The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-14T10:11:14-04:00 Rundown2014-04-14T10:11:14-04:002014-04-14T10:11:14-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 14:</strong> Paws 2 Read will meet at New Knoxville Library from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. today. This program is designed to build confidence in struggling readers by reading to dogs. Sign up for 15 minute intervals. Parents must call library to register at 419-753-2724</p><p> Family Read at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 6 p.m. today. Grades 3-5 plus a parent or other adult read and share "The Fairy-Tale Detectives."</p><p> Family Night at FJ Stallo Memorial Library will be held at 6 p.m. today.</p><p> New Bremen Public Library will be having a story time for children in Kindergarten and first grade at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p><p> Friends of the New Knoxville Library will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Coming To Town2014-04-12T08:11:48-04:002014-04-11T18:24:02-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — The circus is coming to town and visitors can get an up close look at some of nature’s largest creatures while helping local children at the same time.</p><p> The St. Marys Rotary Club is bringing the Kelly Miller Circus in for two performances on May 17. The circus, which will have shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Skip Baughman Stadium that day, is part of a fundraiser to help the Rotary Club revamp the playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park.</p><p> “Rotary was looking for a project in the local community and our president wanted to refurbish the playground at K.C. Geiger Park,” Rotarian Ron Gorby said. “It’s been a while since we had a circus ... I made some inquiries with some circuses and got Kelly Miller to come to town.”</p><p> The circus features the standard fare — elephants, clowns, tigers, clowns and jugglers. Gorby said the show should provide the community with a family friendly atmosphere.</p><p> “It’s always an adventure when the circus comes to town,” Gorby said.</p><p> “They use elephants to raise the tent up in the morning and that always attracts a crowd. It’s really a nice event and will help give us money to upgrade the playground equipment.”</p><p> The St. Marys Rotary Club has a long history of sponsoring community events that benefit the area.</p><p> The club has long sponsored the Halloween costume contest and parade as well as providing free dictionaries to local students.</p><p> “We’ve always been involved in community projects,” Gorby said. “We also do some international projects, but I feel the community projects are the most important aspect of what we do.”</p><p> Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and are available at The Evening Leader, Minster Bank, Pantry Pride, TLC Learning Center, Family Video, Kroger, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and online at Tickets the day of the show are $15 for adults and $7 for children. The public also is invited to watch the elephants raise the big top at 9 a.m. the day of the shows.</p><p> “The Kelly Miller Circus puts on a quality show,” Gorby said.</p><p> “It’s one of the bigger shows and it’s not too often that we get a circus to come to town ... I think the kids will get a kick out of it and we can raise some money for new playground equipment at K.C. Geiger Park. It’s a win-win for all.”</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderCircus Coming To TownThe Evening Rundown2014-04-10T09:36:26-04:002014-04-10T09:36:26-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 10:</strong> Books, Babies and More will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library for parents and babies newborn to 36 months.</p><p> Preschool Storytime will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the New Knoxville Library for children 3-5.</p><p> Kids of all ages are welcome to stop in at the New Knoxville Public Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today for an Easter craft.</p><p> Come join us at the New Bremen Public Library in celebrating the 100th day of the year with a tower building contest at 3:30 p.m. today. Prizes to be given away.</p><p> A computer class will be held at 6 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. “Using Microsoft Excel” will be a two-session class. Please register early at 419-394-7471.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Robber Gets Prison Term2014-04-10T09:19:37-04:002014-04-10T09:19:37-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — A Mercer County man convicted of robbing a bank in November was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday afternoon.</p><p> Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham imposed the prison sentence on Cody Maxwell, 22, for his role in robbing the Peoples Bank on West Logan Street on Nov. 15. Maxwell previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. He faced a maximum of eight years in prison on the count.</p><p> Before Ingraham handed down the sentence, Maxwell addressed the court. Maxwell, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile, admitted to having a heroin addiction.</p><p> “Your honor, I would like to take full responsibility for my actions,” Maxwell said. “During the time I am incarcerated, I would like to better myself and overcome my addiction.”</p><p> Kathryn Speelman, Maxwell’s attorney, expanded upon her client’s struggle with heroin addiction. Speelman said she believes Maxwell could benefit from court-ordered counseling upon his release from prison.</p><p> Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox said he believes Maxwell deserved a lengthy prison term given his criminal record as well as the nature of the crime.</p><p> “He entered the bank, claimed he had a weapon, demanded cash and fled,” Fox said. “He does that with a juvenile and adult record and for those reasons, the state believes a significant prison term is warranted.”</p><p> Ingraham cited Maxwell’s criminal record —  including an incident involving a firearm while he was a juvenile — as a major factor in imposing the six-year prison term.</p><p> “Mr. Maxwell, you are 22-years-old and in your short life you have exhibited behavior that is quite disturbing to the court,” Ingraham said, noting Maxwell indicated to bank employees  he had a gun. “You have violated the norms of our community by continuing to commit theft offenses during the past year and a half ... You continue to show your disregard for the rights of others.”</p><p> Maxwell must serve at least four years in prison before he can be eligible for early release. If he was sentenced to less than five years, he could have been eligible sooner.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderBank Robber Gets Prison TermThe Evening Rundown2014-04-09T07:19:24-04:002014-04-09T07:19:24-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 9:</strong> A preschool story time at the St. Marys Community Public Library will be held at 11 a.m. today for 3 to 5-year-olds.</p><p> FJ Stallo Memorial Library will be showing a classic movie at 1 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys Community Public Library Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. today.</p><p> Lego Club will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today at the St. Marys Community Public Library. For grades K-5.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-04-07T10:11:15-04:002014-04-07T10:11:15-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 7:</strong> IT Services Coordinator Fred Miller teach Internet basics today at New Bremen Public Library. Feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet. Call the library at 419-629-2158 to register. Class size is limited.</p><p> IT Services Coordinator Fred Miller will teach Internet basics today at New Knoxville Public Library. Feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet. Call the library at 419-753-2724 to register. Class size is limited.</p><p> IT Services Coordinator Fred Miller teach Internet basics today at FJ Stallo Memorial Library. Feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet. Call the library at 419-628-2925 to register. Class size is limited.</p><p> Cardinal Crafternoon will be held after school today at New Bremen Public Library for grades 2-8.</p><p> Lego Club meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at New Knoxville Public Library. Boys ages 3-12 are welcome.</p><p> Children in grades K-2 are welcome to come to the New Bremen Library at 6:30 p.m. today for Angel Bear Yoga.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Happenings2014-04-05T08:31:15-04:002014-04-04T18:41:29-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>April 5:</strong> The St. Marys Kiwanis Club's pancake breakfast will be held from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the American Legion on Ohio 703.</p><p> Noble Community Park's annual hog roast today. Meals will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and carryouts will be served until 6:30 p.m. There also will be games, clowns, a cake wheel, door prizes and 50/50. An auction starts at 7 p.m.</p><p> <strong>April 6:</strong> A free community dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the ROC, 702 E. Spring St., St. Marys.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWeekend HappeningsThe Evening Walks For Gray Muzzles2014-04-03T12:22:37-04:002014-04-03T09:25:01-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A Michigan resident — and her furry friend Faith — recently passed through St. Marys as part of a journey that will take the pair thousands of miles along the North Country Trail.</p><p> Amy Kwiatkoski started her trek last month with the goal of the North Country Trail, which runs from upstate New York to North Dakota. This year’s harsh winter forced Kwiatkoski and her companion Faith — a 7-year-old Husky mix — to start halfway through the trail.</p><p> “We’re hiking to New York, and then we are going to come back and then hike to North Dakota,” Kwiatkoski said. “We’re hoping to be done by the first of November.”</p><p> Hiking the North Country Trail has been one of Kwiatkoski’s goals for a long time. She said she hopes to be the first woman/dog team to finish the through hike — all 4,600 miles.</p><p> “I always thought I was going to do the Appalachian Trail,” Kwiatkoski said. “But when I heard about the North Country Trail, I thought that was the trail because it goes through so many cities and towns.”</p><p> In Michigan, Kwiatkoski volunteers at an animal shelter and works to support rescues — including adoptions involving senior dogs. Kwiatkoski said senior dogs are often overlooked by people looking to adopt.</p><p> “The ones that don’t really get a lot of publicity are the senior dogs,” Kwiatkoski said. “That’s why we say join the Grey Muzzle Club ... We are just trying to spread the word to get people to think about shelter dogs in general, especially the senior shelter dogs.”</p><p> Kwiatkoski said Faith does well walking along the trail. Currently they average 10 to 15 miles a day and take necessary breaks.</p><p> “I’ve had her since she was 3-years-old and so I know her well,” Kwiatkoski said. “She has little booties she can wear ... We have really been lucky. We have a lot of trail angels that help us along the way.”</p><p> These trail angels offer places to stay, vet care — if necessary — as well as words of encouragement. While in Delphos, Kwiatkoski and Faith stayed for two days at a local hotel as Faith recovered from an illness.</p><p> “She’s doing fine,” Kwiatkoski said. “We trained steadily for six months for this. She’s a good breed to take and we are trying to avoid the really hot temperatures. That is what’s going to get to her the most.”