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Pick up our 2022 Festival Guide inside Friday's Daily Standard to know what's happening from June 2nd at the Pomona Grange Strawberry Festival to Minster Oktoberfest on October 2nd and all dates in between.
By William Kincaid
TOLEDO - A six-count indictment has been handed down in federal court charging a Wapakoneta mother, her adult daughter and a South African man with participating in a conspiracy that led to the death of Timothy Hovanec, 36, of Wapakoneta.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced Thursday in a news release. [More]
Obituaries on May 27th, 2022
Cynthia Faye Wheeler (formerly of St. Marys, OH), passed away May 7th, 2022, surrounded by family. [More]
Darrell Willrath, 74, Celina, died May 26, 2022, at EverHeart Hospice Care Cent [More]
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Let Mother Nature garden
Master gardener Janet Nelson, St. Sebastian, takes great pride in her garden.
Preferring to take a natural approach to gardening, she has purposef
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week said they haven't yet acted on requests from various public officials for a share of the county government's $7.9 million American Rescue Plan Act funds.
MARIA STEIN - Mercer Health plans to construct a 19,000-square-foot medical office building in the Marion Industrial Park.
The new facility at 8016 Booster Drive will be called the Mercer Health Marion Campus, according to a news release from Mercer Health.
Lutz wins shot put regional title, chance to add discus Sat.
PIQUA - Celina's Amelia Lutz needed just one throw in the shot put to lock up a regional title.
Lutz hit 38-8 the first time she stepped into the c
Area officials are excited about the upcoming tourist season for many reasons, chief among them a cleaner Grand Lake and new amenities on the 13,500-acre lake in Mercer and Auglaize counties.
ST. ANTHONY - Pomona Grange officials plan to go "full bore" this year with the return of the Pomona Grange Strawberry Festival after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FORT RECOVERY - The Battle at the Fort Pull returns to Ambassador Park on June 4.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Children age 11 and under can attend the Battle at the Fort tractor pull for free. Tickets at the gate are $20 for individuals ages 12 and up.
COLDWATER - Knights of Columbus members will host its 55th annual picnic June 3-5 on the grounds of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, promising an entertaining weekend of activities.
COLDWATER - The Taste of the Town food event returns to Coldwater on June 7.
It will be held from 5-10 p.m. on Elm Street near the depot in Coldwater Memorial Park.
BURKETTSVILLE - Several events for children have been added to this year's slate of events at the Burkettsville Community Picnic set June 11-12 at the village park.
CHICKASAW - A dunk tank has been added to the list of events at this year's Chickasaw Community Picnic set for June 3-5 at the VFW Park on Maple Street.
FORT RECOVERY - Organizers of this year's Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee won't let bad weather rain on their parade - or live music, beer and wine tasting, Cooper Kiddie Day and the myriad of other festivities planned June 15-19.
ST. MARYS - Holy Rosary Catholic Church will host its annual parish festival June 10-11 on the church grounds at 511 E. Spring St.
The two-day event will feature food trucks, children's games, live entertainment and a reverse raffle.
MONTEZUMA - Based on the success of last year's one-day celebration, Zuma Days organizers have decided to expand this year's festival to two days.
The festival is set for June 17-18 at Zuma Park, 6700 Brookside Dr.
After returning to a full slate of races with live fans last year after most of the 2020 race schedule was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eldora Speedway will feature the traditional crown jewel races plus two big events this year.
ROCKFORD - Plans are still being finalized, but the Rockford Community Days festival is set to return June 17-18 at Shanes Park.
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MARIA STEIN - Organizers of the 35th annual Maria Stein Country Fest plan to wow visitors with high-flying acrobatic performances as part of this year's festival set for June 24-26.
Runners from around the area and beyond will get a chance to compete for prizes as the Mercer Health 5K Challenge returns this season.
The challenge features seven 5,000-meter (5 kilometers) road races held from June through August in Mercer County communities.
NEW KNOXVILLE - The village's new splash pad will be among the attractions for children during this year's New Knoxville Independence Day Celebration
ST. HENRY - The St. Henry Community Picnic had a banner last year, and organizers are looking to keep the ball rolling with this year's celebration, planned for July 1-3.
The boys of summer will return for the 33rd season as the Grand Lake Mariners will bring in college baseball players from around the nation to play wood-bat league baseball in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
CELINA - Coming off a banner attendance year in 2021, organizers are readying themselves for an even greater crowd at this summer's Taste of Celina Block Party & Car Show, a smorgasbord of scrumptious food, drinks and live music.
CELINA - This summer will see the return of a full-fledged Immaculate Conception Festival July 15-16.
The festival will be held on the grounds surrounding the church.
CHATTANOOGA - A year after the contest was cancelled because of rain, the popular tractor pull will be among the highlights during the 107th annual Chatt Farmer's Picnic on July 28.
BERNE, Ind. - The Swiss Days Berne residents recognize is slowly making a comeback, with more events, vendors and entertainment in the works for the 50th annual festival scheduled July 28-30.
The Grand Lake Marathon returned last season after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Organizers for the this year's event hope for a great crowd of runners and spectators at the eighth-annual race on Sept. 24.
