March 22nd, 2012
ST. MARYS — The newest — and largest — tool in the box to help heal Grand Lake St. Marys arrived on the scene Wednesday.
Brutus, a $670,000 12-inch suction dredge, arrived in the parking lot near the East Bank boat ramp to a crowd of onlookers. The dredge, which will replace a 1968 dredge, was built by Ellicott Dredges in Baltimore, Md., has been a year in the making.
Clifford W. Fisher Jr., 64, of Celina, died at 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima.
He was born on June 14, 1947, in Wapakoneta, to Clifford Fisher Sr. and Marcella Clum, and they preceded him in death.
On June 8, 1985, he married Carol Fleck, and she survives.
He is also survived by four sons, Brian (Shannon) Fisher of Lakeland, Fla., Kevin Fisher of Celina, James (Barb) Fisher of Celina and Derrick (Andrea) Harter of Celina; a daughter, Dawn Fisher of North Port, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Paul R. Fortman, 90, formerly of 14586 Ohio 66 North, St. Marys, died at 10:39 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Otterbein — St. Marys.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1921, in St. Marys, to Frank and Alena (Gerstner) Fortman, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 28, 1948, in Celina, he married Florence A. Miller, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 1986.
Delanie Wolf, a freshman Ashland forward and Minster grad, will suit up in the NCAA Division II national championship game in San Antonio on Friday night.
The Ashland Eagles beat Bentley, 77-62, in a Final Four contest at Bill Greehey Arena in front of a national cable television audience to advance to the school’s first national title game against Shaw, the winner of Wednesday night’s nightcap game in San Antonio.
MINSTER — Minster Village Councilors reviewed new rates for activities conducted at the community swimming pool during their meeting Monday night.
The committee convened on the ordinance of reviewing the current rates charged at the swimming pool, which have been in effect since 2002. Village Administrator Don Harrod said last week the park committee met and reviewed the current rates and looked at what other communities were charging for the use of their pools. After discussion, the park committee recommended the pool rates be adjusted.
ST. MARYS — Next month, volunteers from across Auglaize County will join together to help a group of local organizations.
The third annual United Way Day of Caring will be held on April 14, and United Way of Auglaize County Director Randy Fisher said the event provides an opportunity for those who want to give back to help local organizations.
Michael J. Schulze, 58, of Beavercreek, died on Saturday, March 17, 2012, while mountain bike riding at Huffman Park in Fairborn.
He was born on Sept. 18, 1953, in Coldwater, to Richard and Agnes (Hausfeld) Schulze, and they survive in Maria Stein.
His life partner since 1977 and wife Jacqueline (Robinson) were married on Nov. 12, 1990, and she survives in Beavercreek.
Maryhelen “Mari” Dorfmeier, 85, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Randolph Township in Montgomery County, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys.
She was born on Jan. 4, 1927, in Carroll County, the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Armstrong) Roudebush, and they preceded her in death.
On June 9, 1947, in Carrollton, she married William Dorfmeier, and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2003.
Almeda Mae Spriggs, 85, of 233 Jill Ave., Celina, died at 3:40 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Celina Manor Nursing Home in Celina.
She was born on Aug. 21, 1926, in Tipton, Ind., to Harley and Mary (Davis) Rosa, and they preceded her in death.
On June 21, 1947, she married Rex Spriggs, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1993.
Almeda is survived by her son, Michael (Barbara) Spriggs of Coldwater; a daughter, Melissa (Ron) Luebke of Celina; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her three sisters.
MARIA STEIN — Representatives from a Wisconsin-based firm say a 25,000 square foot production facility to be built in Mercer County could play a vital role in helping to heal Grand Lake St. Marys and its watershed.