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September 26th, 2011
For one Wapakoneta native, she says it is good to be back playing on the dirt infields at Veterans Memorial Park, driving down Bellefontaine Street and being in her hometown to see family and friends.
For the past two falls, Erica Bryan, who graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2010, has been a member of the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, the only team to play all 14 years in a college softball tournament organized by former Wapakoneta Redskin softball coach Bob Elsass at the end of September.
The former Wapakoneta High School varsity softball coach knew it would be difficult to take members of his team to a couple of college softball games each year, so in 1997 he did the next best thing â€” he brought them to Wapakoneta.
On Saturday, Bob Elsass, who organized the 14th Red And White College Softball tournament, watched the nine teams visiting Wapakoneta play their games throughout the day at Veterans Memorial Park.
The staff, who is working hard at the stand for Woodyâ€™s Restaurant, reveals a secret about the competition, but not much about a new secret sauce.
â€śWe created one sauce just for Wing Fest,â€ť said Cody Counts, an employee of Woodyâ€™s Restaurant and in charge of the stand at the 10th annual Wapakoneta Wing Fest. â€śWe sell five at the restaurant and we developed a sixth flavor for the competition.â€ť
Counts would not reveal the special secret ingredients, just that restaurant owner Dan Stinebaugh and his brother, Bruce Stinebaugh, developed the new flavor.
With cooler temperatures, leaves falling and Halloween approaching, the festive gourd is in its full glory and are plentiful in the area.
Pumpkins, which are a fall favorite, can be purchased at many area vendors and grocery stores to decorate, carve, paint and bake.
One local pumpkin seller, The Pumpkin Patch, on County Road 25A in Wapakoneta, has been in business since 2001, and have sold more than just pumpkins at their stand on the Steinke Farm.
They sell painted bales, corn shocks, gourds, squash, mums, wheat bundles, painted pumpkins and regular pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
Auglaize Countyâ€™s DARE deputy recently received an award for his outstanding efforts in educating the community and its children.
Deputy Samuel Blank was honored by the Wapakoneta Noon Optimists with their 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Education award.
â€śWe give this out every year to someone who does something in education for the youth in the community,â€ť Optimist President Jo Derryberry said. â€śDeputy Blank has done so much through DARE.â€ť
Four more change orders have been added to the tally for renovations to the Auglaize County Courthouse.
To date, more than $214,575 has been spent on change orders for the $6.8 million Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said they have accounted for between $238,000 and $250,000 in change orders throughout the length of the entire project.
â€śWeâ€™re getting our way through them,â€ť Lenhart said. â€śThere are still some out there as work continues.
Auglaize County property owners should expect to receive their property tax re-evaluations in the mail during the first part of next week.
Auglaize County Auditorâ€™s Office staff have been busy getting the re-evaluations ready to put in the mail. Notices for parcels covered by the CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) program already have been sent.
Ohio Farm Bureau are planning a meeting for those interested on the matter at 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center, in Wapakoneta. A state speaker is to be there to discuss CAUV rates.
Dana Webb says she has enjoyed the 13 years she has worked at the Auglaize County District Public library.
As she sees it, she will likely enjoy at least another 13 years or so.
â€śI am very happy here,â€ť Webb said. â€śI will probably retire here. As long as they will have me.â€ť
Webb, 51, and her husband, Dave, live in Wapakoneta. They have two grown children, Kyle, 24, and Brigitte, 23.
The reason for the annual Wapak Wing Fest is simple â€” helping area veterans.
The main attraction at the annual Wapak Wing Fest is plain â€” chicken wings prepared by seven vendors located throughout Ohio.
A former member of the Wapakoneta Police Department and the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office alleges she was sexually assaulted in her Auglaize County home by the Shelby County sheriff last year resulting in his arrest early Wednesday.