</p><p> During down time, Kwiatkoski and Faith track their progress on a website — People can keep up on the pair’s whereabouts as well as read stories written from Faith’s perspective.</p><p> “She’s actually blogging,” Kwiatkoski said. “It’s fun. We have fifth graders who are following us.”</p><p>  </p><p> <br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderTeam Walks For Gray MuzzlesThe Evening Remains Recovered2014-04-01T12:32:09-04:002014-04-01T09:31:44-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — What was to be a routine bridge replacement project has turned into a historic find for the city of St. Marys.</p><p> Excavation crews working on the High Street bridge project unearthed what have been determined as fossils belonging to a dinosaur. Fossil experts were called in shortly after the find Monday afternoon and determined the fossils are the remains of a velociraptor — one of the dinosaurs featured in the blockbuster movie “Jurassic Park.”</p><p> “This, indeed, is a marvelous and historic find for the city,” said Max Power, director of the Federal Organization of Observing Land. “Where we are standing, one of the mightiest predators of our planet once stood.”</p><p> Power, who is an expert in dinosaur fossils, said the fossils indicate the area was once inhabited by the large reptiles. After digging at the site —  which has been secured and cleared — Power said he found several large leg bones and part of a skull.</p><p> “Given the age and the fact that they were buried for so long, the fossils are in remarkable shape,” Power told The Evening Leader. “These fossils definitely put the city on the map and will make a great addition to any museum in the world. To find fossils from a velociraptor in this shape — that’s akin to winning the lottery.”</p><p> Dr. Mantis Toboggan, a retired college professor who specializes in dinosaur fossils, confirmed the find. Toboggan, who has extensively researched the migration and habitat of velociraptors for decades, called the find “one for the record books.”</p><p> “It’s been about 20 years since the last velociraptor fossils were found in northern Canada,” Toboggan said as he held the remains of the mighty predator.</p><p> “These are simply stunning. Just imagine, when this beast was alive, that it was among the quintessential predators of its time.”</p><p> Adult velociraptors measured up to 7 feet long and up to 1.5 feet high. They weighed up to 33 pounds and had sharp claws. The animals were fast and were skilled hunters.</p><p> “This find is truly remarkable,” Toboggan said. “This predator had everything it could have needed — cover with the woods, fertile hunting grounds and a nice water supply with the river nearby.”</p><p> The find has attracted the attention of the Dinosaur Institute of America. Institute President Duke Silver said he hopes to restore the fossils and display them for the world to see.</p><p> “These fossils are something the entire world will enjoy,” Silver said. “We all have a fascination with dinosaurs, starting out as kids. To think that one of those creatures roamed the grounds here, in St. Marys, is astonishing. This is definitely a find for the ages.”</p><p> Silver discouraged the public from digging for additional fossils because sonar technology was used and there are no more bones to be found. The fossils from the St. Marys find are in the process of being restored and are in a secure location. For more information or to view the fossils, call 419-555-FOOL.</p><p> If you are still reading this, April Fool’s! We hope you enjoyed the latest entry in our April Fool’s catalogue.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderRaptor Remains RecoveredThe Evening Rangers Fundraise For Food2014-03-29T10:48:35-04:002014-03-28T18:58:58-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW KNOXVILLE — Rangers donated more than 2,000 canned goods and dry food items to Agape on Friday after a two-week competitive drive.</p><p> The drive, which was organized by the National Honor Society, will help fill the shelves at the food pantry. NHS Secretary Paige Lehman said the drive was on par with what the club raised the year before. Lehman noted the senior class netted the most donations.</p><p> “Seniors pitched in to win,” Lehman said. “The class voted to donate with extra money in their account.”</p><p> The second grade won at the elementary level, neck and neck with kindergarteners, both averaging more than nine cans per person. Seniors and second-graders will win a class pizza party for their accomplishments.</p><p> “We’re pretty happy with the turnout,” Lehman said.</p><p> National Honor Society does several service projects through the year; this year they did a bucket collection at a boys basketball game for local cancer patient Raygen Kramer, 4, of New Bremen, that raised more money than any other fundraiser they had ever had.</p><p> NHS Adviser Gail Mueller said the annual drive generates friendly competition.</p><p> “The younger ones are usually more excited,” Mueller said.</p><p> The real excitement, however, was at the truck entrance when NHS officers surprised Agape Director Kathy Bayless with three vehicles full of food.</p><p> “Oh my stars ... people will eat for Easter,” Bayless said.</p><p> The NHS food drive used to be a Thanksgiving and Christmas drive, Bayless said, but the school moved it at the food bank’s request because spring is a lean donation period. She said the donation, along with a local Boy Scout troop’s gift, will feed people for weeks.</p><p> Agape goes through more than 300,000 food items per year feeding 25,742 people.</p><p> “You have no idea how hard it is to feed people now, as opposed to the holidays,” Bayless told the officers.</p><p> “This means so much to us.”</p>St. Marys, OHJANICE BARNIAKNK Rangers Fundraise For FoodThe Evening