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Schools Start on Tuesday, August 22, 2017  
(Including Parkway)

It is the time of the year for all of the local schools to go back into session.  With that comes  renewed concerns for our children’s safety and the safety of the motoring public.  Flashing yellow and red lights are a sure signal to drivers that school buses are making you aware that children will soon be boarding or departing the bus.  Drivers need to be attentive in school zones and when school buses are stopped.  While stopping and waiting for buses may be a slight inconvenience, it is a small price to pay for the safety of the children.

The Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols during schools hours.  In an effort to enhance school bus safety, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey is reinstating the School Bus Riding Program for all six schools districts in Mercer County.  A deputy will randomly be assigned to a school bus in Mercer County each week to look for school bus passing violations.  Last year’s program consisted of placing deputies on school buses (33) times.  The deputies spent over (47) hours on school buses last school year.

Sheriff Grey, stated that, “now is the time of the year that we need take a little bit of extra time and care to ensure that our children get to school safely.”   

It is also important for our children to understand the need for proper behavior while riding the bus to school.  While school bus drivers concentrate on the roadways and other drivers, the students must do their part as well. “Respect, Responsibility and Restraint are the new 3 R’s to be learned” said Sheriff Grey.

Motorists will also have to make adjustments while driving. They need to “slow down” and stop while students board and depart from the buses.  They also have to be aware of children walking and riding their bicycles to and from school.  It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office to have a safe beginning to this school year.

Jeff Grey

Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 
 
 

PLC HEALTH CLINIC ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING & WALK FOR LIFE

 

PLC Health Clinic (AKA Pregnancy Life Center) will be having a combined Grand Opening and Walk for Life on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 pm.  The clinic is located at 215 N. Market St. in Van Wert.  The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 2:00 followed by a few remarks from Executive Director, Trina Langdon and then the two mile Walk for Life will begin.  City and County officials as well as area businesses and individuals are invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Afterwards, everyone who comes for the ribbon cutting is more than welcome to stay for the Clinic’s walk.  Following the walk, guided tours of the new facility will take place.  As a health clinic, the PLC has added pregnancy and STD testing and limited obstetric ultrasound as part of their free services.  The PLC is 100% locally funded with part of that funding coming from area churches and businesses that sponsor the Walk for Life.  Pictured are some of the Gold Level Sponsors.  In the front row: Carla Custis, New Life Fellowship Church, Michele and John A. Baker, Baker Built Products, Dena Strickland, Pentecostal Way Church, Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director, James C. Brickner, Brickner Funeral Home, and Dan Custis, Advanced Biological Marketing.  In the back row: Kurt Tomlinson, Trinity United Methodist Church, Tim McComas, GKN Freight Services, Ron Lumm, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Tisha Fast, State Farm Insurance, Todd Fox, Advanced Grain Systems, LLC, Teresa Shaffer, First United Methodist Church Youth Group, and Randy Carey, Carey Insurance.

 

 
 
Solar Eclipse Fascinates Residents in the Area Even with Approximate 86.5% Totality
Area residents beheld a treat of a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 when at 2:20 (approximately), the moon fully came between the Earth and the Sun casting a shadow on the Earth. It started around 1 PM and continued until 4 PM with the most totality here in Mercer County happening around 2:20. I t lasted for about 2 minutes. Many people had welding glasses and other other safety glasses to protect their eyes from the burning of the Sun's rays. People were cautioned not to look directly at the Sun or risk retinal burn. Click here to see the eclipse provided by NASA. The next solar eclipse to be seen in the continental United States will be April 8, 2024.

 

 
 

 
August 16-21, 2017
 

 
 

In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008

 

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

 

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

 

Sadly Missed by Your Family

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Defeats Coldwater
by Coach Joe Falk

 

Parkway's Boys Golf team moved to 2-0 early in the MAC season with a 182-192 win over Coldwater at  Celina Lynx (par 36) Match medalist was Parkway's Mason Baxter with a 40. Clayton Agler shot a 45, Jack Wehe a 47 and Seth Stukey completed the scoring with a 50. Ashton Hamrick shot a 55 and Breyden Bruns, a 79.

Coldwater Scores

Andrew Fisher 48

Trey Wolters 47

Alex Wourms 54

Caden Seitz 51

Nathan Kaiser 47

Michael Schoenherr 50

Coldwater took the JV match by a score of 205-228. Leading the JV Panthers was Duncan Morton with a 52.  Kaden Boroff scored a 57, Andy Metz contributed a 59, and Alex Altenbach a 60. Jared Gibson and Adam Stephenson both shot 63s for Parkway

Coldwater JV

Austin Riethmen 53

Alex Raffel 51

Chris Meyer 51

Alex Mestemaker 62

Matt Meinerding 60

Jack Bills 50

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Coldwater

By Coach Teri Samples

 

Parkway girls golf starts MAC action with a 219-250 win over Coldwater.  Haylee Stukey, of Parkway, took Medalist with a 52.  Autumn Ellis shot a 53, Mecaylah Hesse added a 54, and Lauren Henderson finished with a 59 for Parkway.

 

Coldwater was led by Payton Kunk's 55, Emma Eckstein had a 58, Lexi Wright added a 65, and Abby Ashbaugh rounded out the team with a 72.

 

Salem Presbyerian Church to Hold 102nd annual “Gymanfa Ganu”

 

WHAT: 102nd Annual Welsh Songfest event

WHEN:  7 PM, Sunday, September 3; Meal is at 4 PM.

WHERE: Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia, Ohio

Cost: Free and open to the public

Salem Presbyerian Church is holding its 102nd annual ‘Welsh song festival event “Gymanfa Ganu” Sunday, Sptember 3 at 7 PM. A light meal is available at 4 PM for social time.

Gymanfas are American Welsh gatherings to sing hymns from Welsh origins known for their four-part harmony.

This year’s Director is Ben Williams; he is from Louisville, Kentucky, where he developed a love for music at a very early age. Ben grew up in a musical family with both his parents and brother playing musical instruments. Ben began singing at the age of three, and soon after learned to play piano, handbells, saxophone, and oboe.

After attending the DuPont Manual High School’s Youth Performing Arts School, Ben would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his Master of Music Education from The University of Louisville.

Significant performance venues include Carnegie Hall in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, as well as New Orleans, Boston, Montreal, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Detroit, Louisville, Austin, Dayton, Nashville, and Chicago.

Ben’s grandparents are David and Sue (Dustman) Williams, who are both native to the area of Venedocia and Van Wert. In fact, they first met at a Gymanfa Ganu! Ben’s family members, Tom Dustman and Christopher Uhl, have conducted prior Gymanfas. 

 

 

 

 
 

Man Arrested in Celina on Felony Theft Charges
On August 2nd the Celina Police Department arrested 49 year old Fredrick Hale Jr., of New Carlisle, formerly of Karafit Rd., Celina.  He is currently incarcerated in the Mercer Co. Jail on charges of felony Theft, filed by the Celina Police Department. 

 

The Celina Police Department was investigating a theft from WalMart which occurred on July 24th.  Through that investigation detectives were able to develop suspects in the case.  The Celina Police detectives were able to connect the suspects to other thefts throughout the region. 

 

After many hours of investigation and surveillance, Celina Police officers, on August 2nd, were able to conduct a traffic stop on Fredrick Hale and make an arrest.  The traffic stop, which was conducted on Havemann Rd., also revealed a theft which had just occurred at the Celina Menard’s.  He was also found to be in possession of criminal tools used in thefts around the area as well as stolen goods.

 

Celina Police detectives brought Fredrick Hale Jr. to the Celina Police Department where he and an un-named witness were interviewed for a lengthy period of time.  During the Celina P.D. interview, detectives were able to gather information regarding thefts throughout the region.  The information was passed on to Minster P.D., Miami County and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The information provided to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was used by them to obtain search warrants and recover thousands of dollars of stolen property.  Including property from the recent TSC and Dollar General thefts.

 

Fredrick Hale Jr. is being held for $100,000 bond on charges filed by Celina P.D.  Additional charges from Celina and other jurisdictions are pending review of the Mercer County Prosecutor.

 

This is a case of law enforcement agencies working together for the good of the community as a whole.  This investigation is still pending, anyone with information is urged to contact the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 14-15, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway August 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 19, at 10 a.m for the annual club picnic for members.  The location has been changed to the shelter house at Pullman Bay Park in Celina.

Members are asked to bring a covered dish and a short composition on the topic of "favorites."   

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Celina

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Celina at the Celina Lynx, 208-231.  Mecaylah Hesse, of Parkway, took Medalist honors.  Other scorers for Parkway were Haylee Stukey with a 51, Lauren Henderson had a 53, and Autumn Ellis added a 56.

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Defeats Antwerp

By Coach Teri Samples

Parkway Girls Golf defeated Antwerp at Pond-A-River Golf Club 194-235. Taking Medalist was Parkway's Haylee Stukey carding a 43.  The other scorers for Parkway were:  Mecaylah Hesse with a 47, Autumn Ellis with a 49, and Lauren Henderson with a 55.

 

Leading Antwerp was Kendyl Miller with a 53, Carlie Hanes added a 58, Shayla Wieland had a 60, and Amanda Roberts rounded out the team with a 64.

 

 
 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band - Concert In The Park
By  Richard Sherrick

On Friday August 18th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present their final park concert for the season in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  An all-new program of music has been prepared to perform at this concert.  Music to be featured will include pre-1917 Classics, one of witch will feature our lead trumpeter, Mark Schaberg, A 1930’s hit by Ray Charles-Georgia On My Mind, Hits from the 60 and 70’s, and yes, even songs by Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The VWACCB goes contemporary.

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star starting at 5:00PM.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville, New Bremen and Rockford. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to an announced location or cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The band will also perform at the Van Wert Fair Music Pavilion September 2nd at 4:00 P.M.

Scott Turner rehearses the VWACCB on two numbers he arranged, and will hopefully direct for this performance. The band’s thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they grieve the loss of Scott’s father Glenn Turner.

 
 

Be Prepared for Back-to-School; Get Your Children Vaccinated National Immunization

Britt C. Menchhofer, R.S.

Environmental Health Director

Van Wert County General Health District

 

 Awareness Month (NIAM) Celebrates Importance of Vaccines COLUMBUS –

Summer is almost over and that means it’s time for parents to begin thinking about backto-school season. Along with the back-to-school necessities such as folders and backpacks, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccines against serious diseases. To emphasize the importance of vaccinations, and to make sure that children are protected with all the immunizations they need, ODH is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “When parents are thinking about their back to school checklists, vaccines should be at the top of the list,” said ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Diseases Sietske de Fijter. “Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health as well as the health of classmates and the community.” Unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. They also may spread diseases, like pertussis, which are serious or potentially lifethreatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to health conditions. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs, and when,” said de Fijter. This fall will be the second school year that the new meningococcal vaccine requirement is in effect under Ohio Revised Code. All incoming seventh graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming twelfth graders must have a second dose of the vaccine. ODH is currently running a back-to-school public awareness campaign that features radio and television ads that you can hear and see across the state. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department to learn more about specific requirements. For more information on the meningococcal vaccine and other vaccination requirements, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/immunization.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

A Dose of “Magic” On Sale at The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - With a career spanning more than five decades, Olivia Newton-John brings her star power and dazzling stage presence to The Niswonger! Presented by US Bank, tickets for Olivia Newton-John's concert on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 PM are on sale now.

Olivia Newton-John's appeal seems to be timeless. With a 50+ year career she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe. She is a four-time GRAMMY award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and fourteen of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She starred in Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.



 

Olivia Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts.

Top Ten Hit List

“Physical”

“Magic”

“You’re the One That I Want”

“A Little More Love”

“Please Mr. Please”

“Have You Never Been Mellow”

“I Honestly Love You”

“Let Me Be There”

“Hopelessly Devoted To You”

“Heart Attack”



 

Along with Presenting Sponsor US Bank, Supporting Sponsors include Ciao! MedSpa, Kitchens Inc., and Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service. This event is made complete with our 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets for Olivia Newton-John can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 or anytime at NPACVW.ORG.

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

 
 
 

 
August 11-13, 2017
 

 
 
 
Parkway Graduates Class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these beautiful pictures - more at link below!

 

Click here for the Parkway High School Page and more pictures from graduation and the year by Nikki.

 

 

 

Rockford Chamber Awards Parkway Graduate with Scholarship
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Coleton Lautzenheiser as the 2017 Chamber Scholarship Award winner.  Colteton plans to attend Bowling Green this fall and study Sports Management.  Congratulations Coleton - Good Luck from the Rockford Chamber.

 

 
 

2017 Graduates - Parkway Scholarship Winners - Open PDF and Rotate Clockwise

 
 

Parkway Athletic Department Updates
The track will be closed for renovation from 12:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. August 14. Future closure is possible as well.

Senior Night for Fall athletes has been moved to Friday, October 20.

 

 

 

Regional Urban Forester Coming to Rockford

Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for this area, will be at the 
Rockford Tree Commission meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 22, to
make a presentation and answer any questions about trees in the
Mercer County Area.  The meeting will be held at the Rockford
Village Hall located at 151 E Columbia St.  We would like
for all interested people to join us for this meeting.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Programs

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is about to kick off the Fifth year of its Lunch Club program.  Volunteers are needed to be a Big for the program.  In this program, volunteers would meet with a child from area elementary and middle schools for lunch and activities twice a month.  This year we will have programs at Celina Primary, Delphos Middle School, Ft. Recovery Elementary and Middle School, Parkway Elementary and Middle School, Van Wert Middle School, Wapakoneta Middle School, and Waynesfield Schools.  This is the first year to have the program in Delphos and Waynesfield.

 

Each visit the volunteers spend time with their Little during the child’s lunch.  They spend time talking and getting to know each other and have some free time together.  During the free time, the activities could include making a craft, playing a board game, building a model, or playing on the playground.  The program will begin in mid-September and run through the school year.

 

Volunteers must be able to meet with a child twice a month for 30-45 min (depending on school) during the students’ lunch.  Volunteers will be able to decide which day they would like to attend and the grade level of their Little.  Volunteers will bring their own lunch or eat at another time. Big Brothers Big Sisters will supply a box of items to use during the free time activities.

 

The Littles are students from Celina Primary (grades 1-2); Delphos Middle School (grades 6-8), Ft. Recovery Elementary & Middle School (grades K-5); Parkway Elementary & Middle School (grades 1-6); Van Wert Middle School (grades 6-8); Wapakoneta Middle School (grades 5-7), and Waynesfield Schools (grades 1-6).  These are students that could use a special friend and someone to spend time with them, YOU!  They are looking forward to spending time with a special friend on a consistent basis.  We do not want to turn any students away because of a lack of volunteers.

 

Littles in the program in previous years have said that they liked having a Big spend time with them and that their Big made them happy.  The Bigs said that they looked forward to seeing their Littles’ smiles and liked knowing their Littles looked forward to their coming.  Teachers of Littles said their students couldn’t wait for Lunch Club days and that they saw positive changes in their students.

 

To participate in this program or for more information, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 419-584-2447, 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail:  neberle@bbbsma.com.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a BIG difference in a life of a student in your community.  Contact BBBS to become a Big today!

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 10, 2017
 

 
 
13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

Story by Steve Fisher and photos by Mike Roth

The 13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K was held, Saturday morning July 15, 2015, with over 170 runners/walkers competing.  The race is part of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge and is sponsored by the Parkway Athletic Boosters.  The men’s winner was Roman Michell Schulze with a time of 16.52, and the women’s winner was Ashley Lefeld with a time of 18.48.  Complete race results can be found at:  http://www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

Parkway student athletes also fared well.  Kyle Roth finished 5th overall, followed by Ben Schlemmer 6th, and Aaron Bruns 9th.  They were also the top 3 finishers in the Men’s 15-19 age group.  Also Blake Strickler and Gage Hamrick finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Men’s 14 and under age group, Rachel Barrett was 1st in the Women’s 15-19 age group, and Treya Conn was 3rd in the Women’s 14 and under.

Also this year we added a half mile Fun Run for ages 12 and under.  These young runners met once a week this summer, under the direction of Jennifer Barrett, who with assistance from members of the Parkway Cross Country Team, taught these future runners the fundamentals off running and different training techniques.  Fun Run Results coming soon from Jennifer.

The Parkway Athletic Boosters would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations and support of the Shane’s Crossing 5K and Parkway Athletic Boosters.

 

Rockford Fire Department

Shane’s Park Board

Boy Scout Troup 98

Barry's Market

Laurels of Shane Hill

Rockford Carryout

First Financial Bank

Subway - Rockford

Dannon Yogurt

Grand Lake Health

Pepsi

Domino's

Pizza Hut

Mercer Health

Wabash Communications

Innergy Fitness

Independent Capital Management

Cooper Farms

Grand Lake Marathon

People’s Bank

 

Click Here for the official results
Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them. Pictures by Mike Roth.
   
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys 2017 Golf Team Opens Season
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf team opened the 2017 campaign at the Rob Contini Invitational at Colonial Golfers Club (par 71) in Harrod, Ohio. The Panthers finished in 6th place out of 8 teams. Leading the scoring for Parkway was junior Mason Baxter with a score of 84. Jack Wehe shot a 97, while Clayton Agler and Seth Stukey finish the 4 man scoring with a pair of 99s. Ashton Hamrick shot an even 100 and Duncan Morton scored a 103 for Parkway. Lima Bath won the invitational with a score of 319.

 

The Panthers Varsity and JV teams were in action at the Celina Lynx Golf Club in the Mercer County Invitational on Tuesday. The Panthers Varsity team was led by a 93 shot by Mason Baxter. Ashton Hamrick shot 100 and Jack Wehe shot a 104 for Parkway as well. Clayton Agler finished the scoring for Parkway with a 107. Seth Stukey shot a 109 and Breyden Bruns a 113 for the Panthers as well. The Panthers golfers finished 3rd out of 5 teams behind St. Henry and Coldwater.

 

The JV team finished in 3rd place out of 4 teams. Leading the way for Parkway in the JV division was Duncan Morton with a 106, Jared Gibson was next for Parkway with a 112, Andy Metz shot a 119 and Adam Stephenson scored a 122 to finish the scoring for Parkway. Alex Altenbach shot a 128 and Hunter Gibson a 131. Kaden Boroff played as a marker for the invitational and shot a 126.

 
 
 

Kids Club Begins September 6 at Rockford United Methodist Church

Kids Club begins Wednesday, September 6 at Rockford United Methodist Church. An after school program on Wednesdays, it runs from 3:30 to 5 PM. A free community meal is served afterwards. This program is FREE, but a form must be filled out. Children are transported from Parkway Schools to the church. Ages K-5th grade are welcome. Snacks, games, crafts and a Bible lesson are included. Contact the church at 110 S. Franklin Street for the form or at parkway Elementary School Office. Call 419-363-3230 for information.

 
 
 

School Prayer Walk Planned Saturday, August 19th

The Rockford United Methodist Church will sponsor the annual School Prayer Walk on Saturday, August 19th at 8:30 a.m. This is open to anyone who would like to lift up the 2017-2018 school year in prayer.  Participants will meet outside of the Parkway High School entrance and prayer will be offered there.  The group will walk around the outside of the school, stopping at various locations to pray.  Specific groups and programs will be lifted up.  Participants may either offer a prayer out loud as led, or pray silently as others lead prayer.  The School Prayer Walk will last approximately one hour.

 
 

 
August 8-9, 2017
 

 
 

Nikki Fox Plans Athletic Pictures this Week

Nikki is taking pictures this Wednesday with golf pictures on Thursday.

 

         Wednesday, August 9

            8:00     Senior Fall Athletes (at football field)

            9:00     HS & JH Cheerleaders (at football field)

          10:00     HS & JH Cross Country (at football field)

          10:30     HS Volleyball (HS gym)

            1:00     Band

            3:30     HS Football (at football field)

            4:30     JH Football (at football field)

            5:00     JH Volleyball (JH gym)

 

          Thursday, August 10

            8:15     Boys & Girls Golf (meet at HS entrance)

 

 
 
 

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

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

Click Here for the Volleyball Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Co-ed Cross Country Schedules - printable!

Click Here for the Boys and Girls Golf Schedules - printable!

Pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox . . . .

Rosters coming soon by Lisa Miller . . . .

 
 
 
 
 
 

Otterbein Plans Annual Fish Fry – Celebrates 30 Years!
Otterbein Retirement in St. Marys is hosting their annual Fish Fry at the lake on august 19, 2017 (Saturday) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There will be free popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones provided by the Wapakoneta Lions Club. Aftermath, a sixies group, will entertain. Campus Tours Available and Open House. Grand door prize drawings, pontoon rides, craft and bake sale, silent auction, face painting, Caricaturist, Resident Art Show & sale, and photo booth. Otterbein is located at 11230 St. Rt. 364 on the east side of the lake St. Marys, OH.

 

 
 

State Plowing Contest at Maurer Farm in Mendon was a Success

On July 29 at 9 AM the state plowing contest was held near Mendon at the Maurer Farms location on State Route 707. Classes included: Novice, Junior and Senior Classes.

The food stand was operated by the Mercer United Methodist Church.

Pictures here are by Bob Maurer who said, “I believe the contestants had a good time plowing.”

Doug and Don Hays' tractors for the event.

 

 

 

 

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them.


Junior Contestant

Junior Contestant

Mercer Methodist Women
help with food

Junior Open
 
 

Burkett  5K

The 15th annual Burkett 5k will be Saturday August 12, 2017 at 8:30 starting and ending at Burkettsville Park.

The race is the eighth and final one of the Mercer Health 5k Challenge Countywide running Series.  Awards and shirts ceremony after the race for all that qualify.

Race day registration is from 7:00 to 8:15 at $10.00 for under  18 years and $15.00 for over 18 years of age.   Results after the race are on www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.  Sponsored by  Burkettsville Community Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

For more information contact Tonya Siefring at 419-733-5445 email tonyajan@yahoo.com. Or Josie Snyder at 419-375-4616 email bsnyder37@woh.rr.com.

 

 
 

Man Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor
Celina, OH –Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today reported the arrest of Jerry L. Fisher, 58, 9891 St Rte. 49, Rockford, for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a minor, a felony of the second degree.  The Sheriff’s Office received information on Saturday that Fisher had been having sexual relations with someone under the age of 16 in the recent past.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation in cooperation with Mercer County Job and Family Services.  The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions, Fisher had sex with the underage victim.

After consultation with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday,  Fisher was arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.

Fisher has a history as a sexually oriented offender and had been required to register his address with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years.  That requirement expired in 2015.

His bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at $750,000, subject to a 10% provision.  The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if any additional charges should be filed.

 
 
 

4th Annual Concert of Caring to Feature Indianapolis Band

Concert of Caring, the major fundraising event for the Sidney Office of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Versailles.

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

Tickets for the 2017 Concert of Caring are $50 per person which includes table seating, dinner buffet, desserts, two drink coupons, and the chance to bid on a variety of Silent Auction items donated by businesses, individuals, and local artisans.  There will also be distinctive raffle items and other surprises throughout the evening.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event include signage, program recognition, and reserved table seating.  The Headliner Level is $1000 and includes 12 tickets with VIP seating.  The Star Level is $500 and includes six tickets with Premier seating.  The Artist Level is $250 and includes four tickets with Reserved seating. 

Proceeds from the annual Concert of Caring guarantee continued success of CSSMV services in the Northern Miami Valley.  Those programs include counseling, early childhood intervention, parenting and adoption support in Auglaize and Mercer Counties, and all those services plus the RideLink call center and senior visiting in Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties. 

Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased online at www.cssmv-sidney.org/events.  For more information, or to donate a silent auction item, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder, Northern Counties Marketing and Development Coordinator, at (937) 498-4593 ext. 1141 or snydere@cssmv.org.

 

Liberty Baptist Bible Time

(Van Wert) According to Sr. Pastor, Jim C. Burns, the week of Neighborhood Bible Time at Liberty Baptist Church, Van Wert with special ministry guest Evangelists, Joseph King from Hagerstown, Maryland and Joshua Linguid from Vancouver, Washington was an outstanding success with 120 total enrollees including workers, teens and children and an average attendance nightly of over 100 people.  A new neighbor who's children attended nightly was so impressed with the excitement and fun his kids were having with the other children at this year's Neighborhood Bible Time, that he secured shirt sizes of everyone late Wednesday night and made Rally T Shirts for all of the workers, teens and children who attended, and presented everyone with a free Rally T Shirt last Friday night for the Awards Ceremony!  A Big thanks to Mark Eberle of Midwest Sportswear for his kind contribution.  For information about Rally T Shirts and other sportswear products, contact Mark at:  familyfirst131415@gmail.com or 419-670-5347.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 7, 2017
 

 
 

Piano Recital Enjoyed

On Saturday, July 29 the students of Roberta LePage presented their annual Piano Recital for parents and grandparents and friends.  Following this recital, we will observe a break until the week after Labor Day.  If you are interested in taking lessons, call Roberta at 419-363-3614 to set up a time.  The sooner you call, the more chance you have of getting a place in the schedule.

Students for this year's recital were (back row) Brooke Stephenson, Caiden Berry, Hutch Ridenour, Rylan Lyons, (front row) Oliver Haines, Maggie Rich, and Gwyneth Ridenour. 

 

Parkway will host a fall sports meet the team night on August 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the HS Auditorium. Our fall teams will be introduced at this meeting. Sports passes will also be available for sale on the meeting.

 

 

Girls Golf Team
by Coach Teri Samples
The Parkway Girls Golf Team placed  1st at Willow Bend Country Club in a Tri-Match with host teams Lincolnview and Delphos Jefferson. Marissa Miller of Lincolnview earned Madalist with a 96 and Parkway’s Haley Stukey took 2nd overall with a score of 99. Other scoring Panthers were Mecaylah Hesse shooting 103, Autumn Ellis with 111, and Maddie Kroeger earning the last scoring spot with a 125.

