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Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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St. John’s to offer ‘Once Upon a Mattress’
St. John’s High School will present “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday in the Robert A.Arnzen gymnasium. Tickets are available by calling 419-692-5371. General admission tickets and reserved seat-ing are available both nights. Above is the cast. “Once Upon a mattress” is based on the story “The Princess andthe Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen. The book was written by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fullerwith music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. In this story, a love-sick nobleman seeking to marryhis sweetheart does his best to find his ruling prince a suitable bride so that he himself may wed. No one in PrinceDauntless’s kingdom is permitted to marry until the prince himself exchanges vows — a problem hindered by thefact that the prince’s overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, has thus far thwarted all efforts to marry her son.This does not sit well with the honorable Sir Harry, a man whose heart longs to wed the fair Lady Larken, and aftera long and arduous journey specifically designed to find the prince a bride, Sir Harry returns to his kingdom topresent Princess Winnifred of the swamps. Immediately stricken by the princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motionplans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that’s sure to send his marital plans awry. The St.John’s production features a cast of 30 students grades 8-12. The musical is directed by Susie Slawinski, St. John’schoir director. (Charlie Ashby photo)
Quarter auctionset at Eagles
The Delphos EaglesLodge will host a Thirty-One Quarter Auctionat 7 p.m. Friday.The cost is $3 per personfor an auction paddle andrefreshments. Participantswill also need to bringquarters for bidding.Raffle item proceeds willbenefit Up to the Challenge.Mostly sunnyFriday. Highsin the lower60s. Lows inthe lower 40s.See page 2.
Tolhurst to givepainting class
The Delphos PublicLibrary has announcedJudith Tolhurst will con-duct a workshop on paint-ing Azaleas using theBob Ross Technique at 9a.m. on Saturday in thelibrary’s activity room.Interested individu-als may call the library at419-695-4015 to sign up orfor further information.
Limaland cancelled forFriday
Due to persistent mid-week rain showers andsaturated grounds, LimalandMotorsports Park has can-celled the races scheduledfor Friday. Limaland willnow kick off the 2013 rac-ing season with the Dr.Jarvis Modified DoubleDare on May 3. Featureddivisions will be the K& N UMP Modifieds,Bud Thunderstocks andTuff Trucks on the famedhigh-banked bullring.Gates will open at 5 p.m.,hot laps at 6:30 p.m. andracing at 7:30 p.m.Additional news andinformation can be foundat www.limaland.com. Youcan also find LimalandMotorsports Park onFacebook and Twitter.
Schedule changes
Jefferson has announcedmakeup dates for postponedgames due to weather.Its home softball gameversus LCC will be playedWednesday and the homegame versus Pauldingis slated for May 3.However, the JV con-test against Allen Eastscheduled for Fridayhas been cancelled.St. John’s has announcedthat its baseball games athome versus New Knoxvillewas moved to May 2 andits road game at LCC willnow be played May 8.
FRIDAYBaseball
(5 p.m.): MarionLocal at St. John’s (MAC);Fort Jennings at LCC;P-G at Ottoville (PCL);Parkway at Spencerville(ppd. from April 2); Shawneeat Elida (WBL); Kalida atColumbus Grove (PCL).
Softball
(5 p.m.): Elida atShawnee (WBL); Continentalat Columbus Grove (PCL).
Track and Field:
 Spencerville at RedskinRelays (Wapakoneta),4:30 p.m.
