The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-15T10:49:50-04:00 honors seniors2014-09-15T10:46:04-04:002014-09-15T10:46:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Auglaize County Council on Aging held its third annual Harvestfest at the fairgrounds Saturday, raising money for the organization and celebrating National Senior Center Month by honoring one special woman who has dedicated more than 2,000 hours of volunteerism to the community.</p><p> St. Marys resident Fern Johns received the 2014 Outstanding Senior Citizen award for her many years of volunteer work at various organizations throughout the county, including the American Red Cross, the American Legion, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and the St. Marys City School District, among others.</p><p> ACCA representatives, county commissioners, members of the community and Johns’ family were all present at the awards ceremony, each saying a few words about what her service has meant to the county and how she has improved the lives of others.</p><p> “Fern has made the county a better place in which to live,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “She has a wonderful personality and shows her caring work in our community. Her smile brings warmth to those she has served.</p><p> “Congratulations and thank you so much for your years of service.”</p><p> Johns graduated from Memorial High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She also received her master’s degree from BGSU, taking classes at night so that she could work and be there for her children during the day. In May of 1950, she married Ned Johns and together they had five children.</p><p> Two of her children, Gary Johns and Kathy Frankenburg, spoke about what their mother has meant to them all these years.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Sept. 15, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHHarvestfest honors seniorsWapakoneta Daily dog a busy pooch2014-09-15T10:43:27-04:002014-09-15T10:43:27-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CRIDERSVILLE — Sadie is a 5-year-old Goldendoodle who spends many of her days volunteering.</p><p> From visiting patients at Lima Memorial Health System to working with students at Cridersville Elementary School, Cridersville and Wapakoneta libraries and working jail ministry at Hancock County Jail, this certified therapy dog has her work cut out for her.</p><p> Sadie is certified through Lima Memorial Health System’s pet therapy program which is affiliated with Pet Partners out of Washington state.</p><p> Paula Reese, Sadie’s owner and certified handler, said after she got Sadie five years ago she knew she would be perfect as a therapy dog.</p><p> “As soon as I got her when she was 7 weeks old I knew she was perfect for the job because I had worked at the hospital and saw the program and emotions,” Reese sad. “I started working with her from day one.”</p><p> Sadie went through puppy obedience training at six months and specifically trained with her owner Paula.</p><p> “We trained together,” Reese said. “We train as a team so we are an actual team.”</p><p> Reese explained after obedience training the hospital put her in contact with Pet Partners and that training program was sort of like home schooling.</p><p> “We have to just learn the book and after we complete all of that training then we go back to the hospital and do training there,” Reese said. “They are trained to work around IV poles, noises, all kinds of unusual noises, and then the hospital puts us through an evaluation.”</p><p> In addition to her work at the hospital Sadie has been wonderful in helping CES students learn how to socialize better, interact more and working as a motivator.</p><p> “Some of the kids that have problems socializing will take Sadie and walk,” Reese said. “They’ll walk her up and down the halls, and that’s a real treat for them to get to walk Sadie.</p><p> “By the end of the year some of them that didn’t say a word are talking about their family and what they did on the weekend and talking about their dogs.”</p><p> According to Instructional Paraeducator Tammy Bush the staff at CES anticipates the arrival of Sadie and Reese every Tuesday morning.</p><p> “Our teachers feel she is a wonderful motivator. Students work very hard to earn time with Sadie,” Bush said. “She does not shed and is perfect for children who have sensitivities or allergies.”</p><p> Sadie and Reese have been a part of the CES family since 2012 and have certainly made an impact on the educators and students in the building.</p><p> Bethany McGaughy a third/fourth-grade intervention specialist said the first thing her students do when they walk through the door is ask when Sadie is coming for a visit.</p><p> “Sadie gives students an opportunity to work on their social skills and reading skills,” McGaughy said. “While Sadie makes the students feel comfortable, her handler Paula, shows a great interest and rapport with each and every student."</p><p> Beth Homan, a multiple disabilities teacher at CES, agreed with McGaughy and said Reese is key to the success of the progress made with students when Sadie is around.</p><p> “Miss Paula, Sadie’s owner, is also an integral part of the program as she is able to read while students sit with her and Sadie,” Homan said. “Sadie has become somewhat of a mascot in our classroom.”