July 22nd, 2014
A Bellefontaine man was life flighted to St. Rita’s Medical Center following a dirt bike accident at Pusheta Creek MX Park at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, on Winemiller Road, in Wapakoneta.
The man was reportedly riding the dirt bike when the throttle stuck open, causing the bike to accelerate leading to the crash.
According to the report, the bike flipped and landed on top of him. Bystanders were able to remove the bike allowing first responders access to the victim.
Two astronauts with ties to Ohio came to Wapakoneta this weekend to help commemorate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.
Active astronaut Suni Williams and former astronaut and space shuttle pilot Greg Johnson participated in several activities at this past weekend’s Summer Moon Festival, including an autograph signing, the Run to the Moon 5/10k and tours at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. The pair signed about 150 separate awards for race winners, sent the runners off at the start of the race and welcomed them back at the finish line.
A local who has worked at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum for four years has had a peak into the workings of the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival, but, since she has lived in Wapakoneta for 40 years, she has seen the festival become what it is today.
Bonnie Adair, employee at the museum, said she took her children to the festival on occasion in its earlier years, as a “fun thing to do and a place to go.”
Louis Justin Oen, 97, longtime Arizona banker, died Wednesday in Phoenix. He was born in Lima, Ohio on September 22, 1916, and raised with a brother and six sisters in nearby Wapakoneta by an entrepreneurial father and patient mother. Lou played basketball for St. Joe’s High School and acted in the school plays. As a young man in 1936, Lou hitchhiked and rode freight trains to California and back with his best friend to get a sense of America.
Michael E. McBeth Sr., 74, passed away at 11 p.m. July 16, 2014, at Lost Creek Care Center. He was born October 4, 1939 in Wapakoneta, to Lester and Betty Haley McBeth who have preceded him in death. On December 18, 1963 he married Marilyn L. Mort McBeth who survives in Harrod.
As part of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum portion of the Summer Moon Festival, a special presentation featuring species of animals who have gone into space will be presented at the museum Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
A representative from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton will be bringing a variety of animals to discuss how they played a role in space experiments over the years and how they continue to help researchers.
The 2014 Summer Moon Festival kicked off Thursday with chicken dinners and a toast using a lager similar to one brewed in Wapakoneta in the 1800s.
This year’s festival chairman Brian Schlosser raised a cup of Old Vienna-style beer, known in the past as “Lunar Lager,” and welcomed everyone to the festival.
After striking the front window of Mercy Unlimited building downtown Wapakoneta, a driver fled and was later located by officers in a flipped vehicle at the intersection of Willipie Street and Krein Ave., Wapakoneta, at 2:26 a.m. today.
According to the Wapakoneta Police Department report, officers had to extract the driver, Nicholas George, 36, of Lima, from the vehicle because it had come to rest on its top. George was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Wapakoneta Rescue Squad for possible injuries.
The greatest athletes of Wapakoneta gathered near the Auglaize River last night to race in one of the most grueling, challenging and surprising competitions any of them could imagine.
OK, maybe they weren’t the best athletes in the area, and maybe the race wasn’t the most grueling, but a group of about 85 people did come together and have some fun for a good cause with a large crowd cheering them on.
The bed races are one of the events that help to kick off the annual Summer Moon Festival, and this year’s wet, wild adventure did not disappoint.
Donald E. Whetstone, 77, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Wapakoneta Manor. He was born Aug. 30, 1936, in Lima, the son of Virgil and Mabel (Hines) Whetstone, who preceded him in death. On June 18, 1955, he married Rita G. Place, and she survives.