Team Scores: 1 Parkway 438
2. Lincolnview 470 and 3. Delphos Jefferson 507

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 3-6, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford, Mendon and Willshire Experience Power Outage
Rockford, Mendon, Willshire, Wren, Van wert, Ohio City and Celina experienced over an hour power outage in the wee hours of Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from a little after midnight to 1 AM. It was a DP & L substation in Celina that had a breaker needing reset. No cause was given.

 

Couples Cruise a Stretch of the St. Marys River

Bob and Cyn Van Fleet of California visited in the Mercer County area in June and attended the Parkway High School Reunion of the Class of 1964. A Bucket List item for the couple was to take “a float” down the St. Marys River, where Bob and his Grandpa Van Fleet had traveled when Bob was a child. The pair would pitch an old Army tent back at the “fishing hole” off the 127 bridge for a week or more and fish, hunt, gig, and trap. They cleaned their catch and took it up to Rockford to store in the freezer for tasty meals that Grandma Van Fleet would cook in the winter. Bob remembers the wonder of a boy out in nature, learning survival techniques from Grandpa.

The trip was planned by a friend, Aaron Crites, whose family owns the land. He provided the 2 canoes and took the Van Fleets and Sheila Baltzell and Mark Linn on an adventure down the St. Marys River from the U.S. Rt. 127 bridge to Frysinger Road bridge. They encountered and ported around 3 massive log jams, hauling their canoes up onto the bank and carrying them around the blockages.

They also manage to squeeze their canoes under a “hole” in a 4th log jam. The 4.07 mile long trip took 3-1/2 hours and every bend in the winding river held a surprise. It was quiet and cool on June 7 and the river was high with recent rains, but no longer out of its banks. The current was very slow. The group experienced: a raccoon scrambling up a tree (rare in the daytime); red winged blackbirds; baby ducklings with their mamas; black capped chickadees; and robins. 

Later Aaron took the couples on a walk  back in the woods along the river where they encountered the noisy hammering of pilated woodpeckers in the dead trees that are their food source of bugs. Hiking back to the old fishing hole where Grandpa Van Fleet and Bob camped so long ago, Aaron pointed out in the distance, the huge stick structure of the resident eagle’s nest. There were mosquitoes on land but not on the water cruise. And plenty of poison ivy to avoid.

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

Casting off at 127 bridge Bob and Cyn portage around a log jam Sheila at the worst log jam encountered Bob and Cyn Van Fleet
Mark Linn and Aaron Crites
on the bank
A tree nearly ready to fall across and into the river.
Mark Linn, with Mercer County Engineer's office, at one time
 walked and marked log jams in this very river.
Mark Linn pointed out how the bank washes away the dirt
from the roots eventually causing the tree to fall into the river creating log jams.
A look at the new
Frysinger Road Bridge
planned and built
by Mercer County Engineer's office.
 
 

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

 
 

 
August 1-2, 2017
 

 
 
 

Feature Story on Dr. Norman Means

 

Creative Alaskan Photography by Dr. Norman Means

Scroll down past these pictures to read the story about Dr. Means. 

Hoarfrost on a tree twig at the hospital in Alaska
Aleknagik Lake with the village of Aleknagik in the background.
Mother moose and 2 newborn calves in the Means' backyard.
Palmer, AK, with 6398 foot Pioneer Peak in the background.
6119 foot Matanuska Peak in the Fall.

The above 5 photo images are the creative photographic property of Dr. Norman Means and are copyrighted solely by him 2017.
Permission has been granted to publish these pictures only on The Parkway Independent Online Newspaper by Dr. Norman Means.

 
 

New Doctor in Rockford Comes to the Community by Way of Alaska and Several States In Between

By Sheila Baltzell, editor 8-1-2017

 

So what brings a doctor to Western Ohio from Alaska? Dr. Norman Means, MD, the new family doctor at Rockford Family Medicine, has the answer to that. “Family and the desire to be closer to home.” Yes, home for the Means’ Family is Eastern Indiana. In fact, Dr. Means actually did a Rural Medical Requirement of Medical School at IU ~ a one month rotation – with Dr. Judge in Berne, IN. When he was recruited to look at Van Wert Hospital and in particular, Rockford, Ohio he was so excited because he already knew the area.

 

 

Decision to Become a Doctor – Early Family Life

Growing up in Anderson, IN was like living in a town the size of Lima. His high school graduating class was around 400-450. Dr. Means’ father was a veteran of the Army, having served in Vietnam and stationed in Germany. While in Germany, his father met and married a German young lady. They had two sons including Norman.  They lived the military life. When Dr. Means’ father was injured in combat in Vietnam, the entire family relocated briefly to Washington DC to be near him as he recovered at Walter Reed Hospital. Dr. Means remembers his curiosity, even though he was only six, when the staff changed his father’s wound dressings. He was never frightened by the other injured soldiers, and spent time wandering around and visiting with the patients. His father used to tell him that the soldiers were always asking when Norman was coming back to visit. Dr. Means believes all of this had an impact on his desire – when he was still in elementary school – to become a doctor. It was always his career choice. His father recovered from his wounds, took a military medical discharge and went on to work at the U.S. Post Office and the auto-making industry. The family continues to visit family in Germany as they did when he was a child. Dr. Means also is fluent in German.

Where have they been?

From a beginning in Germany with his military family, to growing up in Anderson Indiana, travel and living world-wide has been a way of life.  After graduating from Anderson-Highland High School, he began a life on the move. As he worked to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor and completing necessary course work, he and his wife, Tammy, and their family have moved around a lot during this career path that took them from Anderson, IN to  the University of Chicago with his undergrad degree where he recently celebrated his 30th reunion. From there he went to medical school at Indiana University. After graduation, he began his internship in General Surgery and his Pathology Residency took them to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Then they were off to Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the University of North Carolina for his Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine and Bloodbanking. His 2nd residency took the family to Duke University into their Family Medicine Residency program in Fayetteville, North Carolina. From all that warm weather, they then moved to Cordova, Alaska on Prince William Sound. Click here to take a look at a Google map of Prince William Sound and Cordova to the far right. Dr. Means was the only doctor in town!

The Means Family

Tammy, his wife of 25 years, is a registered nurse, and they met in college at Indiana University. She was from nearby Noblesville, IN. Later on, Tammy completed a Master in Business Administration. She worked as an RN and was also her husband’s office manager in Anchorage. They have 4 children.

Cordova, Alaska and Anchorage, Alaska

A fishing village of 3000, accessible only by boat or airplane, Cordova (on the Copper River) swells to 6000 people when the salmon canning season begins.  There is a Coast Guard Base in Cordova  an artist colony, an artisan bakery, and it is near the Exxon-Valdez pipeline. After one year, they moved on to Anchorage, a city the size of Ft. Wayne, IN. where the summer days are 20 hours long at the summer solstice. From 4:15 AM to 11:43 PM, there is daylight.

Anchorage is a modern city where their children attended school. Alaska ranks 48th (of the states) in population but has 20% of the land surface of the entire country.  Click here for a look at all kinds of info on Alaska as well as a map of how Alaska compares in size to the rest of the US. The Means Family members have traveled to Kodiak, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Mt. McKinley/Danali. They enjoyed white water rafting, golfing and lots of photography.

Adventures in the Tundra

Dr. Means and his family learned much while living in Alaska.  Law requires people to store their garbage properly. Once he looked out the window from the office to see a bear wandering around. That is the reason for garbage laws; the bears are always close by.

Another time, he was asked by a Reality Show producer to fly to a little village to give physicals to the cast members as part of the show’s contract. He flew in on a 3000 foot gravel airstrip in a 9 seat plane.

Specialties and Joining Van Wert Hospital Services

Dr. Means became Board Certified in Family Medicine, Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology  (the later AP and CP are specialties). He brings many years of experience to Family Medicaine Associates and the patients of Dr. Jerry Sell and Nurse Practitioner Rona Dellinger. He works for Van Wert Hospital Services for Family Medicine Associates. Van Wert Hospital manages everything for him so he can do his job as a doctor. He still practices in the Clinical Pathology area, which is blood and genetics. Dr. Means does this for his patients and through regulatory work. He manages several labs in Alaska. He is looking forward to meeting his new patients in Rockford. And, he chuckles as he says, “I try not to live up to my name “Means” . 

 

Welcome Dr. Norman Means!

 

 
 

 
July 28-31, 2017

 

 
 

Robert Maurer Attends Rolling Thunder in Washington DC Over Memorial Day

Rolling Thunder Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Rolling Thunder was established in 1987. On May 29, 2017 approximately 900,000 motorcycle riders paraded through the streets of Washington, DC. where they honored our fallen heroes. Among those attending was Robert Maurer of Mendon who placed 2 wreaths at the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Bob is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Above picture: Parkway Class of 1967 Wreath for fallen hero Benny Sapp.


Sapp Family Memorial Wreath carried and placed by Bob Maurer for their fallen brother Benny Sapp.

 

 


Above Elida, OH Class attending Memorial Day Services in DC.

Bob said, “When I walked up the wall to place the 2 wreaths, I asked someone from a group of young students if one of them would take a couple of pictures. One boy graciously volunteered. I asked them where they were from and they said Elida.  I then saw one of them had an Elida t-shirt on.  I said I live only 30 miles from Elida. The person in the front row of the picture I took was the chaperone.  I think the kids were excited that they were in Washington DC and ran into someone who knew where Elida Ohio was located.”

 

 

Legacy Run 2017 – 12th Annual

Bob Maurer Preparing for his 9th Ride in the American Legion Riders Legacy Run on a West Coast Run Following Route 50

Bob Maurer, a Viet Nam Veteran, is still serving his fellow military comrades. On August 12, 2017, he will be heading out on his motorcycle for his personal 9th ride in the American Legion Riders Legacy Run to raise Scholarship Funds for the children of men and women who have lost their lives in military service to the USA. In its 12th year, the riders have raised over $7 million. Bob said, “We will travel from Ft. Dodge, Kansas westward over 1400 miles in 5 days heading through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and finally arriving in Fallon, Nevada.

 

The Kansas City soldiers’ Home is sponsoring a kick-off night Hog Roast for the riders. And, traveling a quieter stretch of the United States requires the men to have scheduled fuel stops! There will be special dinner stops at two American Legion Posts in Pueblo, CO and Fallon, NV. Wreath-laying ceremonies, along the route, are always touching events.

 

The riders will congregate before heading on to Reno, Nevada for the 99th American Legion National Convention. Bob said, “It is always a great time and can get emotional for those who have been helped by our fund raising efforts and share their stories.

 

Bob is a member of the Celina American Legion Riders Post 210. He is also a Veteran of the conflict in Viet Nam. August 12 has a special meaning for Bob. Sharing his memory, he said, “It is also special for me in that August 12th, the day of our start (kick stands up) will mark the 49th anniversary of another type of kick stands up sort of.  That day was wheels up as I boarded a plane in New Jersey and headed for Vietnam. I will have on my mind just how many of those on that plane never made it home alive to have the wonderful life I have had.”

 

Donations to the cause can be given directly to Bob before he leaves or on the secure website at www.legion.org or www.legion.org/riders. bob’s number is 419-238-6863

 

More information and pictures of past years’ events and the latest course planned for August 12-16, 2017 can be found also be found at those links.

Donations to the scholarship fund are still accepted.

 

 
 
 
 

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

ALL ARE WELCOME !!

 
 

Parkway High School Student Schedules
by Sandee Bollenbacher

Parkway High School student schedules for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year will be mailed out to students Monday, August 7.  All school fees will need to be paid by the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22.  The High School “Back to School” night will be Tuesday, August 15, beginning at 6:00pm and will last until 8:00pm.  Students wishing to do a walkthrough of their schedule or try their locker combination can do so at this time.  The high school secretary will also be available that evening to accept book fee payments and any completed forms from students or parents.

Parking permits this year will be issued on a first come-first served basis to students with a valid driver’s license and students will be able to pick their numbered spot.  We will be following this schedule to issue parking permits:  Seniors (August 11), Juniors (August 14), Sophomores (August 15) and any 10, 11, or 12 grader on August 16 between the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Parking permits WILL NOT BE available on Back to School night.  Any registration forms that are not completely filled out and signed by both the parent and student will not be accepted until they are complete.  Any students that will be attending Vantage this year will also need to purchase a permit if they plan to leave their vehicle at the high school parking lot area during the school day.  Extra parking forms are available in the high school office.

Mrs. Pam Smith, Cafeteria Supervisor will also be available in the cafeteria on “Back to School” night for students and parents to deposit money into their child(ren)’s lunch account(s).  All students must have funds available on their account the first day of school in order to buy breakfast, lunch or ala-carte items.  Free and Reduced Lunch Application forms will be available for you to complete that evening.  Applications need to be received before the start of school and can be dropped off at any of the principal’s offices.

If you are interested in receiving Text Alerts from the school, you can sign up for them on the Parkway Webpage under the “Parent Links” tab on the main webpage.  Just select the link: Parkway Text/Email Alerts, then select Ohio Alerts Subscribe/Unsubscribe.  After the page refreshes, select: “Subscribe to Alerts” and follow the online registration.  On this page, you can select only the alerts that you wish to be subscribed to by email or text message.  If you are already receiving text or email alerts, and want to change how you are receiving alerts, you will need to go and check what you are currently subscribed to and then make any necessary changes.

 

Parkway Schools weight room and all locker rooms are closed for cleaning, until further notice, effective immediately. Contact the school if you have questions.

 

 

Clifton and Tribolet Families Announce Engagement and Wedding Plans

Cameron and Lachelle Clifton, Wren, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mekale Clifton, to Jeremy Tribolet, son of Scott and Michelle Tribolet, Rockford.

The bride-elect is a 2013 graduate of Crestview High School and a 2016 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in speech and language pathology.  She is currently a graduate student at Ball State University.

The prospective groom is a 2013 graduate of Parkway High School and will graduate in July from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

The couple is planning an August 5, 2017, wedding at The Lodge in Yorktown, IN.  

 

 
 

Fatal Traffic Crash at St Rte. 29 and St Rte. 118 North Claims Life

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred today (July 18th, 2017) at 8:17 AM.   Grey reports that his office received numerous 911 calls at this time, reporting that there was a multi vehicle accident at the intersection of St Rte. 29 and St Rte. 118 North. 

The investigation found that a 2008 Kia being driven by 27 year old Lisa Rinderle of St. Henry, Ohio was North bound on Burkettsville – St. Henry Road.   Rinderle stopped for the stop sign at St Rte. 29.  Rinderle failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection and collided with a West bound 2001 Freightliner being driven by 57 year old Charles W Ward of St. Mary’s, Ohio.   Ward’s semi overturned and slid broad side down the roadway, where he was struck again by an East bound 2018 Volvo being driven by 37 year old Terry A Green II of Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Grey reported that both Rinderle and Ward were transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater, where Ward was pronounced deceased from his injuries.  Rinderle is currently being treated at Mercer Health at the time of this release.   Green was treated and released at the scene. 

Grey stated that his office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire and EMS, Mercer County EMS, Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers (MCERV), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Mercer County Emergency Management (EMA) and the State Motor Vehicle Inspector.

Grey called the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team to the scene for the investigation.    

At this time this crash remains under investigation.  Grey stated that once the crash is completed, his office will have this case reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for possible charges. 

Grey stated that this marks the third fatal crash in Mercer County this year. 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway High School

The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert band will be held on August 27th at 3 pm in the auditorium at Parkway High School located at 400 W Buckeye St. in Rockford.

Adult tickets - $7 and Children 10-17 - $5

All proceeds will benefit the Parkway High School band.

The Lima Area Concert Band has been performing since 1971.  The band is
comprised of seventy volunteer musicians who all share the love of music.  The
members of the LACB are a living testimony that music truly is a lifetime activity.
It is a means of expression that encourages personal challenge, camaraderie, well spent
leisure time, and just plain fun.  It is a shining example of the value of music 
education in our schools.  

Larry Seibert, a Mendon native and more recently a citizen of Rockford, had played with the Lima Area Concert Band for more than 10 years.  One of Larry's dreams was to offer the caliper of music that the Lima Area concert Band plays to his Rockford family and friends and to show to the local band students that playing music shouldn't end after high school.  

Please join us as we celebrate Larry's life and enjoy the wonderful music as performed by the extremely talented musicians of the Lima Area Concert Band. 

 

 
 
 

Please Avoid Mud Pike Road As Resurfacing Begins
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, strongly recommends that, as much as possible, the traveling public avoid the Mud Pike road corridor west of Celina, and the intersecting Fleetfoot and Hellwarth roads.  “Over the course of approximately the next 7-10 days (weather permitting) intensive asphalt concrete resurfacing operations will be conducted by the contractor.  Through traffic should not utilize those 3 roads (Mud Pike, Fleetfoot, and Hellwarth).  Those needing to get to and from specific drive locations within this footprint of these roads should travel with the utmost caution and care in the construction area.”

 
 

Mercer Health’s West Wing Expansion Nears Completion of Steel Placement;

Topping Out Signing and Ceremony Planned

 

The construction of the West Wing Expansion at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital is progressing as planned and has reached an important milestone – its topping out ceremony.  “We are pleased with the progress and are very excited to invite the community and our staff members to participate in some special events to celebrate the progress of the project.” shares Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations at Mercer Health.

 

Beam Signing

The last structural beam to be placed in the building will be available for staff and community members to sign.  The beam will be available in the east lawn of Mercer Health West Campus (former Briarwood Manor), 830 W. Main St., Coldwater, on the following dates and times.

         Thursday, August 3rd – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.

         Friday, August 4th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Saturday, August 5th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Sunday, August 6th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

         Monday, August 7th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m.

         Tuesday, August 8th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m.

         Wednesday, August 9th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Topping Out Ceremony

A topping out ceremony, an exciting construction tradition, will take place on Wednesday, August 9th at 12 noon.  Refreshments will be served.  The ceremony will take place on the east lawn of Mercer Health West Campus (former Briarwood Manor), 830 W. Main St., Coldwater.

 

The West Wing Expansion is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

 

 

VANTAGE ANNOUNCES ORIENTATION MEETINGS AND

SCHEDULE PICKUP DATES

It’s time to get ready for the new school year @ Vantage! There will be two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.  The first orientation meeting will be held on MONDAY, AUGUST 7 at 7:00 p.m.  This is for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Construction Equipment Technology, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding. 

The second orientation meeting is set for TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7:00 p.m. and is for students in the following Business and Human Services programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.

Both meetings will be held in the Commons Area at Vantage.  The evening will include a brief general session as well as an opportunity for students and their parents to re-acquaint themselves with the Vantage building, talk to the teachers, complete electronic forms, pay program fees, put money on lunch accounts, pick up class schedules, and get measured for uniforms.  ALL STUDENTS NEW TO VANTAGE AND THEIR PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND THIS MEETING.  


Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8.  Parents should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to fill out the required “beginning of the year” forms using the Oneview parent portal. 

Returning students who are unable to pick up their schedule on the above dates should call Vantage Student Services at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2126 to make arrangements to get your schedule before school starts.

The first day of school for new students is Monday, August 21, starting at
8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Tuesday, August 22.  The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

If you have any additional questions, please call Vantage Student Services at the number above for more information.

 

Our Old Bookcase, July 20, 2017, Cassella Post Office History

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:   The Village of Cassella, known as Marysville on this 1888 Atlas of Mercer County, Ohio Plat Map, identified the U.S. Post Office in the building on the southwest corner of Marion Street [St. Rt. 119] and Convent Street [Cassella-Montezuma Road].

 

 

An old Post Card of a Cassella building was the topic of the July 6, 2017 “Our Old Bookcase.”  Dale Poeppelman sent me a copy of another old Post Card of Cassella, with that same building, and across the street from that building, stood the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.   That photograph confirmed the site of the building across the street, in the July 6, 2017 column.  I also received calls about the old Cassella Post Office being located in that building.

 

The Village of Cassella was platted with the name of “Marysville” in 1860.  The 1888 Plat Map of Marysville above was included in the “1888 Mercer County Atlas.”  Beneath the name of “Marysville,” is written “Cassella P.O., [Post Office], Marion Township.” 

The microfilm of the U.S. Post Office of Cassella, Marion Township, Mercer County, Ohio, confirms that an application for Capella, [Cassella] Post Office was made to the Post Office Department, at Washington, on April 20, 1878.  On May 28, 1878, The Topographer’s Office of the Post Office Department, at Washington, wrote the Postmaster at Cassella, Mercer Co., Ohio, and requested information.  On June 5, 1878, John Cron Postmaster at Cassella responded,  “The Post Office Department name of my Office is ‘Cassella.’  The local name is ‘Marysville’.  The nearest Office on route No. 21427 is Cranberry Prairie, two miles southwest.  The name of the nearest office on the same route on the other side is Maria Stein, four miles east.  The name of the nearest office ‘off the route,’ is Carthagena, 2.5 miles northwest.”

That same microfilm of the U.S. Post Office stated the Cassella Post Office was established April 22, 1878, and was discontinued June 15, 1905.  The Cassella Postmaster appointments were:  John Cron, April 22, 1878; John Houck, August 4, 1879; Philipp Staugler, October 22, 1880; Joseph Wily, January 20, 1886; Henry Cron, February 3, 1886; John Cron, March 13, 1889.  As of May 22, 1905, the Post office was discontinued and the mail was sent to Saint Henry.  The closing of the Cassella Post Office was effective as of June 15, 1905.

I looked at the history of the building at the southwest corner of St. Rt. 119 and Cassella-Montezuma Road.  I ask you readers, when was the road widened on St. Rt. 119?  Was the Cassella Tavern open until that time?  The Village of Marysville (Cassella) was not incorporated and I do not know the date as to when the Village became known as Cassella, in place of Marysville.

The 1989 Directory listed the Cassella Tavern at 6490 St. Rt. 119.  The October 16, 1980 “Mercer County Chronicle,” newspaper addressed the story of the recent fire in the store room of the Cassella Tavern, owned by Dennis and Tommy Kessen.  I checked previous Mercer County Directories, to learn the names of the owners of the Cassella Tavern, at 6490 St. Rt. 119.   The 1979 owners of the Cassella Tavern were Dennis and Thomas Kessen.  The 1977 owner of the “Cassella Store & Tavern” was Lari A. Robinson.  The 1970 Directory listed the Cassella Store and Tavern, but not the owner, just before the Cassella-Montezuma Road Intersection at St. Rt. 119.  The owners of this property would be listed at the Mercer County Recorder’s Office at the Mercer County Courthouse.  The 1980 story in the Chronicle suggested that this building dated back to the Civil War, in the 1860’s.  The Village of Marysville, later known as Cassella, was platted in 1860; this old tavern building may very well have dated back to the 1860’s. Apparently, the old Tavern building was the Cassella Post Office, between 1878 and 1905.

 

 
 

 
July 27, 2017
 

 
 
 

Reminder Parkway Youth Football Camp K-6

inside the Track 6-8pm Thurs and Fri.  Bring water.  Cleats preferred.  Athletic Dress.

 

 

 

Limberlost to present ‘Swift Night Out’

State Historic Site to host an educational event on chimney swift birds

 

GENEVA, Ind. – The public is invited to the Limberlost State Historic Site Visitor Center on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for Swift Night Out, a free, family-friendly event, all about the chimney swift bird. These small birds are known for their aerial acrobatics and distinctive “chippering” sound.

 

“Chimney swifts are fascinating birds that are important for the number of insects they eat,” said Nicky Ball, Limberlost State Historic Site manager. “They are definitely unknown and underappreciated by most people.”

 

A program will be presented in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom at 7:30 p.m., followed by a “swift sit” in downtown Geneva to watch the birds in flight. As the sun goes down, visitors will watch the swifts take shelter for the night in the chimneys of Geneva residents. Unlike other birds, chimney swifts are unable to perch upright and can only cling to vertical surfaces.

 

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs for this free nature program. Donations are encouraged.

 

This event is sponsored by Geneva Dental Clinic and Berne Ready Mix.

 

For more information on Swift Night Out, please contact Curt Burnette, Limberlost State Historic Site program developer, at 260.368.7428 or cburnette@indianamuseum.org.

 

 

Limberlost State Historic Site in Adams County and the Loblolly Marsh Wetland Preserve in Jay County are located near Geneva in northeastern Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Limberlost admission is free for Indiana State Museum & Historic Site members. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. The Historic Site is located at 200 E. 6th St. in Geneva, Ind., just off U.S. Highway 27.

 

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, August 3, 2017 Antique Farm Equipment Exhibit at Coldwater Picnic August 5-6, 2017

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

Photo caption:  New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractors will be on exhibit at the Coldwater Community Park Picnic, Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6, 2017.

 

  

Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017 the Antique Tractors and New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit will be hosted by the Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society, at the north side of the Park, at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park. 

 

The New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit will include New Idea products; for example: Manure Spreaders, Wagons, Hand Corn Shellers, Elevators, Balers, Lime Spreaders,  Hay Harvesting Equipment, Mounted Corn Pickers and Uni-System Corn Pickers, and other Uni-System Equipment..  The white tents will hold smaller collections, for example, New Idea Equipment Manuals, photographs, original wood patters by Orville Ranly and collections of New Idea Memorabilia by the Members of the New Idea Committee.

 

The Antique Tractors will include early tractors, hosted by the area tractor collectors.  Rare Tractors, as well as Gasoline Engines will be there. 

The New Idea History Book Series #2 about New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers and #3 about New Idea Company’s Uni-System will be on Exhibit.  For those of you who have not yet picked up your copy of these books, the books will be waiting for you at this Picnic.

The New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractors Exhibit has been held by the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Members and local farmers, since they held their First Exhibit beginning in 2005 at the Coldwater Community Picnic.  The New Idea Historic Committee was established by the Mercer County Historical Society in January 2000, following the December 1999 closing of the AGCO New Idea Company at Coldwater.  The NIHP Members have been meeting monthly, January through October since 2000, with a goal to preserve New Idea’s history by holding New Idea Manual Sales, and by hosting New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibits at Coldwater Community Picnic, Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers Days, Greenville’s Farm Power of the Past, and Sandwich Farm Equipment at Sandwich, Illinois.  They have published a Series of three New Idea History Books. 

