MAY 2011
Nature enthusiasts from all
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Vol. 5 No. 8
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Nancy Spencer, Editor
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2 – GOOD TIMES • May 2011
Birthday trivia answers
1. Gladys Knight
2. Tony Gwynn
3. Bob Seger
4. Alcott Pinchot
5. Emilio Estevez
1. I was born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.
I am a female R&B singer whose hits include “I
heard it through the Grapevine.” Who am I?
2. I was born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles. I
am a former MLB right fielder, who played my
entire career with the San Diego Padres. I was
inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Who am I?
3. I was born May 6, 1945 in Dearborn, Michigan.
I am a rock musician , singer and songwriter. I
put together “The Silver Bullet Band” and had
many hits including “Night Moves”. Who am
4. I was born on May 20, 1959 in New York
City. I am an actor who made appearances in
Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop, but am best
known for playing Balki Bartokomous in the
sitcom “Perfect Strangers”. Who am I?
5. I was born on May 12, 1962 in Staten Island.
I am an actor known as a member of the “Brat
Pack”. My films include: “The Breakfast Club”
and “St. Elmo’s Fire”. My father is also a well
known actor. Who am I?
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May 2011 • GOOD TIMES – 3
Ants in the pants
When it comes to words and phrases, a few stand out as
deserving an explanation all their own. Ants in his pants
falls into this category for me, as not only is it amazing to
ponder, it opens a whole new can of worms (so to speak) on
other bug-related folk remedies of days past.
Now unless you’re a dog fghting feas, the notion of in-
sects squirming around, on or near your skin is enough to
give you the creeps. But believe it or not, in its original con-
text, adding insects was precisely the idea! The goal was to
keep you moving, so as to make you squirm or wiggle.
Not recommended for the faint of heart, but it was rec-
ommended for the lethargic.
You see, ants in the pants, is purported to be an Old Eng-
lish folk remedy for tired blood! In the late 1700s the belief
was that if someone slept more than his fair share of time or
was just lazier than folks felt he should be, well, something
had to be done. To quicken circulation one cure was to place
ants in the pants of the patient. (Can you imagine?)
Now keep in mind, this was a time when leaching was
popular as well. And may we not forget that ‘Having a Bee
in One’s Bonnet’, (though not prescribed) referenced what
today we might call O.C.D. (i.e. Obsessive Compulsive Dis-
order). In other words, it was a way of saying a person had
something buzzing around in his head that he just can’t let
go of.
It’s a wonder anyone survived such an age, but fortu-
nately we got past the notion that ants, leaches and other
crawly insects can cure what ails you. (But it does explain
why we reference things like fu or colds as “having a bug”
now doesn’t it?)
Too many irons in the fre
It’s been one of those weeks. And I don’t think I’m
For every one step forward, there’ve been two steps back.
Astrologically, maybe Mercury’s in retrograde, but honestly,
I just think we as Americans are tackling too much, stretch-
ing ourselves too thin, and making an art of multitasking as
if it’s an Olympic sport in which we hope to medal. Rather
than savor the moment in any given task, we text while
driving, talk while cooking, compute while conversing. In
short we’ve learned to pattern our days, our lives, our ca-
reers around an impossible list of “to do’s” made worse by
our blackberries and cell technology. As my grandma would
say, we’ve got too many irons in the fre, and nary a clue as
to where the expression originated in the frst place.
In case you’ve ever wondered, the irons are literal, dat-
ing pre-electricity, wherein laundry day was no fun task. As
it pertained to pressing matters, heavy irons were placed
within the freplace itself, which yes, made the irons frey
hot (necessary for the heaviest fabrics), but the bad news
was this heat was temporary. So to compensate for the cool
off factor, several irons were used in rotation, making for a
heated shuffe as one exchanged
cold irons for hot throughout
the ironing process.
As you might imagine (giv-
en that irons were all the same
color: namely, black), it was no
small feat to keep up with which iron was hot; which was
cold (for they didn’t glow; if they did, your clothes were
sure to scorch). Given that heating any one iron for too long
could defeat the purpose, keeping too many irons in the fre
more often than not, led to more confusion than simplifca-
tion, thus the time one saved was often not worth the energy
(or risk) expended.
