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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — In recentyears, there has been a grow-ing concern the educationalsystem in the United Statesis being surpassed by othercountries in math, scienceand technology. A recently-introduced national program,STEM Education, seeks toaddress this by providinghands-on education in theseareas beginning at an earlyage.At St. John’s ElementarySchool, those in charge of theprogram are teachers SharonClosson, Julie Neidert, LoisMacLennan and LindseyTeman. The group alsoincludes Mel Rode, who actsas one of the coaches forthe school’s Lego Roboticsteam, another facet of STEM,which stands for Science,Technology, Engineering andMathematics Education.St. John’s involvementwith the program began witheighth-grade Lego Roboticsand now has expanded toinclude fifth-, sixth- andseventh-grade and evenhigh school students. It alsoincludes other activities thathelp develop STEM skills.“This year I’m teaching anactual STEM class for sev-enth and eighth grade everyday,” Closson said. “Theprojects we’ve done using thedesign process and only lim-ited materials include creat-ing a package to ship a potatochip, the tallest free-standingtower, a display tower anda rescue device. We wantthem to be exposed to thedesign process and to have achance to discover differentSTEM-related career paths atan early age. We want themto develop an appreciationfor these areas.”For Neidert, STEM is partof her fifth- and sixth-grademath classes.“With my sixth-gradeclass, we did an activity called‘Tinkering With Tops’,” shesaid. “We started by readingthe history on tops and thentalked about modern-dayapplications. In small groups,they drew a top design thatthey thought would workbest and were given every-day, limited supplies to buildthem. If they needed more of something, they needed totrade with other groups. Theywould then test and refine
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ROCKFORD — ARockford woman is deadand authorities are searchingfor a 40-year-old man theybelieve is responsible.Just before 10:45 a.m.Thursday, Rockford Policewere dispatched to the northside of the village at 509North St. When RockfordPolice Chief Paul Mayarrived on the scene to inves-tigate the shooting, he wentinside the residence andfound the body of 26-year-old Melinda S. Shinn.A warrant was issuedfor 40-year-old Daniel C.Martin on a murder chargebut as of Thursday nightMartin had not been locat-ed. According to the MercerCounty Sheriff’s Office,Martin may be driving a1998 red Ford Explorer withOhio license plates EHU5541. The Sheriff’s Office isasking for anyone with anyinformation about Martin’swhereabouts to contact themat 419-586-7724.The Mercer CountySheriff’s Office is now han-dling the investigation withassistance from RockfordPolice. Sheriff Jeff Greyheld a press conference thismorning to give additionalinformation about the caseand the suspect.No further informationwas available at press time.
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Jessica Odenweller, Hannah Benavidez and Allie Buettner construct a display tower.
STEM program hands-on approach
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 Jefferson inducts 11 into National Honor Society
Eleven Jefferson High School students were inducted into the National Honor Scoiety on Wednesday. They include, front from left, Rileigh Stockwell and Gabrielle Pimpas; row two, Libbi Brown, Kenidi Ulm, Brooke Teman, RachelMahlie and Kamie Pulford; and back, Zack Johnson, Austin Jettinghoff, Zack Bland and Justin Stewart. Hopefulssubmit an application along with an essay for consideration. They are judged on scholarship, leadership, service andcharacter.
Partly cloudySaturdaywith highsin the upper60s and lowsin the upper40s. See page 2.
CD of A setsCookie WalkSaturday
Catholic Daughters of America’s Delphos Courtwill hold its annual CookieWalk from 9 a.m. until soldout Saturday at Alco.Walkers can pick out a dec-orated tin and fill it with home-made cookies of their choice.The court will also holdits card party fundraiser forthe Delphos Public Libraryat 7 p.m. on Tuesday at theK of C hall. Bring a groupof friends and gather toplay any favorite game.Dessert will be providedand there will also be a “BakedGoods Jitney Auction.”Tickets are availablefor a donation of $2 andcan be picked up from anyCD of A member or atthe door that evening.
