The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-25T12:10:19-05:00 winners honored2014-11-25T12:10:19-05:002014-11-25T12:10:19-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Four local students were recognized by the Wapakoneta VFW Monday evening for their efforts in a national essay contest. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta High School sophomore Emma Walker won first place in the “Voice of Democracy” contest, an audio-essay competition where high school students write and record a speech tailored around a specific theme.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This year's theme was “why veterans are important to our nation's history and future.” Walker said she centered her essay and speech around the “Star-Spangled Banner.” She said she altered some of the song's lyrics to speak of a life without veterans and to show how much our country depends on them.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I was trying to prove how different life would be without veterans,” Walker said. “I also brought up soldiers in the Revolutionary War because without them there would be no fireworks on the Fourth of July, there would be no Declaration of Independence and there would be no America.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I really wanted to prove that veterans shaped this country and they forever will.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For coming in first place, Walker received $100 and a framed certificate from the VFW. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Her essay has been sent to the VFW district post where it will be judged by VFW officers. If she places first in the district competition, she will have an opportunity to compete in the state and national contest. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to the VFW website, the national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's university, college or vocational school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000, and the first-place winner from each state VFW department wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This is not Walker's first time competing in the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. Last year, she won first place at the local level and went on to place third in the district competition. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Walker said that, although the money is great, it is not why she chooses to compete.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Honestly I can say it's not as much about the money as it is the competition and the rush,” she said. “I've learned so much about myself from these. I learned I can speak to people and I'm not afraid like I once was. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I'm learning to become myself through these speeches.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">If she makes it to the district level and beyond, Walker will have to present her speech aloud to an audience.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I'd love to get a chance to present in front of people and go farther in the contest,” she said. “I've made it past districts in a speech contest only once and I've never placed at state, so I'd love to do that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHSpeech winners honoredWapakoneta Daily optimistic on gas deal2014-11-25T12:08:05-05:002014-11-25T12:08:05-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD — Plans to give the Village of Waynesfield natural gas has taken another step closer to reality as a date with the gas company to see what it has to offer residents was disclosed during Monday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Mayor Mike Ridenour said the gas company the village is in contact with, which was not named, is having a presentation on Monday, Dec. 15, at Waynesfield-Goshen High School in front of council and village residents.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This company is willing to invest money into the community … What we have heard from this company is very positive and to a low cost to the customer,” Ridenour said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With the Christmas holiday approaching and the special date to meet with the gas company set for the middle of next month, council accepted a motion to change next month’s meeting to Dec. 15. The presentation at the high school will take place at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting following at 7:30 p.m.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In other news, the village is near completion of installing water meters and will be ready for reading starting Jan. 1. Previous council members authorized the water meters with an established rate, said Village Administrator Fred Rowe.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The readings on water usage will show up on a resident’s bill beginning in January.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We want to let the public know that if there is a water leak, that they address that, as we have been monitoring these meters, there are several meters that have high consumers and we want to make sure we notify them because it could be a leak,” Rowe said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The standard rate of water consumption is $25 for up to 2,999 gallons used, and $1.50 will be charged per 1,000 gallons of water used past the initial 2,999-gallon rate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Essentially, a resident would get 3,000 gallons of water to use on a flat rate,” said Rowe. “We want to get the word about this so people know about having to watch their water consumption and they can fix any leaks they may have. We don’t want anybody to be surprised.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWaynesfield optimistic on gas dealWapakoneta Daily earn slots in honors band2014-11-25T12:05:51-05:002014-11-25T12:05:51-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">This year, 11 Wapakoneta High School students earned spots in the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 3 honors band and jazz band.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Auditions were held on Nov. 15 at Van Wert High School. High school students from an eight-county area in west central Ohio competed for spots in the organization’s jazz band, honors band and choir. Each instrument had its own judge.