The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-18T08:04:26-04:00 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-18T08:04:26-04:002014-09-18T08:04:26-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableVIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better LunchWapakoneta Daily Centre welcomes seasoned instructor2014-09-17T10:31:42-04:002014-09-17T10:31:42-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Dance Centre of Wapakoneta hosted an international dance instructor this past Saturday and Sunday to choreograph the hip hop competition routine and work with other skilled dancers in the hip hop genre.<br /> According to the Dance Centre, Matt Steffanina relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. in 2010 after spending seven years working as a dancer on the east coast.</p><p> Steffanina has a unique dance style combining commercial hip hop with isolations and grooves. He teaches weekly at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood as well as different workshops around the globe.</p><p> Steffanina was brought to the Dance Centre after hip hop instructor Cassie Bryan did some research online.</p><p> “She has seen a lot of what he’s done,” Deb Schlenker of the Dance Centre said of Cassie. “We’ve been looking for somebody to come in and work with the kids and work with the teachers. I think she was just really impressed with what he has done, and she likes his style.<br /> “She contacted him and that’s what he does, he goes into studios and that sort of thing and does choreography and it’s just a matter of contacting him and working out a date and getting him here.”</p><p> Steffanina has worked with artist such as Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, DJ Tiesto, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Jay Leno and more.</p><p> During these two days of nonstop dance, students that are a part of the hip hop production learned their entire competition choreography, which can be a lot to take in, but Schlenker said the kids did outstanding.</p><p> “Amazing, when I went back to watch them, boy, the energy with the very last hour they had was amazing,” she said. “All of the parents were like, ‘they are loving it!’ and they were. It was just something about having that opportunity to be able to work with such a professional and he had such a good energy.”</p><p> In a letter sent home to parents it was forewarned that these days would be filled with a lot of hard work but would lead to a fun and exciting experience.</p><p> “The kids are really inspired, it’s just like bringing in a professional baseball player to work with the baseball team,” Schlenker said. “It’s just so exciting to be able to work at such a different level and it’s such a great opportunity for the kids to be able to see what is out there.”</p><p> In addition to choreographing the competition routine, Steffanina also taught a breakdancing technique class, a beginner and intermediate class and an advanced master class.</p><p> Coming up next month the Dance Centre will be hosting Gregg Russell, an Ohio native, for a Tap Masterclass on Oct. 2. Russell will also be at the Centre on Oct. 3.</p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERDance Centre welcomes seasoned instructorWapakoneta Daily Brothers celebrates 60 years2014-09-17T10:29:16-04:002014-09-17T10:29:16-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Miller Brothers Tire Service celebrated its 60th anniversary last week by holding a seven-day celebration that commemorated the milestone while giving back to the community at the same time.</p><p> The Uniopolis-based tire company offered its customers discounted prices, had raffle drawings for free brakes, tires and struts, and provided a rebate up to $750 for one lucky winner who purchased tires during the week-long event.</p><p> Co-owner Gale Miller said the anniversary celebration wasn’t meant as a sales event but rather as a way to thank customers and commemorate 60 years of serving the local area.</p><p> “It’s never been about selling the most tires or hitting a certain dollar amount, we just wanted people to come out and celebrate with us — it was more of a party-type atmosphere,” Miller said.</p><p> The company also held a food drive last Friday and Saturday to benefit the West Ohio Food Bank. For every pound of food that was donated, Miller Brothers bought eight meals to be distributed to needy families. At the end of the two-day food drive they were able to donate a total of 4,160 meals. Miller said they also donated $250 to the Wapak Kids Wrestling program, which had several members come out to help work the food drive.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Sept. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHMiller Brothers celebrates 60 yearsWapakoneta Daily considers big move2014-09-17T10:26:56-04:002014-09-17T10:26:56-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A rigging and transportation company plans to make a move through the county with a vehicle that is 25-feet wide, 18-feet high and 300-feet long, and told Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert five trees in the village would need to be removed to make the turn on state Route 197.</p><p> During a visit, Project Manager Tim Boyd of Barnhart Crane and Rigging told Lambert the company would offer the village $1,000 in compensation for the trees.</p><p> “Well, I’m thinking more like $3,000 for you to take my trees,” Lambert said.</p><p> Upon further examination of the site, Lambert suggested an alternative.</p><p> “I think you can go straight by the recycling center, after this is all cleaned up,” Lambert said. “You can turn by the recycling center, because this will all be stone, and you’ll be able to go right there and come to the west side of the building a go back out on 197.”</p><p> Lambert went on to explain that the weight of the wheels is only the weight of a dump truck because they have so many wheels, so weight is not an issue as long as its stone and clay.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Sept. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNVillage considers big moveWapakoneta Daily mourns first female councilor2014-09-16T10:54:45-04:002014-09-16T10:54:45-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News As the first woman to ever sit on the Wapakoneta City Council, Ruth Carter paved the way for women in local government.</p><p> “She considered herself a pioneer who broke new barriers because it was all men for 50 years until she was elected,” her husband Joe Carter said.</p><p> On Sunday, Sept. 14, Ruth Carter died at Auglaize Acres of natural causes and complications from Alzheimer’s. She was 83 years old.</p><p> In her long and vibrant life, Carter accomplished many things and devoted a great deal of her time to improving the community she loved. Her son, Larry Carter, said his mother was most proud of three things: serving as city councilor, being a teacher and raising her family.</p><p> For 18 years, Carter sat on city council as a representative of the First Ward. She also served as chair of the Utilities Committee and was a representative of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council. While on WAEDC, she helped bring in new industries to the community including Walmart, Lowes and other smaller industries.</p><p> During her time on council, some of her biggest accomplishment included helping establish the sister city program, bicycle patrol and a new city administration building, as well as pushing for downtown renovations.</p><p> “She loved Wapakoneta and wanted to see it move forward in a positive manner,” Joe Carter said. “She got a lot of praise for her accomplishments and the improvements, but that really wasn’t what she wanted.  She just wanted to see it happen, and when she was on council things did happen.”</p><p> As a councilor, Joe Carter said his wife would listen to anyone who had an opinion and tried to get the “whole picture” before she made any decision. She determined what was best for the community and would work with others to accomplish the goals she had in mind, he said.</p><p> Gary Carter, her youngest child, described his mother as a “consensus builder.”</p><p> “She was judicious and would listen to both sides without rushing to judgment,” he said. “That was her nature — she was a passionate and caring person.”</p><p> At Monday’s city council meeting, several government employees expressed their gratitude to Carter.</p><p> “She was a pleasure to work with, and there was never a dull moment,” Wapakoneta City Council President Steve Henderson said. “She was a very faithful person; a faithful city council person and faithful in her life.”</p><p> Dennis Faller, city law director, said Carter always kept the interest of Wapakoneta residents at heart.</p><p> “She served a long time and did a good job for the community, and I know she always had the best interests at heart for the citizens in the community,” he said. “She was missed when she left council. She was always a public servant as a teacher and as a councilperson.”</p><p> Carter was a teacher in the Wapakoneta City School system for 36 years. Her first teaching job was at St. Joseph Elementary School, and after that she went on to teach at United Local School in St. John’s, as well as Blume Junior High. She finished out her teaching career at Wapakoneta Middle School, where she taught history and government.</p><p> While at WMS, Carter was encouraged by her students to run for city council.</p><p> “My students wanted me to run for public office in order to put government into action and make a difference in the community,” she said in a 2005 interview with the Wapakoneta Daily News.</p><p> She remained a teacher for several years after she won her first bid as councilor in 1985, while continuing to raise a family.</p><p> As a full-time teacher in the 1960s, Larry Carter said his mother was unique because not many women at the time worked and raised a family.</p><p> “That was not as common as it is today,” he said. “Nowadays most families have two working parents, but in the sixties a lot of families had just one working parent.”</p><p> Ruth Carter also had a passion for traveling. She and her husband spent weeks at a time in countries such as Germany, Egypt, Belgium, Ireland, England, France, Israel, Canada and Mexico. Along with foreign countries, she also visited nearly every state in the U.S.</p><p> The trips she took weren’t simply vacations, but learning experiences as well. Larry Carter said his mother enjoyed meeting with community leaders in other areas and liked to see how other cultures managed their government. She and her husband even became tour guides in Israel and Africa because they knew the area so well.</p><p> Back in Wapakoneta, Ruth Carter was also a member of several community organizations such as the Soroptimist Club, the Women’s Club and the Retired Teachers Association. As was her nature, Joe Carter said she held officer positions in all three clubs at one time or another.</p><p> Larry Carter said it was easy for his mother to become so heavily involved in Wapakoneta because she loved  the community.</p><p> “I believe she thought it was an excellent community and the heartland of America,” he said. “The fact that she believed in her community meant she wanted to make it better.”</p><p> Now that she is gone, Larry Carter said what he will miss the most are conversations he had with his mother. As a technical instructor for an international database company, he often travels to Europe on business. He said when he would call home, he and his mother would have great conversations about what they had learned and experience while abroad.</p><p> “We would share a lot of the same topics,” he said. “We would talk about the countries and different cultures we encountered. I’ll miss those conversations and the camaraderie we had.”</p><p> Gary Carter, who is an attorney serving as magistrate for Shelby County, said he will also miss the conversations he had with his mother. As a history and government teacher, she inspired him to become a lawyer.</p><p> “We had a lot of shared interests, so I’ll miss that discourse between the two of us,” he said.  “She was very supportive of my career and was very proud that I was a lawyer. I’ll miss the emotional support I received from her.”</p><p> Joe Carter was succinct in saying what he will miss most about his wife.</p><p> “I’ll miss the companionship, conversation and I’ll miss her smile most of all,” he said.</p><p> Ruth Carter leaves behind her husband, Joe, three sons, Larry, Terry and Gary, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.</p><p> <em>Her full obituary appears on page 3A of today’s edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHCity mourns first female councilorWapakoneta Daily named airport manager2014-09-16T10:52:09-04:002014-09-16T10:52:09-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Board of County Commissioners have selected interim airport manager Matthew Bailey as the new manager for the Neil Armstrong Airport.</p><p> Bailey’s appointment was effective Sept. 12.</p><p> Bailey replaces Sean Stroh, who managed the airport from 2007 until his resignation Aug. 22, to take a position in the Cincinnati area.</p><p> Upon Stroh’s resignation, Bailey took over as interim airport manager.</p><p> A St. Marys native, Bailey is a 2005 graduate of Memorial High School.</p><p> Following high school, Bailey went to work for R.J. Corman Railroad Company, attending railroad conductor/engineer school in Kansas City, Kansas for six months. He worked for Corman until becoming a grounds support services person at the airport six months ago.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 16, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNBailey named airport managerWapakoneta Daily gets a makeover2014-09-16T10:50:37-04:002014-09-16T10:50:37-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Located in the center of Wapakoneta Middle School sits a courtyard.</p><p> Equipped with cement sectionals for planting purposes and plenty of space, two teachers took it upon themselves to create a beautiful and educational environment for students to utilize.</p><p> Vickie Sawmiller, a fifth-grade math teacher at WMS, and Kim Mullen, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at WMS, decided making the courtyard look a little bit nicer would benefit everyone at the school.</p><p> “It was kind of just doing a cleanup project making our school look nicer,” Sawmiller said. “We kind of got the kids involved in the project out there.”</p><p> Mullen explained that once the construction on the courtyard was complete there were some different things planted, but they quickly became overgrown and weedy.</p><p> “With our big windows right here we saw that all the time so we decided to start what we call our landscaping club,” Mullen said. “We started it last spring and the kids went out and they were very receptive to it and the kids helped us pull weeds, clean and just take care of the maintenance on it.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Sept. 16, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERCourtyard gets a makeoverWapakoneta Daily honors seniors2014-09-15T10:46:04-04:002014-09-15T10:46:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News The Auglaize County Council on Aging held its third annual Harvestfest at the fairgrounds Saturday, raising money for the organization and celebrating National Senior Center Month by honoring one special woman who has dedicated more than 2,000 hours of volunteerism to the community.</p><p> St. Marys resident Fern Johns received the 2014 Outstanding Senior Citizen award for her many years of volunteer work at various organizations throughout the county, including the American Red Cross, the American Legion, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and the St. Marys City School District, among others.</p><p> ACCA representatives, county commissioners, members of the community and Johns’ family were all present at the awards ceremony, each saying a few words about what her service has meant to the county and how she has improved the lives of others.</p><p> “Fern has made the county a better place in which to live,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said. “She has a wonderful personality and shows her caring work in our community. Her smile brings warmth to those she has served.</p><p> “Congratulations and thank you so much for your years of service.”</p><p> Johns graduated from Memorial High School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She also received her master’s degree from BGSU, taking classes at night so that she could work and be there for her children during the day. In May of 1950, she married Ned Johns and together they had five children.</p><p> Two of her children, Gary Johns and Kathy Frankenburg, spoke about what their mother has meant to them all these years.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Sept. 15, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p><p> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHHarvestfest honors seniorsWapakoneta Daily dog a busy pooch2014-09-15T10:43:27-04:002014-09-15T10:43:27-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News CRIDERSVILLE — Sadie is a 5-year-old Goldendoodle who spends many of her days volunteering.</p><p> From visiting patients at Lima Memorial Health System to working with students at Cridersville Elementary School, Cridersville and Wapakoneta libraries and working jail ministry at Hancock County Jail, this certified therapy dog has her work cut out for her.</p><p> Sadie is certified through Lima Memorial Health System’s pet therapy program which is affiliated with Pet Partners out of Washington state.</p><p> Paula Reese, Sadie’s owner and certified handler, said after she got Sadie five years ago she knew she would be perfect as a therapy dog.</p><p> “As soon as I got her when she was 7 weeks old I knew she was perfect for the job because I had worked at the hospital and saw the program and emotions,” Reese sad. “I started working with her from day one.”</p><p> Sadie went through puppy obedience training at six months and specifically trained with her owner Paula.