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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
 Lady ’Cats secure district soccerfinal, p6
UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Index
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St. John’s HighSchool will hold parent/teacher conferences atthe following times:5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 7and 8 a.m. to noon and1-3 p.m. Nov. 8.Students will not haveclasses on Nov. 8 and 9.Parents are encour-aged to attend. Call theoffice at 419-692-5371, ext.1146, to schedule a time. 
Boy Scouts tosell popcorn
Cub Scout Pack 42will sell Pecatonica RiverPopcorn from 9 a.m. to noonSaturday at the main officeof Superior Federal CreditUnion at 4230 Elida Road.Varieties include pop-ping corn, caramel corn,chocolate popcorn andbutter and butter lightmicrowave popcorn.They will also be selling24 packs of AA batteries.
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Showerslikely.Muchcooler.Highsin themid 50s. Cloudy. Lowsin the upper 30s.Partlycloudy.Chanceof show-ers in themorning and afternoon.Highs in the lower 50s.Lows in the lower 30s.Mostly clear. Highs in the upper 40s.Lows in the lower 30s.Partlycloudy.Highs inthe upper40s.Lowsin the lower 30s.
October is Breast CancerAwareness Month
Elida Schoolsseeking newmoney
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
ELIDA — When Elidavoters head to the polls thisNovember, they’ll be askedto vote on an item that hasn’tbeen on the ballot since 2005:a new school levy. Elida isasking for a 5-year, .75-per-cent earned income tax togenerate funds that will allowthe district to maintain cur-rent operations and avoiddevastating cuts.The district lost $1.6 mil-lion in funding in the lateststate budget and must alsocontend with tax delinquen-cies and foreclosures, unfund-ed mandates and vouchers,losses in income from infla-tionary growth, interest andinventory tax.“With inventory tax, wedropped $1.5 million to$250,000, so we lost $1.2million there,” Treasurer JoelParker said. “That’s goodfor businesses but not forschools who used to receivethat money. We’ve been leanfor a long time but now it’sreally starting to pinch. We’renow at the bottom of the bar-rel with what we spend perpupil per year but we stillmanage to get a lot done withthat money. We just hope tocontinue great programs, orwhat’s left of them.”The decision to ask for anearned income tax instead of the traditional income tax isone the district hopes will beeasiest on the taxpayers.“We know the taxpayersare hurting. We’ve heard fromsenior citizens asking us notto tax their pensions,” Parkersaid. “We’ve found an optionthat doesn’t tax income frominterest, retirement pensionsor Social Security, disabilityor capital gains. If you’re get-ting your hours cut at workor your spouse loses their job, the tax reduces or goesaway.”
Levy to save artsprograms, full-day kindergarten
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Franklin Elementary kindergarten teacher Jon Kroeger and Trooper J.J. McCainassist a kindergartner out the emergency exit on a school bus as part of Bus Safety Weekactivities.
Kindergartners focus on bus safety
BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS —Kindergartners at FranklinElementary School are par-ticipating in National SchoolBus Safety Week. Van WertCounty Highway PatrolTrooper J.J. McClain led theprogram with a video presen-tation aimed at teaching thestudents bus safety practices.Motor vehicle inspectorsTina Eley and Al Joseph,along with Trooper McClainand teachers, participated ina hands-on training with stu-dents demonstrating properdistances when waiting forand walking in front of a bus.In addition, emergency safe-ty exits were explained andthe students were coachedthrough an emergency exitdrill.National School BusSafety Week runs throughFriday. There are approxi-mately 474,000 school busestransporting around 25 million
“We know thetaxpayers arehurting. We’veheard from seniorcitizens asking usnot to tax theirpensions. We’vefound an optionthat doesn’t taxincome from inter-est, retirementpensions or SocialSecurity, disabilityor capital gains.If you’re gettingyour hours cutat work or yourspouse loses their job, the tax reduc-es or goes away.”
