The Daily Press Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-24T10:29:50-04:00 coaches youth volleyball2014-04-24T10:29:50-04:002014-04-24T10:29:50-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News With a passion for both working with children and playing volleyball, one Wapakoneta senior has taken on a coaching role for a Wapakoneta sixth grade team.</p><p> Lyndsi Whitmore, 18, has been playing volleyball since seventh grade, and she said there is no end in sight for her volleyball career.</p><p> This year Lyndsi played on the Redskins volleyball team and on club team “Lava” in Lima.</p><p> She is looking forward to playing for Bluffton after she graduates this year. She will be starting her college career in early childhood education in the fall.</p><p> “I’ve been around little kids my whole life. I just love little kids, and I love helping them out,” Lyndsi said. “I just like being a role model to them.”</p><p> Along with working as a teacher, Lyndsi said she hopes to continue her coaching career in schools.</p><p> “That’s why I wanted to teach the kids,” Lyndsi said, noting how the coaching experience for the sixth graders has given her more interaction working with youth. “It’ll kind of give me a head start.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLSenior coaches youth volleyballWapakoneta Daily professionals enjoy luncheon2014-04-24T10:27:31-04:002014-04-24T10:27:31-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News To help celebrate National Administrative Professionals day, the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce presented a luncheon yesterday at the Grand Plaza Banquet Hall with  a catered lunch from Al’s Woody’s Diner.</p><p> This year’s entertainment came in the form of comedian Jeff Robinson, and with display tables from Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Steinke Family Chiropractic and Earth Safe Ozone guests were greeted with plenty of entertainment and door prizes.</p><p> As explained on the Chamber’s website, the administrative professional anticipates needs, connects stakeholders, tracks details, delivers results and ensures that business gets done, and according to Chamber Executive Director Josh Hines, it’s important to recognize the people that make things happen in the office.</p><p> “It’s important to give back to people that make things happen in the office,” Hines said. “This is a good way for staff appreciation.”</p><p> Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon, Dan Lee, of Auglaize Audiology, INC, welcomed Robinson as the creator of “Comics for a Cure,” and annual benefit show held in Delaware, Ohio, to bring luncheon guests a little joy and laughter. Robinson is the winner of the QFM96 Wags and Elliot Comedy Competition.</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERAdministrative professionals enjoy luncheonWapakoneta Daily provides tips for peak performance2014-04-24T10:24:38-04:002014-04-24T10:24:38-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News A crowd of students, parents and teachers gathered in the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center Tuesday night to listen to Bruce Boguski, a renowned motivational speaker and author who spoke to the audience about techniques they can use to become “peak performers” in the classroom and in life.</p><p> At the free seminar, Boguski discussed his book, “The Testing Zone,” which provides methods to help students increase their test scores by improving memory and retention, increasing creativity and learning how to relax in pressure situations.</p><p> The idea for the book sprang from Boguski’s diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at age 13, which hindered his ability to perform well on tests.</p><p> “I had an idea years ago to help students that were as helpless as me at taking tests,” Boguski told the crowd. “I wanted to help them become peak performers, so I took the techniques world class athletes use to relax and calm down and put it in this book for students to use when taking exams.”</p><p> <em>For the full story, see the Thursday, April 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHAuthor provides tips for peak performanceWapakoneta Daily honors top students2014-04-23T12:03:10-04:002014-04-23T12:03:10-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored 11 students for their hard work this school year during a regular board meeting Tuesday night in the Wapakoneta Middle School Library in front of a crowd of parents, teachers and school administrators.</span></p><p class="p3"> Each of the 11 recognized students are currently attending WMS and were nominated by several of their teachers ranging from grades five through seven.</p><p class="p3"> “Nights like tonight are what we’re all about,” WMS Principal Wes Newland said. “I think the most important thing is we get to watch our kids grow, so from that standpoint, I don’t think there’s any greater reward than to see them do well and be successful.”