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Edon Northwest Local Board


Of Education Names Interim
Superintendent; Hires Treasurer

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Montpelier Resident:
Santas Elf Spreads Holiday Joy
By: Helen Elkins

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

PHOTO BY LUCINDA HELD-FAULHABER, STAFF

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT Edon Northwest Local Board of Education


President Brad McCrea (right) welcomed Interim Superintendent John Granger to
the District during the Boards December 2014 regular monthly session. With a
varied career in education since 1979, Dr. Granger now brings over thirty years
of administrative experience to Edon having served as Superintendent of Anthony
Wayne, Anna, and Edgerton Local School Districts as well as Superintendent
of Williams County Schools/Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center; most
recently he was Coordinator of the Principal and Superintendent Cohort Leadership
Academy at Bowling Green State University subsequent to a fifteen-year career as
BGSU Adjunct Professor in Educational Administration. Dr. Granger replaces Ed
Ewers who resigned in November to accept the Assistant Superintendent position
at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg; his contract as Interim Superintendent runs
through July 31, 2015.
By: Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
On the heels of last months
resignations, Edon Northwest Local
Board of Education acted without
delay and filled the two administrative
positions during its regular monthly
session held Tuesday, December 9,
2014. President Brad McCrea called
the 5:30 p.m. meeting to order with all
members and four guests in attendance.
Following a brief Executive Session
called for the expressed purpose of
discussing employment of personnel,
the Board returned to open session
and approved John Granger as Interim
Superintendent of Edon Northwest
Local School District.
Dr. Granger brings over thirty years of
administrative experience to the position
having served as Superintendent of
Edgerton, Anna and Anthony Wayne
Local Schools and Williams County
Schools/Northwest Ohio Educational
Service Center; most recently, he
served as Coordinator of Bowling
Green State Universitys Principal and
Superintendent
Cohort
Leadership
Academy. He replaces Ed Ewers who
accepted the Assistant Superintendent
position at Penta Career Center after
three and one-half years at the helm
of Edon Northwest Local Schools. Dr.

Having trouble finding joy this Christmas?


Spend some time with
Montpeliers resident elf
and holiday happiness
will naturally well up in
you and overflow.
Melinda Richmond has
a zest for life which can
barely be contained.
One cannot be in the
presence of this lovely lady without getting
caught up in her Christmas spirit. Her love for
the holiday season and
the community is contagious.
Her father, Max DeGroff, was the original
Montpelier elf. Melinda
said her dad and mom always scrimped and saved
to have gifts to give each
year.
Dad loved Christmas, Melinda shared,
and he always made a
big deal about it. It was
his love for the holiday
which gave her a love for
the season and an admiration for Santa Claus.
PHOTO BY HELEN ELKINS, STAFF
She has a collection of THE ELF IN HER WORKSHOP Lifetime Montpeover 100 Santas, most of lier resident Melinda Richmond displays one of her
which shes made or ...
Putz house villages under one of the many ChristCONTINUED ON PAGE 10 mas trees in her home.

Grangers $52,375 contract (he will


be taking over the remaining Ewers
contract balance), runs through July
31, 2015.
Also approved that evening were
contracts with William Blakely for
District Treasurer. With his State
of Ohio School Treasurer licensure
expected early next year, Mr. Blakely
was first issued a Consultant Services
contract through February 28, 2015.
His Treasurers contract, with a starting
salary of fifty thousand dollars, will run
through July 31, 2016. Mr. Blakely fills
the position vacated by Kerry Samples
who has taken on the treasurers
position at Central Local School District.
By: Shar Dimick
Highlighting Decembers Reports to THE VILLAGE REPORTER
the Board, administrators shared:

Wauseon Board Of Education


Commends Two Third Grade
Students On Perfect Scores

Superintendent Ed Ewers
Thanked personnel, teachers, Bobbi
Brown and her cafeteria staff for the
great job they did on Grandparents/
Grand Friends Day; everyone had an
enjoyable time and their attendance was
greatly appreciated.
Shared work is moving forward to
upgrade the high school gymnasiums
sound system over Christmas break;
the speakers were in worse shape than
originally thought and may not be
used to supplement newer equipment.
Funding for the project is anticipated
through
community
donations (some already
have been received) and
Edon Athletic Boosters
gift contributions; any
remaining balance will be
covered by the Districts
Maintenance
Fund.
He also shared a new
humidifier has helped
address gymnasium floor
issues.

"The Village Reporter"

Your Hometown News Source

CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

At the December 8
meeting the Wauseon
Board
of
Education
commended two third
grade students that
achieved perfect scores
on the state-wide Ohio
Achievement
Reading
Assessment.
Administered
this
past fall, Maria Shema
and
Emily
Bailey
both answered all the
questions correctly for a
maximum score of 505
points. Superintendent
Larry Brown said that
only 1 in 370 (or 0.27%)
of Ohio third graders
earn a perfect score
so it is pretty special
that Wauseon had two
students that achieved
this score.
The
Elementary
School
Principal,
Theresa
Vietmeier

PHOTO BY SHAR DIMICK

RECOGNITION ... Board President Sandra Griggs with


students, Grace Wagler and Alex Wagler, participants
in Miracle on 34th Street.

presented the overall


results of the third grade
reading assessment to
the board. Vietmeier
said that forty-six or

33% of Wauseon third


graders scored in the
advanced ...
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Area Obituaries & Death Notices


James W. Carroll

George Vitek Jr. (1955 - 2014)

James W. Carroll, age


80, of Delta, passed away
peacefully at Defiance
Inpatient Center Monday
morning, December 8,
2014. He was born in
Toledo to the late Homer
Carroll and Mary (Borck)
Carroll.
On September
12, 1953 he married
Marilyn Deck and enjoyed
56 years together until her
passing in 2010.
James was a millwright
at Jeep for many years but a farmer at heart. He enjoyed
growing peanuts at his Delta home and generously
gave them away to friends and family. James was
creative and meticulous, this was very evident with
his self-manufactured equipment options for his John
Deere tractor. He was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather with a loving and giving heart. In addition
to his parents and wife Marilyn, he was preceded in
death by his brother, Owen Carroll and sister, Helen
Adams.
James is survived by his son, Michael (Marcy)
Carroll of West Jefferson, OH; daughter, Michelle
Hendrix of Swanton; sister, Charlotte (Fred) Lamb;
grandchildren, Leslie, Niklaus and Lindsey Carroll
and Jennifer Mandly and Zachary Hendrix; great
grandchildren, Julian, Xander, Brooklynn and Silas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to
St. Richard Catholic Church, Community Health
Professionals Hospice, 230 Westfield Dr., Archbold,
Ohio 43502 or Sauder Village, 22611 St Rt 2, Archbold,
Ohio 43502 in James memory. Online condolences
may be sent to the family through our website at www.
barnesfuneralchapel.com. Many thanks to friends and
family who assisted James with his care over the last
few years.

George Vitek, Jr., 59,


of Bryan passed away
Monday evening at the
Genesis Healthcare Bryan
Center. He was born
on February 22, 1955
in Bryan to George and
Marjorie (Wright) Vitek,
Sr.
George
attended
Stryker High School.
George
was
the
owner/operator of an
independent long haul
trucking business for over
41 years. He attended the
First Baptist Church in Bryan. George was a member
of the Bryan and Montpelier Eagles. He enjoyed
spending time outdoors.
He is survived by four daughters, Tamie (Shawn)
Williams of Indianapolis, Indiana, Nicole (Jason)
Sandusky of Richland, Michigan, Melissa (Chris)
Hamilton of Pleasant Lake, Indiana, Renee (Chris) Hall
of Angola, Indiana; one son Cody Vitek of Montgomery,
Michigan; ten grandchildren; one brother Paul (Kandy)
Vitek of Montpelier; three nieces; two great nieces and
two great nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents.
Donations may be made to Cancer Assistance of
Williams County. Online condolences can be left for
the family at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com

Karl J. Brushaber
Karl J. Brushaber Jr.,
age 47, of Delta, passed
away peacefully at home
surrounded by his loving
family Thursday morning,
December 11, 2014. He
was born in Wauseon to
the late Karl J. Brushaber
Jr. and Janice (Stall)
Brushaber who survives.
Karl was a graduate
of Delta High School.
On August 30, 2014 he
married his long time
sweetheart,
Melissa
Sanders. Karl served as a Regional Information
Technologist with Worthington Industries over seeing
their Delta and Monroe Ohio plants. He was a proud
member of the Masonic Fulton Lodge #248 and the
Shriners. Karl enjoyed playing Santa for family and
friends as well as for various organizations during
the holiday season. He also enjoyed visiting the
Toledo Zoo with his family. Some of Karls fondest
hobbies were astrology, collecting wolf figurines and
rescuing dogs. In addition to his father, Karl was
preceded in death by his loving canine companions,
Zero and Buster.
Along with his wife, Melissa and mother, Janice
Brushaber; he is survived by his stepchildren, Dylan
and Kylie Masales; brothers, Larry (Sandra) Burkett,
Bud Burkett, David (Sandy) Brushaber and Brian
Brushaber; sisters, Tammy Kellar and Julie (Ed)
Sauber; nieces, Ashley Justice and Kaylee Sauber
and nephew, Kyle Sauber; and fur canine babies,
Isis, Shiloh, Missy and Bonnie.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested
to the American Cancer Society, P.O Box 22718,
Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or your local Humane
Society in Karls memory. Online condolences may
be sent to the family through our website at www.
barnesfuneralchapel.com. Thank you to the friends
and family who assisted Karl with his care over these
last few months.

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Robert C. Barnes (1933 - 2014)

Robert
C.
Bob
Barnes, age 81, of Delta,
passed away Wednesday,
December 10, 2014 at St.
Vincent Mercy Medical
Center in Toledo. Prior to
his retirement, Bob had
been a loading specialist
in commercial trucking
and had also worked as
an automotive service
technician for many years.
Bob was born in
Toledo on August 17,
1933, the son of Brice and Leona (Moran) Barnes. On
December 20, 1971 he married Connie Miller, and she
survives. He was a member of the Teamsters Local
20. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, NASCAR,
traveling, working on cars, and all animals. However,
his first love was spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Connie, of Delta; children,
son, Michael Barnes of Toledo, son, Robert W. Barnes
of Toledo, daughter, Tammy (Rick) Tressler of Delta,
daughter, Kimberly Heath of Walbridge, OH, daughter,
Crystal (Joe) Betts of Fredricksburg, VA, son, Ken
(Aymie) Barnes of Okolona, OH; 14 grandchildren; and
numerous great-grandchildren. He is also survived by
two brothers, Bryce (Shirley) Barnes of Toledo, and
Gerald Barnes of Toledo. He was preceded in death by
his parents; his sister, Ester Campbell and son-in-law,
Robert Heath.
Funeral services will be private. Online condolences
may be offered to the family at www.griseirfh.com.
Jack D. Latson, 88, Grisier Funeral Home in Delta has been entrusted with
Montpelier, OH passed arrangements.
away
peacefully
on
December 10, 2014. Jack
was born December 11, 1925, in Angola, IN to Guy and
Bernice Jean McDermott died on December 2, 2014
Ella (Noragon) Latson.
at
the
Defiance Area Inpatient Care Center in Defiance,
Jack is survived by his wife Mary of 62 years; three
Ohio.
She was born and raised in Lenawee county
daughters, Debra (James) Petersen, Ann Spies, and Jo
Michigan
and lived most of her life in northwest Ohio.
Dee (Daniel C.) Dean; three grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey
She
moved
to Tennessee for an early retirement before
R. Spies, Daniel T. Dean, and Dr. Erin E. Spies; and his
moving
back
to West Unity to retire.
little dog Jac-E. He is preceded in death by his parents,
Jean, as she was called, liked to go camping and
two brothers, William and Thomas, and a sister, Lois
enjoyed spending time at Devils Lake, she loved
Hoyer.
Jack was extremely proud of his military service to traveling on vacations including a lot of activities in
his country and was a member of the Montpelier Post upper MI with snowmobiles and dirt bikes. Her favorite
0109 American Legion. Jack served in the Army in WW place was Mackinaw Bridge. On August 31, 1984 she
II from 1945 to 1947 and in the Air Force in the Korean married John McDermott and he survives.
Surviving besides her husband John Mack
War from 1950 to 1953. For his service to his country
Jack was awarded a World War II Victory Medal, Army McDermott are 4 children, Nick Dann, Westerville Ohio,
of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Honorable Chris Ohlinger, (Brenda) Berkey, Ohio, Carrie Strouse,
Service Lapel Button WWII, Sharpshooter Badge with (Randy) West Unity, and Lori Southworth (Duane)
Rifle Bar, Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Reading, Michigan, 2 step children, Josie McDermott,
Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and a United Wauseon, Ohio, Jaret McDermott (Kelly), Pettisville,
Ohio, 9 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, and 8
Nations Service Medal.
After serving his country Jack served his community great grandchildren. Jeans sisters are Penny Wingate
as a letter carrier in Montpelier from 1954 through (Chris), Osseo, Michigan, and Bonnie Sines, Eustis, FL.
1980. During his time with the Post Office Jack also Her father Clarence Sines survives in Eustis, Florida.
served as Assistant Post Master. Jack was also active She was proceeded in death by her mother Jean Sines
in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier. He was in 2011 and sister Joni Sines Maly in 2008.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council
www.GrisierFH.com.
The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home
5226 and served as Grand Knight in both 1966 and
1983. Jack was also an avid Notre Dame Football fan. in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements.

Jack D. Latson (1925 - 2014)

V E T E R A N

Bernice Jean McDermott

The family will hold a private mass at a future date.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make
a contribution to your favorite charity or Community
Health Professionals - Hospice.

Barbara L. Bertke (1946 - 2014)


Barbara L. Bertke, 68,
of Pioneer passed away
Wednesday surrounded
by her family at her
home. She was born on
June 5, 1946 in Celina,
Ohio to Cyril J. and
Pauline (Puthoff) Link.
Barbara graduated from
St. Henry Local High
School in 1964. On May
1, 1965 she married
Robert L. Bertke at St.
Francis Catholic Church
in Cranberry Prairie, Ohio
and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2013.
After High School Barbara worked for Mersman
Brothers in Celina for 10 years. She also worked for
Allied Moulded Products in Bryan for 10 years. In 1983
Barbara became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Montpelier, and was a member of the
Rosary/Altar Society. Barbara enjoyed spending time
with her grandchildren, gardening and sewing. She
loved to travel and had been to 48 states, missing only
Alaska and Hawaii.
Barbara is survived by five children, Jennifer
(John) Woenker of New Haven, IN, Joe (Sheila) Bertke
of Farmer, OH, Don (Teresa) Bertke of Camden, MI,
Debra (Michael) Traxler of Pioneer, and Cathy Bertke
of Pioneer; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren;
three sisters Carol (Vince, dec.) Schmidt of Union City,
OH, Diane Jobe of Bloomdale, OH and Roseann Link
of Findlay, OH; one brother Roger Link of New Westen,
OH; four brothers-in-law, Tom (Kathy) Bertke of Celina,
OH, Fred (Gerri) Bertke of New Knoxville, OH, Virgil
(Jane) Bertke of St. Marys, OH, Randy (Kim) Bertke of
Franklin, NC; seven sisters-in-law Pat (Ken) Bensman
of New Bremen, OH, Bev (John) Froning of Lake City,
TN, Karen (Fred, dec.) Schulze of Minster, OH, Joan
(Mark) Baumer of Coldwater, OH, Joyce (Pat) Berger of
Coldwater, OH, Connie (Eric) Seger of Ft. Loramie, OH
and Pam (Jim) Simon of Troy, OH.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents,
husband Robert, one grandchild, John Robert
Woenker, two sisters, Alice Jean Link and Patricia
Link; and one brother Thomas Link.
Donations may be made to Community Health
Professionals Hospice of Williams County or Masses.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.
thethompsonfuneralhome.com

