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The Village Reporter - March 29th, 2017

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W E E K LY N O RT H W E S T O H I O - W I L L I A M S & F U LTO N C O U N T Y N E W S

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2017 (USPS 168-440) - VOLUME 9 EDITION 13

Leadership Class Restoring Local Organization Seeking

Quaker Meeting House Near West Unity Donors For Domestic Violence,

Nate, Sam, and Ben) who Stalking, & Sex Assault Victims
had moved to the area from
PHOTO BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF New Jersey. By: James Pruitt PHOTO BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF
RESTORATION PROJECT ... This is the Quaker Meeting THE VILLAGE REPORTER SEEKING HELP ... Sarah’s Friends Execu-
House on CR 21/N in Brady Township, northeast of West The Leadership class is tive Director Katie Cramer wants to ex-
Unity. The church was built in 1850 and the Leadership a group of area residents A local organization devoted to assist- pand the outreach of her group to serve
Williams County Class of 2016-17 will be painting and formed by the Bryan Area ing crime victims in Williams County is all of Williams County. She is encouraging
repairing the exterior walls. Chamber of Commerce. part of a national challenge to raise money people to donate to the NO MORE chal-
The class sizes range from to prevent more violence. lenge in order to help meet this goal.
By: James Pruitt terior walls of the Quaker 12-14 students. The class
THE VILLAGE REPORTER House near West Unity. The visits different places one Sarah’s Friends, 209 S. Main St., Bry- “Our service is not just for women,”
group has the labor, but is Wednesday per month. an, is one of many organizations to hook Cramer said. “We help men as well. Our ...
A project by a local seeking donations to help up with NO MORE, a national fundraising
leadership group will bring cover the cost of the project. “We visit historical campaign to stop domestic violence, stalk- CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
new life to a 167-year-old sites,” class member Scott ers and sexual assaults. The campaign
church. The Quaker House was Towers said. “We went to runs through April 11 and Sarah’s Friends
built in 1850 by William Ely see the county building and is hoping to reach $3,000 in donations.
The Leadership Williams for $250. Ely was hired by the Bryan City government.
County Class of 2016-17 is five brothers bearing the At the end of the course, Sarah’s Friends was formed 25 years
preparing to restore the ex- name Borton (John, Job, we have to come up with a ago to be a place where a child abuse vic-
community service project.” tim could be interviewed by an attorney or
law enforcement person one time Execu-
The class chose the tive Director Katie Cramer said. She has
Quaker Meeting House be- been in charge since July 2015, after the
cause it is an important former director left and she was promoted
historical site that shows from business manager.
how life was like in the
1850s, Towers said. Over the last few years, the mission has
changed. Jobs and Family Services and
The house was built for Child Protection Services took over the
$250 (or about $7,350 in child victim area, while Victim Assistance
today’s money). The interior broke off as well. Sarah Friends changed
is in good shape, Towers into is current format helping victims of
said. The exterior walls will domestic violence, sexual assaults and
need work ... stalking.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

THIS WEEK IN New Drug Court Will Hope To Succeed Where Prison Has Failed Society

THE By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
vILLAGE reporter
Fulton County will have a new tool when
Evergreen Elementary Has it comes to combating the local drug problem
A Fun Filled Carnival On with a new drug court.

St. Patrick's Day The state authorized the court in Febru-
•••• ary and now Common Pleas Court Judge
Jeffrey Robinson is working with treatment
Montpelier Awards professionals, probation officers, and defense
$3.22 Million Bid For New attorneys on finding the best candidates for
admission.
Recreation Center
•••• Unlike most courts, this is one you want
to be in if you are an addict. The concept
Montpelier Robotics Team of the Drug Court had its genesis as a spe-
Looking For Gold At cialized docket of the Ohio Supreme Court,
Nationals Judge Robinson said.
••••
Metamora Looks At Drug Court is designed specifically for
CDBG Projects people who have problems with narcotics
•••• such as heroin, cocaine, or methamphet-
amine or who are alcoholics. The addicts who
Ruth Zimmerman: Reflections use these drugs might be behaving in a man-
Of Strength & Determination ner they would not normally do, which quali-
fies them for the Drug Court.
••••
Special Look At In order to have a Drug Court, there are
Phemnominal Seasons For requirements set down by the Supreme Court
Archbold & Wauseon Boys of the State of Ohio that have to be met. Ful-
Basketball Teams ton County had to set up its own program
first, he said.
••••
The drug court program is an intensive,
HOMETOWN ATHLETIC NEWS & PHOTOS FOR WILLIAMS & FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS IN NORTHWEST OHIO supervised regimen. It is specifically de-
signed for each individual person, Robinson
“THE HOMETOWN” said.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2017 A WEEKLY SPORTS PUBLICATION COURTESY OF "THE VILLAGE REPORTER" Treatments for the various drugs require
different approaches. It is not a one type fits
Wauseon & Archbold Battle In State Final Four Competition INSIDE THIS all, Robinson said. PHOTO BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF
WEEK'S EDITION... DRUG COURT ... Fulton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Robinson is rolling out
“There are different triggers for those the first drug court. He is assisted by Erica Burkholder (left).
ARCHBOLD & things,” Robinson said. “The idea is to change
WAUSEON offender behavior. That’s what we are trying
to do”.
HIGHLIGHTS OF
REMARKABLE The applicant’s case and circumstances
BASKETBALL are reviewed and Robinson ultimately makes
SEASON the final decision on each case. Applicants,
while already on the hook as a confessed
new drug user, still have to meet certain criteria: •They cannot be convicted of selling or mation from the Drug Court for him to de-
possessing large quantities of narcotics. cide.
PHOTOS BY BILL BRAY, STAFF •They cannot be convicted of a violent
crime. •Sex offenders do not qualify. If admitted the person will have their case
DUNK ... The Wauseon Indians dunked their way into •Offenses of violence do not qualify. reviewed by a treatment team, (which could
the State Championship game aided by 6-9 junior Austin The person signs an application. They are include a chain of people providing services
Rotroff. there generally as referral from a probation in northwest Ohio). This includes Renewed
Exclusively at officer or a defense attorney. Drug Court Co- Mind, Jobs and Family Services, and former
ordinator Erica Burkholder sets up assess- treatment providers which they can refer
new superior coverage in half the time ment; this will include a presentencing inves- these people to such as halfway houses.
tigation.
Exclusively at ACE HARDWARE The applicant then comes back for sen- The Treatment team and Drug Court meet
tencing, where Robinson has the findings of twice a month. The judge, a defense attorney
1495 N. SHOOP AVE. the presentencing investigation. He has the and treatment team, meet first to discuss the
WAUSEON, OH 43567 person’s whole background as well as infor- progress or lack thereof.

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Archbold School Board Discusses Testing Changes; Honors Spelling Bee Achievers

