Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
The newest addition to the Wapakoneta Fire Department did not have to look far for his inspiration — he comes from a family devoted to public service.
Standing in front of bright red fire truck Saturday morning in a bay of the Wapakoneta Fire Station, Adam Schulze repeated the firefighter’s oath as administered by Mayor Rodney Metz and started his career in public service.
“My mom got me interested in the medical side and my dad in public service,” Schulze said. “My parents and my siblings have had a big influence on my life.”
As long as there are video games, “hot” Doritos and rap music, all is well in the life of a Wapakoneta 6-year-old.
Gavin Vaughn, who considers himself 7, even though his birthday isn’t until Sunday, said he plays games “all the time.”
He plays games on his Leapster Explorer, on the Wii and on an iPad he got for Christmas.
“There’s nothing else to do at my house,” Gavin said of games he plays, which range from Angry Birds to Number Bash and Skylanders.
As one K-9 retires from the Auglaize County Sheriffâs Office, another has been brought into service.
Bandit, who was the departmentâs first K-9, recently was recognized by the Auglaize County commissioners for seven years of service to area residents.
âHe contributed many hours of loyalty and dedication to the department,â commissioners wrote in a resolution. âBandit was a true asset to the department.â
A new additive to the Auglaize County salt-limestone mixture is cutting through ice on roadways and is helping to cut costs, the county engineer says.
Pouring a thick and frothy brown mix into a styrofoam cup, County Engineer Doug Reinhart said this beet juice, when mixed with brine and the salt-limestone mixture and spread by county snowplow crews as a new way to remove ice and clear roads, has proven to be a success so far this winter.
Auglaize County ended 2012 by shaving more than 1 percent off its unemployment rate during a 12-month period.
In data released Tuesday, Auglaize County recorded an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in December, up slightly from the 4.7 percent it recorded in November. In 2011, Auglaize County ended the year with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) Executive Director Greg Myers said the decline in the past year and the past month is a good thing because more people are back to work.
As the Auglaize County commissioners plan to move forward with construction of a dog shelter this year, talks of different ways to scale back costs are being discussed.
“Off and on we have been working on this for the last several years,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “It’s been way too long, but it is hard to justify the last bid amount we got for a dog pound.”
Bergman explained to date they yet to receive any reasonable, good bids on the proposed 2,200-square foot project.
The family of a longtime Auglaize County sheriff honored him by giving to a program to help area children.
“Every year, at our Christmas party, in lieu of buying gifts for each other, my family donates to a needy cause,” said Janice Longsworth, the wife of former Auglaize County Sheriff Larry Longsworth, who died in June after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Through the support of the community, a local facility is able to change lives for the better.
As a leading non-profit for strengthening the community, financial gifts given to the Wapakoneta Family YMCA will help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
With the cold temperatures in the air, people are dressing in more layers and are more cautious of exposure to the outside environment.
In addition with being conscious of the winter weather, there are many safety precautions to take when it comes to heath and safety.
When it comes to snow and ice, a local fire chief notes the proper way to walk without falling and slipping.
“Footwear is definitely a big issue,” Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said. “Wear something that has traction when walking on ice.”
A fund dealing with the initial costs for city’s costliest sewer project in history is healthy as it is expected to top $1 million in 2013, a Wapakoneta City Council committee chair says.