The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-22T09:34:34-05:00 thriving following stay at local hospice2014-11-22T09:34:33-05:002014-11-22T00:35:26-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Joyce Murphy has lived a long life. From a wife of more than 40 years with a family business, to a woman who was admitted to hospice care and now resides at Wapakoneta Manor.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The common consensus when someone is admitted to hospice care is a person is going to pass away in a matter of months, maybe days or weeks, but not for Murphy, who was in hospice care for five months. She is the exception.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“People think once you’re on hospice, you have to be on hospice until you pass,” said Dana Geib, a registered nurse at Community Health Professionals, the hospice center Murphy was admitted to. “We have actually had patients who we were able to discharge. Once we get them discharged, we get them comfortable to where they can manage their own symptoms and regulate their meds by working closely with their doctors.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy’s path began when her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Murphy had to put her mom in a nursing home, but the situation was rough.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“She fought me so much about it,” the 72-year-old Murphy said. “I vowed, I vowed to never put my daughters through that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Originally from Harrod, Murphy married and moved to Ada, where she lived for 40 years. She and her husband owned a family business together and raised three girls.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">But in November 2004, her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away after three days of hospice care. Doctors discovered the cancer two months earlier, but his death was the hardest thing Murphy had ever dealt with. They had been together for 24 hours a day, for more than 40 years.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“He wanted to be home. He had been in hospice care for a few days and he wanted to go home. We got him out of hospice on Saturday and he passed away on Monday. I was alone and I was actually doing okay because I could still get out and go wherever I needed to go,” an emotional Murphy said. “But after a while, I needed to rely on my kids. I understood what it was like to take care of an older family member. I took care of my grandparents, my aunt and my mother-in-law. None of it was easy.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I learned that while taking care of other ill relatives myself, I thought I’m not going to refuse to go to hospice,” said Murphy. “It was my oldest granddaughter, who came to my house after her grandfather had died. Maybe it’s better to not die alone.”<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span></span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Leading up to his death, Murphy had her own health issues, forcing her to consider hospice care down the road.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy had her mitral valve replaced in 1997 and now has an artificial heart valve, enlarged heart,  has had congestive heart failure and is diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. By then her kidneys had deteriorated so much, Murphy was going to have to go on dialysis. Fifty years of smoking finally caught up with her as she eventually developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Her hemoglobin count would drop multiple times to three or four grams while she was hospitalized off and on during a three-year period.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The combination of everything caused me to be severely anemic,” said Murphy. “Age catching up with me and all the other things working against each other made it to where I was going to have to go on dialysis and I would need someone to be with me for 24 hours a day. By then, I knew my body wouldn’t be able to handle it.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy would feel well enough to go home from her frequent stays at the hospital but she would find herself right back in the hospital after a few days once the hemoglobin count dropped again. At one point, she would be gasping for air in just a matter of minutes, legs were swollen and painful, almost immobilizing her altogether.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The doctors couldn’t find out where I was bleeding from. Eventually, they corrected one spot, but I still had to take iron infusions for eight weeks,” Murphy said. “It was a constant thing and after a while, I had come to the conclusion I was going to stop all of the treatment and let the good lord do what he wanted to do with me.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy was on skilled services before she was admitted to hospice care once she decided she was done with the treatments and wanted to let life take its own path. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The treatments were too much,” she said. “And I did a lot of praying when I decided to go into hospice care.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Hospice helped regulate her medicines, stopped the iron infusions and eventually, Murphy became better.  Today, Murphy is healthier and out of hospice care. No more low hemoglobin levels, swelled and painful legs or shortness of breath.<span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span></span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Since she decided to stop the infusions and just let nature take its course, I think she has felt better,” said Geib. “I think going to those infusion treatments every week and to have these tests done every week, it was taking a lot of her energy. Now, she doesn’t have to do that and she is conserving her energy more. She has a lot more energy. She’s not sick all of the time and she’s one of our best success stories.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy also has a different outlook on life even though she says it is still in the hands of the good lord. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">When she was 54 years old, Murphy was to have open-heart surgery, but told the doctors she wanted to wait until she turned 55 before they did the operation.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“If something went wrong, I didn’t want my obituary to say I was 54 years old when I was just about to turn 55,” she said. “I have so many guardian angles around me because I was going home to either place I went.