NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 3, 2011

FORT RECOVERY HISTORICAL MUSEUM NEWSLETTER

Just talked this evening to Steve Ross who is the Atlatl Thrower who will be here on Sunday at the Family Fun Fest to demonstrate his art. He not only will demonstrate, he will show how the atlatl can be home-made from a limb and stone. Now if you have boys (and girls) in your family like my 7 grandsons, you know how they love to fashion spears from limbs they find in the yard or the woods. Here is a chance for them to learn how to make one for real! Steve's whole purpose is to help families have fun with this native art. I have not seen Steve work before, so I am anxious to meet him and to have my grandsons learn from him! He will also be giving classes at the Mercer County Sportsmen's Club, so after seening what he does here on Sunday, you and your kids/grandkids may just want to learn even more through these free classes.
There will be something for everyone on Sunday.
Pray for sunshine and no wind! :-)
 
Fort Recovery State Museum
Newsletter, October 2011
 
Sunday, October 2 12:00-4:00 - Third Annual Archaeology Family Fun Fest
 
DO- Lots of things – Mock Dig, Hieroglyphics Cave, hand pump lithic drill, clay cord making, touch and feel artifacts, face painting, feather hair braiding, S’Mores Making, atlatl throw
 
Watch – Flintknapper Chris Miller make authentic arrowheads! Steve Ross make and throw Atlatls! Chris Ewry spin yarn! Mike Ewry make/brew soap! Pat Eischen Meier recount her days living in this/HER Eischen log home! Jack Hemmelgarn demonstrate old tools in tool cabin!
 
Hear
1:00 – Ken Soward – History Teacher/Artifact Collector/Presenter “Greenville Treaty Line-Fort Loramie”
 
2:00 – Bill Pickard – OHS Archaeologist/Writer/Presenter – “Ohio Mounds & Earthworks – The Last 200 Years”

LISA KLENKE RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY

Lisa Klenke, Vice President of Patient Services at Mercer Health, recently received national recognition for her service on the Ohio State Board of Nursing. Information and a photo are attached.

United Way of Auglaize County Announces Pacesetter Results

The United Way of Auglaize County’s first Pacesetter Campaign wrapped up Friday as Grand Lake Health Systems at Joint Township District Hospital celebrated the conclusion of another successful campaign.

Grand Lake Health Systems Director of Planning, Marketing and Compliance Martin Dodrill as well as Community Outreach Coordinator and United Way Campaign Chairperson Cindy Gaerke presented a check for $20,103.50 to the Executive Director of The United Way of Auglaize County Randy Fisher. (see attached picture)

Grand Lake Health Systems was once of two Pacesetter Campaigns who’s results will be announced along with the 2011 United Way of Auglaize County Campaign Goal at The 2011 Campaign Kickoff Dinner at Easy Campground on October 2, 2011.

The United Way of Auglaize County would like to thank Grand Lake Health Systems for conducting what is one of the most crucial work place campaigns we have. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Cindy Gaerke and her steering committee made of Michelle Emerine, Jane Weigel, Sarah Katterheinrich, Amy Schlenker and Ammy Snyder for their extraordinary effort that makes this campaign so successful.

The United Way of Auglaize County positively impacts our community by focusing on the building blocks to a better life: Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are a local organization serving local needs. For more information or to make a donation please contact our office at 419-739-7717 or visit our website at www.auglaizeunitedway.org.

Regards,

Rand Fisher
Executive Director

 

Faber Touts Significant Progress at Grand Lake St. Marys

State-sponsored summer treatment produces encouraging results

 

 

COLUMBUS – State Senator Keith Faber (R – Celina) today commented on news that a recent alum treatment at Grand Lake St. Marys succeeded in cutting the intensity of harmful algal blooms and reducing phosphorous levels throughout the lake.

 

“Seemingly everybody in our community holds cherished memories of time spent on or near Grand Lake St. Marys,” Faber said. “For decades, the lake has served a central purpose to our area and that is why I advocated so strongly for the funding needed for this treatment process. Though this may prove to be a short term fix, efforts like this helped in maintaining the economic viability of our region this summer.”

 

A recent report by Tetra Tech, Inc., a consultant of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, found phosphorous levels at Grand Lake St. Marys’ center to have been reduced by 56 percent and by 20-30 percent throughout the entire lake. In addition, the recent measure contributed to an overall improvement in water quality.

 

For years, conditions at the lake have been of growing concern and several state agencies recently embarked on a joint effort to remedy the site. Grand Lake St. Marys was one of the first places visited by Governor John Kasich upon taking office earlier this year.

 

“I applaud Governor Kasich and his administration for taking an aggressive approach in tackling a very real concern facing our region. Our work will not conclude until Grand Lake St. Marys is restored to the beauty and quality that we all remember from years passed. I will continue to work with local leaders to formulate and fund long term solutions to Grand Lake issues.”

 

Pumpkin People attract hundreds of voters

(New Bremen)

With creativity and participation at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that hundreds of votes were cast in the New Bremen Pumpkin People contest again this year. Over 20 businesses participated in the annual contest put on by the New Bremen Community improvement Corporation and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce.

“We continue to see lots of traffic in town as people visit the businesses where the Pumpkin People are hanging out,” said chamber director Scott Frey. “This is a fun way to showcase our local businesses and get ready for Pumpkinfest.” The Chamber of Commerce provided the prizes to support the contest, including a $100 discount on chamber membership for the winning business.

The top ten vote getting Pumpkin People are: 10- “Yankee Doodle” (New Bremen Massage Clinic); 9- “Johnny Cash” (First National Bank of New Bremen); 8- “Russell” (Platinum Auto Group); 7- “Tinseled Truvy” (Hair Performers); 6- “Up, Up and Away” (Miller Insurance Agency); 5- “Pizza Pumpkin Pete” (Pizza Hut); 4- “The Eye Doc” (New Bremen Eye Care, LLC); 3- “Penny Bea Savin’” (Minster Bank); 2- “The Coroner Café” (Bolly’s Restaurant); 1- “Y Not Join” (The Auglaize-Mercer Family YMCA).

The New Bremen CIC and Southwestern Auglaize County would like to thank the participating businesses and all of the voters. Three random votes were drawn and the voters will be awarded chamber gift certificates for participating.

 

SOILS JUDGING CONTEST

 

Approximately 170 high school students from Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, Marion Local, Parkway, and St. Henry High Schools recently participated in the county’s 9th annual soils judging contest sponsored by the Mercer Soil & Water Conservation District. Students judged soils for either urban or rural purposes and took a corresponding written exam. This year’s contest was held county owned ground in Jefferson Township.

Congratulations to Kurt Fortkamp from Ft. Recovery who won the urban portion of the contest and to Isaac Sudhoff from Coldwater who won the rural contest. Both of these students will be recognized at the SWCD annual meeting scheduled for November 15, 2011at 7:00 pm at the Coldwater American Legion Hall. Mercer County students will go on to compete in their District FFA Land Judging events.

 

Pheasants Forever to hold Veteran’s Pheasant Hunt

Darke & Mercer County Pheasants Forever chapters will be hosting the very first veteran’s pheasant hunt on Sunday, October 23rd. This will be an excellent event for veteran’s to enjoy a pheasant hunt, outdoor demonstrations, clay bird shooting, and other outdoor activities.

The purpose of the Veteran’s Pheasant Hunt is to give military veterans the opportunity to enjoy a guided pheasant hunt and to understand Pheasants Forever’s mission to promote wildlife habitat conservation, hunting/trapping, and other outdoor activities. This hunt is Pheasants Forever’s way of thanking all veteran’s for their service to our country.

The hunt will be held at Deer Run - Rob and Anne Klamar’s property, which is located at 5252 Stoker Rd. (about 2 miles southeast of Newport), Shelby County. There are 60 spots available with preference given to handicapped veterans.

All hunters will need to have valid Ohio hunting license the day of the hunt. Hunting licenses will not be sold at the hunt. The hunt is for veterans; however, other family members and friends can attend to participate in other outdoor activities.

Interested applicants must register by October 16th. Registration packets can be picked up at Ace Hardware in Greenville during business hours. This application packet can also be printed from the Darke County Pheasants Forever website

http://darke.pheasantsforever.org/ A set of instructions are included in registration packet.

 

Parkway FFA Chapter Attends Hardin Northern Soil Judging Contest

 

On September 23, the parkway FFA chapter sent multiple Rural and Urban soil judging teams to Hardin Northern Invitational. Parkway sent 5 rural soil judging teams this year. Rural soil team 2 placed 1st, followed by Rural soil team 1. Individually, four students, who judged rural soils, placed in the top ten. Jared Rollins placed 4th, John Rollins placed 6th, Bryce Bedwell placed 8th, and Nick Hoehammer placed 9th out of 294 students.

As for the Urban teams, Parkway sent 2 Urban soil judging teams. Urban soils team 1 placed 2nd, while Urban soils team 2 placed 11th. Individually, Parkway had three students place in the top ten. Seth Houts placed 4th, Rachel King placed 7th, and Caden Hellwarth placed 10th out of 108.

 

BEAVER CHAPEL TO HOLD PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 

Beaver Chapel will hold a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast fundraised on Saturday, October 8

from 7-11 a.m. at the Mercer County Farigrounds Community Center.  The cost of the all you

can eat meal of pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice is $5 ($3 for children ages 5-10).

The proceeds will be used for Youth Group activitie throughout the year.  For more information

call 419-586-5053

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

ZEHRINGER SIGNS LIVESTOCK CARE STANDARDS

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

FORT RECOVERY, OHIO

JIM ZEHRINGER, DIRECTOR OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AG

JIM SIGNS CARE STANDARDS INTO LAW

STANDARDS BOARD LOOKS ON

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

 

FLU SHOTS

Mercer County/Celina City Health Department will hold a Drive Thur Flu Clinic at the Mercer County Fair Grounds Tuesday, October 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 18 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring driver’s license, medicare/Medicaid and all other insurance cards.

Flu shots $10.50 for 6 months-18 years; $25 for 19 years and older; flu mist, $10.50 for 2-18 years; flu mist, $30 for 19-49 years.

EAGLE LADY TO SPEAK

 

Eagle Lady Jill Bowers will speak at the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Service Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the OSU campus. It’s the first building to your left. The program is free and open to the public. Topic will be “Back from the Brink: Bald Eagles Soar over Mercer County.”

Jill Bowers, the Eagle Lady, who is from St. Marys monitors these magnificent birds as a volunteer for the Division of Wildlife. The volunteer season begins in late Januaryand continues through early July or until the eagles have fledged. The nests are viewed from a distance of a quarter of a mile utilizing binocularsand a spoting scope. Reports are compiled and forwarded to Crane Creek Research Station in Oak Harbor. Her illustrated talk will focue on the history of the Bald Eagle as observed by Jill. She will have some great stories to share.

FIELD TRIP TO VAN WERT RECYCLINING CENTER

The Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will take a field trip on Saturday, October 15 to the Van Wert Recycling Center located on the NW corner of US 30 and SR 127. George Brake, Director of the Center will be the guide. Every recycling center is different. This center accepts a broad range of materials in two streams, wood fiber stream and co-mingled stream. The center operates a free-book exchange, accepts all plastic containers numbers 1 though 7, empty aerosol cans, even plastic furniture.

A car pool will leave at 9 a.m. from the Eastgate Parking lot behind Wendy’s on SR 309. Wear old clothes. If you plan to join us or prefer to meet the group there, ccontact Eric Broughton at 419-999-1987 or brought@who.it.com An attendance count is requested to facilitate participation.

St Teresa Catholic Church

Chili, crafts

‘N More

Chili supper and Craft Fair

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

Craft Show 2-7pm

Chili Supper 3-7:30pm

Event will be located @

Rockford Community Building, Shane’s Park, Rockford, Ohio

Menu includes: Chili, Vegetable Soup and Sandwiches

Dine In or Carry Out,

Drive thru available

Free will donation

Proceeds benefit the Angel Tree Project & the Parkway Ministerial Association & 75th Anniversary Celebration

Raffle Drawing will also be held and the proceeds will benefit Religious Education Fund

Southwestern Auglaize County 22 South Water St. New Bremen, OH 45869

Chamber of Commerce 419-629-0313 info@auglaize.org

PRESS RELEASE

September 19, 2011

New Bremen Seniors hold anniversary meeting

(New Bremen)

The New Bremen Senior Citizens will host their anniversary and membership meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, starting at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at the center at 700 E. Monroe St., New Bremen. All members and anyone interested is joining is invited to attend.

This will be a covered dish dinner with members bringing their favorite dish. Chicken will be provided by the organization. Entertainment by "The Brian Brenner Show" will follow the meal. Drawing for an attendance prize and bingo will conclude the evening. Susan Wolters will accept the annual dues of $10 at the meeting.

A reminder to all card players: the Dessert Card Party will be held on October 20, 2011, starting at 7:00 pm. Call Yolanda Schmiesing at 419-629-2029 to reserve your table for your group.

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS EXPO

 

Thursday, October 13th will find the Galleria in Celina buzzing with area businesses sharing ideas, networking and meeting new prospects. This year’s 2nd Annual Expo includes sponsorship from Chambers of Commerce in St. Marys, Southwestern Auglaize County, Celina-Mercer County, Ft. Recovery and St. Henry. This joint effort provides opportunities for greater reach to area businesses and markets. Chamber member businesses may exhibit for free and others may exhibit for a fee.

You’ll Get….

o B2B Speed Networking

o Panel Discussion on Social Media in the Workplace

o Panel Discussion on Connecting our Workforce with Education & Manufacturing

o Guest Speaker, Robin Elston

o plenty of face time to meet new prospects

But wait – there’s more!

Morning sessions are for registered exhibitors and will provide time to network with, and learn about, other vendors. Our “Social Media in the Workplace” panel discussion will cover concerns regarding establishing corporate policies and best practices. Do you allow social media use on company time? In what capacity? What security risks must be considered? How do you educate staff and enforce policies?

Doors are open to the general business community from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, and gives vendors time to shine. Share your story and how you can help serve the needs of area businesses.

Our second panel discussion “Let’s Get Working” will cover connecting our workforce with the education and manufacturing sectors. The timely topic provides insight for all.

We’ll cap the day off with a keynote from Robin Elston, President and Founder of Elston Consulting. Robin will guide us in “How to Stay Positive When the Economy Isn’t”.

This Year’s Expo Provides

o Convenient & affordable way to showcase your business

o Generate leads more effectively than cold calling

o Support your local business community

o See a return on your investment

o Area prospects are waiting for you

 

For more information or to register as a vendor, call the Celina Mercer County Chamber
of Commerce at 419 586-2219.

 

2011 United Way of Auglaize County Campaign Kickoff Dinner


When:
October 6, 2011
Where:

Easy Campground Banquette Hall

14338 Townline Kossuth Road
St. Marys, OH 45885

Details:

Join us as we celebrate last year's success, announce the results of two Pace Setter Campaigns and debut The 2011 United Way of Auglaize County Campaign Video. We will also be presenting awards to the companies with the most successful campaigns in each industry. The cost for the evening is $10.00 per person which covers the cost to The United Way for dinner. Doors will open at 6:00; dinner will be served at 6:30.

 

Midwest Electric hires Terri Gerlach as human resource coordinator

 

Terri Gerlach has been named human resource coordinator at Midwest Electric. Gerlach, of Sidney, will administer all human resource functions, including: maintain personnel, medical, employment, benefits and other records; act as the cooperative’s privacy officer relative to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); administer the cooperative’s wage and salary plan as well as benefits programs; administer workers’ compensation issues; administer the cooperative’s drug and alcohol testing program; coordinate the record retention program; and maintain compliance with various state and federal employment agencies.

Gerlach achieved certification in human resource management through Edison State College in Piqua. She has 20 years of human resource experience, including positions with Hartzell Industries, of Piqua, and Gates Formed Fibre, of Sidney.

Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the customer-owned electric cooperative for 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in rural west central Ohio.

 

 

THUR SEPT 1 AG BREAKFAST, 7:30 A.M.; COMMISSIONERS, 9 A.M.

FRI SEPT 2 DARE BOOSTERS MEETING, 7:30 a.m.

MON SEPT 5 LABOR DAY; DURBIN BEAN BAKE

TUE SEPT 6 MERCER COUNTY FAIR BOARD, 7:30 P.M; COMMISSIONERS, 9 A.M.; 9/11 PLANNING MEETING 6:30 P.M. AT TENT ON LAKESHORE DRIVE

WED. SEPT 7 AG AND INDUSTRIAL BOARD MEETING, 3 P.M.; KIWANIS 12 NOON

THUR SEPT 8 COMMISSIONERS MEETING, 9 A.M.; ROCKFORD CHAMBER, 7:30 A.M.; COLT 9 A.M.

FRI SAT SUN SEPT 9,10,,11 ANNUAL CIVIL WAR, AMBASSADOR PARK; FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AT FAIRGROUNDS

SUN SEPT 11 9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICE, LAKE SHORE PARK, 1:30 P.M.

MON SEPT 12 MERCER DADS MEETING 9A.M. COURTHOUSE AUDITORIUM; COLDWATER COUNCIL 7 P.M.

TUE SEPT 13 COMMISSIONERS, 9 A.M.; COLDWATER BOE, 6:30 P.M.; FORT RECOVERY BOE, 7:30 P.M.

WED SEPT 14 KIWANIS 12 NOON

THUR SEPT 15 COMMISSIONERS 9 A.M.

SAT SEP 17 WINGFEST AT FAIRGROUNDS

SUN SEPT 18 COLDWATER BUSINESS EXPO AT SCHOOL

MON SEPT 19 LIONS 7 P.M.; ST. HENRY BOE 7 P.M.

TUE SEPT 20 COMMISSIONERS 9 A.M.

WED SEPT 21 KIWANIS 12 NOON

THUR SEPT 22 COMMISSIONERS 9 A.M.

MON SEPT 26 COLDWATER COUNCIL, 7 P.M.

TUE SEPT 27 COMMISSIONERS 9 A.M.

WED SEPT 28 KIWANIS 12 NOON, INDUCTIONS OF NEW OFFICERS

THUR SEPT 29 COMMISSIONERS 9 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAWRENCE TOLER, JULY 31, 1879-FEBRUARY 27, 1931

 

JIM ZEHRINGER NAMED DIRECTOR

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

(editorial) Congratulations to Representative Jim Zehringer who was officially named the next Ohio Director of Agriculture Tuesday, November 16 at the Lake Campus in Celina. Representative Zehringer said he was completely surprised when Governon-elect John Kasich called him last Thursday evening and asked him to consider the position.

Mr. Zehringer said he talked to his family and some close friends and prayed about it and then decided it would be a good move for him and for the state of Ohio. Other leaders across the state thought it was a wise choice with Jim’s background as as farmer and small business man and legislative experience.

All the particulars about him have been shared across the state and his role as a politician are there, too, as some are questioning his acceptance of the director of a department he was in favor of combining with other departments as governor-elect has indicated his desire to combine departments.

Back home, here in Mercer County the Grand Lake St Marys problems and Mr. Zehringer’s public reaction with his harsh words of admonishment were not only heard here, but across the state and by then governor-candidate John Kasich, who said at the press conference on Tuesday, he was impressed by Jim Zehringer during the campaign when he stopped in the area

A lot of credit goes to Mr. Kasich who in his second appointment has indeed selected a good man. In the press conference Mr Kasich stressed the importance of agriculture and Grand Lake St. Marys, saying, “when Mercer County is hurting, so is Youngstown;and when Youngstown is hurting, so is Mercer County. The State is all one team.”

Many of us locally have had the pleasure of getting to know Jim well and we wish him the best in his new position as Director of Ohio Agriculture. He’s the first to tell you he needs all the support he can get. He is about to take on awesome responsibility, but he has been preparing for this “wonderful venture” all his life. Good luck, Jim.

 

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NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 1, 2010

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.

· Many of the township and county road pavements are one-lane or narrower. Never attempt to pass from behind in these circumstances.

· When approaching a snowplow coming toward you on a typical two-lane road, give some room to those large trucks and pull over as far as you safely can. The tip of the blade usually is at or around the centerline of the pavement.

· Be vigilant at intersections and provide plenty of room. Plows may have to clear the edges of the radius of the intersection of snow and ice, which require many forward and reverse operations at the intersection area.

· Keep track of the road conditions and advisories issued by the local media.

 

MAILBOXES RPLACEMENT

 

Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing the policy covering replacement and repair of mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow.

Mailboxes and posts damaged by snow and ice thrown from plow blades will not be repaired by the Engineer’s office. Boxes and posts damaged by contact from a plow blade or truck will be replaced by the Engineer’s office, using light-weight standard steel mailboxes and 4-by-4-inch wooden posts.

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 29, 2010

September, October, November 2010

 

Chandler Swanson Named New Ohio DECA Parliamentarian

CHANDLER SWANSON

Heidi Lisi, advisor for St. Marys High School chapter of DECA, reported that she and members Chandler Swanson and Rachel Bubp attended the Ohio DECA Fall Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 16th. The trio attended the conference so Swanson and Bubp could compete for state officer positions, which is an important part of the conference.

Swanson competed against 48 other district qualifiers from across Ohio in the Parliamentary Law Event. This event involved completing a test on parliamentary procedures and DECA facts. Competitors were also judged on a self-introduction and an interview with a panel of judges. Swanson scored the highest in his event and received first place and subsequently became the new Ohio DECA Parliamentarian.

“Chandler is the very first DECA State Officer that St. Marys has ever had. I am very proud of the hard work that he has done to get to this point and wanted to share this exciting news with you!” explained Lisi.

The state officer selection is a huge honor for any DECA member and will create numerous opportunities and responsibilities for Swanson including making decisions for Ohio DECA, assisting at conferences and of course, making sure that state meetings are run according to proper parliamentary procedure.

 

“BIG THANKS” to Our Business Partners

We would like to express our gratitude to area businesses that have greatly contributed to our Tri Star programs.

KERNS FORD

COLDWATER MACHINcE COMPANY

TRUE EDGE

HOMESTRETCH SPORTSWEAR

The Automotive Technology program would like to thank KERNS FORD, especially Service Manager Butch Cox and Lee Pieruccini (Service Dept.). Auto Tech instructor Jim Dorsten said, “ Butch and Lee were always very accommodating to my students Craig Lefeld and Dillan Schulze as they prepared for their Ford AAA competition. They let the students become familiar with the car model that was used in the competition. Lee helped answer questions and let Craig and Dillan talk to service line techs about service and repair procedures. We are very fortunate to have such terrific support from Kerns Ford.”

The Precision Machining program would like to thank the COLDWATER MACHINcE COMPANY and owner Jerry Myers and staff for their donation of some end mills and steel worth over $3000. Instructor Rob Menker also thanked TRUE EDGE in St. Henry for sharpening the end mill and engraving tools used in the program over the last the last ten years.

The Graphic Communications program would like to thank Donna Hess and the staff from HOMESTRETCH SPORTSWEAR in St. Henry for, once again, allowing the graphics classes the opportunity to spend a day using the screen printing equipment printing t-shirts and learning about operating a business.

 

BETHLEHEM STABLE

On Friday, December 3, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, 1 to 4 p.m. there will be animals that would have been stabled n the little town of Bethlehem: camels,llamas, goats, sheep, donkeys and other animals.

Evberyone is welcome (haandicap accessible) at the old Fire Station. Visitors can take pictures, visit and perhaps pet some of the animals, reflecting on what it might have been like that Holy Night long ago.

We want to thank those who make this event possible: Jim and Mary Godwin, Don Barber, Linda Kramer, Penny and Greg Zizelman, and all behind the scenes helpers. Without this help, we could not have “Animals of the Nativity.” This is in addition to the Christmas Tree Festival at the historical town hall.

 

MENDON TOWN HALL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF TREES



The Village of Mendon and the Christmas Walk Committee will be hostingThe 12th Annual "Mendon Town Hall Christmas"Festival of Trees and Christmas Walkon Friday and Saturday December 3rd & 4th.  
We appreciate any publicity you can provide for our event,which is a wonderful experience for all ages.
A listing of activities follows.  
If you have any questions, or would like photos or more information, please contact us at 586-2301.
Thank You !  

Mary Jo Hellwarth  and  Carol Dick,  Committee Members  
______________________________________________________________________________ 

12th Annual  ?Mendon Town Hall Christmas ?/iFestival of Trees and Christmas Walk
Unless otherwise noted, the hours for the Festival are:6:00  to  9:00 P.M.  Friday, Dec. 3  and  1:00  to  5:30 P.M.  Saturday, Dec, 4
Admission is $1.00 per person at both the Town Hall and Motorcycle MuseumChildren 12 & under FREE, when accompanied by an Adult.( Includes Complimentary Refreshments at the Town Hall )
In 1979, the Mendon Union Town Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Built in 1903, this outstanding building features an upstairs theater complete with the original sloping floor, wooden theater seating, balcony, stage with its old back-drop curtain and dressing rooms.   
Friday & Saturday :
On display at the Town Hall will be over 80 Christmas Trees, decorated in various themes, that have been designed by individuals, organizations and businesses from around the area. 
Nativity Display at Mendon First Church of God
Jim? Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum will havemany vintage motorcycles and memorabilia on display
Live Animals of the Nativity at Bethlehem Stable ( the old Fire Station )  ( Fri. 6:00-9:00, Sat. 1:00- 4:00 )
On Saturday only :  
Quilt Show at Mendon United Methodist Church
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides  ( 2:30 - 5:00 )( Sponsored by Town & Country Specific Chiropractic and W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Homes )
Santa Claus will be in town to visit with the children at his House across from the Town Hall  ( 1:30 - 4:30 ) 

 

Santa House Hours in Celina

Santa arrived on Saturday, November 27 at his house on the Courthouse steps in downtown Celina after the Kiwanis Club Annual Reindog & Elf Parade. The Reindog & Elf Parade begins at 11:00am.

After Santa’s arrival, the Santa house hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. On Saturdays, Santa will be in his house from 12n to 2pm. Thursday, December 23rd will be the last evening that Santa Claus house will be open this year.

Last year over 900 children visited Santa in his house at the Courthouse. Thanks to these sponsors for their generous donations to the yearly expenses of the Santa house in Celina. They are the Celina American Legion, Celina Women of the Moose, Celina VFW, Celina Moose Lodge, Celina Eagles Lodge, Wabash Mutual Telephone, CAPT, Visions, Romer’s Catering, Mercer Savings Bank and Citizens National Bank.

The Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and its Retail Merchant Committee would like to thank John Dieringer of JD Construction along with Joe Wolfe and the employees of the city of Celina utilities department for their hard work and efforts in moving the house and arranging for electricity. We also appreciate the support of the Courthouse maintenance crew and the Mercer Co. Commissioners. Finally, a big thanks to the Chamber Trustees, Ambassadors and Brenda Robinson who helped decorate the house. Happy Holidays.

 

 

Market Beef Junior Fair Livestock Project Identification Clinic Announced

The identification clinic for all junior fair market beef project animals will be held Friday evening, December 3 from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday morning, December 4 from 9-11 a.m. at the farm of Roger and Jean Siegrist, 4802 Fleetfoot Road, Coldwater, Ohio 45828, 419-678-2106. All market beef animals must be noseprinted and ear tagged in order to be eligible for the 2011 Mercer County Junior Fair. Included are breed steers, crossbred steers, dairy steers and market heifers. These two times are the only times for identification of beef animals for the 2011 Mercer County Junior Fair or to identify any animals that you may be showing at the state fair level.

Classes have changed for the 2011 Junior Fair beef steer show. Exhibitors should refer to the information mailed to them from the Extension Office, refer to page 93 of the 2010 Fairbook or check out this information on the Extension Office web site at mercer.osu.edu. Each person may identify a maximum of 5 animals in each class (breed, crossbred, market heifer or dairy steer) and show 2 of these animals in each class at the fair. A family may declare a family market animal if each child enrolled in beef from that family already has at least one beef animal listed in their name. If this family market animal is shown at the fair, it must be declared on a junior fair entry form listed for that exhibitor. Completed entry forms are due at the beef skillathon held in July.

Questions may be directed to junior fair beef Superintendent Roger Siegrist at the above number or Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Barbara Phares at the Extension Office at 419-586-2179.

 

I.C. HOOP SHOOT WINNERS

Immaculate Conception School recently held its annual “Hoop Shoot” for students ages 8 – 13. Our school’s winners are: Girls, ages 8-9: Bree Knapke, ages 10-11: Caitlyn Klosterman, ages 12-13: Madison Ross and Boys, ages 8-9: Kevin Stoner, ages 10-11: Ben Homan, ages 12-13: John Stammen. Congratulations to our shooters! They will compete in the city Hoop Shoot on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. GOOOO Spartans!

Front row: Thomas Stoner, Bree Knapke. Back row: John Stammen, Ben Homan, Caitlyn Klosterman, and Madison Ross.

 

American Red Cross Mercer County Chapter and Pitney Bowes

Invite Public to Send a “Touch of Home” to Service Members, Veterans and Family Members this Holiday Season

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” to Deliver Greetings to U.S. Military Members and Veterans

Mercer County, November 22, 2010For a fourth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to send holiday greetings and a note of thanks to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Until December 10, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge. The Red Cross will utilize hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery to service men and women, veterans and family members in November and December.

“Sending a greeting card is a small effort that makes a big impact for our American heroes during the holiday season,” said Deb Hemmelgarn, Executive Director of the Mercer County Chapter. “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.”

Last year, with the help of Pitney Bowes, hundreds of volunteers screened, sorted and packaged cards that were delivered to military bases, veteran and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.

For the program this year, the Mercer County Chapter will be collecting and sorting cards on Saturday, December 11th. Please contact the office if you are interested in assisting with the Holiday Mail.

This year, because of the participation of local donors, the Mercer County Chapter will also be providing Holiday Gifts for Heroes to local military families. If you are interested in participating or assisting with this rewarding program or are a military member, military family, veteran or know of someone who would like to receive Holiday Mail for Heroes or Holiday Gift for Heroes, please contact the office. The cards and gifts will be sent to our local veterans and military servicepersons and their families. Anyone interested in assisting is asked to contact the Red Cross at 419-586-2201 for additional details 

All military members, military families and veterans are encouraged to contact the Red Cross by calling 419-586-2201 or by email at redcross@bright.net to periodically receive valuable information and resources available to them from the Red Cross and many other partner organizations. The Red Cross continues to meet the changing needs of service members, veterans and their families, as it has for more than 125 years.

“Few can truly understand the tremendous sacrifice that our military personnel and their families make every single day on the nation’s behalf,” said Vicki O’Meara, senior vice president and president of Pitney Bowes Management Services and government & regulatory affairs. “Now more than ever, it is important for all Americans to seize the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ We are thrilled to join with the American Red Cross to help make that happen.”

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 10. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

Visit redcross.org/holidaymail for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Additional ways to become involved with the campaign include connecting with fellow card senders through Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at www.twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.

Visit www.mercercountyredcross.org to learn more about the Mercer County Chapter Service to the Armed Forces.

 

The Rockford Belle to Offer Holiday Special on December 4
Olga Kipp
Eleesha Long

The holiday entertainment schedule at The Rockford Belle includes local talent Olga Kipp and Eleesha Long for December 4, 2010. Kipp is the featured singer for the evening with Long to open the show. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concert will begin at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend. The Belle is located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH. A free-will offering will be accepted.

More about Olga Kipp: Originally from the Convoy area, Olga started singing specials for the Lord in the little church she attended, after being saved there at a revival in December of 1980. Now 30 years later she is still singing and ministering with God’s Word, testifying of his love and mercy even when times are tough. Having lost her daughter to leukemia at 26 years old in July of 2009, she tells of her daughter’s strength, determination, and strong faith in a God who was her healer. This strong faith, that mother and daughter shared, gives her peace knowing where her daughter is, and the assurance of seeing her again. It is that assurance of eternal life with Christ that gives Olga the desire to use her voice to minister to other hurting hearts and to those seeking to find peace in a chaotic world through her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Olga has sung in churches, nursing homes, gospel sings, and at the Gospel Expo at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert where she attended for 20 years and was part of their worship team and helped lead praise and worship. She sang at the Rockford Belle earlier this year with Randy Long and she sang on WTLW Channel 44’s 2010 spring telethon. Living in Defiance since 2003, Olga enjoys being involved with the praise and worship band at Family Christian Center and loves any opportunity to use her voice, and message, to touch others for Christ. From Southern Gospel to contemporary Christian to classic hymns and songs, Olga loves to share the message of Christ’s love, redemption, and promise of glory and hopes to release a cd in the next year. Her business cards say Psalm 59:16 “But I will sing of your strength…I will sing of your love…”, and that is what she does. The rest of that verse is “you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Jesus Christ is that fortress that has been there for her in those times of trouble and she hopes to help others find that same refuge.

More about Eleesha Long: Eleesha Long is thrilled about the opportunity to share her God-given singing talent with others through her performance at the Rockford Belle.

Long, an 18 year old senior at Parkway High School, has an extensive musical background solidified by training that has spanned half of her life time. She is involved in choir and solo and ensemble contest, band, chamber choir, and drama club.  Her repertoire includes dance, vocal training and 5 years at ONU Music Camp where she won a National Choral Award last year and was honored as the best all-around jr. high female camper after her 9th grade year.

She lists her inspirations as her parents: Deborah and Scott Call, Kristen Chenowith, Idena Menzel, Beyonce Knowles and Lady Ga-Ga.

Her goals are to perform on Broadway, star in a sitcom, be in a blockbuster movie, win awards and become a good-will ambassador.

After graduation, Eleesha plans on attending college to major in music therapy.  She hopes to attend Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

Enjoy the holiday season with us at The Rockford Belle as we invite you to come out and enjoy performances by Olga Kipp and Eleesha Long. For more information contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.

 


I.C. Students Draw Pictures of Famous People

Immaculate Conception 6th graders read biographies and autobiographies
for a book report assignment in Reading. Each student drew a life-size
drawing of the person they read about. Pictured is Hailey Langenkamp
with her drawing of Sacajawea and Toby Drexler with his drawing of Harry Houdini

 

Parkway FBLA Students Participate in Conference

Parkway Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students participated in the National FBLA Fall Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on November 19 and 20. The conference was held at the Washington Hilton and the students had the opportunity to listen to nationally acclaimed speakers such as Alton Jamison, Mark Wiggins, Dana Lampert, and others. The workshops and fellowship were excellent for the future leaders, and helped them prepare for this year’s work in developing their local chapter, as well as the state chapter.

While in the District of Columbia, the students took an evening tour of the monuments and had the opportunity to see the National Christmas Tree being decorated. The students also had the opportunity to pass by many of the embassies and see some of the sites in the area.

The FBLA chapter would like to thank the American Legion Post 508 in Rockford for their help in sponsoring this trip. Their kind donation to the organization helped make this wonderful trip possible.

The students are now working to prepare for their State Leadership Conference in March.

Caption: Front Row: Laura Smith, Brandi Roehm, Tiffany Bienz, Olivia Houts. Back Row: Adviser, Kevin Browning

HOLIDAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

 

I'd like to invite you all to the annual Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business After Hours! The event will be held at the New Knoxville American Legion on Thursday December 9th from 5 until 7pm. This year's event is made possible by HA Dorsten in Minster, Westaff in St Marys and the Celina Daily Standard. Be sure to stop by and say thanks to each sponsor at their table during the evening!

Our event will feature a cash bar, and free appetizers catered by Perfect Party Catering. There will also be an opportunity to win a few dollars in our 50/50 drawing. Last year's winner took home a nice little jackpot! Anyone wishing to donate a door prize should contact the chamber office, we had a nice selection of give aways last year! The chamber will be donating some gift certificates, so this will be a great way to get some Christmas shopping done!

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can plan the food accordingly, see you all there!

 

Galaxy Leaders 4-H Club

Minutes for November 11, 2010

BY CAROL WESTGERDES

The November 11, 2010 meeting of the Galaxy Leaders 4-H club was called to order by Advisor Carol Westgerdes. Eight members answered roll call by saying what their favorite Thanksgiving food was. Four advisors were also present.

Sarah Brunswick led the Pledge of Allegiance and Brianna Wenning led the 4-H Pledge.

The secretary and treasurers reports were read and approved. Lauren Wenning made the motion to accept secretary and treasurer reports and Samantha Fritz second it. Motion passed. A motion to pay advisor Vickie Wenning for supplies from the Halloween Party was made by Brianna Wenning and second by Amber Freeman. Motion passed.

Under old business, we had the installation of officers for the 2011 year. Advisor Nancy Freeman read the reading for the candle lighting ceremony. New officers are President - Cody Freeman, Vice President -Brianna Wenning, Treasurer – Amber Freeman, Secretary – Lauren Wenning, and reporter – Carol Westgerdes. The Halloween party was a huge success. Thanks to the Wenning family for hosting the event.

Under new business, the November newsletter was read and explained. We will be having a $5.00 gift exchange at the December meeting. Honor member certificates were handed out to first year members: Lauren Wenning, Sarah Brunswick, Wyatt Fritz and Samantha Fritz. They received a 4-H patch. Third year honor members were Amber Freeman and Brianna Wenning. They received a mechanical pencil. The new Family Booklets were given to the Kremer and Melhouse Families. The club welcomed Amanda Melhouse to the club. The TSC Store is doing the 4-H clover sales again this year from November 5th - 14th. Please support this program.

Brianna Wenning gave a safety report on Holiday fireplace safety, a health report on smoking, and a demonstration on how to make a polar fleece scarf.

The meeting was adjourned by Lauren Wenning and second by Sarah Brunswick. Refreshments were served by the Wenning Family.

The Cloverbud activity was making thanksgiving purses.

The next meeting will be on December 9, 2010 at 7PM at the Coldwater Library meeting room. This will be our Christmas Party. Samantha Fritz will have reports. The club will provide pizza and drinks.

WASSENBERG ART CENTER RECEIVES DONATION

 

The Wassenberg Art Center of Van Wert recently received a sponsorship donation from the Wetzel Motorcycle Club to help support the art center's summer Art Camps for Children. From left, Seth Baker, Interim Director of the art center, accepts the donation from Danny McPhail, representing the Wetzel Motorcycle Club. For information on the Wassenberg Art Center and its programs and exhibits visit www.vanwert.com/wassenberg or call 419.238.6837 or toll free 1.888.238.3837.

 

JULIE MILLER TO SPEAK AT LECTURE EVENT

The final Chamber Lecture Series of 2010 is coming up on December 7th at 11:00 am in the upper meeting room of the Lockkeeper's House. Julie Miller, with the Wright State University Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center will be on hand to share all of the business-related programs, training courses and technology that are available at the BEC.

Julie will touch upon the WSU college courses available, Skills Trac, the WSU Lake Campus MBA program, and the "Starting Right" business start-up courses. Who might benefit from attending? Business owners, manufacturing managers, HR Professionals, future business college students, and entrepreneurs. The presentation is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling (or emailing) the chamber office if you would like to attend: (419) 629-0313.

 

AIHC Board of Director’s Meeting

Minutes – November 3, 2010

Meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by President Jerry Meyer. Other Board members in attendance were: Bob Bruns, Floyd Winner, Jack Schenking, Tom Knapke, Eric Thomas, Larry Stelzer, Mauri Cron, Jared Ebbing, Barb Kremer and Becky MacWhinney. Others present: Oliver Wendel, Sr. Regina Albers, Tom Hoyng, and Ivan Knapp.

1. Establish Agenda – Motion by Eric Thomas and a second by Floyd Winner to approve the agenda submitted by the president. Motion carried.

2. Minutes – Motion by Jack Schenking and second by Larry Stelzer to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2010, meeting. Motion carried.

3. Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer reported an expenditure of $91.14 (Verizon) and income of $100 (donation). Balance in checking account is $4179.98. $15,000 remains in the Civic Foundation account. Motion by Mauri Cron and second by Tom Knapke to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

4. Old Business

a. Education groups that might be of assistance

i. Wright State students and the AIHC

1. Tom Knapke will make a contact

2. Possible projects

a. Collect oral histories

b. Make videos

ii. Coldwater Schools’ potential assistance

1. Rich Seas has been contacted

5. Committee Reports

a. Facilities

i. Eric Thomas reported that a rep from the consulting firm was at the site checking blueprints Nov. 2. Brownfield says a report should be ready in several weeks.

ii. Bob Bruns noted that the consulting firm would like to have ground water test results from the village

iii. Quotes for Phase 1 renovations

1. Buildings 13 and 14 will be first to be considered

2. Restrooms will be a priority

iv. Bob Bruns has checked many blueprints and will make extra copies available to AIHC.

v. Becky MacWhinney noted that a contractor would like to have digitized prints to use to prepare a quote

b. Website – links have been updated

c. Business planning – this committee will want to have quotes from contractors to begin their process

d. Membership – Larry Stelzer will call a meeting in the coming weeks

e. Collections and Acquisitions

i. Blueprints are definitely valuable to our collection

ii. No new information on the Lavern Buening collection

iii. Donations

1. Discussed the New Idea Board Room Conference Table

2. Discussed K of C furniture

f. Fund Raising

i. Tom Knapke suggested that the Budget and Fund Raising Committees have a joint meeting

ii. Briefly discussed the potential of internet sales

iii. Noted that a Celina resident has a large stockpile of Mersman table parts

g. Budget Committee – needs quotation information from the facilities committee

6. Director’s Section

a. Interpretation Committee

i. Becky MacWhinney appointed Tom Knapke, Jerry Meyer, Jack Schenking, Barb Kremer, Floyd Winner, Jane Dippold, and herself (B.MacWhinney) to this committee

ii. Becky MacWhinney will schedule a visit to a resource person in Cincinnati for this committee

b. An individual who has a personal collection of historical materials about Mercer County and the area contacted AIHC about our interest in these materials. Both Becky and Jerry conveyed the interest of the AIHC in acquiring these materials.

c. Discussion took place of ways to proceed with committees to research local companies, events, and leaders.

7. Adjourn

a. Motion to adjourn by Floyd Winner; second by Mauri Cron. Motion carried.

The next meeting will be December 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

 

MCCA SCHOLARSHIPS

Any MCCA member with children graduating in 201l that are interested in scholarship information please contact Mary Siefring at 419-942-1755 for an appication by “December 15, 2010. Scholarshlps are awarded at the annual banquet

Any member with daughters ages 16-19 that are interested in applying for the Mercer County Queen of Beef, please contact Mary Siefring at 410-942-1755 by December 15, 2010 for an application.

CELINA MANOR FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Although we are busy building a better tomorrow in our $1.5 million renovations, we are eagerly preparing for the holidays. Once again, we would like to invite you and/or your organization to participate in our annual Festival of Lights event which provides a wonderful opportunity share the spirit of the holidays.

The construction enthusiasm has spilled over into our theme for this year…building a better tomorrow. You may choose to decorate your tree or4 wreath in a construction theme or choose a traditional holiday theme. Your tree or wreath will be displayed throughout the holiday season

Trees may be displayed between December 1 and 6 and will be judged during our Neighborhood Holiday parties with a winner announced at our Community Critstmas Party on December 24 at 2 p.m. We ask that displays be artificial. To enter, contact Mindy Kremer, Director of Customer Relations, 419-586-6645.

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER

MINSTER AND ST.HENRY ENRICHMENT CLASSES

NOVEMBER 22, 2010

STUDENT PERFORMERS

CRAIG HEMMELGARN JUGGLES BOWLING BOWL

OVER ROD MOORMAN

(MORE PICTURES OF A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER ON

PICTURES PAGE)

A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER

The Minster and St. Henry Elementary Enrichment classes presented “A Knight to Remember” on Monday evening, November 22 at the St. Henry High School Commons. There were over 100 parents, grandparents, and friends in attendance. Teachers of the classes are Joan Albers of St Henry and Lori Brunswick of Minster.

A special thanks to Royalty, Mr. Rod Moorman, Mrs. Sandy Stammen, Mrs. Leanne Keller, and Mrs. Julie Garke. Medieval cooks: Shirley Brunswick, Donna Hartke, Renee Albers, Julie Koesters, Sara Evers, and Marjorie Good.

Medieval decorators: St. Henry High School students, and Jordan Brunswick.

Medieval pages: Minster and St. Henry third and fourth grade students.

The program consisted of entertainment and food. Juggler Craig Muhlenkamp began the evening with a series of juggling acts of tennis balls, knives, hatchet, bowling ball, and chain saws and concluded with Craig riding out of the hall on a unicycle while juggling tennis balls at the same time. Superintendent Rod Moorman laid down on the floor while Craig juggled a bowling ball and hatchet over his head and body.

The order of entertainment was table manners, feast facts, instrumental musicians introduction, solo, dance, gymnastics, ballads, poems, story, magic tricks, jester sticks, juggling, strategy games, and instrumental soloists. The hall and tables were decorated with designs and plaques from the knights’ world.

Food courses included a wassail drink, cheeses-apples-grapes, sallat, treachers, fowl (chicken), vegetables, and dessert.

Scott Knapke, trumpeter welcome the knights to the hall. Students marched in the the Royalty performed the knighting ceremony followed by the entertainment and food.

Minster students participating: Jenny Trzaska, Nick Chalk, Colleen Jutte, Morgan Pohl, Morgan Koverman, Hailey Oldiges, Noah Poeppelman, Ben Stubbs, Lindsey Roetgerman, Amanda Winner, Erin Keller, Paige Philipps, Carter Pohl, Jared Huelsman, Jeremy Kaufman, Emma Schmiesing, Paige Thobe, Alli Fischer, Carlie Watkins, Aria Gibson.

St. Henry students participating: Olivia Clune, Lindsay Osterholt, Julie Holdheide, Nikki Keller, Mariana Niekamp, Riley Post, Ashley Ray, Makayla Hoying, Rachel Post, Ryan Luttmer, Jacob Broerman, Breanna Schulze, Tori Quinter, Renee Homan, Renee Lange, Lauren Stammen, Emma Muhlenkamp, Seth King, Connor Hemmelgarn, Sean Muhenkamp, Emily Geer, David Kunkler, Brandon Dues, Curtis Uhlenkamp, Kyle Naumann, Robyn Lefeld, Kaylee Niekamp.

PHEASANTS FOREVER SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The Chapter is offering 2 Scholarships again this year which will be presented at the banquet. The scholarships are being offered to high school seniors or a college freshman whose parent or legal guardians

are current members of Mercer County PF. Must be full time student in

a 2 or 4 year college. Student must complete a year of college in which the scholarship is received. To apply applicant must submit a 1 page essay on one of the following subjects – “How conservation has made our country a better place to live” or “How conservation has impacted their life”. Essays must be post marked no later than November 30 and mailed to Mark Lefeld – 4329 Lange Road St. Henry, Ohio 45883 Scholarship questions can be directed to Mark Lefeld at lefeldplbg@bright.net or (419) 678 - 2491

 

Mercer Savings Bank MAC Scholastic Bowl Scheduled For December 13

 

Ten Midwest Athletic Conference Schools will participate in the Twenty-Second Annual Mercer Savings Bank MAC Scholastic Bowl on December 13, 2010 from 4:00-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s High School in Delphos. The public is invited to attend. The tournament features a traveling trophy awarded to the MAC champions and cash awards, sponsored by Mercer Savings Bank.

MAC schools participating in the 2010 Scholastic Tournament are: Coldwater - Tom Giesige, coach; Delphos St. John’s – Michelle Kemper, coach; Ft. Recovery - Margie Dilworth, coach; Marion Local – Sue Bruns & Ashley Minnich, co-coaches; Minster - Pam Grew, coach; New Bremen – Michael Tulanko, coach; New Knoxville – Cory Canan, coach; Parkway – Anita Muhlenkamp & Ann Vian, co-coaches; St. Henry - Tom Marchal, coach; and Versailles - Margie Treon, coach.

The Mercer Savings Bank MAC Scholastic Tournament is coordinated by Ken Markward, Gifted Programs Supervisor for the Mercer County Schools, with Michelle Kemper of St. John’s High School serving as local host site coordinator for 2010.

 

FRIEND OF 4-H AWARD

 

At the annual 4-H Recognition Banquet held Thursday, November 18, Craig Muhlenkamp was named the 2010 Mercer County Friend of 4-H. During his 4-H career, he served as a member of our 4-H camp counselor staff and as a member of the 4-H Committee. He was a member of the Coldwater Explorers. He earned numerous awards for his strong leadership as a camp counselor and was named Mercer County Outstanding 4-H member in 2007. Based up his overall leadership, he was also named Junior Fair King in 2006.

His 4-H leadership did not end when he graduated from the 4-H Program. Always a person filled with energy and excitement for 4-H, Craig once again thought outside the box. He was the driving force to start a collegiate 4-H chapter at Wright State Lake Campus. This club has become a very active group at Wright State performing community service activities and providing tutoring to at risk elementary school students. The club has welcomed both 4-H alumni from several counties and has recruited young people into the group that were never in 4-H as youth members.

The Collegiate 4-H Club is always willing to help our county 4-H program when asked and also volunteers lots of creative ideas for programming. The club members have assisted in teaching classes and activities during 4-H camp, taught at Officers Training and at our 4-H Camp Counselor Retreat.

It has been Craig’s leadership that has created this club’s success. This group would not have started or certainly would not have been nearly as successful without the driving force of his leadership that was behind it.

Craig is a senior at Wright State Lake Campus majoring in secondary education and is the son of Peg Muhlenkamp and the late Ken Muhlenkamp.

Mercer County 4-H 2010 Outstanding 4-H Member

Kelsey Brockman of the Fort Pioneers was named 2010 Outstanding 4-H Member.

Over her 10 year 4-H career, she achieved Best in Class, State Fair or outstanding project ribbons on 23 of the 25 projects that she had taken. She also won the clock trophy at the state fair in 2007 for Lets Explore the Outdoors. She won numerous awards at the county and state level in the demonstration contest programs. She served on many committees in her local club, the Fort Pioneers.

On a county level, Kelsey was involved as a 4-H camp counselor and earned both the outstanding counselor in training award and the outstanding camp counselor award. In the interstate 4-H exchange program, she travelled and hosted during the exchanges to Wisconsin and to Montana.

Based upon her overall achievement in 4-H, Kelsey received the James Rhodes scholarship for $1500 presented that this year’s state fair.

Kelsey is one that can be counted upon to do what she says she is going to do. Kelsey is the daughter of Gary and Jan Brockman, a freshman at The Ohio State University and is a member of the ROTC Marines program at OSU.

                             

TYLER SIEFRING

 

Nominated by Philothea Hustlers 4-H club advisors, Tyler Siefring, was named an Outstanding 4-H Member for 2010. As member of the 4-H camp counselor staff, his crazy enthusiasm is very much enjoyed by the 4-H campers. It is obvious that he loves 4-H camp and works really hard to make certain that the campers are having fun. He has participated in the Junior Fair King contest, serving on the court and has taken several 4-H projects upon which he has earned multiple outstanding ribbon placing.

He has served on several club committees and also has worked as an officer in his 4-H club. His advisor wrote, “He has demonstrated responsibility, dependability and a great work ethic in his participation not only with the 4-H club but also in other school and community events. His personality reflects a positive attitude and caring purpose of his involvement.”

Tyler is the son of Ken and Karen Siefring and is a senior at Coldwater High School.

DIXIE HUCKE

 

Dixie Hucke, daughter of Dave and Deb Hucke and member of Hopewell 4-H club was recognized as an Outstanding 4-H Member for 2010. Dixie volunteers as a member of the Junior Fairboard, the Food, Fashion and Design Board and as a 4-H Camp Counselor. Dixie has served as an officer in her club and on many club committees. She has taken several. 4-H projects earning outstanding, best in class and multiple county trophies award. She was awarded the clock trophy at the Ohio State Fair in woodworking in 2010.She has participated in the interstate 4-H exchange program and serves on the 4-H Committee. She has attended several state conferences and trips representing Mercer County 4-H. Based upon her achievement in clothing, Dixie was selected and served on the State Fashion Board in 2008-09.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters First Match in Van Wert County Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer and Auglaize County has been making matches for over 20 years. In 2005, BBBS started to serve Van Wert County. We are pleased to announce that the first match that was made in Van Wert County has just celebrated its Five Year Anniversary.

Jerry Weir was matched with his Little Brother Erik Barber in the fall of 2005. Jerry was an employee at Elmco and Erik was in kindergarten. When they were first matched, Erik was very shy and didn’t say much. You can’t say that now about him. Much of this change is because of Erik’s Big Brother, Jerry. Through the years their relationship and friendship have grown stronger. Jerry has gotten to know Erik and his family, and Erik has gotten to know Jerry’s family. Jerry is married to his lovely wife Monie and Erik is the son of DeAnne Barber.

Recently, Erik told us that he thinks Jerry is funny. When talking with Jerry, he told us that he thinks Erik is a smart boy. Currently, Jerry is still employed at Elmco and Erik is now a fifth grader.

When asked what they like to do together, Erik said that he likes to build his pinewood derby car for Cub Scouts with Jerry in his woodshop. Jerry said that he likes to eat meals with Erik because this gives them a chance to talk about what is going on in life. Sometimes they do BIG things together and sometimes they just do LITTLE things. Jerry and Eric meet every week unless one of them has to cancel due to other obligations.

We congratulate Jerry and Erik and wish them lots more years together!

If you would like to be involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters as either a Big or a Little and have fun like Jerry and Erik, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 419-394-2990, 1-866-670-BBBS, or e-mail office@bbbsma.com.

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

MERCER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET

NOVEMBER 18, 2010

CRAIG MULENKAMP FRIEND OF 4-H

DIXIE HUCKE OUTSTANDING 4-H MEMBERS,

KELSEY BROCKMAN AND TYLER SIEFRING

(more pictures of 4-H Banquet on Pictures Page)

 

NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 19, 2010

Grant Keeps Faith Alive at I.C. School

MRS. BEV KORTE

Bev Korte, 6th grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School, recently received a grant from McDonald’s called “Keeping Our Faith Alive.” Each year, Immaculate Conception School chooses a faith theme, and each month the 6th grade students give a presentation about the monthly story or faith theme. The students also each get a faith journal to reflect on the monthly faith themes. This grant will allow Mrs. Korte to purchase a Sony Handycam to record the monthly presentations done by the sixth graders. It will also cover the cost of the folders and paper used to create the faith journals. Thanks to the McDonalds corporation for sponsoring the grant to allow the funding of this faith-filled project

 

I.C. Teacher Receives Grant to Create Instruments

MRS. SHERY REINEKE

Sherry Reineke, a fifth grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School, has received a grant from McDonalds Corporation for a project called “Sounds of Native Americans.” This grant will provide materials for students to make Native American and African “shekeres.” Shekeres are gourd instruments made by forming a net of twine and beads over the gourd to produce an instrument. The grant of almost $200.00 will purchase the necessary materials: dried gourds, twine, wooden beads, polish, markers, and stencils. Hopefully, the project will be completed in December, and the instruments will be able to be used in music class, and possibly even at school Masses!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

WANDA DICKE TO RETIRE

Wanda L. Dicke

Mercer County EMA

Director

 

 

 

Please join the

Mercer County EMA Office

as we celebrate the retirement of

WANDA L. DICKE

Thursday, December 30, 2010

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Central Services Building

1st floor Conference Room

220 W. Livingston St.

Celina, Ohio 45822

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDITORIAL NOVEMBER 16, 2010

JIM ZEHRINGER NAMED DIRECTOR

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

JIM ZEHRINGER

(editorial) Congratulations to Representative Jim Zehringer who was officially named the next Ohio Director of Agriculture Tuesday, November 16 at the Lake Campus in Celina. Representative Zehringer said he was completely surprised when Governor-elect John Kasich called him last Thursday evening and asked him to consider the position.

Mr. Zehringer said he talked to his family and some close friends and prayed about it and then decided it would be a good move for him and for the state of Ohio. Other leaders across the state thought it was a wise choice with Jim’s background as as farmer and small business man and his legislative experience.

Many of the particulars about him have been shared across the state and his role as a politician are there, too, as some are questioning his acceptance of the director of a department he is in favor of combining with other departments as governor-elect has indicated his desire to combine departments.

Back home, here in Mercer County the Grand Lake St Marys problems and Mr. Zehringer’s public reaction with his some felt harsh words of admonishment were not only heard here, but across the state.  By then governor-candidate John Kasich, who said at the press conference on Tuesday, he was impressed by Jim Zehringer during the campaign when he stopped in the area

A lot of credit goes to Mr. Kasich who in his second appointment has indeed selected a good man. In the press conference Mr Kasich stressed the importance of agriculture and Grand Lake St. Marys, saying, “when Mercer County is hurting, so is Youngstown;and when Youngstown is hurting, so is Mercer County. The State is all one team.”

Many of us locally have had the pleasure of getting to know Jim well and we wish him the best in his new position as Director of Ohio Agriculture. He’s the first to tell you he needs all the support he can get. He is about to take on awesome responsibility, but he has been preparing for this “wonderful venture” all his life. Good luck, Jim.

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

 NOVEMBER 16, 2010

MERCER COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION BANQUET

JEFF WUEBKER FEATURED SPEAKER

OHIO LIVESTOCK CARE STANDARDS BOARD

SCHOLARSHIP OLIVIA HOUTS

BOB GUGGENBILLER, JOHN SCHWIETERMAN

SOILS JUDGING NATHAN FORTKAMP

AND OLIVIA HOUTS; BOB GUGGENGBILLER

OUTSTANDING COOPERATOR

MARK DAHLINGHAUS, PAUL AND DONNA

DALINGHAUS

LAKE ERIE CREP AWARD

JEFF AND PAM RASAWEHR

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Local FFA Chapter Receives National Recognition

NATHAN FORTKAMP, ZACH GUGGENBILLER, STACY WILL, NICOLE HART, NATALIE LENNARTZ

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fort Recovery HS-FFA Chapter from Fort Recovery, Ohio was selected as a 2 Star chapter for the National Chapter Award program. . The chapter members were recognized at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 20-23. More than 650 candidates nationwide submitted their National Chapter applications for judging.

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). Each activity provides opportunities for members to excel in one of three areas: student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two- or three-star rating on their application. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve. The award program is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more information visit www.ffa.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MCDO MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2010

President, Jim Keller called the November meeting of The Marion Community Development Organization to order by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held on November 9, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Marion Township Building. Minutes were approved as read.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MEMBERSHIP AND PROMOTION COMMITTEE

Committee Chairperson – Bill Winner

Thank you very much for your continued support to the MCDO. If you are uncertain about your membership status, please contact Bill Winner (419) 925-4175 or Barb Kahlig (419) 925-6301.

AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Committee Chairperson – Mark Hardesty

Please remember to join the Ag Ed Boosters if you have not already done so. The Ag Ed program at Marion Local is off to a great start and the support of everyone in this primarily agricultural community is vital. Lucy Bambauer is providing excellent guidance as her students and the school administration learn the intricacies of how a well run Ag Ed program needs to unfold. The boosters and the MCDO continue to support the program vigorously. The boosters are providing guidance and funding for crucial items. The MCDO continues to act as the agent for all financial transactions. All is working well. Please attend a meeting if you would like further information. The meetings are held in the Ag Ed classroom, Marion Local HS, at 8 pm on the third Monday of each month. If you would like to receive a meeting reminder or a copy of the monthly minutes please email mlaged@roadrunner.com.

RECREATION COMMITTEE

Committee Chairperson – Darrin Poeppelman

The weekly winners of the 301 Club are as follows:

October 17: Mike & Missy Moeller

October 24: Bill & Jean Garman

October 31: Ralph & Marjorie Diller

November 7: Jeff & Nancy Luebke

OLD BUSINESS:

The October 27, Business Luncheon was well attended. Craig Mescher from Fanning and Howey provided handouts comparing the funding that was provided to eight (8) local sewer systems. Craig explained the “how” and “why” which drove the unique funding for each of these projects. Mercer County was the funding applicant for the Maria Stein project. Osgood, Yorkshire, and North Star benefitted significantly from the existing funding structure since each village was able to apply for individual funding even though they have a single system. Additionally, villages are better funded than a county is. Craig was not sure why this is the case. Craig’s handout also listed the monthly fees incurred with these eight systems. Least expensive at $38.00/month is the Osgood system. Most expensive at $68.00/month is the East Jefferson system here in Mercer County. Maria Stein’s monthly fee is projected at $56.00/month. Chickasaw’s residents pay $49.00/month. The Maria Stein system requires only one lift station which is already installed at the treatment facility. Being able to use gravity saves money on install and maintenance. If you have questions please email mcdo@roadrunner.com or call Jim Keller at 419-925-4764. We’ll get you an answer. The next Business Luncheon will be held in January, 2011.

NEW BUSINESS:

Paul Mizer, who is preparing a history of St. Johns Parish in Maria Stein, has asked that the MCDO prepare a brief history of the organization for inclusion in the history of the parish and the area. Research for this project reflects that the MCDO is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. The origins of the MCDO actually evolved over several years but several documents pinpoint the official “formation” to have taken place in 1990. Many people were instrumental and provided strong leadership in those early years. In May of 1989 and again in March of 1990 several local residents attended a conference on rural community development presented by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Don Bergman, from the Osgood/Yorkshire area, a Pioneer regional sales manager, was instrumental in facilitating the local attendance at these “Search for Solutions” conferences. One of the people attending reflected that everyone came back very enthused about the prospects for growth in the Marion Community.

By 1992, a determined group of people had developed the twenty one hundred plan which called for aggressive growth in additional businesses and family residences to occur by the year 2000. People were assigned to pave the way for natural gas lines and sewage facilities throughout the area. In retrospect perhaps some of these plans were a bit ambitious but the MCDO has certainly had a significant, positive impact on this area. Resources such as grant application and the MCDO’s ability to act as an umbrella organization for startup ventures (and ongoing ventures such as the preschool) were not specifically included in the twenty one hundred plan. The MCDO’s strength in these areas however, has over the years contributed significantly to the betterment of the Marion Community. Over one million dollars have been awarded to this area thanks to the MCDO’s grant writing efforts.

At our November meeting we discussed ideas about how the MCDO can best meet the needs of this community. This discussion will continue in future meetings. We welcome your input as to how the organization can best be structured to grow this area in positive, manageable ways. Call, email, write, or best of all come to one of our meetings and share your thoughts and ideas. In the end all will continue to benefit.

Land Use

Don Rosenbeck, the director at the Maria Stein Center, reported that a tiling project which will address water issues at the Maria Stein Center, the Spiritual Center, Ted Heitkamp’s farm and the north edge of Chapel Hill has been finalized and will proceed. He was not sure of the date but it may be done yet this fall.

Some local people are talking with power companies about leasing ground for wind generators. This is most likely a good idea if the landowner can get a favorable lease which will pay the landowner while stipulating that the power company has complete responsibility for all aspects of the unit including its removal once its useful life is past. The productive life of the unit and what happens if it is no longer used should be very clear before any lease is signed. Having numerous unused, rusting wind towers setting about our countryside 100 years from now does not seem to be a great legacy to leave our descendants.

Maria Stein Sewer Update

Thursday November 11, 2010: The crew installing the main line is proceeding east on SR 119. They are digging on the south side of the highway and will continue until they approximately reach St Johns Road. At that point they will proceed westward from Rolfes Road on the north side of SR 119 until they reach the west most point of the installation. The last leg of the mainline will be installed along SR 716 from Rolfes Road to Minster-Fort Recovery Road. Depending on some bid outcomes, there is a chance that Tom’s Construction will be working with two crews in the next few weeks. While the project is moving along decently, the second crew would significantly speed up the process. If you have questions about how the project might impact your property please call Chris Canary with Tom’s Construction at 419-678-2457

VILLAGE, TOWNSHIP AND SCHOOL REPORTS

Chickasaw

Chickasaw Park Board Report – For information on renting the park shelters, call Sandy Niekamp at 925-4960.

Osgood

Osgood Park Board Report – For information on renting the park shelters, call Alan Wendel at 419-582-4502.

Marion Township

Marion Township Park Board – For information or concerns about the park, call Ron Hartings at 925-4804.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm, with a motion from Bob Unrast seconded by Don Rosenbeck.

The next meeting of the MCDO is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 7:00p.m at the Marion Township Building.

Submitted by:

Jim Keller, President

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The approaching holidays provide excellent opportunites to strengthen your brand and expose your business to the consuming public. The chamber of commerce has a handful of excellent sponsorship opportunites for interested members wanting to promote their business.

On Thursday December 9, we'll hold our annual Holiday Business After Hours rfom 5:00pm until 7:00 pm at the New Knoxville American Legion. I'd like to have up to three sponsors to help defray the cost of the event. As a sponsor, your company name will be associated with all marketing of the event, and you can put a table together for a display at the event. We are also seeking donated door prizes for this business after hours, as it is the largest one of the year!

We're partnering with WCSM Radio as a drop off location for canned goods donation during their Holiday Food Train in December. As a drop off location, we're going to do a 1 hr live remote one afternoon during the week of Dec 6th and several commercial spots during that week promoting the project. I am in need of 4 chamber member business to participate as a sponsoring partner in the Holiday Food Train project. Your sponsorship would entitle you to a live radio interview during the remote at the chamber office, and a mention of your business name as a sponsor in the radio spots. The message of the radio spots will also promote the sale of chamber gift certificates.

I see three distinct benefits in doing this project: The Holiday Food Train is a wonderful community service project, as the canned goods go to Agape in St Marys and the Call Food Pantry in Celina. Being a drop off location for canned goods is an excellent way to drive traffic into the building, giving us opportunities to give out free maps and community resource guides, thereby promoting our members. When we combine this with the sponsorship opportunity and the promotion of gift certificate sales, we all benefit!

Please feel free to call or email for details on these sponsorship opportunities.

Thanks!

Scott M. Frey

 

Mercer County Pheasants  Forever #745 NOVEMBER 8 MINUTES

Attendance: 10 members present at Andy's Stachler's. .

Minutes: (Brian) Distributed via email. Sean Finke made motion to approve minutes, Rick Klenke second – motion passed.

Treasurer's Report: (Bill in Mort's absence) Current balance – $2123.84 – Rick Klenke made motion to approve treasurer's report and pay all bills, Bret Ayers second – motion passed. Brian presented a donation of $1031.28 to the Chapter from Southshore Sportsman Club.

Habitat: (Sean) Food plot seed ordered.

Farm Bill Biologist: (John Wallace absent) See attached report

Youth Programs: (Jonas absent) Rick Klenke advised of the schedule for the Damon Klenke Memorial Youth Pheasant hunt which will be held November 13th. Brian advised that we need to get receipts to Terry Kittle with the Mercer County Sportsman Club for the youth dove and pheasant hunts for partial reimbursement.

New Business: Laura Walker reported on the recent LEP training she attended in Wood County. Scholarship post cards were sent out to members. Gun raffle tickets were distributed.

Banquet: January 22, 2011 – Mike Acheson distributed banquet tickets. Corporate sponsor pricing will remain the same this year with Gold Sponsors at $325 and Silver at $200. Early bird tickets will need to be turned in at next meeting December 13. Need to solicit items for live auction and let Jonas know as we receive them.

Next Meeting: December 13 – 7:30 pm at Andy Stachler's.

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

PARKWAY SCHOOLS

NOVEMBER 11, 2010

POSTING THE COLORS

 

PARKWAY NEW RECRUITS

FAITH JOHNSON MARINES

ALYSHA HODGE NATIONAL GUARD

STEPHANY HESSE NATONAL GUARD

TREY LIKES MARINES

NATHAN POPPE NATIONAL GUARD

 

NOTE: THERE ARE MORE PICTURES

OF THE PARKWAY VETERANS PROGRAM

ON THE PICTURES PAGE

 

 

O.U.R. HOME HOLDS SUCCESSFUL COAT DAY

On October 30, OUR Home sponsored our community Coat Day event. Through this project, individuals who had coats they wanted to share were able to get them to families who needed warm outerwear for the upcoming cold weather. During the four hours the shop was open, a total of 451 coats and jackets went out the door, many of them already proudly worn by delighted children. These garments, along with many hats, gloves, scarves and sweaters will keep folks warmer, healthier and happier this winter.

Many people helped to make the event a success. Jon Kessler donated the use of his building, Deluxe Cleaners cleaned many of the coats, and the Celina Kiwanis members assisted OUR Home volunteers in making necessary arrangements. We want to thank everyone who donated coats, as well as the numerous organizations, businesses and individuals who lent their support in various ways.

 

IC TEACHERS RECEIVE GRANT

Marcia Kaup and Sue Siebert, teachers at Immaculate Conception Elementary School, received a $428.00 grant from McDonald’s for a project that combines first and third grade reading partners in a celebration of Dr. Seuss. After reading each featured Seuss book, the partners will complete a hands-on cooking, science, or art activity. The Seuss celebration will culminate in March, the author’s birthday month, when students dress as their favorite Seuss character and share birthday cake and ice cream in Dr. Seuss’s honor. The students and teachers of Immaculate Conception School are very grateful to McDonald’s for their generosity with this grant and to the teachers who use their ingenuity to create wonderful and exciting learning opportunities for our students

 

 

 

Ft. Recovery FFA Members Receive American

FFA Degree at the 83rd National FFA Convention

FT. RECOVERY, OH -Four members of the Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter were recognized for their hard work and effort in receiving the American FFA Degree Award, while attending the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The four individuals receiving this award were Chris Gehret, Beverly Lennartz, Kelly Thien, and Tom Will. These four make only sixty-six students awarded this degree in the history of the Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter.

The American FFA Degree is the final step, in a four stepping-stone order of achievement within the FFA. In order to receive this award, they were first required to receive their Greenhand, Chapter, and State FFA Degrees, the other three steps for each member in this process. They were also required to document that they increased their net worth by at least 7,500 dollars, worked the equivalent of 2,250 hours on all of their projects, and be heavily involved in school, community, and FFA Chapter activities.

The American Degree Ceremony was held at 7:45AM in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and was watched by over 22,000 FFA members, their parents, and FFA advisors. The American FFA Degree is a very prestigious award with only five out of every one thousand members nationwide receiving the award.

Chris Gehret is the song of Ginny and Pat Gehret. Chris’s accomplishments for receiving this award were recording hours and earnings at Cooper Farms, Rocky Creek Farms, and Broering Farm. Beverly Lennartz is the daughter of Cathy and Tom Lennartz. Beverly’s accomplishments for receiving this award were recording countless hours of work at Lennartz Farms and raising bull calves. Kelly Thien is the daughter of Sue and Mike Thien. Kelly’s accomplishments for receiving this award were recording hours and earnings at Tobe Dairy Farm and Buschur Dairy Farm. Tom Will is the son of Mark Will. Tom’s accomplishments for receiving this award were recording hours and earnings at Will Poultry and Knapke Organic Dairy.

The Ft. Recovery FFA would like to congratulate the American FFA Degree recipients for all their hard work and dedication.

St. Henry FFA attends National Convention

BY JANEL BROERING

The St. Henry FFA attended 83rd National FFA Convention for 2010, which took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. FFA members got many interesting tours on their trip, which lasted from October 19 to 23. This year’s convention had an all time high in FFA members attending. Before the convention officially kicked off, members of the St. Henry FFA traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio on October 19. While there, they visited the Fernald Reserve Tour and Cargill Grain Depot. At Cargill Grain Depot, students got to learn about the grain elevator there, which takes in soybean, wheat, and corn. Later on that day, FFA members went to Jungle Jim’s Supermarket, which sells food from all over the world. Students also got to sample foods from many different cultures. The next day, the group traveled to Tyson Farms Poultry Plant where students got to see chicken processed which many thought was very interesting. During the course of the trip, FFA members toured the Squire Boons Caverns, Not Just Popcorn Tour, Career/Trade Show, Printer Tour, and Buckeye Bash. During the week, FFA members met other members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands while attending numerous sessions. All of the attending members had something positive to say upon returning.

St. Henry FFA members attending the National Convention were Brad Nieport, Ethan Tobe, Mark Unrast, Mitchell Dirksen, Duncan Homan, Isaac Marchal, Alan Petitjean, Janel Broering, Heather Arling, Kaitlin Schmitmeyer, Leah Rose, Michaela Stammen, Chad Depweg, and Brad Franck.

During the convention sessions, St. Henry FFA members witnessed many good speakers and watched as awards were handed out to chapters who deserved recognition and to outstanding American Degree recipients. Ryan Siefring was this year’s recipient from St. Henry. Congratulations Ryan for this high honor.

The St. Henry FFA attended the annual Buckeye Bash. The Bash is a dance for Ohio members and the state officers. FFA members were able to meet those they saw at FFA Camp or any other state events and also to meet new people. All the members that went said they had a great time.

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASES NOVEMBER, 2010

SCOTT FREY INTRODUCES BONNIE MATHIES

LAKE  CAMPUS INTERIM DEAN

DR. DAVID R. HOPKINS, PRESIDENT

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

DEVON STANSBURY MISS LAKE FESTIVAL 2010

CASEY NUTTLE PRESENTS AWARD TO

BOB THOMPSON

 

                                   NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2010

GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS RESTORATION COMMISSION

ACCEPTS CHAMBER DONATION

Celina, Ohio—The Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission was thrilled to recently accept a check for $4,300 from the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members offered to sell the swirled blue/white rubber wristbands for the Restoration Commission at a variety of events this summer and fall. The wristbands have been very popular so the Chamberf is continuing sales of the bands in a wider assortment of colors. However, each wristband will

carry the same message: “I © Grand Lake”. All proceeds from future sales will go to the Restoration Commission to assist them in their fundraising efforts. Anyone wishing to purchase a wristband, please visit chamber member reailers or stop by the Chamber office at 226 North Main Street in Celina.

The Restoration Commission initiatives are to are to promote educating the public about the lake water, to obtain technologies to help clean up the lake and to undertake lake water studies near those pilot projects, and to assemble resources available to assist in restoring Grand Lake St. Marys water quality, and to publicize, not only the plight of Grand Lake St. Marys, but also the technologies and practices which will work to permanently improve the

quality of this lake and other bodies of water suffering from the same problems

For more information about the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission, please contact Tom Knapke at 419/586-0389 or via e-mail to Thomas.knapke@wright.edu. Attached is a

picture of Chamber Trustees and Restoration Commission members assembled for the check presentation along with Pam Buschur, Celina/Mercer County Chamber Director Picture Identification

From left to right: President of the Lake Improvement, Tim Lovett and Commission members Jared Ebbing, Laura Walker, Tom Knapke, Brian Miller and Glenn Hux wilth Miller accepting the check for $4,300 from Chamber Director Pam Buschur while Chamber Trustees George Moore,

Gena Bittner and John Hoying look on.

 

LADY SPARTANS WIN GOLD IN DELPHOS TOURNAMENT

The Lady Spartans Sixth Grade Volleyball team from Immaculate Conception School won “gold” in the 2010 Delphos St. John’s Optimist Club Volleyball Tournament, held on October 30 and 31. The Lady Spartans won over teams from Temple Christian, New Bremen, Kalida, St. Anthony, and Delphos St. Johns! The Lady Spartans have had an outstanding season, losing only match in regular season play, and winning tournaments two weekends in a row!! The Sixth Grade Lady Spartans are coached by John Prenger, Judy Hellwarth, and Sarah Albers. GOOOOOOOOO SPARTANS!!

St. Henry FFA Members Attend Greenhand Conference in Versailles

 

Six greenhands from the St. Henry FFA Chapter attended the 15th annual Greenhand Conference in Versailles on October 2. Greenhands are first year members of the FFA. This conference is designed to motivate and encourage FFA members to learn about future opportunities in the FFA. Sessions focused on teamwork, goal setting, and communications. FFA members attending were Taylor Ahlers, Lydia Stachler, John Broering, Joe Broering, Jason Moeder, and James Jansen.

Caption:

St. Henry FFA members Taylor Ahlers, Lydia Stachler, John Broering, Joe Broering, Jason Moeder, and James Jansen attended the Greenhand Conference.

The Red Cross is Off to the Races!

Donate blood and vote for your favorite Red Cross go-kart team

 

The American Red Cross Mercer County Chapter invites community members to participate in a fun, pre-season competition between the 2011 Red Cross Go-Kart Teams.

 

Come to donate blood at a Mercer County blood drive between Nov. 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 and cast a vote for your favorite driver, team, number or sponsor. The winning “team” will receive discounts on their entry fee for the kart series the following year.

 

The Mercer County Chapter has held the kart races fundraiser since 2007, offering events at the Ft. Recovery Jubilee, Maria Stein Country Fest, Eldora Speedway, Ft. Recovery Ambassador Park and Mercer County Fair. An average of 21 teams have joined in the fun each year!

 

Each team consists of four drivers, a crew chief & optional substitute drivers. This family oriented, safe, yet thrilling event is similar to a relay race. The teams, fans and volunteers can enjoy the go-kart races and the fact they are raising money to support the services provided by the Red Cross here in Mercer County.

 

November Blood Drives

· Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Shelter House, located at 100 W. Main St. in Burkettsville.

· Monday, Nov. 8, from noon until 6 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, located at 1100 N. Main St. in Celina.

· Friday, Nov. 12, from noon until 6 p.m. at Mercer County Joint Township Community Hospital, located at 800 W. Main St. in Coldwater.

· Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Celina Manor, located at 1001 Myers Road in Celina.

· Monday, Nov. 22, from noon until 6 p.m. at the American Legion, located at 8140 SR 119 in Maria Stein.

 

Please visit www.mercercountyredcross.org for a listing of all upcoming blood drives and 

For more information about donating, to register a team, become a sponsor or to help the Red Cross, please contact the Red Cross office at 419-586-2201 or visit www.redcrosskartracing.com.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org, www.mercercountyredcross.org , or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

Parkway FFA and FCCLA Hold Blood Drive

On Wednesday September 22nd, the Parkway FFA and FCCLA hosted a blood drive through the American Red Cross at Parkway High School. Students 16 and older had the opportunity to sign up to donate blood during the day. Fifty-one students and staff donated blood that day, with seven people giving double reds.

The FFA and FCCLA organizations hope to hold two more blood drive this year. By holding two more blood drives, the FFA and FCCLA will be able to give out a $500 scholarship at the end of the year. Both organizations would like to thank everyone who donated, those who helped, and the American Red Cross for a successful day.

001- FFA member Alexis Bates smiles for the camera as she donates blood.

007- Devin Adams, another FFA member, gives blood.

 

Parkway FFA Holding Annual Fruit Sale

The Parkway FFA is now holding their fruit, nut, and BBQ sauce sale. The Parkway FFA holds this sale every year. The fruit sale orders are being taken until the end of November. Anyone wanting to place an order may do so by contacting any Parkway FFA member, emailing FFA@parkwayschools.org, or calling 419-363-3045 ext. 636.

Fruit Full Case Half Case ¼ Case

Navels 25.00 13.00 8.00

Tangelos 25.00 13.00 8.00

Grapefruit 25.00 13.00 8.00

Granny Smith 15.00 9.00

Gold Rush 15.00 9.00

Fuji Apples 15.00 9.00

Mix Box 28.00 15.00

*Mix Box has Navels, Tangelos, Grapefruit, and Apples

Gift Fruit Basket 22.00

*Fruit Basket has Navels, Tangelos, Grapefruit, Apples, Candy, and Peanuts

Peanuts

Honey Krunch 9.00

Brittle Bites 9.00

Whole Cashews 9.00

Chocolate Almonds/ Cashews 12.00

Trio Pack 12.00

*Trio consists of Brittle Bites, Southern Fried, and Honey Krunch

D.B. Yummers BBQ Sauce

Sweet and Smokey BBQ (Two Bottles) 9.00

Mildly Spicy BBQ (Two Bottles) 9.00

Tangy BBQ 9.00

Combination of 4 18.00

 

MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2010 All-League Offensive Team

First Team

End: Alex Fogt- Anna Sr.

Receiver/Split End: Reese Klenke-Coldwater Sr.

Greg Schwieterman-Marion Local Sr.

Cory Siefring-St Henry Sr.

Punter: Maverick Long- Anna Jr.

Kicker: Mitch Bergman- Marion Local Sr.

Center: Alex Recker- Delphos St John Sr.

Guards: Joey Grubenhoff- Delphos St John Sr.

Grant Lochtefeld- Marion Local Sr.

Tackles: Austin Vogt- Delphos St John Sr.

Jason Reichert- Marion Local Sr.

Quarterback: Jordan Leininger- Dephos St John Sr.

Running Backs: Dexter Bensman- Anna Sr.

Evan Burgei-Delphos St John Sr.

Niles Keller- Marion Local Sr.

Co-Offensive Players of the Year- Reese Klenke- Coldwater

Jordan Leininger- Delphos St John

Coach of the Year: Todd Schulte, Delphos St John

 

Second Team

End: Kellen Goettemoeller- Marion Local Jr.

Receivers/Split End: Tyler Bergfeld- Delphos St John Sr.

Mitchell Campbell- Versailles Jr.

Jordan Monnin- Versailles Sr.

Punter: Alex Recker- Delphos St John Sr.

Kicker: Troy Otten- Coldwater Jr.

Center: Drew Guisinger- Anna Jr.

Guards: Ben Hietbrink- Minster Sr.

Mitchell Rinderle- St Henry Jr.

Tackles: Nick Reier- Anna Jr.

Cody Homan- Coldwater Sr.

Quarterback: Ryan Mescher- Marion Local Sr.

Running Backs: Danny Stewart- Anna Sr.

Alex Post- Marion Local Sr.

Adam Kaiser- Minster Sr.

MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2010 ALL LEAGUE DEFENSIVE TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Ends: Cody Bensman- Anna Sr.

Derek Klaus- Delphos St John Sr.

Interior Lineman: Maverick Long- Anna Jr.

Dustin Noffsinger- Anna Jr.

Inside Linebacker: Aaron Rammel- Coldwater Sr.

Chris Pohlman- Delphos St John Sr.

Outside Linebacker: Dylan Dancer- Delphos St John Sr.

Brandon Arling- Marion Local Sr.

Corner Def. Back: Ryan Densel- Delphos St John Jr.

Damian Winner- Versailles Sr.

Safety Def. Back: Tyler Bergfeld- Delphos St John Sr.

Greg Schwieterman- Marion Local Sr.

Dylan Schwieterman- St Henry Sr.

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Cody Bensman- Anna

Chris Pohlman- Delphos St John

SECOND TEAM

Ends: Kyle Post- Coldwater Sr.

Jack Homan- Marion Local Jr.

Interior Lineman: Cody Brinkman- Delphos St John Sr.

Trevor Jacobs- Marion Local Sr.

Joey Brandt- Versailles Sr.

Inside Linebacker: Alex Fogt- Anna Sr.

Adam Kaiser- Minster Sr.

Outside Linebacker: Caleb Maurer- Anna Jr.

Cory Siefring- St Henry Sr.

Corner Def. Backs: Danny Stewart- Anna Sr.

Caleb Siefring- Coldwater So.

 

Photo caption: The 1978 Mercer County History Book is out of print, just as eight other local history books are out of print. Eighteen other History books are available Sunday November 14.

LOCAL HISTORY BOOK FAIR AND POST CARDS

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

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

Sunday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:00, November 14, the Mercer County Historical Society is hosting the 10th Annual Exhibit of Antique Post Cards of old Mercer County photographs, and the Local History Book Fair, whereby local history authors will have their books for sale.

Bob and Sharon Poor are bringing their Collection of Post Cards to exhibit. Alan Stastney is also bringing his collection. David Gray, who is a nephew of the former Daily Standard writer Gladys Gray, is coming from Columbus, to show his Post Mark Exhibit collection from Mercer County Post Offices. Additional Collectors will also have their post cards on Exhibit that Sunday. You are welcome to bring your own post cards to ask the experts for information.

The Local History Book Fair, will host new local history books by area authors, as well as local history books printed by the Mercer County Historical Society. This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in preserving local history, to find local history books for their own reading this winter.

A new book about the Civil War and Mercer Countians will be available on Sunday November 14.

Martin Stewart’s book, “REDEMPTION – The 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in The Civil War,” is a book for Local Historians as well as Ohio and American Historians. This book consists of 356 pages, including over a dozen maps, and 50 photographs. Stewart has acquired this history, through local newspapers (Celina’s Western Standard, and Troy’s Miami Union newspapers), and local, State, and Federal records. Soldier’s letters home highlight this book. Bill Sell’s Civil War Class at Celina Schools will be interested in this book, as will Civil War Roundtable Members, and readers who enjoy reading about the Civil War.

Another new Local History book is “History of St. Peter Church & Parish, Faith – Family - Farm, Celebrating 150 years, 1860-2010,” by the 150th Committee at St. Peter’s Parish. This outstanding book includes history of the parish and its families. Genealogists will value the data from the Baptism, Marriage and Death Records of the Parish. Local Historians will also value the history of the St. Peter Schools, St. Peter Post Office, and the St. Peter Sluggers. This book will become a Family Keepsake.

Seven of Mercer County’s Township books will be available: Granville, Butler, Franklin, Center, Hopewell, Liberty, and Washington Townships. St. Henry will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2012, and Coldwater will be celebrating its 175th in 2013. These Township books provide historical research for local communities. Other history books include: Mercer County’s Oldest Businesses, Mercer County Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary, Mercer County Fair, Old Gold Rush to Alaska Diaries, German-American Death Card collections, Mercer County’s Map History, and Mercer County’s Courthouses. We have a few copies of the Coldwater at 150, and the Celina Sesquicentennial History books. The Historical Society has nine local history books which are out of print, including the 1978 Mercer County History Book; these books are not going to be reprinted. Sunday’s Local History Book Fair provides a rare opportunity for anyone who enjoys local history, to acquire these books.

Sunday afternoon, November 14, you will have the opportunity to meet local history authors and have them sign copies the First Editions of their books. You will also have the opportunity to see the local Mercer County Historical Photograph Post Cards of the local Post Card Collectors. Now is the time for you to plan to start your own Local History Collection of old Post Cards and History Books.

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

NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 5, 2010

CELINA GOODWILL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE AND RIBBON CUTTING

 

This morning, November 3, Celina Goodwill held Open House and Ribbon Cutting at their new facility at 2030 Holiday Drive on the eastern edge of Celina. This is Miami Valley’s 25th retail store.

Marketing Specialist Kim Bramlage introduced the following speakers at the Ribbon Cutting: Celina Mayor Sharon LaRue; Celina Chamber President Shirley Gross; and Amy Luttrell, President of GESMV Goodwill.

 

Graham L. “Buck” Rogers and Larry Scott, representatives of Troy Town LLC. Original owners of the property were presented jackets from Goodwill. Also on hand were several local dignitaries and representatives of H.A. Dorsten Company and District Manager Gene Motycka, interviewed by Knappsnews for WCSM radio available on www.wcsmradio.com

Not only will this retail story provide donation and shopping opportunities but the location will provide training and job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

All Goodwill retail store proceeds support more than 40 programs and services that build on the Goodwill Easter Seals mission of empowering people with disabilities and other needs to achieve independence and to be able to emhance their lives.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.

 

I.C. STUDENTS MAKE LIVING ROSARY

 

During the month of October, Immaculate Conception students learned about the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. They made a “living rosary” with the students taking the roles of the beads. Each time a prayer was said, a student held up a plastic plate representing that prayer of the rosary. At the beginning of each mystery, a sixth grader read about the mystery while the rest of the students looked closely at the stained glass window in the church the depicted that mystery. The Joyful mysteries include The Annunciation (when the Angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her she would be Jesus’ mother), the Visitation (when Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth), the Nativity (Jesus’ birth), The Presentation in the Temple (Mary and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple and dedicated him to God), and the Finding in the Temple (when Jesus stayed behind in the temple and Mary and Joseph had to come back and look for him

MIDWEST ELECTRIC DONATES $13,412

Members of Midwest Electric recently donated $13,423 to nine west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative's Community Connection Fund. Since the program began in 1998, the Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund has provided $619,580 to 432 area projects.

The recent Fund recipients include the following:
- Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers, $2,720 to update its radio system to be in compliance with local public safety agencies.
- West Ohio Food Bank, Lima, $2,500 to help fix flooring cracks in order to bring the facility up to Feeding America and OSHA standards.
- Safe Harbor Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelter, Lima, $2,300 for recreational and sports equipment.
- Northwest Ohio Literacy Council, Lima, $2,100 to insulate the attic for energy savings.
- Children's Developmental Center, Lima, $1,270 to buy a business computer.
- Van Wert County YMCA, $1,000 to purchase windows and doors for the 1837 cabin at Camp Clay.
- Mercy Unlimited, Wapakoneta, $533.56 to buy anti-fatigue mats for the product handling center, and a rolling ladder for the pantry area.
- New Knoxville Science Club, $500 to buy wind and solar power educational kits for students.
- Allen County Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, $500 to process donated deer, and the venison is then distributed to local food banks and pantries.

The Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund is a voluntary charitable program. Participating members' monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar, with the additional pennies deposited in the Fund.

A Board of Trustees, composed of cooperative members and separate from the Midwest Electric Board of Trustees, oversees the application and allocation process.
Individuals or organizations can obtain an application by contacting Midwest Electric, at 419-394-4110 or 1-800-962-3830.

PHOTO: Joyce Tracy, Midwest Electric Community Connection Fund trustee, presents a $2,720 check to Rich Rosenbeck and Jim Brockman of Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers. The money will help update the MCERV radio system.

Matt Berry

Manager, Customer Service

CELINA SAFETY LEVY PASSES

 

An apparent glitch in an optical scanner delayed the final vote count in Celina until shortly before 1:00 AM. But in the end, with only a few provisional votes left to count, it appears that the Celina Safety Levy has passed by preliminary count of 1801 yes votes to 1553 no votes. This creates an additional .5% income tax in Celina that is dedicated to maintain police, fire and ambulance services.

The Celina Police Department wants to thank the voters for the support, confidence and trust they have offered not only their agency, but all of the city departments that operate under the Celina General Fund. The Celina Police Department has constantly strived to be good stewards of public funding and will continue to do so. We would also like to thank that the citizens that helped organize the Celina Tax Levy Committee for all of their help and support, including the Senior Multimedia class at Tri-Star Vocational School. Finally we would like to offer our thanks to the Celina City Administration and Celina City Council for recognizing that the time had come to approach the voters with a safety levy. With the current economic climate it took a lot of commitment for these officials to step up and place an income tax increase on the ballot, regardless of how desperately it was needed.

Thanks again to everyone that supported the Celina Police & Fire Departments during the campaign.


Chief David Slusser
Celina Police Department

 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER

GEORGE, THELMA,  ED

The Mercer County Council on Aging (MCCoA) wishes to acknowledge and thank Domino’s Pizza for donating the pizza for the annual volunteer appreciation dinner held recently at the Senior Citizen Center. Volunteers make a huge contribution each year to the Council on Aging. Money earned at the garage sale funds the social activities at the Center and often provides for the maintenance and building projects undertaken by the Center. Recent projects include two new mini vans for the transportation department. In addition to the garage sales, volunteers have organized and run the card games, line dancing and bingo party offered at the Center.

Guests were greeted at the door with a kiss by Muscles the Clown (Ed Jeffries, Sr.). Approximately 120 seniors attended the event. The after dinner entertainment was provided by the Thien Snipps. The Thien Snipps were assisted in performing the song Running Bear by Ed Jeffries and Thelma Fortkamp. The two delivered an Oscar-worthy rendition.

Door prize winners were: bath set, Mary Fisher; fragrance lamp Bernice Poling; Terry Hall CD, Luetta Forsthoefel; desk notes, Dolores Rolfes; floral desk set, Donna Spencer; hanging fork and spoon, Bill Bollinger; notecards, Jeannette Gilliland; address book, Yvonne Stoner; simmer pot, Doris Bollenbacher; billfold, Mary Ann Hemmelgarn; reading light, Florence Snider; kitchen knife, Rita Stachler; scarf, Dorothy Zumberge; Longeberger basket, Ruth Sutter; Pedestal bowl, Pat Pottkotter; afghan, Delores Rockwood; and four items made and donated by Mary Fisher, toilet paper cover, Bob Ayers; and kitchen towels won by Joan Lotterer, Janice Hancock and Ruth Sites.

Volunteers assisting with the party were Lu and Ed Jeffries Sr., Dick Beougher, Joyce Flinn, Mary Fisher and Dolores Wimmers. The meal was served by MCCoA staff members.

The volunteer appreciation dinner is one of several special events held throughout the year by the Council on Aging. Persons who wish to receive the newsletter/calendar of events can contact the Council on Aging at 419-586-1644.

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

OCTOBER 30, 2010

MENDON HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST

FIRST PLACE MAD HATTER LILLIE CARPENTER

RON KRUGH AWARDS FIRST PLACE WINNERS

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

OCTOBER 28, 2010

 

DR. JERRY SELL, ROCKFORD CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

                                       DR. JERRY SELL AND HIS FAMILY

                                  DR. JERRY SELL AND HIS STAFF

 

BARRY'S MARKET ROCKFORD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BARRY AND ROBERTA PEEL

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 28, 2010

 

IC OUT TO LUNCH WINNERS FOR SEPTEMBER

 

MADDY LUEBKE, BEN HOMAN, RACHEK WILLIAMS

 

Out to Lunch winners for the month of September: The following Immaculate Conception School 4th, 5th, and 6th graders were honored for their hard, academic work and excellent behavior by the Student Council. These students were treated to lunch out with principal, Mrs. Muhlenkamp. Pictured from left to right: Maddy Luebke, Ben Homan, Lydia Giesige, and Rachel Williams.

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 24, 2010

 

THERE’S HOPE

 

            (This is an editorial.)  Last week I attended the Local Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission Report to the community, which was held in the Dicke Hall at Wright State University Lake Campus.  It was a very encouraging meeting, which was a change from what we have been hearing.  Much credit must be given to Dr. Tom Knapke, recently appointed Group Facilitator and the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission.

            The tone of the meeting, established from the beginning and carried through the questions and answers period at the end was positive.  Several of the commission members spoke and the attitude was the same.  “We’re going to get through this and we will stay with it until the lake has recovered.”

            M ilt Miller reminded those in attendance of how much money has already been raised in just ten months.  He said, “We will restore the lake.”  Tim Lovett spoke with passion as he told the listeners and the community, “We will get this done.” He said he did not intend to spend another summer like this one.

            As he answered questions at the end of the program. Dr. Knapke assured the community, “Every day something is being done for the lake”  When he said in a interview for WCSM, “I live on the lake The Lake Campus is on the lake,  My friends live on the lake.  They have their businesses here.  Our economy is affected by the lake….I took this position because I have the ability and talent to do it.”

            One of the high points of the evening came when Brian Miller, Assistant Park Manager, told the crowd that he has received word from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that he will be furnished with a third suction dredger and “as soon as the ice breaks in the spring, he will see to it that all three dredgers will be kept busy.  And someone echoed, “Three dredgers, why not six…why not nine?

            Brian explained the problem he continually faces is where to put the sediment, the so-called Dredge Material Relocation Area (DMRA). He said plans are now to dredge the Coldwater Creek from the mouth to SR127; Riley Bay; and the mouth of Beaver Creek.  Tentative plans are to move sediment to the wooded area north of the Dog Walking Park.

            He also promised to look into fish stocking and having a Carp Tournament to help alleviate their negative impact on the lake.  Finally, he plans to have the tissue of the fish in the lake examined to determine any possible negative impact from the game fish.

            Brian spoke with passion and commitment.  He is going to do his part to make things better on the lake.

            The presenters were Dr. Knapke who welcomed the public, gave an overview of the lake restoration activity, introduced members of the Commission, introduced state contacts and the vendors who had set up displays around the room, and elected officials present including commissioners, mayors, city and county officials.

            Milt Miller of the Lake Development discussed fund raising and grant leverage.  He said initial funding of over $550,000 was supported by the Mercer County Civic Foundation and the St. Marys Community Foundation, applied for and received $60,000 for an Arygator.  Applied for and received EPA 319 grant of $485,000 for in-stream train and floating wetlands in the Prairie Creek watershed; EPA grant of $89,000 for Streamside Collector unit.  Total raised today is $2,683,847 including grants, pledges, and inkind donations.

            Laura Walker, Coordinator of the Grand Lake/Wabash Watershed Alliance, discussed the watershed partnership, and floating wetlands.  She also discussed internal and external loading.

            Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Economic Development Diretor discussed in-lake solutions, Streamside, and Treatment Train implementation.  He said everything was out of balance, with the wetlands gone, “the kidneys of the lake are gone.”

            Greg Schumm, Lake Development Corporation and Wright State University Lake Campus introduced Dr Robert Hiskey, instructor and said they were involved in weekly testing the lake and collecting data at this time.  He said other colleges including Ohio Northern, University of Dayton, Bowling Green, and Heidelberg are involved with the work. Also involved are the Battelle Institute and Mad Scientists.

            Tim  Lovett, President of the Lake Improvement Association, said he is very passionate about the lake and is committed to things getting better and promised the community that “we will get things done.”

            Julie Miller, Auglaize and Mercer County Convention Burea and Wright State Lake Campus discussing marketing efforts including such things as Bella’s guest waiter night and utilizing the social media and plans to establish a formal district. She talked about signage efforts and said graduate students from Ball State are working on assisting the Commission’s efforts.

            Jared Ebbing introduced Storm Cunningham, CEO of Resolution Fund LLC, a globally focused firm that helps communities revitalize their economies, environment, and quality of life, told the audence that “without realizing it, the problems with the lake may be providing an opportunity to become a Silican Valley.”  Problems here with the lake can become opportunities with the world interested in how to solve it.” He said the area already has a head start.  “Engage the stakeholders in a shared vision, renew the assets and culture vision.”

            Others on the Commission are Tom Rampe, Lake Improvement Association; Jeff Vosler, Lake Improvement Associaton; Kent Bryan,Celina Community Development Director; Todd Fleagle, St. Marys Economic Development Director.

            Tom Hitchcock, St. Marys Service Director; Doug Spencer, Auglaize County Commissioner; Kevin Bettinger, Ag Representative; Glen Hux, Mercer County Civic Foundation; Darwin Zigler, St. Marys Community Foundation.

            Supporting members, Linda May, Bruns Realty; and Ron Puthoff, Community Development Services.

            Interviews with Dr. Tom Knapke, Brian Miller, and Senator Keith Faber and Storm Cunningham are posted on www.wcsmradio.com

SPECIAL PHOTO FILE WEEK OCTOBER 18, 2010

TO VIEW WEEK OF PHOTOS SEE  PICTURE PAGE

DR. TOM KNAPKE, GROUP FACILITATOR

GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS RESTORATION COMMISSION

COLDWATER FFA MEMBER FINISHES SECOND IN STATE CONTEST

BEN SIEFRING

 

Coldwater Tri Star FFA member, Ben Siefring (pictured), recently finished as the second highest individual out of over 200 participants in the State FFA Rural Soil Judging Career Development Event. Ben placed first at the district contest which qualified him to compete in the state event.

Rural Soil Judging event participants were required to evaluate four different soil pits and sites for slope, degree of erosion, surface texture, soil depth, and natural drainage. Once the soil properties were determined participants then had to determine the land class and best land use for the sites. The final requirement was to determine the best soil conservation practices that should be applied to each site.

Event participants were also required to complete a written test about soil science and to locate information and data using a County Soil Survey book.

The contest event was very challenging, according to Siefring, since the state contest was held near Delaware, Ohio and the variety of soil types were completely different from the soil types in Mercer County.

Ben is currently a senior at Coldwater High School and is the son of Neal and Mary Siefring.

 

 

MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

ALL-LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL 2010

FIRST TEAM

NAME SCHOOL POSITION GRADE

Bethany Werling Coldwater OH/MH Sr.

Alyssa Winner Marion Local OH Sr.

Alyse Bergman Marion Local L Sr.

Erica Fullenkamp*** Minster S/M Sr.

Delanie Wolf Minster RH Sr.

Jena Braden New Knoxville S/OH Sr.

Emily Crowell Parkway MH Sr.

Kelsey Bates Parkway MH Sr.

Kaitlyn Kremer St Henry MH Sr.

Katie Hoyng St Henry OH Jr.

Kelsey Schlater Versailles L Sr.

Lauren Rindler Versailles OH Sr.

 

***Player of the Year

Coach of the Year- Amy Steininger, Marion Local

League Champs- Marion Local

SECOND TEAM

Brittanie Niekamp Coldwater MH Sr.

Shelby Reindel Delphos St Johns MH Jr.

Holly Brunswick Fort Recovery MH/OH Sr.

Margaret Wuebker Marion Local MB Jr.

Stacey Huber Marion Local S Sr.

Kaylee Schaefer Marion Local RS Sr.

Dana Stucke Minster L Jr.

Haley Burtch Parkway OH Jr.

Abby Brunswick St Henry S/RS Jr.

Amanda Winner Versailles OH Fr.

Jodie Brand Versailles MB Sr.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Coldwater- Macy Reigelsperger

Delphos St John- Tiffany Geise

Ft Recovery- Shelby Brunswick

Marion Local- Kelly Schlarman

Minster- Ellen Gruber

Haley Moeller- New Bremen

New Knoxville- Haley Dillon

Parkway- Peyton Heitkamp

St Henry- Sara Lefeld

Versailles- Danielle Langston

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 17, 2010

BRIAN MOELLER, BARBER

BRIAN MOELLER

What are you going to do if you lose your job? This is the story of a young man in Celina and what he did when he lost his job. Brian Moeller graduated from Celina High School in 1994. He went on to Wright State Lake Campus and received an Associate’s Degree with focus on engineering. He was working as a supervisor in a Van Wert automotive supply company when the company moved to Mexico.

So what’s a person going to do? Eversince he was a kid he got his haircut at Gentlemen’s Quarters Family Hair Care Center. Owner Ric Crider encouraged Brian to become a barber and ultimately sold the business to Brian who took his advice.

Brian went to Barber School in Dayton where he completed the 1800 hour program. Returning to Celina he bought the business, which is located across from the bowling alley at the Plaza Shopping Center and around the corner from CVS Pharmacy

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RIC CRIDER, BRIAN MOELLER, MIKE BROPHY

He bought the business this summer and kept the other barbers including Ric Crider, former owner with over 40 years experience; Mike Brophy with 32 years experience, and Tammy Rasberry.

Brian comes from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners so buying a barber shop was not as difficult as it might have been. His grandfather owned a construction business in St. Marys and his parents were appraisers and owned a real estate business.

He learned a lot of important lessons from his family including money management and how to deal with people. There is no question of Brian succeeding as a barber and business owner with the background and support he brings to this opportunity.

He is married to Erin Moeller and has two sons, step son Mitchell who is 16 years old and Kane who is 10 years old.

One of Brian’s greatest strengths is his true caring for people. “I remember that with every customer the few minutes they spend with me may be the most important minutes of their day…Only a few people are closer to others than a person’s barber…Customers become lifelong friends…There is no better role in life than service to others.”

With 30,000 barbers in Ohio, many of them are reaching retirement age, the opportunity a a barber is a very reality possibility.

Gentlemen’s Quarters Family Hair Care Center is open Monday through Saturday. Monday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A regular hair cut is $11; hair treatment costs $20.50. “Image Line” costs $11 to $33. The busines also handles hair pieces.

 

Guest Column by

State Senator Jon Husted

 

great Ohioan William McCulloch an example of true leadership

Recently, the Ohio National Statuary Collection Study Committee concluded its work to name an individual to represent our state in the nation’s capitol. The selection of Thomas Edison, the creator of the light bulb and many other important inventions, is emblematic of our state’s rich tradition of leading the nation in innovative thinking. Edison will now have his statue placed in this esteemed gallery, joining former President James Garfield.

As the committee completed its work, I was interested to read about all of the remarkable contributions made by Ohioans throughout our history. For example, most Ohioans are familiar with the accomplishments of Dayton’s Wright brothers (who received my vote in the statuary competition).

I was also captivated by the story of another of the ten finalists, William McCulloch. Born in Holmesville in Holmes County, McCulloch obtained a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster and a law degree from The Ohio State University. He eventually settled in Piqua, where he started a 40 year career in public service.

McCulloch was first elected to public office in 1932. Serving as a state representative, he earned the respect of his colleagues and was elected Speaker of the Ohio House, a position he held for three terms. Despite his promising career as a state lawmaker, McCulloch showed his patriotism when, at age 40, he resigned his position as Speaker and enlisted in the Army to serve his country during World War II.

Those accomplishments alone could be considered a remarkable career. However, it was his work in the area of constitutional law and the civil rights movement where McCulloch made his most valuable contributions to our state and nation. Having carried a strong commitment to equal rights throughout his career, McCulloch became active in the civil rights movement when he returned from the war.

In 1947, he was elected to Congress where he rose to become ranking member of the United States House Judiciary Committee. Throughout his tenure, McCulloch reaffirmed his commitment to equal rights, playing a key role in the passage of President Eisenhower’s 1957 and 1960 civil rights bills. He was even more instrumental in crafting and passing several key pieces of legislation in the 1960s, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Stories like McCulloch’s are truly inspirational and can serve to motivate a new generation of leaders to step forward and dedicate themselves to making their community, our state and this great nation a better place. That is why I am glad the Capitol Square Foundation in Columbus is sponsoring the Great Ohioans Award. This award aims to commemorate the role of Ohioans in events of lasting significance in world, American or Ohio history. A special exhibit pays tribute to all the recipients in the Statehouse Museum.

I recently nominated William McCulloch for the Great Ohioans Award because of his many important contributions. If you’re interested in nominating someone or learning more about the Great Ohioans Award, please visit the Capital Square Foundation’s website at http://www.capitolsquarefoundation.org/great_ohioan.htm

JOHN Kasich and MARY TAYLOR TO VISIT WAPAKONETA

welcome John Kasich and Mary Taylor to Auglaize County Tuesday October 19th 2010 at 11:45 a.m.

They will be coming to meet everyone and talk about the vision they have for Ohio as part of the I-75 Tour.

The stop will be at the Auglaize Republican Headquarters 22 Auglaize St ( downtown next to the Chase bank- parking in the back) Wapakoneta Ohio

Any questions feel free to contact Tess Elshoff 419-733-7526 or at
tess@kasichforohio.com

 

ROCKFORD CHAMBER AND LEOTA BRAUN FOUNDATION

The Rockford Chamber dinner and banquet will be Thursday, October 28 beginning with a social hour at 6:30 P.M. Citizen of the Year will be named. Deadline to register is October 20. Tickets are $10 each

The Leota Braun Foundation annual meeting will be held on Sunday, November 7 at 12 noon. Tsickets are $20 each. Both the Chamber and Leota Braun Foudation meetings will be held in the Rockford Community Buildin.

WRIGHT STATE ANNUAL REPORT

The Wright State annual report to the community will be held on Thursday, November 4 at 12 noon at Speedway Lanes Banquet Center in New Bremen. Wright State president Dr. David R. Hopkins and interim Lake Campus Dean Dr. Bonnie Mathies will speak. Meeting is sponsored by WSU Lake Campus and Western Ohio Educational Foundation. RSVP by October 29.

 

 

YOUTHEATRE PRESENTS THE MOUSE THAT ROARED.

 

October 13, 2010 …….. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County invites you to attend Youtheatre’s production of the play The Mouse That Roared. The Mouse That Roared is a full-length comedy adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Leonard Wibberley and is produced through special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Performances are on October 22 and October 23 at 7:00 p.m. and October 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room at First Presbyterian Church, located at 2330 South Main Street, Findlay.

Over 40 local youth in grades 6 through 12 are involved in the cast and technical crew. Students involved in the production represent 9 area schools and home schools.

The production is directed by Jim Toth. Merv Schrock is Technical Director, Joan Bauer is Costume Designer, and Peggy Grandbois is Producer. The Assistant Director is Britney McIntosh and the Assistant Technical Director is Brandon Lundeen.

In The Mouse that Roared, Dutchess Gloriana, a pretty girl of 22, is sovereign of a microscopic country in the Alps founded centuries ago by a roving band of English bowmen. Gloriana's unique solution to the near bankruptcy of her tiny domain is to declare war on the United States! There's some method to her madness, however, for her study of history suggests that the surest way to wealth today is to lose a war with the United States, for that country's odd reaction is to pour aid, relief and rehabilitation on the vanquished. When her "declaration" is considered a prank, Gloriana decides to escalate and Tully Bascomb, presently in charge of the bowmen, is to launch an attack so they can surrender and reap the rewards. Serious-minded Tully, however, upsets all calculations when he and his bowmen do the last thing expected they win! This rare comedy uses the magic of the theatre to help all involved enjoy the delight of the "impossible.

Tickets are on sale now! Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students. Discount prices for members of the Arts Partnership are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12, based upon availability. All seats are general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Arts Partnership Box Office by calling 419-422-4624 or visit www.artspartnership.com. The Arts Partnership is located at 618 South Main Street, Findlay. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mercer Health Announces Breast Screening Event

Mercer Health will be offering free Clinical Breast Exam screenings on Wednesday, October 27. Their goal is to inform women about the importance of early detection for Breast Cancer.

Dr. Shanthi Satya and Certified Nurse Midwife Donna Scheideberg will conduct the free clinical breast examinations at the Community Medical Center, 950 South Main Street, Celina. The free exams will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7:00 p.m. Persons interested in receiving the free clinical breast exam must call (419) 586-1220 to make an appointment.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a clinical breast exam should be a part of a periodic Health exam – about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older. Yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue as long as a woman is in good health. If necessary, Dr. Shanthi and Scheideberg will be able to order mammograms for patients at this Screening event.

ACS sates, “Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health care professional right away. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.”

In addition to searching for early signs of breast cancer through mammograms and clinical breast exams, the ACS states that women can stay well by helping reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy lifestyle choices such as staying at a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting their alcohol intake.

A display with educational materials has been set up in the Outpatient Waiting Lobby of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. This display includes information about breast health as well as other cancer prevention techniques.

 

Wassenberg Art Center Members’ Show and Sale

November 14-December 11, 2010

1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)

Admission Free

For information: 419-238-6837, 1-888-238-3837, wassenberg@embarqmail.com, , www.vanwert.com/wassenberg

Wassenberg Art Center Members’ Show scheduled

The Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, will present its 20th Annual Members’ Show and Sale from November 14 to December 11, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Admission is free. The exhibit is sponsored by the Van Wert County Hospital.

The Members’ Show gives the member artists, photographers, potters and crafters of the Wassenberg Art Center a chance to display and sell their work. It also gives the public an opportunity to see the work of talented, creative people in the Northwestern Ohio area (and beyond; the art center’s membership includes people in New York, Indiana, Michigan and Georgia).

The show includes both a judged exhibit and a sales display. The judged exhibit will include paintings, drawings, pottery, photography, and more. Many of the items in the judged exhibit are for sale. The sales display will include unframed paintings and drawings as well as pottery and other items.

The following awards will be presented: United Art & Education Award -- $100 gift card; Mary McVay Worthington Memorial Award -- $75; Van Wert County Foundation Award -- $50; Douglas Koch Memorial Award -- $50; Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award -- $25; Director’s Award -- $25; Barley Charles Award (best animal) -- $25, four Merit Awards of $20 each; Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award -- $35 merchandise certificate, tote bag and apron.

Executive Director Michele L. Hiegel says, “We always look forward to this exhibit because of the wonderful variety of work entered. It is also fun because it includes work from every level, beginner to professional. It’s a great exhibit to visit and enjoy, and it lets area artists display their work and gives people an opportunity to buy original art at small-town prices. It is a win-win show for everyone!”

The exhibit is open to members of the Wassenberg Art Center. Any member who has not received a prospectus with rules and entry forms by Friday, October 15, should contact the art center. Entries together with completed entry form must be turned in at the Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday from Friday, October 22 through Friday, November 5, 2010. We will not be able to take entries on Sunday, Oct. 31 unless arrangements are made in advance.

For information on membership or on the Members’ Show, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837, or toll free 1.888.238.3837, or by e-mail at wassenberg@embarqmail.com. The art center is located at 643 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio. Visit the website at www.vanwert.com/wassenberg to learn about art center exhibits, activities and classes.

 

FABER EARNS “WATCHDOG OF THE TREASURY” DISTINCTION

FOR THE 128TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

COLUMBUS – Throughout his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina) has earned a reputation for fiscal responsibility. Recently, he was awarded his fourth consecutive “Watchdog of the Treasury” distinction from the United Conservatives of Ohio for his continued commitment to smaller, more efficient government during the 128th General Assembly. He previously received Watchdog awards for his work during the 127th, 126th and 125th General Assemblies.

“Ohioans are struggling in this economy. It is more critical than ever that their elected officials hold the line on spending and keep our tax burdens low,” Faber said. “I will continue to advocate for fiscal responsibility and smaller, smarter government at the Statehouse.”

Senator Faber represents the 12th Senate District, including Allen, Champaign, Mercer, Preble, Shelby and portions of Auglaize and Darke counties. He serves as the Senate’s Majority Floor Leader for the 128th General Assembly and as a member of the budget-writing Senate Finance & Financial Institutions Committee. For more information about Senator Faber, please visit www.ohiosenate.gov/keith-faber.

 

 

Preserving the Family Farm

Dinner and Program

November 18, 2010

LIMA, Ohio – Join the West Central Ohio Land Conservancy for an evening filled with delicious food catered by the Holiday Inn & Suites and an important program to our community on Preserving the Family Farm. The evening will begin with a Silent Auction and raffle at 5:30PM and dinner to begin at 6:30PM followed by Preserving the Family Farm Program. Pre-Event Tickets are $12.00 per person and can be purchased by calling WCOLC at 567-204-9126 thru November 5th.

The guest speaker for the evening is David Marrison with the Ashtabula OSU Extension Office. Mr. Marrison will discuss questions to consider when preserving the family farm, why family farms may fail from one generation to the next, and share strategies to ensure the farm is able to make the transition to the next generation.

The West Central Ohio Land Conservancy (WCOLC) is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve land by assisting landowners in the conservation easement process, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. The purpose of the WCOLC is to protect land that has agricultural, natural, recreational, scenic, historic, and/or other productive value. Between 1950 and 2000, Ohio lost more than 6.9 million acres of farmland, representing nearly one-third of Ohio’s agricultural land and a size equivalent to 23 Ohio counties. The WCOLC represents Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert Counties.

The dinner and program will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 803 South Leonard Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45804. The hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffet will be catered by Holiday Inn & Suites. In addition to the guest speaker the evening program will include raffle and silent auction.

Contact the West Central Ohio Land Conservancy with any questions at 567-204-9126.

Media Contact: Amanda Wischmeyer, President, 567-204-5101

Helping People Preserve Their Heritage

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE CANDIDATES

 

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee is hosting a breakfast with the candidates on Friday, October 22nd. Local candidates who are running for Mercer County Commissioner, Auditor, and Treasurer will be speaking. At 8:00am each candidate will have time to address the audience and time permitting, answer questions. We will wrap up by 9:00am.

The Celina Eagles Lodge will be serving a delicious breakfast at 7:30am. There is a fee of $5 for breakfast. Please RSVP to the

Chamber office by October 18th by calling 419 586-2219 or email info@celinamercer.com.

 

 
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CRESCENT PLAYERS TO PRESENT PERFORMANCE

The Crescent Players will present a dinner theater, "Seeking Asylum," by
Jerry Rabushka in association with Heuer Publishing LLC. The production
will be held October 29 and 30, (dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.) and
October 31, (dinner at 1 p.m., show at 2 p.m.) at the American Legion in
New Bremen. Tickets are available at Western Ohio True Value Hardware,
Minster or by calling 419-629-1030. Dinner and show: $18; Show only:
$10.

 

GERMAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS

Mark your calendars for German Family Christmas, November 12, 13 & 14. Area businesses and organizations are already signing up and making plans for a great Holiday Open House! If your business is interested in participating this year, please contact the Chamber for details. The cut-off date to sign up is October 22, 2010.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 14, 2010

 

AUGLAIZE OUTDOORS-NATURALLY SPEAKING

This Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 pm we welcome Allison Brady to the upper room of the Lockkeeper's House. Allison will present her program "Auglaize Outdoors- Naturally Speaking."

"What prehistoric stories does our landscape have to tell? Before our ancestors came into this area, what did the land look like? How did people travel before the creation of modern transportation of canal, rail and road? Join Allison Brady, Director of the Heritage Trails Park District to learn about the natural history of Auglaize County.

Using maps, first person accounts, and her storytelling skills, Brady will weave together our natural history like you have never heard it before. Whether your people have been here for many generations or you are a recent arrival, Brady promises that everyone will learn something new about this land we call home."


This will prove to be an interesting program and I hope you can join us!

 

School Spirit 5K AT IC

On Saturday, September 25, Immaculate Conception School hosted the first School Spirit 5K Walk/Run at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. There were about 200 participants, many of whom came dressed in “spirited” attire for various schools. Participants ranged in age from 4 years to 81 years, and in some cases, included the entire family!! Shown is chairperson Kellie Pearson presenting a check for $3,056 to Polly Muhlenkamp, principal, to be added to the fundraising efforts of Immaculate Conception School. IC extends a great big thank-you to Kellie and her crew of Sierra Wynk, Allison Bruns, Craig Bruns, Jessica Siefring, Amber Puthoff, and Jen Giesige. Huge thanks also to the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers! Winning awards were:

Top 3 Males Overall

1.     Joe Vonderhaar

2.     Tim Wiechart

3.     Greg Homan

Top 3 Females Overall

1.     Breah Anderson

2.     Lauren McDonough

3.     Sandy Dieringer 

Males 9 and Under

1.     Reeves Black

2.     Colin Williams

3.     Ben Greber

Males 10-14

1.     Noah Shrock

2.     Austin Stapleton

3.     Nathan Robinson

 

Males 20-29

1.     Dan Ontrop

2.     Kevin Sprague

3.     Kasey Howell

 

Males 30-39

1.     Chad Bruns

2.     Aaron Kriegel

3.     Chris Osterloh

 

Males 40-49

1.     Pat Schmitt

2.     Gino Fisher

3.     Russel Kerfoot

 

Males 50-59

1.     John Sites

2.     Ron Duval

3.     Bruce Butler

 

Males 60 and Over

1.     Ron Sites

 

 

 

 

 

Females 9 and Under

1.     Brayla Stapleton

2.     Kennedy Henry

3.     Ella DeLong

 

Females 10-14

1.     Brooke Steinbrunner

2.     Ashley Alig

3.     Noel Schmitt

 

Females 15-19

1.     Briana Schmitt

2.     Katie Wurster

 

Females 20-29

1.     Michele Huber

2.     Amy Little

3.     Cindy Ontrop

 

Females 30-39

1.     Kathy Schulze

2.     Christie Binkley

3.     Kelly Anderson

 

Females 40-49

1.     Sabrina Newland

2.     Cindy Schmidt

3.     Kimberly Carr

 

Females 50-59

1.     Sandy Dieringer

2.     Mindy Dingledine

3.     Marie McKirnan

 

Females 60 and over

1.     Sandy Braun

2.     Joan Stelzer

IC Family Fun Carnival

Immaculate Conception School held a family fun carnival on Sunday, September 12. It was a very fun, well-organized day, and many families participated in the day! Entertainment included various games, a cake wheel, a petting zoo, shows by Crazy Craig Muhlenkamp, the juggler, Feel N. Lucky, the clown, and a canine show. Shown are the chairs for the event presenting a check for over $4,000 to the principal of Immaculate Conception School to be added to the fundraising efforts to support the school!

From left: Cathy Fullenkamp, chair; Polly Muhlenkamp, principal; Tara Homan, chair; Cara Muhlenkamp, chair

 

Mercer Health Announces Breast Screening Event

 

Mercer Health will be offering free Clinical Breast Exam screenings on Wednesday, October 27. Their goal is to inform women about the importance of early detection for Breast Cancer.

Dr. Shanthi Satya and Certified Nurse Midwife Donna Scheideberg will conduct the free clinical breast examinations at the Community Medical Center, 950 South Main Street, Celina. The free exams will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7:00 p.m. Persons interested in receiving the free clinical breast exam must call (419) 586-1220 to make an appointment.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a clinical breast exam should be a part of a periodic Health exam – about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women age 40 and older. Yearly mammograms should begin at age 40 and continue as long as a woman is in good health. If necessary, Dr. Shanthi and Scheideberg will be able to order mammograms for patients at this Screening event.

ACS sates, “Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health care professional right away. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.”

In addition to searching for early signs of breast cancer through mammograms and clinical breast exams, the ACS states that women can stay well by helping reduce their breast cancer risk by making healthy lifestyle choices such as staying at a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting their alcohol intake.

A display with educational materials has been set up in the Outpatient Waiting Lobby of Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. This display includes information about breast health as well as other cancer prevention techniques.

 

YOUTHEATRE PRESENTS THE MOUSE THAT ROARED.

 

October 13, 2010 …….. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County invites you to attend Youtheatre’s production of the play The Mouse That Roared. The Mouse That Roared is a full-length comedy adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Leonard Wibberley and is produced through special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. Performances are on October 22 and October 23 at 7:00 p.m. and October 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room at First Presbyterian Church, located at 2330 South Main Street, Findlay.

Over 40 local youth in grades 6 through 12 are involved in the cast and technical crew. Students involved in the production represent 9 area schools and home schools.

The production is directed by Jim Toth. Merv Schrock is Technical Director, Joan Bauer is Costume Designer, and Peggy Grandbois is Producer. The Assistant Director is Britney McIntosh and the Assistant Technical Director is Brandon Lundeen.

In The Mouse that Roared, Dutchess Gloriana, a pretty girl of 22, is sovereign of a microscopic country in the Alps founded centuries ago by a roving band of English bowmen. Gloriana's unique solution to the near bankruptcy of her tiny domain is to declare war on the United States! There's some method to her madness, however, for her study of history suggests that the surest way to wealth today is to lose a war with the United States, for that country's odd reaction is to pour aid, relief and rehabilitation on the vanquished. When her "declaration" is considered a prank, Gloriana decides to escalate and Tully Bascomb, presently in charge of the bowmen, is to launch an attack so they can surrender and reap the rewards. Serious-minded Tully, however, upsets all calculations when he and his bowmen do the last thing expected they win! This rare comedy uses the magic of the theatre to help all involved enjoy the delight of the "impossible.

“MOUSE THAT ROARED”

Tickets are on sale now! Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students. Discount prices for members of the Arts Partnership are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12, based upon availability. All seats are general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Arts Partnership Box Office by calling 419-422-4624 or visit www.artspartnership.com. The Arts Partnership is located at 618 South Main Street, Findlay. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Youtheatre program is made possible through generous donations from our sponsors: Marathon Petroleum Company, The Courier, WKXA, WFIN, 106.3 The Fox, Tall Timbers Industrial Park, Millstream Area Credit Union, Northwest Ohio Orthopedics, Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union, First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and The Ohio Arts Council.

Ticket sales from this production support the many educational programs offered by The Arts Partnership to our community each year. By attending this performance, you support local youth while enjoying a fun-filled show sure to delight the whole family!

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a non-profit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts presentations, educational opportunities and entertainment. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by Findlay Area Arts Foundation, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.

 

Fort Facts

 

Fort Recovery Local Schools Board of Education Meeting Summary

October 12, 2010 Board Work Session & Regular Meeting

 

 

 

Board Work Session

1. Treasurer Lori Koch presented the updated Five Year Forecast.

2. Reviewed the information on the Board visits to the area Organizations.

***

Board Recognition

Board recognized Eagle Scout Josh Wendel.

***

Public Comments

Several parents discussed the status of swimming as a club sport versus a varsity sport.

***

Staff Report

Marcia Weigel and students presented information to the board about the planned upcoming Gr. 5 Gifted students’ trip to Chicago.

***

Administrative Reports

No principals’ reports because of work session.

***

Mr. Niekamp:

* Updated the Board on Netbooks. Staff members will visit Fairview Park High School.

* Mrs. Brenda Kaup reviewed the Race to the Top evaluation / application.

* Discussed Jim Zehringer’s presentation to the Board on being an Excellent School.

* Informed the Board on plans to work on key areas for improving Value Added. Research will be done and presented to the Board.

* Discussed the Joint Waiver Day with St. Henry on

November 2 and reviewed the agenda

 

 

Consent Agenda

1. Approved minutes of prior Sept. meeting.

2. Approved Sept. financial reports and payment of bills.

3. Accepted and thanked Jeff Staugler for his donation of $500 to the Scholastic Bowl. Also accepted and thanked the Mercer County Bar Association for their donation of $348 to the Eighth Grade Washington D.C. trip.

4. Accepted Brad Fortkamp as the volunteer Boys Bowling Coach for the 2010-2011 season.

5. accepted the resignation of Amy Welling as a non-teaching employee effective Sept. 9, 2010.

6. Approved Initial Advances from the general fund to Title III IEP.

***

Agenda Action Items

1. Approved the Five Year Forecast as presented.

2. Approved the modifications to the temporary appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

3. Approved the 5th Grade Gifted trip to Chicago, Illinois from May 12th through May 13th, 2011.

4. Approved the new, replacement, and revised policies per recommendation of the policy committee.

5. Executive session.

6. Approved the employment of Jerry Kaup - Head Baseball Coach for the 2010 -11 school year.

7. Meeting Adjourned.

 

Reminders:

The November Board meeting will be held on November 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

FABER EARNS “WATCHDOG OF THE TREASURY” DISTINCTION

FOR THE 128TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

COLUMBUS – Throughout his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina) has earned a reputation for fiscal responsibility. Recently, he was awarded his fourth consecutive “Watchdog of the Treasury” distinction from the United Conservatives of Ohio for his continued commitment to smaller, more efficient government during the 128th General Assembly. He previously received Watchdog awards for his work during the 127th, 126th and 125th General Assemblies.

“Ohioans are struggling in this economy. It is more critical than ever that their elected officials hold the line on spending and keep our tax burdens low,” Faber said. “I will continue to advocate for fiscal responsibility and smaller, smarter government at the Statehouse.”

Senator Faber represents the 12th Senate District, including Allen, Champaign, Mercer, Preble, Shelby and portions of Auglaize and Darke counties. He serves as the Senate’s Majority Floor Leader for the 128th General Assembly and as a member of the budget-writing Senate Finance & Financial Institutions Committee. For more information about Senator Faber, please visit www.ohiosenate.gov/keith-faber.

Wassenberg Art Center Members’ Show and Sale

November 14-December 11, 2010

1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)

Admission Free

For information: 419-238-6837, 1-888-238-3837, wassenberg@embarqmail.com, , www.vanwert.com/wassenberg

Wassenberg Art Center Members’ Show scheduled

The Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, will present its 20th Annual Members’ Show and Sale from November 14 to December 11, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Admission is free. The exhibit is sponsored by the Van Wert County Hospital.

The Members’ Show gives the member artists, photographers, potters and crafters of the Wassenberg Art Center a chance to display and sell their work. It also gives the public an opportunity to see the work of talented, creative people in the Northwestern Ohio area (and beyond; the art center’s membership includes people in New York, Indiana, Michigan and Georgia).

The show includes both a judged exhibit and a sales display. The judged exhibit will include paintings, drawings, pottery, photography, and more. Many of the items in the judged exhibit are for sale. The sales display will include unframed paintings and drawings as well as pottery and other items.

The following awards will be presented: United Art & Education Award -- $100 gift card; Mary McVay Worthington Memorial Award -- $75; Van Wert County Foundation Award -- $50; Douglas Koch Memorial Award -- $50; Gertrude Sluterbeck Memorial Award -- $25; Director’s Award -- $25; Barley Charles Award (best animal) -- $25, four Merit Awards of $20 each; Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award -- $35 merchandise certificate, tote bag and apron.

Executive Director Michele L. Hiegel says, “We always look forward to this exhibit because of the wonderful variety of work entered. It is also fun because it includes work from every level, beginner to professional. It’s a great exhibit to visit and enjoy, and it lets area artists display their work and gives people an opportunity to buy original art at small-town prices. It is a win-win show for everyone!”

The exhibit is open to members of the Wassenberg Art Center. Any member who has not received a prospectus with rules and entry forms by Friday, October 15, should contact the art center. Entries together with completed entry form must be turned in at the Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday from Friday, October 22 through Friday, November 5, 2010. We will not be able to take entries on Sunday, Oct. 31 unless arrangements are made in advance.

For information on membership or on the Members’ Show, contact the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837, or toll free 1.888.238.3837, or by e-mail at wassenberg@embarqmail.com. The art center is located at 643 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio. Visit the website at www.vanwert.com/wassenberg to learn about art center exhibits, activities and classes.

 

West Central Ohio Land Conservancy

P.O. Box 503

Lima, Ohio 45802

Phone: 567-204-9126

Info@wcolc.org

www.wcolc.org

Serving The Counties Of:

Allen

Auglaize

Preserving the Family Farm

Dinner and Program

November 18, 2010

LIMA, Ohio – Join the West Central Ohio Land Conservancy for an evening filled with delicious food catered by the Holiday Inn & Suites and an important program to our community on Preserving the Family Farm. The evening will begin with a Silent Auction and raffle at 5:30PM and dinner to begin at 6:30PM followed by Preserving the Family Farm Program. Pre-Event Tickets are $12.00 per person and can be purchased by calling WCOLC at 567-204-9126 thru November 5th.

The guest speaker for the evening is David Marrison with the Ashtabula OSU Extension Office. Mr. Marrison will discuss questions to consider when preserving the family farm, why family farms may fail from one generation to the next, and share strategies to ensure the farm is able to make the transition to the next generation.

The West Central Ohio Land Conservancy (WCOLC) is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve land by assisting landowners in the conservation easement process, or by its stewardship of such land or easements. The purpose of the WCOLC is to protect land that has agricultural, natural, recreational, scenic, historic, and/or other productive value. Between 1950 and 2000, Ohio lost more than 6.9 million acres of farmland, representing nearly one-third of Ohio’s agricultural land and a size equivalent to 23 Ohio counties. The WCOLC represents Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert Counties.

The dinner and program will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 803 South Leonard Avenue, Lima, Ohio 45804. The hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffet will be catered by Holiday Inn & Suites. In addition to the guest speaker the evening program will include raffle and silent auction.

Contact the West Central Ohio Land Conservancy with any questions at 567-204-9126.

Media Contact: Amanda Wischmeyer, President, 567-204-5101

Helping People Preserve Their Heritage

 

Breakfast with Mercer County Candidates

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee is hosting a breakfast with the candidates on Friday, October 22nd. Local candidates who are running for Mercer County Commissioner, Auditor, and Treasurer will be speaking. At 8:00am each candidate will have time to address the audience and time permitting, answer questions. We will wrap up by 9:00am.

The Celina Eagles Lodge will be serving a delicious breakfast at 7:30am. There is a fee of $5 for breakfast. Please RSVP to the

Chamber office by October 18th by calling 419 586-2219 or email info@celinamercer.com

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT SPEEDWAY LANES


The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites all chamber members to a business after hours event on Thursday November 4th, from 5-7pm at Speedway Lanes in New Bremen. The event is hosted and catered by Speedway Lanes and brought to you by NK Telco and new chamber member this summer, GenSoft Systems, Inc.

Please RSVP by contacting the Chamber office at (4190 629-0313, or respond to this email.

See you there!

Scott M. Frey

Executive Director

Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce

 

Elmwood Assisted Living hosts game night for seniors

(New Bremen)

Senior Game Night at Elmwood will be held on Tuesday October 19th from 6:00-8:00p.m. The cost is $5.00 at the door. The evening includes card games and dominos, dinner, door prizes and entertainment. The Dick Valentine Show featuring vocalist Gerald Wolfe, will perform the music of Frank Sinatra and other crooners. Please RSVP by October the 15th to Elmwood Assisted Living 419-977-2711.The public is welcome!!!

 

Crescent players to present “Seeking Asylum”


The Crescent Players will present a dinner theater, "Seeking Asylum," by
Jerry Rabushka in association with Heuer Publishing LLC. The production
will be held October 29 and 30, (dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.) and
October 31, (dinner at 1 p.m., show at 2 p.m.) at the American Legion in
New Bremen. Tickets are available at Western Ohio True Value Hardware,
Minster or by calling 419-629-1030. Dinner and show: $18; Show only:
$10.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 13, 2010

SOUTHWESTERN AUGLAIZE COUNTY

CHAMBER ANNUAL MEETING

Scott M. Frey, Executive Director

Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber

of Commerce

The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce annual Meeting was held on October 12 at the Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen with over 50 members and guests in attendance.

Pastor Tom Sager gave the invocation. Lunch was served by Perfect Partying Catering. Chamber president Rob Albers gave the welcome and introduced the Board of Directors. Scott Frey, Executive Director gave the annual report. Goals accomplished include moving into new offices in Lockkeeper’s House; increasing membership by 22; created Facebook Page to market chamber.

Began marketing Chamber on Twitter and Linkedin; expanded Business After Hours programs; launched Chamber Lecture Series; began updating SW Auglaize County map project/fundraiser; launched Spring Fever Weekend retail promotion; assisted with founding of Grand Lake Young Professionals; Began Pulled Pork Sandwich Stand with Easy Catering.

Mr. Frey also said that the Chamber has welcomed many guests including Jim Jordan, Cliff Hite, Steve Buchrer, Keith Faber, John Adams, three local mayors, Auglaize County Commissioners, officials from Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Historical Society, ODNR, ODOT, and many other public officials.

He praised the Board of Directors, his administrative assistant Pam Sager and volunteer Donna Larson, and support from the media.

                 

Dr. Lavaughn M. Henry, Vice President

and Senior Regional Officer

Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland

Cincinnati Branch

Featured speaker was Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry, Vice President and Senior Regional Officer Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland. Cincinnati Branch. Dr. Henry has a Ph.D and Masters from Harvard and a Bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University located near his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

Using a series of charts and graphs via a Power Point program, Dr. Henry gave a very informative presentation about the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve in it. The title of his presentation was the “Unusual Uncertainty.” He traced the recent economic problems of the country and we as individuals have had and are facing. He discussed the rate of change and the impact the public’s view of the economy has on the overall economic situation.

He concluded his presentation by saying, “we are moving in the right direction…America will come back.”

SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 12, 2010

COLDWATER POLICE CHIEF RANDY WALTMIRE

INTRODUCES TO COUNCIL

COLDWATER'S NEW PATROLMAN

MEGAN BAKER

AND NEW CRUISER

2011 CHEVROLET TAHOE

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 12, 2010

IC SCHOOL'S  VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

DIANA RUSSELL

 

IC’s featured volunteer for the month of October is Diana Russell. Diana is also the mom of Ben Russell, in our preschool 2 class. Diana is presently volunteering by serving on the enrollment and marketing committee for IC School. Using her professional expertise in desktop publishing and graphic design, Diana has taken care of keeping up our web page and helping to design ads and printed materials for IC School. She is doing an amazing job of making sure the web page is attractive and well-organized, and is very timely with getting things up.  This is a great service to IC School!

 

In her professional life, Diana and her husband run a company called Lake House Productions. Using desktop publishing and graphic design they produce printed materials, DVD photo slide shows & invitations for special occasions. In addition to being a wife, mom, and a busy volunteer, Diana is active in her parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as a teacher for senior CCD, a Eucharistic minister, and assisting with other jobs such as the layout of the parish directory. Diana appreciates being a part of the IC Community.

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 11 PART II

ST. HENRY FFA PARTICIPATES IN DISTRICT SOILS CONTEST

BY JANEL BROERING

Members of the St. Henry FFA Chapter competed at the 2010 District 5 Soils Judging Contests. The top 8 from both the Agriscience I and Agriscience II classes in the Mercer County Invitational got to move on to districts. Districts were held on September 29th where both the judging of urban and rural soils took place at Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery.

The Agriscience I classes participated in the District Rural Soils Judging Competition. Qualifying for districts were Maria Stammen, Mitchell Fiely, Jordan Clune, Trey Rammel, Lydia Stachler, Brad Dirksen, Ryan Good, and Kevin Mestemaker. Maria Stammen placed 81st, while Mitchell Fiely placed 86th. Jordan Clune received 120th, and Trey Rammel placed 137th.

The Agriscience II class competed in the District Urban Soils Judging Competition. FFA member qualifying for districts included Zach Siefring, Brad Rindler, Dylan Rammel, Tyler Lefeld, Derek Broering, Isaac Lefeld, Devin Froning, and Aaron Post. Zach Siefring placed 32nd. Brad Rindler came in 35th. Dylan Rammel placed 46th, while Tyler Lefeld placed 48th.

