July 27th, 2011
Faced with an opportunity to increase the number of acres in the cityâs park system, a Wapakoneta City Council member unveiled a proposal to purchase the former Centennial Elementary School property.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented the proposal, which requires borrowing money from the Electric Expansion Fund, to purchase the Centennial Elementary School property and the land from the Harmon Park gazebo east to the football practice field.
Since 2004, Wapakoneta Police Department officials have been inviting members of the public to attend the National Night Out.
Scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Harmon Park Gazebo, this yearâs event offers free refreshments âÂ hot dogs, chips and cookiesâÂ child identification kits, bike helmets, pool passes and giveaways, including two bikes.
Salaries for Wapakoneta City Schools administrators are being frozen.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members unanimously approved the salary freeze for the 2011-12 school year during Tuesdayâs meeting.
The freeze would apply to the superintendent, operations director, director of instruction, treasurer and athletic director, as well as principals and assistant principals of the elementary schools, the middle and high school.
Frank E. Fisher, of Cridersville, died at 10:48 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born July 12, 1916, in Elizabeth, N.J., the son of Florence Aa. (Shipman) and Frank Eugene Fisher, Sr. On April 25, 1942, he married Adele Johnston and she preceded him in death Oct. 6, 2002.
Surviving are a son, Steven Lawrence (Vicki) Fisher, of Guilford, Tenn.; and two daughters, Katharine Ann (William) Glanton, of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and Patricia Ann (Richard) Bruns, of Houston.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ann Boger.
Ah, the traditional sounds of summer.
The âwhapâ of a ball smacking a mitt coming from the baseball diamond.
The squeals of delight emanating from the WaterPark.
And the barking of football coaches echoing through Harmon Field.
In the era of year-round sports, 7-on-7 football scrimmages in July have become a necessary evil to anyone who wants to still be playing in November.
âWhether I like it or not â because I came from a couple different eras here â it has become very important,â Wapakoneta Redskins coach Doug Frye said after a 7-on-7 Saturday.
Hazel M. Moeller, 98, formerly of 114 South Wayne Street, St. Marys, and a longtime resident of Otterbein Saint Marys Retirement Community, Saint Marys, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys.
She was born August 27, 1912, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Hilda (Wiegers) and Edwin Moeller.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday in the Meyer Community Room at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, the Revs. Carol Sainey and Ed Bray officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
Mark C. Johns, 42, of Wapakoneta, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born December 28, 1968 in Lima, the son of Lela R. (Myers) and Charles P. Johns, who survive in Lima. On May 30, 2003 he married Kimberly Gross, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Surviving are two sons Matthew Johns and Zacharia Johns, both of Wapakoneta; and two sisters, Bonnie (Mark) McNamara, of Lima, Tammie (Bob) Hursh of Bluffton; a brother, Scott R. (Jennifer) Johns of Newcomerstown; and multiple nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Irma E. Taylor, 89, 1014 Williams Street, St. Marys, died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday July 23, 2011, at her residence.
She was born July 21, 1922, in Sidney, to Elizabeth (Hausfeld) and Bernard Tebbe. On Oct. 14, 1950, she married James M. Taylor, who died June 29, 1987.
Surviving are a son, Curtis J. (Christa) Taylor, of St. Marys; and a daughter Rene (Don) Hicks, of St. Marys.
A Mass of Christian Burial is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Anthony E. Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Robert E. Evans, 90, of Lima, died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Lima.
He was born May 13, 1921, in Lima, the son of Carrie (Phillips) and William Evans, who are both deceased.
While a Wapakoneta man was working on his doctorate in psychology, he never expected to find himself on the road as a professional comic.
Tom Imondi toured as a comedian throughout the 1990s, appearing many times on Comedy Central, but through the years his career continued to evolve.
Imondi said it was his older brother, Rudy, who he originally had hoped to get interested in comedy and describes him to this day as the funniest person heâs ever known.