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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostlycloudy.Showers andisolated thun-derstorms inthe morning, then chanceof showers in the after-noon. Highs in the upper50s. Lows around 50.Partlycloudy inthe morn-ing thenbecomingmostlycloudy. Highs in the upper50s. Rain in the evening.Lows in the upper 30s.Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower30s. Lows in the lower 20s.Rain likely inthe morning,then chanceof rain inthe after-noon. Highs in the lower40s. A 40 percent chanceof snow in the evening.Lows in the mid 20s.
Library closedTuesday,Wednesday
The Delphos PublicLibrary will be closedTuesday and Wednesdaydue to the migration of thecomputers to a new system.The new system will bet-ter serve patrons when thelibrary re-opens on Thursday.
4-H club sets
frst meeting
The Delphos Livestock4-H Club will hold its firstmeeting for 2013 at 1:30 p.m.on Feb. 3 at St. John’s Annex.Anyone 9 years old as of Jan. 1, 2012, is eligible to join.For more informa-tion, contact Todd Gableat 419-204-2974 or JohnNoonan at 419-234-3143.
Storytime,Toddlertimesign-up set
The Delphos PublicLibrary has set its winter/spring session of Storytimeand Toddlertime wherethe children will “GetReady! Get Set! Grow!”Early literacy is the focusof the programs, through sto-ries, music, motion, rhyming,puppets and just plain fun.Toddlerttime is designedfor children 18 monthsto approximately 3 years,accompanied by a caregiver.It is held at 10 a.m. and 11a.m. every other Thursdaymorning beginning Jan. 24through April 4. Each groupis limited to 15 children andregistration is required.Storytime is aimed at chil-dren ages 3-6. It is held at10:30 a.m. every Tuesday andat 6:30 p.m. every Thursdaybeginning Jan. 22 and end-ing April 11. Registration isalso required for this group.Call the library at 419-695-4015 to register.
Help Me Growoffers screenings
Putnam County HelpMe Grow Early ChildhoodSpecialists will be availableto screen Putnam Countyinfants, toddlers and pre-schoolers free of chargefrom 1-4 p.m. Jan. 22.Developmental screen-ings that are availableinclude: hearing, vision,physical development(crawling, walking, etc.),speech and language, behav-ioral and play skills.Screenings are byappointment only. Call419-523-6059 or toll-freeat 1-877-738-1866.
Delphos backdrop for Osting’s first novel
BY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — You couldsay Heather Lynn Osting hasalways been an aspiring writer— as a kid she wrote for funand then later in 2005, shedeveloped a blog as an outletfor sanity which had approxi-mately 200 followers — andhas since elevated her creativeself-expression into the reachof a whole new audience.Since its release onAmazon.com on Dec. 6, therehave been 150 e-books forKindle readers and 163 paper-backs sold. Customer reviewsposted on Amazon’s site havebeen affirming.“There have been no badreviews,” Osting explained.”Eighty-year-old grandmoth-ers love it!”Even after prodding byfriends suggesting that shewrite a book, Osting neverthought she could be a suc-cessful author. Her creativeinterest peaked while search-ing for something to readafter finishing “Water ForElephants,” and at that point,she still considered the chal-lenge of writing fun. Then ithappened. She was drivinghome on a typical day andexperienced self-actualizationevoking the passion to realize,explore and develop her talentand ability.“I was driving home fromOttawa with the sun shiningthrough the car window on myface,” Osting reflected. “Thatwas the beginning premise of the book: a girl beaten up,coming to with sunshine onher face but waking up to aharsh reality.”Osting’s own personalityand personal experiences havebeen embedded within thecharacter Vivienne Taylor,whose name was spawnedby her fond attachment to acharacter from the TV series90210 and a unique givenname. The majority of thecharacter’s thought processesare a reflection of her own andaccounts of parental warn-ings during her childhood fedher imagination and enabled“worst-case scenario” eventsin the storyline.The original version of thenovel took 2 - 3 weeks to writeand then it was another 2 1/2- 3 years of polishing, editingand revising before the piecewas published. Osting workedhard on presenting a realisticstoryline and perfecting theending before the deadline.“Writing a surprising end-ing is harder than peoplethink,” Osting explained.Osting is looking forwardto her upcoming book sign-ings. The first will be heldfrom 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Jan.19 at Baked to Perfection inDelphos and the second, awine-tasting, will take placefrom 5-9 p.m. on Feb. 7 atVino Bellissimo in Lima.Copies of the paperback willbe available at both events.At this time, Osting and herentourage — editors RachelGraham and Debra Grothouse,whom are cousins to theauthor, — are concentratingon the revisions of her nextinstallment in the series. Thefootwork for the cover of thenew chapter is in the worksand the cover girl, SammyKlint, a freshman cheerlead-er at Jefferson Senior HighSchool, has been chosen.What does the future holdfor Vivienne? Osting offeredsome insight into the newchapter of the rejuvenatedheroine’s life, “The Ordeal,”where she sets out to makesomething of herself explor-ing a new adventure outsidethe confines of Delphos.“So far, this is my favor-ite,” Osting explained withenthusiasm. “It has the samefeel. It’s more creepy and thecharacter is more developed.”
