Bazaars are the best kind of holiday gatherings. These sweet events are a showcase of taste-tempting, time-tested favorites.
As December kicks off, so do holiday bazaars. One of note is United Methodist Women's annual Christmas Bazaar in Merced, Calif. That this church tradition is in its 81st year is impressive. What's more remarkable is that the grand dame of this event will be 98 years old in January.
Staffing, supplies and services needed for two required primaries in the spring led to the Auglaize County Election Boardâ€™s request for $100,000 more in its 2012 budget.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be that much,â€ť Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.
The increase to $360,973 is 38 percent more than the boardâ€™s budget this year.
â€śCut it where you will and weâ€™ll work around it,â€ť Campbell said of the budget.
The Auglaize County Agricultural Society filled its last two open positions this week on the fair board.
Kevin Turner was chosen by fair board members Monday to fill the Logan Township representative position, while Dru Meyer was selected as the Wapakoneta city representative at the meeting.
Those two, along with Doug Roediger, had expressed interest in filling the vacant seats. They will serve in those positions until next November.
Fair Board Secretary and Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl said the two should be great for the positions.
The Wapakoneta Redskins bounced back from a disappointing start to the varsity wrestling season to post a 46-34 win over the Van Wert Cougars on Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak struggled in the Findlay Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the young Redskins squad showed resilience in the Western Buckeye League dual-meet opener.
â€śWe improved a lot from Saturday,â€ť Redskins varsity coach Jason Rostorfer said. â€śIt was the first time a lot of these freshmen got to wrestle varsity, so they were a little nervous and apprehensive. ...
It is important not to give out any personal information to suspicious online websites or callers, the Wapakoneta police chief says, as there has recently been reports of Social Security scamming.
Police Chief Russ Hunlock advises local residents to never give out any personal information to just anyone.
â€śWe advise not to give out information, until they can verify who they are,â€ť Hunlock said.
Ned Glass, 72, of St. Marys, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete with Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Gladys L. Kidd, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at The Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
James L. King, 84, of Kenton, died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.
He was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Kenton County, the son of Esther (Doster) and Hiram King. On Feb. 27, 1950, he married Martha Edna Rall and she died May 5, 2002.
Surviving are four daughters, Karen Hamilton, of Kenton, Cheryl Hays, of Ridgeway, Bobbie Sue Busch, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Tiffiny King, of West Liberty.
No public service or visiting hours are planned.
Arrangements are being handled by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Jacob Lewis Limbert, of Minster, was stillborn at 3:55 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was the son of Julie (Fullenkamp) and Scott Limbert, who survive in Minster.
Also surviving is a sister, Makaylee Limbert.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Marie Limbert.
Private family services will be at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. John Tonkin officiating. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Botkins.
Ralph E. Pickering Sr., 77, of New Bremen, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born on June 24, 1934, in West Alexandria, the son of Eva G. (Roach) and Karl V. Pickering. On Dec. 21, 1957, he married Emilie J. Lininger, who survives near New Bremen.