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Today’s OHSAA FootballRegional Semifinal Pairings (7:30p.m.):Division II:
Region 5: 8 ChagrinFalls Kenston (7-4) vs. 4 Chardon(9-2) at Mentor Jerome T. Osborne Sr.Stadium; 2 Kent Roosevelt (10-1) vs.3 Aurora (10-1) at Hudson MemorialStadium-Murdough FieldRegion 6: 1 Tiffin Columbian (11-0) vs. 4 Avon (10-1) at Fremont RossHarmon Field at Don Paul Stadium; 2Toledo Central Catholic (10-1) vs. 6Mansfield Madison (10-1) at SanduskyPerkins Firelands Regional MedicalCenter StadiumRegion 7: 1 Dresden Tri-Valley(11-0) vs. 4 New Albany (9-2) atZanesville Sulsberger Stadium; 7 CanalWinchester (9-2) vs. 3 Cols. Marion-Franklin (10-1) at Hamilton Twp. AlumniFieldRegion 8: 1 Cin. Turpin (11-0) vs. 4Franklin (10-1) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium; 2 Cin. Winton Woods(8-3) vs. 6 Trotwood-Madison (9-2) atTrenton Edgewood Kumler Field
Division IV:
Region 13: 1 Brookfield(11-0) vs. 4 Akron Manchester (8-3) atTwinsburg Tiger Stadium; 2 CrestonNorwayne (11-0) vs. 6 YoungstownLiberty (9-2) at Uniontown Lake AlumniFieldRegion 14: 1 Cols. Bishop Hartley(11-0) vs. 4 Richwood North Union (11-0) at Ohio Wesleyan Univ. Selby Field;
2 Ottawa-Glandorf (11-0)
vs. 3 Genoa Area (11-0) at Findlay Donnell StadiumRegion 15: 1 St. Clairsville(11-0) vs. 5 Piketon (9-2) at LoganChieftain Stadium; 2 Ironton (7-3) vs.3 Johnstown-Monroe (9-2) at AthensScott Riggs and Family StadiumRegion 16: 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (11-0) vs. 4 Batavia (11-0) atKings Stadium; 7 West Milton Milton-Union (9-2) vs. 3 Norwood (10-1) atKettering Fairmont Roush Stadium
Division VI
: Region 21: 1Mogadore (11-0) vs. 5 Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-2) at RavennaGilcrest Field; 2 Malvern (10-1) vs.6 Youngstown Christian School (8-2)at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary JohnCistone Field – Green Street StadiumRegion 22: 1 McComb (11-0) vs.5 Tiffin Calvert (7-4) at Millbury LakeCommunity Stadium; 2 Fremont St.Joseph Central Catholic (10-1) vs.
6Delphos St. John’s (7-4)
at PerrysburgWiddel Field at Steinecker StadiumRegion 23: 1 Danville (10-1) vs. 4Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (8-3) atGahanna Lincoln Stadium; 2 NewarkCatholic (9-2) vs. 3 Glouster Trimble(10-1) at Sheridan Paul Culver Jr.StadiumRegion 24:
1 Ada (10-1) vs. 4 St.Henry (8-3)
at Lima Stadium;
2 Minster (9-2) vs. 3 Maria Stein Marion Local(9-2)
at Piqua Alexander Stadium-PurkField
Justel immersed in ‘American’ life
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — Of allthe reasons an 18-year-oldexchange student wouldchoose to come to America,the Presidential Election isn’tone you’d expect. However,for Alex Justel of Fichtelberg,Germany, the election was aprimary attraction.“It’s a great honor to behere during the election. It’sone of the main reasons whyI wanted to come,” he said.“Policy is more aggressivehere than in Germany. I can’tdecide which guy I supportand I’m sure I would choosethe wrong one. I just hope thebetter guy will win; whoeveris better for America.”While a presidential elec-tion is certainly exciting,there were other reasonsJustel decided to come spenda year in the United States.“I wanted to improve myEnglish skills, of course, andI also wanted to get to knowsome new people and a newculture,” he said. “I wanted toexperience the American wayof life. It was also a way forme to escape from home fora while. I’ve already gradu-ated back in Germany so it’sa way for me to take a breakbefore I begin my studies atuniversity. I’m going to studygeosciences. I find earth sci-ences very interesting.”While staying with thefamily of Rick and LoriFischer, Justel is attendingOttoville High School as asenior. Since he is 18, heis limited in the number of activities he can participate inbut he manages to stay busy.
See JUSTEL, page 12
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Exchange student Alex Justel, left, stands with his host parents, Lori and Rick Fischer, and their son, Trevor. The Fischers have two other sons, Cory and Justin.
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Partly cloudy.Lows in the mid 40s. Southwinds 10 to 15 mph.
