November 18th, 2011
The challenge of what move or moves to make next to beat their opponents has students at Wapakoneta High School flocking to chess sets during any free time they get.
Some students have never played before, while others have been playing for years or played when they were younger. Thirty of them have formed a club under the leadership of teacher Bill Sammons and are meeting weekly for matches and tournaments. The last time the high school had such an organization was 15 years ago.
New attractions should help add more holiday spirit to a local Christmas tradition geared toward children, a local organizer says.
Childrenâs Hometown Holiday organizer Elaine Poppe is putting the final touches on the 5th annual childrenâs event, which is to be held the first weekend in December, and she said she is excited about new features including the outdoor ice skating rink. Skating will be free to all the children and will be opened for two days downtown.
Elbert L. Baird, 88, of 11309 Bobwhite Lane, in St. Marys, died at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center, in Lima.
He was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Old Washington, to Vera A. (Boyd) and Charles M. Baird.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Dorcas (Woolley) Baird; and a wife, Marjorie (Potter) Hammann-Baird.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral rites are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Monday at Meyer Community Chapel of Otterbein â St. Marys, with the Rev. Dennis Gaertner officiating. Burial is to follow at the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia.
When Thanksgiving approaches and thoughts turn to pie, many cooks have discovered they can have a crusty situation on their hands.
Rolling out a picture-perfect pie crust can be a challenge for the most seasoned baker, but particularly for home cooks who may only bake pies from scratch a few times each year.
Akron, Ohio, resident Helen Weyrick has been using the same shortening-based recipe for her pie crust for more than 60 years. But lately, she said she has been frustrated with it.
"It gets too sticky and I had to keep adding flour and adding flour," she said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â The 2011 Associated Press Northwest All-District football teams based on the recommendations of a media panel:
The awards continue to pile in for the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team.
Four Redskins seniors were named to the Division II First Team when the All-Northwest District awards were announced Thursday evening.
âI am very proud of our young men who received All-District recognition,â Wapak varsity coach Doug Frye said. âThey had an outstanding season for us. They were a major factor in our teamâs 10-win season.â
On the offensive side of the ball, senior right guard Chris Schwartz was named the district co-offensive lineman of the year.
The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education has filed an unfair labor practice charge against its teacher union based on actions conducted during negotiations which have been extended since April between the two entities.
Auglaize Acres residents will be paying more per day for their rooms beginning Jan. 1.
The Auglaize County commissioners approved the rate increases proposed by Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce on Thursday. On average the increase is $5 per day.
Under the new rates, residents of the county nursing home are to pay $180 per day for semi-private rooms with shared bathrooms, $187.50 per day in the memory unit, $190 per day with a private room and shared bathroom, and $192.50 per day for a private room with a private bathroom.
A graduate of Wapakoneta High School has reached a milestone in his college career, as he will be performing at his senior recital this weekend.
Adam Fahncke, a 2006 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, is a four-year student at Ohio Northern University where he is studying music and business management. He has been preparing for his recital ever since he entered college.
âIt takes many hours, not only sitting at a piano, but I work on score study, studying the music, learning the music and memorizing the music,â Fahncke said. âItâs a long process.â