February 14th, 2013
Joseph W. â€śJoeâ€ť Pickering, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Faris L. â€śFuzzyâ€ť Earl, 85, of Waynesfield, died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at his residence.
Faris was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Waynesfield, to Clarice Vane (Focht) and Victor Vernon Earl, and they preceded him in death. On July 17, 1948, in Nuremberg, Germany, he married Zita Vogl. and she survives in Waynesfield.
Also surviving are three daughters, Barbara Earl, of Waynesfield, Elaine (Ted) Bear, of Elida, and Nancy (Ron) Wildermuth, of Ada; a brother, M. Kenneth Earl, of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
For the past seven decades, Betty has been Vernon’s Valentine.
And for those same 70 years, Vernon has been Betty’s Valentine.
This year, Betty and Vernon Schwarck will be celebrating with chimichangas at El Azteca.
“I guess when we were first married he would get me a heart-shaped box of candy or flowers, but that hasn’t been for years,” Betty said.
The 89-year-olds lived a simple life through the years, she said.
That simple life may just be what kept their love so strong, Betty remarked.
The Wapakoneta police chief provided a couple of definitions Wednesday to be incorporated into the city’s curfew ordinance as city elected officials work to improve the legislation.
The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) is getting the funds needed to start a program to improve the look of downtown buildings.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members agreed to set aside $10,000 in the 2013 city budget for a façade improvement program proposed by Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership in September. There will not be separate legislation, but they intend to set aside the $10,000 each year for the next three years as part of the budget process.
Auglaize County Health Department members expressed concerns Tuesday about how Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals could affect local health departments.
“There is a lot of contention across the state about this, especially from smaller health departments, who are under stress already and don’t have the financial resources to make this happen,” county Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
Building on the success of a next generation manufacturing center in Youngs-town created under a plan unveiled by President Obama last March, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is crafting legislation to expand the program throughout the United States.
The legislation would create more innovative centers, which are designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and U.S., state and local governments to accelerate manufacturing innovation.
LIMA — As the Wapakoneta swim teams took the pool for the Sectional Meet Saturday, most everyone on the team had it as a goal to swim well.
And they did.
An impressive 15 swimmers will compete at the district swim meet in Bowling Green Friday and Saturday.
Eight swimmers from the girls team will travel to Bowling Green State University to compete for a chance to swim at the State Meet in Columbus, Ohio.
Seven swimmers from the boys team are scheduled to swim this weekend, as well.
The Wapakoneta Redskin boys basketball team drew the No. 3 seed in their Sectional Tournament Sunday afternoon, and they now await a match-up against the No. 4 seed Celina Bulldogs in the first round.
The top-seed Bath Wildcats chose the top half of the bracket, and the next four seeds chose the bottom half of the bracket until it was full to avoid playing the Wildcats for as long as possible.
The city’s recreation director does not want more than $12,000 in a state grant to be wasted so he is working on ways to mix city labor with donations to remodel a building for bathrooms near The Rotary Gazebo at Harmon Park.
Wapakoneta Recreation Director Jack Hayzlett received estimates to remodel a storage building at Harmon Park at a cost of $35,000. The city received a Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant totaling $12,397 to help with the project, but the city would lose the money if the project is not completed by December 2014.