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Editor................................... Amy M. Orr Contributors...Lee Anne Augsburger Dee Fisher

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Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2014 © Wabash Valley Living, 2014. Published monthly since June 2009. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without permission. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Editorial office: 346 U.S. Hwy. 27 North, Berne IN 46711. Call (260)849-2187 for editorial or advertising. Wabash Valley Living is printed by:

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Adams Memorial Hosp Amy's Professional Hair Anytime Fitness Backyard Furniture Berne Chamber Biggs Property Manage Blue Creek Bakery Bluffton Regional Med Bluhm & Reber Brad Alberson Agency Bryant Combine Parts Century 21 Advance Chain Reaction Classics Plus Auto D L Schwartz Company das Marit Farmers & Art Decatur Sculpture Tour Decatur Self-Storage E & M Blacksmith E & R Seed Earthen Treasures East of Chicago Pizza Edelweiss Floral Engine House Quilt Gathering House Geels Backhoe Gersh's Carpet Clean GM Plants & Produce Helen Woodard's Indiana Tech Installat Joe's Lighting

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Harvesting Energy from the Sky

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Basic to Complex Web Design & More

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Pneumatic Actuators & Automated Assembly

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Blue Creek Wind Farm HARVESTING ENERGY FROM THE SKY Article by Dee Fisher Photos provided

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s you approach Van Wert County on State Route 30 from either the east or the west, you cannot help but see the latest crop being harvested in this pastoral landscape. In the summertime, you can see corn, bean, and wheat fields stretching for miles, green plants sprouting and growing tall and strong.

The new crop, however, isn’t something grown in the ground or even walking around on four legs. It’s all around us, constantly being used, renewed, and used again. The new crop comes out of thin air – it’s the wind! Wind power has been used for thousands of years by humankind, since the first sailors

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unfurled their sails and began to explore the world. It has been used to move machines to grind grain and pump water for at least two millennia. Wind is widely available, not requiring the fast-moving currents of rivers and streams or any other fuel source. And, in today’s ecoconscious world, wind power is valued because

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it is renewable and leaves little to no imprint on the local ecosystem. Today, wind power is especially used to generate electrical power, the life blood of our civilization. You’ll find wind-powered generators in many sizes, from small plants for isolated farms and homes to huge offshore wind farms that help supply electricity to national networks.


In 2010, Ohio passed Senate Bill 221, which brought changes in state tax policy that made quick development of a site in northwestern Ohio financially feasible. The wind farm site in Van Wert and Paulding counties was actually the fifth to be approved by the Ohio Power Sitting Board, but Iberdrola was the first

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The beginnings of the Blue Creek Wind Farm go back to 2006, when Iberdrola Renewables acquired two companies in northwest Ohio that had laid the foundations for wind farm development. Some of the project work had already been started for parts of what would become the Blue Creek Wind Farm. That, along with good wind resources, existing infrastructure for power transmission, and a community open to the benefits a wind farm would provide helped convince Iberdrola to come to Ohio.

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“What (wind power) does do is provide a significant amount of energy throughout the year, and there are lots of benefits we receive from it: (helping create) a cleaner environment; reducing wholesale power prices, since we (wind farms) don’t pay for fuel and can bill lower than other energy companies; and increasing local economic development and tax revenues.”

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“Don’t expect wind to do everything,” says Dan Litchfield, a project manager for the Blue Creek Wind Farm. He explained that wind is just one form of energy production, and the public shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations for its use.

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On a small scale, wind power can replace other, more traditional means of energy. At 4-5% of the total available energy supply, the large windmills erected in Van Wert and Paulding Counties in recent years will not replace the traditional power plants operating throughout Ohio, but they do provide a much more clean and renewable energy resource.


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to begin development of the site they had selected in northwestern Ohio. Litchfield, a native of Greenville, Ohio, revealed that the Ohio site was in competition with one just over the state line in Woodburn, Indiana. “In 2008, we were neck and neck between the two (sites),” Litchfield said. “When that law was passed, I said, ‘Hey, let’s focus in Ohio! We know there’ll be a market there.’” Ground was broken in September 2010, and the project reached completion in early 2012 and started commercial operation in June 2012.

