” Marching Band. He would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his Master of Music Education from the University of Louisville. In 2010, Ben became the Choir Director at Louisville Central High School, where he also teaches History and Appreciation of the Visual and Performing Arts, and serves as the Arts and Humanities department chair. He was the principal oboe in the Indiana University Southeast orchestra for 4 years. Ben also serves as the Music Associate for Children and Youth at Christ Church United Methodist. Ben is married to Lesley, and they have two children, Bennett and Joanne.

Vocalists for the 2023 Gymanfa Ganu will be Susan Leffel and Adam Rohrbaugh. 

Susan (Morgan) Leffel lives in New Knoxville with her husband Keith.  They have a son Logan and his wife Kenzie, and a daughter Morgan.  Susan is employed at German Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.  Susan was married in Salem Presbyterian Church in 1992 and has roots in Venedocia.  She is the daughter of Eleanor (Evans) Morgan and the late Thomas A. Morgan of St. Marys and the granddaughter of the late D. Orus and Eunice (Jones) Morgan and the late Daniel and Ruth (Morris) Evans, all of Venedocia.  Susan has been a guest soloist at previous Gymanfi and she sings at weddings and church services. 

Adam Rohrbaugh is a lifelong resident of Wapakoneta, OH where he lives with his wife, Shelby, who is the daughter of Kevin and Connie O’Neill.  Adam has sang in various choirs since the age of 5 and was fortunate to attended The Ohio State University on a vocal scholarship and participated in various choral ensembles.  Currently, Adam is on the worship team at First Church in New Knoxville, and also enjoys leading others to Christ with the praise group Worship Anyway, a group made up of local worship leaders from the Wapakoneta area.  Outside of those activities, Adam is currently in his 17th year of teaching American History at Bath Local Schools in Lima. Adam appreciates the opportunity to participate in the 106th Gymanfa Ganu!

Also among locally rooted musicians; Connie O’Neill, will be the pianist this year. Joyce (Summersett) Morris will be returning as the organist for the evening’s celebration. They were both raised in Salem Church and are both accomplished organists/pianists who have participated in many past Gymanfi.

Historically held on Labor Day Sunday, a light supper will be served from 4:30-6 p.m. for a free-will donation. The Gymanfa will begin promptly at 7 pm. All are welcome to experience a night like no other with the church full of voices raised glorifying the Lord, joyful reunions of friends and family and celebration of the unique Welsh heritage in music in the village of Venedocia. Salem Presbyterian Church is located at 15240 Main Street - Ohio 116 in Venedocia.

 

 

Drive Carefully! Fog in the Area for Thursday,
August 31, 2023

Parkway Schools are now upgraded to a
3 hour delay
for Monday, August 31, 2023.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Miller Road to Have Intermittent Closures

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the intermittent closing of Miller Road, from SR 118 to Fleetfoot Road in Hopewell Township.  The intermittent closing of this road is necessary to allow for the installation of drainage pipes, culverts and catch basins; as well as roadside shoulder widening.  This is in preparation for asphaltic concrete resurfacing widening and resurfacing to be done later this year.  This road will be closed intermittently over the next several months.

Local access will be maintained with, at variable times, access having to be from one direction or the other because of culvert replacement work.

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

 

 

 

FOG SEAL Work to Begin in Early September

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that Mercer County Engineer crews will be starting the fog seal work on various rural local roads in Mercer County in early September.

The Mercer County Engineer road crews are preparing to place an asphalt sealant onto the roadway for roads that were chip sealed recently.  The purpose of this sealant is to:

Further fill the cracks and voids in the pavement and better seal the pavement surface

Virtually eliminate all the dust and loose stone

Lessen the noise factor created by the new surface

Provide a black surface to better accentuate the yellow centerline stripe and to increase the winter snow/ice melting due to the blackened background

The sealant will be applied in mile increments and will cure out in about 1/2 hour.  After that point, our crews will open that mile section to traffic and then move to the next section of roadway.  Once cured, the sealant will not track nor spray onto vehicles.  If drivers have to access specific locations within a closed fog sealed road section (and are not through traffic), they are encouraged to speak to the crews in the area.

 

Checkout the Rockford Library Activities
by Shelley Muhlenkamp
The Rockford Carnegie Library has some exciting programs coming your way. Play Group begins Tuesday, 9/12 or Wednesday, 9/13, both from 10-11am weekly. It’s a time for children ages 0-6 to interact with stories, create crafts and most importantly, PLAY with kids their age. They will also enjoy a snack. You do not need to attend every week, just come when it fits into your schedule. Registration in advance is not required but encouraged. Contact the library with any questions.

Are your children homeschooled? Join us on Wednesday’s from 10-11:30am starting 9/13 to read stories, create arts/crafts, do STEM activities, play games, cook, and eat snacks. Activities vary each week. This is a great opportunity for kids and parents to interact.

The first Monday of the month at 2:00pm and 6pm we offer an Adult Book Club. September’s book discussion is over The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. Due to the holiday the discussion will be on Monday, 9/11.

Our evening Family Programs will begin in October. This is an opportunity for family members of all ages to spend some quality time together with a story, craft, snack and game.  Family Programs will be offered monthly in the library's basement. More details to come.

Did you know we offer Homebound Services to individuals in their homes or nursing homes? One of our staff members will deliver materials tailored to the patron’s interests on a regular basis. Large Print books and audiobooks are very popular with our homebound patrons. This service provides patrons with a hobby as well as an enjoyable personal visit with a member of the library staff. We can also deliver to home daycares. Call the library to arrange a visit.

 

Technology - The library loans out mobile hotspots, allowing our patrons to receive FREE WIFI anywhere Sprint/T-Mobile is supported. The checkout period is 14 days. Download the free Libby App with your library card. Libby gives you access to FREE magazines, EBooks, and Audiobooks.

 

Other benefits Rockford Carnegie Library offers: our books are labeled with AR Levels to help students easily find a book in their reading level; you can return books checked out from Celina and Mendon to our location and vice versa; and we exchange materials with 98 libraries throughout Ohio so chances are we can get whatever it is you are looking for.

 

We also offer printing, faxing and computer use. Come discover what your local library is all about, 162 South Main Street, Rockford. Library Hours: M-TH 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-5:30pm, and Sat 10am-2pm. Call 419-363-2630. Follow us on Facebook.

 

 

Donation to Parkway Booster Club from Parkway Class of 1963


Parkway class of 1963, at their 60th class reunion decided to donate $200 to the Parkway Booster club. An anonymous donor added an additional $50, for a total of $250. Pictured is Mandy Smith receiving a check for $250 from Jerry Reigle representative from the Parkway class of 1963.

 

Rockford's New Water Tower Gets Paint and Panther Signage
Old Tower gets New Coat of Paint

The new water tower is finished and painted in the old trailer park off of US 33.
The latest pictures by Todd Henkle reveal the new Rockford and Panther signage.
 

The company also completed a new coat of paint on the old tower. Signage paint pending.




Thank you to Todd Henkle for sending pictures of the progress by Caldwell Construction.

 

 

Communion Service Planned at St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “What Shape is Your Cross?” based on Matthew 16: 21-28. Communion will be served.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Rockford Rocktoberfest Planned for Saturday, October 28th starting at 1pm

Open air vendor market with 24 vendors and counting
  •   Food trucks, coffee truck and an ice cream truck
  •   Live music throughout the day
  •   Kids Zone with games and prizes
  •   Tractor Rides
  •   Crafts at the library
  •   Trick or treat at 5pm
  •   Kids costume judging at the Fire department at 7pm
  •   Car Show

 

 

Parkway Girls win Tri-match with St. Marys and Ottowa Glandorf on August 22, 2023
by Coach John Boroff

Parkway
girls golf wins a trimatch with St. Marys and Ottowa Glandorf at Pike Run Golf Course

Parkway posted a team score of 190 with Shay Boroff leading the way for the Panthers with a score of 43, giving her medalist honors. Madison Louth posted a 48, Sarah Sheppard added a 49 and McKenzie Mathewson rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with a 50.

St Marys finished with a team score of 227 and OG finished with a 250.

 

Chief Tom Wale Reports
Celina Police Department

on August 25, 2023


On 8-25-2023 at about 2:12 AM Celina Police were conducting an investigation at Eastview Park, near the pond.  Police had an encounter with 24 year old Corey Andrew of St. Marys.  That encounter resulted in a police involved shooting.  Corey Andrew was pronounced deceased at Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater.  The Ohio BCI&I was requested to conduct an independent investigation.  No further details are available at this time.

 

Parkway Girls golf Defeats Versailles 199-204
by Coach John Boroff

Click Here for Parkway Panther Golf News - Boys and Girls

Land Donation to Local Teen Center Moves Mission Forward
Fundraising Campaign Now Underway

VAN WERT, OHIO (August 22, 2023) - Portal 2:20 Teen Center, Inc., has received a generous donation of land on N. Lynn St. in Van Wert from S&B Venture Properties, LLC. The ¾ - acre property is slated to become the new location for a brand new 5000-sq.-ft. entertainment-based facility for teens ages 13-18. “We are excited for what God has planned for this community, and thanks to S&B, the mission of Portal can continue to move forward.” says Julie Burk, Executive Director and founder of the Portal 2:20 Teen Center.

The new teen center will feature gaming tables (includes billiards, air hockey and foosball), lounge, snack bar, a stage and open space for special events. Fundraising has already begun to raise the $1 million necessary to bring Portal’s vision to life. To contribute to Portal 2:20 Teen Center’s mission to #BuildUpTeens , visit www.GiveSendGo.com/BuildUpTeens . Portal is currently operating inside Church on the Horizon, 634 N. Washington St. in Van Wert, every Monday and Tuesday from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Fredrick Douglas

Not a typical youth ministry, Portal 2:20 Teen Center is a safe place for teens to hang out, play games and have fun!  Portal's mission since 2017 has been to make a difference in the lives of teens by providing a safe place for them to connect, build friendships and learn the Truth about their purpose in life. Through Portal every teen can know they are loved, worthy, valuable and enough. Portal 2:20 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with all-volunteer staff. Find more and get involved by visiting www.portal220teencenter.org  .

 

 

Parkway Boys Varsity Golf Results - 8/21/23 @ Versailles

 

VARSITY:

Parkway - 187

Versailles - 169

 

Medalist - Carson Heitkamp, Breyden Wagner, Gabe White (Tied with 41)

 

Notable Parkway Rounds:

Evan Kimmel shoots season best and career low 46

Current MAC record:

Parkway - 0-3

Versailles - 2-1

 

JV RESULTS:

Parkway - 240

Versailles - 225

 

Here is a link to the match results

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aztDvs2JPGJVN7jEiPDOHNvZDWN7-AThN9sGTL_fzzk/edit?usp=sharing

by Coach Ryan Thompson

 


August 19-25, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 19 years!
Yes, the Parkway Independent is 19 years old!

 


School Prayer Walk at Parkway Schools

On Saturday, August 19th, a group of community members met outside Parkway High School to conduct the annual School Prayer Walk. The group stopped at 8 locations outside the building, offering prayer for the upcoming school year, students, specific programs, staff, and volunteers. 

Rockford United Methodist Church Welcomes New Pastor and Wife
The congregation of Rockford United Methodist Church at 202 S. Franklin St in Rockford, Ohio is excited to announce the appointment of our new Pastor, Bill Halter, and his wife Sharon. They come to us from DeGraff, Ohio. They began their journey with us on July 2.

Pastor Bill and Sharon look forward to growing and sharing with us in worship, service and casual conversation as we serve an awesome God!

The congregation would like you to come meet our new Pastoral family! We offer a traditional service at 8:30 am and a contemporary service at 10:30. Sunday School classes for all ages are available at 9:30. Fellowship time, along with hot beverages and pastries, can be enjoyed throughout the morning, beginning at 8 am.

Pastor Bill shares one of his life verses: "He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8

 



Outdoor Cookout and Outdoor Service Planned at St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to an outdoor cookout of hamburgers and hotdogs after their outdoor worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 27, 2023. Pastor Mike Husted will offer the service entitled “Living Out the Question”.

 

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

Drive Carefully! Fog in the Area!

Parkway Schools are now upgraded to a
3 hour delay
for Monday, August 21, 2023.

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Monday, August 21, 2023.

Mercer County Fair Activities for Parkway FFA and 4-H Clubs
Congratulations to all of our
4-H members who worked
hard on their projects!. Great job!

Click on smaller thumbnails to enlarge pictures of these projects.


Parkway FFA - Maddie Jacobs - Soybeans

Parkway FFA - Austin Knapke - Wheat

Parkway FFA - Evan Kimmel - Corn

Parkway FFA - C. Clay - Corn

Hopewell 4-H

Chatt Chums 4-H

Rockford Thrifty 4-H

Parkway FFA
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Parkway girls golf defeats Delphos St. Johns 205-230 8-15-2023
by John Boroff, Coach

 

Parkway Girls golf loses to Minster 212-205 @ Arrowhead Golf Course
8-14-2023

By Coach John Boroff

 


Varsity Boys Golf Results - Minster @ Parkway - 8/17/2023

 

Parkway v. Minster boys golf results from 8/17/2023 at Celina Lynx. Varsity and JV scores are both included in the attached spreadsheet.

 

Varsity:

Minster - 164
Parkway - 186

 

JV:

Minster - 187

Parkway - 257

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jmaJO7S1rSj0yyoT0cTt6BbHNVO313HLP2CjyUrxwKw/edit?usp=sharing

 

MAC Records

Parkway: 0-2

Minster: 2-0

 

 

By Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School Golf Coach

 

PARKWAY WEEKLY ATHLETIC UPDATE WEEK OF AUG 21 - AUG 27, 2023

Monday, Aug 21, 2023

Boys Varsity Golf @ Stillwater Golf Course vs Versailles @ 4:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Golf @ Celina Lynx vs Versailles @ 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2023

Girls Varsity Golf @ Pike Run Golf Course vs Ottawa Glandorf @ 4:30 p.m.

High School and Junior High Cross Country @ Ohio Progressive Sportmans Club Ft. Recovery for Mercer County Invite @ 5:00 p.m.

Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Home vs Adam Central @ 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023

No events scheduled

Thursday, Aug 24, 2023

Boys Varsity Golf @ Celina Lynx vs Delphos St. John’s @ 4:30 p.m.

Junior High Volleyball @ Adam Central @ 5:00 p.m.

7th/8th Football @ Anna Booster Field at 5:00 p.m.

Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Home vs Sidney Lehman @ 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug 25, 2023

Varsity Football @ North Central @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 26, 2023

High School and Junior High Cross Country @ Wright State Lake Campus for Celina Rotary Invitational @ 9:00 a.m.

JV Boys Golf @ Portland Country Club for Ft. Recovery Invite @ 9:00 a.m.

Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Home for Parkway Invitational @ 9:00 a.m.

 

By AD Teri Samples

 

PARKWAY WEEKLY ATHLETIC UPDATE WEEK OF AUG 14 - AUG 20, 2023
Monday, Aug 14, 2023

Boys Varsity Golf @ Portland Golf Club vs Ft. Recovery @ 4:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Golf @ Celina Lynx vs Ft. Recovery @ 4:30 p.m.

Freshman Volleyball vs Paulding @ Home @ 5:30 p.m. (scrimmage)

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2023

Girls Varsity Golf @ Delphos Country Club vs Delphos St. John @ 10:00 a.m.

Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Crestview @ 5:00 p.m. (scrimmage)

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2023

7th/8th Girls Volleyball @ Home vs Paulding @ 5:30 p.m. (scrimmage)

Thursday, Aug 17, 2023

Girls Varsity Golf @ Arrowhead Golf Course vs Minster @ 4:00 p.m.

Boys Varsity Golf @ Celina Lynx vs Minster @ 4:30 p.m.

Boys JV Golf @ Celina Lynx vs Minster @ 4:30 p.m.

7th/8th Football @ Marion Local at 5:00 (7th)/6:15 p.m. (8th) (scrimmage)

Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Home vs Multiple Teams @ 5:00 p.m. (scrimmage)

Friday, Aug 18, 2023

Varsity Girls Golf @ Moose Landing G.C. vs Miller City/Ayersville @ 10:00

Varsity Football @ Home vs Crestview @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 19, 2023

7th and-8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ St. Henry @ 9:00 a.m.

