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Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
May 18 all-day
Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday. Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings). Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life. He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”   Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11. Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed. Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ. For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email
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7:00 am Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Five people will be honored this weekend as part of the 31st annual Armed Forces Day celebration, hosted by the Findlay Military Association at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hours for the three-day event are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-17. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Parking is free; enter at Gate C off Fishlock Avenue. Sgt. Jacob Hunt of the Ohio Army National Guard will be honored as the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year.” Four others will be recognized as “Veteran of the Year,” including Army S2 Security Specialist Joyce Winter, Army Command Sgt. Major Ronald Winter (retired), Army Lt. Colonel James Woodward (retired) and Army Master Sgt. E8 Leasha Dixson (retired). Armed Forces Day events will also include living history displays, musical performances, military vehicles, re-enactment performances and flamethrower demonstrations by Charles Hobson, an instructor for flamethrower operator training with 30 years of experience. He is author of the book, “The Illustrated Manual of U.S. Portable Flamethrowers.” An American Huey 369 helicopter and Wolfhounds will be at the fairgrounds at noon Friday and at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a military memorabilia and vehicle parts swap meet and sale. A military service pass and review will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, and camping is available. Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The Arlington High School All-Brass Marching Band will perform, and the guest speaker is retired Army Col. James Coomler. A native of Indiana, Coomler holds a masters of military arts and science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He held a wide variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany and South Korea. After retiring from the Army in 1999, he became the senior instructor for Springfield High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. He retired from that position in 2015. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Silver Iron Cross. A GI breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Building D with Coomler as the speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Show admission is not included with the breakfast ticket. Following breakfast, the veterans recognition and awards program will begin at 8:30. Honorees include: • Hunt, a Findlay High School graduate, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as an 118th Infantryman as a 17-year high school junior. He graduated from infantry school and two months later was deployed with Bravo Company 1-148th of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan, where he served 14 months. He is currently preparing to serve as an Ohio Army National Guard recruiter/career counselor. Hunt’s military awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. • Joyce Winter enlisted in the Army in 1971. After completing basic and specialist trainings, she was assigned to the Pentagon as 2nd assistant to the first woman brigadier general in the Army, a position she held until 1973. She also served as a casualty specialist, S2 security specialist and operational administrative specialist. Since receiving an honorable discharge in 1978, she worked as a bookkeeper, transportation specialist, payroll specialist and data processing specialist before retiring in 2003. She resides in Arlington. Her military awards include two Good Conduct Medals and National Defense Service Medal. • Ronald Winter enlisted in the Army in 1956. After completing basic training, he was assigned to intelligence school, where he completed a Morse intercept course. His assignments have included duties in Kenai, Alaska; Berlin, Germany; Republic of Vietnam; and Udorn, Thailand. He retired from the Army as a command sergeant major in 1979 and worked with Army Intelligence until 1987. He now lives in Arlington. His military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Civilian Commendation Medal, seven Good Conduct Medals, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 stars), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. • A graduate of Arcadia High School and Findlay College, Woodward was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and attended Army Command College and the Air Force War College. He served 34 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve before retiring in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel. In his professional life, he worked at Cooper Tire for 38 years. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Expert Infantry Badge. • Dixson joined the Women’s Army Corps after graduating from high school. She served three tours in Germany and one tour in Korea. She was a cryptologist and switchboard operator and later was a unit supply specialist. She joined the Army Reserve as an individual reserve augmentee. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq. She retired from the Army in 2015 and works at Marathon Petroleum Co., where she has 17 years of service. Her military awards include the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal (third award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (third award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and a Marksman Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit Armed Forces Day itinerary Friday 7 a.m. — Gates open to the public 8 a.m.[...]
9:00 am Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
3:00 pm SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
May 18 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
7:00 pm Classic Movie Night: “Same Time Next Year” @ Hancock Historical Museum
Classic Movie Night: “Same Time Next Year” @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its free monthly classic movie night at 7 p.m. today with a screening of “Same Time Next Year.” Starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1979. Refreshments will be provided.

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