Regional Roundup: Bath pupil earns Eagle Scout rank

First Posted: 4/24/2014

LIMA — Kyle Krier, a sophomore at Bath High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Jeff and Kathy Krier, of Bath Township. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held in May.

Krier earned 31 merit badges during his Boy Scout years. He has held various leadership positions within the troop. He is also in the Order of the Arrow and attended the National Youth Leadership Training in 2012.

For his Eagle Scout project, Krier planned and coordinated work at the Allen County Dog Warden’s Office on Seriff Road. He painted the fence, landscaped the rock garden and repaired the water fountain for the dogs.

Church organist retires

CELINA — Kathy Snider, organist for St. John Lutheran Church, will be retiring after Sunday’s service. Snider has served as the church organist for 45 years. An open house is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the St. John Fellowship Hall, 1100 N. Main St. The community is invited to attend. There will be a place for cards of well-wishes and notes of memories for a memory book at the open house.

Kathy Groeneveld Snider joined St. John in 1967 at the age of 14 years old. She took lessons from Ruth Hecht, Velone Kable, Phyllis Nash and Mrs. Bernard at the Celina Music Store. St. John paid for her organ lessons to continue in Dayton while she attended Wright State University, majoring in sociology. After college, she worked as a deputy sheriff and married Dan Snider in June 1974. The Sniders are parents to two daughters and one son. They have one grandson.

Kiwanis Club awards fellowship

LIMA — The Kiwanis Club of Lima awarded a George F. Hixson Fellowship to Sara Bowsher in recognition of her service to Kiwanis and the community. A donation was made to the Kiwanis International Foundation in her name.

Bowsher is a social worker and transitional living coordinator at Lima City School District. She is also the Kiwanis adviser to the K-Kids Club of Independence Elementary School.

Lima native writes novel

LIMA — Lowell Plaugher was born and raised in Lima. He grew up on a farm on Lugabill Road near Beaverdam. He has released his novel, “Landfall.”

“The story is pretty much almost autobiographical. There is a lot of personal experiences and just memories,” Plaugher said.

“Landfall” follows a man, George Shrider, and his quest to return to his farming roots. The story takes place during the Depression and how Shrider survives with a “city job.” He marries, has a son but never stopped dreaming of returning to farming. Shrider manages to stash money away, hoping to realize his dream of buying a 60-acre farm. Then tragedy strikes.

Plaugher was in the first graduating class of Lima Senior High School, having attended Lima South. His wife, Roberta Tousley Plaugher, is a graduate of Lima Senior as well. He served as an administrator for Marimor Schools. After Marimor, he ventured back to the public sector of teaching in Saginaw, Mich., where he eventually retired from the public schools in Michigan. He resides in Saginaw, Mich.

It was after he retired that he started writing.

“Writing started with a love of reading. Books have been a major love of my life,” Plaugher said.

“Landfall” is available at Story-e-Books ISBN: 978-0-9802093-2-7 Genre: Adventure Fiction Novel

Print version: $17.95 at

Kindle - $4.99 -

“Landfall” is also available at Readmore’s Books in Lima.

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