March 17th, 2014
RHINE — Dresses made from pillowcases were created this past weekend by local seamstresses with one common goal — clothing the needy overseas.
The Sew-A-Thon was sponsored by the Social Justice Commission of the Petersburg Parishes, including Botkins Immaculate Conception, Wapakoneta St. Joseph and Rhine St. Lawrence.
“We’re trying to promote equality among our county and other counties,” Member Beth Boerger said.
With his 18th birthday a little over a month away, Wapakoneta High School junior, Lucas Lightle plans to have his Eagle Scout volunteer project completed by the end of March.
Lightle explained that you have to get your Eagle Scout before you turn 18, but there is a bit of leeway with paperwork.
“I turn 18 on April 24,” Lightle said. “I’l be finishing my project by the end of the month, and you send your paperwork in and that could take three months, but they give you three months after you turn 18 to send in your paperwork.”
Wapakoneta resident Brett Eley has announced that he will be running for Ohio State Representative for the 82nd district as a Republican candidate and will challenge incumbent Tony Burkley (R-Paulding) in the primary election of the Ohio General Assembly on May 6.
The 82nd district is made up Van Wert, Paulding and Defiance counties, along with a part of Auglaize County that includes Wapakoneta.
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.
For kindergartners in Cheri Brandt’s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School, St. Patrick’s Day festivities began at the start of this past week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avelene Louise Metzger, 91, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 10:12 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1922, in Waynesfield, the daughter of Harrison Guy and Glenna Irene (Hefner) Gossard, who preceded her in death. On May 2, 1943, she married Amos Howard Wilson, who died in 1944 serving in World War II. Then on May 12, 1948, she married Chester Lee Metzger, and he died April 26, 1991.