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December 1, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Alumni Music Night at Parkway Coming Fast – Join Now!

The 2016 Alumni Music Night at Parkway will be Saturday December 17th. The alumni pep band, directed by Mr. Sherrick, will rehearse from 4:00-5:30. The alumni choir-who will be singing the Star Spangled Banner-and directed by Mrs. Wagner, will practice immediately following the pep band rehearsal. All alumni band and choir members are invited to take part in a carry in that evening.

All former Parkway, Rockford, Willshire and Mendon band and choir members are invited to participate in the alumni groups. Also invited to participate are those living in the Parkway district who were members of another school's band or choir. If you would like to be a member of or have questions about the alumni pep band, you may contact Paula Linn at 88keys@bright.net. If you would like to be a member of or have questions about the alumni choir, you may contact Mrs. Wagner at wagners@parkwayschools.org.                                                            
Pep band members: If you'd like your music before December 17th, it will be available starting Monday December 5th and will be in a box  next to the sink in the band room. The best time to pick the music up would be Monday-Friday after school.          

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 30, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
Parkway Middle School Winter Sports pictures and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the rest of the Junior High pictures and schedules!

 

Click Here for the Junior High Basketball Schedule

7th Grade Boys Basketball

 
 
 

Calling All Music Boosters Concession Stand Workers
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Parkway High School Winter Sports pictures and Schedules Posted by Nikki Fox and Lisa Miller
Click Here to see the rest of the High School pictures and schedules!

Click Here for the Varsity and JV Basketball Schedule

Varsity Boys Basketball

 
 
 

 
November 29, 2016

 

 
 

Shanes Aerie 1292 Fraternal Order of Eagles
Celebrate 110th Birthday of Charter in Rockford
The members of the Shanes Aerie 1292 Fraternal Order of Eagles are looking forward to a big birthday ~ their 110th of their Charter in Rockford on December 20, 2016.

In 1906, the Order of the Good Fellows, Seattle, WA, as it was originally called, was 8 years old at the time and chartering new member clubs around the USA. They became the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Rockford men decided to form their own club. The Charter was provided, signed, sealed, custom framed and installed at the first location on the East side of Main Street in the old DP & L building which now houses Kid’s Tree House and Jessica’s Consignment Shop. The men met upstairs and 68 names were on the original charter.

According to Tom Myers, Eagles member and historian, the club remained in that location until 1956 when they bought the current brick structure on the south side of Main Street from Charlie Andrews. They moved the club. In 1983 they added the north adjacent building where Carl and Mabel Brandt’s Rockford Dry Cleaners had just gone out of business.

Today the club has 330 members, with the oldest living continuous member being Earl Brodbeck of Willshire with 56 service membership years. Their motto continues to be “People Helping People”. Members, auxiliary members and families alike have called The Eagles their club, their place to socialize with one another, and generate money to return to the community. “Rockford first, then County ~ as Charity begins at Home,” say the members.

 

 

 

Their first big community project ~ building a Shelter House in the newly bought Shanes Park in Rockford ~ was in 1976 when they repurposed bricks from an old outside east brick wall which was torn out of the Rockford United Methodist Church to pave way for a new addition to the church. It turned out to be a 4 brick thick wall, and the bricks were likely fired right there in Rockford at the old round oven down by Fremont Canning Company. Junior (Clarence B.) Couts was an  Eagles member and Past Worthy President (1975-1976) and a brick layer. He undertook the moving and cleaning of the brick with Eagle members’ help. Then he laid the Shelter House wall and pillars, repurposing the brick. Fred Tolan, Eagles member and Tolan Memorials business owner donated a cornerstone/plaque to the project. The Eagles members and the Shanes Auxiliary, women’s group, worked at fund-raising projects for a year to supply funds for their gift to the community, their Community Project for the Year. Past Worthy President (1974-1975), Jim Zizelman at 91 years old, is the oldest member of the Rockford Eagles. He and Mr. Couts, along with Tolan, set the stone in place at a dedication ceremony in the park. The Shelter House is used year round with a fireplace for cooking, electricity, and picnic tables.

 

 

 

 

Dedication and laying of the cornerstone

 

In addition to this project, the Eagles, as a  501c3 (gaming law),  have given away $50,000 each to the Wright State WOEF Scholarships; Celina Visiting Nurses; Mercer County Cancer Association. In addition, they donate $1000’s of dollars to the Leota Braun Foundation to disperse to Rockford area projects and needs including these:  Chatt Farmers’ Picnic; Pee-wee Football; Rockford Recreation (ball fields, equipment, grounds); Rockford Fire Department; Rockford Lions Variety Show; Ryan Temple Memorial Golf Tournament; Rockford Sons of Legion Duck Races; Parkway 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC; Lots for Soldiers; Parkway Back-pack Program (food for children); Parkway Athletic Boosters Club projects; Rockford Police Department Tasers $2000 each); Fox Family Autism Ride; Scoreboard for Girls Softball Field; Gazebo in Shanes Park; Park Batting cage and dugouts; and Kids Playhouses in Shanes Park. There are other benevolent donations as the need arises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagles opened their doors to another organization in 2016. The century old Rockford Masonic Lodge now meets on Monday nights in the Eagles’ Facility. An organization as old as the Eagles had met for years above the old Pontius Hardware.

The Eagles, as well as the Masonic Lodge in Rockford, invite potential members to check out their facilities in downtown Rockford, or contact Tom Myers at 419-790-9587.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Parkway December 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway December 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

New Celina Mercer County Chamber Member holds Ribbon Cutting

Schwieterman Pharmacy located at 510 E. Market Street in Celina has joined
the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  This grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting.  

The full service pharmacy is open Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 7PM and
Saturday 9AM to 4PM.  They have an experienced staff to assist you with all
your needs.  Their services include Home Medical Equipment & Safety Aides,
health screenings, prescriptions, vaccinations, RX Compounding and more to
west-central Ohio.  Visit www.schwietermanpharmacy.com to see all the
details of their healthcare services or call 419-586-8875.

Pictured from left to right:
Traci Rutledge-Pharmacist
Kara Lovitt -Pharmacist
Dale Bertke - owner
Dave McDonough - owner
Shelly Temple - Technician
Karen Maurer - Sales Associate
Amy Fennig - Technician
Angie Baumer - Technician
Absent: Owner Mark Dominic

 
 

Football Stadium Information Forthcoming – Community Invited
by Brain Woods

Parkway Local Schools are considering renovations to the football stadium complex. There will be an informational meeting prior to the Parkway Athletic Booster meeting on December 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The athletic booster meeting will begin with the football stadium presentation in the school auditorium and will last for approximately 15 minutes.

Attendees will hear about and will be given the chance to provide feedback on three stadium options. The presentation will also be posted on the district website, parkwayschools.org, along with survey link on December 7th for anyone unable to attend. Following the presentation, the athletic boosters will continue with their normal meeting in the Community Room.

 
 
Rockford United Methodist Church to Host Annual Free Christmas Day Dinner in Rockford
Come to the Christmas Day Dinner in Shanes Park at the Rockford Community Building. It is free and everyone is invited to come and celebrate Jesus' Birth with a meal that is delicious. Serving 10:30 am to 1 PM.

 

 

 
November 22-28, 2016

 

 
 

Genealogical Society to Meet for Christmas Party

Sunday, December 4, the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet for the annual Christmas party.  New members will be received into First Families of Mercer County.   These members of the group are direct  descendants of an ancestor who was a resident of Mercer County before December 31, of 1880. They have furnished proof of their lineage and been approved. A short  program, ‘What Do You Call It?’ by Sue Miller will follow.  Miller will display items from the past and ask the audience if they can identify the objects . The meeting is held at the Richardson Bretz Building behind the library in Celina and begins at 2:00pm. The public is welcome.

 

Rockford Area Development Corporation
The RADC will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Rockford Library. Please note the time change as the meetings will begin at 7 pm until further notice. 

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church to Host Annual Free Christmas Day Dinner in Rockford
Come to the Christmas Day Dinner in Shanes Park at the Rockford Community Building. It is free and everyone is invited to come and celebrate Jesus' Birth with a meal that is delicious. Serving 10:30 am to 1 PM.

 

 

 

 
November 21, 2016

 

 
 
St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell to Host Community Thanksgiving Service

St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell will host a Community Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 23. 2016 at 7:30 PM. Everyone is invited.
 
 

Two Dayton Men Plead Guilty in TJ’s Grocerette Burglary

Kenneth Longstreath and Danny Lee Longstreath, of Dayton,  filed a plea deal in Mercer County Common Pleas Court recently that involves the 2015 burglary of TJ’s Grocerette in Rockford. They will be sentenced in December 2016.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 18-20, 2016

 

 
 
 

Foot and Ankle Specialist Joins Van Wert Medical Services

Van Wert, OH -- Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to welcome Sam Neuschwanger, D.P.M. to its team of physicians and surgeons as a foot and ankle specialist.  Dr. Neuschwanger received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 

Dr. Neuschwanger’s academic and clinical practices combined with over 35 years of experience allow him to provide the best possible medical and surgical care of the lower extremity. He specializes in general podiatric care, heel pain, ingrown nails, bunions, diabetic foot care, corn and callous care and surgical care. “Foot and ankle problems can be incredibly debilitating and being able to help someone regain their mobility and quality of life is extremely rewarding to me,” shared Dr. Neuschwanger. 

“Both Dr. Neuschwanger and Dr. Charles Hoehn provide top quality foot and ankle care for a vast array of problems.   There are very few small communities that have podiatry care as comprehensive as we do and we’re lucky to have such a strong team of qualified physicians to treat foot and ankle problems,” shared Jim Pope, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital. 

 Dr. Neuschwanger is accepting new patients.  Call today to make an appointment to discuss an individual care plan for your feet and ankles: 419-238-8621

 

 
 

Help for Over-Dose Victims Continues with New Joint Program

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Foundations Behavioral Health Services and the Mercer County Emergency Medical Services announced today they are joining forces in an effort to address the drug overdose problem in Mercer County.

The agencies have agreed to meet weekly to review individuals who have recently overdosed and offer the appropriate resources for detox, recovery and treatment. Most individuals who have overdosed in the last week are more likely to consider a treatment program and gain the necessary assistance than those who’s overdose are not clear in their memory.

The Rapid Response Team will review records of those who overdosed weekly, and then provide a home visit to offer support and services to those individuals. The Team, made up with one member of the Sheriff’s Office, Foundations and the Emergency Medical Services will go over with and assist in signing up for services available to the individual who overdosed. It is important to note that the goal of the team is to provide services, not to punish or arrest anyone in need of services.

This goal of this program is to reduce the number of overdoses in the Mercer County area.

For more information contact Chief Deputy Gery Thobe at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Jeff Grey

Sheriff

 

 

 
 
 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway Middle School ~ 1st Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Michelle Agler
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OUR OLD BOOKCASE
By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  is To Preserve the History of Mercer County, Ohio and To Educate the Public about that History. 

 

 

Photo Caption:  Gary Thobe and his son Kyle completed the brick construction to support the old Courthouse bell at the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home. 

In order to preserve the History of the old Mercer County Courthouse, which was used from 1868 until 1923, the Mercer County Historical Society acquired the bell from that 1868 Courthouse, in 1975.  The present Mercer County Courthouse was dedicated on September 3, 1923.  In 1923, the Mercer County Commissioners sold a contract to G.W. Jackson to raze the 1868 Courthouse building.  The Commissioners no longer wanted the old Courthouse bell, and that bell went to the Old Town Church on Riley Road, east of Celina.  When that Church closed, the ownership of that old 1868 Courthouse bell was transferred to the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  The Mercer County Commissioners had purchased the Riley Home for the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., to become the Mercer County Historical Museum on May 27, 1975.  Eugene Hirschfeld, Hirschfeld Construction, constructed the two brick columns to support that old 1868 Courthouse bell on the lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The Mercer County Historical Society placed bronze plaques identifying the Courthouse bell and the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, on those two brick columns.

For over forty years, 1975-2016, the weather took its toll on those bricks, as well as the two bronze plaque.  The Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Historical Society discussed the preservation of that 1868 Courthouse bell, and the plaques which needed updating.

The Mercer County Commissioners explained that there were extra new bricks from the new Mercer County Jail, constructed at 4835 St. Rt. 29, west of Celina.  Dave Dorsten, Mercer County Maintenance, discussed this topic with Joyce Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society.  Gary Thobe, Masonry and Plastering, 7968 Fort Recovery Minster Road, near Maria Stein, was employed by the County to take those new bricks from the Mercer County Jail and to construct the brick columns to support the 1868 Mercer County Courthouse bell on the lawn of the Mercer County Historical Museum. 

The Mercer County Historical Society made the agreement with the Mercer County Commissioners to fund the cost of placing new bronze plaques on those brick columns which would support the 1868 Courthouse bell.  Mercer County Historical Society Board Member Bill Vondrell and President Joyce Alig met with the Mercer County Commissioners on September 15, 2016 to finalize the plans for these plaques, as well as to discuss Civic Foundation funds for new wallpaper at the County Museum, and a Handicapped parking place to accompany the Handicapped Ramp, which the Commissioners had recently installed. 

The plan for one plaque was for the Mercer County Commissioners’ May 27, 1975 Resolution to purchase the Riley Home for a home for the Mercer County Historical Society, as the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The plan for the other plaque includes the proper Name of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Riley Home, and the identification of the 1868-1923 Mercer County Courthouse bell.  The Mercer County Historical Society agreed to employ Jony D Images, 998 East Market, Celina, to order the bronze plaques for the brick columns supporting the 1868 Courthouse bell.

Preservation of Mercer County’s history is the goal of the Mercer County Commissioners and the Mercer County Historical Society Members at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home.

 

 
 

Vantage Announces Parent/Teacher Conferences

This is a reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 21st from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 22nd from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  Conferences will be held in the Commons.

Parent/teacher conferences allow parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with not only their career tech teacher, but their academic teachers as well. Members of the teaching staff welcome and encourage parents to visit the school during conference hours.

After parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, school will resume on Tuesday, November 29, for a regular school day.

 

 
 

 
November 17, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in November to Play CLUE

The Twenty-First Century Club met on November 15, 2016 in Mendon at the home of Janie Miller. The regular club meeting program was delivered by members Julie Henkle and Sandra Grooms.  The Club has a theme for the year called Start to Finish, and includes board games of all kinds  and each meeting will be a learning experience on the history and fun of the games we all grew up with.  Roll call was answered with a game we’d like to learn. Members mentioned Canasta, Bridge, Pinochle, and Dragons and Dungeons.  Julie went on to provide historical details about Parcheesi, a very old game from India. It was actually played with live people including servants on the lawn of the India King’s Palace. Aggravation and several other variations of the game today. The people of India still love it today. Julie had a couple of beautiful game boards she had created herself for her family to play.  Sandra Grooms went on to provide history of her game CLUE created in 1944 by Anthony Pratt. It was meant to be played in Bomb Shelters during World War II. There are tons of versions of it including Sponge Bob. Some historical facts include original game pieces: knife; wrench; rope revolver, lead pipe and candlestick. And those were the pieces the members used to play a round of the game. Teaming up in pairs, the members wore hats to represent their colors/characters: Colonel Mustard – yellow, Miss Scarlet- red, Mr. Green – green, Mrs. Peacock – peacock feather hat, Mrs. White – white, Professor Plum – purple.

The club enjoyed lemon bars, chocolate coconut bars, and cheese, made by hostesses Janie Miller and Sherry Shaffer, after the meeting,. The next meeting will be held in January 24, 2017 in the Tea Room at Rockford United Methodist Church. Members Sheila Baltzell and Twyla Hayes will be providing the program on Chess and Checkers.

 
 
 
 

The  Rockford Village Shop and Dine event will be held on December 4th - 4 pm - 7 pm.
Lasagna Dinner and Craft Show


Adults $8; Children $5 in Shanes Park Community Building
Buy Tickets at Barrys' Market and His 'n Hers
Sponsored by the Rockford Bicentennial Committee.

 
 
 

Rockford Village Council Met on 11/15/2016 - Click Here to read about upcoming events, and the minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Agent, including:

The Rockford Fire Department is getting two lots transferred to them by the village for possible future expansion.

Christmas in the Park will be November 27 at 7 PM with food and music and lighting of the decorations.

Subdivision Plans move forward.

A new street will be built on Columbia Street beginning in February 2017. The project will be paid with a community block grant and interest free loans. 

 
 
 

 
November 14-16, 2016

 

 

Parkway is now closed due to fog for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

One Big Table at NHCC for grades 6-12 is still on tonight at 7:00

 

Western Ohio Civil War Round Table to Meet

Joe Bellas will speak at 7:15 pm at Wright State University - Lake Campus Room 152 Dwyer Hall on Thursday, November 17, 2016. His topic is:

Guerrillas in Midst - Kentucky

Public Invited

 

 

Thank you Toni Slusser of the Mercer County Board of Elections
for providing this printable Election Results Sheet - Click Here

 

Christmas in Shane’s Park in Rockford – Everyone Invited!

Christmas in the Park is planned for Sunday evening, November 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

There will be a special lighting of the numerous Christmas decorations, music, hot chocolate, and cookies.

 

This is sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, which also invites new members to consider joining. Membership Drive is currently in swing.

 

 

Colonial Offers Holiday Open House

Colonial Nursing Center is having an Open House for the Holidays on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 4-7 PM. Special Decorations on view, special treats and activities for the whole family.

 

Shanes Crossing Historical Society to Meet

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will meet on Monday - November 21st at 7 pm
at the museum on East Columbia Street in Rockford.  Our guest speaker will be
Mr. Rex Spencer of Celina.  Rex will make a presentation of his many studies of 
St. Claire and the movement of his troops along the Wabash River.  The public
is invited to the meeting.

 

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Gets New Member

Coil Processing Repair located at 1201 Havemann Road in Celina has joined
the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.   They rebuild and repair
splitters,  choppers, mandrels (uncoilers/recoilers), trimmer, and auxiliary equipment.

The experienced service technicians at Coil Processing Repair, Inc.
understand how important a breakdown is and they make every effort to get you back up and running in the shortest possible time.  For more information on Coil Processing Repair visit  www.coilprocessingrepair.com or call 419 394-8623.

 

EMT Classes Being Offered
Apollo Career Center and Mercer County EMS are Offering Basic EMT
Classes. Orientation will be held on January 10th with classes
Beginning January 17th. All classes will be held at the Mercer County
EMS office on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6p to 10p. For
details and registration call 419-586-3797

 

For Sale – Snow Blower

30 inch 2 stage self propelled Snow Blower.

Husky Brand. 6 years old.  Excellent Condition.

$375 Call 419-852-6097

 

WREN CHRISTMAS SOCIETY NEWS

 

The Christmas Society will be putting up decorations in Wren on Saturday, November 19th and the Grand Illumination will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26th at dark (approximately 6:00 pm).  

 

The WCS will be holding a "Create your own Christmas scene" contest for area children in grades K-5 for the chance to turn on the Christmas lights in Wren for the Grand Illumination.  The deadline for entries will be Friday, Nov. 18th.  The winner will be notified by Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.  Please contact Karen at 419-495-2623 with any questions. 

 

The Society will also be sponsoring an Outside Home Display Contest again this year within a 3-mile radius of Wren.  Please contact Moe Davis at 419-495-2584 with any questions. 

 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Wren at the Santa House at the corner of St. Rt. 49 and Jackson Street on Saturday, December 10th and Friday and Saturday, December 16th and 17th from 6 to 8 pm.  Carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies will be available during Santa hours.

 

2016 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

The public is invited to participate in the 2016 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week.

 

The northwest Ohio shoebox collection site in Lima is WTLW TV-44.

Shoeboxes are collected the following days and times:

 

November 14-20

 

Monday 11-5

Tuesday 11-7

Wednesday 11-5

Thursday 11-7

Friday 11-5

Saturday 10-1

Sunday 1-5

 

Bring boxes to 1844 Baty Rd., Lima, OH and enter via the main entrance (located adjacent to the parking lot.)


For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit http://wtlw.com/occ/.

 

For questions about the TV-44 drop off site, call 419-339-4444.

The local collection director is Deb Smith.

 

Park University Announces Graduates from Wright-Patterson AFB Campus Center Parkville, Mo

Park University’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) Campus Center held its commencement ceremony on Nov. 6, 2016 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in Springfield, Ohio. The University had 63 students eligible to participate in the ceremony — two students received a master’s degree, 54 students received a bachelor’s degree, five students received both a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree, and two students received an associate degree. Former resident, Steven Todd Stetler, received his Management/Human Resources Degree (Magna Cum Laude (3.7 to 3.899 GPA). He is from Dayton, Ohio  and attended Parkway High School, Rockford, Ohio.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

Honor Roll ~ Parkway High School ~ 1st Nine Weeks 2016-2017 SY ~ by Sandee Bollenbacher
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November 11, 2016
November 12-13, 2016

Happy Veterans' Day ~ Thank you for your bravery and service!


 

 
 

Veteran Ralph Ritz from Rockford Returns from Northeast Indiana Honor Flight to DC ~ 2000 People Greet Flight #22 in Ft. Wayne on October 12, 2016

By Sheila Baltzell – Veterans’ Day Feature 11-11-2016

 

The Trip

 

Humbled and awed by the late-night crowd of 2000 people in Ft. Wayne, IN, Ralph Ritz, a veteran of the Korean War Era, who served in Peace-Keeping Task Force in South Korea, December 1961 – January 1963, came home from his trip to Washington DC, totally thrilled about his tour of the nation’s capitol.

 

Sponsored by local businesswoman, Aleta Weis of Willshire Home Furnishings (above), and accompanied by caregiver - below, Bill Weis (her husband and business partner), Ralph Ritz started out a year ago to secure a seat on the Northeast Indiana hub of the Honor Flight trip to DC. Aleta is also a Director on the Board of Northeast Indiana and accompanied the flight on October 12, 2016 carrying 86 veterans of the Korean War, a few from World War II, and a few from Viet Nam. 86 caregivers went along and paired with a veteran, and 15 other passengers in various roles to help the veterans on the whirlwind day trip. All flights ($400) are free to the veterans; a price which the sponsor pays including his/her own ticket.

 

 
Picture above with caregiver and sponsor, Bill Weis.

 

Ralph reports that the day started at 4:30 AM in Ft. Wayne with a breakfast at the National Guard Armory served by a rousing Welcome Committee. The men were grouped by colored id tags, and there were 4 sections. They were then bussed to the airplane at Bair Field. Three hundred people joined the send-off. Entertainment on the one hour and 20 minute flight included a younger veteran who led them in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. He continued with military songs , and many of the Veterans sang right along. They also had another breakfast on the plane ride.

 

Busses (with an escort of police on motorcycles) picked them up when they arrived in DC and a narrator accompanied each of the 4 busses. The colored tag each Veteran wore determined their group and the bus they were assigned. Each of the 86 veterans had their own wheelchair that accompanied them on the bus trip to each memorial attraction. First stops were the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon, and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue where they also traveled by Trump’s Hotel. They traveled on to the WWII Memorial and the Air Force Memorial where they were served a boxed lunch compliments of Arby’s.

 

Next came the monument Ralph was longing to see, The Korean War Memorial. A Korean greeter narrated the tour. He spoke about the significance of the 19 bronze soldiers in the “field” that is the memorial. The wall nearby reflects the 19 to double the men making it 38 to represent the 38th Parallel between North and South Korea which the Veterans had fought to protect. The war ended in 1954. But the protection of the 38th Parallel continues even today.

 

Later, with their police escorts dodging dangerous traffic to keep the busses moving along in the motorcade, they continued on to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Wall, Aiwa Jima, the Potomac River – Lions Bridge, and the Jefferson Memorial. Arlington National Cemetery was a particular treat, because the Philadelphia 76er’s Basketball Team was in charge of changing the flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the solemn changing of the guard. A meal was provided, they were bussed to the airport and at 9 PM, they arrived back in Ft. Wayne to the cheers of 2000 people, men, women and children. Bill Weis who had been his caregiver all day, stayed by Ralph’s side as emotional thank yous were expressed, shaking of many hands and lots of hugs were followed by sincere letters of thanks, hand drawn pictures and poems from school children and others. Ralph himself received a pretty handmade pillow made by a little girl who handed it to him personally. Ralph was humbled by the experience.

 

 

The Tour of Duty

 

On July 20, 1961, Ralph was  a newly-wed to his young bride Opal (Rogers), and they lived on a small farm near Arcanum. They raised Holstein milk cows together, and he also worked at NCR in Dayton. That was the day that Ralph E. Ritz was drafted at the age of 23 years. He served from 1961 to 1963 and took basic training at Ft. Knox, KY after which he shipped out on the USS Mann. It took 21 days to cross the ocean to En Chow, where the troops took a train and then truck to Camp Beavers just 30 miles from the 38th Parallel and below the demilitarized zone. Private Ralph E. Ritz, now a South Korean Trainee, had been trained as a Tank Operator in KY. At 170 pounds, he was trim and fit, working on his machine to keep it washed, shining and in perfect running order. He met Kim Bo Soon, who became Ralph’s Interpreter and gun loader on the tank for the 13 months he called South Korea his home. Two other men became his constant friend and partners, on the tank, a 50 ton beast built in Lima Ohio at the Tank Depot. They were a tank operator and a tank commander, making 4 who manned the tank. It was a 50 tone, 7 wheels/sport rollers with a rubber track, M48 Tank with 90 mm and 30 mm machine guns. Theirs was Tank #25 with the American Star on it.  Ralph said out on peace-keeping practice maneuvers, he once got the tank racing along at 58 MPH over the frozen hills and rice patties. The gas tank could hold 275 gallons of fuel, it had power steering, and an automatic transmission in High and Low, an accelerator and a brake. It was warm enough in the cold, snow-less winters and very hot in the summer (no AC). There were 15 tanks in his A Battalion (they had A, B, and C)  and the diesels were started every two hours to heat the fuel in cold weather.  Ralph took special Davy Crockett training to  shoot a nuclear rocket, and he was allowed to fire a blank once in practice. He saw no combat, but knew of 6 soldiers who were shot in the line of duty while he was there. Guard duty involved no live ammo, but they were allowed to take the 1st Sergeant’s dog to walk along on duty. The men knew if they gave Rusty a stick of gum, he would stay with them all night. He was a Heinz-57 variety, but well-trained. If he heard a noise outside the fence, he attacked or ran-off whoever was out there. Once he and his friends took a bus as far north as they were allowed to the DMZ – The NO CROSS LINE. It was and eerie feeling, and he had heard tales of soldiers getting lost and wandering into North Korean Territory.

 

 

 

After 13 months of barracks living in metal Quonset huts, 6 AM revelry calls, fuel oil stoves for heat, and Army cots, Michigan native Dale Snider, Ralph’s tank driver, Washington, PA native, Jim Sickles, his other driver, Kim Bo Soon of South Korea, and Ralph finished their tours of duty and went home. At Ft. Stewart in Georgia, Ralph finished his last 6 months, then returned to Arcanum, Ohio to raise a family and live a happy life.  He lost his wife, Opal, many years later and then met and fell in love with Nancy (Rogers) who became his bride, and they recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in Rockford. Ralph recently retired after 30 years as a bus driver for Parkway Schools, too.

 

 

The Thanks

Thank you Ralph for serving our nation so bravely. You deserved that grand tour of Washington DC! We are proud!

Anyone interested in the Honor Flights that travel nearly year round to assure that our Veterans are able to see their memorials in DC, can call 937-521-2400 or contact Aleta Weis in Willshire.

 

Click below on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them
 
Honor Flight 22

Korean War Memorial
Souvenir books

Thank you letters from a grateful nation
Ralph's translation and training manuals

The Uniform
Training commendations

Honor Flight Certificate
 

 
November 10, 2016

 

 
 

Oncologist to Speak to Men’s Prostate Cancer Group

Man to Man is a group to support men who have been diagnosed with or have been treated for prostate cancer or who would like more information about prostate cancer.  At the next meeting Dr. Chris Rhoades will be making a presentation on oncology treatments for prostate cancer.  The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Tuesday, November 15th at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The atmosphere is casual and all interested men are invited to attend.  For more information contact Dick Falkner, facilitator, at 419-629-9950 or mantoman@nktelco.net.

 

 
 

 
November 9, 2016

 

 

Donald Trump Wins Election and Becomes our 45th President

 

Wabash Rd will be closed at the intersection of Schaadt Rd for approximately 6 weeks for bridge replacement.

 

 
 
 
 

8th Graders Visit Vantage

Eighth graders from area schools got to take a peek at what the future might look like in sixteen different occupations, as they visited the career technical labs at Vantage this week. 

The eighth graders are seeing some new and exciting extras in the labs this year.  In the Construction Equipment Technology program which started this year, they’re able to check out the equipment as well as surveying, site layout, masonry and concrete installation.  Several new robotic pieces have been installed in the Industrial Mechanics lab as part of the RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) grant Vantage received.  And in Health Technology, they’re being introduced to “HAL,” a lifelike health simulator that provides students with a more realistic way to practice a number of medical procedures, including taking blood pressure and pulse, and drawing blood.

This career exploration activity is especially helpful by informing the students about all the options available to them.  During the visit, the eighth graders are able to see what skills are being used in different career areas.  Students may also become more aware of how their interests and abilities can be developed into a rewarding career. 

It’s great to host the 8th graders and give them a chance to see what career technical education at Vantage is all about! 

The annual Culinary Arts Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet is just around the corner.  This year it will be held on Wednesday, November 16 and Friday, November 18.  Guests will be seated from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   This year’s buffet will include a delicious variety of salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts all for just $8.95 (plus tax).  Reservations are necessary for this special event.  To reserve your spot, call 419-238-5411 ext. 2425.

A reminder to Vantage parents that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 21 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Please call 419-238-5411 ext. 2126 to schedule your appointment.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 29.  Happy Thanksgiving!

CAPTION 1:  Seth Heindel, a Parkway 8th grader, attempts to maneuver a perm curler on a mannequin in the Vantage Cosmetology lab while his classmates watch with anticipation.

 

CAPTION 2:  These Parkway 8th graders take a break on some newly-built steps in the Vantage Carpentry lab during their recent visit.

 

 

 

 
 

It’s not too late to donate!

The Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) Annual Harvest Celebration was held on October 8, 2016, in the new Shanes Building on Front Street Rockford. The evening entertainment and speaker was hometown girl, Kaela Gardner Kinney, who now lives and sings in Nashville, Tennessee.

A delicious catered meal served by Brenda Severns was followed by announcing the raffle and silent auction winners. The money raised during this lively event is used for scholarship recipients from the Parkway Local High School district living in the Mendon, Rockford and Willshire communities and surrounding area.

The LBCF would like to thank those who contributed to the event in any way. This is the only annual fundraiser for the LBCF. Your contributions do make a difference.

If you were unable to attend this special event, you still can make a donation.

Donations can be sent to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation (LBCF) P.O. Box___ Rockford, OH 45882.

To learn more about LBCF you can visit www.leotabraun.org , or contact anyone of the board of directors listed on the site.

 

 
 

 
November 8, 2016

 

 
 
 
 

Election Day - Poll Hours in Ohio 6:30AM - 7:30 PM

 
 
 
 
 

 
November 7, 2016

 

 
 

Deerfield Golf Course Winter Hours – Open all Winter Beginning November 1st
Golf Simulator Leagues ~ Clubhouse/Simulator Room Rentals

The winter hours have started at Deerfield Golf Course 5621 Shelley Road, Rockford.

They are Wednesday - Saturday 8 am to 7pm and Sunday Noon to close.

Exciting Golf Simulator Leagues start Nov 16th so sign up now for your favorite tee time.

Reservations for holiday family parties or bachelor parties in the clubhouse and simulator room
Hurry ! 10% off all 2017 memberships now through Dec 31st 2016
 

Get your membership early and save!

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Anthony Shane’s log cabin may have been the site of the first U.S. Post Office in Mercer County.  Credit for Post Card:  Shanes Crossing Historical Society, Rockford, Ohio.

Old Post Cards about Mercer County, and Grand Lake, and Post Marks (from old closed Mercer County Post Offices) will be on exhibit on Sunday, November 13, 1:00 – 4:00 at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, Ohio (a block east of the Mercer County Courthouse).

Last week, I wrote about the historic site of Rockford, Ohio being identified as “Half-Way Cross,” at the historic river crossing of the St. Marys River, on the 1755 English map, with the site being later platted as the Village of Shanesville, by Anthony Shane on June 23, 1820.  The Shanes Crossing Post Office was established on October 4, 1823.  Most of the very early Post Offices in Mercer County, were either in a home, or a general store.  Dublin Township had the two oldest Post Offices in Mercer County, being Shanes Crossing, October 4, 1823 and Ruckman’s June 22, 1832.  There is a strong possibility that the first U.S. Post Office in Mercer County was the Shanes Crossing Post Office, at the Village of Shanesville, in the home of Anthony Shane.  I was wondering if Anthony Shane might have built a two story log cabin along the St. Marys River, between 1820 and 1823.

 

In quest of more information about log cabins on the St. Marys River, at that time, I read Captain James Riley’s “Journal,” where he wrote about moving his family in the midst of the winter, January 1821, to the banks of the St. Marys River, “Intending to build mills, I immediately commenced improving my purchase of land, by erecting a dam across the river and building a log cabin into which I moved my family.”  Riley’s two story log cabin was built in three sections.  Captain James Riley [not to be confused with his son James Watson Riley who platted Celina in 1834], laid out the plat of Willshire in 1822. The Village of Willshire received its Post Office in 1822, and Roswell Riley, Captain Riley’s brother, was appointed as Postmaster of Willshire on November 1, 1822.  Therefore, on the Saint Marys River, Anthony Shane platted the Village of Shanesville in 1820, and Captain Riley platted Willshire in 1822, and the Willshire Post Office was established in 1822, and the Shanes Crossing Post Office was established in 1823.  The log cabin of Anthony Shane is the site of the first Mercer County Post Office,  Willshire Post Office is the first Van Wert County Post Office.

Last week, I said that I would give you a list of the closed Mercer County U.S. Post Offices.  First, I will list the Mercer County Ohio Post Offices which are in operation in 2016:  Rockford, Mendon, Celina, Montezuma, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Saint Henry, Maria Stein, and Burkettsville. 

 

The following are closed Mercer County Post Offices, listed by Township:  Blackcreek Twp., Pond; Butler Twp., Philothea; Center Township, Boetia and Neptune; Dublin Twp., Mercer, Ruckmans, and Shaffers Station; Gibson Twp., Violet; Granville Twp., Cranberry Prairie and Wendelin; Hopewell Twp., Earley, Stedke (Stedcke) and Tamah; Jefferson Twp., Reservoir; Liberty Twp., Brehm, Chattanooga, Durbin, Hinton, Price, Scudder, and Skeels Crossroads; Marion Twp., Carthagena, Chickasaw, St. Rosa, and Sebastian; Recovery Twp., Ferner, Saint Peters, and Victoria; and Washington Twp., Erastus, Macedon, Padua, and Wabash.

 

At this Sunday November 13 Exhibit, we are seeking historic Mercer County post cards and/or old envelopes with post marks of closed Post Offices.  Anyone who brings an old envelope with a postmark of a closed Mercer County Post Office will receive one free $5.00 local history book.  

 

On Sunday, November 13, Guests bringing old post cards to the Mercer County Historical Museum may ask for information from the experts, Bob and Sharon Poor, Dale Poeppelman, and David Gray.

 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 5-6, 2016
Time Change Weekend!


 

 
 
Remember that Daylight Savings time is going away on November 6, 2016 at 2 AM. We will Fall Back 1 hour and be on regular Eastern Standard Time.
 
 

Stateline Writers Club Meetings

The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Celina library on Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m.  The suggested writing topic is "a sensory experience that evoked a childhood memory."  A lesson on devotional writing will follow.  The public is welcome to attend.


The last meeting of 2016 will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m.  The suggested writing topic is "a family ritual."   No club meetings are scheduled for January or February.

 

 

MUD PIKE IMPROVEMENT BETWEEN SR 118 & THE CITY OF CELINA

Over the course of the last year or so, you have seen a lot of utility relocations occurring by both utility companies and their respective contractors to be ready for the upcoming road work.  Earlier this year, Shinn Brothers, Inc. was awarded the bid and contract for the road work, which is set to begin shortly. 

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced depending upon weather, Shinn Brothers, Inc. plan to start some drainage work this year as part of the Mud Pike road improvements.  There may be short/limited road closures through the remainder of this year.  Most of the closures – interruptions to travel will be occurring in 2017.  The contractor has a total of 180 days pursuant to the contract allotted for road closures.  Even though the road is closed to through traffic, the contractor (as they progress with their work) is required to maintain access to all the local drives on this section of Mud Pike.  There will be times when you may only be allowed to go one direction, as the roadway may be cut with culvert/crossover pipe replacements.  The progression of their work is likely to involve, initially, a lot of road drainage, catch basin, pipe, tile and crossover pipe replacements.  Next, Fleetfoot Road and Hellwarth Road intersection realignments are likely to occur.  At the same time, shoulder and ditch regrading will occur.  Following that, the actual road pavement widening would occur, followed by the full width asphaltic concrete resurfacing.  Lastly, dirt fine grading and seeding and mulching operations will be completed.  The completion deadline for the project is October 1, 2017.  Keep in mind, if the weather is exceptionally wet and non-conducive to work or changes occur to the contract, these timelines can be dynamic.

In early spring, right-of-way stakes will be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Thanks to the public for their past patience and understanding with the work that has been done and we apologize in advance for the disruption and impact the road work will have.  Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

The contact information for the Mercer County Engineer’s Office is:

4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822

Phone: 419.586.7759

Email: engineer@mercercountyohio.org 

 

 
 
 
 


Operation Christmas Child Donors

For the second year, Calvary Preschoolers have brought in change to purchase gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  This year the students filled 6 shoe boxes with items purchased with their donations.  It was exciting to pack the boxes and know the gifts will be sent to a child in another country who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

 

 
 

Crestview Plans  Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 11, 2016

Community veterans are invited to attend a pancake breakfast in order to commemorate Veterans Day at Crestview Middle/High School on Friday, November 11th.  Student leaders from Grades 6-12 will help prepare and serve breakfast for Van Wert County veterans between 7:45-9:30am in the school auditeria.  There will also be a ceremonial program to thank and recognize our veterans at 8:15am in the auditeria.

Middle and High School students will be working on service projects in the classroom throughout the week to assist with the upcoming Honor Flights in April/May 2017 with the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight organization.

Guests may park in the staff and visitor parking lot nearest to Tully Street by the Crestview Board of Education and enter through that door entrance or by the “Knight Door” by the main MS/HS office.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 4, 2016

 

 
 
 

Soup and Sandwich Lunch in Chatt

The Chattanooga United Methodist Women will be holding their annual Soup and Sandwich lunch to raise money for missions and charities in the community.  We will serve soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks on Sunday November 13th from 11-12:30 and will be accepting free will donations to further our work within the area.  Thanks so much to all who support us in everything we do!

 

 
 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for November 8, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 
 
 

 
November 3, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Village Council Met on 11/1/2016 - Click Here to read about upcoming events, and the minutes including:

J & B Equipment has purchased several lots and have cleaned them up. 

TJ’s lot – in the south east corner – where does their lot end and the street begin?

Subdivision Plans move forward

Street Repairs

 

 
 
Parkway Schools Calendar of Events for November 2016 - Click here for a printable version
 
 
 

 
November 1-2, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Boys Cross Country Going to State
At the Regionals in Tiffin on Saturday, October 29, 2016, Parkway earned a 4th place finish. They earned a 175 and this is the first time Boys Cross Country has ever been to state.

They compete at National Trail Raceway on Saturday.

Congratulations and Best of Luck Panthers!
 

 
 

Panther Sportswear for Sale – Sophomore Class Fundraiser

It's that time again! The annual sportswear sale is back! The Parkway sophomore class is selling Panther sportswear items. Order forms have been passed out in all elementary school homeroom classes. Forms are also available to be picked up by students and community members in the middle school and high school offices as well as at the displays.

There is also a link on the Parkway Local Schools website so forms can be printed off. The website is www.parkwayschools.org. Under “Athletics”, there is a link for the “Sophomore Sportswear Sale”. Click on that link to find the order form and pictures of the items. Orders will not be accepted via email so please have the form filled out with the correct money amount and turned in to Mrs. Agler in the middle school office by Friday, November 18th.

Orders can be picked up in the middle school office December 19-20 or they will be delivered to the student (depending on what is directed on the order form). If you have any questions feel free to call Mrs. Agler, sophomore class advisor, in the middle school office at 419-363-3045, ext. #740 or email her at aglerm@parkwayschools.org.

Displays are set up in the display cases just outside the middle school office doors as the students come in from the busses and also in the commons just outside of the high school office. Items are available to size/try on in the middle school office. Items are non-returnable so please check on the sizing to ensure proper sizing. Sportswear makes great birthday and Christmas gifts. Thank you for supporting the sophomore class as they raise money for prom and graduation through this fundraiser.

 

 

St. Teresa Chili Supper Planned

Annual Chili Supper will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016
from 4:30-7:30pm.
The public is invited at St Teresa Catholic Church 4227 State Route
707, Rockford, Ohio
The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, sloppy joes and creamed
chicken, hot dogs,
chili dogs, applesauce, veggies and desserts
Dine in or Carry out.
Free will donation will be accepted. Proceeds benefit area service
projects.

Donations are also being accepted for the FOOD or FUNDS DRIVE for
Parkway Food Pantry.

Raffle Drawing will be held to benefit the Religious Education Program
of St Teresa Parish.

 

Turkey Shoot

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 6, 2016 starting at noon. It will be held on the club grounds located 2 miles east of Willshire, OH on St. Rte. 81.

Only 12 gauge shotguns will be permitted and shell will be furnished. Youth shoots for children, aged 16 and under will be held. Only 20 gauge shotguns will be permitted for the youth shoots and shells will be furnished. A lunch stand will be available. Public is welcome.

 

Rockford Bicentennial Committee to Meet

A reminder that the next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be
held on November 7th at 7 pm - Rockford Village Hall.  Public is encouraged to
attend and get involved !  

 

 

Books Donated to Mercer County Library

The University Women's Club in Celina, OH recently donated two books to the Mercer County District Library in memory of the late Joyce Smelser who was a longtime, active member of the club and passed away on June 16, 2016.

"Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life" by Lisa Sugar and "Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction" by Elizabeth Vargas were titles chosen by library staff as good fits for their collection. Memorial book plates were entered into each title so readers  to come will remember Joyce.

Shown above are left to right: Elizabeth Muether, MLIS, Library Director, Sheila Baltzell, club member, and Sonnie Bernardi, club president with the new books.

 

 
 

 
October 28-31, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Club Meets in October at Rockford United Methodist Church

The Twenty-First Century Club met on October 25, 2016 at Rockford United Methodist Church. The regular club meeting program was delivered by Kim Carr.  The Club has a theme for the year called Start to Finish, and includes board games of all kinds  and each meeting will be a learning experience on the history and fun of the games we all grew up with.  Roll call was answered with our favorite childhood games which included Parcheesi, Peanuts, Canasta, Battleship, Pit and Racko to name a few. Kim went on to provide historical details about Monopoly, created in 1933 by Charles Darrow who made the first one on an oil cloth board, use handwritten cards, and and had wood carved houses and hotels. In 1935 Parker Brothers bought the game, manufactured it and it became an instant success. Kim had an original planning board and several pieces as well as boards that have been produce and sold over the years. In her fact finding, she learned that 300 licensed versions have been produced; 47 languages have been represented and 114 countries have the game. The first game cost $2.00. Kim had everyone playing a shortened version of the game, which was loads of fun, and  Val Frizinger and Ann Gage won a special prize for ending the game with the most money.

The club enjoyed apple pie, cookies, apple cider and coffee after the meeting, served by hostesses Sheila Baltzell and Val Fritzinger. The next meeting will be held on November 15, 2016 in the Rockford Library Meeting Room. Members Sandra Grooms and Julie Henkle will be providing the program on Clue and Parcheesi

 

 

Parkway Boys Cross Country Team Headed to State After Regional 4th Place Win
Order Shirts to Join in the Celebration – HS Office on October 31, 2016



 

Parkway Volleyball Ends Season with Loss 3-0 to Coldwater in district Semi-fianls.

Great Season Lady Panthers!

 

 

DNA Testing to be Discussed

Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at the Richardson Bretz Building.  The program will be a round table discussion of the use of DNA testing in genealogy research.  Karen Franzer will lead the discussion and tell of her recent experince with the testing and the results.  The meeting is free and the public is welcome. The Richarson Bretz building is located at 119 west Fulton Street in Celina.