PHOTOS BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF sentatives from the Northwest Ohio Ju- Regional Title, advancing them to State.
nior Achievement office to present. II.) Project Citizen-Project Citizen is
SPELLING BEE REPS ... The Archbold Board of Education honored district repre-
sentatives to the county wide Spelling Bee. Pictured receiving a certificate of ap- Students in grades K-6 receive fi- designed to help promote competent
preciation as well as a bag of gifts were: Daniel Oyer, Macy Petersen, and Catherine nancial literacy instruction through and responsible participation in local,
Row. the Junior Achievement program dur- state, and federal government. Small
ing multiple classroom sessions. Many groups of students from Mrs. Oyer’s
HONOREE ... Also receiving a certificate of appreciation and bag of gifts is Kaiden businesses have provided monetary Government classes, work cooperatively
Keiser. support for the curriculum and/or al- to identify a public policy problem or is-
low their employees to spend time in the sue in their community.
By: James Pruitt February Super Streaks classrooms teaching the youth.
THE VILLAGE REPORTER K kindergarten - Haven Goehler, They then research the problem,
Isaiah Lopez, Makenzy Osborn, Mason “We are very fortunate to have such evaluate alternative solutions, develop
Archbold Schools celebrated several Silva, Eliana Nafziger, Derek Wyse, Bri- a supportive and knowledgeable busi- their own solution in the form of a pub-
successes at the Board of Education ella Nafziger, Kylie Swietzer , Clayton ness community,” Bagrowski said. “We lic policy, and create a political action
meeting March 20. Nafziger, Kyndell Ledesma would like to thank our local commu- plan to enlist government authorities to
First grade - Kennedy Kruse, Lilly nity for the support of the JA program.” adopt their proposed policy.
The board heard from Superinten- Shipley, MaKayla Guy, Harrison Wyse,
dent Aaron Rex and other administra- Elizabeth Ringenberg, Santiago Lewis, Upcoming events Each of the groups presents their
tors about students that did well in and Raiana Moreno, Vivienne Legato, Karly Ohio State ELA Window - March 13 projects to groups of staff members for
out of the classroom. There was much Kruse, Karson Schrock, Miley Cox - April 7 input and suggestions this week.
excitement about the boys’ basketball Second grade - Tyler Bok Makenna JA in a Day for 7th grade
team’s advancement to state level play. Bickel, Rocco Rodger, Braylon Wyse, Ohio State Math, Science, and Social III.) Junior Job Shadowing- On March
Eli Farbrother, Jerica Sprague, Parker Studies Window- April 19 - May 9 8, the juniors at AHS participated in a
The school had a successful Mc- Bixler, Ana Diaz, Keri Hahn, Bronsyn job shadow day. They were given an ex-
Teacher night this month. The school Seiler, Trey Weirauch Middle School: Mr. Shields cused absence to spend the day shad-
raised $1,000 over two events. Third grade - Ava Johnson, Charlee Mrs. Aeschliman ran the Middle owing a career they are interested in.
Forward, Hezekiah Reyes, Jassek Juil- School Spring Book Fair March 6-10, Following the day the guidance depart-
“I want to thank our volunteers, Mc- lard which generated almost $4,000 in ment met with the juniors to discuss
Donald’s, and our community members Fourth grade - Keely Culler, Ollie "Scholastic Dollars" to be used to sup- their possible career paths. Thanks to
who came out to support us,” Rex said. MacDonald, Tyler Perry, Kaylee Rodri- port the AMS Media Center. This is in all of the community members who were
guez, Julia Azua, Zach Short, Mariah addition to $4,700 raised in the fall. willing to spend a day with our students
Rex recognized teacher Lisa Grisez Greene, Leah Nafziger, Broden Pierce- This is used to purchase books, maga- and discuss their careers.
for 36 years in education - 30 of those field, Tess Ames, Kelsey Aeschliman zines, furniture and incentives.
with Archbold. She taught hundreds Quiz Team: The AMS quiz team, Upcoming Events
of students in her English classes, Rex Upcoming Events under the guidance of Mrs. Lindsay, April 4 Senior Trip to the County
said. March 27-31 Spring Break wrapped up its season March 8 at the Courthouse
April 3-4 Grade 3 Writing Diagnostic Fulton County Quiz Tournament. The April 7 Senior Simulator
“Lisa had high standards for her stu- April 4 - Grade 1- Soil and Water Pre- team finished second in the "Varsity" April 7 Blood Drive
dents and for herself,” Rex said. “She sentation, 9 a.m. division and first in the "JV" division. April 7-9 Musical
told me that she has had an excellent April 5 - Grade 3- Soil and Water The team included 24 members (11-8th; April 11 Job Fair
year and she is ready to retire and possi- Presentation 4-7th; 9- 6th). They finished the regular April 28 Senior Citizen Luncheon
bly substitute. I told her that we would April 5 - Grade 3 Writing Diagnostic season with an 8-1 record. May 5 Speech and Essay Competi-
definitely need her.” April 5 - Grade 2 Soil and Water Junior High Band Exchange: The tion May 6 Prom
Presentation, noon. second annual JH Band Exchange took
High School Principal Royal Short April 5 - Elementary Intervention place Feb. 16 with Delta. Delta spent the The Board of Education
and Rex went on a bus tour with other Team Meeting, 3:20 p.m. morning at AMS doing a joint rehearsal -approved the transfer of $340 from
school officials and the Fulton County and performance for our seventh and School Spirit to High School Athletics.
Economic Development Council. The Archbold Area Schools eighth graders. During the afternoon, -approved a $300 Change Fund for
group was able to see what some local Curriculum Update the AMS Band traveled to Delta for a High School Track.
businesses do, and also the need for performance for their student body. -approved participation in the OHI
skilled labor in these locations. Archbold students began the Ohio FAST: "Families and Schools Togeth- Workers’ Compensation Group Rating
State Tests March 13, Curriculum Di- er" is beginning its fifth season at AMS. Program for the 2018 policy year provid-
The Ohio Department of Education rector, Michele Bagrowski said. These FAST Family Nights started Feb. ing the group remains active.
will be delaying the submission of the tests are scheduled throughout the 16 and will meet for 10 weeks, culmi- -approved the depository agreement
ESSA state plan until September, Rex months of March, April, and early May, nating with graduation April 27. Fast with the Farmers and Merchants State
said. This should allow some changes to she said. Works Families continues to meet once Bank beginning April 17 through April
be made to the plan, particularly in the per month with those who have gradu- 17, 2022.
area of testing, he said. “We have built in time for makeup ated in past years. The team includes -approved a fund transfer of
testing for absent students and we feel six outside community members, along $24,313.58 from GF to Turbine Mainte-
“The only issue could be that when it we have tried to limit the amount of with school partner Jan Lindsay and nance, 003-9001.
is released in September it does not give missed instruction,” Bagrowski said. youth partner Spencer Simon. -approved fund transfer of $9,979.76
a lot of time to implement,” Rex said. Youth Art Month: March is Youth Art from GF to HB 264 Loan Fund, 002-
The schools have completed the OEL- Month. Mrs. Daugherty has organized 9914. 5.10.
The school’s turbine paid off again PA (Ohio English Language Proficiency a series of art contests with a different -approved a McTeacher night dona-
as the district had no bill for electric- Assessment) during the first week of the theme each week. Themes for the first tion from McDonalds Restaurants, Jim
ity at the high school or the elementary testing window. This test replaces the two weeks were 'create a piece of art in- Rivello, in the amount of $500.00.
school. The district is transferring mon- OTELA and is now given almost com- spired by a book', and 'create a postcard -approved an overnight trip for the
ey again to turbine savings, putting it pletely online to 21 Limited English Pro- from a place you've visited (real or imag- high school football team to Camp Palm-
closer to repaying the debt for construc- ficient students. ined)'. er in Fayette July 31 to Aug. 1.
tion. Student Council: Student council has -approved Brandon Morris for early
The Alternate Assessments for Stu- been busy with fundraisers to support a graduation having met all the gradua-
The board honored district represen- dent with Cognitive Disabilities is also Spring Dance. For Valentine's Day, they tion requirements as of March 7.
tatives to the countywide Spelling Bee. currently taking place. sold carnations and during state testing Personnel Recommendations:
Receiving a certificate of appreciation as they held kickball tournaments over the The board accepted the retirement/
well as a goodie bag was: Daniel Oyer, Junior Achievement had 10 volun- noon hour. resignation of Lisa Taylor Grisez, effec-
Macy Petersen, Catherine Row and Kai- teers from local businesses come out DC Trip Update: 64 students, 5 par- tive May 31 .
den Keiser. the middle school Feb. 28. AMS eighth ents, and 4 teachers are traveling with The board also:
graders were joined by their Pettisville this year's eighth-grade trip. Through -approved a supplemental contract
Archbold Elementary School has 98 counterparts for the annual Junior Congressman Latta's office a tour of the for Alissa Stockburger as the high
students registered for kindergarten for Achievement "In a Day" event. U.S. Capitol has been scheduled. The school fall cheerleading coach for the
2017-18 through March 13, Principal school has applied for a visit the White 2017 -2018 school year.
Dorothy Lambert said in her report. The “The presenters remarked that our House. Other highlights will include -approved a supplemental contract
school had only 73 registered at this students’ good behavior and attentive- laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Un- for Alissa Stockburger as high school
same time last year, she said. ness was refreshing and appreciated,” known Soldier at Arlington Cemetery winter cheerleading for the 2017-2018
Bagrowski said. and a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield. school year.
This year the third graders will be -approved a one-year contract for
putting on the spring musical Hats! The Business leaders from the commu- Upcoming Events Rachel Plassman and Stacie Armstrong,
show opens at 7 p.m. May 18, in the nity led a series of five sessions focus- April 3- First Day Math, Sci., SS test- as classified subs for the 2016- school
high school auditorium. The students ing upon topics relating to careers and ing year.
have begun preparing under the direc- personal finance. April 4- "JA in a Day" (7th Grade) -approved a one-year contract for
tion of Miss Froehlich. April 8- JH Solo and Ensemble Con- Dinah Rice as a classified sub for the
The middle school will host a similar tests 2016-17 school year, effective March 13.
A new format is being used for the program to seventh graders April 4, she -accepted the resignation of Krystina
spring musical, Lambert said. said. The session will invite local busi- Archbold High School: Bowerman as junior high school cheer-
nesses to send representatives as well, Royal Short- Principal leading coach for the -2018 school year.
The school had been using students but the district has also invited repre- I.) Winter Sports – The winter sports -approved a contract for Abbey
in grades three and four every other season has been a success. Nafziger as a home-bound tutor for the
year, but at 200 students, that proved • The Wrestling Team concluded a 2016- school year, not to exceed five
cumbersome, Lambert said. From now great year as runner-ups at the Section- hours per week, effective March 17 .
on, the school will use only third grad- al Tournament. Individually Noah Mat- -approved a one-year contract for
ers. tin and Gavin Grime qualified for the Megan Martz as an elementary interven-
state tournament. Gavin finished eighth tion specialist for the -2018 school year.
and Noah finished second in the state -approved a one-year contract for
at their weight. Excellent job wrestlers! Megan Martz as an Elementary Inter-
• The Girls Basketball Team had a vention Specialist for the 2017-2018
great season and finished as league school year.
champs as well as Regional Runner-up.
• The Boys Basketball Team won the James Pruitt may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

