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Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 9, 2015

4:30-7pm

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Twp.

9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina, OH

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

Serving homemade ice cream, pies, cakes and sandwiches

 

 

BROWN TO VISIT VAN WERT ON THURSDAY TO HIGHLIGHT JOB TRAINING PARTNERSHIP AT BLUE CREEK WIND FARM

Blue Creek Wind Farm Works with Vantage Career Center to Help Tailor Curriculum so Workers are Prepared for Jobs in Wind Energy Sector

 

Brown Wrote Law that Promotes Sector-Based Partnerships to Ensure Workforce Training Programs are Developed with Industry Input and Tailored to Meet Companies’ Workforce Needs

 

VAN WERT, OH – During a visit to Van Wert on Thursday at 1:30 PM, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will highlight a local effort to prepare workers for jobs in high-growth industries. During a tour of the Blue Creek Wind Farm, Brown will meet with workers and community leaders, including Blue Creek Plant Manager Neil Voje and Pete Pritchard, Adult Workforce Education Director at Vantage Career Center. Blue Creek Wind Farm has a long partnership with Vantage Career Center to help tailor curriculum so students will be prepared for jobs in the wind industry.

 

Vantage and Blue Creek’s partnership mirrors a model Brown has championed that promotes sector-based partnerships to ensure that workforce training programs are developed with industry input and tailored to meet companies’ workforce needs.

 

Jeff and Cathy Thomas, owners and operators of Lincoln Ridge Farms who have a lease with Blue Creek Wind Farm, will also attend Thursday’s visit. The wind farm pays approximately $2 million in annual lease payments to local landowners – like the Thomas’ – and $2.7 million in annual payments to go to local school districts and municipalities.

 

Owned by Iberdola Renewables and operating since June 2012, Blue Creek Wind Farm has 115 turbines in Van Wert County and 37 turbines in Paulding County. During the construction phase of the project, the farm created more than 500 construction jobs, generated $25 million in local spending, and created work for more than 30 Ohio companies that contributed parts or labor.

 

 
 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #9

Written by Ali Gemmer

At Grace Bible Church from 4:00-5:00pm on June 29th, 4-H Clever Clovers had their ninth meeting.  The members split off into groups according to their 4-H books and finished up demonstrations.  Then Erin Richardson called the meeting to order.   A piece of paper was passed around for attendance and Catherine Kopack led the 4-H pledge.  Gabbie Perkins gave a Health and Safety Report that compared the health of two foods and Erin Gemmer gave a Treasurer’s Report.   Members were reminded that judging is on June 21st and registration can be done online.  The club was also reminded that 4-H Camp Palmer is next week and answered any questions.  The next meeting will be on July 20th at the usual location from 4:00-5:00pm.

 

 
 

Congratulations to Loren for a Great Job Representing Our Community
Rockford’s Loren Stukey did a great job at the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen Pageant in Mansfield recently although she did not place at the state contest.  She is preparing now to  compete in the Celina Lake Festival and continues her reign as Miss Oxford's Outstanding Teen.  She will be in Oxford this week to participate in their parade on Thursday July 2.

 

 

John Yoder of Edward Jones

John Yoder of Edward Jones in Coldwater has joined the Celina Mercer County
Chamber of Commerce.  Edward Jones is a premier investment firm and 
John's office is  located at 106 S. Second Street in Coldwater.  For all
your investment
needs, call 419 678-3252 or email john.yoder@edwardjones.com.
For Chamber information visit www.celinamercer.com.

 

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 for June 2015 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).

Class Dates: Basic to Intermediate: July 20 & 22, 2015; Time: 5 to 8 p.m.; {6 hours}

                     Intermediate to Advanced: July 27 & 29, 2015; Time 5 to 8 pm.; {6 hours}

Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 196 Dwyer Hall, Wright State University-Lake Campus

Cost: $65 p/person for each set of workshops ~or~ $125 p/person for all four classes!

PERFORMANCE COACHING

Discover how to be an effective performance coach to the employees you supervise. Your own work atmosphere will perform better if each member of the group is coached appropriately. This class will teach you to ask the questions which causes a new thinking processes, understand others weaknesses and strengths and generate new possibilities. Learn to truly listen and support vital work relationships and create a sustainable work structure. Anyone wishing to improve their professional relationships are welcome.

Class Date: August 5, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}; Instructor Carla Hirschfeld;

Room: 177 Dwyer Hall: Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $45 p/person

STARTING RIGHT

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for new entrepreneurs. Get current information to decide if business ownership is right for you and let us assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After the class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most financial issues pertaining to your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc.—as well as assistance with the business plan, marketing/advertising, demographics, and HR issues. SUMMER STARTING RIGHT SCHEDULE! Seminars scheduled on Thursday, July 16 OR August 20; Class time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 126 Trenary Hall at Wright State University-Lake Campus. Cost is $35 p/business.

We recommend all new business owners attend this class.

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.

 

 
 

 
June 30, 2015
 

 

Taste of Celina Tickets on Sale for July 10th

FOR A LIMITED TIME, BUY 20 FOOD TICKETS AND GET 1 FOOD 
TICKET FREE!

Food tickets on sale that evening but not at promotional rate. Don't wait in line.  Get your tickets early at the Mercer - Celina Chamber of Commerce office in Celina

 

 

The Village of Rockford will hold the 2016 Budget hearing
on July 7th at 7:15 pm at the Village Hall.

 
 
 

 
June 29, 2015
 

 
 

4th Annual FUN Challenge Rescheduled for July 11

Join us at 10:00 am Saturday July 11th at Shanes Park in Rockford, Ohio for the 4th Annual Rockford FUN Challenge. The Rockford Fun Challenge is a race in which two-person teams compete in Challenges as they race from location to location in the Rockford area.  This exciting and fast-paced race combines a variety of mental and physical challenges. Teams must complete the required number of challenges and the activities must be approved by each station’s “judge”. Last year, participants were tasked with ringing out grocery items to get a specific total, giving their partner a quick foot massage, throwing darts, reading nursery rhymes and dizzy bat (just to name a few.)

 

This year there will be two age groups as well as the golf cart division. It is encouraged to decorate your golf cart and come up with a creative team name.  Have FUN with it! Grand prizes will be awarded to the first finisher in each division.  Additional prizes will also be given away.

 

Walk, run, crawl or skip as you carefully move throughout the Rockford area. More information on the event and registration forms are available at the village hall and on www.RockfordAlive.com. Questions: Contact Twyla Hayes or Marie Miller (419) 363-2817 or Leah Hays (419) 363-2620.

 http://www.rockfordalive.com/4th-annual-fun-challenge-is-back/

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 26-28, 2015
 

 
 

Here we go again ~ another wet weekend; Rainfall measuring 3.1 reported in 48 hours and more to come. Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds drivers to use caution on wet roads and watch for standing water. Never drive or walk through water over roadways!

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

15 students successfully complete Mercer Health’s Babysitting Training Program in December

 

Fifteen students successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program on June 2nd and 3rd.  According to Betsy Schoenleben, R.N., Education Coordinator at Mercer Health, the students were trained in proper supervision, basic caregiving skills, and how to respond to an ill or injured child.   The students participated in check-offs such as diapering, bottlefeeding, and handwashing.    As part of the class, the Coldwater Fire Department and the Coldwater Department, and Mercer County Central Dispatch spoke to the students.   Students were required to pass a written test to receive certification. Students also viewed a CPR/First Aid video made possible by a donation from the Mercer County Civic Foundation.

           

Students completing the training include:

 

Elizabeth Alig

Ashlyn Bohman

Nick Brockman

Jordan Hemmelgarn

Braden Klosterman

Rece Mescher

Alyssa Meyer

Dylan Meyer

Allison Miller

Abigail Quinter

Allison Quinter

Julia Rinderle

Renee Rindler

Lauren Schmitz

Kortney Stachler

 

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

 

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

Photo of the students from Mercer Health’s Babysitting Training Program on June 2nd and 3rd.

 

 

 

 
June 25, 2015
 

 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo Caption:  Prehistoric Indian Artifact Collectors Doug Chandler (standing), Shaun Place (to his right), and Jon Anspaugh studying the artifacts at Mercer Co. Historical Museum’s Artifact Exhibit. 

On Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00, June 28, the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors will be showing their individual collections for the 35th Annual Artifacts Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina. 

Every year, the Collectors not only bring their latest finds and/or acquisitions of artifacts to show, but also bring some of their favorite artifacts to exhibit.  Every year, we have guests who have attended this exhibit for most of the exhibits these past 34 years.  We also have new guests each year.

The most asked question at this exhibit, is from people who bring the artifacts they have at home, who ask for information about their artifacts.  They ask the Collectors to identify their artifacts, as well as to ask when the artifacts were used, and how they were used. . . and what is the value of an individual artifact!   (To share with you, some people will say an artifact is worth what someone will pay for it, at an auction.) 

 

I will make some suggestions to those of you who have artifacts at home, about what to bring.  First, everyone recognizes Ohio’s Stone Tools.  People have found stone axes on their farms; they include three-quarter grooved axes and half grooved axes, and some miniature axes.   Grooved hammerstones also reflect the fine workmanship on these useful tools.  The stone bowls with conical pestles may have been used in grinding corn.  Roller Pestles and other stone tools were used in the preparation of food.  Various stone celts were used as tools.  Stone tools may be between 1000 and 9000 years in age.

 

Among my favorite artifacts are the Ohio Slate artifacts, which are works of art, as well as having been used as tools and/or ornaments.  The identification of slate tools relate to their shapes, e.g. crescents, bannerstones, gorgets, boatstones, amulets, pendants, geniculates, ovates, picks, bars, plummets, etc.

My favorite flint artifacts are the ones made with the flint from Flint Ridge, Ohio.  The colors cannot be matched by artists; the flintstone is so beautiful.  Many people often identify these artifacts as arrowheads and/or points.  The Collectors have a detailed series of identification names for these artifacts.  They speak of fluted points, unfluted points, bifurcated points, lanceolates, blades, knives, scrapers, dovetails, drills, notched triangular, flint axes and gun flints. . . and many more.

Come to this Prehistoric Artifact and see the stone, slate, and/or flint pieces which the Collectors have on exhibit.  Ask them questions and learn about this fascinating educational hobby.  Bring your own artifacts and compare what you have, with what is on exhibit.  The Collectors love to see what others have found.

The Mercer County Historical Society believes in preserving Mercer County’s heritage, as well as educating the public about that heritage.  This is the 35th year the Society has held this popular Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum.    Do you recognize the value of the Mercer County Historical Society and its contribution to Mercer County’s cultural heritage?  The Society Membership is open to everyone; you are invited to join this Society which preserves your heritage.  Dues are your choice.  Equally so, the Mercer County Indian Artifact Collectors are also a valued institution in Western Ohio, in preserving the prehistoric Indian Heritage of Western Ohio.  Ask them about their Membership, also.

 

 

11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K Run/Walk

11th Annual Shane’s Crossing 5K run/walk starts at 8:30am on Saturday July 18, 2015.  The race starts and ends at Shane’s Park, 705 W. Front Street, Rockford, Ohio, and is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countywide running series.

Race day registration and check in is 7:30-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house at Shane’s Park, with a $15.00 race only registration fee. A limited quantity of shirts will be for sale on race day.

For more information or a printable registration form, Click Here.
Or visit www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com.

Mail completed entry form and check to Steve Fisher, 3953 Purdy Rd., Rockford, OH. 45882. For additional information call: Steve Fisher, 419-308-2080 or email: sfisher@jtdmh.org.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tees Off to Mentor Youth by Hosting Golf for Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its 20th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake Event on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the eleven youth mentoring programs offered to children facing adversity in Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties. 

The day starts with registration and a sacked lunch, donated by McKirnan Brothers, beginning at 11:00 am and a shotgun start at 12:00 pm.  During the event you will have the opportunity to purchase 50/50 tickets, raffle tickets, mulligans, and more.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to win $10,000, thanks to Grand Lake Eye Care for sponsoring our Hole-in-One Prizes again this year. After a round of 18 holes of golf with three of your closest friends and co-works, you can enjoy a delicious catered dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost to join the festivities is $300 per foursome (space is limited). If you are unable to make the event, your company can be a Hole Sponsor for $150 or a Cart Sponsor for $50. For more sponsorship information, contact our office or check out our website.

This event is sponsored by the following: Eagle Sponsor - Katterhenry Investment Group; Birdie Sponsor – The Marsh Foundation, Precision Strip Inc., and Thieman Tailgates; and Par Sponsor – Schwieterman Custom Body, LCS, Inc., and Jim Christman-Plus One Professionals. For more information or to register your team contact Big Brothers Big Sisters by phone at 419-584-2447 or e-mail at abalster@bbbsma.com. We are always looking for volunteers to mentor the 30 youth on our waiting list.

 

 

Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert
Receives Program Accreditation

Van Wert, OH - June 12 2015 - Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, AASM president. “Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”                     

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.  These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977.  Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

The Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is Javier F. Pere, MD.  The center is accredited to treat a wide variety of sleep disorders and disturbances including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, periodic limb movement, shift work disorder, and more.  Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get a better night of sleep, every night: 419-232-5281

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

 

 
 
 

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

Photo Caption:  An aerial view of the New Idea Company Plant, between 1940 and 1945.  Note the name of NEW IDEA, INC. COLDWATER, OHIO  & the Arrow Pointing North, on the building roof.

There was a valid Military reason that the name of the NEW IDEA, INC.  COLDWATER, OHIO and an arrow pointing north, was painted on the roof of the New Idea building, during World War II.

During World War II, an airport was established southwest of Coldwater, Ohio, as a Federal Emergency Landing Field.  This airport was located on the west side of Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, north of Menchhofer Road and south of Buschor Road.  The Field was completed by the M.R. Tomason Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama.  It contained 102 acres, with L-Shaped Runways.  The east-west runway was 3340 feet and the north-south runway was 3100 feet in length.  The angle glide approaches at the ends of the runways were each 1000 feet long, making both sweeps a mile in length.  The average width of the runways was 600 feet.  The Emergency Airport was closed after the War, but the Beacon lasted until the 1950’s. 

Just prior to World War II, on December 18, 1939, this airport was officially opened for emergency use only.  The red flags, indicating hazardous spots were finally removed during July 1940.  At the September 1941 Dedication of the Airport, the Field Caretaker reported that fifty-one pilots registered their planes when landing, as well as many landings at night which were not registered.  Miss Virginia James, Coldwater’s first and only licensed aviatrix in September 1941, took part in the Dedication Ceremonies.  Over fifty airplanes including the twenty-eight from the Fort Wayne Aero Flying Club were present.  One hundred and fifty flyers were greeted by the Lion’s Club. 

Roger Myers, curator at the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, and former Coldwater citizen shared a copy of a photograph of a DC-3 taking off from the airport on Dedication Day in 1940, with the Mercer County Historical Society.

Lakefield Airport, east of Coldwater, east of Rt. 127, on Rt. 219, was opened as a private airport by Perry Noll in 1945.  Former Coldwater Resident Leonard Belsher served as a gunner on a Navy Torpedo Bomber in World War II, and later worked at Lakefield Airport and preserved the history of that Airport, and the old Airport on Burkettsville-Saint Henry Road.  Mr. Belsher passed on this story:  The reason NEW IDEA INC. COLDWATER, OHIO & the arrow pointing North was on the roof of the New Idea building, was to guide Pilots as they flew between Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton during War time. 

Note the open fields which preceded the growth of Coldwater.  The New Idea Company’s employees moved to Coldwater, as well as nearby communities.  Note the influence of New Idea upon Coldwater, Ohio.  This photograph and this story are taken from the book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982, Coldwater, Ohio,” which can be found at the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit at the Coldwater Park, during the Coldwater Community Picnic, August 1-2, 2015.

 [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.]

 

 
 

2015 Payne 8 & Under Boys Baseball Coach Pitch Tournament

2015 Payne 8 & Under Boys Baseball Coach Pitch Tournament as well as the 8 & Under Girls Softball Coach-Pitch Tournament

Both tournaments will be held starting Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12, at the Payne (Ohio) Community Park and School Fields. We will work with teams who are finishing up at other tournaments on July 10. $150 per team.

These tournaments have included teams from both Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio in the past and we expect for them to fill quickly again this year.

To register for a spot or inquire for more information, please contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or wannie8@frontier.com. Spots are reserved when payment is made.

 

Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) Makes Arrest
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller report the Heroin Interdiction Team (HIT) made an arrest of 31 year old Jennifer Hoelscher, of  1320 West Market Street, Celina, Ohio.  

On June 23, 2015 at approximately 1:30 PM officers working HIT observed  Hoelscher walking in the 400 block of West Warren Street in Celina. Officers made contact with her at 413 West Warren Street where she was arrested on an outstanding warrant that had been issued to Celina PD for receiving stolen property. 

Hoelscher was found to have in her possession 8 syringes, and 4 capsules of suspected Fentanyl.  Hoelscher was transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility and is currently being held on bond.   

HIT is a collaborate effort between the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office , Celina Police Department, and Coldwater Police Department, aimed to combat the drug problems in Mercer County. 

 

Phil Dirt & the Dozers Set to Perform at Concert of Caring Fundraiser

Get ready to experience an amazing performance by America’s most popular vintage rock and roll show – Phil Dirt & the Dozers.  This incredible band will be the headliner for the second annual “Concert of Caring,” a fundraiser for Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Northern Counties Office. The event will be held at the BMI Speedway and Concert Venue at 791 East Main Street in Versailles on Saturday evening, September 19.

Phil Dirt & the Dozers will help you recapture those wonderful days when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and the corner drug store were all a part of everyday life.  With their musical talent, high energy, and contagious sense of humor, Phil Dirt & the Dozers will transport you to another time and place – namely the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s of Rock of Roll!  Imagine hearing The Four Seasons with the original falsetto vocals intact … or the hauntingly beautiful Righteous Bothers’ Unchained Melody.  Party on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, and experience the pulse of the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, the Eagles, and more.  The nostalgic show encompasses three decades of great music … and is performed live with a sophisticated yet light-hearted approach that creates an atmosphere all ages can enjoy.

Ticketholders for this dressy-casual event will enjoy a fantastic night of music and dancing held in a unique concert venue, a light supper buffet, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of fabulous silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Phil Dirt & the Dozers will take the stage from 8 to 11 p.m.

Coordinated largely by volunteers who live in the agency’s northern service area, this event is a fundraiser to support services for children and families in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami and Shelby Counties. Services include early childhood intervention programs in area child care centers, long-term care coordination services for seniors, and mental health and pregnancy counseling.

Tickets for the Concert of Caring are $50 per person.  Anyone registered by September 1 is guaranteed table seating.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available and sponsors will enjoy VIP, Premier, or Reserved table seating, signage, and program recognition. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.cssmv.org/events.

For more information or to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder at (800) 521-6419 ext. 1141 or  snydere@cssmv.org.

 

 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #8

Written by Ali Gemmer

Before Clever Clovers 4-H club had their eighth meeting, they participated in a service project as a change of the original plan. The service project took place at the YWCA on June 15th from 9:00-10:30am. Members moved rocks and soil to give space for planting around the House and the front of the YWCA. After the club planted, they moved onto putting down mulch. When they finished, adults took 4-H members to Grace Bible Church by carpool for a normal business meeting.  From 10:30-11:30am, refreshments were served and the club watched a video over Cooper Farms for their livestock Agricultural Activity. After the club discussed what happened in the video, Erin Richardson called the meeting to order and Lainey Werts led the 4-H pledge. Roll Call was taken by calling names and members were reminded to keep working on their projects before Judging on July 21st. The meeting ended with the club dividing into small groups according to their 4-H project. The next meeting will be on June 29th from 3:00-4:00pm at the usual location.

 

 

 

 
June 23-24, 2015
 

 
Snyder and Owens Engagement Announced
Seth Owens and Kylie Snyder , son of Terry and Kim Owens of Van Wert and daughter of Steve and Diane Snider of Mendon, are engaged and planning a June 27th wedding at Trinity Friends Church. She is a 2013 Parkway Graduate and a 2015 University of Northwestern Graduate. He is a 2005 Lincolnview Graduate and a 2014 Ohio State University Graduate.

 

 

Local Man and Wife Build a Mini Replica of the Rockford Depot

The Cincinnati / Northern Railroad was built in Rockford in 1894.   In 1938 the passenger service was discontinued and then was used strictly for freight.  The Rockford Railroad Depot was located behind the library.  The depot was torn down in the 1980’s.

Shanes Crossing Historical Society member Steve Thompson with help from his wife Marcia, recently built a mini replica of the Rockford Depot.  This project took 3 weeks to complete.  He used 2 pictures and his memory to build the replica.  Growing up, Steve lived several blocks from the rail and spent a lot of time watching rail cars come and go.  

 

Pictured is Steve Thompson with the mini replica.  He has donated this project to the Shanes Crossing Historical Society located at 151 E Columbia St.  The museum hours are Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4:30 pm and on Fridays till 3:30 pm.

In the background you can see the original ticket window that was donated by Jim Grieshop.  

 

 

 

 

 

Kidz Treehouse Opens in Rockford 

A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting took place at Kidz Treehouse on June 19th.
Kidz Treehouse is located at 142 N Main St. in Rockford.  
Rockford’s newest business is a children’s consignment shop and boutique
(sizes newborn to Jr. – clothes, shoes, and toys).

Summer Store hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon to 6 pn. 
Thursdays – 11 am – 8 pm.  Fridays 10 – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm. 
Coming soon --- The Fan Room will be offering Parkway apparel and gifts.    

Pictured left to right:  Mayor Amy Joseph, Jessica Shaffer – owner, 
Marie Miller – Rockford Chamber President, Vicki Steffen, Apollo Thomas

 

 

 

 

F45 Training Joins Chamber

F45 Training is the new training technique leaving competition and clients
gasping for air. F45 is the most innovative, challenging and systemized team
training workout in the world.
F45 has 10 different styles of programs of which the workouts NEVER get
repeated.
The new training center is located at 1107 North Main St. Suite 109, Celina
Oh.  Phone #'s  419.733.0016 or 419.305.2093.  
Email f45trainingcelina@gmail.com.  For more information,
visit their website http://www.f45training.com/celina.  

Pictured from left to right: 
Gregg & Kristin Rutledge, Jenny & Greg Snider, all are owners/instructors; 
Pam Buschur, Chamber Director  (Absent was owner/instructor Susan Ingraham.)

 

 

 

Rockford Community Days Thanks Everyone! 

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Rockford Community Days,
despite the crazy weather week we had.
THANK YOU to all the businesses, organizations, and individuals who continue to
offer support for this annual event.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers that make this event happen.

Like us on Facebook @ "Rockford Community Days" to see pictures of all
the fun !

RCD 2015 Committee

 

 

Thanks Extended for Recent Big Brothers Big Sisters Event

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank everyone that made our 25th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser possible. This year’s events were held on March 20th at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, April 10th at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert, and April 24th at Varsity Lanes in St. Marys. The event generated over $15,000 for all of our youth mentoring programs. All together over 300 bowlers and 75 business sponsors pulled together to support the youth in their communities.  This year’s event sponsor was Purmort Brothers Insurance.

 

Stable of Hope Horse Camp

C. & C Bible Fellowship will host this year’s Stable of Hope Horse Camp. This is the 5th year for this camp which will be held on July 9, 10, & 11 for those who will be going in to grades 3-4-5 this fall. This is open to boys and girls.

This Camp is for “want to be” horse riders to advance riders. There will be time for riding, horse care and hand on grooming. Horse education, food, fellowship, overnight stay in the dorms at the C. & C Bible Fellowship campus, and Christian activities.

C. & C Bible Fellowship is located at 4383 S 150 E Berne Indiana or 1 mile north of Berne and 2 ½ east.

For more information go to ccstableofhope.com. You will find a registration form on that web site.

Space is limited so hurry and make your registration before we are full.

If there is any questions call the office at 260-589-9022.

 

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show - Plan Now to Attend

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 10th in downtown Celina.  The festivities begin at the corner of Main and Market Streets and goes south to Warren Street.   From 5 -10pm, you will be able to taste the unique specialties of several different Celina restaurants and caterers.  Each restaurant will serve 3 or 4 different specialties.  Each food item will take between 1 and 4 tickets.  Presale tickets are on sale at the Celina Mercer County Chamber office located at 226 North Main Street in Celina.  Tickets will also be on sale that evening.  At the Chamber office, the first 2000 tickets will be sold at a buy 20 tickets and get 1 ticket free promotion. 

Plenty of tables and chairs will be set up in the street.  There will also be music in the street as well as music inside some of the downtown restaurants.  Beer and wine tasting will also be available inside some of the downtown restaurants.   Several local establishments will be open after the event closes with special entertainment.  After eating, feel free to browse through the unique specialty shops.  Again this year at the south end of Main Street is the cruise in car show.

For more information, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

at 419-586-2219.   Visit www.celinamercer.com to see a food menu and list of participating food vendors.

 

 

Willshire Days Approaches  - Garage Sales and Flea Market 

The Willshire Community Civic Association will be sponsoring community wide garage sales in the village of Willshire on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the 50th annual Willshire Days activities.  A map listing the locations of the garage sales will be made available.  Advertising will also be provided.  There is a $5.00 fee to have a garage sale location included in the map and to help cover the cost of advertising.  To register for the listing, call 419.495.2704.  Deadline to be included in the listing is Friday, June 19th. 

Flea market and craft vendors are encouraged to set up along State Street in Willshire on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th during the community wide garage sales that are being held in conjunction with the 50th annual Willshire Days.  There is no cost to set up.  Vendors must bring their own tables.  Set up is on a first come basis.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 22, 2015
 

 
 
 
 

Rockford Community Days pictures shared by Pat Agler June 19 and 20.
Thanks Pat!

Click on the smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them. Click Here for more pictures by Pat Agler

 
 
 
Rockford Community Days pictures shared by Tom Baltzell June 20.
Thanks Tom!

Click on the smaller thumbnails below to enlarge them.

 

Petting Zoo
Shanes Crossing Historical Society
Hosts Spinners of wool and linen thread
at the log cabin at Shanes Park.

Playground
 
 
 
 

 
June 20-21, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Fathers' Day

 
Rockford Community Days Update
From: Lisa Kuhn, Fiscal Officer,  Village of Rockford

The Rockford Chamber FUN Challenge has been postponed.

The County Concert Karaoke contest has been canceled.

The Weiner Dog Races have been canceled.

The Community Church Service begins at 10 am instead of
11 am that is on the schedule of events.

Everything else is a go as far as I know  --- weather permitting !

 

GOBA Bicycle Tour Begins June 20 and 21st in Van Wert, OH
 
 

 
June 19, 2015
 

 
 

Bob Maurer took 3 awesome pictures and shared them. They are of the June 17, 2015 flooding on 127 north of Mercer at the St Marys River and also the bridge.

Thanks Bob!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, June 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.

 

 

Rockford Rec. Hosts Annual MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition

 

On Sunday, April 12th, the Rockford Recreation Association hosted their 5th annual Pitch, Hit, and Run competition at Shanes Park. Thirty young competitors, ages 7-14, participated in the events of hitting off of a tee, pitching at a strike zone target, and running from second base to home plate. Each participant was individually scored in all three events. At the end of the competition, the scores were calculated and winners announced for each event in the four different age brackets (see local winners below).

 

All of the local winners from the local Rockford competition, had the opportunity to advance to the sectional competition held in Van Buren, OH on May 9th. Medalists at the sectional competition with the highest overall scores representing Rockford included: Brittyn Bruns (1st place 7/8 Girls); Madison Wendel (1st place 9/10 Girls); Fletcher Smith (3rd place 9/10 Boys); Brayden Bruns (2nd place 9/10 Boys); Riley Samples (2nd place 11/12 Boys); Trevor Stearns (3rd place 7/8 Boys); Chaz Neuenschwander (1st place 11/12 Boys). The first place finishers at the Van Buren competition - Bruns, Wendel, and Neuenschwander - will have their scores compared to other competitors from across Ohio for a chance to compete at the Cleveland Indians Team Championship. Congratulations all of our local and sectional winners representing the Rockford Recreation Association!

 

Local Competition Winners:

 

7/8 Boys

All Around: Trevor Stearns

Pitch: Trevor Stearns, Tanner Wendel

Hit: Trevor Stearns

Run: Trevor Stearns

 

7/8 Girls

All Around: Brittyn Bruns

Pitch: Brittyn Bruns, Brynn Schoenleben

Hit: Brittyn Bruns

Run: Brittyn bruns

 

9/10 Boys

All Around: Fletcher Smith

Pitch: Fletcher Smith

Hit: Brayden Bruns

Run: Caden Heindel

 

9/10 Girls

All Around: Madison Wendel

Pitch: Madison Wendel

Hit: Madison Wendel

Run: Alizay Neuenschwander

 

11/12 Boys

All Around: Chaz Neuenschwander

Pitch: Riley Samples

Hit: Noah Purtee

Run Chaz Neuenschwander

 

11/12 Girls

All Around, Pitch, Hit, Run: Claire Langenkamp

 

 

The Parkway Local School Board of Education June meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K Openings

2015-2016

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K classes currently has openings for the 2015-2016 school year.  Openings are for the 3 and 4 years olds on Tuesday/Thursday mornings, Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.  There are also openings in the morning and afternoon Pre-K classes (Monday-Thursday).  Openings are limited for those qualifying for financial assistance.   Registration forms are available in the elementary and district office or by calling Michelle at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.

 

Patrol’s S/Lt. Smith promoted to Captain at Findlay District Headquarters 

Columbus – Staff Lieutenant B. Gene Smith was promoted to the rank of captain today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy. Captain Smith will remain at Findlay District Headquarter to serve as district commander.           

Captain Smith joined the Patrol in May 1992 as a member of the 123rd Academy Class. He earned his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Lima Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 1996. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Defiance Post to serve as an assistant post commander. A year later, he returned to the Lima Post. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Van Wert Post to serve as post commander. In 2008, he transferred to the Findlay District Commercial Enforcement Unit. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Findlay District Headquarter to serve as an assistant district commander. 

Captain Smith completed training in Administrative Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute in 2003. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.

 

 

RADC Members to Hear Pete and Twyla Hayes
Our next meeting is Monday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Rockford Library basement. Twyla Hayes (and possibly Pete) will be our guest speaker for the evening. It would be great to see you all there. 

 

 

Doctors’ Urgent Care will operate regular hours at Mercer County Community Hospital Community Medical Center Remains Closed, Office Suites Relocated

Mercer Health’s Doctors’ Urgent Care will operate regular hours for Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Mercer County Community Hospital.  Patients are asked to enter at the Emergency Room entrance on the East side of Mercer County Community Hospital and register for Doctors’ Urgent Care at the Radiology registration window.  Doctors’ Urgent Care hours are 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) and 1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (weekends & holidays).

Mercer Health’s Community Medical Center remains closed for the safety of patients and employees.  The office suites have been temporarily relocated.  Please see below for relocation information.  As necessary, further updates will be available at www.mercer-health.com and on Mercer Health’s Facebook page.

 

 

Recycling scheduled on Saturday at Parkway is cancelled

 

 

Ivan Knapp Named Rockford Chamber June Business Person of the Month

The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate Ivan Knapp of
Knapp's News for being the June Business of the Month.  Ivan also recently received the
Citizen of the Year Award at the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Thank you for all that you have done for Mercer County!

Congratulations Ivan !  Thank you for supporting the Rockford
Chamber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Arrest in Celina

Sheriff Jeff Grey and Chief Tom Wale report the arrest of an individual on drug related charges.   Deputies and Officers assigned to the Task Force applied for and was granted a search warrant for a residence at 649 North Mill Street in Celina.  The search warrant was a result of a drug buy investigation, and was executed on June 16, 2015 at 7:16 PM.

Arrested was 25 year old Kameron McCarty, 649 North Mill Street, Celina.  McCarty is currently incarcerated in the Mercer County Detention Facility, pending formal charges being filed.  The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor.

Deputies and Officers recovered drug paraphernalia (spoons, syringes, straws), marijuana, several empty capsules of suspected heroin, and assorted unknown pills.

Submitted by Martin D. Emerine, Enforcement Captain

 

 

 

Mercer Health 5K Challenge Countrywide Running Series Begins

 

23nd Annual Country Fest 5Krun/walk starts at 9:00 on Sunday June 28, 2014.
This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge countrywide Running
Series.
This chip timed, loop course has long straightaway down tranquil country
roads and winds through the village streets of Chapel Hill.  The Start and
Finish Lines are located near 2291 St. Johns Road next to the Country Fest
grounds entrance in Maria Stein, Ohio.
Race day registration and check in is 7:00-8:30 A.M. at the shelter house
next to Maria Stein Shine. With a $15.00 fee with no shirt.
Registration online at https://goodtimesraces.com  thru Friday, June26, 2015
or Mail completed Entry form and check to Country Fest 5K, Caroline Ranly,
2310 at. John Rd., Maria  Stien, Oh. 45860.
With refreshments and awards   ceremony along with food stands open after
the race.
Those who complete all eight races in the Mercer Health's Countywide 5K
Challenge will receive a half-zip, Dri-fit pullover.  Those who complete six
of the races will receive a T-shirt.  Keep running!

 

 

 

8 & Under Girls Softball Tournament Organized

The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association will be hosting an 8 & under girls softball coach-pitch all-star tournament from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12.

 

Players must be eight years or younger as of December 31, 2014. Teams are guaranteed three games and awards include a minimum of top two teams as well as individual game awards for each team.

 

For more information, contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or by e-mail at wannie8@frontier.com. Information can also be downloaded at www.payneball.com.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 18, 2015
 

 
 
 
 
Dramatic pictures of the flooding (on 6-17-2015) from the East End of Pearl Street in Rockford Shared by Todd Henkle of Henkle Insurance. The St. Marys River is in the background as well as one photo from US Route 33 North looking North. Thank you Todd!

 


(From US Rt. 33)
 
 
Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, Issues Warning

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is recommending to motorists that they use extreme caution and care in traveling … “With the very large rainfall events we have had, we have used all of the high water signs we have, as well as road closed barricades.”

There are so many locations of water crossing the roads that our crews cannot physically respond to every location to get those locations marked for the public. We strongly urge the traveling public to use extreme care when traveling and if possible adjust travel plans.

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

 
Parkway Wrestling Camp is cancelled for the rest of the week due to high water and road closings. Make up will be late in the Fall.
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping fill sandbags as the St. Marys River is rising due to approximately 10 inches of rain that fell over the area in several days time. More heavy rain is expected. There are many road closures. Mercer County Sheriff urges careful travel and never drive through standing water. High water signs are posted.
 
 

Chattanooga Community VBS

Calling all children ages 3 through those just completing 6th grade!  Come and join in the Chattanooga Community VBS for a week of “EVEREST”, where you will learn about “Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power”!  The adventure will be held June 22nd-26th from 9AM – 12PM daily at Chattanooga United Methodist Church.  Each day will be filled with games, music, food, laughter, and lots of other surprises.  This will be one adventure that you won’t want to miss.  The Chattanooga Community VBS is sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church – Chatt.  For further information or to pre-register, call Jessica Temple (419.942.3344) or Kendra Miller (419.495.2655).

 

 
June 17, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Wrestling Camp is cancelled for today due to high water and road closings.
 
With upwards of 10 inches of rain falling in the last 24 hours in Mercer and Van Wert Counties and surrounding areas, the resultant flooding has many roads closed including major highways.

Visit this website by clicking here: http://www.ohgo.com for the latest in closings. Click on the map of the area you want to see the closings.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey encourages careful travel and never drive through standing water.

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 16, 2015
 

 
Parkway School Board Meeting is cancelled for tonight due to high water and road closings.
 

THE WILLSHIRE FIRE DEPT NEEDS HELP FILLING SAND BAGS.  IF YOU CAN HELP, REPORT TO THE WILLSHIRE FIRE DEPT ASAP.  BRING GLOVES AND WEAR OLD SHOES.

 

Outstanding Miss Ohio Teen Competition Includes Rockford Teen

Best Wishes and Congratulations go out to 15 year old Loren Stukey of Rockford who recently was crowned Miss Oxford Outstanding Teen 2015 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Check out her Blog – Click Here. This weekend of June 18, 19 and 20, she competes during the Miss Ohio Contest in Mansfield, OH for the title of Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen. The contests in Mansfield are all part of the Miss America Pageant circuit, and Loren is participating in all of the fun activities which include a fashion show at the mall; a parade around Mansfield; supporting the Miss Ohio contestants as they “serve food” at Applebee’s; and participating in a Cabaret Show at the Renaissance as well as making new friends.

A total of 18 teenage girls, with outstanding teen titles of their own, will be judged this weekend in several categories to earn points that will lead to one young lady being crowned Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen. Loren is prepared to compete in these areas: Personal Interview; Onstage Question; Fitness Routine; Talent; and Evening Gown.

The Personal Interview will gather her the most points while the Onstage Question will give her a couple minutes to speak about her Platform or current event. The Fitness routine is one activity learned together by the group of contestants. Wendy Stukey, her mother, explained that the teens do not compete in swimsuit at this level. Instead, they wear a fitness outfit that features their school (Loren proudly wears a Parkway High School t-shirt) and do a workout routine together doing a number of calisthenics exercises to a song.Loren’s talent will be unique. She has been learning tap dancing for two years and will tap a routine to the popular song by Meghan Trainor called Dear Future Husband. The Evening Gown category features each contestant in a long dress, and they earn points for stage presence.

Loren’s Platform is her passion “Helping Hands for Ohio’s Seniors” born out of her love for her grandparents and great-grandparents. Loren is devoted to helping Senior Citizens. In her church, St. Paul’s Reform Church of America near Van Wert, Loren participates weekly in “Bread and Bowl” a meal prepared for the less fortunate. These volunteer hours as well as helping Amy Noll with Mother’s Day basket distribution at area nursing homes to Senior Citizens, has strengthened her commitment to the older generation.

Loren is going to be a Freshman at Parkway High School in Fall 2015. She plays the saxophone in the PHS Marching Band. Past activities in junior high school included: softball; volleyball; choir and statistician for the JH girls’ basketball team.

Her loving family supports her in her new adventures. They include parents Adam and Wendy (Baer) Stukey. Adam is a 1987 graduate of Ohio City Liberty School; Wendy is a 1986 graduate of Lincolnview High School. Twin sister, Haylee and brother Austen Stukey will be cheering her on, along with grandparents Perry and Linda Stukey of Ohio City and Dave and Anita Baer of Van Wert and Great-Grandfather Jason Straw of Ohio City.

Other family members and friends from Parkway and Church will be there as well at the pageant which is being held at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield. Click Here for Miss Ohio Information on the WebClick Here for info on Renaissance Theater and tickets. Loren's event is Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM!

The Parkway Communities and all of Mercer and Van Wert Counties wish Loren the very best of luck this weekend.  Check out her Blog – Click Here to personally wish her well.

Pictures below are shared by her official photography, Ashley (Dellinger) DuBry. Thanks Ashley! Click Here for Ashley’s website and Loren’s page.

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge Ashley's beautiful pictures!


Loren Stukey in Mansfield Parade
with Alice Magato, Butler County
Outstanding Teen 2015 (by Wendy Stukey)

Loren with Military Escort
Jim Bishop at the Mansfield Parade
(by Wendy Stukey)

 

Otterbein Invites You to Their Lake Campus for Music by the Lake

Otterbein St. Marys invites you to join them for Music by the Lake on Sunday, June 28th from 2 PM to 4 PM. Music by the Larry Ford Trio and refreshments will be served under the tent at the end of Bob White Lane. Golf Carts will be available for tours of the campus and Open Houses. In case of inclement weather, festivities will be held in the Meyer Community Room.

 

Overnight Rain on June 15 Creates Flooded Roads

After a rainy weekend in the area with an average of 1-3/4 inches falling during the past weekend, the community got thumped with an average of 5-1/2” in a 12 hour period from 4:30 PM on June 15th to 4:30 AM on June 16th. Sheriff Jeff Grey issued flash flood warnings overnight on county roads. Floating debris was also included in the warning. Impassable roadways overnight included State Route 118 North of State Route 707 south of Rockford and State Route 49 South of Wilson Road south of Rockford. State Route 49 between Wilson and Sipe Roads remained closed on the morning of June 16 due to high water but 118 north of 707 opened. Sheriff Grey reminds drivers to use caution.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford Community Days Coming

 

YAHOO!!   Join us this weekend June 19-21, 2015 for Rockford Community Days !  A celebration of our AWESOME Community !  We are ready and super EXCITED !!

Friday events – Community Garage Sales, 21st Annual Car Show, ball games @ Shanes Park, FREE music entertainment Thom McKee and Shelby County Line.  Fireworks @ 10 pm

Saturday events – Community Garage Sales,  Fox Family Ride – Poker Run and Auction, Rockford Chamber FUN Challenge, Farm Friends Petting Zoo, Craft and Vendor Show, at the Log Cabin – Hawg Creek Spinners & Weavers, Quarter Auction, and the Parade is at 4 pm.  FREE music entertainment Nut Flush and Kill the Rabbit.  

Sunday event – Community Church Service at 10 am sponsored by Mt. Tabor Church of God 

We have inflatables again this year --- we have cut the price to JUST $5 per child for all day fun !!  Children must be taller than 42” to participate. 

Enjoy our food vendors – St. Teresa Church, Egbert Concessions, CJ's Shaved Ice, 
Stumpy’s Kettle Korn – (only on Friday) and don’t forget to support your local boy scouts by getting some ice cream.

* Several changes from original schedule –  COUNTRY CONCERT KARAOKE CONTEST has been CANCELED. Weiner Dog Races have been CANCELED, Sunday Services are at 10 AM. 

Rockford Community Days is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to making a difference at Shanes Park!  Our current project is to help purchase and replace the old Shane Hall Building.   It’s had many years of use and has served us well, but it’s time for a new, cleaner, more efficient building. Your support will help ensure years of enjoyment at Shanes Park.

So come on – Join us !  What are you waiting for !!!


Click Here for a printable schedule of events for Rockford Community Days June 19, 20 & 21


 

50th Annual Willshire Days Festival coming June 26th and 27th

Plans are nearly completed for the 50th annual Willshire Days festival that is being sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club.  The festivities will be held June 26th and 27th.  The event will kick off on Friday evening.  Following the flag raising ceremony, the entertainment stage will be filled with activity throughout the evening.  The princess pageant will begin at 6:00 PM followed by music from the worship team of Praise Point Church.  Section Ate, a band comprised of  local musicians, will be providing entertainment featuring music from the classic rock genre.    

Activities on Saturday will begin bright and early.  The Willshire Fire Department will be hosting a pancake, sausage, biscuit and gravy breakfast for all to enjoy.  Garage sales, baseball games, and shopping at vendors and local businesses will continue throughout the day.  The activities in the park will begin in the afternoon.  At 4:00 PM the annual parade will begin.  Following the parade, the park will again be filled with many activities including local artist John Brodbeck.  John has been singing and playing country music for the past several years and has become a local favorite.  Willshire native, Aaron Roehm will be entertaining the crowd with a magic show and later on making balloon sculptures for kids to enjoy.  Rounding out the evening entertainment will be “Evolution”, with Matt Motycka of Willshire.  The band features the sounds of acoustic rock from the 80’s and 90’s.  Free pony rides, sponsored by the Willshire Legion Post #207 and the Sons of the American Legion will again be available on Saturday evening.  A kid’s tractor pull will also be held thanks to the Willshire Fire Department.

The park will have many activities going on Friday and Saturday late afternoon and evening.  Those activities include inflatables (sponsored in part by the Willshire Sportman’s Club and Countryside Church of the Nazarene), carnival games, putt-putt golf, bingo, and other activities.  Homemade soups, sandwiches, pies, and cakes will once again be featured in the food stand.  Elephant ears, funnel cakes, soft serve ice cream and many other delicious treats will also be available.  Other events that are being planned for the weekend include community wide garage sales and a craft and flea market.  The Willshire Youth Activities will sponsor a wooden bat Little League tournament to run throughout the weekend.  Plan now to visit Willshire and enjoy a family friendly weekend.

Contact numbers for various activities are as follows:  Parade – Karen Hunziker (419.495.2802), Princess pageant – Katie Schnitz (260.301.6232), Garage Sales – Town Office (419.495.2704), Flea Market/Craft Booths – Sharon Krall (419.495.2474), General Information – Kendra Miller (419.495.2655).

 

 

Corn in Right of Way

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

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

 

 
 
 

 
June 15, 2015
 

 
 

Rockford Rec. Punt, Pass, & Kick Competition

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick competition on Saturday, June 20th at 5:00pm on Diamond #4 at Shanes Park during the Rockford Community Days festival.  The event is open to boys & girls ages 6-15 (age classification is determined as of December 31, 2015). Participants are encouraged to visit www.rockfordrec.com to download, print, and complete the registration form to bring with them on the day of the competition. Participants are required to wear athletic shoes and NOT permitted to wear cleats during the competition. This is a FREE event!!

The top finishers from each of the ten different age/gender groups at the local competition will advance to a sectional competition. The winners at the sectional competition will have their scores compared with other sectional champions throughout the region. The top four scorers from the pool of sectional champions advance to the Cincinnati Bengals Team Championship at a Bengals home game later this fall. The winning scores from the Team Championships will be eligible to qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday Teri Springer Wehausen - 65 Years Young on May 4, 2015. Parkway Class of 1968.
 
 

 
June 12-14, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Flag Day on June 14, 2015
Fly your United States of America Flag!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 11, 2015
 

 
 

 Darling ~ Pontsler Announce Engagement and Wedding

Ron and Becky Darling of Decatur, IN and Gary and Kathy Pontsler of Willshire announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Kaitlynn May Darling and Shay Anthony Pontsler of Maryland

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Bellmont High School and a 2012 graduate of Ross medical Education Center for Dental Assisting. She is employed at Tidewater Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Parkway High School and a 2008 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical astronautical engineering. He is employed at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The wedding was May 30, 2015 in Decatur, Indiana.

 

 

Three Arrested in Rockford Burglary

Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies recently arrested 3 individuals following a theft at T.J.’s Grocerette in Rockford.

Kenneth Longstreath, Danny Lee Longstreath, and John William Coile, of Dayton, were charged with breaking and entering, and the theft of cigarettes.

 

Congratulations to Parkway Freshman Haley Hawk
Haley Hawk recently earned 1st Team All state honors as an infielder.

During the recent Parkway Softball Season she set new records for the school. She had nine Home runs and 55 RBI’s. The previous records for home runs were held by Emily Crowell and Sierra Fent at eight each and Amanda Schumm’s runs batted in record was 42.