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

KEEPING READERS NOTIFIED OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, COURT & CRIME STOPPER ACTIVITIES

WILLIAMS & FULTON COUNTY AREA LOCAL POLICE, EMS & FIRE REPORTS
(Dec 8) 700-B Wood St, Animal Call
(Dec 8) 242 Greco Dr, Identity Theft
(Dec 9) 725 S Shoop Ave, Disabled
Vehicle
(Dec 9) 840 Parkview, Accident (Property Damage)
(Dec 9) 1160 N Shoop Ave, Accident
(Property Damage)
(Dec 9) 1265 N Shoop Ave, Suspicious Vehicle
(Dec 10) 555 W Linfoot St, Larceny
(Dec 10) 15165 St Hwy 2, Suspicious
Person
(Dec 10) 485 E Airport Hwy, Larceny
WAUSEON POLICE
(Dec 10) 230 Clinton St, Telephone
(Dec 4) 485 E Airport Hwy, Suspi- Harassment
cious Person
(Dec 11) 940 E Leggett St, Lost/
(Dec 4) 1275 N Shoop Ave, Disabled Found/Recovered
Vehicle
(Dec 4) 230 Clinton St, Civil Matter
WILLIAMS COUNTY CRIMINAL
(Dec 5) 230 Clinton St, Bad Check Genesis T. Greathouse, Montpelier,
Forgery
OH, Obstruction of Justice Jail: 90
(Dec 5) 1205 N Shoop Ave, Vandalism days suspended. Fine: $250. Costs:
(Dec 5) 940 E Oak St, Assault
$210.
(Dec 5) 1207 N Shoop Ave, Accident
Joseph C. Ames, Fayette, OH,
(Property Damage)
Criminal Mischief Jail: 30 days
(Dec 5) 323 Barbara Dr, Investigate suspended. Fine: $250. Costs: $124.
Complaint
(Dec 5) N Shoop Ave @ E Oak St, AcWILLIAMS COUNTY TRAFFIC
cident (Property Damage)
Kyle A Ussery, Montpelier, OH,
(Dec 5) 721 S Shoop Ave, 911 Hang Lanes of Traffic Waive Amount:
Up Contact In Person
$125.
(Dec 5) 230 Clinton St, Investigate
Amy S. Lloyd, Stryker, OH, 70/55
Complaint
Speed Waive Amount: $130.
(Dec 5) 205 S Shoop Ave, Missing JuBreanna M. Hammond, Pioneer,
venile
OH, Failure to Control Fine: $71.
(Dec 5) 773 N Shoop Ave, Possible Costs: $79.
Child Abuse
Elizabeth B. Shook, West Unity,
(Dec 5) 820 N Fulton St, Domestic OH, Seatbelt Waive Amount: $75.
Trouble
Carl R. Wilcox, Montpelier, OH,
(Dec 5) 840 W Elm St Unit 708, Red Light Fine: $46. Costs: $79.
Threats/Harassment
Ashley S. Spieth, Montpelier, OH,
(Dec 5) 530 W Linfoot St, Disabled 66/55 Speed Waive Amount: $125.
Vehicle
Jacob W. Brown, Alvordton, OH,
(Dec 6) 123 N Fulton St, Fight
70/55 Speed Waive Amount: $125.
(Dec 6) 230 Clinton St, Bad Check - Fine: $46. Costs: $79.
Forgery
Joen A. Aguilera Gomez, West
(Dec 6) 485 E Airport Hwy, Vandal- Unity, OH, 67/55 Speed Fine: $46.
ism
Costs: $79.
(Dec 6) 230 Clinton St, Threats/Ha- Angel Miller, West Unity, OH,
rassment
58/45 Speed Fine: $46. Costs:
(Dec 6) 248 N Fulton St, Larceny
$79.
(Dec 6) 1200-B N Shoop Ave, Investi- Ashley L. Penrod, Montpelier, OH,
gate Complaint
Driving Under a Suspended Li(Dec 6) 212 Mulberry St, Open Door
cense Jail: 90 days suspended.
(Dec 6) 485 W Airport Hwy, Investi- Waive Amount: $487.50. Fine: $300.
gate Complaint
Costs: $90. Expired Plates: Waive
(Dec 6) 135 E Leggett St, Threats/ Amount: $93.75. Fine: $35. Costs:
Telephone
$40. Traffic Light Waive Amount:
(Dec 6) 405 E Linfoot St, Investigate $93.75. Fine: $35. Costs: $40.
Complaint
Jermey D. Crisenbery, Montpelier,
(Dec 7) 1058 N Shoop Ave, Suspi- OH, Driving Without a Headlight
cious Vehicle
Waive Amount: $150.
(Dec 7) 123 N Fulton St, Vandalism
Nichole L. Wyatt, Alvordton, OH,
(Dec 7) Indian Rd @ E Leggett St, Ani- 58/45 Speed Fine: $46. Costs:
mal Call
$79.
(Dec 7) 400-B N Franklin St, Dog at
Angela C. Entenman, Edon, OH,
Large
Following Close Waive Amount:
(Dec 8) 740 N Harvest Ln, Identity $150. Fine: $71. Costs: $82.50.
Theft
Andrew B. Davis Jr., Montpe(Dec 8) 1120 N Shoop Ave Unit 13, lier, OH, Marked Lanes Fine: $71.
Run Away or Unruly
Costs: $79.
(Dec 8) N Shoop Ave @ E Elm St, LarDouglas P. Hall, West Unity, OH,
ceny
51/35 Speed Fine: $46. Costs:
(Dec 8) 308 Depot St, Animal Call
$79.
(Dec 8) W Leggett St, Lost/Found/ReTad G. Martin, Pioneer, OH, 40/25
covered
Speed Fine: $46. Costs: $79.

Doris I. Taylor, West Unity, OH,


Improper Backing Fine: $65.
Costs: $85.
Jeanette E. Kelley, Stryker, OH,
Expired Plates Waive Amount:
$130.
Kirby L. Grieser, Stryker, OH, Left
of Center Waive Amount: $150.
Dawn M. Dunkle, Edon, OH, Expired Plates Waive Amount: $130.
Fine: $46. Costs: $79.
Jonathan E. Snyder, Montpelier,
OH, Expired Plates Waive Amount:
$130.
Daniel P. Miner, Montpelier, OH,
OVI/High Jail: 90 days, with 70
suspended. Fine: $750. Costs:
176.28. Driving under a suspended
license Jail: 180 days suspended.
Fine: $300. Costs: $45.
David W. Lawrence. Edon, OH,
OVI/Breath (Low) Jail: 20 days,
with 17 suspended. Fine: $650.
Costs: $90. 32/25 Speed Fine:
$25. Costs: $40.

nalia Fine: $100. Costs: $41.


Earl C. Hensley, Fayette, OH, Obstruction Jail: 3 days. Fine: $250.
Costs: $70.
Paige E. Myers, Wauseon, OH,
Criminal Mischief Jail: 32 days.
Fine: $250. Costs: $70.
FULTON COUNTY
DISSOLUTIONS GRANTED
Patricia Meyer, of Fayette,OH, and
James C. Meyer, of Holgate, OH.

FULTON COUNTY
SHERIFFS OFFICE
The Fulton County Sheriffs Office
is looking for assistance in identifying an individual involved in recent
Thefts of Christmas Cheer donation
cans from several area convenience
stores. The individual distracts a
store clerk and takes the donation
cans from the counter and leaves the
store immediately. Pictures of the
suspect and the suspects vehicle will
be on the Fulton County Sheriffs Office website at www.fultoncountyoh.
WILLIAMS COUNTY
com/fcso (click press release). AnyDIVORCES GRANTED
A. Gwen Leu, of Bryan, OH, and one with any information regarding
Terry W. Leu Jr., of Montpelier, OH, the identity of the suspect is encouraged to call the Fulton County Shermarried on September 12, 2012.
iffs Office at 419-335-4010 or the
Fulton
County Crime Stopper Line
WILLIAMS COUNTY
at 800-255-1122.
DISSOLUTIONS GRANTED
Michael S. Blue, of Bryan, OH and
Heather M. Blue, of Bryan, OH, mar- FULTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS
A Swanton man was sentenced
ried on March 25, 2006.
on December 8, 2014, in the Fulton
County Common Pleas Court acFULTON COUNTY TRAFFIC
cording to county prosecutor Scott
Dennis L. Guy, Fayette, OH, Left of
A. Haselman. Simon Champada, 25,
Center Dismissed. Costs: $64.
of 305 Dodge Street, entered an AlMatthew S. Andrews, Wauseon,
ford plea to, and was convicted of,
OH, OVI/First Offense Fine: $600.
Retaliation. On July 8, 2014, he
Costs: $88.
threatened and used force against a
Douglas D. Rupp, Stryker, OH,
witness who had preciously testified
Seatbelt Fine: $30. Costs: $51.
in a separate criminal proceeding
Christopher Hogrefe, Wauseon, OH,
against a relative of Mr. Champa67/55 Speed Fine: $37. Costs: $88.
das. Judge James E. Barber senLisa Coopshaw, Wauseon, OH, Traftenced Mr. Champada to prison for
fic Device Fine: $37. Costs: $88.
18 months.
Ashley E. Kerr, Stryker, OH, 83/70
A California man was sentenced
Speed Waiver Amount: $125.
on December 8, 2014 in the Fulton
Vern J. Beck, Wauseon, OH, ImCounty Common Pleas Court acproper Backing Fine: $102. Costs:
cording to county prosecutor Scott
$88.
A. Haselman. Sos Ohanyan, 53, of
Corey L. Willeman, Wauseon, OH,
727 N. Adams in Glendale, CA, pled
70/55 Speed Fine: $47. Costs: $88.
guilty to 4 counts of Forgery. On
Gahlon A. Kunkle, Fayette, OH,
October 1, 2014, he had in his pos72/55 Speed Fine: $47. Costs: $88.
session stolen credit cards which he
Abby Schroeder, Wauseon, OH,
used at the County Corral, Delta, to
Traffic Device Fine: $37. Costs: $88.
purchase fuel. Judge James E. BarLoyal D. Briskey, Wauseon, OH,
ber sentenced Mr. Ohanyan to 3
47/25 Speed Fine: $100. Costs: $88.
years of community control and orMichelle E. Tremmel, Wauseon, OH,
dered him to pay prosecution costs,
70/55 Speed Fine: $47. Costs: $80.
including costs for an interpreter,
Steven A. Smallman, Wauseon, OH,
make restitution to the victims of
69/55 Speed Fine: $37. Costs: $80.
$840.76, pay a $1,000 fine, pay imAlexander C. Smith, Wauseon, OH,
pound fees totaling $1,400, serve 9
68/55 Speed Waiver Amount: $117.
days in CCNO with credit for 9 days
served, perform 250 hours of comFULTON COUNTY CRIMINAL
munity service within 1 year, purBritanie Neill, West Unity, OH,
chase fuel with one credit card, and
Theft Fine: $100. Costs: $78.
show proof of purchase to his probaJessie A. Rodriguez, Fayette, OH,
tion officer. Failure to comply could
Open Container Fine: $50. Costs:
result in Mr. Ohanyan serving 24
$70. Possession of Drug Paraphermonths in prison.

GENERAL AREA NEWS

Four County Students Unite To


Collect Items For Together We Can
Make A Difference Organization

PHOTO PROVIDED

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ... Led by Skills USA, Four County Career Center students
united in a school-wide effort and collected personal care and toiletry items for the
non-profit outreach Together We Can Make A Difference. The organization assists
people of all ages in Northwest Ohio with basic needs and resources that are not
available with any government assistance programs. Through their involvement,
the students hope to make a positive change and give families in northwest Ohio
a happier Christmas season. Shown above presenting the executive director, Kelli
Burkhardt, with the collected items are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Kaitlyn Campbell, Law
Enforcement & Security Tactics (Bryan); Bryan Garlock, Welding Fabrication
(Stryker); Abigail Brink, Fire & Rescue (Montpelier); Burkhardt; MaKenzy HuffmanBowers, Fire & Rescue (Bryan); and Caitlin Meade, Computer Networking & Repair
(Hilltop). Skills USA Leadership Council and advisors, Bill Parsley, Social Studies
instructor; and Krista Whetro, Cosmetology instructor; coordinated the event.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

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T H E

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R E P O R T E R

Annual Christmas Coloring Contest

The Village Reporter is pleased to announce the arrival of our Christmas Coloring Contest for children up
to the 6th grade. After your child has completed the
picture, mail or drop the entry off at: The Village Reporter - 115 Broad Street, Montpelier, Ohio 43543.
Childrens categories are broken down into 3 age
groups: PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN, GRADES 1-3,
GRADES 4-6. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on
December 27. Prizes will be awarded for the top entry
in each group.

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Annual Christmas Coloring Contest

The Village Reporter is pleased to announce the arrival of our Christmas Coloring Contest for children up
to the 6th grade. After your child has completed the
picture, mail or drop the entry off at: The Village Reporter - 115 Broad Street, Montpelier, Ohio 43543.
Childrens categories are broken down into 3 age
groups: PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN, GRADES 1-3,
GRADES 4-6. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on
December 27. Prizes will be awarded for the top entry
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Parents Name: __________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________

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T H E

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R E P O R T E R

Annual Christmas Coloring Contest

The Village Reporter is pleased to announce the arrival of our Christmas Coloring Contest for children up
to the 6th grade. After your child has completed the
picture, mail or drop the entry off at: The Village Reporter - 115 Broad Street, Montpelier, Ohio 43543.
Childrens categories are broken down into 3 age
groups: PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN, GRADES 1-3,
GRADES 4-6. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on
December 27. Prizes will be awarded for the top entry
in each group.

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CONTINUED FROM THE FRONT PAGE

Edon Northwest Local Board Of Education Names Interim Superintendent


School Management News (electronic
copy/$150); a one hundred seventy dollar
savings was realized by the District for
electronic subscriptions.
Approved minutes from the November
18 regular meeting, Novembers Financial
Reports and the amended Certificate of

Estimated Resources and Permanent


Appropriations for FY 2015 as submitted
by Treasurer Samples.
Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
May be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

Edon Board Of Public Affairs


Addresses Light Agenda
By: Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

PHOTO BY LUCINDA HELD-FAULHABER, STAFF

WELCOME During its regular monthly session held December 9, 2014, Edon Northwest
Local Board of Education approved a Treasurers Contract with William Blakely through
July 31, 2016. The 2000 Edgerton High School graduate obtained his Bachelors Degree
in Accounting from DeVry University and has completed graduate work with Keller
University and additional treasurer classes through University of Phoenix as well.
Residing in Bryan with his wife Haley and three daughters, William previously worked
at Penrod and George as a CPA for seven years and is currently concluding an eighteenmonth-tenure as Fiscal Officer for the Village of Edgerton. Congratulating Mr. Blakely
(left) and welcoming him to Edon Schools is Board President Brad McCrea.
Noted
the
annual
school-wide
Safety Drill (utilizing ALICE protocols)
was conducted before the December 1
deadline; thanks were extended to Edon
Police Chief and Mrs. Tom Szymczak
for their assistance in organizing the
required drill. A new Safety Plan will need
to be written and submitted to the Ohio
Attorney Generals Office in the future; the
process is set to include input from other
aspects of the community i.e. Florence
Township Fire Department, Northwest
Fire and Rescue, Edon Police Department,
etc. to ensure everything is being done to
keep District students and staff safe.
Treasurer Kerry Samples
Submitted his standard monthly SM2
Report indicating revenues were up thirtythree thousand dollars and expenses up
one hundred three thousand dollars for
the same five-month period as last year.
The District is tracking seventy thousand
dollars worse than a year ago (which is
about right on schedule as projected in
the Five Year Forecast).
Shared retroactive pay increases
approved
with
Octobers
Collective
Bargaining Agreement (back pay to
the beginning of the school year) were
processed in the December 5 payroll;
thanks was extended to Joyce Whitney for
the extra time spent on calculating and
entering new data for over one hundred
certified, classified and supplemental
contracts. Additionally, eight certified and
two classified staff members switched over
to the high deductible insurance plan,
a twenty-five thousand dollar savings in
next years premium costs.
Noted annual December 1 bond
principle payments were made (interest
payments are due June 1); current bond
balances now stand at: three-hundred
sixty thousand dollars for the old building
(December 1, 2019 payoff date) and $1.545
million for the current facility (December
1, 2024 payoff date).
7-12 Principal Anthony Stevens
Congratulated November 2014 High
School Student of the Month, senior Kaitlin
Chrisman and Junior High Student of the
Month, eighth-grader Reagan Gallehue.
Shared Edon FFA Chapter members
had attended last months annual National
Convention where EHS graduates Dakota
Parrish, Clay Parrish and Ben Brown
received their American FFA Degrees.
Members also competed in several recent
Career Development Events (CDEs); the
ParliPro Novice Team (Schylar Bergman,
Jordan Runyan, Wendy Braun, Thor
Dunkle, Austen Riter, Naomi Hickman,
Colin Dulle and Kyle Apger) advanced to
District 1 competition; Emily Fox placed
second in individual Dairy competition (out
of one hundred seventy-five participants);
Job Interview Team members placed in
the top two and the Advanced ParliPro
Team took Second Place County honors.
Noted he was currently evaluating
the feasibility of increasing academic
time by dropping the number of class
periods per day from eight to seven; a
short daily academic assist period could
possibly be included as well. Additionally,
teachers had taken part in Professional
Development opportunities pertaining to
new testing assessments and standards
(effective February 2015) and identifying
students at risk (based on a number of
factors) with follow-up intervention.
KK-6 Grade Principal Michelle
Molargik
Congratulated Novembers Bomber
Courtesy Club members.
Shared elementary students had been

