The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-22T09:59:43-04:00 blasts council for grilling mayor2014-04-22T09:59:43-04:002014-04-22T09:59:43-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta’s Safety-Service Director Bill Rains blazing defense of Mayor Rodney Metz overshadowed Monday’s council meeting.</p><p> According to Metz, the focus of the meeting was to be on resolving a letter of support for one of two projects involving senior housing. Apparently the city gave its blessing — in terms of resolutions of support — for the Wapakoneta Village and a project adjacent to the Lincoln Estates subdivision. The resolution was made so the two developments could gain points in an application process with the Ohio Housing Finance Authority.</p><p> Little did anyone know that was a no-no. Apparently, you can only endorse one.</p><p> Metz only found out about the error Wednesday.</p><p> But Rains’ report centered on how the mayor was treated at the previous council meeting April 7, at which Rains was absent.</p><p> At that meeting, Metz was asked about the West Auglaize Street sewer project and the easements required for completion.</p><p> “In my absence, there were a lot of questions at the last council meeting that the mayor tried to field as best he could,” Rains said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t have a lot of the answers I had.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNRains blasts council for grilling mayorWapakoneta Daily turns trash to treasure2014-04-22T09:56:30-04:002014-04-22T09:56:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Take a look into your garbage or recycle bins — to most, empty glass bottles or an overused box-spring mattress might seem like junk, but one shop owner has made a living out of repurposing what others might throw away.</p><p> Michele Shicora, owner of Relics in downtown Wapakoneta, described repurposing as turning “trash to treasure.”</p><p> “Something that someone would think was junk and turning it into something funky and cool,” Shicora said.</p><p> Relics customers will find lamps made out of world globes, dishes and coasters made out of old records, big letters sawed out of old literature books, and on and on.</p><p> Shicora described shopping at all the antique stores downtown as “the ultimate recycling.”</p><p> “Anybody can go to Walmart, anybody can go to Kmart or Lazarus, but when you’re doing it or buying it repurposed, it has more character,” Shicora said.  “Somebody has put time and effort into it.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLOwner turns trash to treasureWapakoneta Daily is easy by the numbers2014-04-22T09:53:57-04:002014-04-22T09:53:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News For Wapakoneta residents looking to participate in the city’s curbside recycling program, there are a few rules that need to be followed to insure that recyclable materials can be processed properly.</p><p> The first thing to remember is what can be placed in the red recycling bin and what cannot.</p><p> Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel or tin cans, No. 1 plastic containers and No. 2 plastic containers are all acceptable items that can be recycled.</p><p> No.1 plastic containers are typically soda and water bottles, but can also be beer bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles and peanut butter containers. No. 2 containers are things like milk jugs, butter tubs, household cleaner containers, juice bottles, shampoo bottles and detergent bottles, among others.</p><p> The city does not accept plastic containers marked as No. 3, 5 and 7. No. 3 materials include window cleaner and certain detergent bottles, as well as cooking oil bottles, food packaging and plumbing pipes. Examples of No. 5 containers are yogurt, ketchup and syrup bottles, as well as caps, straws and medicine bottles. Finally, No. 7 materials are those plastic containers that don’t fit into the other categories, such as sunglasses, ‘bullet-proof’ materials and DVD, iPod and computer cases.</p><p> They also do not accept motor oil or gasoline cans in the recycling bins.</p><p> “The reason we can’t accept these materials is because there is no market for it,” Wapakoneta Public Works Superintendent Meril Simpson said. Simpson is referring to recyclable materials that are sold to factories to be reused to make products. Containers marked as No. 1 and 2 can easily be made into materials that can be sold, while Nos. 3, 5 and 7 are not as easy to make and sell.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHRecycling is easy by the numbersWapakoneta Daily touts unmanned aircraft at museum2014-04-21T10:55:14-04:002014-04-21T10:55:14-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Tim Hurley and Archie Stafford are both employees of the United States Navy, stationed at the Patuxent River, Maryland Naval Air Station and they are considered unmanned aerial system (UAS) subject matter experts working for the Academy of Model Aeronautics as part of their small UAS outreach program.</p><p> The duo was in Wapakoneta on Friday showing friends and family members their UAS by taking it for a test flight around the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.</p><p> Hurley, a 1996 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, said this was a great opportunity to stop in his hometown and demonstrate what he does for friends and family.</p><p> “Since I’m from here I wanted to come home and show the family and everybody this stuff,” Hurley said.</p><p> Many may not know what a UAS actually is, but if the word drone is used it may be a different story.</p><p> For Hurley and Stafford however, drone is considered a derogatory term.</p><p> “Well the word drone kind of describes something … you know it’s a drone, it’s not intelligent, it’s not self guided,” Hurley said. “A UAS is a very advanced and very complicated system, and using the term drone really doesn’t properly describe what it’s capable of.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, April 21, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERDuo touts unmanned aircraft at museumWapakoneta Daily holds Easter egg hunt2014-04-21T10:52:40-04:002014-04-21T10:52:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Five thousand Easter eggs were distributed around the Wapakoneta First United Methodist grounds by church members early Saturday morning in preparation for the community-wide Easter egg hunt.</p><p> Egg hunt committee chair Nan Stiger estimated 400-500 people, including, children, parents and grandparents, attended the hunt.</p><p> “It’s family. People just love to get together,” Stiger said. “It’s a tradition that you just don’t forget — egg hunting with your family.”</p><p> Describing it as a “multi-generational event,” Stiger said the egg hunt is an activity both young and old enjoy.