 

 
 
Willshire Days is Planning Their 50th Annual Festival on June 26th and 27th
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 9-10, 2015
 

 
 

AUTO HARPIST AND SOUTHERN GOSPEL SINGERS TO TAP INTO YOUR FAITH AT THE ROCKFORD BELLE ON JUNE 13

This Saturday, June 13, the Rockford Belle, at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH will host autoharpist PATRICK BRIEDE II of Decatur, IN and southern-gospel singers- THE FISHERMEN QUARTET, of Clyde, OH. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A free-will donation will be accepted. 

 

Forty years ago in Clyde, Ohio two brothers and a friend- Larry and Jim Kessler and Max Wright organized what is now known as The Fishermen Quartet. From the beginning, they sang Southern Gospel music, a style that conveys perfectly a special message for the listener if he or she will hear it. Additional musicians were added- leading to a full traveling band that would consist of piano, bass guitar, drums, and lead guitar.  They were like many of other groups who stayed together for a number of years, members leaving one by one, and finally disbanding all together.  Larry and Max sang in some other groups and finally not being fully satisfied, started The Fishermen back up again. The group has welcomed vocalist Larry K. Kessler (son of Larry L. Kessler) and guitar player Jean Willis­ Burson. They have now cut 7 CD`s and a live DVD. Last year, they sang 153 dates and this year’s booking schedule appears to be filling up quickly. The group expresses it best, "All we ever wanted to do was sing a song.” The Fishermen Quartet perform at a variety of venues and look forward to when they can spread the word in song.

Better known as Patty Joe, autoharpist Patrick Briede II will perform again at the Belle and open for The Fishermen Quartet. Listeners can learn why the singer-songwriter and recording artist has been called: fibber, faker, fool, and dreamer. 

For ten years now, Patty Joe has been defining his dirt folk style of music and has compiled quite a play list including the likes of Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash and John Prine. He has written in a wide variety of styles from Folk, Country, Christian, and of life’s humor. His influences range from John Prine, the late Steve Goodman and the Holy Ghost. 

Patty Joe’s instrument of choice is the autoharp (a southern mountain instrument made popular by Mother Maybelle Carter and June Carter Cash) and percussion. He is well-known and recognized as he performs on the street at Farmer’s Markets, in churches, coffee houses, schools, open mics, and daycares. He looks forward to sharing his recorded CD demo entitled “Lost and Found” with 12 original songs that express his life and faith.


Conclude the week on a positive note with lively performances by The Fishermen Quartet and Patrick Briede II! For continued concert updates and communication, click on to FACEBOOK and follow The Rockford Belle. For more information call Nancy Ritz at 567.259.9211.                                                      
                                                 

Ohio City Hosting Performer, Dana Fair

Ohio City would like to announce that Dana Fair will be performing at their third “Arts in the Park” on Friday, June 12 at 7:00. Dana Fair has performed in local bands since the age of fifteen.  In the past twenty–five years he has been in such bands as: Bad Habit, Delgado, Wild Hearts, X-Eyes, Crossroads, DNA, and along with a solo career. 

 

 

2015 5K Challenge Running Series Begins

The 2015 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will kick off  with  the 23nd
annual Zuma 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Montezuma.
This road race is part of the Montezuma picnic with proceeds to go to
community improvements.
Registration is at the shelter house at Zuma Park.  The race will begin at
the Franklin Township Fire House and will finish inside our beautiful Park.
Pre-registration for 5K is $15.00 including a T-shirt, or $12.00 with no
shirt.  Early registration must be postmarked by June 12, 2015. Race day
entry fee is $15.00 with no shirt.
For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or
stacy_braun@hotmail.com.

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

  

 

Mercer Health Volunteers Association Provides 15,897 Hours of Service in 2014

 

Mercer Health held its Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Wednesday, May 20th at Romers’ Banquet Facility in Celina.  The volunteers provided 15,897 hours of service in 2014 in the areas of community outreach, chaplain services, gift shop, patient services, sewing services and many other service areas.  Ollie Wendel was awarded for providing the most hours of service during 2014 with a total of 434 hours.  Also honored were Jane Wilker for a cumulative total of 7,000 hours service, Dorothy Bruns for a cumulative total of 4,000 hours service and Irene Seitz for a cumulative total of 3,000 hours service.  Several other volunteers were honored for 1,000, 500 and 250 hour cumulative totals.  Those honored for 1,000 cumulative hours included: Verna Ahlers, Elmer Eyink, Brenda Grieshop, Helen Homan, Janet Hummel, Lisa Moeller, Grace Muhlenkamp, Vern Stammen, Jeanette Wellman and Rita Wissman; for 500 cumulative hours included: Ken Gelhaus, Marilyn Link, Rose Lochtefeld, Barb Niekamp, Pat Quinter, Joan Schwieterman, Rita Snider and Velma Spangler; and for 250 cumulative hours included: Hilda Alig, Carol Bellman, Dorothy Bills, Brenda Honigford, Roger Kremer, Ken Rosengarten, Phil Nauman, Vern Schulze, Pat Sommer, Linda Theiman, MaryAnn Wolf and Ollie Wendel.

 

The association also reviewed donations made to Mercer Health during 2014 which exceeded $10,000.  Included in the donations were six Staxi wheelchairs, a donation towards the LUCAS™ Chest Compression System which provides manual chest compressions and over 4,500 gifts to pediatric patients at Mercer County Community Hospital.  Intended donations for 2015 were approved including reconstruction of the exit ramp on the West side of Mercer County Community Hospital, new chairs for patient exam rooms at the Community Medical Center in Celina, infant sleepsacks for each newborn in the Childbirth Center at Mercer County Community Hospital, a minor renovation to the consult room in the Emergency Department and continued donations to all pediatric patients. 

 

Jane Stammen, Director of Volunteer Services states, “The Volunteer Association is proud to support the mission of Mercer Health.  We provide fundraisers throughout the year that allow us to provide financial support for many projects.  The Hospitality Gift Shop also provides financial support for projects.  We assist with many events and of course we provide daily services every single day of the year.  On most days, there are over 30 volunteers providing services within the Mercer Health organization.”

 

 
 
 
New Business Opening in Rockford
Join us for the Grand Opening of Kidz Treehouse on June 19th at 8 am.  Kidz Treehouse is located at 142 N Main St. in Rockford.  Rockford’s newest business is a children’s consignment shop and boutique (sizes newborn to Jr. – clothes, shoes, and toys).
  
Summer Store hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon to 6 pm.  Thursdays – 11 am – 8 pm.  Fridays 10 – 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm.  Coming soon --- The Fan Room will be offering Parkway apparel and gifts.    We look forward to seeing you on June 19th !  Refreshments will be served.  Door prizes to be given.
 
 

 
June 8, 2015
 

 
 

Grand Lake Patriots to Here Presentation by Jason King

Guest speaker Jason King, a pastor, missionary, and studied speaker on the U.S. Constitution, politics, and history, will present “What Has Been the Fate of Nations That Turned Their Back on Israel?” at the Thursday, June 11  Grand Lake Patriots meeting. The program begins at 7 PM at the Lefeld Community Building, inside the main gate of the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina, Ohio.

A statement from the Grand Lake Patriots group reads, “The United States has enjoyed a close relationship with Israel in the past. Many Americans contend that the relationship between our two countries is strained today. What can we expect if we turn our back on our most ardent ally in the Middle East? Does history hold the answer?”

Patriots and guests are invited to attend the program. Phone 419-733-3880 for further information. The Lefeld Community Building is handicapped accessible.

 

59th Annual June Art Exhibit – Opening Reception Planned at Art Center

The  Wassenberg Art Center, 214 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH 45891 will hold their 59th Annual June Art Exhibit – Opening Reception Planned at Art Center. Details:

WHEN: June 13, 6 p.m.– 10 p.m.

COST: Free, open to the public

CONTACT: Hope Wallace, executive director: 419-238-6837, hope@wassenbergartcenter.org. or Matt Temple, office manager matt@wassenbergartcenter.org 

The Wassenberg Art Center will host the 59th Annual June Art Exhibit opening reception for this regional/national juried art exhibit. The exhibit is open to amateur and professional artists over the age of 18 and draws artists from the region and other states.

Free brats will be served with other summer fare. Spirited beverages will be available for purchase. Music will be provided by the Dan Smyth Band of Fort Wayne. This funky fresh collective includes on Bass: Casey Stansifer, Brad Kuhns, Bryan Bankson, Andy Pauquette, on Drums: Brandon Ford, Colin Boyd, on Saxophone: Ed Renz, Quincy Sanders.

 

 

 

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, June 20, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The writing assignment is to write a piece from the view point of an inanimate object. Eileen Whitsett will lead the group in a writing exercise. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 6-7, 2015
 

 
 

 

 

ARROW HEADS & ARTIFACTS EXHIBIT

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 1:00 – 4:00

MERCER CO. HISTORICAL MUSEUM

130 E. MARKET, CELINA

 

 

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently collecting plastic caps and lids from common household containers including milk jug caps, detergent caps, hair spray caps, drink bottle caps, deodorant caps, cottage cheese lids, mayonnaise lids, peanut butter lids, cool whip lids, coffee can lids, etc. A collection goal of 800 pounds of caps and lids has been set so that these collected tops will be recycled into a bench that will be placed near the ball diamonds at Shanes Park. Local residents are encouraged to enlist the children in their family to participate in the collection effort and recruit aunts, uncles, and other relatives to assist in this effort. This is a unique stewardship project targeted to involve kids in our community and provide them an opportunity to make a difference and be proud of the result when the goal is accomplished and the bench is delivered to the park. Collected caps and lids can be dropped off at the Shanes Park concession stand during summer baseball and softball games. If you have additional questions about participating in this project, please call (419)363-3575.

 

 

 

Marketing Essentials, LLC Joins Chamber

 

Marketing Essentials, LLC of New Bremen has joined the Celina Mercer County

Chamber of Commerce.   Businesses of all sizes and types partner with them, a

Certified Internet Marketing firm to increase brand awareness, build trust and relationships with prospects, reach new targeted markets, and shorten the sales cycle. 

They are not your typical graphic design or marketing firm.  Their focus is creating

an internet marketing strategy that brings results. 

 

For more information visit mktgessentials.com, call 419 629 0080, or email

connect@mktgessentials.com.   For more information on the Chamber, visit celinamercer.com.

 

 

4-H Camp Palmer Pool Ribbon Cutting & Opening


The long awaited new swimming pool for 4-H Camp Palmer was officially opening on May 31! Cutting the ribbon for the project included: Jill Stechshulte-4-H Education and Fulton County Extension Director, Neere Emmons-President of Fulton County Dairy Association, Lisa Onweller- Executor of Helen Sell Estate bequest and Jack Brace, President of Bryan Area Foundation. The Camp Palmer Staff and board are very thankful to our hundreds of donors that have made this project a reality.

     Two of our most recent donations have included a gift of $5000 from The Farmers & Merchants State Bank and $1000 gift and additional $2000 pledge from Sherwood State Bank. On the grand opening day Jill Stechschulte made a splash for cash challenge, received $6000 in new pledges and then plunged into the pool!  Currently 4-H Camp Palmer is still accepting donations as they have collected $330,000 of the needed $505,000 for the project.

On June 3 the Kids’ Outdoor Science Camp began our 68th year of serving youth 4-H camps, band camps, outdoor education school groups and retreat groups. The youth are enjoying the new pool and many new features!

    Please call 419-237-2247 or email 4hcamppalmer@gmail.com.  for more information on camp or pool project. 4-H Camp Palmer is a non-profit 501c3 organization, additional donations and purchasing dedicated bricks are also welcomed to support this project.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 3-5, 2015
 

 
 

Cota-Inzunza ~ Frahm Families Announce Approaching Wedding
Gustavo & Lupita Cota together with Ronald and Sheryl Frahm (of Rockford) recently announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Monica Cota-Inzunza and Mark Frahm. The bride –elect has a Master’s Degree in Music and teaches music. The groom to be has a Master’s in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding and is an Assistant Melon Breeder. He is also a 1995 graduate of Parkway High School. The wedding is planned for June 22, 2015 at a vineyard in California.

 

 

Beahrs and Boyer Families Celebrate Birth of Son

Taylor Beahrs & Jeff Boyer of Rockford proudly announce the birth of a new son, Jeffrey Thomas "J.T." Eugene Boyer.  He was born at 10:28pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Van Wert County Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20" long. Grandparents include Lloyd & Carol Boyer, Pam Beahrs, Janie Rose and Tom Beahrs.

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Pianist, Christopher Cowdery to Present Senior Recital

 

St. John Lutheran Church of Celina is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Cowdery will present a piano and bassoon recital in the church sanctuary on June 14, 2015, at 2:00 in the afternoon.

 

Mr. Cowdery will perform works by Beethoven, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Grainger and others. He will also perform duets with Andrew Cowdery, pianist and Charles Cheuvront, bassoonist.

 

Christopher is a 2015 graduate of Celina High School and has been accepted to Miami University for piano performance. Chris was a musician in the marching band, symphonic band, jazz band and a past participant in the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program. He was also selected to perform in the District 3 Honors Band and was the recipient of the 2015 Sousa Award from the Celina High School Marching Band. 

 

Chris was a bassoon student of Kathy Cross of Lake Zurich, IL, and a piano student of Diane Adamek of Mundelein, IL. Currently, he studies bassoon with Charles Cheuvront of Lima, OH, and piano with David Van Tilburg of Celina, OH.

 

Chris is an Eagle Scout involved in his church youth group and mission trips, soccer and wrestling.  He is the son of Andrew and Deborah Cowdery.

 

Also performing in concert with Mr. Cowdery will be Amber Bruggeman, soprano, and David Van Tilburg, pianist.  The church address is 1100 North Main Street in Celina, OH.  The recital is free and open to the public.

 

Ambrosia to Perform in Fountain Park

(Van Wert, OH) - One of the most popular soft rock bands of its time, Ambrosia will be performing in Fountain Park to help celebrate the 2015 Peony Festival in Van Wert.  This concert also kicks off the start of the Fountain Park Summer Music Series, sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation.

Fountain Park in downtown Van Wert will be the hub of activity as the Ambrosia concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5.  Food vendors, crafts, and artisans will be located around the park area during the day leading up to the concert.  The Peony Festival committee will also be serving food in the park at the Rotary Concession Stand.  During the concert time, the Peony Queen and her court will be introduced to the audience.

With five top 40 hits from the 1970’s/80’s, Ambrosia became one of the most popular soft rock bands of its time.  Enjoy the songs you loved and still hear such as “How Much I Feel,” “You’re the Only Woman,” Biggest Part of Me,” and so much more as we kick off the summer in Fountain Park. 

The concert is free of charge and open to the public.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this fun concert.  Arrive early as there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  These rare Glacial Kame Shell Gorgets were found by Mercer County Engineer Bernard Gebhart and Chief Deputy Ray Eblen in Gibson Township, a fourth of a mile south of Sharpsburg on June 9, 1965, a half a century ago.

 

Today, I want to share with you that even though Mercer  Countians work to preserve their Mercer County History, the bottom line is, that all too often, that history ends up being located outside of Mercer County, or else outside of Ohio, being preserved by people who care more about Mercer County’s History that Mercer Countians care about their own heritage.  In case you are wondering about this statement, I am not only addressing the loss of Mercer County’s Prehistoric Indian Artifacts but also the loss of Mercer County’s big old barns, Mercer County’s historical archival records, and Mercer County’s original historic photographs. 

 

Since the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are hosting the 35th Annual Prehistoric Artifacts Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum on Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2015, I will address the topic of prehistoric Indian Artifacts between 1000 to 10,000 years ago, since the last Ice Age.

 

On March 18, 1973, Ray Eblen, who was Mercer County Engineer’s Chief Deputy, and the Treasurer of the Mercer County Historical Society, and a Charter Member of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors hosted an exhibit with this organization, at the old Mercer County Historical Museum, at the northeast corner of Main and Fayette Streets, Celina.  That first exhibit was one rousing success!  After we moved the Mercer County Historical Museum to 130 East Market Street, to the Riley Home, the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors began hosting annual exhibits on the last Sunday of June.

 

Among the rarest artifacts ever found in Mercer County were these 3-Hole Shell Sandal Sole Glacial Kame Gorgets and the two sections, as well as the Bar Gorget and the rare Marine Shell Gorget with 3-Holes and Tallies.  These seven gorgets were among hundreds of prehistoric Indian Artifacts found in Mercer County, Ohio by Ray Eblen and Bernard Gebhart, many of which when they were working on Mercer County’s rural roads.  Eblen and Gebhart took tremendous pride in their collections.  But the day came when they could no longer be here to preserve those collections and the collections were sold on February 22, 2015 at an Ancient Artifact Auction.  We were visiting family in Florida in February.

 

The Members of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are to be praised for their dedication to preserving the flint, slate, and granite artifacts made by the Prehistoric Indians who lived in this area of Ohio after the last Ice Age, between 1000 and 10,000 years ago.  The flint arrow heads, which were cut from the flint found at Flint Ridge, Ohio are among the most beautiful pieces of art in the world.  Of course, the Pendants, Bird Stones, and Bannerstone Gorgets crafted from Slate are exquisite works of art.  The granite grooved Hammerstones, Celts and Adzes are examples of tools which function as tools but also function of sculpture in stone.

 

Each year I am amazed to see the new finds of ancient artifacts, made by prehistoric people, by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors.  Books and Archaeology Magazines are published, illustrating the artifacts as well as identifying the information related to them.  Education is important to the Collectors.

 

If you have questions about the Indian artifacts which you have at home, bring them to the Mercer County Historical Museum, a block east of the Mercer County Courthouse, at the corner of Market and Ash Streets, and ask the collectors your questions on June 28.  They are knowledgeable about this subject. 

 

I want to thank the good people who do care about the preservation of our heritage at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  I want to thank the Members of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors for hosting this exhibit on Sunday, June 28, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

 

Floral Reflections has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Floral Reflections has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Recently, this family owned florist moved into a brand new building at 701
Ash Street in St.Henry (just off of State Route 118).  Sharing space with
Floral Reflections is Anastasia Nychole Boutique.  Mother and daughters have
teamed up for a fabulous shopping experience.   You can reach Floral
Reflections at 419 678 8422 or visit www.sainthenryflorist.com.  

They will be holding an open house beginning June 1st and running through
June 6th. Stop in and register for door prizes.  Both stores are 20% off excluding
fresh plants and  clearance.  

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  This 1928 Two-Row No. 2 New Idea Corn Picker was donated to the Henry Ford Museum in 1976, in honor of our Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration.

 

 

I was surprised about so many people calling me about the John Deere “Spoker D” Tractor and the old New Idea Corn Picker, in my May 21st article, for “Our Old Bookcase.”  Many of these people ordered several copies of the book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982.” 

 

Therefore, you readers might be interested in Mercer County’s history on exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.  In honor of our Nation’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, the New Idea Company donated the 1928 Two-Row No. 2 New Idea Corn Picker, to the Henry Ford Museum, at Dearborn, Michigan.  This Corn Picker was the first New Idea Model Two-Row Corn Picker manufactured by the New Idea Company.  Before New Idea donated this picker to the Henry Ford Museum, they took the New Idea Corn Picker to Tom Hoyng, at his Custom Body Shop at Coldwater.  Tom told me that on the Two-Row 1928 Corn Pickers, the center snout would take a beating.  In fact, that entire Corn Picker was “beat up.”  Tom said that they did not want it to be perfect, but wanted him to hammer it out with a hammer and dolly, so he did.

 

It has been years since our family visited the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village at Dearborn, Michigan.  Since we visited this Museum when our children were younger, we would not have seen the New Idea Corn Picker which was not donated until 1976.  I would like to return to this Museum and see this Corn Picker, especially since our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Member Tom Hoyng was the one to fix up that New Idea Corn Picker before it was taken to the Henry Ford Museum in 1976.

 

I thought that you might be interested in visiting the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.  I went to the internet and Googled this site.  Their website is a beautiful website, but they have so much information to share with us, that it took me a little while to understand it.  There is a line, “Hours, Tickets and Directions,” which gives this information; if you want directions, scroll down to page two! 

 

The Museum address is:  The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029.  You can check your internet for www.mapquest.com, or look at a Michigan Map with the City of Detroit detailed map.   If you do not have computer access, you can call 1-800-835-5237.  Ask them for brochures, maps, and information in general.  This Museum and this Village are worthy of our attention in preserving American History. 

 

Apparently, the Henry Ford Museum is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Greenfield Village appears to be closed during the winter season January 1, through April 14, 2015.

The costs vary and discounts are available  

 

And . . . they are preserving the history of the New Idea Company at Coldwater, Ohio, with this New Idea Corn Picker!  Maybe they would like to reserve a copy of our New Idea Historic Preservation Committee’s book, “New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, 1925-1982!”  This book should be placed in the Museum’s Archival Collections because a photograph of this Corn Picker has been included in this book.

 

 

To:  Rockford Residents / Public Notice

Discarding Litter Prohibited:

According to Ohio Basic Code 93.27 – No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by him or her, or in or on waters of the state.  

Litter includes – garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.  Namely – grass clippings on public streets.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.   The sentencing court may, in addition to or in lieu of the penalty provided in this division, require a person who violates this section to remove litter from any public or private property or in on waters of the state.


Thank you.

Amy Joseph
Mayor

 

 

 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to THANK the following:

* Village Employees for removing stone, adding dirt and putting in a
sidewalk on the north end of the pavilion.

* Larry Stephenson for donation of time, labor, design, building and painting
of the new arbor at the north end of the pavilion.

* Julie Long, Donna Riley, Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans for planting
around tree at pavilion and the bushes and flowers around the arbor.

* Donna Riley, Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans for planting annuals in
flower beds at Community Building.

* Doug, Sandra & Taylor Grooms for tiling and planting bushes around 
garden shed and dumpster.

We look forward to seeing more volunteers on June 2nd & June 16th.

Make plans to visit Shanes Park and see the improvements ! 

Thank you Beautification Society - you are making a difference one 
project at a time. !! 

 

 

DARE Has Graduation of Fifth Graders

Celina Intermediate School hosted the D.A.R.E. fifth grade graduation, Monday May 18 in the gym.  The principal Mr. Pohlman opened the program. He presented D.A. R.E. Officer Sue with a shirt from Get Real Week.  He also welcomed the visitors.  Special guests attending were: Deputy Dan Adams from the Mercer County Sheriff Office, and Jerry Kanney, Nancy Heppeard and Laura Sanford from the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters. Miss Greater Columbus Outstanding Teen, Victoria Kanpke was the guest speaker, telling of her personal experiences and encouraging the students to stand up to drug abuse and seek support from their families.  The students reading their winning essays were Amber Crider, Josh Moorman, Landon Engle, Piper Andrew, Cole Hitchcock, Marshall Perry, and Zoe Newcomb. Jenna Campbell read for Bella Schnell who was absent. The Honor students were Sydney Baucher, Dylan Feister, Natalie Samaniego, Megan Rodriguz, Jace Davis, Olivia Elliott, Ashtyn Huber, Myleena Taylor, Amy Hartings, Aaliya Larsen, Mia Rolfes, and Andrea Vogan. The key note speaker was CIS teacher, Mrs. Hallie Craven. Her clever speech explained how school and the teachers at CIS can help students in the future.  Each fifth grade student completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was presented with a certificate and D.A.R.E. shirt. Mrs. Kelly Keck and Mr. Mark Binkley are the teachers coordinating the D.A.R.E. program at Celina  InternediateSchool.   Also assisting were fifth grade teachers , Jess Homan,  Amy Mescher, Andy Waesch,  Brooke Wellman, Toby Seifring and Mark Loughridge.    The Mercer county D.A.R.E. Program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

 

Coldwater Middle School held the D.A.R.E. fifth grade graduation Friday May 1. The ceremony was opened by Mercer County D.A.R.E. Officer Sue Miller. Special guests  from the Mercer County Sheriff Office, were Sgt. Jay Wehrkamp , Detective Chad Fortkamp,  Corrections Officer Kari Koesters and Mercer County Commisioner Jerry Laffin.  The 2015 Honor Students were: Kayden Baumer, Sam Boeckman, Grace Buschur, Lydia Eckstein, Adam Hryco, Aaron Fortkamp.  Rachel Penno, Kalih Post, Katy Seas and Rachel Wenning.  The essay winners were: Austin Ebbing, Heidi Bruns, Caleb Stammen, Ashlyn Koester, Carter Verhoff, Ava Giere, and Conner Schmidt. Each fifth grade student was presented a certificate and DARE shirt for successfully completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The guest speakr was Coldwater Middle School Principal Mr. Kennedy.  He concluded his talk with a vocal rendition song, reminding the students to keep striving to be the best. Mrs. Bills and Kari Koestes assisted with the D.A.R.E. program.  Also helping with the graduation were Mr. Harlamert, Mr. Seitz, Mrs. Schwieterman, Mrs Siefring, and Mrs. Gilliland.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 2, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Middle School Supplies List for 2015-2016 ~ Click Here for a printable format

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 1, 2015
 

 
 
 

Blood is Needed ~ Please Help the Red Cross
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on
Thursday, June 4th from noon to 5 pm at the Rockford United
Methodist Church located at 202 S Franklin St.

Blood is especially needed this time of year.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your
blood donation appointment.

 

Lots for Soldiers looking for Donations for Rockford

Carol and Homer Burnett,  of Lots For Soldiers, are pictured in the 
Rockford Village Office and Museum located at 151 E Columbia St.  They are raising funds to purchase a lot on Holly Lane in Rockford.  Pamphlets are available with donation information and/or donations can be dropped off during regular business hours.

Lots for Soldiers is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization formed to honor and thank those that have served in the United States armed forces.  The goal is to donate residential lots and then act as a conduit for others to say thanks in a tangible way by offering affordable housing to our current and former military service members.

If any business, organization or individual would like to express your gratitude for the sacrifices of what the honorable men and women that have sacrificed to protect your rights and freedoms, then please earnestly consider supporting this local grassroots effort.  Donations can also be mailed to Lots For Soldiers, Inc., 201 Jill Avenue, Celina, OH  45822.  For more information call 419-586-5058  or on the web at lotsforsoldiers.com

 

Rockford Library Needs your Answers
If you haven't returned your survey about library services yet, please do.  There are more copies available at the library.  The survey is also available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJWPF5V 

 

 

Rockford Library Summer Reading Program Begins for ALL Ages

It's time for the summer reading fun to begin at the Rockford Carnegie Library!  "Every Hero Has a Story" is the theme this year.  Special programs will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for children preschool through elementary age.  (Same program is offered two days.)

Teens and adults can enter a drawing for every book read for a chance to win one of six prizes.

 

 

Parkway Local School Board Meeting Change

 

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

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s

Offers Workshop for Small Businesses

 

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 for June 2015 at WSU-Lake Campus

 

MICROSOFT ACCESS (Intro to Access)

Microsoft Access is widely recognized as one of the best database software applications. In these two classes, you will learn the differences between databases and spreadsheets and which application should be used in specific situations. You will set up a sample database. You will learn how to input data into the database. A set of two more advanced classes will take place in July. The Intro classes are for new Access users. Class Dates: Mon., June 15 & Wed. 17, 2015; 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. {5 hours}; Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 196 Dwyer Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost: $65 p/person

 

BUILDING TEAMS

This class will teach you common work skills to help you build a cohesive team. You will learn how to handle conflicts professionally, problem solve, and empower and motivate team members. Challenge and encourage your team members! Don’t miss out on this three-hour, local opportunity to learn how to supervise effective teams. This class is open to new and experienced managers and supervisors. Class Date: June 24, 2015; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}; Instructor Carla Hirschfeld; Room: 177 Dwyer Hall: Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $45 p/person

STARTING RIGHT

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for entrepreneurs planning a business start-up. Get current information to decide if business ownership is right for you and let us assist you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After the class, you are entitled to free individualized business counseling. We can help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc., as well as Business Plan, marketing and advertising, demographics, HR issues assistance. SUMMER STARTING RIGHT! Seminars scheduled; June 18, July 16, & August 20; Class time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 126 Trenary Hall at Wright State University-Lake Campus. Cost is $35 p/business.           

We recommend all new business owners attend this class.

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

 

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies

On May 14, 2015 , 7:00 p.m. at the Venedocia Lions Club the Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting.  Roll call was taken by Avery Mueller and pledges were led by Dominac Bonifas. There were 17 members present and 5 guest present.  June 6th is all livestock tagging. Dairy feeders will weigh in at the Beef Barn, and Sheep and Goats will weigh at the Hog Barn from 7:30-10:30. June 9th is chicken BBQ pick-up at the exstention office at 7:00 p.m. Austin welker gave a health report on raising meat birds properly.  A safety report was given by Abby Bonifas about how to remodel a house.  Audrey Bowser gave a demonstartion on how to pack for the fair accordingly.  Our next meeting will be held on June 11th, 2015, 7:00 at the Venedocia Lions Club.   

 

 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll ~ End of 4th Quarter 2014-2015
Click above for Michelle Agler's List of Honor Roll students for the end of the last nine weeks.
See Parkway's honor students.

 
 

Mercer Health Celebrating 65th Anniversary with Charity Ball and Corvette Raffle

Mercer Health is celebrating 65 years of caring for Mercer County and the surrounding communities this year.  In 1950, Our Lady of Mercy hospital, the predecessor to today’s Mercer Health, opened its doors.  That first year a Charity Ball and Reverse Car Raffle were held in celebration of the organization and support of the future.  These annual events continued for many, many years. 

After several decades lapse, the Mercer Health Charity Ball and Reverse Car Raffle are being revived. The Charity Ball, a formal event, will take place on Saturday, November 21st at the Galleria in Celina.  At the event, a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be given away.  Ticket holders need not be present at the Charity Ball to win.  For a full listing of rules and regulations or information about the Charity Ball and associated Corvette Raffle, visit www.mercer-health.com

Tickets for the Charity Ball and the Reverse Car Raffle are available now.  Call 419-678-5679 for additional information or to purchase tickets for the Charity Ball or the Raffle.

 

Renowned Southern-Aires to Appear at Rockford Belle on June 6
Rockford, OH- On Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m with doors open at 6pm, the Rockford Belle at 135 Market Street will host the highly applauded southern-gospel concert performers- THE SOUTHERN-AIRES, of Dayton, Ohio. Born-again Christian Jess King, of Jess King & Country Gospel (Celina), will emcee the event and perform. King has been in the music business for nearly 50 years and has made long-lasting friendships with performers in the business. He is no stranger to the Rockford Belle and has shared the stage with many friends on numerous occasions over the years. A free-will donation will be accepted.

 

Organized in 1955, The Southern-Aires includes founding member Dall Miller, Darrell Webb, Wanda Webb, Sam Gabbard and the newest member, Adam Castle. Although the faces may have changed over the years, the message and the ministry have remained the same. Their musical journey began at a time when a new musical style was sweeping across the country. The music became known as Southern-Gospel, and as its popularity spread, so did the popularity of the Southern-Aires.

The demand for personal appearances has taken them all over the eastern United States and into foreign countries where they perform approximately 50 weeks per year. From small rural churches to large municipal auditoriums, the Southern-Aires have ministered and entertained people of all ages, and from all walks of life.

Over the 60 years that the group has been singing and spreading the Good News, they have recorded more than 40 albums and introduced numerous chart-topping gospel songs including "I'll see you in the Rapture" and "I'll Never be the Same Anymore,”
which have gained world-wide acclaim. Currently, the group is busy working on a new CD recording project of “classic” gospel songs.
 
While they are proud of their past accomplishments and rich heritage, they are even more excited about what God is doing now, and into the future.  They want to see Christians encouraged and the Church strengthened so the community can be reached for Christ.


Mark your calendar for what will be a robust life-changing concert on June 6, 2015.
Be inspired with the evening’s performances of smooth harmonies and amazing vocal ranges resonating throughout The Belle. For continued concert updates and communication, click on to FACEBOOK and follow The Rockford Belle. For more information call Tom Rogers at 567.644.9993 or Nancy Ritz at 567.259.9211

 

 
 

Save the date AND save your stuff

The Village of Rockford Community Days Garage Sales will be held on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th beginning each day at 8 am.  

$10 registration fee provides advertisement and listing on
community garage sale map.

All proceeds to benefit the Parkway Backpack Program.

Registration forms available at the Village office and
Rockford Carnegie Library.  Maps will be at local
businesses the week of Community Days.

**Stop by Shanes Park to enjoy other Community Days
Festivities **  !!  

Questions can be directed to Jess at 419-234-2830

 

 Principles in Leadership Seminar - FREE and Open to the Public
  
Sam Lines and Mike Dooley will be presenting this event to our  FREE of charge.  This course was originally designed to focus on owners, senior managers and CFOs and those who aspire to hold such positions.  As it turns out these principles apply to ALL OF US, and teaches us to first lead ourselves, then lead by example.  
  
Sam Lines is from Tipp City, Ohio and Mike Dooley is from Yakima, Washington.  They are servants that enjoy sharing information and making the world a better place.  
  
Bring your family, friends, neighbors, youth groups to this FREE event - Principles in Leadership -  to be held on June 12th at 6 pm at the Rockford Community Building.  

 

 
 

 
May 27-31, 2015
 

 
 
Former Mendon Union School Celebrates Alumni Banquet
The alumni of the former Mendon Union School celebrated their annual banquet on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1 PM at the Celina American Legion hall with the Legion preparing their meal. President Ron Piper welcomed all and thanked his officers: Jeff Severns vice president, secretary Jeanne Sprague, treasurer Audrey Snyder, and reservations organizers Marilyn Ruhlen and Sheryl Ellis. Trustees were noted: Marilyn Hesse, Bob Lewis and Dick Hesse. David Esmonde was toastmaster for the afternoon program which included recognition of special years of graduates (1955, 1965 and 1990) Veterans were honored as well. And, 15 alumni sadly passed during the year and were honored with a moment of silence. Carl Putman, Class of 1940 was the oldest classmate in attendance. A new slate of officers was approved for next year.
 
 
 

 
May 26, 2015
 

 
 
Memorial Day in Rockford - Pictures Shared by Nikki Fox Photography
A large and respectful crowd honored Veterans on Memorial Day in Rockford.

It was a pleasure to hear Tina (Schlickman) Heitkamp speak of her own experiences as a child at the Memorial Day Parades in Willshire, and then go on to honor those in her family who had served in the armed forces including her father-in-law Al Heitkamp who recently passed away. She honored and spoke of all the people we knew who had served because it was the right thing to do.

Al and Jerome Bollenbacher, both Veterans of World War II, Tina explained, have been going to all local cemeteries for many, many years to place American Flags on the graves of all veterans. 300 flags are placed yearly with flag holders repaired and often searches for the graves themselves. This took a lot of time, but was tended with pride by Al and Jerome.

After Al's death, Jerome came to Tina wondering what he would do in the absence of his comrade. Tina took up the challenge and went with Jerome this year. The tradition lives on!

Click Here for Rockford Memorial Day Pictures on Nikki's Website
 
     
 
 
 
Mendon Memorial Day Parade Started Out the Parkway Parade Route Bright and Early
The Celina American Legion and Auxiliary were in Mendon early to honor local veterans from the Mendon Area. They lead the parade to the St. Marys River on the  edge of town where young and old threw fresh cut flowers into the river as a sign of honor and respect. The Parkway Band entertained on the march back to the park where Mort Ward Commander of the Legion lead the 21 gun salute by locale legion members.

Parkway 2015 Co-Valedictorian: Kayle Heckler, daughter of Chris Flores & Roger Heckler, was chosen to read her award winning essay about remembering the veterans. She had a touching and respectful look at those who had served to preserve her freedom, as seen through the eyes of a young person. She received a rousing round of applause.

Willshire Memorial Day Parade Highlighted by Parkway Band and Speaker Aleta Weis
The American Legion under the command of Dick Edgel led a large crowd from downtown Willshire to the cemetery on the outskirts. After prayer, Dick introduced local Aleta Weiss who has come to be known in the area as an avid supporter of Veterans. Each year she and her husband Bill Wiess transform their Willshire Home Furnishings business in Willshire into a museum for Veterans Memorabilia. This year the display included military vehicles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 23-25, 2015
 

 
 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 
 

 
May 21-22, 2015
 

 
 

Three Communities ~ Three Parades Followed by American Legion Tributes
One Parkway Panther Marching Band ~ And, this year, 120 Members Strong!
 

Mendon 8:30 AM – Celina American Legion and other Veterans

Willshire 9:30 AM – Willshire American Legion &  Aleta Weiss will be the Guest Speaker

Rockford 11:30AM – Rockford American Legion and Sons of Legion


Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day
The Willshire Community Civic Association will be sponsoring the group’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast to be held on Memorial Day, May 25th.  The breakfast will be held at the Willshire Fire Department from 7 AM – 10:30 AM.  All proceeds from the event will be used to sponsor various community projects.

 

Memorial Day Special Tribute Exhibit and Entertainment in Willshire

Military Vehicles are coming to Town!
by Stacie Ford

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 on Memorial Day, May 25th.

In their fifth 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 23, 24, and 25).

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 (with items coming in from the towns of Convoy, Rockford, Van Wert, St. Marys, OH and Berne, Decatur, Markle, Ossian, Bluffton, IN); 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. The knowledge of her widespread devotion has caused a chain reaction- the board of directors for Veteran Honor Flights invited her to join them. 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. For more information, call Willshire Home Furnishings at 419.495.2833.

Last year, a special ceremony at the Willshire Cemetery was held to pay tribute to all who served; A The bronze statue of the lost soldier's helmut, empty boots and gun was dedicated to the lives of Bill Miller, Carey Fosnaugh and Benny Sapp. An adjacent stone honors all veterans.

 

This year, there will be more to experience at Willshire Home Furnishings Memorial Days Celebration! The public is invited to see the Traveling Military Vehicle Exhibit isted below.

 

Vehicle Information

 

 

Willys M38A1 ¼Ton 4x4 Utility Truck

 

Manufacturer: Willys-Overland Company           Production: 1954

Production Years: 1952 - 1971     

Engine: 134 CID F4-134 Hurricane, F Head 4 Cylinder, 72 HP, Gasoline

Transmission: Three Speed, Manual

Brakes: Hydraulic with a mechanical handbrake

Length: 11 feet, 6 5/8 inch (3.52 meters) Height: 6 feet, 1 inches (1.87 meters)

Width: 5 feet 7/8 inches (1.55 meters)

Weight: 3,865 lbs (1,753.13 Kg)

Payload: 800 lbs Cross Country and 1,200 lbs Highway

Crew: Up to 4            Armor and Armament: None

            In 1952, the Willys-Overland company improved the M38 Jeep for the US Military. Its new design was considered a great improvement from the original and it was sometime called the Willys MD model. The jeep would be used for a transport command, reconnaissance, and light cargo.

 

            A modified M38A1C would mount a 106mm Recoilless Rifle. It would have a split windshield that allowed for the storage of the rifle when not in use.

 

            The M38A1 was the first jeep to feature the round fender design. This military vehicle would be the workhorse of the US Military from the end of the Korean War through Cold War and Vietnam. The M38A1 would only be produced for the US Military from 1952 - 1957 but would not be replaced      completely until the 70’s by the Ford M151 Jeeps.

 

            Foreign governments would buy this version from 1958 to 1971 for their military.

 

Vietnam 2½ Ton Gun Truck

Manufacturer: Kaiser Jeep Corporation  Armament: 9 Weapons Total

Production Year: 1968        1 Quad .50 Cal Machineguns

Model: M35A2          2 Single M2 Machineguns

Armor: ¼” - ½” Steel Plates 1 M1919A4 .30 Cal Machinegun

Nickname: Rolling Thunder          1 M60 Machinegun & 1 M134 Minigun

Markings: US 1st Corps, 3-16 Artillery, Battery “B”

The Armored “Gun Truck” was a 2½ Ton Cargo Truck modified by combat units for patrol duties or add protection when escorting convoys. The first trucks were made in 1965 with no armor or special support equipment. Gun Trucks were first used in the Congo-Leopoldville Conflict.

In Vietnam, the US Army Artillery Battalions were equipped with M35 2½ Ton trucks to pull a M55 Quad Gun Trailer. Many units began removing the trailer wheels or the M54 Quad Mount off the trailer and place it in the cargo area. Some units used 5 Ton Cargo Trucks. A simplified armor project of steel plates were added for protection. More gun systems were added for fire power protection such as the M2 Machinegun, M60 Machinegun and the M134 Minigun.

At the end of Vietnam, most trucks were returned to the original standard configuration except one example sent to the US Army Transport Museum in Fort Eustis, Virginia in 1971.

In recent years, Vietnam Veterans have been buying retired military trucks and recreating the Gun Trucks they used in Vietnam. This truck is one of many reproductions. Vietnamese was written on the truck for warnings. The front and rear have a warning to get out of the way of the truck, while the sides give a warning for kids not to hang onto the truck.

 
 
 

Rockford Village Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall. Click Here to see the Minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longtime Former Mayor and Councilman Retires
Story and pictures by Lisa Kuhn

Gene Steiner was honored at the Rockford Village Council meeting on May 19th.  Mayor Joseph presented Gene with a plaque giving thanks for his dedication and loyal service as Mayor and Councilman to the Village of Rockford.  Gene retired from council in March of this
year.  Cake and punch was served after the meeting.  Thanks again to Gene Steiner for helping to make Rockford a better place.

Left:   Gene Steiner and his wife Mary.
Above:  Awarded plaque thanks Gene for being the Mayor of Rockford as well as Councilman over the past 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Rockford Community Days 2015 Music Entertainment includes:

Thom McKee -   Friday – June 19th 5 – 7 pm

Filled with rich life experiences, passion, dedication, and limitless talent, writing great memorable songs comes naturally for Thom McKee.

McKee was born and raised in a small northwestern Ohio town called Delphos. It was the kind of town where everyone was family and there were plenty of girls and back country roads to go chase. Growing up in a small town had its perks. There were always plenty of life stories and crazy neighbors to write about.

Being on stage is a great way to find out what the fans truly like and react to the most. McKee says. “I want the listener to feel like my songs could have easily have been written about their own lives!” McKee has had a multitude of recent songs on internet and Tennessee radio. There is even a song still being requested in Afghanistan by our American soldiers! Currently two Ohio bands have requested mechanical licenses to record some of Thom’s work for projects and radio play. One of McKee’s latest songs climbed to #12 and was featured as the “Spot Light Song of the Week” on Nashville’s popular VRadio music streaming service



Shelby County Line – Friday – June 19th  8 pm – midnight

Shelby County Line is a four person Country band from west central Ohio who is quickly gaining a following as a premier Country Band for fairs, festivals, bars, and concerts. These Nashville recording artists offer a unique blend of old and new Country, classic, older songs, as well as a few originals which is great for entertaining people of all ages. They signed with Playback Records in May of 2014 and are currently promoting their single “Hey Hey Girl” from their cd self-entitled, Shelby County Line. In April, they traveled to Nashville to play at the famous Tootsies and also Rippys, and this summer they will be traveling back to Nashville to play during the Country Music Festival. Their summer venues include headlining at several area fairs and festivals, The Ohio State Fair and Blazing Saddles in Columbus, Ohio, the Firewater Saloon in Chicago, and opening for Mustang Sally at the Van Wert Ribfest. The band members include: Paul Luft as Lead Vocalist and rhythm guitar, Ben Tuttle as Lead Guitarist and harmonies, Mike Molaskey as Bass and rap vocals, and Carson French on the Drums. Bookmark our webpage, ShelbyCountyLine.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, get our Reverbnation app, and view our New You tube page to find out why they are packing in the crowds and keeping them happy as they are...Kickin' Up Country!





Nut Flush – Saturday -  June 20 – 5 – 8 pm 

Nut Flush was formed in the summer of 2011 with the intent of performing one house party. In 2013 interest grew from the members to regroup with the goal of playing classic rock cover tunes for house parties, small bars and benefits. Individually the members of Nut Flush have many years of live performing experience.  Visit Rockford Community Days if you are interested in fun, energetic classic rock! 


Kill the Rabbit – Saturday – June 20 8 – midnight.

KTR was formed in the 90’s by founding members Scotty Hayes, Marc Baker and Sheridan Lippi with the main goal to play great rock songs with a KTR Twist. We are seasoned professionals that put on a professional live show that engages the crowd from start to finish. We are The 2010 WINNERS of the FT. WAYNE, WHATZUP BATTLE of THE BANDS 7 Original Music SHOWCASE and the 2010 PIERE’S MUSICAL WARFARE CHAMPIONS. We released our first Critically Acclaimed Full Length ORIGINAL CD recording titled “PIECES” .

Our Goal is to provide a high level of entertainment through our original and cover music that we play and through the performance that we give each and every time we hit the stage. We have been playing, recording and performing with over 50 years experience collectively. KILL the RABBiT is the most requested band on the local scene by our fans and Club owners. 

 

38th Annual Vantage Senior Awards Assembly

Above: Vantage class of 2015 Award of Distinction winners: Front row: Caleb Bender, David Leathers, Nick Grote, Jill Ross, Arik Mitchener, Cole Ketchum, Dmitry Billingsley.  Back row: Tyler Foust, Tyler Talboom, Austin Schulte, Derek Schroeder.  Unavailable for the picture was Marty Hessler.

 

            Family, friends, and home school representatives, gathered at the annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of senior students enrolled in Vantage career technical programs. Awards of Distinction and scholarships highlighted the event and juniors put technology to the test as they watched the assembly via “live video streaming” from classrooms.

      The student speaker for this year’s assembly was Cole Ketchum, a senior in the Precision Machining program from Parkway.  Cole shared how coming to Vantage provided him with opportunities he never realized were possible and the news that he will begin a permanent full-time job @ Nidec Minster Manufacturing thanks to his technical training at Vantage. He also thanked teachers, staff members and classmates for their guidance, friendship and support. 

            Each year, career technical teachers select outstanding students to receive an “Award of Distinction”.   To be eligible for this award, a student must demonstrate leadership qualities at school, have outstanding achievement in their program area, show exceptional skills in the subject area, participate as an active member of a school career technical club and demonstrate cooperation, initiative and responsibility. This year’s “Award of Distinction” winners are:  Tyler Foust, Auto Technology (Delphos Jefferson), Tyler Talboom, Auto Body (Delphos Jefferson), David Leathers, Building & Grounds (Delphos St. Johns), Derek Schroeder, Precision Machining (Kalida), Austin Schulte, Welding (Kalida), Arik Mitchener, Ag & Industrial Power Tech (Lincolnview), Caleb Bender, Carpentry (Lincolnview), Nicholas Grote, Industrial Mechanics (Ottoville), Cole Ketchum, Precision Machining (Parkway), Marty Kessler, Network Systems (Paulding), and Jill Ross, Medical Office Management (Wayne Trace).

