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Drivers cover 12 routes around Mercer County, and each route averages 32 miles long with an average 4 hours to run. The trucks are equipped with standard straight plows 12 feet wide.

They throw a mix of 1 to 1 salt and grit behind. Mike Borns reports that so far material supplies have held up even with this extreme weather. I believe they average around 35 miles each, similar to one county route. Snow plow drivers expressed the importance for people out on the roads to yield to the snowplows when they are working around intersections.

Often they must back up and make several passes to completely clear an intersection. If automobile drivers pull up closely to the snowplows, then the drivers cannot maneuver. Mailbox Replacement and Repair Policy: Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart is announcing the policy covering replacement and repair of mailboxes damaged by county crews plowing snow. His family life in Rockford was the best. His parents, Clete and Irene Schmidt at left raised him with values and a clear spiritual upbringing in the St.

He loved the football team and felt his Senior year had the best team ever. He later struck an analogy to football as he described his role in the Air Force. Of his time at the academy, he remembered going right into boot camp, valuing his free education, and reinforcing his desire to serve. His military career turned into a full career commitment of 27 years.

He retired in Above is his model of the E-3 a Boeing which he flew during the first half of his career. His job with the rest of the crew was to fly from Iceland to intercept Soviet bombers which approached Iceland and the United States. He also spent time detecting drug smuggling from South and Central America. He explained their teamwork to that of the football team. It was his Joint STARS that traveled high above the earth to detect friendly and hostile ground forces, and passed that information on to the Army and Marines on the ground, while directing US and Allied air attacks on various ground targets.

See Joe's model of this plane at left. They have been married for 25 years and have three children, John, Robert, and Sarah. He learned to value education as a lifelong pursuit. He is still training and advancing today to keep up with technology. He praised the Leota Braun Foundation for the presenting of Scholarships. Maintaining a Balance in Life is important. Values and priorities go hand in hand. Stay balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and you will be happy.

Also stay balanced across the various roles in your life. Neglect one or the other and you will suffer. Stay connected to your local radio news and local newspapers online and print that bring you the great news of your community. Have faith in yourself and others. In football at Parkway, he learned to get back up after getting knocked down, which applies to our lives and country. We know right from wrong.

Joe said his parents raised him to know this as did the Air Force. In the 9 to 10 moves that he and Ui Hwa have made all over the world, it always came down to the people they knew and associated with that were important.

People, no matter where, all want the same things: We are also social creatures. He thanked the group for inviting him to speak, and challenged all to continue building the Leota Braun Foundation and volunteer. Braun to the community of Rockford. Since then the organization has existed to provide financial support for projects and activities in the area. Donors may contact the foundation through their website: Dollar General is now open. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 14, He was honored for many factors, the top one being community service.

Mike was nearly speechless, at first, thanking everyone as recipient Nancy Leighner named the reasons he was chosen: He thanked everyone and mentioned that he is so proud to be a part of the community; loves the residents of The Laurels like family; thanks the Grace of God that he has lived here all his life. Mike was raised in Rockford, the third of eleven children born to Ralph and Alice Bruns.

They are a large and close-knit family, and even though their parents are now gone, they still get together and cook up a storm. First communion was just the beginning of his Christian beliefs in helping others less fortunate and spending time with homebound friends and family.

He has been a lifelong member of St. Teresa Catholic Church where he has served as a Parish Council member, and presently serves as usher, choir member, and church maintenance man. During his high school years, one of his proudest moments was belonging to the Parkway Panther Football Team that went in Eventually he came home and married the love of his life, Vickie Beckstedt from Celina, in To this union came their three beautiful children - Erica, Brian, and Nick.

In that same year he began his own plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning business. Thirty years later, the Rockford Chamber honored him with a plaque for his outstanding business, along with his employees - Clete Schmidt, Chad Bushur, and Chad Moeller in attendance. And, his life continues to be enhanced with his musical talent. Group members entertain at churches, family gatherings and festivals.

He donates time and talent around the community and has a humanitarian approach to business. He offers maintenance expertise to the Rockford Belle at the entertainment venue and during Concert in the Park events. His voice is the one behind the mic at Rockford Community Days Cruise-in for the last 19 years bringing in car buffs from near and far. Mike thoroughly enjoys entertaining in various singing parts for the annual Lions Club Variety Show.

