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Partly cloudytonight withlows in themid 20s.Mostly sunnyWednesdaymorning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in thelower 40s. Lows in theupper 20s. See page 2A.
The Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. — As electricity returnsand highways reopen, some Northeast resi-dents are getting back to their weekday rou-tines following the massive snowstorm thathad millions digging out from New York toMaine.But the routine for other New Englanderswill be disrupted by school and workplaceclosings. For some there’s also a new worry:the danger of roof collapses as rain and warm-er weather melts snow.The storm that slammed into the regionwith up to 3 feet of snow was blamed for atleast 15 deaths in the Northeast and Canadaand brought some of the highest accumula-tions ever recorded. Still, coastal areas werelargely spared catastrophic damage despitebeing lashed by strong waves and hurricane-force wind gusts at the height of the storm.Hundreds of people, their homes withoutheat or electricity, were forced to take refugein emergency shelters set up in schools orother places. But by early today, outages haddropped to 149,970 — more than 126,000 of them in Massachusetts.“For all the complaining everyone does,people really came through,” said RichDinsmore, 65, of Newport, R.I., who wasstaying at a Red Cross shelter set up in amiddle school in Middletown after the powerwent out in his home on Friday. Dinsmore,who has emphysema, was first brought by
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Kettering boy wins Ohio Has Talent!
BY LINDSAY MCCOYDHI Correspondent
VAN WERT — This year’sOhio Has Talent! winner wascrowned Saturday night at theNiswonger Performing ArtsCenter. The first-place win-ner was 14-year-old singerAlex Wunder, a freshmanat Fairmont High School inKettering, who performedthe song “December, 1963(Oh, What a Night).” Wundersings with an a cappella groupand is a member of the men’schorus and also sang theNational Anthem at a DaytonDragons’ game last summer.For winning the Sixth AnnualOhio Has Talent! competi-tion, Wunder received a $500award.In all, 20 performersfrom throughout the countyand outlying areas showedoff their talents to judgesand a voting audience.The event is a fund-rais-er for Community HealthProfessionals’ InpatientHospice Center. The cen-ter provides care to familieswhen a life-limiting illnesscannot be managed at home.Patient care is provided bytrained hospice nurses andthe center provides places toaccommodate families.“All the funds we generatefrom this is used towards ourpatient chair fund and patientcare costs,” said CHP VP of Operations Shelly Barrett.“OHT allows us to serviceall those in need, includingpatients without insurance.Without this, we don’t knowif we could continue to moveforward with this and not turnanyone down.”Second place and $250 wasawarded to Coldwater HighSchool freshman CourtneyBettinger. Bettinger’s team-mates were present at theevent to support her singingAlicia Keys’ song “Girl onFire.” She is a member of the symphonic choir and hassung in talent shows, wed-dings and school plays.Third place and $100 wentto 16-year-old dancer JonAlbert. Albert has been danc-ing for about three years anddanced to a collection of pop-ular songs. He is from FortWayne, Ind., and his favoritestyles of music and danceinclude hip-hop, B-boyingand popping.Honorable mention wasgiven to Paul Luft and BenTuttle. This duo of high schoolsophomores performed thesong “All You Ever Do IsBring Me Down.” Luft is astudent at Versailles and Benis at St. Marys Memorial.Both are Boy Scouts and playin a country band, The ShelbyCounty Line.Also receiving honorablemention was 12-year-oldMichaella Johnson. Johnsonsang a medley from Disney’s“Princess and the Frog,”accompanied on the piano byher vocal coach, Jake Wilder.Johnson is a sixth-graderat Van Wert Middle Schoolwhere she is a gold cardrecipient in the Renaissanceprogram. She first competedin OHT when she was 6 yearsold.Other talented perform-ers included Emma Wurst isa 16-year-old sophomore atJefferson High School whosang “I Dreamed a Dream.”Natalee Patrick is an eighth-grader at Elida Middle Schooland she also sang.
