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Monday, July 30, 2012
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Announcements 6-7Sports 8Classifieds 9TV 10World News 11-12
Hot Tuesdayand partlycloudy with 30percent chanceof showers,storms. Highnear 90. See page 2.
Early storm damage tallyfor Ohio reaches $29M
COLUMBUS (AP) —Early reports tallying dam-age from last month’s stormsin Ohio at $29 million haveseveral Ohio cities anxiouslyhoping for federal disasterrelief.The estimated costsreported in the state from thestorms total more than half of what Ohio tallied whenremnants of Hurricane Ike hitOhio in 2008, The ColumbusDispatch reported.The storms last monthcaused widespread poweroutages, strewed significantdebris, and damaged publicfacilities and some rural elec-tric cooperatives. As many asthree people were killed.The Federal EmergencyManagement Agency willbe assessing damage tothe affected counties start-ing Monday. Verification isexpected to take up to 10days, said Tamara McBride,a spokeswoman for the OhioEmergency ManagementAgency.It would then be up toGov. John Kasich — whoasked the federal governmentto review damage from theJune 29 storms — to ask forfederal relief. Damage assess-ments were requested in 38 of Ohio’s 88 counties.Money would go to com-munities, state agencies,cooperatives and certain non-profits for their work provid-ing relief, as well as to facil-ity repairs.Federal disaster-relief funds are likely if the totalsurpasses $15.5 million andcommunities meet other cri-teria, the Dispatch reported.“This is the part that peo-ple hate the most because we just have to wait and see,”said Laura Adcock, who han-dles the program for the OhioEmergency ManagementAgency.Central and southeast-ern Ohio were hit hardest,according to the newspaper.Franklin County alone hadcosts for debris cleanup,police and firefighter over-time at around $5.5 million.Columbus had the largest billin that county, with $3.8 mil-lion in storm costs.Licking County also washit hard and is seeking $1.6million in recovery, whileFairfield County — includ-ing the city of Lancaster andSouth Central Power, its util-ity cooperative — had lossesof $1.1 million.Reimbursement, while notguaranteed, “is somethingthat we’re really hoping for,”said John Kochis, FranklinCounty’s EMA director.He said the money hasalready been spent by localgovernments that are going tohave to balance their budgetsat the end of the year.“We weren’t in this finan-cial quandary when we hadIke,” he said. “We definitelyneed it more now.”The amount of damage isonly one of the factors that gointo the request. Other factorsinclude how widespread thedamage was, the type of dam-age and how many peoplewere affected.While the Ohio InsuranceInstitute has not yet releasedstatewide figures on insuredlosses, spokeswoman MaryBonelli says that anythingover $25 million is consid-ered to be of “catastrophiclevels.”“From what we’re seeing,this will be well over that,”she said.Officials warn that the esti-mates probably will change as jurisdictions continue to findmore damage. This week’sFEMA assessment also mightchange the numbers.
EMA to testsirens Wednesday
The Allen County Officeof Homeland Security andEmergency Management willconduct the monthly test of the county’s warning sirensat noon on Wednesday.In the event of an actualemergency, the sirens arean indication persons in theaffected area should go indoorsand tune to local news medialfor additional informationand instructions on emer-gency actions to be taken.
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Austin Hale enjoys a trip down the slide at the Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool. Hewill be joined by family and friends at the Families United Open Swim on Wednesday atthe pool.BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Dozensfrom the special needscommunity will enjoyswimming in the DelphosMunicipal Swimming Poolon Wednesday during theFamilies United Open Swim.Families United hasformed to make sure thosewith special needs can “livelife beyond expectations.”The pool will close at5 p.m. on Wednesday andreopen at 6 p.m. for theswim.Mike Ryba said his daugh-ter, Molly, 15, is excitedabout the event.“Molly can’t wait for theopen swim,” he said. “Shehas been looking forward toit for some time. She goes tothe pool on a regular basis butthis is an opportunity for herto swim with her peers. Thesekids can be judged as differ-ent by other children. Whenthey can swim with otherswho also face challenges, it’sa social event. It’s a greatfeeling to see my daughterhaving fun and socializing.”Families United parentAmy Hale said for some, thisis the only opportunity to bein the pool.“My son Austin can’t goto the pool when it’s opento the public,” she said. “Hemakes a lot of noise and isdisruptive to others but whenhe can go with a group likethis, there’s no problem. Heloves it.”Ryba and Hale have beenpleased with the reactionfrom the city.“This could not happenwithout the cooperation of thecity. They have been so sup-portive of our special needscommunity,” they said. “Theyhave gone above and beyondto make sure things like thisswim can happen. Everyonefeels safe and secure.”Delphos Safety ServiceDirector Greg Berquist ispleased to see things like theopen swim happen.“The city is here for allresidents and it’s really no bigdeal for us to close the poola couple hours early to makethis event possible,” he said.“We would like to see themdo it more than once a year.We could make this a monthlyevent if they wanted.”
