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The Ohio Trucking Association has named Jerome C. Stalder of Coldwater as one of the twelve best truck drivers in Ohio. He is a driver for Clopay Transportation in Troy. Stalder, 57, has a36-yeartruckdri ving career and in that time he has amassed over 4.6 million miles without a chargeable accident or moving violation, such as a speeding ticket. He was Clopays first recipient of the company's Wayne McGreevy Award, named after a three-time OTA Driver of the Month who died unexpectedly in the early 2000s. Clopay employees as a group decide annually who will recei ve the McGreevy Award. Judges in the annual search for Ohio's most professional truck drivers examine a nominee's total years of service, accident and traffic violation records, overall service to the community, and any acts of highway heroism before selecting twelve Drivers of the Month. The drivers recently received their awards in Col urnbus in Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. John Born at the association's safety awards ceremony. Stalder and his wife, Cathy, live at 605 West Main. They are the parents of Justin, Tyler, Sarah, and Dan. OTA is a statewide trade organization representing about 900 trucking companies and associated businesses.

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May 5th911 North 7th street. alot of new stuff,from flea markets. 10 am to 6pm alot of parking space,items will go fast with these prices • Coldwater Garage Sales Saturday May 5, for questions and concerns e-mail coldwatergaragesales@hotmail.com ** If you would like to have your event posted in the Greater Mercer County Community Calendar,

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Huber speaks at the May 6th meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Bill Huber will be the guest speaker of the May 6th meeting of the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Mr. Huber will be speaking on the War of 1812 which is also called the "Forgotten War" or the "Second War for Independence". According to Mr. Huber, the war had a great impact on the western movement from the original colonies .and in the future settlement Ohio and the rest of what was called the Northwest Territories. If one has ancestors that settled in western Ohio from 1815 to 1840, it was probably the result of the War of 1812. Two local forts, Barbee CSt. Marys) and Amanda (near Buckland) played important parts in the war. The Battle at Fort Meigs (near Toledo) and the Battle of Lake Erie were pivotal in the War. Mr. Huber is the author of Huber/Jenkins Collections and Huber/ Jenkins Collections, Vol.lI . Both books received a five star rating from the New England Historic and Genealogy Society. He is a member of several genealogical chapters as well as a member of Jenna Wenning and Emily Bruns Coldwater 2012 graduates both sign the Ohio Society of Civil War Families, the Sons of American Letter of Intent to bowl at Wright State University. Shown here with Revolution, and the Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War. The Mercer County Chapter meets at 200pm at the Richardson their coach's and parents. Emily is the daughter of Laura Bruns and Jenna is the daughter of Joe and Connie Wenning. Bretz Building in Celina. Everyone is welcome.

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Francis J. Judith A Martin, 70, of Celina passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Groff was born April 25 at the Joint Township on June 13, Rodney M McAfee, age 86, of District Memorial Hospital in st. 1918 and went Celina, Ohio passed away at 12:45 Marys. She was born on July 8, to his eternal p.m Saturday,April 28, 2012 at Celina 1941 in Celina to the late Ches- rest on FriManor Nursing Home Celina, Ohio. ter Fetters and Blanche Louella day, April 27, He was born on February 26, 1926 in (Howell) Fetters-Sowders. Con- 2012. He was Coldwater, Ohio to the late Charles dolences may be made at LHDfu- born in North and Ocie (Rabe) McAfee. Funeral Star, Ohio to neralhome.com. services were held Wednesday May Emmanuel & 2,2012 atthe Lehrnan-HogenkampElla (Mangen) Matthias James Pearson, Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina age 50, of Celina passed away Groff. He resided the last several with Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating: at 3:34pm on Tuesday April 24, years of his life with his daughBurial followed in Buck Cemetery, 2012 at the Miami Valley Hospi- ter, Theresa, in Kettering, Ohio. with Military Honors by the v.F.w. tal in Dayton, Ohio. He was born He was preceded in death by his and the American Legion Post of on Sept. 29, 1961 in Portland, IN wife, Marie (Knapke) Groff, parCelina. Condolences may be made to Marion D. and Mary Jo (Sch- ents, five brothers, Paul, Val, Dick, at LHDfuneralhome.com. Memorial neider) Pearson. Condolences may Lloyd & Joe Groff, and two sisters, contributions may be made to State Mary Catherine Barga and flobe made at LHDfuneralhome.com of the Heart Hospice. rine Schmitz. Hogenkamp Funeral Home - St. Henry is handling the arrangements. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, 870 East Main Street (Coldwater Mall ) May 2, 2012, at St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star, Ohio. Burial Coldwater, Ohio 45828 with military honors followed in PH# 419-763-1167 St. Louis Cemetery. Toll-FreejFax# 1-866-651-1925