— Joel Parker,Elida Schools treasurer
DYH sign-ups proceed-ing
The DYH SaturdayMorning BasketballProgram sign-ups arecontinuing for the2012-13 season.Forms may be pickedup at and returned to theoffices at Jefferson MiddleSchool and Franklin andLandeck elementaries dur-ing normal office hours.Player evaluations will beheld Monday and Tuesdayin the middle school gym:Grades 2-3, 5:30-6:15 p.m.;Grades 4-6, 6:15-7 p.m.Contact Ed Smith(419-236-4754) formore information.As well, Jefferson boysbasketball coach MarcSmith and staff haveannounced they will holdthe preseason meeting at7 p.m. Wednesday at themiddle school. All playersin grades 7-12 and a parentor guardian are expectedto attend this Ohio HighSchool Athletic Association-required meeting.
TCWA holding sign-ups
The Delphos Tri-CountyWrestling Association willhost its sign-ups/question-and-answer session for thosewrestlers age 6-12 starting6 p.m. Wednesday at theDelphos Eagles Aerie onEast Fifth Street in Delphos.
 Landeck celebrates Red  Ribbon Week 
Landeck ElementarySchool is celebrating RedRibbon Week this week.Students wore pajamasto school on Wednesdayfor “Dream of a DrugFree Future.” JoshuaRingwald, left, MelanieMueller, Curtis Mueller, Emma Klausing andHannah Wiltsie show off their pajamas. Today, “Too Smart To Start”bookmarks will be passedout. Students will usethem in new books theypick out in the librarytoday. Friday is “SayBOO to drugs!” Day. TheParents’ Club will pro-vide a Halloween partyduring the afternoon.
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Romney erasesObama advantageamong women
By NANCY BENACand JENNIFER AGIESTAThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON — What gendergap?Less than two weeks out fromElection Day, Republican Mitt Romneyhas erased President Barack Obama’s16-point advantage among women, anew Associated Press-GfK poll shows.And the president, in turn, has largelyeliminated Romney’s edge among men.Those churning gender dynamicsleave the presidential race still a virtualdead heat, with Romney favored by 47percent of likely voters and Obama by 45percent, a result within the poll’s marginof sampling error, the survey shows.After a commanding first debateperformance and a generally goodmonth, Romney has gained ground withAmericans on a number of importantfronts, including their confidence in howhe would handle the economy and theirimpressions of his ability to understandtheir problems.At the same time, expectations that
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Partly cloudythrough midnight, then mostlycloudy with a40 percent chanceof showers after midnight. Lowsaround 50. South winds 15 to20 mph shifting to the west 10to 15 mph after midnight.
FRIDAY:
Showers likely.Much cooler. Highs in the mid50s. North winds 10 to 15 mph.Chance of precipitation 70 per-cent.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
Cloudy.Rain showers likely throughmidnight, then a chance of rainshowers after midnight. Colder.Lows in the upper 30s. Northwinds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
EXTENDED FORECASTSATURDAY:
Partly cloudy.Chance of rain showers in themorning, then slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon.Highs in the lower 50s. Northwinds 10 to 20 mph. Chanceof measurable precipitation 40percent.
SATURDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly clear. Lows in the lower30s.
SUNDAY:
Partly cloudy.Highs in the upper 40s.
SUNDAY NIGHTTHROUGH MONDAYNIGHT:
Mostly clear. Lowsin the lower 30s. Highs in theupper 40s.
ST. RITA’S
A boy was born Oct. 24to Kayla and Noel Morris of Venedocia.
Delphos Fire Assoc.300 Club winners
Oct. 10 — Ron BeiningOct. 17 — KathyHagemanOct. 24 — Mike JohnsonAt 4:51 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were called tothe 200 block of West ClimeStreet in reference to a bur-glary complaint at a residencein that area.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadgained entry into the residencethrough a window and hadtaken some prescription medi-cations from inside.At 4:38 a.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were calledto the 400 block of Suthoff Street in reference to acriminal damaging com-plaint at a residence in thatarea.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadthrown an object through awindow of the residence caus-ing damage.