            Kennedy Manufacturing Plant Manager Mike Pond announced the Kennedy Manufacturing Precision Machining and Industrial Mechanics "Senior of the Year" award.  For a second consecutive year, Kennedy Manufacturing presented a Machinist’s Rolling Chest to an outstanding Precision Machining senior and a Maintenance Rolling Chest to an outstanding Industrial Mechanics senior.  This year’s recipients are Derek Schroeder (Precision Machining) and Nicholas Grote (Industrial Mechanics.

            Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the assembly.  The Robert C. Stevens Scholarship is given by the Vantage Teacher’s Organization in memory of Bob Stevens, who taught Occupational Work Experience (OWE) at Vantage from 1976 until 1984.  Students who are awarded this scholarship have shown outstanding achievement in their program area, while demonstrating initiative and perseverance.  This year, the Robert C. Stevens Scholarships were awarded to Jill Ross (Wayne Trace), Alysha Moran (Continental), and Samantha Hinchcliff (Wayne Trace). The Joshua Ralston Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of Josh Ralston, a Vantage Ag Diesel student from Parkway.  This scholarship is given to a student pursuing a career and further education in mechanics.  Josh’s father, Scott Ralston presented this scholarship to Arik Mitchener.  The Robert Brandt Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Bob Brandt, the very first Vantage superintendent, who stayed at the helm of the school for 27 years.  This year’s scholarship recipient was Karlee Trammell (Crestview). 

            The Van Wert Rotary Club provides an annual scholarship to students at all Van Wert county schools.  The year, the Dee Whitcraft Memorial Rotary Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Smith by Rotarian Dave Roach.  Marianne Hardesty of the American Red Cross awarded the ARC High School scholarship to Alysha Moran.

            In March, 2014, Vantage Welding junior Robbie Seffernick lost his life in a car accident.  His family has established the Robbie Seffernick Memorial Award to be presented to a junior Welding student.  This year, there were two recipients – Brooke Brown (Van Wert) and Hunter Blankemeyer (Lincolnview).

            All student scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Assembly.  This year, Vantage students received over $200,000 in scholarships to continue their education.  Also honored were national BPA contestants, state skill contestants, National Technical Honor Society members, students receiving academic awards, students with perfect attendance, and student ambassadors.

            CONGRATULATIONS to the Vantage Career Center class of 2015!

Arik Mitchener, a senior in the Ag & Industrial Power Tech program, accepts the Josh Ralston Memorial Scholarship from Josh’s father, Scott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War Roundtable Meets Soon – All invited
Roundtable program for the evening of May 28 is local friend Phil DeHaven, will be guest speaker. They will meet at 7:15 PM in room 154 Dwyer Hall at Wright State Lake Campus in Celina.

Phil is widely sought to appear at Civil War Roundtable meetings, and is one of the favorites at our meetings. He is a retired history teacher, former Mayor of Union City, IN and former president of the Randolph County (Indiana) Civil War Roundtable. He will be making his sixth appearance at our Roundtable. This will be the final meeting of the season...we will return in September.

Learn More: http://www.civilwar.org/

 
 

Summer Youth Employment Program

 

Are you or is someone you know between the ages of 16-24 and looking for a summer job?  Vantage Career Center has partnered with Van Wert County Job and Family Services and is now taking applications for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program.  The program will run from May 1, 2015 - October 31st, 2015. 

 

What is it?

 

Our Summer Youth Employment Programs are designed for lower-income youth in order for them to gain valuable work experience and skills while earning a paycheck to help meet basic needs.  Summer employment programs offer the opportunity for youth to develop a work history and to receive a reference from an employer.

 

Wages to youth are paid for by the program.  We help match youth with area businesses and non-profit organizations who have summer jobs and provide mentoring throughout the summer job experience.  Youth who complete the program receive a certificate of completion and the satisfaction of a job well done!

 

General Requirements for Eligibility

• Van Wert County

• Age 16-24

• Households that fall within the 200% FPL

 

And...for the TANF Summer Youth Program must either:

 

1)  Be a minor child (16-17 or 18 and still enrolled in high school) OR

2)  18-24 and live in a household with a minor child OR

3)  18-24 and the non-custodial parent of a minor child OR

4)  A Foster Child in PCSA Custody

                 

How to Apply

If you believe you meet the above mentioned general requirements, or just would like more information, call or stop by the Van Wert County Job and Family Services, 114 E Main St, Van Wert OH  45891.  Applications are at the Reception Area.  To complete an application for the program you will need to bring the following: Income verification for your entire household for the past 30 days, birth certificates/social security cards/IDs for all household members.  Why do we need all this for a summer job?  The program is for lower income families and we need to ensure it serves those it is intended for.  All information provided is completely confidential. Note: If you are 16-17 years old, your parent or guardian must sign for you to apply. Don't delay applying, job slots may be limited! 

 

For more information contact Deanna Lugabihl at 419.238.5430 x 0136.

 

FAMILY SIZE AND 30-DAY INCOME

1

$1,962

2

$2,655

3

$3,349

4

$4,042

5

$4,735

6

$5,429

7

$6,122

8

$6,815

 
 
 

Baseball Tournament Kicks off Summer Rec program

This past weekend, May 16 and 17th, Shane’s Park in Rockford hosted a 9 year-old and under baseball tournament with 8 teams from northwest Ohio competing.  The home Parkway team defeated Convoy 8-5 in the championship game. 

Attached are pictures of both teams.

Parkway’s picture:

Front Row:  Caiden Berry, Apollo Thomas, Devin Crouch, Braxton Ford, Kamden Strickler and Collin Langenkamp

Middle Row:  Trevor Stearns, Fletcher Smith, Douglas Hughes, Brayden Bruns, Landon Hamrick and Xavier Samples

Back Row:  Coaches Bruns, Hamrick, Smith and Samples

 

 

 

 

 

Convoy:

 
Jared Puthoff, son of Greg and Carol Puthoff, signs his intent to play football at Hillsdale College in the Fall. Coach Kevin Browning and Hillsdale Coach watch. Photo by Nikki Fox Photography.
 

 

 

 
May 19-20, 2015
 

 
 

Upcoming Workshops Help Parents “FLIP” Children’s Challenging Behavior

When it comes to establishing good behavior, children may not be the only ones who can benefit from training. Catholic Social Services Counselor Rick Williams, LPCC/S, is planning two summer workshops to help parents and caretakers explore a behavioral method for dealing with “the strong willed child.”

Based on Flip It, an informative book by Rachel Sperry, MSW, the workshop is designed to support all adults who interact with young children. An educator with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Sperry uses four simple steps to transform challenging behavior and support positive social skills for children ages 3 through 8.

The book and the method it outlines received a National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Silver Award in 2012. Its idea is not new, but Flip It transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember and applicable in a variety of challenging situations.

By using the four steps described in Flip It, parents can help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control. The steps are easy to remember by using the mnemonic:  Feelings, Limits, Inquires and Prompts (FLIP). Workshop participants will learn how to FLIP IT with practice pictures, reflection activities, and real life stories in the workbook.

The process begins by helping children acknowledge how they are feeling. If the children’s reactions to those feelings are not appropriate, the parents learn how to help children understand that behaviors have limits. By asking children what they could do differently, parents can then prompt them to find alternative behaviors and better choices. It is found that children who are frequently “FLIPPED” become emotionally aware problem-solvers who develop healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime.

“The interactive workshop trains parents how to do behavioral intervention,” said Williams. “We teach them to find ways to uncover a child’s feelings and help that child find an alternative behavior that is acceptable.”

Williams and Catholic Social Services Intern DeNell Jones will teach each workshop in two sessions. The first workshop is on consecutive Saturdays, June 6 and 13 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The second workshop is planned for two Thursdays, June 11 and 18 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $35 for the two sessions and all sessions will be held at Catholic Social Services’ Northern Office at 1201 Fairington Drive in Sidney. Call 1-800-521-6419 to register.


Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
strengthens individuals and families through actions of faith, service and charity.
To learn more about CSSMV, please visit
our website at www.cssmv.org or join us on Facebook.

 

 
May 16-18, 2015
 

 
 
 

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park
On Friday May 22nd, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  Music performed on the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of use has as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America.  A few of these selections are, Salute To The Patriot by James D. Ployhar, An American Trilogy by Mickey Newbury, and El Capitan by John Philip Sousa.  Area military personnel and veterans will be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest. 
No food stand will be available, so you may choose to dine at one of our local eateries.  Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Spencerville and Rockford for this special concert.  Bring a coat it is going to be cool. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information

 

Parkway Retro Reunion Plans Underway!

Parkway High School Graduating Classes of 1972-1978 are invited to the Parkway Retro Reunion on Saturday, July 25, at the Rockford Community Building from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.  Class members are invited to a carry-in dinner and each person attending is asked to bring a covered dish.  Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided as will be bottled water and snacks.  Class members are encouraged to bring their own other beverage choices if desired.  A small $5 per person donation will be asked from attendees to help cover the cost of the hall rental and other related expenses.

Please join us for reconnecting, reminiscing, and sharing of our lives.  As we all get older, the memories become more precious and the friendships more important.  Please join us for much fun and laughter as we take a stroll down memory lane.  Class members who use Facebook are asked to make a request to join the Facebook page of “Parkway  1972-1978 Retro Reunion” or contact Regina (Beeks) Jenkins at rlwjenkins@cox.net.

Members from each class are working hard to get individual invitations sent out to each class member via email or regular mail and in addition, to be sure to catch anyone we may miss, we will continue having information out to class members through Facebook and the local media.  Please plan to attend a very fun evening—we look forward to seeing you!

 

Parkway Local Schools ~ 3 Co-Valedictorians in Class of 2015

Graduation May 17, at 1:30 P.M.

 

Class Colors: Teal & Silver

Class Motto: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

Co-Valedictorian: Allison Gaerke

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Todd & Shelie Gaerke

Activities: Cross Country, Cheerleading, Track, Band, National Honor Society

Attend University of Mississippi, major in Journalism

Resides in Rockford, OH

 

Co-Valedictorian: Kayle Heckler

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Chris Flores & Roger Heckler

Activities: Basketball, Softball, National Honor Society, Class Vice-President, Youth for Christ, Mendon UM Youth Group

Attend Wright State University-Lake Campus, major in Nursing

Resides in Mendon, OH

 

Co-Valedictorian: Cassandra Kuhn

GPA: 4.08 on 4.4 scale

Daughter of Mike & Lisa Kuhn

Activities: Cross Country, Band, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, St. Teresa Youth Group

Attend University of Findlay, major in Pharmacy

Resides in Rockford, OH

 

 

Cassi Kuhn Takes Parkway’s Top Honor at
Mercer County Franklin B. Walter Awards Banquet
Cassi Kuhn, one of Parkway’s 3 co-valedictorians , recently was awarded Parkway’s share of the Mercer County Franklin B. Walter Awards at a Banquet held at Romer’s Catering in Celina, OH.  Nominated by Parkway, Cassi is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Kuhn, and named her teacher of influence as Anita Morton, Parkway Science Teacher. Cassi will go into Pharmacy at the University of Findlay in the Fall.

The 26th Annual Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Award  was designed to recognize one senior from each of Ohio’s 88 counties for outstanding student achievement. The award is named after Dr. Franklin B. Walter, who served as State Superintendent from 1977-1991. His work in education was respected and admired by educators nationwide. The award encompasses academic achievement, leadership roles, work and volunteer roles, as well as student honors. Each public school in the county is asked to nominate one senior to represent them. One senior is chosen from those applicants to represent Mercer County. A committee comprised of high school guidance counselors, the director of gifted education, the director of curriculum and other curriculum supervisors use a rubric to select the winner for Mercer County. Each school winner is presented a certificate to document their honor at their local high school. These young people represent the finest of students who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishment along with hard work and involvement with their schools and community. The award ceremony takes place in Columbus, Ohio, every spring as all 88 counties come together to recognize the outstanding achievements of these young people. There is also scholarship money given.

 

 

Van Wert Hospital Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week  May 17 – 23, 2015

 

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the brave men and women who respond to medical emergencies.  Observance of this important week runs May 17-23.  This year’s theme is EMS Strong and honors the strong drive within everyone who works together as part of the EMS crew—first responders, hospitals, emergency physicians and public health providers who collaborate together to reduce risk and save lives.

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Medical Services are grateful for the dedication of our local EMS crews who provide the day-to-day life saving of emergency medicine’s “front line.” During EMS Week, or any time, if you see an EMS crew member out in the community, please take a few moments to thank them for their service to our community.  To show our gratitude for the EMS crews who serve our area, Van Wert County Hospital will be providing a meal on Tuesday, May 19 for all EMS personnel and also provide free Continuing Education (CE) hours on the topic of Pediatric Emergencies.

ABOUT VAN WERT MEDICAL SERVICES

Van Wert Medical Services (VWMS) is a multi-specialty group located in Van Wert, OH. VWMS specializes in Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecological services, as well as General, Thoracic, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery.

The Van Wert County Hospital serves Van Wert County, Ohio and adjacent communities as a financially independent nonprofit community health system. Van Wert Hospital ensures that health care services provided are available to all members of the communities we serve.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
May 14-15, 2015
 

 
 
Parkway Holding Cancer Mini Relay for Life on Friday, May 15th - Everyone is Invited!

The Parkway Football Field will be the site of a Mini Relay for Life on Friday, May 15th from  6 PM to Midnight to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. A chosen path will be provided for walking in memory or honor of loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer or caring for someone with cancer. Musical entertainment and local musicians will keep the evening lively. Food will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

A survivor and caregiver lap will start the event. a Kid Zone with games will be provided. Bingo is offered. Several young men will compete in a comic Miss Relay Competition. luminaries can be purchased all evening until 10 PM when a special luminary event will be held.

 

 

Shane’s Park to Host 9U Baseball Tournament This Weekend May 16th and 17th

The Parkway 9U baseball team will be hosting a 9 year old and under tournament this Saturday and Sunday at Shane’s Park.  In addition to the Parkway team, there will be teams from Celina, Coldwater, Convoy, Evergreen, Ft. Loramie, Ft. Recovery and Versailles.  Games start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with Parkway’s first game at noon.  The semi-finals will be at 11:00 a.m. Sunday with the championship immediately following.  Come on out to watch these young athletes and see the recent upgrades made to the park and ball diamonds.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 

Clean Up After Your Pets in Rockford

The Village of Rockford would like to remind owners of pets that we have an ordinance regarding the proper disposal of pet solid waste - Ordinance 01-11.  

All pet owners and keepers are required to IMMEDIATELY  and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person.

 

 

4th Annual FUN Challenge Returns for Rockford Community Days

Join us at 10:00 am Saturday June 20 at Shanes Park in Rockford, Ohio for the 4th Annual Rockford FUN Challenge during Community Days. The Rockford Fun Challenge is a race in which two-person teams compete in Challenges as they race from location to location in the Rockford area.  This exciting and fast-paced race combines a variety of mental and physical challenges. Teams must complete the required number of challenges and the activities must be approved by each station’s “judge”. Last year, participants were tasked with ringing out grocery items to get a specific total, giving their partner a quick foot massage, throwing darts, reading nursery rhymes and dizzy bat (just to name a few.)

 

This year there will be two age groups as well as the golf cart division. It is encouraged to decorate your golf cart and come up with a creative team name.  Have FUN with it! Grand prizes will be awarded to the first finisher in each division.  Additional prizes will also be given away.

 

Walk, run, crawl or skip as you carefully move throughout the Rockford area. More information on the event and registration forms are available at the village hall and on www.RockfordAlive.com. Questions: Contact Twyla Hayes or Marie Miller (419) 363-2817 or Leah Hays (419) 363-2620.

 http://www.rockfordalive.com/4th-annual-fun-challenge-is-back/

 

 

Van Wert Man is Charged in Juvenile Case

Rockford Police are reporting charges have been filed in the case with the Van Wert man and Juvenile from Rockford. Chief Paul May is reporting that 32 year old Wesley A. Pancake of Van Wert has been charged with 3 counts of Sexual Imposition, 3 counts Attempted Importuning and 6 counts of Public Indecency. The charges stem from an inappropriate relationship that started back in March of 2015 with a 15-year-old juvenile and continued until Sunday morning May 10th, 2015. Records recovered during the investigation show that contact was started over the Internet and continued through text messaging. Chief May is giving credit to the parents of the 15 year old by noticing changes in behavior and monitoring electronic activity. Parents should always question behavior changes and not just settle for the normal responses from teenagers. As we can see, there are adults out there that are counting on parents to not do their jobs. The Rockford Police would like to also thank Van Wert City Police for their assistance in this investigation.

 

 

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K Openings 2015-2016

 

Parkway Preschool and Pre-K classes currently has openings for the 2015-2016 school year.  Openings are for the 3 and 4 years olds on Tuesday/Thursday mornings, Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons.  There are also openings in the morning and afternoon Pre-K classes (Monday-Thursday).  Openings are limited for those qualifying for financial assistance.   Registration forms are available in the elementary office or by calling Michelle at 419-363-3045 ext. 720.

 

2015 SUMMER LUNCH in the PARKS

For Children in the Parkway School District (An effort by the churches of the Parkway Ministerial Association)

Wednesday, June 3rd through Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
              11 am - 12:00 noon

Rockford - Shanes Park            Willshire - Willshire Park          Mendon - Park shelter on site of former Mendon/Union School

Inspired in 2014 by the Parkway Local Schools and Mercer County-wide weekly Back Pack Program, servants from the various Parkway School
District churches will provide a simple lunch for Parkway School District children at the community parks.  This is a one hour event and will be held rain or shine.  This is NOT a babysitting service.

The Parkway Ministerial Association Churches include:  Chattanooga United Methodist, Mount Tabor Church of God, New Horizons Community Church, Praisepoint Church, Rockford United Methodist, St. Johns Hopewell Lutheran, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Zion Lutheran, Mendon First Church of God,  Mendon United Methodist Church as well as the West Central Ohio Youth for Christ.

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Tour Cancer Center

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 tour of the Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center in Celina will be conducted.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, May 19th at the Cancer Center at 900 Havemann Road in Celina. 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.

 

Big Accomplishments at Vantage

As the 2014-2015 school year winds down to just days, many students are seeing the results of all their hard work over the past several months.

Rachelle Ward, an Interactive Media senior from Parkway, just returned from the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where she placed sixth in the nation in the Digital Publishing competition!  Kenneth Pinks-Liebert, a junior Network Systems student also from Parkway, competed in the PC Servicing and Troubleshooting contest, and although he didn’t place in the top ten, he earned his Microsoft Technology Associate certification.

Ross Siefker, a Welding senior from Continental has achieved one of the toughest goals in all of welding – his pipe certification!  His classmate, Adam Stutz from Parkway won the AirGas Welding Challenge on May 7, beating out over one hundred other students and professional welders.  As a matter of fact, this year’s Vantage Welding seniors have shattered the school record for the number of AWS welding certifications.  The old record was 76...and as of today, this class of 13 students has 108!

There are 11 new Cosmetologists today, since the following Vantage students passed the Cosmetology State Board exam earlier this month: Kylee Bates (Continental), Caitlin Geckle (Continental), Jenny Holbrooks (Wayne Trace), Bailey Krol (Van Wert), Nathaniel Pruden (Paulding), Alexa Sikraji (Lincolnview), Ciara Thomas (Van Wert), Marisa Tijerina (Delphos Jefferson), Raven Trammel (Van Wert), Mackenzie Urton (Delphos Jefferson), and Courtney Waltmire (Van Wert).

The Carpentry class will be showing off their year-long home building project on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10 am to 12 noon with an open house @ 12468 Richey Road in Van Wert.  Come on out and take a look at the outstanding work done by Carpentry and Electricity students on this beautiful 2,000 square foot home.

The Vantage Senior Awards Assembly will be held @ 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and the seniors will be dismissed after the ceremony.  The last day for juniors will be Friday, May 22, 2015 and they will be dismissed at the end of the school day.

Caption: Vantage National BPA contestants Rachelle Ward (left) and Kenneth Pinks-Liebert (right) are pictured with their instructors Mrs. Jill DeWert and Mr. Larry Regendanz during the Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California last week.

 
 

Happy Daz Ribbon Cutting 

Happy Daz  opened at 10am on Monday, May 11, 2015  with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The new restaurant is located at 911 East Wayne Street on the location of the  former roller rink in Celina.  Summer hours for Happy Daz are daily from 7am to 10pm. John Heaphy is the owner of Beer Barrel Pizza and Grill, Old City Prime and Happy Daz restaurants.  For a menu visit www.happydaz.com.  Photo compliments of Jagged Edge Photography.

Happy Daz has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  

Pictured is restaurant owner, John Heaphy cutting the ribbon at the grand
opening along with Mayor Jeff Hazel, Mercer County Commissioner Rick Muhlenkamp,  Chamber Director Pam Buschur, several Chamber Trustees and Ambassadors, and the day shift for Happy Daz.

 

 
 

4-H Camp Car Wash

Need a spring car wash? Come support your local 4-H youth’s 4-H Camp Car Wash on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., and get your vehicle looking good at the same time. Car Wash will be held and sponsored by AutoZone located at 415 West Ervin Road in Van Wert. Donations and money earned will be distributed evenly among kids who participate, and will go towards their 4-H Camp Palmer registration fee.   

For more information or to sign up to participate in the 4-H Camp Car Wash please call the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214. 

FitDance Event for 4-H Camp Palmer Campers

Want to get a jump start on your summer workout? Join us Sunday, May 17th at the Van Wert Co. Fairgrounds in the Jr. Fair Building for a FitDance Day to help raise money for the local 4-H youth. This event is a great way to get in a fun workout to your favorite tunes! Registration fee is $10, proceeds go towards campers’ registration fees to help make 4-H Camp Palmer more affordable for all kids. Our 4-H Camp Counselors will be providing a babysitting service for the duration of the event free of charge for kids 3-8 years of age for those parents who participate. For more information or to sign up, contact the OSU Extension Office at 419-238-1214. 

 

Writers Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meet on May 16, 2015, at the Mercer County District Library. The writing assignment for May is to write about a good or bad event. A birthday was suggested, but another event can be used instead. Eileen Whitsett will lead the writing exercise for the meeting. The Club meets from 10 am to Noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month, spring through fall. The public is invited to attend. For information check out the Club's Facebook page at /Stateline-Writers-Club.

 

 
 
 

 
May 12-13, 2015
 

 

Program: “Abortion: Is It Just Another Issue?”

 

Guest speaker:   Michael Spencer, head of Life Training Institute- Midwest, a much-in-demand presenter and debater across the U.S. on the abortion issue

Date & Time:  Thursday, May 14   @ 7 PM

Location:  Lefeld Community Building, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina

                                                                                                                                                  

Sponsored by: Grand Lake Patriots

                             

Article:  On Thursday, May 14, the Grand Lake Patriots will host Michael Spencer who will speak to the topic, “Abortion: Is It Just Another Issue?” Spencer heads Life Training Institute-Midwest and has become a much-in-demand presenter and debater across the U.S. on the abortion issue. The program begins at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina.  Patriots and guests are invited to attend.

 

 

Parkway is doing an evacuation drill on Tuesday May 12, 2015  at 2:00. Chief May will have a school road closed.

 

School Board Meetings on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Parkway Board of Education meeting is scheduled at Parkway Schools Community Room for a Regular Meeting 6:30 PM.

Click here for the agenda.

 

Mother's Day Rockford Police Investigation
At 18 minutes into Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 10, 2015,  the Rockford Police was contacted  by a very upset mother. She wanted to report that her 15 year old daughter has had inappropriate contact with a 32 year old Van Wert man for the past couple of months. Patrolman Ted Clevenger and Adam Saunders responded to the home and then contacted Chief Paul May. Chief May arrived and spoke to the upset mother. The investigation lead to false names being used on the Internet. Officers where able to locate the true identity and an interview was conducted at the Van Wert City Police Department in the very early morning. Formal charges are being reviewed at this time with the Mercer County Prosecutors office. Chief May would like to remind parents to stay ever vigilant with their children and continue to monitor their activity. As tragic as this incident is, it could have been so much worst.

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

Thank you from Jerome Bollenbacher
As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those, past and present, who have made my life full and enjoyable.  I have been blessed by wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help me celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. 

Thank you!
Jerome Bollenbacher 

 

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation


Mark it on your calendars now and be sure to attend! The RADC is proud to bring in a speaker to help educate us on the importance of town preservation.

What: Town Preservation presented by Ted Leahey of the Preservation Society of Union City Indiana/Ohio
Where: The Rockford Belle
When: May 18th @ 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Please be sure to share this event and we encourage all to attend

 

 
 
Minnich - Goettemoeller Families Celebrate Baby Boy

Grant and Terri Minnich of Willshire, announce the birth of a son, named Denver Hamilton Minnich at 7:12 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz and measured 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Gary and Karen Goettemoeller of Celina, and Dan and Jan Minnich of Willshire. Great-grandparents are Mary Ann Homan of Coldwater, Verena Goettemoeller and Freda Lay, both of Rockford, Harold and Lucretia Minnich of Willshire, the late Wilbur Homan, the late Alvin Goettemoeller and the late Paul Lay.

Click Here for More Births

 
 
Grimes and Davis Families Announce A Baby Girl

Curtis and Allison Grimes of Columbus, announce the birth of a daughter named Breckyn Rose Grimes at 6:42 PM on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus. She weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz, and measured 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Kathryn  Grimes Celina, Rick and Kathy Davis, Rockford, and the late Steve Grimes. Great grand parents are John Cron, Celina, Elizabeth Seiffert, Worthington, the late Donald and Martha Grimes, the late Rose Cron, the late Keith and Ada Davis and the late Bob Seiffert.

 

Click Here for More Births

 
 
 

 
May 9-11, 2015
 

 
 
 
2015 Prom at Parkway was a New York City Skyline Event
King and Queen were Whitney Rollins and Tanner Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donation to Fox Family Ride for Autism - Poker Run and Auction Planned to Benefit Cause
Made by
Rockford Eagles - Aerie1292

 

As the yearly celebration rolls around, Autism Speaks - The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, is celebrated by one local family in a unique way. The Fox Family from Rockford has a special place in each heart for their young autistic grandson/nephew/cousin, Alex, who is now 10. He 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 like the Ribbon Run in Michigan and other fund raisers to spread the word about autism and help families in need. The site for Autism is  World Autism Awareness Day - Autism Speaks  .

The Fox Family this year has decided to hold their very own Autism Poker Run, Bicycle Run and Auction to raise money for Parkway children with Autism. Called the Fox Family Ride for Autism, they are working through the organization called iTaalk Autism Foundation (read the full article below) and plan to use the proceeds to 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 spoke with Parkway teachers of Autistic children in Parkway, Chad Sapp and Laura (Carter) Yoder,  and they confirmed that  11 students and possibly one preschooler  are in the Parkway district.  The goal for the Fox Family is to raise enough money to buy and give each Autistic child 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 be used for a BIG cash raffle during the poker run. The Photo Star donated the raffle tickets.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, during Rockford Community Days  with registration from 9-11 AM. The donation is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Besides the Big Cash Raffle, there will be a Silent Auction and Dollar Ticket Auction.

Mike said, “In addition, , we are having a Go Fish bicycle ride for children and adults. That event will meet at the Community Building and register between 2:00 and 2:30 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 new bicycles donated by an outside supporter of Autistic Causes in Ohio. We'll be giving away a child’s and an adult bike for the ride. The drawing for the winners will be @ 3:30 PM.”

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

From there, a Facebook Page is available, too.

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  the 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 donor for the Fox Family Ride for Autism

The Fox Family Ride for Autism is asking local businesses, corporations and/or individuals to become donors! 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

Thank you for your time!

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

 

 
 

Parkway attends FFA State Convention
by Taylor Hesse @ ffa@parkwayschools.org

On Thursday April 30th, Amanda Stachler, Taylor Hesse, Tanner Matthews, Maggie Houts and their adviser Alan Post, headed off to Columbus to attend the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention. On Thursday they attended a session where the chapter received an award for donating towards the Children’s Hospital and donating towards CROP (Church World Services). Later in the session, they heard from the keynote speaker Curtis Zimmerman. Later that evening, the students attended a Keith Anderson concert. On Friday the chapter had a very busy day. The students attended the first session for that day where they heard from keynote speaker, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart. Later Taylor Hesse played in the State FFA Band and then she received her Reporters Award. Finally to end their trip, Amanda Stachler, Tanner Matthews, Taylor Hesse and Kameron Roehm received their State FFA Degrees. Congratulations to these students on their hard work and achievements!Picture:

Mr. Post with students who received their State FFA Degrees (Taylor Hesse, Amanda Stachler, and Tanner Matthews)

 

 

 

New Local Artists' Work on Display

Artwork by Evelyn Vian of Celina and her daughter, Andrea, are on display this month at the Rockford Library.  Stop by during regular business hours to see these local artists' work.

 

Survey for Library

The library is sending out surveys through the Photo Star and with students from Parkway for local residents to fill out and return.  We are working on a strategic plan for the library and need community feedback.  The surveys can be returned in the outside book drop or placed in a designated box inside the front library door.  The on-line version is available at 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJWPF5V.  We are also looking for a sampling of people from the community to participate in a focus group.  This group will meet just once.  If you are interested contact the director, Rozann Maurer, at rmaurer@rcpubliclibrary.org or by calling the library at 419-363-2630.

 

 

Local Youth attend "WE ARE THE MAJORITY"RALLY     

Picture: Elli Keller, Abby Timmerman, Conner Lennartz, Cassie Germann, Miranda Petit, and Lily Schulze at the youth rally in Columbus.

 

6 local youth, along with an adult, attended the “We are the Majority” rally at the Ohio Statehouse on April 30th in Columbus. They joined a crowd of over 1,500 other youth from around the state promoting the drug-free message. The right side of the streets leading from Huntington Park Stadium to the Ohio Statehouse lawn were closed for a short time, in order for the teens march and to promote the message to all those watching. The youth and adult leaders sported t-shirts saying “We are the Majority” and were led by a drum line. At the statehouse, some high school student leaders gave encouraging advice and Ohio’s first lady, Karen Kasich told the youth, "I am proud of each of you for the choice that you've made to live a substance free life,” she said. She also promoted a campaign her and her husband, Governor Kasich, started, called “Start Talking.” For more information on this campaign and how you can “start talking” to your kids about drugs, visit http://www.starttalking.ohio.gov/. Prior to the march to the Statehouse, the youth gathered at Huntington Park for encouragement, pep talks, and encouraging comments from actor/singer Corbin Bleu and ate while the local Columbus band, Truslow wowed the crowd.

Those in attendance from this area were Celina: Cassie Germann (Junior); Fort Recovery: Abby Timmerman (senior), Miranda Petit, Ellie Keller, Conner Lennartz (sophomores); St. Henry: Lily Schulze (freshman), who are some of the members of the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group of high school drug-free students.

Cassie stated “my favorite thing about today was Cordon Bleu's very inspirational speech about how he was even bullied at it as a kid in high school but he was too focused on performing he didn't have time for drugs or anything.” He was bullied, but was able to stay focused on what he really wanted in life. Corbin Bleu, is best known for his role in “High School Musical” as Chad, in which he had to “act” like a good basketball player. Corbin Bleu explained the idea behind the day, "They are part of the majority. They are the ones that want to speak out on behalf of all their peers and generation and say we don't do drugs." Miranda said, “we met new people and made a huge difference. We got to listen to people in high places. The best part was, they don't need drugs” to get there! Abby, Elli, and Conner all enjoyed Corbin’s words of encouragement and Conner added, “he had a really great message to get across! And our rally in the streets was really exciting and we handed out cards” that said what the rally was for to people watching intently throughout the route. Lily explained, “I really enjoyed being able to go out of our small town and meet some new people who think all the same things I do. I am definitely coming back next year. The best part by far was the ride” home with the other youth. “I had so much fun with these five girls and I plan to have many more memories with them to come.”

 

Laura Sanford, who is the Prevention Coordinator at Foundations Behavioral Health Services, also participated in the events of the day. “Even statistics from our area indicate that the majority of people do NOT use drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. Despite what many youth think, surveys taken by youth in this area indicate that the majority of youth choose to be drug free,” Sanford states. “It’s important to continue to promote this message and the positive activities that are going on! We have some awesome future leaders in our community who are drug-free and willing to stand up for what is healthy for their body and their future.”

 

If you are interested in learning more about prevention programs in Mercer County, including the S.T.O.P. group and the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) retreat for middle school students, please contact Laura Sanford at 419-584-1000. For tips and advice and positive news in our area, “like” the “Mercer County Drug Prevention” page on Facebook.

 

 

Work Crews  are Maintaining Roads and Bridges

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

 

 

 
May 8, 2015
 

 
 

Quarter Auction coming on June 20th
There will be a Quarter Auction held during Rockford Community Days on

June 20th from noon to 2 pm at the Shanes Park Pavillion.

 

Seating will begin at 11:30 am. Paddles are $2 each - Limit 2 per person.

 

30-40 items will be in bids from .25 to $1.00.  There will be a mini-Ipad

raffle following the last item in auction.  Raffle tickets are on sale now

until the event.  Contact Amy Noll for tickets or more

information at'419-953-8761

 

Auction items include:  Thirty-One, restaurant certificates, Mary Kay,

gift baskets, and day trips just to name a few.  We are still taking donations

if you are interested in helping out.  

 

The event is sponsored by The Peoples Bank in Rockford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 7, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Community Thanked
The Parkway Local Board of Education and Staff, plus the Vantage Career Center Staff are very appreciative of the overwhelming support shown by the Parkway Community in the election results.  The District has  and will continue to work very hard to improve the education received by our students. We will continue to make changes that will focus on what is best for educating our students. Once again, a big THANK YOU for the continued support shown by the Parkway Community.

Greg Puthoff

Parkway Superintendent

 

 
 
PARKWAY LOCAL SCHOOL LEVY Unofficial Total from Vote on 5-5-2015
Precincts Reporting 6
Total Votes 280
FOR THE TAX 225     80.36%
AGAINST THE TAX    55 19.64%
 
 

 
May 5-6, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, May 6, 2015 due to fog.

Parkway Sports Reports for Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7th Grade Softball Team defeats an undefeated Wapak team to STAY unbeaten at 13-0. The girls finish their season on 5-7 taking on Celina.

JV Softball team falls to Allen East 10-4. they are now 13-3 for the season.

Varsity Softball Team wins their 7th straight game with an 11-3 against Marion Local. They are now 15-2 for the season

The 8th grade softball team defeated Lima Central Catholic 18-0 to improve to 10-0 on their year 10-0. Last home game on 5-7-15 at 5 PM.

 

Remember to Vote on May 5!

 

Brand It Marketing Wins National BEST OF NAMA Award

Rockford, Ohio (May 4, 2015) –  Ohio marketing agency, Brand It Marketing Communications, has been awarded a BEST OF national award through the National Agri-Marketing Association for their work they produced for client Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) in the Audio Visual Presentations category for Dealers, Distributors & Sales Reps.

The video was developed for Van Wert, Ohio company, Advanced Biological Marketing, using a stop-motion technique following a soybean on its journey from seed through inoculation to full plant and harvest.  The award-winning video was the creative vision of Brand It Marketing Communications’ Twyla Hayes who entered the competition for the first time this year. Hayes collaborated with Dark Horse Productions in Delphos, Ohio to bring her creative vision and work to reality.

The Best of NAMA, National Ag Marketing Association, honors the best in agricultural marketing communications. Submissions are evaluated for marketing effectiveness and creativity as selected by a panel of 50 judges. The competitions were created in 1988 to honor outstanding work by NAMA members, educate members and to feature good advertising, and thus raise the quality of the industry’s communication efforts.

The regional awards process began in October of 2014. Companies and agencies entered their work to the regional competition. Entries were then judged in six different regions. Overall there were 1,355 entries in the six regions with almost 50 judges participating. These entries were evaluated over a two-day period in November in Kansas City.

 

About Brand It Marketing Communications

Brand It Marketing Communications specializes in result focused services to provide an inclusive branding for your growing business. Brand It Marketing’s team is comprised of creative designers, web site programmers and social media strategists ready to help your business grow. Brand It operates under guiding principles based upon integrity, professionalism and mutual respect. For more information visit www.branditonline.com

About Advanced Biological Marketing

ABM provides solutions for commercial agriculture using biological seed treatments that increase a crop’s potential and yield. Its product line include biological seed enhancements for corn, soybeans, wheat and many other production crops across the globe. ABM headquarters are in Van Wert, Ohio, USA. For more information, go to www.abm1st.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on thumbnail pictures below to see production scene's from Twyla's video.

 
 

May Chamber Member of the Month Announced
The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate the Rockford United Methodist Church as the May 2015 Member of the Month !

 

Rockford United Methodist Church is a merged church formed in 2000 when the former Grace United Methodist and First United Methodist churches came together as one church. The congregation welcomes everyone to the TRADITIONS worship experience at 8:30 and/or the ENGAGE worship experience at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. The church is located at the corner of Pearl and Franklin Streets in Rockford right behind the firehouse.



Thank you Rockford United Methodist Church for supporting your local chamber !

Pictured:  Nathan Rupp - Youth and Children's Ministries, Susan Sheppard - Office Manager, Pastor Chip Steffy, and Marie Miller - Chamber President.

 

 
 

Become an Umpire
The Rockford Recreation Association is searching for local residents interested in umpiring baseball and softball games during the upcoming 2015 summer season. To be eligible to officiate summer recreation games, individuals must be at least 14 years old and have knowledge of the game of baseball and/or softball. An umpiring handbook will be provided that addresses special league rules and modifications. Contact information for interested individuals will be added to the 2015 summer umpiring list that will be used by coaches to find officials for upcoming games. If you would like to be added to this year's summer umpire list, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 before Sunday, May 10th. 

 

 
 

 
May 4, 2015
 

 
 
 
Parkway Schools Renewal Levy on the Ballot for May 5

Parkway Schools are seeking a renewal levy. NOT new, it is a 1%, 5 year income tax issue and was first approved by voters in May of 1995. Debra Pierce, treasurer reminds voters that it is a necessary operating levy that the district relies upon to run the schools.

 
 

 
May 2-3, 2015
 

 
 

Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for May 2015 by Lisa Miller

 


Shanes Park Gets New Garden Shed and Clean up
The Shanes Park Beautification Society would like to thank the following:

Rockford Chamber of Commerce for donating the santa house to Shanes
Park.

Village Employees that painted and moved the santa house to the park.
The santa house is being converted into a garden shed.  This will be used
to store garden equipment so volunteers do not have to bring personal
items to the park.  It will take some time to build up the inventory, but this
is the goal.

The following ladies helped clean up flower beds, picked up sticks around
the Splash pad and play ground areas and raked leaves:  Thank you to
Marlene Roebuck, Karen Long, Barb Pedroza, Julie Long and Joyce Emans.

We look forward to seeing more volunteers on May 5th and May 19th.

 

 

CONCERT WITH COOL CAT REVUE TO REV IT UP FOR MOTHER’S DAY
ON MAY 9TH

Turn it up a notch and celebrate a special Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 9th with a spectacular performance by Cool Cat Revue at the Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. Concert at 7 PM, doors open at 6 PM. The newly formed professional music duo with vocalists Shannon Persinger and Doug Hartle, of Fort Wayne, Indiana will feature dynamic impersonations of Country, Jazz, Rat Pack, Oldies, Classic Pop, and More!   A free-will offering is accepted.

Doug Hartle started singing publicly in church at the age of 7.  By age 15, he was singing professionally and is now entering his 34th year of professional entertainment.  Vocal harmony trio CLASSIC VOICE, based in Fort Wayne, is where Doug spends time in a group setting.  Singing his solo act “A Vegas Sounding Show” featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble’ and other “Crooner” style singers is his current solo act. 

Shannon Persinger started singing at a very young age, but it wasn’t until middle school that she became aware of how very much she loved to be in the spotlight and sing for an audience.  With an extensive background in show choir and in musical theatre, Shannon began singing professionally in 1994 and has been a lead singer of several area bands in Northeast Indiana.  Most recently, Shannon ended her seven year run as one half of the duo “Shade n’ Shannon.”   Currently, Shannon is keeping busy singing on the worship team at The Chapel in Fort Wayne.  She also sings jazz in her very own group, The Shannon Persinger Jazz Quartet.   Never short on energy or pep, Shannon was looking for something musical to do in addition to her jazz quartet.  It was during that search that she realized that something great was right around the corner…

Since first working together in THE POSSE in 1994 and remaining good friends over the years, Shannon and Doug decided it was time to join forces and develop a new musical venture called COOL CAT REVUE.   Shannon and Doug knew their show would showcase a variety of music made popular by the greats like Elvis, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and more, but they also wanted to add something novel and fun…something that was different…but what exactly?  One day as they were sitting around the Persinger’s kitchen table, Shannon and Doug happened upon a great idea…why not add TV theme songs into a portion of the show?   The great TV Land Revue portion of their show will be filled with memorable and catchy TV tunes that will bring audience members along on a nostalgic journey through a simpler time.

Doug states, “This is an opportunity to sing with one of my favorite female vocalists of all time.  Shannon is such an incredible talent full of energy and she presents such amazing versatility!   It’s fun to explore these musical opportunities with her!”  Shannon states, “I am so very honored and excited to be working with my very talented friend, Doug.  His intensity and love for music is infectious and it will no doubt make me a better performer!”  Both performers have families in Fort Wayne and both are Christians who are so very thankful to God for His many blessings, especially the gift of music!  With their combined talents and love of varying musical genres, Shannon and Doug will deliver a high-energy show that is full of fun and variety that is sure to please audiences everywhere.

The Rockford Belle invites the public to celebrate  “Mom” at this special Mother’s Day event featuring Shannon Persinger and Doug Hartle. Cool Cat Revue’s enjoyable entertainment style will take listeners to another time and place on May 9th. For more information, please call 567-644-9993.


 

 

 

Soup and Sandwich Fundraiser Planned for May 9
Parkway Explorations and Rockford’s Friends of the Library are holding a SOUP AND SANDWICH FUNDRAISER on May 9th at the Fellowship Hall of the Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH. The meal will be served at 5 pm before the Mother’s Day concert with Cool Cat Revue and immediately following the concert. The cost of the meal is $6.50 with selections to include a choice of a Sloppy Joe or Creamed Chicken Sandwich, 2 bowls of homemade soup, dessert, and a drink.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Parkway Explorations future 2016 trip to Europe. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
May 1, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway May 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 29-30, 2015
 

 
 

Thieves Apprehended in Rockford
From the Rockford Police: On April 27th, 2015 around 8:40p.m. Sgt. Bryan Stetler was contacted by an alert business owner. The owner stated that someone had just stolen some tires from there property and was headed out of town. Sgt. Stetler caught up to the suspects vehicle and was able to detain parties until Sheriff's Deputies could arrive. This incident occurred just outside Rockford Police jurisdiction. Both male suspects (from Fort Wayne IN. ) where transported to Mercer County Jail for theft. This marks the second time in a week that Rockford has been targeted by thieves. Chief Paul May would like to remind citizens to remain observant around there homes and business.

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

 

 

Clean Your Clothes and Support Parkway Wrestling
The Parkway Wrestling Team is once again selling 5 gallon buckets of laundry detergent. Please stop by the High School Office to place your order. Buckets are $45 per bucket and come with a pump. You may also track down one of the wrestlers and order from them. Thank you for your support of our program.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 28, 2015
 

 

Spilled Fertilizer Closes Road

Monday, April 27, 2015 Sheriff Jeff Grey issued an advisory asking drivers to please avoid the area of Frysinger and Old Town Run Rds north of Rockford due to an overturned semi that spilled fertilizer. The advisory was later canceled.

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s Offers Workshop for Small Businesses 

Celina, Ohio – Did you know that the Business Enterprise Center 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.

Van Wert County Residents! Rockford Area Residents! Paulding County Residents!

We are offering our popular QuickBooks 12-hour workshop at Vantage Career Center in Van Wert! QuickBooks is recommended for small to medium business owners or financial managers. Before you start making money in business, you need to figure out how you will record, track, and manage your hard-earned dollars. QuickBooks helps your business streamline all your financial operations including inventory, payroll, etc. QuickBooks makes it easy to organize your financial data in one central location. You can manage your money, pay your bills, and track customers’ payments quickly and efficiently. Daily track the success of your business stands with QuickBooks. Join Ron Kremer for 12-hours of software training on this highly rated accounting software to help improve your bottom line! All participants who complete the workshop will receive a certificate.

Class Dates: Tuesday May 5; Thursday May 7; Tuesday May 12; Thursday May 14, 2015

Class Times: 5 to 8 p.m. @ Vantage Career Center

Instructor: Ron Kremer, CPA Cost: $125 p/person;

Individuals can register for this class or get more information about our other Business Enterprise Center programs by calling the Wright State University Business Enterprise Center at (419) 586-0355 or by emailing Rachel.stoker@wright.edu.

 

 

 

NISWONGER 15-16 MEMBERSHIPS  NOW AVAILABLE

It’s good to be where the good things are.
It’s good to be the reason why good things are happening.
A Niswonger Member experiences BOTH! Members share in bringing inspiration to the stage and  enjoy those performances from seats that are personally selected. The benefits do not end there. We believe in REWARDING our members with more GOOD things!

The 2015-16 Season will soon release an entire NEW YEAR of UNBELIEVABLE ENTERTAINMENT! 

PERSONAL & CORPORATE MEMBERS receive the first opportunity for ticketing and seat selection along with many other special benefits.

Get More Information At The Box Office 419-238-6722 or ONLINE.

 

 

 

May Registration for Free ABLE Classes

 

Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) classes are offered through Vantage Career Center.  Many adults attend ABLE classes to refresh basic skills in reading, writing and math, improve skills needed for employment or further education, or prepare for the GED® exam to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.  ABLE classes are offered at convenient times and locations throughout the Vantage service area, including Van Wert, Paulding, Delphos and Celina.

 

The next registration date for new students is Monday, May 4, 2015.  In Van Wert, registration will be held at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St. from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or from 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.  Regular classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times.

 

Paulding classes are held at the Paulding County Ohio Means Jobs Center, 252 Dooley Dr. Suite. B.  Students may register at the next orientation session: Monday, May 4, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 p.m.

 

Delphos classes are located at the Public Library, 309 W. 2nd St.  Class times are Monday and Wednesday; 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Orientation is the first Monday of the month.