 

 

Parkway November 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway November 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 

 
October 26-27, 2016

 

 
 

Death and Grieving 101
  
Wednesday November 2nd 7pm at RUMC Fellowship Hall
  
All 9th-12th grade students welcome

 

 

 

Daniel Tiger Releases Ahead of Schedule at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. October has been an entertaining ride at the NPAC, leaving fans of all ages looking forward to what’s in store. Well, the wait is over for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel and his friends will transport the audience to the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” on February 25, 2017 with two kid-friendly showtimes of pure, Tiger-ific Fun at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry has been presenting family shows at the Niswonger for the past five seasons and is pleased to bring this very popular PBS Kids show to Northwest Ohio.

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Kids and parents alike rave about the lively show that is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and airs daily on PBS Kids. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

This event is made complete with the generous support of the  2016-2017 Season Sponsors, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck & Karen Koch. 

Tickets for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! are now available and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office, Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM at 419-238-6722.

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

 

 



 

Formal Charges Filed Against Former Local Man

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the filing of formal charges against Jeffery E.  Rasawehr, age 51, Birmingham, MI.  Since January 2012, Mr. Rasawehr has continually barraged his family & extended family and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office with threatening and condescending emails, blog posts, voicemails, phone calls, and texts.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office have tried to work through Mr. Rasawehr’s attorney, Joseph Yamin, to find a solution to the ongoing issues.  These attempts have been met with threats by Mr. Rasawehr to sue the Sheriff’s Office. (See Attached Recording)

“While people have a first amendment right to free speech, the Ohio Revised Code prohibits menacing by stalking, telecommunications harassment, and obstructing official business,” stated Sheriff Grey.  Mr. Rasawehr has been charged with 5 counts of Menacing by stalking, 8 Counts of Telecommunications Harassment, and 13 Counts of Obstructing Official Business.  Menacing by stalking and telecommunications harassment are first degree misdemeanors carrying a possible penalty of 6 months in jail for each charge.  Obstructing Official business is a second degree misdemeanor carrying a possible 3 months in jail for each charge.  

 

Mr. Rasawehr has filed unfounded complaints with the FBI, the Bureau of Adult Detention, and Ohio Organized Crime.  All have concluded there was no wrong doing by the Sheriff’s Office or its employees and have closed their cases.

It is possible more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.  The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment due to the on-going threat of litigation.

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 5, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH


Jerry Bolenbaugh along with special guests invite you to a Rockford Opry Show featuring Classic Country, Bluegrass, Rock n Roll, Gospel, and some comedy !! 

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

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

Guests include:  

* Dondie Macklin – Lima, OH * Michelle Limbert from Lima

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

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  * Dan Cole – Reading, MI

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

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 25, 2016
 

 
 
 
 
 
Mendon Halloween Activities

Trick or Treat within the Village of Mendon is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM as set by the Village Council.

The Mendon Lions Club will sponsor the annual costume judging at 7 PM at the Fire Department/ Township House.

Costume judging will be by school grede level and an adult category.

A chili supper with sandwiches , soups and desserts is also planned there (by the fire department members) from 4-7 PM.

 

Laurels of Shane Hill Trick or Treat

Trick or Treater's are invited to the Laurels and Maplewood of Shane's Village Trick or Treat from 3:30 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Free pizza will be served and a coloring contest is planned

 

Rockford Halloween Activities Set

October 29th – Halloween activities:   Trick or treat from 6:00-7:30 and Judging will follow at the Fire House 8:00 pm.

October 29th – Rockford United Methodist Church will be handing out candy during Trick or Treat at the church parking lot behind the Fire Station.

 

Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

Willshire Trick or Treat is is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM Costume judging will follow in the park.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Activities in the park will begin at 6:00 PM with entertainment provided by the Parkway High School Marching Band.  Categories for judging will be by ages as well as a category for “group”.  Doughnuts, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club and the American Legion Post 207.  Plan to visit Willshire and enjoy the evening activities.

 

Zion Lutheran Church Trunk-r-Treat

Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 30th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MERCER UMC AYCE SOUP SUPPER & BAKE SALE

JUNCTION SR 707 AND 33. 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2016 4:30 -7:00 PM. 

ADULTS 13 & UP $7, KIDS 5-12 $4, 4 & UNDER FREE. 

SANDWICHES:  BBQ PORK, CHICKEN, SLOPPY JOE, HOTDOGS & CONEY DOGS.  SOUPS:  CHILI, PASTOR CRAIG'S HOT CHILI, NOODLE & VEGETABLE.   DELUXE SALAD BAR,  HOME BAKED PIES AND BEVERAGES. 

SILENT AUCTION FOR A HICKORY NUT CAKE!!  BAKE SALE:  ANGEL FOOD CAKES, HOMEMADE  NOODLES, FUDGE PUDDLES, HOME BAKED PIES, BUCKEYE COOKIES, POPCORN BALLS, COOKIES, FUDGE, ETC. 

 ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT MISSIONS. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 22-24, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Athletes Bring Home Tournament Wins
Move on to More Action

 

Parkway Volleyball won the Sectional Title in 4 sets over Patrick Henry on Saturday. The next game is October 26, 2016 at 6 PM in Kalida

Parkway Cross Country qualified for Regionals for the first time in school history on Saturday with a 3rd place finish at Districts.

 
 
Mendon Voters to Decide on a five-year renewal of a levy at 2.5 mill. It collects $9,700 annually for alley repairs, park improvements; ambulance service, and other village items.
 
 

Prayers Needed ~ Click Here!

 
 

The Rockford Chamber would like to congratulate Business Members that have had
milestone Anniversaries this year -


Chatt Insurance - 10 Year Anniversary

Main Street Tax - 15 Year Anniversary

Deerfield Golf Course - 20 Year Anniversary

A. Brandt Construction - 30 Year Anniversary

Gehle Transport - 40 Year Anniversary

His N Hers Salon - 40 Year Anniversary

Mercer Health - 65 Year Anniversary

Wabash Telephone - 105 Year Anniversary


We appreciate their membership in the Rockford Chamber
and thank these businesses for their years of service
to the Rockford Area ! 

 

 

Noah’s Ark Fund Supplies Items for Hospice Center

Generous donations collected at the CHP Hospice dinner/auction in April are enabling the Noah’s Ark Fund at Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center to purchase items to benefit hospice patients and families during their stay at the center.

Tisha Fast and Tonia Verville, members of the Noah’s Ark Fund committee, recently looked over the new purchases. These include roll away beds, fans, video monitors, games, toys, bird feeders, and other things intended to make patients and visitors feel more at home.

The Noah’s Ark Fund was established in memory of Noah Martin, a 14-month-old child who received care at the hospice center shortly after it opened in 2009. Supported entirely through donations, its goal is to make available comfort measures not typically covered in hospice care.

Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center provides personalized, around-the-clock care focused on comfort at the end-of-life.

 

 

 
October 21, 2016

 

 
 

Rockford Village Council to Increase Wages of Employees
The Rockford Village Council voted to increase wages by 3% to seven full-time employees at the meeting on Tuesday October 18, 2016. Read about this news and other items of business by clicking here for the minutes by Lisa Kuhn Fiscal Officer.

 

 

Parkway Middle School Conferences

 

Parkway Middle School will be holding parent teacher conferences on Thursday, November 3rd, Thursday, November 10th, Monday November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. Conference times for all evenings will be from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Conference scheduling forms have already been sent home with all students.  You may pick up extra forms in the Middle School office.

As a reminder to parents and students, due to conferences and Thanksgiving break, students will not be in school November 23rd through November 28th.  School will resume on Tuesday, November 29th.

 

 

Financial Aid meeting at Parkway High School for Weds, Oct. 19, was postponed. The meeting on completing FAFSA's for college will be held on Tues, Oct 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Seniors and parents should plan to attend, juniors and parents are also welcome. 

 

 
 
 

New Celina Mercer County Chamber of
Commerce Member 

Preferred Insurance Center has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of
Commerce. At Preferred Insurance Center they do a lot of things right.   Every time they give a quote, they donate $10 to a charity.  They shop eight great companies for you and save hundreds of dollars for their customers.  


 

 

 

Signature Partners, Inc.  dba Signature 4 has joined the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Signature 4 is located in Coldwater and here is a snapshot of what they do and who they are. 

WHAT WE DO

S4 is an engineering, design, marketing, and manufacturing company that works closely with each customer to design products specifically tailored to meet our customer needs. We blend creative design with disciplined engineering; S4’s image enhancing solutions are as unique as your product.

Forty Nine Degrees, LLC

WHO WE ARE

We are designers first and foremost and that passion for design carries through our in-house manufacturing and installation process. That’s paramount to us as designers. Attention to detail at every turn is what sets us apart from others in our industry. Whether renovating an existing space or building an entirely new one, Forty Nine Degrees is the company customers rely upon for cutting-edge design and innovative material fabrication.

WHAT WE DO

The heartbeat of our business is design. This drives everything we do. We create. Our team of talented artists designs environmental graphics 24-7. It is a group of people that are trained to think and work outside of the norm but have the discipline to execute.

One of the big advantages in working with Forty Nine Degrees is our ability to fabricate the designs we create. We have a range on in-house processes that can achieve virtually anything graphically. Our fabrication team works hand-in-hand with design and installation to make each vision become a reality.

Our installation team is the best there is…period. This team is composed of highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals that flat out get it.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 Gonzalo Bergara Quartet 

The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece." 

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. 

The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious... and deeply moving.

Don't miss out. 
This show is sure to impress music lovers of all ages! 

Reserve your tickets in advance to save on at the door prices. 

260-726-4809

 

 

 

 

The Mercer County Commissioners have added a Handicapped Ramp on the West side of the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, in time for the public to visit the October 23, 2016 Military Exhibit at this County Museum.  The Handicapped Parking Space is on the South side of the Museum.

 

 

 

Celina Police Department Release

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 12:43 PM Celina Police Officers responded with an ambulance from the Celina Fire Department in response to a report of a man who was not breathing at 1404 E. Livingston St., Celina.  CPR was in progress.  The man, identified as 34 year old Jordan J. Bowers, of Delphos, was taken to the Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater.  Efforts to resuscitate Bowers were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The death, which is not considered suspicious, remains under investigation by the Celina Police Department.  An autopsy is pending at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 
October 20, 2016

 

 
 
 
Driver Training Classes to Begin! MR. E’s DRIVING SCHOOL, LLC Announces:
 

CLASSROOM TIMES for FALL 2016
Sat. Oct. 29th                8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Mon. Oct. 31st              3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Tue. Nov. 1st                 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Wed. Nov. 2nd               3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Thur. Nov. 3rd                3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Fri. Nov. 4th                   3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Sat. Nov. 5th                 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
 

MAKE UP DAY
Monday,  November 7th 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM


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

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

 
 
 
Mendon Halloween Activities

Trick or Treat within the Village of Mendon is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM as set by the Village Council.

The Mendon Lions Club will sponsor the annual costume judging at 7 PM at the Fire Department/ Township House.

Costume judging will be by school grede level and an adult category.

A chili supper with sandwiches , soups and desserts is also planned there (by the fire department members) from 4-7 PM.

 

Laurels of Shane Hill Trick or Treat

Trick or Treater's are invited to the Laurels and Maplewood of Shane's Village Trick or Treat from 3:30 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Free pizza will be served and a coloring contest is planned

 

Rockford Halloween Activities Set

October 29th – Halloween activities:   Trick or treat from 6:00-7:30 and Judging will follow at the Fire House 8:00 pm.

October 29th – Rockford United Methodist Church will be handing out candy during Trick or Treat at the church parking lot behind the Fire Station.

 

Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

Willshire Trick or Treat is is Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM Costume judging will follow in the park.

Trick or Treat will be held in the village of Willshire on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Activities in the park will begin at 6:00 PM with entertainment provided by the Parkway High School Marching Band.  Categories for judging will be by ages as well as a category for “group”.  Doughnuts, coffee, apple cider, and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Willshire Lions Club and the American Legion Post 207.  Plan to visit Willshire and enjoy the evening activities.

 

Zion Lutheran Church Trunk-r-Treat

Trunk-r-Treat will be held in Chattanooga on Sunday, October 30th.  The event will be held at Zion Lutheran Church and will begin at 5:00 PM.  The community is invited to join in on this time of fun.  Vehicles will be parked in the parking lot and will be filled with treats.  Children can walk to the vehicles and get a treat.  Following the treats, all are welcome to gather for soups and sandwiches and other fun.  Costumes are welcome!  Zion is located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  The event is being sponsored by Chattanooga United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

 

 
 
 
 

 
October 19, 2016

 

 
 
 

Lindsay Shellabarger and Jamon Hammel
Announce Engagement

Lindsay Shellabarger and Jamon Hammel have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding on November 12, 2016, at The Well in Huntington.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Randy and Colleen Shellabarger, of Rockford, Ohio.  Lindsay is a 2010 graduate of Parkway High School, and a 2014 graduate of Huntington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and played softball.  She is licensed as a Registered Nurse and is employed on the Medical/Surgical unit at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Her fiancé is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel, of Andrews, Indiana.  Jamon is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School, and a 2013 graduate of Huntington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management and played baseball.  Jamon is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and is employed as a Senior Financial Analyst with Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Photo Credit: Amy Sprunger Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Van Wert Civil Air Patrol Coming to Mercer County Museum

The Van Wert Civil Air Patrol unit #296 will be greeting the guests at
the Military Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum at Celina,
on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.  Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally
chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as
the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force for
kids age 12-18.   It performs three congressionally assigned key
missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air
and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for
youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. 

 

 

 

8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course ~ Ohio Carry Conceal Permit

 

Rockford Native Chris May co-owner of Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC, is presenting an 8 hour Ohio Basic Safety Course (Ohio Carry Conceal Permit) on Sunday, October 30th from 8:30am until 5:30pm. 

The course will consist of: Ohio CCW Course; Simulator analysis of firearm handling; Scenario based training (conditioning of the mind); and live fire.

Prices are $110.00 with your own handgun; $125 without your own handgun; $25 to attend 2 hour Introduction to armed conflict immediately after the Safety Course.

Students required equipment:
Serviceable handguns/fitted holster
Appropriate clothing (jeans/5.11)
Cover garment for drawing
Eyes and ear protection (live fire)
Footwear-boots or tennis shoes (no flip flops)

Students are encouraged to bring every handgun they plan to carry for personal protection and about 50 rounds of ammo (no reloads)

The classroom portion of the class is being held at the Community Room at Parkway Schools.

Click here for a printable sign-up sheet for the class.

Tri-Tactical Training Group, LLC
6440 Norwalk Road, Suite #J
Medina, OH 44256
Owneres: Chris May/Jesse Sprouse
Phone 419-305-9665
Email: tritactraining@yahoo.com
Website: www.tri-tactraining.com
Facebook: tri-tactical training Group

 

 
 
 

 
October 17-18, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 12 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Caitlin Grier Joins Staff at His ‘n Hers Rockford
Nails are her Specialty

 

Caitlin Grier recently passed her State Board License as a Nail Technician, and has joined the staff at His ‘n Hers Rockford, working alongside Brenda Barker, owner.

Caitlin is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Grier of Mendon and graduated from Parkway in 2010. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing from University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima.

Following her graduation, she finished an Advanced Nail Technician Degree through Creative Images in Vandalia. Her ten week program included training on: natural nails; acrylics;  nail diseases; bacterial disorders; muscles and bones of the hands; massage of the hands and feet; and nail art.

She completed an additional 100 hours on advanced work on her own for managing her own nail business.

 

 

 

 

 

Her training in polishes and acrylics includes: regular; gels; and lacquers.

Products she uses are: OPI Polishes; CND Shellac and gel; and OPI gel; Morgan Taylor Polishes; and Tammy Taylor Acrylics.

Caitlin and Brenda both use the OPI Infinite shine Lacquer System on pedicures.

Caitlin works evenings beginning at 4 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, she works during the day.

Walk-ins are welcome or call her at 419-305-6243 for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember that Daylight Savings time is going away on November 6, 2016 at 2 AM. We will Fall Back 1 hour and be on regular Eastern Standard Time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Election Night Supper in Venedocia ~ Open to Public

Election Night Supper, featuring Lions Club Sausage, Chicken Sandwiches, Homemade Soup & Desserts is coming to the Venedocia Lions Club Building
in Venedocia and hosted by the Salem Church. It will be held

on  Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 4:30pm-7:00pm (Election Day)

 

 
 
 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for October 18, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Mendon Library Annex

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 

Good Earth Run Supports Hospice Fund

 

 

The Good Earth Health Food Shoppe in Van Wert celebrated 40 years of business, partnering with CHP Hospice on a 5K/10K run-walk on Aug. 27, to benefit the local hospice agency’s patient care fund.

On Tuesday, Deb Ford, owner of the Good Earth, presented the event’s proceeds to Kim Mason, CHP volunteer coordinator. Also present were (L-R) Karla Laukhuf, Chalmer Huston, Cheryl Schaffner, Neil Hammons and Karen Hammons.

The Good Earth Run 5K/10K drew around 160 participants and included a celebration with food and music following the run.

As a community-based, nonprofit organization, CHP works with local families regardless of financial situation. Its patient care fund helps to offset costs in cases where Medicare or insurance doesn’t cover all the charges incurred for hospice services.

 

Messiah Chorus being formed


Paul Hoverman, director of the biennial Van Wert Community Messiah performance has announced the rehearsal schedule for the volunteer chorus.  The first rehearsal will be Saturday, November 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church 113 West Central Ave. Van Wert, OH.  All other rehearsals will be on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm beginning with Sunday, November 13.  The performance will be Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm at the First UM Church in Van Wert.

A volunteer chorus of approximately 75 singers joins a professional chamber orchestra and four professional soloists.  Anyone high school age and older wishing to sing in the chorus is invited to attend the first rehearsal.  The ability to sing in tune and the desire to be a part of a wonderful musical and Christmas tradition are the only requirements.  Music books are available for those who do not have their own copy.  Those who own their own copy are encouraged to bring them.  It is highly recommended for singers to attend the majority of rehearsals.

The Van Wert community tradition of a Messiah performance dates back to pre-WWII years.  Since 1992, it has been a biennial tradition.  Hoverman will be conducting his eleventh performance of Messiah.  The December performance will include Part I as well as The Trumpet Shall Sound, Worthy is the Lamb/Amen, and the Hallelujah Chorus.

The performance is sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.  Any questions may be directed to paulhoverman@gmail.com

 

“Drinking Habits” to appear at Off Stage Productions.

Play review by Lacy Allen

 

Directors Dan Bulau and Amy Schoppell have comedy gold in this year’s production of Drinking Habits by Tom Smith.

The sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent have a problem… and it’s enough to drive one to drink.

 A declaration has been made that any convent not of “consequence” will be closed, so the sisters take matters into their own hands to protect the place they call home… even if it’s just three... or six of them.

Cunning Sister Augusta (played by Mary Yackey) and Confessional Sister Philamena (played by Kecia Pontius) have devised a plan to secretly sell wine instead of grape juice to make their convent more profitable, even if it means dragging innocent groundskeeper George (played by Daniel Sanderson) into their scheme. But someone’s wine has just won a half million-dollar prize, spurring reporters Paul and Sally (played by Matt Krol and Amy McConn) to the steps of the convent in search of the mysterious winner. As Paul (Krol) and Sally (McConn) go under cover as Father Paul and Sister Mary Mary, things get even more twisted with news that not only will there be a new arrival at the convent, but that the Cardinal is sending spies around to infiltrate and determine what convents will be closed.

With the arrival of Sister Mary Catherine (played by Kelly Smith), even the level-headed Father Chenille (played by Steve Bricker) is doubting the intentions of all the new arrivals.

With a Mother Superior (played by a perfectly stern Jewell Kurtz) who is against drinking, so much so that even the word is banned at the convent, and the threat of closure looming over their heads, the sisters of the convent will do just about anything to keep the doors open… even if it means covering up their own “sins” with a little lie….

As the lies get bigger, the cover-ups bolder… it’s hard to tell who’s who in this twisted tale of mistaken identities, speculated spies, and behind the scene secrets.

 Can the girls keep the cork in their secret, or is their cover and livelihood blown?

Come See for yourself!

Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of their performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday Oct 14th-16th*, and Friday & Saturday Oct 21st & 22nd. Doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 pm for Sunday matinees, at the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH). A buffet style meal provided by Romer’s Catering from Saint Henry, OH will be served starting at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm (*1:00pm meal and 2:00pm show on the Sunday matinees).  Cost of the dinner and show only $28!

 

 
 
 
 

 
October 15-16, 2016

 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Deer Season in Ohio

For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception.

Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 24th and will run through February 5th, while deer gun season will begin on November 28th and end on December 4th, with a bonus season December 17th and 18th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 7th through January 10th, and youth deer gun season will be November 19th and 20th.

Once again, bag limits have stayed the same as last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use.

ODNR is tasked with managing the deer population in the state and considers multiple factors before establishing bag limits. We are currently seeing the benefits of a major push a few years ago to thin the deer population in the state—a practice that results in healthier deer. Ultimately, these state policies are focused on improving the hunting experience in Ohio. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and other issues in the news by completing a brief online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyoctober2016

 

 

 

 

Marion Township Road to Close

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Stelzer Road between State Route 119 and State Route 127 in Marion Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on October 18, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions. Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer's Office at 419-586-7759.

 

 

 

Fatal Crash Announced by Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at approximately 9:52 AM.  Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Frahm Pike and State Route 118 in Hopewell Township.

 

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a 2005 GMC Envoy SUV was being driven westbound on Frahm Pike by Linda D. Aschliman, 65,  of Bluffton, Indiana.  Ms. Aschliman failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of State Route 118 and struck a northbound 2012 Freightliner semi tractor and trailer being driven by Jeremy W. Bragg, 36, of Ohio.

 

Ms. Aschliman was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The front seat passenger in Ms. Aschliman’s vehicle, Katie Wickey, 38,  of Geneva, Indiana, was also ejected from the vehicle.  Ms. Wickey was transported to the Coldwater Hospital by Celina’s Squad.  Another passenger in Ms. Aschliman’s vehicle, Katherin Christner, 65, was also transported to the Coldwater Hospital by Celina’s Squad for her injuries.  Mr. Bragg refused treatment at the scene.

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS, Rockford EMS, and the Motor Carrier Unit of the Ohio Highway Patrol

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 12-14, 2016

 

 
 

Drug Take-Back Planned

Celina OH – On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Sheriff’s Office will be working in conjunction with Mercer Health and the Coldwater Exempted Village School System.  The public can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Coldwater High School at 310 North Second Street in Coldwater.

So far in 2016, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office has collected nearly 200 pounds of drugs from the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and from take back events. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day.  There are no liquids or needles accepted at the drug take back events or in the drug drop box.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Photo Caption:  This Powder Horn is inscribed “J.S. Burr Phil.  1752”  from Louise Dubitsky Polan’s description of the Herman P. Dean Firearms Collection, on display at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.

 

 

Historic Powder Horns will be on display at the 16th Annual Military and Antique Gun Exhibit, hosted by the Museum of the Soldier, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, one block east of the Courthouse on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

Each year, the Museum of the Soldier Administrators Jim Waechert and Brian Williamson bring an entirely different Military Exhibit.  This October, the Main Feature will be a U.S. 1917 Enfield Rifle exhibit with various makers represented including the Winchester, a tool kit, bayonets and manuals, and a British P1914 rifle where the design originated.  A Powder horn display is an additional feature of this October 23 show.

 

The Museum of the Soldier is located across the Ohio-Indiana State Line, at 510 East Arch St., (just south of the Jay Co. Fairground), Portland, Indiana 47371.  This Museum is open on the 1st and 3rdweekends of each month 12:00 – 5:00, from April until Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Their Mission is “To Recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who served and supported the Armed Forces of the United States.” 

 

The Museum of the Soldier features an extensive Indiana Militia, National Guard and 38th Division exhibit, during WWII.  Members of the Military are honored in a series of exhibits that recognize the last full measure of “Duty, Honor, Country.”  The First Gulf War exhibit features Iraqi SPG9 Recoilless Gun and a selection of Iraqi uniforms and equipment.  The men and women currently serving around the world are being recognized for their service on part of the post 9-11 exhibit.  This Museum also hosts annual exhibits of Military Vehicles.  When Alvin and I visit this Museum, the most important facet of the exhibits which I value is that this Museum of the Soldier recognizes the individual service man or woman, by putting individual names to the objects on display.  A person from Jay County, Indiana or Mercer County, Ohio cannot walk through this Museum without recognizing persons or families’ names on the exhibits.  This Museum is worthy of your visit.  The website is www.museumofthesoldier.com.

 

The Powder Horn in the photograph above is inscribed “J.S. Burr Phil, 1752,” on display at the Huntington Galleries, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.  It is included in Louise Dubitsky Polan’s essay, ‘Engraved Powder Horns, Personal Expressions of Popular Motifs,’ in the 1980 book, “Herman P. Dean Firearms Collection.”  This Museum contains one of the finest early collections of firearms, from the 1550’s, including the Wheel Lock, dated 1595, and Flintlock pistols of 1700’s, English firearms of the 1700 and 1800’s, Matchlock Muskets, Percussion pistols in the U.S., and Flintlock rifles, 1700-1800’s.  The engraving and inlaid mother-of-pearl and ivory on the gunstocks were made by master craftsmen/artists.  This Museum, across the Ohio River at Huntington, WV is also worthy of your visit.

 

Another activity which you might enjoy is Cincinnati’s Schuetzenfest, a marksmen’s shooting competition in the cultures of Germany and Switzerland. Website http://www.schuetzenfestcincy.com/

provides information for the Schuetzenfest.  Friendship, Indiana is the site of another event featuring the Black Powder exhibits and competitions. 

 

Private Gun Collectors are also showing their Rifles and Shotguns on October 23.  Buck Bader’s Exhibit and the book of Buck’s Biography will complement these Private Collections at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The public is invited to visit the Exhibit, Sunday, October 23, 1:00 – 4:00.

 

 

 

 

Board of Director Volunteers Sought

WRKD – Rockford’s Best Mix radio station is working on some reorganization. We are looking for some volunteers to set on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in radio and seeing our local station continue to be successful, please contact the Rockford Village Office at 419-363-3032 ext 1. Please leave your name and phone number.

 

 

Guest Speaker Coming to Historical Meeting
The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on 
Monday - October 17th at 7 pm in the museum on East Columbia St in 
Rockford. Jim Bowsher, of Wapakoneta, will be our guest speaker.  Jim
has always been an enjoyable speaker as he tells many historical
stories about artifacts he has brought with him.  The public is
invited to the meeting.

 

 

 

Local Publishing Company to Host Book Release Party

4 Authors=12 Books in 1 Year

Coco Publications will host a book release party featuring four local authors on Thursday, October 13, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M., in the Lefeld Community Building at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Illustrators will join the authors in book signing. Editors and a representative from the publishing company will also be on hand.

 

Featured authors will include Jeremy Wenning, who has released 6 books through Coco Publications in the last year. Wenning says his featured title, Bullysaurus Rex, was written “with the goal of stomping bullying into extinction.” Illustrator Karen Flesch’s paintings bring the dinosaur characters to life. Other books published by Wenning in recent years include Coco & Pebbles Happy Halloween and Coco & Pebbles Merry Christmas (2015), Welcome to Joey Ohio (April 2016), Coco & Pebbles The Westside Pizza and Coco & Pebbles The Hunting Trip (both in July 2016).


Judy Bruns has released 3 children’s picture books and 1 book for middle school teachers through Coco Publications since May. Her titles include Now I’m a BIG Girl!, Now I’m a BIG Boy!, and Prompts that Make Kids BEG to Write! Her featured book will be Painting Grandma’s Nails, illustrated by 2014 Indiana Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, Kathy Ayers.A retired language arts teacher and Power of the Pen coach, Bruns has been published in hometown and Christian newspapers, magazines, and other publications.

 

Author Terry August wrote his story-turned-book over 30 years ago. When one of his grandchildren discovered his story and encouraged him to get it published, August decided to pursue publication, much to the satisfaction and happiness of the grandkids. In Charlie the

Turtle Rabbit, main character Charlie stars as the fastest turtle around! Rex, a red bird who cannot fly, looks past Charlie’s rare features because he is different himself. As Charlie and Rex swim one day, their lives are put on the line. Can the two friends survive?

 

Tia Caffee, the youngest of the Coco Publications authors, will be debuting her novel, The Oasis. As a team of scientists venture deeper and deeper into the uncharted Amazon rainforest, they soon learn that bats aren’t the only creatures that survived extinction. The hunt for science becomes a fight for survival when these humans enter the prehistoric oasis. Author Tia Caffee, having completed her novel, has ambitions to write children’s books as well as comic books in the future.

The October 13 Coco Publications book signing event is open to the public.

 
 
 

 
October 11, 2016

 

 
 
Homecoming Court at Parkway
Thank you Nikki Fox for these Great Shots!

See more of Nikki's homecoming pictures at: http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

Freshman Alexis Cairns, Senior Alisa Gray, Queen Mikaylee Heindel, Senior Sydney Swygart, Sophomore Grace Swander, Junior Bailey Bates.

 
 

Parkway FFA Students Move on to State for Soil Judging 
19kroem@parkwayschools.org 

On September 29th Parkway FFA students went to district soil judging in Ottowa. The rural kids judged soil properties, overall degree of limitation, and best management practices or BMP'S. To judge all of this the students had to find the slope, decipher soil texture, complete a general knowledge test, evaluate the structure, determine drainage, restrictive features, bedrock, topsoil depth, and compaction.  The "urbanites" went to evaluate the soil and the lay of the land to determine where to build a home, urban problems, and other nonagricultural uses. For the students to be able to decide which urban problems could occur with the soil type the use the same procedures the rural kids do except they have to decide whether the soil was good for buildings and basements, driveways and roads, lawns, gardens, landscaping, and septic tank absorption fields.

The rural team consisted of Shay Pond, Tessa Thatcher, Mecaylah Hesse, Alec Shoenleben, and Alyssa Miller. Shay Pond scored third individually and the students for the rural team that are moving to state are Shay Pond, Mecaylah Hesse, Tessa Thatcher, and Alec Shoenleben. This team ranked fourth overall. The urban team was Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth,  Noah Stephenson, Faith Shellabarger, and Gage Etgen.  Maggie Houts placed fourth individually and the team moving on to state is Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth, Noah Stephenson, and Faith Shellabarger. The urban team ranked fifth overall. 

 

 


Halloween Party in Ohio City
The Ohio City Park Association is excited to announce their date for their 2016 Halloween Party. The party will be held at the Ohio City Community Building located on 118 on the north side of the Village and as always,.. FREE to the public.  It will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00pm to midnight. The evening will feature the local band: “Section Ate”. They will be serving homemade chili and peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches along with other snacks by donation. There will also be cash prizes for several costume categories.  

 

 

 

Suicide Prevention Walk

Mercer County, Ohio’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  There are more than 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place throughout the U.S. this fall.  Funds will support vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those impacted by suicide.

 

Come to the Mercer County Fairgrounds, on October 15th at 9:00 am – Walker registration and 10:00 am - Opening Ceremonies with the Walk to start at 10:15 am. On average, one person dies by suicide every 6 hours in Ohio and suicide is the 11th leading cause of death overall for our state.  Suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers and entire communities. Suicide can be prevented.  This event is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

 

 

 

 

Parkway 173 (7 holes, shortened due to weather)

By Coach Teri Samples 

Heavy rains and lightning ended the Wayne Trace Invite two holes early.  Parkway finished 4th overall with Haylee Stukey leading the way placing 6th place shooting a 37 and Mecaylah Hesse placing 7th with a 39.  Autumn Ellis' 45 and Lauren Henderson's 52 rounded out the scoring.

 

Also completing for the Panthers was Maggie Houts shooting a 55 and Emma Gause a 63.

 

Lincolnview placed first with a team score of 144.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf

At Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod, OH the Parkway Boys Golf team competed in their Sectional Tournament, shooting a 380 and finishing in 9th place. Leading the way for the Panthers was Cole Schoenleben with an 88. Mason Baxter shot an 89 to pace the Black and Gold as well. Ashton Hamrick shot an even 100 and Dave Gause finished out the scoring with a 103. Jack Wehe shot a 105 for the Panthers as well.

To check out all results from the tournament, go to  http://www.baumspage.com/golf/gevent.php?peventID=80&table=C

 

 

By Coach Joe Falk

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 10, 2016

 

 
 
 

Leota Braun Annual Harvest Banquet Held on October 8

The Leota Braun Foundation held their annual Harvest Banquet. A social time and chance to bid on silent auction items preceded the meal and was followed by a meeting with a run-down of the year’s activities.

Entertainer for the evening was Kaela (Gardner) Kinney a musician, song writer, and entrepreneur. Kaela currently lives in Nashville where she writes for artists and runs her companies K'LA Straps (bling guitar straps) and Bling Bridal Events (wedding decorating company). Kaela told her story of moving out to Los Angeles after growing up in the Parkway community. 

Food was provided by Brenda Severns. 

Donations can still be made to Leota Braun for anyone interested. 

 

 
 
 
 

The Shanes Park Beautification Society Update for September


Thank you to Barb Pedroza and Marlene Roebuck for helping clean up the flower beds for the season.

Thank you to Donna Riley for helping plant daffodil bulbs.

If you are interested in volunteering for some small projects next season at the park, please contact Joyce Emans.

The tree committee recently planted 18 trees 2 of which were Memorial trees.

If you are interested in seeing more trees be planted at the park, consider making a donation to the Tree Committee.    We are working on plans for next year.


The Beautification Society

 

 

THE ROCKFORD BELLE -- OPRY SHOW
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 5, 2016
ROCKFORD, OH



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

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

Guests include:  

* Kim Epple from Defiance * Michelle Limbert from Lima

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

* Mike Kaufman and Joe Killion from Defiance  

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



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

 

 
 

In the Breese for Bri - Quarter Auction Benefit
November 12th - Rockford Community Building
Doors open at noon.

Auction begins at 1.

All proceeds go to the Leota Bruan Foundation 
to award two Parkway Seniors a Scholarship in 
memory of Brianna Coon.

$3 per paddle for $5.00 for two
300 paddles available

Food will be available for purchase.

A great time to get that early Christmas shopping
done and for a good cause ! 

 

 

Would you like to be a Writer? Stateline Writers Club Invites you to A Meeting

The Stateline Writers Club is scheduled to meet on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Celina's public library.  Members are encouraged to write a composition about "something scary."  If time permits, a short language arts lesson will follow.  The public is invited to attend.

 

 

Ohio Has Talent - Auditions Set for Nov. 4-5

Auditions for the 10th annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 4-5, 5-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. Audition applications are due by Oct. 28.

The top acts will perform in the Feb. 17, 2017 show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome including single and group acts. Talents beyond singing and dancing are especially encouraged to audition.

Contestants will compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. Winners are based solely on votes collected from the audience.

Ohio Has Talent! is a benefit show for the CHP Home Care & Hospice patient care fund.

Audition applications are available at the CHP office, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert or can be downloaded at www.ComHealthPro.org. For more information call Kim Mason at 419-238-9223.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 8-9, 2016

 

 
 
Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul's United Church of Christ on October 9th - Join the Fun for a Great Cause

The congregation invites you to Autumn Fest at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road,  Rockford for Fun, Food, and Fellowship as they raise money for CALL Ministries for the Celina and Parkway Back-Pack Programs. The women of the church will be serving up soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages on Sunday, October 9 at 4:30 PM to be followed by an auction at 5:30 with crafts, baked good & other homemade items. Tom Robbins and D. D. Strickler will be calling the bids!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 5-7, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway Fall Homecoming Pep Session
Thank you Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of Panther's preparing for Homecoming!
Click on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them.

 
 
 
 
 

 
October 3-4, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Fall Homecoming Dance Fun
Thank you Nikki Fox for sharing these great pictures of Panther good times!
Click on smaller thumbnail pictures to enlarge them.

 

 
 
 

4-H 5K Harvest Run and Family Day

October 2016 – The Van Wert County 4-H Endowment Board will be conducting their second 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day fund raiser event on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Lincoln Ridge Farms. The event will raise money for memorials for the Brower 4-H Family, the Benson 4-H Family, academic scholarships for graduating 4-H seniors, scholarships and financial assistance to 4-H youth interested in attending 4-H Camp Palmer, and 4-H club grants for community service projects and special programs.

Registration for the race will begin at 9:00am, with the Kiddie Race at 9:45am, and 5K Walk Run starting at 10:00am. Cost to register for the race is $25.00 and entries will be taken the morning of the race. The memorials, and awards for the race will be presented at 11:30am. Following the race this year, families are invited to explore Lincoln Ridge and all they have to offer! For more information about the events at Lincoln Ridge check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnridgefarms/

Not a runner? You can participate in activities like corn hole, our pumpkin decorating contest, check out the visiting insects from the Ohio State University Entomology lab, play games, and get your face painted! Activities are covered with your $10.00 ticket for Lincoln Ridge for the day.

To download the registration forms and find more information about running or walking the 5K or participating in the Family Fun Day please go to the website at http://go.osu.edu/4h5k 

You do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to participate in our event!

4-H Youth Development education creates positive environments for diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, caring and contributing citizens. Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.

 

The Parkway Class of 1976 will be holding its 40-year reunion on Saturday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion.   Snacks and soft drinks will be available along with a cash bar.  
Hope to see you there!

 

 
 
Author Coming to Parkway Schools

Children's author and Illustrator, Eileen Christelow, will visit at Parkway Elementary on Thursday, October 6, 2016. She wrote the popular 5 Little Monkeys books. She is sponsored by the Rockford Library.
 
 
 
Parkway Beats New Bremen on Homecoming Night 41-10
Thank you Nikki Fox for catching the action and sharing it!
 

Click on smaller thunbnail pictures to enlarge them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
October 1-2, 2016

 

 
 
Reminder Join us for Rockford's Beanfest in memory of Bob Clay and Tom Rogers on
Sunday - October 2nd from 11:30 am - 5 pm at Shanes Park.

    
Tasty Bean Soup donated by The Willow and live music all day !!  
    
Schedule of music entertainment:
    
Triad @ 1 pm
Parkway Jr. High Choir and special guests - 1:45 pm
Jerry Garcia - 2:30 pm
George Moore - 3:15 pm
    
Food stand provided by - New Horizons Community Youth Group
    
Free Will offering !!  
    
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing day at beautiful
Shanes Park.  
 
 

Parkway October 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway October 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 
 
 

LIONS CLUB FISH FRY

Parkway Middle School 8th grade students are currently selling Fish Fry tickets to benefit their trip to Washington D.C. this coming spring. The Fish Fry is sponsored by Mendon, Rockford, & Willshire Lions Clubs and will take place on Friday, November 4th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Building. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from any 8th grade student or by stopping by or calling the Middle School office at 419-363-3045. Students are asked to turn all tickets and money in by October 24th  to the Middle School office. Parkway Local Schools and the 8th grade class would like to sincerely THANK the Lions Clubs for their continued support of this very educational trip.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Celina Bank Robber Caught

On Friday, September 23, 2016 at about 1:00 PM a man entered the 2nd National Bank at 800 N. Main St., Celina announcing a robbery and demanding cash.  The man did obtain an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  Tips were received as a result of the previously released photo.  The man was identified as 32 year old Joshuia Dale Bursey of Pierceton, Indiana.  Detective Ronald Waltmire of the Celina Police Department signed charges of Robbery, a third degree felony as well as theft, a fifth degree felony.  Those charges were filed on Wednesday, September 28th. 

This afternoon, on September 30, 2016, a traffic stop was conducted in Ft. Wayne, Indiana by Ft. Wayne P.D., Allen Co, Ind, Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Task Force and the U.S. Marshalls.  Bursey was subsequently arrested.  He is being held in Indiana on charges unrelated to the Celina bank robbery.

The Celina Police Department’s investigation continues in conjunction with the Lima, Ohio office of the FBI, the FBI Task Force and the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Police Department.

 

 

FLU CLINICS

The Mercer County-Celina City Health Department will have a Drive Thru
Flu Clinic on Tuesday, October 4th at the Mercer County Fairgrounds
from 9:30a.m.-6:00p.m (enter thru the Market Street entrance). Clients
that are 6 months and older are encouraged to get a flu shot!
Additional Walk In Flu Clinic hours will also be held on the following
dates: Tuesday, October 18th from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m., Friday, October
28th from 7:15a.m.-3:15p.m. and Tuesday, November 8th from
9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. at the Health Department (Central Services Building
- Suite B152). Please bring your insurance card with completed
screening forms found on the website at www.mccchd.org. We also accept
clients with Medicaid, Medicare and those that do not wish to bill
insurance. A pay at time of service discount will be offered: $50 High
Dose Flu & $30 Quadrivalent Flu. Clients 6 months-18 years that meet
the Federally Funded Vaccine (VFC) requirements will be charged $12
administration fee ($15 administration fee after October 12th, 2016)
only and will not be denied vaccine due to inability to pay. FluMist
Nasal Spray will NOT be offered this Flu Season. For more information
call (419) 586-3251 x1270 or 'Like' us on Facebook .

 

 
 

Affair of the Art, Apples, & Ale

Affair of the Art, Apples, & Ale is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th in
downtown Celina from 12n to 4pm.  Artists, craftsmen, and vendors will be
set up on the sidewalks on Main Street in Celina.  These participants will
be
selling and demonstrating their crafts and products.   There is still space
to
be a part of this free family event.  Vendors/artists/craftsmen are invited
to
attend.  You must pre-register with the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber by
calling 419 586 2219 or emailing info@celinamercer.com or stop by
121 E. Logan Street, Celina.  

A kids' zone will be set up on East Fayette Street with a bouncy house
sponsored by
Wabash Communications, face painting, games, and touch a truck sponsored by
Mercer County
Library.  

An apple pie contest will be held for local restaurants and caterers to
showcase their baking skills.  The winner will be able to brag about the
best apple pie in Celina and receive an award.  Two pies must be delivered
to
Brew Nation by 12n on October 8th to enter.   Contact the Chamber if you
want
to participate.  

Ale tasting will be held at Brew Nation and the 209/211 Club in Celina.

Again, contact the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at
419 586 2219 or stop by 121 E. Logan Street, Celina.  Don't miss the fun.

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Increasing the Monetary Limit for Small Claims Courts

Small businesses make up a large pillar of our western Ohio economy. For that reason, I am always supportive of all proposed measures that will help our local small businesses to grow and prosper far into the future.

One of these most recent pieces of legislation was House Bill 387, which doubles the monetary jurisdiction of a small claims court from $3,000 to $6,000. Although this may not seem to be an issue the directly correlates to the success of our small businesses, it significantly reduces the cos of doing business in Ohio. That is always a win for our companies.

For family owned and operated businesses and other companies throughout our region, increasing the limit on the small claims court can give owners the opportunity to recover debts without being forced to take their claim to a higher, more expensive court.

The $3,000 small claims cap did not suffice for those Ohio businesses that needed to recoup a larger amount than the limit, but not enough to justify an attorney to file an action in a municipal court. By increasing access to the small claims process, businesses can now save time and money, benefiting from a quicker court proceeding and less expensive alternative to settling a dispute.

Small businesses are the backbone of our community and our economy in western Ohio, and it is imperative we give them every opportunity to thrive. By increasing the small claims court limit, we are lowering business’ operating costs, leaving them with more capital to reinvest in their workforce. There is no doubt that when our local businesses succeed, our entire community succeeds.

 

 
 

Parkway Local Schools Criteria & Application Process for the

“Academic Alumni Hall of Fame”

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

Nominations for the hall of fame may be made by anyone. Criteria for nomination are: 1) a graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford, Mendon-Union, and Parkway), 2) graduated at least ten years prior to nomination, 3) give time to enhance their profession, and 4) demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.

The award is presented at the Parkway High School Spring Awards Program in May to no more than 3 recipients annually. Plaques for each recipient will be displayed in the High School for students and community members.

Nominees will either send a testimonial or speak briefly to the students at the Spring Senior Awards Night on how character education helped them achieve success. The Academic Hall of Fame encourages students to develop good character to lead to success.

To nominate individuals for the Parkway Local Schools Academic Alumni Hall of Fame, contact Parkway High School at 419-363-3045, ext #760 or mail Parkway High School, 400 Buckeye St., Rockford, OH  45882. Please provide the individual’s name, year of graduation, career position, and current contact information; or the nominee may complete the application posted on parkwayschools.org and mail it to the address above.  Nominations must be submitted by the 3rd Friday in November, to be considered. Upon nomination, individuals will receive information on applying for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. Applications must be completed by January 10 of each year.