Edgerton Begins Search For New Police

Chief; Investigating Ohio Checkbook

By: James Pruitt 2008. The state spent more than $67
THE VILLAGE REPORTER billion last year and has already spent
$40 billion this year through March 23.
The Village of Edgerton is consider-
ing joining the Ohio Checkbook and of- Council approved advertising for the
ficials will be talking with their counter- position of police chief and a lineworker.
parts about how it’s working out. Ads may be found on The Village Re-
porter’s facebook page.
The village council had a presenta-
tion from Ohio Checkbook, and Council Council also approved legislation
has asked Fiscal Officer Denise and Ad- opposed to the governor’s proposal to
ministrator Dawn Fitzcharles to make a centralize collection of net profit tax re-
connection with other local communi- turns related to municipal income tax.
ties who use this service and report back The resolution states such an action
the results. It is anticipated council will will cause a substantial loss of revenue
make a decision in regards to participa- needed to support the health, safety,
tion within the next two council meet- welfare and economic development of
ings, Fitzcharles said. the community.

The web page shows the annual James Pruitt can be reached at
and current spending of the state since publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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6 - “The Village Reporter” / Weekly Northwest Ohio (Williams & Fulton County News) Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


Talks Heated Regarding Fire Protection Between Archbold VC & German Township

PHOTO BY: KENT HUTCHISON, STAFF below the fair share of 36% that council serve. They have done that very, very
hopes for. She indicated this was an at- well and continue to do it very, very well
RECOGNITION ... Archbold High School wrestlers Gavin Grime and Noah Mattin tempt to project what all the expenses as long as they are allowed the opportu-
pose for a photo with Mayor Jeff Fryman after being recognized for their finishes at would be for the next 20 years, however nity. But by them serving all residents
the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. she cautioned it was quite a conserva- of German Township, incorporated and
tive estimate. She stressed that these unincorporated. Yes, we discussed it
By: Kent Hutchison more. Why do I have to pay more? Can funds come from the general fund, not and I instructed them as a department
THE VILLAGE REPORTER you explain that to me?” Both Lauber income tax, for the operational expens- to say nothing because we are basically
and Ruffer denied that was what they es of the fire department. Income tax in the middle of this. All they got on for
The Archbold Village Council met in were saying. can only be used for capital needs. This was to serve the residents and to take
regular session on Monday, March 20, also reflected German Township hand- a side would show preference to one
2017. Mayor Fryman interjected that they ing their equipment over to the Village of side or the other and that is not where
are not paying for fire protection at all Archbold. Ms. Dettling emphasized that we want to be. We want to continue to
The continuation of discussion re- at the present time, just for the fire ap- even though council is not comfortable serve. If they could speak loudly about
garding the Fire Agreement Proposal be- paratus. He stressed that currently the projecting out 20 years that she felt it anything right now what they would say
tween Archbold Village Council and Ger- people in the village are paying for all op- was important for them and the trustees is get this over with. We are here for life
man Township Trustees Bruce Lauber, erational costs of the fire services. to see what 20 years from now may po- and property. It’s life and property. It
Randy Ruffer, and Ken Leupp, occupied tentially look like. doesn’t matter what fire it is, what kind
the majority of the meeting. The discus- Mr. Ruffer questioned how the initial of fire it is, or whose fire it is. It’s life and
sion lasted for a little over an hour. proposal from October 25th, in which Mr. Morton expressed this reflects property. And that is what they want to
the share to German Township was using formulas that are currently be- do. I can’t speak for them, but I certain-
Kevin Morton began by expressing $51,000, is now at $142,000? ing utilized thus eliminating the worry ly know that has been their desire from
council felt it was important to continue of numbers being increased arbitrarily, the beginning. It would make no sense
the dialogue on the topic and hopefully Mr. Morton explained it was shortly and that a budget review will take place to go one side or the other and voice
continue the progress that was made after that meeting that council discov- each year. However, this worksheet has their opinion. That is why they were in-
from the last meeting. He stated this ered people outside the village were pay- not been approved by council or the Fi- structed in that way.”
discussion has been going on for 10 ing nothing for fire services. nance Committee as it does not reflect
months, and he believes it is time to put paying the fair share of the two entities. Mr. Morton added, “To take this a
this behind them and move on with the Mr. Brodbeck reminded everyone step further we would expect as a coun-
project. that this proposal is a budget, and the Mr. Lauber thanked Ms. Dettling for cil having firefighters as our employees
figures he provided in the proposal are preparing the forecast. She expressed that there are people on both sides of
Trustee Lauber expressed the Ger- simply projections and not exact costs. that this is happening all over the coun- this. If they live out in the rural area
man Township Trustees didn’t feel the ty, and she is just trying to get this issue they may have the opinion they don’t
amount of money expected from them Mr. Leupp expressed concern that resolved. Her hope is that the worksheet want to pay more. We understand that
was fair to German Township and its the current highest cost per $100,000 will lead to providing an outcome they opinion could exist. If we try to facili-
residents after crunching the numbers. property value for fire services in the all can live with. tate conversations amongst those people
He does appreciate the communications county is half as much as what is in the that cause them to bang heads we are
between the village and the township proposal and expected of German Town- Mr. Lauber asked council how they doing a disservice to our employees as
and hopes they will continue. ship residents. Mayor Fryman shared felt about the worksheet. Mayor Fryman well in that regard. You have the con-
that the same process is going to hap- quickly responded, “We pushed back on stituents that they protect in the county,
Mr. Morton emphasized the propos- pen in other places in the county as Mr. it. It doesn’t hit the 35%. We are all but you also have the camaraderie and
al generated by former Fire Chief Andy Brodbeck is being contacted by other vil- talking about paying our fair share, but the best volunteerism in Fulton County
Brodbeck had been developed using lage mayors because they are realizing this doesn’t add up to 35%. bar none. It’s not even close! Andy’s ad-
the same formulas utilized for the EMS they are not charging townships for fire vice helped to keep the banging of heads
levy for the county, and it seemed logi- protection either. Mr. Morton stated this was only pre- out of the picture. It is not a healthy
cal to do so since those same formulas sented to the Police and Fire Committee conversation to have. However, they are
are used throughout Fulton County and There was some controversy on in their meeting early that evening. Mr. welcome to share their opinions with
also the State of Ohio. Morton added whether the German Township Trustees Betz shared this was the first he had you individually. I’ve told many people
that through this process the council had been told by other area fire depart- seen the worksheet. I’m an elected official. My door is always
discovered that currently people outside ments that it would cost them a sub- open. If you have an opinion on this you
the village are not paying anything to- stantially greater amount if they were Mr. Brodbeck was asked by Mr. Mor- want to share I’m glad to hear it.”
wards fire services, only fire equipment. to provide fire service to the township ton to share his statements in regard to
