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April 27-28, 2016
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Country Square Garage Sale Coming
Country Square
Garage Sale. Southeast of Rockford May 5, 6 & 7 beginning at 9 am. Eichar, Herman and Keopple roads - look for the signs on St Rt 118, 707, 127 and US 33. Furniture, children's clothes, toys, household items and much more.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Saturday May 14, 2016 at 6:30pm @ The Overdrive in Celina
Adults Only!
Tickets are $35.00 each or $260.00 for a table of 8.
Call 419-234-1717 for tickets.
Proceeds benefit The Boys Scouts of America in our area!


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MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE

The Annual Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon or until sold out. The Plant Sale will be held in the Jr. Fair Building on the fairgrounds.

The proceeds from the sale will benefit the OSUE Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteers' projects, such as the Garden of the Senses, Children's Garden, and their educational activities for the community.

The Plant Sale will feature potted herbs, both culinary and aromatic, plus a variety of hardy chrysanthemums. Gardening items will also be available. 

Stop by the Jr. Fair Building on Saturday morning, April 30, to purchase herbs or mums to beautify your outdoor living spaces or as a gift for that special gardener in your family.

 

Second Person in Rockford Dollar General Armed Robbery Behind Bars
The Rockford Police are announcing the capture of the second person responsible for the Armed Robbery on April 18th, 2016 at the Dollar General in Rockford Ohio. Chief Paul May was notified of the capture, by members of the United States Marshal Service in Fort Wayne Indiana. Edward Joe Smith (44) of Fort Wayne Indiana is being held in Allen County Jail on $500,000.00 bond and is awaiting extradition back to Mercer County. Chief May hopes that this will help with those touched by this incident and bring peace to those directly involved. Chief May would like to thank Officers of the Rockford Police Department and U.S. Marshals that helped in bring this to an end in such a short time frame. 

 

 

 
April 25-26, 2016

 

 
 


Robert P. Maurer Longtime Rockford Carnegie Public Library Fiscal Officer To Retire on May 28, 2016

Robert “Bob” Maurer is retiring after 26 years as the fiscal officer for the Rockford Carnegie Public Library. His knowledge and expertise will be sadly missed as he has much experience since the days when officers did all library fiscal work in handwritten ledgers when he started back in September of 1989. He says that the biggest change he has seen since that time is the advances in technology.

Rozann Maurer, Library Director, applied for a grant to automate the library card catalog system back then, and with it came the program called Uniform Accounting Network (UAN). A software written by the Auditor of the State of Ohio, it was designed for public entities to use, and 1800 currently do, including 251 libraries. Bob explained that Rockford’s Library is 240th in size and was a leader in automation and accounting with him being selected as one of 30 fiscal officers to use the new software at that time. The library got rid of the old paper card catalog and went to electronic searching, check-ins and check-outs.

Bob also was selected in 2002 to beta-test a new version of the UAN and also assist with the training of others on the software. The computer system was free-standing, but can be used online now. Multiple users can work in the same library on the UAN doing additional things besides the accounting, things like payroll, yearend reports and online direct deposit. In addition, Bob re-wrote the accounting handbook twice over the years with the latest in electronic format. While at Rockford Carnegie, he was hired from 2000 to 2012 as the fiscal officer for the St. Marys Library.

Bob was honored in May of 2005 when his fellow fiscal officers elected him president of the Ohio Library Fiscal Officers Association, a position he held for three years. Also during that time, Bob was elected to the Ohio Library Council Accounting Division Action Council, and served 6 years, one year as the chairman. Under his leadership, they sponsored a Central Public Investing and Management  training to prepare fiscal officers for the certification of investing (some libraries do this).

Once he retires, he will continue to be a visiting clerk for the UAN, anywhere the State needs him to travel and help out.

Other activities of Bob’s over the years include high school graduation; a tour of duty in Viet Nam in the Army; pursuing and getting his Associates Degree in Accounting from International Business College in Ft. Wayne; marrying Rozann and raising a family with her. They had twin daughters and now have 4 grandchildren. Bob also, farmed and continues to help with that, on the Palmer Family Sesquicentennial Farm near Mercer where they still live. They have a grain farm, but also some cattle. Seven generations have lived in the Palmer Family Home (Great Great Grandma built the house), which his daughter Megan lives in with her family. He continues to serve on the Leota Braun Foundation as the executive director and is a board member of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District and he was the Dublin Township fiscal officer for 6 years. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and intends to take more trips after retirement. He will ride again on Memorial Day in the Rolling Thunder Riders from Fairfax Virginia to the tomb of the unknown Civil War Soldier Ceremony.

And he annual participates in the American Legion Riders (Charitable Wing) Legacy Run to raise money for the Legacy Scholarship for children of American military servicemen and women who were killed in service to our country.

When asked about the history of the library, he recognized the board members he has worked with over the years including the current members: Jim Gibson; Art Bader; Georgiana Wilson; Ryan Sipe; Marge Gehle; Shannon Painter Carpenter; and Lisa Kuhn.  The Rockford Carnegie Library is a single entity in Mercer County. They are 1 of 4 libraries operating in Mercer County along with the Mercer County Public Library and its branches, The Ft. Recovery Public Library and the Coldwater Public Library. Each has a board of directors. Bob explained that in 2009 State Funding was drastically cut to all the libraries. It meant lay-offs or reduction in hours of service to the public. Community levies saved the libraries in the area and hours were restored as well as the ability to purchase. Rockford Carnegie Library’s main structure was built in 1913 and the new part in 1970. The 100 year old brick was repaired on the old part in 2014.

Bob is looking forward to retirement although it looks like he’ll still be plenty busy.

If you’d like to congratulate Bob, send him a card to 5850 Mercer Road, Mendon, OH  45862.

 

 

Bob Maurer Preparing for His 8th Ride in the American Legion Riders Legacy Run

Bob Maurer, a Viet Nam Veteran, is still serving his fellow military comrades. On August 22, 2016, he will be heading out on his motorcycle for his 8th 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 11th year, the riders have raised over $1 million a year in the last two years. Bob said, “We will travel 1300 miles in 5 days heading through Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and arriving in Tupelo, Mississippi where the riders will congregate before we head back together to Cincinnati, Ohio for the American Legion National Convention. 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. 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.

 

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies
Reporter: Avery Mueller

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held there last meeting at the Venedocia Lions club on April 14th at 7:00p.m.  The pledges were led by club member Tara Radabaugh. Roll call was taken by club member Allison Bowser.    Health report was given by club member Chloe Etzcorn.  Safty report was also taken by club member Ava Millagan. Club Member Rory Youngpeter had a presentation on how to make a fruit punch drink. The Venedocia Lads and Lassies discussed donating tie blankets.  The club also discussed the Annual Trash pick up which was held on Saturday April 16th. The next meeting will be held May 12 at the Venedocia Lions club at 7:00.

 

 

Leadership In Action Class of 2016 Goes to Columbus

The Leadership In Action Class of 2016 toured  the Ohio Supreme Court and Statehouse on  Thursday, April 21st for State Government Day.
This leadership class takes one day a month from September through June and explores a variety of topics including history, health & wellness, economic development, law, agriculture, and other topics of local interest.  

Pictured with the Leadership Class is State Rep. Jim Buchy   The Leadership In Action Class is a program organized by the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber and a committee of local business professionals from the Chamber  membership.   For more information on the Leadership In Action class, contact the Celina Mercer Co Chamber 419 586 2219 or email info@celinamercer.com.  

 

 
 

Parkway National Honor Society Takes on New York
by Taylor Hesse, National Honor Society Reporter

On March 22nd, 2016 NHS members and chaperones headed to New York City. The chapter left Rockford on Tuesday night and arrived in New York on Wednesday morning. The chapter began their Wednesday morning by touring Ellis Island, and then proceeded to go on a tour around Upper Manhattan.  On the chapter’s way to supper, the students were able to get their first look at Times Square on their way to Hard Rock Café. After supper, the students ended their night by watching the Broadway show “Wicked”, then traveled back into New Jersey to go to their hotel. On Thursday, the students started their morning by going on a tour of Lower Manhattan. Later, the group was able to tour the Radio City Music Hall, and then the chapter was able to shop around Times Square before eating dinner at Buca di Beppo . On their final day of the trip, students went to The Today Show where they were on national TV, followed by shopping in Time Square before loading the bus to head home. The trip was a success and the students enjoyed the opportunity to go to New York City.

 

 
 
 

A big Thank You to the following businesses that allowed Girl Scout Troop # 20677 to have their 2016 Cookie Booths there:

Eve’s Chatt Bar , Willshire Drive In, Rockford Carry-Out , Hair To Stay, and Magic Mirror

*We still have cookies left $4.00 a box ~ please call 419-363-3722  THANKS ! 

 

 

Perennial Plant Sale in Fountain Park

The Evergreen Garden Club will be having its annual perennial plant sale in Fountain Park, 
Saturday, May 7, at 8:30 am.  Fountain Park is located at the corner of East Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Van Wert across from the Brumback Library.

Perennial plants will be dug from garden club members’ own gardens and sold at a very reasonable price.  A large selection of many different varieties will be for sale.

All proceeds from the sale will be used for civic beautification projects sponsored by The Evergreen Garden Club.  Some of those projects include purchasing, planting and maintaining the flowers in Fountain Park; maintaining the herb garden at the Van Wert County Historical Museum; maintaining the friendship garden at Camp Clay; and decorating the Brumback Library for the Christmas holiday season.

Help the environment—go green—plant perennials.

 

 

 
 
 

Van Wert County Health Collaborative Plans Public Discussion
The Van Wert County Health Collaborative has recently completed the fifth Van Wert County Health Needs Assessment and invites the public to attend a discussion about the reality of the health of the community at 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 27, at Vantage Career Center.

 

The community health assessment was conducted to collect data to show the health and health behaviors of Van Wert County youth and adults and then identify the health needs. Britney Ward, the director of community health improvement for the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, will present the findings of the 2015 Van Wert County Community Health Needs Assessment. Ward will highlight key findings from the surveys, such as:

 

-        one in six teens in Van Wert County has had at least one alcoholic drink
         in the past 30 days,

-        in the past year, there were 50 drug overdoses in the community, and

-        seventy-two percent of Van Wert County adults are overweight or obese.

          A panel of experts will also attend the event to discuss what these
          numbers mean for Van Wert.

 

The Van Wert County Health Collaborative hopes that area educators, parents, county officials and others interested in the health of Van Wert will join together to talk about the major health needs of Van Wert County .

Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. prior to the beginning of the presentation and discussion. The event will take place in the community room at Vantage Career Center.

 

 


Rockford Area Development Corporation to Meet
The next meeting is Monday, April 25th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. Trish Dooley from the Jazzy Chef will be our guest speaker for the evening. 

 

 

One Killed in Two Vehicle Crash on State Route 114 in Paulding County
For Immediate Release:  April 22, 2016
From: Lieutenant Timothy P. Grigsby

Grover Hill– The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on State Route 114 near the village of Grover Hill in Paulding County.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. William Bates, 63, of Grover Hill was driving east on State Route 114 near mile post 8 when his 2002 GMC pickup truck collided head on with a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Kyle Childs, 27, of Payne.  Mr. Child’s vehicle was westbound on State Route 114 and determined to have driven left of center and struck Mr. Bates’ vehicle.  Mr. Bates was pronounced dead at the scene by Paulding County Coroner Dr. Joseph Kuhn.  Mr. Childs was transported to Paulding County Hospital where he was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

The crash resulted in a brief closure of State Route 114 east of Grover Hill.  The roadway has since been reopened.  Mr. Childs was wearing a seat belt.  Evidence suggests that Mr. Bates was not wearing a seat belt.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Charges in the incident are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Grover Hill Fire and EMS, Parkview Samaritan Life Flight, and Gideon’s Towing Services.

 

Businesses and Individuals Can Help At-Risk Youth

The Youth Business Alliance (YBA) is now accepting referrals for at-risk Mercer County youth who would benefit from participating in an organized sport or activity but need assistance with the cost. The Mercer County Prevention Coalition’s Youth Alternatives working group has developed the YBA, in conjunction with Foundations Behavioral Health Services, a non-profit, 501(c)(3). The YBA is a sponsorship program enabling at-risk youth, in Mercer County, with the opportunity to enroll in and attend local programs, activities, and events which may otherwise be out of their reach and, in return, stay drug-free! All youth selected to participate in the YBA will be referred by local agencies/personnel who can verify that the youth would not otherwise be able to engage in these activities. If you are an area business or individual interested in donating to the cause, there are 3 support levels: $10-$99 Donor Level, $100-$499 Sponsor Level & $500-Up Mentor Level. We would like to thank you, by placing your business name or logo on T-Shirts, posters, fliers and other media based upon the amount of your contribution. The Mercer County Prevention Coalition’s missions 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.” For more information or if you are interested in joining the Coalition, contact Laura Sanford at (419) 584-1000 or lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 

 

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Will Meet
Sunday May 1st at 2:00 the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society will meet at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  Who was Carrie, the woman who was not mentioned in the church records but is buried in the church cemetery? Hear Carrie’s story and learn how on line research solved the mystery in this case study.  The speaker will be  Karen Miller Bennet of Celina.  She is a Board Certified Genealogist and the Register of the Lima Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is past president and trustee of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the former chair of the First Families of Ohio Lineage Society.  Ms. Bennet will share her research  in this interesting story. The meetings are free and the public is welcome.

 

 
New Chamber Member -Agility Foot & Ankle Specialty Center LLC

Dr.
Darby Wehrley has opened an office at 405 Myers Road in Celina.  Agility Foot & Ankle Specialty Center LLC has joined
the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber of Commerce.  With offices also in New Bremen and Portland,  Agility Foot & Ankle Specialty Center strives to provide you the best foot and ankle health care possible, tailored to your specific needs.  For more information, visit www.agility-foot.com or contact them at 567-890-3668.

 
 

Memorial Day Weekend Special Tribute Exhibit in Willshire
With all the Memorial Day events to choose from, a must-attend event stands out among all events in honoring the military, and it is being held locally in Willshire, Ohio.

In their sixth year, store owners Bill and Aleta Weiss have completely transformed the entire Willshire Home Furnishings store, at 318 State Street, into a military museum to bring to the public an exhibit that will offer endless lessons in history. The store will not be open for business, but rather, will open its doors from 9 AM to 6 PM to pay SPECIAL TRIBUTE to veterans past and present during this Memorial Day weekend (May 28, 29, and 30). In addition, a very special Nursing Home Resident Reunion Day is being planned for Friday, May 27, 2016.

Keepsakes, pictures, uniforms, flags, a variety of old medals, a German helmet, a Purple Heart and Japanese swords are just a few of the items brought in by inspired residents and service personnel touched by the tribute taking several weeks to organize the event, donations are handled carefully as they are brought in and finally set up for display by Aleta and Bill for the Memorial Day commemoration.

The collection of items brought in for the exhibit has doubled from past years and encompasses the regalia represented from World War I to Afghanistan to Iraq.

Of particular interest are the maps on display that belonged to Aleta’s father; he had been part of the mapping battalion and served in six battles including the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest land battle in the history of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. While living, Weiss’ father did not talk much with his family about his experiences of serving, but later he would find the opportunity before passing, and would leave behind a manila envelope filled with all the details enclosed, along with other interesting artifacts. It wasn’t until after he died, when it was too late, that Weiss had the chance to understand what her father had experienced and the impact of his service.


Aleta’s devotion to her father and his service has led her to spearhead this event. Weiss has spent countless hours preparing each donation and planning the occasion. She and Bill would like to honor veterans past and present, and they would like the public to share in this experience through the display at the store. Nursing Home Resident Activity Directors may call for more information to Willshire Home Furnishings at 419.495.2833.

 

 

Fight the Bite: Take Precautions to Prevent Mosquito-Borne and Tick-Borne Diseases Including Zika virus, West Nile virus and Lyme disease

 

COLUMBUS – With the arrival of mosquito and tick season in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) urges Ohioans to “fight the bite” and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and tick bites to avoid diseases they may carry, such as Zika virus, West Nile virus and Lyme disease. In Ohio, ticks are usually active April through September, and mosquitoes May through October. “You can take some simple precautions at home and when traveling to prevent potentially serious mosquitoborne and tick-borne diseases,” said ODH Medical Director Dr. Mary DiOrio. “Zika virus has received a lot of attention as a disease that can be transmitted by some mosquitoes, but there are other mosquito-borne diseases as well, including West Nile virus. Ticks also can transmit diseases like Lyme disease.” Mosquitoes The primary mosquito that transmits Zika virus is found in the tropics and southern U.S., but it is not known to be established in Ohio. A “cousin” of the mosquito is found in parts of Ohio and may potentially transmit Zika virus. A type of mosquito found in Ohio can transmit West Nile virus, and the state reported 35 cases last year. Mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors, and some species bite during the day while others bite at dusk and dawn. Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites and prevent mosquito-borne diseases:  If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a longsleeved· shirt, shoes and socks.  Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.·  Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.·  Wear clothing and gear treated with permethrin, an insecticide (do not apply permethrin· directly to skin).  Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.· Here are some tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home:  Eliminate standing water.·  Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.·  Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.·  Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.· (more) Ticks Ohio ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, including Lyme disease, and the state reported 154 cases last year. Here are some tips to avoid tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases:  Avoid direct contact with ticks by avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf· litter, and by walking in the center of trails.  Wear clothing and gear treated with permethrin, an insecticide (do not apply permethrin· directly to skin).  Use EPA-registered tick repellent and follow the label directions.· Here are some tips for finding and removing ticks attached to your body using fine-tipped tweezers:  Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.·  Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick, which can cause the· mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily, leave it alone and let the skin heal.  After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an· iodine scrub or soap and water.  Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it· tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.  Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" a tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly or using heat· to make the tick detach from your skin. Go to the ODH website at odh.ohio.gov for more information about how to prevent mosquito-borne and tickborne diseases and other information and resources.

 

 

Rockford Rec. Announces Summer Soccer Camp Dates

The Rockford Recreation Association will be offering summer soccer camps for Parkway students completing grades PK-6 during the current 2015-2016 school year. The PK-6 camp will take place at Shane's Park on June 1-3 and registration is $25. All campers that register will receive a camp t-shirt. 

Please visit www.rockfordrec.com to download registration forms and emergency medical forms for the 2016 summer soccer camp and "Like" Rockford Recreation Association on Facebook for more information. Registration deadline is April 29th. Completed forms and payment can be mailed to Rockford Rec - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882. 

 

MERCER CO. PERI MEETING MAY 10

The Mercer County PERI meeting will be held, Tuesday May 10, at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange at the Mercer County Fairground.  For PERI Early Birds, coffee, juice and donuts will be served at 9:30 A.M.

Mrs. Lynn Franck, Maria Stein, will be the speaker for PERI Members.  Mrs. Franck is the Program Director of Lake Nursing and the Clinical Nursing Instructor at Wright State University Lake Campus.  She will share the exciting news that a Nursing Program will begin this Autumn Semester at our Lake Campus.  She will also share information about the Rural Doctor Program at the Lake Campus.    These Programs will provide education to many local students desiring to go into Medical practice, with expectations of being employed at our local hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and nursing homes.  This type of Medical Program has been discussed at the Lake Campus with Wright State University Trustees, local WSU Administrators and Instructors, Western Ohio Education Foundation Members, Medical institutions, and local civic organizations, for nearly four decades.  Local interest has resulted in the planning and implementation of this Medical Program.  Since the Program will begin this Autumn, it is up to local Citizens to give this Program our support in all areas.  This Medical Program is so important for the health of our Western Ohio Citizens.

 

Senior D.A.R.E. Scholarship Luncheon

Picture of Scholarship Winners above:  Front: Stetson Miller, Taylor Hesse, Mallory McMurray, Leanna Wolters, Kara Shaffer; Back: Jacob Rasawehr, Danielle Williams, Kelly Jutte, Cameron Dzendzel, Braden Conn

 

Picture of all students who attended above.

The Annual Senior D.A.R.E. Scholarship Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Mercer County Elks. Over 60 students, school staff, and guests attended the luncheon. Guests attending in honor of the seniors were Celina HS principal - Phil Metz; Celina SADD advisor - Michelle Langmeyer; Coldwater HS principal - Jason Hemmelgarn; Ft. Recovery HS Principal - Jeff Hobbs; Ft. Recovery SADD Advisor - Julie Billenstein; Marion Local guidance counselor - Jenny Dippold; Parkway HS Principal - Brian Fortkamp; St. Henry HS Principal - Eric Rosenbeck; St. Henry SADD advisor - Mindy Siefring; St. Henry Guidance Counselor - Betsy Armstrong; Nancy Heppeard; Tom and Shirley Pryer; Sheriff Jeff Grey; Mercer County Commissioners Jerry Laffin and Rick Muhlenkamp; WOEF board member - Julie Miller; and DARE booster members: Jerry Kanney (President), Officer Sue Miller, Laura Sanford, Mike Eyink, Joyce Howell, and Nick Wilker.

Commendations were presented to the students from Representative Jim Buchy, Ohio House of Representatives, state of Ohio; Wright State University – Lake Campus, and 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 28 students. Ten students were awarded $500 scholarships. The scholarship winners were: Danielle Williams, Kara Shaffer, Jacob Rasawehr, Stetson Miller, Mallory McMurray, Camaryn Dzendzel, and Braden Conn - Celina; Taylor Hesse - Parkway; Kelly Jutte and Leanna Wolters - Coldwater.

Other students attending the luncheon included: Celina - Patricia Dennis, Haley McGillvary, Elizabeth Garwood, Nicole Crites, Roman Mitchell, Brandon Conn, Monica Ebbing, Cassandra Germann, Jenna Braun; Coldwater- Ryan Gruss, Jenna Raffel, Bobby Klosterman; Ft. Recovery- Chelsea Timmerman, Rachel Kaup, Cori Stone, Megan Hipple, Jackson Hobbs, Mikayla Post, Caitlyn Huelskamp; Marion Local- John Schwieterman, Maria Kramer; Parkway-Conner Morton; St. Henry- Lindsey Schulze, Mitchell Franzer, Tyler Knapke, Jacob Rindler. All students attending also received a coupon compliments of McDonalds.

Julie Miller, Western Ohio Educational Foundation, presented Kara Shaffer and Leanna Wolters with matching $500 scholarships to Wright State University-Lake Campus for the fall of 2016. If other D.A.R.E. Scholarship winners enroll at the Lake Campus for fall 2016, they will also be eligible to receive the $500 scholarship.

Casey Nuttle, was the speaker for this event. Casey started his teaching career at Mendon Union where he developed his interest in computers.  From there he taught and coached at Parkway where he also served as a principal. Casey then served several years as the Tech Coordinator for Mercer County Schools.  He finished his career as the Tech Coordinator at Coldwater and has since retired. He now works part time in the Tech Department at Parkway and a local funeral home. The theme of the speech was about making connections. Connections made today, may influence opportunities in the future. He also encouraged them to remain true to themselves and their values.

The Mercer County Elks donated the meeting area and the luncheon. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters would like to thank all merchants, individuals, and others who continually support this program through their donations and time. Special thanks go to Mercer County Elks (especially Kirk Stucke and Gary Depweg for cooking our meal), McDonald’s Restaurants, and Wright State University-Lake Campus for their donations to the luncheon.

 

Grandparents Day a Success

On April 18 & 19, the Calvary Preschool held their Grandparents Day for the preschool classes.  Grandparents came to the fellowship hall for refreshments and social time.  The classes performed three songs for the grandparents.  Following the songs the grandparents joined their grandchild playing  several games.  After the games, the children led their guests to their classrooms and gave handmade gifts to each guest. 

 Calvary Preschool is accepting registrations for our fall program.  The preschool program is designed to help children develop intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  If you would like to see your child in a setting where Christian values and Biblical teaching are stressed, please consider Calvary Preschool.  Forms are available on line at www.calvaryelife.org under the preschool tab. Forms are also available in the Preschool office Monday –Friday mornings between 8:00 and noon, or the church office between 9:00 – 4:00 Monday thru Thursday and 9:00 -1:00 on Friday, or contact Marilyn Agler by phone at 567-259-3103 or email at marilyn@calvaryelife.org to set up a tour of our facility.

Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road, Van Wert.

 

 

4-H Senior Scholarship Winners Announced

 

The Van Wert County 4-H Enrichment Board is proud to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. Selected are outstanding 4-H members who are well-rounded individuals pursuing their continuing education. These scholarships are made possible by the many donors to the Enrichment Fund.

This year’s recipients are:

Maddie Pohlman is the daughter of Paul and Donna Pohlman, Maddie is a 9 year member of the Delphos Pathfinders. She has served as an officer in her club, taken many clothing projects, exhibited goats.  She has also won many Fashion Show modeling awards, Fashion

Board 4 years, 4-H Camp Counselor 3 years. A Senior at Delphos St Johns, she is a Basketball-Captain, NHS, Jr Optimist, Mission Society-President, Choir, 2015 Delphos Canal Day Queen, Volleyball-Captain and Peony Queen Candidate. Her favorite 4-H memories include 4-H camp, especially the line dances and songs, and all the new friends she made through camp. She also really enjoyed the Fashion Board. “4-H has taught me various leadership skills and has led me to making many new friendships.”  Maddie plans to attend The Ohio State Univ. majoring in Dietetics.

 

Sophia Wilson a Senior at Delphos Jefferson, Sophie is the daughter of Mike and Wendy Wilson. She is a 10 year member of the Delphos Pathfinders. She has held many officer positions in her club, exhibited market and breeding sheep, beef feeder calves. She is a 4-H Camp Counselor, Jr. Fair board member and Buckeye Ambassador. At school she is active in FFA, President, Cheerleading, Softball and FCA.

Her favorite 4-H memories are going to the Fair every year, being on the Jr. fair board and being a camp counselor.  “4-H has opened up my love for agriculture.  When I started 4-H, I wasn’t too excited about it, but now I am to the point where I will be attending an agriculture based college. Sophie will be attending OSU ATI with a dual major in animal science and agribusiness.

 

Whitney Welker is the daughter of Michael and Ruth Welker. She is a 10 year member of the Venedocia Lads and Lassies where she has served many offices. She is a Jr. Fair Board Member, Buckeye Ambassador and CarTeens. She was the 2015 Beef Princess.

A Senior at Lincolnview she is active in NHS, Science Club, French Club, Student Council, Track, Beta Club and 1st Baptist Youth Group. Her favorite 4-H memories are of  2014 fair when she made tons of new friends and won Grand and Reserve Champion Performance Lamb. “ 4-H has benefitted me by teaching me responsibility, leadership and making lifetime friendships.” Whitney plans to attend UNOH for Agri Business

 

Chloee Gamble is the daughter of Greg and Keely Gamble. She is an 8 year member of the Shooting Stars 4-H Club. She has taken many Misc. and Livestock projects. Chloee was the 2015 Van Wert County Jr Fair Queen. She is a Jr. Fair Board Member, 4H Endowment Board Member. A Senior at Van Wert H.S. she is involved with NHS, Beta Club, Student Council, Spanish Club, Cross Country, Track, Swimming, FCA, and Jr.  Rotarian. Her favorite 4-H memory is attending 4-H camp and being the 2015 VW County Fair Queen.

 “ 4-H has benefited me by providing me with confidence that I never thought I could have. It has given me great opportunities of things to do, and has taught me everything from how to raise an animal to how to build a bedroom.”  Chloee plans to major in speech pathology.

 

Tanner Matthews is the son of Todd and Brenda Matthews. He is a 9 year member of the Barnyard Buddies. He has held office positions in his club, taken many beef and swine projects where he as won championships and showmanship awards. A Senior a Parkway,  Tanner is in Band, Football-capt. Basketball-Capt. NHS, FFA-Pres. and a Franklin B Walter Scholarship nominee. His favorite memories are summer evenings walking his calves with his sibling and neighborhood kids. One time they had 7 kids all walking and helping each other out.

 

“ 4-H has benefited me  by showing me that hard work pays off, responsibility, and how to manage time. Because of my  4-H experiences I will always be a step ahead.” Tanner plans to attend The Ohio State Univ. and majoring in Agricultural Systems Management, and eventually find a job close to home so that he may farm part time.

 

Pictured (L-R) Back, Sophia Wilson and Tanner Matthews. Front, Whitney Welker, and Chloee Gamble. Not pictured is Maddie Pohlman.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
April 21-24, 2016

 

 
 
 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway
Community Support Requested by Parkway Music Boosters

The Parkway Music Boosters have been given the incredible opportunity to host the Lima Area Concert Band.  Parkway has been added to their 2016 Calendar for Sunday, August 7th at 3 pm in the Parkway High School Auditorium.

We Need Community Support to Sponsor this Event !   While ANY donation is greatly appreciated, we would like to suggest 10 businesses to give a $100 sponsorship to help pay for the band and to help with advertising.  This band draws supporters from all over the area and the surrounding communities.  What better way to support this special event and advertise your business at the same time !!  All sponsors will be named in the advertising and on the flyers.  A suggested $7 donation at the door will then go to benefit the Parkway Music Booster program.

Your donation can be mailed to:  Parkway Music Boosters, PO Box 451,

Rockford, OH  45882.  Please make note in the memo that your donation is for the Lima Area Concert Band Event.

Your consideration and support is greatly appreciated to make this event happen.

 

Liberty Baptist Kicks Off New Sunday School Campaign Sunday April 24

(Van Wert)  Rev. Jim Tomasik, Walk Thru the Bible Instructor and International School Project representative traveled to Van Wert last week (from Indianapolis, IN) and announced to the guests of last Sunday's Walk Thru the Bible Seminar that the Liberty Baptist Church at 501 E. Third St. in Van Wert, OH will be one of the many churches in the United States that will host the six week Sunday School campaign called "God's Grand Story."  God's Grand Story will be presented with a brief video followed by group discussions each Sunday morning at 9:30 in all Liberty Baptist Sunday School classes from the 3rd grade on up through the teen department and all 3 adult Sunday School classes.  

Visitors and guests and new church seekers are encouraged to come starting with the first lesson being presented Sunday, April 24, 2016.  The lessons will progress and help participating students receive the main "picture" of the piece by piece puzzle of the Old Testament of the Bible that appears to be somewhat confusing by some who do not understand how the pieces fit together to make a very beautiful and practical picture pointing to Jesus Christ as the world's Messiah and Savior.  

All classes are free, and a guide book which includes daily devotions and a daily personal journal page may be purchased at the church next Sunday for only $5.00.  

For more information contact Sr. Pastor, Jim C. Burns at:  419-203-4759 or see the God's Grand Story web site at:  walkthru.org/ggs-resources 

(Story Submitted by Pastor Jim C. Burns)

 

 

One Suspect Arrested in Rockford Armed Robbery

The Rockford Police are reporting that they have made an arrest in the Armed Robbery at the Dollar General store. An arrest warrant was obtained for John Smead (49) of New Haven Indiana in connection with the robbery. Rockford Police assisted New Haven Police and Allen County Swat with the execution of a search warrant in New Haven Indiana on April 20th, 2016.  John Smead is being held on 500,000.00 bond and is waiting extradition back to Mercer County OH. Police Chief Paul May would like to thank New Haven Police Department, Allen , Adams ,Mercer , Van Wert Sheriff Offices and Celina Police Department for all there efforts in helping with this case. Chief May also thanks the countless citizens and business owners that provided information. A second male is still at large.

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Campaign Underway at Mercer Health for Major Expansion Project
Building on a Promise – Campaign Title Sums It Up

by Sheila Baltzell 4-2-2016

The MED  Foundation of Mercer Health, the volunteer philanthropic arm of the health organization has taken on the challenge to raise the necessary funds to support the exciting new project of a new wing at the hospital located on Main Street in Coldwater, OH. Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations recently explained the reasons and needs for this expansion, the history of health care in our community, and the timeline in place for the estimated 2017 ground-breaking ceremony and construction commencement.

Lisa Klenke, CEO and George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO, recently announced the three story addition which will be directly connected to the existing west entrance of the current hospital, adding nearly 54,000 square feet will feature a new state-of-the-art surgical suite, all private inpatient rooms and increased space for outpatient services. Parking will move west in front of the former Briarwood faciality now owned by the hospital.

Mindy Kremer explained that the expansion is necessary to keep up with the growing demand for surgical services which have seen nearly 25% growth in the past 2 years.  She said, “Currently, the surgery department is located in the original 1950 building. The expansion will meet the needs of the surgical volume growth by providing adequate space and improved functioning.  Private rooms in all inpatient spaces have been a long-time request from the community and is the gold standard in new hospital construction.  In addition to privacy, private rooms allow for better infection control and can reduce noise disturbances thereby improving patient sleep.  Outpatient services equate for nearly 75% of all services provided at the hospital, a major shift from the traditional care model. Currently many of the outpatient services are decentralized, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care. The expansion will meet the needs of outpatient growth while allowing for increased accessibility for patients and visitors.”

The $24 million addition will add 54,000 square feet to the current 119,000, equipment will be carried over, and digital radiology is a priority for this project. A Telestroke System using iPads to tele-dock with a neurologist in seconds will save precious time for stroke patients.

The campaign will be 1/3 funded, 1/3 financed and 1/3 benevolent donations.

The current administration of Mercer Health looks back to the vision of the founding fathers of Our Lady of Mercer Hospital. Joseph Oppenheim and other leaders promised in 1950 to provide quality, local healthcare.  The community has always rallied around every project. In 1969, Kremer mentioned that the Sisters of Mercer could not longer operate the hospital, and concerned board members worked together with seven townships in Mercer County to form the joint township hospital district in 1972. Today it is still successfully governed through the Ohio Revised Code, by local township government, one of only a handful in the state to claim that status. And, during the 70’s and 80’s, the hospital saw renovations and additions as needs grew. The townships involvement meant a new Emergency Room, 24 hours a day, became a reality. A Community Medical Center in Celina, Mercer County Home Health Agency and Mercer Health Home Care all came into being by the end of 1987.

The pictures below tell a story of community pride and caring, and the new addition is being welcomed in that same sense of generosity and excitement for the future.

More information about this major expansion project is available by contacting the MED Foundation of Mercer Health or by visiting www.mercer-health.com. Learn about all areas of Mercer Health, and how you can suppor the future of healthcare in your own community.

Laying the Cornerstone of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital
 
A nun doing imaging
 
Aerial View of the Original Building
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 19-20, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Second Person of Interest in Arm Robbery
 


The Rockford Police Department is requesting assistance in the continuing investigation of the Dollar General armed robbery on April 18th, 2016.  The unidentified subject in the attached photo may have information relevant to the investigation. If anyone has information about this person of interest please contact the Rockford Police Department at 419-363-3032 opt #2 or the Mercer County Sheriffs Office at 419-586-6455

Chief Paul P May III

 
 
 

Armed Robbery in Rockford
On 4-18-2016 at approximately 2:22 pm, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Dollar General located at 401 West Bridge St in Rockford Ohio. A white male  approximately 5’10 to 6’ stocky build, wearing an orange Texas Longhorn long sleeve shirt, white ball cap with sunglasses on top, blue jeans with white tennis shoes had entered the store and browsed around for a few minutes before displaying a handgun. The suspect then demanded money, and the employees complied. The male then exited Dollar General without incident and fled in a south east direction. Rockford Police responded and established a perimeter. Assisting was also K-9 unit from Celina Police, Deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Coldwater Police and the Ft Recovery Police.  K9 search was conducted of the area and was able to track around two blocks. The description of the possible suspect vehicle is a mid-90’s Chevy Tahoe silver in color with Indiana handicap plate. The male that was driving the vehicle is described as mid 40’s, shaved head, white tank top multiple distinctive tattoos. Suspect took off south bound from the store. If you have any information regarding this crime contact the Rockford Police Dept at 419-363-3032 opt #2 or the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 491-586-6455

 

Chief Paul P May III

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge pictures of the suspect.

 

 
 

 

Historical Society to Hear Parkway Exchange Students

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Thursday, April 28th at
7:30 pm in the museum at 151 East Columbia St. in Rockford.  Two Parkway
foreign exchange students will be present to talk and show pictures of their
respective countries.  Romeo Ngoamba is from Camaroon, Central Africa and
Benedict Pontow is from Balingen, Germany.  This public is invited to attend.

 

 

Breaking and Entering Attempted – One Arrest Made

Sheriff Jeff Grey announces the arrest of individual suspected of attempted breaking and entering.   Arrested was James Baker, age 34, from 208 Reynolds Ave, Spencerville Ohio. Baker is currently being held on a charge of  criminal trespass.

On Sunday 4-17-2016 at 3:51 AM Central Dispatch received a call from the home owner at 4960 Kittle Road.  The home owner reported he caught two subjects on his property and he was holding them at gunpoint until Deputies could arrive.  Prior to law enforcement arrival, one of the male subjects took off on foot.

Deputies recovered items that were left by the suspects near their vehicle that was parked in the victim’s driveway.  Deputies recovered a black box containing several baggies of suspected methamphetamine, pills that are suspected of being morphine, a bag of suspected marijuana, and a pocket scale commonly used for measuring drugs.  The substance in the baggies was field tested, and tested positive for methamphetamine.  Seized was a 2005 Hyundai belonging to Baker.   Baker was transported to the Adult Detention Facility and held on $125,000.00 bond subject to 10%.

Deputies were assisted by the Coldwater Police Department.  Deputies are expected to apply for a search warrant for the vehicle, and the case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

Deputies are currently seeking the second male who took off on foot.  He is described as being 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.   Please contact the Sheriff’s office for any information on the identity of this male.

This incident remains under investigation.

 

 

Heroin Interdiction Team Makes Arrests

Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announce drug arrests made by HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team).   Arrested were Christopher Haynes, Age 23 from 3342 Oregon Road, Celina, and Sydney E. Dicke, Age 20 from 211 South Franklin, New Bremen.  Haynes was arrested for Obstruction and Possession of Heroin. Dicke were arrested for Possession Heroin.  

On Saturday April 16, 2016 at 1:19 PM HIT conducted a traffic stop in Celina in the area of Touvelle and Bruns Ave.  During the stop Dicke was acting suspicious and was observed trying to move something under her clothes.  Dicke eventually turned over a baggie that contained several capsules that she had concealed internally.  The capsules were field tested, and tested positive for heroin.   The driver of the vehicle (Haynes) admitted the heroin belonged to him and asked Dicke to conceal it.  Haynes and Dicke were transported to the Adult Detention Facility and held on $125,000.00 bond subject to 10%.

This traffic stop was a result of HIT surveillance and tips received by the public.  This investigation is ongoing, and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

 

 

 

 

Spring Planting and Open Ditch Maintenance Reminders

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.

 

 

Winds of Change: Art Exhibit Call-for-Entry 

WHERE: Wassenberg Art Center, 214 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891 

INTAKE DATES: Thurs 4/29–Fri 4/30–Sat 5/1, 1–5 p.m.  Please call for an alternative time. No entries accepted after 5/1 at 5 p.m.

COST: $25 entry fee ($20 WAC members)

CONTACT: 419-238-6837 or info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

 PHOTO CAPTION: No photo

Call for entry! Winds of Change Exhibit. The wind can be exhilarating. It can also be challenging. So can change. Wassenberg Art Center is challenging artists to contemplate the breezes that tickle our imaginations. The Wassenberg Art Center will be accepting wind-themed artwork in painting, drawing, photography, and sculptural mediums. Artists are encouraged to consider the effect of wind and wind-based clean energy in their lives and in the regional landscape. Do you make mobiles, kinetic sculptures, or wind-swept landscapes? This exhibit is for you. Please submit your work, entry form, and fee before the May 1 deadline. You may enter up to 4 pieces. All works meeting submission requirements will be judged for the following cash awards: First Place: $400, Second Place: $150, Third Place: $75. Please call 419.238.6837 or visit www.wassenbergartcenter.org for complete detailed information. Entry deadline is May 1, 5 p.m.

The exhibit opens on May 7 and a closing reception is scheduled for Friday, May 27, 6–9 p.m. Featured performer, international blues musician Radoslav Lorkovic, of Chicago, will be returning to provide live music on our baby grand and his accordion. Free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

A Q & A & Presentation with Dan Litchfield of Iberdrola Renewables Thursday, 5/26: 6 p.m. 

Regular Exhibit Dates: 5/8–5/29, Tuesday–Sunday: 1–5 p.m. (closed Monday)

Closed Mondays

Call: 419.238.6837 or email: info@wassenbergartcenter.org

 Wassenberg Art Center’s regular gallery hours are: Tuesday – Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is a not-for-profit community art center, which provides 10–12 free exhibits, events and art programming throughout the year. www.wassenbergartcenter.org

 

 

4-H Carteens Scholarship Winners Announced

The Van Wert County 4-H Council is pleased to present two seniors with Carteens Facilitators Scholarships for their hard work and dedication to the Carteens program. These teens work closely with Retired State Trooper Rick Reaver to help educate first time traffic offenders. Once the offenders have completed the program, the ticket is not part of their record and the only costs to them are the participation in the program. Those proceeds benefit the program for supplies, and also scholarships for the youth facilitators that work with Rick.

 

This year’s recipients are:

Whitney Welker is the daughter of Michael and Ruth Welker. She is a 10 year member of the Venedocia Lads and Lassies where she has served many offices. She is a Jr. Fair Board Member, Buckeye Ambassador and CarTeens. She was the 2015 Beef Princess.

A Senior at Lincolnview she is active in NHS, Science Club, French Club, Student Council, Track, Beta Club and 1st Baptist Youth Group. Her favorite 4-H memories are of  2014 fair when she made tons of new friends and won Grand and Reserve Champion Performance Lamb. “ 4-H has benefitted me by teaching me responsibility, leadership and making lifetime friendships.” Whitney plans to attend UNOH for Agri Business

 

Chris Kraner-  A 7 year member of the Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Chris is the son of Mitch and Robin Kraner. He has held many offices in his club and has taken many Natural Resource projects. He is a CarTeen, Jr. Fair Board Member and has received Black Inc Awards and outstanding project awards.

A Senior at Van Wert, Chris is in Beta Club, NHS, Quiz Bowl Team, Soccer, VW Renaissance, Red Cross Volunteer, Jr. Rotarian and VW Historical Society Curator. His favorite 4-H memories are his 4-H meetings and getting to know the local Veterans when his club laid flags with them at the cemetery.

“4-H has given me many opportunities to lead.” He will attend IPFW entering into the field of education.

Ohio 4-H CARTEENS has proven to be a valuable tool in educating Ohio’s teen drivers and saving lives on Ohio roads. In addition, communities are strengthened by bringing together teens and adults representing local agencies and organizations that are working to address this need. Teens also gain leadership, public speaking, and organizational skills. Data collected from 4-H CARTEENS participants indicate a significant reduction in second-time traffic offenses, increased use of safety belts, reduced drinking and driving, and an increased use of caution when driving. More than 80 percent of the participants in a recent survey said they planned to use more caution when driving and will increase their use of seat belts. Many Ohio counties have received an award of honor from the National Safety Council Youth Division in recognition of their program impacts.

Pictured (L-R) Whitney Welker, and Chris Kraner

 

 
 
 
 
THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW - Reminder!
SATURDAY – APRIL 23, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH



Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel, and some comedy !! 
Doors open at 6 pm with show beginning at 7 pm.

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

Guests include:  

* Kim Epple from Defiance * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Randy Moore from Gover Hill * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

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


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

 
April 18, 2016

 

 
 
 
Jason E. Ford Awarded Prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship in Chemistry Field

Jason E. Ford, 2011 Parkway Graduate, and 2015 Graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry,  has just been named one of 2000 students to receive a research fellowship from The National Science Foundation. Jason is currently a master/doctorate student at Stanford University in California. He is studying Chemistry, Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods. The fellowship will be for 3 years as Jason pursues his degree. He is the son of Steve and Stacie Ford of Rockford. Click here to read the full article and look him up on the awardee's list for 2016.
 
 
 

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 1, extending thru May 30, 2016 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.

 

 

Rep. Buchy Honors Fort Recovery High School Football Team

Columbus—Recently, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a resolution to the Fort Recovery High School football team honoring them as the 2015 Division VII State Champion.

“This state championship is really special as the first of many football state championships to come in Fort Recovery,” Buchy said. “The young men presented themselves as true champions before the legislature and represented the best aspects of what makes western Ohio the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.”

The Fort Recovery Indians defeated Perenial Power Mogadore with a score of 33 to 14 in the Division VII Championship game at Ohio Stadium. This was the Indians first time playing in a championship game and they finished the season with a record of 13-2.

The Fort Recovery High School football team was present, along with Coach Niekamp, to receive the resolution during the Ohio House session.

 

Win this Motorcycle ~ buy a $10 ticket for a chance to win this Brand New 2016 Harley Soft-tail Slim
(Tickets $10 each - 2500 to be sold, generously donated through the help of Toledo Harley Davidson)

Mike Fox has tickets for sale and can be reached at 419-733-7466.

 
 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for APRIL 18, 2016

6:30 P.M.

PRAISE POINT CHURCH-WILLSHIRE

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 16-17, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Eagles – Aerie 1292 Gold Sponsor for Fox Family Ride for Autism - Poker Run and Auction Benefit
in Its 2nd Year
 

Autism Speaks - World Autism Month 2016 was the perfect time for Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 to donate a Gold Sponsorship to The Fox Family Ride for Autism. Presenting the check to Mike Fox, left is Blair Shaffer (right). The Eagles were a major sponsor for the Inaugural Fox Family Autism Ride last year.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, during Rockford Community Days with biker registration from 9-10:30 AM. The donation is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. First bike out is 10; last bike out is 10:30; last bike in is 3:30. Five Mercer County stops include: Community Building in Rockford, Duck Foot Landing, Fish Mo’s, Hole in the Wall, Padua Pub and McSober’s.

A New Harley Motorcyle Raffle for a 2016 Soft-tail Slim worth $17,000 (Tickets $10 each - 2500 to be sold, generously donated through the help of Toledo Harley Davidson), a 50-50 raffle, a Silent Auction and a Hog Roast have been added to the events.

A hog roast meal (hogs donated by Kuhn Farms Rockford) is included for the motorcyclists. The pulled pork and fixin’s will be prepared by visiting Chef for the day “The Little Hen” of North Carolina (Regan Stachler) who is featured as a top award winner in the North Carolina Competition Dining Series (Farm to Table Cuisine). Meals can be purchased $6 presale and $8 day of the Autism Ride.

The Fox Family from Rockford, in honor of their autistic grandson/nephew/cousin, Alex, who is now 11, have decided to use all Benefit Proceeds this year for the 18 identified Mercer County (K-12) Kids with Autism (6 school districts). Alex is the son of Holly Fox Snyder, daughter of the late Gary and Delight Fox. For years, Holly, Alex’s dad and their families have been participating in motorcycle runs and other fund raisers for Autism Awareness The site for Autism is  World Autism Awareness Day - Autism Speaks  .  Alex has used an iTaalk iPad since the age of 6. According to Mike and Nikki Fox of Rockford, the success of the ride last year for the eleven Parkway Autistic children, prompted the family to spread the money to other Mercer County schools in order to help them, too. 58 Bikers and 38 riders participated in the event last year.

The Autism Poker Run, Children’s Go-Fish Bicycle Run, Harley Raffle, 50-50 Raffle and Silent Auction will also feature a Hog Roast after the run. The organization ~ iTaalk Autism Foundation ~ (read the full article below) will  purchase iPads® equipped with special apps that Autistic children can use to communicate with others and learn. Mike Fox, Alex’s uncle said the device has been significant in the life of his nephew and many others, but they are expensive. Some apps are $300 a piece. He recently learned of the success of the Parkway students who received the iPads®  last fall when Parkway teachers of Autistic children in Parkway, Chad Sapp and Laura (Carter) Yoder,  confirmed that  some increased their grade levels by 3 years.  The goal for the Fox Family is to raise enough money to buy and give each Autistic child in Mercer County one of the special iTaalk iPads®  which includes all apps fully loaded and training for students, parents and teachers.

The Rockford Eagles (photo: Blair Shaffer (left) presents a check to Mike Fox) recently donated $1000 to become a Gold Sponsor.

The Go Fish bicycle ride for children and adults will meet at the Community Building and register at 2:15 with bicycles out at 2:45 pm. All ages welcome! Even adults!  The route will not cross over St Rt 33 so it will be safer. A Go Fish card will be picked up at each stop, and the riders with the most matches will be put in a drawing for a new bicycle. 

Mike can be reached at 419-733-7466  and the website for registration is: http://nfoxphoto.wix.com/fox-family-ride

Click here to visit their Facebook Page.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

 

 

The Fox Family from Rockford is Sponsoring  2nd Annual Fox Family Ride for Austism
by Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation

Information on Austism

Autism is properly classified as an epidemic, and a recent study revealed 1 in 56 children have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The lifetime incremental cost of education, treatment and care of a person with autism is $3.2 million. Clearly this is a tremendous additional cost on families and on communities...unless we prioritize finding innovative approaches to working with children with Autism.

