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March 6th, 2014

Federal court to hear firefighter suit

March 6, 2014

A Settlement Conference that had been set for 1:30 p.m. Friday in the case of former Wapakoneta Fire Captain Tom Stinebaugh versus the City of Wapakoneta in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Ohio Western Division has been cancelled.

March 5th

Photographers gather for show

March 5, 2014

With interests ranging from sunsets to clowns and fruit, local artists gathered at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta for one passion they had in common — photography.

Calen Fledderjohan, 16, of St. Marys, entered the youth category, submitting animal, landscape and still life photographs.

Fledderjohan and his best friend and fellow artist, Skylar Hennon, 16, of St. Marys, attended the opening reception.

The two said they enjoyed viewing the various works of art at the photography exhibit.

Museum explores movie fact, fantasy

March 5, 2014

“Houston, we have a problem,” is one of, if not the most misquoted historical quote of all time, and some of that is probably attributed to Tom Hanks’ performance as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.

Executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Chris Burton, explained the historically accurate quote is, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” at the museum on Tuesday night while giving the Museum at the Movies tour.

Water woes waning

March 5, 2014

We’re down to nine.

Director of Public Service and Safety Bill Rains told City Council on Monday that the number of residences receiving water from their neighbors through the use of hoses had been reduced to nine.

That was from a high of about 30 reported last week.

Rains told councilors that after the article ran in the Wapakoneta Daily News, he received a call from the Environmental Protection Agency on the matter.

The EPA had previously told the City of Delphos that the use of garden hoses was not an acceptable solution.

March 4th

Happy Daz offers dining alternative

March 4, 2014

The sun was shining bright Monday morning as Happy Daz owner John Heaphy prepared to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and official open the doors of his newest Happy Daz location, located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue (state Route 501) and Defiance Street (state Route 198).

Even though it was 10 a.m. and below 10 degrees, many of the first customers, who also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, purchased ice cream treats, officially welcoming Happy Daz to Wapakoneta.

Keeping the food chain clean

March 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture Emergency Coordinator Dr. Dan Harpster spoke with the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta at its weekly meeting Monday afternoon, urging them to keep three things in mind about agriculture: it’s about growing food, opportunities and knowing the facts.

“Don’t get too hung up on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or pesticides or this and that,” Harpster said. “There’s always going to be issues — get the facts, know what the issues are and at the end of the day, farming is about growing food.”

Solid waste plan heats up council

March 4, 2014

An ordinance allowing the director of public service and safety to persue bids for the city’s refuse and recycling service didn’t even make it first reading Monday night as councilors voted to table the ordinance.

At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher was the most vocal opponent of the measure.

“I’m unhappy with this ordinance,” Fisher said. “We have a revenue problem and we shouldn’t heap it on the refuse department.”

March 3rd

Young readers sharpen skills on four-legged listeners

March 3, 2014

A new children’s program will establish itself on Monday, March 17, at the Auglaize County Public Library.

The idea behind the program is to give young readers an opportunity to read to someone who won’t judge, tease or laugh, just listen.

The perfect match to fit that criteria happens to have four legs and a wet nose.

Through Paws2Read, the library hopes to create a positive, nonthreatening, fun environment for children in grades K-2 who may be struggling or reluctant with reading.

Teaching is in her blood

March 3, 2014

For Waynesfield-Goshen Spanish teacher Kyley Richardson, teaching is in her blood.

Her mom is in her 24th year of teaching and is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary school. Her grandfather also taught for 35 years before retiring.

“I grew up with my mom teaching and she still loves her job and she was a good mentor to me,” Richardson said. “Experiencing her joys when she was teaching and all the stories she would come home and tell me showed me that that’s what I wanted to do.”

Bowling just 4 the health of it

March 3, 2014

Local youth expressed an interest in bowling and fitness during the Noon Optimist Club’s annual “Bowling 4 the Health of It” event on Sunday at Astro Lanes.

Community Service Youth Committee Chair Connie Krites said the bowling event is one of many health-focused programs the “friend of youth” provides to the community.

“It’s to give the kids a fun activity to do, something that’s healthy — especially working on childhood obesity,” Krites said. “That’s a big issue for our kids.”

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