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March 3rd, 2014

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.”

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.

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