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By MICHELLE MEUNIER
STAFF WRITER
At the Auglaize Coun-
ty Health Department
changes are always going
on according to health
commissioner Charlote
Parsons; however, in 2013
nothing major occurred.
“We didn’t drop any
programs or add any
brand new,” Parsons said.
“We’re just trying to cope
with the rules that govern
our inspections which are
always changing. Bigger
changes are coming, but
2013 was just kind of a
year to start preparing for
the changes.”
Signifcant initiatives
did start to begin at the
end of the year, and those
are part of the changes
that will be seen through-
out the rest of 2014.
“We did start the com-
munity health improve-
ment planning process,”
Parsons said. “We started
that in the late part of the
year. We did an assess-
ment of how our pub-
lic health system, which
means not only the health
department, but the hos-
pital, doctor’s of ces, any-
one who provides health
care, where we think we
are as far as what resourc-
es we have.”
Parsons said that was
completed in June or July
and they started working
on the community health
improvement plan where
the identifed some prior-
ity areas where they think
the creates health issues
for people in Auglaize
County are.
Tey have reached
the point now where
they’ve identifed the big-
gest problem areas, and
the department hopes
to bring those issues to
people so they are aware
of what type of programs
are already available, col-
laborating with other
programs and increasing
some marketing for pro-
grams.
“We actually identi-
fed four (problem areas):
weight control for adults
and youth, mental health
issues, risky behavior
which includes smoking,
drug use and unsafe driv-
ing, and then participa-
tion in preventative medi-
cal care such as screenings
and health education,
trying to fnd some ways
to get people educated
about how they can take
core of themselves and
their families,” she said.
Parsons explained that
marketing for the pro-
grams is an important
aspect, but they have to
come up with other forms
of geting the information
to the public.
“We have a meeting in
two weeks where we’ll go
through a draf plan,” she
said. “Once we get that
plan completed and ad-
opted by the group then
we’ll probably have quar-
terly meetings to follow
up and see how things are
going to stay on track with
it.”
While plans are being
put into place to introduce
health improvements into
the community there is a
more alarming, fnancial
issue the health depart-
ment is facing.
Parsons said the de-
partment has a 10-year-
old funding issue.
“Our grant income
has decreased consider-
ably, from fve years ago,
it’s down by a third,” she
said. “I just fnished the
fnal fnancial report for
the Ohio Department of
Health for 2013 and our
grant income in 2013
was 10 percent less than
in 2012, so this has been
something that has been
happing since probably
2009.”
Part of the reason-
ing behind the decrease
in grant money has to
do with there being less
money available on the
federal and state levels.
Te amount of money a
department will receive
depends on the type of
grant, but it mostly de-
pends on the population
size of the service area.
“We have a grant to
help us with emergency
preparedness and particu-
larly biological incidents,
and every county in the
state has a grant for that,
but it’s largely based on
population, so our grant is
much much smaller than
somebody like Montgom-
ery County,” Parsons said.
Any clinical grants the
department receives are
based directly on how
many people they serve,
and according to Parsons
at one point there were
three grants supporting
the well child clinic, fam-
ily planning and prenatal
clinic, all three of those
grants have been lost.
“We are still providing
our family clinic services,”
she said. “We’re not able
to serve as many people
because we don’t have the
grant money to support
the personnel costs to get
that many people in.”
One of the resolutions
for the funding issues is
being introduced gradu-
ally and phased into the
department. Tis resolve
has to do with the state
no longer providing vac-
cines for every child at
no cost. Parsons said she
thinks this program will
be phased out this sum-
mer.
“We know they’re phas-
ing out that part of it, and
they will at that time only
provide the vaccine free
for low income clients,”
she said. “Otherwise, we
will have to purchase the
vaccine ourselves and we
will have to charge people
what it costs us.”
Currently everything
is in a transition mode,
especially with health
insurance. Parsons said
the main change for the
clients will be the fact
that going to the health
department will be much
more similar to going to a
doctor’s of ce.
“If you have a copay, or
it’s part of your deduct-
ible, you’ll have to pay
the full cost. Whereas, for
a lot of time we’ve been
able to provide them with
just a $10 administration
fee, and that’s just not go-
ing to work anymore,” she
said. “If we can’t get re-
imbursement that’ll help
cover the cost of us pur-
chasing the vaccine we’ll
be out of business prety
quickly as far as shots go.”
Te changes in fees, co-
pays and diferent charges
is being introduced grad-
ually because there is no
absolute date yet for one
the vaccines will no lon-
ger be provided for free.
“It’s a mater of reedu-
cating people and telling
them, ‘you need to bring
your insurance card, or we
will allow people to pay
for it themselves and give
them a receipt so they can
fle claims with the insur-
ance company if we don’t
have a contract with their
insurance company.”
Which brings forth an-
other issue. In order to bill
a clients insurance there
needs to be a contract be-
tween the company and
the health department.
According to Parsons not
all provider networks are
accepting health depart-
ments in their coverage
programs.
Te health department
is also coming to the end
of their current levy, so it
is very important for them
to fnd a way to receive
funds.
“Tat levy has provided
us some stability that we
would otherwise not have
had,” Parsons said. “If we
hadn’t had that levy when
we lost the grant funding
we would have had to lay
of quite a few people. As
it has been, we have not
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HEALT H & EDUCAT I ON
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A special publication of
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W A P A K O N E T A
Health department saw
lackluster year in 2013
Staf photo/Michelle Meunier
The Auglaize County Health Department says its grant income has decreased signifcantly.
We are still
providing our
family clinic
services. We’re
not able to
serve as many
people be-
cause we don’t
have the grant
money to sup-
port the per-
sonnel costs to
get that many
people in.
