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Joan’s christmas Wonderland on display in Fort Recovery
If you are traveling down Harrison Street in Fort Recovery, you may discover a house that is decorated attractively in the daytime, as well as at night, with the lights all aglow. Pulling into the driveway you are greeted with a hearty “Merry Christmas” written across the garage door, that is surrounded with lights that resemble ringing bells when the lights are turned on at night. Joan Kaiser graciously invited us into her beautifully decorated home that is truly a winter wonderland. The creation of this elaborate

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No one should be alone on Christmas
by Gretchen bollenbacher Late in 2005, during a Rockford United Methodist Church administrative board meeting and motivated by the idea that no one should be alone on Christmas Day, the board talked about all the many things that go on around Christmas time, but nothing on the actual day. “Christmas is considered by many to be the most important day of the year. But for some people, it’s not, especially if they’re alone,” Bill Stober, one of the event organizers, said. “We wanted to do something about that, and thus ‘Together at Christmas’ was born. Our motivations were mainly these people who are alone that day with no relatives around and also simply someone in need of a meal.” When presented with the idea, church members wanted to know “Where would this take place? Who would prepare the food, set the tables, get the word out? Where would the money come from? Then, if all that fell into place, would anyone come to eat?” Well, the Community Building at Shane’s Park was available, cooks and volunteers presented themselves, and about 100 guests did come to eat. The cooks were headed up by Chef Casey Nuttle. “We needed someone who numbers didn’t bother,” said Stober. “Casey was just that guy. You have to have good food, and Casey gives us that, too.” They fed good food to over 400 people last year. Nuttle’s impressive credentials include cooking for the United Methodist Women’s auctioned-off dinners, the Chamber of Commerce Leota Braun banquet, family and church wedding and rehearsal dinners, the church’s Breakfast in the Park and most meals at home since his wife Karen went back to work. “Cooking is his release valve,” Sheppard continued. “He enjoys it and he’s good at it. He never seems to be frustrated, nor hassled, nor rushed.” Chef Nuttle has the help of six guys – Nuttle’s son Michael, his nephew Craig Bills, Dave Salway, Dick Edgell, Darrell Sheppard and good friend John Sites.

Department was out collecting donations on December 11 at the intersection of Main Street/219 and Burge Road, on the east edge of Montezuma. Every year, on the first three Saturdays in December, the department has a roadside collection from 1 to 3 p.m. Half of the proceeds go to the food pantry at the Montezuma Church of Christ. The other half is used throughout the year for Franklin Township families in need. Any unused money from the previous year is donated to a local organization, according to Fire Chief Ron Schulze.

Montezuma Fire Department raises money for the needy coldwater’s tax revenue keeps going up, but so does insurance costs The Montezuma Fire
Coldwater Finance Director Clyde Bellinger reported, at the December 13 council meeting, that income tax revenue keeps “chugging away”. He stated that in 2008 the village collected the most money in recent history, going back to the 1980’s. In 2009, revenue was down about $2,500 from the record set in 2008. This year, the record has already been surpassed, and additional revenue will still be added. As of the meeting, the tax revenue totaled $1,251,535. Bellinger said he has worked with budgets where the revenue was going in the opposite direction and that this situation is much more enjoyable. Even with record revenue, the village is still planning on doing a “lot less spending next year”, according to Bellinger. Next year’s proposed budget is $1.2 million. Bellinger presented the council with budget worksheets that showed spending in 2008 and 2009, as well as budget figures for the current year. One budget item that will increase is the cost of insurance. The finance committee is expected to meet next week to review options. Bellinger has solicited quotes from five different companies. If the village was to maintain the current level of coverage the cost increases range from 38% to 121%. Bellinger is proposing that the village increase the deductible from $4000 to $5000. However, he is proposing no increase to employees.

Photos by Roy Hall Joan Kaiser with her Joan Kaiser with her winter wonderland of christmas display of vintage Santas. The Santa setting to the decorations. left of her is a Santa from 28 Santas, and some On Thanksgiving Day, her gingerbread men thrown grandchildren, some nieces celebrating Home. display of 17 Christmas in for good measure, starts and a nephew start carrying villages, 31 snowmen, the day after Thanksgiving. all the carefully packed

decorations into each room of the house. She marks all the containers as to which room they are to be placed. The next day, she starts working from around 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. This labor of love keeps her busy for the next five days. As one enters her home, you’re greeted with vintage Santas on almost every step of the staircase leading to the upper level, where more Santas sit. Joan says she has “downsized” somewhat by giving some of her Santas to her grandchildren. Joan says she was inspired 35 years ago, when she began See JOAN’S, page 2

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They come in the day before to accept the turkey bones and meat from the “turkey sitters,” church members who volunteer to cook the turkeys, and to make the stock for the dressing and gravy. They come in about 4 a.m. on Christmas Day. In addition to the turkeys, Chef Nuttle and his crew prepare five hams, 18 big cans of green beans, Potato Pearls equivalent to 60 to 70 pounds of potatoes, a sweet potato casserole that is son Michael’s “baby,” the turkey stock that will either moisten the two big boxes of bread cubes, get thickened for gravy or be used to warm up the turkey before it’s placed in the roasters – it doesn’t get all dried out that way. “We wanted a sit-down meal, and that’s what it’s been,” Stober said. “Except for letting them choose their own homemade desserts, we wait on everybody at the tables. We have our own china, white cloth tablecloths and napkins, regular silverware. About 90 to 100 volunteers – many not even members of the church – serve the food, wait on tables, clean up afterwards. The before-work is headed by Susan Sherrick. She and her crew come in a couple of days before and transform the community building. When they’re finished, it’s beautiful.” This has all been done without a special line item in the budget. Stober and Sheppard both said a lot of generous people inside and outside the church helped with start-up funds, and generous monetary donations continue to come in regularly. “Barry’s Market, one of our biggest supporters, donates a couple

of big boxes of dressing cubes and a number of the turkeys – one year they gave the whole amount needed,” Stober said. “When we started this,” he continued, “we didn’t know if we could find enough volunteers to come out and help on Christmas Day, but it’s been just the opposite! It’s not been a sacrifice; it’s been a blessing.” Feeling as though the original purpose had already been met that first year, the planners next invited those with family home for the holidays or with out of town guests to come, leading to three to four generations dining together, or simply families who come to eat because the lady of the house just doesn’t want to cook. “Since then ‘Together at Christmas’ has evolved into exactly what we wanted it to become,” Stober continued. “It includes everyone now. It seems to have a life of its own.” Something else that has taken on a life of its own is a gift table, loaded with very nice gifts for all the kids up to age 16. When the kids leave, Santa and Mrs. Claus give each a gift. “We also now have sugar-free desserts,” said Stober. “And oh, I didn’t want to forget to tell you – the servings are very large!” “We at Rockford United Methodist Church are inviting everyone to join us at the Community Building at Shane’s Park for Christmas Day Dinner, 11-1,” the committee says. “If you’re alone on the holiday, if you’re hungry or have a houseful of family and guests, please join us. We’ll change the day from one of being alone to one of being ‘Together at Christmas’.”

At the December 7 Rockford Village Council meeting, Rockford Area Development Corporation (RADC) members Pete Hayes and Nancy Leighner showed pictures and a proposal of the Splash Pad for Shane’s Park. Following their proposal, Council approved the plan, and the pad will be constructed and hopefully ready in the spring. A total quote from Vortex company of $71,420 will be paid from the Leota Braun Fund and an anonymous donation of $50,000 which will leave a $3,800 balance to use for operating funds. Another fund raiser is set for March 2011. The pad that will have six or seven splash areas will be high quality stainless steel on a 46’ concrete pad with a 2% grade that will drain in the middle. Since there will be no standing water, there is no need for life guards, and since it is computerized, it is basically care free. The economic and utilities committee along with the RADC will meet in January to create an operating board and set duties. Vortex tells the council it will be amazed at how much park usage will increase. The mayor thanked

Rockford moves forward on Splash Pad project

Currently the village pays $3400 of the deductible, and he is recommending that the village increase their portion to $4400. The higher deductible would result in a 22% total increase for insurance costs in 2011. Village Manager Eric Thomas added that the village had been “very fortunate” to not see any substantial claims this year. In other business, Thomas reminded the council that, according to the village charter, there must be a population count every ten years. Upon completion of the count, council wards may need to be redrawn. The Charter Review Commission recommended that the council use a combination of mailings and door to door surveys to get an accurate count. Thomas said the council might want to consider doing an income survey at the same time to gather data for pursuit of grant money. The count must be completed by December 2011. Mayor LaVern Stammen announced he, Bellinger and Law Director Judy Koesters would be attending a Mayor’s Court training meeting in Worthington on December 17. The council read three ordinances on third and final reading. The ordinances deal with 2011 salaries, an easement on the Wellman property and a street dedication that establishes a one foot buffer strip along the east end of Vine Street. The final meeting of the council in 2010 will be December 27 at 7 p.m.

the pool committee for the time and dedication given to this successfully completed project. In other business, a letter to the council from the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) asked the council’s assistance in supporting the formation of an MRC in Mercer County whose mission will be to establish teams of local volunteer medical and nonmedical personnel who can contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year and during times of community need. The function of the organization, which is partnering with the American Red Cross and works with the Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County Emergency Response Vehicles (MCERV), is to supplement existing emergency and public health resources. For more information, please contact Ashlee Heil-Botkin at 419586-3251, ext. 1275. Village Administrator Jeff Long reported several installation and repair projects were being carried out. Todd McKee of the finance See ROCKFORD, page 2


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her collection of villages, by rosie Krieg. Krieg has a very large collection of winter villages. the little houses are artistically displayed on various levels. the cotton, snow-like covering, around the houses are hiding everything from tables and boxes to paint cans that enable her to have each and every house on a different level. Snowmen surround the villages adding their special charm. her houses are all name brands, and she collects only things that are unusual. newly added this year is a nutcracker house and a railroad station, complete with a skating rink. Some new light poles were added also. She has purchased things for the village, such as her unusual flashing trees, on her various trips that she has taken. the village is arranged differently each year. that special decorator touch is seen in the color coordinated displays throughout her home. the decorating is a special talent of Joan’s. She has worked for 40 years selling Stanley home products. She also sells and demonstrates celebrating home, which is the nation’s largest party-plan home decor company, combining home and Garden Party with home interiors and Gifts.

