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Community Calendar
July 3 - Grand Lake Mariners vs Lake
Erie- 7:15pm. - Westview Park
July 5-8 - 175th Celebration of
St. Henry - South & North Parks-
Town Square
July 7 - Red Cross Kart Racing The
Redskin . St. Henry 175th
Celebration-6:00pm
July 8 - Blair Carmen - 8:00pm
Van Trees Park, Ft. Recovery
July 8 - 2nd Annual Concert in the
Park & Bean Bake - Shanes Park-
Rockford
July 8 - Concert Series- Lima
Marimba Band Lakeshore Park,
Celina - 6:30pm
July 9 - Grand Lake Mariners vs Day-
ton- 7:15pm Westview Park
July 12 - Shanes Crossing 5K -
Rockford
July 12 - Red Cross Kart Racing
Turnin Little Tires - Eldora
Speedway- 7:30pm
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VAN WERT - The building is as
historic as it is eye-catching. Situated
along Van Werts Main Street,
the Bedford sandstone castle-like
architecture emphasizes the edifices
importance. With turreted towers
and red-clay Ludowici tile roof, the
Brumback Library appears almost as
a scene from a story that one would
find on the pages of a book inside the
grand structure.
The building was erected
along Lincoln Highway, the main
thoroughfare during the end of the
19th Century. The library itself has
a rich history behind its elaborately
crafted exterior. According to a
county history account, in 1890 a
group of ladies realized the great
good that can rise from a public
library. From this idea, they created
The Van Wert Library Association.
This organization solicited support
for the library by campaigning the
town for subscriptions and presenting
entertainment as project fund-raisers.
At the end of the first year, a collection
of 600 books was in use for Van
Wert County citizens. That amount
eventually grew to 1,400 volumes
which were placed in the charge of a
librarian in a rented room.
The library became a free public
library in 1896 when the Common
Council of Van Wert voted a tax of
three-tenths of a mill in aid of the
library, which amounted to roughly
$575 annually. This money was used
to maintain the library, however the
purchase of new books was very
limited.
At this time, the will of John
Sanford Brumback, a man who
dedicated much of his time and
effort into the growth of the town,
was made public. Brumback was
a respected businessman in the
community, Within his will was a
gift to the people of Van Wert County
in the form of money left to create
a building of his design in which to
forever maintain a free public library.
Brumback passed away before
his dream could become a reality,
but Toledo architect David L. Stine
completed the design work. The
Brumback family presided over the
construction of the building which
was dedicated on Jan. 1, 1901.
The building was presented by the
Brumback heirs and accepted by the
county. The library itself opened later
that month, on Jan. 29 with close to
5,000 books on its shelves. It was
opened as the first county library in
the United States.
The Brumback Library continued
to grow throughout the years, until
the massive facility was virtually
outgrown. Finally by 1991, a 10,500
square foot addition was completed
along with a complete renovation
of the building. The Reed Memorial
Addition was made possible through
a gift from Orville and Ellen Reed.
With the addition, the castle grew
A glimpse of the history of the Brumback library
In 1998, the L.D. Riegle family
held the familys first golf outing
for State of the Heart Hospice.
Called the L.D. Riegle Open
Golf Tournament, the outing
was established by the family as
a way of thanking the local non-
profit agency for the care given to
the family patriarch, L.D. Riegle
who died in 1998 under the care
of State of the Heart. Mr. Riegle
was an avid golfer
The family will hold the
annual golf outing for the 14th
year on Saturday, July 14 at the
White Springs Golf Course near
Greenville. State of the Heart
has cared for patients in eastern
Indiana and western Ohio who are
confronting a life limiting illness
for more than 30 years.
The Riegle family and friends
who play in this tournament
value what was done for our
father, explained Mark Riegle,
tournament director. Mark, along
with brothers Tim and Tom, and
their sister Debbie and their
families coordinate the event.
Proceeds from the outing and an
auction held at the close of the
tournament go to patient care
support, assuring that all patients
receive hospice care, regardless
of ability to pay. The auction
occurs around 7 p.m. and is open
to the public.
This year, Riegle emphasized,
We are hoping to top the most
amount we have ever raised
which was $5,712 in 2006. We
want to go higher than that and
present State of the Heart with the
highest check we have presented.
Last year, the tournament raised
$4,832. In the past 13 years, the
golf outing has raised $60,324,
the highest amount ever raised by
a volunteer fund raising group
for State of the Heart.
Riegle Golf Tournament set for Saturday, July 14
See BRUMBACK, page 12
See RIEGlE, page 12
Pictured in 1998 are, clockwise,
l.D. Riegle, sons Mark, Tom and
Tim
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Marietta A. lochtefeld, age
91, of St. Henry, Ohio, died on
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the
Gardens at St. Henry, St. Henry,
Ohio. She was born September
24, 1920 in Coldwater, Ohio to
the late John & Rosemary (Bert-
ke) Rindler. On July 03, 1948
she married Omer Lochtefeld in
Coldwater, Ohio, and he died Au-
gust 08, 2000. Mass of Christian
Burial was held on Saturday, June
30, 2012 at St. Henry Catholic
Church, St. Henry, Ohio, with Fr.
Tom Hemm, officiating. Burial
followed in St. Henry Cemetery,
St. Henry, Ohio. Memorials may
be directed to the Activity Fund at
the Gardens at St. Henry. Condo-
lences may be left at hogenkamp-
fh.com.
Paul C Mescher, age 85, of
Celina, Ohio, died on Tuesday,
June 26, 2012 at Briarwood Vil-
lage, Coldwater, Ohio. He was
born March 27, 1927 in Maria
Stein, Ohio to the late William
and Anna (Overman) Mescher.