— Charlotte Parsons
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Te Ohio Depart-
ment of Education gave
Wapakoneta City Schools
an overall achievement
grade of B for the 2012-13
school year in its annual
report card, which assesses
the efectiveness of each
school district in Ohio.
Te ODE based its
achievement score on
a combination of how
many students passed
state tests, and how well
they did on those tests.
Te graduation rates
for four and fve-year stu-
dents also received a B
grade, with 91.7 percent
of students graduating in
four years and 94.7 per-
cent graduating in fve
years.
In other areas, WCS
did not do as well.
Te district received D
grades in gap closing and
in average progress of the
gifed program.
"We struggled with gap
closing and with gifed
students," WCS Super-
intendent Keith Horner
said. "What gap closing
means is, students with
disabilities and students
who qualify for free and
reduced lunch did not
perform as well as the
state would expect. Tis
is also true for gifed stu-
dents. We're working on
all those things."
One of the ways the
district is doing that is
through hiring an in-
structional coach, who is
working with teachers to
identify the subgroups
of gifed, special needs
and low socio-economic
status students at the ele-
mentary, middle and high
school level.
On Jan. 21, instruc-
tional coach Dawn Rankin
was hired by the district to
identify these subgroups
and provide teachers with
the time and resources
they need to best educate
these students.
Horner said the district
was able to hire Rankin
because of a budget re-
quirement to spend a cer-
tain amount of dollars on
gifed services.
Te district was given a
performance rating of "ex-
cellent" for the 2011-12
school year, which Horner
said is about the equivalent
to the B grade they received
in 2012-13, although it is
dif cult to compare the
two report cards.
"Te achievement part
of it is about the same
for the last two years,
but there were no leter
grades last time," Horner
said. "It's not even com-
paring apples to apples
because the report cards
from 2011-12 to 2012-13
went under such a dra-
matic change."
Horner said that there
are also gaps in the curric-
ulum and in the school's
ability to properly assist
teachers with their lesson
plans.
Starting next school
year, the district will have
an entirely new curricu-
lum that will be assessed
by the state of Ohio.
"To do this the right way,
we have to spend a great
deal of time making sure
the curriculum is aligned,
and that we're not spending
too much time on some-
thing we shouldn't or not
enough time on something
we should," Horner said.
"All that requires a great
deal of planning."
Horner said that in
order to fx these gaps, it
will take a cooperative ef-
fort from administrators
and teachers.
"It'll come down to
our ability to get people
together and provide the
teachers with the time,
talent and resources they
need," Horner said. "Tis
might mean bringing
in someone like Dawn
Rankin as instructional
coach, or it might be
working with a curricu-
lum specialist—there are
a lot of diferent ways. We
need someone to coordi-
nate with teachers so that
they can eventually assist
themselves. But they do
need to have some time
and resources to do so."
Te district has under-
gone "signifcant fnancial
dif culty" in the last four
years, Horner said, forc-
ing schools to streamline
what they do and elimi-
nate almost 40 employ-
ees. Tis is all while serv-
ing the same amount of
students.
In fact, schools had to
serve more students in
2012-13 than they did in
2011-12, with even less
staf.
In 2011-12, the dis-
trict's enrollment was
at 3,027 students and
280 faculty members.
In 2012-13, there were
3,078 students enrolled
and 271 staf members.
For the current school
year, the projected enroll-
ment is 3,030 students
and 279 staf members.
Horner said the reason
the number of staf mem-
bers increased this year
was due to a large kinder-
garten class that required
two teachers and the tran-
sition of preschool classes
being held at Wapako-
neta Elementary School,
which required three
more teachers.
Prior to this school
year, the district decided
to consolidate the pre-
school program and move
it from the ESC building
into Wapakoneta Elemen-
tary School. Horner said
the district has always paid
for the preschool program,
and that they were able to
save money by moving the
classes into one of their
buildings.
"We expect to see a cost
savings in administrative
programming next school
year," Horner said. "It
was a fnancial decision,
but something we didn't
expect was that we have
curricular advantages too.
We have those teachers as
part of our staf meetings,
part of our professional
development, and it lends
itself to align our curricu-
lum mores than not hav-
ing those things."
From 2009-2012, the
district's expenditures
have outweighed rev-
enue, ranging from nega-
tive $1,059,133 in 2009
to negative $557,042 in
2010. In 2013, however,
the district managed to
climb to plus $142,081.
Tis is an increase of
about $1 million in rev-
enue from 2012.
Horner said this was
primarily due to an in-
crease in state funding.
"We're very appre-
ciative of what we got,"
he said. "We do like to
maintain our fscal health
year afer year. We have
to keep in mind that th e
pay for our employees has
to be competitive with
area schools. Tat said,
the cost of business does
go up over the years and
we've had employees step
up and not take raises for
three years. Tat is some-
thing that has to be con-
sidered all the time."
In January 2014,
Wapakoneta High School
Head Football Coach
Doug Frye resigned and
took over the head coach-
ing job at St. Mary's. Te
search for a new head
football coach at WHS re-
mains ongoing.
"We're prepared to
move on," Horner said.
"We thank him for what
he did and we're ready to
continue to ofer all our
kids, football or other-
wise, good positive extra-
curricular experiences."
Horner said the goal is
to get someone hired by
Feb. 25.
"I think we're on target
for meeting that goal," he
said.
In the future, Horner
said he would like tech-
nology to play a greater
role in the way students
learn.
Te district is discuss-
ing the implementation
of one-to-one comput-
ing, meaning that every
student would have some
type of electronic device
to assist them throughout
the day.
Horner said the dis-
trict is currently utilizing
technology in other ways,
such as having multiple
iPads available to ele-
mentary and high school
students. He also said
some teachers allow their
students to have their
phones or other devices
in the classrooms to assist
in learning.
