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July 22, 2019

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Bridge replacement underway on Hardin County Road 50

Hardin County Road 50 (Liberty Township Road 55-County Road 65) is closed for 6-8 weeks for bridge replacement, according to the Hardin County Engineer's office.

New PASS executive director has Ada connection

Serving area communities through the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties

Rick Skilliter, husband of Meri Skilliter, Ada school superintendent, became executive director of PASS (Prevention Awareness Support Services), a non-profit organization serving Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties. The appointment was made on July 1.

PASS serves area communities through the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties.

PASS is expanding its footprint in Ohio as a certified prevention agency. According to a PASS news release, the addition of Skilliter allows for continuity of programming during that expansion.

Roland Knoop memorial service Thursday

Roland Moore Knoop, 91, died July 5, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton, Ohio.

He was born on March 14, 1928, in Troy, Ohio, to J. Ross and Ethel Mae (Moore) Knoop and they preceded him in death.  In 1958 he married Eloise Crawford and they are divorced.

Roland retired from Schmidlapp Equipment in Covington, Ohio, where he had been a parts man. He previously worked at the Soil Conservation Service in Hardin County for 5 years and was owner of the John Deere Dealership in Kenton from 1965 to 1969. 

Marie Kaiser was a cook for several years in USV schools

Marie Kaiser, 88, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 6:59 PM at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima, Ohio.

She was born on Jan. 24, 1931, in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Walter and Nellie (Underwood) Thompson. On Dec. 5, 1948, Marie married Lewis E. Kaiser and he preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1999.

Marie formerly worked as a cook for the Upper Scioto Valley Schools for several years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of Alger. Marie was a Blue Star Mother of three.

Bevie Contris was a broker for Coast To Coast Freight Brokerage

Beverly “Bevie” Joan (Weddle) Contris, 63, died Friday, July 12, 2019, at 11:52 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima, Ohio.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1955, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Samuel E. and Sara M. (Petty) Weddle. Her step-father, Floyd Cleveland survives in Harrod. On Feb. 14, 1973, Bevie married David Contris and he survives in Harrod, Ohio.

Bevie was a self-employed broker for Coast To Coast Freight Brokerage.  She loved her Collie dog, Cassie.

She is survived by one son:  Matt (Jessica) Contris of Lima and two sisters: Marilyn (Jim) Williams of Harrod and Leesa (Dan Jones) Robb of Dearborn, MO and three grandchildren: Tyler, Brynna and Landon.

Joseph Bischoff was a 1966 Ada HS graduate

Joseph Bischoff, 70, died July 13, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. at his residence in rural Ada, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 10, 1948, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Robert J. and Eloise (Walker) Bischoff.   On Dec. 19, 1970 he married Anita (Christopher Berkshire) and she survives.

Joe was a 1966 graduate of Ada High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Urbana University. He was part owner of Highway Oil Company, a family business, for over 20 years and co-owner of the Highway Animal Farm.