The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-29T11:56:30-04:00 fly to support veterans2014-09-29T11:56:30-04:002014-09-29T11:56:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta community came together Saturday afternoon and into the evening to celebrate with wings, football and favorite beverages at the 13th Annual Wapak Wing Fest to support the Lima VA clinic.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Two local wing establishments took top prizes in this year’s Wing Fest, held at the Wapakoneta American Legion Post #330, 1108 E. Benton St. Professor’s BBQ took first place and Smokecraft BBQ garnered the People’s Choice award. Millie’s Café in Ottoville took second place.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In announcing the winner, event co-chair Chris Ewald said the voting took longer than expected because there was a tie.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I had to go back and get more wings and go through another round of judging to get a winner,” Ewald said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The day started off with volleyball, followed by an afternoon poker run. Seven vendors in competition for the top prizes opened their stands at noon. As the afternoon rolled around, the poker run winners were announced: Diane  Jenkins won first place. In another tie, Legion Riders Treasurer Bob Martin and ride coordinator Van Grandstaff took second place.</span></p><p class="p3">Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNWings fly to support veteransWapakoneta Daily gather for fest2014-09-29T11:51:07-04:002014-09-29T11:51:07-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">SIDNEY — The sounds of raw brass, delicate woodwinds and percussive instruments could be heard resonating together off of Sidney Memorial Stadium Walls on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the 28th annual Sensational Sounds Marching Band Festival.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta High School Marching Band performed along with high schools from Covington, Miami East and Sidney in an event fully dedicated to showcasing young musicians’ talents. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This is a special night so that the kids can cheer the kids and the bands can cheer the bands,” Sidney High School Music Boosters President Bob Barnes said, “because, so many times, the marching bands are the half time show, and everyone’s there to see the football team, and this is a night where people are here to see them.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Barnes described the event as a “band festival,” focused on having a good time in a non-competitive atmosphere. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s an opportunity for them to come out and have some fun, and if you go out here and watch these kids across the way, they’re all cheering for one another,” Barnes said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Sept. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLBands gather for festWapakoneta Daily indicted on theft charge2014-09-29T11:45:20-04:002014-09-29T11:45:20-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 1.25em;">A former receptionist has been indicted by the Darke County grand jury for allegedly stealing or attempting to steal more than $360,000 from the estates of a Wapakoneta couple. </span></p><p class="p3"> Arcanum resident Lynette K. Foureman, 54, was indicted in August after it was discovered she had been taking money from the estates of the late Arthur and Ruth Schaub for the past four years. Foureman had been working for attorney Gary Flinn, who has offices in Sidney and Greenville, when the thefts allegedly took place. The estates were being handled by Flinn’s office at the time.</p><p class="p3"> Eric Roberts, a detective from the Greenville Police Department, said his office was alerted of the suspected crimes after Flinn had discovered an unusual amount of activity regarding the Schaubs’ estate. Flinn made the discovery after speaking to a co-executor of the estates who had called about the disbursement of a large trust fund. On the day of the phone call, Roberts said, a different receptionist working at the Sidney office answered the phone and put the call through to Flinn.</p><p class="p3"> “He spoke to (the co-executor) and that’s when he realized there was a problem because he was not aware they were trying to give disbursements from the estates,” Roberts said. “He then contacted the police because he started noticing some problems within the account. That’s when I got called in. I spoke to her and she spilled it out pretty quickly.”</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Monday, Sept. 29 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHWoman indicted on theft chargeWapakoneta Daily give to community, honor teacher2014-09-27T13:08:44-04:002014-09-26T21:56:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta City School students banded together to provide for needy in the community, but also to honor a woman who is remembered as a “faithful volunteer” at God’s Storehouse in Wapakoneta.</p><p> The students who participated in the Barb Norton district-wide canned food drive were awarded with a casual dress day on Friday, Sept. 26. God’s Storehouse Chair Carol Berg said the efforts of the students and teachers were much appreciated, along with the canned foods provided to stock the food bank’s inventory.</p><p> Berg said Barbara Norton, who died three years ago, would be proud to see the food drive continues at the school. Norton initiated the food drive with two teachers at the school many years ago when she worked as a Wapakoneta Middle School teacher.