Otoville senior Audrey Rieger left, presents school board member Kevin Landin witha certificate noting January as School Board Member Recognition Month as senior CoryFischer presents Barb Hoersten with the same. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Ottoville Schools receivenotification of casino funds
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — OttovilleLocal Schools TreasurerBob Weber shared his goodnews with the school boardWednesday, noting the dis-trict will receive $9,423.55in casino revenues fromthe Ohio Department of Taxation.Weber said of the$37,953,632 in casino rev-enues, 34 percent went toschools.“I received the notificationthis afternoon,” Weber saidWednesday. “When we willreceive the actual money? Idon’t know.”School board membersperformed annual duties thatfall at the beginning of theyear including electing SueBendele as president and BarbHoersten as vice president.Meetings will remain at 7:30p.m. on the third Wednesdayof each month and will beheld in the board of educa-tion conference room in theelementary school with theexception of the July meet-ing, which will be held inCloverdale at St. Barbara’sParish.Board member KimWannemacher will serve asthe board’s internal audit rep-resentative and Wannemacherand Kevin Landin will serveas Finance Committee mem-bers along with the superin-tendent and treasurer.Board member CraigByrne is the board’s edu-cation liaison and willattend the Ohio SchoolBoards Association CapitalConference with Landin as analternate. Wannemacher willserve as the board’s studentachievement liaison.The board also accepted$832.10 in the Box Tops forEducation reimbursementprogram.Weber also presented vari-ous financial reports on thedistrict’s first six months of the 2012-13 school year ascompared to past years. Hereported the building costs85 cents per square inch tooperate.Members of Ottoville’ssenior class presented eachboard member with a certifi-cate acknowledging SchoolBoard Recognition Monthand thanked each member fortheir time and effort.The next meeting is ten-tatively scheduled for 7:30p.m. Feb. 20. Girls basket-ball playoffs may change themeeting date.
Library board welcomesnew director Rist
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — TheDelphos Public Library Boardof Trustees met for its firstmeeting of 2013 to installofficers and welcome a newdirector.Kelly Rist, who came tothe Delphos library fromBrumback Library in VanWert, stepped into formerdirector Nancy Mericle’sshoes when she retired at thebeginning of the month. Ristsaid Delphos has made herfeel very welcome.Board President LeilaOsting, Vice PresidentPat Poling, Secretary JaneRutledge and Fiscal OfficerJanet Bonifas were all re-installed in their posts. It wasrecommended that a requestbe submitted to the DelphosCity Schools Board of Education for the renewal of Brad Rostorfer’s 7-year termwith the library board.The board also passed amotion to submit a request tothe board to place a renewalof the library’s 0.6-mill levyon the primary ballot on May7.During her report, Ristannounced that she and herstaff are getting everythingready for the library’s integra-tion into the SEO Consortium,which will greatly increase thenumber of materials patronswill have access to.“The SEO migration startson Tuesday and we won’t beable to check anything outthat day,” Rist said. “Afterwe’ve joined, I think you’llsee a real increase in our cir-culation numbers, especiallywith access to the e-Books.”The library will be closedJan. 15 and 16 for staff train-ing, and will be online withthe SEO Consortium startingJan. 17.In other news, the boardapproved the purchase of a STViewScan Microfilm Viewer-Scanner Library Systemfrom BP Imaging Solutionsin Kettering. The equipmentwill be purchased with the$14,000 donation from theDienstberger Foundation,which was earmarked for theproject.