CELINA - Mindy Cook, a member of the U.S. women's goalball team that took home a silver medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2021, will be the grand marshal of the Celina Lake Festival parade on July 23.
FORT RECOVERY - The 2022 Fort Recovery National Tractor Pullers Association Grand Nationals event returns July 29-30 to Ambassador Park.
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New Bremen hosts 101st event
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen-German Township Fireman's Picnic, the longest-running picnic in the Auglaize County, will mark its its 101st year July 22-23 at the downtown Crown Pavilion.
Event still going strong after 170 years
WAPAKONETA - Fair organizers will celebrate a milestone this summer with the 170th Auglaize County Fair July 31 to Aug. 6.
Fair manager Ed Doenges said organizers are anticipating another stellar turnout following a great year in 2021.
COLDWATER - The 62nd annual Coldwater Community Picnic will be held Aug. 4-7. The theme is America.
Picnic President Brent Selhorst said the golf c
The World's Longest Yard Sale will return to Mercer County properties along U.S. 127 Aug. 4-7.
The annual event is nearly 700 miles long and spans
CELINA - The theme of the 2022 Mercer County Fair set for Aug. 12-18 is "Big Dreams in a Small Town."
And it's a fitting phrase given how the fair has grown over the last decade in booking entertainment, activities and festive settings that locals would normally have to drive hours away to enjoy.
ST. MARYS - St. Marys SummerFest is moving to a new location this year.
The annual festival takes place Aug. 11-14 at Baughman Stadium Complex (Skip Complex), a change from last year's Memorial Park location.
COLDWATER - The 42nd Coldwater Multiple Donations Softball Tournament will be held Aug. 17-21 at Coldwater Memorial Park.
Between 1980 and 2019 the
NEW BREMEN - Starting with the crowning of the festival queen and ending with the grand parade, many activities will be available during this year's Bremenfest celebration.
FORT RECOVERY - The fourth annual Win on the Wabash returns Aug. 27-28 to Ambassador Park with an array of door prizes, raffles, music, food, drinks, exhibitors and entertainment.
CELINA - The Durbin Bean Bake, one of the area's most historic and longest running events, returns Labor Day Sept. 5.
The event, first held in 1898 and now in its 123rd year, traces back to a reunion of Civil War veterans.
ST. JOE - Officials are still finalizing plans for the St. Joe Homecoming Festival, which will take place Sept. 9-11.
The festival takes place on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1689 St. Joe Rd.
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics will host event
MARIA STEIN-The annual Heritage Day Festival returns to the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 18.
Held in the shrine courtyard at 2291 St. Johns Rd., the festival began in 2016 as a family-friend event, according to Diana Russel, fund development director for the shrine.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen Pumpkinfest will again usher in the fall season with kids activities, food, beer and plenty of music. The event is set for Sept. 23-24 at the Pavilion on Plum Street in New Bremen.
'Our Piece of Germany' selected as theme for Minster festival parade
MINSTER - Thousands of people will converge on Minster this year as the village again celebrates its German heritage by hosting the Minster Oktoberfest.
CELINA - A slew of musical acts will shake, rattle and roll Bryson Park District this summer.
The Celina Summer Concert Series is back with a mix of free Sunday evening shows under the red tent and Saturday evening performances at Harley C. Jones Memorial Rotary Amphitheater.
The fifth annual summer concert series at Coldwater Memorial Park Amphitheater will feature performances by a variety of musical acts. All concerts start at 7 p.m.
ST. HENRY - The lineup for the 11th annual St. Henry Summer Concert Series will feature a variety of acts that include rock tribute bands and local talent at the St. Henry Freedom Amphitheater.
FORT RECOVERY - Crowds flocked to the Fort Recovery Friends of the Arts summer concert series last year.
Organizers report they have another talented lineup for this summer's offering the free concerts. This is the 31st year for the series.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen Summer Concert Series will again feature a local flavor with musicians from west central Ohio.
The free concerts will be held at the Crown Pavilion on Plum Street along the Miami-Erie Canal. The concerts are all on Sundays and begin at 6:30 p.m.
MINSTER - Tribute bands performing hit songs from the 1970s and '80s will entertain audiences attending this summer's Minster Summer Concert Series.
The free concerts will be held at Minster Machine Centennial Park on Fourth Street. The concerts are held on Sundays and start at 6:30 p.m.
The two-county Grand Lake region boasts numerous recreation sites ranging from museums about Ohio's contributions to air and space travel and bicycles to churches on the national historical register, dog parks, walking trails and others.
Arrowhead Park Golf Course
Directions: Take Ohio 66 south out of St. Marys to Minster. Once in Minster, take a right onto First Street and follow it to Canal Road. Turn left on Canal. The course is located on the corner of Canal and Dirksen.
Those seeking lodgings during the festival season have a number of options to choose from in the Grand Lake area.
Numerous hotels, motels, inns and campgrounds are available for visitors to Mercer and Auglaize counties.
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By William Kincaid
CELINA - Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Wednesday marveled at the melding of education and workforce development at Tri Star, saying it is doing exactly what is needed to prepare students for careers after high school.