Children, parents looking forward to swim
Molly Ryba loves to swim.
Wellmann stars in ‘HotSummer Nights’ at Kings Island
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KINGS ISLAND —Delphos native ChelseaWellmann stars as a performerin Kings Island’s music revue,“Hot Summer Nights.”The 25-minute musicalrevue takes a look back andadds a contemporary edgeto some of summer’s classicpop songs. The show can beseen four times daily exceptWednesday on the Bandstandon International Streetthrough Aug. 12 and week-ends August 18-19, 25-26 andSept. 1-3.Wellmann, who wascrowned 2011 Canal DaysQueen, graduated this pastspring from St. John’sHigh School and is in herfirst season as a performerat Kings Island. She willattend the Chicago Collegeof Performing Arts in the fall,where she plans to major inmusical theatre.Kings Island is celebrat-ing its 40th anniversary sea-son. The 364-acre amusementand waterpark is open dailythrough Aug. 26.
“My son Austincan’t go to thepool when it’sopen to the pub-lic. He makes alot of noise andis disruptive toothers but whenhe can go with agroup like this, there’s no prob-lem. He loves it.”
— Amy Hale,Families United mother
Pool season running smoothly after pump failure, storm
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — With just23 days left in the season,the Delphos Swimming Poolhas seen some challenges thisyear. Parks and Recreationhead Craig Mansfield saidthe pool did have to closeon several occasions due todebris and other matter back-flowing into the pool.“When we brought thepump back on line, it shoveddebris and sediment out intothe pool, causing the water tolook green,” Mansfield said.“There was never any algaein the pool. It was just discol-ored by the sediment.”The pool has been checkedby health department offi-cials and received a clean billof health.“There was never any dan-
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Delphos Municipal Swimming Pool employees include, front from left, Pool Manager Lois MacLennen, TylerWiedeman, Myriah Jackson, Kristina Franks, Alexis Martz, Cheyanne Klaus and Julie Bonifas; and back, Jake CsukkerLindsy Reindel, Colleen Schulte, Megan Gilden, Taylor Mueller, Maranda Trummel, Bailie Hulihan, Brittany Kramer, Cody Hilvers, Stephanie Koenig and Shelby Reindel.
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2 The Herald Monday, July 30, 2012
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 34
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $1.48per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
Delphos weather
Cameron AidenSmithRaymond G. ‘Ray’Goetz Jr.
Resident reportsattempted ve-hicle break-in
Ofcers probe
theft of backpack,theft from car
A boy was born July 26 toJody Grote and Jon Swisher of Cloverdale.
Response to ght leads to 6 charges
UN says200,000have fledSyrian city
370 million swelter inheat after power fails
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 84 degrees,low was 60. High a year agotoday was 99, low was 70.Record high for today is 101,set in 1999. Record low is 50,set in 1965.Cameron Aiden Smith wasstillborn on Saturday at VanWert County Hospital.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.Raymond G. “Ray” GoetzJr., 87, of Spencerville, diedthis morning at his home.Funeral arrangementsare incomplete at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home,Spencerville.On Sunday at 8:32 a.m.,Delphos Police were con-tacted by a resident of the 400 block of DeweyStreet in reference to a anattempted theft complaint.Upon speaking with the vic-tim, they stated sometime inthe overnight hours, someoneattempted to gain entry into theirlocked vehicle but were unableto get in. The victim stated therewere marks on the vehicle wheresomeone had tried to pry openthe vehicle door.On Friday at 5:25 p.m.,Delphos police were called to1000 Park Avenue in refer-ence to a theft complaint.Upon arriving, officersspoke with the victim whoadvised, someone had takena backpack belonging to themcontaining personal property.A short time later, officerswere called back to the samearea in reference to anothertheft complaint and were toldsomeone had gained entry intoan unlocked vehicle parked inthat area and had taken moneyfrom inside the vehicle.
