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May 10th, 2012
The Wapakoneta Area of Commerce is planning a trip to China for its members and other community residents in April of next year.
The opportunity allows travelers to visit the tour highlights of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, as well as visiting historical sites such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
“This is the first time we have done this,” Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said. “We wanted to give the community a chance to travel at an affordable price.
A collaborative effort between state troopers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana focused on Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 recently in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.
The multi-agency enforcement effort, which extended from Thursday through Saturday, was part of the 6 State Trooper Project, aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
A long-time employee of the Auglaize County Health Department announced her plans to retire, while the medical director saw his contract renewed for another year.
After 27 years, Janet Bassitt, who has served as health educator since she was hired in July 1985, announced her plans to retire as of July 1, during a monthly meeting of the Auglaize County Health Board.
“She will be missed,” Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said.
BUCKLAND — Buckland Village Council is looking for two new members as two were removed from their posts during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Councilor Rusty Jones submitted a letter of resignation, effective May 7, citing an “inability to be able to attend all council meetings because of meeting time change, my work schedule, and my family.”
Later in the meeting, Councilor Matt A. Pleiman was removed from his council seat for failing to attend meetings.
Wapakoneta is the place to be Saturday morning for area residents spending time doing some spring cleaning or scavengers seeking unappreciated treasures.
The city’s annual Drop and Swap event and Auglaize County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is this weekend at the Wapakoneta Public Works Building, 110 Harrison St.
An attempt to build a 125-foot wind turbine last year in the city prompted Wapakoneta City Council members to review city ordinances and building codes to best deal with renewable energy sources, or green energy.
Now more than a year’s worth of work by council’s Lands and Buildings Committee members is before councilors for their approval. During Monday’s council meeting, councilors heard the first of three readings of two pieces of legislation aimed to help residents know what is acceptable and what is not.
A local museum director hopes to start a midnight movie tradition.
Beginning Saturday, The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is hosting a midnight showing of a science fiction once a month, on the 56-foot diameter Astro Theatre in the museum.
“Midnight movie screenings are a long tradition in the sci-fi genre,” The Armstrong Air and Space Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said. “The series will also feature films not commonly experienced in a cinema setting.”
UNIOPOLIS — Uniopolis Village Council members voted unanimously to pay off a debt in anticipation of unincorporating the village in November.
During the April council meeting, councilors approved a move transferring $37,000 from its savings to pay off a sewer loan and set aside another $7,400 to pay on the wastewater lagoon project.
Councilors continue to move in the direction of unincorporating, or dissolving the village, and discussed the issue during a brief meeting on Monday.
Jason Strauser and Jesse Doseck will forever be etched in the memories of their classmates as the class of 2012 winds down its last few days of school.
Now there will be a visual memory as well for everyone to reflect on.
Nearly 70 people turned out Saturday as the parents of the two Wapakoneta students dedicated a memorial in front of the high school on Saturday. Both boys died to cancer before reaching graduation.
If area residents are interested in a dog park in a section of a planned park where Centennial Elementary School used to be located, two city officials encourage them to come forward.
Mayor Rodney Metz and 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, advised residents seeking an area to exercise their dogs to come forward soon before plans for the park are finalized.