March 7th, 2012
NEW BREMEN — An Auglaize County girl, with connections to Wapakoneta, recently finished in second in a state-wide free throw shooting contest in Columbus.
Kelly Naylor, 11, a fifth-grader at New Bremen Elementary School, hit 15-of-25 free throws in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest to finish second state-wide.
“I am happy I made it that far,” the fifth grader said.
It was purely by accident that Kelly found her talent at hitting free throws.
A local mother, who is working toward a degree in occupational therapy, is a recipient of an award given by a local club — not only at the local level but on the district level.
Heather Kohler, of Wapakoneta, was presented the 2012 Women’s Opportunity Award by Soroptimist International of Wapakoneta at their 2012 awards banquet held Tuesday evening.
The goal of the local Soroptimist club is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.
A country agency has recently moved to a larger site in Wapakoneta to accommodate the people they serve.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) moved their Wapakoneta satellite office from a downtown building to the community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
“It was so small, we were bursting at the seams,” ACCA Director of the Wapakoneta Satellite site Sandy Stanfield said of the reason for a new location.
A bond issue for a new school in New Bremen failed, while voters split on local options regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages as the polls closed Tuesday across the state.
New Bremen Local School District voters defeated a bond issue and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission money to build a new school building. Residents cast 921 votes, or 61 percent, against the taxes while 587 votes, or 39 percent, supported the measures.
Althea S. Ruedebusch, 90, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012, at The Gardens, Wapakoneta.
She was born April 13, 1921, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Lillia (Weifenbach) and Eugene Slattery, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 6, 1952, she married Norman F. Ruedebusch, and he died March 22, 1999.
Paul Kohler, 89, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012.
He was born Oct. 21, 1922 in Auglaize County, to Clara (Puthoff) and August “Gus” Kohler, who preceded him in death. On April 17, 1948, he married Clara R. Kreitzer, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a daughter, Barb (Jim) Price, of Wapakoneta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert “Herbie” Kohler, and a sister, Anna Kohler.
The annual 4-H Adviser and Junior Leader Recognition Banquet not only hit a 50-year milestone, but members also recognized a mother and daughter with two major achievements for all their hard work and involvement in the 4-H program.
The 50th annual 4-H recognition banquet recognized two outstanding 4-H youth on Monday night — Bridget Wessel and Paige Klopfenstein. Wessel’s mother, Chris Wessel, also was recognized as Outstanding 4-H Adviser and Todd Schaub was recognized as Friend of 4-H Award.
Estimated cost savings on a city road project prompted one Wapakoneta City Council member to request the money be set aside to help defray some costs to be paid by residents along the project’s route.
1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier inquired if the estimated savings from a bid under the engineer’s estimate for the East Benton Street reconstruction project could be used to help pay for the curbs and gutters, a cost assessed to affected property owners.
A local gallery is incorporating a new exhibit — one of which has sparked many local artists to display their talent.
The Wapakoneta Riverside Art Center is currently setting up their first-ever photography exhibit, which starts with an opening reception to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“In September, we had our annual juried art show,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director Anna Fisher said.
This show includes all mediums of art, from painting to sculpture to photography.
A personal trainer’s interest in a new exercise system has sparked the attention of fellow employees and area residents — and is now offered at a local fitness facility.
The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is now offering TRX Suspension Training and have on-staff personal trainers, including Lisa Barrett, working with clients. Barrett brought the idea to the facility last year.