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October 4-10, 2022
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 18 years!
The Parkway Independent is 18 years old!

 

Rockford, OHIO to hold Fall Fest - October 29th, 2022 - activities begin @ 10 am.    
    
Join us Saturday, October 29th  for a full day of festivities in Rockford. Starting at 10am at the heart of it all - Rockford's Main Street! Enjoy the vendors market and retail specials at participating businesses from 10am-3pm.  Take in the fall decorations, fresh air, and local eats, while socializing with your community.
    
   Special Events Include:
    
   Large Variety Vendor Market
    
FREE Make and Take FALL craft and free will donation Book Sale @ Rockford Carnegie Library from 10am-2pm.  KIDS -  Stop by the library for a FREE book during Trick or Treat 5-6:30 pm !  
  
RCO TO GO – Breakfast and lunch options!
    
Rockford Eagles will be sponsoring a Chili Cook off !  Chili registration begins at noon - $5 registration fee. Tasting begins at 2 pm. $50 to each 1st place winner in 3  categories Spicy, Meat lovers, traditional. They will have live music, a cake walk and face painting from 1- 3.     Raffling off meat trays throughout the day!  -- Kids stop back for treats from 5:00-6:30.    * Open to the Public
    
Pre Trick-or-Treat @ New Horizons Community Church – providing a  FREE event - food, Pony Rides, pumpkin painting, kids train and Trunk-or-Treat in their parking lot from 4 – 6 pm.
    
The Village of Rockford's Trick-or-Treat will take place from 5-6:30pm.  Do you live outside of the village and would enjoy seeing the little trick-or-treaters? Come, help us set up a trick-or-treat line on the sidewalks of Main Street.  
    
Make sure you stop by the Rockford Fire Dept at 7pm for costume judging and delicious fall treats.

 
 
 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church
AutumnFest Supper and Auction on October 9, 2022


The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, October 9, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, October 9, 2022 moves into the book of Acts 5:1-11  entitled “A Healthy Fear”.

Later that evening, the annual AutumnFest with Homemade food and desserts will start at 4:30 PM followed by the auction, called by Tom Robbins Auctioneers. Join us for food and fun. All auction proceeds go to church missions.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 

AutumnFest Coming to St. Paul's Country Church
St. Paul’s Country Church, 1522 Oregon Rd., Rockford, OH will be having their  “AUTUMNFEST”  on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

The evening begins with delicious food at 4:30.  The menu includes Creamed Chicken, and Sloppy Joe sandwiches.  We will also be serving chicken noodle and potato soup.  Pie will also be included.

We again have secured the services of Tom & Eric Robbins for the auction which will begin at 5:30p.m.  Tom has been our auctioneer for several years and has the ability to liven up the entire evening and make it fun for everyone.

The proceeds from the evening will be used for the Backpack Program and for future projects for the Women’s Fellowship.

Everyone is invited to this event.

 

 
 
 

 
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Parkway High School Homecoming

The Parkway Student Government is pleased to invite all community members and alumni to the annual fall homecoming festivities. This year’s homecoming game, which sees the Parkway football team facing off against Minster, will be held on September 30th starting at 7:00pm. The homecoming festivities will be held before the game with a parade beginning at 6:15pm. The parade will start at the high school and travel down Pine Street to the football field. This year, the lovely attendants of Parkway’s Homecoming Court include Freshman Brittyn Bruns, Sophomore Adria Miller, and Junior Emma Prichard. The three Senior candidates for Homecoming Queen are Ali Rowen, Alyx Yoder, and Gabrielle Stober. Come and enjoy the efforts of the Parkway football team, marching band, and student body, and find out which lucky lady is crowned Homecoming Queen!

 

 

 
 

Parkway October 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

21st Century Club Begins the New 100th Club Year

The Twenty First Century Club met for the opening meeting of the year on September 27, 2022. The club is officially 100 years old. The meeting was held at the Rockford United Methodist Church for a lovely dinner featuring Italian spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. An ice cream dessert topped off the meal by President Janet Steffy. Karla Butler, vice president, welcomed everyone (in the absence of the president) and called the meeting to order.  12 members were present. Roll-Call was completed with everyone stating something funny that had happened to them in the past. This got everyone laughing.

Minutes from the tea in May of 2022 were read by secretary Kim Carr and approved. The treasurer, Valerie Fritzinger was absent, so there was no treasurer’s report.

Dues of $5 were collected. Karla reported that the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Rockford needs chunky soups to be collected at October’s meeting.

50 year member Judy Evans was at the meeting as was Sheryl Frahm, 47 year member. Sheryl recalled the late Dee Lewis’ mother as one of the founding 4 members of 20th Century Club.

New member, Melanie Shindeldecker, was heartily welcomed and presented with a potted yellow mum, the club flower. 

The new year’s program booklets were passed out. The theme for the year “Funny Girl – Funny Guy” was introduced by Karla. She also explained that a famous Ohio comedienne and  comedian will be featured as the program at each upcoming meeting. Karla went on to explain that laughter has benefits: boosts mood; inspires hope; releases anger; strengthen the immune system; triggers endorphins; burns calories. Laughter is good and free. The two funny people for the evening were: Kym Elizabeth Whitley and Bob Hope. Whitley worked with Red Fox and was in many movies. Bob Hope worked with the USO, Vaudeville and had his own radio show. He went on to films and Broadway.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Rockford United Methodist Church Cafe Room. Karla Butler and Toni Fisher are hostesses with Sheila Baltzell-Linn and Kim Carr providing the program.

Contact Sheila Baltzell-Linn if you are interested in attending a meeting.

 

 

Monarch Surprise
Pastor Doug Meyer and his wife Sheila planned a special surprise for the children and congregation on Sunday, September 18, 2022 . His children’s lesson was about new life in Christ, the symbol of the butterfly. With the help of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District director, they were able to arrange the hatching and release of real Monarch butterflies during the worship service – outside of course. It was beautiful! Thank you Doug and Sheila! In the pictures are Charles and Bear, Children's Church participants, who enjoyed watching the monarchs hatch and fly. One Monarch can be seen sitting on Charles' head!

 

 

Community Wide Food Drive

Celina, OH – The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will once again be holding a Community Wide Food Drive. The food drive will take place from October 16th to October 31st, 2022. Donations can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office Lobby at 4835 State Route 29 in Celina, OH. All donated items will be divided up between the C.A.L.L. Food Pantry and Our Home Family Resource Center.

Our office chose to start the drive on October 16th, as that is World Food Day. Hunger and food insecurity is a worldwide problem…which includes many of our neighbors, friends, and family. For more information about World Food Day, please visit the website: https://www.fao.org/world-food-day/en.

The staff of the Sheriff’s Office has been collecting items for our local food pantry since 2016. We would like to invite the public to participate in this event to help those less fortunate in our communities. 

Donation items include, but are not limited to: non-perishable food items (such as canned foods), baby wipes/diapers, dog food/treats, personal hygiene items (such as body wash, shampoo/conditioner, or deodorant), cleaning supplies, or a monetary donation. Every little bit helps, so please consider donating. Visit our website at www.mercercountysheriffohio.gov and click on the Community Wide Food Drive tab for more information.

 

 

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 Van Wert LIVE Welcomes CEO Student Sofi Houg

(Van Wert,OH) - Van Wert LIVE is happy to welcome a new face to the operational staff. Van Wert High School CEO student, Sofi Houg joins the team of entertainment professionals as a Marketing Intern. Sofi is a senior at Van Wert and plans to attend college majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At Van Wert High School, Sofi is a proud member of Beta Club. She is the Vice President of both the Student Council and National Honors Society. Miss Houg is a cougar athlete on both the varsity basketball and track teams. 

“I am so excited to work with Van Wert LIVE this school year and be introduced to the community in a professional light,” shared Sofi. 
 

During a hectic marketing day, taking time to oversee a new team member can be demanding. However, Quincy Thompson, Marketing Director of Van Wert Live events, is very satisfied with the effort Sofi has already shown. 

"Sofi has already blown us away with her eager initiative. We are confident in her skills and her bubbly personality. We are looking forward to seeing Sofi grow into this position with confidence,” states Quincy. 

Sofi's talented efforts can be witnessed by observing the Niswonger Performing Facebook page and Van Wert Live Instagram feed, and the Van Wert LIVE tiktok account Van Wert LIVE is honored to dedicate time to the professional development of high school students by providing experiences that are SO GOOD they come back to Van Wert.

 
 
 

Parkway High School Class of 1972 Celebrates 50 years
by Sheila (Wood) Baltzell-Linn
The Parkway High School Class of 1972 met and celebrated their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 26, 2022. The Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert provided a classy venue for the celebration with a delicious buffet dinner coordinated by Cindy (Stover Canary) and Michelle (Wallick) Mills. Jim Kuhn provided the 70’s music, and Peg (Snider) Severt passed out her updated class books; Becky Jo (Bollenbacher) Shope and Elaine (Mihm) Geyer decorated all tables and walls, as well as provided a meaningful Memorial table for classmates who had passed. Phillip Miller (husband of Jane (Luginbill) Miller offered the meal prayer; Master of Ceremonies Gary Hensley held a moment of silence for the deceased classmates followed by a prayer by Becky Jo Shope; Sheila (Wood) Baltzell-Linn created a list of 1970’s trivia and did media releases; Bill Hamrick runs the FaceBook Class of 1972 page. Jim Geyer, husband of Elaine (Mihm) Geyer took pictures of the evening. There was plenty of time for visiting. The photo of the 43 classmates who attended includes Front row seated L to R: Marcia (Eichenauer) Hoffhines; Debra (Behm) Gibson; Cindy (Stover) Canary; Kathy (Reichard) Pontsler; Jane (Schmid) Poling; Becky Jo (Bollenbacher) Shope; Michelle (Wallick) Mills; and Barbara (Lloyd) Painter. Second row L to R: Todd Granger; Lou Ann (Stallter) Granger; Susan (Crabtree) Hull; Debra Marsee; Sheila (Wood) Baltzell-Linn; Sandy (Wilson) Kable; Jane (Luginbill) Miller; Elaine (Mihm) Geyer; Beverly (Smith) Rickard; Peggy (Snider) Severt: Joyce (Bollenbacher) Laukhuf; Pam (Fisher) Krugh; Susan (Sipe) Roehm; and Dan Laux. Third row L to R: Jim Dellinger; Rick Black; Peg Bollenbacher; Ruth (May) Rumple; Jim Kuhn; Keith Canary; Bill Hamrick; Dan Minnich; David Welch; Daryl Strickler; Ted Krugh; Dan Nuding; and Joe Stewart. Back row L to R: Phil Thompson; Steve Gamble; Ralph Beeks; Dave Hoffhines; Gary Pontsler; Rick Temple; Duane Roehm; and Gary Hensley. Submitted photo.

 

Ten members of the class of 1972 are deceased. Submitted photo.

 

AutumnFest Coming to St. Paul's Country Church
St. Paul’s Country Church, 1522 Oregon Rd., Rockford, OH will be having their  “AUTUMNFEST”  on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

The evening begins with delicious food at 4:30.  The menu includes Creamed Chicken, and Sloppy Joe sandwiches.  We will also be serving chicken noodle and potato soup.  Pie will also be included.

We again have secured the services of Tom & Eric Robbins for the auction which will begin at 5:30p.m.  Tom has been our auctioneer for several years and has the ability to liven up the entire evening and make it fun for everyone.

The proceeds from the evening will be used for the Backpack Program and for future projects for the Women’s Fellowship.

Everyone is invited to this event.

 

 

Come Hear Reverend Larry May at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH welcomes retired Reverend Larry K. May to the pulpit at 10 AM on Sunday, October 2, 2022 which is World Wide Communion Sunday. Communion will be served.

Larry has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from the United Church of Christ Church and was a pastor at St. Paul’s for many years.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s UCC – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well.

 

 

 

 

 


Parkway Boys Varsity Golf Team 2022
by James Leighner

Boys Golf Scores by Coach Ryan Thompson

Parkway - 187

Celina - 195

 

Medalist - Roman Leszinske (39)

Runnerup - Nick Steinbrunner (40)

 

Complete scoring results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VbpXdv_yS8eY9_n33VgvREUfy3K9-RnlVs0p9Lwx92s/edit?usp=sharing
 

Photos shared by PW elementary student Carter Thompson

Click on smaller thumbnails below to enlarge.

       
 
 

Toni Murray Sponsors Honor Flight


Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is slated to celebrate its 38th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Fort Wayne resident Toni Murray, a retired Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher donated $160,000 to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana to fund the entire cost of this Honor Flight.  Toni stated, “It is my wish to honor the veterans who have bravely supported and fought for our country and the freedoms that we enjoy.”

The September 14th Honor Flight currently consists of a total of 85 veterans.  Five Korea War Veterans, 38 Cold War Veterans, 41 Vietnam Veterans, and one Post WWII veteran.  To date 2,786 veterans have traveled on an Honor Flight from Fort Wayne to view the memorials that were built in their honor.

Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, believes her team is ready and willing to accomplish the mission of getting our fall flights to Washington DC making sure that we honor the wonderful men and women who have sacrificed their time to fight for our freedom.  

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

If media are interested in joining us at the 122nd Fighter Wing the morning of September 14, 2022, please RSVP with Master Sergeant William Hopper at 122.FW.FW.PA.ORG@US.AF.MIL no later than September 9, 2022. Full name, driver's license number, date of birth and state of issue will be required for security purposes.

*Media escort will take place at 4:30 a.m. from the main gate. Please plan to arrive early to pass through security.

*Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Inc. is not endorsed or funded by the Indiana Air National Guard.

 


Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Plans Departure

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is slated for its 39th Honor Flight from Fort Wayne on September 28, 2022.  Eighty-five veterans from the Fort Wayne area are booked and confirmed for the flight. 

The flight consists of 6 Korea War veterans, 12 Cold War veterans, and 67 Vietnam veterans.  This is the first Honor Flight from Fort Wayne that Vietnam veterans will represent the largest percentage of veterans on the flight.  Seventy-eight percent of the veterans traveling on the Honor Flight are Vietnam or Vietnam era veterans.

As of this date, 2,871 veterans have participated in an Honor Flight from Fort Wayne.

Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

Cathy Berkshire, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana and her team are ready to overcome all obstacles to make sure the brave men and women get the honor they deserve. 

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

If media are interested in joining us at the 122nd Fighter Wing on September 28, please RSVP with Master Sergeant William Hopper, william.hopper.1@us.af.mil 478-3314 no later than Thursday September 22, 2022. Names, driver's license numbers, state of driver’s license issue, and date of birth will be needed for security purposes.

*Media escort will take place at 4:30 a.m. from the main gate. Please plan to arrive early to pass through security.

*Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Inc. is not endorsed or funded by the Indiana Air National Guard.

 


Parkway Girls Varsity Golf Team 2022

Girls Golf September 24, 2022
by Coach John Boroff

Parkway girls golf finishes the MAC Invite in 4th (out of 9)  This improves their record to 37-21 on the season. Parkway was led by Madison Louth with a 97, followed by Shay Boroff's 103, Sarah Sheppard's 104, and Addysin Leighner rounded out the team scoring with a 110.  

 

We also had several girls receive MAC honors.

Madison Louth- !st Team

Shay Boroff- 2nd Team

Sarah Sheppard-Honorable Mention

Emily Clutter- Honorable Mention

 

Super proud of these girls. They have come a long way in the last two years.  Next up we will compete at the Sectional tournament at Moose Landing on Tuesday morning. 

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Wayne Trace 9-22-2022
by Coach John Boroff

 

Parkway girls golf team finishes 3rd out of 9 teams at the Wayne Trace Invitational with a team score of 202.  Madison Louth led the way for the panther with a 47 (7th overall), followed closely by Sarah Sheppard's 48 (8th overall), Emily Clutter added a 53 and Shay Boroff finished out the scoring for the Panthers with her 54. 

It has been a great season for the Lady Panthers so far this season with a 32-18 overall record on the season.  Next up for the girls is the MAC Invite on Saturday at Arrowhead and Sectionals on Tuesday the 27th at Moose Landing in Ottawa. 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf Sectional tournament September 27, 2022
by Coach John Boroff

Parkway girls golf finishes 3rd in Sectional tournament play @ Moose Landing.The girls finished with a team score of 430.  Madison Louth and Shay Boroff both shoot 104 to lead the way for the panthers, followed by Emilly Clutter and Addysin Leighner's 111s.  

 

Next up for the Ladies Panthers is the District Tournament @ Sycamore Springs in Findlay on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Girls golf loses to Lincolnview 208-214 at the Celina Lynx.
by Coach John Boroff

 
 
 


New Business opportunity in Rockford

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Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 
 

First Church announces Children’s Christmas Musical rehearsals

First United Methodist Church, located at 113 W. Central Avenue in Van Wert, Ohio is excited to announce they will be presenting a children’s Christmas musical this year, “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen.”

All children from kindergarten up are welcome.

Rehearsals:              Wednesdays, beginning September 14th, 5:30 – 6:30

                        (Sunday rehearsals added October 30th)

No audition required for choir. Signup for auditions for speaking parts and solos will be available.

Performance:            December 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Questions:     Contact Chris Gordon, 614/530-3516 or capullins@hotmail.com

 

 

The 1898 Open for Venue Bookings

Van Wert’s newest event venue, THE 1898, has announced that they are now open for bookings. This new and sophisticated event venue was created to offer an elegant and intimate experience for an unforgettable wedding or special event. While the event venue is located in the heart of Van Wert, Ohio – it brings in guests from all over the country who are looking for a unique and eloquent venue.

Built in 1898 during the height of the Gilded Age, the mansion is an architectural masterpiece.

Historic Castle Home Turned Event Venue

THE 1898 event venue, locally known as the “Castle”, embodies 4,300 sq. ft. of timeless grandeur – complete with a modern kitchen, dining room featuring a hand painted sky ceiling, library, music room and three full bathrooms. THE 1898 includes five formal entertainment rooms which showcase the numerous curated antiques that captivate the attention of any guest. Finding their way to the elegant bar, guests can drink and mingle throughout the evening for cocktail hours or celebrations. THE 1898 event venue features a Glam Room for hair and makeup needs, along with two spacious dressing/bedrooms. One of the suites overlooks the newly added Wedding Garden, which is set to be complete in the early Fall of 2022.

For couples looking for the perfect setting to capture their love, the Grand Staircase with an elevated “courting bench” proves ideal for an interior wedding stage. If guests prefer to enjoy their cocktails outside, the mansion’s exterior has sufficient spaces dedicated to outdoor relaxation. Although small, intimate gatherings are ideal for some, others prefer larger celebrations. For large events, a meticulously groomed outdoor Wedding Garden will be ready for use in the Fall of 2022. The garden features seating capacity for 248 guests, a lawn area for flexible entertaining, and a dining & dance plaza. 

Indoor events:

Corporate holiday parties and luncheons

Corporate seminars and team building sessions

Private meeting space in three rooms

Fundraisers and charity events

Award banquets

Formal tea parties

Princess parties

Bridal showers and baby showers

Milestone birthday and anniversary parties

Featured on The Knot + Wedding Wire

Starting now, THE 1898 is booking dates for the Fall 2022 event season and beyond. To book a special occasion with this elegant venue, contact THE 1898 at 419-910-9013 or by email at bookings@the1898.com. For those looking online for the best suited venue for them, THE 1898 is featured on The Knot and Wedding Wire as an accredited vendor. Links to these vendor spotlights can be found here:

The 1898 | Reception Venues - The Knot

 

 

VWHS THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2022 FALL PLAY

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2022 fall play production. Trouble in Tumbleweed by Tim Kelly will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at 7:00pm. Rehearsals have begun and students are looking forward to sharing this two act family friendly farce set in the 1880s at the Tumbleweed, Arizona Hotel. The pompous Mayor Oates has been hired by a Boston businessman to build a town that one day will be the Territory’s capital. To fill the local positions — sheriff, schoolmarm, doctor — he hires his incompetent relatives (kickbacks included, of course!). The news that a Pinkerton detective is coming from Boston to inspect the town’s development throws the whole family into a panic. Just when you think the dust is settling, who should turn up but the detective. The hilarious twists and turns in the plot will have you holding onto your hat (and your sides)! Trouble in Tumbleweed is produced with special arrangement by Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. Tickets will go on sale in October and will be available from cast and crew or at the door on performance nights. VWHS Theatre hopes to see you at our live fall productions as we continue to create, perform, and inspire the Van Wert community through the theatrical arts.

 

 

Mercer Health Medical Group to hold Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinics

 

Mercer Health Medical Group will be holding Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinics in October for established primary care patients. Appointments are required and patients must call their primary care provider’s office to schedule. Flu shot clinics will be held:

·      Galleria & Pediatrics — October 3

·      Celina Pro & East Market– October 4

·      Coldwater — October 3

·      Ft. Recovery – October 3

·      St. Henry — October 3

·      Southland — October 3

·      Maria Stein — October 4

 

If you are unavailable on the day of the drive thru flu vaccine clinic at your primary care location, contact your provider’s office for alternative arrangements.

Patients will be given arrival instructions when scheduling their appointments. Masks are required while receiving vaccines. If you have questions, please contact your provider’s office.

 

 

CASA of Mercer County Swears in New Court Appointed Special Advocates for Mercer County Children

CASA of Mercer County is pleased to announce that it held its second swearing-in ceremony for the Mercer County Juvenile Court on September 14, 2022.  Mercer County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Matthew L. Gilmore presided over the ceremony and swore in the new volunteers.  Mercer County Juvenile Court Magistrate Richard M. Delzeith was present as the Court Administrator for CASA of Mercer County.  CASA of Mercer County Executive Director Andrea King was also present.

 

Please join the program in congratulating the new volunteers as Mercer County’s second set of Court Appointed Special Advocates:

 

Doug Meyer of Celina; Sheila Meyer of Celina; Jennifer Saintignon of Maria Stein; Robin Goettemoeller of New Knoxville; Keri Leichty of Rockford; Heather Kuhn of Celina

 

The swearing-in ceremony was the final step taken by these community members after 30 hours of pre-service training prior to being sworn in to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Training equips community volunteers with all the skills needed to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected.

 

Now, as Court Appointed Special Advocates these volunteers will be appointed to cases open in juvenile court due to abuse, neglect, and/or dependency. They are then tasked with getting to know the children, becoming familiar with their special circumstances, and then making recommendations to the Court on what is in the children’s best interest. EVERY CHILD deserves someone in their corner amplifying their voice and their story. CASA volunteers are ordinary community members that make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children.

 

CASA of Mercer County is now accepting applications for its next training. They would love to talk to you about this new and impactful volunteer experience. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children in your county, check out CASA of Mercer County at www.mercercountycasa.org or on Facebook.

 

 

ROCKFORD OPRY SHOW Returns  - SUNDAY - OCTOBER 23RD - 1 PM

Event is FREE  at the Rockford Community Building - 420 N Holly Lane,
Rockford, OHIO
Entertainers from around the area invite you to come and dance to
songs from the past.    Contact Jerry Bolenbaugh for
more information - 419-363-3794.
Rockford Carry Out will be on site with lunch specials and drinks.

 

Temporary Road Closure

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the closing of Winkler Road at the US 33 intersection for intersection re-alignment.  This road will be closed for approximately 3-4 weeks depending on the weather conditions. 

 

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

 

Road Closed Until Repair or Replace is Complete

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today that a culvert type bridge on Deep Cut Road 0.1 mile east of SR 707, will be closed until a repair/replacement can be completed. 

           

            An estimated duration of closure has not been determined at this time.

            Pavement distress above the structure identified significant scour/structural concerns which have prompted the closure.

            Further information on the projected schedule of reopening will be provided when it is available.  Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer's Office at 419-586-7759.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Fountain Park

The Van Wert Service Club, Optimist Club of Van Wert, Main Street Van Wert, and the Van Wert Parks Department are bringing the holiday spirit again this year, with Christmas at Fountain Park. Our 2022 goal is to host a special opening night ceremony on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in conjunction with activities hosted by Main Street Van Wert. It is sure to be a night to remember.


We have faith that this event will delight those of all ages and will serve as a family-friendly and fanciful experience.


Each year, we experience some loss through damaged or worn Christmas decorations. Our committee hopes to replace a lot of damaged decorations, in addition to adding new displays to the rest of the park, with your help. For us to continue to bring this event to our community each holiday season, we are looking for partner donors. We are diligently working to raise funds to continue upkeep on decorations and lighted displays, and support our opening night expenses. Please consider making a financial contribution. Your generous donation will help bring smiles and delight to many families this holiday season as well as enable us to provide larger more impactful displays. As a donor, you can expect to be recognized on social media throughout the season as well as in the park for all to see, in appreciation of your donation. Available donation packages:

Silver Sponsorship: $10 to $100

Gold Sponsorship: $101 to $499

Platinum Sponsorship: $500 and higher

If your business donated in previous years, THANK YOU! The money raised by this event allowed us to replace damaged decorations, invest in new lights, and keep the displays in good standing. Any donation you can make will have an impact. Thank you for your generosity, all groups involved are appreciative of your participation. Financial contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 343, Van Wert, OH 45891. Please make checks payable to “Holiday at Home.” Donations must be received by October 31, 2022 in order to be included on the display banner in the park.    Individuals wanting to make a tax-deductible contribution need to make checks payable to the VW County Foundation. 


Donors may also contact Van Wert Service Club member, Breanne Sudduth at bsudduth@eisenhauermfg.com, or Optimist Club of Van Wert member, Thaison Leaser at thaison.leaser@edwardjones.com for invoices and/or W-9 paperwork. In addition to donations, we are also seeking volunteers. We have the following days and times scheduled:

Saturdays Nov 5, 12, and 19 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Sundays Nov 6, 13, and 20 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Opening night November 23rd.

Tear-Down January 2nd.

Our groups (Service Club, Optimist Club, and VW Parks Dept) will have people there during all of those times, and any help within those hours is appreciated. We would like groups that come to have a leader, so we can share instructions with one person that will then direct their group. If we have individuals, we'll make that work too! We will be recognizing both donors and volunteers on our social media channels. If you know of other groups that would like to volunteer, please share this information. We prefer high school and above, as they require less supervision.

 

United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus coming to Van Wert

VAN WERT, Ohio – The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus brings “Heroes,” a free concert to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM. The concert, part of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus’ fall 2022 tour, is a celebration of people who have gone above and beyond for their communities.

The United States Army Field Band is considered by music critics to be one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, Pop hits, and Broadway musicals.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

Tickets: The United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus performs a free concert at 

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, located at 10700 OH-118, on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM. This is a FREE-ticketed event. To reserve seats, get tickets at vanwertlive.com or call the Van Wert Live Box Office from 10A - 3P, Mon. - Fri. at 419-238-6722. No fees apply to ticketing.

 

 

 
 

 
September 19-25, 2022
The Parkway Independent is 18 years old!

 

 

Special Board Meeting

A special meeting of the Parkway Local Board of Education has been called for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.  The meeting will be a work session for board member training and an executive session to discuss the employment of personnel.  No business will be conducted.

 

 

 

Varsity Boys Golf Results 9/14/22 - Boys Golf - Parkway @ St. Johns

Parkway - 182

Delphos St. Johns - 152

 

Medalist - Jack Gerker & Collin Feathers (35)

 

Complete match results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cyw0-dH3QmEmvtkOgf4Wid_D4rlbZcZU4neSaYqmxRE/edit?usp=sharing

 

Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

Mercer County Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Retreats Held

The Mercer County Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Retreats were held this past summer! The Retreat was held June 7th from 9 am – 9 pm (5th-7th grade) and the Mini Retreat was held June 9th  from 9 am-5 pm at St. John Lutheran Church (Purple Door) in Celina. Thirty 5th-7th grade students and thirty-seven 2nd-4th grade students attended the Retreats this year!

This year’s theme was “Emojis: Don’t Let Alcohol or Other Drugs Mix Your Emotions.” We discussed how substances can alter your mood or mind. We work best when we are our true self, free of substances, while making positive life choice

Under the direction of Laura Sanford, prevention specialist at Foundations Behavioral Health Services and an adult ally for the Mercer County Y2Y group, this youth-led prevention event was led by thirteen 7th-12th grade students from the Mercer County Y2Y group. Seventeen adult volunteers also made this event successful. The Mercer County Y2Y group serves many purposes in Mercer County. Y2Y helps to promote Y2Y’s mission – youth empowering youth – and to educate their peers on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, along with mental health and suicide awareness. Y2Y teens serve as a link between the youth, their schools, and the community. Y2Y is a place for Mercer County teens to express ideas and opinions while building their leadership skills.

 

The purpose of these youth-led Retreats is to equip students with skills to be a better leader and positive role model in their schools and communities. Youth were divided into Family Groups and participated in six different escape rooms in which they all worked together as a team to complete their missions. These sessions included challenges involving distractions, how substances affect your brain and body, dealing with stress, teamwork, communication, and problem solving to unlock their passions and purpose in life. All students also participated in a How To session of their choice to learn a new skill or hobby.

 

The youth participated in plenty of energizers led by the teens. The 5th-7th grade Retreat also had music and free time outside. Both Retreats also had a fun water fight as well. At the end of the Retreats, the parents/guardians received a presentation about helping their students be safe on social media and the importance of talking to their teens with conversations that really matter. Then they all joined together and watched a video presentation of the day and each Family Group shared the facts that their puzzle pieces revealed (which were collected after completing each escape room).

 

Through supportive small discussion groups, innovative team building, and of course fun, participants gained knowledge, created relationships, and built upon skills that will hopefully last a lifetime. Students are also now more confident in their choice to be drug-free and take charge of their mental health and were encouraged to share this message with others.

 

A big thank you to Carl Wuebker for being the Disc Jockey at the Retreat and who is also a faithful adult ally of the Mercer County Y2Y group. A thank you to Stage Right Productions for donating speakers for us to use at our events. A special thanks to Allison Baucher who was our photographer and put together the video presentations for both Retreats. We are very grateful to Purple Door Church for hosting us this year. Much appreciation goes to the guidance counselors, principals, and school secretaries for their efforts in recruiting students for the Retreats and collecting applications, the media for advertising the Retreats, and the community for supporting prevention efforts. 

 

The Retreats would not be a success without the support of the parents/guardians who allow their energetic students to attend, the awesome adult staff, and the talented and dedicated 7th-12th grade Mercer County Y2Y leaders. Those youth leaders include: Celina HS: Destiny Anderson, Hannah Koester; Coldwater HS: Coldwater MS: Makenzie Norris, Aiden Norris, Kolton Gehm, Alaina Froning; Fort Recovery HS: Tiffany Taft, Bella Taft, Paul Homan, Jose Martinez; Parkway MS: Maddie Miehls; Homeschool: Sydney Baucher and Megan Baucher.

 

A special thanks to the adults who helped the day run smoothly including, Beth Guggenbiller; those who led escape rooms or taught How To sessions: AJ Kunk (Mission Possible), Ashley Byram and Joan Wedd (Puppygram), Paul Homan (Chemistry Chaos); Shelly Moorman (Facing Your Giant and How To: Backyard Bass, Archery); Amanda Zibrida and Amber Mustard (Body Defenders and How To: Body Art); Tom Sanford and Dakota Hays (Operation Beast Baby Blowout), Carl Wuebker (How To: Critical Thinking through Board Games), Diamond Long from Young Guardians MMA and Lisa Vondrell (How To: Boxing); Amy Carlson (How To: Sign Language).

 

Thanks to the adult leaders of the Family Groups: Carl Wuebker, Lisa Miller, Amy Carlson, Lexi Allmandinger, Danielle Williams, and Elena Evers.

 

The Retreats were funded from a grant from the Mercer County Civic Foundation who served as our sole Gold Sponsor. Other sponsors include, Sponsor Level: Mercer Health, Henkle Trucking II, LLC, and Pax Machine Works; Mentor Level: Mercer County Prevention Coalition, Mercer County DARE Boosters, Preferred Insurance Center, Celina Grand Lake FOE Women’s Auxiliary, Foundations Behavioral Health Services; Donor Level: Grand Lake Health System, Eagle Eye Home Inspections of Ohio, LLC, Renewed Hope Financial Coaching, LLC, Arrow N Bows, Young Guardians MMA, and Stage Right Productions.

 

Next years' Retreats are scheduled to be moved back to winter like we had for many years. They will be held in 2023: Saturday, February 18th (5th-7th grade) and Saturday, February 25th (2nd-4th grade) at the Purple Door Church in Celina. Save the date if your child is interested in attending. Applications will come out in December 2022. If you are looking to volunteer at these events, please contact Laura.

 

Our Mercer County Youth to Youth Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Foundations Clubhouse, 221 St. Buckeye Street, Celina. 7th-12th graders invited who want to make a difference.

 

If you want more information about the Mercer County Youth to Youth group, please contact Laura at lauras@foundationsbhs.org or 419-584-1000, check out our Facebook group, or YouTube channel.

 

By Laura Sanford, OCPS, LSW

 

 

 

Miller Road Bridge to Close for Replacement
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Miller Road between US 127 and Weitz Road in Hopewell Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 12, 2022 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.

 

 

 

Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Press Release
by Kim Pollock, Court Reporter

Friday, September 9, 2022

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

SENTENCING

 

Rickie Lynn Welker, 40, Van Wert, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5 – Sentenced to up to 6 months at the WORTH Center, 3 years community control with 2 years intensive supervision, 30 days jail at a later date, 200 hours community service, complete substance and mental health assessment and treatment.  Ordered to pay partial appointment counsel fees and court costs.

ARRAIGNMENTS (All Entered Not Guilty Pleas)

Ethan Mezuk, 31, Convoy, Possession of a Fentanyl-Related Compound, F5, and Possession of Drugs, F5 - released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 9:00 a.m.

Michael Hauser, 30, Defiance, Grand Theft, F4 - released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/13/22 @ 8:00 a.m.

Michael Missler, 33, Toledo, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5 - released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/12/22 @ 9:30 a.m.

Jose Sanchez, 43, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F3 - released on surety bond, assessment at Westwood; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Monday, September 12, 2022

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

CHANGE OF PLEA

 

Brandon Davis, 34, Van Wert, changed his plea to Guilty to Violating a Protection Order, F5 - Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 10/26/22 @ 9 am.  Defendant was released on a surety bond along with electronic house arrest and orders to follow the CPO order.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

 

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

CHANGE OF PLEA

 

Tyler Dirham, 30, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to Theft F5.  Sentenced to 3 years community control, 2 years Intensive Supervision, up to 6 months at the WORTH Center, 200 hours community service, substance and mental health assessment, ordered to pay partial appointed counsel fees, court costs and monthly probation fee, all to be served concurrent with prior case.

 

BOND HEARING

 

Johnathan Miller, 19, Van Wert, Hearing on a Motion for Modification of Bond was held.  Court took the matter under advisement.

 

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

 

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

CHANGE OF PLEA

 

Alicia Chesbro, 31, Van Wert, changed her plea to guilty to an amended charge of Domestic Violence, M1.  Sentencing set for 10/26/22 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Dillon Nihiser, 26, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to 2 counts of Trespass in a Habiatation When a Person is Present or Likely to be Present, F4.  Sentencing set for 10/26/22 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Rachel Parsons, 36, Middle Point, changed her plea to guilty to Assault, M1 and Aggravated Trespass, M1.  A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing set for 10/26/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Sonny Grandstaff, 22, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F3, and Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, F4.  He then requested, and was granted, Intervention in Lieu of Conviction, and his case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.

 

Travis Faulkner, 47, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to an amended charge of Theft, M1, sentenced to 1 year community control, 30 days jail at a later date and ordered to pay restitution.

 

PROBATION VIOLATION

 

Jacob Weir, 25, Bryan, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5 – Defendant admitted violating his probation by lying to the Probation Officer and failing a drug screen; Court revokes his bond; sentencing set for 10/12/22 @ 9:30 a.m.

 

ARRAIGNMENT

 

Jessica Freitag, 33, Van Wert, pled not guilty to Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5 and Possession of a Fentanyl-Related Compound, F5.  Defendant was released on a surety bond for this case; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:00 a.m.

 

TIME WAIVER

 

Vada Blankenship, 23, Van Wert, signed a time waiver in open court, further hearing set for 10/26/22 @ 8:30 am.

 

BOND HEARING

 

Chad Young, 34, Van Wert, Motion to Modify Bond pre-trial hearing held, Court modifies the no contact order to restrict contact by electronic means and to allow pickup of personal property with Police Officer present; further hearing set for 10/19/22 at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 25, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

 

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, September 25, 2022 continues in the book of Acts 4:5-20  entitled “No Other Name”.

 

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

 

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
September 12-18, 2022
The Parkway Independent is 18 years old!

 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed
for Thursday, September 15, 2022

 

Parkway Schools are now on a 3 hour delay
for Thursday, September 15, 2022
due to dense fog in the area.
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Thursday, September 15, 2022
Fog.
  

 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools are now on a 3 hour delay
for Wednesday, September 14, 2022
due to dense fog in the area.
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Fog.
 

 
 

Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees to Meet

"The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will meet for their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 4 p.m. in the basement meeting room.  The public is always invited to attend regular meetings."

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar  

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on September 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm
by Sally Cox

  

 

Varsity Boys Golf Results 9/12/22 - St. Henry @ Parkway

 

Parkway - 188

St. Henry - 174

 

Complete match results can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sIwWjSwUVEEM7ZHdt41EMroh1QDy8ShPHwBsz_qCNSs/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

by Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/8/22 - Boys Varsity Golf - Parkway @ LCC (at Oaks Golf Club)

 

 

Parkway - 186

LCC - 170

 

Medalist - Parker Judy (LCC) - 35

Runner-up - Roman Leszinske (PW) - 39

 

Complete match results:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oFGecm1opWP-PFQXSP0SmXdYVDprNT7jXEjiaMLtcHg/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

by

Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/7/2022 Boys Varsity Golf Results - Coldwater @ Parkway (Celina Lynx)

 

 

This MAC league match was started on August 29, 2022 and was postponed due to inclement weather. The match was resumed on 9/7 from the point of interruption. 

 

Parkway - 190

Coldwater - 164

 

Medalist - Roman Leszinske (PW) - 38

Runner-up - Keegan Bruggeman (CW) - 39

 

Complete match results can be viewed here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AiN8NgtyA9Do2qrSHY3bn4hHZW7INIBW2NwNA-u7VLA/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

by Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

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Above: Pictures of medalist, Roman Leszinske, senior at Parkway High School, from the 9-6-2022 golf match. 3 photos shared by Leah Thompson. Thank you Leah!

 

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Varsity Boys Golf Results 9/6/22 - Parkway v. New Bremen v. New Knoxville

 

Parkway, New Knoxville, and New Bremen played a Midwest Athletic Conference tri-match on Tuesday, September 6th.

 

Parkway defeated New Bremen:

Parkway - 184

New Bremen - 230

 

Parkway defeated New Knoxville:

Parkway - 184

New Knoxville - 237

 

New Bremen defeated New Knoxville:

New Bremen - 230

New Knoxville - 237

 

Low scores of the match:

Roman Leszinske (PW) - 38

Jay Waterman (NK) - 46

 

Complete score results can be found here:

Parkway v. New Knoxville

Parkway v. New Bremen

 

By Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

9/1/2022 - Boys Varsity Golf Results - Parkway vs. Marion Local

 

Marion Local - 174

Parkway - 193

 

Medalist - Brandon Eyink (40)

Runner-up - Roman Leszinske (44) & Cole Brunswick (44)

 

Marion Local is 4-1 overall; (4-1 in the MAC)

Parkway is 3-5 overall; (0-4 in the MAC)

 

Complete match results can be accessed here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1APhy3VGMU2f-SY6ZbUWnbs9WjtyCwHWFnQSanBsq8Vo/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

by

Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Golf Results - 8/30 - Parkway vs. Crestview

 

August 30th - Parkway vs. Crestview @ Celina Lynx

 

Parkway boys golf defeats Crestview in match play 4-2

 

Match Play Results - Parkway vs. Crestview -

 

 

 

PARKWAY vs.

CRESTVIEW

RESULT

WINNER

Roman Leszinske

Matthew Dealey

Leszinske Wins - 2:1

Parkway

Jackson Kraner

Logan Schlemmer

Kraner Wins - 1 up

Parkway

Mason Schumm

Trey Skelton

Schumm Wins - 3:2

Parkway

Trenton Garwood

Brady Petrie

Garwood Wins - 1 up

Parkway

Lennox Boroff

Kaleb Swander

Swander Wins - 4:3

Crestview

Ashton Stephenson

Dru Gray

Gray Wins 5:4

Crestview

 

by

Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area Youth for Christ to Host Annual Golf Scramble

(Van Wert, OH) West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is pleased to present the annual Golf Scramble. The event is on September 17, 2022, at 8:00 AM at Hickory Sticks Golf Club at 12083 US-127, Van Wert, OH  45891. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the Youth for Christ ministries in Van Wert, Convoy, and the surrounding areas. There are many ways to be part of the Youth for Christ Golf Scramble. Any member of the community is welcome to form a team! To register a team, call 419-238-1370 or visit wcohio.yfc.net by September 10, 2022. On the day of the scramble, team registration begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by golfing at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the conclusion of the scramble. Event Sponsorship is available by contacting the Community Engagement Coordinator, Kirsten Brunswick, at kbrunswick@wcohyfc.com.

West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is a relational ministry that reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. West Central Ohio Youth for Christ serves all of Van Wert County, Mercer County, Auglaize County, and part of Allen County. To learn more, visit wcohio.yfc.net or West Central Ohio Youth for Christ on Facebook.

 
 
 

"Historic Waynedale" Pop-Up Museum
When: Beginning Wednesday, September 14 through October 7. Open Monday through Saturday 4pm to 7pm.
Where: The Waynedale News Office 2505 Lower Huntington Road Fort Wayne, IN  46809
About: This 700sqft museum will host just a small portion of the pictures, documents, and other non-digital artifacts that The Waynedale News has collected from the past 100+ years. Invoking a strong feeling of nostalgia, guests will get to see newspapers from almost 90 years ago, business cards over 50 old from people and businesses they may remember, and in addition to many other items, a large display of very early Elmhurst High School and Waynedale School documents, memorabilia and photos. A highlight of the exhibit is concert music from Elmhurst’s Don Goss as well as a slide show of photos that he had taken during his 54 years as an Art and Theater teacher.
Cost: Free to visit. Suggested donation is $5-10 per guest.
More info: www.facebook.com/events/631599682018031/

 

 
 
 

 

Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Press Release
by Kim Pollock, Court Reporter

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

 ARRAIGNMENTS (All entered Not Guilty Pleas)

 

Derrick Blake, 33, Willshire, one count of Grand Theft of a Firearm or Dangerous Ordinance, F3, two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, F4, and one count of Receiving Stolen Property, F5 – Court ordered $50,000 cash bond and no contact order; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Tyler Enmark, 27, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F3 – released on surety bond and not contact order with victim; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Amy Hart, 34, Van Wert, Complicity in the Commission of an Offense, F5 – released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Anthony Oliver, 27, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F4 – released on surety bond with electronic house arrest and no contact order with victim; pre-trial set for 9/28/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Drew Kenny, 29, Van Wert, Aggravated Burglary, F1, and Burglary, F2 – Court ordered $50,000 cash bond along with electronic house arrest and no contact order; pre-trial set for 9/7/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

JUDGE MARTIN D. BURCHFIELD

 

 ARRAIGNMENTS (All entered Not Guilty Pleas)

 

Robert Stegaman, 47, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F3 – released on surety bond along with alcohol sensor and no contact order with victim; pre-trial set for 10/13/22 @ 8:00 a.m.

 

Charles McCrary, 52, Lima, Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, F3, and OVI, M1 – released on surety bond and ordered not to drive; pre-trial set for 10/13 @ 8:15 a.m.

 

Cainan Burnett, 24, Van Wert, 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property, F4, 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Ordinance, F5  and Breaking & Entering, F5 – released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/13/22 @ 8:00 a.m.

 

Evan Baer, 35, Middle Point, Possession of Cocaine, F5 – released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/13/22 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Nathanial Owens, 24, Delphos, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5 – released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/5/22 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Coby Black, 38, Van Wert, Trespass in a Habitation when a Person is Present or Likely to be Present, F4 – released on surety bond; pre-trial set for 10/5/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

Chad Young, 34, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F3 – released on surety bond and no contact order with victim; pre-trial set for 9/14/22 @ 8:30 a.m.

 

SENTENCING

 

Jeffery D. Trammell, 51, Van Wert, Public Indecency, F5 – sentenced to 12 months prison with credit for 14 days already served, 5 years community control after release from prison, court costs.

 

 

Traffic Fatality Investigated

Celina, OH - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that deputies are investigating a fatal traffic crash.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 4:29 PM today (9-11-2022) reporting a crash at the intersection of US Rte 127 and SR 119. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Roel Villarreal, 51,  Edinburg, Texas was driving a 2015 Kenworth semi Southbound on US Rte 127.  A 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by Bradley C Wendel, 33, 563 South 2nd Street Coldwater was Westbound on SR 119.   Wendel failed to stop for the stop sign on SR 119 at US Rte 127 and struck the trailer of the semi.  Wendel was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Villarreal was uninjured.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the Saint Henry Fire Department, Chickasaw Fire Department,  Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers).

