It will be a busy weekend in Bond County, especially Saturday. The American Farm Heritage Museum will have an open house Saturday that includes tours of the grounds and buildings, a demonstration of shocking wheat, and the Little Red Barn has all new displays this year. The Bond County Genealogical Society will be at the Farm Museum open house with events throughout the day including a bussed trip to the Cox Memorial at 2:00 pm. The 3rd Annual Summer Blast Cruise-In is also Saturday on the Greenville Square. There will be cars, music, and great food, all starting at 9:30 a.m. The DeMoulin Museum will have pie, games, and a display of toy fire trucks from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The Smithboro Homecoming is Saturday, sponsored by the Smithboro Volunteer Firefighters. The parade starts at 4:00 p.m. followed by great food, including fish dinners, and games for the kids. There are great events and activities for all ages Saturday in Bond County. Come out and join the fun!



Fred Baumberger is part of the WGEL family, having been our Farm Reporter from 1997 to 2010.  Fred kept all his reports though the years and his son Craig honored Fred with the publishing of a book that is a compilation of some of the history that Fred passed on through the years.  WGEL spoke with Craig Baumberger who said Fred wrote his stories by hand and then typed them out for the radio show.  When the shows were complete, he put them in stacks and kept them.  After his father, retired he got the idea to go through the reports and pick out stories unique about the county and the people living here.  He and a friend sorted out about two hundred episodes and then went to see Sherry Schaefer about publishing the book. Schaefer came up with the format they used which pleased Baumberger a lot. The book is published by 3 Point Ink, a publishing company based in Greenville that specializes in agricultural publications.  We spoke with Sherry Schaefer, owner and operator of the company who said most everyone around Bond County knows Fred Baumberger and listened to his radio reports.  Schaefer said she always enjoyed the variety of stories Fred had, along with history about Bond County.  She said it was an honor to be involved with helping tell the history, especially in Fred’s words. The book will be out in mid-June and will be available for purchase at JR’s Mini-Mart in Donnellson, Millersburg General Store, and Capri IGA and Watson’s Drug Store in Greenville.  The book will also be available for purchase online at www.createspace.com/3608550.


The Bond County Girl Scouts are hosting a day-camp August 11-13 at the Presbyterian Church. The theme is “Body, Soul, and Rock n’ Roll.”  WGEL spoke with Diana Doll who said the camp is for all girls from 1st grade through 6th grade. Participants will have fun learning about body hygiene, physical fitness, nutrition, dental care, first aid, stress management, building self-esteem and positive relationships. Saturday the girls will have a Bike Rodeo learning bike maintenance, safety, and traffic safety, all to the theme of rock and roll. Registration is $25.00 for registered Girl Scouts and $37.00 for non-registered Girl Scouts.  The girls will receive a light supper each night, a T-shirt, and enjoy crafts.  Registration forms are available at Bradford Bank on Idler Lane or call Dawn Weiss at 558-3167 or Diana Doll at 410-3831.  The deadline for registration is July 16. Hours August 11-12 are 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. and August 13 9:00 a.m. until noon.


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SATURDAY - partly sunny, high 78, low 59

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 76, low 61 with a 50% chance of showers and thunder storms Sunday night


Join Tom Kennedy this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news for Public Affairs.  Tom’s guests this week are Joyce Fickri with the Dairy Council and local Dairy Farmer Frank Doll.  June is Dairy Month and Tom, Joyce, and Frank will discuss the importance of dairy to our diet, economy and the improvements made over the years to dairy farming.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio. 

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