A committee of five Parkway staff members score the applications using a rubric to determine each year’s recipients. Applicants are notified in February of the results. Previous nominees are encouraged update their applications by the January 10 deadline. Previous applications are kept on file indefinitely.

 

 
 

College & Financial Aid Informational Meeting

October 19: Juniors & Seniors Parents & their students are invited to attend a 6:30 p.m. meeting at Parkway High School Community Room. Melanie Weaver, Financial Aid Officer from Ohio Northern, will speak on college costs, understanding the financial aid application process, steps to completing a FAFSA application, and other aid options. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) should be completed by December 1, to be eligible for priority status for grants as well as student and parent loans. Please attend to get your college financial aid questions answered.

Please note the deadline for priority submission has changed for all current and future college students. 2015 tax data will be used this fall.

 

 

Mercer County EMA
CALENDAR OF EVENTS / PUBLIC MEETINGS

 

 

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 28-30, 2016

 

 

Twenty-First Century Club Meets in September

The members of Rockford’s Twenty-First Century Club met for the first meeting of the year at the Rockford Carnegie Library on September 27, 2016. Lani Stein and Rozann Maurer, President and Vice President, prepared the meal of ham sandwiches, chips and dip, veggie and fruit trays and a delicious dessert. The group officially welcomed Sandra (Sites) Grooms, retired nurse and native of Rockford, to the ranks. Following the meal, the group of women learned about the theme for the year which is the History of Board Games. They learned that games go way back and were used to teach, entertain and bring families closer together. President Lani quizzed the group on: the oldest game, called Senet played by the Egyptians; the newest playing part in Operation - 2003 they added Brain Freeze; which games a ruler Buddha forbid. The next meeting will be held at the Rockford United Methodist Church.  Members are reminded to bring canned goods and plastic bags for the Food Bank in Rockford.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 27, 2016

 

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Names Citizen of the Year 2016
Michael “Mike” Schumm

 

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Monday evening, September 26, 2016. A lovely dinner was prepared by Tom and Matt Burtch, new owners of the Rockford Carry-out who were also mentioned as a new business. 

Mary Beougher, Chamber President, took the stage and mentioned businesses who had met year milestones in the community including these: Wabash Telephone 105; Brenda Barker at His n’ Hers Salon 40 years; Al Brandt Construction 40 years; Deerfield Golf Course 20 years; and more.

 

 

Next she invited speaker Norm VanTilburg to the podium with Mike Schumm, president and vice president of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society to discuss plans for the 200th Birthday Celebration of Rockford. The Bicentennial Committee (of about 20 people so far) has big plans in the works for the 2020 Celebration including: a First Night Celebration on New Year’s Eve in 2019; murals painted on the sides of different buildings; quarterly dinners to raise money as well as a gun raffle; duck races; a bicentennial quilt; parade; family reunions; banners for businesses and houses; men’s beard contest; king and queen contest; ladies’ dress (from the 1820’s) contest; band and choir concerts;

Homecoming day; and many other activities.  Many famous people lived and passed through Rockford (Shanes Crossing) as early as 1700 when first maps show it as the ½ way cross over the St. Marys River. Half way was between Piqua and Fort Wayne. Crossing through were: General Mad Anthony Wayne, General Henry Harrison, General Mentor Johnson; Tecumseh, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) and Anthony Shane , the founder of Shanes Crossing. They invited people to help o the committee and support fund raising efforts for the year long celebration which will culminate with the June 2020 Community Days.

 

 

 

WCSM’s Jon Williams, emcee turned the stage over to Brenda Barker who presented the Business of the Year Award to Subway Restaurant, in business since May 2003 and owned by Jeremy, Josh and John Wenning. She cited their community involvement and great food!

 

Then the time came to name the winner of the Citizen of the Year for 2016, which went to Mike Schumm, presented by Joyce Emans, last year’s winner.

The video, carefully prepared by Stacie Ford, Parkway Independent and Jim Crocker of WRKD Radio was played and everyone stood to applaud and congratulate Mike following an endearing look at his life.


Mike and Family following awards ceremony 

 

 
 

Mike Schumm’s Life and Memories
written by Stacie Ford 9-26-2016

 

Mike was born June 3, 1955 in Decatur, Indiana and raised in Willshire, Ohio by parents Frederick and Rosemary. He had 5 brothers and 2sisters.
In the Mike grew up listening to The New York Yankees on the radio and collecting Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards. Competitive pick up ballgames were on the daily agenda for him with an unlimited band of neighborhood kids, or his 5 brothers including Tom, Mark, Ronnie, Scott, and Ted. He played baseball, and  whenever a team needed an extra player, he filled in. In grade school he was quoted as saying of Willshire’s Organized Little League Ball Team, “If there would have been a World Series Little League Championship, we would have won it!”

He loved growing up in Willshire where they had the park to play, the river to fish, and he was related to nearly everyone. If they got into trouble, mom knew about it before he returned home.

Mike embraced life and was surrounded, guided, and influenced by loving  family, friends, teachers and coaches who would shape and mold him to become the person he is today. His influences had a major impact in forming his role as a leader. During his 4 years of high school, Mike was fortunate to have played baseball, basketball, and football under the direction of 4 Hall of Fame Coaches who made lifelong impressions:  Coaches Don Black (Baseball), Dave Hansbarger (Football), John Reed Football), and Ron Neikamp (Basketball).

His talent and positive leadership style would later earn him nominations into the Acme Baseball Hall of Fame (2009), Ohio High School Baseball Hall of Fame (2010), and Parkway High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2015).

As  President of the graduating  Class of 1973, Mike gave the Commencement speech based on the book- I am Third- by  Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history; summed up, The Lord is first, my friends are second, and I am Third. Forty three years later, people still approach him to say they remember that speech!

Baseball scholarships opened doors for  Mike on the campuses of Marietta College and Ohio Northern where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education followed by a Masters Degree earned at Mary Grove.

He married his high school sweetheart, Debra Sue Butcher on August 30, 1975 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. This is the same church where he served as Council President and Trustee for several years.     Together Mike and Deb raised Aaron, Amanda, and Galen,  who also embraced a mutual love for sports. Coaching became a part of his entire life, whether it was at home or at school he enjoyed teaching life lessons and the value of what it was like to be part of a team.                          

Spending time and making memories with family has always been a priority to Mike. Family is always there no matter what.


Mike secured employment as a history teacher at Fort Recovery Local Schools and Mendon-Union School , and in 2013 retired with a tenure of 28 years at Parkway Local Schools  as an educator, Head Basketball and Baseball Coach,  and Athletic Director..


Talented team members and cheering fans wearing black and gold will never forget when the Parkway Panthers won 2 Baseball State Championships in 1987 and 1991; Mike’s leadership was at the helm of these opportunities. 2016 marks
the 25th Year Anniversary celebrating the 1991 State Baseball Championship.

Fishing, playing golf, and collecting flea market finds of old ball gloves and baseball memorabilia are ways Mike spends time in retirement;   His love of local history research related to Willshire and Rockford  led him to the  discovery that an apple orchard was planted on his property by Johnny Appleseed!  In keeping with the tradition two more apple trees were planted 7 years ago; 2 apples were harvested this year!

 

Active memberships within the community include the Historical Society (Vice President) and Bicentennial Planning Committee (Co-Chairman).
He helps at the museum, has been in several Lions Club Variety Shows, and volunteers as the sports director for the Rockford Radio Station WRKD.


“Coach” would be the title given to this man who is a teacher on and off the field and, described as a family man who is a great role model, practices what he preaches, who is always positive, and a good listener. Our lives are enriched for knowing you, “Coach.”

CONGRATULATIONS  2016  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

- Michael Lynn Schumm !
written by Stacie Ford 9-26-2016

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Greg Homan Proclamations by
Mercer County Commissioners

Johnny Appleseed

Influential Coaches

Mike and Deb's Family

Variety Show Fun

Winners!

Wedding

Mike's Siblings

College Mike Schumm
 
 
 
Join us for Rockford's Beanfest in memory of Bob Clay and Tom Rogers on
Sunday - October 2nd from 11:30 am - 5 pm at Shanes Park.

    
Tasty Bean Soup donated by The Willow and live music all day !!  
    
Schedule of music entertainment:
    
Triad @ 1 pm
Parkway Jr. High Choir and special guests - 1:45 pm
Jerry Garcia - 2:30 pm
George Moore - 3:15 pm
    
Food stand provided by - New Horizons Community Youth Group
    
Free Will offering !!  
    
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing day at beautiful
Shanes Park.  
 
 

 

87th Annual Parkway FFA banquet

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On Wednesday April 13, 2016, the Parkway FFA chapter hosted their 87th annual FFA banquet. This is an entirely student run event and, as usual, it turned out fantastic! At 6:30 pm people started filing in for the event in the high school cafeteria. We kicked off the night with opening ceremonies and the official welcome by the new president, Clista Hellwarth. Jay Anderson followed with the prayer for the meal. Everyone then enjoyed the delicious meal of, BBQ turkey, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a wide variety of amazing desserts brought in by guests. Special thank you to Stephenson’s greenhouse, The Freemont Company, and Coopers for donating to the meal! Afterwards the reporter, Laura Barrett, played her slideshow of everything they had done this past year. Next, Alec Schoenleben introduced the guest speaker, ’06 Parkway FFA President Katie King. Katie gave an awesome speech about her time in FFA and encouraged current FFA members to get involved and have fun. Then, students presented awards to those who got, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, Fruit Sale Awards, Scholarship Awards, and those who participated in CDEs. Next Mr. Post gave out his special awards. He first gave an award to reporter, Laura Barrett, for getting a perfect score on her Chapter Scrapbook. Then to President Tanner Matthews for his outstanding leadership this year. Next he awarded Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts, for earning their State Degree, and Rachel King, and Amanda Stachler for receiving their National FFA Degrees. Kayla Walls also earned her National Degree but, was unable to attend the banquet. Mr. Post also gave the “Star” awards to, 1st year Madison Kroeger, 2nd year Chanel Walls, 3rd year Shay Pond, and 4th year Taylor Hesse. Finally, senior members gave their parents carnations and President Tanner Matthews gave his retiring address. Tanner gave an outstanding “bikini” speech, as he called it. To end the night, closing ceremonies were performed, and the new 2016-2017 FFA officers were announced. They are; President: Clista Hellwarth, Vice: Maggie Houts, Reporter: Madison Kroeger, Secretary: Shay Pond, Treasurer: Alec Schoenleben, Sentinel: Chanel Walls, and Student Advisor: Jay Anderson. Congratulations students on an outstanding year and thank you to Parkway’s Staff, School Board, and Community members for making all of this possible!

 

 

 

FFA Holds Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

On Saturday April 30, 2016, The Parkway FFA held the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Girls in grades K through 5 brought their fathers to the Elementary Gymnasium for a night of dancing, snacks, and fun!  Pictures were taken by Reflections photography and will be sent home with the girls at school. This year we had over 100 girls attend! Money raised from the dance will be donated to the Dayton Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Chanel Walls for organizing the event and thank you to everyone who attended, we hope to see you again next year!


Photo Caption: Parkway third graders who attended the dance.

 

 

FFA Evaluations

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

This year, the Parkway FFA had 5 students earn degrees in the State and National FFA evaluations. This is an outstanding accomplishment for these girls! Earning a degree takes a huge amount of work in and outside of class. Requirements for the State Degree are, $3,000 earned in agricultural work and earning their Chapter Degree. But for the American Degree you have to earn $10,000 in agricultural work, previously received their State Degree, and graduated high school with completed ag classes. Only the top 2% of FFA students earn their State Degree and only half of them go on to receive their American Degree. The American Degree (National) is the highest honor someone can achieve in the FFA.  

Maggie Houts, daughter of Mark and Michelle Houts, earned her State Degree. She earned her degree by working on her family farm, Houts Partnership, with her goats. Maggie is very involved in the FFA, served this past year as the treasurer and will be the Vice President of our chapter in 2017.

Clista Hellwarth, daughter of Garrett and Judy Hellwarth, earned her State Degree as well. Clista earned her degree by working on her family farm, Hellwarth Dairy, with her calves. Clista was secretary for the last two years and will be the Parkway FFA President this coming year.

Kayla Walls, daughter of Kerry and Heidi Walls, earned her American Degree this year. Kayla spent her hours on working with her horses. In high school, Kayla was reporter, Vice President, and then President of our chapter her senior year. Kayla is currently attending The Ohio State University to become an agriculture teacher.

Amanda Stachler, daughter of Terri and Sue Stachler, earned her American Degree. She earned her hours by working with her chickens at home, and working at Hemmelgarn and Sons. Amanda was very involved in the FFA in high school and still serves on the junior fair board today. She is attending UNOH for Ag. Business.

Rachel King, daughter of Mike and Anne King, earned her American Degree as well. Rachel earned her degree by, raising her vegetables at King Farms. Rachel was the Treasurer of our chapter her senior year. She is currently attending Wright state lake campus for Ag.

The State Degree will be presented at the State FFA convention this spring in Columbus, and the American Degree will be presented this fall at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis. Congratulations girls on this outstanding accomplishment, you have definitely earned it!

 

Photo Caption - Above: Clista and Maggie, state degree recipients.

 

Below: Amanda and Rachel, American degree recipients.

 

 



Trash Receptacles Fun Clean-up to Park

The Splash Pad Committee, Shanes Park Board and the Village went together
to purchase (1) Splash and (2) Tidybear trash receptacles for Shanes Park.
They continue to work together to find ways to make Shanes Park a fun, 
unique experience for children of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 26, 2016

 

 
 

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Elementary School to Host Kid’s Health Fair

Van Wert Hospital Moves Venue for Kid’s Health Fair
Please note,  due to the rainy forecast, the Kid’s Health Fair, which was originally scheduled to be at Van Wert County Hospital on Friday, September 30 has been moved to the Elementary School. The grass at the field on the hospital campus is very wet and slippery due to the rain we’ve had this week. In order to keep kids safe, we decided to host the event at the Elementary School instead. Because of the change in location, sadly the Fun Run has been CANCELLED.

 

                

Van Wert, OH – Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Elementary School, along with several supporting partners, will host the 10th Annual Kid’s Health Fair on Friday, September 30 at Van Wert County Hospital for Van Wert Elementary students in 3rd-5th grades.  According to the World Health Organization, health is not just the absence of disease, but rather it is the complete physical, mental, and social well-being of an individual.  This approach to complete healthy living is the basis for the Kid’s Health Fair.  Students will complete activities at each of the following stations:

Balance & Flexibility, Dental Health, Stone Quarry Safety (sponsored by Stoneco, a division of the Shelley Co.), Hands-Only CPR, Back Yard Safety (sponsored by Kenn-Feld Group), Responding in an Emergency (in conjunction with Van Wert County Hospital Emergency Department & Lutheran Mobile ICU), Poison Safety & Tobacco Prevention (sponsored by Van Wert County Health Department), and Disability Awareness.

Special lunch-break activities include the opportunity to see an ambulance up close (sponsored by Braun Industries, Inc.); hear how fireman respond in an emergency and stay safe (sponsored by Van Wert Fire Department); see how police officers use K-9 dogs to help search for drugs; interact with the Van Wert County D.A.R.E. Team; and the chance to practice talking with a 9-1-1 operator.

Students will also complete a 1-mile fun run around the Van Wert County Hospital campus.  Parents and community supporters are encouraged to spectate at the fun run to cheer on the runners. Fourth graders will run at 10:15 am; Third graders will run at 10:45 am; and Fifth graders will run at 11:15 am.  Four local community figures will also run with the kids to demonstrate the importance of physical activity at all ages – Joel Hammons, Chief of Van Wert County Police Department; Ryan Holliday, Varsity Boys Cross-County Coach; Jay Fleming, Van Wert County Safety Service Director; and Kimberly Laudick, Executive Director of the YWCA of Van Wert County.  Fun run times may vary in the case of a school delay that day.

For additional information about the Kid’s Health Fair, please contact Ellen Rager, Director of Patient and Community Relations at Van Wert County Hospital at 419-238-2390.

 

Parkway Class of 1966 Celebrates 50 year Mark

The Parkway Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th class reunion Saturday September 17, 2016 at Romer’s Westlake Lodge, Celina. Those in attendance were:

Row 1- Lynn (Miller) Hinkle, Toni (Dellinger) Pentino, Linda (White) Ford, Sandra Shelly, Marilyn (Suman) Lautzenheiser, Linda (Frye) Warthman, Donna (Canary) Riley, Karen (Bollenbacher) Casey, Shirley (Secrest) Brandon, Kathy (Siedel) Wilkeson

Row 2- Dennis Hinkle, Linda (Schroer) Williams, Susan (Eischen) Jones, Paul Donovan, Millie (Bruns) Donovan, Kathy (Eichenauer) Kimmel, Jane (Rumple) Heyd, Paula (Leistner) Reeves, Dee (Brumbaugh) Miller, Vicki Shell, Jerry Duff, Sherry (August) Eady, Sue (Howell) Miller, Keith Rutledge, Anita (Adams) Rutledge, Steve Haines, Fred Bollenbacher, Reed Shaffer

Row 3- Tom Kimmel, Bob Brown, Tom Stephenson, John Painter, Rex Miller, Steve Graham, Jack Berry, Ron Dietrich, Lu (Roehm) Grunden, Jim DeArmond, Jackson Ireland, Van Riley, Steve Thompson, Tim Bollenbacher, Jack Provci, Myron Myers

 

 

 

 

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Boys Golf Tam finish out the year in a 5th place tie with Ft. Recovery in the MAC after placing 6th in the season ending MAC tournament with a team score of 383. Leading the way for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 91. Jack Wehe scored a 93. Cole Schoenleben shot a 98 and Ashton Hamrick finished out the 383 for Parkway with a 101. Duncan Morton shot a 107 and Andy Metz a 109 for the Panthers as well.

Mason Baxter won 2nd Team All MAC honors for Parkway and Cole Schoenleben made Honorable Mention All MAC for a combination of their results throughout the regular season, as well as the league tournament.

 

MAC FINAL STANDINGS - 2016

 

 

Season Points MAC Tourney Pts.

Total

 

1

Versailles

16

18

 

34

2

Delphos St Johns

16

16

 

32

3

St Henry

14

14

 

28

4

Minster

14

12

 

26

5

Parkway

8

8

 

16

5

Ft Recovery

6

10

 

16

7

Coldwater

8

6

 

14

8

Marion Local

4

4

 

8

9

New Knoxville

4

2

 

6

10

New Bremen

2

 

 

 

0

 

2

 

 

Saturday Tournament Results

 

 

 

 

1

Versailles

 

323

 

 

2

Delphos St Johns

 

326

 

 

3

St Henry

 

337

 

 

4

Minster

 

349

 

 

5

Parkway

 

383

 

 

6

Ft Recovery

 

380

 

 

7

Coldwater

 

391

 

 

8

Marion Local

 

393

 

 

9

New Knoxville

 

412

 

 

10

New Bremen

 

418

 



 

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf 9/22/16

By Coach Teri Samples

Lincolnview 184      Parkway 215

 

Lincolnview defeated Parkway in match play at Deerfield, with Makenzie Kraft scoring 43 to earn medalist for the Lancers and just slipping past Parkway's Haylee Stukey's 44.  McKenzie Davis, Macala Ashbaugh and Marissa Miller all had 47's to round out the scoring for the Lancers.

 

For the Panthers, Mecaylah Hesse shot a 55, followed by Lauren Henderson and Autumn Ellis both carding 58's.  Maggie Houts finished her last home round with a 63 on Senior Night.

 

 
 

Calvary Preschool Celebrates 50th year with an Open House on October 9, from 2:00 -4:00 PM.            

Calvary Preschool was envisioned by Rev. Howard McCracken and the Calvary E.U.B Church board located on the corner of Maple and Jefferson Streets.  Judy Fox was hired as the first Preschool Director as well as the Education Director for the church.  The preschool began in the fall of 1966 with Janet McCracken as the head teacher and Judy Gribler Fox as the aide.  Classes met in the basement rooms which also served as Sunday School classrooms.  Fourteen children enrolled in our 1st 4-year-old class.  The second year a 3-year-old class was added with Arlene Williamson as the teacher and Ruth Gribler the aide for 4 year olds.  The Preschool continued to grow.  In 1969, the preschool moved to the Good Building on N. Washington Street and met there until moving into the Educational Unit on Van Wert Decatur Road at Sidle Road in the spring of 1975.  Over 60 ladies have been involved in teaching or helping in the preschool.  They are:  Janet McCracken, Arlene Williamson, Ruth Gribler, Kay Ray, Beverly DeCamp, Marie Druckemiller, Connie DuVall, Marilyn Agler, Betty Stetler, Cheryl Ellis, Kay Habegger, Nancy Jones, Ronna Kyle, Delana Galbreath, Penny Barker, Ruth Schaadt, Joy Cox, Anita Baxter, Susan Kummers, Marilyn Deitsch, Esther Thatcher, Jill Putman, Ruth Rife, Judy Herminghuysen, Brenda Breece, Carolyn Baker, Martha Clark, Sue Riley, Sue Arn, Gina Say, Virginia LaValley, Pauline McGarvey, Mary Kay Ransbottom, Deb Springer, Dottie Bolton, Paula Giessler, Shirley Beard, Cindy Thornell Shotts, Joyce Coleman, Carolyn Jamieson, Loretta Williams, Susan Anspach, Deb Fegley, Diane Fisher, Sharon DeBolt, Charlene Ries, Brenda Merkle, Kandy Saunier, Lynette Westergerdes, JoAnn Collins, Andi McCune, Ashley Mengerink Whetsel, Heidi Breese, Michelle Jurczyk, Pat Lippi, Jill Amweg, Heather Riggenbach, Marie Markward, Jane Long, Vicki Chavarria, Nikki Money and Melissa Wallace.  Directors that have served the preschool are:  Judy Fox, Jean Miller, Kay Ray, Ernestine Springer, Ginny Turner, Nancy Bell.  Marilyn Agler returned as director for the 2014-2015 school year after teaching 11 years, from 1973-1984.  Current teachers are Vicki Chavarria, Issa Ickes and Julie Stewart.

The Calvary Preschool is proud of the Christian heritage that is a constant in the program.

Thank you to all who have served the preschool. We continue to help children develop spiritually, emotionally and academically.

There are a few openings remaining for all age groups that meet from 8:30 – 11:30 a m.  Call the preschool office @567-259-3103 or go on the web @ www.calvaryelife.org and select the preschool tab, or follow us on Facebook at Calvary Preschool Van Wert.

 

 

Genealogical Society will Meet

Sunday October 2, at 2:00 the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet.  The speakers will be Juanita Wilkens and Judy Zehringer.  The ladies will explain the process and steps of using supporting documentation to enter First Families of Mercer County. This will be a great source for anyone wishing to become a member of a lineage group.  Come with questions or problems and share in the discussion.  The group meets at the Richardson Bretz Building in Celina.  It is located behind the Celina Branch of the Mercer County Library.

 

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Buchy

The Future of Ohio Agriculture

 

Last month, thousands of Ohioans from across the state flocked to their annual county fairs and the Ohio State Fair to showcase the best in agriculture. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for our youth to be involved in Ohio’s strongest industry, and to gain valuable experience for their futures. From our county fairs all the way to Columbus, the youth of House District 84 have shown great promise and represented our home outstandingly.

Ohio is a very unique state, in that it has an extremely diverse economy. Manufacturing, commerce, small business, and, yes, agriculture, have all thrived under Republican leadership in recent years. Agriculture, in particular, has even been touted as “Ohio’s strongest industry” by Governor Kasich, and, he’s quite right. When taking into account every facet of the industry, from farm to table, it contributes over $98 billion to Ohio’s economy each year, employing 1 out of every 7 Ohioans. As a state legislator, I am proud to represent communities that make this a reality through hard work and dedication to the trade each and every day.

However, we must not forget in our successes the importance of continuing this trend and training up the next generation to take the reins. It is for this reason that it is vital for our youth to be involved in agriculture, through clubs like 4-H and FFA, and events like the county and state fair. In a world where college is considered necessary for success, and more and more students pursue white-collar careers, we must not miss the opportunity to pass agriculture, as a trade, on to our children from a young age. Without these kids, who will farm for the next generation?

As I mentioned earlier in this article, House District 84 is home to many boys and girls who have set a wonderful example of this “passing of the torch”. Our own Mary Buehler of Anna was announced as President of the Ohio FFA earlier this year. Dozens of kids of all ages competed at the state fair last month, bringing home numerous honors and proudly representing our home and five students from around the region were Grand Champions in this year’s Sale of Champions. Our county fairs each year are host to even more competitors who have embraced agriculture and dedicated themselves to learning these valuable skills.

These students represent the best of House District 84, and they and their parents should be very proud of all of their accomplishments. As their Representative, I know I am proud of all of the contributions they make to our communities, and the potential they have to continue making those contributions for years to come. As they shape the future of agriculture in our state, they both need and deserve our utmost support.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyAugust2016.

 

 
 

 
September 24-25, 2016

 

 
 

Congratulations to the Homecoming Court and Queen Mikaylee Heindel and the Panther Football Team – Victorious on Friday, September 23, 2016

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing these pictures!

Left to right, Freshman Alexis Cairns, Senior Alisa Gray,        Queen Mikaylee Heindel, Senior Sydney Swygart, Sophomore Grace Swander, Junior Bailey Bates.

Click here for the Homecoming Program Details!


Parkway beat the New Bremen Cardinals 41-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celina Bank Robbed on Friday, September 23, 2016 – Suspect at Large

Friday at about 1:00 PM a man entered the 2nd National Bank at 800 N. Main St., Celina announcing a robbery and demanding cash.  The man did obtain an undetermined amount of cash and fled the scene.  The investigation is currently ongoing.

The suspect is described as white, male, brown hair, stubble on his face, about 6’00” tall with a thin to medium build.  He was wearing jeans, and a striped long sleeve hooded shirt.  Please see the included photo.

Anyone with any information concerning the robbery or suspect please call the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345.

 
 

Golf Action Pictures from the Panther Fall 2016 Season Shared by Nikki Fox - http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2

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Mercer Health Welcomes Dr. Alyssa Tobe

Mercer Health welcomes Dr. Alyssa Tobe.  Dr. Tobe specializes in managing the care of patients while they are in the hospital.  Dr. Tobe, a native of Ft. Recovery, lives in Coldwater with her husband Greg Bruns.  For more information, please call Mindy Kremer at 419-678-5613.

 

 
 

Football Action Pictures from the Panther Fall 2016 Season Shared by Nikki Fox - http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2
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Volleyball Action Pictures from the Panther Fall 2016 Season Shared by Nikki Fox - http://www.nfoxphoto.com/album-2
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September 23, 2016

 

 
 
 
ROCKFORD COMMUNITY FALL YARD SALE - All proceeds to the Lots for Soldiers Project in Rockford!

SAVE THE DATE, CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS, ATTICS, BASEMENTS AND GARAGES!!
 

Sept 23/24 2016

Registration $10 (pays for advertising and spot on the map) 

Deadline for registration is NO LATER than Sunday September 18th 9pm
NO entries added to map without payment or if submitted after 9/18
To REGISTER- Submit by mail or in person... your name, address and description to: 

Fall yard sales 
401 W. Columbia 
Rockford Oh 45882
Contacts...
Amy Joseph 419.953.7874

Amy Noll 419.953.8761
 
 
 

Parkway Football Concession Stand Workers Reminded
September 23, 2016 - versus New Bremen Homecoming

Yulanda Wolfe; Jeremy and Amy Carlson; Matt and Amy Denney; Darren and Diane Poppe; Todd and Shelie Gaerke; Jami Renner; Doug and Lynn Hughes; John and Donna Felver; Mark and Kelly Mihm; Dan and Debra Kirby

Arrive by 6 PM. If you can't work, arrange for someone else to cover for you.

Call Heather Barker for information at 419-305-1345.

 

 
 

 
September 22, 2016

 

 
 
Parkway Elementary Does Great in Statewide Student Testing

Parkway Schools exceeded expectations in student growth during the 2015 Statewide testing year. Parkway will be awarded the 2015 Elementary Momentum Award on October 20 at 5:50 at Vantage Schools. They were one of only 53 elementary schools state-wide to receive Straight A's on the report card.

Ohio Middle School Level Association also will award the Parkway Middle School with the Exemplery Practices Award for their Class Dojo program. That award will be presented to Principal Brian Woods on October 27 at at a Conference in Cincinnati.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 20-21, 2016

 

 
 

 Parkway Homecoming Festivities

The Parkway High School Student Council, Faculty, Staff, and students would like to invite you to our Homecoming Celebration at the Parkway vs. New Bremen Football game on Friday night September 23rd.  Stick around for the Powder-Puff game immediately following to see if this year’s Junior class can defend its title.  Students have enjoyed a spirit week to prepare for the crowning of our 2016 Fall Homecoming queen.  Our Senior Homecoming attendants are Miss Mikaylee Heindel, Miss Sydney Swygart, and Miss Alisa Gray.  Freshman attendant is Miss Alexis Cairns.  Sophomore attendant is Miss Grace Swander.  Junior attendant is Miss Bailey Bates.  These ladies will be representing our school on Friday and supporting our Panthers.  We hope that you will join us as the 2015 Fall Homecoming Queen Miss Samantha Wehe will return to crown our new Queen.  Come out and show your Panther Pride as the Panthers battle the Cardinals at 7:30pm.  The Homecoming parade will start at 6:45pm from Parkway High School to the football field for the Pregame show at 7:00pm.  The Lady Panther Homecoming attendants would like to thank community members for furnishing convertibles for the festivities.  We hope that you will join our celebration.  Proud to be a Panther!!

 

Queen Candidates in front row – Mikaylee Heindel, Sydney Swygart, Alisa Gray, Attendents Back from left Freshman Alexis Cairns, Sophomore Grace Swander, and Junior Bailey Bates

 

 

 

 

Drug Arrests Made

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports drug related arrests.  On Monday September 19, 2016, Deputies with the Grand Lake Task Force developed information of drug activity at an address on Tama Road.  Deputies prepared, applied for, and were granted a search warrant for the address of 4729 Tama Road.  Upon deputies arrival a male was observed in the back yard of the residence.  The male refused orders from deputies and took off running into a bean field, and was observed throwing something further into the bean field that he had removed from his pocket.  The male later identified as Andrew A. Leininger, age 31 was taken into custody without further incident.  Mercer County Sheriff’s Office  K-9 Franko was deployed into the bean field to search for the item thrown.  The item recovered was a pill bottle containing suspected ecstasy.  Also arrested was Leininger’s wife Ashely M. Leininger, age 33. 

 

Deputies executed the search warrant and recovered the following items:

·         $8,000.00 in cash

·         Over 900 “hits” doses of LSD, commonly known as acid.  The estimated street value of the LSD is over $9,000.00

·         Less than an ounce of raw marijuana

·         Drug paraphernalia

·         DABS (DABS is concentrated cannabis that is made by extracting THC by using a solvent like butane.  The result is a sticky type oil also referred to as “Wax, Shatter, Budder, and or butane hash oil”)

 

Andrew A. Leininger is currently being held for obstruction and resisting arrest, and his bond was set at $100,000.00.

Ashley M. Leininger is currently being held for possession of schedule I or II drugs, and her bond was set at $100,000.00

 

The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review for additional charges.  

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Related Arrests

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports drug related arrests.  Two individuals were arrested on indictments as a result of an investigation by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.  Both subjects were taken into custody by St. Mary’s Police after a traffic stop on Monday evening September 19, 2016.

 

Arrested:

Kyle E. Dunlap, age 24, 408 Webb Street, St Mary’s, Ohio.  Arrested on indictment for one count of Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for Manufacturing of drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the third degree.

Brianne N. Wilson, age 22, 219 West Wayne Street, Celina, Ohio.  Arrested on indictment for one count of Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for Manufacturing of drugs (Methamphetamine), a felony of the third degree.

 

Both individuals are being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.

 

Photo Caption: The Pythian Sisters gathered for their post card photograph at Rockford.  Who can solve this History Mystery of identification of the Pythian Sisters’ Members, and the site?

 

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 

“The Pythian Sisters,” is the title on the front of this post card, sent to me by Charlyn Stammen from Coldwater.  She wrote, “I found this postcard in a piece of furniture I bought in Rockford, some time ago.” The post card was addressed to Mr. Grant Coats, % Still Rock Spa, Waukesha, Wisconsin and was postmarked from Rockford, February 2, 1915. 

 

The name, “Still Rock Spa,” caught my attention, and I went to the internet for information about Waukesha.  “Saratoga of the West,” was the marketing phrase Waukesha citizens used, in the late 1800’s. The many mineral springs were thought to cure a variety of ailments, including depression and diabetes.  At that time, newspapers announced that twenty-five trainloads of people arrived daily to visit the Spas.  For historical research, John Schoenknecht wrote “The Great Waukesha Springs Era:  1868-1918.”

 

Apparently, Grant Coats was employed at the Still Rock Spa, at Waukesha, or he was enjoying a summer vacation there.  I could not read the signature of the person sending the post card.  However, Grant Coats must have had relatives at Rockford, because the writer commented, “I would send you these familiar faces because the dogs are there.”  The Collie in the photograph is surrounded by baskets.  Were the baskets were filled with the Collie’s puppies?

 

The 1907 “History of Mercer County Ohio,” edited by Hon. S.S. Scranton, wrote about Rockford’s fraternal societies, which included the Knights of Pythias.  “Shane Lodge,K. of P., was organized May 8, 1898.  The first officers were J.J. McLaughlin, C.C.; W.F. Penn, V.C.; and Leroy Pence, K. of R. & S.”

 

Martha Baltzell, “The Rockford Press,” wrote the “Souvenir Journal,” for Rockford’s Sesquicentennial celebration, 1820-1970.  On page 22, she wrote, “Shanes Lodge No. 293 Knights of Pythias chartered May 8, 1888, with 32 members and two card members. They met in Castle Hall.  The first C.C. was J. J. McLaughlin.  The Pythian Sisters disbanded and the Temple’s Property was sold in 1925.”

 

Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal organization which engages in many benevolent activities.  The Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization to receive a Charter under an act of the United States Congress. It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias.  The Fraternal Order ofKnights of Pythias Members are dedicated to the cause of Universal Peace Through Understanding.

 

The Order of Pythian Sisters, the independent auxiliary of the Knights of Pythias, was organized at Warsaw, Indiana on October 22-23, 1888 by a Knight, Joseph Addison Hill.  Mr. Hill prepared the ritualistic forms, the ceremonies and emblems of the Order.  The principles of Purity, Love, and Fidelity provided a pattern for a good and meaningful way of life, the aim and object of the Pythian Sisters.

 

The theme of “Universal Peace through Understanding,” is a theme to many cultures of the world, including our Country.  This theme is repeated throughout fraternal organizations, social organizations, and religious organizations.  Perhaps, some communities in the world would benefit by hosting the Knights of Pythias.  How many thousands of years have gone by, whereby citizens have prayed for Universal Peace through Understanding?  Remember President Woodrow Wilson, and World War I, and the term “War to end all Wars,” in 1914?  What happened?  Have enemies taken advantage of the good will of our United States Citizens for over the two centuries of our existence?  Can our U.S. A. citizens have peace and prevent war on this planet?  Is Universal Peace through Understanding possible?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 19, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Monday, September 19, 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 17-18, 2016

 

 
 
 
Van Wert County Hospital Seeking New Director of Human Resources, Employee Relations, and Organizational Effectiveness - See their employment ad by clicking here.
 
 

Dr. Jay Albayyari, Dean, also named Chief Administrative Officer at Lake Campus

CELINA, OH -  Wright State University announced on Friday that Dr. Jay Albayyari, Dean of the Lake Campus, has been named Dean and Chief Administrator Officer (CAO) of the Celina campus. 

“This recognizes the scope of responsibilities of Lake Campus leadership, which in addition to the academic mission includes oversight of a campus, its facilities, and the supporting personnel,” said Dr. Tom Sudkamp, Provost and Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction at Wright State University.

“As the Dean and CAO of the Lake Campus, I am committed to continuing our mission to provide educational access to the communities we serve. We are excited about the creation of the Agriculture Education and Water Quality Research building, and the newest student housing villa, with construction of both set to begin in the upcoming weeks,” said Dr. Albayyari.

Provost Sudkamp also congratulated Dr. Albayyari and the Lake Campus team on a 14% enrollment increase for Fall 2016, where headcount stands at 1,336 students.

 
 

Turkey Shoot

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Sunday October 9, 2016 starting at noon. It will be held on the club grounds located 2 miles east of Willshire, OH on St. Rte. 81.

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

A lunch stand will be available.

Public is welcome.

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE – Bridge Closing

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Denny Road between Celina-Mendon Road and Rice Road in Center Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 20, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 
 

COUNTY REMINDER on Signs Posted  ~ 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.

 

 

Two Exchange Students Attend Parkway and Visited the Chamber of Commerce
Photo by Curtis Hamrick

The Rockford Chamber welcomes the Parkway Exchange Students for the
2016/17 School year.   Pictured left to right:
Jamie Green - Chamber Vice President, Nancy Leighner - Member,
Agata Sapiezynska of Poland and Ellen Slatosch of Germany, and
Lisa Kuhn - Chamber Treasurer.

 
 


Parkway Boys Golf at Minster
By Coach Joe Falk

At Arrowhead Golf Course in Minster (par 36) the Panthers Boys Golf team lost a fairly close match to Minster, 184-177. Leading the scoring for the Panthers was Ashton Hamrick with a 43 followed by Dave Gause with a 44. Mason Baxter shot a 48 and Jack Wehe a 49. Both were playing the course for the first time. Cole Schoenleben shot a 50 and Andy Metz a 61 for Parkway as well. Parkway finishes the MAC regular season at 4-5. Match medalist was Adam Knapke with a 42.

Minster Scores: Jordan Brackman-43; Ben Stubbs-44; Adam Knapke-42; Logan Lazier-51; Grant Koenig-48; Grant Voisard-52.

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at St. Henry
By Coach Joe Falk

At Mercer County Elks Golf Course (par 36) the Parkway Boys golf team lost to a very good St. Henry squad by the score of 172-191. Match medalist was Kyle Naumann of St. Henry with a 37. Leading the way for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 43. Ashton Hamrick contributed a 48 and Cole Schoenleben and Jack Wehe finished out the scoring for Parkway with a pair of 50s. Dave Gause shot a 52 and Duncan Morton scored a 59 on the day. Parkway is now 4-4 in the MAC.

St. Henry Scores: Kyle Naumann- 37; Rylee Deitsch- 46; Seth King- 50; Ryan Grieshop- 47; Jack Romer- 47; Lucas Grieshop- 42

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf at Minster
by Coach Teri Samples

 

Minster 187     Parkway 221

 

The Minster girls golf team remains undefeated in MAC play by defeating Parkway 187-221.  Sarah Huwer earned medalist for Minster with a 45 .  Taylor Homan shot a 46 with both Lisa Berges and Hannah Koenig carding 48's.

 

Parkway was led by Haylee Stukey's 49, Mecaylah Hesse added a 52, Lauren Henderson had a 59, and Maggie Houts rounded out the scoring with a 61.

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf at St. Henry
by Coach Teri Samples

 

St. Henry 199       Parkway 220

 

St. Henry picked up the MAC win over Parkway with Carina Clune earning medalist with a 46, follwed by Kaitlyn Clune who had a 48, Allyson Hemmelgarn with a 52 and Karlee Staugler had a 53.

 

Parkway was led by Haylee Stukey's 50, Autumn Ellis had a 55, Mecaylah Hesse had a 56, and Lauren Henderson rounded out the scoring with a 59.

 

 

Shanes Park Beautification Society
August consisted of trimming and keeping the flowers weeded.  Thank you to
Donna Riley, Marlene Roebuck, Irene Schmidt and Joyce Emans for continuing to
help with the flowers this very hot summer !

Special Thanks to Jonathan & Justin Felver for trimming dead limbs and bushes
at the gazebo and helping their grandma with some other needed work at the
park.

** Please note that we will begin decorating for Christmas at the Park on 
Saturday - October 15th at 10 am - noon and will continue decorating each
Saturday until the event on Sunday - November 27th.  MANY VOLUNTEERS
ARE NEEDED.


 

 

Calvary Preschool to Host 50 Year  Open House

Calvary Preschool will be celebrating 50 years with an open house on Sunday October 9 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Evangelical Church, 10686 Van Wert Decatur Road.  The preschool cordially invites former staff and students, along with their families to attend the celebration.  Calvary Preschool is proud of the 50 years of quality preschool education in the Van Wert community.  The preschool began with a vision by several members of Calvary Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1966 and continues to live out that vision with a commitment to help children develop emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.  Current teachers are Issa Ickes, Julie Stewart and Vicki Chavarria.  The administrator is Marilyn Agler.  Over 60 people have been involved in teaching at Calvary and 8 directors have served during the 50-year history of the preschool.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 15 - 16, 2016

 

 
 
 

Free Community Class at Rockford Carnegie Library

SATURDAY, September 17, 2016  | Essential Oil Education Community Class

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and are starting to make their way back into more and more homes. Why? Because most conventional products that are available to us today are filled with chemicals and toxic fillers. They can be very disruptive to our body systems and overall health. Essential oils are providing safe and effective ways to care for and support our family’s health naturally, to DIY soaps & chemical free cleaners, to pet health, etc., and are saving family’s money along the way. Empower yourself to take control of your home and wellness.

Please join us this coming Saturday, the 17th, from 2-4pm, at the Rockford Carnegie Library (basement meeting room) to discover the benefits you can receive from incorporating pure therapeutic grade essential oils into your life. There will be a free gift for anyone who registers and attends to learn more. Please register to ashleydubry@icloud.com or 419-605-8848. There will also be lots of oils to test out, smell, discover, and explore! We can’t wait to see you!! You can also find more on Ashley’s Instagram page at instagram.com/droppermom. If you can’t make the event, make sure to contact Ashley for help and information.

 


Coach Wellman Speaks of the Football Program at Meet the Coach Night
On September 12, 2016, Shanes Lodge #377 Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio hosted a "Meet the Coach" party to introduce Mr. Shane Wellman, recently hired head football coach for Parkway Local Schools, Rockford, OH. 

Parkway District Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lions Clubs, and Sons of the American Legion were also invited to the party as part of a "Friendship Night" sponsored by Shanes Lodge for all service and fraternal organizations in the community. 

Coach Wellman spoke about his mission and goals for the team, both short and long term. He emphasized that coaches, players, families, and all community members must continually build up their characters and set great examples for others to see. Character, football fundamentals, and strength training are the keys to Parkway Football future successes, both on the gridiron and off. Afterwards, the coach and attendees enjoyed an evening of fellowship, with great tasting pizza supplied by the Rockford Carry Out and home made Ice Cream provided by Shanes Lodge. Shanes Lodge Master Terry Krogman would like to thank the Rockford Eagles Lodge for the use of their fellowship hall, and all who came to this event. And, we all want to express our best wishes and "good luck" to Coach Wellman, his staff, and all the players on the 2016 Parkway Football Team. "GO PANTHERS"!!!

 

Photo Caption L to R: Terry Krogman, Randy Rumple, Shanes Lodge #377; Head Coach Shane Wellman; Loren Shindeldecker, Dennis Hecht, Rockford Lions Club

 

 

Bid on OSU Football Game Tickets
The Van Wert County 4-H Council is offering pairs of Ohio State University home game football tickets. All seven (7) home games are up for bid, with minimum bids set for each game as ticket prices vary for each game in cost.

To participate in this fund raiser you must choose one of the following steps:

1) Send your sealed bid to the Van Wert County Extension Office % 4-H Council Fund Raiser, 1055 S. Washington St, Van Wert, OH, 4589

2) Fax your bid to 419-238-3276

3) Email Heather Gottke at gottke.4@osu.edu. Your bid must be received by the deadlines as posted below no later than 4:00pm.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 


The Rockford Chamber is working on Christmas at the Park to be held on Sunday, November 27th at 7 pm.   We are looking for people to share their musical talents during the event.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the Rockford Village office at 419-363-3032 ext 1 or by email to lisa.kuhn@rockfordohio.org.

 

 

Fall Fest Coming to Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

The annual Fall Fest at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices in St. Marys is coming on Saturday, October 8th,  11 am to 2 pm in the Meyer Community Room.

