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February 28th

Weather-dependent revenue

February 28, 2014

In a Wapakoneta City Council meeting earlier this month the issue of the Wapakoneta WaterPark earning enough revenue during colder seasons was brought to the attention of the board.

After having successful, warm summers in the past, bringing in many patrons and more revenue than expected, the city needed to dip into the carry-over money from previous seasons after the 2013 summer.
While no issue with funding is of immediate concern, the pool no longer has a contingency fund to dip into if upcoming summers are cooler than usual.

A swimming community

February 28, 2014

During the summertime, a pool is usually the center of entertainment inside a community, and Wapakoneta is no different — many locals may remember childhood afternoons spent splashing away.
YMCA Senior Program Director Sarah Finkelmeier said she used to be a lifeguard at the previous Wapakoneta pool.

"I was out there probably 5-6 years and I coached the Wapak Waves for a while back in the '90s," Finkelmeier said. "I grew up with the pool just being a rectangular hole in the ground. It was absolutely wonderful."

Even back then, Finkelmeier said the pool drew the community together.

Water park a place of transition

February 28, 2014

The Wapakoneta WaterPark has undergone several transitions in its history — financially, in the way it operates and the amenities it offers.

The ability to change and expand over the years translated into a five-year period where the water park turned a profit, totaling $110,000.

The park opened in the 1930s as a rectangular swimming pool, with the city paying the YMCA to run it.

Clarks say good-bye to car dealership

February 28, 2014

A dealership that has been a part of Wapakoneta since 1931 and has been owned by the Clark family for 59 years was sold to new owners in January.

Jerry and Terry Clark, previous owners of Clark Ford Sales, said they have been making preparations to sell for nearly a year and are currently undergoing the transition of leaving the business.

Alleged Subway robber indicted

February 28, 2014

An Auglaize County grand jury indicted a Michigan man accused of robbing a local restaurant.

Steven D. Anschuetz, 58, of National City, Mich., was indicted on one count each of aggravated robbery and theft stemming from the Feb. 10 incident. His arraignment  has yet to be scheduled. Anschuetz’s bond has been set at $500,000 in his alleged aggravated robbery and theft case.

Firefighter contract on hold

February 28, 2014

A contract between Wapakoneta firefighters and city officials that was supposed to be signed Thursday has been delayed due to “housekeeping issues,” according to Safety-Service Director Bill Rains.

Rains said he expects to have the finalized contract by early next week, and will sign it as soon as he receives it.

The document is currently being reviewed by Clemans, Nelson and Associates, a human resources management firm.

February 27th

Wapakoneta prepares for potential EPA visit

February 27, 2014

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency informed the City of Delphos their solution for frozen pipes is not allowed, and Wapakoneta has been using that same solution. Garden hoses.

The city’s addressed these issues in the form of a hose being hooked up to to a neighboring house suppling water to the residents without.

Wapakoneta City Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said there are probably somewhere around 30 houses without their own running water, therefore they are supplied water from neighbors via garden hoses.

Speaking out against bullying

February 27, 2014

Wapakoneta Middle School held an assembly for its students Wednesday to discuss the effect that bullying can have and how they can combat the problem by speaking up, and by performing acts of kindness for others.

The assembly was broken up into three sessions, one for each of the fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes.

Adopt a Grandparent

February 27, 2014

Haehn Florist & Greenhouses is collecting donations for its “Adopt a Grandparent” program that focuses on pampering residents at three assisted living and rehabilitation facilities in Wapakoneta.

“There are people that live in these facilities that aren’t visited and aren’t called much and need extra happiness in their lives,” Dena Wireman, with Haehn Florist, said.

Wireman noted how many elderly residents are often left alone during the post-holiday season.

February 26th

Moyer gets nod as Redskins coach

February 26, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education approved the contract of head high school football coach Travis Moyer with a vote of 5-0 during a regular board meeting at Cridersville Elementary School on Tuesday evening.

“We are extremely thankful for this opportunity and excited to be a part of this community,” Moyer said, addressing the board members. “We’re going to work extremely hard to make all of you proud, and we’re very excited and humbled to be here.”

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