September 30th, 2011
A heavy rain fell on the orange helmets of a youth football team as they take to their field for practice Thursday night. The drops drip of the facemasks as volunteer coaches give instruction. The youthâs uniforms are soaked as they battle to get better on the saturated grass and mud.
They know the storied past and the pride in being a member of the Uniopolis Browns.
A group of parents in Uniopolis got together in 1958 and formed the Uniopolis Browns youth football team. Now, 53 years later, a group of parents are again getting together to help re-establish the program.
With the national YMCA logo changing, a local family donated a new awning to the local facility.
James Berg, of Wapakoneta, and his family donated a new awning that is currently installed in the front of the Wapakoneta YMCA facility.
âThe YMCA appreciates all of the support from the Berg Family for the awning that all members will enjoy,â Wapakoneta Family YMCA CEO Josh Little said. âThe national YMCA required us to change the awning due to the new logo, and the family graciously donated the awning after donating the original one a few years ago.â
A mother, who said she was speaking on behalf of many other parents, brought concerns about an annual trip to Washington, D.C. before Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week.
âI donât feel honesty and fairness is too much to ask from the district,â said Lara Sutton, a mother of three children who attend Wapakoneta City Schools.
Her concerns dealt with the inability of parents to chaperone the trip and the practice of using only staff membersâ children to participate in demonstrations while they were there.
Constance J. Bruns-Enicks, formerly of St. Marys, died Friday, September 23, 2011 in Zephyrhills, Fla.
She was born March 21, 1941 in Lenore, W. Va., the daughter of Emma (Bevins) and Nelson and Hall. On Aug. 22, 1983, in Greenville, she married Franklin O. Enicks, who died June 30, 2004.
Surviving are two sons, John Bruns, of St. Marys, Dan Bruns, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and a daughter, Donna Albers, of New Bremen.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Burge Cemetery in Montezuma.
Ethel M. Hume, 92, of Lima, died at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Lima, the daughter of Coral (Jefferys) and William Frymyer. She was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Charles Hutchinson and Emil Roy Hume.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Wanda Working officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at bayliffandson.com
Betty Jean Miller, 82, of Lima,, died at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Lost Creek Care Center.
She born Oct. 28, 1928, in Paulding County, Ohio, to Gladys (Hadding) and Ridge Myers. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Robert L. Miller.
She is survived by five children, Nancy L. Williams, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Robert Miller, of Union, Ky., Betty Theis, of Lima, Linda Sealscott, of St. Henry, and Diana Harner, of Lima.
Beverly J. Podoll, 86, formerly of New Bremen and a resident of the Otterbein of St. Marys, died at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at the Otterbein of St. Marys.
She was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in West Salem, Wis., the daughter of Theodora (Storandt) and Lawrence F. Young. On Dec. 23, 1945 she married Russell H. Podoll, who died on Oct. 22, 2007.
Survivors include her children; Roger Podoll of Wautoma, Wis., Mary Pitroff of Hansville, Wash., Randy Podoll of Quincy, Mich., Kay Sanderlin, of Wasilla, Alaska, Ned Podoll, of St. Marys, and Sue Lord, of Bellbrook.
Melba M. Myers, 82, of Wapakoneta died 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
She was born on Oct. 2, 1928 in Clay Township to Gertrude A. (Keis) and Charles W. Myers who preceded her in death.
She is survived by sister, Mabel (Carl) Shaffer, of Jackson Center; a brother, Gail (Carolyn) Myers, of Uniopolis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Clay, and Roger Myers; and a sister, Ruth Miars.
Orva C. Smallwood 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Cridersville Otterbein.
She was born March 26, 1917, in Wapakoneta to Grace (Huffer) and Orval Cannon who preceded her in death. In August of 1935 she married John L. Smallwood, who died in September of 1985.
Orva C. Smallwood 94, of Wapakoneta died at 3 p.m. Monday,Â Sept. 26, 2011, at Otterbein Cridersville.Â
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services where arrangements are incomplete.