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Coldwater to consider joining FEMA’s flood program

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Village Administrator Eric Thomas reported, at the February 14 meeting of the Coldwater Council, that he attended a FEMA presentation on rate maps for flood insurance. He explained that only one area of the village falls within a designated floodplain, but no structures are in that area. Thomas added that most of the village is in an area designated “floodplain Page 6 x”, which is considered to have a low risk of flooding. However, he explained that ... means some flooding issues could one column occur in this area which would by one inch not be covered by traditional homeowner insurance. The Too small to be noticed? You’re reading this one! federal government does offer own Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons flood insurance to homeowners Call 419-678-2324 to start your ad! By Janet Tharpe in these types of areas for a o Your Menu with Beautiful, Asian-Inspiredminimal fee, but only if the Treat municipality chooses to e participate. Coldwater does ut not currently participate, but n Thomas believes the council a should consider it in the .. future. If so, the village will ll have to file a yearly report n Page 5 to FEMA, which Thomas ” would facilitate. Mayor on ow creative! This recipe’s name certainly LaVern Stammen added that sparked my curiosity, but nothing could WV 4) prepare me for the wonderful blend of exotic final maps will take “12 to the flavors you find when you bite into one of these 16 months to materialize”, but adorable little treats. These bites have BITE! Double or even triple the recipe if you plandid support Thomas in having to 101 S. Wayne, Ft. RecoveRy, they’ll the village participate in the serve them for a party... because ohio disappear fast! 419-375-4668 • 800-837-1519 federal program. SeeNOW OPEN SUNDAYS Nelson’s step-by-step photos of Jeanette recipe and thousands more recipes from other In other business, the village continues to investigate the hometown Americans at: implementation of an automatic You’ll also find a meal planner and coupons for meter n the recipe ingredients. Enjoy and remember, use reading (AMR) system. Thomas has met with six “just a pinch”... - Janet companies to date. AMR is the Teriyaki Tiki cken Bites technology of automatically t You Need collecting consumption, me oil seasoned rice vinegar, carrots, orange diagnostic, and status data nless chicken breast, cut bell pepper, garlic and sriracha hot from meters, and transferring sauce. Simmer uncovered about 5 n onions, finely diced mins, stirring occasionally, untilthat data to a central database sauce chili sauce is thickened and chicken is no longer billing, troubleshooting, for ki sauce pink in center. Remove from heat. and analyzing. This advance eserves • Unroll dough into 4 rectangles. Cut mainly saves utility providers oned rice vinegar each rectangle into quarters by making ed carrots another diagonal cut in additionthe expense of periodic trips to to orange bell pepper the perforation, to make a total of 16 physical location to read each triangles.


• Press largest part of each dough triangle in bottom and up side of muffin cup, leaving triangle points seeds extending over cup. Fill each cup with sauce, for dipping about 1 tbsp chicken mixture. For each The Coldwater PTO rections All Types cup,Constructionpoints of triangles of slightly stretch Carnival will be held March to make longer; twist points together 5°F. Lightly spray Concrete & Remodeling Needs and place on top of filling. 20, from 1 - 5 p.m. in the cups with non-stick • Spray shaped rolls lightly Call 260-849-1581 with cooking Palace and Commons area. spray; sprinkle with black stick skillet, heat oil Free Estimates • Leave a message sesame seeds. Bake 11-19 mins or untilChairpersons this year are golden eat. Add chicken and mins, stirring frequently. brown. Carefully remove to serving Jason and Pam Cupp and plate. Cool 5 minutes before serving. medium-low; stir in Jason and Jenny Eyink. li sauce, Island Teriyaki Serve with sweet and sour sauce for Highlights of the carnival dipping. Serves 16. e preserves, balsamic

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a meter. Thomas reported that planning continues on developing a cistern backflow prevention program for residential users to satisfy Ohio EPA concerns. Currently, the village has 216 working residential cisterns. The village salt supply was seriously depleted during the recent snow and ice accumulation. However, Thomas reported that the village has begun restocking. He explained that the village has a contract to purchase salt at a considerable discount, and that supply line had been tapped heavily in recent days. He added that the village could have went elsewhere to purchase salt if necessary, but it would have cost four times as much. Thomas asked the council to consider implementing a snow emergency system that would require all vehicles to be moved off the public streets so that snow removal could be done more efficiently. He added that he was not suggesting that violators be ticketed if they left a vehicle on the street, but suggested that by having a system in place that required vehicles to not park on the street would protect the village from liability if any damages occurred. The mayor explained that some homeowners have very little off-street parking to utilize and suggested the council give the idea some serious thought. The council was introduced to a new part time police officer, Ryan Kantner, of Wapakoneta. He began working in Coldwater in November. The next meeting of the council will be February 28, at 7 p.m., at the village hall. The public is invited to attend.

Otte honored at Marion Local School Board meeting
by Janel Schulte & Brie Jutte During the Marion Local School Board meeting on February 14, Tim McKinney from the Northwest School Association presented board member Charlie Otte with a certification of appreciation for his 15 years of dedicated service. McKinney stated, “This veteran board member gave time, work, and commitment. It is important to work on behalf of the students and community.” McKinney ended his presentation with a summary of his organizations efforts in volunteerism and community service. In other action, Michael Pohlman was hired as superintendent, receiving a three year contract effective on August 1, 2011, until July 31, 2014. With this, Pohlman will receive a salary of $88,400 annually. Pohlman’s resignation of the high school principal position will be in effect on August 1, 2011. His duties as superintendent will begin after certification requirements are fulfilled on July 1, 2011. Interim Superintendent Doug Karst opened with discussion from the Legislative Round Table meeting that he had attended previously. The biggest issue was the budget cuts across the board that will be voted on in upcoming House and Senate committees. Karst summarized, “Things are going to happen and happen quickly.” Karst went into further discussion on House Bill 36, addressing school calamity days. The bill would allow schools to obtain five calamity days per school year. School officials have been told to make up all missed school

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Parkway Local Schools recently inducted seven former students into the Parkway Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony, originally scheduled for February 5, but postponed due to weather, was held last Friday during the St. Johns basketball game. Bill Stober, Class of ‘65, earned four varsity letters in football, three in basketball and baseball, and one in track. In football, he was named All County Back of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. He also was named All League and All Lima Land during his junior and senior years. Stober earned All State Honorable Mention his senior year. He set the school record for most touchdown passes in a season with 27 and most touchdown passes in a career with 46. He also set the school record for the longest punt with a kick of 71 yards. Parkway Football was 25-5 during

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would like to encourage everyone to donate baked items for the cake stand. Baked items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the commons area the day of the carnival. A food stand will be open all day as well. In addition to the food stand, Romer’s Catering will be preparing BBQ chicken dinners. Presale tickets will be available at the following locations beginning the week of February 14: Stepping Ahead Learning Center, Coldwater Library and Coldwater Chief’s for $6 per dinner. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Jason & Pam Cupp at 419-678-4564 or Jason and Jenny Eyink at 419-678-0368 by March 12. Dinners can be picked up from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

days this year, despite this bill’s proposal because it is still unsure when it will take action. Marion Local will be making up missed days on February 18 and 21. Next, the discussion was handed to Treasurer Paul Gagel who initiated a proposal on the purchase of a new handicap bus. He has been in contact with the AARA Special Ed funds so that purchasing can be finalized. More action will be taken on this subject at the next BOE meeting. From there, the board discussed approval of Jerry Moeller and Sarah Moeller as softball volunteers. They also approved the use of one room for $2,000 in a contract with the Chapel Hill Preschool for the 2010-2011 school year. Changes to the 7th and 8th grade curriculum were set into action as the addition of personal financial and college/career readiness were added to the set of courses. Finally, the board approved the band field trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, next spring. High School Principal Mike Pohlman reported highlights from the last month. Scheduling is currently underway for the 2011-2012 school year.