His affiliation with the Rockford Sons of the American Legion serves as a catalyst in assisting with military rights for deceased veterans, marching in the local Memorial Day Parades, and allowing him the opportunity to help host Rockford Days poignant WWII Veterans exhibit in As an enthusiast of all things World War II, Mike has become a bit of an expert in artillery and munitions of the era.

Mike has even been known to coach a few baseball teams over the years. Running has enabled Mike to remain fit and in good health. Mike is a jokester at heart, and brings a smile to many a face. Congratulations on these well-deserved accolades.

For many years, Mike has dedicated himself to volunteering every other Sunday morning for a special prayer and worship hour with the residents of Maplewood. He sings and plays the guitar, usually accompanied by a pianist, whether a staff member or resident who is familiar with traditional church hymns. Mike has also volunteered on numerous occasions to sing and play for the residents alongside Kent Krogman on the keyboard. Both bands play locally at a variety of places including churches, family gatherings and festivals.

Joyce does a wonderful job taking care of the plants and flowers at Shanes Park. She has bought and cared for almost all the flowers that make Shanes Park a beautiful place. She spends 2 to 3 hours each day taking care of the flowers, weeding and watering. Main in Rockford, opened its doors on Saturday May 4th. The store hours are currently Noon to 5: For more information call Pictured from left to right are: A family business for many years, Gehle Transport is located at St.

Amishville is nestled among the rolling meadows that bank the Wabash River steeped in the rich heritage of Amish families and farmlands. It is just thirty minutes from Celina. This campgrounds has full hook up sites, primitive tent sites, restaurant, swimming and fishing pond, gift shop, petting zoo and much more.

The presentation took place at Mike's Appreciation lunch and Celebration on that day at the Belle in Rockford. Over people came to enjoy a delicious meal including Mike's chili.

Congratulations Mike, Vicki and staff! Shown Left to right are: The store opened in January, In celebration of being in business for 25 years, Barrys' Family Market is planning a week full of door buster deals and fabulous savings throughout the store, beginning January 30th through February 4th. Barrys' Family Market is owned and operated by Barry Sr. They have three children, Barry Peel, Jr. Currently, their son, Brett manages the meat department and many other aspects of the store.

Brett Peel with his mom, Robbie. Barrys' Family Market has employed nearly people within the community over the past 25 years, with many still coming in to shop daily or weekly. With many community wide economic ups and downs, Barrys' Family Market is still helping within the community.

They have sponsored boys little league every year and have sponsored Parkway Local Schools activities, including the Variety Show,.

During the power outage in June, , Barrys' Family Market, without power , continued to assist customers as best they could by hand writing orders and taking them to the doors for customers. We would love to see past employees during this celebration. You can check out Barrys' Family Market online at barrysfamilymarket. We encourage the residents of Rockford and other surrounding communities to stop and in and celebrate with us.

Refreshments will be on Saturday and Sunday. Chester the Cheetah will visit with kids on Saturday. They are a children's store with gently used toys that also specializes in quality children's clothing at the not-so-quality prices. In addition, Comfy Kids is a rental agent for U-Haul. For more information on Comfy Kids visit www. Lockwood Performance is the place to stop for your classic, racing, or general performance automotive needs. They have a speed shop carrying common engine and drivetrain parts for small and big block Chevy, Ford, and Mopar - using most of the best known performance automotive brands around.

They also fully service and rebuild transmissions and differentials. Also, they are a full machine stop - doing all work in-house. He is in the process of putting a showroom for these classic and racing cars. For more info, feel free to contact Bruce at You may also visit the website www. He graduated on May 4, from Ball State University. His major is in business, Risk Management and Insurance with a minor in Finance.

He was duly licensed by the States of Ohio and Indiana, Departments of Insurance after successfully sitting for and passing his state board test. Joel will be taking 24 hours of continuing education over the next two years to keep his license. It is a goal come true for Joel. After graduating from Parkway in , following the footsteps of his father, Todd, a Parkway grad in Ohio Northern graduate and Grandpa Dan, a Rockford High school grad in , Joel knew he wanted a business degree in insurance — a life he had grown up with, and he wanted to return to live in his hometown of Rockford.

