The Daily Press http://wapakdailynews.com http://wapakdailynews.com/apfeed.xml--1 Wapakoneta Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-18T12:19:40-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9946Middle School names top speller2014-12-18T12:19:40-05:002014-12-18T12:19:40-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News  </p><div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">How good are your spelling skills? </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Probably not as good as seventh-grader Rhiannon Phillips of Wapakoneta Middle School. In fact, her spelling skills are so good, she is competing against other students outside of Wapakoneta at the district level after winning the WMS Spelling Bee Wednesday against 26 other students. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">“I was excited that I won, but I am also nervous for the district competition,” Phillips said. “But I’m going to study for that and see what words are going to be hard for me.” </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Phillips will now compete in Lima for the district spelling bee and if she advances from there, she will compete at the state level and possibly at the national level as well. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">“We have, as a district his- torically, had spellers that have gone to way, deep into the competition,” said WMS Principal Wes Newland.“We have some good spellers out there.” </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Nevertheless, Philips did not just win any spelling bee competition at her school, she is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Headquartered in Cincinnati, the competition coordinates the national finals, produces word lists and study materials, works with local spelling bee sponsors and enrolls schools on a year-round basis. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The champion of each local spelling bee school’s program </span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">qualifies for participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The ultimate award for winning the </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em; color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">competition is a spelling bee sponsorship. </span></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">During the fall and winter, schools will conduct spelling bee pro- grams at the classroom, grade, and/or school level and then will send their spelling champions to the next level of competition, such as the district level and then eventually the state level.</span></p> <p style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">According to the national Spelling Bee website, students prepare for local spelling bees us- ing a variety of materials provided by Scripps and Merriam-Webster. The program is open to stu- dents who have neither turned 16 years of age, nor passed beyond the eighth grade, and who attend schools that officially en- rolled with the program for the current academic year, such as Wapakoneta Middle School.</span></span></span></p> <p style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">The Scripps National Spelling Bee is televised on ESPN.</span></span></span></p> <p>  </p> <p style="font-style: normal; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12px; color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">Phillips studied every day for about a month. The contestants get two lists, and they study those two lists every day. There are 296 words on the lists. She would have a friend study with her one week </span></span></span><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">and then she studied with two more students on her team another week. </span></p> </div> <div class="column"> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">She was a runner-up two years ago. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">“I am exceedingly proud,” Newland said. “ We had a long number of participants for our spelling bee but in order to do that, they had their homeroom or language arts classes in which they had competitions there, so I am proud of the number of the kids who took the opportunity. I’m proud of those folks who competed on stage today.” </span></span></span></p> <p> <em><font color="#161616" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">For a complete story, see the Thursday, Dec. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </font></em></p> </div> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGMiddle School names top spellerWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9946Change0Usable2014-12-18T12:19:40-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9945Groups, students helping veterans2014-12-18T12:08:22-05:002014-12-18T12:08:22-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">A local veterans organization will host its annual Christmas program at the Dayton VA Medical Center this Saturday, Dec. 20. And students at Wapakoneta Middle School will help. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Freedom’s Colors, which is based in Auglaize County, has been putting on this event for the last 16 years in the nursing home located in the Alzheimer’s ward at the VA. Wapakoneta Middle School has been part of the program for the past 11 years, raising money for the program. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Ralph Reynolds, chairman of Freedom’s Colors, said it’s especially im- portant they put on this program for veterans suf- fering from Alzheimer’s because they don’t have much contact with the outside world. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">“These are patients that don’t have a lot of family, and for most of them it’s their final resting stop,” Reynolds said. “It’s a lock down ward so they don’t get out much. The VA has a lot of programs that most everyone in the facility can go to, but Alzheimer’s patients don’t have that.” </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The program will begin at noon with a Christmas dinner of ham, turkey, <span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); line-height: 1.25em;">dressing, rolls, pie and more. After dinner, Freedom’s Colors will present each veteran with a gift bag full of clothing.</span></span></span></p> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">If they have extra funds, Reynolds said they will also buy the veterans a nice dress shirt they can wear on the rare occasions they are able to go out. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">While most of the presents are placed inside a decorated Christmas bag, Reynolds said they always wrap at least one gift for the veterans to open. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">When they have finished opening their presents, a group of singers from Michigan, Dayton and Indiana will sing Christmas carols. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">The program ends with Freedom’s Colors mem- bers playing Bingo with the veterans. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">Reynolds said that, although Freedom’s Colors hosts the event, they are simply “facilitators” who rely on the community for donations. Without the help of generous donors, Reynolds said the program couldn’t exist. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">“We couldn’t do any of this without the support of the community,” he said. “They’re the ones who make it happen, we just facilitate it. They’re making it happen for our veterans who are unable to do much for themselves because they are in the hospital.” </span></span></span></p> <p> <em><font color="#161616" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">For a complete story, see the Thursday, Dec. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. </font></em></p> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHGroups, students helping veteransWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9945Change0Usable2014-12-18T12:08:22-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9944Athletes pay it forward2014-12-18T12:02:08-05:002014-12-18T12:00:34-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Seven Wapakoneta High School athletes spent some time reading to second-graders at Wapakoneta Elementary on Wednesday afternoon. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">The books they read were given to the school by a non-profit organization called The 2nd and 7 Foundation. According to its website, the foundation was started in 1999 by three former Ohio State</span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel. The foundation has grown from helping seven second-grade classrooms <span style="line-height: 1.25em;">to thousands of second-graders each year.</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Its mission is to “pro<span style="line-height: 1.25em;">mote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need, while encouraging </span><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); line-height: 1.25em;">young athletes of the community to pay it forward.” Each second-grade student receives a book, all of which are written and published by the founda- tion. On Wednesday, the seven athletes each read to a different second grade class.</span></span></span></p> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">Ethan Good read a </span><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); line-height: 1.25em;">book titled “The Hog Mollies and the Zoom- ing, Zackle Zoit,” to Mrs. Diane Sammons’ class of 20 or so students. Before starting, he introduced himself as a basketball and soccer player and asked students if they enjoyed reading, to which several replied ‘yes.’</span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">Throughout the telling of the story, Good interacted with the stu- dents, showing them the pictures on the pages and prompting them to guess what would happen next. </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">After reading, he an</span><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22); line-height: 1.25em;">wered questions from the students like, “what grade are you in?” and “what do you like to do for fun?”</span></span></span></p> <div class="column"> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">Other student athletes participating were Keaton Metz, Megan Place, Collin Lenhart and Sam Hinegardner, who read the same book as Good, along with Griffin Parrett, who read a book titled, “The Hog Mollies and the Rocky Relay Race” and Kaitlin Snider, who read “The Hog Mollies and the Camp Carmen Campfire.” </span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(22, 22, 22);">This is the second year the 2nd and 7 Foundation has provided all Wapako- neta City School second-graders with free books, Library Media Coordinator Joan Kentner said. Cridersville Elementary students will be read to by high school athletes at a later date. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHAthletes pay it forwardWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9944Change0Usable2014-12-18T12:00:34-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9938Wycuff bond changed in rape case2014-12-17T11:32:06-05:002014-12-17T11:31:18-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News COLUMBUS — The bond for Charles Wycuff, the man accused of sexually abusing a minor, was modified by a visiting judge from the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday during a hearing at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. </p><p class="p1"> Wycuff’s bond, which was originally set at $500,000 by Auglaize County Judge Fred Pepple, was changed to $750,000 with a 10 percent cash provision by Judge Dale Crawford. If Wycuff pays $75,000 in cash or as a surety bond, he will be released from the Franklin County Jail and put under house arrest at his residence in Wapakoneta.</p><p class="p1"> As part of the judge’s ruling, Wycuff is allowed to work from home provided he does not leave the residence for any reason. Wycuff is the owner of C&C Weld Fabrication, a metal fabrication company based in Wapakoneta. </p><p class="p1"> He is also to have no contact with the alleged victim in this case, any potential witnesses, or co-defendant Lori Anderson. </p><p class="p1"> If Wycuff is able to post bond, he is ordered to return home within 90 minutes of his release from jail.</p><p class="p1"> It was noted during the hearing that Wycuff’s home contained “a large group of weapons,” which Wycuff’s lawyer Eric Allen said were removed from the residence by a friend of the defendant. Allen said he and his client would welcome the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office or any other law enforcement agency to search the home to make sure all weapons were removed.