Congratulations were extended to Gina Heitkamp, Jamie Wynk, and Emily Zizelman for representing the Marion Local Band at the OMEA DIII festival. Kudos also went out to Kristen Hemmelgarn and Tim Droesch for qualifying for the next round of competition in the Agricultural Public Speaking Contest. Pohlman concluded with comments on the school’s annual Coming Home Dance. “The dance was a success, crowning Tom Lange as this year’s king,” he noted. Elementary Principal Karen Post recapped the recent Americanism contest sponsored by the Mercer County Elks. Two students, Megan Schoenlein and Ashlynn Berning, were selected as recipients for this year’s Americanism essay contest. In addition, a parent meeting was also held for upcoming kindergarten students. As of the meeting, there are 54 children scheduled to participate in the 2011-2012 school year. In other action, Paula Hemmelgarn, Co-President of the MLEA , stated that the organization’s Race to the Top Transformation Team will require staff to train on the new Common Core State Standards and curriculum. Along with this, Technology Coordinator Dot Garman stated that the school will be transferring to a new anti-virus program. This program will cost onethird less than the current program. This will go in effect this summer. The meeting concluded as the board met in executive session to discuss any concerns on school personnel. The next meeting is scheduled for March 14.

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his three years as starting quarterback. Stober received a full athletic scholarship to play football at Louisiana State University. He lettered in football for three years at LSU and upon graduating, held the school record for receptions in a season for tight ends. Stober played in the first ever Peach Bowl, as well as the Sugar Bowl. In 1969, LSU was 9-1 and ranked fifth in the nation. Greg Roebuck, Class of ‘79, earned four varsity letters in track and basketball, and three varsity letters in football. He was First Team

All State as a tailback in 1978 as voted on by both the AP and UPI. He set eight school records in football. Roebuck set the school record for most rushing yards in a game with 257, most touchdowns in a season with 20, and most rushing yards in a season with 1,424. He was named All MAC in boys’ basketball during his junior and senior seasons. He was a District Eight All Star in boys’ basketball in 1978. Roebuck broke the school record for most points in a game with 42 versus New Knoxville and still ranks among the best

rebounders in school history with 486 career rebounds. Roebuck was a member of the 800 meter relay team that placed second at the State Track and Field Meet in 1978. He placed fourth in the Low Hurdles at the State Track and Field Meet in 1978 and also qualified in the Long Jump. Teri (Gaerke) Howe, Class of ‘86, earned three varsity letters in basketball, two in cheerleading, and one in track. She was Runnerup at the State Track and Field Meet in the 800 meter dash and 3200 meter relay

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in 1984. She was a member of the girls’ track team that finished as State Runners-up in 1984. She was a member of the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams that set school records. She earned AllLeague honors in basketball during her junior and senior seasons. She was a member of the girls’ basketball District Championship team in 1986. She set school career records for defensive rebounds and total rebounds. She received a full athletic scholarship to play women’s basketball at The University of Dayton. She lettered four years at Dayton. She was voted Best Defensive Player at UD in 1989-90 and earned academic all conference honors in 1988-89 and 1989-90. Tracy (Gaerke) Seeley, Class of ‘86, set seven school records in girls’ track. She was named Most Valuable Player in girls’ track in both 1985 and 1986. During her See PARKWAY, page 8

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(Division Of The Kenn-Feld Group)

Willshire, Ohio 419-495-2937

Judy McCullough

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Since 1946

Growing strong and building character

OH LIC #28130

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through the Mercer County Here’s of the FFA, an organization dedicated to makingResidential Unit to Computer Repair For Commercial & a COBA/Select Sires, Inc.positive difference in the lives of young people

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2961 St. Rt.Residential Wiring Farm & 219 • Coldwater Buyer Of Sheep, Goats & Hogs

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5695 Depweg Road, Celina, Ohio • Steve Seitz, Owner

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Drainage Projects 9421 State Route 118 • Rockford, Ohio Backhoe Fax 419-363-2218 419-363-2700 •& Bulldozing

---------- NORTH

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Since 1946

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Fax: 419-268-1270

2961 St. Rt. 219 • Coldwater Fort Recovery, Ohio

P.O. Box 436

800-752-2485 Buyer Of Sheep, Goats & Hogs GET THE RESULTS OF GOOD OLDWATER BREEDING...
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ROCKFORD, OHIO 419-375-2885 419-942-1300 419-363-2977

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120 Terrace Avenue 419-678-1124

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419-678-2267 419-375-4742
To All Of The Youth In

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1-800-953-8330 • 419-586-4229


through the Mercer County Unit of 9421 State Route 118 • Rockford, Ohio COBA/Select Sires, Inc.


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Dustin Brown: Fertilizers Liquid & Dry 419-678-3196

OH LIC #28130

Agriculture! 4581 State Route 127, Celina, Ohio

* Excellence In Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine *
4151 Burrville Road, Coldwater, Ohio


9421 State Route 118 Builders Supply Grand Lake • Rockford, Ohio

---------Berne Ready Mix NORTH

419-363-2700 • Fax 419-363-2218




Since 1946

Congratulations To All Of The

310 N. Second St., Coldwater
FOR ALL Proud YOUR Maria REAL Stein Supporters ESTATE NEEDS!

through the Mercer County Unit of COBA/Select Sires, Inc.
Specializing in Collisions, Repairs, Specializing In:Collision, Repairs, Mike Long and Domestic 419-925-5509 Foreign Foreign and Domestic.

9421 Agriculture! State Route 118 • Rockford, Ohio

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The St. Henry Bank 419-363-2700 • Fax 419-363-2218



Grain Marketing Coldwater ...............Slinger” 419-678-2369 Drying & Storage • Seeds “The MATT SCHOENHERR Maria Stein....419-925-4511 6420 State Route 119 (Cassella), 6420 State Route 119 (Cassella), Fort Stone CW State Recovery, Ohio Dustin Including Evenings & Saturdays 2795Service ............. •Co., Recovery Route 49 Fort Open Daily Brown: 419-678-3196 Liquid & Dry Fertilizers SCOTT GRIESHOP Inc. B&S Hauling 419-678-4811 Maria Stein, Ohio Ohio Maria Stein, Of The Celina............419-586-2329 3971Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, Full Line Of FFA! 2961 St. Rt. 219 COUNTY COMMISSIONER Custom Applications MERCER • Coldwater •Customers BrooksideTruck Accessories! 1200 Drive, Our 419-942-1300 ......419-394-4141 Also, take • Free Estimates SIRES, INC the opportunity to visit SELECT • 2961 Commerce219JENNYColdwater • 419-942-1300 Wood Products St. Rt.Care •Fort Recovery Coldwater, PAID FOR BY BRUNS FOR COMMISSIONER, BRUNS, TREASURER 419-925-0335 231 E.St. MarysWeROAD,• FORTAboutManager 419-925-4567 Buyer3891OfBuyerCCA,Sheep, Goats & HogsBodyMaria SteinOhio Inc. News From North of State (That’s where the Bulls live) 2 Miles Your Route 33 EMS Maria Stein ......................... 419-925-4457 Parts & Service, 419-375-3012 RECOVERY, Main TOWNSHIP LINE330 Of • (800)45846 • Box 419-925-4457 MontyStreetSheep, Goats & Hogs Heiby, St. Henry OHIO 482-3001 ROCKFORD, OHIO Enough To know you on U.S. 42Eastern Ave., St. Henry 491Hometown and Plain City, Ohio2961 SmallRt. 219 • Coldwater • 419-942-1300 N. between Delaware Area! St. 2961E-mail: [email protected] St. Rt. 219 • Coldwater • 419-942-1300 Quality Collision........... 419-224-7019 Lima • Auto/Truck Repair Lima .................................... 419-224-7019 419-363-2977

For Service Call :

St. Henry

Coldwater Grain B L F R I A

3763 Philothea Road, Specializing In Collisions Foreign Coldwater, Ohio & Domestic • FREE ESTIMATES • 419-678-2351 COMMISSIONER MERCER COUNTY Superior &ST. HENRY, OHIO Work Clothing Quality Eggs! Headquarters!