Captions:

2010 Soils Judging 012 Pictures

Isaac Lefeld, Aaron Post, Brad Rindler, Derek Broering, Tyler Lefeld, Zach Siefring, Dylan Rammel, and Devin Froning attended the Districts Soils Judging Contest.

 

 

SENATOR STEVE BUEHRER

CAPITOL LETTERS

Friday, October 8, 2010

BILL SEEKS TO HELP IMPROVE EMS TRAINING,

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIMES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Ohio’s paramedics and other first responders perform a valiant and invaluable service to our local communities, helping a senior citizen who has fallen in their home, rescuing a family from a burning building or saving the life of the victim of a car crash. This job requires the proper training, a unique dedication and unwavering focus and the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to an emergency situation.

Earlier this year, the State Board of Emergency Medical Services voted to mandate that all paramedic training programs in Ohio become nationally accredited by 2018. While we all want the best trained emergency medical professionals in our cities and small towns, some local officials and a group of my colleagues in the Senate expressed legitimate concerns at the time that this mandate would unnecessarily increase expenses for local EMS departments in Ohio, which often pay to train paramedics to serve their region.

A February article in the Columbus Dispatch quoted one expert as saying that the national accreditation process can take six months to a year and cost about $2,000 per program, per year. There could also be additional costs for new training equipment and bachelor’s degrees for some paramedic training program coordinators, which were not previously required.

For many local EMS departments operating on a limited budget, particularly in Ohio’s rural communities, these added expenses would most likely have to be passed on to their students and could impact their ability to recruit and retain emergency medical workers.

Last month, after working with officials at the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the state EMS Board, State Senator John Carey, who represents rural southern Ohio, introduced Senate Bill 302, legislation that would allow existing state EMS grants to be used to help paramedic training programs achieve national accreditation standards. This agreement seeks to help communities afford to attract and keep talented emergency medical professionals, while working to strengthen the knowledge and training of paramedics across the state.

Also, as a result of discussions with the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, SB 302 includes language to clarify requirements for staffing ambulances to help fire departments and EMS organizations, which rely substantially on volunteer staff, serve Ohioans in need more quickly and effectively.

The bill says that if an ambulance is traveling to the scene of an emergency, the vehicle would only need to be staffed by one EMT or paramedic, who can also be the driver. Other first responders and emergency personnel would be able to meet the ambulance at the scene, saving them the time of having to go to the fire station first. SB 302 also clarifies that when an ambulance is transporting a patient, it would need to be staffed by at least two EMTs or paramedics, or by one first responder and one EMT or paramedic. One of these individuals could also be the driver.

There are thousands of hard-working, dedicated firemen and women, paramedics and other first responders in Ohio. It is important that we do everything we can to support these professionals, while working to ensure that every Ohioans has access to quality, timely emergency services. SB 302 represents a positive step in this effort.

For more information about SB 302, visit the Ohio General Assembly website at www.legislature.state.oh.us.

You can also contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns about state government issues. You can also write me, Senator Steve Buehrer, Ohio Senate, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, or contact me by phone at (614) 466-8150. In addition, I can be reached by email at SD01@senate.state.oh.us. For more information about my work in the Ohio Senate, please visit my page on the new Senate website at www.ohiosenate.gov/steve-buehrer.

 


SHOP LOCALLY CAMPAIGN

WCSM has begun a "shop locally" promotion called the 3-50 Project. If you recall, I've done a little bit of marketing along those lines over the past year with the chamber and a few of our retailers have participated in that effort.

Here's how it works: From October 25 until October 31, WCSM will be running commercials marketing our local businesses with The 3-50 Project. Each day during the week, they will be giving away three $50 chamber gift certificates to listeners who call to tell the on air talent who their favorite SW Auglaize County business is. WCSM will be purchasing the gift certificates from the chamber, making a nice little investment in our business community!

When I heard this promotion running in the Celina market a few weeks ago, I contacted WCSM to see about getting us involved at some point. Andy Hrycko told me that they already had plans to run the 3-50 Project for us sometime in the future. And, as promised, Andy came by my office yesterday to let me know they are ready to roll this out for us. Even though my ad budget is stretched (like we all are, no doubt!), I immediately purchased an ad package as a major sponsor.

I see this as an excellent opportunity to invite folks into our neck of the woods to discover the wonderful charm, unique businesses, and dynamic organizations that make New Knoxville, Minster and New Bremen great places to do business! The timing couldn't be better as we are gearing up to promote German Family Christmas Nov 12-14!

To that end, your WCSM ad representative will be in contact with you to present the promotion and go over ad packages. If you're interested, you can contact WCSM by calling (419) 586-5133.

Thanks!

Scott M. Frey

Executive Director

Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 3

22 South Water Street

New Bremen, OH 45869

Office- (419) 629-0313

Cell- (419) 204-8729

www.auglaize.org

 

 

Lake Campus to Host Grand Lake Restoration Update
Local leaders to share master action plan and latest information on efforts


WHAT:
Grand Lake Restoration Update

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 20
7:00-9:00 p.m.
(Doors to open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE:
James F. Dicke Hall, Lake Campus

DETAILS: Join the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Commission and Group Facilitator Thomas Knapke for a community update and status report regarding the ongoing efforts to restore Grand Lake. Learn about the ongoing master action plan, as well as strategies and funding opportunities being pursued by local leaders to restore the health and economic vitality of our region’s largest natural resource.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see new technology and research being employed to target the restoration objectives. Vendors and organizations closely associated with these projects will be available to answer questions and demonstrate their technology. The event is open to the public and all with a vested interest in these positive efforts are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Stateline Writers Club News Release

New General Manager Tom Gray from the Mercer County Chronicle spoke to the Stateline Writers Club at its September meeting. He said he has changed the format of the newspaper somewhat and is looking for feature writers of present day and local news topics submitted in 400 to 600 word articles, along with related photographs. Gray stressed these persons could write about whatever they want as long as it pertains to the area, however he recommends that writers contact him before beginning an article so he can see if the idea has merit and to make suggestions. He is also looking for people to write a weekly column about the small communities in which they live.

Shirley Knox brought a binder with old stories from members and recommended the group begin submitting current work to her for archiving. For the September assignment, members shared many wonderful stories about changes in society and how they felt about them.

Stateline’s next meeting will be October 16. The assignment is to write about a stranger, based on their appearance and mannerisms.

In attendance at the September meeting were Shirley Knox, Kathleen Pulskamp, Beth Kuenneke, Alain Rion, Annie Saintignon, Sue Miller and her sister Ann, Nancy Wreede, Marge George, Eileen Whitsett, Gwenda Wenning and Alta Jean Kuhn.

Meetings are regularly held on the 3rd Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Celina Mercer County Library. Interested persons are invited and encouraged to attend.

 

September 2010 Police Activity Report

COLDWATER POLICE

 

 

 

September 2010

Year to Date

 

September 2010

Year to Date

 

 

 

CALLS FOR SERVICE

982

9690

REPORTS TAKEN

58

573

COMPLAINTS

135

1870

Accident

6

63

TRAFFIC

 

 

Administrative

0

5

Persons Cited

38

162

Alcohol

0

8

Traffic Charges

41

194

Assault

0

9

Warnings Issued

48

337

B&E /Burglary

1

4

Parking Tickets

0

1

Bad Checks

0

11

Miles Patrolled

6036

56286

Department Assists

16

162

ASSISTS

42

417

Domestic

1

20

Motorist Assists

11

127

Drug

2

29

Vehicle Unlocks

2

93

General

8

79

Squad Assists

29

185

Homicide

0

0

Fire Dept. Assists

0

12

Missing Persons

0

1

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

413

4479

Property Damage

1

23

Open Doors (businesses)

11

41

Recovery

4

18

Residential checks

83

729

Robbery

0

0

Bank Escorts

9

69

Sex Crime

0

7

Funeral Escorts

5

70

Theft

4

44

Mental Health Transports

0

1

Theft-Vehicle

0

1

Public Talks

1

13

Traffic

15

89

Alarms

4

62

DRUG   CHARGES

 

 

Other Special Details

161

1366

Drug Possession

2

27

Follow Up Investigations

139

2132

Drug Paraphernalia

2

22

CRIMINAL ARRESTS

 

 

Drug Trafficking

0

1

Misdemeanor Arrests

9

141

Illegal Cultivation

0

1

Felony Arrest

0

17

 

 

 

Juvenile Arrests

0

18

 

 

NEW BUSINESS IN TOWN

 

I'd like us to give a warm "Golden Triangle" Welcome to Steve and Dave Heckman, owners of Platinum Auto Group. They are celebrating their Grand Opening this Saturday, October 9th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. They will kick things off with a ribbon cutting and will offer tours of their new facility, free food and free drinks all day long.

They've moved into the old Jim Bubeck dealership, renovated things and will have over 50 vehicles on-site available for purchase. So, if you've got a bit of curiosity and some time Saturday, stop on out and say hello!

 

 

AGENDA

Board of Mercer County Commissioners

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010

Elected & Appointed Officials Meeting at Courthouse Auditorium ............................................... 8:00 a.m.

Minutes, Resolutions, and Correspondence ................................................................................... 10:00 a.m.

Minutes: October 7, 2010 as submitted for approval.

Resolutions:

∙ Authorize drawing of a warrant for then and now certificates.

∙ Travel Expense Request by Sheriff Dept.

∙ Supplemental Appropriation request by Common Pleas Court and Sheriff’s Office.

∙ Find fabricated dog cage as little to no value and authorize Sheriff Dept. to sell as scrap metal.

∙ Other general business at this time and throughout the day.

Conference Call by OSU Regional Director Stephen Wright – Re: Extension Operations ............ 2:30 p.m.

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 11, 2010

Author Richard McMurry to Address

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

“The Common Folk of the Civil War”.

Nationally known author, educator, and historian, Richard McMurry will speak to the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable on Tuesday, October 19. Dr. McMurry is making a tour of Central Ohio Roundtables and will make his appearance in Dicke Hall (auditorium) on the Lake Campus of Wright State University. His topic will be The Common Folk of the Civil War”.

Meeting time is 7:15 PM. The public is invited.

The noted lecturer will be making his second speaking engagement before the Western Ohio CWRT. Dr. McMurry is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked in various places as a history professor and writer, such as in Virginia and North Carolina.

Among current historians, Dr. McMurry is considered to be the foremost supporter of the importance of the Western Theater of the Civil War to the great conflict’s outcome. He has published well over a hundred articles on Civil War topics, and he has written numerous books, including The Road Past Kennesaw: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (2005), Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy (2000), The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm (2002), John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence (1982), and Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History

(1989).

Civil War Magazine listed the latter two works among the 100 best modern Civil War books ever published. Dr. McMurry has appeared in Civil War history programs on television stations such as The History Channel. He is also active in the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Blue and Gray Education Society.

Ironbear Co-Owner Travels to China

Local Martial Artist Travels to China to train at the famous Shoalin Temple

 

Contact: David Weaver
Ironbear Martial Arts
419-584-1958

[Celina]¾ From September 3 – 17 David Weaver of Celina traveled with a group of 8 other martial artist from the United States to China. While there he trained with 2 Masters at the Shoalin Temple in Henan Province, home of the famous 1970’s TV show Kung Fu. The group studied Kung Fu and Qigong and tested before the master. They spent 30 minutes speaking with the Head Abbott which is the equivalent of meeting the Pope or Dali Llama. Additionally, the group visited the Great Wall and many other tourist locations. Pictured L-R: Grand Master Shi Yan Bao and David Weaver

Ironbear Martial Arts conducts Taekwondo, Karate, Jujitsu and Self Defense Classes at the YMCA in Celina on State Route 703.

 

 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 8, 2010

 

Rm. 205 Statehouse

Columbus, Ohio 43215 614) 995-1280fax: (614) 6  State Sen. Keith Fab            Senator Faber receives “Home Care Hero Award

From Ohio’s Largest Home Care & Hospice Association

 

 

 

COLUMBUS—State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, recently was named a “Home Care & Hospice Hero” by the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) for taking action to help our most deserving Ohioans from premature infants to the elderly receive necessary care in the comfort of their homes.

“Sen. Faber has worked hard on behalf of fellow Ohioans who are able to receive vital services in the manner they greatly prefer – in their homes,” said OCHCH President Kathleen Anderson. OCHCH is one of the nation’s oldest and largest trade associations, representing 520 Ohio home health and hospice agencies dedicated to providing the highest quality services in the home to people of all ages and disabilities.

“Sen. Faber has shown a great interest in addressing Ohio’s budget problems in a way that maintains essential services for those Ohioans who have earned our respect and deserve our support,” said Ms. Anderson. OCHCH started the “Home Care & Hospice Hero” program, Ms. Anderson said, because it’s extremely important that “we recognize and support those legislators who understand that home care is preferred by clients and saves the state of Ohio million of dollars compared with institutional care. With Ohio’s budget problems, it is essential that all Ohioans understand the cost savings offered by home care and hospice services.” The awards were presented during the association’s recent annual convention and trade show in Columbus.

OCHCH is a statewide trade association that was founded in 1965.  Membership is open to home care and hospice providers, suppliers to home care and hospice industries. Ohio home care providers employ nearly twenty-two thousand professional and paraprofessional caregivers.  The total visits provided in 2009 to Ohioans in all 88 counties totaled 6.6 million by both home health and hospice.

 


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Welcome!

The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1998 to serve the west central Ohio communities of Minster, New Bremen and New Knoxville -- what we refer to as “The Golden Triangle of Auglaize County.”

MISSION STATEMENT

“The mission of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce is to foster cooperation within the communities of Minster, New Bremen and New Knoxville - actively working to strengthen and promote the growth of our businesses, support our citizens through local activities, and enhance the quality of life in each community.”

 

 
 

22 S. Water St. - P.O. Box 3 - New Bremen, OH 45869 - office 419.629.0313 - fax 419.629.0411      Contact us

 

 

 aggie OstrowskiCommons Directte Maj 9ax: (6NEWS RELEASE FOR OCTOBER 6, 2010 Local hockey league expands surface, gears up for new season

Wings~N~Wheels, the Celina-based inline (roller) hockey league, begins November 15 at "The Zone" hockey rink inside the Mercer County Junior Fair Building.

The inline hockey ministry started in 2001 and has continued to grow. The league's first year saw around three dozen youth, and last year more than 160 youth and adults from Mercer, Auglaize, Allen and surrounding counties participated.

A sport court, an official inline hockey surface, was installed last year. This year the rink will be enlarged by eight feet in length, providing an additional 400 square feet of playing surface. Wings~N~Wheels recently signed a multi-year rental contract with the Fair Board, making a long-term investment for the benefit of area youth.

Organizers for the non-profit roller hockey league attribute the popularity to an emphasis on faith and values, as well as competitive play and sportsmanship. The rink also features a professional dasherboard system - a high-density, rotationally-molded plastic board system, similar to those used by other indoor hockey and soccer leagues.

While the program emphasizes Bible teachings and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, children of any denomination are welcome and church membership or attendance is not a requirement or prerequisite.

The program is divided into two parts: a six-session camp with different levels for beginners and advanced players; and a 12-week competitive league with four age divisions for boys and girls ages four to 18; as well as an adult league.

Camp will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings from Nov. 15 to Nov. 23. The league starts Nov. 29, featuring one practice per team each week with games on Saturdays, through February 26.

Early registration continues through November 1. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 2, at the Galleria, 909 E. Wayne St., Celina.Helmets, shin guards and other equipment are available at no charge if needed. Scholarships also are available on an as-needed basis. All games and practices are held at the Zone, located inside the Junior Fair Building on the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

"Most people might not think of playing hockey and building character as compatible. But we're showing that the two can be combined - and with positive results," said Ken Lange, league commissioner.

"The purpose of Wings ~N~ Wheels is to build Christian character and share the message of salvation, as well as teach roller hockey skills," Lange said. "It's a very positive environment for the players and their families."

He said the program stresses sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitudes, and the development of life skills, in addition to competitive hockey.Visit www.wnwhockey.org for information or online registrations, or call 419-586-6531 or e-mail berryhome@frontier.com

Contact:

Matt Berry

419-586-6531

berryhome@frontier.com

 

Parkway FFA Competes at Districts

by Olivia Houts

 

            Both the urban and rural soil judging teams did very well at the district soil judging competition last Wednesday, September 29th. The contest was held in Wyandot County.

            The rural team, consisting of John Rollins, Jessica Everage, Jared Rollins, and Clay Thomas, placed 1st of 27 teams. Individually, John Rollins placed 2nd, Clay Thomas placed 8th, Jared Rollins placed 13th, and Jessica Everage placed 92nd.

            Olivia Houts, Seth Houts, Abby Evans, and Caden Hellwarth made up the urban team. The team placed 2nd of 23 teams Seth placed 4th, Caden Hellwarth placed 5th, Olivia Houts placed 12th, and Abby Evans placed 14th of 84 students. 

            Seth Houts and John Rollins will receive plaques. Both teams will move on to the state competition, held this coming Saturday, October 9th. Congratulations to the soil judging teams for their accomplishments.

District Soil judging 002.jpg- John Rollins, Jared Rollins, Clay Thomas and Jessica Everage (Rural Team)

District Soil judging 003.jpg- Abby Evans, Seth Houts, Olivia Houts, and Caden Hellwarth (Urban Team)

District Soil judging 004.jpg- John Rollins, Abby Evans, Seth Houts, Olivia Houts, Caden Hellwarth, Jared Rollins, Jessica Everage and Clay Thomas. (both teams)

 

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

ST. MARYS SCHOOL DISTRICT

DEDICATION

OCTOBER 3, 2010

DAVID LEWIS, HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, REES MCKEE, BOARD PRESIDENT, JAMISON VOGEL, MONICA VONDERHORST

BILL STEINBRUNNER HOLDS MIC FOR KINDERGARTEN

STUDENTS WHO SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

(MORE PICTURES OF  DEDICATION ON PICTURES PAGE)

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

HAZ-MAT DRILL

MERCER COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS

SEPTEMBER 29 2010

MIKE ROBBINS HELPS STUDENTS PREPARE FOR DRILL

HAZ MAT CREW AND SPILL NEAR SCHOOL BUS

(MORE PICTURES OF DRILL ARE ON PICTURES PAGE)

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 1, 2010

 

Fort Recovery State Museum

Newsletter, October 2010

Wow - wait until you see what is being set up for our Arch day this Sunday.  A 40 foot long black hieroglyphic tent!  May sound like Halloween but it is a recreation of a cave with the hieroglyphic writing on the walls!  Adults and kids alike can walk through. Made by Ball State Archaeology Students!  There will be 9 students from Ball State here on Sunday to help with all of the activities.  Come see for yourself!  exciting!

 

 

Nancy Knapke recognized by George Kane

this summer

Archaeology Family Fun Fest  -  This Sunday! 11:00-4:00!  NEW activities!

            So when’s the last time you were in a hieroglyphic tent?

            Played the Chunkey Indian Game? (Designed to teach young natives spear skills!)

            Tossed an atlatl?

            Heard about McKee’s Town?

            Saw soap made in a big kettle over an open fire?

            Used a lithic drill?

Made clay cord pottery?

 

The FEST revolves around Activities!   Speakers!  Exhibits!

            In addition to those activities listed above, there will be:

1,  Mock Digs under the direction of archaeologists and students from Ball State University

2.  Artifact Identification by Ohio Historical Society archaeologist, Bill Pickard

3.  Live flint knapping by professional, Chris Miller

4.  Production of FR History DVD- Diane McClung/ High School Co Lab crew - #2 Blockhouse

5.  Old Tool Displays/Explanation – Jack Hemmelgarn – Tool Cabin

6.  Log House Demonstrations/Explanations – Pat Eischen Meiers/Chris Ewry

7.  Indian Face Painting

8.  Famous Archaeological Dig Videos – Blockhouse #1

9.  Pack 99 Boy Scouts – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pop, and Popcorn

 

The Fest features Artifact Exhibitors!

            The most ever pre-registered – More expected!  Coming are:

                  1.   Paul Leasor                        2.   Ken Sowards

3.   Chris Rummel                   4.   Greg Shipley

5.   Bob Evans                          6.   Ron Thiebeau

    7.   Shaun Place                       8.   Allan Mark

                        9.   Jim Faller                         10.  Mark Faller

                   11. Larry Keller

           

The Fest Features Five Interesting/Informative Speakers!

          12:30 – 1:30      Greg Shipley (Retired Engineer, Artifact Collector/Expert, Historian) McKee’s Town

1:30 – 2:30      John Christian Rummel (History Scholar) - "Renaissance in the Ohio Valley: The Art,

                        Ideology and Culture of Hopewell."                               

2:30 – 3:15      Tony DeRegenaucourt(Archaeology Expert/Writer/Lecturer) Archaeology of Greenville

                        – Uncovering Hidden Secrets

3:15 – 4:00      Bill Pickard  (OHS Collections /Archaeology )- A Tale of Two Horses: The             Occurrence of a War of 1812 Double Horse Burial at Fort Meigs, Wood Co. Ohio

 4:00 – 4:45     Chris Keller - Ball State Archaeologist Solving a Mystery - Discovering the  St. Clair & Fort Recovery Battlefields – area landowners invited!

 

For Patrons, there is no charge for any activities or for visiting the museum.  For others, there is only the regular charge for visiting the museum.  (Of course the Boy Scout food charges apply to all.)

 

Good News!  #1 and #2

            #1.  We applied for and received an Ohio Humanities Council Grant to help underwrite the costs of the Archaeology Family Fun Fest.  The Fest is obviously not a money-making event for the museum, but instead one of our major events for EDUCATION!  We realized when we undertook this big event that it would cost the museum money, but this expenditure supported our museum goals of education and public awareness of our museum/history. Now, the receipt of the $1700 grant from the OHC is very, very welcome and greatly appreciated.  The receipt of that money allows us to save/use your patron donations for other/increased efforts of education, exhibit creation, and building maintenance!  We are so fortunate!

            #2.  We now have it confirmed that we have received the National Battlefield Grant from the National Parks Service.  That grant application was a combined effort of Ball State University and our museum/historical society!  Details cannot be publicized in this newsletter until they have been released to the public press, so watch for details in newspapers and then hopefully in the next museum newsletter!  The money from this grant can be used only for specific archaeological purposes. (Chris Keller’s talk on Sunday (4:00) will give details.)

 

The Fort Recovery Historical Society Auction – October 17, 5:30 – 9:30

            Thanks to generous donors and a hard working committee, the 2010 One-of-a Kind auction/raffle is sure to provide a fun and exciting evening.  Tickets are only $10 and include some fantastic eating provided by the gals of the local Psi-Iota-Xi Sorority!  Take a look in May’s TV store window and you will see some of the 100+ items.  What about these truly one-of-a-kind:

·       A recently autographed baseball by Joey Votto of the 2010 champion Reds?

·        A shiny new guitar signed by all three members of Lady Antebellum?

·        A cross- stitched eagle- -Must see! – 300+ hours of work by Mike Walter!

·        An antique Bistro pedal car?                               - Bob Van Trees painting?

·        A mounted Civil War pistol?                                -  A Pretty-Princess Package

·       Eldora Raceway! Box Seats and dinner          -  A catered dinner for 50! by Thienman’s

·       A gallon of Turtle Soup made by Doc Kaup     -  Harvey Haddix autographed 8x10 picture

      Ring Raffle

            A big event of auction night is the drawing of the winner for THE ring.  This year’s ring is a .5 karat diamond white gold bamboo design ring valued at $1100.  Ring tickets ($5.00) can be purchased from the Fort Recovery Banks, any historical society member, at the museum this Sunday, or by calling me, Nancy Knapke (375-4384!) (or respond to this email)  You need not be present to win!  Thanks to Steve and Becky Jones of Jones Jewelers of Celina for generously donating this beauty!

 

It Happened in September:

            William Heath gave a great presentation Sunday.  The audience was interested and asked questions that brought forth good discussion and more interesting information.  Heath’s book, Blacksnake’s Path, will still be on sale for $21.00 next weekend.

            John Winkler, who has written a book on St. Clair’s Battle, visited two weeks ago, and we spent 6 hours walking the battlefield with detailed descriptions of who fought where, what happened, who was injured/killed, who escaped and how etc.  The hours were so fascinating, I didn’t notice we missed lunch!  J  I was so excited I called Chris Keller (who had been there for the first 2 hours) and exclaimed that we must have him back sometime when others can have a similar opportunity.  There is nothing that can make you appreciate our place more than to walk the in the steps of those present that fateful day of November 4, 1791.  I cannot wait for the book to be published.  I couldn’t take the notes fast enough. Totally amazing.  (Chris Keller is sharing some of her maps of our site with John for his book.  His text is completed – just needs maps and a few pictures.)

 

 Enjoy the fall.  I hope to see you personally at Arch Day next Sunday and again at the auction on Oct. 17!  Nk

 

 

Chamber and CIC announce pumpkin people contest winners

 

Dr. Seymour Pumpkins

 

(New Bremen)

 

The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of new Bremen Community Improvement Corporation have tallied the votes and announced the winners of the 2010 Pumpkin People Contest.  The third place honors go to the Miller Insurance Pumpkin “Providing Protection for you and your Pump-Kin.”  Coming in second in the voting was the Minster bank entry “The Loan Pumpkinhead.”  This year’s top vote getting pumpkin person is the New Bremen eye care entry, “Dr. Seymour Pumpkins.”

 

The Chamber also ran a drawing for chamber gift certificates among all of the voters.  The winner of the $10 chamber gift certificate is Ms. Theresa Bronkema.  The winner of the $25 chamber gift certificate is Mr. Everet Topp, and the grand prize winner of the $50 gift certificate is Shawn Beach.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated by putting out pumpkin people and thank you to those who voted as well!  Many of the pumpkin people are still hanging out on corners and in yards around new Bremen, so be sure to take a drive through town and check them all out!  Congratulations to this year’s winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 4, 2010

 

NATIONAL 4-H WEEK OCTOBER 3-9, 2010

 

 

Why You Should Join?

 

        The Galaxy Leaders 4-H club is accepting new members for the 2010-2011 4-H years. Our club welcomes boys and girls ranging from kindergarten through grade 2 as cloverbuds and grade 3 until eighteen years of age as traditional club 4-H’ers. Members may take both livestock and non-livestock projects. Our club has a lot to offer.  We enjoy field trips, have guest speakers, make crafts, participate in community service projects and have fun. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7PM at the Coldwater Library meeting room upstairs.  We will have some form of recreation, craft or speaker at each meeting. Past years’ activities include swimming at Bear Creeks Ole Swimmin’ Hole, Putt Putt Golf, Bowling, Menchhofer Farms Corn Maize, Christmas parties and pizza party. Community service projects consist of cleaning up side ditches for Liberty Township and activities at Briarwood Manor nursing home with the residents.  The members of the Galaxy Leaders 4-H club have always done exceptionally well with their fair projects winning many awards, trophies and ribbons over the years.  By joining 4-H you meet new friends, can attend 4-H camp, participate in older youth county groups like the Food, Fashion and Design Board, Camp counselors, Junior Fairboard and the Interstate Exchange group.

So why not give it a try!  Please join 4-H.

                                                       Carol Westgerdes

                                              Advisor/ Galaxy Leaders 4-H

              The 4-H Interstate Exchange

 

Being a part of the 4-H Interstate Exchange trip was really a rewarding experience.  At first I didn't really want to do it, but my mom talked me into it and I'm glad she did. 

 

In July 2009, a girl from Colorado came to live with me for a week.  We got along really well and quickly became good friends.  When they came here I got to do things that I have never done before.  We toured The Ohio State Buckeye Stadium, ate supper at an Amish house, and much more.  I didn't want them to leave, but I knew I would see them again next summer.

 

   Traveling to Colorado was a great experience!  I loved traveling with a group of teenagers.  When we got there it was around 11 o'clock our time and they made a tunnel for us to run through.  I felt very welcomed and I was pumped for the rest of the week.  We canoed, hiked, camped, toured a tunnel in the mountains, and had so much fun.  My favorite part of the whole trip was traveling there and back and playing lacrosse.  I made so many new friends in Colorado, and I got to know the Ohio 4-Hers better! 

 

 I wish I would have gone on this trip more times, but now I'm too old.  It was defiantly the most rewarding experience I have ever had!  I still keep in touch with my exchange student, and I plan on visiting her again sometime!

 

Kristen Dahlinghaus

Sewers and Growers 4-H Club

 

 

                  Mercer County Choice Livestock 4-H Club



Mercer Choice is a livestock club but members may also take any project. We also have a cloverbud program for children in grades K-2.  The club is open to all youth.  We meet in the Fairground Community Building at the fairgrounds, the 1st Monday of the month - all year around.  For more information contact Angie Muhlenkamp, 419-268-2885 or Scott Rauch, 419-942-1268

 

 

SEWERS AND GROWERS CLUB

 

The Sewers and Growers club meets monthly from December to August in Chickasaw. We have around sixty girls in the club that take a wide range of projects. This past year we went to the Potters House and had a family swim party. During the 2011 year we may be going to LaComeida for our biyearly visit for a meal and show. Our Mother Daughter banquet is held in May every year. Many of the members enjoy 4-H Camp and the fair every summer. We welcome all girls in 3rd and above to join the Sewers and Grower

Ready, Aim, Fire

 

Mercer County 4-H Shooting Sports invites you to check out a shooting sports project.  Any Mercer County 4-H member is eligible to take a shooting sports project.  You don't need to own a gun or bow to take a shooting sports project.  In fact you don't even need to shoot anything!! 

 

There is a living history project, which falls into the

shooting sports curriculum.  Through the living history project 4-H members create a persona of a character from 50 years ago or earlier in history.  This could be an astronaut's neighbor, an Indian child, or anything a member can think of becoming.  The living history project advisor schedules meetings several times throughout the winter

to help members with their projects and organizes trips for members to have more hands on learning experiences. 

 

Another project where members have the option of shooting is the hunting and wildlife project.  Members can hunt with a camera, plant a food plot or do many

other activities in the hunting and wildlife project.  All the other shooting sports disciplines involve shooting! 

 

Disciplines include:  rifle, pistol, shotgun and muzzleloader.  Safety meetings and range time are set up throughout the spring and early summer before 4-H project judging.  All members taking shooting sports projects are encouraged to attend range times.  Other shooting sports activities are held in conjunction with other Mercer County youth shooting events.

All shooting sports advisors are certified through a weekend of training for each discipline.  This certification ensures all advisors are following a national safety based youth development program.  If you are interested in a firearm safety presentation or more information about the shooting sports projects, please contact Matt and Laura Walker, 419-268-0114.  Please leave a message and they will return your call.

 

 

                 Washington Winners 4-H Club

 

       Pizza parties, swimming and bowling are some of the fun activities that were enjoyed by Washington Winners 4-H club members this past year. Our club members take all types of projects. Everyone works together in creating our club booth in which we display the many projects that our members exhibit. Our members earned many outstanding project ribbons and other special awards at the fair this past year.

 

            Club members also attended 4-H camp held in June. The camp is for members in grades 3-7. Some of our members also serve in county wide groups such as 4-H camp counselors, food, fashion and design board or on the junior fairboard. Members are also invited to attend 4-H activities held on the state level.

 

            Our club meets at the Unity Grand Hall located on St Anthony Road on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. We welcome all county youth grades Kindergarten and older to join our club. For more information, contact 4-H advisor Mike Robinson at 419-942-1679.

 

 

 

COLDWATER EXPLORERS 4-H CLUB

 

The Coldwater Explorers 4-H Club enjoys doing a variety of activities throughout the year.  Some things that the club did this past year include: going sledding in the winter, touring the new jail, having a Christmas bowling party, and doing an overnight camp-out at Grand Lake State Park.  We also did some community service projects.  We prepared Christmas packages at Briarwood Nursing Home, picked up limbs at Coldwater Memorial Park, and we worked the Fun Tent at the Community Picnic.  We also had fun doing an “Animal Night” at story time at Coldwater Library.  We read books, sang songs, and did activities with the children that attended story time.  It was a lot of fun!  Each year at Easter time we do a club fundraiser and sell candy.   Many of our members go to 4-H camp in June, either as campers or camp counselors.  It is a great time and many leave with newly developed friendships.  Of course, our members choose a 4-H project that they work on and complete for judging which is in July.  This past year many members came home with Outstanding, Best in Class, and State Fair Ribbons!  Some projects that were chosen include Fishing, Cake Decorating, Photography, Scrapbooking, Woodworking, Dog Obedience, Dog Performance, Frugal Fashions, Small Engines, Dairy Beef, Market Beef, Market Lamb, Rockets, and various food projects.  Of course, if a member would like to develop their own project they can take a “Self Determined” project.   We welcome any boy or girl who would like to join Coldwater Explorers.  We generally meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm.  If you are interested or have questions, you can call Karen Stammen at 419-678-4761.

 

 

 

Federal Grant To Identify Fort Recovery Battlefields

Groups Work Together To Preserve Ohio’s Military Heritage

 

 

(FORT RECOVERY, OHIO)─Although Ohio has been spared from the ravages of major wars, fierce battles have been fought within its boundaries.

 

Two such conflicts were fought at the site of the present-day town of Fort Recovery─the Battle on the Wabash in 1791 and the Battle of Fort Recovery in 1794. Both played a pivotal role in the history of the Northwest Territory; however, only limited information is known about these encounters.

 

Through a $70,000 grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, Ball State University, in cooperation with the Fort Recovery Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society, will survey and define the boundaries of each battle. The data and analysis gathered will expand the existing knowledge of the battles and will provide for education and public awareness of the importance of preserving the remnants of the battlefield that have not been destroyed by the development of the town. 

 

“In order to plan for a battlefield site’s preservation, it is first critical to understand its location, size and boundaries,” said Mark Hill, Ph.D., director of Ball State University Applied Archaeology Laboratories, who will serve as project director. “Based on historical accounts, the battlefield is believed to be more than the estimated 97 acres. This grant will allow us to research, identify, survey and map battlefield features, which are important first steps in preserving the battlefield. Most of important of all, we’ll develop a more comprehensive view of the battles and then publicize the results with the public.”

 

The Ball State University grant is one of 25 National Park Service grants totaling nearly $1.25 million. The program assists in the preservation and protection of important battle sites from all wars fought on American soil. The funding will be used for background research, site mapping, archaeological study, GPS/GIS data collection and public educational materials and presentations.

 

According to Hill, planning and research for the grant will take place this fall and property surveys are targeted for the spring and early summer of 2011. Once the project is complete, the data will be used to apply for future grants to develop preservation and management plans.

 

“We’re excited about the grant and look forward to working with Ball State on the project,” said Nancy Knapke, Fort Recovery State Memorial site manager. “Not only will we learn more about these battles, we will be able to use this information to help preserve this historic site for future generations and honor those who fought here.”

 

History of Fort Recovery Battles

In late 1791, during a period known as the Ohio Indian Wars, Native American forces defeated Gen. Arthur St. Clair’s army at this site along the Wabash River. More than half of St. Clair’s men were killed or wounded in the surprise Indian attack. It was a great Native American victory over the American military and still ranks among the worst defeats for the army. The overwhelming American loss instigated the first congressional investigation.

 

In late 1793, Gen. Anthony Wayne sent a force to build a four-blockhouse post named Fort Recovery at the site of 1791 battle. On June 30 of the following year, a small garrison force defeated what is believed to have been the largest gathering of Indian warriors east of the Mississippi River. The successful defense of the fort set the stage for Wayne’s final victory at Fallen Timbers in August of 1794 and the Treaty of Greeneville the following year. This opened much of Ohio for American settlement, and subsequently, of the entire Northwest Territory.

 

About the Organizations

A modern and comprehensive university enrolling approximately 21,000 students in Muncie, Ind., Ball State is ranked a doctoral/research-intensive institution by the Carnegie Foundation and offers more than 180 degree programs, many of them nationally ranked or recognized. The Department of Archaeology’s Applied Archaeology Laboratories (AAL) were established in 1978 to involve graduate and undergraduate students in carrying out a program of cultural resource management – much of it focused on locations in the Midwest – and has since grown to include academic research activities, partnerships with local historical organizations and public education.

 

Fort Recovery is managed by the Fort Recovery Historical Society for the Ohio Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, natural history, archaeology and historic places.  For more information on hours and location, visit www.ohiohistory.org/fortrecovery or call 800-283-8920.

 

PHOTO CUTLINE:

Today, the Fort Recovery State Museum, with its two reconstructed blockhouses, is located on what is thought to be the northern limits of the battlefield. The museum exhibit tells about the two major battles that happened in the late 18th century between the Indian forces and American army in what is referred to as the Ohio Indian Wars. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org/fortrecovery or call 800-283-8920.

 


 

EMERALD ASH BORER MEETING

 


Recently the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was in the news as the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) expanded the state quarantine to include all 88 counties.  With this change came questions.  Mercer County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about EAB, the quarantines, and management options for one tree or one thousand trees. 

The program will be Tuesday, October 5th, from
6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Celina Eagles, 1400 E. Market St., Celina, Ohio 45822   You are asked to use east doors. The program is sponsored by OSU Extension, Dues Nursery, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio Department of Natural Resources/Division of Forestry.   

Participants will learn about ash trees – ID and which ones they prefer; the emerald ash borer – what does it look like and why it is deadly; the impact – what will happen to the ash trees and what happens after the ash die; can I manage for this invasive species already responsible for killing millions of ash trees; and can trees be protected and what are my options.

If you have questions, contact the OSU Extension office in
Mercer County at 419-586-2179.

 

 

VanArsdel & Gilmore Co.L.P.A Hold Ribbon Cutting:

 

PAM BUSCHUR, PETE VAN ARSDEL, RICHARD DELZEITH, KATHY RINDLER, MATT GILMORE

Celina Mercer County Chamber held a  ribbon cutting at the new satellite office of
VanArsdel & Gilmore Co.LPA
. This new law office is located at
341 E. Main Street in St. Henry.  To reach them, call 419 586-8120. 

 

Pictured from left to right:

Pam Buschur - Chamber Director; Pete VanArsdel - Attorney

Richard Delzeith -Attorney;  Kathy Rindler -  Chamber Ambassador
Matt Gilmore – Attorney

 

FAMILY SERVICES PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

For:        Family Services Planning Committee

When:   
Tuesday, October 19, 2010  


Time:    
8:30 a.m.       

WHERE:   
MERCER COUNTY CENTRAL SERVICES BUILDING, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM - FIRST

                FLOOR   220 W. Livingston Street, First Floor, Celina OH

AGENCY CONTACT:    Terry Couts, Mercer County JFS (419-586-5106, ext. 508)
                                 Debra Farrell, Sources - Chairperson (419-584-1550)

MEETING AGENDA:     

I. NEW BUSINESS:

    A. PRC Plan Update
       
II.
WORK UNIT REPORTS:

     A. Social Services Report, R. Jason Cupp 

     B. Income Maintenance / PRC Report, Rosalie Moeller

     C. Customer Service Report, Terry Couts   (copies attached - Excel spreadsheets)


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting:        
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.

 

 

THE ARTIE SHAW ORCHESTRA FEATURING MATT KOZA TO PERFORM LIVE IN FINDLAY!

 

.. Treat yourself to an evening full of timeless hits as the Artie Shaw Orchestra carries on the legacy of one of the most innovative musicians of the Big Band era. The Arts Partnership proudly presents The Artie Shaw Orchestra on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:30pm in Findlay’s Central Auditorium.  Tickets are on sale now! Call The Arts Partnership at 419-422-4624 or go to www.artspartnership.com.

Artie Shaw was a leading musician of the swing period and a public figure whose handsome features and multiple marriages made him a darling of gossip columnists. Often compared to fellow clarinetist Benny Goodman, Shaw demonstrated his superb clarinet playing in his technical facility of fast and lively numbers and a genuine sense of jazz phrasing in ballads.  Throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Shaw and his band recorded a number of hits such as Stardust, Begin the Begine, Moonglow, and Carioca.  A legend in the world of jazz, Shaw is regarded by many as the finest and most innovative of all jazz clarinetists and one of the most adventurous and accomplished figures in American music.

 

Shaw’s clarinet virtuosity is now carried on by bandleader Matt Koza and The Artie Shaw Orchestra continues to be one of the best of the remaining big bands from the swing era.  Koza is a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn where his father, an avid jazz and classical music fan, shaped his early interest in music.  Koza received a Bachelor of Music degree at Binghamton University-State University of New York.  He attended graduate school at Youngstown State University in Ohio and Queens College-City University of New York, where he was awarded the 1999 ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship.

 

In 2000 Koza began playing tenor saxophone with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, directed by Dick Johnson. During his tenure as the featured saxophone soloist, the Orchestra toured extensively worldwide, accompanying entertainers such as Tony Bennett, Jack Jones and Buddy DeFranco, and was featured at the Newport Jazz Festival. In 2004 the Orchestra had the honor of performing at the dedication celebration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

 

Ticket prices The Artie Shaw Orchestra are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors, students, and children. Discounted prices for members are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, students, and children.  All tickets at the door are $23.  All tickets are for reserved seating.  For tickets or more information, please call The Arts Partnership’s box office at 419-422-4624 or visit The Arts Partnership’s office at 618 South Main Street, Findlay. Office hours are 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Tickets and directions to the performances are also available at www.artspartnership.com.

 

The Artie Shaw Orchestra is made possible due to the generous support of Orion Cancer Care, Stately Raven Bookstore, and Hanco EMS.   Hotel accommodations are provided by the Findlay Inn and Conference Center.  Hospitality is provided by Bistro on Main.

 

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a non-profit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County.  Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts presentations, educational opportunities and entertainment.  The Arts Partnership is funded in part by Findlay Area Arts Foundation, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.

 

 

DOMESTIC FIGHT AND STABBING

 

The Celina Police Department has investigating a domestic fight that led to a stabbing early Thursday morning, September 30  Officers were called to the residence at 203 Leona Street at 2:53 AM on a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival they found the victim, James Hagaman, with minor wounds to his right abdomen.  The wounds included a long superficial cut from his right armpit, down his right side to just above his waist and two small puncture wounds at the lower end of that cut.  He also had some defensive wounds on his hand. 

The investigation revealed that the suspect Timothy R. Romer, (30), 203 Leona St., Celina, had been involved in a day-long argument with his girlfriend, Sondra Bowling, (29) that lives at the same address.  At one point late in the evening he left the residence.  He returned by climbing through a window and again confronting his girlfriend.  This led to a physical altercation during which Bowling was reportedly thrown to the floor.  At this point, Hagaman, who is also living at the Leona Street address tried to step in and get control of the situation.  He and Romer began fighting and Hagaman was stabbed during that fight.  Romer then fled the scene.  Hagaman refused medical treatment.

While officers were at the scene Romer rode past on a bicycle.  He was apprehended and taken into custody on preliminary charges of domestic violence, (M-1) and Felonious Assault, (F-2).  He is being held in the Mercer County Jail pending a review of the case by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. 

 

 

 

PRESERVING THE FAMILY FARM

 

 

West Central Ohio Land Conservancy

P.O. Box 503

Lima, Ohio 45802

Phone: 567-204-9126

Info@wcolc.org

Serving The Counties Of:

Allen

Auglaize

Hancock

Hardin

Mercer

Putnam

Van Wert

Helping People Preserve Their Heritage

Tickets (Pre-Sale Only Due by November 5th)

Mail-In for Preserving the Family Farm Dinner

Please send me_______ reserved tickets at $12.00 / Ticket

Enclosed is $____________

Name:___________________________________________________________________________________

Address:_________________________________________________________________________________

City/State:________________________________________________________Zip:______________________________

Phone:________________________________Email:______________________________________________

Mail reservation along with your check payable to:

West Central Ohio Land Conservancy

PO Box 503

Lima, Ohio 45802

Questions call: 567-204-9126

Please visit our website for additional info on our

organization: www.wcolc.org

 Vegetarian Option _____

West Central Ohio Land Conservancy

cordially invites you to attend

Preserving the Family Farm

Dinner and Program

November 18, 2010

Holiday Inn & Suites

803 South Leonard Avenue

Lima, Ohio 45804

 

The guest speaker for the evening is David Marrison with the Ashtabula OSU Extension Office.

Mr. Marrison will discuss questions to consider when preserving the family farm, why family farms may fail from one generation to the next, and share strategies to ensure the farm is able to make the transition to the next generation.

Silent Auction Items will include: Private Pheasant Hunt, Picnic and Guided Tour along the Miami-Erie Canal, Year Supply of Laundry Detergent and many more great items just in time for your Christmas shopping.

Dinner buffet will include Asiago-Portabella chicken breast, tossed salad, herb roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable medley, and Chef’s selection of desserts.

5:30PM Silent Auction, Raffle and Hors D’oeuvres

6:30PM Dinner Buffet followed by Evening Program

 

 

Eating Heart Healthy Next Mercer Health Dine and Discover Program

 

            Julie Hemmelgarn, Registered Dietitian at Mercer Health will be the presenter at the next Dine and Discover (DaD) Program sponsored by Mercer Health at Mercer County Community Hospital on Monday, October 11, beginning with a dinner at 5:00 pm. The topic is “Eating Heart Healthy”.

            Hemmelgarn has been a Registered Dietitian at Mercer Health for over 16 years. She works closely with patients and helps them in planning their diets, especially those who have been put on a special diet, and she has spoken on numerous occasions to both school students and adults. She will provide practical tips on how to eat healthy, especially with the holidays approaching.

