To be located on Edgewood Ave.
Sutphen, founded in 1890, is the nation’s largest family-owned and operated fire apparatus manufacturer.
“This new facility will provide an incredible opportunity for our family’s business and for the city of Urbana to grow together,” said Sutphen Corporation President Drew Sutphen, a fourth-generation family member. “For the last 131 years, our family business has worked to build the safest, most reliable fire apparatus in the world. This step will help ensure that our family continues doing the same for the next 131 years.
“This has been our passion for over the last year and a half when we started this project,” Sutphen continued. “I want to thank everyone for coming. Urbana and Champaign County, the community and city officials have really made it happen.”
Other family members also spoke at the ceremony.
“There are very few companies in the country and even the world that have made it into the fourth generations,” said Vice President Julie Phelps Sutphen. “It is about 2 percent or less. It happened by our father, grandfathers and great-grandfathers instilling in all of us a strong family value and work ethic. That has been important for us in the fourth generation to pass to the fifth.”
Local officials have helped shepherd the project along, including city officials.
“I am so excited. This has been a long time coming,” said Urbana Mayor Bill Bean. “I have to thank the Urbana School Board. It is so exciting to work with them on the growth of Urbana. They have done a lot of work with the Champaign Economic Partnership. With Sutphen coming here, along with our other manufacturing, that is our lifeblood. It is wonderful to have the manufacturers that we have.”
“Good things in life don’t just happen,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan. “If you want to accomplish things of meaning and significance that have real lasting value, it takes work, effort and sacrifice. Those are the qualities we celebrate today. This amazing family has been in operation since 1890 and that does not happen very often.”
From Urbana Daily Citizen
With an over 130-year history of providing compassionate care in the Springfield community, Mercy Health – Springfield, which includes the Springfield Regional Medical Center and the Urbana Hospital, has helped guide patients living with cancer from diagnosis through treatment. Today, the resources and care provided to patients will become even more comprehensive because of an affiliation between Mercy Health – Springfield and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
As the Springfield region’s largest health system, Mercy Health – Springfield has aligned with Ohio’s most renowned cancer center to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art and compassionate cancer care to our community. This affiliation will provide Mercy Health – Springfield Cancer Center physicians and patients access to the expertise
and specialists at the OSUCCC – James while allowing patients to stay close to home where they will be near their loved ones and support system.
Specifically, Mercy Health-Springfield’s Cancer Center and OSUCCC James will collaborate and develop ways to offer survivorship and cancer genetics via a tele-health platform.
“Mercy Health – Springfield and the OSUCCC – James are creating a sophisticated collaboration that offers enhanced benefits to our patients,” said Adam Groshans, president, Mercy Health – Springfield.
“We are proud to be partnering with such a respected name in cancer care and believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of those who are battling this disease.”
“Expanding access to high-quality cancer care and clinical trials while minimizing the travel burden for patients and families is a priority at the OSUCCC – James. We know that through this collaboration with Mercy Health – Springfield, more patients in Clark and Champaign counties will have access to the most innovative and state-of-the-art cancer treatments and research available. There is nothing more important to us than curing cancer, and this new affiliation enables us to expand the scope of cancer care into the community while extending our shared vision of creating a cancer- free world,” says William Farrar, MD, CEO at the OSUCCC – James.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death nationwide and Ohio is among the nation’s leaders in both cancer rates and cancer-related mortality, ranking 8th and 6th respectively. In 2016, more than 25,000 Ohioans died of cancer.
In Clark County between 2012-2016, an average of 845 new invasive cancer cases and 350 deaths occurred each year.
Mercy Health – Springfield’s cancer program provides integrated multidisciplinary care and is accredited from the nationally recognized Commission on Cancer. Using leading-edge technology, our team collaborates to provide evidencebased care to our patients to optimize recovery and survival rates.
The OSUCCC– James, which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated comprehensive cancer center, has more than 200 oncologists, each of whom specializes in just one type of cancer. The OSUCCC - James offers
expert sub-specialization, which leads to more productive integration with cancer research and, ultimately, to better outcomes.
Together, we can drive the changes that are needed to create a new state of health in our community.