On June 09, 1979 he married Joan
(McNeil) Wood-Mescher in Cold-
water, Ohio and she died July 30,
2000. Mass of Christian Burial
was Monday, July 02, 2012 at
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church,
Montezuma, Ohio with Fr. Rick
Friebel, officiating. Burial fol-
lowed in Our Lady of Guadal-
upe Cemetery, Montezuma Ohio.
Condolences may be left at ho-
genkampfh.com.
The Stateline Writers Club met
on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the
Mercer County District Library. The
group finalized the legacy program
Writing your legacy one story at a
time to be presented, June 23, 2012
at the St. Marys Community Public
Library.
Information was shared regarding
the Midwest Writers Workshop, July
26-28, 2012, in Muncie, IN and the
Preserving Our Memories event at
Sauder Village on July 14, 2012.
Alta Jean Kuhn led the writing
exercise. Each person was asked to
select one picture from two different
envelopes and then write about
those pictures. The group was given
10 minutes to write and then each
shared their story. The results were
imaginative and humorous and the
group enjoyed hearing the stories that
were created.
The writing prompt was chosen
for the next meeting, members are
asked to write about a memorable
crush.
Members then shared their
writings, either something to be
read at legacy program; the writing
prompt for the meeting which was
what you did when your parents
werent home; or another story they
wished to share.
The next meeting of the Stateline
Writers Club will be at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Mercer
County District Library. Meetings
are free and open to the public.
Stateline Writers club finalizes legacy program
Three New Bremen churches
conducting a community-wide
vacation bible school in July have
targeted State of the Heart Hospices
annual Camp BEARable as their
mission project, attempting to
raise funds for the camp which is for
children grieving the loss of a loved
one.
Each year, we have a different
cause we feature, explained Kristi
Voisard who will be teaching the
mission portion of the vacation
bible school which will be held at one
of the sponsoring churches, St. Pauls
United Church of Christ. The other
churches are Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church and St. Peters Church. This
year, we decided to help with funds
for Camp BEARable, she added.
The vacation bible school will be
held from Sunday, July 22 and will
end Thursday, July 26. School is from
6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and is for children
four years and older up to fifth grade
level.
Chris Killian, a volunteer at the
camp for the past several years, will be
a guest speaker one evening. He will
tell the youth what camp
is all about. This will
encourage them to think
of ways to raise funds
or to give to the camp,
Voisard said. Our hope
is to raise $300. This is
the amount to sponsor
one child. This year
marks the 12
th
year for
Camp BEARable which
will be held July 13-15
at the Spiritual Center of
Maria Stein. The camp
is free and there need
not be any association with hospice
care. It is open to children six to 15.
Voisard said that when Killian
speaks to the church group, the
parents will be asked to attend that
portion of the evening so they can
learn more about Camp BEARable.
It is still possible to register to attend
the vacation bible school. Contact
St. Pauls United Church of Christ
at 419-629-2502. There is a $10
charge which covers materials and
refreshments.
State of the Heart Hospice, with
offices in Greenville,
Coldwater and
Portland, provides care
to patients and families
in eastern Indiana and
western Ohio who
are confronting a life-
limiting illness.
The vacation bible
school church project
is the second recent
association with a
church raising funds for
Camp BEARable. The
first communion class
at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in
New Bremen recently collected funds
and donated $95 to camp.
Registrations are still being
accepted by State of the Heart for
Camp BEARable. An application
is available on line and can be
downloaded from the State of
the Heart web site. Go to www.
stateoftheheartcare.org for more
information and to download the
application. you can also call Marlene
Black. Bereavement Specialist and
Camp Director, at 1-800-417-7535.
Churches to help Camp BEARable
for State of the Heart Hospice
Pictured is Kristi
Voisard.
Mildred M. Dues, age 89, of Coldwater, Ohio, died on Thursday, June
28, 2012 at Briarwood Village, Coldwater, Ohio. She was born March
14, 1923 in Carthagena, Ohio to the late Henry andMonica (Eyink)
Wuebker. On February 23, 1946 she married Lawrence J. Dues and he
died March 28, 1999. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM on
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater, Ohio
with Fr. Richard Walling, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Elizabeth
Cemetery, Coldwater Ohio. Friends may call from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
and on Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Hogenkamp Funeral
Home-Coldwater on Monday. Memorials may be directed to Briarwood
Village Activity Fund. Condolences may be left at hogenkampfh.com.
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A Look Back
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From the Archives of The
Mercer County Chronicle
10 YEARS AGO (2002)
Coldwater Village businessmen
have been discussing the pros and
cons of planting trees in the business
area of the town and promoting the
village as a Tree City.
Carson and Barnes 5-Ring
Circus was coming to Fort Recovery
Ambassador Park on July 10, 2002,
with over 75 performers and the
worlds largest herd of performing
elephants and the rare Friesian
Stallions.
25 YEARS AGO (1987)
Oakwood, Ohio, based Cooper
Foods, parent company of St.
Clair Mills, Fort Recovery, will
break ground July 10, 1987, on
a new 45.000 square foot turkey
processing plant in St. Henry.
The village of St. Henry is
celebrating its 150th birthday with
a big Sesquicentennial celebration
from July 7-12.
50 YEARS AGO (1962)
Mercer County Commissioners
Wednesday approved a petition to
annex 32.87 acres of the Rosenbeck
farm to the village of Coldwater.
Land involved is the southwest part
of the farm east of Coldwater along
Route 219.
