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July 6th, 2012

Volunteers Pitch In

July 6, 2012

ST. MARYS — As residents continue to clean up from last week’s storm, volunteers from a statewide organization arrived in Auglaize County to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Members of Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief traveled around the St. Marys area on Thursday assisting elderly residents with debris removal from last week’s storm. The group’s chainsaw division helped clear limbs and other debris as part of a program in conjunction with the Auglaize County Council on Aging.

July 5th

Retreat Offers Fellowship

July 5, 2012

ST. MARYS — Area women can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy fellowship as part of an annual women’s retreat next weekend.

The fourth annual Chocolate Boutique Women’s Retreat will run July 13 and 14 at Wayne Street United Methodist Church.

“Kim Kill, the chairperson, had been attending the Women of Faith event every year,” Committee member Bev Hurlburt said, noting Women of Faith is a large women’s retreat that tours across the country. “She had a desire to bring something like that to St. Marys.”

Dredge Continues Work

July 5, 2012

ST. MARYS — Residents and boaters near Otterbein  will soon have to be on the look out for sunken lines as part of an annual dredge program at Grand Lake St. Marys.

“We will be moving our dredge from the service area to Otterbein next week,” Regional Dredge Supervisor Tom Grabow told The Evening Leader. “I’ll have 7,000 feet of line that will stretch from Otterbein to Rustic Haven. We are looking to keep that within the 300-foot offshore no wake zone.”

July 3rd

Recovery Starts

July 3, 2012

ST. MARYS — The county EMA director says he has switched gears three days after a storm downed power lines, felled trees and caused massive power outages.

“Countywide, I have switched from response mode into recovery mode,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader on Monday. “Since the storms left and the power outages are down, we are looking into recovery. What that means is I’ve been talking with the council on aging to see what the needs of our seniors are in terms of tree removal and brush cleanup.”

July 2nd

Cleanup Continues

July 2, 2012

ST. MARYS — Cleanup continues from Friday’s storm that left thousands across the county without power and caused massive damage from fallen limbs and trees.

Sustained winds of 82 mph with gusts of 90 mph socked the region early Friday afternoon. As crews quickly worked to restore power, some residents were left without power into Sunday, with estimates it could take several more days before power is fully restored to outlying areas.

Country Concert Giveaway

July 2, 2012

Bring in a canned good or non perishable food item to the Evening Leader between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and receive an entry to win 2 Stage Front 3 day passes and Preferred parking to Country Concert.  There is a limit of 10 items per person and you must be 18 to enter. The drawing will take place at 5:01 p.m. Employees and immediately family of Horizon Publicatons are ineligible for the contest. All items collected via the drive will be donated to Agape Ministries. Winners will be notified by phone unless they are present at the drawing.

June 29th

Storm Socks Region

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — Felled trees, downed power lines and widespread power outages kept crews busy Friday night as a severe thunderstorm swept across the region — leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

“Right now we are driving around and taking assessments,” St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven said Friday night. “There’s a lot of damage — there’s homes with trees on roofs, trees on cars and limbs and branches everywhere.”

Delays Possible

June 29, 2012

Saturday issues of The Evening Leader may be delayed tomorrow because of power issues at the printing facility in Wapakoneta.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Preps for Holiday Traffic

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — Staff at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are prepping for what is expected to be a busy week of camping, boating and fishing.

“Attendance has been decent, but we are expecting to have good attendance this weekend into the Fourth of July and next weekend,” Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller said. “We have a good weekend this weekend, and some of them are leaving, but we’ll have a good crowd for the Fourth and for the next weekend.”

Band Offers Tasty Fundraiser

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local marching band will soon be holding its first restaurant fundraiser.

St. Marys All-Brass Marching Band will be hosting “A Taste for Music” St. Marys Band night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Beer Barrel along Indiana Avenue to help raise funds for the band’s trip to the Citrus Bowl parade and Disney parks.

Band Parents Organization President Dan Burke explained how they came up with the idea.

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