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s the small things that motivate people,” Geib said. “We had a patient who wanted to live to see her 100th birthday. And the day after she turned 100, she passed. She wanted to hit that milestone in her life and she did.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Murphy’s now looking forward to reaching a new milestone. She witnessed her great-grandchild’s first birthday while in hospice care back in September. Her next milestone is to see her soon-to-be newborn great-grandchild, her second great-grandchild.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“So I have another date,” said Murphy. “I live from one milestone to the next. If I had advice for anyone who was in my situation I would say, go into hospice, and let them help you.”</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGPatient thriving following stay at local hospiceWapakoneta Daily whiz earns Honda medal2014-11-22T09:34:34-05:002014-11-22T00:33:43-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Ever since he was a young child, Wapakoneta High School senior Hayden Metzger has always loved math.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’ve always understood math better than a lot of other subjects,” Metzger said. “There was just something about it that really hit home with me. From the start I could do it easily and as I grew older it stuck with me.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I just always really enjoyed math.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Metzger’s love of math finally paid off last month when he found out he’d been chosen to receive the Honda-Ohio State Math Medal Award. According to a press release, the award recognizes the top senior mathematics student in 245 high schools in southwest and central Ohio. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In order to receive the award, Metzger had to first be nominated by his teachers. Although he said he is unsure exactly who nominated him, he believes it was three of his high school math teachers.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Nearly a month after finding out he’d received the award, Metzger and his parents set off for Marysville to attend a ceremony where he and 138 other seniors from 15 Ohio counties were honored.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I walked in there and I’m seeing all these kids that are in the same boat as me as far as what they’ve achieved with their math skills,” he said. “It’s kinda overwhelming to think you’re not alone. All these kids have put in the same effort I have, and to see us all get recognized for it was a great feeling.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Metzger described the ceremony as “awe-inspiring,” and said even though he knew he was receiving the award, he still “got butterflies” in his stomach as he stood in line waiting for his name to be called.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I was so nervous and excited that my hands were shaking,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Metzger said his parents were thrilled he was receiving the award.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They were really proud of me,” he said. “We were driving up and the whole time they were talking about it. You know how parents are.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As part of the awards ceremony, Metzger was given a pewter math medal, a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a gift basket filled with various items such as flip flops and a beach ball.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In addition, the award came with a scholarship opportunity at Ohio State’s College of Engineering. Should he choose to attend OSU, Metzger will be given a $3,000 per year scholarship.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We are grateful that our strong partnership with Honda provides the opportunity to recognize these high school seniors who excel in math and science,” Ohio State College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams said in a press release describing the ceremony and scholarship. “We hope these outstanding students will put those talents to use as Buckeye engineers.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Metzger said although the scholarship would help him “tremendously” with paying tuition, he still hasn’t decided where he wants to attend college. He said the top three colleges he has in mind are Ohio State, the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati. He said he recently finished his application to OSU and is in the process of applying to UD and UC. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’m still trying to keep my options open,” he said. “I’ve visited all three colleges and I’ve liked every place I’ve been to. There are certain aspects of each college I value over the others.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s a tough decision.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Although he is still undecided, Metzger said the scholarship opportunity at OSU is weighing heavily on his mind.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“One of my main worries with college, as it is for all seniors, is cost,” he said. “I don’t wanna have to graduate with too much debt, so if I choose to go to OSU it’s gonna be a great help with the financial burden.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">After high school, Metzger said he plans to attend college in the fall of 2015 and will major in aerospace engineering.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">He said he’s always had a fascination with planes and any other mode of transportation that flies through the sky, so aerospace engineering is the perfect fit.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Aerospace engineering, he said, combines both of his loves: math and the sky.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’ve always been interested in aviation — I enjoy getting on planes, watching them soar through the sky, things like that,” he said. “I’m good at math and I like the sky, so put those two things together and you get aerospace engineering. I’m looking into the specifications of the field and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy.”</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMath whiz earns Honda medalWapakoneta Daily ready to ‘wow’ at roomier location2014-11-22T09:34:34-05:002014-11-22T00:30:29-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The five stylists at Mirror Image Hair Salon are almost completely settled in their new home after moving into it three weeks ago.