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November 19th, 2014

Gardens host Festival of Trees

November 19, 2014

The Christmas spirit was on full display inside the halls of The Gardens at Wapakoneta Tuesday night as the 16th annual Festival of Trees event prepared to open to the public.

A total of 79 decorative holiday items have been set up throughout the retirement home, including Christmas trees, wreaths and various specialty items that will be sold in a silent auction this week. 

Village mulls new guidelines

November 19, 2014

BOTKINS — The implementation of new fire department guidelines was discussed during Tuesday night’s Botkins Village Council meeting.

SOG, or standard operating guidelines, are recommendations the council receives from a company called Ohio Plan, which annually reviews procedures in an effort to find things that could be insurance issues. 

Bazaar brings Christmas cheer

November 19, 2014

The years pass, yet one thing remains, Wapakoneta can always count on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Sewing Club to host its annual Christmas Bazaar, as this year will mark the club’s 11th season of hosting the event.

“This is a big job,” said Christmas Bazaar Chair Charlene Smith. “This is basically a year of preparation.”

November 18th

Council hears updates on properties

November 18, 2014

Councilors heard an update on various building issues at its meeting Monday, along with an update on a request for support from the Eastern Shawnee regarding land in Logan County.

At-Large Councilwoman and Chair of the Lands and Buildings Committee reported on that committee’s meeting, held on Nov. 10.

The committee reviewed several properties that had been brought to their attention:

Arctic blast closes schools as icy roads wreak havoc

November 18, 2014

Cold temperatures that rival the deepest parts of winter have arrived.

The frigid air has hampered efforts to melt the ice following the snow that fell Sunday and Monday. In addition to school closures, snow and ice were blamed for several crashes as the week began.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol:

Sheriff warns of holiday scams

November 18, 2014

As the holiday season fast approaches, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon is urging residents to be aware of scams that can quickly make the holidays go sour even before they get started. 

Several online reports and the Sheriff’s Office have sent a press release warning people, and even though this is just an annual notification from Solomon, he still wants residents to be aware.

November 17th

Trees planted at dog park

November 17, 2014

Saturday brought sunny skies, frosty air and eight people together to plant trees in the Wapak Dog Park on West Auglaize Street.

In all, eight trees were planted. Three were purchased with funds collected by Travis Rohrbach, Eagle Scout Selectee from Wapakoneta Boy Scout Troop 14. The dog park was Rohrbach’s Eagle Scout project. Five of the trees were provided by the Wapakoneta Tree Commission.

Brush new manager at Boomerang

November 17, 2014

BOTKINS — Boomerang Rubber Inc. in Botkins announced the recent addition of Bobby Brush as its general manager. 

With more than 22 years of experience within the specialized recycling manufacturing arena and a former general manager of Koneta Rubber in Wapakoneta, Brush, a resident of Roundhead, Ohio, brings with him an in-depth knowledge and keen understanding of all facets of Boomerang Rubber Company’s operations. 

Gardens’ employees earn top honors

November 17, 2014

Debbie McElroy and Brenda Meckstroth have both shown passion and dedication toward their jobs at The Gardens at Wapakoneta, and it’s certainly not gone unnoticed. 

November 14th

The treasures of Ireland explored

November 14, 2014

On Sept. 29, a group of Wapakoneta citizens departed for an overnight flight to the Emerald Isle, on a tour arranged by the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce. Once there, we were joined by people who were soon to be new friends … from other chambers around the United States.

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