The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-20T14:56:45-04:00 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="" 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 to aid cancer victim2014-10-17T11:03:18-04:002014-10-17T11:03:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">A benefit honoring Scott McEldowney, a Wapakoneta resident battling stage four pancreatic cancer, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Knights of Columbus, 614 N. Dixie Highway in Wapakoneta. </span></p><p class="p3"> The benefit is being hosted by McEldowney’s friends and family.</p><p class="p3"> All proceeds raised during the benefit, called ‘Scott McEldowney Recovery Benefit,’ will go toward the expenses of Scott’s treatments used to battle the cancer and travel expenses to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago.</p><p class="p3"> Dana McEldowney, Scott’s wife, said she didn’t know what the expenses have totaled to date, but said it’s all been tough to deal with.</p><p class="p3"> “We just got one bill that cost $65,000, its quite expensive,” she said. “The type of cancer he has is rare and aggressive. The treatment that he goes through only lasts about six months and then he has to be transferred to another kind of chemotherapy so there is a lot of testing that he has to get done. It’s all a lot to get through”</p><p class="p1"> <i>For a complete story, see the Friday, Oct. 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGBenefit to aid cancer victimWapakoneta Daily Two Ohio schools shut down over Ebola scare2014-10-16T16:43:24-04:002014-10-16T16:43:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: Two Ohio schools shut down over Ebola scareWapakoneta Daily City groups say farewells2014-10-16T10:58:55-04:002014-10-16T10:58:55-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">It was an evening of dinner, music, special gifts and presentations, magic, song and dance.</span></p><p class="p3"> The Sister City delegation from Lengerich, Germany, said its farewells Wednesday night at a formal dinner and 20th anniversary ceremonies at Wapakoneta High School.</p><p class="p3"> Following dinner, guests were invited into the Performing Arts Center, where they were first treated to a slideshow on the 20-year history of the relationship between the two cities.</p><p class="p3"> From there, Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Executive Director Greg Myers, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, showed a video on the pronunciation of Wapakoneta, which Myers said has had close to 75,000 hits over the past several years.</p><p class="p3"> Myers also presented a video on “Welcome to Wapakoneta” and one on the schools, including various activities and sports.</p><p class="p3"> Myers then introduced Cheryl Drexler, president of Wapakoneta Sister Cities, who welcomed the audience and spoke of the successes of the Sister Cities program, including not only the personal friendships, but also the benefits of the youth exchange. Drexler’s son, Nathan, a Russian language specialist in the U.S. Navy who also speaks German, translated Drexler’s remarks for the visitors.</p><p class="p3"> Following a presentation of plaques to the Lengerich delegation, former Wapakoneta Mayor Donald Wittwer, who signed the original Sister City relationship spoke of that day 20 years ago. As he and the then-mayor of Lengerich, spoke and shook hands, the Bugermeister responded by taking Wittwer’s hand and raising it in celebration.</p><p class="p3"> “We have the taken the hand of friendship and we will never let it go,” the mayor said.</p><p class="p3" style="font-size: 12px;"> <em style="font-size: 12px;">For the full story, see the Thursday, Oct. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><div class="outbrain_rating" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div class="outbrainGlobalClass" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">  </div> <div class="OB_default" id="outbrain_widget_0" style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <div class="div-wrapper" id="outbrain_container_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-style: none; direction: ltr; vertical-align: middle; clear: both;"> <div class="voterDiv" id="OutbrainVoterDiv_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;"> <div style="font-size: 12px; clear: both;"> <div class="outbrain_stripBox_template" id="recommendationsFieldset_0_stripBox" style="font-size: 12px;">  </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNSister City groups say farewellsWapakoneta Daily