Army Pvt. Ralph A. Fullenkamp,
a 1957 graduate of St. Henry
High School, recently completed
military police training at The
Provst Marshal Generals School,
Fort Gordon, Ga.
The New Bremen School Board
was told by the State Department
of Education that they do not meet
the standards for a permanent High
School center because they do not
have 240 students in the upper four
grades.
The fifty-third annual Harvest
Jubilee will be held in Fort Recovery
July 9th through July 14th. Fifty
years ago, the Jubilee hosted the
First Air Mail flight in Ohio and
fourth in the United States.
Ernest yaney, 71, owner and
operator of the yaney sawmill, west
of Celina, was killed by a falling
tree while working in a woods north
of Mendon last Wednesday.
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Keeping Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
A roly-poly puppy or chubby kitten might look cute, but carrying extra fat can endanger your pets health.
Americans are not the only ones with a growing obesity problemour pets are facing the same trend. Studies
indicate that nearly 50% of adult dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese, and that percentage
increases among older pets. Obesity increases the risk for other serious health problems, including back pain,
osteoarthritis, diabetes (in cats), kidney disease, heart, and respiratory diseases, and many types of cancers. If a pet
already has a health condition, obesity makes the problem that much harder to manage and more expensive to care
for as a result. An overweight pet also deals with lower energy overall, hampering his ability to enjoy an active lifestyle
with you and your family and a shorter life span.
Weight gain occurs when Fif eats more calories than she burns off during normal activities or exercise. It may
seem that an extra pound on your Yorkie is not so terrible but that tiny bit can be a signifcant percentage of your pets
total weight. Your Yorkie may tip the scales at just 12 pounds but that is the equivalent of a 5-foot-4 woman who
weighs 218 pounds. Factors that can contribute to weight gain include:
Overfeeding or overeating
Inactivity or low activity levels
Breed Age
Reproductive status (intact versus spayed/neutered)
Preexisting diseases (e.g., hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, Cushings disease)
Keeping track of both your pets meals as well as their treats can give you a better picture of the calories that are
adding up. Although commercially produced pet foods must meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control
Offcials) nutritional standards, which ensure that they contain protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and
water in certain proportions, treats are often not nutritionally complete and balanced and can contain a lot of calories.
By keeping an eye on what your pet is eating each day, you and your vet will easily be able to come up with a plan if
it turns out your pet needs to shed a few pounds. Most diets come with feeding guidelines, but every pet is different. If
your pet weighs 90 pounds and you want them to weigh 80, then feed per the guidelines for 80 pounds. Remember,
overfeeding an obese pet is basically loving it to death.
Not only do you need to feed your pet the right amount of food, but the right type for his species, age, and size.
For example, an adult dog or cat should not be fed a formula for puppy or kitten growth. Ask a veterinary professional
for advice on what products offer the right nutritional mix for your pet, and how much and how often to feed.
To keep Fif slim and trim, you also need to give her plenty of opportunities for regular exercise. Just 20 to 30
minutes daily helps to balance the three major chemicals in the brain and can help prevent depression and anxiety.
Next week I will give you tips on how to exercise your pet.
Feeding people food to pets is a bad idea -- not only can it contribute to weight gain but it can also give rise
to other medical problems. Some foods that are perfectly healthy for people, like grapes, can be toxic to pets. Even
foods that arent toxic can contribute to stomach problems, food allergies, or other problems for pets. Additionally,
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By Karen White
Reviewed by Skeet Wolters
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Fiction is meant to entertain,
but I usually find that a good writer
will also educate on the pages of
a well-researched novel. Author
Karen White teaches several subjects
in On Folly Beach. She notes on
page 711 that while vacationing in the
popular Outer Banks of North Carolina
the family took a sightseeing
tour of the famous Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse. It was
on that tour that she learned
of a German U-boat that
sunk right off the coast from
where she was standing. I
ask my husband if he was
aware of U-boats being so
close to our shores during the
war and he said he was not.
We both learned something new. On
Folly Beach is set in the 1940s and
goes back and forth to the present day.
White was inspired by this information
and after much research, she builds the
story around the U-boats, spies, the
war, love, death, loss and much more.
This book expanded my
knowledge of several subjects. I was
only vaguely aware of bottle trees
and the story behind them.
Slaves from Africa thought
that you could capture evil
spirits within the bottles,
thus keeping one safe from
harm. When the sun rose
the next day, the spirits were
then destroyed. I now have
a bottle tree in my garden.
It holds many blue bottles
and when I look at it, I am
reminded of the storyline
of On Folly Beach.
Two stories are intertwined
alternately in the chapters in a very
interesting and intriguing manner. Lulu
is in both chapters as a young 10 year
old and again as a cantankerous old
woman. She is the maker of the bottle
trees in both eras and holds secrets until
the very end. Emmy is the bookstore
owner and sleuth who uncovers the
family secret at the risk of losing her
newfound man friend.
The story line includes secretly
putting notes in the bottles as well
as notes on the margins of book. It
also covers Nancy Drew, bookstores,
the beach, loss of loved ones
during wartime, past and present.
An interesting book that I highly
recommend to our patrons who enjoy
a mystery, love story and lots of
education thrown in for good measure.
This would make a good summer read
for the many locals who vacation on
The Outer Banks area. The library
hasOn Folly Beach in large print and
audio CD. Happy reading. Skeet
The 2012 Leadership In Action
class graduated on June 19 with
a dinner and program in the
Gathering Room at Briarwood
Village. These students traveled
one day a month from September
2011 through June 2012 learning
about county government, state
government, health and wellness,
education, agriculture, economic
development, history and tourism,
community services, and much
more. Leadership In Action
is an excellent opportunity for
people who are new to the area
to experience the rich history of
Mercer County and experience
the dedicated community
servants. Even if you grew up
in Mercer County, this program
will give you more knowledge
and a new appreciation of your
heritage. This years student,
Rachel Koesters from The
Peoples Bank Co. shared her
thoughts about the program.
