The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-09T11:15:59-04:00‘Miracle baby’ set for third heart surgery2014-07-09T11:15:59-04:002014-07-09T11:12:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Although he faced immeasurable odds since before birth due to a heart defect, a local baby is described as “happy, lovable” and mostly healthy.</p><p> Before he turned 1 year old, Carter Comer, of Wapakoneta, had two surgeries on his heart due to a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, in which the left side of his heart is severely underdeveloped.</p><p> “A normal person has four pumping chambers in his heart,” Carter’s mother, Chelsie Comer, 24, said. “(Carter) has all four chambers, but only three pump.”</p><p> Chelsie said people meeting Carter for the first time will not recognize Carter’s condition.</p><p> “The only thing that you can really tell is the big scar on his chest,” Chelsie said. “He has to have a third surgery though, so it’s going to be a little more noticeable.”</p><p> Chelsie said she and her husband, David Comer, 41, found out there were complications at her 20 week check up, when she was sent to have additional ultra sounds and echocardio grams.</p><p> “It was a great moment — we found out we were having a boy, and then it all went downhill from there,” Chelsie said.</p><p> Chelsie said there were seven major causes for concern with Carter’s heart.</p><p> “The doctors kept telling me, ‘prepare yourself, your child might die,’” she said.</p><p> Due to the doctors’ warnings about her unborn baby, Chelsie said she tried not to get attached to her pregnancy.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 9 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELL‘Miracle baby’ set for third heart surgeryWapakoneta Daily turned Lego land2014-07-09T11:09:57-04:002014-07-09T11:09:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Legos took center stage Monday afternoon at the library.</p><p> Sprawled across the carpet of the children’s section, kids were invited to participate in the libraries robot Lego building challenge.</p><p> Youth Services Coordinator of the library, Kristine Spyker, said Lego building is a recurring event at the library.</p><p> “We have Lego building club every first Monday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m.,” Spyker said. “It’s drop in and play and do whatever you want to do.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 9 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERLibrary turned Lego landWapakoneta Daily Way kicks off Christmas in July2014-07-08T11:23:29-04:002014-07-08T11:23:29-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Representatives from the United Way of Auglaize County are asking local residents to embrace the spirit of giving felt during the holiday season at its sixth-annual Christmas in July food drive this Saturday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Around the holidays people realize how blessed they are want to give back, so we’re just trying to raise awareness to the fact that those folks they’re helping are just as hungry this time of year,” United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director Randy Fisher said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Donations of non-perishable food items and personal care products will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at several locations across the county. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Members of the United Way will be on hand to accept donations at the Community Market stores in Wapakoneta and Cridersville, the Wapakoneta Walmart, Kroger and Pantry Pride in St. Marys and Wagner’s IGA in Minster and New Bremen.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Volunteers will be handing out a list of needed items to shoppers as they enter the store and will collect the donations as they leave.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The list of needed food items includes canned fruits, vegetables, meats and soups, dry milk, crackers, ramen noodles, hot or cold cereals and spaghetti, among others. Personal care products that are needed include items such as diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, soap and shampoo.</span></p><p class="p3">Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHUnited Way kicks off Christmas in JulyWapakoneta Daily probe string of burglaries2014-07-08T11:19:55-04:002014-07-08T11:19:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible link between four residential burglaries reported near Waynesfield in the past week.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Sheriff Al Solomon said there was forced entry into each of the four homes, along with similar items taken, including jewelry and other valuables. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">He said each burglary is believed to have occurred during daylight hours on Thursday, July 3.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The burglaries took place on 18205 Blank Pike, 18524 Gant Road, 15681 Akers Road, all of Waynesfield, and 24801 East Swartz Road, Wapakoneta, near Waynesfield. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We’re looking into the possibility of them being connected,” Solomon said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Solomon said he encourages anyone with information, including neighbors who have seen suspicious activities or vehicles, to contact the sheriff’s office.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLDeputies probe string of burglariesWapakoneta Daily sees light agenda2014-07-08T11:17:24-04:002014-07-08T11:17:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Entertaining a light agenda, Wapakoneta City Council heard a proclamation and discussed five ordinances.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A college student, Albert Sakowitz, of Westbury, N.Y., read a proclamation honoring Neil Armstrong and designating July 7, 2014, as Neil Armstrong Day.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A student of history, especially aviation history, Sakowitz is proposing that several sites within Wapakoneta be considered from national historic site status.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Fifteen minutes from where I live is where Charles Lindberg took off on his historic flight,” Sakowitz said, adding that that site is now a shopping mall.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Part of that area is a grassy median and I fought to have that site designated a national historic site.