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The salon moved to its new location at 801 Middle St. from 2 S. Seltzer St., where it had been for more than eight years. Prompting the decision to move was the need for more space.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The goal was to give us more of a day spa atmosphere and we just needed more space to be able to do that,” Lena Springer, stylist and owner of the salon, said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Mirror Image was pretty much just a hair salon prior to the move, she said. It is now a full service salon, offering cuts, colors, perms, highlights, lowlights, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, reflexology and waxing.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I know a lot of people go out of town to get services that we now are able to offer right here in town,” she said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Nestled on a busy corner, a benefit of the new building is its location.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We like the idea that it's highly visible,” Springer said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Since the move, the salon has noticed an increase in walk-in traffic, she said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The building has housed several businesses, including a laundromat and a bicycle shop. Most recently it was Auglaize County One Stop. In order to transform it into a hair salon, “Pretty much everything” needed remodeled, Springer said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The salon boasts several hair cutting stations, an area for manicures and pedicures, as well as separate rooms for services like massages and facials.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The weekend of the move was a busy one. The stylists worked Friday at their old location, spent Saturday and Sunday moving and were opened for business in the new building on Monday, Nov. 3.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We worked our butts off,” she said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, Nov. 22 edition of the Wapkoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHStylists ready to ‘wow’ at roomier locationWapakoneta Daily to purchase semi to save on trips2014-11-21T11:56:51-05:002014-11-21T11:56:51-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Auglaize County Solid Waste District will purchase two new vehicles in 2015, director Dave Reichelderfer said in a recent budget meeting with the county commissioners.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The white box truck the district owns will be replaced with a semi-truck, which Reichelderfer said will save his employees time and fuel by not having to make as many trips. He said most weeks his employees are making two trips from St. Marys to Cridersville, one or two trips to Minster and three trips to New Bremen and Wapakoneta.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Reichelderfer said replacing the 26-foot box truck with a 40-foot semi-truck will eliminate the amount of trips his employees need to take because the semi will be able to hold more, meaning they won’t have to keep going back and forth between the St. Marys office and whichever village or town they are traveling to.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The semi-truck will be equipped with a lift gate that will allow for easy transport of recycled materials into the trailer of the truck.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Along with the semi-truck, the district will also obtain a new roll-off truck in 2015. A roll-off is similar to a garbage truck in that it contains an open top dumpster used to transport waste. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Reichelderfer said although this vehicle has already been purchased, it will not come until after the first of the year. This means some of the cost will be reflected in the 2015 budget.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The purchase of two new vehicles will fall under the equipment line item in the budget, Reichelderfer said. To help pay for them, he is asking the commissioners for an additional $5,000, bringing his equipment total from $40,000 in 2014 to $45,000 in 2015.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Nov. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHDistrict to purchase semi to save on tripsWapakoneta Daily touts GIS benefits2014-11-21T11:53:43-05:002014-11-21T11:53:43-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Auglaize County is giving municipalities within the county the opportunity to create a database of its infrastructure through an app.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Joe Collins, Geography Information System Manager, and Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart met with county workers at the Auglaize County Administration building on Thursday to talk to them about ways they can update important information for their municipalities such as street signs and light pole inventory, the location of fire hydrants, manholes, water lines and other information to an online database.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The purpose of this is to have these municipalities, as they’re tying in their infrastructure and database, see the potential in using our system as a base for which you can create layers to add to and show this tool for municipalities who haven’t started getting their information together,” said Reinhart. “Instead of going in eight different directions, we can all go in one direction.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">GIS is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of spatial or geographical data.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With 10 people in attendance for the meeting, Collins used examples from a town in Naperville, Ill., that is using the same system that the county is using, to illustrate the various kinds of capabilities the system offers to municipalities.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The application is called ArcGIS, which can be downloaded on a desktop, laptop, tablet or cellular devices. With this application, municipalities can update information about their town or village to better serve not only public service workers but also the public if municipalities choose to release that information.