 

In Celina, classes are located at the Mercer County Ohio Means Jobs Center, 220 W. Livingston St. New students may register on Monday, May 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. Classes in Celina meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

 

ABLE classes can help students prepare for the new computer-based GED® test and assist in making goals for further education, adult certificate training or a better job a reality. ABLE classes offer individual learning plans and a supportive environment for adult students.  Online instructional options are also available so students can work on their own schedule.

 

For additional information regarding registration for ABLE/GED classes, cost of the new GED® exam or participation in the $80 Ohio voucher program for first-time test-takers,  please contact the ABLE Coordinator at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2075; or visit the ABLE/GED link on the Vantage Career Center Adult Education website at:  www.vantagecareercenter.com

 

 

 

Blues Singer Coming to Rockford

Dave Fields - has spent 26 weeks on the RMR Blues Rock Charts - is coming to
Rockford on May 2nd.  The concert will be held at the Rockford
Community Building at 7:30 pm.      New York City - Rocking Blues !
        
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Sunshine Oil located at 205 N Main St - Rockford or at the door.
        
Proceeds from this *Rockford Tour* will benefit Rockford's Mix - 101.3 WRKD.  Come on out listen to some blues and support your local radio station - 101.3 WRKD.

 

 

Rockford Craft  and Vendor Fair Planned

A Craft/ Vendor Show will be held on Saturday - June 20th during
Rockford Community Days.  Crafters and Vendors will set up at Shanes
Park from 10 am - 9 pm.  We are now accepting registrations for
crafters, bakers, and direct sales vendors.

Booths will be 10 x 10 for $30.00 and a donated item (for a giveaway) and
2 booths will be $50.00.  You will be responsible for your own tents,
canopies, tables and chairs.

Registrations can be found on the Rockford Community Days Facebook
page or the Rockford Village Office.   Return form and payment to
Claudia Pontius, 157 E Walnut St., Rockford OH  45882 
For more information, you may contact Claudia at
cpontius@roadrunner.com or call 419-733-3786.

 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #4

Written by: Ali Gemmer

On March 30th, Clever Clovers 4-H club had their forth meeting from 6:30-7:30pm at Grace Bible Church. The meeting was called to order by Erin Richardson and Ali Gemmer led the pledge. A Treasurer’s Report was made and the club later had an introduction of two new members. The two members are Kirsten and Shyann Rose. Roll call was taken by Jamie Burenga and the club split off into small groups for the first time according to the 4-H book they ordered. Demonstrations were scheduled and a discussion about the books members ordered was made during this time. At the last part of the meeting, the club had their third Agricultural Group Activity and started where they left off on the subject of soy lecithin. The meeting was adjourned after the activity and members enjoyed snacks. The next meeting will be on April 13th at the usual time and meeting place.

 

VAN WERT COUNTY FOUNDATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

 

The Van Wert County Foundation is now accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2015-16 school year. Scholarships are based on residency, college grade point average and financial need and are available for any recognized field of study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.

 

A maximum of three grants will be made to a student earning a Baccalaureate Degree in four years. A student whose course of study requires five years to earn a baccalaureate degree may be awarded a fourth grant. Students earning an Associate’s Degree are eligible for scholarship funds after completing the equivalent of one year. No grants are made beyond the baccalaureate degree. Applicants must be full time students, although special consideration may be given to part-time students.

 

Students who have completed the equivalent of one year in college are eligible to have their application considered, provided they have a 2.75 accumulative grade point average. A first time applicant with above sophomore standing must have a 3.0 accumulative grade point average. Students who have been granted a scholarship must maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average to warrant continuation of a scholarship grant.

 

An applicant must have been a resident of Van Wert, Paulding, or Allen Counties when they graduated from one of the following eligible High Schools: Antwerp, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. Johns, Lincolnview, Parkway, Paulding, Spencerville, Vantage, Van Wert, and Wayne Trace.

 

Applications may be found online at vanwertcountyfoundation.org or students may request an application by calling 419-238-1743, emailing info@vanwertcountyfoundation.org, or by visiting The Van Wert County Foundation, 138 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio  45891.

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 25-27, 2015
 

 
 

Celina American Legion Plans Made for Blessing of the Bikes

Local Veteran and Celina Legion Rider, Bob Maurer of Mercer, announced the plans being made by a partnership of Celina American Legion, Mercer United Methodist Church and Bethany United Methodist Church, Celina for their first ever  Blessing of the Bikes, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and the Celina American Legion, 2501 St Rt 703 in Celina, Ohio at 10AM. All bikers and guests are invited!

 

 

WWII 70th Anniversary Commemoration Announced

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and perhaps the last opportunity for families and communities in every city and town in America to come together to say "Thank you!" to the men and women of our "greatest generation" and to ensure that their example of courage, shared sacrifice, can do attitude, service to others, and national unity will continue to inspire future generations - especially the youth of our country. Please follow the link provided below to see the activities planned and learn about the many veterans involved in the celebration including an 88 year old veteran riding his motorcycle cross country to publicize the event.  The link is http://www.spiritof45.org/home0.aspx

 

 

Celina Police Department Investigate Two Injury Traffic Crashes 04/22/2015

The Celina Police Department investigated two injury traffic crashes.  The first was at about 1:48 PM on N. Main St. at W. Forest St.  Seventeen year old Zachary Bigelow of Celina was northbound on Main St. near Forest St. when he turned the 1999 Honda Passport he was driving left to enter Forest St.  He entered the path of a southbound 2012 Ford Focus driven by 24 year old Shelby Woods, also of Celina.

The Wood’s vehicle struck the right side of the Bigelow vehicle as it turned, causing the Bigelow vehicle to flip onto its left side.  Bigelow was transported by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Both cars were heavily damages.  Charges are pending.

The second crash occurred at 4:20 PM on W. Logan St. near S. Sugar St.  A 2014 Honda Pilot was driven by 19 year old Chase Bruggeman of Celina.  As he traveled eastbound he drifted left of center and struck the left side dual rear tires of a semi-tractor and sideswiped the length of the left side of the trailer and impacted the left rear duals of the trailer before disengaging from the trailer.

The semi was a 2015 Volvo driven by Christopher Townsend of Muncie, Indiana.  Townsend was unhurt and Bruggeman had apparent minor injuries, but was taken for treatment by private vehicle.  The Honda was heavily damaged and the tractor-trailer had light to moderate damage.  Bruggeman was cited for failure to drive on the right side of the road.

 

 
 
Rockford Village Council Meets on April 21, 2015

RESOLUTION 05-15

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY BLOCK DEVELOPMENT GRANT (CBDG FUNDS) FOR THE VILLAGE, FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF COLUMBIA ST AND COMMITTING OF VILLAGE MONEY FOR LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS.

 

Click Here to read the latest and past Rockford Village Council News

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
 

 
April 23-24, 2015
 

 
 

86th Annual Parkway FFA Banquet
by Taylor Hesse at ffa@parkwayschools.org


On Wednesday April 8th, the Parkway FFA Chapter held their 86th Annual FFA Banquet. The evening started off at 6:30 with Opening Ceremonies by the 2014-2015 officer team followed by an Official Welcome by Tanner Mathews. Whitney Rollins then followed with the invocation before the meal. After the meal, Shelbe Eddington introduced the Year in Review slideshow made by Taylor Hesse. Following the slideshow, Maggie Houts introduced our guest speaker, Jessica Suman. After Jessica’s speech, the Greenhand Degree Awards were given out followed by Chapter Degree Awards, Fruit Sale Awards, Chapter Scholarship Awards, and CDE Metals. Mr. Post then took the podium. He awarded past FFA Member, Brandon Riley, for helping the Tractor Trouble Shooting Team, Reporter, Taylor Hesse, for placing 2nd in the district with the official FFA Scrapbook, and awarded President, Kayla Walls, for her excellent leadership this past year. He also awarded Kameron Roehm, Amanda Stachler, Taylor Hesse and Tanner Matthews for receiving their Ohio FFA Degree. After that, Mr. Post awarded his Star Degree Awards. The 1st year award went to Laura Barrett, 2nd year award to Tanner Matthews, 3rd year award to Taylor Hesse, and 4th year award to Kayla Walls. Following those awards, Ralph Ritz was awarded the Honorary Chapter Degree. The senior FFA Members then gave each of their parents a flower. After seniors were all seated, Kayla Walls gave her retiring address as president. The 2014-2015 officer team then ended the banquet with Closing Ceremonies. Our 2015-2016 officer team was announced at the banquet also. The team is as followed President: Tanner Matthews, Vice President: Taylor Hesse, Reporter: Laura Barrett, Secretary: Clista Hellwarth, Treasurer: Maggie Houts, Sentinel: Shay Pond, and Student Adviser: Alec Schoenleben. Congratulations to all of the students who received awards! Thank you to Mr. Fortkamp, Mr. Puthoff, Mr. Post, Parkway High School Staff, Parkway School Board, parents, and community members. Without your support and help we could not have achieved success this past year!

Picture:  2014-2015 Officer Team with Honorary Degree Recipient, Ralph Ritz

 

 

 

Blood Drive Held
by Taylor Hesse at ffa@parkwayschools.org

On Wednesday February 11th, Parkway FFA and FCLA held their second annual blood drive for the school year. This blood drive was open for students, as well as, community members to attend and donate blood. During the day, a total of 42 units of blood were collected. The FFA and FCLA would like to thank everyone who  donated or tried to donate. Your contribution to help save a life was greatly appreciated!

 

 


Reward Offered for Info on Breaking and Entering
Chief Paul May reports that the Rockford Citizens Crime Awareness Group is offering a $500.00 dollar reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the break in at Barry’s Family Market on April 20th, 2015 around 11:30 p.m. The reward is being offered with no questions asked and names will not be released. Anyone with information can contact the Rockford Police at 419. 363.3032

 

Women’s Fall Retreat 2015 


Mt. Tabor is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Women’s Mini Retreat on October 9th and 10th 2015. This event started with an idea and with a group of ladies wanting to make a difference and now by the grace of God is turning into something absolutely amazing. The theme of the retreat is Let’s Get Real!! Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith.

This event is going to be open to any girl/woman over the age of 10 and will have breakout sessions for all women, but will also have them for the younger crowd. The 10-15 year olds will have sessions on God Loves You and Words Hurt. The 16-21 year olds will learn about Social Media and how it can affect life and how to never give up on life. The over 60 group will have a session on how to be a “Senior Saint” in todays world. The remaining breakout sessions will be on topics such as grief, abuse, ministry in motion, prayer in a mom hectic world, stress and faith in the work place.


Our main speaker is Robyn Dykstra she is a funny, Jesus-loving, Bible study teacher and Christian speaker with over 25 years experience in retreat and conference ministry. You will Love her stories and be captivated by her teaching.

Her life-changing message will strengthen your faith to face life’s real challenges. You’ll be encouraged and equipped to live the REAL life God has planned for you.

Hannah Beck travels the country spreading that message of Hope. Chains can be broken. Relationships can be healed. God can make a way when there seems to be no way. One of the ways she spreads the message is her gift of music. Through her music she tries to connect with the real struggles of life and promise the never ending message of hope that does not fail.

Hannah will share her personal story during a special session geared towards the younger attendees on Hope. She will follow this session up by meeting with our 16-21 year olds about never giving up on life. Hannah hopes that you walk away knowing that there is hope in Jesus and there is a plan for your life.



Music will be supplied to us by the Mt. Tabor Praise Band, Hannah Beck and Gethsemane. We will have a fun and praise time Friday night to close the evening. It will be a great time to fellowship, worship, laugh, maybe cry and praise God for all He does.


Registration by September 20th  – $30
Registration after September 20th – $35
* Mother/Daughter Registration – $50
Registration includes lunch on Saturday

*To qualify for the Mother/Daughter discount the daughter must be under the age of 18. Please note: The fee for any additional daughters under the age of 18 is $20.
Please fill out a form for each daughter and send all forms together.

Pastor’s Wives FREE with 10 
When 10 paid adult registrations from the same church are sent in the same envelope, registration for their pastor’s wife is free.




SCHEDULE
Friday October 9th - Check-in / Registration – 5:30 pm – 6:45pm
Evening events will kick off – 7:00 pm
Evening events will end – 9:15 pm

Saturday October 10th – Morning events will start – 8:45 am
Lunch – 12 noon – 1:00pm (Lunch provided )
Afternoon events will start – 1:00 pm
Event will wrap up at – 4:00 pm

A detailed scheduled will be provided at the time of check-in

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 21-22, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Preschool/Pre-K Registration Night

Parkway Preschool/Pre-K has set their Registration Night for the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday, April 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Parkway Preschool is a Step Up to Quality Five-Star program, which means this program has demonstrated the highest level of quality as rated by ODE. 

 

On this night, parents may bring their child to the school to see the rooms as well as meet the teachers.  Registration forms will be available to complete and payment of the 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.)

 

Barrys’ Family Market Burglarized
The Rockford Police received an alarm at Barry’s Family Market on April 20th, 2015 around  11:36 p.m. Sgt.Bryan Stetler checked the area and contact was made with the owner. Upon further investigation, entry was attempted and broken glass could be seen from the outside of the building. A perimeter was established at the grocery store and Celina’s Police K-9 was requested. No one was found at the scene. Evidence has been collected and no other information is available at this time. The Rockford Police would like to thank Celina Police department and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for the assistance. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Rockford Police at 419.363.3032. 

 

 

SUBWAY Chosen as Rockford Chamber Business of the Month for April

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that SUBWAY has
been chosen as the Rockford Chamber Business of the Month.

  Subway of Rockford was established in May of 2003, by Jeremy, Richard,
  Josh, & Jon Wenning. We offer a wide variety of subs along with
  flatbreads, and Pizza's. The store is currently Managed by Jamie Green.
  She and her staff would like you to stop by for a fresh meal with a
  smile.  Rockford Subway is located at 101 Main St. 
  
  Congratulations Subway !  Thank you for being a supporter of the Rockford
  Chamber.

 

Picture: left to rt - Jamie Green - Rockford Subway Manager, Jeremy Wenning - Store Owner, &
Marie Miller - Rockford Chamber President.

 

 

 

 

RADC Meeting Planned with Speaker

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday April 27th at 7:30 in the library basement. Jim Gibson of the Fremont Company will be the guest speaker. Please plan to attend. 

Tammy Cheek
Rockford Area Development Corporation Secretary

 

 

Engineer Announces Intermittent Road Closings

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the intermittent closings of Burkettsville-St. Henry Road from Burkettsville to SR 119 in Granville Township and the Mercer-Darke County Line from Cassella-Montezuma Road to Spencer Road in Marion Township.  The closing of these roads are necessary to allow for the installation of drainage pipes and culverts, as well as roadside shoulder work.  This is in preparation for asphaltic concrete resurfacing work to be done later in the year.  These roads will be closed intermittently over the next 1 to 2 months and will be impacted by these short-term day by day closures.

Local access will be maintained; with at variable times, access having to be from one direction or the other because of pipe or culvert work.

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

 

Mercer County Job and Family Services

The Mercer County Job and Family Services announce the 2015 TANF Summer Youth Employment Program. The goal of this program is to help youth (age 16 to 24) gain work experience in Mercer County. Youth will be placed at employment with area businesses and the Summer Youth Program will pay the youth the minimum wage of $8.10/hour. Employment can begin as early as May 1, 2015. This program is an amazing opportunity to help youth gain employment experience, earn money and prepare for their future in the workforce!

To qualify the youth must meet the following criteria:

Age 16 to age 24 (must not be 25 years of age prior to application)

Be a minor child (age 16 to 18 must be currently enrolled in secondary school) OR age 18 to 24 and be pregnant, be a parent (including non-custodial parent with a child support obligation) or be a member of a family that has a minor child in the home.

Income Eligibility based on the family size of 200% of 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines

 

Number in Family

Monthly Income

1

$1962

2

$2655

3

$3349

4

$4042

5

$4735

For each additional person add

$693

 

Submit an application to the Mercer County Job and Family Services by mail, fax, email or in person. Applications are currently being accepted.

 

If the applicant is a member of a household assistance group that is currently receiving Food Assistance at the time of application, an application will still need to be submitted, however, no other verifications are required.

 

In the event that funding is not adequate, a first come, first served policy will apply to the program participants.

 

To apply or if you have any questions: Contact Elizabeth Rinderle, by phone: 419.586.5106 ext 524, by email: Elizabeth.Rinderle@jfs.ohio.gov or come to the Mercer County Job and Family Services, 220 W Livingston Street, Suite 10, Celina OH 45822.

 

We would be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have, just contact Mercer County Job and Family Services and we will help you get started!

 

Agency hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mondays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fridays.

 

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 25, 2015 opening at 8 a.m. and continuing until sold out. The Plant Sale will be held in the Jr. Fair Building on the fairgrounds. 

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

The Plant Sale will feature potted herbs, both culinary and aromatic, plus a variety of colorful perennials have been selected for the sale Gardening items are also available. 


Stop by the Jr. Fair Building on Saturday morning, April 25 to purchase perennials or herbs to beautify your outdoor living spaces or as a gift for that special gardener in your family. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 18-20, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Rockford Belle to Feature Versatile Music Artist Bob Wurst on April 25
Bob Wurst, of Toledo, OH will be appearing in concert on April 25 at 7 pm, doors open at 6pm at the Rockford Belle, 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH.  For more than 40 years, he has been engaging audiences by performing country music, 50’s and 60’s rock ‘n roll, and classic music from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis and more! Wurst has shared concerts with acclaimed Country Music artists such as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr , Alabama, Billy Walker, Charley Walker, Bobby G Rice, and Narvel Feltz, and many, many more. Stage show promoter and WCSM Weekly Country Leisure Show Host Jim Highley will emcee the event. A free-will offering will be taken. 

Bob Wurst’s past performance highlights include winning talent contests and competitions from nationally known Buck Lake Ranch, Wrangler Country Star Search, and the State of Ohio division, which led to performances on stage at the Mother Church of country music’s Grand Ole Opry.  Other contest highlights include Nashville Network’s “You Can Be a Star” and the “Lake Erie West People’s Choice Awards” netting Bob Wurst the “Country” award, winner of Male Vocalist, and top award “Entertainer of the Year”. 

The band began recording in Nashville by this time and continued up until the year 2000 with the great fortune of recording a complete album with the Jordanaires and DJ Fontana, Elvis’ back-up vocalists and drummer. In the mid 80’s, his recorded song “She’s got the rhythm, I’ve got the blues”, enjoyed a mild success on the national record charts.

Through local legendary performer Gary Shope’s influence, Wurst’s band staffed Buck Lake Ranch of Angola, Indiana, and this became the musical backdrop to meeting many big name performers, and enhancing the band’s entertaining abilities. In 1983 a big thrill and musical career highlight for Bob came when asked to open for big name band “Alabama”. Over the years, the band would continue opening for some of the biggest names in coun­try music, playing at fairs and fes­ti­vals, and making count­less TV appear­ances. They would play round and square dances for many local orga­ni­za­tions and night clubs. When the circumstance presented itself, the band would play for ben­e­fits and fund rais­ers.

Since 2003 Wurst has enjoyed a new side of his career playing solo and implementing technology. He continues to entertain at dances, Classic car shows, parties and festivals. 

Long time friend and entertainer Jim Highley will emcee for the evening’s performance.   Jim is now retired after having served since 1977 as an elected official in Mercer County as the Clerk of Courts. He is a businessman, stage show manager and promoter, and is best known for emceeing events and as the WCSM radio program personality of “The Weekly Country Leisure Show.”  Jim has been a patron and entertainer at the entertainment venue on many prior occasions and looks forward to having a great time as emcee at the Rockford Belle!


Take this wonderful opportunity on April 25th  to enjoy what will surely be a superior performance at the Rockford Belle in Rockford, Ohio. For more information, contact Tom Rogers at 567-664-9993.

 

 

 

 

Civil War Roundtable

The Civil War Roundtable program for the evening of Thursday, April 23 will feature Eric Wittenberg, guest speaker. The group will meet at 7:15 PM in room 186 Andrews Hall at Wright State Lake Campus in Celina.

Eric will discuss the importance of the cavalry action of Union General John Buford's troops at Gettysburg. Buford delayed Confederate infantry on the first day of battle until Union infantry could arrive and engage them. Buford's action made it possible for the Union to grab the high ground on that decisive battleground.

Wittenberg is an author of seventeen Civil War books. He frequently serves as a battlefield guide. He serves on the Governor's commission on the sesquicentennial. He is widely sought to appear at Civil War commemorative events and is one of the favorites at our Roundtable.Feel free to invite guests.

 

 

St. Henry Middle School  Holds D.A.R.E. Graduation

St. Henry Middle School  held the fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduation Thursday  afternoon, March 26.   The special guests were  Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, St Henry Police Officer Pat Elking, and St Henry Superintendant Julie Garke. The program was opened by Mercer County Deputy DARE Officer Sue Miller. The students reading their winning essays were: Grace Lange, Sam Koesters, Clayton Everman, Tori Staugler, Lauren Beyke and Olivia Lange.  The 2015 Honor students were presented medals purchased by the Mercer County DARE Boosters. The winners were: Hannah Woods, Jarod Barhorst, Rachel speck, Seth Heitkamp, Ashley Ontrop, Lauren Beyke and Ellie Bruggeman.

Each fifth grade student received a certificate and a D.A.R.E. shirt.  The fifth grade teacher assisting with the program was Mrs. Dingledine.  The guest speaker was Sheriff Jeff Grey.  He  encouraged the students  to rember their DARE lessons and make safe responsible decisions in their furture. Principal Mr. Kunk closed the program. The Mercer County D.A.R.E. program is a division of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

 

Mercer County D.A.R.E. Booster Senior Scholarship Luncheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entire Group

Senior Scholarship Winners

 

Rockford Rec. Summer Soccer Camp

The Rockford Recreation Association will be offering summer soccer camps for Parkway students completing grades PK-6 during the current 2014-2015 school year. The K-6 camp will take place at Shanes Park on June 15-18 and registration is $25. All K-6 campers that register will receive a camp t-shirt. There will also be a free soccer camp available for current preschool students on June 21 & 28. Please visit www.rockfordrec.com to download registration forms and emergency medical forms for both camps and "like" us on Facebook for more information. Registration deadline is May 17th. Completed forms and payment can be mailed to Rockford Rec - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882. 

 

Roadside Herbicide
To spray or not to spray

Roadside herbicide application for the suppression of undesirable vegetation and environmental enhancement, through the use of Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides, will be performed by licensed personnel along County Roads and Township Roads (in Jefferson and Washington Townships), starting May 1, extending thru May 30, 2015 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.

 


Rockford Rec. Summer Co-ed Sand Volleyball League

The Rockford Recreation Association will be hosting an adult co-ed sand volleyball power league that will be played on Sunday evenings at Shanes Park during the months of June and July. The cost to register a team for the 2015 sand volleyball league is $80 and t-shirts will be awarded to the league champions. For more information, or to register a team, contact Brandi Bruns at (419)733-0369. Registration deadline is May 10th. Additional information and announcements can be found at www.rockfordrec.com or "Like" Rockford Recreation Association on Facebook.

 

 
 
 
 

 
April 17, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, April 17, 2015 due to fog.

 

Panther Sports News Updates

8th Grade Baseball game versus Minster on May 11 at 7 PM has been cancelled.

Varsity Softball beats St. Henry 5-1 behind excellent pitching by Kayle Heckler.  4-16-2015.

JV Softball wins 6-5 over St. Henry 4-16-2015.

JV Baseball wins over Celina 10-5 (4-16-2015)

Varsity Baseball wins 4-3 over Celina on 4-16-2015.

7th Grade Softball wins over Celina 24-0 in 5 innings behind a no hitter by Macy Henkle. 4-16-2015

 

 

 
April 16, 2015
 

 
 

Classes are cancelled on Thursday, April 16 for Parkway students who attend Aladdin & High School ED classes at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

 

2015 Livestock Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H member who is planning to exhibit market livestock at the 2015 junior fair (excluding rabbits). The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the last QA in 2015 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Thursday April 23rd from 6:30pm to approximately 8:00pm with test out option starting at 5:30pm. Members should enter at the north end of the Jr. Fair Building on the Fair grounds. 

Members eligible for test out it will be offered starting at 5:30pm at the Jr. Fair Building. Test out is offered one hour prior to start of event. 

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

 

 

Spring planting & open ditch maintenance

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

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

 Photo Caption:  “The Best Years of our Lives” was the movie playing on October 20-22, 1948 at the Royal Theatre owned by the Hagle Family in Fort Recovery. Was that time “The Best years of our lives?”

 

Movie theaters, telephones, televisions and radios came to mind when I was studying this old advertisement by the Royal Theatre at Fort Recovery.  I thought back to my own childhood, when we went to watch movies at the Royal Theatre on Saturday evenings.  The movie would just be over in time for us to walk up Wayne Street and hear the announcement of the winners of the Silver Dollar Drawing! 

I have written about movie theatres in Celina.  The Lake Theatre stood at 105 South Main Street.  The Ohio Theatre stood at 126 West Market.  The Celina Theatre stood at 116 North Main and may be the “only theatre still standing today in the County!”  I have written about Coldwater Theaters, at First and Main by Al Pontius and the Knights of Columbus building at 101 W. Walnut.   The Rockford Theater was listed in the 1950 Rockford Telephone Directory.  For those of you, who have memories of movie theaters in Mercer County, please share those memories with the Mercer County Historical Society.

On April 23, 1931, the Sunday afternoon and evening movie showing was legalized in Celina.  Just eight decades ago, some local citizens believed that the character of the young people would surely decline, if citizens were permitted to watch movies instead of visiting relatives on Sunday afternoons, and/or attending Church services in the evenings!  That 1931 notice about legalizing movies on Sundays made me wonder what those same citizens would have thought when the new Drive-In Movies were advertised!  Who remembers that those Drive-In Movies were quickly tagged as “Passion Pits,” in the 1950’s? What if today’s lawmakers passed a law against “Texting on Sundays?”  (They would lose their next election.)

 

My Grandfather Charles Jetter lived with our family at Fort Recovery.  I remember when he came home with a brand new television set about 1951.  He may  have purchased that TV at Wilbur Snyder’s Station.

Do you remember watching  “I Love Lucy?”  Lucy is on the news these days, concerning the statue of her, in her home town.  Did you watch Ed Sullivan at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday evenings?  Other TV personalities included Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners, Arthur Godfrey, Captain Kangaroo, The Hit Parade singers and dancers, Roy and Dale Rogers, Carol Burnett, and The Greatest Show on Earth Circus performers.  Senior Citizens will recall the Radio stations in the 1940’s, including Amos and Andy, The Shadow, the Green Hornet, Lowell Thomas, and Henry Aldrich’s “Coming Mother.” 

 

Many local households had televisions in the 1950’s.  Everyone knew that no one would go to the theater when they could watch movies at home!  The 1953 Celina Directory listed television businesses: Arvin TV, 224 W. Warren; Household Supply Store, 419 S. Elm; Electronics Laboratory, 115 South Walnut; Howick’s Radio & TV, at 719 East Market.  The 1960’s Directories listed Stoner TV & Radio, Mud Pike; Bell & Horn at 112 North Main, and Bob’s Radio & TV at 1011 North Brandon.  Television businesses were opened throughout the County.  In spite of the 1950’s predictions, movie theaters still exist today.

 

While I was reading through the old Directories, I saw the Telephone Companies listed in 1916:  The Celina and Mercer County Telephone Co.; Fort Recovery Telephone Co.; Marion Telephone Co. and the Rockford Telephone Exchange.  My earliest memories of using the telephone at Fort Recovery were that we did not use a dial telephone, we simply called the operator to ask for a number.  When the winter weather was really bad, we would call the operator and ask if there was school that day!

 

Our generation has seen changes due to advances in understanding electronics.  I see our grandsons using all kinds of electronic games and computers.  My parents used to say that their generation went from horse and buggy to a man on the Moon.  What will we tell our grandchildren about our era?  One constant remains throughout the centuries.  Time spent with our friends cannot be replaced by public media. “New Friends are Silver, and Old Friends are Gold,” is as true today as it was for our Grandparents’ generation.   The public media of radio, movies, and television will not replace our times spent with our friends. 

 [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.]

 

 

 

COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES 15-16 UNVEILED​

 

​(VAN WERT, OH) - ​The new Community Concert Season for 2015-16 was announced last night at a special gathering of Members at Willow Bend Country Club and then to the public at the StepCrew concert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  Next season’s series features five outstanding concerts for the entire family and all ages to enjoy and is sponsored by Vancrest Health Care Centers.  ​Supporting sponsors include Slusher’s Jewelry, Central Insurance Companies, Taylor Auto Sales of Van Wert, State Farm, Tisha Fast- agent, and the Van Wert County Hospital.

The entire Niswonger Season for 2015-16 will be sponsored by Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Statewide Ford, Lincoln. The season kicks off on Sunday, November 1 with one of the stars of PBS, the amazing Ethan Bortnick.  This fourteen year old musical prodigy has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian.  His deep musical knowledge, broad tastes, and staggering talents make his performances a treat for the entire family.  Performing all styles of music including jazz, classical, rock n roll, and memorable originals, Ethan’s shows excite crowds of all ages.  You will hear everything from Beethoven to the Beatles and Bieber.  Look for Ethan’s new second PBS Special which will be aired nationwide​ ​Christmas comes to Community Concerts this year when the famous fiddlin’ DePue Brothersperform their Grassical Christmas Show on the Niswonger stage on Thursday, December 17. These virtuosic fiddling brothers wield world-class fiddling and violin playing with soothing voices to create an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas tunes.  Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, where their father was a professor of music at BGSU, the four brothers are now Concert Master of the Indianapolis Symphony, members of the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, and a nationally renowned fiddle champion from Nashville, Tennessee.  They add musical comrades on percussion, bass, banjo, and guitar to create dazzling and beautiful Christmas music you won’t want to miss.

All the way from New Zealand, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will take the stage Thursday, March 3.  Known for their winning combination of charming humor, disarmingly small ukuleles, and sublime musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the world’s great modern stage acts.  Armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes delight audiences of all ages.  Their comedic banter is spontaneous, and when they burst into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room or bring a crowd to their feet.  Their fun concerts can feature songs by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oats, Cyndi Lauper, Prince and Kenny Rogers alongside some tunes from The South Pacific.

Round up the family and circle the wagons to the Niswonger on Friday, April 15 for some Grand Ole Opry style musical comedy from Riders in the Sky.  You may know this quartet of singing cowboys from Pixar’s Toy Story 2, where they sang Grammy Award Winning music such as “Woody’s Roundup.”  New this year is their Tribute to the “King of the Cowboys- Roy Rogers.”  Riders are the only ones entrusted with the original Roy Rogers film library.  Join Riders in the Sky as they take us back in a Western musical adventure that encourages buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way?”

The Community Concert Series 2015-16 closes with a triumphant finale when the Texas Tenorsmake their way to Van Wert, Ohio for an electrifying concert on Sunday, April 17.  With​ their ​Emmy Award Winning PBS Special now airing across the country, and Billboard Chart topping albums, it’s easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America’s favorite tenors. Since their whirlwind debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades, and excited fans.  People are clearly enjoying their talent as they were recently names the #10 Classical Artists in the World for 2014 according to Billboard Magazine.  Their unique harmony of Country, Classical, Broadway, and Contemporary music along with breathtaking vocals humor, patriotism and cowboy charm will create a memorable finale to the 2015-16 Community Concert Series

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Anyone can become a member and make their purchase starting today, April 15 beginning at 12 noon. There are three levels of memberships: Maestro ($200), Principal ($100), and Musician ($50.)  Maestro sales are from today through April 19.  Principal Members begin April 20 and run through April 22.  Musician Members may purchase from April 23 through April 28. Memberships include other benefits and may be purchased at any time.  Beginning April 29, general sales of the series begin.  All five concerts may be purchased for as low as $60.  A special feature has been added for those who wish for a dinner and a show.  Willow Bend Country Club will be serving themed dinners to go with each concert.  See the website or inquire at the Niswonger Box Office for details.

Box Office hours are M-F, noon to 4:00 p.m., 419-238-NPAC (6722).  Additional information and purchases may also be made online at NPACVW.ORG. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio is located at 10700 State Route 118 South in Van Wert, Ohio.​

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The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Mercer County District Library.  President Alain Rion called the meeting to order.  Treasurer Eileen Whitsett gave the treasurer’s report and dues were collected. A check was also presented to the treasurerer from a member in memory of two members who passed away over the winter. Secretary Beth Keuneke read the minutes for the November meeting and December Christmas party. The assignment for April is to write about an momentous decision that you have made and the assignment for May is to write about a good or bad event, with the suggestion of birthday given, but choice is up to the writer.  Ron Aragon will do the program of the month of April. Beth Keuneke reported that the Stateline Writer's Club Facebook page is up on the web.  The members then read what they had written about  friendship and/or how to love your neighbor.  The meeting adjourned with a time for socializing following.  The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10 am until Noon at the Mercer County District Library. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

 

Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park”

The village of Ohio City and the “Arts in the Park” committee is happy to announce that they have finalized the 2015 season.  This is a monthly event that takes place on the second Friday of every month from May to September and is held at Memorial Park on Main Street in Ohio City. This year we added two more dates in May and July. This is a free event that is supported by donations from individuals, local business sponsors, the purchases of memory bricks ($25), and from refreshments during the event.  Information about donating or brick purchases can be found on the village website: villageofohiocity.org or though the village clerk’s office 419-965-2255 or Bigham Creative Communications 419-953-9511.

This seasons line up: May 8th: Cass Blue, May 22nd: Cass and Dana, June 12th: Dana Fair, July 10th: Robert and Jaime Delgado, July 24th: Ryan Fox and Friends, Buckeye Drive, and Three on the Tree, August 14th: Van Wert Jazz, and September 11th: Jarod Delgado

 

 

State Line Writer’s Club Meets

By Beth Keuneke

The Stateline Writers Club met on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Mercer County District Library.  President Alain Rion called the meeting to order.  Treasurer Eileen Whitsett gave the treasurer’s report and dues were collected. A check was also presented to the treasurerer from a member in memory of two members who passed away over the winter. Secretary Beth Keuneke read the minutes for the November meeting and December Christmas party. The assignment for April is to write about an momentous decision that you have made and the assignment for May is to write about a good or bad event, with the suggestion of birthday given, but choice is up to the writer.  Ron Aragon will do the program of the month of April. Beth Keuneke reported that the Stateline Writer's Club Facebook page is up on the web.  The members then read what they had written about  friendship and/or how to love your neighbor.  The meeting adjourned with a time for socializing following.  The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10 am until Noon at the Mercer County District Library. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

Mercer Health Invites Children from Mercer County Schools to Hospital

For over 15 years, Mercer Health has invited all kindergarten students from all of the Mercer County school systems to ‘Play Hospital’.  This year over 500 students will attend the event held on April 15, 16 and 17 at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.  Play Hospital offers an interactive, educational setting for the young students to learn about healthcare.  The event includes tours of the Emergency Room, Radiology/X-ray Services and the Birthing Center.  Students also learn about hand washing, surgery and end the day with a tour through an ambulance.

 

On April 20 and 22, the Medical Explorers program, an advanced version of Play Hospital program will be offered to local Freshman students.  The program will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the hospital setting with a focus on career choices within the organization.

 

 

 

 

Van Wert County Fair to Offer Concert by Charlie Daniels Band

The Van Wert County Agricultural Society (fairboard) made the decision to partner with a local investment company in able to bring a headliner back to the grandstand.  In doing this, the fairboard was able to accommodate their budget by only assuming a portion of the risk for putting on the concert.  In return, that same portion of the concert proceeds will go back to the fairboard in hopes to grow the event in the years to come and return the Van Wert County Fair to one of its traditions of holding a main grandstand concert event.  The Charlie Daniels Band has performed in Van Wert before when they visited the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in 2010.  That event was sold out and did not disappoint leaving Van Wert residents wanting more of CDB and making an easy choice for the 2015 Van Wert County Fair. 

 

The concert will fall on Tuesday night September 1st with opening act local country band Nashville Crush.  Technically, this night has been designated a soft opening for the fair as the official opening ceremony is not until Sept 2nd.  This is good news for concert goers as gate admission will not apply, however fair vendors will be open to offer a pre-feast of the great fair food everyone enjoys.

 

Come out and support your local community by attending the Van Wert County Fair.  Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday April 18th at 9 am.  You can get them at the fair office or online at www.vanwertcountyfair.com.       

 

 

Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Our organization needs your help. For every purchase made, Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Rockford Ohio Chamber.   You can support the Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce by purchasing spring bulbs for summer blooms !   The link to the online campaign is:

http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=21172

The deadline is April 24th !

The Rockford Chamber thanks you for your support !

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 14-15, 2015
 

 
 

90th Birthday to be Celebrated by Bollenbacher Family
The family of Jerome Bollenbacher would like to invite you to celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, May 3, at the Rockford Community Building, Shanes Park, 420 Holly Drive, anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

In lieu of gifts, please just bring yourself.  If you must, bring a canned good for the local food pantry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Fields Coming to Rockford in Concert
Dave Fields - has spent 26 weeks on the RMR Blues Rock Charts - is coming to

Rockford on May 2nd.  The concert will be held at the Rockford Community Building at 7:30 pm.      New York City - Rocking Blues !

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Sunshine Oil located at 205 N Main St - Rockford.

Proceeds from this *Rockford Tour* will benefit Rockford's

Best Mix - 101.3 WRKD.  Come on out listen to some blues and support your local radio station - 101.3 WRKD

 

Venedocia Lads and Lassies 4-H’ers Meet

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting on March. 19, 2015, 7:00, at the Venedocia Lions Club. There was 26 members present and 6 guest present. Pledges were led by Isaiah Pugh. The club went over the Advisors Handbook and Ohio 4-H club laws. Also discussed at the meeting was the start of a campaign for the 4-H group to begin collecting plastic caps. Acceptable (clean) caps would include caps from pop, milk, detergent, hairspray, and flip top caps from ketchup and mustard bottles. Lids from items such as butter containers, ice cream bucket, yogurt, peanut butter, and cottage cheese containers are also acceptable. Unacceptable lids include soap and lotion pumps, fast-food drink lids, metal, or trigger type sprayers. Once the group reaches 500 lbs. we will be able to purchase a park bench that was made by the caps we donated. The bench will then be donated to the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. There will be a drop off box at the Venedocia Lions Club at the next meeting if anyone one is interested in our cap campaign. Our next meeting will be held on April 16, 2015 at 7:00p.m.  

 

Celina Farmers' Market Opening Soon

The 2015 Celina Farmers' Market will be opening  May 2 - thru September each
Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Vendors can sell their
homegrown or homemade goods on the sidewalk surrounding the historic Mercer
County Courthouse, located at 101 North Main Street in downtown Celina.
Vendors will come from throughout the area to sell locally grown plants,
produce and homemade foods and crafts.  Vendor registration forms and a list
of Rules and Regulations for sellers can be obtained at the Chamber office
or online at www.celinamercer.com.  

If you are shopping arrive early for the best selection.  After selling or
shopping at the Farmers' Market, be sure to visit the specialty shops,
cafes, and restaurants located in the recently renovated downtown.  Find out
why Celina is rated one of the 100 Best Small Towns in the USA. 

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 226 North Main Street or call
419-586-2219 for more information about the market.  Take pride in
supporting our local farmers while enjoying Ohio's finest fresh produce and
homemade foods!

 

 

WRKD Will Raffle a Gas Fireplace During Community Days
Kerns Fireplace & Spa is a proud supporter of Rockford's Best Mix -
101.3 WRKD.  Kerns Fireplace has donated a GAS FIREPLACE - (a value of $1095) to WRKD to raffle off during Rockford Community Days.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The fireplace can be seen and tickets can be
purchased at the Rockford Village Office.   Need not be present to win.  Drawing will be June 20th, 2015.

We appreciated the support of our local community !  

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
April 11-13, 2015
 

 
 

Country and Gospel Concert  to Feature Debbie Lynn Bryson and Laura Puschel on April 18 

The Rockford Belle, of 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio has planned a special Country and Gospel concert featuring professional singer and song writer Debbie Lynn Bryson, of Greenville, OH. Christian singer Laura Puschel, of St. Marys, Ohio will open the event. On Saturday, April 18 at 7pm, doors open at 6pm- each performer will bless the stage with their rich powerful voice and will encourage listeners with a mix of genres. A free-will donation is accepted.

Brilliantly gifted, Debbie Lynn brings an in depth musical background that includes 5 album releases; her familiar voice through song has been heard at the Rockford Belle, churches back home, radio stations, and at fairs where she has followed her heart; with God’s blessings she strives to touch and help people feel the power of God’s love by singing original songs as well as old time gospel favorites. 

Her professional accomplishments include singing at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky, with professional Gospel artists such as: LuLu Roman former female actress on the television show Hee-Haw, the late singing artist Johnny Cash’s sister Jo Ann Cash, Naomi and the Siego’s, and the famous piano player Lorne Matthews, who originally played with the Cathedral Quartet when they were playing with Rex Humbard at the Cathedral of Tomorrow, in Akron Ohio.

Laura Puschel has an entertainment path that has gone from singing Christian music for Bearers of the Cross with a trio consisting of her mother and sister, to performing in local talent competitions with Dream Big. She has performed as a choir member participating in praise and worship for almost 6 years at Abound Grace Ministries in Celina, OH; she has competed in contests and entertained at the Durbin Bean Bake. 

Her broad vocal range goes from Ray Boltz to the super high Sandi Patty, and contains a wide array of song types. She would like to travel to where God leads, sharing her heart, testimony, and the love of Jesus through song. Currently, she is taking the time along with the help of her husband, to make recordings of her music. She is thrilled to open for the event and share her talent with the patrons of the Rockford Belle.

Mark your calendars for April 18 and enjoy two encouraging and captivating performers at The Rockford Belle! For more information contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.

 

Panther Sports News Updates

Varsity Softball beats Evergreen4-1 behind a four hitter from Kalie Heckler. Panthers lose the send game 4-11-2015.

JV Softball win over Lincolnview in doubleheader 24-14 and 14-13 (4-11-2015)

 

Varsity Baseball moves to 6-1 on the year after the beat Lima Shawnee 8-2 and 5-1 in double header on 4-11-2015.

 

7th Grade Softball wins both games of double header in Elida. On 4-11-2015 Scores: 5-2 and 10-0.

 

8th grade Softball wins both games of double header versus Lima West with a combined score of 47-5.

 

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 9-10, 2015
 

 
 

Otterbein St. Marys Hosts Dedication for New Healthcare Expansion

Otterbein St. Marys unveiled the community’s NEW Designated Therapy Wing to the public in a formal dedication held on Friday, March 20th. Residents, partners, board members, local community leaders and other guests gathered to celebrate the  newest offerings and expansions being offered at Otterbein St. Marys. One new offering is the 1900 square foot state of the art therapy gym. This new amenity offers the latest in therapy services and equipment to Otterbein residents and members from the local communities. The therapy gym is part of St. Marys NEW designated post-acute, short-term rehabilitation area. This new designated therapy wing will conjoin the therapy gym with 12 private suites designed for recovery and rehabilitation. The space will provide residents with all the comforts of home in private suites designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of conditions and care levels. St. Marys is also pleased to offer a new memory support area and newly renovated assisted living and skilled nursing areas. “We have truly created a space that is state of the art, an environment that is warm, focuses on the individual, and returns them to the best possible version of themselves,” said Stacy Klosterman, Healthcare Lifestyle Counselor. The community is encouraged to come see what we have done to enhance the lives of those we serve in aspects of rehabilitation and long term care.

 
 
 

We’ve Moved

Celina, OH – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties has moved to its new office location.  The move from St. Marys to Celina will better accommodate our growing programs, enable the staff to continue to efficiently service clients, and increase our visibility to the community.

Since 2010, the number of clients served has grown by more than 25%. Our new location includes three individualized offices, a waiting area, and space to put an Activities Center. The Activities Center will be a place where Bigs (volunteers) and Littles (children) can spend quality time together doing arts and crafts, playing board games, doing homework, and more.

“Our new office space will allow us to better serve the participants in our programs and is centrally located in our servicing area. We wanted to show the community that we are committed to serving them and we are here to stay,” said Abby Balster, Executive Director for BBBSMAVW.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ new address is 1005 North Main Street, Celina, OH 45822. Our office phone number is 419-584-2447. Our e-mail address office@bbbsma.com and website www.bbbsma.com remain the same.

We are currently accepting donations to help with building improvements and renovations. Some of our projects we would like to see funded over the next year include painting the office, putting on a new roof, new flooring, and the renovation of the Activities Center. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring agency that serves over 250 children a year throughout Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties. We offer 5 youth mentoring programs which include Community Based Mentoring, After School Buddies Program, Lunch Club, Supper Club, and AmachiOhio.  There are currently 30 Littles on our waiting list and we are always in need of volunteers. For more information visit our website at www.bbbsma.com

 

VAN WERT COUNTY HOSPITAL HOSTS FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

3 Week Series Begins April 16th


Van Wert, Ohio — Van Wert County Hospital will offer Active Parenting Now! A free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The three-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.  Beginning April 16th for three weeks, each session will be held in the hospital’s conference room B&C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital is located at 1250 S. Washington Street.

This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in 
Ohio.

For more information about this class, visit www.vanwerthospital.org. Registration is required and can be made by 
calling 419-238-8672.

 

 
 
 

 
April 8, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

 
 
 
 

COUNTY ENGINEER 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.

 

 

Law Requires Licensure for Selling Food
Ohio Law Requires Licensure for Selling Food The Van Wert County Health Department would like to remind the public that the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3717 says that no person or government entity shall operate a food service operation without a license unless found to be exempt as determined by the Health Department according to state law. Any person wishing to sell food to the public who does not have a permanent or mobile food license must obtain a temporary food service operation license unless otherwise noted. Fairs, festivals, and social gatherings for the public are examples of events at which food may be sold that may require a license. The cost of this license is $50.00 per event. This fee covers review of the application, education, licensing, and inspection. To obtain an application you may contact Britt Menchhofer at the Van Wert County Health Department at 419-238-0808 extension 105 or visit the Health Department at 1179 Westwood Dr., Suite 300, Van Wert. The application is also available on the Health Department website at www.vanwertcountyhealth.org under the Environmental Division and Food Service Operations/Retail Food Establishments. The application must be turned in at least seven days prior to the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Join the Team
The Rockford Bicentennial Committee will be meeting on
April 13th, at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum.
Anyone interested in being a part of this committee is
encouraged to attend.

 

 
 

 
April 3-7, 2015
Happy Easter Weekend!
 

