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Saturday, November 17, 2012
D
ELPHOS
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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Window to the Past, p4 Jays eliminated, p6
UpfrontSports
Forecast
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Index
Mostly cleartonight.Lows in theupper 20s.Mostly sunnySunday withhighs in the lower 50s.Lows in the mid 30s.
www.delphosherald.com
Turkey winners
The Delphos Herald ispleased to announce the win-ners in the 2012 Win-a-TurkeySweepstakes.Winners and the place theyregistered are:Mary Young, Delphos,from Hickory Pit BBQ;Marie Warnecke, FortJennings, from That Place forPets;Dave Rhoads, Delphos,from Tri-County Do-It Center;Christa Kroeger, Delphos,from Delphos Sporting Goods;Ellen Brown, Middle Point,from Pick ‘N Save;Bob Byrne, Ottoville, fromChief Supermarket;Ernest Miller, Van Wert,from Greve Chrysler, JeepDodge;Beverly Schnipke, Ottoville,from The Ottoville Bank Co;Jeff Martin, Delphos, fromGerman Mutual InsuranceCompany;Sharon Earley, Elida, fromMain Street Ice Cream;Joe Hertel, Van Wert, fromSave-A-Lot Grocery;Ms. Ruth Johns, Delphos,from First Federal Bank;Kevin Scalf, Delphos, fromPeak 24 Hour Fitness;Earl Gerdeman, Delphos,from Delphos Discount Drugs;Sandy Rostorfer, Delphos,from Pitsenbarger Supply Inc.Erica Berryman, MiddlePoint, from Lee Kinstle;Phyllis Kinkle, Delphos,from Reliable Plumbing andHeating;Teresa Wells, Convoy, fromKitchens Inc.; andVernon Hundley, MiddlePoint, from Easy Auto Credit.
CLC to visit treefestival Sunday
Member of Landeck CLCCouncil 84 will meet at 1p.m. Sunday at the DelphosCanal Commission Museumto visit the Christmas TreeFestival.For a ride, contactCatherine Heitz at 419-692-9753.
I am thankful for ...
Stephanie Groves photo
Vancrest cook Gaile Young surveys the oven-baked Tomturkeys.
Thanksgivingabout family
BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — WhenVancrest Healthcare Centerresidents and their fam-ily members sat downfor Thanksgiving dinnerThursday night, they shareda common bond which wasmuch more than a fine-tunedfeast with all the fixings. The“icing on the cake” was theobvious joy, pride and overallmagic the celebration broughtto the residents who may onlysee certain family membersduring the holiday season.Vancrest Director CindyLangenkamp feels a strongcompassion for the residentsand families and knows theholiday season is a very busytime. By hosting the dinnerearly, more family memberswho live out of town are ableto see their loved ones livingin the facility.“We love the time wehave with them [residents]and feel blessed to be part of their lives. Some residentsare too ill or it has becometoo difficult for them to trav-el,” Lagenkamp said. “So webring the holiday to them.”Director of Assisted LivingRene Mueller has been veryinstrumental in the planningand execution of the annualevent, which has becomequite a tradition over the pastfive years. Mueller describesthe event as a celebration of family and the connectionthey share.“I’ve seen families extendthemselves to residents thatdid not have relatives visit-ing that night. They envelopthe resident with compassion,warmth and love,” Muellerspoke passionately. “All thepreparation is worth everysmile, every hug — we leavefeeling proud of our accom-plishment, feeling full andknowing we helped touchlives.”Each resident invites 2-3family members to join themin celebration of the tradi-tional harvest festival andreligious observances.Organizing a plan of thismagnitude is no small feat.Maria Diltz, from MedicalRecords, and Director of Nursing Mindy Morelandorder enough invitations,tables, table clothes and sil-verware to accommodate 400people months in advance.Schematics are drawn config-uring the placement of furni-ture, serving tables, staff, vol-unteers and residents ensur-ing the safety of everyoneinvolved.“It’s kind of like planninga wedding,” Diltz made thecomparison. “I just do whatI have do to make them [resi-dents and family] happy.”Langenkamp described theplanning of the event as a well-tuned machine. Preparationsfor the dinner include settingup each of the seven commonareas to accommodate resi-dents and family. St. John’sHigh School and RhodesCollege students volunteeredtheir time to help prepare forand serve dinner. Eighty staff members were also on duty tohelp with the holiday dinner.Dietary Manager MonicaFrench and her staff beganbaking turkeys early in themorning.“We’ve prepared enoughfood to feed 400 people,including two Tom turkeys,36 pounds of cranberry salad,50 pounds of dressing, 384slices of pumpkin pie, 30 gal-lons of punch and 33 dozendinner rolls,” French detailedthe menu.