“Cancer has likely impacted most people’s lives in some form. It can be a very difficult and frightening diagnosis,” said Dr. Singh, a medical oncologist. “Residents of Springfield and the surrounding communities can now be comforted in knowing that the Mercy Health - Springfield team is collaborating with the ultra-specialized experts from The James. We are dedicated to conquering cancer and will start by treating the patients in the community we serve.”
This collaboration is part of a larger alliance between the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, a world-class, academic medical center and Mercy Health, the largest health care provider in the state with the goal of transforming the health of the communities we serve.
By bringing together the best of academic medicine and community health care in Ohio, Ohio State and Mercy Health will be uniquely positioned to make a difference in the health of our state and beyond.
To be held Nov. 13
The event is presented with the support of the Champaign County Memorial Foundation.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Arts Council office, 119 Miami St. or on the CCAC website. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with a credit card.
The VFW is located at 220 East Court St., Urbana. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Music and dancing will be from 6-9 p.m.
The versatile 10-piece Bob Gray Orchestra will play a variety of music including ’40s style “Big Band Swing.” The band has been in existence since 1973, and its top-caliber musicians also perform in other musical organizations, including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony.
Veterans are welcomed to come in uniform.
The diamond sponsor of this event is The Champaign County Memorial Foundation.
The gold sponsor is Bundy Baking Solutions.
Silver sponsors are Rosewood Machine & Tool, Skelley Lumber and KTH Parts Industries.
Bronze sponsors include Willman Furniture, Edward Jones Investments, Farmers and Merchants State Bank and Walter & Lewis Funeral Home.
This program is also sponsored by a grant from The Ohio Arts Council, which uses state tax dollars to fund programs such as this to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more information, contact the Champaign County Arts Council at 937-653-7557. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
“This new building is so convenient and it is handicap-accessible compared to the other building,” said Senior Center member Joyce Bowlin. “There is a lot of neat stuff here.”
“In January 2019, we celebrated the donation of land for the new center from Civista Bank,” said vice president of the Senior Center board Mary Lee Gecowets. “This generous donation truly started this project. We also received a major contribution from the Memorial Foundation for the project. And I thank the voters for helping us pass the levy.”
On October 16, 2020, construction began.
Today, only a year later, the project is complete.
The facility was built with a .5-mill tax levy. After five years, the levy will be finished and the building will be paid for.
To cover operating expenses, there is a separate .4-mill tax levy that will need to
The builder was Marker Construction and the architect was Beasley Architecture & Design.
The building is comprised of 9,153 square feet.
“(Senior Center Director) Stacy Barnhart and the board were great to work with. It was refreshing to work with such a progressive-minded and future-thinking group. We are proud to have been a part of this beautiful facility,” said Randy Marker, CEO of Marker Construction.
“This was such an impressive team. Mary Lee and the trustees demonstrated incredible discipline and restraint, knowing the importance of passing the levy to secure the funds to build a facility that met their members’ and the community’s needs well into the future,” said Project Executive, Matt Ludwig.
Membership is open to anyone 55 or older.
With the “county fair special” still available, membership costs $20 for the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022. To join with a spouse or a roommate, the combined cost would be $35.
By Dani Schipfer - Mechanicsburg FFA Reporter
From Urbana Daily Citizen
On September 16, the Mechanicsburg FFA Chapter took two teams to compete at the Champaign County Soils contest. At a soils contest the FFA members are asked to evaluate the slope, soil texture, soil structure, landform, and evaluate the risks for four different pits. At each pit they are given twenty minutes to complete this task. They are then asked to complete a general knowledge test and a test based off, and with the use of, the survey soil book. The participants that competed as rural were; Ella Conley, Makayla Casey, Shelby Ritchie, Jack Byerly, Hannah Dingledine, Shanna Caudill, and Lucas Schaner. The participants that competed as urban were; Dani Schipfer, Lilly March, Cami McDonald, Avaley Bostick, Myah Bandy, and Darrell Stacey. The top four scorers that made up each team’s score were; Lucas Schaner, Shanna Caudill, Hannah Dingledine, and Ella Conley for rural, and Dani Schipfer, Lilly Marsh, Cami McDonald, and Avaley Bostick for Urban. Both teams qualified to move on to the district contest on September 28th.
Mechanicsburg’s FFA advisors are Mrs. Abby Powell & Mr. Cole Riddle. FFA Reporter Dani Schipfer.