The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-28T10:44:13-04:00 give park to city2014-08-28T10:44:13-04:002014-08-28T10:44:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News It took the Breakfast Optimist Club over two years, 1,500 hours of work, thousands of dollars for materials, equipment and land, not to mention all of the sweat, manpower and effort put forth, to complete its portion of Breakfast Optimist Park.</p><p> Located on South Water Street, members from the club met on Wednesday afternoon to officially hand over the park to the City of Wapakoneta, Mayor Rodney Metz and Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jack Hayzlett.</p><p> The club spent around $13,000 on materials to be used during the construction of the park, and additionally paid the city $20,000 to help purchase the land. The club’s soccer program paid the city $40,000 to complete the purchase, and future plans call for multiple soccer fields, restrooms and parking areas.</p><p> Tom Vehorn, a board member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, said the club had been looking for a project for a long time to give back to the community.</p><p> Vehorn, Dave Howe, the chairman for the park project and former Breakfast Optimist Club President Terry Blosser said all of the equipment was laying in a pile behind the city building. It had all been discarded from other locations in the city.</p><p> “It was quite a challenge to see it all laying there and say, ‘how are we going to make something out of this?’” Vehorn said. “It took a lot of time to separate and sort everything and figure it out.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIEROptimists give park to cityWapakoneta Daily dim for stoplight2014-08-28T10:40:29-04:002014-08-28T10:40:29-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Finding little evidence of a traffic problem and in fact finding praise for the stop signs at East Auglaize and North Wood streets, the City Council Streets and Alleys Committee took no action on a request to re-install a traffic signal at the intersection.</p><p> Judy Dubois, owner of Auglaize Embroidery, addressed council at the Aug. 18 meeting about having a stoplight re-installed at the intersection due to traffic issues.</p><p> Dubois stated at that meeting that, with the stop signs, it is very difficult to  get out into traffic, especially in the afternoon.</p><p> “It’s just stop and go, stop and go,” Dubois said.</p><p> At-Large Councilman Dan Graf said at that meeting that the Streets and Alleys Committee, which he chairs, had discussed the issue.</p><p> “There have been no police reports indicating any increase in accidents at that intersection,” Graf said.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNProspects dim for stoplightWapakoneta Daily discuss park land concerns2014-08-28T10:38:54-04:002014-08-28T10:38:54-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Representatives of Botkins Community Club addressed council members during a regular Botkins village council meeting Tuesday to discuss concerns over land ownership at Botkins Community Park and Cole Field in front of Botkins Local School.</p><p> Community Club Vice President Keith Buehler informed council that they were approached by the school board to put a shed on their land at Botkins Community Park.</p><p> According to the school board minutes, the Botkins Community Club agreed to allow the building on their land. This building, to store track items, will be moved after the harvest.</p><p> Former Village Administrator Jesse Kent said the issue was not as simple as a storage shed, noting that there is a need for permanent infrastructure at the park.</p><p> “The issue is a larger discussion,” Kent said, “and the larger discussion has been going on for over a year and a half of where at some point, is the Boosters, the track committee, the school — whoever, whenever, wherever — going to put up a permanent storage area, permanent bathrooms, permanent concessions, additional parking, etc., etc.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLCouncilors discuss park land concernsWapakoneta Daily Ohio State QB Braxton Miller -- Undergoes Shoulder Surgery ... LeBron Sends Well-Wishes2014-08-27T15:48:47-04:002014-08-27T15:48:47-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is out of shoulder surgery after a season-ending injury to his labrum last week and woke up to a get-well note from LeBron James . Miller, who was considered one of the top college QBs in the country hurt himself during football practice and scheduled a surgery with legendary orthopedic doc James Andrews who has famously worked on huge stars. As for LeBron, he went to Instagram to send some love to his fellow Ohioan writing, "Excited and Happy my lil bro @braxtonmiller92 surgery went great! Thanks to the best Dr. Andrews!" Bron continued, "You'll be better than ever. Have a speedy and full recovery bro. See you soon! #GoBucks #OH #IO"<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller -- Undergoes Shoulder Surgery ... LeBron Sends Well-WishesWapakoneta Daily honors retirees2014-08-27T11:08:50-04:002014-08-27T11:08:50-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored three retiring staff members at its regular board meeting Tuesday night.