Regional Roundup: Allen County places first at rodeo

First Posted: 11/26/2013

LIMA — The snow was flying Tuesday when county engineer employees tested their skills at the annual County Engineer’s Northwest Ohio Snow Fighters Rodeo at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Three counties participated, Allen, Auglaize and Mercer.

Allen County took first place in this year’s Snow Plow Rodeo. Allen County’s team consisted of four drivers: Scott Bassett, Jim Prichard, Andy Schwinnen and Pat Langhals.

Auglaize County placed second in the competition.

Scott Bassett, of Allen County, took first place in the individual overall scoring; Chad Kohlreiser, of Auglaize County, placed second and Jim Prichard, of Allen County, placed third.

In addition to the snowplow driving competition, a backhoe competition was also held.

Chad Kohlreiser, of Auglaize County, placed first in the backhoe competition with Brian Moorman, of Allen County, and Josh Foster, of Allen County, placing second and third respectively.

Counties in the district take turns hosting this event, which has been held annually since 1996.

Area resident pens children’s novel

ARLINGTON — Waneta “Nita” Worstine, of Arlington, has written her first children’s book, “Grandma’s Yarn.” It poses as a children’s book, but the message is for all ages, she said.

Worstine received her master’s degree from the University of Findlay and bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University. She was an intervention specialist at Findlay City Schools.

“When my parents were getting elderly, in their late 70s, they always wanted to do something special when the kids came home for the holidays. They always tried to have something special that involved the entire family every time we had a family gathering. One particular time, they held a yarn treasure hunt. Every child had a piece of yarn with their name on it. At the other end, was their present. The yarn took them throughout the house, inside cabinets, under beds and through the kitchen. They had to go under other pieces of yarn and over others. … It was really fun,” Worstine said.

After her retirement, she had time to write the book with an ever important message.

“It isn’t the gift that was important and it never was, it’s the people you share your time with. There are more important things in life than just what’s inside the package,” said Worstine.

“Grandma’s Yarn” is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $16.95. In addition, it can be found in Christian bookstores located in Bluffton, Findlay and Arlington. It can also be ordered from her website:

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