The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-20T12:19:09-05:00 all about helping kids2014-11-20T12:19:09-05:002014-11-20T12:19:09-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Knights of Columbus will host its 7th Annual Chili Cook-off at 5 p.m. Friday at the K of C Hall in Wapakoneta to help support the Auglaize County Shop with a Cop program.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Senior trustee Mike Sullivan said last year’s cook-off was able to raise more than $3,000, which benefited at least 100 children who were able to participate in the program.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Shop with a Cop is a county-wide event that allows children from needy families to spend a morning shopping with a police officer. The program is put on by the Auglaize County Fraternal Order of Police, which will be celebrating its 20th year sponsoring Shop with a Cop.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Dec. 13, police officers from all over the county will gather with children and their parents at the K of C Hall to have breakfast and get acquainted with one another before setting out to the Wapakoneta Walmart for some Christmas shopping. Each child is given $100 to spend on clothing and $50 to spend on toys. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said Shop with a Cop is one of the most worthwhile programs in the county.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I think the biggest plus for the whole program is showing these young kids that these policemen are good guys,” he said. “They take them shopping, spend time with them, help pick things out — it reinforces with these young kids that these guys are good guys. It’s a lesson in life at an early age.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said he and his wife have been involved with the program for the entire 20 years it has existed in Auglaize County. After several years of volunteering with the program, Sullivan decided he wanted to do more. He said he talked it over with his fellow Knights of Columbus members, and it was decided a chili cook-off would be a perfect fundraiser for this time of year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s a time where everyone starts thinking about chili because it’s so cold outside,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At Friday’s cook-off, attendants will be given a ballot as they walk in. They are then able to sample as many types of chili as they’d like, and choose the one they like the best. The top three “people’s choice” winners will receive plaques.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There will also be a panel of three to four judges who will decide which types of chili they enjoy the most. The top three “judge’s choice” winners will also receive plaques, and the first-place winner will have their name inscribed on a trophy made up of a silver bowl on top of a pedestal. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The “judge’s choice” trophy currently belongs to the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club. Previous winners include the American Legion and the lawn mower demolition derby team. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Along with the cook-off, there will be a live auction featuring items donated by local businesses. There will also be door prize giveaways, and K of C members will serve refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and beer.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan reiterated the sole purpose of the cook-off is to raise money for Shop with a Cop, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the program. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It takes a lot of money to help that many kids, so that’s why we try to help out with the chili cook-off,” he said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Money is raised through the $5 admission price, a $100 entry fee for cook-off participants and the auction. Sullivan said the amount they will raise this year depends on how many people come and how many auction items they receive. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sullivan said the cook-off seems to grow every year as more and more residents learn about the event and what it benefits. He said he hopes this trend continues.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I just want everyone to have a good time, and I want to give as much money as I can to the Shop with a Cop program,” he said.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCook-off all about helping kidsWapakoneta Daily Day results certified2014-11-20T12:16:59-05:002014-11-20T12:16:59-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The results of the Nov. 4 election are official.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The Auglaize County Board of Elections met twice this week, first to examine absentee ballots on Tuesday, and then to go over provisional ballots, if any, and certify the election on Wednesday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On Tuesday, the board looked over the number of absentee ballots and which ballots were good and which ones were not. There were a total of 150 absentee ballots with eight of those absentee ballots deemed as no good, mainly because the ballot was sent through the mail and received past the deadline.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Three ballots were from the wrong precinct or location but two of those were accepted.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“That is what’s most discouraging, that the ballot was taken in Minster precinct and they didn’t send them to Jackson because they didn’t call, but it does count,” Board of Elections Director Michelle Wilcox said. “So out of those three, two counted and one did not.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Altogether, 141 absentee ballots were accepted, seven were not registered and two were sent to the wrong precinct. In total, nine ballots could not be accepted.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">However, due to the higher number of ballots during Election Day, with the help of the governor’s race, the board can update all the absentee ballots that were accepted, allowing those ballots to all count and be accepted during the next election. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Now we can update the good absentee ballots and they’ll all be ready to go for next time and their ballots will count,” said Wilcox.