FOR ALL YOUR REAL AMES EMMLER ESTATE NEEDS! MATT SCHOENHERR ARBY SCOTT GRIESHOP EHRLEY Full Line Of Truck Accessories! 123 Hamilton Street, Celina, Ohio ROCKFORD, OHIO Quality Collision419-363-2977 • Auto/Truck Repair

Wayne Builders Supply Grain Marketing Minster Supply Pennville Sand & Gravel Drying & Storage • Seeds

St. Henry, Ohio E-mail: [email protected]
HE Proud To ERCER Be A Part Of The Farming Community & The FFA Program OUNTY

Monty Heiby, CCA, Manager Philothea, Ohio

Liquid & Dry Fertilizers Custom Applications 4162 Philothea Road,

281 W. Washington Street

Located arcoss from McDonalds • By Appointment
Since 1946

St. Henry ................ 419-678-2348 SPRAYED-ON TRUCK BED LINERS Celina ..................... 419-586-7443 4151 Burrville Road, Coldwater,Inc. Brookside Trucking, Ohio Chickasaw .............. 419-925-4326 NewClair H. Corporation Weston ........... 937-338-5741

through the Mercer • Rockford, of and Sons, Inc. 9421 State Route 118County UnitOhio 4581 State GRAIN, CO., INC. COLDWATER Route 127, Celina, Ohio
We Are Happy To Be Of Service To The Farmers!
201 N. 2ND ST., COLDWATER, OHIO • 419-678-3520

We Support Mercer County Agriculture! North

9421 STATE ROUTE 118, ROCKFORD, OHIO • 419-363-2700

COBA/Select Sires, Inc.
For Service Call :

DEALER 110 North419-925-5509 Mike~ LongIN PURINA ~ Street, : Wayne Fort Recovery, Ohio 282 Buckeye Dr. Dustin Brown: 419-678-3196



Young Farmers

419-678-4530 Coldwater

Member FDIC


Buyer Hogs Buyer Of Sheep, Goats &Of Sheep, Goats & Hogs

“Big Company Capabilities



Mercer County Dairy Association

Findlay ................................419-421-6771 Findlay ....... 419-421-6771

Coldwater Coldwater DUES Young Farmers

St. Henry, Ohio Also, take the opportunity to visit SELECT SIRES, INC (That’s where the Bulls live) 2 Miles North of State Route 33 on U.S. 42 between Delaware and Plain City, Ohio & Work Clothing
Monty Heiby, CCA, Manager Headquarters! E-mail: [email protected]

6420 State Route 119 (Cassella), 6420 State Route 119 (Cassella), Maria Stein, Ohio Maria Stein, Ohio


S T A T News From YourT I V E E R E P R E S E N TA

419-375-4041 • 419-375-4181 419-375-4041 • 419-375-4181
Paid for by Citizens for Zehringer, Dave Wolters, Treasurer, 2191 Oak Street, Maria Stein, Ohio 45860

Hometown Area!

As a Former FFA Member, I am a Proud


February 17, 2011 • Page 3

Vol. 114 no. 7 USPS 339-560 The Mercer County Chronicle is published Thursdays at 124 W. Main St., Coldwater, Ohio by Mercer County Publications, Inc. Entered in the post office in Coldwater, Ohio 45828 as Periodicals, postage paid at Coldwater, Ohio. Available by mail in Mercer, Auglaize, Darke, Jay or Van Wert County, $36 per year. Outside these counties, $44 per year. Tom Gray, General Manager [email protected] Send address changes to: Mercer County Chronicle, P.O. Box 105, Coldwater, OH 45828


From the Archives of The Mercer County Chronicle 10 YEARS AGO (2001) The Coldwater Park Board and several members of the community continue discussion of the possibility of heating the local swimming pool. Dan Bohman, Board President, stated that the cost of the system is not the problem, but the problem will be the cost of maintaining the system. Last week was signing day for high school seniors to sign letters of intent to play nCAA football. Tyler Vogel signed to play at Miami University and St. Henry’s Dale Everman committed to the University of Findlay. The Ohio Foreign Language Association recently selected St. Henry teacher Linda Schwegman for the Leona Glenn Award for Outstanding High School Foreign Language Teacher. The White House apparently doesn’t think it is important to track the sales of AK-47 rifles made that mostly end up in Mexico thru purchases made at border state gun shops. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives propose that dealers near the Mexican border that report multiple sales of high-powered rifles undergo a standard, three month review period. Just think how much damage could be done in that three month’s time? Really doesn’t make
by Justice Paul E. Pfeifer

A Look Back

State Supreme Court Issues…Asbestos Filled Laundry
Goodyear. The court of appeals affirmed that ruling because, it said, Mary’s exposure did not occur at Goodyear’s property. After that, the case came before us for a final review. In essence, the case came down to these two arguments: Cheryl maintained that the statute in question – the one on which Goodyear had based its motion for summary judgment – applies only to asbestos claims against a premises owner for “exposure to asbestos on the premises owner’s property,” and doesn’t apply to her claim because Mary’s exposure occurred at her home, not on Goodyear’s property. In response, Goodyear argued that the statute applies to all claims for exposure to “asbestos on the premises owner’s property without regard to where the exposure occurred.” When the Ohio legislature enacted the relevant statute – which revised the old state law governing asbestos litigation – it did so in response to a legislative finding that the “current asbestos personal injury litigation system is unfair and inefficient, imposing a severe burden on litigants and taxpayers alike.” According to a majority of our court, when that statute is read in its entirety, the legislative intent is apparent – that the statute bars liability for asbestos claims stemming from exposure that doesn’t occur at the premises owner’s property. The majority opinion then stated that when construing the meaning of a statute, “our paramount concern is the legislative intent in enacting the statute.” To determine intent, the majority explained, “we look to the language of the statute and the purpose that is to be accomplished by the statute,” and “when its meaning is clear and unambiguous,” we apply the statute “as written.” Therefore, because Mary’s exposure didn’t occur at Goodyear’s property, our court concluded – by a five-to-one vote – that the statute excludes Goodyear from any liability on this claim. I cast the dissenting vote because the law says that it applies to all “asbestos claims brought against a premises owner to recover damages… for exposure to asbestos on the premises owner’s property.”

much sense does it? It appears as though the newly elected Republican House has already started making good on their campaign promises. House Republicans last Thursday unveiled a $74 billion budget cut for the President’s proposed 2011 budget. I would imagine the President wasn’t too happy about the proposal. With nearly two dozen Democratic senators up for re-election in 2012, some are listening to the popular demand to reduce the cost

of running the Government. It seems they have learned a valuable lesson of listening to their constitutes back home. Locally, here in Ohio, it seems the cold weather is about to break. With reports of temperatures at 51 to 52 degrees for Thursday and Friday, maybe, you will get rid of some of this ice and snow. I only hope it lasts for a while and doesn’t go back to those below zero wind chills. I think Mercer County and Ohio, for that matter, has had enough snow for this winter. Until next week, remember to hug your kids and tell that little lady of yours just how much you need her. Also remember, SMILE, God loves you. That’s My Opinion......... What’s Yours?