            The Mercer Health DaD program began in September, 2007, and has continued to grow from there. This will be the seventeenth presentation in the series.

            This program is open to the public. Those wishing to have dinner prior to the program are welcome to pick up something in the hospital cafeteria prior to the beginning of the program. The presentation will be from 5:30 to 6:30. Reservations are required. Persons interested in attending are encouraged to call 419-678-5196. Reservations will be accepted as long as space is available. There is no fee to hear Julie Hemmelgarn, but there will be a charge for food purchased in the cafeteria.

            It will be held at Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 West Main Street, Coldwater, Ohio, in Meeting Room 1.

 

 

CLOSING OF SECTION OF CLUNE ROAD

 

The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the closing of Clune Stucke Road between State Route 274 and State Route 119 in Marion Township for two (2) culvert replacements. This road will be closed tentatively on October 4, 2010 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately six weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

United Way of Auglaize County Announces Kickoff Dinner

 

The United Way of Auglaize County cordially invites our community to join us for our 2010 LIVE UNITED Kickoff Dinner on October 7, 2010 at Easy Campground and Banquette Hall. Doors will open at 6:00 with a buffet dinner to follow at 6:30. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

This year’s kickoff celebration will feature a keynote address from our 2010 United Way Campaign Chair Charlotte Parsons, the unveiling of our 2010 Campaign Video as well as our 2010 Campaign Goal.

Please RSVP by October 1, 2010 to the United Way of Auglaize County office and join as we inspire Auglaize County to GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. Help us LIVE UNITED.

The United Way of Auglaize County positively impacts our community by focusing on the building blocks to a better life: Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are a local organization serving local needs. For more information or to make a donation please contact our office at 419-739-7717 or visit our website at www.auglaizeunitedway.org.

 

Regards,

Rand Fisher
Executive Director
United Way of Auglaize County
PO Box 18
 
Wapakoneta OH 45895
Phone: (419) 739-7717
Mobile: (419) 235-5028

 

 

COLLEGE STUDENTS KEY TO OHIO’S ECONOMIC FUTURE

 

 

SENATOR STEVE BUEHRER

 

College campuses across the country have gotten a lot busier in recent weeks as thousands of young people return from summer jobs, internships and other activities to begin the fall semester. For many schools in Ohio, this influx of students includes record numbers of freshmen from both in and out of state, which is not only a testament to the quality of our higher education system, but is promising news for the future of our region and state economy.

Freshman enrollment at Bowling Green State University, for example, has increased by more than 23 percent from 3,145 students in fall 2009 to 3,869 students this year. Defiance College also saw their part-time and full-time freshman enrollment grow by more than 20 percent from 2009 to 2010, while Northwest State Community College saw a 20 percent jump in students taking summer classes. In addition, approximately 6,800 freshmen began classes at Ohio State University on September 22, a considerable increase from last year, and the university recently announced a campaign to increase total enrollment at the school by 2,700 students by 2015.

This increase in enrollment means that more young people from Ohio will get the education and skills necessary to succeed in today’s workforce. It also has the potential to provide a major boost to our economy in the coming years if we take steps to create a climate in Ohio that will encourage more of these highly-educated students to stay in the state after they graduate.

To accomplish this goal, state leaders must continue to work to reduce excessive regulations and other barriers to business development and job growth in Ohio. More economic activity will help generate greater resources to invest in our cities and local communities to make them more attractive to college graduates. We must also continue to support our state’s higher education system in whatever way possible.

In addition, I won support for legislation last year to create the Grants for Grads Program, which helps recent college graduates, who meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements, receive down payment and closing cost assistance, as well as favorable mortgage interest rates through an Ohio Housing Finance Agency participating lender. The goal of the program is to help encourage more college graduates to live, work and establish roots in Ohio.

Companies want to locate in states and cities with an educated, talented pool of workers, and conversely, college students are more likely to stay in Ohio if they have access to job opportunities and a good quality of life after they graduate.

In July, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the top 30 cities in the country in which new graduates can fare well, with numerous entry-level jobs, higher starting pay and affordable cost of living. Only Texas had more cities on the list than Ohio: Columbus came in ninth, along with Cleveland at 17th, Dayton at 20th and Cincinnati at 23rd. This report shows that Ohio may be on the right track, but we still have a great deal of work left to do to improve the environment in our state for both businesses and workers of all ages.

The start of a new school year can be an exciting and anxious time, and I wish all Ohio college students the best of luck this year. You are the future of Ohio, and with that in mind, I will continue to do everything I can in the General Assembly to grow Ohio businesses and improve our state’s job climate, support higher education and better the quality of life in our local communities.   

You can contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns about state government issues. You can also write me, Senator Steve Buehrer, Ohio Senate, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, or contact me by phone at (614) 466-8150. In addition, I can be reached by email at SD01@senate.state.oh.us.  For more information about my work in the Ohio Senate, please visit my page on the new Senate website at www.ohiosenate.gov/steve-buehrer

 

 

GIRLS GOLF ALL-LEAGUE 2010

***UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

 

FIRST TEAM (12)

***PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

NAME                                                                                                                                    SCHOOL

Ashley Evers    ***                                                      Coldwater

Emily Winings                                                               Parkway

Kendra Rindler                                                             St. Henry

Abby Evans                                                                  Parkway

Claire Fischer                                                               Minster

Dani Hale                                                                     Delphos St Johns

Amber Wehrkamp                                                        Versailles

Lauren Subler                                                               Marion Local

Kelsey Koesters                                                           Coldwater

Marissa Conrad                                                            Minster

Annie Burke                                                                 Minster

Leah Gilmore                                                                Coldwater

 

SECOND TEAM

Jennifer Schatzer                                                           Parkway

Kelly Mueller                                                                Minster

Elizabeth Rutschilling                                                     Marion Local

Margo Slonkosky                                                         Minster

Kristen Subler                                                              Marion Local

Hadley Williams                                                            New Bremen

Morgan Breitigam                                                         St Henry

Amy Knapke                                                                New Bremen

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Jessica Recker                                                              Delphos St. Johns

Alison Griesdorn                                                           Coldwater

Danielle Cochran                                                          Versailles

Kristen Kemper                                                            Marion Local

Megan Brockman                                                         St. Henry

Haley Hogenkamp                                                        St. Henry

Rachel Hedrick                                                             Versailles

Victoria Bulcher                                                            Versailles

 

                                                    

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

HOME BURGLARIES

Celina Police Department was called to a home burglary at 1002 N. Walnut St. Tuesday afternoon, September 28.  Officers responded to a call received at 2:27 pm that someone had broken into the home.  A passing motorist had seen a subject acting suspicious near the home and alerted the home owner.  While checking the house the suspect was found inside.  He ran out of the home and fled on foot.  Officers called the Celina Police Canine, TED, to the scene to track the suspect.  Canine TED tracked the suspect to the east side of Plaza Lanes where he located burglary tools that officers suspect were abandoned by the suspect.  In the 800 block of N. Main Street officers also found a sweatshirt that they believe the suspect abandoned. 

This is one of several home burglary calls that the Celina Police Department has received in the last five days.  On Friday, 09-24-10, the Police Department received reports from 2105 Eaglebrooke Parkway of a suspect being in the home’s attached garage.  About an hour later a call of a suspect attempting entry came from 618 N. Buckeye Street of a suspect attempting to gain entry.  A third report was received from 2204 Eaglebrooke Parkway later that day.   A resident at Lot #63, 537 Touvelle Street reported that someone had attempted entry at that home.  A later report indicated another garage at the rear of a home at 206 E. Wayne Street was found ransacked on Friday.

                Saturday the homeowner at 2300 Eaglebrooke Parkway reported that their car had been broken into.  On Monday a report of a vehicle and garage being ransacked at 534 N. Buckeye St. was filed, although nothing was reported missing from that incident. 

Today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 additional property has been reported missing from 2300 Eaglebrooke Parkway.   There was also another complaint of suspicious activity at Lot 63, 537 Touvelle Street overnight last night. 

Residents are warned that they need to keep their homes secure, being sure to lock the doors overnight, including outbuildings and attached garage units.  Burglaries of this type are rare for Celina and it is suspected that there has been a severe change in the dynamics of someone’s life style for them to turn to this type of criminal activity.  That change could include a drug addiction, loss of a place to live or domestic issues that have caused a need for funds that would allow the suspect to move elsewhere or leave the area.  Anyone that sees or hears anything suspicious needs to contact law enforcement agencies immediately.  Do not try to investigate things yourself.  There is an inherent danger in taking matters into your own hands and that delays the law enforcement response.  The Celina Police Department would much rather check a dozen false alarms then have a homeowner fall victim to an assault by a cornered thief.  At the first sign of suspicious activity call the Celina Police Department at 419-586-2345 or 9-1-1. 

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

 

                

Parkway FFA Students Compete in County Soil Judging

BY Olivia Houts

            The Parkway FFA chapter sent 36 students to the county soil judging invitational on September 17th. The contest was held outside of Mendon. Students may choose between two kinds of soil judging, urban or rural. Overall score is determined by adding up the individual scores of the three soil pits and one written test. The written test contains general knowledge questions and also questions that can be found in soil survey books.

            The 29 rural soil judgers did well, with Clayton Thomas placing 3rd, Jarret O’Neill placing 4th, Jared Rollins placing 6th and Jessica Everage placing 7th out of 102 participants.

            Parkway had seven students doing urban soil judging. Olivia Houts placed 1st, Seth Houts placed 2nd, Abby Evans placed 3rd, and Rachel King placed 5th. There were 51 overall participants in the urban soil judging contest. Olivia Houts will receive a plaque at the Soil and Water Conservation District banquet on November 16th for placing 1st.

            Congratulations to the soil judgers for a great job at the county soil judging invitational!

 

American Cancer Society Encourages Women to Put Their Health First to Fight Breast Cancer and Celebrate More Birthdays

 

Women Can Take Steps to Stay Well, Get Well,

Find Cures and Fight Back

Celina, Ohio – September 28, 2010 - As the nation marks the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is encouraging women to choose to put their personal breast health first to stay well and reduce their risk of breast cancer. The Society is reminding women 40 and older about the importance of getting a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year to find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. In addition, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam once every three years. The American Cancer Society also recommends magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for certain women at high risk. Women at moderate risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

            An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2010, and about 40, 230 deaths are expected. While mammography is not perfect, getting a high-quality mammogram is currently the most effective way to detect cancer early because it can identify breast cancer before physical symptoms develop, when the disease is most treatable. Early-stage breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable, so it is important that women follow recommended guidelines for finding breast cancer before symptoms develop. On average, mammography will detect about 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms. Breast cancer survival rates are significantly higher when the cancer has not spread.

“As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, the American Cancer Society wants women to see the real tangible benefits of choosing to put their health first,” said Marybeth Torsell, Helath Promotions Coordinator at the American Cancer Society. “Women can take action and put their personal breast health first to stay well, fight breast cancer and save lives. More than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year thanks to early detection and improved treatment.” Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking additional steps to stay well by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet, and engaging in physical activity 45 to 60 minutes on five or more days of the week. Also, limiting alcohol consumption can reduce breast cancer risk –one or more alcoholic beverages a day may increase risk.

            Another way the American Cancer Society is helping create more birthdays is to help women manage their breast cancer experience when and if they are diagnosed. The Society offers newly diagnosed women and those living with breast cancer a number of programs and services to help them get well. Among these is Reach to Recovery, which helps newly diagnosed patients cope with their breast cancer experience. Other programs and resources, like the Look Good…Feel Better program help breast cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment and the Hope Lodge offers patients free lodging for those receiving treatment far from home. The Society offers information to help make treatment decisions and access to its programs everyday around the clock through 1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org.

In addition to helping women stay well and get well, the American Cancer Society has a long history of commitment to finding cures for breast cancer. The Society has invested more than $418.7 million in breast cancer research grants since 1971, and has been an important part of nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough of the past century, including the funding discoveries that led to the development of Tamoxifen and Herceptin, and promoting the use of mammography to screen for breast cancer.

         The American Cancer Society and its affiliate advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), continue to fight back against breast cancer by engaging in activities to increase funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) that provides low-income, uninsured and underinsured women access to mammograms, Pap tests, follow-up care and treatment. Current funding only enables the program to serve fewer than one in five eligible women ages 50 to 64 nationwide. This lifesaving program cannot be fully realized if eligible women cannot get early detection tests due to insufficient funding. ACS CAN encourages anyone touched by this disease to let Congress know that support for the NBCCEDP is important and that an increase in funding for this program is vital to its continuation. To get involved, or to learn more about this effort, please visit acscan.org/breastcancer.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

 ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.

 

 

American Red Cross

Casino Night

November 6, 2010

Romer’s Catering - St. Henry

5:30 - Doors Open

6:30 - Dinner

8:00 - Casino Games

Music provided by RC&E DJ throughout

the entire event

$25 per person

cash bar available

Tickets available at the

Mercer County Chapter of the American Red Cross

909 E. Wayne Street, Suite 124 • Celina, OH 45822 or by calling 419-586-2201

All proceeds to benefit the

Mercer County Chapter of the American Red Cross

 

Grand Lake Photo Club’s September Meeting and Contest Winners

Grand Lake Photo Club held its monthly meeting at its new location at the Richardson-Bretz Memorial Building on Sunday September 26th, 2010. The meeting started off going over our previous field trip to the Civil War Re-enactment in Ft. Recovery and the upcoming field trip to the Celina Courthouse.  Denise Speelman, one of our members, taught us how she does light painting with her camera and a led flashlight.  The meeting ended with a question and answer session going over everything from camera settings to lighting techniques and everything in between.  Our exhibition contest this month had a theme of “Pets”, members took photos of what ‘Pets’ meant to them within a designated time period.  Then the members voted on each other’s photos, selecting what they see as the top photos representing ‘Pets’, voting for the top three with no enhanced editing.   Then choosing one photo in the ‘Enhanced Photo Division’, where Photoshop or other photo editing skills and programs can be utilized.

The winners are:

Regular Photos:

1st - Pat Agler – “Wanna Play?”

2nd - Heather Unrast – “Luey”

3rd - Becky Sarasin – “Rodeo Bull”

 

Enhanced Photos:

Karen Seibert – “Morning Walk”

Winners were awarded a mounted print of their photo by Designer Imaging.
The 1st place winner was awarded a $20 gift certificate from Ben's Custom Framing in Coldwater.
Grand Lake Photo Club is accepting new members and more information can be found, including the winning photos, on our website at www.grandlakephotoclub.com.  September’s monthly exhibition theme is “Autumn”, and the next meeting will be held on October 24th, 2010 at the Richardson-Bretz Memorial building, right behind the Celina Library on Fulton St., in Celina, Ohio.

 

 

United Way of Auglaize County Announces Kickoff Dinner

 

The United Way of Auglaize County cordially invites our community to join us for our 2010 LIVE UNITED Kickoff Dinner on October 7, 2010 at Easy Campground and Banquette Hall. Doors will open at 6:00 with a buffet dinner to follow at 6:30. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

This year’s kickoff celebration will feature a keynote address from our 2010 United Way Campaign Chair Charlotte Parsons, the unveiling of our 2010 Campaign Video as well as our 2010 Campaign Goal.

Please RSVP by October 1, 2010 to the United Way of Auglaize County office and join as we inspire Auglaize County to GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. Help us LIVE UNITED.

The United Way of Auglaize County positively impacts our community by focusing on the building blocks to a better life: Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are a local organization serving local needs. For more information or to make a donation please contact our office at 419-739-7717 or visit our website at www.auglaizeunitedway.org.

 

Regards,

Rand Fisher
Executive Director
United Way of Auglaize County
PO Box 18 
Wapakoneta OH 45895
Phone: (419) 739-7717
Mobile: (419) 235-5028

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Photo caption:  Historic Civil War Era Hitching Post originally stood at the Riley Farm, east of Celina, and now stands at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, 130 East Market, Celina.

 

OUR OLD BOOK CASE

 

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

 

 

In the spring of 2001, Dave Riley called me, that the Mercer County Engineer’s Office was making the Road wider, and the Hitching Post needed to be moved from the former Riley farm, east of Celina.  The County Engineer’s Department agreed to use the backhoe and move this historical Civil War Era Hitching Post to the County property, the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home.

 

Calvin Riley, 1830-1914, married Gabrilla Brandon in 1854 and lived east of Celina.  In 1888, he moved into Celina.  In 1896 he constructed the home, which is now the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, which the Mercer County Commissioners purchased in 1975 for the Mercer County Historical Society.

 

This Riley Family Hitching Post became the object of historical research by Celina School Teacher Bill Sell’s Civil War class.  Mr. Sell assigns his students to find the sites of the Civil War Hitching Posts in Celina.  Every year, his students, their parents, and/or their grandparents call me, asking where these Hitching Posts are located.  I invite them to the Museum to see this Civil War Era Hitching Post.

 

Civil War Students and Teachers, Civil War Round Table Members, Civil War Historians, Civil War History “Buffs,” Civil War Re-Enactors, Civil War Authors and Civil War Museum Curators are all contacting me, about the Civil War Observation of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, 1861-65 to 2011-2015.  These next four years will see national events, observing this Civil War Sesquicentennial.

 

Tuesday, October 19, at 7:00 P.M., at the Lake Campus of Wright State University, the Western Ohio Round Table is hosting Richard McMurry, a nationally recognized author of Civil War publications, most of which relate to the Battle for Atlanta.  His book, “Atlanta 1864:  Last Chance for the Confederacy” is his best known book.  For information, email Tom Thompson:  <tthompson@unitedwaylima.org>.

 

Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2010, 1:00 – 4:00, at the Mercer County Historical Museum, The Riley Home, the Mercer County Historical Society, the Museum of the Soldier, and the Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable will host the first of a series of Exhibits, for this 150th Observation of the Civil War.  The Museum of the Soldier is hosting the 11th Annual Antique Gun Exhibit, with a Civil War Military Exhibit.  The local Gun Collectors will be exhibiting their Civil War Muskets and accoutrements.  The Mercer County Historical Society will be exhibiting Civil War Letters, Books, and the 1890 Union Veterans Census in Mercer County.  The Western Ohio Round Table will have information about their series of Civil War Speakers. 

 

The Public is invited to bring their own Civil War items to the Mercer County Historical Museum, Sunday, October 24, to show Civil War historians and others.  The public is invited; there is no charge.  Watch for a series of programs relating to the Civil War, these next five years, 2011-2015.  Help the Mercer County Historical Society preserve Mercer County’s History, in relation to this Civil War!

 

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

 


NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

COLDWATER “COUNCIL CALL”

 

            As Mayor Lavern Stammen poined out, “sometimes the most interesting part of the meeting happens as part of the “Council Call,” at the end of the meeting when each member is given an opportunity to bring up topics not yet covered in the meeting.

COUNCILMAN JOE KNAPCHAEFER DISCUSSES DANGER

AT VINE AND SECOND STREET

          Such was true last night (September 27)  Councilman Joe Knapschaefer said that it has been brought to his attention that elementary students are in danger of getting hit by the traffic at the dismissal at the end of the day at the corner of Vine and Second Street where there is a lot of different things going on simultaneously. 

            Little kids are in a hurry to get their parents’ cars; parents are anxious to pick up their kids.  Meanwhile regular traffic is trying to get through the inner section and on their way.  There is a lot of different people going different ways while others try to make sure no one gets hurt.

          Mr. Knapschaefer said that he was told that at this time (about 3 p.m.) its time for the shift change for the police officers, which adds to the confusion of covering this situation.  Village manager/Engineer Eric Thomas said that the danger in adjusting the flow of the traffic is that will only add to the confusion.  Police Chief Randy Waltmire will be consulted about the situation and hopefully something can be done before some is injured or killed.

            Another councilman said that he had been asked about a shed being constructed on a property.  Mr. Thomas explained that the village did not have jurisdiction over constructing sheds, which is determined by the property owner when the subplot is established.  In other words each subdivision is ruled by the original property owner at the time it is established.  To repeat, the Village of Coldwater does not  control building sheds on properties, which  may vary from subdivision to subdivision.

            Council also discussed what can be done to enhance the entrances to the village as will be required in some development grants.  Mr. Thomas recommended this discussion be turned over to the park board.

 

BOY SCOUT TRENT SEVERT AND MR. SEVERT

ATTENDED LAST NIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING

            On hand for last night’s meeting with Boy Scout Trent Severt and Mr. Severt.  Trent explained that he is working on his Citizenship and Community Badge. 

            Also in attendance was Joe Hibner, Phil Hibner, Kailey Robbins, and Megan Rengers.  Joe explained that they were from the Political Science at the Lake Campus.  They will be required to write an essay on their experience at the Council meeting.

            Other items of business were the first reading of Ordinance #1580, accepting the plat of Nature’s Villa Lot #1581 easement relocation for waterline.

            Clyde Bellinger presented quarterly transfers.

           Mayor Vern Stammen presented the updated mitigation plan from Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Council members were encouraged to review the document.

            Council held a short executive session to discuss possible land purchase.                 Mr. Thomas said crews have replaced the old sewer line at the new depot.with the new waterline to be installed this week.

            Paving contractor has not yet arrived.  Completion date is October 31.

            Lef pi8ck up will begin soon and will continue through November.

           

 

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

 

The Rockford Belle to Host Southern Gospel Music’s Finest- The Babb’s
Set for
October 2, 2010

 

DAVE ABD BRENDA BABB


The Rockford Belle has in store another great concert for your entertainment pleasure! Southern Gospel Music’s Finest, The Babb’s, have been invited for an evening of music set for Saturday, October 2, 2010. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to the entertainment venue located in Rockford at 135 Market Street (1/2 block west of Subway).  A free-will donation will be accepted.

More about The Babb’s: The Babb’s are a Southern Gospel Music Ministry, which is made up of Dave and Brenda Faye Babb. The husband and wife team has been singing Gospel Music for years. The Babb’s mix consists of the smooth bass voice of David with the pure southern voice of Brenda Faye to provide listeners with a unique sound. The Babb’s sing country and southern gospel music. Over all, the Babb’s will leave their listeners feeling good about their walk with Christ and encouragement through hard times in their walk. They will bless you with their love for the Lord as well as the music they sing. They have sung at Church Services, Revivals, Camp Meetings, Fairs and Festivals. Brenda and Dave have performed with local groups and well known groups. They enjoy writing music, making recordings, and performing. Both have totally committed their lives to this lifelong ministry of presenting the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

Mark your calendar for October 2, 2010 for when The Babb’s come to share their lifelong music ministry at The Rockford Belle. For more information about this performance date or any other, you may contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.

 

 

MERCER COUNTY SOIL JUDGING CONTEST

 

 

 

More than 150 high school students from Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, Parkway, and St. Henry High Schools recently participated in the county’s 8th annual soils judging contest sponsored by the Mercer Soil & Water Conservation District. 

 

 

Students judged soils for either urban or rural purposes and took a corresponding written exam.  This year’s contest was held on the Bill Grier Farm on in Union Township. 

    

 

Congratulations to Nathan Fortkamp from Ft. Recovery who won the rural portion of the contest and to Olivia Houts from Parkway who won the urban contest. 

 

Both of these students will be recognized at the SWCD annual meeting scheduled for November 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Coldwater American Legion Hall. 

 

Mercer County students will go on to compete in their District FFA Land Judging events.

 

 

 

MARION MUTUAL-MERCER COUNTY SWCD SCHOLARSHIP

 

The Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District has teamed up with Marion Mutual Insurance Association to again offer a $500 college Scholarship.  Candidates can be a High School senior in Mercer County or a college freshman or sophomore from Mercer County pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in agriculture, natural resources, or a related field.  The scholarship will be awarded at the Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting that will be held Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Coldwater American Legion Hall.

 

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and to request an application, please contact the Mercer SWCD at 419-586-3289.  The application deadline is 4:30 pm on October 25, 2010.

 

ST. MARYS CHAMBER NEWS ABOUT FALL FESTIVAL

 

      On October 17, in addition to the 40th Annual Walk with Nature, The Fall Festival Committee will be hosting the Annual Chili Cook-Off. Pre-registration forms and rules are available at the Chamber Office for anyone interested in entering.

      The public will be able to purchase a bowl to sample the various chilis and place their vote for their favorite. We are encouraging all businesses, clubs and organizations to come out for the Fall Festival and taste the "Best Chili in St. Marys"! Please feel free to stop in and get a Calendar of Events for the day and pick up your pre-registration form for the chili cook-off.

         If you can't get away from the office, no problem. I can email you the information. There are tons of activities taking place from 12:00 noon-4:00pm with the Fall Festival Walk with Nature. Other events include a Fall Farmers Market, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making, a Plein Air Art Auction,  and a photo contest.    There will also be live music and performance arts. Mark your calendars and come to downtown St. Marys for a day of family fun!

 

 

 

Business to Business Expo  -- Thursday, October 14

Mark your Calendar Today!

 

The first Celina Mercer County Chamber Business to Business expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 14 at Romer’s in Celina and it is filled to capacity.   From 9am to 3pm local business professionals can visit over 35 vendor booths, network and learn.  There is no cost to attend and open to the public.  Romer’s will have food and beverages available for purchase.   Come out for lunch and visit the exhibits.

 

A series of business related seminars will be presented over the course of the morning.

 

  • 9:00am -10:00am  “New Healthcare Bill -Am I in Compliance?” by Chris Pulos, CLU, Benefits Consultant from Brower Insurance 
  • 10:00am – 10:30am   “Ever Thought of Starting or Owning your Own Business?”  find out how Wright State Lake Campus Business Enterprise Center can help from Julie Miller, Director, Wright State Lake Campus BEC
  • 10:45am -11:15am “Is Social Media for Your Business?” by Twyla Hayes
    co-owner of Brand It Marketing Communications
  • 11:30am to 12n “Interested in Ideas to Reduce Energy Costs for your Business?”
    by Matt Berry of Midwest Electric

     

 

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, this business to business expo is where you should be on October 14th.

 

·        Interested in valuable seminars to help grow your business?

·        Searching for a networking opportunity to develop a new customer base?

·        Seeking information about other local companies to strengthen business relationships?

 

During the afternoon, WCSM Radio DJ Jim Coons will be briefly interviewing each exhibitor.  Visit all the vendor booths and your name will be entered into a drawing for chamber gift certificates.  

 

You are invited to spend just a few minutes or the entire day. It is totally up to you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at 419 586-2219 or email info@celinamercer.com.   For all chamber events and activities, visit www.celinamercer.com

 

 

Steve Bauer named to Midwest Electric board of trustees

 

STEVE BAUER

 

 

The Midwest Electric board of trustees has appointed Steve Bauer to fill the trustee position formerly held by the late Ned Doering.

 

Bauer, of Wapakoneta, ran against Doering in the 2010 election for a three-year term representing Auglaize and Shelby counties. Doering won the election in June and passed away in July.

           

Bauer has been a Midwest Electric member for 27 years. He has worked at Nortrax, Inc., in Lima since 1983, where he is the service manager. He also manages the Vandalia store for Nortrax, a John Deere construction equipment dealer.

 

Bauer graduated from Botkins High School and received an auto mechanics degree from Northwestern Business College (University of Northwestern Ohio). He is currently in the Business Administration degree program at Rhodes State College, where he is scheduled to graduate this fall, with honors.

 

He was Duchouquet Township trustee for 20 years and is a member of St. Joe Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council for eight years and volunteered often for their annual July 4 Festival. Bauer is also a member of Eagles 691 in Wapakoneta and a member and volunteer at the Knights of Columbus in Wapakoneta. Steve and Susan, his wife, have been married for 24 years.

(END)

 

Matt Berry

Manager, Customer Service

Midwest Electric

06029 County Road 33A

St. Marys, OH  45885

1-800-962-3830

mberry@midwestrec.com

 

 

Historian David Fraley to Address

Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable

DAVID FRALEY

 

The Western Ohio Civil War Roundtable’s first speaker for the season will be David Fraley, well known former curator and historian of the Carter House in Franklin, Tennessee. He has a reputation for outstanding presentations, and is a frequent guest speaker at Civil War Roundtables. On September 30, he will discuss the retreat of Hood’s army following his Army of Tennessee’s attack on Nashville, commencing on the 17th of December 1864, to the 27th.

 

Meeting location will be in Dwyer Hall Room 223 on the Lake Campus of Wright State University. Meeting time is 7:15 PM. The public is invited.

 

Fraley will relate to the roundtable members the difficulties the Confederates faced as they fought their way out of Tennessee. Barely able to stay ahead of the pursuing Union cavalry and infantry, fording icy streams and rivers, and with little to wear or eat, the Confederates endured against the tremendous odds both nature and military threw at them. Fraley will detailed the actions of the Confederate rear guard composed of Lee’s Corps, Forrest’s cavalry, and Walthall’s skilled infantry brigades, and how they were able to prevent the total destruction of the army.

 

A native of Indiana, David Fraley spent 12 years with the Carter House Museum, and four with the Lotz House Museum, on the Franklin, Tennessee Battlefield, serving as interim director at the former, and director at the latter.  He has been featured on the History Channel's "Civil War Combat Series: The Battle of Franklin," and served on the board of directors of the "Save The Franklin Battlefield" group, as well as the City of Franklin's Battlefield Taskforce.  He is currently working on his first book on the Confederate Retreat following the Battle of Nashville, in 1864.

 

 

 

 

BUEHRER RECOGNIZED AS ‘WATCHDOG OF THE TREASURY’

 

 

 MIKE CAREY PRESENTS AWARD TO SENATOR STEVE

BUEHRER

 

Senator Buehrer (right) was presented with the United Conservatives of Ohio’s Watchdog of the Treasury award by Mike Carey, President of the Ohio Coal Association, during a recent event in Columbus.

 

COLUMBUS—State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) was recently presented with the United Conservatives of Ohio’s Watchdog of the Treasury award at an event in Columbus for his continued dedication to fiscal responsibility and strong conservative voting record during the 128th General Assembly.   This recognition is Senator Buehrer’s fifth Watchdog of the Treasury award during his service in the Ohio General Assembly.

 

“I am honored to once again be recognized as a ‘watchdog’ for Ohio taxpayers,” said Buehrer.  “This award is difficult to receive and is one of the most cherished honors in Ohio.  I am certainly pleased that my conservative voting record has once again been recognized.”

 

Senator Buehrer, who serves as the Ohio Senate’s Majority Whip and chair of the Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee, has long championed policy in the Legislature that helps promote the responsible and transparent use of Ohio taxpayer dollars. 

 

“Now, more than ever, Ohio needs strong leaders who are willing to make the tough decisions necessary to cut spending, shrink government and eliminate burdensome regulations, while smartly investing the state’s limited resources,” said Buehrer.  “I will continue to be the voice in the Legislature for small government and lower taxes that citizens are demanding.” 

 

The United Conservatives of Ohio advocate for public policy that promotes free enterprise, low taxes and greater efficiency in government. The Watchdog of the Treasury award is given every two years and is based solely on the voting record of members of the General Assembly on a selected set of recorded votes that demonstrate fiscal discipline and conservative principals.

 

Senator Buehrer represents the 1st Ohio Senate District, which includes Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and portions of Auglaize counties.

 

 

 

 

Please Support the 2010 Combined Service Appeal

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The American Red Cross is a volunteer-led organization that has been in existence for over 100 years & in Mercer County for over 90 years.  The Red Cross receives no funding from the government so we rely heavily on our volunteers, donors, supporters, community partners and the Combined Services Appeal to continue to provide necessary Red Cross services to those in the Mercer County area.

 

The Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters through our Disaster Services Program. Local volunteers continue to be trained to provide assistance to our friends and neighbors when they need it the most and to prepare for future disasters. “We can never be too prepared for a disaster. It’s important to constantly train and prepare for disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere” states Deb Hemmelgarn the Executive Director of the Mercer County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “This past summer was evident of that. Small towns throughout Ohio were hit by tornados. Lives were lost and homes were destroyed. With everyone’s support of the Combined Services Appeal, the Red Cross will be able to continue to plan and prepare for future similar events in our own communities.”

 

Home fires are the most common disaster that the Red Cross responds to and also the most preventable.  In the last month 4 Mercer County families have turned to the Red Cross for help after their homes were destroyed by a fire. “These families turned to the Red Cross and not only did the Red Cross provide them with food to eat, clothes to wear and a place to sleep; Volunteers also provided a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on and a caring touch” stated  Hemmelgarn.

 

The Red Cross recommends that families take a few simple precautions to avoid tragedies, such as having working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and having family fire escape plans in place to help get everyone out of the house safely. The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

 

The Mercer County Chapter recommends that the public be prepared for an emergency by learning to save lives through our Health & Safety Services program. Receiving life-saving training can make heroes out of ordinary people who respond in an emergency and use their training. No one hopes to have to use their Red Cross training to save a life, but everyone who has was glad they had the training. Contact the Mercer County Chapter to learn more about this life-saving training or to register for a class.

 

MINIMUM MONTHLY PAYMENT WILL BE REQUIRED

 

Columbus, Ohio – Sept. 24, 2010 – Residential consumers on the percentage of income payment program (PIPP Plus) with no or limited monthly household incomes will have to make a minimum monthly payment of $20 for gas and electric service beginning November 2010. 

A request by the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) to temporarily waive this requirement was rejected Wednesday by Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Under the PIPP Plus rules, customers enrolled in both the electric and natural gas PIPP Plus programs will have to pay $10 per month per utility even if they have no income.  Previously, PIPP customers with no income could receive a temporary reprieve during the winter months, although they were still ultimately responsible for payment of the bills.
 
“The OCC is disappointed our request to waive the newly-required monthly $10 minimum payment for PIPP customers was denied,” Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said. “Considering that the PIPP program has existed for over 25 years, the time to implement a minimum monthly payment is not when so many Ohioans are experiencing unemployment and poverty.  While special winter reconnection provisions may be available on a one-time basis to help customers maintain service, the winters in Ohio can be especially long for Ohioans who have little if any income and are placed at risk of losing their heat.”

Recognizing the continuing downturn in Ohio’s economy, the OCC filed its motion to temporarily eliminate the minimum monthly payment burden on customers who can least afford it. The OCC requested that the PUCO grant the waiver as part of its emergency authority to enact special winter reconnection procedures during the upcoming winter heating season, citing a particular concern for individuals reporting no monthly income.

The new PIPP Plus program goes into effect Nov. 1 replacing PIPP, the original extended payment arrangement that allowed income-eligible electric and natural gas customers to pay a percentage of their monthly household income for service instead of the actual bill.  Like the original program, consumers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. However, the new rules now require electric and natural gas customers to pay 6 percent of their monthly household income for each service or a minimum of $20 per month. Under the old plan, there was no minimum payment.

STATE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

 FOR VETERANS BONUS PROGRAM

 

For nearly a decade, since America was brutally attacked on September 11, 2001, our nation’s armed forces have been courageously fighting to eradicate terrorism in the Middle East. During this time, there has been much debate in Washington and across the country about the merits of the war and U.S. strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I think we can all agree that the brave men and women in our military, who put their lives on the line in our defense, deserve a great deal of support and appreciation.

Last November, Ohio voters sent a resounding “thank you” to the thousands of servicemen and women from our state, who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms across the world. Nearly three out of every four voters said “yes” to State Issue 1, a constitutional amendment that authorized the sale of $200 million in bonds to help grant cash bonuses to Ohio veterans of the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as members of the armed forces who were stationed elsewhere during these conflicts.

On August 24, state officials officially launched the Ohio Veterans Bonus Program. Under the program, Ohioans who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Ohio National Guard in the Persian Gulf, Iraq or Afghanistan can receive a bonus of $100 per month of service, up to $1,000, while members of the armed forces who were stationed elsewhere during that time can receive $50 per month of service, not to exceed $500. In addition, a $5,000 death benefit may be available for the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

Since 1921, Ohio voters have approved similar measures to give bonuses to soldiers returning home from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

To be eligible, veterans must also have been legal residents of Ohio when they went on active duty and legal residents when they apply for the bonus. Applications are available online at www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov or at any of Ohio’s 88 county veterans’ services offices. Veterans may also call 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) to request a paper application.

Applications must be signed and either notarized by a notary public or “acknowledged” by the clerk, or deputy clerk, of a court of common pleas, which are located in every county in the state, before being mailed to: Ohio Veterans Bonus, P.O. Box 373, Sandusky, Ohio 44871.

I encourage all eligible veterans in the 1st Senate District and across the state to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus Program. While no amount of money is ever enough to properly thank our servicemen and women, these bonuses show Ohio soldiers that their fellow Ohioans support their service and appreciate everything they do for our country, this state and our local communities. They will also hopefully help our military heroes transition back to civilian life once their tours of duty are complete.

I would also like to thank all the Ohioans who have served in our nation’s armed forces and all those who continue to fight for the cause of freedom around the world. Your service will never be forgotten. 

You can contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns about state government issues. You can also write me, Senator Steve Buehrer, Ohio Senate, Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, or contact me by phone at (614) 466-8150. In addition, I can be reached by email at SD01@senate.state.oh.us.  For more information about my work in the Ohio Senate, please visit my page on the new Senate website at www.ohiosenate.gov/steve-buehrer

 

 

Parkway FFA Attends Trupointe’s FFA Day

by Olivia Houts

 

 

            On September 15, Parkway’s freshman, junior and senior FFA members attended Trupointe’s Technology Showcase FFA Day at the Trupointe research farm outside of St. Mary’s. Several FFA chapters in the area took part in FFA Day, which was held for the first time this year.

 

 

The day consisted of five sessions, discussing topics such as careers in agriculture, current industry issues, leadership, how to determine yield estimates, and also a scavenger hunt throughout the test plots. Laura Walker, watershed coordinator of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District, talked to students about the current issues with Grand Lake. Chris Gehret, a recent State FFA District 5 President, discussed with students the importance of setting goals. Students also had the opportunity to listen to Greg Homan of Wright State University talk about different careers in agriculture, and give facts concerning the number of students who enter into these careers each year. Students were able to go out into the plots and figure crop yields in a session led by Matthew Harbur and Brian Schulte, who both work for Trupointe.  The FFA would like to thank Trupointe for organizing the event and for providing the FFA members with a meal.

 

                                                                                                     

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

 

                      2010 Child Passenger Safety Week

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2010

CONTACT: Angie Ewing, 419-586-2345, aewing.celinapd@bright.net

 

Ohio Region Six Occupant Protection Coordinator Urges Parents and Caregivers to

Get Their Child Safety Seats Inspected

 

Celina, Ohio – Ohio Region Six Occupant Protection Coordinator, Safe Kids Greater Dayton, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Department and St. Mary’s Police Department are urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed on “National Seat Check Saturday,” happening Saturday, September 25.  As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25, 2010) Wapakoneta, Ohio will have certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM at The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Department, 1051 Dearbaugh Ave., Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895. 

 

It’s the responsibility of every single parent and caregiver out there to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time,” said Angie Ewing, Ohio Region Six Occupant Protection Coordinator.  “We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected.  When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.”

 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, 8,959 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2008 by the proper use of child restraints.   In 2008, among children under age 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 244 lives were saved by child restraint use (child safety seats and adult seat belts).  Research shows that child restraints provide the best protection for all children up to age 8. 

 

For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection stations and refer to the following 4 Steps for Kids guidelines that determine which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size: 

1.      For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

2.      When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly.

3.       For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

4.       When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

5.       Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).

6.       When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

 

Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

 

7.       For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds.

8.       When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at a minimum age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).

9.       Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).

10.   When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

 

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week and to find the child seat inspection station nearest you visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS and http://www.facebook.com/childpassengersafety.


11. p belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).

12. When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).

 

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week and to find the child seat inspection station nearest you visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS and http://www.facebook.com/childpassengersafety.

 

 

$206,000 in Scholarships Awarded at the Lake Campus

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Board raises funds to provide for Lake Campus students

CELINA, Ohio – Wright State University – Lake Campus recently held their annual scholarship reception on September 12, 2010, in James F. Dicke Hall.  This year 154 scholarship awards totaling $206,000 were given to 116 Lake Campus students.  Awards ranged from a few hundred dollars in book scholarships to full-tuition. At the ceremony, WOEF Board Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Katy Dicke and Lake Campus Interim Dean Bonnie Mathies addressed the scholarship recipients.

For four decades the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Board has responded to the community’s need for higher education, and they are an integral part of Lake Campus success.  Since 1995 the WOEF Board has awarded more than $2 million in scholarship funds. The Lake Campus Scholarship Fund would not be in existence without community donations and the tireless efforts of Tom Knapke, WOEF Board Development Officer, and Sandy Gilbert, Coordinator of the Scholarship Program at the Lake Campus.

A list of the 2010-2011 scholarship recipients and the applications for the 2011-2012 scholarships can be found at www.wright.edu/lake/prospective/scholarships.htmlIf you are interested in contributing to scholarship funds at the Lake Campus, please call Thomas Knapke, WOEF Development Officer, at 419-586-0389.

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Auglaize County students who were awarded Western Ohio Educational Foundation Scholarships and attended the recent Awards Ceremony include from left, front row: Lake Campus Interim Dean Bonnie Mathies, Melissa Holman-Hughes, WOEF Member Bernie Schroer, WOEF Member Katy Dicke.  Second row: Heather Strauser, Seth Tobin, Stephanie Kemper, Sarah Luebke, Jennifer Johnson, Maria Huber.  Third row: Brittany Glass, Ryan Santore, Aaron Freeman, Patrick Burke, Aaron Rochotte.

 

 

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Mercer
County students who were awarded Western Ohio Educational Foundation Scholarships and attended the recent Awards Ceremony include from left, front row: WOEF Member Bill Meikle, WOEF Member Jane Stuckman, WOEF Member Helen James, Andrea Hemmert, Holly Franzer, Lindsey Fortkamp, Nancy Fleming, Sheila Goins, Lake Campus Interim Dean Bonnie Mathies.  Second row: Eric Wuebker, Andrea Kittle, Hanna Ranly, Adam Hogan, Shelby Vaughn.  Third row: Jared Halterman, Philip Hibner, John Will, Jordan Wendel, Dennis Hogan, Kristine Hone, Brook Vaughn.  Fourth row, from left: Adam Alig, Jordan Gross, Andrew Kremer, Delitha Wendel, Joseph Braun, Kelly Schmitmeyer.

 

 

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Darke County students who were awarded Western Ohio Educational Foundation Scholarships and attended the recent Awards Ceremony include, from left, Rachel Niekamp, Lake Campus Interim Dean Bonnie Mathies, and Jeffrey Keller.

 

 

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Allen & Van Wert County students who were awarded Western Ohio Educational Foundation Scholarships and attended the recent Awards Ceremony include, from left, front row: WOEF Member Dee Whitcraft, WOEF Member Staci Kaufman, Brooke Kline, Tiffany Culp, Camile Harting and Lake Campus Interim Dean Bonnie Mathies.  Second row: Adam Oelhof, Catherine Drake, Katelyn Runyon, Jared Runyon.

 

 

NIGHT HIKE PLANNED

 

Have you been to the Gilliland Nature Sanctuary in Franklin Township? The Franklin Township Green space Committee invites you to join Naturalist Tom Bain on a night hike through the Sanctuary, on October 23, 2010, at 7:00 PM. Parking and the start of the hike will be at Southshore Sportsman’s Club, 5380 Club Island Road, Celina, OH 45822. Following the hike there will be a bonfire, hot cider, cookies and a weenie roast at the Club. Dress for the weather, this is a free public rain or shine event!

Enjoy the experience of a twilight guided tour through an 80 acre prairie grass and wooded wildlife sanctuary with Naturalist Tom Bain. He has more than 30 years natural history experience ranging from banding Peregrine Falcons on cliffs in Greenland in the early 1980’s to doing ice dynamics research at South Pole Station Antarctica. On this tour Bain will include owl calls, astronomy and more! Bain has a degree in geology and minor in zoology. He currently serves as Bird Conservation Chair for the Ohio Ornithological Society. He is a professional and volunteer guide for birding and natural history. He works in natural area restorations and ecological surveying. Bain ensures that nighttime is the right time for a new view of nature.

For more information contact: Franklin Township, 419-268-2139 or email franklinclerk@bright.net.

For those not sure about a night hike, watch the newspaper and bulletin boards for future walks and talks along the Franklin Township Trail. The committee will be planning more events throughout the coming seasons. If you have recommendations or requests, please feel free to contact the Franklin Township Green space Committee, 419-268-2139. Committee members are: Gary Steinbrunner, Susan Gilliland, Jim Tesno, Sandy and Steve Dorsten, Sandy Armour, Laura and Matt Walker, Kip Wright, Ron Puthoff, Tim Homan and Ruth Dorsten.

 

COLDWATER TRI-STAR JUNIORS GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER!

 

 

n Friday, September 10, 2010, the Coldwater FFA officers and advisors decided to have a “fun day” for all three junior tri-star classes. Mr. Riethman who teaches horticulture, Mr. Mescher, who teaches ag mechanics, and Mr. Seibert, who teachers vet tech, allowed the FFA officers to conduct the activities.

 

 

While Alyssa Muhlenkamp and Janel Griesdorn were informing everyone about the first activity they were going to do, the rest of the officers were making pancakes and sausages in Mr. Meschers shop. The first activity they had to do was the magic carpet. The object of the game is to get the carpet turned over completely without anyone on you team touching the ground. You must be on the carpet at all times. This task is not easy and you must strategize very well.

 

On Thursday, we had all the students write down their name on a piece of paper and place it inside of a balloon and blow it up. The second activity the junior students did was to pop a balloon and find the person who put their name inside the balloon. After they found the person, they had to interview them and find out things such as favorite color, parents names, pets, hobbies, etc. When everyone was done interviewing, we made a large circle and had one person start by standing in the middle and telling us about the person they interviewed.

