August 2017

Remembering Dan Ritchey

Dan Ritchey, former President and Director of the Galion Area Chamber of Commerce from 1986 – 1997, passed away on July 3, 2017.

Below is a brief excerpt from his obituary.

Dan Ritchey's hard work, persistence and integrity brought him great fulfillment over a long life. He cared passionately about his family, extended family, employees, neighbors and all the people in his beloved town of Galion. Dan put others first.

Dan proudly served his country during World War II in the US Navy and was a life member of the USS Alabama Crew Association. Dan worked at Galion Ice and Fuel, the Ritchey Food Bank and the Galion Inquirer as a reporter and photographer. In 1960 he opened Photorama in Galion and Crestline and operated the studio until 1983. Dan served as President and Director of the Galion Chamber of Commerce from 1985, retiring in 1997. Dan helped many people find jobs, start businesses, and get assistance when they needed it. Upon retirement, he and Ruth were able to travel extensively – always a love of theirs – and to spend many winter months in Isla del Sol, FL, near St. Petersburg.

He attended the First United Church of Christ in Galion and was a member of the Lincoln Highway Organization, Galion Historical Society, Galion Community Theatre, Galion Community Center – YMCA and the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion, Pandora Dance Club and founding member of the Galion Area Betterment Commission.

In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by sons Dan Ritchey and David (Barb) Ritchey all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; daughters Lee Anne (Terry) Shifley of Herndon, Virginia and Ruth Anne (Jamie) Deppen of Ashland, Ohio; five grandchildren Hal Shifley, Krisanna Deppen, Joseph (Hattie) Deppen, Anthony (Alex) Deppen and Jena Ritchey; great-grandchild Louiza Deppen and two half-sisters Madonna Williams and Paulette (Michael) Boehm.


Dan was instrumental in the Chamber's resurgence into the Galion community in the mid 1980's. He was a great man and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the Galion Community.

Final TFIG of 2017 to be held August 18th

It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over and we are getting ready for the final Third Friday In Galion.

First, I would just like to say thank you to all of you who have supported this event, whether as a business owner that stayed open late, offered a special or had giveaways or as a vendor, or even as a spectator We have had great crowds at all three events and I expect no less at the August event. THANK YOU!!

Second, please help us to make the "Stuff the Bus" addition to the event in August a huge success! We will have a school bus at the TFIG and will have students ready to help sort donated items as they are brought to the bus. Over 40 area businesses have bright yellow boxes at their locations, ready to accept donations for Galion area schools. If you or your business would like a box, please contact Miranda Jones at or call the Chamber office at 419-468-7737.

Finally, Third Fridays In Galion has a lot of potential to turn into something great for our community. In September, we will send out an invitation for a "wrap-up" meeting and will talk about the good and the not so good of this event. Any feedback and/or suggestions for next year are greatly appreciated. Please consider attending this meeting. It takes an entire community coming together to make positive changes!



In observance of October being designated as Manufacturing Month in Ohio, the chamber had originally scheduled its second annual Manufacturers Breakfast to take place on October 5th.


This date has been changed to October 18th at 7:30 am at the Galion High School. Please mark your calendars now.

Donation Made to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Chamber CEO and President Joe Kleinknecht presented Scott Nickell, owner of the Galion McDonald's with a check for $2,112 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This amount was raised during our 2017 Golf Outing. Together we have raised $25,063 for Ronald McDonald House Charites since we started the golf outings in 2003.

Thank you to all who have supported this event throughout the past 15 years.


Crystal Clear Window Washing, LLC, (window cleaning, power washing & gutter cleaning), 5124 St. Rt. 4 North, Bucyrus, (419)-563-8720,

M & M Catering (for all your catering needs), 5321 Twp. Rd 59, Mt. Gilead, (419)-560-2880

Mizick Miller & Company, Inc., (accounting & financial information professionals), 228 S Sandusky Ave, Bucyrus (419)-562-0588,

Hot Dogs at the Gazebo

Hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages were enjoyed at the Gazebo In Crestline on Friday July 14th. 

The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce event was sponsored by United Bank.


The next Hot Dogs at the Gazebo will be held on August 18th in Galion from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Rod Vose retired from First Federal Bank of Ohio after 43 years of devoted service retired on July 31, 2017.


Vose earned his degree in business administration from Ohio Northern University in May, 1974. He joined First Federal Bank of Ohio in May, 1974. During his time, Vose was branch manager at the Richland Mall, Ontario, and Lexington Ave., Mansfield, offices.