Morton then asked Mr. Lauber if he and if some of them would even offer the his informing the members of the fire Kenny Cowell added, “We are blessed
wanted people inside the village to pay service. Mayor Fryman indicated that department to avoid expressing their to have the best fire department in the
more than those outside the village. Mr. an unnamed fire chief informed him feelings regarding the debate over the county!”
Lauber replied, “No.” that his department would not provide fire services agreement proposal. Mr.
fire services to German Township. The Brodbeck remarked, “It’s pretty simple. Mr. Lauber expressed what he
Mr. Lauber questioned what he per- trustees denied anyone declining them When each person joins the fire de- thought council was saying is that they
ceived as a $25,000 discrepancy in sala- primary fire services and that they have partment they join for one sole reason, didn’t approve of the worksheet Ms. Det-
ries for the supervisor and wondered why spoken to five different fire departments. to take care of the residents of Fulton tling developed, but were allowing her to
that wasn’t taken from the EMS budget County, to serve them, to protect life tweak it. Mr. Morton said they ...
since that is what he supervised? Ms. Mr. Lauber stated it was hard for him and property. They don’t care two hoots
Dettling clarified that $25,000 difference to fathom how the budget has gone from about where the funding came from or CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
from 2016 to 2017 was not for the su- $227,000 to $412,000. Mr. Leininger who has ownership. They didn’t ask
pervisor position, but for wages, wage shared it was hard for everyone to un- those questions. They just want to
increases, and possible overtime due to derstand, but that those are the facts of
a new hourly rate as the village had to the matter. Montpelier Student Honored
go from paying salaries to an hourly rate For Exemplary Volunteer Service
due to a change in state legislation. Mr. Ms. Dettling explained the large rise
Lauber acknowledged his understand- is due to the fact that in prior years the PHOTO PROVIDED
ing of the explanation. budgets of the two entities were separat-
ed. Now that they are being put together HONORED VOLUNTEER ... Jade Scott displays the President’s Volunteer Service
Mr. Ruffer expressed his concern that in the proposal, that is why the budget Award presented to her for her outstanding work with her HUGS shoe collection
the formula used for revenue purposes is so much larger. She apologized for program.
in the latest proposal considers property her frustration, but stated this process
values which in his area is farmland. He of agreeing on fire protection has been Jade Scott, a 6th grade student at cial. “By recognizing these students and
acknowledged he is protecting the farm- going on for a year. Mr. Brodbeck con- Montpelier has been honored for her placing a spotlight on their volunteer ac-
ers. He believed that there is going to curred that the increase is because the volunteer service with a President’s Vol- tivities, we home to motivate others to
be a lot more urgency for fires in town budget is now all from the Village of unteer Service Award. consider how they can also contribute to
as compared to rural fires. He added Archbold, and German Township would their community.”
that different fire equipment would be have no budget as they are combined. The award, which recognizes Ameri-
brought to a fire within the village, es- cans of all ages who have volunteered “Demonstrating civic responsibility
pecially to a factory, as opposed to what Mr. Eicher expressed this issue has significant amounts of their time to through volunteerism is an important
would be brought out to rural areas. He a lot of people in Archbold talking and serve their communities and country, part of life,” said NASSP Executive Di-
also said the value of land causes dif- that they are angry because the vil- was granted by The Prudential Spirit of rector JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honor-
ferences in the rate of tax and there are lage residents are paying more than the Community Awards program on the be- ees practice a lesson we hope all young
a lot of issues that concern him. Spe- township. He directed his comments half of the President’s Council on Ser- people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
cifically his concern is that based on the to the trustees and stated, “It was time vice and Civic Participation.
proposal those outside the village will be the three of you understand that the fig- Prudential Spirit of Community
paying the same rate as those within. He ures aren’t lying. I said this a month Jade has established a HUGS (Help Award applications were distributed
was also concerned about the distance ago. These figures are true facts and it Us Give Shoes) program in the Mont- nationwide last September though mid-
the fire department had to travel for a needs to come to rest. We need to get pelier community. She collects new dle level and high schools, Girl Scout
rural fire as opposed to those within the this done or else there will be some up- and gently used shoes and gives them councils, county 4-H organizations,
village limits. set people! I don’t want the people in to people in need. This year, she held American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs,
the township that live in the country to a shoe drive at Montpelier Schools on and HandsOn Network affiliates. These
Ed Leininger emphasized the term not get the same fire protection as the February 18th as part of her various schools and officially-designated local
urgency and that the fire department people in town! That is not fair to them. paths to her volunteer project. organizations nominated Local Honor-
considers all fires urgent and will do It is not fair for the people of Archbold ees, whose applications were advanced
whatever they can to contain the fires as to pay what you don’t want to pay!” He The Prudential Spirit of Community for state-level judging. In addition to
soon as possible in all instances. also expressed concern that if the town- Awards, sponsored by Prudential Finan- granting President’s Volunteer Ser-
ship does get protection from other area cial in partnership with the National As- vice Awards of behalf of the President’s
Larry Baus, a visitor in the audience, fire departments that the response times sociation of Secondary School Principals Council on Service and Civic Participa-
asked to speak. He expressed concern will increase. He emphasized that it is (NASSP), recognizes middle level and tion, The Prudential Spirit of Commu-
that two township trustees who were not a condemnation of the other fire de- high school students across America for nity Awards selected State Honorees,
representing, him because he lives in the partments, but simply a fact based on outstanding volunteer service. Distinguished Finalists, and Certificate
township, but within the village limits as transit time. He also said weather would of Excellence recipients. Volunteer ac-
well, believe that those living in the vil- be another factor to consider that may “The recipients of these awards tivities were judged on criteria including
lage should pay more for fire protection negatively affect response time from the demonstrate that young people across personal initiative, creativity, effort, im-
than those outside the village. He ex- other departments. He stated that they America are making remarkable contri- pact, and personal growth.
pressed that the township has been get- need to use common sense. butions to the health and vitality of their
ting the fire protection cheaper for years communities,” said John Strangfeld, INFORMATION PROVIDED
and found it hard to believe that now the Ms. Dettling introduced a worksheet chairman and CEO of Prudential Finan-
trustees were complaining about being that provided a 20 year forecast of ex-
asked to pay an equal amount. “I want penses. It broke down the expenses
to know why my township trustees are to both the village and township. She
telling me I’m not as important as people emphasized if the proposed budgets
in the country. Because I have to pay could be maintained that in her work-
sheet German Township would only be
responsible for 27% of the budget, well

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Bryan Levy Committee Chairman Addresses Board Of Education

