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Maynard Hagemeyer passes away at 98

Maynard Hagemeyer passes away at 98

 

Maynard Hagemeyer

Maynard Hagemeyer

Maynard F. Hagemeyer Obituary
Maynard F. Hagemeyer, 98, died July 16, 2017 at his home on Wilmington Rd, Clarksville. He passed away in the same room he was born in November 22, 1918.
He is survived by his wife, Stella, whom he married November 16, 1945. They celebrated over 71 years of blissful marriage.
Maynard was the son of Fred J. Hagemeyer and Bessie E. Bevan. He attended elementary school at Spring Hill (a one room schoolhouse) and graduated high school at Massie Township School in Harveysburg in 1936. He also attended the University of Cincinnati in Business Administration.
Maynard always loved horses, and in his youth showed Percheron & Belgian horses throughout the U. S. In 1940, he travelled through the Panama Canal transporting draft horses to Chile.
Maynard was drafted in the Army in 1941 and served almost 5 years during WWII, with 2 ½ years overseas. He attained the rank of Captain and commanded a company in the 23rd replacement battalion in North Africa and Italy. He served under General George Patton in North Africa and General Mark Clark in Italy.
Before being shipped overseas, he was stationed at Camp Sutton N.C. where he first met Stella Adcox. Maynard and his friend were on a weekend leave in Charlotte, when they randomly picked a name out of the phone book. It turned out to be Stella’s roommate. When Maynard saw the beautiful girl in the doorway, he said, ”that is my gal”, and she has been his “gal” ever since.
Maynard took over the family farm in 1948. In addition to farming, he owned and operated various business ventures: including an excavation business for 17 years, a feed mill in Clarksville for 5 years, an anhydrous ammonia & fertilizer business for 20 years, an egg business for 9 years (with 6000 laying hens), and a standardbred racing and breeding business that he started in 1957 and continues today.
Maynard was very active in county and state organizations. He was a member of the Clarksville Masonic Lodge since 1940, and a member of Scottish Rite and Shrine since 1946. He joined the Eastern Star in 1947 and served as Worthy Patron in 1952 and 1962. He was also a member of the Warren County School Board for 10 years.
Maynard was active in politics, serving as Republican Precinct Chairman for 30 years and Vice Chairman of the County Republican Party for a few years. He was a Township Trustee of Washington Township for 32 years. After the death of his father in 1948, Maynard completed the balance of his father’s term as Warren County Commissioner. He also had the privilege of being selected as a delegate from Ohio to the 2000 National Republican Convention in Philadelphia for George W. Bush.
Maynard was on the Warren County Fair Board for 42 years and the Warren County Veterans Commission for 20 years. He also served as a director of the Ohio Harness Horse Association and was the first President of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation.
Maynard has been recognized many times over the years, including: the Pacer Grass Roots award in 1989, named a ”Kentucky Colonel” at the age of 91, Masonic Lodge 75 year award in 2016, and the Harveysburg alumni 80 year award in 2016.
Other survivors include 4 children, Mel (Pam) Hagemeyer of Lebanon, Della Aylor of Trenton, FL, Fred (Debbie) Hagemeyer of Houston, TX, Ted (Pam) Hagemeyer of Ocala, FL; grandchildren Scott Hagemeyer, Tiffany Linville, Kyle Aylor, Ashlee Johnson, Captain Steven Hagemeyer, Cheryl Hanna, Nick Hagemeyer, and Shana Hagemeyer; great grandchildren Hunter Hagemeyer, Brandi Hanna, Riley Hanna, Lyndsay Hagemeyer, Carlee Johnson, Jenny-Lynn Johnson, Mayree Johnson, Isaac Linville, Evan Linville, and Owen Linville.
The family will receive friends from 3-6 pm Friday July 21 at Stubbs-Conner funeral home, Waynesville. A celebration of Maynard’s life will be held at 6 pm at the funeral home.
Condolences can be made at www.stubbsconner.com

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Recipients

CHHA awards four college scholarships

The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association is delighted to award scholarships to four very deserving students from harness racing families.  One of our members heard we had nine applicants for two scholarships and quickly wrote a check so we could help more kids.

 

Jonathan Hallett is the recipient of this year’s John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship. He is continuing his studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Jessica Hallett was awarded the Rambling Willie Scholarship. She plans to pursue a dual degree in law and medicine at Nova Southeastern University.

Kacey Burns received a CHHA Scholarship to continue her studies in agriculture education at Wilmington College.

Alexis Schwartz was also awarded a CHHA Scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Kentucky in equine science.

