The Marysville Exempted Village School District will hold its annual kindergarten registration March 22 and 23.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District will hold its annual kindergarten registration March 22 and 23.

Registration is for children residing in the district who will be five years of age by Sept. 30, 2011.

To schedule a required appointment, residents should call (937) 644-8105 or e-mail as soon as possible.

The district will continue to offer the same program options it has provided for the past several years:

All-Day, Alternating Day Program; available in all buildings at no cost, two days each week with alternating Wednesdays.

All-Day, Every Day Program; tuition-based; housed in buildings where enrollment can fill a class of 210-25 students, otherwise students will be placed in a building where the option is available.

Families who would like to register for the tuition-based All-Day, Every-Day Program should call to make an appointment as soon as possible. The date and time of the call or e-mail to schedule an appointment will be used to determine the order a child's name is placed on the enrollment list.

In recent years, the district has requested and been granted a waiver from the Ohio Department of Education delaying implementation of free all-day every-day kindergarten, mandated by state law passed in 2009. The district estimates the cost of this program would be more than $1-million not funded by the state.

Should there be no change in this legislation and the district not allowed to charge tuition, the All-Day Every-Day program will be closed. In this case, parents will be notified, commitment fees returned and all Marysville kindergarten students will be enrolled in the All-Day, Alternating Day program.

- Jim Fischer

The Union County Agriculture Association will welcome the new director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture at its next regular meeting.

Director James Zehringer will speak at the association's March 17 meeting, which is free and open to the public. Zehringer is the former owner and operator of the Meiring Poultry and Fish Farm, which received several awards for outstanding environmental practices during his tenure, according to tourism director Candace Watson.

Zehringer also served as state representative for the 77th House District (Mercer, Preble and portions of Darke counties), as well as serving as a Mercer County commissioner.

The agriculture association's meeting is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave., Marysville. The public is encouraged to attend the free meeting, Watson said.

A division of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the agriculture association works to promote agricultural economic development and agricultural education initiatives within Union County. More information on the association can be found online at

- Lin Rice

The Union County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its annual Union County Business Expo next month.

The expo offers a chance for local business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to network and make contacts with customers and fellow business owners, according to tourism director Candace Watson. Attendees at the expo will have a chance to learn about new products, services and innovations offered in the county.

"The business expo will feature a unique blend of retail and service businesses, nonprofit groups and organizations showcasing their products, services and capabilities in an interactive environment," Watson said. "Best of all, this event is free to the general public."

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at the Union County Services Center, 940 London Ave., Marysville.

Business owners interested in securing space can register for $25 (chamber members) or $50 (others). Registrations must be submitted by March 1 to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 227 E. Fifth St., Marysville. More information on the business expo can be obtained by contacting Jason Stanford at 937-642-6279, or online at

Expectant mothers in Union County trying to kick a bad habit now have some help available to them through the Union County Health Department.

The department recently received a grant of $13,628 from the March of Dimes to be used for tobacco-cessation activities and counseling services in its prenatal clinic, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Thrush.

The grant supports a certified tobacco treatment specialist's involvement in the prenatal clinic, Thrush said. The specialist meets with expectant mothers who are at risk for beginning or continuing smoking during their pregnancy. The specialist, Merry Smith, also educates and counsels family members about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on children and pregnant women, Thrush said.

"Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural process, but it can also be stressful," Smith said. "Sometimes expectant moms and family members need some help staying or becoming smoke-free."

As part of the program, Smith discusses risks associated with smoking with expectant mothers, as well as techniques that help overcome cigarette cravings.

"Smoking is an addiction like alcoholism or drug abuse," Smith said. "Often expectant moms know they need to quit smoking, but they don't have the tools or the support to help them quit."

More information can be obtained by calling 937-642-0801.

The Union County Young Professionals (UCYP) will host its first social event of the year later this week, with a dinner and social at the Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor in Uptown Marysville.

The social is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor, 123 E. Fifth St. in Marysville. Admission is free, with attending UCYP members receiving a discount on meals, according to tourism director Candace Watson.

UCYP is a volunteer-based organization with a mission to create a sustainable network of young professionals age 21-40 who live and work in Union County, according to Watson. The organization is currently recruiting new members, as well as volunteers, to serve on its executive committee.

More information on the social, and about the UCYP, can be found online at, or by contacting the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 937-642-6279.

Honda Marysville and Honda Motor Sports recently announced the company's three associates of the month for January. The employees were recognized for "going the extra mile in providing excellent customer service," according to a release from Honda. The auto manufacturer's newly established recognition program is peer-driven, and also allows customers to nominate associates.

Honda's January honorees:

Susie Lazear has been working as a lot technician for Honda Marysville since October 2010.

Teresa Weikle has worked as a service adviser for Honda Marysville since January 2005.

David Jordan has been working as an express technician at Honda Marysville for about a year.