His love of school sports spurred him on, and he came back to Parkway Schools where he coached Pony League this summer and has volunteered to coach junior high football this fall.

A graduate of Crestview High and very soon - Ball State, Ali is completing her student teaching for early childhood education this fall. She is excited to be back in the area, as well, to make their home. Picture above l to r: Joel, Todd, Jean and Dan Henkle.

He worked solely in claims, so he was very prepared for the 80 plus claims that Henkle Insurance encountered as a result of the June 29, storm that swept through the Mercer County and surrounding areas.

Joel said their worst claim was a tree falling on a van. Joel was one of only 29 students of Risk Management programs from colleges and universities across the United States, who were chosen for this honor. He learned a great deal about risk management professionals and was able to network. Dan, Todd and Joel all agreed that things have changed since Dan began the insurance business.

Joel says they do quoting for policies online as well as checking the status of claims and checking customer accounts. Joel explained that they are licensed to sell insurance for: Joel is currently working on his Life Insurance license, and Todd, his father, does those sales for now.

Together all three sell auto, home, life, annuities, and umbrella policies. Just give them a call at and stop you are invited to stop in and meet Joel anytime!

This floral and gift shop is located at W. Market Street in Celina. Visit them at www. The naming of the Citizen of the Year is always a surprise to the winner as well as the crowd. A videotape of the life accomplishments and life history of the winner is shown and narrated by the previous winner, this year being Tom Rogers who presented the award with the help of Belle Organizer Stacie Ford.

She and her two brothers, Oscar and Lloyd helped the family raise their prize winning Belgian Draft Horses. It was that horse pulling activity that brought her together with her still best friend forever, Delores. And, she even met her husband Roy at the horse pulls in Celina. She was crowned May Day Queen her senior year and graduated from Phillipsburg High School as valedictorian of her class.

They operated a farm with livestock and created their own pork sausage recipe. She is still an exceptional cook with a special caramel corn recipe that the trick-or-treaters on her street love. She is often affectionately referred to as Nanners by Cindy's family. Her other careers have included: She attended Wright State University. When the Rockford Swimming Pool had to be closed and demolished, she was a tireless proponent and fund-raiser for a new pool.

When pool fund raising slowed down, she was pivotal in organizing the efforts of the committee to bringing the splash pad to Shanes Park over a year ago. She regularly visits shut-ins, helps make welcome baskets for new homeowners and new comers to the community, attends every benefit and function that helps Rockford, works with the Kids Club after school, helps when the blood bank comes to town, attends all youth sporting events, reads to students at Parkway Local Schools, maintains statistical records for the Parkway High School volleyball and softball teams and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rockford Area Development Corp.

They lauded her efforts in Rockford, a village she truly loves. To celebrate her 75th birthday this year, Leighner completed her first 5K, a personal achievement she proudly discusses. She is training for another one, too. Last year's Business of the Year winner Ed Burtch of Burtch Seed presented Steve Schaaf and director of marketing Leah Hays with this year's business award after which Bruns and Nuding also presented them a proclamation. The Laurels have been a part of the community since Their community spirit is shown through their own organized events as well as the time and money they donate to the many events, activities.

They organize a themed meal with entertainment every quarter called Prime Time Diner with proceeds going back into the community. They also sponsor a free Valentine's Day dance and meal with all donations going to the Leota Braun Foundation.

They host the local school's Head Start preschool program, allowing an opportunity for kids and seniors to interact. They currently have employees and 40 volunteers. We really appreciate this. Bruns and Nuding commended the Laurels for their community efforts. They offer Petroleum Services, a convenience store and more! The store phone number is Stop by and introduce yourself! Tara Bransteter, licensed cosmetologist and local owner of Vanity Kept in Rockford brings the fun of spa parties as well as fine, unique merchandise to this area of Ohio.

Main Street across from the Rockford Carnegie Library. Tara offers the ultimate in spa parties to prepare for any event or special group. Her packages are custom planned for personalized attention to every detail. Tara also offers in her one-of-a-kind boutique gift line: These items are exclusive as well. Merchandise is refreshed monthly, and Tara purchases only the best for the upcoming season. Tara stocks affordable yet unique items. Accepting cash, checks and credit cards, she offers gift certificates and specialty packages including Holiday packages for the special person in your life.