The crash remains under investigation.  Once completed, the report will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Sheriff  Jeff Grey

 

 

Lima Symphony Orchestra “Symphony Storytime” Returns

Lima, OH (September 7, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s popular Symphony Storytime program returns to libraries this fall beginning with the Delphos Public Library on Tuesday, September 13. Featuring performances by musicians from the Lima Symphony Orchestra, this spooky program is all about Halloween!

Details:

Tuesday, September 13 at 11 AM – Delphos Public Library (309 W 2nd St, Delphos, OH 45833)

For this innovative program, children and their families will enjoy classic spooky selections in celebration of every candy-loving child’s favorite holiday: Halloween! This program features Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, and Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will get kids up and moving as they listen and respond to interactive texts and learn how composers create music that makes us jump out of our chairs! With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, "Symphony Storytime" is designed to spark children’s imaginations and foster a lifelong appreciation for music. This program is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.

Books:

Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (2003)

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd (1986)

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (2001)

Music Selections:

Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens

Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

 

These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and other arts are critical tools in building strong communities.  This project is supported by the following underwriters:

Symphony Storytime Sponsors:

AC Dienstberger Foundation

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

State Bank

Thermal Gard Window and Door

Van Wert County Foundation

Kenton Rotary Foundation

 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

 

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, September 18, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Luke 15:1-10 entitled “God’s Greatest Concern”. Doug is continuing with lessons on the parables of Jesus.

 

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

 

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 


Parkway Girls Varsity Golf Team 2022

 

 

Parkway Girls golf defeats St Henry 207-212 @ the Elks on September 12, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

By John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

Parkway Girls Golf loses to New Bremen by one stroke 217-218 on September 8, 2022

 



 

By John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Parkway Girls Golf defeats Marion Local 200-219 on September 1, 2022

Parkway improves to 10-4 on the season (2-4 in MAC)

 

 

 

 

By John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

 

Parkway Girls golf loses to Coldwater 202-216

 

 

 

By John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

 

 

Parkway girls golf defeats Delphos St Johns in league play at the Celina Lynx 201-247 on August 25, 2022

Parkway improves to 9-3 on the season 1-3 in MAC

 

 

By John Boroff, Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

 

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc Promote Two

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce two recent promotions. Jill Griesdorn has been promoted to supervisor, while Gavin Liechty has been promoted to an in-charge accountant.

 

Griesdorn, a CPA, has been with the firm since 2018. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business/accounting and education from Wright State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, St. Marys Kiwanis Board and Women in Leadership of West Central Ohio. She is also active with the Friends of the Saint Marys Theater and Grand Opera House. Griesdorn works in the firm’s St. Marys office.

 

Liechty joined the firm in 2020 and works in the Bryan office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lourdes University.

 

Supervisors work directly with clients while taking a leadership role in coordinating and managing projects. They also oversee in-charge accountants, staff accountants and accounting assistants. In-charge accountants work directly with clients and oversee staff accountants and accounting assistants.

 

The firm is hiring for a variety of public accounting positions in Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, St. Marys and Van Wert. All experience levels are welcome, including recent graduates with an accounting-related degree. To learn more or to submit a resume, visit sha.cpa/career-opportunities.

 

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc. is a full-service accounting, tax and business consulting CPA 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, Ohio, with seven shareholders and 60 employees.

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

COVID-19 immunizations available

By Sam Shriver

Van Wert County General Health District

 

VAN WERT --- The new and updated COVID-19 immunizations will be available to the general public beginning with the COVID-19 Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Van Wert County Health Department, 1179 Westwood Drive, Suite 300 in Van Wert.

The updated vaccine is bivalent which includes the mRNA vaccine for the original strain and the mRNA vaccine for another strain. This will help boost immunity against the original strain and newer strains that are already prevalent.

Anyone 12 and older can get the Pfizer booster while those over 18 can receive either the Pfizer or Moderna boosters. Those between 12 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer booster.

To be eligible for the booster it must have been two months since you received your last immunization.

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card, insurance card and identification card with you to the health department.

 

 

 

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable Begins Season

David Walker will be the speaker for the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable's season opener on Thursday September 29. By moving our date to the fifth Thursday, it gave David an opportunity to dovetail his talk with us into commitments he had for the weekend at the Civil War Days at Hartford City, Indiana. So, NOTE THE DATE CHANGE.

 

   David will discuss the role of his family members in the Civil War. One of his Great Grandfathers died in the POW camp at Andersonville. David always does a great job speaking at our Roundtable. He's been a member of our group for many years and addresses our Roundtable nearly every year! 

 

The public is invited, so bring your friends along to enjoy the evening.

 

Stateline Writers Club to meet

The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Mercer County District Memorial Library meeting room in Celina.

The writing topic is "What advice would you give a young person today and illustrate its worth." The public is welcome to attend. People can bring their own writing or just attend.

 

 

Culvert Replacement to Close Road

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Philothea Road between Township Line Road and Erastus-Durbin Road in Recovery Township for a culvert replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on September 7, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 1 week, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 
 
 

 
September 6-11, 2022
 

 
 

Class reunion

The St. Marys Memorial High School Class of 1956 will have a reunion on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at noon in the St. Marys Eagles.


Class members will order from the menu. Classmates are asked to bring school memorabilia and be ready to share stories. Spouses are welcome.  

 

 
 
 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 11, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, September 11, 2022 continues in the book of Acts 3:1-10  entitled “Giving It Away”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
August 29, 2022 - September 5, 2022
 

 
 


Van Wert County Fair
August 30 - September 5, 2022

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanwertcountyfair

Website: www.vanwertcountyfairgrounds.com

 

Parkway Class of 1962 Outlines the 2022 Reunion Celebration

The Parkway Class of 1962 Reunion Committee met and firmed-up plans for the 60th Reunion at Westlake Lodge , 1100 S. Main Street, Celina OH on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Arrival time is at 3:00 PM to allow for more visiting among classmates and guests; there will be a cash bar, and a catered dinner by Romer’s at 5:30 PM.

The Dinner Menu cost is $30.00 per person. Reservations should be mailed to Marilyn Giere, 7455 St. Rt. 197, Celina, OH 45822 by September 24.

The committee is asking you to bring memorabilia and memories to share.

Call Marilyn with questions 419-733-4190.

 
 

Parkway September 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

KIDS CLUB is back in Rockford
KIDS CLUB at the Rockford United Methodist Church will return on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Children in Grades K-5 are welcome.  Registration is REQUIRED to attend KIDS CLUB.  To register, please contact Director of Children and Youth Ministries Nathan Rupp at 419-363-3230 or nathan.rupp@rumcoh.org . Registration forms are also available in the Parkway Elementary Office.   Student transportation from the school to the church will again be provided.   KIDS CLUB weekly activities will include snacks, games, a short lesson, crafts and music. 

The FIVE02 Drive Through Community Dinner will be available on Wednesdays from 4:30-6 :00 pm beginning September 7th, 2022.  This Take-Out meal is FREE not only to KIDS CLUB participants but to the entire Rockford community.  Simply enter the church parking lot from Franklin Street behind the church.   The menu for the first community meal on September 7th will include spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, bread sticks, and cookie.

KIDS CLUB will not meet and the FIVE02 Community Dinner will not be held if Parkway Schools are cancelled or not in session on a Wednesday.  Additional information is available on the Rockford United Methodist Church website www.rumcoh.org and social media page or by calling the church office at 419-363-3230.   

 
 

Village of Rockford Police Reports: Chase ends in crash and arrest

On August 28th, 2022 Officers with the Village of Rockford Police attempted to stop a blue van reported by a citizen for running a stop sign. Officers located the vehicle and a check was done on the license plate. The license plates didn’t belong to that vehicle and Officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation. The vehicle immediately accelerated and reached 56 mph in a 25 mph zone. The vehicle left the traveled portion of the roadway and continued into residents yards. The pursuit soon left the Village of Rockford on Rockfordwest Road westbound. Speeds during the pursuit reached over 100 mph and continued to Stover Road from Rockfordwest Road.  The pursuit traveled to Wilson Road and Wabash Road where the vehicle left the roadway and traveled through a bean field and corn field ending in a wooded area. Units from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office , Ohio State Highway Patrol, Celina Police Department and Adams County Indiana Sheriff’s Office all responded to the area. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office “Drone” was requested as well as the Rockford Fire Departments aerial ladder. A perimeter was established and area residents where contacted for safety.

After one hour the subject was located by Ohio Highway State Patrol Troopers at a residence on Grauberger Road without incident. Benjamin H. Polasky ( 39) of Owosso, Michigan was taken to Mercer Health in Coldwater to be medically cleared for jail. Polasky is being held in the Mercer County Jail on Felony Fleeing and a hold from the U.S. Marshals Service. No other details are available at this time.  Police Chief Paul May would like to thank the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff Dispatch, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Celina Police Department , Adam County Indiana Sheriff Office. Rockford Fire Department, Rockford E.M.S. and the Staff at Mercer Health for assisting in this incident.

Respectfully,

Paul P. May III
Chief of Police
Village of Rockford

 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

 

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, September 4, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Luke 10:25-37 entitled “Go And Do Likewise”. Doug is continuing with lessons on the parables of Jesus.

 

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

 

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Visit the Van Wert County Fair for Christian Entertainment

A wonderful line up of Christian music will be part of the 166th Van Wert County Fair this year.  This year’s fair begins on Tuesday, Aug 30 and you will want to make your way to the Music Pavilion just north of the Administration building on the East side of the fairgrounds. The first event will be held on Wed., Aug 31 when the Music Pavilion hosts the CHP Home Care and Hospice Senior Day Program beginning at 10:00 am.  A program packed full of entertainment, informative speakers, prizes and don’t forget the FREE donuts and coffee. 

    
Booth Brothers

On Thursday, Sept 1 you can listen to the sounds of some Country style gospel music with Randy Long at 6:00 pm.  Friday, Sept 2 The Nelons will take the stage at 7:00 pm. Offering a captivating blend of gospel, a cappella, hymns, Americana, folk, and inspirational music, the Nelons are a world-class talented family. The ensemble is led by the legendary, multi-award winning vocalist, co-founding member Kelly Nelon Clark and her husband, the versatile singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Jason Clark. Their daughters, Amber and Autumn, complete this supremely gifted musical troupe as they contribute their powerful vocals to this traveling family band’s harmonic sound. Gospel music lovers will recognize Kelly Nelon Clark as a regular on the Gaither Homecoming videos as she and her family carry on the legacy of her father Rex Nelon.

      Sunday evening the North end of the fairgrounds will be the site of more great music as Coby James takes the Advanced Insurance Stage at 6:00 pm.  Although he’s still a new artist, James has already notched a No. 1 song on Billboard’s Christian Hot AC/CHR chart as a contributing writer on Courtnie Ramirez’s track, “Who We Are.” Moreover, he’s also scored a Top 5 hit on the same chart with “Born Ready,” a song on which he serves as the lead artist, co-writer and co-producer. James is no doubt a triple threat.    And back by popular demand Rhett Walker will share his combination of Southern Rock and Christian Rock with fans of all ages. 

     
Nelons

 

The 2022 Fair will wrap on Monday, Sept 5 “Labor Day” with another great line up of Christian Music.  At 2:00 pm The Master’s Own from Fairmont, IN will be singing there family blend of Southern Gospel Music.  At 5:00 the music will moved back outside to the Advanced Insurance Stage as Trinity from Van Wert will open for the award winning Booth Brothers.  Michael, Buddy, and Jim are deeply committed to musical excellence yet have a greater desire to impact the hearts of those listening to their music.  Refreshing humor, inspiring songs, and encouraging words are embedded in every concert.  This trio, collectively and individually, has been acknowledged as one of the finest in the business having received many awards over the years, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Trio of the Year, Male Group of the Year, and Best Live Performers among other awards.  Although the group is grateful g for the recognition of their work, their aspiration is for all honor and glory to be God’s alone.

     Go to www.vanwertcountyfair for a complete line up of the Music Pavilion and the all of the numerous events taking place at this year’s Van Wert Co Fair.

 

 

 
 

 
August 22-28, 2022
 

 
 
 

The Parkway Board of Education meeting has been changed
to Wednesday, September 14 @ 6:30 p.m. in the community room.


 

RADC plan to meet Monday, August 22 at 7 pm at the Rockford Library.

 

 

Roman Leszinske

Isaac LeFevre
 

Boys Golf - Ft. Recovery @ Parkway (Varsity & JV)

Here are the detailed results for the 8/15 varsity & JV boys golf match - Ft. Recovery at Parkway:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Bn6XSV0vVnRZBIV8FmsAaLs5R6UOEjWvlCN7mYXEoHM/edit?usp=sharing

 

Varsity 

Ft. Recovery - 175

Parkway - 196

 

JV

Ft. Recovery - 205

Parkway - 224

--

by Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

Attached are pictures of tonight’s co-medalists, Roman Leszinske and Isaac LeFevre, from the Parkway v Fort Recovery match at the Celina Lynx.

 

Roman Leszinske, Parkway, (picture 1 above)

Isaac LeFevre, Fort Recovery (picture 2 above)

Photos shared by Leah Thompson.

 

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Parkway Boys Varsity Golf - 8/19 vs. Ayersville

By Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

 

Parkway - 208

Ayersville - 212

 

Medalist - Roman Leszinske (43) - Parkway

Runner-up - Luke Schroeder (47) - Ayersville

 

Parkway's Record - 2-3

Ayersville's Record - 0-2

 

Complete match results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Nkyt74cA0U-0r607deQYv-ptwpo7mheDFCd8k1Xp38/edit?usp=sharing

 

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Parkway Girls lose to Versailles 225-209

By John Boroff
Parkway Girls Golf Coach

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Parkway Boys Golf VS Versailles 8-22-2022

Parkway - 193

Versailles - 183

 

Medalist - Roman Leszinske (PW) - 42

Runner-up - Ethan Dirksen (VER) - 44

 

Parkway's record is now 2-4 (0-3 MAC)

 

Complete match results can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NI33ZpV2bQfTWgfJgdcd-pLZNe704zKvV7wvStdBFOE/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

by

Ryan Thompson

Parkway High School

Boys Golf Coach

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Parkway August 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 


Parkway Schools start on Monday, August 22, 2022 - Click here
for news on One Call, Text Messages, and their New APP

 
 

FOG SEAL TO BEGIN

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that Mercer County Engineer crews will be starting the fog seal work on various rural local roads in Mercer County in mid-late August. The Mercer County Engineer road crews are preparing to place an asphalt sealant onto the roadway for all of the roads that were chip sealed recently. The purpose of this sealant is to: 1. Further fill the cracks and voids in the pavement 2. Virtually eliminate all the dust and loose stone 3. Lessen the noise factor created by the new surface 4. Provide a black surface to better accentuate the yellow centerline stripe and to increase the winter snow/ice melting due to the blackened background The sealant will be applied in mile increments and will cure out in about 1/2 hour. After that point, our contractor will open that mile section to traffic and then move to the next section of roadway. Once cured, the sealant will not track nor spray onto vehicles.

 

 

 
 
 

VWCF, MSVW TO HOST FOURTH FRIDAY UNVEILING

The Van Wert County Foundation and Main Street Van Wert welcome Van Wert County residents downtown on August 26th for the unveiling of a community mural commissioned by the VWCF in accordance with MSVW’s “Back to School” 4th Friday. The “Back to School” event kicks off at 5:00 pm with businesses remaining open longer than normal to accommodate all of the excitement of starting the new school year. In addition to the retail shopping available, a DJ will be downtown to keep the party going through the night. 

The Van Wert County Foundation’s mural unveiling, completed by Augusto Bordelois and select area art students, will commence sharply at 5:30 pm. This public art commission was made possible by The Ohio Arts Council and the Oscar and Norma Feigert Memorial Fund through The Van Wert County Foundation, whose vision is to create a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for our community. 

Main Street Van Wert exists to promote and preserve Historic Downtown Van Wert. Contact MSVW by calling (419) 238-6911 or emailing Executive Director Joe Dray, director@mainstreetvanwert.org.
 

The Van Wert County Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on creating a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for Van Wert County, Ohio. The Van Wert County Foundation transforms quality of life by inspiring, fulfilling, and supporting philanthropy.  More information can be found at www.vanwertcountyfoundation.org

 

 Backpacks and Children Blessed at St. Paul's Country Church

On Sunday, August 14, 2022, the children of St. Paul's Country Church - Rockford brought their school backpacks for a blessing ceremony. Schools in the area are starting soon, and this service was to ask God's blessings on these children and all children teachers, staff and adminstrators as they head back to the classroom for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines – August 16, 2022

Paige Keysor, MS, Emergency Response Coordinator Mercer County

 

CELINA – Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance. The new COVID-19 guidelines apply to the general population. The guidelines are as follows:

 

For those with a positive COVID-19 test:

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate at home for at least 5 days.

Isolation may be discontinued after day 5 if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms have improved.

After ending isolation, individuals should wear a mask in public and around others through for the next 5 days.

Individuals may remove their mask sooner if they have 2 negative antigen tests in a row, 48 hours apart.

Individuals with a fever or symptoms that have not improved after 5 days of isolation should continue to stay home and isolate until symptoms have improved or resolved.

 

For those exposed to COVID-19, quarantine is no longer part of the recommended guidance. Instead, individuals with a known exposure to COVID-19 should:

Wear a mask when in public or around others for 10 days from last exposure.

Watch for symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Take extra precautions around high-risk individuals who are more likely to become ill.

Consider getting tested for COVID-19 after 5 days from last exposure.

 

For more information or questions regarding COVID-19 guidelines, please call the Mercer County Health District at 419-586-3251 or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html and/or  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html.

 

 

Cincinnati Students Experience Food Production on the Farm 

 

(Versailles, Ohio) Wednesday, FFA students from Cincinnati Public Schools toured agriculture facilities in Darke and Mercer Counties.  This is the largest food production area in Ohio and one of the largest in the country.  The tour was sponsored by the Agriculture Education Foundation in coordination with the Cincinnati 4-H Initiative and the Farm to Church Agricultural Project.

The tour began with Weaver Eggs.  Students were able to learn about food production directly from Ohio’s agriculture leaders and experience agriculture firsthand.  As part of the tour, the Agriculture Education Foundation was presented with a contribution from Weaver Eggs that served as funding for the project and allows the organization to increase scholarship opportunities for future agriculture teachers.

Mr. Aaron Parker, agriculture teacher at Aiken High School thanked the agriculture community and extended an invitation to come see the farm that is being developed at Aiken High School.

Coordinating the tour were former State Representative Dale Mallory and Duane Harmon. Their efforts engaged agri-science teachers throughout the city to gather the youth and coordinate with the school district.

In agriculture country, former Representative Jim Buchy connected the youth with the agriculture leaders. Lisa Kahlig of Cooper Farms presented to the students.  Tom Menke and former Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Jim Zehringer, both members of the Agriculture Education Foundation Board, addressed the youth regarding career potentials in agriculture.  Students also had an opportunity to interact with agriculture students and staff from Central State University, an 1890 Land Grant Institution.

Cincinnati leaders reminded everyone that this is a small part of the partnership being formed between Ohio’s western agriculture leaders and the growing agriculture movement in Cincinnati. Bishop Steven Scott joined the youth on the bus. Bishop Scott remarked, “Today starts the beginning of a meaningful and overdue agriculture project that will reshape and stabilize the inner core of our metropolitan area.  This project will assist several of our distressed communities. The project is a collaboration of Faith-Based organizations and the private sector.” He said they call the project “The Farm to Church Agricultural Project” with the goal of ending food deserts.

These efforts revolve around the need to provide nourishment to the human body to allow for the spiritual nourishment that is forthcoming.  Dale Mallory, echoed Bishop Scott, “This is only the beginning of a historic effort with a comprehensive plan for the inner urban core.”

The Agriculture Education Foundation is chaired by former State Representative Jim Buchy.  The foundation was formed in 2017 to encourage agriculture education in the city.  The foundation points to the need for more agriculture educators to backfill the known shortage of agriculture teachers in Ohio.  Specifically, a successful pilot program with agriculture in schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati demonstrated that agriculture education is a component to increasing graduation rates.  The foundation knows this success is garnered from the values naturally instilled by agriculture.  The success of the programs are inherently tied to the educators leading the programs. The foundation will identify and promote agriculture educators that further enhance the mission of agriculture in the city.  The mission of the foundation is to promote agricultural education accessibility and support agriculture educators by connecting those in action with resources for success.

 

Parkway Girls Golf vs Delphos Jefferson

Parkway Girls Golf defeats Delphos Jefferson 222-268 on August 16, 2022.
Emily Clutter was medalist with a 49 with Madison Louth following up with a 52.  

by John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

Parkway Girls Golf at Allen East Invitational

Parkway girls golf team finishes 4th out of 12 teams with a team score of 435 in the Allen East invitational at Colonial golf club 8/11/2022.
Parkway was led by Madison Louth's 101, followed by Sarah Sheppard with a 102, Shay Boroff with a 113, and Emily Clutter with a 119.  
 

by

John Boroff

Parkway Girls Golf Coach

 

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Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar  

 

Deputies investigate traffic fatality

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this morning, August 15th, 2022.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call at 5:30 AM of a traffic crash on Us Rte 127, just south of St Rte 119 in Granville Township.

The investigation revealed that 51 year old Martin P Schmitt, 1784 St Joe Road was driving a 1999 tan GMC Jimmy, traveling south on Us Rte 127.   James R Bruns, age 58, 17 Park St North Star, Ohio was traveling northbound in a 2019 white Dodge Ram pickup truck.  For an unknown reason, Bruns traveled left of center, striking Schmitt.

Mr. Schmitt was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mr. Bruns was transported to Mercer Health by Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District, Squad 3, for treatment.

Assisting at the scene were members of the St. Henry Fire Department, Chickasaw Fire Department, Southern Mercer County Joint Ambulance District, MCERV, and Mercer County Coroner Dr Timothy Heinrichs.    

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

Sheriff Jeff Grey

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, August 28, 2022 moves into the book of Acts 2:36-41  entitled “The Promised Holy Spirit”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 
August 8-21, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on August 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm
by Sally Cox

 
 

THE VAN WERT COUNTY FAIR ANNOUNCES THOROUGHBRED RACING UPDATE

The Van Wert County Agricultural Society Board of Directors has decided to postpone indefinitely any Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse racing during the Van Wert County Fair for the foreseeable future.  Due to circumstances beyond our control such as a new safety requirement that will require us to purchase safety equipment for everyone working in the Paddock and starting gate area, rising fuel costs creating an additional challenge to get both horses and jockeys to travel here for a one day event, a disparity in purses between our event and the commercial tracks (commercial tracks are paying out 3 to 4 times minimum what we can currently offer) and an overall shortage of horses in the Thoroughbred  industry has led us to this decision. 

The Van Wert County Fair has hosted Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races for 126 years of the Fair’s 166 year history. It has been a staple of the Fair and one that we will continually work at to find answers as to how we can continue that tradition. For now, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the owners, trainers, jockeys, sponsors, volunteers, organizations and especially our patrons who helped to bring those 126 years to life. We look forward to the day when we can boast of the 127th year of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at the Van Wert County Fair.  

In its place, the Van Wert County Fair will have harness racing, giving our fair patrons a memorable fair experience to share with family and friends.  Harness racing will take place with a post time of 12:00 PM on Monday, September 5, 2022 with pari-mutuel wagering.

 
 
 
 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, August 14, 2022 moves into the book of Acts 1:6-11  entitled “Our Purpose”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

The blessing of the Backpacks of our school-age children will be this Sunday as well.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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

 

Mercer County Fairground

 

Photo Caption:  This Post Card view of the old Mercer County Fairground, 1872-1893, is possibly the oldest view of this Fairground by Lake Mercer, (Grand Lake). 

 

First, credit goes to Fran Guilbault, who in his retirement from teaching and coaching, volunteered with historical research for the Mercer County Historical Society.  In addition to his volunteer work in the Military Room at the Mercer County Historical Museum, he responded to the request from the Mercer County Fair Board of Directors to edit the book, “The Mercer County Fair, Celina, Ohio, 1852-2002.”  Fran was the perfect scholar to do this research because he not only did detailed research, but also documented his work with footnotes.  Not many writers of local history books use footnotes or indexes.  This story about the Mercer County Fairground being held adjacent to Grand Lake is found in Fran’s book about the Mercer County Fairground, between the years 1872 and 1893.

 

This Post Card was mailed from Celina on September 20, 1906, to Mrs. Ed. Mersman, at Oden, Michigan who received the card on September 22, 1906.  It contained a one cent stamp with the image of President Franklin on the front.  The importance of this post card photograph is that it is the only photograph of the old Mercer County Fairground by Grand Lake, which I have ever seen.

 

This is the message on the front of the Post Card. 

“Celina, Ohio.  Sept. 19th, 1906.

“Dear Friend,

Will send you this card to let you know we are still living.  Was pleased with the cards from you especially the one where you were fishing.  If that looks like you then, I think you have changed wonderfully.  Ha. Ha.  Don’t know if the change is for the best or worst.  Ha. Ha.  Not much news here, only Taney [Janey ?] Schuckman wedding was announced in church, Sunday the first time.  I suppose you have heard of the death of Emma Beckman & Mrs. Werkemp, Mrs. Gebele.  Mollie & Maggie went to Dayton to Springfield last week.  Maggie returned last eve.  Mollie stayed over.”

 

When the U.S. Post Offices began delivering mail to the rural households, via Rural Free Delivery (R.F.D.) the post offices in the small villages were closed, and mail is now handled in the main Villages and the City of Celina.

 

I am in the process of writing a new book about the former Post Offices in Mercer County, of which there were about 34 Post Offices, prior to the R.F.D.   I am sorting through hundreds of Post Cards, for the fourteen Townships.   I may need your help with finding post marks on post cards or envelopes from each of the thirty some Post Offices.  Please check your old post cards and see what you have in your homes.  I look forward to hearing from you if I may borrow the cards for this book.

 

Do you have an old post card about the Mercer County Fairground which stood by Grand Lake between Cherry Street and Buckeye Street, just north of Grand Lake? 

 

The Mercer County Historical Society will host its 22nd Annual Post Card & Post Mark Exhibit, with Autographs of Famous Citizens, Sunday, November 13, 2022.

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

Purdue Fort Wayne Receives $6 million in lead gifts for planned music technology building

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — From the moment Purdue University Fort Wayne first opened the doors of its music technology center on the Sweetwater corporate campus in 2018, interest in the university’s popular music and music industry programs has soared. In fact, Purdue Fort Wayne and its School of Music have quickly outgrown that building and are now planning construction of a major new facility on the university’s own main campus.
 
Planning for this center has received a major boost thanks to commitments from a few well-known names in Fort Wayne. Chuck and Lisa Surack have contributed $3 million toward the facility, and the Auer Foundation matched that gift with another $3 million.
 
“We are so grateful to Chuck and Lisa Surack and the Auer Foundation for demonstrating their confidence in Purdue Fort Wayne and for stepping forward to support this much-needed music technology building,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne. “This spectacular new facility will serve as the launchpad for the next generation of students enrolled in our music industry, popular music, and music technology programs.”
 
Chuck Surack, CEO of Surack Enterprises and founder and chairman of Sweetwater, and his wife Lisa have been friends and proponents of the university’s School of Music since its inception in 2017. The Suracks partnered with the university early on to create state-of-the-art studio and classroom space to serve Purdue Fort Wayne students on Sweetwater’s corporate campus that’s located at the far northwest corner of Fort Wayne. Since then, enrollment in the School of Music has almost doubled from 170 students in its inaugural class to more than 300 who are expected for the fall semester.
 
“To know that interest in Purdue Fort Wayne’s programming on our Sweetwater campus has created a need to build a new structure to replace the one we dedicated just four years ago is a very positive sign for the university and the region,” Chuck Surack said. “We are excited to continue our involvement in the growth of the School of Music and look forward to a day in the near future when these students will receive their instruction in a larger facility located near the heart of the PFW campus.” 
 
The new, 26,000-square-foot music technology building is estimated to cost $22 million, with approximately $7 million expected to come from private philanthropy. The university is in the process of securing the additional private contributions needed, as well as the state funding necessary to construct the building. Current plans call for site work to begin in 2024 with an opening date projected for fall 2027.
 
Leaders from the university and its College of Visual and Performing Arts believe this important expansion fits squarely within the “Allen County Together” economic development action plan announced in January, which includes a call for Fort Wayne to become a “Top-10 Music City” over the next decade.
 
Earlier this year, the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation achieved its goal of donating all remaining funds – ultimately $79 million in all – thereby fulfilling a 15-year sunset clause established by Ione.

For additional information, contact Geoff Thomas at geoff.thomas@pfw.edu or 260-437-7657 (mobile).

 

 

MERCER LANDMARK TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL AGROW EXPO IN LATTY, OH

 

Mark your calendars for Mercer Landmark’s First Annual AGrow Expo on Saturday, September 10th. This all-day event includes a full morning and afternoon packed with a series of educational breakout sessions for local farmers and an evening full of food, family and fun to celebrate agriculture in our communities. The AGrow Expo will be held at Mercer Landmark’s new Latty Agronomy facility – 1 mile east of HWY 127 on OH-613 in Paulding County. Local farmers and community members will be able to come learn, network and enjoy tours of the new 24-acre site development. 

The mission of Mercer Landmark is to make a difference by providing profitable solutions that keep agricultural producers and communities growing. Mercer Landmark has over 300 employees and 20+ locations throughout Northwest Ohio. They have a variety of teams throughout their 5 business units that are fully equipped to provide customers with the industry knowledge and expertise they need to make smart, profitable decisions for their farm operations. Mercer Landmark’s continuous improvement in their people, facilities, technology and communities have allowed them to expand their offerings, provide the best service and solutions for their customers and, in turn, contribute to their mission to safely and effectively Feed the World.

 
 
 

 
August 1-7, 2022
 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, August 7, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, August 7, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Luke 8:4-8 entitled “God’s Incredible Optimism!”.  

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Van Wert Area Community Concert Band to perform on August 6, 2022
Trumpet Trio Special Guests

Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater Concert Saturday August 6th On August 6th the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater in Celina, Ohio on Lake Shore Drive. The concert will begin at 7:00 P.M. and will feature a variety of music to please all types of music lovers. Marches, O.S.U favorites, 60’s and 70’s pop charts and patriotic selections. Recent Celina graduate Nick Farlow will be joined by Lincolnview graduate Una VanWynsberghe and Jason Loser, Columbus Grove band director and be the featured trumpet trio on Leroy Anderson’s “Buglers Holiday”. Bring you lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of band music with our members from, Van Wert, Elgin, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, Defiance, Celina, Rockford and director Richard Sherrick, retired Parkway band director. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Celina Educational Complex Auditorium adjacent to the football field. Listen to WCSM radio, or look on the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Facebook page.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 26-31, 2022
 

 
 
 

Our Old Bookcase, July 21, 2022, Mastodon Dig at Rossburg, OH, for July 28, 2022

Photo caption:  The Mastodon Molar was found at a Rossburg site in 2002.  Among the dozen volunteers digging the mastodon bones were Dale Gnidovec, Larry Swann, and Joyce Alig.

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

 In December 2002, Henry Post was plowing the field on the west side of St. Rt. 118 at Rossburg and found Mastodon bones.  [The field belonged to the Rossburg Fire Department.]  Post then contacted Dale Gnidovec, Curator of the Orton Geological Museum at Ohio State University. 

Dale Gnidovec contacted me and other colleagues of his and asked if we would want to volunteer to dig up mastodon bones at Rossburg.  About a dozen volunteers worked for three summers, 2003-2005, digging up the “big bones.”   Among those dozen volunteers was Elaine Holzapfel, Editor of “Archaeology and Artifacts of Darke County; a 12,000 year history of human occupation in West-Central Ohio.”  Another volunteer was Bob N. Converse, Author of a series of books, including “The Archaeology of Ohio,” “Ohio Slate Types,” “Ohio Stone Tools,” “Ohio Flint Types,” as well as a regular contributor to the magazine, “Ohio Archaeologist,” published by the Archaeological Society of Ohio. 

The Mastodon bones were just a few inches below the surface of the soil, so we could sit on the circumference of the site and slowly dig out each bone.  I was digging around the ribs, which were several feet in length.  The ribs had collapsed on top of each other, and I was trying to work around them and not step on top of them.  Other volunteers worked excavating the huge bones from their resting place of thousands of years.  I tried to picture in my mind, an image of these giant Mastodons walking around, right here in Mercer, Darke, and Auglaize Counties. 

The Rossburg Mastodon was dated about 12,000 years old, from the era of the Ice Age.  These bones have been cared for by Dale Gnidovec, Curator of the Orton Geological Museum, Orton Hall, Ohio State University, 155 S. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210.

This site of the Rossburg Mastodon is about five miles west from the Carter Farm site, which was excavated by the Dayton Museum of Natural History in the early 1970’s.  The Carter Site is the second best Ice Age site in Ohio.  The prehistoric bones found at the Carter site are located at the Dayton Museum of Natural History, now known as the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

The Mission of the Mercer County Historical Society is, “To Preserve Mercer County’s History and To Educate the Public about that History.”  That Mission would also include “Pre-History.”  “Pre-History” means before anyone was writing about history.

At the Mercer County Historical Museum, you can see the prehistoric Elk Bones and Antlers which we dug at Cranberry Prairie.  The Elk Bones were also Carbon 14 dated about 12,000 years ago. 

Our next Open House at the Mercer County Historical Museum is Sunday, September 18, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00, for the Annual Book Sales.  This sale will include the latest book about the “Oil & Gas Boom, Mercer County and Midwest Ohio,” and the book, “New Idea Company’s Hay Tools, 1931-1999, Coldwater, Ohio.”  Also available will be an assortment of copies of the past 30 books by the Mercer County Historical Society.  Now is the time to collect these books about Mercer County’s history, because it is cost-prohibitive to re-print these books today.

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 410-852-0092.

 

 

 
 

ArtSpace/Lima to Promote Painting
Plein Air Watercolor TO-GO Art Bag Saturday, July 30th, ArtSpace/Lima and Mercy Health will be handing out “Plein Air Watercolor TOGO” bags. ‘Plein Air’ refers to full air, or painting outside. ArtSpace is encouraging artists to use the TO-GO art bags to paint their surroundings. The bags will include a backing board, watercolor paper, watercolor paints and brush. All ages are welcome to receive a TO-GO Art Bag. The outdoor painting project is sponsored by Mercy Health as part of their community outreach. As an added bonus, artists are encouraged to bring their completed watercolor paintings to ArtSpace by September 1st to be part of an exhibition in the Brick Gallery. There will be cash prizes awarded. The TO-GO Art Bags will be given out on Saturday, July 30th, starting at 12:00 noon. ArtSpace is encouraging people to stay in their cars and drive through Cherry Alley to pick up the TOGO Art Bags. Cherry Alley can be entered from High Street in the 100 block and exited onto Market Street. For further information about this project or other ArtSpace/Lima programs, please call Sally Windle, Executive Director, at ArtSpace/Lima 419-222-1721.

 

 
 

Buzzards Glory 5 K

The 28th annual Buzzard’s Glory 5K run/walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6th 2022 in Coldwater.

Pre-Registration available on line at www.cantstoprunningco.com. As in all challenge races, kids 14 and under run for free with a completed registration form.

This chip-timed event begins and ends at Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater with registration from 7 am to 8 am at the stadium. 100% of the proceeds go to the Coldwater Memorial Park & Coldwater Library.

This is the seventh and last race of Mercer Health 5K Challenge run and all awards for the Challenge will be given out after the race.  Race results will be available online at www.mercrthealth5kchallenge.com & www.cantstoprunningco.com  Call Innergy Fitness at 419-763-1111 for more information.

 

 
 

Liberty Baptist Church Visits Noah's Ark

In lieu of a traditional Vacation Bible School this summer, adult members of the Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert, Ohio took teens and children on a journey to Noah's Ark last Saturday. According to the church's Senior Pastor, Jim C. Burns, the Ark Encounter is in Williamstown, Kentucky just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. Everyone who ventured on this journey experienced a "Life-Size journey back in time through some very important Bible history."  LBC member,  Britney Beougher, organized and directed this event. The Ark Encounter features the most authentic full-size replica of Noah's Ark in the world, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible.  The church group was able to meet Noah and his family and see how they may have cared for the animals aboard this huge boat, and what their living quarters might have looked like and what Noah and his family's clothing might have been like.

 

Aside from the many exhibits at the Ark Encounter, there is a "massive family playground built for kids of all abilities, and the Ararat Ridge Zoo."  The zoo includes a petting area, kangaroo walkabout and animal shows all included in the admission price to the Ark Encounter.  Children 10 and under were free.  For an extra cost, there is a Zip Line, Camel rides, Virtual Reality Experience and Panning for Fossils.  All total, 32 people from Liberty Baptist went on this adventure, and everyone came home safely with thrilling stories and life impacting testimonies.  The main message of the Ark Encounter is for visitors to learn that you can trust the Bible to tell you the truth about main world history events and that God shut the large door once the animals and Noah's family entered into the Ark.  The one door on the Ark is a picture of Christ being our one door to forgiveness of sins and our entrance into Heaven.  Jesus said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."  (John 10:9).  Pastor Burns stated, "We thank the Lord for this once in a life time opportunity for our church family and our guests to experience the Ark Encounter!"

 

(Submitted by Pastor Jim Burns)

 

Bridge Replacemnt Closes Road
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Huwer Road between Mercer-Auglaize County Line and Kremer Road in Marion Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on August 1, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 4 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

 

 
 

Come Hear Reverend Larry May at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH welcomes retired Reverend Larry K. May to the pulpit at 10 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Larry has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from the United Church of Christ Church and was a pastor at St. Paul’s for many years.

Sunday School is at 9:30 AM weekly. Children’s Church will be held during the worship service.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page, run by Karen Ousley, for information as well.

 

 
 

 
July 19-25, 2022
 

 
 
 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL

First United Methodist Church, located at 113 W. Central Avenue in Van Wert, in partnership with many Van Wert businesses and churches, has set the date of Sunday, August 7th for their 7th Annual Operation Back to School event.  This FREE event provides backpacks, school supplies, and hygiene items to Van Wert County families in need.  Students in pre-school through 8th grade may pre-register online at www.vanwertfirst.net by following the “Operation Back to School” student registration link or stop by the church office to fill out a registration form.  Pre-registration is highly encouraged and will close July 22nd. There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.

The event will be held at Fountain Park from 3 pm - 5 pm, with games and food for the entire family.  We ask that families do not arrive on site prior to 2:45 as we will be organizing the park and surrounding areas to the park for the event. Plan to join us for the afternoon. 

The high school event is being planned for a later date.

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the event, to donate to help the project or for more information please call Teresa at First Church 419-238-0631 ext 307.

 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 24, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, July 24, 2022 moves into the book of Acts 1:6-11  entitled “Our Purpose”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

ARTIST TO DO DOWNTOWN MURAL 

The Van Wert County Foundation recently received funding from the Ohio Arts Council to commission an Ohio Artist to champion a local project with a strong community planning component. The artist chosen was Augusto Bordelois out of Cleveland, Ohio who will create a mural in downtown Van Wert. As part of the planning process, the VWCF convened a committee of local artists and downtown stakeholders who worked with Augusto on local elements and themes for the Mural; a sketch was finalized by the Committee in early June. Augusto will paint the mural at the Wassenberg Art Center during the month of July. Chosen students from all 3 county schools and local artists will assist Augusto with the painting of the Mural during this time. 

When completed, the mural will be mounted in Eugene Bagley Alley on the side of the Hotel Marsh. The official mural reveal will be in conjunction with a Main Street Van Wert Fourth Friday event - more details to follow.

A reception will be held to welcome Augusto to the Van Wert community on Tuesday, July 12, from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Wassenberg Art Center. Light refreshments will be provided by the Van Wert County Foundation. 

The Wassenberg Art Center is to be a catalyst for creative expansion through art. With an open, diverse approach, our programs reach out to inspire creative interaction for all. The Wassenberg Art Center opens its doors to all community members. Contact the Wassenberg Art Center by phone, at (419) 238-6837, or by email, at info@wassenbergartcenter.org.

 

The Van Wert County Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on creating a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for Van Wert County, Ohio. The Van Wert County Foundation transforms quality of life by supporting purpose, inspiring growth, and building the future.

 

 

Lake Fest 5K

The Lake Festival 5K run takes place on Saturday, July 23rd at 8am at Lake Shore Park. This chip timed event is part of the Mercer Health 5k Challenge. The certified course is and out and back course along West Bank Road. Registration begins at 6:45am at Lake Shore park. Pre-registration is only $15 and is available at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com Race day registration will also be available at for $20. All runners 14 & under race free with a completed registration.

Medals are awarded for the top male and female runners in addition to age group awards. $100 will be awarded to the male and female runner who sets a new course record.

Proceeds from this race benefit the Celina Mercer Co. Chamber of Commerce. Race organizers thank the following sponsors: Mercer Health, Celina Lions, Westside Carryout, MCerv, Chiefs, Aqua Tech Water, Celina Fire Department, Celina Insurance, State Farm-Brian Stephen, Agent, Lakeshore Realtor-Tony Bidlack, Agent, Dynamic Federal Credit Union, H&R Block, Best Western, Dairy Queen, Preferred Insurance.

For more information, contact the Celina Mercer Chamber office at 419-586-2219.

 

 
 

Roadside Hazards

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office has been, is and is continuing to determine and act upon ways to improve the safety of our rural local roadways in Mercer County.  One of the aspects of roadway safety we have tried to improve upon is the roadside clear zones.  The roadside clear zones can be generally defined as the total roadside area starting at the edge of the traveled way, available for safe use by errant vehicles.  Simply stated, it is an unobstructed, relatively flat area beyond the edge of the traveled way (pavement) that allows a driver to stop safely or regain control of a vehicle that leaves the pavement surface.

In virtually all cases, the legal road right-of-way extends well past the paved section of the roadway.  The Mercer County Engineer has right-of-way maps which show the existing width of the legal road right-of-way.  These widths of right-of-way vary on the various rural local roads.  Anything placed within the road right-of-way by a property owner is subject to removal by our crews.  The most common examples of such items are trees, bushes, landscaping, decorative rocks, fences, buildings, etc.  For the safety and usability of our rural local roads, we ask property owners to keep items like this outside of the road right-of-way and appreciate the public’s support in making our roads better and safer for all who use them and all who adjoin them.

Landowners having questions about specific right-of-way widths of county and township roadways should contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office 419-586-7759.

 

 
 

New Idea Uni System

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

Photo Caption:  Design Layout for New Idea Uni System, by Dennis Becker, 1982-1987.

Dennis R. Becker’s design for the layout for the New Idea Uni System was brought to the Mercer County Historical Society, by Becker’s close friend, Mark Earhart.  Several designs were included in this donation.  These designs will be on exhibit at the New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit and Antique Tractor Exhibit, August 6-7, at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park.

Dennis R. Becker, (November 12, 1942 – April 12, 2022), served as a U.S. Marine, in 1966-1968.  With his passion for fishing, he was a member of the Ohio Bass Federation where he served 25 years on the Board of Directors and 15 of those years he was President.  He and his wife lived in Troy.  Dennis was known for his public service, at church, as well as other community organizations.   

Dennis had the gifts of artistic ability and organization.  After attending Dayton Art Institute, he worked as a Commercial Artists and drew detailed layouts of machinery for New Holland and New Idea Farm Equipment.  He also did architect projects for Joseph Wagner Architects.

I asked Jeremy Kessler, Pixilations, Digital Photo Imaging, Kessler Homes Office, 611 West Logan St., Celina, St., to create an image of Becker’s design which was about four feet square, to the size of a typing sheet of paper.  Jeremy highlighted the details of Becker’s drawings to aid the viewer to grasp the details of Becker’s work.  I asked Ken Coffman and Phil Naumann to identify this Uni-System. 

In the image above, Dennis drew this cut-a-way drawing of the New Idea Uni-System 858 Uni-Sheller, made in 1982 and 1987.  Copies of Dennis Becker’s designs are included in the book, “New Idea Company’s Uni-System, 1963-1999, Coldwater, Ohio,” on pages 72 and 111.  On page 72, the photograph includes the 858 Sheller with a full bin of corn in the field demonstration.  Representatives from People’s Republic of Bulgaria visited the New Idea Company Plant at Coldwater twice in 1981, for the field demonstration of the new 858 Corn Sheller.  On page 111, the following description is given:  The 858 Sheller, Cage-type, corn shelling unit.  Twin rotors (14 in. diameter X 107 in. long).  Grain Bin 170 bu.  Unloading auger at 110 degree angle for high trucks and grain carts.  Used with Model 840 Feeder House and any “Fas-Tach” corn head (except 3 row narrow) on any higher horsepower power unit made or modified to carry 4 ft. wide harvesting units.  1982 & 1987.

