Archive - Nov 19, 2012 - News Article
With Superstorm Sandy recently taking lives and homes when it recently hit the East Coast, a Wapakoneta Middle School student has been doing all she can — she even got her classmates involved.
Aliya Patterson, 11, organized a school-wide food drive, with students bringing in canned good food items and non-perishable goods to school to donate to Hurricane Sandy efforts.
Aliya, who is a member of Teens for Christ Ministries, was at a youth group meeting two weeks ago when the idea hit her.
Despite the re-election of President Barack Obama and Gov. John Kasich being in the middle of his term, Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz says he has heard little regarding financial help for cities and villages from the state and federal government except that Local Government Funds will continue to decrease.
With the federal deficit and federal debt likely to be addressed, he said fewer dollars are likely to flow to the states and local governments in the form of grants and the number of unfunded mandates are likely to grow.
The 14th annual Festival of Trees closed Sunday and was deemed a success by both organizers and attendees alike at The Gardens at Wapakoneta.
The event, which began Wednesday, was held 1 to 8 p.m. through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
“It gets people in the Christmas mood,” Community Health Professionals of Tri-County Marketing Coordinator Nike Duvall said. “It is an event that a lot of people look forward to and come to every year.”