February 24th, 2014
From staff reports
Wapakoneta Redskins freshman Josee Kaeck put together her best average of the season Saturday and it advanced her to districts.
The Redskins as team, however, were 19 pins shy of qualifying for districts, as they finished fifth Saturday at their sectional tournament needing a top-four effort to advance in the state tournament.
The Redskins totaled 2,971 pins after three games and six Baker matches Saturday in a Division I sectional tournament at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton.
CRIDERSVILLE — Laughter and smiles filled the meeting room at the Cridersville Fire Station on Friday night as many families gathered for Family Movie Night to watch the movie The Croods.
The event was sponsored by Cridersville Health Care and the Cridersville Fire Department. Cridersville Health Care provides the snacks, drinks and movies, while the fire department provided a great viewing space and the proper equipment to project the movie onto the wall.
BOTKINS — In anticipation of next month’s competition, Fairlawn and Miami East school choirs joined Botkins Local School in a full-day workshop dedicated to the improvement and interaction of the small school choirs last week.
Botkins vocal teacher Melissa Grunden organized the event along with the visiting choir directors.
“It’s almost like an all-day bootcamp,” Grunden said. “Just repetition, but, also, I think in hearing other groups, that also kind of kicks them into gear — it ups the excitement a little bit.”
Five Wapakoneta High School students were recently named winners of the school’s Laws of Life Essay Contest, and are now eligible to compete at the state level in the spring.
The contest is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the John Templeton Foundation, and is meant as a character education assessment.
The essay was assigned during the fall to all WHS seniors in their english classes. Students were asked to submit an essay that defined certain laws or values that they live their lives by, according to WHS english teacher Linda Temple.
Two Wapakoneta Redskins underclassmen will get another chance next season, as Charlie Sutton and Josie Miller concluded their appearance at the state swimming championships Friday.
Each qualified from Thursday’s preliminaries to the B-finals Friday as part of the two-day Division II state championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium.
Sutton qualified from the final spot in prelims Thursday and then improved on his prelims time by one-tenth of a second Friday.
The sophomore posted a time of 22.08 seconds Friday in the 50-yard freestyle to finish 13th.
For senior citizens who are unable to drive and cannot rely on friends or family members, the Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) offers a transportation service for individuals who are 60 and over.
Auglaize County Council on Aging is searching for caring individuals to volunteer in the "Friendly Visitor" program, which connects volunteers to homebound seniors in their communities.
The idea to bring volunteers into senior's homes started approximately 10 years ago at the center with ACCA Executive Director Christina Roby. While the center's elderly community continues to grow, so does the need for volunteers.
The Wapakoneta area offers many options for seniors looking for senior housing, ranging from independent homes to full-time assisted living care.
Otterbein located at 100 Red Oak Drive in Cridersville offers a variety of levels of care, and is considered a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), meaning you can entire into the facility in an independent home and as seniors graduate into needing more assistance there are different levels of care options available.
With Thursday marking the 39th annual Sertoma Chili Day, those who work the event seemed to have gotten the process down to a science.
“It’s pretty much a well-oiled machine at this point,” Sertoma Club member Brian Schlosser said. “Everyone knows what to do and how to do it.”
Schlosser noted that some club members have been working the event for more than 25 years.
“These members enjoy what they do or else they wouldn’t have stayed around as long as they have,” he said.
Six local businesses were recognized for their improvement throughout the past year during the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Progress Awards breakfast on Thursday.