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Nov. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGElection Day results certifiedWapakoneta Daily Trio jazzes up holiday gatherings2014-11-20T12:15:01-05:002014-11-20T12:15:01-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Add a little jazz to any holiday gathering this season with the help of Wapakoneta High School juniors Eli Kentner, Micah Nicol and Dakota Dillon.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The three formed their band, Jingle Jazz Trio, about two weeks ago, but have been performing together at school events for the past couple of years. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Eli came to me and said his mom had said something about possibly putting together a jazz band trio, you know, since we pretty much already were one to start off with,” Dillon said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The band will perform holiday music for events held at places of business, Christmas parties and the occasional family gathering. In an effort to get some recognition, they put an ad in the newspaper.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“And then we immediately created an email account, a Twitter page and a Facebook page, and then we felt official,” Nicol said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The trio features Nicol on vocals, upright bass, and guitar, Kentner on the piano and occasionally the bells, and Dillon on drums. Nicol and Dillon will also come together on some songs for a two-part harmony, they said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Nov. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHJingle Trio jazzes up holiday gatheringsWapakoneta Daily host Festival of Trees2014-11-19T11:34:25-05:002014-11-19T11:34:25-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Christmas spirit was on full display inside the halls of The Gardens at Wapakoneta Tuesday night as the 16th annual Festival of Trees event prepared to open to the public.</span></p><p class="p3"> A total of 79 decorative holiday items have been set up throughout the retirement home, including Christmas trees, wreaths and various specialty items that will be sold in a silent auction this week. </p><p class="p3"> The auction continues today and will run through the rest of this week. Those wanting to purchase items may place their bids from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Winners of each item will be announced Sunday after the auction ends. </p><p class="p3"> The event will also feature raffles, live entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity for children to take pictures with Santa on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. </p><p class="p3"> Festival of Trees is a collaboration between The Gardens and Community Health Professionals, a non-profit home care and hospice agency. All proceeds from the auction will benefit CHP’s hospice and patient care fund, which helps patients who can’t afford hospice or don’t have the insurance to cover it.</p><p class="p3"> CHP Events and Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Back described the event as “great people supporting a great cause.”</p><p class="p3"> “We’re really grateful that people have a heart for this,” Back said. “Everyone who donated is so creative and all the items are so different. The investment people make is amazing, and we’re so grateful. I can’t tell you how much it means  for me that people have such a heart for giving, especially during the holidays.”</p><p class="p3"> Items were donated by several local businesses and individual members of the community.</p><p class="p3"> “This event has been going on for 16 years now and a lot of these people have been donating the entire time,” she said. “That is dedication.”</p><p class="p3"> Several sponsors were on hand Tuesday evening to check out the items they donated, including Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag and his wife, Gwynne. Freytag said he and his wife have been donating items since the event began 16 years ago and that they enjoy being able to help out every year.</p><p class="p3"> Along with sponsors and community members, numerous residents of The Gardens came out of their rooms to enjoy the decorations, refreshments and live music.</p><p class="p3"> One of those residents was Adalia Gossard, who said she enjoys when the event comes around every year.</p><p class="p3"> “I like seeing all the new people who come in, and I think all the decorations are nice,” Gossard said. </p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on the Festival of Trees, see the Wednesday, Nov. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHGardens host Festival of TreesWapakoneta Daily mulls new guidelines2014-11-19T11:30:22-05:002014-11-19T11:30:22-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">BOTKINS — The implementation of new fire department guidelines was discussed during Tuesday night’s Botkins Village Council meeting.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">SOG, or standard operating guidelines, are recommendations the council receives from a company called Ohio Plan, which annually reviews procedures in an effort to find things that could be insurance issues. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Over the years, the guidelines have offered steps on how to be a firefighter and how to govern the fire department’s manpower, Mayor Steve Woodruff said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s formalizing what they actually do as a fire department,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">One recommendation was to move from an election process to an executive committee, where the fire chief would appoint officers based on applications received from candidates. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They see it as a liability that you have officers by popular vote instead of capability,” council member Nick Greve said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the complete story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHVillage mulls new guidelinesWapakoneta Daily brings Christmas cheer2014-11-19T11:26:58-05:002014-11-19T11:26:58-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The years pass, yet one thing remains, Wapakoneta can always count on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Sewing Club to host its annual Christmas Bazaar, as this year will mark the club’s 11th season of hosting the event.