Regional Roundup: Fort Jennings ready to celebrate bicentennial

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012


FORT JENNINGS — As the village of Fort Jennings celebrates its bicentennial and rich history as a fort in the War of 1812, the U.S. Postal Service will offer a special bicentennial cancellation.

Special cancellations are collectors items, marking commemorative souvenirs of special dates and events. Customers should bring their own envelopes for the cancellations to the Fort Jennings Post Office. They will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the retail window and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in front of the post office.

Mail order requests for the cancellation may be made for 30 days beginning Saturday. They should be sent to the Fort Jennings Post Office, 20 S. Water St., Fort Jennings, OH 45844.

The post office will also sell The War of 1812: USS Constitution commemorative stamp. It is the first stamp in a series commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The stamp is a $9 souvenir sheet, which may not be split. The stamps cannot be sold individually.

The village will celebrate the bicentennial beginning Friday and through Sunday. Activities planned include a Huey helicopter display, Cruise In Car Show, children’s games and entertainment, duck races, live music, military vehicle show, soldiers of history demonstration, lawn mower races, pony rides, Jennings Memorial Hall rededication and War of 1812 re-enactment.

For a complete schedule, go

Local posters among winners

Area pupils were among 53 in Ohio to take home regional prizes in the annual State Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest.

Local pupils recognized included second-grader Lynn Schwieterman, of Mercer County, fourth-graders Sydney Feipel, of Van Wert County, and Madison Langhals, of Putnam County, fifth-grader Kurt Griffith, of Putnam, and sixth-graders Taylor Ellerbrock, of Putnam, and Jill Schmitmeyer, of Auglaize County.

As regional winners, every pupil artist received a certificate from the National Weather Service and sling backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

United Way names chair

Anne Larger, Grand Lake Health System community outreach coordinator, has been named the 2012 chairwoman of the United Way of Auglaize County Campaign.

A lifelong resident of the Minster area, Larger is a registered nurse and has worked for Grand Lake Health System since 1991, where she has served as coordinator of community outreach since 1998.

She is widely involved in the community, including serving on the board of directors for the Auglaize County Council on Aging and being active with Action for Healthy Kids, The American Cancer Society, Give Life Ohio Hospital Campaign committee, and the New Bremen New Knoxville Rotary Club.

Campground raises money for St. Jude

Huggy Bear Campground in Middle Point held a Showcase of Bands and raised $43,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which included a live auction, flag ceremony by the Van Wert post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, cornhole tournament, games for children and a 50/50 drawing. It was the first year of the fundraising event. The campground is already planning next year’s Showcase of Bands, set for June 28 and 29.

Recycle bins distributed

Keep Allen County Beautiful has received 48 recycle bins from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola, which will be distributed to various parks and recreation facilities.

Recipients of the recycle bins include the Allen County Fairgrounds, city of Delphos, village of Spencerville, village of Bluffton, and the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.

Second Marathon mural completed

Marathon Pipe Line celebrated the dedication of is newest tank mural, designed to remind people to “call before you dig.”

The mural, which stands next to Marathon’s other familiar mural donning an eagle and “Flag City U.S.A.,” promotes the “811 Call Before You Dig” program and includes its logo. The mural took about three weeks to complete.

The program reminds home and business owners to call 811 before digging. A representative will come out to the property and mark where any underground gas lines are located.

Putting event raises hospice awareness

Grand Lake Hospice scored a hole in one with its first “Putt for the Love of Hospice” event at St. Marys Miniature Golf Course at KC Geiger Park.

The event was designed to raise awareness about hospice and the services offered at Grand Lake Hospice. More than 100 hospice family members, staff and community people enjoyed an evening of putt-putt golf, dinner and the opportunity to share memories. Families submitted names of loved ones to be included on memorial hole recognition signs.

Grand Lake Hospice has been around since 2007. For information, call 419-394-7434.

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