</p><p class="p3"> Each student received a certificate of recognition and will be able to chose a book from the book fair, courtesy of the board of education.</p><p class="p3"> Fifth-grader Caleb Reser was the first to receive his certificate. He was nominated by Ariane Billing, Tracey Otto and Jason Rostorfer.</p><p class="p3"> His teachers could not be there to honor him personally, so Newland read aloud what they had written about him. </p><p class="p3"> “Caleb demonstrates caring, considerate, honest, trustworthy and fair behavior while interacting with his staff and peers,” Newland read. “He is a hardworking student with a great attitude and is a positive influence on others both socially and academically.”</p><p class="p3"> Kelsey Fullenkamp, a fifth-grader, was the next to be receive the award. She was nominated by Kara Kohler, Judy Larkin, Lloyd Sarasin and Vickie Sawmiller.</p><p class="p3"> Newland again read aloud what her teachers had said about her.</p><p class="p3"> “Kelsey is an asset to Wapak Middle School,” her teachers wrote. “She is a leader both academically and behaviorally, and is always going above and beyond. She has a winning attitude, is cheerful and has an enthusiastic personality that will be sure to take her very far in life.”</p><p class="p3">Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHBoard honors top studentsWapakoneta Daily kids to exercise the mind and body2014-04-23T11:59:13-04:002014-04-23T11:59:13-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">This Saturday the Wapakoneta Family YMCA is participating in the Y’s national movement of encouraging kids to keep their minds and bodies healthy by holding the free event, Healthy Kids Day.</span></p><p class="p3"> According to a news release from the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, Healthy Kids Day is celebrated at nearly 1,600 Y’s across the country. It is an fun, educational event to help get kids learning and moving aimed at maintaining those characteristics throughout the summer months.</p><p class="p3"> Senior Program Director at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, Sarah Finkelmeier, explained that their goal is to offer kids and families new habits that will continue on into adulthood.</p><p class="p3"> “One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” Finkelmeier said. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”</p><p class="p3"> Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year Finkelmeier said.</p><p class="p3"> “During the school year, children are supervised, used to eating at specific times and getting physical exercise at least a few times a week,” she said. “When summer arrives many children don’t have the adult supervision and structure they had at school.”</p><p class="p3"> Finkelmeier went on to say there are more unlimited opportunities to eat and little or no scheduled exercise time.</p><p class="p3"> “Structured summer programs, such as YMCA Day Camp, not only engage children’s minds and help them develop friendships, but keep them active during the summer months.”</p><p class="p3"> From 10 a.m. to noon, the Y will feature a myriad of activities including martial arts, Joy Jingles the balloon artist, unicycle juggler, minute to win it games, Dinosaur Bounce House, dodge ball, swimming, aerobics, kid-friendly booths and more.</p><p class="p3"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHMICHELLE MEUNIERInviting kids to exercise the mind and bodyWapakoneta Daily suffers dog bite2014-04-23T11:53:50-04:002014-04-23T11:53:50-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">A dog bite was reported on Wapakoneta Middle School grounds at 9:43 a.m. on Friday, April 18. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Principal Wes Newland called the Wapakoneta Police Department advising he was bit in the ankle by a dog while he was riding his bicycle to school.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">According to the report, Newland advised that he did not wish to file charges, only to find the dog’s owner. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Dog owner Michael Barbee, 34, of 303 Jackson St., Wapakoneta, was informed that the dog had gotten loose. A similar incident was reported on Sunday, April 13, when the same dog bit a 14-year-old boy riding his bicycle on Jackson Street. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Both incidents reported minor puncture wounds. No medical treatment was required.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Barbee was also issued a citation for dogs running at large in January after an officer observed a young man shielding himself from the dog with his bicycle.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The incident remains under investigation. </span></p><p class="p4"> <em>For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLPrincipal suffers dog biteWapakoneta Daily Day tree ceremony2014-04-23T09:53:49-04:002014-04-23T09:53:14-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News In a news story published in our Saturday, April 19 edition of the Daily News we reported that an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony will be held today at Auglaize Acres. It has been brought to our attention this event is actually on May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Auglaize Acres.