WurstFourteen-year-old Alex Wunder of Kettering took homethe top prize at Ohio Has Talent! Saturday at the NiswongerPerforming Arts Center.See SNOW, page 3
Celebrate Recovery: Giving hope to the hopeless
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — How does one helppeople get away from illegal drugs? Thatwas the question considered by a groupof Van Wert County residents. With wellover half of court cases heard last year inthe county being drug charges, the prob-lem continued to get worse.“We’ve got to do something. We can’t just put our heads in the sand and pretendit’s not there. It’s a community issue.It’s robbing us in all areas: kids, homes,economy-wise and these lives,” saidRev. Paul Hamrick. “Last spring, JaneSchmid, Cheryl Schaffner and ValerieSchoonover came to me to talk about thedrug problem in our county and what wecan do because it personally affects eachone of us in one way or another.”The result was the decision to begin anew program designed to help people intheir struggles with addictions.Celebrate Recovery began in Marchwith informational meetings and a fullstartup last June.This program is a better fit. It’s morecomplete. It’s comprehensive and it’sbeen in existence for 20 years. Thereare more than 10,000 of them across theUnited States and more than a millionpeople have been through the program.“We meet on Thursday night,”Schmid explained. “It’s a two-hourmeeting with open sharing, praise andworship, then teaching or testimo-ny based right out of the CelebrateRecovery curriculum. There are veryspecific guidelines for always keepingthe newcomer abreast of what is goingon, making them feel welcome. It’s verystandardized… They want a CelebrateRecovery in Van Wert, Ohio, to look just like one in Phoenix, Arizona, whichlooks like one in Washington, D.C. So,we’re careful to do that.”Hamrick added, “The reason welooked at the program is that it is avery effective program, There are10,000 churches right now acrossthe United States doing it. We’reuniquely different, though. Most of them are very large churches and theyare an individual church that does it.We are multiple ministries comingtogether, so we kind of put together ateam. The ladies had come to me ask-ing if we could do some things andfigure out what we could work with.They started to look at the programsthat were available. This seemed tobe a good fit. We got a lot of helpfrom Lima. Lima is a couple of yearsahead of us. It’s one of the few areaswhere the Catholic Church has one.In Lima, they have six to eight differ-ent churches across the city that havethe program, but we’re the only onethat is multi-church, multi-ministry.”
“We’ve got to do some-thing. We can’t just putour heads in the sandand pretend it’s notthere. It’s a communityissue. It’s robbing us inall areas: kids, homes, economy-wise andthese lives.”
— Rev. Paul Hamrick
Northeast returns to everydayroutines after blizzard
Pope to resignFeb. 28, sayshe’s too infirm
BY NICOLE WINFIELDand VICTOR L. SIMPSONThe Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — PopeBenedict XVI announcedtoday that he would resignon Feb. 28 because he wassimply too infirm to carryon — the first pontiff to doso in nearly 600 years. Thedecision sets the stage for aconclave to elect a new popebefore the end of March.The 85-year-old popeannounced his decision inLatin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morn-ing. Here is the text of hisannouncement, delivered tocardinals gathered for a cer-emony to name three newsaints.The last pope to resignwas Pope Gregory XII, whostepped down in 1415 in adeal to end the Great WesternSchism among competingpapal claimants.Benedict called his choice“a decision of great impor-tance for the life of thechurch.” The move sets thestage for the Vatican to hold aconclave to elect a new popeby mid-March, since the tra-ditional mourning time thatwould follow the death of a pope doesn’t have to beobserved.There are several papalcontenders in the wings,but no obvious front-runner— the same situation whenBenedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.When Benedict was elect-ed pope at age 78 — alreadythe oldest pope elected innearly 300 years — he hadbeen already