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July 26th, 2011
While a Wapakoneta man was working on his doctorate in psychology, he never expected to find himself on the road as a professional comic.
Tom Imondi toured as a comedian throughout the 1990s, appearing many times on Comedy Central, but through the years his career continued to evolve.
Imondi said it was his older brother, Rudy, who he originally had hoped to get interested in comedy and describes him to this day as the funniest person he‚Äôs ever known.
Changes in the city‚Äôs notification policy prompted Wapakoneta City Zoning Board of Appeals members to seek a hike in the variance request fee.
Board members voted to raise the fee to $275 from $200 to cover the cost to notify more people as required by a change in the city ordinance and for more work by Engineering Department workers because of the larger radius of people to be notified. The recommendation to raise the fee is to be forwarded to Wapakoneta City Council for their approval.
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ Two issues that councilors were not ready to vote on forced them to schedule a special council meeting for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Councilors chose to table the issue of approving health insurance coverage of the village‚Äôs seven full-time workers.
A youth drama camp focused on more than just honing acting talents, as it encouraged more than 30 participants to be the best they could be.
Through exercises in improv, stage movement, character development, diction and projection, the 33 participants, ages 6 through 18, participating in the ‚ÄúTo Be or Not To Be Drama Camp,‚ÄĚ learned what camp director Cheryl Mulholland described as the most important lesson ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúbeing the best you can be and not judging yourself against others.‚ÄĚ
Drama camp attendees also received audition lessons and feedback, something which can be rare in the business.
The recent heat wave, which dropped from the high 90s and triple digits to the low 90s for today, is creating additional demand on water treatment systems throughout the county ‚ÄĒ prompting administrators in one village to ask residents to curtail their usage.
Wapak-oneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains reported water usage has increased in the past week as temperatures soared and lawns and gardens thirsted for water, but it is not a problem yet.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins held a reception honoring the Rev. Bob Carter‚Äôs 35th year in ministry July 17 at the church.
However, despite all that time, Carter still feels there is a much longer way to go.
‚ÄúI am still planning on doing it for quite a while yet,‚ÄĚ Carter said. ‚ÄúI still think God has a purpose for me yet in the ministry.‚ÄĚ
Of those 35 years, Carter has served the last 4 1/2 years at Botkins. After receiving the call to come to Botkins, he feels he has found a place to call home.
By CARLA MEYER
A local favorite will be coming back to town to perform at the fair.
Soul‚Äôd Out Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent.
The group is based out of Georgetown has become a regular to the county fair, and this will be their fifth consecutive year performing in the gospel tent.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had them here for a couple of years,‚ÄĚ Gospel Tent Committee member Tom Knoch said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre really good. They are four young men ‚ÄĒ super Christians.‚ÄĚ
By LANCE MIHM
Wapakoneta lost one of its favorite sons Wednesday when Walter Stinebaugh, 88, died at Wapakoneta Manor surrounded by his family.
After marrying his wife, Jean, in 1942, the couple were both working full-time at the Lima Locomotive Works when Stinebaugh‚Äôs dream of going into carpentry began to come to fruition.
‚ÄúIt started out simply as remodeling,‚ÄĚ said Barb Haehn, one of Stinebaugh‚Äôs three children. ‚ÄúOver the next couple of years, it just kind of evolved.‚ÄĚ
The couple‚Äôs other children are Tina Helmstetter and Ralph Stinebaugh.
It‚Äôs not just the larger livestock that have a potent odor, a first-year 4-Her taking a duck project says one of the things he learned about them was that they stink.
Grayson Ford, of Spencerville, said he did ‚Äúlots of stuff‚ÄĚ to get ready for his prefair interview Thursday in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Filling out books for both his duck and boiler projects, Ford said he answered questions and wrote down information about poultry, including what they eat and their weights.
A local business owner is the newest member of a foundation in Wapakoneta, designed to help the community.
Sandra Huffman, who is the owner of PT Works, in Wapakoneta, was recently inducted into the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation (WACF) as a new trustee.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm honored to be sitting among this group of people,‚ÄĚ Huffman said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud to even be asked.‚ÄĚ