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Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Worker closes family’s 114-yearcircle at Goodyear, p3 College bowl season continues, p7
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
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FRIDAYEXTENDEDFORECASTSATURDAYSUNDAY
Cloudy.Highsaround 30.Cloudy atnight witha 40 per-cent chance of light snow.Lows in the lower 20s.Cloudywith a 20percentchanceof snowshowers.Highs in the lower30s. Lows 15 to 20.Partly cloudy Monday. Highs in the lower 30s.Lows 15 to 20.Partlycloudy.Highs inthe mid20s. Lows15 to 20.
TODAY
Girls BasketballLancaster at VanWert, 1 p.m.St. John’s atSpencerville, 6 p.m.Fort Jennings atMcComb, 6 p.m.Ottoville at Ada, 6 p.m.Vicki Mauk HolidayInvitational at Elida(Lima Senior vs. Minster;Elida vs. SylvaniaSouthview), 6/7:30 p.m.O-G at ColumbusGrove, 6 p.m.Crestview at Hicksville(V only), 7 p.m.WrestlingElida at TiffinColumbian Classic, noon
FRIDAY
Girls BasketballJefferson andLincolnview at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 3/4:20 p.m.Vicki Mauk HolidayInvitational at Elida,6/7:30 p.m.Boys BasketballLincolnview at FortJennings, 6 p.m.Ottoville atShawnee, 6 p.m.Lima Senior atElida, 6 p.m.Kalida at Ada, 6 p.m.Jefferson at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 6:30/8 p.m.WrestlingSt. John’s at MarionHarding Classic, 8 a.m.Elida at Tiffin ColumbianClassic, 10 a.m.
SATURDAY
Girls BasketballOttoville at Liberty-Benton, noonKalida at Minster, 1 p.m.Jefferson andLincolnview at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 3/4:30 p.m.Boys BasketballSt. John’s at VanWert, 6 p.m.LTC at FortJennings, 6 p.m.Jackson Center atColumbus Grove, 6 p.m.Crestview at MillerCity, 6 p.m.Jefferson at ParkwayChatt Insurance HolidayTournament, 6:30/8 p.m.Lincolnview at Ottoville,6:30 p.m. (JV 2 QTRS)Spencerville at NewKnoxville, 6:30 p.m.WrestlingJefferson andSpencerville at LCC HolidayIvitational, 9:30 a.m.Lincolnview atToledo St. John’s JesuitInvitational, 10 a.m.Swimming and DivingElida and VanWert at LCC HolidayInvitational, 1 p.m.
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A look back at 2012
 Each year, The Herald takes a look back at the sto-ries and photos of the year. Here is the first of four 2012wrap-up stories.
JanuaryJan. 3
After a decade of lead-ing the Delphos City Council,President Bob Ulm made thedecision to step down. Ulmsaid he counted keeping themeetings timely and profes-sional as one of his greatestaccomplishments. “My goalwas to conduct organizedmeetings where everyone getsto express their opinion andthen council makes decisionsin a professional manner,” hesaid. “I think I accomplishedthat. We made what we do thefocus, not how we got there.”
Jan. 7
Delphos Assistant PoliceChief and Lead DetectiveDave Clark was named theOptimist “Law EnforcementOfficer of the Year.” Clarkwas nominated by Chief KyleFittro for his overall dedica-tion to his job and going aboveand beyond the call of duty ona regular basis. Second run-ner-up was Putnam CountySheriff’s Deputy KevinSiefker and first runner-upwas Van Wert Post, HighwayPatrol Trooper Shawn Cook.
Jan. 16
For the first time since1965, the Van Wert CountyFair named a new manager,Denis Ellinger. He took thereins from former manager,Paul Oechsle. A native to thearea, Ellinger was no strangerto the fair. “I just rememberthe fair when I was growingup and how much fun it was.It used to be a big event,” hesaid.
Jan. 25
Area elected officialswere in shock in the wake of Councilman Dick Feathers’passing. Those who knew himbest say he was a low-key,easy-going man who lovedhis family and was a valuableservant of city governmentand a local religious group.