celina First church of God will present miss West central ohio 2010, cayla hellwarth, in concert on December 26 at 10 a.m. the concert will be held at the First church of God, located at 850 Fairground road, celina. cayla is the daughter of Dawn and Dan hellwarth and is a 2009 graduate of celina high School. She is currently a sophomore at the ohio State university and enrolled in the max m. Fisher college of Business pursuing a dual major in international Business and marketing. cayla was also crowned miss lake Festival in 2009, a non-finalist Talent Winner at miss ohio 2010, miss West central ohio 2010 and the talent Winner for the contest and will be competing for the title of miss ohio in June 2011. cayla’s platform is “help Sustain life - the American red cross”. A firm believer in giving back to the community, cayla participates with the children’s miracle network and habitat

Miss West Central Ohio 2010 to perform in Celina December 26

celina insurance Group hires new marketing representative
tom Kotchou, Director of Sales and marketing for celina insuranceGroup,hasannounced that thad Wilson has joined the company as a Senior marketing representative. Wilson will be responsible for the management of the company’s northeast ohio agencies. Wilson has over twenty years of experience in the insurance industry. During that time, he displayed versatility by working in roles for both the company and agency sides of the industry. in addition to earning cic, APi, AiS, and inS designations, Wilson’s professional development experience includes five years of active duty in the uS navy. Kotchou comments, “thad’s practical experience working as an independent agent, marketing representative and underwriter made him the ideal choice for this position. We are all excited about the level of expertise that he brings

for humanity and is actively involved with the American red cross mercer county chapter as well as the ohio State university chapters. She is a regular blood donor who is an advocate for blood donation and increasing the awareness of the red cross and its humanitarian efforts to save lives, provide services, and impact local and international communities

that experience disasters. in march 2010, cayla was honored to receive the American red cross mercer county chapter outstanding youth Award and in September of 2010, the toledo Area region American red cross outstanding youth Award. “cayla is an inspirational, beautiful person who has a genuine passion for helping others. She has the voice of an angel and has truly been blessed” states Deb hemmelgarn, executive Director of the American red cross mercer county chapter. “We are fortunate to have cayla as a representative and supporter of the red cross. We are all very proud of cayla and her many accomplishments.” the vocal concert is open to the public and donations will be accepted to support the mercer county chapter of the American red cross. For more information, please visit or call 419-586-2201.

to our team.” Wilson currently resides with his wife, melissa, in Galion, ohio. they have three children. Founded in 1914, celina insurance Group is a collection of mutual property and casualty insurance companies. celina underwrites auto, non-standard auto, farm, home, commercial auto and property insurance, as well as umbrella and casualty coverage in eight midwestern states. celina insurance Group is represented by some 600 independent agencies and employs 168 people.

midwest electric donates $2,244 for christmas presents

Mike Bottoms, of SOURCES Community Network Services, holds the donated check from Midwest Electric employees and trustees.

midwest electric employees and trustees recently donated $2,244 to SourceS community network Services, celina, to help buy christmas gifts for children in mercer and Auglaize counties. the donation will help fund the Angel tree program in mercer county; mercy

unlimited’s miracle meal in Auglaize county; and Agape ministries in St. marys, for the purpose of giving christmas presents to area children. midwest electric employees and members have contributed more than $30,000 to christmas for Kids since 1992.

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committee said motions passed in their meeting included fiscal bills approved to be paid, and the mayors court pay was accepted. the budget will include a 3% increase for village employees and funds to purchase a used cruiser. ordinances passed on third readings included making appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures for 2011 and establishing pay schedule for all hourly and salaried employees and salaries for mayor and council. Before the council meeting, the utilities committee discussed new water rates, that water bills were to be paid by employees, that water bill shut offs would be reviewed by utility committee on the second meeting of the month; and that the report will have account number and amount

The Ultimate Connection
We are more connected than ever before; communication is a basic need and we expect it to be instant. Consider another, more unearthly form of communication…prayer. Each time we come to God in prayer we can expect to connect with Him, our source of all that is wise and good. Keeping in touch with Him through prayer can have an incredible impact on our lives! As we worship this week, may we remember to thank God for the divine communication of prayer, the ultimate connection.
Friday 2 Peter 2.1-22

due on them. lots that have debt service need to be reviewed. An ordinance amending and enacting sections pertaining to charges and rules for water and water service provided by the village, and an ordinance amending the rates for operation, maintenance and replacement for wastewater service in the village underwent second readings at the meeting. A resolution retaining the services of Judy A. Koesters as village solicitor for 2011 was passed, and a meeting of the rules committee was set for 7 p.m. on December 21. Full-time village employees will receive chamber Bucks for christmas this year. the next meeting of the rockford council will be December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village hall, 151 e. columbia Street. the public is invited to attend.



Sunday Isaiah 35.1-10

Monday Isaiah 55.1-13

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Isaiah Isaiah 2 Peter 56.1-8 60.1-22 1.1-21

Saturday 2 Peter 3.1-18

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A Look Back
From the Archives of the mercer county chronicle 10 YEARS AGO (2000) The Mercer County Fair Board at their regular December meeting has tentatively agreed to have the Mich-Ind-Ohio Truck and Tractor Pull back for the 2001 Fair after a very successful program at this year’s fair. The Coldwater Village Council administration and department heads met on November 28 at the Coldwater Public Library to set future goals for themselves and the community following the process begun earlier this fall with consultants from Miami University. Carl Pohl, on behalf of the Marion Community Scholarship Foundation, Inc., recently recognized Mr. Jack Romer, president of St. Henry Bank, for the contributions and support the St. Henry Bank has provided for the MCSF, Inc. Fort Recovey Schools was one of three schools nationally to appear on a teleconference to 150 sites across the U. S. presented by the National Education Goals Panel. Representing Fort Recovery were senior Nick Kaiser, son of Chuck and Connie Kaiser; Becky Miller, middle school math teacher; Nancy Knapke and Superintendent Pat Niekamp. 25 YEARS AGO (1985) A 40 ft x 80 ft bank barn on the John Bihn Jr. farm 1/2 mile east of Fort Recovery was completely destroyed by fire on Saturday morning. Firemen from Fort Recovery, Coldwater, St. Henry and Burkettsville were called to the scene, according to Fort Recovery fire chief Steve Franke. Lawrence F. (Lou) Goettemoeller, 74, St. Rose, a two-time national plowing champion, died December 16, at Ohio State University Hospital following a three month illness. He was married to Loretta Wolf, who survives with six sons. A funeral mass was held at St. Rose church with burial in the church cemetery. Lora R. Wendel, daughter of Oliver and Ruth Wendel, will receive a bachelor of science in accounting degree from the University of Dayton on December 21. Lora is a 1982 graduate of Coldwater High School. Some high school girls basketball results from the past week: Coldwater 52, Van Wert 34; Fort Recovery 61, Lincolnview 44; Parkway 60, Crestview 61; Fort Recovery 42. St. Henry 36; New Knoxville 83, Mendon Union 54; Celina 72, Van Wert 47. 50 YEARS AGO (1960) A new fire truck, purchased recently from Werling Motors by the Village of Coldwater and Butler Township, was delivered from the Howe Fir Apparatus Company of Anderson, Indiana. Cost of the fire truck was $8335; chassis $5610; extra equipment $126.23; fire hose $1075; for a total price of $15,146.33. Mr. and Mrs. Ben H. Wenning of Carthagena announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mrs. Viola Wenning Hemmelgarn, to Richard Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller of Sharpsburg. The couple will be married February 4 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Carthagena. In Mercer County League boys basketball this week, Coldwater defeated Covington 58-47; Fort Recovery defeated Marion Local 63-50; St. Henry defeated the Rockford Tigers 74-46; Celina I.C. beat Mendon 78-56. Mercer County Sheriff-elect Cherry Sunderhaus has selected his staff for when he assumes office on January 2. His staff includes his wife Jeanette, Rita Gagle, Margie Zuber, Dewan Sealscott and Dick Knapke.

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Finishing up some last minute Christmas shopping, I stopped by the Christmas decorations section of a large department store. While the selection of decorations was large, I found it impossible to find a banner saying “Merry Christmas”. I just figured the store was out of stock so I went to another store and also found no such banner. This time I rounded up a clerk and asked if they had more of the banners in the stock room. The reply that I

Asbestos is the name given to six naturally occurring minerals that have long been valued for their physical properties. The use of asbestos ramped up considerably during the industrial revolution as insulation and fire retardant coatings on pipes, flooring, ceilings and concrete. It was used extensively in schools, hospitals and other public buildings. Despite its desirable qualities, working around asbestos turned out to be an extreme health hazard. Prolonged occupational exposure to the mining, manufacturing, or handling of asbestos can lead to asbestosis, a chronic inflammatory and fibrotic medical condition that can cause severe shortness of breath and an increased risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma. In the past few decades, thousands of asbestosis lawsuits have been filed throughout the country. Earlier this year, here at the Supreme Court of Ohio, we reviewed an asbestosis lawsuit case. The case involved three claimants – Jack E. Riedel, Danny R. Six, and Josephine Weldy (collectively referred to as “Riedel”) – who separately brought suit against three companies: Consolidated Rail Corporation, American Premier Underwriters, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (collectively referred to as “Consolidated Rail”). The suits alleged various occupational-disease claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”), and the locomotive inspection Act. Because the complaints included claims for asbestosis based on occupational exposure to asbestos, they were assigned to the court’s separate asbestos docket, a special docket in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court designed to manage the court’s heavy caseload of asbestos claims. When the suits were filed, Consolidated Rail filed a motion for an administrative dismissal. Consolidated alleged that Riedel had failed to make the preliminary prima facie showing required by Ohio law in asbestos cases. The term “prima facie” means “at first sight,” or “on the face of it.” The pertinent law states that any person bringing an asbestos claim must make a prima facie showing “that the exposed person has a physical impairment, that the

