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May 29th, 2012
BOTKINS — Smiles beamed amid a few tears and hugs as 48 students closed one chapter in their lives and are preparing for the future that lies ahead of them.
The class of 2012 at Botkins Local Schools celebrated their graduation on Sunday at the 102nd commencement ceremony.
WAYNESFIELD — Valedictorian Nathan Turner ordered a turning of the tassle, and with it 42 Waynesfield-Goshen High School senior completed a chapter of their lives and were announced the graduating class of 2012.
“I want you to look around and remember this moment, said Ivy Horn, another of three valedictorians. “Remember when we walked in in kindergarten and we were scared of the uncertainties — and now we leave with the same feeling.”
Gardens recently located at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA are part of a community effort to produce fresh vegetables and get children and adults active and working outdoors.
Aligning with goals of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA to bring community members together for fun outdoor activities, promote physical activity and good nutrition, and introduce children to healthier living, a $3,000 grant from Lowe’s Never Stop Improving: Toolbox for Education program, allowed for raised and regular garden beds to be laid on the south end of the family activity center.
Collecting has become more of an obsession for Fryburg’s Paul Dudgeon rather than just a hobby.
“It’s like smoking cigarettes,” Dudgeon said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”
Some of Dudgeon’s collection of antique guns are on display as one of many displays at this year’s Buckeye Farm Antique Show being held this weekend at the Auglaize County Fair Grounds.
A Fort Wayne businessman decided to locate his third office in Wapakoneta to help people communicate with the people they love.
Ted Blanford, originally from Temperance, Mich. and a U.S. military veteran, opened Summit Hearing Solutions at 10 W. Main St. to test individual’s hearing as well as to test, clean, adjust and repair hearing instruments. They also have peripherals such as batteries and wax guards.
He said he opened an office in Wapakoneta for several reasons.
Each year, graduating seniors at Waynesfield-Goshen High School are asked if any particular teacher had a positive influence on their academic career.
Most often, the name mentioned is high school history teacher Joe Foster.
Now, those voices are being heard at the state level.
On Thursday, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History announced Foster as the 2012 Ohio History Teacher of the Year.
Talk about timing. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Being in the right place at the right time.”
Flashing back nearly 30 years to 1983, Steve Schuler, 56, was attending the Auglaize County Fair with his wife, Janet Schuler, after having just returned from college at Kent State.
Wapakoneta City Schools Principal Don Numbers also happened to be in attendance that day.
The class president and captain of the football team soon will add another accomplishment to his long list of achievements as he joins the ranks of a U.S. soldier.
Chris Schwartz, the 18-year-old son of Laura and Brent Schwartz, of Wapakoneta, begins his future at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall, after six weeks of basic training in July.
For the past two years, the city of Wapakoneta’s general fund expenditures totaled approximately $4 million, and in the past two years, the city has gained nearly $1 million in Safe Routes to Schools grant money — an impressive number to two city leaders.
Councilors-at-large Dan Graf and Tom Finkelmeier Jr. pointed out those grants represent nearly 25 percent of the city’s annual $2 million general fund budget, which pays primarily for safety-services and roads.
A Wapakoneta High School teacher plans to use products she won through a grant to better her classroom and curriculum.
Math intervention specialist Michelle Knippen received third-place for an essay she wrote for the grant, earning $200 worth of product from the Friends Business Source catalog.
Items she requested, which she said would aid her in her teaching are two magnetic pizzas for working on fractions, two containers of outdoor chalk, 10 packs of index cards, and two packs of sticky notes.