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March 7th, 2012

County agency moves to YMCA

March 7, 2012

A country agency has recently moved to a larger site in Wapakoneta to accommodate the people they serve.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) moved their Wapakoneta satellite office from a downtown building to the community room at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.

“It was so small, we were bursting at the seams,” ACCA Director of the Wapakoneta Satellite site Sandy Stanfield said of the reason for a new location.

Ohioans split vote: Wapak votes down liquor permit, supports Santorum

March 7, 2012

A bond issue for a new school in New Bremen failed, while voters split on local options regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages as the polls closed Tuesday across the state.

New Bremen Local School District voters defeated a bond issue and tax levy to leverage Ohio School Facilities Commission money to build a new school building. Residents cast 921 votes, or 61 percent, against the taxes while 587 votes, or 39 percent, supported the measures.

March 6th

4-H banquet hits 50

March 6, 2012

The annual 4-H Adviser and Junior Leader Recognition Banquet not only hit a 50-year milestone, but members also recognized a mother and daughter with two major achievements for all their hard work and involvement in the 4-H program.

The 50th annual 4-H recognition banquet recognized two outstanding 4-H youth on Monday night — Bridget Wessel and Paige Klopfenstein. Wessel’s mother, Chris Wessel, also was recognized as Outstanding 4-H Adviser and Todd Schaub was recognized as Friend of 4-H Award.

Talk hits gutters: Wapak councilor wants project savings to help assessed residents

March 6, 2012

Estimated cost savings on a city road project prompted one Wapakoneta City Council member to request the money be set aside to help defray some costs  to be paid by residents along the project’s route.

1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier inquired if the estimated savings from a bid under the engineer’s estimate for the East Benton Street reconstruction project could be used to help pay for the curbs and gutters, a cost assessed to affected property owners.

Gallery to host first photography exhibit

March 6, 2012

A local gallery is incorporating a new exhibit — one of which has sparked many local artists to display their talent.

The Wapakoneta Riverside Art Center is currently setting up their first-ever photography exhibit, which starts with an opening reception to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“In September, we had our annual juried art show,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director Anna Fisher said.

This show includes all mediums of art, from painting to sculpture to photography.

YMCA introduces TRX

March 6, 2012

A personal trainer’s interest in a new exercise system has sparked the attention of fellow employees and area residents — and is now offered at a local fitness facility.

The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is now offering TRX Suspension Training and have on-staff personal trainers, including Lisa Barrett, working with clients. Barrett brought the idea to the facility last year.

March 5th

Cuts affect programs: FSA program sign-ups change with cuts

March 5, 2012

With cuts in the federal budget affecting administration of the U.S. Farm Service Agency, the cuts have also delayed several federal programs for farmers and producers.

The delay in programming makes it imperative for farmers to meet with local FSA personnel as soon as possible, the local FSA executive director says.

Wind energy education: Organization shows wind farm movie in Wapak

March 5, 2012

Area residents filled the Wapa Theatre this weekend to watch an informative documentary on wind farms.

“Windfall” documented the lives of residents of Meredith, N.Y., a rural farming community, and the impact the installation of 40 400-foot tall wind turbines had on their community.

Senior to become teacher or study journalism

March 5, 2012

A local high school senior is currently undecided what to study in college, but he knows his passion for basketball may help guide him along the way.

Wapakoneta High School student Kaleb Page plans to attend Bowling Green State University this fall and is contemplating positions in education or journalism.

“I have a few ideas,” Page said of a career choice. “I’m thinking about possibly becoming an elementary or high school teacher or get into sports journalism or broadcasting.”

March 2nd

Combatting bullies: High school holds Anti-bullying Day

March 2, 2012

Verbal threats, name calling, rumors and tags on Facebook are all forms of bullying Wapakoneta High School students say they have experienced from other classmates.

“It’s a pretty big problem,” junior Kiesha Simpson said.

Megan Steinke, also a junior, said the biggest way students are bullied at the school is online, typically on Facebook.

“The same people do it, they just change who they do it to,” Megan said.

While the girls said for the most part they try to ignore it, name calling and gossip still hurts.

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