planning toretire as the Vatican’s chief orthodoxy watchdog to spendhis final years writing inthe “peace and quiet” of hisnative Bavaria.Contenders to be his suc-cessor include CardinalAngelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, Cardinal ChristophSchoenborn, the archbishopof Vienna, and Cardinal MarcOuellet, the Canadian headof the Vatican’s office forbishops. Longshots includeCardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Although Dolan ispopular and backs the pope’sconservative line, the generalthinking is that the CatholicChurch doesn’t need a popefrom a “superpower.”All cardinals under age 80are allowed to vote in theconclave, the secret meetingheld in the Sistine Chapelwhere cardinals cast ballots toelect a new pope. As per tra-dition, the ballots are burnedafter each voting round; blacksmoke that snakes out of thechimney means no pope hasbeen chosen, while whitesmoke means a pope has beenelected.Popes are allowed toresign; church law specifiesonly that the resignation be“freely made and properlymanifested.”Only a handful have doneso, however and there’s goodreason why it hasn’t becomecommonplace: Might the“Dear Brothers,I have convoked you to thisConsistory, not only for thethree canonizations, but alsoto communicate to you a deci-sion of great importance forthe life of the Church. Afterhaving repeatedly examinedmy conscience before God,I have come to the certaintythat my strengths, due to anadvanced age, are no longersuited to an adequate exerciseof the Petrine ministry. I amwell aware that this minis-try, due to its essential spiri-tual nature, must be carriedout not only with words anddeeds, but no less with prayerand suffering. However,in today’s world, subject toso many rapid changes andshaken by questions of deeprelevance for the life of faith,in order to govern the barqueof Saint Peter and proclaimthe Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary,strength which in the last fewmonths, has deteriorated inme to the extent that I havehad to recognize my incapac-ity to adequately fulfill theministry entrusted to me. Forthis reason, and well awareof the seriousness of this act,with full freedom I declarethat I renounce the ministryof Bishop of Rome, Successorof Saint Peter, entrusted to meby the Cardinals on 19 April2005, in such a way, that asfrom 28 February 2013, at20:00 hours, the See of Rome,the See of Saint Peter, will bevacant and a Conclave to electthe new Supreme Pontiff willhave to be convoked by thosewhose competence it is.Dear Brothers, I thankyou most sincerely for all thelove and work with whichyou have supported me in myministry and I ask pardon forall my defects. And now, letus entrust the Holy Churchto the care of Our SupremePastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ,and implore his holy MotherMary, so that she may assistthe Cardinal Fathers with hermaternal solicitude, in elect-ing a new Supreme Pontiff.With regard to myself, I wishto also devotedly serve theHoly Church of God in thefuture through a life dedicatedto prayer.”
See POPE, page 3See RECOVERY, page 3Local Boys CageTournament drawsDIVISION IV
At Van WertFeb. 26:
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vs.Perry, 6:15 p.m. (Winnervs. No. 1
Crestview
 6:15 p.m. March 1).Feb. 27:
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Lincolnview
, 8 p.m.(Winners 8 p.m. March 1).At Ottawa-Glandorf Feb. 26: Pandora-Gilboavs. McComb, 6:15 p.m.(Winner vs. No. 2
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e 6:15 p.m. March 1).At PauldingFeb. 26: Ayersvillevs.
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DIVISION III
At WapakonetaFeb. 26:
Jefferson
 vs. Allen East, 6:15p.m. (Winner vs. No. 1Lima Central Catholic,6:15 p.m. March 1)Feb. 27:
Spencerville
vs.Parkway, 6:15 p.m.; Blufftonvs. Coldwater, 8 p.m.(Winners 8 p.m. March 1).
DIVISION II
At Lima SeniorFeb. 26: No. 1 Bathvs. Shawnee, 6:15 p.m.;Kenton vs. St. MarysMemorial, 8 p.m. (Winners6:15 p.m. March 1).Feb. 27: No. 2
Elida vs.Van Wert
, 6:15 p.m.; Celinavs. Wapakoneta, 8 p.m.(Winners 8 p.m. March 1).——-
TODAY
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):Jefferson at Fort Jennings;Wayne Trace at Crestview.
