Local Grange members attend convention


COLUMBUS — Darke County was well represented at the 150th Ohio State Grange Convention in Columbus. Several members of the Stelvideo Junior Grange competed in the Prince and Princess Pageant and the Little Miss and Mister Pageant.

Earning top honors in the Little Mister contest was Brandon Davis. Dessie Wolf was named Junior Princess and Calen Clopp earned Junior Prince.

Harvey Hinshaw was awarded the Quilt of Valor® (QOV). The QOV is awarded to a living veteran who served in either the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. These veterans served during declared war, conflicts, police actions, peacekeeping missions and counter terrorism operations and/or times of peace. Some of the service times include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Beirut, Granada, Bosnia, Cold War, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq, Afghanistan, anti-terrorism operation and terrorism attacks against Armed Forces personnel. Only veterans with Honorable or General Discharge status are eligible. The award is not given posthumously. The QOV is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. The quilt is a way to say thank you for the veteran’s service.

Hinshaw was awarded the QOV for his service in the United States Army from 1975-1976. He served as a Chaplain’s Assistant. Hinshaw served at the 121st Medical detachment of the 121st Evac Hospital on Yongsan Base, Seoul, South Korea. Hinshaw said, “We had a saying that after M.A.S.H. they come to us.” The Panmunjom axe slayings occurred while Hinshaw was serving in Korea. He had the privilege of organizing their memorial service. He received a Defense of Korea Medal after discharge.

Other QOV awardees were Richard Mahoney, Etta Arnholdt, , Wayne Doner, and Arden Fitch.

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