January 27th, 2012
NEW KNOXVILLE — Two days after President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address, mayors from the Golden Triangle met in New Knoxville on Thursday to give their summation of 2011 and outlook for 2012.
Minster Mayor Dennis Kitzmiller took to the podium first and gave a recap on his village’s activities in 2011. Spending and income tax revenue dominated his address.
CELINA — A national organization is actively seeking volunteers to help track weather in Auglaize and Mercer counties.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a “community-based network that incorporates training and education on tracking rain and snowfall,” according to the organization’s website. Presenters Ashley Novak and Julie Reed of the National Weather Service spoke with area residents Wednesday night at Wright State University Lake Campus about how to get involved and some techniques to collecting weather data.
CELINA — A newly formed Flotilla hosted an open house Wednesday night to inform area residents about how they could get involved and to discuss the group’s mission.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary District 8 Eastern Region, Division 6, Flotilla 12 held its chartering ceremony last week and is now working to inform the community about opportunities the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers. Flotilla Commander Larry Baker said Coast Guard Auxiliary members are all volunteers.
ST. MARYS — Local students received a lesson in safety as part of an official’s visit to their school on Wednesday.
“Magic Tom” Rozoff and St. Marys Ptl. Kevin Draiss presented the Officer Phil and PALS program at St. Marys Intermediate School on Wednesday.
“The Officer Phil program is sponsored by the St. Marys Police Department and is paid for by local businesses,” Rozoff told The Evening Leader. “Each student will get a safety booklet, and it mentions the local businesses.”
Wilbur Warner, 90, of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys. Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
William H. D’Addurno, 61, of 615 N. Vine St., St. Marys, died at 9:06 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on April 2, 1950, in Trenton, N.J., to William and Elsie (Blom) D’Addurno, and they preceded him in death.
On Sept. 18, 1998, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he married Norma Jean Hall, and she survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Jessica D’Addurno of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
Betty A. Bowersock, 84, of 1321 Celina Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in St. Marys, to Ralph and Mary (Ruperd) McElroy, and they preceded her in death.
On Jan. 21, 1949, in Celina, she married Norman R. Bowersock, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2007.
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NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville heads into one of the biggest games of its season on a winning streak spanning six weeks that has kept the Rangers' hopes of a Midwest Athletic Conference title and top-seeding in the Division IV sectional tournament going strong.
ST. MARYS — Auglaize County ended 2011 with an unemployment rate almost 2 percent less than where it ended 2010.
In data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County recorded a December unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in November. In 2010, the unemployment rate for December sat at 8.2 percent.
ST. MARYS — A long friendship has spurred the partnership of two area residents who are trying to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Debi Squire and Kim Strickland met in high school, when Strickland moved from South Korea to the United States. Squire took time to teach Strickland English and took her out to social events.
“I didn’t speak English when I first came,” Strickland said. “Debi just put me under her wing and said ‘OK.’ She taught me to speak and corrected my English all the time.”