State Supreme Court Issues…Asbestos-Related Claims
physical impairment is a result of a medical condition, and that the person’s exposure to asbestos is a substantial contributing factor to the medical condition.” When the court ordered Riedel to make the required showing, Riedel offered evidence intended to comply with the elements of the law. The court, however, found Riedel’s evidence insufficient to establish a prima facie case, and thus granted Consolidated Rail’s motion for administrative dismissal as to the asbestos-related claims. But the court severed the remaining non-asbestos related claims and ordered them to be scheduled for trial. Consolidated Rail appealed this ruling, arguing that the trial court erred in two ways. First, Consolidated argued that the court erred in ruling that the administrative-dismissal provisions of the relevant law do not apply to the nonasbestos claims, and second, that it erred in severing the non-asbestos claims for trial. Consolidated asserted that the trial court should have administratively dismissed all the claims. The court of appeals disagreed with Consolidated Rail’s argument, and affirmed the judgment of the trial court. In reaching that decision, the court of appeals stated that the administrative dismissal provision of the law is limited to the asbestos-related claims, not to the entire tort action. After that decision, the case came before us for a final review. Ohio’s asbestos-claims law provides that a “plaintiff in any tort action who alleges an asbestos claim shall file… prima-facie evidence of the exposed person’s physical impairment.” The law then goes on to set forth the minimum requirements of a prima facie showing in claims alleging injury related to exposure to asbestos. This provision plainly indicates that the Ohio General Assembly intended to require all asbestos-claim plaintiffs to provide prima facie evidence of physical impairment related to asbestos in order to avoid dismissal. The provision clearly cannot apply to claims of injury due to exposure to other toxic substances, such as the claims by Riedel of injury due to diesel exhaust. The law further provides that a “court shall administratively dismiss the plaintiff’s claim” when the plaintiff fails to

received completely caught me off guard. It seems there never were such banners available because the phrase “Merry Christmas” was offensive to some of their customers. Not to offend any customers looking for a Merry Christmas sign, there was one yard sign available but no banners. I was told the correct phrase at this time of year is “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Now “Happy Holidays” sounds OK to me but stop and think just why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. These major retailers have, as so many people have these days, eliminat-

ed Christ from Christmas. Are we so determined to be politically correct that we have forgotten what Merry Christmas really means? Have we all given up on why we celebrate the birth of Christ? If you feel I am way off base on this subject then the next time you are out shopping for that last minute gift, stop and look and see just how many times you can find the word Christ in the store decorations. And don’t forget to wish the greeter, when entering the store, a “Merry Christmas.” That’s My Opinion......... What’s Yours?

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make the required prima-facie showing. Consolidated argued that the General Assembly’s use of the word “claim” is broad enough to refer to the more comprehensive term “tort action,” which is used in other sections of the law. We disagreed. A “tort” is a wrongful act that results in injury to another’s person or property, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation. So a “tort action” is the phrase used to describe the legal action to provide a remedy for the tort. The law that addresses asbestos claims is replete with the terms “tort action,” “asbestos claim,” and “claim.” As far as we can determine, there are no instances in which the General Assembly, in referring to a “claim,” clearly intended to encompass the entire tort action. We agreed with the court of appeals that if the General Assembly had intended the law to administratively dismiss an entire tort action, it would have used the term “tort action” to make that more clear, instead of the more limited word, “claim.” A claim that has been administratively dismissed may be reinstated only when the plaintiff is able to make a prima-facie showing as to the asbestos claim. But based on Consolidated Rail’s interpretation of “claim” as encompassing the entire “tort action,” non-asbestos claims paired with an asbestos claim would remain unresolved, possibly forever, unless the plaintiff could make a primafacie showing as to the asbestos claim. We considered that result unreasonable or absurd. Accordingly, it is our duty to construe the law to avoid this result. Therefore, we concluded, by a six-to-zero vote, that the administrative-dismissal provision of the law only applies to asbestos claims, even when the tort action in which the claim is brought includes non-asbestos claims. We also concluded that when a tort action includes an asbestos claim that is administratively dismissed, non-asbestos claims can be severed from the asbestos claim and proceed to trial. The trial court in this case properly severed the nonasbestos claims from the asbestos claim. Therefore, we affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals.

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If you’re self-employed or you own a business, you’ve got a lot to think about: attracting new customers, maintaining cash flow, upgrading equipment and facilities — the list goes on and on. Yet, as busy as you are today, you can’t forget about tomorrow — which means you need to have a solid retirement plan in place. All retirement plans offer some features in common, such as tax-deferred growth of earnings. So how can you pick the plan that’s right for you? You’ll need to consider your business’ annual income, number of employees and other factors. Fortunately, you have some good plans from which to choose. Here are a few to consider:   • Owner-only 401(k) — If you are self-employed with no employees other than your spouse or a partner, the Owner-only 401(k) may be an option for you. Also known as an individual 401(k), an owner-only 401(k) offers you many of the same advantages of a traditional 401(k): a range of investment options, tax-deductible contributions and tax-deferred earnings growth. You may even be able to choose a Roth option for your owneronly 401(k), which allows you to make after-tax contributions that have the opportunity to grow tax-free. For 2010, you can contribute up to $16,500 as a deferral, and total contributions cannot exceed $49,000 or $54,500 if you’re 50 or older. But you must plan ahead to take advantage of this plan for 2010 because it will need to be set up prior to Dec. 31, 2010. • SEP IRA — If you have just a few employees or are self-employed with no employees, you may want to consider a SEP IRA. For the 2010 tax year, you can put in the lesser of $49,000 or 25 percent of your compensation, which is capped at a maximum of $245,000. You fund the plan with taxdeductible contributions, and you must cover all eligible employees — at a minimum, those who are at least 21 and have been with your company for three out of the immediately preceding five years. (Employees themselves cannot contribute.) Keep in mind, though, that the percentage of compensation contributed to a SEP IRA must be the same for you and your employees. If you don’t get a plan set up prior to year-end, the SEP IRA is the only plan that you can set up and fund, up until your tax filing deadline, to get a 2010 tax deduction. • Solo defined benefit plan — Generally speaking, this plan, which is similar to a traditional pension plan, may be suitable for you if you have relatively high earnings and can afford to take advantage of the high contribution limits, which are determined by an actuarial calculation. Your contributions are tax deductible. In choosing a retirement plan, you may want to consult with your tax adviser. But don’t wait any longer to get started. The future will be here soon enough — so you’ll want to be prepared for it.

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December 16, 2010 • Page 5

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
“One hundred and seven years ago, December 17, 1903, The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, achieved the first sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight in a machine of their own design and construction,” states Fred C. Kelly in his book, “Orville Wright; How We Invented the Airplane.” This book was written from Orville Wright’s personal account. The Wright Brothers established their place in history when they flew their motor-driven biplane at Kitty Hawk (actually Kill Devil Hills), North Carolina. The first week of December, I wrote about Thomas Edison, one of America’s top inventors, who happened to have been born in Ohio. I referred to the era of inventions and scientific research by so many Americans, inspired by the United States’ celebration of its Centennial, 1776-1876. Success inspires success. The Wright Brothers were a product of that generation of creative thinkers and doers. Visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton and become inspired, not only by the Wright Brothers and their inventions, but also by the succession of creative ideas and inventions by Ohioans and Americans. This museum has thousands of aircraft, over 400 aerospace vehicles, presidential aircraft and photographic explanation. The B-2 Stealth Bomber is one attraction, not to miss. The IMAX theatre is available; for prices call 937-253-IMAX. Exhibits related to early military flight will amaze you and the dare-devil pilots who risked their lives to fly the early planes. The Air Power Gallery for World War II will immediately make you aware of the impact of flight, in relationship to the end of the Second World War. You will remember these people and these events. The Modern Flight Gallery about the
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is an opportunity for readers to seek and share friendly advice. To ask or answer a question, write Neighbors Helping Neighbors, c/o Mercer County Chronicle, P.O. Box 105, Coldwater, OH 45828; fax 419-678-4659; e-mail [email protected] or drop off the information at our offices, located at 124 W. Main Street, Downtown Coldwater. No phone calls will be accepted. Please include your name or initials and the place you call home.

around the base of the tree. It takes a pound of cayenne to 20 pounds of seed. Mix well and spread evenly. It has to be replenished after every rain, regardless of how light the rain. Companies sell something similar to this in garden shops, but it is much more expensive than making it yourself. - F.W., Rural Celina

take on a pink hue. - T.S., Coldwater New Questions Lemon Pie Filling: I am looking for a recipe for lemon pie filling. My grandmother used to make the best lemon meringue pies, from scratch. I have tried using the boxed gelatin and it is just not the same. - S.W., St. Henry Karaoke: I’m wondering where I can find places anywhere in Mercer County that do karaoke during the week. - T.A.G., Coldwater Sliding Rug: Anyone know how to keep a braided rug from sliding on a hardwood floor? I have tried the white no-skid mat under the rug, but it bunches up and does not work very well once it collects dust from the floor. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. - Lorraine, Celina

Orville and Wilbur Wright at their Bicycle Workshop in Dayton, Ohio.
Korean War and the Southeast Asia War, with exhibits of inventions for our military men and women will make you realize the seriousness of inventions and improvements in flight. The Cold War Gallery and the exhibits about current operations will stop you in your tracks. The world is moving into technology, and the United States is working to stay on top of these inventions in technology. The website is December 2, I asked Mercer Countians to step up to the plate and create new ideas, new businesses and new jobs, in response to our nation’s economic challenges. I suggested that our creativity is in our nation’s best interest for economy as well as our children’s future. Education in a broad liberal arts format contributes to creative thinking. Practical application of ideas and creative inventions and funding of that research contributes to staying on top of the inventions in technology. We need creative thinkers and day dreamers; we need scientists and mathematicians; we need educators; we need practical and hands on technicians; and we need people who are willing to work hard to achieve goals. We need multi-talented men and women. What are we doing to educate our young people to become multi-talented? One method of a multi-educational approach to understanding inventions is to visit the Air Force Museum. The directions to the U.S. Air Force Museum are as follows: Take I-75 South and exit at I-70 East (Exit 61 A). Travel to I-675 South (Exit 44A). Travel to Exit 15, Col. Glenn Hwy. (Do not exit at the Air Force Base). As you exit on Exit 15, stay in the right-hand lane. At the end of the exit, turn right at the traffic light (Col. Glenn Hwy.) Travel to the fourth traffic light (Harshman Road/Wright Brothers Parkway) and turn right. Exit at Springfield Pike. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. The entrance to the museum is on the right. Museum hours are daily, 9-5; and closed on three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Believe this: Admission is free! Remember to take guests of all ages, for a multigenerational education. [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.]