Prescriptionsmissing fromhomeObject thrownthrough housewindow
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Oliver, 81,of rural Spencerville, funeralservices will begin at 11 a.m.Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville,with his nephew, the Rev.Ronald Pittman and theRev. Tom Shobe officiat-ing. Burial will be at a laterdate in the Elydale PrimitiveBaptist Church Cemetery inEwing,Va. Friends may callfrom 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Friday and after 10 a.m.Saturday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are tothe Alzheimer’s Associationin honor of his wife or theAmerican Lung Association.Condolances may be sent totbayliff@woh.rr.com.HAMILTON (AP) — Asouthern Ohio man will spendsix months in a lock-downcounseling program afteradmitting that he took secretcellphone photos of women ata tanning salon.Twenty-year-old ZacharyThomas had pleaded guilty to14 misdemeanor voyeurismcharges, and a jury convictedhim of exchanging nude pho-tos via text with a 17-year-oldgirl.The Hamilton JournalNewsreports that Butler CountyJudge Craig Hedric sentencedThomas to more than a yearbehind bars Wednesday butsuspended the sentences. He’llgo to counseling instead.Police said a woman in atanning booth noticed a cell-phone over the top of the walland confronted Thomas, whowas a salon customer. Policesaid they found images of otherwomen on Thomas’ cellphone.Thomas also will have toregister as a sex offender.
Counseling ordered in voyeurism case
The Delphos Rotary had the pleasure of hosting approxi-mately 150 high school seniors for the 15th annual DelphosHistorical Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt. It was our 1styear with heavy rain and the need for our ponchos for thewalkers.The Rotary Walking Tour could not have taken place with-out additional help from the Delphos community. The schools— Jefferson, Vantage and St. John’s — made it possible. TheDelphos Canal Commission supplied the historical informationand made their museum available for the seniors to tour, as didthe Delphos Postal Museum.Community residents and teachers who served as his-torical tour guides were: Lou Hohman, Doris Dickman, BobEbbeskotte, Dan Jones, Judy Fisher, Charles Rohrbacher,Teresa Bradstock, Jay Winhover, Ed Ulrich, the Rev. HarryTolhurst, Jerry Gilden and Mike Miller.In addition to our guides, we had approximately 35 peoplewho volunteered at various locations throughout the day anda number of teachers and volunteers who walked with thestudents.Rotary provided the students with breakfast at JeffersonHigh School cafeteria before the tour started. Our guest pre-senters for the morning program at Jefferson High Schoolwere: Mayor Michael Gallmeier, ODNR/Water Division -Retired Steve Dorsten and Neal Brady of MECCA.The police and fire departments allowed us to tour the oldcity building. Several businesses made their buildings avail-able, allowing the seniors to see that the older buildings inDelphos can be restored to be attractive and useful today.One popular stop along our tour as always was the OldCapitol Theatre inside the Westrich and Coins, Currency, andCollectibles buildings. Other stops were John Lehmkuhle’s old“speakeasy” on North Main Street and the Bill and Jill Graves“New York Style” loft apartment.Lunch was provided by the VFW and the VFW Auxiliary.The students were greeted at the VFW by the Color Guard.We would like to thank everyone who helped with the walk-ing tour. We feel it is truly a community event.
JoAn M. Smith,Rotary WalkingTour chairmanBy KRISTI EATONThe Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — SouthDakota’s largest city is welcomingpolitical figures, family and friends intown to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator andthree-time presidential candidate GeorgeMcGovern, a legend in state’s politicalhistory who died Sunday at age 90.Hundreds of people are expected togather today for a public viewing andprayer service at First United MethodistChurch. Among the confirmed guests isVice President Joe Biden, who servedalongside McGovern in the Senate in the1970s and early ’80s.“I was honored to serve with him,to know him and to call him a friend.... Above all, George McGovern was agenerous, kind, honorable man,” Bidensaid Sunday in an emailed statementafter McGovern’s death.The two days of remembrance forthe staunch liberal will include some of South Dakota’s highest ranking officialsfrom both sides of the political spectrum.Sen. John Thune, Rep. Kristi Noem andSouth Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, allRepublicans, have confirmed they planto attend. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.,is scheduled to speak at the 6:30 p.m.prayer service this evening.It isn’t yet clear who will speakFriday at the funeral inside the MarySommervold Hall, which seats 1,800people. McGovern family spokesmanSteve Hildebrand said the family willnot announce who is attending.It’s possible that former PresidentBill Clinton and former Republicanpresidential candidate and U.S. Sen.Bob Dole could attend. Clinton and hiswife, Secretary of State Hillary RodhamClinton, met McGovern while cam-paigning for him in 1972 and remainedfriends. Bill Clinton later appointedMcGovern as ambassador to the UnitedNations’ food and agriculture agencyand awarded him the Presidential Medalof Freedom, the country’s highest civil-ian honor.McGovern later was appointed tobe the first UN Global Ambassador onWorld Hunger. Dole and McGovernco-founded the Food for Education pro-gram for children in poverty-strickencountries.McGovern, who railed against theVietnam War as a senator and later losthis 1972 presidential bid to RepublicanRichard M. Nixon in a historic landslide,is to be buried at a later date at RockCreek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.Sioux Falls business managers arepreparing for an influx of customers,though they don’t know just how many.Tiffany Semmler, a manager atMinervas Restaurant, a few blocks fromthe site of the funeral, is bracing for abusy Friday.“You never know if people are com-ing from out of town and going directlyto the funeral, we might not get anexcessively busy lunch. If they decideto go directly home after the funeral, wewon’t get a big push after the funeral,”she said, noting that the restaurant isplanning to schedule an additional serv-er and cook.“If everyone stays in town and isn’tgoing back to work on Friday, we couldget hit really hard,” she said.At least one hotel is offering a dis-count for those attending the funeral of McGovern, who was born in Avon andgrew up in Mitchell.The executive director of the SiouxFalls Regional Airport bets most out-of-towners will be driving. Pheasant hunt-ing season opened last weekend, saidDan Letellier, and the airport’s 23 dailyflights today and Friday are alreadybooked.“Any national figure or businessleaders from other parts of the countrymay very well end up chartering flightsor corporate jets,” he said.
Sioux Falls braces for crowdsat McGovern services
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Today is Thursday, Oct.25, the 299th day of 2012.There are 67 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Oct. 25, 1962, in adramatic confrontation beforethe U.N. Security Council,U.S. Ambassador Adlai E.Stevenson II demanded thatSoviet Ambassador ValerianZorin confirm or deny theexistence of Soviet-built mis-sile bases in Cuba; when Zorindeclined to respond, Stevensonsaid he was prepared to wait“until hell freezes over” for ananswer. Stevenson then pre-sented photographic evidenceof the bases to the Council.
On this date:
In 1760, Britain’s KingGeorge III succeeded his lategrandfather, George II.In 1812, the frigate USSUnited States, commandedby Stephen Decatur, cap-tured the British vessel HMSMacedonian during the Warof 1812.In 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took placeduring the Crimean War as anEnglish brigade of more than600 men charged the Russianarmy, suffering heavy losses.In 1912, the song “MyMelancholy Baby” by ErnieBurnett and George Nortonwas first published under thetitle “Melancholy.” Countrycomedian Minnie Pearl wasborn Sarah Ophelia Colley inCenterville, Tenn.In 1929, former InteriorSecretary Albert B. Fall wasconvicted in Washington,D.C., of accepting a $100,000bribe from oil tycoon EdwardL. Doheny. (Fall was sen-tenced to a year in prison andfined $100,000; he ended upserving nine months.)In 1939, the play “TheTime of Your Life,” byWilliam Saroyan, opened inNew York.Corn $7.80Wheat $8.59Soybeans $15.46
 
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Professional sports, likemany other pursuits, are get-ting greener every day. Whilepro leagues and teams havetraditionally been the last togo green, it has all changed inrecent years. Maybe it’s thefact that wasting less savesmoney. Or that going greengenerates good public rela-tions. Or that it’s just the rightthing to do. Whether it’s anyor all-of-the-above, profes-sional sports certainly havenever been greener.The Natural ResourcesDefense Council (NRDC), aleading environmental non-profit, has worked with sev-eral sports teams and leaguesto green their operations,and has bundled a collec-tion of case studies into arecently released report,“Game Changer: How theSports Industry is Savingthe Environment.” Oneexample is how baseball’sSan Francisco Giants haveso far saved 171,000 kilo-watt hours of energy at itsstadium, AT+T Park, througha