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July 12th, 2011

Club To Host Benefit Drive

July 12, 2011

ST. MARYS — As part of its effort to support the international community, the St. Marys Rotary Club will be holding a clothing drive to benefit those less fortunate.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 and the club will collect baby blankets, sleepers, diapers, diaper rash ointments and clothing for children and adults for Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA). Rotary President Linda Vogel touted the drive as having a dual purpose.

Village Ponders Zoning

July 12, 2011

NEW BREMEN — A local village will be looking into expanding its zoning options after holding a public meeting Monday night.

After being approached by two groups — who were turned down — to change the village’s zoning policies in the Washington Street area, the village held a public meeting to hear residents’ thoughts on expanding the zoning area. The village currently has a C-1 commercial area on Washington Street from Monroe Street south to Plum Street, and officials were wanting to look into expanding further south on Washington Street.

July 11th

Crews Respond To Hendricks Avenue Fire

July 11, 2011

ST. MARYS — More than half a dozen trucks responded to a fire on Hendricks Avenue Monday night.

St. Marys Fire Chief Joey Weaver said the department received a 911 call at 7:08 p.m. Monday reporting a fire at 606 Hendricks Ave. When crews arrived, Weaver said they discovered smoke coming from the attic.

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.”

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