February 4th, 2014
Vernon E. â€śVernâ€ť Doenges, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima. He was born Feb. 18, 1922, on the family farm in St. Marys Twp., Auglaize County, the son of William J. and Marie (Oldiges) Doenges, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 11, 1948, he married Eileen M. Hasson, and she died May 18, 2005.
Local community members share their feelings on the death of Vernon Doenges, who died early Sunday morning. As you will see, Vern worked with many people and had many interests. His knowledge and generosity will be missed.
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It has been several months since Wapakoneta City Schools took over full supervision of preschool programs in the district, and Wapakoneta Elementary School Vice Principal Carrie Knoch said that so far, it has been working well.
“Financially, it was a good move for us, but more importantly, it helped align all of our services and get our students in our buildings,” Knoch said. “We are much more familiar with the needs of our preschoolers now and so we anticipate their transition to kindergarten being very smooth.”
Streets and frozen pipes topped the list of topics discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Council.
In her report on the Finance Committee’s Jan. 30 meeting, Chairwoman Bonnie Wurst noted that her committee is exploring the possibility of using the permissive tax fund to grind and pave the city’s portion of Glynwood Road when the county does their portion. The cost would be about $65,000. Adding a bike path is also under consideration, with no cost available for that project.
H. Gene Tester, 65, of 08304 Co. Road 33A in Wapakoneta, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence. He fought a 5 1/2 year battle with multiple myeloma, and passed away peacefully with his family and close friends at his bedside. He was born on Oct. 4, 1948, in Celina, to Howard and Wilma (Schultz) Tester. On Aug. 21, 1971, at Westview United Methodist Church in Cridersville, he married Cathy J. Archer, who survives.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins’ streak of four consecutive Western Buckeye League wrestling titles ended Saturday but they managed to have two league champions — freshman Landon Hall and senior Jarred Carpenter — and eight placers.
Carpenter won his second straight WBL title in the 220-pound weight class, recording three straight pins Saturday in his title-winning performance, including one at 3:49 over Celina’s Kevin Lockwood in the finals.
Hall squeezed out a 5-3 victory in the 182-pound final against Defiance’s Eli Brown.
A teacher from the Wapakoneta School District has been recognized for her achievements in the classroom throughout the past year.
Wapakoneta High School English teacher Kelli Benshoff, who teaches 10th grade Language Arts, has been awarded the “2013 Teacher of the Year” award distributed by the Alvin W. Metzger VFW #8445.
Phase one of the new vision for the Armstrong Air and Space Museum grounds was put into place in September of 2011, with the placing of the new sign in front of the museum along I-75. Phase two is set to be completed by May 1.
According to museum Executive Director Chris Burton, phase two consists of the building of the Tranquility Base Picnic Pavilion, a new area where visitors and tour groups can enjoy their lunch before or after their museum visit.
Newly appointed Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner sees his background as a teacher as an advantage when it comes to performing his duties.
“I think my experience in education gives me some skills that will make it possible for me to work with the people,” Steinbrunner said. “I’ve spent my whole adult life working with people, whether it’s a classroom full of kids or adults at an after school meeting. I guess I just have a desire to help people.”
By Zak Lantzâ€¨The Punxsutawney Spirit
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.