The iTaalk Autism Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that works to introduce and educate on cost effective and appropriate interactive technology for individuals with autism and related disorders. We continue to endorse traditional therapy programs such as a 30-hour per week Applied Behavioral Analysis program are the most effective treatment for children, but seek to bring attention to how much more progress could be made if the child also had access to an interactive device with educational apps, for which they were trained to use by their teachers and therapists. The immediate and inexhaustible interaction with a device such as an iPad®, would reinforce language, fine motor skills, cause & effect and other key skills for children with autism – thereby enhancing the therapist’s impact in a very cost-effective manner.

Last year, nearly 100 individuals with autism were granted an iPad® by iTaalk, and over 1,000 service providers and parents were provided with the necessary education on using an iPad® with individuals with special needs.

How you can help...

Become a sponsor for the Fox Family Ride for Autism

The Fox Family Ride for Autism is asking local businesses, corporations and/or individuals to become sponsors! The donations can be monetary or material in nature. Donations made will be utilized in an auction to raise funds. Money raised from the auction goes directly to iTaalk and will be used to fund the purchase of devices, educational applications, and a full-day iPad training for local parents, teachers and autism caregivers!

We hope you will consider this opportunity to partner with the Fox Family and iTaalk! Visit itaalk.org and click on the Programs tab to find out more about the Fox Family Ride and to become a donor today! Any questions regarding our organization and fund management policies are gladly answered, contact Tammy at tammy@itaalk.org, or visit www.itaalk.org for answers to FAQs about The iTaalk Autism Foundation. If you have questions about the Fox Family Ride for Autism and how to get involved please contact Holly at (419)-787-7857 or by email at hollysnyder@bex.net.

Please use this link to make your own donation to this event: http://www.itaalk.org/#!fox-family-ride/cl34

Sincerely,

Tammy Eisenreich
Tammy Eisenreich, Vice President The iTaalk Autism Foundation
The iTaalk Autism Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN 27-3892351 is located at 2040 West Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43606

 

 

 
Spade and Barrel Wine Garden Opens at Dues Nursery near Coldwater
Wine tasting event is set for Friday, April 22, 2016, 6PM to 9:30 PM

Call 419-586-1290 to RSVP

 
 
 
 

 
April 15, 2016

 

 
 
 

The Rockford Chamber, through the Crime Awareness Fund, donated the funds to purchase body cams for the Rockford Police Department.  Thank you, Rockford Police, for all you do in keeping our community a great place to live and raise a family.

 

 
 

Little League Baseball/Softball Umpiring Clinic

A baseball/softball umpiring clinic will be offered for anyone interested in officiating youth summer baseball and softball games in Rockford, Willshire, and/or Mendon for the upcoming summer season. The clinic will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 2:30-5:30pm at Shanes Park in Rockford. Participants who attend the clinic will receive three hours of umpiring instruction and a printed umpiring manual with league rules. The participants' contact information will also be sent to all of the coaches within these towns as they look to assign summer umpires. Participation is free and open to any male or female age 14+ in the area who is interested in umpiring in Rockford, Willshire, or Mendon. Registration for the clinic is required. To register, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or ryanthompson2000@hotmail.com.

If you are interested in umpiring in Rockford, Willshire, or Mendon, but not able to attend the April 24th clinic, please contact Ryan Thompson to be added to the "Umpire Contact List" for the 2016 season.

 

 

Pain Management Services Enhanced at Mercer Health

Dr. Keith Snow, Pain Management Specialist, has joined Mercer Health Medical Staff providing Pain Management Services at Mercer Health’s Outpatient Center.  Dr. Keith Snow provides evaluation and treatment of pain.  No physician referrals are required.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Mercer Health Outpatient Center at 419-678-5681.

Mercer Health’s Outpatient Center provides local access to a wide range of outpatient healthcare services and specialty care providers and is conveniently located on the second floor at Mercer County Community Hospital.

 

Update on Bones found in State Park on January 3, 2016
Submitted on April 13, 2016 by Sheriff Jeff Grey

Detectives have searched NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Person System) data bases for missing persons in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  So far, 6 people were located who fit our description:  Male, between 20-35, 5”7” to 6’1” and missing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Ohio BCI tested a bone for DNA and were able to extract a partial DNA profile.  This profile has been loaded into the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Data base.  At this point, there have been no hits, but I stress this is a partial profile only.

Other bones were sent to the University of North Texas.  Their work will take approximately 6 months.  They have been in possession of the bones for about 2 months.  Once we receive their results, we will release what information they are able to provide.

Detectives have contacted multiple agencies about the six people in an attempt to learn as much as we can about each missing person.  It is important to understand, even if we get DNA, if the DNA is not in a database, it will be difficult, if not impossible to identify the deceased.  Without an identity, this case will be nearly impossible to solve.  It is critical in missing person cases that DNA be uploaded into the NamUS database.  If DNA is not available from the missing person, then it is imperative that DNA is received from the mother of the missing person to attempt identification.

 

 

MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE

The Annual Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon or until sold out. The Plant Sale will be held in the Jr. Fair Building on the fairgrounds.

The proceeds from the sale will benefit the OSUE Van Wert County Master Gardener Volunteers' projects, such as the Garden of the Senses, Children's Garden, and their educational activities for the community.

The Plant Sale will feature potted herbs, both culinary and aromatic, plus a variety of hardy chrysanthemums. Gardening items will also be available. 

Stop by the Jr. Fair Building on Saturday morning, April 30, to purchase herbs or mums to beautify your outdoor living spaces or as a gift for that special gardener in your family.

 

 

 
April 12-14, 2016

 

 
 

Donation Made to Shanes Park  

Rockford Community Days Inc. has donated $2,550 to the Shanes Park
Board. Accepting the check on the left is Sandy Shaffner - park board President.  Amy Joseph- Rockford Community Days president, presented the check with Ellie Harner- Sweet little helper from Miss Mamys Daycare. The monies will be used to purchase the table and chairs for the New Shane Hall. This makes a total of $4550 Rockford Community Days Inc was able to put towards the New Building that is nearing
completion! A huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors and patrons! With out YOU these donations would not be possible.
  

 

 
 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – APRIL 23, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH



Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel, and some comedy !! 
Doors open at 6 pm with show beginning at 7 pm.

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

Guests include:  

* Kim Epple from Defiance * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Randy Moore from Gover Hill * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

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


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

 

 
 
 

The Lightning Thief to be performed by New York Acting Troupe at Parkway 

New York City’s Theatreworks USA will perform “The Lightning Thief,” a musical adaptation of the first book in Rick Riordan’s popular “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” series, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Parkway High School Auditorium.

After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2014, The Lightning Thief began its national tour in fall 2014. The Lightning Thief is able, as are all Theatreworks USA productions, to play a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns.  Last summer's Off-Broadway production of "The Lightning Thief" was nominated for an Outstanding Musical from the Lortel Awards and for Best Family Show from the Off Broadway Alliance! 

Parkway students in grades three through eight will see this show during the school day and a second show will be open to the public that evening at 6 pm. The show is approximately one hour in length and recommended for audiences 8 years old and up.

Get 25% off your 6 p.m. show ticket price by ordering your ticket early! Tickets are $7.50 presale at showtix4u.com or $10.00 the day of the show. All proceeds go to Parkway Elementary High 5, a parent teacher organization working to increase the educational opportunities for our students. 

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  This Burkettsville Map, is from the 1900 Atlas of Mercer County, Ohio, by J.E. Hamburger.  This Map will be one of the many old maps related to Mercer County’s history, from 1755 to the present, on Exhibit on Sunday, May 8, at the Mercer County Historical Museum. 

The old Maps of Mercer County and Northwest Ohio provide a history for United States and Ohio History Students and Teachers.  How many historic sites can you identify on this map of Burkettsville?

Leo Huber’s book, “Centennial St. Bernard Parish, Burkettsville, Ohio, 1874-1974,” contributes to the preservation of Burkettsville’s history.  I have been studying the history of Burkettsville because information has been requested about Gilbert’s Railroad Depot at Burkettsville.  The old Railroad Depot site is identified on the East side of the Cincinnati Northern Railroad Tracks and west of Washington Street, on the 1900 Map of Burkettsville, shown above.

Mark J. Camp, in his book “Railroad Depots of West Central Ohio,” published by Arcadia, in 2005, included a 1947 photograph of Gilbert’s Railroad Depot.  The depot may have been closed about 1959. Does anyone have old photographs of this Railroad Depot, with trains arriving?  If the Depot was closed in 1959, there should be local citizens who remember that Depot; would you share this history?

When I was doing research for the History of Saint Henry, there was a reference, in the German Newspaper, “Deutsches Kleeblatt,” later known as “Der Mercer County Bote,” which stated that the first train arrived at St. Henry on December 22, 1883.  The train arrived from the south; that would confirm that that train went through Burkettsville, before arriving at St. Henry in 1883.

The land where Burkettsville is located, was in Darke County, until the Mercer and Darke County Lines were changed, when Auglaize County was formed in 1848.  The section of Mercer County, south of the Boundary Line, or the old 1795 Indian Treaty Line, became Gibson Township, and the land in Granville and Marion Township, which was located south of the Treaty Line, was in Darke County until 1848.  That change in the County Line between Mercer and Darke Counties, resulted in the Mercer-Darke County Line running east and west along Burkettsville’s Main Street.  Therefore, the north side of Main Street became a part of Mercer County, and the south side of Main Street remained a part of Darke County.  The recent Grade School was in Darke County, and was a part of St. Henry District Schools.

John S. Gallagher and Alan H. Patera’s “Post Offices of Ohio,”  stated that the Burkettsville Post Office was established May 26, 1873.  The Village of Burkettsville was platted in 1876.  Gallagher and Patera stated that Burkettsville’s Post Office was located in Darke County, from June 6, 1881, until July 6, 1914.  I wrote about the Burkettsville Post Office history, on January 13, 2013, in “Our Old Bookcase.”  Does anyone have old envelopes or post cards with Post Marks from Burkettsville Post Office?

On the above map, the 1900 site of the old School is noted on the north site of Main Street, east of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.  Does anyone have photographs of that old School building?  The 1900 map notes a Tile Factory located on the south side of Main Street, two blocks east of the Railroad Tracks.

On the second Sunday of May, May 8, 1:00 – 4:00, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, the Mercer County Historical Society is hosting an Exhibit of old maps of early Indian Trails, former Trading Posts, Military Trails of 1790’s and 1812-14, and the establishment of Mercer County in 1820, followed by maps of Mercer County Villages in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The Plat Maps from the 1888 and 1900 Mercer County Atlases will be part of this Exhibit.  Copies of old map books will be for sale.  This will be an educational experience, not only for students, but also for history and social studies teachers, and University students and scholars in Mid-Western Ohio.

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

 

 

Upcoming Events with C. & C. Bible Fellowship

C. & C. Bible Fellowship staff are inviting all graduates from all local schools, plus any single through the age of 20 years old, to come to an evening of Fun Fun Fun at the C. & C Bible Fellowship Campus this Saturday April 16 at 4:00.  The evening will include many activities, plus pizza and drink will be available for purchase. Later that evening there will a movie and popcorn available. C. & C Bible Fellowship has worked with young adults for over 27 years offering a place for young adults to meet together for fun and spiritual growth verses what the world has to offer our youth. Please encourage your son, daughters, grand kids, friends to come and enjoy the evening of fun.

C. & C Bible Fellowship is located at 4383 S 150 E Berne Indiana, at the big RED barn.

C. & C Bible Fellowship, Young Adult Ministry, Rural Berne Indiana announces an evening of Praise and Worship at the South Adams School auditorium Saturday April 23 at 7:00. This evening will feature many local talents. Tab Beechler, Ryan Hirschy, Dr. Fisher and family, Henry Wickey, Brad Byerly and more. Admission is free but a free will offering will be taken to support C. & C Bible Fellowship ministries expensive for the balance of 2016 budget.  Please come and enjoy,

This concert is open to all ages.

 

Drug Task Force Makes Arrests
Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announced drug arrests made by the Grand Lake Task Force.   Arrested were Richard Swartzel, age 32, 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A, and Jessica R. Hicks, age 30, also of 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A.  Both Swartzel and Hicks were arrested for trafficking in drugs (Heroin), being felonies of the 5th degree.

On April 11, 2016 at approximately 3:40 PM Task Force deputies conducted a buy bust operation, with heroin being purchased.  Uniform deputies along with Celina Police officers secured the residence on Touvelle Street while a search warrant was applied for, and granted.   Task Force deputies recovered multiple used and unused syringes, suspected methamphetamine, assorted prescription medication, multiple empty capsules with suspected heroin residue inside, a small amount of cash, and various other drug paraphernalia.

This operation was a result of several tips received by the public and an investigation by the Task Force.  The investigation is ongoing, and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to Noon.  Those attending are asked to write a piece about forgiveness. A writing program/exercise will be given by member Barbara Moore.  The public is invited to attend.

 
 

Van Wert County 4-H Club receives Innovator Award

The Ohio 4-H Innovator Award recognizes adult and/or youth volunteers who have developed new programs, county projects, or activities. This award was presented to the 4-H Exchange Club of Van Wert County on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Cindy Harting and Jay Gamble are the organizational advisors for the 4-H Exchange Club in Van Wert County. Each year the club travels or hosts 4-H’ers from other states to exchange ideas, cultures and make new friends. In order to raise funds for their trips and to host the clubs hold a number of fundraisers. The fundraisers are all a big part of their success, but the Holiday Light Show has been a new experience and highly innovative for our area. Since 2007 the club has been hosting the holiday light show. It has grown from around 10 displays to 86 large displays along the path. By tuning your radio, you can listen to holiday music in your car, and follow the signs and candy canes to direct you through the path. In 2014 approximately 1600 car loads of people went through the show to see all of the lights on display!

The Exchange members are responsible for helping put the lights up, decide where they will be located, and collecting donations for the programs that are handed out. The members also stand to collect money every weekend after Thanksgiving through Christmas (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). They have also arranged for four guest appearances from Santa for kids to see, and two dates when visitors can enjoy Horse-Drawn Wagon rides. The club has learned how to promote their event, adding advertisement to local magazines, newspapers, and media. Through it all the adult leadership in this club has ensured that the kids make this a fun and fulfilling experience. Katie Hughes a member of the club tells us that “We put a lot of hours on Saturday and Sunday starting the last weekend in October to get ready. Each family works 3-4 nights for the show”.

Pictured are (L-R) Jay Gamble, Griffin Waltmire, and Cindy Harting.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 11, 2016

 

 
 
 

Riley Signs with University of Northwestern Ohio

Parkway’s Jensen Riley, who graduates in 2016, recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for four years and go to college at University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. He plans to major in Robotics and Business. He is the son of Misty and Curt Riley of Rockford, shown above with him. Also shown are Jensen’s Parkway Assistant Baseball Coach Eric Stachler and Head Baseball Coach Luke Clouse. Picture shared by Nikki Fox.

 

Rockford Council Moves to Drop Auxiliary Police Officers
Two New Part-time Officers will be Added

Volunteer  Auxiliary Police Officers in Rockford will be a thing of the past.

Police Chief Paul May says they will begin interviewing for two new part-time officers which will bring the part-time force up to 6. Click here to read the Rockford Council News for this and other council business.

 

Parkway FCA hosts FREE concert

Parkway FCA will host a concert on Tuesday, April 19th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the high school auditorium in Rockford. This is a FREE concert featuring the band Plain Cities. Plain Cities is a three piece pop/rock band based out of Columbus, Ohio. They are currently on tour all across the United States. Plain Cities’ mission is to produce music that encourages students to develop strong personal goals and positive self-worth. During the concert there will be a guest speaker, Brad Hurtig. Brad grew up as a typical student-athlete in a small town in Ohio much like our surrounding small towns. A devastating accident resulted in the amputation of both of his hands. Brad’s determination led him to rejoining his football team and receiving all-state honors, all while playing with no hands. You won’t want to miss his inspiring story! This is a free event open to the public sponsored by Parkway Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

 

 

Thank You to Sponsors Noted

Caden Slusher would like to thank the area businesses that support him and the Northwest Ohio Basketball Club Golf Scramble:
Silver Sponsor: Chatt Insurance/ Grange Insurance
Hole Sponsors: Ketcham & Ripley Funeral Home, TJ's Grocerette, Willshire Drive In, Laurels of Shane Hill, Vancrest, Betsey’s Boutique, Alexander Bebout, Van Wert Carts and More, Brand It Marketing
Door Prize Sponsors: His n Hers, Rockford Subway
”Thank you for your Support!” said Caden.

 

 

 

 
 

 
April 9-10, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
 

Jason Ford Shares Chemistry Experience With Students

By: PHS Senior Karie Gangwer

Jason Ford, a 2011 graduate of Parkway and a recent graduate of Ohio State University, visited Mrs. Morton's Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Physics classes on March 21st and 22nd. Jason has his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is now working on his Doctorate in theoretical chemistry at Stanford University. For the A&P classes, Jason presented them with a blood buffer lab. Students were able to demonstrate the buffering solution found in your blood, connecting chemistry to the human body. For the biology classes, Jason began a discussion idea based on an article about bananas and how they are being struck by a disease that is incurable and pretty much wipes out banana plantations within a matter of years. The bananas we eat now are clones of a single genetic strand, so if this disease strikes, the banana may be gone from all grocery shelves. Mr. Ford discussed differences between genetic engineering and genetically modified foods. His study in chemistry links to proteins that could play roles in genetics. Finally, for Mrs. Morton's physics classes, Jason began a discussion about bio mechanics and why you should lift things a certain way to minimize torque on certain parts of the body. Students related their study of rational motion to the body and the amount of torque sustained by joints like the elbow and knee.

 

 
Rockford Rec. Hosts 2016 Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition - This is postponed due to the weather

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run competition at Shanes Park on Sunday, April 10th at 1:00pm. All boys and girls, ages 7-14 (age determined as of July 17th, 2016), compete in separate age divisions and participants have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Local, Regional, MLB Team Championships (held at all 30 MLB ballparks) and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Rescheduled for April 17, 2016 at 1 PM
 
 

Lots of Fun Planned for the 120th Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet
The 120th Mendon-Union Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday May 28th, 1:00 p.m. at the Old Farm Store, 122 N. Main St. in Mendon.  Cost is $15.00 per person, and the meal of Chicken Breast, Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes & gravy, Dressing, Salad, Rolls, Dessert & Drink will be prepared by the Women of the Mendon Methodist Church.  Invitations have been mailed out and reservations are due by Tuesday, May 10th.   The Alumni committee has decided to expand the Alumni Banquet into a weekend of events.  Starting Friday evening May 27th @ 6:30 p.m., a free concert in the park at the former school grounds will be held, music by "Blind Date", a local band from Rockford that will entertain the crowd with hits from the 50's, 60's, & 70's.  Concert goers are asked to bring their lawn chairs.  After Saturday's Alumni Banquet at 1:00 p.m., Elvis Presley Jr. will perform a concert inside the Old Farm Store @ 3:30 p.m.  Saturday's Alumni festivities will round out with a Classic Car Show to be held downtown starting @ 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.  Interested Car Show owners who want to bring their car may contact Lowell Krick @ 419-795-4011 for more info.  Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. the Annual Alumni Golf Outing at Deerfield Golf Course takes place.  Individuals or teams may contact Steve Uncapher @ 419-203-0811, or Jim Shaffer @ 419-795-5511 to register.  Cost is $45.00 which includes 18 holes of golf, 1/2 cart, and a B*B*Q chicken dinner @ noon.  At 11:45a.m. -1:00p.m. on Sunday, the Alumni will have B*B*Q chicken dinners to be picked up at the north drive of the Mendon Methodist Church.  Carry-out only.  Pre-sale tickets are $8.50 each, and include a 1/2 chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll.  B*B*Q Chicken tickets will be available at the Mendon Library up until May 25th.  Monday's activities start with the Methodist Youth Breakfast at 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., at the church with Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Pancakes, Fruit, Orange Juice & Coffee.  At 8:30 a.m. the Annual Memorial Day Parade honoring local veterans, and those who gave their lives in protecting our nation will be held downtown.  At 9:00 a.m. the Memorial Day Service at the village park (downtown) featuring the Parkway H.S. marching band, Honor Guard from the Celina VFW, American Legion, and Women's Auxiliary, local scout troop and guest speaker. 

 
 

 
April 7-8, 2016

 

 
 

Volunteer Luncheon Planned at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert County Hospital is planning a luncheon to honor over 200 of its volunteers who give so generously and graciously of their time and talent to the organization.  The luncheon will be on Thursday, April 14 at 11:30 AM at the Willow Bend Country Club.  Please contact Ellen Rager, Director of Patient and Community Relations, at 419-238-8623 to confirm your reservation.  The five volunteer groups at Van Wert County Hospital include the American Red Cross hospital program, Lady Board of Managers (who are affectionately known as the “Sewing Ladies), and TWIG I, TWIG II, and TWIG III.  Van Wert County Hospital would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers.  The hospital volunteers truly make the time that patients and their families spend at Van Wert County Hospital even better. 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Eat Traditional—Stop the War on Our Family Farms

In western Ohio, we enjoy the good fortune of traditional family farms that use the latest technologies to provide affordable, wholesome options at our local grocery stores.  All-to-often it seems our local agriculture is under attack by those who oppose traditional family farms. In particular a push for cage-free chickens raises concerns about our ability to provide enough food to feed the world.

Popular marketing trends are providing a larger consumer base for meats and eggs that are raised in these less efficient manners.  As farmers respond to these fads it is changing our farm outcomes for generations. The demands of this fad call for abandoning the advanced techniques that have defined our ability to provide the most affordable and wholesome food products ever available in the marketplace. Consumer choice is something that I’ve always supported but we must be cautious of misleading marketing campaigns.

When they market cage free chickens they forget to point out that the chickens live and walk in their own manure, as opposed to caged chickens which are elevated off the floor and allow for regular cleaning, increasing sanitation and health. Free range chickens are also free to peck at one another, leading to injuries and higher mortality rates and lower yields not-to-mention damaged or bruised meat.

Barns with caged chickens can house one third to two thirds more chickens, further reducing costs and environmental impacts, while fulfilling the needs of our local grocery stores and those hungry around the world.

Advancements in animal breeding and mechanization have led to drastic increases in the yields over the past century. According to the USDA, productivity of farms has tripled from 1948 to 2000.  Automated collection and cleaning of eggs has made them affordable and easily accessible today while keeping the exact same nutritional value of eggs from uncaged chickens. Our family farms simply cannot meet today’s egg and chicken demand with yesterday’s farming techniques.

The war on production agriculture threatens our ability to provide affordable, healthy food for our families and future generations. All-to-often this fad condemns traditional family farms and tries to push us back to technology that is half a century outdated.

The truth is, the people behind this fad don’t want us to eat protein and want to increase the price of wholesome food. Please join me in eating only food from traditional family farms. Let’s call it, “eat traditional!”

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyapril2016

 

 

MERCER  UMC AYCE COUNTRY BREAKFAST 
April 23, 2016
Junction SR 33 & SR 707 Mercer, OH
8:00 AM TO 12:00 pm
Adults $7.00; children 5 - 12 $5.00; under 4 free.
Menu:  buckwheat cakes, pancakes, sausage patties,  ham, scrambled eggs,  sausage gravy and biscuits,  homemade coffee cakes & sweet rolls, fruit and beverages.  There will also be a bake sale.  All proceeds go to the repair of the brick on our church building

 

 

Parkway Preschool/Pre-K Registration Night

Parkway Preschool/Pre-K has set their Registration Night for the 2016-2017 school year for Wednesday, April 27 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 the Ohio Department of Education. 

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 registration fee will be accepted.  Once the registration is completed, other forms need to be turned in before the school year begins in September.  Have more questions about preschool?  Please call the elementary office at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.  (Currently enrolled Parkway preschoolers do not need to attend.)

 

LINE DANCE CLASS 

The Bachwell Center for Music & Dance will be starting a beginner line 
dance class Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. If you’ve ever wanted to 
learn line dance, and you just couldn’t find a place, well it is right 
here in Van Wert, at BCMD.  Bring your friends, make it a fun night out, 
you don’t need a partner.  Line dancing has great cardio benefits and 
it’s a great way to meet new friends. Classes will be taught by a 
veteran line dance instructor with over 20 years of line dance 
instruction.   The Bachwell is located at 116 N Washington St, Van 
Wert.  

 

Gehle Transport Celebrates 40 years

The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate Chamber member,
Gehle Transport, as they celebrate 40 years in the trucking business.   
They celebrated with an open house this past weekend. Pictured are Missy, Steve and Marge Gehle.

 

Grand Lake Patriots to Sponsor Events
“Local Family Shares Presidential Campaign Experiences” Thursday, April 14 @ 7 PM Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

 . . . and coming in May: Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit documentary (from the award winning producer of Agenda 21: Grinding America Down) Thursday, May 12@ 7 PM Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

The Shawn and Kay Meyer family will share their experiences working for the Ted Cruz campaign in South Carolina, in Ohio, and in Wisconsin at the April 14 Grand Lake Patriots’ meeting. The program starts at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, W. Market Street, in Celina. Pastor Shawn Meyer has written for two national conservative e-news sites, and is a contributor to The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio, pastor’s column. He is the author of two children’s books. He and his wife Kay are the parents of 7 children. Several of the older children, along with other teens from the Mercer County area, are involved in political volunteer work through Generation Joshua. Both programs are sponsored by the Grand Lake Patriots. The public is invited. The Lefeld Community Building is handicapped accessible. The Grand Lake Patriots organization does not endorse any political candidate nor does the organization endorse any political party.

 

Lieutenant Governor of Ohio to Speak at GOP Event

The 2016 Mercer County GOP Reagan Day Dinner  will feature Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Mary Taylor on Thursday, April 14, 2016

6:00PM Doors Open/Social Time 6:30PM Dinner

$25 per person  or sponsor a table of 8 for $250

Romer’s Catering 321 South Eastern Avenue St. Henry, Ohio

RSVP by April 7 at Registration@mercercountygop.org Or call 419-586-8120 (then dial 2)

 

 

 
April 5-6, 2016

 

 
 

Capital Campaign Underway at Mercer Health for Major Expansion Project
Building on a Promise – Campaign Title Sums It Up

by Sheila Baltzell 4-2-2016

The MED  Foundation of Mercer Health, the volunteer philanthropic arm of the health organization has taken on the challenge to raise the necessary funds to support the exciting new project of a new wing at the hospital located on Main Street in Coldwater, OH. Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations recently explained the reasons and needs for this expansion, the history of health care in our community, and the timeline in place for the estimated 2017 ground-breaking ceremony and construction commencement.

Lisa Klenke, CEO and George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO, recently announced the three story addition which will be directly connected to the existing west entrance of the current hospital, adding nearly 54,000 square feet will feature a new state-of-the-art surgical suite, all private inpatient rooms and increased space for outpatient services. Parking will move west in front of the former Briarwood faciality now owned by the hospital.

Mindy Kremer explained that the expansion is necessary to keep up with the growing demand for surgical services which have seen nearly 25% growth in the past 2 years.  She said, “Currently, the surgery department is located in the original 1950 building. The expansion will meet the needs of the surgical volume growth by providing adequate space and improved functioning.  Private rooms in all inpatient spaces have been a long-time request from the community and is the gold standard in new hospital construction.  In addition to privacy, private rooms allow for better infection control and can reduce noise disturbances thereby improving patient sleep.  Outpatient services equate for nearly 75% of all services provided at the hospital, a major shift from the traditional care model. Currently many of the outpatient services are decentralized, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care. The expansion will meet the needs of outpatient growth while allowing for increased accessibility for patients and visitors.”

The $24 million addition will add 54,000 square feet to the current 119,000, equipment will be carried over, and digital radiology is a priority for this project. A Telestroke System using iPads to tele-dock with a neurologist in seconds will save precious time for stroke patients.

The campaign will be 1/3 funded, 1/3 financed and 1/3 benevolent donations.

The current administration of Mercer Health looks back to the vision of the founding fathers of Our Lady of Mercer Hospital. Joseph Oppenheim and other leaders promised in 1950 to provide quality, local healthcare.  The community has always rallied around every project. In 1969, Kremer mentioned that the Sisters of Mercer could not longer operate the hospital, and concerned board members worked together with seven townships in Mercer County to form the joint township hospital district in 1972. Today it is still successfully governed through the Ohio Revised Code, by local township government, one of only a handful in the state to claim that status. And, during the 70’s and 80’s, the hospital saw renovations and additions as needs grew. The townships involvement meant a new Emergency Room, 24 hours a day, became a reality. A Community Medical Center in Celina, Mercer County Home Health Agency and Mercer Health Home Care all came into being by the end of 1987.

The pictures below tell a story of community pride and caring, and the new addition is being welcomed in that same sense of generosity and excitement for the future.

More information about this major expansion project is available by contacting the MED Foundation of Mercer Health or by visiting www.mercer-health.com. Learn about all areas of Mercer Health, and how you can suppor the future of healthcare in your own community.

Laying the Cornerstone of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital
 
A nun doing imaging
 
Aerial View of the Original Building
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calling All Band Members

On Monday April 25th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for the upcoming concert season.  The rehearsals are held each Monday in the New Van Wert High School band room, located off S.R 118 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.   The band is open to anyone wishing to play his or her instrument in a concert band.  Current members vary in age, and playing ability but have the common interest of performing and making great band music.  The members come from, Van Wert, Lima, Delphos, Convoy, Spencerville, Chat, Middle Point, Decatur and Rockford.  It truly is a Van Wert Area Band.

Retired Parkway Band director Richard Sherrick directs the band.  The goals are to present a variety of music that is both musically enjoyable to the listener and challenging to the performer.  If you have any questions regarding participation in the band please call or text 419-230-6808, or just come to the first rehearsal. Please consider becoming a member of our organization this coming season.

 

 
 
 

Parkway Kindergarten Screening

Parkway Elementary is currently scheduling appointments for kindergarten screening for the 2016-2017 school year.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Screening will be held on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Parkway Elementary School.  On screening day, it will be necessary for parents/guardians to present an official birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics (any county health department).  The vital statistics department will require a fee for this copy. The hospital complimentary birth certificate will not be accepted.  Parents will also need to supply their child’s social security card, immunization records, two forms of proof of residency and custody papers (if applicable) to photocopy. 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.

 

 
 
 
Congratulations to the hard-working 5th-8th Graders at Parkway Middle School
Click below to see who made:

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll
End of 3rd Quarter 2015-2016
 
 

President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA Coming to Dayton
Sister Donna Markham to Present Keynote Address 
at Catholic Social Services Annual Leadership Luncheon

Dayton, Ohio (April 1, 2016) – Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, the President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, will visit Dayton on Wednesday, April 27 to help celebrate the 95th anniversary of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV). During her visit, she will address attendees at the CSSMV Annual Leadership Luncheon.

Sister Donna is the first woman to lead the 105 year-old social services network that is recognized as one of the largest charities in the United States. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Markham serves as a key public policy adviser and advocate for services for the poor and marginalized. An Adri­an Dominican sister with a doctorate in clinical psychology, she has served in leadership positions in behavioral healthcare both in Canada and the U.S., and is an internationally-recognized author and speaker in areas pertaining to transformational leadership, organizational change management and the effective treatment of the mentally ill. She is currently engaged in global peace initiatives directed toward building bridges of understanding and collaboration among women leaders.

Also attending the Leadership Luncheon will be Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., Director of the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). Catholic Social Services will be presenting a Community Partner Award to ODA in recognition of the state agency’s long-standing partnership in helping CSSMV provide services and support to older adults.

The CSSMV Annual Leadership Luncheon will take place at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. During the luncheon, CSSMV CEO Laura Roesch will also provide an annual report on local social service initiatives and recognize leaders and organizations who have helped to forward the agency’s mission.

Tickets for the Annual Leadership Luncheon are $25 per person. Reservations can be made online at cssmv.org/leadership or by calling (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141. 

 

 

 

Community Sports and Therapy Center Offers Certified Lymphedema Services
Submitted by Robert J. Hibner, MS, PT

Community Sports and Therapy Center is pleased to announce that one of their physical therapists, Melanie Sowers, DPT, has recently completed her extensive training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Melanie completed her training in the four components of Complete Decongestive Therapy through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. 

The Community Sports and Therapy Center has provided specialty services for Lymphedema treatment for over ten years. Melanie has eight years of experience treating patients with Lymphedema.  Melanie recently underwent further advanced training and completed the extensive coursework required to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. With this advanced training and certification Melanie will continue to provide the most current and up-to-date treatment for her patients with lymphedema.

“Treatment techniques for any condition change over the years and as our caseload of lymphedema patients continues to grow we wanted to make sure we were able to provide our patients with the most up-to-date treatment techniques available,” stated Melanie.

What exactly is lymphedema? Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part usually occurring in the one arm or leg, but it may be present in both arms or both legs. It can also occur in the hands or feet, or even in the chest, back, face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. It is the result of abnormal accumulation of protein-rich edema fluid in the affected area due to lymph vessels being unable to transport lymph fluid (or waste products) back into circulation, causing it to accumulate, resulting in chronic swelling. If left untreated it may result in hardening skin tissue. Lymphedema is a long-term condition that requires a change in lifestyle in certain ways to cope with it.

Research shows that although Lymphedema afflicts approximately 1% of the U.S. population (nearly 3 million Americans), there is a shortage of lymphedema information, and the problems it creates are poorly understood.

Lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema is caused by malformations of the lymphatic system, most commonly in women. Symptoms may be present at birth or may develop later, often during puberty or pregnancy and without obvious cause. Primary lymphedema is most common in the legs, but may also occur in the arms or torso. Secondary lymphedema is much more common and is the result of surgery or is a side effect of radiation therapy for cancer. It occurs most commonly in the arms, but may also develop in the legs. Secondary forms may also occur after traumatic injury, infection of the lymphatic system, or severe chronic venous insufficiency.

Initial symptoms of lymphedema include tightness or heaviness in the affected area as well as swelling characterized by “pitting’ which is recognizable when skin is depressed for a few seconds and the indentation does not immediately disappear.

Since there is no cure for lymphedema, the goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling and maintain the reduction. For a majority of patients, this can be achieved by the skillful application of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which is safe, reliable and non-invasive. This includes Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), a gentle manual lymphatic therapy technique, to activate the lymphatic system, and move the lymph fluid out of the affection region and reduce the swelling. This is performed in conjunction with compression bandages to the affected areas.

Treatments are individualized per patient needs and performed three to five days a week, depending on the severity. Once swelling is reduced the patient is fitted with a graduated compression garment, educated on ongoing self-care and performing self-manual lymph drainage and therapeutic exercises.

“It is very rewarding to see the improvement in patient’s conditions as we work with them,” Melanie stated. “We spend a lengthy amount of time with our patients and really get to know them on a personal level while we treat them. It is a very gratifying experience.”

 

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
April 2-4, 2016

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption: Several Train Car loads of New Idea Manure Spreaders had been sent to Saint Marys, Ohio, in 1909.  The new owners of the NI Spreaders lined up for their Parade Photograph.

The above photograph of the Parade of the new owners of the 1909 New Idea Spreaders at Saint Marys, was in the files of the History of the New Idea Company, Coldwater, Ohio.  The New Idea Company influenced agricultural practices, not only in Ohio and the United States, but also around the World.

To improve the soil, farmers had been spreading manure on their fields, for centuries.  As improved technology came to farm equipment in the 1800’s, change also arrived with “modern” manure spreaders. W.E. Martin, Oconee, Georgia, had an early patent on a manure spreaders, dated October 4, 1870.  Early inventors were inspired by the 1776-1876 Centennial Celebration in the United States, and filed patents for hundreds of technical improvements in the 1870’s and 1880’s.  History books give credit to Joseph Sargent Kemp, Syracuse, NY (originally from Ontario, Canada) as the “Inventor of the first practical manure spreader,” in 1877.  Kemp continued improving the spreaders, with more patents, and became quite successful in his manure spreader business.  In the 1880’s, other inventors also applied for patents on spreaders.  For additional information about the early history of manure spreaders, see the book, “New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein & Coldwater, Ohio.”

Joseph Oppenheim, as of October 18, 1899, had the factory of the New Idea Spreader Works constructed at Maria Stein, Ohio.  Sometimes, local citizens try to give Joseph Oppenheim credit “for inventing the manure spreader,” and/or “for inventing the wide spread manure spreader.”  What Joseph Oppenheim and his family did for the success of the New Idea Manure Spreader, can be recognized by two “game changing” achievements.  First, on February 17, 1900, Joseph Oppenheim filed his Application for his First Patent, for which he received the Patent No. 648,519 on May 1, 1900.  His Patent of his idea of changing the beaters at the back of the spreader, so that each beater was placed an angle from the sides of the wagon, caused a “wide spreader” feature to the NI Spreader, which attracted farmers to the product.  Second, the manufacture and marketing of the NI Spreader was the second reason for the success of the New Idea Company Spreader.  The continued growth of the NI Company began with a move to Coldwater, Ohio between the years 1907 and 1912.  The growth of the NI Company can be attributed to the Oppenheim Family leadership, and their continued successful patents on the NI Spreader, as well as to their hard-working, responsible NI Employees.

One example of marketing the New Idea Spreaders was that the Oppenheim Family employed salesmen across the countryside.  The railroads provided quick transportation for the salesmen as well as for the delivery of the NI Spreaders.  The Oppenheim Family put the NI Spreaders on train cars and shipped them as far east as New York State, and west to Kansas and beyond. When the NI Spreaders arrived at the town railroad depot, the New Idea Representatives not only organized a Parade through Town for their new customers, but also hired a professional photographer to record the event.

As I studied the above photograph, I saw the name “Gordon,” on the banner.  The name Gordon reminded me of the Gordon State Park, 1924-1930’s, located at the west side of St. Marys, at the edge of Grand Lake Saint Marys.  I went to the book, “Souvenir Book Commemorating Home Coming Week, St. Marys, Ohio, July 1 – 7, 1907,” to compare the buildings on the photograph above, with the photographs in the 1907 book.  For those who are interested in local history, visit the local history section at the St. Marys Public Library, as well as other area libraries.

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

 

 

Sign-up for Summer Ball in Ohio City

Ohio City Youth Activities is still accepting players for their 2016 Summer Ball Program. Please contact Laura Morgan 419-965-2515 or Sean Kennedy 419-576-6429 if interested or for more information.

 

Fountain Park Summer Music Series 2016 

The Van Wert County Foundation has announced its 2016 Fountain Park Summer Music Series.  It features eight free concerts in downtown Van Wert’s Fountain Park.  All concerts are on Friday nights, beginning at 7:00 pm. Food service is available by 5:30 pm from various non-profit organizations in Van Wert County.

This is the 15th season for Fountain Park Summer concerts presented by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation.  This season includes a wide variety of entertainment and will even include an outdoor family movie on July 1 following the Lima Pops Orchestra concert.  The movie is in cooperation with Main Street Van Wert.

The season kicks off with its traditional opener on Friday night of the Peony and Artrageous Festival weekend.  The entire line-up is listed below:

Friday, June 3           The Together Band           

            The Together Band, established in the 70’s, has been entertaining crowds in a tri-state area for more than four decades.  Together provides an action packed show that delivers a classic rock, funk, soul, and feel good music experience for all ages.  The band features a 9-piece ensemble of undeniable rhythm section, electrifying horns, and dynamic vocals from all band members.

Friday, June 17        Madrigal- The Ultimate Tribute to Carlos Santana

            This Cincinnati based band of professional musicians offer up a true Carlos Santana concert experience.  Led by Jose Madrigal, a Mexican immigrant who was home schooled on the guitar by his father, a guitar professor at Northern Kentucky University, Jose was a recording artist for 20th Century Fox and Columbia Records.  Surrounded by a talented group of outstanding musicians, you won’t want to miss this Santana experience! 

Friday, June 24        Beginnings- The Ultimate Tribute to Chicago

            Out of their love and respect for one of the greatest American Rock Bands of all time, this group, comprised of veteran musicians of the New York music scene got their beginning in 2002.  Since then, they have been sharing the wonderful music of the Chicago songbook with audiences all over the country including Disney’s Epcot Center, Atlantic City’s Resort Casino, and the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 1            Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra

Maestro Crafton Beck returns to Van Wert with the Lima Pops Orchestra to herald another July 4th celebration.  Van Wert is proud to be one of the few cities in the state to feature a live Pops Orchestra for its 4th of July weekend.  Bring your flags and wear your patriotism proudly on your sleeve as we celebrate America with the Lima Symphony Pops.  It’s always a crowd pleaser!  Be sure to stick around after the concert to experience a family movie time in Fountain Park on a huge inflatable screen and concert sound system.

Friday, July 15          Natural Wonder- The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience

Gabriel Bello, a #1 Billboard ranked vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, along with a crack rhythm section and full-fledged horn ensemble recreate some of the best loved songs of our time by the phenomenal Stevie Wonder.  Since its inception in 2012, Natural Wonder has wowed audiences for the American Heart Association, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the House of Blues in Orlando and Myrtle Beach as well as BB Kings in New York.

Friday, July 22          Chris Higbee

The former lead singer of Poverty Neck Hillbillies, this high energy fiddling cowboy puts on a show you will not forget.  Often compared to another fiddling singer, Charlie Daniels, Higbee has been known to fiddle his way to the top of rooftops and rock the music from anywhere imaginable.  Chris Higbee and his band will create an exciting and fun evening in Fountain Park for everyone to enjoy!

Friday, July 29          Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos

Tom Feller and Chris Hill have made quick work of establishing themselves as among the top vocal groups in bluegrass winning over fans and disc jockeys in their few short years of existence.  Combining their love of traditional bluegrass, classic country and their newly released all-Gospel album, they have become a leader in the industry.  Their tight harmonies and great songs have compared them to Buck Owens and the Osborne Brothers.           

Friday, August 12    The McCartney Years- The premier McCartney concert experience featuring the music of the Beatles & Wings live!  Relive the time of knitted vests, bell bottoms, 25-cent gas, cassette players, and long hair.  Welcome to the 70”s and some of the greatest music of the century.  The Fountain Park Summer Music Series closes its season with this timeless live concert experience- one you will remember all year long! 

In addition to these outstanding concerts, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Richard Sherrick will be in concert in Fountain Park on Fridays, May 27, July 8, and August 19 beginning at 7:00 pm. 

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the park to enjoy these free concerts, underwritten through the Saltzgaber Music Fund of The Van Wert County Foundation.  Paul Hoverman is the Coordinator of Performing Arts and Seth Baker is the Executive Secretary.

In the case of weather issues, Fountain Park Summer concerts sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation will be moved into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center located 10700 SR 118 South in Van Wert, OH.  Fountain Park is located on the west end of downtown Van Wert, corner of W. Main and Jefferson Streets.

 

 
 

 
April 1, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway April 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

Rockford’s 21st Century Club Members Enjoy Winter Meetings Group Invites Interested Women to Attend

The Rockford 21st Century Club has been enjoying being “On the Road Again” with their year’s theme. Meeting at the Rockford United Methodist Church, on February 23, 2016, the members assembled with Julie Henkle and Toni Fisher co-hostessing and serving a delicious fruit and vegetable dessert following the program about the Wassenberg Center, the Van Wert Courthouse and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Program. Sherry Shaffer and Rozann Maurer conducted the program. Interesting facts about the NPAC and its founder, Scott Niswonger, and how the project came-about, were shared. Then the details of the Van Wert County Courthouse and its renovations were discussed. Its architecture  is unique to the area. Then on March 22, 2016, Barb Painter hosted the meeting at her home with Kim Carr serving as co-hostess. Susan Colburn and Toni Fisher engaged the members with information about the many places to visit in New Bremen. They covered the New Bremen Bicycle Museum, the recently built authentic Lock Keepers House on the Miami Erie Canal and the Lock One Community Arts Center. Following lively discussion, refreshments were served. The next meeting will be in the home of Karla Butler on April 26, 2016 at 7 PM. Valerie Fritzinger plans to do the program topic of the Mercer County Cross Tipped Churches, Barbara Painter will follow with the Shrine of the Holy Relics and Sheila Baltzell will delve into the history and current times of Grand Lake St. Marys.  If you’d like to join the group for the evening contact, Sheila at 419-733-3326.

 

Ohio Genealogical Society to Meet

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday 
April3, at 2:00 at the Richardson Bretz Building   The speaker will be local published author Michelle Houts.  She will be sharing her experiences of the restoration of her one room brick schoolhouse.   Everyone should be prepared in case of a field trip. The meeting is open to the public.

 
 

Food Drive Conducted by OSU Alumni Club
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of  Van Wert and Paulding County  is launching a food drive in conjunction with The Ohio State University Alumni Association's Volunteer Month of Service.  This food collection will run April 8th to April 30th. Please bring non perishable food items for Collection Boxes located in Van Wert:

Jeffery-Mohr Dentistry

685 Fox Road

 

Stahl, Stoller, Meyer Insurance Agency

111 N Washington Street

 

In Paulding County collection boxes will be placed:

 

Animal Clinic of Paulding

1030 W Wayne Street

Paulding, Oh

 

Williamson Insurance Agency

101 E Main Street

Payne, Oh

The Antwerp Elementary third grade classes will also be participating in the food drive collection.

The  Ohio State University Alumni Club of Van Wert and Paulding County will be delivering the collected food items and presenting a check to each food bank in both Paulding and Van Wert Counties at the conclusion of The Ohio State University Alumni Association's Volunteer Month of Service. 

(Photo caption) Members of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Van Wert and Paulding Counties prepare for the Ohio State University Alumni Association's Volunteer Month of Service.  from left Emily Tempel, Missie Bowman, Carl Jeffery

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

VWHS Seniors Conclude Unbroken Study at the Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is actively fulfilling their mission by bringing speakers who deliver more than entertainment. Recently, the Niswonger presented Luke Zamperini as a part of their speaker series back on March 6, 2016. Zamperini not only entertained hundreds during his lecture, he delivered an unforgettable educational experience from some Van Wert High School seniors.

Van Wert High School seniors under the guidance of Mrs. Myra Hamrick and Mr. Keith Utendorf completed their study of Unbroken on March 6th when they attended Luke Zamperini’s lecture at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Luke Zamperini is the son of Olympic athlete, WWII POW survivor, and subject of Unbroken, the novel inspired by his life story that was eventually translated to film in 2014.

The students participated in a six-week study of Louis Zamperini’s saga by meeting in small groups with over twenty community members. Along with reviewing the trials that Louis experienced and the resilience he exhibited, the groups discussed life lessons inspired by Zamperini’s experiences. When asked about the small group’s discussions, senior Wade Healy said they “offered a deeper understanding of Louie’s journey.”

After completing an in-depth study on their own, the students were excited to hear personal accounts from Zamperini. “After reading the booke and understanding Louis’ story, Luke Zamperini’s presentation placed an exclamation point on the extraordinary events in [Louis’] life,” said senior Josh Braun. According to Braun many of the seniors were nearly moved to tears.

Now that the students have completed their study and attended Luke Zamperini’s lecture at the Niswonger, they would like to extend their thanks to the many donors who helped purchase the books for the class. Donors include Jeff and Diane Hood, Mark and Cindy Hurless, John and Linda Stutz, Kevin and Kathy Taylor, the Ohio Child Conservation League, the Ohio City Community Church of God, and the Van Wert Rotary Club.

Louis Zamperini’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption will continue to live on through the lives of these Van Wert High School seniors.

Luke Zamperini was a part of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center’s 2015-2016 Lecture Series. The series also included former Ohio State Football Great Chris Spielman at the beginning of the season, as well as the full day gardening extravaganza Van Wert Blooms on Saturday April 16, 2016. Balcony tickets are still available for Van Wert Blooms.

 Tickets for events at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through their Box Office by calling 419-238-6722 open Mon. – Fri.,Noon – 4pm.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S Van Wert, OH 45891.

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Eat Traditional—Favor Traditionally Raised Food

In western Ohio our family farms are working diligently to provide high quality wholesome food to the world.  Yet, elitist vegetarians and the HSUS are working to destroy production agriculture piece by piece. 

In particular you can find evidence of the misinformation campaign when examining the latest marketing techniques in this country.  This is why you see a push for food labeling in grocery stores that tricks consumers into thinking one food is healthier than another with no scientific proof of benefit.

Take for instance the argument against meat that has been treated with antibiotics. The use of antibiotics keeps our livestock healthy.  Those who practice animal husbandry are concerned first and foremost about animal safety and the quality of the product brought to market.

