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April 30th, 2013

Day of Prayer goal to gather locals

April 30, 2013

The community will be gathering together this week to celebrate a national event locally.

The National Day of Prayer is set to start at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.

The Rev. Mark Bauer, of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said the national event is celebrated annual in Wapakoneta and the goal is to bring the community together in prayer.

Students to present Bully Busters program

April 30, 2013

BOTKINS — Three Botkins Elementary School students have decided to tackle the problem of bullying through a statewide program.

Sixth-graders Grace McCafferty, Nicholas Fischio, and Sarah Klaus have formed the Bully Busters as part of Ohio’s Youth For Justice, a program of the Ohio Center of Law-Related Education. The team was responsible to identify a problem in their community, investigate the problem and find possible solutions. They also had to develop a plan of action.

April 29th

Students ask dates in creative ways

April 29, 2013

Local high school students put their creativity to the test this year, as many dates were asked in a special fashion for prom.

Wapakoneta High School senior Josh Windle wanted to ask his date to prom in a unique way because she has never been to prom before — as her country does not practice the tradition.

Windle asked German exchange student Cathrine Thams during a class they have together at the school.

Emily’s Show must go on

April 29, 2013

For an 11-year-old girl with an incurable disease, she continues to live by a simple phrase she learned while attending St. Joseph Catholic School — “The show must go on.”

On Saturday, Emily Rose Fisher, who now lives with her parents in Florida, appeared in Wapakoneta at a fundraiser in her honor to thank those who are helping for being so generous. For her to make an appearance at the Wapakoneta VFW was important to her, her parents said, because “the show must go on.”

YMCA promotes healthy kids

April 29, 2013

The local YMCA joined in a nationwide effort to promote families to live healthier.

On Saturday, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day, where they had numerous activities for children to participate in, along with businesses and agencies from the community to meet the children and their families.

“This event helps build well-rounded kids and it exposes them to healthy activities,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA Membership and Program Director Melanie Schnippel said of the event sponsored by St. Rita’s Medical System.

April 26th

Zeigler, Defiance win WBL pitcher's duel

April 26, 2013

 

Two aces were at their finest. But one rose above the other by the narrowest of margins.

The Defiance varsity baseball team traveled to Wapakoneta, and behind 14 strikeouts from Rob Zeigler, the Bulldogs defeated the Redskins, 1-0.

Senior Johnny Crawford pitched for the Redskins, allowing one run on three hits and five walks.

But Zeigler’s performance is one that will go down in Defiance baseball lore. 

Rose M. Coolidge, 75

April 26, 2013

Rose M. Coolidge, 75, of Elida, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.  passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by her family.
 Born Sept. 20, 1937, in Clinton Township, Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late Martha (Snyder) and Colman Bowden.
Rose married Thomas Coolidge on May 27, 1983, in Waynesfield. He survives in Elida.
She had worked at the IGA in Wapakoneta. She enjoyed doing crafts, traveling, cooking and sewing. She was a member of the Jugs Sewing Group.

Vernon L.W. “Vernie” Wildermuth, 89

April 26, 2013

Vernon L.W. “Vernie” Wildermuth, 89, of Botkins, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing & Rehab Center in Minster.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Shelby County,  to the late Matilda (Kempfer) and George Wildermuth. On Jan. 20, 1945 he married the former Ludema Bennett and she survives.

Scout creates memorial for grandpa

April 26, 2013

A local scout has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to his grandfather, along with residents and staff members at Auglaize Acres.

Wapakoneta High School junior Gabe Williams, who has been working on his Eagle Scout project since last fall, recently put the finishing touches on the project at the county nursing home. Williams built a bench and created a garden around the flag pole in the front of Auglaize Acres, near the parking lot.

Sale leaves lasting impression

April 26, 2013

Two weeks after the Wapakoneta FFA Consignment sale, the tally is finally calculated long after the goods have exchanged hands.

While the work continues for weeks after the event, the week of work earlier this month at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds leaves an even longer lasting impression on the FFA members spending time to make the annual event a success.

Wapakoneta agriculture teachers and FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner along with 200 volunteers organize the $250,000 event each spring. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the sale.

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