All too often, we are not aware of the skills of Mercer Countians, not only their technical skills, but also for their academic skills in addition to their organizational skills in working with the public.  These machines were inspired by mechanical skills of the people who went before them.   The skills of past generations should be recorded and passed on to new generations, to inspire the genius minds of many of our citizens. 

To see the original works of art by Dennis R. Becker, visit the New Idea Farm Equipment and Antique Tractor Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the north side of their Park, on August 6-7.

Copies of the four New Idea Farm Equipment books by the Mercer County Historical Society’s New Idea Historic Preservation Committee will also be on exhibit.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

 

Donate to Mercer County Back-To-School Supply Drive: Our Home Family Resource Center  

Starting the school year with the necessary supplies can be difficult for a financially strapped family. Setting aside enough funds to purchase all the supplies their children need in time for the start of school can be challenging. With help from individuals, churches, and businesses from all over Mercer County, Our Home Family Resource Center helps income-eligible Mercer County families with school-age children obtain the school supplies needed to begin the year with excitement and confidence.

Last year, 329 students from seven different Mercer County school systems were assisted. To support the 2022 Back-To-School Supply program, you can donate any of the following items: book bags (new), solid color pocket folders, tissues, glue bottles, classic Crayola markers, Crayola colored pencils, Crayola 24-count crayons, zipper pencil pouches, wide rule loose leaf paper, large pink erasers, 5” and 7” pointed scissors, Expo wide black dry erase markers, highlighters, and earbuds. Monetary donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase items necessary to meet the needs of applicants.

Donations will be accepted through August 4th and may be dropped off at Our Home during business hours Monday through Thursday. If you prefer to shop online, there is an Amazon Wishlist at https://a.co/g9zhUwf . Any online purchases can be shipped directly to Our Home Family Resource Center, 117 W Fayette St, Celina, OH 45822. Volunteers will sort and pack the donations for pick-up by families at Celina First Church of God on August 11th.

Parents/guardians of students who need assistance with school supplies can register online at www.ourhomefrc.com/schoolsupplies through Thursday, July 28th. If there are questions, or issues submitting applications, call 419-586-4663 and dial 2 for Direct Services.

Our Home Family Resource Center is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that serves all of Mercer County. For more detailed information about the programs, projects, and services provided by Our Home, visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663.

 

C.H. & D. Railroad for July 14, 2022

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

 

Photo Caption:  The C.H. & D. Railroad ran from Cincinnati, north through Hamilton & Dayton, and came north through Mercer County, Ohio.

 

Requests for information and photographs about railroads and trains have been crossing my desk.  There have been entire books written about the railroads in Ohio as well as the railroads across our nation.  While serving as President of the Mercer County Historical Society these fifty years, I have been collecting this history.

 

Here in western Ohio, in the 1880’s, railroads were constructed, bought and sold, changing ownership, as well as being a part of the larger system of railroads in the United States.  Three railroad tracks crossed Mercer County at the beginning of the 1880’s.

 

The Lake Erie and Western (L.E. & W.) crossed Mercer County, near Fort Recovery from Jay County, Indiana, then went to St. Joseph, Ferner, Coldwater, Celina, and east toward the Auglaize County Line.

 

The Cincinnati Northern Railroad (C.N.) came north from Cincinnati, and entered Mercer County at Gilbert’s Station (on the east side of Burkettsville), through Saint Henry, Coldwater, Celina, Tamah, through Shanes Crossing, and to Shaffer’s Station in the last half mile before entering Van Wert County.

 

For the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway, (C.H. & D.), the trains went through those cities and headed north.  Here in Mercer County, the C.H. & D. Railroad was noted for traveling through Steineman Station (located three miles south of Maria Stein), then through Maria Stein, Chickasaw,  Montezuma, Celina, Mercer, Mendon, and crossing the Mercer/Auglaize County Line at Byrd’s Station between 1881 and 1923.

 

The C.H. & D. was known as having a “Narrow Gauge track,” having a railroad track which was narrower than the L.E. & W. Track and the C.N. Track.  This railroad was discontinued about 1923 because industry was discontinuing using the narrow gauge track.  This narrow gauge track was held responsible for the reason for businesses slowing down or closing.

 

The impact of the growth of railroads in the 1880’s, and earlier in many states, provided industry a quicker path to transportation to the larger markets across the United States, resulting in a financial growth of business and industry, including the agricultural market.  The Gas & Oil Boom also contributed to this financial growth in the 1880’s and 1890’s.

 

In 1995, due to the many requests for information about Mercer County’s History, the Mercer County Historical Society published the book, “Mercer County Centennial Buildings,” which compared the 1888 and 1900 Plat Maps of Celina and villages.  The plat maps identified businesses and industry sites and dates.  People seeking the age of their homes, to establish if the homes were Centennial Buildings, would compare the dates of 1888 and 1900 for their homes and businesses.  The Historical Society printed these books to provide quick access to this wealth of information.

 

If you want to see a copy of this book with the Plat Maps, visit the Antique Tractor and New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit, at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the north side of their Park, on August 6-7.

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar  

 

 

 
July 12-18, 2022
 

 
 

Chatt Farmers Picnic Planned for Thursday, July 28, 2022
The 107th Chatt Farmers Picnic is planned for Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the woods on Tama Road, 2-1/2 miles east of Chattanooga. Tractor pulling begins at 10 AM. Children’s tractor contest at 3:30; children’s contests at 1:30 pm. Bingo. Door prizes. Silent Auction. BBQ Chicken and pork chop dinners begins at 5 PM and evening program with the Parkway Band at 6:30 followed by Ryan Hirschy musical entertainment.

 

PERI to meet
Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will meet on Tuesday, July 12th at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.  Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:30 AM with the business meeting starting at 10:00 AM.

Guest speaker will be Jennifer Contreras, a probation officer with the Mercer County Juvenile Court.  She will speak about The Ripple Project.  This Mercer County Organization, a partnership between the Wright State University-Lake campus, the Mercer County Juvenile Court, and several agriculture organizations serves juveniles on probation.  Weather permitting, members and guests will have the opportunity to view the Ripple gardening project at the Fairgrounds.

 
 
 

VANTAGE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW LPN-RN PROGRAM

Vantage Career Center is hosting an open house of its updated facilities for the school’s new LPN-RN and established Practical Nursing Program on July 21, from 5:00-7:00. The open house will include a program dedication sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation thanks to its partnership with Vantage Career Center to provide the funding that kick started the LPN-RN program. The open house will begin with a dedication ceremony including Angie Fahy, Director of Adult Education, Vantage Career Center, and a Trustee of The Van Wert County Foundation. 

Program Faculty will be available to answer questions and take applications. The facilities at 813 N Franklin St, include two classrooms, two lab spaces, and a myriad of interactive, experiential learning devices such as a virtual cadaver lab and animatronic patients. Light refreshments will be provided following the dedication ceremony during the open house.

Vantage provides authentic, student-focused, career technical training that provides adults opportunities for employment and further education.  For more information on adult education programs and scholarship opportunities, contact Maria Diltz, Enrollment Coordinator at Vantage Career Center, at (419) 238-5411 x2118. 
 

The Van Wert County Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on creating a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for Van Wert County, Ohio. The Van Wert County Foundation transforms quality of life by inspiring, fulfilling, and supporting philanthropy.  More information can be found at www.vanwertcountyfoundation.org

 

Wabash Road to Close for Bridge Replacement

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing a road closure on Wabash Road between SR 219 and Siegrist Jutte Road in Washington Township for a bridge replacement and roadway approach reconstruction.  This road will be closed tentatively on July 11, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen 4-5 months, depending on the weather conditions. Any additional questions, contact the Mercer County Engineer's Office at 419-586-7759.

 

 

Car Crash in Celina
This morning at about 6:59 AM an injury crash reported on S. Main St., south of Lakeshore Dr., near the lighthouse.  Just prior to the crash a Celina PD officer was fueling a patrol car at the Shell station near Logan St.  The officer observed a white, 2020 Lincoln sedan accelerate rapidly to what appeared to be a speed over 50 MPH.  The Lincoln failed to stop for a red light as it crossed Logan St., still southbound.  The Lincoln failed to negotiate the curve, went left of center and struck a concrete barrier along the lake.  It then struck a flag pole, a light pole and another flag pole before driving head-on into a black 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck before coming to rest.

The driver of the Lincoln was identified as 62 year old Jeffrey Buschor of Celina.  It appeared he may have had a medical emergency.  He was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead at the hospital.  The driver of the Ford pickup truck was identified as 36 year old Keith Beyke of St. Henry.  Mr. Beyke refused treatment at the scene for apparent minor injuries.  Both vehicles were a total loss.  The crash remains under investigation.

The staff of the Celina Police Dept. would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Jeff Buschor.   

 

EverHeart Hospice Welcomes New Team Members

EverHeart Hospice welcomes both Jeralayne Ruiz, Board Certified Music Therapist; and Sara Neal, Social Worker, to its Hospice Care Team.

Ruiz grew up on Long Island in New York and moved to Ohio to attend Ohio University for Undergraduate and Graduate School. There, she earned two Master's degrees, one in Music Therapy and one in Voice Performance/Pedagogy. 

In addition to music therapy, Ruiz is also a classically trained singer and has performed in several operas and musicals, even performing on stage with the Rolling Stones in 2015. 

When asked what inspired her to work at EverHeart Hospice, Ruiz shared that her predecessor, Carrie Whatley, "always spoke so fondly of the EverHeart team. The supportive network that EverHeart seems to have made me excited to join the team!"

A few of Ruiz's favorite hobbies include watching movies, listening to music on vinyl, and visiting museums. 

Ruiz shared her motivation for working in the hospice field, stating, "It is a gift and privilege to share music, moments, and memories with patients and families at end-of-life. Being able to honor and celebrate a life is so special."

Sara Neal joins the team as a social worker.

Neal attended Wright State University, obtaining her BSW, LSW, and CSWMFT.  She has seven years of social service experience and was led to EverHeart while searching for a position that was part-time and close to home. She wanted to work for an organization that held high values and practiced standards. 

Neal shared she was also interested in the Hospice field, stating, "It’s rewarding to help patients and their families find peace and closure while assisting them with their needs."

Neal enjoys cooking, baking, DIY crafting, and trivia in her free time. She and her husband have a beautiful baby girl and share their home with two dogs and cats. 

If you are interested in joining the team at EverHeart Hospice, visit www.everhearthospice.org to view current employment opportunities.

 

 
 

History of Stained Glass Windows at St. Paul's Country Church

St. Paul’s Country Church welcomes the public to their 10 a.m. worship, led by Beth Anne Bollenbacher.

Her lesson is the history and details of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows. She researched them in 1966 for her own confirmation project.

Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Children’s church and children’s message are on the first, third and fifth Sundays each month. All children are invited to these Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope at 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding worship services or visit the St. Paul’s — Rockford Facebook page.

St. Paul’s Country Church is an independent church following the Bible.

 

Willshire Trade Days

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club is pleased to announce their Annual Flea Market and Trade Days that will be held dawn to dusk July 28, 29 and 30, 2022 located at 3385 State Route 81, two miles east of Willshire, Ohio on State Route 81. Bring the entire family—admission and parking are free.

There will be all types of Flea Market items, crafts, cement figures, tools, dog supplies, antiques, fishing, and hunting supplies. The Vendor’s Auction is Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and supper concessions are available each day. Hosted by the Willshire Fire Department, breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. Lunch and supper are hosted by the Parkway Booster Club. No three-wheelers or four-wheelers are allowed except for the handicapped, must be 16 to drive a golf cart. Vendor space is still available for $50.

Latest details and updates are posted on the Willshire Sportsman’s Club Facebook page, like and share @WillshireSportsmansClub.

Willshire Sportsman’s Club is non-profit organization that offers membership for only $10 per year. Club meetings are every third Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Ron Schumm at 419-495-2730 or Dan Strader at 419-203-4557 for details.

 

 

MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH FORT RECOVERY PD HOSTS ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE TRAINING

AND RESCUE TASK FORCE TRAINING

DATE(S):        THURSDAY JULY 14, 2022 AND FRIDAY JULY 15, 2022

TIMES:            0800 HOURS - 1600 HOURS

LOCATION:    FORT RECOVERY ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL, 865 SHARPSBURG RD, FORT RECOVERY, OH 45846

 

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office along with Fort Recovery Police Department will be hosting Active Shooter Response Training with the addition of Rescue Task Force Training on July 14, 2022 and July 15, 2022.  The training will be presented by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and conducted at the Fort Recovery Elementary/Middle School.

We have scheduled two separate (8) hour training days.  Each day will have the same training so that departments can send half of their personnel the first day and the other half the next day.  The Sheriff’s Office is covering the cost of providing the training. 

There will be a short classroom portion of the training that will be followed up with hands on role playing scenarios involving intruders and victims. The first half of the day will consist of the Active Shooter Response training focusing on solo officer response and leading into link-up and 2-man responses. The afternoon will lead into a full scale active killer event including a rescue taskforce response. We will be utilizing the use of “air soft” guns to help simulate “Force” on “Force” training.

This will be the 7th year for the Sheriff’s Office hosting an Active Shooter Response Training session in Mercer County and the first year implementing a Rescue Task Force. We have had (43) students sign up to attend the class.  This includes personnel from most of the law enforcement agencies in Mercer County, as well as EMS and Fire personnel. With the addition of the Rescue Task Force Training, the number of personnel involved will grow with the inclusion of Mercer County area Fire Departments and EMS Agencies.

During the time we have been conducting the training we have been moving the locations throughout the county.  In the past, we had conducted the sessions at several different schools districts, and a multi-residential type facility. Our hope is to allow all of the officers from Mercer County to train in differing types of structures so that they are better prepared for circumstances like this.

We hope that we never have to use the training, but want to be as prepared as possible if we do.

The public may notice an increased first responder presence in the area of Fort Recovery.  There will be a large amount of officers, fire fighters, and squad members in and around the building.  The area will be posted with training warning notices and will be closed off to the public.  We wish to thank the Fort Recovery Local Schools for their assistance in providing the building and staff for this very important training opportunity.

If anyone has any questions about the training they may contact Training Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp.  He may be reached as at (419) 586-7724 or at jay.wehrkamp@mercercountysheriffohio.gov

Sheriff Jeff Grey

 

 

LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP NEWS

The public is welcome to attend the July 13th Lake Area Arts Group
meeting Wednesday, 6:00 at the Art Center 110 S. Main Street, Celina.
There will be opportunity to view the recent art show winners and vote
for Peoples Choice award from all of the 136 art works submitted by 48
area artists.
Registration forms will be available for the September 3rd “Plein
Air on the Grand” at downtown Celina’s Fall Festival. This LAAG
sponsored event is open to any and all artists who would like to do
outdoor painting of the Grand Lake scenery and wild life as well as
familiar downtown landmarks. There will be cash awards to the top
three canvasses judged at the end of the afternoon. More information
will be available at the meeting or contact Sherry Chandler, LAAG
email at lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com.  

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar  

 

Free Summer Movie for Seniors         

Seniors ages 55+ are invited to a free showing of the film “Fried Green Tomatoes” on August 3rd at 10:00 am at Cinema 5 in Celina.  This 1991 drama is the tale of an unhappy housewife who befriends an elderly woman at a nursing home and is enthralled in the tales of the people she used to know and the stories of her past. It is a story of true friendship with humor, mystery, and even a few heartfelt tears along the way.

This is the perfect chance to beat the summer heat and invite your friends to spend the morning together!

All attendees will also receive a goody bag to take home and the chance to win a variety of door prizes. Snacks will be available for purchase at the theater.

To reserve your seats, please call 567-510-4608 prior to July 29th. Space is limited for this event and an RSVP is required. Please remember this event is only for individuals ages 55 and older.

The free showing of this film is sponsored thanks to a group effort by Celina Manor, EverHeart Hospice, Heritage Healthcare, and Miller Place.

Cinema 5 is located at 116 N. Main St., Celina, OH 45822.

For questions related to this event, please call 567-510-4608.

 

 

 
July 4 - 11, 2022
 

 
 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on July 11, 2022 at 6:30 pm
by Sally Cox

 
 
 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL COMING TO HOPEWELL LUTHERAN

Ice Cream Social: The St. John Lutheran Church (Hopewell) will be holding their annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 14th, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. We are located at 9009 St. Rt. 118, Celina OH. All proceeds will benefit the C.A.L.L. Food Pantry Backpack Program. Everyone is invited to come for great food and fellowship!!

 

 

Kingdom Harvest Ministries Opens Registration

Kingdom Harvest Ministries Released Time Education – Registration Open Now

Register at kingdomharvestministries.org

If you have previously enrolled, you do not need to register again.

 

Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Parkway Students 2nd through 8th grade attend once a week

Parkway High School students attend daily for class credit

 

Celina Students 5th and 6th grade attend once a week
Celina High School students attend daily for class credit

 

First United Methodist Preschool accepting registrations

First United Methodist Preschool, located at 113 W. Central Ave., is now accepting registrations for the 2022-2023 school year.  First United Methodist Preschool is a Christian based school which prepares children to succeed in all areas of life.  The curriculum is driven by the Ohio Department of Education standards and each teacher is there to provide a positive and nurturing environment for all children as they begin their educational journey.  The preschool offers 2 day classes for those students turning 3 by October 1 of the current school year they will be attending.  We do accept enrollments any time during the school year pending assessment and evaluation of readiness by the teacher.  A child who is at least 4 and is planning on attending Kindergarten the following school year may attend the Pre-Kindergarten classes.  A student attending a Pre-Kindergarten class has the option of choosing 3 or 4 mornings per week.  All classes meet 8:30a.m to 11:30a.m.  Register online at www.fumpreschool.com or contact Administrator Marilyn Agler at 419-238-0631 ext. 308 or by email at marilyn.agler@vanwertfirst.net.   

 

 

 

Suicide Awareness Walk

 

ASSURE, Area Suicide Support Resources, is planning their annual Suicide Awareness Community Walk on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 8:30 AM. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 AM. Walking time is from 9-11 AM. Register then or on on their website: www.assuremc.org.

 

Reverend Bonnie Smith (of the Belle) Announces Retirement

 

Reverend Bonnie Smith has been the Pastor at The Belle in Rockford for the past four years. Over the years she has helped with many church related events in Rockfor including a union with Rockford United Methodist Church and WRKD-FM 101.3 radio. She has worked with the HOPI Indian reservation as well.

Best wishes to Bonnie in her retirement!

 

Pickleball Fun at Shanes Park

 

The community of Rockford has new Pickelball Courts at Shanes Park in Rockford. Come try it out every morning from 9-10 AM through July 8, 2022. All ages and levels welcomed.

 

 

 

 

Mendon Vacation Bible School Planned

 

The Mendon Community of Churches have planned Vacation Bible School for the children, ages 3-12 at Mendon United Methodist Church. There will be crafts, music, activities, snacks and Jesus, Mendon First church of God is another participating church.

 

 

VanTilburgs 60th Anniversary Celebrated

 

Norm and Deanne VanTilburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 7th. Norm and Deanne Hamilton were married at the Mendon Methodist Church in 1962. They have two children: Vicki (Dan Kruse of Columbus, IN; and Rodney (Liz) VanTilburg of Tipp CityThere are 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The family will celebrate later this summer. Cards can be mailed to 806 S. Main St., Rockford, OH  45822.

 

Stateline Writers Club to meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meeting Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. in the Mercer County District Memorial Library in Celina. The club members will hear a lesson and will read stories they have written on the topic of "Time."


Guests are welcome to attend. They may bring their own story to read but do not need to do so. The club is open to anyone in the region.

 

 
 
 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 10, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, July 10, 2022 continues from the Gospel of John 20:24-29  entitled “Help for our Unbelief”. Steve has been bringing us the many lessons of John as he covers Jesus’ life and death for our salvation.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 

 
June 27 - July 3, 2022
 

 

HAPPY JULY 4TH - INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT FOR OLD FASHIONED FARMERS DAYS

Blind Date and Noah Back will be performing at Old Fashioned Farmers days which will be held June 30, July 1 and July 2

at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Blind Date will be playing on Friday July 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Noah Back on

Saturday July 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Also the annual Fiddle, Banjo and Harmonica contest will be held on Saturday afternoon

at 3:00 P.M.

 

There are quite a few new events happening during the show this year.  There will be a dog show, dress up goat show, Clydesdale horses, K-9

demonstration and an animal land that will have all different kinds of animals including some chickens that look very strange.  Also there

will be goat Yoga on Friday Night.  If you have never seen this, stop by and take a look.  Quite impressive.  We also will be taking a tour of the

MVP dairy on Friday leaving the fairground at 1:30 p.m. The tour will include the learning center which includes 2 levels. The first level goes over milk’s story from soil to cup. The second floor will allow you to see the milking carousel working with cows on it.  There also will be a yogurt snack at the end.  If we have more than 10 in the group, we will be allowed to go through the free stall barns and commodity barn on a shuttle. The cost for the tour will be $5.00 per person, age 3 and under free.   We will collect the $5.00 before we leave the fairgrounds to go. Any questions call 419-305-3039.  We have some transportation available but it is getting full.

 

The kids will enjoy the kiddie pedal tractor pull and  kids games  while their older brothers and sisters and parents enjoy the adult pedal pull.  Dad and mom

might also enjoy the Antique Tractor Pull  and dirt street garden tractor pull and the antique car show.

 

Don’t forget the flea markets and craft booths.  We still have some spots available.  Anyone interested in securing a spot call 419-305-1984. 

You can also check out the antique tractor and engine displays along with threshing and sawmilling and trading post.  There also will be plenty of good

Food including bean soup and corn bread.

 

For more information on time of events see http://www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com/ or find us on facebook.   Admission of $3.00/person 12 and

under free.  3-day pass $7.00.  Camping available.

 

 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.
 

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, July 3, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter John 8:31-36 entitled “Our Freedom in Christ”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Willshire Trade Days

The Willshire Sportsman’s Club is pleased to announce their Annual Flea Market and Trade Days that will be held dawn to dusk July 28, 29 and 30, 2022 located at 3385 State Route 81, two miles east of Willshire, Ohio on State Route 81. Bring the entire family—admission and parking are free.

There will be all types of Flea Market items, crafts, cement figures, tools, dog supplies, antiques, fishing, and hunting supplies. The Vendor’s Auction is Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and supper concessions are available each day. Hosted by the Willshire Fire Department, breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. Lunch and supper are hosted by the Parkway Booster Club. No three-wheelers or four-wheelers are allowed except for the handicapped, must be 16 to drive a golf cart. Vendor space is still available for $50.

Latest details and updates are posted on the Willshire Sportsman’s Club Facebook page, like and share @WillshireSportsmansClub.

Willshire Sportsman’s Club is non-profit organization that offers membership for only $10 per year. Club meetings are every third Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Ron Schumm at 419-495-2730 or Dan Strader at 419-203-4557 for details.

 

 

 
June 20-26, 2022
 

 
 

MERCER COUNTY D.A.R.E. BOOSTER SCHOLARSHIPS

            Mercer County DARE Boosters recently presented ten $500 scholarships with matching $500 scholarships from Wright State Lake Campus to the following Mercer County 2022 graduates: Kevin Partington and Aliyah Arling, Marion Local; Beyla Romer, St. Henry; Macy Beougher and Kendrick Tebbe, Coldwater; Ben Sheppard, Parkway; and David Kramer, Conner Altstaetter, Madelaine Eblen, and Zoe Newcomb, Celina.

            DARE Scholarship applications were received from 31 county seniors.  The winners were selected based on their responses to the prompt “As you complete your high school years, how has DARE influenced your decision to remain alcohol and drug free? How has this decision affected you in your high school career?”

            Due to COVID concerns, the annual Scholarship luncheon hosted by the Mercer County Elks was canceled.  The Elks honored the winners and their families with a Chamber Gift Card.

            DARE Boosters would also like to thank all the merchants and individuals, Civic Organizations, the Mercer County Elks, Wright State Lake Campus, McDonald’s, and Sheriff Grey who continually support this program through their donations and time.

 
 

Country Fest 5K

The 29th annual Country Fest run/walk 5K is set for Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 9am. This chip timed race will start and end near 2291 St. Johns Rd next to the grounds of Country Fest entrance in Maria Stein. This loop course has a long straightaway down country roads and winds through the streets of Chapel Hill.

Pre-registration is available online at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com. Race day registration is available beginning at 7:30am and is $20. Registration is held in the shelter house next to the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics. All runners 14 & under race for FREE with a completed registration form.

Awards ceremony will follow with refreshments. Food stands at the festival will also be open at this time.

 

 

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

Chew Mail Pouch barns

Photo Caption:  “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco:  Treat yourself to the best” is the advertisement on this Washington Township barn.  This barn was declared to be a National Landmark! 

A request from Ohio came to me, asking if I knew of any Mail Pouch Barns!  Of course, I know about the “Chew Mail Pouch Barn” located in Washington Township, at the south east corner of Routes 29 and 49, in 1990.  The barn belonged to Keith Hours at that time.   At one time, over 20,000 U.S. Barns bore this advertisement.  Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson, encouraged the Highway Beautification Act, and the U. S. Congress declared these big old barns to be “National Landmarks.”

In 1990, I asked myself how we could preserve the Agricultural Heritage of Mercer County.  The idea came to me to write about the big old barns.  This was at a time when farmers were facing the problem of not having room to drive their big farm equipment through the barn doors, or having room to store their farm equipment.  I realized that no one is building these big old timber framed barns anymore.  In the autumn of 1990, I put out news releases that I would be writing this book about these barns, and that people should share their stories with me.

I went to each of the fourteen Townships in Mercer County and drove on each of the roads.  I stopped at the farms with big old barns, and requested permission to photograph their barns.  I asked the owners to tell me the stories of their barns.  The owners also loaned me old photographs of their barns.  The photographs included barns under construction, barn dances, barn fires, barns destroyed by tornadoes, and wedding celebrations and family parties at the barns.

Between 1990 and 1993, I photographed over 2000 big old barns.  I visited barns through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.  I addressed the architectural styles of these barns, in addition to those with unusual features.  Of these barns, over a thousand families put their barn photographs and stories into this book, “Those Magnificent Big Barns in Mercer County, Ohio.” 

Visit the Antique Tractor and New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit at the Coldwater Picnic, August 6-7, and see copies these books.  We have a few of these Barn Books left on the shelf.  The copies of the four New Idea Farm Equipment books will also be available.  Once the books are sold; that will be it.  There will be no reprints.

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

Chip and Seal Season

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews will be starting the yearly chip and seal work on approximately 103 miles of rural local roads in Mercer County.

We are requesting that yard mowing trimmings not be blown onto the county and township roads.  Cut grass on the pavement creates additional prep work to get the roads ready for chip and seal and impedes the speed of the work.

Blowing excess grass onto the roadway also makes a hazard for motorists and especially motorcycle riders that most of us don’t think about related to loss of traction.  This becomes even more dangerous with rain on the roadway.  Stopping distances increase and friction between the tires and pavement decrease.  This scenario has caused tragic accidents and has opened up unknowing property owners to lawsuits.  We respectfully request that private mowers are turned around for a couple of passes to keep our roads and traveling public safe.

County and township roads with “Loose Stone” or “Loose Gravel” signs posted are roads that are scheduled to be chip and sealed this season.  These roads will have temporary closures during the chip and seal process.  We thank you for your patience in helping to keep the traveling public and our workers safe.

 

 

 

Mercer Health's Esmonde/Homan Memorial Golf Outing

Raises Scholarship Funds for Local Students Furthering Education in Healthcare

 

The MED Foundation of Mercer Health held its annual “Esmonde/Homan Memorial Golf Outing” on June 10th at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course.  The shot-gun start commenced after a golf ball drop 50/50 with the winning golf ball awarding $2,950 to the lucky winner from Celina.  The MED Foundation wishes to thank the many supporters of the golf outing, including the golfers, volunteers, and hole sponsors, which all help make the event a success and allows the MED Foundation to continue to provide scholarships to local students. This year the MED Foundation awarded 18 scholarships for $18,250 to 18 graduating seniors from the Class of 2022.  Since the inception of the program in 1992, 309 scholarships have been awarded totaling $328,200.00. 

 

Recipients this year include:

·      Celina – Aubrey Brinkman, Harlee Harris

·      Coldwater – Aubrey Koester, Ashlyn Koester, Kadance Blockberger, Grace Buschur, Rachel Wenning       

·      Ft. Recovery – Emma Fullenkamp

·      Marion Local – Ashlyn Bohman, Aliyah Arling, Hannah Buening, Lynn Schwieterman, Morgan Guggenbiller

·      Parkway – Leah Eichler, Riley Samples

·      St. Henry – Hannah Woods, Grace Lange, Clayton Everman

 

The winning teams of this year’s outing, include:

Men’s Division

·      1st Place: Marsh McLennan Agency, LLC – Joe Woods, Tim Antil, Tyler Bertke, Andy Watson

·      2nd Place: Emergency Physicians Group – Craig Dues, Andy Dues, Josh Siegel, Joe Turner

·      3rd Place: Hemmelgarn Benefits – Randy Hemmelgarn, Howard Corona, JJ Woehrmyer, Michael McClurg

Women’s Division

·      1st Place: Deb Kremer, Joyce Moeller, Treva Fortkamp, Natalie Rethman

·      2nd Place: Bonnie Knapschaefer, Peg Muhlenkamp, Diane Lefeld, Jean Rolfes

·      3rd Place: EverHeart Hospice – Kristi Strawser, Sarah Depoy, Kelley Hall, Amy Brenner

Co-Ed Division

·      1st Place: Steve Samples, Teri Samples, Larry Stechschulte, Patti Stechschulte

·      2nd Place: First Financial Bank – Jim Osmon, Scott Cockerell, Jenny Strayer, Jenny Willson

·      3rd Place: Roger Klenke, Jim Wermert, Jody Schulze, Thea Langenkamp

 

Additional Awards were given for:

·      Men’s longest drive (under 50) – Josh Siegel

·      Men’s longest drive (over 50) – Jim Wermert

·      Women’s longest drive – Deb Kremer

·      Men’s long putt – Dave Mader

·      Women’s long putt – Kris Siefring

·      Men’s closest to pin – Larry Stechschulte

·      Women’s closest to pin – Diane Lefeld

 

Sponsors included:

·      Golf Ball Sponsor: RB Advertising

·      Corporate Sponsors: EverHeart Hospice, First Financial Bank, Community Sports & Therapy Center, Moeller Trucking, Park National Bank, Hemmelgarn Benefits, Preferred Insurance Center, Blue & Co., USI Insurance Services, KeyBridge Medical Revenue Care, The St. Henry Bank, and (IOS) Innovative Office Supplies & Marsh McLennan Agency

·      Birdie Sponsors: Wabash Mutual, The Messenger Press, Miller’s Textile Service, Technical Roofing of St. Henry, Tuttle Construction /Touchstone CPM

·      Par Sponsors: Edward Jones, John Yoder and The Peoples Bank Co.

·      Hole-in-One Sponsor: Stammen Insurance

·      Awards Sponsor: Mercer County Elks

·      Many, many door prize sponsors

 

 

 

New Idea Committee ~ OUR OLD BOOK CASE by Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society

 

Photo Caption:   New Idea Historic Preservation Committee Members, May 22, 2019

Front Row:  Bernard “Pete” Schaefer, Don Muhlenkamp, Jerry Will, Lavern Heuing, Phil Naumann, and Leroy Peters.

Center Row:  Cheryl Naumann, Gary Rismiller, Rita Rismiller, Joyce Alig, Mary Jutte, Jim Jutte, and Jim Weiler.

Back Row:  Richard Bashore, Linus Lefeld, Orville Kunk, Ron Fischer, Ken Coffman, Leo Lefeld. 

Members Absent on 2019 photo:  Keith Fahncke, Joe Karafit, Frank Mohlman, and Bob Stelzer.

 

The Mercer County Historical Society created the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee in January 2000, after the New Idea Company closed its doors, December 1999.   These Committee Members have made the major contribution to preserving Coldwater’s Heritage, not only with hosting the New Idea Farm Equipment at the Coldwater Picnic, since 2005, but also in publishing four History Books about New Idea Company, between 2013 and 2019.

 

The four New Idea History books are about the Horse Drawn Spreaders, Corn Pickers, Uni-System, and Hay Tools.  These books will be on exhibit at the August 6-7, 2022 Exhibit at the Coldwater Picnic.

 

August 6-7, 2022, the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee will be hosting the Annual New Idea & Antique Tractor at the Coldwater Community Picnic at the Park.  You are invited to visit this exhibit, and/or bring your own equipment for display.

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on June 21, 2022 at 6:30 pm
by Sally Cox

 
 

Parkway Middle School Supply List for 2022-2023 School Year
by Kristi Dodds

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 
 
 

Taste of Celina Coming

The Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to downtown Celina on Friday, July 8th from 5p-10p for the block party of the summer.  Taste of Celina Block Party and Car Show will take place in downtown Celina and will offer a night of fun with friends and family.  Tasty samplings will be offered from ten local restaurants including Bella’s, Speakeasy, Celina Manor Cafe, Fritz’ BBQ, C-Town Wings, Friendly’s IGA, Brew Nation, Sidecar Martini’s On Main, The Anchor, and newcomer The James Watson House. You will also be entertained by the sounds of local musician Jason Grieshop, and you’ll be able to enjoy an awesome car show on the end of South Main. Pre-sale food tickets are available for purchase at the Chamber office for $1 each.  They will offer a free ticket for every twenty purchased.  Tickets will also be available at the event. The Celina Mercer Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization promoting the economic growth of the businesses they serve.  They are happy to provide such a great community event while promoting the great local eateries in the Celina area. The Chamber would like to express their gratitude to the following businesses for financial support of this event: Ultimate Chef Sponsor, Dynamic Federal Credit Union.  Master Chef sponsorship, Mercer Health, Citizens National Bank, ArmCorp Construction, Celina Tent, Reynolds & Reynolds, Reliable Tent Rental, Mercer Savings Bank, and Wabash Telephone.  Top Chef sponsors include Four U Office Supplies, Peoples Bank, CAPT, Celina VFW, and Leugers Insurance.

 

 

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE by Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society
Butler Township Plat Map

Photo Caption:  Butler Township Plat Map from 1978 “Mercer Co. History Book.”

I received a request about the various schools in Butler Township. 

The best way I can show you the various locations of churches, schools, and cemeteries in Butler Township is to provide a Butler Township Plat Map, which was made by the Mercer County Engineer’s Office for the Mercer County Historical Society, to include in the 1978 “Mercer County History Book.”  You can look at your own Mercer County Ohio Map, to see the map of Butler Township. 

Another way to learn about Butler Township is to visit the Antique Tractor and New Idea Farm Equipment Exhibit at the Coldwater Community Picnic, in Butler  Township, August 6-7, 2022, and to see copies of books which include maps & stories about Butler Township’s Trustees, Villages, Churches, Schools, and Cemeteries, as well as Butler Township family histories.

Also on exhibit about Butler Township are copies of the book, “Oil & Gas Boom,” which includes oil & gas wells in each of the fourteen Townships.  

On exhibit about Butler Township are copies of the four New Idea Farm Equipment books, which include New Idea Company products of Spreaders, Corn Pickers, Uni-Systems, and Hay Tools.   The Barn Book includes photographs and stories of the big old barns, some of which are no longer standing.  After I wrote the story about the Mail Pouch Barn, I have received so many requests for a copy of the Barn Book.

The very best “pocketsize book,” about Butler Township is “Passport, Butler Township,  Coldwater, Philothea, Philothea Station and Montpelier.”  This pocket size book contains the lists of every article and every book written about Butler Township in the Society’s files.

If you want a list of the local history books which the Mercer County Historical Society has printed, contact me and I will mail a copy of our 2022 Brochure, which lists these books.

For more information about acquiring Harrison Frech’s books about Willshire and about Anthony Shane, his address is:  207 Biltmore Avenue, Van Wert, OH 45891.  I would suggest that if you want copies of his books, order now, and don’t wait until they are sold out!

By the way of comment on current communication systems, my “computer was down,” in the month of May.  If you wrote me and I did not answer you, please try again.  Thanks.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

 
 

SEBASTIAN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ~ BETWEEN CASSELLA-MONTEZUMA ROAD & HARRISON ROAD
WABASH ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ~ BETWEEN ST. JOE ROAD & MENCHHOFER ROAD

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart announced today, contingent upon weather conditions, Tom’s Construction, Inc. plans to start construction work Wednesday, June 22, 2022 on both of these roads.

The improvements will involve the placement/replacement of pipe/tile and catch basins in the right-of-way, as well as dirt shoulder widening.  In general, the catch basins, pipe, tile and mailboxes will be set further away from the edge of pavement in the right-of-way.  No pavement widening is being done as part of this project.  The road will be closed to through traffic for up to 120 days and local access will be maintained.  The completion deadline for the project is mid-fall 2022.

Right-of-way stakes and construction staking may be placed and need to remain for the duration of the project.

Our office is available to try to answer any questions you may have about the project. 

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

4884 Mud Pike, Celina 45822

Phone: 419.586.7759

Email: engineer@engineer.mercercountyohio.gov 

 

 

 
 

Investigation Leads to charges against retired officer

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today announced the indictment of Celina Police Department Officer Mark Burgoon, age 50.  Police Officer’s home addresses are not released pursuant to Ohio law.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Officer Burgoon’s wife on November 3, 2021.  The two were separated at the time.  Allegations were made that she was being harassed by him and the Sheriff’s Office agreed to do the investigation instead of referring her to the Celina Police Department due to the possible conflict of interest it could create since he was employed at the police department.

The investigation by Mercer County Detectives revealed that the ongoing marital issues between the two had resulted in many allegations be leveled against each other. There were many unwanted verbal and electronic communications between both parties.  One of the allegations that was leveled against Officer Burgoon was that he was using a law enforcement database to identify people that were friends with his wife. 

The investigation revealed that Officer Burgoon, on August 3, 2021, had improperly used the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to identify a person who he believed was a friend of his wife. LEADS is the database law enforcement officers use to check driving records, identify owners of vehicles from license plates, run a criminal history on a person and  many other law enforcement functions.   Accessing the LEADS system for any reason, other than a law enforcement purpose, is a felony of the fifth degree under Ohio Law, Section 2913.04. 

The Sheriff’s Office did notify the Mayor, Safety Service Director, and Police Chief of the investigation at its onset.  The City of Celina and the Police Department cooperated fully with the investigation.

This information was presented to a Mercer County Grand Jury after detectives consulted with the special prosecutor who was assigned to review the case by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Grand Jury returned and indictment on June 16.  Officer Burgoon, who has since retired from the Celina Police Department was served a summons to appear in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on June 28 at 2:30 PM.

The investigation is still continuing with misdemeanor charges being reviewed by the prosecutor’s office for other individuals.  These charges, if filed, are not additional charges for Burgoon.

At this time, no other information is being released by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 
 

Van Wert Health Department Nuisance Investigations

A nuisance has many definitions.  A few examples include:

1. “One that is annoying, unpleasant, or obnoxious” from Merriam-Webster

2. “The unreasonable, unwarranted and/or unlawful use of property, which causes inconvenience or damage to others, either to individuals and/or to the general public” from Law.com Legal Dictionary

3. “(Law) A use of one's property that causes danger or annoyance to others or that interferes with others using or enjoying their own property and that is subject to civil action” from Webster’s New World College Dictionary

The Van Wert County General Health District is required to investigate nuisance conditions in the county under the authority of Ohio Revised Code 3709.21.  This code states the health department’s responsibility when it comes to protecting the public’s health from nuisances.  Nuisance reports can be made to the health department by email, telephone, or in person.  Examples of nuisances investigated within the county include large amounts of solid waste (trash), rodents and pests outside of a home, large amounts of animals causing an extreme smell, and sewage back-ups.  

The health department uses different regulations than those used for code enforcement inside Van Wert City.  When a nuisance is reported to the health department and that nuisance is within the Van Wert City limits, the health department will refer it to the city unless it does not fall under the scope of the city code ordinance. 

The most common nuisance investigated is a solid waste or trash nuisance.  Solid waste nuisances can be avoided by having a regular trash pick-up or hauling to a licensed landfill or transfer station regularly, and by storing solid waste in a closed container.  Ohio EPA regulations do not allow for the burning or burying of ANY solid waste.  The health department does not have any authority over the condition of the inside of a home.  Indoor housing conditions including mold, structural or electrical issues, and general home conditions related to landlord/tenant situations are not able to be investigated by the health department.  The only time the health department can get involved with the indoor conditions of a home is when the conditions are affecting the public outside of that home.  For example, the home has a large amount of solid waste, or a large number of animals and the conditions are creating an odor strong enough to be noticeable outside of the home.  Another example is when a home has an infestation of rodents or pests and those rodents or pests are observed in other homes.    

For questions or concerns related to nuisances, please contact Britt Menchhofer, Environmental Health Director at 418-238-0808 extension 105.  

 

Saxophone Artist to Entertain
Van Wert Live announces a night of Jazz featuring Grace Kelly on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 PM at The Niswonger Performing Arts Center. She will be bringing her spunky saxophone playing across North America, with a stop in Van Wert! Be uplifted by her beautiful tone and fast fingers. Grace Kelly also lends her sweet vocal stylings to some numbers, making for an entire musical package and a diverse experience!

Tickets from $15-45 are available now to Van Wert Live Members and release to the public on Friday, July 1. Sponsored by Chuck & Karen Koch, Mark & Michelle White, and Koch & White Law.
 

Box Office Hours: 419-238-6722, Mon - Fri 10A - 3P.

 

 
 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 26, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, June 26, 2022 continues from the Gospel of John 21:15-22  entitled “Being Before Doing, Part II”. Steve has been bringing us the many lessons of John as he covers Jesus’ life and death for our salvation.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 

 
June 10-19, 2022
 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, June 19, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Matthew 7:24-29 entitled “Fathers, Families and Faith”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

Caption: Above is the new sign at the church. It was built and installed by Johnny Harrod of Mercer Metal.

 
 

Chicken BBQ Dinners Planned
Main Street Van Wert and the Van Wert Fire Fighters Local 681 will be teaming up to host a fundraiser dinner and special concessions at the concert at Fountain Park on Friday, June 17, in partnership with Van Wert Live.  The concert that evening features Allie Colleen, an emerging, high-energy country artist.

Dinner and concessions will be served starting at 6:00 PM. Guests will enjoy a BBQ chicken dinner, grilled by fire personnel from the Van Wert Fire Department. Meal tickets are $10 include chicken, rolls, sides, and dessert.  Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Main Street Van Wert office or tickets may be purchased at the event.  Other concessions will include hot dogs, brats, desserts, water, and pop.  Patrons may enjoy the BBQ chicken dinner at the concert or pick up meals to-go. 

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards Main Street Van Wert. 

“We love this opportunity to raise money for Main Street Van Wert and the Van Wert Fire Department. Main Street Van Wert provides countless services to the community including flowers downtown, hometown hero banners, watering stations, bike racks, events and so much more,” shared Joe Dray, Executive Director of Main Street Van Wert. “It’s an honor to serve this community and we hope everyone can make it out to support us as well as the fire department.”

Fountain Park is located on West Main Street and South Jefferson Street across from the Van Wert YMCA.  The concert begins at 7:30 PM.

 
 

WTLW Premieres Documentary To Commemorate 40th Anniversary

WTLW TV-44 will celebrate its 40th year of broadcasting with the premiere of Station Identification, a documentary telling the compelling story of how the TV station came into being in 1982. It also chronicles the reflections of those who were instrumental in producing the local programming that has originated from the TV-44 studios on Baty Road.  A special premiere will be held in the studio on Friday, June 10 at 6:30 pm for pre-invited guests and followed by the TV premiere on Monday, June 13 at 8 pm on WTLW TV-44. (Spectrum Ch. 4). TV-44 broadcast over the air for the first time on June 13, 1982.

John Ondo  produced the full length film, which features 30 interviews of past employees, including founders Ron and Becky Mighell.  Ondo, a former TV-44 employee, has been working on the film for two years. He considers the project a labor of love. “I refer to this documentary as the 'pulling back the curtain of TV-44' and people will be amazed how this small market station has thrived through its creativity,” he said.

 

 
 
 
 

 
June 6-9, 2022
 

 
 

Van Wert Health Family Physician Elected to National Leadership Positions

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) hosted its National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) in Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 2022. NCCL is the vehicle for AAFP member constituencies (recognized as women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates (IMGs), and LGBTQ+ physicians) to exchange information, share experiences, and develop basic leadership skills with peers from across the country. The conference is an opportunity for AAFP members of underrepresented constituencies to voice their individual and group perspectives.

