The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-21T11:33:23-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9670Councilors investigate tribal request 2014-10-21T11:17:18-04:002014-10-21T11:17:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Changing language in a building ordinance, a tribal request and an update on two motel properties highlighted Monday night’s regular meeting of Wapakoneta City Council.</span></p><p class="p3"> The council’s Lands, Buildings, and Building Code Committee met Oct. 10. First on the agenda was a request from a couple wishing to add a cupola to their garage. After being directed to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the issued was referred to the council committee. The reason: Cupola is not defined in nor does it appear in any part of an ordinance that would make a cupola an exemption to building height restrictions.</p><p class="p3"> Committee Chair and At-Large Councilwoman Rachel Barber said Monday that the committee voted to recommend the preparation of legislation that would add the word “cupola” to the appropriate ordinance.</p><p class="p3"> Barber’s committee then discussed a letter Council President Steve Henderson shared at the Oct. 6 council meeting. The letter was from Gregg Ruppert, retired teacher, seeking support for a petition from the Eastern Shawnee Tribe to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to designated “their land’s status as ‘Restricted Indian Country.’”</p><p class="p3"> The letter went on to say that ownership of the land is recorded in the Logan County Courthouse.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Oct. 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncilors investigate tribal request Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9670Change0Usable2014-10-21T11:17:18-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9669Classmates expand drive to aid Blevins2014-10-21T11:33:23-04:002014-10-21T11:14:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">Last Tuesday, students in the Wapakoneta City School District wore white in support of Leo Blevins, an eighth-grader who has been battling life-threatening injuries at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus since he was struck by a vehicle while walking along a roadway in Cridersville on Oct. 11.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This week, a group of students are showing their support beyond wearing white clothing — they will be selling custom-made T-shirts in an effort to raise money for Blevins’ family to help pay for medical bills.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Eighth-graders Courtney Moore, Brooke Mulen, Dalan Seyer and Devon Schnarre came up with the idea last week after talking to Wapakoneta High School guidance counselor DeLynn Epperly, who suggested that selling T-shirts would be a good way to raise money.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The group met with Auglaize Embroidery, who agreed to design and print up to 600 shirts that will be sold throughout the community.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Starting today, order forms will be available at Wapakoneta High School, Wapakoneta Middle School and Auglaize Embroidery. At the high school, order forms can be found on the bulletin boards outside the main office and the choir room. At the middle school, they will be available at the main office.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Available for purchase are T-shirts for $10, long sleeve shirts for $15, hooded sweatshirts for $22 and crew neck sweatshirts for $18. Each item of clothing comes in the color blue, and will feature a heart with the number 70 on the front and the words “Believe In Blevins” on the back.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Shirt sizes range from youth small to large, and adult small to extra-extra large. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">To purchase these items, order forms must be picked up at one of the locations listed above and sent back to the Wapakoneta High School office, located at 1 Redskin Trail. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For those who may not want a shirt but would still like to send money to Blevins’ family, monetary donations will also be accepted. Checks can be sent to the high school and should be marked with the word ‘donation’ on the envelope. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The deadline to purchase “Believe In Blevins” T-shirts is Oct. 28, although order forms will continue to be accepted until Oct. 31. </span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHClassmates expand drive to aid BlevinsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9669Change0Usable2014-10-21T11:14:24-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9668Massage therapist expands her practice to help cancer patients2014-10-21T11:08:41-04:002014-10-21T11:08:41-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Charlotte Schaub is a massage therapist at Kantner and West Chiropractic in Wapakoneta but there is something unique about Schaub’s occupation.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">A graduate of Wapakoneta Senior High School, Dayton School of Medical Massage, and certifications in Reflexology and HotStone Massage, Schaub attended Owens Community College in Toledo, roughly two hours north of Wapakoneta, to learn more about massage therapy.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Except this massage therapy is to help cancer patients dealing with pain and help comfort them when they need it most.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Just the touching and feeling of a cancer patient helps them with their mental stage knowing that there is people out there still caring for them,” Schaub said. “As far as doing a massage on a cancer victim, it has to be a lot lighter touch. You’re pretty much just gliding and stroking them just to relieve whatever pain they are feeling.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see Tuesday, Oct. 21 editioon of the Wapakoneta Daily News</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGMassage therapist expands her practice to help cancer patientsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9668Change0Usable2014-10-21T11:08:41-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9661VIDEO: Bengals, Browns, Chargers: Are they who we thought they were?2014-10-20T14:56:45-04:002014-10-20T14:55:27-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="27838512" data-config-site-section="wapokonetadailynews_hom_non_sec"></div>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Bengals, Browns, Chargers: Are they who we thought they were?Wapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9661Change0Usable2014-10-20T14:55:27-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9660Stopping and selling the roses2014-10-20T11:28:17-04:002014-10-20T11:20:44-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">During holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and what some may call a Hallmark Holiday in Sweetest Day, a van sits on the corner of Bellefontaine and Wagner Streets in Wapakoneta or in the parking lots of either O’Reilly Auto Parts or Miller’s Textile.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">That van is there to sell flowers, and it has been going on for more than 18 years by Gloria Garber and her husband, both of Port Jefferson, a town just east of Anna.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Me and my husband have a small company called Roses where we sell roses for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Sweetest Day,” Garber said. “We have a person that we order the roses from, take them home, clean them up and put them in boxes, sleeves or vases and then we take them to different areas and sell them.”