This was a fun and educational
class. It was a great way to meet
people in the community and a
source for networking. The class
was a great way to learn about
the community and the different
organizations that are available.
The class really showed me how
to become a leader and how
I can become more involved
with the community I live in.
Leadership In Action has helped
me step out of my comfort zone
in order to become a more active
leader. Registration is being
taken now for the 2012-2013 class.
The fee is $395.00 which includes
the classes, transportation, food
and drinks. For more information,
contact the Celina Mercer
County Chamber of Commerce
at 419 586-2219. Pictured from
left to right back row: Rachel
Koesters, Peoples Bank Co.-Brad
Niekamp, Francis Furniture-
Michael Brunswick, Versa Pak-
Tom Montgomery, Attorney At
Law- Christa Wynk, C Town
Promotions-Marie Weitzel,
Reynolds-Jen Roidt, Coopers-
Marvin Schwartz, Pastor at New
Horizons Community Church-
Ronnie Mathew, Ft. Recovery
Industries Pictured from left to
right front row: Teresa Bienz,
Wright State Lake Campus-Ron
Pfaff, Coopers-Kathy Cline,
Coopers-Diane Seger, Coopers.
2012 Class Graduates &
Registration is open for
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July 5, 2012 Page 5
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Mary Zahn welcomed members
of the Coldwater Kiwanis Club to
Coldwater Creek Alpaca Farm on
June 26. Mary and her husband,
Norm, began raising Suri alpacas
about two years ago. They
constructed a specially designed
building on their farm where their
home and alpaca barn adjoin
one another similar to European
farmhouse and barn combination
structures.
Alpaca are indigenous to South
American and are raised for their
fleece. There are two different
breeds Suri and Huacaya. They
are members of the camel family
but only grow to about three feet
tall at the shoulder. Alpaca fleece
is sheared once each year and each
animal yields five to ten pounds.
Fleece is spun into yarn and used in a
variety of products. Huacaya fleece
has a wavy texture and is fluffy. Suri
fleece is straight and hangs in silky
cascades. It is being rediscovered in
the textile and fashion industries for
its softness and sheen.
Alpacas are intelligent, curious,
and safe and easy to handle and
train. Marys grandchildren seemed
to be very comfortable with them.
Kiwanis news
Independence Day is celebrated
on the Fourth of July, in all of the 50
States, the District of Columbia and
the Territories of the United States in
honor of our Nations Independence,
July 4, 1776.
Do you recall singing the song,
yankee Doodle Dandy, when you
were young? The lyrics reflect the
importance of this Holiday: Im
a yankee Doodle dandy, A yankee
Doodle do or die; A real live nephew
of my Uncle Sams Born on the
Fourth of July!
This photograph post card of
the Montezuma Band, with July 4,
1911, by A.W. Cron written on the
front of the photograph, is a reflection
of a local Fourth of July celebration.
However, I do not have the names of
the Band Members. Perhaps, some
Franklin Township residents will
recognize the Band Members. If so,
please email me the names or put the
list in the mail to me. If not for your
help, we may never know the names
of these Band Members.
I depend upon Mercer County
residents and former residents to help
the Mercer County Historical Society
in its Mission, To Preserve Mercer
Countys History and To Educate the
public about that History.
The Mercer County Historical
Society has come a long way since the
Mercer County Commissioners asked
three gentlemen, Carroll Stubbs,
Carleton Reiser and Roscoe Riley, to
found this Mercer County Historical
Society and Mercer County Historical
Museum in 1957. The first Mercer
County Historical Museum was located
on the second floor of the building,
at the northeast corner of Main and
Fayette Streets in Celina. The Mercer
County Commissioners purchased
the former Lena Riley Home, at 130
East Market, Celina, for the Mercer
County Historical Society to have the
Mercer County Historical Museum.
The Historical Society moved the
Museum exhibits to this Victorian
home in 1975.
This Society has hosted hundreds
of special exhibits over the past
half of a Century. Over 150,000
Guests have visited this current
Museum building, since 1975. The
Mercer County Historical Society
has published over two dozen local
history books, to honor its Mission of
Preserving History and Educating the
Public. Thousands of copies of these
history books have been purchased
by people interested in local history.
Each week, I receive daily emails
requesting assistance in historical
and/or genealogical research. Our
new Township Bibliographies should
serve to help researchers for this next
century.
The 1911 post card photograph of
the Montezuma Band, does not have
the names of the Band Members.
That takes away the historical
value of this photograph. Do you
have old photographs at home,
without the names or dates or
places? Please consider writing the
identification information on a white
label and pasting it on the back of the
photograph. Place your photographs
in a safe place for future generations.
Will your Great Grandchildren or
other relatives write about your family
history? Will you be able to identify
your old photographs to share with
your future Family Historians?
This is the week to celebrate our
many freedoms of the United States
of America, with family and friends.
Protecting our Mercer County
heritage and protecting our Family
Heritage is a part of this National
freedom. Caring for our family and
community photographs is one small
step in taking pride in our Countrys
celebration of our Independence Day,
July 4, 1776.
[The Mercer County Historical
Society President Joyce Alig, may
be contacted at 3054 Burk-St. Henry
Road, Saint Henry, OH 45883, or
histalig@bright.net or 419-678-
2614.]
