February 17th, 2012
A local organization is encouraging downtown visitors to â€ślook up.â€ť
Local students teamed up with the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and a downtown building owner to create a second Victorian-style artwork.
Wapakoneta High School art students painted murals that are displayed in the windows above the Riverside Art Center and Custom Staffing Wapakoneta â€” on the upper level of the building.
The five murals create a scene with a painter and children set in the Victorian era in the building owned by Red Dog properties, at the intersection of Auglaize and Willipie streets.
ST. MARYS â€” Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys on Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.
The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.
Imagine being given the task of making an operational moving vehicle using only index cards, tape and straws.
Sound pretty simple? Wapakoneta Middle School students found it is not quite as easy as it may seem.
â€śIt took a lot longer than what you would expect,â€ť student Wesley Temple said of the experiment. â€śThere is always something you have to change.â€ť
Templeâ€™s group of five students is one of eight groups comprised of approximately 35 students that are participating in an education effort to enrich local gifted students.
Mildred M. Wolfal, 90, formerly of St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Santa Rita Nursing Center in Green Valley, Ariz.
She was born April 21, 1921, in Spencerville, to Amy (Snyder) and Ralph Clark. She married Clinton Wolfal
She is survived by a son, Richard Jones, of Dumas, Ark.; and a daughter, Susan Beahrs, of Sahuarita, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Jean Koch.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Miller â€“ Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Helen P. Copeland, 93, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System, surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Allen County, the daughter of Velma (Severns) and Don Hardin, who preceded her in death. On April 27, 1945, she married Richard R. Copeland, and he died March 14, 2001.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan couldn’t remember ever seeing anything like it.
And Wapakoneta coach Rusty Allen didn’t ever want to see it again.
Heistan’s Indians blasted out to a 29-2 first-quarter lead and steamrolled their way to an 82-46 win over Allen’s Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
RAWSON — When the hard ones won’t fall, you have to make the free ones.
Waynesfield-Goshen did just that, overcoming a tough shooting night to pull out a 63-53 win over the Cory-Rawson Hornets in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Thursday night at Cory-Rawson High School.
The Tigers shot a paltry 14-of-52 (27 percent) from the floor for the game. But they more than made up for that with a 29-of-39 (74 percent) performance from the free throw line.
The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club held their 37th annual chili supper Thursday and a large turnout resulted from their efforts.
By 1:30 p.m., club workers had already put in a busy day as more than 400 people had come through for lunch. They expected to reach a minimum of 1,000 to 1,200 people by closing time 7 p.m. and hoped to match their annual crowd of approximately 1,300.
“The cooks were in at 5 p.m. (Wednesday) and they cooked until 9 p.m. getting ready for today,” club member Tom Hunter said.
BOTKINS — How do different fertilizers affect plant growth?
How does popcorn pop?
Can lemons power a light bulb? (yes, by the way).
What do deer see?
How are fossils formed?
Why don’t ducks get wet?
If anyone’s asked these questions or questioned many of life’s other great mysteries, then the Botkins Middle School gymnasium was the place to be Thursday night as the school hosted its bi-annual science fair.
In an effort to reach out to sixth-graders, who will be required to get the Tdap vaccine before entering seventh grade, the Auglaize County Health Department is providing school-sponsored clinics throughout the county.
State-provided vaccinations are administered to students through the clinics, which are held at the convenience of students and parents at a variety of locations offsite in each community.
Through the clinics students can receive the Tdap vaccine, which is a combined formula for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, for $10.