July 27th, 2012
More than $215,000 in state money has been awarded to Auglaize County for the demolition of vacant and blighted homes.
â€śThis money is being allocated to allow for reinvestment, to spur growth and property values,â€ť Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said. â€śIt just gives another resource for villages, cities and townships to deal with blighted or dilapidated property. Itâ€™s a way to take these homes and increase the land value, renew the property and better the neighborhood.â€ť
One day leaving a Buckland church with his grandmother, a Wapakoneta High School student noticed the parking lot needed relined and a plot of land needed to be spruced up.
Nearly a year later, this past Sunday, 16-year-old Jon Eaton stood in the front of the congregation at St. Paulâ€™s United Church of Christ as he was honored for earning his Eagle Scout, the highest award, for making improvements at his grandmotherâ€™s church.
Eaton had improved the parking lot and surrounding area for the Buckland United Church of Christ, where his grandmother, Laura Norman, attends church services.
WAYNESFIELD â€” After many attempts and failures to bring a natural gas utility to the village of Waynesfield, village officials are now closer than ever to bringing natural gas service to the community.
Councilors approved an ordinance this week appointing Peck Shaffer of Covington, Ky., as bond counsel, if a study proves the utility feasible to the village.
In the past, village officials tried several times to bring natural gas to Waynesfield to make utilities more affordable for residents.
Former elected officials and representatives from throughout Auglaize County are to lead a courthouse rededication ceremony this fall.
Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, the ceremony is open to everyone and is to be followed by an open house throughout that Sunday afternoon. A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 23, also has been set.
While personnel wonâ€™t officially be moved back into county offices in the courthouse by the date of the open house, the Auglaize County commissioners said they debated what to do, but ultimately wanted to share the building with residents as soon as possible.
Regardless of their analytical approach, the same result rose to top â€” the new dog park is best suited for the former Lanning Farm on the western city limits of Wapakoneta.
During a brief 15-minute meeting Thursday, Wapakoneta City Council Parks and Recreation Committee members recommended city administrators â€” Mayor Rodney Metz and Safety-Service Director Bill Rains â€” work with local Boy Scout Travis Rohrbach and a group of citizens to develop between 1 and 1 1/2 acres of ground for a dog park.
Not everything one reads or hears about medicine and health is true, a county official says.
Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres wanted area residents to be skeptical of initial reports of health study findings and to gather more information about the results.
â€śBefore you get excited about something you hear, look at it with a grain of salt,â€ť Torres said. â€śThere is probably more to the story.
â€śTalk to a doctor before changing anything, he treats people not tests,â€ť he said.
Torres said studies can create controversy and thereâ€™s some question about using them to reduce risk.
George A. Cecere, 85, of Wapakoneta, died 1at 2:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Pittsburgh, the son of Maddelina (DeNicola) and Nicola Cecere, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 3, 1951, he married Anna Kay Palombo, and she survives.
The Wapakoneta Redskins ACME team fell to the Napoleon Wildcats Tuesday night, 5–4, ending their run at an ACME state championship.
Behind head coach Willie Sammetinger, Wapak finished 1–2 in the state tournament, and a record of 23–4 on the season.
Rebecca Sue Hagaman, 44, of Celina, died Monday, July 23, 2012.
She was born April 17, 1968, in St. Marys, the daughter of Sharon (Morgan) and James Hagaman.
Surviving are three sons, Michael Bordeaux, of Michigan, Randy Bordeaux, of Michigan, and Jason Moon, of Michigan; and a daughter, Jodi Moon, of Michigan.
Private services will be held for the family. There will be no visitation.
Contributions may be given to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
Arrangements are being handled by W. H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina.
George A. Cecere, 85, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.