Montezuma Band, July 4, 1911, by A.W. Cron.
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All activities will take place at South Park
6 11 p.m. Food stand open
6 8 p.m. Steve Free and his band in
the Gazebo. He was the
winner of the 2008
Governors Arts Award. His
music is rooted in Native
American/Appalachian.
7 7:30 p.m. Bicycle Parade You may
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8 p.m. Opening Ceremony:
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St. Henry Veterans Honor
Garden, Military Flyover &
St. Henry High School Band
8:30 9:30 p.m. Steve Free continues in
the Gazebo
8:45 p.m. Auction of Selected
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9 9:30 p.m. # Win It In a Minute contest
9:30 11 p.m. Air Force Band
# Registration required
FRIDAY, JUlY 6, 2012
All activities will take place at Town
Square
5 8:30 p.m. Big Band Music Fred
Ziwich and his International
Sound Machine
6 12 midnight Refreshment Stand Open
6 10 p.m. Food Fest
6 p.m. Agriculture Timeline
school parking lot
6 p.m. Sports Exhibit
elementary gym
6 8 p.m. We the People musical
High School Commons
(tickets required)
7 p.m. # Square Dancing
Guinness Book of World
Records Dancing on Main
Street
7 p.m. # Pie Baking contest
and Auction
7 9 p.m. Childrens Activities & Train
Rides
8 9 p.m. # Win It In a Minute contest
8 p.m. Auction of Selected
Numbered Plates
9 12 midnight Entertainment
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SATURDAY, JUlY 7, 2012
All activities will take place at Town
Square
8 a.m. # Steeple Chase Bike Tour begins
9 11 a.m. # Chalk art drawn on sidewalk
at North Park
10 a.m. ?? Sports Exhibit elementary
gym
10 a.m.?? Agriculture Timeline school
parking lot
10 a.m. 1 p.m. Fashion Show and Tea
Party High School Commons
(tickets required)
12 2 p.m. Childrens Crafts
2 3:30 p.m. Childrens Activities & Train
Rides
2 4 p.m. Red Cross Go-Cart Warm Up
laps
2 Midnight Refreshment Stand Open
4 p.m. Mass at St. Henry Catholic Church
5 6 p.m. Red Cross Qualifying Races
6 Midnight Food Stand Open
6 8:30 p.m. Red Cross Go-cart Races
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6:00 8:30 p.m. We the People Dinner Theatre
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8:30 11 p.m. linda lee, Country Singer
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9 p.m. # Win It In a Minute contest
10 p.m. Fireworks
11 midnight Karaoke
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All activities will take place at North Park
9 a.m. # 5-K & Fun Run
9 & 11 a.m. Mass at St. Henry Catholic Church
10:30 1 p.m. Breakfast at the legion
12:30 p.m. Fourth Degree Flag Presentation
12:30 p.m. # Punt, Pass, & Kick
1 6 p.m. Childrens Activities & Train Rides
1:30 p.m. Food Stand Open
1:30 p.m. # 3-on-3 Basketball Contest
# Sand Volleyball
# Big Wheel Races
Pool Open for FREE Family Swimming
Chalk Art Display
1:30 p.m. living Rosary and Ice Cream Social
1:30 2:30 p.m. Mini Air Show
1:30 3 p.m. St. Henry Fire Department Bucket
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2 4 p.m. # Princess Day and Carriage Rides
2:30 p.m. Grand lake Sound Waves
3 p.m. Olde Time Baseball Game with the
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which was organized by a group
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Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van
Wert county residents to have
access to college instruction. The
foundation secured the funding
to build and operate an institution
of higher education and after 50
years, the Lake Campus of Wright
State University is the only
institution of higher education in
the West Central Ohio. For five
decades, WOEF has remained
strongly committed to the success
of the Lake Campus.
Since 1965, WOEF has
awarded over $2.7 million in
scholarships to Lake Campus
students while providing
unwavering financial support for
student programs and activities.
The Board has spearheaded
various fundraising campaigns
securing the land to build the
academic buildings, the first
student housing unit, and other
renovations throughout the last
fifty years.
Since 2000, one Thursday in
May has been designated Guest
Waiters Night at Bellas Italian
Grille to support the work of the
WOEF Board. This year $1,453
was raised which brings our 12
year total to $12,500. Many
volunteer Lake Campus faculty,
staff and students serve as guest
waiters with all tip money along
with a percentage of the wine sales
deposited in the WOEF Trustee
General Scholarship Fund. This
years event was held on May 18
at Bellas on West Bank Road in
Celina. Thank you to the many
local company sponsors for
door prizes, including Van Wert
Hospital, Eaton Corporation,
Midwest Logistics, Barnes and
Noble Bookstore, Garmann
Miller Architects and Engineers,
and other board members, faculty
and staff.
Tony Fleck from Bellas is
shown presenting the check for
the scholarship donation to Julie
Miller, WOEF Development
Officer along with Roger Fulk,
Lake Campus faculty member and
guest waiter and Sandy Gilbert,
WOEF Scholarship Coordinator.
To find out more about WOEF
scholarship program, log onto
www.wright.edu/lake/woef.html.
Guest Waiter Night at Bellas Italian Grille
benefits the WOEF Scholarship Program
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Page 10 May 21, 2009 - May 27, 2009
Celina Couple Receives Albert Heckler
Award from Cheryl Ann Programs
Louis and Dorothy Hoyng never imagined that theyd be-
come involved with Cheryl Ann Programs.
They were raising three happy, healthy boys in their Celina
home. Louie operated his custom upholstery shop next door,
and Dorothy worked in the high school cafeteria. They were a
typical family.
