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January 27th, 2012
CELINA — After receiving a grant, a local organization will be able to continue with additional moneys to help fund a watershed official.
During the Grand Lake Wabash/Watershed Alliance’s Joint Board meeting on Thursday, board members were notified they received the grant for Watershed Coordinator Laura Walker’s position.
“We were notified we got the watershed coordinator’s grant,” said Karen Balster with the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District.
ST. MARYS — A local hospice is in search of volunteers to help provide comfort, respite and support to area families and patients.
On Friday, Grand Lake Hospice, 1122 E. Spring St., St. Marys, held an open house for those interested in volunteering at the organization.
Volunteer Coordinator Julie Jacobs said volunteers are the lifeblood of any hospice.
“We’re just trying to get the word out about volunteering for hospice and the different ways you can volunteer at hospice,” Jacobs told The Evening Leader.
NEW BREMEN — Area residents can earn some extra cash this weekend and help a local organization by selling their old, unwanted jewelry.
The New Bremen American Legion Auxiliary will host a gold sale from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the New Bremen American Legion, located at 6458 State Route 66. Connie Voss of Voss Gold Buying will be on hand to test and weigh the gold. Organizer Dot Schwartz said sellers can bring any kind of gold — yellow, white or rose — or platinum jewelry for cash.
SIDNEY — The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Bellefontaine Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a Jackson Center man wanted in connection with a burglary and bank robbery.
Christopher P. Yaeger, 34, last known to reside in Jackson Center, is wanted in Shelby County on one count of felony burglary after allegedly stealing jewelry and a firearm from a home on Nov. 29 and for allegedly robbing a Huntington Bank in Bellefontaine on Dec. 9. Yaeger has been on the run since the robbery.
NEW KNOXVILLE — Two days after President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address, mayors from the Golden Triangle met in New Knoxville on Thursday to give their summation of 2011 and outlook for 2012.
Minster Mayor Dennis Kitzmiller took to the podium first and gave a recap on his village’s activities in 2011. Spending and income tax revenue dominated his address.
CELINA — A national organization is actively seeking volunteers to help track weather in Auglaize and Mercer counties.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a “community-based network that incorporates training and education on tracking rain and snowfall,” according to the organization’s website. Presenters Ashley Novak and Julie Reed of the National Weather Service spoke with area residents Wednesday night at Wright State University Lake Campus about how to get involved and some techniques to collecting weather data.
CELINA — A newly formed Flotilla hosted an open house Wednesday night to inform area residents about how they could get involved and to discuss the group’s mission.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary District 8 Eastern Region, Division 6, Flotilla 12 held its chartering ceremony last week and is now working to inform the community about opportunities the Coast Guard Auxiliary offers. Flotilla Commander Larry Baker said Coast Guard Auxiliary members are all volunteers.
ST. MARYS — Local students received a lesson in safety as part of an official’s visit to their school on Wednesday.
“Magic Tom” Rozoff and St. Marys Ptl. Kevin Draiss presented the Officer Phil and PALS program at St. Marys Intermediate School on Wednesday.
“The Officer Phil program is sponsored by the St. Marys Police Department and is paid for by local businesses,” Rozoff told The Evening Leader. “Each student will get a safety booklet, and it mentions the local businesses.”
ST. MARYS — Auglaize County ended 2011 with an unemployment rate almost 2 percent less than where it ended 2010.
In data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County recorded a December unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in November. In 2010, the unemployment rate for December sat at 8.2 percent.
ST. MARYS — A long friendship has spurred the partnership of two area residents who are trying to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Debi Squire and Kim Strickland met in high school, when Strickland moved from South Korea to the United States. Squire took time to teach Strickland English and took her out to social events.
“I didn’t speak English when I first came,” Strickland said. “Debi just put me under her wing and said ‘OK.’ She taught me to speak and corrected my English all the time.”