Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
NEW BREMEN — When the tent was full, people stood in the rain dedicate a stretch of highway to New Bremen’s fallen volunteer firefighters Kenneth Jutte and John Garman, who died 10 years ago, on Oct. 1, 2003.
Retired New Bremen Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve McDermitt said the rain reminded him of baptism, seeing the event in the rain, then connecting that to the two deaths, he was reminded of the term “baptism by fire.”
ST. MARYS — Roughrider senior Adam Brown’s football career will soon come to an end, but not before he finishes his last season with the rest of the varsity team.
Football has been a big part of his life since he was 9, and it was always something he wanted to play. Brown’s relatives are all big football fans, he said, and he found it interesting. The most difficult aspect to the game is learning the plays, which are complicated and involved.
ST. MARYS — A new procedure offered by Joint Township District Memorial Hospital may prevent esophageal cancer — the current treatment of which is both devastating and disfiguring, besides having low survival rates.
HALO, the name of the procedure, treats a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, in which the tissue becomes altered and precancerous, said Operating Room Manager and Coordinator of Surgery Services Lisa Mosier. People with Barrett’s have a much higher chance of esophageal cancer.
MINSTER — The consequences of negative behaviors is darkness, a motivational speaker told a group of Minster students on Tuesday.
Eric Lorenz, from Three Screens USA out of Chicago, gave a talk to high school students and encouraged them to promote a positive school culture. After repeated negative choices, “life starts to get dark, starts to move into darkness,” he said.
Friday, Sept. 27
4 p.m. — Pumpkinfest 2013 opens
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Happy Hour & 1/2
7 p.m. — “Cottonwood Band”
9 p.m. — “Brother Believe Me”
10 p.m. — High School football highlights on the big screens
1 a.m. — Pumpkinfest closes
Saturday, Sept. 28
7 a.m. — Pumpkinfest opens
7 a.m. — Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast
NEW BREMEN — The first six children gathered for Paws 2 Read Monday at New Bremen Public Library, with even more children on the waiting list for the chance to read to a registered therapy dog.
The idea is that for struggling readers in kindergarten through second grade, reading out loud in front of a class can be a stressful. Reading with a therapy dog, on the other hand, gives students a chance to practice without fear of making mistakes.
“The dogs listen, and don’t tease, laugh or judge,” Branch Supervisor Shelly Parker said.
ST. MARYS — Bald eagles are thriving along Grand Lake St. Marys — all under the watch of a St. Marys woman who has been monitoring the birds for years.
Jill Bowers has been monitoring the bald eagle population in Auglaize and Mercer counties for the state for 17 years. Bowers has been with the bald eagles since the first birds arrived in the area.
“They came to the wildlife area by the goose farm by 703 and 127,” Bowers said. “Now we have three nests on Grand Lake St. Marys, including one in Auglaize County.”
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Auglaize County effective until 11:15 p.m. Friday. Heavy rains could dump 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain on the region. Minor, localized flooding could occur in low-laying areas, creeks, streams and ditches.
NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Pumpkinfest returns Sept. 27-28 with music, arts and food this year, but it will go forward without the weighing of the large orange gourds — transitioning instead to a fall festival atmosphere that’s more about catching up with one another as a community.
“Instead of doing that, we are focusing on creating a fall festival,” said Lauren Bertke, who is organizing this year’s event.
She added there are a lot that of new events this year.
Sept. 20: Friday Craft Circle will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today. Bring craft projects in to work on in the company of fellow crafters at the St. Marys Community Public Library.
Preschool Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. today at New Knoxville Public Library. Kids ages 3, 4 and 5 (not yet in Kindergarten) are welcome.
The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Fall Festival starts at 4 p.m. today.