Horner said that the
district needs to continue
to embrace technology
and use it to their advan-
tage, although WCS will
likely move slower than
other schools when it
comes to one-on-one
computing.
"We want to make sure
we're doing it carefully and
provide the proper train-
ing," he said. "We are prob-
ably heading in the direc-
tion of one-to-one devices,
but we'll be taking a slower
approach. It will be small,
baby steps as opposed to
one big swoop."
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had to lay of anyone, we
don’t have as many staf
as we did fve years ago,
that’s just been normal
atrition with retirements
and resignations.
“We haven’t replaced
some positions, we’ve re-
organized people’s duties
so people are not neces-
sarily doing what they
were doing three years
ago.”
In order to renew the
levy the department will
need to go through a legal
process of declaring need
for the level and then the
county commissioners
have to approve it and
get it placed on a ballot
since the board of health
is not a taxing authority.
Ten funds will have to
be raised for a levy cam-
paign. Parsons anticipates
the levy being on a ballot
in the spring of 2015.
“Tat’s a concern be-
cause we’ve had ten year
levies and that has given
us the ability to plan
ahead and have kind of a
guarantee of a basic level
of funding,” she said. “If
we don’t have that then
it makes it very dif cult
to plan far ahead because
we don’t know what the
grants are going to do.
Tere are other health
departments in counties
around us that don’t have
levy funds and they have a
staf that is much smaller
than ours and they just
aren’t able to provide the
range of services we do.”
Looking forward to the
rest of 2014, the health
department has a few
things they plan on fo-
cusing on. Parsons said
the environmental health
division will be seeing
some changes in rules for
household sewage treat-
ment systems which will
be a signifcant change.
“In 2014 I think we’ll
be mostly focusing on ed-
ucating our clients about
these changes and what
they need to do to get in
compliance with the envi-
ronmental rules so we can
provide them the clinical
services when they need
them,” Parsons said.
Te health department
will also be participating
in an day-long exercise to
simulate a mass-fatality,
biological scenario.
“Te scenario is that
there is a new infuenza
bug and it’s resulting in
a lot of deaths in a short
amount of time, and how
we as a community would
handle more deaths in a
week than we would nor-
mally have in a month or
two,” Parsons said.
Te simulation will be
taking place in all counties
in northwest Ohio. Par-
sons explained a simula-
tion like this is important
because it has happened
in communities before
and the department needs
to know that there are
multiple things that need
to be responded to.
“If no help from the
state or federal govern-
ment is available because
they’re all involved in this
situation also then how
would we handle it?,” she
said. “What would we
do with all of those bod-
ies? How would we make
sure they’re handled as
their family would want
them to be handled? How
would we stop the disease
from traveling further?
How would we get people
to understand what’s go-
ing on, and how to protect
themselves?
“Until you get in the
situation you can try to
think through what’s go-
ing to happen but we are
trying to simulate it so we
can get a beter, more real-
istic feel for this.”
Tere are certain cri-
teria the department will
have to meet, and two
people will evaluate the
response the department
gave, and from there an
action plan can be devel-
oped.
“Basically, an improve-
ment plan. We’ve found
these areas where we
didn’t respond as we were
supposed to,” Parsons
said. “So what can we do
to get ourselves where we
can (respond) if such an
incident happens.”
Overall, the health de-
partment hopes to imple-
ment some new rules,
improvement plans and
funding strategies in the
coming year. Te board
of health frmly believes
that the services no longer
covered by grant money
are still needed in Aug-
laize County.
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STAFF WRITER
Te Waynesfeld-Gos-
hen School District rose
to 352 in the ranking of
Ohio school districts
for the 2012-13 school
year—up from 477 last
year and 489 in 2011-12.
Te Ohio Department
of Education also released
its annual report card
for 2012-13, giving W-G
grades of one A, fve B's
and one C.
Te A grade applied to
the rate in which the dis-
trict was able to graduate
its students in four years.
W-G was able to gradu-
ate 95.2 percent of its
students in four years and
94.1 percent in fve years.
Te district's fve-year
graduation rate received
a B grade. Te school
also received B's in over-
all achievement, which is
based on state tests, gap
closing, which shows how
well students are doing in
reading and math, and in
overall progress and abil-
ity to teach students with
disabilities.
Tis report card was
the frst time that the Ohio
Department of Education
used a leter grading scale
to assess each school dis-
trict. In years past, the
ODE would rank them
based on if they were con-
sidered excellent, efective
or needing continued im-
provement.
"Overall, I think it was
a prety good report card,"
Waynesfeld-Goshen Su-
perintendent Chris Pfs-
ter said. "It was a slight
improvement from 2011-
12, although most areas
stayed prety consistent.
We do need to improve in
the area of our lower func-
tioning students who are
in the lowest 20 percent
of achievement. We'll stay
at it and continue to look
at the best possible inter-
ventions we can use given
limited resources."
Last year's Ohio
Graduation Test (OGT),
which is taken by high
school sophomores,
showed that 98 percent of
students scored profcient
or higher in math, with 58
percent of those scoring
in the advanced category.
For the OGT, advanced
is the highest rating a stu-
dent can achieve in any
category.
"Math is an absolute
strength here," Pfster
said.
W-G also managed to
exceed the state bench-
mark of at least 75 percent
of students being prof-
cient in all fve subjects
measured on the OGT.
Te lowest score was in
science, where 85 percent
of students were prof-
cient or higher.
At the beginning of the
current school year, the
ODE raised the minimum
profciency requirement
from 75 to 80 percent.
Pfster said he would
most like to see an im-
provement on the Ohio
Achievement Assessment
test at the ffh and sixth-
grade level.