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, July 30,the 212th day of 2012. Thereare 154 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 30, 1942, PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt signed abill creating a women’s auxil-iary agency in the Navy knownas “Women Accepted forVolunteer Emergency Service”— WAVES for short.
On this date:
In 1619, the first represen-tative assembly in Americaconvened in Jamestown in theVirginia Colony.In 1729, Baltimore, Md. wasfounded.In 1864, during the CivilWar, Union forces tried to takePetersburg, Va., by explodinga gunpowder-filled mine underConfederate defense lines; theattack failed.In 1918, poet Joyce Kilmer,a sergeant in the 165th U.S.Infantry Regiment, was killedduring the Second Battle of theMarne in World War I. (Kilmeris perhaps best remembered forhis poem “Trees.”)On Sunday at 4:42 a.m.,Delphos Police were calledto the area of South Canaland Cherry streets in refer-ence to a fight in progress inthe roadway in that area.Upon officers’ arrival,they found a subject involvedin the altercation. Officerswere provided a descriptionof the other subject involvedin the altercation who hadleft the area before the offi-cers arrival. Moments laterofficers located the sub- ject a short distance away,took him into custody andreturned to the fight locationto investigate the incident.As officers were speak-ing to subjects in the area, aresident approached officersand advised them the sub- ject that was placed underarrest and was sitting in thepatrol car, later identified asR. Taylor Robbins III, 22of Delphos, had allegedlyattempted to gain entry intothe home of their residencea short distance from wherethe fight had occurred andthat damage to the residencehad also happened.Due to injuries Robbinshad received, Delphos EMSwas contacted and cameto the scene. While firstresponders and EMS per-sonnel were giving aid toRobbins, he attempted torun from officers but wasunsuccessful. Robbins wastransported to Van WertCounty Hospital for treat-ment to the injuries and wasthen taken to the Van WertCounty Jail.Robbins will appear inVan Wert Municipal Courton the charges of obstruct-ing official business, resist-ing arrest, persistent disor-derly conduct while intoxi-cated, criminal trespassingand criminal damaging.
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ger for swimmers; we justwanted to get it cleanedup and looking better,”Mansfield said.The problem occurredagain and, upon inspection of the pump, Mansfield foundthe impeller was damagedand will need to be replacedwhen the pool closes.The June 29 storm alsomade it necessary to closethe pool for a day and ahalf so storm debris could beremoved.“We have had a few inci-dents that we don’t normallyhave,” Mansfield said. “Weare back on track and oncewe get the pump fixed, thatshould eliminate the particu-lar problem.”Masfield added the poolhas hosted 11 pool parties.Pool Manager LoisMacLennen has a staff of 18full-trained lifeguards withsix on deck during open hoursand a walker when attendancemandates it.“We have many of thesame lifeguards from lastyear and a few new ones,”MacLennen said. “Everythingis going very smoothly.”MacLennen said therehave been more than 13,000visitors to the pool and as of Friday, 32,000 trips down theslide.The pool will host a“Lightning Bug Theatre”event at 9 p.m. on Friday.The pool will close at regu-lar time at 8 p.m. and thenreopen at 9 p.m. for the movieand public swim. A free-willoffering will be taken to helpwith upkeep and repairs tothe pool.
