Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
Faced with an opportunity to increase the number of acres in the cityâs park system, a Wapakoneta City Council member unveiled a proposal to purchase the former Centennial Elementary School property.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented the proposal, which requires borrowing money from the Electric Expansion Fund, to purchase the Centennial Elementary School property and the land from the Harmon Park gazebo east to the football practice field.
Since 2004, Wapakoneta Police Department officials have been inviting members of the public to attend the National Night Out.
Scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Harmon Park Gazebo, this yearâs event offers free refreshments âÂ hot dogs, chips and cookiesâÂ child identification kits, bike helmets, pool passes and giveaways, including two bikes.
Salaries for Wapakoneta City Schools administrators are being frozen.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members unanimously approved the salary freeze for the 2011-12 school year during Tuesdayâs meeting.
The freeze would apply to the superintendent, operations director, director of instruction, treasurer and athletic director, as well as principals and assistant principals of the elementary schools, the middle and high school.
While a Wapakoneta man was working on his doctorate in psychology, he never expected to find himself on the road as a professional comic.
Tom Imondi toured as a comedian throughout the 1990s, appearing many times on Comedy Central, but through the years his career continued to evolve.
Imondi said it was his older brother, Rudy, who he originally had hoped to get interested in comedy and describes him to this day as the funniest person heâs ever known.
Changes in the cityâs notification policy prompted Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members to seek a hike in the variance request fee.
Board members voted to raise the fee to $275 from $200 to cover the cost to notify more people as required by a change in the city ordinance and for more work by Engineering Department workers because of the larger radius of people to be notified. The recommendation to raise the fee is to be forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for their approval.
WAYNESFIELD â Two issues that councilors were not ready to vote on forced them to schedule a special council meeting for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Councilors chose to table the issue of approving health insurance coverage of the villageâs seven full-time workers.
A youth drama camp focused on more than just honing acting talents, as it encouraged more than 30 participants to be the best they could be.
Through exercises in improv, stage movement, character development, diction and projection, the 33 participants, ages 6 through 18, participating in the âTo Be or Not To Be Drama Camp,â learned what camp director Cheryl Mulholland described as the most important lesson â âbeing the best you can be and not judging yourself against others.â
Drama camp attendees also received audition lessons and feedback, something which can be rare in the business.
The recent heat wave, which dropped from the high 90s and triple digits to the low 90s for today, is creating additional demand on water treatment systems throughout the county â prompting administrators in one village to ask residents to curtail their usage.
Wapak-oneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains reported water usage has increased in the past week as temperatures soared and lawns and gardens thirsted for water, but it is not a problem yet.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins held a reception honoring the Rev. Bob Carterâs 35th year in ministry July 17 at the church.
However, despite all that time, Carter still feels there is a much longer way to go.
âI am still planning on doing it for quite a while yet,â Carter said. âI still think God has a purpose for me yet in the ministry.â
Of those 35 years, Carter has served the last 4 1/2 years at Botkins. After receiving the call to come to Botkins, he feels he has found a place to call home.
By CARLA MEYER
A local favorite will be coming back to town to perform at the fair.
Soulâd Out Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent.
The group is based out of Georgetown has become a regular to the county fair, and this will be their fifth consecutive year performing in the gospel tent.
âWeâve had them here for a couple of years,â Gospel Tent Committee member Tom Knoch said. âTheyâre really good. They are four young men â super Christians.â