I listened to “Spectrum” on the radio on Tuesday the 18th of January. I would like to comment on the “Land of the Crossed Tipped Churches”. Many people may not be aware of the uniqueness of the religious buildings in this area. The first settlers came in 1833 and thirteen years later Father Francis de Sales Brunner brought priests and sisters of the Most Precious Blood to Maria Stein to serve the German-speaking Catholics living there. Access to the sacraments encouraged more people to move in and they built church after church just a few miles apart even though a priest could come to their parish only a few times a year. Our ancestors made great sacrifices to build these churches but the people living here today are also making great sacrifices to keep them open and in good repair. In 1979 they became part of a thematic nomination and were placed on the national Register of Historic Places. This recognizes the historic value of these buildings and forbids federal money (our tax dollars) to be used to damage or destroy them. Today they are threatened by the invasion of giant industrial wind turbines that stand over 400 feet tall. That is twice the height of the St. Henry Church, which is the tallest building in Mercer County. The very heart of the “Land of the Crossed Tipped Churches” lies about a mile or two on each side of State Route 119. This is the exact path that the energy companies have chosen to build their wind turbines. Since federal money is the energy companies’ main source of funding, they may not be willing to invest their own assets in this project if they are denied our tax dollars. I am not opposed to wind power. However, the government, after giving these energy companies huge amounts of money, has not yet added restrictions to protect neighbors and small communities from the detriment wind turbines cause to the value of surrounding properties. I hope that people in this area will sign petitions and write letters to their senators and representatives to seek protection for our land and our buildings. Sincerely, Mary niekamp St. Henry

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By now most people have probably heard of mesothelioma from the frequent commercials on television. It’s a form of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma 25 YEARS AGO (1986) is caused primarily by exposure The Coldwater Board of to asbestos, particularly when Education has reduced some asbestos is disturbed and the spending after the levy defeat on dust fills the air. February 4 and also elected to Ordinarily, people who re-submit the twice failed levy develop mesothelioma have to the May 6 primary ballot. worked in jobs where they The school lost about $6 million inhaled asbestos particles. But in revenue with the sale of new in a case that we – the Supreme Idea from AVCO to Allied Court of Ohio – reviewed Products in 1985. several months ago, the woman Friday night Coldwater with mesothelioma didn’t work defeated St. Henry 53-51, behind around asbestos. She was, Greg Moeller’s 16 points and however, married to someone Marion Local Flyers beat new who did. The case involved Clayton Knoxville 43-27. This allowed St. Henry and Marion Local to and Mary Adams. Clayton share the MAC boys basketball worked as a pipefitter at the championship with 8-1 records. Goodyear facility in St. Marys, Roger Homan of the Stateline Writer’s Club, members read At the April meeting ofHoman Ohio from 1973 to 1983. His job entailed working with materials Equipment, profiles they hadMaria about someone, living or dead or makewritten Stein, that contained asbestos, and was recently named Badger he brought the dust home on believe, and member Eileen Whitsett’s special activity of having memEquipment’spictures of particular his clothing. person or people top salesman scenes with a Mary allegedly bers combine in North America into that scene brought interesting results. assigned to them to putfor 1985. breathed in the dust when she HomanMiller his father Dennis shook out his worka special Sue said and Gretchen Bollenbacher’s proposal for clothes Homan began selling new in prior to washing and approved. meeting designed to attractsilos members was describedthem. 1957 and they now sell and In March 2007, Mary for Members will be hosted by the Coldwater Public Library in June was install silos, bunk feeders a reading of their best work. and diagnosed with malignant manure handling equipment will mesothelioma. Following this At the next meeting, which at be on Saturday, May 16, memtheirwill rehearse for theirRoad. program in June. bers business on Olding special diagnosis, Clayton and Mary Stateline club members meet thefiled Saturday of each month at 3rd suit against more than 200 defendants, including Goodyear, 50 YEARS AGO (1961) 10 a.m. at the Celina Mercer County Library. Anyone interested in Michael S. Boley, a senior alleging that asbestos exposure coming to a meeting or becoming acaused Mary’s condition and member is cordially invited to at Coldwater High School, and attend. son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. resulted from Goodyear’s Boley, was notified this week negligence in allowing asbestos that he has been nominated from to be carried off its property. Sadly, Mary died of the 4th Congressional District to the United States Merchant mesothelioma in July 2007. Marine Academy, Kings Point, After her death, the executor new York. Congressman of her estate – Cheryl Boley – took over as a party to the William M. McCulloch made lawsuit. the announcement. Goodyear filed a motion for National officers of the summary judgment – meaning Future Farmers of America the company asked the trial were guests of the new Idea court to issue a ruling on the Farm Equipment Company case without a trial. Goodyear in Coldwater on February 16, based its motion on an Ohio 1961. The six National FFA statute which states that officers are on an extensive tour premises owners are “not liable of the east and midwest, visiting for any injury to any individual business, industry and other resulting from asbestos exposure points of historic and cultural unless that individual’s alleged exposure occurred while the interest. The Gels Super Market on individual was at the premises the corner of routes 118 and owner’s property.” Cheryl’s attorneys opposed 119 in St. Henry will have their grand opening this weekend. Goodyear’s motion and argued The super market, owned by that the statute applies only to Jerry Gels, has recently been premises-liability claims and granted an IGA franchise and therefore it should not prevent the negligence claim. But after will be featuring many IGA review, the trial court entered specials, along with many gifts. summary judgment in favor of

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But Cheryl didn’t claim that Mary was exposed to asbestos on Goodyear’s property. To the contrary, in her brief she stated that Mary was never on Goodyear’s property. Therefore, I find it abundantly clear that the statute in question is inapplicable to this claim. Even though Cheryl never claimed that Mary was exposed to asbestos on Goodyear’s property, our court is telling her that she can’t bring a claim for “exposure to asbestos on Goodyear’s property.” The majority opinion talked about the duty to read the statute and nothing but the statute, neither adding words to, nor subtracting words from it, but then it adds words to the statute. The majority opinion stated that “a premises owner is not liable…for claims arising from asbestos exposure originating from asbestos on the owner’s property, unless the exposure occurred at the owner’s property.” But the statute doesn’t refer to where the asbestos “originates.” The statute merely states that a claim for “exposure to asbestos on the premises owner’s property” must comply with certain requirements. By its plain words, the statute applies only to plaintiffs who claim they were exposed to asbestos on a premises owner’s property. Cheryl had a completely different claim. She claimed that Mary was exposed to asbestos in her own home, not on Goodyear’s property. She claimed that the asbestos Mary was exposed to was brought to the home by her husband, and Cheryl wasn’t seeking relief under the statute discussed in the majority opinion. She cannot, because Mary never entered upon Goodyear’s property. Whether her claim has merit is not for me to decide. She may have a claim based on a different section of the asbestos-related statutes, which, in certain circumstances, allow a person exposed to asbestos through living with a person who worked with asbestos to file a claim. At the very least, Cheryl should have a chance to establish the claim she is making instead of the unprovable claim that the majority insists she is making. In this case, the majority opinion misses the forest because it cannot see around one really big tree.


