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October 5th, 2011

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.

September 30th

Teen supports step-mom who is battling cancer

September 30, 2011

A teenage girl smiles as she watches locks of her shiny blonde hair being clipped and cut by her beautician.
Fifteen-year-old Lexi Osborn, of St. Marys, entered the boutique with her long blonde hair, but she wanted to get it cut off and her head shaved in honor of her step-mother, who is battling breast cancer.
“It feels unbelievable,” Lexi said, right after touching her head devoid of hair.
Beautician Lena Springer, of Mirror Image, in Wapakoneta, assisted Osborn with the process.

Local woman celebrates 103rd birthday, looks back on life

September 30, 2011

A recent local centenarian has a unique way of looking at many things that most of us learned in history class during high school.
Myrtle Delong, who lives on Hengstler Road, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Friday.
Myrtle talked about being old enough to remember many things that most people can only discuss after looking at old photographs
She can recall still traveling by a horse-pulled carriage, fetching water from a pump well, and getting milk straight from the cow. She went through the Great Depression, two world wars and lived for a time in a log cabin.

Personnel matters approved

September 30, 2011

Supplemental contracts and other personnel matters were approved during a regular meeting of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
Other matters also approved included donations, acceptance of inter-district open enrollment students and attendance on an overnight field trip for high school students to attend the FFA National Convention.
Two donations accepted were from Dr. Matthew M. Jose, with $1,500 donated to the tennis courts and $1,725 to Great Lakes Theatre.

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