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Currently, the Blue Creek Wind Farm is the largest wind farm project in Ohio, located in Tully, Union, and Hoaglin Townships in Van Wert County and Benton, Blue Creek, and Latty Townships in Paulding County. It consists of 152 turbines, currently making it the largest of Iberdrola Renewables’ 50 U.S. projects. Since it went online in 2012, the project supports twenty employees: a plant manager, an administrator, and eighteen technicians. Iberdrola has donated funds to Vantage Vocational School in Van Wert to begin a training program to produce technicians who will be needed in the future. The ongoing energy contracts with FirstEnergy Solutions, American Municipal Power, and The Ohio State University will be in force for about twenty years. Jeff Thomas, owner of Lincoln Ridge Farms and a local landowner who leases land to Iberdrola, is a big supporter of alternative energy sources. He was approached by Iberdrola representatives about four years ago. After talking to the company, he and his wife, Cathy, have never looked back. “We’ve been treated very fairly,” Jeff said during a recent phone conversation.

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“Iberdrola is a very responsible company. They have gone above and beyond to make sure that both we and our land are treated very well.” Jeff emphasized how the local economy has been helped. “Iberdrola (and the Blue Creek Wind Farm) have been great for the tax base in the community. One of the wonderful benefits has been the money given to our local school systems.” Dan Litchfield also commented on the monetary benefits to both the schools and the community in general. “Iberdrola looks at giving back to the community for the long term. “We’ve given funds to the historical societies in both Paulding and Van Wert Counties. We also started an educational scholarship through the Van Wert County Foundation, and it was awarded for the first time this year.” What will happen when the current energy contracts run out in about twenty years? Litchfield says that the company will review the status of the wind farm. Then, depending on the financial health of the project and the energy demands present, Iberdrola will make the decision to maintain the farm or take the turbines down and move on.

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With limited resources and an abundant knowledge of web page design, Craig Frazee established Dynamic Business Solutions in 2005. From the comfort of his home, he began building websites for individuals and businesses throughout Jay County and in surrounding areas.

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In a short time, the company expanded even further than Craig had expected. Now, Dynamic Business Solutions assists customers across the country – from New Jersey, along the East Coast, to the West Coast in California. As a web design company, there are no limitations because of distance, and Dynamic Business Solutions offers a variety of ways for customers to communicate with the company. While nearby residents can stop by to meet with the staff in person and set

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hile the operations of Micromatic, LLC, are based in Berne, Indiana, the manufacturing company was established in Holland, Michigan in the 1920s. Specializing in rotary actuators and automation systems, Micromatic has experienced a great deal of success in both product lines. In equipment or machinery, a pneumatic actuator converts energy into motion. With a

rotary actuator, the motion is a rotation, rather than a straight line. Rick Bush, President and CEO of Micromatic, briefly describes some applications of the rotary actuator. “An actuator is used inside a larger piece of equipment. The actuator provides a mechanical wrist or an elbow motion in a very compact package with a lot of torque.�

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“On the animation side, it’s used for a wrist or an elbow to move something, such as the corner mechanisms of a container spreader.” Interestingly, Micromatic’s actuators were used in the movie Jurassic Park. “In a mining application, a rotary actuator would be used to slow the door on a dipper, a mining piece of equipment. Or, in a sanitation