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Boys Basketball:Bellefontaine at Elida, 6p.m.; McComb at Ottoville,6:30 p.m.Girls Basketball (6 p.m.):St. John’s at Kalida; FortJennings at Lincolnview(ppd. from Feb. 4); LCC atSpencerville (NWC); VanWert at Lima Senior.The Delphos CommunityProm Dress Exchangewill be held from 2-4p.m. on Saturday in theAll Saints Building atSt. John’s School.Clean prom dresses ona hanger will be acceptedfrom 3-6 p.m. Thursday atthe front doors of the highschool off Second Street.There is a $5 fee for eachdress with proceeds goingto Relay for the Blue jays(Relay for Life Team)Pick up is scheduledfor 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday.Any dresses not pickedup by 6 p.m. will be donatedto the Interfaith Thrift Shop.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 173
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany 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 vil-lages 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 DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
Delphos weatherElizabeth Smith
High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 47 degrees,low was 28. Weekend rainfallwas recorded at .05 inch. Higha year ago today was 31, lowwas 20. Record high for todayis 72, set in 1999. Record lowis -15, set in 1982.Elizabeth Smith, 93, of Delphos died today at VancrestHealthcare Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Ohio justicecenter costs$1M inmaintenance
CLEVELAND (AP) —Repairs to a relatively new juvenile justice center in north-eastern Ohio have cost taxpay-ers nearly $1 million.The Cleveland Plain Dealerreports that judges and othersat the 14-month-old CuyahogaCounty Juvenile Justice Centerrequested maintenance 3,110times last year. That’s an aver-age of more than eight requestsa day, including Saturdays,Sundays and holidays.The work included 126 sinkrepairs, 56 adjustments to theheating and cooling system,19 calls for leaking pipes, 14inspections of roof drains and13 refrigerator fixes.And on 59 occasions, crewswere summoned to hang pic-tures, clocks and other items onwalls. Records show 91 hoursspent on wall hangings, butdo not assign a cost. Juvenilecourt officials did not respondto questions about mainte-nance costs for their complex.But County Councilman MikeGallagher questioned whybuildings so new would needso much fixing.Corn $7.24Wheat $7.31Soybeans $14.61
Victim reportsmoney missingfrom walletJunvenile facingcharges
At 10:25 a.m. on Friday,Delphos Police were calledto the 600 block of West FirstStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon officers speakingwith the victim it was foundthe victim and several peopleknown to them had went to toa local establishment together.Upon all the subjects return-ing to the residence, the vic-tim stated he feel asleep withthe other subjects still pres-ent. The victim said when heawoke, he found that some-one had gone into his walletand taken a large amount of money from inside it.At 4:56 p.m. on Thursday,Delphos Police were calledto the 1100 block of NorthWashington Street in refer-ence to an unruly juvenile atthat location.Upon officers’ arrival, theparent of the juvenile statedthat after an argument hadoccurred, the juvenile left theresidence even though the juvenile was told not to leaveby the parent.Approximately an hourlater, officers located the juvenile on the other side of town and took the juvenileinto custody. The juvenilewas returned and releasedto the parent with chargesbeing filed into Allen CountyJuvenile Court on the juvenileas an ungovernable juvenile.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated Press
Wind advisory in effect  from 7 am this morning to 9 p.m. this evening.
TONIGHT:
Mostlycloudy through midnightthen becoming partly cloudy.Windy. Lows in the upper 20s.West winds 20 to 30 mphdecreasing to 15 to 20 mphafter midnight.
TUESDAY:
Partly cloudy.Highs in the upper 30s. Westwinds 10 to 15 mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT:
 Partly cloudy. Lows in themid 20s. Southwest windsaround 10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECASTWEDNESDAY:
Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly sloudy. Highsin the lower 40s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESAY NIGHT:
 Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 20s.
THURSDAY:
Mostlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of rain showers. Highsin the mid 40s.
