Archive - 2013 - News Article
NEW KNOXVILLE — First United Church of New Knoxville celebrates 175 years this fall with a host of special events including a German buffet and concert on Oct. 26 and a post-service lunch on Oct. 27.
The church, founded in 1838, has served as a place bringing the community together and changing in step with the community, said the Rev. Dr. David Williams, pastor of the church. The first sermons were given in German.
CELINA — When people tell Eric Lochtefeld his light show is part of their Christmas or Halloween tradition, he said he laughs.
“Because this is the third year,” he said, noting it is only the second year for the Halloween display of lights.
Yet, when he was a few days behind putting his lights up last year, that’s what he heard from people asking him when the program would be up, and letting him know they brought their grandchildren and came every year.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville/Washington Township Fire Department won top honors in the extrication competition they hosted on Saturday, pulling two Rescue Randy mock victims from the back seat of an SUV after removing the doors using the jaws of life.
ST. MARYS — When Jessica Phlipot awoke on July 30, 2011, to feed her baby, she discovered Landen Phlipot, 3-months-old, blue and unresponsive.
She called 911. Her husband, Joey, was on a machine for sleep apnea, and she struggled to wake him, then tried banging on neighbors’ doors near their Minster home.
When paramedics arrived, minutes after the call came, they took the baby to the hospital, but the child had already passed away, a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
NEW KNOXVILLE — The record for an extrication using jaws of life is around one minute 30 seconds at the annual firemen’s picnic and extrication contest in New Knoxville, but firefighters will be pushing their limits on Saturday so that they will be prepared in the event of an accident.
The competition, at 5 p.m., will be preceded by an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. with food and beverages, and the sale of 600 chicken dinners starting at 4 p.m. in New Knoxville Community Park. A reverse raffle will begin at 6 p.m., while at 8 p.m. the band The Leftoverz will play.
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys City Schools District Board of Education approved a resolution of commendation for students Kristen Dammeyer and TJ Wirth as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program during their meeting Wednesday night.
The students placed in the top 5 percent of all students who took the SAT test in October 2012. They were two of 34,000 students to receive this commended status.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Rita Thalen, a retired naturalist, taught and performed at the United Methodist Church in New Knoxville Tuesday night in a presentation on how the Civil War affected women.
ST. MARYS — St. Marys Roughrider senior Trent Wale’s passion for football is clear with every game that passes this season.
Wale, who plays varsity for the Roughriders, has been playing since he was 9.
“I’ve always loved football and have always wanted to play,” he said.
MINSTER — Almost as common as the German Alpine hats, which were sported by dozens of Minster Oktoberfest-goers this weekend in downtown Minster, were the German steins.
There were tents of vendors selling German-themed memorabilia and souvenirs at Oktoberfest, and one of them was a family-owned booth with shelves upon shelves stacked with the steins. Its owners, siblings John, Bob, Jim and Ron Sippel and Margaret Walker, started the business in their hometown, Vandalia, in 1977. John Sippel is the founder of the Oktoberfest there.
ST. MARYS — The Memorial High School Scholastic Bowl Team came in first place in the TV44 Quiz Bowl Tournament that took place this week in Elida.
The team’s adviser, Chad Doll, said this team was destined for success after struggling last season.