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November 14th, 2011

Elementary student is fluent in two languages

November 14, 2011

A Wapakoneta Elementary School student is a typical third-grader — she loves to read, draw and play.
But Mayra Aguirre can do one thing that is atypical — she is bilingual. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
“My mom and dad know Spanish and lived in Mexico, but I grew up here,” Mayra said. “I grew up my whole life here so I know English. My mom does not know a lot of English but she is learning more and more.”

November 11th

WHS senior on his way to receiving Eagle Scout rank

November 12, 2011

A local high school senior is near to earning his Eagle Scout rank after 12 years of being a member of the local Boy Scouts.

Wapakoneta High School senior David Digiovanni recently completed his Eagle Scout project and his work recognized during a dedication ceremony held this past weekend.

The seventeen-year-old Troop 4 member spent the last year constructing a pet park in Buckland for his project while building stronger friendships with his fellow Boy Scouts.

Miles added to roadway striping

November 12, 2011

Favorable prices allowed more miles to be added to road pavement markings this year, which should lead to safer roads and expected cost savings next year, a county official says.

Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart, with the approval of the Auglaize County commissioners, amended the contract with Dura Mark to add 20 miles of center and edge lining to county roads. The amendment included an additional $6,000 in costs, funded through 2011 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax funds.

City Electric Department honored by AMP

November 12, 2011

A wholesale power supplier and services provider recently honored Wapakoneta administrators and city Electric Department employees for their work during the past year.

Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz shared American Municipal Power Inc.’s enthusiasm for city employees work on replacing lines throughout the system and installing new substations.

VOW to create jobs for veterans

November 11, 2011

These men and women have served their country, but they often find it difficult to find work in the country they defended.
Staring at a 22 percent unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called for swift passage Thursday of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The provision would be a component of the American Jobs Act passed by Congress with a Senate vote Thursday.

Honoring those who make freedom possible

November 11, 2011

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
Veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the wars from Afghanistan and Iraq walked under the red, white and blue American flags they vowed to protect and the people who call America home.
The veterans of war and peace time paraded down the hallway into the gymnasium to be honored by Wapakoneta Middle School students during their annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Top treatment: Hermans honored as ‘Citizens of the Year’

November 11, 2011

A second generation physician serving Wapakoneta struggled to find the words to describe the way he felt when he and his wife, also a physician, received the honor as the top citizens of the year.
“I was really surprised,” the man said. “It certainly wasn’t anything that was expected.”
These were Dr. George Herman’s first words when asked about the award at the conclusion the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Community Banquet Awards at the Grandview Plaza.
Dr Herman and his wife, Dr. Parmie Herman, were named 2011 Citizens of the Year during the banquet.

November 10th

Middle class pushes back

November 10, 2011

Reflecting on the results of a referendum, a U.S. legislator proclaimed the middle class pushed back with a first-ever vote of its kind on the ballot regarding public policy.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed Wedmesday the significance of Ohio voters defeating Issue 2 and thus rejecting Senate Bill 5, which stripped public unions of some of their bargaining rights.

Immunize to avoid the flu

November 10, 2011

As flu season begins to get underway, the public is encouraged to be immunized.

“We’re just starting to see it,” Auglaize County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said this week of influenza cases locally. “Our concern is once people do their Thanksgiving sharing they will be passing more than the turkey.”

With the flu vaccine taking approximately two weeks to become effective, Jones said they are encouraging the public to come in as soon as possible to get one.

Festival of Trees to bring holiday cheer

November 10, 2011

A local tradition, filled with holiday cheer, will soon be underway in Wapakoneta.
The 13th annual Festival of Trees is set to be held from Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 at The Gardens at Wapakoneta.
The Festival of Trees is a silent auction of decorated Christmas Trees and other decor to raise funds for the organization’s hospice care.
“It has become like a tradition in the area,” Community Health Professionals Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Niki Du Vall said. “I have people that start calling in August asking when the festival will be held.”

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