The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-26T11:13:15-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9850Toys that last a LifeTime2014-11-26T11:13:15-05:002014-11-26T11:13:15-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Wapakoneta resident Dave Severt doesn’t do it for the money.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As the owner of LifeTime Toys, Severt handcrafts items such as tractors, wagons and jeeps out of wood at his home on Glynwood Road. He then sells them for $25 or $30, depending on how large or detailed the toy is.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt, however, said almost all the money he makes on toys goes toward purchasing materials for the next batch of items he will create. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The business, he said, is not meant as a money-making venture.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I don’t make them for the money,” Severt said. “Even though I try to make a little bit of money on them for the simple reason that I have to buy materials, it’s mainly to recoup expenses I have to go through to make them.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“For me, it’s more of a pastime. It gets me out of the house so I can do something other than sit and watch TV all day long. That would drive me buggy.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt handcrafts each toy from scratch in a detached garage at his home, which he refers to as his “workshop.” Each toy starts as a piece of wood that Severt purchases from local hardware stores. He then draws a design onto the wood, makes cuts and forms the wood into the shape he wants.   Once that is completed, he adds wooden wheels held together by steel axles and paints them various colors.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">To spread the word about his business, Severt passes out business cards to various people around town. During the holidays he takes his toys to Randy’s Barbershop on Perry Street where he sells them at regular price. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt said Thrifty Treasures, located on West Auglaize Street, is also willing to sell his toys. He said three or four of his tractors will be on sale there during the Christmas season. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Keeping with his not-for-profit attitude, Severt has been known to give away toys for free at various events. At the K of C Family Campout in Mercer County, Severt said he donated one of his most detailed pieces — a large articulating tractor — as a prize to the winner of a competition that was being held. He said he also donated four tractors to a recent event at St. Joseph Catholic Church.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">To ensure his inventory is constantly updated, Severt said he builds toys year round. He said he never knows when someone will call asking for one, so he wants to make sure he is always stocked.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Although he sees a slight increase in demand around the holidays, Severt said there is not a great deal of difference from any other time of year.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt said he has between 50 and 60 toys that are ready for purchase and about 15 more that are in various stages of development. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">He sells wagons, jeeps and large tractors for $30 and small tractors for $25.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt has been making and selling toys for more than 30 years, but his background in woodworking goes further back. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">While stationed in Germany, Severt said he and his fellow soldiers played a great deal of poker when they had downtime, but never had an actual table to play on.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It was always cash on top of a barrel — we never had a table in our barracks,” he said. “One day I thought, ‘I’ve always been handy with wood,’ so I went out and got a piece of plywood, put the legs on it and we had a poker table.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">When he got married and had kids, Severt began making toys and cribs for his children. He said he made his first tractor for his son about 50 years ago when he was around 1 or 2 years old.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt’s woodworking hobby took a back seat for several years while he worked at the Koneta Rubber Company in Wapakoneta and then as a pastoral associate for 11 years.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">When he retired at age 54, Severt said he was looking for something to do with his time other than watching television, which he referred to as the “idiot box.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It was then that Severt decided to start making and selling toys, which he has been doing ever since.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“My only trouble now is there’s not enough hours in the day because I have to keep making a lot to keep my inventory built up,” he said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">To build a small tractor, Severt said it takes him between 15 and 16 hours.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Although his toys may take longer to produce than those found in stores, Severt said creating a quality product is worth the extra time it takes.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Mine are much more durable — probably 80 to 90 percent more durable than what you’d find in a store,” he said. “I’ve seen the toys my friends’ grandkids have and if you step on them, they become junk. Mine are strong enough to support someone stepping on them. If somebody does step on them, you had better watch out because it might roll out underneath you.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Severt said the longevity of his toys is another benefit of purchasing handmade items like the ones he produces.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“My toys can be passed on from generation to generation, whereas the toys you buy in a store now, a young child could wear it out and it becomes junk after a short period of time,” he said. “Mine last a lifetime.