September 13th, 2011
A new man is in charge of the Wapakoneta Electric Department and he hopes to be a positive influence.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz announced Monday longtime employee Donnie Schnarre as the new Electric Department superintendent, replacing Bill Lambert, who retired Aug. 31 after 32 years with the department. The mayor made the announcement during Mondayâs Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
WAYNESFIELD â Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members opened Mondayâs school board meeting with a moment of silence in honor of a school employee.
Deb Boday, who had been employed with the school district for 26 years as a bus driver, died early Monday morning at Lima Memorial Health System.
Board members collectively agreed that their hearts went out to Bodayâs family.
âShe was very involved with the community and the school,â Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. âShe will be missed.â
Wapakoneta city leaders learned Monday a city street project set for 2013 received an additional $560,000 to enhance the roadwayâs look and appeal.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains told Wapakoneta City Council members the city received a $559,680 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a streetscape project. This is the second grant the city has received from ODOT for the project. They earlier received a $1.34 million for the estimated $2.5 million street reconstruction project.
WAYNESFIELD â Having narrowly won the first set and trailing early in the second, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach called a timeout.
Redskins coach Keith Rambin challenged his team to play to their potential.
Trailing 5-4 to the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers moments into the second set, the Redskins worked hard until they finally tied the score at 14-all and took the lead on the next point to gain momentum in the set and the match. They outscored the Tigers 11-4 the rest of the way and won the second game 25-18.
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.âs Jeffrey Roche 216-198 in the championship match.
Roche bested Munster, Ind.âs Eugene McCune 259-179 for the second spot.
Wapakonetaâs 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.
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.
âI was very pleased with the turnout,â Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. âFor us, it wasnât going to matter what the turnout was going to be because it was something we thought needed to be done.
âHowever, we were glad the community turned out in support of the event,â he said. âIt was a show of patriotism.â
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 yearâs 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.
The asphalt on the newly repaved South Wentz Street may be black, but a city official called it a âgreen street.â
Crews paved the street Saturday using ground rubber in the asphalt â a way to extend the life of the street and remove unwanted tires from the refuse stream.
Gail L. Becker, 89, of rural Spencerville, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her daughterâs 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 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.