The Daily Press http://www.wapakdailynews.com http://www.wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-05-03T20:24:47-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10506House fire reported at 12000 block of Ritchie Road 2015-05-03T20:24:47-04:002015-05-03T20:19:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A house fire took place at the 12000 block of Ritchie Road. Wapakoneta, Buckland, Cridersville and Spencerville Fire departments are at the scene.</p><p> <em>For more on the house fire, see tomorrow's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.  </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGHouse fire reported at 12000 block of Ritchie Road Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10506Change0Usable2015-05-03T20:19:34-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10502What you missed2015-05-01T18:06:56-04:002015-05-01T18:06:56-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsMonday: The United Way of Auglaize County searches for volunteers and gears up for its Day of Caring.Tuesday: Wapakoneta police set the first Police and Citizens Together (PACT) meeting.Wednesday: The Wapakoneta City School Board of Education honored nine students at its board meeting on Tuesday evening.Thursday: Waynesfield council members discussed what they felt was appropriate for the village mayor to make during a village council meeting.Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHWhat you missedWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10502Change0Usable2015-05-01T18:06:56-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10501Waynesfield councilman almost causes trouble for village2015-05-01T18:42:27-04:002015-05-01T12:44:22-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News  A Waynesfield council member's declining payment from the village is against the law, and he knows it.</p><p class="p1"> <em>To see the full story, check out the Saturday, May 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWaynesfield councilman almost causes trouble for villageWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10501Change0Usable2015-05-01T12:44:22-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10500Photo of the Week2015-05-01T12:35:07-04:002015-05-01T12:35:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsWapakoneta, OHNo author availablePhoto of the WeekWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10500Change0Usable2015-05-01T12:35:07-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10497Beacon of Hope Fundraiser date set 2015-04-30T22:38:56-04:002015-04-30T22:38:56-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Community Health Professionals' Beacon of Hope Fundrasier is has a date. </p><p> See tomorrow's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News to find out the date and the details.</p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGBeacon of Hope Fundraiser date set Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10497Change0Usable2015-04-30T22:38:56-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10495Must-read feature story: Cyclist driven to help others2015-04-30T14:42:21-04:002015-04-30T14:42:21-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">As a bicycle enthusiast and owner of Crankers Cycling in Wapakoneta since 2012, Kent Fultz has a passion for riding. But his love of bikes is outweighed by something else: helping people achieve their dreams. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“It really revolves around the people,” Fultz said. “Some say, 'wow, you're really passionate about bikes,' and that's true. But I'm really passionate about the people.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Fultz said he's discovered that cycling is not just a hobby, it can transform lives. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I've had guys and gals that have lost 50, 60, 70 pounds, and one person that lost over 127 pounds,” he said. “I had one fella I didn't even recognize when he came in because he lost so much weight. His whole demeanor — everything on his body changed. Now he's in great shape.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Weight loss stories have become common in the years since Fultz opened bike shops in Lima and Wapakoneta. One of Fultz's favorite moments, however, involves a woman and her first time riding a bike. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">He told a story about a 19 year old with special needs who had never been able to ride a bike before. Fultz was able to provide her with a three-wheel recumbent, a tricycle that places the rider in a reclining position to improve stability. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I take her out on a test ride in front of her parents, and she's pedaling down the street yelling back to mom and dad, 'I'm riding, I'm riding!,'" he said. “It just brings tears to your eyes.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Fultz said his ability to help people by providing them with a bike is the best part of owning a cycling shop. The long-lasting relationships he forms with his customers also allows him to become part of the community, he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">After years of owning Crankers Cycling in Lima, Fultz wanted to expand his business to Wapakoneta in order to serve two communities. At that time, Wapakoneta was without a bike shop for the first time since 1947. He said he waited about six months, assuming someone else would open up another cycling store. When it didn't happen, Fultz decided to move in.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“The Wapakoneta community deserves to have a bike shop,” Fultz said. “Rather than move out and leave a hole, I'd rather plug that hole because they (Wapakoneta residents) know what a bike shop can do for you. I just thought that was important.