Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
BUCKLAND â€” An environmental issue is pushing its way to the forefront in Buckland.
Buckland Village Council members agreed to schedule a public meeting to inform residents and answer questions concerning building a new centrally-tied sewer system in the village.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have mandated that the small village begin plans to update the sewer system. Currently, each resident has independently-operated septic tanks.
The meeting has been set for 7:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Buckland community building where council meetings are now held.
The village of Cridersville will soon have a sign in front of the Cridersville Village Hall to display announcements and to keep village residents informed on events.
A local church, Westview United Methodist Church, in Cridersville, purchased a new outdoor sign for their church, and they gave the opportunity to the village of Cridersville to purchase their old sign for a low price of $50.
The cost for the village to purchase a new sign would be approximately $17,000, Mayor Lorali Myers said during Mondayâ€™s council meeting.
Lack of funding is preventing Wapakoneta City Schools from offering its traditional summer school to students who may need the extra assistance.
While looking for a less costly alternative, a free online program was found that would provide opportunities for students of all levels to practice skills on which they can improve throughout the summer.
â€śOdyssey allows all our students to work at their own pace on material that is appropriate for them,â€ť said Carrie Knoch, the districtâ€™s gifted intervention, gifted coordination and literacy coach, who is overseeing the program.
Alicia Klosterman may not be intending to apply skills that she learned in FFA to the farming industry itself. However, she considers everything she picked up as a member in the past four years as very important.
â€śFFA helped prepare me for life,â€ť said the 18-year-old daughter of Linda and Tom Klosterman, who was awarded first in the state in FFA for agricultural processing.
â€śThere is so much I can do now that I couldnâ€™t do before,â€ť
See FFA, Page 2A
CRIDERSVILLE â€” A new group has been reinstated in an area village, and its members plan to give recommendations to help beautify their village.
A few residents in Cridersville came together to re-organize the Cridersville Tree Commission.
The members of this group will come together and research and recommend ways to beautify their village, especially concerning the tree lawn on Main Street in the village.
The rough economic times the United States is experiencing will prompt Americans to make tough decisions and should force national legislators to make smarter choices, a U.S. lawmaker says.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said he knows Americans realize that the road ahead is tough and are willing to pay the price to preserve their liberties and their freedoms, but after decades when those in political office could survive mistakes â€śthe politicians have to act smarter.â€ť