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THE ONE-STOP SHOP industry, the waste industry, and the testing industry,” Rick explains, “relative to our actuator product line.” Along with continued growth in these areas, he would also like to see Micromatic “expand its global footprint” even further. Another goal at Micromatic is building its relationship with the surrounding community. “Our biggest need in this community is to continue to get the word out about who Micromatic is, what it does, and the kind of jobs that we have,” Rick says. Positions at the company include: machinists, skilled clerical, engineers, product development, process engineers, and more. Rick states that the company “desires to be in partnership with the community.” Cooperation with the community and its workforce development is necessary to promote “the skills we need in order to grow Micromatic to be a premier employer in this community.” He says, “We’ve been working hard to reach out to South Adams Machine Trades, the Adams-Wells Manufacturing Alliance, and Project Lead The Way. We continue to spend a lot of time with IPFW and Ivy Tech up in Fort Wayne to find more skilled employees.” “What we do here is highly technical, and since we don’t sell to the immediate community, most don’t realize what we’re doing within these walls,” comments Sunita Winchester, Human Resource Manager at Micromatic. “There’s just a lot of opportunity inside this building that not too many people know about,” adds Rick.

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AREA EVENTS CALENDAR

1st

Decatur Flea Market 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Riverside Center Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2341

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nd

Poetry Coterie

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Family Game Night 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Culpepper & Meriweather Circus 5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. US Hwy 27 & SR 218 Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8080

3rd

Blood Pressure Checks 8:15 a.m. McDonald’s Restaurant Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

Senior BINGO

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s Restaurant Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

Get Jazzed Up with Jamie (by appointment) 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

4th

Basket Class with Wilma Rigby

Tai Chi in the Park 11:00 a.m. Storybook Park Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Singles & Separates Support Group

2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Farmers Market - Every Wednesday in June 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

Crafts & Chat

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Wet & Wacky Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wells Community Pool Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

5th

Farmers Market - Every Thursday in June 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 1st Street Parking Lot Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2604

Genealogy Workshop 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Chicks' Run 5K

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. City Gym Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Community Garage Sale Weekend Begins Citywide Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2530

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6911

Needles, Hooks & Pins

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Artrageous / Peony Festival Opens

Farmers Market - Every Friday in June 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hwy 1 Pennville, Indiana (260) 731-2244

Papa Doo Run Run in Concert 7:00 p.m. Fountain Park Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-1743

The J Taylors in Concert 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Muensterberg Plaza Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3139

7th

Farmers Market - Every Saturday in June 8:00 a.m. - Noon Dutch Mill Plaza Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6412

Farmers Market - Every Saturday in June 8:00 a.m. - Noon Webster Depot Park Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-6877

Farmers Market - Every Saturday in June 8:00 a.m. - Noon Jay County Courthouse Portland, Indiana (260) 726-2565

dasMärit Farmers & Artists Market - Every Saturday 8:00 a.m. - Noon US Hwy 27 & State Road 218 Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2936

Monroe Lions Club 5K 8:15 a.m. Adams Central Schools Monroe, Indiana (260) 692-6610

Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow Opens 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tri-State Club Grounds Portland, Indiana (765) 426-3022

LEGO Club

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809


Elwood Haynes Mural Dedication 1:00 p.m. Meridian & Arch Streets Portland, Indiana (260) 726-4260

Jubilee Flower Show Opens 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-2744

Wilburn & Wilburn in Concert 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn of Bluffton Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

Concert in the Park - Every Saturday in June 7:00 p.m. Webster Depot Park Dunkirk, Indiana (765) 768-6877

8th

Haystack Luncheon

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Swiss Heritage Village & Museum Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8007

Grandpa & Me

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Kehoe Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Music in the Park 2:00 p.m. Storybook Park Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Brown Bag Book Club

Needles, Hooks & Pins

Melted Crayon Art

Food & Fun Cooking

Father's Day Craft

Tai Chi in the Park

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

11:00 a.m. Storybook Park Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

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2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

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Blood Pressure Clinic 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. McDonald's Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Blood Pressure Clinic 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Richard's Restaurant Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Bloodmobile

Noon - 6:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Computer Club

Ballroom Dance

Flight Risk in Concert

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

8:00 p.m. Van Trees Park Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2530

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Cozy Christian Readers Book Discussion 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

10:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Riverside Center Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2520

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

iPad Club

Cookbook Club

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Color Chaos

Crafts & Chat

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Wet & Wacky Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wells Community Pool Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

