July 13th, 2012
Starting with a front tire in the Pacific Ocean and ending with a front tire in the Atlantic Ocean, a 68-year-old Wapakoneta man recently biked across the United States.
John Keller and his wife Jane, tandem cyclists, had talked for years about riding across the country, but they never were able to fulfill that dream before she died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Residents in Buckland will soon begin paying a new assessment to help fund a mandate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Buckland councilors on Thursday night held the third and final reading of an ordinance that would establish sewer rates for an expansive sewer project being mandated by the EPA.
Recent storms struck a server at the Auglaize County Elections Board causing concern that it may need to be replaced soon.
During a regular meeting this week, members of the Elections Board approved funds — approximately $3,800 — to purchase a new system and get it installed, however since the meeting, continued monitoring has suggested that the Elections Board may be able to get by with what they have until its maintenance contract expires in April.
Darrell W. Binkley, 92, of Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Auglaize County, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Hospice of Okeechobee on Okeechobee, Fla.
He was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Auglaize County, the son of Leona (Craft) and Fred Binkley. He married his English war bride, Olive Lillian Davies Binkley, and she died in October of 1999.
Jill Louise Dougall, 52, 2301 Lexington Ave., Building 108, Apt. 1B, Elkhart, Ind., died suddenly at 10:54 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Ind.
She was born Dec. 17,1959, in Elkhart, the daughter of Shirley (Miller) and Charles Sumpter. On July 18, 1997, she married Scott Dougall, and he survives at the residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. David Williams officiating. Private family burial rites are to be held.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Anthony T. Raesky, 91 of Lima, died at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Cridersville Health Care.
He was born March 19, 1921, in Montezuma, the son of the late Flora (Yantze) and Jacob Raesky. On Oct. 4, 1958, he married Dorothy J. Parker, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Laura (John) Gabel, of Wapakoneta, Anne (Terry) Johnson, of Texas, and Mary (Jim) Pohlabel, of Hamilton; eight grandchildren, Luke Gabel, Grant Gabel, Phillip Gabel, Sarah Johnson, Mary Johnson, Adam Pohlabel, Hannah Pohlabel, and Jacob Pohlabel.
Cynthia Hooker, the mother of fallen soldier Jon Michael Schoolcraft III, recalled one of the last communications she had with her son prior to his death Jan. 18 in Taji, Iraq.
“One of the last texts to me was, ‘Mom, if something happens, just don’t ever forget me,’” Hooker said with tears falling down her face.
Pride in her son’s sacrifice mixed with the conflicting pain of losing a child as she spoke. It was obvious he would never be forgotten.
More than a week after a substantial windstorm blew through Auglaize County, officials are putting their heads together to address concerns.
“We are looking at what worked and going in and revising our game plan,” said Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson.
Countywide emergency response agencies plan to meet within the next week to discuss further areas still in need of improvement.
“Each weather event, every time, I think you’ve got something different,” Anderson said.
A traditional German beer first brewed in Wapakoneta during the 19th century is to be on tap during this year’s Summer Moon Festival.
An authentic recipe from the same European region which inspired the original beer made by the City Brewing Company is being brewed special for the festival, which extends from Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, by Thirsty Dog Brewery, of Akron.
Kayleen McElfresh, 68, of Belle Center, died at 2:24 p.m. Monday at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.