 
 
 

Donation to Fox Family Ride for Autism - Poker Run and Auction Planned to Benefit Cause
Made by
Rockford Eagles - Aerie1292

 

As the yearly celebration rolls around, Autism Speaks - The Eighth Annual World Autism Awareness Day held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, is celebrated by one local family in a unique way. The Fox Family from Rockford has a special place in each heart for their young autistic grandson/nephew/cousin, Alex, who is now 10. He 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 like the Ribbon Run in Michigan and other fund raisers to spread the word about autism and help families in need. The site for Autism is  World Autism Awareness Day - Autism Speaks  .

The Fox Family this year has decided to hold their very own Autism Poker Run, Bicycle Run and Auction to raise money for Parkway children with Autism. Called the Fox Family Ride for Autism, they are working through the organization called iTaalk Autism Foundation (read the full article below) and plan to use the proceeds to 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 spoke with Parkway teachers of Autistic children in Parkway, Chad Sapp and Laura (Carter) Yoder,  and they confirmed that  11 students and possibly one preschooler  are in the Parkway district.  The goal for the Fox Family is to raise enough money to buy and give each Autistic child 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 be used for a BIG cash raffle during the poker run. The Photo Star donated the raffle tickets.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, during Rockford Community Days  with registration from 9-11 AM. The donation is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Besides the Big Cash Raffle, there will be a Silent Auction and Dollar Ticket Auction.

Mike said, “In addition, , we are having a Go Fish bicycle ride for children and adults. That event will meet at the Community Building and register between 2:00 and 2:30 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 new bicycles donated by an outside supporter of Autistic Causes in Ohio. We'll be giving away a child’s and an adult bike for the ride. The drawing for the winners will be @ 3:30 PM.”

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

From there, a Facebook Page is available, too.

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  the 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 donor for the Fox Family Ride for Autism

The Fox Family Ride for Autism is asking local businesses, corporations and/or individuals to become donors! 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

Thank you for your time!

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

 

 

Panther Sports Rosters and Schedules Provided by Lisa Miller

Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball Rosters

Panther Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman, 8th  and 7th Grade Baseball Schedules

Panther Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball Rosters

Varsity, Junior Varsity, 8th  and 7th Grade Softball Schedules

Panther High School CO-ED Track Rosters

Varsity and Junior High Track Schedules

 

 

School Board Meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The Parkway Board of Education meeting is scheduled at Praise Point Church in Willshire ~ a Regular Meeting 6:30 PM.

Click here for the agenda.

 

 

 
 
 

Rockford's Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Shanes Park
Saturday - April 4th * 1 pm * Rain or Shine

Age Categories:

0-3 (From the Easter Bunny)
4-5; 6-7; 8-10

Cameras are welcome ! 

 

Rockford Recreation Hosts 2015 Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition

The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run competition at Shanes Park on Sunday, April 12th at 1:00pm. All boys and girls, ages 7-14 (age determined as of July 17th, 2015), 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 or print and download 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.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Click Here for the Parkway Calendar of Events for April 2015 (March 20-May 2)

Provided by Lisa Miller, Attendance and Athletic Secretary

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 2, 2015
 

 
 

The Peoples Bank Company Celebrates Tradition of Hometown Support
Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2015)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks will recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in April—a month dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking. Throughout the month, ICBA will encourage consumers, entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers to learn more about community banks, their role in building stronger communities and the quality products and services that they provide—all with the relationship banking experience that customers can expect from a local financial institution. 

“Community banks are instrumental in building better communities, as they continue to lend to local residents, entrepreneurs and agricultural enterprises—all of which keep America’s rural, suburban and urban communities growing and thriving,” said ICBA Chairman Jack Hartings, president and CEO of The Peoples Bank Co., Coldwater, Ohio. “Community banks exist to serve the needs of their customers and communities, many have been around for decades, and more than 2,500 have been in business for more than 100 years. This time-honored business of community banks is something to be proud of and celebrate. ICBA commends community banks for their continued support and advocacy of consumers and Main Street America. ”

Community banks are relationship lenders that flourish when their customers and communities do the same. Taking care of customers and looking out for the best interest of local communities is the community banking business model. Across the nation, community banks operate 52,000 locations, employ 700,000 Americans and hold $3.6 trillion in assets, $2.9 trillion in deposits and $2.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.

“Community banks are one-of-a-kind, as are the customers, hometowns and Main Streets they serve on a daily basis. ICBA Community Banking Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the unique and critical role they play in our local hometowns,” said Hartings.

To highlight the unique and vital role that community banks serve in their communities, ICBA plans to highlight a community bank on its website each weekday in April. Each profile will showcase the unique traits, stories and characteristics inherent to community banks.

To find your local community bank, visit ICBA’s Community Bank Locator at www.banklocally.org. To follow the conversation on ICBA Community Banking Month, follow the hashtag #BankLocally on Twitter.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.

 

Parkway April 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Snow & Ice Statistics

By Jim Wiechart

Mercer County Engineer

Snow & Ice statistics for winter season 2014-2015

Mercer County, 384.129 miles of roads

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

50 days of snow & ice control in winter of 2014-2015

Salt used – 1,351.75 tons  =  $110,312.78

Grit used – 1,351.75 tons  =    $10,811.00

            Total material costs during the winter season = $121,123.78

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 2,224.50 hours

               Overtime hours                         = 860.00 hours

Total costs for snow & ice during the season = $364,993.48 (Equip., labor, & material)

Average cost for snow & ice control         2009-2010 season = $814.98/mile

                                                                        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

 
 
 

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


Click Below to see the rest of the Team Pictures!

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

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

Click Here for Parkway Varsity Coed Track Team Pictures

Click Here for Parkway Junior High Boys Baseball Team and Girls Softball Pictures, 
Coed Track Team Pictures

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

THE MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE & COLDWATER SCHOOLS IS SPONSORING AN EVENT

 

                WHAT:           PARENTS RX 360

                WHERE:        Auditeria at Coldwater High School

                WHEN:          APRIL 8, 2015

                TIME:             7:00 PM TILL 8: 30 PM

 

THIS PRESENTATION WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE ABUSE AND HEROIN ABUSE.  SPEAKERS INCLUDE SUBSTANCE ABUSERS WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR RECOVERY.

 

 
 

 
April 1, 2015
 

 
 

Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Ohio Tax Quiz-Will You Pass It?

 

Our tax filing deadline is upon us.  This year, all the buzz is about the new Ohio Tax Quiz, which is a requirement to get your refund if you fall into certain categories considered high risk for tax fraud.  The goal is to ensure refund recipients are proving their identity, thus reducing fraud.

The state of Ohio has contracted with LexisNexis to build a fraud reduction system for Ohio that is unique to this state.   The test consists of 4 questions and, to pass, you must obtain a score of 3 out of 4. It is administered up to two times online, and then up to two more times over the phone if needed.  

The test developers have to compile 16 separate questions for every individual tested. The information used for the questions was collected from many public and commercial data sources.  I have heard that questions on the test have, at times, been extremely outdated, offensive, and sometimes unsettling.

The Ohio Tax Department is reporting 97 percent of those responding have been able to pass the test.  For those unable to pass, some may be committing fraud, and others will have to take a considerable amount of time and effort to prove that they are truly entitled to their refund.

The statistic that most alarms me is that  through the end of February, more than 150,000 tax filers have failed to even attempt to take the test within two weeks of receiving the letter.  The Ohio Tax Department believes a majority of these individuals are probably filing claims fraudulently.  I am concerned that many of the people in this group did not understand the requirement to take the quiz before they could get their refund. If your state refund has been outstanding for more than 30 days and you think you may have received a letter encouraging you to take this test, please contact my office for assistance with this issue.

This test was not a legislative initiative, but I am still concerned about its impact.  I am uneasy about the costs to administer it, and am also curious if the benefits of this program outweigh the hassle to Ohio’s tax payers. 

The tax commissioner put together this program without legislative consultation and to-date I have had many concerned citizens contact my office because of the struggles involved with the roll-out.  Although, the tax commissioner contacted the lion’s share of Ohio’s tax preparers, the department failed to inform tax payers of this new obstacle to getting their money back.

It is important that we examine the effectiveness of this test and go back to the drawing board if need be to determine if it is really necessary. If not, we must seek better ways to reduce instances of fraud.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyapril2015

 

 

Remember Parkway Kindergarten Screening
Parkway
Elementary is currently scheduling appointments for kindergarten screening for the 2015-2016 school year.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Screening will be held on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 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.

 

 

Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Roundtable program for the evening of April 23 will feature Eric Wittenberg, as the guest speaker. Meet at 7:15 PM in room 186 Andrews Hall at Wright State Lake Campus in Celina.

 

Eric will discuss the importance of the cavalry action of Union General John Buford's troops at Gettysburg. Buford delayed Confederate infantry on the first day of battle until Union infantry could arrive and engage them. Buford's action made it possible for the Union to grab the high ground in that decisive battleground.

 

    Wittenberg is an author of seventeen Civil War books. He frequently serves as a   battlefield guide. He serves on the Governor's commission on the sesquicentennial He is widely sought to appear at Civil War commemorative events and is a real crowd pleaser at our Roundtable.

 

    Feel free to invite guests.

 

 

Patrol reminds drivers to keep eyes, focus on the road

    April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Van Wert –April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving. Last year 17,827 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 44 fatal crashes. Ohio law prohibits all cell phone usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offense.

 

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.

 

“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, Commander of the Van Wert Post.

“Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

 

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity that has potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

 

 

Preschool Screening offered

The Mercer County Educational Service Center will again offer a 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 24, 2015           Rockford First United                      8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

                                   Methodist Church

 

 

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 17, 2015.

 

Time to Register for Vantage Preschool!

 

Climbing on the outdoor playground equipment… making play- doh…exploring worms…going to the Media center to hear one of Mrs. Knodel’s stories, or going down to the Buildings and Grounds lab to visit their small house maze...These are just a few of the fun activities going on for Vantage preschoolers. The children will experience other hands on activities in language arts, math, kindergarten readiness, literature, and social skills.

Interested in sending your preschooler to Vantage?  Registration is now underway for the 2015-2016 school year.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are two options for preschool classes this year.  For both options, children must reach the age of 3 by August 1st.  There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee, which can be paid when you come in to complete the application.  All supplies and field trips are included in fees.

       High school juniors and seniors who are preparing for a career in Early Childhood Education work directly with the preschoolers by planning and conducting the lessons.  A major benefit for the children who attend the Vantage Preschool is the very low staff-child ratio.  There is usually one high school “teacher” to every one or two preschoolers, supervised by the directors.  The high school students also receive additional training in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse, and common childhood illnesses.

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        The traditional half-day preschool session is the most popular choice.  The morning preschool session meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until
10:50 a.m. and is taught by Mrs. Marcia Osenga, Mrs. Donna Myers and the senior Early Childhood students.  This session is for 3-5 year old children.

             The FULL DAY option is available from 8:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  This is a pre-kindergarten class for 4 and 5 year-olds.  Preschoolers pack their lunch. Vantage Preschool provides developmentally appropriate activities for the total development of children ages three through five years old using the Early Learning Ohio Standards. 

            For more information about the Vantage preschool, or to reserve a spot for your child, please contact Donna Myers or Marcia Osenga at 419-238-5411 ext. 2408.


 

Registration for Free ABLE Classes

 

Fall is not the only time to go back to school.  Think Spring to register for Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) classes offered through Vantage Career Center.  Many adults attend ABLE classes to refresh basic skills in reading, writing and math, improve skills needed for employment or further education, or prepare for the GED® exam to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.  ABLE classes are offered at convenient times and locations throughout the Vantage service area, including Van Wert, Paulding, Delphos and Celina.

 

The next registration date is Monday, April 6, 2015.  In Van Wert, registration will be held at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St. from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. or from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.  Regular classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times.

 

Paulding classes are held at the Paulding County Ohio Means Jobs Center, 252 Dooley Dr. Suite. B.  Students may register at the next orientation session: Monday, April 6, 2015 from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 p.m.

 

Delphos classes are located at the Public Library, 309 W. 2nd St.  Class times are Monday and Wednesday; 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Orientation is the first Monday of the month.

 

In Celina, classes are located at the Mercer County Ohio Means Jobs Center, 220 W. Livingston St. New students may register on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. Classes in Celina meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

 

ABLE classes can help students prepare for the new computer-based GED® test and assist in making goals for further education, adult certificate training or a better job a reality. The ABLE program offers personal learning plans, use of computer technology and flexible study options. New students are welcome!

 

For additional information regarding ABLE/GED class registration, cost of the new GED® exam or participation in the Ohio voucher program for first-time test-takers,  please contact the ABLE Coordinator at 419-238-5411 or 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2075; or visit the ABLE/GED link on the Vantage Career Center Adult Education website at:  www.vantagecareercenter.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 31, 2015
 

 
 
 
 

Panther Indoor Soccer Posts Perfect Season
The Panther indoor soccer team recently finished their season with a perfect 8-0 campaign, winning the regular season and tournament titles in the 3rd/4th grade division.  The panthers compete in the Grand Lake Area Soccer Association League.  Thank you to our sponsors Greve Chrysler, Henkle Insurance and Citizens National Bank.  Congrats on a Great Season!!Pictured from left to right, Front row: Doug Hughes, Fletcher Smith, Landon Hamrick, Brayden Bruns, Collin Langenkamp.  Second row: Apollo Thomas, Bryce Stearns, Trevor Stearns, Landen May, Wyatt Carpenter, Xavier Samples.  Coaches: Chad Bruns, Sara Stearns, Cort Smith   Not Pictured:  Zachary Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scores for 3/30/2015 ~ The Panthers

Varsity Softball defeats Spencerville 20-10 in 5 inning run rule.

Junior  Varsity Softball defeats Spencerville 15-2 in 5 inning run rule.

Varsity Baseball defeats St. Marys 3-0 behind Wyatt Felver’s 3 hit shut-out. Tanner Bates and Carson Ford each collected RBI’s

Junior Varsity Baseball loses to St. Marys 11-1.

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE: “Why We Chose to Home School Our Children” to be hosted by Grand Lake Patriots

 

A panel of home schooling parents will address the topic “Why We Chose to Home School Our Children” on Thursday, April 9, at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds (W. Market Street entrance), Celina. Sponsored by the Grand Lake Patriots, the program follows a brief update on current national news events.

 

Besides addressing their reasons for home schooling, the Mercer County families will also respond to commonly-asked questions like “What course of study do you follow? What kind of textbooks do you use?” and “What about your child’s social skills development?”

 

Members of the Grand Lake Patriots and guests are cordially invited to attend. 

Phone 419-733-3880 or 419-302-0472 for further information. 

 

 

Public “Benefit” Auction In conjunction with “Join Jodi” Benefit

Saturday, April 11th 2015 @ 1:00

Location: Ohio City Park Building St. Rt. 118

 

The community is having a benefit to help support Jodi (Hurless) Arthur, both emotionally and financially, as she fights her battle against cancer. She has been diagnosed with invasive carcinoma with angio lymphatic invasion breast cancer. Jodi is the daughter of Wanda and the late Rex Hurless of Ohio City. She is an Ohio City-Liberty 1982 graduate and is now residing in Delphos.

 

They will be serving soup and sandwiches starting at 11:00am. We will also be having a homemade goods and bake sale. We will be having an auction at 1:00 followed by a zumba-thon from 5:00-6:30. We will finish the night with entertainment from Cass Blue starting at 7:00. Carry-in refreshment with a donation.

 

All items for the auction are being donated by individuals and businesses, with all proceeds going to Jodi. There will be something for everyone. Items old and new. Antiques and collectibles, household, knick-knacks, and miscellaneous. Gift baskets and lots of gift certificates for surrounding are businesses. Items from home based business. Artwork and handcrafted items.

 

Some items of interest include: 4 tickets for a Detroit Tiger game, golf packages for Willow Bend and Hickory sticks. Other tickets to various events. Some new items include: 24” Sun brand ladies cruiser bicycle, neon beer sign, large framed Bud Lite mirror, OSU fire pit rings, canopy pop up tent, gas grill, outdoor fountain sanctuary, Mikita cordless drill kit, cordless phone system. Air purifier, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, white gold, amethyst necklace, and more.

 

Large #6 antique blue striped crock with spigot, Hummel statues, old croquet set, old frame quilt blocks, pottery, hand carved walking stick, original art designs, and collectibles.

This is a partial list, with items being added up to day of auction.

 

Food and Homemade goods will start at 11:00am

Auction conducted by: Daryl “D. D” Strickler 

Terms: Cash/ good check

 

 
 
 

 
March 28-30, 2015
 

 
 
 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band ~ Calling All Band Members

On Monday April 20th, 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, Payne, 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 419-230-6808, or just come to the first rehearsal. Please consider becoming a member of our organization this coming season.

 

Amanda Stachler, Parkway Bowling Stand-out Heading to UNOH

Amanda Stachler recently signed a letter of intent to bowl at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima Ohio. Her parents are Terry and Sue Stachler. She had the second highest game of the conference season with a 249 and ranked 3rd at conference. Her average was 189 during her senior yearShe holds the Parkway school record for average and high series.

 
 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #3

Written by Ali Gemmer


Clever Clovers had their third meeting on March 16th at Grace Bible Church from 6:30-7:30pm. The meeting began with a group activity and was then called to order by Erin Richardson. Caroline Kopack led the 4-H pledge and Erin Richardson, substituting for Erin Gemmer, gave the Treasure’s Report.  At the meeting, new member Kasee Stoller was introduced.  A Health and Safety Report was not given.  Rachel Spath gave a Service Project Report and Hannah Bartley gave keys to a good Demonstration along with passing out a Demonstration outline. Then the group began their second Agricultural Activity over Soy Lecithin. The members learned that Soy Lecithin is in many foods, what it is, what it does, and then did an experiment to further their knowledge of how Soy Lecithin works. The meeting was adjourned and the members had snacks.

 The next meeting was a service project that took place on March 19th.  Clever Clovers’ Service Project took place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 4:45pm. Members from the club went to the church and helped put together bags for the Blessings in a Backpack program along with senior volunteers and adult volunteers in an assembly line. The bags were put into bins which were organized into schools, classes, and grades of the students using the bags. All of the bins were delivered to the schools by adults and seniors who volunteered to take them. The Blessings in a Backpack program is exactly its name. Volunteers get together and supply food in bags or backpacks and give it students who sign up for the program and help them eat better throughout the rest of the school year.

 

 
 

Parkway School Board Members to Visit Classrooms
On Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st , members of the Parkway Local Schools Board of Education are planning "Board Visit Days." They want to experience the day-to-day achievements that are happening at Parkway Local Schools. During their visits, they hope to interact with students, have conversations with teachers, and be visible to the population they directly serve.


The purpose for the visits is to make themselves available and accessible to Parkway students and staff.  No board business will be conducted during the “Board Visit Days.”

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
March 26-27, 2015
 

 
 

National FFA Week
by Taylor Hesse at ffa@parkwayschools.org

February 23rd-27th Parkway FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week. During the week the chapter held various activities. The chapter had dress up themes for everyday of the week. Monday was FFA Apparel, Tuesday dress like an Ag teacher, Wednesday duct tape day, Thursday Carhartt/Camo day and Friday was Flannel Friday. On Monday the chapter also help a truck drive-in and gave prizes out to students. Winners are as followed, Biggest: Cooper Clouse, Smallest: Hunter Hamrick, Cleanest: Riley Armstrong, Newest: Jensen Riley, and Oldest: Job Beair. On Tuesday the FFA held an FFA Luncheon. The chapter had a coloring contest for the elementary and gave prizes for that also. The chapter also held a canned food drive for the whole school. The school collected 1887 cans thought the week. On Friday the chapter ended the week with an Apple Pie Bake-off. The winners for the best looking were 1st- Alex Altenbach, 2nd- Taylor Hesse, and 3rd- Alexa Hagens. Best tasting were 1st-Whitney Rollins, 2nd-Katelin Ausburger, and 3rd-Courtney Lies. To see more pictures like Parkway FFA facebook! Thanks to  everyone who helped make this FFA week a huge success!

 
 
 

ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS PARADE 2015

SATURDAY – JUNE 20TH @ 4 PM

Plan Now to Attend!

 
 
 

 
March 25, 2015
 

 
 
 

Get Ready for an Easter Egg Hunt!

Mt Tabor Church of God is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt taking place on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.  The fun starts at 10:00am

Children age 0 to 6th grade may bring a basket and hunt for eggs.  Over 1000 eggs will be filled with candy and prizes.  Enter for a raffle of children’s bikes!  Enjoy a yummy pancake & sausage breakfast for the whole family!  Bring your camera; it’ll be a sweet time!

For more info check: www.taborreach.org

Mt Tabor Church of God is on the corner of 127 & Tama Road

9744 US 127 N. / Celina, OH  45822

(419) 363-3653

 

 

Parkway Pride Wins 5th Grade Basketball Tournament

Parkway Pride wins the annual Delphos Jefferson 5th grade basketball tournament on March 22nd.  The team defeated Ottoville, Riverside, Delphos St. John’s, and then Elida in the championship game.  The team travels to the Ottoville tournament the weekend after Easter to continue its championship quest.  Included in the photo, taken immediately following the championship victory over Elida, includes, kneeling (L-R) Blake Strickler, Gage Hamrick, Jacob Rogers; standing (L-R) Coach Andy Rogers, Zach Hawk, Gabe Schaaf, Chase Heitkamp, Hunter Bruns, Caden Slusher, and Coach Travis Pond. 

 

 

Community Days Committee to Meet
The Rockford Community Days committee is planning a meeting on Monday – March 30th  at the Village Hall at 7:30 pm for ALL local organizations.  WE WANT YOU involved with this year’s Community Days Event to be held June 19, 20 & 21st.
    
We are looking for an organization to help work the inflatables.

Please plan to attend this COMMUNITY meeting for COMMUNITY Days!
    

 

VAN WERT COUNTY HOSPITAL OFFERS FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

Three Week Series Begins March 26th




Van Wert, Ohio — Van Wert County Hospital will offer 1,2,3,4 Parents! A free workshop for parents of children ages 2-
5. The three-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.  Beginning March 26th, each 
session will be held in the hospital’s conference room B&C from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Van Wert Hospital is located at 1250 
S. Washington Street.



This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio 
Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in 
Ohio.

For more information about this class, visit www.vanwerthospital.org. Registration is required and can be made by 
calling 419.238.8618.

 

 

 

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 13, 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.

 

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 LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery program continues to grow, and is now accepting Medicare patients!  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 June 10.

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.

 

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.  

 

 

 

Rock Out for Ovarian Cancer

On November 15, 2014, the annual Rock Out for Ovarian Cancer was held at McSobers Saloon in Coldwater to honor Patty Selhorst, who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2007. Patty Selhorst had a request, and before she passed away on June 4, 2007 she made that request clear to her family: raise funds for research and raise awareness of the disease. Her family has been honoring that request and to date have raised $45,000!

The event included a reverse raffle, live auction and entertainment from the bands NightFall and Bad Medicine. Special guests also included Romie and Joe performing Bottles doing a Special Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. All proceeds are to benefit the American Cancer Society earmarked for ovarian cancer education and research.

Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer in women (not counting skin cancer), ranking fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. Because ovarian tumors are hard to find, it is recommended that women receive regular health exams. A woman should speak to her doctor about the need for further testing if a high risk of ovarian cancer (such as those with a strong family history of the disease) is present, or symptoms that can't be explained occur nearly every day for more than a few weeks.

Photo:

Larry Selhorst and the Rock Out committee present a $7,000 check to Marybeth Torsell of the American Cancer Society. Pictured left to right in the back row are: Bill Bohman and Trent Boeckman Front row left to right are Andy Hrycko, Bradley Selhorst, Marybeth Torsell, Lisa Lefeld, Larry Selhorst, Dominik Selhorst, Brent Selhorst and Kylie Lefeld. Absent from picture are Mark Cavinder, Kory Hoffhines, Mike Moorman and Kyle Bruns.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, please call 800.227.2345  anytime, day or night, or visit cancer.org.

 

 

Ohio City Youth Activities Sign-up Plannned

The O.C. Youth Activities will have a sign-up day on Saturday, April 4th at the Ohio City Community Building on SR 118. Sign-up will be during the OCFD breakfast from 6:00am to 12:00pm. The summer programs are open to the ages of four through fifteen. Cost is $25 for one child, second child is $20, and a maximum family fee is $60 for three or more. A program is available for any families not able to pay. We want all children to be able to play. Contact Laura Morgan at 419-965-2515 for more information. Applications can be printed from the village website and mailed in.

www.villageofohiocity.org

 

 

 

 

Fountain Park Summer Music Series 2015

June 5  Fri.       Ambrosia                                                                     7:00 p.m.

With five top 40 hits from the 1970’s/80’s, Ambrosia became one of the most popular soft rock bands of its time.  Enjoy the songs you loved and still hear such as “How Much I Feel,” “You’re the Only Woman,” Biggest Part of Me,” and so much more as we kick off the summer in Fountain Park.  Come early and enjoy the ArtRageous and Peony Festival activities throughout the park and downtown Van Wert.

 

June 20            Sat.      Blue Moon Swamp- The John Fogerty/CCR Tribute        7:00 p.m.

No one captures the concert experience of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival like this band.  Blue Moon Swamp travels the country recreating those memorable experiences with songs you remember like “Lookin’ out my Backdoor,” “Up around the Bend,” “Have you ever seen the Rain?” and many more.  Fountain Park will be rockin’ for this concert as thousands of GOBA bikers and supporters will be in Van Wert to launch their 400 mile trek throughout NW Ohio.

June 26            Fri.       The Hoo Doo Loungers                                              7:00 p.m.

Enjoy the rhythms, sounds & spirits of New Orleans. The band’s sound encompasses traditional New Orleans Jazz, Brass Band, classic R&B and funk- a blend of original music and re-arranged New Orleans classics.  The HooDoo’s perform a high energy and highly entertaining show that will please young and old alike.

July 3               Fri.       Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra                                7:00 p.m.

Celebrate America with the Pop sounds of the Lima Symphony.  Van Wert is one of the few communities in America that can celebrate our Independence Day with an actual Pops Orchestra.  Maestro Crafton Beck will lead the orchestra in all your favorites in this huge celebration of our nation’s birthday.  This concert has become a tradition that is hugely popular in Van Wert and throughout the region.

 

July 17 Fri.       Shot Gun Wedding                                                     7:00 p.m.

Comprised of vocalists and musicians who have and are still working with such performers as Billy Joel, Shania Twain, Hall and Oates, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, and Michael Bolton; Shotgun Wedding is two-parts twang, an ounce of rock-n-roll and a dash of swing, all shook up with a big dose of country.  They are all New York born and bred, but they’ve got country in their soul.

 

July 24 Fri.       CSN Songs- A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young       7:00 p.m.

The music was born in Woodstock, New York at the famous “Woodstock Music Festival” in the summer of 1969, when Crosby Stills and Nash hit the stage and changed the face of folk/ rock music forever. Their music continued throughout the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s and today. The harmonious vocals that Crosby Stills Nash & Young are so well known for, are heard in every song performed by “CSNsongs” as they are perfectly reproduced.

August 7         Fri.       Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse         7:00 p.m.

Fifty Amp Fuse is a live multimedia spectacular celebrating six decades of American and British pop/rock hits. The group is an international favorite for the celebrity set, corporations, festivals, casinos and private events. Led by a nine-piece band, Your Generation in Concert™ transports the audience on a musical journey through the soundtrack of their lives. Come join them as they rock the World. Your Generation in Concert™ is the world’s greatest tribute show.  Celebrate the end of another wonderful summer of music in Van Wert’s Fountain Park with the “World’s Greatest Cover Band- Fifty Amp Fuse!”

All concerts are underwritten by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with the City of Van Wert Parks & Recreation.  The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy these free concerts.  Food is available.

 

 

 
March 24, 2015
 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 due to icy roads.

The Special Education Meeting is now delayed until 10 AM.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 
Parkway Teachers are Getting State of the Art New Laptops
On March 18, 2015, the Parkway School Board voted in favor of purchasing 90 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop computers for the districts teachers. The detachable keyboards have a docking station and the total cost will be $103,242. The laptops the teachers currently use are 5 years old and were refurbished ones which have been hard to keep repaired. The proposed plan is to purchase now so teachers can work with them this school year and be fully comfortable with them for the coming year.
 
 

 
March 23, 2015
 

 
 

PARKWAY BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK PRACTICE IS CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT

 

4 + inches of snow fell this afternoon in the Mercer County Area.

 

 
Hiser and Bienz Families Announce First Child ~ A Baby Girl
Kyle and Jennifer (Bienz) Hiser, Fort Recovery, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter. Rehn Elizabeth Hiser born Sat. Feb. 14th 2015 at Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys Ohio at 7:03 PM. Weighing 7lbs 3 oz and 19 3/4 inches long. Grandparents Keith and Sharon Hiser of Winchester Indiana and John and Teresa Bienz of Mendon. Great Grandparents are the late Delma Hiser and Mary Hiser resides in Celina and the late Guy and Ruth Williamson. The late Clarence and Ruby Bienz formerly of Rockford. The late Bobbie Clark and Shirley Clark resides in Ohio City. Russell and Armeda Shark of Spencerville.

Click Here for More Births

 
 

 

 

No School at Parkway on Monday, March 23 due to Teacher In-service

Special Board Meeting

A special meeting of the Parkway Local Board of Education has been called for Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the high school conference room.  The meeting will be held in executive session.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss personnel.

 

Stose - Caffee Families Welcome Baby Girl

Zack and Megan Stose Caffee, Rockford, announce the birth of a baby girl at 3:55 PM on Sunday, January 22, 2015 at St. Marys Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, OH. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 9 ounces, she was 21 inches long. Named Lillian Renee, she was welcomed home by her big sister, Adelyn, 1-1/2 years old. Grandparents are Dave and Tammy Stose of Mendon; Jeff and Jackie Caffee of Willshire; and Denise Huston, Monroeville. Great grandparents are Larry and Linda Caffee of Willshire; Al and Janet Huston of Rockford; the late Jennifer Huston; the late Chet and Sally Grimm; and the late John and Phyllis Stose. Click Here for More Births

 

McAlhaney and Linn Families Celebrate Baby Boy's Arrival

Jason and Amber McAlhaney of Berne, IN, are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, a son. Sawyer Randolph McAlhaney was born at 1:29 PM on Wednesday January 7th at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches long. He was welcomed home by his siblings Cooper and Stella, both 2 1/2. Maternal grandparents are Randy & Paula Linn of Rockford; paternal grandfather is Lee McAlhaney of Monroe, IN. Maternal great-grandfather is Roger Andrews of Rockford. Click Here for More Births

 

 
 
Pancake and Sausage Day Planned for Rockford Fire Department

The Rockford Fire Department will have their annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 6 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $6 for adults; kids 12 to 5 -  $4 and under 5 are FREE!  All you can eat! This is a fun community event where you can visit with your neighbors and friends and support a great cause while eating really delicious fresh made pancakes and Kuhn farm whole hog sausage. There will be raffle prizes and drawings. Plan now to attend.

 
 

 
March 21-22, 2015
 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

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

Photo caption:  John Powell, Kokomo, IN, invented the first successful mechanical corn picker and New Idea Company produced this corn picker in 1928.

 

Throughout the history of the planting and harvest seasons of corn, corn pickers were among the last of farm equipment to be produced and marketed successfully to the farmer.  Historians and archaeologists seeking the history of corn had difficulty in finding evidence of corn in Europe, prior to the early Europeans visiting America, including such adventurers as the Vikings and the explorers in the era of Christopher Columbus.   The Encyclopaedia Britannica reported about a study of early corn in Central America in 1954, which was done by E.S. Barghoorn of Harvest University.  Barghoorn found fossil pollen grains of corn in a drill core taken from a depth of more than 200 feet below the present site of Mexico City.  This pollen was dated 80,000 years ago.  The Maya and Aztecs of Central America and the Incas of Peru and Bolivia used corn for their daily bread.   The Cliff dwellers of Southwestern United States and mound builders along the Mississippi Valley were corn-growers.  Britannica stated that corn was indeed, “the grain that built a hemisphere.”  The history of the grain of corn is a part of the history of our agribusiness and our culture in this country, including Mercer County, Ohio History.

When the United States celebrated its Centennial in 1876, it was as if there were a new wind blowing across our country.  Inventions and Patents became of interest to the “every day citizen.”  Farmers were among those with creative ideas for farm equipment.  In reference to corn, the planting and harvesting of corn by hand moved through a series of inventions, to the modern farm equipment of today.

The harvesting of corn is another unique story, which culminated in the inventions of successful corn pickers in the 1920’s.  Since the New Idea Historic Preservation (NIHP) Committee Members have been doing research on the history of the New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers, I have been reading agricultural books about corn planting and harvesting.  Many readers will remember the Corn Husking Pegs, used by hand to husk corn.  Husking Pegs are on exhibit at the Museum.  Corn Harvesters were developed.  Very early corn knives were manufactured to harvest the whole corn stalk,  including a corn knife being attached to a man’s boot.  A Mercer County man who had one arm, wore one of these boots with the knife attached to cut the corn stalk.   That boot was donated to the Historical Society;  I am extremely sorry to say that boot was stolen from the Museum, following the week of school tours years ago.  I always thought the thief would return that boot.

Corn pickers were among the last of farm equipment to be produced and marketed successfully to the farmer.  At the turn of the Century in 1900, early corn picker products were introduced to the farmers. McCormick made an unsuccessful picker in 1904.  Other early companies producing pickers were John Deere Plow Co., International Harvester, Belle City MFG. Co., Oliver, and New Idea Spreader Co. Corn binders and corn harvesters were developed by farm equipment industries.  In 1924 New Idea made its first 6 roll husker shredder.  Corn shellers were a boon to those who shelled corn by hand.  New Idea made its first hand New Idea Corn Shellers in 1931. 

The New Idea Company gave credit to “The Hoosier Inventor of a two row PTO (Power Take Off) picker” John Powell of Kokomo, Indiana, who invented the first successful mechanical corn picker.  New Idea Company produced this two row picker commercially in 1928.  And that was just the beginning of the New Idea Corn Picker history in Coldwater, Ohio.

Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 4:00 will be the Exhibit of the New Idea Corn Pickers with related attachments, and their History at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina.

 


 

Lake Campus to Host Capital Campaign Launch
Grand celebration to focus on the future of Wright State University and the Lake Campus

WHAT:           Lake Campus Capital Campaign Launch

WHEN:           Sunday, March 22, 2015
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Program begins at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:         James F. Dicke Hall, Lake Campus

President David R. and Mrs. Angelia Hopkins, and Dr. Bonnie Mathies, together with the Lake Campus Capital Campaign Cabinet, will launch “Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University” on Sunday, March 22.

The 3:30 p.m. program will include special remarks from Dr. Hopkins, Lake Campus Alumni of the Year 2015, Orval Homan, and a student video. In addition, the program will include a video message from Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, who is leading the “Rise. Shine.” campaign, along with Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers.

At the invitation-only event, the Lake Campus will reveal the “5 Concepts of the Capital Campaign”, to introduce the community to the top initiatives planned for the Lake Campus future.

“Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University” promises to further elevate the school’s prominence by expanding scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities.

 

Van Wert, Ohio Remains Member of the Nationally Accredited Main Street Community
Columbus OH – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2014 certification of Van Wert as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Community. Van Wert became a member of the Main Street program in 2004, and since continues to be a catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Van Wert.

 

Main Street Van Wert is being recognized as proficient in the ten criteria as set by the National Main Street Center. This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Main Street Van Wert Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers. In 2014 Main Street Van Wert saw three new businesses open downtown helping to create 24 new jobs. Building improvements in 2014 were valued in excess of $1.4 million dollars with 15 downtown buildings improved. MSVW board members and volunteers worked to grow and create new events to draw more people into downtown, including ArtRageous, retail shopping events, and the popular Hidden Spaces upper floors tour.

 

Joyce Barrett, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio noted, “Van Wert’s priority moving forward is real estate development, as businesses and entrepreneurs continue to look for improved historic spaces. The downtown living trend also continues to grow which creates demand for market rate upper floor housing, something Van Wert can continue to develop.”

Don Farmer, Mayor of Van Wert, remarked how different downtown looks and feels today compared to just over a decade ago. “Over the last 11 years we have seen great improvements and investment in our downtown. Having an active Main Street organization has played an important role in spurring these improvements and preservation work, and remains important for continued downtown development.”

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better. As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism.  Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

 

4-H Clever Clovers Meeting #2

Written by Ali Gemmer

Clever Clovers 4-H Club had their second meeting at Grace Bible Church on March 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm. The meeting started out with a group activity and then was called to order by Vice President, Hannah Bartley substituting for President, Erin Richardson.  The 4-H pledge was led by Bobby Spath and Rachel Spath began the meeting with a Service Project update.  Then, Lainey Werts gave a Health and Safety Report over “Food Born Illness.” After this, Clever Clovers began their first Group Ohio Agricultural Activity that will happen every meeting in the future. Advisor, Marie Markward told the members to bring a jar of soil to the meeting before and then split the members into small groups. Members who brought in soil had to fill the rest of their jar almost all the way to the top with water, shake it, and record the results of settling soil over time. While they waited, they made a poster of five or more important facts about soil with the help of a library book and worked on different questions and activities on paper over the soil information they learned. They concluded the meeting with snacks and drinks. The next meeting will be held at the same time and location on Monday, March 16th.

 

Youth groups to collect litter.

 

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

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

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

 

 

 
March 18-20, 2015
 

 
 

Rock and Mineral Collection Discussion to be Held in Rockford
The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Thursday - March 26th at 7:30 pm in the Museum at 151 E Columbia St. in Rockford. 

Tony Rotondo of Celina will make a presentation of "The Langsden Rock & Mineral Collection around the World"

The public is invited to the meeting.

 

 

Change of Location for Board Meeting
The Parkway Local Board of Education Meeting for April has been changed to April 7, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m. at Praise Point Church in Willshire, OH.

 

 
 

Become a Council Member in Rockford
The Village of Rockford has an open council seat.  If you are interested
in serving your community, please contact the Village Office at
419-363-3032 ext 1.  Please leave your name and phone number.

 

 

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

The idea is to meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 8 am to plant, water, weed and trim flowers and do other maintenance as needed at Shanes Park.  This would begin on April 5th and continue throughout the summer and fall.

If interested, please contact the Village office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. and leave your name and phone number.

** 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 !!

 

 
 
Rockford Village Council Meets on March 17, 2015

Volunteers are asked to help with and organize a SHANES PARK BEAUTIFICATION SOCIETY. Long-time council member Gene Steiner resigns.
 

Click Here to read the latest and past Rockford Village Council News

 

 

STATE VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOLLOWING AVIAN INFLUENZA DETECTION IN MISSISSIPPI MIGRATORY BIRD FLYWAY No cases detected in Ohio, CDC says threat to humans is low REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – (March 13, 2015) Following recent announcements confirming the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI H5) in commercial turkey flocks in the Mississippi migratory bird flyway, State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey is urging Ohio poultry owners to take extra precautions and to monitor their birds for signs of illness. The recommendations are given out of an abundance of caution as there have been no detections in Ohio and no human infections are associated with these viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. “We have not had any suspect cases in Ohio, but because we are also located within the Mississippi flyway, we want poultry owners to be aware and to take proper precautions. Whether you have a fair project, a backyard flock, or are a commercial producer, you should practice good biosecurity measures and monitor the health of your birds closely, especially if they could come into contact with wild birds or are traveling this spring to poultry shows,” said Dr. Forshey.   The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) first confirmed HPAI H5 in the Pacific migratory bird flyway, in wild birds and poultry flocks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, beginning in late 2014. The recent announcements of positives in commercial turkey flocks in Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri, all located within the Mississippi flyway, indicate that migratory birds may be carrying the virus east of the Mississippi River. Ohio is located within the Mississippi flyway.   “It is important to remember there have been no human infections associated with these viruses.  It is perfectly safe to keep eating poultry and eggs.  Cooking poultry, including game birds, to the proper temperature and preventing cross contamination between raw and cooked food is always recommended to protect against viruses and bacteria,” said Dr. Forshey. Biosecurity recommendations for poultry owners All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to their veterinarian immediately. ood biosecurity practices for poultry owners include the following:  Monitor flocks for unusual signs of illness such as “snicking” (sneezing,) a 1 percent or more decrease in· egg production, or an increase in mortality. Other signs to look for are wheezing, lethargy, and depression.    Practice personal biosecurity and avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs,· wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.  Keep unauthorized visitors from having contact with poultry, a good practice whether there is a disease· threat or not. Authorized persons should be required to wear protective clothing and shoes before entering a commercial poultry house.    Avoid contact between your birds and wild birds whenever possible due to the likely migratory nature· of HPAI H5. These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick.  Clean and disinfect farm vehicles or equipment before moving them on and off your property.· If traveling with birds to a poultry show this spring, Dr. Forshey recommends taking extra care to keep transport and housing areas clean, minimize opportunities for birds to comingle and quarantine birds for at least 21 days before reintroducing them to a flock. Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 16147286220 or through USDA APHIS’s tollfree number at 18665367593. Additional information on biosecurity from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov or by visiting www.ohioagriculture.gov.   The Ohio Department of Agriculture works closely with the state’s poultry producers and USDA APHIS to closely monitor the health of poultry in the state. Detailed plans and protocols are in place to allow for a quick and coordinated response in the event of an avian influenza detection in Ohio.

 

 

S.T.A.R. Retreat 2015 and Prevention Fundraiser

 

Photo: Some of the High School Role Models getting ready to do an energizer, sporting their home-made superhero capes!

 

The S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat was held on Saturday, March 7th at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein. This year’s theme was, “Be Your Own Superhero.” 72 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 “superheroes” 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 22 high school students from the Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention) Group. 16 additional adult helpers also assisted with the event.   

The day started at 9 am with games and energizers led by the volunteers. Keynote Speaker, Craig Hart, provided all those in attendance some great words of encouragement. Craig is a 2013 graduate of the Fort Recovery High School, is a sophomore at WSU-LC majoring in Management Information Systems, and is a born leader. He attended the S.T.A.R. Retreat in Middle School, became a part of the S.T.O.P. group in High School and has assisted every year since. He stressed how it’s important to “Be Your Own Superhero” by being a role model to others, as we tend to remember those who are close to us and touch our lives the most. As printed on the t-shirts this year, a Superhero is “a person whose actions or achievements are far greater than what people expect.” Though professional athletes or sports team seem like heroes when they score the winning point or win the big game, people don’t always remember them or their impact years after the fact. It’s the people who invest in our everyday lives that make the biggest impact on our future…the peer or adult that talked to us when no one else cared or the person who helped someone through a tough time in their life, etc. Craig challenged them to write down a person they can be a better superhero to, and begin to make that impact. Since others are watching the choices we make, it’s important to set a positive example so that we can make our world and community a better place!

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, hunting and trapping basics, or guitar which were led by volunteers (mostly high school, some adults). Also, each student attended two Personal Growth workshops, which consisted of Self-Esteem and Bullying Prevention, Social Media and Peer Pressure, Girl Talk 101, Guy Talk 101, Relaxation and dealing with stress, and Communication & Resolving Conflict which were mostly led by the high school students. Some of the high school students shared personal testimonies on why 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 and all youth decorated their own superhero cape. 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 a skit 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 Foundations Behavioral Health Services. The t-shirts are also sponsored by our “Superheroes”: the Mercer County Civic Foundation, McDonald’s Restaurants in Coldwater and Celina, Mercer County DARE Boosters, Celina Walmart, and 4-U Office Supplies, and Preferred Insurance Center, Coldwater. Preferred Insurance also designed logo to advertise on facebook.

High School “Superheroes” were, Celina: Cassie Germann, Danielle Williams, Libby Goedde, May Martinez, Cameron Peck, and Victoria Knapke; Coldwater: Jon Wenning, Emily Forstoefel, and Jordan Kline; Ft. Recovery: Miranda Petit, Elli Keller, Conner Lennartz, Lauren Rammel, and Abby Timmerman; St. Henry: Dylan Giere, Aubrey Rammel, Alyssa Heitkamp, Sean Muhlenkamp, Allison Lefeld, Vannessa Goewert, Madison Brunswick, and Lily Schulze. Adult “Superheros were, Foundations: Laura Sanford, Gina Kittle, Matt Ronan, Stacie Rhodes, and Roberta Donovan; Brooke Bambauer, Sue Bills, Craig Hart, Claire Hemmelgarn, Monica Hemmelgarn, Craig Muhlenkamp, Tom Sanford, Cassie Schaaf, Wayne Schaaf (photographer), Eric Wellman, Jodi Wenning, 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 who made donations, Craig Muhlenkamp for lending us his juggling equipment, Carl Wuebker who volunteered his disc jockey talents, Craig Hart for being our volunteer speaker, and Celina Intermediate Schools for lending us the guitars. Appreciation also goes out to the Retreat Center Staff for the use of their facilities and the community for supporting prevention efforts.

Want to help with local alcohol/drug/bullying prevention efforts? Purchase some popcorn or cotton candy! Students/volunteers from the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) Retreat. 50% of sale goes to support the S.T.A.R. Retreat for future years and other prevention activities for Mercer County Youth.  Pick from the following selections: Butter Popcorn $10 (HUGE 9"X28" bag), Kettle Corn $10 (HUGE 9"X28" bag), Caramel Popcorn $12 (14 oz tub), and Cotton Candy $10 (33" bag). Must order by Friday, March 27th (if ordering from Foundations). Money due at time of order. You can order from Foundations or from any STAR attendee (can't release names due to confidentiality). If you aren't ordering from a S.T.A.R. attendee, stop by Foundations Behavioral Health Services, 4761 St. Route 29, Celina, Ohio 45822. For all orders placed with Foundations, pickup of items will take place April 13th or 14th or by contacting Laura for different pick-up date. Thanks in advance!!! *Popcorn/Cotton Candy made by Egbert’s Concession and Fundraising/Woodland Rollardome, St. Marys.

If you are interested in supporting future prevention efforts, please contact Laura Sanford, prevention coordinator at Foundations, 419-584-1000 or lauras@foundationsbhs.org

 

 

Calvary Preschool Event 

The Calvary Preschool Pre-K Plus class of Vicki Chavarria recently visited Rural King to see and learn about the chicks that are currently at Rural King.  The students learned about several varieties and were able to hold several chicks.  Calvary Preschool is currently accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year.  Information about the preschool can be found on the church website, by calling Calvary Preschool at 567-259-3103 or emailing marilyn@calvaryelife.org .  Classes for 3 year-olds, 4 year-olds and 5 year-olds are available, with openings in all classes at this time.  Calvary Preschool is located at 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.  At Calvary Preschool we are committed to help children develop academically, emotionally and spiritually.

