August 16th, 2011
ST. MARYS — City councilors next week should get their first look at an ordinance that would allow the live trapping of squirrels in an effort to curb power outages across St. Marys.
Members of the St. Marys Electric Committee voiced no objection to the proposal to introduce legislation that would authorize the live trapping of squirrels within the city limits during squirrel season. Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock said the legislation is an attempt to quell squirrel-related outages — events that have surged in recent months.
ST. MARYS — A local is using biological research in an effort to help bring a solution to the algae problem in Grand Lake St. Marys.
Andrew Durkee, a St. Marys native beginning his junior year in college, is conducting research at Bowling Green State University on diatom stimulation in hopes to find a way to fix the lake.
Robert J. Bayham, 95, of 04370 Poppe Road, St. Marys, died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on March 14, 1916, in Dayton, the son of Frank and Flora (Hobler) Bayham, and they preceded him in death.
On Jan. 5, 1946, he married Cecilia M. Bochenek, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 2008.
Marie Duerr Eichenauer, 88, of Celina, died at 2:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at the Celina Manor Nursing Home.
She was born on Sept. 13, 1922, in Adrian, Mich., to Kenneth and Eva (Leonard) Sheldon, and they preceded her in death.
In 1940, she married Elwin H. Duerr Sr., and he preceded her in death on July 27, 1978. She later married Russell K. Eichenauer, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 1995.
Donna Mae Bergman, 51, of 147 Hanover St., Minster, died at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in the emergency room at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1960, in Coldwater, to Ralph and Mary Ann (Riethman) Wenning, and her father preceded her in death. Her mother survives her in Maria Stein.
On July 31, 1982, at St. John Church in Maria Stein, she married Vernon W. Bergman, and he survives her.
She is also survived by her six siblings; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law.
CELINA — Officials tasked with helping heal Grand Lake St. Marys plan to revamp a piece of equipment to better use its strengths.
Lake Improvement Association President Tim Lovett revealed to members of the Lake Improvement Association the sediment collectors placed in various tributaries leading into the lake have not been as successful as anticipated. The collectors were installed to help reduce the amount of sediment pouring into the lake.
ST. MARYS — The South Street parking lot was packed with close to 20 vendors for Saturday’s SummerFest Craft Show.
The craft show began at 9 a.m. and ran through 5 p.m. Stands featured birdhouses, paintings, tutus, Pampered Chef products, jams and a variety of other items.
The show — new to the lineup this year — gave residents from St. Marys and the surrounding area an opportunity to market their handcrafted products while also mingling with festival attendees.
ST. MARYS — Two artists will begin the creation of their project in downtown St. Marys next week as a contribution to the revitalization of the canal.
Mya Mackenbach Fannon, of St. Marys, and guest artist Connie Hill will be painting a mural on the back of the St. Marys Utility Building. The two art education majors met at Ohio State University and immediately found common ground.
ST. MARYS — Area residents came out on Spring Street to shift through racks of clothing, shoe boxes, books and more during an annual business sale on Friday.
The SummerFest Sidewalk Sales kicked off on Friday, with residents making their way through the various items set out along Spring Street.
“I’m looking for deals,” St. Marys resident Delores Schetter said as she looked through clothing at The Island Shoppe.
She added she tries to make the sale each year.
ST. MARYS — On Monday, a city committee will hear options regarding preventing short power outages caused by squirrels.
St. Marys Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock is expected to talk with St. Marys Electric Committee members about the feasibility of allowing the live trapping of squirrels during squirrel season inside the city limits. During the Aug. 8 city council meeting, Hitchcock said the recent surge in short outages have been attributed to squirrels tripping circuits.