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Those Were The Days
Well known visionary helped create two major highway systems
By Paul Niemann One way to judge an innovation’s importance is to imagine life without it. This story is about two such innovations. Both were a result of war, namely World War II and the Cold War. In order to keep his identity secret at this point, we will refer to him by his first and middle initials: D.D. The first innovation impacted our transportation system, while the second one impacted our communication system. More than 50 years ago, in February of 1955, D.D. said, “The united forces of our communication and transportation systems are dynamic elements in the very name we bear – United States. Without them, we would be a mere alliance of many separate parts.” When D.D. visited Germany during World War II, he noticed how the autobahns improved that country’s transportation system. He also felt that an improved highway system was necessary for a strong national defense. The result of his work is our nation’s interstate highway system. It began in 1956 when the president signed the Federal Aid Highway Act. Here are a few little-known facts about our interstate system: •The longest interstate is I-90, which covers 3,081 miles from Boston to Seattle, while the shortest interstate is I-878 in New York City. It covers exactly 3,696 feet, which is seven-tenths of a mile. •Only one state has no interstate highway. That would be Alaska. Hawaii has three interstate highways, although they are obviously not connected to other states. •When the last stoplight on the interstate system was removed in the 1980’s in Wallace, Idaho, the locals gave it a proper burial in the local cemetery, complete with a 21-gun salute. Our nation’s interstate system is called the Eisenhower Interstate System, named after the visionary who created it – D.D., as in President Dwight David Eisenhower. He was our 34th president, from 1953 – 1961. Pretty neat, but the other highway system credited to President Eisenhower circles the world many times each day. That would be the information superhighway known as the internet. When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, the U. S. government figured that a nuclear attack could wipe out our intelligence system. To prevent this, the Department of Defense created ARPA, which stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency. By 1969, computer scientists had begun efforts to connect supercomputers from four major universities (UCLA, Stanford, UC-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah) that could exchange information with each other. This computer network became known as the ARPAnet. The National Science Foundation linked these supercomputers together and they eventually replaced the ARPAnet in 1990, becoming what is now the Internet. It was President Eisenhower who made the decision to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency, even though he did not work for the Department of Defense. Here are a few interesting facts that you might not have known about the internet: •In 1991, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim BernersLee, chose not to patent it so that everyone could have access to the Web, bypassing a fortune in the process. He also knew that the only way it could reach its full potential was to leave it unpatented. •The early version of the internet was designed to allow military installations to exchange information with each other by computer. •Despite the fact that there are now millions of web sites, there were only 130 web sites in 1993. In addition to playing a major role in creating both the interstate highway and the internet, President Eisenhower also put an end to the Korean War.

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ACROSS 1. Short attention _____, pl. 6. Semi 9. Like Usain Bolt, e.g. 13. Shakespearean "ergo" 14. To do this is human? 15. Specialty 16. *"I see friends shaking hands.... sayin' how do ___ __?" 17. Activity at Heavenly in California 18. Perfection 19. *"Boy, you're gonna carry that ______" 21. *"Well, we're all in the mood for a ______" 23. He sang "Hit the road Jack" 24. Dirty air 25. ___ Holbrook 28. Left after deductions 30. Water nymphs 35. Flightless birds 37. Famous flood survivor 39. On spouse's side 40. "A" in A.D. 41. _____ alert 43. *"No he can't read my poker ____" 44. Excessive sternness 46. Famous scat singer 47. Killer whale 48. Tapeworm 50. Cocoyam 52. Spanish sea 53. *"Video killed the radio ____" 55. Octopus' defense 57. *"Girl, we couldn't get much ______" 60. *"Stand up for your ______" 63. One born to Japanese immigrants 64. Street in Paris 66. Leaves out 68. Runs in neutral 69. Egyptian cobra 70. Make another map 71. Potato and ____ soup 72. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" band 73. Athlete's domain

1. What Audrey Hepburn film spawned a top 10 LP for Andy Williams in 1963? 2.What summer camp did Allen Sherman write home from in 1962? 3. What was the name of the drivein restaurant on Happy Days? 4. What comic strip superhero’s home is Paradise Island? 5. What Jan and Dean hit featured a race between a Stingray and and XKE? 6. What HItchcock film contained the line: “A boy’s best friend is his mother”? 7. Who penned I’m a Believer for The Monkees. 8. What was the first hit for the Eagles. Answers on page 13.

