November 30th, 2011
Katherine C. â€śKatieâ€ť Elsass, 85, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at her residence.
She was born April 7, 1926, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Matilda (Volbert) and Bernard Watercutter, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 15, 1947, she married Ralph G. Elsass, and he died Dec. 10, 1994.
The Auglaize County administrator position has been filled.
Michael Hensley, 53, who works as a quality improvement manager and ombudsman with Allen County Children Services, accepted the position Tuesday after being offered the job by the Auglaize County commissioners.
He described his hiring as an honor and it will be a privilege to work with the commissioners, elected officials and department heads, and for the residents of Auglaize County.
â€śIâ€™ve always wanted to serve the citizens and taxpayers,â€ť said Hensley, who lives in the Cridersville area. â€śI consider them my boss.
Walking away with a new toothbrush and toothpaste in hand and flashing a fresh, white smile, a young Cridersville Elementary School student who had never before been to the dentist got that chance Tuesday at school.
This is the last budget process for one Wapakoneta City Council member â€” and he offered some advice to his eventual successor.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells, who serves as chair of the Finance Committee, reviewed the 2011 city expense report Tuesday with fellow committee members â€” 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst â€” and they started the process in crafting the proposed 2012 city budget.
Changes to the notification process for variances and non-conforming use requests likely will fall onto the shoulders of Wapakoneta City Council members.
Wapakoneta Zoning Board of Appeals members decided Monday a letter will be written in the next few weeks to councilors expressing their desire on proceeding with the fees and the notification process in an effort to cut costs for the city.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield Village Council members wanted guidance regarding bringing natural gas to the northeast Auglaize County village and the input proved to be overwhelming.
Village residents decided it is time to attempt to bring natural gas to the community, at least according to a questionnaire sent out to residents earlier this month.
Residents voted 208-to-38 in favor of spending the money for a feasibility study to bring the utility into the village after they were asked the question on their utility bill mailed out in early November.
Children and families will soon have the opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer â€” in their own back yard.
The fifth annual Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday inches closer to its start this Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Organizer Elaine Poppe came up with the idea five years ago for the annual event.
â€śThe festival is centered around recreating the old- fashioned spirit of Christmas,â€ť Poppe said.
Poppe spearheaded this event because she believes children should have a special place where they can go every year and create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.
Connor Pickens spent his senior season knocking people over and picking up yards in record-breaking bunches.
Monday, he picked up a major award.
Pickens was named to the Division II All-Ohio First Team offense, which was released by The Associated Press.
Pickens was one of four Wapakoneta Redskins football players honored. He was joined by fellow seniors Chris Schwartz (Second Team offense), Kevin Kraft (Second Team defense) and Brendan Wilson (Third Team defense).
Frank A. Axe, 86, 11722 Kingfisher Lane, St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Otterbein â€“ St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 25, 1925 in St. Marys, the son of Beatrice (Kenefake) and Frank W. Axe. On Nov. 25, 1948, at St. Henry Catholic Church, he married Pauline J. Muhlenkamp, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gary Axe, of Troy, Robert Axe, of Milford Center; and a daughter Jean Ann Lohmuller of Granger, Ind.
He was preceded in death by two infant children Mary Axe and Joseph Axe.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” The 2011 Associated Press Division II All-Ohio high school football team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel: