January 3rd, 2012
With the departure of one long-time councilor, Wapakoneta City Council President Steve Henderson says he shuffled members on committees to match the best people to the challenges confronting the city.
“I think every committee is important and the work they do is vital to the success of the city,” Henderson said. “I hopefully have matched the interests and strengths of the councilors to the committees that best suit their talents.”
A house and family pets and a barn and its contents were all lost in New Year’s Eve fires in Logan Township.
Buckland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Vorhees said he expects both to be total losses from what he described as “two major fires.”
Patricia and John Joseph were displaced from their two-story home after it caught fire while they were gone Saturday night.
Local adults have the opportunity to travel to Germany — be submerged in the European culture, sight see and enjoy the German history — this summer for two weeks.
The Wapakoneta Sister Cities is hosting a “Taste of Germany Adult Trip” informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA in the small group room. This trip is open to any adult interested in traveling to Germany with the organization.
Coordinators of the trip will go over the trip information, answer questions and set a date for trip deposits.
Bernadine Potbury, 90, formerly of 1102 Neil Avenue, St. Marys, died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Otterbein St. Marys.
She was born May 3, 1921 in Brown City, Mich., to Cora Mae (Walker) and Roy Eastman. On Aug. 5, 1939, she married Robert E. Potbury, who died Feb. 21, 1993.
Lewis H. Metzger, 86, of Spencerville, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic following complications of surgery on Nov. 4, 2011.
He was born April 6, 1925, in Spencerville, the son of Carrie (Stonehill) and Frederick Metzger, who are deceased. On June 21, 1947, he married LaDonna E. Good, who survives.
He is survived by four children, Frederick L. ‚ÄúFred‚ÄĚ Metzger, of Spencerville, Gary L. Metzger, of St. Marys, Randall K. ‚ÄúRandy‚ÄĚ Metzger, of Spenccerville, and Penney R. Gerdeman, of Fort Jennings.
Michael D. ‚ÄėMike‚Äô Hoffman, 73, of Lima, died at 8:12 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center, Lima.
He was born April 29, 1938, in Logansport, Ind. He is the son of Mildred (Murray) and Robert E. Hoffman. Both parents are deceased. On Oct. 26, 1957 he married Janet R. Whitmer, who survives in Lima.
Mr. Hoffman was a plant manager with International Brake of Lima and also worked in sales with Prudential. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lima First Assembly of God Church. He was a big Notre Dame fan and loved hunting.
David Raymond Kreitzer, 56 of Lima, died at 6:32am on Dec. 31, 2011 at St. Rita‚Äôs Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on April 2, 1955, in Springfield, Mass. to Hazel (Rudity) and Raymond Kreitzer, who both preceded him in death. Dave was raised in Wapakoneta where he graduated from high school in 1973.
On June 4, 2005, he married Donna M. Gerad, who survives in Lima.
Barbara M. Nagel, 88, of Wapakoneta, died 5:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at The Gardens, Wapakoneta, where she had resided for the past six years. She was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Rose (Strominger) and Wilbur Nagel.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Theresa Nagel, of Wapakoneta, 15 nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, William H., Robert G. and J. Paul Nagel.
Two weeks after an invitation only meeting where Wapakoneta City Schools administrators explained their position to a select crowd, teachers took advantage of a public comment period to voice their side.
Teachers addressed Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members and administrators Saturday for more than two hours during a special meeting of the board.
BOTKINS — No matter what it might be, competitiveness has fueled Botkins High School junior Ethan Zimpfer to plenty of success whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic field.
Zimpfer is the son of Deb and Joe Zimpfer.
“He is the kind of person that gives 100 percent all of the time,” his father said. He is a very good athlete and he loves to win.”