March 6th, 2012
A local gallery is incorporating a new exhibit — one of which has sparked many local artists to display their talent.
The Wapakoneta Riverside Art Center is currently setting up their first-ever photography exhibit, which starts with an opening reception to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“In September, we had our annual juried art show,” Riverside Art Center Gallery Director Anna Fisher said.
This show includes all mediums of art, from painting to sculpture to photography.
A personal trainer’s interest in a new exercise system has sparked the attention of fellow employees and area residents — and is now offered at a local fitness facility.
The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is now offering TRX Suspension Training and have on-staff personal trainers, including Lisa Barrett, working with clients. Barrett brought the idea to the facility last year.
With cuts in the federal budget affecting administration of the U.S. Farm Service Agency, the cuts have also delayed several federal programs for farmers and producers.
The delay in programming makes it imperative for farmers to meet with local FSA personnel as soon as possible, the local FSA executive director says.
Area residents filled the Wapa Theatre this weekend to watch an informative documentary on wind farms.
“Windfall” documented the lives of residents of Meredith, N.Y., a rural farming community, and the impact the installation of 40 400-foot tall wind turbines had on their community.
A local high school senior is currently undecided what to study in college, but he knows his passion for basketball may help guide him along the way.
Wapakoneta High School student Kaleb Page plans to attend Bowling Green State University this fall and is contemplating positions in education or journalism.
“I have a few ideas,” Page said of a career choice. “I’m thinking about possibly becoming an elementary or high school teacher or get into sports journalism or broadcasting.”
LIMA — The waters could only be held back for so long.
Then the dam finally gave way and the wave came crashing down.
Underdogs all season long, the Wapakoneta Redskins made a run at an upset Friday night only to watch the Elida Bulldogs make their own run to pull out a 51-39 win in a Division II sectional final at Lima Senior High School.
COLUMBUS — A pin here, a pin there.
Eventually they piled up.
After a strong start, the Wapakoneta Redskins faltered and finished seventh at the state boys bowling tournament Friday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The Coldwater Cavaliers, who Wapak edged in last week’s district tournament and in the regular season standings, knocked off Springfield Kenton Ridge for the state title.
COLUMBUS — Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin’s dream of a state championship vanished on Day One.
Goal No. 2, to place, disappeared on Day Two.
Martin came up short in his bid to become the third state wrestling champion and was bumped out of the top eight on Friday.
The 106-pounder opened on Thursday with a loss to Eaton freshman Michael May, the No. 2 seed out of the Goshen district, on a pin at the 5:40 mark.
Verbal threats, name calling, rumors and tags on Facebook are all forms of bullying Wapakoneta High School students say they have experienced from other classmates.
“It’s a pretty big problem,” junior Kiesha Simpson said.
Megan Steinke, also a junior, said the biggest way students are bullied at the school is online, typically on Facebook.
“The same people do it, they just change who they do it to,” Megan said.
While the girls said for the most part they try to ignore it, name calling and gossip still hurts.
Federal budget cuts the past two years and additional cuts expected for 2013 is forcing a local farm executive to trim services for area farmers.
Auglaize County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Anita Green said the U.S. Farm Service Agency (FSA) experienced 12 percent budget cuts in 2011 and 2012, with additional cuts forthcoming in 2013. To help with the budget crisis, all federal employees experienced a wage freeze the past two years.