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The Venedocia Home Page site was created in March 1996 and last updated April 2, 2014. Click HERE for a machine generated Welsh translation of the entire Venedocia.org web site. The translated pages are best viewed with Internet Explorer.

WELCOME TO VENEDOCIA, OHIO 45894

The smallest village in Ohio with its own home page.

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Listen to the chorus of the Welsh National Anthem sung in Welsh.
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Easter Egg Hunt April 19, 1pm at Venedocia Cemetery

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Gymanfa Ganu, Sunday August 31.
Director: Welsh native Trefor Williams
Soloist: Joe Connsiglio

Village Junk Ordinance (shown just below Sept 4, 2012 council minutes)

Emergency community power outage shelter

  • Aerial photography of the Venedocia area
  • View the Venedocia historical marker
  • Read about Venedocia's rich history and view the Cemetery and War Memorial listings
  • Modern Venedocia topographic, street, and area maps
  • Old historical maps of Venedocia
  • Photographs of Venedocia
  • Salem Presbyterian Church old web site with historical documents
  • New Salem Presbyterian Church web site with newsletter and calender
  • Venedocia's village government and council meeting minutes
  • The Venedocia Lions Club's new web site

  • Venedocia (latitude 40.78N, longitude -84.44W) is located along state route 116 in Van Wert County of Northwest Ohio about 10 miles southeast of the city of Van Wert. The village occupies an area of about 1/4 square mile. Its year 2010 population was estimated at 124. Here are some additional demographic data about Venedocia.

    Venedocia was first settled around 1848 and was incorporated in 1897 by immigrants from Wales. Some current residents still remember when the Welsh language was spoken in village homes and businesses.

    Today Venedocia is a very pleasant and inexpensive place to live. It is inexpensive because there is no local income tax and because the rather low local assessed valuation means that real estate taxes are quite low. It is pleasant because the village government tries to make it so. For example, the village snow plow not only plows the streets, it also plows out the entrance to private driveways of village residents at no additional cost.

    Considering how tiny we are, Venedocia has a lot of amenities. These include:

  • Our own post office, zip code 45894
  • Our own telephone exchange 419-667-xxxx
  • An electro plating factory, OHIO ELECTRO POLISHING CO. Phone 667-2281.
  • An excellent village park which includes public toilets, picnic tables in a very nice shelter, tennis and basketball courts, a kids playground, and a lighted baseball park complete with bleachers and a refreshment stand.
  • The Venedocia Lions Club, with its own community building. Meetings 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7PM.
  • The SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, a very large very impressive looking 100 year old structure. The congregation was founded in 1848 and prior to 1895 all church services in the village were exclusively in the Welsh language. In 1998 the Salem Church celebrated 150 years of ministry (This link includes a special hymn written for this celebration). Several documents are available concerning the history of this church.
  • The official Venedocia village logo.
  • Venedocia is featured in an Ohio Magazine article.
  • The Venedocia internet site is featured in The Municipal Magazine, Columbus Dispatch, and Lima News articles.
  • Download and play the VENEDOCIA VIDEO, from WLIO-TV, March 2002, 4 megabyte file in Windows Media Player (.wmv) format.


    VENEDOCIA COMMUNITY

  • EMERGENCY VENEDOCIA AREA SHELTER:
    During power outages in the village, Salem Church serves as an emergency refuge shelter for the entire community. The church will be open and have water, functioning toilets, and heat during power outage thanks to a powerful propane fueled generator paid for in part by the Lions Club.

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  • SAINT DAVID'S DAY dinner:
    This annual event is a celebration of the village's Welsh heritage held the annually first Sunday afternoon of March. A menu in Welsh, songs sung in Welsh and English, and an interesting guest speaker are part of the program.

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  • GYMANFA GANU:

    The town's free Welsh festival of song is held every year on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend and has been an annual event since at least 1915. In 2014 it will be Sunday August 31.
    The director this year will be Trefor Williams who is a native of Trefor, Gwynedd, northern wales. Putting down his roots in Milwaukee, he decided to turn his amateur musical career into a full time professional one. He has been involved in performing and directing with a variety of organizations and has many stories of Wales and how the wonderful old hymns were written.
    Our soloist will be Mr. Joe Consiglio. He studied voice at Washington University, earning a graduate degree in vocal performance. After moving to New York City, he studied with aqcclaimed voice teacher Cornelius Reid. He has appeared in roles with the Union Ave Opera, the Midland Reparatory Opera, and the Universiity of Houston Opera.

    The Gymanfa ganu tradition can be traced back to the 12th Century in Wales where the singing of hymns in four-part harmony began. It has been an important part of the Venedocia Church’s life since about 1915. To hear the grand old hymns sung by several hundred voices is an unforgettable experience. People from several states return each year.

