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November 29th, 2011
Children and families will soon have the opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer â€” in their own back yard.
The fifth annual Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday inches closer to its start this Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Organizer Elaine Poppe came up with the idea five years ago for the annual event.
â€śThe festival is centered around recreating the old- fashioned spirit of Christmas,â€ť Poppe said.
Poppe spearheaded this event because she believes children should have a special place where they can go every year and create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.
For one former Wapakoneta High School Marching Band member Thanksgiving Day started with getting up at 2:30 a.m. and practicing downtown at 4 a.m. â€” all for a parade that started five hours later.
Miami University Marching Band member Justin Engle, 19, said he was stunned â€” not by the crowd or the television cameras â€” but by the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Paradeâ€™s similarities to parades in Wapakoneta.
The Auglaize County engineer already received permission last week to go ahead and purchase several new pieces of equipment in 2012.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said per the Ohio Revised Code he must seek authorization from the Auglaize County commissioners for equipment he plans to purchase for the Engineerâ€™s Office through state co-op programs.
The purchases, which are expected to total approximately $300,000, represent 6 to 7 percent of the countyâ€™s 2012 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax (MVGT) budget.
CRIDERSVILLE â€” Dressed in pink lace, sequins and glittery shoes, a third-grader who writes her own songs admits that some day she wants to be famous.
Even as Jaci Glass struggled with the heels, she said she needed to practice walking in them because they were making her trip and this was an outfit she wanted to wear for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The 9-year-old loves fashion, singing and dancing and says someday she hopes to be like her idols, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus, not only up on stage or on TV, but in magazines girls her age read.
A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the United States as bargain-hunters crowded malls and big-box stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday.
For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohlâ€™s opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows.
Local residents can join Charles Dickens in his study as history, humor and holiday come to life as he tells the story of â€śA Christmas Carol.â€ť
Scrooge and all the characters of Charles Dickensâ€™ holiday story will take the stage for the final show of the season at Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in â€śThe Night Before Christmas Carol,â€ť a special take on the classic Christmas story written by Dickens in 1843.
For those wanting to support Wapakoneta City Schools, they need only to purchase groceries at Kroger with a special card.
To start, those interested purchase a gift card from the school district for $1. Money can be continuously reloaded onto the card.
Two votes ended up being the difference in the race for Uniopolis mayor.
By two votes, the incumbent Uniopolis mayor was re-elected to his fifth term, according to official results of the Nov. 8 general election released Wednesday by the Auglaize County Elections Board.
No final outcomes of other countywide races changed based on official election results after provisional ballots were added into totals.
Through an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Auglaize County Solid Waste District recently made changes and updates to its rules and regulations.
Auglaize County Solid Waste Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer said the update is part of a normal process but was something that was long overdue.
â€śWhen we submitted a plan to the EPA we said we would review some of the rules we have and update them,â€ť Reichelderfer said. â€śWe have finally done that. Itâ€™s something we should have done quite a while ago.â€ť
In another move meant to help watch spending, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members appointed two administrators as purchasing agents and change order authorizers for the district.
Superintendent Keith Horner and Operations Director Mike Watt were approved this week to give the authorization for change orders up to 10 percent of the original contract award amount, not to exceed $25,000, with a follow-up report made to board members at the next regularly scheduled meeting.