June 28th, 2012
In the next five weeks, a Wapakoneta city official intends to have determined a location for a new dog park.
But construction of the park could take longer, unless a local Boy Scout, volunteers and donors come forward to hasten its development since the city’s Parks and Recreation Fund is strapped.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented his findings after touring nearby dog parks as well as possible city land to locate a dog park to a group of 15 people attending Wednesday’s Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.
Owning a pet since this 15-year-old Boy Scout can remember, he pondered expanding an existing dog kennel run before deciding on helping to build a new dog park.
When Wapakoneta City Council members received inquiries about converting some city-owned land into a dog park, Wapakoneta resident Travis Rohrbach said he immediately thought he could help.
One 29-year member of Wapakoneta City Schools administrative staff parted ways with the district and two others announced plans to retire this week.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne was recognized for 29 years of service by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
“You have been compassionate about kids and passionate about school improvement,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members decided to move in a different direction with rentals of the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Board members voted during Tuesday’s meeting to establish reimbursement rates for workers at events held at the PAC. The rates would be charged on an as-needed basis with $125 going toward each a site coordinator and lights and sound person and $50 for a student assistant. Additional fees could be charged for utilities and janitorial services as needed.
TSC is expanding their service to its telephone customers.
Starting Monday, TSC is expanding the places and telephone exchanges that customers can call — most likely reducing customers long-distance fees.
Local youth can take advantage to learn about acting and to practice what they have learned at a local drama camp.
The Riverside Art Center is hosting its second-ever Drama Camp at St. Paul United Church of Christ, in Wapakoneta, this week.
“In a weeks time, they get the basics,” Riverside Art Center Vice President Maggie Bowsher said. “They all kind of amaze me.”
Margene E. Graessle, 96, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Walter Vogel, 75, of St. Marys, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Paul L. White, 56, of Lima, died at 2:56 a.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Lost Creek Care Center.
He was born Oct. 18, 1955, in Lima, to Raymond Arbutus Ann (Elam) and Paul White.
Also surviving are a son, Joshua David White, of Austin, Texas; and three daughters, Christina Anderson, of Great Rapids, Mich., Wendy Burlingham, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jenni L. White of Lima.
He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond James White.
Private family services will be held. No public visiting hours are planned.
Eileen M. Burris, 92, formerly of 1706 Winston Drive, St. Marys, died at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born Dec, 12, 1919, in Auglaize County, to Alma (Zink) and Cloice Naylor. On Nov. 11, 1938, she married James F. Nester, who died July 6, 1968. She then married Doug Burris on May 15, 1969, and he died Dec. 24, 2006.