 

CHHA at The Jug

CHHA at The Jug


Jug Prayer Breakfast 2015

Jug Prayer Breakfast

What a great experience we had at the Little Brown Jug this week. Meeting up with old friends and making new ones. God blessed us with perfect weather, good racing and the setting of new world records. To top it all off we fulfilled the CHHA mission. God’s name was praised at our prayer breakfast and all around the fairgrounds.

Promoting harness racing in a positive light is also part of the CHHA mission. We were fortunate that Columbus Dispatch reporter, Dean Narciso and cameramen Doral Chenoweth and Adam Cairns followed me around. God evidently was pushing them to feature the racetrack chaplain in their Jug reporting. As Sam McKee said, “Some divine intervention is not a bad thing.” God led us to Jenny and Brian Brown’s Stable where Melinda Bailey welcomed us to video her very well behaved horses.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Three Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association scholars have been awarded scholarships for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Thomas Wine was awarded CHHA’s John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship for his studies at Florida Atlantic University. Johnathan Hallett was awarded CHHA’s Rambling Willie Scholarship for his studies at the University of Central Florida. Michelle Thompson was awarded CHHA’s Weldon and Nancy Stockwell Memorial Scholarship. She will continue her studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

CHHA members stepped forward to extol the merits of these fine students.

Tee Wine and Straight Priority

Tee Wine and Straight Priority

From John Berry of the Isle Pompano Park Raceway…

I am pleased to write this communique’ on behalf of this extolling young man’s character.

I have known young Tom for several years, having met him, I believe, in 2010, as his parents operated a Standardbred racing stable here at Pompano Park.

I have witnessed his growing from a young lad to a responsible, reliable young man with high intelligence coupled with exceptionally high morals and ethics, which, I believe, have become rather rare in this day and age.

Having personally witnessed his exceptional work ethic, his willingness to learn and achieve, your organization would be well served to award a scholarship to this extraordinary young man enabling your organization to obtain future “bragging rights” as he becomes a successful and honorable citizen serving this future world in an exemplary manner.

From Bruce Ranger, Driver/Trainer…

Johnathan Hallett

Johnathan Hallett

I have known Johnathan and his sister since they were toddlers. His parents are stabled right in back of me and are hardworking horsemen. They have two of the nicest kids. I see Johnathan when he comes to the barn to help his mom and dad. He is clean-cut, quiet and polite and wants to be a doctor.
Joahnathan keeps himself very busy at school and with his volunteer activities. He has been a member of the National Honor Society the last two years. I understand he will graduate with a 4.93 GPA. He volunteers for Let’s Keep It Together, an organization that visits nursing homes with minis and for another program that uses horses to help the handicapped.

Johnathan is a member of a local Baptist church and active in their Thursday night Youth Group.

In Johnathon you will find a young man who will make you proud you helped him. Please consider giving him a CHHA scholarship.

From Jackie Warner of Grand River Raceway…

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

I have worked with Michelle at several Grand River Raceway events. She often assists Kelly Spencer, Grand River Marketing Manager, for special promotions.

My observations are as follows:

Michelle is enthusiastic. She is passionate about horse racing. She has outstanding public relations skills.

Michelle is proactive and takes initiative. She is an athletic and high energy person. Michelle is a delightful person to work with.

Kelly Spencer says, “I’ve hired Michelle on numerous occasions to wear the track mascot outfit and assume the role for our large events.

Her high energy and wonderful attitude are consistently excellent. She is, in a few words, a lovely young lady with a bright future rooted in good family values and an atmosphere of caring and achievement.”

Against all odds – Racing for Christ – Moshannon Mojo

Against all odds – Racing for Christ – Moshannon Mojo

Moshannon Mojo is Racing for Christ

Moshannon Mojo is Racing for Christ

The phone rang at 5AM. Never a good sign. It was our groom, Teddy. Something was very wrong with Mojo. He didn’t know what, but he knew she was not in good shape. Teddy was very experienced, and Ray knew it wasn’t good. Ray called the vet on call and left for the track. The vet arrived and thought she was having a bout of colic and treated her. Ray wasn’t convinced and never left Mojo’s side. By 9AM Mojo had gotten worse. Ray called our regular vet and asked her to come right away. She walked into the stall and within 2 minutes told Ray to get her on the trailer and out to OSU. She was positive it was botulism.

Ray immediately left for OSU, almost a 3 hour drive. By the time Ray arrived, Mojo was in very bad shape, barely able to stand. The admitting vet prepared us for the worst, it was indeed Botulism.