By PAUL SCHEMMAssociated Press
BEIRUT — The U.N. said200,000 Syrians have fledthe embattled city of Alepposince intense clashes betweenregime forces and rebels began10 days ago.The government forcesturned mortars, tank and heli-copter gunships against rebelpositions today, pressing aheadwith a counter-offensive towrest back control of neigh-borhoods taken by rebels inSyria’s largest city and com-mercial hub.“I am extremely concernedby the impact of shellingand use of tanks and otherheavy weapons on people inAleppo,” Valerie Amos, thetop U.N. official for humanitar-ian affairs, said in a statementlate Sunday. “Many peoplehave sought temporary shelterin schools and other publicbuildings in safer areas,” sheadded. “They urgently needfood, mattresses and blankets,hygiene supplies and drinkingwater.”Amos said U.N. agenciesand the Syrian Red Crescentare working together on sup-plying those affected by thefighting all over the countrywith blankets and humanitar-ian supplies, but many remainout of their reach because of the combat.“It is not known how manypeople remain trapped in plac-es where fighting continuestoday,” she warned. Aleppo isSyria’s largest city and com-mercial hub with about 3 mil-lion inhabitants.Fleeing residents havedescribed to The AssociatedPress incessant shelling, short-ages of food and gasoline andsoaring black market prices foreveryday staples. They scurrythrough streets against a back-drop of gunfire and climbedonto any form of transportationavailable to escape, includingtrucks, cars and even heavilyladen motorcycles.U.S. Defense SecretaryLeon Panetta said late Sundaythat the use of heavy weapons,particularly helicopters, is justanother nail in President BasharAssad’s coffin. He spoke dur-ing a stopover in Tunisia ashe kicked off a Mideast tourexpected to focus heavily onthe unfolding crisis in Syria.Syrian state media report-ed late Sunday that the armyhad “purged” Aleppo’ssouthwestern neighborhoodof Salaheddine and inflicted“great losses” upon the rebelsin one of the first districts theytook control of in their bid toseize the city.Activists, however, disputedthese claims and just describedanother day of fierce shellingof certain areas, backed up bythe occasional foray on theground.“They have tanks in near-by Hamdaniya and there isfighting, and there have beenrandom bombardments of Salaheddine,” said MohammedSaeed, who is based in theembattled city.While giving no indicationthat the Obama administra-tion is contemplating militaryintervention, Panetta said itis increasingly clear that theSyrian crisis is deepening andthat Assad is hastening his owndemise.
By RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press
NEW DELHI — NorthernIndia’s power grid crashedtoday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and air-ports to use backup generatorsand leaving 370 million people— more than the population of the United States and Canadacombined — sweltering in thesummer heat.The blackout, the worst tohit India in a decade, highlight-ed the nation’s inability to feeda growing hunger for energy asit strives to become a regionaleconomic power.Some small businesseswere forced to shut for the day.Buildings were without waterbecause the pumps weren’tworking. Muslim familieswere forced to eat their pre-dawn meals by candlelightbefore beginning their day-time Ramadan fast. ‘’It wasreally difficult,” said farmerMohammed Zaman.The northern grid crashedabout 2:30 a.m. because itcould no longer keep up withthe huge demand for powerin the hot summer, officialsin the state of Uttar Pradeshsaid. However, Power MinisterSushil Kumar Shinde said hewas not sure exactly whatcaused the collapse and hadformed a committee to inves-tigate it.The grid feeds the nation’sbreadbasket in Punjab, the war-wracked region of Kashmir,the burgeoning capital of New Delhi, the Dalai Lama’sHimalayan headquarters inDharmsala and the world’smost populous state, the pov-erty stricken Uttar Pradesh.By late morning, 60 percentof the power had been restoredin the eight northern statesaffected by the outage and therest was expected to be back online by the afternoon, Shindesaid. The grid was drawingpower from the neighboringeastern and western grids aswell as getting hydroelectricpower from the small neigh-boring mountain kingdom of Bhutan.New Delhi residents wereroused from sleep when theirfans and air conditionersstopped and came out of theirhomes in the heat as the entirecity turned dark. Temperaturesin the city were in the mid-30s (90s Fahrenheit) with 89percent humidity. New Delhi’sMetro transit system, with 1.8million daily riders, stopped forhours during the morning com-mute. Some trains across thenorthern region were strandedwhen their electric enginesfailed. Others were delayed byhours as they were hooked todiesel engines.Amit Naik, a toy maker inNew Delhi, was forced to closehis workshop for the day.