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March 14th, 2014

A bit o’ the green

March 15, 2014

Local area residents will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the weekend leading up to it in various ways.

Listed below are three institutions that will be celebrating the holiday in one way or another.

School events

For kindergartners in Cheri Brandt’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School, St. Patrick’s Day festivities began at the start of this past week.

History and lore of Ireland’s patron saint

March 15, 2014

Regardless of race, color or ethnicity, on Monday, everyone will be Irish. When looking into the legend of St. Patrick, there may be a good explanation for the affinity.

St. Patrick was not Irish. According to history.com, he began to identify with Ireland after he was enslaved by the very people whose culture now associates itself with the saint’s iconic green shamrocks.

St. Patrick was born and raised in Britain, and legend has it that he came from a nonreligious background.

Celebrate with a true Irish meal

March 15, 2014

In the United States people have a long standing tradition with preparing corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, trying to be just like those in the land of saints and scholars.

Sadly, all of those people don’t realize that corned beef and cabbage is a popular Irish dish, but it is not one that is traditionally served on March 17 in Ireland.

FFA holds awards banquet

March 14, 2014

The Wapakoneta FFA discussed this past year’s accomplishments, handed out several awards and announced its new officer team for the 2014-15 school year at its annual banquet Thursday evening at Wapakoneta High School.

The banquet was in recognition of all 110 FFA (Future Farmers of America) members currently at Wapakoneta High School, as well as their parents, school administrators and members of the community who have helped with the program.

Sister Cities host German ‘Fasching’

March 14, 2014

A German Mardi Gras, known as a “Fasching,” was hosted by Wapakoneta Sister Cities on Thursday at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Wapakoneta, proceeds sponsoring the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Wapakoneta and Lengerich, Germany.

Cream puffs, homemade by Wapakoneta Sister Cities President Cheryl Drexler, were biggest hit at the fundraiser. Other food items included brats and kraut, German potato salad and spaetzle.

German culture celebrates the “Fasching” in February with a celebration similar to the U.S. Mardi Gras.

Singsation to host Music and More

March 14, 2014

With schools coming from Alabama, Virginia and Kentucky, to name a few, the Wapakoneta  High School Performing Arts Center is the place to be on Saturday, March 22.

Wapakoneta High School’s show choir, Singsation, is hosting the 13th annual Music and More competition, which is sure to offer a variety of shows from a wide range of schools.

According to the Wapakoneta Choral Music Society President, Anita Foor, 16 groups are competing this year, including two middle school teams.

March 13th

Auglaize Acres gets new chief

March 13, 2014

Long-time Auglaize Acres employee Kim Sudhoff was officially named administrator of the nursing facility on March 6 after serving one month as interim administrator.

Sudhoff has worked at the facility for eight years, starting out as the payroll clerk and later promoted to business office manager.

Junior Olympian to share his shooting experiences

March 13, 2014

Originally from St. Marys, 17-year-old, Glenn Zimmerman is a U.S. Junior Olympic Pistol shooter, and he will be making an appearance this Saturday, March 15 at Mike Swaney Buick-GMC to speak with young shooters.

Glenn’s father, Jim, said he hopes this event serves as an outlet for kids who are aspiring shooters to come and learn more and have their questions answered.

Lions Club discusses fundraising efforts

March 13, 2014

During its semimonthly meeting Tuesday, Wapakoneta Lions Club member Jack Preston announced that the club made $466 from its Bob Evans community fundraiser on March 1.

The Lions Club teamed up with Bob Evans’ restaurants in Wapakoneta and Lima to guarantee that 15 percent of every bill spent at the restaurant that day would be given to the Lions Club when customers presented a voucher during checkout.

Preston said this year’s fundraiser generated the highest amount of money they have ever received in the years they have done it.

March 12th

Lions welcome author’s discussion on ‘spitballs’

March 12, 2014

Mike Lackey, Lima resident and author of “Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing,” spoke to the Lions Club of Wapakoneta at its semimonthly meeting on Tuesday at Astro Lanes.

Lackey, a retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist, has contributed to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, “NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture” and the book, “Deadball Stars of the National League.” He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He has lived in Lima since 1975.

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