Ford employee artwork displayed

First Posted: 4/2/2015

WAPAKONETA — Keith Norman, of Wapakoneta, has been an employee at Ford Motor Co.’s Lima Engine Plant for 18 years. He has participated in classes held at Ford, and one particular class, photography, opened up a passion for Norman.

“I took a photography class through a program at Ford about 14 years ago,” Norman said.

He and his wife both took an interest in photography.

“About five years ago, my wife and I started entering art shows locally in Lima and Wapakoneta, all local photography shows,” he said.

Norman had heard about Ford’s Art Collaborative program, which identifies and highlights the artists among Ford’s 41,000 workers. Norman sent five entries to the program.

Norman’s photos, “Always Watching” and “Arches” were chosen from 500 applicants to be displayed at the company’s UAW-Ford Program Center in Detroit.

“This is the first time we have done this. We weren’t expecting this many applicants,” said Judd Templin, Direct Impact-Ford Central Region. “There were 500 submissions, and only 44 were picked from around the country to be displayed at the Program Center.”

“It’s pretty exciting to be one out of 500 to be selected,” Norman said.

His photo titled, “Always Watching” was taken at Quarry Farms, in Pandora. He and his wife belong to the Lima Photography Club and they were taken to Quarry Farms, to photograph the bird brought by the Black Swamp Rehabilitation Center.

The second photo to be exhibited, “Arches” was taken in Ave Marie, Florida. Norman and his wife were visiting a friend who had told them about this community. They took a day trip and Norman found a church where the ceiling joists were custom made out of steel I-beams.

The photographs chosen to be exhibited will be at the UAW-Ford Program Center in Detroit for about 18 months. After that period of time, the photos will be sent back to the original owners.

Portman announces campaign chairs

COLUMBUS — Sen. Rob Portman announced campaign chairs for area counties.

Allen County campaign chair is Keith Cheney; Auglaize County campaign chairs are John Bergman, Tess Elshoff and Wayne York; Hardin County campaign chairs are Joel Althauser and Brice Beaman; Putnam County campaign chair is Dean Meyer; and Van Wert County campaign chairs are Thad Lichtensteiger and Todd Wolfrum.

Portman announced endorsements of more than 500 key Ohio Republican leaders, including the entire Republican congressional delegation, all statewide elected officials and nearly 90 percent of Statehouse and Senate Republican members.

Former Bluffton resident now published author

BLUFFTON — Author Bluette Mathey, formerly of Bluffton, published her second novel, “Abruzzo Intrigue,” the second book in a travel series.

Her father was a master storyteller in Bluffton. She also has a distant relative who was a well-known author whose books were made into movies. Mathey said she believes telling stories is in her genes.

According to her website, as a young girl, she got hooked on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and has loved mysteries ever since. She traveled with her parents throughout the United States and Canada and developed a love of travel and a thirst for adventure.

Mathey’s first book, “Corsican Justice” introduces the audience to the main character of Hardy Durkin, a 27-year-old American with dual U.S. and German citizenship, who is a hiking tour outfitter specializing in European treks. This newest book, “Abruzzo Intrigue,” once again shows Durkin in a mystery in Italy.

Mathey has completed book number three, “Black Forest Reckoning,” which will be followed by “Dalmatian Traffick.” Her goal is to write her way through the alphabet.

She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband.

Her books can be purchased at; and

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