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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Next Generation 4Community 5Sports 6Business 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Lee tapped new St. John’s High School principal
BY NANCY SPENCERStaff Writernspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — St. John’s HighSchool will bid farewell to a41-year veteran this year in retir-ing Principal Don Huysman. AdamLee, a 1999 alumnus, hopes he isup to the task of filling those shoes.Lee was announced as St. John’snew high school principal Sundayduring the school’s commencementceremonies.“Don Huysman was my gov-ernment teacher,” Lee said. “I amhonored to follow him. He hasgiven his time and energy effort-lessly to St. John’s. I’m excitedto return to the school where Iwas raised. I’ve always wanted tocome back here.”Lee will wind up his currentemployment as attendance/dis-cipline officer at Vantage CareerCenter this week and will startlearning the ropes at St. John’s thissummer.“I don’t see any big changes orthe redevelopment of the wheelhere,” Lee said. “St. John’s willcontinue to be a premier academicinstitution in the county and state.I will talk with the staff individu-ally about any concerns, desiresor wishes they have and whattheir view of the direction of theschool is. I’ll look at those and thenmake a forecast on how that will bedeveloped.”Lee said he will draw on hisexperience at Vantage as a teacherand administrator to look at the newposition from a number of direc-tions.“I’ve been in the classroominstructing kids and I’ve had totalk to them about what problemsthey’re having; I’ve learned theirstory,” Lee said. “I understandbehaviors from both sides and willuse that knowledge.”Lee is ready to get started.“I look forward to working withthe students, staff, parish and theDelphos community as a whole,”he said. “We just held our 98th com-mencement. St. John’s has a won-derful tradition. With the changingtimes and technology, I want tokeep St. John’s on a path to great-ness.”Lee graduated from BowlingGreen State University, earning abachelor’s degree in education. Hewas a substitute teacher for sev-eral years before securing the posi-tion at Vantage. While at Vantage,he earned his master’s in schooladministration from the Universityof Dayton.Lee is the son of Larry and DebraLee. He and his fiance, JessicaMassa, will marry in June. Theyreside in Delphos.
US 30 to onelane for bridgecleaning
The Ohio Departmentof Transportation hasissued the following roadconstruction report:U.S. 30 eastbound
east of Ohio 309, just east of WapakRoad and just east of theVan Wert County line will bereduced to one lane throughthe work zone from approxi-mately 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.today for bridge cleaning.Work is being per-formed by ODOT District1 bridge department.Partly cloudythis morn-ing and thenbecomingmostly sunnylater in the day.Highs in the mid 80s. Mostlyclear tonight with lows inthe upper 60s. See page 2.
Entertainment set for Ottoville Park Carnival
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OTTOVILLE — The 2013 OttovillePark Carnival Committee has announcedfree live entertainment will be featuredthis upcoming Labor Day weekend fortwo evenings during this year’s festivi-ties.From the Detroit, Mich., area, FiftyAmp Fuse will perform on Aug. 31 andJared Ashley, an up-and-coming coun-try music singer and songwriter, willtake the stage on Sept. 1. Both bandswill be performing from 8 p.m. untilmidnight.Fifty Amp Fuse performs a live mul-timedia spectacular that celebrates sixdecades of American and British pop/rock hits. They have performed on thecelebrity set, at corporate functions, fes-tivals, casinos and private events. Ledby an eight-piece band, Your Generationin Concert™, featuring Fifty Amp Fuse,will be sure to put on a great perfor-mance.Ashley has just released a new singletitled “Last Train to Memphis” and heis currently looking to take his careerto the next level. Born in New Mexico,Ashley is a Georgia-raised crooner withan emotional bang. After placing fifth onseason four of Nashville Star in 2006,Jared’s country music career was takento the next level.He is currently on a nationwide tourvisiting country radio stations to pro-mote his new single. Stops on his150-city tour include Portland, Ore.;Nashville, Tenn.; Cleveland; and a stopin Ottoville.The Ottoville Park Carnival is alwaysheld Labor Day Weekend. The fun beginsSaturday morning and continues throughSunday night. Rides, bands, good timesand more can be found for individualsof all ages.Visit www.ottovillepark.com for a fullschedule of events at the 2013 OttovillePark Carnival.