"Every year that seems
to be the most dif cult
test," he said. "Te low-
est scores we had last year
were in ffh and sixth
grade, so we're puting a
lot of focus on those tests
because we want to get
beter."
Pfster said one of the
reasons it can be dif cult
to show improvement on
these assessments is the
lack of funding that a low
wealth, low enrollment
districts like W-G receive.
"Te point is that every
school district in Ohio
must follow the same
state requirements, and
some districts have the re-
sources to get it done and
some are hurting in trying
to get it done," Pfster said.
Between the 2011-12
and the 2012-13 school
year, the district received
$50,000 less in state fund-
ing than they had in pre-
vious years, according to
Pfster. For the current
school year and in 2014-
15, state funding to the
district has been frozen.
Despite a reduction in
funding, the district still
managed to break even in
2012-13.
"I didn't think we'd
break even last year, but
we did," Pfster said.
A balanced budget
comes with a price, how-
ever.
Te district had to let
go of one teacher last year
and seven teachers the
year before. Tis eliminat-
ed elective classes in busi-
ness education and tech-
nology. Tey also agreed
to a one-year contract
that raised the amount
employees pay for health
insurance by 5 percent.
Te contract also negated
raises of any kind for all
employees of the district.
Pfster said there were
many other ways they
saved money last year, in-
cluding reducing the tem-
perature and electricity of
the building, using com-
puters that automatically
turn of when not in use,
and through spending less
on supplies and purchase
orders.
"We saved every place
we possibly could last
year," he said.
When Pfster became
superintendent of W-G
in 2011, he said that there
were some communi-
cation issues between
the community and the
school district. To address
this issue, Pfster estab-
lished monthly parent ad-
visory meetings and said
that he welcomes anyone
to call or come see him if
they had any concerns.
Tis was put to the test
in January 2014 when two
members of the girls bas-
ketball team quit, alleging
unfair treatment by Head
Coach Ted Paton.
Paton sent in his res-
ignation almost immedi-
ately and it was approved
by the board at a special
meeting on Jan. 20.
"Coach Paton had
been here for seven years,
and he was known as a
tough coach who played
to win and had a solid win-
ning record," Pfster said.
"When all this came up,
we tried to address it the
best we could."
Pfster said he talked to
the two students who quit
and invited them back to
join the team afer Paton
had resigned. One student
came back, while the oth-
er decided to stand by her
decision.
He also held a meeting
with all three girls basket-
ball coaches, the principal
and the athletic director.
He later held a meeting
with every parent who had
a child on the team.
"I asked for their input
and they gave it to me,"
Pfster said, "And I can tell
you now that it's not all
one-sided. I've had more
people come up to me and
tell me it was the wrong
thing to accept his resigna-
tion than to tell me it was
the right thing to do."
Pfster pointed to the
fact that when he held an
hour-long meeting to dis-
cuss the issue with play-
ers and parents, their two
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Te Wapakoneta
KOA was built by the
Smith family in 1970
(Jim Smith, the son, still
In Wapak).  We are the
fourth owners and pur-
chased in May, 2001.
Our campground. lo-
cated at 14719 Cemetery
Road, in Wapakoneta,
ofers overnight, weekly,
monthly and seasonal
camping sites, along with
cabins and deluxe cabins.
We ofer full service RV
sites with 50/30 amp, wa-
ter, sewer, 100 channels of
cable TV and Wi-Fi.  We
also have tent sites with
electric.  And for those
who would like to camp
but do not have an RV,
we have cabins and de-
luxe cabins.    Our cabins
are equipped with beds,
TVs, refrigerators, air con-
ditioning and heat.  Our
deluxe cabins are kicked
up a notch with a full
bathroom, kitchen (full
or mini), linens for up to
4 people, TVs, air condi-
tioning, heat and so much
more. 
  We also fll pro-
pane  for  tanks and in-
board for motorhomes 7
days a week (March 15 to
Nov. 15).  Tis service is
open to the public and not
just our camping guests.
We are always improv-
ing something on the
park.  In 2013, we have
installed an ADA pool lif. 
Tis will help those camp-
ers who need more assis-
tance in geting in and out
of our heated pool. 
A great family activity
we added was our Min-
ing Company.  Kids and
adults of all ages have
a great time mining for
gemstones, shark teeth,
arrowheads and so much
more.  Stop back this year
and fnd out what's new at
the Mining Company.
Tere are more
than 480 KOAs locat-
ed throughout the United
States and Canada.  In
2014, KOA is taking it a
step further and branding
each location.  Tere will
be three brands within
the KOA system -- Resort,
Holiday and Journey.  Te
Wapakoneta KOA will
become a KOA Holiday
Park.    Since our camp-
ground is conveniently
located of of I-75, we
feel that we are combina-
tion of an overnight park
for the  travelers passing
through to their next des-
tination and a holiday park
for the weekend and holi-
day camper.  We ofer the
best of  both worlds.    We
will ofer more planned
activities for our week-
end  and holiday camper. 
And our overnight travel-
ers will still enjoy the ease
of pulling into our nice
long sites for the night.  
In 2013, the Wapako-
neta KOA was ranked #8
out of 480 KOAs in the
entire system.  Tis award
is based on customer sur-
veys.  We are very proud
of this award. 
We have a small food
kitchen on our park which
ofers a variety of items
such as pizzas, wings,
cheesesticks and more. 
Our pizzas are made to or-
der and delivered "HOT"
right to the camper/cab-
in/tent door.
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800-562-9872.
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main concerns had noth-
ing to do with Paton. One
involved surveying eighth
grade girls to fnd out their
interest in playing ninth
grade basketball, and the
other was to request that a
game not be rescheduled
on Feb. 8 due to an ACT
test that day.
Pfster said that Paton
wanted to resign because
he didn't want to cause any
problems for the district.
