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September 27th, 2011

Village seeks alternative energy sources

September 27, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield village administrators continue to investigate the possibility of alternative energy sources for future village needs.
Waynesfield Village Administrator Fred Rowe informed Waynesfield Village Council members Monday about the possibilities for wind-generated energy and natural gas being brought to the village in the future.

Budget bill could prove expensive

September 27, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Solicitor Bob Fitzgerald advised Waynesfield Village Council members that wording in the new budget bill could prove to be expensive for Waynesfield and other small villages.
He said he believes wording in the new budget bill carries a requirement for all municipalities to advertise all ordinances in public media.
“I received a letter from the state (addressing the new requirement),” Fitzgerald said during Monday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting. “This will cost a lot of small villages a lot of money.”

Variance, denial read into record

September 27, 2011

An approved variance and a variance denial became part of the official record Monday as Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members read the changes into the record.
Residents receiving the variance still must wait at least four days before they can start with building a new porch in case a legal objection is filed by a neighbor.
Netty and Chad Poe, 1 W. Silver St., want to tear down an existing porch and to build a new porch that is 2 feet closer to the street. The porch would extend the full length of the house, which is 32 feet, 6 inches. The existing porch is shorter.

September 26th

Great to be home

September 26, 2011

For one Wapakoneta native, she says it is good to be back playing on the dirt infields at Veterans Memorial Park, driving down Bellefontaine Street and being in her hometown to see family and friends.
For the past two falls, Erica Bryan, who graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2010, has been a member of the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, the only team to play all 14 years in a college softball tournament organized by former Wapakoneta Redskin softball coach Bob Elsass at the end of September.

Attracting college talent

September 26, 2011

The former Wapakoneta High School varsity softball coach knew it would be difficult to take members of his team to a couple of college softball games each year, so in 1997 he did the next best thing — he brought them to Wapakoneta.
On Saturday, Bob Elsass, who organized the 14th Red And White College Softball tournament, watched the nine teams visiting Wapakoneta play their games throughout the day at Veterans Memorial Park.

Secrets of Fest’s success

September 26, 2011

The staff, who is working hard at the stand for Woody’s Restaurant, reveals a secret about the competition, but not much about a new secret sauce.
“We created one sauce just for Wing Fest,” said Cody Counts, an employee of Woody’s Restaurant and in charge of the stand at the 10th annual Wapakoneta Wing Fest. “We sell five at the restaurant and we developed a sixth flavor for the competition.”
Counts would not reveal the special secret ingredients, just that restaurant owner Dan Stinebaugh and his brother, Bruce Stinebaugh, developed the new flavor.

September 23rd

Pumpkins plentiful in area

September 23, 2011

With cooler temperatures, leaves falling and Halloween approaching, the festive gourd is in its full glory and are plentiful in the area.
Pumpkins, which are a fall favorite, can be purchased at many area vendors and grocery stores to decorate, carve, paint and bake.
One local pumpkin seller, The Pumpkin Patch, on County Road 25A in Wapakoneta, has been in business since 2001, and have sold more than just pumpkins at their stand on the Steinke Farm.
They sell painted bales, corn shocks, gourds, squash, mums, wheat bundles, painted pumpkins and regular pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

DARE deputy receives educational award

September 23, 2011

Auglaize County’s DARE deputy recently received an award for his outstanding efforts in educating the community and its children.
Deputy Samuel Blank was honored by the Wapakoneta Noon Optimists with their 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Education award.
“We give this out every year to someone who does something in education for the youth in the community,” Optimist President Jo Derryberry said. “Deputy Blank has done so much through DARE.”

Courthouse renovations cost more

September 23, 2011

Four more change orders have been added to the tally for renovations to the Auglaize County Courthouse.
To date, more than $214,575 has been spent on change orders for the $6.8 million Auglaize County Courthouse renovation project.
Auglaize County Administrator Joe Lenhart said they have accounted for between $238,000 and $250,000 in change orders throughout the length of the entire project.
“We’re getting our way through them,” Lenhart said. “There are still some out there as work continues.

Residents to receive property re-evaluations soon

September 23, 2011

Auglaize County property owners should expect to receive their property tax re-evaluations in the mail during the first part of next week.
Auglaize County Auditor’s Office staff have been busy getting the re-evaluations ready to put in the mail. Notices for parcels covered by the CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Value) program already have been sent.
Ohio Farm Bureau are planning a meeting for those interested on the matter at 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center, in Wapakoneta. A state speaker is to be there to discuss CAUV rates.

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