</p><p> “In her memory, this project continues,” Berg said. “There were three classes that did this. They would assemble fruits, hot dogs, bread, buns, all sorts of foods that were child friendly that they could prepare themselves, and they would walk those over from the middle school.”</p><p> She said God’s Storehouse is happy the school is continuing to honor Norton through the food drive. Berg described Norton as a very close friend. She said Norton was a member of St. Marks church and a “faithful volunteer” at the food bank.</p><p> For the full story, see the Saturday, Sept. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBrittany PowellStudents give to community, honor teacherWapakoneta Daily to offer program in government2014-09-27T13:08:44-04:002014-09-26T21:49:25-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News For the first time ever, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs, will offer a program that will allow students to participate in a simulation of the democratic process.</p><p> The program is called Ohio YMCA Youth in Government, which began in 1952, and is offered in several states across the country. The YIG movement as a whole, however, began in 1936 in New York. Although it has existed in Ohio for more than 60 years, this is the first time students living in Wapakoneta will be able to participate.</p><p> According to a press release, YIG offers students the opportunity “to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.”</p><p> The program culminates in a three-day conference held April 16, 17 and 18 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Students can participate in one of four ways, each focusing on the three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial — as well as the press corps, commonly referred to as the fourth branch of government.</p><p> For the full story, see the Saturday, Sept. 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p>Wapakoneta, OHJohn BushYMCA to offer program in governmentWapakoneta Daily 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually True2014-09-26T14:46:57-04:002014-09-26T14:46:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: 11 Facts You Won't Believe Are Actually TrueWapakoneta Daily’s holds ribbon cutting2014-09-26T10:59:34-04:002014-09-26T10:59:34-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The sun shined brightly Thursday morning as a large crowd gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Wapakoneta McDonald’s restaurant.</p><p> “It’s hard to believe we started this on June 2 and here we are today,” co-owner Jeff Monfort said as he spoke about the construction process. “It’s been a team effort to put this thing together and I hope you can be proud of your local McDonald’s that you see here.”</p><p> The restaurant was built as an upgrade to the old McDonald’s that used to be located on the same site as the new one. In fact, the same contractor who built the original Wapakoneta McDonald’s in 1973 oversaw construction of the new building.</p><p> Although Monfort and his wife, Mary, own several McDonald’s locations, they affectionately refer to this location as the “mother store” and “the store that love built.”</p><p> “We say that because everything started here for us,” Monfort said. “It was our first jobs when we were 16 years old, and it’s where we met. We fell in love with each other, we fell in love with the business, and we’ve been living the dream as best friends and business partners ever since.”</p><p> Since the old location had been such a big part of the Monforts’ lives, they wanted to bring over something that would be a constant reminder of their roots. The same flagpole that had stood near the store built in 1973 is now a fixture of the new restaurant.</p><p> Although the flagpole is the only physical object brought over from the old location, Monfort said customers can expect the same quality service and cleanliness that was prevalent at the old store.</p><p> During his speech, Monfort spoke about some of the new features that have made this restaurant more modern and efficient.</p><p> An added entrance from Bellefontaine Street and a double drive-thru will allow customers to get in and out quicker, he said. There is also a third window, called the “fast forward window,” that will further speed up the drive-thru process.</p><p> “If you ever got behind a mom with 10 Happy Meals in a minivan at the old store, you know what that’s like,” he said.  “Now there’s another lane to choose and we can even pull them forward as well.”</p><p> The double drive-thru and increased space will also eliminate lines stretching out onto Bellefontaine Street, which was a common occurrence at the old store.</p><p> On the inside, a new dual-point ordering system separates where you order from where you pick up. Monfort said this is a “much more efficient way of taking care of customers.”</p><p> The new restaurant also features a technology upgrade. The menu boards are all digital, and there are now 12 outlets complete with a USB port for customers to charge their electronic devices.</p><p> “In the original store we had one outlet in the lobby and it was on the ceiling,” Monfort said. “You had to climb on top of the table to plug in your computer.”</p><p> For kids, there is an entertainment section of the restaurant near the main entrance that features two touch screen televisions. The TVs feature various games and puzzles children can enjoy when they dine in.</p><p> Before the ribbon was cut, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz spoke about the impact McDonald’s has had on them personally, and for the community.