Archive - 2013 - News Article
Wapakoneta students helped the community get into the holiday spirit with their annual holiday choral performance.
“Singing in a Winter Wonderland” was performed by the Wapakoneta Middle School and Wapakoneta High School choirs Tuesday evening.
A Wapakoneta High School student’s project on roadway safety for tractor and farming equipment has caught the attention of Wapakoneta Police Chief Russel Hunlock, who said he wants the public to be aware of this issue.
WHS senior, Michael Spees, chose to do his 12th grade English project on this topic because he said that most people aren’t being careful enough when they encounter tractors and other farming equipment on the road.
Many local runners faced the snowy weather to participate in the first annual â€śHot Chocolate 5Kâ€ť on Saturday, and they were rewarded after they made it to the finish line.
â€śThe Y has done other versions of 5Ks and runs,â€ť Wapakoneta YMCA Director Josh Little said. â€śItâ€™s a unique event â€” itâ€™s exciting for Sertoma Club to partner with the Y.â€ť
The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club is dedicated to community service for hearing and vision.
Little said the two organizations came
together to think of a fun, unique way for locals to enjoy a run in the winter.
The inability to take action topped the action of Mondayâ€™s Wapakoneta City Council meeting.
Council faced two money ordinances tagged as emergencies â€“ a temporary appropriations ordinance to start fiscal year 2014, totaling more than $10 million through more than three dozen funds; and a supplemental appropriations ordinance totaling $177,000 to adjust seven different funds.
The 18th annual Miracle Meal took place at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds Monday night. Hundreds gathered in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds for a free Christmas dinner complete with gifts for children, music and fellowship.
Miracle Meal Board President Rollie Kent says the event started 18 years ago when a handful of Christians got together to give back to the community.
â€śWe decicded to do this and it started small,â€ť Kent said. â€śThen it grew each year into what it is now.â€ť
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.
Freedomâ€™s Colors will be hosting its 14th annual Christmas dinner and program on Saturday for the veterans who reside in the Alzheimerâ€™s ward at the Dayton Veterans Hospital.
Remembering local veterans, members of the community spent their Saturday laying wreaths on gravesides throughout Auglaize County.
â€śAll the veterans that we laid wreathes on today, they were all killed in the line of duty in a foreign war,â€ť Freedomâ€™s 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
â€śTheyâ€™re the ones that never made it home,â€ť Reynolds said. â€śThey made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.â€ť
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 clubâ€™s 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.