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Mostlycloudy thismorning thenbecomingpartly cloudy.A 20 per-cent chanceof showers. Highs in theupper 60s. Lows in thelower 50s.
Monday, May 6, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2AState/Local 3APolitics 4ACommunity 5ASports 6-7AClassifieds 8ATV 9AInsurance B3
www.delphosherald.comBY STEPHANIE GROVESsgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—Members of TheDelphos Gardener’s Projects,who are also members of theAllen County Master GardenerVolunteers, held a plant sale onSaturday to benefit the uptown gar-den located beside Eagle Print onMain Street.There was an array of sun andshade perennials, grasses, smallornamental trees and shrubs—all hand dug and donated bythe members—and clay pots andgreeting cards for sale to raiseproceeds to benefit the garden’sdevelopment.Candace Cross of Delphos tookadvantage of the event and pur-chased some shade-loving plants.“I’m interested in Hosta andferns,” she added. “I’ve alwaysloved being outside and have beeninterested in gardening since I wasyoung.”Members of the Delphos groupinclude Denny Cressman, JackieFritz, Carol Kimmett, Mary AnnBuzard, Diane Sterling, Les andBarb Shafer, Diane Rostorfer andLarry Brunk.Kimmett detailed past projectswhich includes the installation of the wrought iron fence, Pergola,espaliered Apple trees, paver path-way and the corner beds locatedat the corners of Second and ThirdStreets and Main Street.“Future projects include anirrigation system, annual plantingand possibly a mural painting,”Kimmett said.Buzard said that the group isvery appreciative of the customerswho attend the sale.“All proceeds are invested backinto the garden and funds the mate-rials and activities for the year,”Buzard said.The group has also worked withthe Delphos Girl Scouts, help-ing them with their horticulturalendeavors.“We donated plants to themto install at the library so theycould establish a butterfly garden,”Cressman said.Master Gardener Volunteers arehorticulture stewards of the com-munity who strive to preserve thenatural beauty of the environment,as well as share their knowledge,expertise and love of gardening.Members of the group workdiligently at educating themselvesby taking 50 hours of classroomcoursework exploring Botany andplant physiology, soils, entomol-ogy, plant materials and wildlife.While taking courses, they beginpracticing their skills through vol-unteer work — the program criteriarequires 50 hours of service — anddevelop the skills and knowledgeto strengthen their understandingof the environment and commu-nity.“Classes start in the fall and runfor six weeks,” Kimmett explained.“We also have continuing educationunits (CEU) to fulfill each year.”Sterling outlined the manyopportunities for the educationcredits through working with thevolunteers on outreach programsand events.“People can work in TheChildren’s Garden, at the AllenCounty Fairgrounds or Brown BagLunch Series to get their CEU’s,”Sterling said.For more information please callSterling at 419-604-9692 or Fritzat 419-692-6646. Visit the OSUextension’s website at allen.osu.edu/topics/master-gardener-volun-teer-program.