There will be: OPEN HOUSES; ARTS & CRAFTS; PUMPKIN PAINTING; HORSE DRAWN CARRIGE RIDES; APPLE PRESS DEMONSTRATIONS; COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH; POPCORN; DOOR PRIZES; and ENTERTAINMENT BY “THE MULE SKINNER BAND”
For more information call 419.394.6184 .

 

 

Parkway Football Concession Stand Workers Reminded
September 16, 2016 - versus St. Henry

Greg and Tabitha Bolton; Brent and Vivian Bixler; Abbey Everett; Kendra Case; Brent and Michelle Agler; James and Kristi Harshman; Nicole Burden; Donna and Larry Gibson; Carrie Heck; Elizabeth Browning; and Sue Fox

Arrive by 6 PM. If you can't work, arrange for someone else to cover for you.

Call Heather Barker for information at 419-305-1345.

 

 
 

 
September 13-14, 2016

 

 
 

Lots for Soldiers Ground Breaking Held in Rockford on Thursday, September 8. 

Left to right are: Greg Ponstler - Rockford Council, Francis Schaffner - American Legion, John Dooley - Rockford Council, Amy Joseph - Rockford Mayor, Homer Burnett, Founder of Lots for Soldiers, Logan - Burnett grandson, and Mona Thompson - former lot owner.

Thank you to Claire Giesige for sharing the picture.

 

 

Shanes Crossing Historical to Meet – New Date and Time!

The next meeting of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society will be held on
MONDAY, September 19th at 7 pm. at the museum on East Columbia Street 
in Rockford.  The program will be a presentation of the "Pictorial History of 
Rockford'.  The public is invited to the program.  ** Please note -- new day
of the week for meetings and time.

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for September 13, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 

 
 

 
September 12, 2016

 

 
 
 

Superintendent Greg Puthoff Shares Local Control Info on September 9, 2016

 

Contact:         Shelly Vaughn, Mercer County ESC Superintendent

            Dr. Ken Schmiesing, Celina City Schools Superintendent

            Jason Wood, Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Superintendent

            Justin Firks, Fort Recovery Local Schools Superintendent

            Mike Pohlman, Marion Local Schools Superintendent

            Greg Puthoff, Parkway Local Schools Superintendent

            Julie Garke, St. Henry Local Schools Superintendent            

REDUCE STUDENT TESTING – Mercer County School officials want Ohio to follow the recommendations of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and have joined a more than 40-member strong Northwest/West Central School Advocacy Network in calling for a new lesson plan for Ohio students – fewer assessments.

It is a call – again – for more local control. Mercer County school districts are joining other area districts that are members of the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network (NWCOPSAN) in voicing concern that state regulations continue to provide for extensive overreach in testing, and the districts are sending a strong message to state legislators regarding implementation of the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Let our teachers teach!

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA – the federal education act that replaced No Child Left Behind in December 2015 – builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. In practice ESSA was established in part to allow for more state-driven measures on student performance targets and school ratings, with state-developed identification and intervention for district accountability.

Our hope that the establishment of ESSA and removal of federal one-size-fits-all mandates would provide our districts the opportunity to re-establish more local control

Our reality is a continued reduction in classroom instruction time due to additional testing the state is mandating – beyond the federal minimum requirements

Our request is that state legislators reduce testing requirements

 

Currently the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8 and one high school test. The state of Ohio expands on those minimum requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of-course exams for high school.

 

Our message is simple – reduce testing to the federal minimum requirements

Let our teachers teach; let our children learn; give back local control to our Boards of Education

 

Mercer County school districts want to ensure our community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. Mercer County school officials are attending stakeholder meetings around the state and we encourage parents and community members to become involved. The Ohio Department of Education will be hosting several ESSA stakeholder meetings –

 

The Toledo Club Centennial Room, 1st Floor 235 14th St. Toledo, OH  43604 on Thursday, September 15 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toledo-essa-stakeholder-meeting-registration-26754372047

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road  Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cincinnati-essa-stakeholder-meeting-registration-26762080102

 

If you are unable to attend, feel free to contact your district superintendent or Shelly Vaughn at the Mercer County Educational Service Center for more information about how you can help to reduce testing for our students.

 

We are proud of the work we do as directed by our local Boards of Education in the areas of academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, student services and parent and community involvement. Mercer County school districts worked together to present this story of student success in our districts in the Measures that Matter publication last spring. (http://www.tristar.graphics/2016-mtm#measures-that-matter-cover)

 

About NWCOPSAN

The more than 40-district strong Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network (NWCOPSAN) was developed in 2015 to build a collective voice of school districts advocating for students with lawmakers in Columbus and Washington D.C. and to build a better communication link between our communities and our lawmakers.

 

 

 

Bump Clinic to Open on September 14th at Van Wert Health Center

Van Wert, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital will offer the “Bump Clinic,” a sports medicine walk-in clinic open every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., beginning September 14th.  The Bump Clinic is at a NEW location this year at the Van Wert Health Center and is available to athletes of all ages.  Athletes under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Patients at the Bump Clinic will be evaluated by an experienced physical therapist and receive the latest treatment options – all onsite at Van Wert Health Center, with no appointment needed.  

“We wanted to offer a convenient service to athletes of all ages in our community – from young kids participating in dance, to high school football players, to adult athletes,” said Debby Compton, Director of Physical Rehabilitation at Van Wert County Hospital.  “Van Wert is such an active community and we are thrilled to help athletes of all ages get the care they need so they can recover faster.”

The Bump Clinic is located at the Van Wert Health Center at 140 Fox Road, Suite 101, Van Wert, OH 45891 (use Door #3). 

 
 
 

Parkway Class of 1991 Planning 25th Reunion on September 17th
The Parkway Class of 1991  25th class reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th at Hillside B&B, starting around 5:00pm, we have catering from The Old Arcana (thanks Misty Fisher for organizing) and BYOB. 

There will be non-alcoholic beverages provided (water, pop, etc.) but please BYOB for anything else. Cost per person for the room rental and food will be $20/person - and you can pay Chad Frahm that night.

Also, the 1991 state baseball champs are being honored at the football game on Friday nightSeptember 16th. Please help get the word out to those in our class, and also those from other classes and coaches that were on the team.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 17th. 

 

 
 

Out of the Darkness Community Walk - October 15th
at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Registration 9 AM, Opening Ceremony 10, Walk at 10:15

Register at www.outofthedarkness.org

 

 

ROCKFORD COMMUNITY FALL YARD SALE - All proceeds to the Lots for Soldiers Project in Rockford!

SAVE THE DATE, CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS, ATTICS, BASEMENTS AND GARAGES!!
 

Sept 23/24 2016

Registration $10 (pays for advertising and spot on the map) 

Deadline for registration is NO LATER than Sunday September 18th 9pm
NO entries added to map without payment or if submitted after 9/18
To REGISTER- Submit by mail or in person... your name, address and description to: 

Fall yard sales 
401 W. Columbia 
Rockford Oh 45882
Contacts...
Amy Joseph 419.953.7874

Amy Noll 419.953.8761

 

 

Stateline Writers Club

On August 20 members of the Stateline Writers Club elected new officers:  Beth Keuneke, president; Carol Zender, vice president; Katie Flintrop, treasurer; and Barbara Moore, secretary. The next meeting of the club will be held at the Mercer County District Library on September 17 at 10 a.m.  Members are asked to write and share a composition on the topic of "making trouble."  If time permits, a short language arts lesson will follow.  The public is invited to attend.

 

 

 
September 10-11, 2016

 

 
 

15th Anniversary of 9/11
Mourners gather at three sites hit by terrorists: New York City, Washington, DC
and Shanksville, PA to Remember

Locally flags flew at half staff and churches remembered in their morning services.

 
 
 
 

 
September 9, 2016

 

 
 
 
Parkway Junior High Teams do NOT practice today.

Parkway High School Volleyball Practice will be 2-4 PM today.

Parkway High School Cross Country will practice at 3 PM today and a pasta dinner will follow.

Parkway Girls Golf will practice 3-4:30 PM today and the Parkway Boys Gold practice will be 3:30 -4:45 today.

Parkway High School Football Players should report to the school today at 4 PM.

 
 
 
Autumn Fest Coming to St. Paul's United Church of Christ

The congregation invites you to Autumn Fest at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1538 Oregon Road,  Rockford for Fun, Food, and Fellowship as they raise money for CALL Ministries for the Celina and Parkway Back-Pack Programs. The women of the church will be serving up soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages on Sunday, October 9 at 4:30 PM to be followed by an auction at 5:30 with crafts, baked good & other homemade items. Tom Robbins and D. D. Strickler will be calling the bids!

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway is now closed due to fog for Friday, September 9, 2016

Parkway is on a 2 hour delay due to fog for Friday, September 9, 2016

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for this update and being the Parkway Independent Weather Sponsors!

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Music Boosters Annual Sub Sale Fundraiser Is Announced

The Parkway Music Booster Club today announced details for the Annual Sub Sale Fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser sale dates will run September 9-23, 2016.

 

Two different sub options will be made available for purchase. Subs include Turkey with Cheese [Honey Smoked Turkey, American and Swiss cheese] or a Cold Cut Combo, which includes pepperoni, ham, bologna, American and Swiss cheese.

 

Orders will be accepted by any participating Parkway band or choir student. Individuals may also mail in orders to: Parkway Music Boosters, P.O. Box 451, Rockford, Ohio 45882. All orders must be paid for at the time an order is placed.
Click the link for pricing. Mail order forms may be downloaded and printed by visiting http://tinyurl.com/musicsubs2016.

 

 

Girls Golf at Parkway by Coach Teri Samples

New Bremen 209    Parkway 225

 

New Bremen defeated Parkway in MAC action at Arrowhead.  New Bremen's Amy Balster was medalist with a 49, Sarah Parker had a 51, Caylie Hall a 54 and Marcella Travis added a 55.

 

Haylee Stukey led Parkway with a 52.  A 57 was shot by Lauren Henderson.  Mecaylah Hesse and Autumn Ellis each had 58's to round out the scoring.

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Defeats New Bremen

By Coach Joe Falk
In their best match of the season, the Parkway Boys Golf team defeated New Bremen by a score of 163-194 at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36). Medalist for Parkway was Mason Baxter with a season best 37. Cole Schoenleben shot a 42 and both Dave Gause and Ashton Hamrick contributed their season's best rounds with matching 42s. Jack Wehe shot a 50 and Andy Metz a 58 for the Panthers as well. Parkway is now 4-3 in the MAC.

New Bremen Scores: Cole Hemmelgarn-47; Derek Bergman-49; Ezra Ferguson-46; Tyler Lichleiter-52; Devon Thieman-61; Xander Stephens-64.

 

Parkway JV scores-

Duncan Morton -48, Alex Altenbach-56, Jared Gibson-70, Trevor Barker-70

 

 
 
 

TAKE A STAND TOO

The S.T.O.P. group is taking a S.T.A.N.D. We are Standing Together Against Negative Decisions (Including Underage Drinking, Drug Use, Peer Pressure, Bullying, and Suicide.)

Interested in taking a STAND too? Join us for the next Mercer County S.T.O.P.

(Students Teaching Others Prevention) gathering!

2016 meetings:

Monday, September 12th 7:30-9 pm at *Coldwater Memorial Park shelter house behind the pool...weather permitting) *if inclement weather, will be held at Hot Brass Personal Defense (123 S. Main Street, Celina)-west side of street, across from Dawg Town

 

Monday, October 10th 7:30-9 pm in Coldwater High School’s CAV room; (enter HS to the right of big mural on N. 2nd Street/St. Rt. 118) and follow the signs

 

Monday, November, 14th 7:30-9 pm (probably same location as October’s meeting, but location may change)

 

Monday, December 12th 7:30-9 pm (probably same location as October’s meeting, but location may change)

 

THIS IS A YOUTH-LED (adult-guided) GROUP again this year!!! Officers have been elected and are excited to help lead!

 

Who: All Mercer County High School Students who have stayed alcohol, tobacco, and drug free or want to be encouraged to “start over” if you’ve “messed up” and need the positive support to do so! The members of the S.T.O.P. group also have the opportunity to make a positive impact in their school and community and also be youth leaders for the S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching About Resistance) retreat for middle school students.

 

For questions or info on future meetings (held every month): Laura Sanford, Prevention Coordinator at Foundations in Celina; lauras@foundationsbhs.org or 419-584-1000

Join “Mercer County S.T.O.P. (Students Teaching Others Prevention)” on Facebook and get all the latest meeting and event news! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MCSTOP/

Follow the STOP group and prevention on Instagram laura.foundations

 “Mercer and Auglaize Drug Prevention” on facebook! Tell your friends and family; it takes a community to spread alcohol/drug awareness and prevent substance abuse and addiction!!!

 

 

 
 

Leadership Class Open for Nominations

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for our 21st Annual Leadership Van Wert County Class.

Visionary companies understand the pivotal importance of developing strong leaders not only for their companies, but also for their community. That is the mission of the Leadership Van Wert County Program. Please consider nominating one of your employees or yourself to join other area leaders who have experienced the best of the best leadership development in the greater Van Wert area.

The attached nomination form is due to the Chamber by Wednesday, September 14. An application will be mailed to the nominee once we receive the nomination form. Please contact the Chamber with further questions.

 

 
 

 
September 8, 2016

 

 
 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
John Glenn Inspires Generations to Dream Big

                                  

I still remember the day that John Glenn made that historic flight to orbit the earth. I was twenty two at the time and was glued to my television, watching America make history. It was unbelievable and something no one thought was possible. John Glenn was more than an astronaut that day, he was a household name. 

 

John Glenn, born and raised in Ohio, made the first orbital flight of the earth, aboard the Space Shuttle Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7”, on February 20, 1962. On this historic day, he inspired millions of Americans by piloting the spacecraft as it orbited the earth three times in nearly five hours, a feat which eventually earned him the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

 

Following his historical space flight, Glenn ran to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate and won on his third attempt. He was actively involved in weapons control and government affairs during his four terms in Congress. He also was chairman of the Senate Government Affairs Committee, and served on the Special Committee on Aging and the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.

 

Upon retirement from the Senate, Glenn embarked on his last mission into space, a part of the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew, and became the oldest human to go into space.

 

John Glenn has had numerous accomplishments and holds a special place in the hearts of many around Ohio and the nation. He has helped bring a glimpse of our universe into our living rooms, and has impacted the lives and dreams of many while doing so.

 

From his service in the U.S. military, to his dedication to space exploration and his commitment to representing Ohioans in Washington, D.C., John Glenn has certainly made a lasting legacy. To honor this legacy, the Ohio House recently voted to rename Port Columbus International Airport after one of the most famous pioneers of flight. Glenn has inspired Ohioans of every age and I was proud to support the effort to name John Glenn International Airport to celebrate his many endeavors throughout his life.

 

John Glenn has always inspired me to reach for the big things in life. Hard work is the foundation that John Glenn built his life around and it is ultimately what led him to accomplish his dreams. Glenn continues to be a testament that anybody can achieve greatness and leave their mark on the world if they work hard and believe in themselves.

 

 
 
 
 

 
September 6-7, 2016

 

 
 

Job Fair Coming to Smith Brothers Furniture in Berne, IN

Click here for the details

 
 

Lots for Soldiers to Host Shovel Turning

Public invited

Work will soon begin on the house at the Rockford Lots for Soldiers location. To celebrate this exciting time, there will be a shovel turning and prayer for worker safety held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. The public is encouraged to join us at the Holly Lane lot near Shane’s Park in Rockford.

Groundbreaking will take place the week of Sept. 12. There are many ways to get involved in this special project for a deserving veteran. To learn more, call 419-586-5058 or visit lotsforsoldiers.com.

Lots for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization based in Celina, Ohio. It was founded in 2014 to honor and thank those who have served in the United States military. Our mission is to donate residential lots and then to engage the local community in constructing a new home at an affordable cost.

 

 

Genealogists to Meet

The next meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is Sunday September 11 at 2:00.  The speaker will be Sam Schmitz.  Schmitz is an experinced genealoist with a wide range of expertise. he will be explaining how to translate old records. If you have questions, he will try to answer and assist his listeners.  The meeting is held at the Richardson Bretx Building at 119 east Fulton street in Celina. The meeting is free and the public is welcome.  

 

 

Boys Golf at Versailles Invitational
by Coach Joe Falk

Parkway Boys Golf team competed at the Versailles Invitational at Stillwater Valley Golf Club (par 72). Parkway came in 13th place out of 19 teams that participated. Dave Gause was low Panther with a score of 95. Cole Schoenleben and Mason Baxter both shot 97s in the effort for Parkway. Jack Wehe finished out the scoring for the Black and Gold with a score of 101. Ashton Hamrick shot a 105 and Duncan Morton a 135 as well.

 

 

Students Train as Babysitters


 

Eleven students recently successfully completed Mercer Health’s babysitter training program, totally nearly 70 students completing the course over the summer.  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 in July session included:

Abigail Fortkamp

Elizabeth Hartings

Carter Homan

Sara Homan

Kennedy Irvin

Autumn Jutte

Brooklyn Jutte

Brianna Kaup

Gavyn Lange

Liberty Pohlman

Lily Schoenherr

                                                        

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 classes held in July.

 

 

Dr. Helen Otteno Joins Van Wert Medical Services - OB/GYN Office

 

Van Wert Medical Services announces the addition of Helen Otteno, M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology, to its ever-growing list of specialty physicians.  Dr. Otteno attended St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toledo Medical Center in 2016.  Dr. Otteno is a second-generation physician, following in her father’s footsteps, who was a physician in a small town in Romania. 

Women may choose Dr. Otteno or one of the other highly qualified OB/GYN providers as their regular gynecologist for wellness exams, PAP tests, breast exams, mammogram recommendations, and other specialized women’s health needs.  Dr. Otteno has the expertise women need, while her convenient location at the Van Wert Health Center means they don’t have to travel far for comprehensive and compassionate care.  Dr. Otteno, Dr. Delgado and Shane Gerber, CNP are currently accepting new patients.  The office is located in the Van Wert Health Center (140 Fox Road, Suite 201).  Appointments can be made by calling (419) 238-3047. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Mercer Co. PERI meeting

Tues. Sept. 13, 2016

 

The Mercer County PERI will hold its meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange at the Mercer County Fairgrounds at East Market Street, Celina.  Mr. Jason Cupp, Director of Mercer County Job and Family Services (JPS), will be the Guest Speaker.  He will provide information pertaining to the services this Agency provides to our young and elderly citizens of Mercer County.  The way of life of our younger generation, as well as our senior citizens, touches each of our lives.  At 9:30 A.M., early birds are welcome to come for coffee, juice, and donuts.

 

 

 

ANIMAL DRESS UP CONTEST - Van Wert Fair

 

Pee-Wee Class

Chase Louth- Horse – Hiro Hamada and Baymax

Korbin Kaverman – Dairy- Ohio State Football

Lydia Kaverman – Dairy – Princess Jasmine and Raja

Eli Scarlett – Sheep – Ohio State Fooball Player

Eliza Leiendecker – Dairy – Hawaiian Vacation

J.J. Korte, Izzy Korte and Connor Sheets – Dairy- USA Olympics Rio Gymnastics Team

Aubree and Brody Mills – Goat – Santa, Mrs. Claus and Dancer

Brooklynn Schnipke – Calf- Mr and Mrs Wedding Calf

Pee-Wee Class Winner: Chase Louth

 

Junior Class

Skylar Imler – Dairy

Haley Owsley- Alpaca

Courtney Mefferd – Dairy

Katie Gamble – Alpaca – Professional Hula Dancers

Lily Hempfling – Turkey – Kentucky Fried Chicken

Junior Class Winner: Katie Gamble

 

Senior Class

Cody Gamble – Goat – Caveman and Dinosaur

Grant Mefferd – Dairy

Emily Barricklow – Turkey – Football Quarterback

Senior Class Winner: Cody Gamble

 

Most Original Entry: Brooklyn Schnipke

Best Overall – Lily Hempfling

2nd Overall – Aubree and Brody Mills

 

Winners         Beef - Van Wert Junior Fair

            Senior Beef Showman       Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert County Foundation Black Inc. Award

            Intermediate Beef Showman         Trophy            Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Scott Equity Exchange

            Junior Beef Showman        Trophy            Won by:         Ryan Bowsher

            Sponsored by:          Holdgreve Beef Farm

            Champion Beef Showman            Chair  Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert County Foundation Black Inc. Award

            Champion Supreme Female Overall       Banner           Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Van Wert Co. Cattlemen

            Reserve Supreme Female Overall           Banner           Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Buckeye Angus-Chiangus Farms-Craig McNall & Sons

            Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf         Banner           Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

            Champion Beef Feeder      Cash  Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Beef it Up 4-H Club - In Memory of Justin Adam

            Reserve Champion Beef Feeder Calf     Banner           Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Reserve Champion Beef Feeder  Cash  Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Churchview Farm - Simmentals

            Dairy Steer Best Rate of Gain       Feed Scoop  Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Keber Family Farms

            Dairy Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain           Feed Scoop  Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Convoy Tastee Freeze

            Grand Champion Dairy Steer        Banner           Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Jerry & Irene Luersman

            Champion Dairy Steer        Trophy            Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          The Chris Vorst Family

            Reserve Champion Dairy Steer    Trophy            Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Mike & Diane Owens

Reserve Champion Dairy Steer    Banner           Won by:         Tanner Matthews

            Sponsored by:          Ryan Mohr Seed Becks Hybrids 

Performance Steer Best Rate of Gain      Feed Scoop  Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          First Federal Savings and Loan

            Performance Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain          Feed Scoop  Won by:         Tristin Miller

            Sponsored by:          Gene and Drema Arn Family

            Grand Champion Performance Steer      Banner           Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Arn Acres

            Champion Performance Steer      Trophy            Won by:         Brett Schumm

            Sponsored by:          First Federal Savings and Loan

            Reserve Champion Performance Steer  Trophy            Won by:         Tristin Miller

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Reserve Champion Performance Steer  Banner           Won by:         Tristin Miller

            Sponsored by:          Wellman Seeds

            Show Steer 1st Weight Class        Trophy            Won by:         Caden Ringwald

            Sponsored by:          In Memory of Andy Kemler By Double T Farm

            Show Steer 2nd Weight Class      Trophy            Won by:         Jake Bowersock

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Show Steer 3rd Weight Class       Trophy            Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Vantage FFA

            Show Steer 4th Weight Class       Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          NOT NEEDED THIS YEAR

            Show Steer Best Rate of Gain      Feed Scoop  Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Delphos Pathfinders

            Show Steer 2nd Best Rate of Gain          Feed Scoop  Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Double T Farm

            Grand Champion Show Steer       Banner           Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Dave Allmandinger Family

            Champion Show Steer       Trophy            Won by:         Adeline Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Kenn-Feld Group

            Reserve Champion Show Steer   Banner           Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Jerry & Irene Luersman

            Reserve Champion Show Steer   Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

Sponsored by:          Holdgreve Beef Farm

            Dairy Steer Drive 1 Winner            Trophy            Won by:         Betty Vorst

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

Dairy Steer Drive 2 Winner            Trophy            Won by:         Ethan Kemler

            Sponsored by:          Matthews Farms

            2nd Place Show Steer 1st Weight Class Trophy            Won by:         Liliana Dietrich

            Sponsored by:          Miller Farms

            2nd Place Show Steer 2nd Weight Class           Trophy            Won by:         Austin Sorgen

            Sponsored by:          Magnum Farms & Transport

            2nd Place Show Steer 3rd Weight Class            Trophy            Won by:         Ronnie Schumm

            Sponsored by:          Tim & Jackie Miller Family

 

 
 
 

School Leaders and Staff Benefit From Leadership Message at Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - For generations, Northwest Ohio has been cultivating leadership qualities in its citizens and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is honored to take part in continuing this pursuit. On Sunday, October 2 at 7:00 PM, Central Insurance presents motivational and inspirational speaker, Jon Gordon. Gordon’s experience with leadership training has brought enrichment and encouragement to business organizations, big and small, including Fortune 500 companies, numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, hospitals, non-profits, and, most importantly, school districts.

The Niswonger is looking to spur interest in local school districts as well. Bryan City Schools Superintendent, Diana Savage is very familiar with Gordon’s message and has already put them to the test, “Jon Gordon's inspirational messages and thought provoking ideas have challenged me to become a better leader and person. I have incorporated lessons from The Energy Bus into my curriculum for school leaders.” Savage has encouraged her school district to attend and is, “looking forward to hearing [Gordon’s] message this fall.”

Jon Gordon is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more. Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.
 

Jon Gordon is presented by Central Insurance and supported by Kenn-Feld Group, First Federal, Williamson Insurance Agency, Walmart, and Midwest Electric, Inc. Season Sponsors are Statewide Ford Lincoln, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Chuck and Karen Koch.
 

Tickets for Jon Gordon are $20 each and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office at 419-238-6722 Mon. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM.

 
 

Parkway 225    Ft. Recovery 240
by Coach Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team got their 3rd MAC win of the season by defeating Ft. Recovery 225-240 on 8-31-2016.  Haylee Stukey of Parkway was medalist shooting a 48.  For Parkway, Mecaylah Hesse added a 57, Lauren Henderson a 59 and Autumn Ellis a 61 to round out the scoring.  Maggie Houts had a 68 and Emma Gause an 89 for the host Panthers.

For Ft. Recovery, Emily Bruns led the way with a 49.  Kristen Keller contributed a 60, Sophie Timmerman a 64, Elli Keller and Eryn Litmer both had a 67 and Lydia Schmitz shot a 76.

 

 

Boys Golf Compete at Mercer Co. Elks
by Coach Joe Falk

In MAC action at Mercer Co. Elks Golf Course (par 36), the Parkway Boys Golf team fell to Ft. Recovery 202-182 despite Cole Schoenleben's medalist effort. Schoenleben shot a 41 to lead the way for the Panthers. Mason Baxter shot a 51, Jack Wehe a 54, Ashton Hamrick 56, David Gause a 59 and Andy Metz a 77. Parkway is now 3-3 in the MAC and 6-4 overall.

Ft. Recovery Scores
Austin Faller-48
Austin Pohl-44
Micaiah Cox-45
Harrison Kaup-47
Calvin Rammel-50
Grant Knapke-46

 

Golfers Compete in Deerfield Tri-Match
by Coach Joe Falk
In a tri-match at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36), St. Henry scored a 162, Parkway -185 and Ottoville - 196. Match medalist was Kyle Naumann of St. Henry with a 37. Parkway is now 6-3 on the season. This was a non league match between Parkway and St. Henry.

 

Parkway Scores: Cole Schoenleben-47; Mason Baxter-42; Ashton Hamrick-51; Jack Wehe-46; David Gause-50; Duncan Morton-55

St. Henry Scores: Kyle Naumann- 37; Rylee Deitsch- 46; Seth King-49; Ryan Grieshop-42; Jack Romer-45; Lucas Grieshop-38

Ottoville Scores: Andy Schimmoeller- 43; Dylan Kemper-47; Ethan Geise-50; Kaleb Hanicq-56; Zach Knippen-58; Evan Turnwald-63

 

Van Wert Junior Fair Fashion Show  2016  Awards

Best first year sewing project
 Lauren Anspach   - Sewing Kit donated by Robin Schumm and Rita Adam

Junior Clothing Award –
Chloe Etzkorn – Trophy donated by Karen Pugh

Intermediate Clothing Award 
Dylann Carey – Cash Award donate by the Anne Keber Memorial

Senior Clothing Award
Maddie Pohlman – Trophy donated by  Nancy Johnson

Construction Award
Frankie Carey – Scissors donated by Van Wert Neighborhood Group of the American Sewing Guild

 

2016 Modeling Awards

Junior-    Kitty Kopack   - Trophy sponsored by Nancy Johnson

Intermediate:  Madison Pugh – Trophy sponsored by Terry, Pat, and Lauren Offerle

Senior:  Maggie Cripe- Trophy sponsored by Leaders of the Future 4-H Club

Best Total Look:  Carley Wendel   Trophy sponsored by Chelsey Lloyd 

 

 

 
September 3-5, 2016 ~ Labor Day Weekend

 

 
 

Van Wert County Fair Continues Until September 5th

 

Van Wert Junior Fair Show Winners               Sheep

                Senior Sheep Showman                Trophy  Won by:               Brendon Doner

                Sponsored by:   In Memory of Terry Hiller - Hiller Family

                Intermediate Sheep Showman  Trophy  Won by:               Sidney Doner

                Sponsored by:   Brad Owens Family

                Junior Sheep Showman                Trophy  Won by:               Nicholas Doner

                Sponsored by:   CW Farms

                Champion Sheep Showman        Cash      Won by:               Austin Sorgen

                Sponsored by:   E.O. "Nick" Stemen

                Champion Sheep Showman        Chair      Won by:               Austin Sorgen

                Sponsored by:   E.O. "Nick" Stemen

                Grand Champion Ram    Trophy  Won by:               Sidney Doner

                Sponsored by:   Dick Jellison- Paul Ross Memorial Award

                Reserve Champion Ram                Award   Won by:               Daegan Hatfield

                Sponsored by:   R Lane Acres

                Grand Champion Ewe    Trophy  Won by:               Brendon Doner

                Sponsored by:   In memory of Andy Kemler By Knapke Suffolks

                Reserve Champion Ewe                Trophy  Won by:               Daegan Hatfield

                Sponsored by:   Delphos Animal Hospital

                Best Rate of Gain             Feed Scoop        Won by:               Adeline Sorgen

                Sponsored by:   VW County Old Fashioned Farmers Days

                Best Rate of Gain 2nd    Award   Won by:               Ean Scarlett

                Sponsored by:   R Lane Acres

                1st Light Weight Market Class     Trophy  Won by:               Emily Greulach

                Sponsored by:   Double T Farm

                2nd Light Weight Market Class   Trophy  Won by:               Evan Scarlett

                Sponsored by:   Youth For Christ

                1st Heavy Weight Market Class  Trophy  Won by:               Ethan Greulach

                Sponsored by:   In Memory of David Allen Hiller - Hiller Family

                2nd Heavy Weight Market Class                Trophy  Won by:               Emily Greulach

Sponsored by: Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club

            Grand Champion Market Lamb         Trophy Won by:           Ethan Greulach

            Sponsored by: Wayne Kemler and Family 

Grand Champion Market Lamb  Banner Won by:               Ethan Greulach

                Sponsored by:   Gary Richey Auctioneer

                Reserve Champion Market Lamb              Trophy  Won by:               Emily Greulach

                Sponsored by:   In memory of Andy Kemler By Knapke Suffolks

                Reserve Champion Market Lamb              Banner Won by:               Emily Greulach

                Sponsored by:   Tri-County Driving School, Tom Osting

                Grand Champion Performance Lamb      Banner Won by:               Whitney Welker

                Sponsored by:   In Memory Of Imogene Wortman

                Grand Champion Performance Lamb      Trophy  Won by:               Whitney Welker

                Sponsored by:   Ron & Carla Young & Family

                Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Banner Won by:               Whitney Welker

                Sponsored by:   Gary Richey Auctioneer

                Reserve Champion Performance Lamb  Trophy  Won by:               Whitney Welker

                Sponsored by:   Youth For Christ

                1st Medium Weight Market Class             Trophy  Won by:               Brendon Doner

                Sponsored by:   Sorgen Farms

                2nd Medium Weight Market Class           Trophy  Won by:               Caden Ringwald

                Sponsored by:   C & K Family Farms

 

 

 

 
September 2, 2016

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

2016 Exhibits Building Awards

Displays were judged in the Jr. Fair Building including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA and 4-H Club Displays! The following booths were awarded for their efforts:

1st. Ohio Challengers 4-H Club

2nd. Bunny Hoppers 4-H Club

3rd. Hoaglin Farmers 4-H Club

Honorable Mention

Shooting Stars 4-H

Club Clever Clovers 4-H Club

 

 Come check out all the great displays at the Van Wert County Fair now through Monday, September 5th, 2016.


Pictured is of the 1st Place booth winner, the Ohio Challengers 4-H Club of Convoy, OH

 

 
 

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Van Wert County

Pleasant Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on US Route 224 at the intersection of Liberty Union Road in Van Wert County.

On September 1, 2016, at approximately 3:10 P.M., a 2003 GMC Envoy, driven by Lloyd Conway, age 57 of Charlotte, Michigan, was traveling west bound on US Route 224 approaching Liberty Union Road.  Mr. Conway attempted to make a left turn onto Liberty Union Road and was struck by a 2005 Honda Accord, driven by William H. Wise III, age 67 of Van Wert, who was traveling east bound on US Route 224.

A passenger in the Honda, Alice Wise, age 66 of Van Wert, was transported by Van Wert EMS to Van Wert County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  Mr. Wise was transported by Van Wert EMS to Van Wert County Hospital where he was treated and transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Conway, the driver of the GMC, and his passenger, Anya Straka-Conway, age 26, were treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

Mr. and Mrs. Wise were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, as was Mr. Conway.  Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the incident.  US Route 224 was closed for approximately one hour and has since reopened.  The crash remains under investigation. 

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio City Fire and EMS, Van Wert Fire and EMS, 2A’s Towing and Superior Collision.

For the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to designate a sober driver, do not drive distracted, and always wear your safety belt. 

 

 
 

September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio

Van Wert/Paulding – September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to commit driving buckled, focused and sober. In addition, motorists can help keep roadways safe when they take their time, drive defensively and know all traffic safety laws.

 Last year, 1,110 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Although fatal crashes rose slightly in 2015, Ohio is still on pace with record low fatal numbers.

 “By devoting their full attention to the road, motorists can reduce their risk of getting into a crash,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, Post Commander. “We need all motorists to practice safe driving habits to make the roadways safe all across Ohio.”

 From 2011-2015, an average of 287,732 motor vehicle crashes were reported on Ohio’s public roadways each year. On average, 1049 people died in 966 of these crashes.

September was designated as Safe Driving Awareness Month in June 2014 by Senate bill 294 to honor Maria Tiberi and other victims of motor vehicle crashes. Maria Tiberi was a 21 year old college student who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She is the daughter of Columbus television sports anchor, Dom Tiberi.

To view the statistical analysis regarding our safe driving awareness month visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/SafeDriving_Bulletin_2016.pdf

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

 

 

 
 

State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Paulding County 

Blue Creek Township – The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Township Road 48, east of Township Road 79 in Paulding County.

On August 31, 2016, at approximately 11:55 P.M., a 1997 Ford pickup truck operated by Philip D. Miller, age 53, of Haviland, Ohio was traveling west bound on Township Road 48 and traveled off the right side of the roadway.  The vehicle struck a utility pole and re-entered the roadway before traveling off the left side of the roadway.  The vehicle entered a cornfield and overturned, ejecting the driver.  The vehicle came to final rest on Township Road 79, south of Township Road 48.

Mr. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by Paulding County Coroner Dr. Joseph Kuhn.  He was transported by Scott EMS to the Paulding County Morgue.

Mr. Miller was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the incident.  The crash remains under investigation. 

The Van Wert Post was assisted by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Scott Fire and EMS, and Gideon’s Towing. 

For the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to designate a sober driver, do not drive distracted, and always wear your safety belt. 

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
September 1, 2016
 

 
 

Thank you to Nikki Fox for These Junior High Parkway Fall Sports Pictures 

 

Click Here for the Junior High Page

 
 

Parkway 8th Grade Football

 
 
 

Parkway 8th Grade Volleyball

 
 
 

Parkway Junior High Cross Country

 
 
 
 

Parkway 7th Grade Volleyball

 

Parkway 7th Grade Football

 
 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Junior High Cheerleaders

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 31, 2016

 

 
 
 

Thank you to Nikki Fox for These and Upcoming Parkway Fall Sports Pictures 

Click Here for the Varsity Volleyball Page

Click Here for the Cross Country Page

Click Here for the Golf Page

 

Parkway Varsity Volleyball

 
 
 

Parkway JV Volleyball

 

 
 
 
 

Parkway Co-Ed Varsity Cross Country

 
 

Parkway Boys Golf

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway Girls Golf

 
 
 

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquito in Mercer County
Confirmed West Nile Virus in Mercer County Mosquito Sampling The Mercer County Celina City Health Department was notified by Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officials at 4:00pm on August 24, 2016 that a sample of mosquitoes collected by ODH in the Coldwater Community Garden on August 11, 2016 tested positive for West Nile Virus. At this time no human or animal cases have been confirmed. This confirmation reaffirms the ongoing assumption that the mosquito population could be infected with disease causing agents, no matter the location – rural or urban, and that people need to take precautions against mosquito bites wherever they happen to be. To avoid risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease, use insect repellant containing DEET on exposed skin (especially during early morning hours and early evening hours), or cover exposed skin with clothing and eliminate breeding sites such as standing water. Coldwater Village Administrator/Engineer Eric Thomas said in response to the recent news from the state health department that the Village plans to resume their on-going mosquito adulticide regimen with an additional application on Sunday, August 28, 2016. The application of pesticide will occur after dark, between the hours of 9:00 pm – 12:00 am. Previous to this upcoming application, two applications were performed in late June and late July. The upcoming application will consist of identical chemicals and methodology as were used in the prior treatments. For specific information regarding the treatment, contact Village of Coldwater. For more information regarding West Nile Virus visit our website at http://mccchd.org/environmental-health/west-nile-virus-surveillance/, ODH: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/wnv or CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquitobites.html. Mercer County Health Department will be giving out free mosquito repellent wipes with DEET at our office during normal business hours. . If you have any further questions you may contact the Health Department at 419-586-3251 M-F, 7:30 – 4:00 pm.

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Rolling Out Online Voter Registration

                                  

This past spring the General Assembly was hard at work writing a bill to create an online voter registration system.  This legislation was extremely important for our state and ultimately Senate Bill 63, was passed by both chambers and signed by Governor Kasich.

 

Senate Bill 63 establishes a system where Ohioans have the opportunity to register to vote online by requiring the Secretary of State to establish an online voter registration process that is safe. The Secretary of State will also be in charge of obtaining the applicant’s signatures as an electronic copy from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to be used on their voter registration records.  Additionally, security measures must also be in place by the Secretary of State to ensure accuracy.

 

This legislation is essential to our state, which is why I was happy to see it signed by the Governor. Under this Bill, Ohio residents could simply submit a voter registration form online including their name, address, date of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security Number and their Ohio driver’s license or state identification number. The information provided will then be checked against information at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to ensure each applicant is eligible to vote in Ohio.

 

In this modern age it is important to adjust to the times and that is exactly what we are doing with Senate Bill 63. This Bill provides an easy outlet to become a registered voter and it is my hope that this will get more people to the polls and involved.

 

Expanding ways to register creates new opportunities for Ohioans registering to vote and simplifies the process. Any time I can simplify and remove red tape for my constituents count me in. I am excited that this bill will become effective on September 13 and that we are joining the majority of our states who have already created similar online voter registration systems.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns on issues surrounding Ohio do not hesitate to contact my office at 614-466-6344.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Competes
by Coach Joe Falk

On a hot afternoon at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36), the Parkway Boys Golf team lost a league match to visiting Delphos St. Johns by a score of 171-188. Match medalist was Blue Jay, Derek Klausing with a 2 over 38. Low man for Parkway was Cole Schoenleben, 45, followed by Ashton Hamrick with a 47. Mason Baxter and Jack Wehe finished out the scoring for Parkway with a pair of 48s. David Gause shot a 49 and Duncan Morton, a 71 for the Panthers as well. Parkway is now 4-2 on the season and 3-2 in the MAC.

Delphos St. Johns Scores:

Derek Klausing-38, Austin Lucas-46, Austin Lucas-46, Adam Gerker-42, Grant Csukker-45, Robert Buescher-55, Matt Dickrede-58

Parkway JV Scores: Andy Metz-52, Alex Altenbach 57, Jared Gibson 62, Trevor Barker 76

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf Team Defeats Crestview Knights
by Coach Joe Falk

At Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) the Parkway Panthers Boys Golf team defeated the Crestview Knights by a score of 183-195. Match medalist was Mason Baxter with a 41. Jack Wehe scored a 43 for Parkway. Cole Schoenleben shot a 49 and David Gause finished out the scoring for the Panthers with a 50. Ashton Hamrick shot a 51 and Andy Metz a 63, as well. Parkway is now 5-2 for the season.

Colton Lautzenheiser 51, Caden Hurless-45, Kaleb Myers-42, Brett Schumm-57; Jacob Bowman-59, Ethan Waddles-64

 

 

 

Parkway 216 Coldwater 216 - Parkway Girls Golf wins on 5th golfer tie-breaker by 1 stroke
by Teri Samples

The Parkway Girls Golf team came away with a nail biter in MAC action, battling heavy rains the last several holes.  After both teams finished tied at 216 after the top 4 golfers, Parkway won the match on the decisive 5th player tie-breaker as Parkway's Maggie Hout's 69 bested Coldwater's Emma Eckstein's 70.  Amanda Schmitmeyer for Coldwater was medalist with a 45.  For Coldwater, Logan May shot a 53, Peyton Kunk had a 57 and Alexis Muhlekamp added a 62.  For Parkway, Mecaylah Hesse led the way with a season low 49, followed by Haylee Stukey's 53, Autumn Ellis had a 54 and Lauren Henderson added a 60.  Parkway improves to 2-0 in MAC play.

 

 

 

Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification Awarded to Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office has been awarded the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification status.  The Ohio Collaborative which is comprised of a 12 person panel established state standards.   These initial standards were adopted on August 28, 2015.  These standard included use of deadly force, and agency employee recruitment and hiring. 

 

Final standard modifications were submitted on June 15, 2016 to the Ohio Collaborative and on August 18, 2016 the Mercer County Sheriff’s office received the provisional certification from the Ohio Collaborative.  The certification process involves a review of current Sheriff’s Office polices procedures such as use of deadly force, and hiring and recruitment practices.   A final on-site review will complete this initial process.  As more standards are released the Sheriff’s Office will be working to maintain compliance of these initial standards and any future standards developed and released by the Ohio Collaborative.

 

 

 

Beanfest Coming to Rockford

Save the Date -  Join us for Rockford's Beanfest in Memory of Bob Clay and Tom Rogers.

The event will take place at Shanes Park on Sunday - October 2nd from 11:30 am - 5 pm.

The Willow is providing Tasty Bean Soup !   Live music by Triad, Parkway JH Choir, Jerry Garcia and George Moore ! 

Food Stand by New Horizons Church Youth Group !  Free Will Offering !

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day with us !!

Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber.

 

 

 

 

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OUR OLD BOOKCASE

By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.
Photo Caption:  The Narrow Gauge Locomotive was assembled in Philadelphia in 1880, for the purpose of being used on the Narrow Gauge Tracks out west in the Rocky Mountains

 

The Narrow Gauge Railroad is remembered in Mercer County, for the Railroad that ran through Chickasaw, Montezuma and north to Mendon.  That narrow gauge railroad connected Toledo and Delphos and Shanes Crossing (Rockford).  In 1881, the line was extended to Mendon, Mercer, Oregon, Celina, Montezuma, Chickasaw, St. John’s Station, and Steineman Station, then south to Dayton.  In 1883, the Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad Narrow Gauge was acquired by the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad Company (C.H. & D.).  The Sesquicentennial book, :”Mendon, Ohio, 1834-1984,”stated, “When the C.H. & D. Railroad left on April 1, 1923, the grain-shipping trade, the budding sugar beet market, and all hope of securing industry went along with it.  Many farmers lost their original investment and Mendon experienced slight economic growth.  It was a sad day for all concerned.  The railroad had been the township’s economic lifeblood.  But no one knew how much the C.H. & D. would be missed.”

 

“The Daily Standard,” carried the article, “Abandonment of D.T. & C. [Dayton, Toledo & Chicago] Railroad,” on April 14, 1923.  More information about the three railroads in Mercer County can easily be found in the books, “Passport to Mercer County, Ohio History; Bibliographies for Historical Research” for specific Townships in Mercer County.  The “1978 Mercer County Ohio History,” also gives highlights of local railroad history.  The history books of local villages also contain railroad history.

 

One of the old Post Cards which was brought to the Museum carried the above photograph of the Narrow Gauge Locomotive, which was assembled in Philadelphia in 1880.  When I read the description, about the Narrow Gauge Railroad, it caught my attention because of the history of the Narrow Gauge Railroad which went through Mercer County, 1881-1923.  The technology and the time period were related.

 

This fantastic locomotive No. 94, with its smoke stack, strong headlamp, and “cow catcher,” was designed for a Narrow Gauge Track in the Western States.  [Note the antlers on the headlamp.]  The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad ordered this Narrow Gauge Locomotive for the Narrow Gauge Tracks which were necessary for traveling over the Rocky Mountains and through the narrow canyons.  Remember the 1849 Gold Rush to California, which resulted in an increase in population and the development of the western states.  The railroads provided necessary transportation for the mining companies, the agribusiness trade, and the lumber companies.