Vancrest Healthcare Center
LaDonna Feasby and Betty Weichart enjoy dessert.
“The nice house to live in.”
 — Gwen Wagner
“My family, my teacher, my school,my friends and water and food.”
— Landen Grothaus
“I’m thankful for myfriends and my family.”
— Jackson Kill
“My family and my friends. Mysister, too, but she’s family.”
— TJ Werts, 
“Family and friends.”
— Aubrie Friemoth
“Family, friendsand my sister.”
— Mahlin Haunhorst
“My teachers, friendsand life, I guess.”
— Cassidy Werts
“Air Force, family, God,friends, grandma and grandpa.”
— Justin Mox
“Teachers, parents, sis-ter, food and clothing.”
 — Rileigh Rahrig
“God, family, grandpar-ents and cousins.”
— Alyvia Lindeman
“My friend Colinand my family.”
— Blaine Martin
“USA and my family.”
— Joshua Ringwald
“Family, pet dog and school.”
— MaKyla Miller
“Having food andnice parents.”
— Daniel Myers
“Having my 3 dogs as pets.”
— Allysa Harshman
“A roof over my head.”
 — Ramon Nunez
“Electricity.”
— Leah Wood
“Mom and Dad.”
— Sebastian Baughn
The Delphos Herald wanted to know what local students were thankful for this year. We interviewed Franklin, Landeck, St. John’s, Ottoville and Fort  Jennings students and here’s what they had to say. (Read more on page 10)
Franklin ElementaryLandeck ElementarySt. John’s Elementary
“We love thetime we havewith them [resi-dents] and feelblessed to be partof their lives.Some residentsare too ill or ithas become toodifficult for themto travel. ... Sowe bring theholiday to them.”
— Cindy Lagenkamp,Vancrest direcctor
Friday’s Regional FinalsD-VI
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Marion Local 28, St. Henry 21;
McComb 28,
St. John’s 21;
Mogadore 42,Youngs. Christian 20; NewarkCath. 48, Danville 46
D-IV
: Clinton-Massie35, Milton-Union 7; Cols.Hartley 41,
Ottawa-Glandorf 31
; Creston Norwayne 49,Brookfield 28; St. Clairsville37, Johnstown-Monroe 29
D-II
: Aurora 34, Chardon14; New Albany 32, Cols.Marion-Franklin 30; ToledoCC 42, Avon 14; Trotwood-Madison 42, Cin. Turpin 14
Saturday’s Pairings(7 p.m.)D-V:
Reg. 18: 4 L-B (11-1) vs. 7 Patrick Henry (10-2) at Lima Stadium; Reg.20: 1 Coldwater (12-0) vs. 3Covington (12-0) at DaytonWelcome Stadium.
