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November 19th, 2012

Festival of Trees: A doll of an event

November 19, 2012

The 14th annual Festival of Trees closed Sunday and was deemed a success by both organizers and attendees alike at The Gardens at Wapakoneta.

The event, which began Wednesday, was held 1 to 8 p.m. through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“It gets people in the Christmas mood,” Community Health Professionals of Tri-County Marketing Coordinator Nike Duvall said. “It is an event that a lot of people look forward to and come to every year.”

November 18th

Queen of England honors former Wapak resident

November 18, 2012

Earlier this year, a Wapakoneta High School graduate and one of the earliest members of the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame earned one of the highest honors bestowed by the Queen of England to the new resident of New Zealand.

Susan (Smith) Stevens, who graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1980 and was elected to the Wapakoneta High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010, earned the Queens Service Medal for her volunteer work in the country since 1999.

Fire departments gear up for holiday program

November 18, 2012

Area fire departments are coming together for an annual program that aims to bring Christmas cheer to every family in the Wapakoneta area.

The 30th annual Christmas Cheer Program will be taking place in Wapakoneta, and is hosted by the Wapakoneta, Uniopolis, St. Johns and Buckland fire departments.

“The Christmas Cheer Program continues to be a program to collect toys and food items to provide at least enough food for a meal and gifts for Christmas,” Christmas Cheer Program Chair and Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said.

Burglary at Clark gasoline, convenience store

November 18, 2012

Approximately 20 cartons of cigarettes were stolen early Friday morning from the Clark gasoline station on Apollo Drive.

Wapakoneta Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the gasoline station and convenience store at 2:13 a.m. Friday at the Clark gasoline station, known as H&F Food Mart.

November 16th

Fiscal cliff dangers

November 16, 2012

Congress and newly re-elected President Barack Obama must place a priority on finding common ground to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the Republican U.S. senator from Ohio says, and just as important is to build the framework for the future to deal with the nation’s underlying budget problems.

His Democratic counter-part agrees with Portman that this is the time Congress needs to find common ground to develop a budget in an effort to deal with United States’ fiscal crisis and to stimulate the economy.

Airport budget up slightly

November 16, 2012

NEW KNOXVILLE — Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh met with the Auglaize County commissioners Thursday to discuss airport activities over the last several months and present a preliminary budget for 2013.

Royalty, ice skater, athlete to sign at Children's Hometown Holiday

November 16, 2012

Local royalty, a figure skater and a professional baseball player are to be available for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing session during the Children’s Hometown Holiday in Wapakoneta scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, six queens and a Double AA professional baseball player will be available to meet the public and sign autographs of pictures, baseball cards and other memorabilia. From noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, a local figure skater will join the other seven.

November 15th

DISCLOSE actions: Brown wants to give voice back to Americans in elections

November 15, 2012

Ohio citizens should have a louder voice in elections than corporate America, a U.S. senator says, and to help ensure middle-class Americans are heard the legislator is reintroducing the DISCLOSE Act.

Local wins ‘Nurse of the Year’

November 15, 2012

A local nurse says she felt honored, as well as a bit overwhelmed, after receiving a top nursing award in the state oh Ohio.

Connie Brincefield, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at The Gardens of Wapakoneta, terms her career in nursing as a calling and could not imagine doing anything else. Brincefield recently attended the Ohio Assisted Living Association (OALA) Convention earlier this month and was honored with the award of “Nurse of the Year.”

WIC leader retires

November 15, 2012

Auglaize County Women Infants and Children (WIC) Director Cindy McFarland is not viewing her approaching retirement as the end. She is looking at it as a new beginning.

“First I am going to try and do some remodeling, and then I might do some traveling,” said McFarland, who lives in Lima with her husband, Mike. “My husband is still working, so we will have to work around that.” McFarland, 58, is retiring after nearly 31 years as

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