April 29th, 2013
Local high school students put their creativity to the test this year, as many dates were asked in a special fashion for prom.
Wapakoneta High School senior Josh Windle wanted to ask his date to prom in a unique way because she has never been to prom before — as her country does not practice the tradition.
Windle asked German exchange student Cathrine Thams during a class they have together at the school.
For an 11-year-old girl with an incurable disease, she continues to live by a simple phrase she learned while attending St. Joseph Catholic School — “The show must go on.”
On Saturday, Emily Rose Fisher, who now lives with her parents in Florida, appeared in Wapakoneta at a fundraiser in her honor to thank those who are helping for being so generous. For her to make an appearance at the Wapakoneta VFW was important to her, her parents said, because “the show must go on.”
The local YMCA joined in a nationwide effort to promote families to live healthier.
On Saturday, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day, where they had numerous activities for children to participate in, along with businesses and agencies from the community to meet the children and their families.
“This event helps build well-rounded kids and it exposes them to healthy activities,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA Membership and Program Director Melanie Schnippel said of the event sponsored by St. Rita’s Medical System.
Two aces were at their finest. But one rose above the other by the narrowest of margins.
The Defiance varsity baseball team traveled to Wapakoneta, and behind 14 strikeouts from Rob Zeigler, the Bulldogs defeated the Redskins, 1-0.
Senior Johnny Crawford pitched for the Redskins, allowing one run on three hits and five walks.
But Zeigler’s performance is one that will go down in Defiance baseball lore.
Rose M. Coolidge, 75, of Elida, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by her family.
Born Sept. 20, 1937, in Clinton Township, Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late Martha (Snyder) and Colman Bowden.
Rose married Thomas Coolidge on May 27, 1983, in Waynesfield. He survives in Elida.
She had worked at the IGA in Wapakoneta. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling, cooking and sewing. She was a member of the Jugs Sewing Group.
Vernon L.W. “Vernie” Wildermuth, 89, of Botkins, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Minster.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Shelby County, to the late Matilda (Kempfer) and George Wildermuth. On Jan. 20, 1945 he married the former Ludema Bennett and she survives.
A local scout has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to his grandfather, along with residents and staff members at Auglaize Acres.
Wapakoneta High School junior Gabe Williams, who has been working on his Eagle Scout project since last fall, recently put the finishing touches on the project at the county nursing home. Williams built a bench and created a garden around the flag pole in the front of Auglaize Acres, near the parking lot.
Two weeks after the Wapakoneta FFA Consignment sale, the tally is finally calculated long after the goods have exchanged hands.
While the work continues for weeks after the event, the week of work earlier this month at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds leaves an even longer lasting impression on the FFA members spending time to make the annual event a success.
Wapakoneta agriculture teachers and FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner along with 200 volunteers organize the $250,000 event each spring. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the sale.
Rules are changing for how cell phones are handled at the high school.
“In the past, as educators, we fought the idea of cell phones, thinking they might go away,” Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig said. “They are not.
“They are ingrained in our society,” he said told Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members as they shook their heads in agreeance.
Changes approved this week by board members would affect how cell phones are used at the school beginning next school year.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity softball team hosted the Fort Loramie Redskins Thursday afternoon, in a game that turned out to be a defensive struggle featuring solid pitchers from both sides.
Wapakoneta defeated the Fort Loramie Redskins, 2-0, behind the arms of Carli Sammons and Renee Lovett.
“Carli started us off, she did a nice job with location,” Wapakoneta varsity coach Bill Sammons said. “Hit her spots well. Kept them to zero runs. “