After everyone was done being introduced, the pancakes and sausages were ready to be eaten. We had plenty leftovers after everyone went through the line so we had everyone go back through several times. The purpose of these activities was to get everyone familiar with each other and I think it went very well. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone pop the balloons, try to succeed in the magic carpet, and of course eat the pancakes and sausages!

 

Amanda Sudhoff

 

RED CROSS KART RACING

 

The 2010 Red Cross Kart Racing Series has come to a successful end and plans for the 2011 season have begun!

 

“This past year of kart racing was a fun and rewarding event for the Mercer County Chapter of the Red Cross.” stated Deb Hemmelgarn, Executive Director of the Mercer County Chapter. “We are all very pleased at the amount of money raised this year on behalf of the kart races. This year nearly $32,000 was raised making this year the most profitable year for kart racing for our local chapter. I would like to thank the kart committee, volunteers, sponsors and teams who have worked very hard to make this fundraiser a great thing for our local Mercer County Chapter. Because of the races, we are able to continue to provide the essential needs of emergency food, clothing & a warm place to stay for our friends and neighbors when they need it the most along with lifesaving blood and the communication link for our servicemen and women and their families”

 

The chapter would like to extend appreciation to the “2010 Red Cross Kart Racing Series Sponsor- Buschur’s Refrigeration” of St Henry.

The chapter would also like to thank the event and host sponsors of each of the events; Cooper Farms and Fort Recovery Jubilee, Leuger’s Insurance, Buckeye Ins. and the Country Fest, Ron’s Service LLC and Eldora Speedway, Buschur’s Refrigeration and the Mercer County Fair & T-102 and the Fort Recovery Ambassadors for their continued support of the Red Cross.

 

Additional sponsors for the 2010 season the Red Cross would like to thank are: Homestretch Sportswear, Visions Awards, Peoples Bank, K-94, Designer Imaging, St Henry Tile Company, Central Soft Water, Citizens National Bank, & Signature 4/49 Degrees.

 

Other 2010 season sponsors include; Kings Landing, Osterholt Farms, Siefring Farms, Mercer County Pork Producers, Heitkamp Developers, Carriage Werkes, JB Truck Service & Parts, St Henry Bank, Huelsman Automotive, St Henry Nite Club, Portland Tru-Value, Kremer Guns, Farm Credit Union, Perry Corporation & Hemmelgarn Marathon.

 

 

Congratulations to the 2010 Points Champion Winners-

Overall Champion-#14 Cooper Farms (the Cooper Crew),

1st Runner-up -#7  Wendel Poultry & Fort Electric (the Rowdy Roosters)

2nd Runner-up -# 21 Coldwater Young Farmers

3rd Runner-up -#12 Rose Construction & Electric

4th Runner-up -#9 St. Henry Bank & Ft Recovery Lumber Company (T&S Motorsports).

 

Thank you to all the team members and their sponsors-

#7 Wendel Poultry Service & Fort Electric “Rowdy Roosters” Derek Wendel, Craig Fullenkamp, Nathan Fortkamp, Aaron Sutter, Aaron Wilker, #9 Ft. Recovery Lumber & St Henry Bank “T&S Motorsports” Kevin Luttmer, Todd Kunk, Craig Moeller, Brad Hess, Steve Henry, Randy Luttmer, Tom May, #10 Homan Brothers Ralph Homan, Kraig Homan, Kent Homan, Brian Homan, #11 Wendel Poultry Service Inc & Fort Electric LLC “4 Aces” Randy Wendel, Gary Wendel, Jim Rockwood, Bruce Scott, Dave Hicks, #12 Rose Const & Electric Marvin Homan, Dan Wendel, Brian Homan, Kenny Homan, #13 Team Monster Jason Braun, Scott Broering, Brent Hess, Jessica Brock, Eric Brock, #14 Cooper Farms and J&M Manufacturing “Cooper Crew” Pat Goettemoeller, Tom Schwieterman, Britney Osterholt, Scott Everman, Shawn Thieman, Jason Lange, #16 Pottkotter Construction & Moeller Door Sales Mike Pottkotter, Jon Pottkotter, Matt Unrast, Steve Unrast, Mike Thien, #17 POET Biorefining Portland “Tackle Box” Steve Huey, Matt Tomano, Matt Aker, Bob Byers, #20 Mike Kahlig & Sons “Dirt Diggers” Fred Siefring, Aaron Siefring, Steve Siefring, Ryan Siefring, Dave Knapke, Jordan Siefring, #21 Coldwater Young Farmers Mike Osterholt, Wes Huelsman,  Amanda Osterholt, Sarah Osterholt, Matt Osterholt, Paul Osterholt, #28 Lennartz Conveyor Systems “Hemmelgarn Motorsports” Kari Koesters, Jason Hemmelgarn, Pat Hemmelgarn, Nick Stammen, Brian Hemmelgarn

 

#31 Fennig-Homan Agri Business “The Steiners” Jason Rethman, Adam Koesters, Greg Koesters, Travis Kremer, Brian Schulte, Matt Koesters, #45 Kremer's Guns & Vores Welding and Steel “Young Guns” Doug Watercutter, Steve Watercutter, Seth Watercutter, Mark Watercutter, Dillan Schulze, Mitchel Schulze, Jason Watercutter, Sean Watercutter, #48 Klingshirn & Sons “Wild Hogs”

Chad Kimmel, Brian Hiser, Bill Klingshirn, Tom Klingshirn,  Joe Klingshirn

 

#49 Stachler Concrete John Staugler, Ron Dues, Bill Hemmelgarn, Kevin Lange, Doug Holdheide, #77 Buschur's Refrigeration Karla Bruns, Trent Buschur, Craig Buschur, Kristy Buschur, Kendra Buschur, Jake Evers, #80 Werling & Sons Josh Werling, Susan Werling, Nick Werling, Alan Petitjean, #83 Ron's Service Center “The Beasts” Bill Dysert, Greg Bruns, Josh Miller, Craig Lefeld, #84 Ron’s Service Center LLC Derrick Dysert, Thomas Brunell, Kyle Froning, Jason Ahlers, Justin Puthoff, #85 POET Ethanol E85 Matt Clamme, Jennifer Clamme, Scott Clamme, Shay Clamme, Andy Fear, #99 Sanning Service Station & Curtis Kline Dentistry Steve Quinter, Kevin Sanning, Scott Tobin, Daryl Siefring, Jack Schwegman, Mark Baker, Curtis Kline

 

The Red Cross would also like to thank the following volunteers for their support, dedication and hard work they have generously provided to the Red Cross Kart Races; Alan Siefring, Shaun Everman, Mike Osterholt, Kevin Sanning, John Staugler, Paul Osterholt, Doug Watercutter, Ron Dues, Bill Hemmelgarn, Kevin Luttmer, Bev Sanning, Brad Siefring, Dave & Cindy Hemmelgarn, Dennis Huelman, Toby Huelsman, Donna & Alan Jutte, Greg Cass, Jim Braun, Greg Uhlenhake, Jeff Lefeld, Jerry & Rita Siefring, Jimmy Bowers, Rick Osterholt, Rita Rouch, Ron Obringer, Ron Osterholt, Carl & Sharon Koesters, Ricky Woods, Judy & Marce Nietfeld, Mike Eyink, Gary Dietz, Monte Diegel, Mark Wulfhorst.

 

Also, thank you to those who provided the Invocation or sang the National Anthem; Rev Dennis Kelly, Jenna Watercutter, Fr. Gene Schnipke, Lisa Luttmer, Brother Nick Renner, Janel Vogel, Deacon Jerry Buschur, Ellen Bryan, Rev Gary Snowden & Emily Werling.

 

If anyone would like information on the 2011 Red Cross Kart Racing, visit www.arckartracing.com or call 419-586-2201.

 

The Mercer County Chapter of the American Red Cross would also like to thank the volunteers that assisted at the booth at the Mercer County Fair: Linda Thieman, Tammy Barger, Jerry & Rita Siefring, Butch Duerr, Marie Osterholt, Terry & Charlie Brandon, Dawn Hellwarth, Barb Reder, Ricky Woods, Gary Dietz, Judy Nietfeld, Diana Bertke, Bill & Jane Woods, Janet O’Callaghan, Marge Zwiebel, & Sylvia Hux.

 

Also, thank you to the volunteers that assisted with the First Aid Tent at the Civil War Re-enactment in  Fort Recovery; Chez Bonifas, Marie Osterholt, Barb Reder, Donna Jutte, Monte Diegel, Glenn & Sylvia Hux, Sharon Watkins-Crockett, Jane Woods, Alyssa Tobe & Tammy Barger.

 

To learn more about the Red Cross or how you can help, visit www.redcross.org or www.mercercountyredcross.org or contact the chapter at Phone- 419-586-2201.

Address- 909 E Wayne Street, Suite 124, Celina.

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed

Thanks very much to the folks who have signed up to help out at each of these festivals!!

We're still looking for pumpkin pie ticket sellers on Saturday 9/25 and w're still looking for folks to staff the Chamber information booth at Oktoberfest Oct 1-3.  There are plenty of time slots available, just shoot us an email or a phone call to (419) 629-0313 and we'll get you signed up!

Thanks,

 


Scott M. Frey

Executive Director

Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 3

22 South Water Street

New Bremen, OH 45869

Office- (419) 629-0313

Cell- (419) 204-8729

www.auglaize.org

 

 

Grand Lake Young Professionals

 



Come and join us!

If awesome were inches, we'd dwarf the Sears Tower.

Super Awesome News!

GLYP's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Bud's Pizza in Minster, 6 S. Main Street
 

5:30-6:00 Social Time (optional)
6:00-6:30 Business Meeting
6:30-7:30 Speaker: Zach Ferres

The speaker will be Zach Ferres. Zach Ferres is young entrepreneur, a full-time student, a dedicated runner and a Drupal web developer. Zach started BounceFire in 2007 as a sophomore in college at Ohio Northern University and has since grown the company to over 100 clients at two locations in Ohio without a dime outside capital. He is involved with many entrepreneurship and technology organizations across the state and has been mentioned on INC.com. Zach is a contributor for Under30CEO and TechLifeOhio.
 
The Grand Lake Young Professionals is a networking group for young, civic-minded professionals. Our mission is to be a place where young professionals can network with their peers, achieve professional development and become philanthropically active.

Please join us if you can, all are welcome!

September Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2010, 6pm

Present: Jayme Moorman, Chiara Cameron, Brian Shaffer, Jenn Ahlers, Nicole Homan, Lindsay Miller, David Kennedy, Christa Wynk and Marissa Lundstrom
The meeting was called to order at 6:07pm. The meeting began with Co –Chair Marissa Lundstrom’s report.  

Co-Chair Report:
We will begin to take meeting minutes for both Executive Committee and Board meetings and placing them on Facebook and sending them out in an email.
We just finished setting up a GLYP Mail Chimp account, so we will use this for minutes, as well as upcoming meeting announcements, etc.
 
We have created a GLYP banner and we will have this by the next meeting.
 
We have also created a full year calendar. Vicki will be the keeper of the calendar. So if you have suggestions on locations for upcoming meetings, let her know.  We are trying to determine a somewhat permanent location for meetings in an effort to grow our membership. Chiara and Vicki are currently working with Wright State to hopefully create a partnership with them.
 
We will be holding off on our 501c3 designation for the time being and trying to grow our membership.
 
We are in need of committee members. If you are interested in joining the Networking, Professional Development or Philanthropy committee, let one of us know.
 
Announcements: 
School Supplies Drive- Thank you to all of the participants in GLYP School Supplies Drive for Lake Schools.
 
Holiday party discussion-In November GLYP will host a holiday party. Christa Wynk is working in a location.
 
T-Shirts-We are looking into the creation of GLYP t-shirts with the help up Christa Wynk.
 
The next Executive Committee meeting will be Wednesday, October 6 at noon at XCaret St.  Marys.
 
The next meeting will be Thursday, October 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bud’s Pizza Minster.
 

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Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association

 

MECCA planning Special Fundraising Event

By L. Neal BradyMECCA Executive Director

Join us for the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association’s fund-raising and social event -- the Canal Diggers Affair.

The inaugural Canal Diggers Affair will be held Saturday Sept. 25, 2010, in the public meeting room of St. Marys Eagles Aerie Lodge, located at 404 E. Spring Street, St. Marys.

This event will feature a Irish-themed barbecue pulled pork dinner, entertainment, raffles, auctions, and more. Also planned for the event is the unveiling of the Miami and Erie Canal Ale from the revitalized Wooden Shoe Brewery in Minster.

Tickets are $20 each and include dinner and door prizes. The Canal Diggers Affair will begin with a happy hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served beginning at 7 p.m., followed by special auctions, raffles, and entertainment. There will also be displays and presentations throughout the evening.

To reserve tickets, call the MECCA office at 419-733-6451 or by email at meccadirector@nktelco.net. MECCA is also seeking donations for raffle, auction and door prize items.

The Canal Diggers Affair is a fundraising event for the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association (MECCA) -- a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

MECCA is dedicated to raising awareness of the historical, educational, recreational, economic, and natural value of the canal greenway. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for canal related events and information. It is MECCA’s goal to be the representative voice of canal associated partners to local, state and federal government officials.

Additional goals include garnering grass roots support for an enhanced canal, strengthening canal partnerships, and seeing the Miami and Erie Canal designated as both a State and National Heritage Corridor.

MECCA receives no public funding and is supported by individual memberships and donations. Continued support is vital toward keeping the momentum the organization has created with the success of canal projects along the corridor.

All donations to MECCA are tax-deductible and will be duly recognized at the event and in MECCA publications.

Canal Diggers Affair

Saturday Sept. 25, 2010

St. Marys Eagles St. Marys, OH

Happy Hour 6 p.m. • Dinner 7 p.m.

• Barbecue Pork Irish Dinner• Special Wooden Shoe Beer Tapping

• Auctions, Raffles, Entertainment, etc.

Call now for Tickets:419-733-6451

(meccadirector@nktelco.net)

All proceeds benefit the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Assiciation.

 

GRAND LAKE PHOTO CLUB

 

 

Fort Recovery Ambassador’s Civil War event was held last weekend from September 10th through the 12th.  Several of Grand Lake Photo Club’s members were permitted entrance into the event to be able to practice our photography skills.  A few members attended the night shoot on Saturday and the rest of the members attended Sunday’s events.  A fun time was had by all who attended and we all learned many new things about the Civil War. A special thanks goes out to the Fort Recovery Ambassadors for hosting the event and to Craig Wendel for allowing us free entry to the events.  Also, we want to thank all the Grand Lake Photo Club Members who attended the event and especially Vicki Topp who called and made most of the arrangements for the group field trip.  The Grand Lake Photo Club plans a field trip at least once a quarter.  For more information on becoming a member, please visit www.grandlakephotoclub.com

To see all of our photos from the field trip, please visit www.grandlakeindependent.com

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

 
Don Montgomery recognized for his early contributions to the Lake Campus

 

ED NOBLE, BILL MONTGOMERY, BILL MEIKLE


 
CELINA, OH – On Monday, August 27, 2010, Don Montgomery was recognized for his early contributions toward the formation of the Western Ohio College which would become the Lake Campus.  Montgomery is Chairman of the Board at Celina Insurance Group and a former member of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Northern University.  He was an integral part of promoting higher education in the region and offering suitable facilities for the first classrooms of the Western Ohio College at a building owned by Celina Insurance Group.  Don’s son, Bill Montgomery, President of Celina Insurance Group, accepted the plaque of recognition on behalf of his father, as he was unable to attend.  

Bill Montgomery, son of Don Montgomery, is shown with current WOEF Board Members Ed Noble (left) and Bill Meikle (right).  Noble and Meikle have been long-time members of the WOEF Board and have given years of dedication to the Lake Campus.

For more information about the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) Board please contact Tom Knapke at 419-586-0389 or thomas.knapke@wright.edu.

 

SWAC ANNUAL MEETING

 

Attached is the invitation to the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held at Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen (6670 Knoxville Ave. New Bremen, OH).  This year's event will take place on Tuesday October 12 from 11:30-1:00 pm and will feature an excellent speaker from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry.  Dr. Henry will share his observations on the US Economy.

 

The event will also feature a luncheon catered by Perfect Party Catering.  Contact the Chamber to RSVP.

 

Thanks,

 

Scott M. Frey
Executive Director
Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce

You are cordially invited to attend the

2010 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

at

Faith Alliance Church

6670 Knoxville Ave, New Bremen, OH 45869

Featured Speaker:

Dr. LaVaughn M. Henry

VP and Sr. Regional Officer

Federal Reserve Bank

Cleveland, Cincinnati Branch

Lunch provided by Perfect Party Catering

Cost: $20.00 per person

RSVP by 10/01/10: 419 629-0313 or info@auglaize.org

UNITED WAY OF AUGLAIZE COUNTY OCTOBER 7

KICK OFF LUNCHEON

 

It's time once again for our friends at the United Way of Auglaize County to kick off their annual campaign.  Mr. Randy Fisher, Executive Director is inviting us all to dinner on October 7th, 2010.  I've attached the invitation for your review. 

 

In 2010, the United Way of Auglaize County touched over 25,000 lives in Auglaize county.  There are 48,000 residents in Auglaize County.  That means that the Untied Way has somehow improved the lives of over half of the residents in our county!  That sort of community service requires significant resources.  In one way or another, please consider supporting the United Way during their annual campaign.  Whether your support comes in the form of volunteer work, financial resources or simply passing along the information about this dinner and the campaign, the United Way of Auglaize County and the important agencies they serve certainly appreciate any support we can give them as fellow Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce members and citizens of Auglaize County.

 

If anyone is interested, Randy is seeking a volunteer or two to serve as liaison between the United Way of Auglaize County and the communities of New Knoxville and New Bremen.  Call Randy at (419) 739-7717 to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

 

Thanks very much!

 

Scott M. Frey
Executive Director
Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce

Help Us Build A Better Community

Join us as we kick off the 2010 campaign!

The United Way of Auglaize County

2010 Campaign Kick Off Dinner

Thursday October 7, 2010

Doors open at 6:00

Easy Campground and Banquette Hall

(Corner of SR 33 and Townline Kossuth Road)

Buffet Dinner $10.00 Per Person

**RSVP to United Way Office Friday October 1, 2010

The United Way of Auglaize County

PO Box 18 Wapakoneta OH 45895

Phone 419.739.7717 Fax 419.738.2977

Email uwa@bright.net

TRI MORAINE AUDUBON SOCIETY UPDATE

BY CAROL M. BERTRAND

CAROL S. BERTRAND

        James S. Mccormac will delve into the reasons why own are so fascinating—how they hunt, what they sound like, their behavior, and how to find them  at the “Owls of Ohio” program on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor Center, formerly the Cooperative Extension Office.  (first building to the left)  the program is free and open to the public. Jim is an outstanding speaker and photographer  (P.S. I had the privilege of going on a field trip with him on the St. Marys River a couple of years ago.  He’ great!  Very knowledgeable and easy to understand.  Ivan Knapp of Knappsnews)

        A CD of North American owl sounds along with accompanying booklet will be available.

        Jim McCormac works for the Ohio Division of Widlife, specializing in birds, education, and wildlife issues.  He is president of the Ohio Ornithological Society and served for seven years as secretary of the Ohio Bird Records Committee.  He is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004), Wild Ohio (Kent State University Press 2009), The Great Lakes Nature Guide (Lone Pine 2009) and he writes a column for The Columbus Dispatch, “Nature,”  He is the 2009 recipient of the Ludlow Criscom award, given annually by the American Birding Association to the individuals who have made significant contributions to ornithology

        On Saturday, October 16, the Society will take a field trip to the Lipponcott Bird Sanctuary located just east of the Allen County Fairgrounds on SR 117.  The 37 acre sanctuary was donated to the Johnny Appleseed Park District in 1998 by Bill Lipponcott, a former city of Lima forester. Interested participants should meet at the sanctuary in Lima at 9 a.m. Free and open to the public.

·       

Mercer Health Offers Diabetes Expo Saturday, Sept. 25

 

            A “Diabetes Expo” for people with Diabetes and their families will be held at Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 W. Main St. Coldwater, on Saturday, September 25th, from 7 to 11 a.m. The program is free and open to the public.

            According to Karen Homan, Certified Diabetes Educator, this educational event will host a number of local and outside health care professionals discussing topics related to Diabetes.  Marlene Briggs, RN, CNN, CDE with Kidney Services of West Central Ohio, will present “Doing Your Best to Protect Your Kidneys” from 9:30 to 10 and from 10:15 to 10:45 while Dr. Mary Benjamin-Swonger, DPM, ACFAS of Grand Lake Podiatry, Inc will discuss “Diabetes and your Feet.” from 8:45 to 9:15 and from 9:30 to 10.

Also in attendance will be Pamela Helmlinger with Sleep Care, Inc, with a program titled “Sleep to Better Health” which will touch on sleep hygiene and how sleep can impact blood sugar control.  She will be presenting her program from 8 to 8:30 and from 8:45 to 9:15. Karen Homan, RD, LD, CDE, from Mercer Health, will discuss “Quick Cooking Ideas for 1-2” from 10:15 to 10:45.

Homan reports that this Expo allows those with Diabetes to get information about diabetes and helpful tips for managing the disease. She says, “We will be offering a number of free health screenings including blood pressure, non-fasting glucose levels, waist measurements, and foot examinations.” 

Lab tests will be offered from 7am to 10am. The Cholesterol Profile Test ($17 charge) requires a 12 hour fast prior to the test. Other blood test offered include Hemoglobin A1C ($25) and a Basic Metabolic Profile (4 to 6 hour fast preferred - $17). These are a few of the tests recommended by the American Diabetes Association on a yearly basis to help identify any potential complications associated with the disease. Flu shots will also be offered ($30 or free to Medicare Plan B participants). 

A pharmacist will also be available for private counseling to help individuals better understand their medications.  Attendees are requested to bring in their medications if they are interested in this service.

            The Expo will be held at the Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 W. Main St., Coldwater.  Persons wanting more information should call 419-586-9657.

 

 

Galaxy Leaders 4-H Clubs Achievement Night

 

          The September 9, 2010 meeting of the Galaxy Leaders 4-H club was called to order by Advisor Carol Westgerdes.  Six members answered roll call by naming their favorite thing they did this summer.  Five advisors and one guest were also present.

          Brianna Wenning led the Pledge of Allegiance and Amber Freeman led the 4-H Pledge.

          The secretary and treasurers reports were read and approved.   Amber Freeman made the motion to approve and Lauren Wenning seconded it.

          Under old business, Carol Westgerdes thanked all those who helped put up the fair booth.  They were Vickie, Brianna and Lauren Wenning; Amber and Nancy Freeman; Samantha Fritz; Carol and Earl Westgerdes and Brenda Powell.  We enjoyed pizza when we were finished. The secretary and treasures books are due to the Extension Office by October 1st.   All county group applications are also due by October 1st.   The club scrapbook is due by October 15th.  Pictures of outstanding ribbon winners, Best in Class winners, St. Fair participants, trophy winners and other pictures were taken.  The end of the year 4-H pins and certificates were handed out.  The members were all congratulated on having a great fair.  They all did exceptionally well on their fair projects. We had 15 outstanding ribbons, 4 Best in Class ribbons, 3 St. Fair ribbons, 1 St. Fair alternate and 6 trophy winners.  The club also had many animal placing ribbons.

          Under new business, the members were told to try and recruit new members to join the 4-H club.  Kaleb Huser received a candy bar for having a September birthday.  We discussed having a fall campfire or going to the Menchhofer Farms Corn Maize later this month.  Advisor Carol Westgerdes asked for volunteers to help decorate the club scrapbook.

          The meeting was adjourned by Brianna Wenning and seconded by Sarah Brunswick.  The Wenning family served refreshments.  The members played a ball game for recreation.

          The next meeting will be on October 14, 2010 at 7PM at the Coldwater Library meeting room.  New members are welcome, call 419-678-4597.  Brianna Wenning will have reports and Carol Westgerdes will have refreshments.

                                                                          Carol Westgerdes, Reporter

 

 

New Bremen Seniors to hold 41st Anniversary meeting

 

(New Bremen)

 

The New Bremen Senior Citizens will meet on September 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm to celebrate their 41st anniversary.  The event will be held at their center at 700 E. Monroe St. New Bremen.

 

The evening will include a covered dish dinner with each member bringing their favorite dish.  Chicken will be provided by the organization.  Serving on the lunch committee are Lowell and Betty Quellhorst and Mack and Vernita Wellman.

 

Entertainment will include a presentation of music by the St. Augustine Men’s Choir of Minster.  After a brief business meeting, bingo and awarding of door prizes will conclude the evening.

 

Any senior citizen aged 55 and older from this area is welcome to attend.  The annual dues of $10 can be paid at this time.  The annual Dessert Card party open to the public will be held on October 21st, at the Senior Center.  For more information, call Rita Heitkamp at (419) 629-2877.

 

 

MCDO MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

 

 

President, Jim Keller called the September meeting of The Marion Community Development Organization to order by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held on September 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Marion Township Building.  Minutes were approved as read.

                                           

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

MEMBERSHIP AND PROMOTION COMMITTEE

Committee Chairperson – Bill Winner

 

Thank you very much for your continued support to the MCDO.  If you are uncertain about your membership status, please contact Bill Winner (419) 925-4175 or Barb Kahlig (419) 925-6301. 

 

 

AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Committee Chairperson – Mark Hardesty

 

The Ag Ed Boosters are currently working on a membership flyer that will be distributed throughout the community.  The Boosters would like you to consider supporting their endeavors by joining their organization.  The Boosters, with administrative assistance from the MCDO, continue to support the start-up of the Ag Ed program financially.  To date the Boosters have purchased classroom work tables, Ag Education Tracker student software, miscellaneous classroom supplies, Motto Banner, and FFA paraphernalia.  The program is off to a great start and deserves the support of our primarily agricultural community.  If you need further information please email mlaged@roadrunner.com.

 

RECREATION COMMITTEE

Committee Chairperson – Darrin Poeppelman

 

The weekly winners of the 301 Club are as follows:

                                                                                                           

                        August 15:  Mike & Maria Rethman

                        August 22:  Alan & Sandy Heitkamp

                        August 29:  Kent & Karen Shaner

                        September 5:  Aaron Rose

                        September 12:  Ted & Nancee Homan

 

                                   

OLD  BUSINESS:

 

It appears that the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) approved infrastructure projects were completed shortly after school started this fall.  The SR 119 westbound 20 mph flasher has been relocated further east and various crosswalks and signage have been installed.  These updates were funded through a grant submitted by the school administration and the MCDO in 2008 and approved by ODOT.  A fall 2009 SRTS grant submittal for a sidewalk along the east side of SR 716 from SR 119 to Minster –Fort recovery Road was denied.  The MCDO is reviewing a project that could be submitted this fall that might have a chance of approval.  More news will be forthcoming.

 

We live in the age of the web.  The MCDO does not own the proper software nor does it have the staff expertise to update the MCDO/Community website.  This work has historically been accomplished by kind “volunteers” most recently Dot Garman, Technology Coordinator at Marion Local.  Jim Keller feels that with the additional need for an Ag Ed website it is time to acquire the knowledge and the tools required to maintain our web site and initiate new ones as needed.  He advised the group that he will pursue this idea in the coming weeks.

 

NEW  BUSINESS:

 

The next Business Luncheon will be on Wednesday, October 27, at 12 noon.  Craig Mescher from Fanning and Howey will be providing insight into how the sewer funding was allocated to the Osgood, North Star, Yorkshire villages and areas and how funds are being allocated for the Maria Stein project.   This gathering is open to all Marion community residents so if you have an interest in attending, please contact Barb Kahlig (419) 925-6301 or Jim Keller (419) 925-4764 to RSVP by October 22.    Lunch will include Pizza and soft drinks for a $5 donation.

 

 

Maria Stein Sewer Update

 

Thursday September 16, 2010.  Per Chris Canary, project manager, the main line installation crew will begin digging south from the bend on Rolfes Road to SR 119 on Monday September 20.  They were delayed by Verizon which needed to relocate phone lines prior to digging.  They plan to continue south on Rolfes across SR 119 and pick a couple of properties there.  From that point they will continue east along 119 to St. Johns Road and west to approximately the Maria Stein Animal Clinic.  Once these sections are complete they will begin at the intersection of SR 716 and Rolfes and continue south on 716 to the Minster Fort-Recovery Road.  Roughly 2,000 feet and 17 homes along 716 south were added since the initial design and scope.  The remainder of 119 east and west from 716 will be completed last.  With the scope addition the new agreed to completion date is June, 2011 and Chris feels that they are on schedule to hit that date.  As weather  permits  they will work all Winter, with testing and property hook-ups in early Spring.

 

 

VILLAGE, TOWNSHIP AND SCHOOL REPORTS

 

Chickasaw 

Chickasaw Park Board Report – For information on renting the park shelters, call Sandy Niekamp at 925-4960.  The OPWC has funding for street improvements if the village can provide the matching funds.  The council drafted a resolution to apply for the grant.  The EPA has requested some minor design changes to the lagoon expansion at Chickasaw’s sewage treatment facility.  Brice Schmitmeyer of Fanning and Howey will submit these.  All is looking positive for a Winter bid on the project with Spring 2011 construction to coordinate with the added volume from the Maria Stein area.  The council also discussed the advantages of installing filter strips along the creek that runs through the south west corner of their treatment property.

              Osgood           

Osgood Park Board Report – For information on renting the park shelters, call Alan Wendel at 419-582-4502.  The villages of Osgood, North Star, and Yorkshire continue to progress with their sewer project.  The system is scheduled to be fully operational by late fall.  The village is also studying an extensive curb, sidewalk, and pedestrian lights project on SR 705 through the village.  The bridge on 705 east of the village has been repaired and is open again for traffic.

 

            Marion Township

Marion Township Park Board – For information or concerns about the park, call Ron Hartings at 925-4804. 

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm, with a motion from John Bruns and seconded by Bill Winner. 

 

The next meeting of the MCDO is scheduled for Tuesday,  October 12, 2010, at 7:00p.m at the Marion Township Building.

 

Submitted by:

Jim Keller, President

 

 

GRAND LAKE PHOTO CLUB

 

 

      The Grand Lake Photo Club is moving. Beginning with the next meeting, which will be held on Sunday, September 26th at 3:30pm, all future club meetings will now be held in the Richardson-Bretz Memorial Building, 119 W Fulton St, Celina, Ohio (located in the building directly behind the library)
       The Grand Lake Photo Club is an organization of beginning, amateur and professional photographers. The Club serves its members through education programs, photographic exhibitions and an exchange of knowledge, experience and love of photography. New members are always welcome. Visit www.grandlakephotoclub.com for more information.

 

 

MERCER COUNTY OFFICIALS MEETING

 

 

All Elected and Appointed Officials are invited to attend a general meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Courthouse Auditorium.   Coffee will be available.

The purpose of said meeting will be to provide an update on the county’s finances and to report objectives for the 2011 appropriations. 

If you would like to use this opportunity to address another issue, please call the Commissioners’ Office so we may add your topic to the agenda.

If you are unable to attend and would like copy of the minutes and material, please notify our office.

 

 

COLDWATER FFA students bring projects to the fair

       

        The day before the Mercer County Fair started, FFA students from all the surrounding schools brought their projects to the fair grounds. Some of the items you could bring in were corn, wheat, hay, tomatoes, beans, onions, and all of the projects that you completed during the school year in an AG class. In order to receive a fair pass for the week, you had to bring a minimum of 3 projects. For every project that you brought in, you received $2.00 for it. If you won an outstanding or best in class, you would get $2.00 extra for it. Neil Sudhoff brought in a total of 14 items and will be receiving a total of $36.00. Seth Muhlenkamp brought in 15 items and will be receiving $34.00 in return. There were 30 students who brought in a project to set on display. Between these 30 FFA members, 168 projects were brought to the fair to be put on display. Out of the 168 projects, 55 of them won either outstanding or best in class. Congratulations to all FFA who won best in class or an outstanding on their projects!

 

Amanda Sudhoff 

 

 

ST. HENRY FFA ATTENDS TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

 

The St. Henry FFA Chapter attended the Technology Showcase 2010 FFA Day put on by Trupointe on September 15.    Five sessions were held where FFA members from several chapters from western Ohio were split up into five different groups. 

            Greg Homan from Write State University gave a speech about the careers in agriculture.  An interesting demonstration was given teaching FFA members the importance of communication and other aspects needed for getting hired.

            Laura Walker from Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation District talked about current industry issues including the heated topics of the Wabash and Grand Lake Watersheds.

            Chris Gehret, the 2008 to 2009 District 5 Ohio FFA State President, gave a speech on leadership.  Smart goal setting was discussed where FFA members later had to write down their goals for the next couple of years.

Matthew Harbur, Resource Agronomist for Trupointe, and Brian Schulte, Agronomy Intern for Trupointe, showed students how to determine yield estimates for both corn and soybeans.  Test plots 10 feet in length were set up for students to observe the plants.

            Mike Newland, Seed Sales Coordinator of Trupointe, led students on plot tours scavenger hunt.  Students when in this session had to find how many seed companies were represented in the fields.  Students also got to figure out what was different about some new equipment.

            Thank you to Trupointe and all those who helped put on this educational event that was enjoyed by many.  Also, thanks for providing all with a meal for the day.

 

 

ST. HENRY FFA PARTICIPATES IN FAIR

 

 

 

The St. Henry FFA competed in various Mercer County Fair activities this past August 13 to 19.  Shop stools, weld panels, field crops, vegetables, fruits, restored tractors, benches, corn hole sets, and other wood projects were entered by many students. 

            St. Henry FFA members took part in various activities.  Mitchell Dirksen and Jacob Albers competed in the fair queen and king pageant where Jacob won Fair King.  Mitchell Broering entered a Farmall restored tractor.  The Extreme Tractor Restoration Shop Edition, which consisted of Alan Petitjean, Cassie Arling, Seth Watercutter, Adam Gelhaus, Pete Tobe, and Jacob Lefeld, entered a restored 1933 John Deere Model D tractor. 

Eric Geier, Brad Rindler, Zach Siefring, Aaron Post, and Clayton Bruggeman all showed hogs.  Zach placed 2nd and 3rd in the class of market hogs.  Clayton received 2nd place in the intermediate showmanship.

Mitchell Dirksen showed dairy cattle.  He received 3rd place for his junior summer Holstein.  Showing steers were Mark Unrast and Austin Jacobs.

Keith Wendel, Clayton Bruggeman, Derek Broering, and Isaac Marchal all showed goats.  The grand champion dairy goat was awarded to Keith Wendel.  Clayton received both 1st and 2nd place in a class of dairy goats.

Isaac Marchal showed chickens.  He received 1st in the professional showmanship and 3rd in layers.

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

FROM HISTORY PAGES OF

KNAPPSNEWS

FOR THE CLASS OF 1960

 
 
 
 
Prof Kohler
by Ivan Knapp
 

"I sure was sorry to miss Prof Kohler's funeral.  My wife and I were on the road and couldn't get back in time." I ran into Steve Cathcart the other day and we were recalling the influence Albert J. Kohler had on us and on several generations of kids who attended Memorial High School sometime in the period between the 1930's and early 1970's.

            Let's see, just when did Prof retire anyway?  Funny thing, I read about him in the paper on the last page where they put the obituaries, but that was just an offical account of his life that ultimately is put there for everybody.  Prof Kohler, dead?  No way.  Some people never die.  Oh eventually in a generation or two, people will say Prof who?  But Prof's influence in terms of our attitutes and behavior, values and morals, goals and objectives goes on forever.

          My mother had Prof Kohler in 1934 and my aunt, who was older than her also had Prof.  Like the recent-announced retiring Eugene "Skip" Baughman," Prof was bigger than life, he was bigger than the institution; Prof Kohler and his counterparts were "the institution."

            Sometimes in your life, if you're lucky, you meet someone who has a tremendous influence on who you are, what you believe is important, what you deem is right and what you are sure is wrong.  Prof Kohler was that kind of a person. 

            I don't think Prof set out to be any more than a teacher, but because he had such strong values himself, he influenced everyone he met.  now I'm not saying everyone liked Prof Kohler, but everyone respected him.  Maybe that's the best any of us can hope for--to be a person of strong moral character who is at least respected by others.

            What I most remember about Prof Kohler's physical appearance was his eyes and big broad shoulders.  I think they were gray or light green and when he looked at you, you had the feeling he could look right through you.  And I remember his shoulders being wider than the desk he stood behind.  I never remember him sitting down, although maybe he did years later after I had graduated.

            Prof Kohler also served for years as Assistant Principal, but I never remember him in the role, except that handling the attendance sometimes made him late for class. He had a little stick about 18 inches long he used for a pointer, but often when he came in late from his attendance job and the class was talking loudly, he would stand behind his desk chair and take that stick and beat on the back of the chair until it was quiet.  I never remember him ever raising his voice, but the sound of that stick hitting the back of the chair was very effective.

            He also had a tremendous vocabulary, and like his co-hort, the highly respected Latin and English teacher, Emil Steva, he could cut you to ribbons with words--just words that you didn't know what they meant, but you knew by the way they sounded, you had just been chewed up and spat out.

            Prof Kohler made teaching look so easy.  I don't remember him ever looking at a lesson plan and he never passed out worksheets.  He knew the subject matter; he knew the kids; and he knew how to bring the two together.  He spoke in short, well-thought-out sentences that carried direct and indirect meanings.  You quickly learned to pay attention to what he said for few words carried much meaning.

            When I was a few years older and came back to begin teaching, I remember standing in awe behind the same chair and in front of the same board where Prof Kohler stood, I felt very much out of place.  And when I go the band and choir concerts even now I know Prof is behind the door to room 26 or he and John Van Cleve are taking a break in the projector room.

            I remember once, by chance, I went after school with Prof and Buhlea Kohler, Emil and Onalee Steva, John Van Cleve, and R. Jon McQuillan to Rowen's Cafteria.  It was a very select group and I felt the bond that existed between these veteran teachers, professional in their jobs, with the kids, and with each others.  I knew as I sat there, quietly listening, that that was special, that these half dozen teachers were unique. 

            I have often thought about Prof Kohler and these teachers, and the influence they continue to have on the lives of thousands of area residents.  Sometimes when school was out, I would be pulled into the auditorium by the most wonderful-sounding music and there on the stage would be Emil Steva, a very accomplished pianist relaxing after a day of teaching.

            Sometimes if you go into the auditorium when no one is there and close your eyes, you can hear the piano playing and if you open your eyes very slowly, there is Emil Steva at the keyboard.

            Some day the walls will come down, but the halls will remain filled with the ghosts of these who once walked there.

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

 

IC CARNIVAL A ROUSING SUCCESS!

 

The IC Carnival held on Sunday, September 12, was a rousing success!  Students young and old enjoyed the many games and various forms of entertainment. Games included ring toss, sucker tree, Go Fish!, soccer kick, football toss, basketball throw, plinko, bowling, and others!  The dunk tank proved to be a popular event! 

 

Students also enjoyed a petting zoo, a magic show and balloon animals with Feel N. Lucky, the clown.  There was a juggling show with Crazy Craig Muhlenkamp!  Police officers were available to do DNA swabs and ID badges for children and gave canine demonstrations.  Adults and kids alike had a good time.  Many IC parishioners and parent volunteers enjoyed seeing the children play all the games and enjoy the carnival food!  Final numbers are not yet in, but it looks as though the profits far exceeded the expectations of the organizers.  Many thanks go to event organizers Cara Muhlenkamp, Tara Homan, and Cathy Fullenkamp for a well-organized and enjoyable afternoon!!  Much thanks also to the many local businesses and parishioners who donated prizes, money, or volunteered to help out! 

 

 

 

         Zehringer Honored As “Watchdog of the Treasury”

 

 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Zehringer (R-Fort Recovery) was today awarded Watchdog of the Treasury Award.  The award recognizes key legislators or policymakers every year who work tirelessly to restore responsible limited government, lower taxes, encourage free enterprise and regulatory relief, and promote personal freedom.

 

“I am so honored to receive this award from the United Conservatives of Ohio,” said Zehringer. “Ohioans want a government that will not get in the way of their financial prosperity. The sort of fiscal responsibility I advocate for in the legislature can help Ohioans to reach this goal. Currently, our state government is overtaxing and overspending. I am working to fix this situation so that Ohio can enjoy economic success.”

 

The award was presented at a ceremony in Columbus, held by the United Conservatives of Ohio.  The United Conservatives of Ohio supports the responsible spending of taxpayers’ dollars, the elimination of government waste, and the free-market system of competition among private sector firms. The organization strives to promote fiscally responsible public policy through legislation and works with the legislature to make state spending more accountable.

 

 

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

 

Celina, Ohio, September 15, 2010 – In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society encourages men to discuss the benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening with their doctors.

Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the United States and the second most common cause of cancer death among men. An estimated 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States during 2010, including 7,700 new cases in Ohio. Research still has not shown a definitive cause for prostate cancer, but there are many risk factors associated with the disease such as age, family history and race.

The American Cancer Society released updated prostate cancer screening guidelines in March 2010. These guidelines recommend that asymptomatic men who have at least a 10-year life expectancy have an opportunity to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer after receiving information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with prostate cancer screening. Screening should not occur without an informed decision-making process. Men at average risk should receive this information beginning at age 50. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men with a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should receive this information beginning at age 45. Men at appreciably higher risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65) should receive this information beginning at age 40. Men should either receive this information directly from their health care providers or be referred to reliable and culturally appropriate sources. Patient decision aids are helpful in preparing men to make a decision about whether to be tested. For men who are unable to decide, the screening decision can be left to the discretion of the health care provider, who should factor into the decision his knowledge of the patient’s general health preferences and values.

Asymptomatic men who have less than a 10-year life expectancy based on age and health status should not be offered prostate cancer screening. At age 75, only about half of men have a life expectancy of 10 years or more. Men in this age group with significant co-morbidities (additional unrelated health issues), as well as younger men with life-limiting conditions, are not likely to benefit from screening. Life-limiting conditions become more common as men age; thus, it is important to consider overall health status – not age alone – when making decisions about screening.

For more information about prostate cancer, including screening options and treatment methods, call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.


About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.

 

 

New Bremen business expands, opens new space with ribbon cutting

 

(New Bremen)

 

The New Bremen Coffee Co. & Books is unveiling their newly renovated expansion on Friday September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am.  The business is located at 107 W. Monroe St. in downtown New Bremen.  The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon on the new addition and folks can come see how the new space looks.  New Bremen Coffee Co. & Books will also be offering samples of possible future menu items.  The space they are expanding into was once the home of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce offices.

 

 

BRIAN MOELLER JOINS CELINA-MERCER COUNTY CHAMBER


Brian Moeller, new owner of  Gentlemen's Quarters has joined the
Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.   This family hair care center
is  located at 113 East Forest Street Celina. Call for an appointment 419 586-7866
 
Pictured from left to right:
Ric Crider - barber/stylist, George Moore - Chamber Trustee, Brian Moeller - barber/stylist/owner, Mike Brophy - barber/stylist

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Mercer County Fair Board September 6, 2010 Minutes

 

Attendees:      Jeff Selhorst, Nick Grier, Ryan Muhlenkamp, Mike Fullenkamp, Jay Hein, Robin Link, Jerry Bollenbacher, Kris Hinton, Larry Bowers, Adam Carpenter, Pat Schmitt, Randy Canary, Kevin Anspach, Emily Breymaier, Steve Schulte, Jackie Lacy

 

Guests:           Cheryl McKirnan, Matt Sites, Glen Florence, Don Adams, Gary Katterheinrich

                       

                        Meeting called to order by President Jeff Selhorst.

 

Minutes:         Mike Fullenkamp made a correction to the minutes on the Mercer County resident camper rates being exclusive of special events.  Mike mad a motion to accept the August minutes, seconded by Randy Canary.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Treasurers

Report:           Steve Schulte gave a brief treasurer’s report.  Jerry Bollenbacher made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Mike.  Motion passed.

 

Monthly

Bills:               Ryan Muhlenkamp made a motion to pay the monthly bills, seconded by Jay Hein.  Motion passed.

 

Guests:           Steve introduced Gary Katterheinrich with Freedom Train.  Gary gave some of his                     background and explained how he operates the Freedom Train:

·        Never charges to ride

·        Not paid by the Fairboard or does he pay the Fairboard

·        Insured

·        Sells advertisements

He would like to come back next year for a full week.  He would like a letter from the Fairboard saying it is okay to sell ads.  Steve said he would get him a letter.

 

Glen Florence thanked everyone for their support at the pie contest and auction.  The auction brought in approximately $6,000.  He hopes the asphalt will be done before Wing Fest.

 

Matt Sites said he is possibly interested in being on the Fairboard.

 

At 8:00 p.m. Ryan made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter, seconded by Robin Link.  Roll call vote 11-0, Aye.  At 8:08 p.m. Larry Bowers made a motion to come out of executive session, seconded by Nick Grier.  Roll call vote 11-0, Aye.

 

Fair

Managers

Report:           Steve Schulte reported on:

·        Ride ticket punches – after a short discussion Randy made a motion to table this until the next meeting, seconded by Kevin Anspach.  Motion passed.

 

                                    Jerry brought up his concerns about a $9.00 gate when not riding     rides.  Races have been down and he wonders if this is why.  Jay also wondered about the $9.00 because he thinks it affects the people who come to watch an open class      show.  Further discussion followed on day price.

