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June 19th, 2012

War of 1812 recalled

June 19, 2012

With Monday marking the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812, locals gathered for a special ceremony to commemorate the event.

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain. Now, 200 years later, the day was remembered, and the Auglaize County county administrator, representatives from the Historical Society and local reverends gathered outside of the Auglaize County Administration Building to raise a flag to remember day.

Crossing questions: Local physician, wife seek review of sidewalk plan

June 19, 2012

A Wapakoneta couple brought their concerns regarding a proposed sidewalk path which crosses a busy city street in the middle of the block — a concern, a city councilor says, that is to be addressed by city administrators and school officials.

Gwynne and Dr. Thomas Freytag voiced their concerns with the Safe Routes to School sidewalk plan which includes a crosswalk crossing Lincoln Highway, or Ohio 501, at Liberty Street. The Freytags discussed the issue with Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s meeting.

Wapakoneta’s ‘biggest fan’ dies

June 19, 2012

A man who was considered “Wapakoneta’s No. 1 fan” and his children and grandchildren’s “biggest fan” has died.

Ferd Heller, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday at the age of 86.

Heller contributed much to the Wapakoneta community, especially through his 12 years that he served on the Wapakoneta City School Board of Education, which he was president for four years during the building of the new high school.

June 18th

Gale Fry, 70

June 18, 2012

Gale E. Fry, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:06 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.

Joseph Henne, 99

June 18, 2012

Joseph D. Henne, 99, of Cridersville, died at 5:12 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 23, 1913, in Salem Township, near Kossuth, the son of the late Ethel (Richardson) and Daniel Richardson Henne. On July 31, 1937 he married Evelyn Ludene Rasneor who died November 2, 2006.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.

Ferd Heller, 86

June 18, 2012

Ferd F. Heller, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.

Jeanette Thobe, 77

June 18, 2012

Jeanette P. Thobe, 77, of New Knoxville, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater.
She was born March 11, 1935, in Maria Stein, the daughter of Magdelena (Hoelscher) and Henry Rutschilling. On Aug. 9, 1954, she married Arthur J. Thobe, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2005.

Benjamin Yale, 60

June 18, 2012

Benjamin F. “Ben” Yale, 60, died at 11:58 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Lima Memorial Health System.
Ben was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Lima, the son of to Edith (Dancy) and E. Benjamin Yale, and they preceded him in death. On April 14, 1973, in Belle Center, he married Bonnie Gay, and she survives in Waynesfield.

Festival successful despite rain, fire calls

June 18, 2012

Whether it was fire or rain, the elements could not put a damper on the Buckland Fireman’s Festival held Saturday in this village, northwest of Wapakoneta.

Firefighters with the Buckland Fire Department responded Friday night to Easy Campgrounds near St. Marys while setting the festival up. They had already been called out earlier Friday afternoon for a mutual aid call. They were again called on another fire run Saturday night.

Water hike on deck

June 18, 2012

The city’s Water Fund needs help to make payments on the new $8.6 million water plant and $1.4 million water line improvements, the mayor says, so rates will likely increase later this year.

A review of city water bills by Wapakoneta city administrators revealed the increase proposed by Wapakoneta City Council members is necessary, Mayor Rodney Metz told the Wapakoneta Daily News Sunday, after confusion regarding the calculation of the bill arose during the May 21 meeting. Councilors are to expected to vote on the ordinance tonight.

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