If agriculture responds to the scare tactics employed by anti-meat activists and ill advised marketers they may risk the future of the farming industry. We must not abandon the advanced techniques that modern farming has brought to our traditional family farms. Antibiotic free farms will see reduced production and cause food prices to soar. Consumers deserve a choice and in ag country we have a responsibility to ensure that their decisions are grounded in facts.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  and meat packing plants are very serious about drug residue requirements.  You cannot give an animal antibiotics and then send it to the packing house.  Livestock that enters the food supply is always antibiotic free.

Many families have decided to reduce antibiotic intake in their homes, but livestock antibiotics are what keeps the meat healthy and are very different from the human antibiotics. There is a growing misconception that antibiotics are used as a type of growth promoter in livestock and that these same antibiotics will end up in the meat we consume. This is simply not true and we must be skeptical of any claim that antibiotics are unsafe for animals or we will see the options for dinner consist of rice and bananas.  Now you try to find me rice and bananas that are “local.”

The term “antibiotic free” is not allowed in meat package labeling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is simply a marketing term used to mislead the public. In reality, livestock raised with antibiotics are simply kept disease-free and healthy ensuring a better product when marketed.

The war on production agriculture threatens our ability to provide affordable, healthy, nutritious food for our families. It also threatens the economic stability of our communities’ family farms. We cannot allow fads to take our traditional family farms back in time.. Those fighting caged chickens, gestation crates and medicine for livestock seem to be in favor of a vegetarian society.

Stand with our traditional family farms that produce the most wholesome and best food in the world. Please join me in eating only food from traditional family farms. Let’s call it, “eat traditional!”

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchymarch2016

 

 

Snow & Ice Statistics

By Jim Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer

 

 

Snow & Ice statistics for winter season 2015-2016

 

Mercer County, 384.129 miles of roads

 

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

 

19 days of snow & ice control in winter of 2015-2016

 

Salt used – 612.50 tons  =  $52,178.92

Grit used – 612.50 tons  =    $5,053.17

            Total material costs during the winter season = $57,232.09

 

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 917.00 hours

               Overtime hours                         = 227.50 hours

 

Total costs for snow & ice during the season = $147,172.88 (Equip., labor, & material)

 

Average cost for snow & ice control         2010-2011 season = $1,073.46/mile

                                                                        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 = $383.13/mile

 

 

 
March 28-31, 2016

 

 
 
 

Biggby Coffee Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Connie and Jon Sell, celebrated with the help of their friends and family from Rockford and St Mary's with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  They reported, “We made 502 cups of coffee on our opening day and beat the Biggby corporation record for new store openings. Our great new employees worked very hard and are getting faster and faster every day.  We just love the new friends we are making and enjoy being a place for friends to gather to share fun and delicious hot, cold and frozen coffee, tea, and steamers.”

 

 
 
 

All Team Pictures provided by Nikki Fox
All Team Schedules provided by Lisa Miller
Thank you!

 

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March 25-27, 2016
Happy Easter Weekend

 

 
 

Celina Farmers' Market 

Registrations are now being taken for the Celina Farmers' Market.  The
Farmers' Market begins on Saturday, May 7th and will run every Saturday
through September 24.  Vendors will be selling their produce and items from
9AM to 12N.  All vendors must sell products that are homegrown, homemade, or
handmade.  
The vendors will set up at the corner of Main and Markets Streets around the
Mercer County courthouse.  The costs is $25 for the whole season and
pre-registration is required.
The Celina Farmers' Market is sponsored by the local organic growing
community, the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and the Celina
Merchant Association.  Stop by the Chamber at 121 East Logan Street or call
419-586-2219 for more information about the market.  Registration forms and
a list of Rules and Regulations for sellers can be obtained at the Chamber
office or online at www.celinamercer.com and click onto activities.

 
 
 

Rockford Rec. Hosts 2016 Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run competition at Shanes Park on Sunday, April 10th at 1:00pm. All boys and girls, ages 7-14 (age determined as of July 17th, 2016), compete in separate age divisions and participants have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Local, Regional, MLB Team Championships (held at all 30 MLB ballparks) and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.

To register, participants can complete the online registration at the PHR website or print the online registration form at www.rockfordrec.com and bring the completed forms to the Shanes Park concession stand on the day of the competition. This is a free event sponsored by the Rockford Recreation Association. In the event of inclement weather on that day, communication will be made on the Rockford Recreation Association Facebook page.

 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Minutes by Lisa Kuhn

http://www.rockfordalive.com/category/news/minutes/rcoc-minutes/

 
 
 

To Read Older Articles - Click Here

 
 

Bridge Closing on Wabash Road
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Wabash Road between State Route 29 and Schroeder Road in Washington Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on March 29, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation to Meet

The Rockford Area Development Corporation Membership drive is on

The next meeting is Monday, March 28th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement.  Ladies with a possible new business idea of a day care center will be our guest speakers for the evening.
Board Directors please confirm your attendance.

 

 

 

 

Rockford Red Hat Ladies Meet

The members  of the Rockford Red Hat Ladies Society toured the Shanes 
Crossing Historical Museum.  Their lunch was catered by 
The Jazzy Chef.   Norm VanTilburg, President of the Shanes Crossing Historical
Society, gave the tour and answered Rockford history questions.

 

 

 

The Cornerstone Shop Celebrates Grand Re-opening in New Bremen

Local New Bremen store completes expansion makeover  

New Bremen, OH — March 17, 2016—The Cornerstone Shop in New Bremen has recently finished a large expansion and remodel to their store. The store is still located at 452 South Washington Street, St. Rt. 66, Amsterdam Shopping Center, New Bremen, Ohio.

The Cornerstone Shop will have their Grand Re-opening celebration Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, March 28 to commemorate the newly remodeled and expanded store. The shop will also be offering over 50 door prizes supplied from their vendors throughout the week.

“We are very excited to be opening our newly remodeled store after two weeks of renovations and countless months of preparation.  This is something we are truly honored to be able to accomplish and cannot wait for our loyal clients to visit the beautiful new space,” Angie Topp, Owner.

They offer Christian Based-Décor, books and more.

For more information please visit The Cornerstone Shop at 452 South Washington Street, St. Rt. 66, Amsterdam Shopping Center, New Bremen, OH 45869 or call 419-629-3472.

 

 

 

Welcome New Chamber member- Gilmore & Delzeith Co., LPA

Matt Gilmore and Rick Delzeith have joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber
of Commerce. The attorneys at Gilmore & Delzeith Co., LPA represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings. They draw up legal documents and manage or advise clients on legal transactions. 
The attorneys have two locations to serve their clients. In Celina they are
located at 118 W. Market Street and in St. Henry at 642 E. Main Street.  For more information visit, www.attorneycelinaohio.com or call them at 419 586 8120.

 

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies

Club News Reporter: Avery Mueller     

 

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their meeting March 17th, 2016. The group confirmed final details and volunteer work for the Venedocia Pancake and Sausage event which took place on March 19th at the Venedocia Lions Club.  The club reviewed officer positions and responsibilities and also discussed the 4H ByLaws and Constitution. Members of the group were given a Heath Report by club member Tara Radabaugh, Safety report by club member Drew Welker, and a craft demonstration was given by club member Madison Pugh. The Lads and Lassies will holding their next meeting April 14, 2016 at 7p.m. at the Venedocia Lions Club

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR EMA and LEPC

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  At the request of New Idea Company at Coldwater, the Coldwater FFA Advisor Dennis Reithman and FFA Members refinished an old New Idea Spreader, dated 1912-1914.  They placed the NI Spreader at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Kansas, in 1984.

 

In 1984, the Coldwater FFA Advisor Dennis Riethman was contacted by the New Idea Company, asking if the FFA Chapter would want to refinish an old 1912-1914 NI Spreader.  After completing the project, the FFA Members decided to place the NI Spreader in the Agricultural Hall of Fame, at 630 N  126th St, Bonner Springs, Kansas, about 15 miles west of Kansas City.  The Chronicle carried a photograph of the Agricultural Hall of Fame Director Harold Adkins accepting the New Idea Spreader from New Idea Vice President Tom Kinzenbaw, FFA Advisor Dennis Reithman, and FFA Members Luke Timmerman, Steve Muhlenkamp and Bret Bertke.  This Museum can be found on the Internet.

While visiting Farm Museums these past four decades, the most common piece of agricultural equipment in Mercer County, Ohio, which appears in United States and Canada’s Farm Museums, is the New Idea Farm Equipment.

When Alvin and I were driving west across the southern Provinces of Canada, Alvin stopped at a private rural museum.  Several pieces of equipment were parked across the back fence row.  Alvin pointed out an old New Idea Transplanter which showed the signs of weathering, among the weeds. 

When we were visiting the Howard County Historical Society’s Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo, Indiana, I talked with the Executive Director Dave Broman about the oil and gas boom in NE Indiana and NW Ohio.  Since we were from Mercer County, Ohio, Broman asked if I knew John Powell.  John Powell was from Kokomo, and is noted for his invention of the first successful mechanical Two-Row P.T.O. Corn Picker, which he sold to the New Idea Company for production at Coldwater, in 1925.  New Idea made improvements to this New Idea No. 2 Corn Picker and put it into production in 1928.  A 1928 New Idea Corn Picker is on exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn, Michigan.

When I was doing research for the History of the Mercer County Historical Society, in the Mercer County Commissioners’ 1957 Journal, I found the July 26, 1957 Resolution to set a Public Hearing on the Tax Budget, for August 9, 1957.  At that August 9, 1957 Budget Meeting, the Mercer County Commissioners adopted the 1958 budget, which not only included Fort Recovery Historical Society as it had done in previous years, but for the first time included the Mercer County Historical Society in their 1958 Budget.  The Commissioners asked Roscoe Riley, Carroll Stubbs and Carleton Reiser to plan and implement a County Historical Society and Museum, of which Stubbs filed the Articles of Incorporation for the Mercer County Historical Society on October 31, 1957.  While I was reading the Commissioners’ Journal for 1957, I read their February 26, 1957 Resolution # 32, which stated, “Whereas, It is deemed necessary to purchase a Spreader for the Mercer County Home, and its following quotation having been received, The Coldwater Implement Co., Coldwater, Ohio, . . . Resolved to purchase one New Idea Spreader with used Truck Tires, (and allowing for 2 old Spreaders), at their quoted price of $460.00.”  The vote was unanimous with Commissioners Hartings, Davis and Suhr.

April 3, Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00, New Idea History will be highlighted at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  This Exhibit includes New Idea Farm Equipment models, posters, manuals, and related history.  Former New Idea Employees are invited to bring their photographs and stories related to the New Idea Uni-System to this April 3 Exhibit.  The New Idea Historical Preservation Committee Members will be Hosts for the day.  For questions, contact Members of the NIHP Committee, or else contact Joyce Alig President of the Mercer County Historical Society.

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

 

 

 

 

Break-in’s Followed by Arrests

Sheriff Jeff Grey and Sheriff Toby Spencer report that their offices working cooperatively have made arrests involving multiple cars being broken into in Mercer and Darke County.   Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives along with officers from Versailles Police Department developed information involving multiple car and business break ins in their jurisdictions in recent weeks.  The information identified suspects from Mercer County.  Surveillance was conducted on the suspects and information developed that led to the issuance of arrest warrants in Mercer County.  Cases were developed in Darke County and are under review for additional charges in Darke County.

Arrested was Zachary Huff address is at large, age 20.  Mr. Huff was arrested at 616 West North Street in Coldwater.  Huff has initially been charged with 2 counts of breaking and entering, being felonies of the 5th degree, and 4 counts of theft, being misdemeanors of the first degree.

Justin Miller age 21.  Miller was arrested for possession of heroin during the arrest of Huff.

An additional male Mason Self, address is at large, age 21 was arrested at 3500 Wild Cherry Ave, Celina.   Self has initially been charged with 2 counts of breaking and entering, felonies of the 5th degree, and 4 counts of theft, being misdemeanors of the first degree.

Additional charges are expected to be filed against Self and Huff.

This is an example of several agencies working together with a common goal.  Without the information and cooperation of Law Enforcement, these arrests would not have been possible.

 

 

 

 

4-H Camp Palmer All Camp Clean Up April 2

 

In order to open and improve the grounds at 4-H Camp Palmer, we need volunteer help. Does your club or organization need a service project? Youth ages 8-15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.    All volunteers on April 2 will be provided a picnic lunch-12:30 p.m. Please be prepared to bring own rakes, work gloves and scrap rags. (camp will supply cleaning products)

The clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please check in at the covered bridge entrance for work assignments. If individuals or groups can only help part of the day you are still encouraged to come.

Some of our main projects will include: leaf raking, cabin cleaning, cleaning flowerbeds and the general grounds. Anyone planning to help should contact Suzy Summers at 419-237-2247 or email at 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com by March 31 so we can include you in the lunch count.

For those unable to make the April 02 work date, other times can be arranged. 4-H Camp Palmer will be fully opening camp for their 69th year of serving resident 4-H campers, school outdoor education programs, band camps, team building and challenge course leadership experiences, retreat groups, family reunions and more.

The camp is located at 26450 County Road MN, Fayette, Ohio right next to Harrison Lake State Park.

 

 

 

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Host Speaker Mike Bruns

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Thursday - March 31st at 7:30 pm in the museum in Rockford.

Guest speaker will be Mike Bruns, a local historian, who will talk about the many local veterans from World War II. He will also have some of their artifacts and uniforms on display.  The public is welcome to the meeting.



 

 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center announces

“Back on Track” Weight Management Class

Ready to get your weight loss journey ‘Back on Track’?

 

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special event titled ‘Back on Track’ on Monday, April 11, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  This free class, presented by Judy Broering, RD, LD, will be held annually, and is appropriate for those that are ready to get their weight loss journey ‘Back on Track’, whether after a recent weight gain, struggle with an extended weight plateau, or feeling like the “new you” is slipping away.  This ‘Back on Track’ Program will provide the education, structure, encouragement, and support one may need to get back on their weight loss journey and to reach and maintain a weight loss goal.  Registration is required for this event.

 

To register for the ‘Back on Track’ 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.  

 
 

 

Four Vantage BPA Students Heading to Nationals

And then there were four…Twenty-three Vantage business students competed recently at the Ohio BPA competition in Columbus and four will move on to the final step - the National Leadership Conference in Boston, Massachusetts! 

Alexis Forester, an Interactive Media senior from Crestview placed 2nd in the Computer Modeling contest, while Medical Office Management senior Lexi Doster from Continental qualified for nationals in the Integrated Office Applications competition. 


Two Network Systems students are also heading to Boston.  Senior Kenneth Pinks-Liebert from Parkway will be making a return trip to Nationals, as he took second place in the Network Administration Using Microsoft® contest.  Junior Spencer Wannemacher from Delphos Jefferson placed third in the Java Programming contest and will be making his first trip to Nationals.  “Being a junior, it’s more of an honor to represent Vantage and Delphos Jefferson at the BPA Nationals.  I’m excited to compete,” Spencer said.

In addition to the national qualifiers, several students placed in the top 10 of their contest.  Network Systems students receiving Top 10 medals include: Drayson Wenzlick (Paulding) - Computer Network Technology, Cullen Wenzlick, (Paulding) C++ Programming, Austin Metz (Parkway) - Computer Security, Christian Lintermoot, (Lincolnview), Justin Moenter (Delphos St. John’s), and Cory Miller (Lincolnview) - Computer Animation Team, Nathan Poling (Parkway), Collin Wilson (Parkway), and Sam Roughton (Paulding) - Parliamentary Procedure Tea.  From Interactive Media, senior Serena Drake (Antwerp) – Digital Publishing and the Interactive Media Parliamentary Procedure Team of Domino Daugherty (Antwerp), Alexa Longberry (Ft. Jennings), Will Placke (Van Wert), and Madison Smith (Van Wert).

The national qualifiers, along with their teachers, will be a part of the 2016 Business Professionals of America Leadership Conference “This Is Our Time” from May 5 – May 9 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Thousands of students from across the country will gather there to compete, showcase their business aptitudes and develop leadership skills.  The National Leadership Conference is the culmination of the BPA year filled with hard work and dedication put into competitions, Torch Awards, leadership development, service and more.  Activities will include general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, and the election of national officers.

Congratulations to all who competed at the state competition and good luck to those advancing to Nationals!
 

CAPTION:

Vantage Business Professional of America (BPA) 2016 National qualifiers show off their hardware!  (l to r): Spencer Wannemacher, Alexis Forester, Lexi Doster, and Kenneth Pinks-Liebert.

 
 
 
 

 
March 23-24, 2016

 

 

Easter Service at Liberty Baptist

(Van Wert)  According to Sr. Pastor Jim C. Burns, a special Easter Service is slated for Sunday, March 27 at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St. Van Wert, Ohio.  A free breakfast will be served by the Liberty men in the church’s fellowship hall from 8:30 to 10 am followed by a joint Easter worship service in the church auditorium at 10:45 am. A free nursery and Kid’s Church is provided.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call 419-238-2273.

 
 
A Good Friday Multi Media Worship Experience - Plan Now to Attend
  

A Community Choir comprised of singers from local and area churches
  
Friday, March 25th @ 7 pm
  
Parkway Local Schools Auditorium
  
Free Will offering will be taken to support the work of the Parkway Ministerial Association
  
CHAMPION OF LOVE
Directed by Richard Sherrick
  
From the publishers notes: Two thousand years ago our Savior went to
the cross in the ultimate act of mercy and sacrifice. As his friends
took His lifeless body down and placed it in a borrowed tomb, it
looked as though He had been defeated, His promises unfulfilled, and
His power overcome. But three days later, Jesus rose from the grave
victorious!
  
Created by Russell Maudlin and Sue C. Smith, CHAMPION OF LOVE blends
together new praise songs and beloved classics to paint a tender yet
powerful portrait of the amazing grace and courage it took to redeem
us.
  
PMA VISION STATEMENT
  
  Our vision for this community is to see individuals and families
  prioritizing their lives and decisions through Christ. Resulting in a
total transformation of this community and surrounding areas.
  
PMA MISSION STATEMENT
  
Bringing Christ's love to our communities
  
PMA PURPOSE STATEMENT  

The Parkway Ministerial Association exists to assist individuals with immediate financial and food needs, create  opportunities for community church-wide gatherings, and to foster unity among the local churches. 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church Easter Evensts

Maundy Thursday- Service of Shadows- Thursday, March 24 @ 8:00 p.m

 

Good Friday- March 25 @ 7:00 p.m. at Parkway Local Schools

 

 "Champion of Love"

 

Easter Sunday Services

 

Sunrise Service @ 7:00 a.m. with a Sunrise Breakfast serving afterwards

8:30 Traditional Service
10:30 Contemporary Service

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt on March 26, 2016

The New Bremen – New Knoxville Rotary and the New Bremen Parks Department will once again be hosting the 2016 Easter Egg Hunt on March 26, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.  It will be held at the Jaycee Park which is located south of the Crown Pavilion between Plum and Cherry Street.  All children, up to sixth grade, are encouraged to participate.  A variety of candy will be hidden in each egg, with special prizes being hidden in selected eggs.  New to the event this year will be a Grandparents Easter Egg Hunt. This event is open to the public and is free of cost.  In the case of inclement weather, this event will be moved to the New Bremen Junior High Gym.  https://www.facebook.com/NewBremenNewKnoxvilleRotaryClub

 

 
 

Youth Groups to Collect Roadside 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.

 

 

The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education meeting for April has been changed to Monday, April 18, 2016.  The start time will be 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Praise Point Church in Willshire.

 

 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time !
Rockford Troop # 20677 Cookie Booth:

         
Friday March 25        10 am – Noon
Hair to Stay Parking lot – Ohio City

For more info. call : Toni Hauter 567-644-4310

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 20-22, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Science Teacher Works with Parkway Graduate to Bring Science Alive for Students

Mrs. Anita (Farmer) Morton, Parkway High School’s Biology, Anatomy, Physics and Chemistry Teacher is working with 2011 Parkway Graduate Jason Ford on a project sponsored by the American Chemical Society. The two are bringing science to real life for the students at Parkway through Skype and real visits by Jason. The American Chemical Society, (click here http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education.html ) sponsors this program, and Jason Ford, through his doctoral program at Stanford University (click here: https://www.stanford.edu/ ) in Stanford California, is the mentor for Parkway students.

Anita is a 1987 graduate of Parkway and came back to Parkway High School after graduating in 1991 from Huntington College with a degree in Biology and Biology Education. She earned her Master in Education in 1998 from Indiana Wesleyan. She loves science and Jason Ford was one of the many Parkway students who came to love science through her dedication. Jason went straight to Ohio State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry. At Stanford, he pursues a combined Master/Doctorate in Chemistry and gives back to the students of Parkway through this mentorship program.

Jason, in November, and several times since, has skyped in real time with Anita’s classes several times. He has spoken with all of them about the real world applications of Science and not simply the theoretical side of it. They ask good questions, according to Anita, and Jason explains to them the life he is pursuing within his graduate student experience. Jason and Anita have planned two special days with the students at Parkway, On Monday and Tuesday, March 21 and 22, 2016, Jason will be co-teaching classes with Anita as the students work on chemistry experiments (provided by the American Chemical Association)  that Jason has specifically set-up for them.

Co-incidentally, in November of 2015, after Jason Ford skyped with the classes at Parkway, the students had a surprise visit from Devin Stover, another of Anita’s science students, who now attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Engineering University in Arizona. The excitement he shared over his very first semester of engineering, was another boost to Anita’s science program at Parkway, and went right along with Jason’s encouragement to Parkway students.

The Parkway students in Biology, Anatomy, Physics and Chemistry are looking forward to meeting Jason in person, asking him even more questions since their skype session, and conducting fun experiments.

Thank you to the American Chemical Society for this opportunity!

 

 
 

The Mercer County Educational Service Center Offers  Preschool Screening Program for the district preschoolers of Parkway

Under the program, children ages 3-5 will be screened in a variety of developmental areas.  Possible screenings include vision and hearing acuity, fine motor coordination, speech and language development, visual and auditory memory and perception, and general information.

The screening for Parkway School District is scheduled as follows:

April 15, 2016    Rockford First United Methodist Church   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All preschoolers attending any private or public preschool need to have physicals.  If you have a form from your preschool, please bring it along with you on screening day.  Our team will complete the hearing and vision portion for you free of charge.

Please register by contacting your elementary school secretary at 419-363-3045, ext. 720, by April 8, 2016.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 16-19, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway STEM Students Take Top Honors at Auglaize/Mercer County Competition

On February 25th, five Parkway students participated in the first Auglaize/Mercer County Science Day competition at Wright State University. This event is just one of the ongoing efforts to implement STEM programs in both counties.   

Emma Wells and Alyz Yoder received an “Excellent” rating on their project, “Which works better, hand soap or hand sanitizer?” Jace Armstrong, Colin Fokine, and Skyler Fokine received a “Superior” rating for their project. The team also won the award for the Most Innovative Research Project – “Evaluation of Drones in Wind.” The team advances to the District Science Day at Ohio Northern University on March 19th.  

The teams were guided by Barb Shellabarger, 5th and 6th grade science teacher, and Katie Kraner, Gifted Intervention Specialist.  

 
 
Parkway Board Approves Purchase of New Security System

The Parkway School Board on March 9, 2016 discussed and approved the purchase of a new Security Camera System for the school. The cost will be $71,000. Citing poor picture resolution and cameras not working, they are looking forward to a summer install of the new advanced cameras and storage by Securitec One Inc of Medina, OH.

 

Residents of Northern Mercer County Keep an Eye on Wind Turbine Activity in Southern Van Wert County

The group, Neighbors United, with spokespersons Roy Thompson and Gary Fisher, recently met with the Mercer County Commissioners to discuss a proposed wind turbine project in southern Van Wert County. They are concerned about the new company, Apex Clean Energy who has bought the rights to Long Prairie Wind which originally was looking to expand into northern Mercer County. contact Roy at thomroy@bright.net for more information.

 

 
 
 
Rockford Village Council meets on March 15, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
 
 

Pancake  & Sausage Breakfast in Ohio City

The Ohio City Fire and EMS Department will be holding its annual breakfast on Saturday April 2nd, 2016 at the Ohio City Community Building from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm. This breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes & sausage, sausage gravy & biscuits and eggs. Donations will be accepted for this event at the door by filling a firefighter’s boot. The proceeds of this event will go towards purchasing needed equipment for the department. The fire department invites the public to come out and enjoy the food while supporting your local volunteers.

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Help the School Districts; Help the Students

 

In western Ohio, we have the best schools in the state.  Ohio’s public high schools were ranked 7th in the Nation in 2015 by US News and World Report.  Ohio needs to continue to support and empower the local school systems to give our children the highest quality education available.

 

It is important that we work to reduce state interference with this high quality education.  Our local teaching professionals know how to get the job done and when they have proven it year in and year out we should recognize that by letting them do their jobs.

 

Our local Senators, Faber and Hite recognize the success of our schools and have taken the lead by introducing a bill to exempt the highest performing schools from certain state mandates.  Senate Bill 3 will reduce bureaucracy; focus on locally driven teacher improvement and cut state testing times.

 

We know our local school administrators can determine a teacher’s ability to prepare students in math, reading, science, or a vocational technology program.  We need to allow these administrators to make the most appropriate staffing decisions for their schools.

 

In particular we need to improve connections between industry and the classroom and make it easier for a successfully industry partner to enter the classroom as a highly skilled teacher. SB 3 will remove barriers to the teaching profession and streamline the process to a teacher certification. Our schools deserve the freedom to select the best educator for an open position because our students deserve the best teachers.

 

The Ohio teacher evaluation system is clunky and bogged down by unneeded bureaucracy and paper work. School administrators know the track record of teachers, the results of teachers, and they know which teachers are good, and which ones need improvement.

 

When you ask an administrator which teacher needs the most improvement in the building the can tell you.  Yet, when reading their file it appears that teacher is who’s who in American education. We need to reduce the bureaucracy and encourage administrators to spend time with their lowest performing teachers and encourage them to document real improvement.  By removing state mandates, our local administrators will be able to pat the best teachers on the back and provide clarity for those who struggle.

 

 

Cookie cutter mandates don’t work in the schools in western Ohio because we are better than that.  By reducing state testing, and letting our teachers and administrators know they are in charge of their schools we will see better results.  Our schools are the best and should be recognized for their hard work by this needed reduction of state mandates.

 

Senators Faber and Hite took an important lead by recognizing the exceptional efforts of our local schools.  We should be working to reduce Ohio’s mandates on the highest performing schools because they know best how to educate children.  By reducing bureaucracy; focusing on locally driven teacher improvement and cutting state testing times we will be able to encourage our successful local schools and future growth from those wishing to receive the rewards of being in that upper echelon of education.

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchymarch2016

 

 

New Bremen Senior Citizens

New Bremen Senior Citizens will meet for regular meeting on March 23 at 2:00 at 700 E Monroe St NB. 

Starting on April 7th. And every other Thursday after we will be having chair exercise at 10:00am.  This is open to the public and it is for Men and Woman both.     

Senior Citizens will be having a Bake Sale on Sat. March 26 at the Senior Center for 9:00 to 12 noon. 

Also we will be selling colored Easter Eggs for $3.00 a dozen.  

For hall rentals call Ed Hueker at 419-629-2206.  Please call Mary Hespe at 429-629-0704 for any quilting you need done.  These ladies do a great job.  

Remember our garage sale coming up on April 15 and 16.

 

 

Lindsey Moeller, MS, ACNP-BC, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Joina Mercer Health Weight Management Center Team

Lindsey Moeller, MS, ACNP-BC, Certified Nurse Practitioner, joined the Mercer Health Weight Management Center Team in January 2016.  Lindsey will provide medically managed weight loss services, and will also see surgical patients in the Weight Management Center clinic three to four days a week. 

Prior to joining the Mercer Health team, Lindsey spent the last 10 years working at The Ohio State University Medical Center & James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, OH. She started her career working as a Registered Nurse caring for patients battling a variety of cancers, administering chemotherapy, and providing care before and after surgery as well as radiation. After  receiving her Master’s Degree from Wright State University and becoming a Board Certified Adult-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Lindsey moved to the Medical Intensive Care Unit at OSU Medical Center, and worked as a nurse practitioner. Here she worked with a variety of cancer and non-cancer patients who were critically ill. Lindsey also worked as a traveling nurse prior to working at The Ohio State University and spent time in Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco. 

Lindsey’s extensive job experience has given her the opportunity to work with thousands of  patients battling obesity in addition to their cancer and other medical problems. Lindsey states: “I have seen the complications that can be caused by obesity. I believe it is a disease just like high blood pressure and it takes dedicated healthcare providers to treat this disease. As a nurse practitioner in bariatrics, I want to help treat each patient individually and design a treatment plan for obesity that is life changing! By treating obesity, other medical problems are potentially reversible and/or preventable. This is why I am so excited for this opportunity to work at Mercer Health in the Weight Management Clinic! We share a vision to grow the program by expanding nonsurgical programs with classes, support groups, meal replacements, coaching, medications, and having more appointment times/days available.  With these changes, our goal is to serve more patients and impact more lives in the community!  The mission of Mercer Health is to positively steer our community’s health and we believe our program can assist with achieving this goal.” 

Lindsey now resides in Minster, OH with her husband and two young sons. In Lindsey’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, exploring different lifestyles and foods, attending church on Sundays, gardening, trying new recipes, organizing, running, group fitness classes, and bowling.

To schedule an appointment with Lindsey or to learn about the services available at the Weight Management Center, please contact us at 419-678-THIN(8446).

 

 

The Van Wert Blooms Event  Is A Hot Ticket!

The first ever gardening event at the Niswonger is proving to be a hot ticket in the tri-state area. Celebrity Garden Designer, P. Allen Smith, will be a keynote speaker during the Van Wert Blooms Gardening Symposium on April 16 from 8 AM - 4 PM. Garden enthusiasts and friends from surrounding states will be gathering at the Niswonger for a full day of informative speakers, Q&A’s and book signings. Smith will be the featured speaker of the conference. In his presentation, Smith will share stories and scenes gathered from his wide-ranging travels to world-class gardens while taping programs for his nationally syndicated television shows. He will offer tales about many of the fascinating gardeners he has met along the way - some zany, others serious, but all  passionate about their plants. Smith will offer plenty of bottom-line gardening advice, with a dash of down-home humor and lots of real-life anecdotes. His career as a best selling author, award winning television host and frequent guest on the Today Show have brought him national acclaim, including the prestigious 2006 National Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America. He will be available after his lecture to sign copies of his Garden Home series of books. Along with P. Allen Smith are noted industry experts who will also share the stage and be available for inquisitive minds. These noted speakers include, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Wise, Irvin Etienne, Maria Zampini and Pam Bennett. Speaker bios can be found on the Niswonger website at NPACVW.ORG. Of very special note, Master Gardeners can earn 6 CEU’s from attending.

Due to popular demand, the $45 tickets that include breakfast, lunch, swag bags and door prizes, have sold out. Now available are Balcony Tickets for $30 that include all six speaker presentations and book signings. Participating restaurants to accommodate the one hour lunch break include, Black Angus, Balyeat's Restaurant, Schlotzky's Deli, & Willow Bend Country Club. More information can be obtained at NPACVW.ORG for making reservations. 

The $30 Balcony Tickets are available by contacting the Niswonger Box Office at 419-238-6722, Mon - Fri from Noon - 4 PM or online at NPACVW.ORG.

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

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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


Photo Caption:  Mercer County Historical Museum’s Colored Glass Window, may have been made at a Celina’s Glass Factory, when Calvin Riley built this home in 1896 at 130 East Market, Celina.

Have you visited an old Victorian Home and watched the sun’s rays shining through the colored glass window panes?  Have you watched the changes in color in the stained glass windows in church, during changes in the seasons?  For over a thousand years, colored glass has brought beauty into our lives.

Glass making is an art and has a history of its own.  The book, “Art in Glass,” illustrates the extensive glass collection at The Toledo Museum of Art.  The earliest surviving glass vessels are Egyptian and date about 1500 years before Christ, i.e. about 3500 years ago.  The earlier small, solid beads and inlays can be related to ceramic glasses which have a history in Egypt, dating back 4000 years.

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, published the book, “Glassmaking, America’s First Industry,” by Jane Shadel Spillman, in 1976.  Spillman wrote about six men who arrived in the “new world,” to make glass, in 1608.  The glass making industry began along the Eastern Seaboard.  Soon, glass makers crossed the Alleghenies, and arrived in what is now Ohio.  Glass blowers produced a variety of products.  Pressed Glass was introduced.  When the oil and gas boom hit Eastern Ohio, the discovery that kerosene could be refined from petroleum resulted that the kerosene lamps required glass chimneys in order to burn properly.  Glass chimneys and kerosene lamps were popular before electric lights arrived.

Two years ago, Robert Tong, a local historian at Findlay, Ohio, contacted me, about the glass factories in Celina.  The Gas and Oil Boom in the 1880’s and 1890’s in North West and Central West Ohio Villages resulted in a short-lived industry, the glass factories.  Tong wrote about the influence that the gas and oil boom in Northwestern Ohio had on the glass industry.  He explained that the glass industry needed the heat from the gas wells, in order to produce the glass.  The gas was a perfect fuel to be used in the glass factories.  The gas burnt very hot and clean, making it ideal for the glass factories. 

Findlay was the first boom town for glass in this part of Ohio.  As the glass factories became successful, Findlay had 25 glass factories, within a few years, making it the second largest glass town in American next to Pittsburg, PA.  Findlay lured the manufacturers of glass, by promising them free gas, free land, or maybe a cash incentive.  The glass companies each would employ from 60 to 200 employees.  This industry was a financial boost to the local economy.  In fact, Findlay was the town who supplied many of the officers in Celina’s first glass plant, the “Celina Colored Plate and Window Glass Company.”  The production of flat glass for windows changed the building construction business in this area.  How many old Victorian homes in Celina and Mercer County were blessed with these colored glass windows? 

Sunday afternoon, March 13, 2013, you are invited to visit The Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, built by Calvin Riley in 1896, and see the two colored glass windows in this Victorian Home. At 2:00 PM., Robert Tong, author of hist new book, “Boom Town or Not?  Story of Celina, Ohio’s Glass Industry,” will speak about his adventures not only in studying the Glass Industry in North Western Ohio, but also in studying the history of the Glass Industry in Celina.  Tong will host an exhibit of his collection of early Colored Glass from local glass factories.  We invited Tong to also be available for book signing, for copies of his new book.

Next week, March 10, I will share with you, more information about Robert Tong’s research on the history of the Glass Industry in Celina.  Tong walked the grounds at the sites of the old Glass Factories in Celina, as well as read the microfilm of the old Daily Standard Newspapers, to create one exciting history book about this little know history of Celina and Mercer County.

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

 

 

Cast Announced for Comedy “Buying the Moose”

Van Wert, OH- Off Stage Productions, Inc. concludes its 2015-2016 season and announces the cast for their upcoming dinner theatre show, “Buying the Moose”, by Michael G. Wilmot. This two-act comedy will be Co-Directed by Matt MtCastle and Dustin Manson.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of our six performances, opening on Saturday, April 23rd.  Additional show dates are Sunday April 24th*, Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 29th-May 1st*, and one final performance on Friday May 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 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).  We are very pleased to announce and welcome Balyeats as our new caterer, a home-town favorite known for their delicious menu selections and home-made pies.

Directors Matt and Dustin have announced the cast for “Buying the Moose”.  You may recognize the actor’s names, because all of them have been on our stage previously.

 

Cheryl:    Angie Spry

Greg:      Travis Nihiser

Betty:      Mary Yackey

Rob:        Dan Bulau

 

Stage Manager:  Whitney Nihiser

Reservations for members open at 10:00 am on Monday, April 4th and on Wednesday, April 6th for the general public and are open daily. Reservations close at 6:00 pm each day. Off Stage Productions can be found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions

 

Students Teaching About Resistance

The S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat was held on Saturday, February 27th at Wright State University-Lake Campus. This year’s theme was, “Back to the Past: Keeping it Drug-Free Through the Ages.” 68 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, allowing them to be role models to their peers and community. 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. 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 a “back to the past” item they brought and shared its importance to them. Keynote Speaker, Jerry Kanney provided all those in attendance some great words of encouragement. Jerry is a retired teacher and principal and has participated and organized various prevention programs throughout the years, including local Get REAL (Responsible Enough About Life) Weeks. Jerry is currently the president of the DARE boosters. He talked about the importance of being happy, healthy, and successful and the significance of making positive life choices. Also, life is very similar to a smorgasbord, as you have a lot of choices, but you have to have a plan of what you want. Goals are important and needed to live happy, healthy, and successful. Following Jerry’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. An excerpt of the presentation was, “We have many influences that cause us to act or think the way we do. But remember, be your own person. Be Above the Influence!”

 

There were some introductory activities and 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. This group met 4 times throughout the day to do team-building activities and discuss activities and issues. Also, each youth took part in one “How To” activity such as juggling, dancing, warm fuzzies, 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 and bullying prevention, Girl Talk 101, Guy Talk 101, Relaxation and Dealing with Stress, Peer Pressure and Defensive Tactics, and Communication and Resolving Conflict, which were mostly led by the high school students. Some of the high school students shared personal testimonies on why they choose to stay drug and alcohol free and encouraged the youth in attendance to make healthy, positive choices too! There was a dance/free time as well. There were also family group “Minute to Win It” competitions throughout the day, plenty of energizers, and a lot of laughter and fun! The day ended at 9:30 pm, after parents/guardians joined us for closing ceremonies, which featured a video presentation of the day, energizers, and two skits presented by the high school role models. 

 

This year, S.T.A.R. was funded by a grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation and support from Foundations Behavioral Health Services. T-shirts were sponsored by Mercer County Civic Foundation, Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters, McDonald’s, Preferred Insurance Center, Walmart, Avanulo, Hot Brass Personal Defense and 4-U Office Supplies.

 

High School Leaders included, from Celina: Ian Cahill, Logan Ream, Danielle Williams; Coldwater: Jordan Kline, Kraig Gruss, Ellie Day, Sierra Keller, Colby Homan, and AJ Kunk; Ft. Recovery: Miranda Petit, Conner Lennartz, Elli Keller, Elaina Leon, Owen Sheridan; St. Henry: Vannessa Goewert, Sean Muhlenkamp, Aubrey Rammel, and Leah Roll. Adult Volunteers included, Foundations: Laura Sanford, Matt Ronan, and Roberta Donovan; Brooke Bambauer, Becca Cotterman, Crystal Fordney, Craig Hart, Claire Hemmelgarn, Libby Goedde, Craig Muhlenkamp, Joan Roll, Tom Sanford, Cassie Schaaf, Wayne Schaaf (photographer), and Carl Wuebker.

 

Laura also sends 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, Craig Muhlenkamp for lending us his juggling equipment and teaching the juggling class, Carl Wuebker who volunteered his disc jockey talents, Andrea Cahill from Hot Brass Personal Defense for teaching the self-defense class, the media for helping to advertise the event to public, Wayne Schaaf and Craig Hart for putting together the video for closing ceremonies, Celina Cinemas for donating movie tickets for prizes, and Celina Intermediate Schools for lending us the guitars. Appreciation also goes out to the Wright State-Lake Campus staff for the use of their facilities, the guidance counselors and other school personnel for their efforts in recruiting youth for the event, and the community for supporting prevention efforts.

 

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

 

 

Celina Day at the Great American Ballpark

Celina Day at the Great American Ballpark is scheduled for Sunday, April
24th. The Cincinnati Reds will be playing the Chicago Cubs at 1:10pm.  As part of family day at the ballpark, the first 8000 kids 14 years or younger will receive a
Super Hero Fathead Wall Decal presented by College Advantage.  

One lucky person will throw out one of the first pitches and another will be
Captain of the Game.  Discounted tickets are on sale now at
www.reds.com/celina. You do not need to be from Celina.  These discounted tickets are available to anyone.
To get the best available seats, buy your tickets today.

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber (419) 586 2219

 

Coldwater Elementary PTO Carnival

On Sunday, March 20th, the Coldwater Kiwanis will open their season by selling burgers at the Coldwater Elementary PTO Carnival.  We will be located in the circle drive in front of the high school from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Carry outs will be available with specials for a dozen hamburgers or cheeseburgers.  Everyone is invited.

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  This Coldwater photograph needs identification.  Can you identify the well drilling equipment?  Who are the people on the photograph? 

Today, I am asking for your help in identification of this photograph.

The Holy Trinity Catholic Church steeple can be seen on the north side of this photograph.  The Holy Trinity Catholic Church was dedicated October 9, 1899.  Therefore, this photograph was taken after that date. The street running south from this Church would be St. Rt. 118. 

On the southwest corner of St. Rt. 118 and St. Rt. 219 (Main Street), the J.F. Hoyng Hardware Co. was preceded by the Kleinhenz Gardner Hardware Store.  J. F. Hoyng, in the book, “Coldwater at 150,”told that he began working at that Hardware Store, in 1891, when he was 14 years old.  Many of you remember Joseph F. Hoyng, and Ernest, LaMont, and James, at the J.F. Hoyng Hardware Co.  Look at the building on the left side of this photograph.  Is this the building which belonged to the Hardware Co., or is this building standing on the south side of the Hardware Co.?  Apparently, there is a small building south of the large building; was this a home or some other building?

Today, on the southeast corner of this intersection, the U.S. Post Office stands.  Obviously, this old photograph preceded the Post Office.  Do you remember the family home which stood at this corner, preceding the Post Office?  Do you recognize the building standing south of that building?  Is this building still standing and used for another purpose, or has it been torn down?  Who owned the house, south of this building?

In the foreground of this photograph, it appears that the men are drilling a well.  What can you tell me about this scene?  The water wagon is there to provide the water for the stationary steam engine, used as the power source for the drill.  Notice the cable and pulley system.  Is that some type of rocker arm attached to the drill?  Would you identify the vertical, ladder-like structure, holding the drill, as a derrick, or by another name?  I am not the technical person to identify this structure.  You do not have to be from Coldwater to understand the technology of drilling a well.  Please share your knowledge with me. 

Can you identify the men working on this well?  Can you identify the three children are sitting on the water wagon?  The children may have been related to the owner of the land, or else to the men drilling the well?  The one element which I see missing from this photograph, is that there are no other people standing in the background watching the entire event.  Where are the Sidewalk Superintendents?

May I ask if you will write this information and either mail it to me, or email it to me?  When you call me on the telephone with information, I am glad to hear from you.  However, since this photograph holds so much of information about Coldwater’s history, please write what you know and send it to me.  Call your friends and ask them what they remember about this site.  Visit the Coldwater citizens at Briarwood, and ask what they remember about this time period in Coldwater’s history.  Thank you for your help. 

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is to preserve Mercer County’s history and to educate the public about that history.  I am asking you to help preserve the history of Coldwater, as a part of Mercer County’s history.  The only way we are going to preserve the history of this photograph is by hearing from those of you who recognize information about this photograph.

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

 

 

 
 
 

 
March 14-15, 2016

 

 
 
 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time !

Rockford G.S. Troop # 20677  Cookie Booth :

Sat. March 19      10 am – Noon
at the Rockford Carry – Out

For more info. call : Toni Hauter  567-644-4310

 

 
 

The Jazzy Chef – Catering Business Opens in Rockford
The Rockford Chamber would like to welcome The Jazzy Chef as a new
local catering business.  The Jazzy Chef is owned by Trish Dooley of Rockford.   

The Jazzy Chef is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.  We use raw and organic ingredients and prepare each dish with love and care, our black-tie bartender has 25 years experience and mixes with great expertise and flair...We hope you truly enjoy your EXPERIENCE!

The Jazzy Chef can be reached at (419)771-9434.    
Private Chef~ Black Tie Bartender~Gourmet Dessert Catering
Call now for reservations!

 
 
 

SHANES PARK BEAUTIFICATION SOCIETY

The Village of Rockford ( under the direction of Joyce Emans)  is looking for volunteers  for the 2016 SHANES PARK BEAUTIFICATION SOCIETY season.

The Society will meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 8 am to plant, water, weed,  trim flowers and do other maintenance as needed at Shanes Park.  

This will start in April with the dates of  April 5th and 19th  and continue throughout the summer and fall.

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the beautification of our local park.  


** Something to think about – If you see the beauty one person can create, think how beautiful the park would be with several more helping out!  Giving back to the community can be a wonderful feeling !!

 

 
 

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 20 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, 2016 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 20 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, 2016 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! We like to have new member paperwork no later than April 15th, 2016. So if you are still looking to join in 2016, 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, 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://www.ohio4h.org/families/family-guide 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

 

 

 

Maple Syrup Brunch at 4-H Camp Palmer-Sunday, March 20


The public is invited Sunday, March 20 between 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.to 4-H Camp Palmer to learn about Maple Syrup making, ride on wagon rides both horse drawn and tractor drawn, and eat in our dining hall a brunch with real maple syrup (as long as our supply lasts) for the pancakes. You would also get to see a sneak peak of  4-H Camp Palmer’s facilities and main camp.

 
 At 12 noon & 1:00 p.m. you can view a Maple Syrup history lesson in the Sauder Recreation Hall. You can see maple trees that have been taped and see ongoing Maple Syrup making in the main camp. Some maple syrup products will be available for purchase. The cost of Pancakes/Sausage/drink-$6.00 or $5.00 for Pancakes/drink (ages 3 and under free) will help support the pool camp project.


4-H Camp Palmer is located in western Fulton County at 26450 County Rd. MN, Fayette, Ohio 43521. For more information on the Maple Syrup Brunch please call 419-237-2247 or www.campplamer.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 12-13, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
Daylight Saving Time to Change this Weekend on March 13, 2016 "Spring Forward"

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The mornings will get darker and the evenings lighter and those living in participating states of the United States will lose a extra hour in bed.

So turn your clocks forward one hour!

Click Here for More Info on why we do this!

 

Happy 60th Birthday to Mark Linn of Rockford on March 22, 2016!

 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time !

Rockford G.S. Troop # 20677 

Cookie Booth :

Sat. March 12      10 am – Noon  @ Eve’s Chatt Bar

Sat.  March 12       2 pm – 4 pm  @ Willshire Drive-In

For more info. call : Toni Hauter 567-644-4310

 

 

State Public Speaking

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

On March 12, 2016, Maggie Houts and Clista Hellwarth went to Marysville, Ohio to compete in the state prepared and extemporaneous speaking contests. At this level of the contest, Clista got 3rd in prepared speaking and Maggie got 3rd in extemporaneous speaking. Great job ladies we are very proud of your accomplishments this year.

 

 

Biggby Coffee #475 Coffee Shop to Open Tuesday, March 22 in St. Marys, Ohio
Local Family Buys Franchise
 


Jon trains with owned Peggy Rector in Lima at Biggby's.

Biggby Coffee #475

Jon Sell and his mom, Connie Sell of Rockford, have become baristas and co-partners and bought their own coffee franchise to open Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in the Shop at St. Marys Shopping Center in St. Marys, OH (Kroger and Kohl’s Shopping Center at the intersection of US Route 33 and St. Rt 66). Biggby Coffee #475 is at 488 Fortman Drive in the same strip as JT’s Restaurant, Great Clips, Verizon Wireless. It is on the east end of the strip with a great place for drive through and a large dine-in area featuring cheery orange, green and yellow décor. The Biggby Sign is hung!

Exciting new careers have opened up for them as Jon switches gears after 15 years as an Environmental Consultant for a Civil Engineering Firm in Atlanta, Georgia (Biology Graduate of Taylor University), and Connie recently retired after 36 years doing medical accounting for Rockford Medical Associates in Rockford. And, they are hiring 20-24 employees to help them with their new venture!

Jon and Connie trained with their parent company, Biggby Coffee in East Lansing, Michigan and learned to make all of those delicious coffee drinks that Biggby is known for across the Midwest, the closest one being in Lima, OH, until now. (Biggby’s is 21 years old and stretches from Michigan in the North across many states to Florida and Texas in the South.) Then the two mentored at the Lima shop with the great crew and owner Peggy Rector. Biggby’s is a community based company that sells franchises and sees this as the best way to encourage a loyal customer base. Jon and Connie Sell are excited to be working in the St. Marys and surrounding communities to fully be a part of upcoming activities and events. They are looking forward to welcoming new customers and getting to know them personally.

The Biggby mission is all about values, and the Sells trained on respecting customer’s time, remembering the customer on return visits and making the customer happy ~ Biggby’s Mission Plan is “B" Happy – Have Fun Atmosphere!”

Biggby’s best coffees include: French Roast; Costa Rica; Ruwanda Blend, and Black and Tan. Fair Trade Coffees include: French Roast, Black and Tan and Ruwanda Blend. If you’re looking for organic, they include French Roast, Black and Tan, and Costa Rica.Filtered water is used and coffee beans are roasted twice a week in Michigan.