Freshman Football @ Crestview @ 10:00 a.m.

by AD Teri Samples

 

Parkway Prayer Walk Scheduled
A prayer walk will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2023 to offer up prayers for blessings on Parkway Schools, students, teachers, support staff, groups and activities. Community is welcome to join the group. It will last about an hour.

St. Paul’s Country Church Invites Community



The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 20, 2023. Come hear Pastor Mike Husted who will be drawing from Genesis 45:1-15 - the title is “Lessons of Grace”.

 

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

 

Box City coming to Van Wert

Box City, Homeless for a Night is a community event with a freedom cruise, followed by a youth overnight event! This event is to raise money for Haven of Hope, the men's homeless shelter, located at 233 N. Market St. in Van Wert. The community event will take place on Saturday September 9th in Fountain Park beginning at 7pm. There will be a concert from 8:00-9:00 pm by 10 Talents band with Brennan G. as lead singer. Lloyd’s Auto Service will have their “Stuff a Bug” where you bring needed items for Haven of Hope and put in the VW Beetle Bug. There will also be food, music, informational booths from local agencies, free stuff, and awareness about homelessness! The youth overnight will be held after the community event in Fountain Park from 10pm-6am, registration starts at 9:30pm. All Youth in Van Wert County in grades 6-12 are invited! The youth event will be “sleeping” in cardboard boxes to get the feeling of being “homeless for the night”. The entire night will be filled with games, food, and small group conversations. Parents make sure you pick up a packet and fill out the forms and waivers. You can help by donating to this fundraiser by venmo @VWCHavenofHope or sending a check to Haven of Hope. You can also pray for our mission and for the homeless in our community. More information can be found at Vanwertfirst.net. Contact Jaime Ramos (419) 605-6717 or Teresa Shaffer (419) 238-0631 ext. 307 or by emailing sierra.shaffer@vanwertfirst.net. Pastor Christian Taylor invites you to worship with us at First Church any Sunday that you are able. Visit www.vanwertfirst.net for more information.

 

 

 

Would you like to be a Fair Director in Van Wert County?

The Van Wert County Agricultural Society, the managing organization of the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, is announcing available director positions. Petitions are available starting August 1st, 2023 for the following seats that are up for election this year. They are as follows:

Jennings Township

Liberty Township

Jackson Township

York Township

Pleasant Township

Southern Region

Each candidate for the office of director for The Van Wert County Agricultural Society must fulfill the following requirements to file a petition for such office:

Purchase a membership certificate for the membership year in which the candidate is seeking election.

Complete 10 hours of voluntary service to the society, in the fiscal year in which the candidate is seeking election.

Attend 1 regular monthly board meetings of the society, during the fiscal year in which the candidate is seeking election.

State on petition the specific board position for which candidate is seeking election.

Collect ten (10) or more signatures from members of the society, from the area for which board position represents.

In the case that the ten required signatures from members of the Society from the area for which the board position represents, cannot be obtained due to circumstances such as a pandemic or other like causes, then the required number of signatures is changed to twenty of the membership as a whole. The requirement to limit it to the area being represented is waived for that election cycle only.

Any candidate not fulfilling the above-listed requirements shall be ineligible for election as director. Items B and C, above, will become effective for candidates seeking election for the 2022 election and each election thereafter.

Interested parties can come to the Fair office located at 1055 S Washington St., Van Wert, OH 45891 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to pick up a petition.

 

 

FALL MUM SALE

 

First United Methodist Church Youth Group, located at 113 W Central Avenue in Van Wert, are selling fall mums and flowers from the Starr Greenhouse in North Star Ohio. These are big and beautiful flowers with vibrant colors, and you won't be disappointed! You can order now until August 28th.  Pickup will be at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds EMR building on September 22 in the afternoon. 

Order forms and descriptions can be found at https://www.vanwertfirst.net/ - scroll to the bottom of the Welcome / Landing page ,or pick one up in the church office.  For more information, please phone 419-238-0631 ext 307. Thanks for supporting our church Youth.

 

Philothea Road Bridge Closing
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Philothea Road between Wessel Road and Tangeman Road in Butler Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on August 22, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 


August 9-18, 2023
 

Parkway August 2023 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

Pictures with Petey the Panther at the Football Season Opener with Crestview

What: Pictures with our school mascot, Petey the Panther

When: Friday, August 18th, 2023 from 6:10-6:40 pm 

Where: Inside Panther Stadium~Line will start near the flagpole at the South Entrance (between the concession stand and baseball field)

Cost: $5 fee for a 5x7 picture taken by James Leighner, owner of Lucky6Pix

**Pictures will be delivered to the Parkway Elementary School Office and dispersed by classroom teachers once developed.

 

Reunion class of 63

 

August 5, 2023; the Parkway Class of 1963 celebrated 60 years since their graduation with a reunion. Those attending were

First row Left-Right,  Cheryl (Baker) Hamrick, Verna (Wollett) Winkler, Nancy (Rhoades) Fleming, Nancy (Sapp) Kline, Judy (Stewart) Dix, Martha (Bollinger) Bruns, Judy (Merinar) Sutter, Karen (Ray) May, Elaine (Westerberg) Deitsch, Francis Schaffner.

Second row L-R, Jerry Reigle, John Schaadt, Marlin Lautzenheiser, Patty (Lee) Romer, Daniel Reichard, Lena (Wilson) Gruver, Candy (Brehm) Courtney, Cathy (Kimmel) Mirtes, Ron Weitz, Bill Copeland. Not pictured was Carolyn Sue (Walls) John.


The class decided to meet annually on the first Saturday of August. Meeting at the Black Angus on Shannon St in Van Wert from 12-4 pm. Many fond memories were shared and enjoyed.

St. Paul’s Country Church Invites Community



The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 13, 2023. Come hear Reverend Doug Meyer who will be drawing from Matthew 14:22-33 - the title is “Hold On . . . Or Let Go?”.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

VWHS “Class of 1973” Plan on 50th Year Reunion

The Van Wert Class of ‘73 is planning on an array of events during the last weekend of August. Friday, August 25th begins with the options of either enjoying a VW Cougar football game or participating in an evening at the Van Wert Elks outdoor patio. These events start at 7:00 pm and the Elks’s patio will continue to be open after the game. A cash bar will be available. Saturday begins with a morning golf outing at Hickory Sticks Golf Course. The “Main Event” will take place at the Van Wert Elks and will begin with a social hour at 6:00 pm (cash bar available), with refreshment and munchies. There will be a meeting that will take place at 6:45. Photos will also be taken at 6:45 and will be available for purchase later in the evening. The buffet dinner starts at 7:00 and will be available at the cost of $25 per person. If you are interested in the catered dinner, please R.S.V.P by August 14th. The reunion will end on Sunday with breakfast at 8:00 am at the Van Wert American Legion. Food may be ordered off the menu. This will be held in their reserved room and will provide space for coffee, breakfast, and gathering until noon. If you have any questions and/or would like to R.S.V.P, please contact Brenda Weaver at (call or text) 419-203-7059 or email Garden_Gypsy@yahoo.com

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

COUNTY ROAD 716A IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN STATE ROUTE 274 & COUNTY ROAD 219A

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today, contingent upon weather conditions, Tom’s Construction, Inc. will have active construction activities occurring starting Thursday, August 10th on the above-referenced section of road.

The improvements will involve shoulder widening and side ditch layover work.  No pavement widening is being done as part of this project.  The road will be closed intermittently to through traffic and local access will be maintained.  The completion deadline for the project is early summer 2024.

Right-of-way stakes and construction staking may be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

The contact information for the Mercer County Engineer’s Office is:

4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822

Phone: 419.586.7759

Email: engineer@engineer.mercercountyohio.gov 

 

 


August 1-8, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!
 

All-Sport Pass information for Parkway Local Schools
See All-Sports Pass Information below.
Matt Triplett has moved to the Middle School principal position, and
Teri Samples has taken the AD position.

 

 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band

Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater Concert
Saturday August 5, 2023


On August 5th  the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in Celina, Ohio on Lake Shore Drive. The concert will begin at 7:00 P.M. and will feature a variety of music to please all types of music lovers. Selections will include music of the 1970’s band Journey, a medley of 70’s TV sitcom themes, Beatles, Carpenters, Disney’s Pocahontas, and patriotic selections. Vocal soloists for this evening's concert will include two Celina School’s music teachers. Joel Trisel is the choir director for the middle school and high school and Katie Brautigam is the music specialist at the Intermediate building. Both of these music educators have professional vocal training and were eager and willing to share their talents for this evening's concert.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy an evening of band music with our members from Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Wapak, Celina, Rockford and director Richard Sherrick, retired Parkway band director.

In the event of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Celina Educational Complex Auditorium adjacent to the football field. Listen to WCSM radio, or look on the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Facebook page. 

102 Purple Heart Recipients Set To Go On Honor Flight

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is just two weeks away from celebrating the sacrifices that 102 Purple Heart recipient Veterans made for our country.  We will be transporting what is the largest single contingent of Purple Heart Veterans by an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to reflect and pay tribute at the memorials built in their honor.

"First and foremost, we would like to thank our Veterans for their service to this great Country!  Secondly, the amount of community support and donations have been incredible, especially the WOWO Penny Pitch staff and volunteers", HFNEI President Cathy Berkshire noted. "There have been some additional logistics to work out for this trip, but everyone involved has gone above and beyond to make this trip special.  Normally we take 85 Veterans, but we have over 100 Veterans on this trip!  Many Veterans have voluntarily opted not to take a local guardian to allow us to take additional Veterans on this trip.  We will be providing a volunteer guardian from DC for these Veterans.  Not only did these Veterans give more during their service - but they continue to give back by supporting their fellow Purple Heart Comrades today."

HFNEI was selected as the 75th annual penny pitch recipient by Federated Media’s WOWO radio.  This one-day flight will happen Monday, August 7th, 2023 (National Purple Heart Day).  Prior to that on Sunday August 6th, HFNEI will gather the Veterans, Guardians, dignitaries, and special guests for a banquet in their honor at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, keynote speaker is retired Col. Gregory Gadson. This specially funded trip has been paid for by community donations to penny pitch, totaling over $207,000.

HFNEI currently has 102 Purple Heart recipient Veterans from Korea through recent conflicts on the list for this flight.  These Veterans were wounded during their military service and some, multiple times over.  These 102 Purple Heart recipient Veterans have a total of over 120 Purple Heart awards, over 45 Bronze Stars, Over 20 Silver Stars and the list of awards for their sacrifices keeps going.  These Veterans gave even more in the effort to defend and protect their country and our freedoms, and we plan to show them our thanks with this special gift of a flight just for them.

The public is welcome to join us to welcome our Heroes home Monday night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (4000 Parnell Ave. Fort Wayne).  We recommend the community arrive by 8:00pm.  Parking will be free.  Pat Miller from WOWO radio will be the MC for the welcome home ceremonies.  Our Heroes will arrive between 9:00pm – 10:00pm.  The public can also see our Heroes off Monday Morning at 4:00 am downtown off North Clinton just south of the Martin Luther King Bridge (See attached map).  Our Veterans will roll past in tour buses around 4:20 am on our way to the 122nd Air National Guard base for departure to Washington, D.C.

Attached is our itinerary for our Monday August 7th trip.  We are inviting any media outlets to meet us at any of our stops to meet these incredible Veterans.  If you are interested in meeting us, please contact board member Michael Thena mthena@hfnei.org 260-452-7361 to coordinate local and national media for this event.

For more information about Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, our mission, and the Purple Heart trip, visit www.hfnei.org.  You can additionally contact our President, Cathy Berkshire at president@hfnei.org at 260-633-0049 for any comments or quotes regarding this Purple Heart Trip.

St. Paul’s Country Church Invites Community

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be drawing from Matthew 14:13-21, the title is “Feeding the Multitude”.  

Join us for The Chosen which is a hit series about the Life of Jesus. This FREE event continues on Wednesdays at 10 AM or 6 PM.  

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on August 8, 2023
at 6:30 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox


July 26-31, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!
 

Special Board Meeting by Sally Cox

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the current plans of the athletic building, approve the resolution determining to proceed to levy a renewal tax and to go into executive session to discuss personnel.

 

Rockford United Methodist and Other Area Churches
Travel on Mission Trip to Kentucky


The Henderson Settlement Project mission team from Rockford United Methodist, along with St. John’s Lutheran Hopewell and Mendon Methodist church members traveled to Frakes, KY recently.  Some of the work that the 20-member team carried out included removing old siding, hanging new siding, and repairing a back deck for a young couple and their family. Some team members also helped in the Settlement thrift store and food pantry. This is the 16th trip to Henderson Settlement with folks from the Rockford area.  The biggest challenge is often the actual trip there.  Once the group turns off Highway 25E in southeast Kentucky, there are 159 curves (yes, someone has counted them!) on a 17-mile stretch to reach the Henderson Settlement in Frakes.  Other work teams from many states are also there so new relationships are formed, as well as seeing many “old” friends who also return.  Each morning begins with a work camp devotion/worship service, and evenings include a program to share information with work campers about the ministries of Henderson Settlement. 

 

Parkway Class of 1966 Informal Reunion Planned

The Parkway Class of 1966 is hosting an informal reunion this coming September in the Community Room at Parkway High School.  All class members are encouraged to attend the event which will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Refreshments will include finger foods and soft drinks.

Registration is $10 per person and checks should be sent to Dennis Hinkle at 9360 US Route 127, Celina, Ohio 45822.  The registration deadline is August 1, 2023.

For further information or any questions, please contact one of the following:

 

Dennis or Lynn Hinkle    E-mail: dlynnhinkle11@gmail.com

 

Steve Graham       E-mail: SGraham925@aol.com

 

Roadside Hazards

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office has been, is and is continuing to determine and act upon ways to improve the safety of our rural local roadways in Mercer County.  One of the aspects of roadway safety we have tried to improve upon is the roadside clear zones.  The roadside clear zones can be generally defined as the total roadside area starting at the edge of the traveled way, available for safe use by errant vehicles.  Simply stated, it is an unobstructed, relatively flat area beyond the edge of the traveled way (pavement) that allows a driver to stop safely or regain control of a vehicle that leaves the pavement surface.

In virtually all cases, the legal road right-of-way extends well past the paved section of the roadway.  The Mercer County Engineer has right-of-way maps which show the existing width of the legal road right-of-way.  These widths of right-of-way vary on the various rural local roads.  Anything placed within the road right-of-way by a property owner is subject to removal by our crews.  The most common examples of such items are trees, bushes, landscaping, decorative rocks, fences, buildings, etc.  For the safety and usability of our rural local roads, we ask property owners to keep items like this outside of the road right-of-way and appreciate the public’s support in making our roads better and safer for all who use them and all who adjoin them.

Landowners having questions about specific right-of-way widths of county and township roadways should contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office 419-586-7759.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Planning Outdoor Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their outdoor worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 30, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be under the trees with a Bible-based sermon. Drawing from Matthew 13;44-52, the title is “Life’s Greatest Treasure”.

The congregation also invites the community to a new study series based on The Chosen which is a hit series about the Life of Jesus. This FREE event continues on Wednesdays at 10 AM or 6 PM (choose your best time). Following the watching of the episode, there will be questions and discussion with the Pastor. This event will take place for 8 weeks every Wednesday at 10 AM and 6 PM.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 


July 19-25, 2023
 

New items on the church page link - Click Here

 

Water tower gets Water Tank on top in Rockford

The new water tower is going up in the old trailer park off of US 33.
The latest pictures by Todd Henkle show it getting taller and the water tank
being installed on top.
Thank you to Todd Henkle for sending pictures of the progress by Caldwell Construction.

 

       

Rockford Village Council Meets on May 16 and July 18, 2023 - Upcoming Events
Click here for minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn


Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports on the HIT Team

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that the HIT Team (Heroin Interdiction Team) conducted a detail on Monday (July 17, 2023).  The detail was a joint effort by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Celina Police Department.  

 

The HIT Team made 9 traffic stops that resulted in 6 warnings and 3 citations being issued.  Three people were arrested as a result of this detail. 

 

1)     Christopher L Brockman (43) of 1890 Schroeder Rd Celina, Ohio.  Brockman was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of the Mercer County Probate/Juvenile Court for FTA on the original charge of Non-Support.  Mr. Brockman was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held on a $5,000 bond.