Jan. 27
A group of Lincolnviewstudents escaped serious inju-ry when the bus they wereriding to school had an enginefire. Lincolnview bus 7,driven by Marge Knott, wassouthbound on Slane Roadand had just crossed the inter-section with U.S. 224 whenKnott noticed engine smokeinside the bus. She imme-diately stopped the vehicleand began getting children off the bus. No one was injured,although a few children werechecked for asthma or breath-ing issues.
FebruaryFeb. 1
State American LegionTest winners Julie Bonifasand Nick Bockey were twoof the 18 winners in the stateof Ohio to qualify for a trip toWashington, D.C.
Feb. 3
Eleven adults and 41St. John’s students arrivedback home after a visit toWashington, D.C. for theannual March for Life. Thestudents, who were chosenbased on a 1-page essay,were a mixture of first-timersand veteran marchers. KimHonigford, who teaches reli-gion at St. John’s, believesit’s important for the youngergenerations to get involved.“Here at St. John’s, webelieve it’s important to liveour faith,” she said. “By tak-ing these kids to Washington,D.C., to stand up for theunborn, we hope to give thema way to put their faith inaction.”
Feb. 6
Barb Kline of Delphos,with her son Jeremy and herdaughter Christa enlisted inthe Army National Guard,does her part of support-ing the military by collect-ing supplies and donations forcare packages. At the ArmyNational Guard Armory inLima, Kline, and a group of other volunteers, packed upthe supplies to send overseas.“I’ve been collecting suppliesto ship over for the last twomonths and have been tryingto collect donations for post-age and things. I’m in chargeof that,” she said.The Ottoville Mother’sClub kicked off a campaignto raise money for new play-ground equipment at OttovillePark. The club will team upwith other local organiza-tions, businesses and individ-uals to work on the project.Preliminary research esti-mates a large piece of equip-ment would cost approxi-mately $87,000.
Feb. 7
Christian actor FrankRunyeon traveled fromHollywood to speak to St.John’s Elementary Schoolstudents. Runyeon usesskits and riddles to explainScripture. Runyeon used stu-dents as court officials andmilitary leaders to tell thestory of King Herod.
Feb. 19
Nearly 200 people filledthe 2nd floor gallery of theDelphos Museum of PostalHistory for the “Night at theMuseum” of Postal Historygala event. Museum DirectorGary Levitt thanked allwho took part in realizinghis dream of the museum. “Idon’t even know where tobegin,” he said. “I couldn’thave done it without you andnow Delphos can lay claim toone of the top postal muse-ums in the country.”
Delphos Herald reader Chelsea Wellmann submitted this photo of robins taking shel-ter in a tree at her home. Wellmann said nearly a dozen of the birds gathered in the treeduring the worst of the wind Jan. 13.Kennedy Beat flies down the hill at the Delphos-GillmorReservoir head first on Jan. 21.See WRAPUP, page 10
Winter storm’s death toll up to 7
By HOLLY RAMERand DAN SEWELLThe Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — Thedeath toll from a powerfulwinter storm that pushedthrough the nation’s midsec-tion into the Northeast hasrisen to 7.Officials in Ohio are blam-ing the bad weather for acrash that killed an 18-year-old girl, who lost control of her car Wednesday afternoonand smashed into an oncom-ing snow plow on a highwaynortheast of Cincinnati.The storm is expected todrop one to two feet of snowon parts of the Northeast justa day after it swept throughthe nation’s middle, dumpinga record snowfall in Arkansasand ruining holiday travelplans.The National WeatherService says the Northeast’sheaviest accumulations willbe in northern Pennsylvania,upstate New York and inlandsections of several NewEngland states before thestorm heads to Canada onFriday.Despite the wet weath-er, no flights are delayedthis morning in cities likeNew York, Philadelphia andBoston.Little or no accumula-tion was expected in theEast Coast’s largest cities:New York, Philadelphia andBoston. Other areas were toget a messy mix of rain andsnow or just rain — enoughto slow down commuters andthose still heading home fromvisits with family.Hundreds of flights werecanceled or delayed onWednesday and scores of motorists got stuck on icyroads or slid into drifts.Said John Kwiatkowski, anIndianapolis-based meteo-rologist with the weatherservice: “The way I’ve beendescribing it is as a low-endblizzard, but that’s sort of likesaying a small Tyrannosaurusrex.”The storm system spawnedGulf Coast region tornadoeson Christmas Day, startling
A robin weathers the storm on Wednesday in the Patton’s backyard on Lehman Road.The storm dropped between 3.5 and 7 inches of snow in the area and caused more than twodozen accidents in Allen County alone. (Submitted photo)See STORM, page 2
 
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Delphos weather
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was32 degrees, low was 26.Snowfall was recorded at 3.5inches. High a year ago todaywas 36, low was 32. Recordhigh for today is 66, set in2008. Record low is -15, setin 1950.