 

Mercer Countians have been collecting history of the Railroads since the 1880’s.  In the 1980’s, the Mercer County Historical Society held exhibits and programs about the history of the Railroads through Mercer County.  In 1998, when Mercer County was celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Mercer County Courthouse, 1923-1998, one exhibit featured the trains through Mercer County. 

 

The archival collections of Mercer County’s history include books, photographs, maps, and stories about the Railroads of Mercer County.  There are several collectors of local Railroad History, not only in Mercer County, but also in nearby Counties.  The Mercer County Historical Society is discussing the possibility of hosting an exhibit about Mercer County’s Railroad history in September 2017.  Each year, the Mercer County Historical Society has to plan its exhibits and programs at least a year ahead of time. 

 

Therefore, if you collect History of Mercer County’s Railroads, and you would like to bring some of your collection to the Mercer County Historical Museum for an exhibit in September 2017, please contact me.  Preserving the History of Mercer County’s Railroads is one of the responsibilities and opportunities of the Mercer County Historical Society.  New Members to the Historical Society are always welcome.

 

 [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.]

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

By Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. 
Photo Caption:  Plan to attend the September 11 Tour of the Downtown Historic Village of Mercer, at the intersection of U. S. Rt. 127 and U.S. Rt. 33, six miles north of Celina.

 

On September 11, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M., Members of the Mercer County Historical Society are hosting an educational tour of the Historic Sites in the Village of Mercer.  You can begin the tour at any one of the sites, as this is a “Drive It Yourself Tour.”  The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is To Preserve the History of Mercer County and to Educate the Public about that History. 

 

George Schroyer’s Truck Collection will be on exhibit at 9411 U.S. 127, just south of Mercer.  In the photo above, Schroyer is standing on the left side of his friend, with the Schroyer Truck, at one of the past Transportation Exhibits at the Mercer County Historical Museum.  (The first five people who contact me with the name of Schroyer’s friend, will receive a free history book which  includes the 1888 & 1900 Plat Map of Mercer Village.)  For information, contact Dave and Toni Schroyer, 419-586-7037. 

 

Rex and Carl Marsee will be at this the Schroyer Truck Collection Center, signing copies of their historic book, “Mercer Memories.”  For information, contact Carl Marsee, 419-790-1575.

 

The Members of the Mercer Methodist Church, 5585 Mercer Road, in the Village of Mercer, will be holding an Open House, that Sunday afternoon, September 11.  The stained glass windows are an artistic highlight of this historic Church.  For information, contact Robert Maurer, 419-795-6102.

 

The Motor Inn Auto and Truck Stop is located at 10391 U.S. 127, at the intersection of U.S. Rt. 33.   For information, call 419 -363-3376, or visit www.motorinntruckstop.com .  The Motor Inn Family Restaurant is adjacent to the Truck Stop; for information call 419-363-2200.

 

The Mercer Village Post Office was formerly known as Ruckman’s Post Office, which was established on June 22, 1832, and as of April 21, 1837, was transferred to Mercer Post Office.  The Mercer Post Office then was open until it was discontinued on October 19, 1957.  Where was this Post Office located?  Was the Mercer Post Office in the same building as the Ruckman Post Office in downtown Mercer?

 

Next week, September 8, watch for the 1888 plat map of the Village of Mercer.  Highlights of Mercer’s History, will be available for those interested in preserving the History of the Village of Mercer and its school, churches, businesses, activities and families.  The 1888 Plat map will identify the old C.H. & D. Railroad Track path, depot and elevator.  The sites of the Methodist Church and former Baptist Church are marked.  Other historical sites will be identified on this tour. 

 

Mercer may be a small village, but it was a site on the old Plank Road of the 1850’s, the present day U.S. Rt. 33, connecting the Ohio River with the City of Chicago.  In the 1880’s, the railroad construction resulted in better transportation, and economic improvement for Ohio.  With Mercer being at the intersection of U.S. 33 and U.S. Rt. 127, and the C.H. & D. Railroad, the Village of Mercer came into existence.   Preservation of Mercer’s History will be the highlight of this September 11, 2016 Historical Tour.  Citizens are invited to become a Member of the Mercer County Historical Society to help preserve Mercer County’s history.  Contact Joyce Alig at the address below for information.

 

 [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.]

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
August 30, 2016
 

 
 

Thank you to Nikki Fox for These and Upcoming Parkway Fall Sports Pictures - Click here for the Football Page

 

Parkway Varsity Football

 
 
 

Parkway Varsity Cheerleaders

 
 

Parkway Marching Band

 

 

Parkway September 2016 Breakfast Menus by Pam Smith
Parkway September 2016 Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

COMMUNITY WIDE PATRIOT DAY- 9/11 MEMORIAL CONCERT

A Patriot Day Concert will be held at the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VAN WERT August 29, 2016 (VAN WERT, OHIO) –

David Van Tilburg, Pianist & Sheila Chilcote-Collins, Soprano, will present a concert titled, “In Remembrance” to be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the tragedy that unfolded in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 15 years ago on September 11, 2001. The program will feature piano and vocal music along with narration and poetry read by Benjamin King. Classical piano works will feature Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude”, Schumann’s “Papillions” and Theme & Variations on Mozart’s Sonata in “D Major”. Vocal selections will include several classical and spiritual pieces by such composers as Purcell, Sibelius, Gounod, Malotte, Holst, and Burleigh. Also featured will be contemporary music from the Broadway musical, “Les Miserables”, and from the films, “We Were Soldiers” and “Band of Brothers” among others. This hour-long concert is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Sheila Chilcote-Collins at (419) 238-6209 or sopranosheila@yahoo.com .

 

 

CCMEP is for job seekers ages 16 to 24 in Celina, Ohio.

This program will push traditional boundaries to create a community-coordinated, person-centered case management system.  CCMEP will take a coordinated, holistic approach to stabilizing individuals and families by addressing the many factors that may be contributing to poverty and unemployment, including health, housing, education, transportation and child care. In conjunction with supportive services, CCMEP will provide access to employment and training services, including career counseling, job placement and services to facilitate job retention. By combining the strengths of both the workforce and human services systems, CCMEP seeks to improve employment and education outcomes for at-risk youth and young adults by helping participants overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills local employers seek.

If you would like more information, either as a participant, a community volunteer or a business owner, please contact: Mercer County Job and Family Services, Pat Braun, 220 W Livingston Street, Suite 10, Celina OH 45822, 419-586-5106 ext 508 or email Patricia.Braun@jfs.ohio.gov.

 

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on
Wednesday - September 7th at 7 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.

 

 

Cast Announced for Comedy “Drinking Habits”

Van Wert, OH- Off Stage Productions, Inc. opens its 2016-2017 season and announces the cast for their upcoming dinner theatre show, “Drinking Habits”, by Tom Smith. This two-act comedy will be Co-Directed by Dan Bulau and Amy Shoppell.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend one of our seven performances, opening on Saturday, October 8th. Additional show dates are Sunday October 9th*, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Oct 14th-16th*, and Friday & Saturday Oct 21st & 22nd.  Doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 pm for Sunday matinees, at the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert, OH).  A buffet style meal provided by Romer’s Catering will be served starting at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm (*1:00pm meal and 2:00pm show on the Sunday matinees). 

Directors Dan Bulau and Amy Shoppell have announced the cast for “Drinking Habits”.  Our cast of 8 includes 4 veteran actors of Off Stage Productions as well as 4 actors who are making their very first appearance on our stage.  We are happy to welcome first time OSP performers Kecia Pontius, Daniel Sanderson, Matt Krol and Kelly Smith!

Sister Philamena           - Kecia Pontius

Sister Augusta               - Mary Yackey

George                          - Daniel Sanderson

Mother Superior            - Jewell Kurtz 

Paul                               - Matt Krol

Sally                              - Amy McConn 

Sister Mary Catherine   - Kelly Smith 

Father Chenille             - Steve Bricker 

 

Reservations for members open at 10:00 am on Monday, Sept.19th and on Wednesday, Sept. 21st for the general public and are open daily. Reservations close at 6:00 pm each day. Off Stage Productions can be found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy - A Salute to Our Local Public Safety Workers

America, it seems, has become more divided over the past few years than at any other point in recent memory. Unfortunately, in that process, distrust toward law enforcement has reached an all time high, creating an undeniable tension that plagues communities across the country. When we turn on the television and see horrific events unfold before our eyes, as they did in Dallas, Texas last month, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by the chaos and heartbreak. We must not forget the hours upon hours of daily sacrifice that our public safety workers dedicate to our communities, far too often for little thanks in return.

 

Every day, all across the United States, hundreds of thousands of dedicated individuals put on a uniform, leave the comfort of their homes, and purposely put themselves in harm’s way to protect the communities which they have sworn to serve. Each day is completely unpredictable; more often than not, lives are at stake and critical decisions must be made quickly. It is absolutely essential that we recognize the devotion that these selfless and brave men and women have made to preserve our safety and liberty.

 

Not only should we stand behind our law enforcement officers, but also behind our local firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and first responders. They have humbly dedicated their lives to saving those of others, to boldly step into life-or-death scenarios so that those who fall victim to tragedy can live to see another day. Furthermore, we must remember the families of these brave servants, who every day must bear the burden of fear that their loved one may be the one that needs saving.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, and other emergency workers in our communities for taking those risks; for being willing to lay down their lives for complete strangers in the name of preserving order, peace, and safety in our free society. It is evident that these individuals truly love the communities in which they live, and I am honored to have the privilege of representing such dedicated servants of the public.

 

It is my hope that in times of great division and unrest, we reflect on the values that bring us together as fellow countrymen, rather than those that separate us from each other. We must remember that we are all children of God, we are all Americans, and we are all created equal. Without recognizing what unites us, the American experiment cannot succeed. I would encourage everyone to thank our public safety workers personally whenever the opportunity arises, as they deserve the utmost respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they have made for our communities.

 

 

 

 

 
August 29, 2016

 

 
 
 

4-H’ers Meet prior to Fair Activities
The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting August 11th at the Venedocia Lions club.  The pleadges were led by Tara Radabough.  Roll Call was taken  by Betty Vorst.  Safty and health reports were completed also demonstrations were completed.  The group discussed the fair booth for fair.  Decorating is this Saturday, August 27th, from 9am to 4pm

 

Avery Mueller 

 

 

 

Meth Lab Discovered – Arrest Made

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a drug related incident, which would include the discovery of an outdoor methamphetamine cook operation, and the arrest of a male.  On August 23, 2016 at 5:40 PM, Central dispatch received a call from a male reporting his children had observed a suspicious male in the area of Wabash Road, south of State Route 219 near the bridge.  A deputy responded to the area and found a male fitting the description of the suspicious male, who claimed to be fishing in the area.  The male consented to a search of his bicycle and deputies recovered liquid and other containers in a pouch on his bicycle.  The male admitted the liquid was methamphetamine and admitted to “cooking” meth somewhere in Indiana.

 

Deputies checked the area in and around the bridge and discovered items that are consistent with an outdoor methamphetamine cook operation.   

 

Arrested was James A. McDowell, age 52 from 210 West Wayne Street, Celina.  Deputies recovered suspected liquid methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, equipment and material commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.   McDowell is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility for possession of drugs.   The case will be forwarded to the Prosecutor for review of additional charges.

 

Deputies were assisted with the cook operation cleanup by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, and were also assisted by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.  Sheriff Grey encourages citizens to report suspicious activity.  This arrest, and discovery of a methamphetamine cook operation was possible due to a citizen being observant.  Methamphetamine cook operations are extremely dangerous due to the chemicals used in its manufacturing.  If you see something suspicious, or just not right please contact law enforcement.

 

 

Jeff Grey

Sheriff

 

 

Chamber Banquet Planned

The 43rd Annual Rockford Chamber Banquet will be held on
Monday - September 26th beginning at 6 pm at the
Rockford Community Building.

Single Early Bird tickets are $18 until September 16th.

Please send payment with RSVP to Rockford Chamber,
PO  Box 175, Rockford, OH  45882

This event will be catered by the Rockford Carry Out.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this
Community event as we Celebrate Rockford !!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 27-28, 2016

 

 
 
 

ALL SERVICE/FRATERNAL MEMBERSHIPS IN THE ROCKFORD/WILLSHIRE/MENDON COMMUNITIES: HERE IS YOUR INVITATION TO……

“Meet and Greet the New Head Football Coach of Parkway High School, Shane Wellman”  and Welcome him to Parkway Program

 

On  Monday evening September 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm at the Rockford Eagles Lodge Fellowship Hall, Main Street in downtown Rockford (south entrance) the memberships of Shanes Lodge #377 F&AM, Rockford Eagles, Rockford/Willshire Sons of the American Legion Posts, Rockford, Willshire, and Mendon Lions Clubs, guests and potential new members from all organizations are all invited to a Meet and Greet for the new Parkway Football Coach Shane Wellman.

 

Agenda: 7:30 Meeting begins with introductions of the various organizations and their officers, and the head football coach and his staff

7:35 Coach Wellman speaks to the group, with Q&A following

8:15 Refreshments are served. Pizza from Rockford Carry-Out, drinks from sponsoring organizations, and homemade Ice Cream from the Masonic Lodge. (Pizza and Ice Cream are being provided compliments of Shanes Lodge)

9:00 party ends!

For questions about this event, please contact Randy Rumple by phone/text @ 419-790-5859, by email at randy.rumple.rr@gmail.com, or by facebook message.

 

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 26, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a 2 hour delay for Friday, August 26, 2016 due to fog.

 
 
 
 

Parkway Boys Golf Raises MAC to 3-1
By Coach Joe Falk
At the Mercer Co. Elks Golf Club (par 36), Parkway's Boys Golf team ran their MAC record to 3-1 with a 191-211 win over the Marion Local Flyers. Cole Schoenleben had the low score for the Panthers with a 42. Mason Baxter followed with a 44. Clayton Agler, playing with a cast on his hand, shot a 52 and Jack Wehe finished out the low four score for Parkway with a 53. Ashton Hamrick and Hunter Gause both had 54s for the Black and Gold as well . Parkway is now 4-1 on the year overall, in dual matches.

 

Marion Local Scores
Collin Fleck-44
Dylan Homan-57

Tim Knapshaefer-59
Seth Kelch-51
Jack Bohman-68
Garrett Pleiman-72

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Win Over Flyers
by Teri Samples, coach

Parkway  230              Marion Local 244

 

The Panther Girls Golf team picked up the win over the Flyers in MAC play at Deerfield. 

 

Haylee Stukey was match medalist with a 54, closely followed by Parkway teammate Mecaylah Hesse with a 55.  Autumn Ellis added a 60 and Lauren Henderson finished the scoring with a 61.

 

Chloe Nagel led Marion Local with a 58, Carlee Kremer with a 60, Marah Moeller with a 61 and Maddie Smith shot a 65.

 

 

 
 

Foundations Behavioral Health Services to Expand

Foundations Behavioral Health Services kicked off a major building expansion of the main facility at 4761 State Route 29, Celina, with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 23.  Over 50 people attended the event, including local elected officials, agency staff, agency Board of Directors, referral sources, community providers, and general public. (see photo of attendees)

 

The 4000 square foot expansion, with an estimated base construction cost of $536,000, will add 15 counseling offices, a conference room, a doctor’s waiting room, two restrooms, and additional storage and mechanical space to the facility.  The expanded facility will also have added security features, including keyless entry and security cameras at all exterior entrances.  Construction is slated to start the first week of September and completed in May of next year.

 

The general contractor for the project is Heyne Construction, Minster.  The architect and project manager is Garmann/Miller Architects, Minster.  Financing for the project is provided by Citizens National Bank, Celina.

 

The purpose of the project is to combine all staff and services into one facility.  Since the merger of Foundations Behavioral Health Services and Gateway Outreach Center in November 2012, staff and services have been housed in both the main facility and in the former Gateway building in Celina.

 

Foundations is a non-profit corporation governed by an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors.  Seven members of the Board were present at the groundbreaking ceremony. (see photo of groundbreaking).

 

45 employees and 6 contractual staff provide a full range of mental health and substance use disorder services, including assessment, treatment, support, prevention, and consultation.  Many of the agency’s staff were present at the ceremony.

 

Brian Engle, Executive Director of Foundations, stated “We were very pleased with the groundbreaking event and are appreciative of all our friends in the community who came out to show their support.  We will soon have a facility that combines all local behavioral health services under one roof and that will provide the residents of Mercer County with more effective, efficient, and accessible services.”

Brief history of the organization:

-- 1975: The organization was started by a group of concerned citizens; originally called Mercer County Mental Health Center; located in the basement of the doctor’s building across from Mercer Health in Coldwater.

-- 1990: Outgrew those offices and moved to the former Convent building owned by Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater.

-- 1998: Changed our name to Foundations Behavioral Health Services to reflect the expansion of the scope of our services to include both mental health and substance abuse.

-- 2001: Built and moved operation to the current facility. The move to this location placed us closer to the center of the county, closer to Celina, and more accessible to all parts of Mercer County.

-- 2012: Merged with Gateway Outreach Center, the local substance use treatment agency.  This merger combined two local agencies providing behavioral health services into one organization, further integrating mental health and addiction services.  For the past four years, we have utilized both the current facility on Route 29 and the former Gateway facility on Pro Drive to house our staff and provide our services. 

-- 2016: Building expansion project to bring all staff together under one roof.  The end result, projected for May, 2017, will be the full integration of behavioral health services in Mercer County.

 

 

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser 
The Board of Education from St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, is selling Chicken BBQ tickets for Sunday, September 11.  Serving is from 11-12:30 with dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru available.  Meals are $7 each and include ½ chicken, chips, applesauce, dinner roll, cookie and bottled water.  All proceeds will benefit the Mercer County House of Hope - Men's House.  Contact a church member for tickets or call the church office at 419-363-2154.  Tickets are on sale until September 4. 

 

 

Van Wert County Fair to Crown King and Queen
The Van Wert County Jr. Fair is proud to announce the events for the Celebration Sunday on August 28th, 2016. The events will be held on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds to the North of the Commercial Building. Events include the King and Queen coronation, 4-H Fashion Style Review, Cloverbud Graduation Ceremony, Cloverbud Show and Tell Awards, and the 4-H Awards Ceremony. The schedule for the events is as follows:

 4:00pm King and Queen

6:00pm 4-H Fashion Style Review

7:00pm Cloverbud Graduation and Cloverbud Show and Tell Awards

7:30pm 4-H Awards Ceremony

Please join us for a night of reflection and celebrating our Jr. Fair youth achievements, and to thank the many donors and volunteers for their contributions. 

 

 
August 24-25, 2016

 

 
 
 

New Vantage Staff Members

 

 

There are a few new faces at Vantage as the 2016-2017 school year begins.  Ms. Diane Font (left) is the new Medical Office Management instructor, Mrs. Alaina Ellis is the new high school secretary, and Mr. Ray Gibson is a new Social Studies teacher.  Lisa Enyart is a new member of the cafeteria/maintenance team, but was unavailable for the picture.  Welcome to Vantage!

 

What Is Your Hope?

 

Inspired by @ParkwaySchoolDistrict in St. Louis, Missouri, Vantage welcomed students into the building on their first day of school and asked them to answer one simple question...What Is Your Hope for this school year?? Some of the responses written on a large, colorful banner included, "Graduate with Honors", "Pass English", "95% Attendance", "Make New Friends", "Learn More", "Get my STNA", "Study Harder", "Get my Cosmetology License", "Be a Leader", "Be Top in my Class", and the most popular one with seniors, "Graduate!" The banners now hang in the Commons. Pictured are some students writing their hope on the banner.

 

 

Parkway Golfers Wins Over LCC
By Coach Joe Falk

In perfect weather conditions at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36), the Parkway Boys Golf team scored a close win over Lima Central Catholic, 175-178. Leading the way for the Panthers were Cole Schoenleben and Mason Baxter, who both shot 41s. Bouncing back from a bad outing the previous night, Hunter Gause scored a 46. Both Clayton Agler and Jack Wehe shot 47s and Ashton Hamrick scored a 49 for Parkway.

Match medalist was LCC's Regan Altenbach with a 39. Parkway is 3-1 overall.

LCC Scores: Regan Altenbach-39; Dominic Riepenhoff-43; Marcus McGee-53; Braydon Ruble-43; Derek Pignataro-53; John Sreenan-66

 

 
 
 

 
August 22-23, 2016

 

 
 
 
 

Click Here for the Parkway Panther High School Football Teams Rosters

 
 

Click Here for the Parkway Panther High School Volleyball Teams Rosters

 
 
 

Parkway Ladies Golfers Compete at Hicksville
by Teri Samples, coach

The Parkway Girls Golf team was defeated by Hicksville 245-215.  Micah Schroeder, of Hicksville, was Medalist shooting a 46.  For Parkway, Haylee Stukey had the lowest score with a 53.  Mecaylah Hesse had a 60, followed by Lauren Henderson with a 65, and Maggie Hours rounded out the team scoring with a 67.  Autumn Ellis had a 73 and Emma Gause finished with a score of 84.

 

Parkway Golfers Defeat Coldwater
by Coach Joe Falk

The Panthers Boy Golf Team defeated Coldwater by a score of 198-210 at the Mercer County Elks (par 36). Leading the way for the Panthers was Mason Baxter with a 47. Clayton Agler finished next low with a 49, closely followed by Cole Schoenleben with a 50. Jack Wehe and Ashton Hamrick both scored a 52, and Hunter Gause also shot a 65 for Parkway. Parkway is now 2-1 in the MAC.

 

Coldwater Scores- Andrew Fisher 45, Ben Schmitmeyer 53, Trey Wolters 61, Caden Seitz 54, Alex Raffel 58, Chris Meyer 62

 

 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Presents Dancing with the BIG Stars
Jonathan Sell of Rockford and Biggby Coffee in St. Marys Joins the Team

There is no other place to be on Saturday, November 12 than at the Overdrive, located at 3769 U.S. 127, Celina, OH 45822, for the 3rd Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Dancing with the BIG Stars event! This event is based off of the popular TV show, Dancing with the Stars. A group of prominent community members from throughout the area will put on their “boogie shoes” and test their newly learned dancing skills with their experienced dance partners. These dancers are putting their heart and soul into dancing and raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties. Each of the celebrity dancers and their experienced dance partners will compete twice on Saturday, November 12 at the Overdrive during an afternoon matinee performance starting at 1:30 p.m. and an evening dinner performance starting at 5:00 p.m..

The 2016 cast includes Jason Woods (Coldwater Schools Superintendent) dancing with Barb Powell, Susie Muhlenkamp (Preferred Insurance) dancing with Craig Muhlenkamp. Peter Moreland (Willmann Dentistry) dancing with Lisa Heckman, RJ Coleman (Central Insurance) dancing with Shelbee Miller, Darren Zimmerman (Emerson Climate Technologies) dancing with Stacy Smuts, Jonathan Sell (Biggby Coffee) dancing with Esther Veh, Nicole Wiley (St. Marys School teacher) dancing with Zach Ferrall, and Renee Place (Auglaize County of DD) dancing with Jeff Schnippel. The professional dancers represent several dance studios throughout our servicing area, including:  Boyds Dance Studio, Kim Hohman’s Danceworks, The Dance Centre, Wagner Ballroom Dance Studio. We also have professional dancers representing Minster Local School, Nidec Minster Company, Noble/Montague & Moul, Schnippel Electric, US Postal Service, and ValCo Company,

Dancers will be taking lessons, rehearsing their dances and soliciting funds over the next few months.. The BIG Star Award will be announced at the dinner performance and is based on the celebrity dancer that raises the most money on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition, a Judge’s Choice Award will be given to the couple that has the best dance performance based on the judges’ critiques. The night’s featured judges are Jane Diller, Becky Kunk and Eric (Bruno) Wellman.

Tickets are still available if you would like to be a member of the audience for this event, and each dinner ticket includes a catered dinner in addition to the performance.  The matinee performance includes snacks and a beverage. These tickets are $20 per person for the Matinee Show. The price for the Dinner Show range from $30.00 to $50.00 and are sold on a first come first serve basis.  Ticket information and event information about Dancing with the BIG Stars can be found on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert Counties website at www.bbbsma.com or by calling 419-584-2447.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize, & Van Wert  Counties’ ongoing efforts to make a difference in your community, one child at a time.

 

 
 

Niswonger Celebrates Ten Years of Volunteers

(Van Wert, Ohio) - The 2016-2017 season is a big deal for many reasons. It is a celebration of ten years of accomplishments, big-name entertainment, and the development of a region that loves the arts. As time waits for no Performing Arts Center, and while we are looking forward to another successful ten years, we believe now is the perfect time to reflect on how we got here. And what better place to start than with a group so instrumental to that success:

Our volunteers.

After all these years of working behind the scenes, on the evening of Thursday, August 11 the Niswonger volunteers were invited onto the big stage. They enjoyed some time together, a delectable meal provided by Black Angus on Main, and even some fun prizes including books written by Niswonger season featured speaker and author, Jon Gordon. Each staff member as well as a few board members took time to speak and thank this cherished group for all they do to ensure success night after night, event after event. Time was taken to recognize a group of individuals who have been volunteering since the premier season ten years ago.

The Niswonger’s growth is surely evident with its volunteers as the upcoming season will boast the largest group of volunteers to date including 22 new additions.

Tickets to events in this milestone Ten Years Of Wow! season can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or at the Box Office at 419-238-6722. Box office hours are Tue. - Fri., Noon - 4 PM.

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

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 20-21, 2016
 

 
 

 

Suman and Smalley Families Announce Engagement

 

Kevin and Becky Suman, Willshire, Ohio would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Jessica Suman, to Bryan Smalley, son of Bob and Suzy Smalley, Rockford, Ohio. The bride elect is a 2006 graduate of Parkway High School and 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University majoring in agriculture. She is employed by Ohio State University Extension in Van Wert County. The prospective groom is a 2000 graduate of Parkway High School and a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University majoring in agriculture. He is employed by Nation Wide Insurance in Dublin, Ohio. The couple is planning an August 27, 2016 wedding at Praise Point Church, Willshire.

 

 

 

RADC MEMBERS to Meet in Rockford

The next RADC meeting will be Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 at the Rockford Library. Matt and Tom Burtch, the new owners of the Rockford Carryout will be our guest speakers for the evening.

 

 

 

 

Parkway Golfers Now 1-1 in the MAC
by Coach Joe Falk

At Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) on Thursday afternoon the Parkway Boys Golf team fell to 1-1 in the MAC with a 182-170 loss to Versailles. Mason Baxter led the scoring for the Panthers with a 43, followed closely by Cole Schoenleben with a 44 and Ashton Hamrick with a 45. Clayton Agler finished the low four scores for Parkway with a 50. Jack Wehe also shot a 50 and Hunter Gause, a 53.

Versailles Varsity: Connor Van Skyock 40; Nicholas Stonebraker 41; Alex Groff 45; Kyle Cotner 44;  Isaac Ruhenkamp 47; and Preston Platfoot 47

Parkway JV scores: Duncan Morton- 57, Andy Metz- 65, Alex Altenbach- 62, Jared Gibson-65, Trevor Barker-80

 

 

Prevent a summer shortage.  Give Blood

Blood Drive
on August 25th at the Rockford United Methodist Church 
located at 202 S Franklin St.  12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or
online at redcrossblood.org, use sponsor code "rockumc".

 

 

 

 

Shanes Park Beautification Society Reports
THANK YOU to Donna Riley, Irene Schmidt, Marlene Roebuck and Joyce Emans for continuing to keep up the flowers during such a hot month as July.   They did lots of watering !!  Thank Goodness for the rain we are getting now !



 

 

 

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF)

Honors Local Scholarship Donors

Supporting Students…Transforming Communities

 

Celina, Ohio – For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. The foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since 1962, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

For the 2015-16 academic year, the WOEF Scholarship Program offered eligible applicants the opportunity to apply for over 270 academic scholarships, grants and loans worth over $290,000. Since 1965, WOEF has awarded over $3.4 million worth of scholarships to over 2,600 new and continuing students.

The accomplishments of the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) are a reflection of a community which stands behind higher education. For over 50+ years, the WOEF board members, as well as many regional donors have remained committed to providing higher education opportunities to the residents of west central Ohio. This has led significantly to the success of the Lake Campus of Wright State University. The WOEF Scholarship program and other special projects which benefit students would not be continuing and prospering today without the generous funding received from private citizens, businesses, and organizations.

 

 
 

Celebrating 50 years in 2016                     
Orientation Announced

Calvary Preschool, located at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road, has scheduled student orientation on Tuesday, August 23 at either 9:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Parents can choose which time is most convenient.  Parents and students attending are asked to go directly to the Fellowship Hall.  Following a brief opening, the parents and students will go with the teachers to the individual classrooms.  The teachers will go over the list of needed school supplies and classroom expectations.  Security badge pictures will be taken in the Fellowship Hall. Orientation allows students to meet their teacher while accompanied by their parents, and it is an excellent time for them to meet other classmates.

Calvary Preschool offers many educational opportunities for students, emphasizing Christian principals. We focus on helping children grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The church has a great playground for the boys and girls to enjoy.

To register a child, forms are available on Calvary’s website, www.calvaryelife.org. They can be found by clicking on ministries, then preschool, and finally, forms. After printing each page off, the registration form, along with the registration fee, are due immediately to ensure enrollment.  A few openings remain in each age level class, so register soon.

Parents with children already enrolled in Calvary Preschool, who have yet to receive orientation information, should contact Administrator, Marilyn Agler in the Preschool Office at 567-259-3103.

Classes begin, based on the child’s class schedule, on August 29 & 30.  Calvary Preschool’s teaching staff for the upcoming school year is:  Marilyn Agler, Administrator; Mrs. Issa Ickes, 3-year-old teacher; Mrs. Julie Stewart, 4-year-old teacher; and Mrs. Vicki Chavarria, older 4’s and 5’s teacher. Calvary Preschool began in 1966, so watch for information on celebrating 50 years of ministering to children in our community.

 
 
 
 

 
August 18-19, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Schools Begin the 2016-2017 School Year on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Best Wishes to Staff and Students for a Safe and Productive School Year!

 
 

Printable Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2016-2017 by Michelle Agler - Click Here

 
 
Members of Rockford United Methodist Church Invite the Community to a Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools

The members of Rockford United Methodist Church  are planning and invite the Community to a Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools. The time and date are Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM at the Parkway High School Entrance. Prayers will be led and blessing offered to for the students, staff, and community for a safe, healthy and productive school year 2016-2017.

 

 
 
 

 
August 17, 2016

 

 
 

In Memory of Larry A. Baltzell  

October 23, 1950 – August 17, 2008

 

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

 

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

 

Sadly Missed by Your Family

 

 
 

PARKWAY BASEBALL CLUB CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL SUMMER WITH TITLES

 
Chick Stewart Tournament

Submitted by the Coaches

The Parkway Baseball Club recently finished their summer by winning titles at the 31st Annual Chick Stewart Tourney and the Monroe Bash Tourney in Monroe Indiana.  The team finished the summer season with an incredible 28-2 record and winning 5 of 6 tournaments.  The team has compiled a record of 53-7 with 9 championships, 2 runners up and 2 final fours since starting 3 summers ago as

7/8 year olds. We would like to personally thank all the families, friends, businesses that have helped along the way in make all this success possible. We are excited for next season as the team will be gearing up for another great summer on the diamonds.


Monroe Bash Tourney

 
 
 

Carl Marsee to Speak at Shanes Crossing Historical Meeting
The Shanes Crossing Historical Society will have a meeting Thursday, August 25, at 7:30pm in the museum on East Columbia Street in Rockford. Long time area resident, Carl Marsee, will be the guest speaker. Carl recently published a book of his memories of growing up in Mercer and will relate some of the tales he has heard about the town of Mercer. Carl will have copies for sale with him.  The public is invited to the meeting.

 

 
 
 
 

 
August 16, 2016

 

 
 

Piano Recital Highlights Talented Students

The students of Roberta LePage shared their musical talents with about 60 family and friends on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Praise Point Church, Willshire, OH. 

Those students are:  (First Row, left to right)  Emma Wells, (daughter of Cory & Bonnie Wells - 1 year student),  Madalyn Heindel, (daughter of Tom & Shannon Heindel - 7 year student), Kendyn Baker (daughter of Brandon & Rachel Baker - 1 year student), Gwyneth Ridenour (daughter of John & Tricia Ridenour - 2 year student), Hutch Ridenour (son of John & Tricia Ridenour - 3 1/2 year student). 

(Second Row, left to right)  Roberta LePage (proud teacher), Kiva Baker (son of Brandon & Rachel Baker - 1 year student), Clare Krogman (daughter of Dave & Marcia Krogman - 7 year student), Brooke Stephenson (daughter of Luke Stephenson and Angie Stephenson - close to 4 year student), Caiden Berry (son of Ryan Berry and Shana Scott - 1 year student)

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

Parkway Athletic Booster Club Open

4 Person Scramble

Deerfield Golf Course

Sunday September 18, 2016

8 AM and 1 PM

To register, contact Bryan Schoenleben at 419.733.3275 or posie208@yahoo.com

 

Deadline to enter: Wednesday, September 7

 
 
 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Volunteers for Lunch Club Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

Back to School Night is scheduled today 8-16-2016 from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Busing Information and Athletic Passes information will be in the small commons area.

 

Football Spirit Wear, Booster Memberships, Golf Scrabble Touchdown Club Tickets & Panther Cards will be available in the small commons area

 

 
 
 
 

SALEM CHURCH OF VENEDOCIA TO CELEBRATE GYMANFA GANU

 

GYMANFA GANU PLANNED AT SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

 

            The annual Gymanfa Ganu or Welsh Festival of Song will be held at the Salem Presbyterian church at Venedocia on Sunday, September 4, 2016.  A light supper will be served from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

            The tradition can be traced back to the 12th Century in Wales where the singing of hymns in four part harmony began. It has been an important part of the Venedocia Church’s life since 1915.  Visitors return each year from many states to renew friendships and to hear the thrilling sound of the grand old hymns being sung by several hundred people.

 

            The director this year is Christopher Uhl, who has many family ties to Venedocia. He is the son of Don and Faye Uhl of Van Wert, the grandson of Albert and Margaret (Williams) Uhl, who were both born in Venedocia, and the grand nephew of J. Alford and France Breese, long –time choir director and organist, respectively, of Salem church.

 

            He is currently the Director of Music at the Hoosac School, Hoosick, New York, an Episcopal college preparatory boarding school. Prior to his present appointment, he was Music Director and Organist of the Cathedral church of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile, Alabama; subsequently he was Assistant Professor of Music at Alabama School of Mathematics and  Science and Music Director of Saint Ignatious Church, both in Mobile.  Mr. Uhl has conducted in major churches in Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome.  In 1995, he was named a Fellow of the Orchestral Conductors’ Institute at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, He remains Music Director of Mobile’s Musica Sacra Choir and Chamber Orchestra, which he founded 29 years ago.

 

            Featured soloist will be Susan (Morgan) Leffel. She lives in New Knoxville with her husband Keith, son Logan and daughter Morgan.  She has roots in Venedocia and was married in the church in 1992. She is the daughter of Thomas and Eleanor(Evans) Morgan of St. Marys and the granddaughter of the late D. Orus and Eunice (Jones) Morgan and the late Daniel and Ruth (Morris) Evans all of Venedocia.

 

            Accompanists for the  Gymanfa will be Ladonna Allenbaugh and  Connie O’Neill.  Rev. Thomas Emery is the pastor. For more information call Jean Owens at (419) 968-2430 or e-mail

joytrips@watchtv.net.

 

 

The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library on Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  Members are asked to write a composition about an unforgettable character they have met.  The public is cordially invited to attend.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf team beats the New Knoxville Rangers
by Coach Joe Falk

On a rainy afternoon at Deerfield Golf Course (par 36) in Rockford, the Parkway Boys Golf team beat the New Knoxville Rangers 184-208 in Parkway's first dual match of the year. Cole Schoenleben and Clayton Agler tied for medalist honors for the Panthers with matching 42s. Mason Baxter added a 44 and Ashton Hamrick completed the scoring for Parkway with a 56. Also taking part in the varsity match was Jack Wehe with a 57 and Andy Metz with a 71.

For New Knoxville

Ray Newton- 46
Nate Timmerman- 55
Robert Egbert- 56
Nick Thobe- 51
Ben Menke- 71
Corey Kuck- 61

 

 

Parkway JVs. Duncan Morton - 54, Alex Altenbach-58, Jared Gibson- 71, Trevor Barker- 76

New Knoxville JVs. Ben Lammers - 54, Cassandra McGue- 57, Trent Lehman -74.

 

 
 

 
August 15, 2016

 

 
 

Concert In The Park

On Friday August 19th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present their final park concert for the season in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.  An all-new program of music has been prepared to perform at this concert.  Music to be featured will include a novelty selection on the song “Joshua, a piece that combines several Patriotic songs titled “American Finale and  marches to include The United States National March “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. 

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star.  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.   In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to a to be announced location or cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The band will also perform at the Van Wert Fair Music Pavilion September 3th at 4:00 P.M.

 

 
 
 
 

With School Bus Inspections underway, Patrol offers school bus safety tips for drivers and students

Van Wert– Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio children this month, who will then head back to school. For many, the trip to and from school involves riding on a school bus. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been in the process of inspecting every Ohio school bus to ensure each bus is safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.

The Patrol has a few reminders for motorists now that buses are back on the roads more regularly. Motorists should remember to stop at least 10 feet back when approaching a school bus from either side while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm, and to not resume driving until the school bus begins moving. From 2013-2015, 4,043 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers.

“Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so,” said Lt. Tim Grigsby, commander of the Van Wert Post.  “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.”

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Motorists are also urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.

For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/School_Bus_Bulletin_2016.pdf.

 

 

 

Parkway Ladies Golfers Compete at Deerfield
by Teri Samples, coach

Antwerp defeated Parkway at Deerfield 218-201 in Girls Golf.  Emilee Phillips of Antwerp was Medalist with a score of 43.  Haylee Stukey led Parkway with 50, followed by Mecaylah Hesse with 54, Maggie Houts 55, and Lauren Henderson with 59 to round out the top 4 scores. Autumn Ellis had 61 and Emma Gause 70 for nonscoring players.

 

Parkway Ladies Golfers Travel to Pleasant Valley Golf Course
by Teri Samples, coach

The Parkway Girls Golf team traveled to Pleasant Valley and were defeated by Wayne Trace.  Gracie Gudakunst took medalist with a score of 39.  Haylee Stukey led Parkway with a 56, followed by Lauren Henderson scoring 57, Mecaylah Hesse 58, and Maggie Houts 66. 

Top scorers for Wayne Trace were Gracie Gudakunst 39, Brooke Sinn 45, Gilly Wiseman 50, and Hailey Dempsey 50.

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  The Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Co. produced a new “Universal” Tractor in 1932.  (Credit:  “The Agricultural Tractor, 1855-1950.”)

The word “Depression,” carries an impact on adults today, because we heard our parents describing the world’s difficult economic times in the 1930’s.  Companies were more than cautious about introducing new machinery.  Historically, statistics for the year 1932 indicate that tractor sales in the United States had dropped to about 19,000 units, which were the lowest sales of tractors since 1915. 

Some companies moved forward.  “In 1932, the Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Co. produced a new “Universal” tractor of the wide tread tricycle type capable of burning gasoline, kerosene, or distillate fuel.  This model together with others of conventional type that were soon to follow were equipped, with high-turbulence cylinder head, and with patented ‘Hot Spot’ manifold attachment for use with different fuels,” stated R.B. Gray, in his book, “The Agricultural Tractor, 1855-1950,” published by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Saint Joseph, Michigan, 1954-1975.

I have four good reasons, as to why I writing about The Minneapolis Moline Tractor this week.  The first reason is that I have been reading about the history of The Minneapolis Moline Company, because New Idea Company purchased the Uni-Tractor and Uni-Implement portion of Minneapolis Moline, Inc. in 1963.  Production of the Uni-Equipment was transferred to the Coldwater, Ohio factory of New Idea, with production of the Uni-Tractor beginning in late 1963. 

The second reason I am writing about The Minneapolis Moline Company is that the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society is in the process of writing its third book in a series about the history of New Idea Company.  Their first book, 2013, is about the New Idea Company’s Horse Drawn Manure Spreader.  (Those books sold out immediately!)  Their second book, 2015, is about New Idea Company’s Corn Pickers.  This third book is about the history of the New Idea Uni-System; we hope to have this book in print by the Coldwater Picnic in August 2017.

The third reason I am writing about New Idea History and about old farm equipment is that Alvin and I attended the Coldwater Picnic, when our nephew Greg Alig approached us and asked, “Where are the antique tractors and the New Idea Farm equipment?  I walked to the north side of the Park, and the Exhibit was NOT THERE!”  Alvin explained that our New Idea Committee hosts the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit, every other year.  Since the last Exhibit was held in 2015, the next Exhibit will be in 2017.  Greg asked why we do not host the Exhibit every year.  There reason is that our NIHP Members are retired, and it is a lot of physical labor:  (1) On Thursday and Friday, go to the individual farms and load the farm equipment or tractors on the trailers; (2) Drive the trailers to the Coldwater Park and unload the equipment and tractors for exhibit for the weekend; (3) On Sunday and Monday re-load the equipment and tractors and drive them back to the individual farms; (4) Unload the equipment and tractors at the farm, and (5) Help the farmer store the equipment and tractors.

The fourth reason I am writing about New Idea History and old farm equipment is to invite the younger generation who value visiting the Exhibits and/or collecting and restoring the old equipment and tractors, to become Members of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee of the Mercer County Historical Society.  Ask our NIHP Members if they are enjoying their work:  Phil Naumann, Don Muhlenkamp, Lavern Heuing, Frank Mohlman, Gary Rismiller, Joe Kuhn, Jim Weiler, Ollie Wendel, Richard Bashore, Ken Coffman, Leroy Peters, Bob Stelzer, John and Ron Fischer, Orville Kunk, Lester Bensman, Pete Schaefer, Tom Hoyng, and Alvin Alig.  We especially could use some help at the Exhibit at the Coldwater Picnic in August 2017.  Call the NIHP guys or call me that you want to help next summer!

 [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.]

 

 

More Panther Sports Schedules Provided by Lisa Miller

Click Here for the 2016 Parkway Varsity and Freshmen Football Printable Schedules

 

Click Here for the Parkway Varsity, JV Volleyball, and Freshmen Schedules in Printable Format

 
 

Click Here for the 2016 -2017 Parkway 7th & 8th Volleyball Teams' Printable Schedules

 
 

Click Here for the 2016 - 2017 Parkway 7th and 8th Football Teams' Printable Schedules

 
 

Click Here for the 2016 Parkway Boys and Girls Cross Country Schedules in Printable Format

 
 
 

 
August 13-14, 2016

 

 
 
Members of Rockford United Methodist Church Invite the Community to a Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools

The members of Rockford United Methodist Church  are planning and invite the Community to a Prayer Walk for Parkway Schools. The time and date are Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8:30 AM at the Parkway High School Entrance. Prayers will be led and blessing offered to for the students, staff, and community for a safe, healthy and productive school year 2016-2017.

 
 

Parkway Elementary Playground is being repainted Aug 15-19.  Please stay off the playground.

 

Due to construction on Parkway’s visitor's bleachers, Paulding football fans will also sit on the home bleachers.

 

TV-44 Auction Takes Place in Less Than 1 Month (September 10, 2016)

TV-44 is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit organization and relies on monetary contributions for it's annual operating budget. The proceeds of the TV-44 auction are used to fund local programming highlighting high school youth and positive family events. Contact Jennifer Beck her at 419-339-4444 x 162 or email jbeck@wtlw.com to donate.

 

 

Otterbein St. Marys Lifestyles Community Planning Annual Fish Fry

Saturday, August 20, from 11 AM to 3 PM is the Annual Fish Fry at Otterbein in St. Marys. Come and enjoy the day with a delicious fish dinner, a boat ride, train ride, music, free snowcones and cotton candy by the Wapakoneta Jaycees, Classic Car Show, and door prizes, silent auction and entertainment.

 

 
 

Mercer Health announces Groundbreaking for West Wing Expansion

 

Groundbreaking ceremonies have been set for the West Wing Expansion project at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.  Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Relations states, “The original groundbreaking ceremonies for this organization, held on November 9, 1949, were a monumental event for the community with much pomp and circumstance.  We are approaching another pivotal moment in the history of not only this organization but in our community.  We invite the community to celebrate this occasion with us and be a part of history.”

