Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
Trouble attracting financiers is delaying a project to provide solar energy to the city of Wapakoneta, but city leaders remain optimistic progress will be made this year.
SolarVision Inc. Vice President Michael Dickman, who appeared before Wapakoneta City Council during Monday’s meeting, updated councilors on the solar energy project expected to have been started by the end of 2011. He shared the company’s difficulties in contracting with financiers to fund the project is delaying its start.
Walking and exercise should continue to be the primary focus of the park systems in Auglaize County and the city of Wapakoneta, according to a report released to Wapakoneta City Council members — an emphasis city administrators have placed on existing and future parks.
A local gallery has plans to recognize young artists with an exhibit dedicated just for their work.
The third annual Riverside Art Center Youth Show is set to begin Saturday with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We are trying to promote art in schools and for the students,” Gallery Director Anna Fisher said. “This (subject) is where a lot of kids shine and they need an outlet that makes them feel good about themselves.”
Wapakoneta city income tax collections fell nearly $10,000 from the previous year, but the amount is still the fifth highest total in the past 10 years.
City administrators say the amount is fine, but they would like to see the number grow as the economy creates jobs and gains more steam.
A number of new educational events are to be offered to the community in the new year at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, the director says.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum Director Chris Burton and the museum’s board are preparing their schedule for 2012, and both the museum director and educational specialist are preparing the details for the upcoming events.
Burton said that they have familiar happenings along with new opportunities to offer this year for the public.
From Friday to Feb. 1, a NASA Remembrance Week is scheduled.
A local couple’s donation to a Wapakoneta City School District school hopefully should help a special reading program to grow.
Wapakoneta residents Gwynne and Dr. Thomas Freytag have recently made a donation to the Wapakoneta Middle School to purchase three iPads for the Redskin Reading Club.
“It is a good investment of money when you give to kids in the community,” Gwynne Freytag said.
“Oh the thinks you can think,” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unfortgettable musical caper.
The off-Broadway production of Seussical is being presented at the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, by a professional touring company out of New York and features enhanced scenic and costume elements.
Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center Coordinator Pam Egbert said she found the off Broadway play when she attended the Ohio Arts Presenters Convention in Columbus in the fall of 2010.
ST. MARYS — As of Thursday morning, the United Way of Auglaize County raised $285,000 for its 2011 campaign, just $15,000 shy of its $300,000 goal — and a few phone calls to two Wapakoneta businesses made a big difference.
“This morning, (United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director) Randy (Fisher) and I were on the telephone, and at one point, I thought he was going to come through the telephone line to get a high five,” Campaign Chair Rex Katterheinrich said at the fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon.
Three middle school students came together, voiced their opinion in a professional manner and instituted a change on behalf of their fellow peers.
Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grade students Adam and Alex Walter and Nolan Benny became the spokesmen for their school as they voiced their concerns over their school lunch menu — involving sweet potato fries.
“When we first had the sweet potato fries, we saw no one was eating them,” Benny said. “People were throwing them away and it was wasted.”
Changes made this week to contracts offered to Wapakoneta City Schools teachers by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education negotiating team were enough for the two sides to reach an agreement.
Wapakoneta Education Associaiton (WEA) members voted Thursday night to accept a conceptual agreement reached between the teachers union and school board representatives on Wednesday during a three-hour meeting in Dayton with Steve Anderson, the federal mediator overseeing the case.