There was a line of children as long as the street to see the crowd favorite at Saturdayâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta. Santa Claus and his helpers from the Octagon Club sat outside the courthouse on Willipie Street, waiting to hear every boy and girlâ€™s wish for Christmas. There were elaborate requests with many toys and simpler ones for just the childrenâ€™s favorite treat.
Brooklyn Snyder, 8, and her older sister Morgan, 10, each wanted the exact same thing.
â€śI want a Monster High Doll,â€ť Brooklyn said. â€śI want it to play with.â€ť
Behind nearly every door downtown on Saturday was a free treat or goodie for children as part of the Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday. From popcorn and hot chocolate, to hot dogs and candy, downtown Wapakonetaâ€™s generosity came out in full force this weekend.
There were smiling faces everywhere Saturday, and not just from the children.
â€śItâ€™s really great that they have all of this down here,â€ť said Heidi Snyder, who brought her two daughters to the event downtown. â€śItâ€™s great that everything is free and there is so much to do.â€ť
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins recorded a major accomplishment Saturday, winning the boys portion of the 10th Annual Ohio High School Invitational Kick-Off Classic Tournament in Columbus.
Wapak bested a field of 31 teams Saturday, including some fellow members of the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference.
With a score of 3,088, the Redskins finished tied for 11th in the standings after the qualifying round, which consisted of three games and two Baker games.
Wapak then joined a 16-team bracket, seeded 11th overall.
â€śFall, Macbeth,â€ť WHS senior Wyatt Harrison said as he drew his sword on the final scene of the Shakespearean play, Macbeth. Harrison was performing the part of antagonist Lord Macduff during the Wapakoneta High Schoolâ€™s Shakespearean acting classes last week.
Great Lakes Theater Festival Actors Chennelle Bryant-Harris and Michael Silverstein visited the high school every day of the week, introducing many students to the world of theater.
All Wapakoneta senior English classes got involved with acting week, acting out scenes from Macbeth.
WAPAKONETA - Throughout the day Friday, those involved with the Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday helped to construct the opening highlight of the event, the ice skating rink. Children were able to enjoy an evening on the rink Friday with the fun continuing today until 3 p.m.
Elaine Poppe, chair of Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday, said that there used to be ice skating in and near Wapakoneta, but due to unsafe ice it hasnâ€™t been possible in recent years.
Wapakoneta resident Mike Barbee has been doing construction his whole life. In high school he made money by working on patios and landscape and helping his dad work around the house. Barbee, who grew up in southeastern Ohio, said he has been using tools his whole life.
â€śWe were one of those families that never hired anyone to fix things around the house,â€ť he said. â€śWe did it ourselves.â€ť
With any luck from Mother Nature, the waters on Indian Lake will soon be solid enough for ice fishers to go have their fun.
The first ice watch is in effect from Dec. 14 through Dec. 16 according to Scott Albrecht, owner of icefishohio.com.
SHAWNEE — The Wapakoneta Redskins twice had to survive after surrendering two large leads, once in each half, but they led virtually the entire game and prevailed in the end.
The Redskins managed a 65-60 win Thursday over the Shawnee Indians in varsity girls basketball action, in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.
Wapak’s final points of the third period at 1:19 gave the team a game-high 19-point lead, 51-32.
A company formerly located in Wapakoneta has been recognized for its technological advancements in numerous industries in the United States with a book dedicated to its history.
â€śSuperior â€” Land, Sea, Air, and Spaceâ€ť summarizes the past 79 years of Superior Tube Company, Inc., and much of the book gives credit to the Wapakoneta plant previously located on South Willipie Street for its legacy with the company.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, in conjunction with the Wapakoneta and St. Marys police departments, released an advisory concerning a posting on a local Facebook page.
The Facebook page is for posting items for sale in an online format called â€śRummage Sale.â€ť
Yesterday morning the three agencies started receiving complaints from residents concerning a posting on the Rummage Sale page of prescription medications for sale.