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TUCSON, Ariz. — Thepain was palpable, measuredin silent stares in the court-room between an emotion-less murderer and woundedformer congresswoman wholooked her attempted killerin the eyes for the first timesince he shot her in the head.Gabrielle Giffords limpedto the podium Thursday, herastronaut husband by herside, inside a packed Tucsoncourtroom before a judgeordered Jared Lee Loughnerto spend the rest of his lifein prison.It was the first time sincethe January 2011 shootingrampage that his victimswould get a chance to speaktheir minds directly to him.Loughner sat silent, butappeared to absorb everyword, his blank gaze fixedon each victim as they scold-ed him, told stories of theirpain and loss and recountedthose horrific moments whengunfire changed their livesforever.“You killed six innocentpeople,” said Giffords’ hus-band, Mark Kelly. “Her lifehas been forever changed.Plans she had for our fam-ily and her career have beenimmeasurably altered. ...Every day is a continuousstruggle to do those thingsshe once was so good at.”Giffords, wearing a blackbrace around her torso, lookedclosely at the 24-year-oldLoughner for several minuteswithout uttering a word.Loughner looked on,appearing to listen, but show-ing no emotion. His mothersobbed nearby.He was then ordered toserve seven consecutive lifesentences, plus 140 years infederal prison for the shoot-ings that killed six people andwounded 13 as Giffords metwith constituents in a Tucsonshopping plaza. Giffords wasleft partially blind with a par-alyzed right arm and braininjury.Loughner’s guilty pleaenables him to avoid a fed-eral death sentence, and stateprosecutors said they wouldnot file separate charges,largely to spare the victimscontinued pain, and giventhat Loughner will never seefreedom again.The sentence marked theend of a nearly two-year-longsaga in which Loughner, whohas schizophrenia, was forc-ibly medicated at a Missouriprison medical facility so hecould be competent to under-stand the charges againsthim. U.S. District JudgeLarry Burns recommendedThursday that he remainthere indefinitely, and con-tinue to be medicated, but it’sup to federal prison officialswhere he will ultimately beincarcerated.Some victims, includingGiffords, welcomed the pleadeal as a way to move on.It spared victims and theirfamilies from having to gothrough a potentially lengthyand traumatic trial.At the hearing, Loughnerlooked nothing like the smil-ing bald man with a bruisearound his eye seen in themug shot taken after theshooting. He had closelycropped brown hair and waswearing dress pants, shirt andtie.One by one, his victimsapproached the podium, thenturned toward Loughner whosat at a table with his defenseattorneys.Loughner declined tospeak on his own behalf.Mavy Stoddard, who wasshot three times and cradledher dying husband, 76-year-old Dorwin Stoddard, in herarms as he lay bleeding aftershielding her from gunfire,was among those who spoke.“You took away my life,my love and my reason forliving,” Stoddard said.“I am so lonesome, hateliving without him,” sheadded, her voice cracking.Staring down at Loughner,she said, “We will never letyou win. You will not takeour spirit.”Susan Hileman, who wasshot three times while tryingto save her 9-year-old neigh-bor, shook as she spoke.“We’ve been told aboutyour demons, about the ill-ness that skewed your think-ing,” she said. “Your parents,your schools, your commu-nity, they all failed you. It’sall true. It’s not enough.”“You pointed a weaponand shot me three times,” sheadded.Before the attack, officialsat Pima Community Collegehad suspended Loughnerover safety concerns after hisclassroom disruptions. Theytold him that if he wantedto return, he would have toget a mental health clearance.Loughner dropped out.The court-appointed psy-chologist who treated himhad warned that althoughLoughner was competent toplead guilty, he remainedseverely mentally ill and hiscondition could deteriorateunder the stress of a trial.Legal experts had pre-dicted that the only viabledefense for Loughner wasinsanity, but his attorneysnever mounted it.At 2:47 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were con-tacted by a resident in the600 block of West First Streetin reference to subjects in aparked vehicle smoking whatappeared to be marijuana.Upon officers’ arrival inthe area, they located thevehicle and four juvenile sub- jects inside it. A check of thevehicle and the subjects foundwhat appeared to be drug par-aphernalia and a green leafysubstance consistent withbeing marijuana.The juveniles were takeninto custody and later turnover to their parents. Chargesare pending in this matter.At 8:28 a.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were calledto a bank in Delphos in refer-ence to a fraudulent check.After speaking with bankofficials, it was found the victimhad received a letter advisingthem they had won the lotteryand upon cashing the check,the victim needed to return alarge sum of money back to thesender for a processing fee.The check was in fact nogood and was an attemptto scam the victim out of money. Police have receivedseveral complaints in the pastfew weeks of similar scams tosend money back to a senderfor a processing fee or a simi-lar reason.Police warn residents anynotice they receive statingthey won a large amount of money or if they are sellingan item that the buyer wantsto send more money than theselling price and that the sell-er needs to send money back,it is likely a scam and theyshould not send any moneywithout checking with a localbank or authorities to verifythe check is legitimate.At 3:48 p.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were called toa business in the 1300 blockof East Fifth Street in refer-ence to a suspicious bill at thebusiness.Upon officers’ arrival, anemployee of the business stat-ed someone had attempted todeposit a $50 bill that waschecked with a counterfeit billpen, showed signs that the billwas counterfeit. Upon speak-ing with the victim, it wasfound they had received it atanother business in Delphosand had no idea who origi-nally used the bill.The bill was collected byofficers and the case will beturned over to the DetectiveBureau for further investiga-tion.Corn $7.56Wheat $8.78Soybeans $14.79
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On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazislooted and burned syna-gogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses inGermany and Austria in apogrom that became knownas “Kristallnacht.”
