Labor of love

First Posted: 9/5/2013

LIMA — The Schulte family held a family reunion recently. Joyce Tracy, of Lima, is a Schulte family member.

“Mom came from a family of 10,” Tracy said.

Tracy’s aunt, Esther Schroeder, of Ottawa, asked to do the name tags for the family reunion.

Schroeder is the second youngest out of the 10 children her parents had.

She created apples and color-coded the apples per generation, and had numbers on the apples of that person’s birth order in the Schulte family.

“After my grandparents, there are four generations still living. It was a beautiful thing,” Tracy said.

“We just got a spur of the moment idea. Seven years ago, for the last Schulte reunion, two of my sisters got the kids yellow T-shirts with apples on them, saying, “We are apples on the Schulte Family Tree,” Schroeder said.

The first generation received a red, sparkly apple name tag. The next generation had a green apple, the next a red apple and the last generation’s apples were yellow.

“My daughter and a couple of the daughters-in-law helped. We made it a family thing, and just worked at it when we could,” Schroeder said.

The color-coded apples represented which generation the person was from. They were numbered with the birth order in the Schulte family, and on back the person’s date of birth appeared.

“We had numbers starting at one and ending with No. 247,” Schroeder said. “We had a lot of fun doing it, really.”

Schroeder also gave all her family members a family tree with names and dates and then another paper with birth orders.

“So many are married now and a lot didn’t know the married names,” Schroeder said.

“My brother couldn’t remember the name of our female cousin after she was married. Now he has the paper to remember her name,” Tracy said.

Shawnee grad wins title of Miss North Coast

LIMA — Veronica Wende, a 2010 graduate of Shawnee High School and a senior at Hillsdale College, recently won the title of Miss North Coast. This title gives her the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Ohio in June. She is the daughter of Jim and Lesa Wende, of Lima.

Wende’s platform was “Shine On” through tissue and organ donation. She adopted this platform after her high school classmate, Christopher Blosser, was fatally injured in an automobile accident and was an organ donor. She is a trained mascot and a level I and II ambassador with Lifeline of Ohio, a chapter of Donate Life.

The Miss America Organization this past year has awarded more than $45 million in scholarships to young women across the United States.

Bath graduate to participate in national competition

LIMA — Nate Heffner, a 2012 graduate of Bath High School and a student at the University of Toledo majoring in chemical engineering, will be part of a group from the University of Toledo to participate in the Chem-e car competition.

Every year the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has its annual Chem-e car competition. Universities from around the country enter the competition to build a car no larger than 40 centimeters by 30 centimeters by 20 centimeters. This car is powered only by a chemical reaction and has to stop by a chemical reaction. No brakes are allowed.

This year, the University of Toledo came out as the victor. The top five were the University of Toledo, followed by The Ohio State University, the University of Akron, then the University of Michigan and rounding out the top five was Purdue University. These top five schools will now compete in San Fransisco the week of Nov. 1 to 4.

Veteran Document Card available at Mercer County Recorder’s office

CELINA — The Mercer County Recorder’s Office is offering the Veteran Document Card. This is a first in the area.

For those who have honorably served the nation, the Veterans Document Card is available for $1. After you have filed your DD214 with the office, workers will provide you with the plastic wallet-sized document card.

In the state of Ohio, the county recorder is responsible for maintaining veteran’s military service discharge records.

The Mercer County Recorders Document Card shows a photo of the veteran and lists his or her military service information such as: branch, service dates, discharge date and recording information. It does not list the cardholder’s Social Security information.

To obtain the card, the veteran must bring his or her driver license and original discharge document, if it has not yet been recorded, to the Mercer County Recorder’s Office located at 101 N. Main, Room 203.

Area resident publishes children’s Halloween story

TIFFIN — John Curtin, of rural Tiffin, has published a children’s Halloween story, “Spookety Boo.” He has been invited by the Lima Public Library to read his book at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 upstairs in the children’s department. He will have books available to purchase at this reading.

The book is written in rhyming form, comparable to Dr. Seuss books:

“Out on my farm where the cornstalks grew,

Hung a raggedy scarecrow — Spookety Boo.

Lumpy and tattered, he slouched in his place,

With nothing but burlap to show for a face.”

“I love the farm country in autumn; the corn and full moon I think is really neat. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I just noticed how big Halloween has gotten, and I see scarecrows at all of the stores, and I wanted to write a children’s book,” Curtin said.

The book took him about a year to write, although he wrote it about 15 years ago.

“I would write a line a night for a year, and probably revise it 50 to 100 times,” he said.

He is working on another book about a cat that goes to the cemetery. This, too, will be written in rhyme and rhythm form.

Curtin is married to his wife, Robin, and has two grown children, Amanda and Thomas.

“Spookety Boo” can be purchased online from Amazon for $13.95 and is available as an e-book for $3.99. It is also available at Barnes and Noble stores.

Lincoln Highway Association forms West Ohio chapter

VAN WERT — The Ohio Lincoln Highway League is in the process of creating a West Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Lincoln Highway League. An organizational meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Van Wert County Historical Society, 602 North Washington St.

The league would like to reach from the Ohio Line in Paulding County through Hardin County at Forest. Cities involved would include Convoy, Van Wert, Delphos, Gomer, Cairo, Beaverdam, New Stark, Williamstown, Ada, Dola, Patterson, Forest, Lima and Elida.

For information contact Larry Webb at 419-203-5779 or email him at

St. Marys welcomed German visitors

ST. MARYS — A delegation from Lienen and Lengerich, Germany, visited St. Marys this past week, from Tuesday through Friday. There were 29 adults and youth visiting from St. Marys’ sister city of Lienen, Germany.

The visitors were treated to a tour of local businesses in St. Marys, visited Delphos to have dinner and tour the Post Office Museum, the Canal Museum and St. John Church. They took a bus trip to the Dayton area to tour the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Carillon Park and Valley Vineyards. A sightseeing trip was taken to Berne, Ind., for a large Amish meal.

The Lienen Sister City Organization was responsible for making the guests comfortable. The city of St. Marys purchased special “Sister City of Lienen, Germany,” signs that appear at the eight entrances to the city.

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