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Bazaars are the best kind of holiday gatherings. These sweet events are a showcase of taste-tempting, time-tested favorites.
As December kicks off, so do holiday bazaars. One of note is United Methodist Women's annual Christmas Bazaar in Merced, Calif. That this church tradition is in its 81st year is impressive. What's more remarkable is that the grand dame of this event will be 98 years old in January.
Staffing, supplies and services needed for two required primaries in the spring led to the Auglaize County Election Boardâ€™s request for $100,000 more in its 2012 budget.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be that much,â€ť Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said.
The increase to $360,973 is 38 percent more than the boardâ€™s budget this year.
â€śCut it where you will and weâ€™ll work around it,â€ť Campbell said of the budget.
The Auglaize County Agricultural Society filled its last two open positions this week on the fair board.
Kevin Turner was chosen by fair board members Monday to fill the Logan Township representative position, while Dru Meyer was selected as the Wapakoneta city representative at the meeting.
Those two, along with Doug Roediger, had expressed interest in filling the vacant seats. They will serve in those positions until next November.
Fair Board Secretary and Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl said the two should be great for the positions.
It is important not to give out any personal information to suspicious online websites or callers, the Wapakoneta police chief says, as there has recently been reports of Social Security scamming.
Police Chief Russ Hunlock advises local residents to never give out any personal information to just anyone.
â€śWe advise not to give out information, until they can verify who they are,â€ť Hunlock said.
Two popular television series helped a local youth with an act of heroism â€” saving his younger brotherâ€™s life.
Representatives from Lima Memorial Hospital visited the Wapakoneta Middle School on Monday to present sixth-grade student Jake Turner with a Life-Saving Hero Award.
On Nov. 19, Jake rescued his two-year-old brother, Noah, who had fallen into a pond in their grandparentsâ€™ back yard in Lafayette, near Lima.
Jake and his siblings were playing outside, when all of a sudden his younger sister, Jenna, came running up to him and said that Noah had fallen into the pond.
A city ordinance making certain synthetic, or designer, drugs illegal to possess, sell and use is off the books â€” it has been replaced by a state law.
Wapakoneta city administrators welcomed the change after Wapakoneta City Council members adopted an ordinance on Monday rescinding the cityâ€™s previous ordinance making illegal certain synthetic drugs, such as â€śbath salts.â€ť
Overall, the Auglaize County dog wardenâ€™s proposed budget for 2012 should decrease by 13 percent, even though he is requesting a salary increase for his assistant.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey reviewed his budget proposal Monday with the Auglaize County commissioners as they heard the first presentation in a full week of meetings with department heads and elected officials, who will go through details of their budgets in preparation of developing the countyâ€™s 2012 budget.
People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekendâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the eventâ€™s primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.
A solar project which will convert approximately 20 acres of city ground into megawatts of energy is expected to be completed sometime next spring, but one city administrator says he would like to see some progress made now.
â€śI would like to see it moving a little faster,â€ť Mayor Rodney Metz said Sunday on the eve of Wapakoneta City Councilâ€™s first December meeting. â€śI would like to see the ground broke and I would like to some infrastructure going in at the site.â€ť
While Christmas is a time of celebration for most families, for others it can be a time of despair.
Bayliff & Eley Funeral Homes held a memorial event at its location on Lincoln Highway, or State Route 501, to help families get by that first Christmas without a loved one.
â€śThe first Christmas without a loved one is hard,â€ť funeral director Dick Eley said. â€śWe started this in hope of hope of helping them get through. Hopefully we can help with some of those families.