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February 22nd, 2012

Chamber Talks Development

February 22, 2012

NEW BREMEN — An area chamber of commerce held its annual luncheon, showcasing where the chamber has been and its goals for this year, workforce development and presented awards Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce gathered at Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen to hear Chamber Director Scott Frey’s annual report and heard from New Bremen Economic Development Director Angela Hamberg on the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative.

SMPC Tables Zoning

February 22, 2012

ST. MARYS — Zoning on recently annexed land into the city along County Road 33A will wait a little longer.

Members of the St. Marys Planning Commission Tuesday night voted to table the zoning of 32.4 acres of land that was recently annexed into the city. Board members decided to table the matter after a few adjacent property owners, who own land outside the city limits, questioned the proposed industrial zoning of one of the parcels during a public hearing before the meeting.

February 21st

Group To Host Conference

February 21, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local women’s group is hosting an area event for women next month.

The Auglaize-Mercer Women in Business Networking Association is hosting the Women’s Power Conference on Saturday, March 31, at Wright State University Lake Campus.

District Set For FFA Week

February 21, 2012

NEW BREMEN — The Future Farmers of America (FFA) have a full week of activities planned, as the New Bremen chapter of the organization is celebrating National FFA Week.

National FFA Week, which is being celebrated from Feb. 18-25 this year, gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture, according to the FFA website. The week is celebrated annually and always includes George Washington’s birthday, a decision made by the National FFA Board of Directors in 1947, according to the website.

February 20th

Students Move On To Ada

February 20, 2012

ST. MARYS — A group of local high school students will be moving on in an annual science competition, as they compete at the district level next month.

Memorial High School senior Keith Frische, sophomores Courtney Steele and Alli Franklin and freshman Ben Tuttle will be heading to Ohio Northern University on March 24 in Ada after moving on from their school science fair held Feb. 8 and 9.

Village Examines Finances

February 20, 2012

NEW BREMEN — An area village took a look at its finances during a special meeting this weekend.

New Bremen Village Councilors met on Saturday morning to discuss capital projects to go ahead with this year.

To begin, Village Administrator Wayne York noted the village ended up spending approximately $400,000 more on capital projects in 2011 than it planned.

February 17th

Dredge To Arrive

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — The local state park will be receiving a new piece of equipment next month.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is on schedule to receive a new dredge next month — despite shipment delays, “Brutus” is scheduled to arrive soon.

“It should be here mid-March,” Regional Dredge Supervisor Tom Grabow said.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller noted they have been working out some “bugs” with the equipment.

New Booster Club Formed

February 17, 2012

NEW BREMEN — A new group has formed with a goal to support New Bremen’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter.

The newly formed Ag Boosters Club is a nonprofit group with goals to support the New Bremen FFA students, whether through financial assistance or through networking opportunities. FFA Adviser Katy McGovern said the Ag Boosters formed after she was contacted by a few residents with an interest.

Agencies Team Up For Drill

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.

The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.

Fishing Tournaments Could Return

February 17, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local official is hoping to bring back competitive fishing events on Grand Lake St. Marys.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller noted the park office recently sent out letters soliciting groups to return their fishing tournaments to the lake.

“Kara Birt came up with the idea,” Miller said, noting the park office manager was active in sending the letters. “Several years ago, we had 100s of competitive fishing tournaments on the lake.”

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