THURSDAY NIGHT:
 Partly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showers.
By MIKE STOBBEThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — The worstof the flu season appears tobe over.The number of statesreporting intense or wide-spread illnesses droppedagain last week, and in a fewstates there was very littleflu going around, U.S. healthofficials said Friday.The season started ear-lier than normal, first in theSoutheast and then spread-ing. But now, by some mea-sures, flu activity has beenebbing for at least four weeksin much of the country. Fluand pneumonia deaths alsodropped the last two weeks,the Centers for DiseaseControl and Preventionreported.“It’s likely that the worstof the current flu season isover,” CDC spokesman TomSkinner said.But flu is hard to predict,he and others stressed, andthere have been spikes late inthe season in the past.For now, states likeGeorgia and New York —where doctor’s offices were jammed a few weeks ago— are reporting low fluactivity. The hot spots arenow the West Coast and theSouthwest.Among the places thathave seen a drop: LehighValley Hospital-Cedar Crestin Allentown, Pa., which putup a tent outside its emergen-cy room last month to helpdeal with the steady streamof patients. There were about100 patients each day backthen. Now it’s down to 25and the hospital may pack upits tent next week, said TerryBurger, director of infectioncontrol and prevention for thehospital.“There’s no question thatwe’re seeing a decline,” shesaid.In early December, CDCofficials announced flu sea-son had arrived, a month ear-lier than usual. They wereworried, saying it had beennine years since a winter fluseason started like this one.That was 2003-04 — one of the deadliest seasons in thepast 35 years, with more than48,000 deaths.Like this year, the majorflu strain was one that tendsto make people sicker, espe-cially the elderly, who aremost vulnerable to flu and itscomplicationsBut back then, that year’sflu vaccine wasn’t made toprotect against that bug, andfewer people got flu shots.The vaccine is reformulatedalmost every year, and theCDC has said this year’s vac-cine is a good match to thetypes that are circulating.A preliminary CDC studyshowed it is about 60 percenteffective, which is close tothe average.So far, the season has beenlabeled moderately severe.Like others, LehighValley’s Burger was cau-tious about making pre-dictions. “I’m not certainwe’re completely out of thewoods,” with more wintryweather ahead and peoplelikely to be packed indoorswhere flu can spread around,she said.The government does notkeep a running tally of flu-related deaths in adults, buthas received reports of 59deaths in children. The most— nine — were in Texas,where flu activity was stillhigh last week. Roughly 100children die in an average fluseason, the CDC saysOn average, about 24,000Americans die each flu sea-son, according to the CDC.According to the CDCreport, the number of stateswith intense activity is downto 19, from 24 the previousweek, and flu is widespread in38 states, down from 42. Fluis now minimal in Florida,Kentucky, Maine, Montana,New Hampshire and SouthCarolina.
After early start, worstof flu season may be over
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ST. RITA’SA boy was bor Feb. 9 to Jodiand Benjamin Altenburger of Ottoville.JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a woman isOK after driving her car off an interstate highway and into afreezing pond in central Ohio.Media reports said the woman drove off northboundInterstate 71 in Jeffersonville, between Columbus andCincinnati, on Sunday night. The car went through a fence andinto a large pond.The woman was able to get out of the car and swim to theside, eventually flagging down a motorist on I-71. She wastreated at the scene.The woman’s name hasn’t been released. Investigators weretrying to determine what caused her to drive into the pond.
Woman OK after driving into freezing pond
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio gas prices are still rising.The average price for a gal-lon of regular gas in Ohio wasabout $3.57 in today’s sur-vey from auto club AAA, theOil Price Information Serviceand Wright Express. That’s anickel higher than a week ago.Prices have gone up 18 centsin the past two weeks in theBuckeye State.The state average is slight-ly under the national averageof about $3.59, which is 7cents higher than a week ago.The price in Ohio is about 29cents higher than the sametime last month.Experts say prices are con-tinuing to rise because of solideconomic recovery in Chinaand the U.S. and other factors.The lowest average price inOhio today was about $3.52 inthe Dayton area.