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

showcased in recent events including last


months Thanksgiving Assembly (Jenna
Dulle, Elliott Mohre and Thea Staten read
their winning essays); Grandparents/
Grand Friends Day and the Grades1-4
Winter Concert; several compliments
were received on the wonderful programs
that were presented. Thanks were also
extended to school personnel and the
nearly four hundred special friends who
made Grandparents Day 2014 a huge
success.
Noted Third Grade OAA results showed
eighty-seven percent of the students
were proficient or higher; percentages for
advanced and accelerated levels were high
as well.
Explained plans are underway for
Grades K-6 students to participate in the
Fort Wayne TinCaps Reading Program.
Students achieving their goal and reaching
home plate will receive complimentary
game and lunch tickets to a TinCaps
game; the all-school field day is tentatively
slated for May 27, 2015 at 11:05 a.m.
In other action taken, Board members:
Set January 13, 2015 as the date for
its reorganization meeting beginning at
5:00 p.m. in the schools Media Center;
the regular Board of Education meeting
will follow at 5:30 p.m.
Elected Brad McCrea as President ProTem for Januarys reorganization meeting.
Approved the Resolution Declaring
It Necessary To Raise Annually An
Additional Amount For School District
Purposes And Requesting The State Tax
Commission To Estimate The Respective
Rates At Which It Would Be Necessary To
Levy An Ad Valorem Property Tax And A
School District Income Tax To Produce
That Amount.
Accepted
Cash
Donations
for
Elementary
($17.29
from
Ohiopyle
Prints/sales at Kaisers Supermarket);
High School ($17.30 from Ohiopyle
Prints/sales at Kaisers Supermarket)
and FFA ($1022.85 from an anonymous
donor/305 bushels of soybeans) Funds
during November; Gift Donations for
the month were also accepted from
Edon Athletic Boosters (Weight Room
Equipment/$1771; AED/$1399; Screen
Printing for volleyball jerseys/$550;
Embroidery
on
volleyball
coaches
shirts/$28; One-half the cost of wireless
headsets for football coaches/$1781.50;
Cross-Country uniforms/$1872) and Edon
Music Boosters (Choir uniforms/$734).
Accepted the retirement resignation of
Sharon Aeschliman as bus driver effective
January 31, 2015.
Approved a contract with Kerry
Samples to perform Interim Treasurer
Services from January 1, 2015 through
February 28, 2015 as needed at a rate of
twenty-five dollars per hour.
Amended the Treasurer Shared
Services Agreement with Edgerton Local
Schools through July 31, 2016.
Approved Len Johnson as school
representative to the Park Board effective
January 1, 2015.
Heard from Jill Jacoby regarding the
Academic Boosters Club; with its 501(c)
(3) tax exempt status still active, Parent
Advisory Committee members are excited
to revive the club and restore ABCsponsored quarterly reward, academic
letter and yard sign programs. Additional
information
regarding
a
possible
reorganization meeting in January will be
noted on the Districts website.
Approved
Ohio
School
Boards
Association Membership Dues ($2810)
and annual subscriptions to OSBA
Briefcase (electronic copy/free) and

Edon Board of Public Affairs addressed


a light agenda to close out the year when
it convened in regular monthly session
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Village
Chambers. Mayor Darlene Burkhardt
called the late afternoon meeting to order
with Andy Ledyard, Chip Hulbert, Warren
Henry and Fiscal Officer Heidi Bidwell in
attendance.
In business brought forward, members:
Noted the pit meter at Walz Park should
be removed before colder temperatures set
in; the ongoing water leak on Franklin
Street needs to be repaired and Frontier
will have to be contacted regarding
no internet service at the Wastewater
Treatment Plant.
Accepted the Minutes, Financial

Report and Bills as presented.


Signed the Shut-Off List.
Prior to adjournment, members voted
to enter into Executive Session for the
expressed purpose of discussing potential
hiring of personnel. Upon returning to
open session, the Board approved an
additional two hundred and fifty dollar
stipend for the month of December to
Chad Ordway, current Village Wastewater
Treatment Plant Operator; a twenty-five
dollar per hour rate was authorized for
necessary extra duties at the plant as well.
Edon Board of Public Affairs will
tentatively hold its next regular meeting
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 beginning at
4:30 p.m. in Village Chambers.
Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

WHAT WE READ YEARS AGO - THE EDON COMMERCIAL

1996 Edon Yearbook/Spilled Ink Staff

YEARBOOK/SPILLED INK STAFF ... Row 1: Jaci Thiel, Trudy Muehlfeld,


Jamie Champion, Justin Entenmen. Row 2: Duane Cox, Robert Kurtz, Sheryl
Cunningham, Allison Hinton, Amanda Curtis, Ann Scharpenberg, Angela
Bolton, Aaron Beck. Row 3: Mark McCuley, Brian Liszcz, Barney Swank, Kenny
Robbins, John Kurtz, Theresa Trausch, Riann Boyer, John Kellogg, advisor
Elizabeth Taylor. MIssing from photo is Brandy Best.
EDON COMMERCIAL
70 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1944
Monday was auction day in Edon,
when two business places were sold
to the highest bidder. In the forenoon
about a hundred people assembled
to see the Heckman Bakery go under
the hammer. In the afternoon the TriState Hotel was knocked off to Mr.
and Mrs. Jay Ducat.
The War Food Administration fears
there will be a potato shortage next
spring, so its trying to retard the unusually rapid movement of potatoes
to market.
60 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1954
Mrs. Viola Farlee, 71, a resident
for the past few years of Pioneer,
died Sunday morning at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Harold Andrews,
of Waldron, Mich. She had been ill
for about a year.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson
celebrated their fortieth wedding
anniversary Friday, Nov. 26 with a
turkey dinner at Twin Gables in Columbia.
First reports coming in from the
County-wide Canvas on behalf of
CROP indicate that the interest of
the people of Williams County regarding the helping of devastated
peoples of the world is paramount.
50 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1964
Gary Oberlin and Gary Lesnet are
on a trip to Texas to visit Larry Buck
who is in the Air Force at Fort Bliss,
Texas. Larry will return home with
them.
40 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1974
John Von Allmen arrived home
last Tuesday from Germany where he
has spend three years and 8 months.
He was discharged from the Navy af-

ter serving four years. He will be going


to Western State College in Colorado
in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Williams and
family of Montpelier visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. Merwood Rhodes
Sunday afternoon in honor of Irene
Rhodes Birthday.
30 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1984
The Church of Christ, Angola, Ind.
was the setting of the wedding uniting Christy J. Moomaw and Kyle G.
Kilgallon of Toledo, on September 1,
1984.
Laura Ricketts and Gary Gearhart, together with their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ted Ricketts, Montpelier,
and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gearhart,
Blakeslee, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
Tim Kurtz, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Kurtz has made a 4.0 grade average for the fall quarter at Northwest
State Technical College, Archbold,
Ohio.
20 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1994
A total of 40 students from this
area are included in the 28th Annual
Edition of Whos Who Among Americas High School Students, 1993-94.
Shilo Christine Draime was born
Oct. 7, 1994 at 8:50 AM. The little
miss weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19
inches long.
10 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 2004
Old and young alike attended
the Edon Library Branch Christmas
Open House on Monday, December
6th where Santa stopped to visit the
children and each had the opportunity to take a picture with him.
The Locomotives from Montpelier
came to town last Tuesday night and
went home with a victory as they beat
our Bombers 52-48.

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Edon Elementary School


Edon Seniors Celebrate December Announces November Bomber
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Courtesy Club Members

MORE EDON AREA NEWS

PHOTO BY LUDINDA HELD-FAULHABER, STAFF

PHOTOS BY LUCINDA HELD-FAULHABER, STAFF

BOMBER COURTESY CLUB Students at Edon Northwest Elementary School


honored as Bomber Courtesy Club members for November 2014 included, from
left, front row: Aricin Rodriguez, Allyson Derck, Aiden Fritch, Braedyn Wehrle;
middle row: Katrionna Grimes, Lainee Wells, Kendol Brigle, Grant Reed, ShyannaLee Isbister and back row: Jessica Anderson, Nikkie Collins, Ashley Kaylor, David
Eitniear and Ashlin Rodriguez. Each student received a special certificate from
Principal Michelle Molargik and coupons good for cookie and ice cream treats at
Edon Schools Cafeteria.

HAPPY OCCASION Celebrating birthdays and anniversaries at Edon Senior


Center on Thursday, December 11, 2014 were Karl and Gretchen Mauerhan (60th
Wedding Anniversary) and Carl Holthues. St. Peters Lutheran Church hosted the
special day; musical entertainment was provided by the Edon High School Choir.
Site Manager Peggy McClaine would like to remind everyone that next months
birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated at the Center on Thursday, January
8, 2015.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT The Edon High School Choir, under the direction
of Mrs. Cathy Frastaci, provided musical entertainment for guests attending the
December Birthday and Anniversary celebration at Edon Senior Center. Following
the singing of our National Anthem and several enjoyable Christmas selections
including Carol of the Bells and Fum, Fum, Fum, Mrs. Frastaci led everyone in a
group sing-a-long of time-honored favorites Joy to the World, Silent Night, and We
Wish You a Merry Christmas to close the delightful program.

PHOTO PROVIDED

BOMBER COURTESY CLUB Adelyn


Hake.

PHOTO PROVIDED

BOMBER COURTESY CLUB Wyatt


Wheeler and Gabriel Trausch.

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WEEKLY COMMUNITY CALENDAR


DECEMBER 19TH - DECEMBER 25TH, 2014
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH


Wauseon Elementary 2nd Grade Awards - 1:45 PM

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Commercial - Farm - RV
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22ND


Montpelier Village Council Meeting - 6:00 PM

Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home


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Wauseon, OH 43567
419-335-6031

Fred & Dawn Stockburger


Owners

Grisier Funeral Home


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419-822-3121
Grisier Funeral Home
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Archbold, OH 43502
419-445-3551
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Oxender Family Honors


1988 North Central Library Club Memory Of Passed On Son
REFLECTIONS FROM PIONEERS PAST

LIBRARY CLUB ... Front: Cindy Feeney, Treasurer; Sally Dickinson, President; Sherry Schofield, Secretary; Roberta Oxender, Advisor. Middle:
Amanda Vance, Sherry Manley, Kevin Moon, Angie Heller, Pauline Hari.
Back: Chris Nelson, Lori Manley, Tammy Schofield, Tina Zuber. Not Pictured: Barb Garber, Vice President.

Pioneer Lions Club Sponsors Lions


International Peace Poster Contest

PHOTO BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

KEEPING THE MEMORY ALIVE ... From left to right: Kim and Kevin Oxender hold a
poster for Donate Life, an organ donation awareness charity, which features a picture of
their son, Kaleb McLaughlin. Kaleb, after his tragic death, gave his eyes, skin, bones,
and even his heart valves so that other could go on to live fruitful lives.

By T.J. Hug

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

PHOTO PROVIDED

PEACE POSTERS ... The Pioneer Lions Club sponsored the yearly Lions International
Peace Poster Contest. The contest is a wonderful opportunity for Lions Clubs to
work with youth in their community to stress the importance of peace, tolerance,
and international understanding. The contest encourages young people to think
about peace, creatively express what it means to them, and to share their own
unique visions with the world. The winners from North Central are (left to right)
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Lions Club member Barry Brown. Missing from the picture is Ariel Mormino (2nd
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

Trust in the Lord with all of your


heart and lean not on your own
understanding. In all your ways
acknowledge Him and He will direct
your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.
This was the favorite bible verse of
Kaleb McLaughlin.
Kaleb, a graduate from North
Central High School, suffered a tragic
fate on July 24, 2013, dying in an
auto accident. He was just twenty
days into his twentieth year. His loss
has impacted his family a great deal,
from his three siblings to his parents.
Its changed us all, Kevin Oxender,
Kalebs father, expressed.
Obviously, the grief from that day
will stay with them forever. But theres
more to it than that. Kalebs giving
spirit came on display at his funeral,
where total strangers to the family told
stories of how he had helped them,
even though he barely knew most of
them himself. That spirit found a way
to live on, as he is still helping others
to this day.
You see, Kaleb was an organ donor.
His eyes, skin, and bones were all
used to enrich the lives of others. While
his heart couldnt be used because he
died instantly, his heart valves were
given to someone as well.
Its a bittersweet experience, Kim
Oxender, Kalebs mother, stated about
organ donation.
Thats to be expected. While its great
to see ones own son live on through
others thanks to his selflessness, the
fact that he is no longer around has to
weigh heavily on them.
But it was organ donation that
gave them a new direction in life.
Seeing how Kalebs organs had helped
so many people led them to seek out
more information.
The more I learned about it, the
more on board I got, Kevin recalled.
Its simply amazing how it changes
someones life.
Even the funeral preparations
served as an education for organ
donation.
They treat you with such respect
and care, informed Kim.
Despite giving away his eyes and
skin, Kaleb was prepared in such a
way that he still appeared normal
during his ceremony. Kevin and Kim
were blown away by the whole process

of donation.
But being blown away wasnt
enough for the couple. They had to
play an active role.
Last July, the Oxenders organized a
memorial ride to raise money for organ
donation awareness, an event that
will occur annually. During the initial
run, 134 bikers stretched three and
a half miles as they traveled through
almost every town in Williams County,
beginning and ending in Pioneer.
The ride concluded with the caravan
passing Kalebs grave. The plan was
for just Kevin and Kim to stop at his
resting place as the rest of the riders
passed by. Instead, everyone stopped,
a great sign of respect for an admirable
young man.
We made a lot of friends that day,
Kevin said. And theyll all be back
next year.
This years run will take place on
July 11, and will involve a 5K run,
another ride down the same path, and
a car show. The Oxenders goal is to
double the amount of riders from the
previous year, and theyre confident
that goal will be met.
The Memorial Ride isnt their only
method of raising awareness on organ
donation, though. In fact, theyre
always looking for new ways to do so.
Thats how they came up with the
idea to try and have decals place on
the back of semi-trucks.
First, they contacted Donate Life
America, for permission to use their
symbol for the plan. After obtaining
that, they got in touch with David
Michael LLC. in Pioneer, and had him
use a vinyl printer to come up with
the design. Starting at the first of the
year, the Oxenders have a couple of
trucking companies they are looking
to approach about the project.
This movement isnt going anywhere
anytime soon, either. Kims greatest
fear is that her son will be forgotten,
though she certainly will never forget.
Every night I think about Kaleb.
Its a hole in your soul that will
never heal, added Kevin.
Neither one would change anything
if they had the chance, though.
Selfishly, I do want him back, Kim
admitted. But to take him from where
hes at now (heaven)? No.
Now that is trusting in the lord with
all your heart.
T.J. Hug can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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Montpelier Chamber Says


Santas Elf Spreads Joy For The Holidays
Goodbye To Buntain

CONTINUED FROM THE FRONT PAGE

JESUS IS THE REASON Above her fireplace, Melinda presents the reason for
the season with her hand-painted nativity scene.