 
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2 The Herald Saturday, November 17, 2012
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 113
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany Brantley,
circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions willbe accepted in towns or villag-es where The Delphos Heraldpaper carriers or motor routesprovide daily home delivery for$1.48 per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
Two lonely little Hostess Apple Fruit Pies fillD3 in the snack machine on the second floor of The Herald building.On Friday, Hostess announced it would closeafter decades of providing beloved snacks toyoung and old alike.No more Twinkies, CupCakes, Ding Dongs,Ho-Hos, Struessel Cakes, Suzy Qs, Fruit Pies,Donettes, Zingers or Coffee Cakes.No more soft, moist cake with cream fillingof perfect consistency. No more smooth, meltyfudge over chocolate cake. No more Coffee Cakeloaded with brown sugar and cinnamon. Nomore fruit pies with sweet, juicy bits of apple ina smooth filling. No more CupCakes with the 8perfect loops on the top.How did this happen? How could somethingthat has been a part of my life forever just goaway?Well, maybe not gone entirely. Rumor hasit some other company may pick up a few of Hostess’ offering.Hostess is blaming the company’s demise onunreasonable union workers. The workers sayHostess had already filed for bankruptcy and theyhad given some concessions and the money fromthose was to be plowed back into the company.Workers say it never happened. Top managementwas given 80-percent raises while the companywas still in bankruptcy. Blah, blah, blah.Let’s not quibble here. There’s too much atstake.I craved the Apple Fruit Pies when I was preg-nant for Cameron. I had to have one every day. Imean I HAD TO HAVE ONE!As a child, nothing was more delightful thanseeing that box come out of the grocery bag.Now they’re gone, gone, gone. Sob. Sob.The Hostess CupCake was first sold on May11, 1919. The poor CupCake won’t even see its100th birthday. It’s a crime, truly.According to Kitchenproject.com, “Twinkieswere introduced in 1933 by The ContinentalBaking Company in Indianapolis, which alsomade ‘Wonder Bread’ and had a snack line you’reprobably familiar with called Hostess. BakerJames A. Dewar got the idea for the ‘Twinkie’while he delivered one of their products, a cream-filled strawberry shortcake. The machines tomake these sat idle when the strawberry seasonwas over so he came up with an idea to use themto make a snack cake filled with a banana fillingand only charge a nickel for a package of two.It was good idea as money was tight for peopleduring the Great Depression.Just like the song went “Yes We Have NoBanana’s“ during World War II because bananaswere rationed, Hostess had to come up with adifferent filling.”They switched to vanilla creme and it waspopular so they never changed back.Other snacks followed to fill out the varietywe know now.And the rest, as they say, is history.Hey, does anyone have a Hostess Apple FruitPie they are willing part with? I feel the needcoming on.Oh, yeah. I’ll just go get those two in the vend-ing machine. I’ll eat one and maybe I can get ataker on eBay for the other. You never know.There just might be someone out there who likesthem more than I do — but I doubt it.:(
Delphos St. John’sWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: Macaroni andcheese/roll, peas, Romainesalad, applesauce, fresh fruit,milk.Tuesday: Taco/ soft/ hard/lettuce/ tomato/ cheese/ onion,black beans, Romaine salad,strawberries, fresh fruit, milk.Wednesday, Thursday,Friday: No school.
Delphos City SchoolsWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: Chicken nug-gets, bread and butter, mixedvegetables, rosy applesauce,lowfat or fat free milk.Tuesday: BBQ rib sand-wich or deli sandwich, greenbeans, fruit, lowfat or fat freemilk.Wednesday, Thursday,Friday: No school.
Landeck ElementaryWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: Breaded chickenpatty sandwich, green beans,fruit, milk.Tuesday: Hamburger andmacaroni, breadstick, lettucesalad, fruit, milk.Wednesday, Thursday,Friday: No school.
OttovilleWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: WG pizza, corn,peaches, milk.Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday: No school.
Fort JenningsLocal SchoolsWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: Pizza casserole,corn, breadstick, fruit.Tuesday: BBQ rib sand-wich, baked beans, cake,fruit.Wednesday: Chickenstrips, dinner roll, greenbeans, fruit.Thursday, Friday: Noschool.