Ohio Gift Baskets: If you’re looking for a unique gift to give this Christmas, and want to support Ohio businesses, I would invite you to check out and their gift baskets. My favorite is “A Spicy Taste of Ohio” that includes Rothschild Farm’s onion horseradish dip. - Alice, Ft. Recovery Squirrels: To the lady trying to keep squirrels out of her peach tree, mix dry cayenne pepper with birdseed and make a 12-inch wide ring

The Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce selected the first of two $500 gift certificate winners, Paul Gehm of Coldwater. Pictured left to right: Amanda Wendel (Coldwater Chamber Secretary), Paul Gehm, Greg Homan (Coldwater Chamber President), and Lisa Niekamp-Urwin (Coldwater Chamber Vice President). Entries will be accepted at 25 participating Coldwater Chamber businesses until December 18th for the second $500 gift certificate, as well as a number of other additional gift certificates.

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Holiday Spirits: For the person looking for a holiday-themed drink to serve at their Christmas party, I would recommend the Candy Cane Martini. It’s easy to make and will get your guests in the festive spirit of the season. In a shaker, combine the ice, 3 ounces of vanilla vodka, 3 ounces of white crème de cacao and two ounces of peppermint schnapps. Shake the drink vigorously until well mixed. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a peppermint candy. As the peppermint candy dissolves, the drink will

Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons
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Superlative Eggplant Parmesan Lives Up To Its Name
“...I’ve given it a name worthy of its’s superlative!”
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The public is invited to attend a holiday special on Saturday, December 18, at the Rockford Belle featuring Elvis Aaron Presley Jr. and Jess King. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. For more information, contact Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993. A free-will donation is accepted. Rockford’s Deanna Knapke recently received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree awarded by the national organization at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. This national award, which less than one in 250 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn, recognizes leadership abilities and achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs. Knapke, the daughter of Steve and Deb Knapke and a sophomore at The Ohio State University in Columbus, is a member of the Parkway FFA Chapter. Her agricultural education instructor and adviser is Alan Post. The Arts in the Park program that brings working artists from around the country to

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If you want a great meal on Wednesday nights, try the Nazarene Church Family Center. They serve something different each week. They ask for a free will donation. If you want more information, call the Church office at 375-4680. The amount of food that they fix is based on the number of people attending from the previous week. So, if you plan to attend, it would be a good idea to call and let them know your coming. Keith Imel is making the large stand-up Cavaliers that you see standing in the Coldwater sports fan’s yards. If you have a person on your Christmas list that is a Coldwater sports fan you might want to contact Keith (419-375-4711). He is thinking of doing a Fort Recovery Indian. He does not have a pattern because the Fort Recovery Indian symbol has always just been the head. Ok sports fans, help him out with a pattern. The St. Peter Neurological Center’s winning number for last week was 873 won by Wesley Huelskamp from St. Henry. Any news or information that would be of interest to the readers of the Fort

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small communities like Rockford to work one on one with children, to give them unique art experiences during their summer vacation, still needs donations. Donations need to be received by January 2011 and can be submitted in two ways: to Arts Place, Arts in the Park – Rockford, 138 East Spring Street, St. Marys, OH 45885 or to the Leota Braun Foundation, Arts in the Park – Rockford, PO Box 364, Rockford, OH 45882. If your donation is made out directly to Arts Place and is over $200, you will be listed as a supporter on the back page of the brochure. A reminder that Parkway Recycle Day is December 18. Echo Kettering is celebrating her 95th birthday December 16 at The Laurels of Shane Hill, and would appreciate cards and letters and congratulatory birthday greetings. You can send them to 10731 State Route 118, Room 402, Rockford. If anyone has news from the Rockford area, please contact Gretchen Bollenbacher at 419-3632692 or email fgboll@

Notes, please send to betty. mercercountychronicle@ thouGht For the WEEK: Be kind to everyone you meet because everyone is fighting some sort of battle in their life’s journey. Be thankful that you can walk with them in this part of their journey. UNTIL NEXT WEEK REMEMBER: Be happy, love one another and remember that there is a miracle out there that can change your life.

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What You Need 2 lb eggplant 1 c all purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste 3 eggs 2 tbsp milk 3 c breadcrumbs, dry 5 tbsp oregano, dried 1 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 c parmesan cheese, freshly shredded 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 c onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic (large) 4 cans tomatoes, chopped, with liquid 1 tbsp basil, dried salt and pepper, to taste 1-2 c canola oil for frying, more as needed

oregano. Dredge the eggplant first in the flour, then dip into the egg wash, then dredge in the breadcrumbs, shaking off excess crumbs. • Heat about 1/2-inch olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the eggplant in batches, about 3 min per side or until golden brown, adding more oil between batches as needed. Let drain on baking racks or paper towels. • Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2 baking dish with olive oil or spray. Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom. Top with 1/3 of the eggplant in one layer. Spread about 1/3 of the sauce over the eggplant, then scatter with 1/3 of the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Repeat the layers two times (If you don’t have quite enough eggplant for the top layer, just space it out evenly. If there’s too much, overlap as needed.)

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Directions • SAUCE: Heat a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tbsp olive oil, then the onions. Sauté until onions are softened, about 5 min. Add the garlic and sauté another minute. Add the tomatoes, basil and 2 tbsp oregano, salt and pepper. • Bake until hot and bubbly, about 40 min. Let Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until rest 10 min before cutting and serving. slightly reduced, about 20-30 min. • NOTE: If desired, the casserole may • Cut the eggplant into about 1/3-inch be assembled a day ahead, covered and thick slices. Place the seasoned flour on refrigerated. Add 20-30 min to the baking a large plate or waxed paper. Place the time, checking to be certain it is hot in the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Place center. Leftovers reheat very well in the oven the breadcrumbs on a large plate or waxed or microwave.) paper and mix in the remaining 3 tbsp
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Coldwater High School students support the Red Cross
Juniors and seniors from coldwater recently collected and donated $354.43 to the local chapter of the red cross. Pete lisi, a civics teacher for the coldwater senior class for the past ten years, states, “After receiving a letter from the mercer county chapter of the red cross about the need for financial assistance, i decided it was a great opportunity to ask the students for their assistance to help the red cross so they can continue to help people in here in mercer county.” lisi and Kelly Welsch, an english teacher at coldwater high School, have conducted this type of fund-drive for several years, asking the Junior and Senior class to go to their vehicles and remove any loose change from their ashtrays or cup holders. “the students are always very supportive about the idea of helping others. every time we have asked the students to participate in emptying their loose change,

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they rise to the challenge” stated lisi. “ it is important to teach kids that sometimes the little things they do, can sometimes make a big difference and that there are times when we just need to do the “right” thing by helping others.” the American red cross mercer county chapter would like to thank coldwater high School for their support of the local red cross and its mission to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters.

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I Missed It If I calculate a minimum of forty high school basketball games a year for my twentyodd years of coaching and another fifteen or twenty per year as a player, fan, or reporter, the number of games I have seen would be well into four figures. That is a lot of hard bleacher seats for the backside, mountains of popcorn for the stomach, and periods of ho-hum action with occasionally something unique. I enjoy recalling and rehashing the unique happenings I have seen over the years. Before the three-point arc was the rule of the game, I saw a young Al Welch put up 60 points in one game. Years later, Al estimated he would have had about 75 points that night if he had been awarded his fair share of 3’s. Sixty was not enough that night though, as Mendon, led by Bob Howell who probably had 40-something that night, won the game in overtime. I have seen several games of “stall ball” with only several shots taken in a half. I played in a game that went five overtimes, more or less. My faulty memory could have been the result of dehydration. I have seen last second four-point plays to tie games, points at the wrong basket, unexplainable officiating calls, and full court bombs to decide games. The “Saints” (Henry and Mary) played at the home of the Redskins last Friday with St. Henry winning 40-37. The score itself indicates a defensive struggle with nothing much out of the ordinary to discuss over coffee the next morning. The details of this game however, make it more than a little special. It started in a routine manner with St. Henry holding an 8-7 lead in the first quarter. The Skins ran

Celina and Coldwater’s boys and girls swim teams participated in the Napoleon Invitational over the weekend with both schools faring well. Celina finished third in both the boys and girls meets while Coldwater’s girls took eighth and the boys finished seventh. Top ten placers for the lady Bulldogs included Paige Dorsten (fourth, 50 freestyle and eighth, 100 backstroke), Ashley Coon (fourth, 100 freestyle and sixth, 100 breaststroke), Kandace Eichenauer (third, 100 backstroke and ninth, 100 butterfly), Madison Weininger (seventh, 200 IM), Olivia Schlotterer (third, one meter diving) and Julia Folk (tenth, one meter diving). Celina’s 200 relay team of Coon, Dorsten, Weininger and Mertz was third in 1:49.20 while the 400 relay team of Mertz, Wenning, Eichenauer and Coon took second in 4:06.71. In the 200 medley relay,

Bulldog swimmers take third at Napoleon Invite
Wenning, Eichenauer, Dorsten and Fleck combined to tie for third in 2:11.42. Coldwater swimmers finishing in the top ten were Haley Fledderjohann (sixth, 200 IM), Chelsea Muhlenkamp (tenth, 200 IM) and Regina Muhlenkamp (second, 1 meter diving). The lady Cavalier 200 relay team of Rindler, Muhlenkamp, Fledderjohann and Brown was seventh in 1:57.30 with Rindler, Moorman, Fledderjohann and Brown finishing ninth in the 400 relay. Hoying, Muhlenkamp, Rindler and Fledderjohann crossed the line tied for third in the 200 medley relay. In the boys portion, Coldwater’s Zach Dickman won the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.41 and finished third in the 100 freestyle. Celina’s Collen Byer captured the championship in one meter diving with teammate Tye Spengler taking seventh.
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13 points and it looked like a night to get your halftime popcorn early and perhaps consider an early second half exit. The Riders regrouped however, and after St. Henry ran 13 on St. Mary’s in the first half, the visitors proceeded to score 21 straight tallies on the Skins to start the second half. The third quarter score now had St. Henry down 36-27. The game, which looked like a St. Henry blowout and then a St. Mary’s blowout, made another U turn. The St. Mary’s squad, who tallied 22 in the third quarter, could muster no field goals, only single free throws, in the fourth period. St. Henry who scored 2 points in the third, got 13 in the fourth for a nonroutine 40-37 victory. The contest had major swings in momentum, but perhaps the most unique feature of this contest could be a stat in the official scorebook. The Redskins, a program long known for their offensive proficiency, scored exactly one field goal in the second half and won the game. If you watch enough games you will see something you have never seen before, and I missed that one.


