August 19th, 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Damon Springer, 16, of 9676 State Route 127, Celina, died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Wayne Hospital in Greenville.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1994, in Knox County, to James Springer of Celina and Amy (Duane) Willey of Danville, and they survive him.
He is also survived by a brother, Andrew Springer; a sister, Beth Shafer; his grandparents, Don and Dorothy Springer of Celina, James Frye of Mount Vernon and Mike and Bonnie Swingley of Howard; his great-grandparents, William and Evelina Frye of Howard.
He was preceded in death by two uncles; two cousins.
Donald H. Leffler, 82, of Celina, died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1929, in Celina, to Howard and Opal (Lechliter) Leffler, and they preceded him in death.
He married Dorothy Sheets, and she preceded him in death. On Dec. 29, 1979, he married Carolyn Baucher, and she survives him in Celina.
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.
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.”
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.
ST. MARYS — A local is using biological research in an effort to help bring a solution to the algae problem in Grand Lake St. Marys.
Andrew Durkee, a St. Marys native beginning his junior year in college, is conducting research at Bowling Green State University on diatom stimulation in hopes to find a way to fix the lake.