  

2)     Brian H Briesacker (51) of 1301 St Rte 219 Coldwater, Ohio.  Briesacker was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine a Felony of the fifth degree.  Mr. Briesacker was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bond.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review and filing of formal charges.

  

3)     Anthony L Abels (22) of 216 S Green St Mendon, Ohio.  Abels was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Celina Municipal Court for Domestic Violence and Obstructing Official Business.  The case is being sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review of additional charges.

 

The HIT Team was assisted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Agriculture Education Foundation Offers Scholarships

 

Agriculture Education Foundation Offers Scholarships for Future Agri-Science Educators

The Foundation Is Accepting Applications for Six $1000 Scholarships and Scholarships for an Immersive Education Experience

 

(Columbus, Ohio)  The Agriculture Education Foundation is accepting applications for six $1,000 scholarships to be issued to college students enrolling in Ohio’s agriculture educator programs for the fall semester 2023.

 

New this year, the Agriculture Education Foundation will offer $4,000 in assistance for students attending the Bahamas Agriculture Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).  This is an 800-acre working farm in the Bahamas that allows students to learn and work on the farm which is dedicated to reducing the needs for food imports in the Bahamas.

 

This opportunity is open to any student who meets the minimum qualifications and is enrolled or planning to enroll in an agriculture teaching major or 4-H extension major at any of Ohio’s three Universities offering these programs.  It is also available for another two-year or four-year school in Ohio offering a two plus two program or another pathway to become an agriculture teacher or extension educator.

Applicants must have application materials submitted no later than August 15, 2023, 5pm. Official application documents and requirements are available at www.agised.org.

 

The foundation is limiting one scholarship to students at Central State University, all other scholarships are eligible to students at any institution in Ohio.

 

Parkway Grad , Stephanie Keller Writes Book on Their Family webcast

 

Stephanie Keller, class of 1998, has written a book with her husband. Their webcast is being highlighted in Women’s World magazine located at every grocery checkout.  The book is hilarious and also deeply inspirational.  Their true story in dealing with multiple health struggles is the main topic. 

Stephanie is the daughter of former superintendent, Steve Keller. 

 

 

Road Closing

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Mercer Road between Celina-Mendon Road and Neptune-Mendon Road in Union Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on July 18, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

Labor Day 5k to Benefit LifeWise in Allen County

LifeWise of Elida, Spencerville, Allen East, Bath and Columbus Grove will hold a 5k race on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th at 9 am. The event is sponsored by ACTS Ministries (parent of WTLW TV-44 and WOSN) and Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships.

 

The course will start and end at the Sunnydale House next to Elida Elementary School and wind through the village of Elida. Volunteers are welcome to line the streets along the route to encourage participants.

 

The entry fee is $20 for age 17 and above and $10 for those under age 17. All participants will receive a T-Shirt if registered by August 21st.  

Participants are encouraged to select a "team" and start a fundraising page. All proceeds support ACTS Character Academy LifeWise programs in Elida, Spencerville, Allen East, Bath and Columbus Grove.

To register, visit actslifewise5k.com.

LifeWise is a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program, which provides Bible-based character education to public school students. Students are released from public school during the school day to attend religious classes, provided the program is off school property, privately funded and parent permitted. ACTS Ministries supports programs throughout Allen County with over 1,100 enrolled students.

For more information, contact Joe Wassink at 419-339-4444 or jwassink@wtlw.com. Register for the 5k at: actslifewise5k.com

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Starting New Series

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a Bible-based sermon. Drawing from Romans 8:31-38, the title is “God’s Fierce and Compassionate Love”.

The congregation also invites the community to a new study series based on The Chosen which is a hit series about the Life of Jesus. This FREE event will start on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 AM or 6 PM (choose your best time). Following the watching of the episode, there will be questions and discussion with the Pastor. This event will continue for 8 weeks every Wednesday at 10 AM and 6 PM.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Lake Festival 5K

 

The Lake Festival 5K run registration is available online at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.  This is a chip timed event part of the Mercer Health 5 K Challenge.

The Lake Festival 5K begins at 8:00 A.M. July 29, 2023 at Lake Shore Park at the corner of Ash and Lakeshore Drive in Celina.  Registration begins at 6:45 A.M.  The certified course out and back course along West Bank Road.

Pre-Registration is only $15 and is due by July 27th. Race day registration will be available for $20. All runners 14 and under run for free with a completed registration form.

Trophies will be awarded to top three male and female runners.  Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place in each age group with special awards to be given to the runner coming from the furthest distance, and for the youngest and oldest runner. Also $100.00 will be awarded to the male and female runners who set a new course record.

There will be water on the course, splits at 1 mile and at 2 miles marks.  Refreshments will be served at the finish.

Registration forms are available at the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce office located at 121 E. Logan Street, Celina. For more information, call the chamber at 419-586-2219.

Child abduction/felonious assault


CELINA, OH- Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced this afternoon (7/12/23) the arrest of April Spence (32) of Kokomo, IN, for two counts of assault on a peace officer, each a fourth degree felony.

 

Grey explained that Mercer County Central Dispatch was notified at approximately 3:12 PMof a child abduction that took place in Kokomo, IN earlier in the day.  The suspect, April Spence, was said to be traveling in a black 2013 Ford Escape SUV with Indiana license plates, through Mercer County possibly in the area of Siegrist-Jutte Rd and St Rte 118, in Butler Township.  Deputies were dispatched and responded to this area to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching the provided description. 

 

At 3:31 PM, deputies located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on St Rte 119 at Fleetfoot Rd in Granville Township and executed a traffic stop.  During the traffic stop, an adult female exited the rear passenger side of the SUV, carrying a small child.  Deputies confirmed the female to be the suspect, April Spence, and the child to be the abducted 10 month old from Kokomo, IN.  Spence would not cooperate in handing the child over and became aggressive towards deputies, punching one in the face and kicking another.  The child was not injured during this and was able to be safely removed from Spence’s hold and taken away to a safe place by deputies.  After Spence was placed under arrest and while being placed in the patrol vehicle for transport to the jail, she continued to be combative and head-butted a deputy.  The assaulted deputies sustained minor injuries.  Ms. Spence was then transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility where she was booked in and held without bond. 

 

The investigation continued, and deputies communicated with Kokomo, IN Police Department while on scene of the traffic stop, advising them of the situation and that the child was located and is safe.  Mercer County Job and Family Services was called and responded to the scene and took custody of the child and later transferred custody of the child over to Kokomo, IN Children’s Services for reunification with the child’s custodial parent.  The driver and front seat passenger were released and were free to leave the scene.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the St. Henry Police Department, Mercer County Job and Family Services and Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  The case will be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of any additional charges.  The Kokomo, IN Police Department is conducting their own, on-going, investigation.

 

 

 

 


July 13-18, 2023
 

Suicide Awareness Walk

ASSURE, Area Suicide Support Resources, is planning their annual Suicide Awareness Community Walk on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 8:30 AM. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 AM. Walking time is from 9-11 AM. Register then or on on their website: www.assuremc.org.

 


July 5-12, 2023
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on July 12, 2023
at 6:30 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 16, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Genesis 28:10-19, the title is “God’s Great Dream”.

A Congregational Meeting for the purpose of a vote to amend the constitution is scheduled for July 16th.

The pastor’s evaluation form is due on the 16th as well; Barb Baker is planning an August church outing to the Do Good Restaurant in Osgood. Please call her at 419-495-2947 if you’re interested.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

Water tower goes up in Rockford

The new water tower is going up in the old trailer park off of US 33. Thank you to Todd Henkle for sending pictures of the progress by Caldwell Construction.

 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Service



The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 9, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Matthew 11: 25-30, the title is “An Address, An Invitation and A Promise”. A Congregational Meeting for the purpose of a vote is scheduled for July 16th.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Graduates Honored at St. Paul's Country Church - Two Awarded Scholarships

St. Paul's Country Church honored their recent graduates on Sunday morning, June 25, 2023 with gift presentations.
Carly Norris graduated from Celina HS and will attend Apollo in the Fall and is going into nursing; Macy Johnson graduated from Parkway HS and will attend UNOH in the Fall going into marketing; Kennedy Hynde will attend Kalamazoo College in the Fall majoring in Forensic Psychology and playing lacrosse; and McKenna Johnson, graduated from University of Toledo with a bachelor of science degree in Speech Language Pathology, graduating magna cum laude. She has been accepted into the doctorate program for Occupational Therapy at Lincoln University in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Carly Norris and Macy Johnson were each awarded a $250 Koch Scholarship from St. Paul's Country Church. The scholarship is in memory of the late Arlie Koch and the late Ruth Koch.



Pictured is Macy Johnson accepting her gift (and her sister McKenna's gift) from her grandma Barb Baker.
 

 

Pictured is Grandma Diane Norris accepting Carly Norris' gift and scholarship along with Macy accepting her scholarship from Connie Sapp l to r.

McKenna, Carly and Kennedy were unable to attend.

Congratulations and best wishes to our graduates!

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Summer internship and exploration program offered by Mercer Health’s Medical Staff

 

Mercer Health’s Medical Staff offered its first ever, summer internship and exploration program for college students who are planning to apply to medical school and have completed at least two years of undergraduate course work. Five students were accepted into the program for 2023, and began their first day in the program on Monday, June 5.

 

This year’s recipients included (pictured left to right): Ethan Wasson, from Bryan, Ohio, attending Miami University; Julia Wilker, from New Bremen, attending Xavier University; Emma Eckstein, from Coldwater, attending Notre Dame; Olivia McGee from Fort Loramie, attending Wright State University Lake Campus; and Kelsey Nichols from Rockford, attending Wright State University Lake Campus.

 

The students worked with a variety of Mercer Health physicians, both in the hospital and in the offices, where our providers were able to share their experiences. Over the course of this four week program, the students had the opportunity to shadow family practice, pediatrics, OB-GYN, emergency medicine, surgery, radiology, orthopedics and others. The goal of the internship program is to help students make an informed decision about applying for medical school, and to expose them to a variety of rural medicine specialties. 

 

Dr. Core, Chief of Staff at Mercer Health, shared the following, "There is a nationwide shortage of rural physicians, and medical students who were raised in a rural area are much more likely to go on to practice in a rural area after completion of their training. We are excited to support these students now and throughout their medical education journey."  

 

OhioHealth to Provide Mobile Mammography Services

VAN WERT, Ohio – A new OhioHealth mobile mammography unit will make it easier and more convenient for women to get life-saving mammograms, bringing services to the workplace and close to home.

Starting in July, the unit will serve patients in counties near the US Route 30 corridor. The state-of-the-art mobile unit will provide mammography at businesses, healthcare provider offices and community events such as health fairs and church gatherings. OhioHealth expects to see eight to 12 patients in a typical day.

“We at OhioHealth deeply believe that all members of our community deserve access to equitable healthcare,” said Arvinder Bhinder, MD, OhioHealth medical oncologist.  “Life gets busy, and that's where our new mobile mammography unit comes in. We designed this unit to address barriers while also providing the same privacy and care as coming into your doctor's office.”

Stanley Black and Decker in Shelby is one of the businesses that will benefit from the mobile unit. “Removing the barrier of having to take time off work to receive this important screening will be a game changer,” said Ashle Finney, HR director, Stanley Black and Decker. “Our staff appreciates the convenience. They can walk from their work site, have their screening and return to work within a matter of a few minutes. We are thankful to OhioHealth for providing this service to our community.”

Funding for the mobile unit came from more than $1.5 million in donations ranging from $1 to $650,000, said Erin Stine, OhioHealth Foundation senior advisor for philanthropy. “The generosity of our communities never ceases to amaze me,” Stine said. “With the funds raised to launch this mobile mammography unit, we will be able to meet our community members where they are, providing greater access to lifesaving breast screenings.”

Major funders for the project include:

AEP Foundation

Richland County Foundation

S.N. and Ada Ford Foundation

Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary

Marion General Hospital Foundation

The Women’s Fund of The Shelby Foundation

OhioHealth Physician Group – Mansfield General Surgery

Curtis and Deanna Gingrich

Bruce and Cindy Hagen

The Shirley Schluter Cancer Fund and Mansfield Motor Group

Vinson and Teresa Yates

Mammography services are covered by most insurances. OhioHealth will work to ensure that all eligible patients receive mammograms, regardless of ability to pay.

“Early breast cancer is curable,” Joy Bischoff, interim president of OhioHealth Van Wert Hospital said. “We hope that this unit is the first step for our community members to be empowered to take charge of their health. If you see the mobile unit around town, please let it be a reminder to consider early screening for yourself and encourage your loved ones to consider it, too.” 

Those interested in having the mobile mammography unit on site should call the scheduling office at 567-309-2512 for more information.

 

Corn in Right of Way

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads.  “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight.  Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-way widths may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.

 

Hellwarth Road to Close
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Hellwarth Road between Frahm Pike and Miller Road in Hopewell Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on July 6, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

Mercer County Board of Health reschedules July meeting

The Mercer County Board of Health’s regular July meeting, originally scheduled for July 12, 2023, has been moved to Wednesday, July 19. The meeting will begin at 8:00 AM and will take place in the first-floor conference room of the Mercer County Central Services Building at 220 W. Livingston Street in Celina.

 

Shane’s Crossing 5K

The 2023 Mercer Health 5K Challenge will continue at Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 8:30 am.

This road race starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 West Front Street, Rockford, Ohio with race day registration beginning at 7:30 am. Pre-registration is available at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge  where you can also find post-race results. All runners 14 and younger participate for free with a completed registration form.

All proceeds from this race benefit the Parkway Athletic Boosters. For more information call 419-953-5001.

  

 


June 28 - July 4, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!

 

            HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Redskin Classic 5K

The 2023 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will continue with the Redskin Classic 5 K, with this chip timed 5K run/walk on Sunday July 2th at 8:45 a.m.

The course will start and finish on Columbus Street near the high school. Race day registration to begin at 7:30 a.m. at the high school.

The event is sponsored by P.T. Services with the proceeds to benefit community improvements and events.

Online pre-registration at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com is $15 while 14 and under runners’ race for free with a completed registration form.  

Race results will be posted at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com 

 

PERI Meeting Cancelled
The next regular meeting of the Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2023 has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 12th.  Members interested in attending the PERI state meeting on September 18th should complete the registration information in the next quarterly issue of PERI Perspectives.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Kenn-Feld Group and TTG Equipment Announce Merger as TRULAND Equipment, Join Strengths to Create Regional Dealer Group

 

Bluffton, Ind. - Kenn-Feld Group and TTG Equipment will merge as TRULAND Equipment, the CEOs of the two companies announced Wednesday. The equal merger of the two John Deere Dealer groups is scheduled to occur on Aug. 21, 2023.

 

This move brings together eighteen John Deere locations across Indiana and Ohio, allowing TRULAND Equipment to provide their customers with greater service support and inventory choices. TRULAND Equipment will also provide new opportunities for their employees with increased scale.

 

“This partnership was a several-year process, and we really took our time to make sure this was a good fit for our two companies as well as for our customers,” said Tom Burenga, CEO of Kenn-Feld Group. “By combining our experience and capabilities, we are building a stronger organization that is better positioned to thrive while offering an expanded product portfolio to our customers.”

 

TRULAND Equipment will continue to serve its customers in all eighteen of its locations in the region and is poised for growth in both service offerings and number of employees. Jameson Ringger, CEO of TTG Equipment, emphasized that TRULAND will stay focused on maintaining a local feel and relationship-based business model. “We are two local companies joining together into one local company. While the name on the sign will change, the team will not. We are dedicated to cultivating lasting relationships with our customers, providing new opportunities for our employees, and investing in our community. This move is a win for all three.”

 

For more information about TRULAND Equipment, visit trulandequip.com or email info@trulandequip.com.

 

 

 

Marathon Burglary

By Thomas Wale
Celina Police Chief

On 06/25/2023 at 4:16AM Celina Police responded to an active burglary alarm at Dockside Marathon located at 515 E Market St., Celina.  Upon arrival officers found forced entry through the front door and signs the business had been ransacked.  Alcohol and nicotine products were stolen.

 

With assistance of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit three suspected were located behind the Mercer County Educational Services Center at 540 E Market St.  The three suspected fled, jumping into the lake in effort to escape. The area was surrounded with assistance of Coldwater P.D., the Ohio State Patrol and the Celina Fire Dept. boat.  All three were arrested.

