Unionville Center News


If you see many bicycle riders in the morning on Saturday, July 11, they are among the 150 participants of the Bike MS: Central Ohio Challenge, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is the third year for the bike ride which raises funds for over 20,000 Ohioans with Multiple Sclerosis.

The race will begin at Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Dublin. There are 30, 50 or 95 mile route options that can be selected. All finish at the elementary school. Rest stops are every 15-20 miles and will have Gatorade, water, snacks and restrooms. An early morning rest stop will be the parking lot of the Unionville Center United Methodist Church. Riders will be stopping between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m.


The Darby Township Trustee meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13 at 8 p.m. at the Darby Township Building, 508 Fourth St., Unionville Center.


David and Ana Kise hosted a Fourth of July cookout to celebrate their daughter Nina’s 13th birthday which was June 30. Guests were Sofia Kise, Keith, Joy, Grace and Alyssa Kise, Larry and Audrey Kise and Mark, Julie, Justin, Toby and Tyson Smith.

Isabella Bliss had a little girl’s dream surprise gift for her third birthday on the Fourth of July. At the party hosted by her parents Michael and Shayla Bliss, Isabella received a playhouse complete with a Dutch door, front porch, window boxes, cedar siding and a shake shingle roof. The playhouse was built by her dad Michael Bliss, grandpa Mike Bliss, great-grandpa Roger Davenport and uncle Andy Bliss.

Guests at the party included Harrison Bliss, Kimberly Harbolt, Jacqui Watts and son Jaiden, Roger and Rose Davenport, Andy Bliss, Josh Bliss and friend Ashley, and Mike and Regena Bliss.


After three weeks of weather related cancellations, the Shady Bowl Speedway at DeGraff held a two day racing event over the Fourth of July holiday. Roush Racing Team had some highlights and disappointments. Richard Roush took his dad Roger, head of the racing team, to the speedway for the first time this season. Roger was ill earlier this year and is home now recuperating. Roger had a good time having people stop by to see him and talk a bit.

The racing action for the Roush Team did not go very well. Robert raced for the first time this year. Results in the tuner cars were Rodney fourth and Robert ninth. The Chevelle had some motor issues and did not finish.

Rebecca Roush explained to me that a tuner car is driven in a class made up of only 6 cylinder front wheel drive cars.


In the absence of Pastor Bonnie Frost, her husband Jack gave the message at the Unionville Center United Methodist Church on June 21. John Wolfe was the worship leader and Beth Wolfe gave the lectionary. Pastor Bonnie will return next week. The traditional Hershey Hugs and Kisses were given to all the fathers present.

Master Gardener

The June 24 Union County Master Gardener meeting was held at the home of Mary Ann Haynes. The educational portion of the meeting was on Fairy Gardens. Mary Ann has many examples of fairy gardens scattered throughout her landscape. After an introduction to fairy gardens, members toured the yard to see Mary Ann’s creative examples.

During project reports there was a reminder that the Plant Sale will be held at the Armory Building at the Union County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 15. Perennials divided from member gardens will be for sale at very reasonable prices. Plans are under way for staging the venues and providing demonstrations at the Covered Bridge Festival on Sept. 18-19.

The Love & Learn Demonstration Garden continues to provide produce which is donated to local food pantries. The Magnetic Springs Beautification Project had a successful workday with lots of planting and teachable moments to the helpers.

McCloud Park will be the site of “Growing Together” a senior outreach event on Thursday, Aug. 13. Project GROW at the Central Ohio Youth Center continues to provide vegetables for the use of the residents and for donation to area food pantries.

Lisa Kovinchick appeared on WQTT’s Ag Today in Central Ohio with Pete Emmons on June 15. Lisa spoke about vegetable gardening. She will appear again in August talking about fall planting. Lisa is a member of the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau.

There will be a Master Gardener training class for those interested in becoming a Master Gardener. There are 17 sessions held two nights a week from Sept. 14 through Nov. 7 in the evenings. Call 937-645-5045 for more information. Visit the Union County Master Gardener Association on Facebook.