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Lasting a lifetime is something Severt takes pride in when it comes to his toys. In fact, this sentiment is the main reason why he chose the name LifeTime Toys. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They are guaranteed to last a lifetime,” he said. “It doesn’t make any difference if it’s sitting out in your driveway and a tank runs over it — it’s still guaranteed.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In the unlikely event where one of his toys breaks, Severt said he will repair or replace it free of charge. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">When asked why it is so important that his products are guaranteed to last a lifetime, Severt said the mentality stemmed from his father.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“My dad taught us that we have to do everything the best way we can,” he said. “The idea is if you make something, you want to make sure it lasts a lifetime.”</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHToys that last a LifeTimeWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9850Change0Usable2014-11-26T11:13:15-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9849Thanksgiving thoughts from kindergartners2014-11-26T11:06:21-05:002014-11-26T11:06:21-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Everyone has their own opinion about what Thanksgiving means to them. They invite family over, or travel miles away to see them, prepare the turkey and enjoy a day off from working the long eight-hour workday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">But what does Thanksgiving mean to a few kindergartners at Wapakoneta Elementary School? </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For Lizzie Childress, Thanksgiving is just as awesome as Christmas, mainly because Thanksgiving is her birthday.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I like both holidays because I get presents,” said Childress.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For others, Thanksgiving means some bonding time with long distant cousins and an annual adventure in between. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">What Caleb Wachauf likes most about Thanksgiving is his family getting together and having a lot of fun. That fun includes the family going outside on the weekend before Thanksgiving to his grandpa’s turkey farm to gather some turkeys so they can have them for Thanksgiving. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“When we kill a baby turkey, we have to kill two or three because after you take out all the bad parts, there isn’t a whole lot left to eat,” he said. “Then you stuff the turkey and eat it.” </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">What about the food though? Everyone knows turkey goes with Thanksgiving. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Thanksgiving has to have turkey,” said Allison Steinke. “I eat a lot of turkey but it doesn’t make me sleepy. Turkey makes my  cousins, Lucas and Carson, tired but not me.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">But what else goes good with turkey? </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Some have said corn and mashed potatoes, unfortunately, it stops there.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We eat corn and …” said Thomas Finkelmeier who was struggling to come up with other foods that go well with turkey. “I don’t know what else goes with turkey.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">When asked about stuffing.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I don’t know what that is,” he said. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">But he does have an imagination.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I watched this movie about turkeys and then they are all in one land but then they moved from a time machine to another land,” he said. “And then these hunters come out and try to kill the turkeys but some of the turkeys die but they don’t eat the turkeys they just keep them in little cages for no reason. Maybe they are saving them for Thanksgiving and then there are Mexican guys that say ‘oh look, that looks delicious.’”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The time machine’s name is Steve by the way. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Finkelmeier does know how to cook a turkey, even though he believes he’s never had it. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“You go out and hunt for one,” he said. “You bring a gun with you and shoot it and then you bring it back home. Well you have to search in the woods because turkeys don’t live around here. And then you roast it up, take the feathers off, and then you put it on the Thanksgiving table.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Of course, you can never forget about the pumpkin pie. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wachauf’s recipe on how to make a pumpkin pie is pumpkin flower, breading on the outside and under the pie and the crust goes into a pumpkin pie. He likes a lot of whip cream with his pumpkin pie too. Who needs the sugar, ginger or pumpkin mix?</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“You know what my brother once did?” he asked in excitement. “He had a little piece of pumpkin pie and he covered the whole thing in cool whip and you couldn’t even see the pie at all. It just looked like a pile of whip cream.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">One thing is for sure though, just about everyone likes Christmas over Thanksgiving. Something about getting presents. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Except one child, who loves Thanksgiving a little bit more than Christmas.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Because I get to eat a lot of junk,” said Drew Niekamp .</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGThanksgiving thoughts from kindergartnersWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9849Change0Usable2014-11-26T11:06:21-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9847Benefit to help Botkins pair2014-11-26T11:03:53-05:002014-11-26T11:01:40-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">BOTKINS — Enjoy games, food and music on Saturday at the Palazzo, 309 S. Main St., in Botkins, all while supporting a good cause.