Free gift wrapping services with the purchase. Main Street in Rockford, the shop hours are by appointment. Phone and ask for Tara to learn all the details. Jane Baker Cozad of Rockford and a graduate of Ohio City Liberty High School, always loved horses as a girl and was fortunate to keep quarter horses and appaloosas later as a young adult. In fact her love of the horses has turned into a couple of business ventures. Gentle Strength and Signs for Equines are new to the area and are horse centered.

Jane uses her four horses and one pony to assist individuals with Learning Life Skills. The horses are all gaited, meaning they have a glide to their step which is relaxing and natural. And, Jane offers riding lessons, too, but in EAL there is no riding, only games and activities which help the individual or the team usually businesses, but any groups can benefit especially families get immediate feedback on their emotions and behavior.

Horses will mirror the individual, and when the person learns to act differently with the horse and changes his or her behavior, the horse responds accordingly. Jane explains that horses are great for this sort of work because they honestly mirror what a human body is telling them. Through the activities, an individual can learn to get the horse to respond the way they want them to by changing their own behavior.

Horses are large and powerful, and some individuals learn to master and overcome fear of horse and fear in their lives. When they master a challenging situation, they gain confidence. Horses have distinct personalities, and what works with one may not work with another.

Individuals learn to master dealing with more than one person, too. Horses are a lot of hard work, and caring for them builds character. They are also sensitive creatures and know if you mean what you say. A horse lives in the moment and gives immediate and insightful feedback.

She has taken many training sessions from him. People to benefit from these courses include: Click Here for Gentle Strength. Main Street in Celina. Located in the heart of downtown, a ribbon cutting was held to officially open the new office. Jerry Sell after touring the new shop during her Grand Opening. Betsey offers a variety of designer clothes, gifts, baby clothes, jewelry and more. A full story is coming on this unique and tasteful shop!

By Sheila Baltzell, Parkway Independent Merchandise is refreshed weekly, and Betsey attends fashion buying shows four times a year in Michigan and Illinois where she chooses for the upcoming season. Ever mindful of her clientele, she stocks mostly mid range priced items and always chooses unique clothing and gift items not available in other stores.

Accepting credit and debit cards as well as cash and checks, she offers gift certificate sales and free gift wrapping services with the purchase. She offers after-hours boutique parties for special groups.

Located at on S. Not only has Brenda been in the career of hair styling all of her adult life, so has her mother, Ilene Davis and longtime friend Carol Zizelman. Meg Kraner Fitzsimmons, licensed massage therapist, has recently come on board at the shop. Give them a call today at or visit them on Facebook. Ryan says he is looking forward to working more with the many customers and potential customers in his hometown and surrounding areas.

Ryan joined The Peoples Bank Co. Ryan currently lives in the Rockford area with his wife, Kelly, and his children Mackenzie and Ashtyn. The Rockford Belle has been named for the real bell in front of the former church, which at one time called members to church services.

Tom reports that the bell is technically the property of the Shanes Crossing Historical Society, but will remain at the church location.

Tom and gospel-singer, Randy Long, both of Rockford, recently undertook the task of shining-up the old brass bell, covered with years of corrosion.

Randy researched the proper cleaning and located the materials needed. They used a combination of acid and fine sandpaper to get it looking like new. But Randy says he want a more brilliant shine than they already have, so they are still working on it.

An outside spotlight is shining on the bell. The inside spotlight is also repaired and illuminates the beautiful stained-glass window. If you go by at night, take a look. In addition, Tom has been working inside to clean the structure from top to bottom including a fresh coat of paint in the former sanctuary.

A new sound system with microphones is ready to go with a capacity for seating event-goers. Tom has even fixed up the nine former Sunday School classrooms as sleep rooms for entertainers staying for the weekend performances. One room is equipped with a couch and TV. It can be partitioned for a dressing room. Gospel groups will be some of the first acts to play in the Rockford Belle. Watch the Parkway Independent for a calendar of events. Contact Tom Rogers in Rockford for booking your event.

