March 14th, 2014
Local area residents will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the weekend leading up to it in various ways.
Listed below are three institutions that will be celebrating the holiday in one way or another.
For kindergartners in Cheri Brandt’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School, St. Patrick’s Day festivities began at the start of this past week.
Regardless of race, color or ethnicity, on Monday, everyone will be Irish. When looking into the legend of St. Patrick, there may be a good explanation for the affinity.
St. Patrick was not Irish. According to history.com, he began to identify with Ireland after he was enslaved by the very people whose culture now associates itself with the saint’s iconic green shamrocks.
St. Patrick was born and raised in Britain, and legend has it that he came from a nonreligious background.
In the United States people have a long standing tradition with preparing corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, trying to be just like those in the land of saints and scholars.
Sadly, all of those people don’t realize that corned beef and cabbage is a popular Irish dish, but it is not one that is traditionally served on March 17 in Ireland.
The Wapakoneta FFA discussed this past year’s accomplishments, handed out several awards and announced its new officer team for the 2014-15 school year at its annual banquet Thursday evening at Wapakoneta High School.
The banquet was in recognition of all 110 FFA (Future Farmers of America) members currently at Wapakoneta High School, as well as their parents, school administrators and members of the community who have helped with the program.
A German Mardi Gras, known as a “Fasching,” was hosted by Wapakoneta Sister Cities on Thursday at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Wapakoneta, proceeds sponsoring the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Wapakoneta and Lengerich, Germany.
Cream puffs, homemade by Wapakoneta Sister Cities President Cheryl Drexler, were biggest hit at the fundraiser. Other food items included brats and kraut, German potato salad and spaetzle.
German culture celebrates the “Fasching” in February with a celebration similar to the U.S. Mardi Gras.
With schools coming from Alabama, Virginia and Kentucky, to name a few, the Wapakoneta High School Performing Arts Center is the place to be on Saturday, March 22.
Wapakoneta High School’s show choir, Singsation, is hosting the 13th annual Music and More competition, which is sure to offer a variety of shows from a wide range of schools.
According to the Wapakoneta Choral Music Society President, Anita Foor, 16 groups are competing this year, including two middle school teams.
Avelene Louise Metzger, 91, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 10:12 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1922, in Waynesfield, the daughter of Harrison Guy and Glenna Irene (Hefner) Gossard, who preceded her in death. On May 2, 1943, she married Amos Howard Wilson, who died in 1944 serving in World War II. Then on May 12, 1948, she married Chester Lee Metzger, and he died April 26, 1991.
Monte L. Anderson, 59, was called into the presence of the Lord at 9:09 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center.Â Monte was born June 13, 1954, in Celina, to Warren and Betty (Kallmeyer-Fox) Anderson. His father preceded him in death, and his mother survives in Celina. Â On Sept. 21, 2002, he married Â Diana C. (Wischmeyer) Anderson , who survives in Lima.
Long-time Auglaize Acres employee Kim Sudhoff was officially named administrator of the nursing facility on March 6 after serving one month as interim administrator.
Sudhoff has worked at the facility for eight years, starting out as the payroll clerk and later promoted to business office manager.
Originally from St. Marys, 17-year-old, Glenn Zimmerman is a U.S. Junior Olympic Pistol shooter, and he will be making an appearance this Saturday, March 15 at Mike Swaney Buick-GMC to speak with young shooters.
Glenn’s father, Jim, said he hopes this event serves as an outlet for kids who are aspiring shooters to come and learn more and have their questions answered.