ELIDA — Megan Long, 17, of Elida, has been crowned 2014 Allen County Dairy Princess by Tom Fleming, president of the Allen County Dairy Service Unit.
Megan is a senior at Elida High School, and is the daughter of Mark and Belinda Long, of Elida.
Family Promise benefits from Ohio Cycleworx
LIMA — Ohio Cycleworx held a Scrabble Run May 10, with proceeds directed to Family Promise. Ohio Cycleworx presented a check in the amount of $2,383 to Family Promise.
Family Promise is dedicated to helping homeless families achieve and sustain independence by providing help, hope and a safe haven as they seek suitable employment and housing.
“This was our fourth year giving money to Family Promise,” said Tim Allison, co-owner of Ohio Cycleworx. “Every year it gets bigger.”
Ohio Cycleworx holds a car/motorcycle show along with the Scrabble Run.
“Most people use poker cards and call it a poker run. We wanted to be different, so we use the game of Scrabble,” Allison said.
Next year’s Scrabble Run is scheduled for May 9 at Ohio Cycleworx.
Former Botkins teacher has art displayed
JACKSON CENTER — Former Botkins art teacher Dan Knepper, of Jackson Center, taught art classes at Botkins for 15 years. He is back at the new school in Botkins making a 32-foot mural for the new building.
Knepper has been an artist all his life and concentrates on drawing and painting.
“I took glass blowing in college and threw clay on the potter’s wheel, but my main thing is drawing and painting,” Knepper said.
After retiring from teaching, he decided to reinvent himself as an artist. His artwork has been displayed through the month of July at Cloud Nine Cafe in Wapakoneta.
“My actual first job is making the 32-foot mural for the new school in Botkins,” he said.
With displaying his artwork at the Cloud Nine Cafe in Wapakoneta, Knepper didn’t anticipate that he would sell much, it’s just getting his name out to the public.
He will have a showing at Bear’s Mill in Greenville Oct. 31 through the month of November. Knepper’s artwork will be on display with Gary Hovey. Hovey does sculptures with spoons, knives and forks which went viral on Yahoo.
The Way Corps holds graduation
NEW KNOXVILLE — Commencement ceremonies were held July 19 at The Way International headquarters in New Knoxville for the Way Corps class of 2014.
Each graduate completed a four-year Christian leadership training program and received either an associate or a baccalaureate degree in theology. Upon graduation, these graduates will take on ministerial duties in the United States and internationally.
The Way International, a Biblical research, teaching and fellowship ministry has been graduating Christian ministers for more than 40 years.
Shawnee man grows Yard Beans
LIMA — Ed Goodson, of Shawnee Township, has been a gardener for close to 75 years now.
“Started gardening when I was 4, carrying water to the garden,” he said.
He and his wife plant a garden every year, getting a variety of produce through a seed catalog. They saw the advertisement for yard beans and decided to try them out. The name yard bean comes from the fact that the beans grow to about 36 inches in length, or one yard.
Last year was the first year they grew the beans. They were happy with how they grew and how they tasted.
“They taste real good, about the same taste as regular green beans,” he said. “These beans grew and grew up in the air about four or five feet and started coming back down.”
Goodson and his wife share produce from their garden with two sisters, a nephew and other relatives.
“We take care of quite a few people to make sure they have something, so gardening produce is shared,” Goodson said.
Wapakoneta cook wins blue ribbon
WAPAKONETA — Heather Johnson, of Wapakoneta, submitted her recipe for Ginger Lima Chicken to Just A Pinch Recipes, and won a blue ribbon.
Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe gave Johnson’s Ginger Lime Chicken Wings a blue ribbon. To receive the award, Johnson served up a full-flavored dish that was tasty and easy to prepare.
Johnson is one of more than 80 Wapakoneta residents sharing recipes with the social network.
Maple Crest holds talent show
BLUFFTON — Talent shows are not just for kids in school, they’re also for the young at heart. Maple Crest Senior Living Village recently held a talent show that included polka dancing, accordion playing, tongue-twister story, acrostic, and tap dancing.
Auglaize County Junior Fair King and Queen candidates
WAPAKONETA — Area youth vie for the title of Auglaize County Junior Fair King and Queen. Coronation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the fairgrounds.
The five girls vying for title of Queen include the following:
Abigail Wilker, of St. Marys. Wilker is the daughter of Cindy and Gene Wilker. She is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and will be attending the University of Dayton. Her nominating organization is 4-H. Wilker has been a member of 4-H for 13 years.
Julia Pepple, of Wapakoneta. She is the daughter of Frederick D. Pepple and the stepdaughter of Kathryn C. Pepple. Julia will be a senior at Wapakoneta High School. She was nominated by 4-H, where she has been a member for eight years.
Morgan Miller, of Wapakoneta. She is the daughter of Rodney and Elizabeth Miller. She will be a senior at Wapakoneta High School. She was nominated by the Wapakoneta FFA, where she has been a member for three years.
Kara Kitzmiller, of Minster. Kara is the daughter of Todd and Lynn Kitzmiller. She graduated from Minster High School and will be attending The Ohio State University this fall. She was nominated by 4-H, where she has been a member for 10 years.
Lee Ann Bertke, of St. Marys. She is the daughter of Roger and Teresa Bertke. She is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and will attend Kent State University this fall. She was nominated by 4-H, and has been a member for 12 years.
King candidates include:
Drew McClurg, of New Bremen. McClurg is the son of Mark and Janet McClurg. He is a graduate of New Bremen High School and will attend Rhodes State College. He was nominated by the County Cross Roads 4-H, and has been a member for 10 years.
Weston Hirschfeld, of New Bremen. He is the son of Erik and Janna Hirschfeld. He is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and will attend the University of Cincinnati. He was nominated by 4-H and has been a member for 13 years.
Gabe Yahl, of Spencerville. He is the son of Pete and Lisa Yahl. He is a graduate of Spencerville High School and was accepted by the School of Advertising Art. He was nominated by Kossuth Gleaners, where he has been a member for 10 years.
John C. Craft, of St. Marys. He is the son of Dane and Julie Craft. Craft is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School and is a sophomore at OSU-Lima. He was nominated by the Wapakoneta FFA, where he has been a member for five years.
Matthew Motter, of Waynesfield. He is the son of Marshall and Cheryl Motter. He is a graduate of Waynesfield Goshen High School and will attend OSU Lima. He was nominated by 4-H, where he has been a member for eight years.