By: James Pruitt Navy Pier. 2nd shift custodian PK-5, 8.0 hrs per day, effective
THE VILLAGE REPORTER The board approved the following commendations: March 20.
HIGH SCHOOL: Students of Action (Hardworking)
The Bryan City Schools is getting ready for a re- Change in pay rate effective Feb. 24: Lindsey Smith,
newal request of a levy that adds 10 percent to the Damon Beltz, Margo Morr, Kayla Arnold, Riley Stalter, Transportation/Foodservice/Curriculum/Technology
general fund. Brooks Brown secretary,will receive a change in pay rate, effective
February 24, to $14.87 per hour.
At the Board of Education’s March 20 meeting, Bill MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students of Action (Hardwork-
Martin, chairman of the Yes for Bryan Schools Levy ing) Daniel Funes, Jacob McVay, Jonathon Heldberg, Non-renew winter supplemental of non-certificated
Committee addressed the board. He said the levy is Lillian Schlade, Charlene Fonseca, Katie Seaman, staff include Cheerleading – Peggy Musser, Assistant
not a new tax, as it was originally passed in May 2002. Adaya Strobietto, Kaitlyn Lechak, Madison Wilson, Cheerleading – Kristi Moor, Assistant High School
The levy generates $1,910,000 per year for general Holden Cobb, Vailor Middleton, Canon Lamberson. Girls Basketball – Kathy Lamberson , Assistant High
fund operating expenses and is nearly 10 percent of School Girls Basketball – Bob Klopfenstein, Middle
the school district’s annual revenue. BRYAN ELEMENTARY: 2-5 Campus: Character School Girls Basketball – Tiffany Heller, Middle School
Trait Student Commendations (Hardworking): Aydon Boys Basketball – Larry Snavely, Assistant HS Boys
The board also heard from teachers Lisa Heslop Garvin, Kallie VanDeVoorde, Nolan Sleesman, Bren- Basketball – Maurice Zuver, Assistant HS Boys Bas-
and Olivia Elkins regarding a possible overseas trip den Roberts, Elijah Cummins, Nole Carpenter, Carter ketball – Steve Lamberson, Assistant HS Boys Bas-
with the Spanish students. The trip would take place Altaffer, Caylin Brenneman, Conner Myers, Anvi Patel, ketball – Blake Rockey, Assistant HS Wrestling Coach
during the summer months and would cost $3,260 Jaylen Showalter, Olivia Brown, Josef Durbin, Bella – Kraig Bostelman, Assistant HS Wrestling Coach –
per student. The cost includes airfare, food, and entry Heaton, Troy Snyder, Connor Hogan, Ryleah Thomp- Doug Moor, Head HS Wrestling Coach – Jeremy Suffel,
fees to events/places visited. The trip would be a good son, Kenna Kauffman, Tony Foust, Jordan Wolf, Alis- Middle School Wrestling Coach – Rick Fenter, Middle
cultural experience for the students, the teachers said. sa Elston, Caitlyn DeWitt, Ava Lambert, Keira Meyers, School Wrestling Coach – Del Miller, Head Bowling
Josic Daniels, McKaylah Wells, Leyla Avila-Garcia, Coach – Doug Miller, Assistant Bowling Coach – Kathy
Board members expressed concerns about the cost Makenly Ward, Marah Smith, Cole Uran, Jordan Miller, Assistant Bowling Coach – Dustin Gillett, As-
of the trip, student safety, and the number of students Durbin, Chelsey Haury, Zaven Alyanakian, Ava Col- sistant Swimming Coach – Lisa Frame, Assistant
excluded due to the cost. The board will take the mat- bert . Swimming Coach – Lesley Harsila.
ter into consideration.
PE Gold Slip Winner - Piper Hanna. Substitutes: Classified – Paige Taylor
Four County Career Center School Board Report WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY: Character Trait Volunteers: HS Athletic Department – Keith Elting
Mrs. Keeler congratulated Bryan students at Four Student Commendations (Hardworking): Jada Batt, The next meeting of the Bryan Board of Education
County Career Center participating in state competi- Mackenzie Kennedy, Skielynn Carlisle, Logan Vac- will be held on Monday, April 17, at 7 PM at the Field
tions: caro, Jack Ridgway, Keaton Myers, Elayna Poulson, House Conference Room.
• Business Professionals of America – Griffin Dean, Cade Kern, Aleah Chappuies, Levi Crocker, Porter
Kassidi Martin, and Morgan Street. Lirot, Kendall Veres, Jackson Beltran, Griffin Fowler, James Pruitt may be reached at
• Health Occupations Students of America – Kam- Brayleigh Herman, Zariah Williams, Hunter Wirth, publisher@thevillagereporter.com
ryn Dick and Hannah Maxcy. Brooklynn Lanius, Cooper Holman, Evan DeWitt, Jett
• Skills USA – Caleb Overmyer. Roose, Jesse Pearson, Alexa Watkins, Jayden Dil- “NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!”
The board approved the following donations: Walk yard, Anthony Prater, Sabian Lirot, Lillyanna Enten-
off mats, valued at $110.64 from Bryan Service Master man, Preston Williams, Trinidee Baughman, Destiney Center For Lifelong
for the 6-12 Building entrances and an outdoor U.S. Hand, Kyler Lovejoy, Hunter Smith, Ava Lucas, Keira Learning Seminar
Flag from Ned Garver in memory of Ned Garver Sr. Moss, Zackery Reliford, Jerry Leininger II. Friday, April 7TH
The board approved the 2017-18 school calendar. PE Gold Slip Winners – Rylee Arquette, Lyla Routen.
Among the highlights: the first day for students will be The board accepted the resignation of bus driver On Friday, April 7 all adults 55+ are invited
Sept. 12; Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 22-24; Win- Gary Wildmanr, effective March 17. to a one-day seminar at Northwest State Community
ter break will be Dec. 25-Jan. 1; Spring Break, March Disability Retirement was approved for Kristi Bel- College for an up-close and personal look at the drug
26-30 and the last day at June 8. lamy, PK-5 Custodian, effective March 17, with SERS; epidemic in our area. “Not in My Neighborhood” is
The board approved an overnight trip request for Cassandra Snider, HS Language Arts Teacher, effec- the theme of the day aimed at informing unsuspecting,
the eighth-grade class. The itinerary includes the bus- tive March 31 with STRS. caring citizens about the rise of this troubling phenom-
es leaving for Chicago at 8:30 a.m., May 18 and re- Unpaid Parenting Leave for the 2017-2018 school enon. The Center for Lifelong Learning at the College
turning May 19 at 8 p.m. The trip will include about year was approved for Amy Brock, Grade 5 Classroom is hosting the important event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at
150 students and 15-20 chaperones plus an admin- Teacher. the College.
istrator. The trip will have stops at the Museum of Corbin Walker will be transferred to Grade 7-12
Science and Industry, Walk on Michigan Avenue; Me- Integrated Social Studies Teacher effective with the “Many people are troubled by the news of the epi-
dieval Times Dinner Theater, Lincoln Park Zoo, and 2017-2018 school year. Jackie Wilson will transfer to demic, but they just don’t even know enough to know
what to look for,” said Cecily Rohrs, coordinator of the
Montpelier Robotics Team event. “Unless you’ve been directly affected, the hor-
