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May 18th

Roughrider Swims His Way To Success

May 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — Matt Hollman’s senior year at Memorial High School has been all about swimming. The 19-year-old participates in many activities for the Roughriders, including varsity football, student council and FCA, but swimming is where he shines the brightest.

Hollman, whose brothers are both swimmers, too, started swimming at the age of 3.

He said he started minis at the St. Marys Seahawks when he was 3.

“We all do the summer swim,” he said.

National Nursing Home Week Spotlights Programs

May 18, 2013

ST. MARYS — In the last few years, baby boomers have started retiring, said Golden Living Valley representative Russ Duvall, meaning that in next 5-10 years nursing homes will see more numbers of retirees needing full-time care.

During National Nursing Home Week, which wrapped up Friday, local nursing homes aimed to show the best of what they offer residents as well as getting the community involved in the day-to-day lives of residents.

May 17th

Artists Collages Local Landscapes

May 17, 2013

ST. MARY — Jane Dippold sees this part of Ohio as beautiful country, and tonight, when her art exhibition opens at Arts Center in St. Marys, she will invite others to see the familiar countryside through her eyes.

Roughly two years ago Dippold started capturing specific places in Auglaize and Mercer counties and collaging them.

“I’m not interested in creating imagined places. I want to represent a particular place,” she said.

Dippold had done some collaging before she started the landscapes.

Business Picks Up After Pups

May 17, 2013

ST. MARYS — For those pet owners whose least favorite chore is cleaning up their dogs’ messes outside, there is a new area business whose business is just that. Matt and Tiffany Jones of St. Marys started “Doggie Doolittles” in March 2013. The couple cleans the dog poop from people’s yards and kennels.

“It’s not the most glamorous job but it’s, so far, been pretty interesting,” Tiffany Jones said.

May 16th

Students Learn Healthy Lifestyle

May 16, 2013

NEW KNOXVILLE — Fourth through seventh graders learned about healthy eating, sleep and exercise from Joint Township District Memorial Hospital representative Joanne Winget Wednesday during a school health fair program.

Winget helped students plan a day of healthy eating.

“What do you’d think you’d want for a healthy breakfast?” she asked, teaching the students that bacon should be counted as a fat serving along with the butter on toast.

Cricketers From Down Under

May 16, 2013

ST. MARYS — The closest most Americans get to Australia is Keith Urban, kangaroos, and a steakhouse named for the Outback. It is rarely described in history books or featured on the nightly news.

St. Marys residents Jay and Dee Fledderjohann, however, have not only been to Australia, some of their dearest friends are from the land down under.

Yvonne and John Moore, of Melbourne, have been staying with the Fledderjohann’s for the last 10 days. How the couples met is kind of a funny story.

NK Rate Study Finds $70K Shortfall

May 16, 2013

NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville village council heard the results of an electric rate study Wednesday that showed an 8 percent overall difference between what the city is collecting and the overall costs of providing electric.

The study, presented by John Courtney of Courtney and Associates, suggested a $1.91 increase on the flat rate for residential customers inside city limits, plus an approximate 1 cent increase on the cost per kwh, all through 2014 to 2016.

Miss Ohio Entertains Residents

May 16, 2013

ST. MARYS — The current Miss Ohio, Elissa McCracken, spoke to residents, played piano and was the celebrity bingo caller at Golden Living Valley in St. Marys Tuesday to honor National Nursing Home week.

“It’s really a way just to give back. This year for me, as Miss Ohio, has been all about service. If I can bring a smile to their face by visiting and listening to their story, then absolutely. Everyone should do it...it’s important to take the time to do that.”

New Bremen Council Hires 2 PT Officers

May 16, 2013

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Council hired two part-time police officers Tuesday, Shawn Harrod and Douglas Ranly under suspension of the rules to get the officers working by May 20, when their help will be needed for security at The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in June.

According to Police Chief Mike Skinner, Harrod was born and raised in New Bremen, and is the son of a retired part-time police officer, as well as the nephew of former chief Doug Harrod.

Ranly, who is from St. Henry, currently serves as a St. Henry police officer.

SM BOE Cuts An Estimated $1.4M

May 16, 2013

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Board of Education met Tuesday night in a special session at the District Service Center, 1445 Celina Road, in St. Marys.

“We’re here tonight to discuss the cuts that will need to be made due to the failure of the levy last week,” President Lisa Tobin said.

The board first went into an executive session to consider personnel matters.

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