The 2017 Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee include Alvin Alig, Richard Bashore, Ken Coffman, Vance Engle, Ron Fischer, Tom Fischer, Lavern Heuing, Jim Jutte, Joe Karafit, Joe Kuhn, Orville Kunk, Leo Lefeld, Linus Lefeld, Frank Mohlman, Don Muhlenkamp, Phil Naumann, Leroy Peters, Gary Rismiller, Bernard “Pete” Schaefer, Bob Stelzer. Jim Weiler, and Ollie Wendel.  Stop by this Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic, and thank the Members for preserving your rural heritage in Coldwater as a part of Mercer County.  If this Committee had not preserved New Idea’s history, too much of that New Idea History would have been filed in history’s dustbin.

Thank the Mercer County Commissioners for creating plans for the Mercer County Historical Society in 1957 by including funds in their County Budget for 1958 to plan and implement the Mercer County Historical Society and Mercer County Historical Museum.  The Mercer County Historical Society has several dedicated committees, each with a separate project designed to preserve the many facets of Mercer County’s history and to educate the public about that history.

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

 

 

 

A Classic Rock Release at The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - Who’s ready to rock? As the finale of this week’s packed individual release schedule, Thursday, July 27 marks the release date for Australian rock legends Little River Band. Starting at noon, patrons can purchase individual tickets for these musicians rockers from down under who are set to rock The Niswonger Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 PM.

Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. It was originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian rock acts. Their new focus was to get airplay on American radio, and they achieved that goal with good songwriting, powerful vocals, and guitar harmonies. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the '70s...and the '80s. Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It's a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.

Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia's most significant bands. Worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years...the first band to achieve that mark. LRB was rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.

Along with Presenting Sponsor US Bank, Little River Band is made whole by the contributions of 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

Tickets to Little River Band can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-NPAC 6722 and online at NPACVW.ORG.

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

 

 

M*A*S*H Star Jamie Farr Coming to Niswonger

 

He made his name as Maxwell Q. Klinger on the hit television show M*A*S*H in the 1970s and 1980s, and now he’ll make his mark at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tuesdays with Morrie Starring starring Jamie Farr is the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s hit autobiographical novel coming to The Niswonger Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 PM presented by Community Health Professionals.



 

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Jamie Farr is absolutely brilliant as Morrie.

 

Basketball Coach Jim Valvano once said that there are three things you should do every day: You you should learn something, you should laugh and you should be moved to tears. Tuesdays with Morrie fulfills all three of these requirements.

 

"Tuesdays with Morrie is only 80 minutes long, but I guarantee it will make you laugh, cry, think and feel, all in that limited time span." -The Star

 

Along with Presenting Sponsor Community Health Professionals, this event is made complete with the 17-18 Season Sponsors Chuck & Karen Koch, StateWide Ford Lincoln, and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.

 

Tickets to Tuesdays with Morrie Starring starring  Jamie Farr can be purchased through the Box Office Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722 or online at NPACVW.ORG.

 

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

 

 

2017-2018 Parkway Preschool

August 1 is the deadline to register for preschool for the 2017-2018 school at Parkway Preschool.

 

We currently have openings for the Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes, Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes and Monday - Thursday morning classes.  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 to attend and fully potty trained.  Financial assistance is available; however, the preschooler must be 4 years old by August 1 to qualify.

 

Our preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

 

Registration forms are available in the district and elementary office or the Rockford Carnegie Library.  Once the registration is completed and the registration fee paid, the forms packet needs to be turned in before the school year begins on August 23.  We offer both two half-day classes and four half-day classes.  Morning classes are 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and afternoon classes are 12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

 

If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 22-26, 2017
 

 
 

Dr. Tom Baltzell New Onsite Owner of Marysville Animal Care Center

Marysville Animal Care Center, LLC has added a new fulltime veterinarian, Dr. Thomas “Tom” Baltzell, DVM to its team. Dr. Baltzell had been working at the clinic since October 2016, but has recently become the new onsite owner.

Dr. Tad Sullivan, the founder and previous owner, is still seeing clients. Continuing the family-owned style business, Dr. Baltzell will be joined by his wife Dr. Ann Baltzell, DVM, as well as co-owners Dr. Brian Carson and Dr. Eric Ratliff.

“We look forward to continuing Dr. Sullivan’s commitment to the community, their clients, and patients,” said Dr. Tom Baltzell.

Shown left are practicing doctors at the clinic: Dr. TadSullivan, Dr. Ann Baltzell, Dr. Tom Baltzell, and Dr. Bethany Gibson

 

 

Upon graduating from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, Dr. Tom Baltzell joined a mixed animal practice in Urbana. He later moved to Columbus and became the owner of a clinic in 2005 and was eventually the chief-of-staff of a multi-site practice there. He has particular interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgeries.

While the Marysville Animal Care Center focuses on companion animal medicine, he and his partners each bring unique areas of focus.

His partner, Dr. Carson has a particular interest in oncology (treatment of cancer) and critical care, while Dr. Ratliff exclusively performs advanced surgery and orthopedics.

Dr. Ann Baltzell is most interested in preventative care and challenging medical cases.

“We are bringing additional services to the area to minimize the need for residents to drive to Columbus for their pet’s more complex needs,” said Dr. Tom Baltzell.

The doctors’ commitments and roots in the community were factors in making the practice a home.

Dr. Ratliff’s wife, Diane Smith Ratliff, was born and raised in Marysville and is a 1979 MHS graduate. Dr. Carson and his family live in Lewis Center.

Dr. Tom Baltzell is originally from Rockford, OH, a graduate of Parkway High School, and is also a graduate of University of Toledo for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Ann Baltzell is originally from Celina, OH, a graduate of Celina High school and is also a graduate of Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree as well as Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for her graduate degree. Doctors Tom and Ann have four children and a boxer named Vinny. Dr. Tom is a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Cubmaster of Pack 550 in Dublin.

Dr. Tom Baltzell is the son of Sheila (Wood) Baltzell of Celina and the late Larry Baltzell.

Dr. Ann Baltzell is the daughter of Paul and Kathy (Siebert) Bonvillian.

Marysville Animal Care Center is a full service veterinary hospital that also offers boarding to assist its clients. Currently the clinic provides veterinary  services to the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s canine unit.

 

 
Baltzell Family Welcomes Son

Joe Baltzell, Dylan Baltzell and Grace Baltzell, along with their parents, Christopher and Leslie (Barker) Baltzell, of Celina joyfully announce the birth of their new brother born to Chris and Leslie on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 1:28 PM.

He weighed 10 lb 4 oz and was 21-1/2 inches long.

Grandparents: Brenda Barker of Rockford; Kevin Barker; Sheila Baltzell of Celina and the late Larry Baltzell. Great- grandmothers: Eileen Davis and Martha Baltzell of Rockford.

Other births - click here

 
 

 

WJAR Night Team brings home the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast

 

Pictured is NBC10 anchor Patrice Wood and 11PM producer Ben Wilcox with the Emmy Award.

 

WJAR’s coverage of the Taunton, Massachusetts Galleria Mall stabbings the evening of May 10, 2016 earned NBC-WJAR Channel 10’s  11pm news an Emmy for Best Evening Newscast in New England outside of Boston and Hartford.  

 

“From the newsroom to the control room to the field, this team achieved something we haven’t done in recent memory, and that is a top honor for a single newscast,” read the news release by the TV station. “Congratulations to our Night Team colleagues who provided excellent coverage for this Emmy win:”

 

Jessica Botelho, web editor

Jennifer Bray, assignment editor

Brian Crandall, reporter

Kevin Dahlquist, director

Doug Monahan, director

Ryan Pickering, photographer

George Ramos, photographer

Matt Reed, reporter

Michelle San Miguel, reporter

Paul Tierney, photographer

Ben Wilcox, producer

Patrice Wood, anchor

Editor's note: Patrice Wood is Holly Patrice Wood, who grew up in Rockford and graduated from Parkway High School in 1973.

 

 
July 20-21, 2017
 

 
 
 
Sportsman Club Trade Days in Willshire

The Sportsman Club in Willshire  (East on State Route 81) will be holding their annual Trade Days and Flea Market on August 4th and 5th. there will be hunting and fishing items, flea market items, q vendors auction at 6 PM Saturday.

Free admission; everyone invited; lunch stand with breakfast and sandwiches served. contact info: 419-495-2730.

 
 
Praise Point to Have Vacation Bible School

Praise Point church will offer Vacation Bible School from 6-8 PM at the church in Willshire on Thursday and Friday, July 27-28, 2017.

Camp Out is the theme and is for children Pre-K through 5th grade.

Contact info: 419-495-2074.

 
 

127 Yard Sale is coming August 2 through August 5, 2017

 
 
McDonough and Swander Couple Announce Engagement

Tommy McDonough and Amber Swander of Rockford announce their engagement. He is the son of Larry and Tammy McDonough of Rockford, and she is the daughter of Nikki and (the late) Brad Swander of Willshire. Both are Parkway graduates. Tommy is also a graduate of University of Northwestern Ohio in agriculture and is self employed. Nikki is a graduate of Wright State University Lake Campus in education and employed as a teacher at Parkway Schools.

The wedding is Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 PM.

 

Rockford Carnegie Library to have Reading Party for The Summer Reading Participants and their Families

The Rockford Carnegie Library will have a summer Reading Party on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:30 PM in Shanes Park.

 

Jerry and Cheri (Clifton) Schaadt Celebrated their 50th Anniversary

Jerry and Cheri (Clifton) Schaadt celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Sunday, July 16, 2017. They were married 50 years ago to the day in 1967 at United Brethren in Christ Church in Wren.

They have one daughter Cheri (Scott) Rolsten of Mendon and two sons: Jerry Jr (Christine) of Union KY, and Neil (Ginny) of Greensboro, NC. They have seven grandchildren, whom they love to visit.

The couple celebrated in their church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Sunday, July 16, 2017 with their family present and a private celebration later.

 

 

 

Cheryl Ann Programs Plant Tree in Shanes Park

Thank you to Cheryl Ann Programs and A & A Greenhouse for planting a
Sunset Maple at Shanes Park in Rockford to celebrate the Cheryl Ann Programs
50 year Anniversary.

Pictured top: Dee and Norm VanTilburg, Bob Ransbottom - Rockford Tree Commission Vice President,
Shanes Park Board members Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans and 
Sandy Schaffner - Shanes Park Board President

Thank you to Lisa Kuhn, Fiscal Officer, for the pictures and info.

 

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

"STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)
Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. Must Pre-Register For All BEC Classes!

* We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Date: August 17

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Rm: 126 Trenary Hall

Cost: $35 p/business

 

QuickBooks for Small/Medium Businesses

Learn the best methods to record, track, and manage your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks makes it easy to organize all of your financial data so you can manage your money, pay your bills, and track customer’s payments efficiently. Always know your business’s finances or inventory. Join Carla for 12-hours of software training on this highly-rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! Participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

Dates: July 31, Aug. 1, 2, & 3

Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

Rm: 196 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $135 p/person

 

Peer to Supervisor
A new position of authority means new challenges, new responsibilities, and learning new skills. Carla can teach you to communicate effectively, discover when to be flexible or firm, earn trust and gain respect from past peers, develop your own management style, learn how to motivate your people and understand how to handle difficult situations. You won’t want to miss this informative class!

Dates: August 7 & 9

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Rm: 222 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

Handling Conflicts/Interpersonal Relationships

The challenge with conflict lies in how you deal with it. Would you like to improve how you handle sensitive people and situations? Carla will describe how to approach communication, emotions, and behavioral issues and to view conflict as an opportunity. This course can help employees and employers who need to work on understanding others and developing relationships. Harmony is just a class away!

Dates: August 28 & 30

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Rm: 177 Dwyer Hall

Cost: $50 p/person

 

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

 

The Rockford Chamber welcomes Lots for Soldier home recipients - The Hamptons !
The Blessing of the Home and dedication took place on June
18th.

 
 
 

Lake Festival 5K

Registrations for the Lake Festival 5K run in Celina are being taken now at the Celina-Mercer County   Chamber of Commerce. 

The 5K run, a fundraiser for the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday,  July 29, 2017 at 8 A.M. The 5K begins at Lake Shore Park in Celina with the course traversing along West Bank Road.  This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge running series. 

The deadline to pre-register is July 28.  Pre-registration is $12.00 without a running tech shirt and $25.00 with a running tech shirt till July 12  

Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female runners with an award of a $100.00 for a course record.  Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place in each age group with special awards to be given to the runner coming from furthest distance, the youngest and oldest runner.

There will be water on the course, splits at 1 mile and 2 mile marks.  Refreshments will be served at the finish.

Thank you to the following sponsors:  Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Celina Insurance Group,  Mercer Savings Bank,  Behms Restaurant and  Landing, Celina Tent,  Dynamic Federal Credit Union, State Farm Brian Stephan, Schwieterman Pharmacy,  McKirman  Brothers, Celina Lions, and Mercer Health.

Registration forms are available online at www.celina-mercer.com or www.mercer-health5kchallenge.com or at the local chamber office at 121 E. Logan St. Celina.

For more information call the chamber at 419-586-2219. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 18-19, 2017
 

 
 

Village Rockford conducting sewer tests this week. If you have questions, please call 363-3032 ext. 1.

 

State Plowing Contest at Maurer Farm in Mendon

On July 29 at 9 AM the state plowing contest will take place in Mendon at the Maurer Farms location on State Route 707. Novice, Junior and Senior Classes.

Call Don Hays for info at 419-363-3806.



 

Tree Planting Ceremony

Cheryl Ann Programs have been working in Mercer County for 50 years.  To celebrate this
anniversary, they are planting trees in Mercer County Parks.  A tree planting ceremony will take place
at Shanes Park in Rockford, on Wednesday - July 19th from 1 - 2 pm.    The public is welcome
to attend.  Ice Cream will be served after the planting.

 

Drug Take-Back Planned in Rockford

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a Drug Take-back Event for getting rid of old and unused medication. It is at the Rockford Fire Station on Main street in Rockford on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9-noon. Pills accepted ~ No liquids or needles.

 

Rockford is Busy with Projects

 

1.  Columbia Street project - almost done !

2.  Shanes Crossing Subdivision beginnings - lots for sale now !
     Contact Jeff Long at 419-363-3032 ext 4

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Sunday, July 30

4:30-6:30

Rockford UM Church Social Room

202 South Franklin St.

Rockford, OH 45882

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 14-17, 2017
 

 
 
 

Wabash Telephone Company now has speeds up to 1 gig for your Internet.

Visit them at www.wabash.com or call 419-942-1111 for the details.

 


2017 Lambert Days Coming – July 21-23

The Ohio City Park Association and the Lambert Days Committee has finalized the 2017 Lambert Days festival.

Lambert Days is always the third “full” weekend in July. This year’s dates are from the 21st-23rd. This is also the 50th anniversary of Ohio City celebrating the life of John W. Lambert and his invention of “America’s First Automobile”. For general information about Lambert Days please contact Jason Parrish (567) 259-9460, Brenda Weaver (419) 965-2000, Scott Bigham (419) 953-9511 or Ralph Riley (419) 965-2443. We will be having a community-wide garage sale for more information contact Laura Morgan (419) 965-2515. We will also be providing food all weekend in our newly renovated Community Building on State Route 118. Our website: lambertdays.com

 

FRIDAY - Our festivities start off with a Steak Dinner (carry-out is available) on Friday at 4:00. The Ohio City American Legion Harvey Lewis Post 346 will have a flag rising ceremony at 5:00. The kids’ games and inflatables will also open at 5:00. At 6:00 we have our Wiffleball Homerun derby for information contact Lorenzo Frye (419) 771-7037. We will be providing entertainment in the tent a 6:00 featuring Cass Blue. At 7:00 we are having Adult Wiffleball for more information contact Brian Bassett (419) 203-8203. We have a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament that starts at 7:00, along with Monte Carlo Night that starts at 8:00 for more information contact Jeff Agler (419) 513-0580. Our entertainment for Friday night starts at 8:00 and will be the band: Colt & Crew. We will also have our Fireworks Display at 10:15 (Saturday night is the rain date).

SATURDAY – Saturday morning begins with our Softball Tournament at 8:00, for more information contact Brian Bassett (419) 203-8203. We also have our Co-ed Volleyball Tournament that starts at 9:00 for more information you can contact Tim Matthews (419) 203-2976. Our Kids’ Wiffleball Tournament starts at 10:00 for more information contact Lorenzo Frye (419) 771-7037. Kids’ Games and Inflatables continue at 11:00. Cornhole Tournament registration and 3on3 Basketball Tournament registration starts at 12 and both tournament starts at 1:00, for more information on Cornhole contact Josh Agler (567) 259-9941 and for 3on3 basketball contact Scott Bigham (419) 953-9511. Our Hog Roast Dinner starts at 4:00 and carry-out is available. We will also have music under the tent by Jeff Unterbrink at 4:00. We have Bingo at 5:00, and we finish the night with Megan White and Cadillac Ranch.

SUNDAY – Our Car Show and Cruz-In registrations start at 10:00, the car show starts at 12:00, and judging and rewards will be giving at 1:30. For more information, contact Jan Osborn (419) 605-2594. Our Sunday Chicken Dinner starts at 11:00 and the band “Triad” will provide music in the building. This year we have TRSS Drum Corp that will be performing before the parade on Main Street. Parade registration is at 1:45 for more information contact Dixie Emerick (419) 605-8165. Our 50th Lambert Days Parade will start at 3:00 and will travel down Carmean Street and end at Fireman’s Park.

 

 
Annual Ice Cream Social Coming to Rockford United Methodist Church - Everyone is invited

The Rockford United Methodist Church is planning its annual Ice Cream Social for Sunday, July 30, 2017. It is from 4:30 to 6:30 and features homemade food and homemade ice cream. Soooo delicious!

All proceeds go to support the Mission Projects of the United Methodist Women. Church is located at 202 S. Franklin in Rockford. Everyone is invited!

 
 
 

Open House for Thomas Couple Planned

Rockford United Methodist Church will host an Open House on Sunday, July 23 to honor John and Kay (Kettering) Thomas before their move to Georgia.

John and Kay have been in this area all of their lives and have touched the lives of many along the way. John worked at New Idea in Coldwater for many years.

Kay taught in the Parkway Elementary School for years until her retirement. Her second career presented many opportunities for traveling with Riverside Charter.

The Thomas' two children, Mark and Diane, and their grandchildren, Owen and Caroline, residents of Georgia, are awaiting the reuniting of family.

The Open House will begin at 2pm in the church Social Room. Please plan to stop in to reminisce and wish John and Kay all good things as they begin the next chapter of their lives in Georgia.

The Rockford United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Pearl and Franklin Street in Rockford, just behind the Village Fire House. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 12-13, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway Junior High Football Camp is Monday July 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM

 
 
 


Picture from 2016

13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, July 15th 2017 @ 8:30 A.M.

Race Location: Starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, OH.

Times: Preregistration post-marked by July 7, 2016 (July 5th to guarantee shirt)

Day of Race Registration begins at 7:30am


(New this year!) ½ Mile Run for ages 12 & Under begins at 8:00am

Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15am

Click Here for the full details with entry form in printable PDF format to fill out and send in. Address included to Steve Fisher, event coordinator.

 
 
 
 

 
July 10-11, 2017
 

 
 
Tornado Spotting and Touchdown near Rockford Hit Area on Monday, July 10, 2017
Thunderstorms with Fierce Lightning and Non-Stop Thunder Follow the Scare

 

The National Weather Service and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a tornado warning for Rockford  on Monday, July 10, 2017 about 8:30 PM, and shortly thereafter, the pop-up hit. The tornado was sighted by residents around the Tama Road area south of Rockford and it reportedly touched down as the storm traveled from Tama Road southeasterly through the village of Mercer at US Route 33 and 127 angling across to St. Marys, OH.  It was followed by a severe thunderstorm warning by Sheriff Grey until 11 PM which produced nonstop thunder and lightning for a period of time. 4/10 inches of rain fell with that storm. 4 inches of rain was reported in the extreme northeast corner of Mercer County near Spencerville.

Eyewitness, Sherry Shaffer commented, "

Sheila,  we watched this from north of us (south and west of Rockford) almost on top of Rockford.  Our daughter was home and had gone to Rockford and said the wind was really bad.  The cloud moved more slowly than ones we've seen before. 

At one point the cone tipped and you could see a defined circle with an empty middle.   It took almost 10 minutes for it to move from over Rockford to this point.  Reminded me of a lumbering giant.   Very amazing.  

Sherry."

Picture by Sherry Shaffer as it moves over Rockford

Picture above by Sherry Shaffer as it moves toward Mercer and begins to take shape.

 

The picture below (by Sheila Baltzell) is a look north from Celina at the shelf cloud which produced the tornado. According to reports, a National Weather Service expert confirmed that a tornado did touch down near Winkler and Jordan Roads west of Rockford. No property damage was reported.

 

 

 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for Sponsoring the Weather Channel Link above!

 

 
 
 
 

OLIVE BRANCH TO HAVE SUPER HERO VBS

 

Calling all Super heroes!   Olive Branch Church will have a free two day VBS this Friday and Saturday, July 14th and 15th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids ages 4 through entering 6th grade are invited to participate in the fun.                                                                                                                                 

This is going to be one SUPER VBS!   It will be a great opportunity for kids to discover that some of the people found in the bible were great bible heroes.  Those stories will help inspire kids to realize how they can be a great hero too by trusting God and having faith in Jesus who is our Ultimate Super Hero!   Each story will concentrate on*superpowers* that we receive by God.  Because of Jesus and through the HolySpirit, we can ALL have these “powers”.                                                                                                                                                                                          Each day will also include high energy songs, fun recreation and really neat crafts.  Each child will receive their own Super Hero cape and mask!   A free lunch will also be provided each day. Olive Branch is located between Ohio City and Rockford on State Route 118.


If you have questions call 419 203-7723.

 

 

 
July 7-9, 2017
 

 
 

Rockford EMS Plans Open House and Health Fair
The Rockford EMS is planning an Open House and Health Fair at their facility on Main Street in Rockford on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9-noon.  It is all free with blood pressure and glucose checks, CPR presentations and ambulance tours, free giveaways and volunteer opportunities. Contact rockfordems@gmail.com

 

 

Meeting Date Change

Because of the July 4th Holiday - the Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting has
been changed to July 10th - Rockford Village Hall - 7 pm.

 

 
 

Mercer County EMA Posts Meeting Dates

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

EMA Office          
Celina                        12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting &

PUBLIC CRITIQUE of HAZMAT EXERCISE

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Central Services Building 
2nd Floor Conference Room
Celina            7:30 AM

 

 
 

No Lost Time

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced recently that for the 2nd quarter of 2017, its full time and seasonal work force of 35 employees recorded no (0) lost time injuries as related to on the job injuries.

“Achieving quarterly benchmarks of no lost time injuries is a direct result of our employees collaboratively embracing a safety culture.  Kudos to our workforce in achieving this milestone.  With safety being a priority, our folks are working smarter and staying healthier.”  Wiechart stated.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:   The Village of Cassella is located at the intersection of St. Rt. 119 and Cassella-Montezuma Road.  Do any readers recognize these old buildings at Cassella?

This Cassella post card was being sold over ebay, by Jim and Donna Dehne from Richardson, Texas.  There is a connection between the early settlement in Mercer County, Ohio  and Texas.  After the turn of the century, in the early 1900’s, several Mercer County families moved to Texas.  The railroads were being used for travel as well as transportation of goods, and the U.S. Mail.  Post cards were a popular method of communication among families “here and there.”   This is my theory as to how the Cassella post card made it to Texas.

The Church at Cassella was named the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, and was formed in 1847.  With the migration of German citizens in the 1830’s and 1840’s, St. Rt. 119 was right on the direct route of settlers entering Mercer County, from the Miami & Erie Canal at Minster. 

The village of Cassella was platted as Marysville in 1860.  On June 5, 1878, John Cron, Post Master wrote, “The Post Office name of my office is Cassella.  Its local name is Marysville.”  [The Cassella Post Office was discontinued June 15, 1905.]  The 1876 Map of Mercer County stated that John Cron was Postmaster at Cassella Post Office in 1876.  The 1882 “History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio,” edited by R. Sutton, stated that John Cron was the Postmaster at Cappella [Cassella] from 1868-1876.  The U.S. Post Office states that the Cassella Post Office was established in 1878.  [Remember the old adage, “Read not to believe nor disbelieve, but to weigh and consider.”]  Studying this photograph, it appears to me that the building on the left side of the photograph may have been the local General Store.  Often the early Villages had the Post Office mail, in their local General Stores.  I wonder if this building in Cassella was the site of their first Post Office?

The October 16, 1980 Mercer County Chronicle newspaper carried photographs and a story of the fire in the store room of the Cassella Tavern.  The area fire departments arrived quickly and prevented the fire from spreading to the main building.  At that time, Dennis (Spanky) Kessen and Tommy (Tammy) Kessen were the owners.  The newspaper reported that this tavern had been an old landmark in Cassella and dated back to the Civil War.  Cassella was platted in 1860; it is possible the first General Store did date back to the Civil War, in the 1860’s.  The 1980 newspaper photograph of the Cassella Tavern building resembles the building on the Cassella Post Card above.

In 1976, the newspaper borrowed a photograph from Henry J. Leugers, of the interior of Cassella Saloon, dated about 1911.  I wonder if this was the same building, known as the Cassella Tavern?

I re-read the “History of Cassella,” written by Oscar Eifert, for the 1978 “Mercer County History Book.”  For those seeking the early history of Cassella, the early names for the local village included Marysville, Kappella, Frogtown, and Dog Town.  In the 1980’s Ray Feltz volunteered at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  Ray would tell stories of Frog Town and Dog Town.

