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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 ‚ÄĒ highway cleanup.
Three organizations at Wapakoneta High School are dedicated to the Adopt-A-Highway program ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs scheduled trash pickup date.
Locals may have noticed a glow near the Armstrong Air & Space Museum ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
The Auglaize County Humane Society‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúletters of love‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Christmas cards with donations dedicated to pets who have been ‚Äúloved and lost‚ÄĚ and have remained in their owners‚Äô hearts.
Gild the Lily owner Glenna McCormick, also founder of the county‚Äôs humane society, said the animal Christmas tree is a big fundraiser, gaining more than $2,000 worth of donations every year.
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.
‚ÄúThe in-ground service has been put in and now we are finishing up the boxes and so forth,‚ÄĚ Fair Secretary Fred Piehl said. ‚ÄúWe are getting a jump on it now rather than waiting for spring.‚ÄĚ
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.
CLEVELAND ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs.
Young dancers discovered the true meaning of Christmas through helping locals in need this holiday season.
During the Wapakoneta Dance Centre‚Äôs ‚ÄúHoliday Spectacular,‚ÄĚ 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.
An Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated (OVI) arrest in regard to a private property accident occurred at 2:25¬†a.m. on Saturday at 112 E. Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta. Suspect Lavonda Owens, 42, of Wapakoneta, was driving a 2013 Buick when she allegedly backed up into a parked vehicle. Owens‚Äô blood alcohol content was reportedly .153.
See OVI, Page 2A
The unoccupied parked vehicle was a 2001 BMW belonging to Jason Cummings, of Wapakoneta.¬†
The report is incomplete and remains under investigation.
CRIDERSVILLE ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄėTis the season for Christmas festivities, and the local events do not end with Children‚Äôs Hometown Holiday.
Christmas on Main Street in Cridersville will be held on Saturday, with activities beginning at 9 a.m.
The date has been set for the second week in December, due to a better turnout last year.
‚ÄúI think it worked out fantastic ‚ÄĒ we had a great crowd, a lot of people participated,‚ÄĚ Chair Stacey Cook said.
She said the date was previously the same date as the ‚ÄúChildren‚Äôs Hometown Holiday‚ÄĚ in Wapakoneta, and not as many people were able to attend both events.