Family trip

Pastor Bonnie Frost of the Unionville Center United Methodist Church and the women in her family have a wonderful tradition. The following is her description of the trip she took last week.

In 1978 my mom, her two sisters, one sister-in-law, my dad’s sister, and three of us cousins who were married rented a houseboat for four days at Lake Monroe in Indiana. We had so much fun that we couldn’t wait to do it the following year. Soon we were going for the week. We have been to several lakes, Lake of the Caves, Dale Hollow, Norris Lake, and Cumberland. We most frequently go to Grider Hill Marina at Lake Cumberland. We used to rent a dinghy to run for ice, etc. Then my cousin got a boat and we took it as our runabout. We are all women, all related and most of us are able to drive the houseboat and do minor repairs. This year we went for the 38th year.

This year we tried something new. We rented a floating house at Norris Lake. Since two of our crew need walkers, this proved to be a much easier trip than the houseboat. In the years when gas became so costly, we curtailed one of our favorite activities, cruising on the lake. This year we were able to cruise on the pontoon and it wasn’t nearly as expensive.

Through the years we have had special parties, had costumes, done skits, played cards, played a ton of games. We have sung our hearts out and played guessing games with kazoos and just humming. The younger ones have learned the old songs our family has been singing as long as I can remember. We have done a lot of sharing and grown so much closer to each other. We have a worship service that is a memorial service for all those we lost in our family. We write a short message and send helium balloons into the air at the end of service.

We play in the water a lot. This too has evolved. We used to ski, and tube, and have water challenges on rafts. Now we mostly swim or gather in groups on our styrofoam noodles and just laugh and talk and play together.

We are a very compatible group who love to laugh and sometimes cry as we remember great stories from the past. There are no children and no husbands for a reason. This one week, we are all on vacation — that is we don’t have to wait on anyone. Everyone pitches in with the cooking, cleanup and any other chores. No one is expected to play a game if she would rather read.

Our crew has grown as cousins and other aunts and relatives have joined us — some for just one or two trips, others as more permanent members of the crew. Before anyone is asked to join us, they must be voted in. My daughter and her cousin (my niece) are both permanent members. Next year my granddaughter, Jordan will join us for the first time.

This year there were 10 of us: Captain Mary, Billie Lou, Loretta, Bonnie, Billie Lee, Mary Beth, Brittany, Katie Rose, Kelly, and Katie G. Most of us this year are from the central Ohio area. In past years we have had visitors from Florida, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Syracuse, New York.

The men in the family get a kick out of our trip. They gather to meet us when we come home. They listen and ask questions as we share the joy and laughter with them. And they love to look at the pictures.


On June 20, Mary Wells attended the Monroe Alumni Banquet for all previous students of Monroe Elementary School in Plumwood.

John and Beth Wolfe had lunch at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory June 20 to celebrate Beth’s sister Carolyn Boisvert’s birthday. Other guests were Cyndy and Chris Warner, Bill and Marion Boggs, Jill and Larry Brust, Bob and Allison Boggs and children Frances and Keith.

Karinna Crist and James Morris are parents of triplet girls born on June 22. The girls Virginia Rose, Georgia Justine and Kansas Marie are welcomed home by big brother Holden. Their grandmother is Rose Morris and great-grandmother is Mary Lou Morris.

Keith and Joy Kise and daughters Grace and Alyssa, David and Ana Kise and daughters Nina and Sofia and Eric and Lisa Thiergartner and daughter Caroline have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida.

Roger and Rebecca Roush hosted a graduation party for their son Robert on June 28 at the Darby Township Building. Robert graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio on June 14 with a degree of Associate of High Performance Technologies.

Fred and Bernice Henault of Marysville hosted a Kise Family Reunion on June 28. Those present were siblings Bill Kise of Urbana, Lynn Bell of Milford Center, Norma Jean King of Milford Center, Larry Kise of Plain City, Bernice Henault and their spouses and families.


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