Monday, October 1, 2012
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CloudyTuesday.Showers likelyin the morning,then chance of showers and aslight chance of a thunderstormin the afternoon. Highs in theupper 60s. Lows in the upper50s. Chance of precipitation50-60 percent. See page 2.
Clubs offerhealth screenings
The Delphos Kiwanis andRotary clubs will hold the33rd annual blood screen-ing program on Oct. 6 andOct. 13. Both will last from7-9 a.m. in the JeffersonHigh School cafeteria.Tests include bloodscreening for $30, PSA(prostate-specific antigen)test for $35, pre-diabeticscreen (A1C) for $15and a thyroid stimulatinghormone test for $20.The tests will be con-ducted by MedLab, Inc.
Blood drive setWednesday
The American Red Crosswill hold a blood drive from2-7 p.m. Wednesday at theKnights of Columbus hall onElida Avenue in Delphos.Individuals who are 17years of age, weigh at least110 pounds and are in goodgeneral health can donate.Call 1-800-RED-CROSSto make an appointment.
Warning sirentest Wednesday
The 48 Allen County com-munity warning sirens will betested at noon on Wednesday.In the event of an actualemergency, the sirens arean indication persons inthe affected area shouldgo indoors and tune toa local news media foradditional informationand instructions on emer-gency action to be taken.
DJ, SJ selling FB tix
Football Friday pre-saletickets for the Jefferson homegame (Columbus Grove) andthe St. John’s away game(Fort Recovery) are on sale.Prices for the Wildcats(normal office hours at allfour District offices andthe Admin. Building) are$5 for adults, $4 for stu-dents (all tickets at the gates$6). Fans can buy reservedseats for $5 at the AB.Prices for the Blue Jays(normal HS office hoursand until noon Friday) are$6 for adults (for all tix atthe gate), $4 for students.
Boys Soccer: NK atSpencerville, 5 p.m.;Van Wert at Wapak(WBL), 5 p.m.; Bath atElida (WBL), 7 p.m.Girls Soccer (5 p.m.):Ottoville at Kalida (PCL);Ada at Lincolnview (NWC).Girls Golf: Division IIDistrict at Sycamore Springs(Lincolnview), 9 a.m.Volleyball (5:30p.m.): ColumbusGrove at St. John’s;Ottoville at Ayersville;Spencerville at LTC.
Green EnergyTour to visit VanWert County
BY ED GEBERTDHI correspondent
VAN WERT — No placein the Buckeye State has asmuch to offer in the way of working wind energy as VanWert County. On Thursday,this county, along withPaulding County, will hostpersons wanting to get a lookat the utility-scale wind tur-bines in action.Green Energy Ohio is host-ing a Wind Farm Tour thisweek in cooperation with theOhio Farm Bureau, bringing abusload of people to the areafrom Urbana, Bellefontaine,and Wapakoneta.Those taking the free tourwill spend the afternoon vis-iting three sites of interestto those who have questionsabout the large turbines or just want an up-close look.The first site is near CooperFarms Cooked Meats nearthe intersection of U.S. 127and Convoy Rd. CooperFarms already has twoGoldwind 1.5 MW turbinesfully functioning, supplyingabout half of the electricenergy needed to power theplant. Ground was broken just two weeks ago for athird turbine, which compa-ny officials say should pro-vide 75 percent of the plant’spower needs.From the Cooper site, thetour will get a look at the 152Gamesa 2 MW turbines thatmake up the Blue Creek WindFarm spread across northeast-ern Van Wert County andinto Paulding County. Windfarm Operations ManagerNeil Voje will be on hand,as well as Van Wert CountyCommissioner Clair Dudgeonto answer questions.The third stop is HavilandDrainage Products wherethree Goldwind 1.5 MW windturbines are currently beinginstalled. The energy from thethree turbines will be used bythe manufacturing facility.Local residents can jointhe tour at Cooper Farmsat approximately 1 p.m.Although there is no costfor the tour, reservations areneeded to insure bus space.Contact Emily Sautter at 216-789-5248 or Emily@greenen-ergyohio.org and let her knowwhere you will board the bus.A boxed lunch is availablefor those boarding in Urbana,Bellfontaine and Wapakonetafor $10.
