June 6th, 2014
Sixty young children filled the pool at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA for this year’s installment of the SPLASH program.
With the help of the Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club, the Y is able to offer this week of free swim lessons to 60 participants, which Sarah Finkelmeier, senior program director, believes to be important.
Juggling bowling pins and riding a 7-foot unicycle, a performer stopped by the local library to entertain families during the first week out of school.
"Matt Jergens Comedy & Juggling" held a workshop and performance for young readers and their families Thursday evening at the Auglaize County Library.
"It's something fun, free, family oriented," Youth services coordinator Kristine Spyker said.
Recent Wapakoneta High School graduate Amanda Sims came one step closer to achieving her goal of helping children all around the world Wednesday night.
Sims was the recipient of the Women’s Civic League of Wapakoneta Scholarship, giving her an additional $1,000 to put toward her education. She was presented with the scholarship during the organization’s regular meeting at RJ’s Coffey Cup.
James L. “Jamie” Copus, 50, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He went home to be with the Lord with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 13, 1963, in Lima, the son of Sonja M. (Davis) Copus and Leonard W. Copus. His mother survives in Rockford, Mich. and his father and step-mother, Leonard (Bobbie) Copus, survive in Byrdstown, Tenn. On May 13, 2006, he married Rebecca S. Wireman, and she survives.
The demolition of the Ponderosa Steakhouse building on Bellefontaine Street Monday was the first phase in the construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant that will occupy both its current property and the old Ponderosa site.
McDonald’s Store Owner Jeff Monfort said when the new building is complete it will be turned around to face east and there will be parking surrounding the entire building.
The Auglaize County Commissioners are seeking interested volunteers to serve on a number of boards.
“On most of these boards, we appoint a portion of the members, with the exception of the airport board,”
Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “We now find ourselves — mostly due to term limits — with the need to fill some slots.”
While getting more females into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers as a national initiative may not sound like fun and games, it may be as easy as visiting the local space museum.
Girl Scouts from various troops in the local area participated in a program hosted by the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in order to earn their product designer merit badge this week.
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The Wapakoneta Dog Park is getting closer to completion.
Travis Rohrbach’s Eagle Scout project received a major donation Tuesday that will go a long way to build the fencing Rohrbach needs to all but complete the project.
The donation of $500 from Glenna McCormick of Guild the Lily in Wapakoneta was given in memory of Glenna’s late husband, Bill.
Bill McCormick, who died in 2010, was a volunteer and founding member of the Auglaize County Humane Society.
Many Botkins locals will be reminiscing days gone by at the 50th anniversary of the Botkins Carousel, which will include an open house of the current school building to begin demolition in late March, 2015.
“We felt this was a great opportunity with it being the 50th anniversary for past students and residents to make a homecoming and be able to see the school,” Botkins Area Community Club President Audrey Gutman, said, “Especially since at this time next year the main part of the building will be in the process of coming down.”