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We want to show what we have already and what we can offer for additional help,” said Collins. “We have two mapping applications out there, both work on the desktop or on android.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Friday, Nov. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGCounty touts GIS benefitsWapakoneta Daily begins work on budget2014-11-21T11:47:27-05:002014-11-21T11:47:27-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">It was a beginning.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee got down to work Thursday afternoon by discussing items they will need  and trying to pin down how often they will have to meet to get a budget through in a timely manner.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Finance Committee Chair and Third Ward Councilwoman Bonnie Wurst said she was a little concerned that the budget is tighter than expected due to a reduction in income tax.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">City Safety-Service Director Bill Rains, City Auditor Gail Walter and Mayor Rodney Metz were also in attendance.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The first question Wurst had was if the administration had a particular order in mind as to when budget items would be available to the committee.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I anticipate all the stuff that I’m going to give to Gail next week for general fund — police, fire, mayor, tree commission, and assorted other things, I’ll have to her, along with water and wastewater,” Rains said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wurst asked if the information would be available to the committee by the week after.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wurst and the committee agreed to meet Monday, Dec. 1, prior to the next council meeting, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that day, to further discuss the budget items that are available.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCommittee begins work on budgetWapakoneta Daily all about helping kids2014-11-20T12:19:09-05:002014-11-20T12:19:09-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Knights of Columbus will host its 7th Annual Chili Cook-off at 5 p.m. Friday at the K of C Hall in Wapakoneta to help support the Auglaize County Shop with a Cop program.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Senior trustee Mike Sullivan said last year’s cook-off was able to raise more than $3,000, which benefited at least 100 children who were able to participate in the program.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Shop with a Cop is a county-wide event that allows children from needy families to spend a morning shopping with a police officer. The program is put on by the Auglaize County Fraternal Order of Police, which will be celebrating its 20th year sponsoring Shop with a Cop.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Dec. 13, police officers from all over the county will gather with children and their parents at the K of C Hall to have breakfast and get acquainted with one another before setting out to the Wapakoneta Walmart for some Christmas shopping. Each child is given $100 to spend on clothing and $50 to spend on toys. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said Shop with a Cop is one of the most worthwhile programs in the county.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I think the biggest plus for the whole program is showing these young kids that these policemen are good guys,” he said. “They take them shopping, spend time with them, help pick things out — it reinforces with these young kids that these guys are good guys. It’s a lesson in life at an early age.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said he and his wife have been involved with the program for the entire 20 years it has existed in Auglaize County. After several years of volunteering with the program, Sullivan decided he wanted to do more. He said he talked it over with his fellow Knights of Columbus members, and it was decided a chili cook-off would be a perfect fundraiser for this time of year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s a time where everyone starts thinking about chili because it’s so cold outside,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Friday’s cook-off, attendants will be given a ballot as they walk in. They are then able to sample as many types of chili as they’d like, and choose the one they like the best. The top three “people’s choice” winners will receive plaques.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There will also be a panel of three to four judges who will decide which types of chili they enjoy the most. The top three “judge’s choice” winners will also receive plaques, and the first-place winner will have their name inscribed on a trophy made up of a silver bowl on top of a pedestal. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The “judge’s choice” trophy currently belongs to the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club. Previous winners include the American Legion and the lawn mower demolition derby team. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Along with the cook-off, there will be a live auction featuring items donated by local businesses. There will also be door prize giveaways, and K of C members will serve refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and beer.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan reiterated the sole purpose of the cook-off is to raise money for Shop with a Cop, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the program. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It takes a lot of money to help that many kids, so that’s why we try to help out with the chili cook-off,” he said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Money is raised through the $5 admission price, a $100 entry fee for cook-off participants and the auction. Sullivan said the amount they will raise this year depends on how many people come and how many auction items they receive. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said the cook-off seems to grow every year as more and more residents learn about the event and what it benefits. He said he hopes this trend continues.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I just want everyone to have a good time, and I want to give as much money as I can to the Shop with a Cop program,” he said.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCook-off all about helping kidsWapakoneta Daily Day results certified2014-11-20T12:16:59-05:002014-11-20T12:16:59-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The results of the Nov. 4 election are official.