 

 

Flower Power Spring Fund Raiser

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce has begun the Flower Power Spring Fundraising event.  Purchase springs bulbs for summer blooms.  
    
The Spring sale deadline is April 24th with delivery to your door after May 1st.  50% of the proceeds to profit the Rockford Chamber.
    
Please use the following link to view and purchase beautiful plant and bulbs.
    
http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=21172&user_campaign_id=464181

 

Great American Ballpark Day
Celina Day at the Great American Ballpark  is Sunday, April 26th when the Cinncinnati Reds will play the Chicago Cubs.  Discounted tickets are on sale now at  www.reds.com/celina.  

 

 

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 10 in downtown Celina. 

 

 

A Chance for Chase

There will be a benefit this Saturday at the American Legion in Payne, Ohio. It will begin at noon and last into the night. There will be food available, a gun raffle (SWAT Firearm 223/5.56), a 50/50 drawing, a donated item raffle, and music.

Chase was diagnosed with NF2 on April 2, 2013. This disease causes tumors throughout his body; mostly on his nerves. Chases body does not produce a suppressor that controls cell division. As a result of this, Chase has multiple tumors throughout his body. He has tumors in his brain, neck, chest, brachial plexus and arm. His brachial plexus tumors have caused almost a full paralysis of his left arm. It is quite possible these tumors could cause deafness, blindness, more paralysis, and in some cases, death. He currently receives care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on a regular basis. We are hoping to raise funds for the Holt family to help with any medical bills, transportation, lodging, food and any other expenses that will be incurred as a result of Chase's condition such as the experimental medications that are being examined as a way of slowing the tumor growth. Some of these medications cost upwards of $15,000 a month. They will need support now and into the future, as there is no cure currently available for his condition.

Music provided by:  Jarod Delgado, Cass Blue, Lifehouse Church Band, Section-Ate, Mind’s Eye, Evolution, and Bydus. For more information contact Rick Pierce at 419-203-1873 or go to the website: http://bighamcommunications.wix.com/chance4chase

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 16-17, 2015
 

 
 
Hair to Please Stylists Paint for a Cause
You can Vote for the Best Painting!

Brenda Art, hair stylist at Hair to Please on 110 N Cherry St, Celina, OH 45822 (419) 586-9556 announced recently that the stylists at the shop attend an Art Event at Bella's Restaurant in Celina where they each painted a couple of the same lighthouse picture. The 6 different views are all on display at the Hair to Please Salon. The ladies invite you to come in to the shop and vote with cash for the painting on canvas you like the very best. All the money is to be collected at the end of the month and given to area food banks!

 
 
Parkway Music Boosters Work Major Fund Raiser and Build Delicious Burritos

About 75 Parkway Band and Choir students, parents and volunteers worked on Saturday, March 14 and built delicious burritos, making 4800 of them.  All pre-ordered the burrito sales are a top fund raiser for the band and choir programs at Parkway. using 40 gallons of sauce, 570 lbs. of cheese and 612 lbs of meat, the group did it all  from 8:30 to 11 AM at Parkway Schools Common and Cafeteria.

 
 
 
 

Mom to Mom Sale in Rockford

Several women in Rockford are sponsoring a Rockford Mom to Mom Sale at the Rockford Community Building in Shanes Park on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Moms can rent a booth for $10 with the tables included (size 10 x 10 booth) where they can sell their clean and gently used baby and children’s items as well as maternity items. Shoppers pay a $2 entry fee. A food and drink stand will be available. Call Jessica Shaffer at 419-605-2211 for more info and to get a contract or look at their Facebook Page. Booth Rentals are due by April 1st.

 

Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
March 15, 2015
 

 
 
 

School Board Meetings on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Parkway Board of Education meeting scheduled in the community room at the school a Regular Meeting 6:30 PM.

Click here for the agenda.

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Tour Hospital

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 tour of several areas of the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys will be conducted.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 17th in Conference Room 1 at the Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 

Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club members served dinner at Bread & Bowl for their Community Service project on March 6th, 2015. 

 

Parkway Local Schools Announces Open Enrollment

Parkway Local Schools will be accepting open enrollment applications through April 30, 2015 for the 2015-16 school year.  Anyone wanting to open enroll students to Parkway Local Schools may stop at the Superintendent's office located at 400 Buckeye St,  Rockford, for an application and guidelines or call 419-363-3045 option 1 and ask for Sally Cox.

All completed applications need to be returned to the district office by April 30, 2015.

 

Rockford Chamber Selling spring Flowers as Fund Raiser

The Flower Power Fund Raiser is on for the Spring - please use the following link to purchase plants !   All sales will benefit the local community ! 419-363-3032 ext 1. Call Lisa Kuhn for the Campaign Number and link.

 

REMINDER - ROCKFORD CHAMBER MEETING

 

 

Chamber Agenda � March 12, 2015

 

�         Welcome

�         Minutes reading / financial report

�         * donation request Lions Club

�         * donation request WRKD

�         * donation request Rockford Community Days

 

�         Congratulations March Business of the Month �   Tj�s

 

�         Shop Mercer County Booklets info

 

�         Social Media Marketing for 2015

o          Start a Chamber driven email marketing campaign on social media

o          See who engages and determine if continuing the classes is worth the time

o          Once a Quarter

 

�         Save Local Now - program to roll out after membership drive is complete. Will

be a new benefit to our members for 2015

 

�         Membership Drive � deadline March 1st � extended to March 13th

o          Review of memberships to date.

o          Target list of area businesses

o         

�         Flower Power -  Spring flowers for summer blooms

 

�         Potters House @ the Park for Joyce - needs

 

�         Discuss committees - ask for people to head up specific areas:

o          Marketing

o          Event Planning

o          Fundraising

o          Volunteer Coordinating

 

Upcoming Events

 Welcome to Rockford sign for North 118

 

 

National FFA Week
February 23rd-27th, 2015 Parkway FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week. During the week the chapter held various activities. The chapter had dress up themes for everyday of the week. Monday was FFA Apparel, Tuesday dress like an Ag teacher, Wednesday duct tape day, Thursday Carhartt/Camo day and Friday was Flannel Friday. On Monday the chapter also help a truck drive-in and gave prizes out to students. Winners are as followed, Biggest: Cooper Clouse, Smallest: Hunter Hamrick, Cleanest: Riley Armstrong, Newest: Jensen Riley, and Oldest: Job Beair. On Tuesday the FFA held an FFA Luncheon. The chapter had a coloring contest for the elementary and gave prizes for that also. The chapter also held a canned food drive for the whole school. The school collected 1887 cans thought the week. On Friday the chapter ended the week with an Apple Pie Bake-off. The winners for the best looking were 1st- Alex Altenbach, 2nd- Taylor Hesse, and 3rd- Alexa Hagens. Best tasting were 1st-Whitney Rollins, 2nd-Katelin Ausburger, and 3rd-Courtney Lies. To see more pictures like Parkway FFA facebook! Thanks to everyone who helped make this FFA week a huge success!  

 

 

 

Parkway FFA Competes at State Level 


On Friday March 6th, Cooper Clouse and JD Hileman competed in the state Tractor  Trouble Shooting CDE. The boys placed 3rd at the state level and both received a 5,000 scholarship to UNOH. Along with the scholarship the boy also brought home a 3rd place banner to hang in the AG room. On Saturday March 7th, Maggie Houts and Clista Hellwarth competed in the state Public Speaking Contest. Both girls placed 5th in their divisions. The girls had some very tough competition at the contest. Congratulations to all four FFA members. You all did a great job and the chapter is very proud of you! Great Job!

 

 
 
 
 

 
March 12-14, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, March 12, 2015 due to fog.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

Author Michelle Houts Coming to Rockford Library

Local author, Michelle Houts, will be at the Rockford Library Tuesday, March 17th to talk about her writing and her newest book, "Kammie".  "Kammie" is about  baseball star Dottie Kamenshek.  During World War II when the men were gone, women played baseball to help fill the stadiums.  In the movie, "A League of Her Own" Geena Davis portrayed a player loosely based on Kammie.  This will be an informative fun evening with baseball snacks included.  The program starts at 6:30 and books will be available for purchase.  Need more information?  Call the library at 419-363-2630.

 

Family Thank you Expressed

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We would like to  thank the organizers, community churches and local businesses for their hard work on the benefit held in our honor.  Thank you also to those that attended.  Bless you!  We are overwhelmed by the generous support we've received since the house fire.

Jeff and Lori Routt, family

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 11, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 due to fog.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

Parkway's College Credit Plus Meeting at Van Wert NPAC still on tonight at 6:30pm

Cheer tryouts are still on for tonight.  All other practices are cancelled.

 

 
 
 

Good Friday Cantata

Friday April 3rd, 2015

Performance in the Parkway Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM

 

 

Salvation’s Story

Centers on the message of the Cross, and rejoices in
the glorious Resurrection of our Lord. Inviting all to enter into an intimate
and victorious proclamation of worship and praise celebrating the Gospel
story.


Cantata: Salvation's Story by Cliff Duren

Director- Richard Sherrick

 

 

Rockford Lions Club Planning The Annual Variety Show

Rockford Has Talent is the theme of the 2015 Annual Variety Show in Rockford
The audience will vote on the winners! So plan now to attend the fun!

Dates are: Friday March 27, & Saturday March 28, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Location: Parkway High School Auditorium

 

Tickets are available to be purchased at the DOOR and at the following locations: Rockford – Henkle’s Insurance, People’s Bank, First Financial Bank, & Barry’s Market $7 Adult $5 Children under 12

All profits go to community charitable projects and student scholarships.

 

 

Trinity and Saxophone Player Tom Kennerk in Concert on March 14


On Saturday, March 14 the Rockford Belle will host Trinity, from Van Wert, Ohio. Vocalists Gary Adams, Cheryl Burk, and Kim Mason will take to the stage and sing god’s praises at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Saxophone player Tom Kennerk will join the performance.  The public is welcome to attend at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. A free-will offering is accepted.
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Trinity began its ministry in the early 1980’s singing a wide variety of Christian music, but has turned its focus towards Southern Gospel over the last eleven years.


Trinity performs approximately 125 concerts a year throughout the Midwest and South at worship services, banquets, community events and celebrations in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, and other places the Lord opens doors.  Over the last several years Trinity has had the privilege of performing with some of the country’s leading gospel artists: The Talley Trio, The Hoppers, Greater Vision, The Booth Brothers, Mark Lowery, Dallas Holmes, John Darin Rowsey and many others.

The group released their newest recording project in March 2013. The CD is entitled “Milestones” and features some Southern Gospel Hits as well as some wonderful new songs. They have appeared on Christian television, and selections from their recordings are heard on Christian radio. 

Tom Kennerk, of Monroeville, Indiana has been playing the saxophone for more than 30 years. His music is a combination of Contemporary, Southern Gospel and Traditional wit a little jazz flair. His passion for playing began in grade school and continued into the mid-seventies while spending a 4-year hitch in the Navy band. After playing in bars and parties for the first several years, Tom gave up his music and thought his music career was over. But the Lord had different plans for him. In 1999 the Lord introduced Tom to Gospel music and ever since Tom has been spreading the Good News of the Gospel through his saxophone and testimony. His passion and talent for the saxophone is unsurpassed and he has an incredible style that is all his own.

Join Tom Kennerk and Trinity for an evening of great music at the Rockford Belle on March 14. For more information call 567-644-9993.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 9-10, 2015
 

 
 
 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

After a 2 month hiatus, the Stateline Writers Club will resume their monthly meetings on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Mercer County District Library. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. and concluded at noon. Attendees are asked to write and bring an article about “friendship” to the meeting. The meetings are free and open to the public and the public is invited to attend.

 
 

Nikki Fox Announces Spring Sports Pictures for Parkway Athletics
Spring sports pictures will be on Wednesday, March 18th

Please see the schedule below.

Please remind all seniors to be ready for their picture at 3pm on the 18th

 

 

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

 
 
 
Challenger Basketball Game Provides Fun and Friendship
Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these great shots!
Click Here to see more!

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.
 
 

 

Lake Area Arts Group Display at Rockford Library

The Lake Area Arts Group of Mercer County is promoting local artists in the county by displaying their artwork at each of the libraries.  This month the photography of Peggy Green from Celina is on display at Rockford.  Peggy was born in Mercer County and has lived here for 35 years.  She and her husband have four children and eight grandchildren.

Peggy has loved taking pictures all her life.  She received her first DSLR Canon camera for Christmas three years ago.  She says photography allows her to travel to wonderful places, meet fellow photographers and become more proficient.  She retired this past May from teaching which gives her more time to pursue her passion.

Stop by the library during regular hours and see these photos.  The library is open Monday-Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Syrup Brunch at 4-H Camp Palmer-Sunday, March 22

Fayette, OHIO,          March 4, 2015

The public is invited Sunday, March 22 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 for the pancakes. You would also get to see a sneak peak of the camp’s new swimming pool construction.

     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 tapped and see ongoing Maple Syrup making in the main camp. The cost of Pancakes/Sausage/drink-$6.00 or $5.00 for Pancakes/drink (ages 3 and under free) will help support the camp pool project. Pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy and maple cream will be available for purchase, as well.

    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 6-8, 2015
 

 
 
 

Spring Forward!
The spring Daylight Saving Time change in the United States begins on the 2nd Sunday in March. This year, that date is Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2 am. Therefore, Americans in most of the 50 states should prepare to spring forward, setting their clocks forward one hour at 2 am on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

 
Parkway Wrestlers Going to Districts

Joshua Puthoff, Coach Kevin Browning and Reese Fokine competed at the Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Lima last Saturday, February 28, 2015. Both wrestlers qualified for the District Wrestling Tournament this Friday in Troy. Joshua Puthoff wrestles in the 195 weight division. Reese wrestles in the 113 weight division.

 
 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SEEKS SINGERS FOR “MASTERWORKS FOR THE MASTER” SPRING CONCERT Van Wert, OH, March 5, 2015– The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert extends an open invitation to all singers, age high school through adult, to join us for our Spring concert, “Masterworks For The Master” to be performed on Sunday, May 10th, at 10:00 AM in the church sanctuary. Masterworks musical selections and composers will include Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Faure and Thompson among many others, and covers musical eras from the Baroque period through the 21st century. Mr. David Van Tilburg is our Chancel Choir Director and rehearsals will be held starting Wednesday, March 18th, from 8:15 – 9:00 PM through May 6th . First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of S. Washington and Crawford Streets. For more information please contact the church office at 419-238-3670 or www.facebook.com/1stPresby

 

Grand Lake Patriots to Host The Daily Standard Editor/Owner Frank Snyder

The Grand Lake Patriots will host Frank Snyder, owner and editor of The Daily Standard, Celina, at their Thursday, March 12 general membership meeting, beginning at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Fairgrounds in Celina. Snyder’s originally-scheduled speaking engagement last January was postponed due to inclement weather.

Patriots and their guests are cordially invited to attend the March 12th meeting where Snyder will speak about 1st Amendment freedoms, running a small town newspaper, government regulations, and how Obamacare will affect the newspaper business. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Frank Snyder grew up in Celina and lives in the community with his family. He has a degree in economics. His father was owner and editor of The Daily Standard before him. 

 

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable Plans March 28th Meeting

The speaker will be Roger Pickenpaugh who  is an author and lecturer who has done extensive study of POW camps during the Civil War. He has four Civil War books to his credit.

 

    The University of Alabama Press published "Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union."  That book will be the basis for Roger's talk at our Roundtable. He has also completed a companion volume, "Captives in Blue."

 

    The meeting is held in Room 186 Andrews Hall on the Lake Campus of Wright State University. The public is invited, they're sure to enjoy Roger Pickenpaugh and his study on prisons that housed Confederate POWs throughout the North.

 

 
 

 

School Bus Drivers Needed

 

The Parkway Local Schools are in need of bus drivers and will have three anticipated regular route positions open at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.  Potential drivers must qualify for a commercial drivers license (CDL) and have a good driving record.  Pre-service bus driver training is available at Van Wert High School April 20-23 and at Celina in July.  Parkway Local Schools will assist interested candidates in fulfilling the needed requirements for obtaining a bus drivers license.  If you have any interest whatsoever, would like more information or have further questions, please contact Dennis Hockett at 419-363-3045 ext. 705 and leave a message.

 

 

Man Arrested in Celina for Distrubance

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that on March 6, 2015 at approximately 9:19am, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received several calls in regards to a disturbance at Grand Manor Trailer Court, 3601 State Route 703 in Jefferson Township.  The callers reported that a male was half-clothed, covered in blood, and was trying to fight with people.

 

When law enforcement arrived, the male, later identified as Dillan J. Spencer, age 20, of 3601 State Route 703, Lot #44, Celina, jumped on the hood of a deputy’s patrol vehicle.  When the deputy exited his vehicle, Mr. Spencer began to charge at him in a threatening and assaultive manner.  The deputy deployed his Taser and Mr. Spencer was brought under control and taken into custody.  Mr. Spencer was transported to the Coldwater Hospital by Celina Squad where he is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

 

During the investigation, probable cause was found at the residence of Mr. Spencer leading to the application and issuance of a search warrant.  Suspected drugs and paraphernalia were located at the residence.  The matter will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for filing of additional charges.  Misdemeanor charges of Persistent Disorderly Conduct, Aggravated Menacing, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting Arrest were filed in Celina Municipal Court.

 

 
 
Parkway Music Boosters to Make Pizza Tacos and Burritos for Fund Raisier - Pick-up on March14, 2015.
 
 

 
March 4-5, 2015
 

 
 

Come to the St. Patrick's Day Celebration

1-3 p.m.  Tuesday, March 17, 2015

At OTTERBEIN  ST. MARYS

11230 State Route 364

St. Marys, Ohio 45885

Listen and Enjoy the band Different Hats do a "Lucky O' The Irish Review" in the Meyer Community Room
Complimentary refreshments and hor d'oeuvres; Door Prizes; Open House Tours

Contact us to RSVP by March 11 by calling (419) 394-6227 or (800) 628-9341

 

HELP WANTED - Affordable Housing Association of Indiana

AHAIN is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant with excellent
oral and written communication skills and exceptional interpersonal
skills.


JOB TITLE: Administrative Assistant - Click Here for the details!

 
 

Casino Night Benefit In Planning
Plans are underway for the 16th Annual Van Wert County Hospital Casino
Night fundraiser. Last year, this event raised over $13,000, with
proceeds benefiting our Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center and Van Wert
County Hospital. Success was only possible as a result of the
generosity of our community sponsors, such as you.

For 2015 our fundraising event is scheduled for FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015
at the VAN WERT ELKS LODGE. The event will begin AT 7:00 P.M. We are
anticipating a large crowd to be in attendance for this event. In
previous years, attendance has totaled over 200 community members and
we expect an increase in attendance again this year. In addition to an
evening of gaming, silent auctions and raffles are also planned.

 
Again, your help is needed. Van Wert County Hospital asks you to
consider sponsoring a game table or donating a door prize or raffle item. Donated items may include gift baskets, gift certificates,
professional services or monetary donations. As our show of
appreciation, committee volunteers are available to pick up donations
or sponsorships at your request. Sponsoring organizations will be
recognized at the event, as well as throughout the event's media and
promotional efforts.

Trust that your donation will help to enhance services to patients at
our Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center as well as Van Wert County
Hospital. Through fundraising efforts, such as this and others held
throughout the year, we continue to support our mission to providing
quality, state-of-the-art healthcare services to our patients and their families. A portion of this year's donations will be designated
to update the pediatric wing of our facility. Your contributions are tax-deductible and donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. 
  

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the efforts of
Van Wert County Hospital. Together we will make a difference. We also
invite you and the members of your organization to JOIN US ON APRIL
24TH for a fun-filled evening of GREAT FOOD AND GAMES. For more information about this event, or other fundraising events held
throughout the year, please call 419-238-8623 or contact us at info@vanwerthospital.org

 

 

Venedocia Lads & Lassies 

Reporter: Addison Mueller

 

The Venedocia Lads & Lassies held their first meeting at the Venedocia Lions club, on Feb. 19, 2015, 7:00 pm. There was 17 members present and 4 guest present. Pledges were led by Austin Welker and roll call was taken by Whitney Welker. Topics discussed at the meeting included submitting 4-h enrollment project forms to the extension office by March 16th. Group office positions were voted on and assigned to members. President this year will be Tara Vorst and Vice President will be Whitney Welker. Also discussed at the meeting was the Annual Venedocia Pancake and Sausage breakfast. The event will be held at the Venedocia Lions club on March 21st -opening at 6 am and will end at 2 pm. The next meeting will be on March 19th, 7:00 pm, at the Venedocia Lions Club

 

 

 
March 3, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway schools are now closed for Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 due to freezing rain.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

The following activities are still on 
H S Softball Practice 3:30 - 5:00
H S Baseball Practice 3 - 5:00
Driver's Ed  3:45-7:15

 

 
 

Rockford Fire Victims Express Gratitude
On behalf of the Routt family we would like to extend our dearest thanks for all of the support from our tragic house fire.  The area fire departments that helped:  Rockford, Mendon, Ohio City, and Coldwater.  The rescue squads were Mercer County 4 & 5 and also the local law enforcement.  Thank you for putting your lives at risk for us!  We are so very blessed to live in a gracious giving community.

Jeff, Lori, Keri & Nick

 

Tractor Trouble Shooting CDE
On February 20th, Jay Clouse and J.D. Hileman competed in the district Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics Systems CDE, also known a Tractor Trouble Shooting. The boys traveled to Cory Rawson and received 2nd place in this competition. Congratulations to boys on receiving 2nd and good job for all of your hard work put into the completion. 

 


Rockford's Best Mix - 101.3 WRKD held an open house and ribbon cutting on February 28th.    

WRKD is a low power broadcasting station that is located on 101.3 on the fm dial. In August 2012 station manager Jim Crocker approached the Village of Rockford with an idea to start a community radio station with the Village being the license holder. The town council unanimously voted to approve the offer, Jim then applied for the license and was granted the construction permit in early 2014. The studios were then built with help from businesses and private individuals from the area.   WRKD has became a reality. In December of 2014 WRKD officially went live on the air. Broadcasting a variety of hits from the 70's to today along with live sporting events and public service announcements. WRKD is Rockford's best mix!!!

WRKD can be found ON THE AIR at 101.3 fm, on the WEB at www.1013rkd.com,
on FACEBOOK 101.3WRKD, and on TUNEIN radio.  Take us with you everywhere you go! Download our FREE AP Available in the Google play store!

Check out our show line-up:

70's at 7 pm; 80's at 8 pm Monday thru Friday
Parkway Sports hosted by Mike Schumm
Greatest Hits USA - Sundays 6 - 9 pm
My Blues Show w/John Dooley - Sundays 9 pm – midnight

 

Photo: Amy Joseph - Rockford Mayor, John Dooley - Village Council, Jim Crocker - General Manager, Mark Wulfhorst - Sports, Bryan Stetler - Operation Manager, Mike Schumm - Sports and Austin Metz -Intern. Photo by Lisa Kuhn

 

Statewide Tornado Drill and Weather Spotter Classes Announced
March 1-7th is designated Spring Weather Awareness Week. 
Ohio's Statewide Tornado Drill will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:50 AM.  
A Weather Spotters Training Class will be held Tuesday, March 17th, 6:30 PM in Dicke Hall, WSULC (no Registration required)
 
 


Euphonik A Cappella to Vocalize on March 7 at Rockford Belle

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 the Rockford Belle will host Euphonik, an a cappella student organization from Miami University of Ohio. Concert at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. The concert will also feature four vocalists Amy Roth (Parkway graduate), Katherine Pflueger, Liana Claerson, and Molly Terrill, who plan to perform solos and duets. Experience the group’s pleasing voices at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. A free-will offering is accepted.

Euphonik A Cappella started in September of 2012, and is made up of twenty students who are affiliated with one of the five music Greek fraternities and sororities on campus: Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Delta Omicron. Some members are actually involved in two Greek organizations.


Members include: Liana Clareson, Nate Ihm, Dan Kinstedt, Kevin Kraus, Jantzen Mace, Hayden Mcdougald, Laura Moak, Sean Mormino, Katherine Pflueger, Sam Portzer, Garrett Stevenson, Ryan Steward, Riley Suter, Andrew Terhaar, Molly Terril, Amy Roth, Emily Thieman, Eva Toppen, Kait Turner, and Stephen Weber. 

Student performers have become a family situated away from family, representing a multitude of talent, interests, experiences, and disciplines; they join together to share the true beauty of making music! 

Plan now to attend Euphonik’s performance on March 7th at the Rockford Belle. For more information: 567-644-9993.

 

Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Summer Ball Sign-up in Ohio City Planned
The Ohio City Youth Activities will be having their "Summer Ball" sign up on March 7th at the Community Building on St. 118. Sign up will start at 9:00 and last until 12:00.  Children need to be between the ages of 5-15. The program offers T-ball, Farmette, Buckeye, 4 County, Farm League, Little League, and Pony League. There is a $25.00 fee per child with family discounts available. For more information contact President: Laura Morgan (419)965-2515

 

Parkway Preparing for the District Band and Choir Large Group Competition
The Parkway High School band and Choir will be participating in the District Band and Choir Large Group on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 which will be held at Celina Jr. High School and Celina High School.  On Friday, March 6 the high school choir will perform at 7:50 P.M. at the Celina Jr. High under the direction of Mrs. Leslie Baltzell.  On Saturday, March 7 the gold and black bands will be performing at the Celina High School.  The Gold band will be performing at 9:00 A.M. and with the Black band  performing at 11:00 AM both under the direction of Mr. Ryan Twigg.  The community is invited to attend performances.  Please remember cell phones need to be turned off.  Also, no recording and no photography is permitted at these events.  Good luck to both bands and the choir this weekend!

 

Parkway March 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

 
March 2, 2015
 

 
 

Share Your Rockford Pictures and Memories
The Rockford Bicentennial 2020 Planning Committee is putting together a book
about the history of Rockford.    We encourage you to share
your stories and/ or maybe stories that have been passed down through your family.
What was your favorite store or place to visit while in Rockford in years past?
We are also putting together a collection of old photos of the area.

If you have a Rockford memory and/ or pictures you would like to share, 
please mail to SCHS at PO Box 282, Rockford, OH  45882.  

 

 

Parkway Kindergarten Screening

Parkway Elementary is currently scheduling appointments for kindergarten screening for the 2015-2016 school year.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Screening will be held on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 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.

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VAN WERT TO HOST A 2 nd SEASON OF “LENTEN VESPERS”

“All Are Welcome To Join In A Community Wide Lenten Musical Celebration!” Van Wert, OH - The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert cordially invites the community to their 2 nd season of “Lenten Vespers” services. “Lenten Vespers” concerts will be held in our sanctuary on the three Sunday evenings before Easter at 5:00 PM. Each service will feature approximately 35 - 45 minutes of special Lenten & Easter themed music. After each Lenten Vespers concert, please join us for a delicious supper that will be served in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2015 5:00 PM Amy & Patrick Fata, Vocalist & Pianist- Amy & Patrick Fata seek to glorify the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ above all else through their music ministry. Traveling across the United States and Europe, this vocalist and pianist have been performing together since 1995. Their music is original, inspirational, and God-honoring. Amy & Patrick met at Huntington University in Huntington, IN. Amy, from Hillsdale, MI, and Patrick, from Paris, France, married after graduating in 1996 and continued their education at the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. They have both served as adjunct faculty at Taylor University in Upland, IN, and lead worship.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:00 PM Martha Livsey-Barker, Violinist & David Van Tilburg, Pianist – Martha Barker is from Ohio, now residing in Huntington, Indiana. She started playing the violin at the age of eight. She was the youngest student to play with the Mount Union College Symphony Orchestra. From there she studied at Wooster College and Cleveland Institute of Music to finish her undergraduate degree. Martha won a full teaching fellowship at Indiana University where she received her M.M. degree in violin performance. Martha taught violin at Huntington University and she played with Symphony of the Lakes at Grace College and The Manchester Symphony Orchestra.

David Van Tilburg holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Huntington University and a master’s degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University. His work in piano includes studies with Bernard Lehman, Genita Speicher, Dr. Elizabeth Cobb, Dr. Walter Baker, Jerome Rose, Bonnie Stephan, Warren Allen and Dr. Barbara Lockard-Zimmerman. David is First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert’s Chancel Choir Director and retired as choral director from Celina City Schools after 28 years. He continues to give private voice and piano instruction, as well as serves as accompanist for the Celina High School choirs.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:00 PM Marlene Schleiffer, Oboist - Marlene Schleiffer is professor emeritus of music, having retired after thirty-three years from full-time teaching at Huntington University in 2005. There, she was head of the music department for twenty years and taught a number of courses as well as conducted many instrumental ensembles and the Collegium Musicum; a small group of vocalists and instrumentalists specializing in early music with historic instruments. Subsequently she earned a M.M. in composition and a Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University. Currently she teaches private oboe and composition and Survey of the Fine Arts for Huntington University’s EXCEL program while doing research on music and spirituality, music and the brain, consciousness, and developing imagination. Ms. Schleiffer will be joined by Cricket Dobmeyer, Soprano, Sheila Chilcote-Collins, Soprano and Anna Battle-Baker, Bassoonist. Please plan to join us for music, meditation, food and fellowship! For more information, please contact the church office at 419-238-3670.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION at Calvary 2015 - 2016

March 3 and 4 is Pre-Registration for Calvary Preschool.  Tuesday, March 3, registration will be from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, registration will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Classrooms may be visited and tours given to parents and guardians.  If you cannot make any of these times, please call for an appointment. Forms are available on the website, www.calvaryelife.org under preschool and then forms.  Calvary Preschool has been serving the Van Wert community and surrounding area for over 47 years.  Calvary Preschool is committed to help children develop academically, emotionally and spiritually.  Our goal is to introduce the boys and girls to a variety of learning experiences which helps prepare them for kindergarten. 

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

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

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

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

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

If you cannot make these dates and times, please call the church office @567-259-3103 and ask for the preschool or e-mail  marilyn@calvaryelife.org and other arrangements will be made.  Look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks Teams to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”

St. Marys, Ohio — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to participate in its 25th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake event. The event will take place at Pla-Mor lanes in Coldwater on March 20th with the first shift starting at 5:30pm and the second shift starting at 8:00pm. In Van Wert, it will run on April 10th at Olympic Lanes with shifts starting at 5:30pm and 8:00pm; and in St. Marys, it will be held on April 24th at Varsity Lanes with a shift starting at 7:30pm.

“Last year our event drew over 40 teams and more than 240 bowlers” says Event Coordinator Abby Balster. “Our goal this year is to have more than 60 teams and over 350 bowlers,” she says. The event is one of the agency’s largest fundraisers of the year, raising over 15% of its operating revenues. “Last year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake raised $19,000 to support our youth mentoring program. We are hoping to see new teams form from Coldwater and St. Marys areas with having new events in those towns this year.”

Local businesses can support the event by becoming a sponsor for the event and encouraging employees to participate as Team Captains and team members. Our sponsorships range in price from $1,000 to $50. For teams of that are not corporate sponsored the registration fee is $150. All teams may have up to 6 bowlers and every bowler will receive 2 hours of unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, and a Bowl for Kids' Sake t-shirt. Balster notes you don’t have to be a good bowler to participate in the event. “I’m the prime example of that – last year I think I bowled an 95. I may not have won but at least I had a lot fun bowling!” Balster says.

Costumes, clever team names, and friendly competition are also encouraged. Some of the teams from last year included Post Printing, Coldwater Mall, Eaton Corporation, Shultz, Huber, and Associates. Major business supporters last year were Purmort Brothers Insurance, Celina Moose Lodge, Reynolds and Reynolds, and Stammen Paragon Insurance.

Business teams will be joined by teams of children and their mentors who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters School and Community-Based Mentoring program. Teams of children ages 5-15 (“Littles”) from 5 elementary and middle schools and their “Bigs” from 13 high schools are expected to participate in this year’s event.

“This is a fabulous event that brings the whole community together,” says Balster. “It’s a way anyone can support Big Brothers Big Sisters vision – that all children achieve success in life. We know not everyone may be able to serve as a mentor for a child, but by participating in this event as a bowler, team captain, or sponsor, anyone can help start a child on the right path. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Auglaize, Mercer, and Van Wert Counties and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids’ chances for success.”

To take part in this year’s event, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties (419-394-2990) to receive the necessary form to register a team. Businesses wishing to sponsor the event and volunteers who would like to help out on the bowling dates are also encouraged to call for more information. Major Sponsors for the event are Purmort Brothers Insurance, H.A. Dorsten, Reynolds and Reynolds, Auglaize Industries, Francis Furniture, and Kohl’s Cares.

 

 
 

 
February 28, 2015 - March 1, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway High School Choir Concert is cancelled for Sunday, March 1, 2015
due to a snowstorm overnight .

Use caution while driving on Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Sheriff Jeff Grey.
A winter storm dumped 6 inches of snow on the area overnight.
1-2 more inches expected through midnight on March 1, 2015.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 
 
 

Attend the Rockford  Radio Station Open House
Celebrate with us !  Rockford’s Best Mix – 101.3 WRKD  will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting on Saturday,  February 28th  from 2 – 5 pm.  We are located at the Rockford Village Office and Museum at 151 E Columbia St.   Refreshments will be served.

                                

 

FAMILY FUN SKATE

Rockford Community Days is sponsoring a family skate day at the

Woodland Roller Dome & Family Fun Center in St. Marys, Ohio on

March 15th from 4-7:30 pm. 

Admission is $6.50 per skater.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Snacks and beverages are available on location.

 Come out for a fun family event !!

All proceeds benefit Rockford Community Days activities.

 

Rockford Community Fire Department’s Annual Pancake and Sausage Day

Saturday April 11th - 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM

ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!

Adults $6.00

Children 5-12 $4.00

Children 4 & under eat free.

 

 

4TH Annual Wine/Craft Beer Tasting Planned

The 4TH Annual Wine/Craft Beer Tasting in Rockford will take place on March 7th at the Rockford Community Building from 7 – 10 pm.  Join us as we welcome Java Nation as our guest host.  Pre-sale tickets will be $20.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.  Tickets go on sale beginning February 13 and will be available at the Rockford Village Office, Barrys Family Market and Java Nation.

Six drink tastings, appetizers and live music will be included in ticket pricing. Extra tasting tickets will be available for purchase.

All proceeds to benefit Community Days activities – June 19-21.

Any questions call Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874 or

Luke Stephenson @ 419-733-0285

Look for more information for other upcoming events – Family Fun Bowling Tournament on March 14th and Rollerskating on March 15th.

 

Pancake Day Planned in Coldwater
Coldwater Kiwanis is sponsoring their annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday March 15, 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 419-733-6107.  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.

 

 

 

College Credit Plus Informational Meeting for Parkway Parents & Students

 

Parkway will be joining Van Wert area schools for a meeting on College Credit Plus. This will allow students and parents to have access to more than one college representative following the sessions. The meeting will be held on Weds, March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.

High School Counselors and several college representatives will host the informational meeting for parents/guardians and students beginning at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will begin with a general session giving information on College Credit Plus, then each individual school will have an opportunity to discuss more information and to answer any potential questions pertaining to their High School. College representatives will be available after the high school session to meet with interested parents and students.

Any parent of a student along with your student who may be interested in accumulating college credit during their high school years should plan to attend the meeting on March 11. For more information prior to the meeting contact your school’s guidance office. For more information on College Credit Plus, check out the website at https://www.ohiohighered.org then click on College Credit Plus link. Students in grades 6-11 have received information flyers to share with their parents.

 

 

Benefit for the Routt Family Soup & Sandwich Dinner
*Dine In, Carry Out, or Drive Thru  $5 per meal

Sunday, March 8

11:00am-2:00pm

Rockford Community Building

All proceeds to benefit the family of Jeff & Lori Routt who recently lost their home in a house fire.

If interested in making a donation, please mail to:

First Financial Bank
Jeff & Lori Routt
166 S. Main St.
Rockford, OH 45882
*In the Memo line, please put: Fire Fund

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Wizard of Oz Coming to New Bremen
The Crescent Players presents the The Wizard of Oz!  Performances  are:  St Henry High School- Friday March 20 @ 7pm; Saturday March 21@ 7pm and Sunday March 22 @ 2pm.  James F. Dicke Auditorium, New Bremen- Friday March 27 @ 7pm; Saturday March 28 @ 2pm & 7pm and Sunday March 29 @ 2pm.  Presale tickets will be available at St. Henry/Minster True Value Hardware for $8 (children/students/sr. citizens) and $10 (adults).  Tickets will cost $2 more at the door.  Concessions will be available.  Questions?  Call 419-678-4643.  The Wizard of Oz is presented through special arrangements with Tams-Witmark Music Library, INC.

 

 
 

 
February 25-27, 2015
 

 
 

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Allison Harting joins Van Wert Medical Services

 
VAN WERT, OHIO - Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to welcome
Allison Harting, C.N.P. Allison specializes in family medicine serving
pediatric and adult patients.

Allison Harting joins Drs. Jeff Easley, Matt Miller, and Jen Hohman in
suite 201 of the Van Wert Health Center, just across the street from
the hospital at 140 Fox Road in Van Wert.

"The addition of Allison Harting, C.N.P to Van Wert Medical Services
will be of great benefit to our organization and the community of Van
Wert. Being a native of Van Wert, along with her experience in Family
Medicine is a unique combination that truly enhances her ability to
serve the patients of Van Wert Medical Services," said Nicholas
Spoonmore, Executive Director of Van Wert Medical Services.

Allison received her Masters of Science in Nursing from St. Francis
University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Prior to joining Van Wert Medical
Services, Allison worked as a Nurse Practitioner for CVS Minute
Clinics.

When patients are in need of superior health care they turn to the
professionals at Van Wert Medical Services. For more information or to
schedule an appointment with Allison Harting, CNP, call 419-232-2077
or visit VanWertHospital.org.

 

Charity Auction Planned
Mt Tabor Church of God will host its ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION taking place on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

Purchase hot meals and/or dessert selections from 4:30 – 5:30pm!

Bidding begins at 6:00pm!

Come for a great evening of Food, Fellowship and FUN!  Bid for home spun creations, food, and a great selection of items to be auctioned off!  This is a ONCE-a-year event!

 

 

 
February 23-24, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, February 24, 2015 due to wind chill.

 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, February 23, 2015 due to wind chill.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

Contemporary Concert with Ryan Hirschy Ministries 
Rescheduled on February 28
 

A performance with Ryan Hirschy Ministries has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 28th at the Rockford Belle- set to begin at 7pm with doors open at 6pm. Ryan Hirschy and pianist Brad Byerly will perform a full contemporary Christ-centered concert at 135 Market Street, Rockford. Together, they have entertained with an inspirational program for more than 20 years. A free-will donation is accepted. 

Since 1995, Ryan Hirschy, of Decatur, Indiana has shared his love for Christ through music throughout the country performing for many different denominations and organizations. 

Christ is the focus and heart of his Ministry. It is Ryan’s desire that as people attend his Contemporary style music concerts; they are filled with courage and hope to claim the grace that Jesus freely offers. 

 

Having a heart for service not only motivated him to start this Ministry, but led him into funeral service. Whether serving a grieving family or on the road ministering through music, his desire is to meet the needs of others.

More than a mere performance- attend this special event to witness a vocally and spiritually gifted ministry! For more information call 567-644-9993. 

 

 
 
Sign-up Now for Summer Ball in Rockford
The Rockford Recreation Association is now accepting registration forms for the 2015 summer ball season. Leagues are available for children ages 4-15. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.rockfordrec.com or picked up at The Peoples Bank Co. Completed paperwork and registration fees can be mailed to Rockford Recreation Association - PO Box 16 - Rockford, OH 45882 or can be dropped of at The Peoples Bank Co. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 14TH!!

 

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE
ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE with a Live Band “Blind Date”
will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 8:00-11:00pm. (Doors open at 7:00pm) at Rockford Community Building entrance of US Rte 33 west of Rockford. Price of admission is $10.00 per person at the door.
Beverages, snacks, sandwiches available. Donations accepted
Sponsored by St Teresa Parish
Raffle, door prizes, 50/50 will be held during the dance.
Handicapped accessible. The public is invited to attend.

 

 

Scotch Doubles Tournament Planned

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Plaza Bowling Lanes in Celina, Ohio, the Mendon Union Park Committee will be having their Scotch Doubles Tournament to raise funds for park improvements. There will be prizes for high game and high series. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a free scratch off lottery ticket to each participant. The cost is $30.00 per couple. You may ask questions or register by texting or calling Anessa at 419-305-5137 or emailing at anessaabromavich@gmail.com. Help us to make this event a success and provide safe and inviting parks for our community’s families.

 

 
 

RADC Members to Meet
The RADC is currently in their membership drive.  
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd at 7:30 in the library basement. New members are always welcome!

 

 
 

4-H Open House to be Held Thursday

The Van Wert County 4-H Program will be hosting an open house for interested families can explore project areas, talk with 4-H club advisors and pick up important paperwork to join 4-H for the 2013 year!  With 25 Clubs and more than 200 projects to choose from there is something in 4-H for you!

Visit our 4-H Open House on  Thursday, February 26 from  5:00-7:30pm at the Extension Office on the Fairgrounds. For questions please call the Extension Office at  419-238-1214 or email Heather Gottke at gottke.4@osu.edu. Even if you cannot attend we would love to help you and your child get involved in 4-H!

Membership deadline is March 15, 2015. Get your enrollments in today! 

 

 
 

Pancake and Sausage Day Planned
Mark your calendars, the Willshire Lions Club will be sponsoring the annual pancake and sausage day on Saturday, March 14th.  The event will be held from 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Willshire American Legion, Post #207 on State Street in Willshire.  Proceeds will be used to help purchase band uniforms for the Parkway High School as well as for other community projects. 

The Willshire Lions Club also continually accepts used eyeglasses to be used for Lions Club International projects.  The used eyeglasses may be given to any Lion member or may be placed in a donation box at the pancake and sausage event.  The Lions Club would like to thank the community for the continued support of various activities.

 

2015 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 2015 junior fair (excluding rabbits). The Ohio State University Extension is hosting the first QA in 2015 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Sunday March 1,  starting at 2:00pm until approximately 4:00pm. The gate on Washington Street will be closed and members will be asked to enter at the gate off of Balyeat Ave. 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 and final QA offered in Van Wert County will be on Thursday April 23rd from 6:30pm to approximately 8:30pm with test out option starting at 5:30pm.

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

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

 

 

Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale reports the arrest of a male on drug related charges.  On February 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle behind J’s bar on SR 703.  Deputies received information from HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) of a male possibly transporting drugs back to Mercer County.  During a search of the vehicle deputies and a patrolman from Celina PD located a syringe and 4 capsules with suspected heroin inside.

Arrested was 32 year old Jordan Bowers of Celina.  Bowers was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments (A Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree).  Bowers was also charged with numerous driving under suspension violations.  Additional charges are expected, and the case will be forwarded on to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of appropriate felony charges.

HIT is a combined effort of man power and resources consisting of deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Patrolman from the Celina Police Department.

 

 

 
February 21-22, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 

THE BOYS JV AND VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES AT ADAMS CENTRAL ARE CANCELLED FOR Saturday, February 21.  Parkway has TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO MAKE THEM UP ON THURSDAY, February 24, 2015 AT 6PM

Pitching Camp is cancelled for Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Boys 7th grade basketball is cancelled for Saturday, February 21, 2015 and rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 530. Girls varsity practice and grades k-2 basketball are cancelled for Saturday, February 21, 2015.

 

Catholic Social Services PASSPORT presents
“A Positive Outlook: Serving & Protecting Seniors”

Dayton, Ohio (February 12, 2015) –  On Thursday, March 12, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley will host a Provider Fair for health care professionals and interested community members at the North Hall of Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the public to view displays from a number of area health care and senior care providers. A continental breakfast will be served for those who have pre-registered. 

Lloyd Early of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be the featured speaker at 9:15 a.m. In his session titled “Medicare Fraud 101,” Early will introduce attendees to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, addressing the Unit's statutory authority and jurisdiction.

His talk will focus on the Unit’s role in Ohio's Medicaid program integrity efforts, addressing the criminal offense of Medicaid provider fraud and provider fraud schemes. He will also discuss ways that the Unit protects the residents of Ohio's care facilities, addressing the criminal offenses of patient abuse and patient neglect, the misappropriation of resident funds, and prescription drug diversion. He will conclude with current trends in health care fraud, using specific case examples to highlight these trends.

The second speaker of the day will be Jodi Long of the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health.  Her talk is titled “EAR: Engage, Assess, and Resolve a Mental Health Crisis.” Long will discuss strategies for dealing with persons who have mental illness.

Providers are invited to display and share information. Tables are available upon advance request. Providers can set up on the morning of the event from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

There is no cost to attend, but the registration deadline is Thursday, March 5. For more information or to register, call 1-800-521-6419 ext. 1114 or email jcoronati@cssmv-sidney.org.

 
 

 
February 20, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, February 20, 2015 due to wind chill.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

  

 
 
 

 
February 19, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, February 19, 2015 due to wind chill.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 
Mercer County Sheriff Grey Reports Accident and Fire Road
There was an accident at State Route 49 and Kable Road west of Celina on February 18, 2015; then later that evening and through the night, a structure fire on Mud Pike between Township Line Road and Erastus Durbin Road was reported. Sheriff Grey asked avoidance of the areas. The roads are open now, he reports, but they are very icy. Use caution.
 
Transplant Completed
Chad Hamrick and Luke Feasel are doing well following transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland. The families thank you for your prayers. Thank you to Chad for his selfless gift of a kidney to Luke.
 
 

 
February 18, 2015
 

 
 
Celina Police Department NEWS RELEASE: 02/17/2015
Water tower:

On 02/16/2015 the Celina Police Department handled two calls involving 31 year old Reuben Rios of Celina. At about 5:00 PM officers were sent to the Shell gas station in the 300 block of S. Main St. upon a report of Rios attempting entry into an employee’s car and attempting to steal a candy bar. Officers spoke with Rios and he denied the allegation. He told officers he was without a job and had no place to stay. He was not charged at that time.
At 7:55 PM officers were sent to the water tower in the 400 block of Grand Lake Rd. upon report that Rios was climbing the tower and threatening to jump. Upon arrival he was an estimated 50 feet up and using his cell phone. When he saw officers and fire fighters arrive he climbed to the top of the ladder to a cat walk around the tank. The catwalk is about 147 feet from the ground.
Rios would not engage officers in conversation. Department Chaplin, Pastor Randy Christian was called to assist. He was able to get Rios to speak with him and was ultimately able to talk him down.
Reuben Rios was on the tower about an hour and 20 minutes. He was taken to Jt. Township E.R. in St. Mary’s by ambulance. When asked why, he would only say he has demons he fights every day.
 