Kiwanis celebrate 50th anniversary
Kiwanis Ohio District Governor Craig Wallace, left, presents local Kiwanis Club char-ter members Bob Schmit, center, and Edgar VanAutreve with 50-year pins during theclub’s 50th anniversary celebration Wednesday. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphoshderald.com
DELPHOS — In thespring of 1963, gas was 29cents, JFK was president, theaverage home cost $12,650,a loaf of bread was 22 centsand on April 30, 1963, theDelphos Kiwanis Club char-ter was penned.Ohio District GovernorCraig Wallace noted thesehistorical facts as he con-gratulated the local serviceorganization on its 50th anni-versary Wednesday eveningat the Firemen’s Club.“You have changed yourcommunity,” Wallace saidaddressing the 35 club mem-bers in attendance and theirspouses. “We can look aroundDelphos and see the proj-ects the Kiwanis have accom-plished and the impact it hashad. The K-kids are a greatgroup and impact your youth.I have a feeling the next 50years will be even better.”The Kiwanis Club hasbeen prominent in the com-munity, completing play-ground equipment projects atthree Delphos parks and pick-ing up events left by the dis-banded Lions Club, includingthe Fourth of July celebrationand the annual Pancake andSausage Day. The group hasalso stepped forward to assistwith Hometown Christmas.Proceeds from Kiwanisevents are also put back into the community throughdonations to local post proms,the Rotary Club “Music inthe Park” series and Little
See KIWANIS, page 10Druckemiller
Civil ServiceCommissionpresident dies
DELPHOS — The presi-dent of the local Board of theCivil Service Commission hasdied. Monte Druckemiller,66, died Tuesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.Druckemiller was a pastpresident of the StadiumClub, where he was alsoa charter member. He alsoserved on the board of directors of the DelphosRecreation Association.He worked at Fruehauf as the purchasing agent untilthe company closed. He wascurrently working at ParagonService and Supply in Limaas a sales rep.He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church andEagles Post 471.Read his full obituary onpage 2.
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OTTAWA COUNTY —On Wednesday, the annualArea I Envirothon was heldin Ottawa County. Fifty-nineteams competed in the day-long event which involvestests in the five areas of aquatics, forestry, wildlife,soils, and current environ-mental issues. This year’stheme was “Grasslands andRange Management.”The top four teams out of each of the five area com-petitions qualify for StateCompetition held in June.At the state competition, thesame five areas of testingare included, as well as apresentation by the teamson the current environmen-tal issue, this year dealingwith grazing and grasslandissues.Team 1 from FortJennings qualified for stateby finishing first out of the59 teams. Team 2 from FortJennings finished fourth.This is the 16th consecutiveyear Fort Jennings has qual-ified for state competition.The state event will beheld at Deer Creek StatePark on June 10-11.The state champion teamwill be going to Montanain August for the CanonNational Envirothon.During the competitionon Wednesday, the studentsworked as a five-personteam and instructed by anexpert in the field before thetests were given out.Many questions are site-specific and involve areacharacteristics such as iden-tifying trees, identifyinganimal pelts, skulls, andteeth; and judging soil char-acteristics in a pit dug on thesite. Aquatic insect larvae,bird nesting structures, andhabitat characteristics needto be identified, also.The students rotate toone of the five testing areasevery 30 minutes.Team 1 members areJake Young, MorganRicker, Jared Hoersten,Logan Sickels and AlexSealts. Team 2 membersinclude Caleb Bankey, KeriEickholt, Allen Fischbach,Sarah Hellman and DillonSchimmoeller.The teams are coachedby Jeff Jostpille.
Jennings Envirothon 1team headed to state
Fort Jennings Envirothon Team 1 members are, from left, Alex Sealts, Jared Hoersten, Morgan Ricker, Jake Young and Logan Sickels. (Submitted photos)Fort Jennings Envirothon Team 2 members include, from left, Allen Fischbach, KeriEickholt, Sarah Hellman, Dillon Schimmoeller and Caleb Bankey.
