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Golden Apple Award Recipient

SHELBY- Katie Rietschlin is a happy, outstanding teacher at Sacred Heart School. She teaches the fifth and sixth grade at the school. While attending Ohio State University she was undecided what to major in until she was asked to volunteer at Sacred Heart School. She fell in love with working with the children and watching them learn. Recently she was nominated and received the Golden Apple Award through the Diocese of Toledo. The Golden Apple Award was established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching at Catholic schools. This award is given to seven preschool and /or elementary school teachers and two secondary teachers each year throughout the Diocese of Toledo.

There are strict requirements that the candidate must meet. They must be a practicing Catholic, full-time teacher with a minimum of 3 years experience in the school at which they are currently teaching, nominated by a teacher, student or parent and hold a valid license or certification to fulfill both diocesan and state requirements...Read More

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Dog Park Progression Addressed


SHELBY- Progressions on the future dog park were addressed, along with the parks and recreations of Shelby being featured as a Richland County highlight for 2018 during Monday night’s regular Park Board meeting.

President of the Board Ralph Rosinsky explained he was hoping to present a dollar amount for the project, however, it had not been determined just yet.

Park Board Member Ed Ingle explained he had been in contact with Pioneer Career and Technology Center for assistance with the project.

“I had been in touch with someone and I was asked if this was something we could think about the beginning of next year, with school wrapping up. I said that was fine and I thought we could get the dog park up and then decide on what kind of obstacles and activities we want to put in there,” Ingle said....Read More

Spring Street Project Completed

The Spring Street Waterline Replacement Project is completed, according to Willard City Manager Jim Ludban.

“We are completing the individual services,” he said in his report Monday night to Willard City Council. “We anticipate wrapping up by the end of this week. We will calculate our costs and savings generated by accomplishing the project in house.”

Bids have been opened and evaluated for the 2018 street resurfacing project. Council will be asked to authorize the city manager to enter into contracts with Precision Paving for the Spring Street Resurfacing Project. There will also be additional contracts that will include all of the previously identified streets, several park projects and a significant part of the reservoir project...Read More

Jennifer Ball Sworn In As Newest Member Of New London Village Council

Jennifer Ball was sworn in as New London’s newest council member during Monday night’s meeting by Mayor John Martin.

Ball was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Neil Winslow who resigned in March.

“This is something I’ve been considering and the vacancy gave me the opportunity to step up and be involved.” She added, “I am very excited to be a part of council.”

Village administrator Shawn Pickworth told council members there have been many calls, customers coming into the office and even some hate mail from residents who say their utility bills are not arriving on time. “The village delivered the bills to the New London Post Office on April 30, 2018.” He added, “I cannot speak to why the post office takes our bills and ship them to Cleveland just to have them returned to New London for delivery....Read More

Technology In Fireland's Farming

George Orwell's book 1984 written in 1948 prophecies of things that actually happened in the world years later. He left out modern technology of today. From facial recognition software to monitoring cows, farmers are using technology at a high rate of speed.

Dairy farmers are turning to revolutionary new gadgets and devices to help boost milk production and monitor their bovine. In the Firelands territory, the Bar-Lee Jerseys that the Nufer family in Willard raise are monitored closely by computer technology. The bovine herd is milked robotic-ally and everything is managed by the computer. Health (possible temperature, illness, etc.), amount of milk, when it is time to breed (to keep the milk flowing), and how old the cow is by days, months and years.

A cow's spot pattern and nose print are unique to every single cow, and these computers can pick up on those very fine details....Read More

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