A local woman who has a passion for music has retired from giving music lessons, but will never retire from her love for music.
Mary Margaret Barlage has studied music all of her life, and has been teaching music lessons at her home, including piano, organ, guitar, vocal and accordion, for the past 60 years.
Last Tuesday marked Barlageâs last music lesson, after 60 years, and she said she felt it was time to retire.
âI have studied music all of my life,â Barlage said. âMusic has always been easy to me. Itâs a gift.â
A Wapakoneta Middle School student has a busy schedule each day of the week, but she would not like it any other way.
Between sports, dance and her paper route, Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grader Kayla Crawford has something to do every day, but she is not complaining.
âI live being active and staying busy,â Crawford said. âI always have something to do.â
Along with doing what most 12-year-olds do, Crawford takes on sports, extra-curriculars and a job.
The dancer has picked up tumbling and lyrical lessons at The Dance Centre, and in her first year back, after a short hiatus.
Even though the state wrestling tournament is still in the distant future, Wapakoneta wrestlers will get a glimpse of what might await them in March when the Redskins compete in the 51st annual Brecksville Holiday Invitational Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
This yearâs edition of the long-standing tournament boasts 37 of some of the best teams in the state of Ohio and one squad from Georgia. Individually 98 of the grapplers entered have state tournament experience with a little more than half of those placing at state in 2011.
Verlin W. Hirschfeld, 93, of New Bremen, died at 10:20 p.m. Dec. 24, 2011, at the Convalarium at Indian Run in Dublin.
He was born Jan. 6, 1918, in New Bremen, the son of Emma A. (Oberwitte) and Edward G. Hirschfeld. On July 5, 1942, he married Enola Luedeke and she survives in Dublin.
Also surviving are two sons, Gary Hirschfeld, of Findlay, Craig Hirschfeld, of New Bremen; and a daughter, Christine Hirschfeld Kelser of Dublin.
Eva M. Kimmel 74, of Lima, died at 8:48 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
She was born March 1, 1937, in Lima, to Mamie (Obshawn) and Thomas Jennings, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Paul (Melissa) Kimmel, and Larry T. (Danielle) Kimmel; two daughters, Robin (Dave) Bambaloff, and Patricia (Dave) Trusty, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be directed to the family.
Arrangements are being handled by Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.
BOTKINS â The Botkins Trojans came ready to play in their 57-43 Shelby County League varsity boys basketball loss to Jackson Center on Friday night at Botkins High School.
The effort was there. The Trojans had a great game plan.
Simply put, the Tigers are just that good.
Botkins stayed close on the boards, losing them by only a 28-27 tote, and only turned the ball over nine times, but it wasnât enough.
The Tigers answered by converting 14 of their 19 field goals with an assist and only turned the ball over eight times in the win.
WAYNESFIELD â A Waynesfield couple focused on instilling a strong work ethic in their children and always stressed the importance of education and service to church and the community.
However, Thelma and Lott Turner could not have envisioned the impact that their descendants would have in the small town.
The couple that operated a small farm in the community had five children, all graduates of Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
The coupleâs 15 grandchildren all excelled both academically and athletically, and littered the schoolâs athletic record books along the way.
As county administrators walk through the Auglaize County Courthouse, they mention how pleased they are with the renovations to the century-old building.
The Auglaize County commissioners and Administrator Joe Lenhart toured the courthouse on Thursday during their monthly walk-through, expressing to representatives from Garmann-Miller & Associates of how happy they are with the way things are going.
âThe most interesting thing of this project are the different stages,â Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said. âItâs interesting to see the phases of work in the same building.â
A group of young girls made it their mission that no pet will go hungry this Christmas.
Brownie Troop 20238, with the help of Daisy Troop 20721, set up a drive asking local businesses and organizations for donations of dog and cat food and set out collection bins in area schools and businesses so they could provide pet food to area families in need.
With fewer staff members doing more work, high gasoline prices and a copy machine that may need replaced, the director of OSUâs Extension Office in Auglaize County requested approximately a $50,000 increase in the 2012 budget.
âBasically, weâre just trying to cover our costs,â Auglaize County OSU Extension Office Director Beth Miller said.
She requested $252,350 in funding from the Auglaize County commissioners. The request is $48,575 more than in 2011, when the office for the second consecutive year had to calculate zero spending in several line items just to try to make ends meet.