PHOTOS BY HELEN ELKINS, STAFF

THE BIG ONE One of many Christmas trees in the


Richmond home, the main tree is grandly decorated
and displays the ceramic village beneath its branches.

painted herself. She also


gets Santa ornaments,
figurines, pictures, etc.
from family and friends.
Along with the Santa
collection, she also collects sleighs. She admits
that her first love is Santa,
but the sleigh is very important to her holiday traditions.
One Christmas, long
ago, while living in the
farmhouse, she heard the
sleigh bells and looked

north to see Santas sleigh


going across the sky.
Each December, as all
19 family members gather together in her home
to make their traditional
buckeyes, they hear the
sleigh bells. He flies over
each year to see whos
been naughty or nice,
Melinda explained.
Ive always heard the
sleigh bells around the
holidays, she added.
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she still believes in Santa,


she says, Yes, I have always believed and will
continue to believe.
Although she loves
and collects Santa, she
recognizes the source of
the holiday. The mantle
is the reason for the season, she said, referring
to the manger scene, one
she painted, which rests
above her fireplace.
For her, Christmas
combines the birth of Jesus, the One who gave
the ultimate gift, and the
story of St. Nicholas, who
sold everything he had to
give to the poor, sick, and
needy.
The reason she likes
Santa so much is because
of what he represents. He
gives gifts to the children
in need, Melinda said.
She enjoys giving gifts,
as well, especially homemade ones. To her, they
are much more personal.
Melinda starts making
gifts in January, sometimes 30 to 40, to give
to friends and family the
following Christmas. In
keeping with her Santa
collection, she paints four
new wooden Santa figures
each year, one for herself
and one for each of her
three children.
She loves to paint. She
paints on almost anything:
glass,
ceramic,
trays,
plates, etc. but her favorite is the wood cutouts,
which Marvin Blanchard
provides, and she even
takes painting classes at
the Blanchard home.
Along with her other
hobbies, Melinda makes,
paints, and decorates Putz
houses and always has a
village, ceramic or cardboard, under the Christmas tree.
Melinda is very generous to those she loves, but
her generosity and gift giving doesnt stop there. She
also makes and paints
little ornaments for guest
who stop by for a visit.
There is always a little
something for everyone.
Decorating the house
is another way to keep the
Richmond traditions alive
and show Christmas spirit. After the Thanksgiving
meal, several boxes come
down and decorations are
up within the week.
Her generous spirit
is mirrored in the abundance of holiday decorations adorning the house.
Several Christmas trees,
villages, sleighs, nativities, and Santa decorate
the Richmond home and
boast of a family who
cares. Christmas is a
stime to enjoy your family, said Melinda.
Inside and out, the
Richmond house pronounces that Christmas
is here and it will sbe
filled with good cheer.
Helen Elkins may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com.

10 - THE VILLAGE REPORTER - YOUR HOMETOWN NEWS SOURCE

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

CELEBRATING A CAREER ... Members of the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce gather


around Terry Buntain (Center) as she holds up a cake made to help wish her well in retirement. Buntain worked as the Executive Director for the Montpelier Chamber during
the last nine years, leaving some big shoes for her replacement to fill.

HONORING A LEGEND ... Here Buntain (left) receives a plaque from Montpelier Chamber of Commerce President Jeanette Hull (right) as a thank you to the former for all of
her hard work to help improve the Village of Montpelier.

By: T.J. Hug


THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The
Montpelier
Chamber
of
Commerces December meeting was the
last one to be attended by Terry Buntain,
at least in the role of Executive Director.
Serving nine years at the position,
Buntain had decided to retire months
ago. Waiting until the end of the year
to do so, she provided the Chamber
adequate time to find a replacement.
Her successor, Susan Gearhart, has
been training under her tutelage for
about a week.
Despite her insistence on no fanfare
related to her exit, the Chamber couldnt
let Buntain retire without properly
honoring her. After the conclusion of
the meeting, cake was brought out and
those in attendance had their choice
between chocolate or vanilla flavored
goodness.
Montpelier Superintendent Jamie
Grime spoke at the meeting, updating
the Chambers Board of Directors on
the happenings of the school. Of note,
he referenced a student from the district
who scored a 35 on the ACTs. The highest
possible score on the standardized test
.FR

is 36.
A lot of people think you have to go
to a private school to get that kind of
score, Grime stated. This shows that,
if youre willing to put in the work, you
can be just as successful in a public
school.
When the time came to elect new
officers for 2015, the board elected to
keep their officers the same. They did
add a position, however. Kellie Grey
will serve as the Chambers Financial
Officer, effective next year.
Several sponsors for next years
Bean Days Festival were announced
at the meeting as well. Among them,
Northwestern Electric is sponsoring a
Touchtone Balloon. Meanwhile, Bakers
Propane has committed to providing
all of the propane necessitated by the
event.
The meeting adjourned shortly after
these proclamations, ending a long run
of success by Buntain as Executive
Director. Even in her absence, her work
will surely continue to pave the way for
the achievements of the Chamber for
years to come.
T.J. Hug can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST


1949 Montpelier Varsity Football

VARSITY FOOTBALL ... Line: Bob Winzeler, Dick Houser, Fred Rupp, Ronnie Gray, Don Steike, Gerry Mullins, Bill Moshier. Backfield: Hobie Krouse,
Lyle Storrer, Lewie Mick, Larry Loghry.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

Montpelier Model Railroaders


The What Not Shop
Club Doing More Than Just
Looking At Toy Trains
Now Open In Montpelier

MORE MONTPELIER AREA NEWS

PHOTO BY CHELSIE FIRESTONE, STAFF

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING ... The What Not Shop located at 110 N. Jonesville
Street in Montpelier was officially welcomed by the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce
during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, December 8. The What Not Shop
has a little something, including vintage items and collectibles, for everyone on
your Christmas list. The shop is currently open Monday through Friday from 9:00
AM to 5:00 PM but is sometimes open later. Shown celebrating the opening of the
store are, from left, Kellie Gray (Holiday City Visitors Bureau), Susan Gearhart
(Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce), Lynne Wallace (owner), and Terry
Buntain (retiring Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce).

Susan Gearhart Brings Experience,


Drive, & Family Mentality To
Montpelier Chamber Of Commerce

PHOTO BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

DIRECTOR IN TRAINING ... Susan Gearhart notes the details from the December Montpelier Chamber of Commerce meeting as Terry Buntain is on hand to train her.

By: T.J. Hug


THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The
Montpelier
Chamber of Commerce
has
found
its
new
Executive Director.
We are pleased to
announce that Susan
Gearhart has accepted the
position as the Executive
Director for the Montpelier
Chamber of Commerce,
an announcement from
the Chamber stated.
Gearhart was chosen
from three finalists after
a committee put together
by the Chamber sifted
through several resumes.
The question of why she
stood out among the rest
would be a logical one.
She
brings
with
her
many
years
of
administrative
experience...
The
announcement continues.
This is most certainly
true. After a nineteen year
stint as the Fiscal Officer
of the Williams County
Health Department, where
she also worked with the
WIC Program, Gearhart
took a break from the
working world to enjoy

being a grandmother.
She eventually jumped
back into the workforce,
however,
accepting
a
job at Bell Engineering
Limited, which she held
for seven years. The time
then came to leave Bell, as
Gearhart decided to run
the books for her husband,
Dales business, Gearhart
Construction, which she
recently finished doing
after nine years on the job.
Already with a full
and accomplished career
behind her, what was it
that motivated Gearhart
to take the Executive
Directors position?
I needed a challenge.
And with a challenge
comes a reward. In this
case, the job itself gives
Gearhart
something
few other jobs could; a
say in how Montpeliers
downtown will be shaped.
Id love to be a part of
those decisions, she said.
This also played a part
in her getting the job.
...as well as a great
desire to continue the
positive mission of the
Montpelier
Chamber.
According to the Chamber

itself.
Gearhart has good
reason
to
desire
to
continue building a better
Montpelier.
Both Dale
and herself are natives of
the town, with Gearhart
growing up just outside
of the city limits. This has
lead to her having a lot
of contacts in the town,
something she feels will
play out in her favor.
One of the advantages
I have is that I know a lot of
the people in Montpelier,
stated Gearhart.
But the people she
cares about most in
Montpelier, or anywhere
for that matter, are her
two daughters, Alysha
Saneholtz
and
Dawn
Smith, who are both living
there. More importantly,
THEIR children live there,
making it easier to be a
grandmother once again.
Im extremely family
oriented,
Gearhart
admitted.
Because
family
is
so important to them,
Susan and Dale moved
from
Bryan
back
into
Montpelier
after
retiring from Gearhart
Construction. The former
often babysits her five
grandchildren and spend
a great deal of time with
them.
Theyre
my
life,
Gearhart proclaimed.
That family mentality,
along with her extensive
experience and drive to
help shape Montpeliers
future, will serve Gearhart
well as Executive Director.
As for the challenge she
was looking for, becoming
Director has presented
her with a massive one.
Ive got some big shoes
to fill, Gearhart said
of replacing soon to be
former Executive Director
Terry Buntain.
And she begins to fill
those shoes tomorrow.
T.J. Hug can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

CHECKING THINGS OVER ... A member of the Montpelier Track Side Modelers
examines each individual train car, making notes on each one.
By: T.J. Hug

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

With the holiday season


upon us, many tend to
reflect upon their favorite
memories of Christmas.
For some, that involves
finding a model railroad
under the tree. Children
and parents alike have
been known to spend
hours watching the toy
trains travel in circles
around their living rooms.
The Montpelier Track
Side Modelers do far more
than that. They promote
train history, inviting the
entire county into their
building,
which
they
rent from the Montpelier
Chamber of Commerce,
in order to educate people
on just how vital a role
the railroading industry
played in the development
of the villages and towns of
the area. They accomplish
this with their Reading,
Art, and History Program,
which is open to all ages, DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL ... The model city build
young and old.
around the Montpelier Track Side Modelers layout is
The
club,
founded detailed with precision and beauty. Theres even a
by Don Mahan, created button to make the lights on a police car flash.
the group, currently at
twenty-one members, so
entirety, without stopping, it will take
that people could share
their passion for railroading, both in them twenty minutes to complete their
the modeling and historical aspects. course.
Thats not what the Track Side
Today, the inner walls of the building
Modelers
do,
however.
At
least
are adorned with the history of Williams
not
commonly.
Instead,
they
run
County railroading. Former railroaders,
Operations,
a
new
caveat
to
the
model
as well as the families of those who
have passed, have recalled many a fond railroading hobby that allows those
controlling the trains to simulate real
memory while gazing at those walls.
Each member of the club has a locomotive activities. Portions of the
specific skill set that can be used to better Montpelier layout are interactive, as
their track, or layout as they refer to it. members of the club can load their train
Electricians, carpenters, technological cars with various materials in need of
experts, and artists all come together shipping. They then transport the goods
to create a truly impressive model to locations throughout the track.
Then theres Realistic Operations.
landscape for their trains to run through.
Oh yeah, Bible said enthusiastically.
This would get pricey, were the cost not
Its just like real railroading.
shared among the members.
Based off the simpler concept of
Model railroading as a whole can be
expensive, or cheap, depending on how Operations, Realistic Ops involves every
detailed one wants to get, as well as if person in attendance running their
there are others working with them. trains at the same time, each with their
Even the trains themselves have a broad own specific missions. A dispatcher
guides each railroad on their course,
price range.
It can be real expensive if you want attempting to ensure no collisions take
it to be, Randy Bible, of the Track Side place. This can be a tall order, though,
Modelers, informed.
and accidents do happen.
Indeed, people seriously into the idea
There is more to layouts than Ops,
of model railroading have been known to or even the enjoyment of club members.
spend as much as five-hundred dollars Roughly two years ago, the Track Side
just to get started. Thats not necessary, Modelers have also built a portable track,
however. A person could begin to build a which they take to the Bryan Hospital
collection for just one-hundred dollars. to entertain patients young and old. The
The brands with the best reputation are track can easily be transported from
Atlas and Kato.
room to room, and even floor to floor.
There are several scales of train Theyll be running it there on Christmas
available for purchase. The ideal size for Day this year, bringing holiday cheer to
building realistic scenery around is the those too sick to spend them at home.
1/87 scale. At that size, a large room can
Model railroading brings back old
provide a lot of track, and anything built memories for prior generations,whether
around that track will be small, but not
it be because they played with them in
to the point of sacrificing detail.
their childhood, or they worked for the
This is the case with the Montpelier
real railroads in their life. The hobby can
Track Side Modelers. With a track that
bring father and son together. It unites
runs the length of their huge room a few
people with a common passion.
times, and the width once, their layout is
It brings people together.
filled with lifelike details and humorous
The Montpelier Track Side Modelers
anecdotes along the way. Ore mines
will
have an open house and garage sale
with signs misspelled, in reference to the
spelling woes of early miners, businesses on February 7, from ten in the morning
built and named by members of the club, to six in the evening, and February 8,
and even hobos who are preparing to from one in the afternoon to five in the
eat a stolen pig line the path of passing evening.
trains.
T.J. Hug can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com
If those railroads run the track in its

THE VILLAGE REPORTER - YOUR HOMETOWN NEWS SOURCE - 11

West Unity Village Council Sets Rates Of Pay For 2015


By: Chelsie Firestone
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
After return from executive session
during the December 11 meeting of
the West Unity Village Council, council
approved both Ordinance 2014-14 and
Resolution 12-2014-15. The ordinance
establishes the ranges and rates of pay
of certain officers and employees of the
village while the resolution establishes
rates of pay within those ranges.
Rates of pay covered by the resolution
include:
Chief of Police, J.R. Jones:
$43,680.00 annually
Assistant Chief of Police, Dan
Fedderke: $35,000.00 annually
Full Time Police Department
Patrolman, Phil Fry: $33,306.00
annually
Full Time Police Department
Patrolman, Dylan Woods: $30,576.00

annually after probationary period is


met
Full Time Police Department
Patrolman/School Resource Officer,
Michael Polley: $32,760.00 annually
Maintenance Supervisor, Jim Eisel:
$19.00 per hour
Village Maintenance Person, Matt
Axford: $16.65 per hour
Village Maintenance Person, Taylor
Wheeler: $14.75 per hour
Village Fiscal Officer, Kim Grime:
$38,000.00 annually
Village Administrator, Ric Beals:
$43,680.00 annually
Deputy Clerk, Katie Baltosser:
$13.50 per hour
Both Matt Axford and Kaite Baltosser
addressed Council following passage
of the ordinance and the resolution,
thanking council for their generosity in
the rate increases. It was a sentiment

Frosty The Snowman Finds


New Home In West Unity

PHOTO BY MONICA SMITH, STAFF

A FRIENDLY FACE ... Thanks to the generosity of


the City of Bryan Chamber of Commerce, Frosty the
Snowman made the trek from Bryan to West Unity
in the back of a dump truck last week. Frosty is now
standing in Friendship Park in downtown West Unity,
sending Seasons Greetings to all who pass through!
By: T.J. Hug

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Those driving through


the main stripe of West
Unity may have noticed
something different in the
downtown area.
Thats
because
right across the street
from the village offices
stands a thirteen foot

tall snowman. Dubbed


Frosty, this snowman is
made of plastic, rather
than snow, and has a
huge smile painted across
his face. Though it could
be bigger.
Were thinking maybe
we should paint his face
wider next year, Ric Beals,
Village
Administrator,

proclaimed.
The
potential
alteration doesnt mean
Beals isnt happy with
Frosty, however. Quite
the opposite, actually.
Were just happy to
find him a home.
But how did Frosty
come to call West Unity
home?
It started at a WEDCO
meeting.
Beals was
speaking
with
Dan
Yahraus,
Executive
Director of the Bryan
Chamber of Commerce,
when the issue of Frosty
came up. The massive
decorative piece had been
in storage within the Ohio
Art building for a good
many years. Too many
years, apparently.
He was going to go to
Snowman Heaven if we
didnt take him. Beals
recalled.
Frostys time on this
earth wasnt yet finished,
however, as the Village
of West Unity did elect
to take him. It took the
entirety of the villages
dump truck bed to
haul him, but Frosty
successfully made the
trip from Bryan to his new
home town. His journey
has come to represent
something more than a
simple exchange, though.
This
is
another
example of all of us in the
county working together.
Stated Beals.
And isnt togetherness
what Christmas is all
about?
T.J. Hug can be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

echoed by Police Chief J.R. Jones,


Village Administrator Ric Beals, and
Fiscal Officer Kim Grime, whom all also
expressed their gratitude.
Also approved by council was an
exception to allow Assistant Police
Chief Dan Fedderke to roll over
unused vacation time from 2014 to
2015. Previous legislation allowed for
roll over of up to 40 hours. However,
unforeseen circumstances have not
allowed Fedderke to use his vacation
time throughout the year and council
is approving that an additional 25-40
hours of time, to be determined by Chief
of Police J.R. Jones and Fiscal Officer
Kim Grime, be allowed to rollover.
The contract with Village Solicitor
Ryan Thompson at his current rate of
$75 per hour was also unanimously
approved. Thompson indicated that
there is a strong loyalty and allegiance
between himself and the Village and
that he truly enjoys the opportunity to
work with the Village.
Other legislation approved during
the meeting included the solid waste
management plan update and revisions
to certain pages of the policies and
procedures manual.
During the meeting council also:
Learned that the 2014 Tree City
USA application has been submitted.
Heard that the big dump truck has
had the under carriage and dump bed
repainted.
Heard about the acquisition of
the Frosty the Snowman Christmas

Chelsie can be reached at


chelsie@thevillagereporter.com

WHAT WE READ YEARS AGO

HILLTOP 1998 SIBBS

SIBBS ... Row 1: Elishah King, Mrs. Smith, Ashley Smith. Row 2: Stephanie
Sauder, Samantha Bowers, Desiree Link, Katy Mavis, Elyse McGuire, Dunne
Masters. Row 3: Katrina Hartman, Jennifer Brenner, Kristin Goshorn, Megan
Kaullne, Cassie Hopkins, Emily Stuckey.
WEST UNITY REPORTER
130 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1884
The three year old son of William
Kerr pulled a kettle of boiling water
over himself and was so badly scalded
that he died within a few hours.
120 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1894
Superintendent of Census Porter
guesses the total population of the
United States and territories, excluding Alaska and Indian reservations, is
62,480,540.
Thomas Tally died November 9 at
his home at age 80.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. L. Kenney on
November 2, a daughter.
110 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1904
Mrs. Helen Warren started for a
visit with relatives in Pittsburgh and
Waynesburg, Pa.
M.R. Chandler and family are entertaining their cousins, Mrs. Henry
and daughter of San Antonio.
About 250 people were at the masquerade given by the Citizens Band
on Thursday.
Married November 29, Mr. Ernest
J. Bostater and Miss Nellie White.
100 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1914
Born to Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Oberlin
on November 24, a daughter.
Mr. Simon Short of Elmira and
Miss Emma King were married November 23.
Mrs. S.J. Kent has purchased Will
Sayers property on Church St.
90 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1924
Born to Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Walker
on November 28, a daughter.
Mr. Charlie Hanna of Evansport
and Miss Florence Jones were married
on November 24.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grimes of Pontiac, Mich., announce the birth of their
son on November 25.

