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October 21st, 2011

Don't rain on the parade

October 21, 2011

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.
“My parents brought me here,” said Marilyn, who had brought her two young daughters to the parade. “We never missed. Now the girls love to come. It is a family tradition.”
Ten-year-old Gerri said she loved coming to the parade every year.

Students create chain of kindness

October 21, 2011

Links of alternating red and white hang from the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria ceiling.
The paper chain serves as a reminder — 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,

Local man belongs to society with same name

October 21, 2011

A local resident is a part of a national organization with one major commonalty — 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 group’s sole purpose is getting together for fellowship and celebrating a name they all share.
“It’s like a giant family reunion,” the 1977 Wapakoneta High School graduate said.

October 20th

Road to riches: Conservative fiscal policy may help city cash in on grants

October 20, 2011

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.

Buchy, Faber push Issue 2

October 20, 2011

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.

New doctor glad to be back home

October 20, 2011

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 — one in which she used to be a patient.
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor,” Szelagowski said, “and now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.”
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.

October 19th

Retail concerns rise: Wapak councilor fights to fill downtown storefronts

October 19, 2011

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) staff’s energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.

Trailer park poses problems for school levy

October 19, 2011

BOTKINS — With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, Botkins residents have discussed the different advantages and disadvantages of building a new school with state funds through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
For one small group in Botkins, the disadvantages hit home.
As part of the project, the school is discussing the purchase of small area of land surrounding Belle Circle Drive for the use of an access point to the proposed school building site. That site is currently home to a small trailer court.

Zehringer: Food safety remain No. 1 priority

October 19, 2011

The economic recession has forced cuts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but they continue to focus on their No. 1 priority, the top agriculturalist in the state says.
Former Mercer County farmer and ODA Director Jim Zehringer said the ODA, similar to all governmental agencies, is looking at cuts to help with the down economy, but that they are maintaining their top priority — keeping food safe.

October 18th

Seeking concrete plan: Sidewalk issue spreads to curbs, gutters

October 18, 2011

The sidewalk issue is baaaaack.
And this time it has company — curbs and gutters.
Wapakoneta City Council 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, who has voiced his opposition to the assessment process for curbs, gutters and sidewalks, objected to assessments being levied against property owners along the recently completed Hamilton Street project.
He also wanted an explanation regarding no assessments being levied on property owners along Mechanic Street from Park Street to South Blackhoof Street.

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