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We all want to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But to do so, we need to make different moves, and consider different issues, at different times of our lives. To help illustrate this point, let’s look at three individuals: Alice, who is just starting her career; Bob, who is nearing retirement; and Charlie, who has recently retired. Let’s start with Alice. As a young worker, Alice most likely has four decades ahead of her until she retires. Yet she realizes that it’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, so she has already begun contributing to her 401(k) and to an IRA. And since she has so much time ahead of her, she has decided to invest aggressively, putting much of her contributions in growth-oriented vehicles. The market will certainly have its “dips” in the future, and Alice’s account values could rise and fall from year to year, but the longer she holds her investments, the less of an impact that market extremes should have on her 401(k), IRA and other accounts. Now let’s turn our attention to Bob. Since he is within a few years of retirement, he has some key decisions to make. For one thing, he must decide if it’s time to change the investment mix in his IRA, 401(k) and other accounts. Because Bob doesn’t have much time to overcome market volatility, and since he’d like to maintain the gains he has already achieved, he may decide to become more conservative with his investments. Consequently, he may choose to move some of his investment dollars from stocks to bonds and other fixed-income securities. Realizing, however, that he may spend two or three decades in retirement, and knowing that he will need to stay ahead of inflation, he doesn’t abandon all his growth-oriented investments. Furthermore, Bob decides that he may need to bolster his retirement income, so he considers whether an annuity, which is designed to provide him with an income stream he can’t outlive, is appropriate for his situation. Our final “life stages” investor is Charlie. He has recently retired, so his biggest concern is making sure he doesn’t outlive his financial resources. Therefore, he may need to consider a variety of moves. For starters, he should determine when to start taking Social Security and when to begin taking withdrawals from his IRA and 401(k) plans. [For a traditional IRA and a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan, Charlie, like all investors, must start taking withdrawals no later than age 70½.] After deciding when to start taking withdrawals from his retirement plans, he’ll also need to calculate how much he can afford to take each year without emptying the accounts. Finally, he might need to rebalance his overall investment portfolio to provide himself with more income. For help in making the types of choices described above, you may want to work with a financial professional, but in any case, you need to be prepared to take the right steps, at the right times, to enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.
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The next meeting of the Shanes crossing historical Society will be February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the museum in rockford on east columbia Street. the speaker for the evening will be Jim Bowsher of Wapakoneta. Bowsher will be speaking on a local historical topic and will also be showing artifacts from his many collections. “the public is welcome to attend all our meetings,” encouraged historical society president norm Vantilburg. Mercer County’s bona fide Soggy rockford Belle Boys, chain gang lookalikes called the Soggy Bottom Boys from the film “O Brother, Where Art thou?”, will make their first public appearance at the rockford Belle Saturday evening. Donning fake beards and toothy grins, the Soggy rockford Belle Boys reflect the dimwitted actors depicted from the Depressionera film. People who come to the show can expect an evening of humor along with old-time gospel, blues, and country music performed by Jess King & country Gospel. Singer and songwriter tony richmond of celina will be opening for the event. richmond ministers at

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Peoples Bank company. niekamp-urwin thanked Dr. Greg homan of Wright State university-lake campus, toni Klosterman of State of the heart hospice, Ken obringer of mercer health, and mandy Wendel of Briarwood Village for all their time, dedication and service they have provided these past three years. She then proceeded to the first item of new business to remind everyone to renew their membership and ask others to join. the chamber will also be holding another Breakfast meeting to outline the various benefits available to membership. this includes the Bulk Postage Permit, additional insurance benefit options, and a new cooperative effort with area chambers. niekamp-urwin informed the members of the following dates: • “Ring in Spring” shop local promotion for march 31-April 3 • Bi-annual Business expo – Sunday, September 18 Announcements of winners for 26 door prizes and the 50/50 raffle concluded the evening.

the lighthouse Fellowship church brings a thirty year musical resume which includes performances on radio and television and 30 written songs. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the performance starts at 7. A free-will offering is accepted. For information about this event or any other at the rockford Belle located at 135 market Street, contact tom rogers at 567-664-9993. rockford resident len Archibald will direct the first-ever Van Wert independent Film Festival scheduled for July 7 through 10 at the niswonger Performing Arts center in Van Wert. Submissions to the festival will be accepted from now through may 7. Archibald is no stranger to the business of movies. last year he premiered his award-winning debut feature film “Beating Traffic” to the public on three separate screenings. he has now set his sights on this more ambitious goal that will give filmmakers around the country and around the world a chance to exhibit their work. For more information, contact the center at or see VWiFF through Facebook and twitter. Parkway music Boosters

recently purchased new uniforms for high school band members. to make room for the new ones, the Boosters will make available the chance to purchase the old ones which date back to 1967. they will be on sale February 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school community room. complete uniforms will be sold on a first come/first served basis for $10, and any individual pieces left will be sold “as is” afterwards. Village clerk lisa Kuhn reports that the Village of rockford has an open council seat. if interested, please call the village office at 419363-3032, ext. 1, to leave your name and phone number. this seat will be appointed for the remainder of the year. this Saturday the Parkway high school solo and ensemble adjudicated events are being held at St. Marys; the junior Band/Choir Festival concert will be held at Wapakoneta middle School at 3 p.m. the rockford carnegie library will be closed February 21 in honor of President’s Day. upcoming events include a book discussion on “the Guernsey literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by mary

A. Shaffer on monday, march 7 at 7 p.m. library hours are monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday from 10:30 to 5:30 and Saturday from 10:30 to 1:30. The library is still operating with reduced funding and with approximately 25 fewer staff hours than in July 2009. information about upcoming events and access to the on-line catalog is always available at the library’s website at www. new horizons community Church’s current six-week sermon series entitled “learning to hear God’s Voice” is underway. Sermon titles and dates still upcoming are “Slowing Down” – February 20, “recognizing true Safety” – February 27 and “Becoming one With God” – march 6. Worship times are 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. For more information about the sermon series, please call 419-363-2064. new horizons’ pastor is marvin Schwartz. if anyone has news from the rockford area they would like to see published in this column, please contact Gretchen Bollenbacher at 419-363-2692 or email fgboll@

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Van Wert, Paulding and Mercer Counties will meet at 6 p.m. on February 21, at the Challenged Higher Support Group’s Drop-In Center, located at 407 N. Franklin, Van Wert. Speaker for the evening will be Cory Dobbelaere, a native of Paulding County, who resides in North West Ohio and Northern Michigan. Dobbelaere has worked in an executive capacity in three different Fortune 500 companies and has lived and traveled extensively throughout the world. His life has been plagued and blessed with mental illness and has provided incredible experiences, as well as life altering consequences. Dobbelaere has written a fictionalbookbasedontherealities of his life and the challenges and accomplishments. “Harrison’s Story” is not a sad story but a story of an extraordinary life. In a recent interview, he stated that as he looks back at his past, he is not sure how he made it through but now he understands why. As a result, he has become dedicated to helping those that are having similar experiences. He recently stated that he will utilize every experience, every bit of education and every ounce of skill that he has to reduce the number of people that are at risk of having to live through what he has. At the present time, he sits on the advisory council for the mental illness and the Supreme Courts (ACMIC) for the State

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Set yourself free and experience the wily brothers from the film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” through Mercer County’s bona fide Soggy Rockford Belle Boys. The chain gang lookalikes will make their first public appearance at The Rockford Belle on February 19 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 PM. Singer and songwriter Tony Richmond of Celina will be opening for the event. The public is welcome to attend performances located at 135 Market Street, Rockford. A free-will offering is accepted. Listeners can expect an

Eighth Annual Girls Night Out event at Romer’s Catering will be held February 19. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Fashion show by Youniques Boutique and Mommy and Me, Makeovers by INVU and “laugh for the health of it” by Cea Cohen Elliot. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit The Kirsten Schlarman Foundation which helps area families in hardship. To purchase tickets contact Amy Schlarman at 937-338-5925, or Romer’s Catering at 419-6788482. The Sons of the American Legion will be providing a breakfast on February 20 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the St. Henry American Legion Hall. Sausage, ham, turkey, biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, etc., includes drink. $6 for adults and 12 & under is $3. Parent meetings for prospective pre-school and kindergarten children for the 2011-2012 school year will be held on February 22. The preschool meeting will take place in the elementary Activities Center at 6 p.m. The kindergarten parent meeting will take place in the elementary gymnasium at 7 p.m. Parents will need to bring the child’s social security number to the meetings. At the pre-school meeting, we will be accepting the registration form and a $65 deposit in order to hold your child’s place in the pre-school program. Parents will have an opportunity to sign up for the Early I.D. Screening at the meeting, which will be held on March 25. There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the St. Henry American Legion Auxiliary on February 23, at the St. Henry American Legion Hall, from 12:30 - 6:30 p.m. The St. Henry Community Garage Sales will be held April 7 - 9. All ads and money need to be received by March 29. Email ads or questions to shgaragesales@ There is a $5 advertising fee to be included on map. Proceeds to benefit the Missions. For more information or to be on “the map” contact: Kristy Schulze 491-678-8616, Marie Stahl 419-678-8178, Trish Lefeld 419-678-4680 or Janet

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evening of humor along with rhythms of great old-time gospel, blues, and country music performed by wellknown group members, Jess and Mary Joyce King, Jack Copsey, Allen Twaits, and Gary Hinkle of Jess King & Country Gospel. Donning fake beards and toothy grins, the members reflect the dimwitted actors depicted from the Depression-era film. A command performance of the runaway hit ‘’Man of Constant Sorrow’’ will be performed along with many other special songs from the production.
Evers 419-678-4094. Middle School/High School Choir spring concerts are scheduled for May 9 in the High School Commons. Sixth grade musical at 7 p.m. High School and Middle School Choirs at 8 p.m. Arts Festival which displays artwork by middle and high school students will be shown from 7 - 9 p.m. in the gym. If you have news from the Saint Henry area, please contact Jenny Sutter at 419-678-2324 or [email protected].