    The Gymanfa Ganu is the biggest event of the year in Venedocia. People from all over Ohio and from many other states swell the village to several times its usual population as they pack into the Salem Presbyterian Church to sing in four part harmony. The church thunders with hundreds of voices praising the Lord with English and Welsh language hymns. The front doors of the church are left open and you can hear the singing a mile away to the east. Very few participants actually speak or understand Welsh, but you are given a Welsh hymn book which makes it easy follow along. A choral director and guest soloists, often Welsh natives, are part of the program. The audience acts as the choir. In essence, what happens is that a professional choral director is hired to help the audience entertain itself singing Welsh hymns. Here is an excellent description of "What is a Gymanfa Ganu?"

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  • The book SALEM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1848-2008
    Twelve years in the making, this comprehensive history of Salem Presbyterian Church is finally available. The book is 245 pages long, with 111 pages of narrative history and 26 appendices, including many historical documents. Photographs are included throughout the book. Here is a sample chapter.
    “I couldn’t put it down.”
    “It was so interesting.”
    “I was expecting something dry and boring, and this isn’t.”
    To order your copy, contact the church. The price is $15 if you pick it up, or $20 if we ship the book to you. Send your check made out to Salem Presbyterian Anniversary Committee along with your address to Salem Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 678, Venedocia, OH 45894

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  • A notice board has been erected by the Village Council on the Main Street village lot for the purpose of displaying local government information and advertising community events. If you want to post a notice there, please contact either the mayor, the fiscal officer, or Charles Good.

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  • Gasoline prices.These links are regularly updated by volunteer price watchers to show current prices.
    Current Delphos, Spencerville, and Van Wert gasoline prices
    Delphos Speedway stations official gas price site
    Current Lima gasoline prices

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  • How to get rid of stuff
    --The following items will be removed from the village free of charge by calling Jason Lloyd at 419-302-4524: junk/unwanted vehicles, scrap metal, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwasher, ovens, and water heaters.
    --Brown plastic garbage bags for Tuesday curbside pickup by National Serv-All (260-747-4117) can be purchased at Pick & Save or Marsh supermarkets, and the Van Wert County Solid Waste District.
    -- Curbside recycling is picked up Wednesday mornings. Put all kinds of paper in one container. Put tin cans, aluminum, glass, as well as #1 #2 and #4 plastics (rinsed and without lids) together in a separate container. This service is financed by an annual real estate tax assessment.
    --Leaves (only) placed curbside will be removed for a small fee by arrangement by phoning 419-203-3520 and asking for Chad.
    --The following items are accepted for free from village residents at the Van Wert County Solid Waste District, NW corner of US30 and US224 (419-238-7767): anything normally picked up by the Wednesday curbside recycling truck, leaves, brush, wood (untreated), cook stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters, dish washers, furnaces, pressure tanks, sweepers, microwaves, and most household electronic devices (computers, keyboards, cd players, radios) except televisions.
    --The following items are accepted for a small fee by the VW County Solid Waste District: tires, refrigerators, freezers.
    --Scrap metal can be sold to Century Trading in Van Wert (419-238-5232).
    --Unwanted but usable items like clothes, books, furnature, and electronics can be donated to the Good Will store in Van Wert (419-238-7910).

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  • No Open Burning Allowed in Venedocia
    The Middle Point Fire Department (419-968-2191), which by contract provides fire service to Venedocia, will be enforcing Ohio EPA Open Burning Regulations within the village. No open burning is allowed without a permit within the village or within 1000 feet of the village. This includes burn barrels, leaf burning, and the burning of brush and scrap wood. Significant fines are possible for violators.

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  • Softball (baseball) games are played on many evenings during the late spring and summer at our excellent lighted baseball diamond. Teams come from all over Northwest Ohio to play in the village.

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  • CALL TO CAMBRIA, a published novel about life in Venedocia life in the 70's.