</p><p> Bus driver Lori Huebner and cafeteria workers Sue Latham and Barb Naylor were recognized by the board for their years of service to the district.</p><p> Huebner, who had worked as a bus driver in the district for 19 years, was thanked by WCS Superintendent Keith Horner for getting students home safely for all those years.</p><p> “When you think about a bus driver’s duty, it really is a tremendous responsibility,” Horner said. “It’s one of the most difficult jobs we have in the district — to be able to keep one eye on the road and one eye on the kids.</p><p> “For all your service to our kids, I want to say thank you.”</p><p> WCS Director of Operations Mike Watt said he spent a lot of time with Huebner over the years, including many “heartfelt discussions” behind closed doors. He said he has enjoyed the time he spent working with her.</p><p> “Working professionally with Lori was very much an honor for me and I’m gonna miss you,” he said.</p><p> Retiring after 15 years as a cafeteria worker is Sue Latham. Horner said the fact that she always had a smile on her face made an impression on the students she came in contact with.</p><p> “You certainly worked hard and influenced our kids and served them very well,” he said. “You are someone who, in my mind, epitomizes a really good employee who does the job and does it very well.”</p><p> After 30 years in the cafeteria, including the past 12 years as cafeteria manager, Barb Naylor is retiring.</p><p> “I’m gonna miss everybody, I really am,” Naylor said.</p><p> Horner said he appreciated the fact that Naylor was able to feed between 1,000 and 1,100 students in a two-hour span every school day.</p><p> “You think about the job in organizing that — that’s pretty tremendous,” he said. “You also had to do it with all the regulations the government put on you with respect to dietary restrictions.”</p><p> Horner went on to say Naylor was one of those people who kept everybody loose and always had fun at her job.</p><p> Watt said Naylor didn’t always have an easy job and that he respected her opinion when she shared any issue she had with him.</p><p> “Barb had a tough job — to keep that staff together — it wasn’t always easy,” he said. “She shared a lot of days with me and her opinions always mattered.”</p><p> Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig also thanked Naylor for her service in a written response read by board member Brent Schwartz. He said she will truly be missed.</p><p> “When Barb was in the cafeteria, you knew you were going to have good food and be entertained at the same time,” he said. “She was an extremely hard worker who cared about our students.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBoard honors retireesWapakoneta Daily tackle log jams on river2014-08-27T11:06:22-04:002014-08-27T11:06:22-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Auglaize River Enhancement Project has been underway for some time now, and yesterday crews took to a jam in the river just north of Wapakoneta in Buckland.</p><p> According to Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart, the project began about a year ago and 23 miles of the 57 miles of river channel have been cleared so far.</p><p> “They began at the Allen Putnam County Line on the river and they’ve moved up stream toward this location,” Reinhart said. “Everything from here to Putnam County has been cleaned.”</p><p> To help keep the river flowing and safe, the project team is cutting down and removing already fallen trees.</p><p> “So far we’ve removed 1,300 severely leaning trees, 600 single trees and 150 large jams such as this one,” Reinhart said.</p><p> Reinhart explained the jams need to be taken care of because there is a great possibility for mass erosion when fallen, or dead trees are left unattended.</p><p> “Any severely leaning trees, they are to be cut and the stump left in place,” he said. “If you wait and let that tree drop in the root system and everything will tear away the bank and create an erosion problem, so if we can get them now, we’ll leave that stump system in place so that it will work as an erosion control measure.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERCrews tackle log jams on riverWapakoneta Daily injured in ATV incident2014-08-27T11:03:36-04:002014-08-27T11:03:36-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News An injured person was reported to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office after flipping an ATV in a yard at 8:03 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, at a residence near the 20,000 block of Miller Road, Wapakoneta.