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September 12th, 2011

BOWLING: Loschetter wins PBA’s Wintzer Classic

September 12, 2011

Chris Loschetter, of Avon, won the inaugural G.A. Winzter & Son PBA Central Region Classic on Saturday and Sunday at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta.
Loschetter defeated Dearborn, Mich.’s Jeffrey Roche 216-198 in the championship match.
Roche bested Munster, Ind.’s Eugene McCune 259-179 for the second spot.
Wapakoneta’s Todd Book finished 13th overall.
Book was first after Saturday qualifying with 1,899 pins. He edged Rhino Page, of Dade City, Fla. (1,897) and Loschetter (1,884) for the top spot.

'We will never forget'

September 12, 2011

Approximately 350 people from Wapakoneta and the surrounding area turned out at the Wapakoneta Fire Station Sunday for a memorial service to remember the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011.
“I was very pleased with the turnout,” Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. “For us, it wasn’t going to matter what the turnout was going to be because it was something we thought needed to be done.
“However, we were glad the community turned out in support of the event,” he said. “It was a show of patriotism.”

Derby bangs out funds to help

September 12, 2011

A plethora of lawn mowers invaded Wapakoneta Saturday along with a large contingent of enthusiastic drivers to operate them.
The 15th annual K & R Lawn Mower Derby attracted a huge crowd behind the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta. Approximately 700 people attended the event, roughly the same number as last year’s event, and the 54 mowers entered were the largest number of entries the event has attracted yet. The event is hosted by Jeremy Resor and Chad Kantner.
Kantner said that he first got the idea for the event approximately15 years ago.

Tire meets the ‘green’ road

September 12, 2011

The asphalt on the newly repaved South Wentz Street may be black, but a city official called it a “green street.”
Crews paved the street Saturday using ground rubber in the asphalt — a way to extend the life of the street and remove unwanted tires from the refuse stream.

Gail Becker, 89

September 12, 2011

Gail L. Becker, 89, of rural Spencerville, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Elida.
She was born Jan. 30, 1922, in St. Marys, the daughter of Lulu (Seuver) and Harry Whetstone, who preceded her in death. On Jan. 13, 1941, she married Owen O. Becker, and he died Nov. 20, 1990.
Surviving are three sons, Gary Becker, of Celina, Bill Becker, of Spencerville, and Randy Becker, of Bluffton; and a daughter, Debbie Bowman, Elida.
She was preceded in death by two infant sons, Ronald and David Becker.

Mary Helmstetter, 87

September 12, 2011

Mary H. Helmstetter, 87, 603 W. South St. St. Marys, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born July 5, 1924, in St. Marys, the daughter of Helen (Werts) and August Wieser. On Aug. 9, 1947, in St. Marys, she married Ferd A Helmstetter, who died Oct. 31, 1982.
Surviving are three sons, James Helmstetter, of Pittsburgh, Thomas Helmstetter, of Holland, Mich., and David Helmstetter of Charleston, W. Va.; and a daughter, Kathy Crosiar, of Springfield.

Teaching 9/11: How local teachers approach topic

September 12, 2011

As teachers across the country prepare lessons about 9/11, many grapple with how to approach it and what to teach to students.

Employee reflects on 9/11

September 12, 2011

One Wapakoneta Daily News employee witnessed the Sept. 11 attacks from an entirely different point of view — from a city in southern France.
Reflecting on the events of that day, she says her faith in God helped her through those events. She was an American in a foreign land.
While flipping through the pages of her journal she kept while overseas, the 32-year-old tucks her short brown hair behind her ears as she looks back through her handwriting as she remembers the vivid, life changing time in American history.

’93, 9/11 survivor says to ‘live life’

September 12, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, many have had conversations with friends and acquaintances concerning that fateful day.
The 2,981 deaths on that fateful day are enough alone to make it impossible to forget. However, other things have spurned other topics of conversation from the event, including political ramifications.
Airport security procedures, the Patriot Act, and claims of an “inside job” have been common on the news.
While many have made their opinions known, others have first-hand experience.

September 9th

FOOTBALL: Late stop secures Wapak win

September 10, 2011

BATH TOWNSHIP — Forty times Bath’s Aaron Smith carried the ball.
And 40 times he blasted his way through the Wapakoneta defense like a bowling ball with legs through a host of pins.
But not the last time.
The Redskins stuffed Smith behind the line on a two-point conversion attempt in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to preserve a 14-13 win over the Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League football game Friday night at Bath Stadium.
As Smith took the handoff on the play, he was greeted by a wall of white jerseys led by senior nose guard Jim Knippen.

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