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February 15th, 2013
The recommended administration of a vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, has changed for 2013.
Auglaize County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said the new recommendations for when Tdap should be administered is a “big change.”
The changes include a recommendation that the vaccine be administered to pregnant women during each pregnancy between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, regardless of the number of years it has been since the expectant mother last received the vaccine.
BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council members heard the second reading Thursday of an ordinance to institute a 1 percent income tax on village residents.
Councilors began looking into the possibility of instituting the 1 percent income tax in November after voters defeated a 2.6-mill property tax levy on the November general election ballot. The levy was expected to generate approximately $20,000 annually.
The income tax ordinance will provide zero tax credit for people working in Buckland and living out of town.
With the end of February nearing, local organizers have already started thinking summer, as they have an annual event on their minds.
The 16th annual Auglaize County Relay for Life is slated for June 21 and 22, and a theme, committees and teams are forming.
“It takes a while to plan,” Auglaize County Relay for Life Staff Partner Sarah Burke said. “We usually take a month off after Relay and then start talking next year’s Relay.”
For the past seven decades, Betty has been Vernon’s Valentine.
And for those same 70 years, Vernon has been Betty’s Valentine.
This year, Betty and Vernon Schwarck will be celebrating with chimichangas at El Azteca.
“I guess when we were first married he would get me a heart-shaped box of candy or flowers, but that hasn’t been for years,” Betty said.
The 89-year-olds lived a simple life through the years, she said.
That simple life may just be what kept their love so strong, Betty remarked.
The Wapakoneta police chief provided a couple of definitions Wednesday to be incorporated into the city’s curfew ordinance as city elected officials work to improve the legislation.
The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) is getting the funds needed to start a program to improve the look of downtown buildings.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members agreed to set aside $10,000 in the 2013 city budget for a façade improvement program proposed by Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership in September. There will not be separate legislation, but they intend to set aside the $10,000 each year for the next three years as part of the budget process.
Auglaize County Health Department members expressed concerns Tuesday about how Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposals could affect local health departments.
“There is a lot of contention across the state about this, especially from smaller health departments, who are under stress already and don’t have the financial resources to make this happen,” county Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
Building on the success of a next generation manufacturing center in Youngs-town created under a plan unveiled by President Obama last March, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is crafting legislation to expand the program throughout the United States.
The legislation would create more innovative centers, which are designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and U.S., state and local governments to accelerate manufacturing innovation.
The city’s recreation director does not want more than $12,000 in a state grant to be wasted so he is working on ways to mix city labor with donations to remodel a building for bathrooms near The Rotary Gazebo at Harmon Park.
Wapakoneta Recreation Director Jack Hayzlett received estimates to remodel a storage building at Harmon Park at a cost of $35,000. The city received a Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works grant totaling $12,397 to help with the project, but the city would lose the money if the project is not completed by December 2014.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members elected to offer Superintendent Chris Pfister a two-year contract after discussion in executive session during Monday’s school board meeting.
Board President David Pepple said board members decided to offer the two-year contract due to the positive steps the district has made under Pfister.
“We think he has done a great job,” Pepple said. “He has been working hard with the legislature in bringing equal opportunity for funding in lower evaluated districts.”