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August 19th, 2011

40 years of fun

August 19, 2011

ST. MARYS — Ginny Maurer, of Kettlersville, has always loved being around children and began babysitting as soon as she was old enough. She began teaching girls baton twirling as a junior in high school.

“I started teaching some of the neighbor girls when I was a junior,” Maurer said. “That went on and more girls started asking me to teach them baton twirling. When I was a senior, I started my actual first corps, the Jenn-Ettes. They were named after Fort Jennings, which was my hometown.”

Receipts take a hit

August 19, 2011

ST. MARYS — For the second month in a row, income tax collections for the city of St. Marys have sagged behind 2010 numbers.

In July, the city collected $261,572.49 — down from the $306,857.68 it netted in 2010. Despite the decrease, the city still outpaced 2009’s figure, which was $258,111.76.

A poor July also put the city behind last year’s overall number. To date, the city netted $2.239 million, while last year it took in $2.283 million during the same time period. In 2009, the city took in $2.157 million during the same time period.

Local Historian To Lead Bremenfest Parade

August 19, 2011

NEW BREMEN — For one area resident, nabbing the lead spot in an annual parade was a complete surprise.

Delores Stienecker said she has known for approximately two months that she was named grand marshal for this weekend’s Bremenfest parade, but she has been in shock and she didn’t want to tell anyone.

“I didn’t want to tell anybody in case they changed their mind,” Stienecker said.

Portman Talks Spending, Committee

August 19, 2011

ST. MARYS — An Ohio senator spoke of his key position on a panel tasked with paring government spending and slicing the nation’s debt.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman addressed his appointment to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction during a teleconference Thursday with regional media. Portman was selected to serve on the panel following Congress’ deal to raise the debt ceiling while agreeing to trim government spending. The senator noted no topic is off the table — including defense.

August 18th

BOE Holds Off On Decision

August 18, 2011

NEW BREMEN — Members of the New Bremen Board of Education heard a presentation mapping out the costs of renovating the elementary school building versus constructing a new building from Freytag and Associates Wednesday night at their regular board meeting.

Students Reflect On Workshop

August 18, 2011

ST. MARYS — A group of students visited a local service organization to tell members about their trip to an annual workshop.

Four St. Marys Memorial High School students attended the World Community Workshop last May — a workshop Rotary has put on since 1987.

“Each year, we sponsor four selected sophomores,” St. Marys Rotary President Linda Vogel told her fellow Rotarians during the students’ visit on Wednesday at the Eagles. “It is held at Defiance College in May every year.”

August 17th

Flotilla Assists Boaters In Need

August 17, 2011

ST. MARYS — Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat Santa Maria headed home to its base on Grand Lake after a quiet safety and training patrol. At 6 p.m., Sunday, lookout Mike McKay, of Dayton, reported a boat circling the Santa Maria at very high speed.

Council OKs Tax Deal

August 17, 2011

MINSTER — On Tuesday, the Minster Village Councilors approved an emergency ordinance to enter into an enterprise tax agreement with Advanced Plastic Recycling/Dirksen Properties LLC.

Advanced Plastic is planning a 10,800 square foot addition to their current building on N. Garfield Street, which will cost the company between $290,000 and $320,000 to construct.

Village Administrator Don Harrod said the company has asked for a tax abatement.

ACCA To Hold Sale

August 17, 2011

ST. MARYS — Area residents looking to score a deal and to help a county agency can check out an annual garage sale that kicks off Thursday.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging is holding its annual garage sale — a fundraiser to help the agency with the multiple activities and services it offers throughout the year.

“The garage sale starts the 18th and goes through the 26th,” ACCA Activities Director Evelyn Hartley said. “Most of the items are donated by seniors from around the county.”

August 16th

Committee Backs Trapping

August 16, 2011

ST. MARYS — City councilors next week should get their first look at an ordinance that would allow the live trapping of squirrels in an effort to curb power outages across St. Marys.

Members of the St. Marys Electric Committee voiced no objection to the proposal to introduce legislation that would authorize the live trapping of squirrels within the city limits during squirrel season. Safety-Service Director Tom Hitchcock said the legislation is an attempt to quell squirrel-related outages — events that have surged in recent months.

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