They produce high quality, safe, wholesome and nutritious tomato products for shipment in the USA and overseas. Ketchup is one of them, and USA ketchup is the gold-standard for the world. The plant manager, Jim Gibson, and his wife Deb Behm Gibson, both longtime employees and Parkway graduates of and respectively, gave an informative presentation at the April 9, Rockford Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly meeting.

Jim played a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Deb, which highlighted the history of Sharp Canning and the many changes made over the past 10 years. Sharp was one of many canning factories that were a main stay in the villages in the agricultural areas of west central Ohio.

It opened in by A. They also had plants in Ohio City and Bluffton at one time. In , they sold the plant in Rockford to The Fremont Company, who owns it yet today. The plant processed tomatoes grown in the area and hired many seasonal workers. Jim said he felt pretty positive in saying that most of the people in the Rockford area had worked at the canning factory at one time or another, or had someone in their family who did.

A nod of heads in the room confirmed that was the case. Other highlights through the years were: Fast Facts on The Fremont Company They have approximately different labels, 10 container sizes, 54 employees, work year-round, run 3 shifts — 3 rd cleans and sets bottle sizes, there is , sq.

In Jim explained that they will ship 3 million cases of ketchup made under private labels which are selling better than the national brands right now since they are usually cheaper.

The Fremont Company in Rockford also makes barbeque sauce, under the Mississippi Brand as well as in private label. They purchase their tomato paste exclusively from California now. These are big operations with tomato fields that are 1 mile long by 1. It comes in aseptic totes and is dumped into sealed tanks at the Fremont plant where one batch makes approximately gallons of product.

Once cooked and seasoned to the recipe per the company for whom they are bottling, the mix goes into the cool tank. The mass of fresh bottles flow into a single line where the machines fill each one and then cap. The bottles are boxed, and auto recorded with shipping labels for tracking. Semis carrying up to 40 foot long export containers line up daily for shipment to the USA and 27 different countries including: Each country has their own labeling requirements for how they want their product made.

Even the shipping process can be affected. For example, one country requires heat-treatment of wood shipping pallets to kill insects. This is required by law. Record keeping also involves 3 rd party auditing. Most companies purchasing The Fremont Company products have a company inspect for them before they will buy. The SQF audit, for example, is quite expensive but necessary in order to sell product to Walmart.

Deb Gibson was once the quality control and organic program manager but has turned those jobs over to others. In the last year, she has become a consultant to Fremont and works on special projects.

She is currently working on new formulations for the Australian and Canadian markets. Deb also developed the organic tomato ketchup product that is one of the largest private label formulations in the country. The USDA certified organic label can only go on products when stringent requirements are met. The use of granulated sugar is making a comeback as well as preferences in the spice profiles. The Security Acts following totally changed the way the food industry conducts their business.

At The Fremont Company, there are locked doors and pass-codes are used to keep outsiders from entering the buildings. That does not happen any more. We are community oriented at the plant and have been working with the village, state and County on EPA requirements for the new sewer project here.

Bob Thompson, chamber treasurer, expressed thanks to Jim on behalf of the village, for their support in this important community project. Jim and Deb ended with a question-answer session. But inside, the plant is humming alive with activity, as orders for dust mops, wet mops, microfiber products and other cleaning supplies are being prepared for world-wide shipment.

Tuway has been in business in Rockford since Otto Schaefer, started the broom and mop factory in Detroit, Michigan in and moved it to Rockford, Ohio when he feared that a smaller venue would protect it against vulnerability during World War II.

In , two Detroit attorneys purchased the struggling business and kept it on its feet. Griffin and John R. Wilson was also a Certified Public Account with an aim for the financial growth of the company. Griffin had an eye for bringing new and varied products to the customer. It was Griffin who introduced the first flat mop in that is still a standard in the cleaning word today.

Velcro attachment came along, too, to a newer frame and became the popular Zipline still produced today. In , the team of Griffin and Wilson decided to retire, and proposed to sell Tuway, but wanted the plant kept in Rockford as part of the agreement. The men had a strong commitment to the managers and floor employees in the Rockford plant. The husband and wife team of Jim and Trudy Koester looked at their options and decided to buy the plant and continue in Rockford.

