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July 10th, 2012
The storm that passed through Wapakoneta and the rest of the county June 29 wreaked plenty of havoc on the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Auglaize County Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl told members of the Auglaize County Fairboard during a regular meeting Monday.
Piehl said 15 trees on the property were lost or damaged during the storm, with several buildings also sustaining damage.
“In general, if you drove around the grounds, it was a sight to see,” Piehl said.
Organizers of the Run to the Moon are asking just that question of children ages 7 to14 in order to pick a couple of Wapakoneta youth to share a meal with Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot Col. Gregory H. Johnson on Friday, July 20, the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
Entry forms for the contest are running in the Wapakoneta Daily News, with a Saturday deadline for entries. The winners are to be determined by their answers to this question: “If you could ask Astronaut Greg Johnson one question, what would it be, and why?”
For two days, nearly 50 teams played at Veterans Memorial Park — with the top teams coming back on Sunday to determine the winners of the 2012 Moon City Classic.
Keeping the teams in line between the lines are the umpires, including Wapakoneta High School senior Kyle Gibson. The others range from classmates such as Joel Hegemier and Nathan Bracy to OHSAA certified umpires Brian Schoonover, Mike Sparks, Micah Shoup and Mark Maus.
A new coordinator plans to head Wapakoneta City Schools’ eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in the fall.
Jason Johnson recently was approved to take over for Roger Herriott, a district technology coordinator who has organized the trip for approximately 15 years.
Johnson, a special education and science teacher at Wapakoneta High School, is to receive $805 for a supplemental contract coordinating the trip district eighth-graders have been making for more than 20 years.
Every day a Wapakoneta High School sophomore treks to his grandparents’ farmhouse to help tend to the animals and work the crops.
The daily task also is shaping his future plans of being a veterinarian specializing in large animals.
Gavin Hawk, who is a member of Wapakoneta High School’s FFA program, says he loves helping his grandparents Evelyn and Marvin Kohler. He often makes two trips each day to make sure animals have water and feed — once in the morning and once at night.
The hot, dry weather is taking its toll on planted corn as the extreme heat causes the corn to shut down, especially during this critical time of pollination.
However, the heat can cause another problem for unprepared farmers. Farm animals can be adversely impacted.
Soaking units and fans should be used to keep animals cool, a local expert says. Keeping the animals cool is critical, especially when they are in holding areas.
A midweek holiday resulted in less traffic on the road for the local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP).
OSHP Wapakoneta Post Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said between Tuesday and the Fourth of July, troopers with the post made 351 motor vehicle contacts and issued 215 citations. Thirty-six citations were for safety belt violations and two were for impaired driving.
He said troopers from the post also handled three crashes, with two involving injuries.
As residents continue to clean up from last Friday’s storm, volunteers from a statewide organization arrived in Auglaize County to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Last Friday’s storm stirred memories of other devastating storms to hit the region — the Ice Storm of 2005, the Blizzard of 1978.
Chainsaws again could be heard throughout the county at many times during the day as people cleaned up trees that fell on their yards, homes, sheds and automobiles. However many trees, while the “wounds” may look fatal, have an amazing ability to recover, experts say.
Students eating lunch provided by the Wapakoneta City Schools cafeteria will be paying more for those meals beginning next school year.
Prices for lunches at the elementary school are increasing by 5 cents to $2.40 for kindergarten through fourth-grade students for the 2012-13 school year.
There are to be no other meal price increases planned at this time.
“Pretty much every year from now on we can expect those prices to increase,” Wapakoneta City Schools Food Supervisor Lori McKean said.