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November 11th, 2013
For two Wapakoneta businessmen, taking 10 months to organize and coordinate one day of fun for the Wapakoneta area is worth all the days they and their supporters contribute as they make local veteransâ lives easier and more pleasant.
The Womenâs Civic League of Wapakoneta hosted the third annual âShowcase of Homes,â an event where three Wapakoneta homes opened their doors to the community for a view of the interior remodeling and designs.
WCL member Edna Rayburn said each of the three showcased houses coincidentally were featured in the garden showcase held earlier in the year. Since guests had an outside view, many came back for a view inside the house, as well.
The Wapakoneta community came out to honor the nationâs veterans during the Wapakoneta Middle Schoolâs (WMS) annual tribute to local heroes.
âIt will never be equal to what they do for us,â WMS Student Council President Katie Engle said. âWe want them to know we appreciate what they do for our country.â
She said student council members organized the event to give thanks to veteransâ many sacrifices and she thought the choirs and music were what made the assembly special.
âWhen every grade started singing, I think thatâs what
See VETS, Page 8A
With the success of the FaĂ§ade Improvement Program and improving look of downtown Wapakoneta, Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) officials are looking for more members.
For more information on this story, check out the Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
Playoff Game: Wapakoneta vs. Springfield Shawnee
During a ceremony to honor the first participants in a joint private-public downtown Wapakoneta building program, the cityâs mayor challenged Wapakoneta City Council to find more money for the fledgling program.
The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) hosted an event Thursday in the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Heritage Room to recognize the first six property owners taking advantage of the matching grants available through the FaĂ§ade Improvement Program.
Hundreds of Wapakoneta families should be able stay warm this winter thanks to a group of students dedicated to providing coats to children and adults in need.
âCoats for Kidsâ is a program provided by the Wapakoneta High Schoolâs Octagon Club that collects community-donated coats to be distributed to struggling families throughout Wapakoneta.
Green barrels marked âCoats for Kidsâ will be set up throughout the community for people to donate new or gently used adult and children sized coats.
More than 19 percent of the Auglaize County population, a total of 8,765 seniors, received Social Security benefits in 2012 â but Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said they are not getting the benefits they deserve.
âBecause of Social Security, Ohioâs poverty rate for seniors is 8 percent,â Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference call. âItâs one of our nationâs best anti-poverty programs and has been for seven decades. Itâs not a hand out, itâs an insurance mechanism.â
Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members approved funding for emergency response agencies to purchase advance warning signs during a regular meeting Wednesday.
The 4-foot square, bright pink signs would warn motorists of emergency scenes ahead to prevent further problems at the location, explained Jim Williams, who chairs the Grants Committee tasked with determining whether or not to allocate funding for the signs.
Looking at the statistics and having talked with foreign companies investing in the Buckeye State, a JobsOhio manager can say with confidence â âOhio is truly a great place to do business.â
JobsOhio Foreign Direct Investment Manager Mindy McLaughlin addressed more than 100 people at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council annual meeting Wednesday by examining the numbers and the philosophy behind retaining jobs in and attracting jobs to Ohio from foreign firms.
After explaining that