</p><p class="p1"> Wycuff is charged with <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">31 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, 15 counts of sexual battery and one count of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, which are all felonies. The offenses allegedly involved Anderson’s son, who was around 12 years old at the time, and stem from acts committed in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He has pleaded innocent to all charges. </span></p><p class="p1"> Anderson, who has been suspended without pay from her job as a first grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School, has pleaded innocent to 12 counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery and one count each of gross sexual imposition and obstructing justice, which are all felonies. She is also charged with obstructing official business, which is a misdemeanor. Her offenses all stem from June 1999. She has been out on bond since Nov. 10. </p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJOHN BUSHWycuff bond changed in rape caseWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9938Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:31:18-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9937VFW names teacher of the year2014-12-17T11:26:43-05:002014-12-17T11:20:25-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Class had just let out, time for Joni Wade, a seventh-grade teacher at Wapakoneta Middle School, to take a small break from her teaching duties, but instead, it was time to celebrate.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">On Tuesday, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner, Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Wes Newland and Alvin W. Metzger VFW Post 8445 Commander Delmar Merricle spoiled Wade’s mid-morning break with a little surprise. Wade was honored with the “2014 Teacher of the Year” award for the Wapakoneta School District.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“You have been such as a hard worker for the school and an asset with your help with the Veterans Day ceremony,” Horner said. “Congratulations on getting this award.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Horner asks principals throughout the district to submit a nomination for teacher of the year, and Wade was chosen for the award, not only because of her contributions in the classroom, but also </span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">for her impact on the Veterans Day ceremony that has now become an annual tradition at the school.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“I definitely don’t do the Veterans Day ceremony for my own recognition, you won’t find my name on anything because I do it all because I like the feeling that I get for doing it,” she said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">For being the district’s teacher of the year, Wade is invited to Celina in March to get another award from VFW chair Ed Reynolds. She is also eligible for Teacher of the Year at the state level.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">“Thank you, I am very honored,” Ward said. “This is amazing, I was not expecting this.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVFW names teacher of the yearWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9937Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:20:25-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9936Pair to leave park board2014-12-17T11:44:49-05:002014-12-17T11:14:06-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span class="s1">Two key members of the Heritage Trails Park District will be stepping down in the near future, putting the current state of the park district in question moving forward.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">During Tuesday’s monthly meeting, held at the Chamber of Commerce office in Wapakoneta, Executive Director Allison Brady announced that will resign from her position at the end of the year.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“The park district made drastic cuts to the budget starting next year,” she said. “With the surplus spent off and local government funds cut by 75 percent, a balanced budget requires a drastic cut in personnel.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Park Commissioner David Stilwell called Brady’s resignation a retirement instead and said her retirement has been in the works for a few months now, dating back to before this fall’s election. Regardless of when it was decided, however, it is a retirement well earned.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Brady has been with the HTPD since 2008 and has worked in the public sector for 31 years.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“Allison has worked many, many years as a public person, and what we are hoping to do with a limited budget is to hire some sort of contract or part-time person to be a clerical person for us to help us pay our bills,” he said. “If she </span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">(Brady) wants to come back and work for us, that is a possibility, but we do plan to hire somebody that will take care of all of our activities.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he is hoping to hire someone who will work 20 hours a month, but benefits will be limited.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Aside from Brady’s resignation/retirement, another park commissioner, Jim Heinrich, is also planning to leave the HTPD soon.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“Basically, I am worn out. I just don’t have the energy that I used to have,” Heinrich said. “I think we can probably get somebody new in this position that can do a better job than I am able to do. But, I did agree to stay on for reappointment since Allison will be leaving with great regret. In the next six months, we can do some planning and I want to be a part of that. So sometime by the end of 2015 it will be my plan to step aside.”</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Stilwell said he is actively seeking a new park commissioner but did advise that the position will be unpaid.</span></p><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">“We will obviously be looking for someone who is passionate about what we are trying to accomplish and can bring the same enthusiasm and knowledge that Jim has brought us for many years,” he said.</span></p><p class="p1"> <i style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.25em;">For a complete story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 17, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</i></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGPair to leave park boardWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9936Change0Usable2014-12-17T11:14:06-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9933Council seeks to wrap up year2014-12-16T11:26:04-05:002014-12-16T11:26:04-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Money matters and support for the Eastern Shawnee topped the list of topics at Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Council.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">First-Ward Councilman and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee James Neumeier reported on the financial status of the parks fund.