Ohio gas pricesstill rising
Dayton policekill armed man
DAYTON (AP) — Policein Dayton say officers fatallyshot a man who leveled asemi-automatic rifle at themin a city park.Police Chief RichardBiehl said officers killed the34-year-old man Sunday nightin Island MetroPark.Biehl said it started whenpolice got reports of a mancarrying a gun near the park.When two officers arrived, theman leveled the rifle at themand both fired their handguns.It’s not clear how manyshots were fired. The man —who never fired his rifle —died later at a hospital. Hisname hasn’t been released yet.
 
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The program is a 12-step program that isbased on the Bible. The program organizerssay they do not try to hide the religious aspectbut at the same time they welcome anyonewho wants to take part.“We say we are a 12-step, and we are likeother 12-steps in certain ways but we are notlike them in some ways and that is the differ-ence,” shared Schaffner. “Jesus Christ is thehigher power; the Big Book [Bible] is whatwe are going to encourage you to read andstudy and learn from. You are welcome to behere. We’re not going to try to bang the Bibleonto your brain and turn you into somethingyou are not but you are certainly safe andwelcome to be here and you can engage inthe very 12 steps they are doing in AA withtheir biblical comparisons, along with eightprinciples that are biblically-based. They finda comfort place there.”In a short amount of time, CelebrateRecovery has made a difference in the livesof many people struggling with drug addic-tions. The main time together is the two-houropen meeting on Thursday nights.Schmid explained, “The format of Thursday night is praise and worship, teach-ing or testimony, and then an open sharegroup. The last hour is men and womenmeeting in small groups to ask questions andshare.”Besides the major group meeting, thoseattending are also urged to become a part of a Step Study.“It’s where we work through four partici-pant guides. If a person is serious about theirrecovery, they’ll be in this small account-ability group and work through these. It takesabout a year but that’s important for recovery,not just the big group on Thursday nights, butalso this,” said Schmid.Discussion groups are divided by gender,allowing other addictions besides drugs to bediscussed.Celebrate Recovery has many fans in thearea, including Van Wert County CommonPleas Court Judge Charles D. Steele.“Judge Steele was excited because, one,it doesn’t cost people anything, so we don’tcharge, plus it is Christ-based. It is a veryscripture-based program. We are unasham-edly upfront about it; it is. Our higher power isJesus Christ; there is no question about that,”declared Hamrick.Schmid added, “Judge Steele is very muchon board with it. He knows we know that itcan’t be court-ordered, but it is an option thatthey give to people who are struggling and introuble with the court.In less than nine months of meetings,Celebrate Recovery has caught on. Hamrickstated that the group working with the pro-gram have successfully made it a loving com-munity — a safe place.“We’re excited about it. It’s really startingto grow,” he smiled. “I’m sad to say that inour community there are always new people.That is not stopping. The judge was wantingsomething that would help people as a pro-gram that will help them when they get outof jail or they are in the process of startingto put some things back together. We haveaccountability groups that teach them how todeal, not just with the addiction, but the rea-son why they have the addiction. The focusof the program is hurts, hangups, and habits,and how those things cause us problems. Soit’s not just an addiction program. They haveprograms in different parts of the country forovereating, sexual addictions, anxiety, andanger issues. We concentrate more on thedrug issue because that’s where we are gettingstarted, but we are wanting to, as we get moreleadership, to go beyond that.”Programs for other groups are on the hori-zon. Almost ready is a program for children,ages 5-12, called Celebration Station, It helpskids deal with parents struggling with drugissues. A similar program for teens, calledThe Landing, is also in the works. This willnot only feature help for teens dealing withaddictions in family members but also theirown addictions.“We believe the answer is in finding acommunity where they can be accepted andhelped along the way. Most people don’twant addicts around but they are part of our community, and a growing part of ourcommunity,” noted Hamrick. “We’re excitedabout expanding. I’ve got some great ladiesand men who are working with it. I just feelhonored for what they have and what theybring to the table.”Celebrate Recovery works through a num-ber of different churches. Leadership in theprogram comes from a variety of ministriesand more volunteers are always being sought.Donations also are welcome. Hamrick point-ed out that donations can be tax-deductibleand training is ready for anyone wanting to join up.Often the recovery process is very slow,but Hamrick said it is very worthwhile.“Some days it’s two steps forward andthree steps back, but it’s a success to seesome of these people put their families backtogether, their lives back together,” he com-mented. “We’re starting to see it grow and it’sa lot of work. The investment of time is great.You’ve got to commit to this for a year, aboutsix hours a week.”For a community with a drug problem,Hamrick, Schmid, Schaffner and Schoonover,along with many other volunteers are look-ing to offer a helping hand to those who arestruggling.Hamrick summarized, “We’re trying, witha Christian base, to deal with an issue that issucking the life out of our community andalso give these people some hope.”