New Library Director Kelly Rist, left, gives her report asboard members Jim Looser, Ron Elwer and Susan Kapcarlook on. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 150
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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Delphos weather
Arthur NormanLaddCharles DillerMoeller
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was43 degrees, low was 35. Higha year ago today was 48, lowwas 29. Record high for todayis 60, set in 1975. Record lowis -15, set in 1982.
Thomas J,, 86,of Kalida, Mass of ChristianBurial will begin 10:30 a.m.Friday at St. Michael’s CatholicChurch, Kalida, the Rev. MarkHoying officiating. Burial willfollow in the church cemetery,with military rites by OttawaVFW and Ottawa AmericanLegion. Visitation will beand 2-8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township. Memorialcontributions may be madeto Diocese of Toledo Officeof Vocations or WoundedWarriors. Condolences maybe expressed at www.lovefu-neralhome.com.
Feb. 17, 1931Jan. 5, 2013
Arthur Norman Ladd, 81,of Leland, died Saturday atSECU Hospice House of Brunswick.He was born Feb. 17,1931 in Delphos to LawrenceAndrew Ladd and Velma MayLadd, who preceded him indeath.He is survived by his wife,Ruth Fisher Ladd; threechildren, Pam Green, ToddLadd, and Jennifer Corbin;one sister, June Dunlap; twobrothers, Kenneth Ladd andDale Ladd; five grandchil-dren and three great-grand-children.He was also preceded indeath by a son, David Ladd.Arthur was a veteran of theUS Marine Corps.A memorial service willbe 11 a.m. on Saturday atWilmington Funeral &Cremation Village RoadChapel in Leland.
March 28, 1927Jan. 8, 2013
Charles Diller Moellerof Spencerville, Ohio, dis-tinguished entrepreneur andbeloved father and grandfa-ther, passed into eternity onJanuary 8, 2013, at St. Rita’sMedical Center. He was 85years old.Born on a humble farmoutside Columbus Grove,Ohio, on March 28, 1927,Charles was the son of Royand Frances Moeller whopreceded him in death. Hemarried Phyllis Snavely, nowdeceased, in 1949. He latermarried Francis Jarvis in 1960and later divorced.Charles is survived byhis five children, TheresaL. Moeller, of Lima,Marcia L. (John) Elliot, of Lima, Charlene A. (Bruce“Shorty”) McCullough, of Spencerville, Charles L.Moeller, of Lima, CandaceS. Moeller, of Lima; a step-daughter, Cheryl Steinwedel,of Lima, a stepson, Jeffrey(Lori) Jarvis; grandchildrenChristi McGuire, Corrie Doty,Kasey Doty, Justin Elliot,Holly Elliot, Jordan Elliot,Broderick McCullough,Chandler McCullough,Sydney Moeller; five greatgrandchildren; stepgrandchil-dren Jennifer Burt, JessicaSpiers, Jillian Jarvis, JaclynJarvis, Mark Steinwedel; andeight stepgreat-grandchildren.Charles was preceded indeath by a sister, Mary AliceNeuman Roof; a brother,Richard Roy Moeller; and agrandson, Craig Martin Doty.Charles served in the U.S.Navy for two years. At theage of 23, he founded OhioDecorative Products, Inc.,Spencerville, specializing inzinc die casting and plating. Helater expanded with EdgertonMetal Products in Edgerton,Ohio, and Ken-Dec, HorseCave, Ky. In 1971, he startedin the polyurethane industrywith Flexible Foam Products,Inc., supplying flooring, fur-niture and bedding industries.In 2012 he celebrated 62 yearsof success in maintaining thefamily business. FlexibleFoam Products, Inc. operatesnationally with 13 locationsand is currently expanding inLas Vegas, Nevada.Charles also endeavoredin farming operations, includ-ing dairy, livestock and grainfarming. Current farms are inOhio, Kentucky and Indiana.He enjoyed being activelyinvolved and was civic mind-ed in the many communities,including his hometown of Spencerville. Charles was aproud member and supporter of the Republican Party and attend-ed many presidential dinners.Charles led an inspiration-al life defined by family andfaith. He was a member of theShawnee Alliance