July 11th, 2011
NEW BREMEN — Two New Bremen natives have started a business that lets them add a personal touch to pottery.
Sisters Amy Heitkamp and Julie Rismiller started Piggy Prints Pottery back in March, after one sister returned to the area. The company offers hand-painted pottery for keepsakes.
FORT LORAMIE — Music filled the air as country fans flocked to Hickory Hills in Fort Loramie for the 31st annual Country Concert.
The three-day event ended Saturday evening and included camping and country music from big names in the industry, including Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean.
Many people helped make this festival a success, including concert workers, security and parking supervisors from dedicated citizens, including Lima’s Lee Lauck.
ST. MARYS — With the biennial budget signed, sealed and delivered, a pair of local legislators say they plan to turn their attention to several other issues during the remainder of the year. “The big things coming up are redistricting and reform of the pensions and worker’s compensation,” State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, said. “The Constitution requires that after every census we do both redistricting and reapportionment.” Faber said the state will lose two Congressional seats given the population loss during the last decade.
ST. MARYS — A local artist is featuring her work as part of her first exhibit of only her pieces at the gallery in downtown St. Marys. Marjorie Stienecker’s watercolors are on display at Arts Place’s Collective Center, 138 E. Spring St., St. Marys. “This is a rare opportunity to view Marjorie Stienecker’s works, the originals,” Education Director Heidi Meade said. “We’ve collected these pieces from people around the county, and they are on loan to Arts Place.” Her paintings feature multiple local landmarks.
The Rev. James O. Byrne, 99, died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at St. Charles Center infirmary in Carthagena.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1911, in Glynnwood, to Thomas P. and Anna (Cogan) Byrne, and they preceded him in death.
ST. MARYS — The decision to outsource second and third shift cleaning duties in the St. Marys School District will have to wait until next week.
ST. MARYS — Local seniors have been learning healthy strategies for better living as part of various programs at the Auglaize County Council on Aging.
On Thursday, seniors at the center took a break from exercising to participate in “Blueberry Day,” where they learned about blueberries and their health benefits.
“Our goal for our seniors is to do things that are light, fit and healthy,” ACCA Activities Director Evelyn Hartley said as she prepared items for that day’s treat. “Today is blueberries.”
MINSTER — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team showed it could make things interesting late — in both the best and worst sense — during the Auglaize County sectional tournament this week.
But above all the Redskins revealed that they were the county's best summer baseball team.
Wapakoneta held off a late Minster charge for a 6-5 win in the sectional title game on Wednesday night to finish the tournament unscathed with a 3-0 record with comebacks and close calls throughout.
The Rev. James O. Byrne, 99, a long-time priest who served many parishes in the area, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the infirmary of St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena.
Arrangements are being completed with the Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.