June 14th, 2011
Alicia Klosterman may not be intending to apply skills that she learned in FFA to the farming industry itself. However, she considers everything she picked up as a member in the past four years as very important.
â€śFFA helped prepare me for life,â€ť said the 18-year-old daughter of Linda and Tom Klosterman, who was awarded first in the state in FFA for agricultural processing.
â€śThere is so much I can do now that I couldnâ€™t do before,â€ť
See FFA, Page 2A
CRIDERSVILLE â€” A new group has been reinstated in an area village, and its members plan to give recommendations to help beautify their village.
A few residents in Cridersville came together to re-organize the Cridersville Tree Commission.
The members of this group will come together and research and recommend ways to beautify their village, especially concerning the tree lawn on Main Street in the village.
The rough economic times the United States is experiencing will prompt Americans to make tough decisions and should force national legislators to make smarter choices, a U.S. lawmaker says.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said he knows Americans realize that the road ahead is tough and are willing to pay the price to preserve their liberties and their freedoms, but after decades when those in political office could survive mistakes â€śthe politicians have to act smarter.â€ť
Sometime around the middle of Wapakonetaâ€™s ACME baseball game against LCC on Friday night, a brisk breeze kicked up.
One could be forgiven for having a difficult time telling if the breeze came from the storm front that blew into the area or from LCCâ€™s flailing bats.
Pitcher Chase Culver had LCC twisted in knots as he struck out 15 of the 29 batters he faced to lead Wapak to a 4-0 win at Wapakoneta High School.
â€śWhen he stays on top of his curve ball, ... itâ€™s unhittable,â€ť Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śHe has a huge break on his breaking ball.â€ť
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” Wapakoneta pitcher Marshall Gerlach said he knew Trey Runnealsâ€™ line shot was gone the second it left the bat.
What he didnâ€™t know in that instant was that it would curl just outside the left-field foul pole.
Gerlach took advantage of his second chance and blew a two-strike fastball by Runneals to secure a 4-3 comeback win over Shawnee in a nail-biter ACME baseball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
â€śI had a lot of adrenaline going on that last pitch, just trying to get one by him,â€ť Gerlach said.
With a dry week coupled with modern technology, preliminary estimates show that Auglaize County farmers have for the most part salvaged what was expected to be a record-setting year for growing corn.
Large amounts of rain throughout the months of April and May had kept farmers out of the field in May. However, a let up of the rainfall to start of the month of June allowed farmers to get in the fields.
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Communications Director Natalie Lehner said modern technology and resolve help Ohio farmers to be efficient when given a window.
WAYNESFIELD â€” After seeing the difference a person can make, Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate Abbey Gray has chosen to offer the world one more difference maker.
â€śI have seen a lot of childrenâ€™s medical missions at the church,â€ť Gray said. â€śIâ€™ve seen some drastic changes in those kids when someone has treated them overseas or treated them when they come here. I want to be a part of that.â€ť
Vera Leota Piko, 95, of Lima and formerly of Cleveland, died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Junne 12, 2011, at Wyngate Senior Living Center.
She was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Kossuth, the daughter of Lela (Meeker) Mitchell and Charles Martin. She married John Piko, who preceded her in death.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, the Rev. Eric Allen officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Thomas Jacob Weber, 36, of Wapakoneta, died June 6, 2011, at his residence.
He was born November 15, 1974, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima, to Mary (Fitzgerald) and Ray Weber, who preceded him in death.
Survivors include three sons; Larz, Xavier, and Noah Weber; one brother Timothy (Kimberly) Weber; four sisters, Tonya (John) Sparks, Terry (Mark) Edwards, Tammy (Tom) Brown, and Tina (Darrel) Slaybaugh.
Hazel M. Kreitzer, 80, of Wapakoneta, died unexpectedly Friday, June 10, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Portsmouth, the daughter of Rose (Adkins) and Clarence E. Rudity, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 25, 1954, she married Raymond E. Kreitzer, and he died Oct. 23, 1995.
Survivors include, six children, David (Donna) Kreitzer, of Lima, Janet Cecala, of San Diego, Lynn Culver, of Wapakoneta, Susan (John) Smaha, of San Diego, Karen (Terry) Hutchinson, of Wapakoneta, Beth Caldwell, of Powell, 18 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.