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November 5th, 2013
With Veterans Day approaching, Auglaize County has one more reason to be proud of its military heroes â€” a local veteran is to be honored by the state for his community achievements.
World War II Navy veteran John â€śJackâ€ť Kuffner will be one of 15 Ohio veterans inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame from the class of 2013.
Veterans and their families will be presented with a medal and plaque signifying they are a member of the Hall of Fame.
Many early bird shoppers broke out the holiday gift wrap this past weekend during the Holiday Open House in downtown Wapakoneta.Â
â€śI enjoy seeing all the Christmas things they have out this time of year,â€ť Cheryl Bailey, of Wapakoneta, said while â€śout on the townâ€ť with a group of friends. â€śYou might just find some good bargains, too.â€ť
Bailey and her friends browsed Casa Chicâ€™s new holiday goods after having lunch at The tSpot.Â
The open house was sponsored by Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS), a 19-year-old partnership of shop owners in Wapakoneta.
After a storm forced the postponement of trick or treat from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon, several parents say they would prefer holding trick or treat during the evening hours, but many understood the reason for the change and pointed out the advantages and disadvantages to having their children out during the day.
Auglaize County Agricultural Society members swept in new rules and regulations for the organizationâ€™s by-laws and re-elected an entire slate of incumbent directors running for re-election to the board.
Forty-two people cast ballots in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds and passed four changes to sections of the Fair Boardâ€™s Constitution with the most significant change affecting when annual memberships can be sold.
Wapakoneta began preparing for the holidays only one day after Halloween, with the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) sponsoring the Holiday Open House this weekend.
The event began Friday and will continue today and Sunday and will include most shops along Auglaize Street and a few other specialty shops. They will be extending their hours in celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, which, in Wapakoneta, is always the first weekend in November.
â€śWe have such a wonderful blend of eclectic shops in Wapakoneta,â€ť WASS President Landa Tomlinson said.
The federal government shutdown did not hinder one local middle school group from learning and experiencing the nationâ€™s capital.
Fifty-two Botkins Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth-grade students, who took a trip to Washington, D.C. in mid-October, still received a private tour of the capital city and other national landmarks, while lawmakers deliberated during the shutdown that ended on Oct. 16, one day after students returned from their trip.
Wapakoneta and eastern Auglaize County residents will be able to hit the voting booths Tuesday to elect local leaders.
The polls are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
In Wapakoneta, voters must decide between four candidates for three councilor-at-large seats on Wapakoneta City Council.
The candidates are Republicans Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf, Democrat Randy Fisher and non-partisan candidate Rachel Barber. (A question and answer with the candidates appears on Page 5A and Page 6A.)
Wapakoneta Middle School football fans received a surprise Thursday when NFL linebacker Devon McDonald gathered students for a DARE assembly.
The former Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Storm player visited the school with a message of hope. McDonald spoke about many youth-related issues, including bullying, goal-setting and good decision-making.
DARE Officer Samuel Blank organized the assembly with middle school guidance counselors as part of â€śRed Ribbon Week,â€ť a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, residentâ€™s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
â€śThis is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,â€ť Activities Coordinator Barb King said. â€śThe residentsâ€™ faces light up when they see the kids â€” itâ€™s an important thing for them.â€ť
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.
For one U.S. legislator, he cannot believe a soldier who drives a truck in Iraq cannot transfer those skills automatically into a CDL in the United States.
He cannot believe a soldier who works on trucks and tanks cannot receive automatic certification to work on cars stateside.
He cannot believe a medic who worked to save a soldierâ€™s life during a military operation cannot easily transition into an EMT or paramedic certification in the country he devoted his life.