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October 11th, 2013
Walking a lap through the parking lot of Wapakoneta Elementary School, students were joined Thursday by cheerleaders, local mascots and city and police officials as they celebrated International Walk to School Day.
The event focused on how to use sidewalks safely and stay healthy.
With a piece of legislation introduced Monday calling for hikes in refuse fees, one Wapakoneta City Council member inquired about taking it a step further â€” investigating the costs of contracting for refuse and recycling collection.
After the ordinanceâ€™s first reading, Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier questioned the wisdom of legislation calling for a 50 cent increase each year in refuse fees on residentâ€™s utility bills for perpetuity and requested city administrators seek rates from refuse and recycling haulers for the sake of comparison.
ADA â€” During the year-long controversy and eventual acquittal of George Zimmerman, many citizens found themselves questioning their legal rights of self-defense.
Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, Ohio Northern University (ONU) criminal law and juvenile justice professor, presented â€śShoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self Defense, Stand Your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedyâ€ť at the universityâ€™s College of Law Tuesday afternoon.
Cautiously making their way along the gym floor, two Wapakoneta Elementary School second-graders roll past the cones and turn a corner with small smiles marking their success.
Avery Hutt, 8, remembers what it was like when she didnâ€™t want to get off the mats where they sit to lace up their roller skates and fasten their wrist guards.
â€śThe first time, I donâ€™t think I went off the mats, now I am not scared at all,â€ť Avery said. â€śIn kindergarten, everyone kept falling.â€ť
Hannah Elling, 7, said skating is fun and each year they get better.
Renovation work to the Auglaize County Courthouse was recently recognized with a state award for historic preservation.
The Auglaize County commissioners and Garmann-Miller & Associates architectural firm, of Minster, received a preservation merit award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for their efforts in preserving and rehabilitating the county’s courthouse built in 1894.
With Wapakoneta city administrators officially receiving word Thursday from Ohio Department of Transportation officials, Wapakoneta City Council now has the power to decide if a section of West Auglaize Street to be reconstructed in 2014 will be 37 feet or 39 feet wide.
During his report to councilors, Mayor Rodney Metz announced he received a letter Thursday permitting the shorter width. City officials designed the street to be 39 feet wide, meeting requirements councilors cited as being imposed by ODOT engineers.
A local businesswoman requested Monday that a three-way stop be installed or a traffic signal be replaced at the intersection of East Auglaize and Wood streets.
Auglaize Embroidery owner Judy Dubois testified to Wapakoneta City Council members during Monday’s council meeting that the removal of even a two-way stop sign installed during construction has created a hazardous situation at the intersection of East Auglaize Street and Wood Street, which also serves as Ohio 67.
A Wapakoneta Elementary School second grader doesnâ€™t hesitate a second when asked what her favorite part of school is â€” recess.
Typically 7-year-old Jaden Gerstner said she plays games of chase.
Lunch comes in a close second.
â€śMmmmm,â€ť Jaden says as she thinks about the school cafeteriaâ€™s pizza.
It doesnâ€™t matter what kind, because they are both good, she said.
Living just outside of Wapakoneta, the daughter of Dawn and Chris Gerstner has â€śgoats, cats, rabbits, kittens and a dog,â€ť she said, â€śand enough room to play.â€ť Jadenâ€™s favorite thing to do outside is race her dog, LJ, to the barn.
Draped around the necks of approximately 50 people walking in the 9th annual CROP Walk in Wapakoneta was the picture of a person and on the back was the story of their life.
â€śIt is the person who will benefit from my walking in the CROP Walk for the Church World Service,â€ť the Rev. Adrian Sunday said as he walks along the newly reconstructed East Auglaize Street.
For more information about the CROP Walk, see the Monday, Oct. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
A recent contract offer for natural gas to the city is acceptable, but Mayor Rodney Metz says he would like to see a better price as the city of Wapakoneta continues to negotiate 6-month deals instead of annual contracts for its natural gas aggregation program.
â€śWe have information regarding the rate, but it has changed a couple of times as we got closer to a deal for the next six months,â€ť Metz told the Wapakoneta Daily News Sunday.
For more information about the gas rates and deal, see the Monday, Oct. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.