    VAN WERT COUNTY AND OHIO LINKS

  • Welsh society of central Ohio and their Facebook page.
  • Jenkins Welsh Lovespoons
  • County Recycling Services
  • Lincolnview Local Schools, one of two public school districts that serve the village.
  • Van Wert County Home Page with links to all aspects of county government.
  • Flat Lands Supply an electrical and plumbing supply business with roots in the Venedocia community.
  • Van Wert County Health Department
  • The Van Wert Independent, a full featured on line newspaper run by journalism professionals, with up to the minute local news.
  • Van Wert County land records. Search by name, location, and other ways for land transfers, mortgages, and other public land documents.
  • Local Internet Access Providers that serve Venedocia. There ISP's provide with local dial up and broadband internet access from Venedocia: DSL service from Century Link, Bright Net/Northwest Net, and Wcoil. We also have cable internet access through Roadrunner.
  • Time Warner provides TV Cable and digital phone service to Venedocia.
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • The Van Wert County Fair held annually in early September.
  • Van Wert Common Pleas Court
  • The Marsh Foundation
  • The Van Wert Historical Museum, whose location includes the Van Wert County Historical Society.
  • Spencerville. This town is located about 10 miles southeast of Venedocia.
  • City of Lima, located about 20 miles east of Venedocia.
  • The Times Bulletin, Van Wert county's daily newspaper.
  • Listen live via the internet to Delphos radio station WDOH.
  • The official City of Van Wert web site
  • Van Wert County Hospital
  • Archive of local Van Wert county government records
  • Ohio Vital Records (births/deaths) information.
  • Color Landform Atlas of Ohio
  • Central Insruance Company Fire Museum in Van Wert city.
  • The Brumback Library, this country's oldest county library, given for free to the citizens of Van Wert County by the Brumback family.
  • vanwert.com Home Page, the Van Wert's major commercial site with lots of good city and county information.
  • grandlake.net with Mercer and Auglaize county commercial and civic sites.
  • The Lincoln Highway and The Lincoln Highway Association. The part of this old transcontinental highway that is a few miles north of the village has been restored. The restoration includes original "Lincoln Highway" marker signs and Burma Shave signs.
  • WERT, Van Wert county's radio station.
  • Delphos Ohio, a nearby town with its own web site.
  • District One, Ohio Dept. of Transportation, with road construction and other useful Van Wert County road information.
  • Ohio Magazine, which published an article about the village in the August 1997 issue.
  • Switchboard Telephone numbers and addresses of anyone in the Venedocia area or anyone anywhere in the United States.
  • Van Wert County Police and Emergency Radio Frequency Lists for those with scanner radio receivers.
  • State of Ohio Government Front Page

    WALES AND WELSH CULTURE LINKS

  • Sports Council for Wales
  • THE WALES-OHIO PROJECT. Digitizing the archive of the Welsh in Ohio, from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES.. This very interesting site has digitized documents, mostly maps and personal letters, about Venedocia and other Welsh settlements in Ohio.
  • The National Botanic Garden of Wales
  • Welsh Rugby Union supporters club site.
  • Welsh League of Arizona latest news from Wales.
  • Keltic Designs, t-shirts, clothing, notepaper, artwork, gifts etc. by artist Jen Delyth.
  • Anglesey, the largest island in England and Wales
  • BBC's History of Wales
  • BBC Radio Wales. Listen to the broadcasts on the internet.
  • The Harp and Dragon, sales from Cortland NY of Welsh flags, harps, crafts, books, and recordings.
  • The Red Dragon of Wales, a site with stories of ancient history and modern Welsh nationalism.
  • Ninnau, the North American Welsh Newspaper.
  • A Welsh Guinea Pig's Night To Remember, an amusing 2001 newspaper article.
  • News Wales, current news stories from Wales.
  • Welsh International Football (soccer) site
  • Welsh cottages. Rent a vacation cottage in Wales.
  • Madog Center for Welsh Studies at Rio Grande, Ohio.
  • Mid Wales Index and North Wales Index, probably the most comprehensive local web lists available for these areas.
  • Wales National Eisteddfod
  • The Owain Glyndwr Society
  • Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association
  • GWALES.COM an on line source of Welsh and Welsh interest books.
  • The National Assembly for Wales, official site of the new Welsh legislative assembly.
  • Croeso Betws, the bilingual web site of Betws-y-Coed village in Snowdonia National Park. Here you can arrange accommodation with local Welsh speaking families.
  • The castles of Wales.
  • A Welsh course.
  • Colorado Welsh Society.
  • Rehoboth Welsh Chapel in Delta Pennsylvania. This congregation is one of the very few in the United States with regular Welsh/English language services.
  • Welsh-American Genealogical Association
  • For those who don't know Welsh, here is a Welsh-English on line dictionary.
  • Plaid Cymru the Welsh nationalist party, the second largest political party in Wales.
  • Countryside Council of Wales protecting the natural beauty of Wales.
  • Wales/Cymru - Land of Inspiration. Web site of the Wales Tourist Board
  • The "Data Wales" web site.
  • A Brief History of Wales and other Welsh information by Peter N. Williams Ph.D. This scholarly site is excellent!
  • West Wales ECO Centre, renewable non polluting energy and environmental preservation in Wales.
    This web site, www.venedocia.org, is owned by the Village of Venedocia, Ohio. It is maintained by Charles Good
    whose email address is charles_good@hotmail.com
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