When I retired as Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 2004, I wrote several Township History books, for people doing research on a specific Township within Mercer County.  The “Passport to Mercer County Ohio History, Marion Township,” includes a bibliography of historical resources of Marion Township Villages and Sites, including Cassella’s history.   The Village of Cassella will have its 160thBirthday in 2020.   Who is interested in writing a book about Cassella’s history for 2020?  Who wants to help the Mercer County Historical Society to preserve Cassella’s history as a part of Mercer County’s history?

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

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:   This February 17, 2011 letter from U.S. Board on Geographic Names to Charles H. Ayers, at Celina, confirms the local lake’s name as “Grand Lake.” 

Questions keep coming across my desk about the “official” name of the local lake between Mercer & Auglaize Counties.  I have written about the many names of this lake, over the years.  This February 17, 2011 letter printed above should remove any doubt about the name of “Grand Lake.”

Questions keep coming across my desk about how Saint Marys gained and lost the status of being the Mercer County Seat.  On February 16, 2017, I wrote about St. Marys being the Mercer County Seat from 1824 until September 12, 1839, when the County Seat was moved to Celina.  I asked if anyone knew why the County Seat was moved from St. Marys to Celina.

 

John Valentine, New Bremen, sent me a copy of a page from Frank Shuffelton’s book, “The Saint Marys Story, 1823-1973,” written for the Village’s Sesquicentennial.  On page 28, Shuffelton wrote:

            “When this area was laid out by the State Legislature in 1820, the County of Mercer contained the western half of Auglaize County.  [Auglaize County was not founded until 1848, which resulted in St. Marys, New Bremen and Minster being a part of Mercer County, 1824-1847.  As of 1848 the three villages became a part of the newly formed County, Auglaize County.]  In 1824, the proprietors of Saint Marys, (Murray, Houston and McCorkle), gave the County Commissioners 31 of the 68 plotted lots.  These lots were sold by the Commissioners to raise funds for the establishment of the county to build a courthouse, a jail, and provide operating monies.  By virtue of this gift, the new County was successfully established.  Sixteen years later, in 1840, the controlling votes of the Commissioners passed to elect members of the western most parts of Mercer County.  They wanted the County seat to be closer to themselves.  Consequently, they moved the Courthouse and all to Celina, much to the unhappiness of Saint Marys.  In 1848, a new County of Auglaize was formed.  An Election was held soon to choose a site for the new County seat.  Wapakoneta wanted it as being close to the geographical center while Saint Marys pushed its claim of being nearer the center of population.”   Auglaize Countians can check those records at the Auglaize County Courthouse.  Shuffelton recommended in the introduction to his 1973 book, that Saint Marys plan for its Bicentennial celebration in 2023.  I do hope that Auglaize County includes the facts about the elections in the 1830’s and 1840’s for their Bicentennial Celebration.

 

The first week of April, 2017, I contacted the Mercer County Board of Elections twice, and asked them to provide the public records about the public elections in the 1830’s and 1840’s.  I have not heard from them as of this July.  The public is interested in the information which may confirm the story about why the Courthouse was moved to Celina.

 

When I was writing the “History of the Mercer County Courthouse,” for the Mercer County Commissioners, for the 75th Celebration of the current Courthouse in 1998, I did not find a record of a meeting of the Mercer County Commissioners which recorded why they made the decision and/or passed a Resolution to change the site of the Mercer County Seat.  I did find the Mercer County Commissioners’ Journal that the Commissioners held their first meeting at Celina, dated September 12, 1839.

 

Decisions to move an Ohio County Courthouse, from one Village to another Village should have been a public record in 1839.  Was this decision about a County Public Building Site, a private decision made behind closed doors?   In the “Ohio Sunshine Laws, An open Government Resource Manual,” from the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the statement is made, “Over 200 years of Sunshine:  Reflections on Open Government.”

 

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

 
 
 

New Troopers Assigned to the Van Wert Patrol Post

VAN WERT - The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has two new troopers serving at the post.

Troopers Chase Black and Austin Adams graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy on March 24, 2017 after 26 weeks of intense paramilitary training.

Courses completed by the Patrol’s 161th class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.

The troopers recently completed their field-training period and are now serving the Van Wert and Paulding county communities.

 

 

Austin Adams


Chase Black

 
 

Sign-Up For Wren Rib Roast Cook-off

It’s Rib Cook-off time again!  The 14th Annual Wren Rib Roast Cookoff will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 during the Homecoming festivities.  This year’s theme will be “Backyard Bonfire BBQ”.  Cooks are asked to consider adding a flare of creativity with their main entry and/or side dishes that connect to the theme.

Contestants will need to provide any equipment and supplies necessary for the cook-off. Western-style pork ribs will be provided, at no cost, to each contestant on the Thursday before the contest. All types of spices, marinades, and “secret recipes” are encouraged.  All types of cookers and any fuel sources will be accepted.  Cooking will take place outside the Wrenway Wiffleball Park, with judging starting at 11:30 am.  Ribs will be judged on taste and tenderness.  A separate prize will be given for presentation, sauce and best side dish.  For the third consecutive year, a “People’s Choice” award will once again be presented. Visiting rib enthusiasts can enter a drawing to be one of two “celebrity judges”.  All ribs must be prepared on-site the day of the contest.

To sign up or find out more information, please call James Lautzenheiser at (216) 262-2805. You may also reach him at james.lautzenheiser@yahoo.com. Only the first 15 amateur cooks who register will be permitted to participate.  Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  T-shirts will be available to order prior to August 1st.

 
 

Faith Bible Institute for Adults Coming to Liberty Baptist Church

(Van Wert) Open enrollment has begun for the Faith Bible Institute for adults which is held at the Liberty Baptist Church at 501 E. Third Street, Van Wert, Ohio.  FBI is a once a week Bible Institute with 3 hours of college level studies each Thurs. night beginning at 6 pm. The first session for this year’s fall semester is Aug. 24, 2017. The last night for this semester is Dec. 14.  The DVD instructor is John Yates, who founded Faith Bible Institute in 1985.  FBI courses have been held in churches in 47 U S states and 7 different continents.  Although FBI is designed to bring a practical Bible education to lay people to enrich your Christian lives and help you better understand the Bible, FBI is also an excellent tool to encourage Sunday School teachers, Bible teachers, as well as Pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Each night of studies includes one Old Testament Bible lesson, one New Testament Bible lesson and one Bible doctrine theology lesson.  This 2017 fall semester will cover:  the Separate Kingdoms of Israel & Judah, the New Testament Epistles of  Paul, and the theology course will be on the Doctrine of  Salvation.   If you attend Faith Bible Institute every semester for 3 years, you will study every book of the Bible. Some Bible Colleges will also accept FBI credits towards higher degrees. Your host and director of the Van Wert classes is Mr. Fred Heimann and Pastor Jim C. Burns is the pastor of the host church.   You may enroll online at:  www.fbiclass.com & enter classes for "Van Wert."  If you have any questions about the area Faith Bible Institute classes for the fall semester you may contact Fred Heimann at 260-413-2873, or view the Faith Bible Institute’s web site at:  www.fbiclass.com.

 

 
 

 
July 5-6, 2017
 

 
 

Couple Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary


Jason E. & Rae S. Dull will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14, 2017. They were married July 14th, 1967 at the United Methodist Church in Pleasant Mills IN.

Jay & Rae have five daughters: Jenni (Bobby) Brewer of Celina OH; Julie (Chris) Coppler of Decatur IN; June (Jason) Arnold of Celina OH; Jessica (Len) Archibald of Lima OH; & Joelle (Travis) Pond of Celina OH.

In their golden years, Jay & Rae love to spend time with their family, especially their 15 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. They also love to sit on the glider, on their front porch, and take in all the outdoors has to offer.

A private celebration will be held for the couple to commemorate this lasting union. An email shower of well wishes and congratulations may be sent to: thedulls50thanniversary@gmail.com
 
 
 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on July 11, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 

Reminder to Pull over and STOP for All Public Safety Vehicles

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds motorists that the Ohio Revised 

Code 4511.45 requires all vehicles to yield the right of way to public safety 

vehicles.  Public safety vehicles are Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement

 vehicles using emergency flashing red or blue lights and sirens. 

The law requires you to stop as close as possible to the right side of the 

roadway and remain in that position until the public safety vehicle has 

passed.



 

The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints regarding vehicles that refuse 

to yield to emergency vehicles. Vehicles that do not stop and/or pull to the 

right of the roadway may be charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth 

degree on a first offense. Maximum penalty is $250 fine and 30 days in jail. 

Sheriff Grey reminds motorists to drive safely and allow those responding 

to emergencies get to their destination safely as well, they may be 

responding to help someone you know. 

 

 
 

Writers Invited

The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  The suggested composition topic is a summer activity.

If time permits, the meeting will include a writing activity.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

Rockford Rec Fall Sports Registration - Flag Football & Soccer 

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently accepting registration forms for the 2017 fall sports season. Registration and medical forms can be printed from www.rockfordrec.com, the Rockford Rec Facebook page, or picked up at the Rockford Village Office. Registration deadline for all fall programs is August 6th.

The 2017 Fall Soccer League is open to boys and girls entering grades K-6. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Shanes Park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey. Each player is required to provide their own shin guards. 

The 2017 Fall Flag Football League is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Flag football games will be played on Monday evenings at Shanes park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to participate at all practices and games. 

Completed registration forms, medical forms, and registration fees can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office or mailed to Rockford Rec. - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882. 

 

 
 

 
July 1-4, 2017
Happy Independence Day!

 

 
 

Taste of Celina – Very Fun and Delicious Event

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 14th in downtown Celina.  The festivities will be downtown Main Street in Celina from 5-10pm. You will be able to taste the unique specialties of several different Celina restaurants and caterers.  Food items will require 1 to 4 food tickets which will be available at the ticket tent for $1 each.  If you wish to avoid the lines, presale tickets are on sale now at the Celina Mercer County Chamber office located at 121 East Logan Street in Celina.  Buy 20 tickets; get one free for a limited time! 

Tables and chairs will align the streets so you can sit and enjoy food and friends while also listening to live music by Will Freed and Friends. Beer and wine tasting will also be available inside some of the downtown restaurants.   Several local establishments will be open after the event closes with special entertainment.  Feel free to browse through the unique specialty shops that downtown has to offer.  Again this year at the south end of Main Street is the cruise in car show.  The evening has so much to offer with food, friends, and fun at the Taste of Celina Block Party and Carshow.

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at 419-586-2219.  

 
 

 
Picture from 2016

13th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, July 15th 2017 @ 8:30 A.M.

Race Location: Starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, OH.

Times: Preregistration post-marked by July 7, 2016 (July 5th to guarantee shirt)

Day of Race Registration begins at 7:30am


(New this year!) ½ Mile Run for ages 12 & Under begins at 8:00am

Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15am

Click Here for the full details with entry form in printable PDF format to fill out and send in. Address included to Steve Fisher, event coordinator.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 28-30, 2017

 

 

 

Artist from Urbana, Native of Rockford Area, to Speak on Radio Show

Todd Buschur will be interviewed on the Spectrum radio show by Kevin
Sandler on WCSM on Friday, July 7. He will talk about his own art plus his
involvement in the Lake Area Arts Group. Todd is a Parkway graduate and now teaches art in Urbana, OH. His personal artwork is shown in the area ~ one such place being Eastview Park in Celina, OH.

 

 

 

Northmen and Cathy to Perform in Rockford

The Northmen and Cathy will be in concert at Rockford United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 9, at 8:30 and 10:30 worship services. The Northmen and Cathy are celebrating 28 years as a full-time Christian music ministry. The group consists of three members. Lead singer is Alan Godsey, Alan’s wife, Cathy, sings alto and plays piano. Singing baritone is Brad Luzadder.

The Northmen and Cathy are a ministry that entertains and uplifts the Christian, as well as reaches out to a lost and dying world to let them know that Jesus still saves.

Rockford United Methodist Church is located at 202 South Franklin Street, where Chip Steffy is lead pastor. Please join us when the Northmen and Cathy come to entertain and inspire us.

 

 


MILITARY FAMILY RECEIVES NEW HOME


For Jonathan and Kami Hampton, looking to the organization Lots for Soldiers for a home didn’t seem like the real-deal at first.

"When I first heard of Lots for Soldiers, I thought it was kind of a too-good-to-be-true type of things and it turned out to be a really great organization that really cares about the veterans," Jonathan Hampton said.

But now, the town of Rockford is welcoming in the Hampton family after helping build a home for the couple and their young son with a house dedication and raising of the American flag. Lots for Soldiers helps out military families by bringing the community together to build them a home on a donated residential lot, and it’s just a way to give back to those that have served or are serving now.

"We found a that there are a whole host of people out there that want to say thank you in some fashion for the veterans' service but they don't know how to do it, so we actually started to provide a way for them to say thanks," said Homer Burnett, Board President of Lots for Soldiers.

That community has been very warm towards Jonathan, who is a career counselor and recruiter for the Ohio National Guard and Kami, who is a licensed practical nurse - a community that they are excited to be a part of soon.

"We're looking forward to the community because they're a close knit community - both of us come from bigger communities, not really big cities, but bigger than this, where they're not as close knit," said Kami Hampton.

This is the second home that Lots for Soldiers has donated, and they’re planning to build more this coming fall.

Local Veterans helped with the dedication.

 

Lake Area Arts to Meet

The Lake Area Arts Group will meet on Wednesday, July 12 at the
Richardson-Bretz building beginning at 6 p.m. Items will include given art creations, 2D and 3D art at the Celina CityAdministrative building, and stations at Eastview Park. Otherpertinent points will include the following: 1. Public art at
Montgomery Field, 2.Mercer County Fair booth for art, 3. new methods in art by Emilie Fisher, a graduate of Parkway High School, and 4.2017-18 LAAG programs.

Public is invited.

Tia Caffee of Willshire will have solo exhibits for the month of July at CJ Highmarks in Celina. Her artistic creations 
will be admired by many, many people. 

Public is encouraged and welcome to visit.

 

 
 

Ice Cream Social Planned

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Serving from 4:30-7pm

Homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, sandwiches

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Twp.

9009 State Route 118, Celina, OH

(Corner of St. Rt. 118 & Oregon Rd.)

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues

with Weight Management Support Program

Gentle Yoga Demonstration

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, free speaker event on Monday, July 10, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  Join Jenna Moody, Certified Gentle Yoga Instructor, as she explains and demonstrates the art of Gentle Yoga, as well as her own personal weight loss journey.  Registration is preferred for this event.

 

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

 

1)      Medical Weight loss is now available, with the addition of Lindsey Moeller, CNP, to the Weight Management Center staff.  This offers medically managed weight loss, including surgical and non-surgical interventions, weight loss medications, and appointments specialized to discuss your personal weight loss needs.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Redskin Classic 5K

The Redskin Classic 5K walk/run will be Sunday July 2th 2017 at 8:45 A.M. at St. Henry, Ohio.  This event is sponsored by P. T. Services with the proceeds to benefit community improvements and events.

This walk/run is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge Series.

The course will start and finish on Columbus St. near the high school.  Race day registration will be at the school for $13.00 with no shirt.

Mail completed form and check to: P.T. Services c/o Connie Buschur, 452 Stachler Dr. St. Henry, Ohio 45883.  If you wish to receive race results, please visit www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com .  For information call 419-678-4444.

Those who complete all eight challenge races will receive a half-zip, Dri-fit pullover.  Those who complete six races will receive a T-shirt.  Good running!

 

 
 
 

 
June 23-27, 2017
 

 
 

Corn in Right of Way

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is reminding landowners and farmers that corn that has been planted and is encroaching in the road right-of-ways can be a very serious sight problem on the narrower township and county roads.  “Such sight problems limiting the ability of the traveling public to see, can be particularly hazardous; causing the very real and dangerous potential for intersection accidents,” Wiechart said.

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office requests that landowners review these intersections where they have corn planted and if they see sight problems, they lessen the hazard by removing that portion of the crop that is obstructing the clear line of sight.  Details regarding existing township and county road right-of-ways may be obtained by contacting the engineer’s office.

 

 
 
 

Taste of Celina - Great Food, Music and Community

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 to 10 PM; Great Food; Car Show; Music by Will Freed and Friends.

 

 
 

Public Service Announcement

The Village of Rockford will begin a project of smoking the sewer system.  This will begin on July 5th and may continue for up to 2 weeks.  You may see white smoke coming up out of the ground – do not be alarmed.

 

 
 

41st Old Fashioned Farmers Days coming to Van Wert Fairground

Plan now to take in the fun at the Old Fashioned Farmers’ Days Event to be held June 29 through July 2, 2017. Tractors, engines, equipment food and fun. See the ad and website link at the top of the Parkway Independent.

 

 

 
June 22, 2017
 

 
 

RADC Members, to Meet in Rockford in august
The Rockford Area Development Corporation meeting is cancelled for Monday, June 26th at 7pm in the Rockford Library basement.
There is no July Meeting. The August meeting is planned.

 

Jeanne (Clouse) Osterfeld Hired as New Parkway Superintendent

The Parkway Local School Board on Tuesday, June 13, voted to hire Jeanne (Clouse) Osterfeld as their new Superintendent, offering her a two year contract beginning on August 1, 2017 . She will make $94,500 salary per year. A native of Rockford, Osterfeld is a Parkway graduate herself and is the daughter of Bill and Sharon (Hamrick) Clouse of Rockford.

The board thanked the public and staff for their input, through an online survey, as they deliberated on the pool of candidates. The board was looking for a student-first candidate with strong leadership and communications skills.  Mrs. Osterfeld will come to Parkway from Versailles Middle School where she has been serving several years as the principal.

Greg Puthoff, the current superintendent, will retire after 8 years in the position and 4 years as high school principal at Parkway.  

 

 

Greg Puthoff Retiring as Parkway Superintendent on July 31, 2017 – Moving on in his Educational Career

Greg Puthoff has been at the helm of Parkway for 8 years as Superintendent and 4 years as high school principal. He plans to retire at the end of the month. 

He grew up on a small farm outside of St. Henry where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball during high school. He received a Football Scholarship to Ohio University.  Greg credits his
brother in law who was a teacher and influenced Greg’s  decision to go in to Education.

Greg ~ early on in his career ~ set an Educational goal to become a Superintendent. As the High School Principal at Parkway for four years , he was able to apply for the position of Superintendent when Mr. Karst retired.

Greg’s most memorable moments include several things.  When he first came to Parkway, the Parkway School Building was built. In June 2006, he helped move students and administrators into the new building in Rockford.  He is also proud of the fact that Parkway became an Excellent rated School District three years in a row.    One big challenge, in his first year was the dilemma of the Parkway District losing $20,000 per year for Opened Enrolled Students (who were attending school elsewhere. Greg is roud to say that in the 2016-2017 school year, Parkway has a positive $420,000 for Open Enrolled Students.

For Greg, his proudest personal moments at Parkway were actually three ~ he said, “My proudest moments were handing my three sons their Graduation Diplomas.”

Greg enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Jenifer is a teacher in the Crestview School District.

Their sons are busy, too.  Jacob graduated from Ball State and is working for Garman/Miller Architects in Minster Ohio. Jared is a Junior at Hillsdale College majoring in Economics. And, Joshua will be a Freshman at the University of Toledo majoring in Mechanical Engineering. 

Greg welcomes Jeanne Osterfeld as the new Parkway Superintendent. Greg’s retirement plans include a new job. He has accepted a position as the Paulding Elementary Principal in Paulding OH starting on August 2, 2017.

 

 
 

21st Century Club Learn About Child’s Play and Yahtzee

The Twenty First Century Club met on May 23, 2017 at Twyla Hayes’ business office.  Vice President Rozann welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  Roll-Call was completed with everyone stating their favorite game.

The treasurer’s report was not available.

Minutes were read and approved. Twyla reviewed some of the Rockford Bicentennial updates and  suggested that the 21st Century Club consider hosting an old-fashioned “tea”.  The group also discussed inviting new members to join the club. Any woman interested in joining may also contact Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326.  A slate of officers was presented  for the 2017-2018 year:

President: Rozann Maurer; VP: Karla Butler; Treasurer: Valerie Frizinger: Reporter: Sheila Baltzell; and Secretary: Kim Carr

The officers were approved by the members.

The theme for the year “Start to Finish” has been about all aspects of different games with outgoing president Lani Stein and outgoing vice-president leading the group.

The last program for the current club year was presented by Ann Gage speaking of some of the people that have influenced her life the most. She recalls that her family didn’t play games when she was a child.  She sewed, crocheted, tatted, and played with paper dolls.  She displayed many of her paper doll items with Patty Page, Rosemary Clooney and Bob Cummings being represented.  She discussed some of her life long collections: earrings; napkins (almost 600); and marbles - with some of them being from her grandfather’s collection.

She then shared the rules of Yahtzee (stating that she had never played it.)

Following Ann was member Susan Coburn who then shared what she learned about Mancala.  She stated it originated in the 6th-7th century possibly in southern Iraq.  It is a two person game, using a board and markers that can be stones, beach glass, acorns, marbles, and many other variations. 

She reviewed the rules and then each member played several games.

Twyla Hayes and Cindy Canary then served delicious snacks with a red-white-blue theme to represent the upcoming Memorial Day.

The next meeting will be in September 2017.

 

 

Plans Being Finalized For  52nd Annual Willshire Days  

Plans are nearly completed for the 52nd annual Willshire Days, scheduled
for June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

The park will have many activities going on Friday evening and Saturday.
Those activities include inflatables, carnival games,  bingo, face painting,
the ODNR archery trailer and Hover Archery.

Community wide garage sales and the second annual Willshire Days Swap Meet
will open early on Friday morning. A list of participating garage sales will
be available at local businesses. Watch for crafters/vendors to be setting
up in the park along the path on the northeast side of the park on Saturday
morning.

The Car Show will be well underway prior to the Flag Raising ceremony at
6:00 p.m. Activities during Friday evening include a Talent Show Pageant,
and Lions Club Bingo.  New to the entertainment stage will be rock band Muddsock
featuring area singer, Garry Heck.

Activities on Saturday will begin early as the Willshire Fire Department
and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving a breakfast at the fire station for all
to enjoy. Breakfast will include pancake, sausages, biscuits with gravy and
scrambled eggs.  

Inflatables, and games,  along with  concessions will open
at 11:30 a.m.  The annual parade begins at 4:00 p.m. Following the parade
the park will again be filled with many activities including free pony
rides, kids tractor pull and Willshire native, Aaron Roehm. He will be
entertaining all ages with a magic show. Plan to be there early as he will
be making balloon sculptures prior to the show.

Rounding out the evening entertainment will be "Evolution" featuring Willshire's own Matt Motycka.
The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80s and 90s. 

Sunday will feature a Chicken Dinner. Presale tickets are available from
any Willshire Youth Activities member or player, members of the  Willshire
Fire Dept. and/or at the Photo Star.


Contact numbers for the various activities are as follows: Car Show (Bryan
Hess, 419-910-1558), Crafts/Vendors (Renee Linn, 419-953-8961), Garage Sales
(Village Office, 419-495-2704), Pageants (Angela at 419-953-4865 or Audrey
at 567-259-8527), Parade (Karen Hunziker, 419-495-2802 or Paulette Stauffer,
419-203-2579), Swap Meet (Rod Vore, 260-223-9985), General Information (Jodi
Berry, 567-259-7818).

 

 
 

 
June 20-21, 2017
Summer Solstice and First Day of Summer

 

 
 

Parkway Grads Deliver Home Sewn Clothing to Mission in Haiti

By Ty Habegger

On May 20th the Rockford United Methodist Church held a “Girls Night Out” event to sew girl’s dresses and boy’s shorts to be given to impoverished children in Haiti. Over 130 dresses and a dozen pairs of shorts were made.

This clothing was delivered by the “Hope Has a Name” mission team from Lafayette, IN which included Parkway alums Ty & Laura (Linn) Habegger. The team presented the dresses on June 6th to the pastor at a church in rural Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti to be distributed amongst the children of the village. The women and children in the village were overcome with joy at the generous gift.

The “Hope Has A Name” mission team is a part of First Assembly Community Ministries in Lafayette, IN and consisted of 19 team members from Lafayette, Logansport, and Attica, Indiana. The team worked in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti from June 2-9th. During this time the team partnered with the organization, Convoy of Hope in constructing an addition on to a school building, delivering used laptop computers and French books for the school, and helped in training the school teachers and nurses at the church clinic. Overall it was a very successful and rewarding trip for all.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKFORD LIONS CLUB AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

Claire Fisher, Alivia Stover, Sydney Swygart, and Megan Weirrick each received a $500.00 Scholarship from the Rockford Lions Club during the Senior Awards Night held at Parkway High School in May.  Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects, like the Annual Variety Show, fund scholarships and help to fulfill local community needs & requests. 

Lion President Lee Ann Frank recently presented varsity baseball coach Luke Clouse with a donation in support of the Parkway Baseball program. 

Members of the Rockford Lions were a part of the Rockford Community Days Parade on Saturday afternoon June 17th.   Planning for 2018 projects will continue throughout the summer.

The Rockford Lions Club meets at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 S. Main Street.

 

 
 

Drug Arrest Made

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his agency had received a drug tip, that led to the arrest of a local man.   Grey reported that his agency received the tip on June 15th, 2017 shortly after 9am.   Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and a patrolman from the Celina Police Department went to the 7000 block of Havemann Road and located the suspect at 9:29 am.  The suspect was reported to be in possession of drugs.

Deputies checked the male suspect and found that he was in possession of over 5 grams of Methamphetamines.  Arrested was 35 year old Michael James Wilson Jr. of 219 E Wayne Street Celina, Ohio.  Wilson is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a felony of the 5th degree.  Wilson’s bond has been set at $125,000.00 subject to ten percent.

“Tips have increased as of late and so have our arrests,” stated Sheriff Grey.   Grey stated that he is asking his citizens to continue help his office by leaving tips. 