Looking For Gold At Nationals rifying news reports are difficult to put in perspective.
Many in our rural area naively think things like, Surely
PHOTO PROVIDED there aren’t illegal drugs in my neighborhood. Surely
not in my own home! Never! But the drug epidemic is
ROBOTICS TEAM ... The Montpelier High School Robotics team is preparing to go to National Robotics Competi- out of control and this day will give attendees informa-
tion in Marion, OH. In preparation for the competition, the students took their robots to CK Technologies March tion needed to be an informed member of their family,
20 for a demonstration. CK Technologies has always encouraged and supported the Robotics Team program their church and their community.”
continuing to grow technology in our community. Pictured are: Front Row (L to R): Amadeus Eldringhoff (Soph-
more, 2nd Year), Seth Ellis (Sophmore, 1st Year), Damian Raymond (Senior, 1st Year), Daniel Belknap (Fresh- To open the seminar, attendees will get an over-
man, 1st Year), Blake Bumb (Sophmore, 1st Year), Tiarra Tibbetts (Junior, 3rd Year), Austin Miller (Senior, view of what today’s drugs may look like on the street.
4th Year). Middle: Noah Conklin (Junior, 3rd Year), Gunner Kerr (Junior, 1st Year), Michael Blake (Senior, 2nd What are some of the “tools” of the drug users’ trade?
Year), Jared Rediger (Senior, 3rd Year), Dakota Benner (Sophmore, 1st Year), Colin Rockey (Senior, 2nd Year). Is it possible that your own medicine cabinet may be
Back: Mr. (Lester) Orndorff, Greg Lee, Kelly Shively, April Reynolds, and Jeremie Thiel. Not Pictured: Brock O dangerous? We’ll hear from professionals who fight
Neal ((Sophmore, 2nd Year), Collin Bexten (Junior, 2nd Year), and Bryce Cooley (Senior, 1st Year). the epidemic every day as well as parents of users and
former users themselves. “Nothing - not financial sta-
By: James Pruitt Other contests include robot sumo, combat bots tus, education or lack of, profession or parenting skills
THE VILLAGE REPORTER and rescue robots, which requires a robot to climb a - -nothing provides a wrap of security around those
45-degree scope. you love,” Rohrs emphasized.
As March Madness comes to a close for the high
school basketball season, another competition has Orndorff tells his students they are only limited by The day will open with coffee/tea and a cookie
students in Montpelier excited. their imagination and the budget. At the regionals, and then promptly at 9:00 a.m. the program will begin.
the team has brought back two awards for the past Pre-registration before the close of Monday, April 3 is
The high school is getting ready to send several two years. necessary, but the $12 registration fee which includes
students to Marion, Ohio, for three days in April for a college-provided lunch can be paid at the door for
the National Robotics Competition. The team has sev- The class is popular and is capped at 15 due to those with reservations.
eral seniors who want to come home with gold. materials, he said.
The day and the attire is casual with plenty of
The team’s advisor is Lester Orndorff, a fourth- CK Technologies does their best to find everything time for questions and discussion with the present-
year teacher at the school. they want or need, Orndorff said. The company sees ers. By entering through the East doors of the Col-
their donations as an investment in their future, he lege, Building A, registrants will find plenty of signage
The team has brought home some bronze medals said. to Room A215 where the group will gather. An elevator
in recent national competition, but the seniors are makes the room easily accessible and restrooms are
hungry for more. “At least one robotics student has come back to close by.
work for them,” Orndorff said.
“We have (four) seniors coming back and they en- Reservations can be made by phoning the coordina-
joy the competition,” Orndorff said. “They want to As popular as the robotics team is, the same can- tor Cecily Rohrs at 419-267-5502 and leaving a mes-
bring back at least one gold.” not be said about the school’s Science Olympiad sage including name and total number in your group
team. Where at one time there were two classes, this or by e-mailing her at crohrs@northweststate.edu or
The nationals are a loose gathering of teams from year’s team dwindled to only 12 students,. drop a note of intention to the College – Center for Life-
across the nation, Orndorff said. There will be col- long Learning, 22600 St. Rt. 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502.
lege teams from various tech schools mixed in as well. The school finished 16th out of 22 teams at a com-
There are no worlds, so this competition is it for all petition in Defiance March 18. One two-student team INFORMATION PROVIDED
the teams, he said. finished second in optics, Orndorff said. Since only
the top six teams advance, the season came to an Northwest State Offers
The team is limited only by the school’s budget end, he said. Free, Community-Wide
and the generous donation from CK Technologies.
The team lost a lot of senior talent from last year Job Fair April 11
“We completely build from scratch,” Orndorff said. and that loss was evident in this year’s squad.
“If something goes wrong, then they fix it.” ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Area job seekers have an op-
“It was a void that didn’t get filled,” Orndorff said. portunity to network with 80 employers at a commu-
The competition has several individual events, “The first two years I had two classes and took two nity-wide Job Fair on Tuesday, April 11 from 10:30
but others have multiple students in the construc- teams.” a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Atrium at
tion process, but only one person pushing a button or Northwest State Community College and is sponsored
controlling the robot. Orndorff thinks it is vital to get the junior high stu- by NSCC, Ohio Means Jobs and iHeartMedia. The Job
dents excited about science, especially since it’s the Fair is free and open to the public.
Some have two robots who try to score a goal. Oth- first letter of the STEM program the school is teach-
er teams often play defense and to win by having the ing. “Companies are in tremendous need of full-time,
longest shot in a shootout format. part-time and seasonal positions, as well as intern-
James Pruitt may be reached at ships. This event is a great opportunity for community
Montpelier will be aiming to win in regulation with publisher@thevillagereporter.com members and NSCC’s students to connect with those
an aggressive offense, Orndorff said. companies,” said Mike Jacobs, career services coordi-
nator at NSCC. “Preparation is key for any job seeker,
especially at an event like this. Attendees should bring
several copies of their resume, dress in professional at-
tire and be prepared with a brief ‘sales pitch’ covering
their skills and experience.”