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decoration from the City of Bryan.


Learned that the Village will begin
cutting trees for the winter. There are
44 trees currently on the list but most
are smaller trees that the Village will be
able to cut themselves.
Heard from Police Chief J.R. Jones
that the Police Department has been
working through the kinks of the
Spielman system and that he feels that
the system is a great system and worth
the investment put into it.
Received notification from Quadco
Rehabilitation Services that they are
cancelling their program The Ride.
Approved the splitting of a parcel
owned by D&B Colon Leasing.
Also discussed during the meeting
was the possibility of installing a traffic
light or four way stop at the intersection
of E. Jackson Street and Liberty Street.
The need for such a light has been
noted by both Jones and Beals as the
traffic, particularly between 3:00 and
4:00 PM, can become backed up for
several blocks. Beals noted that this
is an issue he will have to address with
the state and that he will investigate
this issue further.
There will be a special meeting of the
West Unity Village Council on Tuesday,
December 30th at 7:00 PM to conduct
year end business. The next regular
meeting of the West Unity Village
Council will be held on Thursday,
January 8 at 7:30 PM.

80 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1934
John Stahl and his wife are moving
to Alvordton.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs.
Ronald Logan on November 25.
December 3 will be the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Maynard DeGroff.
70 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1944
Elgie Green suffered a broken right
wrist while cranking and engine on his
combine.
Harold Altaffer who had been working for several years at the Woolen
Mills has resigned his place there and
on Monday commenced working at the
A&P Store in Bryan.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Greek
on November 3, a son.
60 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1954
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyers of Edon
will observe their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 28.
Richard Taylor will speak in front of
an audience at West Unity High School
about his experience in Greece this
past summer.
Eleven youths from Austria came
and visited Williams County to study
the American way of life.
50 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1964
After 56 years of barbering, Frank
Alleman has sold his shop at Alvordton
and will retire.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Klopfenstein
are the proud parents of a daughter
born November 8.
40 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1974
The West Unity American Legion
Post 669 will mark the 25th anniversary with a banquet followed by dancing.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald V. Jennings
will celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary on December 6.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

Wreaths Across America


Hilltop Elementary Recognizes Ceremonies In West Unity: A
Decembers Good Students Time To Honor & Remember

MORE WEST UNITY AREA NEWS

PHOTO PROVIDED

PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY KAYS, STAFF

GOOD STUDENTS ... Hilltop Elementarys December Good Student Award winners A CHILDHOOD FRIEND NOT FORGOTTEN Mr. Ron Hausch of West Unity places
are: (left to right Row 1: Landyn Clauson, Giada Rising, Korben Ames, and Maggie a wreath upon the gravesite of his childhood friend, Rodney Dale Wise, who fell in
Altman. Row 2: Jesus Guillen, Joseph Williams, Aiden Funkhouser, and Von Vietnam in 1969.
Ogden. Row 3: Braiden Bexten, Natalie Nofziger, Mason Siegel, Amber Burrows,
Chase Whitman, and Hannah Riley. Missing from photo: Tatym Beck and Myah
By: Timothy Kays
Higgins.

Hilltop Schools Honor


Students Of The Month

PHOTO PROVIDED

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ... Row 1: Autumn Jermeay, Johnnie Roth, Aubrey
Wyse, Katie Foster, Shelby Kuney, Austin Schaffner, Nash Kuney. Row 2: Adreyn
Yates, Sydni Rivera, Morgyn Siegel, Shanti Wyse, Skylar Butterfield, Zoi Bauer,
Cade Keefer, Chelsea Stickney.

Unity Antique Tractor Club


Donates To Food Pantry

PHOTO BY MONICA SMITH, STAFF

GENEROUS DONATIONS ... The Unity Antique Tractor Club meets on the first
Tuesday of each month in the West Unity Presbyterian Church. They are always
welcoming new members to join them. They recently made a donation to the West
Unity Food Pantry with funds raised. The West Unity Food Pantry is located in the
West Unity United Methodist Church. Presently supplies of some items are low and
they are always accepting donations. Some of the most needed items are: cereal,
toiletries, soups, boxed meals, canned meat and canned spaghetti. Presenting the
check on behalf of the club were Ed Gigax and Harold Carder. Jane Short accepted
the donation on behalf of the food pantry.

West Unity Seniors Celebrate


December Birthdays

PHOTO BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS ... Seniors celebrating their birthday this month are:
Front Row: Carmen Frazer (95). Back Row: Bob Hollstein (68), Diane Colon (80),
Doris Porath (83), Mary Hutchinson, and Alice Hollstein (62).

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Today, it stretches
from
coast-to-coast,
including West Unity,
Ohio, but according to the
Wreaths Across America
Organization, it all began
with a simple surplus,
and a powerful childhood
memory.
Morrill
Worcester,
owner
of
Worcester
Wreath
Company
of
Harrington, Maine, was a
12 year old paper boy for
the Bangor Daily News
when he won a trip to
Washington D.C. His first
trip to our nations capital
was one he would never
forget,
and
Arlington
National Cemetery made
an especially indelible
impression on him. This
experience followed him
throughout his life and
successful
career
in
business, reminding him
that his good fortune was
due, in large part, to the
values of this nation and
the Veterans who made
the ultimate sacrifice for
their country.
In 1992, Worcester
Wreath found themselves
with
a
surplus
of
wreaths nearing the end
of the holiday season.
Remembering his boyhood
experience at Arlington,
Worcester realized he had
an opportunity to honor
our countrys Veterans.
With the help of then
Maine Senator Olympia
Snowe,
arrangements
were made for the wreaths
to be placed at Arlington
in one of the older sections
of the cemetery, a section
which had been receiving
fewer visitors with each
passing year.
As
plans
were
underway, a number of
other individuals and
organizations
stepped
up to help. James Prout,
owner of local trucking
company Blue Bird Ranch,
Inc., generously provided
transportation all the way
to Virginia. Volunteers
from the local American
Legion and VFW Posts
gathered with members
of the community to
decorate each wreath with
traditional red, hand-tied
bows. Members of the
Maine State Society of
Washington, D.C. helped
to organize the wreathlaying, which included a
special ceremony at the
Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier.
The annual tribute
went on quietly for several
years, until 2005, when
a photo of the stones at
Arlington, adorned with
wreaths and covered in
snow, circulated around
the internet. Suddenly, the
project received national
attention. Thousands of
requests poured in from
all over the country from
people wanting to help
with Arlington, to emulate
the Arlington project at
their National and State
cemeteries, or to simply
share their stories and
thank Morrill Worcester
for honoring our nations
heroes. It is there that
the spotlight shifts from

GETTING STARTED Mike Frybarger welcomes


the volunteers to the 2014 Wreaths Across America
ceremonies.
the fields of white at
Arlington, to the small
Floral Grove Cemetery,
southeast of West Unity.
It is here that the baton
is passed from national
figure Morrill Worcester,
to an obscure truck driver
from West Unity by the
name of Mike Frybarger.
On
the
morning
of
December
13,
Wreaths Across America
ceremonies were taking
place in cemeteries across
the United States. Thanks
to Mike Frybarger, West
Unity has taken their place
alongside Arlington, and
other more famous cities
in honoring Americas
deceased veterans during
the Christmas season.
The ceremony began at
Floral Grove in 2012. Last
year was the first year
where we tried to cover
the whole cemetery, Mike
said. We were successful,
and amazingly, 40 or 50
people showed up in the
middle of all those bad
snow storms we had to
lay wreaths. We were
wading through at least
a foot of snow. Thats
the
commitment
that
these people and this
community has made to
do this. Im hoping that
it continues well past
when Im gone. Every
veteran in every cemetery
should have a wreath for
Christmas.
Although he volunteers
to
transport
wreaths,
Mike says, Im just
the volunteer for this
cemetery. He recalled
the
story
of
Morrill
Worcester, and noted
that the birthplace of
the movement and the
source of the initial
volunteers to lay wreaths
at Arlington, Harrington,
Maine, is a community
that is actually smaller
than West Unity. In the
first few years, Mike
recalled, they only did
it in recognized national
veterans cemeteries. In
2010, Morrill recognized
that there were more
veterans buried in little
cemeteries
like
this,
than in all the veterans

cemeteries combined. So
he opened it up. As long as
someone would volunteer
to be the coordinator
for a cemetery, get the
cemeterys
permission,
and
agree
to
have
a
ceremony
for
the
ceremonial wreaths, then
you can get wreaths for
any cemetery in the United
States. Mike stepped up,
and the program has been
carried forth in West Unity
ever since.
On this day, a group
of around 25 came out to
honor the veterans with
wreaths. For some, it was
an especially emotional
event, as in the case of
Mr. Ron Hausch of West
Unity. He paused to
reminisce while placing
a wreath upon the grave
of his childhood friend,
Rodney Wise. On February
6, 1969, Wise, who was
with the 5th Battalion,
60th Infantry Regiment/C
Company, was killed in
action defending a bridge
in the Long An Province of
Vietnam. When we were
growing up, Ron said,
he was my hunting and
fishing buddy. After he
died, I never went again.
It was kind of my hope
that getting it started
here in West Unity, Mike
added, that it would
spread to the other towns
around here. Im really
hoping that happens.
If people want to get in
touch with me, my phone
number
is
419-7999048, or my e-mail is
biotrucker@metalink.net.
A man has to be
strongly
dedicated
to
a cause in order to
publicly
publish
his
phone number and e-mail
address for all to see. No
one will question the level
of commitment of Mike
Frybarger.
The real question is,
who will take up the cause
and join him in honoring
the deceased veterans in
other cemeteries around
the area? Mike is awaiting
your call.
Timothy Kays can be reached at
tim@thevillagereporter.com

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Tension Evident Between Stryker Village Officials During Council Meeting


By: Chelsie Firestone
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Upon a motion for council to enter into
executive session during the December
8 council meeting, Stryker Village
Administrator Gary St. John voiced his
opinion that he believed that the executive
session did not meet legal criteria. The
purpose of the meeting was cited as
being for employee compensation and/or
hiring of a public employee. Specifically
the meeting was to at least partially be to
discuss the position of a zoning inspector,
whom would have duties currently held by
St. John.
Prior to the session St. John passed
out copies of the state laws regarding such
closed sessions to Mayor Daniel Hughes
and members of council and pointed out
that, with the discussion at least in part
dealing with St. Johns position, that he
was entitled to request a public session.
Hughes indicated that he was aware of the
laws, as he had received the laws from the
Auditor of State. He also indicated that St.
John was not aware of the entirety of the
need for executive session.
St. Johns request for public session
was denied and only Mayor Hughes
and council met during the 45 minute
executive session. Only Councilman Rick
Wityk voted against entering into the
session.
Upon return from the executive session,
council voted, with no further discussion,
to direct Mayor Hughes to begin the search
for a zoning inspector.
Issues involving the impending closing
of A. Schulman also brought tension
between the two village officials. Later in
the meeting St. John provided an update
regarding a meeting that had been held at
the plant. Phasing out of the plant is set
to begin in February, with the closing of
the plant to be complete by April. This
closing will result in the jobs of over 60

employees, averaging $20 per hour, to be


phased out.
St. John indicated that there is some
interest in the purchase of the building and
equipment for manufacturing use but also
criticized Mayor Hughes for not putting
together a task force to help deal with the
plants closing. In response to St. Johns
criticism, Mayor Hughes replied that he
had acted appropriately and asserted that
St. John needed to start communicating
with the Mayor directly, something that
Mayor Hughes indicated St. John has not
been doing for some time, as opposed to
making comments otherwise.
Comments from both Mayor Hughes
and St. John indicate that a break down
in communication has caused tension
and that repairs to the broken line of
communication are needed.
Stryker Police Chief Steven Schlosser
also addressed council during the
meeting, notifying council that he will be
soon vacationing in Texas and that he will
be exploring employment opportunities
in that state while he is there. Neither
council nor the mayor made response
to Schlossers notification nor took any
action.
A lack of funds within the department
was covered by Schlosser during his
report. Schlosser informed council that
illegal drug use is on the rise in Williams
County and that he feels his officers could
use more training on dealing with this
issue. He noted, however, that there are
not enough budgeted funds to pay officers
to take the training at Owens Community
College while they are off duty. Concerns
with budgeted funds also will play into the
possibility of police officers wearing body
cameras. While Schlosser noted support
for the cameras and that he will explore
costs, the amount of funds available
will determine whether or not the idea
of officers wearing cameras will come to

realization.
Additionally
during
the
meeting
Council:
Approved the closing of the village
office on Friday, December 26.
Agreed to postpone making about
six apartment buildings install separate
water meters for each apartment.
Chose to post pone creating an off
street parking area near the water plant.
The area behind village hall will instead
be cleared for tractor-trailer parking,
by permit, as opposed to expending the
$6000 it would have cost to create such
parking at the water plant.
Approved
increasing
employee
deductibles in response to a 26% rise in
Anthem health insurance costs in 2015.
Approved
the
2015
permanent
annual appropriation budget for a total
of $1,302,423. Council had heard earlier
from Fiscal Officer Beth Rediger that year to

date reports were showing that the Village


had spent approximately $10,000 more
than was received in revenue throughout
the year. She also indicated that the need
for unexpected replacement of several
pumps was a contributing factor.
Appointed attorney Ryan S. Thompson
as Village Solicitor for the sole purpose of
collecting municipal income taxes owed to
the village.
Discussed the need to offer shelter
to those in need during such events as
the recent power outage. Displeasure for
Toledo Edisons 24 hour delay in restoring
power was also discussed.
Approved the updated joint district
solid waste management plan.
The next meeting of the Stryker Village
Council will be held on Monday, January
12 at 7:00 PM.
Chelsie can be reached at
chelsie@thevillagereporter.com

Senior Citizens Enjoy Christmas


Tea Time At The Stryker Library

WHAT WE READ YEARS AGO

1970 Stryker Wrestling Team

PHOTO PROVIDED

The Stryker Branch Library held its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Tea on
Friday, December 12th. Guests were able to enjoy refreshments, delicious food,
door prizes, and special readings while listening to entertainment brought to them
by The Joyful Singers, from the Stryker Lutheran Church. The event was a time
of wonderful Christmas fellowship for all who attended.

MORE GENERAL AREA NEWS

Twenty-Nine Complete Registered


Nursing Program At NSCC

WRESTLING TEAM ... Kneeling: Opdyke, B. Perez, A. Perez, Buehrer, WIlliams,


J. Perez. Standing: Sigg, Meyers, Wonders, Huffman, Planson, Rangel, Wheeler.

STRYKER ADVANCE
110 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1904
Ulysses Haverfield left for Scotts,
Mich., for work.
Judge William Stubbs, who accidentally plunged headlong down
the basement stairs at his sons drug
store, died the following day without
regaining consciousness.
The new church at Beaver Creek
was dedicated on November 18.
T.H. Reynolds placed an ad for a
100 piece semi-porcelain dinner set for
$10.50.
Frederick Grisier, wife, and daughter Addie are comfortably settled in
their new home in Stryker. They moved
from the farm where they began married life 60 years ago.

