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July 11th, 2011

Pair Opens Pottery Shop

July 11, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Two New Bremen natives have started a business that lets them add a personal touch to pottery.

Sisters Amy Heitkamp and Julie Rismiller started Piggy Prints Pottery back in March, after one sister returned to the area. The company offers hand-painted pottery for keepsakes.

Concert Rocks Hickory Hills

July 11, 2011

FORT LORAMIE — Music filled the air as country fans flocked to Hickory Hills in Fort Loramie for the 31st annual Country Concert.

The three-day event ended Saturday evening and included camping and country music from big names in the industry, including Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean.

Many people helped make this festival a success, including concert workers,  security and parking supervisors from dedicated citizens, including Lima’s Lee Lauck.

July 8th

Legislators look ahead

July 8, 2011

ST. MARYS — With the biennial budget signed, sealed and delivered, a pair of local legislators say they plan to turn their attention to several other issues during the remainder of the year. “The big things coming up are redistricting and reform of the pensions and worker’s compensation,” State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, said. “The Constitution requires that after every census we do both redistricting and reapportionment.” Faber said the state will lose two Congressional seats given the population loss during the last decade.

Local artist displays wares

July 8, 2011

ST. MARYS — A local artist is featuring her work as part of her first exhibit of only her pieces at the gallery in downtown St. Marys. Marjorie Stienecker’s watercolors are on display at Arts Place’s Collective Center, 138 E. Spring St., St. Marys. “This is a rare opportunity to view Marjorie Stienecker’s works, the originals,” Education Director Heidi Meade said. “We’ve collected these pieces from people around the county, and they are on loan to Arts Place.” Her paintings feature multiple local landmarks.

Aquatic center draws crowds

July 8, 2011

Outsourcing Up In The Air

July 8, 2011

ST. MARYS — The decision to outsource second and third shift cleaning duties in the St. Marys School District will have to wait until next week.

Seniors Learn About Power Of The Blueberry

July 8, 2011

ST. MARYS —  Local seniors have been learning healthy strategies for better living as part of various programs at the Auglaize County Council on Aging.

On Thursday, seniors at the center took a break from exercising to participate in “Blueberry Day,” where they learned about blueberries and their health benefits.

“Our goal for our seniors is to do things that are light, fit and healthy,” ACCA Activities Director Evelyn Hartley said as she prepared items for that day’s treat. “Today is blueberries.”

July 7th

Trio To Head To State Band

July 7, 2011

ST. MARYS — Three St. Marys locals will be heading to Columbus later this month to participate in the state’s fair band.

Current St. Marys Memorial High School seniors, Troy Newlove and Drew Poppe, will join alumnus Tanner Zizelman to participate in the 2011 All-Ohio State Fair Band during the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

“We go down the 23rd,” Newlove said. “Then we have four days of nonstop practice before the fair starts. We have performances all throughout the fair.”

Group To Give Back

July 7, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of residents with community service on their minds will be handing out putters and scorecards for the next eight weeks as part of a service project.

Clients of Anthony Wayne Services’ Day-Hab Services will be volunteering at the miniature golf course at K.C. Geiger Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through August starting next week. The facility, located at 1621 Celina Road, St. Marys, also will donate its proceeds to various local nonprofit groups.

July 6th

Minster OKs Bid For Resurfacing Project

July 6, 2011

MINSTER — On Tuesday, Minster Village Councilors awarded a contract for the upcoming street resurfacing project to Wagner Paving.

“Wagner’s has done a number of jobs for us in town,” Village Administrator Don Harrod said. “They do good work for us, so we have no problem recommending them.”

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $195,552, and the councilors appropriated $125,000 for the project at the beginning of this year.

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