Jared AshleyFifty Amp FuseSpencerville VFW Post 6772 and American Legion Post 191 brought a Memorial Day cer-emony Tuesday morning to Vancrest in Delphos to honor the resident veterans. Flags were givenout to those who served. Vernon Kill, seated, accepts a flag from Legion member and trusteeLarry Boyer. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)U.S. Navy veteran Randy Gasser salutes the flag in St. Joseph CatholicCemetery Sunday afternoon during Memorial Day observances in FortJennings. American Legion Post 715 provided the day’s activities. (DelphosHerald/Helen Kaverman)
Veterans remembere
2 The Herald Wednesday, May 29, 2013
For The Record
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. 244
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany 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
Partly cloudy in the morning then becomingmostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 15 to20 mph.
Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwinds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chanceof showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in theupper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of show-ers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s.
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chanceof showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s.
Showers andthunderstorms likely. Highs in the lower 80s. Lows in the mid60s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s.
Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chanceof showers. Lows in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
Gertrude M.Hempfling
Feb. 29, 1916-May 24, 2013
Gertrude M. Hempfling,97, of Landeck, died at 3:43p.m. Friday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Feb. 29,1916, in Ottoville to John andMary (Kieffer) Klima, whopreceded her in death.In 1939, she marriedAlbert Freund, who died in1946. She then married OscarHempfling in 1954, who diedin 1992.Survivors include threesons, James (Mary) Freundof Elida, Robert (Pat) Freundof Sidney and Steve (Cathy)Hempfling of Mariposa,Calif.; a daughter, JaneFreund of South Euclid; astepson, Robert Hempfling of Coldwater; three stepdaugh-ters, Alice (Walter) Schroederof Columbus Grove, AngelaSchroeder of Bluffton andVelma Kill of Wapak; twodaughters-in-law, LyndaSeaman and Rosie Hempfling;and eight grandchildren, 23stepgrandchildren and manygreat-grandchildren.She was also precededin death by a son, ThomasFreund; a stepson, RalphHempfling; five brothers andfive sisters; and a stepson-in-law, Melvin Schroeder.Mrs. Hempfling was oneof the first cooks at LandeckElementary School, whereshe retired as head cook. Shewas a member of St. Johnthe Baptist Catholic Church,Landeck, and its CL of CChapter 84. She was a veryactive member of the EaglesAerie 471 Auxiliary, whereshe was a past president andvery active member of thedrill team. She was an avidcard player, especially pin-nacle and euchre. She enjoyedreading and was an excellentcook.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Thursday at St. John theBaptist Catholic Church,Landeck, the Rev. ChrisBohnsack officiating. Burialwill be in the church cemetery.Friends may call from3-8 p.m. today at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea Parish Wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials areto St. John’s School or thechurch.
One Year Ago
Each year, Jefferson seniorclass officers select a memberof the public school com-munity who did not graduatefrom Jefferson as an HonoraryWildcat. The 2012 HonoraryWildcat was longtime scienceteacher Dave Whittington.The 1964 Lima Senior gradu-ate taught at Jefferson HighSchool through the 1970s,80s and 90s.
25 Years Ago – 1988
No one has ever writtena history of the 118th OhioVolunteer Infantry Regiment,but Delphos native MikeKlinger plans to rectifythat. One of his sources isa daybook kept by Pvt. AsaZeller, who Klinger believescame from the Middle Pointarea. Klinger’s interest inthe 118th comes from hav-ing three ancestors in theregiment. His great-greatgrandfather Daniel P. Klingerand Daniel’s brother, John,enlisted in Company F. JohnGrothaus, Klinger’s great-great uncle, also enlisted inCompany F.Lincolnview High Schoolwill hold graduation ceremo-nies May 29 in the high schoolauditorium. Top honors go toAmy Hubbard, Angie Jonesand Carol Parker. The accep-tance of diplomas will be byTodd Wireman, senior classpresident. The school boardwill be represented by MiloSchaffner, board president.Music for the ceremonieswill be provided by WilliamMassa, band director, andSarah Farnsworth, choirdirector.Delphos Girl Scoutsrecently held their fly-up cer-emony at Waterworks Park.Each received their wings tothe next age level. Leaderswere also recognized by agift from Mary Lynn Slayton,Appleseed Ridge Girl ScoutCouncil, Lima. They includ-ed Bonnie Shumaker, BrendaMartin, Mary Wauben, JudyKemper, Robin Siefker, KarenBrown, Sharon Smith, MaryWhite and Barb Truesdale.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Nine Delphos girls wereamong the 267 who receivedthe Marian Medal Sundayat Toledo, in Holy RosaryCathedral. The 267 repre-sented parishes in the dio-cese and the Junior CatholicDaughters of America, theCampfire Girls and the GirlScout organizations. Thosehonored were CynthiaNartker, Beth Hageman, KayKaverman, Mary Jane Pohl,Joan Beckman, Paula Ernst,Jill Wannemacher, KathrynJohnson, and Susan Hoehn.Fort Amanda ChapterDaughters of the AmericanRevolution held its Maymeeting Friday evening in thehome of Mrs. Ralph Lewisnear Elida. Thelma Scarberygave an interesting and infor-mative talk on conserva-tion and Agnes Young gavea paper on early Americanmusic. A flag day picnic willbe held June 16 with Mrs.Arthur Mosier as hostess.
