The Daily Press The Evening Leader | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-26T09:29:24-04:00 Chief Pitches Auxiliary2014-08-26T09:29:24-04:002014-08-26T09:29:24-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — School security could get a boost if city councilors sign off on new legislation one law enforcement official says could save money and help the battered General Fund.</p><p> During Monday night's city council meeting, St. Marys Police Chief Mark Ernst addressed councilors regarding the re-establishment of a police auxiliary force for the city of St. Marys.</p><p> Ernst said the city had an auxiliary department that was established in the mid-1950s, but participation fizzled out in the 1990s.</p><p> "I think it's time to bring it back for several reasons," Ernst said. "My initial reason was to bring it back as a supplemental form of school security. School security is a priority for me ... I was hoping to use this supplementary, unpaid auxiliary to help out with some school security."</p><p> Ernst also noted he believes the auxiliary will help save the city money in terms of overtime costs. Event staffing is the third leading cause of overtime for the department — a figure Ernst said the auxiliary could eliminate.</p><p> "An unpaid auxiliary could fill a lot of those positions at no cost to the city," Ernst said.</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderPolice Chief Pitches AuxiliaryThe Evening Rundown2014-08-26T08:24:23-04:002014-08-26T08:24:23-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 26:</strong> New Bremen Public Library will host story time for 3 to 5-year-olds at 6:30 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Rundown2014-08-25T08:57:21-04:002014-08-25T08:57:21-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 25:</strong> The New Bremen Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.</p><p> The St. Marys City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening Pushes Herself2014-08-25T08:03:17-04:002014-08-25T08:03:17-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — Molly Menker has spent the better part of her life so far in the water.</p><p> This will be the Memorial High School senior’s 14th year swimming on various teams, including the YMCA and the Roughrider swim teams. It was something her parents threw her into and that she grew to love quickly.</p><p> “I just started out with swim lessons and the summer swim team when I was little, and it just really clicked and I liked it a lot, so my parents put me into the Y swim team in the winter when I was 7,” Menker said.</p><p> The fact that she could have her own individual goals to shoot for while still being a member of a team was appealing to her. As it was something that did not come easy to Menker, she pushed herself to improve at a young age. Only the best swimmers on the YMCA team were invited to attend the bigger meets at the end of the season, and Menker always strived to be one of them.</p><p> “You really push to find your spot on the relays and things like that,” she said. “I had to work really hard to get what I wanted.”</p><p> With three hours of practice time every day during the winters, it was something that could easily become exhausting for anyone. But the excitement of all the meets and competitions at the end of the season always kept Menker going strong.</p><p> Her hard work has paid off every year she has swam with the Roughriders.</p><p> She placed sixth in the district the past two years and won sectionals in her event, the 200 freestyle, all three years of high school. Menker also holds the school record in the event.</p><p> Her junior year, she placed second in the WBL.</p><p> Menker is always looking for ways to improve, and concentrates on the little stuff — getting a faster turn or a stronger finish. Sometimes, her parents or coach will record her races and she will watch the footage to see what she can do to get better.</p><p> Her most exciting race so far came this past season during sectionals when she beat the swimmer ranked directly above her. This girl, Menker said, had been her toughest competition in the WBL in her event, and she was determined to beat her. The race was close the entire time, Menker said, and she could feel how well she was doing. At the end, she found out she beat the swimmer by less than a second.</p><p> “Once I knew that I beat her ... it was really just, relief, kind of, because I knew that … I had a good race and I did the best I could,” she said.</p><p> Although Menker has “just missed” making it to the state competition the past two seasons, she said she has no complaints with her performance. However, it is definitely the swimmer’s main goal for herself this — her last — season.</p><p> “If I get it, that’s awesome, but if not, I’m still going to have a good season and have fun with it,” Menker said.</p>St. Marys, OHMeredith EnkoffSwimmer Pushes HerselfThe Evening Card Joins Classroom2014-08-23T08:29:21-04:002014-08-22T17:48:51-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader NEW BREMEN — Tess Moeller, of Chickasaw, says teaching in city schools, while never the environment she saw herself in long-term, taught her that the less students had the more they needed their teachers.</p><p> “The kids didn’t have as much home support,” Moeller said. “Knowing they felt the safest and most loved when they came to school made me know what an impact teachers can have on students.”</p><p> A graduate of the Marion Local and the University of Toledo, Moeller has a degree in middle childhood education with concentrations in math and language arts. She has a master’s degree from Marygrove College, and is in her ninth year of teaching and her first year at New Bremen High School, where she’ll teach fifth grade math.</p><p> “When I was in high school English, my teacher Miss Yates was in her first year of teaching and she had so much enthusiasm,” Moeller said. “She taught me to think deeply, more critically, and make a difference.”</p><p> Moeller’s goal has always been to teach near where she grew up, helping students have light bulb moments. Starting the new year, Moeller said she wasn’t nervous, but she was excited, especially with this year’s focus on developing the character of her students.