 

·        Cooper Farms Foundation Grant

·        Gallon of milk – Randy made a motion to pay $100 for gallon of milk, seconded by Emily Breymaier.  Motion passed.  Jay abstained from the vote.

·        Gate people – need to look at other groups

·        Security released early

·        Think about putting bubble gum and cookie contests on Kid’s Day

·        Mercer County Banner Fair or Mercer County Fair – Banner was dropped when new logo was designed and Fairboard voted on the logo

·        Wing Fest workers needed

                       

Committee

Report:           Emily said she compliments on everything she was involved with during fair.

 

                        Jerry expressed that he thinks moving events to 6:30 in the grandstands might need to    go back to 7:00 to help with hot weather.  He also said he is sending in a letter and information needed to get the rest of the matching funds.

 

                        Jay said the bulk tank quit before fair.  He said they will continue to have Grier come in and pump it out when needed.  It would be too expensive to replace.    

 

                        Kevin said he announced the Motocross and had fun.  He does feel if paying someone to do the event they should produce production for the event.

 

                        Robin said the Community Center handicap at the front door and west door needs work.  A spring closer is also needed for the west door.  She said the two day check in for photography worked great.

 

                        Larry thanked everyone for helping him on the last day of fair.  He said most vendors said they will be coming back next year.  Some vendors said they did better than at         Auglaize County.  Ryan said three vendors no showed in the commercial building.  Two of those had paid in full and one had paid the $100 deposit.  No money was refunded.

 

                        Pat commented on:

·        Nothing if camper rules about using a generator

·        Troy Adams said something to him about doing DJ in beer gardens in exchange for camping spot

·        Suggest week days for fair next year – Thursday through Wednesday

·        Kiddie tractor pull moved back by vendors next year

 

                        Adam Carpenter had a couple of items:

·        Ramp at south side of junior fair building going into restrooms needs attention

·        Need to think about two days of harness racing and open up another day in the grandstands.  Jerry suggested Sunday afternoon and Monday night.

·        Asked who junior fair horse advisors are going to be – Cheryl didn’t know yet – Adam said he had some people interested

 

                        Ryan said he never heard how the sheep voting went.  Cheryl said they want to keep it by weight but would like to see breds added.

 

                                                                         

Old

Business:        None   

 

New

Business:        Rabbit judge, Kevin Bogen, called about how great the fairgrounds look and said to keep up the good work.

 

Misc.

Comments:     Fairboard Christmas Party – voted to go with December 10th.

 

                        I C Carnival Dunk Tank - September 12th with Ryan and Steve taking a turn to be dunked.

                       

                        Adam said we need to work on more sponsors for the fair.

                       

                        At 9:46 p.m. Larry made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Nick.  Motion passed.

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR KEITH FABER

 

At a meeting today at 1:30, the State Controlling Board approved the Ohio Department of Natural Resources emergency request to spend $50,000 to perform an application of aluminum sulfate on the waters of Grand Lake Saint Mary’s in an effort to test this strategy for the mitigation of the blue-green algae that has made the lake unsafe for boating, fishing or other recreational activities. Regarding this grant, all of the following may be attributed to State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina), whose district includes Mercer and Auglaize counties, including the Lake:

 

“It is my sincere hope that this treatment will be successful in reducing and preventing further algal blooms on Grand Lake Saint Marys because area residents, especially those who rely on the Lake for their economic well-being, continue to struggle and need some measure of hope that help is coming.

 

“I believe this grant is a good step in the right direction; however, much more must be done by the state to address this problem.

 

“I will continue to push in Columbus and work with the Governor, the Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to identify the necessary resources to clean up Grand Lake Saint Mary’s and get it back into recreational use.”

 

 

Basketball officiating Camp


 


The Mid-West Buckeye Official Association is sponsering a basketball officiating class.  The class will start Monday October 4 at 6pm at Parkway High School.
 Cost of the class is $110.00. This will take care of the class and thier licences for this year.  Please put this out to your students and your staff. If intersted please get in touch with Ron Golemon at 4195130439 or Tim Buschur at 419 2301936.

 



 C.O.L.T./Family & Children First Council

Advisory Council Minutes

September 9, 2010

Central Services Bldg.

 

Mission:  To promote the delivery of effective and efficient services to meet the needs of Mercer County residents through the organization of existing resources.

Vision:  To seek a safe and healthy environment throughout Mercer County to foster a community in which all families grow and prosper.

 

Call to order was made by Co-Chair Karen Howick at 9:00AM.  Those in attendance were Mandy Smith, Kabeth Jarvis, Joyce Jansen, Kathy Miller, Mike Overman, Bob Nuding, Sandy Dorsten, Dale Borger, Kathy Mescher, Sara Beiler, Brian Engel, Deb Vogel, Barb Hennard, and Christel Dzendzel.  Teresa Reed M.  from the Regional Office of FCFC also attended the meeting. 

Those excused were Teresa Smith, Zenia Adams, and Ken Obringer.

 

A motion was made by Dale Borger to approve the July 8, 2010 minutes.  Mike Overman

seconded the motion.  Minutes were approved. 

 

No FCFC Financial Report was submitted at this time, waiting to hear about funding.

Some revisions have been made to the Service Coordination Plan. Dispute Resolution voting was tabled until the next meeting.

 

Old Business:  None

 

New Business:  None

 

Committee Reports and Round Table:

 

Community Corrections: Meeting September 30

 

Health:  Meeting September 13 at 2:00

 

Family Service Planning:  Meeting second Tues. in Oct.

 

Transportation:  Decided not to proceed with the “fixed” route.  Funding for current transportation services looks good.  Demand is high, especially for transportation to Employment and Medical Appointments.

 

Child and Family Health Services:  Have 19 clients.  42 clients in the Fiscal year were served.

 

Help Me Grow:  Saturday, 9/11 is Healthy Kid’s Day at the Coldwater Schools. 33 is the target number for the State Level.  Part C- has 57 right now-target number is 64/State level. GRF and Part C have been approved.

OUR Home FCR:  OCTF grant was submitted in May.  Parts of the grant have been disallowed. The Budgeting class is to be dropped and a support person is to be added to the OUR Home staff to help with persons in time of stress.  After these changes were made to the grant, allocations should be received this month.

Angel Tree Project planning is beginning.  Encouraged all COLT members to volunteer in some way towards this event since it is such a huge undertaking and cannot be completed by just a few persons.  The need for Angel Tree in the community has also increased the past few years.  The dates: Set-up /Dec. 9 and Angel Tree Project/Dec. 10.

 

Ohio Summit on Children:  None

 

Other:  Joyce from the Health Dept. handed out flyers for upcoming Flu Clinics.

Another hand-out was for National Take Back Drugs day, September 25, 10-2 at the former Wal-Mart building. This is coordinated venture with the Police Dept., Health Dept. and several others.  The DEA takes back all medications except narcotics.  It was noted that prescription drug use has also increased.

 

Meeting was adjourned by Karen Howick.

v     Next Meeting- October 14, 2010 at 9:00AM in the 2nd Floor Conference Rm.

v     Mike Overman/Donuts and Dale Borger/Coffee.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Kabeth Jarvis, Recording Secretary

 

 

First ALS Walk

 

 

The first ALS Walk will be held in Celina at The Mercer County Fairgounds on October 16, 2010 with all proceeds going to the ALS Association.

 

This walk in honor of George Stott, Celina graduate - Class of 1967, former football and baseball player, and letting in golf. George Reigelsperger, Coldwater graduate - Class of 1965. lettering in baseball, football, and basketball all four years of his high school career.

Both Georges have been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). George Stott in October of 2007 and George Reigelsperger in April of 2009.

 

In the 60's the Georges were sports rivals in high school. Today, they are on the same team and both communities (Celina and Coldwater) have come together to raise money to "tackle" this devastating disease. Together we can make a difference "By George".

 

Thank You from the family and friends of George Stott & George Reigelsperger

 

You can also follow us on Facebook - ALS WALK

 

 

Grand Lake Young Professionals



Grand Lake Young Professionals is up and running in Auglazie and Mercer Counties!  They are currently looking for new members and support and to that end, a message from one of the co-founders, Marissa Lundstrom:

"GLYP's next meeting is scheduled for September 16 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at McSober's, 880 W. Main Street in Coldwater

 

5:30-6:00 Social Time

6:00-6:30 Business Meeting

6:30-7:30 Speaker: Claudie Coe

 

Claudia Coe and Associates is a company Claudia founded in 1998 with a focus on business coaching and developing mission and vision statements for individuals and businesses. She has worked with a variety of businesses, non-profits, and universities including the United States Naval Academy. Claudia is also co- owner of WCSM Radio.

 

 

The Grand Lake Young Professionals is a networking group for young, civic-minded professionals. Our mission is to be a place where young professionals can network with their peers, achieve professional development and become philanthropically active.

 

 

 

SWAC Needs Help During Oktoberfest

 

It's that time again folks!

Minster Oktoberfest takes place October 1-3, in just a few short weeks.  The Chamber of Commerce will have an information booth on the grounds once again and we could use some volunteers to staff the booth.  So, if you have a little time that weekend, give some thought to hanging out for a 2 hour shift in the chamber booth and bring a friend or a spouse or a co-worker and enjoy Oktoberfest!  Contact the chamber to set up a shift.

Thanks,

 

Scott Frey, SWAC Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Fort Recovery Board of Education Meeting Minutes for September 14, 2010

 

Administrative Reports

 

Mrs. Koch:

* Explained the 401(a) annuity program.

Mrs. Vaughn:

* Explained the Kindergarten transition to four sections.

*Discussed the PTO dinner and Open House which will be held on October 28th.

* Informed the Board of the Student Council Blood Drive to be held during Open House.

Mr. Triplett:

* Reported to the Board plans to set up a twitter account for the FRMS to post projects, sports, etc.

* Discussed Scott Will’s presentation to the MS on Sept. 23rd about his success in Africa.

Mr. Hobbs:

* Distributed ACT College Readiness letter.

* Reported on the success of the Freshman Orientation.

* Gave a report on sports.

Mr. Niekamp:

* Discussed the following: attendance for the Capital Conference in November, the October 11th District Input Team meeting at 6:00 PM with the BAC meeting to follow at 7:30 PM.

*Distributed and discussed the District Report Card.

* Gave a facilities update.

*Discussed the scheduling of various committee meetings.

* The next Board work session will be held at 6:30 PM on October 12th with the regular board meeting to follow the work session.

Consent Agenda

1. & 2.  Approved the minutes of prior August meeting, financial reports and payment of bills.

3. Accepted the resignation of April Bihn as Freshman volleyball coach.

4. 5. & 6.  Approved the FFA National Convention, State Convention, and State FFA Camp field trips.

7.  Approved the financial advance as listed.

 

***

Agenda Action Items

1. & 2. Approved the Specimen 401(a) Tax Deferred Annuity Program.

3. Approved the High School student fees for the 2010-11school year as presented.

4.  Executive session.

5. Approved the supplemental contract for FTA for the 2010-11 school year.

6. Approved the employment of Brent Niekamp as head track coach.

7. Approved Jill Hull as a Volunteer Swimming Coach for the 2010-2011 school year.

8. Approved the Memorandum of Understanding # 1 with the FREA.

9. Approved the resolution authorizing the school district Board to enter into a resolution of acceptance in the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Facilities assistance program.

10. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Reminders:

The October Board work session will be held on October 12th starting at 6:30 PM and the regular meeting to follow the session

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

 

COLDWATER IN LINE FOR $100,000 GRANT

 

            At last evening Coldwater Council meeting (September 13), Council authorized Eric Thomas, Village Manager/Engineer to serve as the official designee for all applications and documents for the Ohio Public Works Commissioner grant.

            Mr. Thomas explained to the media the Coldwater is in line for a $100,000 interest free grant “to make capital improvement for several streets.”  He explained that the official awarding of the grant will be made later this fall and actually street work will begin next spring.  “The infrastructure improvements are considered a priority need for the community and is a qualified project under the OPWC programs.”  The resolution was passed as an emergency.

            In other business Council heard an update on work being done on the Easterlin Property on West Main Street by Melissa Rolsten, in-law of the owner.

She updated council on the work that has been done on the house, including sealing some of the holes in the structure.  She is scheduled to give another update at the next Council meeting on September 20.  Council and Judy

Koesters, law director for council, have spent time at several meetings addressing the need to clean up the property.

            Council also discussed a water easement for the relocation for a water line.  Council asked that a resolution be prepared by Ms. Koesters to be voted on at the next three meetings.

            Council held the first and final readings for resolution 741, accepting local government funding and resolution 742, accepting the amounts and rates set forth by the tax commission.  The Budget Commission set $155,000 as the local government funding which Coldwater will receive for the next fiscal year beginning January 1, 2011.  Amount approved by the Tax Commission is $158.322 and tax rate to be levied inside 10 mil limit of 2.2.

            Mr. Thomas said that work has begun on tearing down the old depot and crews will investigate quality of the old sewer line for the new depot to determine if it needs to be replaced.

            Other waterline replacement work is completed.

           Pavement of streets and alleys to begin soon

           Leaf pickup will begin soon and will continue through November.

           Village will begin closing the park next month.  Fence project on diamond #3 will begin soon.  Pool and shack were closed during Labor Day weekend.  Electrical panels in the pool filter room are being updated.

            Council discussed CDI license requirements.  Single axle dump trucks can be driven without CDI license.  All others require a CDI license.

            A twentry-minute executive session was held to discuss land and personnel.

            A Transportation Committee meeting willl be held on Monday, September 20 at 5:30 p,m.

            Councl discussed need to improve some of the railroad crossings and who is responsible for improvements.

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 13, 2010

 

 

Parkway FFA Students Selling Mums

By Olivia Houts

 

            Kylie Snyder, a sophomore at Parkway High School, is selling mums this fall to help earn her State FFA Degree. Throughout this past summer, she raised around 400 Belgium mums with the help of her family, her FFA advisor Alan Post, Amanda Kohnen, and Ashley Gamble. Kylie spent the summer watering and fertilizing her mums, and cutting weeds out.

            “I got the idea of growing mums from Ashley Gamble last spring, because I needed a project to help me meet the requirements to receive my State FFA degree. It was a lot of hard work, but I actually enjoyed it, “says Kylie. She is in her second year of FFA at Parkway.

            The colors she is offering are dark red, light red, caprice pink, orange, yellow, lilac, and white. The cost of an 8” pot is $5.00, while the cost of a 12” pot is $10.00. 

For those who are interested, Kylie can be reached at home at 419-795-4228 or at 419-953-4199. She also will be selling the mums on the weekends in the Rockford, Mendon and Van Wert area.  

 

 

 

Parkway FFA Members Participate in Mercer County Fair

By Olivia Houts

 

            The Mercer County Fair was held august 13-19th. The Parkway FFA Chapter was well represented throughout the week by students with shop projects, vegetable projects, animal projects, and working in the FFA food stand.

            There were a total of 359 non-livestock projects brought in by Parkway FFA members, with 98 of the projects earning the Outstanding award. The following all received Best in Class awards: Kati Schumm’s alfalfa hay, Tommy McDonough’s popcorn,  Tyler Matthews’ popcorn, Rachel Hesse’s corn stalks, Devin Adams’ squash, Rachel King’s cantaloupe, Zach Searight’s jalapeno peppers, Cami Hellwarth’s cabbage, Tommy McDonough’s banana peppers, Corbin Hellwarth’s sweet corn, Jackie King’s watermelon, Jackie King’s green beans, Dee Dee Knapke’s SAE educational display, Zach Gehron’s agri-science board, Garth Louth’s large welding project, Rachel Hesse’s mirror frame, Garth Louth’s large plaque, Cameron Strunk’s double shelf, Cody Dugan’s small furniture, Devin Adams’ large furniture, and Tyler Matthews’ birdhouse.

Many members exhibited livestock projects at the fair as well. Members showing beef projects included Olivia Houts, Seth Houts, Dan Shellabarger, and Kylie Snyder. Dan Shellabarger and Cami Hellwarth showed dairy animals. Devin Adams showed pigs, and rabbits were exhibited by Rachel Hesse and Tommy McDonough. Kayla Temple and Lindsey Walls both brought their horses to the fair, while Hank Bevington showed turkeys. Corbin and Caden Hellwarth exhibited poultry. Trevor Eischen and Jamie Dicke showed goats.

This summer, the Parkway FFA and Ft. Recovery FFA worked together to build a new food pavilion at the fairgrounds. Parkway and Ft. Recovery FFA members and their parents worked shifts at the stand throughout the week, selling deep-fried food items such as cheese sticks, pickles, fries, and many other items. The Parkway and Ft. Recovery FFA chapters would like to thank the Coldwater Young Farmers for matching the premiums on outstanding projects.

 

 

Parkway FFA Attends COLT Conference

By Olivia Houts

 

            On September 8, 2010, the Parkway FFA officer team traveled to Columbus to attend the annual COLT leadership conference. The officer team consists of Abby Evans, Caden Hellwarth, Destinee Guggenbiller, Olivia Houts, Seth Houts, Trevor Eischen and Rachel Hesse.

            The conference is held for FFA officer teams in Ohio, and organized by the state officers. The purpose is to help officers learn to be better leaders within their chapters, and to give officers ideas for improving their chapter. The keynote speaker for the day was Kelly Barnes, a former Oklahoma state FFA officer. He talked about using personal strengths, knowing what your role within the chapter is, how to be a good example to younger FFA members, and also provided officers with several habits they should develop for a successful year. The officers also had the opportunity to hear from two Ohio Representatives, Representative Pryor and Representative Stapleton. They discussed the lack of funding for agriculture education programs in Ohio and what FFA members can do about it. They also discussed the importance of agriculture education, public awareness of agriculture, and the importance of being environmentally responsible.

            The officer team then visited the statehouse in downtown Columbus. The house and the senate were not in session but the officers were able to see where they convene.

 

 

School Spirit Walk/Run 5K

 

‎COME SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!

Dress in attire from your school!

Sept 25 2010 @ 9:30 a.m.

at the Grandstands at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.

Registration 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Mission: To raise funds for the Immaculate Conception School & promote health and fitness.

Pre-register by September 11.

Entry forms are available on icschool-celina.org

Awards given for: MOST SPIRITED RUNNER!!

 

 

New Bremen Pumpkin Pie Contest

 

 

By now, you've probably heard that the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers are up to their old tricks again!  Yes, they are going to shatter their former Guinness World Record for the largest ever pumpkin pie.  They baked a 12' pumpkin pie back in 2005.  Now five years later, on Saturday September 25th, they are going to bake a 20' pumpkin pie, and you can be a part of record-breaking history.

We need to round up some volunteers that can simply be at Pumpkinfest (Crown Pavilion, Plum St. in New Bremen) to sell pumpkin pie tickets on Saturday September 25th.  People will buy their tickets, then when the pie is served later in the day (around 6 pm or so) they simple turn in their ticket for a slice of pie.  This process will make the pie serving go much more quickly and smoothly.

We need volunteers to take a two-hour shift, starting at 10am, going until 8pm.  You can email or call the chamber office to sign up.

So, come help us make history and set a new Guinness World Record!

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 

 

Rockford Belle to Host The Master’s Own on September 18


The Rockford Belle has planned another exciting evening of entertainment! The Master’s Own will perform on Saturday, September 18, 2010.  The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. The Belle is located at 135 Market Street, Rockford. Seating is limited and a free-will offering will be accepted.

More about The Master’s Own: Originally formed back in 1982, The Master’s Own consisted of Allen Stout, Dan Stout, Craig Stone, Bernie Nelson, and Jeannine Black. The group took a break around 1991 as each member was lead in a different direction.

After a six year hiatus, The Master's Own was reorganized with original member Bernie Nelson and two new members consisting of Bernie's sister Dottie Rhoades and brother-in-law Chuck Rhoades.

In 2001 the group was privileged to cross paths with Bob Melford. What started out as a fill in on the keyboard for one night has evolved into a permanency of kindred spirits and a common goal of sharing the gospel through song.

Over the course of The Master's Own history, many miles have been traveled in their ministry. They have sung in MN, WI, IL, IN, KY, TN, OH, PA and also in
Canada. They look forward to traveling to many more states and foreign countries in the future.

 

The group members are thankful for the way God has provided for the group's expenses for travel, music and equipment through generous love offerings, and donations. They are affiliated with the Howard Chapel Wesleyan Church in Windfall Indiana.

The Master's Own is excited about serving the Lord together and sharing the gospel in song.

Mark your calendars for September 18 and join us for a great time at the Rockford Belle as we enjoy the music ministry of The Master’s Own! For more information about this performance date or any other, you may contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.

 

 

SWAC Lecture on “Workforce Development”

 

 

Just a reminder about this upcoming event, seats are still available!

The SWAC Chamber Lecture Series presents another session created to help with business development:  "Workforce Development"  We welcome Mr. Chris Granata (Ohio Dept of Development), who will discuss the various resources available for companies to hire employees and connect with job seekers.  Mr. Zach Goldsmith (WIA Area 8/One Stop) will discuss the Ohio One Stop, OJFS and other employment resources.  Mr. John Recker (Ohio Dept of Development) will discuss various grants and other resources for training new employees.

 

The session will take place at the Lockkeeper's House on Wednesday Sept 15th at 1:30 pm and will last approximately 90 minutes.  Seating is limited so please RSVP by calling 419-629-0313.  This session is a benefit for chamber members and is open to chamber members only.  Bring your laptop if it is capable of wirelessly connecting to the internet as this presentation is interactive.

Thanks!

 

County Teen Groups Seeking Applicants

 

            Teen 4-H members are encouraged to complete and return applications to become a part of the Food, Fashion and Design Board or to try out for a 4-H Camp Counselor in Training staff position.  4-H members and members of other junior fair organizations such as youth grange, FFA and others are invited to submit an application for Junior Fairboard membership.

 

Food, Fashion and Design Board is open to any 4-H member ages 12 and older as 1/1/2011. Members will assist with food and clothing 4-H project judging, plan and conduct the 4-H style revue, and assist with special interest project judging. The group will meet throughout the winter months in addition to conducting the summer activities.

 

            Membership in the Junior Fairboard is available to any teen member (age 14 and older as 1/1/2011) of any junior fair group.  Two of those groups are 4-H and FFA, but members from scouts, youth grange, future business leaders and others may also join. The Junior Fairboard is charged to plan and conduct the junior fair events held as a part of the Mercer County Fair in August. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

 

            Camp Counselors and CITS.  Camp counselors earn that title after successfully fulfilling their requirements as a CIT or counselor in training. Selection of cits is based upon a completed resume, a job interview and a teaching presentation. Not everyone who applies is selected the first time they try for the position. A teen must be 14 as 1/1/2011 to apply.  Meetings include a 2 day retreat during Christmas break, an all day meeting in January and possibly another all day meeting in February and an evening meeting in late April, plus an all day work day at camp in early June. A staff member will spend at least one week at camp in June.

 

            The application deadline for any of these groups is October 1. Completed applications may be mailed to the Extension Office at 220 West Livingston St, Room B 252, Celina, Ohio  45822, faxed to 419-586-2179 or emailed to 4-H secretary, Erica Bowers, at bowers.360@cfaes.osu.edu. Additional copies of these applications are also available on the Mercer County Extension web site at mercer.osu.edu. For additional information contact Extension Educator, Barbara Phares at 419-586-2179.

 

 

New Marketing Program

 



The chamber is working in conjunction with NKTelco and GenSoft to promote this new marketing program (details below).  The great thing about this is that GenSoft is donating 5% of the proceeds from this program to the Augalzie County Council on Aging!  GenSoft has really jumped into our community with both feet through their donation and by offering excellent savings to SWAC Chamber of Commerce members.

"GenSoft Systems, a long-time business partner with NKTELCO and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, is launching a program into the community to benefit area consumers and businesses.  The program is designed to reward consumer loyalty as well as offer awareness and incentives to frequent local businesses.  Incentives will begin with the September NKTELCO billing.  Plans are also underway for a community wide opportunity to earn a chance to win prizes by continuing to frequent area merchants.  In an effort to assist the
Auglaize County Council on Aging, 5% of all proceeds generated will be donated to assist with their initiatives.
Information for NKTELCO customers can be found at www.nktelco.net under the rewards link. Businesses interested in benefiting can find information at www.gensoftsystems.com under the
Ohio Community Enrichment link."

Check it out if you haven't already!!

 

GenSoft Systems partners with NKTelco and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce to launch the “Ohio Community Enrichment Program”

5% of all proceeds to benefit the Auglaize County Council on Aging

 

(New Knoxville)

 

GenSoft Systems, a long-time business partner with NKTELCO and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, is launching a program into the community to benefit area consumers and businesses.  The program is designed to reward consumer loyalty as well as offer awareness and incentives to frequent local businesses.  Incentives will begin with the September NKTELCO billing.  Plans are also underway for a community wide opportunity to earn a chance to win prizes by continuing to frequent area merchants.  In an effort to assist the Auglaize County Council on Aging, 5% of all proceeds generated will be donated to assist with their initiatives.

Information for NKTELCO customers can be found at www.nktelco.net under the rewards link. Businesses interested in benefiting can find information at www.gensoftsystems.com under the Ohio Community Enrichment link.

 

 

Homeland Security Planning Exercise

 

The Mercer County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Celina City Schools are currently in the process of developing a functional exercise testing various haz-mat and school bus emergency procedures.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and/or members of your staff to observe our exercise being held Wednesday September 29, 2010 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds grandstand. 

 

The schedule for the exercise will begin with registration at 6:00pm, and be completed around 9:00pm.  

 

If you would like to observe this informative training exercise, please call the EMA office at 419-586-6468 by September 24th.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Wanda Dicke, Information Coordinator

Mercer Co. LEPC

 

 

Mercer County LEPC in cooperation with Celina City Schools will be conducting the annual hazardous materials exercise on September 29, 2010. The functional exercise will be conducted at the Mercer County Fairgrounds grandstand, starting at 7:00pm.

 

 

September, 2010

Fort Recovery State Museum Newsletter

 

Civil War Commemoration!  This Weekend – Special Days – Times – Events

            Because of this special event, the museum will be open Friday. September 10, from 12:00-3:00, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00.  The Civil War Camp/Battle Re-enactment will be one of the biggest events Fort Recovery has seen in some time.  Thousands of re-enactors (and their horses!) and visitors are expected! We understand that the museum will be within the enclosure, so visitors to the museum will need to enter through the gates of the fence erected on the grounds.  One gate will be near the fort, so the entrance will not be challenging for museum visitors.

      There will be continuous civil war era activities on Friday from 9-2, on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:15 -2:15.  Battles are at 3:00 on Saturday and 2:15 on Sunday.  A Ladies’ Tea and Fashion Show will be held at the Hein Amphitheatre at 1:00 on Saturday.  The Fort Recovery Red Hats and the Fort Recovery Historical Society are coordinating this event!   Those who have their period clothes from the FR Bicentennial are invited to wear them for this event.

     Our hats are off to Chris Bechtol and Craig Wendel for chairing this daunting Civil War commemorative event! (Admission to the Civil War Grounds is $5.  Under age 8 is free)

 

Other Events Coming – Mark Your Calendars Now!

·        Sunday, September 26, 3:00 - William Heath  -author of Blacksnake’s Path, The True Adventures of William Wells.   Wells, who fought on the natives’ side in the first battle and on the American’s side in the second, makes an interesting subject for a book, and Heath does a masterful job of unveiling the  “bigger than life” saga of this man who saw so much action right here on the banks of the Wabash!  Plan to hear the story first hand from the author of this fascinating book.  Patrons free

 

·        Sunday, October 3 - Archaeological Family Fun Fest  Speakers!

            More details in next newsletter – but save this date!

12:30 – 1:30  Greg Shipley – “McKee’s Town”

1:30 – 2:30    John Christian Rummel Renaissance in the Ohio Valley: The Hopewell Culture”

2:30 – 3:15    Tony DeRegenaucourt –“Archaeology of Greenville”

3:15 – 4:00    Bill Pickard - “A Tale of Two Horses: The Occurrence of a War of 1812”  

4:00 – 4:45    BSU Archaeologist, Chris Keller Locating the Fort Recovery Battlefields”

 

·        Sunday, October 17 – One of a Kind Auction - “The Oldies but Goldie’s!”

Other than our patron initiative, our only fundraiser for the Fort Recovery Historical Society/State Museum – our auction!  We are right now in the process of gathering auction items and planning for this fun night. The theme will revolve around golden/olden TV shows like “I Love Lucy,”  “The Partridge Family,”  “Cheers,”  “Hawaii 5-O,” etc. – you know the kind of shows our kids have only heard about! J If you have any items or services you would like to donate for this great cause, call 419-375-2308, 375-4384 or 375-4263!  We appreciate the support we receive for this event from so many local and not–so-local supporters and businesses!

 

Needed!  Artifact Collector Displays for Archaeology Family Fun Fest Day!

            Do you have your own collection of arrow-heads, spear points, battle artifacts?  We’d love for you to bring your display no matter how large or small, on Sunday, October 3!  Lots of people will be interested in seeing what you have.  You may even find out more than you already know about your own treasures!  Call 419-375-4384 and let me know if you can help us create an assortment of displays.  We want you and need you.  We can provide tables/table space!  All you need to do is show up with your artifacts!

 

Thank YOU Home Idea Center

            Thanks to Dan Schoen and the crew from Home Idea Center for donating time, materials and carpet for the upstairs of our museum (prehistoric artifact room.)  We are indebted to them for their donation and fine work.  How great to have new matching carpeting on both floors, entrance-way and the two sets of stairs.  How fortunate we live in this wonderful giving, supportive community!  Thanks Home Idea and Dan! 

 

A New Face Occasionally?

If you have seen someone new working behind the museum counter, it was Sara Moorman. We welcome her as a very capable, outgoing, friendly sub when Kevin and I can’t be there.  We appreciate her!

 

Added Patrons and Donation Idea

          Since the last patron list was mailed, Ralph and Mildred May have been added to the Presidential List of Museum Patrons.  Thank you for your generosity Ralph and Mildred.

In addition, a patron suggested that it would be nice to have a “Donation in Honor of”  program with  recognition in the newsletter.  This is done in numerous charitable organizations. The donations are tax deductible and they serve two purposes – a gift to the intended worthwhile organization and recognition of a special time/event in someone’s life.  So with that in mind we recognize the following honored individuals and the special occasion and the thoughtful donors:

            Honored Recipient                 on the Occasion of                             given by__________

             Sharon Zehringer                  her birthday – August 5         Jeanne and Russ Belle

            Doc and Ruth Knapke                       their 63rd Wedding Anniversary     Nancy Knapke

(Honored Recipients will be put on the newsletter mailing list if they are not already on the list.)

 

Back in Time - Fort Recovery – Civil War History

In honor of the Civil War Commemoration this weekend here is the list of the Fort Recovery Men (boys) who served in Ohio Company K. So many paid the ultimate price! L  (See the poster in the Walk-By museum for more details!)

Officers                                               Privates                                  Privates                                  Privates

Captain Alexander Knapp (W)          Joseph Arbaugh (DD)                         William H. Fought                                Michael Kester

1st Lieut. David J. Roop                       John Butcher (DD)                               Joseph Fox (D)                                     Joseph Lipps

2nd Lieut. Byron B. Allen                     Martin Butcher                                     Aaron Franklin (DD)                            George Lipps

1st Sergt. Charles L Toner(W)             Jacob Bingham (DD)                           Jasper Franklin                                    John McDaniel

2nd Sergt. Wm. H. Tapping (W)          Charles Carmack                                   George Franklin                                    James McDonald (W)

3rd Sergt. George Williams (W)          Ephraim Carmack (K)                           Patrick Gaggen (W)                             Wm. T. McDonald (D)

4rh Sergt. Bed H. Beardslee (K)         Andrew Casebeer                                                John Granger                                        John McGee ©

5th Sergt. Benj. F. Williams (W)          George Clark                                         John Gray                                              Alfred McFeely (W)

1st Corp. John P. Dearworth (W))       Hiram Clum (D)                                     William Harry                                       James Mott

2nd Corp. Daniel Leseny (DD)             Solomon Collins (D)                            James Hedrick (DD)                             Nathaniel Myers

3rd Corp. James B. McDonald (D)      Thomas Collins                                    Christian Hempshire                            Hesekiah Root

4th Corp David Galeanor (D)               George Coon (D)                                  Mark Houck (W)                                  Marion Scott

5th Corp Thomas McAfee (D)             Elijah colton                                          Elijah Hunter                                         Adam Shatto

6th Corp. John E. Myers (DD)             John Constable (D)                              John Kennard (W)                               John Shatto

7th Corp David Miller                           David Crouch                                       David Kester                                         Irvin Smith (K)     

8th Corp. Henry Hoyd                          Denny Jasper                                        George Kester_________                  James Smith

Musician, Joel S Hoyt                         Thomas Denny                                     James Stretchberry*                            Washington Smith (D)

Teamster, David J. Beardslee             William Denny                                      Robert Stretchberry*                           Oscar Snyder

                                                                James R. Dye                                        John Sutherland   *                              Thomas Snyder

                                                                John Dye (D)                                        George Tapping*                                 Francis Steel (K)

                                                                Frank Ely                                               Daniel Waldron*                                  Andrew Stickleman

                                                                Frank Ely (W)___                                                Benona Wells*                                     Henry Stickleman___

*=out of alphabetical order             William Wells*                                     Joh W. Williams (W)*                         John Winters (D)*

   (K)=Killed in action,        (D) =died during service     (DD) = Disability Discharge,     (W) Wounded,      © = captured in battle

 

Thank You Faithful Patrons!  Thanks also to Channel 7 for coverage of the German Tour and to the Commercial Review, Portland, IN, for their great story of the Finnish Tour coordinated  by researcher/writer/ Professor Juha Hiltunen.  Life is Good!  J  Nk

 

 

Annual Pickle Sale

 

Psi Iota Xi, Theta Zeta Chapter, of Fort Recovery is holding their annual Sechler Pickle Sales. Many of the favorites including candied sweet gherkins, candied sweet orange strips, candied sweet mix, sweet pickle relish, and many other favorites are being offered.  They can be purchased in half gallons and FRESH PACK (Case 12/16 oz. Jars).  Gift sets, which many great Christmas gifts, are also available.  Orders must be placed by Thursday, September 30.  Ordering forms may be found at local banks in Fort Recovery, Eclipse Salon in Coldwater, or by calling Kathy Jutte – 419-678-4760.  Psi Iota Xi is a charitable organization supporting communities in the fields of speech and hearing, art, music, and literature.

 

Coldwater Police Report for August, 2010

By Chief Randy Waltmire

 

 

 

August 2010

Year to Date

 

August 2010

Year to Date

 

 

 

CALLS FOR SERVICE

1173

8708

REPORTS TAKEN

72

515

COMPLAINTS

213

1735

Accident

6

57

TRAFFIC

 

 

Administrative

1

5

Persons Cited

17

124

Alcohol

2

8

Traffic Charges

17

153

Assault

1

9

Warnings Issued

35

289

B&E /Burglary

1

3

Parking Tickets

1

1

Bad Checks

1

11

Miles Patrolled

6739

50250

Department Assists

19

146

ASSISTS

43

375

Domestic

5

19

Motorist Assists

18

116

Drug

2

27

Vehicle Unlocks

15

91

General

14

71

Squad Assists

9

156

Homicide

0

0

Fire Dept. Assists

1

12

Missing Persons

0

1

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

546

4066

Property Damage

1

22

Open Doors (businesses)

9

30

Recovery

3

14

Residential checks

32

646

Robbery

0

0

Bank Escorts

12

60

Sex Crime

0

7

Funeral Escorts

7

65

Theft

6

40

Mental Health Transports

0

1

Theft-Vehicle

1

1

Public Talks

0

12

Traffic

9

74

Alarms

7

58

DRUG   CHARGES

 

 

Other Special Details

184

1205

Drug Possession

2

25

Follow Up Investigations

295

1993

Drug Paraphernalia

3

20

CRIMINAL ARRESTS

 

 

Drug Trafficking

0

1

Misdemeanor Arrests

28

132

Illegal Cultivation

0

1

Felony Arrest

1

17

 

 

 

Juvenile Arrests

1

18

 

 

The Entrepreneurial Development Network Presents

Back to the Basics with Social Media

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 The Entrepreneurs Center

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 714 East Monument Avenue

Dayton, Ohio 45402

It’s almost impossible to pick-up a business magazine or watch the news without hearing about social media. It’s definitely the hottest trend in business marketing and one that is much different from the tactics of yesterday. With all this talk of Tweets and Fans, it’s easy to get lost and confused.

Please join us for an interactive workshop with Billy Fischer, Business Development Manager for Oxiem, an electronic marketing agency, as he helps translate social media for the novice and help you understand how social media might impact your business.

Key Session Elements:

 

The basics of social media – what is it and why should you care

 

The lingo and basics of some of the top social networks

 

Where should social media fit in your overall marketing strategy

 

How to get started in developing a social media strategy

 

Stories of businesses using social media to drive results

 

There is no charge to attend the seminar – but you must register in advance. A box lunch and beverage can be ordered in advance for $9.00. Registration must be received by noon Friday, September 10, 2010.

Please contact Kimberly Brown at the Dayton Development Coalition to register: 937-222-4422 (phone), 937-222-1323 (fax) or email us at ednboxlunch@daytonregion.com. Make checks payable to Dayton Development Coalition. Mail (with payment) to: Dayton Development Coalition, 900 Kettering Tower, Dayton, Ohio 45423 or you may pay at the door.

Registration Information Needed:

Name(s):

Company:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

Lunch: (yes or no)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Recovery Yearbook for Sale

 

CORRECTION

 

Fort Recovery High School’s  2010 Chant Yearbooks are expected to arrive September 16th.  If you want to purchase a book this fall,

The cost is $45.00 and not $25.00 as stated in September issue of the Fort Site Journal.

 

 

 

here is the news release for the september 18 meeting of the stateline writer's club. thank you for your consideration in printing it. gretchen

 

 

Stateline Writers Club Update

At the August meeting of the Stateline Writers’ Club, writers read stories and poems related to childhood memories or vacations or summers spent with children. Light discussion followed this as it brought back many shared past experiences of members.

It was also brought up that Tom Gray, the new general manager of The Mercer County Chronicle, would like to address the group. It was agreed that he would attend the September 18 meeting.

Shirley Knox brought in an article to see if anyone was interested in courses in writing poems or memoirs which is sponsored by Arts Place and will take place at Wright State Lake Campus.

It was suggested the topic for next month's meeting would be to write about what has changed a lot in your lifetime, not necessarily in your personal life, but in general, changes since you were young. Examples given were how morals are declining, the increased use of electronic gadgets and how prices of items such as movies have increased. Writers can focus on one thing in particular or several different choices. This can be a poem, a paragraph or a very short story, whatever is the writer’s individual style.

In attendance were President Gwenda Wenning and members Eileen Whitsett, Alta Jean Kuhn, Shirley Knox, Sue Miller, Alain Rion and guest Nancy Wreede.

Stateline’s next meeting will be on the 18th of September. Meetings are regularly held on the 3rd Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Celina Mercer County Library. Interested persons are invited and encouraged to attend.

 

 

Contact:  419.238.6837, toll free 1.888.238.3837; please leave message if necessary.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Wassenberg Art Center announces adult classes for fall

 

            The Wassenberg Art Center has announced two new adult classes and a one-day workshop.  Pat Rayman is the instructor.  Class size is limited -- preregistration and prepayment are required.

            CREATIVE DRAWING --October 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This class is designed for adults with some drawing experience.  The cost is $45 for members, $55 for non-members.  Improve your drawing skills using different media in a variety of ways!    Materials needed: Drawing pad and/or Bristol paper pad, assortment of drawing pencils (for example, B, HB, 2B), kneaded eraser, small piece of fine sandpaper, permanent ink pen, small piece of smooth wood (no larger than 5 x 7 inches, colored pencils.

            FUN WITH WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA -- November 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This class is designed for adults with some watercolor experience.  The cost is $47 for members, $57 for non-members.  Add pizzazz to your watercolor with new techniques and combinations of mediums.  Materials needed:  Watercolors, palette for mixing colors (for example, a Styrofoam plate), brushes, drawing pencil, kneaded eraser, permanent ink pen, colored pencil, small piece of fine sandpaper.

            DYNAMIC CARDMAKING -- November 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.  This three-hour workshop for adults is for all skill levels. The cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members.  Enjoy a morning of creativity and fun as you learn different approaches to making one-of-a-kind greeting cards and holiday cards!  All materials will be provided.

            To register, send payment, your name and phone number, and a list of classes desired to the Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio 45891.  Checks should be made out to the Wassenberg Art Center.  Or, you may register by phone at 419.238.6837, toll free 1.888.238.3837, or by email at wassenberg@embarqmail.com, and send your check by mail to arrive at least one week prior to class date.

            For more information about art center activities, visit the website at www.vanwert.com/wassenberg.

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 D.A.R.E. BOOSTERS MINUTES

 

The September meeting of the Mercer County DARE Boosters was held on Sept. 9, 2010, at 4 PM at the Educational Center.  Members present were Mary Brandon, Bud McFarlin, Sue Miller, Shirley Pryer, and Tom Pryer.

 

President Ken Taylor had requested to Bud that we decide on officers for the coming year.  Due to the small number present this was tabled.  Each of you think about an office you might like to serve and we will decide on this at the next meeting.

 

Bud did ask members if it would be okay to order the medals for the outstanding DARE students to receive at graduations.  It was agreed that he should do so.  Bud will check with Allison's to see if they will engrave on the back again this year.

 

Mary handed out the Treasurer's Reports for June, July, and August.  The Total DARE Booster Funds for August, 2010, are $7,597.38.

 

Meeting ended.

 

The next meeting will be October 14, 2010, at 4 PM at the Mercer County Educational Center

 

Respecfully submitted,

 

 

 

Shirley Pryer

Acting Secretary

 

 

 


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NEWS UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 6, 2010

 

 

 

 

Parkway FFA Chapter Attends FFA Camp Muskingum

By Olivia Houts

 

            July 5-9th, several Parkway FFA students attended Camp Muskingum, located in Eastern Ohio. The camp is a week long, filled with activities such as boating, trap shooting, team-building games, fishing, swimming, dances, and many more. Students that attended were Harley Noll, Seth Houts, Rachel Hesse, Lindsey Walls, Kylie Snyder, Abby Evans, Rachel King, Cami Hellwarth, Caden Hellwarth, Trevor Eischen, and Zach Searight.

            On the way to Camp Muskingum, students visited the Warther Museum in Dover, Ohio. At the museum the students toured the former farm house and carving shop of Ernest “Mooney” Warther, a well-known carver and knife maker.

While at camp, students were able to meet other FFA members from different parts of Ohio. The camp is run by the Ohio State FFA officers, so students had a chance to meet and get to know their officers as well. Topics the campers learned about and discussed included the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and defending agriculture. Throughout the week, campers had several opportunities to give money to the Children’s Hospital. Sports competitions were held daily between the camp chapters, including basketball, volleyball, cornhole, softball, ping pong and horseshoes.

            Seth Houts said, “I enjoyed the leadership experience and getting to know this year’s State FFA officers.” Lindsey Walls said of her camp experience, “FFA camp was a fun time and great experience to meet a lot of people from all over. “

            Overall, Camp Muskingum is a great learning experience for young leaders.

 

 

Lock One Community Arts

 


Lock One Community Arts invites both Mercer and Auglaize County to enjoy four
incredible professional performances. Lock One Community Arts, celebrating its
10th season, has something for everyone.


The opening show features the Mahoney Brother’s “Jukebox HeroesLIVE”. We know  you will be dancing in the aisle on Saturday evening, October 9 at 7:00at the  James A Dicke auditorium at
New Bremen High School, New Bremen, OH.

“Jukebox Heroes LIVE” will bring alive the music and personalities of Elvis,
Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, the Beatles, Harry Connick, Jrand much more. Their
resemblance and sound is remarkable. We guarantee all ages will enjoy their
music! For more information about the group check out their website at
www.mahoneybros.com

The second performance honors our troops for Veterans’ Day with War Bonds:Songs  and Letters from WWII. This performance will be Saturday evening, November 6 at
7:00.

Sunday afternoon, January 23 at 4:00 will feature The Water Coolers, an
off-Broadway success. This satirical musical comedy troupe brings the comedy of  the office and craziness of life in “Saturday Night Live” style.


The season wraps up on Sunday afternoon, March 20 at 4:00 with The Hunt Family. A family of nine world-ranked Irish dancers and fiery fiddlers, a great way to  celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


Tickets are available at Western Ohio True Value Hardware, Minster or call
419-733-0252. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $12 for students. Season
tickets are also available for $75 for adults and $40 for students. Great seats
are still available, but going fast.

Lock One Community Arts welcome people interested as a BoardMember by
volunteering your time or talent. For more information call 419-733-0252 or
write Lock One Community Arts at PO Box
21, New Bremen OH 45869. Unlock the
magic ~ Bea part of the Arts!

 

Mercer Health Announces Free Prostate Cancer Screening

         

 

Mercer Health joins the nation in observing Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, September 19 to 25. They are offering free prostate cancer screenings on Tuesday, September 21 (8 to 11 a.m.), and Wednesday, September 22 (5 to 7 p.m .) at the Community Medical Center, 950 S. Main St., Celina. Screenings will be conducted in cooperation with local urologist Dr. T. Amaran.