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is proud to have had several members elected to leadership positions while representing Ohio’s family physicians at NCCL. OAFP member John A. Sharma, MD, FAAFP, is one such member that represented the IMG constituency for the OAFP. During NCCL, Dr. Sharma campaigned and was elected as IMG co-convener for the 2023 NCCL. Additionally, he was also successfully elected as a Member Constituency Alternate Delegate to the AAFP’s 2022 Congress of Delegates and will automatically serve as Delegate in 2023.

“I feel honored to represent the voices of my peers and look forward to the OAFP’s continuing guidance to ensure that I am best prepared to advocate for the voices of my constituency at upcoming meetings and, hopefully, be involved to help empower future OAFP constituency delegates to be leaders,” said Dr. Sharma.

Originally from Canada, Dr. Sharma earned his Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Alberta before graduating from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, in 2005. He has spent the last 16 years practicing rural family medicine in the Midwest. He is now a family medicine attending physician at Van Wert Health in Van Wert, OH.

“At NCCL, I learned about organizational structure, networking, resolution writing, providing testimony, and parliamentary procedure,” said Dr. Sharma. “I am thankful to Van Wert Health and their executive team for allowing me this opportunity to grow my leadership skills and bring a new skillset back to the Van Wert community for the ultimate benefit of its residents.”

Dr. Sharma’s diverse experiences and leadership provide the OAFP and the AAFP with a valuable perspective to help address the present challenges in primary care and strengthen the prevalence of family medicine in rural communities throughout the nation.

 

Former Rockford Native Wins Emmy Award for Journalism

NBC 10 News has just been honored with a New England Emmy Award for its coverage of Tropical Storm Henri with anchors (Holly) Patrice Wood, a native of Rockford, Ohio, and Dan Jaehnig.

WJAR-TV in Cranston, Rhode Island won in the category of Outstanding Evening Newscast for its coverage of the aftermath and cleanup of Henri on NBC10, WJAR.

"Anytime severe weather strikes Southern New England, the NBC 10 team is geared up and ready to help keep you and your family safe. It is a great honor to be recognized for our service to the community," said NBC 10 News Director Scott Isaacs.

Wood added, “As the number one news station in Southern New England, we have a great responsibility to broadcast lifesaving information during dangerous weather conditions and our reliable reporting through the years has earned us the trust of our community. I am extremely proud of our news team that accurately and fearlessly covers the news for our viewers every day and am honored to receive this recognition from the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Tropical Storm Henri made landfall twice in Rhode Island with wind, rain and surge in August 2021.

The awards are given annually by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Holly Patrice Wood, a graduate of Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio and Bowling Green State University, has been a reporter and anchor at WJAR-TV for 42 years and has earned numerous professional and personal accolades including Emmy Awards, the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award, induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and Rhode Island Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has regularly been voted “Best Female Anchor” by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine. She currently anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 11pm weekday newscasts.

Wood is the daughter of the late Duane Wood and Jinny Wood and the sister of Sheila Baltzell-Linn of Celina, Ohio and Colleen O’Steen of Huntsville, Alabama. She and her husband, Paul Pabis, have two grown children, Jonathan and Stephanie.

 

 

 

Pastor Steve Howell Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.  

Steve’s lesson on Sunday, June 12, 2022 continues from the Bible Book of John 21:15-22  entitled “Being Before Doing”. Steve has been bringing us the many lessons of John as he covers Jesus’ life and death for our salvation.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 
Rockford American Legion Post 508 thanks everyone for Memorial Day Help
The Rockford American Legion Post 508 would like to thank everyone who helped make our Memorial Day service a success, including our guest
speaker Ben Sapp, Pastor Ken Meyer and our comrades from the Willshire
American Legion and Sons. Also the Parkway High School Band, the Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts and the FFA groups who joined in the parade. We
are very grateful for all the people who worked behind the scenes
placing over 800 flags at local and area cemeteries; those who helped
with the chicken barbecue; and to RCO for preparing the chicken
dinners for us. And finally to everyone who joined us on Memorial Day
to pay tribute to America's fallen heroes.
 

 

Stateline Writers Club to Meet

The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Mercer County District Memorial Library in Celina. The writing theme is shopping. The lesson will be presented by President Kathy Keysor. The club welcomes visitors interested in practicing their writing skills. The group meets the third Saturday of the month through the end of this year.

 

Bridge to Close in Hopewell Township
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Herman Road between Keopple Road and Tama Road in Hopewell Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on June 6, 2022 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.

 

 

Rockford Community Days & Art Festival

Rockford is eager to celebrate all our community has to offer with a festival, June 17th and 18th at Shanes Park. Yes! Father’s Day weekend – bring Dad and make some fun memories to last a lifetime. As our weekend festival quickly approaches, we invite you to make plans to attend our celebration and spend the day in Rockford!

We are so excited to share that thanks to generous donations from Belna Petroleum and the Community Days Committee, RIDES & INFLATABLES will be FREE. There is plenty to keep the kids busy! FREE old fashion kids’ races, sponsored by the Parkway Athletic Booster Club and a FREE Party on The Splash Pad, sponsored by The Rockford Carnegie Library. Come dance, play, mingle, and cool off. But wait there is more – Car Show, Arts Festival, Vendor Market, Parade, Carnival Food, Local Food and Live Entertainment. Featured bands include: The Van Wert Community Band, My Sister Sarah, Sold Out Saints, and Forty Acres. Our beer tent will be featuring local brews from Second Crossing Brew Co. along with Budweiser products.

Please note our NEW parade route will be going down Franklin Street to Front Street to Shanes Park.

Our most popular event is back again. Bring the family out to enjoy the always spectacular Fireworks, Friday night at 10pm. Sponsored by The Fremont Company.

Festival proceeds help maintain and improve Shanes Park. While spending the day in our quaint Village– make sure you visit our downtown businesses, Rockford Community garage sales, view the Historic Mural on the South Wall of the Fire Department, and our Veterans Memorial at Hedges Park beside the American Legion. We are proud of our history and remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedoms we still enjoy today. Check out our full schedule of events on Facebook – “Rockford Community Days”.

 

Zuma 5 K

The 2022 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season kicks off on June 18th for the 30th annual Zuma 5k. This chip timed 5k Run/Walk will take place at Zuma Park.

This road race is part of the annual Zuma Days, with proceeds going to community improvements.  Registration is at the Shelter House at Zuma Park.  This race will begin at the Franklin Township Fire House and the course will take us through scenic county side will finish inside park.

Online registration and find race information is available at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com  

Pre-registration is $25 including a T-shirt or $20 on race day without a t-shirt. Kids 14 & under run the 5K for free with a completed registration form.

Registration opens at 7:30a with the race beginning at 9:00a.  For more information contact Stacy Braun at 419-733-8218 or stacy_braun@hotmail.com. Make checks payable to: South Shore Zuma. Inc. and mail entries to: Stacy Braun 8022 County Rd. 219A Celina, Ohio 45822



 

Lima Symphony Orchestra Brings Back Live Symphony Storytimes

 

Lima, OH (June 2, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s popular Symphony Storytime program will travel to different locations throughout the region during the month of June. Featuring performances by musicians from the Lima Symphony Orchestra, these programs will focus on different themes and tie those themes to basic musical concepts.

 

Dates:

Monday, June 6 at 6:30 PM – Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library (325 E Columbus St, Kenton, OH 43326)

Theme: Emotions

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 10:30 AM – Brumback Library (215 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891)

Theme: Emotions

 

Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 AM – Auglaize County Public District Library (203 Perry St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895)

Theme: Monsters

 

Monday June 13 at 9:30 AM – Findlay-Hancock Public Library (206 Broadway St, Findlay, OH 45840)

Theme: Opposites

 

Tuesday, June 28 at 10:30 AM – Brumback Library (215 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891)

Theme: Opposites

 

Program Details:

Emotions:

This program features In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek (2014), Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (2019), Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen (2013), Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (2017), all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw parallels between musical concepts such as major and minor to various emotions, using musical examples to accompany the stories.

 

Opposites:

This program features Big is Big (and little, little) by J. Patrick Lewis (2007), Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson (2016), and The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (2010), all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw parallels between concepts of contrast using musical examples to accompany the stories.

 

Monsters:

This program features King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently (2011), The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (1999), and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963), all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw upon classical music standards to brings the scary monsters to life and add elements of excitement and reflection to the program, and examine how composers use different effects to get our hearts pounding!

 

With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, "Symphony Storytime" is designed to spark children’s imaginations and foster a lifelong love of and appreciation for music. This program is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public. These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and the other arts are critical tools in building strong communities. 

 

 

LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP NEWS
  
  A pen and ink wash class is being offered at LAAG’s Art Center, 110
  S. Main St., Celina, on Tuesday, June 7th from 11:00 to 1:00pm. Local
  and award winning artist Debby Gregory will lead the beginner and
  experienced thru this water color media with all supplies furnished.
  Cost is $25 or $20 for LAAG members. Sign up by contacting:
  lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com with your name, email, and phone number.
  LAAG reminds artists that entry forms for their 2nd Annual Grand Lake
  Juried Art Show in July need to be In by Friday,June 10th. Artist can
  enter up to three pieces with at least one piece for sale. There are
  thirteen categories with cash awards including youth and peoples
  choice. To receive an entry form contact:lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com
  
  The next LAAG members meeting will be June 8th. 6 p.m. at the Art
  Center. Bring your art to share.
  Artists who have art presently exhibited at the Art Center will need
  to pick up their art June 9 thru 11th from 11:00 to 3:00.

 

 

Historic Harrison Hill Home and Garden Tour
When: Saturday June 11th from 10am to 4pm
Where: Historic Harrison Hill Neighborhood Association, ’07 Fort Wayne
Add’l: In celebration of their official listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the Harrison Hill neighborhood will welcome attendees into ten historic homes and gardens, two churches, and several green spaces throughout the neighborhood. Local artists will sell their work at an art market hosted by Bread and Circus. Food trucks will offer lunch and snacks to those wandering through the neighborhood.
Cost: Tickets can be bought in advance for $15 at HarrisonHillFW.com or purchased on the day of the event for $18 (children 12 and under are free). On the day of, tickets can be picked up in the grassy boulevard of South Harrison Street just south of Redeemer Lutheran Church or near the Harrison Hill Elementary School entrance.

 

2nd Annual RED, WHITE, and BLUE Celebration to Honor Local Heroes on Friday, July 1st

Community Sports and Therapy Center is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the second RED, WHITE, AND BLUE Celebration at Coldwater Memorial Park Amphitheater on Friday, July 1, 2022.

 

This FREE event open to the public will again honor members of the local FIRE, EMS and LAW departments who serve us so selflessly every day. All funds raised will go directly to these departments throughout Mercer County. To date over $13,000 in funds have been raised for these Mercer County departments.

 

Hotel California, the Original Eagles Tribute Band from Ontario, Canada will return by popular demand and play from 8 to 10 pm. Roger Demange and Rick Heyne will be the special opening act at 6:45pm. Opening Announcements and the National Anthem will begin at 630pm. Food trucks by Holy Smokes and Barbeque and Crème De la Crème Cakery, along with Kiwanis K-Burgers, and a Beer Stand sponsored by Buzzard’s Glory Community Club, including local Tailspin, will be available from 6-10 pm. We encourage the public to bring their own lawn chairs.

 

Celebration shirts are being sold in advance until June 19th with 100% of proceeds being given directly to the local Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement departments throughout Mercer County! We encourage you to wear your Red, White, and Blue shirt to the event on July 1st at Coldwater Memorial Park to show your support and appreciation of our local heroes!

 

Shirts can be ordered through our website at www.cstcenter.com or via this link: https://homestretchsportswear.printavo.com/merch/redwhiteblue2022. Complimentary shirts in the coordinating color are being provided by generous sponsors, including Mercer Health, RCS Construction, Garmann Miller, and Community Sports & Therapy Center to the local Fire (Red), EMS (White) and Law Department (Blue) personnel to honor them at the event. We encourage members of the public to interact with those being honored, both to thank them and to discuss opportunities for them to also volunteer or serve.

 

“Mercer County EMS is in need of new EMS volunteers, this is a national issue as there is a major shortage of emergency medical technicians,” stated Kara Smith, Mercer County EMS Director. “In return for a two-year contract, Mercer County EMS will pay for all schooling to obtain an EMT certification. Those interested should call the EMS office at 419-586-3797 to obtain more information.”

 

The event will also host several kids’ activities including a coloring contest and a “touch-a-truck” event with police cruisers, firetrucks, ambulances and more. Stay tuned to our event page for additional details that will be announced as the event draws closer.

 

“As we celebrate our country’s Independence it is fitting that we express our appreciation and gratitude to all the safety personnel in Fire, Law, and EMS that keep us safe each and every day,” said Bob Hibner, Executive Director of Community Sports and Therapy Center. “This event is intended to celebrate our country’s Independence and at the same time give tribute to all the dedicated men and women who in the past, at present and in the future keep us safe locally!”

 

ENTERTAINMENT FOR OLD FASHIONED FARMERS DAYS

Blind Date and Noah Back will be performing at Old Fashioned Farmers days which will be held June 30, July 1 and July 2

at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Blind Date will be playing on Friday July 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and Noah Back on

Saturday July 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Also the annual Fiddle, Banjo and Harmonica contest will be held on Saturday afternoon

at 3:00 P.M.

 

There are quite a few new events happening during the show this year.  There will be a dog show, dress up goat show, Clydesdale horses, K-9

demonstration and an animal land that will have all different kinds of animals including some chickens that look very strange.  Also there

will be goat Yoga on Friday Night.  If you have never seen this, stop by and take a look.  Quite impressive.  We also will be taking a tour of the

MVP dairy on Friday leaving the fairground at 1:30 p.m. The tour will include the learning center which includes 2 levels. The first level goes over milk’s story from soil to cup. The second floor will allow you to see the milking carousel working with cows on it.  There also will be a yogurt snack at the end.  If we have more than 10 in the group, we will be allowed to go through the free stall barns and commodity barn on a shuttle. The cost for the tour will be $5.00 per person, age 3 and under free.   We will collect the $5.00 before we leave the fairgrounds to go. Any questions call 419-305-3039.  We have some transportation available but it is getting full.

 

The kids will enjoy the kiddie pedal tractor pull and  kids games  while their older brothers and sisters and parents enjoy the adult pedal pull.  Dad and mom

might also enjoy the Antique Tractor Pull  and dirt street garden tractor pull and the antique car show.

 

Don’t forget the flea markets and craft booths.  We still have some spots available.  Anyone interested in securing a spot call 419-305-1984. 

You can also check out the antique tractor and engine displays along with threshing and sawmilling and trading post.  There also will be plenty of good

Food including bean soup and corn bread.

 

For more information on time of events see http://www.oldfashionedfarmersdays.com/ or find us on facebook.   Admission of $3.00/person 12 and

under free.  3-day pass $7.00.  Camping available.

 

 

 

 

 
June 1-5, 2022
 

 
 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford


The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, June 5, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter John 14 :23-26  entitled “When the Spirit Invades Our Lives”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
May 26-31, 2022
 

 
 
 
 

Memorial Weekend Patriotic Concert In The Park

Event moved to the Niswonger Auditorium due to weather - 7 PM!

 

On Friday May 27th, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert, Ohio. The program will begin at 7:00 P.M. and is free to the public.  Music performed on the concert will include Patriotic selections that are intended to reflect, revitalize and rekindle the pride that each of use has as citizens of the best country in the world, the United States of America.   A few of these selections are, Let Freedom Ring, Echoes of the Civil War, Van Wert American Legion Band March, God Bless America, and God Bless the U.S.A. Other selections will include music of the Ukrainian Nation Anthem and Beautiful Savior. Area military personnel and veterans will also be honored with a Salute To America’s Finest.  In the event of inclement weather the concert will be held at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Please listen to the local radio station or visit the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Face Book page for updates.

The band members and director are excited to present this live performance. Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and members from, Van Wert, Ohio City, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, Defiance, Spencerville, Celina and Rockford for this special concert. 

The band will also be providing music for the Ohio City American Legion Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday May 30th at 10:00 A.M.

Pictured is the VWACCB performing August 2021 in Celina, Ohio amphitheater.

 

 
Memorial Day Parades - Parkway Band will perform at all locations
Mendon Parade to River and back to park with Celina American Legion performing rites - 8:30 AM

Willshire Parade to Willshire Cemetery - Approximately 9:30 AM

Rockford Parade to Rockford American Legion - Approximately 11 AM

 
 

Memorial Day Events in Rockford

The Rockford American Legion Post Post 508 will be holding their annual
  Memorial Day Services, Monday - May 30, 2022. All area veterans and
  Post 508 members are invited to join us at both or either service.
  The public is invited to our first ceremony to honor our all fallen
  veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am.
  Flags have been placed on each veterans' grave markers, a 21 gun
  salute will be given, and TAPS will be played.
  
  The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the
  band arrives!) beginning at the Fire Station and
  travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Park. This year
  we are honored to have Ben Sapp, Director of the Mazza Museum at the
  University of Findlay, as our Guest Speaker. New Horizons Community
  Church lead pastor Ken Meyer will be offering the prayers. Post 508
  SAL member Mike Heiser will be the MC.
  
  The Rockford American Legion will be holding a barbecue chicken
  dinner fundraiser.
  The cost will be $10 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at
  Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford
  Carryout. Chicken dinners will be available for pick
  up at the Rockford American Legion immediately following the
  ceremony.

 

University Women’s Club Presents $7500 in 2022 Scholarships to Five Area Young Women

The members of The University Women’s Club of Mercer County are pleased to announce their selections of young women who are receiving scholarship grants totaling $7500 for the 2022 school year.

The two $1,500 UWC - Evelyn Meyer’s scholarships for high school senior girls going into the field of Education were awarded to Coldwater High School's Rachel Penno who is planning to attend Ohio Northern University in Early Childhood Education & Special Education; and Parkway High School's Danielle Huff who is planning to attend University of Findlay with a double major of Early Childhood Education and Psychology.

The two $1,500 University Women’s Club of Mercer County Scholarships for high school senior girls (any field) were awarded to the two following Coldwater High School seniors: Natalie Larkin and Ashlyn Koester. Natalie will attend Purdue University at Ft. Wayne, IN majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Ashlyn  will attend Bowling Green State University majoring in Medical Laboratory Science.

The $1,500 Scholarship for a female COLLEGE Junior going into her Senior year, which requires a GPA above 3.0, an essay, and a college professor’s recommendation, for 2022, goes to: Kenzie Conn, from Celina, OH. Kenzie will be a senior in the Fall at Valparasio University in Valparasio, Indiana, and is majoring in Civil Engineering.

The UWC of Mercer County unites university graduates of the vicinity for mutual educational benefits and encourages high school women from Mercer County to continue their education. Contact Barb Phares at phares@bright.net for your  welcoming invite.

Captions:

Top photo is the Parkway High School Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Left to right: Danielle Huff and Sheila Baltzell-Linn.

Left photo is the Coldwater High School Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2022.  Left to right: Natalie Larkin; Ashlyn Koester; Rachel Penno; and Sheila Baltzell-Linn

 

 

 
May 17-25, 2022
 

 

 

Tom Sanford at St. Paul’s Country Church 5-29-2022
 
St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH will welcome Tom Sanford back to the pulpit on Sunday, May 29 2022 at 10 AM.  Tom attends New Life Christian Church in Celina and runs the Kingdom Harvest Ministries’ school education program at Parkway and Celina.

His Sermon Title is “Freedom in Christ” based on the OT Scripture: Isaiah 61:1; NT Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:17  and Gospel Reading: John 8:36.

 

Sunday School is at 9:30 AM; Church Service is at 10 AM and Children’s Church is during the worship service on the 1st 3rd and 5th Sundays.

Please call Andrea Keefer at 419-203-8350 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s Country Church – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well. Please contact Karen Ousley for the Facebook Page.

 

Daughters of the American Revolution Deidcate Members’ Graves
by Mickey McConahey

Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution recently dedicated the graves of three of our members. The deceased members honored were Elise Hoeken Stevens, Barbara McPherson Steptoe, and Gloria Mohr Fast. Family members, friends and DAR members were present for the dedications. DAR members place flags annually at the gravesites of all of our deceased members in the surrounding cemeteries.

 
 

 
May 9-16, 2022
 

 
 

Mendon-Union Alumni Association
Plans Reunion Activities

The Mendon-Union Alumni Association will be having their Annual Alumni Weekend June 3,4,& 5, 2022.  Friday's events kick off at 5 to 9 p.m. with a collector Car, Truck, and Motorcycle cruise-in downtown, Saturday has Bingo at the Farm Store at 11:00 a.m., At 5 p.m. the 126th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held at the Celina American Legion Post 210, the 50 year class of 1972 will be this year's banquet honorees.  The 45 year class of 1977 will be recognized as a group. Trivia by Egghead Entertainment following the banquet at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday features a BBQ Chicken dinner by Rockford Carry Out at noon, the Mendon First Church of God will host a freewill offering supper from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the church prior to the Titanic drama.  At 6:30 p.m. the Church of God will host a 1 hr. 20 min. drama inside the church.  Titanic, an evening with Capt. E.J. Smith and Molly Brown.  The drama is performed by Mark & Margaret Hyre, of Ann Arbor, Mich, and depicts the final hours aboard the "Greatest Ship ever built", the Titanic before it sinks.  The actors use factual documentation of the event, and incorporate time period costumes, music and photographs to bring the story to life. Their goal is not only to entertain, but hopefully educate about one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history.  This is a free event, open to the public, not just Mendon Alumni, hosted by the Mendon First Church of God, organized by the Mendon-Union Alumni Assoc, and sponsored by 10 area Mendon businesses.  We hope that you the public, will come and enjoy the evening with us.


Memorial Day Events in Rockford

The Rockford American Legion Post Post 508 will be holding their annual
  Memorial Day Services, Monday - May 30, 2022. All area veterans and
  Post 508 members are invited to join us at both or either service.
  The public is invited to our first ceremony to honor our all fallen
  veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10 am.
  Flags have been placed on each veterans' grave markers, a 21 gun
  salute will be given, and TAPS will be played.
  
  The Memorial Day parade will begin at approximately 11 am (When the
  band arrives!) beginning at the Fire Station and
  travel north on Main street to the service at Hedges Park. This year
  we are honored to have Ben Sapp, Director of the Mazza Museum at the
  University of Findlay, as our Guest Speaker. New Horizons Community
  Church lead pastor Ken Meyer will be offering the prayers. Post 508
  SAL member Mike Heiser will be the MC.
  
  The Rockford American Legion will be holding a barbecue chicken
  dinner fundraiser.
  The cost will be $10 - Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at
  Rockford American Legion, Barrys Family Market, and The Rockford
  Carryout. Chicken dinners will be available for pick
  up at the Rockford American Legion immediately following the
  ceremony.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 
 

 

 

Rockford Carnegie Library Summer Meeting Schedule Announced
The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees has established its summer meeting schedule as follows:

June:  no meeting

Tuesday, July 12 @ 4 p.m.:  regular meeting plus approval of 2023  budget

August:  no meeting

Please be sure to stop in during the summer months and see the great updates made to the library!

 

LIMA AREA YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT CONCERT ON MAY 15

Lima, OH (May 13, 2022) – The Lima Area Youth Orchestra returns to the concert stage for their 2021-2022 season finale on Sunday, May 15 at 4PM in the Lima Senior High School auditorium (1 Spartan Way, Lima, OH 45801). The program will be led by LAYO Music Director Sarah Waters and Co-Conductor Joseph MacBenn. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for students and seniors.

The concert will feature a wide variety of symphonic music, including Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, a perennial favorite from Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock, an arrangement of Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Bach’s Brandenburg Sinfonia, and will feature concert master Madison Burkholder on a Vivaldi concerto.

New to the LAYO program is the Cadet Program which is open without audition to students with only one or two years of string experience. The Cadets will present two works on their own and join LAYO for a version of the 1812 Overture and the Can-Can. The Cadet program was founded and is led by Mr. Joseph Macbenn, co-conductor of LAYO.

Members of LAYO are students from the Lima area that are selected through audition. In person auditions for next year will be held June 11 and we are also accepting virtual auditions.  Please check our website for details: limaareayouthorchestra.org

 

The Lima Area Youth Orchestra is sponsored by: The Lima Symphony Orchestra and The Lima Noon Optimist Club

Tickets (available for purchase at the door):

$10 adults

$5 students and seniors

 

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Music by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

 

 

Pastor Steve Howell Preaching Message of Forgiveness

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 22, 2022. This congregation is blessed to have retired Pastor Steve Howell in the pulpit that day.

 Steve’s lesson on Sunday, May 22, 2022 will come from the Bible Book of John 18:15-26  entitled “Peter’s Denial – Jesus’ Forgiveness”. Steve has been bringing us the many lessons of John as he covers Jesus’ life and death for our salvation.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please join us as we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Two Coldwater Men Arrested for Drug Possession
CELINA, OH- Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced this morning the arrest of Zachary Frazier, 31,  Coldwater, and Alan Bricher, 29, Coldwater, for drug possession, fifth degree felonies.  Mercer County Sheriff’s Detectives, acting on information that they had received surveilled Frazier as he went to the Dayton, OH area to purchase fentanyl on Thursday evening.

When Frazier came back to Mercer County, a Deputy Sheriff in a marked Mercer County Sheriff’s Car stopped Frazier for lanes of travel violations on State Route 118 near Lange Road.  Detectives then contacted Coldwater Police as they had the only K9 on duty in the county.  Coldwater K9 Franko alerted to the vehicle.  A search was conducted of the vehicle and several baggies were located  in the vehicle. The baggies contained fentanyl.  Detectives weighed the fentanyl and it had a combined gross weight of 47.53 grams (47,530 milligrams) .  A fatal dose of fentanyl is considered 2 milligrams.  Frazier was then taken into custody without incident.  Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman at $250,000, subject to 10%.

With the information gathered at the traffic stop, detectives were able to apply for and receive a night time search warrant that was executed at Bricher’s residence on Second Avenue, Coldwater.  During the execution of the search warrant, additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized.  Detectives were assisted in serving the search warrant by the Coldwater Police Department.  Bricher was taken into custody without incident and his bond was also set by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman at $250,000, subject to 10%.  The prosecutor’s office assisted throughout the evening with legal advice and search warrant preparation.

Jeff Grey, Sheriff

 

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable to Meet

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable is a membership organization formed to study the history of the American Civil War and advance the memory of the great conflict. We are supported only by membership dues and contributions. As a commitment to greater understanding, our meetings are open to the public. NEXT MEETING MAY 26, 2022 Richardson - Bretz Building 119 W. Fulton St. Celina, Ohio

Mike Klinger is a former Delphos resident who has carried a lifelong interest in the Civil War. he has a handful of ancestors connected to the 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a regiment that was organized in Delphos circa August 1862. Mike speaks to our Roundtable on May 26 Among Klinger’s relatives with ties to the 118th regiment: A great-great-grandfather and his brother, plus a great-great-great-uncle who wrote a diary about experiences related to the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. “They’ve been unsung heroes,” Klinger said. Their accomplishments have been overlooked until now. Mike Klinger did extensive research about that regiment and published a book with the self-explanatory title “The History of the 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry XXIIIrd Corps

 

 

Energy Control Insulation Sponsors Honor Flight to Washington, DC


Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is slated to celebrate its 36th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Energy Control Insulation is the Full-Flight Sponsor for Flight #36. David & Janet Bell are proud owners of Energy Control. Both served during Vietnam. David Bell was an enlisted Marine who was wounded in Vietnam and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Janet Bell served 26 years between the Air Force and the Indiana Air National Guard and rose to the rank of Colonel. She was the highest ranking female JAG officer in the ANG at the time of her military retirement.

The May 25th Honor Flight currently consists of a total of 86 veterans: 3 WWII veterans, 13 Korean War veterans, 45 Cold War veterans and 17 Vietnam War veterans. An additional 8 veterans who served in Afghanistan, Desert Storm (or various eras) are also included. Of these veterans, 35 served in more than one era. To date, 2,618 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor.

Veteran families traveling together to Washington include:

Air Force veterans Darryl Smith, and his Air Force veteran wife, Joyce Smith, along with their daughter, Amanda Asbury, M.D., active duty Air Force Medical Officer.
 
Three veteran brothers, Army veteran Stephen Batchelder, Army veteran John Batchelder, and Marine veteran Larry Batchelder.  Also, Navy veteran Laura Clauser, daughter of Stephen Batchelder, will be on the Honor Flight. And, Angela Murphy, daughter of Stephen Batchelder will be serving as guardian for her dad, two uncles, and her sister, Laura Clauser.
 
Air Force veteran Robert Young and his Air Force veteran son, Rory Young, will be on the Honor Flight.

Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

 

 

Stateline Writer's Club will Meet Soon

The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. in the Mercer County District Memorial Public Library meeting room.

The writing theme is "A time when you had a tough choice and how you decided what to do." Ron Aragon, member, will present a writing lesson.

The club is open to anyone interested in writing. Members read their brief stories at each meeting.

 

ercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office received a 911 call at 8:12 AM on Sunday morning advising of traffic crash on County Road 219A.   The investigation revealed that 57 year old Louis B Badgett Jr of 5480 Club Island Road Celina, Ohio was driving his 2002 Chevrolet eastbound on County Road 219A just east of Dicke Road.  Badgett traveled off of the right side of the roadway, down into the ditch and out into the field.  The vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its top. Badgett was pronounced deceased at the scene.   It appeared the crash likely occurred several hours before anyone reported it. Grey advised that due to the location of the crash, the vehicle’s final resting place and the darkness, it would have been hard for anyone to see the vehicle in the field over night.   

 

Assisting the deputies at the scene were the Montezuma Fire Department, Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers (MCERV) and Coldwater EMS.   

 

This marks the fourth (4) fatal traffic crash in Mercer County this year.

 

 

LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP NEWS
    
    A beginner water color class will be Wednesday, May 18th from 1-3pm at
    the Art Center, 110 South, Main St., Celina. Cost is $25 with all
    supplies furnished with instructor Corrine Craft from St. Marys.
    Contact lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com with name and contact info.
    
    LAAG has just printed a Lake Area Community Arts Guide for art lovers
    and visitors to explore artist studios, area businesses that sell
    locally produced art, and community art centers. Inside the brochure
    is a map guide that features art places to visit and is available free
    of charge at the Celina Art Center and numerous locations around the
    Grand Lake area.
    
    The Second Annual Grand Lake Juried Art Show sponsored by LAAG and the
    Celina Area Photo Club will be July 2-29th. Registration and entry fee
    deadline is Wednesday, June 10th. To receive an entry form email
    lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com

 

Mercer Health’s MED Foundation Awards 18 Scholarships

The Medical, Educational and Development Foundation of Mercer Health (commonly known as the MED Foundation) was created in 1988 with the mission to cultivate philanthropic relationships that enhance Mercer Health’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision.   In 1992, the MED Foundation Scholarship Program was created to help support the selection of careers in the healthcare profession by offering scholarships to graduating seniors from each of the Mercer County schools who are pursuing an education in healthcare. Based upon qualified candidates, at least one (1) scholarship is awarded to a student from each of the six (6) high schools in Mercer County. Scholarships are awarded based on evaluation and assessments to meet future healthcare needs.

The Scholarship Program is funded by the Esmonde- Homan Golf Outing held annually in June. Due to the success of the Golf Outing in recent years, the MED Foundation has been able to provide additional scholarships to even more local students.

This year, The MED Foundation is awarding 18 scholarships totaling $18,250.00. Since the inception of the Scholarship Program in 1992, as of this year, 309 scholarships have been awarded totaling $328,200.00

This year’s recipients for Parkway are:  

Leah Eichler and Riley Samples

 

 

 Parkway School Board Agenda for a Organizational Meeting on May 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm
by Sally Cox

 

 

 
 
 

 
May 1-8, 2022
 

 
 
 

Rockford Eagles Donates to Marathon X through Rod and Barb Carpenter Who Raised Money for this Local Non-Profit

By Sheila Baltzell 5-5-2022

 

The Rockford Eagles Aerie 1292 recently donated $1000 to the Kingdom Harvest Ministries, Rockford and Celina OH, under the leadership of Pastor Justin Monfort, Tom Sanford, Pastor Ken Meyer and Matt Rhynehart.

Raising money for this worthy cause are Rod and Barb Carpenter of Celina who have committed to fund raising efforts for many projects over the past 6 years.

Pictured above are (l to r) Rod Carpenter, fund raiser and Tom Beahrs, treasurer of the Eagles. Rod accepted the check on behalf of Kingdom Harvest Ministries. In the past, the Eagles membership has given back to the community through donations to Community Health Professionals, Autism Speaks, Mercer County Cancer Association, Parkway Back Pack Project, Lots for Soldiers and the Parkway Booster Club. These donations have helped fund many projects in countless ways. 

Rod explains the program to which the Eagles donated, “The students and schools of Celina and Parkway have directly benefited from the Kingdom Harvest Ministries Program as the principles of the Bible they teach help influence the better behavior of the students.  By coming to know God’s laws and boundaries, students will be better equipped morally as well as spiritually to combat the evils of our age. 

He went on to say, “Indirectly, this benefits businesses and the community as these students then transfer the values of integrity and hard work into the community in which they live. Students who are diligent to pursue the word of God are overall better workers and better stewards of God’s possessions.

“In 2014, Ohio enacted O.R.C 3313.6022 Released time courses for religious instruction.  No tax dollars go to support the KHM program. To date, the Carpenters have raised $30,000 for KHM. KHM's vision for the future is to continue to serve the communities of Rockford and Celina.  Lord willing, they would like to expand their efforts into the surrounding areas.” 

Rod added that, “Our previous 10 benefits have raised over $400,000.  This money benefited one family, nine non-profits, and one Endowed Scholarship Fund which will provide 5 $1000 scholarships to Tri Star students this school year and continue to generate scholarships forever.”

 

Barb and Rod are still accepting funds for Kingdom Harvest Ministries and ask that you give them a call at 419-236-9136 or email them at carpenter@bright.net to learn how you can help.

 
Parkway 8th Graders Travel to Washington, DC on Annual Trip
Sunday April 10, 2022-Thursday, April 14, 2022

Since 1985, when the first Washington DC trip was made by the Parkway Class of 1989, the excitement and learning experience of the Panthers has once again taken place. Administrator Mr. Wood, teachers, and parents chaperoned 90 8th graders, Class of 2026 from Sunday, April 10, 2022 through Thursday, April 14, 2022. The pictures below were taken on the day of their appointment to visit Arlington National Cemetery and lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic memorial. This tradition stands as one of the biggest highlights of the trip for students. It is a solemn and reverent service in memory of a buried soldier from World War I and later wars' unknown soldiers were added in 1958 and 1984. Shown below are the students selected for this honor. Left to right, the wreath layers chosen for the task were: Ethan Pond; Rylan Lyons; Brittyn Bruns; and Taylor Muhlenkamp. Other places on the educational trip to our capital included: the Capitol Building; Ford Theater where President Lincoln was shot; the Holocaust Museum; World War II Memorial; the Pentagon; and other locations of historical significance which the students had been learning about before their trip. Send your pictures of the trip to editor@parkway indepedendent.com to have them posted here.

 

 

 
 

DITCH MAINTENANCE SPRAYING BEGINS

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing that crews are tentatively scheduled to begin the 2022 herbicidal spray application of various open drainage ditches located in Mercer County. Only those ditches that are on the county maintenance program maintained by the Mercer County Engineer’s Office will be sprayed.

Right of Way Management, St. Joseph, IN has been awarded the contract this year to apply one application of the E.P.A. approved herbicide, to suppress and control undesirable brush and noxious weeds within the channel and maintenance berm.

Weather permitting, the tentatively scheduled completion date for this year’s herbicidal spray application is May 31, 2022.  Any landowner having questions or concerns regarding the herbicide application, should contact the Mercer County Engineer’s Office, 4195867759.

 

VWCF SOON ACCEPTING UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
by Joel Germann

The Van Wert County Foundation will begin accepting Undergraduate Scholarship Applications for the 2022-2023 school year on May 15th.

Scholarships are based on residency, high school that the student graduated from, and college grade point average. They are available for any recognized field of study leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Students with full-time status who have completed their first year of post-secondary study are eligible to have their application considered, provided they have a 2.75 accumulative grade point average. Students who have been previously granted a scholarship must maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average to be eligible for continual grants. A student can receive a maximum of 3 grants. Required application documentation includes an Official Transcript. The official transcript must include the Spring 2022 semester and should be emailed/mailed directly to the VWCF after the semester ends by your enrolled institution. An applicant must have been a resident of Van Wert or Paulding Counties when they graduated from one of the following eligible High Schools: Antwerp, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. John’s, Lincolnview, Parkway, Paulding, Spencerville, Vantage, Van Wert, and Wayne Trace. All graduates of Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. John’s are eligible regardless of county of residence.

The deadline for applying is Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Applications may be found online at www.vanwertcountyfoundation.org. Students with questions can call the VWCF at (419) 238-1743 or reach out via email at info@vanwertcountyfoundation.org. The Van Wert County Foundation office is located at 138 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891.

 

Our Old Bookcase, sent May 5, 2022, Harrison Frech, Historian, for May 12, 2022

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

Photo Caption:  Harrison Frech’s newest History book, photo Mendon Civil War Monument.

Harrison Frech, Mercer County’s finest scholar in local history, has produced another milestone in his career.  His first book was entitled “Anthony Shane, Metis Interpreter:  A Bridge between Two Cultures, Scout, Interpreter, Town Founder, and Witness to History,”

Frech’s newest book, “Wars, Mobs, Riot, Cholera, Amnesia and Bombing:  Stories of Area People and Incidents,” is another successful story of local history.  Frech relates his theme to citizens from Willshire.  However, his stories are based on events in Mercer and Van Wert Counties.

His first Chapter is “Finding the lost Soldier of Chickamauga,” follows the Civil War Soldier throughout his life time with a loss of his memory , seeking his identity.

The second Chapter, “Doctor John Pearce and the 1854 Willshire’s Cholera Epidemic, “ follows Pearce in his quest to find a medical solution to preventing or caring for the Cholera epidemic.

The third Chapter, “Mobs of Mercer County, 1843-1918,” relates the 1843 flooding of Grand Lake Reservoir before the State paid landowners, whereby Mercer County Government Officials were responsible for the flooding of the Lake.  Frech also highlighted the Randolph Freedmen and Women who were stopped from disembarking from the Miami and Erie Canal, at New Bremen.  Frech also retold the old story of the Mary Secaur murder.

Next week, I will write about the three last chapters of Harrison Frech’s book.

I have the deepest respect for Harrison Frech’s academic research and his ability to use his broad knowledge of local, state and national history, to weave the stories, to create a readable book for every citizen.  Whether a reader “likes history or not,” is not the point.  These stories allow us to better understand how we reach to stressful events within this two County area. 

Contact your local Library to see a copy of this heart-touching book.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 
 

Food Safety

By Samuel Shriver

(VAN WERT) As we enter festival season, the Van Wert County Health Department is working to keep the public safe from food-borne illnesses.

The Health Department is active in providing educational resources for those wanting to sell food at the various events in the county.

Food trucks are very popular at local festivals. Ohio requires that every person that intends to prepare or sell food from a movable vehicle, portable structure, or watercraft that routinely changes location must obtain a Mobile Food Service Operation or Retail Food Establishment license.

There is a review process before the granting of a license and there is a fee of $159 annually.

Two different licenses are available through the Van Wert County Health Department for events, a Mobile License, and a Temporary License. A Temporary License is event-based and a Mobile License is a yearly license giving the operator the option of operating wherever in the State of Ohio all year long. The Mobile License has a lot more requirements than a Temporary License such as a three-compartment sink with drainboards on both ends, a hand wash as well as other requirements. A temporary license can allow the vendor to have a portable cooler with a spigot filled with hot water for handwashing.

Operators from other counties can get a Mobile License in their hometown county in Ohio and sell in our county at an event but a license must be available at the event for viewing. Mobile Licenses can be obtained in your home county but those licenses will be able to be used in all of Ohio.

Those applying for the Mobile License need to sub their application at least 10 days before an event and those applying for a Temporary License have to sub an application at least seven days prior to an event.

As a reminder to people who sell food items made at their homes, there are certain rules to follow.

According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, a “Home Bakery” is permitted to make non-potentially hazardous bakery products like cookies, bread, brownies, cakes, and fruit pies and potentially hazardous bakery products like cheesecakes, cream pies, custard pies, and pumpkin pies.

These home-baked goods can be sold from your home or through grocery stores, convenience stores, farm markets, farmers’ markets, and other retail establishments.

All food items must be properly labeled.

A Home Bakery must be licensed and inspected by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety.

There is an annual fee of $10.

To arrange an inspection contact the ODA Division of Food Safety at 1-800-282-1955 ext. 4366 or email foodsafety@agri.ohio.gov.

If you are involved in a Cottage Food Production Operation a license is not required.

Ohio Revised Code defines Cottage Food Operation as a person who, in the person’s home, produces food items that are not potentially hazardous foods, including bakery products, jams, jellies, candy, fruit, butter, and similar products specified in rules. These foods must be labeled properly or they will be considered misbranded or adulterated.

For more information, contact Kelly Freewalt, Registered Environmental Health Specialist at the Van Wert County Health Department at 419-238-0808 EXT. 108 or you can email her at kdues@vanwertcountyhealth.org.

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

Parkway May 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 to Meet
Mercer County PERI Chapter #13 will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the Hopewell Grange Hall on the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina.  Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:30 AM.  The business meeting will start at 10:00 AM.  Members planning on attending the Annual District #2 meeting on Thursday June 16th in Lima are reminded that registration/fee can be submitted at this meeting. 
 

Following the business portion of the meeting, members and guests will be offered the opportunity to tour the Call Ministries with special attention to the Aquaponics area.  This unique program utilizes the environment of fish to nourish plants.  This should take about 30 to 45 minutes. Call Ministries is located at 420 North Brandon St.  We will consider carpooling to the Call building.

Members that may have questions about these activities should feel free to call Secretary, Sharon Heitbrink at 567-644-2302 or Treasurer, Mary Wright at 419-305-2901.

Sharon Heitbrink, Secretary, Mercer County PERI

 

 

Comic Book Artist Workshop
Comic Book Art at ArtSpace in partnership with Alter Ego’s Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th , ArtSpace/Lima is announcing a Comic Book Art Activity for all ages. Bryan Moss, comic book artist, will be on hand to demonstrate and assist young artists to create their own characters and stories from 10:00 to 2:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided. ArtSpace is located at 65 Town Square, Lima, OH. For more information, please call Sally Windle, 419-222-1721

 

Our Old Bookcase, sent April 7, 2022, Shaffer’s Station  P.O.,  for April  14, 2022

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

 

Photo Caption: Shaffer’s Station Post Office did not last for one year in Dublin Township. 

On the U.S. Atlas, dated 1895, three post offices were marked in Dublin Township:  Shaffer’s Station, Rockford, and Mercer.  The Cartographer (Map Maker) was correct in placing Shaffer’s Station on the C.J. & M. Railroad, as the last stop in Mercer County, prior to entering Van Wert County, Ohio.

The Cartographer who placed the Shaffer’s Station Post Office in Dublin Township, Mercer County, on the 1895 Map of Ohio, in the 1895 U.S. Atlas made a major error of about a decade.  The Shaffer’s Station Post Office did not exist in 1895.

Three Railroads crossed Mercer County, in 1895.  (1)  The Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw (C.J. & M.) crossed Mercer County, as running north from the Cincinnati  area, to crossing the Ohio-Michigan State Line.   (2)   The Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton (C.H.& D.) went north from Dayton, crossing into Mercer County via Marion, Franklin, Jefferson, Dublin Townships, where it turned northeast through Mendon, to crossing Byrd’s Station in the Van Wert/Auglaize County Lines.  (3)  The Lake Erie and Western (L.E. & W.) Railroad entered Mercer County from Indiana, at Fort Recovery, going through Ferner, through Coldwater, to Celina, and then east on the north side of Grand Lake, until it entered Auglaize County.

In Dublin Township, Shaffer’s Station Post Office was located in Dublin Township, where State Route 118 intersected the C.J. & M. Railroad, just south of the Van Wert County Line.  This Post Office was established August 4, 1886, and Joseph G. Baker was the Proposed Post Master for this Station.  Shaffer’s Station Post Office did not last the first year in existence!  Shaffer’s Station Post Office was established August 4, 1886, and was closed the next spring on June 6, 1887.  The mail was then transferred to Shanes Crossing, which later was named Rockford, which was located two and a half miles south.

Roger and Carolyn (Shaffer) Jamieson, Monmouth Rd., Van Wert, emailed me on October 10, 2016, that they owned the Shaffer Farm, on the Van Wert-Mercer County Line Road.  They wrote that their plat map showed a Shaffer’s Station and Post Office, and a #5 Baltzell School, and a one room school, on this farm.  I saved their email.   A “Thank you,” goes to them for preserving this heritage.

