While Christmas is a time of celebration for most families, for others it can be a time of despair.
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Homes held a memorial event at its location on Lincoln Highway, or State Route 501, to help families get by that first Christmas without a loved one.
âThe first Christmas without a loved one is hard,â funeral director Dick Eley said. âWe started this in hope of hope of helping them get through. Hopefully we can help with some of those families.
Ruth JoAnne Treglia, 80, of rural Lafayette, died at 3:37 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Otterbein in Cridersville.
She was born March 12, 1931, in Lafayette, the daughter of Mildred (Davidson) and Edward Hefner. On Aug. 14, 1951, she married Phillip âMackâ Treglia who preceded her in death Sept. 13, 2005.
Surviving are five daughters, Julia A. Rex, of Harrod, Patricia B. Wheeland, of Urbana, Linda D. Thayer, of Lafayette, Mary Smith, of Spencerville, and Ann Deerhake, of Lafayette.
Pastor Clarence Lee Walters, 81, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:57 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Lima Memorial Health Systems from a very short battle with Leukemia.
He was born March 21, 1930, in Lima, to Allene McDaniel and Roy Lee Walters. On July 3, 1949, he married Nancy âKittenâ Schultheis, whwo survives.
Also surviving are six children, Debbie (Earl) Caudill, Greg (Cathy) Walters, Mike (Angie) Walters, Connie (Derrick) Martin, Seth (Haley) Walters and a foster son Tom (Diane) Frank.
Mary Lou Nagel, 84, 217 Sturgeon Street, St. Marys, died at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born July 18, 1927, in St. Marys, the daughter of LaVere (Hudson) and Edwin Martin. In 1958, she married LeRoy L. Nagel, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, David Nagel, of Bowling Green, Kim Nagel, of Union City, Tenn., and Kevin Nagel, of St. Marys.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Nagel, and a son, John Nagel.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR
Serves: 6 (side-dish servings) / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes
Serve these with simple broiled turkey medallions.
4 slices pancetta or thick-sliced bacon, cut into small pieces
1 ÂŒ pounds Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and ends trimmed
2 to 3 tablespoons sherry or water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Slivered almonds, optional
PIQUA â Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley promised more defense in 2011-2012.
Friday night at Piqua, the Redskins delivered.
Wapakoneta held the Indians without a field goal for the first 7:28 of the game and rolled to a 63-45 win over Piqua in a season-opening game that wasnât as close as the final score indicated.
The Redskins jumped out to a 16-3 lead before Piqua converted its first field goal with 32 seconds left in the quarter.
WAYNESFIELD â The seconds ticked down toward zero on the clock with the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers trailing 45-44 in the opening game of the 2011-12 varsity boys basketball season.
With the Tigers in possession of the ball, they rotated the ball down to a sophomore appearing in his first-every varsity game â an unlikely hero at this stage of the game and season.
Colton Miller drove the base line, put up and off-balance shot and watched the ball snap the strings as the buzzer sounded.
BELLEFONTAINE â The Botkins Trojans opened their varsity boys basketball season with a 67-57 win over the Mechanicsburg Indians on Friday night in the opening round of the Benjamin Logan Tip-Off Tournament.
Botkins jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and led 28-21 at the half.
Senior Ethan Zimpfer hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Trojans maintained their advantage.
Botkins won the game at the free-throw line, hitting on 14-of-21 attempts in the fourth quarter.
The Trojansâ Heath Geyer led all scorers in scoring with 20 points.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Reservations are being taken for an annual holiday meal which serves hundreds in need in the community.
From its beginnings 16 years ago at Riverview Community Center, formerly the Rec Center, with dinner served for 80, the Miracle Meal has grown to serve approximately 500 during last yearâs meal.
With the slowdown in economic conditions continuing, even more participants are expected for this yearâs meal, which has become a community tradition to which people look forward.
By CARLA MEYER
The goal of a book club targeted to high school students has one main purpose â to be fun.
The coordinator of the book club, hosted by the Auglaize County Public District Library and in its third year, says the club âhas been very successful.â
âHigh schoolers are so busy and the book club is something we wanted to start and see what happens,â Auglaize County Public District Library Youth Services Coordinator Beth Steiner said. âSo far, we have had a good turnout and good feedback.â