 

 
Golf for Kids Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties will be hosting their annual Golf for Kids Sake on Friday, July 14th at the Mercer County Elks. Registration includes a sack lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, prizes, pork chop dinner, $10,000.00 hole in one prize, 50/50, silent auction and a chance to win a new club.  Team registration is $300.00 or individual is $75.00. Call 419-584-2447 by July 7th to register. 
 
 
 

 

Value Life Benefit Ride - Additiction Rehabilitation Resources Fundraiser
June 24th - Shanes Park - Registration begins at 11 am.
First bike out 12:00 pm
Live Music, guest speakers, great food and beverages
Family Friendly with something for Everyone.

 

 
 

2017 4TH OF JULY “HOLIDAY AT HOME”

 

The “Holiday at Home” Committee would like to extend their annual invitation to all Van Wert County to join them for the July 4th  festivities. 

On Friday evening, June 30, a Star Spangled Spectacular concert will be presented in Fountain Park.  The American and patriotic music presented by Crafton Beck and the Lima Pops Orchestra will set the tone for the upcoming July 4th celebration.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with food being served starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Van Wert VFW located at the corner of Jackson and Shannon will start out the July 4th by serving breakfast.   They will be serving pancakes and sausage and biscuits and gravy from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The 24th Annual Historical Society Bike Tour is a scenic tour through Van Wert County.  Tour departs (at 7:30 a.m.) and returns at Jubilee Park.  Both pre-registration and day of race registrations are available by contacting Lionel Enyart.

At 11:00 a.m., the annual 4th of July parade will begin.  Parade lineup begins at the corner of Cherry & Main Streets (YWCA). The parade will proceed down Main Street to Shannon Street (YMCA) at which time it will turn north onto Shannon and end at Jackson Street.  For a parade form or more information, contact Linda Stutz at 419-238-4192 (until 4:00 p.m.) or 419-238-2901 (after 4:30 p.m.)

In conjunction with the “Holiday at Home” celebration, the Van Wert County Historical Society will be hosting their annual craft, food and fun.  Such things as free train rides and games and activities for the kids will be on the Museum grounds located at 602 N. Washington Street.  Food will be ongoing from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Service again this year will be by the Van Wert Rotary Club with the assistance of Scout Troop 35.   Music will be presented in the Gazebo by the Merry Gentlemen presenting the National Anthem at Noon with the Boy Scouts flag raising.    Additional presentations will be made at 12:15 by Randy Long; 1:00 The Community Band and from 2:00 Aaron Roehm’s magic & balloons. 

The 4th of July “Holiday at Home” wouldn’t be much of a celebration without a spectacular fireworks display.  American Fireworks will be presenting a fireworks display you won’t soon forget.  The fireworks will be shot off at the Van Wert City School property on St. Rt. 118 (Shannon Street) south of Van Wert at approximately 10:00 p.m.   The fireworks are made possible by a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation and many other Van Wert County merchants.   

 

 

 
June 17-19, 2017
 

 
 
 

Summer Reading is for all ages at Rockford Carnegie Library!

The summer reading program for the preschool and elementary age children will continue on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st at 10:30.  This week, on Wednesday the 21st only, members of the Grand Lake Mariners will be here to meet and greet with the children.

All teens and children signed up for the summer reading program by Friday, June 30th will be entered in a drawing for 4 (four) Kings Island tickets.  

All teens and adults can enter a drawing by signing an entry slip with their name and phone number.  Prizes will be awarded the last week of July.  We have some Kindle Fire 7's among other prizes to give away.

 

 
 
 

Plans Being Finalized For  52nd Annual Willshire Days  

Plans are nearly completed for the 52nd annual Willshire Days, scheduled
for June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

The park will have many activities going on Friday evening and Saturday.
Those activities include inflatables, carnival games,  bingo, face painting,
the ODNR archery trailer and Hover Archery.

Community wide garage sales and the second annual Willshire Days Swap Meet
will open early on Friday morning. A list of participating garage sales will
be available at local businesses. Watch for crafters/vendors to be setting
up in the park along the path on the northeast side of the park on Saturday
morning.

The Car Show will be well underway prior to the Flag Raising ceremony at
6:00 p.m. Activities during Friday evening include a Talent Show Pageant,
and Lions Club Bingo.  New to the entertainment stage will be rock band Muddsock
featuring area singer, Garry Heck.

Activities on Saturday will begin early as the Willshire Fire Department
and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving a breakfast at the fire station for all
to enjoy. Breakfast will include pancake, sausages, biscuits with gravy and
scrambled eggs.  

Inflatables, and games,  along with  concessions will open
at 11:30 a.m.  The annual parade begins at 4:00 p.m. Following the parade
the park will again be filled with many activities including free pony
rides, kids tractor pull and Willshire native, Aaron Roehm. He will be
entertaining all ages with a magic show. Plan to be there early as he will
be making balloon sculptures prior to the show.

Rounding out the evening entertainment will be "Evolution" featuring Willshire's own Matt Motycka.
The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80s and 90s. 

Sunday will feature a Chicken Dinner. Presale tickets are available from
any Willshire Youth Activities member or player, members of the  Willshire
Fire Dept. and/or at the Photo Star.


Contact numbers for the various activities are as follows: Car Show (Bryan
Hess, 419-910-1558), Crafts/Vendors (Renee Linn, 419-953-8961), Garage Sales
(Village Office, 419-495-2704), Pageants (Angela at 419-953-4865 or Audrey
at 567-259-8527), Parade (Karen Hunziker, 419-495-2802 or Paulette Stauffer,
419-203-2579), Swap Meet (Rod Vore, 260-223-9985), General Information (Jodi
Berry, 567-259-7818).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 16, 2017
 

 
 

Parkway 8th Graders Enjoy Annual Class Trip to Washington DC April 9-14th

Principal Brian Woods commented on the recent trip to Washington DC by 8th graders and their chaperones, “We had a great trip to Washington D.C.! The weather was beautiful with high's in the 70's each day and no rain. We started our trip in Philadelphia (second year for this) and then headed to D.C.”

Two coach busses full of excited students traveled through the night of April 9th and began touring early on Monday morning April 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA where they saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the US Mint. They all enjoyed the Constitution Center’s "Rocky Steps".  Traveling on, they made DC by evening and took a tour of “The Mall” and checked into the hotel.

First thing on April 11, everyone took the White House Walk - North Side and then headed to the museums including: American History, Natural History, Air & Space National Archives, U.S. Marine Corps Museum 3:30 Mt. Vernon Estate & Educational Center and then finished up the long day with the Alexandria Colonial Tour . On April 12, 2017 busses delivered the students to Arlington Cemetery where students  watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the unknown soldier and four students from Parkway conducted the Wreath-Laying Ceremony . Students also visited the Kennedy Graves .  That afternoon they all met with Congressman Latta at the  Capitol and saw the Library of Congress .  Students also visited the  Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials, Pentagon, 9-11 Memorial before heading to their hotels for the night.  On April 13, 2017 they loaded up the busses for the trip home, but they still had a full day of sight-seeing to do. Thursday was the Lincoln / Vietnam / Korean Memorials, Ford's Theatre: Museum, Theatre Walk Thru, Petersen House, Educational Center World War II Memorial, U.S. Holocaust Permanent Exhibit, National Archives – and  Jefferson Memorial. After dinner, they took in two more sights Air Force Memorial and  Iwo Jima Memorial before traveling through the night to arrive home  at Parkway Middle School on Friday April 14, 2017.

 


Students selected by their peers to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery - Kelsey Nichols, Kaden Boroff, Elijah Rich, Avery Boroff

 

Group pic at the White House

 

Girls taking a break at the National Sculpture Garden with the National Archives building in the background.

 

Students at the Marine Corp Museum

 

Students at John F. Kennedy grave site at Arlington  

 

Students participating in the wreath laying ceremony

 

Group photo at the Capitol

 

Students getting "rubbing" of names on Vietnam Memorial wall.

 

 
 

Rockford Community Prepares for Upcoming Bicentennial Celebration

The members of the Rockford community are now making plans for the Rockford Bicentennial to be recognized in 2020.  The year-long celebration will feature the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Rockford (Shanes Crossing) and all the great history that has made this village what it is today.  The events will be kicked off with a formal celebration ball in December 2019.

 

Members of the community and surrounding area who consider the Rockford area their home are encouraged to join in the planning of this grand celebration.  It will take many hands to make this celebration a success, so your participation would be appreciated.

 

The Bicentennial Celebration Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Village Hall.  Please consider being a part of this very exciting celebration.

 

Gun Raffle to Benefit Bicentennial Celebration Plans

The Rockford Bicentennial Celebration Committee will be holding a gun raffle during the Rockford Community Days this year, with the guns being awarded at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in front of the log cabin in Shanes Park.  A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase.  Being given away are a Remington 870 Mag and a 9MM Smith & Wesson Shield, with the guns being furnished by Iron Elements of Celina, Ohio. 

 

Tickets can still be purchased on Friday, June 16, at the Community Days Car Show in downtown Rockford, located at the Bicentennial T-shirt table at the car show.  All proceeds will help with the Rockford Bicentennial celebration to be held in 2020.  Thank you for your support of our upcoming bicentennial celebration!

 

 
 
 

Road to Close for Bridge Work

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Rauh Road between Pine Road and St. Anthony Road in Washington Township for a bridge rehabilitation.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 19, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 5 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

Taste of Celina - Great Food, Music and Community

Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 to 10 PM

 

 

2017-2018 Parkway Preschool

Parkway Preschool is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our preschool is once again a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Registration forms are available in the district office or on our website under Parents>>School Forms Download>>Preschool Forms and Documents.  Once the registration is completed and the registration fee paid, the forms packet needs to be turned in on Back to School Night, August 15 or before preschool begins (August 23).  Morning classes are 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and afternoon classes are 12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

We currently have openings for the Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes as well as the Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes.  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 to attend and fully potty trained.  Financial assistance is available; however, the preschooler must be 4 years old by August 1 to qualify.

Sign-up as soon as possible as the deadline to register is August 1, 2017.  If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 8-15, 2017
 

 
 

Flag Day is June 14, 2017
Fly your American flag!

 
 
 
 

Lots For Soldiers - Rockford Home Dedication - Community Invited

Please plan to attend as we honor a deserving member of
the United States Armed Forces and his family.  We will be
turning over the keys to their new home located at:

310 Holly Lane, Rockford
June 18th, 2017 
1 to 3 pm

 

 

Parkway Board of Education to Meet on June 13, 2017 - Click here to see Agenda by Sally Cox

 
 
 
Rockford Council Members Approves Vacating Alley, Reports One Lot Sold in New Addition
On Tuesday, June 6, the Rockford Village council approved vacating an alley, reports one lot sold, request clean-up of property, apply for grant money and more Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.
 
 
 
 

Rockford Police Department Serves Search Warrant

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his deputies and officers of the Celina Police Department working as the Grand Lake Task Force and a member of the Rockford Police Department served a search warrant for a residence in Rockford on Tuesday, June 6.  The Sheriff’s Office had received an anonymous tip at 7:05 am of possible drug activity at 214 West Walnut Street in Rockford, Ohio.   Deputies applied for and received a Search Warrant for the residence with the information that they had.  At 4:44 pm, the search warrant was issued and served. 

Deputies and officers found three (3) people hiding inside the residence.   All three people were detained and their information checked.   Two people were found to have outstanding warrants, they were taken into custody. The third person was questioned and released.

Arrested was 24 year old James Charles – Phillip Higgins II.  Higgins last known address is listed as 2405 Gannon Road Howell, Michigan.   Higgins had an outstanding bench warrant out of Auglaize County for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond $10,000.00.

Also arrested was 34 year old Stephanie Clare Boeckman of 1730 Celina Road Lot 15 St.Marys, Ohio.   Boeckman had an active Felony Warrant out of Mercer County for Aggravated Possession of Drugs.  There was No Bond on her warrant.

During the search of the residence, deputies and officers found suspected Methamphetamines, small amount of marijuana, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. 

A copy of this investigation will be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for their review of additional charges. 

Sheriff Grey reminds citizens that every tip that is received by his office will be looked into.  Grey stated that some tips have instant results, while others begin long term investigations.  Grey stated that it will take all of us, Law Enforcement, Courts and the citizens to combat our drug problem.    Grey stated that tips can be left on the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office web site. 

 

 

Click Here - Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2017-2018

 

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway Middle School ~ 4th Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Michelle Agler
Click Here

 
 
 
 

Community Announcement – Ice Cream Social

 

What:              Salem Church Ice Cream Social, Venedocia, Ohio

 

When:                        Friday, June 16, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

 

Description:   Featuring Venedocia Lion’s Club Sausage and Sycamore Ice Cream along with other dinner and dessert items.

 

Where:           Venedocia Lions Club Building, air conditioned, next to the recreation park and ball field. Venedocia is west of Lima and southeast of Van Wert on State Route 116.

 

Church Background: 

Almost like a cathedral arising out of corn fields, Salem Presbyterian Church was built in 1897. It features beautiful stain glass windows and a Welsh heritage singing festival every year on Labor Day Sunday night.

 

Venedocia Background:

Venedocia was settled by Welsh immigrates in the early and mid-1800s. Many came for religious expression of being able to sing four part harmony rather than single line as the Anglican Church severely enforced by British troops. Governor Bebb of Ohio, a Welshman himself, organized the settlement.

 

 

Auction Donations Now Accepted for Annual TV-44 Auction

Donations are being accepted now for the 2017 TV-44 auction. Items of interest include quality furniture, automobiles, collectables, sports memorabilia, vehicles, tools, timeshares, trips, and other items of value. Garage sale and boutique items also accepted.

TV-44 is a 501-c3 non-profit association and the annual auction serves as the station’s largest one day fundraiser. Hundreds converge on the TV-44 studio grounds, 1844 Baty Rd., and enjoy a day under the big tent. This year’s auction is September 9.

Proceeds from the auction benefit youth and family focused community programming including The Holiday Music Festival, Whiz Quiz, Faith & Friends, Sports Report, and the hundreds of high school sporting events covered each year on WOSN.

This year TV-44 is celebrating 35 years of serving the community. The annual fundraising auction is a tool used to support this viewer supported local TV station.

Donations for the annual auction can be brought to the TV-44 studios, 1844 Baty Rd, Lima, Monday-Thursday, 10am – 3pm.  Call in advance for Friday drop-offs. Additionally, if you are downsizing or depleting items from an estate, the TV-44 auction is capable of accepting your large load items. All donations are tax-deductable according to what is allowed by law. 

For more information, call (419) 339-4444 and ask for Jennifer or Michele.

 
 

Stateline Writers Club
The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  The suggested composition topics are "graduation" or "change."

If time permits, a language arts lesson will follow.

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

2017 Graduates - Parkway Scholarship Winners - Open PDF and Rotate Clockwise

 
 

Bryan Area Foundation Grant & Others for new High Ropes Project at 4-H Camp Palmer

Fayette, OHIO


The Camp Palmer staff and board are very thankful for a $12,000 grant from Bryan Area Foundations for the new high ropes project at camp. Other recent grants for this project have also included: $2500 grant from Defiance Area Foundation, $2500 grant from North Western Electric Trust Round Up and $500 grant from Midwest Electric Community Connection. 4-H Camp Palmer, Inc. serves youth from eleven counties in northwest Ohio and many groups from across the state, Michigan and Indiana.  The new high ropes course scheduled for full completion by spring of 2018 replaces our original course that was built in 1990.


4-H resident camps will begin their 70 year of operation at 4-H Camp Palmer during the month of June and July. Eleven Counties in northwest Ohio including: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood County offer 5 day, 4 night camps for youth ages 9-14 years of age. Registrations are taking place at the respective 4-H Extension office of your county; non 4-H youth are welcome to join in for these camps.


For addition information concerning camp enrollment or to donate toward the high ropes project, please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

 


Shanes Park New Playground Area - Ready to install the new Obstacle course
equipment ! 

 

 

 

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY OPENS IN NEW LOCATION

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

 

Beginning Saturday, June 24th, 2017, to better serve area communities and fulfill food assistance needs, residents of the Parkway School District may come in person to the new Parkway Local Food Pantry located on East Columbia Street in Rockford. 

 

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

 

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

 

Serving the Rockford community since April of 2009, the Helping Hands Thrift Store helps to provide Parkway families with clothing and some household items.   Helping Hands, located at 131 S. Main Street in Rockford, is open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-1 p.m.  

 

For more information contact the office of the Rockford UMC 202 S. Franklin Street, 419-363-3230.

 

In addition to the local resources, since February 2017 Mercer County residents who qualify under the Job and Family Services Poverty guidelines may receive food assistance through the Agape’ Mobile Rural Food Pantry a creative cooperative of churches, businesses, and individuals based in Sidney, OH.  

 

The Mobile Pantry travels to Mendon and Rockford on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month and to Fort Recovery on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.    

 

 

Rockford, Ohio - Shanes Crossing Subdivision lots for sale - 
Please contact:  Jeff Long - Village Administration at 
151 E Columbia St. or by email at jeff.long@rockfordohio.org

Click Here for the subdivision layout

Click Here for the subdivision rules

 
 
 

 
June 5-7, 2017
 

 
 
Luau Party by the Lake
Plan now to join the fun at Otterbein Retirement Village when they host a Luau on Saturday, June 25 from 2-4 PM.
The party with hors d'oeurves, door prizes, and special entertainment by the Lima Marimba Ensemble, will be under the tent at the end of Heron Lane.
 
 
Quarter-size Hail and Thunderstorm Hit Area on Monday, June 5, 2017
The Weather Service and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Monday, June 5, 2017 about 4 PM, and shortly thereafter, the pop-up hit. There was plenty of quarter size hail that lasted several minutes and was followed by rain, thunder and lightning. The temperature, which had reached into the upper 80's dropped immediately into the 70's as the storm passed on.

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for Sponsoring the Weather Channel Link above!

 
 

JOIN US FOR ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS - JUNE 16 & 17:

  
  Summer's here!! That means it's festival time. Rockford Community Days
  is gearing up and almost ready to go. We are so excited to welcome a
  new event this year. Racing for Relief will be making their Rockford
  debut on Sat June 17th. Joins us in supporting the event and help them
  raise money for area fire depts.
  
  Other events include Pageants with a purpose. This is a pageant that
  teaches girls how to be brave and help them to be supportive and
  collect canned goods and money for local charity. The ever growing car
  show will be back on Friday evening. On Saturday a Cake walk and
  grocery game will be available for all to participate. Who doesn't
  love homemade baked goods and prizes?
  
  Friday night June 17 after the car show our entertainment includes
  Brother Believe me and our oh so popular fireworks display.
  
  Saturdays line up also includes inflates with a water slide, vendor
  event, community wide garage sales, fox family ride and we will top
  off the night with Karmas Pawn in beer garden.
  
  We are still accepting entries for garage sale, vendor event, and
  pageant. Also accepting donation for cake walk and grocery game. Also
  accepting monetary donations to help cover our expenses.
  
  Volunteers needed to help run inflatables and beer servers. Wanna make
  money for your organization ask me how.
  
  Contacts Amy Joseph or Amy Noll
  419.953.7874 or 419.953.8761
  Visit "Rockford Community Days" on Facebook for more details and share
  info with friends and family.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 2-4, 2017
 

 
 

Hooray for Parkway Runners – 7th at State in Relay

 

Parkway's Girls 4x100 team qualified for the State Final on Saturday June 3, 2017 @ 10:20 at Jesse Owens Stadium at OSU. The 4x100 Team consisted of Clista Hellwarth, Rachel Barrett, Ansley Burtch, and Sydney Crouch.

Parkway 's Girls 4x100 team finished in 7th place at State Track Meet


            

 

Fatal Traffic Crash

 

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in Washington Township.   The investigation found that 52 year old Alice L Buschor of 2577 Mud Pike Celina, Ohio was Southbound on Township Line Road North of St. Rte 29.    Buschor went off of the west side of the roadway, overcorrected, lost control of her vehicle and went off of the west side of the roadway again. Buschor struck a utility pole and rolled her 2001 Ford F-150.   Buschor was ejected from her vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.   

 

There were two witnesses of the crash and both stated that speed was not a factor.   The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department / EMS and  Mercer County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Heinrichs

 

Sheriff Grey reports that this marks the second fatal crash in Mercer County for 2017.

 

 

Jonesy Strictly Bluegrass Festival 

Date:  June 16,17,18 - Father's Day Weekend 

Place: Jay County Fairgrounds 

 

Come enjoy Great American Music & Camping! 

National and Regional Acts 

 

7 Bands will be performing.   

Friday 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Sunday 12p.m. to 8 p.m. 

 

Admission Price:  $15.00 a day per person. 

 

Camping/Admission

$45.00 Weekend Pass Per Person - Included Camping & Electric 

$40.00 Weekend Pass Per Person - Rough Camping 

Campers can start arriving  Wednesday 06/14 or Thursday 06/15 with an additional 

$10  a day.  

 

 

NEW OUTLOOK 

 Leading the group, New Outlook is husband & wife team Lori & Brad Lambert.  Lori's been impressing crowds with her upright bass and powerful lead and harmony vocals that are reminiscent of some of the greats. Dolly Parton, Connie Smith, and more. She grew up listening to the Country Gentlemen and Lester Flatt & Scruggs and a huge fan of the Boys from Indiana. Brad brings to the band his own style of soul stirrin' and hard-driving banjo pickin'. Brad's lead and harmony vocals are not easily mistaken, he's in a class all his own. Brad's ability to pick up almost any instrument and play along, makes him a well rounded musician.  New Outlook also has a great group of musicians.  Mike Dean on Banjo and Brian Scott on mandolin!  Visit their website to take a listen www.newoutlookbg.com 

 

THE WAYFARERS

 

Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship - centered largely by the fiddle - with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920's - resulting in a dose of nostalgic Americana. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. Whether it's at a large festival or barn square dance, a rock venue or a busy street corner, The Wayfarers continue to carry this music forward with creativity and authenticity, making it contemporary and fun. 

The Wayfarers have been featured on the national PBS television series "Song of the Mountains", toured much of the Midwest and Southern Appalachians, released 4 studio albums, and have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass & country music; including Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Dailey & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon, Jerry Douglas, and many many more.

https://www.thewayfarersband.com/

  

 

TOMMY WEBB BAND

Here is one of those "sleepers" that comes from time to time---
this one from out of the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Tommy Webb is a fine, powerful 
singer with a distinctive voice.   

http://www.tommywebb.fanspace.com/

Evan Lanier & The Bluegrass Express

True Gospel Echos

Mark Poe

River Ramblers

 

 

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be
held on Monday - June 5th at 7 pm - Village Hall.

 

 

 

Zuma 5K Challenge 

The 2017 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will kick off with the 25nd annual Zuma 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Montezuma.

This road race is part of the Montezuma picnic with proceeds to go to community improvements.

Registration is at the shelter house at Zuma Park.  The race will begin at the Franklin Township Fire House and will finish inside our beautiful Park.

Pre-registration for 5K is $20.00 including a T-shirt, or $13.00 with no shirt.  Early registration must be postmarked by June 2, 2017.  Make checks payable to: South Shore Zuma, Inc.  Mail entries to: Stacy Braun P.O. Box 125 Montezuma, Ohio 45866 Race day entry fee is $15.00 with no shirt.

For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or stacy_braun@hotmail.com.

 This year for the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge, run all eight races and earn a half-zip dri-fit pullover.  As in pasted years run six of eight of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge  and receive a T-shirt. Good running.

 

 
 
Rockford Vacation Bible School -  June 5th - 9th   9 am - 11:30 am
New Horizons Community Church -   Maker Fun Factory
Games, Snacks, Experiments, Music and Surprises
Call 419-363-2064
 

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


 

 
 

Challenger Baseball/Softball League Coming to Rockford!


On Sunday, June 4th, Rockford will host the Mercer County Challenger Baseball/Softball League at Shanes Park. Two games will be played on that day - starting at 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Prior to the start of each game, lineups will be announced and the National Anthem will be played. Music, dancing, and other fun activities are scheduled between innings.

The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball was established in 1989 as a separate division to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it encourages the use of "buddies" for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

There will be three Parkway students playing on these teams - along with students from all of the other school districts in Mercer County. Come to Shanes Park and cheer them on - like all of our children, they love playing for a big crowd! This is a great opportunity for our community to support such a wonderful event!!

In the event of inclement weather on June 4th, the game will be move indoors to the Parkway High School gymnasium.

 

 

 

41st Old Fashioned Farmers Days coming to Van Wert Fairground

Plan now to take in the fun at the Old Fashioned Farmers’ Days Event to be held June 29 through July 2, 2017. Tractors, engines, equipment food and fun. See the ad and website link at the top of the Parkway Independent.

 

 

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, June 1, 2017. Mercer Co. Indian Relic Collectors - June 25 exhibit

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo caption:  The Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors will be sharing their Prehistoric Artifact Collections at the Mercer County Historical Museum for the 37th year on June 25th.

 

“A Picture is worth a thousand words,” is the phrase which I recalled when I wanted to clarify that the photograph above illustrated previous exhibits by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors displaying their artifacts at the Mercer County Historical Museum.   When I checked Bartlett’s book, “Familiar Quotations,” I learned that statement paraphrased the ancient Chinese quotation, “One picture is worth more than ten thousand words.” 

 

The word “artifacts” is used to describe “anything made by man.”  Therefore, stone tools created by man thousands of years ago are identified as” artifacts.”  Arrow heads, stone axes, and slate pendants are known as “prehistoric artifacts,” because they were made by man thousands of years ago, before history books were written.  Look at the cemeteries at the marble monuments; a thousand years from now, historians may identify the monuments as artifacts made by man in the 20th and/or the 21st Centuries.