Moshannon Mojo

Moshannon Mojo at OSU

For one week, it was touch and go. We received updates twice daily from OSU. She was very sick but fighting to live. We made two trips out to see her, letting her know we were there. For almost a week, she never stood up, not a good sign. Late one evening a phone call came in from OSU, my heart sunk fearing the worst; however, it was just the opposite -Mojo had gotten up on her own! Several days later, once she could eat on her own, they released her. With bed sores on both hips and face (the scars still remain to this day) and only weighing 750 pounds, we knew she probably would never race again. However, in true Mojo fashion, she would prove us wrong!

Ray and I bred Mojo and raised her. Mojo was the smallest horse that we had ever had make it to the races. She stands only 14 hands high. From the first time she hit the track she thought that she was the toughest horse out there. She has the heart of a world champion, but so small in stature that competing is tough. She gives 150% every time she races. Her groom says she has the smallest feet he has ever seen for a racehorse! She is the smallest horse racing at The Meadows today and continues to bring joy to everyone she comes in contact with and usually a paycheck just about every time she races.

For Ray and me, there was no better horse to enter into CHHA’s Racing for Christ program. This little girl was truly a gift from God! We have since entered her full sister, Moshannon Motown, into Racing for Christ as well.

There is no better way to support the work of CHHA and its ministry to horsemen. You can pledge any amount and keep the outstanding work of CHHA in full swing. We hope you will join us in making a pledge today! Take me to the Racing for Christ page.

Ray and Lori Romanetti

Amazing Grace – History

Amazing Grace – History

John Newton

John Newton

A proud mother raised her son with the Holy Bible and beautiful hymns. Her constant prayer was for him to become a minister. Tuberculosis called her home to God when the boy was seven. 11 year old John began his life at sea with a merchant navy captain. However his arrogance, lack of discipline, insubordination and poor morals did not bode well with the Royal Navy so he deserted, was caught put in irons and flogged.

Next John joined a slave trading crew giving him a great opportunity to encourage his co-workers in the ways of the world and his despicable behavior. He was known as the “great blasphemer.”

In 1747 a terrible storm tossed the Greyhound about breaking its walls. After 11 days, John too exhausted to help the sailors pump, was tied him to helm with the task of keeping the ship on course. John began to think about his life and imminent death as he recalled proverbs 1:24-31. “Since you refuse to listen when I call … since you disregard all my advice…  I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you (Proverbs 1:24)

Fortunately he also remembered Luke 11:13, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John Newton celebrated the anniversary of his new life in the Lord for the rest of his life. Eventually he left slave trading and, in answer to his mother’s prayers, the 39 year old John embarked on a 43 year career as a minister. While pastor of a small church in Onley, he often wrote hymns as part of his scripture lessons. His most famous, “Faith’s Review and Expectation” was written for a study on David’s Prayer in 1 Chronicles 17:16-17. This popular hymn is known today as “Amazing Grace.”

Source: http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1701-1800/john-newton-discovered-amazing-grace-11630253.html

What’s Amazing?

What’s Amazing?

This earth we live on is pretty amazing. Systems work in harmony fostering conditions to promote various forms of life. The Harness horse led by harness trainerworld rotates around the sun exposing each section in its turn to allow for growth, light, heat and other resources. Water, earth, minerals and vegetation work in a variety of ways to provide for life on earth.

The human body is amazing too. Just think about our skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, immune and other systems sending signals back and forth.

God’s grace is even more amazing than anything we will find on earth. “God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). God knows just what we need when we need it and is ready to bless us if we are ready to accept the blessings. Remember, God created the earth, the humans and all of life.

Have you ever felt like your ship was sinking like sailor John Newton who wrote Amazing Grace? Perhaps you were really stressed out struggling to pay the mortgage and the mountain of credit card bills. Then you had to miss work to care for a sick child or parent, causing problems in the office or the shed row. In the midst of this, the horse you raised is in to go.

Grateful for the kindness of faithful friends keeping vigil with the sick, you race to the track. Dashing to the rail, you watch your filly make it to the top in the first turn. She sets a decent pace, keeping the horses together until the half. Then the favorite pulls out. You are neck and neck. Your pride and joy looks the contender in the eye and pulls away. In the winner’s circle you are showered with congratulations from your co-workers and are gratified to hear from them that everything worked out fine. Then in three days you pick up a nice check from the bookkeeper. You are down to the wire on the bills, but the extra 10 days grace period keeps you from foreclosure and losing your credit. You have not fallen from grace after all.

With your trophy comes a meal in the clubhouse–gratis. Bowing your head in thanksgiving, you realize God has showered much grace upon you. God’s grace is amazing! Do we take time to realize the source of our blessings?

