2018 Citizen of the Year

#1. He was born February 17, 1948 in Van Wert, Ohio to parents, Ernest and Gertrude. He was raised in Rockford and lived there most of his life with the exception of a year on a Navajo Mission in New Mexico. He was the second of five children- with siblings Robert, Paul, Ann and Phil. The essence of his life would exude exactly the teachings of his parents. #2. As a child, our precocious recipient was self- taught and learned to play music by ear. When he wasn’t getting in trouble with his equally ornery brothers, he was building things, like radios. #3 The Class of 1966 Parkway High School graduate went on to attend Huntington College for three years while majoring in Education. There was one notable person who made a lasting impression on him during high school- industrial arts teacher, Ted Hakes. This influence was the vehicle directing his career choice to become a self-employed construction contractor during his entire working career. Many buildings in Rockford have been remodeled by him! Have you guessed who it is yet? #4. Wedding vows by the soul-mates were exchanged on September 7, 1974 at the Continental United Methodist Church. Two years later, the couple was baptized in Dan Henkle’s pond and then became members of the Rockford United Methodist Church. This is the same church where he has served as Trustee and Maintenance worker for several years; Parishioners can witness him making a joyful noise by playing instruments such as the guitar, trumpet, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica in the band on Sunday Mornings! #5. Together, he and his beloved wife, Marcia, have raised children Julie and Curtis- their pride and joy! The engaging father and grandfather enjoys attending music recitals and sporting events, and dotes on his beloved family by building them special handcrafted gifts made of wood. Grandchildren Alaina, Sloane, Madison, Paxton and Grayden are the proud beneficiaries of projects such as doll cradles, rocking chairs, a tool bench and a special handmade kite. Being a teacher at heart, our recipient involves family members in the making of such items. #6. His parents, aunts and uncles were important in his life, especially Uncle Nelson who ran the Navajo Mission in New Mexico. While there doing maintenance work, he lived with his brother Paul and learned many things about God, faith, and serving others. Many people who know him, know...
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2018 Business of the Year

The Rockford Ohio Chamber of Commerce business of the year is an esteemed award recognizing an area business for its involvement and dedication to the improvement and promotion of the Village of Rockford. This year’s business of the year winner exhibits all of those qualities and more. The 2018 business of the year has always had Rockford’s best interest at heart.  A long time Chamber member, over the years, this business has had several representatives serve on the Chamber board in addition to being active volunteers for Chamber/community activities. Our business of the year is also actively involved in the Rockford Area Development Corporation, the Rockford Bicentennial Planning Committee, Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, 21st Century Club, the Celina-Mercer Chamber of Commerce, Celina Leadership in Action, National Ag Marketing Association, Parkway Local Booster, Auglaize/Mercer CVB, the Optimist Club of Van Wert, Women In Business, Vantage Career Center, various church activities and more. Each employee of the company recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and in encouraged to make a difference. Do you have any guesses on who the business of the year is? The business of the year shares the ideal that our community is a reflection of the business and residents, and that it is all of our responsibility to get involved and make it better. Our business of the year has played an essential role in developing and enhancing the image and perception of our Village through various communication platforms: such as our Chamber Guide, our website www.RockfordAlive.com which represents the Chamber, the Village, Rockford Area Development Corporation and Shanes Crossing Historical Society. Actively involved in the bicentennial planning, the Business of the Year has worked with outside vendors to develop a historic mural to be painted on the south side of the Rockford Fire Department. Most recently, employees of our business of the year created a summer video series showcasing local businesses and their marketing successes. I bet by now, you have an idea of who the business of the year is? If not, let me tell you a little bit about the history of our Business of the Year. Officially established in 2004, our business of the year began making its footprint in the marketing industry by providing design and branding expertise for a wide variety of clients. Because of their deep roots in agriculture, the farmhouse where their studio is located has...
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Meeting Minutes: September 18, 2018

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Jeff Long   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Pontsler, Heitkamp Fox – absent   Also attending: Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Srgt Stetler, Chad Miller, Tom Beahrs   Motion Young. Second Gehle to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Now called for the question. Young = y, Gehle = y , Now = y , Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 5 yes.   Motion Heitkamp. Second Pontsler to accept the minutes from the September 4, 2018 council meeting as presented. Young called for the question. Heitkamp = y , Pontsler = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Now = y. Passed 5 yes.   Visitors to Address Council:   Chad Miller addressed council with questions as to what is going on with the case in his neighborhood?   Several issues have been filed with the municipal court. It is being handled but will take some time within the court system.   Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:   Mayor noted receipt of the Mayors court pay in, bank reconciliation and bank statement.   Community Announcements and events:   Wednesdays each week – Community Meal at the Rockford United Methodist Church at 5:02 pm. – after Kids Club – no school/no meal.   September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in @ The Rockford Belle – 4 – 8 pm   September 22nd – Rockford Fire Department / Open House – Chicken dinner – Reverse Raffle – 5 -7 pm – tickets on sale now!   September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer County Fairgrounds – 9 – 1 pm     Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long   Nothing at this time – will answer any questions?   Committee Reports   Finance Committee – Steve Gehle   Motion Pontsler to pay bills as submitted – $11,493.51  Second Young.   Heitkamp called for the question. Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y. Now = y. Passed 5 yes.   Motion Pontsler to accepts Mayors Court pay in – $1064.30. Second Heitkamp. Now called for the question. Pontsler = y , Heitkamp = y, Now = y, Gehle =...
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Meeting Minutes: September 4, 2018