His current titles are Vice-President of Loans and Secretary of Board. He has and continues to serve on many community organizations. The most recent include the Galion Community Center/YMCA board director and past president, Galion Street Tree Commission chairman, Galion Booster Club president, and Christ United Methodist Church Administrative Board.


Vose and his wife, Karen, reside in Galion. They have two sons and two grandchildren. First Federal Bank of Ohio is locally owned and operated with offices in Galion, Ontario, Shelby, Mt. Gilead, Cardington, Mansfield, Tiffin and Sandusky.

Rentwear Inc. celebrated their 45th anniversary on July 19th. They offer floor mat rental, shop towels, mops, fender covers, restaurant linens, aprons, towels, restroom supplies and nitrile gloves.


Lori Bastin of State Farm Insurance recently celebrated her 25th year as a State Farm Insurance Agent.

Eighteen-O-Three Taproom is celebrating their 2nd anniversary. They will having a celebration starting Wednesday, August 2nd with special events planned all weekend.

Do you have an anniversary, new associate or employee, sign, or business update? Contact Joe or Miranda at the Chamber Office, 419-468-7737 or email so we can add your business to the Member Spotlight in our next Newsletter.

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Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is offering discounted group tickets for the big Pure Michigan 400 to our BBB Accredited businesses! They called me yesterday and sent this offer:

“Our next race is quickly approaching and we want you in on the action! Below are a few opportunities we have for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race on Sunday, August 13th:
  • Discounted Group Tickets- Save up to 30% on every ticket + free race day parking!
  • All You Can Eat Ticket Packages- Starting at only $65 per person!
  • Champions Club- Wow any client or employee!
  • Group Experiences- Gain access to the mock driver meetings and more!
  • Saturday Night Concert- See LOCASH & Thompson Square perform outside of turn 3! Included with every ticket purchase

As a thank you for being an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau, we want to offer you up to 30% off tickets for groups of 10 or more to the fastest track in NASCAR! Tickets start at only $65 per person. Please call Blake Carnall at 317-554-1598 or email him at to purchase tickets immediately!”

I know we have many BBB NASCAR fans , so I wanted to let you know about this offer. BBB receives no fee for providing this announcement.
NEXT : Congrats to Laurie Lindhorst of C-N Construction Supplies and Kerry Puhl of Bryson/Tucker Electric who won the free Cedar Point tickets, provided to BBB by iHeart Radio.

FINALLY: BBB has issued an alert regarding BabyStoreTime , using the web address It advertises extremely low prices on baby merchandise.

The address it uses on the web site is on Summerset Lane in Temperance, Michigan . It is apparently a fake! We have talked to a man who lives at that address and he is getting angry calls from all over the country demanding their merchandise. He tells us he has no involvement with this company.
BabyStoreTime’s web site offers all sorts of baby-related goods: jogging strollers, car seats, waterslides, baby gates, cribs, water tables, hundreds of items.

Consumers tell BBB they have ordered merchandise with their credit cards. The cards are charged but they never receive their orders. One consumer told us that, after she placed an order, her credit card and identity was stolen.
The company phone number is also fake, and some victims report the company really claims to be in Rhode Island. We suspect it is overseas.

We give it a BBB grade of F and have forwarded our complaints to the Michigan Attorney General and also the Federal Trade Commission for investigation. We are advising victims to notify their credit card companies and have the charge reversed. Many are also receiving replacement cards since there is a danger of identity theft.
Connecting the dots for the bigger picture in health care
Great things often start with a simple idea, like connecting the dots. That’s what our Whole Health ConnectionSM approach to health care is all about.

How it works. We connect the dots in health care — medical, drug, dental, vision, life and disability. Each time a member sees a doctor or dentist or fills a prescription, it’s like a dot on a page. Connecting all those dots gives us the bigger picture — a more complete health profile of the whole person.

Doctors and other caregivers can easily share this information with each other. And seeing the bigger picture early on can help doctors catch chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer or heart disease earlier. And catching diseases early can mean earlier treatments and better results.

