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December 5th

Christmas crowd

December 5, 2011

People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekend’s Children’s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the event’s primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.

Power moves: Solar project concerns mayor

December 5, 2011

A solar project which will convert approximately 20 acres of city ground into megawatts of energy is expected to be completed sometime next spring, but one city administrator says he would like to see some progress made now.
“I would like to see it moving a little faster,” Mayor Rodney Metz said Sunday on the eve of Wapakoneta City Council’s first December meeting. “I would like to see the ground broke and I would like to some infrastructure going in at the site.”

A time set aside to remember

December 5, 2011

While Christmas is a time of celebration for most families, for others it can be a time of despair.
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Homes held a memorial event at its location on Lincoln Highway, or State Route 501, to help families get by that first Christmas without a loved one.
“The first Christmas without a loved one is hard,” funeral director Dick Eley said. “We started this in hope of hope of helping them get through. Hopefully we can help with some of those families.

December 4th

Brussel Sprouts

December 4, 2011

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH BACON AND BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Serves: 6 (side-dish servings) / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes

Serve these with simple broiled turkey medallions.

4 slices pancetta or thick-sliced bacon, cut into small pieces

1 ¼ pounds Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and ends trimmed

2 to 3 tablespoons sherry or water

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Slivered almonds, optional

December 2nd

Miracle Meal grows each year

December 3, 2011

By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Reservations are being taken for an annual holiday meal which serves hundreds in need in the community.
From its beginnings 16 years ago at Riverview Community Center, formerly the Rec Center, with dinner served for 80, the Miracle Meal has grown to serve approximately 500 during last year’s meal.
With the slowdown in economic conditions continuing, even more participants are expected for this year’s meal, which has become a community tradition to which people look forward.

Book club page turner at WHS

December 3, 2011

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
The goal of a book club targeted to high school students has one main purpose — to be fun.
The coordinator of the book club, hosted by the Auglaize County Public District Library and in its third year, says the club “has been very successful.”
“High schoolers are so busy and the book club is something we wanted to start and see what happens,” Auglaize County Public District Library Youth Services Coordinator Beth Steiner said. “So far, we have had a good turnout and good feedback.”

Chiropractor helps by giving ‘back’ to Cheer

December 3, 2011

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Dr Aaron Kiefer is currently offering residents a way to help both themselves and others in a unique way.

Board’s final offer

December 2, 2011

After months of negotiations failing to result in an agreement, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members approved a resolution declaring its intent to implement its final offer to teachers beginning Jan. 1.

Red Cross honors locals

December 2, 2011

Local residents and businesses have been recognized for outstanding achievements and volunteer service to a nationwide organization.
The Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services recently hosted its annual recognition luncheon, with one of the recipients having hit a milestone — by donating 24 gallons of blood in her lifetime.
Wapakoneta resident and the “Outstanding Blood Donor Award” winner for Auglaize County, Rita Tebbe, 84, has donated approximately 192 times to date, and has donated 24 gallons of blood, which translates to helping approximately 576 people.

Positives seen to online testing

December 2, 2011

Starting in 2014, Ohio school districts are to be use new state tests of common core curriculum.
The new tests are to be implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia, but they come with a catch, they must be taken online, replacing the traditional paper and pencil standardized tests Ohio students have been taking.

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