According to Renee Kinney, R.N., Director of Wellness Services at Mercer Health, The free screening is possible, in part, through an $1800 grant from Abbott Pharmaceuticals. She says, “The grant we received not only helps offset the cost of the testing, but will also be used to assist us with providing refreshment during the event as well as other incidental expenses.”

Men age 40 and older are at risk for prostate cancer, and the risk increases with age. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are at highest risk for developing the disease and should begin getting checked at age 35.

The Prostate Cancer Education Council (PCEC) states, “Offering examinations for the early detection of prostate cancer is the critical first step. The American Cancer Society has reported that the five-year survival rate of men with prostate cancer detected in the earliest stages is nearly 100%. Screening is important because the only way to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages is through a prostate cancer screening.”

PCEC and Mercer Health are advocates of the “Choose to Know and Know to Choose” practice when it comes to informed consent. Men should choose to know their PSA value just as they would their cholesterol or blood pressure. They should know there are many choices and variables in determining if they need a biopsy and/or treatment options, if cancer is found

Those who want to be screened at the Community Medical Center must call 419-586-1220 in advance for an appointment. A limited number of openings are available. Men with a family history of Prostate Cancer and those between the ages of 40 to 75 will be given priority. Screenings usually take about ten minutes.

PCEC reports that since screenings began in the late 1980’s, the 5 year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer has risen dramatically from 75% to 99%. Due to early detection, approximately 2 million men in the U.S are prostate cancer survivors.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their life time, and it is expected that over 27,000 men will die from the disease this year alone. Renee Kinney, RN, Director of Mercer Health Wellness Services, states, “With more annual cases of prostate cancer than that of breast cancer among women, screening is imperative to ensure the health of the men of our nation.”

Kinney notes that the blood test results will be available about three weeks after the screening. Results will be mailed to each participant. For more information about the screening or to register, call 419-586-1220.

 

Local Kiwanis and Mercer Health To Hold Healthy Kid’s Day on September 11

 

            Mercer Health, in cooperation with the Coldwater and Celina Kiwanis, will be conducting their sixth annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, September 11, at the Coldwater High School Auditeria, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A wide variety of screenings and activities have been planned. Everything offered is free and open to the public.

            There will be a large number of screenings offered by social service organizations and doctors from throughout Mercer County. Among the screenings for children will be pre-school readiness, physical development assessments, hearing screening, general dental screening, simple visual assessment, education development assessment, and blood pressure checks for children and adults. Skin cancer assessments of face, height/weight checks, and body mass index readings will be offered by Mercer Health as well as body fat analysis for adults. Other agencies offering screenings include Dr. Curtis Kline, Mercer County Help Me Grow, Mercer County ESC, Community Sports & Therapy, and Drs. Dickman, Kettler & Bruner.

            In addition to the screenings, the Fire Safety Smoke House will be located at the front of the school along with the Moon Walk, fire truck, watercraft safety exhibit, and an ambulance. The K-9 Dog demonstrations by the Celina Police will also take place at various times throughout the day in front of the high school. 

            The Revolution Cycling Team will be sponsoring a Bicycle Rodeo this year. Interested participants should bring their bikes and ride the obstacle course that will be set up. Prizes will be awarded. The Cycling Team will also be doing bicycle inspections.                                                               

            Ronald McDonald is scheduled to make a guest appearance. Teddy Trooper, Hoola Hippo and Chip will also be on hand at this year’s event.

            The Coldwater Police Department will be gathering DNA samples of children. Ellen Bryan will be on hand to present her nationally recognized Lightening Safety Program. The Coldwater Animal Clinic will be offering information about animal safety. The 4-H club from Ft. Recovery will be offering a “Safety from Poisoning” display and information.

            Organizations offering displays will be Mercer Health Maternal Care Center, Mercer-Auglaize Counties Family Y, Innergy Fitness, Mercer County Head Start, Two By Two Learning Center, Snap Fitness Center, Morris Maeco Hearing, Mercer County Head Start, and Little Flower Learning Center. A wildlife exhibit will also be featured.

            Fun balloons will be made throughout the event by Balloon Creations. Door prizes will be handed out throughout the event. Those wanting more information should call 419-678-5613.

 

 

 

Mercer County American Red Cross

 

September 2010 Monthly Newsletter

It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies.

Natural and human caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere.

There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference …

Get a kit Make a plan Be informed

Visit redcross.org to learn more on being Red Cross Ready!

Mercer County Blood Drives

Wednesday, September 8th 12:30-6:30pm at St Henry American Legion

Saturday, September 11th 8 am-noon at Burkettsville Shelter House

Monday, September 13th noon-6pm at Celina K of C

Friday, September 17th noon-6pm at Briarwood in Coldwater

Monday, September 27th noon- 6pm at Knights of St John in Maria Stein

Blood Facts

Donors may give whole blood, double red cells or platelets through the Red Cross.

One in 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood.

Blood is needed by cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients,

trauma victims, and more.

Steady and consistent blood donations are key to a strong blood supply.

Most red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, and are typically available within 48 hours of donation.

Health & Safety Classes

Tuesday, September 14th Adult CPR 6-9:30pm

Saturday, September 18th First Aid 6p-9:30pm

Red Cross Meetings & Events

Year-End Kart Meeting -September 8th at 8pm at Wendelin Tavern

Assisting Ft Recovery Ambassadors with the Civil War Re-Enactment

September 10, 11& 12 at Ft Recovery Ambassador Park

Disaster Meeting- September 14th at 6:30 pm

Regional Meeting in Toledo- September 15th at 1:30

Fundamental of Chapter Disaster Operations Management Training in Bowling Green- September 20 & 21

Celina Combined Charities Drive September 25th

Mercer County Disaster Exercise at the Fairgrounds from 7-9pm

American Red Cross Casino Night

November 6, 2010 at Romer’s Catering in St Henry. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30pm & Casino Games at 8:00pm.

A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the

Red Cross office at 909 E Wayne St. Suite 124, Celina or phone 419-586-2201

Join us for a great time while supporting your local chapter of the Red Cross!

The 2010 Points Champions were-

#14 Cooper Crew sponsored by Cooper Farms

1st Runner-up -#7 Rowdy Roosters sponsored by Wendel Poultry & Fort Electric

2nd Runner-up -# 21 Coldwater Young Farmers

3rd Runner-up -#12 Rose Construction & Electric

4th Runner-up -#9 T&S Motorsports sponsored by St. Henry Bank & Ft Recovery Lumber

Thank You to our many dedicated teams & volunteers for making the

kart races an awesome FUNdraiser!

Thank you to the 2010 Season Sponsor

Thank you the 2010 Event Sponsors

Leuger’s Insurance, Cooper Farms, Ron’s Service Center,

Buckeye Insurance, T-102 & Buschur’s Refrigeration

Thanks to the Host Sponsors

Ft Recovery Jubilee, Country Fest, Eldora Speedway,

Mercer County Fair & Ft Recovery Ambassadors

Also, thanks to the following sponsors~

Peoples Bank, St. Henry Tile Co., Central Soft Water, Citizens National Bank, K-94

Thank you to Designer Imaging, Signature 4/49 Degrees, Kings Landing,

Mercer County Pork Producers, Osterholt Farms, Siefring Farms, Heitkamp Developers, Huelsman Automotive, St Henry Nite Club, Portland Tru-Value, Kremer Guns,

Farm Credit Union, Hemmelgarn Marathon, Perry Corporation and SMS ProTech

for their dedication to the Red Cross by supporting the Kart Races .

Visit arckartracing.com for information and to view pictures.

The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization & is not a government agency. Our chapter relies on the generosity of the citizens in Mercer County to fulfill the Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare, & respond to disasters.

~~~THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT~~~

Please see our website or contact the office for more information.

909 E Wayne St. Suite 124, Celina, Ohio 45822 Phone~419-586-2201 Email~ redcross@bright.net

Websites~ mercercountyredcross.org or www.redcross.org or www.arckartracing.com

 

 

 

Commissioners to Repair Courthouse Steps

 

 

AGENDA

Board of Mercer County Commissioners

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010

Minutes, Resolutions, and Correspondence ..................................................................................... 9:00 a.m.

Minutes: September 2, 2010 as submitted for approval.

Resolutions:

∙ Authorize drawing of a warrant for then and now certificates.

∙ Travel Expense Requests by Sheriff Dept.

∙ Appropriation Transfer Requests by Commissioners.

∙ Supplemental Appropriation Request by EMA.

∙ Request by CSEA and Sheriff Department to remove furniture and equipment from their inventory.

∙ Purchase of services to repair courthouse steps along Main Street.

∙ Other general business at this time and throughout the day.

Data Processing Board Meeting [attended by Nuding] ................................................................. 10:00 a.m.

Community Meeting held at Celina High School Field House to discuss Grand Lake Projects ..... 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Auglaize County Survey Regarding Affects of

Algae Bloom on Local Businesses

 

I received this message from the Auglaize County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Please read through this and if it applies to your business, take a few moments to fill out the survey.

 

Participation by affected businesses in this survey is the first step in bringing low interest loans into the area to assist affected businesses.

 

"Please read below and see the attached documentation that Director Anderson received from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. 

 

As stated in the information below, this survey will take place beginning next week to gauge the economic impact of small businesses affected by the algae bloom on the lake.  If we have enough businesses affected to show economic impact, we may qualify for the small business loan declaration.


If you have any questions, please contact us via phone or email.


Thank you,

Cheri Drinkwine
Administrative Assistant
Auglaize County Office of Homeland Security
And Emergency Management
419-739-6725
419-739-6726-Fax
cdrinkwine@auglaizecounty.org"

 

 

ESTIMATED DISASTER ECONOMIC INJURY WORKSHEET

FOR BUSINESSES

 

Accurate responses to the questions below will assist in evaluating a request for an economic injury disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

1.         Name of Property Owner­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­: _________________________________________________________

           

Name of Property Owner: _________________________________________________________

 

            Business/Property Address: ________________________________________________________

 

            Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________

 

            Telephone Numbers:  Business:                                     Home: __________________________

 

2.         Estimated Adverse Economic Impact

           

            Did the disaster economically impact your business?  If so, when did the impact start and end?

                                                                                                __________   to       __________

                                                                                                (month/year)         (month/year)

 

            What were your business’ revenues during that period?                       $_______________

 

            What were your business’ revenues during the same period of the prior year? $________________

 

3.         Amount of business interruption insurance received or anticipated, if any:       $_______________

 

4.         Provide a brief explanation of what adverse economic effects the disaster had on

            your business:

 

            _______________________________________________________________________________

            _______________________________________________________________________________

            _______________________________________________________________________________

            _______________________________________________________________________________

 

5.         How many people did you employ prior to the disaster?                        _____________________

 

            How many people did you employ after the disaster?                             _____________________

 

If your business also suffered property damage, answer the following questions:

 

6.         Estimated dollar loss to:

 

                        Real property (building), if owned:                                      $____________________

 

                        Contents (machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures,

 inventory, leasehold improvements, etc):                          $ ____________________   

 

7.         Insurance recovery received or anticipated for property damages:      $ ____________________   

 

 

______________________________________                                       ______________________

Signature of Business Owner/Representative                                           Date

 

 

Instructions for Completing the

 “Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business”

 

Item 1

Line 1

Enter the property owner’s name.  If different than the business name, also enter the business name.

Line 2

            If more than one owner, enter the co-owner’s name or names

Line 3

            Enter the street address of the business location.

Line 4

            Enter the mailing address of the business

Line 5

            Enter the telephone numbers of the business and owner’s home.

________________________________________________________________________

Item 2

Line 3

Enter the date that the economic impact to your business due to the disaster started or is estimated to start.  Economic impact can be defined as a decrease in revenues from normal levels resulting in decreased gross profit.  Then enter the date that revenues and gross profits returned to normal levels.  This date may be in the future and will require an estimate.

Line 4

            Enter the business’ revenues between the two dates you showed

Line 4

            Enter the business’ revenues between the same two dates of the previous year.

________________________________________________________________________Item 3

Line 1

If you have business interruption insurance to cover losses due to the disaster, enter the amount received or anticipated.  Enter zero if none.

________________________________________________________________________Item 4

Line 1

            Enter a brief narrative explaining how the disaster affected your business’           revenues and operations

________________________________________________________________________

 

Item 5

Line 1

            Enter the number of employees, including management and part-time employees,           of the business prior to the date of the disaster.

Line 2

            Enter the number of employees, including management and part-time employees,           of the business after the end of the disaster.  This may require an estimate.

________________________________________________________________________

Item 6

Line 2

            Enter the estimated loss, in dollars, to the building occupied by the business, if    owned by the business or an owner of the business..

Line 3

            Enter the estimated loss, in dollars, to the contents of the business' building.

________________________________________________________________________

Item 7

Line 1

            Enter the insurance recovery received or expected for disaster damage to the     building and/or contents.

________________________________________________________________________

Signature and Date

Provide the signature of  the business' owner or representative and enter the date the form was prepared.

 

 

Closing of Section of Siegrist-Jutte Road

 

             The Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart, is announcing the closing of Siegrist Jutte Road between State Route 118 and Fleetfoot Road in Butler Township for a culvert replacement. This structure will be closed tentatively on September 8, 2010 and is scheduled to reopen in approximately two weeks, depending on the weather conditions.

 

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

 

 

 

Rockford Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1292 Supports Parkway Graduates


Rockford Eagles awards three scholarships to Lake Campus students

CELINA, OH The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1292 in Rockford, Ohio shows their support to Wright State University – Lake Campus and the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) by providing three scholarships to Lake Campus students for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The Parkway graduates who received this year’s scholarships were Shirissa Seibert, Cassie Severns and Samantha Bedwell.  Shown accepting the scholarships are, front row, from left: Harold Shaffer, Eagles Trustee; Samantha Bedwell, Scholarship Recipient; Shirissa Seibert, Scholarship Recipient; Blair Shaffer, Eagles Conductor and Tom Knapke, Lake Campus WOEF Development Officer.  Back row, from left: Scott Call, Eagles Vice President, Jim Zizelman, Eagles Auditor and Bruce Bollenbacher, Eagles Trustee. Scholarship recipient Cassie Severns is not pictured.

Since 2006 the Rockford Eagles has donated over $25,000 to the Lake Campus Scholarship Foundation and the Reading Center.

For more information about the Lake Campus Scholarship Foundation please contact Tom Knapke at 419-586-0389 or thomas.knapke@wright.edu.

 

Mercer County Fair Board Minutes for August 3, 2010

 

Attendees:      Jeff Selhorst, Nick Grier, Ryan Muhlenkamp, Mike Fullenkamp, Jay Hein, Robin Link, Ivan Knapp, Jerry Bollenbacher, Kris Hinton, Larry Bowers, Adam Carpenter, Pat Schmitt, Randy Canary, Connie Fuller, Emily Breymaier, Steve Schulte, Jackie Lacy

 

Guests:           Martin Emerine, Ralph Stachler, Terry Stachler, Robert Liette (Butch), Cheryl McKirnan

                       

                        Meeting called to order by President Jeff Selhorst.

 

Minutes:         Jay Hein made a motion to accept the July minutes, seconded by Randy Canary.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Treasurers

Report:           Steve Schulte gave a brief treasurer’s report.  Randy made a motion to rescind the June report given last month, seconded by Ivan Knapp.  Motion passed.  Jerry Bollenbacher made a motion to accept the June and July report given tonight, seconded by Kris Hinton.  Motion passed.

 

Monthly

Bills:               Robin Link made a motion to pay the monthly bills, seconded by Ryan Muhlenkamp.  Motion passed.

 

Guests:           Martin Emerine said the paint sprayer will be here Monday at 9:00 a.m. for doing the                 parking areas.

 

                        Kris Hinton explained that Ralph and Terry Stachler were here because they are interested in running the kiddie tractor pull for us.  They have done many pulls and have all the equipment and manpower needed.  Ralph said they would like to be able to feed     his helpers, passes to get workers in and get ride passes for a couple grandkids.  Ivan said he was disappointed that this is the first he has heard about this since he has sort of  been in charge of the event but welcomes their help.  Ivan made a motion to have Ralph            and Terry run the pull for $150 and 8 day passes.  Emily Breymaier made a second to the motion.  Motion passed.  Ivan, Pat Schmitt, and Kris will meet with Ralph and Terry on Wednesday the 4th to plan the event.

 

                        Butch said he would like to see passes given to the community workers for one day at the fair for them and their families.  There was a short discussion on who would decide who would get tickets and when they would get them.  It was decided that it will be on an individual basis.  Larry Bowers made a motion to give one day passes to the community workers and their families at the discretion of Steve, seconded by Pat.  Motion passed.

 

 

Fair

Managers

Report:           Steve Schulte reported on:

·        Additional materials for last barn and blacksmith shop remodel – Pat made a motion to pay ½ the bill from the barn maintenance account, seconded by Kris.  Motion passed.

·        New campground sign – Emily made a motion to pay $400 for the sign, seconded by Ivan.  Motion passed.

·        Coolie cups – Larry made a motion to purchase the cups for $175.50 and sale them for $1.00 each, seconded by Emily.  Motion passed.

·        Vinyl chairs in junior fair building to be used in entertainment tent.

·        Keys to grounds – make sure you sign them out when taking

·        Discussion on ride ticket punches

                       

Committee

Report:           Emily reported: 

·        Little Miss & Mr. contest all set

·        Dirt bike track will be worked on Saturday

·        Lake Festival and Coldwater parades went good

 

                        Ivan passed out information on Senior Day and Nursing Home Day where help will be needed.  The cookie contest prizes were discussed.  Randy made a motion to pay 50            cents to each participant that does not win, seconded by Emily.  Motion passed.

 

                        Jerry said Sunday races will be USTA back to track day as well as Chamber Day.

 

                        Kris said he has gotten 3 big tractors donated for the kiddie tractor pull since the ones   previously donated have not made it.  He also will have little straw bales for the motocross and go kart races.

 

                        Nick gave an update of the tug a truck.

·        Need help at gate to sell pit passes and truck inspection

·        There will be 3 people with golf carts in the infield

·        Have some donations to give away

·        Need broom for bob cat

 

                        Robin said advertisements are out.  She did spend extra this year, approximately $800 of the $1,000 approved previously.  T102 will be the media sponsor for Motocross, Tug a Truck and the beer gardens.

 

                        Larry said vendor spots have been marked off.

 

                        Pat said pit pass sales will begin at 3:00 for the demo.  On Sunday at noon he will be marking camper spots off.

 

                        Ryan said a meeting was held with the Sheriff Dept., Key Two, and the gate people.

                       

                                                 

Old

Business:        None   

 

New

Business:        Nightly meetings every night of fair at 8:00 p.m.

 

                        A sheet was given to everyone so they would know where help is needed during fair.

                       

                        Ohio Ag Net will be here on Monday of fair.                

 

Misc.

Comments:     The lunch special ticket will be used again on week days of fair.

 

                        Emily expressed some concerns about junior fair expenses and some projects not coming to the fair.

 

                        Jeff said he spoke with Tom Higby about |HSUS and there have not been any problems in our district.  Remember not to get confrontational with them if they show up.

 

                        Steve said we will have a Freedom Train here for two days sponsored by Bud’s.  They will have a route to follow to provide rides.

 

                        Jackie asked everyone to check the FYI sheet for other information.  She also needs to know if there are any needs for your departments.

 

                        Butch Liette expressed some concerns camping prices.  After a short discussion, Emily made a motion to made the rate for Mercer County residents $20 for water & electric hook up and $30 for full hook up, seconded by Jerry.  Motion passed by a 10-4 hand count.

                                   

                        At 10:05 p.m. Larry made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Mike.  Motion passed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 31, 2007

Happy New Year 2008

(from knappsnews history page)

 

Happy New Year!

      What are you doing New Year's?  New Year's Eve?  According to history, 50 years ago lots of folks from this area from 18 to 80 spent New Year's Eve dancing.  It was New Year's Eve, 1958.  Television was  beginning to monopolize our time.  Area dance halls were filled to capacity, and everyone went dancing on New Year's Eve.  It was tradition.

            Local dance halls were ready and waiting with big name bands, and if not big name bands, at least big band sounds. The Coldwater VFW Hall opened at 9:30 p.m., tickets were $1.25 each, and hour of closing was when the last dance was over. 

            Other dance halls celebrating "the dance" of the year included the St. Henry Legion with Tommy Phillips and his Band, Edgewater Park with Whitey Howard and Band, Coldwater Legion, Eldora Park, Kemper's Grove, and of course, the dance hall where you spent New Year's Eve.

            If you were at least 18 in 1958 and could stand on your feet, you spent New Year's Eve dancing the year away with friends and relatives, whether you could really dance or not.

            It's always interesting when we get to this point in the year and we are not only looking ahead, but also looking back, what it is we remember of not only last year but other years now gone.

Ready for the New Year's Party

                        Don Desch had been elected president of the newly formed Coldwater Jaycees and looked forward to an exciting new year with this organization.

            Sixty-five Mercer County young men recently  for Korea via Fort Hayes, Columbus.

            Sisters of Mercy Coldwater Hospital prepared to hold their annual Charity Ball to benefit the hospital.

                        Individuals and organizations were coming together to raise money to fight infantile paralysis (polio) with half the funds raised to stay locally to help families with polio and the other half to go to the national organization.

                        Local citizens were encouraged to support the Coldwater Band Mothers as they set out to raise funds for uniforms and instruments for the growing high school band.

            A local dairy announced that after the first of the year, milk would go to 23 cents a quart.

            As we approach 2008, much of this of course has been forgotten.  Looking back at 2007 we said goodbye to     author Norman Mailer, New York Yankee shortstop Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto, talk host Merv Griffin, Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, Lady Bird Johnson, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, star mime Marcel Marceau, author Kurt Vonnegut, director Ingmar Bergman, opera star Beverly Sill, explorer Steve Fossett, historian Arthur Schlesinger, author Sidney Sheldon, dare devil Evel Knievel, actress Yolanda King,singer Robert Goulet, designer Liz Claiborne, football coach Bill Walsh, religious leader Jerry Falwell, reporter David Halverstam, Tammy Faye Messner of PTL with former husband Jim Bakker.   Although the concern of additional terror attacks remain real,           Times Square will remain the focus of us as the ball falls to indicate the beginning of 2008.

            Much has changed after the attack of 9/11/01. In a world of uncertainty it is the traditions that give us stability, something to hang onto when very little else seems to be constant enough to depend on.

            Time magazine explained their selection of Russian leader Vladimir as Man of the Year.  “Time’s Person of the Year has never been an honor.  It is not an endorsement.  It is not a popularity contest.  At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful indidividuals and forces shaping the world—for better or worse.It is ultimately about leadership—bold, earth changing leadership….He stands above all for stability….”

            At one time it was customary in rural America to fire shotguns at midnight to welcome in the new year.  This tradition goes back to the Chinese and Norse traditions of making loud noises to chase away the evil spirits and bad luck that may have haunted us in previous years.

            So no New Year's party is complete without lots of noise makers, shouting and fireworks.

            The New Year's celebration is also customary a time of efforts to "wipe the slate clean” and start again, hopefully in a new direction so as not to repeat the same mistakes we made last year.

            For many of us the resolutions are as fleeting as the din raised by the blaring horns and rattling noise-makers.  Resolutions thus declared fill the air once a year and then are forgotten again until next year.

            In the early 1900's the Christmas tree was transposed on New Year's to the "Wishing Tree" and it became the center of New Year's parties.  A few decorations were removed from the tree and were replaced with wishing ornaments. 

            From the "Wishing Tree" each guest received a prediction for his or her future, a fulfillment of some wish, and a good luck charm for the new year.

            Finally, in the beginning the new year is like a child, young and innocent, unaware of what lies ahead.  Like the child, the new year will be shaped by our reactions and our attitudes to the world around us.  It is not what happens to us in the coming year that matters so much as our attitude toward it.

            So the new year is like a small child that must be nurtured and cared for; and the passing year, an aged friend who has offered us much good advice, even from national and personal tragedies we have experienced.

      On January 1, 2008, the earth begins another journey of 583,416,000 miles while each of us set out on another year one foot at a time.  Happy New Year.

 

Coldwater Council Hears Review of 2007

 

Lavern Stammen is relected Coldwater Mayor

            At their meeting on Saturday, December 29,  Eric Thomas, Village Manager/Engineer presented the Review of the Year for 2007 in the following categories: major construction projects, miscellaneous projects, equipment purchases, other investments, and legislation. 

            Although not listed in the review, the reelection of Mayor LaVern Stammen and councilmen Doug Bertke (Council chairman) and  Robert Fisher top the list the year in review.

            Mayor Stammen who will begin his third term ran unopposed, received a reported 1045 votes.  Mr. Bertke received 868 votes and Mr. Fisher received 818.  The other candidate, James Rengers received 392 votes.

            Major Construction Projects: West Parking Lot at Memorial Park replaced; resurfaced several alleys; planted grass at old water treatment plant and well field; replace score board on diamond #8; new lights for diamond #3; remodeled shelter house #1 (new roof, electric, doors); extended Katie Lee Lane; resurfaced Nisco Street; base and surface coats on Pearl Street; repairs on Eastview, Mary Lane, Cecelia, Terrace, Dogwood.; installed 200 feet of concrete channel in Hardin Creek, replaced section of water main on Vine Street.

            Other Projects: annexation of 17.408 acres; continue smoke and video testing of sanitary sewers; replace pumps at waste water treatment plant; new four-year NPDES permit from Ohio EPA; replaced pump #1, rebuilt pump #2, and replaced 10 inch plug valve at waster water treatment plant; constructed divider wall at municipal building; planted trees, installed decorative street lights at park and along school drive; garage restroom remodeled; new traffic controllers at Main and Terrace,  Main and Second.

            Equipment Purchases: replaced Police Department Cruiser; new computers and radios for police department; replaced back hoe; replaced tandem dump truck, replaced small pickup truck for park

            Other investments: debt on two dump trucks paid off

            Legislation: passed 13 new ordinances and 4 new resolutions.

 

Clyde Bellinger Reports on Mayor’s Court for 2007

            Coldwater Finance Director reported on the Coldwater Mayor’s Court for 2007, first full year of operation.  Total cases were 137; projected, 110 traffic and misdemeanor.  Total collected, $16,150,25 of which $12,862.25 stayed in Coldwater and $3288 went to the State of Ohio.  All cases but three were conducted in Coldwater.  Remaining three were transferred to Celina Municipal Court.

 

Coldwater Council Approves Appropriations

            On Saturday, December 29, the Coldwater Council approved both final amended appropriations for 2007 and projected appropriations for 2008.

Totals for 2007 included general fund total, $1,724,512.  Special Revenue Fund, $1,024,511.  Debt Service Fund, $431,370.  Capital Projects Fund, $127,021.  Internal Service Fund, $240,00.  Agency Fund Total, $16,200.  Enterprise Fund total, $1,449,213.Grand Total appropriations, $5,012,827.

            Projected appropriations for 2008  Total appropriations, $4,621,289.  General Fund, $1,495,967.  Special Revenue Funds, $889, 989.  Debt Service Fund, $465,307.  Total Capital Projects Fund, $7,000.  Internal Service Funds, $240,000.  Total Agency Funds, $16,300. Enterprise fund totals, $1,506,726.

            In other business, Council approved contract with Judy Koesters for legal services.

Ft. Recovery FFA Holds “Canning Hunger Campaign”

 

     Ft. Recovery, OH – The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter recently held a canned food drive with the entire high school student body and staff called the “Canning Hunger Campaign.”  Classes competed to see who could bring in the most cans.  A total of 5,282 canned good and non-perishable items where collected.  Congratulations to Mrs. Osterloh’s class for winning the competition by collecting 106 cans per person and to Mr. Summer’s class for collecting 104 cans per person.  The food was delivered to local food banks to help needy families in the Mercer County area.  The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter would like to thank entire high school student body, the staff, and the sophomore FFA members for coordinating this great activity.

 

Mercer Health Announces Stop Smoking Program

            Mercer Health announced today that they will be offering a stop smoking program called “I Can Quit” beginning January 16 at the Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center, Celina.

            The program will be led by Nancy Mescher, Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS). She has been specifically trained to offer assistance to those interested in quitting smoking. She recently completed training based upon the Mayo Clinic standards. These standards are rated as the most effective teaching tools in the United States.

            The “I Can Quit” program is designed to offer those participating the opportunity to take those important first steps on the road to stop smoking. Although emphasis is on cigarette smoking, any one with a tobacco addiction can be helped through this program. Each session will combine counseling and effective methods to stop smoking.

            Fee for the program is $50 per person. The program begins on January 16 and meets every Wednesday at the Cancer Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through February 13.

            Those interested in registering for the program should call Mercer Health at 419-678-5196. If there is no answer, registrants should leave their name and phone number. Deadline for accepting registrations is Friday, January 11.

 

Robert Van Trees Paints Portrait of Local Dignitaries

 

Portraits of Judge Jon Hein and Representative Jim Zehringer by Rovert Van Trees

     See what the idle hours of the Holiday Season, coupled with a heavy odor of turpentine--plus a couple margaritas--has produced.  It is probably best I am never called before Judge Jon Hein and Jim will never again invite me to ride with him in the Fort Parade.  But such is the life of a 90year old Senior who should avoid portrait paintings.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Mercer County Commissioners Approve Resolutions

            At their December 18 meeting, the Mercer County Commissioners approved a resolution for the Mercer County Sheriff’s office to purchase two 2007 Chevrolet Crown Victoria’s from Statewide Ford for $20053 each puls applicable fees and equipment.  Total cost of the vehicles and equipment is $67,211. Chief Deputy Gery Thobe said there are funds available for this purchase.

            In other action the Commissioners approved $7000 for the Mercer County Fair Board Horseman’s Association for a project to complete renovation of the last remaining horse barn.  Total cost of the material for siding, doors, and railing is $15,215 from RCS Construction.

     Other county ground rented: to Johnsman: Bunge Park 25.5 acres at    $110; County Home 223.3 acres at $115; County Home 37.3 acres at $95         filter strip.  Eichenauer: Eden Haven Park, 71.6 acres at $100.     Schwieterman: 34 acres at $100.  Wiesman, 12 acres Fairground, at $100    per acre.

 

Mendon Lions Donate $15,000 to Mendon Park Fund

            At the December 17 meeting, the Mercer County Lions Club voted unanimously to donate $15,000 to the Mendon Park Fund.  As explained at the December 3 meeting by Ron Puthoff, private consultant,  the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $25,000 money raised by the community and/or in kind work services performed at the park. 

            This was the annual Chnstmas Party attended by approximately 30 people.

            In other business, treasurer/secretary Nancy Krugh said that an additional $304 has been raised from the sale of candles with two cases remaining to be sold.

 

Maria Stein News Update for December 27, 2007

By Rosemary Moeller

Announcements:

            A ticket to the New Year’s Eve Dance at the Maria Stein Legion gets you admission to the dance, snakce and drinks, sausage and sauerkraut lunch. And a chance to win a thousand dollars and some smaller cash prizes.  The theme is patriotic.  Music by Spinning G’s.  Cost is $30 per ticket.  Call 419-925-4547 or 419-925-4141.

            Ronald McDonald is coming to the Zahn Marion Township Library to do a program for all children on January 8 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be time for pictures with Ronald McDonald afterward.

            New Year’s Eve gathering, December 31 to January 1 arrive at 5 p.m. The evening will begin with social hour 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a gourmet inner prepared by the kitchen staff at the center at 7 p.m. Father A. Naseman will preside at the overnight retreat.  Couple donation is $135.  Single donation is $80.  Commuter donation is $35. 

            Epiphanies of our Lives, January 5-6, 2008 begins at 9 a.m.  The Feast of Epiphany provides the occasion to reflect on how god is made manifsest in our every day lives.  Sister Maureen Mangen is a Sister of the Precious Blood and was raised in Versailles, Ohio.  She was co-director of John XXIII fsor over 25 years. Light breakfast available on Saturday morning.  Single donation is $92.  Commuter is $55. 

            January 6 at 6 p.m.  Prayer and benediction in the Chapel of the Spiritual Center.

            Mercer County Right to Life will purchase a full page pro-life ad in the Daily Standard and the Mercer County Chronicle.  For $5 donation, you can have your name along with several hundred others included in the ad.  Send donations to Janet and Kaye Hemmelgarn, 3056 SR 119. St. Henry, Ohio 45883 by January 14, 2008. 

            Knights of St. John New Year’s Eve Dance $25 per person, $50 per couple.  The theme is the wild, wild west and Free Rider is the band. For tickets call Mike Broering at 419-925-4812.

Church and Community:

            It is time for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John to pay their dues, $7 for members and $5 for social members.  Send dues to June Bertke, 2120 Jefferson Street. Maria Stein, Ohio.

            There will be a Baptismal Calls on January 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Rose church basement.  This is a requirement before you have your baby baptized.  Call the parish office at 925-4775.  There will be no other class until spring.

            Piecemakers handcrafted items for sale at the Maria Stein Spritual center till December 30, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter through the south entrance on the lower level.

            New Year’s Eve Mass in the Cluster.  Monday, December 31, 5 p.m. at St. Johns; Monday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose; Tuesday, January 1 at 9 a.m. Precious Blood; Tuesday, January 1 at 10:30 p.m. at St. Johns.

College and School:

            Marion Local girls basketball lost to Delphos St. John 43-37.

Raffle Winners:

            Heritage Club Winner: Joe and Theresa Greve

            MCDO 301 Club, Erick Eyink for $100.

            St. Peter Neurological Center, Tom Hess, $100.

Senior Citizens:

            Annie Bertke welcomed a group of Senior Citizens last Wednesday for an afternoon of cards.  Winners in pinochle were Viro Will, Ruth Brown, and Homer Shields.  Sheephead was won by Sally Heitkamp, Velma Heitbrink, and Rita Stammen.  Door prizes went to Sis Puthoff, Doris Rutschilling, Jean Bruns, Annie Bertke, Clara Schmiesing.  The committee wishes to thank everyone for their Christmas gifts and thanks to everyone for coming to the card parties at the Knights Hall as this will be our last one.

 

Mercer County Commissioners Approve Purchase of K-9

            The Mercer County Commissioners approved Chief Deputy Gery Thobe’s request for reviving the k-9 Program.  The Mercer County Sheriff’s office had a k-9 unit in early 2000 and have decided to revive the program.

            In a communication to the Commissioners Chief Deputy Tobe explained that “there is one K-9 unit in the county and at times it is nearly impossible to obtain its services.  In a recent cast we contacted the Celina P.D. as well as every adjoining county and Wapakoneta Police Department.  There were no available units and we ended up obtaining the services of the Cridersville Police Department’s K-9.  This was a time consuming process.”

            Chief Thobe went on to explain, “we believe this is the appropriate time to resume this program and as we have the available funds to do so, I am requesting a resolution to approve the purchase of a K-9 unit as well as training from Von der haus Gill German Shepherds, Inc. Wapakoneta, Ohio.  The cost of the K-9 unit as well as training for the dog and handler is $9000.”

            In other business the commissioners authorized the “use of the Force Account” for Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart.  “The use of force” is defined as “the county engineer will act as a contractor using labor employed by him, using material and equipment owned by the county or leased or purchased” to complete projects to maintain, repair, improve and construct Mercer county roads during 2008 estimated cost per mile does not exceed $30,000 and the Mercer County engineer is not required to use competitive bidding.”

 

Grand Lake Wabash Watershed Alliance Advisory Board Holds Table Talks

            On December 27, members of the Grand Lake Wabash Watershed Alliance Advisory Board held “Table Talk” discussion on a variety of topics.

Approximately 30 participates were divided into two groups, agriculture and the lake.  A third possible group, residential was not utilized for this discussion.

            The Table Talk groups were led by members of the Soil and Water District employees.  After a set period of time, the discussion leaders interchanged with the two groups.  Specific topics considered included the 2008 Agriculture Incentive Program, recommended priority best management practices, environmental monitoring, lawn fertilizer programs, rain gardens, water pollution control.

            Members talked about monitoring the lake and stream water, water at the proposed ethanol plant, and the possibility of property owners testing their own water and soil.  The groups were reminded that one-day monitoring training is available.

            Approximately 100 individuals participated in last year’s lawn fertilizer program.  Discussion was to provide the program again on alternating three-year basis.  Also discussed were rain gardens defined as “planted depressions designed to absorb rainwater runoff from urban areas such as roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawn areas.  Rain gardens allow storm water to soak into the ground and in turn cut down on amount of pollution and flooding.  (Rain gardens were initiated in Maryland in 1990.)

            Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker reminded the group of loans for home available for 5% off a 7% percent loan for pollution control programs.

Individuals were asked to identify what volunteer efforts they would be willing to become involved in such as monitoring training, field days, as examples.

            The agriculture group discussed the pros and cons of cover crops.  Laura Walker and Theresa Dirksen asked the group for their ideas and suggestions and involvement in local projects.  “We just need help.”  Bill Ringo of the Lake Improvement Association suggested that people are looking for leadership.  Also suggested were action plans and identified goals.

            The group briefly discussed the geotube projects and how the tubes can be emptied and reused.  On hand for the discussion was Jeff Grieshop and Gabe Lehman from Celina Tent who said they provided possibilities that involved fabrics which could be used for projects such as geotubes.

            Ms. Walker said she will pull together ideas discussed at the meeting and present a summary at the next meeting on January 24 at 4 p.m. in the 4-H Conference room on the second floor.

            Although on the agenda, I was not aware of discussion about combining the GLWWA Advisory Board and Lake Restoration Committee meetings.

 

 NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 28,  2007

Hearing Recessed to January 17, 2008

Andy Hinders, Prosecuting Attorney (standing) and Zoning Board

            The Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on a request for a variance at the proposed Mercer Energy site was recessed to January 17 following a 2 hour 15 minute session last night (December 20) in the conference room of the Central Service Building last evening.

            As chairman Jonny Dicke explained to the media, “there was a lot of information to consider,” (so the board will need more time.)  Four members (two regular and two alternate and zoning inspector) were recently appointed at the end of November, 2007.  Members are Jonny Dicke, Don Vanderhorst, Jr. (new), Larry Hawk, Jay Frysinger, Joe Pecharich (new but not present), James Schnible (new alternate), David Knous (new alternate), and zoning inspector Pat Elking (new).

            The purpose of the meeting was to consider a request from Mercer Energy for a variance in the height from a maximum of 45 feet to 150 feet as was explained by Mercer Energy representatives both at the beginning of the meeting and again by Stan Evans, attorney for Mercer Energy toward the end of the meeting.

            But the focus of the meeting changed when chairman Jonny Dicke asked for comments in opposition (interpreted by much of the public to mean “opposition to the ethanol plant,” not “opposition to the request for height variance.”  For the next two hours individuals spoke about the former, not the later.

Brice Blair addresses Zoning Board

            It is ironic that the first person who spoke in opposition to the ethanol plant was Brice Blair, who recently resigned as zoning inspector for East Jefferson Township.  He objected to the appearance, traffic and noise that he said would come with the ethanol plant.  He received a loud round of applause and the pattern was set for the next two hours.

            It is interesting to note that about half of those who spoke (5 of 12) had spoken at the Ohio EPA hearing (August 23, 2007) and later at a meeting with the Mercer County Commissioners.(October 18).

Attorney Stan Evans tries to get group back on topic

            Attorney Stan Evans spent the last half hour of last night’s meeting trying to return the focus to the height variance issue, but by then the public focus was on whether an ethanol plant should be built at the site along the lake.

            The second person to address the Zoning Board of Appeals asked the members individually if they had anything to gain by voting for the ethanol plant and one member said he didn’t discuss personal investments at a public meeting.

            Issues brought up by members of the public included: plans to deal with catastrophic accidents, availability of drinking water, evacuation plans, terrorism, landscape, plant chemicals, air emissions, noise.  One person suggested that using corn for manufacturing ethanol will become obsolete.  Another alleged that tax money may be used to subsidize ethanol plants in the future.

            Attorney Stan Evans made a brief effort to address some of the concerns brought up, but took the remaining time to explain to the board that community leaders and schools had already indicated support for an ethanol plant in the area (quoting letters written in support of the Greater Ohio Ethanol who one time had an interest in constructing an ethanol plant in the area).

            He returned to the question of the zoning code, referring to other Ohio Ethanol Plants and related zoning codes.  He explained that he had not intended to spend so much time on questions concerning the ethanol plant, but said because of the way the hearing had unfolded, he had no choice.

            Criticized for not giving the opponents equal time to speak, Mr. Dicke heard from a couple more and then turned to the Board for a decision.  They voted unanimously to recess until January 17 at 6 p.m.

 

NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 3, 2007

 

Maria Stein News Update for December 3, 2007

By Rosemary Moeller

Announcements:

            Congratulations to Marion Local football team and coaches who defeated Youngstown Ursuline on Friday, November 30, 20 to 14 to win the Division V State Championship.

            13th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon at Marion Local High School on Friday, December 7 at 1 p.m. in the gym.  Call Lucy Moeller at 419-925-4597. 

            Marion Local PTO raffle drawing will be held December 9 at the Winter Band Concert.  Need not be present to win.

            December 3, Legion Post 571 and Sons of the American Legion will have their meeting at 8:30 p.m.

            Knights of St. John are selling tickets for New Year’s Eve dance. Call Mike Broering at 419-925-4812.  No one under 21 will be admitted.  Free Rider will provide the music.

            St. Anne’s Ladies Sodality Christmas Party will be December 4 at the Maria Stein Legion at 7 p.m. for St. John Parish.

            St. John’s Parish Council will meet December 5 at 8:15 p.m.

            There still are replicas of St. John’s available.  Call Phil or Anne Thobe at 419-925-5116.

            Handcrafted gift items for sale at the Maria Stein Spiritual Center until December 30, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily  Please enter through the south entrance lower level.

            December 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Piecemakers Craft group will meet at the Spiritual Center.

Births:

            A son born to Tara and Tyron Grieshop last week at JTDMH in St. Marys.

Church and Community:

            A Christmas Bus Tour is planned for January 5 and 6 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Snow, the New Saint Louis Cathedral, and the Shrine of St. Joseph.  Father Naseman, C.PP.S. will be the Spiritual Advisor.  Call 419-628-2509 or 419-628-3366.

            Masses for the IC of the Blessed Virgin May on December 8 (Holy Day of Obligation) will be Precious Blood, 5:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose; 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John.

            There will be an Anointing of the Sick Mass on Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11 a.m. at St. John Parish.

            “Making the Most of Advent,” December 5 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Spiritual Center.

College and School:

            Abby Niekamp, daughter of Linda and Barry Niekamp and senior at Marion Local has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Florida State University.

            Abigale Hartings of Marion Local and student at WSU was the first year recipient of a scholarship from Pax Machine Works.

            Megan Barhorst, senior at Marion Local and daughter of Mary and Greg Barhorst will play volleyball for Cleveland State University after signing a National Letter of Intent.

Personnels:

            Rosemary Moeller with Linda and Kelly Pleiman, Roxanne and Randy Spiller and son Justin, Danyel Goettemoeller, Amy and Paul Knapke and family, Kelly and Todd Pleiman and children, Bill Nieberding were guests of Amy and Gary Moeller and family for Thanksgiving.

Raffle Winners:

            Maria Stein Heritage Club winner, Ag and Rich Schulze.

 

Mercer County Commissioners Approve East Jefferson Board of Zoning Appeals

          At their November 29 meeting, the Mercer County Commissioners completed the East Jefferson Zoning Board of Appeals.  They approved the appointment of Don Vanderhorst, Jr.,  Joe Pecharich, James Schneible, and David Knous.

            As stated by prosecuting attorney Andy Hinders Mr. Vanderhorst and Mr. Pecharich will were as full board members and Mr. Schneible and Mr. Knous will serve as alternates.  Mr. Pecharich will replace Calvin Caywood and Mr. Vanderhorst, Jr. will replace Scott Stevenson.

            This will completed the board which has recently gone through several changes.  At Commissioner Bob Nuding suggested the chairman of the Board will notify all members and alternates of meetings.

            In other business, the Commissioners appointed Cindy Canary to the Board of MRDD.

At their November 27 meeting, the Commissioners met with Brice Schmitmeyer of Fanning/Howey in regards to the Fleetfoot Road Sanitary Sewer Improvements.

 

Retention and Expansion Survey Wrap Up Meeting

Larry Stelzer,  Mercer County Economic Development Director

            On November 27,  over 50 local business leaders met at Romer’s for the wrap up report of this year’s Retention and Expansion Survey.  Pam Buschur, Executive Director of the Celina Mercer County Chamber welcomed the group and gave the invocation.

            Following lunch,  Larry Stelzer introduced Jerry Good, Regional Economic Development Director with offices in Lima who praised the efforts of Larry Stelzer and the value of regular retention and expansion surveys.  He said that his region in the state currently has 32 projects worth $3.2 billion.

Jerry Good, Regional Economic Development Director

            Mr. Stelzer explained that the Retention Expansion Survey is done every three or four years with one mission in mind, “to assist existing businesses, which we consider to be some of the county’s most important assets.”

            “The importance of retaining and helping our businesses grow in Mercer County is extremely important to the health and well-being of our communities.  Through this survey we have attempted to find out relevant information about our businesses and use that knowledge to respond to both immediate and future needs.  We will take the challenge of following the recommendations spelled out in the survey very seriously….The survey is a study in teamwork and that is what is economic development is all about..”

            Mr. Stelzer thanked the businesses and volunteers who supported and participated in the 2007 Retention and Expansion Survey.  As explained in the preliminary meeting of this year’s survey,  participating businesses and volunteer “visitors” were identified.  Mr. Stelzer stressed that the  information collected remains confidential with any pressing concerns add