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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
FORT JENNINGS — “Forthree days, the small village of Fort Jennings wasn’t so small,”Jeanette Brocker said.Thousands flocked to thesmall burg this past weekendto help celebrate the 200thanniversary of the building of the fort by Colonel WilliamJennings and his regiment of Kentucky Riflemen.Events ranged from anold-time dinner and dance atJennings Memorial Hall to theannual lawn mower races atFort Jennings Park.The north end of the parkwas turned into an 1812 vil-lage, where local children joined the mini militia. Adultsand children alike learned theskills of an early 19th-centurysettler. Re-enactors sharedhow they trapped along theriver and how their catch wasskinned and the pelts pre-pared for trade. Soldiers prac-ticed maneuvers and a can-non roared from the banks of the Auglaize River. Musketshots peppered the air with thesmell of gun powder. Amidthe white tents, weaving loomsand hatchet-throwing contests,a Huey helicopter landed lateFriday morning.Most-commented on werethe military displays and the“honor flight” helicopter ridesfor veterans. Those who servedcould board the Huey helicop-ter brought by American Huey369 for a ride above their com-munity and beyond. For many,this was an emotional event.“We healed some peo-ple here this weekend,” JimDickman, BicentennialCommittee member said. “TheHuey was stressful for some of our veterans. Everything startscoming back. At the sametime, it can be therapeutic.Those returning from Vietnamand even Korea were not wel-comed like those who camehome from past wars. Therewere a lot of tears. It was asort of the welcome home theynever got.”For Jerry Siefker, it wasawe-inspiring.“It made me very emotion-al,” he said. “I don’t think therewas a dry eye around. Therewere lots of hugs.”Dickman said the crew werecombat veterans and under-stood the emotions of theirolder peers.Memorial Hall showed pastmilitary uniforms and sharedhow soldiers of days gone bysurvived. Other exhibits show-cased the collections of mili-tary memorabilia and histori-cal items from the village.Eyes of Freedom at the firestation offered portraits of sol-diers killed from May-August2005. The portraits were paint-ed by Anita Miller and manywho made their way throughthe display commented on howthey were drawn to the eyes of those who gave the ultimatesacrifice. The youngest soldierwas 18; the oldest, 33.“The mission of this memo-rial is get everyone in front of apainting. These soldiers are allfrom the Lima Co. from southColumbus but they representall branches of our military,anyone who served and allwho gave all for their coun-try,” Mike Strahle said.Strahle travels with theexhibit and served with someof the soldiers whose portraitshe sets up at each location.Many commented on theprevalent military theme andenjoyed learning about fightingforces from past to present.For others, the chance tospend time with loved oneswas priceless.“That’s what it was allabout for me,” Michelle Rickersaid. “Family, friends and fun.Everything else was a bonus.”
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The Huey helicopter brought in by American Huey 369 was a huge draw at Fort Jennings’ Bicentennial celebration.Lily Young, left, waits as Stacy Yeater helps her brother, Henry Good, get into hiscostume for the Old Time Photographs. See more photos on pages 11 and 12.
“The Huey wasstressful for someof our veterans.Everything startscoming back. Atthe same time, it can be thera-peutic. Thosereturning fromVietnam and evenKorea were notwelcomed likethose who camehome from pastwars. There werea lot of tears. Itwas a sort of thewelcome homethey never got.”
— Jim Dickman,BicentennialCommittee member
Herald to printphoto album
The Delphos Herald willprint a commemorative FortJennings Bicentennial PhotoAlbum in Thursday’s Herald.The publication is apictorial presentation of thethree-day event.
St. John’s setsopen house
St. John’s will host a Backto School Night Tuesday.Kindergarten parentsshould meet at 6 p.m. in theLittle Theater, followed by ameeting for all parents K-12in the Robert A. ArnzenGymnasium at 6:30 p.m.There will be an OpenHouse for students inin K-8 from 7-8 p.m.Students are encouraged tomeet their teachers and dropoff their school supplies.Call the Grade SchoolOffice at 419-692-8561with any questions.