Church.There will be visitation todayand Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to8 p.m. at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.Funeral Services will be at1 p.m. Saturday at ShawneeChristian Missionary AllianceChurch, 4455 Shawnee Rd.,Lima, where there will beviewing one hour prior to theservice.Saturday morning, atapproximately 10 a.m., Charleswill be carried in a horsedrawn hearse leaving Bayliff Funeral Home and proceedingleft on Elizabeth Street pastOhio Decorative Products andthen make the loop throughdowntown Spencerville.In lieu of flowers, donationscan be made to: (Customer andSuppliers) Huntington NationalBank, C/O Charles D. MoellerMemorial Fund, 102 N. Broadway,Spencerville, Ohio 45887 or(Friends and Family) Fifth ThirdBank, C/O Charles D. MoellerMemorial Fund, 225 NorthwestSt., Lima, Ohio 45801.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Rain throughmidnight, then rain and iso-lated thunderstorms aftermidnight. Lows in the upper30s. Southeast winds 10 to20 mph.
Mostly cloudy.Showers and isolated thun-derstorms in the morning,then chance of showers inthe afternoon. Not as cool.Highs in the upper 50s.Southwest winds 10 to 20mph. Chance of precipita-tion 90 percent.
Partlycloudy. Warmer. Lowsaround 50. Southwest winds10 to 15 mph.
Partlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming mostly cloudy.Highs in the upper 50s.Southwest winds 10 to 15mph.
 Rain. Lows in the upper 30s.Chance of rain 90 percent.
Mostlycloudy. Rain likely in themorning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Highsin the lower 40s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
 Mostly cloudy with a 40percent chance of snow.Lows in the mid 20s.
Partlycloudy. Highs in the lower30s. Lows in the lower 20s.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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The following individu-als appeared Wednesdaybefore Judge CharlesSteele in Van Wert CountyCommon Pleas Court:ArraignmentsWilliam Crutchfield, 
40,Van Wert, pled not guilty tohaving weapons under dis-ability, a felony of the thirddegree. His case will be setfor pretrial after an evalua-tion is completed for anotherpending case. He is beingheld on a cash bond in theother case and the same bondwas set in this case.
Dallas Fortner, 
18,Mendon, pled not guilty totwo charges: burglary, felonysecond degree; and theft, afelony of the third degree.His bond was set at$50,000 cash and a pretrialwas set for Wednesday.
Joel Crawford, 
24, VanWert, was arraigned on acharge of theft from an elder-ly person, a felony of the fifthdegree.He was released on a sure-ty bond and his case set forpretrial on March 6.
Beth McCarthy, 
43,Convoy, pled not guilty topossession of heroin, a felonyof the fourth degree; and pos-session of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.She was released on asurety bond and pretrial wasset for Wednesday.
Tiffany Wolford, 
22, VanWert, was arraigned and pledguilty to possession of drugs,a felony of the fifth degree.The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and setsentencing for March 6.
Changes of pleasDaniel Myrick, 
23,Delphos, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of traffick-ing marijuana, a felony of thefifth degree. He then request-ed and was granted Treatmentin Lieu of Conviction.All further proceedingswere stayed pending com-pletion of the treatment pro-gram.
Brittnie Garwood, 
24,Van Wert, changed her pleato guilty to two counts of trafficking drugs, both felo-nies of the fifth degree. Threeother similar charges weredismissed for her plea tothese two.The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and setsentencing for March 6.
Casey McMillen, 
28, VanWert, entered a plea of guiltyto possession of drugs, a fel-ony of the fifth degree. TheCourt ordered a Pre-sentenceinvestigation and set sentenc-ing for Jan. 23.