</p><p> “We trained together,” Reese said. “We train as a team so we are an actual team.”</p><p> Reese explained after obedience training the hospital put her in contact with Pet Partners and that training program was sort of like home schooling.</p><p> “We have to just learn the book and after we complete all of that training then we go back to the hospital and do training there,” Reese said. “They are trained to work around IV poles, noises, all kinds of unusual noises, and then the hospital puts us through an evaluation.”</p><p> In addition to her work at the hospital Sadie has been wonderful in helping CES students learn how to socialize better, interact more and working as a motivator.</p><p> “Some of the kids that have problems socializing will take Sadie and walk,” Reese said. “They’ll walk her up and down the halls, and that’s a real treat for them to get to walk Sadie.</p><p> “By the end of the year some of them that didn’t say a word are talking about their family and what they did on the weekend and talking about their dogs.”</p><p> According to Instructional Paraeducator Tammy Bush the staff at CES anticipates the arrival of Sadie and Reese every Tuesday morning.</p><p> “Our teachers feel she is a wonderful motivator. Students work very hard to earn time with Sadie,” Bush said. “She does not shed and is perfect for children who have sensitivities or allergies.”</p><p> Sadie and Reese have been a part of the CES family since 2012 and have certainly made an impact on the educators and students in the building.</p><p> Bethany McGaughy a third/fourth-grade intervention specialist said the first thing her students do when they walk through the door is ask when Sadie is coming for a visit.</p><p> “Sadie gives students an opportunity to work on their social skills and reading skills,” McGaughy said. “While Sadie makes the students feel comfortable, her handler Paula, shows a great interest and rapport with each and every student."</p><p> Beth Homan, a multiple disabilities teacher at CES, agreed with McGaughy and said Reese is key to the success of the progress made with students when Sadie is around.</p><p> “Miss Paula, Sadie’s owner, is also an integral part of the program as she is able to read while students sit with her and Sadie,” Homan said. “Sadie has become somewhat of a mascot in our classroom.”</p><p> Homan explained the students know they have to get their work done and follow classroom rules, and visits from Sadie work to motivate them to complete those tasks.</p><p> “They get the benefit of having work finished and/or being able to interact and show off what they have learned to Sadie,” Homan said. “Sadie seems to know which students and classroom staff need more interaction from week to week. If a student or staff member is sad, tired or not feeling well Sadie seems to sense this and spends more time hanging out with the individual.”</p><p> McGaughy, Homan and Bush can all agree that CES is fortunate for everything Reese and Sadie do for the school.</p><p> “She just loves people,” Bush said. “The smiles on faces are evidence of her positive role in our school and community.”</p><p> Homan said Sadie is able to provide comfort and attention to the individuals in need.</p><p> “This has been a blessing in a fast-paced environment where kids who need a little extra attention and nurturing can get it,” Homan said. “As a teacher I want to be able to nurture and provide for every student’s needs. That is not always possible at a moment’s notice.<br /> “I feel the bond Sadie has with the class is important and one that I can’t always give the students. It’s a win-win situation. The students absolutely love having Sadie time.”</p><p> With a business card of her own, Sadie has been recognized for volunteering for 250 hours at the hospital and is working toward 500 hours really likes to play ball, swim and chase bunnies. She loves kids, works well with seniors and everyone in between too.</p><p> Reese explained schools are asking for therapy dogs now that the word has gotten out. She said anyone interested in providing this form of volunteering should call the Lima Memorial Hospital volunteer office to be referred to the proper resource.</p><p> “Now that the word is out what they can do and how they respond to kids more schools are requesting dogs and we need more dogs,” Reese said.</p><p> According to her business card being a therapy dog makes her feel good, and she hopes she can make you feel better too and make your time away from home a little brighter.</p><p> It is evident that the visits Sadie and Reese provide to CES make students, staff and other visitors’ days bright and a little bit better.<br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERTherapy dog a busy poochWapakoneta Daily preps as election gets closer2014-09-15T10:49:50-04:002014-09-15T10:38:24-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A little less than two months away from the Nov. 4 election the Auglaize County Board of Elections is dotting its I’s and crossing its T’s to ensure preparedness and effectiveness.</p><p> The board met Wednesday, Sept. 10, and discussed the approval of the ballot issues’ order.</p><p> Michelle Wilcox, director of the board of elections explained the office received a directive from the secretary of state’s office stating what order the issues should be placed on the ballot.</p><p> “School and other districts go first and then county (issues),” Wilcox said. “Schools and other districts then county and then municipal and then township. That’s why the school would be before a county levy (like the Heritage Trails levy) on the ballots with school issues.”</p><p> After approving a multi-precinct polling location manager last month for the New Bremen polling location,  the board was also approached with the proposal of a multi-precinct polling location manager for the Waynesfield Library polling location.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Monday, Sept. 15, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERBoard preps as election gets closerWapakoneta Daily