 

In addition to groundbreaking ceremonies which will take place during a special ceremony at 1:30 p.m., information about the details of the project and refreshments will be available during the open house, which will be held on Sunday, September 25th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the West lawn at Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 W. Main St., Coldwater.

 

The West Wing Expansion and associated Building on a Promise capital campaign were announced in February 2016.  Kremer states, “In order to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our community, an expansion project is necessary.  The visionaries that made this organization a reality in 1950 made a vow to make quality healthcare available locally.  We are building on that promise initiated by the forefathers of this organization.”  For more information about the expansion and the Building on a Promise campaign, visit www.mercer-health.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
August 10-12, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway Fall Sports Pictures (except Golf) by Nikki Fox are Today, August, 10, 2016
Seniors Report to the Football Field at 8 AM in Jeans and Jerseys

 
 

Click Here for the Fall 2016 Parkway Co-Ed Cross Country Schedule

 

Click Here for the Fall 2016 Parkway Men's and Women's Golf Schedules

 
 

Parkway Varsity Boys Golf at the Mercer County Invitational
by Coach Joe Falk

The Parkway Varsity Boys Golf team finished 3rd today at the Mercer County Invitational at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club (par 72) on Tuesday. On a very warm day the Panthers scored a 393, finish behind St. Henry (343) and Ft. Recovery (377). Leading the scoring for Parkway was Mason Baxter with a 93. Ashton Hamrick and Hunter Gause both shot 99s for the Panthers and Clayton Agler finished out the team scoring with a 102. Jack Wehe shot a 120 and Cole Schoenleben was disqualified for a procedural error. 

For the Panthers Junior Varsity, Andy Metz shot a 120, Duncan Morton a 128, Jared Gibson, 141, Alex Altenbach, 146 and Trevor Barker a 161. It was the first 18 hole tournament for many on the JV team. 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Opens Season at Celina Invitational
by Teri Samples, coach

 

The Parkway Girl's Varsity Golf Team opened their season on Friday at the 2016 Celina Girls Invitational at the Celina Lynx Golf Club.  The team posted a score of 498 over the 18-hole tournament which was good for 14th place out of 19 teams.  The top 4 scores counting toward the team score were posted by Haylee Stukey (115), Lauren Henderson (125), Mecaylah Hesse (128) and Maggie Houts (130).  Autumn Ellis and Emma Gause also competed for the Lady Panthers.  The team returns to action next Monday at the Lincolnview Lady Lancer Invitational at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert.

 

Findlay won the Invitational shooting a 334, Van Buren placed 2nd with a 376, and St. Henry earned 3rd place with a 377.  Emily Knouff, from Fort Loramie, earned Medalist shooting an impressive 74!

 

 

 

 
August 9, 2016

 

 
 
 

Parkway Girls Golf Invitational at the Lynx
by Teri Samples, coach

The Parkway Girls Golf team made huge improvements from last Friday's Invitational at the Lynx.  Only 3 players were available to play today, so all recorded individual scores.  Haylee Stukey earned a 10th place medal with a 98.  Mecaylah Hesse shot a 116 and Lauren Henderson finished with a 121.

Team Scoring was lead by Lincolnvew with a score of 390, Wayne Trace earned 2nd with a 398 score, and Defiance finished 3rd with a 412 score.  Medalist Honors went to Gracie Gudakunst of Wayne Trace with a score of 88.

 

 

 

Parkway Boys Golf at the Rob Contini Invitational
by Joe Falk, coach

The Parkway Boys Golf team kicked off their 2016 season at Lost Creek Golfers Club (par 71) in Lima, Ohio at the Rob Contini Invitational, which was hosted by Lima Central Catholic. The Panther placed 10th out of 12 teams present in a very deep field. Leading the way for Parkway was Cole Schoenleben with a 91. Mason Baxter was next with a 92 and Clayton Agler shot a 93 for the Black and Gold. Hunter Gause finished the top 4 scoring with a 104. Ashton Hamrick shot a 109 and Jack Wehe carded a 119 for Parkway.

Shawnee won the tournament with a sixth man tiebreaker over Liberty Benton at 319.

 

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 28 - August 8, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.

 

 
 

Local Athlete – One of Three Competitors to Advance to National MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

 

ROCKFORD, OHIO [Monday, July 11, 2019] – The Rockford Recreation Association youth athletic programs of Rockford, Ohio today proudly announces that local 8-year old softball player, Brittyn Bruns, daughter of Chad and Brandi Bruns of Rockford, has qualified to compete in the National Pitch, Hit, & Run Final Competition at the Major League Baseball [MLB] All-star Game in San Diego, California, on July 12, 2016.

 

Bruns is one of three finalists to compete at this year’s all-star game hosted by the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

 

To qualify, Bruns successfully placed ‘First’ at local, district and regional level competitions earning eligibility to compete at the State Championship recently held at the Cleveland Indians Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio. Bruns placed ‘First’ in the 7/8 year-old age division. Her combined Pitch, Hit, & Run scores from the Cleveland event was compared to other competitors across the US. Her score placed in the top three high scorers nationwide, earning her spot at the national competition to be held on July 12th at the MLB All-star Game.

 

After taking the field to compete for “First” in the nation, Bruns – along with the other national competitors – will be invited onto the Padres’ field to field balls during the annual Home Run Derby contest.  

 

“On behalf of the Rockford Recreation Association, Village of Rockford, and friends of Shane’s Park, we wish to extend our congratulations to Brittyn on all of her successes at the recent Pitch, Hit, and Run events and our support for her upcoming efforts to win nationals,” stated Ryan Thompson, president of Rockford Recreation Association. “The reason we host these events is to allow our area youth to showcase their talents and we were excited to have three competitors from our local event qualify for the team championships in Cleveland; and for the first time, one of our young athletes to compete at the national Pitch, Hit and Run competition at the MLB All-star game.”

 

“Congratulations to Brittyn and her family, and also thank you to the many volunteers of our recreation programs that make these events possible for our kids year after year.”    

 

The Pitch, Hit and Run competition can be viewed via a live stream at approximately 3 p.m. from MLB.com. “Best wishes, Britt!”  

Click on thumbnails below to enlarge them. 

 
 
 
 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption: The November 22, 1919 Rockford Bank Robbery took the headlines of “The Celina Democrat” newspaper on November 28, 1919.

 

“ROCKFORD ROBBERY,” was the headline of “The Celina Democrat” Newspaper, on Friday, November 28, 1919.  This old newspaper provides another one of Mercer County’s History Mysteries, from the Historical Files of Jim Johnson, Fort Recovery Class of 1959.  Since the Village of Rockford is celebrating its 200th Anniversary of the June 23, 1820 Platting of Shanesville by Anthony Shane in the year 2020, this Bank Robbery at Rockford is a part of its history.

 

The description of this robbery is right out of the annals of American History in the “Roaring Twenties.” 

Those scheming crooks entered the bank through a cellar window.  They cut into the Vault of the Farmers Savings Bank at Rockford, with an acetylene gas torch and chiseled open safety deposit boxes of the bank patrons.  Those robbers burglarized only eighteen of sixty deposit boxes, apparently between two and three o’clock on Saturday morning, November 22.

 

Sheriff Betz was investigating this robbery.  He was told that “two well-dressed strangers” had been in Rockford for several days before the robbery.  Betz also suggested that the robbers had some “local help.”  As for the eighteen safety deposit boxes which were opened, they each had an “X” mark, scratched on the face of the box, which enabled the robbers to go straight to those eighteen boxes to rob. Also, the robbers knew exactly in which desk drawer to find the key, to the second door of the vault, without disturbing the contents of that drawer.  [How did that happen?]

 

The robbers may have obtained unregistered government bonds totaling nearly $150,000.00, as well as documents, wills, mortgages, notes, deeds and other records.  Various citizens were quoted as to the amount of money that they lost due to this robbery.  The Rockford Postmaster Rolla Frysinger reported that he lost $1000 in postage stamps.  A young male lost $300 in Liberty bonds, which he had saved to pay for college.  A Senior Citizen lost his life savings in bonds.  Those who lost money had stories to tell.  [I wonder if the Bank carried some type of insurance for protection of its Bank Customers in case of theft, at that time in history?]

 

A Reward of $11,000.00 was offered by the Directors of the Bank, for apprehension and conviction of the burglars and the recovery of the stolen bonds and other papers.

 

Here is the Mercer County History Mystery for Rockford Citizens.  Were the 1919 Bank Robbers captured?  Were the stolen bonds and papers recovered?  “The Rockford Press,” would be a good source of local information, for local historians.  When Rockford celebrated its Sesquicentennial, 1820-1970, they published the book, “Souvenir Journal, Shanes Crossing, Rockford Sesquicentennial, Mercer County, Ohio, 1820-1970,” by Martha Baltzell.  Fred and Martha Baltzell were Managers of The Rockford Press, from 1957 until June of 1977, when Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baltzell and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Baltzell took over management.  In that 1970 book, the history of “The First Banks,” was included on page 27.  This article states, “Entrance was gained thru the coal chute and then the door at the top of the stairs was broken open; 19 safety deposit boxes were forced into.  This robbery caused the bank to undergo some improvements:  a new vault door, a new safe, and a Cannon Ball alarm system.”  There is no mention of the bank robbers being caught in this history book.

 

A local bank robbery is a devastating event, especially to the families who were robbed.  Who remembers the story of the bank robbery being re-told at your family reunions?  The Memory of that Bank Robbery goes down in Rockford and Mercer County’s local history books.

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Medical Marijuana in Ohio: What’s Ahead?

 

During my time in the state legislature, I have fought tooth and nail to protect families all across our state. As you may know, Governor Kasich recently signed into law House Bill 523, which legalizes medicinal marijuana and establishes the Marijuana Control Program to regulate its use. In spite of my opposition to creating any means of legalizing marijuana, there are many different facets of this bill that Ohioans should be aware of that serve to protect us and our children from harm.

 

In the United States, marijuana is treated as a Schedule I substance, meaning that it has no accepted medical use, is unsafe, and has a high potential for abuse. In this bill, however, marijuana is treated as a Schedule II substance, meaning that while there is potential for abuse, it does have medicinal value. This opens the door for new research into the possible benefits of the plant and its extracts, and even requires physicians that prescribe medicinal marijuana to a patient to submit a report to the state Medical Board to evaluate their progress. This legislation also urged Congress to officially reschedule marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II to encourage research nationwide.

 

The Marijuana Control Program will put in place a number of thorough restrictions to ensure that any marijuana being cultivated is only for medicinal purposes. The personal cultivation of marijuana still remains illegal, and patients will not be able to smoke the medications they receive. In addition, driving under the influence of marijuana is still an offense.

 

Physicians must undergo a thorough certification process before being able to prescribe to patients. Access to these substances will be strictly regulated, as patients must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition to be considered. Cultivators and owners of dispensaries will be required to undergo a criminal background check, and dispensaries will be strictly regulated and inspected. They will also not be permitted to be within 500 feet of our churches, schools, parks, and libraries, and any forms of the drug that may be attractive to our children will be prohibited. In addition, local municipalities will have the power to limit or prohibit medicinal marijuana dispensaries in our communities, maintaining home rule.

 

One benefit of legalizing medical marijuana is that it will reduce the amount of opiates that doctors are prescribing. Marijuana is a much safer drug, and with less prescribed opiates, this may help reduce the number of drug addiction and overdoses in Ohio.

 

It is our responsibility as Ohioans to ensure that the right decisions are made for our state by holding our government accountable. Over the next two years as this law is implemented, it is my hope that our legislators and appointees will hold the interests of Ohio’s families in the highest regard, and will continue to fight to keep drugs out of the hands of children and off of our streets.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

The Rockford Chamber recently sponsored a Dunk Tank during Rockford Community
Days and the proceeds are being donated to the Rockford Police Department.
The funds will be used to purchase new tasers.  Thank you to all who came
out and supported our dunk tank !


Pictured Jamie Green - Rockford Chamber Vice President, Mary Beougher - Rockford Chamber President, Rockford Police Chief Paul May, and 
Larry Sielschott of WCSM - Chamber member.

 

 

Rockford Council Meets on July 19, 2016

 Click here to read the Rockford Council News for this and other council business.

 

Willshire Sportsman's Club Annual Flea Market and Trade Days

3385 St Rt 81, Willshire ~~ August 5 & 6 ~~ All Day

 

The Athletic Booster Club will be providing workers for the concession stand.

 

All types of flea market items, crafts, cement figures, tools, dog supplies, antiques,

fishing and hunting supplies. Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Athletic Booster Club Open

4 person Scramble

Deerfield Golf Course

Sunday September 18, 2016

8 AM and 1 PM

To register, contact Bryan Schoenleben at 419.733.3275 or posie208@yahoo.com

 

Deadline to enter: Wednesday, September 7

 

 
 

Mercer Health Weight Management Center continues with Weight Management Presentation:
Blood sugar control and its impact on your weight loss

The Weight Management Center at Mercer Health will be holding a special, FREE program and support group titled “Blood Sugar Control & Your Weight” on Monday, August 8, at 6:00pm at Mercer County Community Hospital Luken Meeting Room.  This month’s program is presented by Karen Homan, RD, LD, CDE, dietitian with Mercer Health Weight Management & Disease Management Center.  Karen will present on how to manage your blood sugars to optimize your weight loss journey.  If interested in attending, registration is encouraged by calling 419-678-8446.  

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

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

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

3)      Rev It Up!® Weight Management is a 9-week interactive lifestyle program led by our registered dietitian that covers topics such as behavior modification, hunger and fullness signals, fluid needs, meal timing, aerobic exercise, and more. The next 9-week session begins September 13.

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
July 27, 2016

 

 
 

Baltzell Siblings Announce New Brother

Sam, Jake, and Lydia Baltzell are proud to announce the birth of their new baby brother Elijah James.  He was born on April 29, 2016 at 3:48AM at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Elijah weighed 7lbs and 3 oz, and was 20.5 inches long.  He is the fourth child to join the family of Tom and Ann (Bonvillian) Baltzell of Dublin, OH. 

Grandparents include: Paul and Kathy Bonvillian and Sheila Baltzell of Celina; great grandparents include: Paul and Lela Siebert and Paul Bonvillian, Sr. of Celina and Martha Baltzell of Rockford. Late grandfather is Larry Baltzell and late great-grandparents are: Lois Bonvillian and Fred Baltzell, Duane Wood and Virginia Wood .

 

 

 
July 26, 2016

 

 
 
 

Bob Maurer Riding Soon in 11th Annual American Legion Legacy Run
Take your Donations to Chatt Bar in Chattanooga, OH for This Worthy Cause

Picture below is from the 2015 ride

Again this year Bob Maurer of Mercer  will be riding in the American Legion Legacy Run.  This is the 11th year for the event and Bob has participated in 9 of the events.

The 2015’s Legacy Run raised over $1.2 million for the American Legion Legacy Fund, which provides college scholarships for the children of U.S. service members who died while on active duty on or after 9/11 as well as post 9/11 veterans with VA disability ratings of 50 percent or higher.

In 10 years, the Legacy Run has helped raise more than $6 million for the fund.

This year’s ride will travel nearly 1300 miles through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The riders will depart Indianapolis August 21st and will arrive in Harrison, Ohio on August 25th.

Each day riders will stop for wreath laying ceremonies  at military memorials along the way.

Day three will end at Dalton Georgia. 

Day four will include a ceremony and light breakfast in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Day four will end in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

You don’t have to be a legion member to participate.  You don’t have to ride the entire route.  You can actually register and just meet the other riders in Bowling Green and ride from Bowling Green, KY to Harrison, Ohio.

Bob has placed a donation container at the Chatt Bar.  He thought it would be nice to raise donations and present them to the National Commander at the ceremony in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Just stop by the Chatt Bar and drop some loose change, a dollar or 2 in the container. He will appreciate it very much.  He even says that since the National Commander will only be a couple of hours from the Chatt Bar, he will invite the commander  to take a side trip and visit Chattanooga, Ohio and see some beautiful countryside.

If you want more information please contact Bob at 419-230-6863.

Bob also submitted the two items below:

Click Here for the Tour Map

Click Here for a published article written by Steve B. Brooks in the July 2016 American Legion Magazine

 

 
 

Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4H Club Meets
The Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4H club recently had a meeting on June 26th. The club talked about ideas for the booth and parade and decided to do a military theme. The demonstrations included Cayden  Karl on how to make cherry delight, Olivia Vaas on how to make a lava lamp, Abbi Marbaugh on how to blow up a ballon with a water bottle, Lexi Bowen on how to make slime, and Draya Rison on an easy way to eat snacks in the car. Reminder book fees are  to be turned in as soon as possible. Finish  up projects judging is July,14 for everything but livestock. 

Hannah Kraner – reporter

 

 

Assault Investigated in Ft. Recovery

Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating an assault that took place on July 25, 2016.  The incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Office shortly before 10:00 PM.  Arrested was 25 year old Nathan Frederick of 221 Lowry Road outside Fort Recovery.  Dispatch received a call from a mother indicating her 19 year old had been strangled by the 19 year old boyfriend.  The 19 year old victim indicated Frederick physically restrained her from being able to leave the residence.  The victim also reported Frederick pulled her hair and was choking her.  The victim indicated Frederick then retrieved a handgun and held it to his head and then threatened to shoot himself and the victim, and then discharged  the firearm inside the residence.

Frederick was arrested at his work place without incident.  Deputies then prepared and were granted a search warrant for the Lowry Road address.  The search warrant was executed on July 26, 2016 at 1:52 AM.  Deputies recovered a Ruger LCP .380 handgun along with one spent round and 5 live rounds.  Deputies also recovered drug paraphernalia which would include suspected marijuana pipes, an electric scale, suspected marijuana  residue, and a suspected marijuana grinder.

Fredrick is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  He was arrested on a unrelated warrant and charged with assault.  The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for additional charges.

 

 

 

 

Duck Derpy Winning Ducks Announced by Wassenberg Art Center

First place ($1000) went to John Lianez of South Bend IN, second place ($400) to Kevin Taylor of Van Wert and third place ($100) to Michelle Gamble, also of Van Wert. Winner of the Lame Duck (dead last) went to Ben Laudick of Van Wert who won a bottle of wine provided by Collin’s Fine Foods. Our dedicated volunteer, Jayne Lianez of Van Wert sold the most ducks. A grand total of ducks sold for 2016 was 2170 quackers! We’d again like to thank our volunteers, attendees and sponsors for another fun and unusual event. We will see you next year!

4-Fridays Farm & Art Market starts this Friday! 4-Fridays returns again on August 5, 12, and 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Van Wert Health Department, Van Wert County Hospital and the Wassenberg Art Center will bring you a lunchtime market with live music, gourmet food vendors, art and entertainment. Each day will be filled with demonstrations, good eating and health information and one to two food vendors will be on-site to help make your lunchtime break a bit more fun. Art exhibits will open early with (as always) free admission. Sponsors for the event include: Lee Kinstle, Statewide Ford, Taylor Auto, Purmort Bros. Insurance, AgCredit, Van Wert County Hospital, and Greve Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge. Entertainment will include: 7/26 Pan Man Dan, sounds of the Caribbean on steel drum and High Five Lunch Gourmet Food Truck, on 8/5 Juxtapose – Classic Rock & blues, will pair up with Gibson’s BBQ and maybe more. August 12 will bring Dan Dickerson & the Harp Condition, and hooping artist Mikila will be selling professional hoops and providing demonstrations. Also on August 12, OSU instructor Stephan Takacs will be have his walk-in model of a Brownie camera on-site and will later at 6 p.m. give a more detailed presentation at the beginning of the Black Hills and Brownies opening reception. August 19 will feature Van Wert’s own Real Human Robot with some electronic tunes dance demos, mini lessons and yes, even line dancing!

Get in the Swing is still on display through August 6. Bidding is still open to obtain a one-of-a-kind artisan swing you can install in your yard. A functional and fun work of art. If you haven’t had a chance to come in for a swing, do so soon. While you are here, support the art center and the artists by bidding!

Mark Lanning Jr. driving from Sacremento, CA delivered his prints this past weekend for our upcoming exhibit, Black Hills & Brownies. While here, he made rounds around the area and photographed our community as well. This exhibit opens on August 12 and a free, public opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. with a presentation by Stephan Takacs of Columbus, with his walk-in Brownie in motion camera obscura. Following the presentation, Changing Elements Band will take the stage with their chill sounds. Black Hills & Brownies is an exhibit of two unlikely yet similar, young photographers from each end of the United States who refuse to let traditional techniques become extinct. These two photographers will exhibit their twists on traditional media of varying subjects. For more information on these national level photographers, visit our website or contact the art center.

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

Photo Caption:  Two references document the existence of “The Fort Recovery Record,” a newspaper or advertising agency at Fort Recovery.  Both documents are dated in the 1920’s.

The Historical Files of Jim Johnson, Fort Recovery Class of 1959, have provided us with a mystery related to a Fort Recovery’s newspaper, “The Fort Recovery Record.”.  Look at the two images above.  The letter from the Directors of the Mercer County Banner Fair Board wrote “Ft. Recovery Record, Ft. Recovery, Ohio,” on August 23, 1924, about advertising costs for the Fair.  The October 1, 1928 Envelope from the Republican State Headquarters at Columbus was addressed to “The Record, Fort Recovery, Ohio.”

For the October 12, 2012, “Our Old Bookcase,” I wrote about Mercer County’s Newspapers.  In reference to Fort Recovery’s newspapers, “The New Era” was begun in 1878.  The “Fort Recovery Times” was introduced in 1885.  The “Fort Recovery Journal” was established in 1890.  “The Fort Recovery Tribune-Journal” was listed in the 1921 Mercer County Directory.  There was at least one short run of a newspaper published at Fort Recovery.  I have no reference to “The Fort Recovery Record.”  Does anyone have any records of a Fort Recovery newspaper, known as “The Fort Recovery Record?”  If you have a paper documenting “The Fort Recovery Record,” and will permit me to make a copy of it for the Mercer County Historical Society’s Archival Collections, I will give you a free copy of the book, “Mercer County, Ohio, History of Maps, beginning in 1755.” 

For those who are dedicated to preserving Mercer County’s history, notice how important it is to save old letters and correspondence.  Note the importance of saving old envelopes for three reasons:  (1) the return address; (2) the name on the envelope, and (3) the post mark.  In addition to that, postage stamp collectors value the old letters.  I hope to see you at the 16th Annual Post Card & Post Mark Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hosbach Installed as President of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

 

Edward E. Hosbach II, DO, of Coldwater, was installed as president of Ohio ACOFP (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) during the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium in Columbus earlier this year.

Dr. Hosbach practices medicine at Mercer Health Medical Group at Fort Recovery and Mercer Health’s Wellness and Occupational Health Services clinic based at the Community Medical Center in Celina.  As an osteopathic family physician, he provides comprehensive health care to patients from the nursery to the nursing home. He strives to look at the “whole patient” and know them over a long period of time to promote preventive care and better manage chronic illnesses. He enjoys using his osteopathic manipulation skills to improve patient health, as well as doing office procedures such as joint injection and skin surgeries.

He also teaches medical students and residents as a clinical assistant professor for Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM). He is a 1987 OU-HCOM graduate and completed his internship and residency at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, where he was named Intern of the Year. Interestingly, his undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering.

A strong advocate for osteopathic family medicine, he has served on the Ohio ACOFP Board of Governors since 2001. As president, he will work to promote excellence in medicine through quality education, visionary leadership and responsible advocacy.

Dr. Hosbach and his wife Therese have four daughters: Beth, 26; Angie, 24; Janel, 21; and Kim, 19. When not working he enjoys golf and music. He is a strong believer that laughter is medicine, and emcees with humor at several local events. He is active in his community, serving as team physician for Ft. Recovery High School, on the County Board of Health, and as medical director for a local hospice organization.

Ohio ACOFP, founded in 1952, is a statewide professional organization based in Columbus. In Ohio, osteopathic physicians (DOs) represent 13 percent of practicing physicians and 26 percent of the state’s family physicians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Upcoming Events in Rockford – Plan Now to Attend

7th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in  - Saturday - August 6th - 4 pm
located at 135 W Market Street - Free event – Free Will Donations will be accepted for the Rockford Belle and the Rockford Chamber!  

Lima Area Concert Band event - Sunday - August 7th - 3 pm -
Parkway High School Auditorium - 400 Buckeye St. - $7 suggested donation
to benefit the Parkway HS Band.
 

 

 

 
July 25, 2016

 

 
 

Visit Shanes Park and sit around a hickory tree on our new circle
bench designed and constructed by Lowell Beougher and
Steve Thompson.   Lisa Kuhn says, “Thanks guys !” (Pictured are Lydia and Kylie enjoying some sun.)

 

 
 

Celina Police Report on Body of Rockford Woman Found in Celina

On Thursday, 7-21-16, at about 10:48 AM an officer from the Celina Police Department discovered the body of a woman identified as 34 year old Sondra M. Thatcher, of 604 W. Columbia St., Rockford, Ohio.  Her body was found in a woods near the east end of Industrial Drive.  The body has been transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office at the request of Mercer County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Heinrichs for an autopsy.

Mrs. Thatcher (maiden name Bowling) had not been seen since Monday.  Police had been looking for her on behalf of family concerned about her welfare.  The investigation is pending and no further information will be released at this time.

Mrs. Thatcher's Obituary is posted on our Obituaries Link above.

 
 

Parkway Athletic Booster Club Membership Drive

The 2016-2017 Parkway Athletic Booster Club Membership Drive and Touchdown Ticket Raffle is currently underway. Packets were mailed out the second week of July. If you did not receive a packet and wish to receive one, please email Lisa Miller at millerli@parkwayschools.org. 

The Parkway Athletic Booster Club is a non-profit organization of alumni, parents, fans, and friends. We are dedicated to supporting 270 athletes in 23 school-sponsored teams in Grades 7-12. Money is raised through the annual Membership Drive, 5K Run, Touchdown Club, Golf Outing, and other fundraising activities. Volunteers make it ALL happen. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month during the school year at 7:00pm in the Parkway Community Room. Did you know that each team can “earn” money for their sport just by having a parent or other representative attend the monthly meetings? Also, be sure to like Parkway Athletic Booster Club on Facebook. 

 

 

Meet the Parkway Team Night Planned
The Athletic Department will host a Fall "Meet the Team" night on Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 in the Auditorium. All fall athletes and parents are required to attend the general meeting which will be followed by parent / athlete team meetings with their respective coaches. Fans may also purchase season sports passes and athletic booster club memberships along with supporting the teams with the fundraisers available that include apparel, window decals, and cards for special deals at local restaurants and businesses. All Parkway fans are invited to attend as the Panthers prepare for the upcoming fall sports season.  

 

 
 

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be held on August 1st at 7 pm - Village Hall.  
The public is invited.

 

 
 

Missing Girl Found Drowned in Channel of Grand Lake St. Marys

Montezuma, OH-

Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze reports that his department was dispatched to a missing child report at 6339 SR 703, just west of Montezuma at 7:34 AM on July 23, 2016.  Sheriff's deputies had been dispatched and it believed the child had wandered away from home early this morning.

Chief Schulze requested assistance from Chickasaw, Coldwater, Celina, St. Mary's Twp., St. Henry, Osgood, Burkettsville, South West Mercer, Mendon, and Rockford Fire Departments.  Also assisting were Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, ODNR-Division of Watercraft, MCERV, and Coldwater EMS.  Lutheran Air Ambulance also assisted with a helicopter.

Missing was Jade Riggs, age 10, from 6339 SR 703.  She was last seen around 5:30 when her grandfather left for work.  Over 90 responders searched the area woods, fields, and water.  At about 1:56 firefighters who were searching the channel located Jade deceased in the water.

It is believed that when she woke up she went outside.  She loved to go to the water and throw stones in.  It is believed that she fell in the water at that time.

The Montezuma Fire Department would like to thank all the Fire Departments and other agencies for their assistance.  "Although we would have preferred a different outcome, we appreciate the support of the public when we ask them to stay away and let us do our job," stated Chief Schulze.

 

 
 

 
July 20-24, 2016

 

 
 

St. John Lutheran Church Invites Children to Cave Quest VBS: Following Jesus, the Light of the World!

 

Celina, OH A summer kids’ event called Cave Quest VBS will be hosted at St. John Lutheran Church from Sunday, August 7th to Thursday, August 11th . At Cave Quest, kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, and collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ love. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Cave Quest is for kids from 3yrs to 6th grade and will run from 6:00 to 8:30pm each day. For more information, call 419-586-2332.

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Serving from 4:30-7pm

Homemade ice cream, pies, cake, sandwiches and drinks

St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township

9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina, OH

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

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford United Methodist Church

           Annual Ice Cream Social

                  Sunday, July 31st

   Serving from 4:30p.m. -6:30 p.m.

in the Rockford UM Church Social Room







    Rockford United Methodist Church

     Breakfast on the Green at 9:00 a.m.

                   Sunday, August 14,

             With special musical guest:

               Tab Beechler at 10:00 a.m.

 
 
 
 

 
July 18-19, 2016

 

 
 

Rutledge Couple Celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

Keith and Anita Rutledge, of Rockford, OH 45822 recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Orange Beach, Alabama. Keith Rutledge and Anita Adams were married 50 years ago on June 4, 1966 at Mt. Zion Bible Church. Bob Rutledge, brother of Keith, and Ruth (Ray) Copeland, friend, stood up with them. Keith is now retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation, and Anita is retired from Mercer County Probate Court.  They are lifelong members of New Horizons Community Church. Their two daughters are Kelly (Bryan) Sutton and Kristina (Brad) Keller. They have nine grandchildren. Keith and Anita also celebrated together earlier in the year with a trip for two to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

 
 
12th Annual Shanes Crossing 5K Pictures and Results from 7-16-2016


Click here for a printable look at the official times by Steve Fisher - coordinator of the Shanes Crossing 5K Race.

Click on smaller thumbnails to enlarge.


College Student
Cole Mertz of Celina- 1st in Men's
Time 17.09

Parkway High School Senior
Caleb Rollins of Rockford - 2nd in Men's
1time 17.42

Grandparents Bob and Barb Schumm
and family cheered Caleb on.

First Stroller over the line!

OSU Student
Sarah Kanney of Coldwater - 1st in Women's
Time 1
8:06

Coldwater resident and former
Parkway Track Star
Ashley Shaffer Lefeld - 2nd in Women's
Time 19:41

Jessica Puthoff (left) and Heather Miller,
friends from St. Henry,
have run in all the Mercer Health Races
this summer and the past 3 years.
Jessica was so happy with her best ever time
at Shanes Crossing of 23:31.
 
 
 

Upcoming Events in Rockford – Plan Now to Attend


7th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in  - Saturday - August 6th - 4 pm
located at 135 W Market Street - Free event – Free Will Donations will be accepted for the Rockford Belle and the Rockford Chamber!  

Lima Area Concert Band event - Sunday - August 7th - 3 pm -
Parkway High School Auditorium - 400 Buckeye St. - $7 suggested donation
to benefit the Parkway HS Band.

 

 

 
 

 
July 13-17, 2016

 

 
 
 

World Champion Pinewood Derby Racer – Cub Scout Taylor Dietsch
has Ties to Rockford

2016 Pinewood Derby World Champion and Edgerton, OH Pack 29 Cub Scout Webelo Taylor Dietsch, is just 11 years old, but he beat out racers in 40 states to win the title.

He built his racer, named Last Chance, from a regulation block of wood and created the best one, with the help of his dad, Jason Dietsch at his dad’s auto body shop in Edgerton - Jason Dietsch Collision and Customs in Edgerton. Aerodynamics through designing and carving as well as weight are all part of the skill sets needed to produce a winner.

Taylor, left at Times Square in New York at the end of June 2016, shows off his World Championship Trophies after competing against hundreds of other scouts for the top honor.

Accompanying him on were his parents, Jennifer (Taylor) and Jason Dietsch from Edgerton. Back in Rockford, Ohio, Grandma and Grandpa Dave and Kathy (Bollenbacher) of Rockford and Great-Grandpa Jerome Bollenbacher cheered him on to victory.

 

 

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community Hosting Blood Drive

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, from 12:30 to 5:00 PM, The Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive. According to the Red Cross, their supplies has gotten dangerously low due to many unexpected events across the nation this summer. The local community has gotten behind the call for blood. You can help too by giving at Otterbein. Simply call 1-800- RED-CROSS to register yourself or visit online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: otterbstmar

When you arrive, enter a drawing for a $25 gift card courtesy of Otterbein.

Otterbein is located at 11230 SR 364 on the East end of Grand Lake St. Marys.

The event will be held in the Meyer Community Room.

 

 

Rockford Car Show Donates $2,000 to Shanes Park in Rockford, OH

The Rockford Car Show was able to donate $2,000 to Shanes Park in Rockford, OH from the revenue that they received from the  car show that was held during Rockford Community Days on June 17, 2016. From left to right in the picture is Jerry Bolenbaugh (Car Show Coordinator), Joel Henkle (Rockford Recreation Association), Sandy Shaffner (Shanes Park Board), and Clete Schmidt (Car Show Director). These donations will be used to improve the Community Building and finish Diamond 5. Rockford appreciates your generosity! 

 

 

All-Twig Board Donates Money to Van Wert County Hospital

On June 27, the All-Twig Board of Van Wert County Hospital presented the hospital with a  check for $19,200.00. This donation is used to support patientcentered initiatives. This year, the Twigs decided to use the money to purchase updated mammography software for the Radiology Department.  This software helps the radiologist and physicians to closely review mammogram studies.  The remaining monies will be put toward the cost of a new central monitoring system for the Obstetrics Department.  

"For over fifty years, the Twig group members have been raising money for the good of the hospital and community. We have an amazing group of women participating in various Twig projects, as we support each other in friendship and giving" stated Sharon Witten, All Twig Board President.

Twig groups I and II manage the Hospital Thrift Shop on Central Avenue, which also sells new RADA Cutlery.  Twig group II also sells poinsettias and will be taking orders in November and December again this year.  Twig group III manages the Hospital Gift Shop and the Tree of Lights community project at Christmas time.       New members are always encouraged to join and share their talents and passions with other volunteers.  Each group meets once a month and enjoys learning about hospital department services as well as community group resources.   

Pictured are Loretta Grove, Twig I chairperson; Sharon Witten, Twig II Chairperson and All Twig Board President, Mike Holliday, Chief Financial Officer;  Ella Jackson, Comptroller for the All Twig Board; and Nancy Farmer, Twig III representative

 
 
 
 
 

 
July 11-12, 2016

 

 

 

 

Parkway Open Gyms Begin

Girls B-ball open gyms Mon & Wed 6-8pm start July 11. Open to all ages. coaches available to work with younger girls on fundamentals

Check Schools Web Calendar for Gym assignment each day
Click Here: http://www.parkwayschools.org/calendars/calendar

 

 

 

Coldwater Man Impacts History: “James Grover McDonald” 

as told by area researcher Robert Rutschilling

Born in Coldwater, Ohio, November 29, 1886, James Grover McDonald led a life of worldwide significance though his name is only now gaining recognition in his birthplace and in Mercer County. While chairman of the U.S. Foreign Policy Commission, he attended the League of Nations meetings where he met world leaders and was appointed High Commissioner for European refugees. During trips to Germany, he witnessed Hitler’s rise to power and the German boycott of Jewish merchants. After meeting with Hitler, who disclosed his intentions against the Jews, McDonald revealed Hitler’s plans to President Franklin Roosevelt. How did FDR respond? How did other world leaders, and the Pope at that time, respond? Robert Rutschilling will present facts about this Coldwater native who fought political corruption in his homeland, who predicted WWII and who became the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel. The public is cordially invited to attend this Grand Lake Patriots program Thursday, July 14, at 7 PM in the Lefeld Community Building at the Fairgrounds in Celina.

 The Grand Lake Patriots would, also, like to congratulate winners of their coloring contest, done in conjunction with July 4th celebrations of our nation’s freedom. 1st Prize Winners of week-long ride passes at the Mercer County Fair are Noah Williams, Molly Meyer, and Joscelyn Dameron. 2nd Prize Winners of $25 cash are Maria Dirksen, Isaiah Meyer, and Kaylie Dameron. 3rd Prize Winners of Rush Revere books are Ella Shelby, Aliyah King, and Tori Schoen.  

 

 

 

LOTS FOR SOLDIERS TO BUILD HOME IN ROCKFORD
    

    
Lots for Soldiers, Inc. recently purchased the property located at 308 Holly Lane in Rockford with the help of  local donations.
    
Lots for Soldiers is a 501 ( c ) 3 not-for-profit organization formed to honor and thank those that have served in the United States armed forces.  The goal is to donate a residential lot and then act as a conduit for others to say thanks in tangible ways by offering affordable housing to current and former military service members.
    
The home in Rockford will be constructed by Rockford Construction.   At this time, we are soliciting our local community to join together to help with needed  labor, materials, and equipment to construct the home per plans.
    
Are YOU willing to help with this project?  Examples of  needed items:  Block foundation, concrete, vinyl siding, shingles, windows, doors, trim, heat pump, air conditioner, vanity, cabinets for kitchen and bathrooms, paint, flooring, etc.  This list is not all inclusive.
  
  You can help by sending a financial donation to:
  The Village of Rockford
  c/o Lots for Soldiers
  PO Box 282
  Rockford, OH  45882
    
You can also help by contacting the Rockford Village Office by mail or by 419-363-3032 ext 1 to give us a description of  what you  have to offer as a donation.  We will then put the information on a list. Donations will be discussed by a committee and then approved.   This is done so that we don’t get duplicate donations as there are several committees working on this project.
    
We also need to make note of those individuals that are willing to donate labor.  
    
The deadline to contact us will be August 1st.
    
Questions can be answered by Lots for Soldiers at 419-586-5058.
  
Community brings unity !

 

 

Catholic Social Services to hold 11th Annual
Pat Rupp Memorial Golf Tournament at NCR Country Club

Dayton, Ohio (July 8, 2016) – The 11th Annual Pat Rupp Memorial Golf Tournament, benefiting the programs of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV), will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016, at the famed NCR Country Club in Kettering.

NCR Country Club has hosted some of the most recognizable championships in golf including the 1969 PGA Championship, the 1986 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1998 U.S. Mid Amateur, the 2005 U.S. Senior Open, and the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team Championship.

NCR is home to two golf courses designed by renowned architect Dick Wilson, who is credited with such historic designs as Bay Hill, Doral, and Laurel Valley. The challenging NCR South course, an extremely demanding par 71 layout covering 7,055 yards of wooded, rolling terrain, has long been considered a championship-caliber golf course and is currently ranked at #65 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Classic Courses list.

The Pat Rupp Memorial Golf Tournament is a regional event. Golfers can experience this championship course while supporting the good work of CSSMV in Shelby, Miami, Darke, Auglaize, Mercer, Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties. CSSMV provides senior services, mental health counseling, early childhood programs, parenting classes, pregnancy counseling and other services throughout the region. The agency’s mission is to strengthen individuals and families, and its services are open to all faiths.

Tournament namesake Pat Rupp was, along with his family, a longtime supporter of Catholic Social Services. Pat served in the U.S. Marines and was also a professional hockey player, beginning his career in Manitoba and eventually coming to Dayton to play with the Dayton Gems. He played on two U.S. Olympic hockey teams (1964 and 1968). After his hockey career ended, he became a successful businessman in the financial services industry, settling in Dayton with wife Kathy, daughter Patti and son Tom. 

Pat believed in the work of Catholic Social Services and in giving back to the community. Upon his passing, his family started the golf tournament in his honor to help the agency continue its good works for years to come. His family continues to be involved in the annual event.

The day begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. A cocktail hour and dinner will close the day. As a climax to tournament play, numbered golf balls will be dropped from the sky. The holder of the lucky number that goes in the cup or is closest to the pin will win half the proceeds from the 50/50 sale of the balls. 

The tournament has divisions for men and women; mixed teams will play in the men’s division. Team registration for a foursome is $900 and includes lunch, golf and cart, tournament apparel and dinner. Don’t have a team? Individuals are welcome at the cost of $225 and will be placed in a foursome. Non-golfers can purchase tickets for the golf ball drop for $20 each, and are invited to attend the dinner for $50.

To register securely online, visit cssmv.org/golf. For more information, call (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141.  

 

 
 

CHP Hospice ~ Rays of Hope Camp

Community Health Professionals (CHP) Hospice held its annual Rays of Hope day-camp for children and youth who have lost a loved one on June 14-15 at Camp Clay.

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially for a child. CHP’s Rays of Hope Camp offers a place where kids can learn how to deal with death and ask those tough questions.

"What we don't always realize as adults is when a child goes through a loss it's not just that dad passed away, but now maybe mom is working full-time when she used to be home, so now they're at a babysitter, maybe they have to move," said Kim Mason, Volunteer Coordinator.

Thanks to generous bidders at the CHP dinner/auction in April, the Noah Fund covered the cost of camp for all 28 kids, who participated in opportunities to learn about grief, make friends and enjoy crafts, games and activities like swimming, water park, splash pad, rock wall climbing, and zip line.

Other camp activities included Playing with Paint with Ginger Rahrig, animals from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and magic show with Tyler Nygren.

“Kids want to know its okay to have fun again, and so we plan a lot of fun activities,” said Mason. “That’s part of the healing process.”

Each day, groups led by hospice social workers took time to discuss feelings and share thoughts and emotions. Each participant also created a variety of crafts designed to be therapeutic and fun.

The camp concluded with a talk by Dr. Kathy Carr, PhD, clinical psychologist and Tony Richmond, CHP Hospice chaplain and musician, playing guitar and leading songs. A tree marked with a Rays of Hope Camp 2016 paver stone was planted and stones were left in memory of loved ones.

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  Skeel’s Crossroads Postmaster stamped their postmark “Skeel’s X Roads,” on this letter, dated Dec. 19,189_.  Two U.S. Post Offices were later established east of Skeel’s Crossroads.

 

Liberty Township Citizens are being requested to solve a Liberty Township Post Office History Mystery for the Mercer County Historical Society Archival Collections.

Skeels is a community, located at St. Rt. 49 and Skeels Rd., over four miles south of Chattanooga, in Liberty Township.  Skeels Cross Roads Post Office was established May 11, 1850, and was discontinued November 30, 1895.  [Watch the change of spelling here.]  Skeels Crossroads Post Office was established December 1, 1895 and discontinued on May 31, 1905 and the mail was sent to Celina.  Therefore, the above letter was postmarked between 1890 and 1895.

Price Post Office, was located at the NE corner of Burrville and Carmel Church Roads, which would identify the site three miles east and a half mile south of Skeels Crossroads, in Liberty Township.  On February 9, 1867, The First Assistant Postmaster General, Washington, wrote to Henry Dixon, Postmaster at Skeel’s Cross Roads, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, that the proposed Post Office would be called, “Price.”  Skeel’s X Road was about four miles distant, in a west direction from the proposed Price Post Office.  On February 17,1867, the Price Post Office was established; this date is consistent with John Gallagher and A. Patera’s book, “The Post Offices of Ohio,” published at Burtonsville, MD, by The Depot in 1979.   Gallagher and Patera state that the Price Post Office was discontinued on August 23, 1880, and the mail was then sent to Skeels X Roads.  The Village of Price appears on the Liberty Township map, in the 1888 “Atlas of Mercer County, Ohio,” edited by B.N. Griffing, published by Griffing, Gordon Co., Philadelphia, PA.

Clover or Scudder Post Office was located  at the intersection of Skeels and Wabash Road.

Have you Liberty Township Citizens ever heard of the Clover Post Office? May 21, 1889, A.E. Stevenson, First Assistant Postmaster General, Washington D.C.  wrote Thos. McKee, Postmaster of Wabash, Mercer County, Ohio,  requesting information about the proposed Post Office, Clover.  On June 9, 1889, Thos. McKee responded to the Post Office at Washington D.C., with the information.  However, where the name of  “Clover” was assigned to the proposed Post Office, someone took an ink pen and drew a dark line through the word, “Clover,” and wrote the name of the Post Office, as “Scudder.”  McKee went on to write that the nearest Post Office to the proposed Post Office on the same route, was Skeels Crossroads, a distance of two miles west of the proposed Post Office.  The Village of Scudder was located on Skeels Road, at the intersection of Wabash Road.  Scudder Post Office was established October 19, 1889, and discontinued August 31, 1903, and the mail was transferred to Celina.