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">From noon until midnight, a benefit will be held for Corinne Woodruff, a Botkins High School senior with melanoma, and Kevin Orndorff, a cook for the Palazzo who has pancreatic cancer. All are welcome.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">There will be a donation at the door. It’s $5 for individuals and $20 for families.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">From noon to 5 p.m., donations will be taken by those who wish to participate in family friendly activities such as face painting, karaoke, nail painting and games. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Throughout the day, a variety of items such as gift cards, mugs and purses will be raffled off. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In the evening a live auction will be held at 9 p.m. and then dueling DJs will entertain from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. There will also be a cash bar.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">People are encouraged to bring in tailgating inspired foods which will then be offered up for donation. Later in the evening, a pizza will be ordered from one of the local shops.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">All proceeds from the event will go toward Woodruff and Orndorff.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The benefit was put together by several community members who wanted to volunteer, said Jenni Doseck, who, along with being a volunteer, is also the wife and daughter-in-law of the Palazzo’s owners.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s just the community coming together I guess you could say,” she said.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHBenefit to help Botkins pairWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9847Change0Usable2014-11-26T11:01:40-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9845Board honors pair of loyal volunteers2014-11-26T10:53:46-05:002014-11-26T10:53:46-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored two local women for their dedication to the district’s academic and athletic endeavors at a regular board meeting Tuesday night.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Marsha Lotridge and Tammy Arel were presented with the Wapakoneta City Schools Service Recognition Award by Superintendent Keith Horner, who said the district was lucky to have their support.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“The Wapakoneta City Schools are truly blessed to have Marsha and Tammy as Redskin supporters, and we are simply a better district because of them,” Horner said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The list of activities the women are involved in are “too numerous to name,” Horner said, but include supporting the district through fundraising efforts and creating the Wapakoneta High School Parent Teacher Team.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Horner said Lotridge and Arel have “made their presence known” throughout each of the district’s four school buildings by helping out with anything that needs to be done.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They’re always here, they’re always helping and they never ask for anything in return,” he said. “They don’t even expect a thank you, but we want to thank them now.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Horner presented Lotridge and Arel with a certificate of recognition and an award with the inscription “Thank you for your contribution to the Wapakoneta City Schools. Your gifts have impacted children more than you will ever know.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Prior to the awards presentation, WCS Director of Operations Mike Watt made two recommendations to the board.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Watt reminded board members of a 14-year bus replacement plan that was set in motion seven years ago. He said the district is looking to replace two buses this school year, and recommended the board approve the purchase of these vehicles at the next board meeting.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Each bus can transport 78 passengers, Watt said, and will cost $85,880 apiece after the district trades in the old buses at $2,600 per vehicle. Although the replacement buses will not come with security cameras, Watt said three cameras and a GPS system will be installed in the buses after the district receives them.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The next recommendation Watt made to the board was for a new security system to be installed at Harmon Field.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Watt said more than $20,000 in damages have occurred at Harmon Field over the last two years. The biggest expense, he said, was replacing track and field equipment someone had damaged with a razor blade.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">On top of vandalism, Watt said there have been numerous break-ins at the field’s concession stand and press box. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">To help remedy the situation, Watt asked the board to consider approving a keyfob entry system, which uses a computerized key card to control access to a certain location. The keyfob system used at Harmon Field would be similar to what WCS faculty and staff use to gain entry to all outside doors located at the district’s buildings.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Keyfob cards would be kept at the board office, and the district would control who is allowed entry to the field after school hours and in the summer.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It is yet to be determined who would be granted access to the key cards, but Watt did mention the possibility of allowing members of the school district and/or taxpayers living in Wapakoneta to use them. There will be no cost associated with using the key cards, Watt said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It is a public entity, and I understand people want to use it for walking and jogging and so forth,” he said “It’s a great place to do some things, but we get tons of calls about damages that occur, break-ins, things like that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“What we’re looking to do is protect our property, but also let people use the facility who want to do so in the proper way.