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February 8th, 2013

Choco Mania: Fourth-graders in business

February 8, 2013

What better way for fourth-graders to learn about business than getting their hands a little chocolatey?

Letting out a deep sigh as she paused just a second to push her hair back off her forehead, Olivia Woten says candy making is “way harder” than she thought it would be.

Only an hour into the morning long activity, Olivia said she had already burnt herself seven times. The rubber gloves they had to wear while they were working with confectionary treats made her hands sweaty and the melted chocolate stuck to them and was hard to get off.

Churches gear up for Lent

February 8, 2013

A local organization is gearing up for a weekly Lenten tradition.

The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) Lenten worships and lunches will begin next week on Ash Wednesday and will follow the theme, “He was … for our sins,” which is found in Isaiah 52-53.

Portman fights trafficking

February 8, 2013

To help battle the scourge of sex trafficking of children, a U.S. legislator proposed an amendment which has bipartisan support to make these victims eligible for grants to receive counseling, medical attention, legal representation and other services.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio,

February 7th

Saturday mail delivery halted

February 7, 2013

While the broader effects of an announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have yet to made public, USPS officials issued a news release Wednesday stating that Saturday would be eliminated from the mail delivery schedule beginning the week of Aug. 5 to help control costs.

The move should save the USPS approximately $2 billion annually.

More testing wells to be added

February 7, 2013

Five additional test wells are to be added this year for improved monitoring at the St. Marys Landfill.

The investigative wells were recommended by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improved monitoring at the site. The cost for adding the wells is approximately $45,000.

“It was suggested by the EPA and we want to make sure residents are not affected by anything negatively there,” Auglaize County Administrator Mike Hensley said.

He said they expect the process of monitoring the former landfill site to be long term.

February 6th

Optimists donate to Support Campaign

February 6, 2013

The Wapakoneta Optimist Club helped kick off the YMCA's annual support campaign last week with a $1,200 donation! Presenting the check is Optimist Terry Blosser; accepting the check are Y campaign representative Van Wright and YMCA CEO Josh Little.

Dog shelter expected to cost less

February 6, 2013

The Auglaize County commissioners hope to save at least $150,000 with the latest proposed plans for a county dog shelter.

Commissioner John Bergman said these new savings could help ensure that the building is completed and in use by the end of November.

He described a meeting Tuesday with architects from the Minster firm of Garmann-Miller & Associates as going better than anticipated as two cost-saving buildings were proposed.

“Some concepts were put together so we could get an idea of what we could save,” Bergman said.

Essays written from the heart

February 6, 2013

While pouring their hearts into words and putting the words onto paper, three seniors were named top winners of an essay contest.

Wapakoneta High School seniors Ross Kohler, Nicole Brown and Joe Schneider were named third, fourth and fifth place winners in the “Laws of Life” contest at the high school.

This essay is an writing project their teacher, Linda Temple, assigned, and the object was to write about something near and dear to them, and that is exactly what Kohler did.

Auglaize Acres union holds vigil

February 6, 2013

Union workers from Auglaize Acres, joined by family members of residents and friends, held a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening outside the Auglaize County Administration Building praying for a resolution to contract talks.

Battling a breeze to keep their candles lit, Susan Elliott, who serves on the executive board for the Auglaize Acres bargaining unit, led the group as they gathered along South Blackhoof Street.

February 5th

Rotary donates to YMCA Support Campaign

February 5, 2013

The Wapakoneta Rotary Club, represented by Randy Fisher (left), presented the Wapakoneta YMCA with $1,000 to help kick-start its annual support campaign. Van Wright, and Josh Little, accept the donation.

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