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July 23rd, 2012
For one area family, the Run to the Moon races Saturday morning proved to be a family affair.
The four-member family raced together in the 5K race. Others could race in a 10K race and youngsters and their parent could race in a special 1-mile race. All the races started and ended at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
Amy and Jim Morrisey, of Lima, who ran the race with their two daughters, Jocelyn and Emily, praised race organizer, Amy Kentner, for a well-planned event.
“Probably the most successful ever.”
Those were the final words 2012 Summer Moon Festival chairman Josh Steinke used to describe this year’s event, held Wednesday through Sunday.
“We likely had record attendance,” Steinke said. “The weather was cooperative. All of the ride vendors and food vendors said sales were up from last year.”
This year feature lager beer, Old Vienna Lager, was sold out by 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, Steinke said. A total of eight kegs had been made for the festival.
The third annual talent show proved to be a huge success for the third consecutive year, organizers said, drawing a crowd of more than 200 people who watched 29 acts during the Summer Moon Festival in downtown Wapakoneta Saturday.
Winners are not named in the contest, as it is just a chance for talented children between the ages of 8 to 18 to showcase their abilities.
“They were all very good,” Connie Krites, co-chair of the event, said.
The event is sponsored by the Wapakoneta Noon Optimists.
Attendees of a public tour of the Armstrong Museum with astronaut Gregory H. Johnson picked up a wealth of information about the past and the future of space travel in two separate tours at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Friday.
Johnson is a a NASA astronaut sand retired colonel of the United States Air Force. Johnson was the primary robotic arm operator on the March 11, 2008 Crew Exploration Vehicle, flight STS-123, and was the pilot of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, or flight STS-134, which was the second-to-last flight of the space shuttle program.
By CARLA MEYER
A pair of 4-H members have a goal of earning a blue ribbon at the county fair and qualifying for state â€” along with making their project a career in the future.
On Friday, two members of the Pin Cushion Pals and 4-H Rascals 4-H Club were judged on cake decorating projects they are bringing to the Auglaize County Fair â€” which is slated from July 29 to Aug. 4.
A newly formed group to support the Wapakoneta Public Library is looking for community input.
The Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library is sponsoring a contest as it searches for a logo that would be easily recognizable and reflect the mission of the group.
â€śThere has never been a group like this to support Wapakoneta Public Library,â€ť said Barb Harrod, who serves as the groupâ€™s president.
But with almost all the other libraries in the county having such â€śfriendsâ€ť groups, Harrod said the organization of such a group here is long overdue.
For nearly two hours, 18 area teams locked horns in the spirit of battle in an attempt to show true athleticism and teamwork.
If they had been trying to exhibit their sport as the next possible addition to Olympic events, the results might not have turned out so well. However, fun for all in the name of charity was the goal, and the annual charity bed races at the 2012 Summer Moon Festival in downtown Wapakoneta were a complete success.
A quarantine fee has been established for animals that need to be housed by the local dog warden after biting someone.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes after a dog bites someone and it is required to be kept quarantined for 10 days, the owner doesn’t want to or can’t keep the dog during that time.
Volunteers from a local church recently traveled to Birmingham, Ala. to contribute to what Becky Sunday defined as “the community of Christ.”
Sunday, the minister of Church Development and Parish Life at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, was one of 15 parishioners along with other volunteers that made the trip to Birmingham to help clean up storm damage. The opportunity came up through the United Church of Christ Volunteer Ministries, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity’s Birmingham office.
The Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center was filled with smiling faces and positive attitudes when 14 young women competed for the title of Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant queen.
But only one took home the title.
Eighteen-year-old Mindy Kiefer was crowned as the Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant queen on Wednesday evening, as family and friends cheered her on.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Kiefer told the Wapakoneta Daily News after the competition. “I was very, very surprised.”