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Those Were The Days
Decades before “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent”
The Early “Talent Search” shows
With the popularity of talent
search shows “American Idol”
and “America’s Got Talent” it is
easy to forget that these type of
shows have been around for many
The frst of these to be success-
ful was Arthur Godfrey’s Talent
Scouts. “Talent Scouts” was an
American radio and television va-
riety show which ran on CBS ra-
dio and TV from 1946 until 1958.
The concept for the radio show
was that Godfrey had several “tal-
ent scouts” who brought their
discoveries onto the program to
showcase their talents. The winner
of each show was determined by a
meter which judged the audience’s
applause. Among the contestants
on the show were Pat Boone and
The McGuire Sisters, both of
whom were successful and went
on to perform on ‘Arthur Godfrey
and His Friends’, another popular
show of the day. Other contestants
‘discovered’ on ‘Talent Scouts’ in-
cluded Tony Bennett, The Black-
wood Brothers, Lenny Bruce, Roy
Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Wally
Cox, Vic Damone, The Diamonds,
Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Don
Knotts, Steve Lawrence, Al Marti-
no, Johnny Nash, Leslie Uggams,
and Jonathan Winters.
Surprisingly, among those who
auditioned but were not chosen
to appear on the broadcast were
Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.
Then the popular show moved
from radio to television, “Arthur
Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” pre-
miered December 6, 1948. Ac-
cording to the Nielsen ratings, it
was the highest rated television
show for the 1951–1952 season.
It remained a highly popular show
through the decade.
However, by 1957, television
audiences began to prefer adven-
ture shows to variety shows and
Godfrey‘s ratings dropped out
of the top 30 Nielsen Chart. The
show aired its fnal episode on
January 1, 1958.
It is also an interesting bit
of trivia to know that “Talent
Scouts” was the frst entertain-
ment program to be videotaped
for rebroadcast, as the then-new
technology was used for a time-
delayed rebroadcast in the Pacifc
Time Zone, three hours later.
The Gong Show was an
amateur talent contest produced
and hosted by Chuck Barris. It
was broadcast on NBC’s day-
time schedule from 1976 through
1978, and in frst-run syndication
from 1976–1980 and 1988-1989.
The show is best remembered for
its absurd humor and style, often
awarding participants ridiculous
Each show presented a contest
between amateur performers of
often dubious talent, with a panel
of three celebrity judges. The pro-
gram’s frequent judges included
Jaye P. Morgan, Jamie Farr, Arte
Johnson, Rip Taylor, Phyllis
Diller, and Anson Williams. Rex
Reed was notorious for being the
harshest critic.
If any judge considered an act
to be particularly bad, he or she
could strike a large gong, thus
forcing the performer to stop.
Most of the performers took the
gong with sheepish good grace,
but there were exceptions.
If the act survived without be-
ing gonged, they were given a
score by each of the three judges
on a scale of zero to ten. On the
NBC series, the contestant who
achieved the highest combined
score won the grand prize of
what Chuck Barris referred to as
the “highly unusual amount of”
$516.32 (reportedly the Screen
Actors Guild’s minimum pay for a
day’s work) and a “Golden Gong”
When Barris announced the f-
nal score, a midget in formal wear
(former Munchkin Jerry Maren)
would run onstage, throwing con-
fetti while balloons dropped from
The daily Gong Show also
gave out a “Worst Act Of The
Week” Award. The winner of this
award was announced following
the trophy presentation on the Fri-
day show, and the performer(s)
was given a dirty tube sock and a
check for $516.32.
So it is not just in these present
times that we watch, sometimes
painfully, all the brave souls try-
ing to make their way into show
All of those who didn’t make
the fnal cut, take heart in the fact
that neither did Elvis or Buddy
Holly back in the very early days!
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May 2011 • GOOD TIMES – 5
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We have
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A visit to the Bicycle Museum
By Stacy Prine
Riding a bike. It’s something we’ve
all learned to do and probably at a young
age. It’s a learning experience that we’ve
all mastered.
Imagine if you were a young man or
woman in the early 1800’s. There were no
pedals or soft padded seats or brakes for
that matter.