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National parks offer affordable Summer fun close to home
You can make history, culture, natural beauty and scientific exploration a part of your life this summer by visiting a national park near you. The nation’s 397 national parks not only protect some of America’s most iconic treasures, but they also tell diverse stories and teach valuable lessons about our shared heritage. National Parks are fun and affordable tourist destinations for families, friends and even solo travelers looking for a healthy dose of exploration. School may be out for summer, but the pursuit of knowledge should never take a break – and a national park is like a classroom, but way more fun. Here are some great ideas on how to learn at a national park near you: • Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a trip to a battlefield. • Visit the childhood home of a historical figure to learn about day-to-day living in a different era. Experience the log cabin in Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln was born, or marvel through Teddy Roosevelt’s childhood home in New York City. • Connect with your past at a place that has special meaning to your family history. • Discover an array of wildlife and plant life and truly appreciate the park’s biodiversity. On your visit, take a guided walk with a park ranger. Be sure to look up, look down and all around to make a game of spotting as many species as you can. • Encourage your children to connect to the science, history and natural wonder of parks by becoming a Junior Ranger, or if you can’t make it to the park, explore the

WebRanger program online. • How’d that boulder get there? Discover the geology of canyons, mountains and other scenic landscapes. National park visitor centers can provide you with resources to help you understand the ground below you. • Challenge yourself to an outdoor adventure like camping, biking or rafting. Pick up skills like pitching a tent and cooking outdoors. • National parks face many challenges, from threats to wildlife, to the need for more funding. Learn about these concerns and what you can do to help locally and nationally. “Our national parks are the soul of this country,” says Tom Kiernan, President of the National Parks Conservation Association. “These are special places that can inspire us and connect us to nature and our shared heritage.” The National Park System was created with enjoyment in mind, so plan a trip that will be fun for you and your family. The good news is that you might not need to travel far; there may be one close to home. Plan your trip at www. The National Park System, which covers over 83 million acres nationwide, preserves natural and historical sites, creates jobs, benefits local economies, and educates a diverse public. This summer, help protect its future by fostering the next generation of park-lovers. For more information on how you can help protect our national parks, and plan your next vacation visit www. Cuyahoga National Park


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Cincinnati hosts great events!
You’d have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest and a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. The “world” changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the everpopular springtime “Butterfly Show”. “On Wings of Harmony” will feature thousands of vibrant, colorful butterflies from every continent on earth (with the exception of Antarctica!). They will be in free flight throughout the showroom, often fluttering together through the ribs of a 10-foot recycled aluminum globe in a specially designed garden. Now that’s ‘harmony’ at its very best! The butterfly exhibit runs through June 24, 2012, but you can always visit the rainforest waterfall and exotic plants on permanent display in the Palm, Tropical, Desert and Orchid houses. Krohn Conservatory located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park is itself architecturally significant, having been built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. But it’s what’s inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special.

Butterflies from all around the world in free flight at the Krohn observatory!
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The Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii's archeological treasures rarely leave Italy, and this national touring exhibit marks the first time that these rare treasures will come to the region. Room-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins, and hundreds of priceless ancient artifacts join body casts of the volcano's victims, eerily preserved in their final frantic moments. Don't miss this glimpse through a unique window into the ancient past. Now through August 12.

Travel with a herd of caribou, plunge into the ocean with the walruses and follow a mother polar bear and her two cubs in this brand new film from Warner Bros. Pictures, MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Corporation. Feel the determination of the mother polar bear to keep her cubs alive in the face of natural predators. You’ll find yourself emotionally involved in the story of this young polar bear family as you see how they cope with their rapidly changing climate. The film is narrated by Meryl Streep with songs by Paul McCartney.

