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Cleaning up: Youth Elect Service members Lindsey Perales (left) and Ali Stoudinger toss brush into the back of a truck July 25 while helping clean up an alley behind East Center Street.
Photo by John Montgomery

YES to service, no to complaints

By John Montgomery
Focus Reporter
There were plenty of sounds along the alley behind the 300 block of East Center Street July 25.
Trash was picked up and disposed of. Garages were scraped and painted. An overgrown yard felt the business end of two weed whackers. A fence was refurbished.
Interspersed in all that were teens laughing, talking and occasionally squealing as the next thing picked up sent something with more than four legs scurrying away.
But what wasn’t heard was a complaint.
“The theme is ‘Do Something,’” said Jon Hay, St. Wendelin youth minister. “That’s the whole theme of the weekend — ‘Don’t complain, go out and do something.’”…

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Gamers, rejoice

By Alex Boroff
Focus Reporter
Video gamers now have more options for their gaming needs in Fostoria.
Game Express, located at 115 W. Center St., offers deals on pre-owned games and systems, new items and more said owner Alex Hughes.
Hughes is a fan of video games. Like many gamers, he wanted a local option…

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At the state fair: From left, Fostoria High band students Misty Lovejoy, Jessica Kauffman, Jillian Smith and Hunter Kauffman are part of this year’s All-Ohio State Fair Band. The AOSFB was formed in 1925 by then-Fostoria High band director Jack Wainwright.
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All-Ohio State Fair Band keeps Fostoria High ties

In 1925, Fostoria High band director Jack Wainwright approached the Ohio State Fair with the idea of assembling the state’s finest school musicians to provide entertainment for fairgoers while providing the students with an opportunity for musical and personal growth.
The band was called the All-Ohio Boys Band, and performers camped in tents on the…

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Bennetts celebrate golden anniversary

Harry and Sandy Bennett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15. They were married June 21s, 1964, by Rev. Ling at Wesley United Methodist.
Mr. Bennett is the son of the late Lewis and Helen Bennett, and works at MacRitchie Materials in West Millgrove.
Mrs. Bennett is the daughter of the late Donovan and Grace Boos, and works for the Seneca County Commission on Aging.
The Bennetts have four children, Cindy (Tim) Setliff of Fostoria, Beth (Mark) Strider of Asheboro, North Carolina, Steven (Brook) Bennett of Fostoria, and Tonya (Richard Graham) Bennett of Kansas.
They also have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family celebrated the golden anniversary with a…

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(Tracy Capetillo)

Capetillo-Gebauer wedding

Tracy Capetillo and Steven Gebauer were married 1:30 p.m. July 5, 2014 in a double-ring ceremony at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria.
The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Nicholas Weibl.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Larry and Frances Capetillo of Fostoria, and her son, Cody Helms.
The bride wore…

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Mom-100th-Birthday

Leith celebrates 100 years

Doris Leith celebrated her 100th birthday with an open house Sunday, May 25, at Wesley Village. Leith was born in Frankenmuth, Mich., on May 26, 1914, and graduated from Fostoria High School in 1932. Doris has four children, Larry Snyder of Arcadia, Janice (Snyder) Dunfee of Fostoria, the late Dale Snyder of Arcadia, and Marjeane…

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Champions

Bascom I claimed the Seneca County A League Tournament title by beating Bloomville 12-2, Carey8-2, Old Fort I 7-4 and Seneca East 13-12. Team members are, front from left, coach John Coppus, Lauren Reinhart, Hunter Schindler, Alex Falter, Morgan Hossler, Nicole Colley and coach Brian Falter. In back, Bailey Jameson, Alex Kiser, Becca Steinmetz, Jenna Huffman, Jesse Kreais, Hailey Coppus and Kenadee Siebenaller. Kayleigh Statts and coach Jessica Huffman were unavailable for the photo.
Photo provided to the Focus…

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FAST titles up for grabs after exciting Attica races

By Brian Liskai
Racing Correspondent
ATTICA — The coveted Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) Championship for the 410 sprints and JLH General Contractor FAST Championship for the 305 sprints is coming right down to the wire after an exciting night of action July 25 at Attica Raceway Park.
Castalia’s Caleb Griffith passed…

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Champions

The 14-U Fostoria Lady Lightning softball team completed the season by posting an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Madison County Revenge for the title at the 2014 Bash in Bellefontaine recently. The team finished 17-8-1 this year and played in five tournaments, reaching the finals in three of them and capturing two championships. Team members are,…

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