</span></p><p class="p3"> “This is a big job,” said Christmas Bazaar Chair Charlene Smith. “This is basically a year of preparation.”</p><p class="p3"> The bazaar opens Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of items will be on sale such as Christmas trees, wreaths, decorative baskets, Christmas-themed comforters, Ohio State Buckeye decorations and gear and much more.</p><p class="p3"> Admission is free and the proceeds from the event support the Fourth of July Church Festival, a community event sponsored by the church.</p><p class="p3"> The bazaar will have some new items, too.</p><p class="p3"> Christmas trees, wreaths and buckeyes will make their annual appearance at the bazaar. However, some new items, such as wooden-painted snowmen and penguins, Wapakoneta Redskins wreaths and some other Ohio State-themed decorations, will be making their first appearance.</p><p class="p3"> Another new item is decorative baskets, 128 to be exact. Fifteen members from the Sewing Club made the baskets, sold at $10 a piece or three baskets for $25.  </p><p class="p3"> “We have very friendly and reasonable prices,” Smith said. “We have items on sale for as little as one dollar.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on the Christmas Bazaar, see the Wednesday, Nov. 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGBazaar brings Christmas cheerWapakoneta Daily hears updates on properties2014-11-18T11:37:11-05:002014-11-18T11:37:11-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Councilors heard an update on various building issues at its meeting Monday, along with an update on a request for support from the Eastern Shawnee regarding land in Logan County.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">At-Large Councilwoman and Chair of the Lands and Buildings Committee reported on that committee’s meeting, held on Nov. 10.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The committee reviewed several properties that had been brought to their attention:</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• 107 E. Mechanic St.; a schedule for repair has been developed.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• 108 E. Benton St.; investigation is ongoing. The house has a very large hole in its roof.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• Lloyd’s Barbershop; owner is lacking siding. Zoning and Engineering Superintendent Mary Ruck is investigating possibilities for obtaining siding.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• Western Inn will be razed before the end of the year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• Hamilton Inn will become a Holiday Inn Express.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The committee also discussed a request for support for a petition from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to designate “their land’s status as ‘Restricted Indian Country.’”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Concerns were raised at the Oct. 6 meeting as to the physical description of the land and the identity of the author. The matter was referred to Barber’s committee for further review.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The property under discussion is comprised of 50 acres located at the intersection of state Route 235 and state Route 54 in Logan County. The proposed use to the property is development of a family resort, casino, amphitheater and golf course, among other businesses.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lands and Buildings Committee member and Fourth-Ward Councilman Chad Doll contacted several people regarding the issue, including Chief Glenna Wallace, Ray Williams, leader of the investor group, Logan County Commissioners and Indian Lake Schools.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncil hears updates on propertiesWapakoneta Daily blast closes schools as icy roads wreak havoc2014-11-18T11:45:00-05:002014-11-18T11:35:30-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Cold temperatures that rival the deepest parts of winter have arrived.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The frigid air has hampered efforts to melt the ice following the snow that fell Sunday and Monday. In addition to school closures, snow and ice were blamed for several crashes as the week began.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol:</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• A driver rear-ended another vehicle at 6:50 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Ryan M. Edwards, 31, of the 500 block of West Mechanic Street in Wapakoneta, was traveling north on state Route 501 in Duchouquet Township with Robert J. Phipps, 48, of the 600 block of W. Benton Street in Wapakoneta, traveling in front of him.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to the police report, Phipps began to slow down for a vehicle in front of him that was preparing to make a turn. Edwards noticed Phipps slowing down but was unable to stop due to slick road conditions. He attempted swerving to avoid Phipps but struck the left-rear of his vehicle. Edwards came to a final rest in the middle of the roadway facing southwest. Phipps came to a final rest on the right side of the roadway.  </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Edwards was not injured but was cited for following too close. The 2009 Toyota Corolla he was driving sustained disabling damage to the right-front of the vehicle.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Phipps was also not injured but his 1997 Ford F250 received minor damage to its left-rear side.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• While traveling in snowy conditions, a driver ran off the left side of the road and spun out at 2:04 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Heath A. Sidey, 20, of Spencerville, was traveling north on Swartz Road in Salem Township when he spun out, crossed back over to the roadway and struck a pole before his vehicle rolled onto its top. He sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima by Spencerville EMS. The 2006 Dodge Ram truck he was driving received disabling damage, totaling the vehicle. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• A driver lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch causing her vehicle to overturn at 12:15 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17. Carol A. Colasanti, 65, of Harrod, was traveling east on Middle Pike Road in Duchouquet Township when the accident occurred. She received non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Lima Memorial Health System by Uniopolis EMS. The 2005 Jeep Liberty she was driving sustained disabling damage to the top, windows and left-front side of the vehicle. According to the police report, snowy conditions on the roadway played a factor in the crash. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• A driver was cited for failure to signal after striking another vehicle at the intersection of state Route 66 and Lock Two Road in German Township at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Jeffrey A. Topp, 30, of New Bremen, was traveling northbound on state Route 66 and attempted to make a left turn onto Lock Two Road.  The second driver, Payton Elizabeth Doherty, 18, of New Bremen, was stopped at a stop sign on Lock Two Road. Topp struck Doherty’s vehicle while attempting to turn left. According to the police report, snow-covered roadways played a factor in the crash. Topp was not injured but was cited for not signaling. His 2002 Ford F250 received minor damage. Doherty was also not injured, but her 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix sustained functional damage to the left-front of the vehicle.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">• An icy roadway played a role in a vehicle rollover that occurred at 6:22 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, according to a report by the OSHP. Eric V. Richards, 53, of Bedford, Ky., was traveling north on Interstate 75 in Pusheta Township when his vehicle started sliding off the roadway, causing it to roll over on its side onto a fence. The driver was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control. He received possible injuries but was treated on scene by the Anna Rescue Squad. His 1995 Ford Club Wagon sustained disabling damage to its left side.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to AccuWeather, the core of the frigid air will focus over the northern Plains and the Great Lakes at least through Wednesday. The wind will make the air feel even colder.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The intensity of the cold is expected to lessen as temperatures begin to moderate into the second part of the week, according to AccuWeather.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHArctic blast closes schools as icy roads wreak havocWapakoneta Daily warns of holiday scams2014-11-18T11:33:52-05:002014-11-18T11:33:52-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">As the holiday season fast approaches, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon is urging residents to be aware of scams that can quickly make the holidays go sour even before they get started. </span></p><p class="p3"> Several online reports and the Sheriff’s Office have sent a press release warning people, and even though this is just an annual notification from Solomon, he still wants residents to be aware.</p><p class="p3"> “People having packages delivered to them and how all of that are done on the computer opens the doors for scammers,” he said. “Those scams are out there and they take advantage of people.”</p><p class="p3"> The scams receiving the most attention is an imposter email pretending to be from UPS or Federal Express. Victims receive an email from UPS or FedEx stating they have a package to be delivered but delivery cannot be made until the customer opens an attachment, which has a routing number. Once the attachment is opened, a virus spreads onto the computer, causing millions of dollars in loss and damage.</p><p class="p3"> Solomon believes these types of emails are easy to avoid. If you know you have a package coming then you will be able to track it, if you know you do not have a package arriving, there is no need to open the attachment. </p><p class="p3"> “It’s the same thing with banks, when scams come out pretending to be a bank, you know what accounts you have,” he said. “You call your bank, the bank doesn’t call you. People just need to keep track of what they’re doing.”</p><p class="p3"> The other fraud is an e-mail with a photograph of an attractive female asking for a donation to help her with a modeling career, or career of that type, in hopes someone will take the bait.  </p><p class="p3"> “That is a new one that we haven’t dealt with before,” said Solomon. “People are taught to be nice and respectful to others; it’s just unfortunate that someone has to take advantage of that and prey on it.” </p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGSheriff warns of holiday scamsWapakoneta Daily planted at dog park2014-11-17T11:19:02-05:002014-11-17T11:19:02-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Saturday brought sunny skies, frosty air and eight people together to plant trees in the Wapak Dog Park on West Auglaize Street.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In all, eight trees were planted. Three were purchased with funds collected by Travis Rohrbach, Eagle Scout Selectee from Wapakoneta Boy Scout Troop 14. The dog park was Rohrbach’s Eagle Scout project. Five of the trees were provided by the Wapakoneta Tree Commission.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Digging the holes for the trees was easy enough. Jim Smith of Smith’s Fencing furnished a machine that took care of that task.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Maneuvering the trees into position and removing the burlap proved a bit tougher and required an “all-hands-on-deck” approach.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Filling in the dirt around the tree was the final step before moving on to the next.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There to guide the operation were Tree Commission member Phil Valentine and Commission Chairwoman Kirstin Doll.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Other volunteers helping with the project were Steven Anderson, Brian Jacoby, Dan Reichenbach and Drake Weirling.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A watering station for the dog park awaits installation. Rohrbach said Saturday that the city will wait until spring for the installation to avoid having to winterize it. Rohrbach said he expected to have an official grand opening once the watering station is installed.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNTrees planted at dog parkWapakoneta Daily