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May 14th

Mother seeks to raise community awareness

May 14, 2014

A Wapakoneta native and her family are spreading the word about a mysterious neurological disorder that has affected her 4-year-old son and is hoping others will support their cause.

Tara and Matt Johnston, of Cincinnati, are supporting their son, Truman, in his struggle with apraxia — a severe speech and communication disorder. Truman’s mother is asking communities to “Wear BLUE 4 Tru!” today for Apraxia Awareness Day.

May 13th

Wapakoneta to bring back summer school for all levels

May 13, 2014

For the first time in years, Wapakoneta City Schools will be offering a free summer school program for students at the elementary and middle school levels who are looking to improve their math and reading skills.

The district has previously offered summer school for high school students who need to make up classes or pass a state assessment like the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), but a recent redistribution of funds has allowed the program to extend to all grade levels, beginning with kindergarten up through 12th grade.

Village pays for yard damage

May 13, 2014

At its regular village council meeting Monday night, Cridersville Village council approved a motion from Utilities and Surface Water Committee chair Paul Lynch to award Patricia Edwards of 201 W. Wood St. a 50 percent reimbursement for the costs of returning her yard to its original state as promised by the village many years ago.

Edwards presented an estimate to council of $1,968.39, as provided by Crites Contracting.

Olde Tyme Grill closes shop

May 13, 2014

The Olde Tyme Grill on South Main St, Buckland has closed for business after 15 years of serving bologna and conversation.

“When I first got it, a lot of the clientele were old,” Owner Leann Rich said, noting her restaurant was a popular community gathering spot for decades, even before she owned it. “They had lived around here forever. Most of them are gone.”

May 12th

Panel seeks fix for park access plea

May 12, 2014

The Wapakoneta City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee met Saturday to discuss a petition for expanded access to Veteran’s Park. About a dozen community members attended.

Residents of South Wentz Street and South Rauthland Avenue petitioned council May 5 to reopen the pedestrian gates at the end of their streets to allow safe access to the park.

Residents said that at that meeting that at one point, when the skate park was located at the park, there were problems, but now that the skate park has been moved, they want access reopened.

Community shares Day of Caring

May 12, 2014

Volunteers from local companies and organizations teamed up with the United Way of Auglaize County Saturday to complete a variety of projects throughout the community.

The county-wide campaign is called the Day of Caring and it has been a fixture in the community since the late 1990s.

“What we do is try to match up our partner agencies with companies and community volunteers to accomplish some of the projects our agencies don’t have the time or resources to complete,” Auglaize County United Way Executive Director Randy Fisher said.

Buckeye Farm Antiques show celebrates 25 years

May 12, 2014

The Buckeye Farm Antiques 25th annual tractor and gas engine show will be held from Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25 at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Wapakoneta.

The festivities will include a display of John Deere tractors, equipment, gas engines and memorabilia. Demonstrations will be held daily, including antique working machinery and crafts.

May 9th

Downtown shops ready to serve

May 9, 2014

For all you procrastinators out there, there isn’t much time left to purchase a Mother’s Day gift. Luckily, several local shops have got you covered. 

If your wife or mother likes a nice arrangement of flowers or enjoys gardening, head to one of the four floral shops in town. Moon Florist, Haehn Florist & Greenhouses, The Magnolia and Village Green Garden Center are all located within two miles of each other.

Special time with mother

May 9, 2014

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and the Daily News wanted to know your plans, favorite memories and what makes your mother the best of the best, so we asked a few random community members and here is what they had to say:

Diane Hollingsworth of Chattanooga, Tenn. is in Wapakoneta visiting her mother and grandmother for Mother’s Day. While on a shopping trip at Casa Chic with her  mom Charlene Koch, Diane shared what their plans for Mother’s Day are.

Looking back on motherhood

May 9, 2014

With 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren, one mother has a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

Lucille Sawmiller, 98, said her family celebrates Mother’s Day by eating and spending time together. 

“A family get-together,” Lucille said, “to discuss all the things we’ve missed. We don’t want to miss anything.”

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