Then a very atypical thing happened. Their middle son,
Brian, was struck by lightning in 1981 when he was 16. With
that bolt out of the blue, the Hoyngs lives changed forever.
The odds of being struck by lightning are one in 280,000,
but the Hoyngs couldnt afford to spend much time thinking
about their terrible luck. They had a son who needed them
more than he ever had. The first years after Brians accident,
which left him with severe disabilities, were very difficult,
they said, as they searched for someone who could help them
help Brian.
Their school district helped as much as it could.Finally, then-
Superintendent Ralph Stelzer recommended a place the Hoyngs
knew about but had never visited as parents: Cheryl Ann.
Cheryl Ann was the best thing that ever happened to us,
Louie Hoyng said. It gave Brian his life back.
The people of Cheryl Ann helped Brian with his everyday
life. They gave him a place to go and jobs to do. He made new
friends, and enjoyed everything about his experiences there,
up to and including the bus ride out to Mud Pike.
When he would see Sam Morden (his bus aide) he would
just smile, and the people in Adult Day Services really knew
how to make him laugh, Dorothy Hoyng said.
It wasnt long before the Hoyngs were finding ways to re-
pay Cheryl Ann for its help. They were regular volunteers.
Louie Hoyng completed upholstery jobs for the unique
equipment used at Cheryl Ann, and often, said Superintendent
Mike Overman, Louie would forget to send us a bill. He
also served a term on the county MRDD board and was the
board president.
For all that, and for their tireless advocacy on behalf of
their son, the Hoyngs received the Albert Heckler Award at
the staff appreciation banquet in March. The award is given
each year to a Cheryl Ann family that exemplifies service and
advocacy.
The Hoyngs both served as good examples of first-rate
advocates for their son, Overman said. They rarely ever
missed a day spending time with him, and they always spoke
up to be sure his needs were being met. They were really spe-
cial parents for Brian, and really good supporters of our pro-
gram.
Brian Hoyng died in February 2008 at the age of 43. In the
years after the lightning strike he taught his family a lot about
patience, hope, endurance and acceptance. He introduced the
Hoyngs to a world they had only seen from the outsidebut it
was a world where they found welcome and acceptance.
We met some wonderful people during our years at Cheryl
Ann, Dorothy Hoyng said. They worked their hearts out
helping us with Brian.
Dorothy and Louis Hoyng
Stateline Writers Meet
At the April meeting of the Stateline Writers Club, members read
profiles they had written about someone, living or dead or make-
believe, and member Eileen Whitsetts special activity of having mem-
bers combine pictures of particular scenes with a person or people
assigned to them to put into that scene brought interesting results.
Sue Miller and Gretchen Bollenbachers proposal for a special
meeting designed to attract new members was described and approved.
Members will be hosted by the Coldwater Public Library in June for
a reading of their best work.
At the next meeting, which will be on Saturday, May 16, mem-
bers will rehearse for their special program in June.
Stateline club members meet the 3rd Saturday of each month at
10 a.m. at the Celina Mercer County Library. Anyone interested in
coming to a meeting or becoming a member is cordially invited to
attend.
Celina Rotary Dog Park Dedicated
BY: BETTY LOU DENNEY/HALL
Opening day at the Celina Rotary Dog Park received
rave revues from the dogs. As the gates opened for the first
time on Tuesday May 12, dogs of all sizes were seen mak-
ing their way to the park to get a chance to run in over 3
acres of wide open spaces of the chain-linked fenced in
area. Small dogs area is an acre and the large dogs have
over 2 acres. The new park, which is one of newest and
biggest things happening in the State Parks around the coun-
try, was made possible due to the efforts of Deborha Borns,
Rotary Club President. Her friend, Darlene Lynskey, is also
working on getting a State Dog Park in her home town of
St. Marys. The two dog lovers along with many volunteers
worked many hours with the help of the State and Craig
Morton, who is the regional manager of Grand Lake St.
Marys. Together they cleared away debris from the previ-
ously unused land. The Park is located at the end of West
Bank Road
Deb Borns saw her idea come to life with the help of the
Celina Rotary Clubs major donation and businesses as well
as individuals who helped with labor and monetary dona-
tions. The idea came to her after visiting another dog park.
At the dedication ceremony Deb thanked many of the
people who made the park possible. Jeff Larmore, Past
Rotary President and Celina City Council Member spoke
as his 150 pound Newfoundland, Bentley checked out the
park. Jeff is also a large contributor to the park in honor of
the recovery of Bentley after he had been lost for several
days. Craig Morton, Regional Manager of State Park Gand
Lake St. Marys and John Hunter, Assistant Chief of the
Division of Parks and Recreation also spoke at the dedica-
tion ceremony. Deb concluded her speech with some wise
lessons that she has learned from her own dogs. A few of
which were: Never leave home without your leach and
your ID. If you stare at someone long enough, you will get
what you want. Last, if it is not wet and sloppy it is not a
real kiss.
One of the many visitors enjoying running free on dedi-
cation day was a lab /poodle mix owned by Dave Hochstien,
professor at Wright State University. He has other dogs at
home but decided to only bring one at a time. He com-
mented that this was the first time his dog had this much
exercise since he got him a year ago.
There are a few small problems to work out with the
park, such as the water faucet would not shut off and there
was a small hole under the fence in the small dog side of
the park, which of course was found by one of the little
furry visitors on dedication day. These problems will be
easily fixed. Memberships ($10) to Fur Ever Friends are
being sold to help with the upkeep of the park. The use of
the park is free to the public. One of the additions they
would like to have is benches added to the park for the
comfort of the owners.
The green stations placed around the fence for the dog
wastes were given at a discount by Florida based company
named DogiPot. Gary Brown, Assistant Operations Man-
ger, heard about the plans for the park and wanted to help
by giving discounts on the pots. The company has all Oxi-
biodegradable bags inside the pots for your dog waste. Gary
flew in from Florida to be a part of the ribbon cutting and
opening of the park. More of their products can be found
by going to: www.propet.org.
If visiting the park remember to follow the rules that are
posted at the entrance. Common sense is your guide such
as:
Dogs should have their current shots
The park has little dog and big dog sections, keep
dogs in their own spaces.
Dont leave dog unattended
Do not bring a dog that shows aggressive behavior
Keep small children under close supervision
Clean up after your own dog
Never bring a dog to the park that has an illness.
These are just a few precautions to remember. Check
the rules before entering the park and you and your dog
will have a great time The Park is open daylight to dark
everyday.
Deb Borns prepares to cut the ribbon at the Dedication of the Celina Rotary Club Dog Park. Helping to hold the ribbon
is Darlene Lynskey and John Hunter, assistant chief of the Ohios Division of Parks and Recreation. On left is Craig
Morton, Regional Manager of Grand Lake St. Marys. Right: Jeff Larmore and Bentley. Photo by Roy Hall.
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The traditional thinking that held
summer starts with Memorial Day
and ends with Labor Day really does
not work anymore. July Fourth was
considered the midpoint of summer
with schools starting after the first
Monday in September. It no longer
works that way. On my morning
trips through Coldwater, I regularly
see a group of high school age boys
in shorts and cutoff tee-shirts setting
up in football formations. I have
never visited the weight room, but
I imagine there has also been much
activity in that facility.
It is not September that officially
signals the start of fall high school
sports, but the date gyrates around
the first of August. Serious local
athletes, like the Coldwater foot-
ballers, have already been working
out unofficially for months prior to
that date and area students report
to classes around the 21st of Au-
gust this year. you may have also
noticed that the minutes of daylight
are on the decline each day. Those
long lazy carefree days of our youth,
if you are around my age, have dis-
appeared with typewriters and pay
phones. The Fourth is closer to the
end than the middle.
Now we know what 105 degrees
feels like. One fellow Ohioan prob-
ably did not like it, because he once
told me that he does like to breathe
any air he cannot see. This Mid-
western heat wave did not have the
normal humidity we have grown to
expect this time of year, but I do not
need or care for an explanation; the
next one may be worse.
I want to go on record as being
an admirer of Lebron James and was
glad he won his first NBA champi-
onship. I suspect most Ohioans do
not feel as I do, especially the folks
around Cleveland, but that city and
its concerns really do not bother me.
Actually the Place on the Lake has
no right to claim Lebron as a home-
town boy. He is from Akron, which
is close to Cleveland, but it is not
Cleveland, as citizens from Akron
will gladly explain. Its somewhat
similar to saying everyone from
Mercer County is the same. Outsid-
ers might assume that Celina is the
same as Coldwater, St. Henry, Ma-
ria Stein, Fort Recovery, Rockford,
and Mendon. James left his home-
town the first time when he went to
Cleveland, not Miami.
I am glad to report seeing a
couple people a day on the average
using the beach at the State Park on
Grand Lake and hearing no reports
of illnesses cause by the waters. The
officials just cannot seem to win on
the Lake water level issue. They
kept the level up for years to keep
the water recreation people happy
and were sued for flooding down
the ditch after some heavy storms.
This year they lowered the Lake
early in the year and we are hav-
ing an exceptionally early summer
drought and a very low Lake water
level condition.
OFF THE WALL
Observations ... by John Bruns
Fr. James Seibert,
C.PP.S. has been ap-
pointed to be the pas-
tor of three Catholic
parishes; namely, Pre-
cious Blood Church
in Dayton, St. Rita
Church in Dayton and
St. Paul Church in
Englewood. His ap-
pointment is effective
July 1, 2012.
Fr. James Seibert,
C.PP.S. was ordained
April 30, 1977. His frst assign-
ment was Associate Pastor at St.
Andrew in Orlando, FL. In July
1980 he was named Associate
Pastor of St. Michael in Kalida,
Ohio. At this time he was also
Formation Director. In October
1983, he became pastor of Church
of the Nativity in Lake Mary, FL.
October 1995, he became admin-
istrator of Immaculate Conception
in Bellevue, Ohio. July 10, 1996
until August 1, 2000, he was pas-
tor of Immaculate Conception in
Celina. In July 1999, St. Theresa
in Rockford, OH was added to his
duties as pastor of Immaculate
Conception. For twelve years,
2000 to 2012 Fr. Jim has been the
director of St. Charles Center. For
eight of those years he also served
as the Dean of St. Marys
Deanery, which is a geo-
graphic area of the Cin-
cinnati Archdiocese and
it includes 27 churches.
Wednesday, June
27, the Missionaries of
the Precious Blood, all
the residents and em-
ployees at St. Charles,
as well as the present
Dean, Fr. Tom Man-
nebach held a farewell
dinner for Fr. Jim to
honor him and to thank him for his
dedicated service of these past 12
years. As he moves to Dayton to
serve other people, the community
of St. Charles send their thoughts
and prayer with him and hope he
will have many more blessings in
his new place of ministry.
Fr. Siebert appointed
pastor of three parishes
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th
2012 at the VFW Post 9019.
President Schwieterman opened
the meeting according to ritual.
Secretary, Barbara Brackman and
Treasurer Nancy Bohman gave their
reports and were filed according to
rule.