"To me, that's a stand-up
guy," Pfster said.
Pfster admited that this
has been a decisive issue for
years.
"Tere are people here
that love him and there are
people here who don't like
him and his coaching style,"
he said.
For now, former assistant
coach Doug Foley is coach-
ing the girls basketball team
and Morgan Rogers was
promoted from volunteer
to assistant coach. Te dis-
trict also hired Ted Paton's
wife Janet, who also teaches
third grade at W-G, as vol-
unteer assistant coach.
Foley will remain the
girls coach only until the
end of this season.
"(Foley) clearly has said
he has absolutely no inter-
est in being the head girls
basketball coach next year,"
Pfster said.
At the end of the bas-
ketball season, Pfster said
they will start advertising
for a head girls basketball
coach and will begin going
through the interview pro-
cess as soon as possible.
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KOA ofers full-service campground
Community Health
Professionals (CHP)
Tri-County begins its
19th year of operation in
Wapakoneta, providing
home health and hospice
services to Auglaize and
surrounding counties.
CHP Tri-County is a
nonproft agency deliver-
ing visiting nurses, hos-
pice, private duty, and
in-home therapy services
to all ages, but primar-
ily serves the elderly and
disabled. It is a partner
agency with United Way
of Auglaize County.
Visiting Nurses helps
those with acute medical
conditions, like when re-
turning home following
hospitalization. Nurses
can aid patients with ev-
erything from managing
medications to high-tech
procedures.
When medical care
cannot ofer a cure, CHP
Hospice provides care,
comfort and support for
persons with life-limiting
conditions as well as their
families. Te hospice team
works to make the person
comfortable and relieve
their symptoms and pain
for the entire length of
their illness.
Private duty services
delivers personal care to
elderly or disabled indi-
viduals who need assis-
tance at home with daily
living tasks. Health aides
assist in the home with
bathing, dressing, person-
al hygiene, laundry, meals,
errands, and groceries.
Services are deliv-
ered by staf that is local
and on-call 24-hours a
day. Accessing care is as
simple as a phone call. A
nurse can provide an ini-
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no cost or obligation. Call
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Community Health enters 19th year
Tis weight manage-
ment business opened
in October of 2013.
Te owners are sisters
Bonnie(Madden)Berry
and Nancy (Madden)
Truesdell.
It's all about well-
being. While Bonnie
teaches you what kinds of
foods, portions and com-
binations are good for
your particular body type
and blood type, Nancy
boosts your success with
hypnosis to make sure
you don't sabotage your
good intentions to be-
come slim, strong and
healthy.
Several people have
enjoyed the hypnosis for
stress reduction and there
are more non-smokers
among us these days be-
cause of the smoking
cessation hypnosis that
Nancy ofers.
Come see Bonnie for
a free consultation hour.
No hard sell here! She
loves to share the facts
about this unique pro-
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Just make an appointment
out of curiosity to come
sit with Bonnie and fnd
out what this is all about.
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Children's Hometown
Holiday will be celebrat-
ing it's 8th year in 2014.
CHH has come a long
way since it's humble
beginnings that started
with Santa's Wapakoneta
Outpost and the reindeer
stabled next to the house.
Te Santa house was
created by students in
Dale Elsner's class at
Wapakoneta High School
and is now a much antici-
pated Holiday fxture on
the lawn of the fre house
serving as a focal point for
the children in our com-
munity to remind them
that they are very much
cherished by the citizens
in their community.
CHH wants every
child no mater their f-
nancial status, to have an
equal opportunity to en-
joy the frst weekend afer
the Tanksgiving week-
end when everything is
free for children, and San-
ta comes to town to visit
which makes it even more
special.
We hope parents and
guardians are taking many
pictures to help preserve
the memories for their
children so that CHH can
last for many years. Since
this is our 8th year, many
of the children who sat
on Santa's lap 8 years ago,
are now in their mid teens.
Tey ofen invite their
cousins and grandparents
and other relatives from
out of town, to come enjoy
the festivities with them
and to see how distinctive-
ly their hometown honors
children for one magic
weekend in December.
Since 2006, a skating
rink has been added next
to the reindeer enclosure
so that children of all ages
have something to do.
Carriage, trolley, cov-
ered wagon and train rides
have also been added to
the event. Tere are po-
nies to ride and camels,
llamas, miniature horses,
and farm animals to pet,
and the Allen County
Sherif's Posse brings
down their horses for chil-
dren to see and pet as well.
Ofen Mike Kohlrieser
brings his menagerie for
hands on alligator peting
or parrot chicanery. Micah
Nichol presents a magic
show and many pageant
winners and celebrities
sign autographs and pose
with the children.
Te Crystal Princess is
also a much loved hostess
at the litle girls Tea Party.
UNOH helps present a
race car breakfast party
at Swaney's and this year,
the breakfast is going to
be open to boys and girls.
Cloud 9 has a cookie
recipe contest, the Cham-
ber hosts a Lego show in
their windows, Village
Green has a gif wrap-
ping contest and there are
many giveaways. Nearly
all of the merchants and
businesses at Grandview,
downtown and on the
Bellefontaine corridor,
give treats to each child.
Street musicians, the
high school choir and
band, and many costumed
characters help create the
festive ambiance. Te
characters give out treats
to each child. Tere is a
free movie on Saturday at
the WA PA Teater and
a free lunch at St. Paul's
UCC. Tere is also free
ketle korn and free shaved
ice. Harvest Baptist pres-
ents a live nativity in the
tent with the animals.
CHH weekend contin-
ues to grow and this year
there are going to be even
more surprises.
On Dec. 7, the Knights
of Columbus is hosting a
pancake breakfast from 8
a.m. to noon, which will
be free to all children and
parents or guardians.