St. John’s selling LCCtickets
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment will sell tick-ets for the first homegame vs. LCC (7:30 p.m.Saturday night) until 3p.m. Friday during normalhigh school office hours.Adults tickets are $6and students $4. All tick-ets will be $6 at the gate,which will open at 6 p.m.
TUESDAY
Boys Soccer: Lincolnviewat Fort Wayne Fusion, 5 p.m.;Wapakoneta at Kalida, 7 p.m.Girls Soccer (5 p.m.):Van Wert at Jefferson (FJ);St. Marys Memorial at St.John’s; Kalida at Van Buren;Crestview at Continental;Elida at Coldwater, 7 p.m.Boys Golf: Jefferson,Lincolnview and Ada atBluffton (NWC), 4 p.m.;Spencerville and AllenEast at Paulding (NWC), 4p.m.; Ottoville and Elida atKalida, 4:30 p.m.; Coldwaterand Parkway at Van Wert,4:30 p.m.; Antwerp atCrestview, 4:30 p.m.Co-ed Cross Country:Columbus Grove atIndian Lake, 4:30 p.m.Girls Tennis (4:30p.m.): Elida at SidneyLehman; Van Wert atLima Central Catholic.
WEDNESDAY
Boys Soccer: Riverdaleat Ottoville, 5 p.m.Boys Golf: Fort Jenningsat Bluffton, 4 p.m.; Ada andAllen East at Spencerville(NWC), 4 p.m.; Crestviewand Paulding at ColumbusGrove (NWC), 4 p.m.;St. John’s at Parkway(MAC), 4:30 p.m.; Ottovilleand Lincolnview at FortRecovery, 4:30 p.m.;Shawnee at Kalida, 4:30 p.m.
Jessica Odenweller from St. John’s junior high cheer squad jumps during the team’s performance at the Allen County FairSaturday evening. The squad placed fourth with Allen East, first;Kenton, second; and Perry, third.
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bove: St. John’sHigh School cheersquad performs at thecompetition. They placedsecond. Left: SpencervilleHigh School cheer squadplaced third. LCC placedfirst; Tinora, fourth; andAda, fifth. Perry wonthe Spirit Award. Othersquads competing in thehigh school division were, Elida, Kenton, USV Rams, Allen East, Shawnee andCrestview.
 
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Charles A. Fletcher, 87,of Delphos, died at 4:09 a.m.Saturday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.He was born Nov. 22,1924, in Crestline to Albertand Arrenda (Flockencier)Fletcher, who preceded himin death.On Jan. 25, 1947, he mar-ried Martha Jones, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors also includeson John Andrew (Debra)Fletcher of Barrington, Ill.;daughters Linda Garcia of Fullerton, Calif., Gail Fletcherof Delphos and Nan (Larry)Platt of Austin, Texas; grand-children Vanessa Schloseof Bullhead City, Ariz.,Stephanie Schlose of Orange,Calif., Amber (Shannon)Daulbaugh of Vandalia,Ill., Erin (Russ) Robertsof Spencerville, NathanDaulbaugh of Toledo, AlexFletcher of Berrington, Ill.,and Fletcher Platt of Austin,Texas; great-granddaughtersAmanda (Michael) Solorzanoof Bullhead City, Ariz.,and Kendyl Lee Roberts of Spencerville; and great-great-granddaughter, MakaylaSolorzano of Bullhead City,Ariz.He was preceded indeath by brothers Robert H.(Jane) and Earl H. (Marjorie)Fletcher.Mr. Fletcher was an U.S.Army veteran who served inWorld War II from 1943-46.He was a freight agent forthe Pennsylvania Railroad for44 years, retiring in 1986.He was a member of TrinityUnited Methodist Churchand active in MethodistMen. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars,American Legion, FraternalOrder of Eagles, Masons anda former member of the LionsClub. He was a graduate of Crestline High School. Heplayed piano, played in FiveNotes and sang in the churchchoir.Services begin at 11 a.m.Wednesday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, theRev. David Howell officiat-ing. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery, withmilitary graveside rites byDelphos Veterans Council.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Tuesday at the funeralhome and an hour before ser-vices.Memorial contributionsmay be made to TrinityUnited Methodist ChurchMusic Fund.