As you readers know, many of the small rural post offices were closed when Rural Free Delivery (RFD) was established and the mail was delivered to the rural mail boxes at country homes, in years after 1900.

I have been trying to acquire an envelope or post card, with post marks of each post office in Mercer County.  I neither have a post mark from Price, nor Scudder.  Would you readers have any old envelopes or post cards with post marks from these two small Post Offices in Liberty Township?  If so, may I make a copy of that envelope or post card with either of those post marks for the History Archives?

An exhibit of old letters or post cards, marked from these small rural village post offices would make a great exhibit for the Post Card Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum, on Sunday November 13.  If you find a post mark from Price or Scudder, I will give you a free “Liberty Township Passport to History Book.” 

 

 

 
 
 

 
July 9-10, 2016

 

 
 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for July 12, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 
 

 
July 5-8, 2016

 

 
 
 
Hannah Ford Neely Travels to Romania on Mission Trip

Photo of Hannah in Bucharest Hungary

Former Rockford resident, Hannah Neely Ford, daughter of Steve and Stacie Ford recently returned form a mission trip to Romania.

Hannah serves as the University of Cincinnati Navigator Coordinator, and the trip was part of her work in serving God and college students at home and overseas. While on her trip, she connected with college students, taught English lessons; and volunteered at a home for children with special needs and at a home for abused and neglected children.

 

 

ATTENTION: In regard to the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Friday July 8th 7PM Concert in the park.

Incase of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Commercial Building on the Van Wert Fairgrounds. We will try to make the call sometime early in the day. Information will be posted on this page as well as WERT-1220AM, WKSD 99.7FM, WCSM 96.7 FM, WRKD 101.3, and WDOH 107.1.

You will still need to bring your lawn chairs (or in this case, cement chairs). The Washington St. RT.127 entrance to the fair is closed so from the South, enter the Fairgrounds off of Fox Road or from the North enter off of W. Ervin Road.

 

 
 
Taste of Celina 

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 8th
in downtown Celina.  The festivities begin at the corner of Main and Market
Streets and go 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 121 East Logan Street in
Celina.  The Chamber office is in a new location west of Lakeview Liquor
Store and east of Hazelnut Coffee Company.  Tickets will also be on sale
that evening but you may have to stand in line.  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. 
 
 
 
Shanes Crossing Historical Society Members Invite You to help with the Bicentennial Plans
Items Donated to the Museum

The Shanes Crossing Historical Society is helping plan the Rockford Bicentennial in 2020. Meetings have been held and continue to be held as preparatory events are taking place and volunteers are working on many projects. Two community meals have been sponsored already, and Bicentennial Logo T-shirts will soon be on sale as a fund raiser.

The Quilting Club is preparing a Bicentennial Quilt to be raffled off during the event, and a New Year's Eve Ball is being planned to kick off the 2020 year. Another volunteer is making a downtown street map of the buildings and the businesses and dates that have inhabited them.

New Donations: Carol McGillvary donated her father's Navy Uniform (Willard B. Dilbone).

Martha Baltzell donated a scrapbook from George J. and Bessie Kinder that has pictures and thank-you notes of the more than 75 people who met at their home on Oak Street for breakfast for the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1970. Some of the esteemed guests were New York columnist Earl Wilson; United States House of Representative Tennyson Guyer; Paul Henkle; and Mabel and Enoch Kimmel. Mike Schumm donated a metchbook cover from Fegley's Cafe saying "Where all Good Fellows Meet". Terry Joseph donated a medical gurney that was used in the Vietname War and an Uncle Sam poster as he points with the saying "I Want You For The U S Army".

 
 
 
Rutledge Couple Celebrates 60 Anniversary

Jack and Phyllis (Baumgartner) Rutledge celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 9, 2016. Their children include: Rhonda, Kim, Jeanene, Rick and Rob. They are also blessed with thriteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 

Parkway School Board Meets
Parkway School Board met on June 14 and discussed the possible purchase of 12 sets of 30 computers ad mobile charging carts for the Middle School. They approved textbook purchase for all levels of the science curriculum and approved open enrollment for 124 students.
 
 
 

American Red Cross Issues Plea for Blood Donations

The American Red Cross has a significant blood shortage and is issuing an emergency request for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve now and help save lives. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Donna Kueterman, Director of Laboratory Services at Mercer Health states, “We have been at well below stock here at Mercer Health on all blood types for quite some time.  We encourage donors to take advantage of the many opportunities to donate blood here locally and help save lives right here at Mercer Health.”

The next drives to be held at Mercer Health include:
September 9th, 2016 - 12 noon to 5 p.m.
December 30th, 2016 - 12 noon to 5 p.m.

 

 

Twenty-First Century Club Meets in May
The Twenty-First Century Club met on May 24, 2016 at the Central Insurance building in Van Wert, OH.  The evening began with a tour of the very interesting Central Insurance Fire Museum which was organized by member Cindy Canary.  Carly Fortman served as  tour guide sharing an informative commentary about the items in the museum which included world wide memorabilia, a collection of leather fire buckets dating back to the 1700’s, over 600 antique fire toys, a large display of fire extinguishers, and a variety of fireman hats. Members loved the tour.

A short meeting was help by outgoing president Twyla Hayes

Twyla. gave an update of the Rockford Bicentennial planning committee. They will possibly be organizing a formal tea and Twyla brought samples of some T-shirt designs to commemorate the celebration. She then turned the program (spotlighting Van Wert, OH) over to Julie Henkle and Cindy Canary.

Julie Henkle, presented her part of the program with a review of how the Children’s Garden at Smiley Park was created.  It was a Master Gardener’s project and multiple individuals and businesses sponsored many of the displays.  This garden was one of the first of its kind and not only includes fun things for children to do but is also very educational.  

Cindy did a presentation on the history of the Brumback Library which was named for benefactor John Sandford Brumback. This library was the first free public library in the area and was supported by tax money.  The existing building was dedicated in 1901 and it’s most recent update was completed in 1991.  The Library has earned spots on the National Register of Historic Places and the Ohio Historical Society listings.

Valerie Fritzinger completed her program for the April meeting and discussed the Cross Tip Churches of southern Mercer County. Members were amazed by the number of churches in a small area.

Delicious refreshments were prepared by Sherry Shaffer and Valerie Fritzinger. 

If you are a woman interested in joining this art and literary club, please contact Sheila at 419-733-3326.

 

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge them.

 
 

Writers Wanted
The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library on Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 10:00 am until noon.  Those attending are invited to write a composition about a social issue.  If time permits, there will also be a presentation on the clear use of modifiers (the second of two lessons).  The public is invited to attend.  

 

Calvary Preschool Tour and Sign-up Coming

Summer Sign up for Calvary Preschool fall session will be held on July 20 from 1:00 – 5”00 p.m.

Parents may tour the facility and have questions answered during this session.  Classes are for ages 3 through prekindergarten.  Classes are filling quickly so the staff urges you to register soon to have your choice of days.  Currently the classes for three year-olds are on Tuesday and Thursday, with a possibility of an additional class on Monday and Friday.  Four year-old classes are currently scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, or Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Pre-K Plus (five year-olds) meets Monday through Thursday.  All classes are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the scheduled day.  Extended care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Registration information is available on the Calvary Evangelical Church website under the preschool tab.  For additional information, call Marilyn Agler at 567-259-3103.

 

 

 
July 1-4, 2016
Happy Independence Day!


 

 
 

Celebrating Our Independence - Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Much has changed for our nation since gaining our independence in 1776, however one thing that hasn’t changed is the pride and patriotism that Americans have for living in the greatest country on Earth.

Not only are we lucky enough to call the greatest country home, but we are also able to call Ohio home, a state where pride and patriotism are rooted deep in our Midwest culture. As Ohioans, we embody the definition of American; hardworking, selfless and unwavering in our love for our country.

These qualities can also be seen throughout our men and women in the military. Without these American heroes, we would not be able to celebrate our nation’s independence 240 years later. Countless brave military members have fought to preserve our Ohio values that we hold dear, something I am always reminded of every Fourth of July.

Our founding fathers also embodied the true meaning of being an American. They demonstrated courage and determination by fighting for their principles; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Because of their fight, these American principles continue to endure as the bedrock of this great nation.

From our founding fathers to our military veterans, to the Midwest spirit found right here in western Ohio, we all have a deep love and admiration for our country in common. I am incredibly thankful to live in this nation and to represent the best constituents and American citizens as your state representative.

This year, I hope you are able to share my enthusiasm in embracing our American patriotism. Whether you are celebrating right here in western Ohio, or traveling to be with loved ones, I wish you and yours a very happy Fourth of July!

 
 
 

Rockford Chamber President Graduates from Leadership Training

Congratulations to Rockford Chamber President, Mary Beougher, for recently graduating from the Mercer County Leadership in Action program. The Mercer County program was designed by the Celina- Mercer County Chamber of Commerce in 1995 to inspire and develop emerging leaders by educating them on the issues, opportunities, strengths and challenges within the Mercer County Area and to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership rols in various community organizations.

If you are a Rockford Chamber member and interested in the Leadership in Action program, please call the Village office at 419-363-3032 ext 1.  Classes begin in September.

 
 
 

Come to Vacation Bible School - Bible Boot Camp

Olive Branch Church will have a two day VBS Bible Boot Camp this Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Kids ages 4 through entering 6th grade are invited to “fall in” and experience being a soldier in the Lord’s Army.  It's war out there, and VBS Bible Boot Camp is a call to arms to join the Lord's Army. There is no middle ground.  You're either a soldier of Christ (the Commander-in Chief), or a POW of the enemy!  At Bible Boot Camp, recruits will learn to battle their own sin nature, learn how to equip themselves for daily battle, and learn how to march against the darkness with the Gospel, advancing on the enemy and helping to claim territory for the name of Christ!   Free army hats and dog tags will be given to all the kids.  A free lunch will be provided each day.  Olive Branch is located between Ohio City and Rockford on State Route 118.  If you have questions call 419 203-7723.

 

 

Lake Festival 5K

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

The 5K run, a fundraiser for the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday
 July 23, 2016 at 8 A.M. The 5K begins at Lake Shore Park in Celina with the course traversing along West Bank Road.  This race is part of the Mercer Health 5K Challenge running series. 

The deadline to pre-register is July 21.  Pre-registration is $12.00 without a running tech shirt and $23.00 with a running tech shirt till July 6th   After July 21st and up to the day of the race, registration is $15.00 without a shirt.  If still available, running tech shirts can be purchased that morning for $10.

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

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

Thanked are the following sponsors:  State Farm Brian Stephan, Dynamic Federal Credit Union,
Celina Insurance Group, F45 Training,  and Mercer Savings Bank. 

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

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

 

 

4-H Club Meets
Venedocia Lads and Lassies Update: News Reporter Avery Mueller

The Venedocia Lads and Lassies held their last meeting on June 23 at the Venedocia Lions club.  Pledges were led by Andrew Bockey.  Allison Bowser, Ella Wilson and Andrew Bocky presented a health report . Keaton Adkins and Luke Bockey had a safty report and Chloe Kroeger had a demonstration.  The club has been talking about saving bottle caps and other plastics and once a certain amount of pounds is collected we will get another bench made similar to the one donated last year. Non-livestock project judging(cooking, scrapebooking, archery etc) will be held July 14th at the Van Wert school. Livestock project judging will be held July 25th 3-7p at the Vantage Career Center. Further information for the project judging dates and times will be sent in the mail. The next meeting will be held on July 14th at the Venedocia Lions Club at 7p.m.

 

Ohio State University Extension to Hold Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Sprayer Clinic August 9th

Author:  Eric Richer, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Farmers, retailers and crop consultants interested in seeing the latest sprayer equipment and precision application technology for commercial agriculture are encouraged to attend the Tuesday, August 9th NW Ohio Precision Ag Sprayer Day at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, State Route 108, Wauseon. The event will offer 3.5 hours of commercial and private pesticide recertification credits in CORE and categories Private 1 and Commercial 2c. The event will also offer five hours of Certified Crop Advisor credits.

In the morning, attendees will hear sessions on nozzle selection and drift reduction.  There will also be a hands on session for sprayer calibration and adjustment. Ohio State specialists Greg LaBarge and Dr. Erdal Ozkan will help resource the morning sessions.  Additionally there will be an aerial application flyby by Gaerte Ag Service for all participants to see.  Finally, industry partners will offer their input on improved pesticide technology through a sponsor panel prior to lunch. 

In the afternoon, there will be live pull-type and self propelled sprayer demonstrations from the following agricultural equipment partners:

Hardi Sprayers (Kahrs Tractor Sales) – pull type sprayer stability

KFG/John Deere – Direct Injection & Boom Trac demo

Archold Equipment – Top Air pull type with ATV demo

Ohio Ag Equipment/Rogator – Sprayer cleanout and section control

Capstan Ag/OSU-ATI – Pulse Width Modulation demo

 

This event is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and open to the public.  Registration is $25 prior to August 1st or on site for $40.  For a complete agenda and registration form, see www.fulton.osu.edu. The Fulton County Fairgrounds are located at 8591 State Route 108, Wauseon, OH 43567. Questions related to this program can be directed to richer.5@osu.edu or call the Fulton County OSU Extension office at 419-337-9210.

The NW Ohio Precision Agriculture Day is one of many statewide agriculture industry events through the OSUE Ag Managers Team (ohioagmanager.com) and OSUE Ag Crops Team (agcrops.osu.edu) this summer.  For a complete list of statewide events see www.agcrops.osu.edu/calendar website.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
June 30, 2016

 

 
 

Jane Avery’s Memory Honored with Renaming of Facility in Ft. Wayne
Brother Tom and Sister-in-law Judy Avery of Rockford Attend Ceremony


In memory and honor of Rockford native, the late Jane Avery, Ft. Wayne’s Community Harvest Food Bank recently renamed the Tillman Road facility “The Jane Avery Distribution Center”. She had been their long-time Executive Director. Jane, a Parkway High School graduate of 1971, passed last July 2015 after a battle with stage 4 brain cancer. The renaming of the facility came after looking at Jane’s nineteen years of leadership, where the food bank grew to distribute nearly 13 million pounds of food to more than 90,000 people annually.

 

 

 

 

 

Above: The ceremony is led by Community and Food Bank Leaders.

She had proven herself as a compassionate leader and in 2011, Ft. Wayne Mayor Tom Henry awarded Avery with the Key to the Fort for her commitment to the community. She was also awarded the 2015 Sagamore of the Wabash Award, presented by Governor Mike Pence for distinguished service.


Above: Flanked by Leaders of Community Harvest from left are daughter Beth Anne, Jane's husband, Bill Hoover, and daughter Allison.

At the renaming service, the CEO of Community Harvest, John Wolf, said, “Over the past twelve years, I was blessed to work with Jane. Her enthusiastic personality and warming smile are missed each and every day. This dedication is a tribute to an individual who treated everyone with dignity and respect.”

Above: Family shown left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Hicham Mannir and son; Jane's daughter, Allison Avery with fiance, Chase; Jane's brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Judy Avery; Jane's husband Bill Hoover; daughter, Beth Anne Mannir with friend Rusty. Daughter Maureen "Mo" Jeffrey was unable to attend.
 

The Food Bank administrators and employees were in attendance, as well as Jane’s family and the Community Harvest Board of Directors. The dedication ceremony was held at 999 East Tillman Road in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, June 14th, at 4:00pm

Jane Avery was known as a compassionate woman who respected all individuals.

Community Harvest Board Member and District Manager for Kroger Chris Gomez said “She truly made an impact on everyone she met.” Jane’s leadership took her to Feeding America national committees and food bank work groups, where she served as chairperson for the Feeding America Central Region network, which represented nearly half of Feeding America’s food banks. Jane worked on national programs and disaster relief efforts and became a trusted advisor to leaders on the 2008 Farm Bill. Because of this national work, she was, in 2009, presented with the “Distinguished Hoosier Award” by then Governor Mitch Daniels, and in 2010 named a finalist for the Indiana Torchbearer Award. In 2011, she was named the Journal Gazette’s 2008 “Citizen of the Year.”

As a child growing up in Rockford, Jane helped out in her parents’ local grocery store. Working alongside her brothers and sister, she once said she learned about managing food from her family’s guiding hand. After high school, she went on to attend Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne (BA in Social Work) and then Taylor University in Fort Wayne for an MBA.  She worked at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne (where she managed the ElderMed Program), Catholic Charities, and parish work at the former Saint Paul's Catholic Church in downtown Fort Wayne before she took on the long-time Executive Directorship of Community Harvest Food Bank (CHFB) of Northeast Indiana. Avery is survived by her husband, Bill Hoover, and her daughters Elizabeth Mannir, Mo Jeffrey and Allison Avery.

Thank you to Deb (Bollenbacher) Reichard and Beckie (Bollenbacher) McMillen for recommending this dedication to one of Rockford’s own.
Thank you to Tom and Judy Avery for the pictures.

 Click here for Jane’s obituary.

 

 

 

12th   Annual Shane’s Crossing 5k Run/Walk

Saturday, July 16th 2016
8:30 A.M.
Rockford, Ohio

 

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

 

Times:                         Pre-registration post marked by July 8, 2016

                                    Day of Race Registration begins at 7:30 A.M.

                                    Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15 A.M.

 

Entry Fee:                   $22 Pre-Registered – Includes T-Shirt

                                    $12 Pre-Registered – Without T-Shirt

                                    $15 Day of Race – Without T-Shirt

                                    $10 T-Shirt Only – Limited Supply

                                    $5 Pre-Registered & Day of Race for anyone 14 & Under

*Make checks payable to Parkway Athletic Boosters and mail entries to:       

Steve Fisher,  3953 Purdy Rd,   Rockford OH  45882

                                    For more information: Call 419-305-2080
                                        or Email sfisher@jtdmh.org

 

Results:                       Available online at: www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com

 

Awards:                      Awards to the top 3 overall, male and female,

and top 3 in each age group.

 

Course:                       Flat, beautiful course – time each mile, water stop.

                                    Records:          Male – Brendon Moody          15:18

                                                            Female – Melissa Lehmen      18:23

 

Door Prizes:                All door prizes donated by generous sponsors.  Must be present to win.

 

Age Groups:               14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,

                                    45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-Over (Male & Female)

 

Race Director:           Steve Fisher  -  Parkway Athletic Boosters

                                    Proud participant of the Mercer Health Countywide 5k Challenge

Click Here to open and print the entire entry form

 

 

 

Second National Bank commits $25,000 to Mercer Health’s
Building on a Promise campaign to support West Wing Addition

Recently, Second National Bank committed $25,000 to Mercer Health’s Building on a Promise campaign to support its west wing addition.  Mercer Health continues to thank all those that have come forward to support the Building on a Promise and the expansion project.  Set to open in 2018, the estimated 54,000 square foot addition is necessary in order to meet the healthcare needs of the community including adequate and improved surgical areas, all private inpatient rooms and enhanced outpatient spaces. 

For more information on the expansion or the affiliated Building on a Promise capital campaign, contact Mindy Kremer, Senior Director of Development, Marketing or Community Relations.

 

Enjoy Old Fashioned Farmers' Days June 30th through July 3rd.

Visit online at www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com

See ad at the top of the page
 

 

 

2nd Annual Town Creek Live coming to Van Wert

 

The Wassenberg Art Center and Main Street Van Wert will host its 2nd Annual Town Creek Live (formerly Eats on the Streets) festival and will feature 11) gourmet food trucks, a duck “derpy” where participants have a chance to win $1000, $400, $100 and other prizes as ducks race down Van Wert’s Town Creek. The event will feature 2) outdoor bands Dan Smythe Ban of Fort Wayne, The Holbrook Brothers Band of Montpelier and local DJ Real Human Robot. Musicians performing inside the art center are Sam Dell, Bryan and Aubrey Gebert, Van Wert. Throughout the event street performers and buskers such as Pyroscope of Fort Wayne will be performing, including a magician, caricaturist, art activities for children, an outdoor pop-up art exhibit and an interactive art exhibit entitled “Get in the Swing” will feature functional artist decorated swings hanging from the Wassenberg Art Center’s gallery and walls. Swings will be sold via silent auction and the winning swing, determined by popular vote will be installed on the Wassenberg Art Center grounds and the artist will receive $200. Beer, wine and other spirits will be available during the event on the art center grounds. 

The Second Annual Duck “Derpy” will launch at 6:15 p.m. with duck sales ending at 5 p.m. Interested persons are encouraged to purchase ducks early as supplies are limited. Ducks can be purchased at the Wassenberg Art Center, Straley Realty, Main Street Van Wert, Open Minded, Ink Again, and online at: http://www.wassenbergartcenter.org/announcements/duckderpy

A portion of the duck derby proceeds will be donated to The Recking Crew, a local high school athletic booster club. Event sponsors are Braun Ambulance; Harvest the Wind, Long Prairie Wind, NWO Beverage, Van Wert County Commissioners and the Van Wert County Foundation.

 

 

 

 
June 28-29, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 
 

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for being our PWI weather sponsor!
Thank you to Michelle Agler for sharing the rainbow pictures after the rainstorm
 on Sunday evening, June 26, 2016. It dumped 1/2 inch of rain and left gorgeous skies.

 

 

 

 

 

Click on smaller thumbnail pictures below to enlarge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Road to Close for Culvert Replacement
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Kuck Road between Garwick Road and Fisher Road in Center Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 29, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

 
June 27, 2016

 

 
 

Fun & Fitness Fridays - at Shane's Park

Fun & Fitness Fridays is open to youth entering grades 4-7 and will take place on the Friday mornings of July 1st, 8th and 15th from
9-10 am at Shane's Park. Fun & Fitness campers will learn from current running coaches, athletes and alumni. Campers will get to stretch,
walk, jog, run and play games! Fun for all fitness levels! All schools welcome! Cost of the camp is $30, which includes a camp t-shirt and entry into the Shane's Crossing 5K Run/Walk, which is the morning of  Saturday, July 16th. Campers should bring a water bottle and wear
tennis shoes to camp each day. Registration Deadline is June 25th.

To register download and print a registration form here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/315890556/Fun-Fitness-Fridaysorgo to
the Rockford Recreation Facebook page and download the registration form.  

For additional info, contact Jennifer Barrett 419-605-7305.

 


Stoneco Celina Quarry recently donated 3 books on Rocks and Minerals to the Parkway Elementary library .  Shown in photo are: Parkway school 3rd grade students with librarian Abbie Hathaway and Stoneco representative Robin Kraner .  

 

 

 

Rockford Council Meets to Discuss Proposed Subdivision
Golf Cart / ATV Rules Reminder

 Click here to read the Rockford Council News for this and other council business.

 

 

Sign-Up For Wren Rib Roast Cook-off

It’s Rib Cook-off time again!  The 13th Annual Wren Rib Roast Cookoff will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 during the Homecoming festivities.  This year’s theme will be “Southern Family BBQ”.  Cooks are asked to consider a regional flare from their favorite Southern city or state for the contest.

Contestants will need to provide any equipment necessary. Western-style pork ribs will be provided to each contestant on the Thursday before the contest. All types of spices, marinades, and “secret recipes” are encouraged.  All types of cookers and any fuel sources will be accepted.  Cooking will take place outside the Wrenway Wiffleball Park, with judging starting at 11:30 am.  Ribs will be judged on taste and tenderness.  A separate prize will be given for presentation, sauce and best side dish.  For the second year, a “People’s Choice” award will once again be presented. Visiting rib enthusiasts can enter a drawing to be one of two “celebrity judges”.  All ribs must be prepared on-site the day of the contest.

To sign up or find out more information, please call James Lautzenheiser at (216) 262-2805.

 

 

Company Donates

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank the Nerium Company for their $10,000.00 match during our recent Bowl for Kids Sake.  Nerium, an anti-aging company, founded in 2011 is the largest donor to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This is the first time Nerium matched Big Brother Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties and it is the largest match.  Also, 30% of Nerium’s proceeds go toward medical research.  Ty and Stacey Leffler, Jodi Veit and Sherri Hodge who are Brand Partners were very instrumental in securing these funds to help our local program.

 

 

Two Wonderful Bands Combine for One BIG Show on July 8th
Scott Turner and Paula Linn Featured Soloists
St. Mary’s Community Band To Join The Van Wert Area Community Concert Band for Concert In The Park On Friday July 8, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will be joined by the St. Mary’s Community Band for a joint concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. Each band will perform individually, and then close the concert combined for two Patriotic selections. Retired St. Mary’s High School director

Dane Newlove (above)  with the help of the current St. Mary’s band director Craig French formed the St. Mary’s Band. Both bands that are guaranteed to please all listeners will perform a variety of music.

 

 

The Van Wert band will feature two of their members Paula Linn and Scott Turner, on a piano

 

 

duet titled Spiritual Rhapsodies. A caution to our audience that we have been having some problems with these two musicians concerning who should have top billing and dominate the spot light. A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star beginning at 5:30. Please join the bands featuring over 100 members from a 5 county area for this special concert. In the event of inclement weather, we will try to move the concert to an indoor venue to be announced. Please listen to the local radio station for this information. The Van Wert Band will also perform at the Van Wert Museum July 4th from 1:00- 2:00 P.M.

 

 
 

2016 PAYNE BALL ASSOCIATION ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT PRESS RELEASE

The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association will be hosting two all-star tournaments the weekend of July 8, July 9 and July 10 at the Payne Community Park.

A boys 8 & under coach-pitch baseball tournament will be played with teams guaranteed three games in the tournament.

Also, a girls 8 & under coach-pitch softball tournament will take place on those three days as well with all teams guaranteed to play three games.

Individual awards will be award after each game as well as the top two teams will be recognized with individual awards to all players.

For more information, please contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or wannie8@frontier.com. Registration and payment must be received to confirm your spot.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 25-26, 2016

 

 
 

Taste of Celina 

A Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show is scheduled for Friday, July 8th
in downtown Celina.  The festivities begin at the corner of Main and Market
Streets and go 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 121 East Logan Street in
Celina.  The Chamber office is in a new location west of Lakeview Liquor
Store and east of Hazelnut Coffee Company.  Tickets will also be on sale
that evening but you may have to stand in line.  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. 

 

 
 

Hospital Listed in Top 100

“Our strong local communities are a result of strong community services including education and healthcare.  Here at Mercer Health we take our responsibility as stewards of community health very seriously.  Nearly 2,100 hospital systems fall into the rural category and we are pleased to fall in the top 100,” shares Klenke. 

In addition, Mercer Health landed on Becker's Hospital Review, 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2016.  Becker’s is the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health system executives.  Becker's has published a version of this list annually since 2011. This is the fifth year the list has included 100 hospitals. For the purposes of this list, Becker's defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.

A release from Becker’s states, “The hospitals on this list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities. Regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with a major system, these hospitals are vital parts of their respective communities.”

The Becker's editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Included organizations have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations.    The list of the 100 Great Community Hospitals and more information can be found at www.beckershospitalreview.com.

George Boyles, Senior Vice President and CFO states, “To be included in the Becker’s list is outstanding.  To be considered among the top in the nation is a major distinction.  Our team is definitely among the best and we thank them for the outstanding service they provide to our community.”

 

 
 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

 

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

Photo Caption:  Paul Leasor, St. Marys, and Werner Schmiesing, Minster, were comparing notes about their Pre-Historic Artifact Collections on June 27, 2010, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, Celina.  The public is invited to the June 26, 2016 Artifact Exhibit & Homecoming Celebration.


 

Welcome to the Homecoming Celebration of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors at the 36th Annual Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00.  The word “artifact,” means “any piece made by human work.”  Therefore, the Prehistoric Artifacts are prehistoric tools made by prehistoric man, thousands of years ago.

Hundreds of Flint Arrowheads; Slate Pendants, Gorgets and Bannerstones; Bird Stones; Stone Axes and Hammerstones; Celts; Adzes, and other artifacts will be on exhibit.  The Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors are showing their own private collections of Artifacts, which is a One-Of-A-Kind Exhibit. 

The Native Americans used these Artifacts, between 1000 and 10,000 years ago, following the Ice Age in North America.  These tools show the skill, knowledge, and craftsmanship of their trade. Sometimes, we forget to give credit to the early Native Americans for creating stone tools and practicing their survival skills.  These Native Americans deserve our respect as they lived here for thousands of years. 

BYOA!  Bring Your Own Artifacts to this June 26th Sunday afternoon Exhibit, and ask the Expert Collectors for information about your Artifacts.  This is not the Antique Road Show as seen on television. This is the Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit Road Show at 130 East Market Street, Celina, at the Mercer County Historical Museum.

The only other Prehistoric Exhibit at the Mercer County Historical Museum is the Prehistoric Elk exhibit, from Cranberry Prairie.  This particular Elk was the “one who got away,” when a Prehistoric Hunter hit the Elk with a spear point, but the Elk disappeared in the swamp land, over 9000 years ago.  These old Elk bones were preserved in the swamp land and were discovered 9000 years later, by the men working with the ditching machine on this Prairie, in 1982.  This rare discovery was reported in the Fall 1984 issue of the  “Ohio Archaeologist” Magazine.

The Mercer County Historical Society Members are issuing a Special Homecoming Invitation to each of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors who have exhibited their Collections these past 35 years at the Mercer County Historical Museum, to come and spend time with friends and guests who have visited the Annual Artifact Exhibits.  Not every Collector has to bring his collection, but every Collector is invited to attend this Homecoming Celebration.

I need your help.  Also on display will be photographs taken at the Artifact Exhibits these past 35 years.  Not all of the photographs have names listed.  I invite you to help the Mercer County Historical Society to preserve the History of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors by making certain that each person on each photograph is identified.  Without your help, some of the persons on the photographs remain unidentified.  Each Collector is important at this Homecoming Celebration of the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors at the Mercer County Historical Museum, on Sunday, June 26.

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 24, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Local School Board Special Meeting
The Parkway Local Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 4:45 pm on Friday, June 24 in Community Room of Parkway Local Schools. The only agenda item is to hire the Girls Head Basketball Coach.

 

 

Wright State University-Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center’s

Offers June 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 in Summer at WSU-Lake Campus

 

·                     PREPARING & WORKING WITH BUDGETS (Part of our finance series)

Are you in charge of budgeting at the office? Do you have a project or idea but you’re not sure how much it will cost? You need a budget! Ron will teach the components of a budget to make your plans a reality. You will learn how to generate a budget using income, expenses, how to estimate project costs, and how to modify your budget to fit your needs. This class is for anyone who is new to budgets as well as those who handle budgets on a daily basis. All levels of learners are welcome!

Class Date: July 7, 2016; 5:30-7:30 p.m. {2 hours} Instructor Ron Kremer;

Room: 119 Trenary Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost $40 p/person

·              MICROSFT PUBLISHER

Microsoft Publisher is an easy-to-use design program which can create professional results. You can use Publisher’s tools to produce flyers, invitations, certificates, newsletters, and other marketing materials. Carla will teach you how to resize pictures/objects, add text boxes, and apply other formatting. You will learn features how to layer pictures, complete mail merges and table edits, and use drawing tools. This three-hour class will give Publisher users the ability to make attractive documents for all occasions!

Class Dates: July 11, 2016; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. {3 hours}; Instructor: Carla Hirschfeld;

Room: 192 Dwyer Hall; Wright State University-Lake Campus; Cost: $55 p/person

·                      “STARTING RIGHT” (Pre-Business Seminar Held Monthly)

Each month the BEC hosts the Starting Right class for individuals planning to start a small business. This two-hour class gives you information to help you decide if business ownership is right for you and assists you in starting your business the “Wright Way.” After the class, you are entitled to free, individualized business counseling. We help with most issues pertaining to financials for your business—cash flow, pricing, supply costs, record-keeping, etc. We also assist with your Business Plan narrative as well as marketing and advertising, researching demographics, HR issues, etc.

Class Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Room 126 Trenary Hall,

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) 586-0902 or by emailing Carol.jones@wright.edu.

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 

 

 
June 23, 2016
 

 
 

Stetler and Miller Families Announce Engagement

 

 

 

 

Stetler/Miller Engagement Announcement Brian and Kendra Stetler, Celina, Ohio announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Megan Stetler, to Scott Miller, son of Nick and Lisa Miller, Convoy, Ohio. The bride elect is a graduate of Celina High School and attends Rhodes State College majoring in business. She is employed by Pax Machine and Dentistry for You, Celina. The prospective groom is a graduate of Crestview High School and attends Wright State University - Lake Campus majoring in business. He is employed by Cooper Farms, St. Henry. The couple is planning a July 30, 2016 wedding at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Celina. A reception will be held at the Galleria, Celina

 

 
 

Parkway Sports Physicals are today, June 23, 2016 at Parkway High School
Grades 8-12
Girls at 1 PM by grade
Boys at 3 PM by grade
 

 
 

Prayers Needed ~ Click Here!

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 22, 2016

 

 
 

Come to the 40th Old Fashioned Farmers' Days in Van Wert at the Fairgrounds!
See ad and website link above!

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE - Prehistoric Relic Exhibit on Sunday, June 26 at Mercer County Historical Museum

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

Photo Caption:  These prehistoric artifacts, which are thousands of years old, are on exhibit at the Guatemala Museum in Central America.  Notice the similarity and differences of the artifacts found in Central America, compared to the artifacts found by the Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors, here in Mercer County.

The Mercer County Indian Relic Collectors will hold their 36th Annual Prehistoric Artifact Exhibit, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, 130 East Market, Celina, on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00. 

The public is invited to bring their own arrowheads, bannerstones, gorgets, stone axes, birdstones, spear points, etc., to ask for information from the Collectors. 

 [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.]

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE - Come to the 40th Old Fashioned Farmers' Days in Van Wert at the Fairgrounds!

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

 

Photo Caption:  Ron Gruss, Rockford, Ohio,  exhibited this Mogul Tractor at the July 1992 Lake Festival Exhibit of Antique Tractors & Trucks at the Mercer county Historical Museum, after he had exhibited this tractor at the Old Fashioned Farmers Days at the Fourth of July Exhibit at Van Wert.  The Old Fashioned Farmers Days will be held, June 30 through July 3, 2016 at Van Wert County Fairgrounds.

This history is a tribute to the area collectors of Antique Tractors, and their families, who exhibited their Tractors at the Celina City Founders Square Parking Lot, adjacent to the Mercer County Historical Museum for twenty-seven years, from 1977 until 2003.  When I retired as Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Celina Lake Festival moved the Antique Tractor show to the Mercer County Commissioners’ Parking Lot.  That exhibit is no longer held at that site.

For the past four decades, the Old Fashioned Farmers Association has hosted “Old Fashioned Farmers Days,” at Van Wert.  This Show originally began at Paul Clay’s Farm at Rockford.  A few years, they hosted the Show at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  The Show kept growing, and now the Old Fashioned Farmers host Old Fashioned Farmers Days, with the Van Wert County Agricultural Society at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. 

The 40th Annual Exhibit of the Van Wert County Old Fashioned Farmers Days, June 30 through July 3, 2016 will feature Tractors Oliver, Minneapolis Moline, Co-op Tractors, Equipment, Hit & Miss Engines, and a host of activities.  A list of Activities is on the website:  http://www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com .  Watch for news releases in the area newspapers about this popular show.

The Agricultural Heritage of Mid-Western Ohio is the Agribusiness economical base of these Western Counties.  The Agricultural Heritage touches most families either directly or indirectly.  Have you read the local history books about New Idea’s history, first of the NI Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders and second of the NI Corn Pickers?  Have you read the local history book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns of Mercer County,” which features the heritage and architectural descriptions of over a thousand big old barns, some of which are no longer standing?  Are you looking forward to the next NIHP book about the history of the NI Uni-System?

May I ask you, if you and/or your relatives are honestly interested in preserving the rural agricultural heritage of Mercer County, and/or nearby Counties?  When I see several thousand guests and their families attend the annual Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers Days at Van Wert, each July, I believe they are interested in preserving local history.  When we visit the annual Tri State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Exhibit at Portland, Indiana, in August, I see several thousand guests and their families enjoying those days honoring their agricultural heritage.

These events require hundreds of volunteers to plan and implement.  For the past four decades, as I have served as President of the Mercer County Historical Society, I have respected the several hundred volunteers who have worked to preserve local history at the Mercer County Historical Museum, year after year.  However, I fear if our Historical Society Volunteers retire, who will step up to the plate and continue to preserve Mercer County’s heritage?  When I am contacted by tourists seeking history of Mercer County, I ask them who told them to contact me.  They give me the names of the Mercer County Commissioners, the Auglaize-Mercer County Visitors Bureau, the City of Celina Website, the Chamber of Commerce, the Mercer County Library, the Mercer County Extension Office, the Mercer  County Engineer’s Office, and other organizations or businesses.  Each of those Offices have a paid staff.  The Mercer County Historical Museum has no paid staff.  If you are interested in preserving the rural agricultural heritage of Mercer County, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, email me or write me a letter.  Thanks.

 [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.]

 

 

Mercer County EMA Meetings

EMA Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2016

EMA Office           Celina                 12:05 PM

 

LEPC Meeting Has Been Scheduled for:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Central Services Building  Celina            7:30 AM

            2nd Floor Conference Room

 

Contact the Mercer County EMA @ 419-586-6468

 

 
 

MERCER CO. PERI MEETING July 12, 2016

The Mercer County PERI meeting will be held, Tuesday July 12, at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange at the Mercer County Fairground.  For PERI Early Birds, coffee, juice and donuts will be served at 9:30 A.M.

Ohio Senator Keith Faber will be the July 12 speaker for PERI Members.   Senator Faber will discuss his work with the Ohio Senate, as well as his work with Citizens of the 12th Senate District.   This program will give the PERI Members an opportunity to talk with Senator Faber and ask questions related to our Ohio Public Employment Retirees.  Senator Faber will have a personal interest in our PERI organization, because when he retires, we will invite him to become a Member of our Mercer County PERI organization.

 

Annual Sock Hop in Rockford Planned – Save the Date

The 7th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in will be held on 
Saturday - August 6th at 4 pm at the Rockford Belle located
in Rockford at 135 West Market Street.

The cruise in begins at 4 pm.  There is NO ENTRY FEE !
NO JUDGING !  -  Just Shine & Show !

Blind Date and Friends will play 50's & 60's music beginning
at 6 pm.

Food and ICE CREAM will be available!

Bring your lawn chairs and take in the sights and sounds of
this event.

Sponsored by The Rockford Belle and The Rockford Chamber 

For more information call 419-363-3242.

 

 

 
June 21, 2016

 

 
 

Parkway Graduate of 2016 Taylor Andrews Wins Prestigious New Award
 

Taylor Andrews, 18 year old daughter of Scott and Jannaya Andrews, recently walked away from the 47th annual ASIFA (East Animated Film Festival) in New York City with the Women in Animation-Excellence in Animation Filmmaking Rising Star award. Click Here to see the announcement.

Andrews' short film, "The Dream," was completed over the summer between her junior and senior year with the guidance of Parkway teachers art - Ed Kuhn and  computer - Kevin Browning.  The two found a contest in which to enter
her film, which had impressed them. Taylor’s piece had also impressed the judges at the Animation Center, according to Lisa Goldman, president of the group. They created the award especially for Taylor. Goldman expressed that she hoped more female high school students will enter in the future.
 

Taylor was honored at the Parkway High School Academic Awards Assembly for Seniors in May. Mr. Browning and Mr. Kuhn formally presented Andrews with the award and treated the crowd of peers, parents, and grandparents to a showing of the short film and honored her as a gifted artist who is passionate about learning her trade.

According to Taylor, was always an artist, even doing advanced work in pre-school. She never drew “stick people”; she had an eye for detail, her parents learned early on. She attended Zion Lutheran School in Decatur, IN through the 8th grade and participated in art. According to Taylor, though, she really began to love art and develop her talents when she entered high school at Parkway and became a student of Ed Kuhn. “I felt free in his classes to safely express myself. I could always do whatever I wanted, and Mr. Kuhn would help me if I needed something. Throughout high school, I took every art class I could: Art 1; Ceramics; Painting: Drawing; and then became a student in Interactive Media with Mr. Kuhn and Mr. Browning as teachers. I learned to use the MicroSoft Anime Studio Pro and learned to combine the different types of art with animation and sound.”

Of the animation, The Dream, she based it on a popular 1932 Picasso oil painting called The Dream, of a sleeping woman. Taylor favors cubism, and fell in love with his work. Her idea of having the woman awake was her interpretation of the theme of the short film Rising Star award: Sisterhood. As the woman awakes in her animation, a girl scout sticks with her as she looks at all the other paintings in the room where “she has hung on the wall for so long”. Taylor said, “The woman awakens and sees her surroundings in a different way as she looks at the other paintings. I am so proud of this award and what it means: for young women sticking together. And, I am so proud to be the first recipient.”

Taylor has been accepted at the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne in the fall, where she plans to major in animation, with a minor in art education.

Taylor invites you to view her animation below:

Click here for The Decatur Daily Democrat’s posting

 

 
June 20, 2016
First Day of Summer!


 

 
 

This is the First Day of Summer, Monday, June 20, 2016, and the day will be the longest at 14 hours and a rare Full Moon will be in site tonight. The summer solstice and the full moon (called a Strawberry Moon) have not been in sync for 70 years. Hot today and stormy this evening!

Thank you to Henkle Insurance for being our PWI weather sponsor!

 

 
 
 
 
LIMA AREA CONCERT BAND COMING TO ROCKFORD

The Parkway Music Boosters have been given the incredible opportunity to host the Lima Area Concert Band.  Parkway has been added to their 2016 Calendar for Sunday, August 7th  in the Parkway High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 2 pm with the concert beginning at 3 pm.   $7.00 suggested donation at the door will benefit the Parkway High School Band.


We greatly appreciate our local sponsors:  

Aqua Tech, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, the Rockford Lions Club, 
Karen Seibert LMT, LLC, M. Bruns Plbg, H.V.A.C & Elec., The Parkway Independent,
First Financial Bank, Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc. and Four U Office Supplies.

 

 

April Showers brought May Flowers and lots and lots of Weeds
Submitted by the Shanes Park Beautification Society


Perennials have been planted and weeded.

THANK YOU to A & A Greenhouse for the donation of 2 flats and annuals that were also planted.

THANK YOU to Fred Vann for the donation of 100 mixed tulip bulbs that were planted.

THANK YOU to the person that made a large donation of daffodils at the Village Office.  
They have been planted.

Most of the flowers you see at Shanes Park have come from Joyce Emans yard or starts from local gardens.  We like to think of these gestures as gifts of friendship to Shanes Park.

THANK YOU to Norm VanTilburg and Mike Schumm for mowing and cleaning the area around the log cabin.

THANK YOU to Clete and Irene Schmidt for weeding and spraying around the Welcome sign and around trees.

THANK YOU to Nancy Leighner for weeding, spraying and planting some seeds at the Splash Pad.  

THANK YOU to Donna Riley and Marlene Roebuck who remain faithful in their volunteer efforts weeding and planting flowers.

When driving by, biking, or walking around the park, take notice of all the different varieties of flowers in bloom – it’s always changing !!

 

 
 

 
June 18-19, 2016
Happy Father's Day!


 

 
 
 

Shultz Huber & Associates Announces Team Member Promotions

Shultz Huber & Associates, a certified public accounting firm with locations throughout northwest Ohio, recently the announced the promotion of Stacey Baer and Steve Samples.

Stacey Baer, Certified Public Accountant, has been promoted to principal with the firm. Baer joined the firm in 1998 and is experienced in assisting large and small businesses in a variety of industries with individual and business tax preparation and software consulting, evaluation and implementation.

Baer is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and holds a degrees in accounting and marketing from Defiance College. She is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She currently serves on the Van Wert County YWCA finance committee, is the treasurer of the board of directors for the Van Wert Youth Football Association, and is treasurer for the Van Wert Football Tailgate Tour.

Baer works primarily in the Van Wert office but is available to clients at any of the firm’s five locations. She resides with her family in Van Wert.

 

 

Steve Samples, Certified Public Accountant, has been promoted to principal with the firm. Samples joined the firm in 1995 and provides accounting and tax services to businesses in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, agriculture and franchise operations. Samples also heads the firm’s forensic accounting services.

He has a degree in accounting from Miami University and is a member of The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Samples is involved with the Van Wert Rotary Club and is the treasurer for the Van Wert Community Improvement Corporation.

Samples works primarily in the Van Wert office but is available to clients at any of the firm’s five locations. He resides in the Rockford area with his wife, Teri, and their family.

