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August 4th, 2011

Dannon Doles Out Grant

August 4, 2011

WAPAKONETA — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital was presented with a $30,000 check from The Dannon Company Monday night at the Auglaize County Fair to fund the Grand Health Family Challenge.

The $30,000 grant was awarded as part of the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant program, which strives to combat childhood obesity. Dannon Manager of Corporate Responsibility Gayle Binney said the program was initiated in 2006 to help children who were struggling with being overweight or obese.

August 3rd

Rabbits Hit Show Ring

August 3, 2011

WAPAKONETA — Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba’s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.

“It’s pretty easy now,” Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. “Every year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.”

Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are “fun and cute.”

4-Hers Show Dairy Skills

August 3, 2011

WAPAKONETA — Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.

Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the couple hundred pound animals.

“I am kind of hoping I place pretty good,” Cody Schlater said. “This is my first year doing dairy.”

August 2nd

City Welcomes German Visitors

August 2, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local city officially welcomed its visitors during an annual event Monday afternoon.

The city of St. Marys welcomed six visitors from Germany to its city during a lunch with city administration, as part of the annual German visit to St. Marys through the St. Marys-Lienen Sister City Organization.

“I welcome you to St. Marys, Ohio, U.S.A.,” Mayor Greg Freewalt told the six Germans at the city building. “We certainly welcome you here.”

Royalty Crowned At Fair

August 2, 2011

WAPAKONETA — When Kayla Schneider’s name was announced as the 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she broke into a subtle smile — later saying all the contestants were deserving.

On Monday, Wapakoneta’s Schneider and St. Marys’ Patrick Schwartz were crowned as royalty over the 159th Auglaize County Junior Fair.

Schwartz said the selection gave him a feeling of accomplishment after being chosen.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Schwartz said. “I grew up wanting to be selected someday.”

August 1st

State Probing Illness Report

August 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — State officials in Columbus are in the process of determining if the illness of a Montgomery County resident is related to toxins in Grand Lake St. Marys.

Trail Traces History

August 1, 2011

ST. MARYS — Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs have the opportunity to stroll through the woods near the location of what is believed to be the initial settlement of St. Marys.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Ryan Wendel, 18, established a walking path through the woods behind Varsity Lanes in St. Marys. The parcel is believed to be near the original settlement of Fort St. Marys, which became part of St. Marys.

July 29th

Local BOE OKs changes

July 29, 2011

ST. MARYS — During a special meeting Friday afternoon, St. Marys Board of Education members adjusted personnel items and recognized one of their own.

Board members accepted the resignation of Ken Neff as St. Marys Middle School principal and the resignation of Mary Miller as St. Marys Middle School assistant principal. They then appointed Miller as principal of St. Marys Middle School, effective this upcoming school year.

Bock and Rock returns

July 29, 2011

MINSTER — Beer rookies and connoisseurs alike are invited to Four Seasons Park Saturday for the fourth annual beer tasting event, Bock and Rock.

The event begins at 4 p.m. for VIPs and at 6 p.m. for general admission today. General admission tickets for Bock and Rock are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the gate and include 15 sample tickets, a complimentary sampling glass, live entertainment and a sampling guide.

Local writer pens debut novel

July 29, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local resident recently had his first foray into print, as he debuted his first novel.

St. Marys resident Jason Thornsberry penned “Family Debt: The Devil’s Due” under the name J.D. Thornsberry after he was inspired by events that happened to him at a haunted house.

“Somebody a couple of years ago asked me to go to a house they thought might be haunted and take some photographs,” Thornsberry said. “I ended up taking an audio recorder, and I started getting voices and things.”

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