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1 tsp toasted sesame oil 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1/4 c medium green onions, finely diced 1/4 c Asian sweet chili sauce 1 tbsp island teriyaki sauce 1 tbsp pineapple preserves 2 tsp balsamic seasoned rice vinegar 1/3 c finely shredded carrots 1/3 c finely diced orange bell pepper 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp sriracha hot sauce 1 can (8oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 2 tsp black sesame seeds 1 c sweet and sour sauce, for dipping

seasoned rice vinegar, carrots, orange bell pepper, garlic and sriracha hot sauce. Simmer uncovered about 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from heat. • Unroll dough into 4 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into quarters by making another diagonal cut in addition to the perforation, to make a total of 16 triangles. • Press largest part of each dough triangle in bottom and up side of muffin cup, leaving triangle points extending over cup. Fill each cup with about 1 tbsp chicken mixture. For each cup, slightly stretch points of triangles Directions to make longer; twist points together • Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray and place on top of filling. 16 mini muffin cups with non-stick • Spray shaped rolls lightly with cooking cooking spray. spray; sprinkle with black sesame • In 12-inch non-stick skillet, heat oil seeds. Bake 11-19 mins or until golden over medium heat. Add chicken and onions; cook 3 mins, stirring frequently. brown. Carefully remove to serving plate. Cool 5 minutes before serving. • Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in Asian sweet chili sauce, Island Teriyaki Serve with sweet and sour sauce for dipping. Serves 16. sauce, pineapple preserves, balsamic
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Girls basketball teams around Mercer County will start sectional tournament action next week with the hopes of reaching three separate district tournaments available to county squads. In Division II, Celina will take part in the Division II sectional at Spencerville High School. The lady Bulldogs (10-8) will play Wapakoneta (10-8) on Wednesday in the second game of the evening. Celina hopes to avenge a 54-48 loss to the Redskins on January 6. Top-seeded St. Marys (16-2) and Ottawa Glandorf (6-12) battle in the opener that evening. Celina fell to the lady Roughriders 53-40 on January 13 and defeated the lady Titans 35-32 on December 9. If the Bulldogs can advance, they will move on to the district tournament at Paulding where they will most likely face Toledo Rogers (14-3). the bottom half of the district will most likely be either Lima Bath (14-3) or Lima Shawnee (16-3) against Wauseon (12-7), Bryan (118) or Napoleon (16-2). In Division IV, area teams will battle to take part in the district tournament at Van Wert. Marion Local (10-8) opens sectional action at Wapakoneta against Ridgemont (2-9) with the winner returning to play Minster (17-2). The other half of the sectional includes St. Henry (6-13) against New Bremen (5-12) with the victor taking on New Knoxville (13-5). the Flyers fell to minster 49-41 back on December 8 and do not play the Golden Gophers in the regular season. The lady Redskins beat the Cardinals 51-29 in the regular season but lost to the lady Rangers 42-19. Sectional winners at Lima

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Bath also feed into the district A little distance often helps one get a different perspecat Van Wert. Those teams tive on things. A working knowledge of Ohio State football include Allen East (7-12), and at least one more article of clothing with the OSU Waynesfield Goshen (15-3), trademark is almost a legal requirement if you reside within Lima Perry (3-15), Upper the borders of O-H-I-O. Many of our residents take their Scioto Valley (13-4), Hardin loyalty several steps farther. They decorate their vehicles Northern (7-12) and Ada and homes in versions of scarlet and gray. Apparently, there is no mismatch between Ohio State and some No (4-14). the best opportunity for Name University that would not cause them to pay scalper an area team to advance to the prices to see the third stringers by the third quarter. Even an district tournament appears occasional cynic such as myself plans my Saturday schedule to be in Division III where around Buckeye football telecast times. My drawer is also Coldwater (8-9) and Fort stuffed with scarlet and gray sweatshirts. We may be somewhat fanatical about our OSU Buckeyes, Recovery (16-2) each got byes to the sectional cham- but the Bride and I returned several days ago from a business-vacation trip to the Savannah, Georgia, area and saw pionships. The lady Cavaliers await an interesting news article. It was February 5, 2011, and the winner of Paulding crisis in Egypt was ongoing, but the headline story on the (7-11) and Lima Central front page of the Savannah Morning Times was, “Georgia’s Catholic (12-6) for the right Uga VIII dies.” Uga and his predecessors were treated as to move on to the districts. royalty in the state of Georgia, despite the fact that they were Coldwater defeated LCC dogs. Uga I, through Uga VIII, have been laid to rest in a 48-46 on January 8 while special mausoleum in the southwest corner of the University the Thunderbirds got past the of Georgia football stadium. Uga VIII had the shortest reign of all Ugas. He reigned Panthers 57-44 on January for only six games this fall with a 4 and 2 record before 27. Awaiting the winner of suffering the effects of cancer. All Ugas have been a direct the Coldwater-LCC-Paulding descendant of Uga I, who was born December 2, 1955, and sectional championship will roamed the sideline through the 1966 season. The patriarch be either Evergreen (16-2) or had longevity, but “his” record was 53-48-6. This won-lost Archbold (15-4). The Vikings ratio probably got a few coaches fired in Georgia, but the and Blue Streaks were co- reigns of Uga I and all his descendents have been interrupted only by ill health or death, not firings. Won - loss records champions of the Northwest are duly maintained and recorded for each monarch. Ohio Athletic League with At publication time, no formal ceremony for Uga VIII Evergreen winning the first had been announced, but in the city of Savannah, the Fox meeting 55-40 on December and Weeks Funeral Directors will have a memorial registry 10. for Uga VIII at two different chapels in the city. Fort recovery also Perhaps by some standard, we Buckeyes are rather conreceived a first round bye at servative Midwesterners. Van Wert as the lady Indians will play either Parkway Sub and Burrito Sale (2-16) or Fairview (4-14). The Coldwater Band Booster Spring Sub and Burrito Sale the lady indians rolled to a is going on till February 25. Pick-up will be March 26 in the 94-34 win over the Panthers Auditeria. To place an order contact any band member or in the first meeting. Susan Moorman @ 419-678-3211. Tinora (17-2) appears to be the other favorite to reach the district tournament as the lady rams only losses have been K of C League to state ranked Wayne Trace Coldwater League Schwartz 64 44 1. V Muhlenkamp/D and Holgate. The Rams first 2. P Wynk/K Eyink/V Wynk 60 48 1. J Kleinhenz/J Niekamp 59 31 60 48 2. V Schulze/D Thieman play Swanton (5-14) in the 3. D Siefring/R Stachler 56 34 4. S Wilker/M Wilker 60 48 3. R Evers/S Jutte 54 36 sectional and, with a win over 5. L Stammen/J Stammen 60 48 53 37 59 49 4. L Wuebker/J Wuebker the Bulldogs, would advance 6. J Steinke/H Hartings 52 38 Wellman/E Muhlenkamp 59 49 5. G Thieman/D Schmit to battle Patrick Henry (9-8) 7. R Knapke/G Stelzer 52 38 8. J 58 50 6. P Backs/A Kaup or Delta (9-9). 9. G Koesters/M Steinbrunner 56 52 7. E Dues/T Lefeld 50 40 56 52 8. R Rindler/S Poling All girls district semi- 10. R Bonifas/Jim Broeker 48 42 11. D Elking/L Kessen 55 53 9. L Braun/B Lefeld 45 45 final games will take place 12. W Wolters/J Shane 55 53 10. J Dippold/K Leugers 45 45 on March 3 with the district 13. G Stammen/R Heyne 53 55 45 45 14. D Ahlers/G Braun/J Bruns 53 55 11. P Elking/F Schwartz championship on March 5. 12. P Abels/B Rutschilling 44 46