‘’There was no water, somy machine couldn’t run.Other people had the same dif-ficulties,” he said.While the outage wasunique in its reach, its impactwas softened by Indians’ famil-iarity with almost daily poweroutages of varying duration.Hospitals and major businesseshave backup generators thatkick in when during powercuts, and upscale homes runon backup systems powered bytruck batteries.“This will obviously getworse,” said Subhash Chawla,a 65-year-old retiree who tookthe Metro once power wasrestored. ‘’Unless the Metrohas a separate power supply, itwill be chaos in the future.”The Confederation of IndianIndustry said the outage was areminder of the urgent needfor the government to fix thepower sector, ensure a steadysupply of coal for power plantsand reform the electricity utili-ties. Transmission and distri-bution losses in some statesare as much as 50 percentbecause of theft and corruptionby employees in the powerindustry.Shinde deflected criticism,pointing out that the UnitedStates and Brazil also had hugepower failures in recent years.‘’I ask you to look at thepower situation in other coun-tries as well,” he said.The failure was the firsttime since 2001 that the north-ern grid had collapsed. ButIndia’s demand for electric-ity has soared since then as itseconomy has grown sharply.The outage was a reminder of the country’s long road aheadin upgrading its infrastructureto meet its aspirations of beingan economic superpower.India’s Central ElectricityAuthority reports power defi-cits of about 8 percent in recentmonths. But any connectionto the grid remains a luxuryfor many. One-third of India’shouseholds do not even haveelectricity to power a lightbulb, according to last year’scensus.The power deficit wasworsened by a weak monsoonthat lowered hydroelectricgeneration and kept tempera-tures higher, further increas-ing electricity usage as peopleseek to cool off. Shivpal SinghYadav, the power minister inthe state of Uttar Pradesh,home to 200 million people,said that while demand dur-ing peak hours hits 11,000megawatts, the state can onlyprovide 9,000 megawatts.Uttar Pradesh PowerCorporation chief AvnishAwasthi blamed the grid col-lapse on states drawing morethan their allotted power tomeet the summer demand.
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CLEVELAND (AP) —Ohio’s plan to commercial-ize highway rest areas hasattracted scant attention frompotential developers.Developers passed ona proposal to turn five reststops on highways in south-east Ohio into serviceplazas.Separately, just two com-panies responded to an OhioDepartment of Transportationplan to find sponsors andadvertisers for interstate restareas.The fact that no oneresponded by the deadlinedidn’t surprise Joseph Balog,a commercial real estatedeveloper and member of theOhio Turnpike Commission.The turnpike is able toattract vendors to its serviceplazas because drivers are acaptive, dependable sourceof revenue on the toll road,Balog said.“The state of Ohio restareas don’t have that cap-tive audience,” Balog said.“People could just as eas-ily get off at the next free-way exit, where there’sprobably a Burger King orMcDonald’s.”The highway agency isn’tdisappointed at this point.“It’s part of the process,”spokesman Steve Faulknertold The Plain Dealer,referring to the lack of inter-est in service plaza develop-ment.“This can be typical whenyou have a completely newprogram for the state of Ohio.”ODOT will go back todevelopers and ask how tomake the rest area proposalmore attractive, Faulknersaid.ODOT would like to offsetthe $50 million yearly cost of maintaining 104 rest stops.Under federal law, Ohiocannot commercially developthe 45 rest areas and wel-come centers that sit alongfederal interstates. ODOTsays it can post advertisingand seek paying sponsors atthose rest stops.There are 59 other restareas that serve state and U.S.routes in rural and semi-ruralareas, and ODOT wants toturn some of them into OhioTurnpike-style service pla-zas.Several groups, represent-ing restaurants, gas stationsand other merchants thatwould have to compete withnew service plazas, opposedthe plan.The Federal HighwayAdministration issued guide-lines this spring for statesconsidering sponsorship of rest areas, unique stretchesof highway, interchanges and
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By DEAN NARCISOThe Columbus Dispatch
