Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekendâs Childrenâs Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the eventâs primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.
A solar project which will convert approximately 20 acres of city ground into megawatts of energy is expected to be completed sometime next spring, but one city administrator says he would like to see some progress made now.
âI would like to see it moving a little faster,â Mayor Rodney Metz said Sunday on the eve of Wapakoneta City Councilâs first December meeting. âI would like to see the ground broke and I would like to some infrastructure going in at the site.â
While Christmas is a time of celebration for most families, for others it can be a time of despair.
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Homes held a memorial event at its location on Lincoln Highway, or State Route 501, to help families get by that first Christmas without a loved one.
âThe first Christmas without a loved one is hard,â funeral director Dick Eley said. âWe started this in hope of hope of helping them get through. Hopefully we can help with some of those families.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR
Serves: 6 (side-dish servings) / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes
Serve these with simple broiled turkey medallions.
4 slices pancetta or thick-sliced bacon, cut into small pieces
1 ÂŒ pounds Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and ends trimmed
2 to 3 tablespoons sherry or water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Slivered almonds, optional
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Reservations are being taken for an annual holiday meal which serves hundreds in need in the community.
From its beginnings 16 years ago at Riverview Community Center, formerly the Rec Center, with dinner served for 80, the Miracle Meal has grown to serve approximately 500 during last yearâs meal.
With the slowdown in economic conditions continuing, even more participants are expected for this yearâs meal, which has become a community tradition to which people look forward.
By CARLA MEYER
The goal of a book club targeted to high school students has one main purpose â to be fun.
The coordinator of the book club, hosted by the Auglaize County Public District Library and in its third year, says the club âhas been very successful.â
âHigh schoolers are so busy and the book club is something we wanted to start and see what happens,â Auglaize County Public District Library Youth Services Coordinator Beth Steiner said. âSo far, we have had a good turnout and good feedback.â
By LANCE MIHM
Dr Aaron Kiefer is currently offering residents a way to help both themselves and others in a unique way.
After months of negotiations failing to result in an agreement, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members approved a resolution declaring its intent to implement its final offer to teachers beginning Jan. 1.
Local residents and businesses have been recognized for outstanding achievements and volunteer service to a nationwide organization.
The Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services recently hosted its annual recognition luncheon, with one of the recipients having hit a milestone â by donating 24 gallons of blood in her lifetime.
Wapakoneta resident and the âOutstanding Blood Donor Awardâ winner for Auglaize County, Rita Tebbe, 84, has donated approximately 192 times to date, and has donated 24 gallons of blood, which translates to helping approximately 576 people.
Starting in 2014, Ohio school districts are to be use new state tests of common core curriculum.
The new tests are to be implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia, but they come with a catch, they must be taken online, replacing the traditional paper and pencil standardized tests Ohio students have been taking.