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October 21st, 2011
The killing by Muskingam County law enforcement officers of 49 of 56 exotic animals let loose by their late owner stirred feelings of anger, disbelief and empathy by local authorities touched by the mid-week incident.
Wapakoneta native Mike Kohlreiser, who operates Understanding Wildlife, a company started with his wife, Marsha, in 1992 to educate people about wild animals, said he was struck with a range of emotions when news broke of Terry Thompson being found dead at his complex outside of Zanesville and his menagerie of exotic animals being freed.
Both candidates vying to serve as Cridersville mayor have a dedication and passion to continue to make their village a better place to live.
Incumbent Lorali Myers, brings eight years of experience and a passion to see the projects started while she was mayor carried out. Her opponent, Tony Zuppardo, says his accessibility to residents and dedication to the village will benefit the residents of Cridersville.
In her first term, Myers, who was elected in 2007 to become the new Cridersville mayor, took over for former Mayor Robert Conner.
Looking to the future, the manager of the county airport says they are working to improve energy conservation as a way to routinely save money.
Neil Armstrong Airport Manager Sean Stroh said based on a recent analysis by an outside company they are planning to begin phasing in some of those changes during 2012. The energy conservation measures are focused on lighting at the facility outside of New Knoxville.
âIt would reduce operating expenses,â Stroh said of savings expected to be achieved through the measures once they are in place.
Perhaps a U.S. Postal Service uniform would have been an appropriate addition to the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade.
While lacking its typical turnout, neither rain nor gloom of night kept a still large contingent of people from turning out to the annual parade.
âMy parents brought me here,â said Marilyn, who had brought her two young daughters to the parade. âWe never missed. Now the girls love to come. It is a family tradition.â
Ten-year-old Gerri said she loved coming to the parade every year.
Links of alternating red and white hang from the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria ceiling.
The paper chain serves as a reminder â to be kind to one another.
Each link in the chain symbolizes a random act of kindness, something done by one student for another.
Chain links and a box to submit those random acts of kindness that have been documented on them sit on a table in the cafeteria and can be filled out anytime.
The idea for the chain came from students who belong to a new group,
A local resident is a part of a national organization with one major commonalty â his name.
Wapakoneta native and owner of Insta-Shade, Jim Smith, is apart of the Jim Smith Society. This group has approximately 2,000 members throughout the United States and the groupâs sole purpose is getting together for fellowship and celebrating a name they all share.
âItâs like a giant family reunion,â the 1977 Wapakoneta High School graduate said.
Sound fiscal policy for the past decade and more paid off, a city elected official says, because city administrators have learned the city is in a stronger position to take advantage of state and federal funds for future street improvement projects.
State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, and state Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, spoke in detail Wednesday on the need to approve Issue 2 during a public meeting sponsored by the Auglaize County Patriots at the Wapakoneta Eagles.
The issue, which was an attachment to the recently passed budget bill in Ohio, limits some of the negotiating powers for public workers such as policeman, fireman, and teachers. Both legislators immediately came out in support of the issue and dispelled what they called myths about the issue.
A new physician has come back to her home area to practice in a familiar place.
Botkins Local Schools graduate Jamie Szelagowski recently moved back to the area and now works at a local family practice â one in which she used to be a patient.
âI always knew I wanted to be a doctor,â Szelagowski said, âand now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.â
Szelagowski is the newest physician at Auglaize Family Practice Center, in Wapakoneta, along with physicians she had growing up, Parmie Herman, and George Herman and Deron Horman.
With multiple commercial and retail businesses locating in the past year in Celina and St. Marys to the west and in Bellefontaine to east of Wapakoneta, a city councilor questioned if enough is being done here to attract new stores.
Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf shared his concern with the work being done by the city on the commercial and retail front since most of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) staffâs energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.