Planson, E.A. Jacquin and B.F. Pessefall as appraisers for Stryker.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carpenter December 3, 1934, a son named
Stanley Carl.
70 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1944
The Marx Brothers Go West is in
theatres across the county.
A number of school mates held
a farewell party for Glenda Lou Alspaugh.
Stryker receives word that Santa
Claus will be stopping by early on
Christmas Eve at the Community Tree.
A 12 year-old Stryker youth was accidentally shot during target practice
and was fatally injured.

100 YEARS AGO


DECEMBER 1914
James Rataiczak won first in making an extemporaneous composition
outline in the rhetoric class.
Rev. C.H. Winter preached his farewell sermon and will leave for Cleveland.
Joseph Cramer has purchased the
farm of Gus Chappius.

60 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1954
Mrs. O.C. Kinnan has returned
from a visit with her son and his wife
in Miami, Fla.
Ed Morehouse and Andy Huffman
of Evansport were two lucky hunters,
each capturing a deer.
Major H.F. Mignerey and family
moved from Toledo to Columbus, Ind.
Alois Minarik died at age 69.

90 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1924
Jacob Henning died at his home on
November 17.
Fire caused $150,000 worth of
damage to the Louden department
store in Montpelier Sunday.

50 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1964
Mrs. Louise Mary Kemp, 75, died at
the Defiance Hospital.
Mrs. Amanda Mignerey was honored by family for her 92nd birthday.

80 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1934
A dinner was held in honor of Mrs.
Mary Garbers 72nd birthday on November 30.
County Auditor appoints Charles

40 YEARS AGO
DECEMBER 1974
Stryk-It-Off Tops club enjoyed a
Christmas party on December 15.
A bachelor of science degree in education was awarded to Mrs. Mary Ann
Bell at BGSU.

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PHOTOS PROVIDED

FULTON COUNTY ... (back row) Meagan Helmke, Braydon Meck, Jessica Wyse
(front row) and Chelsea Crowell.

WILLIAMS COUNTY ... (back row) Bridgette Botts, Andria Griser, Lindsey Ogden,
Crystal Anthony-Mills, (front row) Jasmine Britenriker, Jennifer Sanders and Sara
Millay.
ARCHBOLD,
OHIO

Twentynine students completing Northwest


State Community Colleges registered
nursing associate degree program were
recognized during a special ceremony.
Graduates are eligible to take the
National Council Licensure Exam and
enter directly into the workforce, or
they may transfer their credits into a
bachelors degree program.
The following area graduates were

recognized during the ceremony: Fulton


County: Chelsea Crowell (Wauseon),
Meagan Helmke (Archbold), Braydon
Meck (Archbold) and Jessica Wyse
(Metamora). Williams County: Crystal
Anthony-Mills (Bryan), Bridgette Botts
(Bryan), Jasmine Britenriker (Stryker),
Andria Griser (Stryker), Sara Millay
(Edon), Lindsey Ogden (Edon) and
Jennifer Sanders (Bryan).
INFORMATION PROVIDED

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

FA
Fayette Local Board Of Education Accepts Grants
Targeting The Start Of A School Archery Club

PHOTO BY TIMOTHY KAYS, STAFF

NEARING COMPLETION ... Located where the wind turbine once stood, the solar tracker at the Fayette School is
almost ready to go online.

By: Timothy Kays

THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Members of the Fayette


Local Board of Education
convened
in
regular
session on the evening of
December 8.
Superintendent
Erik Belcher reporter
on the progress of the
installation of the new
solar tracker. Installed in
the former location of the
wind turbine, the solar
tracker carries a large
panel
of
photovoltaic
cells.
Mr.
Belcher
reported that the Fayette
Class of 2015 came out to
inscribe their names into
the wet concrete of the
foundation. It is hoped
that the system will go
online before the end of
the year.
Mr.
Belcher
also
reported on the receipt
of two $2,500 grants
toward the formation
and equipping of a
new
Fayette
Archery
Club. The District also
received a $4,000 grant
toward
the
purchase
of
new
emergency
radio
communication
equipment.
The Board approved
the financial report from
November, 2014, and
accepted the following
donations:
$200.00
from
Fayette Feed Mill for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$200.00 from Liechty
Farm Equipment for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$150.00 from Powers
Show Stock for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$100.00
from
Precision
Drainage
Systems, LLC for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$100.00 from May
Day Welding for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$100.00
from
C.
Phillips
Plumbing
&
Heating LLC for FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$100.00 from TriCounty Repair, Inc. for
FFA Leadership Night
T-shirts
$50.00 from AOB
Shorthorns
for
FFA
Leadership Night T-shirts
$25.00
from
Wauseon Machine and

Manufacturing for FFA


Leadership Night T-shirts
$250.00 from Fayette
FFA Alumni to the Varsity
Cheerleaders for the Hog
Roast Dinner.
$228.00 from True
North Church to pay for
the students reduced
lunches for December
2014.
The Board approved
the Elementary Student
Council budget for fiscal
year 2015 of $1,322.00
in proposed revenue and
$980.00
in
proposed
expenses,
and
gave
their consent to Dylan
Stannard to participate
in the Ohio Association of
Track and Cross Country
Coaches Indoor Track
Season.
In
decisions
referencing
personnel,
the Board agreed to
rescind Motion 14-178,
providing for a three year
contract of 194 days for
Becky Short at $220 per
day,
beginning
fiscal
year 2015, as outlined in
the November 11, 2014
regular meeting. In its
place, the Board opted
to approve a three year
contract of 194 days for
Ms. Short, effective July
1, 2015 through June 30,
2018, and with a salary of
$220 per diem beginning
November 1, 2014.
The
Board
also
approved Ruby Leininger,
Amy
Mitchell
and
Aaron Hylander
as a
volunteer
Elementary
Student Council Advisors
for fiscal year 2015.
Michelle Becker, Anne
Merillat, Pam Hibbard,
Rhea Harris, Jonathon
Boesger, Connie Nicolen,
Mary Colegrove, Nicole
Boyd, Ruth Hutchison,
and Sue Schaffner were
approved by the Board
as classroom volunteers,
pending
appropriate
reference and background
checks.
Looking
ahead
to the January Reorganizational meeting,
the Board agreed to
name Kirk Keiser as
president
Pro-Tempore
for the Organizational
Meeting on January 12,
2015 at 6:45, with the

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

regular Board meeting to


immediately follow.
The Board approved
Hospital
Purchasing
Service as a service
provider by purchasing
products for the cafeteria
through Gordon Food
Service for purchasing
power advantage.
The Board gave their
consent to the Adult
Volleyball Program, with
Paula Bird as League
Coordinator, to be held
Wednesday
evenings,
beginning November 1,
2014 through March,
2015. District Treasurer
Ms.
Kelly
Bentley
will be charged with
the
responsibility
of
providing for the fiscal
responsibilities for the
league
through
the
district.
The
Board
agreed
upon
a
resolution
declaring it necessary to
levy a renewal tax of .75
mill for the purpose of the
current expenses of The
Normal Memorial Library,
Revised Code, Section.
5705.23.
The Board approved
the calendar year 2015
membership of the Ohio
School Board Association
(OSBA) in the amount
of
$3,160.00,
which
includes an electronic
copy
of
the
OSBA
Briefcase
subscription
for board members and
administration.
The

Board also agreed to


enter into an agreement
with
State
of
Ohio
Department of Natural
Resources
Division
of Wildlife to provide
archery shooting sports
educational
programs,
and to receive a grant
amount of $2,500.00
each
for
both
high
school and elementary to
purchase equipment and
materials. Mr. Belcher

publically
thanked
Mr.
Nate
Johnson,
the
Superintendent
of the Stryker Local
School
District,
for
his
assistance
and
involvement. Mr. Johnson
was
instrumental
in
beginning the archery
program in the Stryker
School District, and their
program is now sending
team
members
deep
through the postseason

tournaments, and all the


way to the Nationals.
Finally, the Board
agreed to a five year
contract
with
Pepsi
Beverages
Company
beginning January 1,
2015, and also adopted
the
updated
polices
provided by Neola for
December, 2014.
Timothy Kays can be reached at
tim@thevillagereporter.com

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1935 FAYETTE STUDENT COUNCIL

STUDENT COUNCIL ... Members: President Dorothea Walls, Vice President


Wayne DLamater, Secretary and Treasurer Ardis Lester, Jean Zigler, Virginia Kline, Arlo Stoner, Mildred Bennett, Sylvan Waldfogel, Advisor C.D.
Cotterman.

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they sometimes feel very powerless to help.
Depression however is one of the most treatable diseases. At FulCare Behavioral Health, we
offer comprehensive levels of care for both adult and geriatric patients in a safe and comfortable
setting. Our services include:
Geriatric Inpatient
Geriatric Intensive Outpatient
Medication Management

Adult Outpatient Counseling


Adult Partial Hospitalization
Adult Intensive Outpatient

We even offer a free initial consultation to discuss the many treatment options available to
you. Contact FulCare at 419-337-8661 and make that first step in putting the pieces of your life
back together and get your life back in balance.

FulCare
Behavioral Health

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ounty

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Completing the circle of care

Formerly the Fulton Stress Unit

Geriatric Inpatient Behavioral Health Adult Outpatient


Geriatric Intensive Outpatient

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Wauseon Teen Joins Fayette
Church For Mexican Mission Trip Wauseon Board Of Education

DOING GOOD WORK ... Wauseons Ashleigh Allison poses with her mission-mates
during a trip to Mexico last year.
By: Tammy Allison
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
When Ashleigh Allison of Wauseon
boarded an airplane en route for the
Philippines in March of 2009, she had no
way of knowing that not only would she
be bringing back her younger brother
but also a heart on fire for missions. As
a fifth grader at the time, Ashleigh was
exposed to third world poverty that many
people never witness their entire life.
Miles traveled through the Philippines
opened her eyes to a world far different
from rural Wauseonyoung children
bathed in dirty rivers, trash littered
busy streets, and orphanages filled with
children were waiting for permanent
families.
Ashleigh returned from that trip with
more than a new brother. She now had
a firsthand awareness of the true needs
in other parts of the world. Ashleigh
became involved with the missions
committee at her church, The First
Church of God in Wauseon. Last year,
she organized a youth letter writing
project with area youth groups affiliated
with the area Church of God churches
so that children attending the Church
of God in the Philippines would receive

letters of love, concern, and support


following a devastating typhoon.
Earlier this year, her family learned
of an opportunity of a local mission
trip to Mexico with the Fayette United
Methodist Church. Ashleigh updated
her passport and prepared for the
experience of a lifetime. On November 12,
she boarded a plane headed to McAllen,
Texas and joined a team comprised of
fifteen other mission minded individuals
including doctors, nurses, pastors,
youth, pharmacists, and individuals
willing to assist however they were
needed. The Fayette United Methodist
Church participates in this mission
trip annually. It is organized through
the West Ohio Methodist Conference
along with the Ohio Health and the
Oriental Conference of the Mexican
Methodist Church to assist the citizens
of Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. The shortterm mission trip lasted five days and
consisted of two days of travel and setup and three days of mission service.
This mission allowed those attending
the opportunity to foster Christian
understanding, give medical care, and
witness firsthand the living conditions
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Wauseon Virtual Academy Teacher


Announces Updates To The Academy
Wauseon Virtual Academy Teacher
and Coordinator, Mr. Mark Britsch,
recently updated the Wauseon Board
of Education on the implementation of
the WVA. Community members may
recall that the start-up funding for the
academy, including laptops, furniture
and coursework licensing, was funded
by an ODE Straight Grant in 2014.
Highlights
of
Mr.
Britschs
Presentation of the Academy as of
December 2014:
There are currently 22 full-time
students enrolled in Wauseons Virtual
Academy as Wauseon Exempted Village
Students.
There are 31 students who are
finishing graduation requirements or
taking credit recovery courses through
WVA using GradPoint.

106 WHS Students are enrolled in


ACT Preparation Courses through the
virtual academy.
Starting in the 2015-2016 school
year, Wauseon High School students
that receive WHS guidance counselor
approval may enroll in one WVA online
elective course. These courses are
electives that we currently do not offer
at WHS. Students must be making
satisfactory progress toward graduation
requirements to be approved by their
guidance counselor.
WVA has office hours during the
WHS periods 2nd, 3rd and 6th. Mr.
Britschs office hours are held in WHS
Room 601.
Additional information about the
Wauseon Virtual Academy is available
at the WVA Website.

REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST


1973 Wauseon Chief Staff

PHOTOS BY SHAR DIMICK

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ... Sandra Griggs with perfect-score third-grader,


Maria Shema and Principal Theresa Vietmeier.

PERFECT SCORE ... Sandra Griggs with perfect-score third-grader, Emily Bailey
and Principal Theresa Vietmeier.
performance range (432-505). She
also said that the school average score
was 414 while state average was 405.
Wauseons passage rate was 68% for the
first administration of the tests and the
state average was 57%. Students will
have a chance to take the test again in
the spring.
In other business, the board:
Approved a resolution to authorize
the sale of the property on 717 Burr
Road, Wauseon, OH (approximately
16.39 acres) at public auction after
giving at least thirty-days notice of the
sale in the newspaper.
Approved a resolution to accept
Browns resignation as superintendent
for
retirement
purposes
effective
December 31, 2014 and rehired as
superintendent beginning January 5,
2015 through January 4, 2020.
Approved a resolution to accept
the resignation of Karen Dameron
as treasurer for retirement purposes
effective July 31, 2015 and a public
notice will appear in newspapers

announcing a public hearing to be


held January 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM at
the Board of Education to consider
Damerons reemployment as treasurer
subsequent to her retirement.
Made motions to accept the
resignation for retirement purposes
of Marleen Roth, EMIS coordinator,
effective February 28, 2015 and of
Malinda Dunbar, teacher, effective May
31, 2015.
Commended students Alex Wagler
and Grace Wagler for their participation
in the Archbold Community Theater
production of Miracle on 34th Street.
Moved to hold the 2015 Wauseon
Exempted Village Board of Education
Organizational Meeting on January 12,
2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Heard reports from the building
principals, from Mark Britsch regarding
the Wauseon Virtual Academy and from
FFA students regarding their recent trip
to the FFA National Convention.
Shar may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

Celebrate The Christmas Season


With A Make & Take Craft Day
WAUSEONCelebrate the Christmas
season and your first day off of school
with a Make & Take Candy Cane Reindeer
Craft Day on Monday, December 22 from
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Wauseon
Public Library. The Make & Take Craft
Day is free and open to everyone, both
the young and the young at heart. All

craft supplies will be provided by the


library.
For more information on the Candy
Cane Reindeer Make & Take Craft Day,
email the Wauseon Public Library at
amy.murphy@oplin.org or call 419-3356626.
INFORMATION PROVIDED

Wauseon Library Announces


Christmas Holiday Closures
WAUSEONIn honor
of the Christmas season,

CHIEF STAFF ... Front: Amy Dielman, Sue Wood. Seated in Car: Jo Strayer, Allison Schied, Cindy Schroeder, Jody Hoeffel. Standing: Tom Orth, Mr. Schneider,
Beth Goldsmith, Susie Cramer, Cindy Ritticher, Vickie Friess, Debbie Waldeck, Patty
Jackson.