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">As previously reported, concern over the low interest rate on a 2-year CD that will generate $3,500 in interest when it becomes due in February. The committee voted to call for the auditor and treasurer to provide options for the reinvestment of those funds, hopefully at a higher rate.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher said later in the meeting that the condition of the parks fund is a good example of why the city needs to increase its tax rate, a point that he has been adamant about since his election.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“This is the result of what happens with a one-half of one percent income tax,” Fisher said. “We don’t raise enough funds in general and this is just one of those other issues that goes along with that. So this body should be thinking down the line of getting that extra half percent for the one full percent so we’re not in this situation.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Neumeier said the committee voted to have the administration to provide information on grants prior to applying for them, so councilors will know what to expect before being presented with the information at the last minute.</span></p><p class="p3"> Utilities Committee Chairman Fisher reported that all current funds, electric, water, storm water, refuse and recycling, are all meeting their targets that will allow them to to both pay for services and build the needed carry over for planned capital upgrades.</p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Council President Steve Henderson informed councilors that they have the option of individually supporting the request from the Eastern Shawnee for designation of their land in Logan County as a “Restricted Indian Country.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Council’s inaction on the matter has become a concern for at least one council member.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“They approached us originally on Oct. 6, and we are two and half months since then and at this point we have not given them any answer, up or down, and that kind of disturbs me,” said Fourth-Ward Councilman Chad Doll.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We had the Eastern Shawnee, a sovereign nation, that made a request to us. We did research, we had a committee meeting, we did more research. Came back with more answers and there’s been no motion, no movement one way or the other.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Neumeier brought up the fact that officials in Logan County, where the property is located, have not moved to either support or deny the tribe’s request for support for their plans to build a resort on their land.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“I personally am not, honestly, that concerned with what the legislature of Logan County thinks one way or the other,” Doll said. “I’m elected to represent the interests of the City of Wapakoneta, not Logan County, not Lakeview, not any of them. What’s best for us may not be what’s the best for them. My responsibility is with the constituents of Wapakoneta.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story, see the Tuesday Dec. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNCouncil seeks to wrap up yearWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9933Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:26:04-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9932Village OKs gas proposal2014-12-16T11:18:21-05:002014-12-16T11:18:21-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">WAYNESFIELD — Members of Waynesfield Village Council passed an emergency ordinance Monday night to allow natural gas into the village, which could start as early as next winter.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Monday’s special council meeting was held in the auditorium of Waynesfield-Goshen High School. Darryl Night, a representative from Ohio Rural Natural Gas based in Fairfield, set up a forum with at least 30 residents in attendance to tell them everything they needed know about his company.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“We would like to bring natural gas to the community of Waynesfield,” Night said to those in attendance. “Waynesfield is the heart of America… I mean that for people that live in this area, a lot of you are farmers and kind of the salt of the earth if you will, and with so much natural gas in this country, it’s a shame that some communities such as this one haven’t been able to share it.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night said he believed the average charge per resident would be about $100, but residents also have the right to decide if they do not want the gas. Night also said he would like to set up an office so people can deal with someone from the company face-to-face and not have to try to contact somebody over the phone, miles away.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“I would like to hire people that are in or around the community,” he said. “Being a public utility, I am responsible for making sure everyone gets their gas and fixes any problems that might arise.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The breakdown for the price of natural gas is $1.50 for a transportation fee the company has to pay Columbia Gas, $3.10 for the distribution fee, $4 per Mcf, which is a thousand cubic feet of natural gas and $12 for a meter fee that residents will have to pay each month. The rest depends on how much natural gas a person uses.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night gave an example that if a resident uses 10 Mcf of gas in a month, plus the $12 meter, transportation and distribution fees, a resident would then be paying $98 per month for gas. That total exclude sales tax.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“Luckily, you know, everything keeps on going up in price, but this is one thing that is cheaper now than five or eight years ago,” Night said. “This is about 55 to 60 percent cheaper than propane gas per gallon.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Night did say, however, he would like to have natural gas in the schools, but for free of charge.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The construction to get natural gas to the village and its residents would cost the company anywhere from $2.5 to $3 million.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">“It’s a pretty big financial commitment that we are making,” Night said.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Residents will not to pay a deposit and Night said he believed construction would begin as soon as April, 2015.