Archive - 2013
Fifty years ago, the death of U.S. President John Kennedy by an assassinâ€™s bullet changed the nation he governed and the world.
The event also changed the lives of three Wapakoneta men, including one man who was looking to serve on the national stage but who altered his plans when the former Massachusetts senator was shot and killed.
Wapakoneta native Fred Zint said he has two connections to the late president. He met Kennedy, who was then a senator from Massachusetts, during a regional Jaycee meeting in Rockford, Ill. in 1958.
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins had 12 players selected to the Division III All-Northwest District football teams for the 2013 season.
The all-district teams for all divisions were released Thursday.
Wapak had three first-team selections, senior offensive lineman Kyle Gonterman, senior running back Zach Schmerge and junior defensive end Thomas Schoenlein.
A few volunteers prepare wooden penguins with Wapakoneta Redskins and Ohio State Buckeyes written on them while another group of volunteers put some finishing touches on center pieces with candles and globes.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church Sewing Club is preparing for this year’s Christmas Bazaar to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.
As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, touted the benefits of the Senate farm bill proposal that goes far beyond supporting farmers and their endeavors.
A materials fire at Midwest Elastomers Inc. on Wednesday morning caused an undetermined amount of damage at the plant, Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said this morning.
Nine firefighters from the Wapakoneta Fire Department and five firefighters from the Uniopolis Fire Department responded to the blaze which started shortly before 9 a.m. Wapakoneta crews were back at the fire station at 11:15 a.m.
Alfred A. Bustetter, 93, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at The Gardens, of Wapakoneta.
He was born July 27, 1920, in Auglaize County, the son of Frances (Fischer) and John Bustetter, who preceded him in death. On June 6, 1945, he married Loretta I. Seitz, and she died Nov. 21, 2011.
From staff reports
Members of the 2013 Wapakoneta Redskins football team appeared in the top five of varying school records upon the conclusion of the season earlier this month.
Two different players set a total of three new schools records.
Senior linebacker Zach Schmerge set a new Wapak mark for most career fumble recoveries with eight, while junior defensive end Thomas Schoenlein owns the school’s career records for most tackles for loss, 47, and most sacks, 15.
â€śI ate too much turkeyâ€¦ my buttons are starting to pop!â€ť
Third-graders in Chris Talowskyâ€™s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School exclaimed these remarks as they worked in groups throughout the classroom, assigning parts and practicing their assigned lines of a poem they plan to deliver to classmates on Friday.
Itâ€™s part of a weekly assignment, with Talowsky picking a story or writing, often with a seasonal theme, and students working in groups to rehearse it throughout the week before it is performed.
Five Wapakoneta City Schools District students received recognition Tuesday evening from the Wapakoneta VFW for their efforts in a national essay contest.
â€śThese are great programs to help the kids along,â€ť VFW Commander Delmar Merricle said. â€śItâ€™s great to see all these essays â€” the kids really put a lot of effort into them.â€ť
Seventh- and eighth-graders competed in the â€śVFW Patriots Penâ€ť essay contest, and high school students competed in the â€śVFW Voice of Democracy.â€ť VFW officers chose the best essays out of those submitted.
The possible purchase of self-contained bathroom for one city park and another possible one at a second city park fueled a discussion between a Wapakoneta City Council member and a city administrator.
During Mondayâ€™s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier questioned the wisdom in expending the money for self-contained systems when portable facilities would be sufficient at Breakfast Optimist Park and a storage building purchased by the city from Wapakoneta City Schools was to be converted into permanent bathroom for men and women.
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