“Coffees are served hot, iced or frozen with the most delicious velvetized milk,” raves Connie who also explained,  “Cream, 2%, half & half, soy and skim are all velvetized is a special process which aerates the above in a special Biggby process that stretches and rolls to make the product lighter and creamier.”
“It is absolutely DELICIOUS,” claims Jon.

 

 

Jerry, Jon and Connie work on remodeling the coffee shop space in St. Marys.

 

Flavor additions (thick) include: chocolate; caramels; mocha-mocha; white chocolate; marshmallow; and sugar free options. Thin syrups come in these flavorings: vanilla; strawberry; raspberry, hazelnut and many more fruit and nut flavors. Plain Espressos and plain coffee are another option for those who like their coffee simple.

Teas, served hot or cold include Chai, green teas, tisane, peppermint, cinnamon, and others with velvetized milk if desired.

Hot chocolate is another favorite served hot, iced or frozen. Fruit drinks ~ smoothies ~ are another offering which can be customized, as well. Red Bull crème freezes offer a caffeine option, and they even serve an herbal caffeine called Zip.

Cider drinks return in the Fall, and new drinks roll-out each season.

Complimenting their drinks are fresh baked muffins and a brunch bagel called a Bragel. Made fresh on an asiago or honey wheat bagel, the bragel comes with your choice of ham & cheddar or turkey or chicken with soft havarti cheese or a chocolate & cream cheese “Tuxedo”. Dine in their spacious coffee shop or take-out.

They are mostly a take-out business and will run it Green. Paper cups are biodegradable and all packaging will be recycled.

Download the Biggby SmartPhone App and gather E-rewards and get Biggby coupons for #’s of coffee.

Get a Biggby Card at their store and after the 12th coffee bought, get the 13th free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie trains in Lima above.

Watch for coupons to come out exclusively for the New Biggby’s in St. Marys.

Their coffee shop will be open 6 AM till 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 7 AM through 9 PM on Sunday. Free WIFI for all customers!

Friend them on their Biggby Coffee 475 Facebook page run by family members Jenny and Riley. Visit the Parkway Independent and are newspapers for coupons, too.

Jon and Connie invite you to join them on March 22nd for their Grand Opening Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Ham Loaf Dinner Coming as Fund Raiser

The Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be sponsoring a Ham Loaf Dinner
on April 2nd from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.  This event is taking place before the
Lions Club Variety Show at the PHS Cafeteria.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults / $5.00 for children - Carry outs available also

Menu:  Ham Loaf, baked potato, green beans, cole slaw, cookie, roll & drink.

Tickets available at Barrys Family Market and His n Hers

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 10-11, 2016

 

 
 

Superintendents form advocacy group, launch public survey

Superintendents from nearly 40 school districts, career centers and educational service centers spanning 10-plus counties have formed a network to advocate for positive changes in public education that they believe will make for better schools.

Click below for the survey and to read the rest of the letter.

www.parkwayschools.org

 

 

 

 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time !

Rockford G.S. Troop # 20677 

Cookie Booth :

Sat. March 12      10 am – Noon  @ Eve’s Chatt Bar

Sat.  March 12       2 pm – 4 pm  @ Willshire Drive-In

For more info. call : Toni Hauter 567-644-4310

 

Congratulations to The Challenger Basketball Team for 2016

Pictures shared by photographer Nikki Fox. Thanks!

Click here for more pictures online: http://www.nfoxphoto.com/#!album-2/c21pw

 

Click on smaller thumbnails
 to enlarge pictures by Nikki.

 

 

 

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

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center will hold a 9-week weight management program titled Rev It Up!® to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle.  The next 9-week program will begin on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Classes will be held at 12:00pm and 5:30pm at the Mercer Health Weight Management Center, located at the Mercer Health West Campus.  Participants in this program will meet each Wednesday for 9 consecutive weeks.

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

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

Over 150 people have participated in the Rev It Up!® Program.  At the conclusion of the last session, one participant, who lost 12.8% of their body weight during the program, stated “This program was so beneficial in that I learned awareness on so many levels. I am now aware of what, when, why and how much I eat. I am conscious of these now. I would recommend this program to anyone as this class has been very informative as well as a lot of FUN.” 

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

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

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt in Rockford
Rockford Easter Egg Hunt @ Shanes Park will take place on
Saturday,  March 26th at 1 pm.  This event will be held rain or shine.

Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Age Categories:

0-3 (eggs handed to them from the Easter Bunny)

4 - 5; 6 - 7; 8 - 10 will hunt their own eggs so be sure
to bring a basket !!

Please be sure to thank our local businesses who generously
donate to make this day special for the children.

 

 

 

 

Rockford Community Days - 22nd Annual Car Show - June 17th - 4 to 9 pm



Parkway Elementary Carnival - March 19th - 10 am - 2 pm



 


Willshire Days Committee Fundraiser - Saturday - March 19th -
Karaoke  & Lip Sync --- Willshire Legion

 

 

 

Summer Recreation Ball Program Sign-up in Willshire

 

Saturday March 12 from 9-11 AM at the Willshire American Legion
Thursday March 17 at Lillies Tin Ceiling 6-8 PM

 

 

 

Summer Recreation Ball Program Sign-up in Rockford

Saturday March 12 is the deadline. Do it online at www.rockfordrec.com

 

 

Parkway FFA Week

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

What a great week for the Parkway FFA! From February 22nd to 26th our chapter celebrated National FFA week. To kick off the week we held a luncheon for all members and staff. All week we collected canned goods for the local food pantry, at the end of the week we delivered a total of 3,385 canned goods! Wednesday the petting zoo was set up in the ag shop and all K-3 students came to see the animals! We also held the truck drive-in on Thursday and apple pie bake-off on Friday. Winners for the truck drive-in contest were, Jensen Riley with newest, Tanner Matthews with cleanest, David Gause with oldest, Peyton Hamrick with Biggest and Job Beir with smallest. For the apple pie bake-off, best tasting pies went to, Taylor Hesse, Courtney Lies, and Lauren Henderson. Congratulations winners and thank you everyone who made this awesome week possible!    

 

District Speaking Contest

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 24th at Spencerville High School, Clista Hellwarth and Maggie Houts competed in the district planned and extemporaneous speaking contests. In the prepared speaking contest (Clista), participants are required to write a speech and preform it in front of a judge. In the extemporaneous speaking contest (Maggie), members are asked questions and talk about them on the spot. Both girls did very well and will be moving on to the next contest! Maggie placed 2nd and Clista placed 1st . Good luck to both girls at state on March 12th.

 

Sub District Public Speaking

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 17th Parkway students competed at the sub district division in, creed speaking, prepared public speaking and extemporaneous speaking. The girls who participated in creed speaking placed 3rd (Tessa Thatcher), 5th (Madison Kroeger), and 12th (Mecaylah Hesse). Clista placed 2nd and Maggie placed 1st in their respective divisions of the prepared and extemporaneous contests. Good luck to Maggie and Clista in the district contest February 24th! L to right Tessa Thatcher, Madison Kroeger, Macaylah Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts

 

 
 

Plan Now for the Upcoming The Rockford Belle - Opry Show

Plan Now for the Upcoming The Rockford Belle - Opry Show

to be held on Saturday - April 23rd.

Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel, and some comedy !! 
Doors open at 6 pm with show beginning at 7 pm.

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

Guests include:  

* Kim Epple from Defiance * Michelle Limbert from Lima

* Randy Moore from Gover Hill * Collie Lambert and Steve Scott – from Oakwood

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

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

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

 

 
 

4-H Craft and Vendor Show

Join us this Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 11:00am-5:00pm for the first 4-H Craft & Vendor show! The show will be at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, in the Jr. Fair Building and Extension Meeting Rooms! The event is free to attend, with food available for purchase. There are over 50 booths scheduled to attend this event! From home décor, to health and beauty, jewelry, baby items, and more!  The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance at this event, to take pictures with everyone!

Proceeds from this event go to fund the camp counselor costs for 4-H Camp. In order for all of them to attend camp, it costs a little more than $4,000 to the local program. The counselors are responsible for planning, facilitating, and making 4-H camp happen! Please come and support the 4-H Craft and Vendor Show fundraiser this Sunday!

 
 

Local Farm to Donate Hog to Youth through Donor Market Hog Program
Are you a Jr. Fair member that has showed livestock? Are you between the ages of 10-16? If you have always wanted to take a market hog project, then this information is for you!

Wortman Family Farm is donating one healthy, high quality market hog to one Van Wert County Jr. Fair member. The selected recipient will be required to raise the market hog and exhibit it at the Van Wert County Fair. Wortman Family Farm representatives will be available for help and guidance throughout the summer, but not financially responsible for the care of the animal. This program is designed to let interested youth learn and grow through raising a quality market livestock project.

Youth who are interested should fill out an application and turn it in to the OSU Extension Office no later than Friday, April 8th, 2016. Please go to http://go.osu.edu/vwfair and scroll to the bottom for application and full rules of the program. Applications are available at the OSU Extension Office at 1055 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891. This is open to both FFA and 4-H members. 

 
 
 

 
March 8-9, 2016

 

 
 


The Rockford Lions Club Presents - The Rockford Variety Show 

MHSDV

Marvelous Heros, Super Dreams & Villians

April 1 & 2 At the Parkway High School Auditorium
7:30 pm.

Tickets available at the door, Henkle Insurance, 
Barrys Market, Peoples Bank, and First Financial.

Tickets are $7 - kids under 12 $5

 

 

 
A Good Friday Multi Media Worship Experience - Plan Now to Attend
  

A Community Choir comprised of singers from local and area churches
  
Friday, March 25th @ 7 pm
  
Parkway Local Schools Auditorium
  
Free Will offering will be taken to support the work of the Parkway Ministerial Association
  
CHAMPION OF LOVE
Directed by Richard Sherrick
  
From the publishers notes: Two thousand years ago our Savior went to
the cross in the ultimate act of mercy and sacrifice. As his friends
took His lifeless body down and placed it in a borrowed tomb, it
looked as though He had been defeated, His promises unfulfilled, and
His power overcome. But three days later, Jesus rose from the grave
victorious!
  
Created by Russell Maudlin and Sue C. Smith, CHAMPION OF LOVE blends
together new praise songs and beloved classics to paint a tender yet
powerful portrait of the amazing grace and courage it took to redeem
us.
  
PMA VISION STATEMENT
  
  Our vision for this community is to see individuals and families
  prioritizing their lives and decisions through Christ. Resulting in a
total transformation of this community and surrounding areas.
  
PMA MISSION STATEMENT
  
Bringing Christ's love to our communities
  
PMA PURPOSE STATEMENT  

The Parkway Ministerial Association exists to assist individuals with immediate financial and food needs, create  opportunities for community church-wide gatherings, and to foster unity among the local churches.    

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION
Agenda
Regular Meeting
on March 9, 2016 6:30 pm

 

The Great Panther Duck Races and Much, Much More!!

Parkway Baseball Parents will be holding a fun-filled fundraising night on March 19th at the Rockford Community 
Building.  During the night there will be Live Duck Races, Reverse Raffle, Live Auction, Silent Auctions, 50/50, Tip 
Boards, DJ, Concessions, and Cash Bar.  Doors will open at 5pm with events starting at 6pm.  

All proceeds to benefit the Parkway Baseball program.

 

 

WRENWAY PARK WIFFLEBALL WAREHOUSE LOOKING FOR MEMORIES

The Wrenway Park Wiffleball Warehouse committee is in search of your memories from the last 24 years of Wren Wiffleball.  We are looking for pictures, news articles, or video clips.  Please identify the year, people involved, team name, etc., if possible.

These items cannot be returned, so please submit digitally to wrenohio@yahoo.com.  Deadline is July 1st, 2016.

 

 

 

 
March 4-7, 2016

 

 
 
 

Biggby Coffee #475 Coffee Shop to Open Tuesday, March 22 in St. Marys, Ohio
Local Family Buys Franchise
 


Jon trains with
owner Peggy Rector in Lima at Biggby's.

Biggby Coffee #475

Jon Sell and his mom, Connie Sell of Rockford, have become baristas and co-partners and bought their own coffee franchise to open Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in the Shop at St. Marys Shopping Center in St. Marys, OH (Kroger and Kohl’s Shopping Center at the intersection of US Route 33 and St. Rt 66). Biggby Coffee #475 is at 488 Fortman Drive in the same strip as JT’s Restaurant, Great Clips, Verizon Wireless. It is on the east end of the strip with a great place for drive through and a large dine-in area featuring cheery orange, green and yellow décor. The Biggby Sign is hung!

Exciting new careers have opened up for them as Jon switches gears after 15 years as an Environmental Consultant for a Civil Engineering Firm in Atlanta, Georgia (Biology Graduate of Taylor University), and Connie recently retired after 36 years doing medical accounting for Rockford Medical Associates in Rockford. And, they are hiring 20-24 employees to help them with their new venture!

Jon and Connie trained with their parent company, Biggby Coffee in East Lansing, Michigan and learned to make all of those delicious coffee drinks that Biggby is known for across the Midwest, the closest one being in Lima, OH, until now. (Biggby’s is 21 years old and stretches from Michigan in the North across many states to Florida and Texas in the South.) Then the two mentored at the Lima shop with the great crew and owner Peggy Rector. Biggby’s is a community based company that sells franchises and sees this as the best way to encourage a loyal customer base. Jon and Connie Sell are excited to be working in the St. Marys and surrounding communities to fully be a part of upcoming activities and events. They are looking forward to welcoming new customers and getting to know them personally.

The Biggby mission is all about values, and the Sells trained on respecting customer’s time, remembering the customer on return visits and making the customer happy ~ Biggby’s Mission Plan is “B" Happy – Have Fun Atmosphere!”

Biggby’s best coffees include: French Roast; Costa Rica; Ruwanda Blend, and Black and Tan. Fair Trade Coffees include: French Roast, Black and Tan and Ruwanda Blend. If you’re looking for organic, they include French Roast, Black and Tan, and Costa Rica.Filtered water is used and coffee beans are roasted twice a week in Michigan.

“Coffees are served hot, iced or frozen with the most delicious velvetized milk,” raves Connie who also explained,  “Cream, 2%, half & half, soy and skim are all velvetized is a special process which aerates the above in a special Biggby process that stretches and rolls to make the product lighter and creamier.”
“It is absolutely DELICIOUS,” claims Jon.

 

 

Jerry, Jon and Connie work on remodeling the coffee shop space in St. Marys.

 

Flavor additions (thick) include: chocolate; caramels; mocha-mocha; white chocolate; marshmallow; and sugar free options. Thin syrups come in these flavorings: vanilla; strawberry; raspberry, hazelnut and many more fruit and nut flavors. Plain Espressos and plain coffee are another option for those who like their coffee simple.

Teas, served hot or cold include Chai, green teas, tisane, peppermint, cinnamon, and others with velvetized milk if desired.

Hot chocolate is another favorite served hot, iced or frozen. Fruit drinks ~ smoothies ~ are another offering which can be customized, as well. Red Bull crème freezes offer a caffeine option, and they even serve an herbal caffeine called Zip.

Cider drinks return in the Fall, and new drinks roll-out each season.

Complimenting their drinks are fresh baked muffins and a brunch bagel called a Bragel. Made fresh on an asiago or honey wheat bagel, the bragel comes with your choice of ham & cheddar or turkey or chicken with soft havarti cheese or a chocolate & cream cheese “Tuxedo”. Dine in their spacious coffee shop or take-out.

They are mostly a take-out business and will run it Green. Paper cups are biodegradable and all packaging will be recycled.

Download the Biggby SmartPhone App and gather E-rewards and get Biggby coupons for #’s of coffee.

Get a Biggby Card at their store and after the 12th coffee bought, get the 13th free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie trains in Lima above.

Watch for coupons to come out exclusively for the New Biggby’s in St. Marys.

Their coffee shop will be open 6 AM till 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 7 AM through 9 PM on Sunday. Free WIFI for all customers!

Friend them on their Biggby Coffee 475 Facebook page run by family members Jenny and Riley. Visit the Parkway Independent and are newspapers for coupons, too.

Jon and Connie invite you to join them on March 22nd for their Grand Opening Day!

 

 

 

 
 
 
Peyton Hamrick Send-off to State Panther-Style

Congratulations to Senior Peyton Hamrick for many years of wrestling dedication that saw this Panther send-off on Thursday morning as he traveled to Columbus for the State Wrestling Tournament. According to a release by his Coach Kevin Browning around noon on Thursday, March 3, 2016, "Peyton was not allowed to  wrestle in the State Wrestling Tournament due to circumstances beyond his control." Peyton's winning Senior season speaks for itself, and he is a champion to the Parkway Varsity Wrestling Program and Parkway Schools! Enjoy the pictures below by Nikki Fox.

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 3, 2016

 

 
 

SPRING SPORTS PICTURES for Parkway Athletes by Nikki Fox

Wednesday,  March 16, 2016

3:00-3:15      SENIORS

3:15-3:45      Varsity/JV Baseball

3:45-4:15      JH Baseball

4:15-4:45      Varsity/JV Softball

4:45-5:15      JH Softball

5:15-6:00      High School Track

6:00-6:30      JH Track

 

 

KBA- 2016 Youth for Christ Basketball Tournament results announced

 

 

On Sunday, February 28th the annual KBA Tournament was held at the Van Wert High School.

 

This was the third year for KBA basketball which is facilitated by West Central Ohio Youth for Christ. 12 teams and over 100 players and coaches from Crestview, Delphos, Lincolnview, Parkway and Van Wert schools participated. Thanks to all the parents and fans that joined in the fun, we are looking forward to next year’s season.

 

The winning tournament team is from Parkway.

 

 

 

Back row left to right: Derrick Mosier, Caleb Rollins, Conner Morton, Caleb Carlson

Front row left to right: Coach: Caleb Rodriguez, Conner Lyons, Bailey Rodriguez, Jensen Riley, Noah Riley

 

We would like to thank all of this year’s sponsors: Title Sponsor: Pizza Hut, Tournament Sponsor: CBJ Farms/Store N Haul and ABM, Bank of Berne, Calvary Evangelical, Essential Solutions, Fricker’s/Custom Audio, Leland Smith Insurance, Merkle Insurance, Olympic Lanes, Parkway Ministerial Assn, Pac a Sak, Slusher's Jewelry, Trinity Friends, Van Wert County Foundation, Van Wert Federal Savings and Wallace Plumbing.

 

 

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. GIVE LIFE TO YOUR STORY.

 

 

 

 

Reminder ~

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee Meeting will be held 
on March 7th at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum at 7pm.

The public is welcome.

 

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club will resume with the March meeting, which will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 10 am to Noon at the Mercer County District Library, Celina, Ohio.  Beginning with the April meeting the group will again be meeting on the third Saturday of each month at the Library. Attendees of the March meeting are asked to write a tall tale to share with the group.  The public is invited to attend. Find us on Facebook at Stateline Writer's Club.

 

 

Lima Surgeon to Address Men’s Prostate Cancer Group

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting a presentation by Dr. Jaber Alanzi, a urologist with Midwest Surgical Specialists, will be conducted.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 8th 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.

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
PARCC: Opt-Outs and State Report Cards

A year ago when the Ohio Department of Education decided to proceed with the new PARCC test, despite its questionable results, they raised eyebrows.  As part of the Common Core roll-out, PARCC faced considerable concern from parents, teachers and the like.  All signs pointed to potential PARCC failure, but the Ohio Department of Education elected to proceed and have since spent considerable time responding to the consequences of that decision. 

The latest issue has arisen because the State Report Cards failed to acknowledge the failure of the PARCC test to accurately measure local student growth.  As a result changes have been made but the best recommendation this year is to ignore the state report card and look for better, more accurate results next year.

The legislature recognized the looming concerns of the PARCC test and acted swiftly to provide safe harbor to teachers, schools and students so that they would not be harmed by the results of the untested, unproven, and eventually failed PARCC test.  It only makes sense that when discrepancies appeared in the state report card students, teachers and schools would be held harmless from those results and spared public embarrassment associated with scores that do not accurately reflect student performance.

Many parents had their children take the test, yet an unprecedented number of parents had their children “opt-out.”  Although I would have preferred the students take the test, it is the responsibility of state leaders to recognize the impact of these opt-outs and respond.  We do not anticipate this large scale problem in the future because state legislators voted to stop the PARCC test.

When the school report cards for last year were released, the high number of opt-outs had a considerable impact.  Because of the way the scores are calculated, all opt-outs appeared as zeroes, while they should not have been factored into the scores at all.  We have some of the best schools in the state, but the impact of opt-outs caused our schools to appear in the bottom tier when compared to other schools.

Thanks to the efforts of local administrators, the Department of Education recognized the damaging impacts of these false report cards and decided to release new ratings that no longer consider opt-outs.  While these new scores provide a better snapshot of the actual results, they still do not effectively show how our students progressed over the school year.

My recommendation to parents, students, teachers, and administrators is simple; if you want to review the local state report card, make sure you are looking at the adjusted score.  You can view the adjusted scores at a website I have created tinyurl.com/adjustedreportcards  However, it must be noted that these local report card scores are still not entirely accurate because of the failed PARCC exams.  The best thing we can do this year is ignore the state report card because it is not accurate. 

In western Ohio we have the best schools in the state.  What we have been doing has been proven effective, so we should keep moving forward with what works.  Our students, teachers, and administrators are top notch and set the standard for the rest of the state to strive for.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchymarch2016

 

 

State Representative Buchy Releases Opt-Out

Information on Adjusted Report Cards

Buchy Voices Growing Concerns About the Impact of Opt-Outs on Local Schools

COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has released adjusted report cards for schools in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties as concerns grow about the impact on local scores from students who opted out of the 2014-2015 PARCC examinations.

In December, legislators introduced House Bill 420, which would have required the Ohio Department of Education to issue data to account for students whose parents elected for their child to “opt-out” of PARCC examinations.

“The Ohio Department of Education has issued some adjusted grades, but have been unable to effectively communicate the impacts of opt-outs on the report cards,” Buchy said. “Upon the release of the report cards last month, I was surprised how difficult it was to review accurate scores.” 

Representative Buchy has been working with ODE officials to ensure that the entirety of the Department’s website reflects the modified rankings for Ohio’s schools.  In an effort to let residents of the 84th House District know how their schools performed, he has issued adjusted report cards for the 27 schools in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties.

“In all the years I have served in the legislature I have never before been driven to do the job of a bureaucratic agency for them,” Buchy said. “The data on the adjusted report cards reflects data I have received from the Ohio Department of Education, but it more clearly reflects the impacts of those who did not take the test.”

Representative Buchy has posted the adjusted report cards at tinyurl.com/adjustedreportcards These report cards are unofficial and serve only as a way of reviewing  school results to consider the impact of the high level of “opt-outs.” The Ohio Department of Education has posted official results at www.reportcard.education.ohio.gov

Representative Buchy has made protecting children and communities from the results of the failed PARCC test a primary goal.  He was the author of House Bill 7, which passed through the legislature in February of 2015 to extend safe harbor to all Ohio students to ensure that students could not be harmed by the results of the unproven, untested PARCC examinations.  At that time, Representative Buchy spoke publically about the importance of all students taking the PARCC test with an understanding that it could not result in them being held back or having their class grades impacted.

Click Here for the 84th District Spreadsheet

 

Ohio City Youth Activities
The Ohio City Youth Activities will be having their first “Summer Ball” sign-up on March 12 at the Ohio City village hall, located on Main Street in Ohio City.  The sign-up will be from 9am-12.

T-ball (Boys and Girls): 3-7, Coach Peach (Boys and Girls): 6-8, Boys Farm League: 7-10, Girls Farmette League 7-10, Boys Little League:  11-12, Girls Buckeye: 11-12, Boys Pony League: 13-15, and Girls 4 County: 13-15.

There will be a $35 fee for one child, $60 for two children, and $75 for three children.

 

 

Benefit for Jeff Secaur

Family and friends are hosting a benefit for Jeff Secaur of Decatur who was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2015 which had also moved to his liver. The benefit is on Sunday March 13, 2016 at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 1703 High Street in Decatur, IN.  The benefit is scheduled from 12pm - 8pm with a dinner provided to the public by friends and family.   There will be a free will donation for dinner.  Live music from Cass Blue, Drunken Uncles (Geel's Family and friends), Loud Mouth Soup, Full Speed Reverse, Kill the Rabbit, and Kenny Taylor. Also performances by local dance company Razz M' Jazz, raffles, bake sale, and a silent and Chinese auction are currently being planned.  

Jeff works at Crown in Celina, raises his two young children, and has had a lot of expense with treatments in Chicago, and surgical removal of the affected areas.

Financial contributions are welcomed and will be placed in an account at Wells Fargo for Jeff that he can withdraw as needed for medical and travel expenses. All monetary donations, big or small, would greatly be appreciated, and may be sent to Wells Fargo 1 Yorkshire Dr Decatur, IN 46733

Make checks out  to Jeff Secaur
.


With your help, the organizers hope to have a great event!  
Thanks for your help and prayers!  

 

 
 
 

 
March 2, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, March 2, 2016 ~ due weather conditions.

 
 
5th Annual Wine Tasting
The 5th Annual Wine Tasting in Rockford will take place on March 5th at the Rockford Community Building from 7 – 10 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be $20.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.  The pre sale tickets are ON SALE NOW at Barrys Family Market and the Rockford Village Office.

* Tickets good for 6 tastings and appetizers.    50/50 and door prizes!

Come with friends to visit and try new wines ! 

All proceeds to benefit Community Days activities – June 17-19.

Any questions call Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874 or 
Amy Noll 419-953-8761.
 
 

Parkway March 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
March 1, 2016

 

 
 
Peyton Hamrick, Parkway Wrestler, Going to State on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 3,4,5)

Parkway School Board, in October,  officially made Wrestling a Varsity Sport. Coach Kevin Browning and his team of wrestlers had been working hard  for years as a club sport. Their determination paid off when the board recognized them, and now one of their own, Peyton Hamrick, is headed to State Tournament action after qualifying at District III Tournaments on February 27, 2016. Good Luck Peyton!

 

Congratulations to Parkway Schools for High Scores on the State Report Card
Achievement and Gap Closing:
Performance Index B
Indicators Met A
Measurable Objectives B

K-3 Literacy and Graduation Rates
K-3 Literacy N/A
4 Year Graduation Rates A
5 Year Graduation Rates A

Progress/Value Added
Overall A
Gifted A
Lowest 20% A
Students with Disabilities A

 

Longtime Parkway Athletic Director and Two Parkway Coaches Resign

Parkway Athletic Director, Doug Hughes, head football coach Dan Cairns and head basketball coach Rick Hickman all resigned those positions at Parkway Schools. Letters of resignation were submitted last week.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 29, 2016
Leap Day!

 

 
 

Mary Ann Olding, Historical Researcher, to Speak in Celina About Carthagena

Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet.  The speaker will be Mary Ann Olding. 

Mary Ann Olding has spent over 40 years conducting original historical research on Ohio’s ethnic architecture and rural settlement patterns that include field and literature searches on German, black and mulatto, and Jewish communities. Her unorthodox, yet scholarly and inductive, studies have been presented at local, state, and national conferences. Extensive architectural and historical research from 1978-79 for “The Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches” resulted in one of the nation’s most extensive thematic nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

After earning bachelor and master degrees in history and English education at Wright State University in Dayton, she served from 1977-1985 as a regional historic preservation officer for the Ohio Historical Society, taught American Architecture in the graduate program in the history department at Wright State from 1985-1996, served ten years as director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and from 1995-2005 was a professor and advisor from at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.  In 1995, she founded Old World Research to conduct projects in research, writing, and publishing.

Since 2006, traveling as an independent research, she has been to Baracoa, Cuba, fifteen times. Last year, she began to organize an art and artists exchange and exhibits between cities in Cuba and in the United States.

Her topic Sunday will be the early Black settlement of Carthagena in Mercer County Ohio.  This meeting is free and the public is welcome.

 

 

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Coming to Coldwater

Coldwater Kiwanis is sponsoring their annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday March 13, 2015, from 8:00am to 12:30pm.  Breakfast will be served at the Coldwater High School Commons.  Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member or by calling 419-678-2419.  Cost is $6.00 per person.  Children 10 and under eat free.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Proceeds from this event benefit local youth and community service programs.

 

 

DOT/FMCSA Regulations Presentation Offered to Local Employers

 

“DOT/FMCSA regulations can be overwhelming for employers.” states Renee Kinney, Director of Occupational Health Services at Mercer Health.  “We invite area employers and business leaders who are subject to DOT (Department of Transportation) Regulations to learn more.”

Mike Blackburn, with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, will lead a discussion on these topics on March 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Mercer Health Hospital-Sanderell Board Room.   Blackburn will outline information for a better understanding on DOT/FMCSA regulations and how it affects individual businesses.   

The presentation is hosted by Mercer Health Occupational Health Services.  In affiliation with the West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance (WCORHA), Mercer Health offers businesses and industries, large and small, special services designed to protect the health and wellness of their employees and the integrity of their company. 

To register to attend the presentation, please email Ami Boley, abboley@mercy.com or phone 419-584-0398, no later than March 15, 2016.

 

 

Building on a Promise: Mercer Health Announces Major Expansion Project

At the 7th Annual Friends of the MED Foundation Dinner on Sunday, January 31st, Mercer Health announced a major expansion project estimated to begin in 2017.   The MED Foundation of Mercer Health cultivates philanthropic relationships to enhance Mercer Health’s ability to enhance health care within the local community.

Lisa Klenke, CEO and George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO, unveiled a three story addition directly connected to the existing west entrance of the current hospital.  The addition which is estimated to add nearly 54,000 square feet will feature a new surgical suite, all private inpatient rooms and increased space for outpatient services.

Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations, shared, “In order to continue to meet the healthcare needs of the community, an expansion project is necessary.  Surgical services have seen nearly 25% growth in the past 2 years.  Currently, the surgery department is located in the original 1950 building. The expansion will meet the needs of the surgical volume growth by providing adequate space and improved functioning.  Private rooms in all inpatient spaces have been a long-time request from the community and is the gold standard in new hospital construction.  In addition to privacy, private rooms allow for better infection control and can reduce noise disturbances thereby improving patient sleep.  Outpatient services equate for nearly 75% of all services provided at the hospital, a major shift from the traditional care model. Currently many of the outpatient services are decentralized, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care. The expansion will meet the needs of outpatient growth while allowing for increased accessibility for patients and visitors.”

Kremer continues, “We are building on a promise made nearly 70 years ago by the forefathers of this organization, to provide quality, local healthcare.  We are so honored that the community has enthusiastically supported us through the years and we welcome the continued support as we continue to meet the healthcare needs of our community.”

More information about this major expansion project is available by contacting the MED Foundation of Mercer Health or by visiting www.mercer-health.com.

 

 

 

Sign-up for Summer Ball Season for Mendon Union Youth

The MURA summer ball season is quickly approaching.  Sign up will be Sunday March 6 from 1-3 PM at P&G Mini Mart.  Additional days & times will be March 7, 8, and 9 from 5-7 PM also at P&G Mini Mart.  T-Ball, coach pitch, baseball & softball teams will be formed for girls and boys ages 4-12.  Fees range from $25 to $35 and ball players may participate in fund raisers to offset sign up fees. 
During the above dates, the MURA will also be selling tickets for our April 9 chicken dinner fund raiser.  For further information, please call Amanda Crouch at 419-790-0662.

 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues
with Weight Management Support Program Live Fitness Demonstrations

 

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, FREE event and support group presenting live fitness demonstrations on Monday, March 14, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  This month’s free class is presented by Kelly Lefeld, certified Zumba instructor, with Be Well. Be Fit.   Kelly will discuss some of the new exercise classes available in our area and provide live demonstrations of some of these classes, such as Pound or Zumba.  If you’ve heard of these classes but have been hesitant to try it, this is the perfect opportunity to learn what they are all about.

 

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)      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

2)      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 March 30.

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

4)      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.

5)      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.  

 

 

Parkway Jr High and High School students participated in the
2016 ASBDA Honor Band Weekend at London High School, London, Ohio.


The American School Band Directors Association was founded by Dale
C. Harris and the other charter members who attended the organizing 
convention in November of 1953.  The intent was to draw together
some of the finest minds and best teachers nationally for the purpose
of helping influence the direction and furthering the cause of good
music in the nation's public schools.  

Parkway Music Boosters would like to thank Mr. Ryan Twigg for serving as the 2016
Coordinator of the event.  Fifteen Parkway Students were chosen to participate
in the event.   The High School Honor Band was directed by
Dr. Jeffrey Gershman, who is the Director of Wind Ensembles
and an Associate Professor of Music at  Capital University Conservatory of
Music.  The Jr. High Honor Band was directed by Mr. James Swearingen, who currently serves as a 
staff arranger for the famed Ohio State  University Marching band.  

 
 

Brian Stephan State Farm Joins Chamber

State Farm Insurance agent Brian Stephan has opened an office in Celina at
1949 Havemann Road (next to Hot Head Burrito).   Brian and his staff are a
full service insurance agency.  In addition to insurance, they offer a wide
variety of financial services.  

 

2016 Livestock Quality Assurance Dates

Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is planning to exhibit market livestock at the 2016 junior fair. This includes rabbits which is a change from previous years. The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the first QA in 2016 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Sunday March 6th,  starting at 2:00pm until approximately 4:00pm. Members must register at the Jr. Fair Building upon arrival the day of the event. Further instructions will be provided at this time.

Members eligible for test out it will be offered starting at 1:00pm at the Jr. Fair Building. Test out is offered one hour prior to start of event. The second general QA offered in Van Wert County will be on Thursday April 7th from 7:00pm to approximately 9:00pm with test out option starting at 6:00pm.

Exhibitors who are taking a rabbit project are invited to take part in the rabbit QA scheduled for Thursday, April 14th, 2016. The event is at the Extension Office and will start at 6:30pm. Members who attend the Sheep and Goat Clinic on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 can also get credit for QA, as well as those who attend the livestock clinic in May. Dates for the livestock clinic are not set yet, but will be announced as soon as possible.

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

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 27-28, 2016

 

 
 

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 an iPad Mini4 and the Carnival Grand Prize is an iPod Touch!  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 19, 2016 from 10 AM to 2PM in the Parkway Gymnasium.

 

 
 

Fox Family Ride for Autism Coming Soon!

The 2nd Annual Fox Family Ride for Autism will be held on June 18th, 2016.

Raffle tickets to win the Harley Davidson are on sale now
at the Rockford Village Office.  Tickets are $10.  Only
2500 tickets will be sold.  Need not be present to win.

All proceeds to benefit our non profit partner - ITAALK.

Special Thanks to Toledo Harley Davidson for their
donation.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 25-26, 2016

 

 
 

Congratulations to Mike Hoehn ~ 30 Years in at the United States Postal Service

Mike Hoehn, Post Master, recently retired from the Rockford Ohio United States Post Office after 30 years of service. He started for the post office as a clerk in Lima Ohio on February 2, 1985. From there he became a Branch Manager at the Cridersville Post Office. He became a postmaster and served at Bluffton and Celina before coming to Rockford on December 2, 2001.  

Mike says the biggest change in his 30 years has been by far the automation of sorting the mail. When he started as a clerk in Lima, they were still sorting all mail by hand except for a few big city offices. Over time, all post offices have been automated and machines do all the sorting. Mail comes in fully in order for placing in mailboxes on a route or into postal boxes. Sadly, this means fewer employees.

Mike said of his 14 years there, “I loved my time in Rockford because my co-workers, are an awesome group of people and the community is a wonderful place with wonderful people.  I could always depend on my employees to cheerfully do more than I expected.  And I always found the customers to be friendly and gracious.  I miss all of them already.” Over the years, he could always count on fresh cut bouquets from local flower beds to grace the front counter, homemade cookies and candy at Christmas and lots of interesting conversation.

 

 

His best memory was the time he turned 50 years old and walked into the post office back room to find it filled with black and multi-colored balloons and decorations on the walls. "What a surprise, and they had cake, too!"

 

 

Over the years Mike has seen Willshire, Ohio City and Mendon Post Offices reduce in force with clerks covering the duties, the routes coming to Rockford, and Mike handling the postmaster work a couple days a week. He thanks the communities for bringing their business to the post office. The 10-12 employees he has supervised over the years, through him a nice retirement party, and proclaimed him “ . . . a boss who will be hard to replace.”

Sarah Kimmet is the Interim Temporary Officer in Charge, and she comes from the Celina Post Office. Soon the United States Post Office will name a permanent replacement for Mike, who looking forward to some warm weather soon and other camping and traveling trips with his wife, Karen.

 

 
5th Annual Wine Tasting
The 5th Annual Wine Tasting in Rockford will take place on March 5th at the Rockford Community Building from 7 – 10 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be $20.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.  The pre sale tickets are ON SALE NOW at Barrys Family Market and the Rockford Village Office.

* Tickets good for 6 tastings and appetizers.    50/50 and door prizes!

Come with friends to visit and try new wines ! 

All proceeds to benefit Community Days activities – June 17-19.

Any questions call Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874 or 
Amy Noll 419-953-8761.

 

 

Thursday morning weightlifting at Parkway Schools is cancelled.

 

 

 
February 23-24, 2016

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Local Board of Education Special Meeting

 

The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room.  The board will go into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel.  No business will be conducted.

 

LEAP into Something Great

This is Leap Year so why not LEAP into Something Great by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties. You can do something great by becoming a BIG or referring a LITTLE. You can also do something great by participating in our Annual Bowl for Kids Sake. March 19th 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Plaza Lanes in Celina. April 1 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert. April 9th 7:00 pm at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta. Call 419-584-2447 for more information.

 

A Good Friday Multi Media Worship Experience - Plan Now to Attend
  
A Community Choir comprised of singers from local and area churches
  
Friday, March 25th @ 7 pm
  
Parkway Local Schools Auditorium
  
Free Will offering will be taken to support the work of the Parkway Ministerial Association
  
CHAMPION OF LOVE
Directed by Richard Sherrick
  
From the publishers notes: Two thousand years ago our Savior went to
the cross in the ultimate act of mercy and sacrifice. As his friends
took His lifeless body down and placed it in a borrowed tomb, it
looked as though He had been defeated, His promises unfulfilled, and
His power overcome. But three days later, Jesus rose from the grave
victorious!
  
Created by Russell Maudlin and Sue C. Smith, CHAMPION OF LOVE blends
together new praise songs and beloved classics to paint a tender yet
powerful portrait of the amazing grace and courage it took to redeem
us.
  
PMA VISION STATEMENT
  
  Our vision for this community is to see individuals and families
  prioritizing their lives and decisions through Christ. Resulting in a
total transformation of this community and surrounding areas.
  
PMA MISSION STATEMENT
  
Bringing Christ's love to our communities
  
PMA PURPOSE STATEMENT  

The Parkway Ministerial Association exists to assist individuals with immediate financial and food needs, create  opportunities for community church-wide gatherings, and to foster unity among the local churches.    

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 20-22, 2016

 

 
 
Save the Date for Molly’s Birthday Open House
Molly Beougher’s Family is celebrating her 90th Birthday with an Open House on Sunday March 13th from 2-4 PM at New Horizons Community Church in Rockford. Please come and celebrate!
 

 

Parkway Booster Club Basketball Drop Fundraiser Success

The Parkway Athletic Booster Club would like to congratulate Bill Huff the $5,000 winner of our Basketball Drop Fundraiser.

Other winners include Logan Huff ($50 seller of winning ticket) and Carson Ford ($50 top sales) .

We would like to sincerely thank the following:

Our supportive community members who both purchased and helped sell tickets. Together we sold 909 tickets.

Mercer Health for the donation and use of the basketballs.

Rural King for donating the snow fence.

Parkway maintenance staff for use of equipment and help engineering the ball drop.

Jeff Ford, Bryan Schoenleben, and Brent Agler for engineering the drop.

Parkway Phys. Ed. staff for use of equipment.

Coach Mike Schumm, Amanda and Matt Triplett,  Betsy Schoenleben, Susan Ford, Misty Riley, and Greg Slusher for helping with the practice drops.

Michelle Agler for numbering the balls,  coordinating sales and collecting tickets.

Sherriff Jeff Gray and Pastor Dave Souers for serving as judges for the event.

Mark Wulfhorst for serving as emcee for the event.

We would also like to  thank the Parkway students who helped the  night of the event. It was special to see the Parkway students surrounding the ball drop as it took place. THEY are the reason we do fundraisers like this!!! We are looking at this being a yearly event.

Again, thank you to all involved and for the support of our Parkway athletes!!!

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these pictures. Click here for more by Nikki: http://www.nfoxphoto.com/#!album-2/c21pw

 

REMINDER FROM THE MUSIC BOOSTERS ----- PLEASE COME AND PICK UP YOUR BURRITOS BY 1PM ON Saturday, February 20, 2015.  THEY ARE READY IN THE HS COMMONS

 

Race Car Day at Rockford Library

The next family program will be Monday, February, 29th at 6:30 at the Rockford Carnegie Library.  This family program is designed for all ages and will feature activities about race cars.  For more information call the library at 419-363-2630.

 

McDonald’s Peeler Sale

Parkway Elementary School students (grades K – 2) are currently selling McDonald’s Peelers. Each card sells for $10 and provides many, great Buy 1, Get 1 Free offers for sandwiches, smoothies, salads and more! Cards are valid through March 31, 2017 at over 100 Dayton, Miami Valley and east Indiana locations surrounding us!  Great value and easy to use – coupons simply peel-off to redeem!  Funds raised will be used for student programs such as assemblies, field trips, and other enrichment programs to benefit your children. Also as a school service project, $1 from each McDonald’s card sold is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities to help other families in need.  Contact any Parkway Elementary student (K-2) to purchase or cards are available in the Elementary Office.  Final turn in day for orders and money is Friday, March 4.

Venedocia Lads and Lassies

News Reporter: Avery Mueller

 

 

4-H Meets in Venedocia

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their first meeting February 18th.  Pledges were led by Dominic Bonifas and roll call was taken by Nancy Bonifas the Group Advisor. Club officer nominations and elections for the group were completed at this meeting. The group discussed options for their Community Club project and will be discussing this further at the next meeting. The Venedocia Lads and Lassies will be holding the Annual Pancake and Sausage event March 19th at the Venedocia Lions Club from 6am until 2pm.  The Lads and Lassies next meeting will be held March 17th at 7p.m.

 

 

Parkway Kindergarten Screening

 

Parkway Elementary is currently scheduling appointments for kindergarten screening for the 2016-2017 school year.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Screening will be held on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Parkway Elementary School.  On screening day, it will be necessary for parents/guardians to present an official birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics (any county health department).  The vital statistics department will require a fee for this copy. The hospital complimentary birth certificate will not be accepted.  Parents will also need to supply their child’s social security card, immunization records, two forms of proof of residency and custody papers (if applicable) to photocopy. 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.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 19, 2016

 

 
 

Missing Mom, Jinny Wood, who passed away a year ago today 2-19-2015. This picture was of her 85th birthday in 2015. She was the life of the party. Bet she's singing in the Heavenly Choir. Love you, Mom! Sheila (Wood) Baltzell

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 17-18, 2016

 

 
 
 

Calvary Preschool Sets Parent-Teacher Conferences in February and Early Registration in March

Calvary Preschool will be holding parent-teacher conferences on February 24, 25 and 26.  The times on Wednesday are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with time slots available every 20 minutes for parents to attend. Thursday and Friday times are 8:00 to 11:30 each day, with 20 minute time slots for the parent to select the best time. 

Early registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held at the Calvary Preschool on Wednesday March 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and on Thursday from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon.  Interested parents may tour the preschool and have questions answered during these times, as well as receive the needed forms for enrolling their child in the preschool program.  Classes for 3’s meet on Monday & Friday or Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 am.  The students must be 3 years of age by August 1 to attend. The 4’s classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 am.  Students must be 4 years of age by August 1 to attend this class. Pre-K Plus is a class for those who are not quite yet ready for Kindergarten but have been through the 4’s class or for those whose parents do not want them to start Kindergarten because of late summer birthdays.  This class meets Monday through Thursdays from 8:30am to 11:30 am.  More information is available on the Calvary Evangelical Church website under the Preschool tab or by calling 567-259-3103 or emailing preschool@calvaryelife.org

 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:   This Post Card photograph of South Wayne St., Fort Recovery was facing south from the stoplight.  Note, the Post Card identified this Village as “Fort Recovery,” but the official name of the Village was “Recovery.”  This photograph was taken over a Century ago.

“Bessie,” at Muncie, IN sent this card to Mrs. O.C. Ruley, Portland, Indiana, dated June 8, 1915.  The photograph appears to be older, than 1915.  The buggies preceded the arrival of automobiles, c. 1907.

Some business buildings are still standing, on South Wayne Street.  The mill on the east side of the street, is no longer there, nor is the two story home south of the mill.  On the west side of the street, the “boarding house,” is gone.  The Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church is no longer on that site, but the stained glass windows have been preserved at the new Church building site on Sharpsburg Road.

Since this post card has the post mark dated 1915, I went to the 1916-1921 Mercer County Directory, to check the businesses that advertised in the “Business Directory.”  [Remember that not every business advertised in these directories.  Many small businesses existed at that time.]  The following list of Fort Recovery businesses were listed in this Directory:  Agricultural Implements:  Chas. O. Burke, John Coughlin, Hull Bros.; Auctioneers:  Robert H. Scott; Bakers:  Meekes & Rammel; Banks:  Fort Recovery Banking Co; Billiards and Pool:  Chas. Meinerding, Perry Ray, John Snyder;  Blacksmiths:  Anthony Henkel, Ranly Bros., A.R. Resler, Eph Vantrees;  Builders and Contractors:  Michael Faller, Henry Mannix, R. Lyons Norton, E. Wagner & Sons; Carriages and Wagons:  Coughlin & Burke, Gotlieb Schaaf; Cigars and Tobacco:  M.J. Langloh, The Fort Cigar Co.; Clothing:  Wm. Sunderman; Coal:  E.T.Adams; Confectionery and Ice Cream:  John G. Valz; Dentists:  L. G. McClelland, C.A. Brown [12 years in business]; Drugs:  John F. Adams, Huddle Drug Co.; Dry Goods:  R.M. Morvilius, Stephen N. Siefert, Frank J. Sonderman & Co.; Excelsior Manufacturer:  N. P. Huntwork; Fertilizers:  The Fort Recovery Fertilizer Co.; Flour and Feed:  Chas Faller, Jos. E. Heffner; Fruit and Produce:  The J.A. Long Co.; Furniture and Funeral Directors:  Franks & Bonvillain, W. H. May [est. 1895].

The 1916-1921 list of Fort Recovery Businesses continued:  Garages:  W.T. Benbow, Carl Stein, E.J. Woeste; General Stores:  E.W. McClintock, M. Saunders, N. Warren, Mary A. Wellman, Weiler & Long; Grain and Hay:  Clark, Pearson & Lyon, The Jay Grain Co.; Grocers:  John Beumer, Michael Coughlin, H.B. Potkotter, H.W. Rabe, [Telephone 42], E.J.Sanner, W.O. Slemmer; Hardware:  The Fort Recovery Hardware Co., F.H. Harris, H.H. Kleinhenz, M. Velton, E. Wangler [Telephone 41]; Hotels:  C.E. Neil, Jos. E. Vankirk; Ink:  Schneider Ink Co.; Insurance:  Joseph Passman; Jewelers:  Jacob A. Bauer, E. Hoke; Laundries:  C.J. Fox; Lime and Cement:  Emil Wagner; Liveries: Frank Jones, Geo. E. Money; Lumber:  Fort Recovery Lumber Co., Noah Huntwork, Geo A. Reuter, W.E. Wilson; Marble and Granite:  J.E. Premer; Meats:  H.G. Schneider, G. F. Wagner; Men’s Furnishings:  Maurice Blumberg; Millinery:  Miss Frances King, Fisher & Anthony; Newspapers and Printers:  Fort Recovery Tribune-Journal-Publisher Emmet Mannix; Opthalmology:  Dr. F.E. Hoke; Physicians:  W.A. Leiser, Fred Miller; J.V. Richardson, Martin Taylor; Photographers:  Harry McDaniel; Plumbers:  Claude T. Getman; Restaurants:  G.J. Volz, Wm. D. Wilson, Wm. I. Wolfe; Saloons:  Bryan & Burke; Wm. Reinders, Steinle & Vogel; Shoes:  Adam Beach [Est. 1887], Bosse Shoe Store, Leo Hildbold, The Montgomery-Mayers Shoe Co.; Shoe Repairers:  B.C. Hooper, Peter Schlenbecker; Stoves:  Burkheimer & Schindler, Chas T. Scheid; Tailors:  Otto Sommers; Telephone Companies:  The Fort Recovery Telephone Co.;  Tile Manufacturers:  The Fort Recovery Tile Co.; Tinners:  Wm. F. King; Veterinarians:  Earl Morningstar; Wall Paper:  V.H. Bissell.  This Business list is a reflection of Fort Recovery Family Names, yesterday and today. 