</span></p><p class="p1">Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGStopping and selling the rosesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9660Change0Usable2014-10-20T11:20:44-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9659Optimists hold craft show2014-10-20T11:27:42-04:002014-10-20T11:16:37-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Noon Optimist Club of Wapakoneta held its 11th annual Arts & Craft Show on Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.</span></p><p class="p3"> Noon Optimist Club member Bonnie Wurst said 90 percent of items available at the show were homemade and 10 percent were commercial items that vendors purchased.</p><p class="p3"> At least 64 vendors signed up for the event. Vendors from all over Ohio and parts of Indiana traveled to Wapakoneta for the show.</p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Monday, Oct. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHOptimists hold craft showWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9659Change0Usable2014-10-20T11:16:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9653Caps on for good cause2014-10-20T14:47:55-04:002014-10-17T23:30:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News BOTKINS — Some way or another, cancer has struck someone throughout their lives. A mom or dad, bother or sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, the list goes on and on. Some instances are more devastating than others.</p><p> Yet, cancer has brought more awareness and donations than anything, think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Awareness on Father's Day in Major League Baseball and other movements such as Stand Up to Cancer. These are all national organizations, awareness movements and days of celebration to raise money for either a cure or finances to help patients and their families. But how about seeing a movement or an awareness toward cancer happen closer to home? Better yet, what if the movement was started by a pair of high school students with far more worries than cancer on their minds?</p><p> Two local students are joining a national movement and doing something about it locally in Botkins. Meet Kaitlyn Schmerge, a senior, and Noah Burton, a junior, two students at Botkins High School making a difference in the fight against cancer for a girl they both know.</p><p> "We actually had a girl who was just diagnosed with melanoma, so it really hit home to us," Schmerge said. "I think it was important to us to spread the awareness all over our school. It was just something little for us to do and it lets the kids have some fun in the whole thing."</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, Oct. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJake DowlingCaps on for good causeWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9653Change0Usable2014-10-17T23:30:04-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9652Trainer dedicated to helping athletes2014-10-20T14:46:27-04:002014-10-17T23:27:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Growing up in Marion, Wapakoneta High School athletic trainer Emily Nielsen never knew such a position even existed until she went to college.</p><p> "In Marion there was not an athletic training presence at all," she said. "I had no idea what it even was."</p><p> As a high school athlete, Nielsen said area schools would rely on parents sitting in the stands who may have had a medical background to provide treatment for injured players.</p><p> "It was a really bad idea looking back on it," she said. "When I was in high school there were quite a few kids who got really hurt, and they just kind of played it off."</p><p> She said her own brother-in-law was hit so hard during a football game that when he got up he ran to the wrong locker room. He played the rest of the game.</p><p> "If there was an athletic trainer there, they would have shut him down," she said.</p><p> Nowadays, Nielsen is providing students with the medical attention she never received from athletic trainers in high school.</p><p> She was hired by WHS in August to provide athletic training for athletes in all sports, although she works mostly with contact sports such as football, soccer and basketball. Under her contract with the school, she is obligated to travel with the football team and must be on hand during every home event the school sponsors.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Saturday, Oct. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJohn BushTrainer dedicated to helping athletesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9652Change0Usable2014-10-17T23:27:40-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9648Event aids downtown businesses2014-10-17T11:10:48-04:002014-10-17T11:10:48-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">It was all about raising your paddles, dropping quarters and a chance for some great prizes Thursday as the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership sponsored its “Spook”tabular quarter auction.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This all goes to benefit the downtown building owners,” Judie Presar, president of the DWP, said before the auction started. “We try to raise funds to help them restore their buildings.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Presar added that a lot of these baskets were donated by downtown businesses, adding that the availability of the Eagles space helped.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We really like this space very nicely,” Presar said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 18, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNEvent aids downtown businessesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9648Change0Usable2014-10-17T11:10:48-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9647Neuhardt touts rural focus2014-10-17T11:07:26-04:002014-10-17T11:07:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">November's gubernatorial election is not about voting for one political party over the other, it is about doing what's best for Auglaize County, said the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Sharen Neuhardt, when she visited the Wapakoneta Daily News Thursday. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“People need to understand that it's not about being a Democrat or Republican, it's about doing the right thing,” she said. “I don't think the people in Auglaize County think the last three and a half years have been great. If you haven't liked it, you're not going to like the next four under John Kasich.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Neuhardt, who is running with fellow Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald, said Gov. Kasich only cares about Ohio's big cities like Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and that Auglaize County seems to be “the land the governor forgot.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They come calling when it's time for photo ops or when it's time for re-election, but in the meantime, folks in Auglaize County are on their own,” she said. “That's not right, because the heart of Ohio is counties like Auglaize and in counties around it. They deserve a governor who gets up everyday worrying about what's going on with the people in Auglaize County and how he can help them succeed. That's not what John Kasich does everyday.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 18th, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHNeuhardt touts rural focusWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9647Change0Usable2014-10-17T11:07:26-04:00