</p><p> Homan explained the students know they have to get their work done and follow classroom rules, and visits from Sadie work to motivate them to complete those tasks.</p><p> “They get the benefit of having work finished and/or being able to interact and show off what they have learned to Sadie,” Homan said. “Sadie seems to know which students and classroom staff need more interaction from week to week. If a student or staff member is sad, tired or not feeling well Sadie seems to sense this and spends more time hanging out with the individual.”</p><p> McGaughy, Homan and Bush can all agree that CES is fortunate for everything Reese and Sadie do for the school.</p><p> “She just loves people,” Bush said. “The smiles on faces are evidence of her positive role in our school and community.”</p><p> Homan said Sadie is able to provide comfort and attention to the individuals in need.</p><p> “This has been a blessing in a fast-paced environment where kids who need a little extra attention and nurturing can get it,” Homan said. “As a teacher I want to be able to nurture and provide for every student’s needs. That is not always possible at a moment’s notice.<br /> “I feel the bond Sadie has with the class is important and one that I can’t always give the students. It’s a win-win situation. The students absolutely love having Sadie time.”</p><p> With a business card of her own, Sadie has been recognized for volunteering for 250 hours at the hospital and is working toward 500 hours really likes to play ball, swim and chase bunnies. She loves kids, works well with seniors and everyone in between too.</p><p> Reese explained schools are asking for therapy dogs now that the word has gotten out. She said anyone interested in providing this form of volunteering should call the Lima Memorial Hospital volunteer office to be referred to the proper resource.</p><p> “Now that the word is out what they can do and how they respond to kids more schools are requesting dogs and we need more dogs,” Reese said.</p><p> According to her business card being a therapy dog makes her feel good, and she hopes she can make you feel better too and make your time away from home a little brighter.</p><p> It is evident that the visits Sadie and Reese provide to CES make students, staff and other visitors’ days bright and a little bit better.<br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERTherapy dog a busy poochWapakoneta Daily preps as election gets closer2014-09-15T10:49:50-04:002014-09-15T10:38:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A little less than two months away from the Nov. 4 election the Auglaize County Board of Elections is dotting its I’s and crossing its T’s to ensure preparedness and effectiveness.</p><p> The board met Wednesday, Sept. 10, and discussed the approval of the ballot issues’ order.</p><p> Michelle Wilcox, director of the board of elections explained the office received a directive from the secretary of state’s office stating what order the issues should be placed on the ballot.</p><p> “School and other districts go first and then county (issues),” Wilcox said. “Schools and other districts then county and then municipal and then township. That’s why the school would be before a county levy (like the Heritage Trails levy) on the ballots with school issues.”</p><p> After approving a multi-precinct polling location manager last month for the New Bremen polling location,  the board was also approached with the proposal of a multi-precinct polling location manager for the Waynesfield Library polling location.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Sept. 15, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERBoard preps as election gets closerWapakoneta Daily Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett after his 6 TD passes against Kent State2014-09-15T08:42:59-04:002014-09-15T08:42:59-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsOhio State QB J.T. Barrett after his 6 TD passes against Kent State in a 66-0 victory for the Buckeyes on Saturday.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26779169" data-config-site-section="eveningleader_hom_non_sec"></div>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett after his 6 TD passes against Kent StateWapakoneta Daily business major switches to education2014-09-13T10:00:33-04:002014-09-12T17:38:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News As he sat in his first business class during his freshman year of college, Nick Truesdale began to realize that his major was not something he wanted to pursue.</p><p> “I was sitting there and I just couldn’t pay attention,” Truesdale said. “I was thinking about my mom, my dad and all the teachers who said I should think about going into education. As soon as that class was over, I went to the registrar and switched my major.</p><p> “The rest is history.”</p><p> Truesdale was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary School in April and began his first year as a full-time educator this school year. The position is his first teaching job after graduating from Ashland University in 2014, where he received a degree in middle childhood education.</p><p> Although it took him until his first business class to realize what he truly wanted to do, Truesdale said his interest in education began in high school when he became involved with a tutoring program.