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Steve andTricia (Homan) Barlage of Celina announced the birth of their baby boy, Garrett Joseph Barlage on April 16, 2012 at 9:13 a.m. at the Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. Garrett was welcomed home by his four siblings; Jessica, Clara, Jocelyn, and Stephanie. Maternal grandparents are Elmer and Elsie Homan of Celina. Paternal grandparents are Alvin and the late Rita Barlage and Mary Barlage- step grandmother all of Wapakoneta.



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PERI meeting May 8
The Mercer County Public Employees Retirees Inc. will meet Tuesday May 8, at 10:00 A.M. at the Hopewell Grange Hall at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina. Shane Olson from Humana will be returning as our Speaker. Any questions you have about your health benefits should be brought to this meeting in order for Shane to help you.

Tony and Brittany Wounns are proud to announce the anival of their baby girl, Isabella Grace who was born on 04/12/2012 at 11:57am. Isabella weighed 9 pounds 7 ounces and was 2114 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Byron and Lesa Fetzer of Delphos & Terry Thomas of Gatlinburg, TN; Paternal grandparents are Lynn and Marilyn Mulholland of Spencerville & Bill and Edyie Wounns of st. Henry. Maternal great-grandparents are Maternal great-grandmother, Marvel Thomas of st. Marys. Oliver and Lorene Pittman of Spencerville & Kenny Fetzer (and the late Doris Fetzer) of Spencerville. Paternal great-grandparents are Irene Bender (and the late Edward Bender) of st. Henry, and the late Paul and Esther Wounns of st. Henry.


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Dr. Ralph Stuckman spoke to the Coldwater Kiwanis Club on April 24 about his recent trip to Cuba. Ralph and his wife, Jane, traveled in March 2012 through the Elderhostel program, which provides legal travel to the island. While awaiting their flight from Miami, they experienced the Cuban influence at their hotel and at the airport. Artwork displayed at their hotel had simple lines and bold colors characteristic of Cuban work. His own artwork is now influenced by his experience in Cuba. At the airport they noted bales of cargo being unloaded from automobiles and then loaded onto their plane. They found later that the bales contained items in short supply in Cuba that were being sent from Cuban Americans to their relatives. The Stuckmans were in a party of 24 and Dr. Stuckman said the other tourists in the group were almost as interesting as the tour itself. The trip emphasizedmusic and arts. Dr. Stuckman displayed a collection of slides to enable his listeners to understand what Cuba is like today. He noted they heard fantastic music and ate wonderful meals. Education from kindergarten through graduate school is free. The country has welltrained professionals and exceptional artists and musicians. However, only about two percent of the Cuban people have computer access. Dr. Stuckman spent several days on military R&RinHavanainthe 1950's and noted how much the country has changed. What was then a lush, pro~essive economy today resembles


THE MERCER COUNTY CHRONICLE MERCER COUNTY CHRONICLE Vol. 115 No. 18 USPS 339-15560 419-678-2324 www.mercercountvchronicle.com The Mercer County Chronicle is published Thursdays at 124 W. Main St., Coldwater, Ohio by Mercer County Publications, Inc. Entered in the post office in Coldwater, Ohio 45828 as Periodicals, postage paid at Coldwater, Ohio. Available by mail in Mercer, Auglaize, Darke, Jay or Van Wert County, $36 per year. Outside these counties, $45 per year. Kami Phlipot, General Manager • chroniclegm@bright.net POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mercer County Chronicle, PO. Box 105, Coldwater, OH 45828
honored as the 1987 "Man of the Year" in the egg industry at their annual convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 50YEARSAGO (1962) One of thedryestAprils in Coldwater history was noted in 1962, as only 1.40 inches of rain fell during the month wi th .50 inch on April 30. The annual Jaycee Driving Road-e-o will be held May 10 for high school boys and girls, aocording to Mark Eilerman, Jr. Chairman of the event. Winners will advance to the state competition.

