Archive - May 31, 2012 - News Article
With more than a dozen passionate supporters clamoring Wednesday for a dog park in the city, city leaders agreed to visit area dog parks and take inventory of possible ground for a dog park in the city of Wapakoneta.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, intends to develop a list of available ground in the city’s current park system among Veterans Memorial Park, Heritage Park, Harmon Park, Belcher Park and the new park as well as other possible city ground.
A local couple say they were pleasantly surprised after being presented a prestigious award — one that has not been presented in more than five years — at a Wapakoneta organization’s meeting this week.
The Rev. Elaine Mikesell and her husband, Dr. Alan Mikesell, of Wapakoneta, were awarded the “Service to Mankind Award” by the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club during the club’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
A teacher who recently retired from Wapakoneta Elementary School after 35 years began her career long before that, helping her dolls learn to read.
“I always pretended I was a teacher,” said Melanie Webb this week, on her first day off the job in all these years. “I lined up my doll babies and made up worksheets. I had this big chalk board where I would write lesson plans.”
Webb said in part it was an admiration of her grandmother, Margrete Erb, who taught in a one-room school house, which inspired her to become a teacher.