October 30th, 2012
ST. MARYS — As Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast on Monday, the massive storm also forced the cancellation of St. Marys Middle School’s eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.
St. Marys Superintendent Shawn Brown said initially plans were to delay the trip 24 hours and then reassess the situation. However, as Sandy continued to pound the eastern seaboard, Brown said it became more clear the trip was in jeopardy.
Shirley Engel, of Wapakoneta, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta.
Arrangements are incomplete with Miller â Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis village residents face the possibility of unincorporating, or dissolving, the village at the polls on Nov. 6.
The village would become part of the township and the county would assume control of the wastewater treatment facility.
Unio-polis Village Council members Greg Ritchie and Marilyn Fleck both support the measure, as do the remaining three councilors, which passed the move to put it to a vote with residents by a unanimous vote.
Helen Maxine Lawrence, 84, of Cridersville, died at 10:09 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Care System.
She was born June 11, 1928, in Lima, the daughter of the late Ivan Baumgartner and Lydia Nungester Baumgartner Hanifin. On Oct. 1, 1947, she married Carl Eugene Lawrence, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, David (Kerry) Lawrence, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Steven (Sandra) Lawrence, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Diane (Robert) Stombaugh, of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Maureen A. Coyle, 77, of Wapakoneta, died 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Staten Island, N.Y., the daughter of Ann and Patrick Cassidy. She married James R. Coyle, who survives.
Also surviving are four children, Linda (Daniel) McCune, of Wapakoneta, Debbie (Mark Harshbarger) Martin, of Wapakoneta, Pat (Kim) Weiler, of St. Marys, and Holly (Donnie Browning) Wallace, of Botkins; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Barbara) Koritar, of Denver, Colo.
An invasion of apocalyptic proportions resulted in fun for all involved Saturday afternoon down the middle of Auglaize Street.
Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta (KAPOW) held its third annual Zombie Walk and attracted 80 zombies for a good cause.
“It is bigger than last year, which is nice,” KAPOW President Mark Selvaggio said. “We always hope to add a few more every year.”
CELINA — Greeted by a raucous crowd that packed the Celina Fieldhouse, the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan energized their Republican base in this part of the state a mere nine days before the election.
“Celina, are you going to help us win this thing,” Ryan said, asking the crowd moments after being introduced by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. “As we think about what’s important to us. Let’s remember this is the most important election in our lifetime, no matter what generation you come from. We have a lot stake.”
Wapakoneta City Schools eighth-grader Allie Zofkie says she considers herself having been a competitive runner for two years. However, her mother, Jodie Zofkie, said it began much earlier than that.
“When she was younger, she would just run,” Jodie Zofkie said. “I noticed very early that she was going to be a runner.”
Republican incumbent Christina Lambert is facing Democrat challenger Anne Hamilton on the Nov. 6 ballot for the position of Auglaize County recorder.
Both women are making their first attempt at an elected office.
Lambert, who has been serving in the position since Aug. 1, 2011, is seeking her first election to the officer after Ann Billings retired.
Lambert, 50, lives in Wapakoneta with her husband, Bill Lambert, and they have two grown children. She had worked in the Recorderâs Office for 30 years before officially being appointed to the position.
Christmas cheer will soon be filling the streets of Wapakoneta, as local shops gear up for an annual event.
Wapakonetaâs Holiday Open Houses, which is scheduled to kickoff Friday and continue through the weekend of Nov. 2-4, has organizers excited because a handful of new shops will be joining in on the festivities this year.
âThis is a neat way to kick off the holidays,â Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) Treasurer Charlotte Williams said, âand there are six new stores that will be joining us.â