July 11th, 2011
A Wapakoneta Middle School student volunteering time this summer to work at the library hopes he may help others develop the same passion he has for reading.
Ten-year-old Noah Hetrick volunteers at the Auglaize County District Public Library in Wapakoneta two hours a week on Friday mornings. During that time, he mans the table for the young adult and childrenâ€™s summer reading programs, checking reading sheets and handing out tickets for prizes.
â€śItâ€™s a good thing to do,â€ť Noah said. â€śItâ€™s helping me learn about the library.
ST. HENRY â€” Wapakoneta stayed alive in the ACME baseball district tournament on Sunday with a win over Delphos St. Johnâ€™s a day after falling behind early and losing to Van Wert 10-8 on Saturday at St. Henry.
Van Wert and Wapakoneta will meet again in an elimination game tonight at 7 at the Wally Post Athletic Center in St. Henry. The winner of that game will face Minster.
Velma C. Mayer Geyer, 91, of Lima, died at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Cridersville.
Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.
John Murray Griffin, of Spencerville, died at 12:29 a.m.. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 16, 1916, in rural Spencerville, the son of Edna Holloway and Jack A. Griffin. On July 3, 1942, he married Doris C. Reynolds, who died May 10, 1997.
Surviving are three daughters, Phyllis (Richard) Smith, of Edgerton, Pamela (Dave) Heitmeyer, of Ottoville, and Jo Griffin, of Spencerville.
District Tournament Pairings
Wally Post Athletic Complex
RED CROSS FUNDRAISER: The American Red Cross is selling tickets for a Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres game Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:10 p.m. The purchase of the ticket enters you into a raffle to throw out the first pitch at that game. Tickets are $25 each or four for $90. All proceeds go to The American Red Cross. Call Adam at 567-356-1501 to order tickets.
With a new roof overtop the Junior Fair Building and blacktopping work done underfoot, the Auglaize County Fairgrounds is ready to host the county fair, the fairgrounds manager says.
Norman G. Berry, 90, 912 Neil Armstrong Drive, Wapakoneta, died in the early morning on June 16, 2011.
He was born Feb. 3, 1921, in Municing, Mich. Norman and his wife, Genelle M. Berry, married on July 14, 1989. She survives in Wapakoneta.
He is survived by seven children, Rebecca S. Lofland, of Raleigh, N.C., Della (Pixie) Rogers, of Wapakoneta, Joseph B. Martin, of Lamont, Ill., Lecia J. Winn, of Wapakoneta, Raymond (Alice) Berry, of Redmond, Wash., Tonia (Alan) Boyle, of Bellevue, Wash., and Drommie (John) Williams, of Canada.
Jessica Shaefer points out animals as she reads a story to her daughter, Eliza, 2, Friday morning at the Auglaize County Public District Library in Wapakoneta. The toddler spent the morning putting puzzles together, reading a few stories and browsing the book shelves as she and her parents picked out books to check out and read during the weekend.
From baseball to beer, from cars to bikes and from bands to beauties, the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival features a full range of events when it starts next week.
Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said this yearâ€™s festivities feature a new event, the Mass Krug Stemmen, or beer stein holding competitions, during the band breaks in the entertainment tent. Contestants must hold one liter of beer in a stein at a 90-degree angle and the last person keeping it up wins a beer stein.