Te children will be
treating their own fami-
lies that morning and
Santa will be there to
give out treats and to en-
joy the breakfast with the
families. Some new plans
for costumed charac-
ters include the addition
of Mickey and Minnie
Mouse. Casa Chic is be-
ginning to plan a new win-
dow skit based on Charlie
Brown characters.
CHH would also like
to have 6 pairs of "Jingle
Belles" to help enhance
the street ambiance.
While it is yet too early to
announce all of the new
events, the commitee
needs more adults in the
community get involved.
Tere were 237 vol-
unteers last year and this
year, there are even more
needed. If there are clubs
or organizations who
would like to help with
the festivities, contact
Elaine Poppe at (419)
738-8391 or contact her.
We also welcome adult
suggestions and ideas and
especially the suggestions
and ideas generated by
the youth in our commu-
nity.
At Auglaize Family
Dental, your smile is our
priority. Dr. Kenneth
Jackson and his experi-
enced staf of eleven are
dedicated to service our
growing practice, pro-
viding personalized and
top-quality care designed
to preserve and enhance
the natural beauty of your
smile.
Dr. Kenneth Jackson,
a graduate of the Univer-
sity of Cincinnati and Te
Ohio State University
College of Dentistry, is a
skilled and gentle dentist,
who continues to train in
the latest available den-
tal technology and treat-
ment.
Our three hygienists
are friendly and highly
trained professionals
scheduling appointments
to run on time.  We main-
tain an ef cient of ce and
a relaxed atmosphere to
provide optimal, comfort-
able and afordable dental
treatment for your entire
family.
Established in 1998
and located at 809 Red-
skin Trail, Auglaize Fam-
ily Dental ofers compre-
hensive dental exams,
emphasizing preventative
care, while also satisfy-
ing the needs of patients
who require cosmetic or
restorative services.
Our services in-
clude:  teeth cleaning and
whitening, digital x-rays,
prompt emergency care,
crowns, bridges, full and
partial dentures, implants,
root canals, extractions,
tooth colored composite
fllings and nitrous oxide
sedation.
Te Auglaize Family
Dental team prides itself
as being voted “Best  Den-
tist”   and   “Best   Den-
tist   Of ce” by readers of
the Wapakoneta Daily
News for eight consecu-
tive years by establishing
ongoing relationships
with our patients based
on trust and satisfac-
tion.   We are accepting
new patients.
Call to schedule an ap-
pointment for the best
dental care for your entire
family at (419) 738-2426.
St. Rita’s Wapak Im-
aging Center was estab-
lished in Wapakoneta in
2005 and in 2009 moved
to our present location
at 1015 S. Blackhoof St.
Te Wapak Imaging
Center is a satellite im-
aging center for St. Rita’s
Medical Center. We of-
fer patients a convenient
and friendly location as
an alternative to visiting
the hospital to obtain,
professional and accu-
rate imaging procedures.
Te center is stafed
with registered tech-
nologists, certifed in
mammography. Te fa-
cility is accredited by
the American College
of Radiology, the FDA
and National Accredita-
tion Program for Breast
Centers. All exams are
interpreted by a board-
certifed radiologist at
St. Rita’s Medical Cen-
ter.
Your exam can be in-
terpreted as quickly as
if you had gone up to
the hospital. We ofer a
much shorter wait time
and a comfortable non
clinical seting. We strive
to make the best, most
personal care for every
St. Rita’s patient, every
time. No exceptions, no
excuses.
Our center ofers
Screening Digital Mam-
mograms by appoint-
ment or walk-in, and
evening Mammograms
by appointment.
We provide X-rays
and EKG done on a
walk-in basis. You can
contact the Imaging
Center by calling (419)
738-1011.
Holiday event continues to grow
Auglaize Family
Dental dedicated
to your smile
Imaging center
ofers quality service,
friendly atmosphere
By BRITTANY POWELL
STAFF WRITER
To refect the love of
Christ by ministering unto
those who are hungry,
thirsty, homeless, in need
of clothing, the sick and the
imprisoned.
— Mercy Unlimited
mission statement
Mercy Un-
limited is a
Christian,
n o n -
p r o f i t
organi-
z at i on
t h a t
was cre-
ated to
meet the
basic emer-
gency needs of
the families and indi-
viduals of Eastern Aug-
laize County, Executive
Director Tammy Brown
said.
“Based on Mathew
25:35, we are here to
feed the hungry and the
thirsty, assist the home-
less, provide clothing for
those who have need, pay
for emergency medicines
and supply a chaplain for
the jail,” Brown said.
Last year, $237,359
worth of assistance was
given to 13,902 people in
the community through
Mercy Unlimited, Brown
said.
“Our goal is to meet
needs and tell others
about God’s unlimited
love,” Brown said.
Brown said the orga-
nization is continuing
to grow, and is currently
planning to expand the
“Weekend Backpack Min-
istry” to feed additional
children who are going
without proper food on
the weekend.
She said
they also are
l o o k i n g
to iden-
tify and
r e a c h
m o r e
h o me -
b o u n d
wi d o ws
or widow-
ers for the
“Senior Food
Box Ministry.”
“Our Choice Food
Pantry Ministry, which
is already successful, is
looking for ways to inter-
ject variety in the prod-
ucts that we are able to
ofer our patrons,” Brown
said.
Brown said many times
locals are surprised to dis-
cover that the thrif store
which provides funding
for the organization year-
round is the largest in
West Central Ohio.
“It generates nearly
$175,000 each year to pay
for services that we pro-
vide to the community,”
Brown said. “So, please
bring us your stuf’!”
Brown said one way
the organization gener-
ates funding is through
the volunteers.