Plant sale raises proceeds for uptown beautification projects
Shoppers peruse through a variety of plant materials during theDelphos Gardener’s Projects plant sale held Saturday. Members vol-unteered their time and donated hand-dug plants from their gardensto sell. All proceeds will be invested in projects to develop the gardenthis year. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)From Staff and Wire reports
VAN WERT - Another increase in sales tax col-lection in Van Wert County has officials pleased witheconomic progress locally.According to a report from the office of Van WertCounty Treasurer Bev Fuerst, collections of the 1.5-percent county sales tax had a slight increase overthe same month one year ago. April 2013 collections,which reflect sales made in February 2013, were upnearly 1.5 percent over April 2012 collections. Thismarks the sixth straight month showing an increaseover the same month a year earlier and 32 increasesover the past 37 months.Local sales tax collections show the amount of retailsales in the county; the trend in the county indicatessteady growth. Total yearly collections have grownfrom 2009’s $3.28 million to $3.99 million in 2012.Thus far in 2013, the total is nearly $96,000 aheadof last year’s pace. That is an overall 7.17-percentincrease.An increase in businesses in the county has certainlycontributed to the overall trend.Meanwhile nationally, the U.S. economy saw somesurprising growth, according to numbers released onFriday. In the face of tax increases and federal spendingcuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April.The job growth in April drove down the unemploy-ment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent and sent areassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving.Coming after a poor jobs report for March, the figuresthe government issued Friday helped ease fears thatU.S. hiring might be slumping this spring for a fourthstraight year.The Labor Department revised up its estimate of jobgains in February and March by a combined 114,000.It now says employers added 332,000 jobs in Februaryand 138,000 in March. The economy has created anaverage of 208,000 jobs a month from Novemberthrough April — above the 138,000 added in the previ-ous six months.“This is a good report,” said John Silvia, chief econ-omist at Wells Fargo. “There’s a lot of strength… It’sgood for the economy. It’s good for people’s income.”Not everyone was pleased with the report. U.S.Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) pointed out that thestatistics which were released do not include the manywho have given up looking for work.In a statement, Portman said, “Although the unem-ployment number has fallen slightly, it does not paintthe full picture of the current state of our hurtingeconomy. What the topline numbers don’t tell you isthat our labor force participation rate remained at thelowest level since 1979, meaning millions still have yetto see a real recovery and have given up hope of newopportunity.”The solid month of job growth was drivenentirely by the service industry. Construction com-panies and governments cut jobs, while hiring atfactories was flat.Professional and business services led all cat-egories with 73,000 jobs added in April. Many of those were in higher-paying sectors: a sub-categorythat includes accounting, engineering and architec-ture firms added 23,000 jobs. Roughly 31,000 of the professional and business services jobs, how-ever, were temporary positions.
Van Wert County sales continue positive trend in April
 National report also shows good econom-ic news
 Jefferson hosts ‘Romantic Rooftop’ prom
Jefferson High School hosted its “Romantic Rooftop” prom Saturday.At right: Rebekah Geise is swept away by her date Josh Teman. Above:Promgoers enjoy music and dancing. (Delphos Herald/Dena Martz)See TREND, page A3BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — Cory Fischer and Jacob Turnwald of Ottoville joined the likes of Astronaut Neil Armstrong andPresident Gerald Ford Sunday as they earned their Eagle Scoutdesignation.Fischer and Turnwald, both seniors at Ottoville HighSchool, completed their projects this past year. Fischer chosethe entrance to Ottoville Park, removing the trees, bushes andshrubs and replacing them with landscaping, rock and a newsign. Turnwald installed a new flag pole at the Putnam CountyAirport Terminal Building in Ottawa.Each enlisted approximately 15 helpers, including otherScouts, to complete their projects.Fischer said he became interested in attaining is EagleScout ranking after his brother received his. Turnwald has twouncles who achieved their Eagle designation.Former Ottoville resident and Boy Scout District Committeemember Dale Wittler attended the Court of Honor ceremoniesSunday. He said both young men worked hard to earn the pin-nacle Boy Scout award.“This isn’t just something they earn in a year. They worktoward Eagle Scout the whole time they are in Scouting,”Wittler said. “Everything builds up to this. Scouting is like amanual. That manual follows the growth of our young men.”
Two earn EagleScout in Ottoville
Cory Fischer, left, and Jacob Turnwald becameEagle Scouts on Sunday during their Court of Honor atImmaculate Conception Parish Hall. Both are seniors atOttoville High School. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)See SCOUT, page A3
St. John’s Auctiona sure bet 
Mary Jo Berelsman was the Derby HatContest winner Saturday during St. John’sBenefit Auction. Following the Derby theme, there was also horse racing. Top drawing win-ners were: Tom and Sue Wiechart - $1,000;Eric and Trina Pohlman - $500; Gary andMarilyn Holdgreve - $300; and Dan “Boomer”and Janet Bonifas - $200. (Delphos Herald/ Jim Metcalfe)
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Allen CountyInterstate 75Reconstruction Project
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Interstate 75 betweenFourth Street and Ohio 81in Lima
will have occasionalnighttime lane restrictionsduring reconstruction of theexisting lanes of pavement,replacement of mainlinebridges and reconstructionof the interchanges. Workbegan in March 2013 andwill continue through fall of 2015. Traffic is maintainedtwo lanes in each directionthe majority of the time. Lanerestrictions generally occurfrom 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. thefollowing morning. All rampentrance and exits are cur-rently available.