 

These  Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are Prehistoric Artifact  Collectors who have a passion for collecting the artifacts which range in age up to a thousand to ten thousand years old.  The Collectors are dedicated to learning how the artifacts were used and whether the artifacts are slate, flint, or granite.  They study the flint colors because that knowledge of geology may tell them where the flint was found which was used for a particular arrow head.  Some people come to the Mercer County Historical Museum and ask for identification of artifacts made from a rich multi-colored rose and wine color. Ohioans know these beautiful stones come from the Flint Ridge area of Ohio.  Others ask about a green colored stone, with the name of “Mercer” and are surprised that those “Mercer artifacts” do not come stones found from Mercer County, Ohio, but originated in Indiana.  Geologists can often look at a stone piece and identify the place where that stone originated, whether in Ohio or elsewhere.  Geologists are able to determine the source of marble used in government buildings or churches, by looking at the color and pattern on the marble.

 

Other Collectors find stones which had been worked into the shape of an animal.  A few beautiful “Bird Stones,” are exhibited at the Mercer County Historical Museum Exhibit.  Some black slate stones had been created into beautiful pendants. 

 

Remember that trade was important to prehistoric people.  During the winter, many groups of early man, traveled south, to a  warmer climate. . . just like many Mercer Countians travel to Florida in the wintertime today.  For thousands of years, early man moved  through South America, Central America and North America at a time when farming did not tie them to one place.  The artifacts I have seen in Museums in South and Central American countries are very similar to the artifacts I have seen in the United States and Canada and as far north as Alaska.  Prehistoric man had his own trade routes across land and rivers.

 

If you appreciate the prehistoric artifacts which  were made thousands of years ago by people living right here in Mercer County, you should visit the Mercer County Historical Museum,  one block east of the Mercer County Courthouse, and see the Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors, on Sunday, June 25th.  I hope to see you there.

 

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

 

 

 
 
 

 
May 30-31, 2017
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 
 
 

Memorial Day Parades in Mendon, Willshire and Rockford Draw Great Crowds

Sunny and warm weather and the news of Memorial Day Parades and Speakers brought out large crowds at Mendon, Willshire and Rockford on Monday May 29, 2017. At Mendon, The Celina VFW and Auxiliary, Celina American Legion and Auxiliary, and the Vietnam Veterans Organization led the meaningful service at the town park and at the St. Marys River. The parade route to the river was led by the flag bearers. The Parkway Band played and kept the tempo. After a short talk by Commander Gerald Ward, the auxiliary women and the scouting children threw cut flowers into the river as a memorial to the war dead,  Pastor Brandon Baker from Praise Point Church gave the message after the walk back to the park. He served and was injured in Iraq and gave a heart-felt message on his encounters with other injured soldiers and watching the flag draped coffins. They gave the ultimate sacrifice ~ their lives. Baker said it is up to us to never forget them. A 21 gun salute followed. A breakfast was served to all at the Methodist Church.

 

At Willshire, the rains made a soggy cemetery on the edge of town. But a long crowd of people walked from the Willshire American Legion to it, and they joined those waiting. Commander Dick Edgel led the crowd in prayer, the Parkway Band provided Patriotic Music, and Ben Sapp of Findlay, namesake of his uncle, fallen Vietnam soldier, Benjamin Sapp of Rockford, gave a meaningful speech. His message was that of the honor he carried for his family. He often heard from people who knew his uncle and spoke kindly of him and thanked Ben for his uncle’s service and paying the ultimate price for our freedom.  A 21 gun salute followed. Aleta Weis and Willshire Home Furnishings again displayed her military memorabilia. The group then marched back to the river in downtown Willshire to cast flowers on the water in memoriam.

 

The last parade in Rockford had not only the band and the scouts, but the 4-H club and our community veterans as well. They followed the band and the Legion Flag Bearers to Hedge’s Park beside the Rockford American Legion Post, where the post commander Mike Heiser greeted everyone with a welcome and prayers. He then introduced retired Army Major Mike Pontius, Rockford native and Parkway graduate of 1973.

Mike outlined the history of Memorial Day and named some of the local soldiers in the many wars. Some lost their lives in the wars; others lived to tell their stories. Mike also shared his pathway to becoming a Major in the Army and how his life growing up in Rockford inspired him to become a military man. Older classmates, the Vietnam War, and soldiers returning gave him inspiration to join the Army and then go on to graduate from West Point. A 21 gun salute followed.

The legion served chicken dinners.

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

Mendon - Pictures by Sheila Baltzell
 
Willshire Pictures by Sheila Baltzell - More pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox
   
         
 
Rockford Pictures by Sheila Baltzell - More pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox
         
 
 
 
 

Parkway Girls Relay Break School Record

Parkway’s team of Clista Hellwarth, Sydney Crouch, Rachel Barrett and Ansley Burtch broke the school record in the 4x100 meter relay during regionals on Friday May 26, 2017 . Time: 50.46. They beat the record of their coach Jennifer (Frahm) Fisher’s relay team from 1985.

 

Rockford Council Members Approve Price Hike for Sewer Rates
On Tuesday, May 16, the Rockford Village council approved a $4 per month sewer rate hike to begin in 2018.  In addition, property owners will pay $15.50 for their first 2,000 gallons used and then $2.60 for each 1000 gallons more they consume. There is a waste water treatment plant renovation coming up and the rate hike will help Rockford become eligible  for $490,000 in community Development Block Grant monies. Click here to read the council minutes by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn.

 

Haley Hawk Wins MAC Player of the Year – Esselstein Wins Coach
Congratulations to Haley Hawk who was recently named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year

Congratulations to Mark Esselstein, her coach, for winning the MAC Coach of the Year.

 
 
 
More Rain Falls on Area Before Memorial Day
According to unofficial sources at the Mendon, Willshire and Rockford Memorial Day Parades, anywhere from 8 tenths to 1-1/2 inches of rain fell during storms that swept through the evening before. Thanks to Henkle Insurance, the PWI Weather Sponsor, for sponsoring these shots of the swollen St. Marys River between Rockford and Willshire.

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge.

 

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest of Unruly Rockford Man

On May 29th, 2017 deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Coldwater, St. Henry and Celina Police Departments attempted to stop a car on St Rte. 703 near Its It.   The deputies were attempting to stop the car due to the fact that the driver was wanted for a domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the evening. 

The investigation found that the wanted male rammed his 2000 Lincoln car into the wall at a local bar and left the scene.  This would be the same location that the earlier domestic had taken place.   The male then got into another crash at Kozy Kampground prior to the deputies / officers coming in contact with him.   The male had sustained heavy damage to his vehicle and was driving on three (3) tires. 

The male driver was losing parts off of his vehicle as he was driving.  It was reported that speeds never exceed 15 mile per hour.   Celina PD did use “Stop Sticks” on the suspects’ vehicle on Us Rte. 127 and Monroe Road.   The vehicle came to a stop in a private drive at that intersection.   The male was found to be on his cell phone when he stopped.  The male then stripped down to the point that he was wearing no clothing. 

The male was taken into custody, but was able to slip out of his cuffs.  When deputies and Officers tried to re cuff him, he resisted and was tazed.  The male was later transported to Mercer Health for medical clearance prior to being transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, where he is being held on a $750,000.00 bond (subject to 10%) by Celina Municipal Court Judge Scheer. 

Arrested was 41 year old Mitchell Dale Mullins of 5567 Ross Road Rockford, Ohio.   Mullins is currently charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI), Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest and Stop Sign Violation.   This case will be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges.   Mullins does have prior Domestic Violence convictions.

 
 

Nicole Schumm, Parkway Graduate of 1994, Obtains Credentials
as
International Board certified Lactation Consultant

One of Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center nurses, Nicole Schumm, RN, BSN, IBCLC®, has obtained the credentials certifying her as an International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC®) by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE).  According to the IBLCE, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants function and contribute as members of the maternal-child health team providing support to breastfeeding families.  Working together with mothers, families, policymakers and the community, IBCLC® certificants provide expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding.

Schumm, an OB nurse since 1999 has a strong passion for supporting breastfeeding.  She states, “I want to help each mother reach her breastfeeding goals. If a mother wants to breastfeed, I will do anything I can to help her be successful.”

To become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Schumm completed 90 hours of education and 1,000 clinical hours before applying for an exam.  Schumm states, “It took about a year and a half to complete the process.  I am so excited to be able to offer this service to the community.”  Schumm works with mothers in the hospital after delivery but she also follows up after birth to see how breastfeeding is going and to see if they have any questions.  “While in the hospital and over phone conversations, I make it well known that I can be reached at any time.” Schumm shares.

Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center Manager, Linda Finke, states, “At the Childbirth Center, it is our goal that all patients receive the support they want and need.  Nearly 75% of our moms attempt breastfeeding so with a dedicated lactation consultant on our team, we are able to provide one-on-one breastfeeding support for all moms especially those who may have less than ideal experiences such as latching difficulties or pain with nursing.”

In addition to lactation support, Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center offers a wide variety of education including Childbirth Education Classes, Breastfeeding Class, Big Brother/Big Sister Class, a Mom’s Support Group, and Infant Massage.  For more information about Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center, visit www.mercer-health.com.

Schumm, a graduate of the University of St. Francis and Wright State University, lives in Celina with her husband Jon and their two children. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Van Wert Hospital Plans New Entrance and Services to North Side of Hospital

 
 

 
May 27-29, 2017

 

 
 

Happy Memorial Day

 
Memorial Day Parades Announced - Parkway Marching Band to Perform
Mendon - 8:30 AM

Willshire - 9:30 AM

Rockford - 10:30 AM

 

 

Rockford Memorial Day to Feature Retired Army Major

The Rockford American Legion will be having a Chicken Dinner.  Tickets are on sale now for $7.  Tickets can be purchased at Barrys Family Market, the Rockford Carry Out and the American Legion.   Chicken dinners will be served beginning at 11 am on May 29th behind the American Legion.  

Any Veterans interested in participating in the Memorial Day Ceremony - please contact Tony King at 567-644-2284

The parade will begin at approximately 10:30 am.  The parade route will end at the American Legion. The guest speaker for the service will be Mike Pontius, Rockford native and retired Army Major.

Mike Pontius graduated in 1973 from Parkway Local High School and shortly thereafter joined the US Army as a private.  His enlisted assignments included Basic Training at Fort Ord, CA, advanced training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN and initial assignment at Fort Sheridan, IL.  He was selected to attend and graduated from the US Army West Point Preparatory School, Fort Monmouth, NJ.  This led him to the US Military Academy. 

After graduating from West Point in 1980 as a Second Lieutenant, Mike attended Airborne and the Armor Officers Basic Course.  His first assignment was helping to create the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center, Ft Irwin, CA.  In fact, he led the first battle of the first “War Game” at Fort Irwin and served in various positions such as tank platoon leader, support platoon leader and adjutant.  Mike transferred to Fort Knox, KY,  attended the Armor Officers Advanced Course, the Joint Firepower Course and served as an Operational Test Officer at the US Army Armor and Engineer Board.  His final assignment at Fort Knox was as Company Commander of Company A, 3rd of the 81st Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Training Brigade. 

At this juncture, Mike’s Army career changed in focus from Operations to Research, Development and Acquisition.  Following some professional development assignments, he served as the Assistant Project Manager for Armor Training Devices, as the Assistant Project Manager for Construction and Material Handling Equipment and as the Assistant Project Manager for the M113 Armored Family of Vehicles.  During this period, Mike also was the Assistant Director of the University of Texas Center for Professional Development and Training.  While in these assignments, Mike worked on the Command Post Vehicle GUARDFIST I and II, ATWESS, ADATS, Stingray, Electric Gun and ATLAS programs plus Task Force XXI Exercises.

Mike retired from the US Army in 1996 as a Major and for over the next 20 years has been working in the private sector performing Program and Contracts Management with the federal government.  He is currently the Senior Program Manager and Operations Manager for DUCOM, Incorporated.  Some of his most recent contract work includes providing over 160 mechanics and supply personnel in Iraq to repair US Army Vehicles, providing supply experts in Afghanistan, performing inspections of Ground System vehicles after returning from theater and being repaired throughout the United States, providing experts in Depot Operations in Anniston Army Depot and the FFA Depot in Oklahoma City.  Mike has also provided support with multiple contracts since 2009 for the Army Sustainment Command that included deploying at locations throughout the world, the Logistics Modernization Program and Global Combat Support Systems-Army.  These programs are replacing the stovepipe legacy systems of Army property accountability, wholesale and retail supply, maintenance information systems, funding/resource management and Army Preposition Stocks.

In addition to being a Parkway graduate, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and has earned a Master of Business Administration Degree University of Texas, Austin, TX.  Mike has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Award w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.  Mike and his wife Cindy live in Fair Haven, MI. 

 

 

 
 

 
May 24-26, 2017

 

 
 
 

Up to Five Inches of Rain Falls on Area on May 24 and May 25
Where Chatt Reported the Most!


Thanks to Our Weather Sponsor Henkle Insurance for Shooting and Sponsoring these great pictures!

 

 

House and barn on the curves at Tama Road near Chatt - Black Creek overflows.

Chatt  Ball Diamond

Mercer Landmark in Chatt

Bridge at Wabash and St. Rt 707. This is also Black Creek.

St. Rt. 707 just east of Wabash Road - this is near where one young driver from St. Marys had her car swept off the road. Chatt Fire Department pulled her car out and she was unharmed.

 

 
 

Flood Reminders
Editor's Note: Van Wert County had 5 inches of rain as well in the May 24-May 25 Storm

The Van Wert County Health Department would like to provide information on water safety, flood water clean up, and food safety for residents and businesses dealing with flooding. 

Water Safety

·         Only use water from a safe source for drinking and washing or preparing food.

·         Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters, if it is available.

·         If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil or disinfect water to make it safe. (see steps below)

·         If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact the Van Wert County Health Department at 419-238-0808 extension 105.

Flood Water Clean Up

·         Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.

·         Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.

·         Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).

·         Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.

·         Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

·         Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.

·         After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).

·         Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.

Food Safety

·         Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.

·         Discard any food and beverage that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.

·         Food containers that are waterproof include undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and “retort pouches” (like flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches).

·         Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps.

·         Also discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.

·         Discard any food in damaged cans. Damaged cans are those with swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting that is severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.

·         Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).

·         Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water. Allow to air dry.

 

For more information please contact the Van Wert County Health Department at 419-238-0808 extension 105 or visit www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.html

 

 
 
 
 
Memorial Day Parades Announced - Parkway Marching Band to Perform
Mendon - 8:30 AM

Willshire - 9:30 AM

Rockford - 10:30 AM

 
 
 
 
 

CHATT Vacation Bible School

Zion Lutheran and Chatt UMC will hold our yearly VBS June 26th-30th at Chatt UMC from 9 AM-noon.  Kids ages 3 years to those finishing 6th grade are welcome and older kids and adults are invited to come enjoy and help out as 
well! The theme this year will be Maker Fun Factory--Created by God, Built for a Purpose!  Mark your calendars and join us in June!  Call Jessica Temple at 419-942-3344 with questions or to pre-register.

 
 
 

SPLASH PAD FUN BEGINS

The Village of Rockford and Shanes Park would like to announce that the Splash Pad is now open for the season.   The cost is FREE !  Hours of operation are 10 am - 8 pm - every day until Labor Day.

 
 

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park

Great news!!! Due to weather, the Memorial Weekend Concert by the VWACCB schedule for Friday May 26, will be held on the stage of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 P.M.

 

On Friday May 26th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music performed on the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of use has as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America.  A few of these selections are, Civil War Suite, King Cotton March by John Philip Sousa, Georgia On My Mind, and Sea of Tranquility. Area military personnel and veterans will also be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest. 

A food stand will be available provided by the Eastern Star starting at 5:30, so come early and enjoy a meal. Bring a coat it may be cool. In the event of inclement weather please listen to the local radio station or visit the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Facebook page.

Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville and Rockford for this special concert. 

 

The Village of Rockford - Shanes Park

Iris and Peonies in beautiful bloom.  

Ready to install the new Obstacle course playground
equipment ! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Beware of Phone Scammers

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office has received information of a phone scam circulating in the area, where the scammer “spoofs” the caller ID to show up as if a business within the county is calling, making it more likely for someone to answer the call and give the scammer an opportunity to gain valuable information.  The storyline the scammer uses most times does not fit with the legitimate service the spoofed business provides.

Caller ID “spoofing” occurs when a scam artist causes a different telephone number to appear on your Caller ID display then the number they are truly calling from in an effort to disguise their identity.  This technique is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity.

“I urge you to never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.  In doing so, you open yourself up to identity theft and all sorts of other personal and financial issue.”-states Sheriff Jeff Grey

Sheriff Grey suggests that you hang up if you do receive a questionable call from a local business number, and call the business back with the phone number that either you have listed on your account statement if you do current business with them or a number you have obtained from the phonebook.  Do not call a business back with a number the scammer provides you to verify their authenticity as it is likely linked back to the scammer. 

“We are fortunate to have so many exceptional businesses in Mercer County and ask that you continue to trust in them and continue contacting them for services!”

-Sheriff Jeff Grey

 

State Patrol Investigating Crash On US 224

Harrison Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle minor injury crash that occurred on U.S. 224 just east of State Route 49 south, in Van Wert County.  

On May 16, 2017, at approximately 3:11 P.M., a 2015 International, operated by Tyler Amborski , age 21, of Toledo, Ohio was entering U.S. 224 from a private drive and failed to yield the right of way to an eastbound 1994 Peterbilt, driven by Gerald Lake, age 70, of Hamilton, Ohio. Mr. Lake’s vehicle sideswiped the Amborski vehicle causing Mr. Lake to drive off of the right side of the road. Once in the ditch, the Lake vehicle began to overturn when it slid across both lanes and came to final rest on its top. The Amborski vehicle came to rest in the middle of the road.

Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Both drivers declined treatment at the scene. The Amborski vehicle had four occupants, however no injury was reported. U.S. 224 was closed for approximately 7 hours for recovery and clean-up efforts, but has since been re-opened. The crash remains under investigation.

State Troopers with the Van Wert Post were assisted on scene by the Licensing and Commercial Standards Division of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Wren Fire and EMS, Van Wert County EMA, Hoagy Towing and Recovery, and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.  

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to use caution at intersections or private drives allowing ample time for vehicles which have the right of way, always buckle up, and never drive distracted or impaired.

 

 

Rockford Rec. Summer Co-ed Sand Volleyball League

The Rockford Recreation Association will be hosting an adult co-ed sand volleyball power league that will be played on Sunday evenings at Shanes Park during the months of June and July. The cost to register a team for the 2017 sand volleyball league is $80 and t-shirts will be awarded to the league champions. For more information, or to register a team, contact Brandi Bruns at (419)733-0369. 

 

 

Culvert Replacement

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Watkins Road between Union City Road and Jenkins Road in Gibson Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on May 23, 2017 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mercer County Drug Abuse Resistance Education Graduation

Celina fifth grader students completed the Mercer County Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with a graduation ceremony Monday May 15th.  Celina Intermidate School principal, Mr. Wenning, opened the program. The special guests were Detective Chad Fortkamp of the Mercer County Sheriff Office,  Jerry Kanney, Amy Miller and Laura Sanford  of the Mercer County D.A.R.E.  Boosters. The keynote speaker was Alexandria Chapin, anchor person for WLIO news.   Ms. Chapin remembered her time at C.I.S. and the importance of keeping her fifth grade  commitment to be drug free .  The essay winners reading their work were: Bella Carpenter, Sara Tester, Haley Sprague, Nafisa Jumabeave, Austin Uhrick, Crofford Black, Max Baumstark and Grant Duncan.  Kami Butcher was also a winner but unable to attend. The homeroom teachers prestened the certificates to the students. Those teacher are Jess Homan, Brittany Green, Andy Waesch, Mark Binkley, Brooke Wellman, Toby Siefring, Mark Loughridge, and Kelly Keck.  D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller present the Honor Students with medals. Those reciving the special recognition were: Bella Carpenter, Zach Greber, Makayla Rosario, Hailee Sprague, Anna Hemmelgarn, Grace Gramza, Piper Gilland, Skylar Valdez, Julia Vehorn, Caitlyn Nuding, Alecia Eischen, and Micheala Minnich. Each student also received  a D.A.R.E. shirt. The techers assisting Deputy Miller with the program were Kelly Keck and Mark Binkley.

 

 

Roadside Herbicide ~ To spray or not to spray

Roadside herbicide application for the suppression of undesirable vegetation and environmental enhancement, through the use of Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides, will be performed by licensed personnel along County Roads and Township Roads (in Jefferson and Washington Townships), starting May 22, extending thru June 10, 2017 according to the Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.


Anyone who has sensitive areas adjacent to any road right-of-way and does not wish for those areas to be treated must erect signs reading “Do Not Spray”.


For further information, contact the office of the Mercer County Engineer at 419-586-7759.

 

 
 

2017 Farm Focus Scholarship Winners

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

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

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

degree in an agricultural related field.  Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship

Recipients;  Tara Vorst, Middle Point,  the daughter of Chris and Sandy is a Junior at The Ohio State University Majoring in Food Science.  Macala Ashbaugh ,a recent Lincolnview graduate is the  daughter of Rick and Dianna. She will be attending Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, majoring in  Agriculture Education and Ag Business. McKenzie Davis, another recent Lincolnview graduate is the daughter of Scott and Amber.  She will be attending the Ohio State University majoring in Agribusiness. Joel Germann the son  of Doug and Marcia, a Crestview Graduate will be attending The University of Alabama with a focus on Microbiology.

 

 
 

Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University-Lake Campus
June’s Class Schedule Line-Up

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

"STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)
Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan, some marketing and advertising features, demographics, HR issues, etc. 

 We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Dates: June 15, 2017

Room: 126 Trenary Hall

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Cost is $35 per business

 

Advanced Business Planning
Join Jon Heffner as he teaches continuous business improvement to business owners and managers who want to ensure the company’s future progress and development through feasibility, finances, and operations. Take an in-depth look at operating guidelines for products/services, policies/procedures, and personnel. Discussion will be focused on market analysis, research, financial forecast, and budgeting. By properly understanding business planning, you will be able to keep your business sustainable and healthy!

Dates: May 30, June 6, & June 13. 2017

Room: 177 Dwyer Hall

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Cost is $115 per business

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 
May 17-23, 2017

 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools will be dismissing at 12:15 on Wednesday, May 24
to allow fans to attend the softball game or track meet

 

 
 

Parkway Local Schools Class of 2017 Announces Graduation

Graduation will be Sunday, May 21, at 1:30 P.M. at Parkway High School Gymnasium.

Valedictorian is Caleb Rollins, son of Jason & Deb Rollins of Rockford, OH. He plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in Mathematics.

Salutatorian is Clista Hellwarth, daughter of Garrett & Judy Hellwarth of Celina, OH. She plans to attend University of Saint Francis, major in Nursing

 

 

Events at the Rockford Carnegie Library

Book Sale:  A used book sale starts Wednesday, May 17th and will end on Friday, June 9th.  The book sale is open during regular library hours (Mon-Thurs 10-8, Fri 10-5:30, and Sat 10-2).  Donations are accepted for items taken which helps to support the Friends of the Library.

 

Artwork:  New artwork, by Amber Temple, is on display upstairs.  This artwork is rotated to the different libraries each month.  Elementary artwork is on display in the downstairs meeting room.  Mrs. Painter-Carpenter chooses several different elementary artists' work to frame and show.

 

Summer Reading Program:  "Build a Better World" is the theme for the summer reading program this year.  Sign-up begins when school is out and the first programs will begin June 13th.  More information will be coming about this program.

 
 
 
 

 
May 16, 2017

 

 
 

Press Release Coldwater K of C Picnic

The 50th Annual K of C Picnic is slated for June 2nd,3rd  and 4th on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church.  The Picnic activities will begin on Friday evening at 7:00  with live entertainment from Kaitlyn Schmit and Steve Rosenbeck along with food, drinks and inflatable jumpies for kids. 

The Craft beer lineup will  to include offerings of Tailspin Brewing Company from Coldwater along with Moeller Brew Barn from Maria Stein, along with Bud & Bud Light on draft as well. In total 8 to 10 different beers on tap and available for purchase for adults 21 and over.  All the traditional games, food and drinks will be offered throughout the weekend!

Saturday night will begin after 5:00 Mass with many activities including a corn hole tournament, kids activity tent and inflatables. Entertainment will be by local band, Empty Tank

Sunday activities will begin after 12:00 Mass with continued fun for the entire family including the Kiddie Tractor Pull, free pony rides, live entertainment throughout the day, including The American Kings  which is 50's & 60's band based out of Cincinnati which begin playing after 6:00 Mass. We will again have BBQ chicken dinners prepared by Rocky Bernard with curbside pickup available beginning at 4:00.

The purpose of the picnic is to provide an entertaining weekend of activities for everyone to enjoy while allowing our Council to raise money that is shared with various cluster programs  and organizations and throughout the entire community.

 Like us on facebook  at Coldwater K of C Picnic

 

 

National Prevention Week

Facts brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

 

Sunday, May 14:

Parents are the #1 preventative factor when it comes to kids deciding whether or not to drink. Regular two-way conversations around the dangers of alcohol and other drugs decreases a youth’s chance of using substances by 50%. Talk early and talk often, they hear you! For more info visit www.starttalking.ohio.gov

Facts brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com We also wish all mothers, a very happy and safe Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 15th:

According to the Center for Disease Control, “heroin use is a part of a larger substance abuse problem. Nearly all people who used heroin also used at least 1 other drug and most used at least 3 other drugs. People who are addicted to alcohol are 2x more likely to become addicted to heroin.

People who are addicted to marijuana are 3X more likely to be addicted to heroin.

People who are addicted to cocaine are 15 X more likely to be addicted to heroin.

People who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers are 40X more likely to be addicted to heroin.”

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

Tuesday, May 16th:

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, About 4 in 10 people who start drinking before the age of 15 will eventually become alcoholics. Drinking alcohol (or using other drugs) is more harmful to teens than adults because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination. The longer people wait to start drinking or using other drugs, the more significantly they decrease their chances of addiction.