The common ties were perfect and the deal was set in stone on May 4, Jim and Trudy became managers of their new business, and Jim took immediately to the task according to his wife of her late husband. He had fresh ideas, enjoyed the sales aspect, and kept up with the times including the use of computers. Seeing this as the wave of the future, Jim introduced the microfiber to the Rockford plant and then moved the Baltimore plant to Rockford. The business was growing with diversity and, most importantly, busy with new orders.

Trudy Continues the Dream. Jim next tackled the problem of getting orders out in a timely manner. There were new and better ways, Jim knew, as he researched their options and eventually hired a consultant in He worked for a year, and made the suggestion, among others, of new machinery. Jim was just beginning to add machinery when he passed away in She secured a loan from the Mercer County Revolving Loan Fund and backed by village officials in Rockford in order to buy-out a stock holder wanting to sell the company on the open market.

Their goal of improving efficiency was on the way to being realized as more automated machines followed. The concept comes from automotive, and Pat Nuding, a former auto industry employee, was hired to make the changes. Pat says that with cross training on all jobs and the reset of the manufacturing floor into cells that perform specific sewing functions, their production has tripled.

And, we have specific lines for specific products," said Pat, who was hired in as co-general manager. Later her husband, Grover Nuding, was hired with expertise in engineering for maintaining the machines. Both have extensive manufacturing backgrounds, she in industrial organizational psychology, and he in automotive purchasing.

Their qualifications suited the needs of the company very well. Barb produces their catalogs. Local community members, take for instance Rosalie Hughes pictured left , have many years in at the plant.

She has 37 years in the mix and has seen many changes. She runs the most complicated machine in the plant with 20 spools of yarn and two sewing machines. Looping and trimming the dust mops it makes. There was an addition of 10, square feet in bringing the total work and inventory space to 55, They added a Gerber water laser cutter for cutting a die through 10 layers of canvas at a time with keyholes, and a tufting machine witch attaches backing.

The new is old, says Trudy. Basically, microfiber cleaning materials are made for us in Asia, and we buy it to make our products. Tuway was going green, then. Her service team is charged with re-educating the end-user with pictures, service, education and quality as Tuway has the biggest and best line of microfiber products in the field today, according to Trudy.

Tuway only sells wholesale to janitorial supply houses and have sales reps in 5 different countries for their international sales and the United States, Canada and Mexico. Hospitals, and the health care industry, as well as schools and a myriad of end-users buy the Tuway name-brand cleaning supplies as well as Powell, a private label for whom they manufacture.

Rockford is proud to have them listed among their successful businesses, one which has earned the Ohio Exporter of the Year Award in recent years. The Kozy Korner in Mendon has had a long history of feeding the locals with homemade food. It was and still is a gathering place for coffee, pie and local news. Owners have come and gone, and the newest proprietors are well-versed in serving up delicious food.

From the start, he was the chef, and she served customers. Married 31 years, they have always worked together. Dennis and Tanya spent 30 years in the restaurant business, working in 3 different establishments including 15 years in one 5-Star seafood restaurant called Lightsey's on Lake Okeechobee and 6 years at a steakhouse nearby called the Speckled Perch. Dennis prepared the wonderful seafood and steak dishes that took one restaurant from a small outdoor picnic-style eatery to its 5 Star status with seating for For a while the couple lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and worked at the Fireside Inn, a dinner establishment and resort that was open year round.

Always a student of new and different ways to prepare food, over the years, Dennis developed his own secret recipes that are delicious. Mendon has now become their home and the little corner restaurant keeps them busy Tuesday through Sunday serving fish and lunch specials daily including Mendon favorites like meat loaf, sausage, burgers, fried bologna, grilled cheese, hearty soups and more.

Friday fish specials include: On Saturdays they do a superb prime rib. The Stumpfs thought business would be slow and steady and that the two of them would be comfortable with the flow. But, instead, they have been busy, because of the great food and prices. They have several dish washers, too. It is small and quaint with news articles and pictures of glory days past covering the walls. As its name implies there is only seating for around No reservations are taken.