“Our volunteers are
valuable, caring, com-
mited, important, fun
and priceless,” Brown
said. “Tey provide tens
of thousands of dollars’
worth of labor each year.
We love our volunteers.”
Food Pantry Manager
Valerie Cofey said Mer-
cy Unlimited has eight
steady volunteers in addi-
tion to many others who
help keep the organiza-
tion working daily and
with special programs.
“Volunteers in the
pantry help with every-
thing — stocking shelves
and freezers, repackaging
product, logging dona-
tions, organizing health
and hygiene items, daily
and monthly housekeep-
ing and also act as guides
through the pantry with
every client,” Cofey said.
Cofey said volunteers
give personal atention
when individuals are in-
terviewed as they enter
the pantry process. Tey
ofen take personal in-
terest in the lives of the
needy and help create
strategies to escape the
hardship, Cofey said.
“Referrals to local
churches and agencies are
made as necessary,” Cof-
fey said. “We gladly pray
with people for happy
things, stressful things
and scary things and share
the Gospel with anyone
who wants to know more
about Jesus and why we
do what we do.”
Cofey said people vol-
unteer for many diferent
reasons.
“Extra time on their
hands, wanting to stay ac-
tive and ‘working’ as they
look for employment —
some want to give back
and others want to pay
it forward,” Cofey said.
“All seem to get as much
as they give, and that adds
up to great service and a
very pleasant working en-
vironment for staf and
clients alike.”
Cofey said being the
food pantry manager can
be challenging. She said
she has been working at
Mercy Unlimited for four
years, before which she
was a volunteer.
“Every day is new, and
one never knows how
many people will come
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By MICHELLE MEUNIER
STAFF WRITER
For Cridersville Ele-
mentary School one of the
biggest changes for 2013
came in the form of a new
principal.
Although not new to
the school or the district,
this is Misty Baker's frst
year assuming the lead role
at the school.
Baker knew she wanted
to teach for fve to seven
years, but an administra-
tive role was of interest to
her.
"Actually, I taught pre-
frst grade for fve years
and I taught second grade
for three years, and it's all
been with Wapak City
Schools," Baker said. "Te
previous principal was Mr.
Tester, and what I did last
year and years prior, when
he would go out of the
building they would get a
sub for me and I would fll
in for him."
Tis allowed Baker to
experience the position
and see what kind of duties
it would entail.
"I did my internship
with him (Tester) and
with the district, so I think
that's helped with the tran-
sition," she said. "When
he would step out of the
building I would step in
and the students, I think,
were able to view me as an
administrator."
Baker has always liked
the classroom and work-
ing with all factions of the
school district.
"I do like the classroom,
and I like making a difer-
ence with the students, but
I think as an administrator
you can work more on the
district level, and having an
impact with students, the
staf and the community."
Along with Baker step-
ping into the role as princi-
pal, CES added a few other
staf members as well.
"We had a fourth grade
teacher move from the
middle school to be the
fourth grade teacher,"
Baker said. "She actually
accepted the instructional
coach position for the dis-
trict, so she is no longer
at the building. We have
a sub so we are trying to
make sure that we col-
laborate with her as the
instructional coach so the
kids still beneft from her."
Tere was one new ad-
dition to the district as well
as a couple of paraprofes-
sionals shifing to class-
room teaching positions.
One of the most im-
portant things CES is do-
ing, along with the rest of
Wapakoneta City Schools
is exposing teachers and
students to A.L.I.C.E.
training, which stands for
Alert, Lockdown, Inform,
Counter and Evaluate.
According to Baker stu-
dents were trained in age
appropriate ways on Feb.
14 by police of cers.
"Tere will be about 13
of them (of cers) to talk
with each grade level, so
that it's not just lumped
together as an assembly
per se," Baker said. "It will
be divided by grade. We
are doing that and training
the students because they
have usually just kind of
huddled, and now we are
training them to be a litle
more active."
Making sure students
and teachers are aware of
procedures in the event of
a lockdown is something
that is important district
wide.
"I just want to make sure
that the students are ac-
tively trained in what they
need to do if there is some-
body that comes in from
the outside, or if there is
somebody outside that we
need to stay in lockdown
mode," Baker said. "I just
want to make sure that
they are safe as well as the
staf members."
In a separate district
wide adjustment, school
stafs have started teacher-
based teams in order to al-
low for collaboration with
student's data, and enable
teachers to guide their in-
structions based on this
data.
"If they see the lower
learners aren't performing
they work together to see
what they can do to in-
crease achievement as well
as the higher level to make
sure that all students are
provided with what they
need," she said.
Te staf at CES is look-
ing at a common goal, and
that is student achieve-
ment.
"We are just always
looking to revamp instruc-
tion to beter reach out
students," Baker said.
A couple of building
specifc issues Baker hopes
to solve are the rush of the
lunch period, and the cha-
os of afer school pick-ups.
"We're looking at the
afer school dismissal, it's
just kind of chaotic," she
said. "We are looking at
some kind of change into
that."
Baker explained that of-
ten times the kids are in a
rush to fnish their lunches
quickly in order to go out
for recess, so she is plan-
ning on reworking the
lunch schedule a litle bit.
"I hope to change a
litle bit with their lunch
schedule so the students
don't feel so rushed to get
to recess," she said. "I am
thinking of maybe doing
recess frst and then lunch
and then silent reading to
get them refocused for in-
struction."
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The Home Office is
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Our main goal every
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with us. We offer physi-
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room rate are their 3
meals a day, our anytime
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day. The ice cream is al-
ways available in the ice
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We have many forms
of entertainment from
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includes singing, danc-
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people in our commu-
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include passing medica-
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kinds, and Hospice. We
encourage everyone to
come and visit with us
whenever they have the
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Many of our resi-
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are heard to say " When I
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and my family worried
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They were afraid to
leave on vacation or an
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These families along
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We offer comfortable
private rooms and baths
and a friendly happy
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enjoy conversation. The
dining room is just a big
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the days events while
we enjoy a hearty meal.