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Watt went on to say they are not trying to lock Harmon Field down, but at the same time, they need to protect the district and the investment that has been put into the facility. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta High School Impulse Indoor Drumline Director Steve Wimmers also presented a recommendation to the board regarding an overnight trip to participate in a drumline competition. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 7 in Troy, Mich. </span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see Wednesday, Nov. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBoard honors pair of loyal volunteersWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9845Change0Usable2014-11-26T10:53:46-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9844Woman no stranger to scams2014-11-26T10:48:50-05:002014-11-26T10:48:50-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Wapakoneta resident Patricia Beale has seen it all when it comes to receiving money scams. She has received a scam over the phone, through email and even through the mail.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Oh, and she receives scams where she works too. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">It started six years ago when she was picked as a secret shopper. Beale had received a check in the mail for $1,500. The letter that came with the check said she could keep $500 of that check for being a secret shopper and wire transfer the remaining $1,000 back to the address that was listed on the check so the company, “knows that I was the one that got the check.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I pondered over that one for quite a while,” Beale said. “I was laid off and needed some money. My kids said that it was too good to be true and it was. It ended up being a major scam that other people have fallen for. I mean, it had my name on it and I don’t know how they can do that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Within the last week, Beale said she received a pair of bogus phone calls saying that her computer was sending off error messages, suggesting that there is something wrong with the computer such as a virus or some kind of malware.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I had gotten a phone call and the first one said unavailable, I have Time Warner so the phone number shows up on my TV, and then the second one was from New York,” she said. “They both start out saying, ‘I am calling about your computer you’re having problems with.’ I told them I haven’t had any issues with my computer and they come back saying, ‘yes you are, we are getting reports from your computer.’”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">She disagreed with the callers and told them if they know she is having errors on her computer that they should know what computer she has. Beale said all the scammer would say is what operating system Beale has but not what kind of computer she had.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“She said, ‘if you go in front of your computer I’ll show you the error messages that we’re seeing that you can’t see,’” Beale said. “I told her, if I go in front of my computer, I’m going to see a scam so you’ll be able to go into my computer. It’s not going to happen.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Beale said she kept getting badgered by the scammer for a short time after until she told the scammer to leave her alone.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“And then an hour later, a guy called, saying the same thing,” she said. “You are a scam, keep doing this and I will report you to the Better Business Bureau. But I didn’t get all that out because he had hung up on me the minute I said scam.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">She said neither caller was American.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Beale was on the Do Not Call List at the beginning of the year but she continues to get phone calls from scammers. She said she hasn’t received any scam calls on her cell phone yet, just her home phone.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWoman no stranger to scamsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9844Change0Usable2014-11-26T10:48:50-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9843Village continues talks on fire department guidelines2014-11-26T10:42:58-05:002014-11-26T10:42:58-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">BOTKINS — The discussion over the implementation of new fire department guidelines continued during Tuesday night’s Botkins Village Council meeting.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">It was discovered that the standard operating guidelines, or SOGs have not been updated since 1982. The new SOGs would replace a 30-year-old operating procedure guide, council member Lance Symonds said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“These SOGs would basically be a base to start building modern day SOGs which would be obviously fantastic,” he said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Within the guidelines is a recommendation to adopt an application process for officers as opposed to the current voting process. Two separate insurance agencies have recommended removing the election process, citing it as a liability.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“What could potentially happen is you have someone who’s not nearly qualified enough for that position to actually by popular vote be elected to a command position,” Symonds said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">A concern voiced by some council members is whether or not the guidelines have yet to be explained to all fire department staff.