 

Mosley Lokot, a 23 year old of 122-1/2 S. Lake St, Celina was arrested and held in the Mercer Co. Jail on breaking and entering charges.

 

Eddie Riklong, a 19 year old of 300 Bruns Av, #64, Celina was arrested and held in the Mercer County Jail on charges of Receiving Stolen Property, Obstructing Official Business, and Offenses Involving Underage.

 

Joe Marshall, a 23 year old of 120 S Lake St, Celina was arrested and held in the Mercer County Jail on charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Obstructing Official Business.

 

The case is under review by the Mercer County Prosecutor Erin Minor.

 

Mercer Health Diabetes Education Program receives certification from the American Diabetes Association

 

The Mercer Health Diabetes Education Program recently received continued certification from the American Diabetes Association for a quality diabetes self-management education program. This certification is valid every four years, and Mercer Health has maintained certification since 2005.

 

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading organization committed to fighting diabetes by driving discovery through research and innovation, intensifying the urgency around the diabetes epidemic, and supporting people living with and affected by diabetes. The ADA’s recognition certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

 

“Daily self-management skills are absolutely essential for people to effectively navigate the 24/7 challenges of living with diabetes, helping to keep them healthy and prevent or delay the serious complications of diabetes,” said Linda Cann, MSEd, the ADA’s senior vice president of professional services. “We applaud Mercer Health for its commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based education and support for people with diabetes by meeting these National Standards and earning this recognition.”

 

The Mercer Health Diabetes Education Program, led by Karen Homan, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at Mercer Health, provides one-on-one diabetes education sessions tailored to meet individual needs. This program is helpful for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, struggling to control their blood sugars, starting or changing medication for diabetes or interested in learning more.

 

For more information about the Mercer Health Diabetes Education Program, visit https://mercer-health.com/our-services/diabetes-education/

 

Van Wert County Historical Society contributes to Operation Back to School

 

The Van Wert County Historical Society Museum at 602 N. Washington Street is the place to be this fourth of July. Be sure to visit the concession area before getting your spot to watch fireworks. There will be hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, drinks and more. Food will be served from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

All proceeds will go to the 2023 Operation Back to School operating budget.

The Pre-K through 8th grade Operation Back to School will be held Sunday, July 30 from 3-5pm at Fountain Park. It is important to pre-register for best outcome.

The High School Operation Back to School event will be held Wednesday, August 23 from 2:30-6:00pm. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for this event also.

Visit www.vanwertfirst.net/operation-back-to-school for more information. You will also find places to register, donate and volunteer for the event(s).

Hope to see you on the 4th!

Operation Back to School is an annual event presented by First United Methodist Church and supported by local churches and businesses. This is the 8th year serving our community.

 

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation to Meet in July

The RADC will meet Monday, July 24th at 7 pm for their next meeting.  All community is invited, too.

Precautions can help prevent tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses

COLUMBUS – This summer, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA is encouraging people to take precautions to prevent tick and mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry. Most diseases in Ohio that are caused by the bite of infected ticks happen between spring and fall when ticks are most active.

The most common disease spread by ticks in Ohio is Lyme disease, which has been increasing in Ohio in recent years. There were 552 cases reported last year and 121 so far this year. Mosquitoes are also active during warmer months, and some can carry diseases. Last year, there were seven West Nile virus cases, including one death, and 13 La Crosse virus cases in Ohio. Most people infected with these viruses do not have symptoms, or have only mild symptoms like fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. In rare cases, they can cause severe disease.

“Of course, we want Ohioans to enjoy the outdoors in the summer months as part of an active, healthy lifestyle, but you should be thinking about protection against ticks and mosquitoes,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “Taking simple precautions can prevent potentially serious diseases.” ODH tracks tick- and mosquito-borne disease activity. Being aware of this activity in your area allows you to take steps to protect yourself and others.

Tips to avoid mosquito bites include: • Use EPA-registered repellents when going outdoors according to label instructions. • Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. • Consider avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours (dusk to dawn). • Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with an EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water on a regular basis from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and bird baths. Tips to protect yourself from ticks include: • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. • Walk in the center of trails. • Use insect repellents registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled for use against ticks on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Always follow the product label. • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and tuck shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of your clothing. • Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily.

If you find a tick attached to your skin, the best way to remove it is to use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Pull away from your skin with steady, even pressure. Wash your hands and the bite area with soap and water. If you have been bitten by a tick, watch for symptoms such as fever/chills, aches and pains, or rash. See your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

For more information on ticks, mosquitoes, and the diseases they can carry, visit www.odh.ohio.gov/ticks and www.odh.ohio.gov/mosquitoes.

Area Optimist Club Hosted Successful After Proms for Local Schools 


 (Van Wert, OH) The Optimist Club of Van Wert recently hosted three successful After Prom events for Van Wert, Crestview, and Lincolnview High School Students at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert. The Van Wert After Prom took place on April 22nd from 11 PM to 2 AM. The Crestview After Prom was the following Saturday, April 29th, from 11 PM to 1:30 AM. Finally, the Lincolnview After Prom took place May 6th from 11 PM to 1:00 AM. The purpose of the After Prom event at each school is to provide local high school students with a safe place to go after prom to play games and engage in other safe recreational activities. This year’s after prom events featured bowling, bingo, scrabble, scattergories, trivia, and many other fun activities. Any youth that participated in the games during the night got entered into drawings to win a variety of prizes including but not limited to: a mini fridge, a tv, a laptop, a bowling package, a jewelry basket, a picnic package, and many others. The Optimist Club of Van Wert would like to thank the following area businesses for their generous donations to the event this year: Arby’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, the Elks Lodge, First Bank of Berne, First Federal of Van Wert, Laudick’s Jewelery, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Straley Realty, Taco Bell, Thatcher Insurance, Tisha Fast: State Farm Insurance, United Way, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, and Wendy’s. 

The Optimist Club of Van Wert is a volunteer organization whose mission is to better the lives of the youth in our community through activities and outreach events. To learn more, visit www.optimistvw.com or the Optimist Club of Van Wert on Facebook. 


June 22-27, 2023
 

Paul P. May III Resigns as Rockford Chief of Police
May Named the First School Resource Officer, Ever, for Parkway Schools

 

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, the Village of Rockford finalized the way for Paul P. May, III to resign from his long-time position as the Chief of Police and become the first-ever school resource officer for Parkway Schools. Councilors have been working on this moment for several months and finalized the change at the meeting.

May commented that, as the new SRO, he will help provide a safe and secure learning environment for the students and staff at Parkway Schools. Although he has stepped down as the chief, he will remain a village employee. The school district will pay his compensation.

Congratulations to Paul, his replacement, newly promoted Police Chief Bryan Stetler, and a new recruit, Paul May’s son, Caden May, as a patrolman for Rockford.

 

 

Rockford Village Council Meets on June 20, 2023 - Paul May Resigns and Becomes SRO
Click here for minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

 

 


Old Fashioned Farmers Days 2023
Van Wert County Fairgrounds - June 29-30 and July 1
Chris Hambrick - Friday June 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Noah Back - Saturday July 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
Antique Tractor Pull - Friday June 30 6 PM
Fiddle, Banjo and Harmonica contest  - Saturday July 1
 at 3:00 P.M.
Food - Tractors and Machines - Children's Activities
For info visit Old Fashioned Farmers Days Website or Facebook.  
Admission of $3.00/person ~ 12 and
 under free ~ 3-day pass $7.00.  Camping available.

Willshire Days - Friday and Saturday June 23-24, 2023

Chatt Farmer's Picnic - Coming July 27, 2023

 

St Paul’s Country Church Outdoor Worship Service

Come worship outdoors with us on Sunday, June 25, 2023 at St Paul’s Country Church, 1538 Oregon Rd. Rockford. Time is 10 AM. Sunday School 9:15. Pastor Mike Husted will deliver the Bible message from Matthew 10:24-31 entitled Bread for the Journey. Community is invited! 

 

Memorial Day Service at St. Paul's Country Church

 

The members of St. Paul's Country Church came together for a meaningful Memorial Day Service 2023 at the flagpole out front. Jerry Schaadt raised the flag with Pastor Mike Husted, then lowered it back to half staff for the remainder of the day in respect for their fallen military comrades. Following this, Connie Sapp and Barb Baker gave a wonderful history of Memorial Day. Prayer concluded the timw spent together. A really great breakfast followed the service.

 

Visit to Do Good Restaurant in Osgood


Members of St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford visited and ate at a new area business called “Do Good Restaurant and Ministry” on June 21, 2023. Located in Osgood, OH, the restaurant and additional venues (are owned by Karen Homan, who was inspired and directed by The Holy Spirit, several years ago, to open a restaurant in service to God. Many miracles are associated with this undertaking by Karen. The church members found the food to be delicious. As explained by a staff member, the servers and some cooks volunteer their time as the Holy Spirit has directed. All funds raised were at the direction of the Holy Spirit. All tips donated for every meal go to a monthly worthy cause. Everywhere, the building was decorated in the triune’s glory. (Christianity is the only religion in the world that believes God is triune—one being, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), all equally God who know and love each other). There were paintings, sculptures, and much more. It was such a blessing that the church members plan to go back for an evening meal in the near future. Contact Barb Baker at 419-495-2947.

 

Leota Braun Charitable Foundation Logo Contest 2023 offers $500 cash prize
 

The Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, Inc. exists to provide financial support for projects and activities that will improve the quality of life for residents of the Ohio communities of Rockford, Willshire and Mendon, as well as surrounding rural areas of the Parkway Local School District. The foundation provides the vehicle for donors to make tax-advantaged charitable contributions for the benefit of the Foundation’s areas of service. It also assures the ongoing competent management, investment and distribution of donated funds throughout and beyond the lifetimes of the donors, in accordance with their wishes.



 

Our current logo has served us well for over 20 years. We are ready to update our look and hope to have community members and those who are interested in helping us with this effort participate. Logo designs should represent the charitable deeds of Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, including but not limited to elements of: 
*community

*investment

*scholarship

*donors and recipients

*legacy and giving

 

The selected artist will be awarded with a $500 cash prize. Eligible participants may be individuals or teams. All submitted work must be the original work of the entrant. Submissions must be in .jpg, .png or .pdf format with a 2.5 inch maximum size if it is a circle or square and 2 inches by three inches if it is rectangular. Full guidelines, including the official entry form can be found at https://leotabraun.org/2023-lbcf-logo-contest/ .

In addition to the rules and guidelines, artists should consider the following when they are creating their logo design:

 

Relevance: Does the entry align with the theme and goals of Leota Braun Charitable Foundation?

 

Originality: Does the composition exhibit original design, creativity, and imagination?

  

Aesthetic Quality: Does the submission command attention? Does it display visual balance and color coordination? Do all the elements work together to create a unified and appealing design?

 

Submit your completed entry form and logo file to LBCF.logocontest@gmail.com. All entries received electronically by Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM will be considered. Individuals who have additional questions regarding the contest and/or submission guidelines may text or call Leah Thompson at 260-301-4079 or email at LBCF.logocontest@gmail.com.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 


June 12-21, 2023
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!

 


Hutch competing at State Track. Pictures shared by Alexis Berry, fellow pole vaulter.

Hutch Ridenour, Parkway Grad, Competes at State Track Meet in Division 3
by Coach Don Trisel


Hutch Ridenour earned a trip to the State Track Meet in Division 3 for the pole vault competition on Friday, June 2, 2023. Hutch graduated from Parkway in May and will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall to study mechanical engineering. In addition to track and field during his senior year, Hutch was also a valuable member of the football and wrestling teams, band and choir, and the National Honor Society. He is a true student athlete with many talents.

 

His father, John Ridenour, also a Parkway grad, went to State in the pole vault and long jump back in the 1990's. John's best vault was 13'00". Hutch's best jump came last week at the Troy Regional with a vault of 13'04". Hutch was finally able to beat "old man John!" His father and all of his coaches are celebrating this and other accomplishments.

 

Parkway Varsity Boys Head Coach and Distance Running Coach, Nathan Rupp, commented, "Hutch was a valuable member of our team and participated in several different events this year, including the 100 m, 200 m, 4x100 m relay, 4x200 m relay, long jump, and pole vault. Hutch had a great attitude which helped him succeed. He had the best pole vault performance for a Parkway athlete in the past 29 years.  His leadership will be missed."

 

Parkway Assistant Varsity Boys Coach, Don Trisel, said, "I am Hutch's pole vaulting coach, but I rely on the help and advice from other coaches and people with more experience. John Ridenour has been present and very helpful in giving Hutch the advice he needs to improve. I have appreciated John's input and first hand knowledge of the event. We video his vaults and are able to give instant feedback for helping him improve."

 

Hutch's progression of personal records:

Freshman year - COVID: no track season

Sophomore year - best vault was 9'06"

Junior year - best vault of 11'06"

Senior year - best vault of 13'04"

Trisel explained that Hutch finished 5th at Regionals on Wednesday, May 24th with a vault of 13'04". This beat his previous personal best vault by 10". The Parkway school record is 13'05", set by the late Spencer Smith in 1994. Hutch probably owns the second best vault in school history and is the best pole vaulter at Parkway in the past 29 years, the ranks of which include his own father, John.

 

The top 4 finishers in each of the 4 regions automatically advance to State. Because some regions are tougher than others, and because the state meet is held at a 9-lane track, at least 2 additional "at large" spots are granted to the next best finishers in each event from across the state. Hutch was one of the last people to qualify for State in the pole vault, but entered the competition tied for the 8th place seed out of 19 vaulters. On Friday, June 2nd, Hutch cleared 12'06" and 13'00" with a single jump at each height.  He missed three times at 13'06" but was very close to clearing it. He finished the state meet tied for 11th place.

 

Trisel said, "I'm excited that Hutch had one final opportunity to represent his community, his school, and his family. I am proud of Hutch.  I'm proud of the work ethic of this young man, his athletic ability, his intelligence, and his willingness to help coach the younger vaulters. He has really created a lot of excitement at Parkway for this event.  We have two freshmen vaulters, one junior lady vaulter, and about ten jr high kids who have tried pole vault this season. The younger athletes see Hutch flying through the air and want to try it for themselves! It's fun to see their eyes light up."

 

Jennifer Barrett, Parkway Varsity Girls Head Coach and Sprinting Coach added, "Hutch put in so much hard work this year. It was fun to watch him grow in confidence and improve. It's exciting to see all of the momentum that Hutch and Coach Don have built with the younger vaulters."

 

Trisel concluded, "Pole vaulting is probably best suited for athletes who have good speed, good upper body strength, excellent body control, and it helps if they are a little bit of a daredevil.  Not everyone is comfortable flinging themselves through the air like that.  There are so many variables that make the pole vault a bit more complicated than other track and field events. We've spent a lot of time this year studying the mechanics and the physics of the event. When done well, it really is a thing of beauty."

 


Hutch Ridenour

PEA OFFERING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Parkway Education Association (PEA) will be offering a $1000 scholarship to a Parkway alumnus who is in college/university studying to become an educator. 

Requirements for the scholarship are:

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college sophomore, junior, or senior for the upcoming fall semester (2023).

Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicant must be enrolled in teacher education classes.

Applicant must be a graduate of Parkway High School or be the son/daughter of a PEA member.

Applications are due by June 23, 2023.

Any interested applicants should complete the form at:

https://forms.gle/5MucfRPvw9o1VmHQ8

Any inquires can be e-mailed to:

parkwayeducationassociation@gmail.com

 

CHIP & SEAL SEASON

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on approximately 92 miles of rural local roads in Mercer County.

We are requesting that yard mowing trimmings not be blown onto the county and township roads.  Cut grass on the pavement creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and impedes the speed of the work.

Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction.  This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway.  Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease.  This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits.  We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.

County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season.  These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process.  We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.

 

Road Closure by Mercer County Engineer Announced

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing a road closure on Park Road between Ohio Indiana State Line and State Route 49 in Recovery Township for a bridge replacement and roadway approach reconstruction.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 7, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen 4-5 months, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

Patrol plans OVI sobriety checkpoint beginning June 19, 2023

Lima – The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.

Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

 

 

Parkway Graduation 2023 - Sunday, May, 14, 2023
by Lisa Miller


 

Valedictorian - Aaron Cron

 

Salutatorian - Gabrielle Stober

 


Class President - Carter Hellwarth

 

Class Flower - Baby's Breath

Class Colors - Sage Green & White

“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.” – Rod Serling

 

 

Try this link for Lucky Pix 6 by James Leighner: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gUkBhs3MXugdHiQM8

 

 

 

 

Bridge Closure Planned by Mercer County Engineer

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Cassella-Montezuma Road between Indian Trail Road and Dirksen Road in Marion Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 13, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Romans 5:1-8, the title is “The Saving Script”.
 

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

A group outing to the Do-Good Restaurant and Ministry in Osgood is being planned for Wednesday, June 21st. Please contact Barb Baker at 419-495-2947 for details.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

 We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.


June 6-11, 2023
 


Above: The Robert Brandt Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Bob Brandt, the very first Vantage superintendent. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Bryce Stearns (Parkway) and presented by Vantage Superintendent Rick Turner.
 

Vantage 2023 Seniors Honored

 

            Family, friends, and associate school representatives gathered at the annual Vantage Career Center Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of graduating seniors. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event, which was held at the Van Wert High School gymnasium to accommodate the growing crowd.

            Mr. Dan Bowers, Owner of Advanced Chassis and recent Alumni Hall of Fame inductee (Vantage/Paulding, Ag-Diesel Mechanics, 1988), was the guest speaker. Mr. Bowers spoke directly to the graduating class, “Obviously, you are at the top of your fields at this stage and are being recognized as such. Next week will be the most freeing feeling of your life and the beginning of a new chapter. You can either make your life or have it made for you.”

          The student speaker for this year’s ceremony was Juliana McClure (Van Wert), a senior in the Sports Exercise Therapy program. Juliana spoke of Vantage being a place where each student is valued as they excel in their knowledge and skills. “Vantage Career Center has truly had great influence on my future, and I will always be grateful that I was given the opportunity to attend this amazing school. Each one of us has an opportunity to make ourselves someone. Each of us are valued and recognized, whether it be lab or academics, and that is one of the most unique aspects of attending here.”

            Each year, career technical teachers select outstanding students to receive an “Award of Distinction''. Eligibility for this award includes demonstrating leadership qualities at school, having outstanding achievement in their program area, showing exceptional skills in the subject area, participating as an active member of a school career technical club and demonstrating cooperation, initiative and responsibility. This year’s “Award of Distinction'' winners are: Alyssa Greathouse, Culinary Arts (Wayne Trace); Brielle Sheets, Early Childhood Education (Wayne Trace); Astrid Martinez-Sandoval, Health Information Management (Wayne Trace); Lillian Price, Health Technology (Lincolnview); Levi Miller, Network Systems (Antwerp); Haley Frazier, Sports Exercise Therapy (Crestview); Eli Niese, Ag and Industrial Power Tech (Miller City); Sonya Roeder, Auto Collision Repair (Jefferson); Haden Dunakin, Auto Technology (Paulding); Elizabeth Germann, Carpentry (Crestview); Mason Ladd, Construction Equipment Technology (Continental); Jeret Landwehr, Electricity (Kalida); Andrew Peck, Industrial Mechanics (Kalida); Nicholas Foppe, Precision Machining (Kalida); Jacob Fuerst, Welding (Van Wert).

            Academic achievements were also recognized during the ceremony for the students who achieved the highest scores in their classes. The Academic award winners are: Makayla Duncan (Lincolnview), English; Astrid Martinez Sandoval (Wayne Trace), College Trigonometry and Chemistry; Leigha Bendele (Lincolnview), Algebra II; Lillian Price (Lincolnview), English; Lillian Burkhart (Ottoville), Advanced Integrated Science; Melanie Mills (Antwerp), Physics; Austin Landin (Ottoville), Integrated Math; Levi Miller (Antwerp) College Algebra; Adrianne Pease (Antwerp), English and Physics; Kaden Jettinghoff (Jennings), English; Corbin Army (Van Wert), English; Lane Schroeder (Miller City), Algebra II; and Cruiz Ryan (Van Wert), Financial Algebra and American Military History.

            Kennedy Manufacturing presents a Machinist’s Rolling tool chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling tool chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior each year. Nicholas Foppe (Kalida) received the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining “Senior of the Year” award and Drew Crossgrove (Continental) was the recipient of the Industrial Mechanics "Senior of the Year" award. 

            Scholarship recipients were a highlight of the evening's recognition ceremony. The Robert C. Stevens Scholarship is given by the Vantage Teacher’s Organization in memory of Bob Stevens, who taught Occupational Work Experience (OWE) at Vantage from 1976 until 1984. Students who are awarded this scholarship have shown outstanding achievement in their program area, while demonstrating initiative and perseverance. This year, the Robert C. Stevens Scholarship was awarded to Serenity Sites (Parkway) and Emily Luersman (Fort Jennings). The Robert Brandt Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Bob Brandt, the very first Vantage superintendent. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Bryce Stearns (Parkway) and presented by Vantage Superintendent Rick Turner. Vicki Smith of the Van Wert Rotary Club presented the Van Wert Rotary Scholarship to Riona Workman (Van Wert). The recipient of the Marcus Landin Memorial Gift of tools this year was Andrew Peck (Kalida), and lastly the Robbie Seffernick Memorial Award, presented to a junior Welding student, was presented to Katelyn Knepper (Delphos Jefferson).

            All students who have received scholarships throughout their time with Vantage were recognized at the Awards Assembly. This year, Vantage students received an astounding $591,404.00 in scholarships to continue their education.

 CONGRATULATIONS to the Vantage Career Center class of 2023!! 

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on June 14, 2023
at 6:00 PM in the Community Room

by Sally Cox

Parkway Baseball Awards Ceremony
Parkway
Baseball held their season-ending banquet Wednesday night, May 31, 2023.

 

Team Awards…Devon Crouch-MVP, Fletcher Smith-Best Defensive and Xavier Samples-Most Improved and Mr. Hustle

 

Above: Academic All-MAC…Roman Lezinske, Jackson Kraner, Eddie Nichols, Trent Rollins, Xavier Samples, Bryce Stearns and Brayden Bruns (not pictured).

 

Area Awards…

2nd Team Northwest District…Devon Crouch and Xavier Samples

Honorable Mention Northwest District…Eddie Nichols and Caiden Berry

1st Team MAC – Caiden Berry

2nd Team MAC – Xavier Samples

Honorable Mention MAC – Fletcher Smith, Trent Rollins, Bryce Stearns and Devon Crouch

by Steve Samples

 

Mercer Health expands women’s health services to Mendon

Dr. David Rosado, OB/GYN, is now seeing patients at Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon. Rosado also sees patients in Celina at the Community Medical Center and at Mercer Health Medical Group at Fort Recovery. He is accepting new patients and provides both obstetric and gynecological care to women of all ages. Office locations include:

Mendon Office Location
Mercer Health Medical Group at Mendon
128 Drake St., Mendon

 

 

WILLSHIRE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB HOSTS TRADE DAYS
Willshire, Ohio.

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club is pleased to announce their Annual Flea Market and Trade Days that will be held dawn to dusk July 27, July 28, and July 29, 2023 located at 3385 State Route 81, two miles east of Willshire, Ohio.  Bring the entire family—admission and parking are free.  There will be all types of Flea Market items, crafts, cement figures, tools, dog supplies, antiques, fishing, and hunting supplies.  The Vendor’s Auction is Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m.  Food concessions are available.  This year, breakfast will be served 6:00-10:00 a.m. by the Willshire Sportsman’s Club members.  Lunch and supper concessions will be served by the Parkway Booster Club.  No three-wheelers or four-wheelers are allowed except for the handicapped, must be 16 to drive a golf cart.  A few vendor spaces are still available for $50 per lot.  Check out the latest details and updates on the Willshire Sportsman’s Club Facebook page, like and share @WillshireSportsmansClub.

Willshire Sportsman’s Club is a non-profit organization that offers membership for $10 per year.  Club meetings are every third Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Ron Schumm at 419-495-2730 or Dan Strader at 419-203-4557 for details.

 

Join the Rockford Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program
It is time for the Rockford Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is All Together Now. We’ll focus on promoting kindness, friendship, and unity in our community and environment. Just like previous summers the same program will run for a week so pick from the following: Tuesday’s 10:30-11:30, 12:30-1:30, & 2-3 or Wednesday’s 10:30-11:30 & 12:30-1:30. Pick a day/time and sign up now for the whole 6 weeks by calling or stopping in. Pre-registration is required in order to keep the class sizes small. Preschool (5 & under) and school age (6-12) will be in separate rooms. The kids will enjoy a story, craft, game, and snack.  Please let us know of any allergies or dietary restrictions. Programs will start June 13 and run until July 31 with the exception of the week of July 4th.

Your child can be a part of the summer reading program regardless of whether they are available to come to the day programs.

For participants, ages 0-17 there is no maximum number of minutes or books that need to be read. We want you to have fun reading about what you enjoy and at your own pace this summer. We know getting kids to the library is half the battle. Visit the library between June 1 & July 31 and check out a book for an entry slip for cool prizes. (One slip per visit – not per checkout/book)

Kid’s Finale Party and Prize Giveaway, Tuesday, 8/1 and Wednesday, 8/2 at noon at Shanes Park Community Bldg. Lunch will be provided. Bring a swimsuit to enjoy the pond and/or splash pad. Need not be present to win.

As for adults, every book you read or listen to from June 1 until July 31 enters you into the gift card drawing. Just turn in a slip with your name, the book title, and author. Slips are available at the library.

For additional information please stop by the library or check us out on Facebook. The library is OPEN: M-TH 10-7, F 10-5:30, and S 10-2. Call us at 419-363-2630.

READ, Have Fun and Stay Safe this Summer!

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 11, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Matthew 9:9-13, the title is “Trusting the Unknown”.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

A group outing to the Do-Good Restaurant and Ministry in Osgood is being planned for Wednesday, June 21st. Please contact Barb Baker at 419-495-2947 for details.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2023-2024 School Year
by Kristi Dodds

Parkway Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll
By Kristi Dodds, secretary

 

5th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Bransteter, Hunter
Bransteter, Kallee
Gage, Kolten
Gibbons, Lydia
Menchhofer, Bailee
Norris, Kenlee
Pond, Jenna
Shirk, Elijah
Tickle, Savannah
Trent, Cameo 



 

High Honor Roll

Art, Autumn
Baker, Chloe
Burtch, Althea
Byer, Zion
Clay, Hudsen
England, Jackson
England, Madilyn
Everett, Brynlee
Flory, Caile
Gile, Miranda
Gruss, Kinlee
Hague, Jasmine
Harvey, Annabelle
Hays, Meadow
Heiser, Landyn
Houser, Frank
Keeran, Emily
Knapke, Ryder
Krugh, Evan 

Long, Ainsley
Long, Braylin
Miller, Makinley
Molloy, Adelaide
Moorman, Holly
Norris, Harper
Shellabarger, Elliot
Sill, Oliver
Sipe, Sophie
Snell, Claire
Snell, Paige
Suman, Reagan
Tawoj, Julien
Vannette, Waylon
Wannemacher, Avah
Whitaker, Cooper
Young, Briar 

 

Honor Roll

Abromavich, Carter
Abromavich, Meah
Applegate, Degan
Bash, Isabella
Lloyd, Aubrianna
Luginbill, Brynn
Nichols, Cyrus
Shaffer, Gibson
Slavin, Neveah
Taylor, Dexter
Twigg, Hayden 

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6th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Brehm, Kallie
Jacobs, Aubrey
Knapke, Isabelle
Korte, Bosten
Korte, Cohen
Sipe, Abigail
Stover, Hadley
Stover, Jaxson
Triplett, Savada 



 

High Honor Roll

Bradley, Branson
Burtch, Brooklyn
Cottman, Lydia
Eller, Kade
Ford, Kayliann
Green, Frank
Hays, Ella
Hileman, Maxton
Imwalle, Allison
Laux, Ezekiel (Zeke)
Louth, Chase
Luginbill, Rogan
Nichols, Lindsay
Orick, James
Piper, Michael
Severt, Steven
Tong, Carson
Winget, Gabriel (Gabe)
Yoder, Greer 



 

Honor Roll

Ackley, Emma
Baker, Jacklyn (Jackie) 

Baucher, Alivia
Burnett, Halen
Fent, Emma
Fisher, Gavin
Heck, Alyzah
McDorman, Sierra
Sidle, Izyk
Sinning, Stella
Uncapher, Baylee
Zizelman, Corbin 

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7th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Eichler, Lydia
Menchhofer, Isaac
Minnich, Trevor
Peel, Jaymin
Ross, Jackson (Jack)
Stolly, Ethan
Trisel, William (Will)
Williamson, Abigail 



 

High Honors

Anderson, Trey
Bransteter, Case
Byer, Uriah
Christian, Kayden
Clay, Makynlie
Dorsten, Naomi
Fox, Levon
Garrity, Sterling
Glosser, Lacey
Harner, Ellie
Heitkamp, Nicole
Hess, Kymberly
Ketchum, Colin
Kraner, Addilynn
Lyons, Branson
Mathewson, Mason
Moeller, Elayna
Muhlenkamp, Peyton
Noll, Andee
Nuttle, Dylan
Pennell, Piper
Poe, Caleb 

Rasbach, Chayse
Ravine, Payton
Roth, Albany
Schmidt, Amelia
Schumm, Drayden
Schwieterman, Perry
Stauffer, Carson
Stover, KJae
Suzuki, Cohen
Tangeman, Cooper
Thomas, Cade
Twigg, Tyson
Vannette, Stella
Williams, Obadiah
Yaney, Addyson (Addy)



 

Honor Roll

Bollenbacher, Jaxson
Buogo, Maria
Correll, Carlee
Fireoved, Austin
Hague, Jordan
Henning, Sophia
Joseph, Kinley
Keller, Cael
Leighner, Justin
Muhlenkamp, Ella
Painter, Bryson
Petit, Jonathan
Piper, Teigan
Reigle, Nathan
Strickland, Natalie
Tarilang, Dora
Welling, Eric
Whitaker, Magnus
Young, Lillian 

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8th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Blount, Freya
Hughes, Megan
Pancake, Wyatt
Stover, Madelyn
Triplett, Jacoby 



 

High Honors

Ackley, Mason
Bennett, Charles (Charlie)
Bentz, Morgan
Bollenbacher, Dylan
Booher, Luke
Buckner, Sasha
Carpenter, Rhen
Denney, Bethany
Eguia, Piper
Everett, Aisley
Fullenkamp, Kara
Hays, Lillian
Kiser, Faith
Knapke, Austin
Lange, Jayda
Langenkamp, Cami
Louth, Morgan
Miller, Mackenzie
Quickstad, Jaymie
Reigle, Brody
Rich, Magdalene
Ridenour, Gwyneth
Rogers, Adalynn
Sheets, Luke
Shirk, Robert
Sites, Lexie
Taylor, Deagan
Thomas, Jensen
Tickle, Samuel
Wenning, Jaden
Westgerdes, Gavin
Winget, Grace
Winters, Tobin
Young, Isabell
Younker, Kylie 



 

Honor Roll

Bailey, Zavior
Brister, Gage
Byer, Elisha
Haines, Oliver
Hernandez, Marianna
Kellermeyer, Kelsie
Nusbaum, Taylor
Rutledge, Tyler
Slone, Damen
Williams, Arwen
Williams, Kiley 

 

Main Street Van Wert's Annual Dinner Celebrates Community Engagement and Collaboration

VAN WERT - Main Street Van Wert, a community organization dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the historic downtown district, successfully hosted its highly anticipated annual dinner on May 17th. The event, held at the Wassenberg Art Center, brought together approximately 60 attendees from various sectors of the community, including local businesses, civic leaders, and residents.

The highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by State Representative Roy Klopfenstein. Known for his unwavering commitment to community development and economic growth, Representative Klopfenstein captivated the audience with his insightful reflections on the importance of small-town values and collaborative efforts in fostering sustainable progress.

"We are honored to have had State Representative Roy Klopfenstein share his valuable insights and vision with us at this year's annual dinner," said Joe Dray, Executive Director of Main Street Van Wert. "His dedication to our community and his inspiring words reaffirmed our commitment to revitalizing our downtown and creating a vibrant hub for local businesses, residents, and visitors alike."

The event was made even more memorable by the generous support of Black Angus for its exceptional cuisine.