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the
Wauseon
Library will be

Public
closed

on
Wednesday
and
Thursday, December 2425. The library will reopen
at its regular time of 10:00
a.m. on December 26.
For
New
Years,
the
Wauseon
Public
Library will be closed
on
Wednesday
and
Thursday, December 31January 1. The library
will reopen at its regular
time of 10:00 a.m. on
January 2.
INFORMATION PROVIDED

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

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Wauseons First Annual Casino Night: A Party With A Powerful Purpose

PHOTO PROVIDED

THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING ... Nothing but smiles were to be seen as the first annual
Casino Night Gala kicked off at Founders Hall. Reservations for Casino Night 2015 are
filling up rapidly.

staff have had children who


By: Timothy Kays
THE VILLAGE REPORTER began using the services
of Saras Garden, making
Whatsoever
your
the
fundraising
drive
hand finds to do, do it
more than just a special
with all your might ~
project its personal.
Ecclesiastes 9:10
I wanted to do some
When Don Hayati and
sort of formal fundraiser,
Becky Coopshaw of Dons
Becky
continued.
We
Automotive Group decide
decided to do the Casino
to do something, they dont
Night. The Toledo Auto
go about it half-way. When
Dealers Association do it
they get involved, theyre
in Toledo, and they raise
all in for the project a
money, so we ran with the
suitable term for their first
idea. It was a really good
annual Casino Night Gala
turnout. We had almost
to benefit Saras Garden in
250 people for the first year,
Wauseon.
primarily from businesses,
Saras Garden is the only
some local and some out
not-for-profit organization
of the area. They all came
in the United States
and either bought tables,
that
offers
hyperbaric
or purchased individual
oxygen therapy, conductive
tickets.
education, autism
The event cost was
intervention and sensory
$75.00 for an individual,
integration
services
with a table of eight price
all under one roof. Their
set at $550.00. Only the
handicap
accessible
finest local facility would
playground project was
be suited for an event
to be the recipient of the
of this caliber, which is
proceeds of the Casino
why Founders Hall at
Night Gala of November 7.
the Sauder Village in
This last January,
Archbold was selected to
I went to Don with the
host the gala. Dcor was
idea that I wanted to do
equally important, and
something different than
it was provided by Ryan
anything else in Fulton
Colegrove
of
Fayette,
County, said Becky. I
whose talents effectively
selected Saras Garden,
transformed
Founders
because
its
a
good
Hall into a Las Vegas
organization. Since that
venue. Guests for the
time, two members of the
evening arrived in semiDons Automotive Group

formal garb for the event,


which included appetizers,
dinner and dessert, two
adult beverages, and sodas
and water, with a silent
auction, dancing, and an
active casino later in the
evening. Wagers for the
casino games, including
the slot machines, were
placed using chips, which
were supplied as part of
the admission price. A
cash bar was available, as
were additional chips for a
donation to Saras Garden.
For meeting certain
donation levels, special
recognitions were given.
Gold
table
partners
contributed $1,200, and
included the Pettisville
Grain
Company,
the
PNC Bank and Complete
Wireless. For donations
of $720, the title of Silver
Prize Partner was awarded.
Those
attaining
that
level included Schuette
Construction and Snider
Playgrounds. The Henry
County Bank earned the
title of Bronze Meal Partner
with donations totaling
$360,
and
additional
thanks were made to
Archbold Container, the
Archbold
Community
Theatre, Cars.Com, and
Ryan Colegrove.
Between the ending
of the dinner and the

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Montpelier Exempted Village Board


Of Education Prepares For 2015
By: Timothy Kays
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Montpelier Exempted Village
Board of Education convened on the
evening of December 11 for their final
regular session for calendar year 2014.
Elementary Principal Lance Thorp
reported that the grades 3-6 staff
were given a half day for professional
development under the tutelage of the
Northwest Ohio Education Service
Center, with a focus on sharpening
their knowledge of available technology.
NWOCA
educational
technologist,
John Mansell-Playdell, came in on
December 9 to present all teachers
with information regarding the Next
Generation assessments.
High School Principal Su Thorp
reported that the school will be hosting
an American Red Cross blood drive on
January 30, 2015, with a goal of 50
pints. Should that goal be attained, the
American Red Cross will contribute a
$350 scholarship for a member of the
Class of 2015. Eligibility for donation
begins at age 16, with parental consent.
Contact the school for more information.
Moving into the business portion of
the agenda, the Board moved to approve
the financial statements, donations and
investments as they were presented.
The donations included $250.00 from
Rings Pharmacy and $50.00 from Cool
Beanz to Locomotion; $20.00 from
Edon High School to the Choir, and
$265.00 from Hammer Athletics to
the Athletic Department. The Board
approved modifications to permanent
appropriations, and gave their consent
to allow the CFO/Treasurer to request
the County Budget Commission make
changes to the Amended Certificate.
The Board added Alisha Nye to the
substitute teacher list for the 2014-2015
school year, and awarded supplemental
contracts for the 2014-2015 school year
to Raya Fackler as Entry Year Mentor,
and David Apple, Blayne Bible and
Anthony Coleman as Winter Weight
Room Coordinators.
The Board added Daniel Stuckey to
the substitute bus driver list for the
2014-2015 school year, approved the
graduate hours for Stephanie Friend for

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014

the 2014-2015 school year, and brought


aboard Dan Hand as a volunteer
wrestling coach for the 2014-2015
school year.
The
Board
entered
a
busy
miscellaneous business section of the
agenda, agreeing to the revision of
Board of Education policy referencing
school safety, as well as a resolution
proclaiming January 2015 as School
Board Recognition Month, and the
cafeteria prepaid funds policy.
The Board approved the Board of
Education meeting schedule for 2015;
the reappointment of Roger Thorp
to a seven-year term as a Montpelier
Public Library Board Trustee beginning
January 1, 2015, and three overnight
trips during the 2014-2015 season for
the Montpelier High and Junior High
School wrestling teams.
The Board agreed to the revised
Government Semester Exam for the
2014-2015 school year, and agreed that
the Food Service fund be charged 1.65%
for utilities during the 2014-2015 school
year.
Finally, the Board approved the
proposal with Sammy L. Stamm &
Company in preparing the Districts
cash basis annual report for fiscal years
ending June 30, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Looking forward to 2015, the
Board agreed to schedule the annual
organizational meeting for January 13,
2015 at 4:45 p.m., with the regular
meeting immediately following. Larry
Martin was named as the president protem for the organizational meeting.
Prior to retiring into executive session,
the Board recognized eight elementary
students that were nominated by their
teachers for exemplary performance.
Those students were:
Katelin Shadbolt - Kindergarten
Katelyn Musser - First Grade
Kelsie Bumb - Second Grade
Aleigha Hillard - Second Grade
Damian Gipple - Third Grade
Ella Miller - Fourth Grade
Krista Phongphiou - fifth Grade
Tristen Bexten - Sixth Grade
Timothy Kays can be reached at
tim@thevillagereporter.com

opening of the casino floor,


a program dedicated to the
star of the event, Saras
Garden, was presented.
One of those who came
to the podium to address
the attendees was Becky
Coopshaw, whose speech
gave the audience an
insight into the work of
Saras Garden
Exactly one year ago, I
first heard about the plans
for a handicap accessible
playground
at
Saras
Garden. My initial thoughts
were, Wow, what a great
project. I had no idea how
much my heart would grow
for this project as well as
the people involved. Before
Matt (Rychener - CEO and
Executive Director of Saras
Garden, and the brother
of Sara Joy Rychener
Burkholder, for whom the
organization is named) and
Kevin (Stamm - Director
of Development for Saras
Garden) come up to share,
I would like to share with
you some of the things I
have learned about Saras
Garden and the amazing
people that are a part of
this organization.
Hope, Help and Healing.
What do these three words
mean to you? To most of
us in this room we dont
typically think of these
words together. The idea of
this night started over nine
months ago, and during
these last months, I have
visited with families that
use one or all of Saras
Gardens facilities. During
our
conversations,
Ive
noticed these three words
are spoken each time. So I
wanted to figure out, what
do these three words really
represent? What do they
mean to these families?
HOPE:
By definition
hope is a feeling of
expectation and desire for a
certain thing to happen. A
feeling of trust.
Each of us hope for
certain things everyday
in our life, but do we hope
for miracles? Some of the
families at Saras Garden
move across the country,
hoping for a miracle, and
putting their trust in Saras
Garden. As one mother
states Each small bit of
improvement is a miracle.
Another parent says Im
living a miracle.
A few weeks ago I had
the privilege to meet an
amazing nine year old boy
named Cole. Cole was in
a near drowning accident
when he was younger.
All the doctors said there
was no hope for Cole, but
Saras Garden gave Cole
and his family hope. They
left Alabama and moved to
Wauseon, which they now
call home. Everyday Saras
Garden gives hope to men,
women, and children from
all across the United States.
HELP: Help is defined
as making it easier for
someone to do something
by offering ones services
or resources.
Saras Garden is the
only
nonprofit
center
in the United States to
provide Hyperbaric Oxygen
Therapy,
Conductive
Education,
Autism
Intervention and Sensory
Integration services all in
one facility. They have been
able to help children and
adults with disabilities and
conditions develop, grow
and achieve independence,
more than they were told
possible.
HEALING: By definition
healing is the process of
making or becoming sound
or healthy again.
Saras Garden provides
healing every day. Some
children have been told
they would never walk, talk
or eat on their own. With
the help and dedication of
Saras Garden staff these
children are healing and
have hope.
During my visit with
Cole, his family wanted
to show me how he has
learned to sit on his own.
Cole was overcome with
excitement that he was able
to do this and show me. He
sat much longer than his
mother expected and the
whole time with the biggest
smile on his face. This is
just one example of all the
healing that happens.
On March 15, 2002 Sara

Joy Rychener Burkholder


passed away shortly after
giving birth to her son,
Jackson David. Through
the tragedy of Saras death
she has brought hope,
help and healing to many
families. Hope, Help and
Healing.
Cole is not able to say
these three words yet, but
Cole did speak during my
visit. While still sitting on
his bench he turned to his
aunt and said I LOVE
YOU. Those are Coles
three words. That is Coles
miracle.
Over the last year I
have seen the miracles
and impact Saras Garden
has made on numerous
lives. I have gotten to know
the staff and their hearts
for these families and
individuals. Sara always
wanted to be a teacher. I
believe she is teaching
many people each day
that there is hope, help
and healing. I encourage
each of you tonight to think
about your part in making
the miracles continue.
CEO and Executive
Director of Saras Garden,
Matt Rychener, came to
the podium. In speaking
of his sister, and her
namesake organization
that came to be after her
untimely passing, he said,
Its very humbling and
overwhelming that God can
use a tragedy like Saras
death as an opportunity to
treat, serve, and witness to
families from all over the
country.
Perhaps
nobody
described the attendees
better, and clearly defined
the purpose of the evening
better than the Director
of Development for Saras
Garden, Kevin Stamm.
While it is true that the
attendees were all aware
that they were attending
a spectacular fundraising
event, in his tour of duty at
the podium, Kevin spoke
directly to the hearts of
the attendees to say that
they were more than just
participants, saying
If you dont remember
anything else from tonight
please remember this: It
takes a special person to
give up a Saturday Night
to help raise money for a
playground for families you
will never meet or hear the
words thank you from.
But you have no idea
how many lives you are
making a positive impact
on by being here tonight.
I dont use the word
hero very often. In fact I
generally reserve it for the
brave men and women
who have served and are
currently serving in the
United States military. I
have also used the term
hero to describe a mom
who left everything behind
in Jackson, Alabama, and
moved 14 hours north to
Wauseon to help her son
defy the odds and prove
the doctors wrong. That
mom, who has always

been a hero to the son, is


now a hero to thousands
who have come across her
story and journey, directly
or indirectly.
And tonight, I use the
word hero to describe all
of you. You gave up a
Saturday night to be here
to help raise money for a
playground for families
you will never meet. They
will never be able to put
your name or face with
that playground. But thats
the beautiful thing about
a hero...heroes dont care
who gets the credit. Heroes
get the job done.
On behalf of the Board of
Directors, Administration,
staff, students, and families
of Saras Garden and New
Horizons Academy...thank
you. Thank you for giving
up this Saturday night.
Thank you for being a hero.
In total, over $10,000
was raised on Casino Night
towards the Saras Garden
handicap
accessible
playground project. Yes,
that amount is indicative
of a smashing success, but
there is another indicator
of success that transcends
the very impressive dollars
and cents totals.
What better way is there
to tell you that you are onto
something big, than to have
attendees
congratulate
you for a job well done,
then inquire about getting
reservations in for Casino
Night
in
2015while
Casino Night 2014 is still
in progress? The synergy
created by Don Hayati and
Becky Coopshaw, with the
artistic decorum of Ryan
Colegrove, all set in the
elegance that is Founders
Hall, made for a first rate
evening of entertainment.
Without the need to
travel to Toledo, Detroit
of Las Vegas, attendees
got the best of all three
in Archbold, Ohio, and
benefitted a superb cause
in the processsomething
that the aforementioned
venues would be unable to
do.
By
the
way,
the
inquiries into Casino Night
2015 have already began
to become reservations.
On November 7, 2015,
Founders Hall in Archbold
will once again be the site
for what may well be the
years premier event that
puts the fun in fundraising
in Northwestern Ohio.
For information, or
to make corporate or
individual
reservations
for Casino Night 2015,
call Becky Coopshaw at
419-337-3010, or e-mail
her
at
b.coopshaw@
donsautogroup.com,
without delay.
Seriously how many
other events do you know of
in Northwest Ohio that are
filling up their reservations
a year in advance? That
alone
speaks
volumes
about what awaits next
November!
Timothy Kays can be reached at
tim@thevillagereporter.com

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More Than 65,000 Deer Checked During


Ohios 2014 Week-Long Gun Hunting Season
COLUMBUS, OH Hunters checked 65,485 whitetailed deer during Ohios 2014 gun hunting season,
Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR).
Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were
allowed during Ohios deer-gun season. Gun hunters
took advantage of the new opportunity and checked
5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles.
Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all
2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the
same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer
during the 2013 deer-gun season.
Until recently, the populations in nearly all of
Ohios counties were above their target numbers.
In the last few years, through increased harvests,
dramatic strides have been made in many counties to
bring those populations closer toward their goal, and
the effectiveness of these herd management efforts are
reflected in the number of deer checked this season.
Once a countys deer population is near goal, harvest
regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.
Counties reporting the highest number of checked
deer during the 2014 gun season: Coshocton (2,308),
Muskingum (2,084), Tuscarawas (2,074), Guernsey
(1,788), Ashtabula (1,730), Knox (1,727), Licking
(1,655), Harrison (1,491), Carroll (1,477) and Belmont
(1,428).
Hunting is the best and most effective management
tool for maintaining Ohios healthy deer population.
During the 2013-2014 hunting season, Ohio hunters
checked 191,459 deer. Ohio ranks fifth nationally
in resident hunters and 11th in the number of
jobs associated with hunting-related industries.
Hunting has a more than $853 million economic
impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel,
food, lodging and more, according to the National
Shooting Sports Foundations Hunting in America:
An Economic Force for Conservation<http://
www.nssf.org/PDF/research/HuntingInAmerica_
EconomicForceForConservation.pdf> publication.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed
to properly managing Ohios deer populations through
a combination of regulatory and programmatic
changes. The goal of Ohios Deer Management
Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes
recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts
with landowners and motorists. This ensures that
Ohios deer herd is maintained at a level that is both
acceptable to most, and biologically sound.
Find more information about deer hunting

in the Ohio 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping


Regulations
at
<http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/
huntingandtrappingregulations> or at wildohio.
gov<http://www.wildohio.gov/>. An updated deer
harvest report at <http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/
hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/huntingresources-by-species/deer/deer-harvest-yearlycomparison> is posted online each Wednesday.
Archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb.
1, 2015. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 2-5, 2015.
Ohios first modern day deer-gun season opened
in 1943 in three counties, and hunters harvested 168
deer. Deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties in
1956, and hunters harvested 3,911 deer during that
one-week season.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and
protection of our natural resources for the benefit of
all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov<http://
www.ohiodnr.gov/>.
A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters
during week-long 2014 deer-gun hunting season is
shown below. The first number following the countys
name shows the harvest numbers for 2014, and the
2013 numbers are in parentheses.
Adams: 1,134 (1,343); Allen: 348 (380); Ashland:
1,160 (1,162); Ashtabula: 1,730 (2,334); Athens:
1,360 (1,745); Auglaize: 278 (299); Belmont: 1,428
(1,851); Brown: 940 (932); Butler: 308 (312); Carroll:
1,477 (2,019); Champaign: 434 (414); Clark: 195
(198); Clermont: 685 (667); Clinton: 285 (250);
Columbiana: 1,245 (1,726); Coshocton: 2,308
(2,658); Crawford: 515 (528); Cuyahoga: 24 (31);
Darke: 241 (170); Defiance: 871 (744); Delaware: 422
(393); Erie: 219 (176); Fairfield: 708 (827); Fayette:
142 (103); Franklin: 124 (113); Fulton: 336 (341);
Gallia: 1,220 (1,420); Geauga: 470 (509); Greene: 213
(224); Guernsey: 1,788 (2,401); Hamilton: 165 (202);
Hancock: 443 (338); Hardin: 487 (544); Harrison:
1,491 (2,133); Henry: 334 (326); Highland: 1,004
(1,041); Hocking: 1,195 (1,456); Holmes: 1,349
(1,494); Huron: 921 (1,029); Jackson: 968 (1,156);
Jefferson: 1,120 (1,494); Knox: 1,727 (1,966); Lake:
138 (126); Lawrence: 779 (1,002); Licking: 1,655
(1,887); Logan: 672 (653); Lorain: 646 (678); Lucas:
105 (131); Madison: 154 (127); Mahoning: 555 (750);
Marion: 340 (348); Medina: 567 (555); Meigs: 1,270
(1,482); Mercer: 206 (219); Miami: 250 (211); Monroe:
1,056 (1,337); Montgomery: 130 (109); Morgan:
1,207 (1,445); Morrow: 671 (640); Muskingum: 2,084
(2,604); Noble: 1,031 (1,454); Ottawa: 121 (88);

Paulding: 509 (499); Perry: 1,160 (1,362); Pickaway:


330 (343); Pike: 701 (818); Portage: 451 (568); Preble:
272 (274); Putnam: 315 (255); Richland: 1,159 (1,182);
Ross: 1,106 (1,167); Sandusky: 261 (208); Scioto: 761
(1,099); Seneca: 710 (747); Shelby: 397 (371); Stark:
759 (883); Summit: 122 (140); Trumbull: 983 (1,298);
Tuscarawas: 2,074 (2,604); Union: 313 (301); Van
Wert: 283 (214); Vinton: 1,032 (1,424); Warren: 321
(285); Washington: 1,409 (1,606); Wayne: 639 (724);
Williams: 831 (838); Wood: 389 (213); Wyandot: 749
(690). Total: 65,485 (75,408).
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Naomi is a beautiful girl!
She came to the shelter
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She is spayed and up
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Her adoption fee is $100
with approved application.