Families are welcome to
join us for dinner, just
let us know in advance.
Medications are
monitored by the nurs-
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as directed by the Dr.
Each resident may keep
their personal family
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They may also se-
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Wheelchairs and walk-
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and encouraged to be
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Our goal for 2014 is
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When we opened over
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We offer so much
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Staf photos/Michelle Meunier
Above: Cridersville Elementary School welcomed a new
principal in 2013.
Right: Principal Misty Baker sits at her desk at Cridersville
Elementary School.
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STAFF WRITER
Executive Director of the
Auglaize County Crisis Center,
Shirley Longworth said the cen-
ter is a family violence program
that provides shelter as one
component of that program. Te
emphasis is based upon compre-
hensive programming. A shelter
without programs can only serve
as a Band-Aid solution to a very
large problem.
Te Crisis Center ofers a va-
riety of means to assist victims
of violence, including: immedi-
ate intervention and safety plan-
ning 24 hours a day, safe and
confdential shelter, legal aid,
long term counseling, public as-
sistance, food and clothing and
transportation.
Longworth said that the pro-
grams ofered at the center have
remained consistent throughout
the past year. She added that
programs are evaluated based on
certain tools given to the victim
survivors.
“We evaluate existing pro-
grams through tools that are pre-
sented to those victim survivors
that we serve,” Longworth said.
“Tose tools are ofered to fami-
lies served upon admission to
our program and prior to a fam-
ily completing the program.
“Families identify their im-
mediate and long term needs
and turn those needs into realis-
tic, concrete goals.”
Staf members work with
adults and children in order to
help them meet the goals they
have set for themselves. Te
tools used are referred to as out-
come measurement tools.
“We are able to determine the
success of a program based up on
the results of those surveys com-
pleted by each victim/survivor
served,” Longworth said. “Te
pre and post tools allow staf and
families served an opportunity
to reevaluate what goals need to
be prioritized ongoing.”
Longworth said it is the
center's hope that each family
served completes the program
with a strong set of new skills
allowing them a beter sense of
where they are headed in life.
“It is our hope that each fami-
ly served completes the program
with a stronger set of coping
skills, job searches and job skills
training, options for afordable
housing, legal advocacy, stron-
ger support systems, groups
that provide both education and
support as well as a great sense
of self determination and self-
direction,” she said. “Te agency
assists through 24-hour crisis
intervention in providing risk
assessment, risk reduction and
safety planning for each family
served.”
One of the highlights the Cri-
sis Center experienced in 2013
was the 25 Annual Beneft Auc-
tion. Longworth considers this
beneft to be very successful.
“Te Auglaize County Crisis
Center 25 Beneft Auction dem-
onstrated tremendous support
from many friends, networking
partners, benefactors, local law
enforcement and fre depart-
ments and the Board of Trustees
who participated to make this
Annual Beneft Auction a huge
success in raising dollars and
raising awareness to the dynam-
ics of domestic violence within
our community,” she said.
Teen Dating Violence Aware-
ness Month is February and
Longworth said it allows the
Auglaize County Sherif's Of ce
and the Crisis Center to collabo-
rate by partnering in the high
schools to raise awareness of
signs of domestic violence.
“By partnering in the high
schools, raising awareness to the
early warning signs and efects of
violence and controlling dating
relationships,” she said. “Tey
share helping students to under-
stand that healthy relationships
require respect and open com-
munication.”
Longworth noted that the
Crisis Center experienced one
major issue during 2013, and
that was the loss of some Emer-
gency Food and Shelter dollars,
causing concern regarding food
within the shelter.
“So many friends and orga-
nizations have assisted over the
months by supplementing the
agency food supply,” she said.
“Te Auglaize County Crisis
Center is a partnering agency
of the United Way. Te United
Way Day of Caring supplements
the agency food supply with the
items that have been collected
throughout the county. We are
truly thankful for the generosity
of our caring community.”
Manager of the Auglaize
County Crisis Center Misty
Mihm said the center is looking
forward to a couple of things in
2014 including the sale of the
beneft cookbook and the 26
Annual Beneft Auction.
“Our beneft cookbook is full
of recipes passed down for gen-
erations, new favorites and reci-
pes from elected of ces of Aug-
laize County,” Mihm said. “Te
cost is $15 per book and pro-
ceeds go directly to the Auglaize
County Crisis Center.”
Mihm mentioned that any-
one interested in purchasing a
cookbook may contact the Cri-
sis Center by calling (419) 738-
5511.
Coming up in April, the 26
Annual Beneft Auction will be
held at the Junior Fair Building
at the Auglaize County Fair-
grounds.
“Te beneft Auction is our
largest and most important fun-
draiser,” Mihm said. “Proceeds
from the Beneft Auction go
toward direct client service de-
livery to ensure that adults and
children afected by domestic
violence have safe, confdential
shelter, support and comprehen-
sive educational programming.
“A majority of these funds are
used toward a 20 percent match
required by grant funding re-
ceived by the Crisis Center.”
Te Beneft Auction will take
place Tursday, April 24 at 5
p.m.
Longworth discussed a fnal
goal for the future of the Crisis
Center.
“To continue to provide qual-
ity service delivery to any family
at risk to or involved in a volatile
family relationship,” Longworth
said.
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Sertoma was founded
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Sertoma meets every
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children. Current mem-
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Scholarships available
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Applications for mem-
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Josh Litle, Vice President
Debbie McElroy; Secre-
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Center looks to raise funds, continue programs
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