Rockford was also located on the C.J. & M. Railroad.  Dublin Township’s oldest Post Office, also Mercer County’s oldest Post Office, was located there.  June 23, 1820, Anthony Shane platted Shanesville.  June 19, 1866, Shanes Crossing was incorporated.  In 1890, the Village name was changed to Rockford.  The Village of Shanes Crossing, Shanesville, and Rockford is one and the same village.  October 4, 1823, The U.S. Post Office was established at Shanes Crossing and was discontinued on July 8, 1890, whereby the mail was sent to Rockford.  The Rockford Post Office was established July 9, 1890.

The Cartographer also was correct when he placed the Village of Mercer on the C.H. & D. Railroad.  At this site, Ruckmans Post Office was established June 22, 1832 , and discontinued April 21, 1837, and mail was transferred to Mercer Post Office.  Mercer Post Office was established April 22, 1837 and discontinued October 19, 1957, and mail was transferred to Mendon (in Union Township).  Mercer Post Office was formerly known as Ruckmans Post Office.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road,

Saint Henry, Ohio 45883,  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Retired Pastor Steve Howell will be in the pulpit to continue with his teaching on the book of John 17:6-23 for those of you who like to follow the scriptures. His sermon is entitled “Jesus’ Prayer for Oneness”.


Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

 

Sunday School is at 9:30 AM and Children’s Church is on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays during the worship service.

 

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page, run by Karen Ousley, for information as well.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Civic Theatre announces youth shows

Van Wert Civic Theater is pleased to announce their summer Youth Theater shows.  On Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16, directors Emily Gehle, Alyssa Taylor, and Griffin Waltmire will hold auditions by appointment for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr”.   Any youth ages 5 - 18 can schedule an audition from 7 - 9 PM on either night.  The show features those familiar songs like “Under the Sea '' and characters such as Ariel and Flounder. 

Rehearsals primarily will be 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Mondays - Thursdays at the theater.  Performances are June 23, 24, 25, and 26.  Tickets go on sale to the public June 20.

The second opportunity for young people to get on stage is the play “Hey Diddle Diddle: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon.”   Director Monica Campbell will hold auditions by appointment Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20.  Performances will be July 30, 31 and August 1.  A cat plays the fiddle; the cow jumps over the moon while the little dog laughs; and the dish runs away with the spoon…but then what? A group of storytellers are challenged to continue the story of the dish and the spoon from Hey Diddle Diddle. The tales that they spin find the dish and spoon fleeing from the Abominable Snowman, encountering the witch from Hansel and Gretel, becoming spies, and even fighting bad sushi.  All ages will love watching this funny play.

Young people ages 6 - 18  are invited to audition.  There are a variety of roles available both speaking and nonspeaking.    Rehearsals primarily will be 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Mondays - Thursdays at the theatre.  July 24 - 28 will be technical and dress rehearsals. 

To schedule an audition for either show via online form, visit vwct.org. 

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held at the Van Wert Civic Theatre at 118 South Race Street in Van Wert.

 

 

Our Old Bookcase, sent April 28, 2022, Liberty Twp., Landfair School for May 5, 2022
OUR OLD BOOK CASE by Joyce L. Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society.

 

Photo Caption: Landfair School stood in Liberty Township, at the corner of Erastus Durbin Rd & Frahm Pike.

 

In 2007, I made the decision to create Township History books, for the purpose of sharing information about how to do local historical research, for people who love researching and/or writing local history and/or genealogy books.  Between 2007 and 2012,  I published eight Township books;  Butler, Center, Franklin, Granville, Hopewell, Liberty, Marion and Washington.   I wanted these books to be rich in historical knowledge, but cost friendly for anyone seeking these books.  Each booklet costs five dollars, plus two dollar postage.

 

In 2008, for the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., I published the book, “Passport Mercer County Ohio History, Liberty Township.”  The following Villages are included:  Brehm, Burrville, Chattanooga, Durbin, Hinton (Pierstorff Store), Price, Scudder, Skeel’s Cross Roads, and Striptown.  Ten Township Schools were listed in Liberty Township:  Hinton (Lincoln), Deitsch, Chatt, Weisenborn, Center, Landfair, Carmel, Scudder, Skeels, and Joint School for Liberty & Hopewell Township.  Liberty Township’s Churches and Cemeteries are also listed in this book.

 

Do you recall the Farmers Institute?  I remember our Elementary School Classes visiting Chattanooga to attend this Farmers Institute.  Stories are told about tornadoes, oil fields, big old barns, and Geology Surveys of Liberty Township.  A Migrant Camp existed at Tama Road, east of St. Rt. 49.  Various organizations were a part of Liberty Township, e.g. Ancient Order of Gleaners, 4-H Clubs, Chattanooga Grange Hall, Chattanooga Mausoleum Association, Chattanooga Red Hat Chicks, and the Dolph Gray Post G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic for Civil War Veterans).  Three pages list old and current businesses at Chattanooga.  Durbin House and Store, stood at Durbin Corners, at the intersection of Erastus Durbin Road and Mud Pike.  The Durbin Bean Bake has always been a popular event.

 

Brehm had a U.S. Post Office, July 24, 1890 – December 31, 1897; the mail was then sent to Hinton.   Hinton Post Office was established April 25, 1890 and was located at various sites.  Hinton Post Office was discontinued on December 31, 1904, and mail was transferred to Celina.  Hinton Corners or Pierstorff Store stood at the intersection of Erastus Durbin Road and Oregon Road.  Price Post Office was at the intersection of Burrville and Carmel Church Roads, Feb. 17, 1867 until August 23, 1880; the mail was then sent to Skeels X Roads.  Skeel’s  Cross Roads Post Office went through various names and various sites, May 11, 1850 until  May 31, 1905 and then sent to Celina.  Scudder was located at the intersection of Skeels Road and Wabash Road.  Scudder Post Office existed from October 19, 1889 until August 31, 1903, and mail was then sent to Celina.

 

Chattanooga’s Post Office opened September 18, 1882 until January 29, 1904, followed by the next Post Office, at a new site, 250 feet South of the other Post Office.  That Post Office was discontinued May 31, 1905 and mail was sent to Rockford.  Chattanooga hosted Baseball teams, as did other small villages in Mercer County.  The most famous Pro Baseball player from Chattanooga was Bruno Betzel.  I will have to write about Bruno Betzel’s Professional Baseball years another day.

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883, histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 
 

 
April 26-30, 2022
 

 
 

The Stateline Writer's Club in Celina recently presented its Excellence in Writing Award to Emma Whistler

Emma, the daughter of Mick and Renee Whistler, received a certificate and cash prize.  Mrs. Katie Gudorf, the head of the English department at Celina High School, was instrumental in selecting Emma for this award. Teacher Ms. Black also helped Emma by critiquing her writing and improving it through multiple drafts. Emma’s love of reading young adult writers has inspired her to write about her own life and helps her to improve her creative side as well. The Celina High School senior also enjoys bowling as a hobby as well as working at CBY. She is set to seek a degree in secondary education with a focus on English at Kentucky Wesleyan College after she graduates this Spring. 

The Stateline Writers Club is open to everyone interested in creative writing. The club meets the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Mercer County District Memorial Library in Celina. Members read the brief stories they have written on the monthly topic. A writing lesson often follows the readings.

Caption:  Ron Aragon, vice president of the Stateline Writer’s Club, (left) hands the club’s first Award for Excellence in Writing to recipient Emma Whistler, a senior at Celina High School.  Standing beside her are her parents Mick and Renee Whistler of Celina.

 

 
 

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable to Meet on Thursday, April 28, 2022
Civil War Artifacts & Memories Jim Bowsher will be the featured speaker for the April 28 meeting of the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable. Jim has an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts, and every one of them has an interesting story. Jim is the local authority on incredible stuff. He is the Master of the Temple of Tolerance a unique place in Wapakoneta that offers a respite from the everyday grind. There you’ll find peace, and whimsey combined with mind blowing structures that’ll have you wondering just how one man could put together such a collection. Over the years, we have introduced Jim as a local historian, collector, and raconteur. Some of you may know Jim as an archeologist, geologist, teacher, folklorist, storyteller, and writer. For sure, when Jim is the speaker you know you are in for an exciting evening that covers the waterfront. He’s walked astride the wreckage of the Steamship Sultana, The worst maritime disaster in American history. He’s brought us a copy of a map of the Vicksburg campaign from the wallet of General John Logan. He has allowed us to handle a leather whip laced with lead weights that was used to whip slaves. The meeting comes to order at 7:15 at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina. BE ADVISED: the roadway in front of our meeting place is under serious repair and is closed to traffic. Access to the meeting may be found through the alley that passes beside the public library. Hope you can make it!

 
 

The Rockford Area Development Corporation will meet on Monday, April 25, 2022  at 7 pm at the Rockford Library. 

 

Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce to Host Spring Fling on Saturday - April 30th

Rockford OH - The Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the hosting of 2022 Spring Fling, to
be held in downtown Rockford, Ohio April 30, 2022. The event will start at 10:00 am with businesses participating with
specials, activities, and more.
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April 30th’s Spring Fling will also feature an open-air vendor market, which will be available from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
and is a rain or shine event. Vendors include custom wood carvings and specialty made wood signs, many bakers and
fundraising bake sales, handmade goods, local honey and home goods.

Additionally, patrons of Rockford’s Spring Fling can expect to experience a car show, make-and-take craft at the library
just in time for Mother’s Day, food trucks, a 50/50 raffle and other raffle opportunities. Prizes include meat bundles from
Barrys’ Family Market, Dayton Dragons tickets, flower baskets and more.

Mark your calendar and support small business and local businesses by attending Rockford’s Spring Fling, April 30, 2022
in the heart of Rockford, Ohio.

 

 

Parkway Students Experience Educational Entertainment
by Tafi Stober

 

(Van Wert, OH) Van Wert was the destination for exploration for Parkway's 2nd Grade Class of Star Students. Van Wert Live presented a Niswonger Behind The Scenes Experience that provided a chance for the students to be a star for the day. Tour Guides, Gary Taylor, Mary Pope, Tina Decker, and Tafi Stober led the students to four stations (Box Office - Amy McGovern and Jerry Beard, Marketing + Creatives - Quincy Thompson and Weston Thompson, Greenroom (Michelle Agler), and Stage - Hugh Saunier and Matt Saunier) that provided insights on what was done leading up to their performance day. The Van Wert Live Staff provided engaging opportunities that were informative mixed with memorable fun.


Parkway 2nd Grade Teacher Brandi Bruns shares, "The field trip to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center was a great learning experience for our second graders! They were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of the theater. There were many hands-on experiences for the students that made for a memorable day! We hope to be able to make this experience a yearly field trip that is both educational and entertaining for our students."

The students ended their Van Wert excursion at The Brumback Library to discover "Books In A Castle" with Librarian Jan Carr. The beautiful grounds of the library also provided very popular nature sightings of black squirrels and robin nests. There are fascinating discoveries in Van Wert and Joel Germann, Director of Engagement and Outreach for the Van Wert County Foundation, was present to share some of those Downtown discoveries that are in motion with Van Wert Forward.

 

 
 

Van Wert Health to Offer Discounted Sports Physicals for Student Athletes

April 21, 2022, Van Wert, OH – Van Wert Health announced their annual initiative to offer sports physicals for local student athletes in grades 7-12 at four schools in the surrounding area. In order to play school sports, all student athletes are required by state law to receive an annual physical each academic year for health and safety reasons.    

All physicals will take place at the respective high school for a reduced fee of $10 each.  Each physical will be administered by a certified health provider, and schools will ensure there is privacy for students during each physical examination.

The sports physicals are not intended to replace a student’s regular physical exam with their primary care provider, but it will meet state of Ohio requirements for student athletes. In the case of a patient not being cleared to participate (from the findings of the sports physical), he or she will need to have a follow up exam with a pediatrician or primary care provider.

Appointments are required for sports physicals performed at the schools and may be scheduled online at: vanwerthealth.org/sportsphysicals

 

Van Wert City Schools: May 3 and 16 from 8:00 AM – 12:00PM

Ottoville Local Schools: May 11 from 8:00 AM – 12:00PM

Lincolnview Local Schools: May 24 from 8:00 AM – 12:00PM

Crestview Local Schools: June 1 from 8:00 AM – 12:00PM

Each student athlete who plans on receiving a physical must bring a completed Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form. 

 

If students are unable to attend a sports physical at their respective school, they may make an appointment with any Van Wert Health primary care physician or advanced nurse practitioner for a sports physical, or may go to the Walk-in Clinic (no appointment needed) for a reduced fee of $25 between May 1 - July 31. 

More information and a link to the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form is available at: vanwerthealth.org/sportsphysicals

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 
 

Click here to read Rockford Village Council minutes April 19, 2022 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

Items of Interest - Annexation of 50+ acres of land from Dublin Township for a new industrial park.
Water tower discussion.

 
 

Farm Focus Announces Scholarship Recipients       

The recipients of the 2022 Farm Focus, Inc scholarships are Brooke Bockey and Hanna Scaggs awarded $1,000 each, and Evan Bowersock and Kathryn Williamson awarded $500 each.

Bockey is a 2019 Spencerville High School graduate attending The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. She is an Animal Science major and plans to continue her education to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Scaggs is a 2020 Lincolnview High School graduate attending Wright State University Lake Campus majoring in Agribusiness. Her career goal is agricultural financing and loans.

Bowersock will be a 2022 graduate of Lincolnview High school. He plans to attend Wright State University Lake Campus in the fall majoring in Agriculture.

Williamson will be a 2022 graduate of Crestview High school and plans to attend Wright State University Lake Campus in the fall majoring in Animal Science.

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is their continued mission to assist Van Wert County students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.

 
 

The  regular board of education meeting for the Parkway Local School District has been changed to Wednesday, May 11 @ 6:30 p.m. in the community room.

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford
Family Celebration Dinner Planned


The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday, May 1, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Luke 24:13-35 entitled “Becoming Strong at the Broken Places”.

Following the service will be the annual Family Celebration Dinner provided by Women’s Fellowship. Menu includes ham, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, hot vegetable, deviled eggs, variety of salads and lots of homemade desserts.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 
 

Spring Activities Planned at the Rockford Carnegie Library
Rockford Carnegie Library will be hosting a free will donation book sale, starting Saturday, April 30th from 10am-2pm during Rockford’s Spring Fling. The sale will continue during library hours (M-TH 10-7, F 10-5:30, & S 10-2) until May 8th, located in the library’s basement, wheelchair accessible by elevator.

The library will host a Mother’s Day craft for kids on April 30th, during Spring Fling, from 10am-2pm.

Stop by and check out the library renovations. A huge thank you goes out to Parkway’s FFA classes who moved all the bookshelves and furniture three times to allow for the carpet installation. Henkle Construction and Enyart Flooring also helped make the project possible.   

Book Club: May 2nd at 2pm & 6pm discussing Going There by Katie Couric.

Preschool Play Group: Monday, 5/2 & Tuesday 5/3 10-11am at the library. Last Play Group - Monday, 5/9 & Tuesday 5/10 10-? party at Shanes Park (weather permitting/otherwise at the library). Please pack a sack lunch for a picnic after we play. The library will provide desserts!

It’s hard to believe the kids will be out of school in less than a month! Summer Reading Programs will begin June 14th (to avoid interfering with Rockford VBS). More information to come. Sign up will start May 19th. 

 

 
 

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

Photo Caption: 1978 Mercer County Ohio History Book & Mercer County Commissioners

In 1976, the United States of America was celebrating its Bicentennial, 1776-1976.  Mercer County celebrated this Bicentennial with local and county events.  At the conclusion of this Bicentennial Celebration, the request was made for a County History Book. 

The Mercer County Commissioners met with Joyce Alig, President of the Mercer County Historical Society, and asked her to edit this Mercer County History Book, with the agreement that they would financially support this book, for the Mercer County Government and the Mercer County Schools.  On December 12, 1978, the Commissioners passed Resolution # 551, whereby, “It is necessary to transfer funds to Code A 13 b 1, General Fund, Education, Historical Society.”  On that same date, the Commissioners Ralph Dicke, Walter Schmiesing and Ralph Klosterman, read minutes of the December 8, 1978 Meeting, whereby bills which had been filed and docketed in the Auditor’s Office, were presented and allowed. Two line items were listed:  Mercer County Historical Society, for the County History Book, and the Mercer County Historical Society to also include the Local School Superintendents History (the history of the schools in Mercer County.)

Joyce Alig edited this 1978 Mercer County History Book, with the Copyright of the Library of Congress Cataloging Data.  Mercer County Historical Society Members volunteered with the many chapters in this 976 page book.  The City of Celina and the Villages of each Township were included.  The history of businesses, schools, churches, and service organizations were included.  Family histories were included in each of the Townships.  The first printing of 2000 books was dated February 1980.   The Books sold out within the first week.  The second printing was completed in September 1980. 

The Mercer County Engineer’s Office provided an incredible about of research, with a current Map of each of the fourteen Townships, marking each of the churches, schools, and cemeteries in each Township.    For the last forty years, hundreds of citizens have used these maps as they sought the locations and the names of the early churches, schools, and cemeteries. 

In respect to the value of this 1978 Mercer County Ohio History Book, this is the “most-read, local history book,” and this book is the “most copied local history book, not only by villages, schools, churches, and families, but also students doing research” in Mercer County.

Since this is my 50th year serving as elected President of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc., I thank each of you who took the time to acknowledge to me your appreciation for this tremendous effort in preserving Mercer County’s History, not only for this 1978 Mercer County History Book, but also, for the thirty local history books I have edited for this County.

I was recently asked how much the County is paying me for my work with the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The answer is “Nothing.”  In 2004, the Mercer County Commissioners ceased all funds to the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  In 2004, the County also ceased their OPERS Position of Director of the Mercer County Historical Museum.  The Mercer County Commissioners own the Museum building and fund the building and grounds maintenance.  Thank the Maintenance crew as they do excellent work at the County Museum.  Mercer County Commissioners work for Mercer County Citizens.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road,

 Saint Henry, Ohio 45883,  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

Parkway High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll 
by Lisa Miller

 

SENIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Grant Bollenbacher, Leah Eichler, Cami High, Molly Hileman, Danielle Huff, Faith Jacobs, Jacob Rogers, Riley Samples, Kaitlin Shaffner, Benjamin Sheppard, Chantry Simon, Ashtyn Sipe, Blake Strickler, Gracyn Temple, Briana Webb 

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Cora Barna, Ashley Hague, Bryce Harding, Jaden Hileman, Paige Jackson, Raegan Roehm, Gabriel Schaaf, Cade Schoenleben, Avamaria Strunk, Lane Weirrick

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Aiden Anderson, Bailey Berry, Camdyn Clay, Nathan Sheets, Caden Slusher, Keaton Zizelman

 

 

JUNIORS

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Colby Bentz, Aaron Cron, Gavin Dicke, Trenton Garwood, Madison Gile, Carter Hellwarth, Jackson Kraner, Corban Rich, Emily Schaefer, Nevaeh Seals, Derek Smith, Brooke Stephenson, Gabrielle Stober

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Sveva Bernardelli, Caden Heindel, Madison Jacobs, Adrienne Joseph, Emiree Knittle, Edin Nichols, Hutch Ridenour, Jace Rissner, Alison Rowen, Jocie Waters, Alyxandra Yoder

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Aaliyah Baxter, Kassidy Decker-Krogman, Blayne Fullenkamp, Allison Hughes, Roman Leszinske, Deegan Rager, Bryant Scudder, Emree Sinning, Roman Stoner

 

 

SOPHOMORES

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Breanna Berry, Harli Grunden, Meg Henkle, Ashley Jackson, Madison Louth, William Molloy, Lily Noll, Trent Rollins, Tyler Rowen, Sarah Sheppard, Francesca Steinbrunner, Woodrow Tinkham, Jacob Winget

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Ruby Bennett, Alexis Berry, Morgan Bollenbacher, Martina Eisenberg, Logan Green, Addisyn Hileman, Addysin Leighner, Audrey Nichols, Justin Parsons, Fletcher Smith, Paige Stephenson, Avery White, Tori Williams

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Brandon Chalfant, Samuel Clenny, Aaron Hipply, Samara McDonald, Alizay Neuenschwander, Merissa Price, Ellie Prichard, Emma Prichard, Brittany Sites, Apollo Thomas, Kathryn Trisel

 

 

FRESHMEN

Highest Honors: (4.0 and above) 

Amanda Barrett, Cali Bollenbacher, Shay Boroff, Brayden Bruns, Emerson Esselstein, Zoey Henning, Evan Kimmel, Adria Miller, Alexavier Samples, Cora Schumm, Isabella Thornsberry

 

High Honors: (3.99 - 3.626)

Kylie Barker, Gabriel Cross, Gaven Garwood, Creeden Knittle, Scarlett Laux, Ashton Minnich, Kaitlyn Rager, Matthew Roberts, Abbygale Schaffer, Helana Sinning

 

Honors: (3.625-3.25)

Ryleigh Barker, Riley Bolton, Matthias Byer, Braedn Conn, Nevaeh Etgen, Jersie Evans, Ethan Fireoved, Abby Hague, Kailyn Regedanz, Alayna Reigle, Wyatt Seals, Meah Suzuki, Andrew Taylor, Ethan Tuttle, Derick Vann, Derrick Wagner

 

 

 

Camp Encourage Returns

EverHeart Hospice is excited to host Camp Encourage: Colors, Coping, & Connection on Friday, June 17th, and Saturday, June 18th, 2022. This complimentary workshop is for children who have experienced the death of someone they loved and provides them a place to come together in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

This year’s Camp Encourage will be presented in a workshop format with three different time slots to choose from: Friday, June 17th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Friday, June 17th from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm; or Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The workshop is open to any child ages 6 to 15, courtesy of EverHeart Hospice.

Colors, Coping, & Connection will guide children to cope through creative adventures with hands-on activities and a meal. Each session will be held outdoors at their Greenville Office located at 1350 N. Broadway Street.

Camp Encourage has been a longstanding event at EverHeart Hospice since 2000. With a core value of being Community-Focused, Camp Encourage is just one of the many ways EverHeart reaches out to serve area communities.

Sarah DePoy, Camp Director and Bereavement Coordinator with EverHeart Hospice, is looking forward to bringing back camp this year, as they have been unable to hold it in person for the past two years due to Covid. She shared, “I am very excited to be able to host camp in person again!  Although camp will look different than previous years, the goal is still the same, to provide children with the tools and support they need through their grieving process.”

Erica Wood, Business Development Specialist with EverHeart, shared that camp would not be possible if not for the generous donors and their donations to camp each year. “The donations we receive from grants and contributions truly make a difference by allowing us to think of new activities we can provide for the kids to help them on their journey through grief. We want to thank everyone who has donated over the years to Camp Encourage.”

Applications are available online at www.everhearthospice.org under “News and Events, Camp Encourage.” For more information, please contact Camp Director Sarah DePoy at 937-316-0005.

 

 

Bridge Closing Planned
The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is planning to close Burkettsville-St. Henry Road between State Route 119 and Carthagena Road in Granville Township for a bridge replacement.  This road will be closed tentatively on April 25, 2022 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

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

 

Spring planting & open ditch maintenance

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


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


Should you have any questions related to these requirements, please feel free to call the Commissioners’ Office at 419-586-3178 or the Engineer’s Office at 419-586-7759. Email the office at
karen.heinrichs@engineer.mercercountyohio.gov

 

 

LIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 SEASON

Lima, OH (April 20, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce our 2022-2023 season: One Heart, Many Voices. The Lima Symphony’s most eclectic season yet, and the third for Music Director Andrew Crust, brings to the stage voices of new and old, classical and popular, reinvented and reimagined. Experience the power and creativity of classical music with masterpieces of Mozart, Salieri, and Debussy; film music of John Williams; popular music of Fleetwood Mac; and vibrant new voices of Gulda, Wijeratne, and more. The season will feature world-class guest artists, as well as LSO musicians and the LSO Symphony Chorus.

“After two seasons of constant uncertainty which challenged the LSO to create new programming and explore new venues, I am thrilled to be moving ahead cautiously and safely with our 22/23 season, which is brimming with new discoveries, venerated classics and world-class guest artist talents,” says Music Director Andrew Crust. “With our treasured orchestra and chorus, we strive to create a cultural oasis for the whole community. There's something for absolutely everyone next season, and we look forward to seeing you all at Crouse Performance Hall and various other community venues throughout the county!”

 

Season Outline:

Grand Series 1: October 22, 2022 – Folklore and Fusion

Listen as the Lima Symphony tells captivating tales from the near to far East through musical fantasy. Opening this incredible season are the subtle and varied sounds of the Indian Tabla, drums that composer Dinuk Wijeratne describes as being able to speak – almost as if they have a tongue. Performed by master tabla player Sandeep Das, the compelling complexity of North Indian classical music combines seamlessly with the orchestra in unexpected ways. Completing this musical voyage is Rimsky-Korsakov’s romantic masterpiece Scheherazade, inspired by folklore from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Dinuk Wijeratne - Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra

            Sandeep Das, tabla solo

 

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

            Michael Houff, violin solo

 

Grand Series 2: November 18, 2022 – Past and Present Sounds

Embark on a musical odyssey that embraces the past through a modern lens! Opening with Valerie Coleman’s 2021 Fanfare for Uncommon Times, this program presents new takes on old ideas. Gulda’s rhythmic Cello Concerto runs the gamut of musical styles from Renaissance Dance to Rock and Roll, German Ländler to big band jazz, and everything in between! Oiseaux bleus et sauvages (Birds Blue and Wild), Morlock’s playful take on birdsong, embodies a sense of mysticism. And pioneering American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” combines power and tenderness reminiscent of 19th century Romanticism.

Valerie Coleman - Fanfare for Uncommon Times

Friedrich Gulda - Cello Concerto

Henry Shapard, solo cello

Jocelyn Morlock - Oiseaux bleus et sauvages

Howard Hanson - Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”

 

Grand Series 3: December 10, 2022 – Bells, Brass & Bows

Featuring the Lima Symphony Chorus

Experience the many flavors of Christmas with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. From Ellington’s bright and jazzy rendition of “The Nutcracker,” Britten’s regal Men of Goodwill, sentimental favorites by John Williams from “Home Alone,” and Robert Russell Bennett’s lush carol settings in The Many Moods of Christmas, the sacred and popular come together in joyful jubilation.

Featured Repertoire:

Coleridge-Taylor - Christmas Overture   

Bennett/Shaw - The Many Moods of Christmas

Ellington/Tyzik - The Nutcracker Suite                                                   

Britten - Men of Goodwill

Biebl - Ave Maria

Williams - Somewhere in my Memory from “Home Alone”

 

NYE Pops: December 31, 2022 - Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

Jeans n’ Classics

Johnny Rutledge, Kathryn Rose, Rique Franks

The Lima Symphony welcomes Jeans n’ Classics back to our stage for “Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac.” Hailed as one of the greatest pop groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s iconic music combines piercing lyrics, smooth harmonies, and a high-energy rock and roll feel that continues to resonate with fans from every generation. Ring in the New Year with more than 50 years of top hits including The Chain, Rhiannon, Landslide, Everywhere, Dream, Don’t Stop, and many more.

 

Harp by Candlelight: January 21/22, 2023

Alix Raspé, harp soloist

Erin Torres, flute soloist

Carmen Granger, viola soloist

Delight in the serenity of harp and flute by the subdued hues of candlelight. Featuring soloists from the Lima Symphony, the bright and delicate tones of strings and winds sparkle through works by Debussy, Mozart, Pärt, and Tchaikovsky. Performed in Northwest Ohio’s most beautiful historic churches, our annual Candlelight Concerts offer listeners a musical experience steeped in tradition and veneration.

Arvo Pärt - Fratres for Strings and Percussion

Claude Debussy - Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp                                        

Claude Debussy- Syrinx for solo flute

Claude Debussy - Danse sacrée et danse profane, for Harp and Strings

Gustav Mahler- Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Wolfgang A. Mozart - Concerto for Harp and Flute, Movement 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings, Movement 1

 

February 12, 2023 – Family Concert: Wall to Wall Percussion (*US Première)

Vern Griffiths, percussion and host

Buckets, drums, cymbals, sticks, and don’t forget the kitchen sink! We will need it all for this presentation of “Wall to Wall Percussion” created and performed by acclaimed Canadian percussionist Vern Griffiths. Full of funky beats, audience participation, and inspirational ideas, this foot-stomping fast-moving percussion bonanza will have you itching to pull out the pots and pans to create a symphony of your own!

Featured Repertoire:

Vern Griffiths – Kitchen Concerto

G.H. Green/Bill Cahn – Xylophonia

Khachaturian – Sabre Dance

Freedman – Oiseaux Exotique: Conga

Schifrin – Mission Impossible

 

Grand Series 4: March 18, 2023 – Mozart and Salieri

Featuring the Lima Symphony Chorus

Immortalized in both book and film, Mozart and Salieri come to life once again on the concert stage – not in competition but in complement. The first half of the program highlights the cosmopolitan and refined Salieri, a composer whose fame and recognition have often been overshadowed by Mozart’s vivacious and prodigious talent. Finishing the evening is Mozart’s final prophetic accomplishment: a Requiem mass. Left unfinished upon his own untimely death, this mysterious work remains one of the most powerful and profound in the classical music canon.

Antonio Salieri - La grotta di Trofonio (Overture)                                  

Antonio Salieri - Sinfonia in D Major “Veneziana”

Josquin des Prez – Mille Regretz

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem

 

Grand Series 5: April 15, 2023 – The Music of John Williams

Experience the magic of the movies through the scores of John Williams. Relive the most awe-inspiring film moments of the past 60 years through live performance as the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present music from beloved films including E.T., Harry Potter, Schindler's List, Angela’s Ashes, Indiana Jones, Amistad, Star Wars, and more.

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

 For more information about the Lima Symphony Orchestra or for tickets, please contact the Lima Symphony at 419-222-5701 or www.limasymphony.com.

 
 
 

New Executive Director for Mercer County CASA 

On April 15, 2022, Judge Matthew L. Gilmore and Magistrate Richard M. Delzeith welcomed Andrea King as the new Executive Director of the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Mercer County Program.  Ms. King replaces the recently retired Nick Schulze and Kip Wright.  Judge Gilmore stated, “This program would not be where it is at today if were not for Nick and Kip’s hard work.  Nick and Kip’s dedication to helping the children of Mercer County is unparalleled.  I know that Andrea will continue to lead this program in the right direction to help the vulnerable children of Mercer County.” 

Ms. King comes to the CASA of Mercer County Program with an extensive background in social work and helping children.  Ms. King graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  Ms. King became a licensed social worker in 2007, and she is currently working as a school-based mental health therapist at Piqua High School. 

The CASA of Mercer County Executive Director trains and prepares the CASA volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected, and/or dependent children of Mercer County. The CASA volunteer, as soon as they are assigned to a child, will learn as much as they can about the child and their environment in order to know what is in that child’s best interest.  It is a CASA volunteer’s goal to help the child emerge from the trauma or abuse and neglect, and be placed in a safe environment where they can thrive.

For an application or additional information, please contact: Mercer County Juvenile Court at (419) 586-1249 or by email at: CASA@mercercountycourts.com 

 

 

First United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry Allowing In-Shopping
The Cooperative Ministries is a group of churches in the area that coordinate the Food Pantry and Bread & Bowl Meals that are housed at the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Jefferson Street and Central Avenue in Van Wert. 

 First United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry will once again be open for guests to choose their groceries.  We want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support through the pandemic!  It has roughly been 2 ½ years since we have allowed guests to come into the pantry and we are excited to be able to return to being a “Choice Pantry.”  Starting on Monday, May 2nd the food pantry will allow one guest at a time to come into the pantry and choose their food.  Pantry volunteers will be there to help as needed.  Check-in will continue to take place on the first floor inside the Central Avenue doors.  If you would like to wear a mask, please feel free to do so.  The FUMC Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry is open weekly Monday & Wednesday from 1-3pm and Friday from 10am -12pm.  The pantry is open to all Van Wert County residents.   

The Bread and Bowl is a warm meal that is served every Friday evening at 6pm.  Each week the meal is served by a different church or community agency and since the pandemic it has been a carryout only.  Starting May 6th, the meal will be served in the basement.  The doors will open at 4pm for guests to come and enjoy some fellowship. The meal will be served at 6pm.  You may still choose to get carryout meals as well.  Masks are optional.  The Cooperative Ministries is a nonprofit organization that solely relies on financial contributions from area churches, organizations, and individuals.  If your church is not involved, we encourage you to join us in helping our friends and neighbors in Van Wert County. You may inquire or send donations to FUMC Cooperative Ministries at 113 W. Central Ave. Van Wert, OH  45891 or phone 419/238-0631 ext. 307 and ask for Teresa. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
April 14-25, 2022
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 17 years!

 

 
 
 

Saturday – April 16th – Shanes Park Easter Egg Hunt at 1 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
April 12-13, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now closed on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 and
will be having its first Remote Learning Day.
 

Parkway Schools are now on a 3 hour delay
for Tuesday, April 12, 2022
due to dense fog in the area.
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Fog.

 
 
 

New rates posted here for the Shanes Park Building Rentals

 

 
 

Van Wert Health Hospital this month was named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States for 2022 by the Chartis Center for Rural Health

“This designation recognizes the clinical and operational excellence of our team of dedicated physicians, nurses, clinical staff, and support staff.  This honor solidifies their hard work and dedication, and is especially significant coming after encountering a global pandemic,” according to Jim Pope, President and CEO.

To determine the top 100 rural hospitals, the Chartis Center used the Hospital Strength Index, which assesses performance in eight pillars of performance: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and financial efficiency.

Pope said being included in the Top 100 nationally is a reflection of the organization’s daily commitment to provide the community access to the highest quality of care, delivered with compassion, while remaining a financially viable organization that can serve future generations of northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana residents.

Over the course of the last 12 years, the Chartis Center Index has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. The Index framework is widely used across the nation by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to Index analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

“We are proud to serve this community and these accolades are really about the quality work our team is doing every day to provide excellent patient-centered care,” Pope said.

 

 
 

Good Friday Service in Van Wert
Please join us for THE VAN WERT COUNTY/COMMUNITY-WIDE Ecumenical Good Friday Service!  A Van Wert tradition for over 70 years will continue this Good Friday, April 15 at First United Methodist Church in downtown Van Wert. The procession of the cross will start at 11:45 AM at the YWCA on Cherry Street. Anyone wishing to participate should gather by 11:45 AM at the YWCA. The cross will be carried down Main Street to Jefferson Street and then into the sanctuary of First UM Church.

The service will start at 12:05 PM.  There are 9 pastors representing 11 congregations involved for 2022.  There will be musical offerings by a community choir, the vocal ensemble, "In Spiritu", musicians, dancers and dramatists all telling the story of Good Friday from the birth of Jesus being foretold to Mary until His crucifixion & burial.

A liturgical dance with Grace Spieles as Mary & Noah Krites as the boy Jesus is sure to be special moment in the service as the choir sings Joseph Martin's "Pieta" with Kristen Gillespie playing flute and Scott Turner on the Noehren pipe organ.  A dramatization of Luke 22: 66-71/Luke 23 will also be given along with music being interspersed with scripture, prayer and testimony given by Pastor Thomas Emery.

All are welcome to attend and continue this Good Friday tradition! Any questions may be directed to FUMC's office at 419-238-0631.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

Parkway April 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 
 

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Raising Money for Scholarships
Rockford Chamber Raffle tickets on sale now --  Tickets are $5 each.
    
Drawing will be held during Spring Fling -  April 30th.
  
If interested  - Checks to Rockford Chamber -
PO Box 175, Rockford, OH  45882  --- memo -  Raffle tickets.    
Lisa Kuhn will fill out a ticket for you and send a copy of the ticket back to you.
  
If local - Lisa can make arrangements to meet up with you or stop in at the
Village office.
  
 Thanks for supporting Rockford Chamber Scholarships!

 

 

Financial Wellness Presentation Plannned 
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and First Financial are Co-Sponsoring  a Financial Wellness presentation. Developing a Business Plan is scheduled for Wednesday April 20th at 5:30 pm at the Rockford Library.  

In this FREE workshop, business owners will learn the eight parts of a business plan and what to consider when writing a business plan. At the end of the workshop, business owners will have a blueprint or first draft of a business
plan.
    
For more information or to RSVP this event please contact the Rockford Village office at 419-363-3032 ext. 1

 

PHIL’S ONE STOP FUNDS TWO HONOR FLIGHTS IN A ROW


Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI) is slated to celebrate its 35th flight to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

The last HFNEI Honor Flight, taken in October of 2019, was sponsored and paid for by Phil’s One Stop of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio. Once again, two and a half years later, Phil’s One Stop is proud to sponsor the flight. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, flights were suspended in 2020 and 2021.

Honor Flight #35 currently consists of a total of 81 veterans: 4 WWII veterans, 28 Korean War veterans, 36 Cold War veterans and 13 Vietnam War veterans. Of these veterans, 32 served in two or more eras. To date, 2,538 veterans have been transported to Washington by Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, to reflect upon the memorials built in their honor.

Thanks to Phil and Renee Carper, owners and operators of 24 Marathon Oil Service stations, Phil’s One Stop has raised and donated more than $200,000 to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana over the past three years.

Renee Carper said, “We are honored that we can do this for our men and women who served in our armed forces. It is the least we can do to honor these veterans who have fought to keep our country free.”

Due to construction at the airport, no welcome home festivities are permitted.

Recently elected Honor Flight Northeast Indiana President, Cathy Berkshire said, “We are thrilled to be flying again! With a challenging schedule of three flights planned for the spring season, we hope to catch up a bit on the list of veterans who have been very patiently awaiting their well-deserved trip to Washington. There are no words to express our gratitude to the Carpers for their generosity.”

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

If media are interested in joining us at the 122nd Fighter Wing on April 27, please RSVP with Staff Sergeant Rita Jimenez, rita.jimenez.1@us.af.mil 260-478-3477 no later than Thursday April 21, 2022. Journalists are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination for base entry when they RSVP. Names, driver's license numbers and date of birth will be needed for security purposes.

*Media escort will take place at 4:30 a.m. from the main gate. Please plan to arrive early to pass through security.

*Honor Flight Northeast Indiana Inc. is not endorsed or funded by the Indiana Air National Guard.

 

Free - Rockford Opry Show
Presented by Jerry Bolenbaugh

Rockford Community Building
420 N Holly Lane, Rockford, OH  

Sunday - April 24th, 2022 - 1 pm

This is not an open mic show --- many great entertainers.

Information - contact Jerry at 419-363-3794 or 567-644-8117

 

 

 
April 8-11, 2022
 

 
 

MAY 3, 2022 PRIMARY ELECTION

Military & Overseas Absentee Voting: Begins March 18

Deadline to Register to Vote: April 4

Early In-Person Voting: Begins April 5 and includes the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day
(MERCER COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN CELINA OHIO)

Absentee Voting By Mail: Begins April 5

Election Day: May 3 (Polls Open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

Snow & Ice statistics for winter season 2021-2022

Mercer County, 385.7 miles of roads

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

22 days of snow & ice control in winter of 2021-2022

Total miles driven = 30,252

Salt used – 996 tons = $75,158.17

Grit used – 996 tons = $9,462.01

            Total material costs during the winter season = $84,620.18

 

Total regular labor hours on snow & ice = 1,043.50 hours

               Overtime hours                         = 505.50 hours

 

Total costs for snow & ice during the season = $215,969.87 (Equip., labor, & material)

 

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

                                                                        2016-2017 season = $431.49/mile

                                                                        2017-2018 season = $699.21/mile

                                                                        2018-2019 season = $758.47/mile          

                                                                        2019-2020 season = $759.97/mile

                                                                        2020-2021 season = $998.72/mile

                                                                        2021-2022 season = $559.94/mile

 

by Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart

 
 
Holy Week 2022 at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their Holy Week services.

Beginning on Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7 PM, Pastor Doug Meyer will be in the pulpit with this sermon titled: “A Meal, A Mission, A Mandate”. Gospel readings will include Matthew 26:26-30; John 13: 3-17 and John 13: 33-35. Communion will be served.

Zion Lutheran in Chatt will conduct the Community Good Friday Service at 7 PM on April 15, 2022.

Easter Sunrise Service on April 17, 2022 - at St. Paul’s - will be at 8 AM followed by breakfast prepared by the Board of Christian Education at 8:30 AM. Sunday School is at 9:30 AM.

At 10 AM on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be in the pulpit. Pastor Doug’s message is: “Four Disappointing Words----BUT WAIT!” based on the Gospel Lesson of Matthew 28:1-10. Communion will be served.

Pastor Doug will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church which usually involves his homemade cookies! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, which is run by Karen Ousley.

 
 
 

 
April 1-7, 2022
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 17 years!

 

 
 

Rockford Lions Quarter Auction
Plans are underway for the 2022 Rockford Lions Quarter Auction. The Quarter Auction will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. Doors will open at 12 noon.  The auction will begin at 1:00 pm.  Paddles will be $4 each and All-In paddles will be $35 each at the door. A light lunch will also be available. The first Lions Club Quarter Auction, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, was held in 2019. 

The 28th annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 in conjunction with Rockford Community Days. 

 

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the Quarter Auction and the Car Show and Cruise-In fund scholarships and help fulfill community needs and requests.

At the Rockford High School Senior Awards ceremony in 2021, four $500 scholarships were presented to 2021 graduates; Kelsey Nichols, Dylan Hughes, Grace Etgen, and Treya Conn.

The Rockford Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Rockford Village Offices on E. Columbia Street in Rockford.  The next meeting will be March 14th, 2022.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
March 24-31, 2022
 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church which usually involves his homemade cookies! Please join us and bring your youngsters.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday , April 3, 2022 will come from the Bible chapter Philippians 3:8 entitled “Stay Focused on the Goal”. This chapter is written by The Apostle Paul.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly. All children are invited to these very special Bible learning experiences and craft activities.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 
 
 

21st Century Club Meets – Hears About President Ulysses S. Grant

The Twenty First Century Club met on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Tea Room for a regular meeting with 8 members present. President Julie Henkle welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.  Roll-Call was completed with everyone stating a favorite vacation destination. Minutes were read by Kim Carr and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. There was some discussion about the May meeting which will be held at the Rockford Historical Museum at 6:30 or 7 PM. Janet Steffy and Kim Carr will provide a “Tea” that evening. The treasurer’s report was $285.09.

“Our Story/Ohio’s Story” the theme for the year was continued as Ann Gage presented a really good program on Ohioan Ulysses S. Grant. He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio in southern Ohio in 1822. His ancestry was English and Ulster Scots. His father was a successful tanner, and Ulysses hated the tanning chores and did other things around the farm instead. At 17 he was enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point, not because he wanted to be a soldier, but because he wanted an education. It is at the academy enrollment that he was mistakenly enrolled as Ulysses S. Grant which was a clerical error. To correct it he would have had to wait a full year and re-enroll. So he just changed his name. His friends thereafter called him U.S. Grant, Uncle Sam or Sam for short. Early in his career after the academy, he met and married Julia Dent. They had four children. He served in the Mexican-American War under Major General Zachary Taylor  (1846-48). He then went west to the state of Washington and was promoted to a captain at Ft. Vancouver. In 1853 he left the military during peace time, but found over the next 7 years he was not very good in the business world. Then the anti-slavery sentiment brought him back into the military to be the top commander for the Union side of the Civil War. Grant was close to President Lincoln. After the war, he became an inexperienced president in 1846. He served 2 terms during the Reconstruction period which were tumultuous for him. Ann concluded with the trick question of who is buried in Grant’s tomb. He and Julia are interred inside the tomb on the Hudson River in New York City but their crypt is above ground.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Toni Fisher’s house. Contact Sheila Baltzell-Linn at 419-733-3326 if you are interested in attending a meeting. Members are reminded to invite an interested visitor or friend to come with them to this meeting and bring a canned item or side dishes for the food pantry.

 
 

 
March 22-23, 2022
 

 
 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Retired Pastor Steve Howell will be in the pulpit continue with the book of John 15:18 – 16:4 for those of you who like to follow the scriptures. His sermon is entitled “Persecution”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.  

Sunday School is at 9:30 AM and children’s church is on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays during the worship service.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well which is run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

 
March 19-21, 2022
 

 
 

Oldest Rockford Water Tower – There are two in the Village

Article and photo by Brad Now, Village Council Member
This tower was built in 1931 at a cost of $16,000 (which includes interest on the bonds.) 15 bonds of $1,000 each were sold covering a period of 15 years (1931-1946) with an annual interest rate of 5%.

This $15,000 included extending the infrastructure (water pipes) from the old waterworks, located close to the present one on South Franklin to the present location of this tower. This price also included some fire hydrants as well as the new water tower.