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

Wednesday, May 17th:

“1 in 6 teens have used a prescription drug to get high or change their mood.” Many times these meds come from their parent’s or grandparent’s medicine cabinet without the adult even knowing. The Mercer County Prevention Coalition encourages everyone to safeguard your medicines and to properly dispose of expired or unneeded medications at either Coldwater’s Police Department or your local Sherriff’s Department, which can be done 24/7, no questions asked.  Please don’t be someone else’s drug dealer unknowingly.

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

Thursday, May 18th:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, repeated drug use can reset the brain’s “pleasure meter” so that without drugs you feel hopeless and sad, and the normal things that brought happiness will no longer do it. “Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure.  When activated at normal levels, this system rewards our natural behaviors. Overstimulating the system with drugs, however, produces euphoric effects, which strongly reinforce the behavior of drug use—teaching the user to repeat it.” https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drugs-brain

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

Friday, May 19th:

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking alcohol, or using other drugs before the age of 18.  The longer people wait to start drinking or using other drugs, the more significantly they decrease their chances of addiction.

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

Saturday, May 20th:

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

 

Fact brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition in celebration of National Prevention Week. For more information or to find out how to become involved in prevention efforts, contact Laura or Amy at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 419-584-1000 or like “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on Facebook or visit www.grandlakehappenings.com

 

 

 

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/repeated-drug-use-can-reset-brain-s-pleasure-meter-so-without-drug

 

 

                                                                                                                                               
SUMMER LUNCH IN THE PARKS RETURNS FOR A FOURTH YEAR

Since 2014, churches in the Parkway School District have worked together to provide a nutritious lunch each Wednesday during the summer for children of all ages.  This year’s weekly Summer Lunch effort will begin June 14th at Shanes Park in Rockford and also June 14th at the Shelter house at the Ball Park in Mendon and runs through Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Summer Lunch in the Parks is a one hour weekly event from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.  It will be facilitated by servants from the various churches and held rain or shine.   This is NOT a babysitting service.     Inspired by the Backpack Program, a school-year initiative to feed young students on weekends and holidays, the Summer Lunch in the Parks program will provide a meal for all students and their guardians who attend.    Rockford and Mendon residents are encouraged to look for signs or banners in their community each  Wednesday and pass along news of the lunch opportunity to their friends.

Churches directly involved include the Rockford United Methodist Church, New Horizons Community Church, Mendon Church of God, Mendon United Methodist Church, St Johns Hopewell Lutheran Church, and the St Teresa Catholic Church.    The past three years individuals, area community agencies, and local mission committees have donated funds specifically to support the Summer Lunch in the Parks Program.   Donations may be directed to the Parkway Ministerial Association PO Box 412 Rockford, OH 45882.  

 

 
 


Lots for Soldiers Home has New Family

Lots for Soldiers is pleased to announce that 310 Holly Lane in Rockford, Ohio has been awarded to SSG Jonathan Hampton, his wife Kami and son Michael.

SSG Hampton is a recruiter for the National Guard and Kami is an LPN.

The Hamptons look forward to living in and becoming active participants in the 
Rockford Community.  They are currently looking for a church in the area.

The formal ceremony and turning over of the keys will take place in June.

 

 
More Pictures of the Lexi Bickle Benefit by Nikki Fox
See the article below by Linda Hawk
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 15, 2017

 

 
 
 
Alexis Bickle Scholarship Benefit Raises $5,500
By Linda Hawk

On April 24th, the Parkway Softball team held a benefit for the Alexis Bickle Scholarship fund.  Lexi was a member of their softball team who died in a car accident last October 2016. 

There was a tournament; food; and raffle.

The softball team (a week later at a game) presented a donation to the Alexis Bickle Scholarship Fund, to her parents.

The teammates sincerely thank the following for their generous contributions to the benefit:

Parkway Softball (players and parents)              

Parkway Baseball                           

Parkway Track                     

Parkway Girls Basketball   

Parkway Athletic Boosters

Rockford Carryout

Burtch Seed                         

Henkle Insurance               

Henkle Construction                      

Kidz Treehouse                               

Peoples Bank                                  

Matt Swygart

Jim Shaffer Realty

Residents of the Rockford Community   

 

They also say a special thanks to the following area teams that generously donated to the scholarship fund.    

Coldwater Softball              

Lima Bath Baseball

"Even though we are competitors on the field, these teams demonstrated the true meaning of team."             

Because of the generous contributions from the community and area softball and baseball teams, the benefit was a huge success.  Parkway softball, along with the community, presented Lexi’s parents, Don and Mary Bickle, the proceeds from the benefit in the amount of $5,500.00.  We thank the community and area schools for their support.  "We miss you Bick!" wrote the teammates.

 

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room

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

 

 

 

Shanes Park Beautification Society – April report


April 2017 –  A rainy, cold, windy month to be cleaning out flower beds.  Time spent on the project was 21 ½ hours.  We removed 7 cart loads and 7 – 5gallon buckets of trimmings and leaves.

We lost several plants over the winter, but some of the baby plants are coming up.  We mostly lose plants do to people walking though the flowers beds.  Please be courteous to our volunteers who spend a lot of time trying to keep Shanes Park looking it’s best. 

THANK YOU Clete and Irene Schmit for cleaning up the area of the front entrance, the new hall and taking care of the trees.

THANK YOU Norm and Dee VanTilburg for cleaning up the area by the Log Cabin.

THANK YOU Nancy Leighner for cleanup, spraying weeds, and planting bulbs in the Splash Pad area.

THANK YOU Marlene Roebuck for helping with the flower beds.

The new project at the bridge is coming together.  We are starting a bird sanctuary. 
(Picture attached) 
So far, 9 bird nests have been spotted on the west side of the park.


The Shanes Park Beautification Society.

 

 
 

11 High School Seniors Awarded College Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2017 The District 8 Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WTLW TV-44, and Store & Haul, Inc. were pleased to award 11 college scholarships at the recent FCA District 8 Spring Banquet

 

The following individuals each received a $500 scholarship to be used for higher education plans:   Megan Weirrick (Parkway), Christian Deardorff (Kenton), Cora Millay (Crestview), Daniel Berning (Ft. Loramie), Derek Jay (St. Marys), Gabrielle Lyon (Liberty-Benton), Garrett Eikenbary (Liberty-Benton), Garrett Kisseberth (Cory-Rawson), Hope Yahl (St. Marys), Livi Stover (Parkway), Mackenzie Davis (Lincholnview).

 

The 11 recipients were selected by the FCA District 8 Board, from all of the scholarship applicants. Decisions were based on the individual’s Christian testimony and service, and involvement in school activities.  

 

The 2017 District 8 FCA Spring Banquet took place April 30 at Lima Community Church and featured former NFL Coach Steve Hagan as the keynote speaker.

 

There are currently FCA chapters in 45 high schools and 4 colleges within the District 8 region of Ohio, as well as5 coaches groups. For more information about area chapters, or to learn how to start a chapter or coach’s  in your school district, contact FCA District 8 Director Andy Lynch at alynch@fca.org or (419) 339-4444.

 

 

 
 
 

The Stateline Writers Club to meet

The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in the Celina public library.  The suggested composition topics are "veterans" or "mothers."

 

If time permits, a language arts lesson will follow.

 

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Discuss Genetics Role in Cancer

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting there will be a presentation on the role that genetics plays in the diagnosis of cancer and assessing the risk of cancer in family members. The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 16th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
May 13-14, 2017

 

 

Happy Mother's Day!

 
 
BLIND DATE IN CONCERT 

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

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

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

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

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

* Guest appearance by Weston Thompson  Saxophone artist!

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

 
May 12, 2017

 

 

National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week was from May 14 to 20, 2017. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

 

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

Involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies;

Foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health; and

Promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications.

National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May—near the start of summer, an important time for school, communities, and prevention professionals to re-focus on prevention! Adolescents and full-time college students most often use substances for the first time during June or July, according to SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data.

This year, the Mercer County Prevention Coalition with collaborations from Tri-Star and Reynolds and Reynolds, designed and printed placemats.  The restaurant style placemats titled “What You Need to Know About Drugs” was distributed to local eateries throughout the county.  They were designed to be starter pieces with families as they are enjoying their meal.  The placemats have local, state, and country wide information, along with a couple of fun activities.  If you use a mat or see a sign, thank the manager for supporting Mercer County Prevention Coalition!

 
 

Otterbein Showcase of Residents Lives and Style Show

Friday May 12, 2017 in the Meyer Community Room from 1-3 PM

 

 
 
 
 

Rockford Memorial Day to Feature Retired Army Major

The Rockford American Legion will be having a Chicken Dinner.  Tickets are on sale now for $7.  Tickets can be purchased at Barrys Family Market, the Rockford Carry Out and the American Legion.   Chicken dinners will be served beginning at 11 am on May 29th behind the American Legion.  

Any Veterans interested in participating in the Memorial Day Ceremony - please contact Tony King at 567-644-2284

The parade will begin at approximately 10:30 am.  The parade route will end at the American Legion. The guest speaker for the service will be Mike Pontius, Rockford native and retired Army Major.

Mike Pontius graduated in 1973 from Parkway Local High School and shortly thereafter joined the US Army as a private.  His enlisted assignments included Basic Training at Fort Ord, CA, advanced training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN and initial assignment at Fort Sheridan, IL.  He was selected to attend and graduated from the US Army West Point Preparatory School, Fort Monmouth, NJ.  This led him to the US Military Academy. 

After graduating from West Point in 1980 as a Second Lieutenant, Mike attended Airborne and the Armor Officers Basic Course.  His first assignment was helping to create the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center, Ft Irwin, CA.  In fact, he led the first battle of the first “War Game” at Fort Irwin and served in various positions such as tank platoon leader, support platoon leader and adjutant.  Mike transferred to Fort Knox, KY,  attended the Armor Officers Advanced Course, the Joint Firepower Course and served as an Operational Test Officer at the US Army Armor and Engineer Board.  His final assignment at Fort Knox was as Company Commander of Company A, 3rd of the 81st Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Training Brigade. 

At this juncture, Mike’s Army career changed in focus from Operations to Research, Development and Acquisition.  Following some professional development assignments, he served as the Assistant Project Manager for Armor Training Devices, as the Assistant Project Manager for Construction and Material Handling Equipment and as the Assistant Project Manager for the M113 Armored Family of Vehicles.  During this period, Mike also was the Assistant Director of the University of Texas Center for Professional Development and Training.  While in these assignments, Mike worked on the Command Post Vehicle GUARDFIST I and II, ATWESS, ADATS, Stingray, Electric Gun and ATLAS programs plus Task Force XXI Exercises.

Mike retired from the US Army in 1996 as a Major and for over the next 20 years has been working in the private sector performing Program and Contracts Management with the federal government.  He is currently the Senior Program Manager and Operations Manager for DUCOM, Incorporated.  Some of his most recent contract work includes providing over 160 mechanics and supply personnel in Iraq to repair US Army Vehicles, providing supply experts in Afghanistan, performing inspections of Ground System vehicles after returning from theater and being repaired throughout the United States, providing experts in Depot Operations in Anniston Army Depot and the FFA Depot in Oklahoma City.  Mike has also provided support with multiple contracts since 2009 for the Army Sustainment Command that included deploying at locations throughout the world, the Logistics Modernization Program and Global Combat Support Systems-Army.  These programs are replacing the stovepipe legacy systems of Army property accountability, wholesale and retail supply, maintenance information systems, funding/resource management and Army Preposition Stocks.

In addition to being a Parkway graduate, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and has earned a Master of Business Administration Degree University of Texas, Austin, TX.  Mike has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Award w/Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.  Mike and his wife Cindy live in Fair Haven, MI. 

 
 

Public Invited to Attend Parkway Panther Track Banquet

The Parkway Panther Track program is extending an open invitation to Panther Nation to attend an awards banquet on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 PM in the Parkway High School Commons. A free dinner sponsored by friends and family of the Parkway Track athletes will be served at 6:00 PM followed by player recognition by Head Coaches, Dan Cairns and Steve Fisher. The dinner will feature some of Rockford's finest food establishments including Rockford Carry Out, Subway and TJ's as well as Frickers. Drinks have been provided by Chief Supermarket. Grab a Panther fan and join our Coaches and Athletes in a celebration of the 2017 Panther Track Team success. Parents and players can RSVP the number attending to Coach Cairns at 440-773-2120. An RSVP is not necessary for attendance of the public. All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the Panther Nation Pride.

 

 

Work Crews Busy – Drivers Use Caution

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is issuing a reminder that it’s that time of year again, when county road, bridge and mower crews are in more active operations throughout Mercer County.  We are asking that motorists heed warning signs that crews display; and further, request that they take extra precaution and reduce speed when approaching mowers or areas where county road or bridge work is being done.

 

 
 

Fourteen Cadets Graduate from Grand Lake Law Enforcement Academy

CELINA, OH - On Thursday, May 4, 2017, fourteen cadets graduated from the Grand Lake Law Enforcement Academy (GLLEA) at Wright State University – Lake Campus. The cadets endured an intense 715-hour program that began in August of 2016. The cadets have been selected to take the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Test. Successful completion allows the student to become a law enforcement officer in any jurisdiction in Ohio. All cadets also have the option of continuing to study for the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, one of the recently-added programs being offered at the Lake Campus.

The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from Lake Campus Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Jay Albayyari. Mark Ernst, Commander of the GLLEA; Kip Wright, OPOTA Academy Instructor; John Lenhart, Shelby County Sherriff; all addressed the cadets at the ceremony.  A presentation of certificates recognized each individual cadet, following a showcase of photos and videos from the training exercises. The ceremony concluded with a brief reception for cadets and their family members and friends, as well as many of the twenty-six GLLEA instructors in attendance.

Above photo:
The fourteen graduates of the 2017 Grand Lake Law Enforcement Academy include:
Bottom row, from left: OPOTA Academy Instructor Kip Wright, Jacob Allen, Kassi Edwards, Mitchel Karner, Shane Greives, Clayton Lyle, Logan Newbauer, Kristen Nixon.

Top row, from left: Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart, Lake Campus Dean & CAO Jay Albayyari, Ethan Clouner, Aaron Hall, Nathaniel Kramer, Tristan Moore, Ledgen Parker, Trey Hecht, Thomas Walter and GLLEA Commander Mark Ernst.

 
 
 

Lutheran Health Network plans $500 million investment for Enhancements

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 11, 2017) – Lutheran Health Network announced today that it is launching a major, multi-year capital investment plan to enhance patient care, increase access to health services and upgrade its hospital facilities. The $500 million investment will positively impact thousands of patients in the region who seek the highest level of healthcare.

“Combined with our continued investment in the employees of LHN, this significant plan underscores our commitment to provide top-quality care for our patients,” said Brian Bauer, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network. “We are going to improve and expand our hospitals and we’re doing it with a focus on modernized designs that create the best possible experience for our patients – and a streamlined, effective environment for the physicians and employees who deliver care. Our various boards, medical staffs, patients and employees will be engaged in developing and finalizing these investments to serve our communities.”

The capital plan will touch nearly every entity that is part of Lutheran Health Network, beginning with numerous investments at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, including the following projects:

FACILITY REFRESH: Top to bottom renovation of Lutheran Hospital to upgrade and update numerous patient and guest services areas with a focus on convenient access, modern design and efficient patient care.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION: Major renovation of the hospital’s emergency department, including a new eight-bed transition unit for short-term patient monitoring, which will free up exam and treatment space during busy periods to improve patient wait times. Phase one of this project will begin the week of May 15.

HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER: Development of a comprehensive outpatient cardiovascular center attached to the existing heart pavilion to bring all specialized services and cardiovascular physician practices to one facility for ease of patient access.

ADVANCED DIGESTIVE TREATMENT CENTER: Consolidation of two separate endoscopy suites, diagnostic testing and therapeutics into one advanced care setting to increase availability of procedures for the growing number of patients with digestive concerns.

OUTPATIENT CENTERS: Multiple new outpatient centers providing close-to-home urgent and walk-in care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, family medicine, therapies and other healthcare services in counties beyond Allen County.

“This is a transformative investment that will modernize Lutheran Hospital and take patient care to the next level,” said Bauer. “We are really excited to begin the design work immediately and expect to start and complete some of the construction this year. We will announce additional capital projects across the network as details are finalized with a goal of completing the entire half-billion dollar investment over five to six years. In addition to improving our network facilities, this investment will create construction jobs and have a positive economic impact on our communities.”

Lutheran Health Network estimates its economic impact was approximately $618 million in 2016. The network paid local taxes totaling $17.7 million.

Lutheran Health Network is also making other important investments to serve residents of northeastern Indiana. Over the past seven years, 173 physicians have been recruited to network hospital medical staffs, including primary care physicians and specialists in areas such as neurology, cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery and emergency medicine. Physician recruitment remains a top priority in 2017, with seven new physicians already recruited this year.

“As we invest in our facilities, we know how important it is to build a strong medical team, so we are also growing our physician base,” said Bauer. “We currently employ more than 300 physicians and nurse practitioners and we also work closely with many independent physicians who have chosen Lutheran for their patients because of our commitment to high-quality, safe patient care.”

The $500 million capital investment planned over the next several years is in addition to approximately $400 million invested in Lutheran Health Network over the past decade. Lutheran Health Network facilities that will be included in the overall capital investment include Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Dukes Memorial Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, St. Joseph Hospital and The Orthopedic Hospital.

About Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network includes eight hospitals, more than 100 physician practice locations, 10 urgent care centers, the area’s first freestanding emergency department, eight outpatient imaging centers, and Lutheran ground and air transport services. Lutheran delivers primary and specialty physician care, acute care hospital services and highly specialized care, such as heart and kidney transplants, burn center services, and a dedicated Children’s Hospital. More than 900 physicians serve on the medical staffs of Lutheran Health Network hospitals and over 7,000 employees support Lutheran’s commitment to provide patients with quality, compassionate care.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Rockford Vacation Bible School -  June 5th - 9th   9 am - 11:30 am
New Horizons Community Church -   Maker Fun Factory
Games, Snacks, Experiments, Music and Surprises
Call 419-363-2064



 

 

Value Life Benefit Ride - Additiction Rehabilitation Resources Fundraiser
June 24th - Shanes Park - Registration begins at 11 am.
First bike out 12:00 pm
Live Music, guest speakers, great food and beverages
Family Friendly with something for Everyone.



 

 

 
 
 

 
May 9-11, 2017

 

 
 
Four to Five Inches of Rain Falls on Area

Thanks to Our Weather Sponsor Henkle Insurance for Sponsoring these great pictures!

Four to Five inches of rain fell in the Mercer County Area over the past week
Here are some pictures of the swollen St. Marys River on St. Rt. 127 north of Mercer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Haley O’Steen Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Haley O’Steen has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Georgia. Each year the University of Georgia recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated superior teaching skills and contributed to teaching beyond their own classroom responsibilities through the Excellence in Teaching Awards administered by the Graduate School.

Haley is pursuing a PhD in finance. She has taught Financial Management and Financial Modeling to juniors and seniors in Terry College of Business since 2014. She coordinates the other teaching assistants in the Finance Department and has taught traditional courses as well as an online course for the UGA online BBA degree. She is the daughter of Colleen (Wood) and Wally O’Steen of Huntsville, AL. She is also the niece of Sheila Baltzell of Celina and Holly Wood and Paul Pabis of Rehoboth, MA.

 

 

Claire O'Steen Wins Certificate of Merit

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

 

 
May 6-8, 2017

 

 
 

Mother's Day Coming!

 
 

Rivertrail Rd north of Rockford is closed due to high water, reported Sheriff Jeff Grey at 2:09 PM on Sunday May 7, 2017.

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

2017-2018 Parkway Preschool Registration

Parkway Preschool is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.  Our preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Registration forms are available in the elementary office during school hours.  Once the registration is completed and the registration fee paid, the forms packet needs to be turned in before the school year begins on August 23.  We offer both two half-day classes and four half-day classes.  Morning classes are 8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and afternoon classes are 12:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

As of May 3, 2017, we currently have openings for the Tuesday/Thursday morning and afternoon classes, Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes and Monday - Thursday morning classes.  Children must be 3, 4 or 5 to attend and fully potty trained.  Financial assistance is available; however, the preschooler must be 4 years old by August 1 to qualify.

If you have further questions, please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. 

 
 
 

 
May 5, 2017

 

 
 

Basic Pistol Safety Course

 

Hosted by Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC

Saturday, May 20 at 8 AM - 5 PM

Parkway Local Schools Community Room

400 Buckeye St, Rockford, Ohio 45882

Course exceeds requirements for one to obtain their Ohio Carry Concealed permit. Course is $115 w pistol $130.00 to rent, we utilize a Firearms simulator and will analyze your shooting ability and place you in a realistic gunfight all prior to live fire. This course is one of the most update and realistic programs in Ohio and will give you the true understanding of what it takes to carry a firearm for personal protection, This is not the standard NRA course, it is a real life course. Parents are encouraged to bring children to begin the firearms safety knowledge. Children 8-13 free 14-17 $25 18-20 $50. All participants receive certificates.

Contact Chris 4193059665 to sign up or with any questions. 

$25 deposit required and sent to Tri-Tactical Training Group LLC at 6440 Norwalk Rd Suite J Medina Ohio 44256

tritactraining@yahoo.com

 
 
 

Christian Horse Camp Coming Up
C. & C Bible Fellowship announces their 2017,  2 day 1 night Christian horse camp. The date for this camp Is June 3 and 4 and is for ages 9 through 13. This camp is for boys and girls from beginners to advance riders. The camp will be located at the C. & C Bible Fellowship campus at 4383 S 150 E Berne, Indiana. Participants must be registered by May 29 at 3:30 pm. Register early because there  are only so many spots available. Come join the fun, riding, games, food, and meet new friends. For more information call 260 223 6392  or 260 589 9022 today.

 

 
 

 
May 4, 2017
 

 
 
 


Summer Baseball/Softball Umpires Needed

 

Rockford, Willshire, and Mendon are looking for interested individuals to umpire summer baseball and softball games. Umpires for most baseball and softball games are required to be at least 14 years old. If you are interested in helping out this summer and earning some extra cash, please contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or ryanthompson2000@hotmail.com by Sunday, May 7th with your contact information. This information will be sent to local coaches for them to use when assigning umpires for upcoming summer games. 

 

 

 

First Traffic Fatality in Mercer County Happens at 33 & 127

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash occurred on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 1:46 pm at the intersection of US 33 and US 127.   The preliminary investigation shows that a 2015 Freightliner (Straight Truck) being driven by 59 year old Timothy A Humbert of 5233 Millwright Place Fort Wayne, Indiana was northbound  on Us Rte. 127.   A 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was east bound on Us Rte. 33, being driven by 36 year old April L Hall of 222 N Enterprise Street Celina, Ohio. Both vehicles collided in the intersection and traveled off of the Northeast corner of the roadway and struck a pole before coming to rest.  Hall was transported to Van Wert Hospital, where she was later air lifted to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.   A passenger in Hall’s vehicle, 30 year old Brandi M Duke of 4909 Nicholson Drive Celina, Ohio was also transported to Van Wert Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Timothy Humbert was transported by EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital (St. Mary’s, Ohio).  

The accident remains under investigation at this time.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Rockford Fire Department, Celina Fire/ EMS, Rockford EMS, Rockford PD and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers).


This marks the first traffic fatality of 2017 in Mercer County.

Submitted by Douglas J Timmerman, Captain

Mercer County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

 

Calvary Preschool Final Program Planned

Calvary Preschool is holding its final program after 50 years in business.  The program will begin at 6:00 PM on Sunday May 14 at Calvary Evangelical Church, 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.  This year’s theme is The Fruit of the Spirit.  The classes will present songs related to that theme, and each class will present a poem relating to Mother’s Day.  Certificates of attendance will be presented to the three-year-old class under the direction of Issa Ickes.  The four-year-olds will receive certificates of completion from teacher Julie Stewart.  Vicki Chavarria’s Pre-K Plus will receive diplomas.  Calvary Preschool has been under the direction of Marilyn Agler.  The staff invites the community to attend this final presentation.

 

 

Parkway May 9, 2017 School Board meeting will be held at the Parkway School Community Room
 – Click here for the agenda

 
 
 
 
 

 
May 3, 2017

 

 
 

Open House Slated for Family Health Care on May 3rd

Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, Inc. has relocated to 1191 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, Ohio and will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, May 3rd from 4-7PM. The Board of Directors and staff of Family Health Care cordially invite the community to join them in celebration on this day! Light refreshments will be served and tours of the facility given.  

Read below for a brief historical background of Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, Inc. and the service it offers to the community as a Community Health Center!
                
There have been many changes in services and facilities for Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, which was established in February 2004. At that time, a Nurse Practitioner who worked in the emergency room saw first-hand the need for primary care services to the underserved population of our community.

Before the Family Heath Care was established, the local emergency room was the only source of care for many of their patients. Community Health Professionals and the Van Wert County Hospital and the Van Wert County Hospital assisted with getting Family Health Care on their feet when they were first established. Family Health Care provides primary care services and just recently added dental services. In 2016 Family Health Care saw 3019 patients and provided 8853 visits to those patients.

Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio provides care to people of all ages and financial situations including low-cost, sliding-fee scale basis (based on household income), almost all types of insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and self-pay. Individuals come in at the minimum of $20.00 an office visit for primary care and $35.00 for dental care. The health center provides a means for families with limited resources to obtain basic health care. Family Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Family Health Care receives enhanced reimbursement to see Medicaid and Medicare patients. Family Health Care is ran by a board of directors being an FQHC 51% of their board is consumers of the Health Center. Meeting Your Health Needs Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, Inc. provides services including: OBTAIN medical histories and perform physical examinations; TREAT stable, chronic diseases and acute illnesses and minor injuries; DIAGNOSE and MANAGE chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure; ORDER, perform and interpret diagnostic studies such as lab work and x-rays; PRESCRIBE medications and treatments; PROVIDE health maintenance for adults, including annual physical exams and family planning; PROMOTE positive health behaviors and self-care skills through EDUCATION and COUNSELING; RECOGNIZE complicated medical conditions that require referral to a doctor or hospital; COLLABORATE with physicians and community agencies as needed, and increasing access to care and services.  In Serving the Community- Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio, Inc. is not only for the under-insured. Patients of all ages and economic conditions are accepted including those with: Medicare, Medicaid, Health Insurance, and Self-Pay: on a sliding scale depending on financial situation (documentation required). Fees for services to the under-insured are based on federal poverty guidelines. Being a family health care provider is important to us as we seek to provide care that will make a positive impact in our clients’ lives.



