Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
A new man is in charge of the Wapakoneta Electric Department and he hopes to be a positive influence.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz announced Monday longtime employee Donnie Schnarre as the new Electric Department superintendent, replacing Bill Lambert, who retired Aug. 31 after 32 years with the department. The mayor made the announcement during Mondayâs Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
WAYNESFIELD â Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members opened Mondayâs school board meeting with a moment of silence in honor of a school employee.
Deb Boday, who had been employed with the school district for 26 years as a bus driver, died early Monday morning at Lima Memorial Health System.
Board members collectively agreed that their hearts went out to Bodayâs family.
âShe was very involved with the community and the school,â Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said. âShe will be missed.â
Wapakoneta city leaders learned Monday a city street project set for 2013 received an additional $560,000 to enhance the roadwayâs look and appeal.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains told Wapakoneta City Council members the city received a $559,680 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a streetscape project. This is the second grant the city has received from ODOT for the project. They earlier received a $1.34 million for the estimated $2.5 million street reconstruction project.
Approximately 350 people from Wapakoneta and the surrounding area turned out at the Wapakoneta Fire Station Sunday for a memorial service to remember the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011.
âI was very pleased with the turnout,â Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. âFor us, it wasnât going to matter what the turnout was going to be because it was something we thought needed to be done.
âHowever, we were glad the community turned out in support of the event,â he said. âIt was a show of patriotism.â
A plethora of lawn mowers invaded Wapakoneta Saturday along with a large contingent of enthusiastic drivers to operate them.
The 15th annual K & R Lawn Mower Derby attracted a huge crowd behind the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wapakoneta. Approximately 700 people attended the event, roughly the same number as last yearâs event, and the 54 mowers entered were the largest number of entries the event has attracted yet. The event is hosted by Jeremy Resor and Chad Kantner.
Kantner said that he first got the idea for the event approximately15 years ago.
The asphalt on the newly repaved South Wentz Street may be black, but a city official called it a âgreen street.â
Crews paved the street Saturday using ground rubber in the asphalt â a way to extend the life of the street and remove unwanted tires from the refuse stream.
As teachers across the country prepare lessons about 9/11, many grapple with how to approach it and what to teach to students.
One Wapakoneta Daily News employee witnessed the Sept. 11 attacks from an entirely different point of view â from a city in southern France.
Reflecting on the events of that day, she says her faith in God helped her through those events. She was an American in a foreign land.
While flipping through the pages of her journal she kept while overseas, the 32-year-old tucks her short brown hair behind her ears as she looks back through her handwriting as she remembers the vivid, life changing time in American history.
As the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, many have had conversations with friends and acquaintances concerning that fateful day.
The 2,981 deaths on that fateful day are enough alone to make it impossible to forget. However, other things have spurned other topics of conversation from the event, including political ramifications.
Airport security procedures, the Patriot Act, and claims of an âinside jobâ have been common on the news.
While many have made their opinions known, others have first-hand experience.
The distinctive Wapakoneta businessâs light green truck is flipped over. The truck sits resting on a piece of metal at a 30-degree angle. Mangled metal stabs the ground and broken glass lies around the cab.
Approximately 25 firefighters and auxiliary firefighters with the Wapakoneta Fire Department quickly move around the truck determining the best location to place cribbing as a shift captain explains what needs to be done and giving them the reasons for its placement. Rain pelts the soaked ground, making the most stable of ground
even less reliable.