ST. RITA’S
A girl, Ellianna Elizabeth,was born at 8:15 a.m. on Dec.26 at St. Rita’s Medical Centerto Elizabeth Looser and MitchHommel.She weighed 5 pounds,9 ounces and was 17 incheslong.She was welcomed homeby a big brother, Maddox.Grandparents are Jerry andMary Looser of Delphos andRex and Danette Hommel of Kenton. Great-grandparentsare Bill and Lillian Looser of Delphos.A boy was born Dec. 25 toTamara Reed and RC Ellis of Delphos.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Cloudy. Lowsaround 15. West winds around5 mph shifting to the southafter midnight.
FRIDAY:
Cloudy. Highsaround 30. South winds 5 to10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
Cloudywith a 40 percent chance of light snow. Lows in the lower20s. South winds around 5mph shifting to the southwestafter midnight.
EXTENDED FORECASTSATURDAY:
Cloudywith a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in thelower 30s. West winds around10 mph becoming northwestin the afternoon.
SATURDAY NIGHT:
Mostly cloudy. Lows 15 to20.
SUNDAY AND SUNDAYNIGHT:
Partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 20s. Lows 15 to20.
MONDAY:
Partly cloudy.Highs in the lower 30s.
MONDAY NIGHT ANDNEW YEAR’S DAY:
Mostlycloudy. Lows 15 to 20. Highsin the mid 20s.
TUESDAY NIGHTAND WEDNESDAY:
Partlycloudy. Lows around 15.Highs in the mid 20s.
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Esther K.,87, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be heldat 11 a.m. on Saturday at St.John the Evangelist Church inDelphos. Burial will follow inSt. Peter and Paul Cemeteryin Ottawa. Family and friendsmay call from 2-8 p.m. Fridayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome. Memorial contribu-tions may be made to theDickman Kids Relay for LifeTeam or donor’s choice.
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Margaret M.,95, of Spencerville, funeralservices will be at 2 p.m.Friday in the First BaptistChurch in Spencerville. Burialwill follow south of the churchat the New Salem Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m.today at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencervilleand after 1 p.m. Friday atthe church. Memorials maybe made to the Monticello orFirst Baptist Churches.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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Answers to Wednesday’s ques-tions:
Four seas around the world arenamed for colors: the Red Sea, BlackSea, White Sea and Yellow Sea.The Boston Red Sox, in 1990, hittwo triple plays in the same game. Theteam that turned the triple plays, theMinnesota Twins, ended up losing thegame 1-0.
Today’s questions:
How many body guards wereassigned to protect Abraham Lincolnon the night he was assassinated atFord’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.?What color, symbolically linked toLent, are the drapes and altar clothesused in many churches during thatsomber 10-day observance?