”Adjusted for inflation, $16,000 would be close to $300,000 in today’s money. Unfortunately, a new tower will probably cost around $1.25 million dollars. But, fortunately because of grants from the state we will be responsible for an amount in the very general area as residents were back in those days. So, I guess that is good!”, said Brad.

 
 
Election update – Those wanting to vote need to be registered to vote by April 4th so they can vote in the May 3rd primary.   Early voting will begin on April 5th.    By next week the sample ballots should be ready to view online at https://elections.mercercountyohio.gov/  click at top of page sample ballot.  This will take you to another screen to add name and birthdate.
 
 

Click here to read Rockford Village Council minutes March 15, 2022 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

Items of interest: Mayor Amy Joseph was hired as a part-time park manager since no one volunteered to be on the Shanes Park Board and it was disbanded. This new job position will be posted in the fall so others may apply if desired. Mayor Joseph had been doing this job as a volunteer since the retirement of volunteer Sandy Schaffner. Visit shanesparkrentals@gmail.com for proposed new rates by council.

 

Rockford Community Announcements and events:

 

Saturday - March 19 – Great Panther Duck Races  - Community Building

 

Saturday – April 2 – Lions Club Quarter Auction – Community Building

 

Saturday – April 16th – Shanes Park Easter Egg Hunt

 

Wednesday – April 20th --  Rockford Chamber and First Financial Sponsoring  - Financial Wellness presentation - Developing a Business Plan at 5:30 pm at the Rockford Library. Look for registration information soon.  *** In this workshop, participants will learn the eight parts of a business plan and what to consider when writing a business plan. At the end of the workshop, business owners will have a blueprint or first draft of a business plan.

 

Saturday – April 30th – Chamber Spring Fling – Main Street

 

Saturday – April 30th – Parkway Prom – High School

 

Parkway School Board Working on proposed new $3.2 million Athletic Complex Details
The Parkway School Board met on March 15, 2022 and discussed a proposed $3.2 million acquisition, rescontruction or improvement of a proposed athletic building. The  re-crowning of the football field and resurfacing the track will not exceed $300,000 and $150,000 respectively. Visit school board minutes here. Click here to go to http://www.parkwayschools.org/administration/parkway_board_of_education/2021-2022_school_year for Board Secretary Sally Cox's most current School Board Agendas and Minutes.

 
 

Mercer County EMA announces
the Statewide Tornado Drill March 23, 2022 at 9:50 AM

 
 

4-H Camp Palmer All Camp Clean Up Planned for Saturday, March 26, 2022
4-H Camp Palmer prepares for it 75th year anniversary in 2022

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

The clean-up morning is scheduled for Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am Please check in at the covered bridge entrance for work assignments.

Some of our main projects will include leaf raking, picking up sticks, mulching trails, and removing pool cover at 10:00 a.m. (Please note no cabin cleaning this year)

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

 

 
 
 

March 2022 Roundtable Scheduled

David Walker will be our guest speaker on Thursday, March 24, 2022. David will appear in character as Confederate President Jefferson Davis. His topic will be "What Caused the War  -  Why Southerners Fought". David has performed this talk before National Civil War gatherings to considerable acclaim. Invite a friend...the public is invited to our meetings. Meetings are held at the Richardson Bretz Building in downtown Celina. Meeting is called to order at 7:15 PM.

 
 
 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 
 

VWHS Theatre Announces 2022 Musical

On April 7, 8, and 9, 2022, join Van Wert High School Theatre as we present Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) at 7pm at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) includes music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and is based on the new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Enjoy this new Broadway version full of spectacle, wit, and classic songs. Contact  m_bloomfield@vwcs.net for ticket information.

                                                                                     

VAN WERT FORWARD REACHES $26 MILLION CLOSING FOR PHASE ONE OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

Central Insurance invests $17 million in multi-phase development project

  

Van Wert Forward is pleased to announce Central Insurance as a financial partner in the restoration and revitalization of downtown Van Wert. Central, alongside The Van Wert County Foundation, has invested significant resources in the multi-phase development project that will create new, welcoming, multi-use spaces and positively impact quality of life for generations to come.

 

“Central was founded in Van Wert nearly 150 years ago—and this is where we’ll be 150 years from now,” says Central CEO & President Evan Purmort. “This is our home, and we’re committed to making Van Wert better and better for the people who live and work here. Partnering with Van Wert Forward to revitalize our downtown is just another step in building a legacy for the community we love.”

 

The Van Wert Forward project is led by the Van Wert County Foundation which has acquired over fifty parcels in downtown Van Wert. Eleven of these parcels are prepped for phase one construction of the Van Wert Forward project and include almost 35,000 square feet of leasable commercial space (12 commercial units) and 29,000 square feet of leasable residential space (37 residential units). Financial closing for the approximately $26 million downtown project occurred on March 11. Full construction on the project will begin immediately.

 

Van Wert Forward was awarded approximately $15 million worth of state and federal historic and new market tax credits through the National Parks Service, Ohio Department of Development, Finance Fund (Columbus, OH), and Brownfield Revitalization, LLC (Raleigh, NC). Central Insurance has invested $12.1 million with respect to the awarded tax credits associated with the project. Additionally, Central has provided approximately $4.9 million of equity capital to Van Wert Forward. The Van Wert County Foundation has provided approximately $5.6 million in equity capital. The project was additionally awarded $157,000 from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program administered at the federal level by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, and by the Ohio History Connection and Heritage Ohio. Furthermore, the Van Wert County Foundation received a $1.5 million Vibrant Communities Grant from JobsOhio for project use.

 

The Van Wert Port Authority is also partnering on the project. The Port Authority is providing a capital lease on the parcels, which affords nearly $1 million in savings on the sales tax of Phase One construction materials.

 

In addition, the City of Van Wert granted this phase of the Van Wert Forward project a tax exemption for improvements made to the project for 90% of the assessed value for ten years. This savings has an estimated value of $1.5 million.

 

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

 

The Van Wert County Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on creating a well-resourced and thriving quality of life for Van Wert County, Ohio.

 

The lead developer for the project is Pago USA (Fort Wayne, IN) in association with Model Group (Cincinnati, OH). Van Wert Forward is transforming quality of place by planning, developing, and sustaining the built environment in downtown Van Wert. For more information visit Van Wert Forward’s website vanwertforward.org, or contact the Director of Engagement and Outreach, Joel Germann, joel@vanwertforward.org.

 

 
 
 

 
March 15-18, 2022
 

 
 
 

PEA Offering Education Scholarship

The Parkway Education Association (PEA) will be offering a $1000 scholarship to a Parkway alumnus that is in college/university studying to become an educator. Requirements for the scholarship are:

1) Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college sophomore, junior, or senior for the upcoming fall semester (2022).

2) Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

3) Applicant must be enrolled in teacher education classes.

4) Applicant must be a graduate of Parkway High School or be the son/daughter of a PEA member.

5) Applications are due by April 8, 2022.

Any interested applicants should complete the form at: https://forms.gle/6XpDXv9bZS65tVE57

Any inquiries can be e-mailed to parkwayeducationassociation@gmail.com .

 
 
 

Come Hear Sheriff Jeff Grey at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey will be in the pulpit .

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s Country Church – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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Visit the Rock and Mineral Show in Columbus
The Rock and Mineral Show will be in the Ohio Building (the round one) at the Ohio State Fairgrounds/Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio, the first weekend in April 2022, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3.  Geologists and Geology Rock Collectors will be with exhibits to answer questions.  Beautiful polished stones for jewelry will be for sale.  This jewelry is exquisite and “one of a kind,” each related to its own stone and artistry.  The prices are reasonable for everyone’s choices.  The Children’s Free Exhibits and Games are planned to encourage children and their families to appreciate the rocks in their environments.

 
 

Health Department looks back at beginnings of COVID-19
by Samuel Shriver

VAN WERT, OH. March 16, 2022 ― It was March 26, 2020, when Van Wert County recorded its first COVID-19 case. The Van Wert County General Health District then sprang into action.

“We urgently met the afternoon when the first case was confirmed,” said Dr. Paul Kalogerou, Health Commissioner of the Van Wert County Health Department. “Immediately, our emergency preparedness went into effect and our pandemic response plan was executed. We were able to bring in the Emergency Management Agency to work with us. The measures that have been effective in previous pandemics were implemented.”

Kathy Will, nursing director at the health department and staff, began the contact tracing process and measures to help minimize the effect of the virus. The health department staff had to not only work on helping to fight COVID-19 in our community but also continue in their own work areas.

“We were able to maintain service throughout the whole pandemic, which I think was a big asset to our maintaining those programs for the community and for the financial stability within the health department,” Will said. “We dedicated certain staff to doing the contact tracing, the phone calls and that preserved the rest of the health department activities that were going on.”

Rick McCoy, director of the Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency, recognized this wasn’t going to be over quickly.

“Knowing that this was probably going to last a while, we had to do some thinking on how to prioritize a lot of time to COVID,” McCoy said. “With the other things still going on and then bringing individuals together, that was the big thing and that happens on any disaster when you’re opening your emergency operations center and of course, we did that here.”

Jeanette Konz, administrator for the health department said they could see cases rising elsewhere and were aware it was likely coming to Van Wert County.

“Since this was kind of an evolving event, we were actually able to open our incident command internally prior to our first case so we were a little more prepared and ready for it,” Konz said.

The Ohio Department of Health proved to be a valuable asset in preparing for an increase in cases early on in the pandemic.

“The state was instrumental in getting us equipment, masks, gowns, gloves, PPE, not only for ourselves but for people in the community,” Will said. “EMA (Emergency Management Agency) was able to order and then we were the supply recipient within the county and then those were distributed to those agencies that needed it so the state was very helpful in that.”

Communications proved to be a key factor in coordinating a response.

“We were doing conference calls with the 88 directors in Ohio at least several times a week so that we were getting updates on what was known about the virus, how we should respond across the state and of course the big thing became PPE or personal protective equipment, how to get that. Fortunately, we had some stockpiled in the county for such an event like this but knowing that we were going to go through that quickly,” McCoy said.

The health department was well-versed on what to do in case of a pandemic.

“We’d actually have drills and prepare and walk through the actions of the various responsibilities. So when this came to our county, we were able to put in our pandemic response…we were ready. Those drills were primarily for a short epidemic, three or four days, but this was obviously much longer and challenged us all,” Dr. Kalogerou said.

McCoy says that Van Wert County was out in front when it came to planning for the pandemic.

“We were actually ahead of the Northwestern Ohio Consortium. When they came together a number of years ago and started putting things together, they were actually looking at what we had done here so that pre-planning was very important,” McCoy said.

One thing that has come out of the pandemic is an appreciation for the volunteers that helped at the health department from doing anything from answering the phones to administering vaccination.

“I think our biggest asset that we gained through the whole pandemic was our volunteers,” Will said. “We have tremendous volunteers. We couldn’t have fully accomplished anything that we did without those volunteers from answering the phones to helping organize clinics. Today they’re still coming in, filing, sorting and helping with clinics. We couldn’t do it without them. Those volunteers have made a big, big difference.”

Until the pandemic hit, many people might not have known what the health department did in the community.

“It’s kind of pushed us out there a little bit more into the light and so hopefully this will help some people come to us for information or that we would become more of a resource within the community,” Konz said.

But not everybody agreed with the role the health department played in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Some chose not to get vaccinated or wear a mask.

“Our role has always been to inform the public of the responsible data out there that’s available to them, to the measures that work that stop this virus, to slow its spread and to minimize disease and deaths. Our job is to continue to inform and be a resource for the community, for businesses, for healthcare partners, for educators, students and families. We’ll continue to empower the public to make responsible and sensible decisions about their health. Each person has their own choice of how he or she is going to manage this but we know our role is to help people protect themselves, inform them to prevent disease and to minimize the risk of acquiring the disease,” Dr. Kalogerou said.

Will agrees.

“Even in the schools, we worked really hard to just inform and get the information to superintendents and educators. We’ve learned that you can’t mandate but we can educate. You can inform but it is something that each individual has their right to decide what they’re going to do so that was kind of difficult because we thought whatever we said they would do and we found that that was not always the case,” Will said.

One thing that Will learned through all of this is next time they should bring in the volunteers sooner.

“We just thought we could handle it all. We thought it was going to end soon but once we implemented the use of the volunteers it really lightened the load,” Will said.

Konz says she would change how they dealt with the effects of stress on the health department staff.

“I agree with Kathy and instituting some of that sooner and maybe even looking back at our own staff and the stress that they were under. We did bring in a group to kind of help us debrief and to help us get through some of the stress and maybe we should have started that in the beginning. You know, helping to encourage to keep staff going because there was a lot of burnout and a lot of stress,” Konz said.

McCoy believes the coordinated efforts played out as planned.

“I don’t think I would change much. I think everybody came together. All of our key officials came together as we had always planned and we all discussed what we felt was best for the community. We tried to get information out and I think that’s the big thing of keeping the public informed as much as we can with as much reliable information as we can. I think locally, we tried to give as much information as possible and that’s the key thing that communication has to be going back and forth, that we’re listening to the public, the public is listening to us and I don’t think I would change that at all,” McCoy said.

 

 
March 5-14, 2022
 

 
 
 

March 13, 2022 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 13, 2022 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

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

 

Dana Smith Shares a Message of Protection

Dana Smith, from The Belle in Rockford,  recently brought a message to St. Paul's Country Church with the help of his young companion in baseball catcher's gear. Dana said he would never send a catcher behind home plate without his protective gear. Neither will God send us out to fight Satan without our protective gear. Paul wrote to the Ephesians 6:10-18:

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

 
 
 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Retired Pastor Steve Howell will be in the pulpit continue with the book of John 15:1-8 for those of you who like to follow the scriptures. His sermon is entitled “Jesus the True Vine”.

In his prior lesson from John 14, Pastor Steve reminded those present that Jesus told his disciples, “If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. Those who love me will obey my teachings. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well which is run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Rockford Lions Quarter Auction
Plans are underway for the 2022 Rockford Lions Quarter Auction. The Quarter Auction will be held Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. Doors will open at 12 noon.  The auction will begin at 1:00 pm.  Paddles will be $4 each and All-In paddles will be $35 each at the door. A light lunch will also be available. The first Lions Club Quarter Auction, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank, was held in 2019. 

The 28th annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 in conjunction with Rockford Community Days. 

 

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the Quarter Auction and the Car Show and Cruise-In fund scholarships and help fulfill community needs and requests.

At the Rockford High School Senior Awards ceremony in 2021, four $500 scholarships were presented to 2021 graduates; Kelsey Nichols, Dylan Hughes, Grace Etgen, and Treya Conn.

The Rockford Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Rockford Village Offices on E. Columbia Street in Rockford.  The next meeting will be March 14th, 2022.

 

 
Parkway School Board to Update Athletic Facilities

The Parkway School Board met on February 14, 2022 and approved the creation of a Capital Project Fund for three projects.

Their goal is to resurface the track, re-crown the football field and either build an athletic facility or improve an existing athletic building.

Nothing is decided yet, except the creation of the fund.

 
 
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Planning Spring Fling

Rockford is bringing back a Main Street Event called Spring Fling.
Planning is underway for the event to be held at 10 AM on Saturday, 2022.
Mark your calendars.

 
 

VAN WERT FORWARD RECEIVES $2.6 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS
Ohio Department of Development announces transformational mixed-use development program recipients The Van Wert County Foundation, the vision driving force behind Van Wert Forward, is pleased to announce that Van Wert Forward recently received an award of $2.6 million in tax credits from the Transformational Mixed-Use Development (TMUD) Program administered by the Ohio Department of Development. The TMUD credits are awarded to organizations that demonstrate and ability to spur conomic growth and social well-being that produces long-term, positive change for a community. Van Wert is one of ten cities to be awarded TMUD credits in this competitive application process, and Van Wert Forward is one of thirteen projects included as a recipient in this round of TMUD applications. To be considered for an award, a project must include a minimum of two uses benefitting the community’s public members. Van Wert Forward Phase One has a number of mixed-use spaces with four buildings including space for commercial units on the first floor and plans for residential units above them. Phase One buildings contain approximately 63,000 sq. ft. of mixed-use space in Van Wert’s historic downtown. Van Wert Forward is transforming quality of place by planning, developing and sustaining the built environment in downtown Van Wert and is vision-driven by The Van Wert County Foundation. For more information visit Van Wert Forward’s website vanwertforward.org, or contact the Director of Engagement and Outreach, Joel Germann, joel@vanwertforward.org

 

 

 
March 1-4, 2022
 

 
 

The Rockford Carnegie Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 pm in the library basement meeting room.  The public is invited to attend.  

 

Mercer County PERI Chapter # 13 Plans to Meet

Mercer County PERI Chapter # 13 will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at the Hopewell Grange Hall.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with guest speaker, Richard Delzeith, Magistrate for the Mercer County Juvenile Probate Court.  Mr. Delzeith will explain the purpose and goals of the newly formed volunteer program, CASA of Mercer County.  This Court Appointed Special Advocates program is one of the newest of its type in Ohio.

The Chapter business meeting will follow the presentation.  Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be available beginning at 9:30. 

 

 

 
 

VWHS Musical Tickets on Sale

The Van Wert High School Theatre Department would like to share information pertaining to ticket sales for our 2022 spring musical, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Performance dates are April 7-9, 2022 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online using our website link at VWHSTheatre.weebly.com, at an in person sale date, or at the door on performance nights. All ticket specifics on our website. Tickets go on sale to the General Public starting March 7th. Reserved and General Admission Seating available. Thank you for your continued support of our students and program.

 

 

First United Methodist Church, Van Wert invites Families and Children to Preschool Open House

A Preschool Open House will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 10 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Parents will also be able to register, tour and meet the teachers.

First Church is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, across from Fountain Park in Van Wert, OH.

We offer a half-day program from 8:30-11:30 am two, three or four days a week. The curriculum is guided by the Ohio Department of Education's Early Learning Standards and incorporates Christian principles daily. We participate in monthly field trips, theme parties, progress monitoring and assessments, weekly Chapel, Christmas and Spring programs and much more. Our goal is to prepare children for Kindergarten in a loving Christ-centered environment.

For more information please contact Administrator Marilyn Agler by phone at 419-238-0631 ext. 308, by email magler@wcoil.com or register online at fumpreschool.com.

 

 

News Release for Farm Focus Inc. Scholarship

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

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

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

degree in an agricultural related field.
                                                                                   

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

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

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

from previous years can reapply again this year.

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

 

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

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

Counselor, or FFA Instructor for your scholarship application. 

 

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

 

All completed applications must be emailed, mailed and postmarked or delivered in person no later than April 1,2022 to the OSU Van Wert County Extension Office.

 

 
 

Lima Symphony Orchestra Brings Back Live Symphony Storytimes

Lima, OH (March 1, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s popular Symphony Storytime program returns to libraries in the region during March and April. Featuring performances by musicians from the Lima Symphony Orchestra, this program will focus on the theme of emotions. Live programs will happen at the following locations:

 

Tuesday, March 8 at 6 PM – Putnam County District Library (136 Putnam Pkwy, Ottawa, OH 45875)

 

Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 AM - Mercer County District Library (303 N Main St, Celina, OH 45822)

 

Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 PM - Bluffton Public Library (145 S Main St, Bluffton, OH 45817)

 

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 PM - New Bremen Public Library (45 S Washington St, New Bremen, OH 45869)

 

Thursday, April 7 at 6 PM - Auglaize County Public District Library (203 Perry St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895)

 

For this innovative program, children and their families will enjoy outstanding newer publications featuring the theme of “emotions.” This program features In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall, all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw parallels between musical concepts such as major and minor to various emotions, using musical examples to accompany the stories. With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, "Symphony Storytime" is designed to spark children’s imaginations and foster a lifelong love of and appreciation for music. This program is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.

 

Books:

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey (2014)

Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin (2019)

Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (2013)

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (2017)

 

Music Selections:

St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy

Romanian Folk Dance No. 6 Maruntel by Bela Bartok

“Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst

Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven

 

These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and the other arts are critical tools in building strong communities.  This project is supported by the following underwriters:

 

Symphony Storytime Sponsors:

AC Dienstberger Foundation

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

State Bank

Thermal Gard Window and Door

Van Wert County Foundation

Mercer County Civic Foundation

 

 

 

LAAG to Meet

The Lake Area Arts Group will meet Wednesday March 9th at 6 pm at the
art center located at 110 S. Main St., Celina ( entrance thru Brew
Nation). Guest speaker will be Rhonda Hager who will be sharing her
knife pallet art featured in LAAG’s March art class. Her award
winning paintings have depicted lake related themes which were
inspired from local photography. Other topics will be the July Art
Show in Celina, and the Plein Air event on September 3rd during Celina
Fall Festival. Local artists are invited to participate in all these
activities.

Other classes are also available including a three week watercolor
class with Debby Gregory which will begin March 16th. Information and
registration for this class and others can be found on our Facebook
page or by emailing lakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com
  
LAAG will also be sponsoring a Paint an Sip fundraiser on Thursday,
March 31st from 6-9pm at the art center in Celina. Cost of the event
is $40.00 with $10.00 going to LAAG. Wine and all supplies are
provided to complete a finished canvas painting of a spring scene with
no experience needed. Tammy Sharpe of Painting Memories will lead the
evening. Reservations and ticket purchase information is on LAAG’s
Facebook page and the spring painting can be viewed.
The Lake Area Arts Group is a nonprofit group and they hope to offer
more classes to the community thru this fundraiser.

 

 

Who are the Inventors?

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


Photo Caption:   Who are the inventors in our Nation?  Who are the inventors in Mercer County, Ohio?

Eryl Davies wrote this book, “Inventions,” which was published by Dorling Kindersley, in London, New York, and Stuttgart in 1995.  I love this book!  This book not only records Inventions from 20,000 B.C. to the Twentieth Century, but also describes the creative Inventors and the environment which inspired the Inventors.  These people brought changes to the world.

I have a deep respect for people who take their knowledge and their experiences and their environmental surroundings and bring new ideas about making a better world for generations to come.  I have a deep respect for local citizens who see a need for a better way of life here in Western Ohio.  Look around and see the schools, churches, service organizations, businesses and industries,  who are leaders and volunteers who plan and implement changes for the better, here in Western Ohio.

Take time to recognize the remarkable changes in our past, of which we benefit from their knowledge and their hard work.  These citizens deserve to be honored for their contributions to our way of life.

Who invented the Water Wheel and/or the Wind Mill which provided power in the agricultural areas?  Who invented typewriters and/or computers?  Who was inspired to create our vehicles?  Who invented the spinning wheels and/or the sewing machine which led to the industry of manufacturing clothes?  Who invented the lighting system which powers the electric lights throughout the world?  What technical person invented the creation of bricks for buildings and foundations for bridges?  Who captured fire and brought heat to warm our homes and other buildings?  Who invented the wonderful kitchen equipment of stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers?  Who invented improvements for medical research, which keep us healthy?  Who invented time-keeping devices, i.e. clocks and/or watches to help everyone to organize time better? Who invented the creation of money for the exchange of goods?  Who invented the U.S. Postal System, which passes information throughout the world?  Who invented movies and television sets, which brings entertainment, sports, news, etc.?  Who invented weights and measurements and calculators and electronic equipment which make our lives easier?

Who invented fashions in design, from clothing to businesses and interior decorations of homes?  Who invented automobiles, trucks, four-wheelers, motorcycles and bicycles?  Who created the ideas of roads and government authority over interstate highways?  Who invented firearms for hunters and/or arms for Military protection?  Who invented boats and fishing equipment for fishermen?  Who invented children’s toys?  Who invented agricultural equipment which improved the rural industry?  Who created all of the inventions which provided for space travel today?  Who invented games, from sports’ events to a simple game of cards?

The Mercer County Historical Society contributes to recognizing the importance of local citizens and their contributions to Mid-Western Ohio.  I know that my daily emails and phone calls with requests for information about local history and appointments at the Mercer County Historical Museum, keep me busy!  Thank you to everyone who shares with me, that they appreciate my work with local history.

What contribution do you make with creative ideas in your home and Community?

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883,  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 
February 26-28, 2022
 

 
 

Come Hear Carrie Cubberley at St. Paul’s Country Church
St.
Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH
welcomes Carrie Cubberley to the pulpit on Sunday, March 6, 2021.

Her message, entitled “Listen to the Story” is based on the Gospel Lesson Luke 4:1-13 ~ for those of you who like to follow the scriptures.

Carrie is the daughter of Pastor Doug and Mrs. Sheila Meyer and is from Celina where she is an English teacher at Celina High School.

We are a Bible-based church and the community is invited to come and join us at 10 AM.

Sunday School starts at 9:30 AM.


Please call Becky Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s UCC – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Lenten Schedule:

Ash Wednesday Service, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 7 PM St. Paul’s Country Church

Sunday, March 6, 2022 10 AM – Carrie Cubberley
Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 9,, 2022, 7 PM Chatt Methodist – Becky Shope

Sunday, March 13, 2022 10 AM – Steve Howell

Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 16,, 2022, 7 PM St. Paul’s – Tom Brunstrup
Sunday, March 20, 2022 10 AM – Sheriff Jeff Grey

Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 23,, 2022, 7 PM Chatt Methodist – Becky Shope
Sunday, March 27, 2022 10 AM – Steve Howell

Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 30,, 2022, 7 PM St. Paul’s – Tom Brunstrup

Sunday, April 3, 2022 10 AM – Doug Meyer

Lenten Service, Wednesday, April 6,, 2022, 7 PM Chatt Methodist – Doug Meyer

Palm Sunday Service, Sunday, April 10, 2022 10 AM – Steve Howell

Maundy Thursday Service, April 14, 2022, 7 PM St. Paul’s – Doug Meyer
Good Friday Service, Friday, April 15, 2022 Community Service, 7 PM Zion Lutheran in Chatt

Easter Sunrise Breakfast and Service, Sunday, April 17th , 8 AM, Breakfast 8:30 AM

Easter Service, Sunday, April 17, 2022 10 AM – Doug Meyer

Sunday, April 24, 2022 – Steve Howell


Please call Becky Jo Shope at 419-363-2227 or 419-733-3216 for more information.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
February 25, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are now CLOSED
for Friday, February 25, 2022

 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Friday, February 25, 2022
Weather-related.

Freezing rain and sleet. 1-3 inches of snow expected on top of that.

 
 
 
 

 
February 24, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Thursday, February 24, 2022
Weather-related.

Winter Storm Oaklee is coming through with ice and snow.

 

 

Winter Homecoming Court and Queen at Parkway

Parkway High School held its annual winter homecoming ceremony on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Attendants included freshman Amanda Barrett, sophomore Avery White, junior Emree Sinning, and seniors Cami High, Gracyn Temple, and Faith Jacobs. The Senior Class President, Dani Huff, crowned the 2022 queen, Cami High. Congratulations, ladies!

 

Captions:

Group photo left to right: Amanda Barrett, Avery White, Faiths Jacobs, Cami High, Gracyn Temple, and Emree Sinning.

 

 
 
 

Area Youth for Christ to Host First Annual Be the Story Fundraising Banquet

  

(Van Wert, OH) West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is pleased to present the first annual Be the Story Fundraising Banquet. The event is on April 8, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Calvary Evangelical Church at 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road, Van Wert, OH  45891. The purpose of the event is to share dynamic new developments happening in the ministry that are impacting lives in West Central Ohio. Featured will be an update from Executive Director, Brad Petrie, as well as youth who will share their testimonies and pastors will highlight their experiences with Youth for Christ. There are many ways to be part of the Youth for Christ Story. Any member of the community is welcome to attend and see what Youth for Christ is up to now! To RSVP, call 419-238-1370 or visit wcohio.yfc.net by March 25, 2022. Event Sponsorship is available by contacting the Community Engagement Coordinator, Kirsten Brunswick, at kbrunswick@wcohyfc.com.

 

West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is a relational ministry that reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. West Central Ohio Youth for Christ serves all of Van Wert County, Mercer County, Auglaize County, and part of Allen County. To learn more, visit wcohio.yfc.net or West Central Ohio Youth for Christ on Facebook.

 

 

Parkway Elementary Kindergarten Registration



 

Parkway Elementary will be holding their Kindergarten Screening on April 7 and 8 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Students need to be five years old before August 1 to be eligible to attend.  Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment for their kindergarten student to Parkway Local Schools should also register at this time.



 

If your child is new to Parkway Local Schools, the following should be brought to the school on the day of screening: the official birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, one form of proof of residency and any court documents pertaining to the custody/guardianship of the student (divorce, foster, etc.)  The birth certificate is from the Department of Vital Statistics (if born in Ohio, from any Ohio county health department) where a fee will be charged.  The hospital complimentary birth certificate will not be accepted.  Immunizations are required to be documented by the 15th day of school for the 2022-2023 school year.  



 

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

 

 

Parkway Preschool Preview Night

Parkway Preschool will be holding a Preview Night for the 2022-2023 school year (previously known as Registration Night) on Tuesday, March 15.  Two sessions will be held  - one at 4:00 p.m. and another at 5:00 p.m. We ask parents to call the elementary office to register for the session you will attend to help with planning.  Children are welcome to attend with parents.  This evening will consist of an opening session with a preview of our preschool, tour of the rooms by teachers and a chance to complete the online registration form and pay the fee.  Copies of birth certificates, social security cards and immunizations may also be made.

Did you know that children who participate in a quality preschool enter Kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math skills than those who do not?  Give your young child’s education a boost by enrolling them in our Five-Star “Step Up to Quality” rated program at Parkway Preschool.

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

Once the registration is submitted, a $25 fee (check made payable to Parkway Preschool or cash) will be needed to complete your child's registration and receive the necessary forms to finalize enrollment.  Until the registration is paid, your enrollment is NOT locked in.  Once the registration fee is paid, you will be emailed the other required forms that may be completed online.  

Our grant program offers financial assistance for those who qualify. Limited grant money is available for the 2022-2023 school year.  Free or reduced tuition can only be awarded to students who will be 4 years of age by September 30, 2022.  

We also offer a preschool classroom in conjunction with The Mercer County Educational Service Center. The Ohio Department of Education allows us to have eight children with special needs in the AM and PM and eight typical children in the AM and PM sessions, making a total of 16 children per session. Our preschool classrooms are in session four half days, Monday through Thursday. 

Please call the Elementary Office by March 14 to register to attend our Parkway Preschool Preview Night at 419-363-3045 ext. 720. Current Parkway preschool students need not attend.

 

 

LIMA SYMPHONY TEAMS UP WITH ARMSTRONG AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM FOR MARCH 6 FAMILY CONCERT 

Lima, OH (February 24, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Armstrong Air and Space Museum to present an Outer Space Symphony on Sunday, March 6 at 3 PM at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (7 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801). The program, dreamed up by Music Director Andrew Crust, celebrates Wapakoneta’s hometown hero, Neil Armstrong.

Kooky puppet and history hoodlum Wyatt Green will lead the audience on a journey as we discover who Neil Armstrong was and what lies just over the horizon and in the outer reaches of our solar system. The audience will learn about Armstrong’s amazing journey to the moon and back through music, slides, and interviews that will be shown during the concert. Space-themed merchandise will be available for purchase in the lobby before the show. So, grab the kids and blast off for outer space with your Lima Symphony Orchestra!

This concert is exclusively underwritten by:  Webb Insurance Agency

Featured Repertoire:

John Williams                       Star Wars: Main Title

John Philip Sousa   Stars and Stripes Forever

Gustav Holst             “Mars” from The Planets

John Williams                       ET: Adventures on Earth

Antonin Dvorak        Symphony No. 9, Finale

John Williams                       Summon the Heroes

Ferde Grofé               Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise

 

Tickets:

$10 – General Admission Seating

Tickets can be purchased online at www.limasymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701. Program books are available digitally through the LSO website.

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Music by Candlelight concerts, and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

 

Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

Parkway March 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 

 

Mercer County Health District COVID-19 Situation Update – February 23, 2022

 

CELINA - As of February 23, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 7,858 confirmed cases, 1,789 probable cases, 7,596 recovered cases, 6 known hospitalizations, 134 COVID-19 deaths, and 25 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 90 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 357 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 42 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

 

According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 15,495 Mercer County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, 7,839 Mercer County residents have received a booster dose. Of those residents who have been fully vaccinated, 43 were hospitalized for COVID-19 and have since recovered. Sixteen have passed away. There are currently 2 fully vaccinated residents hospitalized for COVID-19.

 

The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Mercer County has decreased from high to substantial. A substantial transmission rate is defined as 50 to 99.99 new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate between 8 and 9.99 percent. Mercer County has seen 97.15 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 8.39%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

 

The MCHD continues to encourage community members to maintain good hygiene practices, stay home when sick, consider wearing a mask in indoor public places, and avoid crowded indoor places to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses.

 

Individuals who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or influenza are encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. MCHD continues to offer appointments for COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Additional vaccine information can be found at https://mchdohio.org/.

 

Month

Number of Confirmed Cases

March – December 2020

3,384 cases

January 2021

388 cases

February 2021

120 cases

March 2021

52 cases

April 2021

113 cases

May 2021

64 cases

June 2021

14 cases

July 2021

34 cases

August 2021

246 cases

September 2021

473 cases

October 2021

347 cases

November 2021

455 cases

December 2021

532 cases

January 2022

1,489 cases

February 2022 - current

147 cases

 

 

Actor, Writer, Filmmaker Daniel Roebuck to Appear in Van Wert

Daniel Roebuck, an actor best known for roles including Deputy Marshal Robert Biggs in The Fugitive and its spinoff film U.S. Marshals, plus television roles in Lost, Matlock and more, is coming to Van Wert on Mar. 13 for a special showing of a 2017 film he wrote, directed, and starred in called, “Getting Grace.”

Donna Saunders, owner of the Van Wert Cinemas, befriended Roebuck at a cinema convention last year. Roebuck offered to come to her theaters in Bryan and Van Wert to present Getting Grace and to meet patrons, take photos, and sign autographs.

Roebuck will be at Van Wert Cinemas for a “Red Carpet Event” during all showings on Sun. Mar. 13 – 12 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

Getting Grace is about a teen dying of cancer who crashes a funeral home to find out what will happen to her after she dies, but ends up teaching an awkward funeral director how to celebrate life. The film is rated PG-13 and was the winner of five awards at the Northeast Film Festival.

“The film deals with the subject of the end-of-life and dying in an honest and humorous manner,” said Saunders. “We partnered with our local hospice agency here in Van Wert, CHP Home Care & Hospice, to make this a community event.”

Hospice staff from CHP will attend showings on Mar. 13 to answer questions about the services it provides locally for people facing a terminal illness. All of the admissions proceeds from the film’s showings from Mar. 11 – 17 are being donated to CHP Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization.

 

 

 

MERCER COUNTY ENGINEER DITCH MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES

Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming construction season that engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be on-site on many of the 111 miles of Mercer County maintained open drainage ditches and 62 miles of tile throughout Mercer County.

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

 

 

 

 



 

Arrest made in death of 2 year old Ezra Siegrist

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey today announced the conclusion of the investigation into the death of Ezra G. Siegrist, age 2, 61 S. High Street, Montezuma. 

 

Grey reported that on February 11, 2020, at 5:30 AM, Mercer County 9-1-1 received a call that a young child was laying face down and unresponsive. The child was administered CPR by a family member, then deputies, until EMS arrived.  EMS transported the child to Mercer Health, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

 

The child was then transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy at the direction of Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs.  The determination of the autopsy was that Ezra died of methamphetamine intoxication, Dr. Heinrichs ruled the death a homicide.

 

Mercer County detectives began an investigation into the death to determine how Ezra ingested the methamphetamine.  Detectives interviewed several people, some who were cooperative, some who were not.  This slowed the investigation process.

 

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives presented the complete investigation to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox then  presented the case to the grand jury on February 17, 2022.

 

The Grand Jury returned an indictment of Brandon A. Edwards, age 29, of Celina, for the following:

 

              Count 1 - Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the first degree

              Count 2 - Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the third degree

              Count 3 - Aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree

              Count 4 – Endangering Children, a felony of the second degree

              Count 5 – Endangering Children, a felony of the third degree

              Count 6 – Endangering Children, a misdemeanor of the first degree

              Count 7 – Endangering Children, a misdemeanor of the first degree

              Count 8 – Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor of the first degree

 

Mr. Edwards was living at the residence at the time and was in a relationship with Ezra’s mother.

 

Mr. Edwards was arrested on February 18, 2022 by Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies and is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility awaiting a court appearance.

 

The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment on this case and would refer any questions to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their patience as detectives pursued this investigation.

 

Jeff Grey

Sheriff

 

 

Parkway Middle School

 Second Quarter Honor Roll 21-22

5th Grade:  

Highest Honor Roll

Ford, Kayliann (Kayli) 

Korte, Bosten 

Severt, Steven (Jack) 

Stover, Jaxson 

Tong, Carson 

Triplett, Savada

 

High Honor Roll

Baker, Jacklyn 

Baucher, Alivia 

Brehm, Kallie 

Burtch, Brooklyn 

Carpenter, Sage

Cottman, Lydia 

Eller, Kade 

Hays, Ella 

Imwalle, Allison 

Jacobs, Aubrey

Knapke, Isabelle

Korte, Cohen 

Laux, Ezekiel 

Miller, Alicia 

Nichols, Lindsay 

Piper, Michael  

Rodriguez-Perez, Angel (Leo) 

Sinning, Stella 

Sipe, Abigail 

Stover, Hadley 

Uncapher, Baylee 

Winget, Gabriel 

Yoder, Greer  

Zizelman, Corbin 

 

Honor Roll

Ackley, Emma  

Bell, Chloe  

Bradley, Branson  

Brehm, Rylee  

Burnett, Halen  

Clifford, Walker  

Eguia, Jaxton  

Ferron, James  

Fisher, Gavin  

Hileman, Maxton 

Louth, Chase 

Luginbill, Rogan  

McDorman, Sierra 

McIntire, Bradley 

Neuenschwander, Mazie  

Pancake, Claire 

Parrish, Ramsey 

Sawmiller, Aiden  

Snell, McKenzie  

VanDyke, Ava 

_____________________________________

 

6th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Eichler, Lydia 

Peel, Jaymin  

Schwieterman, Perry  

Stover, KJae 

Williamson, Abigail (Abby

 

High Honor Roll

Anderson, Trey  

Bollenbacher, Jaxson 

Bransteter, Case 

Fox, Levon 

Hess, Kymberly 

Ketchum, Colin 

Kraner, Addilynn 

Lyons, Branson  

Mathewson, Mason  

Menchhofer, Isaac  

Minnich, Trevor 

Moeller, Elayna  

Muhlenkamp, Ella  

Muhlenkamp, Peyton  

Noll, Andee 

Nuttle, Dylan 

Painter, Bryson 

Pennell, Piper 

Rasbach, Chayse 

Roth, Albany 

Schumm, Drayden  

Stauffer, Carson 

Thomas, Cade 

Trisel, William (Will)  

Twigg, Tyson 

VanTrees, Emma 

Young, Maddisynne (Maddy)

 

Honor Roll

Bash, Tyler

Buogo, Maria 

Garrity, Sterling 

Harner, Ellie 

Heitkamp, Nicole (Nicki) 

Knapke, Rowen 

Leighner, Justin 

Murphy, Marley 

Petit, Jonathan  

Reigle, Nathan 

Schmidt, Amelia 

Suzuki, Cohen 

Tangeman, Cooper 

Tarilang, Dora 

Whitaker, Magnus 

Williams, Obadiah 

Yaney, Addyson 

____________________________

7th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Blount, Freya (Freya) 

Hays, Lillian 

Pancake, Wyatt 

Rich, Magdalene  

Stover, Madelyn 

Winget, Grace

 

High Honors

Ackley, Mason 

Arnold, Kelsie 

Bennett, Charles 

Bollenbacher, Dylan 

Booher, Luke 

Carpenter, Rhen  

Denney, Bethany 

Everett, Aisley 

Fullenkamp, Kara 

Haines, Oliver 

Hughes, Megan  

Kellermeyer, Kelsie  

Langenkamp, Cami  

Litteral, Kohen  

Quickstad, Jaymie  

Ridenour, Gwyneth  

Rogers, Adalynn (Addie) 

Sheets, Luke  

Shirk, Robert 

Sites, Lexie 

Thomas, Jensen 

Tickle, Samuel 

Triplett, Jacoby  

Williams, Arwen  

Young, Isabell 

 

Honor Roll

Bentz, Morgan 

Clay, Holden 

Eguia, Piper 

Kiser, Faith 

Knapke, Austin 

Louth, Morgan  

Nusbaum, Taylor  

Rutledge, Tyler 

Slone, Damen 

Taylor, Deagan  

Wenning, Jaden  

Westgerdes, Gavin  

Winters, Tobin 

Younker, Kylie 

__________________________________

8th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Barna, Carlee 

Bruns, Brittyn  

Clifford, Olivia  

Dailey, Lola (Addison)  

Frese, Payton  

Heitkamp, Trevor  

Kirby, Carson  

Moeller, Natalie  

Muhlenkamp, Taylor  

Pond, Ethan 

Putman, Ella 

Stolly, Nathaniel 

Temple, Emmery  

Tong, Christina

 

High Honors

Boroff, Lennox (Lenny) 

Boroff, Meagan  

Crouch, Miley 

Fisher, Addison 

Fullenkamp, Logan 

Gilliland, Kaleb 

Harner, Steven (Kolt) 

Johnson, Parker 

Kiser, Grace 

Lyons, Parker 

Lyons, Rylan 

McDonald, Russell 

Miehls, Maddie  

Muhlenkamp, Ashtlynn 

Neff, Josiah 

Nichols, Megan 

Peel, Milee 

Perry, Haley 

Pond, Ava 

Reigle, Addison  

Schaefer, Jordyn  

Schumm, Eli  

Sill, Gabryelle 

Smith, Colbie  

Thornsberry, Kyndra 

 Velez, Analicia  

Winters, Lucian (Luca) 

 

Honor Roll

Bragg, Graydon  

Castleman, Hayden  

Eller, Dakota 

Green, Jaden 

Hays, Caden 

Houts, Maddoxx  

Minnich, Taylor  

Rissner, Zavier (Zav)  

Schoenleben, Bryn  

Stetler, Owen

Wallace, Troy  

Welling, Gabriel  

Yoder, John (Jack)  

Yoder-Wagoner, Rowan 

Zimmerman, Kendra 

 

 

Parkway Middle School

 First Quarter Honor Roll 21-22

5th Grade:  

 

Highest Honor Roll

Brehm, Kallie

Imwalle, Allison

Korte, Bosten

Korte, Cohen

Laux, Ezekiel

Stover, Jaxson

Tong, Carson

 

High Honor Roll

Baucher, Alivia

Burtch, Brooklyn

Cottman, Lydia,

Eller, Kade

Ford, Kayliann (Kayli)  

Hays, Ella 

 Jacobs, Aubrey 

Knapke, Isabelle 

 Louth, Chase  

Luginbill, Rogan  

Miller, Alicia  Neuenschwander, Mazie

Nichols, Lindsay 

Pancake, Claire  

Severt, Steven (Jack)  Sinning, Stella 

 Sipe, Abigail  

Stover, Hadley  

Triplett, Savada  Uncapher, Baylee 

 Winget, Gabriel  

Yoder, Greer 

 

Honor Roll

Ackley, Emma  

Baker, Israel 

 Baker, Jacklyn  

Bradley, Branson  

Burnett, Halen  

Carpenter, Sage  

Eguia, Jaxton  

Ferron, James  

Fisher, Gavin  

Hileman, Maxton 

McDorman,Sierra  

McIntire, Bradley  

Parrish, Ramsey  

Piper, Michael 

Sawmiller, Aiden  

Snell, McKenzie  

VanDyke, Ava 

Walker, Logan (L.J.) 

