Archive - 2014
Emergency preparedness was the topic of conversation during a presentation by Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner Thursday at Wapakoneta Middle School.
Seventh-graders gathered in Karen Quatman’s classroom throughout the day to hear Steinbrunner explain how to prepare in the case of a natural disaster.
“It’s all about being prepared — thinking about what you need to get you through an emergency and actually putting it all together in one place,” Steinbrunner said.
A local 9-year-old gymnast has taken her passion to the next level and will be traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the AAU Junior Olympic Games in July.
Since she was 2 years old, Kolbi Moell, of Wapakoneta, has been involved with dance and tumbling. For the past year, Kolbi has been working with her coach Gloria Herring, with Gloria’s Tumbling in Bellefontaine.
“I went to Gloria’s, and then I signed up for team and I went to qualifiers, and I made it, and now I can go to the Junior Olympics,” Kolbi said.
The May 6 election has officially been certified by the board of elections.
In a pair of meetings Tuesday and Wednesday morning the board reviewed absentee and provisional ballots to establish the final count of votes in the Auglaize County primary election.
A majority of Waynesfield residents and staff members at Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools support an armed employee on school grounds, a survey conducted by school administrators found.
The survey was posted on the W-G school district’s website and was sent out through the school’s automated calling system. Over 100 members of the Waynesfield community responded to the survey, as well as 35 staff members.
School officials said they are addressing the issue in an attempt to enhance protection of students in the case of a school shooting.
BOTKINS — Botkins Fire Chief Pat Fullenkamp announced the department received two grants totaling $13,288 for replacement of gear and truck equipment at a regular village council meeting.
“We received one grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for $10,000 for (Personal Protective Equipment) and we received another grant for $3,288 to replace the intake valves on both engines,” Fullenkamp said.
Fullenkamp asked council to review the fire department’s need of new air tanks used with breathing apparatuses.
The Auglaize County Sheriff's Department announced there will be a severe thunderstorm watch for Auglaize County that will be in effect until 9 p.m.
Helen Janelle (Jones) Mesarvey, 93, entered her heavenly home on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Janelle was born in Gutman, Ohio on Sept. 23, 1920, and resided in Springfield, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, and daughter, Cynthia Garrett.
Judith Sue “Judy” (Dearing) Fronczak, 71, of Troy, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 19, 2014, at Koester Pavilion in Troy. She was born on May 7, 1943, in Shawnee Township, Ohio, to the late Theodore Elvin and Mary Catherine (McCune) Dearing. On Dec. 6, 1986, she married Wayne B. Fronczak. He survives.
Theodore A. â€śTedâ€ť Lea, 60, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:48 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, after a battle with cancer.Â He was born on Jan. 27, 1954, in Fremont, Ohio, to Harlan L. and Peggy (Yoh) Lea.Â His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Largo, Fla. On July 30, 1979, he married Terri L. Frey who survives in Waynesfield.
A local bee keeper, known to many as the “Master of the Wapakoneta Farmer’s Market,” is celebrating 50 years of keeping bees and harvesting honey this year.
Donald Steinke, 77, of Wapakoneta, started out as a small-hive bee keeper as a young adult. While not a tradition in his family, Steinke said he remembered his grandfather harvesting honey when he was a child.
Steinke found his own opportunity to take up bee keeping in 1964 when a woman whose husband had died offered to sell him their hive.