 
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Monte D.DruckemillerDelphos weather
Sept. 4, 1946April 23, 2013
Monte D. Druckemiller,66, of Delphos passed away at7:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.He was born in Van Wertto Oris and Ruby (Zellers)Druckemiller, who precededhim in death.On Aug. 20, 1966, he mar-ried Jeanne Mox, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors also includeone son, Keaton (Christina)Druckemiller of Delphos;three daughters, Bonnie(Steve) Buettner of Delphos,Beth (Trent Unterbrink)Slattman of Lucky and Jodi(David Bullock) Caputo of Delphos; three sisters, JuanitaRinger of Van Wert, MaryLou Buschor of Mendon andWilma McBride of Delphos;two brothers-in-law, GeorgeMox of Delphos and Joe (Jan)Mox of Naperville, Ill.; onesister-in-law, Judy Greenof Delphos; and 11 grand-children, Brent and EmilyBuettner, Hunter and GavinSlattman, Kathryn, Jeffrey andMia Caputo, Ethan, Ella, Liamand Sophia Druckemiller.He was preceded in deathby four brothers, Coy, Richard“R.D.,” Oris Jr. and PaulDruckemiller; and one sister,Lois Tyler.Mr. Druckemiller workedat Fruehauf as the purchas-ing agent until the compa-ny closed. He was currentlyworking at Paragon Serviceand Supply in Lima as a salesrep.He was in the Ohio NationalGuard for seven years.He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church andEagles Post 471. He served onthe Board of the Civil ServiceCommission and was current-ly the president. He was pastpresident of the Stadium Club,where he was also a char-ter member. He also servedon the Board of Directorsof the Delphos RecreationAssociation.Delphos residents remem-ber Monte for his years play-ing softball for the Rustic andhis coaching midget footballfor the Vikings football team.He was a diehard Browns andIndians fan.In all of Monte’s endeav-ors, the most important to himwas his faith and his family,especially his grandchildren.Services will be held at11:00 a.m. on Saturday atTrinity United MethodistChurch, Reverend DavidHowell officiating, with call-ing one hour prior to the ser-vice. Burial will be in theWalnut Grove Cemetery withMilitary Grave Rites by theDelphos Veterans Council.Family and friends maycall from 5-8 p.m. today andfrom 2-8 p.m. on Friday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome.Memorial contributionsmay be made to Trinity UnitedMethodist Church BuildingFund or donor’s choice.
AUGSBURGER, 
VirginiaM. 90, of Lima, funeral servic-es will be at 10 a.m. on Fridayat Shawnee Chapel Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremationwith Rev. Tim Benjamin offi-ciating. Interment will be inPleasant Ridge Cemetery inPandora. Family and friendsmay call from 2-4 p.m. and6-8 p.m. today at the ShawneeChapel. Contributions may bemade to Forest Park UMC.
One Year Ago
An unexpected find by aPutnam County trapper willhave a permanent home.Monday evening, the PutnamCounty Historical Society wasgiven a rare river otter RyanBrinkman caught in westernPutnam County in December.Since local residents are notallowed to trap river otters,it was suggested the acciden-tal find be presented to theHistorical Society so every-one would have a chance toview the otter.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Jefferson music depart-ment will present its annu-al spring concert Friday inthe Middle School audito-rium. The high school choirwill present a collection of songs from the 1900s rag-time to 1940s swing called“Nickelodeon.” The showincludes soloists MelissaBowers, Heather Barnes,Audra Cano, Lisa Sherrick,Mark Downey, Shane Learand Lee Plescher.Delphos Area Chamberof Commerce held its fifthannual dinner-dance ben-efit Saturday evening atSt. John’s Annex with130 people attending. MelWestrich, master of ceremo-nies, announced the follow-ing new members for theyear: A & J Woodworking,Country Hutch, Topp Chalet,Paper Town, Aero Printing,Knippen Truck & Auto, Line-Up Restaurant, Ron SpencerReal Estate and Tri-CountyTree Service.The team sponsored byTerry Swaney, Lima andDelphos, won the 15-team H& Y Tile Invitational slo-pitchtournament at Cairo. Swaneybeat Hope Ambulance of Lima in the championshipgame 17-8. Finishing thirdwas B & K Rootbeer of VanWert and H & Y Tile of Limawas fourth. Doug Price of Middle Point led Swaney hit-ters going 15-for-20.
50 Years Ago – 1963
The seniors at Fort JenningsHigh School were to presenttheir class play “You Can’tBeat the Drumms,” at 8 p.m.April 28 in the high schoolauditorium. Members of thecast included Norma Wieging,Alice Hellman, DennisWieging, James Broecker,Carol Gasser, Dorothy Huber,Grace Burrett, Douglas Hoehn,Donald Lauf and JamesBoehmer.Barbara Wannemacherwas elected president of theVeterans of Foreign WarsAuxiliary at Ottoville duringa meeting held Tuesday eve-ning in the post club rooms. Itwas announced installation of officers will take place at theMay 14 meeting.The commit-tee to serve a potluck lunchat that time includes MaryCatherine Schmitt, chairlady;Mildred Wieging, VeronicaBeining, Pauline Burgei, ClaraSawmiller, Anna Mittlekamp,and Mary Wittler.Members of the FriendshipClub met Wednesday for aluncheon at NuMaude’sRestaurant and later playedbridge at the home of Mrs.Fred Reinemeyer on NorthCanal Street. At the conclu-sion of the games first prizewas awarded to Mrs. JosephBusch, second to Mrs. BruceBarclay and third to Mrs.William Gladen.