</p><p> “I participated in a program called “I Can” at Quest Academy Community School in Lima,” he said. “Being around those kids made my mind switch toward education — that’s when I started thinking about it.”</p><p> Even though he had education in the back of his mind, Truesdale said he was still unsure exactly what he wanted to be entering college. When it came time to declare a major, he chose business because he was told “you can do anything with business.”</p><p> Luckily for him, switching his major to education turned out to be the right decision.</p><p> “I was always interested in my education classes,” he said. “It was fun to learn about and I didn’t mind reading or writing papers. That’s when it finally clicked.</p><p> “When you know something is right, you just know. That was the case with me.”</p><p> Truesdale, who was raised in Lima and still lives there, said he always wanted to come back to the area to teach. While still at Ashland, Truesdale did his student teaching at Wapakoneta Middle School where he discovered how much he enjoyed working in the district.</p><p> “It’s a great community — everyone supports the district whether it’s sports, school or other extra-curricular activities,” he said. “Luckily, I had the opportunity to be hired here and I’m blessed that I get to work for such a great district.”</p><p> Truesdale has immersed himself in the Wapakoneta community in more ways than one. Shortly after he was hired at the elementary school, Wapakoneta High School head football coach Travis Moyer contacted him and asked if he wanted a spot on the coaching staff.</p><p> Moyer and Truesdale share a common bond, in that they both attended Ashland.</p><p> Tuesdale said they also knew each other pretty well before he was hired at WES. Once he was officially employed by the district, Moyer offered him a job as linebackers coach — a position Truesdale played in college.</p><p> “That guy (Moyer) knows more about football than almost any other guy I’ve ever met,” he said. “I’ve learned more about football from him and (new defensive coordinator) Mike Voll than anybody else I’ve ever been around.</p><p> “They’re great guys and great coaches.”</p><p> Whether it’s teaching fourth-graders or coaching football, Truesdale said he loves being able to influence kids.</p><p> “I want to be a positive influence on them and be a good role model,” he said. “I want to shape their young minds academically, socially and in all other aspects of life.”</p><p> With teaching from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and coaching from 3-6 p.m., Truesdale said weekdays can be long, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.</p><p> “There are some long days, but I enjoy it,” he said. “Between teaching and coaching, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.</p><p> “It’s been a great opportunity and I’m blessed to have this job.”<br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHFormer business major switches to educationWapakoneta Daily Elementary helps cats, raises money for humane society2014-09-13T10:00:33-04:002014-09-12T17:35:52-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The students and staff at Cridersville Elementary School have a special place in their hearts for furry, four-legged individuals.</p><p> This special quality became prominently evident when three students were playing on the playground in mid-August while their mother worked to prepare her classroom for the upcoming school year.</p><p> The McGaughy siblings, Abbie, Allie and Connor were playing and keeping each other company when they spotted a tiny, black kitten.</p><p> The kids rushed inside to get adult assistance, which is when CES Principal Misty Baker called the Auglaize County Humane Society.</p><p> With the humane society on its way to CES the children and members of the staff went to look for the kitten to corral it into a box. Along with the one kitten were two siblings, each with black and white fur.</p><p> Kelly and Shawn Long of the humane society inspected the kittens carefully and said they were too young to live without their mother so a plan was put in place to try to capture the adult cat.</p><p> Within a couple of hours of setting a trap with food, water and her baby kittens inside protected from the elements the mother cat, now named Hope, was found in the cage curled up in the box feeding her babies.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, Sept. 13, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERCridersville Elementary helps cats, raises money for humane societyWapakoneta Daily Home fires more dangerous than ever2014-09-13T10:00:33-04:002014-09-12T17:30:01-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News If a fire alarm woke you in the middle of the night, would you know how to escape through a window, rescue your children or keep smoke and fire from spreading through the house?</p><p> It may not be an easy subject to think about, but local fire officials are asking residents to consider the facts when making plans to escape from fire. Their suggestions might not be what you expect.</p><p> "These fires are so toxic and so much faster moving, we've had to change our tactics, and there are some big tactic changes being proposed in the fire service," Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said.</p><p> Krites said the number of firefighter deaths from structure fires has stayed the same through decades, despite the decrease in the number of fires reported.