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Navy Chief Petty Office John Keith,30, of San Diego, Calif.,and formerly of Delphos,Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Tuesdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Msgr. Chris Vasko officiat-ing. Burial will follow in St.John’s Cemetery, with fullmilitary graveside rites bythe Navy Patriot Guard andDelphos Veterans Council.Friends may call from 1-3p.m. and 5-7 p.m. today atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a rosary ser-vice begins at 7:30 p.m.Memorials are to the JohnKeith Bemis MemorialScholarship Fund.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudywith a 20 percent chance of showers in the evening. Thenmostly clear overnight. Lowsin the lower 50s. Northwestwinds around 5 mph.
TUESDAY
: Mostlysunny. Highs in the upper70s. Northwest winds around5 mph.
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:Mostly clear. Lows in thelower 50s. East winds around5 mph shifting to the southeastovernight.
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: Sunny.Highs around 80. Southwestwinds around 5 mph.
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: Partly cloudywith a 20 percent chance of showers and storms. Highs inthe mid 80s.At 3:11 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police went to a resi-dence in the 600 block of WestFirst Street and arrested JasonOsting,38, of Delphoson anactivearrestwarrantissued outof PutnamCountyfor failingto appearin court.Osting was transported tothe Delphos Police Departmentand was later turned over tothe Putnam County Sheriff’sDepartment.
By HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press
BEIRUT — Syrian gov-ernment forces heavily shelledthe cities of Aleppo and Daraaand a suburb of Damascuson the second day of a majorMuslim holiday today, killingup to 30 people, rights groupsand activists said.There was a relative lullin the civil war on Sunday,the first of three days of theEid al-Fitr holiday markingthe end of the holy month of Ramadan. During the holiday,Muslims the world over cele-brate by wearing new clothes,feasting on sumptuous foodand visiting the graves of lovedones. The renewed fighting,however, showed PresidentBashar Assad’s regime is notletting up on its drive to quellthe 18-month-old uprising outof respect for the occasion.Activists reported no signsof jubilation across the bat-tered nation, with smaller-than-usual turnout for tradi-tional prayers on the first dayof the holiday and an air of gloom blanketing major cit-ies.Adding to the despair,two main activist groups —The Syrian Observatory forHuman Rights and the LocalCoordination Committees —said that 10 bodies of adultmales shot execution stylewere found in the Qaboun dis-trict in the capital Damascus.The discovery of bodies insimilar condition is notuncommon in Syria, particu-larly in the last few months asthe uprising descended into acivil war with heavy sectarianundertones.Anti-regime activists saysome 20,000 people have beenkilled since the revolt againstAssad’s rule began in March2011.Even the U.N.’s new envoyto Syria acknowledged onSunday that he had no con-crete ideas to end the conflictand that his mission wouldbe difficult without a unifiedposition by the U.N. SecurityCouncil.“The problem is not whatI can do differently, it is howothers are going to behavedifferently,” Lakhdar Brahimitold The Associated Press athis Paris home on Sunday.“If they spoke in one voiceand were clearly supportive of what I will be doing on theirbehalf, that is what I need,”Brahimi said of what he seeksfrom the Security Council.“Without a unified voice fromthe Security Council, I thinkit will be difficult,” the for-mer Algerian foreign ministeradded.Brahimi was namedFriday to replace formerU.N. Secretary-General KofiAnnan as peace envoy toSyria. He served as a U.N.envoy in Afghanistan andIraq and helped negotiate theend of Lebanon’s civil waras an Arab League envoy. Hesaid Annan’s mission failed“because the internationalcommunity was not as sup-portive as he needed them tobe.”Russia and China haveused their veto power at theSecurity Council to blockstrong Western- and Arab-backed action against theregime of Syria’s Assad.A Syrian foreign ministrysource quoted by the officialSANA news agency warnedBrahimi that, for his missionto succeed, he must persuadecountries backing the rebelsto stop their support for the“armed terrorist bands” — theregime’s parlance for the reb-els.Syria often singles outSaudi Arabia, Qatar andTurkey as the rebels’ mainbackers.The rights groups andactivists said the latest assaultsby tanks and warplanes causedtwo houses to collapse inAleppo, Syria’s largest city,killing at least 14 people.The buildings were in theAl-Sakhour and Qadi Askarneighborhoods, said activistMohammed Saeed, reachedby Skype inside the city.