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Just spent this past Sunday in Dayton with my grandson and his parents seeing the Greatest Show on Earth, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus. And I would reconnnend that if you ever have the opportunity to see this show be sure and go. It is pricey but well worth the price of admission. After watching it for 2 and 1/2 hours, there is no douht that it is "The Greatest Show on Earth". They will amaze you with all the entertainment. There is something for everybody and the time goes by very quickly. Go early, as the pre show attractions are great to watch up close and personal. But a word of warning, eat before you go and take plenty of money because the prices are out of this world and the kids will want lots of stuff. Example: Popcorn $8.00, Hotdogs $3.00, Lemonade $10.00 and Snow Cones $10.00. And people were buying them like they were going out of style. $20.00 for a light sword!! It appears that Ronmey all but has the November election sewed up. Now the next big guess is who will be the Vice Presidential running mate. Your guess is as good as mine. I think this choice will be who ever can carry the South. Lets hope he comes up with the needed strength to win in November. I'm not sure this country can take four more years of Ohamana. Keep doing your research and vote for the man you feel can get the job done. That's My Opinion Yours?? What's

From the Archives of The Mercer County Chronicle 10 YEARS AGO (2002) The Knights of St. John, Maria Stein, made donations to the Chickasaw Library Fund, the Chickasaw Fire Department and to the Cancer Association of Mercer County. 25YEARSAGO (1987) Floyd Hemmelgarn, president of Hemmelgarn and Sons, Inc., had bocn


In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, Tor almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings. But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their lifetime, and to a great extent, pensions have been replaced by 401 (k) plans, which place much of the funding responsibility on employees. So, assuming you will change jobs at some point, and you do have a 401 (k), what should you do with it? Here are your basic choices: * Cash out your plan. If you cash out your plan, your company will likely pay you 80% of your account value, withholding the rest for federal taxes. And if you're younger than age 59'1" you may well be slapped with a 10% IRS tax penalty. Even worse, you'll have lost a key source of your retirement income. Still, if you are leaving your employer involuntarily, and you need the money, cashing out your 401 (k) is an option you may need to consider. * Keep the money in your company's plan. When you leave a company, your employer may allow you to keep your money in your existing 401 (k). You may want to choose this route if you like the investment choices available in your plan. However, you might be caught by surprise if the company decides to change investment options. Furthermore, some employers may charge former employees fees to maintain their 401 (k) plans. * Move the money into your new employer's plan. Ifyour new employer has a 40 1(k) and allows transfers, you could roll the money from your old plan into the new one. This mightbe an attractive option if you like the investment options in your new employer's plan. * Roll the money over to an IRA. You may find several achtantages to rolling your 401 (k) over to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). First, your money will still have the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis. Second, you can invest your funds in virtually any investment you choose - stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs), etc. Third, if you own more than one 401 (k) account, you could find it advantageous to consolidate them into a single IRA, thereby making it easier to allocate and monitor your retirement assets. And fourth, IRAs may give you greater flexibility if you plan to pass money to your children. In fact, if your child inherits your IRA, he or she has the option of stretching withdrawals over the child's entire lifetime, rather than taking the money as a lump sum. (If you do transfer funds from your old 401 (k) to an IRA, be sure to use a "direct rollover" to avoid the possibility of triggering unwanted taxes.)
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high students were reading it also. I found reading this novel a way to glimpse into what the young people are reading, thinking and accepting. The whole idea of the Hunger Games is to be the last one standing: As in, not killed by the other peers of 12. I questioned her on this and her response that stayed with me. "I did not know those killed but I Pictured is Rue, who is felt bad about little Rue when she portrayed as the young sweet girl was killed." Meaning that she felt she knew Rue, as she was a main in the movie. character. I am still mulling over this and they cheer on their favorites. thought of hers. Controlling the games are the latest The Hunger Games is science fashion designers, make up artists, fiction and my first of this engineers, writers, machinists, etc. genre. Katni ssand her family, mother Much of the plot is hard to and sister, lives in impoverished believe but I can see young District 12 of 12 Districts. This also persons with their TV and video includes a wealthy Capitol where the backgrounds embracing these ideas. games are held and the residents live It was interesting looking into what the good life. the young people are reading and Katniss is the family provider for believing in. her mother and Prim, her sister. She It is just one year to the month is an excellent hunter and provider that I wrote the above book review of outside items that she sells to the and now the movie by the same title villagers. Two persons are chosen is being played locally. I did see yearly, by lottery, from each district the movie and have to report that it to compete in the games. The winner was interesting but most of the time brings back fortune and honor to I caught myself shaking my head in their District. Prim's name is drawn disbelief of the violence and the fact and Katniss volunteers to take her that it was children killing children. sisters place. Peeta is chosen as the The actress playing Kitness did male representative and off they a wonderful job but for the most go to the games. Peeta has been part, I totally preferred the book. secretly in love with Katniss for Since the movie came out the book years and the two hitch up as a pair of is constantly being requested at the lovers and the audience loves them. library. Call the library at 419 678Remember, this is science fiction 2431 to reserve a copy. Happy and anything goes here. All the reading. Skeet are televised for all to view