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Boys Basketball

Celina heads into week eight of the Western Buckeye League schedule in control of its own destiny of a championship as the Bulldogs are tied atop the standings with Ottawa Glandorf. The green and white hit the road this week with a contest at Lima Bath (8-9, 3-4) before traveling to Lima Central Catholic (15-2) for a non-league game on Saturday. Celina is currently 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Ottawa Glandorf is also 6-1 in league play but 12-6 overall as the titans have a tough game at Van Wert (143, 4-3) on Friday. Other WBL action this week includes Defiance (13-4, 5-2) at Elida (11-7, 4-3) while Kenton (117, 2-5) travels to Wapakoneta (3-13, 1-6) and Lima Shawnee (6-11, 2-5) visits St. Marys (8-9, 2-5). Non league games on Saturday involving WBL squads include Defiance at Rossford (3-14), Delphos St. John’s (7-10) at Lima Bath and Wapakoneta at Coldwater (4-13). St. Marys also travels

Bulldogs look to take step towards WBL title
to Sidney Lehman (7-9) in a non-league game on Tuesday, February 22. In the Midwest Athletic Conference this week, leagueleading New Knoxville (143, 6-1) hosts second place Versailles (13-4, 5-2) on Friday. Delphos St. John’s, which is also 5-2 in league play, welcomes in Fort Recovery (9-8, 3-4) while the Cavaliers (2-5 MAC) are at county rival marion local (11-7, 4-3). The other two MAC games are Parkway (5-13, 0-7) at New Bremen (6-11, 3-4) and Minster (13-4, 4-3) visits St. Henry (8-8, 3-4). non-conference contests on Saturday will have St. Henry hosting Eaton (8-8), Fort Recovery welcomes in Mississinawa Valley (7-7) and New Bremen at Spencerville (10-7). On Monday, Mississinawa Valley makes it second trip to mercer county in three days as it visits St. Henry while New Knoxville will host lima temple christian (10-7) on Tuesday.

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Bowling Results
Boys Varsity Parkway vs. Minster Van Wert vs. Ansonia Versailles vs. Mississinawa Valley St. Henry vs. LCC St. Marys vs. Celina Coldwater vs. Marion Local Wapakoneta vs. Ft. Recovery Ottawa-Glandorf vs. New Bremen Boys top 5 games Austin Bracy, LCC Matt Hermiller, Ottawa-Glandorf Austin Krites, Wapakoneta Nick Noggler, Ft. Recovery Alex Seitz, Coldwater Girls Varsity St. Marys vs. Wapakoneta Versailles vs. St. Henry Mississinawa Valley vs. Minster Marion Local vs. Ansonia Van Wert vs. Parkway Coldwater vs. LCC Girls top 5 games Emily Bruns, Coldwater Alison Anselman, St. Marys Jenna Wenning, Coldwater Jayna Clemens, LCC Meghan Stout, St. Henry 2499 2768 2854 2815 2605 2704 3026 2747 2360 2107 2650 2391 2581 2427 2485 2455 242 241 238 235 229 2552 2523 2268 2045 2186 2825 2449 2207 2137 1918 2084 2026 256-254 211 210 209 206

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area obituaries
Ernest J. Heitkamp, 85, Coldwater, died at 10:35 p.m. on February 9, at Heritage Manor, Minster. He was born August 30, 1925, in Bowling Green, to the late Anthony and Rose (Fullenkamp) Heitkamp. He was married May 13, 1950, to Rose Prenger and she preceded him in death October 1, 2006. He is survived by two daughters and spouses, Gayle Heitkamp and Don Hemmelgarn, London, Ohio, and Peg and Jim Schmiesing, Minster; a son and spouse, Mark and Beth Heitkamp, Cincinnati; a son-in-law, Dan Golden, Flower Mound, Texas; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Linda Wenning, Coldwater, and Rosemary Lehman, Dayton; a sister and spouse, Mary and Paul Sudhoff, Madison, Indiana; a brother, Eugene Heitkamp, Chickasaw; two brothers and spouses, Arnold and Nancy Heitkamp, New Bremen, and Gilbert and Marilyn Heitkamp, Tipp City; a sister-in-law, Luella Heitkamp, Ludlow Falls, Ohio; and a brother-in-law, Harold Staugler, Dayton. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Golden, sisters, Annette Haley, Celesta Staugler and Mary Louise Heitkamp, a brother, Ken Heitkamp, and brothers-in-law, Russell Haley, Frances Wenning and Gene Lehman. He had worked for DP & L for over 30 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater, and the Chickasaw V.F.W. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy. Mass of Christian Burial was held February 14, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. Burial followed in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater. Condolences may be left at Rita A. Siegrist, 90, Coldwater, died February 11, at Briarwood Village. She was born October 7, 1920, in Coldwater, to the late Michael and Kathryn (Mescher) Lefeld. She was married October 5, 1940, to Ralph Siegrist in Montezuma, and he preceded her in death November 23, 2001. She is survived by two sons and spouses, Earl and Marlene Siegrist and Roger and Jean Siegrist, both of Coldwater; a son-in-law and spouse, Jerry and Vi Pleiman, Vandalia; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Hess, Brock, Ann Hohl, New Carlisle, and Vera Bolheimer, West Milton; and a brother-in-law, Fred Topp, St. Henry. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannette Pleiman and siblings, Hilda Topp, Isadore Steinke Sr., Francetta Lefeld, Marie Bryan, Louella Collins, John Steinke and Kay Figel. She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Carthagena, and its Ladies Sodality. Mass of Christian Burial was held February 15, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Carthagena. Burial followed in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Carthagena. Condolences may be left at Judith A. Waterman, 76, Celina, died February 14, at the Celina Manor Nursing Home, Celina. She was born October 23, 1934, in Celina, to the late Lee and Margaret (Mersman) Dabbelt. She is survived by two sons and spouses, Steve and Kimberly Waterman, Celina and Kip and Tina Waterman, Mendon; a son, Bruce Waterman, Celina; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson; a brother, Walter Dabbelt, Orlando, Florida; and a sister, Diane Mains, Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from Celina High School. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, a member of the Celina Moose Lodge and the Mercer County Elks. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family, with Fr. Ken Schnipke officiating. Condolences may be made at Memorials may be made to the Animal Protection League of Mercer County.

