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February 4th, 2014
Local community members share their feelings on the death of Vernon Doenges, who died early Sunday morning. As you will see, Vern worked with many people and had many interests. His knowledge and generosity will be missed.
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It has been several months since Wapakoneta City Schools took over full supervision of preschool programs in the district, and Wapakoneta Elementary School Vice Principal Carrie Knoch said that so far, it has been working well.
“Financially, it was a good move for us, but more importantly, it helped align all of our services and get our students in our buildings,” Knoch said. “We are much more familiar with the needs of our preschoolers now and so we anticipate their transition to kindergarten being very smooth.”
Streets and frozen pipes topped the list of topics discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Council.
In her report on the Finance Committee’s Jan. 30 meeting, Chairwoman Bonnie Wurst noted that her committee is exploring the possibility of using the permissive tax fund to grind and pave the city’s portion of Glynwood Road when the county does their portion. The cost would be about $65,000. Adding a bike path is also under consideration, with no cost available for that project.
A teacher from the Wapakoneta School District has been recognized for her achievements in the classroom throughout the past year.
Wapakoneta High School English teacher Kelli Benshoff, who teaches 10th grade Language Arts, has been awarded the “2013 Teacher of the Year” award distributed by the Alvin W. Metzger VFW #8445.
Phase one of the new vision for the Armstrong Air and Space Museum grounds was put into place in September of 2011, with the placing of the new sign in front of the museum along I-75. Phase two is set to be completed by May 1.
According to museum Executive Director Chris Burton, phase two consists of the building of the Tranquility Base Picnic Pavilion, a new area where visitors and tour groups can enjoy their lunch before or after their museum visit.
Newly appointed Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner sees his background as a teacher as an advantage when it comes to performing his duties.
“I think my experience in education gives me some skills that will make it possible for me to work with the people,” Steinbrunner said. “I’ve spent my whole adult life working with people, whether it’s a classroom full of kids or adults at an after school meeting. I guess I just have a desire to help people.”
By Zak Lantzâ€¨The Punxsutawney Spirit
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.
Although LaGrande Pizza & Subs is not offering any specials this Super Bowl Sunday, it is sure to be a fun environment for friends to enjoy the game and some food.
LaGrande manager Shannan Peachey said Sunday is usually a busy day for the business, but this Sunday should see a bit of an increase.
"We don't really run any specials, we do get a nice crowd in here anyway," she said. "A lot of friends will come in and sit at the bar andwatch it, but nothing too crazy here. Usually business as usual, plus a little extra."
A few local, well-known figures will join the more than 100 million expected viewers for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said he will not miss the Super Bowl, as he is a "huge football fan and sports nut."
Wapakoneta Elementary School students Branden Goulet and Ryan Kinstle may share a classroom and a passion for football, but they are on opposite sides when it comes to Sunday's Super Bowl.
9-year-old Kinstle is rooting for the Denver Broncos because he likes their quarterback, Peyton Manning.
"He's just a good quarterback and he deserves to win the Super Bowl," Kinstle said.