Ohio 117/309 is one lanein each direction in the east-bound lanes from just westof the Interchange withInterstate 75 to BelmontAvenue (Kmart)
during asafety upgrade project whichwill reconstruct areas of thepavement and install a raisedcurb median in the center of the roadway. A two-way, left-turn lane begins at SaratogaAvenue. Traffic will remainin this pattern until mid tolate summer to allow forwork at the interchange atInterstate 75 and on the northside of Ohio 117/309.
Ohio 81 from just west of Stewart Road to just westof Neubrecht Road east of Lima
is one lane in eachdirection in the existing east-bound lanes for pavementreconstruction. All rampmovements are currentlymaintained at the interchangewith Interstate 75.
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The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 228
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.The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for$1.48 per week. Same daydelivery outside of Delphos isdone through the post officefor Allen, Van Wert or PutnamCounties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio. 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
April 14, 1951-May 4, 2013
David William Metzger,62, of Defiance, died at 7:18a.m. Saturday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.He was born April 14,1951, in Delphos to HenryMetzger and Doris (Ditto)Metzger Mullenhour, whopreceded him in death.Survivors include a sis-ter, Linda (Richard) Johnsonof Cloverdale; three broth-ers, Dale (Betty) Metzger of Oakwood, Kenneth Metzgerof Delphos and Cari (Mary)Metzger of Grove City; twostepsisters, Zelma Keller andNona Jones of Lima; and step-brother, Marvin Mullenhourof Texas.He was also preceded indeath by brothers Joseph andDaniel Metzger; and his step-father, Woody Mullenhour.Mr. Metzger enjoyedspending time with his friendsand family.Private family services willbe held at a later date.To leave condolences forthe family, visit harterand-schier.com.
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Ronald E.“Ronnie,” 48, of Lima, funer-al services will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday at ChilesLaman Shawnee Chapeland Cremation Services atShawnee Chapel on ShawneeRoad in Lima, Pastor MichaelHughes officiating. Intermentwill be at Walnut HillCemetery in New Hampshire,Ohio. Family and friends maycall 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.today at the funeral home. Inlieu of flowers, contributionscan be made to the family.
A boy was born May 3 toAlice and Eugene Schultz of Middle Point.A boy was born May 3to Jessica and Brian Ladd of Vaughnsville.
By The Associated Press
Today is Monday, May 6,the 126th day of 2013. Thereare 239 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On May 6, 1863, the CivilWar Battle of Chancellorsvillein Virginia ended with aConfederate victory overUnion forces.
On this date:
In 1840, Britain’s firstadhesive postage stamp, thePenny Black, officially wentinto circulation five daysafter its introduction.In 1882, PresidentChester Alan Arthur signedthe Chinese Exclusion Act,which barred Chinese immi-grants from the U.S. for 10years (Arthur had opposed anearlier version with a 20-yearban).In 1910, Britain’sEdwardian era ended with thedeath of King Edward VII; hewas succeeded by George V.In 1935, the WorksProgress Administrationbegan operating under anexecutive order signedby President Franklin D.Roosevelt.In 1937, the hydro-gen-filled German airshipHindenburg burned andcrashed in Lakehurst, N.J.,killing 35 of the 97 people onboard and a Navy crewmanon the ground.In 1954, medical stu-dent Roger Bannister brokethe four-minute mile dur-ing a track meet in Oxford,England, in 3:59.4.In 1960, Britain’s PrincessMargaret married AntonyArmstrong-Jones, a com-moner, at Westminster Abbey.(They divorced in 1978.)In 1962, in the first testof its kind, the submergedsubmarine USS Ethan Allenfired a Polaris missile armedwith a nuclear warhead thatdetonated above the PacificOcean.In 1996, the body of for-mer CIA director William E.Colby was found washed upon a southern Maryland riv-erbank, more than a weekafter he’d disappeared.In 2002, Dutch politicianPim Fortuyn (pihm fohr-TOWN’) was shot and killedin Hilversum, Netherlands.(Volkert van der Graaf waslater convicted of killingFortuyn and was sentencedto 18 years in prison.)