Winget, Lydia  

Zizelman, Corbin 

_____________________________________

 

6th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Eichler, Lydia 

Menchhofer, Isaac 

Peel, Jaymin 

Stover, KJae 

Williamson, Abigail (Abby) 

 

High Honor Roll

Anderson, Trey 

Bransteter, Case 

Fox, Levon 

Garrity, Sterling 

Ketchum, Colin 

Lyons, Branson  

Mathewson, Mason 

Moeller, Elayna  

Muhlenkamp, Peyton  

Murphy, Marley 

Noll, Andee 

Nuttle, Dylan 

Painter, Bryson 

Rasbach, Chayse 

Schumm, Drayden  

Schwieterman, Perry  

Stauffer, Carson 

Thomas, Cade 

Trisel, William (Will)  

Twigg, Tyson 

VanTrees, Emma 

Williams, Obadiah 

 

Honor Roll

Bollenbacher, Jaxson 

Buogo, Maria 

Clay, Makynlie  

England, Carter  

Harner, Ellie

Heitkamp, Nicole (Nicki)  

Hess, Kymberly

Knapke, Rowen 

Kraner, Addilynn  

Minnich, Trevor  

Muhlenkamp, Ella 

Pennell, Piper 

Petit, Jonathan 

Reigle, Nathan 

Roth, Albany 

Schmidt, Amelia 

Suzuki, Cohen 

Vannette, Stella  

Whitaker, Magnus 

Yaney, Addyson 

Young, Maddisynne (Maddy)

 

7th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Ackley, Mason 

 Bennett, Charles 

 Hays, Lillian 

 Hughes, Megan 

 Stover, Madelyn 

 Winget, Grace 

 

High Honors

Arnold, Kelsie 

Bailey, Zavior 

Blount, Freya (Freya)  

Bollenbacher, Dylan  

Booher, Luke 

Carpenter, Rhen 

Denney, Bethany 

Fullenkamp, Kara 

Haines, Oliver  

Kellermeyer, Kelsie 

Kiser, Faith 

Knapke, Austin  

Langenkamp, Cami  

Litteral, Kohen 

Pancake, Wyatt  

Quickstad, Jaymie 

Rich, Magdalene  

Ridenour, Gwyneth 

Rogers, Adalynn 

Sheets, Luke  

Shirk, Robert 

Sites, Lexie 

Thomas, Jensen 

Tickle, Samuel 

Triplett, Jacoby  

Westgerdes, Gavin  

Williams, Arwen 

Young, Isabell 

Honor Roll

Baker, Davin 

Bentz, Morgan 

Clay, Holden 

Eguia, Piper 

Everett, Aisley 

Lange, Jayda 

Louth, Morgan 

Miller, Mackenzie  

Nusbaum, Taylor  

Rutledge, Tyler 

Slone, Damen 

Springer, Xavier 

Taylor, Deagan 

Wenning, Jaden

Winters, Tobin 

Younker, Kylie 

 

8th Grade:

Highest Honor Roll

Barna, Carlee 

Bruns, Brittyn 

Dailey, Lola (Addison) 

Frese, Payton  

Moeller, Natalie 

Stolly, Nathaniel  

Temple, Emmery  

Thornsberry, Kyndra  

Tong, Christina 

 

8th Grade

High Honors

Castleman, Hayden 

Clifford, Olivia 

Crouch, Miley 

Fullenkamp, Logan  

Gilliland, Kaleb

Harner, Steven (Kolt)  

Heitkamp, Trevor

Houts, Maddoxx  

Johnson, Parker 

Kirby, Carson 

Lyons, Parker  

Lyons, Rylan  

McDonald, Russell 

Miehls, Maddie  

Muhlenkamp, Taylor  

Neff, Josiah 

Nichols, Megan 

Peel, Milee 

Perry, Haley 

Pond, Ava 

Pond, Ethan 

Putman, Ella 

Schaefer, Jordyn 

Schoenleben, Bryn  

Schumm, Eli 

Sill, Gabryelle 

Smith, Colbie 

Velez, Analicia 

Winters, Lucian (Luca)  

Yoder, John (Jack) 

 

Honor Roll

Ayers, Hayden 

Boroff, Lennox (Lenny) 

Boroff, Meagan 

Bragg, Graydon 

Brown, Tara 

Chalfant, Tyler 

Doner, Blake 

Eller, Dakota 

Fisher, Addison 

Green, Jaden 

Hays, Caden 

Kiser, Grace 

Miller, Troy 

Minnich, Taylor 

Mosier, Madison 

Muhlenkamp, Ashtlynn 

Reigle, Addison 

Rissner, Zavier 

Stetler, Owen 

Wallace, Troy 

Welling, Gabriel 

Zimmerman, Kendra 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
February 19-23, 2022
 

 
 

Emma Wells Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Emma Wells, youth leader at The Belle in Rockford, will be in the pulpit.

Emma’s lesson on Sunday will be from the Psalter Psalms 27:14 entitled “Wait for Me”.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am.

Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well (run by Karen Ousley).

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
February 16-18, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are  CLOSED for Friday, February 18, 2022.

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Friday, February 18, 2022
Weather-related.

Winter Storm Miles is coming through with ice and snow.

 
 
 

Click here to read Rockford Village Council minutes February 15, 2022 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

Items of interest: The Village is trading land with Dublin Township Trustees in order to annex 51+ acres to the Village Business Park.
Also, they need volunteers for the Easter Egg Hunt coming up.

 

Rockford Community Announcements and events:

Monday – February 21 – Office closed for President’s Day

Saturday – March 12 – St. Teresa Family Fun Night – open to the public - Community Building

Saturday - March 19 – Great Panther Duck Races  - Community Building

Saturday – April 2 – Lions Club Quarter Auction – Community Building

Saturday – April 16th – Shanes Park Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday – April 30th – Chamber Spring Fling – Main Street

Saturday – April 30th – Parkway Prom – High School

 

 

Coldwater Kiwanis to Host Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Coldwater Kiwanis Club annual Pancake & Sausage breakfast will return on Sunday, March 27 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon, as a drive thru only. The club hopes to bring back the in-person event in 2023. Chairperson Denny Riethman said, “The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast has been an annual tradition for our club, and we are thrilled to bring it back to the community.”

The drive thru Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be at the Coldwater Schools in the Circle Drive. Each meal will contain 5 pancakes and 5 sausage links, along with syrup, butter, and utensils. There are no presales.  Meals cost $5 per person at pick-up and all proceeds from the event help fund Coldwater Kiwanis support of children’s programs in the Coldwater school and community.

Founded in 1969 the Coldwater Kiwanis Club has been serving children of the community by providing programs and funding that enhance their educational opportunities and quality of life. In the last 20 years, our club has donated over $500,000 to these causes. Our members are parents, grandparents, teachers, local business owners and employees, and anyone interested in supporting the youth of the community. Kiwanis also sponsors the Coldwater Schools K-Kids Club (4th Grade) Builders Club (JH), Key Club (HS), and Mercer County AKtion Club (for adults with disabilities).

 
 

 
February 12-15, 2022
 

 
 

Dana Smith, The Belle Lay Leader Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Dana Smith, Lay Leader at The Belle in Rockford, will be in the pulpit.

Dana’s lesson on Sunday will be from the Epistle of Ephesians 6: 10-18 entitled “Armor Up”. An epistle is a letter directed or sent to a person or group of people, usually an elegant and formal didactic letter. The letters in the New Testament from Apostles to Christians are usually referred to as epistles. Dana’s will be a letter written by St. Paul to the Ephesians.

Dana delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am.

Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well (run by Karen Ousley).

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Second Traffic Fatality in Mercer County Investigated by Sheriff’s Deputies

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, February 12th, 2022.  Grey advised that Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call at 1:47 PM of a traffic crash that occurred at 9155 US Rte. 127 in Hopewell Township. 

Grey advised that the investigation revealed that 69 year old Marjorie M Gehm,  9155 US Rte. 127 Celina, Ohio was at her mailbox and attempting to cross back West over US Rte. 127, when she was struck by a Southbound 2020 Dodge Truck being driven by 22 year old Kevin N McLane of 11496 Hiawatha Path Lakeview, Ohio. 

Gehm was pronounced dead at the scene.  McLane reported no injuries and received moderate damage to his truck.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.    

This crash remains under investigation at this time and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

This is Mercer County’s second fatal crash in 2022. 

Jeff Grey
Sheriff

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office

 

 
 
St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford Becomes Independent Church

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH, over the course of two years, made the decision to become an Independent Church in the Fall of 2021. They voted to disassociate from the United Church of Christ denomination, researched other denominations, chose to be an Independent Church and renamed their church. Their name is legally changed to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford and all legal and official paperwork has been completed.

The membership invites anyone looking for a Bible based church to join us at weekly worship services on Sundays at 10 AM, and weekly Sunday School at 9:30 AM. Children’s Church/Message is the first, third and fifth Sundays during the worship service. Two retired pastors are filling the pulpit, and provide meaningful messages from the Bible: Rev. Steve Howell and Rev. Doug Meyer. Occasionally, other pastors fill in including Tom Sanford and Larry May and other guest speakers.

Weekly news releases are placed in the area newspapers including: www.parkwayindependent.com; The Photo Star; http://www.MercerCountyOutlook.com; and The Daily Standard. The church FaceBook page is St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford.

St. Paul’s is a 155 year old traditional church welcoming you.

Please call Becky Jo Shope at 419-942-1374 or 419-363-2227 for more information.
 

 
 

 
February 5-11, 2022
 

 
 

Historical Marker Photo Needed
Visionmark Nameplate in New Bremen has been asked to make a historical marker for the town of Mendon, to mark the site of the C.H. & D. tracks and train depot.

The Sesquicentennial book for Mendon, 1834-1984, had a photo of the depot, but it is “blurry.” 

If anyone has a clearer photo of the C.H.& D. Railroad and Train Depot to be used for this Historical Marker at Mendon, please contact Susan Williams at VisionMark Nameplate.

Susan’s email address is swilliams@vmNameplate.com

Her phone # is  419-977-3131, ext. 20.

 
 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 
 

WILLSHIRE BICENTENNIAL DINNER

2022 is the Bicentennial of Capt. James Riley founding Willshire. He named the town in honor of William Willshire who rescued Capt. Riley and his crew from slavery in the Sahara after they were shipwrecked off the Western Sahara coast in 1816.

In 1817 Riley published 'Sufferings In Africa' the tale of their capture, enslavement, and eventual release. Abraham Lincoln listed this book as one of the 3 most influential books that influenced his views of slavery.

We will be privileged to hear from Dr. Darrell Groman, O.D., at the 'We Love Willshire' Bicentennial dinner celebration, Feb. 26th.

Dr. Groman has had an interest in Capt. Riley since the age of 8, growing up by and explorinig Riley Creek in Bluffton, OH. He will again be portraying Capt. Riley in period appropriate surveyor clothing that would have been worn and tell of his explorations of the area.

 “History Comes Alive!” when Capt. Riley is in the house and we hope to see you at Hillside Bed and Breakfast on Feb. 26th at 6 P.M. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Dinner will be catered by the Rockford Carryout and tickets are available at the Willshire Village Office, the Photo Star, or the Rockford Village Hall for $20. You can also call or text 419-495-4022 for tickets. Deadline to purchase is Feb. 17th.

 

 
 

Mercer County Health District COVID-19 Situation Update – February 9, 2022
by Paige Keysor

CELINA - As of February 9, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 7,777 confirmed cases, 1,767 probable cases, 7,464 recovered cases, 11 known hospitalizations, 129 COVID-19 deaths, and 23 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 86 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 337 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 107 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 15,415 Mercer County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, 7,714 Mercer County residents have received a booster dose. Of those residents who have been fully vaccinated, 40 were hospitalized for COVID-19 and have since recovered. Thirteen have passed away. There are currently 6 fully vaccinated residents hospitalized for COVID-19. 

The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Mercer County continues to be high. A high transmission rate is defined as 100 or more new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate of 10% or higher. Mercer County has seen 286 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 25.33%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The MCHD continues to urge community members to maintain good hygiene practices, stay home when sick, consider wearing a mask in indoor public places, and avoid crowded indoor places to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or influenza are strongly encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. MCHD continues to offer appointments for COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Additional vaccine information can be found at https://mchdohio.org/.

 

Month

Number of Confirmed Cases

March – December 2020

3,384 cases

January 2021

388 cases

February 2021

120 cases

March 2021

52 cases

April 2021

113 cases

May 2021

64 cases

June 2021

14 cases

July 2021

34 cases

August 2021

246 cases

September 2021

473 cases

October 2021

347 cases

November 2021

455 cases

December 2021

532 cases

January 2022

1,477 cases

February 2022 - current

78 cases

 

 

 
 

Our Old Bookcase, sent Feb. 10, 2022, Grand Lake’s Off-Shore Oil Wells, for Feb. 17, 2022

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

Photo Caption:  The unbelievable story about the “Grand Lake Off Shore Oil Wells,” was the day the Board of Public Works, Canal Commission Members tried to force Landowners with Off Shore Oil Wells, to pay for leases in 1892.

The June 17, 1886 “Mercer County Standard” reported about the first successful oil well put down in Celina, Ohio.  Mercer County citizens immediately began their quest for oil and gas wells.  Land owners around Grand Lake began to drill for oil on the sandy beaches behind their homes.  The number of barrels per day that those oil wells were producing set off “The Oil Boom of Grand Lake.” 

When the first successful oil well was drilled in Celina the news flew across the nation via the railroad transportation for newspaper distribution.  Petroleum interested citizens in Pennsylvania immediately traveled to Celina & Mercer County, trying to lease land or purchase land, in hopes of striking it rich!  The politically wise oil men advised local citizens around Grand Lake, to lease land from the State, and to say the lease was for agricultural purposes (and not gas or oil wells). 

In the meantime, the weather took a turn for a rainy season.  The February 24, 1887 “Mercer County Standard,” reported the high water in Mercer and Auglaize Counties.  That change in the environment resulted in the fact that the level of the lake rose.  Therefore, the platforms of the oil derricks located on the perimeter of the lake, which had been drilled on land, were then flooded in the spring of 1887.  In 1887, these oil wells were identified as “under water,” or “Off Shore Oil wells.”

When the financially aware Board of Public Works, Canal Commission Members saw the potential of making money from the local land owners around Grand Lake, they immediately called for an exact survey of the Grand Lake area, which resulted in the 1889 Survey of Grand Lake.  The State Officials then knew names of the land owners around the lake.   The State held their interviews of the land owners at the Fountain Hotel, at St. Marys, Ohio, beginning on March 7, 1892 through April 16, 1892.  The State lost their scheme to force landowners with oil wells around the lake to pay for leases for oil wells, because the landowners had already filed for leases for agricultural purposes.  (It certainly was not their fault that there happened to be oil on that land!) 

This “Off Shore Oil Well,” was the first “Off Shore Oil well, in Ohio.  Pennsylvania had “Off-Shore Oil Wells,” earlier than Ohio’s wells.  In fact, I had a telephone call from Saudi Arabia, from an American Geologist.  “Off Shore Oil Wells” existed for over two thousand years on those lakes.  Remember the Biblical Story about the Virgins having oil for their lamps?  The ladies went to the lakes where oil was “bubbling up,” and placed bricks to encircle those oil bubbles.  They then scraped the oil off of the top of the brick wells, for their own use.

Many citizens and organizations and “wanna-be historians,” spread the Myth that Grand Lake “had the First Off Shore Oil Wells in the World.”   For example, look at the Plaque at the East side of Grand Lake!  Look at the Posters in front of some businesses!  True stories about off shore oil wells can be found on pages 5, 45-47, and 63-88, in my recent book, “Oil & Gas Boom, Mercer County & Midwest Ohio.”  To acquire a copy of this latest book published by the Mercer County Historical Society,“ contact Joyce Alig, President, Mercer County Historical Society.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883,  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 
 

Civil War Round Table Guest Speaker John Hyter
Western Ohio Civil War Round Table invites the community and members to hear the upcoming speaker this month. John Hyter, probes the question with us, "Was it Treason?"  What do you think? Was there a legal right for rebellion against the United States? How would you argue the case before the courts? 

Southerners saw Federal forces as invaders. Right or Wrong?

Think about it, and be prepared to discuss various views on the question. “Was it Treason?” Probably, there is no correct answer. We'll see what John has to say!

Join us at 7:15 PM at the Richardson - Bretz Building in downtown Celina. Thursday February 24, 2022.

 
 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Organizational Meeting on February 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm
by Sally Cox

 
 

Click here to read Rockford Village Council minutes January 18, 2022 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

 

 

Pastor Doug Meyer Returns to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church which usually involves cookies!

Doug’s lesson on Sunday will be from the Gospel of Mark 10: 17-30 entitled “Running for Life”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well (run by Karen Ousley).

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

VAN WERT ― The Community Health Assessment is currently underway in Van Wert County.
It's the primary tool of public health practice and its aim is to describe
the health of the community by gathering information on community members'
health status, community health needs and other local health problems. It
seeks to identify target populations that may be at increased risk of poor
health outcomes and to gain a better understanding of their needs, as well
as assess the larger community environment and how it relates to the health
of individuals.

The Community Health Assessment is a foundation for local public health
planning. The development and completion of the survey gives the health
department and other key community organizations the opportunity to hear
directly from residents about their public and community health concerns. As
the collective group reviews the survey results, a Community Health
Improvement Plan will be developed to address, through policies and
initiatives, methods to improve the overall health and well-being of our
community.

For over a decade, Van Wert County has completed a Community Health
Assessment. For the 2022 survey, the health department has contracted with
OHIO Alliance for Population Health through Ohio University. The team from
OHIO will help compile the primary and secondary data, assist with community
engagement activities, and analyze the information.

The Van Wert County General Health District and other community partners use
the survey information for various purposes. The health department is
required to complete this survey every five years as part of the public
health accreditation process. The data is also used to apply for grant
funding and to support department services such as the Help Me Grow Home
Visitor program.

We request that only one person from household complete the survey which can
be found online at
<https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xDguVn5Q65Iwg6?fbclid=IwAR20bFujOSj
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https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xDguVn5Q65Iwg6 . Some will be
getting the survey in the mail.

 

By Samuel Shriver

 

Our Old Bookcase, sent Feb. 3, 2022, storm on Grand Lake, for Feb. 11, 2022

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

Photo Caption:  Disastrous Storm, January 15, 1906, on Grand Lake & Mercer County.

Today, a salute goes to our local newspapers in Mercer County, for contributing to the detailed preservation of Mercer County’s rich history.  The story of the January 1906 storm across Grand Lake and Mercer County was recorded by the “Mercer County Standard,” at Celina, Ohio, on January 19, 1906.

The most terrific windstorm that has visited this section for many years, swept over the county last Monday afternoon, after a mid-winter electrical storm.  In this city the rain fell in torrents, while in the south and west part of the county a heavy hail storm followed the flashes of lightning and peals of thunder.

Heavy damage was done throughout the oil fields, and derricks in all sections are down.  On the Schunck lease, south-west of town, pumper Frank Johnson had a narrow escape from being caught beneath a falling derrick.  On the Riley lease east of town, a number of derricks were overturned, and one of the pump houses blown down, badly damaging the engine.  The derrick on the Brandon lease west of town was overturned by the gale.  Willis Felver, of Liberty Township, was driving along the Mud Pike just as a derrick toppled over, and the terrific gust overturned and badly mashed his buggy, but luckily Mr. Felver and his horse escaped uninjured. 

In this city [Celina], window glasses were blown out, slating was blown from many roofs, and it was even reported bricks were blown from the sidewalks.  The first disturbing of the elements passed with a beautiful sunset, but about 6:30 another terrific blast hit this city.  From all sections of the county have come reports of barns and dwellings being overturned, trees uprooted and telephone poles blown down, thus destroying telephone communications to many parts of the county.  In this city much damage of a minor character was done, many chimneys being toppled over. 

A number of buildings were blown down at the Fair ground.  A number of windows were blown in at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Dickman, East Wayne Street.  Windows were also blown in at Dr. Hattery’s residence on East Market and at the Maggie Shepherd building on Main.  The front of the Adolph Meuther saloon on South Main was blown in.  A chimney on the C.S. Younger dwelling, across the railroad, on East Market, was blown off.  Much damage was done at the furniture factory, lumber being scattered around and many windows broken.  At the Estry & Stephenson Lumber yard, lumber was scattered in all directions.

Signs all over town were blown down, umbrellas blown wrong-side-out and pedestrians were nearly all badly winded.  Jonas Thomas, of Center Township, was a victim of Monday night’s storm, and he was compelled to come to town and invest in a big double window.  The tornado and cyclone insurance agents of this city have received reports.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883.  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 

 

High School Student Helps at Van Wert LIVE
Van Wert LIVE would like to formally introduce a new face on the operational staff. Van Wert High School CEO student Sam Moonshower joins the team of entertainment professionals as a Marketing Intern. Sam is a senior at Van Wert and plans to attend college majoring in broadcasting or marketing. At Van Wert High School, Sam is a proud member of BETA Club and The National Honor Society. He also is a Cougar Athlete on the soccer and tennis teams.

"Through the CEO Program at school, I get to work with Van Wert LIVE to further my knowledge of communications, networking, and marketing," shared Sam.

In the course of a very busy marketing day, taking time to manage a new staff member can be challenging. However, Quincy Thompson, Marketing Director of Van Wert Live events, is very pleased with the contributions Sam has made towards accomplishing strategy tactics.

"Sam has already blown us away with his eager initiative to start a 'Fast Facts about the NPAC' Social media campaign. We are confident in his skills and eager to see how his creativity will drive our communication strategy forward throughout the rest of the year," states Quincy. 

Sam's talented efforts can be witnessed by observing the Niswonger Performing Facebook page and Van Wert Live Instagram feed of Fast Facts and more. Van Wert LIVE is honored to dedicate time to the professional developments of high school students by providing experiences that are SO GOOD they come back to Van Wert.

 
 

HIT Arrests by Mercer County Sheriff and Celina Police
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale report that their deputies / officers worked cooperatively yesterday (1-18-2022) on a HIT Detail (Heroin Interdiction Team).  They report that the HIT Team made 13 traffic stops, issued 10 written warnings,  issued 3 traffic citations and arrested 2 people. 

Arrested was Matthew J Millisor, age 48 of Grove City, Ohio.  Millisor was arrested on one count of Possession of Methamphetamine, a Felony of the fifth degree.  Millisor’s bond was set at $50,000.00 subject to 10 percent.

Also arrested was James M Carder, age 62,  5402 Lakewood Drive Celina, Ohio.  Carder was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Arson, a Misdemeanor of the first degree.   Carder was booked into the jail and posted bond a short time later.

Grey and Wale advise that their agencies efforts in the ongoing HIT Details conducted several times a year have seen a decrease in the amount of drug arrests.  Both Grey and Wale remind the community that both agencies will continue their work together to slow the use and sale of drugs in Celina and throughout Mercer county.   The community is asked to continue to provide drug tips to our deputies / officers.  Grey and Wale stated that this is a community effort  to keep our community safe.

 

 
 
 

 
February 1-4, 2022
 

 
 

Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10:30 AM

At 10:30 AM today, Sheriff Jeff Grey has lifted all snow level alerts for all of Mercer County. Roadways have been plowed and cleared, but they may still be slick Sheriff Grey reminds motorists.
 

Parkway Schools have canceled all games and practices today, Friday, 2/4/2022.

 
 
 

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 4 PM

Alert: Sheriff Grey has issued a Level 3 snow alert for all of Mercer County. Roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
Some are impassible. Only travel if absolutely necessary.

Sheriff Grey stated,

"LEVEL THREE IS NOT SUBJECTIVE, WHEN MERCER COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL THREE, MOST ROADWAYS ARE IMPASSABLE.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ONLY DECLARES SNOW LEVELS FOR UN-INCORPORATED AREAS AS CELINA AND VILLAGES MAY HAVE DIFFERENT ROAD CONDITIONS INSIDE THEIR MUNICIPALITIES”.

"IN A LEVEL THREE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE PULLS THEIR CRUISERS OFF THE ROADWAYS AND WILL ONLY RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AS THE ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE AND DEPUTIES MAY NEED A COUNTY OR STATE SNOW PLOW TO LEAD THEM TO THE CALL SO THEY CAN GET THROUGH."

 

“IN THE EVENT OF A LEVEL THREE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL HAVE A CAR STATIONED AT THE MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE NORTH, ONE AT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE CENTRAL AREAS, AND ONE AT THE ST. HENRY FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE SOUTH. WE THANK THOSE FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THEIR STATIONS.”

 

Parkway Schools are  CLOSED for Friday, February 4, 2022.
Winter Storm Conditions.

 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 2 PM

Alert: Sheriff Grey has issued a Level 2 snow alert for all of Mercer County. Roadways are very hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
Roads are slick. Use caution.

Sheriff Grey stated, “I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT I AM VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT ANNOUNCING SNOW LEVELS.   

LEVEL ONE AND LEVEL TWO ARE PRETTY SUBJECTIVE, BUT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE ROAD CONDITIONS. 

LEVEL THREE IS NOT SUBJECTIVE, WHEN MERCER COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL THREE, MOST ROADWAYS ARE IMPASSABLE.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ONLY DECLARES SNOW LEVELS FOR UN-INCORPORATED AREAS AS CELINA AND VILLAGES MAY HAVE DIFFERENT ROAD CONDITIONS INSIDE THEIR MUNICIPALITIES”.

IN A LEVEL THREE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE PULLS THEIR CRUISERS OFF THE ROADWAYS AND WILL ONLY RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AS THE ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE AND DEPUTIES MAY NEED A COUNTY OR STATE SNOW PLOW TO LEAD THEM TO THE CALL SO THEY CAN GET THROUGH."

 

 
 

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 9 AM

Alert: Sheriff Grey has issued a Level 1 snow alert for all of Mercer County. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Use caution.

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Prepares Snow Storm "Landon"

CELINA, OH (1-31-22) – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced for the public to assist as bad weather approaches this week.The Sheriff's Department will respond to calls.

Ways to listen for Sheriff's news & updates: watch TV and listen to local radio stations;  visit www.mercercountysheriffohio.gov ; or text MERCERSO to 888777 ; download the NIXLE App ; the sheriff's app and their Facebook Page.

Sheriff Grey reminds the public NOT to call 9-1-1- or Central Dispatch to ask about road conditions.

Sheriff Grey stated, “I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT I AM VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT ANNOUNCING SNOW LEVELS.   

LEVEL ONE AND LEVEL TWO ARE PRETTY SUBJECTIVE, BUT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE ROAD CONDITIONS. 

LEVEL THREE IS NOT SUBJECTIVE, WHEN MERCER COUNTY IS UNDER A LEVEL THREE, MOST ROADWAYS ARE IMPASSABLE.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ONLY DECLARES SNOW LEVELS FOR UN-INCORPORATED AREAS AS CELINA AND VILLAGES MAY HAVE DIFFERENT ROAD CONDITIONS INSIDE THEIR MUNICIPALITIES”.

IN A LEVEL THREE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE PULLS THEIR CRUISERS OFF THE ROADWAYS AND WILL ONLY RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AS THE ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE AND DEPUTIES MAY NEED A COUNTY OR STATE SNOW PLOW TO LEAD THEM TO THE CALL SO THEY CAN GET THROUGH."

Sheriff Grey stated,

“IN THE EVENT OF A LEVEL THREE, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL HAVE A CAR STATIONED AT THE MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE NORTH, ONE AT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE CENTRAL AREAS, AND ONE AT THE ST. HENRY FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HANDLE CALLS IN THE SOUTH. WE THANK THOSE FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THEIR STATIONS.”

 

 

 

Parkway Schools are  CLOSED for Thursday, February 3, 2022.
Winter Storm Conditions.

 

 
 

Sheriff Jeff Grey cautions motorists about slick, snow-covered roads in Mercer County.

 
 
 
 

Parkway Schools have canceled all evening activities
for Wednesday, February 2, 2022

**********

Major Snowstorm "Landon"
has been dumping rain on the area since the morning
of Wednesday, February 2, 2022 and will continue through around 8 PM when it will turn to snow and freezing rain.
Expected snowfall is 3-5 inches on Wednesday night and
5-8 inches on Thursday according the The Weather Channel.

 

 

 

Click here to read Rockford Village Council minutes February 1, 2022 by Fiscal Agent Lisa Kuhn

Village reports on snowstorm warming center as Rockford Community Building if the power goes out and residents are reminded to remove vehicles from street parking so plows can get through. Building lots are for sale in the Rogers' subdivision. A new road is planned as well.
 
 

Come Hear Reverend Larry May at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

St.
Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH
welcomes retired Reverend Larry K. May to the pulpit at 10 AM on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Reverend May will also be serving the holy sacrament of communion during the service.

Larry has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from the United Church of Christ Church and was a pastor at St. Paul’s for many years.

Sunday School is at 9:30 AM weekly. Children’s Church will be held during the worship service.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page, run by Karen Ousley, for information as well.

 

 
 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

 St. Paul's Country Church of Rockford Church Calendar

 

National Take A Child To The Library Day

National Take A Child To The Library Day is Saturday, February 5. Stop in at The Rockford Carnegie Library from 10 am-2pm and enjoy all the library has to offer. Light refreshments will be served.

Make a Valentine for an area Nursing Home Resident. Pick up some books and a take & make craft for kids.

For adults, during the month of February, check out one of our wrapped Blind Date Books. Fill out the “Rate Your Date” slip inside your book and return it to be entered for a Chamber Gift Certificate. Will it be Comical? Romantic? Suspenseful? Historic? Or a complete bore! This is a great opportunity to discover a new author.

The library continues to offer the following in-person programs: Play Group, Homeschool Program, Monthly Family Program, and Book Club. Play Group, for children 0-6, is offered Monday’s or Tuesday’s from 10-11am. Come enjoy a story, craft, snack, and open play. The library has a Homeschool Program offered on Wednesday’s from 1:30-3pm. Children in K-6th grade enjoy books, crafts, stem projects, cooking, games, etc. February’s Family Program will be Tuesday, 2/15 from 6:30-7:30 with an Olympic theme.  The first Monday of the month we offer an Adult Book Club. February’s book is The Sugar House by Laura Lippman and March’s book is Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks. Contact the library for additional information on our programs.

The library continues to offer curbside pickup if you are not comfortable coming in. Parents and caregivers, we can put together a themed book bundle. For example, books on things that go (planes, trains, and cars), dinosaurs, manners, etc.

Download the SEO Libraries App or Libby App on your phone or tablet. Here you can manage your Rockford account, search the catalog, renew and reserve books. This app also gives you access to the Ohio Digital Library. Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and videos for FREE. Read in your browser or download for offline enjoyment. Choose from over 200,000 titles. Compatible with most computers & devices. All you need is your library card and 4-digit pin. (Unless you told us otherwise your pin is the last 4-digits of your phone #.) If you need assistance contact the library at 419-363-2630 or stop in.

 

 

OHSAA Basball Umpire Class Coming Up February 16th
The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires' Association will  be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning OHSAA certification for the upcoming 2022 season. Anyone ages 14+ is eligible to enroll in the class. Cost of the course is $135 - which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual MBUA membership.

Classes will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm beginning on February 16th through March 16th. Classes will consist of virtual Zoom instruction on Tuesdays and "in-person" instruction on Wednesday evenings at Van Wert HS during the duration of the course. The first class will be held in-person at Van Wert HS on Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting www.myohsaa.org and clicking on the "REGISTER" link at the top of the page. Once you have created a free account, click on "Select a Course" and search for "Baseball - Van Wert." For more information, contact Ryan Thompson at (419)305-0426.

 

Amy Brenner Becomes CPR Instructor for EverHeart Hospice

Amy Brenner, Training and Development Coordinator at  EverHeart Hospicerecently completed the courses and training necessary to become a CPR instructor. Becoming an instructor starts with an application and an active CPR provider license. The next step is to complete four online courses through the American Heart Association and an evaluation of your CPR skills through a CPR training center. A written examination must be passed once the classroom portion of instruction is completed. When you pass your exam, your first CPR class is monitored by a training center representative. 

Stephanie Crum, EverHeart Hospice’s Chief Quality Officer, is also a CPR Instructor for the agency and has maintained this status for two and a half years. You must be observed every two years while teaching a class to maintain instructor status. When asked about the CPR training EverHeart offers its staff, Stephanie shared how thankful she was for new equipment funded by The Women’s Giving Circle, a group of donors that support the agency and its mission.

Amy became an official instructor in December. When asked about her accomplishment, Amy stated, “Having two certified CPR instructors at EverHeart allows for us to train our staff on demand without the constraints of scheduling with an offsite source. We maintain CPR certification for all staff members who provide care for our patients in any capacity. We feel that Basic Life Support is a crucial skill to have, not only for the patients we serve but for the community we serve.”


EverHeart Hospice can be reached at 800-417-7535.  

 
 
 
 
 

 
January 29-31, 2022
 

 
 
 

Parkway Schools are on a
3 hour delay
for Monday, January 31, 2022
Water-related - low water pressure.

 

Village office fiscal clerk, Lisa Kuhn reported on January 31, 2022,
that the Village of Rockford was experiencing depressurization problems in both of the village's towers around 4:30 AM. The controls are fixed now.
The water department requests that residents only use water as needed until noon on January 31, 2021.
The towers should be re-filled by then.

 
 

Winter Homecoming at Parkway on Friday, February 4, 2022

The Parkway Student Government is pleased to invite all community members and alumni to the annual winter homecoming festivities. This year’s homecoming game, which sees the Parkway boys basketball team facing off against Coldwater, will be held on Friday, February 4th, with the JV game starting at 6:00 pm. The homecoming festivities will be held between the JV and Varsity games. A winter homecoming dance will be held for Parkway students following the varsity game. This year, the attendants of Parkway’s Homecoming Court include Freshman Amanda Barrett, Sophomore Avery White, and Junior Emree Sinning. The three Senior candidates for Homecoming Queen are Cami High, Faith Jacobs, and Gracyn Temple. Ticket prices are $7 presale and $8 at the gate. Come and enjoy the efforts of the Parkway basketball team, pep band, and student body, and find out which lucky senior is crowned Homecoming Queen! 

Picture:
Front Row: Junior: Emree Sinning, Sophomore: Avery White, Freshman: Amanda Barrett
Back Row: Seniors: Cami High, Faith Jacobs, Gracyn Temple

 

 

Parkway February 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

Saturday Funday at St. Paul’s Country Church

On Saturday, November 27, 2021, a special Saturday Funday was held at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford. Area parents dropped off their children for a day of Bible stories, crafts, fun activities and food with the teachers from St. Paul’s. Their parents were able to do some shopping or wrapping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Donation to House of Hope.

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a generous donation to the House of Hope Project for Men and Women in Celina. According to Sandy Huckemeyer, director of both facilities, these programs have been highly successful in helping recovering addicts get their lives back on track. Picture here, Sandy accepts the donation  from life-long member Jill (Bollenbacher) Thomas. “Donations keep House of Hope on track and are always appreciated,” said Sandy.

 

 
 
Donation to Helping Hands in Rockford

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a generous donation to the Helping Hands Ministry in Rockford to benefit the Food Pantry and second hand store. Karla Butler, who runs the store for First United Methodist Church accepted the check from life-long St. Paul’s member Mary Schmidt of Celina.

 

 
 

 
January 26-28, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Weather-related.
 

 

Morning temps recorded at -3
with -15 wind chill according to Weather Services.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
January 21-25, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Schools are on a
2 hour delay
for Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Weather-related.
 

2 inches of snow and cold temps
 including slick roads reported by
Mercer County Sheriff's Department
.
 

 

Celina Police Report a Pedestrian Being Hit by a Car

On Sunday, January 23, 2022 at about 3:45 AM, Celina Police responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by car on Deford St, near Cron St., Celina.  Upon arrival it was discovered that 39 year old Jeremiah Williams of Celina had been struck by a 2003 BMW sedan driven by 31 year old Katie Dunno, also of Celina.

Through the investigation it was found that the car was southbound and struck Williams as he was walking in the middle of the road.  It was also found that Dunno appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for OVI.  Dunno is being held in the Mercer County Jail on a $100,000 bond subject to 10% while the case is reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor, Matthew Fox.

Williams injuries, though serious, appear to be non-life threatening.  The car received moderate damage.

 

 

Rockford Area Development Committee will be meeting, January 24th, 2022 at 7 pm in the Rockford library basement.  Discussion will be about membership, possible upcoming projects, and continuation of the RADC. 

 

 

Annual Report for 2021 by Mercer County Engineer James Wiechart
Click Here to Read all kinds of interesting facts about our roads, bridges, equipment purchases
and so much more!

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Coming to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church which usually involves cookies!

Doug’s lesson on Sunday , January 30, 2022 will be from the Gospel of Matthew 5:21-37 entitled “Choices”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 
 

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

Photo Caption:  The interior of Dwyer Theatre was filled.  Were you there, for your Saturday night date?

Once automobiles became popular in the 1920’s, theatres offered an entertainment to families prior to the arrival of television in private homes, in the 1950’s.  Local Communities each hosted a theatre.  Several theatres existed in Celina.  Celina’s first theatre stood at 217 South Main.  Another theatre was located at 202 S. Main. The Lakona Theatre, which became the Ohio Theatre, stood at 120 West Market. The West Fayette Theatre stood just west of Main Street.  A theatre stood at 232 South Main, at the site of Walls Auto Parts.  The Lake Theatre stood on South Main in 1945.

Celina Cinemas stood at 116 North Main, and became the “last theatre standing” in Celina.  Many Octogenarians remember Leo and Minnie Dwyer, and their involvement with the theatre.  In 1906 Leo E. Dwyer opened the first movie theatre at Peru, Indiana.  Dwyer went to the local music store to hire a piano player, to play during the “silent movies.”  Dwyer met Minnie Luscher, and the rest is history.  Mrs. Minnie Dwyer became involved in the business.  They sold their theatre and worked their way to California, in vaudeville theatres, dance pavilions, and movie houses.  They next lived in Columbus, Ohio.

Being an electrician, Dwyer opened a repair shop to work on the precision movie projectors in Columbus..  Dwyer became nationally famous in the motion picture field.  He threw a picture of 75 feet by 100 feet, a distance of 350 feet.  His repair shop grew, and he opened a branch store in Cincinnati and Cleveland.  In 1927, he sold his Theatre Equipment business to the National Theatre Supply Co.

Dwyers often passed through Celina during their travels.  They purchased the summer cottage formerly owned by Harold Neely at Villa Nova.  Harold Neely played a rare role in the petroleum business.  Harold Neely authored the book, “Wildcatting from Pennsylvania to Texas,” which was published by The Fair Press, Terre Haute, IN, Neely published his book with the copyright, in 1976.  A copy of his book is located at the Saint Marys Public Library, St. Marys, Ohio.   Neely purchased a cottage near Villa Nova on the west side of St. Marys.  Neely was a part of the St. Marys Drilling Company and the Neely-Clover Company, which went on to drilling gas wells across the State of Indiana on to the Midwest.  Neely returned to Pennsylvania.  Neely’s involvement in the petroleum business, is included in the book, “Oil & Gas Boom, Mercer County and Midwest Ohio,” on pages 92 and 63-88.

The Dwyers acquired the Lake Theatre, Lakona Theatre, and Fayette Theatre.  In 1945, the site at 116 North Main, Celina became available.  The old buildings were razed: the Courthouse Restaurant, Jameson’s Restaurant, Kingsley’s Barber Shop and Mendenhall Hat Store.  The Dwyers employed New York architects, John and Drew Eberson, who had built over 500 theatres throughout the world. Dwyer and his friend, Phil Chakeres of Springfield, Ohio planned the Celina theatre, as the Chakeres-Dwyer Theatre Co.  Maurice Young, NY Rau Decorating Co., who designed the lobby in Radio City Music Hall, designed the murals and decorations in this Celina theatre, which included air conditioning. 

The sudden death of Leo Dwyer in 1947 was a shock.  Minnie Dwyer proceeded with the construction of the building and the business.  The Dwyer name lives on at Dwyer-Mercer County Library, and Dwyer Hall at Wright State University Lake Campus.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883.  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 
 

EverHeart Hospice Receives Proceeds from Cooper Farms Turkey Trot 5K

Cooper Farms recently presented EverHeart Hospice with a check for $2,000, raised from their 14th Annual Turkey Trot 5K. This yearly tradition is a highlight for many each November, this year hosting 230 runners!

When asked about this year’s event, Hillary Stein, race coordinator and team member at Cooper Farms, shared, “We are very pleased with how this year’s race turned out.  Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time!  It was great seeing everyone come out to support such a great cause!”

Erica Wood, Business Development Specialist at EverHeart Hospice, accepted the check on EverHeart’s behalf. She shared, “EverHeart Hospice is truly thankful for the generosity and support that Cooper Farms has shown our agency and its mission each year. This year, the proceeds will help us with our Legacy Program, which provides keepsake items for our patients’ families to help them remember their loved ones. These items currently include heartbeat bears and hand photographs. Contributions like this will help us grow our program in hopes of adding new items in the future.”

Mark your calendars for next year’s Turkey Trot, set for Saturday, November 5th, 2022. You may find additional information on Cooper.

 

 
 
 

 
January 17-20, 2022
 

 
 

Parkway Area Lions Club Members Present Proceeds from Fish Fry

Parkway Middle School principal Brian Woods (left) receives a donation of $2665 from Rockford Lions president Dennis Hecht at the January 10th Lions Club meeting.  

Proceeds from the Lions Club Chicken Dinner held in October of 2021 at the Rockford Carry Out, 156 South Main Street benefit the Parkway Eighth Grade Class Trip to Washington DC later this year. The project is supported by the Rockford, Willshire, and Mendon Lions Clubs, led by Dennis Hecht, Kevin Krall, and Catlin Grier respectively.

Plans are underway for the 2022 Rockford Lions Quarter Auction, under the direction of project chair LeeAnn Frank.  The Quarter Auction will be held Friday, April 2nd, 2022 at the Rockford Community Building, 420 Holly Lane in Rockford. Doors will open at 12 noon.  The auction will begin at 1:00 pm.  Paddles will be $4 each and All-In paddles will be $35 each at the door. A light lunch will also be available. The first Lions Club Quarter Auction was held in 2019. 

The 28th annual Rockford Car Show and Cruise-In will be held on Friday, June 17th, 2022 in conjunction with Rockford Community Days. 

 

Proceeds from Rockford Lions Club projects like the Chicken Dinner, Quarter Auction and the Car Show and Cruise-In fund scholarships and help fulfill community needs and requests.

On February 14th the Rockford Lions Club will resume meeting on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Rockford Village Offices on E. Columbia Street. 

 

Our Old Bookcase, sent Jan. 13, 2022,  Zenz City Festival, for Jan. 20, 2022

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

Photo Caption:  “The Grand Lawn Fete was held at Zenz City, under the auspices of the C. K. of A. on Sunday, September 20, 1908.  John Zenz invited everyone to enjoy the shade of the old apple trees of John Zenz’s Grove.”  This advertisement was posted in the September 19, 1908 “Saint Henry Advocate” newspaper, at St. Henry, Ohio.

A century ago, the way of life was changing in Mercer County.  Small villages had been established by settlers.  Prior to the Railroads arriving in 1879, and the early 1880’s, roads provided for the transportation via horses, and/or horses and buggies.  Oxen pulled wagons laden with the products needed by the settlers.  The small villages often were constructed around a general store on one corner, a grain mill on another corner, with a school and church on the other corners. 

Rural Free Delivery, “RFD” changed Post Offices by having Rural Mail Carriers deliver mail to mail boxes across the country side.   The Post Office at Zenz City was known as the Violet Post Office.  It can be identified on the 1888 and 1900 Maps in Mercer County’s local Atlases.  Violet Post Office was established July 8, 1886, and was discontinued on May 31, 1904, and the mail was sent to the Post Office at Fort Recovery.

George Zenz arrived in Mercer County, after the Civil War.  He established a store and managed it, until 1885, when he devoted his time to farming, and his wife Barbara took charge of the store.  She retired in 1903, and their son John Zenz, became the owner.  In 1899, John married Rose Brandewie.  John constructed the large cement block home, in 1905, for his family.  The home was an architectural landmark.  After World War I, in 1917, the Zenz Store was sold to Andrew Forthofter.   The village became known as “Sharpsburg,” but was neither platted nor incorporated.   Florence M. Rose provided this information for the “1978 Mercer County History Book.”

 

The small villages throughout Mercer County continue to exist as neighbors create their community activities.  The rural general stores have not always survived.  The rural churches have often survived.  The rural school houses were closed and the students became a part of the larger school districts.  Few grain mills still exist today.

When I drive through the rural communities, I am fascinated by the old buildings and big old barns. 

I do not see many silos which I saw when I was studying the barns of Mercer County.  I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received for the local history books that we have published at the Mercer County Historical Society, over the years.  This year is my 50th Year of being elected as President of the Mercer County Historical Society, Inc.  I sincerely thank the local citizens for sharing their heritage with the Historical Society.  The Mercer County Historical Museum and Historical Society serve Mercer Countians well.  We will soon be announcing our public programs, throughout the year, in this column.

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883.  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092.

 
 
 
 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Retired Pastor Steve Howell will be in the pulpit continue with the book of John 14:15-24. His sermon is entitled “True Love”.

In his prior lesson from John 14, Pastor Steve reminded those present that Jesus told his disciples, “not to be troubled because I give you hope. Peace I leave with you and not the peace that the world offers.” Steve reminded us that we all look for peace in our own ways. We look at sunsets, oceans, mountains and more. But Jesus’ peace is not based on surroundings that fall apart. Have a relationship with Jesus Christ and focus on Him, and you will know peace.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

There will be a meeting after the service and a meal for all members of the church.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Above: Pastor Steve serves communion during advent with Becky shop assisting.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 
 

Our Home Family Resource Center Welcomes Jennifer Yoder as the New Marketing & Development Coordinator.