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I see no reason to accept something that no one else has seen,” council member Steve Heuker said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">It was ultimately decided to table the discussion until the December meeting, when everyone in the fire department is aware and understands the changes.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Also during the meeting, Jason Nolte, Trustee for the Anna Rescue Squad, showed council members the organization’s new website, which he created.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">He went through each of the website’s tabs, talking about the importance and reason for each. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I guess the whole premise behind this was, we wanted the public not to view us as a clandestine group, you know only show up when they needed us,” Nolte said. “We wanted to put faces with names and be open with the public as much as possible.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Also during the meeting, retiring wastewater treatment plant director Robert Drees was honored with a plaque for his 31 years of service.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHVillage continues talks on fire department guidelinesWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9843Change0Usable2014-11-26T10:42:58-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9839Speech winners honored2014-11-25T12:10:19-05:002014-11-25T12:10:19-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Four local students were recognized by the Wapakoneta VFW Monday evening for their efforts in a national essay contest. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta High School sophomore Emma Walker won first place in the “Voice of Democracy” contest, an audio-essay competition where high school students write and record a speech tailored around a specific theme.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This year's theme was “why veterans are important to our nation's history and future.” Walker said she centered her essay and speech around the “Star-Spangled Banner.” She said she altered some of the song's lyrics to speak of a life without veterans and to show how much our country depends on them.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I was trying to prove how different life would be without veterans,” Walker said. “I also brought up soldiers in the Revolutionary War because without them there would be no fireworks on the Fourth of July, there would be no Declaration of Independence and there would be no America.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I really wanted to prove that veterans shaped this country and they forever will.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">For coming in first place, Walker received $100 and a framed certificate from the VFW. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Her essay has been sent to the VFW district post where it will be judged by VFW officers. If she places first in the district competition, she will have an opportunity to compete in the state and national contest. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to the VFW website, the national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's university, college or vocational school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000, and the first-place winner from each state VFW department wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">This is not Walker's first time competing in the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. Last year, she won first place at the local level and went on to place third in the district competition. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Walker said that, although the money is great, it is not why she chooses to compete.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Honestly I can say it's not as much about the money as it is the competition and the rush,” she said. “I've learned so much about myself from these. I learned I can speak to people and I'm not afraid like I once was. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I'm learning to become myself through these speeches.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">If she makes it to the district level and beyond, Walker will have to present her speech aloud to an audience.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I'd love to get a chance to present in front of people and go farther in the contest,” she said. “I've made it past districts in a speech contest only once and I've never placed at state, so I'd love to do that.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHSpeech winners honoredWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9839Change0Usable2014-11-25T12:10:19-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9838Waynesfield optimistic on gas deal2014-11-25T12:08:05-05:002014-11-25T12:08:05-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD — Plans to give the Village of Waynesfield natural gas has taken another step closer to reality as a date with the gas company to see what it has to offer residents was disclosed during Monday’s Waynesfield Village Council meeting.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Mayor Mike Ridenour said the gas company the village is in contact with, which was not named, is having a presentation on Monday, Dec. 15, at Waynesfield-Goshen High School in front of council and village residents.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“This company is willing to invest money into the community … What we have heard from this company is very positive and to a low cost to the customer,” Ridenour said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">With the Christmas holiday approaching and the special date to meet with the gas company set for the middle of next month, council accepted a motion to change next month’s meeting to Dec. 15. The presentation at the high school will take place at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting following at 7:30 p.m.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In other news, the village is near completion of installing water meters and will be ready for reading starting Jan. 1. Previous council members authorized the water meters with an established rate, said Village Administrator Fred Rowe.