May 7th, 2012
Jason Strauser and Jesse Doseck will forever be etched in the memories of their classmates as the class of 2012 winds down its last few days of school.
Now there will be a visual memory as well for everyone to reflect on.
Nearly 70 people turned out Saturday as the parents of the two Wapakoneta students dedicated a memorial in front of the high school on Saturday. Both boys died to cancer before reaching graduation.
If area residents are interested in a dog park in a section of a planned park where Centennial Elementary School used to be located, two city officials encourage them to come forward.
Mayor Rodney Metz and 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, advised residents seeking an area to exercise their dogs to come forward soon before plans for the park are finalized.
With warmer, longer days approaching, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to take extra caution on the road.
“In general, we would like to remind motorists to share the roadway and always be aware of their surroundings,” Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Wapakoneta Post Sgt. Brian Jordan said. “Motorcycles are sometimes hard to see and a second look before pulling from a stop sign may save a life. We also strongly discourage drinking and riding, keeping riding skills sharp and riders alert.”
Five days, four wins.
The Redskins are on a roll.
Wapakoneta won its fourth game in a row, topping the Triad Cardinals 5-1 in a lightning-shortened varsity baseball game Friday at Wapakoneta High School.
The winning streak gives the Redskins some much-needed momentum with their first tournament right around the corner. Wapak will play the winner of today’s Elida-Kenton game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field.
The Redskins head into the postseason with an 18-4 record.
Kenneth W. Fetzer, 79, of Spencerville, died at 10:48 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home.
He was born April 29, 1933, in Van Wert, the son of the late Gwendolyn Jane â€śDodieâ€ť (Dunlap) and Alfred John â€śPatâ€ť Fetzer. On April 12, 1958 he married Doris Hayden, who died Jan. 21, 2000.
Surviving are four sons, Jeffrey L. Fetzer, of Eustis, Fla., Randy J. Fetzer, of Las Vegas, Nev., Byron L. Fetzer, of Delphos, and Jerry W. Fetzer, of Spencerville; and two daughters, Jackie S. Fetzer, of Dayton, and Keri A. Hickman, of Anna.
Alma Lee Flarida, 99, of Cridersville, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Cridersville Health Care Center.
She was born April 23, 1913, in Delphos, the daughter of the late Molly (Underwood) and Ora Barrett. On Sept. 21, 1927 she married Paul William Flarida, who died August 1991.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Eugene Flarida, of Lima, and William David (Betty) Flarida, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hook, of Indianapolis, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Eberhart, of Lima.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
After being promoted to a higher class at the beginning of the season, Wapakonetaâ€™s Impulse Drumline went on to receive a bronze honor in the state in that more difficult division.
â€śItâ€™s what we strive for, not just competing against other drumlines, but getting better ourselves,â€ť Impulse Instructor Steve Wimmers said.
By CARLA MEYER
A local, who has been participating in Relay for Life for many years, says she never in a million years thought cancer would come knocking on her door.
Kim Klingler, who is a team captain for TSC Purple Stars and the retention chair for the Greater Auglaize County Relay for Life, has been active in the event for 11 years. The eventâ€™s purpose hit closer to home three years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Facility inspections at the 63 Auglaize County operations with hazardous chemicals are to begin soon.
Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson said 13 of the facilities need to have the inspections this year to stay up to date and those appointments are being scheduled.
â€śWe divide the facilities out so that we are back into the same facilities again every five years,â€ť Anderson said.
Alfrieda Wessel, 103, St. Marysâ€™ oldest living resident, died Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.