February 5, 2011
LIMA — Ken Penhorwood was honored during halftime of Friday's basketball game for his years of support and service to the Bath school district.Penhorwood, 85, has held the same two reserve seats since the gym opened in 1963. He began his teaching career at Bath, serving as a fifth-grade teacher for seven years, and then teaching physical education at the elementary school for the next 28 years.Penhorwood supervised the boys intramural program for more than 20 years, started and supervised the boys Saturday morning basketball program for 25 years, coached seventh-grade boys basketball for 25 years and served as the assistant varsity basketball coach for three years.He and wife Jean, have three children, Scott, Jill and Kathy. All were members of the varsity basketball teams at Bath. Two of their grandchildren played varsity basketball as well.
Tent sale helps Lima Rescue Mission
CELINA — Brooke Wilker, 5, pedaled to a first-place finish in her division at the National Kiddie Tractor Pullers finals.She is the daughter of Kenneth and Renee Wilker Jr. and granddaughter of Kenneth and Marilyn Wilker and Mark and Jane Fleck, all of Celina.“She has that feistiness in her. She has to win,” grandmother Marilyn Wilker said.Competing in the tractor pull runs in the family, as Brooke's mom, Renee, competed as a youngster. Brooke's younger sister, Kaylee, 3, competed in the open class this year.Last year, Brooke placed third. This year, she was a foot and a half shy of pulling a 300-pound sled the full 30 feet to win first place.
Tent sale helps Lima Rescue MissionLIMA — The tent in which Ted Williams, the golden-voiced homeless man who became an overnight media sensation, used to live in sold for $355 in an online auction held Jan. 29. Proceeds of the tent sale benefitted the Lima Rescue Mission.“Ebay contacted me and said the tent would be auctioned and a gift would come to us,” rescue mission director Chuck Ferguson said. Ferguson went through his records, but found no evidence of Williams ever staying at the Lima Rescue Mission. Ferguson cannot figure out what the connection to Lima is. The gift is 10 percent of the sale, or $35. The gift has not yet been received.
OSU professor publishes bookLIMA — Doug Sutton-Ramspeck, assistant professor of English at Ohio State University-Lima, recently published his second full-length collection of poetry, “Possum Nocturne.” The collection is about superstition and the belief that natural objects possess souls.The book is available at the Lima Campus Bookstore or Amazon.Sutton-Ramspeck will lead a poetry reading and discussion of his book at the Faculty Assembly Symposium at 12:25 p.m. Feb. 17 in Reed 160.Sutton-Ramspeck's first book, “Black Tupelo Country” won the Eric Hofer Book Award for Poetry in 2010 and the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry in 2007. In 2009, he received an individual excellence award in poetry from the Ohio Arts Council.
Findlay High School in civic contest
FINDLAY — Findlay High School will represent Ohio this spring in Washington, D.C., at a national civics competition.Findlay students won the statewide competition “We the People, the Citizen and the Constitution.” The “We the People” program is designed to teach elementary , middle and high school students about the history and principles of American constitution democracy with the goal of promoting civic comprehension and responsibility.