Local Archived News   March '09  

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     Richwood Fair to be a test market for harness racing

     Council authorizes vehicle purchases for village

     Donations for log cabins accepted


     Historic Village relocates to Richwood Fairgrounds

     Freemasons open their doors

     School Board still debates school dress code

     CodeRED Weather Warning to be implemented March 22

     Mock Trial Team competes in regionals

     RABA welcomes spring with basket give-away

     Area churches need to submit Holy-Week news


      Village council approves purchases using state monies

      Freshman Academy begins this fall

      UC Chamber recognizes businesses and leaders

      Looking for a job?

      Part-time police officer hired


      Local VFW event to benefit Children’s Hospital

      Local bank’s success comes from community trust

      RABA announces upcoming community events

Richwood Fair to be a test market for harness racing
Since Richwood was founded in 1932, horses and horse racing have been 
an important part of life to Richwood residents and the surrounding 
area. Before the village had a fairgrounds or race track, racing on 
the main streets of town was held by owners of trotters and pacers. 
Summer activity had horses hitched to buggies and carts and in the 
winter, the sleighs were busy. Printed information from the history 
of Richwood’s Bicentennial in 1976, states a race track and 
fairgrounds were established in 1875 on land close to the present 
middle school, located between E. Ottawa and E. Blagrove Sts. In 
1891, the present home of the Richwood Independent Fairgrounds was 
established and continues to improve over the years.

Council authorizes vehicle purchases for village
For the third consecutive meeting, Richwood Village Council approved 
the purchase of a vehicle for a municipal operation at Monday night’s 
regularly scheduled session.

Donations for log cabins accepted
The Richwood Independent Fair Board recently accepted an offer to 
house a part of Union County history last week, when they agreed to 
move and house four log cabin structures from Marysville. The 
buildings, a two story barn, a two story farm house and two other 
cabins, are located on land recently purchased by The Nestle Company, 
who is in the process of expanding their facilities and needed to 
relocate the log cabins.

Historic Village relocates to Richwood Fairgrounds
The Ole Village has a new home — actually two of them.
The series of log cabins, barns and shops will be moved, and they 
will be staying in Union County.

Freemasons open their doors
Mt. Carmel Lodge #303 F. and A.M. in Richwood can trace its history 
back to March 16, 1858, when the first organizational meeting was 
held. Organizing members of the Lodge were John Sidle, Jacob C. 
Sidle, Job G. Beardsley, Leet Bonham, John Warrick, John Woods, J.S. 
Gill and George Myers. These gentlemen  wanted to form a society with 
specific goals in mind, which include charity, care of widows and 
orphans and for the convenience of the brethren in the community. The 
Lodge was recognized and granted a charter to meet by the Grand Lodge 
of Ohio and has been in existence ever since.

School Board still debates school dress code
North Union’s new dress code is still being debated after months of 
discussion with parents and board members.

CodeRED Weather Warning to be implemented March 22
Union County has joined forces with all fourteen townships in the 
county, as well as the Village of Plain City, to offer an early 
telephone warning system designed to automatically deliver targeted 
weather notifications. Calls will warn residents immediately of 
weather threats such as severe thunderstorm, flash flood, tornado and 
winter storm warnings.

Mock Trial Team competes in regionals
North Union Wildcat Mock Trial team recently participated in the 
regional competition held in Lima. Eight teams competed, hoping to 
qualify for state competition, which was held in Columbus, last 
weekend. Those teams vying for a spot were: Marysville High School – 
Team Manchester United and London Arsenal;  Fairbanks High School – 
Team Alpha;  Edon High School – Team Alpha;  Archbold High School, 
Team Brutus; St. Francis deSales of Toledo – Team Blue;  Perrysburg 
Explorer Post 2306 – Team Red and from North Union High School – Team 

RABA welcomes spring with basket give-away
Spring flowers are popping through the ground and birds can be heard 
chirping a happy song, so it must mean it’s time for the annual 
Spring Basket Give-Away Drawing. The Richwood Area Business 
Association is again sponsoring their spring basket of goodies with 
merchandise from local businesses, worth over $300. The contest will 
be held from Wednesday, March 18 through Wednesday, April 8. Anyone 
is invited to participate and no purchase is necessary. One lucky 
winner’s name will be drawn Wednesday evening, April 8.

Area churches need to submit Holy-Week news
The Richwood Gazette  will be publishing information from area 
churches regarding Holy-Week services (Palm Sunday through Easter 
Sunday). Deadline for submissions is noon Friday, March 27 to be 
published in the April 1 edition.

Village council approves purchases using state monies
Richwood Village Council met Monday to discuss buying much needed new 
equipment for the village. After council officials were told by state 
auditors to spend down a police fund containing more than $100,000 in 
February, the village approved vehicle purchases of  more than $90,000.

Freshman Academy begins this fall
Submitted by Superintendent Rick Smith
When school begins this fall, North Union High School will embark on 
a new idea called “Freshman Academy.” There are no requirements to be 
a part of this program, but it is a new approach for our high school 
staff in working with freshmen. The District is offering this concept 
because our data suggests that incoming freshmen struggle with the 
transition from middle school; too many seem to be falling behind and 
playing “catch-up” much of their high school career.

UC Chamber recognizes businesses and leaders
The Union County Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2009 Small and 
Large Business of the Year and the Community Leader of the Year at 
their annual dinner on Saturday, March 7 at Made from Scratch. 
Yolanda Harris of ABC 6 and Fox 28 served as emcee.

Looking for a job?
Union County Job and Family Services has created an Employment 
Resource Center (ERC) and has a weekly email called “Job Ticker.” The 
purpose is to educate the public about jobs that are available in 
Union County and surrounding areas.

Part-time police officer hired
Officer Scott Fiegelist, of Tiffin, was hired by Richwood Police 
Chief, Monte Asher, as a part-time officer with the department. 
Fiegelist is also a full-time corrections officer at the Multi-County 
Correctional Facility in Marion. He’s also worked with the Village of 
Republic and the Seneca County Sheriff’s office. He has four years in 
law enforcement.

Local VFW event to benefit Children’s Hospital
VFW Post 870 is teaming up with “The Thirsty Travelers” Saturday, 
March 14 for a night of entertainment and fun, all to benefit 
Children’s Hospital.

Local bank’s success comes from community trust
Despite the troubled times in the banking world, The Richwood Banking 
Company is thriving, so far in 2009.

RABA announces upcoming community events
Submitted by
Tai Wills, Secretary
Richwood Area Business Association (RABA) held its monthly meeting 
Tuesday, Feb.10. Attending the meeting were John Hoskins, Tai Wills, 
Rita Monroe, Rita Headington, Jackie Dietsch, Rick Smith, Judy 
Lawler, Becky Jividen, Ellen Logan Morris, Brett McQuaide, Suzanne 
Patterson and George Showalter.




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