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BY STACY TAFf staff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — When mosteducators retire, they head off into the sunset with everyintention to take it easy.Sister Mary Georgene of St.John’s Elementary Schoolmay already be technicallyretired but she didn’t fullywithdraw from the schooluntil Monday.“I guess my official retire-ment was about six yearsago,” Sister Georgene said.“But I’ve been coming inabout once a week — any daythey want me to — to help outSue May and Patty Dickman,the two other fourth-gradeteachers.”When Sister Georgenestarted teaching 35 years ago,it took her a little while tofind her niche.“I actually started back inthe 60s with first grade anddid that for a year or two,”she said. “Then in the 70s,I taught second grade for ayear or so. In the late 70s, Ihad the privilege of teach-ing the disastrous 7th grade.They were a handful. I couldonly handle that for one year.Then in 1984, I finally got itright, or that’s what I alwaystell people. That was when Istarted teaching fourth gradeand I’ve stayed ever since.”Even though she lovesteaching, Sister Georgenefeels it’s finally time to slowdown and credits some recenthealth issues with helping hermake the decision.“I’ve been having somemedical issues and I actuallyspent a couple days at VanWert County Hospital backin August,” she said. “WhileI was there, I really thoughtabout it. There are a lot of stairs here and it’s gettingmore and more difficult goingup and down them. Medically,retiring makes sense.”For her next move, SisterGeorgene will head to Toledo,where she hopes to be of useto the Toledo Diocese andher order, the Sisters of NotreDame.“I don’t have anythingplanned yet but we’ll see whathappens when I get up there,”she said. “Maybe there’sa mission up there aroundToledo I can help out with.I’m sure the sisters I live withwill steer me towards some-thing. The main thing I’mplanning on is to keep thingssimple.”Sister Georgene said fare-well to her fellow facultymembers Monday at a goingaway/retirement party andshared some fond memoriesof her career at St. John’s.Even though she has a legionof moments to take with her,one in particular sticks out.“I remember when theyfirst built the All SaintsBuilding, everybody was vot-ing on what to name it,” shesaid. “I was with some kidsone day and everyone wasputting names out for it andI remember saying ‘There
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Mom-To-MomSale set Saturday
The Ottoville Mother’sClub will host a Mom-to-Mom Sale from 8 a.m. tonoon on Saturday at theOttoville Parish Center.Anyone that would liketo attend is welcome to comeand shop. A $2 donation isrequested for admission to thesale and pop, water, bakedgoods and other refreshmentswill be available for purchase.The purpose of this sale is toprovide moms with a venue tosell their gently-used children’sclothes, toys, furniture and otheritems for cash. More than 171tables of gently-used kids itemswill be available for purchase.The Ottoville Mother’sClub is currently organizinga fundraising effort to pur-chase new playground equip-ment for the Ottoville Park.
‘Christmas withJen’ at library
The Delphos PublicLibrary will host “Christmaswith Jen” at 10 a.m. Saturday.Jennifer Salazar willguide each participantin creating their ownChristmas centerpiece.This is a free program.Registration is appreciated.
Jays selling McCombplayoff tickets
The St. John’s AthleticDepartment is selling pre-saletickets (all $7) for its Region22 final versus McComb(7:30 p.m. Friday kickoff atFindlay’s Donnell Stadium)at the following times in thehigh school office: today andThursday 7:30 a.m.–3:30p.m., 7:30-8 p.m. Thursdayand 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.The school will receive apercentage of all tickets pur-chased at the high school.All tickets will be $9 atthe gates, which open at 6p.m. Children 6 years old andolder must have a ticket.The office is also sell-ing season tickets to boysadult reserved-seat seasonticketholders ($80), boysadult general admission sea-son ticketholders ($50) andgirls basketball adult seasontickets ($40) during schoolhours through Tuesday andfrom 7-8 p.m. Nov. 26.Adults who would likea boys general admis-sion season ticket shouldcall the office (419-692-5371) for availability.A family pass for allboys/girls junior high gamesis available for $35.
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St. John’s Elementary retiree Sister Mary Georgene, center, stands with fellow fourth-grade teachers Sue May, left, and Patty Dickman at her retirement party Monday afterschool.
Sr. Mary Georgene says goodbye to St. John’s
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Veterans share stories with students
Veteran Keith Harman, left, talks with St. John’s Elementary School fifth-gradersTuesday. Veterans visited the school in conjunction with Veterans Day.
5 Jennings youth earnEagle Scout ranking
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FORT JENNINGS —Five young men from FortJennings have earned theirranks of an Eagle Scout.Logan and Colin Sickels,son of Doug and CherylSickels; Jacob Young, sonof Dave and Karen Young;Adam Kleman, son of Terryand Judy Kleman; and JaredHoersten, son of Bryan andShelley Hoersten, receivedtheir honors during theEagle Scout Court of HonorCeremony for Fort JenningsTroop #230 on Oct. 21.Logan Sickels, a junior atFort Jennings High School,reworked and painted all theexisting picnic tables at FortJennings Park.Young, a senior, builtbenches for the Outdoor MLAScience Lag at Fort JenningsSchools.Kleman, also a senior,built feline playgrounds for alocal humane society.Hoersten, a junior, con-structed and set team benches,installed a U.S. flag pole andinstalled the scoreboard at theFort Jennings soccer field.Colin Sickels, a senior,made improvementsto the Fort Memorial1812 Monument in FortJennings.
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Five Fort Jennings youth recently received their Eagle Scout designation. LoganSickels, Jacob Young, Adam Kleman, Jared Hoersten and Colin Sickels each earned therank in October.
School board continuesprocess to hire superintendent
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS —Membersof the Delphos City SchoolsBoard of Education used anexecutive session at the endof Monday’s meeting to dis-cuss hiring a superintendent.Interim SuperintendentFrank Sukup has agreed tostay with the district until theend of this school year.During the public por-tion of the meeting, mem-bers approved moving KristinGable to the 150-hour col-umn of the salary scheduleas per the negotiated agree-ment. Gable has reached 150hours of continuing educationtoward her master’s degree.Nikki Geise was employedto fill the middle school caf-eteria cashier position. Shewas selected for the positionthrough civil service testing.Geise is also a part-time cus-todian at the middle school.The board also approvedan updated job descriptionfor Cafeteria Manager SueMcKee and policy manualupdates as recommendedby the Ohio School BoardsAssociation.Treasurer Brad Rostorferrequested the creation of the Martha Jennings HoldenGrant Fund. High SchoolSocial Studies teacher JohnVennekotter received a$2,407 grant to purchase aniPad and five sets of encyclo-pedias for presentations andstudent projects on globalawareness.City and parochial schoolswill dismiss classes at1:30 p.m. Tuesday for theThanksgiving holiday. Classeswill resume on Nov. 26.The next meeting willbegin at 8 p.m. Dec. 10.
 
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Agnes F. Bohnlein, 91,of Delphos, died at 5 a.m.Tuesday at Van Wert InpatientHospice Center.She was born July 21,1921, in Landeck to John andMary (Friedrich) Bohnlein,who preceded her in death.Survivors include niecesand nephews.She was also preceded indeath by four sisters, MaryBackus, Margaret Bohnlein,Rita Hemmert and GeraldineBrandehoff; and seven broth-ers, Frank, Thomas, Louis,John, Joseph, George andRobert Bohnlein.Ms. Bohnlein worked asa bookkeeper for DelphaChevrolet for 16 years. Shethen retired from Central Soyaafter 17 years as a bookkeep-er. She was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch and volunteered andplayed for the church bingofor more than 30 years.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Thomas Gorman officiating.Burial will be in the churchcemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home.Preferred memorials are toVan Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter.