Industries that will be represented at the 2017 Job
Fair include healthcare, manufacturing, human ser-
vices, financial, business and more. The entire list
of employers scheduled to be on-hand is available at
NorthwestState.edu/2017-job-fair/. For more infor-
mation call NSCC Career Services at 419.267.1330 or
email careerservices@NorthwestState.edu.

INFORMATION PROVIDED

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16 - “The Village Reporter” / Weekly Northwest Ohio (Williams & Fulton County News) Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


Looking Back At What
We Read Years Ago

WHAT WE READ YEARS AGO IN THE WEST UNITY REPORTER, THE STRYKER ADVANCE, & THE EDON COMMERCIAL

WEST UNITY 50 YEARS AGO Land. building. Pies, cakes, cookies, by Buddy Hulbert.
REPORTER MARCH 1967 Spelling Bee champs- cream cottage cheese, eggs, Pamela K. Lump, daugh-
hand work, aprons, and many
120 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kin- Grades 7-8, Melina Abram- other items were on sale. ter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald
MARCH 1897 ton will celebrate their 50th czyk; and Grades 5-6, Mike Lump, will play her bassoon
wedding anniversary with an Shaffer. 60 YEARS AGO in the Miami University Sym-
William Shultz hauled Open House on April 2. MARCH 1957 phonic Band.
5,094 dozen eggs from Mont- 30 YEARS AGO
pelier last week in three Mrs. Cora Opdycke, 103, MARCH 1987 Mrs. Vinal Dietrich was 30 YEARS AGO
loads. who was the oldest resident in surprised Monday evening MARCH 1987
Williams County, passed away Angela Koeppe, a seventh when her neighbors came to
The results of Monday’s at the E and E Nursing Home grader at Stryker School was celebrate her birthday. Those Each year Bowling Green
election: Mayor, George C. in West Unity. named Northtowne Model present were Mr. and Mrs. State University asks the 150
Rings; councilmen, Henry 1987 in the 8-11 division dur- Lee Ricketts, Mr. and Mrs. area high schools to select
Reifel, L.L. Mann and M.M 40 YEARS AGO ing the Miss Northtowne Pag- Guy Collie, Everett Peck and an outstanding junior stu-
Erving. MARCH 1977 eant in Defiance. family, Ted Ricketts and fam- dent. The BGSU Alumni then
ily and Emerson Peck. honors these students at a
Miss Gertrude Mallory is Hilltop swells with pride for Butch Coy was name Stryk- banquet. This year, Edon is
getting along nicely with her the Cadettes team. The New er FFA Member of the Year. 50 YEARS AGO proud to announce that Bob-
school in the Figgins district. Riege team edged by the Lady MARCH 1967 bi Swank has been selected to
Cadettes in Bowling Green at Kelly Waldvogel received represent Edon at this ban-
C.F. Grisier has closed out regional action 46-45 in over- the Stryker High School Bas- Susan Kannel, a junior in quet.
his store in Alvordton. time. Season record was 20 ketball Team MVP award and the School of Music at Kent
wins 3 losses. captain award. For the girls State University, will be fea- The annual Cookie Bake-
110 YEARS AGO team, Stacey Smith received tured as flute soloist in a con- Off was held at the Febru-
MARCH 1907 30 YEARS AGO the MVP award. Trent Frank cert at the University’s Audi- ary meeting of the Edon Girl
MARCH 1987 won the MVP award in wres- torium. Scouts. Junior Girl Scout
Charles E. Baltosser left tling. winners were: Jennifer Con-
for Cadillac, Mich., for a good Hilltop Athletic Boosters Miss Marytha Cook, stantine and Kiki Wendorf
job at his trade of carpentry donated $1,000 toward the EDON daughter of Mr. and Mrs. for the Brownies, Other win-
of 30 cents an hour. purchase of new hurdles for COMMERCIAL Wendell Cook, has been ners were: April Berry, Leslie
track. named to the Dean’s List at Wescotte, and Nikita Blount.
About 40 trees are dead in 70 YEARS AGO Indiana University.
Wabash Park. Various orga- George E. Rings, 82, West MARCH 1947 20 YEARS AGO
nizations of the community Unity, died March 28. A pink and blue shower MARCH 1997
are urged to help replace Auto license plates this was held in the Lutheran Par-
them on Arbor Day. 20 YEARS AGO year will be sold by A.E. Gier. ish House in honor of Kay Michael and Sharon Zei-
MARCH 1997 Gearhart. Hostesses were gler of Edon announce the
100 YEARS AGO Mr. and MRs. Fred Ingram Darlene Burkhart and Karen engagement of their daugh-
MARCH 1917 Mrs. Krotzer’s Kindergarten left Wednesday for Jupiter, Whitney. ter, Rachel Zeigler of Edon to
class at Hilltop received a new Fla, where they will spend Skip Muehlfeld of Edon, son
F.A.. Bowers has his res- cage for their favorite Easter a week with her sister and 40 YEARS AGO of Paul and Virginia Muehl-
taurant open. All sandwich- Bunny, Thumper. will visit St. Petersburg and MARCH 1977 feld of Edon.
es; hamburger, eggs, cheese, Washington before returning
roast beef and pork, pie, etc. Joseph Eicher, Wendy home. Supper guests Saturday Williams County will soon
are 5 cents. Duchene, Trevor Reamsnyder, and Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. get its first touch of spring
Chase Clark, Jacob Moore, Household Hints: Use Dale Dargitz were Wayne and when the American Cancer
Fred Nowak and wife have Juan Hernandez, Beverly Re- a two-inch paint brush for Dianne Dargitz. Society sponsors its annual
moved here into the Dill naud and Lauren Patten won dusting grooves and corners Daffodil Days. You may pur-
property. the Easter Egg Hunt in West in furniture. Remove onion Donald Disbro is congratu- chase a single flower for 50
Unity. odor from a knife by drawing lated by President LaMar Al- cents or a bouquet of 10 for
90 YEARS AGO the blade through a raw car- lomong as he was inducted $5.
MARCH 1927 STRYKER rot a few times. into the Edon Lions Club re-
ADVANCE cently. He is being sponsored
Mr. and Mrs. Beryl Stoner The ladies of the Church
are announcing the birth of a 110 YEARS AGO of Christ conducted a bake
son, Max Doyle, born March MARCH 1907 sale in the Bowersox store
26.
The graduating class con- “A TOUCH OF LOCAL HISTORY”
Mrs. Note Stoner has pur- sists of Lois Skinner, Alice
chased the Dawson property Hoffman, Coral Royce, George 1953 STRYKER HOMECOMING
on Rings St. Coonrad, and Louys Rumsey.
1953 STRYKER HOMECOMING ... From 1921 to 1958, Stryker hosted an annual homecoming
80 YEARS AGO Two boys at Bryan tried to celebration over Labor Day weekend. The 1953 homecoming event commemorated Ohio’s 150th
MARCH 1937 put the T & I out of business anniversary and Stryker’s 100th birthday. On Labor Day 1953, couples married for 50 years
by prying off the copper con- or more were honored during a special ceremony. The Stryker Advance newspaper reported:
W.A. Hayes has resigned nections between rails to sell “Stryker has 19 couples who have been married for 50 years or more. Most of them were able to
after serving for 38 years on for junk. The boys were sent participate in the centennial celebration on Monday, by first being part of the float entered by the
the Brady Township board of to the reform school at Lan- American Legion Auxiliary. Following the parade, they were escorted to the speaker’s platform,
education. caster. where they were given due honor by talks by Wendell Grisier, Don Wolfe of the Toledo Blade, and
Frank Kniffin. The response was very ably given by one of the group, Mr. B. E. Woodard, who forc-
Clarence Koeppe, of Bry- 90 YEARS AGO ibly gave the community a three-point program of good advice to carry home with them: First—
an, has purchased the Ford MARCH 1927 Agree to disagree; second—Unite for service; third—Rejoice in love. “Those from this community
Sales and Service from H.G. were the bride and groom who appeared on the float, Mr. and Mrs. George Wieland, married 63
Orewiler who has been in Mrs. E.L. Garber has pur- years; Mr. and Mrs. Enos Harris, 60 years; Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Yackee, 58 years; Mr. and Mrs.
business in the present loca- chased a Nesle Cuculine per- Charles Clark, married 57 years (not able to be present); two couples married 54 years, Mr. and
tion for 22 years. manent waving machine of the Mrs. J. L. Sloan and Dr. and Mrs. A.G. Goll (Mr. and Mrs. Sloan were attendants on the float);
latest type. Mr. and Mrs. George Planson and Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Oberlin, both couples married 52 years; four
After 62 years of work at couples married 51 years, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Bolles, Mr. and Mrs.
his trade as a shoemaker, 80 YEARS AGO Amandus Short, and Mr. an Mrs. Joseph Tretter (Mr. and Mrs. Short not present). In the 50-year
L.A. Pettie has retired. He MARCH 1937 group were Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Wiederkehr, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stuckey, Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. Clark,
has been located in West Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Manning and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Daft. Two other couples from Stryker were
Unity since 1913. Quite a few students are found to be Mr. and Mrs. Menno Beck and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stephens. “Other golden wedding
still on the sick list with the anniversary couples from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henning of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs.
70 YEARS AGO mumps including four mem- Henry Meyers of Edon, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mignin of Archbold, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Andres of Ney and
MARCH 1947 bers of the Senior play cast. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Starr of Bryan. “The total number of married years represented by the gold-
en wedding anniversary couples from Stryker and vicinity is 1,008, over ten centennials.” This
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Viers A daughter was born to Mr. September 7, 1953, photograph showing couples married 50-plus years during the Labor Day
of Wauseon have purchased and Mrs. Herbert Coy March homecoming event at the intersection of Defiance and Lynn streets in Stryker is from the 1978
the Spot Restaurant in West 20. Williams County history book published by the Williams County Historical Society--Courtesy of
Unity of Mrs. Hazel Pinskey the Williams County, Ohio, Local History Exchange.
and will take possession 70 YEARS AGO
April 1. MARCH 1947

Twin sons were born to The American Legion Auxil-
Mrs. George Ross and hus- iary Units of the County orga-
band at Detroit on March 18. nized Williams County Coun-
Mrs. Ross in the daughter of cil at West Unity Tuesday
Mr. and Mrs. Ora Kline. evening.

60 YEARS AGO 60 YEARS AGO
MARCH 1957 MARCH 1957

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Shu- Mrs. Audrey Dominique
maker, W. Church St., will was selected as Mrs. Arch-
observe their 50th wedding bold- Stryker and will compete
anniversary April 7. for the title of Mrs. Ohio Gas
Co.
Paul E. Hutchinson is now
assigned to the Directorate of Miss Helen Laurence of
Procurement and Production Bryan Became the bride of
headquarters at Wright-Pat- Jerry R. Coy on March 15.
terson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The Defiance College Choir,
sponsored by the Stryker
Women’s Club will present
a Musicale at Stryker High
School on April 11.

40 YEARS AGO
MARCH 1977

Gladys Frank was recog-
nized for efforts launched into
the labor of uniting the Stryk-
er community for an Easter
sunrise service 21 years ago.

Mrs. Leola Wyse returned
from a 10-day trip to the Holy

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SOFTBALL ACTION

Hilltop Varsity & JV Softball Teams Take Part In Green Kayak Opening

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SIGHT SEEING ... The Hilltop Lady Cadet Softball Team started their season in Cincinnati by visiting the Cincinnati Reds Hall Of Fame. Team members took time out at the
stadium entrance for a photo opportunity.