</span></p><p class="p3"> <em>For a complete story on Monday's Waynesfield Village Council meeting, see the Tuesday, Dec. 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.</em></p>Wapakoneta, OHJAKE DOWLINGVillage OKs gas proposalWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9932Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:18:21-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9931Practice makes perfect for holiday concert2014-12-16T11:13:14-05:002014-12-16T11:13:14-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">The sounds of holiday music once again filled the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center on Monday night. Under the direction of Klayton Hilleary and Steve Wimmers, the middle school and high school bands performed their Christmas Concert.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Kicking off the middle school program at 6:30 p.m. was the fifth grade band. They performed “Hot Cross Buns,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Jingle Bells.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“We normally have these guys split up during fifth period, during the day,” Hilleary said, about the fifth graders. “They’ve only been together about four or five times. They work everything up separately and then bring it together, so it’s kind of a task. The very first time they get together, the woodwinds obviously are not nearly as loud as the brass are, so the first time we rehearse together, they’re kind of like, ‘holy smokes.’ What you’re hearing tonight, is a long way down the road compared to where they were back in September when we started.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Following the fifth grade was the sixth grade band. They performed “Santa’s in the House,” “Nuttin for Christmas,” and “A Christmas Kazoo,” during which several students exchanged their instruments for colorful kazoos.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Concluding the middle school portion of the evening was the seventh grade band, who performed “Holiday Festival,” “The name’s Claus ... Santa Claus,” which is a mix of James Bond theme music and Christmas carols, and “Toboggan Run.”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The high school program began at 7:45 p.m. with the eighth grade band. They performed “The Twelve Songs of Christmas,” “Minka’s Sleigh Ride,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Ho Ho Hoedown” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The second, third and fourth songs were conducted by students, Sonja Bowers, Benjamin Schneider and Samantha Sutton.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">“That is a big thing for them to get up there and do that,” Hilleary said, about the student conductors.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Up next was the Concert Band. They performed “Fanfare for a Holiday Celebration,” “Christmas Rondo” and “Jingle Band!”</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Concluding the evening was the Symphonic Band, who performed “Three Jazzy Kings,” “The Ultimate Christmas Sing-along,” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” During the second song, two students led the audience through singing a mash-up of several Christmas carols while the band played behind them.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHCASSAUNDRA SMITHPractice makes perfect for holiday concertWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9931Change0Usable2014-12-16T11:13:14-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9927Three earn Eagle Scout honors2014-12-15T11:35:15-05:002014-12-15T11:35:15-05:00Copyright 2011 Wapakoneta Daily News <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.25em;">Three young men earned the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts on Saturday in a ceremony at St. Paul United Church of Christ.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Cody Benny, Dan Reichenbach and Dillon “DJ” O’Neill became Eagle Scouts under the leadership of Wapakoneta Boy Scout Troop 14 Scoutmaster George Herman.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Paster Steve Nelson gave the invocation and the benediction that bookended a ceremony that included recognition of not only the new Eagle Scouts, but also recognized the contribution and support provided by their parents.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In addition to Herman, other Scoutmasters officiating at the ceremony included Paul Schaub, Steve Bowers and Mike Engle.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">All three worked their way up through the various levels of Boy Scout program and earning merit badges along the way.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Schaub noted in his speech that, of every 100 scouts, only two achieve Eagle Scout status.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">As part of the journey in becoming an Eagle Scout, each candidate is required to do a community project.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Cody Benny designed, fundraised and supervised the completion of mulching units for the community gardens at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA as well as providing specially designed benching for the Y. </span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Benny earned 34 merit badges during his Boy Scout career. He is the son of Wendy and Steve Benny.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Dan Reichenbach designed, fundraised and supervised the building of the shelter house at Breakfast Optimist, formerly Centennial, Park. As a Boy Scout, he earned 36 merit badges. He is the son of Jim and Mary Reichenbach.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">DJ O’Neill wanted to improve the lives of people living in the Cridersville Healthcare, where his grandfather had been a resident for several years. He designed, fundraised and fundraised and supervised the construction of a garden space to improve the environment of the residents there. He earned 35 merit badges. He is the son of Rick and Kathy O’Neill.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">All honorees also received the City of Wapakoneta Award of Merit from Mayor Rodney Metz.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Both Reichenbach and O’Neill presented Scoutmaster Paul Schaub with an award for being a special mentor to them Benny selected Steve Bowers for his mentor award.</span></p><p class="p3"> <span class="s1">In final remarks by the new Eagle Scouts they thanked the community, families and Scout leadership for their support.</span></p>Wapakoneta, OHTOM WEHRHAHNThree earn Eagle Scout honorsWapakoneta Daily Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9927Change0Usable2014-12-15T11:35:15-05:00