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June 19th, 2012
A man who was considered “Wapakoneta’s No. 1 fan” and his children and grandchildren’s “biggest fan” has died.
Ferd Heller, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday at the age of 86.
Heller contributed much to the Wapakoneta community, especially through his 12 years that he served on the Wapakoneta City School Board of Education, which he was president for four years during the building of the new high school.
Whether it was fire or rain, the elements could not put a damper on the Buckland Fireman’s Festival held Saturday in this village, northwest of Wapakoneta.
Firefighters with the Buckland Fire Department responded Friday night to Easy Campgrounds near St. Marys while setting the festival up. They had already been called out earlier Friday afternoon for a mutual aid call. They were again called on another fire run Saturday night.
The city’s Water Fund needs help to make payments on the new $8.6 million water plant and $1.4 million water line improvements, the mayor says, so rates will likely increase later this year.
A review of city water bills by Wapakoneta city administrators revealed the increase proposed by Wapakoneta City Council members is necessary, Mayor Rodney Metz told the Wapakoneta Daily News Sunday, after confusion regarding the calculation of the bill arose during the May 21 meeting. Councilors are to expected to vote on the ordinance tonight.
ST. MARYS — Officials from the Buckland Fire Department are expected to return to the scene of a camper fire today to continue their investigation.
Buckland Fire Chief Todd Vorhees said at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, his department received a phone call reporting a camper was on fire at Easy Campground, just off U.S. 33. While crews were en route, they were notified there was a male burn victim. That victim, Vorhees said, was transported by St. Marys Fire and Rescue to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
With Fatherâs Day approaching and Motherâs Day just passed, a top county health official offered some tips in caring for the elderly.
âAll religions around the globe talk about caring for your parents,â Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said.
A Christian and Jewish commandment calls for children to honor their father and mother and the Code of the Samurai advises caring for all parents, even those who may not have been so good to their children through the years, he said.
Time passes on and teachers retire every year, with many leaving some kind of a permanent mark when they leave.
However, Ruth Dollâs 32 years with the school district was different than most.
While many teachers fill different positions on their path to retirement, Doll spent her entire 32 years as a Wapakoneta School District teacher as a fourth-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School. Her name will be forever linked with that specific classroom for every student that passed through the school and had her for fourth grade.
From neck ties to electronics, people are out shopping for the perfect gift for their father for Fatherâs Day, but local children have something different in mind.
âIâm making him a bunch of cards,â six-year-old Natalie Hefner said. âMe and my brother (Jon) are hiding the cards in his bedroom.â
Natalie said she plans to spend Fatherâs Day with her dad, Jason, and take him somewhere special.
âMy dad really likes basketball and golfing,â Natalie said. âWe like to play basketball on the Wii, and I always win. My dad watches me play (basketball) sometimes.â
One of the most important things on one Ohio legislator’s mind is the upcoming election — and putting the right leader in charge.
“I want people to know how critical the election is this year,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, told a crowd Thursday at the Auglaize and Allen County Patriots meeting and speaking on the upcoming presidential election pitting President Barack Obama against presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Auglaize County Election Board members are taking steps now to get into compliancy for voters with disabilities before the November presidential election.
“We have to have all the polling locations in compliance before the next election,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said of a list of areas still needing improvement as pointed out in a recent letter from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.
If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is, a local law enforcement authority says.
Wapak-oneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said he can’t emphasize that piece of advice enough when it comes to criminals trying to cash in on unsuspecting residents.
He said it’s what his officers hear all the time when taking reports on Internet and phone scams and schemes being used to try and get personal information or money.