August 20th, 2014
The Wapakoneta WaterPark saw its final day for the season Tuesday, and while many swimmers visited for a fun afternoon, the park is closing the season without making much of a splash.
“We’ve had discussions about why we’re down,” WaterPark Manager Jack Hayzlett, also Wapakoneta recreation director, said, “because we’re down in attendance from two years ago, but two years ago there were 44 days above 90 degrees. Last year I think there were 13, this year, none.”
Leo E. Chiles, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Otterbein-Cridersville. He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in St. Marys, the son of Roger L. and Bessie (Parke) Chiles, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Mary Lou Walker, and she died July 15, 1996.
City Councilors were told Monday evening that two hotel properties near the junction of Interstate 75 and Bellefontaine Street have been put on notice and face possible demolition.
“The clock is ticking,” Mayor Rodney Metz said.
As students prepare to get back on the bus for the first time this school year, Wapakoneta City School District mechanics are continuing to prepare the fleet of vehicles up until the first day of school on Wednesday.
“At this point we’re just checking for small, minor stuff,” WCS mechanic Ron Lenhart said. “We’ll be working on them all the way up until the last minute.”
After a successful “crawl” last year, the second annual Crawl for A Cause is set to take place this Saturday, Aug. 23.
Crawl for A Cause is a pub crawl for participants 21 years or older with all proceeds going to benefit the Wapakoneta Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign.
According to event organizer Melanie Schnippel, she and her mother Judy Dubois have worked on the Annual Support Campaign for many years and the benefits are clearly seen.
Wapakoneta Elementary School students returning to class this week will notice a new addition to the school’s playground area.
A one-tenth mile concrete walking track was completed Aug. 7 after nearly a week of construction. Among other things, students will use the track to complete miles for the school’s walking club. In addition, students will be able to use the track during recess and teachers will have it available to them if they want to take their students out there during the school day.
There was a shopping spree at Community Markets on Defiance Street on Sunday morning.
People First of Auglaize County, an advocacy group for disabled people, held a drawing recently, with the winner garnering 90 seconds of shopping. The winner was Monica Hudson, of St. Marys. Her husband Joe ran the shopping spree Sunday.
JoAnn Blank, 84, of Cridersville, died at 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Lima Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 5, 1929, to the late Ira B. and Lois Lucille Allstetter Keller. She married Harry W. Blank on June 10, 1951, and he preceded her in death March 16, 1990.
Mrs. Blank had worked for Woolworth for 33 years and had also been a receptionist for Dr. David Nielson. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and had graduated from Lima South High in 1947.
Joan E. Orchard, 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. She was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Covington, Ky., the daughter of Ralph T. and Margaret B. (Boone) Knipper, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 15, 1958, she married Robert D. “Bob” Orchard, Sr., and he survives.
Larry G. Hehmeyer, 64, of Celina, died at 8 a.m. on Aug. 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Celina, to Eugene Hehmeyer and Marjorie (Trisel) Hehmeyer, who preceded him in death. On April 22, 1978, he married Renee Crowe, who survives.