ViolationsRyan Schaadt, 
28, VanWert, appeared on a proba-tion violation for associat-ing with known felon, testingpositive for controlled sub-stance, failing to report toprobation, failing to pay courtcosts, and failing to completehis assessment and treatment.He admitted the violationsand was sentenced to ninemonths in prison with creditfor 143 days already served.
Stephanie Farmer, 
31,Van Wert, appeared for abond violation for failing toreport to probation and failingto provide an address whereshe was living. A violationwas found by the court andshe was ordered re-releasedon her surety bond until herpretrial scheduled for nextWednesday.
Patricia Bigham, 
29, VanWert, appeared for a bondviolation for not reporting toprobation. She was found inviolation and re-released onsurety bond until a pretrialJan. 16.
SentencingKenneth Michael Imler, 
 33, Ohio City, was sentencedfor violating a civil protec-tion order, a felony of thefifth degree.He received three yearscommunity control, 100 hourscommunity service, angermanagement assessment andtreatment, two years inten-sive probation, abide by allJuvenile Court orders con-cerning visitation, pay courtcosts and partial appointedcounsel fees. A nine-monthprison sentence was deferredpending completion of com-munity control.
Time waiverKyle Caldwell, 
33, VanWert, waived time and wasgranted a continuance of a jury trial scheduled for today.Continuance was granted.This case involves an allegedarmed robbery at KlostermanPizza in Van Wert.
Delphos Fire Assoc.300 Club
Jan. 2 — DanaSteinbrennerJan. 9 — Mary German
2 men indicted in Ohiomurder-for-hire plot
COLUMBUS (AP) —A central Ohio grand juryhas indicted two men in analleged murder-for-hire plottargeting the ex-wife of oneof the suspects.A prosecutor saidWednesday that the FranklinCounty grand jury inColumbus charged 59-year-old Daniel Lytle with con-spiracy to commit aggravatedmurder and related crimes.He is accused of conspir-ing with 26-year-old BradFickenworth over severalmonths to kill his 43-year-old ex-wife Tammy Lytle.Fickenworth also was indict-ed on a charge of conspiracyto commit aggravated mur-der.The Columbus Dispatchreports that Daniel Lytle alleg-edly recruited Fickenworth tohire a third person to kill hisex-wife.Their attorney informationwasn’t immediately avail-able.A boy, Adam James, wasborn Dec. 26 in St. Marys toSue and Danny Wiseman of Delphos.He was welcomed home bya brother, Tyler.Grandparents are CarleneGerdeman of Delphos and thelate Irvin Gerdeman, RobertWiseman Jr. of Delphos andJohn and Martha Anders of Fort Jennings.
From Ethiopia to Chile:Day 1 of a 7-year walk
BY JASON STRAZIUSOThe Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya — Onthe eve of an unimaginablylong walk — one that startsin Africa, winds through theMiddle East, across Asia, hopsover to Alaska, goes down thewestern United States, thenCentral and South Americaand ends in Chile — one ques-tion nagged journalist PaulSalopek: Should he take hishouse keys?Salopek departed a smallEthiopian village today andtook the first steps of a planned21,000-mile (34,000-kilome-ter) walk that will cross some30 borders, where he willencounter dozens of languag-es and scores of ethnic groups.The 50-year-old’s quest is toretrace man’s first migrationfrom Africa across the worldin a go-slow journey that willforce him to immerse himself in a variety of cultures so hecan tell a global mosaic of people stories.The Ethiopia-to-Chile walk— which took human ances-tors some 50,000 years tomake — is called Out of Edenand is sponsored by NationalGeographic, the KnightFoundation and the PulitzerCenter for Crisis Reporting. Atwo-time Pulitzer Prize win-ner, the American plans towrite one major article a yearwith periodic updates every100 miles or so.“Often the places that wefly over or drive through, theyaren’t just untold stories, butthey are also the connectivetissues between the stories of the day,” Salopek told TheAssociated Press by satel-lite phone from the village of Herto Bouri, his starting point,late Wednesday.Those fly-over placesexplain how environment oreducation are connected to theeconomy — stories that aremore nuanced and complicat-ed “that take slowing down toexplain,” he said.Though Salopek’s plannedwalk may be among the longestin modern times — GuinnessWorld Records doesn’t track“longest walk” because sucha feat can’t be standardized —such long, investigative walkshave been done before.Rory Stewart, now aBritish parliamentarian,walked across Iran, Pakistan,Nepal, and then circled backto post-Taliban Afghanistanto walk from Herat to Kabul,a journey chronicled in the2005 book “The Places InBetween.” Stewart’s walktook 21 months.