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ELIDA — While most veterans celebrated their special day last Thursday, Bill Harnishfeger and Daniel Miller held their own celebration Friday. Harnishfeger is a veteran of the Navy, and was reading The Lima News’ Veterans Tab, when Daniel Miller’s story popped out at him. Not so much his story, as his ship, the USS Arneb (AKA56). “It bowled me over. Shivers went up and down my back,” Harnishfeger said.

Harnishfeger was very familiar with that ship. He served on that very ship during his stint in the Navy from 1946 through 1948. He logged every port of call, including Japan, China, California, Washington, Philippine Islands, Guam, the Panama Canal and many others. He was onboard when the ship was de-commissioned, meaning, “Put in mothballs,” he explained. Harnishfeger’s interest in his ship continued after his Navy duty. He cited the dates she was re-commissioned, her duties and then the final event, being sold and scrapped to a company in Texas in 1973.

“Truman saved my neck by dropping the bomb,” Harnishfeger said, as he never saw battle. He was a baker onboard and was very good friends with the pharmacist. “He would come to the bake shop for orange juice, and he would bring alcohol,” Harnishfeger laughed.

After reading Daniel Miller’s story in The Lima News’ Salute to Veterans, Harnishfeger looked him up and met with him Friday morning to discuss their Navy experiences and ship board stories. “It seems like yesterday. Like we were shipmates on the same ship. It was very interesting, wonderful. We talked the same language,” Harnishfeger said. Miller served in the Navy from 1961 through 1965 on the USS Arneb. Even though they were separated by 20 years, being on the same ship brought wonderful stories and memories. It turns out that Miller worked in the ship’s pharmacy and was very good friends with the baker.

“We do a lot of the same things,” Harnishfeger said. They are both members of the Eagles, and plan on getting together again in the future.

Bath senior earns Eagle Scout distinction

LIMA — An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Oct. 16 for Trey Smith, member of Troop 82.

Smith, a senior at Bath High School and Apollo Career Center, is the son of Patty Edwards and Tony Smith. He has earned 27 merit badges and has served as quartermaster, scribe, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

For his Eagle project, Smith built and assembled agility equipment for the Allen County Humane Society. The primary purpose for this equipment is to provide the dogs with exercise, training, rehabilitation and therapy. It is also used for training for the K-9 Good Citizen Award.

Smith chose to honor his oldest brother, Christopher Smith, as his mentor throughout his scouting experience.

2010 Allen County “Friend of 4-H” named

LIMA — The Allen County 2010 “Friend of 4-H” award was presented to Sue Butcher on last Wednesday at the 4-H volunteer recognition/agricultural society banquet.

Butcher has been working with the 4-H program and at the fair in Allen County for seven years. She is concerned with what is going on with the program and believes youth benefit from involvement in the organization. She is dedicated and works to make sure the 4-H program remains one of the best programs for area youth. She has also given more support to the 4-H program assisting Mark Light at the fairgrounds office when he had to relocate due to funding.

Lima Lions club celebrates 90 years of service

LIMA — The Lima Host Lions Club celebrated its 90th anniversary recently.

Since the club’s chartering in 1920, its members have worked on a variety of projects in the local community such as, replacing the lights on all 12 bridges over the Ottawa River during the 1930’s; rehabilitating Faurot Park during the depression years, purchasing eye localizers for the X-ray department of each hospital, serving as a founding sponsor of the annual cooperative efforts of the service clubs to aid the Salvation Army in its Christmas charity, sponsoring a memorial fire bell project at the Lima Central Fire Station dedicated on May 30, 1979 and sponsoring blood glucose screenings along with the Diabetes Center.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to sight conservation and aid to the sight impaired. The Lion’s have provided eye examinations and glasses to indigent families and others, purchased eye testing machines for the use of public and parochial schools, purchased talking books and white canes for the sight impaired, collected thousands of pairs of eyeglasses to distribute to third world countries, and sponsored the Starlight Club for more than 65 years.

The Lima Host Lions Club has 24 members and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday at Milano’s Café. The Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,999 clubs in more than 200 countries. Since 1917, the Lions club has aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

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