July 13th, 2012
A Wapakoneta mother can’t remember how many units of blood her son went through after he was diagnosed with cancer.
What she can remember vividly is the time nurses told her they may not have the blood they needed for him and may have to order it and wait for it to arrive.
Judy Strauser is hoping a blood drive dedicated in memory of her son, Jason Strauser, can help others in their time of need.
A long time member of the Auglaize County Health Board has resigned after more than 20 years of service.
Dr. David Nielsen, who has served on the board since 1991, decided that at 91-years-old, it was time for him to leave the board, over which he has served as president for 20 years.
“Looking at my 91 years, I felt as if it was wise to retire now and have someone younger take my place,” Nielsen told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Friday.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) Director Greg Myers told board members this week that the organization hopes to become aggressive in attracting more business to the area as the economy continues to slowly recover.
Myers told the board he recently submitted a budget request with Auglaize County Commissioners for a considerable increase in funding to address economic development in the county.
Commissioners are considering the request as they outline their budget, Myers said.
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.