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Jeff Long   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Pontsler, Heitkamp Fox – absent   Also attending: Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Brett Peel, Srgt Stetler, Ken Mote, Wesley Roby, and Caitlin Springer.   Motion Gehle. Second Pontsler to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Young called for the question. Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Young = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.   Motion Young. Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the August 21, 2018 council meeting as presented. Gehle called for the question. Young = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y. Passed 4 yes.   Visitors to Address Council:   Ken Mote – approximately 3 weeks ago there was a sewer back up and basement flooded.   Wanting to know about reimbursement from the Village. Upon investigation the problem was with a cable company that was doing work in the Village several months ago. The Village doesn’t have liability, but has considered the request and will work with Ken to come to an agreement.   We would like to thank the City of Celina for their help in getting the problem fixed on a Sunday.   Robby Peel – questioned council that there was a meeting in Celina on Tuesday morning with Duncan Oil and the Board of Elections regarding information to be placed on the ballot.   Wondering what is going on?   The Village was not aware of meeting and we will have to find out.   Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:   Community Announcements and events:   September 8th – Fall Craft and Vendor Show – 10 am – 3 pm Community Building     September 9th – The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert Band – $7 donation – Parkway Auditorium – 3 pm Proceed to Parkway Band –   September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in @ The Rockford Belle – 4 – 8 pm   September 22nd – Rockford Fire Department / Open House – Chicken dinner – Reverse Raffle – 5 -7 pm – tickets on sale now !   September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer...
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Meeting Minutes: August 21, 2018

                        RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:   Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.   Invocation – Steve Gehle   Pledge of Allegiance   Those present: Gehle, Young, Now, Heitkamp Fox and Pontsler – absent   Also attending: Tom Stankard of the Daily Standard, Robby Peel, Chad Miller, Srgt Stetler.   Motion Now. Second Young to accept the agenda as orders of the day. Gehle called for the question. Now = y, Young = y, Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 4 yes.   Motion Gehle. Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the August 7, 2018 council meeting as presented. Young called for the question. Gehle = y, Heitkamp = y, Young = y, Now = y. Passed 4 yes.     Visitors to Address Council:   Chad Miller expressed concerns regarding people living in a camper near his property and the conditions of another property owned by the same person on E. Pearl St.   When is the Village going to take action?   More discussion on the topic.   Paperwork has been served.     Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:   Community Announcements and events:   September 8th – Fall Craft and Vendor Show – 10 am – 3 pm Community Building   September 9th – The Larry Seibert Memorial Concert featuring the Lima Area Concert Band – $7 donation – Parkway Auditorium – 3 pm Proceed to Parkway Band –   September 22nd – 9th Annual Sock Hop and Cruise in @ The Rockford Belle – 4 – 8 pm   September 22nd – Rockford Fire Department / Open House – Chicken dinner – Reverse Raffle – 5 -7 pm – tickets on sale now !   September 29th – Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Day and Steel drop off – Mercer County Fairgrounds – 9 – 1 pm   Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long – absent   Committee Reports   Finance Committee – Steve Gehle   Motion Young to pay bills as submitted – $165,162.67.  Second Now.   Heitkamp called for the question. Young = y, Now = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y. Passed 4 yes.   Bills included 1st pay application for the WWTP project. $83,000 was grant monies rest loan money.   Motion Young. Second Gehle to accept Mayors Court pay in of $580.70. Heitkamp called for the question. Young = y,...
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Bicentennial Fundraising

You are invited to be a special part of our 200th birthday celebration of our Rockford Community.  Rockford, originally founded as Shanesville in 1820, is the oldest village in Mercer County. Rockford was the first town in the county to have a power plant, street lights and an airport.  It is located in the rich agricultural area of west central Ohio. Our village will be celebrating two hundred years in 2020 and our committee is working diligently to put together an impressive and beautiful celebration. One of our many goals to accomplish before the bicentennial is to display a historical mural. Talented artist and historian, Dan Keyes, will design a mural to depict the values and history of our cherished community. Along with the historical mural, there will be a Veteran’s Memorial, Garden Walk, Barn Quilt Trails, Old Time Baseball Games, and a Mosaic Mural designed by Parkway Students, just to name a few. However, none of this can be done without your generosity and support. Our committee has a goal of $75,000 for material costs, artistic fees, and landscaping needs for these projects. As a valued service provider to our area, we are asking your business for a donation to help bring these many projects to fruition. All sponsors’ names will be predominantly displayed, in addition to being marketed and promoted as part of an aggressive marketing strategy. A sponsorship provides tremendous potential for advertising, publicity, and promotion of your philanthropic efforts. Secure your spot in our birthday celebration! Make all donations to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Send donations to 105 N. Main St., P.O. Box 364, Rockford, OH 45882-0364. In the memo line of a check indicate the contribution: Rockford Bicentennial Projects.  If you have a corporate logo for use in promotional materials, please supply us a high resolution file. We will accept .EPS, .AI, .PDF, .TIF, and .JPG files. Email logos to social@branditonline.com. With your generous donation, you are positively impacting the Rockford Community for generations to come. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!   Warm Regards, The Rockford Ohio Bicentennial Planning...
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