April 20th, 2012
In honor of National Volunteer Week, leaders of a local organization showed their appreciation to all their volunteers — and awarded their first-ever “Volunteer of the Year” award.
Mercy Unlimited officials held a luncheon Thursday at R.J. Coffey Cup in Wapakoneta to recognize the numerous volunteers who have showed their dedication and support to the organization.
Mercy Unlimited Volunteer Services Coordinator Charlene Smith and Executive Director Tammy Brown recognized a volunteer who logged the most total hours in 2011.
Carolyn Marie Foster, 88, of Swanton, died Thursday afternoon, April 19, 2012, at the Genoa Care Center.
She was born March 22, 1924, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of the late Victoria (Schneider) and Albert Hartard. She married Eddie Foster, who died in 1993.
She is survived by a son, Leland Foster, of Swanton.
There will be no public visitation or services. There will be a private family burial.
Arrangements are being handled by Barnes Funeral Chapel in Delta.
Contributions may be given to Hands of Grace in Delta.
Condolences may be expressed at barnesfuneralchapel.com.
Esther M. Tester, 96, of Troy, died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy.
She was born June 6, 1915, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Margaret (Sheipline) and Joseph Brown. She married Vernon Tester, who preceded her in death June 14, 1981.
Surviving are a son-in-law, David Mers, of Troy; a sister, Lucille Waldman, of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, Doug (Toni) Mers, of Troy, Craig (Teresa) Mers, of Troy, and Mark Mers, of Troy; two great-grandchildren, Aarin Burke and Clinton Mers; and four great-great-grandchildren, Tessa, Briella, Lucas and Abel.
John J. Dorner, 75, of Wapakoneta, died peacefully at his home April 17, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 26, 1936, in Sidney, to Nora M. (Hunt) and Rudolph S. Dorner, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 26, 1959, he married Doris M. Petitjean, who survives in Wapakoneta.
After several years of review and pilot programs, Wapakoneta City Schools administrators plan to adopt new math textbooks for students.
“We will see children learning more, adjusting to the challenge,” Wapakoneta City Schools Director of Instruction Julie Miars Golden said.
Miars Golden said after talking with each of the elementary teachers during the three-year selection process, they decided to go with Harcourt’s Go Math! series.
After a successful event last year, the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life team Rock Out Cancer is planning another quarter auction this Saturday.
For a quarter auction, a variety of consultants donate items — with values between $15 and $100 — which guests can bid on. Those wanting to bid hold up their numbered paddle and after all bids are placed, a paddle number is drawn to determine the winner. By spending between $35 and $40, they can bid on everything.
A local art gallery is saying goodbye to decorated furniture and hello to shoes as they gear up for their annual benefit auction.
With the Summer Moon Festival three months away, Riverside Art Center officials are already planning their annual auction that they host in conjunction with the event.
Riverside Art Center members are currently taking on a new challenge for their charity auction this year by collecting donated decorated shoes.
After Wednesday’s 9-6 win over the Sidney Yellow Jackets, the Wapakoneta Redskins are owners of a two-game win streak, one straight in the Western Buckeye League.
Next up for the Redskins? How about the Defiance Bulldogs, owners of a 54-game WBL win streak.
Defiance (11-1 overall, 3-0 WBL) has not lost a WBL varsity baseball game since April 28, 2006. Wapak will try to put an end to that streak at 5 p.m. Friday at Defiance High School.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins had little trouble with the Kenton Wildcats, rolling to a 5-0 sweep of a Western Buckeye League varsity boys tennis match Wednesday at Kenton.
Wapak won all five matches in two sets each, winning five of the sets 6-0 and five of them 6-1.
Senior Nic Oen dropped Kenton junior Graham Reese 6-1, 6-1 in first singles.
Redskins senior Joey Jose blanked senior Jaden Perkins 6-0, 6-0 in second singles.
In third singles, Wapak senior Andy Faller topped freshman Jake Abbott 6-1, 6-0.
The Auglaize County Public District Library Board of Directors approved a motion Tuesday to reinstate hours to their former level prior to cuts in 2008.
The move pushes the total hours the district libraries will be open to 180 from 132, a 36 percent increase. The increases were 48 hours from 40 hours in Wapakoneta, 20 hours from 13 in Cridersville, 32 hours from 26 in Minster, 32 hours from 20 in New Bremen, 24 hours from 13 in New Knoxville, and 24 hours from 20 in Waynesfield.