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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Foundation doles out record $320,000 in grants
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The Arnold C.Dienstberger Foundation surpassedits record-breaking $305,000 grantpresentation from last year Tuesdayevening during ceremonies at TheDelphos Club.Twenty-nine recipients sharedin $320,000, including $45,000each to St. John’s and Delphos Cityschools.This was the 15th annual dis-tribution of money raised frominvestments held by the not-for-profit foundation headquartered inDelphos.Former foundation presidentRick Miller presided over the dis-tribution with President Nick Clark,Treasurer Doug Harter, AssistantTreasurer Lonnie Miller, SecretaryJerry Gilden, Past-president BillMassa and Trustees John Nominaand Doris Neumeier doling outchecks.Recipients included:
• St. John’s Schools, $45,000,
accepted by Business Manager TedHanf. Hanf said the funds would beused for technology upgrades.
• Community Health
Professionals, $5,000, accepted byNikki DuVall who said the moneywill be used to assist patients withhome health and hospice care.
• Delphos City Schools, $45,000,
accepted by Interim SuperintendentFrank Sukup. He said the moneywould be used for technologyupgrades.
• Delphos City Parks, $22,000,
accepted by Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist, who said the moneywill be used for the second phase of repairs to the swimming pool.
• Delphos Canal Days
Committee, $1,000, accepted byCanal Days Committee Chair DanaSteinbrenner, who said the fundswill be used for children’s activitiesduring the 2013 event.
• Delphos Area Chamber of
Commerce, $10,000, acceptedby Chamber Executive DirectorJennifer Moenter, who said the fundswill used for a fourth welcome signat the north edge of town.
• Marbletown Festival
Committee, $1,000, accepted bycommittee member Jim Knebel. Hesaid the money would be used forfestival costs with proceeds to helpinstall restrooms at Garfield Park.
• Delphos Ministerial Association,
$4,000, accepted by the Rev. DavidHowell. The association assiststransients with food and lodgingwith a Good Samaritan Fund. Rev.Howell explained the money wouldbe put in that fund.
• Delphos Community Christmas
Project, $7,000, accepted by KarenEdelbrock. The project assistedmore than 400 children with toysand clothing for the holidays lastyear.
• Delphos Stadium Club,
$30,000, accepted by Trustee JohnNomina. He said the funds wouldbe used for further improvements atStadium Park, including a lightingproject at the football stadium.
• St. Vincent de Paul Society,
$5,000, accepted by Ralph Lauser.He said the grant helps provideassistance to residents for rent, utili-ties, food and prescriptions.
• Athletic Track Boosters, $5,000,
accepted by Bob Ebbeskotte. Hesaid the track will need resurfacedin the future and the grant will helpwith that.
• Delphos Habitat for Humanity,
$5,000, accepted by Rev. Howell,saying the money was an importantpiece of the future of the seventhHabitat home in Delphos.
• Delphos Canal Commission,
$15,000, accepted by TrusteeMarilyn Wagner. She said themoney would be used for a newfurnace for the museum building.
• Delphos Museum of Postal
History, $15,000, accepted byCurator Gary Levitt, who said thefunds would be used for the opera-tion of the museum.
• Delphos Optimists Club,
$5,000, accepted by member JayMetzner, who said the funds wouldbe used for the club’s youth proj-ects.
• Delphos Police Department,
$15,000, accepted by Chief KyleFittro. He said the grant will be usedfor several projects.
• Delphos Kiwanis Club, $9,000,
accepted by members CindyMetzger and Jim Fortener. Fortenersaid the funds will be used forupcoming projects.
• Delphos Rotary Club, $10,000,
accepted by member Andy North,explaining the funds would beused to bring the 2013 Concert inthe Park series to Stadium Park
Gomer to remember Shelmadine’s Santa
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
GOMER — The Villageof Gomer will resur-rect the tradition of BobShelmadine’s Christmasfrom 1-5 p.m. Sunday.Shelmadine’s home,which is located acrossfrom Gomer United Churchof Christ, was built in the1800s and owned by rela-tives of the family.Never married,Shelmadine lived alone andcollected and repaired toyseach year to be given tochildren around Gomer, inGomer School and in Lima.His house was filled withtoys from the floor to the ceil-ing. A small pathway snakedaround the four rooms.Adults in Gomer donatedtoys for Shelmadine’s liveli-hood and they would drivehim around to children’shomes. He always gave asmall brown sack to eachgood little girl and boy.Hundreds of adults todayremember “Santa” and thesack of treats.Shelmadine was alsoa Gomer reporter for TheLima News and was featuredby Easter Straker on WIMAradio shows.Today, the home is theGomer Welsh CommunityMuseum, which hadmany pictures of whatShelmadine’s house lookedlike during those 30 years,his original Santa suit andsome older toys.The Welsh Society of Gomer will try to refill thehouse with toys and providea small sack to everyonewho visits from 1-5 p.m.Sunday.Parking is available acrossthe street at the church.
Pictured from left are Carla (Lewis) Olds, Linda (Renner)Whittington, Bob “Santa” Shelmadine, Kyle Lewis, Lyle Lewis andAllan Renner (deceased). (Photos submitted)Shelmadine, left, appeared on the Easter Straker radio show during histime as Santa.
