April 22nd, 2013
One Wapakoneta High School junior this spring stepped down as a member of royalty.
Aprille Steinke, who served the last year as the Auglaize County Dairy Princess, says Kimberly Brown needs to cherish the position of helping promote the work of dairy farmers and dairy products in the county and the region.
Football, football and more football.
That is what is on the mind of one Cridersville Elementary School fourth-grader.
He plays it in the fall and practices his skills on video games and watches old game replays on ESPN the rest of the year.
Ten-year-old Connor McDonald is a running back for the Cridersville Rams and says his favorite thing about playing football is hitting people.
This spring he also is playing soccer. It’s his second year of using the sport to help with his running and other skills used in playing football.
Jeffrey Lynn Valenti, 54, of Cridersville, died at 8:05 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 4, 1958, in Lima, the son of Helena (Ritt) and Louis â€śBernieâ€ť Valenti. His mother survives outside of Cridersville. He married Kelly Gilbert, who is preceded in death.
He is also survived by his siblings, Louis â€śBernieâ€ť (Kris) Valenti, of Muncie, Ind., Dennis (Kathy) Valenti, of Cridersville, Thomas (Kellie) Valenti, of Cridersville, Kathy Valenti, of Cridersville, and Michael (Angie) Valenti of Farmersville; and many nieces and nephews.
Itâ€™s hard to find an organization or office in Wapakoneta that performs a service for others that doesnâ€™t have a framed writing by a local man hanging on its wall.
James L. Matson Sr.â€™s writings can be found in the Auglaize County Courthouse, and throughout the county in police and fire stations, military posts and clubs, service clubs, recreational centers, post offices, nursing homes, libraries, schools, businesses and even homes.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Anyone can go and purchase a calf from another county in Ohio or even from another state, as Candace Muir sees it.
Working with the animal is still there, anyone who has shown animals at the Auglaize County Fair or any other fair knows that.
However, there is an extra sense of pride in participating in the Auglaize County Born and Raised Steer Show â€” knowing the animal was born here, raised here and trained here.
No longer wanted or needed items can be â€śdroppedâ€ť or â€śswappedâ€ť during the annual Drop and Swap to be held May 11.
The event, which is being held in conjunction with Auglaize County Household Hazardous Waste Day, is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Department, 110 E. Harrison St., Wapakoneta. Most items may be disposed of for free.
A free shopping day, for the items left the day before, is planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 12. Any item left may be taken.
Despite an early 2-run hole, the Wapakoneta Redskins charged back and shut the door defensively on the Versailles Tigers.
On a cloudy and windy day in Wapakoneta, pitching prevailed again for the Redskins as they beat the Tigers, 8-2.
Marshall Gerlach pitched 7 innings for the Redskins, giving up five hits and two walks. He gave up two runs in the first inning, neither of which were earned runs.
The Rev. Abram V. Carter, 85, of New York, formerly of Waynesfield, went to see the Lord on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, surrounded by his family and sweetheart of more than 60 years, Mary Lou (Justus).
He was born June 9, 1927, in Waynesfield, to the late Hattie (Miller) and Everett Carter.
He is survived by a brother, Merle (Helene) Carter, of Waynesfield; and a sister Lucy (Rex) Claybaugh, of Cridersville.
Excessive drinking is a problem in Auglaize County, as shown by a study released this month by the University of Wisconsion, data that bothers the county’s medical director.
According to that study, Auglaize County ranked 15th among the 88 counties in the state, a decline in recent years, but especially troubling to the county’s Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres is the county’s 15 percent score for excessive drinking.
Two local volunteers’ faces revealed the pair’s pleasant surprise of earning a top honor during an annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch hosted by Mercy Unlimited.
Marcie Hawk and Jamie Braun have spent numerous hours of their spare time volunteering at Mercy Unlimited, and on Thursday, they were presented with “Volunteer of the Year” awards.
“It made me feel really good and appreciated,” Braun said after he received the award during the brunch.