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February 14th, 2013
The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) is getting the funds needed to start a program to improve the look of downtown buildings.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members agreed to set aside $10,000 in the 2013 city budget for a façade improvement program proposed by Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership in September. There will not be separate legislation, but they intend to set aside the $10,000 each year for the next three years as part of the budget process.
Auglaize County Health Department members expressed concerns Tuesday about how Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals could affect local health departments.
“There is a lot of contention across the state about this, especially from smaller health departments, who are under stress already and don’t have the financial resources to make this happen,” county Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
Building on the success of a next generation manufacturing center in Youngs-town created under a plan unveiled by President Obama last March, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is crafting legislation to expand the program throughout the United States.
The legislation would create more innovative centers, which are designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and U.S., state and local governments to accelerate manufacturing innovation.
The city’s recreation director does not want more than $12,000 in a state grant to be wasted so he is working on ways to mix city labor with donations to remodel a building for bathrooms near The Rotary Gazebo at Harmon Park.
Wapakoneta Recreation Director Jack Hayzlett received estimates to remodel a storage building at Harmon Park at a cost of $35,000. The city received a Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant totaling $12,397 to help with the project, but the city would lose the money if the project is not completed by December 2014.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members elected to offer Superintendent Chris Pfister a two-year contract after discussion in executive session during Monday’s school board meeting.
Board President David Pepple said board members decided to offer the two-year contract due to the positive steps the district has made under Pfister.
“We think he has done a great job,” Pepple said. “He has been working hard with the legislature in bringing equal opportunity for funding in lower evaluated districts.”
Planning for the future, the Auglaize County commissioners recently purchased a Wapakoneta house.
The property at 104 W. Pearl St. was sold to the commissioners at a sheriff’s sale for $51,000, which was the highest bid offered. Commissioners had agreed prior to the sale not to offer more than the appraised value of $75,000 for the home and two-story garage.
The sale of the home was ordered for non-payment of property taxes.
Dressed in a white blouse and a purple sweater, a 7-year-old blond-haired girl shares “tea time” with her American Girl Doll, which has blond hair and blue eyes resembling her own.
Ava Gibson spent time Saturday morning drinking fruit punch, eating chocolate-covered strawberries and other small treats during an early afternoon tea with her American Girl Doll named Emma. She had already designed a charm for Charm It! bracelets and had her photograph taken before sitting down for refreshments and snacks at Casa Chic in downtown Wapakoneta.
Leaning in closer to hear the third-grader to help the youngster ask a question, a Wapakoneta High School sophomore says he takes this role seriously.
Not so seriously that he can’t have fun with the students he is helping, though, as Morgan Howard remembers what it was like when he was the younger student receiving the help.
“I went through the program and it was fun,” Howard said. “Learning from another kid was a lot easier. I could connect with them.”
CRIDERSVILLE — Looking up with the same ornery grin, brothers Jack, 7, and Joseph, 8, Hoel admit they have a lot in common.
“We both like Legos,” Joseph starts out. “And baseball,” Jack says, before Joseph continues, “and football.”
And the list goes on.
They have the same favorite video game and say it in unison, without any prior discussion — “Call of Duty Black Ops II.”
The findings of a facility assessment of the Auglaize Acres are expected soon to offer ideas for operational improvements.
The Plante & Moran firm was hired to conduct the assessment in January at a cost of between $12,000 and $15,000, plus reimbursable expenses.
Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said they have been talking about doing such a study for quite a while, with some ideas spurred on by the use of the facilities by other county offices during courthouse renovations.