 

 

Patrol Focuses on Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

 

COLUMBUS - May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorcyclists to ride trained and sober. Also, motorists should be aware there will be an increase in motorcycles on the roadways with the warmer weather.

 

In 2016, motorcycle-involved crashes resulted in 194 fatal crashes, which is an increase of 45 percent since 2014. Another 3,768 crashes resulted in injuries. Only 25 percent of the motorcyclists killed in crashes were wearing helmets. Ohio requires helmets for riders under 18 and drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience. Passengers on motorcycles must wear helmets when the driver is required to do so.

 

Motorcyclists can help protect themselves and others from injury or death by taking a training class and wearing safety equipment. Of the 1,829 citations the Patrol handed out to motorcyclists in 2016, 23 percent were for operating a motorcycle without a proper license. Riding sober is also very important. Last year, 38 percent of the fatal crashes involving motorcycles were alcohol and/or drug related.

 

Of course, motorcycle safety is not solely the responsibility of motorcyclists. Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles sharing the roadway. Motorists should keep in mind:

A motorcycle is a motor vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway.

Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel.

Look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections and any time you are changing lanes.

Allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving and do not follow a motorcycle too closely.

 

For more information visit www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.

 

A statistical map detailing citations and other motorcycle related information can be found at

http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Motorcycle_Bulletin_2017.pdf

 

 

 

Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society to Meet

 

Steve Dorsten will be the guest speaker at the May 7th meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.  His topic will be, The Miami Erie Canal.. ..Start to Finish.  Mr. Dorsten worked on the canal for the state of Ohio for 38years.   He serves on many state and local organizations concerning the canal . The meetings are held in the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina and begin at 2:00. The public is welcome.

 

 

 

Presenting The All New Enrich Community Concert Series 17-18

For Niswonger Performing Arts Center

 

(Van Wert, OH) - Since 1953, the Community Concert Series has been enriching lives. Unverferth Family Dentistry and Roger & Kay Okuley present the new and outrageously culture filled 2017-2018 Enrich Community Concert Series. This series with deep roots in Van Wert Heritage is infused with lively performances that bring virtuosic musicianship and eclectic art forms from around the world to the Niswonger stage. These four rare performances were carefully selected to be packaged together for a value price to make entertainment accessible, affordable, and awe inspiring - all for as low as $75.


Friday, October 13 - The 5 Browns

            The 5 Browns bring the series to life by delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Their five-piano arrangements reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to their sound.



 

Sunday, November 5 - “Sundaes With The Symphony” featuring Van Wert native, Gerhardt Zimmermann

            The wildly accomplished Gerhardt Zimmerman, musical director of the Canton Symphony will be welcomed back home to Van Wert when he brings his 75 member fully professional and critically acclaimed orchestra to the Niswonger Stage.



 

Saturday, December 9 - Christmas with The Texas Tenors

            The smokin’ hot cowboys are back! This Christmas season will certainly heat up with the return of The Texas Tenors. This emmy award winning trio has become known as America’s Favorite New Tenors. They treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, broadway, and current pop music. The Texas Tenors use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live Christmas show.



 

Sunday, February 18 - Cirque Zuma Zuma

            It’s like nothing the Niswonger has seen before. Art fueled by pure adrenaline will mesmerize the whole family with Cirque Zuma Zuma. Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma brings the energy with amazing acrobatic feats set to an exciting musical score. Daredevil acrobats, gymnastics, jumping, juggling, balancing, contortionism and much, much more will leave the audience breathless. Cirque Zuma Zuma is a unique twist on entertainment and a perfect event to Enrich the lives of audiences of all ages.



 

Packaged together for your enjoyment and presented by Unverferth Family Dentistry and Roger & Kay Okueley, the New Enrich Community Concert Series is an entertainment adventure made complete with the supporting sponsorship of Taylor Auto Sales, Tisha Fast - State Farm Agent, Van Wert County Hospital, Central Insurance Companies, Eaton, First Financial Bancorp, and E&R Trailer.



 

Willow Bend Country Club has partnered with the Enrich Community Concert Series to provide four (4) buffet dinners to accompany the events. Patrons can dine in style before each event for just $60.



 

Become a member of the Enrich Community Concert Series and receive reserved seating, advanced ticketing, a Truly D’Vine Member Reception Invitation prior to each event and VIP opportunities to meet the stars!



 

Sales Dates:

            Member Sales - Monday, May 1 at Noon

            General Sales - Monday, May 12 at Noon



 

Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 PM and online at NPACVW.ORG



 

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

 

 

 

National Drug Take Back Event a Success


Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that on April 29, 2017, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office participated in the National Drug Take Back Event, to coincide with the National Take Back Initiative.  The event was held at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.   The Sheriff’s Office collected over 23 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs during the event.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will pick up and properly destroy the pills collected from this event along with other take back events held and pills collected in the permanent drug take back box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office.  Since the beginning of the Sheriff’s Office’s involvement in the Drug Take Back Initiative in 2012, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office alone has collected nearly 1100 pounds of unwanted drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office holds several drug take back events throughout the year.  Sheriff Grey would like to remind the public that old, unused, or unwanted prescription medication can be dropped off any time, without an appointment, at the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend Filled with Activities

 

 The Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend will be May 26th-29th.  Friday evening May 26th, Roger & Jo DeMange will be performing a free concert in the park at the former Mendon School grounds at 6:30 p.m.  Singing hits of the 60's.  On Saturday May 27th, the Alumni Banquet will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Celina American Legion Post 210, in Celina.  Jerry Johnson, class of 1966, is master of ceremonies.  Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., Jeff Davisson will be performing a free concert in the park at the former Mendon School grounds.  Singing a little bit country and little rock-n-roll of the 1970's.  Sunday morning May 28th @ 8 a.m. the Annual Alumni golf outing will be held at Deerfield Golf Course in Rockford.  At noon on Sunday, presale B*B*Q chicken dinners, will be available at the Mendon Methodist Church drive thru.  On Sunday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social at the Mendon First Church of God.  At 7 p.m. Curtis O'Dell of Hodgenville, Ky. performs as Mark Twain at the Mendon First Church of God.  Pre-Sale tickets are $10.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Monday May 29th, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Methodist Youth Breakfast at the Church, at 8:30 a.m. the Annual Memorial Day parade honoring local veterans, featuring the Parkway Marching Band, Celina VFW and American Legion Ladies Aux. local scout troops, and guest speaker.  For more information on any of the events call 419-795-5511.

 

 

 

Celina Farmers Market Opens May 6

The Celina Farmers Market is opening Saturday, May 6th on Courthouse Square in downtown Celina.  The Market will offer homemade baked goods, soaps, produce, handcrafted jewelry, and so much more.  The Celina Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May - September from 9am-12 noon and features many local growers.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market, contact the Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce at 419-586-2219.  Enjoy some homemade goodness at the Celina Farmers Market, sponsored by the Celina Chamber and the Celina Merchants Association.

 

 

 

One Injured in Motorcycle Crash on US 24

 

 

Paulding County – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle injury crash that occurred on US 24 near the US 127 interchange in Paulding County.

 

At approximately 4:56 pm a 2006 Honda Goldwing motorcycle driven by Michael W. Richards, age 52, of Marion, Indiana was traveling eastbound on US 24.  Mr. Richards was negotiating a curve when his motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway. The motorcycle continued into the median where it overturned ejecting Mr. Richards.

 

Mr. Richards sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN for treatment of his injuries. 


Mr. Richards was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and alcohol use is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

 

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Cecil/Crane Township Fire Department, Paulding EMS, Samaritan, and R & O Service.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 2, 2017

 

 
 

Today is Election Day

George Erik Moore and Kathryn Speelman Square off for Position of Celina Municipal Court Judge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 1, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway May 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
Kathryn Speelman Invites you to Vote
Kathryn Speelman remind voters that the Mercer county Courthouse Board of Elections ois open for voting on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Election Day at the regular Polling sites May 2, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 27-30, 2017

 

 


Lots for Soldiers Open House

There will be an open house on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Rockford house, located at 220 Holly Lane. All honorably discharged and currently serving military members are invited to check out our newest build. Come see what Lots For Soldiers is all about!

 
 

School Board to Meet

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will have a work session and go into executive session Friday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the Community room.  No action will be taken.

 

 
 
 

"Go Fly a Kite!"

Family program at the Rockford Carnegie Library on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30.
Make a kite, enjoy a story, some games and a snack.  All are welcome.

 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters All-Star Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters All-Star Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held on March 18th and 31st. This year was the first for a High School Bowling All-Star competition. The top 5 female high school bowlers and the top 5 male high school bowlers were awarded medals.  We would like to thank our entire sponsor list who supported this event. Corporate Sponsors were Cooper Family Foundation, Haubert & Howe Associates, Kohls, and Nerium.  Event Sponsors were Emerson, LCS. INC, Lefeld Welding, Post Printing, Reynolds & Reynolds, St. Henry Tile, The Marsh Foundation, St. Marys Foundation, Superior Credit Union, and VFW Post 5713. The Big Sponsors were Bud’s Chevrolet, Celina Eagles, Dynamic Federal Credit Union, Eaton, Grand Lake Health System, Holiday Inn/Comfort Inn, Second National Bank, St. Marys Foundry, Stammen/Ruppert Insurance, Van Wert Propane, and Wetzel MC.  Lane sponsors were Advanced Biological Marketing, CAPT, Celina Moose, Citizen National bank, Fort recovery VFW, Francis Furniture, Hogenkamp and Sons, Minster Service Club, RCS Construction, Statewide Ford Lincoln, St. Henry Bank, VW Service Club, and St. Marys VFW.  T-Shirt Sponsors were Cotterman & Company and Klingshirn & Sons. The Little Sponsors were Celina Manor, Community Insurance, Homan & Stucke, VW Elks, VW Service Club, and Wendel Poultry.  A big thank you to Rick Hartings from Pla Mor Lanes and all the high school bowlers who participated in the First Annual High School All-Star Bowling tournament. T-Shirts were given to every bowler and there were chances to win 50/50 as well as raffle prizes. This event raised $14,000.00 and it will support our five Lunch Clubs, four after school Buddies programs, one Supper Club and the 100 Community One-on-One matches.  Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 300 children in Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties and are planning to expand our programs and services.  We currently have Bigs and Littles on a waiting list.  Please call our office at 419-584-2447 if you would like more information on becoming a Big or enrolling a Little.

 

Drug Take Back Planned
Celina OH – On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. During this event, the public will have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to The Mercer County Detention Facility parking lot at 4835 State Route 29. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please do not bring syringes or liquids.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

So far in 2017, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has collected over 81 pounds of prescription drugs from the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and from take back events. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day.

 

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be holding a meeting
on May 1st at 7 pm at the Village Hall.  

The Public is encouraged to attend and get involved in our
Community Celebration for 2020 ! 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 25-26, 2017

 

 
 
Claire Fisher and Justin Cairns are 2017 Parkway Prom Queen and King -
Click Here for Lots of great prom pictures by Nikki Fox!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Snow & Ice statistics for Winter Season 2016-2017
By Jim Wiechart - Mercer County Engineer

Mercer County, 384.129 miles of roads

 

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

 

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

 

Salt used – 1032 tons  =  $57,106.91

Grit used – 1032 tons  =    $8,772.01

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

 

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 784.00 hours

               Overtime hours                         = 507.50 hours

 

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

 

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

                                                                        2012-2013 season = $635.52/mile

                                                                        2013-2014 season = $1,267.47/mile

                                                                        2014-2015 season = $950.18/mile

                                                                        2015-2016 season = $399.54/mile

                                                                        2016-2017 season = $431.49/mile

 

 
 

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

Submitted by Ralph Stuckman

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

Golf Outing Planned at Mercer County Elks

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

 

 

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

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

 

 
 

 
April 21-24, 2017

 

 
 

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

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

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

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge pictures!

 
 
 

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

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

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

 

 

Wine Tasting at Dues Nursery/Spade and Barrell

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

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

 




 

 

 

Parkway's Mini Relay for Life

May 12th   6 pm - 12 am

At the Parkway Football Field

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Great April Adventure in Celina

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

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

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

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

$300 CASH GRAND PRIZE PLUS DOOR PRIZES

 

Participating Businesses:

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

 

 

 

The Shanes Park Beautification -  March update.

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

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

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


Message from the Shanes Park Beautification Society

 

More Beautiful Flowers and a New Sidewalk in Shanes Park
 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

BLIND DATE IN CONCERT 

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

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

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

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

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

* Guest appearance by Weston Thompson  Saxophone artist!

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

 

 

Motor Coach Association coming to Mercer County Fairgrounds

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

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

*Donate a door prize to be given at their meetings

*Welcome Monaco International on any outdoor marquees or signage

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

 

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

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
Claire O'Steen Wins Certificate of Merit

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

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Above: All Mercer County DARE Seniors 

 

 

 

 
Columbia Street Reconstruction Project Well Under Way in Rockford
Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them
 
 
 
 

 
April 20, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Pre-School Screenings Available

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

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

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

 

 

School Choice Already Exists Across Ohio - Editorial

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

(216) 262-2805 - Cell

 
 

Lake Campus Engineering Department to Host Trebuchet Contest

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

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

 
 

Rockford Police Arrest Male on Sexual Contact with a Minor Charges

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

 

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

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

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

 
 
 

 
April 18-19, 2017

 

 
 

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

 

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

 

Twenty First Century Club Meets

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

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

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

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

Ann Gage and Sherry Shaffer served candy themed snacks.

 
 
 

Blessing of the Bikes

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

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

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

 

 
 

 
April 15-17, 2017
Easter Weekend

 

 
 

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

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

 

 

 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
 
 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet

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

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

The public is invited to attend the meeting. 

 
 
 
 
 

 
April 13-14, 2017

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 12, 2017

 

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 10-11, 2017

 

 
 
 

Coach Mark Esselstein Posts 500th Career Win
By Amber Slusher


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


Members of the 1997 State Final 4 softball team


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

 
 

 
April 8-9, 2017
 

 

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


Clay Junod

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

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

 

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

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



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

 

* “Harsher sentences” for ongoing repeat offenders

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 7, 2017

 

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

Click here for more action shots by Nikki

 

 
 

Public Notice - Mercer County Local Emergency Planning Committee

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

 
 

Spring planting & open ditch maintenance

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

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

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

 
 

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

 
 

Sponsors Are Appreciated

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

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

Your Support is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!

 

 

Patrol Investigates A Motorcycle Crash

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

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

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

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

 

 

 
April 6, 2017

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

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

Celina librarian Jay Miley will deliver a presentation on blogging.

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

The public is welcome to attend.

 

 
 
 

 
April 5, 2017

 

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

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

Thanks to Marcia Ripley for sharing these pictures.

Click on smaller thumbnails
shots to enlarge them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 4, 2017

 

 
 

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

 
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

Lake Campus Happenings – April 2017

 

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

 

Active Shooter Awareness Training

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

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

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

177 Dwyer Hall

 

Faculty Research Symposium

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

Email jill.puthoff@wright.edu with questions.

Thursday, April 20

11:00am-1:30pm

James F. Dicke Hall

 

Sign Language Concert

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

Email jodi.pierstorff@wright.edu with questions.

Friday, April 21

7:00pm

James F. Dicke Hall

 

Graphic Design, Multimedia & Photography Display

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

Email teresa.richter@wright.edu with questions.

Thursday, April 27

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

James F. Dicke Hall

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reservations Now Open for “Farce of Nature” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
April 1-3, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Preschool Registration Night

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW

SATURDAY – APRIL 8, 2017

ROCKFORD, OH

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Guests include: 

 

* Dondie Macklin – Lima, OH       

* Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Dan Cole – Reading, MI 

* Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance 

 

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

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

 

 

2017 MINI S.T.A.R. Retreat

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Special thank you to:

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

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

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

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

·         Brittany Swartz who made the closing ceremony video

·         Carl Wuebker for helping with electronic needs and taking pictures

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

·         Interns Claire Hemmelgarn and Skyler Howell

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 
 

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

 

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

 

 

Microsoft Outlook

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

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

 

"STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)
Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and can assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After attending the Starting Right class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan, some marketing and advertising features, demographics, HR issues, etc. 

 We recommend all new business owners attend this class. 

Dates: April 20, 2017

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Room: 126 Trenary Hall

Cost is $35 per business

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
March 31, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway April 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

 
March 28-30, 2017

 

 
 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Grants Parkway Local Schools Hunting Permit

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

 
 

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

 


Panther Varsity Baseball


Parkway Varsity Softball Team - Click Here

 
 
 

Junior High Track

 


High School Track - Click Here for more Pictures

 

 
March 25-27, 2017
 

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

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

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

 
 

Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Plan Meeting

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

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

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

 
 

 
March 24, 2017

 

 
 
 

Litter Pickup – Youth groups to collect litter

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

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

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 22-23, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

** Bring your own basket

Age groups up to 10 can join in the hunt.

Sponsored by:  SHANES PARK BOARD

 

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

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

Click Here for the Softball Schedules - printable!

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

Pictures coming soon by Nikki Fox . . . .

 

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE ROAD CLOSING

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

 

 
 

Great April Adventure

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

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

 

 
 

Unique Woodmasters Joins Celina Mercer Co Chamber

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

 

 

 

 

JEG Business Solutions joins Celina Mercer Co Chamber

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

 

 

Suspicious Person Arrested

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 
 

 
March 21, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

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

www.parkwayschools.org

 
 


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



Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel, and some comedy !! 
Doors open at 6 pm with show beginning at 7 pm.

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

Guests include:  

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

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

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

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



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

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

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 18-20, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Clean up Day for Shanes Park Decided

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

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

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

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


The Shanes Park Beautification Society 

 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 17, 2017
St. Patrick's Day

 

 
 

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

 
 
 

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

 
 

HIGH 5 Organization Elementary CARNIVAL at Parkway Schools

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

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

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

 
 
 

 
March 16, 2017

 

 

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

 

 
March 15, 2017

 

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

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Host Radiation Oncologist

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting there will be a presentation by Dr. Perry Williams, Radiation Oncologist at the Grand Lake Radiation Oncology Center in Celina.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 21st at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

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

Rise! Shine! Capital Campaign

Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

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

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

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

 

Awards Given
by Heather Gottke

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

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

 

Meritorious Service Award- State Winner

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Mercer County EMA and LEPC

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

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

 
 

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

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

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

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

Click here to read minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Agent

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 14, 2017

 

 
 
 
Clista Hellwarth Heading to University of St. Francis

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

 
 
 
George Erik Moore Running for Celina Municipal Court Judge
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 11-13, 2017

 
 

Twenty First Century Club Meets

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

Come to the Shanes Crossing Historical Society Meeting

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

The Public is encouraged to attend. 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

 
March 10, 2017

 

 
 

PLC Banquet Raises $50,000

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

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Refreshments will be provided.

 
 

 
March 9, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
March 8, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

 

 

2017 Rockford Rec Summer Baseball & Softball Registration

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

 

Mercer County Day at the Great American Ballpark

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

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

 

 

 
March 7, 2017

 

 
 

Speelman takes out Petition to become Celina Municipal Court Judge

 

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

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

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

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

Follow Speelman for Judge on Facebook - Click Here

 
 

Weather Spotters Notified
by Mike Robbins

 

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

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

 

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

7600 Lake Campus Dr, Celina, Ohio

 

Registration is NOT REQUIRED for this evening class.

 

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

 

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

 

 

SPRING WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

MARCH 19 – MARCH 25, 2017

 

OHIO’S STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL

will be performed on

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 AT 9:50 AM

 

 

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

 

 

State Patrol Investigating Two Vehicle Injury Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Drop Off Unwanted, Unused and Expired Medications

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

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

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

 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 

 
March 6, 2017

 

 
 

HIGH 5 Organization Elementary CARNIVAL at Parkway Schools

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

Board News by Sally Cox

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

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

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

 

 
 
 

LIONS CLUBS SUPPORT PARKWAY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
by Chip Steffy


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

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

 

 

 


Alyx signs her letter of intent for Capital University.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 4-5, 2017

 

 
 
 

Genealogical Society to Meet

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

 

 
 

Farm Focus Inc. Scholarship

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society Reports
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some fun Facts:

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

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

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

*  310 electrical cords were used throughout the park.


We hope you enjoyed Christmas at the Park 2016! 


From: The Shanes Park Beautification Society

 

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

 
March 2-3, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway March 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Cooper Family Foundation Provide Grant

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

State Patrol Investigating Injury Crash On County Road 263

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 

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

 
 

 
March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins

 

 
 

 

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

Storms sweep through the area during the night.

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

 

 
 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 

 
February 28, 2017

 

 
 

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

 

 
 

What Is 4-H and How Do I Join?

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

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

Who is involved in Van Wert County 4-H?

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

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

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

 

How do I join 4-H?

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

When should I sign up?

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

What are these projects I keep hearing about?

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

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

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

Want to learn more?

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

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 27, 2017

 

 
 
 

Van Wert County General Health District Closure

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

 

 
 

Liberty Baptist to Host First Children's Consignment Sale!

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

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

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

(Submitted by Pastor Jim C. Burns)

 

 
 

Parkway Kindergarten Screening

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

Much more . . . .

 
 
 

Arrests Made in Mercer County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

MERCER COUNTY ENGINEER DITCH MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

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

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 24-26, 2017

 

 
 

State Patrol Investigating Single Vehicle Injury Crash

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
 
 
 

 
February 23, 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two New Doctors Welcomed by Rockford Community


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

 

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

Please watch for a more detailed story coming soon!

 

 

Dr. Norman Means with Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell

Dr. Alberto Delgado
 
 

 
February 22, 2017

 

 
 

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

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

 
 

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

 
 

ROCKFORD CARNEGIE LIBRARY ACCEPTING DONATIONS

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

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

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

 
 
 

Wren Christmas Society News

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

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

 

 

 

State Patrol Investigating Two Vehicle Injury Crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

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

 

 

 
February 17-21, 2017

 

 
 
Two New Doctors Welcomed by Rockford Community


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

 

 

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

Please watch for a more detailed story coming soon!


Dr. Norman Means with Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell

Dr. Alberto Delgado
 
 

 
February 14-15, 2017
Valentine's Day!

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


VALENTINES, SCIENCE PROJECTS, AND DUCK RACES

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 
 

2017 Livestock Quality Assurance Dates

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

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

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

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

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

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

 

 
 

Vantage Plans Open House

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

PRE-REGISTRATION at Calvary for 2017- 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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

 

 

 
February 14-15, 2017
Valentine's Day!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

Parkway Schools Schedule Make-up Days

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 11-13, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

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

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 
 

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

Click Here for Classified Ads

 
 

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

By Sheila Baltzell 2-13-2017

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 10, 2017

 

 
 

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

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

 

 
 
 

 
February 9, 2017

 

 
 

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

Parkway Schools are now closed for Thursday, February 9th 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

 
February 8, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

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

 

 
February 7, 2017

 

 
 
 

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

 

 

New Horizons – Human Trafficking Program

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

 

 

 

Lima Powwow Planned

  

8th annual “Honor our Heritage” Powwow

February 18-19

Doors open at 10:00 am

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

UAW Hall 1440 Bellefontaine Ave.

Watch for the Powwow signs

Native American Crafts, Dancing, Singing, and Native Food

Price:

Adults $5.00

5-12 $3.00

Over 62 $3.00

Under 5 free

 

 

 
 

 
February 2-6, 2017

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Ball Drop February 10 - Reminder

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

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

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


 

 
 
 

Mendon-Union Alumni Weekend

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 30-31, 2017

 

 
 

Parkway Athletics Inducts Three New Members to the Hall of Fame

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

 

Travis Bates - Class of 1986

 

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

 

Brett Roehm - Class of 1991

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

 

 

Kelly (Rutledge) Sutton - Class of 1985

 

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

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

 

 
 
 

Rockford Lions Club Makes Donation Towards Jaws of Life Purchase

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

OSU Van Wert County Extension Announces Agronomy Day February 16th

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

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

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

 

 

PLC Health Clinic Receives Donation of Ultrasound Machine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Parkway February 2017 Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

 
January 25-29, 2017

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in January to Play Chinese Checkers

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

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

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

 

 

Henkle and Roehm Families Welcome Baby Girl

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

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

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

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

 
 
 

Join the Bicentennial Team in Rockford

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

 

 

The Parkway Ball Drop Fundraiser is February 10, 2017

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

 

 

Parkway Graduate and Professional Artist to Exhibit his Work in Celina

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 20-24, 2017

 

 
 
 

Rockford Native Jordan Thompson Takes Part in Operation Good Cheer 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Click here for Classified Ads

 
 

REO Speedwagon Concert Date Changes at Niswonger PSC

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

 
 

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

Business Consulting        Customized Workforce Training            Advanced Manufacturing Training

 

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

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

 

EXCEL FOR BUSINESS

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

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

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

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

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Wright State University-Lake Campus

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

 

RESUMES & INTERVIEWS

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
Rockford Village Council Meets on January 17, 2017

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

 
January 19, 2017
 

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Basket Bingo to Benefit Willshire Youth Activities

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

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 17-18, 2017

 

 
 

Bacher Family Welcomes a Son

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
Columbus Police and Columbus Fire Departments Play Benefit Hockey Game

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

The Fire Department won the match after an exciting game.

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Buckeye Boys State Applications Available

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

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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