Call to order a carry-out. But the main focus of nearly every day for many years was the preparation of food for the Mendon Restaurant, owned and operated by their son, Pastor Randy Christian. The couple enjoyed cooking up specials on a daily basis and baking a daily supply of pie and cake to feed hungry patrons. Even when they retired to Florida for the winter months, they carried their crops of homegrown fruit with them and baked for their friends, Denny and Tanya Stumpf, from whom they rented a winter residence.

Up at 6 AM, he makes his way into the Kozy Korner to begin the daily ritual of preparing 5 to 10 fresh pies and an occasional cake. Favorites of the patrons include: He always asks Tanya what she would like for the day but he often gets to choose. Bob takes time out from baking to go deer hunting and cut his own firewood for the main source of heat in his farmhouse. He admits to being a bit of a jokester. He recalls the day the Class of senior boys all had their hair done in permanent waves for their class pictures.

They purchased the turn-key operation from Kevin and Brenda Barker in January of The business is still family owned and operated and flourishing in the Parkway District when other groceries have closed. Robbie credits their meat department mainly as they are known far and wide for special cuts and tasty treats like their own recipes for ham loaf and marinated chicken, beef and pork.

An uncle in northern Michigan also was in the grocery business. During the time with his brother, Barry was the produce expert, Robbie worked the office, Barry, Jr. The team of four eventually decided that they wanted a place of their own and found the Rockford grocery for sale.

They purchased the store and moved their young families to Rockford, opening the doors for the first time on January 28, One half of their items come through peddlers bringing dairy, meat, beer, milk, breads, soft drinks, and produce. They have all worked in the store and worn many hats over the years, Janice recalls tackling the bakery when they arrived. When it became too costly to operate, she managed produce, became the assistant manager and later the manager of the store.

That makes them special. Robbie at left continues to run the office, and Barry, Sr. Barry, Jr, and Janice have moved on and started their own auto servicing business. Taking over two years ago for his brother is Brett Peel, once the night manager and the dairy department manager. He brings with him his wife Toby, who works at Van Wert Physical therapy, and daughter Morgan, who both work at the store part-time. They are also expecting a baby in May Son, Kerry is a CPA and one who worked at the store, but never followed it as a career.

He has three children, Justin, Jillian and Jack. But even though some have moved on to different careers, they and their families are always ready to help-out, when needed, unloading trucks, decorating and filling-in. Judy Frye Avery is one of those people, and after 15 years, she is managing the store, doing the orders, planning the advertising, scheduling the 20 employees mostly part-time help , and waiting on customers.

They all agree that the biggest change has come in the last two years with the cost of gasoline. All products they buy come with a fuel charge on the invoice. Over the years they have remodeled the store, dealt with the floods of the St.

Marys River, provided food during blizzards, and opened a seasonal greenhouse for spring and fall plants and other items. The family is planning an anniversary celebration soon. Her first adventure in catering was for her own wedding reception in Preparing the meal herself was challenging but she engaged others to do the serving while she was speaking her vows.

Those additions completed her step into the world of catering. She can serve , will deliver for an optional fee, or allow the customer to pick-up and has all of the serving trays and chafing dishes to make an elegant meal or buffet-style set-up look appealing and complete.

I watch for the unusual when looking for new recipes. There are two family recipes I use, molasses cookies and cowboy cookies. She cruises the Internet for recipes and collects cookbooks as a hobby.

When asked what is popular now, she mentioned warm chocolate dipping stations, cupcakes instead of wedding cakes and specialty desserts. The western reception was fun and included boot shaped cookies, cactus cookies, and peach cobbler. Last summer she provided some special desserts for the governor of Ohio. Kristi is the daughter of Vernon and Vera Kuhn. She is married to Dave, and they have a son, Noah, who often taste-test new recipes she is trying-out.

The slogan chosen is "Progress In Action". Formed in the latter part of , the mission of the RADC is to attract business and industry to the community and enhance the overall quality of life for its residents.

Information regarding the RADC and current activities as well as membership opportunities may be obtained by contacting info rockfordalive. OH info rockfordalive. Main Street in Rockford, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the business opening.

