March 20th, 2013
The Spring Sports season for the girls softball team begins a little sooner than normal this year.
The girls open against Sidney on April 2 as their first game in the area, but this team will be traveling to Florida for some practice and some games against some of the nation’s best teams.
The girls are headed to Cocoa Beach, Florida, where they will play school from Pennsylvania, Florida and Kentucky.
Programs presented by Auglaize County Ohio State University Extension Office impact youth, families and the community, local office educators say.
Extension Office educators were able to reach more than 2,200 youth with the 4-H program through community clubs, school enrichment, and special events. Approximately 275 adult volunteers assisted with the programming, according to 2012 highlights.
A family’s dedication to find a cure for cancer has lead to a generous donation.
The Knoch-Spinnati family started participating in the Auglaize County Relay for Life eight years ago, and now they host their own fundraiser to raise money for the organization.
Wapakoneta resident Vicki Spinnati and her family recently raised $4,000 from a basket bingo fundraiser, a homemade scarves sale and local donations.
With the Wapakoneta Public District Library, one of the few libraries in the region, without a support group, a group of local residents decided to come together and join efforts to support the local library as “Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library.”
They recently started their first membership drive campaign.
“All of the other local libraries had one,” Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library President Barb Harrod.
“We knew it was late but we are very proud to get it off the ground.”
Betty E. Winegardner, 84, of Waynesfield, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Gardens of Wapakoneta.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waynesfield Baptist Church, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial is to follow at Willowbranch Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield or from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be expressed at armentroutfuneralhome.com.
One Wapakoneta City Council member is urging his fellow councilors to consider residents’ objections to the installation of sidewalks along five streets in Grandview Estates.
Another councilor points out the work is a city improvement, in the city right-of-way and is paid completely with state and federal funds with no assessments on the property owner.
Local health officials remain hopeful that changes will be made to limit the impact of the state’s biennial budget bill.
With the budget bill still in committee for hearings, Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said Health Commissioners Association board members have proposed amendments they hope can be included to help limit the impact of proposed changes before the new state fiscal year begins July 1.
“There are a number of problems with it that get bigger and bigger as you think about it,” Parsons said.
Betty Ann Hunsicker, 76, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Ada, died at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.
She was born January 11, 1937, in Floyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Mary A. (Hackworth) and Grover C. Pruitt. On June 12, 1954, she married Max B. Hunsicker, who survives.
David W. Schaub, 71, of Botkins, died at 5:45 p.m. Thurday, March 14, 2013, at the Wapakoneta Manor.
He was born May 30, 1941, in Botkins, the son of Alvina (Greve) and Franklin Schaub, who preceded him in death.
Mary Susan Mitchell, 92, of rural Lima, died at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in her family homestead farm home in which she was born in Amanda Township, with her family at her side.
She was born July 16, 1920, to Beatrice (Coon) and William McConnell, who are deceased. On March 20, 1940, she married Perry Edward Mitchell, who died April 30, 2008.