Answers in Friday’s Herald.German lesson:
 I don’t understand Ich verstehenicht — ixh fair-shtay-er nixht  I don’t know Ich weiß nicht izh viyss nizht  Leave me alone! Lassen Siemich in Ruhe! — Lass-en zee mixhin roo-er 
Resident reportsdoor kicked inOhio City womancited in crash
Patrol reports 5 killed inholiday crashes in Ohio
No drugs found in 3 kidsafter murder-suicideMan charged in Christmasslaying in Cincinnati
At 6:25 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were called tothe 900 block of Lima Avenuein reference to a criminal dam-aging complaint at a residencein that area.Upon officers’ arrival,they met with the victim whoadvised a subject known tothem had come to the resi-dence and broken the door bykicking it in.An Ohio City woman wascited for failure to yield afterstopping following a two-vehicle accident reported at2:41 p.m. Dec. 20.Mark Frick, 72, of Elida,was traveling westbound onEast Third Street when a vehi-cle driven by Norma Etzkorn,75, of Ohio City, travelingnorthbound on WashingtonStreet, stopped for the post-ed stop sign at Third andWashington streets and thenproceeded into the intersec-tion and struck the Frick vehi-cle that did not have to stop.No one was injured.Both vehicles sustainednon-functional damage.COLUMBUS (AP) — TheState Highway Patrol says fivepeople were killed in crashes inOhio between early ChristmasEve and Christmas Day.The patrol is urging driversto help bring a safe end to theyear by wearing a seatbelt andnot driving while impaired.Three of the five deaths wereattributed to impaired driving.Last year, eight people diedin impaired-related crashesbetween Christmas and NewYear’s in Ohio.The patrol said year-to-date data shows that troopershave made an additional 944more arrest for operating avehicle under the influencecompared to the same timeperiod last year. Preliminaryinformation also indicatedthat impaired-related fatalcrashes were down 18 percentcompared to last year.TOLEDO (AP) — Thecounty coroner’s office inToledo says three childrenwho died of carbon monox-ide poisoning in a suspectedmurder-suicide had no drugsin their systems.A Lucas County deputycoroner said Wednesday noirregularities turned up in tox-icology tests for the three sib-lings, ages 5, 7 and 10. Theywere found dead in a Toledogarage in mid-November,along with their grandmotherand uncle.Police said notes indi-cated the two adults plannedto kill themselves and thechildren by funneling fumesfrom a truck into the carwhere their bodies werefound. There were coloringbooks and food in the vehi-cle, and investigators foundno signs the children wereforced inside.Police and family friendssaid the murder-suicide appar-ently stemmed from a familydisagreement over where thechildren should live.CINCINNATI (AP) —Police say a 26-year-oldman has been charged in aChristmas Day shooting thatleft a 20-year-old woman deadand her boyfriend wounded.Cincinnati police Sgt.Dennis Swingley said theshooting occurred as KyilaShields, her boyfriend andtwo young children visitedrelatives in the Westwoodneighborhood Tuesday night.Police say Byron Frazierpulled up in a vehicle andopened fire shortly after theircar arrived. Shields was killedand her 25-year-old boyfriendwas shot in the face. He wastreated at a hospital andreleased. The children werenot injured.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports that Frazier wascharged with murder and twocounts of felonious assault.Investigators have not dis-closed his connection to thefamily.Cincinnati police alsoinvestigated two other shoot-ings on Christmas Day.
Ex-President George H.W. Bush in intensive care
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HOUSTON — FormerPresident George H.W. Bushremained in guarded condi-tion overnight in the intensivecare unit at a Houston hospi-tal after a day marked by “aseries of setbacks includingpersistent fever,” according tohis spokesman.In a brief email Wednesday,Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokes-man in Houston, said the88-year-old former leader hadbeen admitted Sunday to theICU at Methodist Hospital.McGrath said Bush, the oldestliving former U.S. president,was alert and talking to medi-cal staff, adding that doctorsare cautiously optimistic abouthis treatment.No other details werereleased about his medicalcondition, but McGrath saidBush is surrounded by fam-ily.Bush has been hospitalizedsince Nov. 23, when he wasadmitted for a lingering coughrelated to bronchitis after hav-ing been in and out of the hos-pital for complications relatedto the illness.Earlier Wednesday,McGrath said, a fever thatkept Bush in the hospital overChristmas had gotten worseand that doctors had put himon a liquids-only diet.“It’s an elevated fever, soit’s actually gone up in thelast day or two,” McGrath toldThe Associated Press. “It’s astubborn fever that won’t goaway.”But he said the cough thatinitially brought Bush to thehospital has improved.Bush was visited onChristmas by his wife, Barbara,his son, Neil, and Neil’swife, Maria, and a grandson,McGrath said. Bush’s daugh-ter, Dorothy, was expected toarrive Wednesday in Houstonfrom Bethesda, Md. The 41stpresident has also been visitedtwice by his sons, George W.Bush, the 43rd president, andJeb Bush, the former governorof Florida.Bush and his wife live inHouston during the winter andspend their summers at a homein Kennebunkport, Maine.The former president wasa naval aviator in World WarII — at one point the young-est in the Navy — and wasshot down over the Pacific. Heachieved notoriety in retire-ment for skydiving on at leastthree of his birthdays sinceleaving the White House in1992.