Spencerville SchoolsWeek of Nov. 19-23
Monday: Grades K-4:Turkey and noodles, mashedpotatoes w/gravy, pumpkinbake, biscuit, milk. Grades5-12: Turkey and noodles,mashed potatoes w/gravy,fresh veggies w/dip, pumpkinbake, biscuit, milk.Tuesday: Cheeseburger,baked beans, mixed fruit,ice cream cup, milk. Grades5-12: Veggies w/dip.Wednesday, Thursday,Friday: No school.
Sept. 28, 1920-Nov. 15, 2912
Donald R. Young, 92, of Delphos, died at 9:55 p.m.Thursday St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.He was born Sept. 28,1920, Clendenin, W.Va., toGeorge and Camie (Welch)Young.Private family services willbe held at a later date.There is no visitation.Preferred memorials areto Grace Community Church,Elida.Arrangements are byAlspach-Gearhart FuneralHome & Crematory.Condolences may beexpressed at alspachgearhart.com.
Donald R. Young
Feb. 1, 1924-Nov. 16, 2012
Irene E. Schnipke, 88,of Kalida died 10:25 a.m.Friday at the Meadows of Kalida.She was born Feb.1, 1924,in Ottoville to Leo and Mary(Smith) Eickholt, who pre-ceded her in death.On Aug. 2, 1947, she mar-ried Leo William Schnipke,who died May 7, 2005.Survivors includenine children: Judy (Bill)Trenkamp of Kalida, James(Margaret) Schnipke of Ottoville, Linda (Dave)Recker of Glandorf, Marilyn(Dennis) Wenzlick of Otttoville, Michael (Dolly)Schnipke of Kalida, Dave(Donna) Schnipke of Kalida,Dennis (Pat) Schnipke of Kalida, Kenneth Schnipkeof Rockford, Ill., andCharlie (Nadine) Schnipkeof Kalida; 23 grandchildren;34 great-grandchildren; andtwo sisters: Rita Ricker andMartha (Louis) Kaverman of Delphos.She was also preced-ed in death by two broth-ers, Lawrence and JeromeEickholt.Mrs. Schnipke was ahomemaker. She was a mem-ber of St. Michael CatholicChurch, Kalida, its AltarRosary Society and CatholicLadies of Columbia.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Monday at St. MichaelCatholic Church, the Rev.Mark Hoying officiating.Burial will follow in thechurch cemetery. Visitationwill be from 2-8 p.m. onSunday at Love-HeitmeyerFuneral Home, JacksonTownship (corner of St Rts224 and 634).Memorials may be madeto St. Michael CatholicChurch or to The Meadowsof Kalida.Condolences can beexpressed at lovefuneral-home.com.
Irene E. Schnipke
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www.delphosherald.comThe Museum of PostalHistory and I lost a goodfriend during the last week.Having served his countryproudly in the US Navy, itwas only fitting that he be bur-ied on Monday – the NationalHoliday for Veterans. Therewasn’t a dry eye when themilitary honors and the play-ing of Taps concluded. We’llmiss you, Jimmy Wilcox.You were right, cooks do rulethe world and everyone whoever enjoyed hors d’oeuvresor a meal at this museum hadyou to thank for it.Following the funeral, Iwas asked about the deliveryof mail during World War II.The person wanted to knowif there was five day or sixday delivery during the war. Iam still researching the answerso I must beg off and talkabout something related. Inan article that was written inthe Army and Navy Journalof December 7 1942, thenPostmaster General Frank C.Walker stated very clearlythe importance of the mail inthe war effort. “It is almostimpossible to over-stress theimportance of this mail. It is soessential to morale that armyand navy officers of the highestrank list mail almost on a levelwith munitions and food.”I remember waiting forletters from my father duringmy time in the military. Dadwas the creative writer in thefamily so I never knew whatto expect. He was an amateurcartoonist and sometimes theoutside of the envelope wasmore interesting than its con-tents; although I did enjoyRussell Baker’s column fromthe NY Times. But I digress.The real story today is abouta group of unsung heroes fromWorld War II. An article aboutthese heroes was first pub-lished in the January/February2012 issue of The AmericanPostal Worker Magazine. Thearticle was about the 6888thCentral Postal Battalion of the Women’s Army Corps.Women had served as civilianaids during every war foughtby Americans prior to WorldWar II. Because of the short-age of manpower, Congressmade an unprecedented moveby allowing the Army, Navyand Coast Guards to recruitand enlist women in militaryroles other than as nurses (3cent issued Sept 11, 1952).One more