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LUCASVILLE — Ohiocarried out its 49th executionof the modern era smoothlywhile facing the possibilityof a protracted legal battleahead of the 50th executionnext year.Brett Hartman wasdeclared dead at 10:34 a.m.Tuesday, about 17 minutesafter the single powerfuldose of pentobarbital beganflowing into his veins.“I’m good, let’s roll,”Hartman said after declin-ing a final statement.He then smiled in thedirection of his sister andrepeatedly gave her, a friendand his attorney a “thumbsup” with his left hand.“This is not going to defeatme,” Hartman then said towarden Donald Morgan,who didn’t respond.Hartman was sentencedto die for stabbing WindaSnipes of Akron 138 times,slitting her throat and cut-ting off her hands.The effect of the pen-tobarbital did not seem asimmediate as in other exe-cutions at the state prisonin Lucasville, in southernOhio. Four minutes afterHartman first appeared tobe reacting to it as his abdo-men began to rise and fall,his abdomen rose and fellagain, he coughed and hishead shifted rhythmicallyfor a few moments.His sister, Diane Morretti,dabbed at her eyes duringthe process.Both Hartman’s attorney,David Stebbins, and pris-ons system spokeswomanJoEllen Smith said the gapbetween Hartman’s move-ments was not out of theordinary.Hartman was the 49thinmate put to death sinceOhio resumed executions in1999.The next inmate sched-uled to die, Ronald Post,weighs more than 400pounds and wants his execu-tion stopped out of fear hewould suffer severe pain asexecutioners tried to accesshis veins, which his attor-neys argue would be all butimpossible because of hisweight.Post also says his weightcould break the gurney inthe death chamber. The statedisputes Post’s claims, andeven went so far as to place540 pounds of weights onthe gurney for two hours toprove him wrong.Hartman, 38, acknowl-edged that he had sex withSnipes early on the morningof Sept. 9, 1997 at her Akronapartment. He also says hewent back to Snipes’ apart-ment later that day, foundher mutilated body and pan-icked, trying to clean up themess before calling 911.But Hartman said hedidn’t kill her, a claimrejected by numerous courtsover the years.A former co-worker andfriend of Snipes who wit-nessed the execution saidafterward that the familywas relieved the case wasover and that the continu-ous rounds of appeals andmedia reports about the casewere at an end. JacquelineBrown of Doylestown innortheast Ohio also flatlydismissed Hartman’s inno-cence claim.“He’s very, very, veryguilty,” she said afterward.“Now Winda can be atpeace, and that’s what it’sall about.”Stebbins read a state-ment from Hartman’s fam-ily in which they professedhis innocence and asked foradditional testing of sceneevidence.“We hope that the tak-ing of Brett’s innocent lifemight serve as a wake-upcall to the flaws in our legalsystem,” the statement said.Mashed potatoes, pumpkinpies, popcorn, milk, corn onthe cob, and cranberries werenot foods present on the firstThanksgiving’s feast table.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov.14, the 319th day of 2012.There are 47 days left in theyear.
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In 1851, Herman Melville’snovel “Moby-Dick; Or, TheWhale” was first published inthe United States.In 1881, Charles J. Guiteauwent on trial for assassinatingPresident James A. Garfield.(Guiteau was convicted andhanged the following year.)In 1889, inspired by JulesVerne, New York Worldreporter Nellie Bly (ElizabethCochrane) set out to travelaround the world in less than80 days. (She made the trip in72 days.)
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are so many buildings namedafter saints that all the saintsare taken up now.’ Then Isaid ‘Oh, All Saints Day iscoming up soon,’ and one kid jumped up and said ‘Thats it!All Saints!’ So they called itthe All Saints Building. Thekids came up with it, not me.It was just one of those thingsbut it was really a highlightfor me.”With so many great memo-ries and bonds formed overthe years, Sister Georgenewill miss St. John’s when sheleaves.“I’ll miss the teachers andthe kids the most,” she said.“I’ll miss the people I’ve seenevery day and the lady friendsI go out to lunch with once ina while. I’ll miss them all.”
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Israeli airstrikekills Hamasmilitant chief 
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip(AP) — An Israeli airstrikekilled the commander of the military wing of Gaza’sHamas rulers today, Hamasofficials and Israel confirmed,in a dramatic resumption of Israel’s policy of assassinatingPalestinian militant leaders.Ahmed Jabari was the mostsenior Hamas official to bekilled since an Israeli invasionof Gaza four years ago. Jabarihas long topped Israel’s most-wanted list and was notoriousin Israel, which blamed him forin a string of attacks, includingthe kidnapping of Israeli soldierGilad Schalit in 2006.Witnesses said Jabari wastraveling in a vehicle in GazaCity when the car exploded.Crowds of people and securitypersonnel rushed to the scene of the strike, trying to put out thefire that had engulfed the carand left it a charred shell.Hamas police cordoned off the area around a hospital whereat least one body from the strikewas taken. It was draped in awhite sheet, with a burned legpoking out. Hamas said anotherman was killed in the airstrike.Hamas police said threeother airstrikes hit other targetsin Gaza City, Khan Younis andRafah.Israeli officials had said thatthey were considering assassi-nating top Hamas officials fol-lowing a wave of rocket firefrom the Hamas-ruled GazaStrip at southern Israel, trig-gering Israeli airstrikes. Theexchanges appeared to be wan-ing on Tuesday, but the killingof Jabari is likely to re-ignitethe flare-up.Israeli military officials,speaking on condition of ano-nymity under army regulations,said Jabari was identified by“precise intelligence” gatheredover several months.Advocates say targetedkillings are an effective deter-rent without the complicationsassociated with a ground opera-tion, chiefly civilian and Israelitroop casualties. Proponentsargue they also prevent futureattacks by removing their mas-terminds.