 

King Family Pet Missing ~ Have you seen Dexter?

Ann King of Rockford and their family are looking for their dog who disappeared January  20th, 2015 from their house on River Trail Rd north of Rockford, Ohio.
 
He is a yellow, male lab. 9 years old. Neutered. He weighs around 80 pounds. 
Call their home phone (419)363-3849.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 17, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 due to wind chill.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 
 

 
February 14-16, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, February 16, 2015
due to wind chill. Today is Presidents' Day

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

Level One Snow Alert on February 14, 2015 - Sheriff Jeff Grey

 
 
Lenton Services Announced
 

February 18 - Ash Wednesday, St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 PM

February 25 - Chatt Methodist Church 7 PM

March 4 - St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 PM

March 11 - Chatt Methodist Church 7 PM

March 18 - St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 PM

March 25 - Chatt Methodist Church 7 PM

April 2 - Maundy Thursday, St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 PM

April 3 - Good Friday, St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 PM

April 5 - Easter Sunrise, St. Paul's United Church of Christ 7 AM; Church Services at 9 AM and 10 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 13, 2015
 

 
 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Rockford Belle

Ryan Hirschy and Brad Byerly will perform on Valentine’s Day at The Rockford Belle in Rockford. On Saturday, February 14, 2015 come at 7 PM to hear this beautiful Christ-centered contemporary concert. Doors open at 6 PM. Free will donations accepted.

 

2015 Jr. Fair Turkey Ordering

 

The Van Wert County Extension office is currently taking order for turkey pullets to be exhibited at the 2015 Jr. Fair. In an effort to focus on exhibitors efforts and knowledge of turkeys the Jr. Fair Board has voted to only allow those turkeys received through the Cooper’s bulk order to be exhibited at the 2015 Van Wert County Jr. Fair.

The first five (5) turkeys are free of cost (can be ordered as hens, toms, or a straight run combination). After the first five (5) birds can be ordered at an additional cost.

Cost of extra pullets is as follows: Hens at $3.25/pullet, Straight Run at $3.25/pullet, and Toms at $4.00/pullet.

Orders must be placed no later than Friday, February 27th by 4:30pm. Pullets will be available for pickup at the Extension office on April 3rd, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Members that order will be mailed a reminder card when the date approaches.

Again, it is important to take into account that only turkeys ordered through this bulk order will be allowed to exhibit at the Van Wert County Jr. Fair in 2015. Please take the time to order before the deadline passes.

To place orders, please contact the Extension office at (419) 238-1214, stop by in person, or email me at gottke.4@osu.edu

 

 

 
February 12, 2015
 

 
Mr. E's Driving School Training Classes Starting on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Contact Parkway High School for sign-up forms for the newest round of Driver Training by Dennis Hinkle of Mr. E's Driving School. Classes are February 28, March 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7th. See the ad above for details as well as the Business Directory Page on the Parkway Independent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 11, 2015
 

 
 
 

FAMILY FUN SKATE 

Rockford Community Days is sponsoring a family skate day at the 
Woodland Roller Dome & Family Fun Center in St. Marys, Ohio on
March 15th from 4-7:30 pm.  

Admission is $6.50 per skater.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Snacks and beverages are available on location.

Come out for a fun family event !!

All proceeds benefit Rockford Community Days activities.

 

 
 

Rockford Library News


Celebrate "Chinese New Year" at the Rockford Carnegie Library next Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30.  This is a family program and everyone is welcome to enjoy the stories, games, craft and snack.

Next month Michelle Houts will be coming to the library on Tuesday, March 17th to talk about her books, focusing on "Kammie on First".  This is the biography of Dottie Kamenshek who played for the Rockford (IL) Peaches.  Michelle will share her writing experiences, sign books and the library will serve snacks.

The library trustees are searching for another person to join them in serving the library community.  The trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00p.m.  Trustees are responsible for making sure the library has adequate funding and sets the policies for the operation of the library.  If you are interested e-mail Rozann at rmaurer@rcpubliclibrary.org or call the library and leave your name (419-363-2630).

 

 
 

Parkway Sports News
The Girls Varsity Basketball Team will play Elmwood in the sectional tournament on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:15 PM at Wapakoneta. The bus will leave at 4:30.

 

The 7th Grade Boys run their record to 14-1 with a 41-31 victory on Tuesday, February 10 versus Versailles. They are the number one seed in the 7th grade MAC tourney.

 

 
 

 
February 9-10, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Prayers are Needed for Surgeries - Click Here

 

 

Rockford Eagles Planning Annual Sports Night – Guys Mark Your Calendar

Delicious Whole Hog Dinner Served!
Rockford Eagles Sports Night 2015 @ the Rockford Eagles
Tuesday night February 24th
Doors open @ 5:30
$25 at the door
Guest Speakers:
Jeremy Ulenhake: 2001-2002 Kicker for The Ohio State Buckeyes Football
Featured Speaker:
Rob "Dusty" Rutledge
1986 Grad of Parkway High School
Coached Football at Indiana, West Virginia and Michigan. Also Reality TV Star.

 

Rob “Dusty” Rutledge, Rockford Native, Follows Football Dreams to a Career That Lands Him on TV Reality Series

By Sheila Baltzell 6-20-2014

Rob Rutledge, nicknamed in college ~ Dusty Rutledge, spent his entire life following his dreams of a football career. Little did he realize his dreams would lead him to a TV reality series, called American Muscle, airing on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9 PM on the Discovery Channel. There will be seven episodes.

Dusty is the son of Bob and Kathy McGough Rutledge of Rockford. From an early age, he was fascinated with football, says his mom and dad. “He spent entire weekends in front of the television.”  Dusty remembers that well. He practiced the plays he watched and eventually became the football “boy” for the Parkway team in the 4th grade. He idolized neighbor, Joe Stewart, and practiced hard for him. In the 2nd and 3rd grader , Dusty was always day-dreaming about football and looking out the schoolroom window. According to his mom, Mrs. Haddock had to move the entire classroom so Dusty could not gaze out the window at the football field.

He later joined the Parkway Junior High School Football team. From there on out, he was hooked on the sport. Dusty says he was a decent center in high school, and lived from Friday nights. When he graduated from Parkway in 1986, with good grades, he earned a scholarship at Fairmont State University, West Virginia. He used his summer, that year, to run the Rockford Swimming Pool where he got tanned.  With all of his blond hair, he became known as Dusty when he got to Fairmont State and played football for them. He was a three year letterman in college and felt he was an average player. One thing for sure, he was having a great time, playing the sport he loves.

Dusty went on to become a coach from 1994-1996 at Glenville State, West Virginia and then to Bloomington, Indiana University. It was here, that Dusty felt he had the greatest years of his career from 1997-2000. Even now, he finds excitement in the college and looks forward to his cousin Tarin Tischler heading to Bloomington in the Fall of 2014 as she works toward a career in medicine. Tarin is even going to be helping the football team there, in the recruiting area.

From 2000-2007, Dusty headed back to West Virginia at West Virginia University as their video coordinator. He supervised 2 fulltime photographers and 2 college editors as they followed the team to 6 straight Gator Bowls and 1 Sugar Bowl.

From 2008-2010, Rob found his way to his childhood Mecca, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He worked for the coaching team of Rich Rodriguez, head coach, as the Director of External Affairs. Dusty’s job was to build relationships with ex-football players. Dusty mentioned that, by this time in his career, he felt he was the luckiest “kid” on the planet. All this time he had been able to work with the best football players around. He loved it! But his greatest heroes even now, are not the players, but his own late Grandpa Jake Rutledge, his father, Bob Rutledge and his Uncle Keith Rutledge. They all told him, “Go after your dreams!” And, Dusty did.

In 2009, Dusty met the love of his life, Jennifer, and his marriage to her made him an instant dad to his beautiful and intelligent step-daughters, Maegan and Elizabeth. One is studying to become a medical doctor and the other a lawyer.

He is so proud of them and recalls the day he learned that Coach Rich Rodriguez and the coaching team was leaving Michigan and heading to the University of Arizona. Dusty was not willing to uproot his new family, and so he declined an the offer to follow the team. Fortunately for Dusty, Mike Barwis, the top-rated strength coach in the United States, who  was once at  West Virginia University knew Rob and hired him into the new Gym venture he was starting in Ypsilanti Michigan. Barwis Methods is the premier place to go if one is an athlete who needs rehabilitation or just wants to get stronger. It is so successful, Barwis Methods trains professional athletes year round including more than just football players. Hockey, basketball and track are just of few of the other athletes seeking Barwis help. They take entire teams, individuals, high school teams, and also work with accident victims, paralysis patients, children with birth defects ~ they take anyone who needs help.

According to Dusty, Elliot Nealer, brother to a football player, Brock Nealer, at the University of Michigan, was in a serious automobile accident. Doctors gave him a 1% chance of walking again after he was paralyzed from the neck down. The happiest day of Elliot’s life was the day he walked down the aisle to his wedding.

Children with disabilities have learned to walked. Bob and Kathy Rutledge say these success stories are the most touching part of the show.

Mike Barwis espouses a tough love attitude to strength training:
He doesn’t take no for an answer.
Keep a positive attitude.

Shoot for the moon.

Tough love.

If there is any fire in the nerve at all, you can bring it back.

Intense ~ no babying

All glory to God.

 

Barwis Methods Training Center (www.barwismethods.com) is involved in many charitable activities including:

www.firststepfoundation.com (Christmas presents and food for underprivileged children.)

www.athleticangels.com

Pairing of successful athletes with underprivileged children.

Dusty, the receptionist and scheduler at the gym, is the official Santa Claus for Barwis chaitable activities. He is pleased with that job, as his Grandpa Jake was the official Santa in Rockford.

The premier for the show American Muscle, was held on June 26, and father Bob Rutledge and local friend Barney Lehman, attended the private affair of over 500 people in Ypsilanti.

So what does Dusty say it has been like to be wired-up and taped for 12 weeks? “It was heard getting used-to ~ someone in your face constantly. But now the show has premiered, had great rating and Dusty says it was all worth it. He thanks everyone from his hometown in Rockford for believing in him including his sister, Jenny (see picture left as toddlers).

He invites everyone to watch the show, which is owned  by Actor Will Farrell’s Company Funny or Die. His friends are in it as well including Eric “TankDog’ Potis. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9 PM.

You can find and communicate with Dusty Rutledge 64 on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

School Board Meetings on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Parkway Board of Education meeting scheduled in the community room at the school will include a Hearing 6:15 PMand a Regular Meeting6:30 PM.

Click here for the agenda.

 

Rockford Village Council Meets on February 3, 2015

Council decides to collect a fee on license plates on residents' cars in the village for revenue. $2 million wastewater plant improvement plans go forward.
 

Click Here to read the latest and past Rockford Village Council News

 
 
Parkway Students Selected for Honors

Seth Rollins recently won the Parkway's 2014-15 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. He was selected by Parkway staff for his dependability, service leadership and patriotism. His information has been submitted to the next level of competition.

Kayle Heckler is Mercer County Elks Student of the Month and will be honored (along with her parents) at an upcoming presentation. She was slected for her academic performance, honors achieved, school and community activities.

Cassandra Kuhn is the newest Franklin B. Walter award winner for 2015. At the top of her class, Cassandra also has the highest grade point average and ACT scores in the Class of 2015. She will compete for an awesome scholarship this Spring, vying against other Mercer County schools' candidates.
 

 
 
 

 
February 7-8, 2015
 

 
 

Colonial Nursing Center Named Rockford Chamber – February Business of the Month

Congratulations to Colonial Nursing Center for being selected as the Rockford Chamber – February Business of the Month.  Zach Collins, Administrator states “We are honored to be the business of the Month in Rockford”.  Colonial Nursing Center was built in 2000.  Colonial is amongst some of the smallest nursing homes in Ohio, which makes their care more personal.  They have a 34 skilled beds, and 9 assisted living room.  They offer occupational, physical, speech as well as respiratory therapy.  They also have audiology, dentistry, optometry, and podiatry services that come to the building so that residents do not have to travel to see doctors.  In the past recent weeks, they have been holding a community bingo on Thursday’s in the dining room that is open to the public.  Other activities that Colonial participates in is donating food to the Parkway Ministerial Food Pantry, and they prepare lunches for kindergartners.  Colonial has plenty of space if your organization needs a place to meet, or maybe need a place to hold an event.  
Colonial Nursing Center is located at 201 Buckeye St .  Phone number is 419-363-2193.

 

 

 

Stose - Caffee Families Welcome Baby Girl - Click Here for Details
 

 

Celina Policeman Saves Elderly Woman
NEWS RELEASE: 02/06/2015

On February 3rd shortly before 11:00 PM Sgt. Kent Taylor of the Celina Police Dept. was on foot patrolling the neighborhood in the 1100 block of Princeton and performing house checks.  It was below freezing when he noticed something in a backyard moving.  Upon a closer check he found an 82 year old woman, injured and lying face down in the snow on a patch of ice.

This elderly woman was able to speak.  She had fallen when she went outside to get her dog.  No one could hear her cries for help.  She had a minor head injury and what turned out to be a broken arm.  She was unable to get herself to her feet.

Sgt. Taylor helped the injured woman to her feet and got her inside her home and waiting with her until members of the Celina F.D. arrived with an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

We believe she would not likely have been found before day.  As Chief I commend Sgt. Taylor for a job well done and saving the life of one our citizens.

 

 

Enjoy the Fun of Wine/Craft Beer Tasting in Rockford
The 4TH Annual Wine/Craft Beer Tasting in Rockford will take place on March 7th at the Rockford Community Building from 7 – 10 pm.  Join us as we welcome Java Nation as our guest host.  Pre-sale tickets will be $20.  Tickets the day of the event will be $25.  Tickets go on sale beginning February 13 and will be available at the Rockford Village Office, Barrys Family Market and Java Nation.

Six drink tastings, appetizers and live music will be included in ticket pricing. Extra tasting tickets will be available for purchase.

All proceeds to benefit Community Days activities – June 19-21.

Any questions call Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874 or Luke Stephenson @ 419-733-0285

Look for more information for other upcoming events – Family Fun Bowling Tournament on March 14th and Rollerskating on March 15th

 

Uplifting Christian Music Ministry – The Northmen & Cathy to Perform Locally on February 7
Full-time Christian music ministry- THE NORTHMEN- will share the gospel through song at The Rockford Belle, of Rockford, OH on February 7, 2015 at 7 pm with doors open at 6 pm. Members of the Praise Point Worship Team (Willshire, Ohio) are set to open the event. The venue is located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, Ohio. A free-will offering will be accepted.

In their 26th year of performing, The Northmen are committed to singing several concert dates per year, and sharing the gospel in venues across the country in 40 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. They have sung in 6 foreign countries to date and sang on several cruise lines.  

The Northmen will host the 16th annual Northern Gospel Singing Convention in Marion, IN where close to 40 gospel music artists from across the country will be singing; this event has become one of the fastest growing national events and is held in August each year. They are also known for their Annual Winter Singfest, held in January in Warsaw, Indiana. 

Fans can check out their brand new CD project release titled “The Northmen, A Special 25th Anniversary Collection” consisting of 23 songs, with original and classic songs geared to all age groups. Their first ever Music Video titled “You Can’t Do That Anymore” can be seen on YouTube and other avenues. They have also released a DVD Video with 9 songs and an interview on it. The trio is heard on radio stations across the country, including XM radio and Solid Gospel with projects found on iTunes.  The Northmen have had 12 top 40 Gospel music singles and 3 top 20 songs in the national Singing News Charts, along with other National charts. In addition to Northmen projects, Alan and Cathy have released a solo CD each. 

The Northmen consists of three members. The trio’s lead singer and manager is Alan Godsey. Alan is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Alan’s wife Cathy sings alto and plays piano in some of the concerts, and is from Marion Indiana. Newest member is Bob Etzel from Ann Arbor, Michigan, singing baritone.  

Join the ministry of music through The Northmen & Cathy on February 7th at the Rockford Belle. Their entertainment style uplifts, as well as reaches out to the lost and dying world, reminding listeners that Jesus still saves. For more information call 567-644-9993.

 
 
 

 
February 6, 2015
 

 
 

Vantage Open House and Taste of Vantage Planned
• Support the Vantage Student Activity Fund
• Visit the Labs & See Special Demonstrations
• Learn about opportunities for High School Students & Adults
No time to cook?   Help support school-wide student activities by eating dinner at Vantage.   This year, several area eating establishments will be set up in the Commons and have sample size portions of food for you to try. We’re calling it “A Taste of Vantage”!  Mark it on your calendars for Monday, Feb. 9, from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Taste of Vantage will be available at the door for just $5 for six tickets.  Enjoy some tasty treats from Fricker’s, Baked to Perfection, Puckerbrush Pizza, Main Street Market (Ottoville), Remedy’s Sports Bar & Grille, The Fort, and Paulding Dairy Queen.  It’s gonna be a great night — you won’t want to miss it!


February 26 Meeting Date of the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

Jim Bowsher, from Wapakoneta, will be the guest speaker. He is an interesting character with a gift for story-telling. He will bring along Civil War items to share and tell his stories in connection with the artifacts he brought.

This guy is a dynamo, and his stories come from all over the country. His Civil War talk will reference many local sources. When Jim was just a grade-school youth, he heard about one of the last Civil War soldiers being in the hospital in Toledo. He persuaded his dad to drive him there so he could meet the soldier. He took along a small tape recorder, and recorded his conversation. That tape is now part of the Library of Congress archives, and was once used at the Smithsonian as part of an exhibit.

Meet in Room 186 Anderson Hall, Wright State Lake Campus. 

 

 

Celebrate with Rockford !  Rockford’s Best Mix – 101.3 WRKD will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting on  Saturday,  February 28th  from 2 – 5 pm.  They are located at the Rockford Village Office and Museum at 
151 E Columbia St.   Refreshments will be served!

 

 

Mr. E's Driving School Training Classes Starting on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Contact Parkway High School for sign-up forms for the newest round of Driver Training by Dennis Hinkle of Mr. E's Driving School. Classes are February 28, March 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7th. See the ad above for details as well as the Business Directory Page on the Parkway Independent.
 

 

Patrol’s Tpr. Brincefield promoted to Sergeant at the Van Wert Post

 

COLUMBUS – Trooper Adam M. Brincefield was promoted to the rank of Sergeant today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy. Sergeant Brincefield will remain at his current assignment, the Van Wert Post, to serve as an assistant post commander. 

Sergeant Brincefield began his Patrol career in September 2003 as a member of the 141st Academy Class. He earned his commission in March of the following year and was assigned to the Van Wert Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 2009. In 2012, he transferred to the Patrol’s Training Academy to serve as an instructor. Later that year, he returned to his most recent assignment at the Van Wert Post, where he was again selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 2014. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism. 

 

 

 

 


Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club to Meet
by Callie Eichler

Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club, will be welcoming new members at their next meeting which will be Monday February, 9th at 7:00 in the Rockford Library basement. As a service project, they are planning to make Valentine’s Day cards at this meeting and later pass them out at the area nursing homes.

Rockford Thrifty is a member of the Mercer County 4H. Members must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years of age by January 1st, 2015 through 12th grade. To be a cloverbud, you must be in kindergarten. Our group welcomes both boys and girls.

Becoming a member of the 4H club is an inexpensive activity where members can learn responsibility, leadership skills, and gain new interests through fair projects. Meetings are typically held once or twice a month. Callie said, “As vice president of the club, I invite anyone interested to join us for this meeting.”

 

Troopers asking motorists to #moveover

Van Wert– Last month, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle as he was standing outside of his cruiser, responding to a crash on the side of I-475. Thankfully, he sustained non-life threatening injuries, but he was knocked over a guardrail, fell into a steep ditch and had to be pulled up to safety by a rope.

Hundreds of people are killed or injured each year after pulling over to the side of a road and subsequently getting struck by another vehicle. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers as well as law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s Move Over law.

 

The law requires all drivers to move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.

 

“By moving over, motorists are helping to protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby. “It’s not just the law; it’s the right thing to do.”

 

To view the statistical analysis regarding our safe driving awareness month visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Move_Over_Bulletin_2015

 

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

 

Grand Lake Patriots to host “Religious Liberty, Pastors’ Right to Speak from the Pulpit”

 

The topic Religious Liberty: Pastors’ Right to Speak from the Pulpit will be addressed by guest speaker Shawn Meyer, pastor of Aletheia Christian Church, Celina, Ohio, at the Thursday, February 12th general meeting of the Grand Lake Patriots. The meeting begins at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Fairgrounds in Celina. Patriots, guests, and clergy are invited to attend.

Pastor Meyer is a contributing writer for two national conservative e-news sites, the author of two children’s books, and an avid blogger. He has been chosen by Citizens for Community Values, directed by Phil and Vicki Burress, to be this year’s recipient of the John Peter Muhlenburg Award, given to one Ohio pastor each year who best exemplifies the courage and conviction over moral issues that Pastor Muhlenburg exemplified. 

Pastor Shawn Meyer and his wife Kay are the parents of 7 children. Among other things, Pastor Meyer does not hesitate to speak out for the sanctity of human life and against the evil of abortion, while letting the availability of God’s forgiveness and grace be known.

 

 
 

 
February 5, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, February 5, 2015

 

Snow overnight is drifting. Roads are slippery with 2-3 inches of snow.
Sheriff Jeff Grey asks drivers to use caution.

A Semi Slid off State Route 127 in the early hours of February 5th between Shelley Road and Shindeldecker Road east of Rockford between 4 and 5 AM according to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

 
 
 
 

 
February 4, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

 

Come to the Heart Healthy Luncheon

11:30 a.m.  Tuesday, February 17, 2015

At OTTERBEIN  ST. MARYS

11230 State Route 364

St. Marys, Ohio 45885

Enjoy, Listen and Learn in the Meyer Community Room

Contact us to RSVP by February 10 by calling (419) 394-2366 or (800) 628-9341

 

 

Snapshot Cuisine Open on Saturday, February 14, 2015 for A Guilded Valentine

Snapshot Cuisine opens for a new dining experience on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Come to 209 South Main Street in Celina and try this 5 course dining experience:

Tomato Gazpacho w/Avocado & Blue Crab; Bone Marrow & Toast; Limoncello intermezzo: Ricotta Gnudi; and Berries & Cream.

Wine, Artisanal Cocktail & Craft Beer Pairings

Tickets and Reservations required. 419-953-5232.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 3, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 

Sermon Series Planned

Mt Tabor Church of God will launch a challenging Sermon Series titled, OVERCOME.  The series will begin on Sun, Feb 15th at 10:00am!  Pastor Tim Hollinger will speak on difficult aspects of life with which everyone struggles: Betrayal; Temptation; Abandonment; Financial hardships; Bitterness; and an Earthly mindset.

 

Life can be difficult and painful.  But we don’t have to be alone in all of it; discover how Christ Jesus is able and waiting to help you.

 

For more information check out: www.taborreach.org

 

 

Patents and Trademarks Workshop

Ran Raider, Wright State University Librarian, will present a Patents and Trademarks Workshop at WSU- Lake Campus! Ran is knowledgeable about Patents, Trademarks, Copyright Law, and Government Resources. Wright State University maintains a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library at the Dayton campus. As an official PTRC of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) they have a formal agreement to provide assistance to the general public in the use of patent and trademark resources provided by the USPTO. Every effort will be made to protect confidentiality. Refreshment will be provided.

 

RSVP today! Email alex.pittman@wright.edu to attend this informative event!

When:            Thursday, February 12, 2015; 3:30 to 4:30

Where:           Room 229 Dwyer Hall

Wright State University-Lake Campus

7600 Lake Campus Drive

Celina, Ohio

Who:               Business owners, Attorneys, Inventors, Students

 

 
 

Remember the Rockford Eagles Fish Fry and Chicken Strips Dinners
on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5-7 PM.
Members and Guests only. Good Food! See ad above for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 2, 2015 ~ Ground Hog Day
 

 
 
 
 
 

The Parkway Booster Club meeting is canceled for tonight 2-2-2015.

 

 
 
 

All Parkway sports' practices and games are cancelled for tonight, February 2, 2015.

 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Monday, February 2, 2015
 

Snow overnight is drifting. Icy roads underneath.

A disabled semi on U.S Route 33 west of Rockford
was reported by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey at 4:19 AM on February 2, 2015.
The road was closed for 3 hours and reopened at 7:13 AM.

Drive carefully!

 
 
County Spelling Bee Planned
The 2014-2015 Mercer County Spelling Bee is planned for Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7 at the Wright State University-Lake Campus James F. Dicke Auditorium.25 Students will participate including students from PARKWAY!

 

 

Parkway February 2015 Breakfast & Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, February 2, 2015
 

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 

School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 2–6, 2015

 

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is being celebrated from Feb. 2–6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

 

Parkway school counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

 

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

 

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

 

Please contact Parkway School Counselors if you have any questions or would like more information on how we serve your students - Elementary Counselor, Suzann Litteral; Middle School Counselor, Lisa Ontrop; or High School Counselor, Mickey McConahay.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 31- February 1, 2015
 

 
 
 

Van Wert County Gets New Common Pleas Judge
Thanks to newly Retired Judge Charles Steele

Submitted by Michael W. Kirkendall, Court Reporter/Bailiff
Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas


Martin D. Burchfield was sworn in as the new Common Pleas Judge for Van Wert County on Thursday, January 29. 2015.  He starts his new assignment on Monday, Feb 2, 2015

 

 
 

Main Street Van Wert Announces 1st Chocolate Walk Event

Your next visit to Van Wert might be a little bit sweeter! The MSVW merchant committee is pleased to announce the first Downtown Chocolate Walk, Friday evening, February 6th. Participating businesses will be open for the event from 4-8pm. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair, and must be purchased or reserved in advance.

The day 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 ticket 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.

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. Postcards will be available to create a Valentine’s Day wish list while visiting stores that evening, which MSVW will mail to any address the ticket holder selects.

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.

 

 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for January 2015

 
 

Mercer County Emergency Medical Association

CALENDAR OF EVENTS / MEETING Listings:

 

Spring Weather Awareness Week           March 1-7, 2015

 

Statewide Tornado Drill                  March 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

 

Weather Spotters Class                  March 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

New Location!

Dicke Hall, Wright State University Lake Campus

Celina, Ohio

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
A Sales Tax Holiday to Relieve Costs Associated with Back to School Items

 

Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year.  Ohio’s first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement.

This bill is very important to me, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that’s what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create.

Many popular retail stores have shown their support for this new Sales Tax Holiday, such as Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, CVS, and Best Buy. These stores are frequent stops for back-to-school shoppers, and their backing makes it even more exciting. With the help of this bill, Ohio families with children K-12 will save roughly $40 each on their school shopping list in a normal school year.

This measure will promote economic growth in Ohio and will allow consumers to spend manageable amounts of money on the things that they need for the upcoming school year. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio’s retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio’s GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens.

There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday. Implementing this could potentially result in an economic boost very similar to the one seen in Florida. That state posted $115 million more in tax revenue during the three-day tax-free period, showing that consumers were buying many items that were not tax-free as well.

The bill made its way through the legislative process, passing through both the House and the Senate, and was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19th, 2014. We now look forward to seeing its outcome this coming August. I am confident that we have done good work for the people of Ohio with this bill.

Please take a minute to look over a website explaining more about the Sales Tax Holiday at tinyurl.com/ohiosalestaxholiday. In addition, a special survey is available at tinyurl.com/ohiosalestaxholidaysurvey which will be useful in gathering feedback about this new measure. 

 

 

 

Drug Arrest Made
 

The Celina Police Department and The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office  reports drug arrests made as a result of their joint HIT detail.   The HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) is a combination of Celina Patrolmen and Sheriff’s Deputies. A vehicle was stopped at 1:51 PM for a traffic violation at US Rte 127 near Siegrist Jutte Road.   With assistance from the  Celina Police K-9 Unit, the K-9 alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted.   HIT located nine (9) capsules of suspected heroin as well as four (4) empty capsules and a one hundred dollar bill, along with two (2) prescription pill bottles containing Gabapentin and Mirtazapine  (commonly used for Depression and Seizures).  The prescriptions were not issued to anyone inside the vehicle.  Additionally $100.00 was seized from Ganger. .   Also located was a loaded BB gun pistol, that very closely resembled a real gun,  in the glove box.

Arrested was 21 year old Tyla M. Ganger of Beaver Street in Celina Ohio.  Ganger was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to comply on the original charge domestic violence, and was also charged with Possession of Heroin, driving under suspension, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.  Ganger is being held in the Mercer County Detention Facility on a $50,000.00 bond ordered by Celina Municipal Court Judge Jim Scheer.  There were two additional passengers in the vehicle that were not charged.

At 6:40 PM a vehicle was topped for a traffic violation on State Route 219 east of Coldwater.  HIT located a large bag of suspected marijuana, a bottle filled with capsules with residue of an unknown substance inside of them.  The vehicle was seized and secured and HIT will be applying for a search warrant this morning for the vehicle.

Arrested was 22 year old Alan J. Bricher of Menchhofer Road, Coldwater Ohio.  Bricher was arrested on a probation violation. Additionally $368.00 in cash was also seized from Bricher.  HIT was assisted by Coldwater PD on this stop. A male juvenile passenger was released to his parents.

 

The HIT will be forwarding these cases to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

Sheriff Grey and Chief Wale continue to remind their citizens that their agencies will continue to pursue drug dealers and users in Mercer County and within the City of Celina.   They also ask that citizens continue to call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and the Celina Police Department with any drug information or tips that they may have. One of these arrests were made possible due to tips received by the Sheriff’s Office web site.    Citizens may leave tips anonymously by going to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Celina Police Department’s web pages and Facebook pages.   Citizens can also call the Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724 or the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.  Anonymous tips can also be left at the Sheriff’s Office tip line 567-890-TIPS (8477)

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
January 30, 2015
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 10 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, January 30, 2015

Slick roads reported in the area.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 
 
 
 

 
January 29, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Thursday, January 29, 2015

 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Freezing Drizzle reported in the area.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Sunday, February 1 – There is NO Winter Choir Concert. This has been changed to Sunday, March 1.

 

 

Come Enjoy the Fun at the St. Patrick's Day Dance

St. Patrick's Day Dance with the live band - Blind Date
  
Saturday - March 14th, 2015 from 8 pm - 11 pm
Doors open at 7.
  
Rockford Community Building - $10 person at the door
  
Beverages  ** Snacks ** Sandwiches
  
Sponsored by St. Teresa Parish
  
Raffle / Door Prizes / 50/50
  
  Open to the public.

 

Save Local Now Initiative Sponsored by Chamber
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce partnered with Save Local Now to give local businesses a fast, easy, and free way to integrate social media into other marketing efforts already in use and attract more customers. Watch for local integration on places like Facebook and Twitter.Intersted in knowing more? Email Lisa Kuhn at 
lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  William Muhlenkamp’s barn, with the windmill on the roof, 7911 St. Rt. 49, Liberty Township is listed in the book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns in Mercer County, Ohio.”

William Muhlenkamp knew that this barn was built in 1880, because the date 1880 is written above the barn door, at 7911 St. Rt. 49, in Liberty Township.  This is the only barn, which I have found, had the windmill located on the roof of the barn, in Mercer County.  Between 1990 and 1993, I photographed over 2000 big old barns in Mercer County, and over a thousand families placed their barn photographs and history in the book “Those Magnificent Big Barns in Mercer County of Western Ohio.”

Muhlenkamp’s Grandfather Joseph Turckes moved to this place in 1896.  Turckes put the windmill on top of the barn.  He had some carpenters work on the barn about all summer to jack it up and put a foundation under it, and to make a bank barn out of the barn.  When Turckes had this barn raised, Mark Kessen, from near Carthagena, did the cement work.  Muhlenkamp said that the entire project was “lots of work!”

Turckes sold about a hundred windmills to area farmers.  He also sold wire fence, fence posts, and fertilizer by the train car load.  During the season, he would sell about one car load of fence; one car load of fence posts, and twelve to twenty car loads of fertilizer.  He also sold electric light plants, Essex cars, and farm machinery from companies of International, Massey Harris, New Idea, and Bull Tractors. Being the salesman that he was, he also sold Chevy cars and Belle City Threshing Machines.

The interior framing of this barn is unique.  The main cross beams are supported by vertical posts, as are other barns.  However, above the main posts, and on either side of them, are the inclined support posts for the purlin plate or beam which runs the length of the barn, and supports the rafters of the roof.  In this barn, the inclined post is mortised into the beam on either side of the vertical post.  In 1880, the posts and beams were hand hewn.  When I visited this barn in 1990, the wooden threshing floor was still intact. 

In the photograph, the louvered vents can be seen.  The pairs of threshing doors are in front and back of the barn.  A straw stack, left from threshing, is in back of the barn.  At the base of the windmill, on top of the roof, is a door, to reach the interior of the windmill structure.  Even though that windmill is no longer on top of the barn, one can still see where it was located by looking at the roof, in the interior of the barn.

Lightning struck this barn twice.  The first time lightning struck the windmill on the top of the roof (sometime after 1896), Turckes took the windmill down from the roof.  Inside of the barn, they put a metal brace on the post to reinforce the barn.  Turckes then put the windmill outside, next to the barn.  During the 1947 spring tornado, that windmill went down.  Several barns went down around Chattanooga in Liberty Township, in the 1947 tornado.

Some Mercer Countians call the windmills, “windpumps.”  In the dictionary, a windmill is noted as “a mill operated by the wind’s rotation of large, oblique sails or vanes; it is used as a cheap source of power for grinding grain, pumping water, etc.”  In the dictionary, I did not find the word, “windpumps.” 

If the original owner of the barn or the next owner Joseph Turckes had not had a photographer photograph his barn, and if William Muhlenkamp had not preserved the photograph of the barn, we would not have had a history of this barn, with the windmill on the roof.  Thanks to William Muhlenkamp, and to all of the Mercer County farmers who are preserving the rural architectural heritage of Mercer County by having their farm buildings photographed, and for preserving those photographs in their homes.

 

 

 
 

~ Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. ~

~ 2015 Events at Mercer County Historical Museum ~

 

MISSION STATEMENT 

To Preserve Mercer County’s History & To Educate the Public about that History.

 

January ~ December, 2015:  Guided Tours and/or Research Requests by Appointment.

*Exhibits are at Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, 130 E. Market, Celina.

 

March 29, 2015, Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00, New Idea Corn Pickers and related NI Farm

Equipment Posters & photographs Exhibit, at the Mercer County Historical Museum. 

Former New Idea Employees are invited to share their stories of the Corn Pickers. 

Hosts:  The New Idea Historic Preservation Committee.

 

June 28, 2015 Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00.  35th Annual Prehistoric Artifacts Exhibit. 

Hosted by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors at Mercer County Historical Museum  lawn.

 

August 1 and 2, 2015, Saturday and Sunday, New Idea Farm Equipment & Antique Tractor

Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the north side of the Coldwater Community

Park.  Owners of NI Equipment and/or Antique Tractors are invited to join this Exhibit,

hosted by the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society.

 

September 13, 2015, Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00.   Children’s Treasure Hunt at The Museum.

Each child of any age will be given a list of specific items to find in the Museum.  Children today

have this opportunity to learn about their Great Grandparents’ way of life.  Grandparents

are invited to pass on their own Heritage of Stories to the young.  This is one place where

Grandparents are smarter than their Grandchildren.  Bring your cameras for good Memories.

 

October 25, 2015, Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00.  15th Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit: 

From .22 caliber to 82mm, military weapons from the Museum of the Soldier’s Collection.

Hosted by the Museum of the Soldier, Portland, Indiana, and Local Gun Collectors. 

Local Hunters are recognized, e, g, Lloyd “Buck” Bader’s heritage.

 

November 8, 2015, Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00.  Gas & Oil Wells & Landings on the Lake Exhibit. 

Post Cards, photographs, artifacts from the oil and/or gas derricks, written accounts of the Gas

and Oil Wells, including Post Cards of Grand Lake Landings and Amusement Parks, history of

Post Offices & Post Marks, and Trains & Depots for the 15th Annual Post Card Exhibit. 

We are seeking photographs and history of the Lake, including the Reservoir Post Office. 

 

December 7, 2015, Monday, 7:30 P.M.  Historical Society Members’ Meeting, Christmas party.

 

The New Idea Historic Preservation Committee will meet the fourth Wed., 7:00 P.M. at the

Coldwater Public Library:  Jan. 28, Mar. 25, Apr. 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Sept. 23 (Picnic at Park)

and Oct. 28, 2014.  [No meetings:  Feb., Aug., Nov. or Dec.]  Aug. 1-2, NI Exhibit, Coldwater Park.   

~ The new book, “New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders, Maria Stein &

 

Coldwater, Ohio,” is available for $15.00, plus $3.00 postage, or contact a NIHP Member. ~

 

*Thank you for remembering the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. 

with the Local Combined Drives and in your Estate Plans.  Thank you for looking to the future.*

 

-For Information:  "Our Old Bookcase," by Joyce L. Alig, histalig@bright.net, 419-678-2614,

 or Mercer County Historical Society, P.O. Box 512, Celina, OH 45822 .

Watch the Daily Standard, Photo Star News, Community Post, www.ParkwayIndependent.com

and www.celinaohio.org/news.php  Discover Celina; History of Celina for information.

 

Ohio Has Talent! 

Feb. 28, 2015 is the Ohio Has Talent! show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.

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

 

 
 
 
 

Genealogy Group to Meet

The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, February 1st, at 2:00  The speaker will be Executive Director of the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Pam Buschur.  The meeting  will held at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  It  is free and the public is welcome. An executive meeting will follow

 

Philothea Road Next Engineer Project

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that funding has been obtained from the Federal Highway Administration to make improvements to Philothea Road from SR 118 to Carthagena Road.  $909,275.20 in federal funds (predominantly federal gas user fee revenue) was obtained through a competitive application process. 

 

The project is set to be bid to contract in the first half of 2016.  The project will involve pavement widening and shoulder widening; as well as geometric improvements, all intended to improve the safety and usability of the roadway.  The total estimated cost for the improvement is $1,136,594 of which 20% will come from local county engineer funds and 80% will come from federal funds.

 

“This type of federal funding does not impact the federal debt.”  Wiechart said and added, “Philothea Road is an important east-west road in the southern part of Mercer County.  To be able to access these funds through this competitive program and to make these improvements will provide significant safety benefits to that area.  The public is welcome to provide any comments on the project related to, but not limited to the effect on local residents, the local economy, air quality, floodplains, ecological resources and historic or cultural resources.”

 

 

Bridge Inspections Completed

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 2014.

 “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 27-28, 2015
 

 
 
 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time !

The Parkway Girl scout Troop # 20677, would like to remind everyone of our annual Cookie Sales

Starting Jan 9 through March , 2015 .  There are 7 kinds of cookies this year @ $4.00 a box.  Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils , Do-si-dos, Tagalongs,

Savannah Smiles and Rah – Rah Raisins (Oatmeal cookie)

The proceeds from our Cookie Sales help fund the following: Camp & Troop expenses , Programs, and Service Projects.

Troop # 20677 will be using their proceeds to help fund their Service Project : Making gift bags for families that have a baby / babies in the Miami Valley Hospital NICU.

Thank you for your continued support of your local troops !

Michele Breese : Troop # 20677     419-363-3722

Jeanette Ford : Troop # 20663        419-733-9334

Lisa Sheppard : Troop # 20438        419-795-7437

 

 

Parkway School Board to Meet in Special Session

There will be a Special Board meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28 in the community room.  Purpose of the meeting is to pass a resolution to put the Income Tax Levy Renewal on the May ballot.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
 

Representative Jim Buchy Earns Cattlemen’s Industry Service Award

(MARYSVILLE, Ohio) – The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Representative Jim Buchy of the Ohio House District 84, the Industry Service Award at the OCA awards banquet held Jan. 24, 2015, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

OCA and Ohio’s Country Journal jointly sponsor this award to recognize Ohio’s top service providers for the beef industry. The award presentation featured a video of Representative Jim Buchy that was generously sponsored by Darke, Mercer and Shelby County Cattlemen’s Associations.

This award is presented to people who are not beef producers, but rather to an individual who contributes to the betterment of the cattle industry. Representative Jim Buchy started his career by serving his community through his family’s meat business in Greenville, Ohio. He was appointed to the Greenville Board of Education in 1980 and was elected to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives nine times between 1983 and 2000. Following his time in the House of Representatives, Jim became the Assistant Director at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In 2011, he returned to the statehouse to continue his work in representing agriculture.

He believes that agriculture is the base of our country’s success and has a heart for the beef industry. 

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to farm families that raise cattle. It serves as the voice and issues manager for all of Ohio’s beef cattle business including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the beef industry’s grassroots policy development organization and is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association strives to maintain profitability and growth of Ohio's beef industry, while providing consumers with safe and wholesome beef.

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE      Mercer County, Ohio Oil Co. & Marathon!

 

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

Photo caption:  The Ohio Oil Company’s Koch No. 10, in the Chattanooga Oil Fields, Mercer County, Ohio, in 1905.

 

Mercer County’s gas and oil wells had several oil companies drilling for oil, including Ohio Oil, Standard Oil and Marathon Oil Companies.  Western Ohio became noted for its gas and oil fields, soon after the great gas field had been developed at Findlay in 1885.  The 1885 Faurot Oil Well on the Paper Mill property impacted the future of Lima.  At Lima, in Allen County, the Standard Oil Company was planning to build a refinery, with Frank Rockefeller.  The Lima field soon rivaled the Pennsylvania field and the Standard Oil Company established headquarters at Lima.

 

The Ohio Oil Company was founded in northwestern Ohio in 1887.  In 1889, John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust purchased The Ohio Company.  In 1905, the Ohio Oil Company moved its headquarters from Lima to Findlay, Ohio.  The Ohio Company remained a part of Standard Oil until 1911, following the dissolution of the Standard Oil monopoly as a result of Teddy Roosevelt’s trust busting campaign. The Ohio Company began prospecting in other states.  In 1930, The Ohio Oil Company purchased the Transcontinental Oil Company, and assigned the Marathon” brand name.  In 1931, The Ohio Oil Company began its first international natural gas production in Mexico.  In 1962, the Ohio Oil Company changed its name to Marathon Oil Company.

 

In Mercer County, Ohio, one of the early Ohio Oil Company’s wells was put down on the Henry Juneman land, as noted in the June 10, 1896 “Mercer County Standard.”  The March 28, 1902 “Mercer County Standard,” listed “Wildcat wells now under Construction,” and noted that the Ohio Oil Company’s well on the Leistner farm did fifty barrels (per day).  The Ohio Oil Company’s advance well on the Byers farm, in section 30 in Blackcreek Township, showed for a five-barrel pumper.   The March 24, 1902 “Toledo Bee,” stated, “Leasors and oil men in general are surprised over the late well drilled by the Ohio Oil Company on the Pollock farm in Section 36, Ridge Township, Van Wert County.”  Other Oil Well Companies were drilling a number of Wildcat Test Wells.  At the turn of the Century, the business building boom was addressed in Celina, naming a new Main Street business, “adjoining the new Zay Building, on the east side of Main Street, across from the Courthouse.  Messrs. De Ford and Kenney intend to make their building modern in every detail.”  The business economic boom in Celina was complemented by the boom in new homes being constructed.

The Ohio Oil Company was still operating in Mercer County in 1905.  The photograph above was one of four 1905 photographs of Ohio Oil Company’s wells in the Chattanooga Oil Fields including Liberty and Blackcreek Townships.  The other three Ohio Oil Company photographs included H.R. Baker’s No. 1 well, C.W. Baker No. 4 well, and Dr. Bailey, No. 7 well.  The photographs were brought to the Mercer County Historical Society by William Now, in 1992.  He had purchased the photographs in the mid 1960’s at Frank Morrison’s sale.

During the short time that the Standard Oil Company owned The Ohio Oil Company, 1889-1911, they drilled in Mercer County.  The Standard Oil Company’s first wells were drilled in Mercer County in 1896.  The February 15, 1896 “Mercer County Standard,” wrote, “Two car loads of pipe were unloaded at the L.E. & W. [Lake Erie & Western Railroad] this week and the Standard Oil Company is pushing the work of connecting the Celina field with the Lima Pipe Line.”  By June, the newspaper reported that the “Standard Oil Company does not always acquaint the public with the output of its wells.”  By August, 1896, the Standard Oil Company had leased land east of Celina.  The July 22, 1899 newspaper reported on the Standard Oil Company’s wells in Center Township, including the James Nolan farm.

 

Thus, the Ohio Oil Company, Standard Oil Company, and Marathon Oil Company also played a major role in Mercer County’s history of the gas and oil wells in Northwestern Ohio.

 

 

COMMUNITY AEROBICS CLASSES HELD

Community Aerobics Classes are offered at St. John Lutheran Church (The Purple Door Church) in the Family Life Center at 1100 N. Main Street, Celina.  Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:15-7pm with instructor Diane Bonifas and on Monday & Wednesday mornings from 6-6:45am with instructor Marie McKirnan.  All classes are $3 each.

All denominations, ages and fitness levels are welcome.  Modifications offered to suit your needs.  High energy, low impact aerobics as well as strength training are offered.  Please bring mats and weights.

Fun, fitness and fellowship in a positive atmosphere!  For more information about this program, contact St. John Lutheran Church at 419/586-2332.

 

 

 
January 26, 2015
 

 
 

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey canceled the Level 1 Snow Alert for Unincorporated Areas of Mercer County
 at 8:28 AM on 12-26-2015. However, roads are still slick; please use caution.

Parkway Junior High Boys Basketball game at Ft. Loramie is cancelled for 1-26-2015.
However, the Junior High Girls game is still on at Spencerville.

 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, January 26, 2015
Slick conditions are reported due to a storm passing through.

Level 1 Snow Alert for Unincorporated Areas of Mercer County
Posted by Sheriff Grey at 7:54 PM on 12-25-2015

 

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Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees On January 24, 2015 During Game

Left to right. Mike Schumm, Roger Craft, Galen Schumm, Beth Hunziker Black

 

AND, 1980 Panther Basketball Players and Cheerleaders Reunite - Same Evening

Front row left, Kathy King Fisher, Karla Sidenbender Butler, Lori Sidenbender Likens, Lori Granger Davis

Back row, Steve Kuhn, Stu Painter, Roger Craft, Bruce Bollenbacher, Brent Baker, Rod Leighner, Jim Wann

 

 

IRS Scams Investigated by Mercer County Sheriff

Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office has received numerous complaints from citizens within the county about a possible IRS scam.  Sheriff Grey states that his office has been in contact with the IRS and found that the calls that the citizens have been receiving are in fact a SCAM.  The IRS informed the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office that their agency WILL NOT call or e-mail  a citizen without first sending a letter in the mail with a number for the citizen to call (if there is a problem with their taxes).  The IRS assured the Sheriff’s Office that they will never ask for money over the phone.