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“When the students are competing to get into this organization, they’re actually competing against the best students from all these other schools,” Wapakoneta High School band director Klayton Hilleary said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta students who have earned spots in the honors band are Courtney Mosgrove, Kalia Schlenker, Erin Engle, Leann Jose, Julia Pepple, Caleb Schlenker, Sam Bowers, Kurt Schlenker, Jaret Hamrick, and Hannah Blair. Micah Nicol and Julia Pepple earned spots in the jazz band.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It’s the most students Wapakoneta High has ever had make it into the organization, Hilleary said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They post it (the results) online and I had not had the chance to look,” he said. “One of the students texted me and said ‘hey the results are up’ and I was like, ‘holy smokes.’”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Before the auditions, Hilleary listens to each student’s performance and offers feedback in an effort to help the student perfect it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The students who are selected put a lot of time into the organization. They have several rehearsals lasting several hours prior to a final performance held at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert on Jan. 11. The performance is comprised of all students who received spo≠ts in the organization.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Before they make it, they have to commit to ‘yes I will be at every rehearsal completely through, total performance,’” Hilleary said. “There’s no messing around. You’re either in the group or not in the group, so they’ve made a huge commitment to do that.”</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHStudents earn slots in honors bandWapakoneta Daily shops support Small Business Saturday2014-11-24T11:19:51-05:002014-11-24T11:17:29-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Black Friday — which has stretched into Thanksgiving Day —  is a day of customers quickly finishing their Thanksgiving meal and enduring the cold and brisk conditions to be the first in line outside of stores such as Walmart, Kohl’s and Kmart. </span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Customers will do anything to get a great deal for loved ones, or themselves, for the holidays such as an Xbox One game console, a 60-inch HD television or sales on expensive clothing.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">For area businesses on Auglaize Street, however, Black Friday does not have the same meaning for stores such as Casa Chic,  Moon Florist or Dad’s Toy Shop, but Small Business Saturday does. </span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Some area businesses are not partaking in anything crazy for the Thanksgiving weekend, but they will be open and some store will have sales going on.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Casa Chic, on 109 W. Auglaize St., is participating in Small Business Saturday which takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving for smaller businesses, since Black Friday tends to be popular toward major retail stores nationwide.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The store will be open Friday according to co-owner Laura Clementz, but she entices shoppers to come to her shop on Saturday for 25 percent off on American Girl dolls and accessories.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“A lot businesses are going to take part in the Small Business Saturday,” she said. “Friday is for the bigger stores but if customers want a better atmosphere for  shopping, then they should come and shop down here on Saturday. They can even come on Friday too if they want, if they don’t want to deal with all the mad dashes and big loud stores.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <em style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">For a complete story, see the Monday, Nov. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGDowntown shops support Small Business SaturdayWapakoneta Daily is about caring during a difficult time2014-11-24T11:27:41-05:002014-11-24T11:12:33-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">November is National Hospice Month and Community Health Professionals wants to get the word out about hospice care while hoping to deviate from a label associated with it for quite some time.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The common idea regarding someone going into hospice care is as soon as a patient is admitted, that person is going to pass away soon.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">It’s not a matter of if a person will pass in hospice care, but when.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“It’s still amazing to me, after all the education we have taught through the years, what people still think about hospice,” said Deb Geib, a registered nurse at CHP. “They think as soon as a person goes into hospice, they’re going to die real soon. Sometimes we have patients for years. It’s just a matter of making sure the patient stays comfortable. Some have a reason to hang on and when they fulfill that reason, then they go.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <em style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">For a complete story, see the Monday, Nov. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGHospice is about caring during a difficult timeWapakoneta Daily seeks less in 20152014-11-24T11:26:48-05:002014-11-24T11:01:35-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News In a recent meeting with the county commissioners, Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency Director Troy Anderson proposed a budget for 2015 that will be nearly 15 percent lower than his current budget.</p><p> Next year’s budget shrunk mainly because of a 92 percent decrease in the EMA’s equipment line item, which went from $25,000 in 2014 to a proposed $2,000 in 2015.</p><p> Anderson said the reason equipment costs were so high in 2014 was because he paid $25,000 up front for a new truck, which he said was necessary in order to be reimbursed by the state. He said after the state reimbursed him, he ended up paying just under $4,000 for the truck.</p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Purchasing a new vehicle was a necessary expense, Anderson said, because the old truck he was driving was 11 years old and had high mileage.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Now that he has been reimbursed, Anderson was able to lower his equipment costs back to $2,000, which he said is a more typical amount.</span></p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Nov. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHEMA seeks less in 2015Wapakoneta Daily 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