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December 16, 2010 • Page 7

Coldwater well represented at Punt/Pass/Kick Competition

Coldwater had a pair of winners at the annual NFL Punt/Pass/Kick Competition held on December 5, during the Bengals-Saints NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Jacob Wenning won the Boys 8-9 age division. Maura Hoying won the Girls 10-11 age division. This is Hoying’s second NFL PPK title, having won the 8-9 Girls division championship two years ago.

Celina’s Eric Muhlenkamp was second in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle. Peyton Jones took fourth in the 100 backstroke with Kabe Eichenauer finishing tenth. Matt Feltz finished third in the 100 butterfly with Jones seventh and Cary Miller eighth. Coldwater’s Tyler Siefring was second in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in one meter diving. Celina’s 200 freestyle relay team of Feltz, Miller, Jones and Muhlenkamp was third while the Cavalier quartet of Muhlenkamp, Jansen, Siefring and Dickman took fourth. The Bulldog 400 relay team of Eichenauer, Temple, Ley and Feltz was fourth and the 200 medley relay team of Jones, Muhlenkamp, Temple and Feltz took second. Coldwater’s 400 relay squad of Muhlenkamp, Siefring, Dickman and Jansen took fourth.

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Basketball fans put money in motion
One of the benefits of hosting a home basketball game is the increased revenue it brings to town. Recently, the village of St. Henry hosted the St. Marys Boys Basketball team, which compelled people to leave their homes despite the cold weather and slippery roads. One St. Henry eatery patronized before the game was Fish-Mo’s, located on West Main Street. The business with the scoreboard outside offered a Friday evening pizza buffet for the amazing low price of $4.75. Chicken wings, salad and bread sticks with various sauces were included. The buffet was replenished regularly with an assortment consisting of tasty vegetable pizza and dessert pizza as well as the more familiar pepperoni or deluxe choices. The wings were spicy but not the heart burn variety. Even with our beverages and tip included, my partner and I got out of there full, satisfied and feeling like we got a tremendous bargain for under $15.00 for the both of us. The atmosphere of Redskin and Ohio State fans, who sported red shirts, and the Roughrider enthusiasts in blue and gold garb filled the cozy booths, tables in the back room, and bar stools in friendly rivalry. Upon exiting Fish-Mo’s, the lighted sign for The St. Henry Nite Club resting on a tall pole at the edge of their parking lot beckoned to us. The

Parkway dropped a trio of games last week as the Panthers fell to Crestview, Versailles and Arcanum. Against the Knights, the black and gold fell behind 17-7 after one quarter and 32-19 at the intermission en route to a 71-41 defeat. Becca Harshman scored 15 points to pace the Panthers with Haley Burtch adding 13. Megan Fisher, Cammi Hellwarth and Haley Roehm chipped in three each while Kayla Jutte and Elesha Long had two a piece. In Midwest Athletic Conference action, Parkway jumped on top of visiting Versailles 8-7 after one quarter and appeared ready to battle the Tigers for the victory. The final three quarters, though, belonged to the visiting Tigers. The black and orange outscored the hosts 45-10 in the last three periods to roll to a 52-18 victory. Against Ansonia, the Panthers posted a 9-7 lead after one quarter but Ansonia rallied for a 21-20 halftime advantage. After each team scored seven points in the third period, the Panthers were outscored 22-8 in the final stanza to fall 50-35. At St. Henry, New Knoxville posted a 42-19 win over the lady Redskins in Midwest Athletic Conference action. Heidt led the Rangers with 18 points while Horstman added 13 for New Knoxville. Ashley Heitkamp and Taylor Clune paced St. Henry with four

Girls Basketball

points each with Cathy DeLeeth and Rachel Lefeld chipping in three each. Sara Lefeld (two), Kylie Koesters (two) and Stacy Lange (one) completed the Redskin scoring. In Delphos, Kiya Dues scored 16 points and Jenae Muhlenkamp added ten but Coldwater came up on the short end of a 45-36 decision to host Delphos St. John’s. The lady Blue Jays got a dozen points each from Becca Saine and Tiff Geise along with ten by Courtney Grothouse. Beth Werling added four for the Cavaliers with Larissa Groubeaux and Veronica Bruns scoring two a piece. Celina recorded a Western Buckeye League win with a 35-32 victory over Ottawa Glandorf. Danielle Bihn posted eight points for the green and white with Amanda Hoying chipped in seven. Lizz Carr, Mackenzi Rutschilling and Mackenzie Wilkes recorded five markers each. Beth Homan (two), Kylee Bader (two) and Lexi Mills (one) completed the lady Bulldog scoring. Lima Central Catholic jumped on top early and never looked back in posting a 40-28 win over St. Henry in non-league action. Sarah Moeder led the lady Redskins with ten markers followed by Rachel Lefeld (six), Sarah Lefeld (four), Kylie Koesters (four), Stacy Lange (two) and Ashley Heitkamp (two).

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K of C League 1. J. Kleinhenz /J. Niekamp 2. V. Schulze/ D. Thieman 3. R. Evers / S. Jutte 4. P. Backs / A. Kaup 5. E. Dues / T. Lefeld 6. G. Thieman / D. Schmit 7. R. Rindler / S. Poling 8. P. Abels / B. Rutschilling 9. J. Niekamp / P. Niekamp 10. L. Wuebker/ J. Wuebker 11. L. Braun / B. Lefeld 12. J. Dippold / K. Leugers 13. J. May / K. Kunkler 14. P. Elking / F. Schwartz 15. M. Bruening / T. Liette 16. D. Huelsman /J. Mescher 17. M. Bruns/ B. Mueller 18. A. Albers / D. Schulze 19. R. Clune / B. Uhlenhake 20. M. Hein / D. Kaup 35 32 32 31 29 26 26 26 23 23 23 23 22 22 21 20 18 17 17 14 13 16 16 17 19 22 22 22 25 25 25 25 26 26 27 28 30 31 31 34

Coldwater League 1. V. Muhlenkamp / D. Schwartz 40 2. P. Wynk/K. Eyink/V. Wynk 35 3. R. Wellman / E. Muhlenkamp 35 4. D. Siefring / R. Stachler 35 5. G. Koesters / M. Steinbrunner 33 6. E. Thomas / K. Selhorst 33 7. L. Stammen / J. Stammen 33 8. S. Wilker / M. Wilker 33 9. J. Steinke / H. Hartings 32 10. J. Knapke / G. Stelzer 32 11. R. Kremer / E. Wuebbeling 31 12. W. Wolters / J. Shane 31 13. D. Elking / L. Kessen 30 14. S. Ritchie / M. Homan 30 15. A. Post / J. Overman 30 16. R. Bonifas / J. Broeker 29 17. G. Stammen / R. Heyne 29 18. G. Bruns / S. Evers 28 19. S. Wourms/J. Weigel/T. Stammen 27 20. D. Ahlers/G. Braun/J. Bruns 26 21. O. Wendel / N. Hoying 25 22. D. Dues / C. Woeste 24 23. W. Bruns / J. Penno 20 24. E. Speck / O. Schwieterman 19

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Boys Varsity Team St. Marys vs. Minster 2758 Parkway vs. Ansonia 2652 Ft. Recovery vs. LCC 2347 OG vs. Marion Local 2768 Van Wert vs. St. Henry 2978 New Bremen vs. Celina 2672 Versailles vs. Wapakoneta 2944 Coldwater vs. Miss. Valley 2897

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Top 5 games Bryce Bedwell, Parkway 279 Kevin Dammeyer, St. Marys 258 Phil Gabel, Wapakoneta 245 Nate Simson, Van Wert 245-233 Gabe Schwaiger, LCC 237 Alex Unterbrink, Van Wert 226 Toby James, Coldwater 226 Girls Varsity St. Marys vs. Parkway LCC vs. Minster Versailles vs. Celina Wapakoneta vs. Ansonia Coldwater vs. Van Wert Miss. Valley vs. St. Henry

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parking lot there was almost full with vehicles. Some hailed, no doubt, from St. Marys with visitors eager to purchase a meal before heading to the Redskins’ gymnasium. The varsity game was fast paced and exciting, with St. Henry claiming the win over St. Marys. Once action stops on the hardwood, those who came to watch the game began their exit. Hungry and needing to fill their autos with gasoline, they sometimes stop to shop at various stores or to pick up a pizza to go. Locals make a short trip home, others begin their longer journey out of town. The teams, support staff, families and fans from both schools are declared winners in boosting the local economy. Many businesses in communities throughout Ohio donate to the local sports teams, but do they realize these same teams bring traffic back to support them at home games? The money goes full circle.

