September 2017
Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


The 128th session of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is to be known as the “Unforgettable Stories” Session, will be held at Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870 on September 22, 23, and 24, 2017.

Michelle Howell, Worthy Grand Matron of Carrollton, OH and William (Bill) Cox, Worthy Grand Patron of Brecksville, OH will preside over the sessions.

An Open Installation (by invitation only) of the 2017-2018 Grand Officers at 1:30 pm on September 24, 2017 will close the Grand Chapter Session.  Sandi Herman of Cambridge, OH will be installed as Worthy Grand Matron and David Sexton of Batavia, OH will be installed as Worthy Grand Patron.

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong and through which members contribute time, energy, and talent to their local communities with charity truth and loving-kindness.

Generosity and charitable giving are distinguishing characteristics of the members of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Special projects and fund raising events of the Order fund ESTARL religious leadership opportunities to assist college and seminary students, fund grants for cancer research and cancer patient assistance, provide donations to the Ohio Heart Association and the Masonic Children’s Learning Centers, and support youth scholarship programs for the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Job’s Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay.  In addition, members of  the Order of the Eastern Star make generous contributions to the Shriner’s hospitals for Crippled Children and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

All Eastern Star members are sincerely encouraged to attend the 128th Grand Chapter Session of the Ohio Order of the Eastern Star.

2017 – Unforgettable Stories

Event Details

Who: Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star

What:  128th Session of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star

Where:  Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

 September 22 – 24, 2017

Media and General Public

For more information contact the chairman of arrangements, Jan Foy at 419-618-1194.

For vendor opportunities and information, contact Kathy at 419-307-5971

We are fortunate to have received a transportation and marketing grant from LESI (Lake Erie Shores and Islands) for our 128th Grand Chapter Session to be held at Kalahari in September to help fund two buses from to transport attendees from southern Ohio to Sandusky.


From the Cincinnati and Dayton Area - Contact Denise at 334-750-8853 or

From the Marietta and Cambridge Area – Contact Dianne at 740-310-4225




Covered Bridge/Blue Grass Festival
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

 Sept. 23-24 in Union County


Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival

Offers Families Fun Escape to the Past

MARYSVILLE, OHIO – One of Union County’s historic covered bridges sets the stage for a fun, family-friendly adventure in Union County’s beautiful countryside – the 10th Annual Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 23-24.

All the action will take place on and around the Pottersburg Bridge, at 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg. The bridge, originally designed and built in 1868, will serve as:

  • The concert venue for several of the 11 bluegrass bands and musicians scheduled to perform at the festival, such as progressive bluegrass group Mad River Railroad and the Sugar Creek Band, a group of brothers and sisters who bring youthful energy to traditional bluegrass. (The complete schedule of bands and other festival events is available at
  • The setting for a breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and picnic dinner, 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 23
  • The centerpiece of an array of other activities for the whole family – kids’ games, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, a 5K run and 2-mile walk, food trucks, art classes, an antique and vintage market, bus tours of the county’s historic bridges and specialty farms, a community church service, and an 1860s-style baseball game featuring the Ohio Village Muffins of Ohio History Connection, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

Offered by the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

“The Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival showcases our historical covered bridges, designed and built in the 1860s and 1870s by Reuben L. Partridge,” says Mardy Hanlon-Stolte, chairperson of the festival. “The Pottersburg Bridge offers a one-of-a-kind setting for a special weekend of wholesome activities for the entire family, from delicious comfort food and foot-tapping music, to charming arts and crafts, and fun kids’ activities.”

Festival admission is $5, and free for children 12 and under. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Concert and Picnic on the Bridge

Reservations are recommended for the Picnic on the Bridge, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, which will feature a performance by the Sugar Creek Band. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased for $25 on the festival website, or by calling (937) 642-6279 or emailing The dinner includes broasted chicken, two sides, rolls, lemonade/iced tea and pie. Each dinner ticket includes a chance to win a signed 12-by-16-inch print of a watercolor painting of the Pottersburg Bridge by Ohio folk artist Billy Jacobs.

Tickets for the concert alone, without dinner, will be available for $15.

Tickets are already sold out for an elegant four-course dinner on the bridge, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22.

Guest Artist Billy Jacobs

Special festival guest folk artist Billy Jacobs will sign his books and prints at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 and will perform bluegrass music in the festival pavilion, 3-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Jacobs, of Navarre, Ohio, began his career as a woodcrafter and designer and now focuses on watercolor painting.

Farm Fit 5K Run/2-Mile Walk

The Union County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the run and walk to support the Ohio 4-H program. The $30 registration fee includes admission to the festival and a hot post-race breakfast. Register at Start time is 8 a.m. at the Pottersburg Bridge.

Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival sponsors include Bluebird Retirement Community, presenting sponsor; Bob Chapman Ford, Dinner on the Bridge sponsor; Primrose Schools, Picnic on the Bridge, bluegrass music and Kids Zone sponsor; Union Rural Electric, bus tour sponsor; and partner sponsors, North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Honda Marysville, Honda Marysville Motorsports and Union County Foundation.

For more details, visit the festival website,, or call the Union County CVB, 937-642-6279.










Ridgemont Schools Important Dates
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Important upcoming dates for Ridgemont Local Schools.


Tuesday, October 3 Two Hour Delay - Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, October 31 Two Hour Delay - Teacher Professional Development and End of 1st Grading Period

Thursday, November 16               Parent Teacher Conf.  K-6 Grade 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Monday, November 20           No School for PK-6 Grade-Parent Teacher Conf. 8:00 am - 11:30 am and 7th-12th Grade - Job Shadowing

Tuesday, November 21           No School - Teacher Professional Development

Wednesday, November 22 to Friday, November 24 -No School - Thanksgiving Break

  Thursday, December 21               One Hour Early Release

Friday, December 22, 2017 to Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - No School - Christmas Break

Y-Club Before and After School Program
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The Hilliker YMCA offers a State-Licensed Before & After School Child Care at the Bellefontaine Elementary School. We serve children grades K-5th grade. School days out are available at the YMCA. We open at 6:30am till school begins at 8:35am, then we reopen at 3:20pm till 6:00pm. Questions? Contact Amber Armbruster Phone: 937-592-96622 Email:

For more information:
Amber Armbruster
(759) 296-2200
WLS Max Evans Ohio Caverns Invitational Alumni 5k
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The West Liberty-Salem cross country programs will host the Max Evans Memorial Ohio Caverns Invitational Alumni 5K, Saturday, September 23rd starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Ohio Caverns.  The race is open to the public.  The entry fee is $10.  Online registration is available at  Race day registration is also available.  For more information visit
Bubble Soccer Tournament-Get Signed up!
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
End of Summer Bash at the Eagles
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Second Annual Eagles Car Show to be held September 23 from noon to 6pm. Registration from noon till 1 and a $10 registration fee. Join us for food, music and cars! All are welcome!!