WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta native, Jennifer Christiansen, will sing the national anthem Sunday when the Detroit Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals game. The NFL is honoring breast cancer survivors at Sunday’s games.
Christiansen, who is a 1988 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, moved to Detroit while training for a singing/dancing position on a cruise ship. She joined a band in Detroit called The Royce and Jenn Band. Her band has performed at sporting events in the past, such as Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons, but she has never had the opportunity to perform at an NFL game.
Christiansen is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. She endured radiation, a mastectomy, hysterectomy and five surgeries. She has one more surgery to go through and that is reconstruction.
“I don’t get nervous, I get excited, but this is different. I’m very honored to be doing this. There will be 125 breast cancer survivors on the field with me, along with the two teams. They will be around me while I am singing. It will be very emotional for me, and I hope I can get through it,” Christiansen said.
The game starts at 1 p.m. and can be watched on channels 7, 10, 11, 15 and 35.
Lima’s Stratton answers requests by writing book
LIMA — Lima’s Don Stratton is a retired police commander. He has published a book, “The View From Behind A Badge.”
Stratton worked his way through the ranks at the Lima Police Department from patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and inspector. He spent 10 years as second in command of the department and commander of the uniform division. At one point, Stratton was acting chief of police in Frank Catlett’s absence. In total, his career with the Police Department lasted 28 years. He then spent 25 years with the auxiliary, for a total of 53 years as a police officer.
Stratton wrote for more than two years as a guest columnist for The Lima News. People would comment to him that they liked his column, and then would tell him that he really should write a book.
“This book was written as an answer to requests,” Stratton said.
The book is an expansion of the things he wrote about in his guest columns. Stories from more than 50 years as a police officer, from the perspective of someone who at one time or another held nearly every job in the Police Department. The story shows the inner workings of the department.
Stratton has sold more than 100 copies of his book in one week, just by word of mouth.
“It is doing real well,” he said.
The book is available at Amazon.com, both as a paperback and as a Kindle download. The prices are $11.50 for the book and $3.99 for Kindle.
They are also available locally for $10 by calling Stratton at 419-233-0388, or at the Rustic Razor Barber Shop on North West Street and Bobbe’s Donuts (inside Padrone’s) at Dixie Highway and Breese Road.
Shawnee football team benefits from Ram gridiron challenge
LIMA — The Shawnee High School football team earned $3,820 in funding with the Ram Gridiron Challenge program. The fundraising event was held Oct. 4 during Shawnee’s homecoming.
Participants earned a $20 contribution to the Shawnee High School football team by taking a brief test drive in a Ram truck, including the Ram 1500, Motor Trend’s truck of the year. Tom Ahl Chrysler Dodge supplied the vehicles and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in the fundraising drive.
DeBow Freed featured in “West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage”
ADA — Dr. DeBow Freed, former president of The University of Findlay and Ohio Northern University, is honored with a biography in a new book, “West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage.” Freed is named with CEOs and presidents of some of America’s biggest and well-known companies, including Procter & Gamble, along with leaders from both the Union and Confederate armies of the Civil War.
There are 180 biographies of West Point graduates who have made contributions since the United States Military Academy was founded in 1802. The book took three years to write and includes works by 20 authors.
The book covers Freed’s 23 years of active military duty, five years as a college dean, 32 years as a president of three colleges and universities and notes his lifetime of service.
Freed and his wife, Catherine Freed, were associated with thousands of students at a formative time in the students’ lives. He presented degrees to more than 20,000 graduates in law, engineering, pharmacy, business, arts and sciences and other areas.
A room was dedicated to Freed at West Point last year in the national historic landmark Thayer Hotel.
Ohio State Lima announces Homecoming Court
LIMA — Six candidates were chosen to vie for Ohio State-Lima’s homecoming queen and king. The king and queen were crowned Saturday in Columbus during the Ohio State vs. Iowa Hawkeyes football game.
The Lima homecoming court was selected from a pool of applicants based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, scholastic performance and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State. A selection committee interviewed each applicant and chose three male and three female students to comprise the Lima homecoming court. The application and interview scores are combined with the student body vote to determine Lima’s king and queen.
The six candidates are: Christian Downey, of Bluffton, a senior English major; Brad Ellis, of Kenton, a junior majoring in social work; Ben Garmon, of Ada, a junior psychology major; Jordan Henry, of Belle Center, a senior majoring in consumer and family financial services; Kaitlyn Philpot, of Germantown, a sophomore biology major; and Kayla Schneider, of Wapakoneta, a junior majoring in education.
Lima homeowners awarded
LIMA — Three Lima property owners were recognized for maintaining their properties as models of exemplary maintenance.
Owners Larry and Susann Esmonde, of Jefferson Street, received the Lima Pride Home award for the city’s North sector; Gilbert and Patricia Lautzenheiser, of East Elm Street, received the award for the city’s Southeast Sector; and Marvin and Sandra Weaver, of Lakewood Avenue, received this award for the city’s Southwest sector.
Each winner will have a Lima Pride Home award plaque with a photograph of their property, and a Lima Pride Home yard sign to display in their yard for the quarter.