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August 12th, 2011
By CARLA MEYER
A former Wapakoneta city administrator and Auglaize County native is the 2011 United Way campaign chair, a United Way of Auglaize County official announced this week.
New Knoxville Village Administrator Rex Katterheinrich agreed to serve as the United Way of Auglaize County campaign chair for 2011.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to be able to work with Randy Fisher and the United Way Board to have a better opportunity to help those in need,â€ť Katterheinrich said.
After listening to complaints and concerns from parents and other 4-H members about the 159th Auglaize County Fair for much of Thursdayâ€™s meeting, the tone of the Junior Fair post-fair evaluation meeting changed at the end.
Parents praised Junior Fair Board members for the work they do in making the Junior Fair events and the entire fair a success.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” Leaders of an area village sat down with a civil engineer to discuss questions dealing with their zoning.
Cridersville Village Council Planning Committee members met with Tony Schroeder, of Choice One Engineering, to discuss issues involving the zoning issues that have arose in the village.
Councilors are currently in the process of updating their zoning of the village, which were formed in the late 1990s.
When Schroeder was asked how they should handle specific situations, Schroeder said it revolves around the villageâ€™s image and make-up.
The new lieutenant on the midnight shift at the Wapakoneta Police Department, who also was recently assigned as the K-9 handler, says he is looking forward to the extra responsibility.
â€śIt was a goal, but it came a little quicker than I expected it to,â€ť Joe Welker said of his newest position, which he began last week after scoring well on a written test.
He was named as the handler of the departmentâ€™s new K-9, Rico, in April.
â€śYou canâ€™t really count on timing,â€ť Welker, 29, said of positions and advancements in law enforcement. â€śBoth are something Iâ€™ve always wanted to do.â€ť
Before heading to compete in a national pageant, a 17-year-old Wapakoneta High School senior gave her local community a preview of what she would be presenting to the nation next week.
The Ohio State University graduate student Alexandra Gress quickly pointed out Wednesday the Auglaize County Junior Fair offered â€ścuts that certainly rank well with industry standardsâ€ť during the carcass review at Kah Meats.
â€śComparitively speaking, things were certainly at the industry average,â€ť said Gress, who has been judging carcasses for fairs since 2007. â€ťThe pork was very good quality. The grand and dairy steers were very good quality, too.â€ť
A contract for social services offered as part of the family planning program at the Auglaize County Health Department has been terminated.
â€śWeâ€™re streamlining family planning,â€ť Auglaize County Health Commissioner Charlotte Parsons said of the decision after the Auglaize County Health Boardâ€™s meeting this week. â€śWe donâ€™t feel we can afford to offer it any more.â€ť
Parsons said the decision was made as the department continues to receive less funding through grants and other sources.
After review, changes are being made beginning Sept. 1 to immunization clinics offered by the Auglaize County Health Department.
An immunization clinic offered in New Bremen is closing, substituted by a walk-in clinic every Tuesday between 8 and 11 a.m. at the Auglaize County Health Department, located at 214 S. Wagner St. An existing clinic offered at the Health Department from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays is changing to appointment only.
BUCKLAND â€” With the village expected to receive $230,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money in the future, Buckland Village Council members continue to mull over how to spend the money to improve Main Street.
Councilors discussed with no action taken if they should use the money solely for curbs and gutters or should the village use some of the money to pay to replace sidewalks along Main Street. They also discussed if the village had enough money to replace the sidewalks itself or if property owners should pay part of or all of the sidewalk replacement.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” An area villageâ€™s Tree Commission members reported that a majority of fruit trees in the village have been removed.
Cridersville Tree Commission members reported at Mondayâ€™s Cridersville Village Council meeting that a majority of the red crab apple trees that are on the tree lawn along Main Street have been removed along with several pear trees.
Now, village administrators are waiting until autumn arrives to trim other trees in the tree lawn.