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December 16th

Time to remember veterans at Christmas

December 16, 2013

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.
Freedom’s Colors will be hosting its 14th annual Christmas dinner and program on Saturday for the veterans who reside in the Alzheimer’s ward at the Dayton Veterans Hospital.

Locals remember veterans’ sacrifices

December 16, 2013

Remembering local veterans, members of the community spent their Saturday laying wreaths on gravesides throughout Auglaize County.
“All the veterans that we laid wreathes on today, they were all killed in the line of duty in a foreign war,” Freedom’s Colors Ralph Reynolds said Saturday. 
The act of laying a wreath on the veterans’ graves showed their families that they are not forgotten, despite how many died more than 30 years ago, Reynolds said. 
“They’re the ones that never made it home,” Reynolds said. “They made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

December 13th

Students clean up Wapakoneta roadways

December 13, 2013

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 — highway cleanup.
Three organizations at Wapakoneta High School are dedicated to the Adopt-A-Highway program — 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 club’s scheduled trash pickup date.

Museum lights city with holiday cheer

December 13, 2013

Locals may have noticed a glow near the Armstrong Air & Space Museum — 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.

Vehicle parking ordinance to be clarified

December 13, 2013

Cridersville — 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.

December 12th

Tree dedicated to local animals

December 12, 2013

The Auglaize County Humane Society’s 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 “letters of love” — Christmas cards with donations dedicated to pets who have been “loved and lost” and have remained in their owners’ hearts.
Gild the Lily owner Glenna McCormick, also founder of the county’s humane society, said the animal Christmas tree is a big fundraiser, gaining more than $2,000 worth of donations every year.

Fair board wraps up 2013

December 12, 2013

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.
“The in-ground service has been put in and now we are finishing up the boxes and so forth,” Fair Secretary Fred Piehl said. “We are getting a jump on it now rather than waiting for spring.”

School safety addressed

December 12, 2013

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.

December 11th

Locals run nostalgic race

December 11, 2013

CLEVELAND — 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 Varno’s.

Dancers give to Cheer

December 11, 2013

Young dancers discovered the true meaning of Christmas through helping locals in need this holiday season.
During the Wapakoneta Dance Centre’s “Holiday Spectacular,” 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.

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