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Astronaut follows in hero’s steps

May 14, 2012

On Sunday, a shuttle astronaut visited his hero’s hometown and the museum built in his honor — a prelude to his visit in July for Wapakoneta’s annual Summer Moon Festival and the “Run to the Moon” races.

NASA shuttle astronaut Gregory H. Johnson, who grew up in the Dayton area and later piloted the shuttle Endeavour, stopped to sign clear plastic engraved awards for the 5K and 10K races.

Run to the Moon Director Amy Kentner said Johnson’s visit is an amazing opportunity for Wapakoneta area residents.

One’s trash, another’s treasure

May 14, 2012

Even before the line of vehicles waiting to get rid of unwanted items wrapped around to where items were being unloaded by crews for the city’s Drop and Swap, many of the goods were already gone.

As residents, such as  Wapakoneta’s Nathan Johnson, approached the vehicles and collected items in which they were interested.

“We’re looking for washers and dryers, miscellaneous appliances and items we can rebuild and resell,” Johnson said.

Bike day biggest ever

May 14, 2012

Good things don’t always come to an end, an event organizer says, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.

The fourth annual Bike Safety Day at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds turned out to be the best attended day yet, with 207 kids getting fitted with new helmets and approximately 250 total kids showing up in all.

The event was deemed a complete success by Marlene Froning, the event organizer.

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