In Western Buckeye League action, Celina dropped a 58-15 decision to Elida last week. Curtis Zoner defeated Elida’s Tyler Fay 23-9 at 135 with Kevin Lockwood picking up a 13-5 win over Theran Carroll at 189. At the Lincolnview Invitational, Coldwater finished in 12th place with 84 points. Reece Kaiser took second place at 112 for the Cavaliers while Troy Muhlenkamp was sixth at 135. Jacob Fink finished in fifth place at 152 while Luke Piper was fifth at 189. Charles Ganser also finished sixth in 285.

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Ft. Recovery FFA Food Science teams compete Students place
A component of the recently established agriculture program at Wright State lake campus included a course on dairy cattle evaluation. Participating students learned about dairy cattle physiology, pedigree, linear evaluation, and oral defense of reasons. Students in the class competed in the national Association of college teachers of Agriculture (nActA) Dairy Judging contest held in Wooster, ohio on April 17th. members of the Wright State lake campus teams did well in the Associates and Bachelors Degree Divisions ofRecovery Pictured L-R are members of the Fort competiFFA Food Associates DegreeTeam Karissa Will, given tion. in the Science Senior Division awards were Kelly Nietfeld, Nicole Hart, and Natalie Lennartz. day (holfor top placings in the respective breeds judged that stein, Ayrshire, and Science well as overall individual and the Food Jersey) as rammel, and Stacy team awards. Second Place in Ayrshire (Associate Division) teams recently competed Will. they had placed was Damon Bertke and third Place (Associate Division) was in the district contest eleventh in the district Brian Schulte. overall awards indicated the team placed well. hosted at Versailles high contest. Damon Bertke was the Second Place individual and the Assothe Junior Food School. the Senior Food ciates Degree teammembers Science Division. Science team was 2nd Place in their team members the Bachelors Degree team included nicole hart, were nathan Fortkamp, won their division in compecaitlin Gehret, megan natalie lennartz, Kelly tition. Garrett Dorsten placed 2nd overall as an individual, with Kevin Kaup placing third. the Bachelors Degree team was 2nd in each of the breed divisions (holstein, Jersey, and Ayrshire), as well as placing 2nd as a team in oral reasons. A number of the Bachelors Degree team members placed individually in breed competition with Garrett Dorsten placing Second in the Jersey Breed, while Kevin Kaup was third in holsteins and First in Ayrshire.

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Know Day’s” will be held July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bob evans Farm in rio Grande. the event is billed as the ohio Soybean council seminar for (oScF) a how-toFoundation property is pleased to announce owners, animal lovers, garscholarship opportunities deners and food enthusiasts. for“it’s going to be a great and undergraduate day graduate students who of hands-on learning,” said are pursuing degrees cara lawson, promotion sperelated to the application cialist for ohio Farm Bureau of science and technology and the of the coordinators to one soybean industry for the event. “this programand agriculture at ohio ming is in and universities. colleges direct response to members scholarshipssort of these wanting this are designed to promote career information.” development will be able to Attendees in the soybean industry, specifically within select four different breakout the area of bioproducts. sessions with topics including “the list of industrial gardening, backyard egg proapplications for soybeans duction, horse ownership, continues to grow and it food preparation support the is important to and preser-

ellen Joslin of Sidney was re-elected to her third three-year term as a state trustee for ohio Farm Bureau Federation (oFBF) during the organization’s annual meeting December 1 to 3 in columbus. She represents Farm Bureau members can learn skills to Attendees in District 10, which consists of Auglaize, manage their property logan,growing popularity of the mercer and Shelby counties. Joslin originally gardening, food preservation joined the Farm Bureau and other “back to basics” board in 2000thenorthwest topics will be as focus of a Women’s trustee. sponnew day-long seminar She and her husband, sored by the ohio Farm Burob, produce corn, reau Federation. soybeans and wheat. She the first has been aever “Grow and Farm Bureau

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member for 28 years and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization. She also has been involved with other farm groups including the ohio Soybean council. Additionally, Joslin is active with various local and regional vation, fruit and nut tree manland use organizations. agement, property protection, She attended the General herb production, fence and motors institute and barn maintenance, beekeepedison State college ing and more. and graduated from cost university is $25 urbanato participate with a for Farm Bureau members bachelor’s in organization and $85 for non members, management. the Joslins (which includes a memberare the parents of one ship). in addition to the prochild.
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on november 23, the cide to donate the fruit. After the meeting, coldwater FFA held a breakfast for all FFA and breakfast was served. intri-Star students. this stead of pancakes and sauwas the second one this sage, like the last time, atyear and was considered a tendees had donuts, milk, great success. the organi- and hot chocolate. the activity following zation did a few different things this time than their the breakfast was a scavfirst breakfast. The first enger hunt. the scavenger one was more for just the hunt was the kind where Pictured L-R are members of the Fort Recovery FFA the items that needed to Food Science Senior Team Megan Rammel, Nathan tri-star classes to get to know each other, and this be found had to be on the Fortkamp, Caitlin Gehret, and Stacy Will. second breakfast was open people or of their belongnietfeld, and Karissa such as distinguishing to all FFA members. ings. they were split into Will. this team placed Lake Campus in competition included: Damon Bertke, Garrett Dorsten, Alex Fullenkamp, During the breakfast, seven teams and an officer Representing Wright State which food was salted. twelfth in Jordan Hellwarth, Kevin Kaup, Greg Koesters, Tyler Koesters, Joanna Osterloh, Kassie Pease, Wendi Abe Gibbs, the district they also had to do a the FFA held a meeting. was their leader, which Phillips, team event which was they talked about old was also the person that contest. Brian Schulte, and Matt Thobe. The team was coached by Dr. Greg Homan and sponsored by Farm Credit Services. the teams were tested creating a food product. business, which consisted had to bring the items up. Pictured front (left to right) other events included Kassie Schulte, over identifying scents Greg Koesters, Brian Abe Gibbs,fruit Pease, Wendi Phillips,WheneverHellwarth, and of Kevin Kaup, Damon Bertke, Jordan the and Matt sales, round bale Tyler Koesters, president Thobe. Second Row (left-right) Alex Fullenkamp, and Greg Homan. (Absent from task to respond to decorations, and leader- called out an item, the first Dr. determining the a photo: Garrett Dorsten). difference between foods, complaint letters. ship night. they also officer to deliver the item discussed new business, to her got the points for which consisted of having their team. Some of the an apple pie bake-off and things on the list of items donating some fruit to the to find were: mascara, K of c for the children’s business card, teddy bear, Bill montgomery, pled with his effective Program. 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Accelerated technical college or a fourlocal community. service functions. l i n n e m a n of mutual property and casualty three over 30 years of were insurance companies. celina Genetics, supplier of year university. Any high businesses insurbrings ance experience to his new role. underwrites auto, non-standard genetics, farm products and school senior who has Willshire Sportsman club, he possesses a broad property auto, farm, home, commercial services to cattle producers participated in FFA, 4-h, helena Agronomic center and casualty background, which auto and property insurance, as across the country, is or any of the various breed in coldwater,multiple lines, well as umbrella and casualty offering scholarships to organizations is eligible to extends across and Burtch including agribusiness. he gradu- coverage in eight midwestern its customers’ families to apply. Seed. atedWillshire Sportsman states. celina insurance Group ensure agriculture a bright from Bellarmine university to obtain a scholarship with a degree in economics. is represented by some 600 inde- future. application, download club sponsored the Parkmontgomery comments, “John’s pendent agencies and employs Accelerated Genetics it or fill it out online at broad industry experience, cou- 168 people. way Wildlife and nature awards four $500, call interpretation teams. they scholarships to high 800-451-9275 or e-mail school seniors planning [email protected]. provided the team members with t-shirts as well as or university and have time students at an ohio training to prepare them proof of legal residency in college or university. the applicant Willshire for the events. must have the united States. attained at club paid for Graduate applicants must Sportsmanleast sophomore Burtch Seed representative receiving their award. statusmembers entry2011, be conducting research by the fall of fees each with a grade point average in bioproducts, biobased to each or higher well. or materials, bioengineering, of 3.0 event as in his the environmental for for many activites and helena field. Applicants in coldwater has related her major Agronomic centerbiopolymers or amade many donations to the Parkway FFAthe nation’s domestic energy security, Protection county invitational. helena in as wella must also demonstrate the field, and focused on for awards given. they also provided materials needed the the FFA mercer Agency turn is announced it as desire to pursue a career jackets programand whichof recently FFA chapter receivedproviding critically part of the Syngenta blue development in use the is delaying a decision needed jobs for rural Parkway a free FFA jacket for focused on the application biobased products and members to use. of science and technology materials derived from about whether or not America.” Burtch Seed has helped soybeans. the community ethanol the nFo said it’s to the soybean industry and not only the chapter, but alsoto allow 15% by furthering the agriculture advancements. Burtch Seed has made many oScF scholarships in 2001-2006 cars and FFA participates in e-15 is donations for the events and activities Parkway important that throughagriculture. All approved for cars as outeligible majors also have partnered with the Parkway FFA to hold the Burtch Seed customer Appreciation Day the year. they include will be competitively trucks. Although the delay old as 2001 so that fuel biology, biochemistry, awarded with funds paid which helps promote the Parkway FFA chapter and Parkway local Schools. b i o e n g i n e e r i n g , directly to the educational relates to apparent testing suppliers can launch b iFort these businessesydedication for helping the Parkway FFA, they have received lifetime membership to o e c h n o l o g , institution. Scholarships failures, the national sales efforts of the Parkway FFA Boosters as well asnot renewable,to the national FFA Alumni. the Parkway FFA chapter would like bioenergy, biofuels, food are membership although Farmers organizations new, cleaner fuel. And science, to thank theseagriculturalfor recipients may re-apply. businesses their support. joined the renewable consumer confusion can communications, the deadline for Fuels Association in be reduced regarding agricultural business and applications is January 14, voicing disappointment what model years are any of the agriculture 2011. eligible to use the new in the move. disciplines or related For more information “ethanol is good for e-15. ePA has already the heart of the nation’s largest terious mothman that inspired a America, and we have N. 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Marilyn L. Blew, 78, laurels of Shane hill, rockford, died at 4:10 a.m. onDecember 2. She was born July 26, 1923, in celina, to richard and lovetta Betty (Adams) Fell. She was married on november 28, 1953, to robert Blew. She is survived by a son and spouse, Gary and Sally Blew, hamilton, michigan; a sister and spouse, Sharon and larry Pingry, celina; a brother-in-law and spouse, Bill and Ann Blew, lima; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother. She retired from J.c. Penney’s. Funeral services were held December 4 at cisco Funeral Home in Celina with Rev. Richard Van Horn officiating. Burial followed at Swamp college cemetery, celina. contributions can be made to State of the heart hospice. Paul J. Brown, 83, celina, died at 8 p.m. on December 8, at the Gardens at celina. he was born in celina on october 2, 1927, to the late rie Brown and ethel (Snider) Brown-Adams. he was married on november 27, 1948, to lois Vantilburg and she preceded him in death September 8, 1999. he is survived by a son and spouse, Kevin and Karen Brown, celina; a daughter, terri rodriguez, celina; two daughters and spouses, Becky and Dan Gast and Sandy and Jim Smith, all of celina; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sisterin-law, Winona Brown, new Knoxville; two brothers-in-law, Bill linn and edward Shively. he was preceded in death by his step-father, ed Adams, a daughter, Shari Vogel, one great-grandson, a brother Don Brown, and sisters, elma linn and Wanda Shively. he retired in 1990 as a carbon coater from reynolds and reynolds, celina. he was a farmer his entire life. he was a member of the erastus united methodist church. Funeral services were held December 14, at lehmanhogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral home, celina, with rev. Allan Brown officiating. Burial followed in Swamp College Cemetery, celina. condolences may be made at