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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02-04-06-30-39Estimated jackpot:$204,000At 12:28 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police came into con-tact with Devon Schoffner,20, of Delphos in the 100block of East Fifth Streetat which time it was foundSchoffner had an open con-tainer of alcoholic beveragein his possession.As a result, Schoffner wascited into Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge.At 4:23 p.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were calledto Waterworks Park in refer-ence to some damage in therestroom.Upon officers’ arrival, it wasfound someone had taken a largerock and had broken a toilet.At 11:08 a.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were called tothe 400 block of South MainStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadtaken a bicycle that was parkedoutside of the residence.At 12:02 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were called tothe 400 block of North ClayStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadgained entry into the residenceand had taken jewelry belong-ing to the victim.High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 76 degrees,low was 57. High a year agotoday was 83, low was 64.Record high for today is 101,set in 1962. Record low is 48,set in 1950.The Ohio State HighwayPatrol investigated an injuryaccident reported at approxi-mately 6:50 p.m. Sunday.Edwin Ketner of Ottawawas westbound on Road Q andapproaching the intersectionat Road 4 near Pandora whenPaul Hazelton of Pandora wassouthbound on Road 4 with asemi-load of 30,000 poundsof beer. Ketner failed to yieldat the stop sign and enteredthe path of the semi. The semistruck the car, the car rotatedand struck the side of the semiand went off the right side of the road and overturned. Thesemi traveled into a field andits cargo was lost.Ketner’s passenger wasPatricia Ketner. Both weretransported to St. Rita’sMedical Center. Their condi-tion is not known.Ketner was cited for failureto yield.
March 25, 1926-Aug. 18, 2012
Rita Mary Oehlhof, 86,formerly of Spencerville andDefiance Commons in Wapak,died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday atAuglaize Acres.She was born March 25,1926, in Toledo to Walter andClara (Lewandowski) Reed.On Sept. 14, 1946, she mar-ried John Frederick Oehlhof,who survives at AuglaizeAcres.Services begin at 1:30p.m. Thursday at SpencervilleUnited Church of Christ, theRev. Vince Lavieri officiating.Burial will be at a later date inSpencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Wednesday at Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home, wherea VFW service begins at 8p.m., and for an hour prior tothe service at the church.Memorials are to theAuglaize Acres ActivityFund.
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Delphos manarrested forfailure to appear
Intense fightingrages in Syria
Corn: $8.14Wheat: $8.60Beans: $16.74
Man arrested foropen containerDamage foundin park restroomBicycle takenfrom outsideresidenceJewelry stolenfrom home
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Couple injured,beer lost
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Today is Monday, Aug. 20,the 233rd day of 2012. Thereare 133 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights inHistory:
On Aug. 20, 1862, the NewYork Tribune published anopen letter by editor HoraceGreeley to President AbrahamLincoln titled “The Prayerof Twenty Millions”; in it,Greeley called on Lincoln totake more aggressive mea-sures to free the slaves andend the South’s rebellion.
On this date:
In 1833, BenjaminHarrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born inNorth Bend, Ohio.In 1866, President AndrewJohnson formally declared theCivil War over, months afterfighting had stopped.Ladybugs make a chemicalthat smells and tastes terribleso that birds and otherpredators won’t eat them.