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people like Bob and SherrySims of Mobile, Alabama,who’d just finished dinner.“We heard that very distinctsound, like a freight train,” saidBob Sims. They headed for acenter bathroom.Power was still out at theSims’ home on Wednesday, butthe house wasn’t damaged andthey used a generator to run heat-ers to stay warm. Some neigh-bors were less fortunate, theirroofs peeled away and porchessmashed by falling trees.The storm also left freezingtemperatures in its aftermath,and forecasters said parts of the Southeast from Virginiato Florida saw severe thunder-storms.Schools on break andworkers taking holiday vaca-tions meant that many peoplecould avoid messy commutes,but those who had to travelwere urged to avoid it. Snowwas blamed for scores of vehicle accidents as far eastas Maryland, and about twodozen counties in Indiana andOhio issued snow emergencytravel alerts, urging people togo out on the roads only if necessary.About 40 vehicles gotbogged down trying to makeit up a slick hill in centralIndiana, and four state snow-plows slid off roads as snowfell at the rate of 3 inches anhour in some places.Two passengers in a car on asleet-slickened Arkansas high-way were killed Wednesday ina head-on collision, and twopeople, including a 76-year-old Milwaukee woman, werekilled Tuesday on Oklahomahighways. Deaths from wind-toppled trees were reported inTexas and Louisiana.Larry McClain and JohnCrider, each driving a mobileconstruction crane from ShadyGrove, Pa., traveled only 15miles before snow forced themoff the highway and into aMcDonald’s in Hagerstown,Md. The vehicles aren’t per-mitted to travel in snow.They planned to spend thenight in a motel before resum-ing the trip south. Crider washeaded for Oklahoma City andMcClain for Corpus Christi,Texas.“We were hoping theywould have told us to stay athome today but they thoughtmaybe we could get south andbeat the storm — but we didn’tdo it,” McClain said.The day after Christmaswasn’t expected to be particu-larly busy for AAA, but itsCincinnati-area branch had itsbusiest Wednesday of the year.By mid-afternoon, nearly 400members had been helped withtows, jump starts and otheraid, with calls still coming in,spokesman Mike Mills said.More than 1,600 flightswere canceled, according tothe aviation tracking web-site FlightAware.com, andsome airlines said they wouldwaive change fees. By earlyThursday only minor delayswere reported.In Arkansas, some of thenearly 200,000 people wholost power could be without itfor as long as a week becauseof snapped poles and wiresafter ice and 10 inches of snowcoated power lines, said thestate’s largest utility, EntergyArkansas.Gov. Mike Beebe, whodeclared a statewide emergen-cy, sent out National Guardteams, and Humvees trans-ported medical workers andpatients. Snow hadn’t fallen inLittle Rock on Christmas since1926, but the capital endedTuesday with 10.3 inches of it.Other states also had scat-tered outages. Duke Energysaid it had nearly 300 out-ages in Indiana, with few left inOhio by early afternoon afterscores were reported in themorning.As the storm moved east,New England state highwaydepartments were treatingroads and getting ready tomobilize with snowfall fore-casts of a foot or more.Few truckers were stop-ping into a TravelCentersof America truck stop inWillington, Conn., near theMassachusetts border earlyThursday. Usually 20 to 30an hour stop in overnight, buthigh winds and slushy roadshad cut that to two to threepeople an hour.“A lot of people are stay-ing off the road,” said LouisZalewa, 31, who works thereselling gasoline and staffingthe store. “I think people arebeing smart.”As usual, winter-sportsenthusiasts welcomed thesnow. At Smiling Hill Farmin Maine, Warren Knight washoping for enough snow toallow the opening of trails.“We watch the weathermore carefully for cross-country skiing than we do forfarming. And we’re prettydiligent about farming. We’reglued to the weather radio,”said Knight, who described theweather at the 500-acre farm inWestbrook as being akin to theprizes in “Cracker Jacks — wedon’t know what we’re goingto get.”Behind the storm,Mississippi’s governordeclared states of emergencyin eight counties with morethan 25 people reported injuredand 70 homes left damaged.Cindy Williams stood neara home in McNeill, Miss.,where its front had collapsedinto a pile of wood and brick,a balcony and the porch rippedapart. Large oak trees wereuprooted and winds shearedoff treetops in a nearby grove.But she focused instead on thefact that all her family mem-bers had escaped harm.“We are so thankful,” shesaid. “God took care of us.”