How it saves:
Connecting the dots gives better data, better insights and better outcomes.
  • Up to 74% lower medical costs and fewer hospital stays, when patients who have chronic disease or are pregnant treat their periodontal disease1
  • $8,000 in medical costs savings for members with a connected medical and disability plan2
  • More than 26,000 diabetics identified earlier through yearly routine eye exams3

How it can work for you:
When you add dental, vision, life or disability to our medical benefits, you get improved health care for your employees and cost savings for your business. That’s because we connect member health records, claims and clinical data to help make sure they get better care with greater insight.

Waycraft Seeking New Opportunities


Waycraft Industries has been serving adults with developmental disabilities in Crawford County since 1968.  We have been providing work opportunities, job and life skills training, social activities, and more for some of the greatest folks in our county.  We have been fortunate to have the support of a number of local businesses to help support these opportunities.  We have also reached a time of great change in our industry.

After many years of being contracted with the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Waycraft will soon be separating from CCBDD.  This presents us with many new challenges to expand what we have traditionally done and offer new experiences (both paid and volunteer) for the people we serve.  In the area of work, we are always looking for companies that need an extra hand in reaching their goals.  No jobs are too big or too small and the individuals in our shop are very excited to be offered a variety of work.  We can quote everything from large production jobs to the smaller jobs that need finished in a timely matter.  We currently do jobs for companies as large as General Electric and as small as residential services for your home or lawn. 

We are also looking forward to becoming an active part in the life of our community.  We have a growing number of individuals looking forward to participating in events that go on in our county and that they have traditionally not had the chance to participate in.  It is our goal to integrate the individuals in our company into areas they have not yet experienced and become active members of the community.  This is where we are also asking for your help.  If your company or organization has regular events or any special events that you could use a little more help with do not hesitate to contact us! 

Whether you need help with production or have volunteer opportunities available, call Waycraft Industries at 419-563-0550 to get more information or to schedule a visit.  We always enjoy having visitors and showing what we can do and you will be making a huge difference in the lives of some really great people.


Galion stands ready to take advantage of its geography and history again as the 13th annual Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale takes place on August 10, 11 and 12th. The BUY-WAY Yard Sale will bring thousands of shoppers along America's first coast-to-coast road.

Over the past few years, our community has not been as active, but the opportunities are there. These three days of sales bring travelers from all over, both regionally and locally, and they are not just spending money on the BUY-WAY sale; they shop in our retail stores, fill up with gas at our gas stations, stay in our hotels and dine in our restaurants.  
Storage Report – 07/27/2017
Thursday’s storage report cited an injection of 17 Bcf, which was below market estimates of 24 Bcf.  Last year’s injection was 20 Bcf and the five-year average injection is 47 Bcf.
Working gas in storage was 2,990 Bcf as of Friday, July 21st, 2017, per EIA estimates.  Inventory was reported at 302 Bcf (-9.2%) less than last year for the same week and 111 Bcf (+3.9%) above the 5-year average of 2,879 Bcf.

Natural Gas Trends:
August NYMEX:   Moved off the board, Thursday, July 27th, settling the month at $2.969/Dth, down 9.8 cents from July’s settle.  As a comparison, August 2016 NYMEX closed a year ago at $2.672/Dth and the 3-year average settle price for August is $2.842/Dth.
September NYMEX:   Settled Thursday up 5.3 cents at $2.967/Dth.  As of this writing the market is trading at 2.945/Dth.
Strips:   With only two months of summer trading remaining we are now focusing attention to the coming winter strip (NOV17-MAR18) which settled Thursday at $3.237/Dth, down 5.1 cents from the week prior.  Looking forward to next summer (SEP17-OCT17), the strip settled Thursday at $2.854/Dth, down 4.8 cents from the week prior. 

12 Month Strip:   Settled Thursday at $3.042/Dth, down 5.5 cents from the week prior and down 6.7 cents from a month ago.

This week’s storage report coincided with the end of August trading, there was not a lot of movement and not a lot of volume as traders focused on the September contracts.  As noted, we did close under the $3 mark for August which was the first time since March.

After a warm and humid start to the month, temperatures have moderated and as the forecasts for the next few weeks are showing, most of the country will be below normal except for the western side of the country.

There are a couple of notable points, the heat in the west has increased power burn and thus has led to lower injections in total.  The inventory, while still below last years’ record levels, are still above the 5-year average, but the gap is narrowing.  End of season forecasts at this point are still showing plenty of inventory heading into winter.

Long term projections show natural gas prices trading below $3.00/Dth five years out.  Calendar 2021 and 2022 are trading at all-time lows because of market confidence that production levels will catch up with building demand.