 
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Perrysburg — AngelaZimmann is a mother, a pas-tor, a foster parent, a schoolboard member, and a col-lege professor. But now theNorthwest Ohio native is add-ing another title to her list:candidate for the U.S. Houseof Representatives.Zimmann, who is theDemocratic candidate forOhio’s newly competitiveFifth U.S. CongressionalDistrict, says that she is run-ning to be a voice for middleclass families dealing witheconomic hardship.More specifically,Zimmann says she is runningfor people like Kim Clark.In a speech given at theOhio State Democratic PartyConvention, Zimmann sharedthe story of Kim Clark, ayoung mother in her congre-gation who discovered a lumpin her breast two years ago.But like many of the 49.9million Americans with-out health insurance, Clarkdelayed seeking medicalattention. It wasn’t until Clarkstruggled to lift her arm whilehelping her children get readyfor school that she decided tofinally go to the emergencyroom.The diagnosis: Stage IVbreast cancer that spread toClark’s bones.“As I sat with her in thehospital about two weeks ago,she said to me ‘Angela, youhave to keep doing this forthe rest of your life. You haveto fight for what it right,’”Zimmann said.“‘It’s not enough to preachit on Sunday morning. Youhave to live it, and you haveto convince those other peo-ple out there that they need tolive it, too.’ So I’m runningfor Kim Clark.”Zimmann, who is runningagainst Republican incum-bent Bob Latta, is one of onlyfive pastors – and the onlyfemale pastor – running forfederal office.Ohio’s Fifth CongressionalDistrict, once a Republicanstronghold, is now a com-petitive seat due to recentlyredrawn district lines. Thedistrict now includes por-tions of Toledo, previouslyrepresented by fourteen-termDemocratic CongresswomanMarcy Kaptur.Returning to the story of Kim Clark, Zimmann saysthat her opponent – who wasranked the most conservativemember of the House by theNational Journal – has putpartisan politics before find-ing solutions to the nation’shealth care problems.“Rather than seek sensi-ble solutions to our nation’shealth care problems, BobLatta has repeatedly voted tocompletely repeal the healthcare law, has voted to defundorganizations that providecrucial health care servicesto women, and supports theRyan budget, threateningsenior citizens’ Medicare andSocial Security,” Zimmannsaid.Latta voted twice in supportof the Ryan Budget, whichincludes $1 trillion in tax cutsfor the wealthiest Americanswhile cutting funds for educa-tion, Medicaid, and transpor-tation. Most notably, the RyanBudget privatizes Medicare,shifting burdensome healthcare costs to seniors. Roughly25 percent of Ohio’s FifthDistrict voters are over theage of 65.Zimmann, a fiscal con-servative, believes that whileCongress should contin-ue working toward cuttingspending and balancing thenation’s budget, protectingthe middle class and seniorcitizens’ access to health careshould be an issue with bipar-tisan support.“Ensuring that people likeKim Clark have access toquality health care should notdivided along party lines,”Zimmann said. “Our electedofficials need to put peopleand compassion before parti-sanship and personal gain.”
Ohio Fifth U.S. Congressional District CandidateAngela Zimmann: ‘I’m running for Kim Clark’
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FINDLAY (AP) — Thescars from flooding thatswamped this northwest Ohiotown are still visible five yearslater. What’s more troublingfor residents and local lead-ers is that solutions to stop itfrom happening again are stillyears away.Efforts to find ways tocontrol flooding along theBlanchard River have beengoing on for several years,but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s going totake three more years to fin-ish studying the watershed,determine flood solutions andseek federal funding.Already, nearly $4 mil-lion has been spent by cityand county governments onflood-control efforts.Five major floods in thelast five years have soaked thetowns of Findlay and Ottawa.The worst damage came inAugust 2007 when floodingcaused more than $100 mil-lion in damage in Findlay andan estimated $12 million indamage in Ottawa.“In our world, it’s tak-ing way too long,” saidHancock County EngineerSteve Wilson, who workswith county commissionerson flood-control efforts.Army Corps project man-ager Mike Pniewski said thetime spent on this project wastypical. By the end of the yearthey will be able to presentflood control options that arefeasible and cost-effective,he told The Courier (bit.ly/Nxtx11).A final plan could be readyin 2015 for Congress, whichhas authority to allocate upto 65 percent of constructionfunding, Pniewski said.Officials say they under-stand the public is weary andsometimes leery of the study-ing and how long it’s takingto complete.Pniewski said it is neces-sary if the region has anychance of receiving federalfunding for construction of aproject that could cost tens of millions, or hundreds of mil-lions, of dollars.In Ottawa, officials areconsidering reconstructinga bridge blamed for makingflooding worse.“I think we’re getting clos-er to getting something sub-stantial, to where we can say,‘Yes, this is what we’ll bedoing,”’ Ottawa CommunityDevelopment Director Jeff Loehrke said.
