Archive - 2011
Sometime around the middle of Wapakonetaâ€™s ACME baseball game against LCC on Friday night, a brisk breeze kicked up.
One could be forgiven for having a difficult time telling if the breeze came from the storm front that blew into the area or from LCCâ€™s flailing bats.
Pitcher Chase Culver had LCC twisted in knots as he struck out 15 of the 29 batters he faced to lead Wapak to a 4-0 win at Wapakoneta High School.
â€śWhen he stays on top of his curve ball, ... itâ€™s unhittable,â€ť Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śHe has a huge break on his breaking ball.â€ť
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” Wapakoneta pitcher Marshall Gerlach said he knew Trey Runnealsâ€™ line shot was gone the second it left the bat.
What he didnâ€™t know in that instant was that it would curl just outside the left-field foul pole.
Gerlach took advantage of his second chance and blew a two-strike fastball by Runneals to secure a 4-3 comeback win over Shawnee in a nail-biter ACME baseball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
â€śI had a lot of adrenaline going on that last pitch, just trying to get one by him,â€ť Gerlach said.
With a dry week coupled with modern technology, preliminary estimates show that Auglaize County farmers have for the most part salvaged what was expected to be a record-setting year for growing corn.
Large amounts of rain throughout the months of April and May had kept farmers out of the field in May. However, a let up of the rainfall to start of the month of June allowed farmers to get in the fields.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Communications Director Natalie Lehner said modern technology and resolve help Ohio farmers to be efficient when given a window.
WAYNESFIELD â€” After seeing the difference a person can make, Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate Abbey Gray has chosen to offer the world one more difference maker.
â€śI have seen a lot of childrenâ€™s medical missions at the church,â€ť Gray said. â€śIâ€™ve seen some drastic changes in those kids when someone has treated them overseas or treated them when they come here. I want to be a part of that.â€ť
Vera Leota Piko, 95, of Lima and formerly of Cleveland, died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Junne 12, 2011, at Wyngate Senior Living Center.
She was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Kossuth, the daughter of Lela (Meeker) Mitchell and Charles Martin. She married John Piko, who preceded her in death.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, the Rev. Eric Allen officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Thomas Jacob Weber, 36, of Wapakoneta, died June 6, 2011, at his residence.
He was born November 15, 1974, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima, to Mary (Fitzgerald) and Ray Weber, who preceded him in death.
Survivors include three sons; Larz, Xavier, and Noah Weber; one brother Timothy (Kimberly) Weber; four sisters, Tonya (John) Sparks, Terry (Mark) Edwards, Tammy (Tom) Brown, and Tina (Darrel) Slaybaugh.
Hazel M. Kreitzer, 80, of Wapakoneta, died unexpectedly Friday, June 10, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Portsmouth, the daughter of Rose (Adkins) and Clarence E. Rudity, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 25, 1954, she married Raymond E. Kreitzer, and he died Oct. 23, 1995.
Survivors include, six children, David (Donna) Kreitzer, of Lima, Janet Cecala, of San Diego, Lynn Culver, of Wapakoneta, Susan (John) Smaha, of San Diego, Karen (Terry) Hutchinson, of Wapakoneta, Beth Caldwell, of Powell, 18 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Thomas J. Weber 36, of Wapakoneta died June 6, 2011 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Mary Buchs Wirwille, 101, formerly of 115 South Buckeye Street, St. Marys, died 2:05 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2011, at Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community.
She was born Sept. 12, 1909, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Tebben) Buchs.
She married Charles W. Wirwille on October 15, 1938 and he preceded her in death on November 15, 1973.
She is survived by her two children, Jane (Curt) Clear, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Don (Nikki) Wirwille, of Saint Marys.
Pauline E. Presar, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
She was born July 20, 1919, in Wapakoneta, to Mary (Brautigam) and Henry Presar, who both preceded her in death.
Surviving are several first cousins and numerous other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Alvina Presar.