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sakowitz said he wrote up a feasibility and submitted it to Representative Jim Jordan, R-Urbana.</span></p><p class="p3"> “If this legislation is passed, it would lead to a feasibility study to explore various sites in Wapakoneta for designation as national historic sites,” Sakowitz said. “A few sites suggested for inclusion are his boyhood home, schools he went to, the church he attended and the museum.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, July 8 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncil sees light agendaWapakoneta Daily warning issued for Auglaize County2014-07-08T11:08:44-04:002014-07-08T11:08:44-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsWapakoneta, OHStaff reportTornado warning issued for Auglaize CountyWapakoneta Daily sparks Wapak fire2014-07-07T11:04:04-04:002014-07-07T11:04:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A household dryer caught fire and spread to the attic of a Wapakoneta residence 5: 51 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.</p><p> No injuries were reported from the fire at 806 Primrose Drive, Wapakoneta.</p><p> On fire fighters arrival, the dryer fire was out, but smoke was coming from the structure. After entering, an active fire was found around the dryer vent pipe, which vented through the roof of the structure.</p><p> According to the report, the fire was extinguished and the roof vent cover was removed to check for fire extension. The wall behind the dryer was opened to check for additional fire in the area.</p><p> Wapakoneta Fire Department responded to the scene. Wapakoneta received aid from the Buckland Fire Department.</p><p> Estimated damages to the home were reported as $5,000 in property and $1,000 in content losses.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLDryer sparks Wapak fireWapakoneta Daily take on new look2014-07-07T11:01:04-04:002014-07-07T11:01:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Volunteers and employees of The Gardens at Wapakoneta are seeking to make the retirement center more properly live up to its name through an ongoing landscaping project.</p><p> “It’s called The Gardens so we’re trying to make the landscape look more like that with more garden-type areas,” The Gardens at Wapakoneta housekeeper Carol Prater said.</p><p> Diane Schlosser said her brother-in-law, Jack Schlosser, started planting in April and has since completed the revitalized garden that sits in the backyard of the building. With the help of his brother, Fred Schlosser, and a couple employees like Prater, the group was able to plant the garden and perform several other landscaping duties.</p><p> Within the past month, the back and front yards of The Gardens have been mulched, weeds have been pulled out and bushes have been trimmed or removed. Prater said she, along with The Gardens Administrators Debbie McElroy and Diana Fritzmiller and temporary maintenance worker Bob Kohlrieser laid down three dump trucks full of mulch.</p><p> “It’s a lot more attractive out there now,” Prater said. “The residents can go back there now and see everything without a bunch of weeds and bushes in their way.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, July 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHGardens take on new lookWapakoneta Daily promises fun for all2014-07-07T10:58:35-04:002014-07-07T10:58:35-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News It all started as an ice cream social 50 years ago.</p><p> Today, however, residents of Cridersville and surrounding areas recognize it as the Annual Firemen’s Jamboree, a mainstay for the month of July.</p><p> The jamboree will run from 4 p.m. Friday, July 11 to about  midnight on Saturday, July 12.</p><p> Chief of the Cridersville Fire Department, Rick Miller, said the annual jamboree has continued to grow throughout the 50 year existence.</p><p> “Our event was originally an ice cream social,” Miller said. “It just kind of went away and the fire department picked up the ball and ran with it and we’ve been doing this for 50 years.”</p><p> Miller said he has been a member of the jamboree for 33 years, and it is something he grew up around.</p><p> “It’s very special. I remember a lot of them. My dad was a member,” Miller said. “It was just something we always looked forward to in July, and thanks to the tradition to all the past members and all of my predecessors that have made this event possible. It has slowly gotten bigger throughout ever since it started.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, July 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERJamboree promises fun for allWapakoneta Daily Joe Festival2014-07-05T12:24:22-04:002014-07-05T12:24:22-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsMegan Mottet, of Marysville, who grew up as a parish member of St. Joseph Church, brought her two boys, Brice, 3, and Xavier "Zeke" Mottet, 1, to the festival for the first time. "This is a special something for me to bring my kids back to, to say 'this is a part of me,'" Motett said. "In Marysville, there's not really a part of my roots. But this is a part of my roots that I can bring them back to and share with them."Megan said she remembers spending time with her family, eating fair food and playing the famous fishing pole game on the fair grounds. Although the festival itself was memorable, she said the St. Joseph parishioners were what truly bring home the memories of her past. "The folks at St. Joe were instrumental to my development in my faith," Megan said, noting that she converted at St. Joseph in her youth. She said she hopes to continue making the St. Joseph Festival a tradition in her family. "This is my first time back in a couple of years, but the (children) are old enough now that this will probably become a regular occurrence," Megan said.Megan said she noticed many features of the festival that have remained the same as she remembered, but also some elements that have changed. She said she appreciated the "Freedoms Colors Military Honors" display."That was really neat to see. I don't remember that from times past," Megan said. "That was really nice thing to tie it in to Fourth of July and remember all the men and women who sacrificed and gave their time, mental health, or even their lives so that we can do this and feel safe." Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellSt. Joe FestivalWapakoneta Daily