Husted visited the $25 million, 101,170-square-foot, two-story facility on State Route 703 to highlight the importance of career education. He addressed a gathering of students, teachers, administrators and business representatives. [More]
Knapke, Slusher, Winner win regional titles before rainout
By Tom Haines
TROY - The thunder started just after 7 p.m., but that still left Caden Slusher, Jack Knapke and Molly Winner enough time to win individual regional titles.
Photo album of the meet
Parkway's Slusher tied for first in the long jump, Marion Local's [More]
Obituaries on May 26th, 2022
Margo Ayers, age 68 of Columbus, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at her residence in Columbus. [More]
Verl W. Ballmer, 95, of Findlay, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home May 21, 2022. [More]
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COLDWATER - As illicit fentanyl, methamphetamine and synthetic opioids exacerbate the existing nationwide drug overdose epidemic, health care providers are turning to opioid stewardship programs to reduce deaths and improve patient care.
CELINA - Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted believes the massacre at a Texas elementary school that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers will spark discussion on protecting school students and staff.
$5,000 reward offered
CELINA - An April fire that killed two pets at a Willow Street home is being investigated as arson by the State Fire Marshal's Office, according to a state department of commerce official.
Division I Regional Track and Field
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
The Celina boys track and field had two athletes earn podium finishes, but were unable to qualify anyone to state after the first day of the Division I regional meet at the Cooper Tire Track and Field Complex in Findlay.
Compiled by Gary R. Rasberry
Both St. Henry's Nolan Schmitz and Lima Central Catholic's Billy Bourk were both pitching as fast as they could to try and beat the rain.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A Mercer County jail sales tax renewal that was defeated by a scant number of votes is heading to a recount after completion of the official canvas of the May 3 primary election results.
Mercer County Board of Election members at Tuesday morning's special meeting certified the official results of the primary election, which showed the jail levy came up 25 votes short, according to director Kristi Rable. Results show 4,669 votes were cast against the levy and 4,644 in favor. [More]
Obituaries on May 25th, 2022
Traci J. Treon, 50, of Covington, passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, at Ohio's Hospice of Miami County Care Center. [More]
Susan Unrast of Willcox passed away at home on May 18, 2022, at the age of 82. [More]
Gary Lee Frilling, age 59, of Anna, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence early Tuesday morning, May 24, 2022. [More]
Mary (Reier) Wenning, 95 of Coldwater, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on May 24th, 2022. [More]
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ST. HENRY - The village has been awarded a $500,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant and a $510,000 zero-interest loan for the Bernard housing subdivision reconstruction project, council members learned at their Monday night meeting.
COLDWATER - A Coldwater native, veteran educator and principal was selected as the district's new superintendent at a special board meeting Tuesday morning.
Mercer County's unemployment rate improved once again in April to 2.1%, down from March's rate of 2.7%.
The county also kept its status as second l
Emily Schwieterman signs with NAIA's Spring Arbor
CELINA - Emily Schwieterman thought that continuing her athletic career after high school wouldn't be in the cards.
Spring Arbor offered her the chance.
Alumni Notes
Into his second month of Class-A baseball, Seth Lonsway is starting to become known to hitters in the California League.
Still, the Celina High School grad and Ohio State standout is pitching well for the San Jose Giants this season.
By Leslie Gartrell
ST. MARYS - As time goes on, some things change while others stay the same. The same can be said for Ginny's Gingersnaps, a baton-twirling group celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Ginny Maurer, owner and director of Ginny's Gingersnaps, said she's seen thousands of girls come to learn the art of baton twirling over the past 50 years. [More]
Coldwater rallies for eighth-inning win in tourney tune-up
By Tom Haines
COLDWATER - After defensive gaffes put Coldwater in a 2-0 hole, the Cavaliers' bats came to life just in time.
Runs in the sixth and seventh innings forced extras before Braxton Howell came around to score in the eighth to give Coldwater a 3-2 win over Lincolnview in one last regular-season baseball game at Veterans Field on Monday. [More]
Obituaries on May 24th, 2022
Odyne Leona (Schulze) Barlage, age 89, of Sawmill Road in Fort Loramie, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at her residence Sunday Evening, May 22, 2022. [More]
Regina M. Fischer age 86, of Ansonia passed away at 11:38 am Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Versailles Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. [More]
Richard (Rick) A. Pleiman, age 61 of Coldwater, died Sunday, May 22, 2022, surrounded by family at his home in Coldwater. [More]
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CELINA - A new shelter house/restroom facility will be built this summer in the Bryson Park District along Lake Shore Drive.
City council members o
ST. MARYS - City council members during Monday's regular council meeting saw 3-D renderings of the city's new municipal building slated to go out to bid in July.
NEW BREMEN - Village council members on Monday passed legislation that will pave the way for a new manufacturing operation in the Bunker Hill Industrial Park.
June 6 meeting set for residents on assessments
COLDWATER - Council members at Monday's meeting approved a resolution of necessity to make repairs to South Sixth Street.
Under suspension of the r
Area Roundup
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Celina's Nevaeh Huser qualified for the Division II regional track and field meet as the boys and girls district pol
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