75 Years Ago – 1938
The Delphos Jeffersonband received an Excellentrating in the state band contestheld Saturday at Columbus.Four judges were unanimousin their decision. The rating,although high, does not enti-tle Jefferson to participate inthe regional national contestwhich will be held at Elkart,Indiana. Ada, along withDelphos Jefferson representedthe Northwestern District, alsoreceived an Excellent rating.There was a good atten-dance at the card party givenin St. John’s auditoriumSunday evening under theauspices of the Altar Society.The following received theawards in the respectivegames: Mrs. John Schulte andAlex F. Stallkamp in bridge;Mrs. Joseph Auer and CharlesO’Neill, five-hundred; Mrs.Cornelius Pothast and TonyVan Autreve, pinochle; DellaRose Pothast and CletusHickey, euchre; and FlorenceFaeth and Albert Lammers,bunco.The Delphos Merchantsbaseball team defeatedOttoville Sunday in a practicegame held at city field. Thescore was 7 to 5. Ditto was onthe mound for Delphos andMeeking was in the receivingstation. R. Sanders pitched forOttoville and Miller caught.Manager Charles Sterling of the Delphos team, announcedthat he has sent the names of 16 players in to the secretaryof the league.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was 60degrees, low was 37. Rainfallwas recorded at .34 inch. Higha year ago today was 63, lowwas 35. Record high for todayis 86, set in 1994. Record lowis 24, set in 1967.
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — A20-year-old Van Wert manadmitted to his part in try-ing to sneak drugs into jail.Tyler Kast pleaded guiltyon Wednesday to a reducedcharge of attempted com-plicity to the illegal convey-ance of drugs of abuse ontothe grounds of a specifiedgovernment facility, a felo-ny of the fourth degree.Kast was arrested onMarch 29 for his actions.Also charged in the inci-dent is 21-year-old RuthAnn Napier Caldwell, whopleaded not guilty to a simi-lar charge on April 10.At his sentencing onMay 29, Kast faces up to 18months in prison.Also appearing inVan Wert County Courtof Common Pleas onWednesday was Nathan A.Frost who pleaded guiltyto fifth-degree felony non-support of dependents. Frostwas accepted into the VanWert County Prosecutor’sDiversions Program.Nathan Wappelhorst wassentenced to six months in jail as part of three yearsof community control.Wappelhorst had alreadypleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony drug posses-sion charge.At the hearing,Wappelhorst and his attor-ney each shared that groupcounseling was not effectivefor him, but that he reallygot a lot out of individualcounseling.Wappelhorst was alsosentenced to complete a sub-stance abuse treatment plan,remain current on child sup-port payments, perform 100hours of community service,give up his drivers licensefor six months, completeanother 30 day jail term andpay fees and court costs.A 12-month prison sentencewas deferred pending thesuccessful completion of community control.A Defiance man admit-ted to vandalism by break-ing a door window at theVan Wert County Jail wassentenced on Wednesday.Tom Waxler, 36, claimedto be trying to get some-one’s attention inside theSheriff’s Office. He didadmit to being intoxicatedat the time.Waxler was placed onthree years of communi-ty control which includesa 60-day jail term and a30-day jail term, 100 hoursof community service, asubstance abuse treatmentprogram, $456.04 in restitu-tion and other fees and courtcosts. A 12-month prisonterm was deferred pendingthe successful completion of community control.Desma Chesbro, 21, VanWert, was sentenced to 30days of electronically-mon-itored house arrest as partof three years of communitycontrol. Chesbro had plead-ed guilty to fourth-degreefelony corrupting anotherwith drugs. The Oct. 3 inci-dent involved a 17-year-0ld.Chesbro was also orderedto serve 30 days in jail,perform 100 hours of com-munity service, give upher drivers license for sixmonths and pay fees andcourt costs. She must alsocomplete a substance abusetreatment program. A nine-month prison term wasdeferred pending the suc-cessful completion of com-munity control.Corn $6.42Whear $6.57Soybeans $13.98CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the lower 30s.Northwest winds around 5mph through midnight becom-ing light and variable.