Homeless man,woman found in-competent for trial
COLUMBUS (AP) —Central Ohio judges have ruledthat a homeless man accusedof stabbing a college profes-sor and a homeless womancharged with causing a bombscare at an airport have beenfound mentally incompetentto stand trial.The Columbus Dispatchreports that both have beenhospitalized for mental healthtreatment in an effort to bringthem to trial within one year.Their cases are unrelated.Police said 36-year-oldIsaac Rotich was arrested inJune after a part-time math-ematics professor was stabbedat the downtown campus of Columbus State CommunityCollege. Police said Rotichknew the man, who recoveredfrom his injury.Police at Port ColumbusInternational Airport said57-year-old Klara Bias wasarrested in August in connectionwith a threatening letter and fakeexplosive left at the airport.
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E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what wouldbe the primary benefits of public transit as an alternativeto the private automobile if our country were to make amajor commitment to it?— James Millerton, Armstrong, PA
The benefits of making a major commitment to buildingup and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensivepublic transit network are many.According to the National Alliance of Public TransportationAdvocates (NAPTA), an organization that represents grass-roots transit coalitions, organizations and advocates, expandedpublic transit, coordinated with greener development and other“operational efficiencies,” can reduce our carbon footprint bysome 24 percent, which is significant given that carbon diox-ide (CO2) output from the transportation sector as a wholeaccount for 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emis-sions. After all, buses and trains burn much less fuel per riderthan a car with a single rider in it. Switching to public transitfor a typical 20-mile round trip commute would decrease acommuter’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by some 4,800pounds a year, which is equal to about a 10 percent reductionin a two-car household’s carbon footprint.Another group, the American Public Transit Association(APTA), reports that current use of public transit in the U.S.already saves 37 million metric tons of CO2 annually, equiva-lent to the emissions resulting from electricity generation topower some five million typical American homes.A massive shift to public transit would also be good for ourpocketbooks. According to NAPTA, U.S. car owners can saveas much as $112 billion a year in gasoline and other vehiclecosts. “Public transportation offers an immediate alternativefor individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbonfootprints,” reports NAPTA. “Taking public transportation farexceeds the combined benefits of using energy-efficient lightbulbs, adjusting thermostats, weatherizing one’s home, andreplacing a refrigerator.”As to reducing oil use, NAPTA says public transit alreadysaves Americans the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually, or some 900,000 automobile fill-ups everyday. And the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) reports thatindividuals who live in areas served by public transportationsave more than 300 million gallons of fuel a year. Meanwhileindividuals can save upwards of $9,000 a year by taking pub-lic transportation instead of driving and by living with oneless car.An improved quality of life is yet another benefit of morepublic transit. In some ways public transit can be considereda life saver: It produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide andnearly 50 percent less nitrogen oxide—both key triggers forasthma and other respiratory and cardiovascular health prob-lems—per passenger-mile than driving a private vehicle. Also,transit users tend to be healthier than car commuters becausethey walk more, which increases their fitness levels. Publictransit use also means fewer cars on the road, thus reducedtravel times—and less stress and road rage accordingly—foreveryone. TTI reports that Americans living in areas servedby public transportation save themselves almost 800 millionhours in travel time every year.