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The famous
The Great Race, America’s premier old car rally, is coming to the Great Lakes, covering 19 cities, 2 countries and 4 states and is expected to bring up to 100 antique automobiles to the area including a stop in Findlay on June 30th. The event is free to the public along its entire route. The communities along the route look forward to having these great cars and drivers “race” through the area. The endurance road rally for antique and classic cars will begin in Traverse City, Mich., on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay – an

arm of Lake Michigan – on June 23. The following weekend it will roll back into the Detroit area after traveling approximately 2,000 miles through two countries and the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The race will travel completely around three of the Great Lakes and pass within sight of the other two. Once the race leaves Traverse City, it will travel north across the border into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie, where locks join lakes Superior and Huron. From there it will travel east along the

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north shore of Lake Huron, south toward Lake Ontario, then east again toward the St. Lawrence River before entering the United States at Thousand Islands. The route turns west along lakes Ontario and Erie in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio the last few days before returning to Michigan. The Great Race, which was run coast to coast for 25 years from 1983-2007, is not a speed race, but a distance rally. The vehicles, antique vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles with body and drive train built 1969 and earlier, each with a driver and navigator, who can switch off duties during the day. Each day the team receives a set of course instructions that indicate every turn, speed change, stop, and start that the team must make throughout the day (usually 220 to 250 such instructions per day). Along the course route there will be from 4 to 7 secret checkpoints recording the exact time that the team passes that point. The objective is to arrive at each checkpoint at the correct time, not the fastest. The score for each team is the result of the team’s ability to follow the designated course instructions precisely. Every second off the perfect time (early or late) at each checkpoint is a penalty point. This format is much more mentally demanding than a flat-out crosscountry race. As in golf, the lowest score wins. Cars start – and hopefully finish – one minute apart if

all goes according to plan. Also, GPS, computers, and cell phones are not permitted and odometers are taped over. This is a test of human mental agility and endurance as well as classic car endurance, rather than programming capability. The course avoids timed segments on interstate highways, opting instead for scenic local, county, and state highways whenever possible through some of the prettiest country in the United States. The biggest part of the challenge other than staying on time and following the instructions is getting an old car to the finish line each day. THE OLDER THE BETTER? Cars range in age from the early 1900s to 1969, with most having been manufactured before

World War II. The oldest car in almost two decades will compete in the 2012 Great Race. Former Grand Champions Alan and Mary Travis have never shied away from a challenge. They won the Great Race in 1993 from Huntington Beach, Calif., to Norfolk, Va., in their 1910 Knox Raceabout while many contestants were traveling in their enclosed Model As and 1930s Ford Coupes. And two years ago Alan, who was also the winner of the 1987 Great Race from Disneyland in California to Disney World in Florida along with navigator Wayne Stanfield in a 1916 Mitchell, raced a 1914 Excelsior in the Motorcycle Cannonball from Kitty Hawk, N.C., to Santa Monica, California Now they will be racing a 1907

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Renault in the Great Race. The 105-year-old Renault is nine years older than the next oldest car already registered in the 2012 Great Race – a 1916 Hudson. In fact, there will be three 1916 Hudsons in this year’s event: Over the years, the Great Race has stopped in hundreds of cities big and small. When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival. As many as 40,000 people have been at stops in years past While the towns that the course will run through are publicized in advance, the actual route itself is kept secret from the drivers and navigators. Each year, race organizers give the “Great American City” award to the town along the route with the most receptive audience. The race tends to be a festive and patriotic affair, with the

streets lined with flags and marching bands playing. Look for full schedule on page 10.

HISTORY The Great Race was organized by Texans Tom McRae and Interstate Batteries chairman Norm Miller. It was named for, and partially inspired by, the 1965 movie of the same name. The rights to the race were purchased from Howard Williams of Oklahoma City, OK in the early 80’s. An inaugural race was held that year from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Indianapolis for the Memorial Day 500 race event.

