Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
By LANCE MIHM
Wapakoneta lost one of its favorite sons Wednesday when Walter Stinebaugh, 88, died at Wapakoneta Manor surrounded by his family.
After marrying his wife, Jean, in 1942, the couple were both working full-time at the Lima Locomotive Works when Stinebaughâ€™s dream of going into carpentry began to come to fruition.
â€śIt started out simply as remodeling,â€ť said Barb Haehn, one of Stinebaughâ€™s three children. â€śOver the next couple of years, it just kind of evolved.â€ť
The coupleâ€™s other children are Tina Helmstetter and Ralph Stinebaugh.
Itâ€™s not just the larger livestock that have a potent odor, a first-year 4-Her taking a duck project says one of the things he learned about them was that they stink.
Grayson Ford, of Spencerville, said he did â€ślots of stuffâ€ť to get ready for his prefair interview Thursday in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Filling out books for both his duck and boiler projects, Ford said he answered questions and wrote down information about poultry, including what they eat and their weights.
A local business owner is the newest member of a foundation in Wapakoneta, designed to help the community.
Sandra Huffman, who is the owner of PT Works, in Wapakoneta, was recently inducted into the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) as a new trustee.
â€śIâ€™m honored to be sitting among this group of people,â€ť Huffman said. â€śIâ€™m proud to even be asked.â€ť
In continuing efforts to control expenses, the new Auglaize Acres administrator recently recommended several contractual changes.
The Auglaize County commissioners approved those changes, recommended during the past few weeks.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said making the changes and watching finances is as important as ever with the new state budget decreasing the Medicare rate the Acres receives by 9 percent beginning July 1.
â€śWeâ€™re looking at ways we can be most efficient and good stewards of money,â€ť Pierce said. â€śIts a tight economy and weâ€™re looking to control expenses.â€ť
Farmers that faced problems getting their corn crop planted because of frequent rainfall throughout the spring are now facing problems from the opposite end of the spectrum.
Extremely hot temperatures and high humidity for most of the past week are the latest problems facing Auglaize County farmers and their crops. The heat and humidity is expected to continue for the rest of the week. High temperatures are not expected to dip below 90 degrees until Sunday.
A young boy who was just playing outside one day helped to save his neighborâ€™s life.
Five-year-old Damien Emrick, son of Jessica and Jesse Emrick, was playing outside on July 2, when he noticed something was not right and notified his father.
â€śI was outside and smelled smoke and saw a fire,â€ť Damien Emrick said. â€śMy dad went to the door and got the lady out.â€ť
A bill, which is being introduced on the U.S. Senate floor by a legislator from Ohio, is aimed at helping the unemployed receive the training desired by high growth industries.
The Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act attempts to address the disparity between the nationâ€™s high unemployment rate and industry executives struggling to find qualified workers.
For a local 10-year-old Wapakoneta Elementary School fourth-grader a routine practice has turned into a new obsession.
With the elementary children taking class trips to go roller skating a couple times a year, Lacey Dietrick found her niche.
â€śThe schools take the kids on a roller skating day every year,â€ť said Laceyâ€™s mother, Treasa Detrick. â€śLacey quickly got very good at it. We were surprised at how fast she picked it up. She was a very good roller skater.â€ť
The first theatrical season for the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center is set to feature popular stories and music, as well as a big green dinosaur, Scrooge and the Cat in the Hat.
â€śWe are so excited about the first season at the Performing Arts Center (PAC),â€ť PAC Events Coordinator Pam Egbert said. â€śWe have picked shows that not only appeal to the school- aged children, but also the local residents that not only enjoy theater but enjoy coming to the Performing Arts Center to see a good show.â€ť
â€˘ Thaddeus Rex and Rock the Dinosaur on Tuesday, Sept. 13
As NASA retires the three remaining space shuttles to museums, the space program is on halt as they will be working on sending astronauts beyond the bounds of Earth later this century.
The space shuttles have been in operation for 30 years, and a local museum director says it is time to trade them in for something new.
â€śThe shuttles were quite old,â€ť Armstrong Air and Space Museum Director Chris Burton said, â€śand there is not something to replace them yet.â€ť
This means that the United States will not have means to go out on space explorations for several years.