This list of Businesses, 1916-1921, illustrates how busy the Village of Recovery was, one century ago.  Who collects local history of businesses in this Village today?

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

 

 
 
Where will the entrance to the new Rockford Subdivision be?

Rockford Council holds public meeting to discuss Columbia Street extension into the new housing subdivision.
After reviewing the plans with minimal community input, the council members decided that there is a need to look at the sub division plans in a flip – or change of layout. Click here to read about the street extension idea and other proposals for entry to the subdivision.

 
 

The Mercer County Health Care Fund held by the Mercer County Civic Foundation has donated funds to support several services provided by Mercer Health, including Mercer Health’s Disease Management Center, Surgery Department and Doctors’ Urgent Care

Mercer Health Disease Management Center receives Sara Stedy Transfer Device Mercer Health’s Disease Management Center’s goal is to provide evidence based practice and education through a team of physicians, registered nurses and registered dietitians to meet the health care needs of patients, focusing on wounds, diabetes, infectious diseases, ostomy and vascular disease.  Jodi Homan, Supervisor of Medical Center Operations and Doctors’ Urgent Care of Mercer Health, states, “The vast majority of patients who utilize the Disease Management clinic represent our local elderly population.  Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.  In 2013, direct medical costs of falls reached $34 billion while 25,500 older adults died from unintentional falls.  With the financial support of the Mercer County Health Care Fund held by the Mercer County Civic Foundation, we have purchased a Sara Stedy Transfer Device which will provide necessary support to our patients.”

The Sara Stedy Transfer Device is an enhanced standing and transfer aid that offers patients as well as staff a device to assist with a decreased risk of injury or fall during a transfer or assisting patients to stand while receiving care at the Disease Management Center.  Homan continues, “we are grateful for the Mercer County Health Care Fund and the Mercer County Civic Foundation’s continued support. The Sara Stedy will help us to provide the best and safest care to our most vulnerable patients who are at the highest risk of falls.”

 

Mercer Health Surgery Department

Mercer Health offers a wide variety of surgeries and procedures including general surgery, orthopedic, bariatric, gynecological, ophthalmologic (eyes), urological, ENT (ears, nose and throat), plastic, podiatry, laser, endoscopy and more.  In recent years, the volume of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures at Mercer Health has grown exponentially. Last year, the surgical department reached a record breaking 5,310 procedures.  Susan Miller, Director of Surgery at Mercer Health states, “Surgeons require the use of various types of surgical equipment to perform surgery safely. The new surgical equipment made available through the financial support of the Mercer County Health Care Fund and the Mercer County Civic Foundation is much appreciated.”

The surgery department at Mercer Health received a myringotomy set used by surgeons during fine detail surgery involving the ear. A bone curette set was also received and will be used by orthopedic surgeons for total joint (knee, hip) procedures.  Miller continues, “The new surgical equipment for the Surgical Department will benefit the surgeons at Mercer Health and the many patients who are in need of our surgical services. Both of these items are necessary for proper care and treatment of the patient.”

 

Mercer Health Doctors’ Urgent Care

Annually, nearly 10,000 people walk-in to Doctors’ Urgent Care to receive non-emergent care.  “Our policy at Doctors’ Urgent Care is to treat our patients based upon medical need. Our "Fast Track" treatment plan allows patients to get medical attention as soon as space is available. The addition of the vital sign monitors will facilitate patient care by replacing the need to manually take and record vital sign readings for blood pressure and pulse.” states Jenny Conn, Director of Emergency Services at Mercer Health.  Conn continues, “Furthermore, the accuracy of a patient's vitals sets the baseline for the emergent necessity of care. Fast, accurate vitals with the Vital Sign Monitor will help ensure patient comfort while maintaining a high standard of clinical accuracy while providing the best care our patients have come to rely on.”

 

Deb Hemmelgarn, MED Foundation Coordinator, states, “Mercer Health is grateful for the continued support  from the Mercer County Health Care Fund, the Mercer County Civic Foundation and their Board of Directors.  As a community anchor, Mercer Health remains focused on setting the pace for health in our community by providing quality and compassionate health care services, quality employment and strong economic support to the local community.    The support of the Mercer County Health Care Fund and the Mercer County Civic Foundation helps us to continue to meet our mission to meet the healthcare needs of our community.”

 

 

650 SOPHOMORES VISIT VANTAGE

Six hundred and fifty sophomores came to Vantage on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for “Sophomore Visitation Day”. Each sophomore had the opportunity to investigate and explore two different career technical programs of interest to them.  During each one-hour visit, there were hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations prepared especially for them. 

Vantage Cosmetology students staged a style show for the 10th graders, while those visiting Welding got a chance to try out the virtual welder.  Visitors to Auto Body used their artistic talent to “pinstripe” by hand and practiced using the paint gun in the booth.  In Auto Technology, students learned how to use the tire balancer and the rim clamp and had a contest to see how quickly they could replace a spark plug.  Sophomores in Network Systems got to use some of the latest technology – Oculus 3D Rift Virtual Reality, Google Cardboard, and Google Glass, while those visiting Interactive Media got to work with the 3D printer.  In Construction Equipment Technology, students tried out the zero turn mower and skid steer.  There was a lot going on.

Here are a few frequently asked questions – and answers - about coming to high school at Vantage.

Q:  Can I go to college after Vantage?
A:  About 41% of Vantage graduates continue their education immediately after high school graduation at a two or four year college. Students are urged to check with their school counselor to be sure that all requirements for college entrance are met.

Q: Can I receive college credits through my high school class at Vantage?

A:  YES! Many programs have articulation agreements with local colleges which provide some college credit for Vantage coursework.  Some courses are College Credit Plus.

Q:  Can I participate in home school sports and activities?
A:  YES!  Students are encouraged to stay involved in extracurricular activities at their home school, such as sports, drama, etc. 
Q:  What is the tuition to attend Vantage?

A:  There is NO tuition to attend Vantage.  Each program has a fee of $75, which covers the cost of tools, supplies, equipment, and one full uniform. 

Q:  When are applications due at Vantage?

A:  Sophomore and junior students who are considering attending Vantage should be aware that the priority application deadline is March 9, 2016.  Interested students may complete and submit an online application form by using this address http://tinyurl.com/lec2nqa to access the application form.  Students may continue to enroll throughout the spring and summer however, first choice programs may already be filled.  Visit the Vantage website for complete information vantagecareercenter.com

Vantage offers 17 different high school career technical programs.  If you have any questions, please talk to your school counselor or call Student Services at Vantage at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2032.  You can always check out the Vantage website vantagecareercenter.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @vccstudents.

Celebrate Vantage’s 40th Anniversary on Monday, February 22, from
5:00 – 7:30 pm.  All the labs will be open and there will be special demonstrations and activities. There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room from
6:00 to 6:30 pm designed to answer questions about your student’s opportunities at Vantage.  You’ll find special 40th Anniversary door prizes, contests, and raffles throughout the building. Area restaurants will be onsite @ “A Taste of Vantage” for you to sample their food for a minimal cost, with proceeds going to the Vantage Student Activity Fund. Four graduates will be inducted into the newly established Vantage Alumni Hall of Fame at 5:30 pm in the Commons.  Hope you can make it!

 

Alex Altenbach, a sophomore from Parkway, pays close attention as Vantage senior Michael Romes (Lincolnview) tells him how to operate CNC mill in the Precision Machining lab.

 
 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
New Changes from the BWC

 

The Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has been hard at work finding ways to save Ohio’s businesses money.  Since taking over BWC in 2011, administrator Steve Buehrer has done an excellent job of streamlining the BWC and reducing costs to Ohio businesses.  Worker’s compensation is one of the largest expenses Ohio’s businesses face but since 2011 premiums have fallen 21.4% to the lowest average rate in 35 years.  These efforts have even led Forbes to name Ohio the 15th best state for businesses.

 

This year, businesses will see a number of new changes that will further streamline the worker’s compensation process and save even more money.  For instance, last month employers transitioned to prospective billing which provides many benefits like a base-rate reduction of 2% for private employers, allowing more flexible payment options, more opportunities for BWC to provide quotes online and over the phone, and increased ability to detect non-compliance and fraud.

 

Another major change taking place this year with BWC is the partnership with United States Insurance Services and Zurich to help employers who do business in multiple states purchase worker’s compensation coverage for employees working outside of Ohio.  Last year, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill allowing BWC the authority to contract with an insurer to provide this coverage.  Previously, BWC coverage only applied to workers temporarily working out of state and any injury claims filed outside of Ohio were met with complications that subjected Ohio businesses to fines and penalties from other states.

 

This new partnership will allow businesses to contract with a licensed insurance provider through BWC to ensure proper worker’s compensation coverage for their employees working out of state.  With this optional coverage, the insurance vendor will issue policies and cover out-of-state claims.  With these new rules, businesses who work across state lines will be able to save money by preventing fees and penalties for lack of coverage in other states.

 

These changes are especially important in the 84th House District.   Western Ohio is home to many businesses that already do business in Indian, or those hoping to one day expand.  Having this new coverage option will simplify the process so businesses can work across state lines without worrying about maintaining multiple worker’s compensation policies or the risks of penalty for insufficient coverage.

 

For public employers this program went into effect in January, making the worker’s compensation program more effective for the taxpayer and reducing problematic situations for local governments.  For private sector businesses this optional coverage will be available very soon. 

 

For those interested in purchasing this additional coverage, the majority of the business must be in Ohio.  Business owners can apply by contacting the BWC, who will determine eligibility and premiums. 

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyfebruary2016

 

Mercer County EMA

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / MEETING Listings:

 

Spring Weather Awareness Week           March 20 - 26, 2016

 

Statewide Tornado Drill                              March 23, 2016 at 9:50 AM

 

Weather Spotters Class                              New Location & Time!

March 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Dicke Hall

Wright State University Lake Campus

Celina, Ohio

 

 

Most Comprehensive Annual Health Fair to be held on Saturday, March 5th –
2016 Mercer Healthy Living Expo

Mercer Health will once again host the most comprehensive annual health fair in the area on Saturday, March 5th from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Galleria in Celina.  Nearly 50 exhibits from local organizations will offer free and discounted health screenings, health information and much more.  Also included in the event is a Blood Drive, Prescriptions Drug Take Back, Jump House, Live Demonstrations and more! 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Irma Klaus rode the Orphan Train from New York to Fort Recovery, Ohio whereby she was introduced to her new family.  Many Mercer Countians have ancestors who “Rode the Orphan Train.”

December 6, 2001, I wrote about the Orphan Trains which came to Mercer County, Ohio from the Orphanage at New York City.  Following that story, I have received a variety of telephone calls and written correspondence about the Orphan Trains.  Apparently, my story about the Orphan Trains inspired others to learn more about this topic.  Following my December 6, 2001 history of the Orphan Trains, area organizations held programs about this topic, and newspaper journalists wrote about this topic.

On Monday, the First of February, 2016 I received another request for information about this topic.  Therefore, I will share more of this information about the Orphan Trains, locally and nationally. 

During the Civil War, fathers were lost and the mothers were sometimes left without means to support their children.  Also, sometimes mothers died young, and the family left behind had difficulties in raising the children.  Sometimes families or neighbors took those children into their homes.  Sometimes the children were sent to Orphanages or else to County Homes.  After World War I, our United States Government, as well as local Governments began to provide programs to help those in need of assistance.

Before the Civil War, Charles Loring Brace, a young minister who worked with the poor in New York City, founded the Children’s Aid Society.  He created the plan of placing the children, of all ages, in homes across the United States.  Many times, the children found homes where they lived better than they had lived in NYC.  Sometimes, if things were not working out well, the children were placed with another family.  The Members of the Children’s Aid Society checked on these children at their new homes.  The families were requested to take the children to church and to put them in school, and to file an annual written report to the Society.

With today’s generation seeking their past relatives, they also seek information about their ancestors who came to Ohio on the Orphan Trains.  People, who have contacted me in the past about their ancestors and the Orphan Trains, are welcome to tell me if they do or do not want to share their experiences with others, because people ask me about Mercer Countians being on the Orphan Trains.  For those who write and share their stories, I place their letters in Mercer County Archival Collections about the Orphan Trains.

I will give suggestions for those who are seeking more information about their own relatives for this “little known history of Mercer County, Ohio.”  The Indiana Historical Society, in their Fall 1993 issue of their magazine, “Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History,” included Marilyn Irvin Holt’s article, “West to Indiana on the Orphan Trains,” whereby she stated that perhaps, 200,000 children and teenagers were transported out of eastern cities to rural communities.  I have three books about the Orphan Train.  Andrea Warren’s “We Rode the Orphan Trains,” was published by Houghton Mifflin Co., in Boston 2001.  Jane Peart wrote about the Orphan Trains in the latter half of the 19th Century, in her book, “Orphan Train West,” published by Fleming Revell, in 1990.  Jane Peart also wrote “The Orphan Train Trilogy,” published by Guideposts, NY, in 1990.  The June 8, 2002 Daily Standard carried a story of the “Orphan Trains.”  The December 21, 2003 Lima News interviewed Charline Craig at St. Marys, about her husband John S. Craig who rode the Orphan Train, and was adopted by a family in Kansas.  The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, IN, held a public program in October 2010, about the Orphan Train passengers.  This story of the Orphan Trains is an extensive untold story of our Nation’s History.  Perhaps, some Mercer Countian will accept the challenge and write a History of the NYC Orphans who rode Orphan Trains to Mercer County?  Each person’s story is important to Mercer County’s heritage.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 16, 2016

 

 
 

21st Century Club Meets on January 26, 2016 at Regular Meeting
Member Cindy Canary hosted the event with Rozann Maurer co-hosting.

The program for the evening was presented by Ann Gage who led the members on a "Trek to the Celina Courthouse" and a trip down memory lane. She created a large map of Celina as she remembered it as a youth using pictures of businesses from the past in the 50's and 60's and then would flip the picture over to show another picture of the business currently at that address.  

The trek started at her first home on Warren street, moved East past the old Moose, and also past the original Celina Group.  
She then traveled down Main Street and spoke of historic businesses such as the hat shop, the Sweet Shoppe (which is now a bicycle shop,) Antiquity House which was a hotel at one time,) Goldstein's (now the Bike Hub,) Barr's (now the Dollar Store,) Remaklus, Grapner Shoes, the uptown JC Penneys. She recalled that the City Hall used to be an Opera House and that she loved to stop at the Equity for ice cream.  
 

She then proceeded to the beautiful Mercer County Courthouse.  She shared memories of her mom being the health nurse for Mercer County for 35 years and how Ann spent a lot of time at the Courthouse as a child because of her mom's job.  She recalled being able to go to the roof of the courthouse for a view of the city (of course that area is now closed to the public)
(The Mercer County Courthouse was designed by the same architect that designed the Methodist Church.)
 
She was reminiscent of "Sunday car rides and parking uptown to watch the people go by."
Ann brought in memorabilia such as a copy of a "Hit Parader" magazine, a 1912 booklet from the Darke County Fair, a 1930 book from the "Big Banner Fair" in Celina, and some  paper dolls.
 

 

Her closing remark: "Appreciate what is in your own backyard.  Remember kindness, safety, family, faith, and hard work."

(Janie Miller was to feature Ft Recovery but she was not able to attend and will share her info at another time.)

Delicious refreshments were enjoyed by all. The next meeting will be on February 23 at 7 pm at the home of Julie Henkle with Toni Fisher co-hosting. The program will be all about Van Wert: Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert County Courthouse and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center presented by Sherry Shaffer, Rozann Maurer and Louisa Hemmelgarn.

Call Sheila Baltzell at 419-733-3326 is you are an area woman interested in joining us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s
Offers Workshops for Business Owners/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.

Non-credit Class Offerings at WSU-Lake Campus

 

CYBER SECURITY

Join Kyle Stoker, IT professional at Coldwater Machine Co., as he teaches the importance of online security. Social and professional networking, online bill payments, online education, and running online searches are common for today’s Internet user. But, is your personal information safe? Do you know how to keep your personal information personal? Find out who all can access your phone number, e-mail, social security number, credit card info, or family pictures? Join Kyle as he shows how to keep our information safe from hackers and identity thieves. Prepare yourself for the world of online connectivity! Don’t miss this important and timely training!

Class Date: February 23, 2016; 5:00-7:30 p.m. {2.5 hours}; Instructor Kyle Stoker;

Room: 192 Dwyer Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $40 p/person

 

 

QUICKBOOKS

Before you start making money in business, you need to figure out the best methods to record, track, and manage your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks, the #1 recommended accounting software for small businesses, 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 customer’s payments efficiently. Always know the exact financial or product inventory of your business with QuickBooks. Join Ron 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: February 29-March 1, 2, & 3, 2016; Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.:  Instructor: Ron Kremer;

Rm: 196 Dwyer Hall, Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost: $125 p/person

 

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.

 

 

 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard in 2016

 
 

Luke Zamperini Tells The Rest Of The Unbroken Story

 

SUNDAY . MARCH 6 . 3 PM

Luke Zamperini had a front row seat for a majority of the life of a man that has been the subject of award winning books and movies. Luke Zamperini will come to the Niswonger on Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 PM to share many of the untold stories that he was told by his father, Louis Zamperini, as bedtime stories. 

Could you endure a plane crash?
SURVIVAL
Could you survive being on a raft in the Pacific for 47 days?
RESILIENCE
Could you forgive someone who tortured you in a POW Camp? 
REDEMPTION

Louise Zamperini overcame great odds and his life story is compelling, inspiring and life changing. Adults and children alike will not want to miss this opportunity to hear what made Louis Zamperini a legend in our day.

CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR
HALF PRICE STUDENT DISCOUNTS 
(Students 18 and under)
419-238-6722

 

 
 

Volunteers Shine in Rockford
The Village of Rockford would like to extend some SPECIAL THANKS to those individuals that helped with taking down the Christmas decorations at Shanes Park.  Thanks to Joyce Emans for sharing your vision with us and the many hours involved in taking down the decorations.  Thanks to Denny Gibbons for taking up all the stakes, climbing ladders and taking at least 7 truck loads of decorations from the park to the Village storage area and putting decorations away. And thanks to  Georgette Knox, Marlene Roebuck and Clete Schmidt for being a tremendous help in taking down the decorations.  Thank you all for having a volunteer heart!

 

Shrek to be Performed Locally

The Crescent Players present Shrek the Musical.  Performances at James F. Dicke Auditorium, 901 E. Monroe, New Bremen, OH March 12, 13, 18 , 19 @ 7 pm and March 13, 19, 20 @ 2pm.  Presale tickets are $8 (children/students/sr. citizens) and $10 (adults) at the Minster and St. Henry True Value Hardware or online at "http://www.tinyurl.com/crescentshow"crescentshow  Tickets will be $2 more at the door.  Concessions will be available.  Questions? Contact  419-678-4643 Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)Music by Jeanine Tsori and Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Based on the Dream Works Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig.

 

 

 
February 12-15, 2016
Presidents Day Weekend

 

 
 
 

Click Here for an Infection Prevention Registered Nursing Position to be filled

 
 

 

Parkway HS Drama construction time for Monday 2/15/16 has been cancelled.

 

Patrice Wood To Be Honored With Wheeler School Community Spirit Award


Wheeler School is proud to announce that alumni parent and longtime RI television anchor Patrice Wood is the recipient of the 2016 Wheeler Community Spirit Award. The award will be presented at the SICA Family Potluck,Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 pm in the Nulman Lewis Student Center.  Since 2004, Wheeler has honored noted RI community leaders for their efforts to advocate for those with limited opportunity.  Wood has been at WJAR-Television for 35 years and anchors the 5, 6 and 11 pm broadcasts.  She is a devoted volunteer for adoption causes, earning a Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.  We look forward to having her back at Wheeler in February at one of our favorite family-friendly events.

Here is the list of past recipients of this award:

 

 

2015 Joseph Le, former executive director of  Providence-based Center for Southeast Asians

2014 Richard Rose, Assistant US Attorney

2013 Angelo Garcia, founder and head of school, Segue Institute for Learning

2012  Mamie Catlin, in absentia, founder of Camp Street Community Ministries

2011 Teny Gross, executive director, RI Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence

2010 G. Gail Davis, educator/coach, Rhode Island College Student-Athlete Center

2009 Jim Vincent, Manager of Constituent Relations, RI Housing

2008 Len Cabral, Master Storyteller

2007 Armeather Gibbs, United Way executive

2006 Healthcare and community activist Dr. Pablo Rodriguez

2005 Educator and founder of Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program Rob DeBlois

2004 RI Superior Court Judge Ed Clifton

 

http://www.wheelerschool.org/

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 10-11, 2016

 

 

A reminder to Parkway students and parents that Friday, February 12, 2016 is a Make Up Day, and school will be in session.

 
 

5th Annual Wine Tasting
The 5th Annual Wine Tasting in Rockford will take place on March 5th at the Rockford Community Building from 7 – 10 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be $20.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.  The pre sale tickets are ON SALE NOW at Barrys Family Market and the Rockford Village Office.

* Tickets good for 6 tastings and appetizers.    50/50 and door prizes!

Come with friends to visit and try new wines ! 

All proceeds to benefit Community Days activities – June 17-19.

Any questions call Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874 or 
Amy Noll 419-953-8761.

 

 
 
 
 

Believe in Ohio STEM Registry – 2 From County Selected

Tonja Rammel and James Wiechart
Columbus (January 11, 2016) ... The Ohio Academy of Science has selected additional Believe in Ohio STEM Exemplars who embody believing in Ohio from a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce perspective. The 81 Ohioans selected will serve as role models for students to encourage them to pursue STEM careers and become entrepreneurs and innovators.

 

Tonja Rammel, Crown Equipment’s Environmental, Health and  Safety Manager, and James Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer are among the 81 professionals named.

 

Honorees are graduates of Ohio high schools, have attended higher education in Ohio or elsewhere, and are now gainfully employed or retired in a STEM field in Ohio. “The Believe in Ohio Exemplars have shown success in various STEM professions (agriculture, aviation and aerospace, communication and information technology, etc.), and they demonstrate the career possibilities available right here in Ohio,” said Stephen J. McConoughey, PhD, CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science and Co-Director of Believe in Ohio. “Believe in Ohio builds on student research while also developing additional skills needed in highly technical jobs. This program takes work-force development one step further by also serving to create future jobs in Ohio through entrepreneurship and innovation,” he continued. Believe in Ohio is a student STEM entrepreneurship program of The Ohio Academy of Science, in cooperation with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio, and funded by The Ohio General Assembly through The Ohio Board of Regents. This program encourages Ohio’s next generation to pursue their futures in Ohio by inventing products and services through the application of science, technology, engineering.

 

Spade and Barrel Wine Garden Opens at Dues Nursery near Coldwater

 
 

Libera Concert Cancelled – Replaced with The American Boycoir

(Van Wert, OH) - The Niswonger sadly announces the cancellation of a season concert event. Libera, scheduled for Sunday, April 3 at 3 PM was forced to cancel their tour date in the United States. Libra deeply regrets disappointing their fans but due to circumstances outside of their control, was forced to cancel. Libera has created a video message to convey their regrets.


Understanding the disappointment this message will cause, the Niswonger staff has been working diligently to find a schedule replacement. With a group like Libera, that is a difficult endeavor. However, the Niswonger is pleased to announce The American Boychoir as the featured performers for the rescheduled concert on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 PM. The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country

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has dazzled audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity. The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert.  As an icon of American musical excellence, the Boychoir has been invited to sing for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy. Touring frequently at home and abroad as preeminent ambassadors, the American Boychoir spreads messages of beauty and hope through outstanding musical achievement.

 CLICK: Experience their sound and learn more about The American Boychoir.

 

Tickets for The American Boychoir are now available from the Box Office from Noon - 4 PM, M-F or online at NPACVW.ORG. Current Libera ticketholders can simply use their ticket for The American Boychoir. Please note the date change from April 3 to April 10 at 3 PM.

 

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

 

 
 

Ohio Reports First Zika Virus Case
Ohio Reports First Zika Virus Case in Returning Traveler Zika virus tabletop exercise planning underway COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health is reporting Ohio’s first case of Zika virus in a returning traveler from Haiti, a 30-year-old Cuyahoga County woman, city of Cleveland. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reporting 35 cases of Zika virus in 12 states and the District of Columbia prior to Ohio’s case. Zika virus is primarily transmitted through a mosquito bite, and there is no indication that it can spread from person to person through casual contact. CDC has confirmed a U.S. case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler after the person’s sexual partner returned from an affected country and developed symptoms. Planning is underway for a Zika virus tabletop exercise to ensure Ohio’s preparedness at the local and state levels prior to the 2016 mosquito season that runs from May to October. Of people infected with the Zika virus, 80 percent do not have any symptoms. When symptoms occur, they are often mild, lasting from several days to a week, and include fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and headache. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Due to the possible association between Zika virus infections in pregnant women and certain birth defects, CDC recommends that pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant consider postponing travel to areas with Zika virus transmission. “There is no vaccine available for Zika virus so it’s important for Ohioans traveling to affected areas to take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. “There have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmission through mosquito bites anywhere in the continental U.S.” To prevent potential transmission through sexual contact, CDC recommends men with a pregnant sex partner abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sex for the duration of the pregnancy. CDC also recommends that pregnant women without symptoms of Zika virus disease be offered testing 2 to 12 weeks after returning from areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. - more - CDC has issued a travel alert for people traveling to the following regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories; American Samoa; Barbados; Bolivia; Brazil; Cape Verde; Colombia; Costa Rica; Curaҫao; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Saint Martin; Samoa; Suriname; Tonga; and Venezuela. Zika virus disease has historically occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia and islands in the Pacific Ocean. In May 2015, Zika virus was found for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in northeastern Brazil. The virus has since spread throughout much of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The primary mosquito that transmits Zika virus is found in the tropics and southern U.S., but it is not established in Ohio. Another type of mosquito found in Ohio may potentially transmit Zika virus, although it has not yet been implicated in the transmission of human cases. “Prevention of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission is the same as prevention of any other mosquitoborne diseases,” Dr. DiOrio said. “This includes taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites – such as using insect repellents, limiting exposure where and when mosquitoes are most active, and removing breeding sources such as containers that collect standing water.” For more information about the Zika virus, visit www.odh.ohio.gov/zika.

Van Wert County Hospital has information which can be accessed by clicking on their blog here: http://www.vanwerthospital.org/community/blog/your-checkup/2016/02/04/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-zika-virus

 
 
 

Van Wert County Hospital Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

Join Other Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Van Wert

 

Van Wert Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program.  Van Wert County Hospital is excited to offer this lifestyle change intervention. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

 

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

 

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Anne Dunn, Wellness Program Coordinator & Lifestyle Coach. “The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

 

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program groups meet once a week for 12 weeks, then once a month for 9 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.  Each session is led by trained lifestyle coaches.

 

The Group Lifestyle Balance Program™ was developed by the Diabetes Prevention Support Center faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and is a modification of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program. The local program will begin meeting at the Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center, on Thursday, February 11th at 12 Noon. 

 

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

 

Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

 

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Cindy Cook, Education Coordinator and Lifestyle Coach.  “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program participants make lasting changes together.”

 

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

Are 45 years of age or older;

Are overweight;

Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

 

Van Wert County Hospital will be offering a new group on Thursdays at 12 pm at the Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center. The cost of the program is $249 and includes a pedometer, Calorie King booklet, tracking booklets, participant booklets, support and encouragement toward your health related goals. Couples are eligible to participate for only $15 more. To learn more about Van Wert County Hospital’s program, call the Wellness Program Coordinator at (419) 238 – 2390 or email info@vanwerthospital.org.

 

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program being offered by Van Wert County Hospital is a comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

 

Submitted by Anne Dunn, Wellness Program Coordinator

adunn@vanwerthospital.org

 
 

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 invoiceScholarship 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 15th to the Van Wert County Extension Office.

 
 
 
 

 
February 8-9, 2016

 

 
 

 * Rockford Income Tax Information and Reminders * 

1. The Village of Rockford has a 1% income tax.   This applies to anyone who lives in Rockford, works in
         Rockford or is a property owner. 

2. All residents ages 18+ are REQUIRED to file a tax return by April 15th each year.

3. The late filing fee after April 15th, will be $25 per month plus interest and penalty.

4. Anyone with a balance of $200+ at the end of the year will be REQUIRED
        to pay estimated tax payments.

5.   REQUIRED quarterly estimated tax payments have the following due dates:
         *please note the changes in due dates.  These have been updated for 
         Tax Year 2016.

         1st quarter – 04/15 2nd quarter – 06/15
         3rd quarter – 09-15 4th quarter – 12/15

          There is a 15% penalty for all late estimated tax payments.

Please call the Village office with any questions at 419-363-3032 ext. 1

 

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet – Author John Vining to Speak
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 7:30 pm, in the museum on East Columbia St in Rockford. The featured speaker will be  John Vining,a Parkway graduate and longtime student of local and United States history. John has written two books on local and US History and now has ventured into writing a novel entitled 'CABLE OF FATE'; which he will talk about the tasks of writing these books. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

 

 
 
 

 
February 5-7, 2016

 

 
 
Rockford Village Council meets on February 2, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
These upcoming community events and items of business including Columbia Street were discussed:

Rockford Upcoming Community events:

 

February 6th - The Northmen & Cathy at The Rockford Belle.

Doors open at 6 pm.  Cost $10

 

March 5th - Wine Tasting -  Rockford Community Building.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Presale tickets $20 – available at the Village Office and Barrys Family Market

 

March 12th – St. Teresa Parish – Family Fun Night – Open to the public

Rockford Community Building

 

March 19th – Parkway Carnival –  Parkway High School

 

March 19th – Parkway Duck Races – Rockford Community Building

 

March 26th – Easter Egg Hunt – Shanes Park – 1 pm

 

 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION
Agenda
Regular Meeting
on February 9, 2016 6:30 pm

 
 

Parkway 8th Grade Orientation Meeting Set

Current 8th grade students at Parkway Middle School and their parents are invited to attend a High School Orientation meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.

An information session will be held in the auditorium to explain new High School graduation requirements, course options available at Parkway High School, and information on making the most of your high school years. High School teachers will be available in the Commons after the information session until 8:30 p.m. to answer questions you may have about any of their classes. Information from the meeting will help the students to decide which classes to take in the 2016-17 school year as they will be registering for them in the near future.

 

Click Here for a Licensed Practical Nursing Position to be filled

 

 

 

College Credit Plus Meeting

Parkway students and parents of students in grades 6-11 are invited to an informational meeting on College Credit Plus. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. We will be joining parents and students from Van Wert County schools for the opening session presented by local colleges. The group will then be divided by school districts into smaller rooms to go over each school district's policies on earning college credit while attending high school. Additional information was sent home with students in grades 6-11 this year and is also posted on the Parkway website under "High School", "Guidance" links. Please attend this meeting to get answers to your questions about College Credit Plus.

 


Columbia Street Project in Rockford

The Rockford Village will be holding a Public Meeting on February 9th at 6 pm to discuss Columbia St. The public is encouraged to attend - especially those living on Columbia St. The meeting will take place at the Village Hall. 

 

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dinner / DJ beginning at 5:00pm at Rockford Community Building
Wedding Style Dinner – PRESALE TICKETS ONLY 
Contact church office at 419-363-2633 or Rockford Village Office
Menu: chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink
Admission cost $5.00-$15.00 depending on age
Many great prizes to win for children and adults
Open to the public
Sponsored by St Teresa Parish

 

 

Get Rid of Old Tires Free
Mercer County Solid Waste Mgt. District and Mercer county Soil and Water Conservation are holding a

Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
Free!
10 tire limit

No Dealers

No tires on Rims

Call 419-586-3695 at Mercer County Solid Waste Mgt. District for more information.

 


OSHA 10-Hour Course- General Industry

This will be held at the Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, OH

February 23-24

Please RSVP by February 19th as seats are limited.

To Register Contact:

Grace Gonzales

BWC Lima Service Office

(419) 227-4006



   

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Nullifying President Obama’s Executive Overreach on Guns

 

President Obama is forcing new gun control policies on Americans.  In doing so he’s trampling on the Constitution.  It is time for states to stand up against these regulations that have gone too far.

 

In January, President Obama went around Congress to expand U.S. gun control laws using an executive action that many are calling illegal.  The President has made it clear that he thinks taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens will make the country safer, but he does nothing to stop illegal, black market sales of firearms. 

 

Only 3 percent of violent crimes are committed by criminals who bought their guns at a legal gun store, but as many as 40 percent of criminals bought their guns on the black market.  This order does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals buying their guns on the black market.  President Obama has disregarded the constitutional rights of Ohioans.

 

By intruding into our individual health records, President Obama may create a national “no gun list,” which is just another step by Washington to destroy the Second Amendment.  Law-abiding gun owners already verify their mental ability to have a firearm.  We don’t need more bureaucracy to vet the mental ability of law-abiding Ohioans.

 

The lack of governing in Washington calls for more power at the state level.  Ohio must protect the rights of our citizens by nullifying these federal gun laws within the state.  Founding fathers James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both argued that states are sovereign and have the right to nullify federal gun law within the state, and so the very people who designed our Constitution support this action.

 

Nullifying President Obama’s actions would send a clear signal that Ohio will protect the rights of Ohioans as guaranteed by the Constitution.  By standing up to Obama’s decrees, Ohio will show Washington that Buckeyes are fed up with executive overreach that threatens the integrity of the Constitution.

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyfebruary2016

 

 

“Rolling over drugs” SKATING PARTIES

 

WHO? All Mercer County 3rd-6th Grade Students

 

WHAT? Skating parties in celebration of our awesome Mercer County      

   Students!!

 

Tuesday, February 16th for 3rd-6th graders; Doors open at 5:30 pm; Skating and games are from 6:00-8:00 pm; Pick-up is by 8:30 pm. $6 per person. Families are welcome to come for free, but aren’t permitted to skate.

 

~AND~

 

Sunday, March 6th for 3rd-6th graders; Doors open at 1:30 pm and skating is from 1:45-3:45 pm. Pick-up is by 4:00 pm. $6 per person. Families are welcome to come for free, but aren’t permitted to skate.

 

Don’t like to skate? Come play pool and arcade/video games instead and meet some awesome and positive youth!!!  Come to one or both!

 

WHERE? WOODLAND ROLLERDOME, 2600 Celina Road, St. Marys, Ohio 

 

COST? $6 per skater and this includes your Skate Rental!! Feel free to bring your own skates, however the price will still be the same. If bringing your own rollerblades or skates, please make sure they are clean and free of rocks/stones/dirt!

 

Drinks and snacks are sold separately.

 

WHY? These skating parties are a fundraiser for the newly formed “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.” Parents are welcome to join our efforts! Please contact Laura for more information on how you can get involved!

 

Contact for Questions: Laura Sanford, Prevention Coordinator

        Foundations Behavioral Health Services ~ Celina

                                            419-584-1000 ~ lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 

 

Mercer County  REMINDER

Ohio Law prohibits signs on trees and poles.

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


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

 

 

Lima Area Concert Band Coming to Parkway High School Auditorium
The Parkway Music Boosters have been given the incredible opportunity to host the Lima Area Concert Band.  Parkway has been added to their 2016 Calendar for Sunday, August 7th at 3 pm in the Parkway High School Auditorium.

We Need Community Support to Sponsor this Event !   While ANY donation is greatly appreciated, we would like to suggest 10 businesses to give a $100 sponsorship to help pay for the band and to help with advertising.  This band draws supporters from all over the area and the surrounding communities.  What better way to support this special event and advertise your business at the same time !!  All sponsors will be named in the advertising and on the flyers.  A suggested $7 donation at the door will then go to benefit the Parkway Music Booster program.

Your donation can be mailed to:  Parkway Music Boosters, PO Box 451, 
Rockford, OH  45882.  Please make note in the memo that your donation is for the Lima Area Concert Band Event.

 

 

 

 
February 3-4, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Winter Homecoming Dance Pictures
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing!

Visit her website below:

Click Here for more of Nikki's Homecoming Photos

   
 
 
 

MEDICAL SOCIETY TO OFFER COURSE IN LATEST SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

 SLS Teaching the Latest in Minimally Invasive Surgery to Communities with A Need for Advanced, Efficient Medicine

Miami, FL—In response to a need for better quality medical care in developing countries, beginning next month SLS, the largest multi-disciplinary surgical society in North America, will introduce the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques to communities around the world, as well as younger surgeons who can benefit the most from the newest research in surgical education.  Minimally invasive surgery has been shown to minimize blood loss and hospital stay, which is even more important in countries with fewer resources.

“This is an opportunity for us as a society to present what we know to communities who cannot yet capture this kind of education because they lack the resources to attend worldwide medical meetings or come face to face with experts in our field, says Dr. Paul Wetter, chairman of SLS.  “For the first time, we are going to them to teach the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery.”

The SLS course, which will be called “Tips and Tricks in Minimally Invasive Surgery,” will be taught by academics from a variety of medical disciplines in Romania, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Columbia as a part of a ten-city tour that will also reach more industrialized nations such as China, as well as military bases in the United States.  Primarily funded by SLS, the two day course will allow academic experts in general surgery, gynecology, urology and other disciplines to teach basic minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, using the latest research, which will include specific, common conditions, how to avoid complications, pain, and complex surgical conditions.

“By doing on this, we are bringing a multi-specialty vision in minimally invasive surgery to the rest of the world,” says Dr. Maurice Chung, president of SLS, director of women’s health service, Van Wert County Hospital, Ohio and a professor at University of Toledo School of Medicine. 

The course will also be developed for the military, with the first lecture at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  The six-hour course, which has not yet been advertised, has already attracted dozens of attendees and is scheduled for February 16th, 2016.

“Supplementing the training of these important institutions and for military based hospitals is important work,” says Dr. Richard Satava, a general surgeon and Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, and a former senior science advisor at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.  “They are targeting the younger generation of doctors—many that have fewer resources and the greatest need.”

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of multi-specialty surgeons, including general surgery, urology, OB-GYN and others, SLS advocates for minimally invasive surgery and improved surgical outcomes for all these specialties. It is a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of roughly 6,000 surgeons. www.sls.org

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

OFF STAGE PRODUCTIONS to hold auditions for
“Buying the Moose” Feb 14th and 16th

Off Stage Productions, a community theatre company providing quality and affordable dinner theatre, proudly announces open auditions for its Spring production "Buying the Moose", written by Michael G. Wilmot.  This comedy will be Co-Directed by Matt MtCastle and Dustin Manson.

OPEN AUDITIONS are set for Sunday, Feb. 14th and Tuesday, Feb.16th at 7 PM at the Van Wert Senior Center located at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert. We will be looking to cast 4 adults (2 male, 2 female). No prior acting experience necessary to audition.  Scripts are available for review before auditions at Premier Financial, 211 S. Walnut Street, Van Wert. Call 419-605-6708 for more information. Performance dates will be April 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 & 6.

 

After his wife discovers him with a blow up doll which is wearing one of her dresses, Rob is out in the cold when she, for some reason, assumes the worst!  Rob connects with his brother Greg while his wife connects with Greg's wife.  The result is a comedy with heart and personal discoveries.

 

Michael G. Wilmot, a resident of London, Ontario, is a former free-lance writer for Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” monologue and Kevin Nealon on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” before turning to playwriting in 2007.  His works have been presented in England, Canada and The United States.

 

Characters:

ROB:

GREG: (Rob’s brother).

BETTY: (Rob’s wife)

CHERYL: (Greg’s wife)

Characters can be any adult age providing their ages make sense relative to the other characters.

Come audition for our Spring show! Prepare to join the group and have the time of your life while entertaining patrons in a relaxing and comfortable setting! Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements indicating show times and reservation information of the six shows held at the Senior Center at 220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH. 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. Find out what it really means to be “Buying the Moose”!

 

 

 
February 2, 2016

 

 
 
 
 
Parkway Winter Homecoming Queen Jasmine Forman
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures!

 
Click Here for more of Nikki's Homecoming Photos
 
 
 

What Would You Do?
By Vickie Smith and Spiritual Care Commission at Praise Point Church

Imagine if your life was turned upside down with the news that you are not going to get any better and the only chance of seeing your daughters grow up is to have a double lung transplant. Well that was a real life situation for Brad and Nikki Swander. Brad has been battling with a lung disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis) and went searching for the answers that might give him some hope.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs becomes scarred over time. The tissue gets thick and stiff and makes it hard for you to catch your breath, and your blood may not get enough oxygen.  All of the body’s functions depend on delivery of a steady supply of oxygen. In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis, but in many cases, the cause remains unknown.

There is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis and every individual diagnosed has a unique experience with the disease. Some patients remain in stable condition for an extended period of time and others may experience a rapid progression of symptoms.   

The research in his case has been going on for over a year now. Brad was really sick and was going through several surgeries before the diagnosis was that he needed to be put on oxygen. He so much wanted to be able to go back to work but was not going to be able to until he improved enough to be off oxygen. Well that day never came, and the need for oxygen became a lifeline for Brad. Brad is now living with the reality that he will be on oxygen until he has his double lung transplant surgery. Even though Brad has been approved for the double transplant surgery, he has to overcome many tests and levels before he can actually be on the official list.

Well that makes for many challenges as a father of three daughters (Amber, Madison and Grace). Brad has had to quit work and Nikki continues to work to support the family. The expenses for the continued medical tests, upcoming surgery, travel to and from Indianapolis and supporting a family of five continues to be a challenge for the family. The communities where Brad and Nikki live have really stepped up to do several benefits to assist in the financial burden. The Parkway Basketball team had a spaghetti dinner benefit and the Willshire Youth Activities had a 50/50 drawing at their Basket Bingo event. Brad and Nikki attend the Praise Point Church in Willshire and the church family as well is holding an event to assist the family.  The event is a Soup & Sandwich dinner on Saturday, Feb. 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 555 Decatur Rd. in Willshire. The Spiritual Care Commission is organizing this event with a variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts. They are also holding a silent auction with many items that have been donated to raise money for the Swander family. If you are interested in coming, the cost is a “FREE WILL” donation to the family and all money raised will help with medical costs.  If you are interested in helping or donating to this event, please contact 419-495-2769. If you are interested in following Brad’s journey, like “Breathe For Brad” on Facebook.

 

Click Here for a Licensed Practical Nursing Position to be filled

 

 

Driver Training Classes to Begin!

MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL

CLASSROOM TIMES            Spring 2016

 

SAT.           Feb.  20th              8:00 AM  – 12:15 PM

 MON.          Feb.  22nd               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM          

 TUE.           Feb.  23rd                3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM      

 WED.          Feb.  24th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

 THUR.        Feb.  25th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM       

 FRI.            Feb.  26th               3:45 PM  –   7:15 PM

 SAT.           Feb.  27th               8:00 AM –  12:15 PM

Make up dates are Feb. 29th  from 3:30PM to 7:30 PM.


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

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

 

 
Community Health Professionals of Mercer County
Hosting Dinner and Auction to Benefit Hospice

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Community Health Professionals of Mercer County will be hosting a Dinner and Auction to Benefit their Hospice Patients. Featuring Ken Groves, a comedian/Ventriloquist, the event will be held at The Overdrive, south of Celina on State Route 127. Doors open at 5 PM. Dinner is at 6 PM. Show will follow. Live and silent auctions will be throughout the evening. All seats are reserved. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $20 until February 22. From February 23 to March 4th the price goes up to $25 each. Deadline is Friday March 4th. Call 419-586-1999 to order tickets and for more information.
 
 

 
February 1, 2016

 

 
 

Congratulations to Parkway Winter Homecoming Queen and Court

Junior Attendant Claudia Etgen, Senior Attendant Alli Harner, Queen Jasmine Forman, Senior Attendant Allison Pancake, Sophomore Attendant Tayah Renner, Freshman Attendant Molly Baltzell.

Thank you Nikki Fox for this great shot of the royal young ladies at the New Knoxville Game and ceremony on Friday, January 29, 2016. More pictures are coming!

 
 
 

Parkway February 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

Come to the Genealogy Society Meeting
Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 will be the next meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society. The guest speaker will be Sam Schmitz.  He will explain how to compile a professional looking, Family History Book. Schmitz will cover topics such as design and layout, what should you include, tips on technical knowledge required, and insight on reducing the need for expensive equipment. He will also share what is needed to have a book printed. This program was postponed from January due to weather. The group meets at the Richardson Bretz Building next to the Celina Library on Fulton Street in Celina.  The public is welcome to attend this free event.

 

 

Support Panther Baseball – Buy Panther Apparel

It's that time again! The annual Baseball apparel fundraiser is back! Order forms have been passed out in all elementary school homeroom classes. Forms are also available to be picked up by students and community members in the middle school and high school offices.

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is www.parkwayschools.org.

Under “Athletics” there is a link for the “Baseball Fundraiser 2016”. Click on that link to find the order form and pictures of the items. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Coach Clouse in any of the offices by Wednesday February 24th.

We will send the Items home with your student and notify the community with a Ohio Alert when the items have been received.  We have used the money raised from this fundraiser to help purchase uniforms, training equipment, and make improvements to Don Black Field.

 

Thanks for your support!

Coach Luke Clouse

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Properly Calculating School Performance

Recently, our children have come under increased pressure due to a drastic increase in school testing. With the number of testing hours reaching a threshold that bordered on unhealthy for our children, it was clear that the legislature needed to step in to help reduce the stress level placed on the students.

This is why I introduced House Bill 7 last year, which provided safe harbor to students taking the PARCC test. The PARCC test, which has since been a proven failure, already had a safe harbor provision for the teachers and districts, however HB 7 extended that protection to those who need it the most; our children.

Even though HB 7 proposed safe harbor for students many families still chose to “opt-out” their children.  The PARCC test was an unproven, untested examination. Following the failure of this test Ohio lawmakers voted to end the PARCC testing ensuring it will not be used in the future.

The state education report card grade is scheduled to be released in February, posing problems for local districts because scores will reflect zeros for students who did not take the PARCC. Projections show that our local schools will see their scores drop as much as 40 points ranking them as D’s or F’s because bureaucrats have refused to recognize the impact of the opposition to PARCC testing.

In order to right this wrong, I am pushing for a bill that will require the Ohio Department of Education to adjust the performance index score on the state report card for students who opted out of the failed PARCC test. This is an emergency measure that needs to be passed this month so our students are not unfairly punished for opting-out of an inadequate standardized test. Without emergency legislation, the Ohio Department of Education will release false scores, eliminating the legislature’s intent for a safe harbor.

We have the best and brightest education minds right here in west-central Ohio. I am confident that if these education professionals come together to develop a program, Ohio will certainly prove to have superior public education.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjanuary2016

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 29-31, 2016

 

 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues with Weight Management Support Program
Meats & Spices 101

 

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, FREE event and support group titled ‘Meats & Spices 101 on Monday, February 8, at 6:00pm at Mercer Health’s West Campus location.  This month’s free class is presented by Barb Hennard, MA, Extension Educator of Family and Consumer Sciences at The Ohio State Extension Office. This program will discuss what types of spices pair best with which types of foods, how to make your own spice mix, as well as how to buy and prepare the best cut, or leanest types, of meats.

 

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)      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

2)      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 in March.

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

4)      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.

5)      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.  

 

 

 
 

Relay for Life Fundraiser

The Ohio City “Relay for Life” team is having a fundraiser this Saturday, January 30th at the Community Building on 118. There will be a Soup and Sandwich supper that starts at 6:00 pm, along with Texas Hold ‘em tournament sign-up, followed by music from 7:00 on. The team will also be having a reverse raffle with tickets that cost twenty dollars. There will be eight pay-offs for a total of $1,250.  There will also be miscellaneous basket raffles throughout the night.

The “Adam Andrews Blues Band” will begin at 7:00 followed by “Three on the Tree”. There will be a cash bar with all proceeds going to the cancer research. For more information contact the Village of Ohio City: 419-965-2255

 

 
 

LIMA POWWOW

NATIVE WEDDING PERFORMED SATURDAY

HONORING ALL VETERANS - ALL WARS AND CONFLICTS

The 7th annual Lima “Honoring Our Native Heritage” Powwow, will be held February 20th and 21st 2016 at the United Auto Workers Hall, 1440 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima, OH. The doors open at 10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Grand entry will be at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Saturday and at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
The UAW Hall is off OH 309, at the 309, 117, and Kibby Street Intersection. Bellefontaine Ave. ends at the UAW Hall. Coming off I-75 it is exit 125 from the South and 125 B from the North. The UAW Hall number is 419-224-6791.

