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April 29th, 2013
ST. MARYS — Memorial High School students were decked out in sequins, glitter, top hats and ties Saturday night for the Promenade in Memorial Park, where friends and family watched them walk the local version of the red carpet.
The students gave a nod to the theme “Fantasea” by giving the first catwalk opportunity to students in sea-themed costumes.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come out and see the school and the students,” said Becky Macwhinney, of the Chamber of Commerce, who helped coordinate the event.
ST. MARYS — If senior Charlie Eberle, 18, had to describe his final year at Memorial High School in a phrase, “living it up” would hit the mark.
Eberle and his friends made a promise of sorts to each other to make the most of the end of their high school careers and do things they had never done before. They collectively decided to be a part of the high school’s winter musical. A football player, Eberle had never set foot near a stage before this year.
“We stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit,” he said.
NEW BREMEN — Colleen Zunk, who works with autistic young people, says the difference between average preschool age children and autism spectrum students is a lack of social and communication skills.
“Generally a child who has autism spectrum disorder...(is) disconnected from other people and unable to interact with people and objects,” she said. “Instead of playing with a toy the way they normally would, the child uses the object in a way that stimulates the senses.”
ST. MARYS — For St. Marys resident Courtney Roby, 17, this week was a little bit of sunshine in what has proven to be an impossibly difficult year.
In July 2012, doctors discovered Roby had a brain tumor. She had been having headaches five or six months earlier, her mother, Chasity Buchanan, said. She took Courtney to the chiropractor, who didn’t find anything serious. When they persisted, Buchanan scheduled Roby for a consultation at Dayton Children’s Medical Center. Roby never left the hospital that day.
MINSTER — Gagel Plumbing and Heating in Minster has changed ownership after 50 years in business, as owner Don Gagel cuts back his hours in an attempt to eventually retire.
Gagel sold the business to Jason Buettner, owner of Fischer Plumbing and Heating in Delphos. Gagel said he plans to cut back from 50 to 30 hours per week while training a store manager.
In retirement, he plans to travel and play more golf, he said.
“When you’re in this line of work, there’s a real workaholic syndrome,” Gagel said.
NEW BREMEN — Jacy Good was with her parents, coming home after her college graduation on a stretch of easy-to-drive road outside Redding, Pa., when she stopped at a gas station, and remembers deciding not to get coffee because she planned to nap later.
That’s the last thing she remembers for more than three months.
A few miles down the road, a distracted driver talking on the phone didn’t see her and her family’s vehicle or the 30-ton milk truck also involved in the accident that killed her parents.
NEW BREMEN — Those who claim reality television does no good in the world have never tasted Sawyer Williams’ cupcakes.
Inspired by Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars, the New Bremen High School student started baking cupcakes in his kitchen and since has been asked for a steady supply of the sweet treats by family and friends for special occasions including graduation parties and birthday parties.
This year, he was asked to make the GOBA bicycle logo in cupcakes as a centerpiece for the event that will bring 3,000 cyclists to New Bremen.
ST. MARYS — The Auglaize County Humane Society recently created a program that gives its animals the attention they need and crave, and provides area residents with all the benefits of being a pet owner without spending money or owning a pet.
The “buddy system,” organized by Events Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator Sonya Osting, pairs a volunteer or “buddy” with a specific animal residing at the humane society.
ST. MARYS — St. Marys families enjoyed an afternoon filled with games and goodies at the annual PTO Funfest Saturday, sponsored by the Intermediate/Primary PTO.
Outdoor activities included pony rides and a bounce house, which saw a lot of activity despite colder temperatures and a biting wind.
Avery Hagerman, 2, came from out of town with his father to celebrate his birthday weekend. Inside the school the hallways were full of children with balloon animals and painted faces, bouncing from classroom to classroom for the countless games and activities.
ST. MARYS — Senior Sarah Mabry, 17, is and has always been involved in just about every kind of activity Memorial High School has to offer.
Up until this year, she was a member of FCA, FCCLA, Relay for Life and Friends for Rachel. That’s not counting varsity volleyball and softball, in which she still participates. Sports are fun for Mabry, and a good way to stay busy, but FCA was easily her favorite activity, and probably her favorite thing about high school.