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Now in his third year owning Crankers Cycling in Wapakoneta, Fultz said he has no plans to go anywhere. In fact, he hopes to purchase the Crankers building on 705 North St. instead of continuing to rent in order to become part of the Wapakoneta community.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“That's kind of a big deal for me,” he said. “When we remodeled the building, and anything I do down there, I buy from the local hardware stores. I try to give back to the community in those ways.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“If the community is gonna support me, I feel as though I should support the community in any way I can.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Fultz has also been involved with Wapakoneta's Bicycle Safety Day, an annual event that provides children with safety equipment and education about proper bike safety techniques. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Bicycle Safety Day, which will be held May 9, is run by Marlene Froning, who started the event after her 9-year-old son was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“Marlene does a great job with that, so we wanted to be able to support Bicycle Safety Day,” Fultz said. “Who knows how many lives she's saved by doing that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Though he is currently a Lima resident, Fultz said he and his fiance are looking at homes in Wapakoneta.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“Once we get married, we're gonna look at either building our own home or buying a home,” he said. “We've been looking in Wapak, so we may be Wapak residents in the near future.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Whether or not he moves to Wapakoneta, Fultz said he will continue serving the city's cycling enthusiasts for as long as he can. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We're trying really hard to be a service-based business,” he said. “We want to take care of our customers and fellow cyclists the same way we want to be taken care of. That's been our motto since the beginning.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Crankers Cycling in Wapakoneta will open for the season within the next two weeks, Fultz said. He normally would have opened by now, but his search for new management took longer than expected. He said he finally found who he believes is the right person to manage the store, and is excited to continue serving cyclists in Wapakoneta.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMust-read feature story: Cyclist driven to help othersWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10495Change0Usable2015-04-30T14:42:21-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10494PACT meeting takes place tonight2015-04-30T13:01:02-04:002015-04-30T13:00:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta Police Department will host its first of nine meetings tonight as part of a program </span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">that provides an opportunity for officers to meet with residents in specific neighborhoods within the city in the hope of increasing positive interaction between citizens and law enforcement.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The first event, which is known as Police and Citizens Together (PACT), is set for 6 p.m. at Veterans Park.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Today's meeting has a May 5 rain date if weather does not </span>cooperate<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s3">Everyone is welcomed to attend, but dialogue between officers and residents will be geared toward that certain area. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s3">The city is split into nine different sections, and tonight's meeting with the public is for residents who live in between Willipie Street from the west, Benton Street from the north, Wagner Street down to Veterans Park on the east and as far south as Industrial Drive. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s3">Light refreshments will be available </span></p><p class="p3"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Dates for future meetings will be published in the Wapakoneta Daily News as they become available.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGPACT meeting takes place tonightWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10494Change0Usable2015-04-30T13:00:38-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10492Singsation to hold cabaret2015-04-30T08:42:09-04:002015-04-30T08:37:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Check out Singsation's annual Cabaret event on Friday at the Performing Arts Center.</p><p> For more details and the full story, see the Thursday edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHSingsation to hold cabaretWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10492Change0Usable2015-04-30T08:37:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10488Board honors middle school students2015-04-29T09:21:08-04:002015-04-29T09:21:08-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored nine middle school students for their <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">achievements</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;"> in the classroom at its regular board meeting Tuesday night.</span></p><p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBoard honors middle school studentsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10488Change0Usable2015-04-29T09:21:08-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:10487Photo of the Day2015-04-28T11:29:35-04:002015-04-28T11:29:35-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta High School students Cole Mongold and Alicia Short enjoying themselves at prom Saturday night at the Grand Plaza. </p>Wapakoneta, OHSTAFF REPORTSPhoto of the DayWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:10487Change0Usable2015-04-28T11:29:35-04:00