Co-host Drums for the powwow are Sky Hawk and Southern Singers. Other invited drum, Chaske Ho`tain; Head dancers are Justin Kwascigroh and Shawnee Waters. George Reiter is the announcer, Shawn Reilly, the Head Veteran, and the Arena Director is Aaron Stevens
SPECIAL THIS YEAR; A NATIVE WEDDING SATURDAY around 4:30-5:00 PM.

An auction of Native crafts, etc. donated by the vendors, will be held during short intervals throughout both days.

There will be vendors from several states in the United States, Canada, and South America with their offerings of many varieties of hand made Native American merchandise. They will have everything from beads and craft supplies, fur and leather clothing to tomahawks, knives, and bow and arrows, turquoise jewelry, t-shirts, and art work.

Of course, there will be the Indian frybread and Indian tacos, Buffalo burgers, Shawnee dogs, corn soup, nachos/cheese, fried dill pickles and more to warm you and satisfy those hunger pangs.

The admission fee is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for those over 62 and children between the ages of 6 and 12. Those under 6 and over 90 are free.

A powwow is spiritual, exciting, entertaining, beautiful and educational, all in one, under one roof. A moving experience you won’t want to miss! Come feel the heartbeat of the drum and learn more about the Native ways. The public will be invited to participate in many of the dances, and don’t miss the candy dance for the youngsters!

Host motel for the powwow is The Howard Johnson Hotel, 419-222-0004.

For information, call or e-mail Phyllis Davis-Kill 419-203-0377, killphyllis@yahoo.com or John Thompson, 419-587-3474. Vendor information call or e-mail Terri Brewster 419-648-9230, or dancing_fawn@watchtv.net

 

 

Rockford Village Council meets on January 19, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Committees were discussed in length with mission statements and codes of conduct.
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Interurban car, for Western Ohio Railway, at corner of Main and Monroe Streets, New Bremen.  Credit:  “Auglaize County Postcard Image,” by George L. Neargarder , published by the Auglaize County Historical Society, 2008.

 

When we were visiting the New England States, we came across this Museum of old Interurban cars for the Electric Railways.  I purchased a copy of the book, “The Lima Route,” by Scott D. Trostel, published by CAM-TECH Pub., Fletcher, Ohio.  Trostel wrote about several lines of the Electric Railway in Western Ohio, whereby I found some of the resources about the Western Ohio Railway.  After we toured the Museum, we rode the restored Interurban cars on the old tracks, and then we were able to walk through a barn with restored cars as well as cars waiting to be restored.  The old wood was sanded and varnished to perfection and the old brass was polished to shine in the sunlight.

 

Sometimes people confuse the term “Restoration,” with the word, “Refinish.”  “Restoration” means to restore an object back to its original condition, as much as possible, by using old parts, measuring exactly if parts have to be made, and by using original colors.  To “Refinish” an object means to clean it up, and use any modern means necessary to “make it look good,” whether it is exactly like the original. . . or not.  When I state that the Interurban Cars had been restored, those cars truly looked exactly like brand new vehicles, just built over a Century ago!

 

The Western Ohio Electric Railway provided transportation to and from communities throughout Ohio.  Most cities became centers for the Electric Railways and people could travel by one Interurban and then change cars at another city.  Nearby Lima and Dayton had Electric Railway Centers.  The Western Ohio Railway opened between Wapakoneta and St. Marys, and between St. Marys and Minster in 1902.  The first scheduled public movement of cars out of New Bremen was reported on April 29, 1902.  The Line opened to Minster on May 19, 1902.

 

By July 1902, the ten mile extension from St. Marys to Celina had opened, paralleling Grand Lake.  For those of you who remember, a car barn and a freight house stood on the southeast corner of East Market and Cherry Street intersection.  When construction workers were tearing down the building, the men told that they came across some of the original tracks, a few feet down!  I was surprised that Market Street level had become that much higher this past century.

 

In 1903, the Electric Railway opened from Wapakoneta to Piqua.  By 1905, the link was made to Toledo.  In 1911, the Minster and Loramie Railway opened.  The 1986 “Timeline” magazine by the Ohio Historical Society, carried an article by H. Roger Grant, about the Interurban.  Grant wrote that by World War I, the Interurban mileage in Ohio peaked at 2,798 miles, a national record.  He commented that three decades later, the Interurban was mostly a memory.

 

In “Auglaize County Postcard Images,” Neargarder wrote the following history:  “In 1931, the Western Ohio abandoned its equipment and the tracks were removed in New Bremen.  The Minster Line was discontinued in 1932.  At St. Marys, the Western Ohio Power Plant generated electricity for the Western Ohio Railway Company Traction Line.  It was located behind the Interurban car barn at 625 South Wayne Street. The plant generated power for the entire system from 1900 to 1932 and provided power to many nearby communities as well.  The plant was torn down in 1958.”  George Neargarder has served as an excellent County Historian to Auglaize County Communities, not only in working with the Auglaize County Historical Society, but also in collecting and preserving the history of Auglaize County.  His books can be found at the Auglaize County Historical Museum, and at the area Libraries.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
January 26-28, 2016

 

 
 
Reminder:  the next Rockford Bicentennial Committee Meeting will be held on Monday -  February 1st at 7 pm - Village Hall and Museum.
 
 
 

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties would like to welcome some new faces.  Nikki Sawmiller, on the left, joined the Board of Directors at the January meeting.  She lives in Wapakoneta with her husband Jerry and their three children.  She is employed by the Wapak Police Department and recently danced in the BBBS Dancing with the Big Stars event. She joined the Board of Directors because she enjoys doing community activities to promote her city and the positive interactions she has had with BBBS.  Molly Hay, on the right, became the Executive Director at the recent Board Meeting.  Molly and her husband Jim live in Celina. She has experience as an Elementary Principal and recently retired from Wright State University. She has been on the Board of Directors for the past 15 years and is looking forward to this new career.  She is passionate about the youth in our community and is excited about the future of BBBS.  If you would like to know more information about BBBS, please call 419-584-2447.

 
 
 

Annual Chamber Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet of the Celina Mercer County Chamber will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at the Galleria in Celina.   Social time will begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 6pm.  The program will begin at 7pm with awards given out after the guest speaker’s presentation.     

We are excited to announce our speaker this year is Bruce Boguski.  Bruce was in a car accident at the age of 18 and was paralyzed from the neck down.  After two years, he regained full use of his body and went on to become a two-time Ohio state champion in racquetball and played on a state championship softball team.  He has been a baseball coach and assistant football coach at the high school level, as well as a tennis coach at the college level.

Today, he spends most of his time making speeches throughout North America.  He has made over 1,800 presentations to student groups, educators, associations, chambers of commerce, large and small corporations, secretarial groups, and government agencies.   He is one of the most "in-demand" speakers in the country, doing nearly 100 presentations each year.  Bruce is the author of several recent books and CDs….he is also a huge proponent of living a healthy lifestyle.

Sponsors for this year’s awards banquet are Cooper Farms, Second National Bank,
WCSM Radio, and Celina Tent. 

Chamber awards applications are being taken and must be in by Friday, February 12th. 
The four awards are Business of the Year, Citizens of the Year, Humanitarian and Achievement Awards.  Award applications have been inserted into this newsletter.  They are also available online at www.celinamercer.com.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 each or you can purchase a corporate table of

eight for $195.  RSVPs are due by Feb. 21st.  Call the Celina Mercer County Chamber for tickets or further information at 419 586-2219 or email info@celinamercer.com.

 

 

 

Private Pesticide Applicator License Recertification and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Available

Farmers who hold a Private Pesticide Applicator License that expires in 2016 can attend one of two recertification trainings being offered in Van Wert County.

The 2016 Recertification Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) dates are Friday, February 5 and Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  Each recertification training date also has an accompanying 2-hour Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training (FACT).  The 2-hour FACT sessions are ONLY for farmers/producers who already hold an Ohio private pesticide applicator license.

The February 5 training begins with recertification PAT in the morning.  Presentations start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and continue to noon.  Please plan on arriving before 8:45 a.m. for check-in/registration/paying of fees.  The FACT Training will be conducted in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Both trainings will be held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, OH in the Jr. Fair building.  Enter the fairgrounds through Gate 2.

The March 9 trainings, a late afternoon-evening program, will be held at the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471 Hall, 1600 East 5th Street, Delphos, OH.  This program will start with the 2-hour FACT training at 3:00 p.m.  The PAT training will follow in the evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Again 2-hour FACT trainings are only for those who currently hold an Ohio Pesticide Applicator License. 

Both facilities are handicap accessible.  Each session will offer a full recertification for CORE and Categories 1 (Field Crops), 2 (Forage Crops & Livestock), 6 (Fumigation), and 7 (Specialty Uses), plus special arrangements for those carrying Categories 3 (Fruit & Vegetable Crops), 4 (Nursery & Forest Crops including Christmas Trees) and 5 (Greenhouse).  These categories will be scheduled after the standard recertification session.  A $35 fee is charged for the PAT trainings.  FACT trainings are free.  OSU Extension encourages anyone planning to attend either the February 5 or March 9 trainings to pay at the OSU office in advance of the meeting to speed up registration on the day of the meeting.  If one does not pay in advance, the fee will be collected at the door.  Pre-registration is highly encouraged to allow for preparation for the meeting. 

If neither session in Van Wert County fits within your schedule, please visit http://pested.osu.edu for a list of neighboring counties and their corresponding recertification sessions or call or visit the Extension Office for assistance.  Please note that sessions outside of Van Wert County may require pre-registration as well.

These sessions are for farmers and others who already possess a Private Pesticide Applicators License.  There are NO Commercial Pesticide Applicator credits available at these meetings.  Commercial pesticide applicators need to attend one of the State Commercial Pesticide Applicator Conferences.  Farmers and others wishing to obtain a new pesticide license should visit http://pested.osu.edu/privatelicense.html for more information.

For additional information on pesticide applicator license recertification or for information on obtaining a pesticide applicator license, please contact Curtis Young, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214 or email young.2@osu.edu.


  

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center
Offers Workshops for Business Owners/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.

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/Intermediate: February 1 & 3, 2016; Time: 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hrs.}; Room 192 Dwyer Hall

            Intermediate/Advanced: February 8 & 10, 2016; Time 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hrs.} Room 192 Dwyer Hall

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Wright State University-Lake Campus

Cost: $65 p/person for each set of workshops ~or~ $125 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 Rachel to get you up-to-date with 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 11, 2016; 4:00-6:00 p.m. {2 hours}; Room: 229 Dwyer Hall      ~or~

                              February 27, 2016; 9:30-11:30 a.m. {2 hours}; Room 111 Trenary Hall

Instructors: Carol Jones & Rachel Stoker; Wright State University-Lake Campus;

Cost $35 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.

 

Drug Facts Week

Brought to you by the Mercer County Prevention Coalition and the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group. For more information or to find out how to become involved, contact Laura at Foundations Behavioral Health Services.  419-584-1000.

             

Fact 1:

When prescription drugs are abused, they can be addictive &put the person at risk for harmful health effects, such as overdose.

There are three kinds of prescription drugs that are commonly abused.

Opioids—painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine

Depressants—like those used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax

Stimulants—like those used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin

-Prescription drugs are often a bridge to heroin. Many people get addicted to prescription drugs, then turn to heroin because it’s cheaper to buy on the streets and sometimes more accessible.

 

Fact 2:

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.

Teens that begin drinking at age 15 or younger are 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic than someone who begins drinking at age 21.

Fact 3:

 

 

Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:

Acetone – found in nail polish remover.

Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye.

Ammonia – a common household cleaner.

Arsenic – used in rat poison.

Benzene – found in rubber cement.

Butane – used in lighter fluid.

 

Fact 4:

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 5: Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco and is used in e-cigarettes as well, and it’s what makes it addictive. Nicotine reaches the brain within 8 seconds after someone inhales tobacco smoke. Nicotine can also enter the bloodstream through the mucous membranes that line the mouth (if tobacco is chewed) or nose (if snuff is used), and even through the skin. Pure nicotine could easily send someone into cardiac arrest if consumed by itself, but it’s mixed with other chemicals to lessen the effects.

 

Fact 6: There is no known "safe" amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. Alcohol use appears to be the most harmful during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy; however, drinking alcohol anytime during pregnancy can be harmful to both the mother and the developing baby.

 

Fact 7: Regular alcohol or other drug use changes the functioning of the brain. Using substances repeatedly can result in:

Tolerance—more of the drug is needed to achieve the same “high”

Dependence—the need to continue use of the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms

Addiction—a devastating brain disease where, without proper treatment, people can’t stop using drugs even when they really want to and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
January 23-25, 2016

 

 
 
 

VOLLEYBALL: STEINBRUNNER APPEARS TWICE IN UPDATED NAIA RECORD BOOK

By Kyle Wright

Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director

 

Morgan Steinbrunner enjoyed one of the most efficient hitting days in NAIA volleyball history.

Twice.

In the same year.

Two of Steinbrunner's performances from her recently completed junior year in the Indiana University East volleyball program appear in the updated NAIA volleyball Top 10s record book.

Steinbrunner's hitting average of. 889 in the Red Wolves' win against Governors State University on Sept. 26 was the fifth-best single-match hitting percentage in NAIA history.

Three weeks later, Steinbrunner hit for an .875 average in an Oct. 17 victory against Brescia University - tied for the eighth-best single-match hitting percentage in NAIA history.

A player must have a minimum of 15 attacks in a match to qualify for the "Highest Hitting Percentage" section of the NAIA record book. Steinbrunner (Rockford, Ohio/Parkway High School) is the only player who appears twice in the "Highest Hitting Percentage" top 10.

"This is kind of unreal, honestly," Steinbrunner said when shown her name in the updated record book. "Even as a little kid, you dream of being a person who does something like that in college.

"I felt my game improved this season, and it is just the best feeling in the world to see that kind of recognition in the record books."

Steinbrunner put away 16 kills and 18 attempts without an error in IU East's three-set victory against Governors State, a match played at Purdue University Calumet.

"I actually didn't think I was doing very well," Steinbrunner remembered. "And then after about my 10th swing, I thought, 'OK, I'm in a rhythm.' Once I felt like that, I knew it was going to be a good match."

Steinbrunner had 14 kills in 16 attempts without an error three weeks later at home against Brescia - and the Red Wolves needed every one of those kills to rally for a four-set win.

"That one, I came out and was ready and could feel it was going to be a good match," Steinbrunner said. "I think I was hitting 1.000 up until the third set, and Coach (Abby Niekamp) didn't want to show me the stats because she didn't want to jinx it."

Steinbrunner finished her junior season with 2.13 kills and 0.87 blocks per set - both career bests.

“Morgan is one of the hardest working players I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and to see her being recognized for some of her accomplishments is a true testament to that," Niekamp said. "One goal that she’s set for herself is becoming a consistent go-to hitter. I think being able to see that goal play out in record form will only increase her motivation going into her senior year. I look forward to seeing her on that list again next year."

IU East is an NAIA program. IU East is one of 14 NAIA programs with 20 or more wins in each of the past seven seasons.

 

Link to record book: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/RegularSeason/VB_RegularSeason.pdf?SPSID=640698&SPID=96227&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27900

 

 

Main Street Van Wert announces return of popular Downtown Chocolate Walk
Van Wert, OH

Your next visit downtown might be a little bit sweeter! The MSVW merchant committee is pleased to announce the return of the Downtown Chocolate Walk, Friday evening, February 5th. Participating businesses will be open for this special event from 4-8pm. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair, and must be purchased or reserved in advance.

The evening of the event, ‘chocolate walkers’ will begin at the MSVW office to pick up a special Chocolate Bag & map. Then relax and savor the evening while strolling at your leisure through the participating businesses downtown. Show your event bag at each Chocolate Stop on the map to sample or collect nearly 20 chocolate treats! A horse drawn trolley will help make sure walkers visit every location on the map. The evening will conclude at the Wassenberg Art Center, with gourmet chocolate samples, wine tasting, and live music.

A full list of participating businesses will be announced 1 week before the event. Ticket holders will visit businesses they are familiar with & learn about ones they may not know. What a fun way to visit someplace new or get reacquainted with the stores & offices downtown.

Grab your friends or invite someone special and enjoy this excursion through downtown Van Wert. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased in person at the MSVW office, 136 E. Main Street, or at Truly D’vine Bread Co, 117 W Main Street, in Van Wert. Tickets may also be reserved over the phone. For more information, visit www.mainstreetvanwert.org or call 419-238-6911.

 

 

 

 

Kim Brandt Organizes Calvary Preschool 9-1-1 Program

Calvary Preschool recently hosted the 9-1-1 Program, organized by Kim Brandt. The boys and girls learned what to do in a real emergency situation through video and hands-on practice of dialing 9-1-1. The children practiced the numbers, then dialed them on a telephone. This gave the boys and girls an opportunity to practice a conversation with an actual dispatcher. The Calvary Preschool teachers and students were grateful to Kim and Shelly for offering this important information and application.

Calvary Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, contact director Marilyn Agler at the preschool office at 567-259-3103 or e-mail marilyn@calvaryelife.org. The preschool is located one mile west on Business Route 224 at Sidle Road in Van Wert, 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber Seeks Christmas Decorative Lights and Greenery
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of new/used Christmas lights and /or greenery  to be used for next year’s Christmas at the Park.   At this time, we do not need other types of decorations.   

CAN we make one more suggestion, the Rockford Chamber will also accept aluminum CANS to recycle, with all proceeds directly benefiting future Christmas displays.  

Donations can be dropped off at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  

 

 
 

Youth Group Charity Auction Planned for Missions
St John Lutheran Church Youth Group has their annual Charity Auction on Sunday, January 31st  at 1:00PM at the Church’s Family Life Center.  Our doors and concession stand open at Noon.

The youth hold this auction to raise money for their mission trip in June.  On the trip, the High School youth perform minor home repairs such as building wheelchair ramps, porch and roof repair and painting for the  low income and elderly.  In addition to the repairs, the youth share their faith with the residents of the homes by inviting them to share a lunch and take part in daily devotions. 

There will be lots and lots of wonderful items to be auctioned.  The items include new and used furniture, household items, collectables, gift certificates for local services, restuarents, and department stores and much more.  Also there is a concession stand serving delicious home made food including sandwiches and pie.  Everyone in the community is welcome to come and join in the fun.  Any questions please contact Cindy Snyder at 419-586-2332.

 

RADC MEMBERS AND FUTURE MEMBERS

The next meeting is Monday January 25th at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement. Board Directors please confirm your attendance by Friday afternoon.

 

Celebrating 40 years of Workforce Education!

Vantage Career Center --1976-2016

BY STACI KAUFMAN, VANTAGE SUPERINTENDENT

Your Choice. Your Career. Your Success.

Your area career center. Need I say more? Vantage connects real people with real jobs, helping make real livelihoods for students and their families. We’ve been helping high school students and adult learners for 40 years. And we know what it means to you.

As superintendent, I always enjoy the real life stories of people whose lives have been touched by Vantage staff and the skills we provide. Our staff helps students who are working full-time jobs, who come to school sleepy, and share their paychecks with a single parent, to help make ends meet. We help young people who know what they want to do in life and throw themselves wholeheartedly into their education at Vantage to make that dream come true. We encourage some students to stick with it, come to school, go to work, and know it WILL make a difference. And there’s no greater joy than listening to these students thank a teacher or staff member for helping them to steer them on the right path.

As a lifetime educator, I also know career technical education is a vital part of local workforce development and economic development. Why? Because Vantage alumni tend to stay in our local communities, working as auto technicians, welders, secretaries and office support, network systems analysts, programmers, machinists, cosmetologists, and healthcare STNA’s. There are so many jobs that our students and alumni fill. They live local, spending their paychecks in our communities, and helping our local businesses to survive. Retention and expansion of local business is 90 percent of economic development. Especially in rural Ohio. And Vantage alumni ARE a huge percentage of our community.

Vantage offers high school training in 16 different career programs, as well as a variety of customized training for interested employers, and full-time workforce programs for displaced workers and anyone who wants a career change. Real people in real jobs. People connecting with their local communities. Vantage staff “get it”. We’ve done it for 40 years--and as superintendent, I have the pleasure of spreading the good news about our caring staff and awesome school.

The Vantage career technical planning district covers Van Wert and Paulding counties, and parts of Putnam and Mercer counties.  Vantage provides juniors, seniors and adults of all ages, with entry-level and advanced job skills to find employment. We’re proud of what we do. Our staff knows it’s about real people wanting to improve their lives, looking for a better job, or their first job, or a second income to start their own business or help out at home.

Thank you for supporting Vantage and our mission for the past 40 years. I invite you to attend our Open House on Monday evening, February 22, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm and celebrate our 40th year of changing lives. 

 

PUCO to hold aggregation workshop at Rockford Carnegie Library

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 21, 2016) – Have you been approached by door-to-door energy marketers or received literature in the mail about shopping for your electricity or natural gas? Want to learn more and feel confident that the decision you make is right for you and your family?

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s (PUCO) Office of Retail Competition conducts free, educational events throughout the state to provide consumers with unbiased, understandable information about Ohio’s energy market. Zack Frymier, public information officer for the PUCO, will conduct an informal workshop concerning local government aggregation in Rockford. The event will take place January 26th from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Rockford Carnegie Library (162 S Main Street, Rockford).

Mr. Frymier will highlight local government aggregation proposals in Rockford and how it fits into the opportunity that consumers have to choose an electric or natural gas supplier. Residents are encouraged to drop-in throughout the length of the workshop for answers to questions regarding any utility.

Additional topics will include PUCO resources that assist Ohioans in understanding the state’s utility structure, consumer protection tips, consumer rights and responsibilities, payment assistance programs and local government aggregation. In 2014, the PUCO received 76,402 calls and initiated 13,421 investigations, saving Ohio consumers $683,701. 

In addition to providing educational presentations, the PUCO hosts the Energy Choice Ohio website, which has page after page of information and tools to help Ohio’s energy consumers to understand energy choice in Ohio. By visiting thewebsite consumers can utilize the PUCO’s Apples to Apples comparison charts offering unbiased, true apples to apples comparisons of offers available to consumers.

The PUCO Office of Retail Competition

With a number of legislative changes in the electric utility industry in Ohio over the past 16 years, the PUCO recognizes the need to educate consumers on the retail competition of utility services. With this recognition the PUCO created the Office of Retail Competition (ORC) in July of 2012. The mission of the Office of Retail Competition is to improve awareness, trust and understanding of market-based utility service in Ohio.

 

 
 

 
January 21-22, 2016

 

 
 
Jonathan Pabis Graduates from Columbus Police Academy and Ohio State University

Jonathan Pabis, son of Paul Pabis and Holly Wood of Massachusetts, celebrated two graduations in 2015. On May 9, 2015 he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the OSU Fisher College of Business. He then entered the Columbus Police Academy in July as a member of the 124th Recruit Class and graduated in a ceremony (with 31 classmates) on January 15, 2016. A pinning ceremony was held on January 14 with his mother pinning on the new badge while his father and sister, Stephanie Pabis, looked on. Joining the family at the pinning were his Aunt Sheila Baltzell, Mark Linn, his cousin, Tom Baltzell and children, Sam, Jake and Lydia, and many friends from the Columbus area.

On Friday, Jonathan gave the official address for the 124th Recruit Class.

Attending the graduation were: his parents and sister, Tom and Ann Baltzell and Family and many Columbus-area friends. A party at a local restaurant was hosted by Paul and Holly in his honor following the event .

Jonathan has been hired as a police officer by the Columbus Police Department, which is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police Academy

Police Academy

OSU Graduation Party
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 20, 2016

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 
 
 
Family Fun Night Announced by St. Teresa Parish

A Family Fun Night is being planned by the members of St. Teresa Parish on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Rockford Community Building. There will be a dinner at 6 PM with a DJ following.  Drawings and Prizes will be given to children and adults throughout the evening. The event will be the official Kick-off for Monthly Money Madness Drawing. The community is invited to attend. Admission is $5-$15 (depending on age).

 
 
 
 
Congratulations to the hard-working 9th-12th grade students at Parkway High School
Click below to see who made:

Parkway High School Honor Roll
End of 2nd Quarter 2015-2016
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 19, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 19, 2016 ~ due to wind chill.

 
 

Red-Out for Heart Disease Coming to Van Wert Basketball Game

Van Wert High School and Van Wert County Hospital are sponsoring a Red Out during the Jan. 22 varsity basketball game to raise awareness about heart disease. The Red Out, an American Heart Association initiative, encourages spectators at the Van Wert versus Elida boys basketball game to wear red and learn more about the causes and symptoms of heart disease while enjoying the game.

Van Wert County Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Van Wert High School cafeteria. Staff will also provide information about the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

Before the varsity basketball game tip-off, Van Wert head coach Mark Bagley and Elida head coach Denny Thompson will receive blood pressure screenings by Van Wert County Hospital staff at half court.  Van Wert Elementary School students will perform a special Jump Rope for Heart routine during halftime of the varsity game.

Heart disease claims more lives than the next four causes of death combined. On average, an American dies of heart disease every 35 seconds, according to the American Heart Association.

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert High School want to join in the effort to provide more education to the community about heart disease and encourage all to take a free blood pressure screening during the Red Out on Jan. 22.

Additional sponsors of the event include: P & R Medical Connection, Vancrest Health Care Centers, Foster Family Chiropractic, Leland Smith Insurance Services, and Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 16-18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


 

 
 
 
Congratulations to the hard-working 5th-8th Graders at Parkway Middle School
Click below to see who made:

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll
End of 2nd Quarter 2015-2016
 
 
Wanted– Pictures of Rockford Landmarks
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is in the process of updating the Chamber Business Directory for 2016.  We are looking for some nice photos of the Rockford area and landmarks – example Shanes Park.  If you have some photos that you would like to share, please email them to lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org.  We won’t be able to use all the photos submitted, but will give credit for photos that are used.    Thank you !
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

New Book on Mercer About Small Town Life for Sale

“Mercer Memories”, written by Rex and Carl Marsee,  is a true story about a Southern boy and his relatives growing up in a small town in Northwestern Ohio in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It is a rather simple story about simpler times and individuals, who were far less complex, than are found in the 21st century.  It is about a time when WWII was coming to an end and the beginning of the ‘baby boomers of today were being born.”  It is about a time in American history, when families didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love and compassion for each other.



The books are for sale at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  The books cost $10 each. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 14-15, 2016

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 
 

Parkway Junior High girls basketball game at Adams Central tonight now has a start time of 6:00pm

 

 
 

News and Events at the Rockford Carnegie Library

There will be an adult craft night next Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30.  Miniature flowers and butterflies will be created with wire and nail polish.  There is no fee for the program and anyone wishing to try this craft is welcome to come.

The next family program will be Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30.  "Popcorn and Penguins" will be featured.  January 19th is National Popcorn Day so popcorn will be the snack for the evening while creating a cool penguin.  For more information about these program call the library at 419-363-2630.

Maria Suhr is the featured artist on display this month.  The Lake Area Arts group has several local artists who rotate their artwork to the libraries in the county each month.  The collection can be seen in the library during open hours.  Maria is a photographer and has several pictures on display.

 

 
 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF)
Awards Scholarship Donations from St. Marys K of C
Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

Celina, Ohio – For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. The foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since 1962, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

St. Marys Knights of Columbus Council #1592, a long-time supporter of Wright State University-Lake Campus, contributed two (2) $150 Book Scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year. Since this is a matching scholarship, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation matches the sum given to a Lake Campus student which increases the total award to $300. Students competing for this scholarship, must be registered for a minimum of six (6) credit hours for the Spring Semester 2016. This award may be used to purchase books and/or supplies at the Barnes & Noble bookstore located at the Lake Campus.

Accepting the 2015-2016 award is Loretta K. Chavis of St. Marys and Kalie J. Tobin of Mendon. Chavis is pursuing a degree in Business and Tobin is pursuing a degree in Psychology. .

Photo: Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer is shown presenting the book scholarship check to Loretta K. Chavis and Kalie J. Tobin and looking on is Fred Shawhan, Scholarship Committee Chair of the St. Marys Knights of Columbus Council #1592, and Mike Makely, WOEF Board Secretary and Trustee. To find out more about WOEF scholarship program, log onto www.wright.edu/lake/woef.html.

 


Become a Baseball Umpire!
The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires' Association will  be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning OHSAA certification for the upcoming 2016 season. Cost of the class is $135 - which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual membership dues to MBUA. Classes will be held at Van Wert High School on Monday evenings beginning February 8th and conlcuding on March 21st. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting www.myohsaa.org and clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the page. Once you have created a free account, click on "Select a Course" and search for "Van Wert." For more information, contact Ron Golemon at (419)513-0439 or crg490@gmail.com. To ensure that course materials are received prior to the first class, please register by January 31st. 

 

 

Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Fixing a Broken Unemployment Compensation System

Throughout this past decade our nation and state has had financial ups and downs, which has caused people to rely on unemployment benefits. In Ohio, our system was maxed out with the federal government having to pay the bill during the last decade. Following this, taxes were raised on employers to make up that lost money. Although many Ohioans are back at work, we can’t forget about this situation and how we can fix the unemployment compensation system.

In order to prevent the need to borrow again in the future to support unemployment compensation, we must help our system reach the “Minimum Safe Level” (MSL), the size of our Unemployment Comp Emergency Fund. This will help us prepare for any future crisis if we continue to build it up, which would result in another tax increase if we didn’t have the money. The MSL is important for our state’s future and we must save accordingly.

Another task we must do is to reduce the number of weeks the system will cover. By doing this we are reducing the risk level, which reduces the costs to employers for the tax. Families across Ohio must prepare for these future employment emergencies and take responsibility.

I believe these changes will have an impact, causing a tax deduction. Employers recently saw an increase in their FUTA tax rates, making this reduction that much more crucial. The new system will gradually bring new employers into this new responsibility to fund this unemployment compensation system and will help new business owners. This will allow the job market to grow and bring a positive outlook to this once broken system.

Finally, for this all to work changes including adjusting specific ways the taxes are collected based on the number of employees an employer has will be undergone. Moving forward, Ohio will start to move into a better and more stable unemployment compensation system that benefits workers and employers. I hope this system will provide Ohio will a rainy day fund to use if an emergency ever did arise.

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Willshire Youth Basket Bingo
Looking for a fun way to spend a wintery afternoon?  The Willshire Youth Activities will be sponsoring “Basket Bingo & More” on Sunday, January 31st.  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 a Longaberger basket filled with a variety of items.  The baskets 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 Longaberger Hamper Basket with lid (valued at $290).  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.  A 50/50 raffle will be held during the event with proceeds to benefit the Brad and Nikki Swander family.  Plan now to join in on this afternoon of fun.  Please invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  Bingo will be held unless Mercer County is under a level 3 snow emergency.  For further information, please call 419.495.2655.

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption: This Rockford Carnegie Public Library building, 162 S. Main St., Rockford, Ohio, was dedicated on May 1, 1913.  The first Library at Rockford was opened January 1, 1903.  (Photograph by Bob Maurer, Fiscal Officer, Rockford Carnie Library.)

 

On January 17, 1902, a number of ladies met at the home of Mrs. W.T. Barbour to consider the establishment of a Free Public Library in Rockford, and they organized the Rockford Library Association.  Members paid dues and held socials and entertainments to raise funds to establish a Library.  On January 1, 1903, the first Library Room was opened in the Dysert Opera House, which stood on the southwest corner of Main and Pearl Streets.  The Library may have been located in other rooms, also, prior to having the Carnegie Library location.

In 1904, the Village Council determined that the Association be given the yearly rent of $24.00 from the Town Hall and an annual appropriation of $175.00.  The Council also voted to add one-half cent for library purposes at the next general tax levy.  Citizens donated books and the Traveling Department of the State Library provided books.  Mrs. D.C. Kinder was selected as the regularly employed Librarian in 1905.  At first, the library was opened free to Rockford residents, with non-residents paying one dollar per year for library service.  By 1910, the library was free to all residents of Dublin Township. 

At that time, Miss Mary Downey, Representative from the State Library, suggested that the Rockford Librarian request funds from Andrew Carnegie to building a Library.  A ten thousand dollar grant was received from Carnegie and the Library was built on the present site.  The new building was opened on May 1, 1913. By 1969, the library was doubled in size when an addition was put on the back of the building.  In the 1978 “Mercer County History,” this Carnegie-Rockford Public Library was identified as the “smallest Carnegie Library in the Country.”   Today, this Library is the only Carnegie Library located in Mercer County.

The library was organized under the School Board plan in 1927.  Those serving as Librarian/Director were Mrs. Mary Kinder (1905-1934), Mrs. Vida Smith (1934-1940), Mrs. Elsie Koepple (1940-1950), Mrs. Ethel McSherry (1950-1972), Mrs. Harriet Pugh (1972-1974), Miss Marcia Winscott (1975-1988), Ms. Deborah Williams (1988-1989).  Mrs. Rozann Maurer has served as Librarian since 1989.

For this history, the four sources were the “Souvenir Journal, Rockford Sesquicentennial, Shanes Crossing, Mercer County, Ohio, 1820-1970,” the 1978 “History of Mercer County, Ohio,” “Our Post Card Past; Rockford, Ohio,”  and “The Free Press, Shanes Crossing, Ohio.”  These three books and the Newspaper microfilm may be read at the Rockford Carnegie Public Library, 162 South Main Street, Rockford, Ohio.

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

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 13, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 

County roads are snow-covered and slick
Sheriff Grey Issues Warning to Drive with Caution

 
 
 

 
January 12, 2016

 

 
 

All of Parkway Schools Practices and Games are cancelled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parkway Schools have now closed for Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 12, 2016
 

Sheriff Grey Issues Caution at Two Intersections
Two intersections were briefly closed this morning to remove a semi-tractors from the ditch at each location:
US Rte 127 between US 33 and SR 707 north of Mercer and US Rte 127 at Morrow Road north of Celina.
Again, he issued a warning for cautious driving in these snowy conditions.

 

Snow Overnight and Windy Conditions
Sheriff Issues Warning
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an early-morning warning to motorists on January 12, 2016 after more than an inch of snow fell and gusting winds came overnight. The snow is blowing and drifting making driving hazardous.

 
 

Community Cantata Coming on Good Friday – Vocalists Needed
The Parkway Ministerial Association will sponsor a Community Cantata on Good Friday at the Parkway School Auditorium. Director Richard Sherrick is inviting any and all vocalists who would enjoy being part of the choir, to an 8 PM practice at the Rockford United Methodist Church in Rockford starting Wednesday, January 13. The performance will feature 'Champion of Love', arranged by Russell Mauldin. This Cantata contains some familiar hymns and also some contemporary pieces..

Please come, sing, fellowship with area vocalists and prepare to honor and praise our risen Savior.

 

 

 

Bridge Inspection

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 394 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart and County Bridge Supervisor T. J. Smalley completed the inspections before the end of 2015.

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 11, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Monday, January 11, 2016

 

RADC MEMBERS AND FUTURE MEMBERS
The Rockford Area Development Corporation Membership drive is on. Please mail your form with payment or simply bring it to the next meeting which is planned for Monday January 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Rockford Library basement.

 

 
 

The Rockford Belle Concert Season Begins

The Rockford Belle will be alive with entertainment, as 1st show of the 2016 Season gets underway, with BLIND DATE and special guests.

Mark your calendars for January 30th.  Doors open at 6 pm.  

Concert begins at 7 pm.
$7 donation at the door per person / 18 and under FREE. Discount rates for special needs will be accepted upon approval.

 

 
 

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

Photo Caption:   Willshire’s School System was a part of the long-term vision of Captain James Riley, when he platted the Village of Willshire in 1822.  This brick and stone school building was constructed in 1901, on the site of the previous school building.  

On June 23, 1819, Edward Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, appointed Captain James Riley as Deputy Surveyor.  Riley began “to run off into Townships, Ranges and Sections, the lands then lately purchased from the Indians in the Northwest section of Ohio.”  As of November 20, 1819, Riley was at the head of the Wabash River, south of the former military fort, known as Fort Recovery.  When Riley was surveying along the St. Marys River, he chose to purchase land under the Federal Land Act of 1820, with the intention of erecting a dam across the St. Marys River, establishing a mill, and constructing a log cabin.  Riley platted the Village of Willshire at that site in 1822, and recorded his plat at Greenville, Ohio, January 31, 1823, because the Counties of Van Wert and Mercer were established in 1820, and were first attached to Darke County, Ohio.

Captain Riley was always looking ahead and planning for the future of the wilderness.  Since Willshire was platted on the St. Marys River, in Van Wert County, adjacent to the Mercer – Van Wert County Line, and just east of the Ohio-Indiana State Line, Riley believed that Willshire had a great future, being located on the well-traveled transportation route of the St. Marys River.  Captain Riley established the first school at Willshire, in Van Wert County and asked his daughter Amelia to teach.  Amelia Riley was the first teacher in a log building, on Willshire’s Public Square.  The 1882 “History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio,” stated that Amelia Riley’s students included her sister Phoebe Julia Riley, and two brothers Horatio Sprague and William Willshire Riley, and Roswell Riley’s children and Jonathan Lewis in 1827.

Highlights of the history of Willshire’s Schools is included in the book, “History of Van Wert County Ohio,” published by the Van Wert Co. Historical Society in 1981, and the book, “A Collection of Favorite Recipes and Historical Happenings from the Willshire Community.”  By 1848, the Willshire community built a frame schoolhouse.  By the end of the Civil War in 1865, a brick schoolhouse was erected on Green Street.  During the late 1890’s, that building was razed to build a new school, which was completed in 1901.  Later, an addition, which included a gymnasium-auditorium, restrooms, and kitchen, was made to that school building,.  Additional classrooms were added in the 1950’s.  This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.  Qualification for this honor was based upon the building’s significant architecture and its history of education in the Willshire area.

Ultimately, this Willshire School became a part of the Parkway Local Schools, which was established in 1961 with the consolidation of Rockford Schools and Willshire Schools and the 1992 addition of the Mendon Union Schools.

Captain Riley’s vision of the community and the educational system at Willshire can be found by visiting the historic Village of Willshire today.

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

 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION
Agendas
Organizational Meeting and Regular Meeting
on January 12, 2016 6:30 and 6:45 P.M.

 

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Make a New Years Resolution-Stop Black-out Beer

Ohio’s growing craft beer industry has likely been a subject of your Christmas discussions.  You may have even sampled many of Ohio’s fine products.  We should continue to promote that growth but we must be mindful of the dangers of beer over 12% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer over 12% ABV, which is Ohio’s current limit will have a very different impact on the human brain and body than our average light beer or craft beers currently on the market.  We must work to ensure the growing industry remains a positive force on Ohio’s economy.

My New Years Resolution is to stop the movement for easy access to drugs and highly intoxicating substances.  When you think about the impacts of beer over 12% ABV, it is very easy to understand why some people call this type of alcohol black-out beer.  Some legislators want to legalize black-out beer so that consumers can have more options.  Unfortunately, this is a move that could jeopardize the future of this very important industry.

To understand why this is a problem you have to consider the impacts of ABV on a person’s body when they drink.  Alcohol by Volume is the percentage of alcohol per specific amount of an alcoholic beverage, directly measured by the level of pure ethanol present in 100 milliliters of a beverage at 20 degrees Celsius (or 68 degrees Fahrenheit). To make this simple, the higher the ABV the more similar this product is to the ethanol in our regular gasoline used to fill up our cars.  As the level increases the impact on our bodies multiplies.

Legislators interested in increasing the ABV limit in Ohio are considering an increase to 21% ABV.  This would be nearly double our current limit which has provided consumers many different beer options.  This increase would allow for a 12 oz. beer that, according to the Cleveland Clinic Blood Alcohol Content Calculator, could possibly leave a normal 150 lb person unable to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle if consumed over three hours. To provide some perspective, that same person could have drank up to 4 average light beers in that same amount of time and they may be considered safe and legal to drive.

Alcohol consumption should remain a decision left to responsible adults over the age of 21.  Allowing a beer with this level of potency on the market raises concerns because of the potential for an unsuspecting individual to consume large quantities of this type of beer without proper notice of the potential consequences. Like with any alcohol product discretion and safety should be paramount.

Responsible legislative measures to improve the craft beer industry should remain a focus.  We have taken a number of these steps in the past several years, including the creation of the A-1c permit that allows for a smaller brewer to compete outside of the normal constrains of Ohio’s major brewers.  In addition, we have legalized entertainment districts to allow for the open consumption of beer in certain designated areas and the ability to consume alcoholic beverages on the popular pedal wagons found in certain parts of Ohio.

I have made it a resolution this new year to stop the movement for easy access to drugs and highly intoxicating substances. You can learn more about my new year’s resolution and join the effort by visiting tinyurl.com/buchystandingstrong

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjanuary2016

 

 

Grand Lake Patriots Announce Two Events


Strategies for Preserving and Promoting Religious Freedom in America
Presented by Allen Heindel
Thursday, January 14 @ 7 PM
Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

. . . and coming in February:

“The Case for Christian Engagement in an Abortion Culture”
Presented by Michael Spencer from the Life Training Institute
Thursday, February 11 @ 7 PM
Lefeld Community Building, Mercer Co. Fairgrounds, W. Market St, Celina

“Strategies for Preserving and Promoting Religious Freedom in America” will be presented Thursday, January 14, 7 PM, in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, W. Market Street, in Celina.  Speaker Allen Heindel is a life-long Mercer County resident who has earned recognition for his knowledge of history, the Constitution, the Bible, and current events.  Religious freedom in America is under assault as the culture grows more secular and even hostile toward religion in general and Christianity in particular.  Beyond acknowledging the problem, Allen Heindel’s talk will discuss strategies for responding to hostility to, or oppression of, religious expression.

On Thursday, February 11, Life Training Institute’s Michael Spencer will address “The Case for Christian Engagement in an Abortion Culture.” Mike served as a pastor for 23 years before joining the staff of LTI in 2012. He serves as the LTI-Midwest Director of Training and travels extensively throughout the United States equipping pro-lifers on high school and university campuses and in churches. He serves as the keynote speaker at pro-life banquets and conferences. Matt Huffman, a candidate for Ohio’s 12th District Senate seat, will also speak briefly following Mike Spencer’s presentation at the February 11 program.  Mr. Huffman has a family history of pro-life involvement, especially with pregnancy help centers and adoption assistance. The February 11 event will begin at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building in Celina, which is handicapped accessible.  

Both programs are sponsored by the Grand Lake Patriots.  The public is invited.

 

New Year’s Baby 2016 at Mercer Health

Pictured with her parents, Tara and Brian Dorsten of Celina, is Mercer Health’s New Year’s Baby 2016, Kinzlee Dorsten.  Kinzlee, born at 11:21 a.m. on Sunday, January 3rd, was the recipient of a Sherpa blanket, a $100 gift certificate to the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other gifts.

 

New Book on Mercer About Small Town Life for Sale

“Mercer Memories”, written by Rex and Carl Marsee,  is a true story about a Southern boy and his relatives growing up in a small town in Northwestern Ohio in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  It is a rather simple story about simpler times and individuals, who were far less complex, than are found in the 21st century.  It is about a time when WWII was coming to an end and the beginning of the ‘baby boomers of today were being born.”  It is about a time in American history, when families didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love and compassion for each other.

The books are for sale at the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at the Rockford Village Office at 151 E Columbia St.  The books cost $10 each. 

 

 
Rockford Village Council meets on January 5, 2016 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Learn about talks: on the new subdivision; involvement needed from community; several volunteers are needed to serve on boards; January 19th meeting – Heather Hedrick from LACCA will be presenting information on Fair Housing.
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The 1942 Calendar was hosted by Hoel’s General Merchandise Store, Montezuma, during World War II.

This 1942 Calendar was donated to the Mercer County Historical Society.  Since Bud Preston is a former Resident of Montezuma (1934-1952) and he knew Nora Hoel, I asked him to write this history of Hoel’s General Store.

In the 1930's and 1940's, Nora Hoel's grocery store was the hub of Montezuma and Franklin Township.  It was the typical general store, selling everything from gasoline to groceries to nuts and bolts.

First, Nora was a wonderful, personable lady, but ran her store in a businesslike manner.  She was unmarried until later in her life.  It was probably in her 50's or possibly 60's that she married the butcher at her store, Jeff Ulrich.

I do not remember when the Hoel's Store was started, nor what building, if any, was in that lot, but it was directly south, and across Main Street, from Ferd Hein's Restaurant.  The store front abutted the sidewalk, and a single gas pump was near the outside edge of the sidewalk.  One door opened into the store at the front, with show windows on each side of the door.  Counters lined both sides and one in the middle.  The cash register was about halfway to the back.

In the rear was the meat counter, and a walk-in refrigerated room for storing meat was directly behind the meat counter and area for slicing and cutting meat.  Behind that was a large area that was not accessible to customers, but store employees could take customers back there to look for the right size nuts or bolts or nails or many other hardware items.  A door at the back led out of the store building to a parking area that permitted trucks to come in and unload.  South of the parking area was a two car garage which was also used for storage. 

Nora lived next door (west of the store) and there was a large basement under the house and many items for the store were kept there.  A side door near the back of the store opened to a walk connecting the basement of the house to the store.

Nora would hire young boys and girls to work part time at the store.  When I was in the 8th or 9th grade, I worked there for a while.  The young folks' duties were to stock shelves, unload deliveries and place them in storage areas, and sometimes slice cold meat or count up people's purchases or help them find items.  Obviously, the youngsters also helped clean-up or close up the store, pump gas, carry items to people's cars, and a lot of other necessary errands.

An amusing incident still sticks in my memory.  It was during the summer and the weather was hot, as was the store.  A shipment of groceries had just arrived, and several cartons of "Baby Ruth" candy bars were included.  This was another product that was not often available.  The basement was cool and I just couldn't resist eating a "Baby Ruth" while sitting on some cartons in that nice cool basement.  "Yummy."  I still enjoy "Baby Ruth" candy bars. 

With the advent of the super market, it was goodbye to the small general store.  Hoel's Store was a model of that type of business.  Nora sold the store to Henry Schenking of Coldwater, and he owned and operated it for several years, then sold it to Vernon Brodbeck, who closed for good in the early 1960's.

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

 

 

 
 

 
January 9-10, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
Winter's First Big Event on Sunday, January 10, 10216 - Sheriff Issues Warning
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an early-morning warning to motorists on January 10, 2016 after heavy rainfall overnight gave way to dropping temperatures and snow overnight. Saturday, January 9 had a high of 45 and lots of fog for two days, followed by the rain, and before the snowstorm came through. With it, Sunday morning also brought winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour with blowing snow making it difficult to see at times and causing drifting of the scant 1-1/2 inches of snow. By 4 PM Sheriff Grey was reissuing the warning: Drive carefully on the roads as they are snow-covered and icy.
 
 

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner for Brad Swander
A Benefit Spaghetti Dinner will be held Friday, January 29th from 4:30-7:00pm at Parkway High School. Tickets are $8.00 each. You may dine in or carry out. All proceeds go to benefit the Brad Swander family, locals with children in Parkway Schools. Brad, a Parkway Graduate himself,  was diagnosed with 
Pulmonary Fibrosis and requires a Double Lung Transplant. Dinner includes:  Spaghetti, garlic bread, coleslaw, cookies and a  drink. This event is sponsored by Coach Chris Weirrick and the Varsity Girls Basketball team at Parkway. They invite the community to come and support this worthy event.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LIBERA IS A NEW SOUND FOR A MODERN ERA

(Van Wert, OH) - Strategence Capital LLC is proud to present internationally-renown boy's vocal band Libera at the Niswonger Sunday, Apr. 3 at 3:00 PM. This youthful group from South London has topped the mainstream and classical charts with recordings holding their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The vocal group's unique sound may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans from all over, particularly in the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. 

The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. The boys who make up this boy band have been described as "normal" and "ordinary." However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, Libera is like no other group who has performed at the Niswonger. 

These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Libera's music is a celestial sound for a modern era.

Supporting sponsors for this event include Supporters of the Van Wert Area Boychoir and The Rod & LeAnn Stoller family.

Tickets are available today and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM. Tickets range from $15 - $35. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 7-8, 2016

 

 

Sheriff Jeff Grey reported at 6:40 AM on Friday, January 8, 2016 that at the intersection of US Rte 127 and US Rte 33 there was an injury accident.

 

 
Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, January 8, 2016 due to ice.


Thank you to Chatt Insurance for being our Weather Sponsor!

 
 
 

Ron Searight Recognized for 35 Years of Service to Rockford Fire Department
by Sheila Baltzell, editor
1-7-2016


Ron Searight retired in December 2015 from the Rockford Fire Department after serving for 35 years. He had been on the volunteer force since 1980 and
credits former Rockford Fire Chief Ralph Rhoades (who passed away in recent years) for kindling his interest in two of the greatest volunteer positions a person can give to their community. Ron also retired from his job as an Emergency Medical Technician for Rockford after 20 years (back in January of 2014).