Owner Mike Bruns of Rockford has specialized in all areas of this business and provides service beyond the sale. Mike has a crew of 4 pictured from left to right, Chad Moeller serviceman since , Chad Buschur, serviceman since , Mike Bruns, owner and serviceman, and Clete Schmidt, office manager since Mike recently reminisced about starting his own business. Mike mostly worked out of his house and a used van before he was able to really get started on his own. In his dad, the late Ralph Bruns, came to work for him.

Ralph was an experienced serviceman retired in , and Mike bought the old Rockford Telephone building at W. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Gene Steiner officiating. Dick Winters came to work for him as his office manager, and his first big jobs were doing the new work on the new L and L Restaurant in Rockford for owner Larry Hileman.

Then in , Rockford Lumber expanded, and Mike did that work as well. He has worked with many locate builders including Terry Bransteter and Larry Hileman. Back then, Mike had other employees including Nick Buschur and Roger Heuing, that people might remember. Mike and his crew are state-licensed in all areas of the plumbing, heating, electrical, ventilation and air conditioning including the health department.

When asked what has changed the most in the past 25 years, he said that the Rockford Lumber Company went out of business, and big companies like Menards have taken the place of the smaller locally-owned operations.

He also said that a verbal agreement and a handshake were once all that was required to do a job. Now contracts are often needed to get a job started. One thing never changes, though, in a small town, people call day and night for reliable help! Mike spent New Year's Eve at a customer's house repairing an electrical problem and working on a flooded basement somewhere else.

We had downpours of rain, thunder and lightning that evening. The Stephensons, however, have utilized their first-hand expertise in 4-H and farming, going back to their roots right here in Mercer County.

And, the farming linage on both sides goes back farther to their great-grandparents and great-great grandparents who settled this area. Those operations were and are all grain-based, and the younger Stephensons were looking for something different. According to Charlene, 20 years ago, her dad discussed hydroponic tomato farming but they dismissed it as too labor-intensive. Dave became the overseer of construction which is nearing completion.

Unlike waiting for the rain and sun to provide ideal growing conditions, this business requires energy to pump the well water and nutrients as well as heat and cool the 30 ft. Quonset building, of steel frame and plastic double-wall construction. After careful research, they dismissed wind and solar power and are using electricity to power the greenhouse. They are using a , BTU corn-boiler with propane as back-up. Corn is readily available and more efficient.

Electricity runs the blower which pumps air into the space between the plastic layers to form dead air space insulation for the walls. Cooling in the summer is provided by pulling air through the bug-exclusion system. It traps the insects and prevents them from entering the greenhouse to cause infestation of the lettuce crop.

Recycled water runs over a giant wall of corrugated cardboard and the air pulled through it evaporates and cools the greenhouse. When the sky lights up at night south of Rockford, the community has come to know that the lettuce needs more light to grow. So the lights come on using timers that have been programmed by John to turn the lights on at 7 am and off at 5 pm.

On overcast days a sensor detects low light intensity and turns on the lights. By adjusting the amount of light, the time to crop maturity can be maximized. The REX variety of Bibb lettuce they grow is specially developed for hydroponics in the Netherlands, where Holland and Denmark are far advanced in this style of farming. A seed is dropped into a rectangle of spun lava rock, called rock wool which has been soaked in water for hours.

Germination takes 2 days with new plantings done in a staggered fashion to produce a constant crop. The nursery part of this takes two weeks after which the trays of tiny plants are then separated by cutting and dropped into holes in the trays for the remainder of the four week growing time. Don and Charlene are shown at left. Our area is known for hard water. So a computer analyzes it and correctly mixes the two tanks one for fast growth and one for lettuce health of nutrients into the water to compensate for calcium, sulfur, iron and hydrogen changes.

The well water is pumped into the trays under the seedlings where a unique closed return system recycles the water through pipes for reuse. One feeder line of rubber tubing feeds two trays holding 18 plants per tray.

There are growing trays in the operation, and when not in use, the trays can be shut off from the water supply. The growth time in the water takes another four weeks to bring the crop to harvest.

The heads are pulled from their water holes, the roots in the rock wool are trimmed off, and packing takes place. The lettuce is bulk packaged 12 heads per box or in individual plastic crispers.

The harvested crop is then ready for delivery to the buyer. A cooler is under construction at the farm for short term storage.

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