 
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Raabe Ford Lincoln of Delphos will present “GoFurther with Ford Night”from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Theevent is a free fundraiser thatwill benefit The EquestrianTherapy Program, engag-ing consumers in the final“Random Acts of Fusion”adventure and offering them achance to see the all-new 2013Ford Fusion in person.For each person whoattends Go Further with FordNight, Raabe Ford Lincolnwill donate $20 – up to a totalof $1,000 – to The EquestrianTherapy Program.While at the dealership,consumers will have a uniqueopportunity to compete to wina special VIP experience withAmerican Idol®. A computerwith a webcam will be set upin the dealership to allow con-sumers to view a special mes-sage from Seacrest and testtheir judging skills on camera,in true American Idol style.American Idol premieres inJanuary 2013 on FOX.Entries will be sent back toFord’s program headquarters,where a team of experts willevaluate and select one win-ner to receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Hollywoodand a unique VIP experiencewith American Idol.Consumers 18 years andolder who are interested inparticipating in Go Furtherwith Ford Night may prereg-ister for the event at www.RandomActsofFusion.comand be entered for a chance towin tickets to a live taping of American Idol. Additionally,registrants at dealerships onThursday will be entered intoa prize drawing to win anall-new 2013 Ford Fusion.No purchase is necessary andother restrictions apply. Seefull official rules online fordetails.
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Allen County high school students who received Honda/OSU Partnership Math MedalAwards are, front from left, Bryce Ringwald, Spencerville; Kirstan Scott, Shawnee;Jessica Brockert, Bluffton; Katherine Lee, Perry; Todd Rode, St. John’s; and back, Austin Schroder, Lima Senior; Jacob Violet, Jefferson; Samuel Shutt, Bath; Alex Swick, Lima Central Catholic; and Aric Thompson, Elida. Not pictured: Trey Gossard, AllenEast High School.
Seniors receive Honda-OSUMath Medal Award
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Eleven high-achievingAllen County high schoolseniors received the Honda-OSU Math Medal Award froma partnership between Hondaof America ManufacturingInc. and The Ohio StateUniversity. The award rec-ognizes and honors the topsenior mathematics student ineach high school near Hondaoperations in central Ohio fortheir achievements in math-ematics courses throughouthigh school.Math Medal winners fromAllen County and their highschools are: Bryce Ringwald,Spencerville; Kirstan Scott,Shawnee; Jessica Brockert,Bluffton; Katherine Lee,Perry; Todd Rode, St. John’s;and back, Austin Schroder,Lima Senior; Jacob Violet,Jefferson; Samuel Shutt, Bath;Alex Swick, Lima CentralCatholic; Aric Thompson,Elida; and Trey Gossard,Allen East High School.This is the ninth anniversa-ry of the Math Medal Awards,presented by the Honda-OhioState Partnership, a univer-sity-industry partnership thatsupports programs in educa-tion and research to benefitthe transportation indus-try. This year 136 seniorsreceived the award. TheCentral Ohio Region MathMedal Award event was heldNov. 1 at Honda of Americain Marysville to honor topmath students from 15 areacounties. The scholars were joined by family members,teachers and friends to receivetheir math medal. Recognizedas their school’s top mathstudent in the Class of 2013,each student received a pew-ter math medal, plaque and$100 gift card from Hondaof America Manufacturingand Ohio State University’sCollege of Engineering.In addition, the mathmedal award comes with a$3,000 scholarship opportu-nity at Ohio State’s Collegeof Engineering for the 2013-14 academic year. Over thepast eight years, more than70 central Ohio region MathMedal recipients have goneon to receive the $3,000scholarship at Ohio State’sCollege of Engineering.”We are pleased to recog-nize these outstanding mathstudents for their academicachievements,” said David B.Williams, dean, Ohio StateCollege of Engineering. “Wehope this award encouragesthese students to put their tal-ents to use in a career in engi-neering and to further theireducation at Ohio State.”
Marion Township Trustees
The Marion TownshipTrustees met Mondayat the Marion Townshipoffice with the followingmembers present: JerryGilden, Joseph Youngpeterand Howard Violet.The purpose of themeeting was to pay billsand conduct ongoing busi-ness. The minutes of theprevious meeting wereread and approved as read.The trustees then reviewedthe bills and gave approv-al for 18 checks totaling$12,774.58.Road Foreman Elwerreported the Road and SignInventory for October hasbeen completed.All crossovers anddriveway approaches thatneeded paved have beencompleted.Fiscal Officer Kimmetgave the Trustees theBank Reconciliation andthe Fund Status report forOctober 31, 2012 to reviewand sign.Police Chief Vermillionadvised the trustees that hehas completed the DRMOapplication.Trustee Violet remind-ed the trustees the annualhealth coverage for theTownship is approachingand needs reviewed.There being no fur-ther Business, a motion toadjourn by Trustee Violetwas seconded by TrusteeYoungpeter and passedunanimously.