What or how may you ask did a bicycle
work then? The frst bicycle was called a
Draisinne. You’d straddle a beam and pro-
pel with the feet, gliding over the ground
while leaning forward to steer the front
wheel. Sounds like fun right?
The Draisinne and many more bicycles
can be viewed at the world’s largest Bi-
cycle Museum located in New Bremen at
the corner of State Route 66 and 274. It is
here that you will fnd two stories of his-
It all started 14 years ago when Jim
Dicke II of Crown Equipment Corp. want-
ed to offer a tourist attraction in the area.
He took a trip to Chicago where the en-
tire Schwinn line and history were being
auctioned off. Jim brought the majority of
items back to New Bremen where they are
housed at 7 West Monroe.
It seems only ftting that the museum is
in Ohio, as Ohio has played a major role in
the history of bicycles. Still distributing is
the Huffy plant. Others that have gone but
not forgotten are Colson of Elyria, Shelby
Bicycles of Shelby and Cleveland Weld-
ing, producer of the Roadmaster.
Some of the other experiences you will
get at the museum include getting to ride
an Ariel. One of the frst Ariels was made
in 1870. In case you’re wondering what
an Ariel is — it’s the bike with the huge
front wheel that sometimes seen in the lo-
cal parades and every time someone asks,
“How did he get up on that thing?”
Not only are there interactive oppor-
tunities at the museum, visitors will also
see a complete collection of inaugural
badges/presidential metals starting with
President William McKinley in 1901
to current President Barack Obama in
Museum goers can also get a bit of sci-
ence with a beautiful gem collection which
was added to the museum in 2008.
One of the most signifcant times in
our nation was the Civil War. There is a
fag that had been given to the museum in
11 pieces from a New Bremen native.
Crown Equipment commissioned the res-
toration of this authentic fag. There are
books available that detail the travel his-
tory of the fag.
So, if you’re looking for something to do
close to home, take a trip down State Route
66 and visit the small town of New Bremen
and the Bicycle Museum.
For guided tour information call 419-
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into the history of bicycles, plus much more!
6 – GOOD TIMES • May 2011
Spring has arrived and we
wake to the pleasant songs of
chirping birds outside of our
windows. Although most of
us can’t identify our feathered
friends by sound or sight, we
still love to watch them and
entice them to come closer
by placing bird baths and bird
feeders at our homes.
The month of May brings
us the opportunity to learn
more about these winged
ones and see birds we may
have never seen before.
Northwest Ohio in May
offers quite simply the best
birding in North America at
this time. The southern edge
of Lake Erie acts as a barrier
that the birds are reluctant to
cross. They tend to “pile up”
in the woodlots surrounded
by marshland on the lake’s southern edge. It
all takes place based around Black Swamp
Bird Observatory, Magee Marsh, and Ot-
tawa National Wildlife Refuge, along the
Lake Erie shore approximately 25 miles
east of Toledo.
The “Biggest Week in Birding” is a 10
day “week” of some of the best birding
North America has to offer. It will be a an
event featuring workshops, guided birding
activities, half-day birding bus tours, key-
note speakers, and more, which is sched-
uled from May 5, 2011 to May 15, 2011.
Among the myriad of events offered will
be ID workshops; Woodcock Extravagan-
zas to observe the extraordinary displays of
these woodland shorebirds; daily “warbler
workouts” on the Magee boardwalk; daily
visits to the neighboring Ottawa NWR, a
local hotspot for waterbirds; multiple eve-
ning talks; birding by ear workshops; and a
number of presentations on world birding.
On top of all of that, birding guru Kenn
Kaufman will be holding talks on a variety
of birding subjects over nine nights of the
festival, including programs that focus on
migration, bird ID, and many other inter-
esting topics.
You should expect to see at least 20 war-
bler species every day, along with masses
of thrushes, vireos, fycatchers, orioles, and
other migrants in the woods, plus shore-
birds and others in the more open areas.
No birder or casual observer is likely to
get bored in this area in May. The marsh-
lands around Magee Marsh and Ottawa
NWR hold vast numbers of waterbirds
such as swans, heron, and egrets. Ottawa is
drawing down water levels in some areas
so birders will be able to get great looks at
most of the inland shorebird species. Sur-
rounding woodlands hold most of the resi-
dent species from the Great Lakes region,
so if chasing Red-headed Woodpeckers is
your thing, you will be well served.