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The readings on water usage will show up on a resident’s bill beginning in January.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We want to let the public know that if there is a water leak, that they address that, as we have been monitoring these meters, there are several meters that have high consumers and we want to make sure we notify them because it could be a leak,” Rowe said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The standard rate of water consumption is $25 for up to 2,999 gallons used, and $1.50 will be charged per 1,000 gallons of water used past the initial 2,999-gallon rate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Essentially, a resident would get 3,000 gallons of water to use on a flat rate,” said Rowe. “We want to get the word about this so people know about having to watch their water consumption and they can fix any leaks they may have. We don’t want anybody to be surprised.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, Nov. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGWaynesfield optimistic on gas dealWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9838Change0Usable2014-11-25T12:08:05-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9837Students earn slots in honors band2014-11-25T12:05:51-05:002014-11-25T12:05:51-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">This year, 11 Wapakoneta High School students earned spots in the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 3 honors band and jazz band.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Auditions were held on Nov. 15 at Van Wert High School. High school students from an eight-county area in west central Ohio competed for spots in the organization’s jazz band, honors band and choir. Each instrument had its own judge.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“When the students are competing to get into this organization, they’re actually competing against the best students from all these other schools,” Wapakoneta High School band director Klayton Hilleary said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Wapakoneta students who have earned spots in the honors band are Courtney Mosgrove, Kalia Schlenker, Erin Engle, Leann Jose, Julia Pepple, Caleb Schlenker, Sam Bowers, Kurt Schlenker, Jaret Hamrick, and Hannah Blair. Micah Nicol and Julia Pepple earned spots in the jazz band.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">It’s the most students Wapakoneta High has ever had make it into the organization, Hilleary said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“They post it (the results) online and I had not had the chance to look,” he said. “One of the students texted me and said ‘hey the results are up’ and I was like, ‘holy smokes.’”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Before the auditions, Hilleary listens to each student’s performance and offers feedback in an effort to help the student perfect it.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The students who are selected put a lot of time into the organization. They have several rehearsals lasting several hours prior to a final performance held at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert on Jan. 11. The performance is comprised of all students who received spo≠ts in the organization.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Before they make it, they have to commit to ‘yes I will be at every rehearsal completely through, total performance,’” Hilleary said. “There’s no messing around. You’re either in the group or not in the group, so they’ve made a huge commitment to do that.”</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHStudents earn slots in honors bandWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9837Change0Usable2014-11-25T12:05:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9835Downtown shops support Small Business Saturday2014-11-24T11:19:51-05:002014-11-24T11:17:29-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Black Friday — which has stretched into Thanksgiving Day —  is a day of customers quickly finishing their Thanksgiving meal and enduring the cold and brisk conditions to be the first in line outside of stores such as Walmart, Kohl’s and Kmart. </span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Customers will do anything to get a great deal for loved ones, or themselves, for the holidays such as an Xbox One game console, a 60-inch HD television or sales on expensive clothing.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">For area businesses on Auglaize Street, however, Black Friday does not have the same meaning for stores such as Casa Chic,  Moon Florist or Dad’s Toy Shop, but Small Business Saturday does. </span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Some area businesses are not partaking in anything crazy for the Thanksgiving weekend, but they will be open and some store will have sales going on.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Casa Chic, on 109 W. Auglaize St., is participating in Small Business Saturday which takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving for smaller businesses, since Black Friday tends to be popular toward major retail stores nationwide.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The store will be open Friday according to co-owner Laura Clementz, but she entices shoppers to come to her shop on Saturday for 25 percent off on American Girl dolls and accessories.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“A lot businesses are going to take part in the Small Business Saturday,” she said. “Friday is for the bigger stores but if customers want a better atmosphere for  shopping, then they should come and shop down here on Saturday. They can even come on Friday too if they want, if they don’t want to deal with all the mad dashes and big loud stores.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <em style="font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">For a complete story, see the Monday, Nov. 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGDowntown shops support Small Business SaturdayWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9835Change0Usable2014-11-24T11:17:29-05:00