FRIDAY:
Mostly sunny.Highs in the lower 60s. Southwinds 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the lower 40s.South winds around 10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECASTSATURDAY:
Mostlysunny in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highsin the mid 60s. Southeastwinds around 10 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly cloudy. Lows in theupper 40s.
SUNDAY:
Mostly cloudy.A 30 percent chance of show-ers in the afternoon. Highs inthe mid 60s.
Fire out hours after fuelbarges explode in Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Today fire-fighters extinguished a huge blaze thaterupted hours earlier when two fuel bargesexploded in Mobile, Ala., leaving threepeople with critical burns and forcing theevacuation of crew from a nearby cruiseship.The cause of the fire, which startedWednesday night, remained under investi-gation, but it was believed to be acciden-tal, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman SteveHuffman said in a statement.Firefighters from Mobile and CoastGuard officials responded after 8:30 p.m.CDT Wednesday to a pair of explosionsinvolving the gas barges in the MobileRiver east of downtown. Additionalexplosions followed over the next fewhours.Authorities say three people werebrought to University of South AlabamaMedical Center for burn-related inju-ries. The three were in critical conditionearly today, according to hospital nursingadministrator Danny Whatley.Across the river, the Carnival Triumph,the cruise ship that became disabled in theGulf of Mexico last February before it wastowed to Mobile’s port, was evacuated,said Alan Waugh, who lives at the FortConde Inn in downtown Mobile, acrossthe river from the scene of the explosions.Waugh saw the blasts and said throngs of Carnival employees and others were clus-tered on streets leading toward the river asauthorities evacuated the shipyard.The initial blast took place in a shipchannel near the George C. WallaceTunnel — which carries traffic fromInterstate 10 under the Mobile River, Vegasaid. The river runs south past Mobile andinto Mobile Bay, which in turn flows intothe Gulf of Mexico.The tunnels were still open and operat-ing, Mobile fire officials said in a state-ment.As daybreak approached, the MobileFire-Rescue Department’s fireboatPhoenix was moving toward the barges,checking to make sure their mooring lineswere secured, the fire department said ina statement.The cause of the explosion was notimmediately clear, Huffman said.
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, April 25,the 115th day of 2013. There are250 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On April 25, 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received areply from Soviet leader Yuri V.Andropov to a letter she’d writ-ten expressing concern aboutpossible nuclear war; Andropovreassured Samantha that theSoviet Union did not want war,and he invited her to visit hiscountry, a trip Samantha madethe following July.
 
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In essence, greenwashing involves falselyconveying to consumers that a given prod-uct, service, company or institution factorsenvironmental responsibility into its offer-ings and/or operations. CorpWatch, a non-profit dedicated to keeping tabs on the socialresponsibility (or lack thereof) of U.S.-basedcompanies, characterizes greenwashing as“the phenomena of socially and environmen-tally destructive corporations, attempting topreserve and expand their markets or powerby posing as friends of the environment.”One of the groups leading the charge againstgreenwashing is Greenpeace. “Corporationsare falling all over themselves,” reports thegroup, “to demonstrate that they are environ-mentally conscious. The average citizen isfinding it more and more difficult to tell thedifference between those companies genu-inely dedicated to making a difference andthose that are using a green curtain to concealdark motives.”Greenpeace launched its Stop Greenwashcampaign in 2009 to call out bad actors andhelp consumers make better choices. Themost common greenwashing strategy, thegroup says, is when a company touts an envi-ronmental program or product while its corebusiness is inherently polluting or unsustain-able.Another involves what Greenpeace calls“ad bluster”: using targeted advertising orpublic relations to exaggerate a green achieve-ment so as to divert attention from actualenvironmental problems—or spending moremoney bragging about green behavior than onactual deeds. In some cases, companies mayboast about corporate green commitmentswhile lobbying behind the scenes againstenvironmental laws.Greenpeace also urges vigilance aboutgreen claims that brag about something thelaw already requires: “For example, if anindustry or company has been forced tochange a product, clean up its pollution orprotect an endangered species, then uses PRcampaigns to make such action look proactiveor voluntary.”For consumers, the best way to avoid get-ting “greenwashed” is to be educated aboutwho is truly green and who is just trying tolook that way to make more money. Lookbeyond advertising claims, read ingredientlists or ask employees about the real skinnyon their company’s environmental commit-ment.Also, look for labels that show a givenoffering has been vetted by a reliable third-party. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Certified Organic label can onlygo on products that meet the federal gov-ernment’s organic standard. Just because alabel says “made with organic ingredients” or“all-natural” does not mean the product quali-fies as Certified Organic, so be sure to lookbeyond the hype.Even some eco-labels are suspect. If yousee one you don’t recognize, look it up onEcolabel Index, a global directory tracking400+ different eco-labels in 197 countriesacross 25 industry sectors. The free onlineresource provides information on which com-pany or group is behind each certification andwhether or not independent third-party assess-ments are required.