Joanne M. Heiby, 82, Celina, died at 11:09 a.m. February 12, at Celina Manor Nursing Home. She was born December 27, 1928, in St. Marys, to the late Edward and Leota (Schaffer) Swartz. She was married November 5, 1949, to Floyd E. Heiby, and he survives in Celina. She is survived by a son and spouse, Richard and Beth Heiby, Celina; a daughter, Kris Heiby, Celina; a daughter and spouse, Linda and Bruce Boley, Celina; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Marilyn Poling, Worthington; and a sister and spouse, Janet and Gerald Wiswasser, Muncie, Indiana. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina. Funeral services were held February 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, with Rev. Rita Bair officiating. Burial followed at North Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to State of the Heart Hospice or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be left at Alvina Riethman, 88, Maria Stein, died at 6 p.m. on February 12, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster. She was born May 10, 1922, in Maria Stein, to the late Clem and Clara (Homan) Brandewie. She was married May 2, 1945, to Clarence Riethman and he preceded her in death on September 1, 1990. She is survived by four daughters and spouses, Mary and Harold Schmiesing, Sidney, Margie and Lee Ozbun, Columbus, Velma and Patrick Bulcher, Minnesota, and Dorothy and Tom Gariety, Russia; two sons, John Riethman, Maria Stein, and Virgil Riethman, New Bremen; four sons and spouses, Charles and Deb Riethman, Maria Stein, Mark and Diane Riethman, Ft. Loramie, Harold and Vicki Riethman, Havertown, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Joseph and Cheryl Riethman, Schoolcraft, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Cecilia Eyink, St. Henry, and Marie Riethman, McCartyville; a brother-in-law, Richard Harting, Dayton; 39 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Maria Stein, St. Anne Ladies Sodality, and was a past choir member and Religion Teacher. Mass of Christian Burial was held February 16, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Rev. Gene Schnipke officiating. Burial followed in St. John Cemetery, Maria Stein. Memorials may be directed to the Relic Chapel in Maria Stein. Condolences may be left at

Mr. John Gast, Fort myers, Florida (formerly of Coldwater) is pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of his daughter, Brooke Gast to Peter Boyd, son of Richard and Joan Boyd, hobart, Indiana. Brooke is also the daughter of the late Jackie Gast. The bride-elect is the President of Hype Group, St. Petersburg, Florida. The prospective groom is the President of Boyd Construction Company, St. Petersburg, Florida. The couple is planning a January 2012 wedding downtown St. Petersburg.

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Ashley Hiestand and Michael Werling, Osgood, announce the birth of a son, Henry Michael Werling, at 10:17 a.m. on February 4 at Mercer Health. He weighed 7 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Chad Hiestand, Rossburg, and Angela (Stammen) Gregory, Bradenton, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Scott Werling, St. Marys, and Eunice Werling, Osgood. Maternal great-grandparents are Judy Borders, Eaton, Jim Hiestand, Rossburg, and the late Anna Helen C. Wimmers, 95, Centerville, died February 12, at Mae Stammen and the late Corneilus (Bud) Stammen. Paternal great-grandparents, Eugene and the late Joan St. Leonard’s Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born December 13, 1915, in St. Henry, to the late Werling, Houston, and the late Vitalis and the late Verena Grillot. Ben and Rose (Boeckman) Wimmers. She is survived by a sister and spouse, Vera and Don Winkeljohn, Celina; two sisters-in-law, Dolores Wimmers, St. Henry, and Edna Wimmers, Dayton; a brother-in-law, John Cron, Celina; and numerous nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her brothers, Mark, Alfred, Victor, and Leo Wimmers and by sisters, Bernadette Wimmers, Rose Cron, and Mary Budde. She worked for many years for the federal government before she graduated from the University of Dayton in 1959 and entered the Marianist Order of Sisters in San Antonio, Texas, in 1960. She was the Assistant Director of UD’s first resident facility for women, Marycrest Hall, and she later returned to San Antonio to teach as a Marianist nun. After she left the convent, she made her home in San Antonio where she worked as a public school teacher for many years. She relocated in 1996 to St. Leonard’s Center in Centerville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held February 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leonard Center Chapel, 8100 Clyo Road, Centerville. Burial will be in St. Henry Catholic Cemetery, Bonnie Wurst from the Auglaize and Mercer County St. Henry, at 1:30 p.m. Friends may call at St. Leonard Center Chapel, Centerville, from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. on February Solid Waste Management Districts recently presented 17. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made programs on reusing/recycling to the 3rd and 4th gradto the St. Leonard Benevolent Fund in Helen’s Memory. ers of Immaculate Conception School in Celina. Pictured: Collin Williams, Christian Swonger, and Arrangements are being handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Ryan McDonough Home, St. Henry.

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(Continued from Page 1) four year career, she recorded eight first place finishes at the regional track meet. Tracy was a member of the 800 meter relay team that won state in 1984 and 1985. She was state runner-up in the 400 meter dash in 1985. She was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that finished as state runners-up in 1984. She finished second in the state in high jump in 1986. She was a member of the 800 meter relay team that finished second in the state in 1986. She was named All-Ohio in track eight times. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University on a full athletic scholarship for track. She placed 8th at the NCAA indoor track nationals in the 800 meter dash. She was the Mid-American Conference Champion in the 1500 meter run. She earned four varsity letters at BGSU and broke seven indoor/outdoor track records. Lori Oberlitner, Class of ‘93, earned two varsity letters in volleyball, three
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easy transportation to the markets. the arrival of the railroads to mercer county’s communities was a boon to transportation for the grain market, as well as being a vehicle for purchasing and/ or selling farm equipment and other business and industrial products. roads, canals, and railroads were the result of the continued cooperation of leaders, who not only worked hard, but also worked “smart,” anticipating the future of economic development. yes, this one small photograph reflects an important era in the agribusiness and industrial history of our county, our state, our nation, in addition to the economic enterprise of international trade. [the mercer county historical Society President Joyce Alig, may be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. henry road, Saint henry, oh 45883, or [email protected] or 419678-2614.

Steve Delzeith found an old Feed Sack with the name of the united Grain and milling co. when they purchased Florence Quinter’s home, at 251 e. Kremer-hoying Street in St. henry. Does anyone have a photograph of the united Grain and milling co. or know its history? At St. henry, the Farmers Grain and milling company built their elevator in 1910. the mill became the Western ohio Grain and milling company, followed by the landman milling co., and then the united Grain and milling co., which landmark purchased in December 1957. the Fox and hess mill, which stood on the west side of the railroad tracks, was built in 1901. Fox and hess were the owners of the mill

until its sale to landmark, about 1947-48. the mill operated until 1958. there is more to this photograph than feed mills and a railroad. historians will study this photograph and recognize the importance of the feed mills being constructed adjacent to the railroads. this story is just one small part of a larger picture of local history, as well as ohio, national and international history. As early as 1807, Senator Worthington proposed a resolution for the u.S. congress for opening roads and canals. Following the War of 1812 with Great Britain, the u.S. Government wanted to develop the interior of the united States. the Government also needed money, and they had land to sell. transportation was

important to this development of the interior. With this same plan of development, ethan Allen Brown was elected Governor of ohio in 1818 on the canal Building Platform. in June 1819, edward Tiffin, Surveyor General of the united States, appointed captain James riley, as one of the surveyors to survey northwestern ohio, after the treaties with the native Americans. the survey was not only for land sales, but also for finding routes for canals across ohio. in western ohio, a route for the miami and erie canal was established, for interior transportation and development. the m & e canal construction between cincinnati and toledo was completed by 1845. Feed mills grew up in

The Western Ohio Grain and Milling Company stood on the east side of the Cincinnati Jackson and Mackinaw Railroad at St. Henry. To the west of the tracks is the Fox and Hess Mill. communities which were close to the canals. locally, grain could go quickly to the markets at Dayton and cincinnati, and even to new orleans, through the network of waterways. Population increased and commerce grew, and the interior of our nation prospered. leaders and entrepreneurs with ideas and vision saw

that railroads were faster, and did not have to follow the path of the waterways. Soon railroads replaced the canals for transportation, and our nation again prospered. three railroads crossed mercer county in the 1880s. communities with railroads prospered. Feed mills were constructed adjacent to the railroads, for quick and

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