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that children are sicker todaythan they were a generation ago and that pesticides haveplayed a major role?— Maria Jenkins, Clewiston, FL
It’s impossible to say with certainty that our modern reli-ance on pesticides is directly causing more of our childrento get sick more often, but lots of new research points inthat direction. An October 2012 report by Pesticide ActionNetwork North America (PANNA) entitled “A Generation inJeopardy” examines dozens of recent studies and concludesthat the influx of pesticides in our society is taking a heavy tollon our kids’ health and intelligence.“Children today are sicker than they were a generationago,” reports the group. “From childhood cancers to autism,birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseasesand disorders are on the rise.” PANNA’s assessment of thelatest science “leaves little room for doubt: pesticides are onekey driver of this sobering trend.”Pesticides are all around us today. We are exposed to themvia the foods we eat and the air we breathe. As a result, we allcarry trace amounts of them in our bloodstreams. Children’sbodies, since they are still developing, are particularly sus-ceptible to health problems from pesticide exposure. Kidsroutinely come in contact with pesticides inside their homesand schools and out in their backyards, schoolyards and parks.Even family pets, many of which wear pesticide-laden fleacollars and powders, can be a source of pesticide exposure forchildren. According to PANNA, even extremely low levels of pesticide exposure can cause significant health problems, par-ticularly during pregnancy and early childhood. New researchlinks pesticide exposure to harm to the structure and function-ing of the brain and nervous system.“Pesticides may harm a developing child by blocking theabsorption of important food nutrients necessary for normalhealthy growth,” reports the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA). “Another way pesticides may cause harm isif a child’s excretory system is not fully developed, the bodymay not fully remove pesticides.” Exposure to pesticides dur-ing certain critical developmental periods can permanentlyalter a growing child’s biological systems. The result, warnsPANNA, is an increase in birth defects and early puberty andnoticeable increases in asthma, obesity, diabetes and somecancers.What’s appalling is that we have known about these dan-gers for decades yet have done little about it. “Nearly 20 yearsago, scientists at the National Research Council called forswift action to protect young and growing bodies from pesti-cides,” says PANNA. “Yet today, U.S. children continue to beexposed to pesticides that are known to be harmful in placesthey live, learn and play.” For its part, the EPA does evalu-ate children’s exposure topesticide residues in commonfoods and evaluates new andexisting pesticides to assessrisks, creating guidelines andregulations accordingly. Butmany would like to see theEPA take a stronger standagainst the widespread use of pesticides across the U.S.There are several ways indi-viduals can minimize pesticideexposures for themselves andtheir loved ones. Buy organ-ic food whenever possible.Avoid chemical sprays andbug traps inside and out of thehome. And steer clear of farmsand other agricultural landsthat regularly get sprayed withpesticides.
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An October 2012 report by Pesticide Action Network North America examined dozensof recent studies and concluded that the influx of pesticides in our society — omnipresentin the air we breath and the foods we eat — is taking a heavy toll on our children’s healthand intelligence. (iStockPhoto)
 
Marion Township Trustees
The Marion Township Trustees heldtheir regular scheduled meeting on Mondayat the Marion Township Office with thefollowing members present: Jerry Gilden,Joseph Youngpeter and Howard Violet.The purpose of the meeting was to paybills and conduct ongoing business. Theminutes of the special meeting and the pre-vious meeting were read and approved asread. The trustees then reviewed the billsand gave approval for 20 checks totaling$13,007.56.Ron and Bryan Mueller were presentto discuss vacating an alley adjacent toBryan’s property in Landeck. After somediscussion the trustees advised them thatthey would have to start the process beforethe Township could get involved.Road Foreman Elwer advised that theRoad and Sign Inventory for December arefinished.He also said that the Allen CountyEngineer’s Department requested that theMarion Township Police Department moni-tor traffic using the bridge on State Road,which crosses the Auglaize River due to theload limit restriction.Fiscal Officer Kimmet presented theCertification of Township Road Mileagethat needed review and signed.He gave the trustees the revisedCertification of all Sources for Expendituresand after review Trustee Violet offered aresolution to accept it which was secondedby Trustee Youngpeter. Trustee Violet thenoffered a resolution to decrease the appro-priations in the Gas Tax Fund which wasseconded by Trustee Youngpeter. Copiesof these resolutions are in the resolutionsection 70 and 71 and will be part of theseminutes.Trustee Youngpeter offered a resolutionstating that the ending balances for all fundsfrom 2012 are sufficient until the 2013amounts are certified from the Allen CountyAuditor which was seconded by TrusteeViolet and is 72 in the resolution sectionand will be part of these minutes.Trustee Violet made a motion to pay theTrustees and Fiscal Officer salaries for 2013monthly as provided by the law and to con-tinue all wages and benefits for all employ-ees as in the previous years and made thefollowing statement on the township poli-cies. We the Board of Marion Township doresolve and proclaim our desire and inten-tion to provide for all full time employ-ees, The Board of Trustees and the FiscalOfficer group benefits. These benefits willbe for group major medical and group LifeInsurance in conformity with the new andOhio Statue (ORC 505.6) for current andnewly elected officials and for current andnewly hired full time employees. TrusteeYoungpeter seconded the motion whichpassed unanimously.Trustee Gilden said he signed the neces-sary paper work to proceed with the MovingOhio Forward Grant.There being no further business a motion toadjourn by Trustee Youngpeter was secondedby Trustee Violet and passed unanimously.
