November 19th, 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.
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.
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.”
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
SIDNEY — The Wapakoneta Redskins did not finish the first half how they had hoped, but they redeemed themselves with a strong performance in the second half against the Tippecanoe Red Devils, putting Wapakoneta in a regional championship game for the first time in school history.
Facing a 7-7 tie at halftime, the unbeaten Redskins outscored Tippecanoe 21-0 in the second half in a runaway 28-7 victory Friday in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal at Sidney Memorial Stadium, on a frigid night when temperatures fell below 30 degrees.