“The best thing about it forme was simply that it gaveme access to people and com-munities. It forced you to stopevery 20 or 25 miles. It forcedyou to spend nights in villagehomes,” said Stewart, whospends six weeks every yearwalking through his politicaldistrict. “For me the real greatthing about this kind of jour-ney is that we live in a worldwhich is very focused on des-tinations, a city or a touristsite, which ignores 99 percentof the country.”Stewart’s advice to Salopekis that he find people to be withat night. Long days of endlesswalking leave you tired, hun-gry and wanting solitude, butStewart said the best hoursof Salopek’s journey will notbe during daylight, but in theevening hours around a dinnertable or fireplace.That’s what Salopek plansto do. He hopes to walk withlocal people throughout his journey, learning new lan-guages or finding Englishspeakers along the way. Hesays the journey will slowdown his own process of writ-ing, and he hopes he can alsoslow down readers who livein a world flooded with infor-mation.Salopek won the 1998Pulitzer Prize for explana-tory reporting and the 2001Pulitzer for internationalreporting, from Africa,both while he wrote for theChicago Tribune. On a per-sonal level, Salopek wantedto see if the trip will help himslow down and enrich hisown work.
2 killed in fatal Akron re
AKRON (AP) — Policesay that two people have diedin a northeast Ohio house fireovernight.Akron police tell WEWS-TV that the fire started about2:30 a.m. today at a home onthe north side of the city.The victims are believedto be a mother and daughter.Police said the fire start-ed in the basement or firstfloor, and the victims werefound on the second floor.Fire officials said there wereno smoke detectors in thehouse, which was a totalloss.
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E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: How isit that climate change is neg-atively affecting the healthof rivers and, by extension, the quality and availabilityof fresh water?— Robert Elman, St.Louis, MO
 Global warming is nodoubt going to cause manykinds of problems (and,indeed, already is), and riv-ers may well be some of thehardest hit geographical fea-tures, given the likelihood of increased droughts, floodsand the associated spread of waterborne diseases.For one, rivers are alreadystarting to lose the amount of water they channel. A 2009study at the National Centerfor Atmospheric Research(NCAR) found that water vol-ume in the Columbia River inthe Pacific Northwest declinedby 14 percent since the 1950s.This trend is similar in majorrivers all over the world.“Many communitieswill see their water suppliesshrink as temperatures riseand precipitation patternsshift,” reports the nonprof-it American Rivers, addingthat a rise in severe stormswill degrade water qualityand increase the risk of cata-strophic floods. “Changes inthe timing and location of precipitation combined withrising levels of water pollu-tion will strain ecosystemsand threaten the survival of many fish and wildlife spe-cies.” These shifts will havedramatic impacts, threaten-ing public health, weakeningeconomies and decreasing thequality of life in many places.In the U.S., the number of storms with extreme precipita-tion has increased 24 percentsince the late 1940s—and thetrend is expected to continue.Another certain impact onrivers is more pollution asmore frequent and powerfulstorms increase runoff fromurban and agricultural areasthat contain fertilizers, pes-ticides, chemicals and motoroil. “In older communitieswhere storm water and sew-age are transported togetherin one pipe, heavy storms canoverwhelm the system andsend raw sewage and pol-luted storm water into near-by streams and rivers,” saysAmerican Rivers. “Thesecombined sewer overflowswill grow more frequent asextreme storms increase.”Lower water flows and ris-ing temperatures compoundproblems caused by more run-off. “More frequent droughtsand shifting precipitationpatterns lower water levelsin rivers, lakes and streams,leaving less water to dilutepollutants,” says the group.“Higher temperatures causemore frequent algal bloomsand reduce dissolved oxygenlevels, both of which cancause fish kills and do signifi-cant harm to ecosystems.”American Rivers reportsthat the health of our riv-ers in the face of increasingwarming will depend large-ly on community prepared-ness. Municipalities that failto address aging infrastruc-ture “will experience great-er increases in storm waterrunoff and sewer overflows.”And communities that havedamaged their wetlands, for-ests, streams and rivers willhave fewer natural defensesto protect against the effectsof climate change.There is much we cando to protect rivers besidesreduce our carbon footprints.American Rivers is promot-ing green infrastructure—anapproach to water manage-ment that protects, restoresor mimics the natural watercycle—as the way to bolsterthe health of rivers. “It meansplanting trees and restoringwetlands rather than buildinga new water treatment plant.It means choosing water effi-ciency instead of buildinga new water supply dam. Itmeans restoring floodplainsinstead of building tallerlevees.”
