November 14th, 2011
A Wapakoneta Elementary School student is a typical third-grader â€” she loves to read, draw and play.
But Mayra Aguirre can do one thing that is atypical â€” she is bilingual. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
â€śMy mom and dad know Spanish and lived in Mexico, but I grew up here,â€ť Mayra said. â€śI grew up my whole life here so I know English. My mom does not know a lot of English but she is learning more and more.â€ť
Mary Jo Pfenning, of St. Marys, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the Emergency Department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
James Kenneth â€śKennyâ€ť Sturgill, 73, of Harrod, died at 6:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Powell River, Va., the son of Lona Caudill and James Hobart Sturgill. On July 5, 1964, he married Marlene Owsley, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, James â€śKeithâ€ť Sturgill, of Lima, Shawn Sturgill, of McConnelsville, and Jason Sturgill, of Harrod; and a daughter, Sherry Beidelschies, of Harrod.
Mary Margaret Ramsey, 99, 423 Huffman Street, St. Marys, died at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center, where she had made her home for the past two years.
She was born Aug. 1, 1912, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Clara (Rohrbach) and Charles F. Teeters. On April 24, 1935, she married Walter â€śPeteâ€ť Ramsey and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1977.
She is survived by two daughters, Joan Paul, of New Bremen, and Mary Holtzapple, of St. Marys; and a son, Walter Ramsey Jr., of Belleville.
Mary Martha Riethman, 84, of rural Anna, died at 12:45 a.m., Sat.urday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
She was born July 29, 1927, in Botkins, the daughter of Alma (Monger) and Edwin Kinstle, who preceded her in death. On June 7, 1950, she married Clarence H. â€śBudâ€ť Riethman, and he died March 21, 2007.
PIQUA â€” One-by-one, the Wapakoneta Redskins seniors stood before their younger teammates.
One-by-one, tears in their eyes, they told them, donâ€™t forget this feeling.
And donâ€™t let it happen again.
One of the greatest seasons in Wapakoneta football history came to a conclusion Friday night as the Trotwood-Madison Rams handed the Redskins a 27-6 defeat in a Division II regional semifinal at Piquaâ€™s Alexander Field.
Wapak ends its season with a 10-2 record. The 2011 Redskins were just the third team in school history to win 10 games and the second to win a playoff game.
A local high school senior is near to earning his Eagle Scout rank after 12 years of being a member of the local Boy Scouts.
Wapakoneta High School senior David Digiovanni recently completed his Eagle Scout project and his work recognized during a dedication ceremony held this past weekend.
The seventeen-year-old Troop 4 member spent the last year constructing a pet park in Buckland for his project while building stronger friendships with his fellow Boy Scouts.
Favorable prices allowed more miles to be added to road pavement markings this year, which should lead to safer roads and expected cost savings next year, a county official says.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart, with the approval of the Auglaize County commissioners, amended the contract with Dura Mark to add 20 miles of center and edge lining to county roads. The amendment included an additional $6,000 in costs, funded through 2011 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax funds.
A wholesale power supplier and services provider recently honored Wapakoneta administrators and city Electric Department employees for their work during the past year.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz shared American Municipal Power Inc.’s enthusiasm for city employees work on replacing lines throughout the system and installing new substations.
C. Donald Douglas, 68, of Wapakoneta, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at his sonâ€™s home in Wapakoneta.
He was born April 27, 1943, in Long Hollow, W. Va., the son of Hattie May (Thornton) and Miner Cecil Douglas, who preceded him in death. On April 20, 1969, he married Nelia Lou Hudnall, and she died July 30, 2008.