The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-19T10:15:27-04:00 hotels face possible demolition2014-08-19T10:15:27-04:002014-08-19T10:15:27-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News City Councilors were told Monday evening that two hotel properties near the junction of Interstate 75 and Bellefontaine Street have been put on notice and face possible demolition.</p><p> “The clock is ticking,” Mayor Rodney Metz said.</p><p> According to emails provided by the mayor from Superintendent of Engineering Mary Ruck, Western Inn, 413 Apollo Drive, was sent a letter on Aug. 1 referencing the “Dangerous Building Code” and an outdated state permit to rehab a portion of this structure, and also stated that there is a citation with the State Fire Marshall for this property. According to the email, the owner has until Sept. 15 to rectify the situation or face an order to raze the building.</p><p> The email also states that a letter was sent on June 24 to Hamilton Inn & Suites, also referencing the code and stating the owner planned to turn the property into a Holiday Inn. According to the email, the owner has until Oct. 24 to comply.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNTwo hotels face possible demolitionWapakoneta Daily get ready to roll2014-08-19T10:13:19-04:002014-08-19T10:13:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News As students prepare to get back on the bus for the first time this school year, Wapakoneta City School District mechanics are continuing to prepare the fleet of vehicles up until the first day of school on Wednesday.</p><p> “At this point we’re just checking for small, minor stuff,” WCS mechanic Ron Lenhart said. “We’ll be working on them all the way up until the last minute.”</p><p> For the past few months, Lenhart and mechanic Eric Wisener have done extensive work in making sure the district’s fleet of buses are ready for the first day of school. The two full-time mechanics will check for oil leaks, make sure brakes are working properly, check the tire tread and repaint the buses’ exterior, among other things.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBuses get ready to rollWapakoneta Daily crawl to help YMCA campaign2014-08-19T10:08:01-04:002014-08-19T10:08:01-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News After a successful “crawl” last year, the second annual Crawl for A Cause is set to take place this Saturday, Aug. 23.</p><p> Crawl for A Cause is a pub crawl for participants 21 years or older with all proceeds going to benefit the Wapakoneta Family YMCA Annual Support Campaign.</p><p> According to event organizer Melanie Schnippel, she and her mother Judy Dubois have worked on the Annual Support Campaign for many years and the benefits are clearly seen.</p><p> “My mom and I see the benefits of the program and were brainstorming on new and fun ways to raise money,” Schnippel said.</p><p> The final count of funds raised during the first pub crawl was tallied at $1,266 for the Annual Support Campaign, and event organizers hope to have another successful weekend.</p><p> The Annual Support Campaign works to support the Y by funding members who need assistance paying for the Y’s membership fees.</p><p> “The YMCA is a tremendous asset to so many in the community. They offer memberships to all individuals regardless of income,” she said. “While all members pay something the assistance the Y provides can mean the difference in a child being home alone after school or being in a caring environment with snacks, homework help and swimming.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Tuesday, Aug. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERPub crawl to help YMCA campaignWapakoneta Daily track to greet elementary students2014-08-18T10:50:38-04:002014-08-18T10:50:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta Elementary School students returning to class this week will notice a new addition to the school’s playground area.</p><p> A one-tenth mile concrete walking track was completed Aug. 7 after nearly a week of construction. Among other things, students will use the track to complete miles for the school’s walking club. In addition, students will be able to use the track during recess and teachers will have it available to them if they want to take their students out there during the school day.</p><p> WES Vice Principal Carrie Knoch said the benefits of the walking track are three-fold.</p><p> From an academic perspective, Knoch said taking a walk to clear their heads could benefit students who are working on a project or studying for a test.</p><p> “It allows you to come back with a different perspective and sometimes it becomes a little easier,” she said. “So if our kids get up and move occasionally it can be very good for them academically.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Aug. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNew track to greet elementary studentsWapakoneta Daily First winner gets shopping spree2014-08-18T10:48:58-04:002014-08-18T10:48:58-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News There was a shopping spree at Community Markets on Defiance Street on Sunday morning.</p><p> People First of Auglaize County, an advocacy group for disabled people, held a drawing recently, with the winner garnering 90 seconds of shopping. The winner was Monica Hudson, of St. Marys. Her husband Joe ran the shopping spree Sunday.</p><p> According to People First adviser Krystal Walters, of Wapakoneta, the group was at the Summer Moon Fest and at the fairgrounds from open to close each day of the 2014 Auglaize County Fair selling tickets for the 90-second spree. Tickets sold for $5 each, and they sold $1,075 worth of tickets.</p><p> The winner of the drawing was selected the Sunday a week after the fair.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Aug. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNPeople First winner gets shopping spreeWapakoneta Daily two photo contests2014-08-18T08:16:04-04:002014-08-18T08:16:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="userContent">We have two contests left! Show off your photography skills in the category of architecture, due by 5 p.m. tonight. Use the final contest as an opportunity to display any theme of photo you have.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableFinal two photo contestsWapakoneta Daily health commissioner brings wealth of experience2014-08-16T10:49:57-04:002014-08-15T17:47:05-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">After graduating from Wapakoneta High School in 2000, Oliver Fisher, has found his way back to Auglaize County.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Fisher assumed the role of Auglaize County health commissioner on Thursday, Aug. 14 and will be working with current commissioner Charlotte Parsons until she retires from the position at the end of the month.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Previously working at Allen County Public Health in Lima, Fisher worked as a sanitarian in the environmental division since 2006.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Before Fisher began working for Allen County Public Health, he studied at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. where he earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science. He then spent two years studying at Youngstown State University where he received his master’s degree in the same subject.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Currently 32, Fisher said he is excited to move into his new position as the Auglaize County health commissioner.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I wanted to take this position because I have a great pride in this community and care for its public health,” Fisher said. “It is also a leadership role and I want to challenge myself. I want to guide the health department in a new direction toward improved connectivity with the community and promote public awareness of all the services the health department provides.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERNew health commissioner brings wealth of experienceWapakoneta Daily recognized for contribution to downtown2014-08-16T10:49:58-04:002014-08-15T17:44:09-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Gild the Lily co-owner Glenna McCormick has been a fixture in downtown Wapakoneta for nearly 60 years. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Friday she was honored by the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops, or WASS, for her many years as a local business owner and for being a “pioneer” to downtown shop owners who followed in her footsteps. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We wanted to acknowledge all the years she’s been in business and all she’s done as a woman owning a retail store,” Casa Chic co-owner Landa Tomlinson said. “Glenna has helped many of us downtown get our start and she’s been such a pioneer in this type of business.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We really, truly wanted to recognize her for being a forerunner and let her know how much she is appreciated for all she’s done.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On behalf of WASS, Tomlinson presented McCormick with a plaque and flowers as a way to commemorate her dedication to downtown Wapakoneta businesses.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMcCormick recognized for contribution to downtownWapakoneta Daily mothers gather for sPot of tea2014-08-16T10:49:58-04:002014-08-15T17:41:51-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Local mothers gathered at LouAnn’s Tea sPot in Wapakoneta for afternoon tea and a word of encouragement about the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding their growing babies.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Alicia Lensch, breastfeeding peer helper and certified lactation councilor through Woman Infants and Children (WIC), described the event as a “breastfeeding café.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The whole concept is that it’s a support group, just moms getting together, talking about what’s going on, how breastfeeding is going for them, what is happening in their life,” Lensch said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and Lensch said the goal was to host an event that would create awareness about breastfeeding and also bring local mothers together.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We live in such a fast-paced society, and it’s hard for moms to find places together and find that mom-community,” Lensch said. “We don’t breastfeed generationally anymore.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLBreastfeeding mothers gather for sPot of teaWapakoneta Daily help sought on gun issue2014-08-15T10:18:33-04:002014-08-15T10:18:33-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education has sought legal counsel regarding the issue of whether or not to allow a trained employee to carry a firearm on school grounds.</p><p> Mark Jackson, an attorney with the law firm Pepple & Waggoner, attended the regular W-G board meeting Monday to discuss the types of policy and procedure that would need to be implemented if the board decides to arm an employee.</p><p> While at the board meeting, Jackson answered questions about the legal parameters of arming staff, discussing what’s confidential and what’s not.</p><p> W-G Superintendent Chris Pfister said Jackson, who spoke to the board during executive session, reminded board members that confidentiality is imperative if they choose to create this type of security policy.</p><p> “All the things he would recommend are probably going to be confidential documents that will not be public records,” Pfister said.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHLegal help sought on gun issueWapakoneta Daily