August 30th, 2012
As the evening sun sank below the horizon and a bright, white moon rose in the clear eastern sky, people streamed onto the southwest lawn of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to honor Neil Alden Armstrong who lived his life humbly, honorably and modestly by giving a wink at the moon.
Approximately 2,500 people gathered Wednesday night to pay tribute to the first man to walk on the moon and fulfill a family wish that “the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
While the whole world was glued to their televisions one 1969 midsummer evening, one Wapakoneta resident was as close as she could be to the presence of Neil Armstrong.
Jean Geren Dietz was 8 years old and was at Neil Armstrong’s parents’ home with her parents for a Splash Down Party on July 20, 1969, experiencing the first steps on the moon by a local hometown hero with approximately 20 to 30 other people.
The hiring of three new teachers was approved Tuesday by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members on the night of the first day of classes.
“They are already working,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said of the teachers approved by the district’s board members during the regular monthly meeting. “We are glad to have them on board.”
He said Danille Schmidt was hired late to teach kindergarten at Wapakoneta Elementary School due to high student numbers in kindergarten classrooms at the school.
Dennis Egbert, 65, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Donna J. Denham, 85, of Wapakoneta, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Lima, the daughter of Ruth J. (Kemper) and Ross Eugene Culver, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 28, 1945, she married her former husband, Richard R. Kelley, and he died Dec. 12, 1998. On May 6, 1977, she married James A. Denham, and he died Jan. 8, 2000.
Kenneth E. Johnson, 56, of Sidney, died at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 22, 1955, in Lima, the son of Betty A. (Ruppert) and Roger G. Johnson. His mother survives in Wapakoneta, and his father is deceased. On July 26, 1975, he married Laura E. Engle, and she survives.
Dr. Phillip Wayne Smith, 61, of Cridersville, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born Sept. 30, 1950, in Augusta, Ga., the son of the late Mildred (Parham) and Wayne Erwin Smith. On July 1, 1972, in Hobbs, N.M., he married Lena Mae Schnaubert, and she survives.
A wink is just the closing and opening of one eye quickly. The simple gesture can be a sign of greeting or affection.
People can gather and give that sign of affection to honor Wapakoneta’s favored son, Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, and to fulfill a request of his family during the “Wink at the Moon” ceremony at 8:30 p.m. today at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
At every meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education, the superintendent plans to present a report on the district’s finances.
“It’s one way to keep everybody updated,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said as he presented his first such report during Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Data he presented showed estimated revenue of $23.07 million for fiscal year 2012, compared to estimated expenditures of $24.01 million, for an expected deficit of $941,900.
No local candidates have filed as write-in candidates for the Nov. 6 election.
Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said in addition to no local candidates meeting the 4 p.m. Monday deadline to file, she also received notice that there were no write-ins for the 4th Congressional District.
Campbell said she has not yet gotten any information on presidential, state representative or state senate write-ins, but she does understand presidential write-ins are expected, despite not having any names at this time.