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In 1965, the great Northeastblackout occurred as a seriesof power failures lasting upto 13 1/2 hours left 30 millionpeople in seven states and partof Canada without electricity.
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DELPHOS —Improvements in Delphosproviding water within thecity at peak usage times arecoming.Council heard on firstreading a resolution forSafety Service Director GregBerquist to enter into a con-tract with the successful bid-der for a Phase II of WaterTreatment Plant By-PassImprovement Project onMonday.Phase II includes bid-ding ($3,500), constructionadministration ($3,000);and construction observa-tion ($4,300). Total con-struction is estimated to cost$247,000 with a CommunityDevelopment Block Grantcovering $194,500.Berquist said the con-struction bids for the projectopened on Thursday.Berquist told council thereis a bottleneck between theclearwells and the water plantand the improvements wouldincrease the city’s capacity toprovide water.“Right now there is an8-inch line in there and wewill install an additional12-inch line,” Berquist said.The clearwells are usedfor chlorine contact forwater before it is movedto the upground tanks fordistribution. The clearwellsare currently connected sowater has to go throughall three before becomingavailable to move to thetanks. Part of the projectwill also include separat-ing the clearwells so theycan be used individually aswell. This will also make itpossible to put more waterinto the tanks in a shorterperiod of time.Council OK’d Phase Iof the project in June 2011,which included survey-ing ($2,200); preliminarydesign ($6,500); final design($8,600); and EPA Permitting($900). It was completed lastyear.A budget meeting followedthe regular council meeting.The next council meetingwill begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.
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Ohio AG: no sentence deal in Craigslist killings
By THOMAS J.SHEERANThe Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) —No deal has been struck forleniency for a teenager con-victed in a deadly plot to luremen with phony Craigslist job offers, Ohio’s attorneygeneral said Thursday.The sentencing in Akronfor Brogan Rafferty, 17, waspostponed until Friday and hismother said earlier that a dealin return for his cooperationagainst the alleged trigger-man was under discussion.Because of a gag order,Attorney General MikeDeWine wouldn’t commenton the sentencing except totell The Associated Press onThursday that there was nosentencing deal. He made nomention of any continuingtalks to strike a deal.There was no commentfrom the defense.The teen was convictedlast week of killing three menand trying to kill a fourth,who was shot but survived.Judge Lynne Callahanpostponed the sentencingduring a brief court ses-sion Monday but offered noexplanation. The postpone-ment came after prosecutors,including attorneys fromDeWine’s office, and defenseattorneys met privately in the judge’s chambers.Rafferty could face up tolife in prison without chanceof parole but his cooperationagainst Richard Beasley, 53,could give him a chance forfreedom at some point —perhaps in 20 or 30 years.Beasley, described as theteen’s spiritual mentor, haspleaded not guilty and faces aJan. 7 trial.AKRON (AP) — The util-ity FirstEnergy says it expectsto cut up to 400 jobs by 2016 asit struggles against a lacklustereconomy that’s led to lowerdemand and power prices.The (Cleveland) PlainDealer reports that the com-pany’s CEO talked aboutthe coming job cuts duringa public teleconference withanalysts Thursday about third-quarter financial results.FirstEnergy’s AnthonyAlexander said the reductionswould be made through “nor-mal attrition” beginning nextyear.The Akron-based companyemploys 17,000 people in 10companies from Ohio to theEast Coast. Its third-quarternet profits were down nearly20 percent compared with thesame period in 2011.FirstEnergy was faced withrestoring power to around250,000 customers in north-east Ohio following super-storm Sandy last week.DAYTON (AP) — Ohiofood banks are distributingmore food these days thanduring the recession a fewyears ago.The Ohio Associationof Foodbanks says a diffi-cult employment climateand increased costs for dailynecessities are to blame.The association says statefood banks distributed 45 per-cent more food and supplies infiscal year 2012 than they did just three years earlier at theheight of the recession.The Dayton Daily Newsreports that the 164 millionpounds of food distributed topantries and other charities inthe last year was an increasethat is alarming to officialsthroughout the state.They say the increasematches the trend of greater“food insecurity” in Ohio,which is also growing through-out the country.
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COLUMBUS (AP) — OhioState University has enrolled arecord number of out-of-stateand international freshmenthis year.The Columbus Dispatchreports that the state’s larg-est university has already hittargets for out-of-state andinternational students thatweren’t expected until 2015.University officials reportedthe news to trustees Thursday.Of Ohio State’s 7,186 fresh-men this year, 1,758 are fromstates other than Ohio. That’sabout a 17 percent increaseover last year.A growing number of schools across the nation havebeen turning to out-of-statestudents to make up for statecuts in funding to higher edu-cation. OSU officials said theyhave been motivated by theneed to make up for a dropin Ohio’s population of high-school-age children.
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