June 29th, 2011
An annual patriotic and family festival will kick off this weekend at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The 61st annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival will be held Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, and will feature many festival favorites, along with some new attractions.
Chairmen of the St. Joe Festival say that this event is for the community, and one main purpose is to celebrate patriotism.
âOur mission of the festival is family and patriotism,â co-Chair Mike Wurst said. âItâs a family-oriented event.â
Ruth A. Grandstaff, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:51 a.m., Friday, June 24, 2011, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born on June 12, 1933, in Lima, the daughter of Walter & Bernice (Putman) Brown, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include five children, Deb Osborn, of Wisc., Susan (Bob) Waterman, of Wapakoneta, Mark Grandstaff, of Montezuma, Bruce Grandstaff, of St. Marys, and Van (Robyn) Grandstaff, of Wapakoneta, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Brown, of St. Marys.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, James, John and Walter Brown.
Samuel Cassius Green, 52, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011, in the comfort of his home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 5, 1959, in St. Marys, to Berniece R. (Braun) and Murle E. Green. His mother preceded him in death and his father survives in Celina. On April 21, 1979, he married Anita M. Steinke who also survives.
Dylan Knoch didnât take over as Wapakonetaâs lead-off hitter until midseason.
Monday night he looked more like a cleanup hitter.
Knoch hit a lead-off home run in the first inning that proved to be the only offense Wapak would need in a 3-0 win over rival St. Marys in an ACME baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.
âIt was a curve ball that came down-in and I hit it before it broke over the plate,â Knoch said. âI thought I leaned into it good enough and I just pulled it. It felt real good off the bat.â
In the 1983 movie âUncommon Valor,â retired Col. Cal Rhodes tells the financier of an incursion into Laos and Vietnam to free Americans, including sons of Rhodesâ and the financierâs, held at a prisoner of war camp years after the war was over. Rhodes said he could not talk his son out of serving because of his familyâs military history.
âItâs the only thing we are good at,â Rhodes, played by Gene Hackman, says as he traces his ancestors back to the Civil War. âItâs the only thing we want to do.â
WAYNESFIELD â Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter proposed a village-wide ordinance to ban the use, possession and sale of synthetic drugs within village limits during Mondayâs Waynesfield Village Council meeting.
The goal of the legislation is to ban the substance which has become known as âbath salts,â a recreational hallucinative drug which has become a problem in the county since the beginning of the year.
An area theatre group has been practicing hard for the past five weeks and has been putting the final touches on their upcoming musical.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Muchinippi Theatre presents âSeussical,â this Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Waynesfield-Goshen School Auditeria.
The company picked this musical because their idea was to involve as many children as possible.
âWe try to, in the summer, involve as many children as we can,â co-producer Pat Noykos said. âWe have something where the kids can participate.â
John H. (Jack) Schenking, 75, 04300 Buschor Road, Coldwater, died Friday, June 24, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
He was born July 22, 1935, in Montezuma, the son of Esther (Nordenbrock) and Henry Schenking. On June 25, 2005, he married Colleen (Cornell) Schenking who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Mark (Michella) Schenking, of Grinnell, Iowa, Daniel Schenking, of St. Marys; and a daughter, Karen (Sean) Gagne, of Kirkland, Wash.
Ronald Lewis Moore, 90, of Lakeview, died at 3:20 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at Logan Acres in Bellefontaine.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete are Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.
J. Gale Lutz, 70, 206 N. Spruce Street, Saint Marys, died at 9:21 P.M. Friday, June 24, 2011, at her residence.
She was born October 20, 1940, in Printer, Kentucky, the daughter of Edythe âLakâ (Hagans) and Morton âShikepokeâ McGlothen. On Sept. 9, 1960, she married Kenneth Lutz and he survives at the residence.
Also surviving are aa son, Steven (Lori) Lutz of Liberty Twp; and two daughters, Lori Lutz (Partner Sue Cisar) of Marietta, and Kendra Lutz of Greenfield, Ind.