By LANCE MIHM
Joe Lenhart will walk out of his office Friday and flip the switch to turn out the lights. The next time the office opens, he wonât be the person turning them back on for the first time in 11 1/2 years.
A retirement party was held for Lenhart on Friday, his last official day in the office as Auglaize County administrator. A mixture of current and former elected and hired officials from a vast area of county offices showed up to pay respect to a man that served in county positions for 28 years.
Michael D. âMikeâ Hoffman, of Lima, died at 8:12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Tera Remington,, 40, of Logansport, Ind., died at 5:14 p.m., Dec. 18, 2011, in Missoula, Mont.
She was born Feb. 24, 1971, in Logansport, Ind., the daughter of Maxine (Webb) Tharp.
Surviving are two daughters, Alexis Marie, of Fontana, Calif., and Megan Kristine, of Seymour, Ind.
Private burial will be held at a later date. No burial is planned.
Arrangements are being handled by Cremation of the Rockies in Missoula, Mont.
Martin E. Menchhofer, 91, of 706 Magnolia Drive, St. Marys, and formerly of Mercer County, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born March 15, 1920, in Mercer County, the son of Kathryn (Powell) and John Menchhofer.
On April 12, 1942, he married Margaret âMargeâ L. Hay and she survives at the St. Marys Living Center.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Menchhofer, of South Bloomingville, and Steve Menchhofer of Rockbridge; and a daughter, Sherry Howey, of Columbus.
The Clerk of Courts Office budget is expected to remain the same in 2012, while the Municipal Court Clerk Office budget should decrease in the new year.
âWe were definitely hit this year with added expenses with Sue Ellen (Kohler) retiring,â Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth said of the former longtime clerk. âWe donât forsee those added expenses next year,â she said.
Dr. Thomas Freytag will show up to his family practice at 1252 Lincoln Drive in Wapakoneta today just like he has every weekday for the last 25 years.
Sadly, when the office closes at the end of the day, he will not return.
Freytag is giving up his long-time practice to fill a full-time position as occupational medical director at Lima Memorial Hospital. It was obvious Freytag discussed his wrestling with the decision before he made it. However, he said he felt the change was the best move for everyone involved.
With a shot of snowfall this week, motor vehicle experts stress the importance of making sure vehicles are in proper condition and winterized for this heavy weather season.
To avoid car issues during this winter season, residents should make sure each car in the household is ready to drive in the harsh weather, says a local expert.
âIt is important to keep up proper maintenance and to follow the ownerâs manual,â RRR Tire Services Manager Nick Riethman said.
Martin Menchhofer, 91, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.
LIMA â Scoreboard?
It didnât matter.
Whatever it had to say was secondary.
All that truly mattered was the condition of two young men.
For the record, the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds defeated the Wapakoneta Redskins 62-45 in a non-league varsity boys basketball contest Thursday night at LCCâs Herr Gymnasium.
But a scary sequence just 29 seconds into the second half made the final score an afterthought.
Brenda and Bryan Ridings recently lost âsomeoneâ close to them.
However, they were more than happy to see the âpersonâ go.
Under the tutelage of Rebecca Manger at the Athletic Club in downtown Wapakoneta, the couple combined to lose 182.2 pounds in the past 18 months.
âThatâs a whole person,â Bryan said with a chuckle. âEven better, we lost our trainer, and one of the kids.â