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Doug and Howard Sharp, the father-and-son team from Fairport, New York, won 2011 Great Race their 1911 Velie H1 Racetype. While longtime competitors in the Great Race and in other vintage car rallies, last year’s event proved far from smooth sailing for the team, as they constantly battled to repair their century-old car along the route from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bennington, Vermont. The radiator leaked coolant the entire trip, and one of the tires ended up being held together with duct tape toward the end of the race. But the duo’s efforts paid off with an overall score of 54.29 seconds, winning the Expert division as well as the $20,000 grand prize for the event. The age of their Velie in this case helped boost the duo ahead of their competition: In the Great Race, older vehicles receive a better age factor, and nobody else drove a car as old as the Velie this year.

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Here is this year’s Great Race Schedule so you can check out this great event:
Saturday, June 23, 2012 Start: Downtown Traverse City, Mich. Lunch: Shore of Lake Huron in St. Ignace, Mich. Finish: At the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Sunday, June 24, 2012 Start: Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Lunch: Downtown Elliott Lake, Ontario Finish: A&W on Long Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario Monday, June 25, 2012 Start: Sudbury, Ontario Lunch: Bobby Orr Hall of Fame in Parry Sound, Ontario Finish: Heritage Park in Barrie, Ontario Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Start: Barrie, Ontario Lunch: Zurakowski Park in Barry’s Bay, Ontario Finish: Hazeldean Mall in Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Start: Kanata, Ontario Lunch: Confederation Park in downtown Kingston, Ontario Finish: The Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York Thursday, June 28, 2012 Start: Watertown, N.Y. Lunch: Erie Canal in downtown Fairport, New York Finish: Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, New York Friday, June 29, 2012 Start: Buffalo, New York Lunch: Downtown Franklin, PA Finish: National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio Saturday, June 30, 2012 Start: Warren, Ohio Lunch: The Carousel in downtown Mansfield, Ohio Finish: Downtown Findlay, Ohio Sunday, July 1, 2012 Start: Findlay, Ohio Lunch: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan Grand Finish: The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Great Race makes a Findlay stop!

Come to downtown Findlay on Saturday, June 30 and see vintage automobiles up close, meet the drivers and hear about this exciting event! Help Findlay to win “Great American City” award to the town along the route with the most receptive audience. Other activities for the day include: The Taste of Findlay, Cruise In Car Shows, Kids activities and inflatables, and Art-See-Mart. Tethered hot air balloon rides and LIVE entertainment throughout the evening. Welcome ceremonies for The Great Race drivers at 4:30 PM in front of the courthouse.

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In the Same Boat

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I recently won a free consulto wave around and gloat tation with an interior decorator. about when I won this Now, I have been known to win “prize.” That’s kind of a a thing or two in my day — I’ve bummer, too, for a loud scored a leather recliner, a trip ex-cheerleader like me. to Disney, a diamond necklace, We like to hoot and holler four airline tickets and an iPad, when we taste victory. to name a few. In fact, I win But most of all, this so much stuff my friends think prize was the devil in disI cheat somehow. I tell them it’s guise because it led to a nothing but clean living that severe case of Interior makes lady luck my bff. Inferiority Complex, or But this time, when my name “Interiority Complex” for was drawn my luck ran out. short. After the decorator First of all, I’ve never had to flitted through my house buzz around and clean my house throwing darts at my “decfor anything that I’ve won in orating challenge areas” I the past. (The recliner did not was left in a puddle on the By Mary Beth complain that it was placed in floor. She was kind, funny Weisenburger the same room with a bunch of and talented. But her endog toys on the floor and remnants of my thusiasm to re-do my do’s was interpreted son’s recent trip to Subway on the coffee by me as, “You have zero taste and how table). But I thought it would be tough for can you not see all these décor disasthe designer to comment on (or even see) ters??” Who knew that valances went out my windows if they haven’t been washed ten years ago? I didn’t realize that my rugs since my last kid graduated from high were outdated. Why hadn’t I considered school. So I scurried around with a dust painting my ceilings the same color as my rag, a spray bottle and a vacuum cleaner walls? for hours. I confessed my Interiority Complex to Secondly, there was no tangible item my husband that night. “Am I a bad deco-

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You may be focused on getting in shape for swimsuit season, but take a break from the gym this summer and spend some time on your financial fitness. Here are six tips to help get your investment portfolio into prime condition.