Ten years ago:
FloridaSen. Bob Graham launchedhis campaign for the 2004Democratic presidential nom-ination by accusing PresidentGeorge W. Bush of retreatingfrom the war on terrorism to“settle old scores” betweenthe Bush family and Iraq’sSaddam Hussein. (Grahamdropped his bid five monthslater.) Budget chief MitchellDaniels announced his resig-nation. Kmart Corp. emergedfrom bankruptcy after morethan 15 months of Chapter 11protection.
Five years ago:
BarackObama swept to a convincingvictory in the North CarolinaDemocratic primary whileHillary Rodham Clintoneked out a win in Indiana.A Georgia man who’d killedhis live-in girlfriend wasexecuted; William Earl Lyndwas the first inmate put todeath since the SupremeCourt upheld the constitu-tionality of lethal injections.Kobe Bryant won his firstMVP award after leading theLos Angeles Lakers to thebest record in the WesternConference.
One Year
The Delphos Kiwanis Club has startedprojects at Garfield Park. Kiwanis memberJamie Wisher said the group hired a privatecontractor to lay a blacktop Thursday onwhat will be a high-school-regulation-sizecourt stemming from fundraising held at suchevents as the annual Fourth of July festival.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Gilbert J. Wellman received the 1988 MercyClub award presented by the DevelopmentCouncil of St. Rita’s Medical Center at theclub’s annual banquet Wednesday eveningat Veterans Memorial Civic and ConventionCenter. A native of Delphos, Wellman isretired president of Bank One, Lima, andpresently serves as bank chairman.Ottoville weathered a 7-run sixth inningby Wayne Trace and hung on to edge theRaiders 11-10 Wednesday at Haviland.Greg Kortokrax went 4-for-4 with a doubleand home run and four RBIs for Ottoville.Other leading hitters for Ottoville were MikeSchlagbaum, 3-for-5 with a double and arun batted in; Tony Langhals, 2-for-3 with 3RBIs; Brian Miller 2-for-4 with a double; andTodd Kortokrax 2-for-3.The three first-place winners in the “WhyI Like School” poster contest held in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week are Kyle Kramer,son of Dan and Vicki Kramer; Jenny Harter,daughter of Doug and Colleen Harter; andCheri Fischer, daughter of Mike and NanciFischer. They received $50 savings bonds.
50 Years Ago – 1963
The annual May Fellowship Day services,sponsored by the United Church Women of Delphos, was held Friday afternoon in St.Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mrs.Eugene Wilcox, leader for the afternoon,introduced Mrs. Clyde Troyer of Ridge EUBChurch, Mrs. Lowell Jenkins of the DelphosEUB Church and Mrs. John Wilcox of theFirst United Presbyterian Church.A solemn requiem High Mass will beintoned Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Churchfor the funeral of Dr. J. F. Ockuly. Dr. Ockulypracticed medicine in Ottoville and Delphosfor 54 years. He retired in 1955.