Ottawa, Findlaystill waiting on help
By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — StanHeffner celebrated his new$180,000 private sector jobover $10 cocktails, escargot,and oysters at San Antonio’sswanky Tost Bistro Bar in thespring of 2011.Heffner, who was at thetime Ohio’s interim schoolssuperintendent, dined withJohn Oswald, vice presi-dent of Educational TestingService, a leading national testdeveloper, and Oswald’s wife,Rosalie. The three were toast-ing Heffner’s future as seniorleader for K-12 assessment atthe company and his upcom-ing move to Texas.Heffner’s flight to Texashad been coordinated by hisexecutive secretary at the OhioDepartment of Education,Carolyn Jones, while shewas on state time, accordingto a state investigative filesreviewed by The AssociatedPress. Jones also coordinatedother air travel related to his job hunt and sent paperworkusing state equipment for hispurchase of a Texas home,records show.Heffer gave up the new jobwhen he was named Ohio’spermanent superintendent lastJuly but before that — andafter he accepted the job withETS Heffner testified asinterim superintendent on abill before the Ohio Senatewith the potential to benefitEducational Testing Service,according to a report issuedby Inspector General RandallMeyer.Heffner issued a publicapology and then resigned onAug. 4 in the wake of Meyer’sfindings. Franklin CountyProsecutor Ron O’Brien isreviewing the case for poten-tial legal violations, and theOhio Board of Education islikely to name an interimreplacement today.Ohio law prohibits stateemployees from using statetime and equipment for per-sonal business. Heffner toldMeyer’s investigators duringhis interview that Jones, hisexecutive secretary, “was verygracious and — on offeringto be of help.” She was not atarget of the probe.“The woman is incredible,”Heffner told investigators, not-ing that he would ask Jones to“sandwich into the schedule”a few days to look for a houseand she would book Heffner’sflights using his personalcredit card information.
Records shed light onsuperintendent odyssey
ATHENS (AP) — OhioUniversity students havedeveloped a database to linkshale gas drillers with Ohiocompanies that can providesupplies and services.Students from used a$100,000 rural business enter-prise grant from the U.S.Department of Agriculture todevelop the project.The project focused on12 eastern and southeasternOhio counties, stretchingfrom Athens County northto Tuscarawas and Jeffersoncounties — although the data-base also includes Ohio com-panies from outside that geo-graphic area that could servethe oil and gas industry.“Suppliers in this sectorare constantly trying to findways to make connections andprove their capabilities,” ScottMiller, director of energyand environmental programsat the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs,told The Athens Messenger.“On the other side, large oiland gas firms are trying toshore up their understandingof their Ohio-based supplynetworks.”
Ohio U. studentsmatch drillerswith services
CLEVELAND (AP) —A northern Ohio RomanCatholic Church diocesewants to reach out and helpproblem gamblers.The Cleveland PlainDealer reports that withthe opening of casinos inCleveland and other Ohiocities, a diocesan commit-tee wants to teach clergy,deacons, lay ministers andparishioners how to identifyand assist problem gamblers.The effort began when asmall group of priests metthis past week to address theissue.Jennifer Clegg, who super-vises the gambling-addic-tion program at RecoveryResources in Cleveland, toldthe priests that only 4 per-cent of people nationwideare considered to be problemgamblers, and only 1.5 per-cent reach the pathologicalstage.Still, that adds up to tensof thousands of Ohioanswhose finances, relationshipsand lives could be severelydamaged.
Church groupconcerned aboutgambling addicts
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