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Teaching began as a girl for retiree

May 31, 2012

A teacher who recently retired from Wapakoneta Elementary School after 35 years began her career long before that, helping her dolls learn to read.

“I always pretended I was a teacher,” said Melanie Webb this week, on her first day off the job in all these years. “I lined up my doll babies and made up worksheets. I had this big chalk board where I would write lesson plans.”

Webb said in part it was an admiration of her grandmother, Margrete Erb, who taught in a one-room school house, which inspired her to become a teacher.

May 30th

Principal retires: Payne enjoyed teaching, coaching, staff

May 30, 2012

A man who has been in the education field for 39 years will be saying goodbye to the Wapakoneta City School District as he retires after this school year.

Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne will soon be cleaning out his office and saying goodbye to fellow cohorts as he prepares for retirement. His last day is July 1.

Will powers and wires center

May 30, 2012

Wapakoneta Boy Scout Jacob Will of Wapakoneta Troop 4 received recognition Tuesday for completing his Eagle Scout project at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Faith Center.

For his project, Will wired the entire Faith Center for internet access. The building, which was remodeled in 1999, was originally built in 1900.

“I got a lot of pride from doing this project,” Will said. “I think it earned me faith from the community and from the St. Joe community that I can do a big project and get things done.”

Animal ban tabled

May 30, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Council members Tuesday tabled an ordinance banning agricultural animals within the city limits after residents came and argued their case.

Last month, councilors discussed the ordinance after Police Chief Nathan Motter asked for them to clear up language in the former ordinance that made it difficult to be enforced in the past.

Motter had pointed out three properties in the town that were in violation of the ordinance.

May 29th

WHS told make wise choices, not waste time

May 29, 2012

Making wise choices and the most of one’s time were reoccurring themes during Wapakoneta High School’s commencement on Saturday.

During the ceremony, 190 students met the necessary requirements to receive their diplomas, with 65 earning honors diplomas and 24 recognition as graduates of distinction.

Botkins graduates 48 students

May 29, 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.

W-G completes chapter

May 29, 2012

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.”

May 27th

Community grows with garden venture

May 27, 2012

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.

Aiming to educate people on antique guns

May 27, 2012

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.

Wapak office lends an ear

May 27, 2012

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.

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