David P. Klingshirn, 72, celina, died at 10:30 a.m. on December 9, in Wapakoneta. he was born on may 17, 1938, in celina, to the late emil and martha (olding) Klingshirn. he was married on February 28, 1965, to marsh l. Becker, and she preceded him in death April 2, 2008. he is survived by two sons and spouses, chris and Staci Klingshirn, troy, and Bryan and tracy Klingshirn, celina; four grandchildren, mekenna, taylor, eric and Alexa; a brother and spouse, thomas and maryann Klingshirn, Burkettsville; a sister and spouse, Janet and ed uppenkamp, Wapakoneta; two sisters, connie Klosterman and Bonnie Gilmore, both of north Star. he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua houts, a brother-in-law, Bob Klosterman, a stillborn brother James, and an infant sister margie. he was a truck driver for Klingshirn trucking. he served his country in the u.S. navy. he was a 1955 graduate of Ft. recovery high School. he was a member of the immaculate conception catholic church. Funeral Services were held December 13, at the immaculate conception catholic church, celina, with Fr. Ken Alt C.PP.S. officiating. Burial followed in St. Marys catholic cemetery, celina. condolences may be made at memorial contributions may be made to the Zeke Golden retriever Foundation, 38479 Spencer road, Pomeroy, ohio, 45769.

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Kathern V. Kneisley, 59, formerly of celina, died at 8:12 a.m. on December 6, at the Defiance Inpatient hospice. She was born August 3, 1951, in harden county, ohio, to robert Kneisley, Kenton, ohio, and the late Dorothy marie (Byers) Bates. She is survived by two brothers and spouses, Danny and Barb Kneisley, and William and Dee Kneisley, all of Defiance, Ohio; a half-brother, Charles Ernest Bates, hicksville, ohio; and a brother-in-law, richard clark, Kenton, ohio. She was preceded in death by her step father ernie Helen L. Fahncke, 91, celina, died at 5:22 p.m. on December Bates and a sister Susan clark. 9, at otterbein St. marys retirement community, St. marys. She was a member of the celina Baptist temple. She was born on December 24, 1918, in celina, to the late Private family services will be held at the convenience of Walter and Sadie (meyers) Sielschott. the family. condolences may be made at lhDfuneralhome. She was married on november 11, 1944, to martin Fahncke, com. and he survives in St. marys. She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Stonerock, hamler, ohio; a daughter and spouse, Barbara and Duane Baker, Powell, ohio; three grandchildren, Aaron and laura Stonerock, Sean and Sarah Baker and Brian Baker; two great-grandchildren, cameron and nathan Stonerock; two sisters and spouses, Dorothy and robert Brittany rutschilling and Admissions Johnston, Van Wert, and Bernice and max roebuck, rockford; baby, St. henry December 7 and a sister-in-law, louis “Sis” Sielschott. lenore otte, coldwater esther Green, celina She was preceded in death by her brother, edgar Sielschott. She was a secretary and bookkeeper at carrol Stubbs insurance catherine Wendel, Ft. esther Green, celina Agency and ed hoenie realty and she was the executive secretary recovery December 10 for heckler electric, all of celina. She was a member of the St. Brittany rutschilling, St. catherine A. Wendel and John lutheran church, celina, and served as the secretary for the henry baby, Ft. recovery church council for several years and taught Sunday school at the louis Bruns, St. henry misty J. Brehm and church. She was a 1936 graduate of celina high School. baby, rockford cheryl Searfoss, celina Funeral services were held December 15, at the St. John Jennifer A. Gates and December 8 Lutheran Church, Celina, with Rev. Dave Rushton officiating. baby, celina misty Brehm, rockford Burial followed in north Grove cemetery, celina. condolences December 13 December 9 may be made at memorial contributions may be made to the St. John lutheran Seminary Fund or the Janet Folkerth, yorkshire Stacy Wermert and baby, coldwater December 10 otterbein St. marys life enrichment center. louis Bruns, St. henry Stacy l. Wermert, Janet Folkerth, yorkshire Donald C. Luthman, 73, minster, died at 12:08 p.m. on coldwater luella m. Smith, celina December 13, at Joint township hospital, St. marys. Births December 12 he was born on June 15, 1937, in minster to the late William December 7 William King, St. henry and Dorothy (Bensman) luthman. Daughter to terry and he was married on June 10, 1961 in St. Anthony to Janet cathy Wendel, Ft. Dismissals heitkamp and she survives in minster. recovery December 7 he is survived by two daughters and spouses, Janny and howard Wears, lewis center and Jill and richard hunt, Stephanie Jacobs and Son to Brittany Glenford, ohio; a daughter Deborah Wright, Ft. loramie; a baby, celina rutschilling and lee son, todd luthman, minster; six grandchildren, courtney, mary Delzeith, St. henry Schwieterman, St. henry liz, cassandra, christian and logan; two sisters and spouses, olivia Wenning and December 8 Diane and ralph Penno, Punta Gorda, Florida and Judy and baby, Ft. recovery Daughter to mike and Jim olliges, Allyn, Washington; three brothers, earl and nina misty Brehm, rockford December 8 luthman, Bellefountaine, Bill and rose luthman, minster and helen richards, celina December 10 John and Judy luthman, St. marys Son to Stacy and David Zach elliott, celina he was retired from midmark corporation, Versailles and Wermert, coldwater December 9 a member of St. Augustine catholic church, minster and cheryl Searfoss, celina the orphan Society of the church. he was also a veteran of the national Guard, a member of the new Bremen rod and Gun club, F o e 1391, minster and an original member of attention the Minster Jaycess. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and a talented wood carver. “SnowbirdS” mass of christian Burial will be held December 17 at Be sure to notify us of 10 a.m. at St. Augustine, with Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. your change of address! Burial to follow at St. Augustine cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. December 16 and 9 - 9:30 a.m. December 17 at Call (419) 678-2324 hogenkamp Funeral home, minster. memorials may be made or email to the Donors choice.

Dale and Alice Pearson, Portland, indiana, will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 31, 2010. Dale and the former Alice Knapke were married December 31, 1960, at mary help of christians church in Fort recovery, ohio, with Father heinzen officiating. they are the parents of four children, chris and ray hartman, Keystone, indiana; nancy Pearson,

mexico city, mexico; matt and Jody Pearson, lafayette, indiana; and mark and Jayne Pearson, Portland, indiana. they also have four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to celebrate with the couple on January 2, 2011, at the Knights of columbus hall, Ft. recovery, ohio, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. the couple requests that gifts be omitted.

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A WORD OF KINDNESS The Leonard Luttmer family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Briar wood Village for all the comfort and kindness given to Dolores Luttmer during her time of stay. Offering a special thanks to all our friends and neighbors and the ex treme care shown by the staff of Briarwood. It will not be forgotten. Thank you, Leonard Luttmer

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040 Notices
ARE YOU looking for a child care provider in your area? Let us help. Call YWCA Child Care Re source and Referral at 1-800-922-2916 or 419-225-5465. AT CANALSIDE Book Shop. Thousands of used books! Low prices! 115 West Spring Street, St. Mary!s (419) 300-2665 CHAIR CANING and rush seat weaving. Over 30 years experience as a chair caner. Call Joe cell number 260 251-1418. EARN TOP $$ selling women!s designer inspired high fashion jewelry. #1 Direct Sales Company in this industry, established in 1955. No inventory investment, no delivery. Call Dee for an interview. 419 230-9942.

