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March 3rd, 2014
Local youth expressed an interest in bowling and fitness during the Noon Optimist Club’s annual “Bowling 4 the Health of It” event on Sunday at Astro Lanes.
Community Service Youth Committee Chair Connie Krites said the bowling event is one of many health-focused programs the “friend of youth” provides to the community.
“It’s to give the kids a fun activity to do, something that’s healthy — especially working on childhood obesity,” Krites said. “That’s a big issue for our kids.”
In a Wapakoneta City Council meeting earlier this month the issue of the Wapakoneta WaterPark earning enough revenue during colder seasons was brought to the attention of the board.
After having successful, warm summers in the past, bringing in many patrons and more revenue than expected, the city needed to dip into the carry-over money from previous seasons after the 2013 summer.
While no issue with funding is of immediate concern, the pool no longer has a contingency fund to dip into if upcoming summers are cooler than usual.
During the summertime, a pool is usually the center of entertainment inside a community, and Wapakoneta is no different â€” many locals may remember childhood afternoons spent splashing away.
YMCA Senior Program Director Sarah Finkelmeier said she used to be a lifeguard at the previous Wapakoneta pool.
"I was out there probably 5-6 years and I coached the Wapak Waves for a while back in the '90s," Finkelmeier said. "I grew up with the pool just being a rectangular hole in the ground. It was absolutely wonderful."
Even back then, Finkelmeier said the pool drew the community together.
The Wapakoneta WaterPark has undergone several transitions in its history â€” financially, in the way it operates and the amenities it offers.
The ability to change and expand over the years translated into a five-year period where the water park turned a profit, totaling $110,000.
The park opened in the 1930s as a rectangular swimming pool, with the city paying the YMCA to run it.
A dealership that has been a part of Wapakoneta since 1931 and has been owned by the Clark family for 59 years was sold to new owners in January.
Jerry and Terry Clark, previous owners of Clark Ford Sales, said they have been making preparations to sell for nearly a year and are currently undergoing the transition of leaving the business.
An Auglaize County grand jury indicted a Michigan man accused of robbing a local restaurant.
Steven D. Anschuetz, 58, of National City, Mich., was indicted on one count each of aggravated robbery and theft stemming from the Feb. 10 incident. His arraignment has yet to be scheduled. Anschuetz’s bond has been set at $500,000 in his alleged aggravated robbery and theft case.
A contract between Wapakoneta firefighters and city officials that was supposed to be signed Thursday has been delayed due to “housekeeping issues,” according to Safety-Service Director Bill Rains.
Rains said he expects to have the finalized contract by early next week, and will sign it as soon as he receives it.
The document is currently being reviewed by Clemans, Nelson and Associates, a human resources management firm.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency informed the City of Delphos their solution for frozen pipes is not allowed, and Wapakoneta has been using that same solution. Garden hoses.
The city’s addressed these issues in the form of a hose being hooked up to to a neighboring house suppling water to the residents without.
Wapakoneta City Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said there are probably somewhere around 30 houses without their own running water, therefore they are supplied water from neighbors via garden hoses.
Wapakoneta Middle School held an assembly for its students Wednesday to discuss the effect that bullying can have and how they can combat the problem by speaking up, and by performing acts of kindness for others.
The assembly was broken up into three sessions, one for each of the fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes.
Haehn Florist & Greenhouses is collecting donations for its “Adopt a Grandparent” program that focuses on pampering residents at three assisted living and rehabilitation facilities in Wapakoneta.
“There are people that live in these facilities that aren’t visited and aren’t called much and need extra happiness in their lives,” Dena Wireman, with Haehn Florist, said.
Wireman noted how many elderly residents are often left alone during the post-holiday season.