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existence of two popes —even when one has steppeddown — lead to divisionsand instability in the church?Might a new resignation prec-edent lead to pressures onfuture popes to quit at theslightest hint of infirmity?Benedict himself raisedthe possibility of resigning if he were simply too old or sickto continue on in 2010, whenhe was interviewed for thebook “Light of the World.”“If a pope clearly realizes thathe is no longer physically,psychologically and spiritu-ally capable of handling theduties of his office, then hehas a right, and under somecircumstances, also an obli-gation to resign,” Benedictsaid.The former CardinalJoseph Ratzinger had an inti-mate view as Pope John PaulII, with whom he had workedclosely for nearly a quarter-century, suffered through thedebilitating end of his papacy.
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ambulance to a hospital after themedical equipment he relies onfailed when the power went outand he had difficulty breathing.“The police, the fire department,the state, the Red Cross, the vol-unteers, it really worked well,”said the retired radio broadcasterand Army veteran.Driving bans were liftedand flights resumed at majorairports in the region that hadclosed during the storm, thoughmany flights were still canceledSunday. Public transit scheduleswere being restored.The Boston-area publictransportation system, whichshut down on Friday after-noon, resumed full servicetoday — but told commutersto expect delays. The Metro-North Railroad resumed mosttrain service on its New Yorkand Connecticut routes whilethe Long Island Rail Road saidcommuters could expect a near-ly normal schedule.Some public schools can-celed classes today, including inBoston, Providence and on LongIsland, while local governmentsin some areas told non-essentialworkers to take the day off.On eastern Long Island, theharrowing images from NewYork’s slice of the massivesnowstorm — people strandedovernight, cars abandoned onlong stretches of drift-coveredhighways — were slowly erasedSunday as hundreds of snow-plows and heavy equipmentdescended to try to help clearthe way for today’s commute.Long Island was slammedwith as much as 30 inches of snow, which shut down roads,including the Long IslandExpressway. A 27-mile stretchof the road was closed Sundayand but the roadway reopenedtoday in time for the morningcommute.Gov. Andrew Cuomo saidmore than a third of all thestate’s snow-removal equipmentwas sent to the area, includingmore than 400 plow trucks andmore than 100 snowblowers,loaders and backhoes.“The massive amount of snow left behind effectively shutdown the entire region,” Cuomosaid.Utility crews, some broughtin from as far away as Georgia,Oklahoma and Quebec, raced torestore power. By early today,less than 150,000 customers stillhad no electricity — down from650,000 in eight states at theheight of the storm. In hardest-hit Massachusetts, officials saidsome of the outages might lingeruntil Tuesday.Boston recorded 24.9 inchesof snow, making it the fifth-largest storm in the city sincerecords were kept. The city wasappealing to the state and pri-vate contractors for more front-end loaders and other heavyequipment to clear snow pilesthat were clogging residentialstreets.
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