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Ohio man getsprison forFacebook rants
CLEVELAND (AP)— An Ohio man who hadbeen arrested for drunken-driving has been sentencedto 17 months in prison forsubsequent Facebook rantsagainst police and judges. TheCleveland Plain Dealer reportsthat 27-year-old WilliamBement was sentencedWednesday after pleadingguilty to attempted retaliation.The North Olmsted manwas given probation on adrunken-driving conviction onFeb. 5. That’s when authoritiessay he took to Facebook topost comments such as “stopshooting up schools and startshooting cops in courthouses.”Another said, “Kill yourlocal judges!!!!!!!”Bement told the judgeWednesday that he was justventing and never intended foranybody to feel threatened.He said he did it for “shockvalue.”A prosecutor said someoneelse could have read the post-ings and acted on them.
Ohio teenarrested afteralleged threat
NEW CARLISLE (AP) —Authorities say a 15-year-oldwestern Ohio girl is in a juve-nile detention facility aftersaying she wished she “couldblow up the school.”The teen attends TecumsehHigh School in New Carlisle,near Dayton. The ClarkCounty Sheriff’s Office saidshe is charged with two countsof delinquency by reason of inducing panic. She’s alsocharged with delinquencyby reason of being an unruly juvenile.The Dayton Daily Newsreports the girl first violatedrules by using a cellphonein school, then cursed schoolofficials and made the com-ment about blowing up theschool in front of parents andother students.School officials and thesheriff’s office said she wastaken into custody becausethey are intolerant of suchthreats and behavior.
Amish seekcompromisewith Ohio county
KENTON (AP) — TheAmish in one Ohio county saythey want to work with countyhealth officials who voted toevict them from homes thatdon’t have proper wells andouthouses.An Amish communityleader in northwest Ohio’sKenton County apologized tomembers of the health boardWednesday and said they areseeking a compromise. Lastmonth, eviction notices wereissued for two new homesbuilt by the Amish becausethey didn’t have requiredseptic systems for their out-houses.The Columbus Dispatchreports that the board seemedopen to compromise. Boardmembers said one builder haddesigned a cap for his welland has agreed to do otherwork to bring it to code.The board also said fami-lies can design and build theirown watertight tanks for undertheir outhouses.
Medicaid expansionplan in Ohiotakes another hit
BY JOHN SEEWER
TOLEDO (AP) — Gov.John Kasich’s plan to expandMedicaid health insurancecoverage to more low-incomeOhioans as part of the statebudget has come up againstanother roadblock fromRepublicans who control theLegislature.The Senate’s version of the state budget won’t includethe governor’s proposedMedicaid expansion, SenatePresident Keith Faber saidWednesday, but he said thatMedicaid “reform” is not deadin Ohio.Whether that includesMedicaid expansion — a keyelement of President BarackObama’s signature health carelaw — is not as clear.Lawmakers in the OhioHouse and Senate will beginworking on a Medicaid planthat is separate from the statebudget, said Faber, who wascareful to say that the focuswill be on reform and long-term cost savings, not justthe expansion of the taxpayer-funded health insurance pro-gram.“That may include addingmore people to the Medicaidsystem, but it has to includeflexibility to perform andtransform a system that worksbetter for Ohioans,” Fabersaid.Republicans in the OhioHouse already had strippedthe Medicaid proposal fromthe budget, but supporterswere hopeful the Senate couldrevive it.Kasich did not appear dis-couraged by the change indirection by the Legislature.“I don’t care how they do it.Just do it,” he said.The governor has spentthe past three months tryingto persuade state lawmakersto go along with extendingMedicaid coverage by draw-ing on a wide-range of peo-ple for support, from hospi-tal executives to food bankoperators.He’s also appealed to thespiritual side of his fellowGOP legislators, telling themthat the weak and vulnerableshould not be left behind.