75 Years Ago – 1933
The first annual Jefferson High Schoolfootball spring training period was brought toa most successful close on Wednesday with agame between the Red and the White squads.A number of Delphos fans saw the teams fightto a 7-7 tie at city field. The game was playedregulation style with Coach John Schulte of St. John’s acting as referee. Orville Miller andRussell Judkins served as umpires and Syl.Thithoff was head linesman. Phil Hall was theofficial time keeper.The pupils of the eighth grade of St.John’s School were taken on a personallyconducted tour of the Lincoln Highway DairyWednesday afternoon. They witnessed theprocess of the sterilization of the bottles andthe pasteurizing of milk and cream. At theconclusion of the tour, the entire group wasgiven a treat by the dairy management.Mrs. Elmer Freund received the mem-bers of the Ladies Aid Society of theLutheran Church and a group of guestsinto her home north of Delphos Wednesdayafternoon for the monthly meeting of thesociety. The greater part of the meeting wasspent in sewing. On June 1, the membersof the group will meet at the home of Mrs.Fred Kloeppel, East Sixth Street. Mrs. H.W.Crede and Anna Laemmerman will assistMrs. Kloeppel.
ODOT issues weekly road report
June 12, 1936-May 4, 2013
Vera G. Koester, 76, of Delphos, died on Saturdayevening at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter, surrounded by herloving family.She was born on June 12,1936, in Delphos to the lateFrank and Veronica (Elwer)Osting.On Sept. 11, 1954, shemarried James Koester, whosurvives in Delphos.She is also survived bytwo sons, Anthony Koesterand Mark (Sherri) Koester,both of Delphos; three daugh-ters, Pamela Ellerbrock, Sue(Bob) Will of Delphos andKim (Mike) Korte of FortJennings; 12 grandchildrenand four great-grandchildren;four brothers, Moletus, Alvin(Marilyn), Norman (Karen)and Roger Osting; two sisters,LaDonna (Leo) Schmelzerand Earlene (John) Williams;two sisters-in-law, BettyOsting and Ruth Osting.She was also preceded indeath by six brothers, Wilfred,Eugene, Urban, Edward,Louise and Earl; two sisters,Marie Osting and GeraldineGrubenhoff; two brothers-in-law, Jerome Klaus and EdwinGrubenhoff; and three sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Edna andHelen Osting.Vera was a mother andhomemaker and retired fromAeroquip (Eaton) in VanWert. She was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch. She enjoyed attend-ing her grandchildren’s schooland sporting events, dancing,eating out with her friendsand family and playing cards.In her younger years, sheenjoyed woodworking andsewing, where she made hun-dreds of items for her kids andgrandkids.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m. onWednesday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Christopher Bohnsackofficiating. Burial will be ata later date in ResurrectionCemetery.Visitation will be from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdayat Strayer Funeral Home,Delphos, where a Parish WakeService will be held at 7:30p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the benevo-lence of the family.Condolences may beshared at visiting www.stray-erfuneralhome.com
Vera G. Koester
Betty Burgei of Delphosdied Sunday at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Betty Burgei
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The leisure and hospital-ity industry, which includeshotels and restaurants, added43,000 jobs after creating38,000 in March.And retailers bouncedback, adding 29,300 jobs.That followed a disappoint-ing March when they cutnearly 4,000 positions.The biggest job gains werein lower-paying fields, suchas hotels and restaurants,which added 45,000 jobs, andretail, which added 29,000.Temporary help firms gained31,000 positions.In April, more Americanssaid they had part-time jobseven though they wantedfull-time work. That figurerose 278,000 to 7.9 million,reversing a steep drop theprevious month.Some economists worrythat restaurants, retail chainsand other companies are hir-ing more part-time workers inpreparation for the implemen-tation of health care reform.Companies with more than50 full-time employees in2013 will be required to pro-vide health insurance to theirfull-time staff next year.The revisions to the Marchand February figures wereunusually large. Retailers,restaurants