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and achieve more control over how your money is invested. Consolidating accounts may also make it easier to monitor the performance of your investments and gives you the opportunity to ensure they’re properly allocated.

away as much as you can to build your retirement nest egg. 3. Grow stronger. The fluctuating financial markets impact industries and individual investments differently, and often in ways that are difficult to predict. You can strengthen your portfolio by making sure your investment dollars are spread across a variety of investments. With diversified investments, your overall portfolio is not as likely to be derailed should one investment topple in value. Rather than trying to pick individual stocks and time the market, consider pacing yourself with systematic investments and think long-term. 4. Achieve the right balance. In light of the fickle nature of financial markets, even a well-balanced portfolio can look different than what you may have expected over time. Therefore, it’s wise to periodically assess the volatility of your investments across and within asset classes (stocks, bonds, and so forth) and rebalance your portfolio to achieve the desired asset allocation. A financial advisor can help you apply asset allocation strategies, and may have access to tools that will help you decide what may be a good match for your risk tolerance and goals – see tip #6. 5. Trim your waste. The Internet has made it easy to securely monitor your financial affairs while also helping to minimize paper waste. Question every printed piece you receive related to your portfolio. Is it absolutely essential to receive a paper statement? Do you really need to print that 100-page prospectus? Review the options provided by your financial institution and take advantage of their green initiatives if you’re comfortable managing your accounts online. With regard to your personal paper trail, keep in mind that your tax records and supporting documents should be maintained for seven years, while credit card statements can be tossed after a year. When disposing of documents, always use a shredder to keep your personal information safe from identity theft. Follow this advice, and your file cabinet will be slimmer in no time. 6. Enlist a personal trainer for your finances. Like many activities, managing investments is more fun—and potentially more productive—when you have a knowledgeable person by your side. A skilled financial advisor can guide you through simple exercises to help improve your investment fitness and cheer you on in pursuit of your financial dreams and goals. Together you can apply disciplined strategies designed to strengthen your investment portfolio and help you get in the best financial shape of your life.
### JoAn M. Smith, CFP® | Financial Advisor | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner. Ameriprise Financial Advisor is licensed/registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the states of Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Maryland. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. Ameriprise Financial does not provide tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

1. Shed the weight of extra accounts. It’s not unusual to acquire multiple retirement accounts over the years, especially if you’ve changed jobs several times. Consider consolidating them to simplify the management of your investments. If you have re- By JoAn tirement assets with a former employer, it could be to your advantage to roll them over to your own IRA

2. Bulk up your retirement savings. Have you given enough weight to what you’ll need in savings to retire comfortably? Are you taking full advantage of employer matching contributions and maxing Smith, CFP out your IRA each year? In 2012, you can contribute up to $5,000 (or $6,000 if you’re over 50) to a traditional IRA. Sock

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•June 17 - 23, 2012- All day Location: Allen County Fairgrounds National Junior Heifer Shows Each summer the American Junior Chianina Association and the American Junior Maine-Anjou Association hosts their annual National Junior Heifer Shows, the largest junior event of the year. This joint event will draw more than 300 youth exhibitors from across the United States.

•Friday, June 22 - 7:00 p.m. Fountain Park Music Series / Van Wert / 7 PM 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience A stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. This free concert is sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation. Fountain Park provides a beautiful setting for outdoor summer concerts. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food is available.
•Saturday, June 23, 2012.-7:00 p.m. Bob Ford: The Man from Little Darby Creek Location: Ottawa Metro Park Amphitheater, 2632 Ada Rd., Lima. (In case of rain the program will be held in the Miami shelter house.) Discover your own rich heritage as Bob Ford sings the songs and tells the stories of America and her people. Whether you’re 6 or 66, Bob has a story or song to captivate your attention. •Saturday, June 23, 2012.-7:00 p.m.