interesting factabout this group of WACs isthat they were a battalion of officers and enlisted personnelwho were African-American.Segregation was permitted inthe military and many evenquestioned the right of thesewomen to serve their coun-try but through the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt (5 centissued October 11, 1963) andMary McCleod Bethune (22cent issued March 5, 1985)these women were asked toserve.After the rapid deploymentacross Europe following theinvasion of Normandy, thedelivery system was over-loaded with undeliverablemail. Some of the mail wasover a year old and just satin airplane hangars in GreatBritain. It was estimated thatover 7 million letters had notreached their destination andthis, according to the militaryleaders, was having a signifi-cant effect on morale. Aftertwo grueling and treacherousweeks at sea, the 855 mem-bers of the 6888th Battalionarrived overseas to tackle thismonumental task.“Some people didn’tunderstand about addressingletters, so they would justwrite a letter to their sonor husband addressed ‘ToJunior, U.S. Army,’ or ‘ToSam, Army,’” noted MaryCrawford Ragland. “It wasour job to figure out whothose soldiers were and getthem their mail.” They weregiven six months to completethe task even as troops con-tinued to move at a rapid paceand the task became morechallenging. By workingaround the clock with threeshifts, seven days a week,the job was completed in justthree months. They were ableto clear 65,000 pieces of mailduring each work session.Following completion of this assignment, the battal-ion was deployed to Paris toensure that the mail continuedto find its home with the frontlines of our troops. As one of these soldiers noted, “Whenwe came back, though, therewere no parades, there wereno speeches, [and] there wasno recognition. They gave usour papers discharging us andsent us on our way.”Sixty-four years after thecompletion of World War IIin a ceremony at ArlingtonCemetery, the 6888th PostalBattalion was recognizedfor their service just as theTuskegee Airmen and theBuffalo Soldiers had beenrecognized previously. Thesesoldiers should stand proudlyfor serving a grateful nation.
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Hospice becomeshome for Bohlein
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 VAN WERT — Manypeople think of hospice asthe last resort in the wan-ing moments of life. Thatcertainly wasn’t true forAgnes Bohnlein of Delphos,a patient at CHP’s Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.At age 91 and facingterminal cancer, she nevermissed her weekly bingogame on Wednesday night atSt. Johns; something she hadenjoyed for years. Family,friends or volunteers took herto the game every week.She loved bingo and wouldnot only play each week, butworked helping distributecards to other players too.While at the hospice cen-ter, she participated in CHP’sbasket bingo event--and evenwon a basket.November is NationalHospice and Palliative CareMonth, a time to draw atten-tion and raise awareness of this kind of care. One of themessages hospice organiza-tions hope to convey is thathospice is not only for thefinal moments of life.“Hospice is most effectivewhen we have months andnot days to support patientsand families,” said AngieKrall, RN inpatient hospicesupervisor. “There are manysupportive services that wecan provide to make this jour-ney easier for the patient andfamily…if we have the timeto implement them.”For four months, Bohnleinfondly called the hospice cen-ter her home. “Everyone hereis so special, they love whatthey do,” she said. “It’s likefamily.”CHP volunteers, likeSharon Gipe of Van Wertstopped in often to visitwith Bohnlein and whenthe weather permitted, theywould go outside for walksaround the building.“In hospice, I can still livemy own life,” Bohnlein said.“They give you the opportu-nity to do what you can. Now,that’s my idea of living!”Bohnlein passed on Nov.13. Besides being a patient, shebecame an advocate for hos-pice; telling friends about howshe benefitted from the service.She is featured in CHP’s latesttelevision commercial.“People don’t realizewhat a wonderful place [theinpatient hospice center] is,”Bohnlein said. “This is whereI wanted to be at the end of my life and it has lived up tomy expectations.”