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Rivers may well be hard hit by climate change, given thelikelihood of increased droughts, floods and the associatedspread of waterborne diseases. Pictured: The ColumbiaRiver in the Pacific Northwest, which has lost 14 percentof its water volume since the 1950s due to higher tempera-tures and shifting precipitation patterns. (iStockPhoto)Information submitted
COLUMBUS – StateSenator Keith Faber(R-Celina) today was swornin as President of the OhioSenate during opening dayceremonies at the Statehouse,which marked the start of the130th General Assembly.Serving the residents of the 12th Ohio Senate District,President Faber is the firstSenate President to servefrom Mercer County. AsPresident, Senator Faber willoversee the 33-seat chamber.“I am honored to lead sucha talented and dedicated cau-cus as well as provide lead-ership for the entire Senatemembership,” PresidentFaber said. “The state budgetwill be the focus of the firstsix months of this GeneralAssembly, with governmentefficiency, economic recov-ery and jobs continuing to beour number one priority.”The Senate MajorityCaucus new leadership wasalso sworn in at today’s ses-sion. The team includes:Senator Chris Widener(R-Springfield) as presidentpro tempore, the numbertwo in the Senate; SenatorTom Patton (R-Strongsville)continues as majority floorleader, and Senator LarryObhof (R-Medina) as major-ity whip.Senator Faber was electedto the Ohio Senate in 2007and has served on the Senateleadership team since 2009when he was elected MajorityFloor Leader. The 130thGeneral Assembly will runthrough Dec. 31, 2014.
Faber sworn inas president of Ohio Senate
State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina) was sworn inMonday as president of the Ohio Senate. He was joinedin the Senate Chamber by his wife, Andrea and their twochildren.Information submitted
COLUMBUS —Successful hunters checked21,555 white-tailed deerduring the 2013 muzzle-loader season, accordingto the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).Muzzleloader season con-cluded on Tuesday.The 2013 harvest total rep-resents a 12 percent increaseover the 2012 season, whenhunters checked19,251 deer.The muzzleloader harvestwas 17,375 deer in 2011.Counties reporting thehighest number of deerchecked during the 2013muzzleloader season include:Guernsey (821), Coshocton(813), Tuscarawas (784),Muskingum (751), Belmont(739), Carroll (683), Harrison(677), Licking (675), Jefferson(619) and Knox (520).Deer-archery sea-son remains open throughSunday. More informationprovided by ODNR Divisionof Wildlife about Ohio deerhunting can be found in the2012-2013 Hunting andTrapping Regulations or atwildohio.com. Hunters canalso share photos by click-ing on the Photo Gallery tabonline.Hunters are encouragedto donate any extra venisonto organizations assistingOhioans in need. The ODNRDivision of Wildlife is col-laborating with Farmers andHunters Feeding the Hungry(FHFH) to help pay for theprocessing of donated veni-son. Hunters who donate deerare not required to pay theprocessing cost as long as thedeer are taken to a participat-ing processor. To see whichcounties are involved in thisprogram, go to fhfh.org.ODNR ensures a balancebetween wise use and pro-tection of natural resourcesfor the benefit of all. Visitohiodnr.com.