</p><p> “I’ve seen some very, very proud grandparents with their little ones,” Stiger said. “That makes it extra exciting.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, April 21, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLChurch holds Easter egg huntWapakoneta Daily workshop set at school2014-04-21T10:49:28-04:002014-04-21T10:49:28-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Motivational speaker Bruce Boguski will provide a free seminar Tuesday to discuss his new book, “The Testing Zone,” which provides techniques to allow students to raise their test scores by improving memory and retention, increasing creativity and learning how to relax in pressure situations.</p><p> The seminar will take place at 6 p.m. at the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center and is open to the public.</p><p> Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner encourages students, parents and teachers to attend.</p><p> “The seminar will have some communication pieces between parents and their kids and teachers and students that will help everybody do their best,” Horner said.</p><p> Horner said the presentation is especially timely with the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) taking place May 1-9 for grades 3 through 8. The OAA exams will test students on their knowledge of mathematics, reading, social studies, science and writing. It also measures how aligned the district’s students are with Ohio’s academic content standards. The results will be reflected in the district’s state report card released once a year.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, April 21, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHTest workshop set at schoolWapakoneta Daily lessons still true today2014-04-18T19:51:38-04:002014-04-18T19:51:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.</p><p> We’ve all heard these words throughout our lives, especially in the classroom. This theme is still being used today to teach children the importance of protecting our natural resources, as evidenced  at Wapakoneta Elementary School on Wednesday.</p><p> Bonnie Wurst, Educational Consultant for the Auglaize County Solid Waste Management District, has spent the past seven years going to all six school districts in Auglaize County, talking to children about the importance of recycling.</p><p> On Wednesday, she stopped by WES to speak with second-graders in Abby Kuck and Nikki Sutton’s classes, bringing with her the knowledge she’s gained from her years on the job.</p><p> “I’ve always been about taking care of our Earth, and recycling is a simple way to do it,” Wurst said. “We will run out of natural resources someday, so we need to take care of them as much as we can right now.”</p><p> <strong><em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, April 19, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></strong></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHAge-old lessons still true todayWapakoneta Daily cleaning workshop at library2014-04-18T19:51:26-04:002014-04-18T19:51:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A special adult event is being held Tuesday, April 22 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Auglaize County Public District Library.</p><p> Andrea Burton, adult services coordinator at the ACPDL has prepared a program called Green Cleaning Workshop & Idea Swap, in which she will present information on how to get started with green cleaning supplies, and participants will have the opportunity to share some of their own tips, ideas and techniques.</p><p> Burton explained she came up with the idea for this program through things she has seen online about going green and green cleaning.</p><p> “I kind of came up with it just because green and green cleaning are kind of buzz words right now, and a lot of people, I mean if you spend anytime on Pinterest, on the Internet it’s just full of different homemade recipes and how to do things in a more natural way,” she said. “So I just thought that this would be something people would be more interested in learning about. Sometimes people aren’t on the Internet to get those ideas and recipes, so this is a to share them.”</p><p> <strong><em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, April 19, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></strong></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERGreen cleaning workshop at libraryWapakoneta Daily City honors awarded2014-04-18T19:51:18-04:002014-04-18T19:51:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The City of Wapakoneta was recognized April 9 as a Tree City USA in the Northwest Ohio awards ceremony co-hosted by the City of Kenton, the Village of Mt. Victory, and their Tree Commissions. This is the 27th time our community has been honored  with this  nationally recognized award.</p><p> The awards were presented to the Tree City USA communities by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. The title of “Tree City USA” was bestowed  upon Wapakoneta for its ongoing efforts to maintain  and improve the quality of life through a comprehensive street tree management program.</p><p> The program is guided by the city’s Tree Commission and the municipal government.</p><p> According to Mayor Rodney Metz, Wapakoneta’s Tree Commission began about 30 years ago in 1983. A big part of the commission’s work is working with residents.</p><p> “We’ll look for trees that seem to be in trouble,” Metz said, “and invariably the resident will come out we’ll talk about the tree and what we think it needs.”</p><p> <strong><em>For a complete story, see the Saturday, April 19, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></strong></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNTree City honors awardedWapakoneta Daily’s brave outlook inspires others2014-04-18T11:28:48-04:002014-04-18T11:28:48-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Described as being a loving, fun, caring little boy, 5-year-old Isacc Hayes is facing an enormous challenge.</p><p> As a preschooler at New Beginnings Early Childhood Development Center, located at 302 E. Pearl St., Isacc is learning and working toward preparing for kindergarden next school year.</p><p> In February Isacc had been sick with a terrible cough. His parents believed it to be something like bronchitis, but after taken him to urgent care they found something much worse.</p><p> According to Isacc’s teacher at New Beginnings, Amber Walter, the urgent care facility did a chest X-ray and found a mass around his heart.</p><p> “They sent him up to St. Rita’s and then the did blood work and immediately sent him to Dayton to the children’s hospital,” Walter said. “That’s when they found out he had Acute Leukemia.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Friday, April 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERBoy’s brave outlook inspires othersWapakoneta Daily