and hotels added48,000 more jobs in Februarythan previously reported.They accounted for three-quarters of that month’s revi-sion.The government reviseseach month’s job totals twicein the following two months.The revisions occur becausemany companies in the sur-vey submit their responseslate. Typically, about 75 per-cent of the 145,000 employ-ers surveyed submit theirresponses in time for eachmonth’s initial report. Theresponse rate usually rises toabout 95 percent for the thirdand final estimate.The average workweekfor private-sector employ-ees declined 0.2 hour to34.4 hours, but averagehourly earnings rose 4 centsto $23.87. In the past year,wages have risen faster thaninflation.The number of peoplewho have been unemployedfor more than six monthsdropped 258,000 to 4.4 mil-lion. Over the past year, thenumber of long-term unem-ployed has declined by687,000.Stock prices soared inresponse. The Dow was up164 points in early-afternoontrading and briefly touched15,000 for the first time.The unemployment ratehas fallen 0.4 percentagepoint since the start of theyear, though it remains high.The Federal Reserve has saidit plans to keep short-terminterest rates at record lowsat least until unemploymentfalls to 6.5 percent.The job growth is occur-ring while the U.S. econo-my is growing modestly butsteadily. It expanded at a2.5 percent annual rate inthe January-March quarter,fueled by the strongest con-sumer spending in two years.Consumers have beenspending more even thoughtheir take-home pay wasshrunk this year by a SocialSecurity tax increase. On topof that, the economy has beenunder pressure from across-the-board government spend-ing cuts that began takingeffect March 1. And somesmall and midsize compa-nies are concerned about newrequirements under the fed-eral health care law.Americans’ steady spend-ing points to a broader recov-ery in their financial healththat’s easing the impact of thetax increase and raising hopesfor more sustainable growth.Home values are up. Pricesrose 9.3 percent in Februarycompared with a year ago, themost in nearly seven years,according to the Standard &Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-cityindex.Rising home values havehelped restore householdwealth. Still, prices nation-wide remain about 30 per-cent below their peak duringthe housing bubble in 2006.They’re back only to wherethey were in 2003.Yet the global economy,by contrast, is slowing. TheEuropean Union warnedFriday, for example, that the17 countries that use the eurocurrency will shrink by a col-lective 0.4 percent this year.And unemployment acrossthe eurozone is expected tohit an average of 12.2 per-cent. In Greece and Spain, it’sforecast to reach 27 percent.Both Fed Chairman BenBernanke and EuropeanCentral Bank President MarioDraghi have suggested thatgovernments need to focuson stimulating growth andnot just on spending cuts anddeficit reduction.
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VAN WERT - A rural Convoyman is dead after hitting a deerwhile riding the motorcycle he had just purchased that day.According to the Van WertCounty Sheriff’s Office, On Fridaynight 45-year-old Dana Nofer wasriding west on Willshire-OhioCity Rd. on the black 2002 HarleyDavidson he had purchased thatday. Between 11:05 - 11:12 p.m.,Nofer rode past the intersectionwith Dull Robinson Rd. Shortlythereafter, a deer crossed the roadfrom the north to the south, andNofer was unable to avoid a col-lision.After striking the deer, Noferwas thrown from the bike. Helanded just off the north side of theroadway. Nofer was not wearing ahelmet and did not have a motor-cycle endorsement.The Harley Davidson was stillregistered to its former owner, aVan Wert area resident. The right-side handlebar was severely dam-aged in the collision.Efforts to save Nofer wereunsuccessful despite efforts by theOhio City EMS and various otherlaw enforcement and rescue per-sonnel. Van Wert County Coronerpronounced Nofer dead at 11:22p.m.Alcohol is suspected to be afactor in the accident, according tothe crash report from the Sheriff’sOffice. A witness told deputiesthat Nofer had left the Avenger’sMotorcycle Club in Ohio Cityshortly before a witness found thecrash scene.A sample of Nofer’s blood wastaken and was submitted to thestate to be analyzed. Results arepending, and the investigation isongoing.