series of lighting retrofits.Another is the building of a 3-megawatt photovoltaicsolar array at NASCAR’sPocono Raceway, which off-sets 3,100 metric tons of CO2each year and provides enoughpower to operate the race-way and 1,000 nearby homes.Still another is basketball’sMinnesota Timberwolves’construction of a 2.5 acregreen roof that preventsannually a million gallons of storm water from spilling intothe Mississippi River fromatop their Minneapolis arena.NRDC hopes its reportcan help educate sportsprofessionals, their suppli-ers and the millions of fansthat patronize the teams andtheir venues about the busi-ness case for greening, fromachieving cost savings andenhancing brands to develop-ing new sponsorship opportu-nities and strengthening com-munity ties.To further these goals,NRDC, along with PaulAllen’s Vulcan Inc., launchedthe Green Sports Alliancein 2010, bringing togeth-er venue operators, teamexecutives and scientists toexchange information anddevelop solutions to theirenvironmental challenges.The findings gathered aremade available to Alliancemembers so that they canbetter understand how sport-ing events can be performedin an environmentally sensi-tive manner. Alliance mem-bers represent more than 100teams and venues from 13different leagues.For teams that want to gogreen but don’t know whereto start, NRDC created aGreening Advisor program,featuring sustainability tipsand green inspiration. Teamsfrom each of North America’smajor sports leagues can findtreasure troves of informationat the intersection of savingmoney and the planet.NRDC calls the green-ing of pro sports “a culturalshift of historic proportions”and delights in the fact that“North America’s profession-al leagues, teams and venueshave collectively saved mil-lions of dollars by shifting tomore efficient, healthy andecologically intelligent oper-ations.”“At the same time, thesports greening movementhas brought important envi-ronmental messages to mil-lions of fans worldwide,”says NRDC. “Sport is a greatunifier, transcending politi-cal, cultural, religious andsocioeconomic barriers. Italso wields a uniquely pow-erful influence [and] in sodoing, promotes a non-polit-ical public commitment toenvironmental protection.”
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WEDNESDAY:
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and car-rots, bread, margarine, fruit, coffee and 2% milk.
THURSDAY:
Cube steak with gravy, mashed potatoes,stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, margarine, peaches, coffee and2% milk.
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5-7 p.m. Thursday; 1-4 p.m.Friday; and 9 a.m.- noon Saturday.Anyone who would like to volunteer should contactCatharine Gerdemann, 419-695-8440; Alice Heidenescher,419-692-5362; Linda Bockey 419-692-7145; or LoreneJettinghoff, 419-692-7331.If help is needed, contact the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and leave a message.
Auto bailoutcould be keyto Obamavictory inOhio
LORDSTOWN (AP) —President Barack Obama’sdecision to help America’sautomakers could end up beingwhat helps drive him back intothe White House.Some 850,000 jobs in thiscritical battleground state aretied to autos and Obama’s cam-paign constantly reminds votersthey’d be jobless if not for thedecision to inject taxpayer dol-lars into General Motors andChrysler. However, the movehas not translated into auto-matic support for the president,even in areas that depend onthe industry. Republican MittRomney also is pitching thesevoters hard with his messagethat Obama hasn’t balancedWashington’s checkbook thesame way voters must.One in eight jobs in Ohiocan be linked to the auto indus-try — whether it’s working on afactory floor or selling groceriesto plant workers. The presiden-tial race’s outcome could boildown to whether voters inter-pret Obama’s move as savingDetroit or bailing it out. But likeother flashpoints in this roughcampaign, there is little middleground between the versions of events and what it means forvoters’ neighbors.“I couldn’t imagine whatLordstown would be,” saidBrian Axiotis, a 37-year-oldObama supporter who worksin information technology andlives in nearby Newton Falls.“A lot of folks would lose theirhouses. Consider the mess thatwould have resulted. It’d be aghost town all over the area.”Since its restructuring, theGeneral Motors plant in thistown of 4,000 people southeastof Cleveland has added a thirdshift — and 1,200 new work-ers with it — to produce thepopular compact Chevy Cruze.GM has pledged $220 millionin updates to the factory and tokeep the 4,500 workers, sug-gesting this town in the formersteel-heavy Mahoning Valleyhas some stability ahead.

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