 

Sheriff Grey reminds citizens to never give out personal information or information about credit cards, bank accounts, financial accounts over the phone or agree to give money to the caller.

 

The IRS advised that this has become a nationwide issue and is not directly targeting Mercer County.  If you should receive one of these types of calls, you do one of the following.

 

1)       Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or www.tigta.com

2)       Contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-282-0515 or www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

3)       File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at http://frccomplaintassistant.gov, please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint

4)       Contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Detectives at 419-586-1450

 

 

Mercer Health Alters Visitor Restrictions due to Influenza

The state of Ohio is continuing to experience widespread influenza. At Mercer Health, we are seeing influenza patients in our outpatient areas, as well as patients that have been admitted for care and treatment related to influenza. As a precaution, we are continuing to limit visitors throughout Mercer Health including Mercer County Community Hospital and the Celina Community Medical Center (CCMC).

We continue to restrict all visitors under the age of 14.   We encourage those who are sick and need medical care to seek treatment.  However, if you are exhibiting signs of the cold or flu symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat) and ARE NOT seeking treatment, we kindly ask that you do not visit.

We continue to restrict visitors to protect our patients, especially those with compromised immune systems from further illness, protect visitors from exposure to influenza, and to help keep our staff healthy so we may continue to provide quality care for our patients.

These updated visiting restrictions will remain in place to protect our staff and community until the number of influenza cases in Mercer County and the surrounding areas decrease.

 

Flu Vaccines Still Available 

The Van Wert County Health Department would like to remind the public that is not too late to obtain a flu vaccine for this season’s influenza. Vaccination remains the best protection against the flu, its severity and potential serious complications. • If you have not received a flu shot this season and would like to obtain one: o Ages 6 months to 18 years and ages 65 and older may receive a flu shot at the Van Wert County Health Department. Please call 419-238-0808 extension 103 or 107 to schedule an appointment. o Ages 19-64 please visit a pharmacy to obtain a flu shot. Influenza is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your physician. Anti-viral medications are most effective when used early in the course of the disease. Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading influenza include hand washing; covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and staying home when sick until fever-free for 24 hours.

 

 

Rockford Village Administrator’s Report  & More Below

Jeff attended a meeting with other Mercer County Administrators.  Discussions regarded the revenue loss from the state over the last several years.  There is a way to increase revenues in the permissive registration fees for vehicles.  This is in ORC sections 450406 and 4504172 that the village has the ability to increase the fee by $5 for one section and $5 for the other sections.   The county also has the ability to enact this fee which would leave us with no additional funds.  We have approximately 1198 registration and at 85% would be an additional $10,000 for the village.   Council discussed and agreed that in order for the fees to come to Rockford, we need to act on these sections with legislation.  We will have 3 readings on each beginning at the next council meeting.  We need village money to stay in the village.

Click Here to read the latest and past Rockford Village Council News

Congratulations to John Dooley the Rockford Village Council President for 2015.

 

 

New Common Pleas Judge Martin Burchfield will be sworn in on Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 11: 00 am.   This ceremony will be held in the Common Pleas Courtroom, Courthouse, 3d Floor.

 

2015 Van Wert County OSU Extension AG DAY
Join us Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for our annual Van Wert County Ag Day with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. Incorporated into the day's programming is the 3-hour Fertilizer Certification Training that is needed by September 30, 2017 to obtain the certificate that will be required to obtain and spread fertilizer in the near future.  Guest speakers and subjects to be covered include Curtis Young and Harold Watters, OSU Van Wert County Extension Educator and OSU Agronomy Field Specialist, "Fertilizer Certification Training."; John Barker, OSU Knox County Extension Educator, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Toys or Tools for Agriculture"; Ed Lentz, OSU Hancock County Extension Educator, "Weeds of concern in crop production";  and Curtis Young, OSU Van Wert County Extension Educator, " So you are thinking of dropping your traited corn hybrids - some things to consider."  
A very informative day with Continental Breakfast and Lunch, plus meeting materials for only $15.00 with pre-registration.  $20.00 for walk-ins.  Ag Day will be held in the Jr. Fair Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Come early and browse our sponsor booths. Door prizes to be offered at the end of the meeting at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Register by calling the OSU Extension Van Wert County office at 419-238-1214. Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015.

 

 

 


 
LIMA POWWOW DATES ANNOUNCED

 

The 6th annual Lima “Honoring Our Native Heritage” Powwow, will be held February 21st and 22nd    2015 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. Head dancers are Justin Kwascigroh and Shawnee Waters. Brian Darst is the announcer, Shawn Reilly, the Head Veteran, and the Arena Director is Aaron Stevens

 

An auction of Native crafts, etc. donated by the vendors, will be held at 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 handmade 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-419-203-0377, padavis39@embarqmail.com or John Thompson, 419-587-3474. Vendor information call or E-mail Terri Brewster 419-648-9230, or dancing_fawn@watchtv.net

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
January 24-25, 2015
 

 
 
At 6:43 PM, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported slick road conditions and advises motorists to use caution while driving; Sunday evening , January 25, 2015
 

 

Band concert is cancelled for today, Sunday January 25, 2015 due to slick road conditions.

 

 

Rockford Carnegie Library News includes Classes, Tax Forms and Fax Fees

"Frozen" Fun is the family program scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Games, crafts and activities from the movie "Frozen" will be featured.  Everyone is invited to the fun.

     Shannon Painter-Carpenter is offering 8 different photography classes at the library and at the Java Nation in Celina.  For more information and the registration form go to the Rockford Library website:  www.rcpubliclibrary.org.  There are links on the first page about the classes and the enrollment form.

      The Board of Trustees is starting the search for a new trustee due to an opening on the Board.  If you are interested in supporting the library call Rozann (419-363-2630 at the library) or send a note to PO Box 330 Rockford, OH  45882.

      The library still has not received tax forms for 2014.  The IRS will not be sending booklets out this year, only the forms.  The forms can also be printed from the IRS website.

      The library trustees changed the fee for copies and faxes at the library.  The fees for copies are now $.10/page, $.25/page for colored copies and $.50/page to send a FAX to a toll number.  These fees are lower than what was previously charged.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 23, 2015
 

 
 

THIS SATURDAY WE WILL BE INDUCTING FOUR NEW MEMBERS INTO THE PARKWAY AHTLETIC HALL OF FAME.  GALEN SCHUMM, ROGER CRAFT, BETH (HUNZIKER) BLACK, AND MIKE SCHUMM WILL BE INDUCTED IN BETWEEN THE JV AND VARSITY GAMES VS BRADFORD. 

 

IC School Fifth Graders Complete DARE
Immaculate  Conception held the fifth grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation Friday January 9th at the church.  The principal Mrs.  Muhlenkamp welcomed everyone.  D.A.R.E. Officer  Deputy Sue Miller gave a brief recap of the last few weeks. D.A.R.E. Essay Winners reading their essays were David Kramer and Isiac Welling. The Honor students were Drake Krogman and  Brian Williams. They were presented medals purchased by the Mercer County D.A.R.E. Boosters.  The special speaker was Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey. He encouraged the students to ask for help when they need it. Each student successfully completing the D.A.R.E. program received a certificate and a shirt.  The program closed with Father Schnipke  blessing the students. The fifth grade teacher assisting with the program was Mrs. Reineke.  The mercer County D.A.R.E. program is a divison of the Mercer County Sheriff Office.

 

JORDAN THOMPSON NIGHT WILL BE JANUARY 31 AS THE BOYS  AND GIRLS TEAMS PLAY LINCOLNVIEW. JORDAN WILL BE HONORED AT HALFTIME OF THE BOYS VARSITY GAME.  AFTERWARDS JORDAN WILL BE IN THE COMMONS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS.

 

Celina Police and Mercer County Sheriff Make Arrest

Celina Police Chief Tom Wale and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey report the arrest of an individual, and suspected heroin and firearms seized.  On Tuesday January 21, the “HIT” (Heroin Interdiction Team) comprised of members from the Celina Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at 1014 Hemlock Street in Celina.  Arrested was 24 year old Steven Noggler who was staying at the residence on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.  After obtaining consent to search from the homeowner HIT members recovered drug paraphernalia, a pill bottle containing 25 capsules with suspected heroin residue inside, two handguns, and assorted ammunition.

 

Open Letter for Support of a New Project at Shanes Park
Rockford Community Days
P.O. Box 75, Rockford, OH  45882
Festival Dates ------ June 19-20-21, 2015 !

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Rockford Community Days is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to making a difference at Shanes Park!  Our current project is to help purchase and replace the old Shane Hall Building.   It’s had many years of use and has served us well, but it’s time for a new, cleaner, more efficient building. Your donation will help ensure years of enjoyment at Shanes Park.

We ask that you consider supporting our cause.  Your donation will be acknowledged in several ways.  A ‘thank you’ on our Rockford Community Days Facebook page and on our Supporter Banner that will be displayed during Community Days.

Rockford Community Days 2015 will feature  Shelby County Line and  Kill the Rabbit for your music entertainment. 
We will have our amazing annual Fireworks display on Friday night at 10 pm.  We will have inflatables for children’s entertainment.  We will also be having our 21st annual car show and cruise in, a quarter auction, a raffle, and many more events !   

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL!   PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING US IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WAYS :

1. A FINANCIAL DONATION
2. EVENT SPONSORSHIP – Friday night band and/or Saturday night band
3. QUARTER AUCTION ITEMS / RAFFLE ITEMS
4. FIREWORK DONATIONS
5. CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES
6. PARTICIATE IN OUR PARADE ON JUNE 20TH

Donation deadline:   March, 1st 2015 

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact:
Amy Joseph @ 419-953-7874  or Lisa Kuhn @ 419-363-3032 ext  1 or by email
amy.joseph@rockfordohio.org or lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org

Thank You for your past and continued support !  We can’t do it without out you ! 

Please mail donations to  Rockford Community Days, PO Box 75, Rockford, OH  45882 or drop off at the Village Office ~~ call us if you would like us to pick up a donation.   

 

 
 
 

Click Here for Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Cases Heard for January 2015

 

 
January 21-22, 2015
 

 
 

Looking for a few good Singers for an Easter Cantata

To:                      All Rockford Area Church Singers
What:                 Community Choir for Cantata
When:                Friday April 3, 2015 Good Friday Performance at the Parkway Auditorium in Rockford, Ohio
Time:                 7:00 PM
                           Cantata: Salvation's Story by Cliff Duren
Director:            Richard Sherrick

Contact:            Rockford United Methodist Church        419-363-3230 for information

We encourage church choirs, praise teams, and individual singers to join us for this chance to combine our voices
as we Praise and Worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

Community Choir 2015 Rehearsal Schedule

Wednesday, February 11 2015 at RUMC -                 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18 2015 at RUMC -                 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 22 2015 at RUMC -                        2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15 2015 at RUMC -                8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at RUMC -                      8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at RUMC -                    8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at RUMC -                           2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at RUMC -                   8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at RUMC -                   8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Parkway Auditorium -    2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Parkway Aud. -            7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
April 3, 2015 -Friday at Parkway Aud.                        7:00 p.m. Performance

 

New Art Classes – Wassenberg Art Center

New art classes are beginning at Wassenberg Art Center, 214 South Washington Street, Van Wert OH in February. The cost is$25–$70

Morning Watercolor Class: Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. – noon. Instructor: Pat Rayman. Persons are encouraged to sign up anytime and the class is sold in monthly increments. $35 for members/$40 for non-members.

Stained Glass Class: Make a “take-home, stained glass, I-did-that” project to be proud of. Thursdays, February 5–March 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. (Ages 15 and up) The six-week course, taught by Jerry Mazur will cover leading techniques, copper foiling, other items and costs $55 members/$60 non-members. 

Vine & Palette: Tuesday, February 3 from 6:30–9 p.m. The one-night, monthly event includes all painting materials and first glass of wine. Participants may bring a snack to share if desired. Cost is $30 for members/$35 for non-members.

Private Vine & Palettes can be designed for private or corporate parties and Pizza & Palette version is available for young people.

Acrylic Painting with Kathy Funderburg: February 10–March 3 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. (ages 15 and up) Basic and advanced instruction and techniques. Cost of this course is $35 members/$40 non-members. Materials fee $20 or you may provide your own.

Basic Pottery with Brandon Knott: February 11 – April 1 from 6–8 p.m. 8-week course (ages 15 and up). All areas of pottery will be covered by Brandon including, wheel, slab work and sculpture. To learn more about Brandon visit his website:www.itsknottpottery.com. Cost of this course is $65 members/$70 non-members. Materials included. 

To sign up for a class please call the art center at 419.238.6837

 

Annual Chamber Awards Banquet –Award Applications Being Accepted

The Annual Awards Banquet of the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, March 5th at Romer’s 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.     

This year’s guest speaker is Brian Blasko.  Brian has been entertaining and inspiring audiences as a professional speaker for more than 15 years focusing on helping others discover and maximize their own personal potential.  In his spare time he has written two books, Cruisin' through Life at 35 MPH and Sending Signals.  Known for his high-energy presentation, engaging style and infectious sense of humor, Brian is one of the most sought after speakers in the country today.

This year’s speaker is being sponsored by Second National Bank and Hot Brass
Personal Defense. 

Chamber awards applications are being taken at this time and must be in by February 7th.   The four awards are Business of the Year, Citizens of the Year, Humanitarian and Achievement Awards.  Award applications are available online at www.celinamercer.com on the scrolling bar in the middle of the screen. 

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.

 

Would you Like to become an Umpire?
The Midwest Buckeye Umpire's Association (Van Wert, OH) will be holding instructional classes for those interested in obtaining an OHSAA license to umpire high school baseball games for the 2015 season. Classes will begin on February 9th and will be held every Monday at 6:00PM at Van Wert High School until the conclusion of the course on March 23rd. Cost of the class is $135 which includes all instructional materials as well as local and state association dues for the 2015 season. If you have questions regarding the course or would like to register, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426 or ryanthompson2000@hotmail.com Registration deadline is February 1st. 

 

Benefit to be Held
There will be a benefit for Betty (Kline) O' Day on Saturday, February 7th at the Ohio City Community building. Betty was a resident of the Rockford Villa Apartments in recent decades, but was born and raised in the Village of Ohio City. She enjoyed making pot holders and giving them to friends and strangers with a smile on her face. Betty passed away on December 11th after battling vulvar cancer. The benefit is to cover funeral costs and to celebrate her life. 

To pay for expenses, we are having two gun raffles. We have 250 Mossburg 500 12 ga tickets and  250 Marlin 1894 45/ 70 tickets to be raffled off. All tickets need to be sold before the raffle. These tickets can be purchased for $10 a piece from Indiana & Ohio Firearm of Decatur, BHS Guns and Chuck and Deb's in Ohio City.

There is a pulled pork dinner that starts at 11:00 and a live auction that will proceed at 4:00. The band "Kill the Rabbit" will provide entertainment starting at 8:00. There is a suggested donation to see the band.

Monetary donations can be made to Den Herder Funeral Home: 419-399-2866

You for information or donations, please contact Scott Bigham at 419-953-9511

 

Back to Business

Of the 16 different high school career tech programs available at Vantage, 3 are specialized business programs. 

For the technologically creative and artistic student, the Interactive Media program offers exciting opportunities.  Students learn a combination of elements such as animation, sound, and computer-generated graphics used for purposes of entertainment, presentation, advertising, or public relations.  Careers in Interactive Media involve creating, designing, and producing interactive multimedia products and services, including websites, and the development of digitally-generated media used in business.  A new 3D printer enhances project creativity.  Students become skilled in manipulating images and information from a variety of sources including audio, video, still photos, animation, text, soundtracks and digital data using computer applications and visual and sound techniques.  Internet applications and website creation are also included in this program.         

Students interested in the Medical office field can get a head start in the Medical Office Management program, where they will learn business skills, office techniques, accounting, specific business software applications, medical terminology, abbreviations and Anatomy/Physiology.  Students develop skills in medical transcription, utilize medical coding, billing and accounting systems and procedures.  The demand is great for students with this educational background.

Interested in seeing how a computer and its systems work from the inside out?  The Network Systems program provides students the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art equipment while learning to make basic repairs, network management and troubleshooting within the system.  They design, build, install and repair complex computer network systems, develop programming skills for and apps game creation, and apply computer forensics and information security software to keep systems safe.   Some of the most recent technology they are using includes Google Glasses, Motion Capture, and Oculus Rift Virtual 3D Reality.  Other areas of study also include programming, computer architecture and forensics, information and network security, workstation management and business applications.

If you want to find out about career opportunities in any of these fields or have questions about the Business programs at Vantage, please call Mike Knott, Student Services Supervisor at 419-238-5411 ext. 2032 or email him at knott.m@vantagecareercenter.com.

The annual Open House will be held Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 from 5 – 7:30 pm.
  If you haven't been to the new school yet, this is your chance!  Tour the building, see the labs, check out the new equipment, talk to the staff and students.  Do you have a sophomore who's interested in attending Vantage?  There will be a Parent Information Session in the Community Room @ 6 pm to help answer questions you may have.  Interested in going back to school yourself? Adult Education/Ohio Technical Center representatives will also be there to answer questions about Vantage Adult Ed classes.  No time to cook?   Help support school-wide student activities by eating dinner @ Vantage.  
This year, several local eating establishments will be set up in the Commons and have sample size portions of food for you to try. We're calling it “A Taste of Vantage”!  Mark it on your calendars for Monday, February 9, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Tickets for the Taste of Vantage will be available at the door for just $5 for 6 tickets.  Enjoy some tasty treats from Fricker’s, Baked to Perfection, Puckerbrush Pizza, Main Street Market (Ottoville), Remedy Sports Bar & Grille, and Paulding Dairy Queen.  It's gonna be a great night - You won't want to miss it!

CAPTION:

            Vantage Network Systems seniors demonstrate Oculus Rift Virtual 3D Reality to a student at the Global IT Club at Rhodes State College in recognition of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code.

 

The next meeting of the Rockford Area Development Corporation is scheduled for Monday, January 26th at 7:30 in the library basement. 

 

 

Ike Coate to Address Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

“An Army Marches on its Stomach”

 

Ike Coate, President of the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable, will address the January 22 meeting of the group. His remarks will explore a variety of issues related to the care and feeding of Civil War Soldiers. The meeting is held in Room 186 - Andrews Hall,  Wright State University – Lake Campus, in Celina. Meeting begins at 7:15 PM 

Coate is considered an expert on the Civil War, as he has traveled extensively visiting war related sites, from the famous ones to the more obscure. Roundtable programs are free and open to the public.

Just feeding tens of thousands of troops every day was difficult enough…now consider units in the field with transportation and security issues of a long supply line. All of this is compounded by the need to provide forage for the draft animals.

 

Food prep had to be simple to feed so many mouths. Storage was neither convenient nor effective; spoilage and waste added to the woes.

 

Mr. Coate will discuss the hardships endured by the common soldiers.  Soldiers writing home frequently mentioned bad food as part of their war experience. 

 

 

 
 

 
January 20, 2015
 

 
 
 

Winter Homecoming at Parkway
The Panthers took on the Ft. Recovery Indians on Homecoming Night, January 16, 2015. Nikki Fox caught all the action. Left to right are attendants and Queen Terra:  Junior Jasmine Forman, Senior Cassi Kuhn, Queen Terra Walls, Senior Brenna Brazle, Sophomore Megan Christine, Freshman Miranda Rae Haynes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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They're BACK! 
CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES
"THE LAST (POTLUCK) SUPPER"

Along with presenter, US Bank on Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 & 7:30 PM, NPAC will travel back to 1979 with those Church Basement Ladies in the Last Potluck Supper!

 

STEP UP TO PURE
ENTERTAINMENT!
THE STEPCREW

Presented by Vancrest Healthcare Centers, The StepCrew fills the NPAC stage with excitement and energy on April 14 at 7:30 PM as they perform Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley Stepdancing, and Modern Tap. Six dynamic performers excel in traditional forms of dance and create brand new, modern fusions of all three styles.

 

 

Men’s Prostate Cancer Group to Review Treatment Side Effects

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 some common side effects following prostate cancer treatment will be reviewed along with treatment options for these side effects.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, January 20th in Conference Room 3 at the Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

McAlhaney and Linn Families Celebrate Baby Boy's Arrival - Click Here for all his details

 

 

 
 

 
January 17-19, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday the 19th

 

 
 

Henkle Insurance Honored by Motorists Mutual for 50 Year Mark

Henkle Insurance Agency recently received a 50 year plaque from the  Motorists Mutual Representative Dan Sherran.  Dan Henkle started the agency back in November of 1964 marking this year as their 50th year with Motorists Mutual based out of Columbus, Ohio.
Henkle Insurance Agency has been serving the Rockford Communities Insurance needs for 50 years. The agency has now reached to three generations in the family when Joel and Jordan Henkle joined their father Todd and grandfather Dan in the office. Stop in their Rockford location to get a free quote today on your auto, home, farm, life, annuity, and commercial needs. 

 

Photography Sessions Being Offered by Local Art Teacher

Have you been wanting to learn more about your digital camera or your SmartPhone camera? How about taking great shots, editing photos, organizing them and even ordering online?

Shannon Painter-Carpenter, experienced art teacher from Marion Local and current Parkway teacher is offering Photography Classes January through March 2015 both at the  Rockford Carnegie Library in Rockford and  Java Nation in Celina. Each session will last 60-90 minutes with each class being only one session. Cost of each session is $20 or 3 for $50, 6 for $100 or 8 for $130.

A complete printable listing of all sessions and dates can be read by clicking here.
1-19-2015

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Congratulations to Winner Author Jacqueline Franklin

Onetime resident of Mercer County, Jacqueline M. Franklin, daughter of the late, Darlene (Eddie) & Dorothy Bollenbacher, was recently honored by worldwide writing organization, FanStory. She will receive a trophy for 5th place out of 221 novelists, for 2014, gaining her worldwide recognition. Among her other awards are ‘Recognition’ and ‘All Time Best’ for her short stories and poetry. She also took 1st place in the ‘Book of the Month’ for December. Jacqueline recently self-published, ‘A Penny For Your Thoughts,’ available at amazon.com. She has written seven novels. This year she will begin to self-publish them, her short stories, and poetry. You may follow her blog @ www.novelsbyjaxandotherstuff.blogspot.com

Jacqueline still has many ties to Mercer County with three living aunts, Barbara (the late Bob) High, Betty (the late Jiggs) Bollenbacher, and Gretchen (the late Ford) Bollenbacher, as well as many cousins.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Rural By Choice Interview Team

On Thursday, Lincolnview FFA Ag Business students took advantage of Van Wert County Economic Development initiative Rural by Choice.  Last month, the RBC team visited Lincolnview and Crestview Jr. High Students to introduce the question of “Why not here?”  The team set out to engage local students with concepts of staying in Van Wert after high school or returning to Van Wert County after college.  The RBC team also broached the idea of the resume building, interviewing, and other ways the local community could get involved in the discussion with our youth about making Van Wert a competitive consideration in their future plans.  

Krista Seibert, Agricultural Education Instructor & FFA Advisor at Lincolnview High School contacted Economic Development Director, Sarah Smith, as she had a plan to rotate her eleven FFA, Ag Business Students through mock interviews after their completion of a three week educational block on the interviewing process and executing sound interviews.  Seibert explained that she wanted to give the kids a more realistic experience from someone they weren’t familiar with and someone who had experience with the process and in the field. 

Rural by Choice team members CW Harting III (Harting Farms, Convoy) and Gary Moser (Roanna Farms, Convoy) were both called in for the cause and the Lincolnview students rose to the occasion.  Smith had economic developer and author, Mark Lautman in town from Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2015 County ED Kickoff later that afternoon and they had a chance to stop in at the school and see the process.  “He had the poise of a college kid,” Lautman commented on one of the Lincolnview Juniors on his completion of the process, “I am really impressed with the Van Wert youth.”   Harting and Moser both echoed Lautman’s observation and it sends a positive message to our employers that the workforce IS coming.  “Seeing kids excited about the process, having local business owners involved in their development, and having  educators like Seibert show that Van Wert County is making moves in the right direction to connect the necessary players to give our county a competitive edge toward growth,”  added Smith. 

If you are interested in participating in Rural by Choice, have ideas for the program, or would like the RBC team to present, please contact the Van Wert County Economic Development Office 419-238-6159. 

 

 
 

Parkway Middle School Honor Roll ~ End of 2nd Quarter 2014-2015 – Click Here for their names!

 
 


OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Photo caption:  Sister Cecilia Huber, Cincinnati, is a famous citizen from Saint Sebastian.|

Frequently when persons leave Mercer County, we who stay behind fail to realize the extent of their contributions to our country, our state and our community.  One such person is Sister Cecilia Huber, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Brown County, Ohio, and a composer, college teacher, and writer. Sister Cecilia was born at the crossroads of St. Sebastian, a parish near Chickasaw, Ohio in 1931.  She lived her early life next to the church at St. Sebastian, with her parents, Urban and Marian Huber, and her four brothers and three sisters.  Her father recognized her musical abilities and provided music lessons with a special teacher on the upright piano he had purchased for five dollars.

Sister Cecilia attended the one-room school located about a mile from St. Sebastian Church, and began High School at St. Johns, in nearby Maria Stein.  A local priest evidently noticed her exceptional music abilities and suggested that she attend the Ursuline Academy and Boarding School at St. Martin, Ohio, about a hundred miles south of Mercer County.  After graduation, she returned to Mercer County working as a nanny and also at the Bair Pharmacy in Celina.  However, she experienced the call to consider her future life as an Ursuline Nun.  She returned the following year to St. Martin and began her multi-year preparation to become a professed Ursuline Nun, which she did in 1956.  She earned her Bachelor Degree from Mt. St. Joseph University, and Master’s from College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. 

The Ursuline community had a long history in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, having established their boarding school at St. Martin in 1845 and specialized in the education of young women at several schools in the Cincinnati area.

Sister Cecilia shares her experiences in a new publication, “Led by an Invisible Hand,” which recounts her life as a nun.  And what a life it was!  For ten years, she taught music at the Ursuline Boarding School.  Another ten years she taught English, music, and religion at the Oak Street Ursuline Academy, in Cincinnati and for nine years at the Blue Ash campus of the Ursuline Academy.   The book, “Led by an Invisible Hand”  is available from the Ursulines of Brown County, 20860 Ohio 251, Fayetteville, OH 45118.

She then went to St. Marys, Alaska and taught Inuit (Eskimo) children for six years.  Next she returned to the Blue Ash campus in suburban Cincinnati for ten additional years.  She also served as Superior of her community of Ursuline Nuns for six years.  Her office is filled with books centered around her computer.  On one of the shelves is a twelve inch stack of published religious and liturgical music that she has composed.  She also published books, “Quyana,” the story of her Alaskan adventures  and “Christmas Wonder,” a musical book of songs. She now teaches music at Chatfield College in Brown County and serves as a music consultant to her religious community.  At present, Sister Cecilia is anticipating the collaboration with the granddaughter of her CCM Professor, Madame Olga Conus, on a book about how she and her husband came to the U.S. during the Russian Revolution.

Sister Cecilia is one of those special Mercer County natives who succeeded as an educator, a music composer and writer.  She became an acclaimed pianist and noted administrator in her progressive religious community.  She never lost her love of nature and respect for rural life, a trait she developed in Mercer County.  Her enthusiastic and ready smile clearly indicates the peace she has found in her vocation as an Ursuline for more than sixty years.   A thank you goes to Allen Bernard who interviewed Sister Cecilia and shared this story of her life.

 

 

 

 

 
January 16, 2015
 

 
 

Lady Panthers Spaghetti Dinner

Chris Weirrick, Varsity Girls Coach, announces the Lady Panthers basketball team is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, January 16th prior to the boys Homecoming basketball game. Dinners can be picked up from 4-6:30 in the cafeteria. Dinner includes spaghetti, two bread sticks, coleslaw, cookies and a drink. Tickets are $7.00 each and are available at the High School office or from any player and coach. They are also available at the Coldwater North branch of Mercer Landmark. All proceeds from the ticket sales go to benefit the Lady Panther Basketball program. 

 

Frozen Fog in Rockford
Photos by Todd Henkle – Thanks for sharing!

Resident of Rockford and surrounding areas woke to a beautiful landscape on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 when a condition known as Frozen Fog, commonly called Freezing  Fog or Rime consists of water droplets that freeze upon contact with objects they encounter, forming a layer of thin ice or rime. This happens because the water is supercooled: its temperature is below normal freezing point, but it has remained liquid. The phenomenon differs from ice fog, which is made up of tiny particles of ice. Many regions of the world can experience freezing fog, especially during the winter months, when the air temperature can drop below freezing, creating the conditions necessary to create supercooled water droplets.

Fog normally forms where there is cold air over a relatively warm, moist surface, such as a lake, wet ground or moist soil. Freezing fog forms when the air temperature is below freezing point — 32°F (0°C). Strange as it may seem, water does not always freeze at the same temperature at which ice melts. It will do so if it is in contact with something solid: this could be a surface or container. In the case of a suspended droplet, a “freezing nucleus” — usually a tiny ice crystal — is required, unless the air temperature is very low.

Between 32°F (0°C) and 5°F (-15°C) the suspended water droplets that make up fog, or a cloud, are normally in a supercooled state. They remain liquid because there is nothing for ice to crystallize around, but on touching anything solid, they will immediately freeze. Surfaces exposed to freezing fog therefore quickly become coated with ice.

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Patrol’s Sergeant Grigsby promoted to Lieutenant at the Van Wert Post

 

COLUMBUS – Sgt. Timothy P. Grigsby was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, January 13, 2015, by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy.  Lt. Grigsby will transfer from his current assignment at the Lima Post to serve as post commander of the Van Wert Post.

Sgt. Grigsby began his Patrol career in June 2005 as a member of the 145th Academy Class. He earned his commission in January the following year and was assigned to the Lima Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 2009 and 2010. While at the Lima Post, he also earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement in 2007 and 2009. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Van Wert Post to serve as an assistant post commander. In 2012, he returned to his most recent assignment at the Lima Post.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.

 

 
 
 
Mercer County Engineer James Wiechart Posts Annual Report 2014
Click Here to to read facts and figures about road and bridge repairs, widening work, expenses, snow removal, the new Engineer's Complex on Mud Pike and more.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 15, 2015
 

 
 
 
Shane Hill Program Enjoyed by Residents
Roberta LePage's Piano Students Entertain

 

On December 30, the students of Roberta LePage shared a Christmas program with the residents of Shane Hill.  The students who played are:  Treya Conn (daughter of Trevelin Conn), Madalyn Heindel (daughter of Tom & Shannon Heindel), Brooke Stephenson (daughter of Luke Stephenson and Angie Stephenson), Clare Krogman (daughter of Dave & Marcia Krogman), Corban Rich (son of Doug & Jennifer Rich), Hutch and Gwyneth Ridenour (son and daughter of John & Tricia Ridenour), and Coby Jones (son of Mike & Shawn Jones).  The audience enjoyed all the songs, and even sang along with several of them. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 14, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 
 

Charity Auction
St John Lutheran Church Youth Group has their annual Charity Auction on Sunday, January 25th at 2:00PM at the Church’s Family Life Center. 

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 funiture, household items, collectables, gift certificates for local services, restuarents, and department stores and much more.  Tom & Eric Robbins will be our auctioneers. Also there is a lunch stand serving delicious home made food including sandwiches and pie.  Thrivent (a fraternal Lutheran organization) is also supporting the auction. Everyone in the community is welcome to come and join in the fun. 

 


Picture: 2014 Mission Trip to Maysville KY.

 

Rockford Police Department and Area Businesses Support Upcoming Officer Phil Program at Parkway Schools
by Kelsey Mersing of
Creative Safety Products

The Officer Phil Program is delighted to present their 2014-2015 programs to Parkway Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015. With the Rockford Police Department’s participation, the Officer Phil Program will emphasize some important topics. Since the program is adapted for elementary grade students, the lessons will be taught in a fun, entertaining way. Much to the children’s enjoyment, one of Officer Phil’s Pals, Turbo the Turtle, will be there to help teach the lessons.

The program begins with an introduction of the Rockford Police Officers in attendance. It is important for the children to know that officers are friendly, approachable, and work to keep them safe every day.  They are always around to help the children if they need it.

The children’s attention will easily be attained starting with the first magic trick. This trick gets the children focused and reinforces some important program “rules”: no talking, paying attention, laughing, learning and having fun.

Once the Edu-tainer has their attention, the children are asked to recall some safety rules that they use at home, at school, or out and about. The Edu-tainer shares his ideas regarding bus safety, car safety, and internet safety. Each idea is represented by a light which is tossed into a magic bag. The children volunteer to “toss” up some of their ideas and the Edu-tainer magically catches them and places them into the bag as well.  With the last toss all the “bright ideas” light up the bag. The children love this visual as they can see their safety rules being shared with the audience.            

Stranger Awareness is covered each year and this year’s lesson is illustrated by “blending” four different colored scarves together. For this illustration, each scarf represents a safety rule to remember when dealing with strangers. Blue=Don’t Go: Strangers can be in person or online. If you don’t know them, don’t go with them. Red=Run: If a stranger wants you to go with them, run away and get to a safe place with other grownups as fast as you can. Yellow=Yell: While you run away, yell “stranger” or “stranger danger”. If others see you, that will help scare the stranger away. Green=Tell: As soon as you are safe, tell a grownup you know what happened. When the scarves are put together, they are magically blended to form one scarf just as these rules will all come together to form one rule that will keep you safe if a stranger bothers you: DON’T GO, RUN, YELL, and TELL a grownup what happened.  

This year the Officer Phil Program will also talk about the value of respect. As the Edu-tainer pulls rabbits from a hat, the children are reminded that, like the rabbits, they are all different. They do not all act the same, dress the same, or look the same. But even though they are all different, they can still work together to help each other be the best they can be. The Edu-tainer will emphasize that they should treat others the way they want to be treated and show respect for their peers, families, teachers, the police, and most important, show respect for themselves.

As mentioned earlier, Officer Phil’s Special Pal this year is Turbo the Turtle. Turbo will be welcomed with great enthusiasm. He will talk to the children about making healthy choices such as eating right, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting enough rest. Turbo loves to skateboard so he reinforces the importance of wearing a helmet, too. Last, Turbo will address the issue of bullying. Since Turbo acts different, he understands the importance of accepting each other’s differences. He wants the children to know that if they are being bullied or know someone who is being bullied that it is okay to talk to a grownup they know about the situation or how they feel, like a teacher, a family member, or even a police officer. The police officers are always there to help keep them safe.

The final review of all the safety lessons learned will happen at the end of the program when the children participate in a trivia game. The children will be divided into two teams. They will be given different scenarios and asked to think about the lessons they learned during the assembly. Together the children will have lots of fun coming up with the right answers. The program will close with Turbo saying goodbye to the students and thanking everyone in attendance that made this safety assembly possible including the officers and teachers. The Rockford Police Department and The Officer Phil Program also would like to thank all of the businesses in the community who participate in the program.

As a post assembly activity for a job well done, teachers, parents and children will be encouraged to go to the website officerphil.com and request additional materials. There are some supplemental materials and other fun things that will reinforce the lessons taught in the program and in the activity books the children receive after the program.  If you would like more information about having the Officer Phil Program visit your local schools please contact Creative Safety Products by email at customerservice@officerphil.com or by phone at 1-888-825-7445.

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Municipal Tax Reform Cuts Red Tape, Grows Economy

Of the many steps we have taken to improve Ohio’s economic situation, our latest effort involved making serious reforms to the way municipalities collect income taxes. House Bill 5, which passed the legislature at the end of the previous General Assembly, was signed by the governor and will go into effect this spring. The new approach to municipal income tax collection is paving the way for economic growth and more jobs for Ohioans.

Under the previous tax structure, around 600 different municipalities utilized more than 300 different tax forms to file and process their municipal income tax. Complications from this system created numerous obstacles for business, often requiring them to spend more time and money on preparing the tax forms than the actual tax levied against the business.

This situation illustrates a perfect example of how government can obstruct economic growth and job creation. It also shows how leaders can identify and solve these complex problems for the betterment of all.

The legislature took the appropriate steps to remedy this problem by creating uniform due dates, withholding requirements, and procedures for audits and appeals. All of this simplifies navigation of the municipal income tax system for employers, letting them do what they do best—grow and create more jobs.

This legislation also makes Ohio more competitive in relation to neighboring states. Businesses looking to relocate to Ohio or expand their operations into the state were deterred from coming by the significant flaws of the system. Now, simplification of our tax system will provide even more incentives to bring jobs back inside Ohio’s borders.

Under the leadership of Governor Kasich we are working to improve the climate for job growth in Ohio.  These reforms make substantial improvements and progress to grow our economy and put people back to work. We will continue to cut red tape and get government out of the way of business growth and development.

 

 

 
January 13, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Tuesday, January 13, 2015

 
 

Parkway Junior High Girls Basketball Team will play at Spencerville on January 26th at 5 PM
(Make-up game from January 8th cancellation)

 
 

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP
6 Week Series Begins January 15th


VAN WERT, OHIO — Van Wert County Hospital will offer _Active
Parenting Now! _A free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The
six-session video and discussion program will be held on Thursday evenings.
Beginning January 15th for 6 weeks, each session will be held in the
hospital’s conference room B&C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital
is located at 1250 S. Washington Street.

This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio
Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children's Trust Fund
(OCTF) is to take a leadership role and be a catalyst in preventing child
abuse and neglect in Ohio.

For more information about this class, visit http://www.vanwerthospital.org  Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8672.

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 12, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed for Monday, January 12, 2015

At 4:43 AM, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported slick road conditions and advises motorists to use caution while driving; Monday Morning , January 12, 2015

 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Monday, January 12, 2015
Icy conditions are reported due to a storm passing through.

Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 10-11, 2015
 

 
 
 

At 6:18 PM, Mercer county Sheriff Jeff Grey reported slick road conditions and advises motorists to use caution while driving; Sunday Evening , January 11, 2015

 
 
 
 

Blind Date Band to Perform Tribute Concert on January 10

Take a trip down memory lane at the Rockford Belle on Saturday, January 10, 2015 as local band “Blind Date” delivers a performance reminiscent of bygone years with their expansive range of music. A tribute concert highlighting music by Neil Diamond, Glen Campbell, and Johnny Rivers will start at 7 pm with doors open at 6 pm. The band will also perform Gospel and many Patriotic songs. Soloist Shannon Wagner will make a return visit to open for the event. A free-will offering is accepted.  The public is invited to attend the entertainment venue at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH. 

Re-live the experience of 60’s/70’s music when “Blind Date” revs up the night with featured five-piece band members: Dan Schoen, Rick Temple, Mike Bruns, Kent Krogman, and newest addition from Chicago - John Lessick. Band members have been around! They have the experience to take you back to a time when the greatest bands made music; a time of music that offered songs you could sing along with, and dance to, and music you fell in love with.  The Belle welcomes the band back and invites all listeners who have enjoyed “Blind Date” outdoor performances during the annual Sock Hop & Cruise-In held in Rockford.


Parkway Local School District music teacher and vocalist, Shannon Wagner, plans to open the event and entertain by singing hits by various female artists such as Carrie Underwood, Anne Murray, Donna Summer and Adelle.

Wagner has performed for the last 9 years at the annual Rockford Lions Club Variety Show, headlined with Paula Linn for the 100th year anniversary of the Chatt Picnic, and was invited to sing “Our National Anthem” at Eldora for Monster Jam and the World 100 this year.
  
Shannon is now in her 10th year of teaching at Parkway and is the K-8 music and choir director. New adventures abound for her and the students she teaches! This fall, she directed the first Middle School Musical, "Into the Woods, Jr.” She also took her Middle School choir to the Komet Hockey game where they sang "Our National Anthem."

Prior to teaching music to Middle School students, Wagner  taught High School Choir, Show Choir (Karizzma) and Chamber Choir. She directed seven musicals: Into the Woods (full version), Music Man, Once Upon a Mattress, M*A*S*H, Wonka, Cheaper by the Dozen, and The King and I.

Wagner is happily married to her husband, Andy, for 11 years. She has two daughters and three sons.

Mark your calendars for January 10 and rekindle bygone memories when Blind Date Band and Shannon Wagner perform at the Rockford Belle! For more information call Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.

 
 
 

Funeral Arrangements for Forest "Woody" Roebuck at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home are now posted - Click Here

 
 

 
January 9, 2015
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a two hour delay for Friday, January 9, 2015

 
 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING  ~ January 13, 2015 - 6:45 PM
AND Organizational Meeting at 6:30 PM
Click Here for the Agendas from Superintendent  Puthoff

 
 

The Parkway JH Boys Basketball game at Versailles has been rescheduled for Monday, February 2 at 5 PM.

 

Girls - Step Into Your Future!

 

If you know a 7th or 8th grade girl living within the Vantage district, show them this article!

Vantage is hosting a really cool, hands-on adventure for girls in the 7th and 8th grade on Saturday morning, January 31, 2015 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Spend the morning at Vantage having fun and learning some new skills.

Learn how to weld together pieces of metal to create a beautiful dragonfly sculpture in the Welding lab.  Use a tape measure, drill, hammer, and nails in the Carpentry lab to build a stepstool.  Check out the latest GPS technology in the Ag lab.  Be one of the lucky ones to try on Google glasses, 3D virtual reality, and motion capture in the Network Systems lab.  A light breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt are provided AND you get to take home everything you create!  Best of all, it’s FREE!

To register, go to the Vantage website – www.vantagecareercenter.com – and click on the pink “Step Into Your Future” footsteps, or you can email your information to klinger.a@vantagecareercenter.com.

HURRY – space is limited to the first 40 students who register by January 23, 2015.

 

CAPTION:

Pictured are some of the 2013 participants from “Step Into Your Future” with their metalwork pieces.

 

 
 
 

 
January 8, 2015
 

 

At 8:46 PM on January 8, the Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey issued a Level One Snow Alert
for all unincorporated areas of the County.
Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
Use extreme caution while driving.

 

 

 

Parkway Schools went on a two hour delay for Thursday, January 8, 2015
then cancelled due to wind chill warnings in the area.
The temperature was -4 early this morning, and remains at -2 midmorning.
The wind chill was reported at -21.

Junior High Boys and Girls Basketball Games are cancelled for Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Boys JV and Varsity Basketball team will practice from 3PM to 5PM on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

All grades 3-6 basketball practices are cancelled for Thursday, January 8, 2015.

 

Parkway Schools announces a two hour delay
for Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to predicted low wind chill factors.
Thank you to Chatt Insurance, our Weather Sponsor!

 

Grand Lake Patriots Cancel Meeting Due to Weather

The Grand Lake Patriots’ general meeting that was planned for tomorrow (Thursday, January 8) is being cancelled due to the prediction of foul weather conditions. We hope to reschedule the editor/owner of The Daily Standard, Frank Snyder, to speak at another monthly meeting.

 

The group’s February meeting will feature Shawn Meyer, senior pastor of Aletheia Christian Church in Celina, who will speak on the topic of pastoral freedom of speech from the pulpit.  Further details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

 

 Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Athletic Hall of Fame Induction to be held
between JV & Varsity Boys Basketball games versus Bradford

Additional Inductee Added to List  of Three to Receive
Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame

BETH (HUNZIKER) BLACK to be Inducted as 4th Recipient

 

Beth (Hunziker) Black

Class of 1991

Beth earned four varsity letters in Basketball.  The Girls Basketball program recorded 63 wins during her four year career.  Beth led the 1989-90 and 1990-91 teams to a Sectional Championship in Basketball.  She currently holds many school records in Basketball at Parkway High School.  Beth is currently the All-Time scoring leader with 1,547 points.  She is also the leader in career three point field goals made with 75 and threes made in a season with 47 her freshmen year.  Beth holds the school record for steals in a career with 339.  She recorded 12 steals in a game which is also a record at Parkway.  Beth is currently the career leader in points per game (17.5), offensive rebounds in a career (318), and field goals made in a season (179).   She is the current career leader in free throws made with 228, and free throws attempted with 370.   Beth currently ranks ninth in career scoring in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

 

Three New Members Chosen for Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame
THE PARKWAY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE MET AND HAS ELECTED THREE NEW MEMBERS. 

THE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015 INCLUDES MIKE SCHUMM, GALEN SCHUMM, AND ROGER CRAFT.  

THE HALL OF FAME CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN BETWEEN THE JV AND VARSITY BOYS GAME ON JANUARY 24TH. 

The public is invited to this event.

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

 

 

 
 

 
January 7, 2015
 

 
 

Parkway Schools announces a two hour delay
for Wednesday, January 7, 2015 due to predicted low wind chill factors.

 
 

Preventing Falls This Winter

Did you know that falls are the number one cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among people 65 and older? Many of us did not worry about the risk of falling when we were young. We knew that if we fell, we’d get up with the assumption that the aches and pains were temporary.

But for those of us at a higher risk, such as elders, pregnant women, or those already suffering from a previous injury, a fall can be a life-altering event.

For seniors like me, the effects of a fall can take away our independence in our everyday lives. It can cause us to suffer in our physical and emotional health. Seeing as this problem not only affects the individual, but those around them as well, fall prevention should be a group effort. Individuals, families and businesses alike all need to do what we can to lower the risk of falls at home and in public places.

The simplest step one can take is to know which risk factors to look for. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that fall risks include advanced age, history of previous falls, muscle weakness, gait and balance problems, poor vision, chronic medical conditions like arthritis, and fear of falling. Others include obstacles and tripping hazards, slippery or uneven surfaces, lack of stair handrails, dim lighting or glare, lack of bathroom grab bars, use of certain medications, and improper use of assistive devices like walkers or canes.

Specific steps managers of public buildings can consider include putting signs up to warn customers about areas in their store that are more susceptible to falls and to make sure that there are no obstructions in the aisles that people could trip on. Outside the building, managers should consider making sure that the entrance is free of ice and snow so that people don’t slip on the way in. Business owners should consider advising employees to always make sure that they offer help to customers, especially to the elderly or disabled customers.

However, the responsibility of prevention does not only lie with business owners or caregivers, but the individual at risk as well.

You can work to prevent falls by following some simple, common-sense steps. Some of these steps include getting hearing and vision checks each year, removing fall hazards around your living space, and letting someone know if you do fall. Even if you’re not hurt, it’s important to tell someone, especially an employee if you’re in a store, so they can correct the problem. To learn more about preventing falls you can visit