Man killed after hitting deer with just-purchased Harley
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COLUMBUS – Interestedin learning how to create agarden and grow vegetables?Then join the Ohio FarmBureau Federation (OFBF)for the Vegetable Gardeningfor Beginners online meet-ing at 7 p.m. on May 14. Theevent is free and open to thepublic.“Farm Bureau has a longhistory of working with peo-ple who grow food,” saidJanet Cassidy, OFBF seniordirector of marketing com-munications. “And we knowfood production doesn’t justhappen in farm fields, butalso in backyards and gardensacross the state.”Cassidy will be joined byPam Bennett, Ohio State mas-ter gardener and Bren Haas,of BGgarden.com. Topicswill include soil prepara-tion, planting, weed and pestcontrol, fertilizer and more.Guests can submit questionsprior to and during the event.Additionally, partici-pants can join the Our OhioGardening Facebook Group,open to anyone interested intalking about gardening inOhio. The group is a greatplace to meet other local gar-dening enthusiasts, networkand ask questions before andafter the event.Although the event is free,registration is required by May13. For more information, toregister or to join the OurOhio Gardening FacebookGroup, visit OurOhio.organd click “Getting Started inVegetable Gardening.”The vision of the OhioFarm Bureau Federationis to create a partnershipbetween farmers and con-sumers. Members includefarmers, gardeners, food andwine enthusiasts, teachers andmore.For more information, orto join, visit GrowWithFB.org.
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Area Agency on Aging 3 and The OhioDepartment of Aging are issuing a consumeralert for older adults throughout the Limaarea. The alert follows several incidents inOhio of scammers impersonating staff of elderservice agencies in an attempt to get informa-tion or access to elders’ homes. All residentsand their families should be aware of anyoneshowing up to their homes unannounced,claiming to represent an Area Agency onAging or other similar organization.Tips to avoid becoming a victim:• Do not allow anyone in your home if you were not expecting him or her. Any rep-resentative of an Area Agency on Aging willschedule a home visit or allow the visit to beverified.• Ask for identification and call AreaAgency on Aging 3 at 1-800-653-7723 dur-ing regular business hours to be connected toverify the individual is who he or she claimsto be. Representatives of Area Agencies onAging are required to carry a badge or otherdocuments identifying them as an employeeof the agency.• If asked to complete or sign forms, insistthat you be allowed to review them and mailthem in later. Verify any forms with yourArea agency on Aging before completing orsigning. If the person insists you sign in theirpresence, refuse and ask him or her to leave.• If you suspect you’ve been visited by animposter, ask the individual to leave, thenimmediately report the incident to local lawenforcement. Include a description of the per-son and, if possible, his or her vehicle.• Scammers also may try to call consumersand ask for information. Legitimate repre-sentatives of an Area Agency on Aging willalways provide an employee name and call-back number. If you suspect fraud, get thecaller’s name, then hang up and call AAA 3 at1-800-653-7723 and ask about the caller.Scammers may claim to represent anyof these organizations: Area Agency onAging, Council on Aging, Office of Aging,PASSPORT or other organizations with simi-lar titles. In all the currently known incidents,the consumers suspected fraud and refused tocomply with the requests. Anyone who feelsthey may have been a target should contactlocal law enforcement. The Department of Aging wants to ensure that no resident is vic-timized by these apparent scams, and is work-ing with the aging network and state and locallaw enforcement on education and prevention.Please contact Area Agency on Aging 3at 1-800-653-7723 for more information onvisit them on Facebook to learn more aboutthe programs and services available in our 7county region.
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Wittler went on to say a lotof support must come fromthose surrounding the boys.“This also takes dedicatedparental support and motiva-tion to keep them on track.The community also needsto be behind these guys sothey can finish their projects,”Wittler added. “The older theyget, the more involved theyare school and other activitiesand it can be easy to lose sightof all your goals.”Wittler said in Putnam,Van Wert and Paulding coun-ties, 17 young men will earntheir Eagle Scout rank thisyear.Both young men are activein band, the school musi-cal, baseball and NationalHonor Society. Fischer alsoplays basketball and soccer.He plans to attend BowlingGreen State University andmajor in secondary education.He is the son of Rick and LoriFischer.Turnwald plans to attendthe University of Dayton,majoring in mechanical engi-neering. He is the son of Jerryand Ann Turnwald.
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