Jenna Dailey, owner of J-Co Bridal won the Leslie Knope Award, which is given to Main Street’s biggest supporter. Sarah Sheets and the staff at The Well Nutrition won the Mr. Rodgers Award for their willingness to always pitch in and help. The Edition won The Edison Award for their creative ways of supporting the Main Street mission.

"The Main Street Van Wert annual dinner serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration," remarked Dray. "We are grateful to our sponsors The Van Wert County Foundation, Danfoss, Cooper Farms, First Financial Bank, and Avangrid Renewables for helping to make this event possible."

Throughout the evening, attendees had the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and engage in conversations about the ongoing revitalization efforts and future projects planned for the downtown area. The event also served as a platform to promote the revitalization of the National Bank Clock.

Main Street Van Wert extends its sincere gratitude to all the attendees, sponsors, and supporters who contributed to the success of this year's annual dinner. Their dedication to the organization's mission and the collective vision of a thriving downtown is invaluable.

For more information about Main Street Van Wert and its ongoing initiatives, please visit www.mainstreetvanwert.org.

 

by Joe Dray

Executive Director

 

 

LIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRINGS PATRIOTIC POPS TO ONU CAMPUS ON JULY 2

Lima, OH (June 5, 2023) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra will return with their popular annual Patriotic Pops program on Sunday, July 2 at 7 PM on the campus of Ohio Northern University (525 S Main St, Ada, OH 45810). The performance will take place on the lawn in front of the McIntosh Center. Music Director Andrew Crust will lead a festive and patriotic program with special tributes to our armed-forces. Bring the whole family to enjoy this engaging and celebratory performance.

Concert attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. These performances are free due to the generous support of Ohio Northern University. In the unfortunate case of inclement weather, the Patriotic Pops concert will be held at Kinghorn Center (609 W Lincoln Ave, Ada, OH 45810)

Information:

Location: Ohio Northern University (525 S Main St, Ada, OH 45810)

Date: Sunday, July 2

Time: 7 PM

NO TICKETS REQUIRED - FREE

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

 

Farm Focus Announces Scholarship Recipients                                   

 

The recipients of the 2023 Farm Focus, Inc scholarships are Luke Hefflefinger and Hanna Scaggs awarded $1,000 each, and Emma Wells and Wyatt Friedrich awarded $500 each.
 




Above - Heffelfinger will be a 2023 Lincolnview High School graduate attending The Ohio State University Agriculture Technical Institute (ATI), Wooster, OH. He plans to major in Beef Management and Agricultural Systems Management. His career goal is to return to the family farm.

Scaggs (not shown) is a 2020 Lincolnview High School graduate and completing her third year at Wright State University Lake Campus majoring in Agribusiness. Her career goal is agricultural financing and loans.

 



Above - Friedrich will be a 2023 graduate of Lincolnview High school. He plans to attend The Ohio State University Agriculture Technical Institute (ATI), Wooster, OH in the fall majoring in Turfgrass Management.

 

 

Above - Wells will be a 2023 graduate of Crestview High school and plans to attend Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in the fall majoring in Agri Science Education.

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

 

Chatt Insurance Center Receives Top Designation from Celina Insurance Group

Celina Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Chatt Insurance Center recently has been named one of Celina’s 2023 Master Agencies. Celina awards the Master Agency designation to those partners who display exceptional commitment to the company and achieve superior operating results.

Chatt Insurance Center serves Ohio and Indiana customers by providing solutions for home, auto, life, health, farm and business insurance needs. The agency is located in Rockford, Ohio, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. To learn more, visit chatt-insurance.com or call 419-942-1250.

 

Celina Insurance Group is comprised of four mutual property and casualty insurance companies. The companies provide protection for autos, homes, businesses and farms through more than 500 independent agencies in five states. Founded in 1914 with headquarters in Celina, Ohio, the organization is committed to supporting its policyholders and communities.

 

 


May 30 - June 5, 2023
 

OHSAA Softball State Tournament Pairings and Live Coverage
Firestone Stadium in Akron will host 45th annual state tournament beginning Thursday morning
Parkway Softball Team Goes to State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association softball state tournament begins Thursday morning at venerable Firestone Stadium in Akron, when four schools in each of four divisions will compete for a state championship. Three schools are making their first state tournament appearance, while two teams are back to defend their state title from last year.

 

Now 99 years young, Firestone Stadium has hosted the OHSAA softball state tournament since 2008. This spring the City of Akron purchased and installed a new surface of artificial field turf that covers the entire playing field.

 

Tickets for all state tournament games are available at www.OHSAA.org/tickets.

 

All 12 games from the state tournament will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network (subscription) and the OHSAA Radio Network. David Wilson, Ryan Baker, Bill Morgan, Karen Linder, Jeff Kurtz and Melissa Basil will have the call.

 

Lewistown Indian Lake (Div. III), Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (Div. IV) and Steubenville (Div. II) are all making their school’s first trip to the softball Final Four. Wheelersburg (Div. III) and Strasburg-Franklin (Div. IV) are defending state champions from last year.

 

More information and live stats are available at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Softball/Softball-2023/2023-OHSAA-Softball-State-Tournament-Coverage

 

OHSAA State Tournament Media Credential Information: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/credentials

 

2023 Softball State Tournament Pairings

Home team listed first.

All games at Firestone Stadium, Akron.

All games on the NFHS Network and the OHSAA Radio Network.

Pairings shown with final state rank by Ohio Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.

 

Division III

No. 10 Johnstown (26-2) vs. No. 7 Lewistown Indian Lake (25-3), Thurs., June 1, 10 a.m.

No. 1 Wheelersburg (30-0) vs. No. 5 Canfield South Range (26-3), Thurs., Jun 1, 12:30 p.m.

Div. III State Championship: Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.

 

Division II

No. 3 Canfield (23-2) vs. Steubenville (23-5), Thurs., June 1, 3 p.m.

Tallmadge (22-8) vs. No. 4 Greenville (29-4), Thurs., June 1, 5:30 p.m.

Div. II State Championship: Sat., June 3, 12:30 p.m.

 

Division I

No. 3 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (27-3) vs. No. 4 Austintown-Fitch (20-0), Fri., June 2, 10 a.m.

No. 2 Pataskala Watkins Memorial (28-1) vs. No. 6 Lebanon (28-3), Fri., June 2, 12:30 p.m.

Championship: at Akron Firestone Stadium, June 3, 3 p.m.

 

Division IV

No. 3 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (30-0) vs. Rockford Parkway (21-5), Fri., June 2, 3 p.m.

No. 1 Strasburg-Franklin (27-2) vs. Gibsonburg (21-6), Fri., June 2, 5:30 p.m.

Div. IV State Championship: Sat., June 3, 5:30 p.m.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Service

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 4, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Matthew 28:16-20, the title is “Can’t Share What You Don’t Have”.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

Preparations by the Rockford Lions Club are now underway for the 29th annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In to be held on Friday, June 16th, 2023 on Market Street in Rockford, in conjunction with Rockford Community Days which is June 16 and 17, 2023. 


May 23-29, 2023
Happy Memorial Day!
 

Extra Patrols for Safety
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today there will be extra deputies patrolling Mercer County Memorial Day weekend.

Deputies will be assigned to have an increased traffic visibility throughout Mercer County. They will be looking for unsafe driving, use of seatbelts, distracted driving, and impaired driving. The purpose of the increased visibility is to reduce traffic crashes, and identify unsafe driving in Mercer County. Sheriff Grey would like to remind all citizens to never drink and drive, and encourages those who consume to designated a sober driver. In 2022, there were 17 fatal car crashes statewide during the Memorial Day weekend, 5 of which involved alcohol.

The Sheriff’s Office goal is for our citizens to be safe, and enjoy the weekend with friends and family.

 

 

21st Century Club Meets In May

The Twenty First Century Club met on May 23, 2023 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Cafe for a regular meeting. President Janet Steffy presided over her last meeting and wished everyone well as she is moving to another city soon and is leaving our club. She welcomed everyone with reading a children’s book called Laugh Out Loud Baby, which made us laugh. Roll-Call by acting Secretary Karla Butler was completed with everyone naming a song that made them laugh. The treasurer’s report was given.


Minutes from the April meeting will be read in the Fall. Members were asked to vote on new member for Fall, Janie Roll Overley, who was heartily accepted.. Karla Butler thanked the members for past donations to Helping Hands. The group discussed a news story for the media and a birthday party for our 100th year as a club. New 2023-2024 president, Karla Butler, VP Kim Carr, Secretary Cindy Canary and treasurer Val Fritzinger will figure out the details for next year. Sheila Baltzell remains as reporter

“Funny Girl – Funny Guy” the theme for the year was continued as Valerie Fritzinger presented her program on comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown, born in 1971, in Cleveland, OH. She attended Akron University, graduating in 1984. She was in over 100 shows but known for her supporting actress roles after going to Hollywood. She continues to work on celebrity game shows like Hollywood Squares and in movies. She does voice overs for big cartoon movies, like Legos and DC Super Heroes. She’s never been married or had children. She has been nominated for numerous acting awards.


Melanie Shindeldecker continued the evening program with her funny entertainer Molly Shannon, once a big star on Saturday Night Live where she did unique skits. She was born in 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and lost her mom and sister early in life in a drunk driving accident where her dad was driving. Growing up with only a father to raise her, she developed some unconventional habits. Her father told her if she wanted to travel, she should just hop on a plane and go. So she and a friend stowed-away on a plane to NYC and spent the day there, sight-seeing and shop lifting. Her dad encouraged her to break the rules to get what she wanted and encouraged mischief. When they couldn’t find a place to safely stay in NY, he told her to go back to the airport and stowaway on a flight to Cleveland. Security caught them. Molly had to repay her dad for the plane ticket he was forced to buy. Molly had a memorable character on Saturday Night Live named Mary Katherine Gallagher, the teen cheerleader who sniffed her armpits.

Melanie explained that cast members on Saturday Night Live had to create and present their original characters and skits to the producers. If the producers liked the character, the performer got to go on with the creation and present it live on the show,

Delicious refreshments were served by Sheila Baltzell-Linn and Julia Henkle. Club will meet again in September 2023. If you are interested in joining club, contact Karla Butler or Sheila Baltzell-Linn.

 

Memorial Day in Rockford

The Rockford American Legion Post Post 508 will be holding our annual Memorial Day Services, Monday, May 29, 2023.  The public is invited to our service at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am honoring all fallen veterans in Riverside.  The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the Parkway Marching Band arrives!) beginning at the Fire Station and travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Veteran Park.  This year we are honored to have Bob Blackwell as our speaker.  Bob was born and raised in western North Carolina.  He was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1969.  His time in Vietnam became his connection to the Rockford and Willshire communities.  Pastor Michael Husted from St. Paul’s Country Church will be offering the prayers.  Post 508 SAL member Mike Heiser will be the MC.

All area veterans (please feel free to wear your military uniform if you still have it) and Post 508 members are invited to join us at both or either service.
  
The Rockford American Legion and Sons will be holding our annual  barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser.  The cost will be $10 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at the Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford Carryout.  The Chicken dinners are provided by the Rockford Carryout and will be available for pickup behind the Rockford American Legion Hall immediately following the ceremony.
  

Reed Shaffer
Rockford Legion Post 508

Memorial Day in Willshire

The Willshire American Legion will hold Memorial Day Services beginning at approximately 9:30 AM with a parade beginning at the Post uptown and proceeding to the cemetery. Parkway Graduates Bonnie Smith and Allison Hughes will speak. There will be a wreath laying service at the cemetery after which the parade will return to the St. Marys River bridge to honor those soldiers who lost their lives at sea. Come and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Parkway Band will be playing.

Memorial Day in Mendon

The Celina American Legion will hold the Memorial Day Services in Mendon with the Parkway High School Marching Band leading the parade to the St. Marys River bridge for the flowering ceremony. Approximately 8:30 AM.

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park

On Friday May 26th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the bandshell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 P.M. and is free to the public. Music performed at the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of us have as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America. A few of these selections are, America, Of Thee I Sing featuring vocalist Claire Keysor, Band of Brothers March, words and music by a U.S. survivor of one of the bloodiest battles of the Koren War, Frank G. Gross, Visions of Courage, God Bless America, and God bless the U.S.A.. Area military personnel and veterans will also be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be held in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center auditorium. Please listen to the local radio station or visit the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Facebook page for updates. The band members and director are excited to present this live performance. Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and members from, Van Wert, Ohio City, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, Ft. Wayne, Spencerville, Celina and Rockford for this special concert. The band will also be providing music for the Ohio City American Legion Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday May 29th at 10:00 A.M. Pictured is the VWACCB percussion section, William Hawkins, Charlie Price and Adam Long preparing for the concert.

 

Join St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford on May 28 and May 29, 2023

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 28, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Acts 2:1-21, the title is “Under the Influence”.

Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.  

Join us on Memorial Day for a meaningful service, as well, Monday, May 29 at 8:30 AM . Home cooked breakfast will follow.

Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

 

4th Annual Freedom Truck Meet

4th Annual Freedom Truck Meet Announced

(Berne, IN, 2023) Cole Motors, a pickup truck sales & diesel repair shop CCS specializing in Custom Diesel engine swaps based in Berne, Indiana is hosting the 4th Annual Freedom Truck Meet, June 16-18, 2023. This annual event will be held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, located at 1055 S. Washington St, in Van Wert Ohio in partnership with the Van Wert County Agricultural Society. This weekend event, occurring Father’s Day weekend, is designed for truck enthusiasts, but boasts fun for the whole family. Activities include a show and shine competition, dirt drags, monster truck rides, burnout contests, Dyno, cruise route, live band and live DJ, on-site camping, power wheels racing, vendors, meet & greets and more! Food trucks will also be onsite. Co-hosts for the event include industry influencers Chelsey Marie with 12 Twenty Five, Wrench Workz, Cole Motors, Cory Wheat Customs, Dudes Fab Shop, Crude Diesel, Gabe Farrell, Lindsay Bercosky, Freed Diesel, and Truck Master Diesel. This year, event organizers are dedicating the 2023 Freedom Truck Meet to Ryne Cooper, or as some fans may know him as, @Useless6.7. Sadly, Ryne passed away in 2022 after a battle with cancer. During the Freedom Truck Meet, there will be a special Show & Shine award to honor Cooper. At the conclusion of each annual event, a portion of the event proceeds are donated to Riley Children’s Foundation.

 

Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend
The Mendon-Union Alumni Association, Mendon, Ohio has their Alumni weekend scheduled for June 3rd & 4th, 2023.  All the events are open to the public.  The weekend starts off with a Pancake & Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy breakfast at the Fire Station starting at 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning June 3rd.  At 9:00 a.m.-noon,  the Alumni is sponsoring a Car*Motorcycle*Truck Cruise-In downtown.  No Judging. All makes and models are welcome to come.  50/50 Raffle, Long Distance award, $250 Harbor Freight gift certificate to be given away to a lucky show participant.  DJ Stan Burk will be providing the music during the Cruise-In.  Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. the 127th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held at the Celina American Legion Post 210 upstairs dining hall.  The 50 yr. class of 1973 will be recognized.  After the banquet, Jordan Ross, will be the evening's entertainment at the Legion from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This will be a free concert sponsored by 10 Mendon area businesses.  Sunday June 4th, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the annual Alumni Chicken B*B*Q catered by the Rockford Carry Out, will be at the Mendon Methodist Church drive thru.  Pre-sale tickets are $10/ea and includes a ½ chicken, baked beans, roll, butter and cookie, tickets available until May 31st at the Mendon Library.  The Methodist ladies will have their strawberry shortcake for sale at the church during the Chicken dinners.  At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, an "All Year's" reunion will take place at the Mendon school park.  Anyone who ever attended Mendon-Union school is invited to come.  Bring your lawn chair.  Rockford Carry Out will have their RCO to go food trailer there, so plan on coming up and grabbing a bite to eat.  During the reunion at the school, our last event of the weekend will be an outdoor concert in the park by Two Groovy from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Susan & Dave Ohl from Ottawa, Ohio, will be taking us back with their music to a time when bell bottoms, leather vests, and colored sunglasses were the norm.  This is another free event to the public, sponsored by 10 Mendon area businesses.  Later in June, the M-U Alumni Golf Scramble will be held Sunday June 25, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. at the Oaks golf course, Lima.  For info on any of the events, you can call Jim Shaffer @ 419-795-5511.