What are the best birding localities to
visit? Must sees include Magee Marsh
Boardwalk for warblers and other songbird
migrants; Ottawa NWR for warblers, shore-
birds, and waterbirds; Black Swamp Bird
Observatory for American Woodcocks and
migrants visiting the water feature outside
the window on wildlife; Metzger Marsh
for waterbirds and migrant songbirds; Oak
Opening for woodland species, and other
hotspots including Cedar Point National
Wildlife Refuge for the lucky few who can
get into this highly restricted area on one of
the bus trips.
For the most part viewing all the vari-
ety of birds should be very easy, with many
warblers at eye level and water birds at
close range. For some of the more diffcult
species there will be guides available free
of charge to help you out around the clock
Interested in bird photography? It is es-
timated that during the month of May, there
are more warbler photos taken in northwest
Ohio than in all the rest of the USA com-
bined. While we can’t prove that’s true,
it probably is, and for good reasons. Not
only are there a LOT of warblers around,
but these little gems come down from their
usual treetop haunts to cavort at eye level
There are ample opportunities for many
photographers. If you use your handheld
camera, you’re likely to fnd many willing
subjects posing all along the boardwalk!
Magee Marsh and Ottawa NWR are
open from dawn till dusk. There will be
guides available to help you from around 8
am through till 5 pm on most days at Ma-
gee Marsh. At Ottawa the guides will start
at around 8 am and will be available until
The mornings and afternoons are better
to view most songbirds, though if there is
a buildup overnight it can be pumping all
day. We suggest that people are out looking
by 8am and take the middle of the day to
relax, and enjoy one of the programs at the
Ottawa NWR Visitor Center.
Nightly presentations will be held at Ot-
tawa NWR Visitor Center and some 7:30
p.m. talks will be held at Our Guest Inn and
Visitors line the boardwalks to catch a gliimpse of nature’s fying friends.
Chestnut-Sided Warbler
May 2011 • GOOD TIMES – 7
Suites in Port Clinton.
While The Biggest Week re-
ally focuses mainly on birds and
birding, socializing is something
that the festival hosts hold close to
its hearts. Besides just looking at
the birds, they would like to build
friendships within the birding
community, and because of this
there will also be social events
spread through the 10 days. Be it
a get together, a karaoke night, or
chilling out in the middle of the
day, there will be a lot of social
interaction between local, inter-
state, and international birders.
At any point, drop into the Black
Swamp Bird Observatory offce
and ask what’s going on that day.
All levels of birders are wel-
come. The warbler walks will
concentrate on seeing all the tar-
get species for the area so may
not spend as much time on com-
mon species as wanted by some
beginners. We suggest that begin-
ners take advantage of the begin-
ner walks in the mornings to deal
with the basics, do a water bird
and shorebird workshop, and then
hit the Magee Marsh Boardwalk
in the afternoon. By the end of a 4
day visit, you will know the ropes
and be pulling in great birds like
the rest of us.
Kids are welcome if accom-
panied by a parent or guardian.
There are family walks out of Ot-
tawa NWR every day, so there is
ample opportunity for everyone to
go birding. Promoting youth bird-
ing is one of the main priorities,
so please, bring them along.
For people on the Ottawa be-
ginner walk and shorebird walks,
there will be a limited number of
binoculars for use free of charge
for the duration of the walk. The
Magee Marsh Bird Center also
has binoculars to loan out.
The workshops, bus tours, and
evening programs require pre-
To register for the weeklong
event (there is a small registra-
tion fee that is good for the en-
tire week) and to pre-register for
any special events on-line, click
the registration button at big-
You may select as many
events as your schedule permits.
The only limitations are the bus
trips which are limited to one trip
per attendee from each bus trip
The guided bird walks, family/
beginner bird walks, and shore-
bird and waterbird bird walks do
not require registration. Just show
up at the designated location at
the designated time and show
your Biggest Week name badge.