COLUMBUS (AP) —For the Depression-era farmboy fascinated with science,research was relegated topondering the occasionallightning strike or puddlesdappled with tractor oil.Yet Paul Herman vowed toclimb from his Pennsylvaniaroots to answer life’s naggingquestions.“I found things interestingthat, it seemed to me, otherkids didn’t pay attention to,”he said. “I imagined I mightbe different from other kids.”The towering radio anten-na outside his Clintonvillehome today is evidence thatthe 92-year-old still is differ-ent, and still is searching theairwaves for information.He’s one of about 703,000ham-radio operators nation-wide, according to theConnecticut-based NationalAssociation for AmateurRadio. “There are moreoperators in the country thanever before,” said associationspokesman Allen Pitts. Thosearen’t Facebook numbers, butthey’re evidence that one of the oldest forms of electroniccommunication isn’t ready todie just yet.Herman’s entree to radiowas mastering Morse code atage 17. It was a skill neededon cargo ships ferrying goodsacross the Atlantic Ocean.By the end of 1937, he hadhis amateur radio license anda job in the U.S. MerchantMarine, then an auxiliary tothe U.S. Navy.He was assigned to trans-Atlantic trips aboard a 50-foottugboat — a seaworthy butnausea-inducing vessel in theopen sea.Lt. Herman eventuallytook a job in Puerto Rico,supervising other radio oper-ators and building his ownshortwave radio with discard-ed parts.Following the war, Hermanmoved to Clintonville, wherehe married and became atelevision repairman, a careerspanning almost three decades.By middle age, he could haveretired comfortably.“We almost did. Weconsidered moving to NewMexico,” Herman said. “Butwe decided that Columbuswas the happier place tolive.”Here, prodded by his wife,Vera, he enrolled at OhioState University, earning anelectrical-engineering degreein 1982.Herman would design andbuild COSI’s original pendu-lum, create electronic music,earn a pilot’s license andteach himself to play tuba just to join a friend’s band:Harry Epp and the MuskatRamblers.But the man with var-ied interests couldn’t shakethe shortwave radio bug.His crowning achievementarrived eight years ago in sixUPS cartons.The shipment containeda 55-foot retractable antennaand ham-radio system thattoday dominates his DelhiAvenue home. The livingroom is the “radio shack,”filled with computers, receiv-ers, amplifiers and speakers.Herman’s system “detectsthe little guy putting outeven 5 watts in Patagonia,”Pitts said. “There’s nothingbetween them but air — it’smagical.”Operators in their lateteens and early 20s, alongwith those in their 50s and60s, are the fastest-growingsegment of users, Pitts said.Many detest monthly bills ordistrust cellphone reliabil-ity during emergencies. Andthe FCC dropped the MorseCode requirement needed fora license a few years ago.Herman communicateswith a core of about 50 like-minded enthusiasts on theEast Coast.“We talk a lot about equip-ment,” he said. “We had anextended discussion about thequantity of pi. But a lot of ourconversation is about goodfood and brands of beer.”Mrs. Herman, 89, a retiredassistant professor of geogra-phy, doesn’t mind.“No, I just go along withwhatever he does,” she said.“I always admired his abil-ity to solve problems and tothink.”
Amateur radio still fascinates 92-year-old Ohioan
CINCINNATI (AP) — Afew months before becominga fixture in political specu-lation about Mitt Romney’ssearch for a running matewhile often being referred toas boring.Comedy Central’s StephenColbert described a Romney-Portman ticket as “like thebland leading the bland,”and variations are common.Google “Rob Portman”and “boring,” and get some1.3 million hits. A recentColumbus Dispatch cartoondepicted Portman as may-onnaise to Romney’s whitebread.Portman has said he thinksthe description derives frominside Washington, for some-one who prefers working low-profile, instead of with fiery“partisan jabs.” He has joked:“I’m so boring that I didn’teven know I was boring.”But he’s had his shareof excitement outsideWashington, pursuing kayak-ing adventures. In Chile earlythis year, powerful rapidsflipped his kayak over, dislo-cating his right shoulder.Portman, whose 2010Senate campaign was brieflyinterrupted when he broke hiscollarbone after a spill whilemountain biking in Wyoming,grew up in a family that enjoyshunting, fishing and being onthe water. Portman paddledthe Rio Grande River in 1977and made an unauthorizedtrip on China’s Yangtze Riverin 1984, both trips with futureBill Clinton administrationofficial Dan Reicher.“Huge whirlpools erupt outof nowhere. ... Midmorningwe came upon a man in awhirlpool — face down andbloated,” Portman and Reicherwrote about the China tripfor an anthology called “FirstDescents: In Search of WildRivers.”“This isn’t about show,”said Brewster Rhoads, a vet-eran Democratic Party opera-tive in Cincinnati and fellowkayaker. “It’s something thatis in his blood. I’ve knownhim for years. He’s alwayslooking for an excuse to pad-dle.”Real estate salesman LeeRobinson has kayaked withPortman in tough rapids.“He’s the kind of guy whocan handle adversity thatwould freak most people out;dealing with real danger, thepressures of the unknown,”Robinson said. “Some of thebigger rapids, you just don’tknow what’s over the nextdrop. You can’t even see eachother. It can be mentally andphysically challenging.”