</p>Wapakoneta, OHNo author availableArbor Day tree ceremonyWapakoneta Daily blasts council for grilling mayor2014-04-22T09:59:43-04:002014-04-22T09:59:43-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Wapakoneta’s Safety-Service Director Bill Rains blazing defense of Mayor Rodney Metz overshadowed Monday’s council meeting.</p><p> According to Metz, the focus of the meeting was to be on resolving a letter of support for one of two projects involving senior housing. Apparently the city gave its blessing — in terms of resolutions of support — for the Wapakoneta Village and a project adjacent to the Lincoln Estates subdivision. The resolution was made so the two developments could gain points in an application process with the Ohio Housing Finance Authority.</p><p> Little did anyone know that was a no-no. Apparently, you can only endorse one.</p><p> Metz only found out about the error Wednesday.</p><p> But Rains’ report centered on how the mayor was treated at the previous council meeting April 7, at which Rains was absent.</p><p> At that meeting, Metz was asked about the West Auglaize Street sewer project and the easements required for completion.</p><p> “In my absence, there were a lot of questions at the last council meeting that the mayor tried to field as best he could,” Rains said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t have a lot of the answers I had.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNRains blasts council for grilling mayorWapakoneta Daily turns trash to treasure2014-04-22T09:56:30-04:002014-04-22T09:56:30-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News Take a look into your garbage or recycle bins — to most, empty glass bottles or an overused box-spring mattress might seem like junk, but one shop owner has made a living out of repurposing what others might throw away.</p><p> Michele Shicora, owner of Relics in downtown Wapakoneta, described repurposing as turning “trash to treasure.”</p><p> “Something that someone would think was junk and turning it into something funky and cool,” Shicora said.</p><p> Relics customers will find lamps made out of world globes, dishes and coasters made out of old records, big letters sawed out of old literature books, and on and on.</p><p> Shicora described shopping at all the antique stores downtown as “the ultimate recycling.”</p><p> “Anybody can go to Walmart, anybody can go to Kmart or Lazarus, but when you’re doing it or buying it repurposed, it has more character,” Shicora said.  “Somebody has put time and effort into it.”</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHBRITTANY POWELLOwner turns trash to treasureWapakoneta Daily is easy by the numbers2014-04-22T09:53:57-04:002014-04-22T09:53:57-04:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News For Wapakoneta residents looking to participate in the city’s curbside recycling program, there are a few rules that need to be followed to insure that recyclable materials can be processed properly.</p><p> The first thing to remember is what can be placed in the red recycling bin and what cannot.</p><p> Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel or tin cans, No. 1 plastic containers and No. 2 plastic containers are all acceptable items that can be recycled.</p><p> No.1 plastic containers are typically soda and water bottles, but can also be beer bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash bottles and peanut butter containers. No. 2 containers are things like milk jugs, butter tubs, household cleaner containers, juice bottles, shampoo bottles and detergent bottles, among others.</p><p> The city does not accept plastic containers marked as No. 3, 5 and 7. No. 3 materials include window cleaner and certain detergent bottles, as well as cooking oil bottles, food packaging and plumbing pipes. Examples of No. 5 containers are yogurt, ketchup and syrup bottles, as well as caps, straws and medicine bottles. Finally, No. 7 materials are those plastic containers that don’t fit into the other categories, such as sunglasses, ‘bullet-proof’ materials and DVD, iPod and computer cases.</p><p> They also do not accept motor oil or gasoline cans in the recycling bins.</p><p> “The reason we can’t accept these materials is because there is no market for it,” Wapakoneta Public Works Superintendent Meril Simpson said. Simpson is referring to recyclable materials that are sold to factories to be reused to make products. Containers marked as No. 1 and 2 can easily be made into materials that can be sold, while Nos. 3, 5 and 7 are not as easy to make and sell.</p><p> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em><br />  <br /> <br />  </p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHRecycling is easy by the numbersWapakoneta Daily