Partly cloudyThursday withhighs in themid 40s. A 30percent chanceof rain show-ers after midnight. Lows inthe upper 30s. See page 2.
Jays, Jefferson sell-ing pre-sale cage tickets
The St. John’s and Jeffersonathletic department are sellingpre-sale basketball tickets.St. John’s is selling pre-saletickets for its home-openerversus Crestview (6:30 p.m.JV tip Friday) and roadgame Saturday at Elida (6p.m.) until 3:30 p.m. and 1p.m., respectively, Fridayin the high school office.Student prices are $4and adults $6; all tick-ets at the doors are $6.It is also still sellingadult and student general-admission season tickets.The Jefferson AthleticDepartment is selling pre-sale tickets to its boys roadgames at Fort Recovery (6p.m. Friday) and Perry (6p.m. Saturday), as well as itsgirls road game Thursday atColumbus Grove (6 p.m.)and home game versusKalida (1 p.m. Saturday).Adult tickets are $5and students $4. All tick-ets at the gates are $6.
Herald offersfree job seminar
Jim Perry, former Delphosresident, and The DelphosHerald are offering a freeseminar for job-seekers andpeople who wish to pur-sue new endeavors from8-11 a.m. Saturday at theEagles Lodge in Delphos.“Getting Over the Wall”is a 3-hour intensive seminardesigned to get candidatespast hidden objections thatare preventing them fromgetting an opportunity tomeet with decision-makers.Though there is nocharge for the program, pre-registration is essential inorder to assure availability of handouts; space is limited.To attend, RSVP to NancySpencer at email@example.com or call 419-695-0015, ext. 134. Leave a mes-sage, including the numberand names of participants.
Cass Street residents maysee relief from stale water
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Residentson South Cass Street maysee some relief from poorwater quality. Delphos SafetyService Director Greg Berquistinformed council Mondayhe had heard from a lawyerinvolved in helping the city toget a right-of-way on Bungeproperty to install a water loopthat will provide clean waterto residents at the end of thewater line on Cass Street.Residents have been attend-ing city council meetings on aregular basis hoping to getthe matter resolved. Residentshave been experiencing dis-colored water which affectslaundry and drinkability.Council passed on emer-gency measure an ordinanceauthorizing the transfer of more than $1 million to vari-ous funds for loan repaymentsfor the water and wastewa-ter plants. Auditor TomJettinghoff asked the ordi-nance be passed so he couldclose his books in a timelymanner this month.The MaintenanceDepartment is looking to hirean assistant foreman fromwithin the current workforce.Council heard on secondreading an ordinance with anapproved a salary range of $1,766.60-$1,850.54 per bi-weekly pay period. If the jobis not filled from within byJune 30, the position will beeliminated.To be eligible, the appli-cant must have a valid pes-ticide license and a Class IIWastewater Collection ormust obtain them within oneyear of the appointment toassistant foreman. They mustalso be willing to obtain addi-tional licensing at the requestof the city.Council passed on thirdreading a resolution forBerquist to enter into a contractwith Peterson Construction fora Phase II of Water TreatmentPlant By-Pass ImprovementProject on Monday.Phase II includes bid-ding ($3,500), construc-tion administration ($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 told council thereis a bottleneck between theclearwells and the water plantand the improvements wouldincrease the city’s capacity toprovide water.The clearwells are usedfor chlorine contact for waterbefore it is moved to theupground tanks for distribu-tion. The clearwells are cur-rently connected so water hasto go through all three beforebecoming available to moveto the tanks. Part of the proj-ect will also include separat-ing the clearwells so they canbe used individually as well.This will also make it pos-sible to put more water intothe tanks in a shorter periodof time.
TUMC Bazaar today
Mark Miller hands off donated pies to Pam Vincent for the annual Trinity UnitedMethodist Church Bazaar, which begins today with the General Store opening at 2p.m. Dinner will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. There have been 150 pies donated for thedinner. Proceeds benefits both the church and United Methodist Church Women’sprojects. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Homes listed for People’s Choicein ‘Spirit of Christmas” contest
Homeowners participating in the BettyHonigford “Spirit of Christmas” HouseDecorating Contest are reminded to havetheir decorations lit from 6-11 p.m. Thursdayfor judging.Homes in the running for People’s Choiceinclude: 501 East Third St., 1331 Rose AnnaSt., 400 Short St., 477 South Main St., 508W. Second St., 669 Leonard Ave., 603 W.Second St., 14595 Landeck Road, 1006Carolyn Drive, 406 E. 5th St., 1321 Krieft St.,1245 N. Washington St., 610 N. Franklin St.,415 W. 4th St., 626 N. Bredeick St. and 827N. Franklin St.Voting for People’s Choice will take placethrough Dec. 14.How to vote: Write the address of the par-ticipant on an index card and place it in a jarfor votes at the Delphos Municipal Building.(Index cards are provided at the city build-ing); text Meghan the address of participantat 567-376-9719; or call Bev (419-695-8470)or Meghan (567-376-9719) with address of participant.
See GRANTS, page 2