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Let's take a walk in 'Buzzards Glory'
ComewalkwithusthisSaturday, May 5 and experience the unique fun og German Volksmarch. Ohoi Volssport Association will be registering participants for this free walk event in the main lobby of Mercer Health Hospital from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. OVA will provide printed instructions for a 5 km and 10 km walk-route along the sidewalks and hiking trails of the charming Village of Coldwater. This walk event is noncompetitive so you can walk, jog, or run at your own pace-just finish by 4:00 p.m. Walking is the absolute easiest and best way to keep fit. Whether you walk alone or with others you are going to feel great! Bring your family and friends to enjoy all the spring flowers and trees along our trail and perhaps see familiar landmarks in "Buzzard's Glory" from a new perspective. OVA wants you to know about other walks around Ohio. In fact, OVA and the American Volkssport Association can introduce you to walk throughout the USA and countries around the world' We'l1 explain how you can begin recording the events you attend and the distances you walk with AVA Starter Packs. To keep you walking we'll include a copy of the OVA Journal that lists club information and upcoming Ohio events. Our members love walking. Many have tallied over 25,000 kilometers and have walked in every county and every state. Coldwater is a great place to begin. Walking lets you see the world up close and personal, things you miss behind the wheel-like the

The Hunger Games finished with, "End of book one." Never, ever, have I finished a book and desired at the next moment, to start the sequel, which would be Catching Fire. My

thought Iwould enjoy it. Of course, I had to get this book so I could discuss it with her. Well, she was right and it was a good time-sharing our ideas on the book. She is not an avid reader and I was so pleased that she was excited about a novel. The Hunger Games is a book delegated to high schoolers. I thought it interesting that junior

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Establish a Bathroom Routine Housetraining quickly becomes a high priority on most puppy owners' list of mustlearn tricks. According to the experts, your allies are patience, planning, and plenty of positive reinforcement. In addition, it's probably not a bad idea to put a caipetcleaning plan in place, because accidents will happen. Until your puppy has had all of her vaccinations, you'll want to find a place outdoors that's inaccessible to other animals. This helps reduce the spread of viruses and disease. Make sure to give lots of positive reinforcement when your puppy manages to potty outside and, almost equally important, refrain from punishing her when she has accidents indoors. Knowing when to take your puppy out is almost as important as giving her praise when she does eliminate outdoors. Times to take the puppy out when you wake up, right before bedtime, shortly after your puppy eats or drinks a lot of water, when your puppy wakes up from a nap, and during and after physical activity. Watch For Early Signs of Illness Forthe first few months, puppies are more susceptible to sudden bouts of illnesses that can be serious if not caught in the early stages. If you observe any of the following symptoms in your puppy, it's time to contact the vet Lack of appet ite. Poor weight gain. Vomiting. Swollen of painful abdomen. Lethargy (tiredness). Diarrhea. Difficulty breathing. Wheezing or coughing. Pale gums. Swollen, red eyes or eye discharge. Nasal discharge. Inability to pass urine or stool, straining.





