Archive - Dec 2013 - News Article
For many families, the holidays are a time for sharing memories and celebrations. One local organization is reaching out to the community to help give this experience to those who may be forgotten this time of year.
Freedomâs Colors will be hosting its 14th annual Christmas dinner and program on Saturday for the veterans who reside in the Alzheimerâs ward at the Dayton Veterans Hospital.
Remembering local veterans, members of the community spent their Saturday laying wreaths on gravesides throughout Auglaize County.
âAll the veterans that we laid wreathes on today, they were all killed in the line of duty in a foreign war,â Freedomâs Colors Ralph Reynolds said Saturday.Â
The act of laying a wreath on the veteransâ graves showed their families that they are not forgotten, despite how many died more than 30 years ago, Reynolds said.Â
âTheyâre the ones that never made it home,â Reynolds said. âThey made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.â
Large, green signs throughout local roadways mark the efforts of Wapakoneta High School students volunteering to do a job that many drivers may rarely notice â highway cleanup.
Three organizations at Wapakoneta High School are dedicated to the Adopt-A-Highway program â Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honors Society and the Octagon Club.
WHS senior Morgan Dirr, 17, is involved in all three organizations and volunteers her time in her busy schedule to clean up at each clubâs scheduled trash pickup date.
Locals may have noticed a glow near the Armstrong Air & Space Museum â but it is not the usual illuminated moon.
The Armstrong Air and Space museum is alight with holiday spirit, featuring its annual Holiday Light Display on the grounds in front of the museum.
"This is something we've been working on for four years," Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said.
For three weeks, Burton and the museum's Maintenance Technician Scott Walton were been busy building the holiday light display.
Cridersville â At a regular village council meeting, concerned Cridersville residents brought council members' attention to a recreational vehicle parked on their neighbor's property.
"Residents from the community feel that this individual is not following that ordinance," Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said. "There is an opportunity for the language in that ordinance to be clarified."
A planning meeting has been set for discussion of the recreational vehicle's temporary parking in the driveway on Wednesday, following a finance meeting set for 7:30 p.m.
The Auglaize County Humane Societyâs annual Christmas tree, previously located at Harrison Insurance, has been moved to Gild the Lily on Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta.
The tree is filled with âletters of loveâ â Christmas cards with donations dedicated to pets who have been âloved and lostâ and have remained in their ownersâ hearts.
Gild the Lily owner Glenna McCormick, also founder of the countyâs humane society, said the animal Christmas tree is a big fundraiser, gaining more than $2,000 worth of donations every year.
The Auglaize County Fair Board met Monday night to wrap up meetings for 2013 and hear several different committee reports. Members heard reports on updated electrical service throughout the campgrounds.
âThe in-ground service has been put in and now we are finishing up the boxes and so forth,â Fair Secretary Fred Piehl said. âWe are getting a jump on it now rather than waiting for spring.â
Around this time last year, not coincidentally around the same time as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn., parents voiced their concerns about the safety of their children while in the care of the Wapakoneta City Schools district.
A public meeting was held last year to address these concerns, and local law enforcement has been working with the schools in order to continue updating safety measures.
CLEVELAND â The first ever Christmas Story House Run on Saturday in Cleveland marked the 30th anniversary of the holiday favorite film. Money raised by the 5K and 10K went to revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding the home where the movie was filmed.
Several locals ran in the downtown Cleveland race from Public Square to the house, now a museum to the movie.
Joanna Bell and Diana Varno ran the race together, despite frigid temperatures and were amazed at the number of people running the race: some in pink bunny suits such as Varnoâs.
Young dancers discovered the true meaning of Christmas through helping locals in need this holiday season.
During the Wapakoneta Dance Centreâs âHoliday Spectacular,â goods and monetary donations were collected to give to the Christmas Cheer program this year. The event brought parents and children to visit with Santa with the admission of a food item. Many fundraisers, including raffles and refreshments, were organized for the cause.
The Dance Centre has collected donations for the past three years and continues to be one of the many leading organizations in the program.