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The Auglaize County Board of Elections met twice this week, first to examine absentee ballots on Tuesday, and then to go over provisional ballots, if any, and certify the election on Wednesday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Tuesday, the board looked over the number of absentee ballots and which ballots were good and which ones were not. There were a total of 150 absentee ballots with eight of those absentee ballots deemed as no good, mainly because the ballot was sent through the mail and received past the deadline.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Three ballots were from the wrong precinct or location but two of those were accepted.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“That is what’s most discouraging, that the ballot was taken in Minster precinct and they didn’t send them to Jackson because they didn’t call, but it does count,” Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said. “So out of those three, two counted and one did not.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Altogether, 141 absentee ballots were accepted, seven were not registered and two were sent to the wrong precinct. In total, nine ballots could not be accepted.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">However, due to the higher number of ballots during Election Day, with the help of the governor’s race, the board can update all the absentee ballots that were accepted, allowing those ballots to all count and be accepted during the next election. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Now we can update the good absentee ballots and they’ll all be ready to go for next time and their ballots will count,” said Wilcox.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Nov. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGElection Day results certifiedWapakoneta Daily Trio jazzes up holiday gatherings2014-11-20T12:15:01-05:002014-11-20T12:15:01-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Add a little jazz to any holiday gathering this season with the help of Wapakoneta High School juniors Eli Kentner, Micah Nicol and Dakota Dillon.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The three formed their band, Jingle Jazz Trio, about two weeks ago, but have been performing together at school events for the past couple of years. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Eli came to me and said his mom had said something about possibly putting together a jazz band trio, you know, since we pretty much already were one to start off with,” Dillon said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The band will perform holiday music for events held at places of business, Christmas parties and the occasional family gathering. In an effort to get some recognition, they put an ad in the newspaper.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“And then we immediately created an email account, a Twitter page and a Facebook page, and then we felt official,” Nicol said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The trio features Nicol on vocals, upright bass, and guitar, Kentner on the piano and occasionally the bells, and Dillon on drums. Nicol and Dillon will also come together on some songs for a two-part harmony, they said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Nov. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHJingle Trio jazzes up holiday gatheringsWapakoneta Daily host Festival of Trees2014-11-19T11:34:25-05:002014-11-19T11:34:25-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Christmas spirit was on full display inside the halls of The Gardens at Wapakoneta Tuesday night as the 16th annual Festival of Trees event prepared to open to the public.</span></p><p class="p3"> A total of 79 decorative holiday items have been set up throughout the retirement home, including Christmas trees, wreaths and various specialty items that will be sold in a silent auction this week. </p><p class="p3"> The auction continues today and will run through the rest of this week. Those wanting to purchase items may place their bids from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Winners of each item will be announced Sunday after the auction ends. </p><p class="p3"> The event will also feature raffles, live entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity for children to take pictures with Santa on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. </p><p class="p3"> Festival of Trees is a collaboration between The Gardens and Community Health Professionals, a non-profit home care and hospice agency. All proceeds from the auction will benefit CHP’s hospice and patient care fund, which helps patients who can’t afford hospice or don’t have the insurance to cover it.</p><p class="p3"> CHP Events and Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Back described the event as “great people supporting a great cause.”</p><p class="p3"> “We’re really grateful that people have a heart for this,” Back said. “Everyone who donated is so creative and all the items are so different. The investment people make is amazing, and we’re so grateful. I can’t tell you how much it means  for me that people have such a heart for giving, especially during the holidays.”</p><p class="p3"> Items were donated by several local businesses and individual members of the community.</p><p class="p3"> “This event has been going on for 16 years now and a lot of these people have been donating the entire time,” she said. “That is dedication.”</p><p class="p3"> Several sponsors were on hand Tuesday evening to check out the items they donated, including Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag and his wife, Gwynne. Freytag said he and his wife have been donating items since the event began 16 years ago and that they enjoy being able to help out every year.</p><p class="p3"> Along with sponsors and community members, numerous residents of The Gardens came out of their rooms to enjoy the decorations, refreshments and live music.</p><p class="p3"> One of those residents was Adalia Gossard, who said she enjoys when the event comes around every year.</p><p class="p3"> “I like seeing all the new people who come in, and I think all the decorations are nice,” Gossard said. </p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on the Festival of Trees, see the Wednesday, Nov. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHGardens host Festival of TreesWapakoneta Daily