Below is a picture of Ron and Lisa Searight when he retired from the squad in 2014.

Ron’s fondest memories are about the camaraderie of his fellow volunteers and the friendships he has made over the years. “We covered each other’s back; we protected each other; we always worked as a team and contributed our ideas to the situation; we always worked together,” said Ron.  

 If you would like to send Ron a card, his address is 406 N. Street, Rockford 45882. His email address is rseaight@woh.rr.com

Click here to read the article about Ron retiring as an EMT in 2014.
 

 

 
Prom Dress Exchange and Vendor Show Coming to Celina High School
Pick up a beautiful dress for prom at great prices

A Prom Dress Exchange and Vendor Show is planned for Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at Celina High School, 715 E. Wayne St., Celina, OH, with shopping from 1-4 PM. Drop off dresses and accessories to be sold from 11-12:30. Click here for the release form to fill out make drop-off quicker. It is only $7.00 to sell a dress! View other costs fro selling at the above link. Pick-up money and unsold items from 4-4:45.

Proceeds go to Celina High School After Prom.

 
 
 
 

The Vantage Roadshow…

Coming soon to a basketball game near you.
Win a One-Of-A-Kind School Mascot Clock!

The Vantage Roadshow 2015-2016 has begun!  Simply find the date of a basketball game at your local high school on the schedule below.  Stop by the Vantage table before the game to check out what’s new and exciting at Vantage AND enter the raffle for a chance to win a custom-designed polished aluminum and acrylic 10” x 10” school mascot clock that sits on a stained cherry wood base and is lit with LED lights. This unique and distinctive piece was created by combining the talents of the Vantage Precision Machining, Carpentry, and Electricity students. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  All proceeds stay at the home school.

Home School            Date/Opponent

Delphos Jefferson      1/8 v. Crestview

Parkway                       1/9 v. Lima Perry

Van Wert                     1/9 v. Marion Local

Continental               1/15 v. Fort Jennings

Kalida                         1/16 v. Columbus Grove

Antwerp                     1/16 v. Lincolnview

Fort Jennings           1/22 v. Ottoville

Lincolnview              1/23 v. Parkway

Delphos St. John     1/29 v. Marion Local

Paulding                       2/5 v. Jefferson

Crestview                     2/6 v. Wayne Trace

Wayne Trace                           2/12 v. Antwerp

There will also be a Vantage clock raffled off at the Open House and Taste of Vantage on Monday night, Feb. 22, 2016.  

So, get in on the fun, find out about the great things happening at Vantage while supporting your local school, and you might just walk away with a brand new clock that shows your school spirit!

CAPTION:
Caleb Crawford, a Van Wert senior in the Vantage Precision Machining program is pictured with the customized Panther school mascot clock he made. The clock will be raffled off at halftime of the Parkway/Lima Perry basketball game on Saturday January 9, 2016. You must be present to win. 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 5-6, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway 5 and 6th Grade Band Music Students Entertain at the Winter Christmas Program

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures.

See more pictures of this show by clicking here.

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Parkway 5th and
6th Graders
 
 
 
Parkway 4th Grade Music Students Entertain at the Winter Christmas Program

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures.
See more pictures of the 4th grade show by clicking here.

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4th Grade
Parkway Students
Entertain
 
 
 
 
 

Alert Deputy Makes Arrest

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 34 year old from Geneva, Indiana.  On January 3, 2016 at 5:48 AM, Lt. Bill Westgerdes observed a male at the Fort Recovery Car Wash located at 104 South Elm Street in Fort Recovery.  Due to the suspicious activity, the deputy circled around the block and the male and vehicle was observed leaving.  Lt. Westgerdes initiated a traffic stop on SR 49 near Oak Street.

The male was subsequently arrested and is currently being held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  A 2004 Chrysler Concorde was towed from the scene and Mercer County Detectives will apply for a search warrant.  A coin machine unrelated to Fort Recovery was observed in the back seat of the vehicle.

Arrested was 34 year old Brian Harper from 420 High Street in Geneva, Indiana.  Harper is currently being held on two Misdemeanors (Tampering with Coin Machines, Possession of Criminal Tools), and Safecracking a felony of the 4th degree. The case will be reviewed by the Prosecutor and additional charges are expected.

Sheriff Grey states “This is just good police work, a deputy on routine patrol being alert”.

Jeff Grey, Sheriff
Mercer County Sheriff’s Office
4835 SR 29
Celina
, OH  45822
(419)586-7724

 

 
 

New Year’s Baby Arrives at Van Wert County Hospital

VAN WERT -- Charlie Xavier Dunlap was welcomed into the world at 7:49 a.m. Jan. 3 to become Van Wert County Hospital’s 2016 New Year’s baby.

His parents, Larry and Charity Dunlap, were excited and humbled to have the first baby of the year as Charlie decided to come a month early.

“It was amazing just hearing him cry,” Charity said. “I had a C-section so I was just waiting to hear him and when I did, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see him.”

Charlie measured in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long.

The happy parents, Van Wert residents, also have a 14-month-old son, Bryan, so the experience was not all new, but it did come with its differences.

Bryan was born a full two months early through an emergency C-section on Nov. 17, 2014. Charity had gone in for an appointment at 9 a.m. and by noon was having surgery.

Bryan spent two months at a hospital in Indianapolis after being only 2 pounds, 14 ounces at birth. When he finally got to go home, he weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was still smaller than his little brother Charlie.

This time around Charity and Larry said everything happened so much slower and they actually were able to process what was happening.

When Charity made it past the 32-week mark with Charlie, the couple was relieved. Larry guessed Charity would have baby number two at 36 weeks, but as the due date of Jan. 30 came closer and she still felt good, he thought maybe she would make it full term.

Around 3 a.m. on Jan. 3, Charity’s water broke and they made it to Van Wert County Hospital about 45 minutes later. By 5 a.m., the couple knew they would be seeing Charlie that day.

 “It was easier because we had time to process it and I knew everything was going as planned,” Larry said. “Last time, I was trying to call people and saw my wife going by as they were taking her into emergency surgery, so by the time I made it in the room, she already had Bryan.”

With the birth of Charlie, Larry was able to be in the room and see him right away.

As the couple waited for the surgery to begin, they were told they had a chance of having the New Year’s baby.

“I had just looked on the hospital’s Facebook page and saw the basket the New Year’s baby was going to get and I thought it was so nice that the hospital did that and it was all so cute,” Charity said.

The couple was excited to be the recipients and thankful for the New Year’s baby basket.

Older brother Bryan still does not know what to think of the new baby Mom has been holding, but his parents are excited to get home to start their lives as a family of four.

 

Photo caption: Larry (left) and Charity Dunlap hold their son, Charlie Xavier, Van Wert County Hospital's 2016 New Year's baby. Dr. Alberto Delgado (right) delivered Charlie at 7:49 a.m. January 3, 2016. 

 

 

Emergency Medical  Board Plans Upcoming Meetings

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

2nd Floor Conference Room

Any Questions: Contact the Mercer County EMA @ 419-586-6468

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Preparing for Ice and Snow on the Roads

Winter is upon us and that means dropping temperatures, snow, and ice.  Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local authorities work endlessly to make sure that our roads are clear and safe through these rough winter conditions. 

ODOT spends around $50 Million a year to keep 1700 plows on the road laying 650,000 tons of salt from 200 ODOT offices around the state.  This, however, is a small investment for the safety of Ohio’s travelers and the necessity to keep Ohio moving.  A few years ago, the American Highway Users Alliance released a report showing that if Ohio’s roads were to shut down for just one day, Ohio workers would lose over $200 million in wages, and the state and federal governments would lose over $26 million in tax revenue. 

As Ohio’s economy continues to grow, the role that ODOT and local authorities play in keeping us on the move becomes even more important.  Having clear roads not only prevents accidents and keeps us going on our daily routines, but it allows Ohio’s economy to continue to grow through the winter months. 

While ODOT and local governments play a huge role in keeping our roads safe, there are some common sense practices that we can incorporate in our routines to stay safe on the roads.  First and foremost, leave early and take it slow.  Even with salt, roads can be icy and wet, leading to reduced traction and loss of control.  In winter conditions, it can take 3 to 10 times farther to stop, so allow for extra stopping distance behind other vehicles and at intersections.  Also, always slow down gradually when stopping or making a turn, and never slam on your brakes.

Finally, as plows are out on the road removing snow and spreading salt to keep us safe, make sure you give them extra room.  Plows often travel below the posted speed limit and drivers have limited visibility.  The plows are wide and can often cross the center line or shoulder, so try to refrain from passing.  If you must pass, use extra caution as the trucks can create snow clouds that limit your visibility. 

So as winter sets in, remember to take it slow, use extra caution, and stay safe on the roads! 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchydecember2015

 

 

Family and Church Donate Tablets to Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert County Hospital recently received a donation this week of two tablets for its pediatrics department. After Albany Roth, (front left) was hospitalized for a few days, the family decided to work with their church, Landfair United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio, to raise funds to buy the hospital two tablets for children who have to stay for long periods.  The family wanted to say “thank you” to nurses and medical staff for the care that Albany (age 5) received during her stay at the hospital. Pictured below is Director of Patient and Community Relations Ellen Rager (left), with Albany and her mom, Stacey (center), and other family members.   

 

 


MERCER COUNTY PERI MEETING - JAN. 12, 2016, HOPEWELL GRANGE       

PERI Members will hold their Tuesday, January 12, 2016 meeting at 10:00 A.M., at the Hopewell Grange, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina, Ohio.  The Swearing In Ceremony will be held as PERI Members welcome Rob Fisher, Coldwater, for Vice President, and Doris Rutschilling, St. Henry, for Treasurer.  For those PERI Members who pay their Membership Dues annually, the 2016 Dues are due.

Deb Sneddon, Mercer County Election Board, will be the Guest Speaker.  The year 2016 will be important for each U.S. Citizen, for the Presidential Election Year. 

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

 

Michelle Houts, Local Published Author Speaks at Leota Braun Foundation Annual Meeting in October
The members and donors of the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation in Rockford recently met for their Annual Meeting on October 18, 2015 at the Shanes Park Building, built with funds provided by the late Leota Braun. Following a delicious catered meal and a fun silent auction, local published author, Michelle Houts, was introduced as the entertainment for the afternoon.  Michelle is a local woman who grew up in a rural/suburban area but later married a local farmer and lives on their farm near Rockford. She puts her imagination to work into two children's books, both best-sellers entitled The Beef Princess of Practical County and The Practical County Drama Queen. Following their success, Michelle wrote and released two more titles -  Winterfrost and Kammie on First: Baseball's Dottie Kamenshek. Michelle talked about life on the farm and the local school house she is restoring for small gatherings. The school is located at the corner of Erastus Durbin Road and Frahm Pike west of Celina. Click here to visit her website and see the schoolhouse restoration pictures.
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The Celina Public Library opened on January 1, 1907, at 303 North Main Street.

A few dedicated citizens of Celina, as Members of the Shakspere Club, deserve credit for the original establishment of the Celina Public Library.  During 1897, these Members held cultural programs, known as the “Lecture Course.”  The History and Altruian Clubs provided services to raising funds for this Library .  The three organizations contacted Andrew Carnegie about funds for this Library.  In January 1904, Andrew Carnegie responded by donating $12,000.00 for the construction of a library.  Over the years, others donated funds to this Library, including the Lion’s Club who donated $5000.00 for books and Library improvement.

As of 1960, the Library became known as the Dwyer Mercer County District Library, and included school districts of Union, Center, Franklin, St. Henry, and Marion.  On October 21, 1960 Mendon’s Library became a Branch Library of the Mercer County District Library.  On July 4, 1976, a Branch Library was dedicated at St. Henry/Granville Township.  On January 20, 1982, a Branch Library opened at the Chickasaw/Marion Township Library.

The December 4, 2015 Daily Standard announced that the “Mercer County District Library Renovation was complete,” with the new Library Director Elizabeth Muether’s  announcement for the Library’s future, “I want the Library to be more inviting, more welcoming and less stodgy.”

Coldwater and Fort Recovery had their own Libraries.  Coldwater Public Library began in 1936, and was moved to its present location at 305 West Main Street in April 1962.  Fort Recovery Public Library began in 1928, and moved to a new building at the Fort Site of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society October 16, 1938.  As of June 30, 1968, their Library was dedicated at 113 North Wayne Street.

The oldest library in Mercer County was Celina’s which was dedicated on January 1, 1907.  The night before that dedication, the local clubs in Celina held their New Year’s Eve Parties, and sang, “Auld Lang Syne,” in respect for their past and future:  “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?  Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and Auld Lang Syne.”  After a few verses, they concluded, the song, “And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!  And give us a hand of yours!  And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will for Long, Long Ago.”  These Club Members recognized that due to a century of respect for public education by former citizens, the community was ready to dedicate their new Celina Public Library as a free service to public education.

The song, “Auld Lang Syne” was an old traditional song, for which the citizens of Scotland take credit.  As the song evolved,  Robert Burns may not deserve all of the credit for this song, but he set his poem to the music of the traditional song.  This song, which is only sung at the end of the year, is a part of our heritage, of respecting our past and looking to the future.

 

Libraries are a part of our Mercer County heritage, due to the foresight of our former residents of Mercer County.  Today, people are still volunteering their time as a public service for the betterment of our communities.  Stephen Ambrose said it best:  “The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope.  Love of the past implies a faith in the future.”  The Members of the Mercer County Historical Society are at your service in preserving your past and preparing a foundation for your future in Mercer County, Ohio.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 3-4, 2016

 

 
 
Jenilee Bransteter Promoted to Branch Manager at Berne Bank

Jenilee Bransteter, Vice president and Business Banker of First Bank of Berne as been promoted to Branch Manager.
She is an Ohio State Graduate with a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. she has been with Berne Bank since 2007.
Jenilee is the wife of Lance Bransteter.

 
 
 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society Running Membership Drive
Donations Listed

Join the Shanes Crossing Historical Society for 2016 and for $10 a membership, you can help preserve Shanes Crossing/Rockford History.

Items donated:

Joe Howell donated a neck tie box from the Kohn and Williams clothing store and a thermometer from Shrider’s Servicemaster.

Sheila Baltzell donated a scrapbook covering the restoration of the Shanes Log house. It has the historical studies, news items and pictures. She also donated a small hand press from the Rockford Press in memory of her late husband Larry Baltzell

Dick and Jan Figley donated a 1948 Rockford yearbook.

The old telephone used in the old train depot was donated by someone.

Mike Schumm found a thermometer from the City Garage of Rockford with the telephone #57 on it.

Rick and Jodi Fairchild of Celina donated an old trunk from an auction that contained many pictures and legal papers from the McCristy family of Rockford.

The Marcia Koepple estate donated many Hi-Life school newsletters published at Rockford during WWII with letters from local service men.

The Bicentennial committee is working on the plans for the Rockford 2020 Bicentennial. People are invited to join in the planning.

 
 
 

 
January 1-2, 2016
Happy New Year!

 

 
 
 
Rockford Village Council meets during months of November and December 2015 the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.
Learn about talks: to fix flooding on Columbia Street; change the U.S. Route 33 entrance to subdivision; leaf truck is unusable; and new police cruiser SUV on order.
 
 
 

 
December 28-31, 2015
Happy New Year!


 

 
 

Auctioneer Pre-Licensing Course Being Offered

If you would like to become an auctioneer, an Auctioneer Pre-Licensing Course is being offered January 25, 2016 through February 5, 2016 (Weekdays only – NO weekends). Running from 8 AM to 6 PM daily at the Mendon Library Annex, 101 S. Wayne St., Mendon, OH, the course costs $1,150.00. Participants will learn bid calling techniques and how to start up and run your own auctioneering business. Sign up deadline is January 7, 2016. Contact Mike Brandly of the Ohio Auction School, Columbus, OH for more info and to register. Call 614-836-2754 or go online at www.theohioauctionschool.com

 

 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees Pictures of the Over 100 Trees Displayed

Held in Mendon at the town hall on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th, the trees below are just a few of the over 100 enjoyed by visitors to the event.

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Canning Memories

Cookie Cutter Tree

Gingerbread Men

Mendon Library Book Tree

Pallet Tree

Piper Welding

Sewing Tree

Trees Ablaze

Vintage Silver Tree
Thank you to Mary Jo Hellwarth of
WH Dick and Sons-Hellwarth
Funeral Home of
Celina and Mendon for these
pretty pictures.
 
 
 
 

Parkway January 2016 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

 
December 26-27, 2015

 

 
 
 

WREN FIRE DEPARTMENT

Friday, December 18, 2015 - Wren Fire Department took ownership of a 2016 Freightliner Tanker/Pumper which was manufactured by Midwest Fire in Luverne, Minnesota. The vehicle was made possible by a FEMA grant. The vehicle was driven by Tom Acheson and Mike Marchek from the factory and it arrived in Wren Saturday night. The vehicle can transport and dump up to 3,000 gallons of water, using either a chute in the center rear of the tank or two 36 inch telescoping chutes located on the street side and curb side of the truck. The truck can be used as a pumper in extreme situations where extra fire suppression is needed. The Wren Fire Department and truck design committee comprised of Mike Marchek, Rick High, Tom Acheson, Andy O'Hagan, Chris High, and Craig "Gep" Meyer, will begin training on this tanker so it can be placed in service as soon as possible.

 

 
 

Event Supports Noah Hospice Fund

The family of Noah Martin held a fundraising event on Nov. 7 at Olympic Lanes to raise funds for the Noah Fund at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center. Kim Mason of Community Health Professionals accepted the proceeds from the event from Brandy and Kaitlyn Martin, Lisa Learned and Michelle Sidle of Olympic Lanes. The Noah Fund provides for comfort needs for family members that are not covered by Medicare or insurance while a loved one is being cared for at the hospice center. Needs provided by the fund in the past have included gas cards, meals, toys, food items, movies, television packages.

 
 

CHP Recognizes Volunteer Service

Forty two volunteers were honored at Community Health Professionals annual volunteer Christmas party on Dec. 3. The meal was prepared by Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center and volunteers enjoyed an evening of food, holiday games, door prizes, and gifts.

CHP Volunteers provide caregiver relief to our hospice patients and families. Others help with clerical duties, answer phones and provide helpful hands at our Adult Day Care Center and at fundraising events. There is also a sewing group and much more.

Volunteers continue to be a key to the success of the local nonprofit organization and are appreciated for investing their time to make a difference in the lives of many.

In attendance were: Fourth Row: Melissa Mengerink, Lloyd Marvin, Yvonne Bidlack, Ilo Marvin, Janice Stuart, Marie Tow, Ed Stuart, Dianne Thatcher, Helen Elzey, Betty Farr, Dick Hoverman, Kathy Steinecker, Sharon Gipe, Sherri Arn, Louise Watson, Connie Keirns, Jean Brown. Third Row: Susan Allen, Sue Price, Kathy Denny, Nancy Potter, Marcia Shaw, Susan Ringwald, Sandy Gordon, Sonja Knittle. Second Row: Judy Michaelson, Becky Elston, Del Free, Sharon Adkins, Jan Waters, Ruth Osting, Theresa Parkanzky, Deb Lewis, Lois Harrow. Front Row: Karen Madison, Cindy Gardner, Rosie Cox. New volunteers are always needed and welcome. For more information, call Robin Waters at 419-238-9223.

 

 
 

 
December 24-25, 2015
Merry Christmas!


 

 
 

Thursday, December 24th at 7:00 pm
Youth directed Christmas Eve Service

Later Service at 11:00 PM
on Thursday, December 24, 2015
Rockford United Methodist Church

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 

 
December 22-23, 2015

 

 
 
 

Local Tractor Supply Store in Van Wert Wins Award

(Van Wert, Ohio) – December 22, 2015 – The Van Wert Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the Paper Clover "District Champion and Class Champion" award for being the store with the highest transaction percentage in the district during the 4-H/Spring 2015 Paper Clover Promotion.  Store employees at the Van Wert TSC store had 32.8% of all transactions include a 4-H Paper Clover purchase and will be presented with a certificate and ribbon from 4-H to recognize this achievement.

The 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming in the communities where a TSC store is located. The campaign raised over $893,000 that supports 4-H on the local, state, and national level.  During the twelve day promotion, the Van Wert TSC raised $376.00 for 4-H in Van Wert County. 

The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other club activities. In Van Wert, the Paper Clover funds have gone to support 4-H camper scholarships for them to attend the residential camp during the summer.

 

 

 

Christmas Donation

Instead of the usual gift exchange for the Christmas Season the Mercer County Engineer, the Mercer County Commissioners and their respective staffs have chosen to donate the money normally spent on gifts to charity.  Mercer County House of Hope was randomly chosen.   

Mercer County House of Hope is a transition house specializing in helping women with a history of substance abuse. Their mission is to provide housing, food, clothing, spiritual & emotional support while assisting in finding employment for Mercer County Citizens that are struggling with a drug addiction, are now clean and show the desire to stay clean and become a productive member of the community.

A total of $315.00 was donated to them to use as needed.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone in Mercer County.

Shown in the photograph from left to right are:  Commissioner Jerry Laffin, Tonya Huber, Executive Director of the Mercer County House of Hope, Engineer Jim Wiechart, Commissioner Rick Muhlenkamp, and Commissioner Greg Homan.

 
 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for November  & December 2015

 
 

Local Family and Church Pays it Forward to Mercer Health’s Pediatric Patients


Stacy Roth and her daughters, Albany and Zoey, along with Kendra Kuhn, recently presented Mercer Health nursing staff with two tablets to be used by pediatric patients.  Roth indicated that her daughter, Albany, has frequented the hospital often with a long-term condition and she understands the importance of making the hospital experience as positive as possible.  “We want to pay it forward for other children,” indicates Roth.  The donation, made possible by Landfair United Methodist Church in Celina, will be used by pediatric patients staying at Mercer County Community Hospital. 

PICTURED: (L to R) Maureen Oltman, Kim Reinhard, Abby Griesdorn, Kendra Kuhn, Albany Roth, Zoey Roth, Stacy Roth, Denise Stammen, Mary Bruggeman, Lucy Kaup

 

 

 
December 21, 2015

 

 
 
Parkway 2nd Grade Concert Gets Audience in the Christmas Spirit

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Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures by Nikki Fox!

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December 18-20, 2015

 

 
 
 
Bunnies Found in Rockford - Appear to be Pets

Brandi Neth of Rockford found two bunnies on Columbia Street in Rockford on Tuesday this week. They believe they are called Lion head Rabbits and were very friendly. If you have lost your pets, please call Brandi at 419-581-5515.

 
 
 
 
 

Sub District Parli Pro Competition

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 
JV

On November 24, parkway FFA members set off to Delphos high school to participate in the sub district parliamentary procedure competition. At this competition teams of six perform a proper business meeting in front of panel of judges. Parkway had two teams in the contest. The Advanced included Tanner Matthews (president), Taylor Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, Maggie Houts, Alec Schoenleben, and Shay Pond. The sophomore team included Ashton Hamrick (president), Laura Barrett, Katie John, Chanel Walls, Tristen McKee, and Zack Albright. The advanced team placed 2nd in their division and the sophomore team placed 4th in theirs. Good luck to the advanced team as they move on to the district competition December 3rd.


Varsity

 

 

District Job Interview CDE

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

The job Interview district contest was held at Hardin Northern on November 19, 2015. All who participated received gold ratings. The girls scored very well in their divisions. Maggie Houts got 1st, Abby Stephenson got 1st, and Taylor Hesse got 4th.  Congratulations ladies and good luck Abby and Maggie as they move onto the state competition.

 

 

 
 

Marge Clouse Retirement Party - celebrating nearly 50 years at Van Wert County Hospital

Marge Clouse celebrated almost 50 years with the Van Wert County Hospital on Tuesday morning with family and friends.  Clouse started working for the hospital in 1966 as an aide and ward secretary, retired in 1986, and then joined the Lady Board of Managers in 1988. The Lady Board of Managers is a group of dedicated volunteers who assist the hospital by mending scrubs, sheets, privacy curtains and helping with other sewing-related projects.  On Tuesday, Clouse sewed with the Lady Board of Managers for the last time before enjoying refreshments at her retirement party.  “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Clouse said. “Never once in my 20 years of working 11 to 7 or in the sewing room, never once did I say, ‘I hate to go to work’.”

 

 


The Ohio Department of Health Reminds Parents About Toy Safety Keep your children safe this holiday season with a few simple tips

COLUMBUS – The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids and parents and to help ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), wants to remind parents to keep safety in mind when choosing toys for young children when out holiday shopping. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 250,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year. "Parents and others will purchase toys this holiday season for children," said ODH Director Rick Hodges. “By reading labels and being safety conscious, they can help prevent toy-related injuries and even death." The following tips will help parents and others choose appropriate toys for children this holiday season:  

Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child.

Be a toy label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations.

For infants and toddlers, avoid toys with small parts.

For children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight.

Check toy instructions for clarity.

Discard plastic wrapping on toys immediately the wrapping can cause suffocation.

Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children.

 

 

 

New Chamber Business - Medicine and More Home Medical Equipment  

Medicine and More Home Medical Equipment has joined the Celina Mercer County
Chamber of Commerce.  Their office is located at 808 E. Wayne Street in
Celina 
(west of Peoples Bank Company).   For your home medical needs, they can
provide scooters,
wheelchairs, crutches, canes, lift chairs, home oxygen therapy, CPAP/Bi-Pap
Therapy for
sleep apnea, nebulizers, bathroom safety and much more.  There is free
delivery and set up by trained personnel.  The staff at Medicine and More
can be reached at 567-890-8687.

 

 

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

Photo Caption:   The Christmas carol, “Silent Night,” has been a part of our history for almost two centuries.

This song “Silent Night,” is a part of our history, as we sing this song and as we hear others sing this song during the Christmas season.  Literature, accompanied by art and music, is a part of the heritage of most cultures.

The original words to this song, “Silent Night,” belong to the poem written by Joseph Mohr, an Austrian Priest, in 1816.  This story has been passed down through generations, that in Oberndorf, an Alpine Village, the St. Nicholas Church organ was not working for the Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 1818.  Joseph Mohr took his poem to his friend and musician, Franz Xavier Gruber, who set the words to music.  Even though Mohr’s original poem was written in German, as “Stille Nacht,” the words are now sung in a multitude of languages around the world. 

The first verse of this poem begins, “Silent night, Holy night,” and ends with “Sleep in heavenly peace.”  These words are a universal hope for peace on earth.  These words and this music belong to our history; this is our heritage.

May each of you readers and your family have a silent and holy night this Christmas Eve. 

 

 

 
 

 
December 16-17, 2015

 

 
 
 

Parkway D.A.R.E. Graduation Held
The 2015 Parkway D.A.R.E. graduation was held Thursday December 3rd at the school. The program was opened by Mr. Woods the Middle School Principal.  Special guests were Rockford Police Chief Paul May, NFL Player Jordan Thompson and Lori Knapschaefer from Mercer County Juvenile Court.  The Fifth Grade Choir sang “I’m a Champion”.  Emiree Knittle, Gabby Stober, Aaron Cron, Alison Rowan, Madison Gile, and Colin Fokine, were the fifth grade essay winners.  D.A.R.E. Officer Deputy Sue Miller announced the Honor students, Aaron Cron, Jackson Kraner, Trenton Garwood, Brooke Stephenson, Allison Heitkamp and Emiree Knittle  They were  presented medals for the extra effort they put into the program.  The special speaker was Detroit Lions Tightend Jordan Thompson.  He recalled his time as a Parkway fifth grader and his involvement in the D.A.R.E. program. Each student successfully completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was awarded a certificate and D.A.R.E. shirt provided by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters.  Fifth grade teachers assisting with the program were Mrs. Mulenkamp, Mrs. Staley and Mrs. Shellabarger. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

Collection at 4-Way Stop in Rockford to Benefit Local Food Pantries
Mr and Mrs Santa Claus and several elves will be at the 4 Way Stop in Rockford (at U.S. 33 and Main St.) to collect canned goods and monetary donations for C.A.L.L. Ministries Food Pantry and the Rockford Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The collection will take place from 3-5 PM on Saturday, December 19, 2015.  Giving is the Reason for the Season, and the group invites you to drop your items off for those in need.

 

Financial Aid Night

On Wednesday, January 6th, at 6:30 p.m. there will be an informational meeting on Financial Aid for college at Parkway High School Community Room. Seniors and juniors along with their parents are invited to attend. Seniors planning to attend any college or university should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15, 2016 to be eligible for any aid including student loans. Juniors will begin filing their FAFSA’s in October 2016. Mrs. Melanie Weaver, Financial Aid Director from Ohio Northern University, will explain how to finance a college education including completing the FAFSA.  Several relevant handouts will be distributed at this meeting. Juniors, seniors, and their parents are invited to attend.  

 

 

Ladies Auxiliary Eagles Donate to Parkway Students’ Trip to DC

On November 8th the Ladies Auxiliary Eagles 1292 held a designer purse bingo. The proceeds from this event are going towards the Parkway Middle School 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Eagles Auxiliary President Candy Courtney, center and Past Madame President Peggy Serviss, right,  presented a check to the Middle School Principal Mr. Woods on December 8th in the amount of $2,000. This check will help children that otherwise could not have had a chance to go on this trip. This is one of the many donations made by the Lady Auxiliary throughout the year to various organizations. 

 

 

 
December 14-15, 2015

 

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 
 
 

The Ohio City Pride’s Fourth Annual “Holiday Lights” Contest

The rules for entering the contest is easy, you must reside in Liberty Township (Ohio City). Your photo will be added to our album for our 3,300 fans to vote on. We suggest that after your photo is uploaded to our album that you share the photo and encourage friends and family to vote for you. Only votes in this album count. If you do not have a Facebook account or internet access your photo can be dropped off at the Village of Ohio City’s Utility Office, just include your name and address on the back of the photo. You can also email the photo to bighamcreativecommunications@gmail.com. There will be one winner that will take all the prize money. The contest will be over on December 31st at 11:59pm.

Here are our current sponsors. We will be adding more as they become available.

Sponsors:
BHS Gun Shop
Bigham Creative Communications
Ohio City Express
Park Board: Ohio City Community Building
Thee Ohio City Junction, LLC
Rent-A-Garage
Village of Ohio City

If you would like to be a sponsor or have any questions, please contact us at 419-953-9511

 
 
 

22nd Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert County Hospital’s TWIG III volunteers lit up the tree in front of the hospital’s main entrance for the 22nd year on Monday.  The Tree of Lights service was filled with reflection and music, offering a wonderful way to honor and remember loved ones this holiday season. The tree displays sparkling lights and special star ornaments that were purchased in memory of loved ones.  This year, 40 people gathered to hang the star ornaments to honor and remember family members and friends or in support of the hospital.  Jacob Wilder provided music as the lights were turned on and the ornaments were hung. Pastor William Haggis II gave the invocation.

 

The annual Tree of Lights ceremony is a TWIG III fundraiser and approximately $2,100 was raised from the event. At the end of the evening’s program, TWIG III President Lisa Dunn presented the donation to Mark Minick, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital.

Mark Minick, CEO and President hangs a star on the Tree of Lights.

 


 

Eric and Kaila Flory hang a star in memory of their son, Beau Flory.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

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

Photo Caption:   Santa’s Image was a part of an historic advertisement in 1885.

This historic 1885 advertisement of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. from Leroy, Ohio, with Ed. C. Snyder as the local Celina Agent, used the image of Santa Claus, not only to promote the good will of the season, but also to promote good will of his business to his customers.  This advertisement is a reflection of the history of Christmas and Santa Claus, as well as being a reflection of the history of the commercial side of the season.

Our annual calendar reflects the history of keeping time, and keeping an annual record of seasonal celebrations.  One hundred and thirty years ago, the 1885 Calendar had the same days and dates as the 2015 Calendar.  Christmas fell on Friday, December 25, 1885.  Yes, the December 25 celebration of Christmas will again fall on Friday, in 2015.

The historic message of good will at Christmas is just as clear today, as it was 130 years ago, in 1885, and just has it has been for the over two thousand years.  This season of celebrating the birth of Christ and Peace on Earth is among our most historic holidays of the year.

The Members of the Mercer County Historical Society join me in wishing each of you a Merry Christmas.  May each of you find peace and happiness and good health in the New Year of 2016.  May you value your Ohio Heritage of celebrating Christmas among family and friends.

 

 
 
 
 

 
December 11-13, 2015

 

 
 
 

Calvary Preschool Sings to Residents of Van Crest

Calvary Preschool students in Vicki Chavarria’s and Julie Stewart’s classes recently visited Van Crest Health Care Center.  The students sang several Christmas carols for the residents.  Vicki Chavarria read the Nativity Story from scripture.  At the conclusion of the singing the students greeted each resident with handshakes and hugs, wishing those in attendance, “Merry Christmas.”    For information about the preschool program for the remainder of this year or for enrollment information contact Marilyn Agler at 567-259-3130, via our Facebook page, or on the Calvary Evangelical Church webpage.

 

 

Santa House Hours in Celina and Appreciation of Support

The Santa house on the Mercer County Courthouse steps will be open through
December 22nd.  The hours that Santa will be in his house are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6PM-8PM and Saturdays 12N-2PM.  Every year almost 900 children and their parents visit the house of the jolly elf.  These children are from all over Mercer and Auglaize Counties. 

This Santa house is organized by the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of these 900 children, we would like to thank the following sponsors who donated this year for the expenses of the house.   They are CAPT, Celina America Legion, Celina Eagles Lodge, Celina Moose Lodge, Citizens National Bank, Deluxe Dry Cleaners, Jones Jeweler, Stammen Insurance, VFW of Celina, VFW of Celina Ladies Auxiliary, and Women of the Celina Moose Lodge.

We would also like to thank the Chamber Trustees and Ambassadors who assist Santa in the house during those hours.   Thanks to Dick and Jodie Swaney and sons for all their help with moving and putting up the decorations.  JD Construction moves the house to and from the Courthouse steps every year and we appreciate that very much.   We appreciate the city of Celina utilities department for their help with the electrical needs of the house.   Also, thank you to the Mercer County Commissioners for allowing the house to be placed on the
Courthouse steps.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to call the Chamber
office at 419 586 2219.

 

Rockford Police Department to Have an Office at Parkway High School
In an agreement between Parkway Local Schools and the Rockford Police Department, Police Chief Paul May will be using a conference room at the high school as an office during the day and at some weekend events. Beginning in January 2016, the police presence is meant to boost security and student safety. This will not cost the school anything except phone calls the chief might incur while at the school.
 
 
 

 
December 8-10, 2015

 

 
 

Richard Sherrick Inducted into Prestigious Hall of Fame
This past weekend at the University of Akron, former Parkway Schools band director Richard Sherrick was inducted into the Ohio Band Directors Conference Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Band Director’s Hall of Fame was established in 1974 as part of the Ohio Band Director’s Conference held annually at The University of Akron. The Hall of Fame inducts one retired Ohio High School or Middle School band director in recognition of outstanding work in the field of instrumental music education. To date there have been 38.

The Ohio Band Directors Conference photo gallery for the Hall of Fame is located in the Guzzetta Hall Atrium.

Each year, the Ohio Band Directors Conference welcomes outstanding middle school and high school concert bands and directors to campus for performances, workshops, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the final OBDC High School Honor Band concert.

Mr. Sherrick held the Parkway music teacher position from 1971 until his retirement in 2007.

Pictured left is nominator/presenter and the 2014 OBDC Hall of Fame recipient Jeff Shellhammer with Richard Sherrick.

 

 
December 7, 2015
Pearl Harbor Day

 

 
 
 

Christmas Lights in Shanes Park are Beautiful!
The Christmas lights and decorating have been completed at Shanes Park.  The light displays will come on every evening from 6 pm - 10 pm during the Christmas season.  Take some time to drive by and see the beautiful lights at Shanes Park - we hope you enjoy them!  There are some nice settings for family pictures, too!  If you see any of the following helpers, please extend a Thank you
to them for giving of their time, over 210 hours to get the decorating completed.

Georgette Knox, Karen Long, Lisa Kuhn, Marlene Roebuck, Karen Seibert, Jami Green, Amy Beougher, Barb & Mike Pedroza, Clete & Irene Schmidt, Rex & Terri Piper, Larry Stephenson, Denny Gibbons, Denise Marbaugh, Donna Felver and Joyce Emans.

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

 

Steer Show in Van Wert

The Junior Fair Board has set the date/time for the 2015 show steer, performance steer and dairy steer weigh-in. Please mark your calendars for Saturday January 2nd, from 8:00am-10:00am at the Junior Fair Beef Barn on the Fairgrounds. Animals not in line to be weighed at the end of the time may be disqualified from participation in the 2016 Van Wert County Jr. Fair. Exhibitors may allow someone else to weigh in their animals for them if they are unable to be present for the weigh in.

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

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

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING December 8, 2015 6:30 P.M.
COMMUNITY ROOM - Agenda

 
 
Henkle Insurance Train and Christmas Village Set-Up and Running
Henkle Insurance has their Christmas train set-up and running completely around a beautiful Christmas Village.
It is located in their front window on Main Street in Rockford. Stop by and take a look - it will put you in the Christmas spirit!
 
 

Get Your Dog Tags in Rockford
The Village of Rockford will be selling Mercer County Dog Tags at the Village Hall beginning December 7th through January 31st.   Checks should be made payable to Mercer County Treasurer.  Cost is $14.00 for tags and $70 for Kennel License.  

3 Year or Lifetime Dog Tags are sold at the Mercer County Auditor Room 207. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 4-6, 2015

 

 
 
Parkway Christmas Concert Schedule
Come and enjoy the sounds of the season.

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 PM High School Band and Choir
Monday, Dec 7 at 6:30 PM Junior High School Band and Choir
Thursday, Dec 10 at 6:00 PM 1st Grade concert followed at 6:45 with the 3rd Grade concert
Monday, Dec 14 at 6:00 PM 5th and 6th grade concert
Tuesday, Dec 15 at 6:00 PM 2nd grade concert followed at 6:45 with the 4th Grade concert

 

 

 

Aggravated Robbery in Mercer County
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a Robbery that occurred on December 1st, 2015 at around 2:00 PM.   The victim and suspect are acquainted with each other.  The suspect approached the victim at his residence, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.   The Sheriff’s Office applied for and  received a search and arrest warrant for the suspect and his residence.  Detectives found the suspect at a bar in Franklin Township and he was taken into custody without incident.   Detectives and Deputies then searched the suspects house and found the gun described by the victim.   The gun was found to be a  pellet gun, however was made to look like a .357 revolver.  The suspect is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.   Arrested was 62 year old Silas Floyd King Jr of 6620 Bruce Road Lot 23 Celina, Ohio.   King is currently being held on charges of Aggravated Robbery (felony of the 1st degree) and Theft (Felony of the 5th degree).   The theft charge was enhanced due to the victim’s age.   King is being held on a $500,000.00 Bond.

 
 

 
December 2-3, 2015

 

 
 

Local Wood Craftsman Creates Unique Pens
by Sheila Baltzell 12-2-2015
Robert Ransbottom, of Rockford, has always loved woodworking and has recently taken his talent for refinishing, custom frame building and cabinetry to a much “smaller” size and is creating one-of-a-kind unique refillable ball point pens from wood. Refills are available through Bob or at Office Depot.

The pens range in price from $20-$35, and he offers olive wood from the Holy Land, Cocobolla wood from Africa, cedar from Michigan, local walnut and oak as well as wood which he stains like hickory.

The designs are fun and include a rifle, with bolt action, a patriotic flag, teacher pens with red on one end and black on the other for grading papers, and a pen with a car shifter. He also has regular pens and mechanical pencils, 7 mm.

Pens are created with precut wood or wood he cuts on a table saw for small chunks ¾ “  x ¾” x 2-1/2” – grip size. The corners are removed and shaped into a round wood shaft on a band saw. A lathe creates the unique design by hand shaping with a wood gouge tool.  Hand sanding finishes the wood shafts for placement on a Pen Pal drill used to open a shaft down the middle of the wood. This takes some extra skill to get the pen right.  Superglue added in 5 coats gives the wood shafts their shine. After the drying, Bob uses the Penn State Industries “pen kits” and a pen press to superglue to pieces together. The metal finishes available are gun metal, brass, copper, and antique gold.

 

 

Monograms engraved for personalization are available; special gift bags can be purchased for storage; and cards explaining the authenticity of some of the imported woods are available. Bob sells his rifle pens locally at Terry’s Trim in Rockford, as well as a variety of craft shows, and from his home.

Bob works part-time at Ace hardware in Van Wert and locally learned of the pen crafting from Ray Volk, who makes them as a hobby.

Bob also does custom picture framing with non-glare glass, and creates signage from old barn wood.  Give Bob a call at 419-363-3269 or email him at mkranny@bright.net

Contact him before Christmas as they make great gifts. 

Click on the smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 

Gun pens

Teacher pens


Other styles
 
   
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (following a 2 hour delay) due to dense fog.
Teachers at Parkway will be handing-out Blizzard Bag Assignments
to make-up for this day's absence from school.
Students will receive the make-up work upon their return to school.

Thursday, Dec 3 Lunch as scheduled
Friday, Dec 5 Lunch will be the Dec 2 Lunch

 

 
 
 
 

New Building Going Up in Shanes Park

The Village of Rockford has raised money for and begun construction on a new park building in Shanes Park.  The 50 x 30 building, complete with porches sits next to the old United Brethren Church Summer Campground Meeting Hall used now for parties. Donors have been The Rockford Eagles, Rockford American Legion, Shanes Crossing Historical Society, and private individuals.  The old building will be torn down in the Spring. Plans to add a kitchen and restrooms will have to wait for more donations.

 
 
 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees & Christmas Walk

Friday, December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM for most events.

 

The historic Town Hall in the Village of Mendon will be decorated for the Holidays and feature over 80 Christmas trees-trimmed in a variety of themes. 

Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. 

Throughout the Village there will be activities suitable for all the family, Animals of the Nativity will be housed in the old Fire House, Mendon United Methodist Church and the Mendon Church of God will have activities and displays.   A shopping extravaganza will be open with a variety of vendors in the Mendon Farm Store.

Santa will be in town on Saturday, arriving by Fire Truck.  He will be available to visit with children from 1:30 -4:30.  Most events are free or a $1.00 donation.

Check out our Facebook Page,  Mendon Festival of Trees for exact times of specific events.

 

Go UkeCrazy With The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 


(Van Wert, OH) - Vancrest Health Care Centers is pleased to present a world-renowned group of ukulele enthusiasts, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as the third concert in the 2015-2016 Community Concert Series at the Niswonger. The Wellington Ukulele Orchestra’s modern and eccentric style is sure to make a splash at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio on Thursday Mar. 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Unconventional and arrestingly culture filled, this event will inspire kids and youth with current culture relevant music played in a new and unexpected way.

Renowned for their winning combination of charming humor, disarmingly small ukuleles, and sublime musicality, The WIUO is one of the world’s great modern stage acts. Hailing from New Zealand, the ten-member ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever they go.

Armed with nearly a dozen Ukuleles and a single, double bass, The WIUO presents a catalogue of popular music selections in a way few have heard them before, including songs made famous by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Kenny Rogers, Kings of Leon and much more. The combination of high octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies, and outrageous costumes spells the perfect recipe for an unmissable fun-fest with The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Supporting sponsors for this event include Slusher’s Jewelry, Van Wert County Hospital, Taylor Auto Sales of Van Wert, Tisha Fast – State Farm Agent, and Central Insurance Companies.

Tickets are available beginning Thursday, Dec. 3 at noon, at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office Mon – Fri, Noon – 4 PM. Tickets range from $20 - $30. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH.

 


Used Toy Bazaar to Benefit Missions
The Annual IC Christmas Used Toy Bazaar will be Monday, December 7
from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

This event is to help families be able to offer a nicer Christmas to their kids or grandchildren. Proceeds will benefit the IC Mission Project to purchase schools supplies for the children in El Chan, Guatemala.

The school will be accepting donations of gently used toys, books, games and puzzles up until Noon on the 7th. Please drop off during the hours of 8:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. or other arrangements can be made by  calling (419) 586-2379. Left over items will be donated to the Choosing Life Pregnancy Center and Mercer County Books for Tots.

 

Snow –do not plow onto roadways

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

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

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

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

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

 

Join the Bi-Cenntennial Committee at the Next Meeting

Here’s a friendly reminder that the next Bi Cenntennial Committee meeting will be held on December 7th at 7 pm - Village Hall and Museum.

The public encouraged to attend and get involved.

 

 

Free Gift Wrapping in Celina on Friday Evening, December 4, 2015

On Friday, December 4, 2015, teachers in the Celina City Schools are proudly offering free gift wrapping at Brew Nation, 110 S. Main Street,  in Celina. Steve Stewart, spokesperson for the Celina Education Association (CEA) stated that “The free gift wrapping will take place from 9-11 PM, and the gift must be accompanied by a receipt from a local, downtown business. Wrapping will take place while wrapping supplies last ”.

CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 

Mailbox Repair

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

Mailboxes and posts damaged by snow and ice thrown from plow blades will not be repaired by the Engineer’s office.  Boxes and posts damaged by contact from a plow blade or truck will be replaced by the Engineer’s office, using light-weight standard steel mailboxes and 4-by-4-inch wooden posts.

 

1,600 Shoeboxes Packed
Van Wert - Youth for Christ (YFC) would like to say thank you to all that generously gave of their time and means to help impact millions of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack over 1,600 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in over 100 countries.

The following local churches participated: Calvary Evangelical, Countryside Chapel United Methodist, First Baptist Church, First Church of God, First Presbyterian, First United Brethren in Christ, First United Methodist, LifeHouse, Middle Point United Methodist, Ohio City Community Church of God, Olive Branch, Pleasant View Baptist, St. Mark’s Lutheran, Sugar Ridge, Trinity Friends, Trinity United Methodist, and Zion Christian Union; along with several private individuals that dropped off their boxes.

We also want to thank Store &Haul, Inc. for the use of their facility as the Collection Center.

The shoeboxes are collected for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or contact the local OCC Relay Center coordinator, Denis Ellinger, at (419) 238-1370, denis@wcohyfc.com.

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer; passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

 

 

Mercer Health issues Visitor Restrictions in Childbirth Center due to Pertussis

Mercer County is experiencing an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough).  At Mercer Health, we are seeing an increased number of pertussis patients, primarily children, in our outpatient areas. To protect our newborns, we are limiting visitors in the Childbirth Center.  At this time, all visitors under the age of 14, except siblings, are restricted from visiting in the Childbirth Center at Mercer Health. 

Nicole Pleiman, RN, BSN, CIC, Infection Prevention Specialist at Mercer Health, states, “We are implementing these restrictions to protect our newborns.  Newborns are more vulnerable to certain types of illness such as pertussis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends babies receive their first vaccination to help protect against pertussis at 2 months of age.  Mercer Health’s visiting restrictions will remain in place to protect our newborns until the number of pertussis cases in Mercer County decrease.”

According to the Mercer County Celina City Health Department, Pertussis can occur at any age.  Pertussis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection.  Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough.  Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop, vomiting during or after the coughing fits and exhaustion.  These episodes may recur for one to two months, and are more frequent at night.  For more information on pertussis: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/pertussis.aspx or http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html

 

 

 

 
December 1, 2015

 

 
 
 

Twenty-First Century Club Members Meet in November

The members of Rockford’s Twenty-First Century Club met for the third meeting of the year at the home of Susan Coburn on November 17, 2015. Kim Carr and Karla Butler (shown) conducted a very entertaining program on the city of Wapakoneta in Auglaize County. It was complete with maps and brochures they had gathered on a fact-gathering trip. They also had photos on an i-pad to share with the group and books to peruse. Kim and Karla told about the early years of the area where Shawnee Indians settled and lived along the Auglaize River in 1780 with their Chief Black Hoof. The area was called Waughpaughkonnetta, meaning white garment. Quakers came and settled in the area to help the Indians and they set up a grist mill. In 1832, the Shawnee were sent by the federal government to Kansas, opening up the Auglaize reservation lands to white settlers. The settlement soon became the county seat for the newly redistributed lands called Auglaize County.  They told about early industries including: butter churns; cast iron cookware; furniture; and buggies.  Travel and trading up and down the river made it a prosperous town. Then the Civil War Era came as did the railroad, and the women reported that the town is still considered a major American crossroad at the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 33. Besides the very popular tourist attraction, The Neil Armstrong Museum, the town is known for beautiful architecture including the county courthouse, the old Presbyterian church, now the museum, homes, and a thriving antiques center.  A privately owned attraction is another item on the must-see list for Wapakoneta – The Temple of Tolerance. They passed pictures of the site located in the back yard and adjoining properties of Jim Bowsher. An eclectic collection of old items of interest, including many unusual rocks and rock formations, there is said to be an aura of energy in Bowsher’s creations. Travelers come from far to see this wonder and some to meditate.   Susan and Jane Miller served a delicious berry dessert. The December meeting, a group trip, will be to the Niswonger Center in Van Wert for the Mercy Me Christian Concert. Members are reminded to bring canned goods and plastic bags for the Food Bank in Rockford at the next regular meeting in the home of Cindy Canary on January 26, 2016.