Celina, OH, January 13th, 2022 – Jen Yoder is a multi-passionate business strategist with over 20 years in the marketing field. She recently took over as Our Home’s Marketing & Development Coordinator. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a major in marketing, and a minor in psychology. Her professional experience is in project management, digital marketing strategy, brand awareness, and event planning. Jen joined our team in November and trained alongside Deb, who left Our Home to enjoy retirement. Jen’s first major project will be the 5th annual Empty Bowls Mercer County fundraiser to be held on April 2, 2022. Jen is looking forward to using her talents and experience to help spread Our Home’s mission and help the organization grow.

Jen and her husband Corey Yoder have been married for almost 13 years. They married in 2009, and Moved to Celina in 2011 after Corey completed his service in the US Navy. They reside in Celina with their two children.

Our Home’s Director, Kevin Draiss, says, “In the few months Jen has been with us, she has not only demonstrated a passion for her position, but, more importantly, has demonstrated her heart to assist our Mercer County friends and neighbors in their time of personal crisis. We are fortunate to have her on our team.”

Our Home Family Resource Center has been helping Mercer County residents survive, rebuild, and overcome since 1995. It consists of the Family Crisis Network, RAFT Visitation Center, and Direct Services & Referral. For more on Our Home, its programs, or what you can do to help, visit our website https://www.ourhomefrc.com/

 

 

 

LAKE AREA ARTS GROUP FUNDRAISER
  
A Paint and Sip Art fundraiser sponsored by the Lake Area Arts Group
(LAAG) will be on Thursday,January 27th from 6-9 pm at the LAAG
gallery 110 S. Main, Celina.
Cost is $40.00 with $10.00 going to LAAG . Paint and Sip conducted by
Painting Memories Tammy Sharp provides canvass and all supplies to
complete a 16x20 valentine theme painting. Wine or beverage is
provided.
Get some friends or family together and have fun painting with no
experience needed.
See the painting and sign up for tickets at the link on the
lakeareaartsgroup FB page or email thelakeareaartsgroup@gmail.com for
more information.

 

 

 

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the arrest of two (2) people today.  Grey advised that Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies and Deputies and officers assigned to Grand Lake Drug Task Force have been working jointly for months on this investigation.  The investigation began due to numerous tips that were received involving the arrestees.  

Katrina M Fuson, 30, 6730 St Rte. 219 Celina, was arrested on one count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs a Felony of the Second Degree, one count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs a Felony of the Third Degree and one count of Trafficking in Drugs a Felony of the Fourth Degree.   Fuson’s bond was set at $100,000.00 with a ten percent provision by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman.

Also charged was 39 year old Philip M Rasawehr of 6730 St Rte. 219 Celina, who is currently in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility serving time on an unrelated charge.  He was served today with charges of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs a Felony of the Second Degree and Aggravated Possession of Drugs a Felony of the Third Degree.  Rasawehr’s bond was also set at $100,000.00 with a ten percent provision by Judge Speelman.   

After Fusion’s arrest deputies applied for and received a search warrant for the her residence.   The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office assisted with the search warrant preparation and legal advice throughout the investigation.

Currently, deputies are still at the residence executing the search warrant.  This case remains under investigation and no other information will be released at this time.

 

 

 Anuszkiewicz and Cusick Exhibition Mercy Health 2nd Floor Gallery in Lima, OH 

There is a new colorful exhibit at Mercy Health, located on the second floor. The 3-Dimensoinal work on pedestals is from Debb Cusick, glass artist. Originally from Lima, her work incorporates the landscapes, images and colors of the west, her home for 40 years. She studied at The Art Academy of Cincinnati and also with the acclaimed Narcissus Quagliata. Her piece, ‘Apothecary’ hangs in the Smithsonian. Debb loves to include color, dance, and whimsical elements in her windows, lighting, and sculpture. The 2-dimensional work hanging on the walls is from the David L. Anderson collection. The artist featured is Richard Anuszkiewicz, one of the founders and foremost exponents of Op Art, a movement founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley were his primary counterparts. In 1964, Life magazine called him "one of the new wizards of Op". He described his work as the subtle chemistry of colors, which makes the geometry glow, “as if light were leaking out from behind it." The work is part of the ArtSpace/Lima Permanent Collection. The exhibit is part of an ongoing partnership between ArtSpace and Mercy Health, with the belief that art can influence mood and promote healing. ArtSpace brings a variety of visual art to viewers every three months to the second-floor gallery.

 

 
 

 
January 12-16, 2022
 

 
 

Trio to Enter Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame

Two former Parkway Athletes and one former Mendon Athlete will enter the Hall of Fame on Friday, January 21, 2022 at approximately 6:30 PM between the JV and Varsity Game at Parkway High School. There will be a reception to meet the Hall of Fame inductees.

They include Jordan Thompson, Rebekah (Roehm) Agner and Mike Griggs.


JORDAN THOMPSON CLASS OF 2008 Jordan earned 12 varsity letters during his high school athletic career competing in football, basketball, and baseball for the Panthers. On the baseball diamond, Jordan played catcher for the Panthers and was named 1st team All Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) during his Junior and Senior seasons. In basketball, Jordan scored 720 career points and pulled down 580 career rebounds over the course of his 4 seasons on the hardwood. He was named 1st Team All MAC during his senior season. On the football field, Jordan recorded a school record 476 total tackles on defense, and also holds the single season tackle record with 157 . He was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year during both his Junior and Senior seasons, and was also selected as Division V Co Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Ohio as a senior. On offense Jordan recorded 1,693 career rushing yards, and 23 rushing touchdowns. During his Senior campaign in 2007, the Panthers posted an 8-2 record, led by Head Coach Ed Kuhn. Jordan rushed for 14 touchdowns and threw for 19 more, finishing the season with a school record for passing yards in a single season with 2,172. In all, Jordan accounted for 50 touchdowns in his career. After high school, Jordan continued his academic and athletic career at Ohio University and earned his engineering degree in 2012. While in Athens, Jordan started in 47 consecutive games at tight end for the Bobcats catching 60 passes for 666 yards and 6 touchdowns for head coach Frank Solich. After college Jordan signed with the Detroit Lions on April 28, 2014, and made his NFL debut on October 19, 2014, against the New Orleans Saints. Jordan played for the Lions until May 2016, becoming the first Parkway Panther to play in the NFL.

 

 

REBEKAH (ROEHM) AGNER CLASS OF 2006 Rebekah earned three varsity letters in volleyball. She was a member of the 2005 State Runner-Up Volleyball team. She holds the school record for kills in a season with 549 and for a career with 1,213. Rebekah holds the record for blocks in a season with 87 and for a career with 214. Rebekah was named 1st team all Midwest Athletic Conference in 2004 and 2005. She was the District 8 Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Rebekah earned 2nd team All-Ohio in 2004 and First Team All-Ohio in 2005. Rebekah attended IPFW (Indiana/Purdue Fort Wayne) where she was a 4 year letter winner. She was named to the 1st team All-Summit League in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, she was named the Summit League Tournament MVP while leading her team to their very first NCAA tournament appearance. She was named the IPFW Athlete of the Year in 2010. Rebekah currently ranks in the top 10 in several categories at IPFW including kills, kills per set, attack attempts, aces, block assists, points, points per set and matches played.

 

 

MIKE GRIGGS MENDON-UNION CLASS OF 1973 Mike earned 10 varsity letters at Mendon-Union; 4 in basketball, 4 in baseball and 2 in cross country. In basketball, Mike scored 1,524 points during his career. He was a three-time Mercer County League (MCL) All-Star while becoming the first player to lead the league in scoring three straight seasons. He was named the MCL Player of the Year in 1972. Mike also earned District 8 All Star status in 1973. In baseball, Mike was twice named to the MCL All-Star team. He attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he went on to earn 7 varsity letters; 4 in basketball and 3 in baseball. In basketball, Mike is 20th in career scoring with 1,152 points and 12th in career assists with 282. He was named First Team All-Conference in 1977 on the best team in school history at 24-4. Mike was elected to the Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

 
 
 

Together on Christmas 2021

Rockford area churches combined this year to serve the community with a free meal, Together on Christmas.  In the beautifully decorated Rockford Community Building, a delicious meal of chicken in cream sauce, baked pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing, green beans, roll and a dessert buffet was provided for dine in/sit down or as takeout.  More than 100 servants worked to provide this labor of love along with 50 dessert bakers.  Approximately 550 meals were served on Christmas Day.

       
       
 
 

Bridge Inspection

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart announced recently that the yearly bridge inspections of Mercer County’s 379 bridges on township and county roads have been completed.  Engineer Wiechart completed the inspections before the end of 2021.


“Bridge inspection is completed annually for several very important reasons.  First our bridge maintenance/work orders are generated directly from our yearly inspections.  Secondly, decisions on future bridge replacements/rehabilitations are made as a result of the condition ratings garnered from the inspection.  Third and most importantly, we inspect them to protect the public that uses them each day.” 

In Ohio, the professionally licensed and elected County Engineer manages and oversees bridge inspections on township and county roadways.  Any questions, concerns about bridges may be directed to the engineer’s office.

 
 
Donation to C.A.L.L.

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a generous donation to C.A.L.L Ministries to benefit the Parkway and Celina Back Pack Programs as well as the Food Pantry. Arlene Steinbrunner, volunteer for C.A.L.L Ministries accepted the check from church member Bob Cook.

 

Donation to Kingdom Harvest Ministries

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a donation to Kingdom Harvest Ministries. Tom Sanford, director of the program accepted the check from member Sheila Baltzell-Linn.

KHM teaches Bible classes at off-site locations, during the school day, to interested students at Celina and Parkway Schools. They are the first program to also offer college credit for the classes.

 
 
 

 
January 8-11, 2022
 

 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Returns to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will be back in the pulpit. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church which usually involves cookies!

Doug’s lesson on January 2, 2022 was based on the Gospel lesson of Matthew 2:1-12 and entitled “You Can Never Go Home the Same Way” covered the Bible lesson of Epiphany when the wise men came to worship the newborn Jesus. They had stopped at King Herod’s seeking directions. Herod asked that they return to him when their task was complete, so that they would bring King Herod the directions so he could go and worship as well. But angels warned them not to return to Herod who was plotting to kill Jesus. They went home by a different route. Pastor Doug reminded us that when we meet and truly embrace Jesus, we can never go home the same way again. Our lives are changed forever.

Doug’s lesson on Sunday , January 16, 2022 will be from the Gospel of Mark 2: 1-12 entitled “Whatever it Takes”.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.  

Sunday School is at 9:30 am. Children’s Message and Children’s Church are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays monthly.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 
 

Winter Reminder from Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart and Snowplow crews

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

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

If you have to travel during hazardous conditions, use common sense and adjust your speed to surrounding road conditions and slow down.

When following a snowplow, be vigilant and stay back far enough so you can be seen in the snowplow driver’s mirrors.  All snowplows have starting and stopping points on their routes and at times unexpected backing by the truck may be necessary.  A lot of turning around at intersections occur.

Many of the township and county road pavements are one-lane or narrower.  Never attempt to pass from behind in these circumstances.

When approaching a snowplow coming toward you on a typical two-lane road, give some room to those large trucks and pull over as far as you safely can.  The tip of the blade usually is at or around the centerline of the pavement.

Be vigilant at intersections and provide plenty of room.  Plows may have to clear the edges of the radius of the intersection of snow and ice, which require many forward and reverse operations at the intersection area.

If clearing driveway, do not push snow to the approach side of mailbox (place it on the exit side of the mailbox).

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

 

 

 

Children’s Activities at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

Christmas Eve was recently enjoyed by the children and the congregation at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford.

On Friday, December 24, 2021 at 7 PM the children of St. Paul’s Church practiced and held a very special Childrens’ Play for the Christmas Eve service. Entitled “Manger Tales” – a Christmas point of View from the animals, the “animals” were interviewed about hosting the newborn Baby Jesus in their stable in Bethlehem. Christmas hymns were also sung by candlelight.

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January 4-7, 2022
 

 
 
First Traffic Fatality in Mercer County - 2022

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office received a 911 call at 6:49 AM this morning.  The caller reported an injury accident involving a car and semi and that one of the vehicles was in a pond. 

The investigation found that 65 year old Adil Sabanagic of Utica, New York, was driving his 2016 Volvo semi westbound on St Rte 29 near Harris Road.  36 year old Atsushi Tanaka of Sidney, Ohio was driving a 2021 Honda and was also westbound on St Rte 29.   Sabanagic was slowing or stopped in traffic to turn South on Harris Road.  It appears that Sabanagic may have missed his turn and began backing up to make the turn, when the trailer blocked part of the roadway.  Tanaka struck the back of the trailer.  Tanaka went off of the North side of the roadway, down the ditch, through a fence and came to rest submerged in a pond. 

The Celina Fire Department dive team was called to assist in rescue efforts for Tanaka.  Tanaka was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Grey reports that there is a witness to the crash as well as video of the crash that deputies are reviewing.  At this time the crash remains under investigation.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Celina Fire Department, Celina EMS, Saint Mary’s EMS, Ohio State Patrol and the Mercer County EMA.  Mercer County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Heinrichs was also notified of the crash and released the body to a local funeral home.

Grey advised that his deputies have been in contact with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and will be sending a copy of the report to their office once it is completed for review. 
 
 

The Village of Rockford - 2022 Council  and Mayor


Back - Chris Heitkamp - Safety Committee, Luke Stephenson - Utility Committee,  Brad Now - Economic Development

Front - Mary Beougher - Service Committee, Mayor Amy Joseph,  Jessica Yoder- Rules Committee,
and Ron Searight - Finance Committee.

Thank you for serving!

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Organizational Meeting on January 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm
by Sally Cox

 

Parkway School Board Agenda for a Regular Meeting on January 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm
by Sally Cox

 
 

Parkway January 2022 Printable Breakfast and Lunch Menus by Pam Smith

 
 

The Voice Of The Buckeyes To Speak At The Niswonger

(Van Wert, OH) - The Ohio State Buckeyes scripted yet another successful season ending in a Rose Bowl Victory in Pasadena, CA. The Voice Of The Buckeyes, Paul Keels, was with them every step of the way for every play. Van Wert Live along with Presenting Sponsor, The Ohio State Alumni Association of Van Wert and Paulding Counties, is pleased to announce that Paul Keels will bring his distinguished voice and power-play stories to The Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 PM. 

Tickets from $19-29 are on sale now to Van Wert Live Members and release to the public on Friday, January 21. VWLive Memberships begin as low as $100 and provide 365 days of early buying opportunities for all Van Wert Live events.

Paul Keels’ booming voice fills rooms and cars with an unmistakable beat. His crisp play-calling on the radio of Ohio State football and basketball never leaves the listener in doubt. It’s graphic, efficient, and spot-on. Keels is now inextricably linked with the Buckeyes whose games he’s called for a score of years; through two national titles and three trips to the Final Four.

Players and coaches come and go. Yet schools’ longtime play-by-play announcers are as recognizable as the teams they cover. Fans think of them as longtime friends, those who share in the joy of victories and commiserate in the misery of defeats. They are forever part of the tapestry, drawing pictures of the familiar and the unfamiliar.

In this unimaginable world of digital conveniences, picture painting on the radio is a disappearing art. For years, radio was a necessity. It kept fans abreast. Still, today, there are many vibrant announcers who’ve presided over their friendly microphones for thirty or more years. They get it. Each one is an artist with his own distinct brush and palette.

Paul will share stories from his book "If These Walls Could Talk", which recollects his years with Ohio State’s football and basketball teams - coaches he’s covered, some of the big players with whom he interacted, and naturally, some of the big moments he witnessed.

2022 Annual sponsors making live entertainment happen in Van Wert are Central Insurance, First Federal Bank of Van Wert, and Statewide Ford-Lincoln. 

VWLive Event and Membership information can be found at vanwertlive.com or through the Box Office by phone 419-238-6722 or in-person Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 3 PM.

 

 

Mercer County Health District COVID-19 Situation Update – January 5, 2022
By Paige Keysor 

CELINA - As of January 5, 2022, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 6,281 confirmed cases, 1,412 probable cases, 5,853 recovered cases, 15 known hospitalizations, 112 COVID-19 deaths, and 22 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 76 cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 105 reinfection cases of COVID-19. Today, there are 248 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

There have been 162 confirmed and 50 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 25 were hospitalized and have since recovered. Three fully vaccinated residents are currently hospitalized. Six have passed away.

The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Mercer County continues to be high. A high transmission rate is defined as 100 or more new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate of 10% or higher. Mercer County has seen 488 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 25.57%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, MCHD urges community members to maintain good hygiene practices, stay home when sick, and avoid crowded indoor places to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses.

The MCHD continues to offer the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for first, second, third, and booster doses by appointment at the health department. More information on local COVID-19 vaccination opportunities can be found at  https://mchdohio.org/. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

 

 

Month

Number of Confirmed Cases

March – December 2020

3,384 cases

January 2021

388 cases

February 2021

120 cases

March 2021

52 cases

April 2021

113 cases

May 2021

64 cases

June 2021

14 cases

July 2021

34 cases

August 2021

246 cases

September 2021

473 cases

October 2021

347 cases

November 2021

455 cases

December 2021

531 cases

January 2022 - current

60 cases

 

 

Lima Symphony Orchestra Brings Back Live Symphony Storytimes

Lima, OH (January 4, 2022) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s popular Symphony Storytime program returns over the next two weeks to libraries in Wapakoneta and Celina. Featuring a duet of Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians, this program will focus on the theme of opposites in music. Live programs will happen at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 11 at 10:30 AM - Auglaize County Public District Library (203 Perry St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895)

Tuesday, January 18 at 10:30 AM – Mercer County District Library (303 N Main St, Celina, OH 45822)

For this innovative program, children and their families will enjoy outstanding newer publications featuring the theme of “opposites.” This program features Big is Big (and little, little), by J. Patrick Lewis, Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, and The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, all accompanied by live music from Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians. The program will draw parallels between concepts of contrast using musical examples to accompany the stories. With a focus on creative movement and music literacy, "Symphony Storytime" is designed to spark children’s imaginations and foster a lifelong love of and appreciation for music. This program is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.

Books:

Big is Big (and little, little) by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Bob Barner (2007)

Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman (2016)

The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (2010)

Music Selections:

The Cakewalk from “Children’s Corner Suite” L. 113 by Claude Debussy

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach

These performances are part of the Lima Symphony’s ongoing commitment to music education and their firm belief that music and the other arts are critical tools in building strong communities.  This project is supported by the following underwriters:

Symphony Storytime Sponsors:

AC Dienstberger Foundation

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

State Bank

Thermal Gard Window and Door

Van Wert County Foundation

Mercer County Civic Foundation

 
 

 
January 1-3, 2022
 

 
 

CASA of Mercer County Swears in 9 New Court Appointed Special Advocates for Mercer County Children.

 

CASA of Mercer County is pleased to announce that it has sworn in 9 volunteers in its inaugural swearing-in ceremony for the Mercer County Juvenile Court on December 20, 2021.  Mercer County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Matthew L. Gilmore presided over the ceremony and sworn in the new volunteers.  Mercer County Juvenile Court Magistrate Richard M. Delzeith was present as the Court Administrator for CASA of Mercer County.  CASA of Mercer County Executive Director Nick Schulze and Coordinator of Volunteer Services Kip Wright were also present.

Please join the program in congratulating the following volunteers as Mercer County’s first set of Court Appointed Special Advocates:

Chuck Meyer of New Bremen, who is currently employed at Crown Equipment in New Bremen.

Deb Hemmelgarn of St. Henry, who is currently employed at the MED Foundation in Coldwater.

Nikki Hemmelgarn of Coldwater, who is currently employed as a teacher in Coldwater.

Beth Smalley of Celina, who is currently employed at Mercer County ESC in Celina.

Angela Gibbons of Celina, who is currently employed at Crown Equipment in New Bremen.

Lisa Post of Celina, who was formerly employed at The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus.

Sandy Dieringer of Celina, who was formerly employed at Foundations Behavioral Health Services in Celina.

Tannar Rutschilling of Celina, who is currently employed at Crown Equipment in New Bremen.

Ted Bertke of Celina, who was formerly employed at Leugers Insurance in Maria Stein.

 

The swearing-in ceremony was the final step taken by these community members after 30 hours of pre-service training prior to being sworn in to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Training equips community volunteers with all the skills needed to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected.

Now, as Court Appointed Special Advocates these volunteers will be appointed to cases open in juvenile court due to abuse, neglect, and/or dependency. They are then tasked with getting to know the children, becoming familiar with their special circumstances, and then making recommendations to the Court on what is in the children’s best interest. EVERY CHILD deserves someone in their corner amplifying their voice and their story. CASA volunteers are ordinary community members that make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children.

CASA of Mercer County is now accepting applications for its next training. They would love to talk to you about this new and impactful volunteer experience. If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children in your county, check out CASA of Mercer County at www.mercercountycasa.org or on Facebook.

 

 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Retired Pastor Steve Howell will be in the pulpit continue with the book of John 14:25-31. His sermon is entitled “Jesus – Our Peace”.

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 28-31, 2021
Serving the Rockford, Willshire and Mendon Communities for 17 years!

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 
 

 
December 24-27, 2021
 

 
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 
 
 
 
 

 
December 22-23, 2021
 

 
 
 

New Business in Celina MADE Home and MADE Apparel
Recently the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure to participate in the Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting of their newest member MADE Home & MADE Apparel. This new business located at 216 W. Fayette Street in Celina, OH offers a collection of home décor, gifts, and goods. This beautifully revived store front will bring you inspiration and a passion for making your house a home. They also specialize in screen print services as well. You can find information on Facebook but be sure to stop by and take a look for yourself. The store also accepts the Celina/Mercer Chamber Gift Certificates as well. Welcome to the chamber MADE Home / MADE Apparel. Pictured are Stacy Beougher, Chamber Director, Mayor Jeff Hazel, owners Emily Schiavone and Brooke Bader along with their families.

 

 
 

Willshire Hosting New Year's Day 5K

The first event celebrating Willshire's Bicentennial in 2022 is Capt. Riley's River Run 5K/Fun Run on January 1st, 2022. Join us for a refreshing run around the village settled by Capt. James Riley in 1822.

The run starts at 10 A.M.on New Year's Day. Registration begins at 9 A.M. at the Willshire American Legion on State St. in Willshire.

5K entry is $10 for those 16 and over. A second member of the same household is $8 and a family entry is $25 (same household). Under 16 is $5.


Fun Run entry is $7 for 16 and over, $3 under 16, and $13 for a family entry. Make checks payable to L.B.C.F. with 'Willshire Becentennial' on the memo line. There is an entry form pinned on the 'Willshire Bicentennial 2022' Facebook page.


Text/call 419-495-4022 entrants name(s) so that we know how many to plan for and for any questions you have.


If you're interested in a T-shirt or Hoodie, they can be ordered from The Kidz Treehouse  in Rockford.

 

 
 
 

(December 22, 2021) – ADVANCED INSURANCE GROUP
The owners of four local insurance agencies have announced a definitive merger agreement, which will greatly enhance their product and service offerings to customers in the Van Wert, Delphos and surrounding communities. The four companies involved in the merger are: Purmort Brothers Insurance Agency in Van Wert, Rhoades Insurance Agency in Van Wert, Schmit-Massa Insurance Agency in Delphos, and Jerry Gilden’s Nationwide Insurance Agency in Delphos and Van Wert.

NOW OPERATING AS ADVANCED INSURANCE GROUP

Purmort Brothers, Rhoades, Schmit-Massa and Jerry Gilden’s Nationwide Insurance Agencies have worked long and hard to create professional businesses that provide outstanding services to our community. These four companies, along with Aaron Anspach and Adam Anspach who also have a longstanding experience in the insurance industry, will now be operating as ADVANCED INSURANCE GROUP. The merger and name change will go into effect immediately.

Aaron and Adam Anspach bring to Advanced Insurance Group a combined 35 years’ experience in the insurance industry – with a background in personal and farm lines, commercial underwriting, claims and marketing. Aaron and Adam will be working hand-in-hand with the owners of Purmort Brothers, Rhoades, Schmit-Massa and Jerry Gilden’s Nationwide Insurance Agencies to ensure a smooth transition to the new brand under Advanced Insurance Group. Under this new partnership, customers can expect to work with the same knowledgeable and friendly staff they have come to know and trust throughout the years – with the addition of new employees and leadership to continue to grow stronger together.

Advanced Insurance Group will have 2 permanent locations: Van Wert and Delphos. The Van Wert location will be moving to the Purmort Brothers location at 101 W. Crawford Street, and the Delphos location will be moving to 403 N. Main Street. The staff and business leaders at all four merging agencies will remain the same and continue to work with customers as they join together under the Advanced Insurance Group brand. As demonstrated through each agency’s continuous involvement throughout the years, Advanced Insurance Group is deeply committed to staying in both communities.

For more information, please contact Adam Anspach by calling 419.238.6214.

 

 
 
 

 
December 17-21, 2021
 

 
 

Christmas is Coming!

 

Together on Christmas is Back!

TOGETHER ON CHRISTMAS, a free dinner on Christmas Day, returns December 25th, 2021 to the Rockford Community Building.  Begun in 2005 as a ministry outreach of the Rockford United Methodist Church, the first FREE Christmas Day Dinner was intended to serve hungry and lonely people who might not have a traditional Christmas Day dinner nor family with whom to share it. 

The 2020 event was cancelled in response to the COVID pandemic and Ohio health and safety guidelines for large gatherings. The 2021 return of TOGETHER ON CHRISTMAS is now a community event led by members and friends of the Rockford United Methodist, Rockford Bell Community, New Horizons Community, and St. Teresa Catholic churches.  

TOGETHER ON CHRISTMAS offers a free Christmas dinner to residents of Rockford and the surrounding area.  The Rockford Community Building is located at 402 Holly Lane near Shanes Park.   The 2021 Dinner will be served from 10:30- 1 pm. The 2021 menu includes chicken breast in cream sauce, baked pork chop, mashed potatoes & gravy, homemade dressing (stuffing), green beans, rolls/butter, and a dessert buffet.  

For additional information contact the Rockford United Methodist Church office at 419-363-3230, by email office.mgr.rumc@bright.net or at www.rumcoh.org.  Rev. ‘Chip’ Steffy is the pastor.

 
 

Rockford Business of the Year Announced

The Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Second Crossing Brew Co. as the 2021 Business of the
Year.   Their commitment and tireless involvement to the Rockford community has not gone unnoticed.
We are grateful and blessed to have you!

Photo -  owners


Todd McKee, Luke Stephenson,  and Luke Clouse  

 

 
 
 
 
 

HFNEI Announces Honor Flights President Change

Dennis Covert, President of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (HFNEI), announced that effective January 19, 2022, he is voluntarily stepping-down as President.  

Dennis has been involved with HFNEI since 2010 and has served as president for 5 ½ years.  Mr. Covert stated; “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of HFNEI.  I loved my time as president and I look forward to serving as a member of the Board of Directors and continuing our mission of transporting veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that were built in their honor.”
 
Cathy Berkshire was elected as in-coming President of HFNEI at a Board of Directors meeting on November 17, 2021.  Cathy has been involved with HFNEI since 2009.  She has worked on fund-raising efforts, served as a guardian, bus leader, trip leader, and since 2014 has served as corporate secretary.  President-elect Cathy Berkshire said; “I serve on the HFNEI Board of directors in memory of all my family members that have served this great country since 1940.  I truly feel honored and blessed to serve our veterans with this amazing organization.  I am eager and excited to resume our Honor Flights in Spring 2022.”
 
Three Honor Flights are scheduled from Fort Wayne in the Spring of 2022.  For more information about upcoming flights, visit our website:  www.hfnei.org; Facebook:  www.facebook.com/hfnei  or call the Honor Flight phone at 260-633-0049.

Honor Flight NE Indiana, Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

 

 
 
 

LIMA SYMPHONY RETURNS TO THE STAGE ON DECEMBER 31 FOR “CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR”

Lima, OH (December 17, 2021) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on Friday, December 31 at 7:30 PM at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (7 Town Square, Lima, OH 45801) for “Classical Mystery Tour” – a symphonic evening of The Beatles with the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Called “the world’s best Beatles show with symphony orchestra,” this concert faithfully honors the musical legacy of The Beatles. Led by Music Director Andrew Crust and Beatles’ reenactors Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, Joe Bithorn, and Chris Camilleri, this concert presents an authentic tribute to The Beatles’ most memorable hits with full orchestral backing.

Imagine what it would have been like to hear The Beatles perform live with a symphony orchestra. Well, now you can! The four musicians of “Classical Mystery Tour” present a faithful interpretation of familiar Beatles tunes with the rich orchestral backing of their later studio hits. From the brass bands of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to the lush string accompaniment of Yesterday, this show allows you experience the Beatles as you never have before: live with your favorite hometown symphony! Delighting audiences for over 20 years, “Classical Mystery Tour” has performed with orchestras around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

This concert is underwritten by the following sponsor:

Reineke Family Dealerships

Tickets:  $30.   Tickets can be purchased online at www.limasymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 419-222-5701.

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Mozart by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

 

 
 
 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford and also Service on Christmas Eve

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 26, 2021. During this most Holy of seasons, Retired Pastor Steve Howell will continue with the book of John 14:1-7 and Matthew 2:1-12. His sermon is entitled “Jesus – The Way, Truth and Life”.

 

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

There will be a Congregational meeting after the service to vote for new Consistory Officers.

 

 

 

 

St. Paul’s Country Church will hold a very special Childrens’ Play on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2021 at 7 PM. It is entitled Manger Tales – a Christmas point of View from the animals. Candlelight Christmas hymns will be sung. Join us at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, Ohio.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

 

We are an INDEPENDENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Snow –do not plow onto roadways

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is reminding residents living on county and township roadways not to leave snow plowed from private driveways on the roadway.

Ohio law prohibits the placement of injurious material or any obstruction on a highway except that which is placed on the roadway by a proper authority, such as salt or grit the county and townships use to treat icy roads. 

If it is found that snow displaced from a private drive onto a roadway contributes to an accident, the individual who placed it there could be found liable.

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

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

 
 

 
December 9-16, 2021

 

 
 
Christmas Concert at Rockford Belle

Join the members of the Belle Church in Rockford for a Christmas Concert with Blind Date providing the music and Shanon Wagner singing at 3 PM on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Santa Claus and refreshments.

 
 
 

Pastor Doug Meyer Returns to St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to their worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 19, 2021. During this most Holy of seasons, Retired Pastor Doug Meyer will continue with the Advent story. He will have a Children’s time before Children’s Church.

Doug has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

There will be a Congregational meeting after the service.


Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us once or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

St. Paul’s Country Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

St. Paul’s Country Church will hold a very special Childrens’ Play on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24, 2021 at 7 PM. It is entitled Manger Tales – a Christmas point of View from the animals. It will be adorable in candlelight. Christmas hymns will be sung. Join us at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, Ohio.



 

 

New Release 12/16/2021 by Tom Wales, Celina Chief of Police


On 12/15/2021 the School Resource Office and the Celina City Schools investigated an incident of children playing a gun game using candy canes as “guns”.  It became a bit rambunctious and a teacher put a stop to it.  That was all it was.

This turned into a rumor posted by an irresponsible parent on social media.  The post began “I don’t know, but…”  This resulted in some kids being kept home and numerous calls to the Celina Police Department and the City Schools.

There never was a threat to the schools or students out of this incident.  This was childish horseplay.  We urge people to not run with rumors and make these uniformed and irresponsible posts.

 

Mercer County Health District COVID-19 Situation Update – December 15, 2021
by Paige Keysor

 

CELINA - As of December 15, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 5,909 confirmed cases, 1,301 probable cases, 5,585 recovered cases, 10 known hospitalizations, 109 COVID-19 deaths, and 22 probable deaths of COVID-19 among Mercer County residents. In addition, there have been 71 confirmed cases who have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19. Under the use of MCHD’s internal reinfection protocol, there have been 82 reinfections of COVID-19 out of the cumulative total of confirmed cases. Today, there are 152 known active cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County.

 

There have been 134 confirmed and 42 probable cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated Mercer County residents. Of those individuals, 23 were hospitalized and have since recovered. Six have passed away.

 

The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Mercer County continues to be high. A high transmission rate is defined as 100 or more new cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate of 10% or higher. Mercer County has seen 388 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days and has a test positivity rate of 20.29%. This data can be found here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

 

As the holiday season approaches, MCHD continues to encourage community members to be mindful in taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses. The MCHD advises individuals to maintain good hygiene practices, stay home when sick, and avoid crowded indoor places.

 

The MCHD continues to offer the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for first, second, third, and booster doses by appointment at the health department. More information on local COVID-19 vaccination opportunities can be found at  https://mchdohio.org/. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

 

Month

Number of Confirmed Cases

March – December 2020

3,384 cases

January 2021

388 cases

February 2021

120 cases

March 2021

52 cases

April 2021

113 cases

May 2021

64 cases

June 2021

14 cases

July 2021

34 cases

August 2021

246 cases

September 2021

472 cases

October 2021

347 cases

November 2021

455 cases

December 2021 – current

220 cases

 

 

Van Wert County General Health District reports COVID Cases

By Britt Menchhofer

On December 16, 2021, the Van Wert County General Health District reports an increase in 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, December 9, 2021 for a total of 4,552 confirmed cases.  There are 9 known hospitalizations of county residents due to COVID-19. To date, the health department has given 13,626 COVID-19 vaccinations. 

 

The Van Wert County General Health District will hold a walk-in clinic for COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds EMR Room (behind the fair office) from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for first, second, and booster doses as eligible.  Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 5 and up and Moderna for those age 18 and up.  To receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination, a person must have received Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 6 months ago or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago. Please bring your photo id and any insurance info. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present as well as proof of age such as a shot record or birth certificate.  If looking to receive a booster vaccine, proof of prior COVID-19 vaccination is required.  The health department is not making appointments at this time, as all clinics are walk-in only.

 

 Calvary Evangelical Church Calendar

 

The Rockford Carnegie Library will be meeting in regular session on Tuesday, December 14 at 4 p.m. in the library basement. The public is always welcome to attend.

 

 
 

 
December 7-8, 2021
 

 
 
 

Come Hear Pastor Steve Howell at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford

The membership of St. Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH invites you to worship service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 12, 2021 During this most Holy of seasons, Retired Pastor Steve Howell will continue with two powerful Gospel messages from Luke 2:1-14 and John 13:1-17. His message is Entitled : Jesus – the Footwasher ~ for those of you who like to follow the scriptures.   

Steve has been in the ministry for 50 years and is retired from Grace Missionary Church in Celina. He delivers a powerful message from the Bible.

Please call Becky Jo Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well, run by Karen Ousley.

We are an INDEPENENT church following the Bible – please consider joining us one or twice, at least, to see for yourself how we worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
December 1-6, 2021
 

 
 
 

Mercer County dog tags available at the Rockford Village Office during
regular business hours until January 31, 2022.

 

 
 
 A Community Christmas Concert is to be held at the Rockford Belle Community Church
      on Sunday -  December 19th at 3 pm
 
 

Our Old Bookcase, sent Dec. 2, 2021, Prohibition, for Dec. 9, 2021

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

 

Photo Caption:  Drinking alcohol always provided humor for cartoonists!  Prohibition can be identified as intemperance, indulgence, debauchery, drinking bout, intoxication, libations, drunkenness, insobriety, bacchanalia, or boozing.

 

December 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States of America, with the 21st Amendment, repealing of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

Prohibition began with the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, by declaring the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquor illegal,  on January 16, 1920.

 

Prohibition began without any planning by those against the use of liquor.  A Minnesota Representative tried to introduce legislation which would replace bartenders with bootleggers.  At the time of the “Roaring Twenties,” those who were recommending temperance found their voice.  The bootleggers and their peers had a hay day by way of ignoring their opposition.  During Prohibition, newspapers stated that more than a million gallons of alcohol were prescribed for “medicinal purposes.”

 

Mercer County had its own prohibition stories. Mescher’s Stoop at Maria Stein advertised Wood Shoe Beer.  In 1903, the Star Brewing Company was organized.  After the 18th Amendment, their name was changed to the Star Beverage Company.  In St. Henry, the restaurant adjacent to the Railroad Depot, advertised “Whiskey Sandwiches.”  While I was writing the book about Mercer County’s Big Old Barns, the farmers told stories about “cookin,” grain on the floor of the barn.  In Liberty Township, a man called me that he had found a hidden room in his house, with an entry from the basement through the floor.  The house was probably built around the 1920’s, during Prohibition times.  The hidden room provided a space for storing the liquor bottles.

 

The October 3, 1900 “Mercer County Bote reported that 16 counties in Ohio went dry as a result of the elections under the Rose Law, and that 287 saloons were put out of business.  Newspapers reported frequent arrests for bootlegging and hundreds of quarts of “booze” were said to be sold in Celina each week.

 

Carrie Nation was the most famous female Prohibitionist.  She broke up saloons with her hatchet.  Over 300 women from 16 states established the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union on November 18, 1874.  The W.C.T.U. existed here in Mercer County.  In spite of Prohibition’s ending, some Townships continued to be “dry.”  Carrie Nation passed away in 1911, and never saw the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. 

 

On December 29, 2005 “Our Old Bookcase,” I wrote more details about local bootlegging during Prohibition.   The stories which have been told to me, have always given me a smile.  Everyone who tells  about Brewing Bathtub Gin, Cookin’ Corn Liquor, Running Booze, Dry Dicks, and Hooch Hounds never fail to make me laugh.  If I were to write a book about Prohibition in Mercer County, I would want to identify the story tellers.   That is not going to happen!

 

Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry Road, Saint Henry, Ohio 45883.  histalig@bright.net  or 419-852-0092 or 419-763-5682. 

 

 

 
 

Van Wert Giving Tuesday Big Success

#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, was celebrated recently across the globe and throughout the local community. The Van Wert County Foundation commemorated the day by matching donations made to endowed community organization funds. The funds were established by community non-profit organizations so they may operate in perpetuity. 

The Van Wert County Foundation celebrated giving by matching donations (up to $10,000 per fund) made to VWCF Charitable Organization Endowment Funds on #GivingTuesday. Individuals and businesses donated to one or multiple VWCF Charitable Organization Endowment Funds, essentially doubling the gift with the match. Those who gave to The Van Wert County Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative donated online and brought donations to the office.

The initiative was a success with a total preliminary endowed amount of $186,675.92  including the  VWCF match.

 

Plans for #GivingTuesday 2022 (November 29, 2022) are already in the works.

 

Charitable Organization 

Community Funds Raised for Endowment

VWCF Match

Total to Endowed Fund

Crestview Heritage Board Endowment Fund

$10,000.00

$10,000.00

$20,000.00

Lifewise Academy Endowment Fund

$17,680.00

$10,000.00

$27,680.00

Friends of 4H Fund

$6,925.00

$6,925.00

$13,850.00

NPAC Permanent Endowment Fund 

$2,650.00

$2,650.00

$5,300.00

PLC Health Clinic Endowment Fund 

$12,575.00

$10,000.00

$22,575.00

Van Wert Civic Theatre Endowment Fund

$5,635.00

$5,635.00

$11,270.00

Van Wert Co. Council on Aging

Endowment Fund 

$12,585.92

$10,000.00

$22.585.92

Van Wert Co. Fairgrounds Endowment Fund

$10,000.00

$10,000.00

$20,000.00

Van Wert Co. Historical Society

Endowment Fund 

$12,625.00

$10,000.00

$22,625.00

Wassenberg Art Association Endowment Fund

$455.00

$455.00

$910.00

Wee Care Learning Center Trust

$9,940.00

$9,940.00

$19,880.00

Grand Totals

$101,070.92

$85,605.00

$186,675.92

 

 

 

 
 

 
November 16-30, 2021
 

 
 

Stateline Writer’s Club to meet
The Stateline Writers Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Mercer County District Library in Celina at 10 a.m. The writing topic is" "A Favorite Childhood Memory."

Angela Karen, computer technician for St. Marys Community Library, will be the guest speaker.

 
 
 
 

Come Hear Pastor Doug Meyer at St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford
St.
Paul’s Country Church, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH
welcomes retired Pastor Doug Meyer back to the pulpit on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

His message, entitled “Who Puts Us Together Again?” is based on the Gospel Lesson John 18:33-37 ~ for those of you who like to follow the scriptures.

Pastor Doug will also be having The Children’s Message during the service. His home baked cookies are usually involved with the lesson, and the children really look forward to this time with Doug. Junior Church will follow.

Doug delivers a powerful message for those thirsting for the word of God.

Please come and join us at 10 AM.

Please call Becky Shope 419-363-2227 for any questions regarding the worship services.

Visit the St. Paul’s UCC – Rockford Facebook Page for information as well.

 

Chatt Community Thanksgiving Service Planned

St. Paul’s Country Church of Rockford, at the corner of Oregon and Wabash Roads, west of Rockford, are hosting the Chatt Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 7 PM. Area Lutheran Pastor Adam Poe will be in the pulpit. A fellowship time of homemade cookies, coffee and water will follow. Everyone is invited!

 

 

VWHS THEATRE PERFORMS FALL PLAY

Van Wert High School Theatre Department invites the community to our fall play, Murder at Rundown Abbey by Craig Sodaro, that will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm. Students are looking forward to sharing this two act family friendly mystery-comedy set in the 1920s. Sam Splayed, an American private eye in London, is seeking a new case. He quickly finds himself at the Crumbledown ancestral home ready to solve a mysterious murder. Tensions are high and family members start to complicate matters. Will Sam solve the crime? Join us this Tuesday and Thursday to see who committed the crime and if Detective Splayed solved the case. Your support and ticket purchase will allow us to continue high quality productions! It’s our first live show back on the stage since November 2019. Murder at Rundown Abbey is produced with special arrangement by Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. Tickets ($6) will be available at the door.

 

 

 
Veterans Honored at Local Church
The members of St. Paul's Country Church of Rockford honored their Veterans on Sunday, November 14, 2021 with a meaningful service by Becky Shope, followed by a presentation of a gift of appreciation by Barb Baker. Left to right: Jerry Schaadt, Jerry Bollenbacher; Marvin Schaadt, Denny Laffin; Hugh Deitsch; and John Ousley. Unable to attend, but honored were: Duane Linn and Gus Bollenbacher.
 
 
 
 
 

 
November 11-15, 2021
 

 
 

HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY

 

Please join the Rockford Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Robert Reed Shaffer as the 2021 Rockford Citizen of the Year!

(Reed is shown above on the right in his American Legion Uniform)


The Rockford Chamber Citizen of the year is given to a person who shows a dedicated interest in the community through
participation and leadership. This person gives unselfishly of his or her time as a volunteer to improve the quality of life in
Rockford. Without a doubt Reed Shaffer is a fine example for the citizens of Rockford.

Robert Reed Shaffer is a 1966 Parkway High School graduate.
He has been married to Nancy Feasel Shaffer since November 1971.
That is an impressive Fifty years!
He is a devoted family man and loving grandfather.

He is a retired Celina Reynolds & Reynolds employee of 38 ½ years.
Reed served in the U. S. Army Reserves 1970 - 1976, his rank was Specialist 5.
He participates in flag presentations every fall at PHS Football games and in Veteran’s Day services at the local nursing
home.
Reed was instrumental in the planning and organizing of the beautiful Rockford Veteran Memorial at Hedges Park & the
Dedication Service of the Rockford Veteran Memorial with the impressive United States Air Force jet flyover.
He arranged for our older veterans to ride a wagon in the 2021 Memorial Day Parade.
Reed you are a husband, father, grandfather, and solid community member.

Congratulations, Reed, and thank you for your contributions and leadership to our community and village. The Veteran’s
Memorial will be something that all Rockford residence will take pride in for years to come.

 

 
 
 
 

Mercer County Civic Foundation Honors Grant Recipients
The Mercer County Civic Foundation hosted a breakfast earlier this month for its 2021 grant recipients. Among its beneficiaries were Program Coordinators for Our Home Family Resource Center‘s Direct Services Program, RAFT Supervised Visitation Program, and Family Crisis Network Program. The Civic Foundation makes grants annually to local non-profit organizations, with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Mercer County.  

“We sincerely appreciate the Foundation’s investment into this county through our programs” stated Our Home’s marketing/development coordinator Deb Simon-Heinfeld. “These grants provide important support for three programs that, together, impact the lives of thousands of Mercer County residents, helping them to survive domestic violence and sexual assault, rebuild parent-child relationships, and overcome financial emergencies and food insecurity” she explained.

Our Home’s Family Crisis Network provides unique, essential services for community members affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Through advocacy, education, and counseling victims develop the strength and courage they need to believe that they have the right to be safe and to see that there is a way out of their violent situation. These victims are transformed into independent, self-sufficient survivors ready to stand up for themselves and their children. 

The RAFT Visitation Center at Our Home is the only non-governmental program of its kind in Mercer and its adjacent counties. Issues such as divorce, separation, paternity rights, addiction, and domestic violence make supervised visitation essential for both the safety of the chi