 

MED Foundation of Mercer Health awards $18,250.00 in scholarships to 19 local high school seniors

The Medical, Educational and Development (MED) Foundation of Mercer Health recently awarded a total of $18,250.00 to local high school students furthering their education in the medical field after graduation. Scholarships were awarded to students from each of the six high schools in Mercer County and were selected as recipients based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, volunteerism and plans for higher education.

“On behalf of the MED Foundation and the Board of Directors, I want to extend my congratulations not only to the 19 recipient of this year’s scholarships but to all applicants and to their parents,” Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation and Volunteer Services Director stated. “This year’s scholarship committee, made up of members of the MED Foundation board, were thrilled with the shear caliber of the applicants again this year.”

MED Foundation scholarship recipients for 2023 include:

Celina

Kira Dirksen, Biology- Pre-dental, The Ohio State University      

Lauren Muhlenkamp, Nursing, Kent State University

Carly Hathaway, Public Health, UC, Miami University, or University of Dayton

Coldwater

Julia Bertke, Biology- Pre-dental, Bowling Green State University

Allison Hamberg, Biology/Microbiology- Pre-med, Notre Dame

Jenna Leugers, Exercise Science- Occupational Therapy, University of Findlay

Ft. Recovery

Faith Wendel, Nursing, Wright State Lake Campus

Abigail Knapke, Nurse Practitioner or Anesthetist, University of Cincinnati

Megan Knapke, Psychology, Miami University

Marion Local

Drew Guggenbiller, Biology-Pre-med, Wright State University

Lauren Meiring, Nursing, University of Toledo or Wright State University

Parkway

Corban Rich, Neuroscience-Pre-med, Bowling Green State University

Brooke Stephenson, Biomedical Sciences-Pre-med, University of Cincinnati

St. Henry

Bryce Brookhart, Exercise Science-Physical Therapy, Indiana Institute of Technology

Leah Heitkamp, Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University

Nolan Fullenkamp, Biology/Biomedical Science, The Ohio State University

Allison Miller, Psychology, Ball State University or University of Toledo

Tyler Schwieterman, Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Audrey Wendel, Nursing, Wright State University Lake Campus

The MED Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by the annual Esmonde/Homan Golf Outing and Golf Ball Drop. Due to the success of the golf outing in recent years, the MED Foundation has been able to provide additional scholarships to even more local students. Since 1992, 328 scholarships have been awarded totaling $346,450.00. This year’s golf outing, is scheduled for Friday, June 9 at the Mercer County Elks.

For more information about the MED Foundation of Mercer Health, contact Deb Hemmelgarn at 419-678-5679 or dhemmelgarn@mercer-health.com.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Parkway High School Class of 1963

Get ready to celebrate 60 years since graduation!

The reunion will be at the Black Angus Grille on S. Shannon Street (118) in Van Wert at 12 noon to 4 ish on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

If you wish to enjoy their great food, order from the menu, at your cost.

Please share with any classmates.

Questions or comments contact Jerry Reigle at 419-305-5839.

We look forward to seeing everyone in August.

 

Mercer Health and Community Sports & Therapy Center partner to provide free physical activity challenge

Mercer Health and Community Sports and Therapy Center are collaborating to offer a Healthy Waves Challenge to motivate and encourage the community to be more physically active this summer. The FREE challenge requires participants to complete 1,020 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity from June 4 through July 15, 2023.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site recommends that adults complete at least 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity each week. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week for substantial health benefits, such as reducing stress levels, boosting the immune system, improving sleep and preventing weight gain.

The Mercer Health Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness recommends getting creative when it comes to your physical activity and ways to stay active. These include outdoor activities (running, walking, biking and hiking); exercising with family, using online fitness resources, taking a virtual class, creating a relay race with kids, biking to work, renting a kayak or canoe, and so many other options.

This year’s challenge will also provide opportunities for Bonus Entries; follow Mercer Health and Community Sports and Therapy Center’s Facebook Pages for a fun challenge announced each week for a chance to win up to six bonus entries. Winners will receive gift certificates for the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.

Official entry forms can be downloaded at mercer-health.com, cstcenter.com, and https://bit.ly/3W2cAR3

Completed entry forms must be submitted by July 21, 2023 to be eligible for prizes. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Please see official rules for more information.

Please contact Stacy Schwieterman at 419-678-5216 or smschwieterman@mercer-health.com for more information.

 

The Unclouded Day Vocal Ensemble to lead Sunday Morning Worship Service at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert on June 4, 2023 at 9:30am.

The Unclouded Day Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble from Fort Wayne, Indiana will present their unique style of sacred music ministry at First United Methodist Church, 113 West Central Avenue in Van Wert, Ohio on Sunday, June 4th, during the church’s 9:30am Morning Worship Service.  This will be the group’s

 fourth presentation since 2005 in First Church’s beautiful and historic sanctuary.

The ten-member vocal and instrumental ensemble will present a program of vocal and instrumental settings of traditional, gospel and contemporary sacred songs.  Their pianist is Dr. Alexander Klepach, Piano Performance Graduate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow and a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 

Unclouded Day is accompanied by piano, bass guitar, drums and brass ensemble, and has presented programs in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.   

Plan to attend and enjoy Unclouded Day’s inspirational musical program in the church’s beautiful sanctuary.  The ensemble is looking forward to SINGING for YOU


May 16-22, 2023
 

Road Closures – Short Term

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing the closing of 2 roads on Monday, May 22nd to Friday, May 26th :

Elgin Road from State Route 117 to Mercer Van Wert County Line
Rauh Road from St. Anthony Road to Pine Road

These roads are being closed for bridge resurfacing.

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

Huwer Road to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Huwer Road between State Route 716 and Rolfes Road in Marion Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on May 22, 2023 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

University Women’s Club Presents $7500 in 2023 Scholarships to Five Area Young Women

The members of The University Women’s Club of Mercer County are pleased to announce their selections of young women who are receiving scholarship grants totaling $7500 for the 2023 school year.

The two $1,500 Evelyn Meyer’s scholarships for high school senior girls going into the field of Education were awarded to Coldwater High School's Lydia Dippold who is planning to attend Bowling Green State University in Early Childhood Education; and Celina High School's Amelia Adams who is planning to attend Bluffton College with a major of Elementary Education.

The two $1,500 University Women’s Club of Mercer County Scholarships for high school senior girls (any field) were awarded to Coldwater High School senior: Kendra Clune and Ft. Recovery High School graduate Abigail Knapke. Kendra  will attend BGSU majoring in Graphic Design. Abigail will attend Bowling Green State University majoring in Nursing.

The $1,500 Scholarship for a female COLLEGE Junior going into her Senior year, which requires a GPA above 3.0, an essay, and a college professor’s recommendation, for 2023, goes to: Ally Kaiser, from Ft. Recovery, OH. Ally will be a senior in the Fall at University of Dayton. She is studying to become a high school English teacher.

The UWC of Mercer County unites university graduates of the vicinity for mutual educational benefits and encourages high school women from Mercer County to continue their education. Contact Barb Phares at phares@bright.net for your  welcoming invite.

 

Photo one is from the Coldwater High School Awards Ceremony earlier this month. Left to right: Lydia Dippold; Kendra Clune; and Kelly Hone.



Photo two is the Celina High School Awards ceremony earlier this month. Left to right: Patrick and Zenia Adams (parents) next to Amelia Adams, with Sylvia Hux.

 

 

Photo three is at the Ft. Recovery High School presentation. Left to right are Beth Weber with Ft. Recovery senior Abigail Knapke.

 

 

Photo four is University of Dayton Junior Ally Kaiser from Ft. Recovery.

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation to meet
RADC meeting will be meeting Monday, May 22, 2023 at 7 pm in the Rockford Library basement. Discussion will continue on moving forward with investment in and development of an Industrial Park in Rockford.

Eric Baltzell Inducted into Parkway’s Academic Hall of Fame

By Brian Fortkamp, Parkway High School Principal

Parkway Schools are proud to announce the latest inductee to Parkway’s Academic Hall of Fame, Mr. Eric Baltzell of the Class of 1990. After graduating from high school, Mr. Baltzell attended the University of Toledo where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Mr. Baltzell began his career with Korda/Nemeth Engineering in Columbus as an Electrical Designer. Shortly after, he began working with Fanning Howey as an Electrical Designer. Mr. Baltzell eventually joined Garmann Miller where he was the Electrical and Technology Department Leader from 2001 until 2017. Currently, Mr. Baltzell is CEO of Garmann Miller. During his tenure as CEO, Garmann Miller has risen to a national top 100 K-12 architecture firm, earned Best Firms to Work For in the US four consecutive years, and ranked No. 13 in the world for firms that have been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design administrators for K-12 projects. Garmann Miller has over 60 professionals and an annual revenue of approximately $12 million. Locally, Mr. Baltzell is in his second term for the Celina City Council where he has served on the City of Celina Planning commission and is a central committee representative for the Mercer County Republican Party. He is a member of the Celina First Church of God, where he has served on the finance committee and church council. He currently serves on the board of directors of Our Home Family Resource Center and the Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference.

 

Mr. Baltzell was also the designer of electrical and technology systems on the Parkway Schools building project many years ago.

 

Mr. Baltzell received his award on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Parkway Senior Awards ceremony. Presenter was Brian Fortkamp, Parkway High School Principal. Photo by Eric’s aunt and uncle, Dave and Lina Wilson.

 

Parkway Graduate Contributes to the Design of His New Alma-Mater
by Sheila Baltzell-Linn
Eric Baltzell, 1990 graduate of Parkway High School is an electrical engineer and partner at Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers in Minster, Ohio, the company selected for the planning and execution of building Parkway School District's new PK-12 school which opened last fall 2006. 
 
Eric's role was to design all of the electrical and technology systems. This included all power systems, lighting, fire alarm, security system, access control system, sound systems, telephone system, video system, and computer networking. His professional credentials include: Professional Engineer for the State of Ohio, BICSI - RCDD, BICSI - NTS Specialist, and a member of these engineering professional organizations: NSPE, IESNA, IEEE, BICSI

With roughly 240,000 square feet (which is over twice as large as the old high school building) Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers had  approximately two years of planning, one year of design and two years of construction to see this project come to fruition. 

They assisted the school district with the bond issue campaign and master planning, then they designed the building
and followed the job through construction. 

The total project cost was $36 million, according to Eric who shares these interesting statistics:


  • Over 1,000 anchor bolts
  • Almost 800 tons of structural steel
  • Over 340,000 brick
  • Over 250,000 SQFT of metal roof - this equates to over 2,500 squares
  • Over 50 projection screens
  • Over 400,000 SQFT of asphalt
  • Over 1,000,000 SQFT of grass seeding
  • Almost 500 doors
  • Approx. 4,800,000 LF of electrical wiring = 909 miles
  • Approx. 350,000 LF of technology wiring = 66 miles
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    Eric has been with Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers for six years, where the firm designs all types of commercial office buildings, schools, municipal, industrial and healthcare buildings.  After graduating from Parkway, Eric continued his education at  the University of Toledo from which he graduated in 1994. 

    Eric's design experience includes working in Columbus, right out of college, for Korda/Nemeth Engineering,
    followed by 5 years at Fanning/Howey in Celina before making the move to Garmann/Miller.  His hobbies are golfing, weightlifting and spending time with his many friends and family.  But, he agrees that his work is a passion with him, "There is much satisfaction in helping people to design and construct their vision," says Eric.

    Eric invites you to click on the link for the Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers' website at  www.garmannmiller.com and click on the Education link. From there you can view their work on the Parkway School Project. You can also learn what other projects they are working on as well.

    Eric, a resident of Celina  is the son of the late Jim and Shirley (Wilson) Baltzell of Rockford. Tami Baltzell Conklin is his sister of Whitehouse, OH. Eric had one brother, the late Tim Baltzell.

     

    Parkway Schools are on a
    2 hour delay
    for Friday, May 19, 2023.

    The Village of Rockford lifted a Boil Water Advisory on Friday, May 19, 2023

    The Village of Rockford is under a Boil Water Advisory for Thursday, May 18, 2023

    Parkway Schools are  CLOSED for Thursday, May 18, 2023

    Please NOTE: No E Learning (Electronic) today.
     

    Parkway Schools are on a
    2 hour delay
    for Thursday, May 18, 2023.
    The school reports a water issue.

    Memorial Day in Rockford

    The Rockford American Legion Post Post 508 will be holding our annual Memorial Day Services, Monday, May 29, 2023.  The public is invited to our service at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am honoring all fallen veterans in Riverside.  The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the Parkway Marching Band arrives!) beginning at the Fire Station and travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Veteran Park.  This year we are honored to have Bob Blackwell as our speaker.  Bob was born and raised in western North Carolina.  He was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1969.  His time in Vietnam became his connection to the Rockford and Willshire communities.  Pastor Michael Husted from St. Paul’s Country Church will be offering the prayers.  Post 508 SAL member Mike Heiser will be the MC.

    All area veterans (please feel free to wear your military uniform if you still have it) and Post 508 members are invited to join us at both or either service.
      
    The Rockford American Legion and Sons will be holding our annual  barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser.  The cost will be $10 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at the Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford Carryout.  The Chicken dinners are provided by the Rockford Carryout and will be available for pickup behind the Rockford American Legion Hall immediately following the ceremony.
      

    Reed Shaffer
    Rockford Legion Post 508

     

    Celina Cycle Center

    The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new Chamber member, Celina Cycle Center. The Celina Cycle Center is a new small business located just north of Celina on US Rte 33. They are locally owned and operated and offer services for motorcycles of all brands and types, ATV's, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and mopeds. Their shop offers a variety of inventory, including sunglasses, helmets, headwear, T-shirts, and have the ability to special order parts and accessories. They are a Dunlop Pro Dealer which allows them to offer special rebates to their customers. With over 35 years of experience working with, building and racing motorcycles, they will provide quality repairs and maintenance, focusing on excellent customer service, trust and satisfaction. For more information, contact Erin at 937-710-5471 or email celinacyclecenterll@gmail.com. Visit their Open House Event on Saturday, May 20th 10am-4pm

    Visit their website for details: CelinaCycleCenter.com

     

    Local Businesses and Employees Participate in Seller Server Training

     By Laura Sanford

    On Monday, April 17, The Mercer County Prevention Coalition hosted two Seller-Server Trainings held for alcohol permit holders and servers. Seller-Server Training is a project of the Mercer County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) as a result of the 2022 Community Health Assessment, which indicated alcohol/substance abuse as one of our top health issues in Mercer County.

    Agent Andy Alanis from the Ohio Investigative Unit presented information on the A.S.K. program (Alcohol Server Knowledge). The Ohio state course is designed for bartenders, sellers, and servers and was filled with knowledge and techniques to become a responsible server/seller of alcohol and liquor regulations.  Covering topics such as:  how to protect yourself and your establishment from liability, how to check IDs, how to identify a fake ID, levels of intoxication, recognizing the signs of intoxication, recognize minors, and interventions.  Agent Alanis also covered what the Ohio penalties and fines are for a business or server who is found in non-compliance. 

    All businesses who serve or sell alcohol in Mercer County were invited to attend the training. There were 5 businesses and 9 alcohol permit holders/servers in attendance:  C-Town Wings (Brittany Brookhart, Jordan McGee, and Jeremy Green), Celina Moose Lodge (Brooke Brown and Linda Monroe), Plaza Bowling Lanes (Heather Kennedy), Cozy Cabin Cafe, LLC (Deborah Mertz), Gilbert Station Bar and Grille, LLC (Ashley Borgerding and Christopher L. Siefring).

    The CHIP Substance Abuse Committee and the Mercer County Prevention Coalition want to thank the listed businesses for participating in this training and recognizing the importance for keeping our community safe.

     

    Thanks to the Mercer County Prevention Coalition for donating the $20 Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate door prizes at each session. Thank you to Agent Alanis for teaching this excellent training.

     

    For those interested in joining or finding out more about ways to reduce alcohol and other drug use/abuse in our community, please consider joining the Mercer County Prevention Coalition.  For more information contact Laura Sanford at 419-584-1000 or mercercountyprevention@gmail.com if interested.

