PAULDING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO RUN FLAT ROCK CREEK FESTIVAL IN 2013
The Paulding Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce officially that it will
run one of Northwest Ohio’s favorite attractions… The Flat Rock Creek Festival in
2013. Executive Director of the Paulding Chamber, Erika Willitzer says the Paulding
Chamber has no plans of changing the integrity of the Festival at all. “Why fix something
that has been so successful and given so much back to our community, stated Willitzer.”
She also went onto say she has big shoes to fill, replacing Bill and Patty Vance
Bill and Patty Vance started the Flat Rock Creek Festival over 21 years ago. It began
as a small show but grew into one of Ohio’s premiere agriculture festivals. Over
two decades, hundreds of non-profit organizations have benefited from selling their
goods during the festival. There are also countless stories of how those non-profits
used the money for good works in and around Paulding County. In addition, this festival
has hundreds of exhibitors, educating the public on how farming once use to be.
Willitzer says Founders Bill and Patty Vance should be commended for their contributions
to Paulding County.
“I shadowed the Vance’s this past Flat Rock Creek Festival and discovered what a
warm connection they have with the vendors that sell goods during the fall festival.
It didn’t stop there either. I heard countless stories of how the money raised at
Flat Rock helps those less fortunate or in need of a particular service. It’s truly
remarkable how many people have been helped by this festival and it’s all thanks
to Bill and Patty Vance for making it happen, all these years.”
The Paulding Chamber officially took over the responsibilities December 4, 2012.
The Chamber has already started planning for 2013. The date for Flat Rock Creek Festival
is September 20–22. For more details on the festival feel free to contact Erika Willitzer
at 419-399-5215. You can also visit our website at www.flatrockcreekfestival.com
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To all customers of Gorman’s Fix It Shop: As of January 10, 2013 my shop will be
closing as a full time repair shop! After 46 years of working, paying taxes and with
the country’s economy continuing to get worse, it’s time to slow down! And now that
O’bummer and his storm troopers talking about raising taxes to cover up their failures,
it’s no longer profitable to have a small business! Since I can still work and earn
a limited amount (and yes pay more taxes), I will be doing limited work by appointments
on certain days. You are welcome to supply your own parts or products as I will not
be providing large amounts of parts to keep costs down.
I will only be doing work for my very good customers who have been with me forever
and really appreciate my efforts. Those who still owe me money or only seem to be
friends when they need work or credit will be given a very low priority for work.
I have enjoyed my work but the dark side of the human race has really come out in
the last few years; a lot of it because of the poor economy, but some people are
just out to take the mechanics for all they can get. We are the first you call and
the last you pay!
As far as my endorsing other shops to take over my work I pick Boyd Automotive, Albert’s
Automotive and Ed’s Auto Care. These are good independent people working hard to
make a living—and please pay them for their services to you.
All my long time customers, feel free to call me as I will be doing work for you
as I have promised you. Other people can call, and if I can, I will do work as I
All of you mechanics, look for a sale when the weather permits as I have a lot of
parts, tools, and equipment to sell to reduce my inventory.
I’m grateful for all the years and I hope to do work for you as I can on a part-time
My big goal now is to concentrate on my golf game and enjoy life.
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN DOWNTOWN NEW HAVEN
There is a celebration for everyone at the Downtown New Haven Christmas Open House.
Santa and Mrs. Clause will be arriving by fire truck at 5:45 p.m. to the newly renovated
Train Depot on State Street next to the railroad tracks. There, children will have
the opportunity to share their wish list with Santa and have some light refreshments
until 7:00 p.m.
A visit with Santa is just the beginning. A carriage ride shuttle from the Depot
to Ruhl Furniture and Flooring (511 Broadway) is being provided by Rockaway Carriage
and sponsored by Ruhl Furniture and Flooring, The Etica Group, The Mayor’s Office,
and the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Inside the store, you can sign up to win a
brand new 26” bicycle. Santa will be on hand at 7:10 p.m. to draw out the lucky winner.
Children will also have the opportunity to paint their own ceramic Christmas ornament
(while supply lasts) at the Power House Youth center, 830 Main Street. The ornaments
are being provided by T.J. Ceramics. While the kids paint, everyone can enjoy a cup
of hot chocolate and a cookie until 7:30 p.m.
Adults we haven’t left you out! Peter Franklin Jewelers at 507 Broadway, will be
holding their annual Holiday Open House and New Haven Chamber Meet Me @ 5. From 5:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. you can dine on delicious refreshments while picking out beautiful
sparkly presents for that special someone.
While all of this celebrating is going on, Christmas carolers from a local church
and the New Haven High School will be entertaining us all.
So don’t miss the fun, come out and celebrate Christmas at the Downtown New Haven
Christmas Open House.