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November 11th, 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.
By CARLA MEYER
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.
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.
âI was really surprised,â the man said. âIt certainly wasnât anything that was expected.â
These were Dr. George Hermanâs first words when asked about the award at the conclusion the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerceâs 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.
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.
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.
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 organizationâs hospice care.
âIt has become like a tradition in the area,â Community Health Professionals Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator Niki Du Vall said. âI have people that start calling in August asking when the festival will be held.â
One personâs vote can make a difference.
By one vote, the incumbent Uniopolis mayor was re-elected to his fifth term Tuesday night.
Uniopolis Mayor Bill Rolston received 44 votes and his opponent, Marilyn Fleck, who served on Uniopolis Village Council 43 votes, a difference of one vote and a little more than 1 percentage point, according to unofficial results from the Auglaize County Elections Board,
Waynesfield Village Council meetings may be the forum for some heated discussions once the new administration begins in January.
With six people running for two available seats, two candidates who were on opposite sides of a deeply contested issue were voted seats on Waynefield Village Council in Tuesdayâs election.
William Motter, 106 Cook St., and Richard Libby, 101 Anthony Wayne Trail, were elected to the council.
Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers will continue as the villageâs top elected official as she was re-elected to serve another four-year term.
Myers received 335 votes, or 55.93 percent, while councilor Tony Zuppardo received 264 votes, or 49.43 percent, after unofficial election results were released Tuesday night.
âI am excited and privileged to serve the village for four more years,â Myers said. âI want to thank the residents for their support.â
Myers said she was pleased with the voter turnout, noting approximately 600 village residents took the time to go to the polls.
One vote can make a difference.
In the closest vote Tuesday in Auglaize County, one vote separates incumbent Mayor William Rolston from his opponent, Marilyn Fleck, for Uniopolis mayor. Rolston garnered 44 votes, while Fleck collected 43.
In other contested races in eastern Auglaize County races, incumbent Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers defeated challenger Tony Zuppardo, 335 to 264.
The two renewal levies in Cridersville also received voter support.