     

    Mercer County Youth to Youth holds annual Recognition Banquet

    On April 24th, Mercer County Youth to Youth held their annual Recognition banquet for those 7th-12th grade students who have been serving in our group. The Mercer County Y2Y group serves many purposes in Mercer County. Y2Y helps to promote Y2Y’s mission – youth empowering youth – and to educate their peers on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, along with mental health and suicide awareness. Y2Y teens serve as a link between the youth, their schools, and the community. Y2Y is a place for Mercer County teens to express ideas and opinions while building their leadership skills and bettering their communities!

    Youth were honored for their meeting attendance and volunteer hours! Since the beginning of the school year, the youth in our group have volunteered a total of 347 hours as Youth to Youth volunteers in the community! Not all were able to be present, but we are thankful for each one of them! Top volunteer hours were Aiden Norris and Makenzie Norris with 30.6 hours each and 2nd place was Tiffany Taft and Bella Taft with 29.75 hours each. Top meeting attendance went to Paul Homan, Koton Gehm and Tiffany Taft with 14 meetings. We also celebrated with a variety of food originating from other countries.

     

    The remaining meetings for the school year are open to incoming 7th graders as well. Our last meetings are May 8 (Learning ASL) and May 22 (Creative Craft) from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Foundation’s Clubhouse, 221 S. Buckeye St., Celina. Youth will also be meeting up three times this summer to stay connected and engaged. Those dates include: Tuesday, June 20 from 2-5 pm Putt Putt and Bowling, Coldwater; Tuesday, July 11 Coldwater Pool and Park from 3-6 pm; and Wednesday, August 16 Mercer County Fair 12:30-3:30 pm. Our monthly meetings will begin again in September 2023. Check out our Mercer County Youth to Youth group on Facebook or mercercounty_y2y on Instagram to stay connected. If your youth is interested in participating in any of the upcoming meetings or gatherings, please contact Laura Sanford at lauras@foundationsbhs.org or 419-584-1000 at Foundations Behavioral Health Services.

    42nd Honor Flight From Fort Wayne

    Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is slated for its 42nd Honor Flight from Fort Wayne on May 24, 2023.  Eighty-Three veterans from the Fort Wayne area are booked and confirmed for the flight. 

    Included will be 10 - Korean War Veterans, 31 - Cold War Veterans, 39 - Vietnam Veterans, 2 – Lebanon/Grenada Veterans and 1 – Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran.

    The Honor Flight family will dedicate this Flight to the Memory of an incredibly Special Board Member that worked tirelessly for many years to make sure that every veteran who went on an Honor Flight was treated with honor and respect.  Sandie Meyer holds a place of honor among our family and will be honored in subtle ways during the day’s normal events.  A wreath will be laid in honor of Sandie at Arlington Cemetery by her family.  Colonel Bob Meyer (Retired) was President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana for several years and will lead the wreath laying ceremony.

    As of this date, 3,205 veterans have traveled from Fort Wayne to Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight to visit the Memorials that were built in their honor.  

    Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

    Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, is honored to dedicate this flight to the Memory of Sandie Myer.  Sandie had a huge heart and loved all our Veterans; she is missed every day!  Cathy is thankful for our Honor Flight Family and the great community of patriotic individuals that support our mission to take the brave men and women of the armed services of the United States to see the memorials built in their honor. Great Thanks to all who donate time, effort, and money to this wonderful mission.

    Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

     

    Schlosser Wins Creative Writing Award

    At its May 5, 2023 luncheon held in the St. Marys Community Public Library, the Shakespeare Club presented its annual Creative Writing Award of $250 to Molly Schlosser, daughter of Sheri and Scott Schlosser.

    Each year, the St. Marys High School English Department selects a student for the award.  The winner attends the club’s spring luncheon and meets club members, receives a certificate and cash prize, and then shares a piece of original writing with the group.

    Schlosser, who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and eventually a graduate degree in law, shared a short piece she had written titled “The Window Well.”

    Schlosser said that her “nonstop reading” has helped her become a writer.  “My dream has always been to impact others with my writing in the same way that others’ writing has impacted me.”

    After President Dianne Logan presented the club’s award, she presented Schlosser with a matching $250 check from the estate of Mary Engelhart, a longtime St. Marys English teacher and member of the Shakespeare Club.  Her son, Eric Engelhart, is pleased to donate money to the club his mother enjoyed so much.

    The Shakespeare Club, founded in 1888, is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year.  The club meets regularly at the St. Marys library and welcomes new members.  Its next season will begin September 8, 2023 at 1:30, with a study of Hamlet.

     

    Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

     

    Pastor Michael Husted at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford


    The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Ephesians 1:15-23, the title is “To Know Him Better”.

    Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities are taught with snacks included.

    Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

    We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.


    Gunpowder - Topic of Next Civil War Roundtable Meeting

    George Wolf, a member of our Roundtable, and our resident expert on Artillery in the war, will speak to the group in our final meeting of the season. George speaks on May 25, 2023 and we will adjourn until September. George's topic for this month will be "Gunpowder".

    The Confederacy used some of the highest quality powder in the world. They geared up their own production facilities in Augusta Georgia, beginning in 1862, and supplied their own needs through the end of the war. They produced 2,750,000 pounds in total..

    George's personal collection of books provided the basic information that supports his thesis. He is a solid researcher, and a good story-teller.

    Join us on Thursday evening at 7:15 PM at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina.

     


    May 10 - 15, 2023
    Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!

     

    Parkway High School Holds Fund –Raiser for Cancer
    Parkway High School
    held an event called Relay for Life to raise money for the Mercer County Cancer Society on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Over 340 students and staff members spent their day outside enjoying the nice weather. There were multiple games the kids could play as well as food provided by local food trucks for lunch. Businesses around the area donated many items for a raffle at the end of the day. During the day each student walked over 3 miles in honor of those who have battled or are battling cancer. 

     


     

    Mercer County Health District Celebrates National Nurses Week

    As National Nurses Week comes to a close, the Mercer County Health District wishes to thank and recognize the seven nurses who make up nearly half of the MCHD team. At the health department, nurses perform a variety of tasks including administering immunizations, helping people find the health care they need, instructing parents on the proper use of car seats, providing safe sleep environments for newborn babies, watching for unusual disease patterns in the community, investigating disease outbreaks, and even supporting environmental health programs. Mercer County is a better place because of their hard work and dedication!

    Pictured from left to right: Michaela Heitkamp, Deb Scheer, Moriah Plattner, Lisa Vondrell, Misty Kleman, Julia Shaffer, and Jennifer Hiser

    Parkway Class of 1968 to Celebrate 55th Reunion

    The Reunion Committee for the Parkway Class of 1968 is planning their 55th Reunion on Saturday, September 16, 2023 to be held at Jane (Stephenson) Suzuki’s building east of Rockford. Beginning the event will be a time of socializing at 2 PM. At 5 PM a buffet dinner will be served followed by a short business meeting. Everything ends at 9 PM.

    The cost will be $20 per person.  This includes the meal, stamps, paper, memorial cards, event space, and donations to the Carey, Benny and Bill Scholarship Fund.  

    Send your money/reservation before July 1, 2023  to:  Sherry Adler, 310 Frank Road, Willshire, OH  45898,  Phone (260) 438-2039.

     

    Confederate Railroad Concert added to the 167th Annual Van Wert County Fair
    Veterans attend FREE

    Van Wert, OH

    The Van Wert County Agricultural Society proudly announces the Confederate Railroad will be performing at The Grandstand, Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM. Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound. Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

    The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home…be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of.

    The Van Wert County Agricultural Society is honored to offer this concert as FREE to all Veterans (with form of veterans identification). Van Wert County Veterans can secure their free ticket by visiting the Fair office at 1055 S. Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891 by May 31st with appropriate veteran identification to secure their choice seating. Starting June 1, 2023, ticket sales and availability will be open to outside community veterans and the general public. Veterans tickets are free. Tickets are $10 each for general admission or $15.00 each for track seating. Our track seating ticket holders are advised to bring their own lawn chair to fully enjoy the concert. Tickets can be bought online or in person by visiting the Van Wert County Fair office at 1055 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891. This event is sponsored in part by the Van Wert County Veterans Commission.


    May 1 - 9, 2023
     

    Pastor Michael Husted at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

    The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 14, 2023, Mother’s Day. Pastor Michael Husted, will be in the pulpit with a sermon straight from the Bible. Based on Peter 3:13-22, the title is “Always Be Prepared”.

    Sunday school begins at 9:15 AM. Children’s Junior Church is every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. Bible based lessons and children’s activities and taught with snacks included.

    Please call the church office for Pastor Mike at 419-942-1374 for any questions regarding worship services. Or visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for the most up-to-date information.

    We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – the community is welcome.

     

    RADC Community Meeting held on Tuesday April 25, 2023 Deemed Success

     

    The Rockford Area Development Corporation planned a community meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

    Guest speakers were Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Community and Economic Development Director and Mercer County Commissioner David Buschur. Forty-some members of the Rockford  Community attended the meeting. 

     
    Bryan Sutton, Above

     

    Bryan Sutton, President of RADC called the event to order at 7 PM and noted the reason for the meeting was to discuss ideas for Rockford development.
     



    Dr. Jerry Sell, above
     

    Serving as moderator, Dr. Jerry Sell, RADC treasurer – thanked everyone for attending and stated the purpose of the RADC – “The Rockford Area Development Committee was formed in 2006.  It is a not-for-profit group that is private so that we are not beholden to any specific projects, and there no guidelines we must follow.  We want to enhance the quality of life by providing development and improvements for the residents of this community.  We are wanting to re-invigorate the committee.  We have by-laws.  We are in need of some volunteers for finance, marketing / planning, infrastructure, and retaining and getting memberships.    We will make some presentations, and then we will open the meeting up for discussions.”



    Marcus Heitkamp, above 
     

    Next, Marcus Heitkamp, serving on the Rockford Village Council introduced the council members and Mayor present at the meeting.   He stated, “As a council, we want to be involved and help where we can.    We encourage the public to attend council meetings the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month at 7:30 pm.    If you have ideas get in touch with us.” 

    Jared Ebbing, above

     

    Dr. Sell introduced Jared Ebbing from Mercer County Economic Development Rockford should be proud of what you have done in the last 20+  years and it’s evident that the RADC has a passion for development and bringing business to this area. Ebbing explained that a big business like Ferguson Plant that came to the area recently is a one-time bonus for the area. Ebbing said the reality is that the small businesses actually provide the success and growth. He suggested encouraging the people here. Ebbing can offer Revolving Loans, Grants and TIF’s. He suggested that towns keep things clean and infrastructure updated.  That is what businesses like Ferguson are looking for – clean communities with people taking pride in their homes and towns. It equals work ethic.

    Dave Buschur, above 

    Dave Buschur then spoke. He gave some background on what the Maria Stein Community Development committee did in Maria Stein and Chickasaw.  They formed a group of investors with by-laws. They were volunteers who invested their own money to purchase land and create an industrial park.  have a web site with financials so that the community can see what funds are needed and what fundraising is going on and what projects we are working on.  Dave said volunteers are key. You can’t rely on government to do this – it needs to be community minded people that are willing to make an investment.   There are ways to work together -  investors, grants, and TIF districts and local government, said Buschur. As the park grew, with small businesses sustaining southern Mercer County, the park are now full and looking to expand.

     

    Dr. Sell moderated a Comments and Questions section where needed businesses were discussed. List minutes prepared by Lisa Kuhn, Village Council:

     

    Daycare ---- If the parents can’t find reliable daycare they can’t go to work.    Would be nice in the area where there is open space beside the nursing home.   Very much needed.   This is a build it and they will come.      Mercer County has revolving loan funds available.     Maybe there is an investor to build the building then you hire someone to run the business.   A daycare would make a great foundation.

    Store fronts on Main Street ---- owners out of the area or use for personal use – very frustrating.  Suggestion to contact them – willing to sell, willing to lease – see if they are interested in working with community development.  You don’t know if you don’t ask.

    Restaurant ---- we have a local chef  -  doesn’t want to invest in building – but perhaps there is a building that could be transformed into a restaurant.   Or again --- investors build and then hire the staff to run the business.   Classic example --- St. Anthony ---  they hired a chef from out of the area to come to this area to run the business.

    Reasons why people don’t want to start a business – sleepless nights, risk, stress --- that is why the idea of investors working with those running the business --- both have some risk but not all risk.

    Note – Business Enterprise Center at Wright State is a great resource that we can refer to those that might be interested in starting or running a business.  A great local resource.

    There is a lot in front of the Village Office – on Main Street.   Bruns Construction is willing to build whatever is needed in order to lease.   Could be a good combination.  Both parties taking risk.  Would be a nice place for a coffee shop / bakery.   Really would be ideal to have companion businesses beside each other and working together.

    Benefits to this area – Route 33 ---- 6,000 vehicles per day come through?   Plus 1,000 students and administrators at the school.   We have a great location – a lot of through traffic.

    When ideas are presented --- need to stay positive and let any negative comments go.  A positive community will see positive results.

    Perhaps have a meeting with Fremont and see if they have suppliers interested in coming to this area.  Might save them some money in the long run.     Other idea --- contact those businesses in other communities that might be considering expanding – maybe they would consider Rockford Area for expanding current businesses or starting additional business that compliments their current business.

    Need to have a meeting and discuss the top 5 potential land areas and contact the owners to see if they would be interesting in selling / maybe partnership in development.

    There may be some grants from the state for development of new industrial parks – but the state is hesitating on using tax payer funds for risk on industrial parks that may or may not take off.   This would be a ways off and wouldn’t wait for that to happen as it may never happen.  

    The RADC would like to get a group of interested investors together at their next meeting scheduled for May 22nd at 7 pm at the Rockford Library.

     

    Thank you! Pictures by Connie Sell; Contributors: Connie Sell; Lisa Kuhn; Tammy Cheek; and Dr. Jerry Sell.

     

    Rockford Lions Club Plans Upcoming Events
    Lions Club charter members Darrell Sheppard, Norm VanTilburg, and Dan Henkle were honored for their forty-five (45) years of dedication and service to the Rockford Lions Club and to their community, during a break in the Rockford Lions Quarter Auction on Saturday April 22, 2023 at the Rockford Community Building. The Rockford Lions Club became a chartered service organization on October 24, 1977 with forty-four members. The Lions motto is ‘We Serve.’

    The Rockford Lions extend their thanks to the many businesses, vendors and participants who helped to make the Quarter auction, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, a success. The first Lions Club Quarter Auction was held in 2019. 

    Preparations are now underway for the 29th annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In to be held on Friday, June 16th, 2023 on Market Street in Rockford, in conjunction with Rockford Community Days. 

    Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the Quarter Auction and the Car Show and Cruise-In help to fund scholarships and fulfill community needs and requests.

     

    Mercer County Sheriff and Ohio State Highway Patrol to Partner
    Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announces that the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to conduct a traffic enforcement detail on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd focusing on stop sign violations.  Lt John Westerfield of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is coordinating their involvement and will be assigning troopers to Mercer County on those dates, both on the roadways and in the air, with the OSHP Aviation Unit assisting.  Sheriff Jeff Grey will be assigning patrol deputies to work jointly with the troopers in this effort to deter failure to yield and other crash causing violations.  Though deputies have stepped up extra patrol in the high complaint and traffic crash areas, the Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints of traffic violations occurring throughout Mercer County.

     

    Both the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office strive to prevent crashes, educate the public, and ensure the safe travel for all motorists within Mercer County.  Motorists are encouraged to limit the distractions within their vehicles and focus on the road ahead.

     

    OhioHealth and Surgery Partners Announce State-wide Partnership for Ambulatory Surgical Care Partnership to provide high-quality, affordable, accessible surgical care for patients across Ohio

    by Marcus Thorpe – OhioHealth Media Relations

     

    OhioHealth and Surgery Partners today announced an agreement to form a company that will grow ASC joint ventures across the state. The partnership will enhance relationships with surgeons and provide high quality, affordable, and local care for patients.

    “We know there is a tremendous desire from patients to work with a trusted healthcare partner for their care,” Brian Jepson, OhioHealth president, central market said. “OhioHealth is already that partner for inpatient as well ambulatory care in more than half of the state of Ohio. However, to support our organization’s desire to grow beyond our traditional geographic areas, to meet patients where they are in their health journey, and to partner with surgeons across the state, we needed the right management partner. We feel Surgery Partners, the leading independent operator of surgical facilities, is the perfect fit.”

    The new partnership will use a phased approach for statewide growth, starting with expansion opportunities within the 50 counties OhioHealth serves, followed by an opportunity review of the remainin