</p><p> Scott Retterer, 36, of Wapakoneta, suffered a severe laceration in the accident.</p><p> Although Retterer refused medical treatment, the squad transported him to Lima Memorial Hospital due to the severity of the wound. He was driving a Can-am. No further information was available.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLRider injured in ATV incidentWapakoneta Daily meeting canceled2014-08-26T11:01:32-04:002014-08-26T11:01:32-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News WAYNESFIELD — The regularly scheduled Waynesfield Village Council meeting was canceled Monday night after four board members were unable to attend due to reported  health issues.</p><p> Councilors Bill Motter, Sharon Ewing, Dick Hardin and Glen Valenti called Mayor Mike Ridenour within a half hour of the meeting informing him they would be absent.</p><p> “Some had health issues, some had wives with health issues, but that’s all we know at this point,” Ridenour said.</p><p> The meeting has not yet been rescheduled.</p><p> Monday’s meeting was to be the first since Motter, Ewing, Hardin and Valenti voted to eliminate the position of village administrator in favor of a board of public affairs.</p><p> Since that time the decision has come under fire from some Waynesfield residents. Ridenour said a group of citizens have filed a referendum and a petition that would allow the decision of whether or not to eliminate the village administrator position to come to a vote among village residents.</p><p> Ridenour said due to time constraints the issue will not be on the ballot this November. Instead, villagers will have to wait another 15 months until the next November election to vote on the matter.</p><p> While the referendum is in place, Ridenour said there would be “no activity” when it comes to appointing members to a board of public affairs.</p><p> Ridenour said it is “very possible” Village Administrator Fred Rowe will continue to serve in his current position until a vote is taken in November 2015.</p><p> “I personally still have a village to run, and we have projects going on that need somebody to be there on a daily basis,” Ridenour said. “Fred has agreed to stay on, so that’s where we’re at.”</p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHWaynesfield meeting canceledWapakoneta Daily show to help jail ministry2014-08-26T11:00:23-04:002014-08-26T11:00:23-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in a local mission the community has supported for 11 years in the upcoming car show at Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail, Wapakoneta, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.</p><p> All cars, trucks and motorcycles are encouraged to enter the drive-by car show, with a requested donation to benefit Mercy Unlimited’s ministry at the Auglaize County Jail.</p><p> Prizes will be awarded to the top five vehicles, along with various other door prizes and goody bags. There will be a DJ performing, and the church will provide food and refreshments for donations toward the ministry.</p><p> Mercy Unlimited Office Manager Bernice Rohdes said the local food pantry and outreach center began funding the jail ministry in 2003. Around that time, Harvest Baptist members Joy and Keith Rohn, interested in starting a car show, asked where the funds were most needed. The car show has since benefited the jail ministry.</p><p> “Now we’re just praying for good weather,” Rohdes said.</p><p> Due to need and resources available, Mercy Unlimited’s ministry focuses on ministering specifically to men inside the Auglaize County Jail. The ministry consists of three regular programs, including a chapel service, a Celebrate Recovery class and a Dad’s Coaching class.</p><p> “There was just over 1,300 inmates served, with a total of $6,100 in one year,” Rohdes said.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLCar show to help jail ministryWapakoneta Daily schedules annual maintenance2014-08-26T10:57:40-04:002014-08-26T10:57:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Wapakoneta Family YMCA will be having a modified shutdown schedule for maintenance this year.</p><p> Beginning yesterday and continuing throughout the rest of the week the Y will have maintenance activities underway causing some areas to have limited access.</p><p> The facility will also be closed beginning Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day weekend.</p><p> In a statement released by Josh Little, the Y’s CEO, he said instead of closing the whole building for a week in August like years past, the building will only be closed for the long weekend.</p><p> “This long weekend will allow us to clean carpets, move machines, etc.,” he said in a statement on the Y’s website.</p><p> During the dates listed above the pool will also be closed in order to drain it.</p><p> Operating hours return to normal on Tuesday, Sept. 2.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERYMCA schedules annual maintenanceWapakoneta Daily