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September 30th, 2011

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.

Reviving Browns

September 30, 2011

A heavy rain fell on the orange helmets of a youth football team as they take to their field for practice Thursday night. The drops drip of the facemasks as volunteer coaches give instruction. The youth’s uniforms are soaked as they battle to get better on the saturated grass and mud.
They know the storied past and the pride in being a member of the Uniopolis Browns.
A group of parents in Uniopolis got together in 1958 and formed the Uniopolis Browns youth football team. Now, 53 years later, a group of parents are again getting together to help re-establish the program.

Family donates awning to local YMCA

September 30, 2011

With the national YMCA logo changing, a local family donated a new awning to the local facility.
James Berg, of Wapakoneta, and his family donated a new awning that is currently installed in the front of the Wapakoneta YMCA facility.
“The YMCA appreciates all of the support from the Berg Family for the awning that all members will enjoy,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA CEO Josh Little said. “The national YMCA required us to change the awning due to the new logo, and the family graciously donated the awning after donating the original one a few years ago.”

D.C. trip draws concerns

September 30, 2011

A mother, who said she was speaking on behalf of many other parents, brought concerns about an annual trip to Washington, D.C. before Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week.
“I don’t feel honesty and fairness is too much to ask from the district,” said Lara Sutton, a mother of three children who attend Wapakoneta City Schools.
Her concerns dealt with the inability of parents to chaperone the trip and the practice of using only staff members’ children to participate in demonstrations while they were there.

September 29th

Concerns expressed about bus stops

September 29, 2011

After several parents approached Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week about safety concerns at bus stops, school administrators plan to again review those in question.
Evelyn Jones addressed board members about the bus stop for her great-granddaughter, who attends Wapakoneta Elementary School and who lives in the 600 block of Willipie Street.
Jones said her great-granddaughter is three blocks from the nearest bus stop and either must cross Maple Street or the railroad tracks to get to a bus stop.

Alum levels drop, exceed expectations

September 29, 2011

ST. MARYS — A multi-million dollar alum treatment on a portion of Grand Lake St. Marys in June reduced phosphorus levels by more than 50 percent in a development officials say exceeded their expectations.
Directors of the Ohio departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and the EPA released a report Wednesday afternoon detailing the effectiveness of the alum treatment on 4,000 acres of Grand Lake St. Marys. The report, compiled by Dr. Harry Gibbons of Tetra Tech, noted the treatment successfully reduced levels of phosphorus in the test region as well as the lake as a whole.

Quarter auction benefits DWP funds

September 29, 2011

A local organization will be hosting an event, which is open to the community, to raise funds to help beautify downtown Wapakoneta.
A quarter auction, sponsored by the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at Marley’s Downtown.
Food and preview will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will feature a pasta buffet and salad available until 7 p.m. in the ballroom on the second floor of the building. The auction is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and a cash bar and snacks are available all evening.

September 28th

W-G superintendent resigns

September 28, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Superintendent Joanne Kerekes officially announced she will be leaving the school district in approximately one month to take a state position covering the region.
Kerekes confirmed reports from district workers, administrators and village residents this morning that she has taken a job with Race to the Top, a product of 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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