“I’m just going to keep atit because I think it’s the rightthing for our state,” Kasichsaid Wednesday.Roughly 366,000 Ohioresidents would be up forcoverage under the expan-sion beginning in 2014 if it’sapproved.The Medicaid expansionis one of the key componentsof the federal Affordable CareAct. Of the nearly 30 millionpeople expected to gain insur-ance coverage under the law,about half would get it fromthe expansion. A SupremeCourt ruling allowed states todecide for themselves wheth-er to expand the program.Kasich has said that goingforward with the expansionwill allow the state to recap-ture Ohio taxpayers’ federalmoney.Many GOP lawmakers areaverse to Obama’s law andresistant to expanding gov-ernment programs. And somequestion whether the federalgovernment will keep up withits share of the costs or passalong a bigger chunk of thebill to the states.Faber, a Republican fromCelina, said Wednesday thatany Medicaid proposal mustinclude cost savings and someflexibility on the part of thefederal government.The Kasich administra-tion has been in talks withfederal officials for monthsover whether PresidentBarack Obama’s health lawallows any flexibility to usethe money from Washingtonto provide private coverageto some who would eligibleunder the Medicaid expan-sion.Lawmakers in Ohio stillhave many questions about theproposal and concerns aboutthe federal government’s abil-ity to pay the entire cost of theexpansion for three years and90 percent of the cost down inthe following years.
Cleveland Democrat enters 2014 Ohio governor race
BY THOMAS J.SHEERAN and JULIECARR SMYTH
COLUMBUS (AP) —As he enters the race forOhio governor, CuyahogaCounty’s Democratic leaderand former FBI agent EdFitzGerald must convincevoters that being “PublicOfficial 14” in a county cor-ruption probe didn’t implywrongdoing. Republicansare seizing on the connec-tion to the probe, callingDemocrat FitzGerald anunusually weak candidate.FitzGerald, the leaderof Cuyahoga County gov-ernment in Cleveland, offi-cially entered the campaignWednesday to challengeOhio Republican Gov. JohnKasich in next year’s elec-tion and called the incum-bent and his policies divisiveand extreme.The county executive andformer Lakewood mayorkicked off his campaign ina crowded Cleveland ball-room, describing the Kasichadministration as lobbyist-directed, cutting school aidand backing tax policies thatbenefit the rich. The 44-year-old calls himself a reformerwho helped restore integrityto a scandal-ridden countygovernment in Ohio’s mostpopulous county.FitzGerald called Kasichpolicies destructive and saidOhioans question the gov-ernor’s boast about an eco-nomic miracle. “A miraclefor who,” FitzGerald said tolaughter.“We can be a state thathas a governor who everyday makes it his vision tomake it easier for Ohio fami-lies to get in the middle classand stay in the middle class,”FitzGerald said as his wifeand four children watchedfrom nearby seats.FitzGerald must fend off critics who seek to use hisdesignation as Public Official14 in the corruption probe totarnish his tough-on-crimemessage. He was never atarget and was not charged.FitzGerald, asked about thatafter his announcement,smiled and said he had thecorruption-fighting creden-tials to deflect GOP criti-cism. A Republican mem-ber of the Cuyahoga CountyCouncil, Dave Greenspan,said FitzGerald’s candidacywould jeopardize efforts torestore trust in county gov-ernment.The executive and coun-cil replaced the three-com-missioner Democratic-controlled government twoyears ago after a years-longcorruption investigation thatnetted more than 50 convic-tions including elected offi-cials, employees and con-tractors.FitzGerald enters the raceas Kasich’s approval ratingis at the highest point of his governorship. A FebruaryQuinnipiac University pollfound 53 percent of Ohiovoters approved of the jobKasich is doing, compared to32 percent who disapproved.Voters’ views of Kasichhave improved since thedark days for his administra-tion triggered by his supportof a division bill limitingthe power of Ohio’s publicemployee unions. The bill,which brought thousandsof angry protesters to theStatehouse for months, wasrepealed by voters in 2011.
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