It’s My Job
Butcher’s been putting food on the table for 16 years
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—If you wantto know what the mostpopular cut of meat is atyour local supermarket,there’s no better person toask than the meat manag-er. At Chief Supermarketin Delphos, that person isJerry Beining.“Ground beef is alwaysthe biggest seller. Locally,that’s followed by beef roast and then probablyT-bones and Delmonicos,”he said. “What’s selling themost really depends on thetime of year. In the sum-mer, people are doing a lotof grilling, so you’re goingto be selling more of thoseitems.”Having spent 16 years asmeat manager, 10 years as ameat cutter and a previous10 years at a butcher shop,Beining can also advisecustomers on meat prepara-tion.“We give cooking sug-gestions; sometimes wehand out recipes,” he said.“We point customers towardcooking spices and suppliesto help get them set up fornew meal ideas. We answerquestions about food safetytips and cooking tempera-tures, things like that.”As manager of the meatdepartment, Beining doesmore than just cut meat.“On a typical day, I’mordering the meat, makingsure all of the cases areworking and figuring outwhat needs to be cut firstbased on what sold the daybefore,” he said. “I alsohelp unload palettes andtake orders, whether overthe phone or in person andI promote signage for newproducts. When it comesto cutting the meat, we allrotate working Sundays andsome evenings we worklater hours and we’ll still bein here cutting at 6 p.m.”When your job revolvesaround fresh meat, a suddenrise in demand can prove tobe a nightmare.“One of the hardestthings is special ordersfrom a funeral or some-thing else like that,” hesaid. “Things like that areusually last-minute andyou have to scramble tofit it into your schedule.When there’s bad weather,sometimes the trucks willbe late. When there’s badweather coming in, wehave more people comingin and it can get prettybusy around here.”Even factoring in theoccasional inconveniences,Beining enjoys going towork every day.“I think we all enjoy thechallenges we encounterevery day,” he said. “It canbe hard at times because it’sa fresh product, so you haveto order what you think youcan use so there isn’t anywaste. There’s a lot of vari-ety in what we do here,so it doesn’t get boring. Ialso enjoy working withthese people. We have justa handful of employees inthe meat department, so youhave people you can reallytalk with. It’s nice workingwith the customers, too, yousee people you know andyou get to talk and minglewith them.”Beining lives in Ottovillewith his wife, Sue. Theyhave four children: Nick,27, Troy, 24, Nathan, 21and Rachel, 18.
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Jerry Beining has been meat manager at Chief Supermarket in Delphos for the last 16 years.
Medicare to fine hospitalsfor readmitted patients
By RICARDOALONSO-ZALDIVARThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — If youor an elderly relative havebeen hospitalized recentlyand noticed extra attentionwhen the time came to bedischarged, there’s more to itthan good customer service.As of today, Medicare willstart fining hospitals that havetoo many patients readmit-ted within 30 days of dis-charge due to complications.The penalties are part of abroader push under PresidentBarack Obama’s health carelaw to improve quality whilealso trying to save taxpayersmoney.About two-thirds of thehospitals serving Medicarepatients, or some 2,200 facili-ties, will be hit with penaltiesaveraging around $125,000per facility this coming year,according to government esti-mates.Data to assess the penal-ties have been collected andcrunched, and Medicare hasshared the results with indi-vidual hospitals. Medicareplans to post details onlinelater in October, and peoplecan look up how their commu-nity hospitals performed byusing the agency’s “HospitalCompare” website.It adds up to a new way of doing business for hospitals,and they have scrambled toprepare for well over a year.They are working on ways toimprove communication withrehabilitation centers and doc-tors who follow patients afterthey’re released, as well asconnecting individually withpatients.“There is a lot of activity atthe hospital level to straightenout our internal processes,”said Nancy Foster, vice presi-dent for quality and safetyat the American HospitalAssociation. “We are alsospreading our wings a littleand reaching outside the hos-pital, to the extent that wecan, to make sure patients aregetting the ongoing treatment
See MEDICARE, page 2
Stacy Taff photos
Church celebrates 80 years with youthful offerings
First Assembly of God Children’s Pastor Angie Chung helps Nathan Brown whilehe plays “Oh Rats!” during the church’s 80th anniversary celebration Sunday.Children enjoy the bouncy house.Nathan Brown tries his hand at “Frog Frenzy” while Maggie Cripe looks on.