The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-02T11:24:57-04:00 celebrates parish life2014-09-02T11:24:57-04:002014-09-02T11:24:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">FRYBURG — Kiddie tractor pulls, corn hole, craft wheels and bingo — to visitors, the Fryburg Homecoming Festival may seem like any fun, small town festival, but those who grew up anticipating ‘mock turtle soup’ once a year understand the sense of community under the St. John Catholic Church steeple. </span></p><p class="p3"> Although new aspects have been added to the festival in recent years, including the Mock Turtle 5k Race, for fundraising efforts and appeal, the traditions are what locals say truly keep the Fryburg festival alive.</p><p class="p3"> Jill Keith, a Fryburg native, said her father, Albin Steinke, donated one of the longest kept traditions — a painting by the late Father Lawrence Tebbe (1901-1972).</p><p class="p3"> “Years ago, when people would pass away, there would be an auction of a Father Tebbe painting,” Keith said. “Dad went to auctions and made sure that each one of us kids had a Father Tebbe painting.”</p><p class="p3"> The painting for raffle at the festival this year was previously owned by Albin Steinke’s son, the late Dan Steinke.</p><p class="p3"> Keith said her father donated the painting in memory of her mother Polly Steinke and two brothers, Dave and Dan Steinke. </p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLFryburg celebrates parish lifeWapakoneta Daily’s in the soup?2014-09-02T11:20:42-04:002014-09-02T11:20:02-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">FRYBURG — Mock turtle soup is a staple of the Fryburg Homecoming Festival, but, when put to the test, can locals identify what ingredients make up for the mock turtle?</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Bob Thorpe, of Fryburg, said he imagined the famous mock turtle soup tasted like “some kind of turtle,” however, he has always opted for the chicken noodle soup alternative.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Joyce Thorpe, of Fryburg, said she has a fairly good idea of what the mock turtle soup is made of, as she has a lot of experience cooking soup for her family.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“There’s egg, some tomato juice, probably some chicken, some kind of a beef. I’m sure there’s spices in it, vinegar,” Joyce Thorpe said. “Nothing scary at all — just good.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Thorpe has been eating the famous soup for 30 years. She said her family took her to the festival, and she took her children, as well. Although two of her children live out of town, she makes sure to save them some soup for when they visit. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Kassey Thorpe, of Toledo, said she believes there is chicken and possibly another kind of meat that makes up the body of the soup, along with tomato soup and onion. She said she has been eating the soup since she was little and “loves it.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Nathan Brown, of Toledo, said this was his first experience with mock turtle soup, describing it as “very tasty.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Noting that he will eat anything, Brown said he tasted a hint of hippopotamus in the soup, but explained that the ingredients were more likely chicken, rice, water and seasoning. </span></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLWhat’s in the soup?Wapakoneta Daily friends hired together2014-09-02T11:17:37-04:002014-09-02T11:17:37-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">After becoming friends in college, Olivia Richard and Jenalyn Hennon knew they wanted to work together after graduation, but they never thought it would actually happen.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Much to their amazement, the recent college graduates happened to be hired at the same time, in the same building and even in the same grade level when they were offered jobs teaching first grade at Wapakoneta Elementary School. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It was really surprising,” Hennon said. “You think like ‘oh, that would be so cool to work with someone you know because then you wouldn’t be the only new person coming on,’ but we never thought it would actually happen when we applied. But it worked out and we’re really lucky because we worked a lot together in school.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As 2014 graduates of The Ohio State University Lima, the pair had worked together constantly while in school, taking almost all of the same classes together since their sophomore year. Richard said the small class sizes at OSU Lima allowed her to get to know everyone in her field of study, including Hennon.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">After working with Hennon consistently throughout college, Richard said she came to realize how similar the two were in both their personalities and work ethic.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We’re like the exact same person,” she said. “It’s funny because we were like that all throughout college.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCollege friends hired togetherWapakoneta Daily band keeps the beat2014-08-30T10:42:54-04:002014-08-29T23:49:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsThat’s right, the WHS band performs at every home and away football game and helps to keep the party going through halftime.What does it take for these young musicians to step out on the field every week and perform for such large crowds?Well, it takes a lot of work, dedication, practice and do-overs to get the shows to the best standard they can be.According to WHS Band Director Klayton Hilleary the work the band puts in day in and day out is challenging, even more so once school starts.“Band camp is the absolute only time we have every kid at every rehearsal,” Hilleary said. “Band camp is the only time when we get everything on the field, we get everyone familiarized with everything, we get it engrained in them as much as possible and then the whole rest of the season is juggling the shows. We do five different shows.”Throughout the season the band will perform five different shows, and a lot of work goes into making sure each performance is top notch. In order to accomplish that, HIlleary compares the work the directors and the band members do to cooking a nice meal.“It’s kind of like cooking a meal. You’ve got some things that are going to take five minutes to cook and then you have other things that are going to take three hours to cook, so what you have to do is you have to plan all of these things so it’s all done at the time,” Hilleary said. “That’s kind of what our whole marching season is like. That’s probably the best way to put it right there.”One thing members in the band can agree upon is the appeal of the exciting rush that is felt while performing for a crowd.“I think what I’m most looking forward to this week is the adrenaline we’re all going to have in the beginning,” Junior Tyler Nowicki said Wednesday. “We just get done and it seems to be incredible that we accomplished everything. For the past couple months we’ve been practicing in the hot sun. It’s just going to feel really good.”Wapakoneta, OHMichelle MeunierMarching band keeps the beatWapakoneta Daily over gas cloud reported2014-08-30T10:42:51-04:002014-08-29T23:47:20-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily NewsResidents in the surrounding area of South Pine St., west of Veteran's Park, contacted officials after a fast-moving gas cloud encompassed several house trailers, originating from the plant of manufacturer and transportation provider AIP Logistics in the industrial park."We did have a release come out of that facility," Auglaize EMA Director Troy Anderson said. "I'm doing the checks with what went on there.  I did talk with officials (from AIP Logistics). At that point they did have a release of two products from that plant."Anderson said AIP Logistics officials told him one of their pumps had quit, and they were using nitrogen to "thaw out the line" — the cause of the cloud. AIP Logistics Chief Operations Officer Charlie Ring said the company uses nitrogen as a safeguard to pressurize material for transportation purposes."We use it to move this material from one place to another, versus using air, which does cause friction and could create sparks," Ring said. "The problem with nitrogen is, when it reaches the atmosphere, it vaporizes, so that's the cloud."Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellConcerns over gas cloud reportedWapakoneta Daily truck raises project concerns2014-08-29T11:03:11-04:002014-08-29T11:01:48-04:00 <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">When the residents of the 800 block of West Auglaize Street look out into their backyards they’re privy to a large eyesore —  that is seemingly hidden to the public — due to the work being done with the city’s south interceptor sewer project.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For West Auglaize Street residents John and Doris Sheipline, the sight they saw Thursday morning left them with an uneasy feeling in their stomachs.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Thursday morning, a semi-truck came up along the Auglaize River to drop off materials to be used for the project. While making the drop off the truck made a loop in the backyard, and according to John Sheipline, the trailer on the left side went down.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It has been raining, and those tires, when they start digging in they just go down,” Sheipline said. “There he was. He was stuck.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The problem residents like the Sheipline’s are having is the possibility of their land not being restored to its proper condition.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Mayor Rodney Metz promised at previous council meetings that all properties of those who signed agreements to allow easements for the project would be returned to their previous condition or better.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Where the bad feeling came up is when the electric company went through, they got an easement from us and they said it (his property) would be just like it was before,” he said. “It’s rough. They never cleaned it up, and then we get letters the city wants the easement for down there, and we didn’t sign because we don’t like the way the city handled the electric company.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>No dateline availableMICHELLE MEUNIERStuck truck raises project concernsNo source Core under fire at board meeting2014-08-29T10:56:28-04:002014-08-29T10:56:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">As a bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio continues to hear testimony from supporters and opponents, several local residents took to the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday to express their opposition of Common Core and their desire to repeal it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’m here today because my concerns regarding Common Core have not subsided, but actually have grown,” New Knoxville resident Darla Lee said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lee said she has spoken out against Common Core for over a year, and last July gave a presentation to the Auglaize County Patriots — a meeting which WCS Superintendent Keith Horner attended. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">After the meeting, Lee said she asked Horner if she should come to a board meeting to express her concern. She said she was told it would not do any good.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Tuesday’s meeting, Horner said he didn’t deny saying that, but clarified what he meant by it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“When I said it wouldn’t do any good, it’s because these guys (the board of education) don’t control the assessment,” he said. “We do control the curriculum and how it’s taught, but the tests tend to drive the curriculum.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Horner is referring to the fact that, under Common Core, the state will assess students’ college-and-career readiness through state mandated tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness, or PARCC.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lee then spoke about House Bill 597, a revised bill to repeal Common Core in Ohio that is currently pending in the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee. Hearings regarding the bill have been held in Columbus for the past two weeks as concerned citizens on both sides have expressed their opinions on Common Core. Lee told the board she hopes they will take time to review these hearings.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCommon Core under fire at board meetingWapakoneta Daily retiring after 42 years2014-08-30T09:21:19-04:002014-08-29T10:48:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">After a 42-year career as an attorney at law, Doug </span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert</span><span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;"> is retiring.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With 40 years spent as a lawyer in Wapakoneta, <span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert's</span> final day at <span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert</span> & Burton LLP is today as he said it is just time to retire.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s just time,” <span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert</span> said. “I’ll be 69 in about three or four weeks. I’m ready. I’ve been doing this for 42 years and it’s time to move on.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Jauert’s road to retirement all began after he graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1963 and moved on to continue his studies at the University of Toledo.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I got drafted after my first year of law school, and then I spent a year in Vietnam,” <span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert</span> said. “When I came back from the army I transferred back to Ohio State.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1"><span style="font-size: 12px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); line-height: 1.5;">Jauert, </span>who practices in residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, probate and trust law, asset protection, tax return preparation for individuals, trusts and estates, said growing up he knew he wanted to enter a profession where he could be his own boss.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I just always wanted to be in a profession where I was going to be my own boss. I don’t know how I came up with that idea because my dad never even finished the ninth grade,” <span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Jauert</span> said. “I don’t ever remember thinking much about doing too many other things.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERJauert retiring after 42 yearsWapakoneta Daily native returns to school district2014-08-29T10:45:46-04:002014-08-29T10:45:46-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 1.25em;">BOTKINS — The new Botkins Local School 7-12th grade principal says he is happy to be returning to his hometown after working in Wapakoneta School District for eight years, and is anticipating what he expects to be an exciting school year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s always been a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to someday come back and be the principal,” Ryan Loy, 34, said. “I loved growing up here. I loved being in the school district. I know what a great community this is.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Education is a tradition in the Loy family. Loy is the son of Mike and Ann Loy, of Botkins. Ann Loy taught second grade at Botkins Local School for approximately 30 years. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I’ve been out of school for 15 years,” Loy said. “I think some people know me as Mrs. Loy’s son.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Loy is married to Krystal Loy, who is also a teacher. The couple has two children. Their daughter Madison, 5, is starting her first year of kindergarten. Their son Noah, 3, is starting preschool this year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLBotkins native returns to school districtWapakoneta Daily 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