</p><p> “Truly, in addition to having all that knowledge, it’s important to teach that what you’re like on the inside is as important,” she said listing the positive qualities the school is developing. “All these things you can’t really see looking at them. It’s what they can do that makes a difference.”</p><p> Moeller said her husband, Ben, and two girls, Delaney and Jayda, keep her on her toes. She said she was excited to help kids have light bulb moments in the classroom, and those build on a foundation of relationships.</p><p> “Students don’t care how much we know unless they know how much we care,” Moeller said.</p>St. Marys, OHJANICE BARNIAKNew Card Joins ClassroomThe Evening Happenings2014-08-22T10:27:27-04:002014-08-22T10:27:27-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 23:</strong> The Governor's Cup Regatta is today.</p><p> Bluesfest is today at K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys.</p><p> The Dog Days of Summer Dog Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at True Value Hardware in Minster.</p><p> IT Services Manager Fred Miller will help you Access eBooks on Multiple Devices. Bring your Kindles, Nooks and tablets to learn how to download eBooks from  FJ Stallo Memorial Library. Call the library at 419-628-2925 to register. Class size is limited.</p><p> Couponing 101 at the New Knoxville Public Library will be held at 10 a.m. today. Please bring $2 on the day of the event to purchase the supplies package to enhance your couponing experience. Call 419-753-2724 or stop by the library to register. Class size is limited. You must sign up a week in advance to get the supply packet.</p><p> <strong>Aug. 24:</strong> The Governor's Cup Regatta is today.</p><p> 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.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableWeekend HappeningsThe Evening Turns River Red2014-08-21T15:51:56-04:002014-08-21T15:51:56-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — A portion of the St. Marys River turned red on Thursday.</p><p> St. Marys Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said an equipment failure at an industrial account on McKinley Road caused approximately 55 gallons of food grade red dye to be sent into the wastewater system of the city of St. Marys. After passing through the city's system, the water was then discharged into the St. Marys River — as is typical with the finished water at the facility.</p><p> "We've contacted the EPA and EMA and there is no environmental impact," Foxhoven told The Evening Leader. "Because of their equipment failure, it got into our system and passed through undetected and then into the river. There was no reason it would have been detected because it basically was just food coloring."</p><p> Foxhoven said the incident remains under investigation. He declined to identify the source of the spill.</p><p> "We will work closely with the EPA on what needs to be done and work with the account to make sure this doesn't happen again," Foxhoven said. "It's been documented."<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderSpill Turns River RedThe Evening Gets Life2014-08-20T08:37:30-04:002014-08-20T08:37:30-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader CELINA — Trevin Sanders will more than likely never see the outside of a prison cell.</p><p> Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham sentenced Sanders to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murders of Colleen and Robert Grube in November 2011. The sentence was identical to the one handed down to codefendant Bryant Rhoades last week.</p><p> Sanders pleaded guilty in February to two counts each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary as part of a plea deal. Sanders was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of the crimes.<br />  </p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderSanders Gets LifeThe Evening To Rock Park2014-08-18T09:16:10-04:002014-08-18T09:16:10-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader ST. MARYS — K.C. Geiger Park will once again echo with the sounds of blues as an annual music festival returns this weekend.</p><p> The 2014 Riverside Bluesfest kicks off on Saturday with a slate of bands the blends nationally known acts with local artists. In addition to live music, the one-day festival will feature a slew of food and beverage vendors as organizers continue to tweak the event.</p><p> “We are trying to make it a little more unique,” said Dave Stilwell, an organizer of the event.</p><p> The park opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and the ticket office at 11 a.m. The gates to the festival open at noon with music starting at 1 p.m. with local band The Red Briar. At 2:30 p.m., Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points featuring Wade Baker hit the stage; the Kelly Richey Band plays at 4:20 p.m.; the Scotty Bratcher Band performs at 6:10 p.m.; the Bart Walker Band plays at 8 p.m.; and the Shane Dwight Band closes the festival by taking the stage at 10 p.m.</p><p> Tickets are $15 presale and $20 the day of the event. Proceeds from the event will help the K.C. Geiger Park Improvement Committee continue its efforts to make the park a viable attraction for local residents.</p><p> Presale tickets can be purchased at the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, Beer Barrel, all five Schwieterman Pharmacy locations, Pantry Pride, Kroger, Dogs-R-Us, America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, the Dutch Mill Cafe, Tailgaters Toot n Tell, Dave’s BBQ, Chief in Celina and Java Nation. For more information, visit</p>St. Marys, OHMike BurkholderBluesfest To Rock ParkThe Evening Rundown2014-08-18T09:11:33-04:002014-08-18T09:11:33-04:00Copyright 2011 The Evening Leader <strong>Aug. 18:</strong> Kids in Kindergarten and older are invited to the FJ Stallo Memorial Library at 1 p.m. today to watch a classic movie.</p><p> A Meet the Teacher Craft will be hosted at New Bremen Public Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. Make a craft at the library and bring it to your new teacher that night. All ages are welcome. Sign up is required at 419-629-2158.</p><p> The Minster Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m. today.</p>St. Marys, OHNo author availableDaily RundownThe Evening