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June 1st, 2012

Wapakoneta heads back to Columbus

June 1, 2012

COLUMBUS — The battle continues.

Thanks to some defensive greatness, a gritty performance on the mound, and more timely hitting the Wapakoneta Redskins are playing for the first team state championship in school history.

Wapakoneta advanced to the Division II title game with a 3-2 win over the West Holmes Knights (23-7) in a semifinal matchup Thursday morning at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Wapak seeks ‘final moment’

June 1, 2012

Wapakoneta fans easily outnumbered fans from Millersburg West Holmes by a nearly two-to-one margin during the state semifinal 3-2 win on Thursday.

The Redskin faithful has always produced a solid following to most sports events — even prompting an inquiry from the Ohio High School Athletic Association so they could spread the news.

Wapak fans have seen some very good teams make it to high levels come the end of the season.

C’ville discusses overtime, pay

June 1, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — As an area village’s leaders begin to discuss their pay package for 2013, the discussion of the police chief’s pay sparked a lengthy conversation.

Cridersville Village Council Finance Committee members discussed the first three pages of the pay package for 2013, and a question was brought up — to keep Cridersville police chief on hourly pay or switch him to salary.

May 31st

Bark park sparks talks

May 31, 2012

With more than a dozen passionate supporters clamoring Wednesday for a dog park in the city, city leaders agreed to visit area dog parks and take inventory of possible ground for a dog park in the city of Wapakoneta.

Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, intends to develop a list of available ground in the city’s current park system among Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Park, Harmon Park, Belcher Park and the new park as well as other possible city ground.

Couple’s work earns ‘Mankind’ award

May 31, 2012

A local couple say they were pleasantly surprised after being presented a prestigious award — one that has not been presented in more than five years — at a Wapakoneta organization’s meeting this week.

The Rev. Elaine Mikesell and her husband, Dr. Alan Mikesell, of Wapakoneta, were awarded the “Service to Mankind Award” by the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club during the club’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Teaching began as a girl for retiree

May 31, 2012

A teacher who recently retired from Wapakoneta Elementary School after 35 years began her career long before that, helping her dolls learn to read.

“I always pretended I was a teacher,” said Melanie Webb this week, on her first day off the job in all these years. “I lined up my doll babies and made up worksheets. I had this big chalk board where I would write lesson plans.”

Webb said in part it was an admiration of her grandmother, Margrete Erb, who taught in a one-room school house, which inspired her to become a teacher.

May 30th

Leonard Browning, 87

May 30, 2012

Leonard T. Browning, 87, formerly of Harrison, died at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Otterbein – St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Woodbine, Ky., to Grace A. (Decker) and Andrew J. Browning. On May 10, 1947, he married Lois B. Burch, who died March 18, 2008.
Surviving are two daughters, Sister Lynn Julian, of Cincinnati, and Wanda Dammeyer, of New Bremen.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens in Nicholasville, Ky. and at 3 p.m. Friday at Meyer Community Chapel of Otterbein – St. Marys, with the Rev. Dean Greenwood officiating.

Sharon Fitzgerald, 52

May 30, 2012

Sharon Louise Fitzgerald, 52, 624 Taft St., Sidney, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at her home.
She was born Aug. 27, 1959, in Sidney, the daughter of Carolyn (Helmlinger) and Roger Metz of Botkins. On March 17, 2007, she married James Fitzgerald, who survives.
Also surviving are four step-children, Brenda Hale, of Attwood, Ind., Teresa Longacre, of Kimmell, Ind., Anthony J. Fitzgerald, of Atwood, Ind., and Mindy L. Polar, of Frankford; 13 step-grandchildren; and a step-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Steven L. Metz; and a nephew, Gary E. Metz.

Murlin Doseck, 78

May 30, 2012

Murlin George Doseck, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:48 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 26, 1934, near Minster, the son of Julianna (Behr) and Christopher Doseck, who preceded him in death. On July 23, 1960, he married Marilyn S. Debell, and she survives.

Alverta Holsheiser, 95

May 30, 2012

Alverta Eileen Holsheiser, 95, a resident of Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community and, formerly of Springfield, Ill., died at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community.
.She was born April 26, 1917, in Girard, Ill., the daughter of Vega (Shull) and Otis Riffey. On Dec. 10, 1937, she married Charles H. Holsheiser, and he preceded her in death April 7, 1999.
Surviving is a daughter, Carol Lynn Yost, of Celina.

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