Archive - 2013 - News Article
There was a line of children as long as the street to see the crowd favorite at Saturdayâs Childrenâs Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta. Santa Claus and his helpers from the Octagon Club sat outside the courthouse on Willipie Street, waiting to hear every boy and girlâs wish for Christmas. There were elaborate requests with many toys and simpler ones for just the childrenâs favorite treat.
Brooklyn Snyder, 8, and her older sister Morgan, 10, each wanted the exact same thing.
âI want a Monster High Doll,â Brooklyn said. âI want it to play with.â
Behind nearly every door downtown on Saturday was a free treat or goodie for children as part of the Childrenâs Hometown Holiday. From popcorn and hot chocolate, to hot dogs and candy, downtown Wapakonetaâs generosity came out in full force this weekend.
There were smiling faces everywhere Saturday, and not just from the children.
âItâs really great that they have all of this down here,â said Heidi Snyder, who brought her two daughters to the event downtown. âItâs great that everything is free and there is so much to do.â
âFall, Macbeth,â WHS senior Wyatt Harrison said as he drew his sword on the final scene of the Shakespearean play, Macbeth. Harrison was performing the part of antagonist Lord Macduff during the Wapakoneta High Schoolâs Shakespearean acting classes last week.
Great Lakes Theater Festival Actors Chennelle Bryant-Harris and Michael Silverstein visited the high school every day of the week, introducing many students to the world of theater.
All Wapakoneta senior English classes got involved with acting week, acting out scenes from Macbeth.
WAPAKONETA - Throughout the day Friday, those involved with the Childrenâs Hometown Holiday helped to construct the opening highlight of the event, the ice skating rink. Children were able to enjoy an evening on the rink Friday with the fun continuing today until 3 p.m.
Elaine Poppe, chair of Childrenâs Hometown Holiday, said that there used to be ice skating in and near Wapakoneta, but due to unsafe ice it hasnât been possible in recent years.
Wapakoneta resident Mike Barbee has been doing construction his whole life. In high school he made money by working on patios and landscape and helping his dad work around the house. Barbee, who grew up in southeastern Ohio, said he has been using tools his whole life.
âWe were one of those families that never hired anyone to fix things around the house,â he said. âWe did it ourselves.â
With any luck from Mother Nature, the waters on Indian Lake will soon be solid enough for ice fishers to go have their fun.
The first ice watch is in effect from Dec. 14 through Dec. 16 according to Scott Albrecht, owner of icefishohio.com.
A company formerly located in Wapakoneta has been recognized for its technological advancements in numerous industries in the United States with a book dedicated to its history.
âSuperior â Land, Sea, Air, and Spaceâ summarizes the past 79 years of Superior Tube Company, Inc., and much of the book gives credit to the Wapakoneta plant previously located on South Willipie Street for its legacy with the company.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, in conjunction with the Wapakoneta and St. Marys police departments, released an advisory concerning a posting on a local Facebook page.
The Facebook page is for posting items for sale in an online format called âRummage Sale.â
Yesterday morning the three agencies started receiving complaints from residents concerning a posting on the Rummage Sale page of prescription medications for sale.
Coming home to a meal on the table or ready to be put in the oven can be a real treat, especially during the chaotic holiday season with parties, sporting events and everyday life to consider. Instead of resorting to frozen dinners or the drive-thru line, Kim Lee presents another option.
Lee has made her services as a personal kitchen assistant available. Leeâs daytime gig is as the cook at LouAnneâs TeaSpot. Lee is known for her healthy luncheons and high teas as well as her scrumptious desserts, all made with the freshest ingredients.
A day filled with the magic of Christmas â reindeer, carriage rides, Christmas parade, Santa Claus â all started when one local woman decided downtown Wapakoneta could use more color and festivities during the holiday season.
Colored lights, Children's Hometown Holiday Chair Elaine Poppe said, are what children enjoy during the holidays. They enjoy Santa Claus and believing in the magic of Christmas. For these reasons, Poppe began a project to build Wapakoneta a Santa Outpost â a project which the city has watched grow over the past seven years.Â