September 20th, 2011
Ferdinand Thomas Fisher, 68, previously of Wapakoneta, died Sept. 19, 2011, at Winterhaven Hospital in Winterhaven, Fla.
He was born June 26, 1943, in Wapakoneta, the son of Reba (Wirick) and Earl Fisher. In July of 1966, he married Linda Steinecker. On March 29, 1980, he married Constance (Luma) Conaway, and she survives in Bowling Green, Fla.
DEFIANCE â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins scored twice in the first six minutes and cruised to a 3-1 win over the Defiance Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer match Monday at Defiance.
Junior Travis Bertram put Wapak on the board at the 4:17 mark. And less than two minutes later, freshman Will Hinegardner made it 2-0.
The Redskins all but sealed the win in the 14th minute as senior Andy Faller scored on an assist from Pablo Arroyo to give Wapak the three-goal lead.
Wapakoneta city administrators say they would take advantage of zero percent interest loans or direct financial assistance to help with long-term control plans (LTCP) to eliminate raw sewage from entering nearby waterways, if members of Congress can be swayed to help.
Wapakoneta City Council members approved Monday a resolution by a 5-1 vote to endorse a United States Conference of Mayors decree which requests Congress reform the federal Clean Water Act as it relates to long-term control plans (LTCP) for wastewater and stormwater.
Wapakonetaâ€™s mayor says heâ€™s pleased councilors approved purchasing two plots of land to expand the park system, but he also understands the reasons one councilor voted against the deal.
Wapakoneta City Council members voted 5-1 Monday to purchase approximately 10 acres of Wapakoneta City School property where the former Centennial Elementary School was located at a cost not to exceed $90,000. Councilors also voted 5-1 to purchase school ground and two buildings on land east of the Wapakoneta WaterPark for $35,000.
The Riverside Art Center is soon to kick-off an exhibit featuring submitted art work from local residents.
The fourth annual Fall Juried Art Show is set to host its opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverside Art Center.
â€śI am amazed of the diversity of the artists in the area,â€ť Riverside Art Center Publicity Chair Maggie Bowsher said. â€śThere is everything from clay to watercolor.â€ť
Anyone in the area was eligible to submit their artwork to the exhibit, and 63 pieces of art were chosen for the display and to be judged.
A 21-year-old rural Wapakoneta man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night on a rural Auglaize County road.
Garret D. Rhodes, 21, 09560 County Road 33A, was driving a 1997 Chevy Camaro east on County Road 33A when he drove the vehicle off the right side of County Road 33Ă…, east of Bay Road, hitting two utility poles. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash as may have speed.
The vehicle sustained severe, disabling damage, according to a trooperâ€™s report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
BOTKINS â€” With three people having to play out of position due to absences for various reasons, thrown in with a good game plan by Lima Temple Christian head coach BJ McPheron, things seemingly could not have been worse for Botkins in their 6-0 win over the Pioneers.
However, improvising is what great teams do best.
â€śThe first half we kind of played their style,â€ť Botkins coach Kevin Lynch said. â€śWe are usually more aggressive offensively. We calmed down in the second half and did much better.â€ť
From painting and plumbing to roofing and yard work, residents could be found throughout the Wapakoneta area helping each other Saturday.
The purpose for the second-consecutive Servants Day â€” is neighbor helping neighbor.
Hosted by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA), groups of volunteers worked on houses in need of repair. Homes were recommended for the work by other members of the community or interested residents could apply themselves for a group to help them out. In total, 30 were on Saturdayâ€™s schedule.
Casually tossing his reddish-blonde bangs to the side of his freckled face, a Wapakoneta Elementary School fourth-grader said thereâ€™s one thing that should be known about him.
â€śPeople like to call me Justin Bieber ... because of my hair,â€ť Eric Carpenter said with a grin.
The 9-year-old isnâ€™t much into music though. Heâ€™d rather spend his time playing guard for the Warriors, which his father coaches. Of course, heâ€™d prefer to be fullback.
Eric also plays baseball.
Garrett Rhodes, 21, of Wapakoneta, died late Saturday evening, Sept. 17, 2011, at the scene of a single-vehicle accident in rural Auglaize County.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.