For further inquiries before
the event call the Observatory at
419-898-4070 or check out the full
schedule at biggestweekinamerican-
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8 – GOOD TIMES • May 2011
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•Sun. May 22 - “CINCINNATI
BASEBALL”- Cleveland, OH - the 2
Ohio battle for bragging rights. $59.00.
• Tues. May 24 - “SHIPSHEWANA” - Shop all day at this
large outdoor flea market. Dinner at the Blue Gate Restaurant included.
Cincinnati, OH - Learn about the impact the Underground railroad had
on Ohio. $89.00. Lunch included.
• Mon., June 13 - NEW- “ABBA GOLD” - Villa Milan -
Columbus, OH This luncheon show is a completely live re-creation of
Abba’s concerts in the late 70’s and early 80’s. $99.00
• Wed-Thu., June 15-16 - “FLOATIN DOWN THE RIVER”
- Connellsville, PA - Have a 2-3 hours float down the Youghiogheny
River with customed guides, No physical involvement and minimum
of risk. Visit two Frank Lloyd Wright houses on
Thursday. $319.00 DBL.PP
• Tue., June 21 - “THE WILDS” - Cumberland,
OH - An excellent, trip to take the grandkids. Tour over
10,000 acres of reclaimed land transformed into a
habitat for many rare & extinct animals. Ride an open-
aired safari bus, to be able to view animals up-close.
Lunch at Grandville
Inn. $109.00 Meal
• Tue-Wed, June 28-29
- Nappanee, IN - Visit many Quilt
Gardens with local step-on guide.
Have a river cruise, horse drawn car-
riage ride, & other area attractions.
Five meals included.
$309.00 DBL PP
2011 Schedule
Call 419-423-9160
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By Paul Niemann
In war, the side with the
superior level of intelligence
has a major advantage, as
does the side with the most
effective use of communica-
This story delves into
how the use of a certain com-
munications tool infuenced
World War II. This “inven-
tion,” though not patentable,
is probably more native to
America than apple pie and
It was used in every as-
sault the U.S. Marines con-
ducted in the Pacifc from
1942 to 1945 -- Guadalca-
nal, Tarawa, Peleliu and Iwo
Jima. It was used in all six
Marine divisions, Marine
Raider battalions and Marine
parachute units, enabling our
men to transmit messages by
telephone and radio in a code
the Japanese never broke.
Without it, the Marines
would never have taken Iwo
Jima, according to Major
Howard Connor of the 5th
Marine Division.
So what is this great “in-
vention” that helped us win
World War II?
Navaho code talkers.
These code talkers were
Navaho Indians who were
recruited to transmit and in-
terpret messages during the
The Germans had the
Enigma machine as their
code system, but it was no
match for the Navajo code
talkers. Its syntax and tonal
qualities, not to mention dia-
lects, make it unintelligible
to anyone without extensive
exposure and training. It has
no alphabet or symbols, and
is spoken only on the Na-
vajo lands of the American
Southwest. One estimate
indicates that less than 30
non-Navajos, none of them
Japanese, could understand
the language at the outbreak
of World War II.
How important to the
American war effort were
the Navaho code talkers?
Major Connor had six
Navajo code talkers working
around the clock during the
frst two days of the battle of
Iwo Jima. Those six sent and
received over 800 messages,
all without error.
The subject of a 2002
Hollywood movie called
Windtalkers, the Navaho
code talkers’ code is the only
unbroken code in modern
military history. The code
enabled American transla-
tors stationed outside the
United States to decipher
the code in minutes, whereas
other codes would take ap-
proximately two hours to
decipher. It would take only
20 seconds for the Navaho
code talkers to decode a
three-line English message,
whereas machines required
30 minutes to perform the
same job.
So how did the Navaho
code talkers go virtually un-
noticed for half a century af-
ter the war had ended?
Navajo remained poten-
tially valuable as code even
after the war. For that rea-
son, the code talkers, whose
skill and courage saved both
American lives and military
engagements, only recently
earned recognition from the
U.S. government and the
public. They were honored
in September of 1992 at the
Pentagon; the Navajo code
talker exhibit is a regular
stop on the Pentagon tour.
The exhibit includes a dis-
play of photographs, equip-
ment and the original code,
along with an explanation of
how the code worked.