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quilts will reflect their artistic talents. Grandmothers' kitchen appliances from cooking, canning, ironing, and doing laundry will bring back memories for past generations. Just think of all of the areas in which Mothers have been involved in Mercer County's Past. Would you ladies have some of your beautiful hats and gloves and purses? Wear them to the Museum Sunday afternoon, May 13, and let me take your photograph. Please help the Mercer County Historical Society preserve Mercer County's History's of women's styles of our generation by bringing your own hats and purses and gloves to show. Photographs of Mother's Things will go down in history at the Mercer County Historical Museum. [The Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig, may be contacted at 3054 BurkSt. Henry Road, Saint Henry, OH 45883, or histalig@bright.net or 419-678-2614.]

Grief Support meetings in Coldwater
State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled adult grief support group sessions at the agency's Coldwater office, 230 W. Main St., beginning Wednesday, May 9 and continuing each Wednesday through June 13. The meetings are free and will be held in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. State of the Heart Hospice Social Worker Darlene Pearson will lead the meetings which are open to anyone needing grief support, regardless of association with hospice care. The nonprofit agency cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Bereavement support for adults and children is an important part of the services provided by State of the Heart. "Those who have lost a loved one often find it difficult to continue the day to day routine that they used to enjoy," said Pearson who has conducted other grief support groups. "Often those who are grieving feel alone and isolated in their grief. Many who attend the groups say they find comfort knowing that they are not the only ones experiencing grief and feelings of loss. They also find that it is healthy to acknowledge grief and realize it is a natural part of life when you lose someone you love." To learn more about the sessions or to register, call Marlene Black, bereavement specialist, or Pearson at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the agency web site at www. stateoftheheartcare.org





Do you know that your Mothers had a difficult time of "getting rid of their old hats?" Their hats were memories of days of better dressing when they left the house. There was a time when women would not have walked out the door on Sunday morning to go to church "without their newest hat!" Do you know what happened to many of those old hats? Those old hats found their way to the Mercer County Historical Museum. Boxes of old hats have been sitting on the Closet Shelves in the Bedroom. And it was not just old hats! The Hat Boxes were important, also. Several boxes have the name "Lazarus," which was a fine department store for shopping. One Hat Box carries the name "Fifth Avenue New York!" Every lady knew about having an expensive hat from Fifth Avenue, and being the envy of the other ladies of the club! Hats were most likely a status symbol of Who's Who! Marjorie Pierstorff, with her talent in art, has arranged an exhibit of these magnificent old Hats at the Mercer County Historical Museum. Some of the hats had names, e.g. Mrs. Oliver Gratz. The Wedding Hat belonging to Nancy Desch's mother is another unique hat. There are spring hats, winter hats, hats with feathers,

Ladies and their Hats will be at the Museum for Mother's Day and hats of all styles. Matching Gloves in every color of the rainbow are on exhibit. Of course, every lady carried an embroidered handkerchief in her purse! An exhibit of Hat Pins tops off this Hat Exhibit. Do you know those Hat Pins are about eight inches long! May 13, Sunday afternoon, 1:00 - 4:00, the Historical Society will be featuring an exhibit, "Mother's Day Memories." Mother's vintage wedding dresses, her hats, purses, shoes, and gloves will be displayed. The embroidered pillow cases, crocheted doilies, and exquisite

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(Continued from Page 6) store. Personalized stationery sets make great affordable gifts for morn. Remember, the stationery a woman uses speaks volumes about her. Find something just right by browsing the selection of colors and styles on an online stationery store. For example, Minted.com carries a wide selection of unique customizable designs. You might also consider giving the gift of self-expression with a personalized journal. Make the journal truly hers before she ever sets pen to paper by including meaningful photos and inscriptions on its cover and interior. Flowers For a traditional flair, think flowers this Mother's Day. But rather than coughing up a pretty penny buying a standard issue store-bought arrangement, take your mother on a nature walk to pick wildflowers. Not only will you get to spend a great spring day together outside, you can create a unique bouquet at horne using flowers she picked herself When showing Morn you care this Mother's Day, don't let your budget hold you back Thoughtfulness and thriftiness can go hand in hand to make the day extra special.



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