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May 23rd, 2012
With more than 382 years of experience between them, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members recognized 13 employees upon their retirement.
The retirees, including teachers, a technology specialist, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, a custodian, and a para-educator, received appreciation gifts from the Board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
“You’re leaving a big hole in the district,” school board member Ron Mertz told the retirees.
Wapakoneta High School senior Joseph Jose says he is very appreciative about moving to a small town at a very young age.
“I was very fortunate to be able to know a small town where I could have a relationship with everyone,” Jose said
Jose was born in Boston and lived in New York a short time before his family packed up and moved to Youngstown when his father, Mathew, went there for his residency for medical school. The Joses’ then moved to Wapakoneta just in time for Joseph to begin and finish his schooling in Wapakoneta.
Faced with an annual debt load increasing by 18 percent created mainly from building the new Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant, city leaders plan to balance the books with a water rate increase.
Wapakoneta utility consumers should see a 5 percent increase in their water bill starting Sept. 1 and then every Jan. 1 thereafter if Wapakoneta City Council members pass an ordinance read for the first time at Monday’s council meeting.
Differing legal interpretations of the city’s curfew law, parents of a Wapakoneta teen say, should prompt Wapakoneta City Council members to review the document.
Always smiling and happy is how classmates describe one of Wapakoneta High School’s top five students for 2012.
“We knew we didn’t have a chance against him for prom king,” a classmate Chris Schwartz said of Ryan Kremer. “He smiles all the time and everyone likes that.”
With a list of buildings in need of being razed, Wapakoneta city administrators plan to seek state funds to help demolish the structures.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz said the city is working with the county to obtain state funds through the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition grant program and to take advantage of $75 million in state funds available through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
A group of vendors crowd a downtown park each Saturday during the summer and this past Saturday they gathered for a preview to this year’s Farmers Market at Heritage Park.
Don Steinke, owner of Steinke’s Bee World and organizer of the event, said it is the third year they have had a preview for the event.
“We start about two weeks early,” Steinke said. “It gives everyone a chance to see what will be available throughout the year.”
One of the Wapakoneta High School’s top five students has a line of pharmacists in her family — and that is what she plans to study after high school.
Senior Michelle Mosler will soon be sporting her cap and gown at the Wapakoneta High School Class of 2012 graduation ceremony, as she says goodbye to one chapter in her life and gets ready to open another.
“I like science and everyone in my family is a pharmacist,” Mosler said.
By WILLIAM LANEY
For the five survivors of Barbara Webb, day-to-day life changed for her family the day she died in 1998 from cancer.
Being a close-knit family, they relied on each other and they rely on the annual Relay for Life to come together to remember and honor their matriarch.
â€śBeing a survivor of a person who dies from cancer is not easy on a daily basis,â€ť said Gary Webb, one of Barbara Webbâ€™s four children. â€śYou miss that person every day and that is when I turn to Relay. It is just a way that I can give back and where I can really make a difference.
By LANCE MIHM
In 1936, the sport of baseball voted five players that would be the original inductees of the baseball hall of fame. While their names may not be as familiar as Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson or Walter Johnson, the five original members of the Auglaize County Educational Service Center (ESC) Alumni Hall of Fame are hoping to be measuring sticks that others are compared to with everything they have accomplished.