July 26th, 2011
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 he‚Äôs ever known.
Changes in the city‚Äôs notification policy prompted Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members to seek a hike in the variance request fee.
Board members voted to raise the fee to $275 from $200 to cover the cost to notify more people as required by a change in the city ordinance and for more work by Engineering Department workers because of the larger radius of people to be notified. The recommendation to raise the fee is to be forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for their approval.
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ Two issues that councilors were not ready to vote on forced them to schedule a special council meeting for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Councilors chose to table the issue of approving health insurance coverage of the village‚Äôs seven full-time workers.
ALLENTOWN ‚ÄĒ California native Randy Hannagan became the eighth different winner of the Engine Pro NRA Sprint Invader‚Äôs Run for the Rabbit on Friday night at Limaland Motorsports Park.
The event honors the late Limaland Motorsports Park racer Travis ‚ÄúRabbit‚ÄĚ Miller.
Hannagan entered the 25-lap feature as the NRA point‚Äôs leader with two wins including last Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. He started on the front row, alongside J.R. Stewart, and led flag-to-flag for the win.
Irma Taylor, 89, of St. Marys, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Beatrice C. Young, 95, formerly of 323 S. Walnut St., New Bremen, died at 8:54 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Otterbein of St. Marys.
She was born on October 31, 1915, in Yellow Springs, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. Harold Clerke.
On Sept. 22, 1938, she married S. Chester Young and he died on Oct. 1, 1982.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Cindy) Young, of Erlanger, Ky., and William (Cindy) Young, of New Bremen; and a daughter, Beatrice Ann Young of Valdez, Ark.
Coleen J. Graham, 55, of Lima, died at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.
She was born March 19, 1956, in Lima, the daughter of Joan (Bryan) and John Bruin. She was formerly married to Stephen J. Grothjan and Daniel J. Graham.
Surviving are three sons, Jason Grothjan, of Michigan City, Ind., Bryan Graham, of Lima, and Brandon Graham, of Lima.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John‚Äôs Catholic Church, with the Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemani Cemetery.
Jeffrey D. Evans, 48, died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011.
He was born July 6, 1963, the son of Dit Evans Jr. and Janice C. Vroft. His father survives in Bronson, Ky. and his mother survives in Spencerville.
Services are at 1 p.m.. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to his sister, Sheri Evans, for a donation to be decided at a later date.
John Hilty, 93, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at his home.
He was born April 5, 1918, in Allen County, Amanda Township, the son of Alvina (Basinger) and John Hilty. He married Doris June Burnfield, who is deceased.
He is survived by a son, David Dee (Cheryl) Hilty, of Plymouth, Ind.; and a daughter, Dorothy Alice (Jim) Hilty May, of Columbus.
Services are at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. Kermit Welty officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
A youth drama camp focused on more than just honing acting talents, as it encouraged more than 30 participants to be the best they could be.
Through exercises in improv, stage movement, character development, diction and projection, the 33 participants, ages 6 through 18, participating in the ‚ÄúTo Be or Not To Be Drama Camp,‚ÄĚ learned what camp director Cheryl Mulholland described as the most important lesson ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúbeing the best you can be and not judging yourself against others.‚ÄĚ
Drama camp attendees also received audition lessons and feedback, something which can be rare in the business.