The Hilltop Varsity and JV Softball came out on top and the JV team won
Teams travelled to the Cincinnati area on also.
March 24-25 for their annual trip to start
the season. Each team played in a scrim- Saturday morning, March 25 found
mage on the 24th and emerged victorious the teams splitting up as the JV Team
and both teams earned more runs on Sat- played a double header at Anderson High
urday with the Varsity team claiming the School where they beat Anderson 24-8
Green Kayak Tournament for the second and then pulled out a second victory for
consecutive year. the day by defeating New Richmond 18-
17. The Varsity Girls competed at New
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Fame. The Reds were very hospitable and win over Anderson, they then beat New
treated the girls to a pizza lunch after the Richmond 22-19 to win the Champion-
tour. Later in the day, the Varsity Squad ship for the second straight year.
scrimmaged the North-Bethel Lions and
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and eight blocked shots in ACL in warmups preparing for the
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One Down, One To Go As Indians Seek State Title

By Bill Bray letic all season,” Burt continued. “I wasn’t sure how overtime win in the Regional, it has prepared them
THE VILLAGE REPORTER our kids would respond. I thought early on we came mentally to take on these final opponents. To go with
out and obviously were not intimidated.” Burt’s point, the small Eastmoor lead did not seem
COLUMBUS — On the biggest stage for OHSAA to scare or dash the Indians abilities. “After our dis-
high school basketball, the Wauseon Indians claimed The Indians dominating defense was evident right trict and regional wins, we knew we could make the
their 27th victim with a 42-35 Division II State semifi- from the opening tip, led by Austin Rotroff who re- plays when we had to.” Senior Carter Bzovi said.
nal win over Columbus Eastmoor Academy in front of bounded and blocked his way into the spotlight. The
over 8000 fans in attendance. 6-9 junior finished with only six points, but he col- The Indians broke back on top during fourth quar-
lected seven rebounds, and more importantly batted ter action as they ripped off 18 points and the defense
Once again it was the Wauseon defense that used a away seven Warriors’ shots for the game. held Eastmoor to 10. Brooks Gype once again was
championship bound effort as they bottled up a potent perfect at the foul line finishing 6 for 6 as well as get-
Warriors offense led by Taevion Kinsey. Kinsey hit his The second half saw Eastmoor grab their first lead ting probably the biggest put back of the game on a
points-per-game average of 15 points, but the Indians during third quarter action as they outscored the Indi- missed Austin Rotroff free throw. Carter Bzovi hit on
held the Warriors offense well below their 61 points- ans during the quarter 15-11 to take a 25-24 advantage. 6 of 8 from the line to help the cause. Gype finished
per-game average on the season. With Rotroff and Gype in foul trouble, an unlikely hero as Wauseon’s leading scorer with 14 point while Bzovi
emerged to be the spark the Indians needed as the fi- connected for one three-pointer to go with three drives
“We have talked that defense never sleeps and re- nal eight minutes began. Junior Owen Newlove came to the basket for six more as he finished with 13 points.
bounding never sleeps,” coach Chad Burt said after through with eight very important points and five equally Rotroff was held to six, but the six were all from the re-
the victory. “I thought if we could control the offensive as important rebounds to help the Indians regain the sult of dunks that thrilled the Wauseon faithful.
glass and controlled our turnovers that we would have lead during fourth quarter action. “Owen made two mon-
a chance.” ster plays for us,” Burt said. “We are up three toward the Next up for the Indians was the St. Vincent, St.
end of the third, and they go on a small 6-0 run to take Mary’s Fighting Irish who come into the game with a
The first half was a test of wills as both teams a lead that put us on our heels a bit. Owen’s a little bit record of 24-5. The game was played Saturday morn-
struggled offensively. After 16 tense, nervous minutes, unorthodox, but man does he compete.” ing at 10:45am at the Schottenstein Center.
Wauseon took a 13-10 lead into the locker room. Both
teams, getting used to the venue and adapting to each Burt also shared the fact that the Indians have been Bill Bray may be reached at
other’s style of play, summed up the first half of play. made into a very tough unit during the post season. publisher@thevillagereporter.com
“We had not seen a team with that length and as ath- After a double-overtime win in the district and an

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Indians Dream Season Culminates With State Runner Up Trophy

By Bill Bray Rotroff responded with a dunk of his own to end 37-30 lead with 2:12 left. “We got it where we wanted
THE VILLAGE REPORTER the run and keep the Indians within reach 22-16 it and then they were up five and we had a 3 rattle in
with 1:42 showing on the clock. The half came to an and out,” Burt said. “I would have loved to see that
A tournament run that began on March 3rd ended end with a jumper from Graves giving SVSM a 24-16 go down, just because I thought they were getting a
at the Division II State final as the Wauseon Indians advantage. little bit tight and we were getting a little more confi-
were defeated 45-30 by Akron St. Vincent St. Mary dence, but it wasn’t meant to be. But we had a good
Fighting Irish. “I thought early on we did a nice job, the first season and I’m proud of these guys.”
quarter specifically,” Burt said. “We did pretty well
During the first eight minutes the Indians seemed handling the pressure. I thought in the second quar- A Gype turnover gave the green light to Graves
more at home playing in front of over 11,000 fans at ter, it got away from us.” who completed yet another dunk as the Irish were
the Schottenstein Center. Wauseon’s Austin Rotroff amid ending the Indians season as state runner ups.
put the first points on the board at the 6:33 mark The third quarter started with a Rotroff basket on SVSM completed their 10-0 game ending run and
and soon after that a Carter Bzovi 3 put Wauseon on an assist by Brendan Britsch, after a Graves layup, claimed their record-setting seventh state title.
top 5-0. After a SVSM layup, enter Jayvon Graves. Rotroff scored with a put back to close the SVSM lead
Graves, the Division II player of the year was good to six 26-20 at the 6:26 mark. The lead remained six “I think they could see the urgency on our faces
from beyond the arc and suddenly the Indians lead until Graves was at it again with a three pointer. Af- in that last couple minutes that we needed to end
was one at 6-5 with 4:04 left. ter Wauseon had closed the gap to six, two turnovers this thing,” SVSM coach Dru Joyce said. “Once we
due to full court pressure defense, turned into five made that basket, I didn’t want to press off a miss, I
After SVSM took their first lead at 8-6, Rotroff con- Graves points as the Irish jumped out to a 31-22 ad- wanted us to be able to set up and press off a make.
verted a conventional three-point play as Wauseon vantage with 4:32 left. The Irish increased the lead to You could see in that last minute when we turned
regained the lead 9-8 with 3:00 remaining. Bzo- 33-22 after another Britsch turnover resulted in a la- the pressure up, they just couldn’t respond.”
vi sank his second three pointer of the quarter as yup from Justin Sampson. A Rotroff layup closed the
Wauseon climbed to a 12-8 advantage. The last point gap back to nine before the Wauseon junior traded Rotroff led the Indians with 18 points including 8
came from the foul line by SVSM’s Lunden McDay dunks with Graves to end the quarter 35-26 in SVSM of 10 from the floor and 2 of 8 from the foul line to go
and the Indians were up 12-10 as the horn sounded. favor. with 9 rebounds. “It’s been a lot of fun this season,”
Rotroff said. “I look forward to getting back at it this
SVSM took advantage of a 10-0 run in the second Wauseon came out for the fourth quarter with con- summer and trying to get back here again next year.”
quarter as they pulled away to a 22-14 lead with 2:31 fidence in their eyes and the massive Wauseon crowd
left. The run was highlighted by Graves, off a steal on their feet. The Indians started chipping away at Carter Bzovi, along with Brendan Britsch and Lo-
from Brooks Gpye, Graves electrified the crowd with the 11-point deficit. A Gype foul shot and a Rotroff gan Hines certainly finish a senior season they will
a thunderous dunk to end the run. layup followed by a made foul shot had Wauseon never forget. “It’s definitely a pleasure to end my ca-
within striking range 35-30 with 4:00 remaining. reer and end our three careers here,” Bzovi said. “We
“He’s the real deal,” Burt said of Graves. “He’s the all stuck it out and I think in seventh and eighth
Division II state player of the year for a reason. My It was the last four minutes of the game Wauseon grade, we probably had 15 guys on our team and
hats off to him. I thought we had a nice game plan on would like to have back. Bzovi’s three-point attempt, now we are down to three. We stuck it out and it has
how we were going to approach him and attack him. that was half way down the net, popped back out. been fun.”
The reality is that he was better than our defense McDay took advantage of the miss with a layup. In-
today at times and that’s how good he is. He was just stead of a 35-33 advantage, the Irish sprung out to a Bill Bray may be reached at
better than us today and he made plays.” publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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