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October 6th, 2011

Reviewing fire safety tips during month of October

October 6, 2011

October has been named as Fire Safety Month, and members of the local fire department stress the importance of staying safe.
“Every month should be Fire Safety Month,” Wapakoneta Firefighter Doug Kill said.
Fire Safety Month is celebrated every October and this is because October is the month when the Great Chicago Fire occurred in 1871. This fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century.
This week is being celebrated Fire Safety Week, and members of the Wapakoneta Fire Department said this is a good time to review fire safety at home.

October 5th

Wapak girl, Botkins teen crowned

October 5, 2011

A Wapakoneta girl and a Botkins teen were crowned winners during the Miss West Central Ohio Outstanding Teen and Little Miss Scholarship Program last weekend.
Ali Wayman, 11, of Wapakoneta, was named Little Miss West Central Ohio, and Shelby Boyd, 16, of Botkins, was named Miss West Central Ohio’s Outstanding Teen. Matti Lynn Chrisman, 16, of Nashport, was named Miss Crystal Lake’s Outstanding Teen.
Boyd’s platform was preventing childhood obesity while Chrisman’s was “don’t text and drive.”

National walk to remember

October 5, 2011

Walking is a great way to get exercise and have fun as well as a great way to get from one place to another, an organizer of a National Walk to School Day event says, but it needs to be done safely.
Wapakoneta City School District administrators and city of Wapakoneta administrators along with members of the community organized a local event for next week to coincide with Monday’s National Walk to School Day.

Botkins staff’s close shave

October 5, 2011

BOTKINS — Botkins High School Principal Jeff McPheron is finding out the hard way that maybe he will not underestimate the student body again.
The students had never managed to raise more than $1,660 in any given year for its annual drive to raise money for the Shelby County United Way, so McPheron naturally felt safe with this year’s event.
Annually, the school’s Student Council members come up with a unique approach to raising the money. This year, vocational agriculture teacher Chad Berning agreed to let students shave his head if $1,800 was raised.

October 4th

Business provides options for women

October 4, 2011

The staff at an area business dedicates their time to each and every customer’s need.
The Ritz, in Lima, is a store that provides breast care for every women, any shape or size, and also specializes in helping women who are battling with breast cancer to gain control of their body.
The special part of this business is that there is nothing like this in the area, the manager says.
“It’s a nitch that is needed,” store manager Sondra Ambrister said.

City crews prepare vehicles for fall, winter

October 4, 2011

Similar to area residents using September warm spells to prepare for the change of the seasons, Wapakoneta city crews have been working on getting equipment and trucks ready for leaf pick-up this fall and snow removal this winter.
After Monday’s Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said his crews are “ready to roll.”

Councilor pushes city to prepare for vacancy

October 4, 2011

In the final three months of his term, Wapakoneta Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells is preparing for his eventual departure as a city elected official.
During Monday’s abbreviated Wapakoneta City Council meeting, Wells asked to meet with Council President Steve Henderson and Mayor Rodney Metz regarding his replacement as chair of council’s Finance Committee and the selection of a new member to the panel.

October 3rd

CROP Walk raises awareness for hunger

October 3, 2011

A group of people and dogs came out and enjoyed sunny skies as they helped to raise awareness and funds for one purpose — worldwide and local hunger issues.
“Hunger is one of the biggest problems that the world faces today,” the Rev. Becky Sunday, of St. Paul United Church of Christ, said prior to the he seventh annual CROP Hunger Walk held in Wapakoneta on Sunday afternoon.
Community members from several local churches came together for the two-mile walk through historical downtown.

Grower introduces farmers to edamame

October 3, 2011

A Seneca County farmer views a new soybean as an opportunity for farmers to grow a new crop and a chance for consumers to add a nutritional and tasty vegetable to the dinner table.
Charles Fry says he hates the fact that the United States imports more than 100,000 tons of the soybean, called edamame (pronounced ed-ah-mommy), with 85 to 90 percent coming from China.
Fry says he is encouraged by the fact that they intend to see farmers plant the edible soybean on 1,200 acres in 2012 and as many as 4,000 acres in 2013 — all to be grown for the American consumer market.

Botkins four know ‘where’s the beef’

October 3, 2011

BOTKINS — Officials from any school district would be proud to have four students among the top 10 in just about any conceivable competition.
Now imagine doing that at either a state or a national competition.
Four Botkins High School students pulled of that feat Sept. 17. Competing at The Big E, a national fair held in West Springfield, Mass., seniors Seth Aufderhaar, Jordan Marx and Jordan Fledderjohann along with junior Logan Russell, all placed in the top 10 in the national livestock judging competition.

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