Clarence
Clarence is a wonderful senior cat. He is very
content to just lay and
watch you go about your
day, as long as you save
him a pet or two. Finding a forever home is his
greatest Christmas wish!

For more information, call or visit the Williams County


Humane Society at 09464 County Road 13, Bryan, Ohio
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For A Generation

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CHURCH & SPIRITUAL NEWS

Devotional Thought / Fellowship of Christian Athletes


BY: REX STUMP - LIVE IN SUCH A WAY!

How you live tells the


story behind what you
believe. Do you believe
that? We often hear people say that if you want to
know what people stand
for, you will see the evidence by how they stand.
Paul says in one of his
letters, We live in such
a wayin everything we
do, we show that we are
true ministers of God...
we prove ourselves by our
purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the holy Spirit within
us and by our sincere love! (2 Corinthians 6:3, 4, 6) The
truth is that in the course of a day, those who dont believe in God observe you. How you live, whether it is careless or disciplined living, will tell people what you believe.
This is your testimony. This will either encourage people
to follow Jesus or discourage people to follow Jesus.
Let me give you an example, Matt Capps (former MLB
Twins, now with Cleveland). Matt has a way to show
his faith for Jesus Christ, dating back to when he first
played in the Minor Leagues. After he finishes his warm
up pitches and the ball is thrown around the infield,
Matt takes the throw from the third baseman, steps off
the back of the mound, takes off his cap, and prays. He
doesnt pray to win, he prays for God to get the glory. Its
a simple act of devotion to God serves as a powerful witness for everyone to see at the ball parks and on television. He shows and proves what he believes.
When asked about his faith, this is what he said in an

interview with Chad Bonham (beliefnet.com); My faith


puts things in perspective. If I blow a save, I get pretty
down about it, but its not the end of the world. The sun
is going to come up tomorrow. Im going to have air in
my lungs tomorrow. My heart is going to be beating and
were going to go do it again. Were not playing for the
fans. Were playing for ourselves and were playing to glorify God. If I can get one kid to look at me with my hat
off and my chin down, he might look at his mom or dad
and say, Hey, what is he doing out there? And explain
to him, Well, he must be a Christian. In that situation, I
feel like Ive served Him. Being on that stage, Hes blessed
all of us with a great opportunity to show our beliefs and
a great chance to spread the Word. If just one little kid
sees me doing that and starts asking questions, then I
feel like Ive served a purpose. We cant do this without
Him. Hes the one who gave us the talent and gave us the
ability and gave us the chance. Without Him, none of us
would be herepeople look up to us and want to do what
we can do, but theres a reason why He blessed us with
the ability to play baseball. Do I know that reason? No.
Am I grateful? Absolutely. But without Him, nothing is
possible. Hes the sole reason we even exist.
So how are you living? Are you living IN SUCH A WAY
that proves your faith? Go through Pauls checklist and
see if there is proof in your life. Patience? Purity? Kindness and love? Serving others? Honesty? Is the evidence
there? I hope so!
Lets make the effort and remember, you are not
alone, as the Holy Spirit of God lives within you and enables you to live IN SUCH A WAY!
For more reading, check out;
2 Corinthians
6yes, the whole chapter! 2 Corinthians 5:20 and
I Timothy 4:12.

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Wauseon Teen Joins Fayette Church ...

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shared, I first got started going when Pastor Kathy


asked the congregation if anyone would like to go.
Even though I have no medical experience as Im a
teacher, I decided to go and help out in whatever
way I could. I have been hooked ever since! Each
time I go, I think of what Jesus said...The Lord will
reply, whatever you do for the least of these, you do
for me. I see Christ in all of the patients we see at
the clinic. Even though the trip isnt more than a
few days, it helps me to remember just how blessed
I am, and I am more thankful for the little things in
my life.
Ashleigh returned from Mexico with a greater
appreciation of the simple things generally taken
for granted in this country. It was an awesome
experience to witness how fortunate I really am. I
am thankful God allowed me this opportunity, and I
appreciate all the support from my church, Wauseon
First Church of God, my family, and the mission team
I spent five days with. She hopes this is the first of
many more mission trips to come in her future.
Tammy may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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of the Mexican people.


The team stayed at the First United Methodist
Church in Mercedes, Texas and crossed the
border to the clinic each day. Besides the medical
care that is provided, the team also provided a
fun opportunity for the local children to enjoy an
outdoor party complete with a piata. The team also
had the opportunity to do some shopping in Nuevo
Progresso for handmade items such as blankets,
painted spoons, and chocolates. It was colder in
Mexico than it typically is, and the team experienced
temperatures in the 30s and 40s with no coats and
no heat, but it did not deter their determination and
caring spirit to help others.
Aaron Hylander, a youth leader at the Fayette
church, has gone on the trip for four years. He

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WHATS THE STORY BEHIND THE


REAL SANTA CLAUS?
Whats the Story
behind
the
Real
Santa Claus?
As I was growing
up in the late 1950s
there
wasnt
a
Christmas
without
some reference to
Santa Claus. We were
told stories growing
up about this pudgy
white haired type
grandfather
who
dressed in a red suit,
who knew everything
we did, good or
bad and delivered
Christmas gifts to all
with his team of reindeer. However, whether in school,
church or home, somehow we missed the story behind
the real Santa Claus
PreachingToday.com tells us thatYoull find
some great stories about the real Santa Claus in the
new book, The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, by
Professor Adam C. English.
Before the guy with the white beard and the red suit,
there was a real person named Nicholas, a Christian
leader in the city of Myra (modern day Turkey), who
was born around 260 A.D. English notes, His life
was a life of faith, to be sure, but it was also one of
adventure and honor, justice and charity, goodwill and
thick resolve.
Specifically, Bishop Nicholas used his entire
inheritance to help the poor, sick, and children in
need. He gave in secret, expecting nothing in return.
He attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. Nicholas
saved three young women from slavery, protected
sailors, spared innocents from execution, provided
grain in a famine, and rescued a kidnapped boy.
He fought the paganism of his day not with visible
weapons but by arming himself with hope and firm
confidence. The real story is even more exciting than
modern day Santa Claus tales.
This Christmas I pray that you will read the
scriptures surrounding the Christmas story, our Lord
Jesus and take time to tell your children about a man
who loved God, the poor, the condemned, those who
were hopeless and helpless, Nicholas of Myra.

Rick Jones previously served on the staff of Defiance


Area Youth for Christ for 36 years, first as a ministry
coordinator and later as Executive Director. Rick is
currently a pastor of an area local church.

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STORY

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Of The

Birth Of

Christ
Luke 2:1-20
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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the whole Roman empire should be registered. 2This was the first enrollment, and it
was made when Quirinius was governor
of Syria. 3And all the people were going to
be registered, each to his own city or town.
4
And Joseph also went up from Galilee
from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the
town of David, which is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of
David, 5To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to
become a mother. 6And while they were
there, the time came for her delivery, 7And
she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and
she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no
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8
And in that vicinity there were shepherds
living [out under the open sky] in the field,
watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
9
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by
them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and
shone all about them, and they were terribly
frightened. 10But the angel said to them, Do
not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good
news of a great joy which will come to all
the people. 11For to you is born this day in
the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ
(the Messiah) the Lord!
12
And this will be a sign for you [by which
you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling
clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34;
II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.] 13Then suddenly
there appeared with the angel an army of
the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, 14Glory to

God in the highest [heaven], and on earth


peace among men with whom He is well
pleased [[e]men of goodwill, of His favor].
15
When the angels went away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see
this thing (saying) that has come to pass,
which the Lord has made known to us. 16So
they went with haste and [by searching]
found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying
in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they
made known what had been told them concerning this Child, 18And all who heard it
were astounded and marveled at what the
shepherds told them. 19But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings),
weighing and pondering them in her heart.
20
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they
had heard and seen, just as it had been told
them.

Christmas Church Services


ALVORDTON
Alvordton United Brethren
311 East Main Street, Alvordton
Sunday December 21 9:30 AM

Knights
Columbus
Knights
ofof
Columbus
Knights
of
Columbus
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BLAKESLEE
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St Rt 34/625 Blakeslee, Ohio
Christmas Eve Mass
December 24 4:00 PM

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CAMDEN, MI
Lake View Church
4616 E. Territorial Road, Camden, Mi
Christmas Eve Service of Carols
and Candles
December 24 7:00 PM

HASCH BODY SHOP, INC.


Owner: Rex Hasch

HASCH BODY

DUPONT

Phone (419) 636-8925


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EDON
Edon Church of Christ
101 Franklin Street, Edon
Sunday Christmas Service
December 22 10:00 AM;
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24 9:00 PM
Edon United Methodist Church
103 Pleasant Street, Edon
Christmas Eve 7:00 PM
December 20 Childrens
Nativity 10:00 AM
FAYETTE
Our Lady of Mercy
409 E. Main St., Fayette
Christmas Eve Mass 7:00 PM;
Christmas Day Mass 8:30 AM

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from


St. Caspar Church
1205 N. Shoop Avenue Wauseon

Christmas Mass Schedule

Email: nwfcu@williams-net.com

Candle Lighting & Holy Communion


with Pastor Paul Gruetter

Christmas Eve
December 24 9 pm

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Mass - 4 pm
Midnight Mass
Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day - 10 am

St. Johns Lutheran Church


209 Broad St., Montpelier, OH

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MONTPELIER
St Pauls United Methodist Church
402 Broad Street, Montpelier
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
New Beginnings Church
201 W. Lawrence St., Montpelier
December 21 10:30 AM
Christmas Eve 6:00 PM
First Church of the Nazarene
401 W Brown Road, Montpelier
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December 21 10:00 AM
Montpelier First UMC
1300 E. Main St., Montpelier
December 24, 7:00 PM

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Montpelier Church of Christ


104 W. Jefferson St., Montpelier
Christmas Eve Service
December 24 7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Church


220 S. East Ave., Montpelier
Christmas Eve Mass 9:00 PM

singing of Christmas carols along with songs

Zion Lutheran Church


Montpelier, OH 43543
December 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
with Holy Communion and
Candlelight

Stryker United Brethren in Christ


104 E Short St, Stryker
December 24 7:00 PM

clude the celebration of Holy Communion &


by the Joyful Singers. Invite your family &
friends to come.

Lockport Mennonite Church


9269 CR 21/N, Stryker Christmas Eve Service 7:00 PM

Bridgewater Community Church


7984 Co. Rd. P-50, Montpelier
Christmas Eve Candlelight
Service with Communion
December 24 6:00 PM

WEST UNITY
West Unity United
Methodist Church
311 N. Liberty Street, West Unity
STRYKER
Christmas Eve Candlelight SerFirst Lutheran Church
vice with Holy Communion
701 S Defiance St, Stryker
December 24 7:00 PM
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24th 10:30 PM
West Unity 1st Presbyterian
You are invited to join with us & all other
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Christians around the world in
Christmas Eve Service
remembering & celebrating once again the
December 24 7:30 PM
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Christmas Church Services


WAUSEON
St. Caspar Church
1205 N Shoop Ave., Wauseon
Christmas Eve Mass
December 24 4:00 PM
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 10 AM

Tedrow Mennonite Church,


Tedrow Pentecostal Church, and
Tedrow United Methodist Church
Joint Christmas Eve Service at
Tedrow Pentecostal Church
412 Main Street, Wauseon
December 24, 7:00 PM

First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ)
129 E. Elm Street, Wauseon
Candlelight Service
December 24 7:00 PM

Crossroads Evangelical Church


845 E. Leggett St., Wauseon
December 21
9:00 AM and 10:45 AM

Emmaus Lutheran Church


West Clinton Mennonite
841 N. Shoop Avenue
Church Wauseon
Wauseon, OH 43567
18029 County Road C, Wauseon Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7:00 pm
December 24 8:00 PM
Christmas Day Service - 10:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church


398 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon, OH
Christmas Eve, December 24 at
7:00 PM and 10:45 PM
First Baptist Church
854 S Shoop Ave,
December 21 6:00 PM
The Music of Christmas
North Clinton Mennonite Church
831 W Linfoot St, Wauseon
Christmas Eve Services
6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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WAUSEONS VANDOCK

Four County Career Center


Preschool Students
Meet With Special Guests

Wauseon Boy Scout Troop Holds


Court Of Honor Ceremony

PHOTO PROVIDED

TROOP 8 ... Pictured from left to right adults in back row are: Andy Davis, Mike
Freestone, Brian Benarth, and Curt Fauver. Scout in front is Andon Raker, other
scouts are from left to right: Justin Freestone, Conner Johnson, Lucas Blanchong,
Shawn Hanson, Jayce Morrow, Jacob Barone, Jackson Bauer, Nick Davis, Gabe
Witt.

PHOTO PROVIDED

SANTA CLAUS ... Four County Career Center Preschool students had a surprise
visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season as they presented their annual
Christmas program for parents and grandparents under the direction of Early
Childhood Education students at the Career Center. Shown with Santa and Mrs.
Claus are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kellen Hurst (Napoleon); Brooklyn Behnfeldt
(Defiance); Jordan Geiger (Defiance); Blake Vandenberghe (Archbold); (BACK - LEFT
TO RIGHT) Luke Meienburg (Defiance); Parker Niese (Defiance); Macy Behnfeldt
(Defiance); Santa; Aubree Vandock (Wauseon); Mrs. Claus; Mason Bachman
(Napoleon); Monroe Barton (Napoleon); and Carter Hammon (Defiance).

Troop 8 of Wauseon, Ohio held their


quarterly Court of Honor ceremony on
Tuesday, December 2nd in the Fellowship
Hall of Christ United Methodist Church.
4 scouts received recognition for rank
advancement: Jackson Bauer and Levi
Perkins earned Second Class Rank,
Jacob Barone earned First Class Rank,
Kyle Vernot earned First Class Rank
as well as a special First Class in First
Year pin. A total of 16 merit badges were
earned by Troop 8 scouts in the previous
3 months. Troop 8 scouts attended a
Nuclear Science Camporee in September
at Davis Besse Power Plant which helped
the following scouts earn the Nuclear
Science merit badge: Jacob Barone,
Jackson Bauer, Logan Blackman,
Nick Davis, Justin Freestone, Shawn
Hanson, Levi Perkins, Andon Raker,

and Levi Whitman. Justin Freestone


also earned merit badges for Fishing,
Rifle Shooting and Genealogy and Levi
Perkins earned merit badges for Family
Life, Rifle Shooting, and Genealogy. In
order to earn the Genealogy merit badge,
Levi and Justin attended a class in
Findlay, Ohio hosted by the Sons of the
American Revolution. Both earned the
Rifle Shooting merit badge by attending
a class hosted by Bass Pro in Rossford,
Ohio.
Troop 8 was awarded The Extra
Mile award at the Wauseon Chamber
of Commerce Awards Dinner on
Wednesday,
December
3rd.
A
congratulations proclamation was sent
to the Troop by Ohio State Senator
Randy Gardner.
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