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News from Saint Henry
Kids Fit Friday at the Village Plaza will take place every fourth Friday of the month beginning in March. Niekamp Chiropractic Center will be offering $10 adjustments for kids 12 and under (First time visit includes $15 exam). Subway offering $2.99 kids pack, coupons available at Niekamp Chiropractic Center. Totally Fit offering a kids fitness class - to be announced. The Special Touch, Massage Therapy, offering $5 off massages for parents when scheduled and paid for on Kids day. (Limit one per client) Live Nativity on December 19 at 7 p.m. at the Saint Henry Church Parking Lot. Bring your own lawn chair and watch the High School youth ministry act out Jesus’ birth and then enjoy hot cocoa and treats in the church basement provided by Junior High Youth. Middle School / High School Choir Christmas Concerts will be held December 20 in the High School Commons. Sixth Grade Musical at 7 p.m. High School and Middle School Choirs at 8 p.m. The Saint Henry Legion New Years Eve Dance, cost $20.11 per couple. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sold at Rindler Barbershop, Saint Henry, 419-678-4616. No School December 23 - January 2 for holiday break. Next Baptismal preparation class will be January 4. Call 419-6784118 to register if you have never attended a class. chicken Barbecue dinners to benefit Center for Neurological Development will be January 8 at St. Henry American Legion from 4 7 p.m. $6 dinner. Eat in or carryout. Prepared by St. Henry Nite Club. Presale tickets only available at the St. Henry Nite Club. Benefit Dance for Center for Neurological Development will be held January 8, 2011, from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the St. Henry Legion. Music by Empty Bottle Acoustic with special appearance by Michael and Friends. Cash bar, $5 cover charge. Sports memorabilia auction at 11:30 p.m. For more information, contact Steve and Joyce Koesters, Jim and Linda Stout, or Cork and Janice Clune. For anonymous donations, make check payable to St. Peter Benefit and mail to Dave Clune, 5038 St. Rt. 119, St. Henry, Ohio 45883. St. Henry Choir

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WOODSHAVINGS delivered in 12-90 yard loads for horses, calves, and chickens. Compost also available. Reliable, prompt and friendly service. 260 622-4059 or 877-573-3631.

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FARMERS CORNER Animal bedding, semi!s 100-100 cu. yards, pine & hardwood for poultry, dairy, & horse. M.L. Enterprise, LLC, 260-3418928. FIREWOOD OR slab wood. $50 truck load. $100 wagon or trailer load. Call (419) 268-2129. MOPED SALE, over 100 new and used mopeds. Parts, service & repairs. Lyle!s Moped Sales, 12th & Main, Delphos 419 692-0249.

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GOODHEW'S ALL SEASON CONSTRUCTION. Need a new roof or a repair? We specialize in standing seam metal roofs. We also install siding and gutters. No job too big or too small. General handyman. 25 years experience. Locally owned and operated. Call for a free estimate 765-509-0191 or 765-857-7004.

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WANTED: Trained and Experienced John Deere ETY OAK WOOD PELLETS Technician. Prefer to $180 per ton. Clean have certifications but not bagged corn. Used corn a 28, I Competitive pay, That Sunday, June must. & will also have an Exhibit of pellet stoves. Custom benefits, and 401(K). mixing, bagging and (334) 289-5966 Contact all of the Letters, which are cleaning. Delivery avail- Seth. sent to 305-8702 able. 419 me, naming the oldest RECLINERS, SOFAS, cer and Auglaize Counties.Notices bedroom sets, table and Now, I am not saying that chairs, curio/wardrobe/ these graduates are ***DO china cabinets, televi -“prehis- YOU SHOP FOR toric” just because the BARGAINS?*** That!s sions, computer desks, Exhibit microwaves, lamps, kero- what you will find at Rewill be the same day as the sene and electric heaters, Exhibit. Prehistoric Artifacts play Consignment Shop laundry sorter cart, day located in downtown St. I will host both Exhibits, the bed, childsize folding Mary!s on the corner of same Sunday lift chair Spring and Vine Street at chairs, pub table, afternoon. and If I receive enough 702 E. Spring St. You will much more. Nice letters clean furniture/ lists, of the Top of new and gently to make two fraction find lots cost of Oldest High School Ten new. Yesterdays used Men!s, Women!s, Treasures, 973 S. Merid- Teen!s and Children!s Graduates in Mercer and in NOW ON ian St., Portland, IN. c l o t h i n g Auglaize Counties in 2009, I CLEARANCE. Hurry in 260-726-8175. will send those two while supplies last. CurMonday-Friday 12:30-5 lists to and Saturday 10-2. $1.00 rently accepting Fall & David Letterman at NYC. Of off all DVD!s. David Lettermanapparel in all sizes. course, if All kinds of Winter video games. See our ad Visit our website for more shows our “Top Ten Lists,” on information: at REFRIGERATORS, or call us Senior Citizens will fall (419) 300-8847 RANGES, washers, dry- Hours: Tuesday-Friday asleep before his Show is ers. Nice, clean, used. 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. over! Perhaps, 208 Saturday 10:00 a.m. to Rich and Ginny!s,we should be in Wiggs Street, Fort 3:00 p.m. Find us on East the Guinness Book of Recovery, (419) 375-4173 Facebook. Records?


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Great workout ON FACEBOOK BARNHART!S Furniture. All new furniture and mat tresses on sale. Large selection of clean used furniture. 200 East Main, Van Wert (419)238-5079 SMALL AMISH Crew, any kind of roofing, including the New Life Time Andura Roof which covers over ANY existing roof without tearing off. Foundation work. Any kind of repair work. Any kind of painting. Dry wall finishing and repair. References, Experienced. Free estimates. Call 937-260-5871 - Joe.

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“Spaghetti Extravaganza” will be held January 15. Dinners served from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the High School Commons. Entertainment provided by the St. Henry Choir Students. Only $5 for all you can eat spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, desserts and drinks. Call 419-678-4834 ext 2271 for more details. 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. For school delays or cancellations, listen to WCSM, WKKI, WIMA, WHIO, WDTN, and WLIO. Looking for a gift that helps promote St. Henry businesses? The St. Henry Commercial Club has “Village Money” gift certificates available to the public. The gift certificates come in $5 and $20 denominations, and are available at The St. Henry Bank. If you have news from the Saint Henry area, please contact Jenny Sutter at 419-678-2324 or [email protected].

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Scenes from Rockford’s Winterfest

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After hosting the annual christmas Walk for many years, rockford held it’s first Winterfest on December 11 at Shane’s Park. this year’s theme was “A Frosty Snowman

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extravaganza”, although a light misty rain substituted for snowflakes during the chilly evening. organizers coordinated a variety of events for Winterfest, including

christmas standards like carolers and a live nativity. there was also a festival of trees and wreaths, a holiday golf cart parade,horse drawn carriage rides and games

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Students in the lake campus organizational leadership Program recently completed a unique class focused on local issues. this class, designed by Dr. Greg homan, featured six study tour sessions focused on topic areas of natural resources, agriculture, health care, economic development, crime, and education. each session was designed to provide an opportunity for participants to not only learn about the current issues in the respective field but also tour local facilities and talk with local leaders to provide a hands-on and applied perspective. The first component of the class focused on current issues and changes in the agriculture industry. A tour of Buschur Dairy, near new Weston, and discussion with owner operators Steve and Jake Buschor explored the changes they’ve seen in the agricultural industry. the Buschors explained how their dairy operation has adapted to incorporate new family members as well as provide quality animal care. the students then toured the poultry operation of marilyn and roger Fortkamp of rural Fort recovery. Students were able to discuss the impacts of current movements to restrict livestock production practices and see first-hand the methods current livestock producers use to raise food products. the second session focusing on health care included a tour of Briarwood Village and mercer health in coldwater. local professionals in the health care industry speaking with the students included: tara Seibert, Briarwood Village executive Director; Amanda Wendel, Public relations coordinator with Briarwood Village; Paula Detterman, ceo of mercer health; lisa Klenke, Director of Patient Services at mercer health; and cindy liette, Director of nursing

Mike Sudman, Superintendent of Celina Water Treatment, discusses quality with Lake Campus Organizational Leadership Students. at the hospital. Students not only were provided tours of these modern facilities, but also explored current issues in the health care field such as the impacts of government regulations, health care financial issues, and the impact of an aging society. A tour of the celina Water treatment plant provided a foundation for students to see first-hand the local impact of natural resources, particularly focusing on water quality issues with Grand lake. Students were provided an opportunity to tour the celina Water treatment plant and discussed efforts to improve water quality with mike Sudman, Superintendent at celina’s water treatment plant, and laura Walker, Grand lake Water Shed coordinator. not only were students exposed to the complexity of the issues in the Grand lake Watershed, but were able to learn about current efforts to improve water quality. the students returned to coldwater on the fourth session to focus on economic Development. host, Deanna Davis, co-owner of innergy Fitness, shared the history of innergy in establishing their business in coldwater. Davis presented the owners’ views on customer service, as well as pointers on working in the service sector. the students then proceeded to a tour of imperial tent of coldwater. mary Doll, owner of imperial tent, highlighted their operations as well as the challenges and rewards of running a small business. A third tour that evening was provided by Accutech Films. troy Steinbrunner, Director of customer Service, and Kelli Steinbrunner, human resources and Safety Director, explained the products Accutech produces, the progress Accutech Films has had over the years, as well as how Accutech has adapted to meet current market demands. A tour of the newly constructed St. marys high School as well as a discussion of current educational issues with Superintendent mary riepenhoff provided a foundation for students on the fifth session. Riepenhoff provided perspective on how the St. marys School System approaches education as well as her personal leadership philosophy in the educational sector. Students researched various schooling options including public schools, private schools, charter schools, home-schooling to provide additional perspective on current issues in education. mercer county Sheriff Jeff Grey, captain Jodi lange of the mercer county Detention Facility, and monte Diegel, 911 Administrator, hosted students at the mercer county Detention Facility, with a focus on crime and legal issues. Jodi lange worked with students on the topic of local crime issues, including a tour of the newly constructed facility. current issues related to crime and community safety were discussed with Sheriff Grey. Juvenile Judge mary Pat Zitter also visited the class to educate students on the judicial system and how she approaches her work with youth and their families. the “debate topic” for the evening focused on the death penalty. this “local issues” class is offered as a component of the organizational leadership Degree Program at Wright State university lake campus. Designed to allow students to “learn beyond the textbook”, it provides an opportunity to learn what issues are impacting our local community. According to mara rinder, organizational leadership Student, “this was a neat class! it was great to get out and interact with our community business men and women. i would recommend this class to anyone.” Another organizational leadership Student, Alyssa Schaffner, wrote, “this course really opened my eyes to current issue in our community and in fields I don’t know a lot about. i feel like a more well-rounded individual to our society.”


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