</p><p> “One of my first jobs was at McDonald’s,” Faber said. “The skills I learned there have carried me through my life and earning income managing a McDonald’s while I was in college helped me pay for school. If it wasn’t for the ability to have that extra income, I’m not sure I could have bought books, paid tuition and all those other things.”</p><p> Faber went on to say McDonald’s has always held a special place in his heart. As he travels the state, he said whenever he runs into people associated with McDonald’s he is meeting people who have been “tried and tested with quality and character.”</p><p> Although he admitted he might be biased, Faber said there are no better McDonald’s in the world than in west central Ohio.</p><p> When it was Metz’s turn to speak, he focused on the impact the Monforts and the McDonald’s Corporation as a whole have had on the Wapakoneta community.</p><p> “We’re really honored to have a corporate business of this nature in our community,” Metz said. “They provide not only income for our community, but the more important thing is an education tool for our younger generations.<br /> “They do a tremendous amount for the community and the school system. They are always with us doing special projects, and helping out at different occasions.”</p><p> After the speeches were given, the Monforts, along with their children, grandchildren and parents, cut the ribbon that was made by Wapakoneta Elementary School students.</p><p> WES works year round with McDonald’s, collecting tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton. In the spring, McDonald’s helps sponsor Ronald’s Walk, which is part of a celebration commemorating the school’s year-long fundraising effort.</p><p> While speaking to the students who were present at the ceremony, Monfort pulled out a tab from his pocket to roars of applause from the crowd.</p><p> “I carry this around in my pocket because it reminds me of the ‘can do’ attitude Wapakoneta Elementary School students have,” he said.</p><p> After the ceremony was completed, Monfort invited those who were gathered to join them inside for cake and food.</p><p> One local resident who stuck around to eat was Miranda Layne, a former McDonald’s employee who worked at the old store. She said she was very impressed by the new restaurant.</p><p> “This is a big improvement — it’s really nice here,” she said. “There’s a lot more space so you can fit a lot more people in here. I like it.”</p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMcDonald’s holds ribbon cuttingWapakoneta Daily grad starts fashion line2014-09-26T10:56:38-04:002014-09-26T10:56:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A Wapakoneta native’s clothing line has received national attention, and the fashion designer is requesting her hometown’s support by casting votes her way.</p><p> Sara Oakley, 29, of Columbus, said she is a finalist in the Martha Stewart “American Made” competition.</p><p> Out of the 3,000 nominees, Oakley’s clothing line “Sweet Cottontail” is among the 1,000 chosen to move forward. Only 10 awards will be given out, Oakley said.</p><p> Sweet Cottontail prides itself in being “heirloom-inspired children’s clothing intended to be passed down, lived in, and loved for generations to come.” A common clothing item includes lace or linen dresses, able to be viewed at</p><p> One of her biggest goals in her clothing line and attraction in the competition is her desire to support local businesses.</p><p> “My dream is to bring back the American dream to the children and support local businesses and keep the money here for our economy,” Oakley said. “What better place than to start with our children’s clothing.”</p><p> Oakley is encouraging locals to support her efforts in the competition by voting for her clothing line in the competition. Interested voters can click the “American Made” badge at the bottom of her website or follow instruction on her Facebook page. After registering an email address, individuals can vote six times every day in favor of Sweet Cottontail. The deadline to vote is Oct. 13, and winners will be chosen Oct. 17.</p><p> If chosen, Oakley said she will receive $10,000 to grow her company.</p><p> “We get a spread of Martha Stewart magazine, we get to be flown to New York City,  all expenses paid, and meet Martha Stewart in person and shake her hand,” Oakley said. “They’ll create a detailed video of how we got started and post it on Martha Stewart’s website and give it to us to post on our website.”</p><p> Oakley graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2003, after which she graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago with a degree in fashion design in 2005.</p><p> After struggling to find an enjoyable job in fashion design, Oakley decided to become a nanny in Lima. She said it fit her personality, describing herself as caring.</p><p> “To this day I’m a nanny,” Oakley said. “That’s what pays the bills.”</p><p> Oakley said she received much of her artistic inspiration from a few individuals in Wapakoneta, specifically naming two of her art teachers, Mrs. Askins and Mrs. Temple.</p><p> “I thank Mrs. Askins for helping me find my dream and what I like to do,” Oakley said. “Mrs. Temple, she was also my art teacher that supported me, and we were all excited for my fellowship program at Dayton Art Institute.”</p><p> Oakley also mentioned her mother and stepfather Tricia and Steven Sadler; her father and stepmother John and Tina Oakley; and her sister and brother-in-law Ashley and Eric Sammetinger, all of Wapakoneta.</p><p> Oakley said she hopes Wapakoneta locals will help “rally up the town” to support her in the competition.<br /> As of spring 2015, Oakley said Sweet Cottontail will be in 24 stores around the country.