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Worker closesfamily’s 114-year circle atGoodyear
By JIM MacKINNONAkron Beacon Journal
AKRON (AP) — In July1898, F.A. Seiberling hired EdHippensteal to start cleaningup an old strawboard factoryin Akron to turn it into the firsthome for the still unincorpo-rated Goodyear Tire & RubberCo.Hippensteal and 12 oth-ers, including Seiberling, arememorialized in a plaque onthe Goodyear clock tower off East Market Street as one of the “Old Guard” — the origi-nal 13 employees of Goodyear,all hired before 1900.Fast-forward 114 years: OnDec. 31, Hippensteal’s great-grandson, Ed Rueschman, istaking a buyout and will retirefrom Goodyear after more than46 years with the Akron tiremaker.Rueschman, like his father,grandfather and namesakegreat-grandfather, all workedfor Goodyear. You could sayGoodyear, through its firsthired employee, Hippensteal,has been a four-generationfamily business ever since thatday in 1898.The four men have 163years of combined service, saidRueschman, 65, who lives inUniontown.“I’m amazed I was able to bea part of that,” said Rueschman.The Steelworker drives trucks,picking up and delivering partsas part of his responsibilities inmaintenance.He started in 1965, justthree weeks after graduatingfrom Ellet High School. Hisfather had suggested he take a job with Goodyear.“I was thinking of more of a truck driving career” at thetime, Rueschman said. But heagreed to apply at Goodyearand soon started working a mid-night factory shift. His workat Goodyear was interruptedin 1967, when he entered theArmy and served in the infan-try in Vietnam, returning tocivilian life in Akron about twoyears later.Rueschman did not knowabout his family’s connectionto Goodyear’s founding untilmuch later in life.“I just knew my dad andmy grandpa worked here,” hesaid.But in the 1980s his great-aunt told him that his great-grandfather, on his mother’sside, was the very first personhired at Goodyear.“She brought out all thesepictures,” Rueschman said.“I had no idea. ... As timewent on, I learned the history. Ithought, wow, it’s going to besomething if I can stay, com-plete the cycle.”His great-grandfatherworked for Goodyear from1898 to the year he died, 1946,for 48 years of service. Thebook The Goodyear Storymentions Hippensteal andincludes pictures of his great-grandfather. Rueschman wasborn the year after his great-grandfather died.His grandfather, JohnF. Rueschman, worked atGoodyear from 1915 to 1948,and his father, John L., startedat Goodyear in 1941. All fourmen worked factory jobs.Goodyear notedRueschman’s family historyin 1998 when it rededicatedthe clock tower with the origi-nal “Old Guard” plaque thathad been lost for years, likelyremoved after a fire in 1984.The plaque was found inside aremote section of Goodyear’sPlant One building in time forthe ceremony that year.Rueschman said he and hisfather worked the same fac-tory shift and went to and fromwork together for years.“My dad retired in 1977.Been carrying it on since then,”Rueschman said.All told, he will have 46years and five months of ser-vice with Goodyear, he said.“I’ve had 10 different jobsat Goodyear since I started in’65,” he said.His family plans to host aretirement party for him.Rueschman said his retire-ment plans include travelingas well as catching up on the“honey do” list at home. Hisvacation travels in years pasthave taken him to Alaska,Oregon and Arizona and as faras Australia.Rueschman noted that hisfamily’s generational streakat Goodyear ends with him.Neither his son nor his stepsonsplan to work at the tire com-pany, he said. He called it theend of a personal era.It’s too bad his father,grandfather and great-grandfa-ther won’t be able to see himretire, he said.“I just wish they couldsee where history led to,”Rueschman said. “I was able tocomplete it, continue it. A veryenjoyable trip.”
“She broughtout all thesepictures. I hadno idea. ... Astime went on, Ilearned the his-tory. I thought, wow, it’s going tobe something if I can stay, com-plete the cycle.”
Ed Rueschman

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