Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
Three city streets should receive a new layer of asphalt through a state grant if an ordinance receives Wapakoneta City Council approval.
The ordinance authorizes Safety-Service Director Bill Rains to set specifications, advertise for bids and execute a paving program for Wheeler Lane and Franklin and Highland avenues through state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The work would be completed this summer.
BUCKLAND â€” Now that the Buckland Volunteer Fire Department is separate from the village, raising money to support its services is more important than ever.
Itâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year â€” the 39th annual Buckland Firemanâ€™s Festival â€” was deemed a success by the volunteer firefighters and their family members who organize it each year.
â€śWe had a good weekend,â€ť festival Chair Capt. Mike Vorhees told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Sunday after the two-day festival in downtown Buckland concluded.
The Auglaize County medical director this week reminded residents to be careful to keep bacteria at bay when cooking out or picnicing this summer.
Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said rates of foodborne disease have gone down slightly since a study in 1999, but it is still something to be careful about.
In 1999, one in four Americans had a food-related illness compared to one in six, about 48 million, in 2010, Torres said citing the study.
He said in 1999 there were 5,000 deaths related to foodborne illness, compared to 3,000 in 2010.
A former president of Wapakoneta City Council is back in charge.
Auglaize County Republican Party Central Committee members voted Thursday to have previous council President Steve Henderson fill the unexpired term of former council President Don Jump, who officially vacated his office June 8.
The lowest bid for box beams needed for a new bridge on National Road came in below the engineerâ€™s estimate.
Auglaize County Bridge Engineer Dan Bennett said United Precast, of Mount Vernon, at $45,825, submitted the lowest of two bids for the bridge box beams.
Also submitting a bid for the project was Prestress Services Industries, of Decatur, Ind., at $55,200.
The engineerâ€™s estimate was $52,000.
The new bridge, which is to span the Grassley-Link Ditch, is approximately 0.2 miles east of Eisley Road.
Funding cuts to the arts in schools and communities throughout the area prompted two local organizations to join forces in bringing to Wapa-koneta a program aimed at keeping youth active in drama and theater.
â€śTo be or not to be,â€ť a drama camp geared toward youth ages 8 to 18, is scheduled to begin July 18 and continue through July 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 S. Perry St.
A local partnership between an educational center and a Wapakoneta business has lead to the ultimate accomplishment for a program designed for children with autism.
The Auglaize County Educational Service Center (ESC) provides a program, Project Independence, which is a transitional program designed for children with autism to give them the skills they need to live on their own after high school.
In the final year a local teen planned to compete in a statewide Outstanding Teen pageant, she was crowned the winner.
Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Barrett, who in the fall will be a senior at Wapakoneta High School, was named Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen on Tuesday night at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. The crowning was part of a busy week of activities and competitions culminating in the crowning of Miss Ohio on Saturday.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” A special Safe Routes to School meeting, which was held earlier this week, to discussed the new sidewalk plans for the village of Cridersville.
Tony Schroeder, project manager of Choice One Engineering, presented the plans that will be sent to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for approval.
â€śThe plans and material will be completely covered by ODOT,â€ť Schroeder said Monday at the special meeting.
On the plans he presented, sidewalks will be constructed on Reichelderfer Road and Carlisle Street in Cridersville.
A former Wapakoneta fire chief will be handing emergency response coordination full-time for the Auglaize County Health Department.
Don Jump, who also has recently served as the president of the Wapakoneta City Council, a member of the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and as a member of the Wapakoneta
Area Economic Development Council, was officially named to the position of emergency response coordinator during a meeting of the Health Board this week.
Unofficially he started in his new position last week.