</p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLWapakoneta grad starts fashion lineWapakoneta Daily schools score well2014-09-25T12:16:30-04:002014-09-25T10:13:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Local school districts performed well in overall achievement on report cards released recently by the Ohio Department of Education despite tougher standards put forth by the state.</p><p> In order to receive a positive indicator, at least 80 percent of students must have scored proficient or higher on state tests, an increase from 75 percent in past years.</p><p> Students in the Wapakoneta City Schools district scored 80 percent or higher on 20 of 24 indicators and each grade level passed state tests, with the exception of fifth grade. The results gave the district a “B” grade in both the performance index, which measures how many students passed state tests, and indicators met, which measures how well students did on those tests.</p><p> “I’m very happy from a broad perspective that we’ve improved significantly between last year and this year,” WCS Superintendent Keith Horner said. “Obviously our challenge now is to maintain that, which is a difficult challenge.”</p><p> Horner said that although fifth-grade students did not score proficient or higher on state tests, they still performed better than last year.</p><p> “The good news is on science and language arts (tests), we actually scored better than what we’ve done in the past,” he said. “If you compare our scores to similar districts, we score better than the average similar district.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Thursday, Sept. 25, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHLocal schools score wellWapakoneta Daily cloud identified2014-09-25T10:10:47-04:002014-09-25T10:10:47-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Auglaize County EMA says the chemical released from a plant in the industrial park on Willipie St., Wapakoneta, in August is labeled “extremely hazardous substance,” but the quantity released is unlikely to have caused harm.</p><p> EMA Director Troy Anderson said the white cloud reported coming from AIP Logistics plant and spreading through a residential area consisted of two substances, nitrogen and  ethylenediamine (EDA).</p><p> “That nitrogen is a protective blanket, so if you had a release, they use that nitrogen to keep the vapors low, contain them,” Anderson said. “That wasn’t the main worry. The big thing was the other chemical.”</p><p> Anderson said every facility receives a state book, which labels chemicals they might be housing and lists the reportable quantities of each chemical, or when the chemical amount released becomes a danger.</p><p> “There’s two different types of chemicals, you have hazardous substance, or EHS, extremely hazardous substance,” Anderson said.</p><p> EDA is listed as an extremely hazardous substance, with a reportable quantity at 5,000 pounds. Through his investigation, Anderson said he does not believe the spill reached that threshold.</p><p> Anderson discovered the EDA spill occurred during transportation of the material.</p><p> “What we understand is, when they were off loading to a semi truck to put the product into their tanks, because the product is shipped in, there was a release that happened between the lines (hoses),” Anderson said.</p><p> A video of the white mist originating from the plant was captured and gives Anderson an idea of how much product was released; however, the video is limited, and Anderson said he is not able to estimate an amount.</p><p> Anderson said the amount of EDA estimated by AIP Logistics officials to have been released would not create the larger amount of the cloud that was captured in the video.</p><p> Anderson said the EMA had conducted a site inspection at AIP Logistics facility last week.</p><p> “We went through the list of chemicals that they have, the process that they go through, and the process that they’re using lines up with how they handle the chemical,” Anderson said.</p><p> Anderson said he has an account of chemicals that all facilities in the county are required to report to the EMA under the SERC reporting for hazardous materials compliancy, or “Right-to-Know” law. Anderson said he encourages concerned residents to contact him for more details on hazards in their areas.</p><p> “A resident could come in for their area that they live in under the Right-to-Know and say ‘I want to know what kind of chemicals affect me in my area,’ and I can present that to them — we do have the book, and through the reports and site inspections.”</p><p> He said he is continuing to investigate the incident with other agencies.</p><p> “There were some individuals that had medical issues that was reported,” Anderson said. “I want to make sure that they have the information, at least the chemical that they had the potential to be exposed to and then kind of go from there to make sure that in the future, everybody is still safe.”</p><p> Anderson said he is reviewing AIP Logistics’ practices regarding the chemicals housed in the facility.</p><p> “Between myself, the EPA, and the fire department, we’re going to go back with a lot of recommendations,” Anderson said.</p><p> Anderson said a few residents who reside near the plant questioned him on why the plant is allowed to exist near their homes. He said the site is zoned industrial, and the plant is meeting compliancy.</p><p> “We take the best practice we can to protect everybody,” Anderson said. “It’s hard to plan the worst case, but we do in this office, we look at the worst case scenarios.”</p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLMystery cloud identifiedWapakoneta Daily