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is a full service accounting, tax and business consulting firm specializing in assisting businesses and their owners plan for their future and achieve their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment. Offices are located in Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, St. Marys, and Van Wert.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Man Incarcerated After Search of Vehicle
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of an individual on drug related incident.   On June 14, 2016 a deputy stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan for fictitious plates on Mud Pike west of Celina at 6:22 PM.  The driver and owner of the van consented to the van being searched and deputies found suspected methamphetamine.  The substance was field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Arrested 51 year old Michael Croyle from 132 Buckeye Street in Celina. Mr. Croyle was  incarcerated in the Mercer County Detention Facility, and held on charges of driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

 

The Niswonger Unveils The Ten Years Of WOW! Season

By Tafi Stober

(Van Wert, OH) - Ten years of fun - Ten years of big name entertainment - Ten years of WOW! The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is celebrating a milestone season with Ten years of WOW! It’s  been ten years in the making and it’s going to be simply over-the-top! There has never been a better time to explore the arts at the Niswonger, so jump in and see how to escape the norm with entertainment and inspiration from the Niswonger Ten Years of WOW 2016-2017 Season!

The Niswonger’s 10th Anniversary Season kicks off with two of the most influential men in the Jazz world. Sunday, September 24th at 7:30pm. Chuck & Karen Koch along with Jim and Theresa Robideau present Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright. These Jazz legends have you dancing in the aisles and singing along the whole night. With Butler’s captivating and powerful catalogue of hit songs combined with Albright’s signature searing and soulful sax arrangements, there is no better place to be than at the Niswonger! Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright - Sunday, September 24th!

These days are ours, happy and free with Happy Days Live presented by Kevin Laing, D.D.S., on Saturday October 1st at 7:30pm! Take a trip down memory lane with Potsie and Ralph as they celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary! Anson Williams and Donny Most will be sharing some of their favorite moments from Happy Days along with rare photos, live music, and never before seen video about their coming-of-age experiences on the show. Happy Days Live! Saturday, October 1st - what a day, ready to race to you at the Niswonger!

Prepare to go into the wild right here at the Niswonger! Back by popular demand is America’s favorite zoo keeper and his favorite furry friends in Jack Hanna Into the Wild LIVE Saturday, October 8th at 3pm presented by Belna Petroleum! Hanna’s insight into the protection and conservation of our planet’s wildlife combined with a live show full of some of your favorite endangered animals will leave you with a renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Jack Hanna Into the Wild LIVE Saturday, October 8th at the Niswonger!

A night of praise and worship is coming to the Niswonger Sunday, October 16th with Christian chart-topper Colton Dixon presented by Youth for Christ! This American Idol alum has been making waves in the Christian Music industry with smash hits “More of You” and “Limitless” off his sophomore album “Anchor.” With his edgy rock sound and inspiring lyrics, this is a concert at the Niswonger you won’t want to miss with Colton Dixon, Sunday, October 16th at 7:30 PM.

You’ve seen the movies, you’ve watched the award winning Television competition, now get ready for some aca-mazing talent with the brand new a capella group Vocalosity Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30pm presented by Slusher’s Jewelry. Founded by the artistic producer of both Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, Deke Sharon, this group features 12 dynamic voices singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements too incredible to miss. Get ready to dust off your aca-chops and sing along with Vocalosity at the Niswonger! Saturday, October 22nd!

We’ll start walkin’ your way if you start walking toward the Niswonger for a night of country hits with Diamond Rio, Saturday, October 29th at 7:30pm courtesy of Celina Moving & Storage. This six-time vocal group of the year will take you on a journey through award-winning country history with some of their biggest hits off their timeless records from the 80s and 90s. Bring those back-road country memories to life at the Niswonger with Diamond Rio, Saturday, October 29th!

Everybody’s favorite syrup-loving Christmas Elf is venturing through the candy-cane forest to come to the Niswonger on Monday, November 21st at 7:30pm in Elf The Musical On Tour, presented by First Federal Bank. This heart-warming, side-splitting family musical will be sure to get you in the mood for Christmas and have you embracing your inner elf as Buddy the Elf helps his naughty-list father remember the true meaning of Christmas. This is a modern day Christmas classic you won’t want to miss at the Niswonger with Elf The Musical On Tour, Monday, November 21st!

She helped the Niswonger say hello in 2007, now we’re helping her say farewell. It’s Sandi Patty: Christmas Blessings, Sunday December 4th at 7:30pm. After a long award-winning career, Sandi Patty is visiting over 90 cities across the globe to perform one last time for all her life-long fans. It will be a historic evening you’ll never forget full of Grammy and Dove award winning music from Sandi Patty: Christmas Blessings on December 4th!

Celebrate a family tradition as the legacy continues with The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza presented by Belna Petroleum on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30pm. Starring the Osmond Brothers and the Lennon Sisters, The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza brings all the variety that made Andy’s holiday specials so spectacular. With this tribute to Andy, the man who started it all, the most wonderful time of the year just got better at the Niswonger with The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, Saturday, December 10th!

“Swinging” into town just in time for Christmas and back by popular demand is John Tesh’s Big Band Christmas, on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. You’ll be sure to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with John Tesh singing and playing alongside his 14-piece big band playing all your favorite holiday hits in bold, brassy, big band style! Fun for all ages, this popular media personality is sure to entertain all generations when this Grammy award winning Christmas spectacular hits the stage.

The Niswonger’s premier 2017 event will take you back in time with The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm presented by the Kenn-Feld Group. Every member of this multi Grammy nominated country group has made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. This time, The Time Jumpers are bringing along country music legend Vince Gill for a night of country nostalgia you can’t afford to miss on February 4th.

We’re bringing all the glitz and glamour of musical theater to the Niswonger on Sunday, February 12th at 2pm and again at 7:30pm, with the Broadway classic - 42nd Street presented by BeeGee Realty. Bright lights, sparkling costumes, and huge dance numbers await you as you follow starry-eyed Peggy Sawyer as she leaves small town life to pursue her dream of becoming a Broadway star! You’ll be laughing and singing along in this quintessential backstage musical classic set to hit the Niswonger stage Sunday, February 12th!

Won’t you be our neighbor? The Niswonger and Jeffery - Mohr Family Dentistry welcome Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live for two kid friendly shows of pure Tiger-ific fun Saturday, February 25th at 11am and again at 2pm. This award winning PBS KIDS show continues the legacy of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood to a whole new generation with the friendly tiger, Daniel and his friends as they explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. This interactive musical filled with singing, dancing, laughter and grr-ific surprises will warm the hearts of all generations on Saturday, February 25th!

Come together right now at the Niswonger as you go on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band in Broadway’s RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles, presented by Vancrest Health Care Centers on Monday, March 6th at 7:30pm. This stunning concert experience takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that has been nationally compared to the real thing. Enjoy all your favorite Beatles hits from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Hard Day’s Night,” and “Yellow Submarine” to “Hey Jude.” You won’t be able to “Let It Be” when this live multi-media spectacular hits the stage.

Experience your favorite iconic artists through a whole new medium at the Niswonger with Artrageous, Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 presented by TAG Menswear. With a palette that mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and huge portraits painted before your very eyes, this interactive artistic extravaganza takes you on a unique visual and musical journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity, and fun for the whole family! The artists pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. You’ll be part of the show at this one of a kind crossover experience - only at the Niswonger!

Last season he brought the house down with his rendition of “O Holy Night,” now he’s back for more! Joanne Wolford and Family in memory of Roger Wolford proudly present David Phelps: Good Friday Concert on Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Phelps’ masterful melodies have been burned into critically acclaimed songs that have echoed the walls of Carnegie Hall, the White House, and countless churches around the world. Celebrate one of the most reverent days of the year at the Niswonger with the return of David Phelps for a Good Friday Concert, Friday, April 14th!

At the Niswonger, we just want to keep on loving you! That’s why we’re closing the 2016-17 Grand Series with REO Speedwagon Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm presented by US Bank! With their long list of hits from their incredibly successful career as an American Rock Classic, REO Speedwagon will have the Niswonger rockin’ long into the night. This high octane Grand Series Finale will leave you wanting more, Saturday, April 29th at the Niswonger!

The Niswonger SPEAKER SERIES brings noted names to the stage who further our understanding, challenge our thinking and have us teetering on the edge of our seat to hear which Cincinnati Reds great just hit the home run!

It all begins on September 20th when Westwood Behavioral Health Center shares valuable and culturally relevant information by providing a free, and very insightful presentation by Los Angeles free-lance journalist, Sam Quinones. On Sunday, September 18th at 3:00pm, Author Sam Quinone touches on the increasing opiate usage and subsequent heroin addiction across the nation in his latest book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. This presentation includes his experiences, observations, and perspective followed by a panel discussion comprised of local officials. The Niswonger cares about our communities and wants to offer this event is free to the public.

It’s time to be inspired at the Niswonger with inspirational speaker and author, Jon Gordon, Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00pm presented by Central Insurance Companies. Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. Professional sports teams, fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, you name it - have put Gordon’s principles to the test with incredible results. For an evening of inspiration, look no further than Jon Gordon, Sunday, October 2nd, only at the Niswonger!

“And this one belongs to the Reds!” If you’ve listened to a Cincinnati Reds game in the past 40 years, you’ll be sure to recognize our final event of the Niswonger Speaker Series. The voice of the Cincinnati Reds, Marty Brennaman, Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm presented by Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service. Known for his opinionated, zealous style and love for the Cincinnati Reds led him to be named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year multiple times.. This Niswonger Speaker Series Finale belongs to the Reds with Marty Brennaman, Monday November 17th!

This opportunity comes only once in ten years, so we wanted to go BIG! Scott Niswonger, Central Insurance, The Van Wert County Foundation, with additional support from The Kenn-Feld Group, are bringing one of the biggest events Ohio has ever seen to Van Wert. Presenting, The Gala: Ten Years Of WOW featuring Bernadette Peters and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Saturday, April 1st at 8:00pm! An evening ten years in the making, this black-tie optional event is above and beyond anything the Niswonger has seen yet. Join us for a night of music, laughter, family, and friends as we celebrate ten years of WOW at a once in a lifetime event! The Gala: Ten Years Of WOW featuring Bernadette Peters and The Boston Pops Orchestra, Saturday, April 1st - Only at the Niswonger!

This spectacular milestone season celebrating ten years of WOW is one for the record books and certainly one you won’t want to miss!. So, let’s get this 10th anniversary party started! Member Sales begin June 16, Grand Series Sales begin June 29 and the Select Series provides early buying opportunities by bundling 3 or more events beginning July 7. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to four or get your tickets online/anytime at NPACVW.ORG. Jump in and celebrate Ten Years Of WOW! with us, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

 

 
 
 

 
June 17, 2016

 

 
 

Enjoy Community Days in Rockford - June 17 and 18th!

 
 
 
 

Rockford Rec. Fall Sports Signup

The Rockford Recreation Association is currently accepting registration forms for the 2016 fall sports season. Registration and medical forms can be printed from www.rockfordrec.com or picked up at the Rockford Village Office. Registration deadline for all fall programs is August 7th. 

The 2016 Fall Soccer League is open to boys and girls entering grades K-6. Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Shanes Park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey. Each player is required to provide their own shin guards.

The 2016 Fall Flag Football League is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6. Flag football games will be played on Monday evenings at Shanes park through the months of September and October. The registration fee is $25.00 per child and each participant will receive a team jersey and a mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are required to participate at all practices and games.

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

 

 
 

 
June 15-16, 2016

 

 
 

NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick in Rockford
The Rockford Recreation Association will host their annual NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick competition on Saturday, June 18th at 7:30pm on Diamond #3 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, 2016). Participants are encouraged preregister online at www.NFLPPK.com and print the completed registration form to bring with them on the day of the competition. Walk-up registrations will be available on the day of the event. 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.

 

 
 
 

Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony Held

CELINA, Ohio – The Western Ohio Educational Foundation and Wright State University – Lake Campus held their Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7th in James F. Dicke Hall located at the Lake Campus. This year 128 students were awarded over $275,000. Awards ranged from a few hundred dollars in book scholarships to full-tuition.

The Western Ohio Education Foundation (WOEF) is made up of a group of community members from Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert Counties who work tirelessly to provide scholarships and other benefits to Lake Campus students. Since 1995 the WOEF Board has awarded more than $3 million in scholarship funds. The Lake Campus Scholarship Fund would not be in existence without community donations and the tireless efforts of Julie Miller, WOEF Board Development Officer and Sandy Gilbert, Coordinator of the Scholarship Program at the Lake Campus.

Scholarship sponsors in attendance were Lester E. Brandewie, Dorothy A. & Lester E. Brandewie & Family Scholarship; Pete Falk, Crown Scholarships; Jerry Lehman, First National Bank New Bremen Scholarship; Dennis Hirt, (WOEF President) The Reynolds & Reynolds Foundation Scholarship; Chad Tester, Wayne Trails, A Lincoln Electric Company Scholarship; Julie M. Miller, STEM Scholarship; Chris Noble, Ruth & Willis Winters Nursing Scholarship; Brenda Lange, Setex, Inc. Scholarship; Kelly Lloyd, First Financial Bank Scholarship and Dan Hosek, AAP St. Marys Scholarship.

 

 

Writing Club to Meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meet at the Mercer County District Library on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 10:00 am until Noon.  Those attending are invited to write something about "sweet comforts, comforts, or what brings you comfort."  The public is invited to attend.  

 

 

2016 Farm Focus Scholarship Winners

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field. Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Recipients; Katie Vorst, Delphos, the daughter of Chris and Sandy Vorst, is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. Tanner Matthews is the son of Todd and Brenda Matthews, a recent graduate of Parkway H.S. will be a Freshmen at The Ohio State University majoring in Agriculture Systems Management. Travis Lichtensteiger, Convoy, the son of David and Janice Lichtensteiger  will be attending The Ohio State University, or Morehead University as a freshmen majoring in agronomy. Tyler Matthews, the son of Todd and Brenda Matthews will be a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in Ag Systems Management. Tara Vorst, the daughter of Chris and Sandy Vorst will be a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring  in Agriculture Education.

 
 

Football Parents’  meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at  6:30 pm at  Parkway High School for HS Football players to meet Coach Wellmen ad pick up their summer schedule

 

 

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.

 

Road Closed Signs on State Route 29
Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is receiving complaints regarding vehicles driving beyond road closed signs on State Route 29.  The section of State Route 29 between State Route 118 south and State Route 118 north is closed due to construction. Those who drive around the road closed sign will be issued citations unless they need to do so for access to their residences.

 

 

Bridge Closing Slated

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Township Line Road between Fox Road and Stachler Road in Gibson/Granville Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 13, 2016 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
June 13-14, 2016
Parkway Independent - Celebrating 11 years of bringing news to the Parkway area communities.


 

 
 

New CEO Announced for Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert, OH – June 13, 2016 – The Van Wert County Hospital Association Board of Directors announces James “Jim” Pope as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Pope brings more than 30 years of executive experience to the hospital with strengths in health operations, strategic leadership and planning, and rural healthcare markets.  Pope will begin his new role on July 1, 2016.

After an extensive national search, the Board of Directors selected Pope, who best fit the candidate profile from the pool of candidates.  “The board, medical staff, and leadership are very pleased with Jim’s long-standing, successful career in healthcare administration.  We are fortunate to have attracted Jim’s talents and 30 years of executive leadership experience,” said Gary Clay, Board Chair, Van Wert County Hospital.

Pope will join Van Wert County Hospital following 5 years as CEO and President of Sylvania Franciscan Health, now CHI Sylvania Franciscan Health, a nonprofit health system in Sylvania, Ohio.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, Pope is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

“We believe Jim will be an asset to Van Wert County Hospital and will build upon the legacy of the organization that began over 110 years ago.  Jim is a top health care executive here in the Midwest.  We look forward to bringing his talent to our organization,” Mike Holliday, Chief Financial Officer, Van Wert County Hospital.

Jim has a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University and a B.S. in Management/Health Care from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.  “I am honored to join the high caliber team at Van Wert County Hospital,” said Pope. “It’s obvious that the entire team is made up of dedicated employees and a board of directors who truly care about the hospital and the health care that is provided in the community.”  Jim and his wife, Mary, have been married for 33 years and have four adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. The Popes will be moving to Van Wert at the end of the month.

Van Wert County Hospital will host an open house for the community to meet Pope on Tuesday, June 28 from 3:00-4:30 PM in Conference Room A.

 

PARKWAY LOCAL BOARD Of EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

Planned for June 14, 2016

6:30 P.M.

Parkway Schools Community Room, Rockford, OH

Click here for the agenda by Sally Cox

 

 

Parkway Baseball Club Off to a Great Start

The Parkway Baseball Club has competed in three tournaments so far this Spring and has captured 2 titles and a semi final finish.  The team won their host 12 team tournament in May against an always tough Convoy team.  The Parkway squad then traveled to Bluffton, Indiana to play in the Indiana Bandits tournament, capturing the 1 seed before falling to a solid Kendallville team in the semi finals.  This past weekend (June 11-12, 2016) the team traveled to Lima to play in the 16 team Best of the Northwest tourney.  The boys went 5-0 capturing the 1 seed and eventually playing Wapak in the championship winning 3-2 in a great game.  The team will travel to Versailles this weekend for the annual Versailles 10u tournament playing Coldwater Friday night to kick things off.


 

 

 

 

Parkway 10U

 


Rockford Tourney

 
 

On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!

The summer reading program is off and running.  There are special programs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 for preschool through elementary age children.  Adults and teens can enter their name in a drawing for each book read.  The theme this year ties in with the Summer Olympics which will be held later this summer.

Continued reading during the summer months is vital to children being ready to return to school in the fall.  There are no requirements for a certain number of books to be read or at what reading level.


For further information call the Rockford Carnegie Library at 419-363-2630.

 

 

22nd Annual Rockford Community Days Car Show 
Friday - June 17th - 4 to 9 pm
Downtown on West Market St.

Registration 4 to 7 pm - Entry Fee $10.00
Judging Starts at 6:30 pm

50'/60's Music

Check out Rockford Community Days on Facebook for other events ! 

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 9-12, 2016
 

 
 
 

Rockford Community Days Garage Sale
A Community wide garage sale will be held Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th. Want your sale advertised and on the map? Registration is only $10.
Contact Amy Noll at (419) 953-8761, Amy Joseph at (419) 953-7874 or
stop in to see Lisa at Village Hall to get registered.

 
 

Rockford Community Days Coming

Rockford Community Days Committee is gearing up for this year's festival to be held June 17th & 18th. The weekend  will kick off with Community wide garage sales. Evening activities will begin with the popular annual car show along 
with free Inflatable rides and games for the kids. Friday evening will conclude with Entertainment by Nut Flush in the beer tent. And Friday night would not be complete without the annual fantastic fireworks display! 
Saturday’s activities will consist of youth ball games, adult coed softball, garage sales, free Inflatable rides and kids games.

Stop by our dunk tank to get your chance to dunk some of the area’s finest including Police Chief Paul May and Sergeant Brian Stetler. There are lots of fabulous prizes to win at the annual quarter auction. Afterwards take a break for the afternoon 
parade. Saturday evening entertainment in the beer tent includes - Dave Fields, Erastus, and Kill the Rabbit. 
If you'd like to participate, help or general info with any of these weekend events please contact Amy Noll (419) 953-8761 or Amy Joseph (419) 953-7874.
Click here to Visit Facebook for Rockford Community Days

 
 

Public Notice

The Village of Rockford will have the 2017 Budget Hearing on June 21st at 7 pm.  

 
 
 
 

 
June 7-8, 2016

 

 
 

Chattanooga Vacation Bible School Planned

Calling all children ages 3 through those just completing 6th grade!  Come and join in the Chattanooga Community VBS for a week of “CAVEQUEST”, where you will learn about “Following Jesus – The Light of the World”!  The adventure will be held June 20th-24th from 9AM – 12PM daily at Zion Lutheran Church, located at the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road.  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).

 

 
 

Rockford Community Days Coming

Rockford Community Days Committee is gearing up for this year's festival to be held June 17th & 18th. The weekend  will kick off with Community wide garage sales. Evening activities will begin with the popular annual car show along 
with free Inflatable rides and games for the kids. Friday evening will conclude with Entertainment by Nut Flush in the beer tent. And Friday night would not be complete without the annual fantastic fireworks display! 
Saturday’s activities will consist of youth ball games, adult coed softball, garage sales, free Inflatable rides and kids games. Stop by our dunk tank to get your chance to dunk some of the area’s finest. There are lots of fabulous prizes to win at the annual quarter auction. Afterwards take a break for the afternoon 
parade. Saturday evening entertainment in the beer tent includes - Dave Fields, Erastus, and Kill the Rabbit. 
If you'd like to participate, help or general info with any of these weekend events please contact Amy Noll (419) 953-8761 or Amy Joseph (419) 953-7874.

 

Ohio City Concert
Friday June 10 is Ohio City second addition to this year's "Arts in the Park" Concert Series. The band "3 in the Tree" will be featured and will bring an array of classic rock and other Grateful Dead influenced genres. This event starts at 7:00 and is located at Memorial Park on Main Street in Ohio City.

"Arts in the Park" is always the second Friday of the month from May to September. This is a free community concert that is possible through selling of memory bricks, donations and sponsorships.

 

 
 
 

Annual Willshire Days Coming

Willshire Days will be June 24, 25 and 26th in the Willshire Park. Activities are inflatables, carnival games, archery, and lawn games. There is a community wide garage sale and a first time swap meet planned. There is also a car show, Talent Show and Lion’s Club Bingo. A pancake breakfast, parade and pony rides are all part of the event.

The Willshire Fire Department and Willshire Youth Activities members are selling Chicken Dinner Presale  tickets for Sunday.

 

 

Rockford Community Days Garage Sale
A Community wide garage sale will be held Friday and Saturday,June 17th and 18th. Want your sale advertised and on the map? Registration is only $10.
Contact Amy Noll at (419) 953-8761, Amy Joseph at (419) 953-7874 or
stop in to see Lisa at Village Hall to get registered.

 

 

Blues From Coast to Coast Comes to Rockford Ohio 

June 18th - Two great shows in One Act

Oregon's Blues Hall of Fame Legend:  Lloyd Jones - Doin' What It Takes

and 

New York City Blues Hall of Fame Guitar Boss - Dave Fields

All in this one of a kind show will feature both headliners on one stage at
ROCKFORD COMMUNITY DAYS - June 18th - 3 pm - 5 pm

No Cover charge !

 

 
 
 

Employment Opportunities at Van Wert County Hospital - Click Here for this job description

Polysomnography Technologist

 

 

Auction Donations Now Accepted for Annual TV-44 Auction

Donations are being accepted now for the 2016 TV-44 auction. Items of interest include quality furniture, automobiles, collectables, sports memorabilia, vehicles, tools, timeshares, trips, and other items of value. Garage sale and boutique items also accepted.

TV-44 is a 501-c3 non-profit association and the annual auction serves as the station’s largest one day fundraiser. Hundreds converge on the TV-44 studio grounds, 1844 Baty Rd., and enjoy a day under the big tent. This year’s auction is September 10.

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

TV-44 strives to be a positive, uplifting television station for the entire community.

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

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

 

 

Printable Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2016-2017 by Michelle Agler - Click Here

 
 
 

 
June 6, 2016

 

 
 
 

St. John Lutheran Hopewell to Host Kenya Missionary Sunday, June 12

The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church Hopewell will be hosting Kathleen Tuty, a Lutheran deaconess who helps run the Heart-to-Heart Orphanage in Kenya, this Sunday, June 12.  Ms. Tuty will speak at 9 a.m. during the regular church service about her experiences serving the orphanage in Kenya.

Ms. Tuty, originally from Auburn, Indiana, works with the orphanage serving the orphaned children in Kenya, especially those of the most vulnerable children at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.  Africa in particular has experienced an increase number of orphaned children due to the scourge of the HIV/AIDS challenge, ethnic wars and social political instability in many regions. There are a total of 17.9 million orphans in the world today, and of that number, almost 16 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.  Kenya has 2.5 million orphans itself.  Like most third-world countries, Kenya has most of its population living below the poverty line with the average family earning less than $1 per day.    Children are exposed to all manner of negative vices ranging from child abuse to rape, child labor, and child prostitution just to name a few.

Please join the congregation of St. John Lutheran Hopewell on Sunday, June 12, at 9 a.m. to hear Ms. Tuty about her mission with the orphanage.  St. John Lutheran Hopewell is located south of Rockford, Ohio at the corner of State Route 118 and Oregon Road (9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina, Ohio).  We hope you will consider visiting us to hear about this very important mission serving the children of the world.

 

 

 

K-8 Flag-coloring Contest Sponsored by the Grand Lake Patriots

To encourage interest in Freedom Days, the Grand Lake Patriots will be awarding prizes for a patriotic flag-coloring contest open to children going into grades K-8. The flag-coloring pages and rules are available at the Grand Lake Patriots’ face book site or by emailing thenickmaker@woh.rr.com . Entries, one per person, should be submitted to Laura Pease at the Mercer County Auditor’s office, room 105, in the Mercer County Courthouse, Celina, Ohio. Entry deadline is June 20.

Children’s submissions will be grouped in 3 divisions: grades K-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-8. 1st prize for each division will be a weekly Ride Packet for the Mercer County Fair; 2nd prize for each division will be $25 cash, the cost of a $50 Treasury Savings Bond; 3rd prize for each division will be a Rush Revere book.

Winners will be notified by phone, and prizes will be awarded on the steps of the Mercer County Courthouse at 4 PM, Friday, July 1st.  All entries will be displayed on the Mercer County Court House Rotunda walls from June 20th to June 30th. Judging will be by public ballot. Ballots and ballot boxes will be provided at the Court House, with one vote per person per contestant age category.  

Churches, organizations, libraries, and restaurants are welcome to print and distribute the flag- coloring contest pages, along with the rules, for distribution.

 

 

Zuma 5K Run/Walk

The 2016 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will kick off with the 24nd
annual Zuma 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 18, 2016 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 $18.00 including a T-shirt, or $13.00 with no
shirt.  Early registration must be postmarked by June 10, 2016.  Good Times
Races will be timing our event.  They offer online registration and quick
updated results to their website. Online registration available at
https://goodtimesraces.com  Race day entry fee is $15.00 with no shirt.
For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or
stacy_braun@hotmail.com.
This year for the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge, run all eight
races and earn a half-zip dri-fit pullover.  As in pasted years run six of
eight of the Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge  and receive a T-shirt.
Good running.

 

Summer Lunch in the Parks
Parkway School District


The Parkway Ministerial Association is pleased to announce they will be sponsoring the Summer Lunch in the Parks program again this summer.  

The Summer Lunch in the Parks will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am – 12:00 noon beginning June 15th through  August 17th.  

Servants from various churches in the Parkway School District will provide a simple lunch for children and adults in the Parkway School District at the community parks in Mendon and Rockford.  This one hour event will be held rain or shine.  This is NOT a babysitting service.   The Mendon location is the Park Shelter and the Rockford location is Shanes Park.

 

 

​​Niswonger Performing Arts Center Unveiling A Season Of WOW! on June 15 

 

(Van Wert, OH) - The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is celebrating 10 Years of WOW! with a season of shows like no other. Be among the first to know who will be coming to the Niswonger Stage in the new season at the Niswonger 2016-17 Season Unveiling Press Conference Event on Wednesday, June 15 at Noon at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  Season Sponsors, Chuck and Karen Koch, Statewide Ford Lincoln and Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, along with event sponsors, media partners, members and all past and future patrons are invited to take part in an event that unveils each of the 25 shows that will WOW audiences this season.

The doors open at 11:30 AM. and the first 200 attendess wil receive a free lunch sponsored by Pizza Hut in the Grand Lobby prior to the Unveiling. The Press Conference will immediately follow in the Niswonger Lecture Hall. Visit NPACVW.ORG for more information or contact the Box Office at 419-238-6722Tue. - Fri. from Noon - 4 PM.

NISWONGER SEASON UNVEILING
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 @ NOON
NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
10700 SR 118 S . VAN WERT, OH

 

 

 

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy
Worker’s Compensation Cuts for Local Businesses

 

Here we go again! The Bureau of Worker’s Comp (BWC) has again slashed rates for private sector employers.  Since 2011, BWC has saved employers $463 million annually.  This represents a combined rate decrease of 28.2 percent and over $4.3 billion in cuts over the past 5 years.  Additionally, Ohio’s local governments and schools have saved over $670 million and are experiencing their lowest rates in 30 years.

Traditionally, workers’ compensation insurance has been one of the most costly expenses for employers.  Over the past 5 years, Steve Buehrer and his team have done an impeccable job demonstrating how state agencies can cut costs and save taxpayers money.  Through conservative policies, strong investment management, and an increased focus on safety, the BWC has been able to make these savings possible.

 

To achieve over $4.3 billion in savings passed on to employers, BWC has made a number of cuts.  Average rates for private and public employers have dropped by 28.2 percent and 30 percent respectively.  In fiscal years 2013 and 2015, conservative fiscal management allowed BWC to issue two $1 billion rebates. $1.2 billion in credits were issued to employers which allowed the transition to a modernized billing system which adds more flexible payment options and reduces premiums.  Finally, the safety grant program was tripled to $15 million annually, helping businesses improve safe practices and reduce claims.  Since this increase, $40 million in grants have been awarded and injury claims have dropped by 9 percent.

 

The Grow Ohio program is another BWC initiative which has saved new businesses money.  This includes at least a 25 percent discount to new policies or early entry into group-experience rating, which encourages new business growth.  Additionally, their one-time forgiveness program prevents costly penalties for simple first-time mistakes.

 

Recently, BWC announced another rate cut for private employers, which will add to these savings.  This new reduction will reduce average rates by 8.6 percent, resulting in annual savings of $113 million over the next year.  These new savings are set to begin on July 1st.  These new reductions are based on a statewide average and individual employer savings will depend on a number of factors including expected future costs in their industry, the company’s recent claims history, and participation in various BWC programs.  Employers are encouraged to visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn about programs that can assist in lowering their workers’ compensation costs through workplace safety improvements.

 

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchymay2016

 

 

OUR OLD BOOKCASE

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

 

Photo Caption:  Ron Gruss, Rockford, Ohio,  exhibited this Mogul Tractor at the July 1992 Lake Festival Exhibit of Antique Tractors & Trucks at the Mercer county Historical Museum, after he had exhibited this tractor at the Old Fashioned Farmers Days at the Fourth of July Exhibit at Van Wert.  The Old Fashioned Farmers Days will be held, June 30 through July 3, 2016 at Van Wert County Fairgrounds.

 

This history is a tribute to the area collectors of Antique Tractors, and their families, who exhibited their Tractors at the Celina City Founders Square Parking Lot, adjacent to the Mercer County Historical Museum for twenty-seven years, from 1977 until 2003.  When I retired as Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum, the Celina Lake Festival moved the Antique Tractor show to the Mercer County Commissioners’ Parking Lot.  That exhibit is no longer held at that site.

 

For the past four decades, the Old Fashioned Farmers Association has hosted “Old Fashioned Farmers Days,” at Van Wert.  This Show originally began at Paul Clay’s Farm at Rockford.  A few years, they hosted the Show at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  The Show kept growing, and now the Old Fashioned Farmers host Old Fashioned Farmers Days, with the Van Wert County Agricultural Society at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. 

 

The 40th Annual Exhibit of the Van Wert County Old Fashioned Farmers Days, June 30 through July 3, 2016 will feature Tractors Oliver, Minneapolis Moline, Co-op Tractors, Equipment, Hit & Miss Engines, and a host of activities.  A list of Activities is on the website:  http://www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com .  Watch for news releases in the area newspapers about this popular show.

 

The Agricultural Heritage of Mid-Western Ohio is the Agribusiness economical base of these Western Counties.  The Agricultural Heritage touches most families either directly or indirectly.  Have you read the local history books about New Idea’s history, first of the NI Horse Drawn Manure Spreaders and second of the NI Corn Pickers?  Have you read the local history book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns of Mercer County,” which features the heritage and architectural descriptions of over a thousand big old barns, some of which are no longer standing?  Are you looking forward to the next NIHP book about the history of the NI Uni-System?

 

May I ask you, if you and/or your relatives are honestly interested in preserving the rural agricultural heritage of Mercer County, and/or nearby Counties?  When I see several thousand guests and their families attend the annual Van Wert Old Fashioned Farmers Days at Van Wert, each July, I believe they are interested in preserving local history.  When we visit the annual Tri State Gas Engine and Antique Tractor Exhibit at Portland, Indiana, in August, I see several thousand guests and their families enjoying those days honoring their agricultural heritage.

 

These events require hundreds of volunteers to plan and implement.  For the past four decades, as I have served as President of the Mercer County Historical Society, I have respected the several hundred volunteers who have worked to preserve local history at the Mercer County Historical Museum, year after year.  However, I fear if our Historical Society Volunteers retire, who will step up to the plate and continue to preserve Mercer County’s heritage?  When I am contacted by tourists seeking history of Mercer County, I ask them who told them to contact me.  They give me the names of the Mercer County Commissioners, the Auglaize-Mercer County Visitors Bureau, the City of Celina Website, the Chamber of Commerce, the Mercer County Library, the Mercer County Extension Office, the Mercer  County Engineer’s Office, and other organizations or businesses.  Each of those Offices have a paid staff.  The Mercer County Historical Museum has no paid staff.  If you are interested in preserving the rural agricultural heritage of Mercer County, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, email me or write me a letter.  Thanks.

 

 [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.]

 

 

 

Eagle Scout Nominee Leads effort for an Artillery Piece for Venedocia Memorial Park
Caption: Artillery Piece and Eagle Scout Dominic Adkins

 

Patriotic Spencerville Junior High Student and Eagle Scout nominee, Dominic Adkins, is leading the effort of placing a US Marine Corps 105 Howitzer in Memorial Park in Venedocia, Ohio. Adkins worked through Congressman Robert Latta and the complex Marine Corps paperwork in obtaining the cannon that was decommissioned in Columbus, Ohio. The cannon needs to be sandblasted and painted to be in agreement with the Marine Corps allocation for the artillery piece. The work needs to be done soon or it will be returned to the Marines. Adkins is leading the effort to raise $1,500 in donations to pay for the painting and the chain-enclosed pad for the piece. The piece is parked at the park for review.

 

Veteran John Lloyd, who began work on the park and continued for the last 25 years, takes pride that Dominic Adkins was able to obtain the artillery piece. Lloyd was an artillery man in the service and appreciates the cannon.

Rev. Thomas Emery, of Salem Church, stated, “Dominic Adkins exemplifies all that is great about America. He is hard working, honest, and caring about others. He started the project and followed it to near completion. He needs the final assistance with raising the needed funds to complete a community monument to our fallen heroes.”

Memorial Park is next to the Venedocia Cemetary on Route 116, north of the Village of Venedocia

CONTACTS:        
Eagle Scout, Dominic Adkins – (419) 667-4900
Veteran, John Lloyd – (419) 667-3946 [Volunteer grounds keeper]
Veteran, Eric Pugh (419) 234-0448 [Memorial Day Director and Afghanistan Vet]
Rev. Thomas Emery – (419) 863-9131 [Pastor at Salem Presbyterian Church]

 

 

 

4-H Club Meets and with Local Veterans in Ohio City
The Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers recently had a meeting. At the meeting the group broke into their different committees to discuss various topics. The group has not yet chosen a theme for the Lambert  Day parade and fair but decided they would like to go to the Van Wert Jail for educational day and the Van Wert YMCA for fun day. Demonstrations included Alexa Gearhart. The group started discussing the annual 4-H chicken barbecue and tickets were handed out to members. The next meeting will be Thursday May 26th at 6:30pm. Drinks are Ben and treats are the Kraners and the Smiths. Demonstrations will include Hannah,Chris, Brendan,Kory,Kirsten, Haylee,Draya and Ryanne.   On Saturday May 21, 2016 the club met with local war veterans to work together to place flags on the graves of fallen war heroes.  Shown in the photo with the club are Mr. Jed Couts, Mr. Charles Ingman and Mr. Gary Profit .  Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers would like to thank all who have served in the military. 

 

 

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

The Mercer Health Weight Management Center will hold a 9-week weight management program titled Rev It Up!® to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle.  The next 9-week program will begin on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Classes will be held at 12:00pm and 5:30pm at the Mercer Health Weight Management Center, located at the Mercer Health West Campus.  Participants in this program will meet each Tuesday for 9 consecutive weeks.

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

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

Over 165 people have participated in the Rev It Up!® Program.  At the conclusion of the last session, one participant, who lost 12.8% of their body weight during the program, stated “This program was so beneficial in that I learned awareness on so many levels. I am now aware of what, when, why and how much I eat. I am conscious of these now. I would recommend this program to anyone as this class has been very informative as well as a lot of FUN.” 

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

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
June 3-5, 2016

 

 
 

Chicken Barbeque for 4-H Benefit
Think summer and you think of chicken barbecued on the grill to perfection.  Carrying on with a long time tradition, the annual 4-H Chicken Barbecue will be held Tuesday June 14th, 2016 serving from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Again this year we will have the drive thru or carry out options. Cars should enter the Fairgrounds at Fox Road and join us at the Commercial Building  ( fair grounds location with faster service to you)  Drive on in and pick up your food at the door, with out even getting out of your car. Tickets are $9.00 for a full meal which includes, ½  barbecued chicken, baked potato, green beans,  applesauce, roll.  prepared by Chik-N House LLC. Members  and Volunteers of all Van Wert  4-H clubs in the county will be working to pack up meals, help those dining in and collecting tickets in the drive through.   

The 4-H Chicken Barbecue is a long time event in Van Wert County.  It is one of the few fund raisers put on by the Van Wert County 4-H Council.  The funds from this event are used to support 4-H endeavors such as 4-H Camp, camp scholarships, awards and to support 4-H members at the Jr. Fair.  Please join us for hassle-free dinner on June 14th, 2016 and support the Van Wert County 4-H program.  We will do the cooking for you!

 

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNIZATION APPOINTMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

New school vaccine requirements mandated by Senate Bill 121, could make the 2016/2017 back-to-school season busier than ever.

Parents are urged to make sure their child’s immunizations are up-to-date before the start of the new school year.  

Ohio Law now requires that:

7 th Graders must receive: 1 dose of the Tdap and the meningitis vaccine

12th Graders must receive: a second dose of the meningitis vaccine (unless the first dose was administered after the student’s 16th birthday)

We have added additional immunization clinic times to prepare for the increase in vaccinations.

The Mercer County-Celina City Health Department recommends that parents make appointments early in order to avoid the before-school-rush/long wait times.

Well Child appointments can be scheduled with your child’s health care provider.  

Upcoming Immunization Clinics for 2016 (by-appointment only):
Every Thursday from 9:30a.m. - 5:15p.m.
Tuesday, June 14th from 9:30a.m. - 5:15p.m.
Tuesday, July 12th from 9:30a.m. - 5:15p.m.
Tuesday, August 9th from 9:30a.m. - 5:15p.m.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call (419) 586-3251 ext. 1270.

There are also scheduled immunization appointments during the week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30a.m.-3:30p.m., per nurse availability.

Parents should bring their child’s immunization history, insurance card and completed immunization forms (available on our website).

Go to www.mccchd.org/health-services/health-services-forms to print the forms and read the vaccine information sheets to learn about the recommended immunizations to protect your adolescent.

 

 

 

Mercer County Police Agencies to Train in Ft. Recovery

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Fort Recovery Police Department, is hosting active school shooter training for deputies and other Mercer County Police Agencies on Tuesday, June 7and Wednesday June 8.  The training is a one day class, it will be repeated the second day so we can get all officers/deputies through it. 

The training will be held at the Fort Recovery High School, 400 E. Butler St., Fort Recovery, Ohio.

The morning will be a presentation/classroom type instruction, the afternoon will be actual scenarios. 

Sheriff Grey says they will be using simulation training weapons and want the public to be aware.  There will be a visible law enforcement presence around the school as well as a large amount of police vehicles in the area.  Signs will also be posted around the property warning the public to stay clear of the training.

The class will run from 8 AM – till approximately 4 PM each day at the Fort Recovery High School

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Updates

 
 

 
June 1-2, 2016

 

 
 

Memorial Day in Mendon, Willshire and Rockford 2016

Memorial Day in Mendon, Willshire and Rockford could note have been more perfect. The day began sunny, breezy and warm, and continued to be a beautiful day all the way through.

 

At the Mendon ceremony at 8:30 AM, an early riser, the Celina American Legion, VFW, Vietnam Vets, Auxiliary Women,  and Girls’ and Boys’ scouting troops conducted the flag and gun volley and “taps” ceremony with a march to the St. Marys River Bridge, where the women and children of the community cast fresh cut flowers upon the water in memory of those who lost their lives for our freedom. A return to the freshly renovated park in downtown Mendon, was flowed by music by the Parkway High School Marching band under the direction of Band Director Ryan Twigg and assistant Leslie Baltzell. Reverend Jake Boroff of the Mendon Church of God gave the invocation and introduced Alvie Louth, a retired Army Special Units Commander, who served 21 years in the military seeing tours of duty in the Middle East. He spoke on the history of Memorial Day, and then gave a personal account of accompanying (back to Maryland in the USA) a soldier’s remains who was killed in an attack that Louth himself survived in Afghanistan.  He talked to the crowd about why and how some give all for their country and lay down their lives. He will never forget these fallen soldiers and Memorial Day will forever be a day of remembrance and recognition. Alvie now lives in Mercer County  and works for the local post office.  A pancake and sausage breakfast was held in a local church. 

 

 

 

At the Willshire ceremony at 9:30, the Parkway Band and the Willshire American Legion, Auxiliary, and Boy and Girl Scouts, marched from the downtown area to the cemetery on the East side of town. The mausoleum was open for people to enter and pay tribute. Outside, the gravestones were handsomely decorated with flowers and American Flags for the veterans. Willshire American Legion Commander Dick Edgell led the group in a prayer and the honoring of the flag, and introduced speaker, Discipleship Pastor  at Praise Point Church, Brandon Baker. New to the area, Baker started by telling some things about himself, and that he could not get his uniform on anymore ~ only the boots. Then he offered a simple analogy of a chicken and a pig, living on a farm and serving the farmer compared to “giving some and giving all in service”. He followed with some of his experiences in the Middle East where he learned the meaning of some soldiers giving all for their country. It is why he especially appreciates a day like Memorial Day for honor and tribute. The Legion Auxiliary and children laid poppy wreaths on the crosses. Taps was played after the legion shot the volley in memory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockford’s program began around 11 AM, with a parade by the Marching band, American Legion and Sons of Legion Members in Rockford, and the Girl and Boy Scouts. At the destination Hedge’s Park, the crowd heard speaker Harrison Frech speak on the casualties and injured from our area during the Civil War, A local historian and retired school history teacher at Parkway, Frech gave faces and life to the many names of soldiers buried in our local cemeteries. Not only was combat deadly, but the mere act of enlisting brought down healthy men when they mingled with terrible diseases in those camps. Prisoners often died in the filth of prisons from disease and injuries. They left behind families who loved them and suffered terrible losses when their sons and husbands and fathers never returned home. In giving their “all” to the service of their country, Frech reminded the crowd that they preserved our union and abolished slavery.  A chicken dinner was served by the Legion members.

 

Thank you to Nikki Fox for sharing her pictures of the Rockford Parade. See more of her beautiful pictures by clicking here.

Sheila Baltzell took Willshire and Mendon pictures.

Click on smaller thumbnails to enlarge them.

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Rockford - Thank you Nikki Fox! See more of her beautiful pictures by clicking here.
 
 
 

Sutters To Celebrate Golden Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy  Sutter of rural Willshire will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The former Judith A. Merinar and LeRoy L. Sutter were united in marriage May 28, 1966 at the IC Church in Celina.

They are the parents of a daughter, Marcy (Brad) Shue of Statesville, North Carolina and a son, Aaron of Rockford. They have five grandchildren: Jaymie and LeeAnn McNeal in North Carolina and Logan, Abby and Olivia Sutter in Rockford.

LeRoy retired from Goodyear in St. Marys in 2000 with 33 years of service. Judy had worked over 40 years as an RN in geriatric nursing before retiring in 2006.

 

 
 
 
Blues Guitarist to Perform
New York City Blue Hall of Fame Guitar Boss - Dave Fields will be at The Rockford Belle on
FRIDAY - June 3rd.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Show starts at 7 pm.  $10 cover

Dave will have a special acoustic solo and will also be featuring Cass Blue and her Blue's Band.

* Please note this is a FRIDAY concert instead of the usual Saturday night concert.
 
 

The next Rockford Bicentennial Committee meeting will be
held at the Rockford Village Hall and Museum on
June 13th at 7 pm.