Editor’s Note: A list of white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the2013 muzzleloader hunting season,Jan. 5-8, is shown below. The first number following the county’s nameshows the harvest numbers for 2013,and the 2012 numbers are in paren-theses. Adams: 347 (336); Allen: 88 (77); Ashland: 310 (294); Ashtabula: 422 (374); Athens: 510 (457); Auglaize:51 (87); Belmont: 739 (577); Brown:305 (273); Butler: 110 (131); Carroll:683 (418); Champaign: 118 (132);Clark: 61 (75); Clermont: 212 (239);Clinton: 78 (76); Columbiana:441 (331); Coshocton: 813 (722);Crawford: 95 (103); Cuyahoga: 6 (5);Darke: 62 (62); Defiance: 107 (140);Delaware: 152 (140); Erie: 56 (42);Fairfield: 211 (216); Fayette: 27 (26);Franklin: 44 (46); Fulton: 50 (58);Gallia: 337 (333); Geauga: 126 (154);Greene: 95 (67); Guernsey: 821(612); Hamilton: 79 (89); Hancock:102 (111); Hardin: 110 (141);Harrison: 677 (569); Henry: 34 (68);Highland: 318 (278); Hocking: 445 (384); Holmes: 406 (388); Huron: 177 (173); Jackson: 361 (282); Jefferson:619 (465); Knox: 520 (470); Lake: 59(41); Lawrence: 230 (220); Licking:675 (639); Logan: 182 (179); Lorain:197 (162); Lucas: 41 (31); Madison:35 (50); Mahoning: 197 (154); Marion:54 (65); Medina: 159 (146); Meigs:482 (466); Mercer: 48 (52); Miami: 65 (61); Monroe: 511 (422); Montgomery:57 (41); Morgan: 460 (340); Morrow:150 (143); Muskingum: 751 (638);Noble: 444 (389); Ottawa: 40 (37);Paulding: 83 (122); Perry: 375 (333);Pickaway: 83 (71); Pike: 217 (216);Portage: 158 (176); Preble: 131(87); Putnam: 30 (56); Richland: 360 (290); Ross: 362 (388); Sandusky:66 (72); Scioto: 268 (276); Seneca:149 (142); Shelby: 101 (95); Stark:268 (192); Summit: 56 (52); Trumbull:321 (231); Tuscarawas: 784 (581);Union: 94 (92); Van Wert: 41 (91);Vinton: 392 (309); Warren: 142 (139);Washington: 442 (462); Wayne: 177 (139); Williams: 110 (166); Wood: 57 (40) and Wyandot: 126 (136). Total:21,555 (19,251).
Muzzleloader deer hunters harvest morethan 21,000 deer during ’13 season
Ohio villagereaping bigbucks withspeed cameras
ELMWOOD VILLAGE(AP) — An attorney challengingthe use of traffic speed camerassays a southwest Ohio villagehas reaped some $700,000 fromtickets.Attorney Mike Allen says thespeed cameras are “nothing morethan a money grab.” He wants aHamilton County judge to shutdown the system in ElmwoodVillage, near Cincinnati.Using traffic cameras forenforcement has been upheldin Ohio courts. The CincinnatiEnquirer reports that Allen ischallenging the way the cameraswere put into use last year, say-ing people’s due process wasviolated by insufficient noticeand signage.Business owners and achurch pastor have said thespeeding ticket blitz is deterringpeople from coming to the vil-lage. Police and others say it hasmade the village safer.Closing arguments in thelawsuit are scheduled Jan. 24.
School reachesout in rape case
STEUBENVILLE (AP) —School officials in the easternOhio city where a rape caseinvolving high school footballplayers has garnered nationalattention are reaching out tostudents and parents about theordeal.The Steubenville Board of Education released a statementtoday saying officials are in theprocess of communicating withstudents and parents in the after-math of two boys being chargedwith raping a 16-year-old girl inAugust. The students have deniedthe charges.The statement says the districtis encouraging other students withinformation to come forward. Italso says security measures havebeen increased in the schools, andeducation programs expanded toraise further awareness of sexualharassment, bullying, date rapeand other issues.

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