Thirty-fve Navajo code
talkers, all veterans of the
U.S. Marine Corps, and their
families traveled from their
homes on the Navajo Reser-
vation, which includes parts
of Arizona, New Mexico and
Utah, to attend the dedica-
tion of the Navajo code talk-
er exhibit.
Who was this visionary
Navaho individual who came
up with this brilliant plan to
use their native language as
code in World War II?
The idea actually came
from an American named
Philip Johnston, the son of
a missionary to the Navajos
and one of the few non-Nava-
jos who spoke their language
fuently. Johnston, reared
on the Navajo reservation,
was a World War I veteran
who knew of the military’s
search for a code that would
withstand all attempts to de-
cipher it. He also knew that
Native American languages
-- notably Choctaw -- had
been used in World War I to
encode messages.
Red, White & Blue Mysteries:
We could have lost
World War II without them
May 2011• GOOD TIMES – 9
Dividends –
an opportunity in today’s markets
Dividends – an oppor-
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The U.S. economy is
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In the Same Boat
Dressing Down
For sale: a dozen or so bor-
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business suits, plain camisoles
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Over the past couple of
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ensemble with the matching designer pumps
and coordinating jewelry to what I wore
yesterday. Which was a pair of khakis and
the nearest clean, doesn’t-
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with some brown fats that I
found next to the back door.
I haven’t donned a pair of
panty hose since the kind I
liked jacked up their price to
$6.50 a pair. I decided then
that I was not going to pay
that kind of money for some-
thing that lasts only about as
long as a gallon of rocky road
ice cream in my freezer.
And, if we’re being honest,
every suit jacket is uncom-
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for women who have never
had children and can still
bend over to tie their shoes,
and sleeveless camisoles are
not to be worn by anyone whose upper arms
could potentially sway in the breeze.
And don’t get me started on business
shoes for women. The square chunky-heeled
practical ones remind me of my Grandma’s,
and the spiky fashionable ones make me
walk like a newborn giraffe. I am no lon-
ger willing to sacrifce comfort. I’ll take my
penny loafers, please.
Since I began my protest against im-
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Three-piece sets of anything are relegated to
the back racks. I’ve replaced them with mul-
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May 6-7
•Mercer County’s 5th Annual Ribfest
Mercer County Fairgrounds, Celina
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“Free Rider” 9 p.m. to midnight
Saturday - Gates open 11 a.m.
Ribfest 5K at noon
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Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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A popular show for collectors. Guns,
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Admission Fee: Adults - $5; Children 14
and under free, but must be accompanied by
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•Nature Pals: Spring Scavenger Hunt
May 12
10 a.m. or 1 p.m. At McElroy Environ-
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Join us as we celebrate the season of
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Pit Gates: 4 p.m.; Grandstand Gates: 5
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Meet the Drivers Night
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•Spring Pioneer Rendezvous Camp/
YMCA Camp Clay / 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Van Wert YMCA and the Jennings
Creek Council are teaming up again this
year for the Pioneer Days Rendezvous at
Camp Clay. Participants lived just like the
early settlers of America over the weekend,
right down to their dress and cooking over
open campfres. They even put on displays
and competed against each other in different
frontier activities like shooting or throwing
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May 14
The gates open at 4 p.m. for VIP attend-
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•Bluegrass Cafe at Famous Old Time Mu-
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May 20 - 22
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May 21
Van Wert Regional Airport / 7:30 a.m. -
11 p.m.
Activities include a car show from noon
to 4 p.m. A motorcycle poker run, organized
by the American Patriots club and a motor-
cycle show hosted by the local Cushman
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Air show exhibits will include area pi-
lots are being invited to “fy-in” for the
early morning pancake-and-sausage break-
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The Grimes Flying Lab will be making
a return visit and will put on a light show
at dusk.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame will
be bringing a fight simulator and other his-
torical displays.
Musical entertainment throughout the
day, culminating with an appearance of the
group Sierra Shame.
May 27
•Party In The Parkway in
Downtown Wapak
Concert times 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Six concerts are planned for the free
summer concert series. Each will have a lo-
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•Van Wert Community Band Concert
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