12th

Germs, Germs Everywhere 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Ossian, Indiana (260) 622-4691

Limberlost Trailblazer 2K 7:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh Bryant, Indiana (260) 368-7428

13th

Healthy Cooking Class 10:00 a.m. - Noon South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Market on Main - Fridays through June

11th

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Downtown Main Street Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6911

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3173

Safe Sitter Class

Scrapbooking Card Craft

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Sculpture Tour Artists Forum 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Designer Purse BINGO 4:30 p.m. Van Wert Senior Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-5011

Decatur Sculpture Tour Unveiling 6:00 p.m. Courthouse Square Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2604

Arts in the Park 8:00 p.m. Memorial Park Ohio City, Ohio (419) 238-5011

14th

Touch a Truck

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Riverside Center Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2520

Hope Run for Haiti 5K 8:30 a.m. Amishville U.S.A. Geneva, Indiana (260) 849-3622

Touch a Truck

9:00 a.m. - Noon Washington Main Commons Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Kids' Garage Sale

9:00 a.m. - Noon Washington Main Commons Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Game Day for High School

Students & Adults 9:30 a.m. - Noon dasMärit Farmers & Artists Market Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2936

Wren Stock Music Festival 4:00 p.m. Downtown Wren, Ohio (419) 495-2752

The Hoppers in Concert

Stevens Puppets Presents Wizard of Oz 6:30 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn of Bluffton Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Swiss Village Auditorium Berne, Indiana (260) 589-3173

17th

Saturday Night at the Village

15th

Chelsea House Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Van Trees Park Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2530

16th

Stevens Puppets Presents Wizard of Oz 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Ossian, Indiana (260) 622-4691

Senior BINGO

8:30 a.m. McDonald’s Restaurant Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2327

Pedicures with Jamie (by appointment) 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Blood Pressure Checks Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Dr. Who Party

Blood Pressure Checks

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Free Senior BINGO

18th

12:30 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877 1:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Cartoons on TV with Carlton Bishop 3:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Make & Take Father's Day Craft

All Books Considered Book Discussion

June Art Exhibit Opens

Family Game Night

Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Food & Fun Cooking 10:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Tai Chi in the Park

10:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

11:00 a.m. Storybook Park Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wassenberg Art Center Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-6837

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

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Cartoons on TV with Carlton Bishop 3:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

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Crafts & Chat

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Autism Parent Support Group 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Card Making Class 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City Hall Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Wet & Wacky Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wells Community Pool Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Cooking with Chef Hector Minon

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts Commerce Visitors Ctr. Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-5222

19th

Senior Theater Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

If I Had a Robot

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wells County Library Ossian, Indiana (260) 622-4691

Ladies' Night Out

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

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6:00 p.m. - Midnight Ambassador Park Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2530

Limberlost Trailblazer 3K 7:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh Bryant, Indiana (260) 368-7428

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20th

LEGO Club

Blood Pressure Checks

TBA Smiley Park Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-9121

Bison Craft

Tie Dye Day

1:00 p.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 468-2127

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Washington Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

White Bison Scavenger Hunt

25th

Welch Trophy Fastpitch Tournament Opens

Jewelry with Anita

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Cartoons on TV with Carlton Bishop 3:00 p.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Decatur Motor Sports Festival 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Downtown 2nd Street Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2604

Tom Rigney & Flambeau in Concert 7:00 p.m. Fountain Park Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-9378

21st

Flat 50-Plus Bike Tour 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bellmont High School Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2705

Bison Stampede 5K & Fun Run 8:00 a.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 468-2127

St. Clair 5K

8:30 a.m. Fort Recovery State Museum Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2123

Genealogy 101

9:30 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Bison vs. Buffalo Hike 10:00 a.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 468-2127

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10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

2:30 p.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 468-2127

Tribute Quartet in Concert 6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn of Bluffton Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

Night Fair Run

9:30 p.m. Jay County Fairgrounds Portland, Indiana (260) 726-3366

22nd

Music in the Park 2:00 p.m. Storybook Park Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