A sympathy card and a donation
to Mercer County Cancer Society
was given in memorial to Dottie
Balmhold in memory of her daughter,
Tassie.
New Business: A possible quarter
auction was discussed.
Elsie Balster turned in bill for her
lunch costs.
Sue Wolters and Louise
Schwieterman to check on Warrant
issuer.
Pilgramage and memorial stats
showed 7 members visited at St.
Rose Church.
The Trustee moved to pay bills
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th
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Louise Schwieteman.
Pot of Gold won by Lucille
Droesch and Tillie Elking
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Schultz
July 11
th
lunch to be taken care of
by Esther Kuess and Mary Bruns.
VFW Post 9019 Chickasaw Auxiliary
Baby Girl Sheeley
TJ and Sarah (Hoying)
Sheeley of Celina announced
the birth of their daughter, Stella
Rose Sheeley, at 2:45 p.m. on
June 19, 2012 at the Mercer
Health Hospital in Coldater. She
was 8 pounds and 6 ounces and
was 20 inches long.
Stella was welcomed home
by her sister London.
Maternal grandparents
are Vern and Sue Hoying
of Montezuma. Paternal
grandparents are Terry and Mary
Ann Sheeley of West Liberty,
Ohio.
2012 Coldwater Little League Standings















Recent Results:
Thursday, June 28
Lions 5
CW Lumber 2

Jaycees 13
Johnson Mech. 5

Stor/Lock 12
Cars 11 (8 innings)

CBS 7
Werlings 6 (8 innings)

Tuesday, June 26
Jaycees 11
Stor/Lock 2

Cars 7
CBS 3

Johnson Mech. 7
CW Lumber 5

Werlings 8
Lions 3



TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN % Runs For Runs
Against
Johnson
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10 1 .909 91 36
Werlings 8 3 .727 90 56
CBS 8 3 .727 97 61
Jaycees 6 5 .545 83 84
Lions 4 7 .364 69 73
Stor & Lock 4 7 .364 72 126
Cars 3 8 .273 60 67
CW Lumber 1 10 .091 61 114
Runs Scored Leaderboard

Name Team Runs
1) Nate Rindler (CBS) 19

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Brad Giere (Werlings)

4) Alex Wourms (CBS) 17
Austin Riethman (CW Lumber)

6) Joel Muhlenkamp (Stor/Lock) 16
Mitch Balster (Jaycees)

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remained consistent with the original
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with shelves full, and peer out the
windows onto the city below.
The building itself is easy to find
at 215 W. Main St. in Van Wert. It
is situated a little over a block west
of the Van Wert County Courthouse
near downtown.
The Brumback Library has
attracted much attention over the
years. From the old style architecture
to the resonant interior design, The
Brumback Library is a functioning
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Riegle said he is hoping that the
auction, which usually brings in 40
to 45 percent of the proceeds, will
be one of the best we have done.
It is open to the general public. We
are looking for auction items that
will help us reach a goal of nearly
$6,000, he said. Typically, sports
items are auctioned off at the
auction. We have had tickets for
various sporting events, or items
from Ohio State or other teams,
he said.
He pointed out that auction
items need not be sports related.
We have had quilts donated
for auction (one had an unusual
golf theme), and unusual floral
arrangements. If someone has an
item they think might make a good
auction item, they should get in
touch with me. The more auction
items we have, the more we raise
for State of the Heart, he added.
Riegle said the family has
maintained its commitment to
organizing the golf outing as a
way for our family to pay back
hospice for the great care our
father received. We want to do our
share to make sure this wonderful
care is there for others, just as it
was for our father.
He added, Those of us
who organize and play in the
tournament all have the same
values. It is wonderful to come
together and do something which
benefits State of the Heart at the
same time enjoy a day with family
and friends who have a common
bond and commitment. There are
many who participate who have
been touched by hospice care.
As in the past 13 years, there
will be 18 teams representing 72
people who will tee off at 1 p.m.
The same teams have played
consistently over the years. Each
member of the Riegle family,
including spouses, takes on a task.
Mark, of Ft. Recovery, handles
hole sponsors and organizes teams;
brother Tom from Arcanum, is in
charge of food and drinks, and
brother Tim, who lives in New
Jersey, does all of the signage.
The family pays for the costs of
food and drinks for the players.
For more information about
the outing or to donate an item for
the auction, contact Mark Riegle
at 937-459-683 or at rieglma@
whirlpool.com. For more
information about State of the
Heart, visit the web site at www.
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Riegle
Baby Boy Bruns
Derrick and Karla (Buschur) Bruns of St. Henry announced the birth of their
son, Max Thomas Bruns, at 6:47 p.m. on June 23, 2012 at the Mercer Health
Hospital in Coldwater. He was 8 pounds and 7.5 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Max was welcomed home by his sister, Whitney.
Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Janice Buschur of St. Henry. Paternal
grandparents are Tom and Laurie Bruns of Coldwater. Maternal great-
grandparents are the late Alph and Emileen Buschur and the late Victor and
Mary Ann Schmackers. Paternal great-grandparents are Ken and Ruthie Bruns of
Celina and John and Margie Ronnebaum of Celina.
Baby Boy Jenkins
Ryan and Aimee (Landry) Jenkins of Celina announced the
birth of their son, Carter Elliot Jenkins, at 11:29 a.m. on June 22,
2012 at the Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater. He was was 7
pounds and 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Judy and Gary Landry of Wooster,
Ohio. Paternal grandparents are Bink and Jim Jenkins of
Celina.