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CHP Hospice volunteer Sharon Gipe of Van Wert, right, visits with Agnes Bohnlein of Delphos, a patient at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. Bohnlein was a resident atthe hospice center for four months before passing this month.
Answersto Friday’s questions:
“I hate meeces to pieces” was the motto of TV catJinks.The Ford’s Model T was named so because it cameafter the Model S.
Today’s questions:
What toothpaste made you “wonder where the yellowwent?”What 1965 series followed the exploits of KellyRobinson and Alexander Scott?
Answers in Monday’s Herald.Today’s words:Defluous:
that which falls off or flows down
Sacchariferous:
producing or containing sugar
Gov: Ohio won’t set up state health care exchange
By ANN SANNERThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohiowon’t set up its own healthinsurance exchange but isinstead opting for a partner-ship with the federal govern-ment to run the new onlinemarket under PresidentBarack Obama’s health carelaw.Republican Gov. JohnKasich wrote in a letter Fridayto the Obama administrationthat setting up a state-basedexchange is too costly andstates have little control overhow to operate exchanges.“Regardless of who runsan exchange, the end productis the same,” he said.Kasich’s administrationhas indicated for months thatOhio was leaning toward afederally facilitated exchange.State officials have notedtheir continued misgivingsabout the health care law,including what they say hasbeen a lack of informationfrom the federal government.Ohio had been among the26 states that had challengedthe law, which the U.S.Supreme Court upheld thissummer. And the state’s vot-ers overwhelming snubbedthe overhaul’s mandated cov-erage in a largely symbolicreferendum last year.Kasich was adamant in hisletter that Ohio would contin-ue to regulate its health insur-ance market, oversee healthplans and make decisionsaround Medicaid eligibility.He said the Ohio Departmentof Insurance would retain itsoversight over the insuranceindustry, “as it has done veryeffectively for more than 60years.”The administration saidit would submit additionaldetails on its plan to federalofficials by mid-February.Exchanges are online mar-kets in which individual con-sumers and small businesseswill shop for health insuranceamong competing privateplans. They’ll be open forbusiness on Jan. 1, 2014, butopen enrollment for exchangeplans will begin even sooner,on Oct. 1, 2013.The exchanges are sup-posed to demystify the pro-cess of buying health insur-ance, allowing consumersto make apples-to-applescomparisons. Consumerswill also be able to find outwhether they’re eligible fornew federal subsidies to helppay premiums or whetherthey qualify for expandedMedicaid.A group of consumeradvocates said it supportedKasich’s move to ensure thatthe state continues to regu-late the insurance market andmake Medicaid determina-tions. But Cathy Levine, whoco-chairs Ohio Consumersfor Health Coverage, said thecoalition was disappointedKasich didn’t take advan-tage of certain aspects of the law, such as the federalgrant money available to helpconsumers navigate the newmarket.The state asserts that italready has a consumer ser-vices division in its insurancedepartment to answer ques-tions and address Ohioans’problems.Levine said she alsoagreed with Kasich that manyOhioans wouldn’t see a sub-stantial difference betweena state-run or federally runexchange.“I think consumers areprobably better off at thispoint if the feds run theexchange,” Levine said. “Wedon’t know how Ohio wouldoperate the state exchange.”Democratic state lawmak-ers unsuccessfully pushedbills in the GOP-controlledOhio Legislature to try to setup a state-run exchange.“It just seems to makesense that one would wantsomething that’s more local-ized and more tailored forthe people of the state,”State Rep. Nickie Antonio,D-Lakewood, one of thebill’s sponsors.
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