Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Community Youth Center was forced to temporarily close Wednesday because of the loss of its two government-funded positions.
The center previously had two workers from Experience Works, a government-based company, but because of budget cut-backs, when one the workers moved, the position was not filled and the second position was dropped.
“Right now we’re in a bind,” Director Donna Graham said. “We have no one to work here.”
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Living Center recognized its nursing assistants Thursday in conjunction with the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants’ 34th Annual Nursing Assistants Day.
The celebration is in recognition of the nursing assistants who have dedicated their time to the lives and well-being of others. Nursing assistants are “key players” in the lives of residents, providing as much as 80 to 90 percent of the direct care to residents in long-term care facilities, according to the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants website.
ST. MARYS â€” Numerous residents flocked to Holy Rosary School to check out the annual Holy Rosary Garage Sale, which started on Thursday and runs through Saturday.
“We’ve had a very good first day — for the first half of this first day,” Holy Rosary Garage Sale Co-Chair Peg Larkin said.
She noted there were people waiting to get in to the building before she even arrived Thursday morning to open the sale.
NEW BREMEN — On Tuesday, a local village council officially accepted the resignation of one of its employees, effective Friday, as she will soon be leaving for South Carolina.
Karen Mauch became the first New Bremen economic development director in April 2006. She recently sat down with The Evening Leader to discuss what she has seen in her work with the village since she began as the village planner, now known as the economic development director position.
ST. MARYS — A Mercer County man Wednesday afternoon shared his experiences with Rotarians regarding his struggles to overcome a neurological disorder.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Village Councilors met Tuesday for their monthly meeting to approve a contract with American Municipal Power (AMP) to purchase 300 kilowatts in the AFEC project and declared it an emergency.
Village Administrator Rex Katterheinrich said the 300 kilowatt purchase was on the conservative side because the recommendation from AMP was for 900 intermediate kilowatts.
“We felt the best way to go was to err on the conservative side because it’s intermediate power,” Katterheinrich said.
NEW BREMEN — An area council voted to ban a hallucinogenic substance in its village during its annual meeting Tuesday night.
Members of the New Bremen Village Council approved an ordinance, as an emergency, to “prohibit the use, possession and/or sale of synthetic cannabinoids and other synthetic drugs.”
Councilor John Schwartz reiterated the difference between the substance marketed as bath salts and the personal product of the same name.
ST. MARYS â€” In an effort to keep residents abreast of algal concerns in Ohio waterways, state officials unveiled a new website Monday to serve as a one-stop shop.
OhioAlgaeInfo.com will serve as a website residents can visit that will provide up-to-date information regarding algal outbreaks and any current advisories for Ohio waterways. The response strategy includes three recreational use advisories as well as drinking water advisories.
CELINA â€” Erica Gelhaus leads the six, small girls gathered at the Richardson Bretz Building, pulsing her arms in a beat, as the children breathe in, breathe out, then pant like a dog.
The breathing exercises are to warm up their vocal chords, Gelhaus tells the children. The former Miss Ohio and St. Henry native also explains to the children how their vocal chords vibrate â€” whether it be fast or slow â€” to create high and low notes. Itâ€™s all part of â€śSingers on Stage,â€ť a new Arts in the Parks program presented by Arts Place.
CELINA â€” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Tuesday the arrest of three more subjects on drug trafficking charges. All but three of the offenders indicted by the May grand jury have been arrested. Two of the remaining are incarcerated at this time in another facility on unrelated charges, but will be returned to Mercer County at the completion of their sentence at that facility. Deputies are working with South Carolina authorities attempting to locate the remaining suspect.