People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekendâs Childrenâs Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the eventâs primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.
A solar project which will convert approximately 20 acres of city ground into megawatts of energy is expected to be completed sometime next spring, but one city administrator says he would like to see some progress made now.
âI would like to see it moving a little faster,â Mayor Rodney Metz said Sunday on the eve of Wapakoneta City Councilâs first December meeting. âI would like to see the ground broke and I would like to some infrastructure going in at the site.â
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.