23rd

Spark Your Creativity 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wells County Library Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-1612

Preserving Nature's Bounty 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City Hall Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Muselman Wellness Pavilion Berne, Indiana (260) 589-4496

Pennville Legion Lions Fair Opens 9:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pennville Park Pennville, Indiana (260) 726-0600

Needles, Hooks & Pins 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2605

Food & Fun Cooking 10:00 a.m. Adams Public Library Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7270

Senior Luncheon

Noon South Adams Senior Center Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8877

Crafts & Chat

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Berne Public Library Berne, Indiana (260) 589-2809

Wet & Wacky Wednesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wells Community Pool Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

26th

"Team Berne" Day

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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Berne Clock Tower Berne, Indiana (260) 589-8080

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. McDonald's Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

7:30 p.m. Ouabache State Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 468-2127

Blood Pressure Clinic

Blood Pressure Clinic 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Richard's Restaurant Decatur, Indiana (260) 724-2145

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Limberlost Trailblazer 4K 7:00 p.m. Loblolly Marsh Bryant, Indiana (260) 368-7428


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Willshire Days Opens 6:00 p.m. Willshire Park Willshire, Ohio (419) 495-2655

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Brass Transit in Concert 7:00 p.m. Fountain Park Van Wert, Ohio (419) 238-1743

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Star Gazing

9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Lancaster Park Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

28th

Rough & Muddy 5K

8:30 a.m. Elm Grove Road & IN 201 Bluffton, Indiana (260) 824-6069

Document Shred Day 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. iAB North Branch Bluffton, Indiana (855) 422-2264

Kustoms of America Cruise-In 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Moose Lodge Portland, Indiana (260) 726-8006

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Geneva Car Show & Family Fun Day 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 Downtown Geneva, Indiana (260) 368-7251

The Kingsmen in Concert

6:00 p.m. Gospel Barn of Bluffton Bluffton, Indiana (651) 269-2120

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MEGAHITS! Concert 8:00 p.m. Van Trees Park Fort Recovery, Ohio (419) 375-2530

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hese days, it’s difficult to catch business partners Seth Eisaman and Matt Hirschy at their office in Bluffton, Indiana. While their company, Indiana Technical Installations, will only celebrate its one-year anniversary next month, the owners, who have more than 20 years experience between them, are quite busy. Seth says, “I have always been interested in electronics. Car audio is really what got me into

this field. I installed a lot of car audio in high school, and it was something I never gave up on.” While Seth started out as a CNC machine operator before moving on to manage a fabrication shop, he returned to his teenage passion just a few years later. Before opening Indiana Technical Installations (ITI) last July, Seth spent four years in the field he’s in now, installing car audio, home video/audio and security, and network wiring.

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For Matt, the interest in technology came at an even younger age. “When I was 12, my dad built me my first computer shop in our garage,” he explains. “I bought every piece of junk computer I could afford and assembled the pieces into some of my first computers.” Matt worked as a farm manager for three years before accepting a job in computer sales and repairs. For seven years, he designed, built and

supported all forms of business networks, as well as building, selling and repairing computers, laptops and servers. Interestingly, Seth and Matt crossed paths in the pursuit of outdoor adventure. Seth recalls, “We met to make a trade – a four-wheeler for a motorcycle. “Matt and I had both been considering starting our own companies for some time. We felt this was the