 

 
November 26-30, 2015

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway December 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

December Fun at the Rockford Carnegie Library
Rockford Carnegie Library announces programs for the month of December.

There will be a craft program for adults and teens on Thursday, December 3rd.  We will be making "Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars".  We will start at 6:30 and supplies will be furnished.  Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of crafting and snacking.

The next family program at the library will be Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30.  A "Snowman's Christmas" will be featured in stories, games, craft and snacks.  Bring the family for an evening of fun.

 

 
 

Mercer County Engineer employees participated in the County Engineer’s Association of Ohio Annual Snow Plow Rodeo on Nov. 24th, held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

 

            Every year Mercer County Engineer snow and ice control crews participate with their counterparts from Allen and Auglaize counties in competitions testing their skills against others in their profession.

 

            The activity allows the crews to network with others in the region about snow and ice control, safety and other county engineer work efforts.

 

            The three counties (Allen, Auglaize and Mercer) involved take turns hosting the event.

 

            This year, the Allen County Team B came in first place, with Allen County Team A coming in second.  In the individual snow plow competition, Mercer County’s Tony Knapke and TJ Smalley placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

 

            Equipment rodeo results are as follows:  1st Place Backhoe Basketball: Tony Knapke (Mercer County), 1st Place Backhoe Bowling: Dusty Messner (Mercer County), and 1st Place Skid Loader: Mike Steinlage (Mercer County).

 

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

 

            We want to thank Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Gray and Detective Doug Timmerman for their presentation about drugs and drug abuse.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

            ·Keep track of the road conditions and advisories issued by the Mercer County Sheriff.

 

 

 
 

Rockford Sergeant Arrests a Fleeing Driver
On November 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Sergeant Bryan Stetler with the Rockford Police attempted to stop a dark green Honda westbound on US 33 for speeding.  The vehicle being driven by Kean Butler of Mendon Ohio, failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren for 7 miles.  The vehicle then pulled into a residence in Van Wert County and drove behind a barn, in an attempt to hide. The driver was taken into custody without incident and is being held in Mercer County Jail on felony charges .

 

 
 

Vocalist Jerry Garcia Featured in Concert at Three Northwest Ohio Locations

Award Winning Southern Gospel Recording Artist Jerry Garcia will be appearing in Northwest Ohio during the month of December at three locations!  The public is invited to celebrate Christmas with the Gospel Music Sensation. Each performance will be unforgettable for all. Jerry Garcia sings songs that raise people’s spirits, bring smiles to faces, and make great memories!  A free-will offering will be accepted at each concert.

Concerts are set for Saturday, December 12 at 6 PM at House of Love Ministries, of 220 N. Williams Street, Paulding; then on Sunday, December 13 at 10 AM, Beaver Chapel Congregational Christian Church will host Jerry at 6505 Karch Road, Celina; and at 6 PM he is hosted by First Church of God, of 500 Defiance Road, St. Marys. 

Each performance will be filled with comedy, amazing music, and pure inspiration!  A For 30 years, Jerry Garcia has been delivering the Gospel message in song across America and abroad through his spiritually uplifting musical ministry. Respected by his peers and industry leaders alike, Jerry Garcia is recognized as one of the premiere soloist’s in gospel music.  

Mark your calendars for December 12 and 13 and experience the excitement with Jerry this holiday season when he shares the gospel through music! 

 

Genealogical Society Plans Meeting

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 pm at the Richardson Bretz Building  behind the Celina Branch of the Mercer County Library.  This will be the group’s annual Christmas party.  Anyone wanting to participate in a cookie exchange should bring 10 dozen of their favorite cookies. The program will be a discussion of the most unexpected place you found genealogy material, information or clues. There will also be the installation of the Chapter’s 2016 officers. This will be a fun and  informal time for members and guests.  The public is always welcome.

 

VANTAGE CARPENTRY STUDENTS
BUILD ON EXPERIENCE

– Christmas Buffet Planned as Well

 

            Much goes on in the Carpentry lab at the end of the long hallway in the Trade and Industrial wing at Vantage.  Students learn how to use the “tools of the trade” – a dovetail machine, router, biscuit joiner, pocket hole cutter, and wide belt sander – just to name a few.  Many times, they are working on custom project for local businesses, like the Van Wert Senior Center, VFW Museum, and Habitat for Humanity.

            One recent project for Universal Lettering had the Carpentry students building customized sewing carts and tables.  General Manager, Cory Hoops was very pleased with the project.  “I can’t say enough about the carpentry program at Vantage. Each year that we have asked the students to build work aids for our growing operation, they have exceeded far beyond our expectations in a number of ways.  The workmanship is top notch as well the professionalism of the young men and women in the program.  I always look forward to the next opportunity to work with Mr. Robinson’s students on future carpentry projects that will help Universal Lettering continue to expand and grow.” Instructor Jerry Robinson is eager for his students to learn a variety of skills in the two year program.

            At the extreme opposite end of the building, Culinary Arts students are preparing for one of their biggest events at the Cup & Saucer Restaurant - the annual Christmas Lunch Buffet.  It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 + tax.  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  Reservations go quickly, so be sure to call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425 to reserve your spot now. 

 

 

 
November 24-25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 
 
 

88th National FFA Convention
by Laura Barrett

On October 26 2015, Parkway students loaded the bus along with Coldwater and St. Henry for the 88th National FFA convention. Held in Louisville KY, this was the biggest year yet, breaking the record with a total of 53,358 attended. This forces a location change as the convention next year will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The group stopped for some pretty cool tours along the way. Their first was the Corvette factory and museum. Also that day the group toured the Auburn Leather Factory, and Mammoth Caves. Day two consisted of seeing, a cattle and tobacco farm, Omni meats (a processing plant), and the opening convention session with guest speaker Rick Rigsby.  The third day was spent at the career show and shopping mall in the Kentucky Expo Center; touring Buffalo Trace Distillery, and having a blast at the Buckeye Bash. Also in the spirit of Halloween, went to a haunted house. Then the fourth day students explored the Kentucky Expo Center again, toured Foxhollow farms, an organic farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, and went to a convention session where guest speaker Brad Montaque (creator of kid president) received a standing ovation for his inspiring speech. Finally, on the last day the group watched the American degree ceremony, and took the long journey home.

Students that went said it was a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience. Also, a special thank you to Farm Credit for sponsoring the group jackets, they looked awesome!

 

 
 

WRKD to Celebrate 1st Anniversary

It’s a 1st Anniversary Open House!  Come celebrate!   Rockford’s Best Mix – 101.3 WRKD  will be hosting an open house on Sunday – December 13th from 2 – 5  pm.  We are located at the Rockford Village Office and Museum at 151 E Columbia St, Rockford.   Refreshments will be served!   Meet the team and tour the studio!

Pictures taken and shared by Todd Henkle when the new WKRD tower went up last year. Click on pictures to enlarge them.

 
 

New Record Set for Shoebox Collection in Northwest Ohio

TV-44 and Samaritan’s Purse are pleased to announce 18,210 boxes were collected from the northwest Ohio region during the 2015 Operation Christmas Child national collection week.

Individuals, churches, and organizations from the region converged on TV-44 from November 16-23 to bring their filled and sealed shoeboxes. Items inside the boxes ranged from toys to school supplies, personal hygiene items, and more. Each box was designated for a boy or girl of specific age range.

The 18.210 boxes departed Lima on November 24 in 4 semi truck pup trailers, transported to North Carolina for the next step of processing.

Throughout the coming months, the shoeboxes will be dispersed to countries around the world, given to children in need. The program is organized by Samaritan’s Purse as a way to impact the lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection is an annual program, taking place every year, the third week of November.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.


For questions about the TV-44 drop off site, call 419-339-4444.

The local collection director is Deb Smith.

 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Deer Season in Ohio

For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception.

Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 26th and will run through February 7th, while deer gun season will begin on November 30th and end on December 6th, with a bonus season December 28th and 29th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 9th through January 12th, and youth deer gun season will be November 21st and 22nd.

Once again, bag limits have been changed from last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use.

ODNR is tasked with managing the deer population in the state and considers multiple factors before establishing bag limits. We are currently seeing the benefits of a major push a few years ago to thin the deer population in the state—a practice that results in healthier deer. Ultimately, these state policies are focused on improving the hunting experience in Ohio. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.

 

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

Photo Caption:  The Village of Sebastian is located in Mercer County, in Marion Township, at the intersection of Sebastian Road and St. Rt. 716-A.  This 1900 map of Sebastian identified the Store owned by J.H. Beckman, where the Sebastian U.S. Post Office was located from 1882 to 1904.

As noted on the 1900 Map of Sebastian, located on the east side of the Saint Sebastian Church, J. H. Beckman had a General Store, in which a U.S. Post Office was located, for twenty-two years. 

Prior to the existence of Sebastian Post Office, Sebastian Citizens and their rural neighbors had been receiving their mail on Route No. 21639, from New Bremen, Auglaize County.  The 1881 arrival of the Narrow Gauge T.D. & B. Railroad in Mercer County resulted in the improvement of transportation and the economy of Mercer County.  As Mercer County communities acquired their own U.S. Post  Offices, the citizens in Sebastian looked to the possibility of a Post Office within their community.

After the New Year in 1882, J.H. Beckmann, under the New Bremen Post Master Wm. Schulenberg, sent an Application for a new Post Office, with the name of “Saint Sebastian,” to the Post Office Department at the Office of the First Assistant Post Master General Frank Hatton.  As of February 25, 1882, Hatton wrote J. H. Beckmann, in care of the Postmaster of New Bremen, explaining that another name, than “Saint Sebastian,” for the Post Office must be selected.  Mr. Hatton assigned the name of “Sebastian Post Office,” to the new Post Office.  In 1882 J.H. Beckmann signed his last name as Beckmann, and by 1900 had signed his name as Beckman.

The 1882 Application for the Post Office at Sebastian provided a lesser known history of the area.  The Application noted the nearby Villages of Chickasaw, and Carthagena, and stated that the nearest railroad was the “Toledo, Delphos & Burlington Railroad” i.e. T.D. & B. R.R. at Chickasaw, at a distance of a mile and a half.  Today, that railroad is remembered locally as the “Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton,” i.e. C.H. & D., because that was a later name for that railroad. 

The statement that caught my eye was that the 1882 Application stated that the nearest “Flag Station” was located at St. Johns, a distance of three and a half miles.  A “Flag Station,” was a railroad station at which trains stopped only when signaled to do so.  The 1900 Plat Map of St. John identified a site of a Railroad Depot, along the R.R. tracks; therefore, there was a depot at which the trains could stop in 1900.  I do not know the date of the original construction of the Railroad Depot at St. Johns.

The 1882 Application noted a Village population of eighty, and a total number of residents, including the rural citizens being served, would be one hundred and twenty-five.  J. Henry Beckmann was the Proposed Post Master.  (Remember that the Post Office was located in Beckmann’s General Store.)  The Proposed Date to open the Post Office was to take effect on July 1, 1882.

Historians John Gallagher and A. Patera, in their 1979 book, “The Post Offices of Ohio,” stated that the U.S. Post Office was established at Sebastian August 29, 1882 and that Post Office was discontinued June 2, 1904, and became effective June 15, 1904.  The date 1904 was the time period when the RFD (Rural Free Delivery) resulted in smaller rural post offices being closed and mail being sent to larger villages.

The Village of Sebastian was neither platted nor incorporated; therefore the Village does not have an exact date of being established.  Thus, changes within the Village of Sebastian began with the arrival of the T.D. & B. Railroad in Mercer County in 1881, accompanied by a new U.S. Post Office within the Village in 1882.  A return to a quieter life in Sebastian followed the 1904 closing of the Sebastian U.S. Post Office.  That event was followed by the loss of nearby transportation via the railroad, when the C.H. & D. Railroad discontinued operating through Marion Township, in Mercer County, Ohio in 1923.  

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

 

 

 

 
November 23, 2015

 

 
 

All Team Pictures provided by Nikki Fox
All Team Schedules provided by Lisa Miller
Thank you!




Click Here for the Parkway Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Pictures and Printable Schedules and Rosters

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Basketball Varsity and JV Pictures and Team Schedules and Rosters

 
 

Parkway Boys & Girls Bowling Team Pictures and Schedules

 
 

Parkway Boys Wrestling Team Pictures and Schedules

 
 

Parkway Junior High Team Pictures and Schedules for Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Cheerleaders

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rockford Christmas in the Park – November 29, 2015 
Help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by attending our
FREE event - Christmas at the Park - on Sunday, November 29th at 7 pm -
Shanes Park in Rockford.  We will light up the park with Christmas lights
and decorations and enjoy Christmas music from local talented artists.  
Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided !
  
Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce

 
 
 

Van Wert County Hospital

Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Financial Strength

 

 

Van Wert, OH, November 2015 – Van Wert County Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

 

“Van Wert County Hospital is committed to the population of this community and their health,”

Mark Minick, Van Wert County Hospital’s president and CEO, said. “Our number one priority is the patient. We want our patients to receive the best care when they come to us and we are proud to be recognized as one of the top hospitals providing quality health care in similar rural communities. It encourages us as we continue to strive to be better each day.”

 

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and

9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

 

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

 

About NOSORH

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

 

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading business analytic and advisory services company a unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more information please visit  http://www.ivantagehealth.com.

 

 
November 20-22, 2015

 

 
 
 
Parkway Middle School Students Present Willy Wonka on November 14 & 15, 2015

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of the talented actors and actresses at Parkway.

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The RADC will meet again Monday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rockford Library basement. We will also discuss candy cane distribution.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Delgado joins Van Wert Medical Services, Community

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to announce Alberto Delgado, M.D., has joined the team as an obstetrics and gynecology physician.

Delgado had been working at Van Wert Medical Services since June as a locum physician, but became an employed physician on Oct. 5.

“The patients, my coworkers and the community members I have worked with during my time here have been more than welcoming and a pleasure to work with and care for ,” Delgado said. “I look forward to meeting more people in the community as I settle down with my family to make Van Wert my home.”

Dr. Delgado attended Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he received his doctorate of medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University’s Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, from 2003 to 2007.

Since then,Dr. Delgado has worked in obstetrics and gynecology at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, Georgia, and Mercy Regional Hospital in Lorain, Ohio.

“I have worked in a variety of environments throughout my schooling and career,” Delgado said. “My experience will help me better serve my patients here in Van Wert and I hope my knowledge and experience will help to continue the mission of Van Wert Medical Services.”

By joining the obstetrics and gynecology team at Van Wert Medical Services, Dr. Delgado has committed to the department’s goal of staying up to date with the latest developments in women’s healthcare to provide quality patient  care in the community.

“Dr. Delgado has already proven he is a great asset to Van Wert Medical Services in the short time he has been here,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “He truly cares about his patients and their well-being. We are happy to have him as a member of our team and community.”

Delgado is accepting new patients.  Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call his office at 419-238-3047.

 

State Representative Buchy Applauds Representative Derickson on Passage of Resolution Urging Obama to Halt Acceptance of Syrian Refugees

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauds State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) for his leadership in sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 31. Derickson carried the concurrent resolution and led the efforts for swift passage at a time when America needs common sense leadership the most.

The concurrent resolution, which passed the Ohio House on Tuesday, November 19th, urges President Obama to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. and Ohio.  The legislation was in response to President Obama declaring the U.S. will continue to allow Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

“Americans are concerned about the efforts of terrorist to infiltrate innocent refugee groups,” Buchy said. “Without 100% certainty in our screening process it is unsafe for the U.S. to accept refugees from Syria, which we have reason to believe may be a Trojan horse for terrorists to enter our homeland.”

“In today’s politically correct world, we often struggle to find leaders willing to stand up and lead the legislature to do the right thing,” Buchy said. “The recent example of Tim Derickson’s efforts to unite the Ohio legislature behind this needed resolution justly deserves recognition.” 

Earlier this week, Derickson released the following statement following the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 31:

“I was pleased to see my colleagues in the House stand beside me to pass a measure that I think is very important for our national security interests. The tragic events in Paris over the weekend served as yet another grim reminder of the potential for dangers and vicious acts to be carried out on innocent people. For the safety of our families, neighbors and friends, I believe it is imperative that public leaders come together and take the necessary steps to prevent acts of terror from occurring here at home. Several states are taking similar stands, and Ohio can be among the leaders when it comes to promoting peace and safety for all Americans. That is what today’s passage of HCR 31 was all about.”

House Concurrent Resolution 31 was passed Tuesday with a vote of 65-29.

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church ~ Invites Everyone
Together at Christmas

At this time of the year when many families are gathered to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the people of the Rockford United Methodist Church are looking ahead to Christmas and extending an invitation to all to join us for a FREE Christmas Day dinner.

The Christmas Day dinner started in December 2005 with the original intention of serving hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. A decade later, people from the church continue to volunteer and work as a team preparing and serving a turkey dinner and offering a venue to gather and spend Christmas day together as a community with family and friends. Gifts will be given to children attending.

Yearly attendance continues to grow, still offering a free meal to anyone who walks in the door. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potato casserole are served with a dinner roll and a smile. The dessert tables are loaded with lots of homemade goodies. People from the church congregation serve meals, wash dishes and greet dinner guests. The biggest blessing comes from seeing and serving hungry families, empty-nesters and extended families enjoying the holiday together.

On December 25, Friday this year, we’re inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shanes Park in Rockford for Christmas Dinner, 10:30 am to 1pm. If you are alone on the holiday, if you are hungry or alone on the holiday or even if you have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll be Together at Christmas.

 

State Rep. Buchy Applauds Passage of Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today voted in favor of House Bill 294, which defunds Planned Parenthood.  Representative Buchy also co-sponsored the legislation which goes further than any previous legislation to remove funding from the country’s largest abortion provider.

“I am for any bill that reduces or stops the killing of innocent babies,” Buchy said. “We must continue to reduce funding sources for Planned Parenthood because government has no business participating in funding organizations that profit from the practice of abortion.”

The bill prohibits the use of public health funds to perform, promote, or contract with any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions.  If passed, funds may be redirected to organizations that provide services without promoting or performing nontherapeutic abortions.
HB 294 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 

 

Pit Bull Attacks Child and Mother in St. Henry

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a dog mauling incident.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on November 16th at 3:45 PM from the resident at 4009 Lange Road, St. Henry advising her dog was attacking her two year old daughter.   St. Henry Police Department was requested to respond because deputies were not in the immediate area of the call.  The dog identified as a Pitbull breed was put down by the responding St. Henry Officer after the dog went after and charged the officer. The mother and 2 her year old daughter were transported to Coldwater ER with severe injuries inflicted by the dog by the St. Henry Rescue Squad.  The incident remains under investigation, no other information is being released at this time.  

 

 

 
November 18-19, 2015

 

 
 
 
Teachers in Celina City Schools Collect One Can for Every Hour and Donate to C.A.L.L. Food Bank

Teachers in the Celina City Schools have collected and donated  1010 canned goods to the C.A.L.L. Food Bank in Celina. Steve Stewart, spokesperson for the Celina Education Association (CEA) stated that “each can of food represents one hour some Celina City School teacher has worked beyond their contractual time – the time each day they are expected to work.  The collection time was limited to one week in early November. We wanted a visual representation of how many hours Celina teachers go above and beyond what they are paid to do to assist the students in our community. Teachers put in a lot of hours that most people in the community don’t see.  It is a way for us to present this information as well as our way to assist those in need during the upcoming holiday season.  We are proud of how much our teachers do for the students as well as how much they have contributed to the canned food drive”.


CEA is a local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). CEA represents the approximately 199 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in the Celina City School District.

 
 

 
November 17, 2015

 

 
 
 

Red Ribbon Week at Parkway Schools
Pictured are students from Parkway High School's FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) class with a Drug-Free banner provided by the Ohio Army National Guard. Students signed the banner pledging to stay drug-free. National Guardsmen SFC John Connolly and MSgt Scott Morningstar spent a day at Parkway speaking to students from Pre-K through 12th grade about making healthy choices and passing out red ribbons. The FCCLA students were instrumental in organizing Red Ribbon Week activities from Oct. 23-30th for Parkway schools.  The FCCLA class performed a skit for the lower grades and provided daily activities throughout the week to encourage their peers and under-classmen to stay drug-free and make healthy choices.

 
 

Christmas Afternoon of Shopping will Benefit Local Food Pantry
Please Join us this Sunday, Nov 22 at New Horizons Community Church,
833 S. Main St, Rockford OH for stress free holiday shopping!! Support
small business while helping those in need who may be a little extra
stressed this holiday season!!
  
We are so excited to announce our special guests, SANTA CLAUSE and
BATMAN!! Bring your cameras!
  
Admission is a donation of any non perishables, toiletries, coats,
hats and gloves!! All donations will be delivered to Parkway
Ministerial food pantry, parkway local school students and our local
Angel Tree project!!

Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of socializing, food,
free massages, unique crafter's, vendors and kiddie crafts!! Everyone’s invited.

 

Christmas Open House at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices December 17, 2015

1 PM to 3 PM is the time set for the Christmas Open House in the Meyer Community Room at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys. Piano music, holiday treats, patio home and house tours. Tour the post-acute therapy wing.  Enter a drawing for a poinsettia. Everyone is invited! Call 419-394-6227

 

 

90th Birthday to be Celebrated in Rockford
Please join the Lloyd and Painter families for an open house to celebrate Betty Lloyd's 90th birthday on Sunday, December 6th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Maplewood of Shane's Village dining room.  Or you may send a card to Betty at 10701 St Rt 118, Rm 18, Rockford, OH  45882.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Offices Receive Immunization Coverage Excellence Award

The Van Wert County Health Department would like to congratulate Van Wert Medical Services Family Practice/Pediatrics and Wishing Well Pediatrics on receiving the 2014 Adolescent Coverage Excellence Award. This award is presented by the Ohio Department of Health to healthcare providers that achieve high levels of immunization coverage for recommended adolescent vaccines. The immunization rates of these two practices are assessed yearly by the Van Wert County Health Department using the continuous quality improvement process called AFIX. AFIX requires the commitment and dedication of providers to achieve these high levels of immunization coverage. It is through these efforts that Ohio is working toward the goal of 80% immunization coverage of adolescents aged 13 to 15 years. “Van Wert County is very lucky to have such dedicated medical professionals who are committed to protecting our adolescents against vaccine preventable diseases”, stated Kim Haas, RN, Director of Nursing and Immunization Coordinator at the Van Wert County Health Department. The awards were presented at the 11th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference held in Dublin, Ohio on September 10, 2015

 


OSU Extension to Host Agricultural and Natural Resources Issues Workshop  

Ohio State University Extension-Fulton County will be hosting an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agricultural Issues Workshop (webinar) on Monday, December 14th, 2015.  Fulton County was selected as one of ten locations for this statewide webinar.  If you are a farmer or represent farmers, this webinar will give you the information you need concerning specials issues with farm tax returns. 

You can choose to attend a host location or listen at your home or office.  Host locations will provide a knowledgeable facilitator, refreshments and lunch.  You are encouraged to bring your computer, as there will be real-time question and answer.  If you choose not to attend a host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent to you the week before December 14th.  Good web connectivity is required.  Check in at the host site begins at 8:30 am and the webinar runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Pre-registration fee of $130 must be received by December 1st to receive the Agricultural Tax Issues Workbook and weblink.  Registration should be completed online at www.go.osu.edu/taxschools or stop at the Extension Office to pick up a mail-in registration form.

The following continuing education units are being offered:  Accountancy Board of Ohio, CPAs
(6 hrs), Office of Professional Responsibility, IRS (6 hrs), and Supreme Court of Ohio, Attorneys (5 hrs).

The OSU Extension Office in Fulton County is located at the Robert Fulton Ag Center, 8770 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH 43567 across from the Fulton County Fairgrounds.  If you have questions, please contact Julie Moose at 614-292-2433 or moose.14@osu.edu.

 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll - End of 1st Quarter 2015-2016 - Congratulations!
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OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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


Photo Caption:  North Grove Cemetery, 2015.  In 1870, this cemetery had a rule which stated, “Any one hitching a horse to any tree in the cemetery shall be fined $5.00.”  How times have changed!

Cemeteries are an important facet of Mercer County’s history.  Local communities take pride in their heritage and they take care of their Cemeteries. 

The Study of Mercer County Cemeteries was initiated by the Mercer County Commissioners when they were receiving letters requesting sites of graves from people’s ancestors.  They asked the Mercer County Historical Society “to locate records of the Mercer County Cemeteries and the location of as many graves as possible.”  At the September 16, 1973 meeting of the Mercer County Historical Society, the Members made an agreement with the Commissioners to do this research.  As of August 1975, the Mercer County Historical Society reported to the Commissioners that this was an overwhelming job, considering the number of cemeteries in the County.  Therefore, when the Commissioners hired the Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum in 1975, the Commissioners also made an agreement with the Director to employ Assistants at the Mercer County Historical Museum, to help with the Cemetery Project.  As of August 9, 1984, the Museum Director presented the completed Cemetery Project to the Mercer County Commissioners at the Mercer County Historical Society’s public meeting.

During that Cemetery Project, I was also editing the “1978 Mercer County History” book.  This book included over a thousand family histories.  Local citizens were searching the cemetery records for genealogy information to include in their family history in this 1978 book. 

This spring, I learned more about the history of North Grove Cemetery at Celina.  I thank our Auglaize County neighbor Daryl Koenig who found this cemetery history book, “Celina Cemetery Association,” in the Caretakers building at the German Protestant Cemetery at New Bremen.  The introduction to this book reads, “We, the undersigned citizens of Celina, Mercer County, Ohio hereby associate ourselves together for cemetery purposes, to be known as the Celina Cemetery Association, to purchase in the aggregate, not to exceed fifteen acres of land, to be held and controlled by said Association exclusively for cemetery purposes, in pursuance to the statute in such case made and provided, September 26, 1870.”  This statement was signed by 49 Celina Citizens.   As of October 22, 1870, this organization drafted their By-Laws.  Those By-Laws were amended in 1922.  Section 1 listed responsibilities of the elected officers. 

Section 2 provided the following restriction:  “All interments in the lots shall be restricted to the members of the family and relations of the proprietors thereof, except special permission to the contrary be obtained in writing from the Secretary.”  The following Sections provided regulations for dimensions of the graves, payment, rules for monuments, trees and shrubs, improvements, and information to be provided.  No. 15, stated, “Any one hitching a horse to any tree in the cemetery shall be fined $5.00.”  Restrictions for protecting the cemetery, behavior in the Cemetery, work on the grounds, and costs for maintenance were included, in 1922 edition.  This book is one example of Mercer Countians working to preserve their own heritage, at Mercer County Cemeteries.

In Mercer County, Churches take care of their cemeteries.  Communities take care of their cemeteries.  Township Trustees take care of the small rural cemeteries.  In this county, there are a few forgotten cemeteries, which are not marked, about which I have written in the past.

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

 


Sky Zone RTrampoline Park - Youth from New Horizons Community Church

 

 
November 16, 2015

 

 
 
 
Parkway Board of Education to Hold a Regular Meeting on  November 17 at the Community Room at 6:30 - Click Here for the Agenda
 
 

WREN CHRISTMAS SOCIETY NEWS

The Wren Christmas Society would like to thank everyone who purchased chicken dinner tickets, those who donated money, and Gibson's Barnyard BBQ for preparing the chicken dinners. 

The money raised will be used to help pay for the replacement of pole wraps and lights for this Christmas season. 

In other WCS news, the Christmas decorations will be put up in Wren on Saturday, November 21st and the official lighting ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28th at dark (approximately 6:00 pm).  

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 12th and Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

 

 
Happy 60th Birthday to Mike Stephenson!
From your friends and family

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 Photo Caption:  L.E. & W. Railroad Depot, northeast of the former New Idea Co., in 1988.  Photo by Gary Lefeld, for the book, “Coldwater at 150,” during the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

The Lake Erie & Western Railroad (passing through Fort Recovery, and headed toward Celina) and the Cincinnati Northern Railroad (passing through from Cincinnati and headed north through Rockford), made a major difference in the settlement of Coldwater, in the 1880’s.

When the communities were in contest for the railroad, the citizens in Macedon wanted the L. E. & W. Railroad, after leaving Fort Recovery, to go through Macedon, as Macedon was a larger village than Coldwater at that time.  Macedon was platted in 1838.  By the 1880’s, Macedon had a hotel, two stores, a grocery store, and a blacksmith and wagon shop.  As of 1888, Macedon had its own Post Office. But, Macedon lost the bid for the railroad and Coldwater won.

In 1838, William  A.O. Munsel built a log cabin, at the site of what is now the intersection of First and South Streets at Coldwater, and the citizens of Coldwater recognized that first lot ownership, as the beginning of Coldwater. The Village of Coldwater was platted in 1859, by Wm. A.O. Munsel.

Before the railroads reached Coldwater, shipments of timber were hauled on ox and horse drawn wagons, mainly to Celina, where they were stacked in huge piles along the west embankment of the Reservoir at the south end of Main Street.  There, they were lashed onto rafts and poled across the lake to the Miami and Erie Canal, for similar shipment to Toledo.  The L.E. & W. Railroad reached Coldwater in 1879.  The Cincinnati Northern Railroad reached Coldwater in 1883.

Railroads were the source of business interaction and communication with the outside world.  Grain mills were constructed so that farmers could send their grain to market, at a cheaper cost than via the Miami & Erie Canal.  Sawmills also utilized railroad transportation.  Hotels were erected for travelers; restaurants were established to serve those travelers.  The 1888 Plat Map of Coldwater indicates the St. Lawrence Hotel, which later became the old Chronicle Office, at the corner of Walnut and Market.  The American House stood at the northeast corner of Main and Market.  The first newspaper, “The Coldwater Change,” began in 1884.  Coldwater even boasted a college, by the name of Coldwater Academy, at the northeast corner of Market and College Streets.  Joseph Oppenheim began his first factory at Maria Stein in 1899.  As of 1907, the first NI plant was constructed at Coldwater.  As the NI Company continued to move its factory to Coldwater through 1911, the Maria Stein Factory closed completely in January of 1912.

Other businesses and industries were established in Coldwater, and the Village of Coldwater grew  The people of Coldwater had the foresight to continue to improve their way of life.  Schools, churches, social institutions and homes were constructed.  To this day, this heritage of improvement of the Village of Coldwater is evident as Coldwater continues to grow.  As for that former New Idea building, drive by and see the construction work, as a new life is being given to the old building.

The result of transportation improvements in Mercer County has made an improvement in the quality of life and in the economy of our County, first with the rivers, and then with the old dirt roads and the plank road, then with the Miami & Erie Canal, followed by the Railroads, and then the major U.S. Highways crossing our County.  The old Coldwater Airport on Burkettsville St. Henry Road in the 1940’s was used until the Lakefield Airport Authority began in 1962, which contributes to the transportation improvements in this County.  One of the businesses to use the transportation improvements is agribusiness and all of its related businesses.  Transportation improvement has resulted in economic improvement for our County.  Our Mercer County History has proven these facts.

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

 

 

8th Graders Visit Vantage

These Parkway 8th graders stop at the accounting station in the Medical Office Management lab @ Vantage while senior Caitlin Wilder (Van Wert) prepares her demonstration.

Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in sixteen different occupations, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage. 

Each school in the Vantage district is invited to bring their 8th graders to Vantage for a career exploration activity, which involves a two-hour demonstration tour.  Eighth graders receive a “mini-brochure” which describes the programs and explains what a typical day is like for students who attend Vantage.  The eighth graders spend a little time in each lab and return home with a better idea of what goes on in this big, new school.      

This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them.  During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas.  Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career. 

It’s always fun hosting the 8th graders and giving them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage Career Center is all about! 

The annual Culinary Arts Christmas Lunch Buffet is just around the corner.  Mrs. Robin Burns and her class invite you to this popular event.   It will be held two days this year – Wednesday, December 9 and Friday, December 11.  Guests will be seated from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax).  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  To reserve your spot, call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425.

A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  School will resume on Tuesday, December 1.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Rockford’s Lighting of the Park AND Shop and Dine Event - Lasagna Dinner

The Rockford BiCentennial Committee invites the public to attend
Rockford’s Lighting of the Park AND Shop and Dine Event!  This takes
place at the Rockford Community Building on Sunday, Nov 29th.  Doors
open at 4:00pm till 7:00pm!  Purchase a Lasagna Dinner while doing
some Holiday Shopping!  
  
$7 tickets are available at Barry’s Market, Betsey’s Boutique,
Henkle Insurance, His & Hers and Willshire Home Furnishing.

  
Shop from: Jewelry in Candles; Thirty-One, doTerra Essential Oils,
Signature Homestyles, Keep it Cool, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Ava
Anderson Non-Toxic, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Beautiful Handmade Gifts,
DRL Design, Old Town Shoppe, Four Boys Favorite Chocolate Clusters,
Pop’s BiCentennial Peanut Brittle and Simply Me Design & Catering!

 

Drop-off site confirmed for Van Wert area to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for hurting children worldwide

Youth for Christ in Van Wert confirmed their office would serve as one of some 4,000 sites nationwide collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for hurting children around the world during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23.

National Collection Week marks the high point of an effort to collect and deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to 10 million children in more than 100 countries worldwide this year in support of Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. Each shoebox is packed with toys, school supplies, and basic hygiene items. More than 100,000 volunteers are expected this year to operate drop-off sites just like the one in Van Wert to help this project succeed.

"We're excited to be a part of this effort to communicate love and hope, through simple gifts, to so many children in need around the world who are dealing with incredible issues of war, famine, poverty and disaster," said Denis Ellinger. Ellinger will serve as the Relay Center Coordinator, helping to coordinate and manage operations at the drop-off site.

After National Collection Week concludes, the shoebox gifts collected at the Van Wert drop-off site will then be received for final shipping preparation to Boone, NC. Once they arrive at their country destination, the shoebox gifts might be transported by canoe, dog sled or even elephant, before they are eventually delivered to children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries. In 2014, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children.

Drop off times during the week of Nov. 16-23 at the 302 Bonnewitz Avenue office are as follows:

Monday 16:                10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday 17:              10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday 18:        10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday 19:                          10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday 20:                   10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday 21:              10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday 22:                 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday 23:                  8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

 

 

Please call the Youth for Christ office at 419-238-1370 if you have any questions.

 
 

 
November 14-15, 2015

 

 
 
Turkey Dinner to be Held at New Horizon's Church

New Horizons Community Church is planning a camper benefit Turkey Dinner on Saturday evening, November 14th from 4:30 to 7 pm. The church sends many of its youth to Camp Co-Tu-Bic and this is the community's chance to help them and get a tasty dinner, too, of roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing and noodles, green beans or corn, cranberry salad or applesauce, roll, dessert, coffee or punch. Dine-in or Carry out. Prices: $7 Adult, 12 and under $3.50.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 13, 2015

 

 
 
 

Rockford American Legion Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Members and volunteers at the Rockford American Legion served a soup and sandwich supper for Veterans and their families on November 11, 2015, Veteran’s Day.  Dale Zizelman, Jim Zizelman, Bob King,Terry Joseph, Charles Stephenson, Dick and Gini Fickert and Wayne and Sally Fickert are just a few vets and spouses shown below who enjoyed the evening.

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November is National Home Care & Hospice Month

 

Families caring for loved ones with chronic health needs often feel caught in the middle: You want your loved one to have the best care, but you also want him or her to have the comforts of home. With home health care services the goal is to provide both.

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. As the name implies, home care simply refers to health services that are delivered in a patient’s home. And the services themselves can be quite diverse.

“Some patients receive rehabilitation therapy or skilled nursing care,” said Nancy Hoying, RN, supervisor for Community Health Professionals of Celina. “But others may receive more targeted care, such as pain management, wound care, infusion therapy, medication management or hospice.”

When given the option, most patients would prefer to recover at home, but often family and friends can't provide all the care the patient needs.

Hoying says home care services help patients transition from the hospital to the comfort of their home, or simply while they’re coping with or recovering from an illness. A doctor helps you decide what type of home care assistance is suitable for you and your loved one, and the nurses and staff communicate directly with your physician while they are caring for you in your home.

“If a person has an illness or injury or is chronically or terminally ill, it’s important for families to know there are services available to help them care for their loved one at home,” said Hoying.

And in many cases, services such as in-home skilled nursing and therapy services, as well as hospice, have proven to decrease the likelihood of patients returning to the hospital, after they’ve been released by their physician.

“Avoiding a return trip to the hospital is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for our patients, too,” said Hoying. “Our services and our staff are focused on decreasing the likelihood of you having to return to the hospital.”

CHP Hospice offers a team-oriented approach to medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support to patients and families facing a terminal illness. Hospice services are available in the home and at CHP inpatient hospice centers in Van Wert and Defiance.

“We are unique because we offer a complete range of home health, hospice and related services,” said Hoying. “We are a one stop shop for home care services. Our primary goal is to make a stressful time much easier on a patient and their family by providing the very best care we can tailored to each patient’s individual circumstance.”

Community Health Professionals is celebrating 40 years of business this year. The nonprofit organization operates 12 locations throughout northwest and west central Ohio.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING RESIDENTS OF ROCKFORD VILLAGE

The Village of Rockford will be holding Public Hearings on the Plan of Operation and Governance of the ballot approve natural gas and electric aggregation for the Village. All meetings will be held at the Village Hall, 151 East Columbia Street, Rockford, OH 45882.

Electric Aggregation Meeting Date and Times

December 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

December 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

 

Natural Gas Aggregation Meeting Date and Times

December 1, 2015 @4:30 pm

December 1, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

 
 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Awards $1,000

Mercer Savings Bank Academic Excellence Scholarship

Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

 

Celina, Ohio – For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. In 1962, the foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since then, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

Mercer Savings Bank recently awarded a scholarship for $1,000 to Kenisa Post, current freshman student at WSU-Lake Campus. Kenisa is a St. Henry graduate who is studying nursing at the Lake Campus. The Mercer Savings Bank Scholarship is awarded yearly to an incoming Lake Campus freshman. This generous scholarship is awarded to a Mercer or Darke County high school student who has pursued a college preparatory curriculum and has a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the WOEF Scholarship program offered eligible applicants the opportunity to apply for over 270 academic scholarships, grants and loans worth over $290,000. Since 1965, WOEF has awarded over $3.4 million worth of scholarships to over 2,600 new and continuing students. Applications for 2016-2017 awards are currently online at http://www.wright.edu/lake/scholarships.

For over 120 years Mercer Savings Bank has been helping local residents achieve financial success. All of their Board of Directors and Executive Officers are local individuals, who live in and care about our local communities. Mercer Savings provides full-service banking to both individual and business customers and offer a wide array of financial products. Every customer is given the highest quality of customer service.

Photo: Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer and Bill Martin, President of Mercer Savings Bank is shown presenting the $1,000 scholarship to Kenisa Post, Lake Campus student. To find out more about the work of the WOEF Board and the scholarship program, log onto http://www.wright.edu/lake/about/woef.html

 
 

88th National FFA Convention

For more information contact Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On October 26 2015, parkway students loaded the bus along with Coldwater and St. Henry for the 88th National FFA convention. Held in Louisville KY, this was the biggest year yet, breaking the record with a total of 64,000 attended. This forces a location change as the convention next year will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The group stopped for some pretty cool tours along the way. Their first was the corvette factory and museum. Also that day the group toured, the Auburn leather factory, and mammoth caves. Day two consisted of seeing, a cattle and tobacco farm, Omni meats (a processing plant), and the opening convention session with guest speaker Rick Rigsby.  The third day was spent at the career show and shopping mall in the Kentucky Expo Center, touring Buffalo trace distillery, and having a blast at the buckeye bash. Also in the spirit of Halloween, went to a haunted house. Then the fourth day students explored the Kentucky Expo Center again, toured Foxhollow farms, an organic farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, and went to a convention session where guest speaker Brad Montaque (creator of kid president) received a standing ovation for his inspiring speech. Finally, on the last day the group watched the American degree ceremony, and took the long journey home.

Students that went said it was a lot of fun and a worthwhile experience. Also, a special thank you to Mercer landmark for sponsoring the group jackets, they looked awesome!

 

Job Interview CDE

For more information contact Laura Barrett at ffa@parkwayschools.org

On November 10th parkway students participated in the job interview CDE. This contest requires students to put together a resume, apply to a fake job, and be interviewed by a judge, just as they would be in an actual job interview. Students that participated were, Taylor Hesse, Abby Stephenson, Maggie Houts, and Haylee Stukey. Abby and Taylor both placed first in their divisions, and Maggie placed second in hers. Haylee also did very well in her division. Good luck to Abby, Taylor, and Maggie as they move on to the district competition!

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writer's Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library, 303 N Main St. Celina, Ohio, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write something about sin. The public is invited to attend.

 


 

 

Chatt Insurance Center Selected as Rockford Chamber – November Business of the Month

Pictured Travis Pond with daughter Jenna

Chatt Insurance Center is located near the Ohio-Indiana border and has been serving communities in both Ohio and Indiana since 1959. We are committed to building a solid relationship with customers through practical solutions and excellent service. 

The most important thing about insurance is YOU. Make sure that you and your loved ones are financially protected against lawsuits, accidents or disasters so that your life's work is not wiped away and those you love will not suffer. Rather than price alone, think of the type of claims you would want paid or how much it could cost to rebuild your home, income-producing farm or business when you are shopping for protection.

The agents at Chatt Insurance Center are independent insurance agents. We don't work for any one insurance company; we sell coverage from several different companies. This allows us to focus on providing you with the right amount of insurance and the right type of coverage for your needs. 

Thank you Chatt Insurance for being selected as the Rockford Chamber – November Business of the Month.    We appreciate your continued support.

 

 

 

Museum Post Card Exhibit

Sunday, November 8th Notice

 

We apologize for the early closing of the Mercer Co. Historical Museum,

for the Exhibit, due to an accident.  If you visited the Museum after the early closing,  Email me or call me, and I will mail you a free Post Card booklet.  Thanks, Joyce Alig      histalig@bright.net  or  419-678-2614

 

 

 
November 11-12, 2015
Veteran's Day (11-11-2015) Week - Thank you to all Veterans!

 

 
 
 

Sidenbender Couple Celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary

Jon and Martha Sidenbender will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday, November 13th. The Sidenbenders were married on a 71 degree Sunday afternoon in 1955 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Rockford.  The anniversary will be celebrated by enjoying a meal with their daughters (Karen, Kaye, Kelley and Karla) and sons-in-law.  Congratulations, Jon and Martha!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Local Man Becomes Life Tribute Specialist

Rockford, Ohio – Casey Nuttle, Associate for Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home of Rockford, recently attended a workshop to become a Certified Funeral Celebrant.  The training was held at the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in Columbus, Ohio.

The Funeral Celebrants Training is a new approach to personalized funerals presented by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the InSight Institute.  At the end of 2014 they had trained over 2500 Funeral Celebrants throughout the United States and Canada.

A Funeral Celebrant is a lay-person, clergy person or funeral director who has been trained in the specific area of conducting funerals for families who wish to have a personalized and individualized funeral service experience.

Our society has become much more mobile and much less tied to the church.  Many people are not affiliated with a religion or theology and do not have a clergy person on whom to call in times of death.  Also many people may not be comfortable with a traditional religious funeral ceremony.  Therefore, the need for Funeral Celebrants has become more apparent.

This practice is used widely in New Zealand and Australia.  In some cases, Civil Celebrants, who are licensed by the government in those countries, perform over 50% of the funerals and weddings.  Doug Manning, one of the leading speakers and authors in the area of bereavement, toured these countries several years ago and brought back the idea that people in the United States and Canada needed this option.

The training included people from all over the country who will offer these services to families who come to their funeral homes.  Celebrants offer personalized funeral services, tributes, memorial services, grave side memorials.  They meet with family to help them design a service that reflects the life and attributes of their loved one.

Marcia Ripley plans to publicize the fact that this option is available for the families who come to her firm and hopes to be offering these types of funeral services, celebrations and memorial services in the very near future.

 

 

17th Annual Mendon Festival of Trees & Christmas Walk

Friday, December 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th from 1:30 - 5:30 PM for most events.

 

The historic Town Hall in the Village of Mendon will be decorated for the Holidays and feature over 80 Christmas trees-trimmed in a variety of themes. 

Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. 

Throughout the Village there will be activities suitable for all the family, Animals of the Nativity will be housed in the old Fire House, Mendon United Methodist Church and the Mendon Church of God will have activities and displays.   A shopping extravaganza will be open with a variety of vendors in the Mendon Farm Store.

Santa will be in town on Saturday, arriving by Fire Truck.  He will be available to visit with children from 1:30 -4:30.  Most events are free or a $1.00 donation.

Check out our Facebook Page,  Mendon Festival of Trees for exact times of specific events.

 

 

Laurels and Maplewood Veterans Take the Honor Flight
by Leah Hays


Two residents from Maplewood of Shane’s Village and one resident from The Laurels of Shane Hill had the outing of a lifetime!  Gaylord Hoffman, Ed Pierce and Ned Baltzell along with 153 other veterans participated in Honor Flight Northeast Indiana on October 7, 2015.  Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization created solely to honor America’s Veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to WWII survivors along with other veterans who are terminally ill.  All flights are free of charge for veterans. Each veteran gets a one on one volunteer along with nurses, a doctor, and respiratory techs that all volunteer their time to assist the veterans on the flight.

 

The day started early with breakfast at 6:00 a.m. followed by a scheduled departure time for 7:00 a.m. from Ft. Wayne on the 122nd Fighter Wing to Washington D.C..  Buses were standing by to transport them to their WWII Memorial, as well as other memorial stops throughout the day, each bus with their own private police escort through the city.  A box lunch and a great supper was furnished before flying them back home the same evening where more than 2,000 family and friends greeted them at the F.W. International Airport with gifts, a live band and the Junior Honours Core saluting them upon sight!  What a sight, from the moment they stepped off the plane until they reached the parking lot!  American flags and people greeting them home at every turn.  A truly remarkable sight to behold as they all got a true HEROES welcome home.

 

“To me, the day was spectacular.  The best day that I’ve ever spent in my life.  It was mind boggling what I saw and it’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life! I liked The Arlington National Cemetery the best because of the way it was laid out.  You could drive by and see nothing but crosses. To others it may not mean as much… but to me it made me feel like I was walking on top of the world. I just loved that! The whole trip was wonderful but that was the most outstanding!” stated Gaylord Hoffman, Navy Veteran of WWII.

 

 

Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Veterans Day: Legislation and Initiatives to Honor those who Served Locally

 

America is the greatest country on earth and we live in the greatest state in this country. Our values and lifestyle could not be sustained without the sacrifice of the men and woman of our armed forces. The presence of the American military is felt in every community from Main Street to Wall Street. Those who serve and protect the United States should be supported and recognized for their efforts.

 

Honoring veterans for their service has always been a priority of mine. There are over 866,000 veterans in Ohio, 293,000 of these solders served in the Vietnam War. Historically, Vietnam veterans returned home to a nation that was divided about the significance of the Vietnam Conflict and those who served. This reality is a travesty, as properly recognizing all service men and women is an important part of our nation’s responsibility.   

 

As a result of the hard work and dedication of families and veterans in western Ohio, a bill has been introduced to recognize two fallen service members from the Vietnam conflict and their brigade, specifically, the 196th Light Infantry Brigade of Darke County. Robert L. Fowble Jr. and Jack E. Beam, both from Darke County, belonged to the brigade and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War.

 

If the bill passes, State Route 571 from the southeastern corporation limits of Union City onward to Greenville would be known as the “196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway.” This legislation is a just way to commemorate their sacrifice and remind Ohioans of the significance of sacrifices made in the Vietnam conflict.

 

The families of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade have been very helpful in this process. Including all the members of this brigade in this process is important.  However, a number of the veterans have been hard to reach as they may have relocated or have unlisted numbers. If anyone has any contact information for these men or their families, please call my office at 614-466-6344.

 

I will continue to support our military and our veterans. I encourage all Ohioans to reach out to a military member not only on Veterans Day, but every day. Thank you to those who serve, and happy Veterans Day.   

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other important issues by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchynovember2015  

 

 

 

 

 
November 9-10, 2015
Veteran's Day Week - Thank you to all Veterans!