The Appalachian Opry Location: Famous Old Time Music Company, 20322 U.S. 33, Wapakoneta. The Appalachian Opry is our answer to Hee Haw and the Grand Old Opry. Join Vernon & Kitty

The Appalachian Opry is our •Saturday, June 30, 2012. answer to Hee Haw and the Grand Ohio National Championship Old Opry. An evening of blueMotorcycle Races grass, old country music, comedy, Gates open: 3:30 p.m. Race and fun. Comedy skits by Laura’s begins: 7:30 p.m. Location: Allen Comedy Crew. County Fairgrounds, This is the area’s Premier Motorcycle Rac•June 28, 29, & 30, 2012. ing event. Over 10,000 race fans Spencerville Summerfest converge on Lima, Ohio to watch Downtown Spencerville. Large the Grand National Circuit’s top car show, community-wide garage racers in the nation participate in sales, rides, games, food and ath- the 1/2 mile dirt track race at the letic events. Parade at 6:30 p.m. fairgrounds. Tickets are available Saturday (parade line-up starts at at the gates or at local dealer estab5:00 p.m.) and fireworks at 10:00 lishments. p.m. on Saturday. Contact: Ida Kay Keller, 419-647-4258 or spsum- •Saturday, June 30, 2012 Johnny Appleseed Park District 40th Anniversary Celebration •Friday, June 29, 2012 Location: 6:00 p.m. at Ottawa Limaland Motorsports Metro Park Amphitheater, 2632 Park Race Ada Rd., Lima. (In case of rain the Pit Gates: 4:00 p.m. Grandstand program will be held in the Miami Gates: 5:00 p.m. Hot Laps: 6:30 shelter house.) p.m. Racing: 7:30 p.m. Location: Join us as we celebrate our 40th Limaland Motorsports Park, 1500 anniversary. The evening will open Dutch Hollow Rd., Lima. 30th An- at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments nual Ohio Sprint Speedweek - All- at the Erie shelter house and at 7:00 Star Sprints/UMP Modifieds. See p.m. enjoy a patriotic performance Contact: Bob by the 42 piece Hallelujah Saints Fricke, 419-998-3168. Band at the Ottawa Metro Park Amphitheater. •June 29 -July 1 Old Fashioned Farmers’ Days - •July 3-4th... Van Wert County Fairgrounds Kiwanis July4th Celebration A few of the many attractions are / Stadium Park - Delphos / 5 PM antique tractors and machinery, The Delphos Kiwanis Club incrafts, flea market, threshing dem- vites area families to Stadium Park onstrations, a working sawmill, to kick-off this year’s Indepenfood vendors, animal land, a car dence Day celebration. There will show, mule & donkey show, the be food, rides and entertainment Western Ohio Garden Tractor Pull- for all ages. Festivities will coners, antique car racing, an antique tinue on the 4th. with fireworks at tractor pull, corn shredding, a Quilt 10:00 p.m. & Needle art show, and a trading post. For more information visit Van Wert online.

Van Wert Holiday at Home / Various Locations/ 11 AM - 11 PM Van Wert’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a patriotic parade down Main Street at 11 AM. Visitors are then invited to the grounds of the Van Wert County Historical Museum, on North Washington Street, where there will be a commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Civil War re-enactors will be on site and a skirmish between the two at the Battle of Town Creek Foot Bridge is rumored. A debate between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis is being scheduled and other guests speakers throughout the day. There will be crafters, music and activities. Activities will continue at Smiley Park with entertainment and food followed by fireworks at dusk.

Happy Daz Concerts in the Park Sundays. June 24 - Beer Barrel Boys. July 1 - Sassafrass. July 8 - Carpentry Scars. July 15 - Simply Smooth. July 22 - Someone’s Kids. July 29 - Third Floor Band. August 5 - B3 Band. All concerts: 7:00 p.m. Location: Faurot Park Pavilion, Collett St. & North Shore Drive, Lima. The Council for the Arts of Greater Lima will present the 44th year of Concerts in the Park sponsored by Happy Daz Restaurants. Always beginning the first Sunday after Father’s Day, all concerts are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome.

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