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, Sept. 13, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLOfficials: Home fires more dangerous than everWapakoneta Daily inmates captured near Allen Correctional 2014-09-12T11:46:39-04:002014-09-12T11:46:39-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News LIMA (AP) — A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and was captured nearly six hours later hiding by a church early Friday, authorities said.</p><p class="p1"> T.J. Lane, 19, was caught only about 100 yards from the prison by two State Highway Patrol troopers at 1:20 a.m. A second prisoner had been caught almost immediately after the Thursday night escape, and troopers apprehended the third three hours after finding Lane.</p><p class="p1"> Nearly 200 miles to the east, Lane’s brief taste of freedom frightened residents in Chardon, the community outside of Cleveland where Lane fatally shot three students and wounded two others. At his sentencing hearing last year, Lane unbuttoned a dress shirt to reveal a T-shirt scrawled with the word “killer.” He wore a similar shirt during the shootings. He cursed and made an obscene gesture as the judge gave him three consecutive life sentences.</p><p class="p1"> Police officers were sent late Thursday to guard the homes of the families of Lane’s victims, while school officials huddled and ultimately decided to cancel classes Friday and make counseling available for students and the larger community.</p><p class="p1"> “The last several hours have been very difficult as we come to grips with this situation,” Chardon schools superintendent Michael Hanlon said at a news conference early Friday after Lane was caught.</p><p class="p1"> The escape occurred at Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution, a minimum- and medium-security prison in Lima about 80 miles south of Toledo. Asked why a convicted killer was not at a more secure prison, warden Kevin Jones said: “That will be something we’ll have to sit down and look at.”</p><p class="p1"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Sept. 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableThree inmates captured near Allen Correctional Wapakoneta Daily shop centers on early game consoles2014-09-12T11:39:44-04:002014-09-12T11:38:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News If you’re a fan of retro video games, a new store in downtown Wapakoneta may be the place for you.</p><p> Moonlight Games & Media, located on 107 East Auglaize St., specializes in selling video games and consoles that have been released within the past 30 years.</p><p> The store carries games for all major consoles released since 1983, including the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, PlayStation, Game Boy, Nintendo 64 and Xbox, among others. The price tag for each classic game varies, but most cost between $20 and $60. Video game aficionados will recognize such classic titles as the original “Super Mario Bros.” and “Zelda,” as well as obscure games such as “Wrath of the Black Manta” and “Solar Jetman.”</p><p> Along with retro video games, the store also carries new releases for contemporary consoles such as the Playstation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. For major releases, the store will host midnight launch parties where customers can purchase the game as soon as it hits the shelves.</p><p> Store owner Randy Widmark said one aspect that makes his store unique is that customers can not only purchase video games, but can also play them in the game room he has set up in the back of the store.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Sept. 12, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHDowntown shop centers on early game consolesWapakoneta Daily wins shopping spree at Community Markets2014-09-12T11:38:41-04:002014-09-12T11:38:41-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News After winning the raffle for a shopping spree at Community Markets in Wapakoneta, one lucky person had 90 seconds to pile his cart with food Thursday morning.</p><p> Tony Allen, of Wapakoneta, said he had specific items in mind before the shopping spree, which was sponsored by the Decorative Arts Committee, a committee within the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP).</p><p> “My strategy was to go down the meat (aisle) and then go and get some coffee, but, I’m halfway down the meat when he says ‘15 seconds left,’ and I’m thinking, ‘huh?,’” Allen said. “It goes quicker than you think.”</p><p> Allen received about $266 worth of turkey, pork and chicken through the shopping spree.</p><p> Originally from Bedford, England, Allen came to Wapakoneta 31 years ago to visit a friend. He said he met his wife, Teresa Allen, of Wapakoneta, at a cookout, and has been living here ever since. Teresa stood cheering for her husband at the front of the store during his shopping spree.</p><p> Allen said he was happy to win the shopping spree in the raffle, and he plans to share his good fortune with others.</p><p> “I’m going to give the turkey to the church so they can cook it for Thanksgiving,” Allen said.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Sept. 12, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLMan wins shopping spree at Community MarketsWapakoneta Daily