April 26th, 2013
Rose M. Coolidge, 75, of Elida, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by her family.
Born Sept. 20, 1937, in Clinton Township, Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late Martha (Snyder) and Colman Bowden.
Rose married Thomas Coolidge on May 27, 1983, in Waynesfield. He survives in Elida.
She had worked at the IGA in Wapakoneta. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling, cooking and sewing. She was a member of the Jugs Sewing Group.
Vernon L.W. “Vernie” Wildermuth, 89, of Botkins, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Minster.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Shelby County, to the late Matilda (Kempfer) and George Wildermuth. On Jan. 20, 1945 he married the former Ludema Bennett and she survives.
A local scout has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to his grandfather, along with residents and staff members at Auglaize Acres.
Wapakoneta High School junior Gabe Williams, who has been working on his Eagle Scout project since last fall, recently put the finishing touches on the project at the county nursing home. Williams built a bench and created a garden around the flag pole in the front of Auglaize Acres, near the parking lot.
Two weeks after the Wapakoneta FFA Consignment sale, the tally is finally calculated long after the goods have exchanged hands.
While the work continues for weeks after the event, the week of work earlier this month at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds leaves an even longer lasting impression on the FFA members spending time to make the annual event a success.
Wapakoneta agriculture teachers and FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner along with 200 volunteers organize the $250,000 event each spring. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the sale.
Rules are changing for how cell phones are handled at the high school.
“In the past, as educators, we fought the idea of cell phones, thinking they might go away,” Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig said. “They are not.
“They are ingrained in our society,” he said told Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members as they shook their heads in agreeance.
Changes approved this week by board members would affect how cell phones are used at the school beginning next school year.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity softball team hosted the Fort Loramie Redskins Thursday afternoon, in a game that turned out to be a defensive struggle featuring solid pitchers from both sides.
Wapakoneta defeated the Fort Loramie Redskins, 2-0, behind the arms of Carli Sammons and Renee Lovett.
“Carli started us off, she did a nice job with location,” Wapakoneta varsity coach Bill Sammons said. “Hit her spots well. Kept them to zero runs. “
Larry L. Leffel, 70, of New Knoxville, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 25, 1942, the son of Violet (Truesdale) and Walter Leffel. He married Sharon Henkener on Aug. 26, 1960, and she survives at the residence.
Decorations for what may be one of the biggest nights of the year for a high school student are being switched up this year.
Wapakoneta High School teacher and junior class adviser Aaron Stiger said as a way to cut costs this year he hand-crafted the decorations instead of purchasing them from a prom company.
“We were paying thousands of dollars for cardboard, so Mr. (Principal Scott) Minnig and I looked at it and asked ‘how can we save money and be something we can use year after year,’” Stiger said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week voiced their support of the Apollo Career Center, which serves the district.
Apollo administrators are asking for support in the communities the school serves with a levy on the May 7 ballot.
The money the levy is expected to raise would be combined with $23 million in matching funds from the state to improve, expand and renovate buildings and facilities, acquire career and technical equipment, and upgrade the 36-year-old school site to meet the needs of 21st century learning.
Economic development directors in two counties touted a new website designed to match employment opportunities with the skilled labor force for those jobs.
Mercer County Economic Development Director Jared Ebbing and Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Executive Director Greg Myers explained the new website they spearheaded to “connect the dots” of local workers, or workers with local ties, with area companies.