Portman: Boring in the Beltway
AKRON (AP) — A formerOhio county commissioner isscheduled to be sentenced forpublic corruption.Prosecutors have asked formore than 22 years in pris-on for ex-Cuyahoga CountyCommissioner JimmyDimora. He’ll be sentencedtoday.Attorneys for the 57-year-old Dimora have asked forleniency because of his poorhealth and similar corruptioncases that brought sentencesof just a few years.Dimora was convictedof racketeering, bribery andother counts.His trial capped an investi-gation that led to more than 50convictions involving countyofficials, employees and con-tractors who traded bribes forgovernment jobs and con-tracts.The investigation helpedfuel a referendum that replacedthe three-commissioner coun-ty government in Clevelandwith a county executive andelected council.
Sentencing duein ex-commishcorruption case
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio drivers can expect topay about a penny more pergallon at the gas pump thisweek.The average price for agallon of regular gas was$3.46 in today’s survey fromauto club AAA, the Oil PriceInformation Service andWright Express. That’s upslightly from about $3.45 lastweek.A year ago, the average inOhio was $3.68.Nationally, the averageprice for regular gas is about$3.49, about 2 cents higherthan last week. The nationalaverage last year at this timewas $3.71.U.S. oil supplies swelled inJune to 22-year highs but havedeclined since then.
Gas prices up
KENT (AP) — Authoritiessay a Kent State Universitystudent is due in court afterallegedly posting a messageon Twitter saying he plannedto “shoot up” the northeasternOhio campus.William Koberna wasarrested at his parents’ homein the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick Sunday afternoon.He’s been charged with induc-ing panic, a felony, and aggra-vated menacing. He was to bearraigned today.A university spokesmansaid the tweet was posted July25.University officials moni-toring Twitter last weeknoticed the profanity-lacedmessage and contacted police.They said it included a threatthat “I’m shooting up yourschool ASAP.”Kent State UniversityPresident Lester Lefton said ina statement that “our students,employees, and all those whocome to campus should knowthat their safety is our toppriority.”
Student inKSU threatdue in court
COLUMBUS (AP) —Attorney General MikeDeWine says about 150schools around Ohio havenot filed their floor plans orsafety plans with his office asrequired by state law.Schools are required to filethose plans with DeWine’soffice and update them atleast every three years, mak-ing them accessible to lawenforcement. DeWine urgedschools to ensure their floorplans and safety plans areup to date in the wake of theChardon High School shoot-ing that killed three studentsin February.He says 1,030 buildings in109 districts have submittedor updated plans since then,including 320 that submittedplans for the first time.“We hope that we willnever experience school vio-lence and we must do all wecan to prevent it,” DeWinesaid. “Having these plans inplace and ready to be accessedby local law enforcement is animportant part of our effortsto protect children.”His department reports 151of Ohio’s more than 4,350school facilities, or about 3.5percent, have yet to prop-erly file plans. They are scat-tered across the state, fromAshtabula to Cincinnati andLima to Marietta.During a school safetysummit this week, DeWineencouraged schools not onlyto submit plans but to makesure they’re clear and effec-tive. He said some schoolscomplied with the law butfiled plans that are too short ortoo complicated and detailedto significantly help authori-ties in an urgent situation.DeWine said ChardonHigh School had filed its safe-ty plan and followed throughwith it after the shootingthat killed three students andwounded three more at theschool east of Cleveland.A police report showedmore than 30 officers fromaround the area and crewsfrom four fire departmentsresponded to the scene.Officer Matt DeLisa,a 19-year Chardon PoliceDepartment veteran whowas among the first on thescene, later said he believesa school shooting drill heldat the site two years earlierbenefited officers respond-ing to the actual emergencybecause they knew what to doas they cleared the site, roomby room.The teenage suspect, T.J.Lane, has pleaded not guilty.
Ohio AG urges schools tosubmit their safety plans
“The state of Ohiorest areas don’thave that captiveaudience. Peoplecould just as eas-ily get off at thenext freeway exit, where there’s prob-ably a Burger Kingor McDonald’s.”
— Joseph Balog,commercial real estatedeveloper

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