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October 17th, 2011

Sisters, brother share commonalities and differences

October 17, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Sometimes the Craft siblings get along, but sometimes they don’t — just like they like to do a lot of the same things, but not always.
“I don’t like being in the middle, both of them are mean,” Bill, who celebrated his 8th birthday on Friday, said with a snicker.
After he said one thing and his older sister said another he said they like to argue with him.
His sisters, Rachel, 9, and Sara, 6, like to look on the sunny side of life and say they do not argue a lot.

October 14th

Silent auction benefits Mercy

October 14, 2011

A silent auction is to benefit Mercy Unlimited while also highlighting some of the donations the thrift store receives each year.
“We’ll be auctioning close to 75 items — housewares, glassware, furniture, lamps and artwork,” said Mercy volunteer Linda Johns, who is coordinating the project.
Everything to be auctioned has been donated.
“We receive some beautiful stuff,” Johns said. “We’ll be auctioning vintage items and antiques, plus some newer items, some of which have never been used or are still in the original box.”

Never forgotten — Remembering pregnancy, infant loss

October 14, 2011

One of every four women will experience the loss of a baby at some point in their lives, says the leader of a national organization.
With today marking the National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a local mother is sharing her story, in hope to break the silence and taboo surrounding pregnancy and infant loss.
Leslie Phillips and her husband, Dave Phillips, Jr., moved to Wapakoneta in 2001, when Phillips was pregnant with twin boys. On Dec. 20 of that year, her sons were diagnosed with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) during a routine check up.

ONA notes law

October 14, 2011

The impact a section written into the Ohio budget bill will have depends on how well the governing agencies were already complying with existing law, an Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) official says.
Rumors are swirling around about the potential impact of the changes on smaller communities, but the law already required government entities to post their ordinances prior to the new budget bill taking effect.
According to an existing section in

Elmcroft resident lives out his dream

October 14, 2011

Charles Burrell, 79, a resident of Elmcroft Assisted Living in Lima, loves to sing. Other residents at Elmcroft can vouch for that.
He loves to sing so much, in fact, that he has always had dreams of having his name flashing in lights as he prepared for a captive performance.
However, he figured it would always be a dream. But thanks to a special program for seniors, Burrell’s dream came true at precisely 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

Police host bike safety day for kids

October 14, 2011

Keeping children safe as they ride their bicycles is the goal of an upcoming safety event hosted by an area police department.
The Cridersville Police Department is starting a new tradition and hosting a bike safety day to keep kids safe and they ride their bike to school.
Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and his officers will be hosting the first annual Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Cridersville Elementary School.
“We want to teach kids how to ride bikes safely,” Drake said, regarding the purpose of the event.

Portman backs trade pacts passage

October 14, 2011

A U.S. senator praised the passage of trade agreements with three nations earlier this week and noted it could lead to a growth in jobs.
“It’s been a busy week,” Sen. Rob Portman said during a teleconference with regional media Thursday afternoon. “Yesterday (Wednesday) all three of the pending export agreements (with) South Korea, Colombia and Panama were passed. This is a milestone.”

October 13th

Congress passes pacts with Panama, Columbia, SK

October 13, 2011

The U.S. Congress passed three trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, but not without objections and proposed legislation to “promote fair trade” from a U.S. lawmaker from Ohio.
The White House says the trade agreements could boost exports by $13 billion and support thousands of American jobs.

Local relates to hit show ‘Pan Am’

October 13, 2011

A new hit television show “Pan Am” on ABC prompted a local resident to reflect on her experiences as a stewardess in the late 1960s.
In 1968, Deborah VanTilburg, who was 19 at the time and stationed in Washington, D.C., started as a flight attendant and ticket agent for National Airlines. The Middletown native said she learned much in the two years she worked as a stewardess and said the new TV show gives a fair depiction of life during that erea.

Botkins board reviews levy

October 13, 2011

Approximately 85 community residents turned out for a public meeting concerning the proposed 7.99-mill property levy that will be on the November ballot in an attempt to build a new school in Botkins.
While most attending seemed to support the proposed levy, many residents posed questions following a short presentation delivered by Botkins Local Schools Board of Education President Jack Buschur at the meeting.

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