Grace is mentioned 125 times in the Bible. John tells us “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). All the letters in the New Testament extend God’s grace to the communities that received them. Jesus tells Paul “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

God is really all we need. God’s grace will see us through every situation. God’s grace assures us who believe a place in paradise for all eternity.

by Chaplain Lee Alphen

Please comment on this article at www.chha.net/what’s-amazing.

 

Huge Praise Report

Huge Praise Report

Jim Shasteen

Jim Shasteen

After 16 years of not hearing anything or knowing how to get in touch with my 41 year old son, we connected just about an hour ago!! He and his wife are Born Again Believers now, and I have 3 grandchildren whom I have not even seen!

God is restoring the years the enemy has taken away! I believe Pastor Jason or Pastor Phil said something like that last week or this week. I am at a loss for words. Praise the name of Jesus! This is also an answer to years of prayer. God is faithful – A true miracle! We serve an awesome God! God can do this and greater things in all lives! I had given up, but God did not!  He loves us so!!

As a former caretaker of Standardbreds for my father and Gene Riegle in 1970-71, I can attest to the fact that Jesus can take a life like mine, that was filled with the wrong things, and make the changes when all the trying on my part failed.  It doesn’t matter what we may have done in the past, Jesus Christ makes all things new.

Our part is to submit. Give Jesus a chance to change your life.

Blessings to all the folks in the harness racing industry,

Jim Shasteen

from Washington CH, OH, living in Oak Ridge, TN 

 

The Liar

The Liar

Lift high the cross allegory

God threw Lucifer, the devil, out of heaven for being jealous of God and wanting to be God (Isaiah 14:12-15, Revelation 20:1-10). This jealous devil prowls the earth trying to ruin us now and forever. He is jealous of us, God’s people, and the love God shows us. In retaliation he spends his time lying to us and trying to lead us astray so we can be miserable like him.

Money, power, possessions, drugs – sneering, Satan dangles them in front of us as prizes that promise happiness. When people listen to Satan, the father of lies, and take the lies to heart, evil spreads, pushing aside God’s love. Satan is so clever, he does a great job of making people think following God is boring and won’t make them happy.

Understanding the scriptures, learning the lessons life teaches and observing how God cares for nature all help us to realize that following the Lord is the one and only road to perfect happiness. Psalm 104 reminds us how God designed His creation and so lovingly provides for it: “O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures. […And] they are filled with good things.”

It was out of love that God brought about the world and everything in it. God created Adam and Eve and gave them a beautiful garden. Because He loved them so much, He “blessed them” (Genesis 1:28) and wanted the best for them. The plan was for them to look after the garden, the animals and everything He made.

Like Adam and Eve, people today, just as people all through the centuries, sometimes don’t trust God. The evil one plants a seed of suspicion that God is a rival out to curtail their freedom. Satan tricks people into thinking that, if they really want to be happy, they have to cast God aside, trusting deceit rather than truth. Satan has even been successful in getting some people to follow in his footsteps (Isaiah 14:12-15). Some think they themselves are gods.

Because He loved Adam and Eve, God warned them about eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God warns us too of the dangers around us. The still small voice of our conscience tries to get our attention when we begin to listen to the voice of evil.

The antidote to evil is love which is God. Our love in the face of evil can make a huge difference in our lives and in our world.

Checking a horse’s head makes the horse hold it high so as not to stumble and fall. Let’s lift high the cross and proclaim the love of Christ so that we don’t stumble either. Then, as the hymn “Lift High the Cross” goes, let’s continue “till all the world adores [God’s] sacred name.”

Linda Nelson

Linda Nelson

Harness Racing Trainer Linda Nelson

Linda Nelson with Kristina Smith

Linda passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer, having been diagnosed in 2009. She went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2015 with her family by her side. She first became a member of the harness community having been married to Byron Smith. Later to return when her son Randy became involved with horses. She continued to enjoy keeping track of the accomplishments of the horses in the stable, even when she was no longer able to care for them. Of all her horses, A Superstar was her favorite. Linda trained, drove and rode the trotter to a Scarborough Down track record under saddle in the late 1970’s. She took pride in her son and grandchildren Kristina, Amelia, and Madisyn. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her son Randy Smith and his wife Jessica, her granddaughters Kristina, Amelia, and Madisyn Smith, all of Maine; sister Robin and husband John Leavitt, of NH; sisters Terese Nelson and Beth Hackenson of MA; brother Dennis and wife Nancy Nelson of MA; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Walter Nelson, mother Thelma (Barry) Nelson, and sister Kris Page.

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