best way to achieve our desired goals. We got to talking about our ideas and decided to merge them.” Combining forces, these two men offer a wide variety of services at ITI. For individuals, the company provides PC repair, including virus and spyware removal, as well as automotive installation of stereos, speakers, subwoofers, and remote start equipment. Services for homeowners are as basic as remote control solutions to consolidate as many as five remotes into one single controller and as complex as the installation of video surveillance accessible by smart devices. ITI also offers monitored security, surround sound installation and wholehouse WiFi. Business owners may take advantage of the same services and more. In fact, ITI specializes in business network design and implementation. Seth says, “We really like to make technology easy for companies and show them the many ways they can benefit from it.” In addition to technical consulting for businesses, ITI offers installation or retrofitting of network wiring and network management, which includes keeping all computers up-to-date and functioning correctly. Cell booster installation is another service available to businesses and can eliminate cell phone dead zones in small offices or throughout large buildings. “We are focused on taking care of companies that do not need someone full-time, while giving them the attention needed to make them feel as though they do have someone on-staff,” says Seth. “We try to understand our customer companies and everything they do, from start to finish, so we can give them ideas about where technology can benefit them.” Just shy of ITI’s first anniversary, Seth says their biggest jobs to date were for businesses in the area. The first was a cloud-based surveillance camera system for Nesco in Bluffton and included installation of 19 cameras. This job was also the most unusual for ITI because the company requested a 70-inch flat screen television be mounted sideways in one of its shops.

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Stage Right Productions COMMERCIAL AUDIO EQUIPMENT & LIVE PRODUCTIONS Article by Holly Wuebker Photos provided

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hile enjoying a festival concert or a choir or band performance, you probably don’t give much thought to the event set-up – all the hard work that is necessary to make such an event possible. Whether it’s a weekly church service, or a rocking concert with the most up-and-coming band, there is quite a bit of preparation that goes into the process. That’s where you’ll

find Steve Merrill of Stage Right Productions – taking care of all the behind-the-scenes details. According to Steve, Stage Right Productions is an “authentic sound company” that focuses on precision and completing jobs correctly. Aiming to provide the best audio experience possible, Steve and his staff are some of the best in the commercial audio business.

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Last June, a Sound & Video Contractor Podcast featured Steve and Stage Right Productions’ audio installations at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Minster, Ohio. The interview focused on Stage Right’s precision, problem-solving skills and expertise for completing the project, and it led to more work for Steve, including another church project in Sidney, Ohio.

Steve has done several jobs for churches in Mercer County and the surrounding area. He recently installed audio equipment in several rooms at St. Charles Seminary in Celina, as well. Stage Right Productions’ expertise has also been employed by a number of local corporations and factories, including Minster Machine Company.

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With such a specialized business, it’s not unusual for Steve to travel longer distances. For instance, Huntington University has asked Steve to outfit their recital room. He has also scheduled work at Sandusky High School, where he will install a complete new audio system. Typically, Steve prefers to stay within a three- to four-hour radius, but he says it depends on the size of the project or event and the type installation that is needed. Festivals are also an important aspect of Steve’s work. Stage Right Productions sets up sound for the Coldwater Community Picnic, Celina Lake Festival Pageant, Coldwater K of C Picnic, and Maria Stein’s Country Fest, just to name a few. Steve says he enjoys working with “such wonderful people” at these area festivals, and at times, the local event planners are “almost like a second family” to him. Some of the largest shows he has done have been for popular bands, including the Newsboys (twice). Other events, like Fort Recovery’s Mad Run, are more relaxed. For some weekend events, Steve starts his work as early as 8 a.m. on Friday and doesn’t tear down and pack up until Sunday afternoon. Steve has ventured even further from home. For two weeks, he accompanied Christian singer Audrey Assad during her concert tour along the East Coast. With concert locations about five hours apart, the crew set up for the popular young artist in a variety of locations, from small churches to gymnasiums. The challenge for Steve was trying to figure out the sound system in each location. In fact, the wide variety of sound venues is what makes Steve’s profession so unique. Every event is distinctive,

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although all iAB employees are trained to protect customer information. Rick’s former experiences as a state trooper and a latent print examiner lend him additional authority on matters of security. This bank employee has a very keen prospective on detecting and identifying suspect behavior to help protect customers like you and me from the bad guys! He was once able to help find a kidnapped woman from an elbow print left behind by her abductor.

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Hoosier Pattern’s employees come from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds. This, combined the latest technology, gives the company an advantage when approaching new and challenging tasks. Hoosier Pattern prides itself in on-time delivery, knowing that timing can make or break a foundry’s schedule.

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