Ohio girl saysshe was lockedin basement, punished
HAMILTON (AP) — A12-year-old girl who authori-ties say was locked in abasement for weeks testifiedTuesday that she was heldunder cold showers, slapped,spanked and fed peanut buttersandwiches for punishment.The girl, her older sisterand a social worker wereamong those who testified onthe first day of the trial forShawn and Joanna Blackston,the 12-year-old’s father andstepmother. The trial is tocontinue Wednesday in aButler County court.Shawn Blackston, 40,and Joanna Blackston, 37, of Middletown, have pleadednot guilty to a misdemeanorcount of child endangeringfor allegedly locking the girlin the basement as punish-ment. The couple could getup to six months in jail if the judge finds them guilty, acourt official said.The girl clutched a teddybear and rocked in a chairas she spoke in court, TheHamilton JournalNewsreported.She told the court that shehad to ask to use an upstairsbathroom, and her par-ents would give her two orthree pieces of toilet paper.She acknowledged that shesneaked out of the house,found food in a neighbor’strash can and returned to thebasement.The girl’s older sister,identified by The CincinnatiEnquirer as ShawnaBlackston, 18, testified ear-lier that the 12-year-old waskept in the family’s basementto protect younger children inthe home after the 12-year-old threatened to hurt them.The younger girl was notidentified.The older sister also toldthe court that the younger girlwas forced to sit on a porchin a thunderstorm for about30 minutes and was “soaked,”the JournalNews reported.Attorneys for theBlackstons have describeda different situation at thehome. They said the 12-year-old wouldn’t obey her par-ents, destroyed her clothesand other items in the base-ment, and once threatenedto kill her 2- and 3-year-oldsiblings, the JournalNewsreported.The parents’ attorneys didnot immediately return callsfor comment Tuesday fromThe Associated Press.A Butler County ChildrenServices caseworker testifiedthat the girl was underweightwhen authorities found herin the basement this sum-mer after an anonymous tipalleged child abuse.
County approvessouthwest Ohioracino project
LEBANON (AP) —Commissioners in southwestOhio’s Warren County haveapproved plans for a $175million “racino” about 30miles north of Cincinnati.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports the facility approvedTuesday will combine horseracing with up to 2,500 slots-like gambling terminals.Construction is expected tostart in December, and it’sslated to open in 2014 if thestate approves.The 120-acre site nearInterstate 75 will employ about700 people. It is expected toinclude a grandstand, restau-rants and other buildings.It wouldn’t be the state’sfirst so-called racino. SciotoDowns in Columbus openedone in June, and others are inthe works.Cincinnati also is getting anew casino, which is sched-uled to open next spring.
Cleveland zootakes in rescued2-foot alligator
CLEVELAND (AP) — A2-foot alligator rescued by asewer district crew is getting anew home with the Clevelandzoo’s educational programs.Workers rescued the rep-tile last week to keep it fromfreezing to death in the citysewer system and put it inwarm water to revive it.The zoo says it plans tokeep the gator, now namedJenni, under quarantine for amonth. Then it will becomepart of on- and off-site educa-tional programs.It’s not clear how the rep-tile ended up in Cleveland’sBig Creek, though there’sbeen speculation that anowner might have set it loosein response to the new Ohiolaw that requires owners toregister exotic animals.
Report troublesOhio cancercluster families
CLYDE (AP) — Somefamilies whose childrenare part a northern Ohiocancer cluster say they’retroubled after soil samplesfrom a former park showedhigh levels of a chemicalbelieved to increase therisk of certain cancers inhumans.Attorneys for the familymembers cite a recent reportprepared for the federalEnvironmental ProtectionAgency about park groundsin the Clyde area, whereat least 35 children havebeen diagnosed with cancersince the mid-1990s.The report says soil sam-ples taken near a basket-ball court showed metalsand PCBs, or polychlori-nated biphenyls, in amountsexceeding EPA levels.The report says a tipleft on a hotline indicateda company used a blacksludge-like material to fillin the area near the court.The family membersplanned a news conferencetoday.
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