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July 14th, 2011

City, union reach 3-year contract

July 14, 2011

Wapakoneta union workers and city administrators recently reached a three-year contract agreement, which became official earlier this week with the adoption of an ordinance by Wapakoneta City Council.
The contract with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 565 provides wage increases of 1.5 percent for each of the next two years and a 2 percent increase in the third and final year. The contract covers approximately 50 workers with the Public Works, Refuse and Recycling, Water and Wastewater departments as well as some office staff at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.

Crowning royalty: Patel wins title of Miss Summer Moon

July 14, 2011

A Wapakoneta High School student showed off her temporary tattoo-drawing skills, talked about the confidence needed to make the move to a small community and answered a question about parental influence.
Wapakoneta High School senior Janki Patel, 16, the daughter of Renuka and Prakash Patel, earned the honor of being Miss Summer Moon Festival Queen following the pagaent held Wednesday.
Patel said her her speech on confidence symbolized her journey during her first pagaent.

July 13th

'Bath salts' ban

July 13, 2011

“Bath salts” are now a banned substance in the city of Wapakoneta.
With passage of an ordinance regarding an epidemic of the designer drugs, “bath salts” and other synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic drugs can no longer be sold, purchased or used in the city of Wapakoneta. Wapakoneta City Council members suspended the rule of three readings and passed the ordinance as an emergency to permit the legislation to take affect immediately.

Is area ready for a crisis?

July 13, 2011

Auglaize County Health Department officials plan to use the last of its H1N1 funding from the state to further develop emergency preparedness efforts both of its staff and the local community.
Auglaize County Health Board members approved two contracts during their meeting Tuesday to move forward with a survey of the community on its emergency preparedness within the home and with a professional in the public sector of the emergency
preparedness field for training of the health department’s staff and emergency responders.

Village gets loan for new system

July 13, 2011

BUCKLAND — In the only major action taken Tuesday, Buckland Village Council members voted to accept a loan in anticipation of building a new sewer system for the village at its council meeting.
The village has been in talks with Rural Community Assistance Program consultant Julie Ward after learning that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was mandating them to begin plans to update the sewer system. Currently, each resident has independently-operated septic tanks.
The village will build a centrally-tied sewer system once final plans are made.

July 12th

Wapak woman voices concerns

July 12, 2011

A Wapakoneta woman with concerns regarding the Humane Society of Auglaize County pleaded with Wapakoneta City Council members to visit the facility before approving any funding for the organization.
Lynn Schweitzer, of Wapakoneta, did work at the Humane Society of Auglaize County, often known as ACHS, and told councilors during Monday’s meeting of her concerns for the safety of the animals, workers and volunteers at the facility.

W-G test scores improve

July 12, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — As hoped and anticipated, preliminary scores for the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) came back with glowing results for the Waynesfield-Goshen School District.
“The preliminary scores show we have made some significant progress,” Waynesfield-Goshen Superintendent Joanne Kerekes said at the meeting.

Digital fire extinguisher training system purchased by EMA

July 12, 2011

A digital fire extinguisher training system recently purchased by the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) could be used to help people throughout the county learn how to use an extinguisher to battle a real fire.
Area emergency responders, industries, schools, nursing homes and others could take advantage of the new technology in training to fight fires. Special sessions also are being discussed for citizens interested in learning the proper technique for using fire extinguishers.

July 11th

Cridersville Jamboree experiences record turnout

July 11, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Standing in front of the Cridersville Fire Department as the Saturday afternoon parade makes its way down Main Street, two sisters and their families applaud a fire truck as it drives by.
Afterall, they say, that’s what the Cridersville Firemen’s Jamboree is all about.
As the children pick up candy off the street, Melanie Reichelderfer and Megan Rumbaugh take in what they describe as one of the best parades around.
Melanie’s husband, Jeff Reichelderfer, serves as assistant chief of the department and the family all comes out to offer its support throughout the weekend.

Country Concert ‘11 wraps up on Saturday

July 11, 2011

FORT LORAMIE — Music filled the air as country fans flocked to Hickory Hills in Fort Loramie for the 31st annual Concert Concert.
The three-day event ended Saturday evening, and included camping and country music from big names in the industry, including Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean.
Many people helped make this festival a success, including concert workers, security and parking supervisors from dedicated citizens, including Lima’s Lee Lauck.

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