J. Richard“Doc” Hurt MD
J. Richard Hurt MD of West Jefferson passed awayMonday, May 20, 2013,peacefully from natural causesin The Villages, Florida.Dr. Hurt is survived by hisbeloved spouse of 56 years,Sally (Dienstberger) Hurt;son John R. Hurt, MD, car-diologist in The Villages,Fla.; and daughter, Sharyl(Hurt) LeFavour, teacher inCalifornia; daughter-in-law,Sonia R. Hurt, pediatricianand son-in-law, CAPT JohnW. LeFavour, US Navy hospi-tal administrator.In addition, he is survivedby grandchildren ElizabethLeFavour, Jack LeFavour,Grace Hurt and Sean Hurt. Heis also survived by brother-in-law, Carl F. Dienstberger, Jr.of Delphos; cousin CynthiaLockhart of Maryland; cousinLeslie Dienstberger and DorisDienstberger of Delphos;as well as numerous otherDienstberger relatives.He was preceded in deathby his father and mother, Dr.and Mrs. J. William Hurt of West Jefferson; and his father-and mother-in-law, Carland Mollie Dienstberger of Delphos.Dr. Hurt and Sallywere married at St. Peter’sLutheran Church in Delphosin 1957 after finishing medi-cal school and nursing schoolat The Ohio State University.After a one-year internshipat Miami Valley Hospital inDayton, he completed a two-year tour of duty in Taiwan,accompanied by Sally, serv-ing in the navy as a lieu-tenant in the medical corps.Their son, Rick, was born inTaiwan in 1960 and daughter,Shari, was born in Columbusin 1965. Dr. Hurt joined hisfather’s medical practice inWest Jefferson. During hisyears serving as a physicianthere, Dr. Hurt participatedin numerous community ser-vice organizations includingKiwanis, Masons, ScottishRite and Shrine. He served onthe local school board, coun-ty school board, ColumbusTechnical Institute board(now known as ColumbusState Community College),and the OSU Medical SchoolBoard of Governors. He wasteam physician for the WestJefferson Rough Riders foot-ball team for 25 years, duringwhich time they captured astate championship. Dr. Hurtwas an active member of theWest Jefferson Zion LutheranChurch. Dr. Hurt and Sallyraised English Shire drafthorses and brought his teamand wagon to Delphos to par-ticipate in a parade.The funeral service willbegin at 11 a.m. Friday atZion Lutheran Church, with agraveside and military serviceto follow.Visitation will be at theRader-McDonald FuneralHome in West Jefferson from2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. onThursday, with a Masonic ser-vice at 8 p.m.In lieu of flowers, theHurt family suggests memo-rial contributions be madeto: Zion Lutheran Church,221 South Center St.,West Jefferson OH 43162;The National ParkinsonFoundation, contributioninstructions can be found atwww.parkinson.org; or Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library,270 Lilly Chapel Rd., WestJefferson, Ohio 43162
Thomas E. Groves
Thomas E. Groves, 71,of Delphos, died on Tuesdayafternoon at the St. Rita’sMedical Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Strayer Funeral Homeof Delphos.
Teen cited for underage consumptionafter lying under vehicle
At approximately 2:23 a.m. on Monday, officers wereadvised of a male lying under a parked vehicle in the 500 blockof Euclid Street.Upon officers’ arrival, they identified the male as 18-year-old Austin Hamilton who officers found probable cause to citefor underage consumption.
Teens arrested after dispute
At approximately 6:48 p.m. on Monday, officers were dis-patched to a residence to investigate a verbal dispute.During this investigation, officers located drug parapher-nalia and alcohol in the room of two juveniles who live at theresidence.Sixteen-year-old Zach Hittle and 17-year-old BrandonHittle will face charges in Allen County Juvenile Court for theitems recovered.Corn $7.02Wheat $6.59Soybeans $15.22
 Man tased when refuses to calm down
At 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers were dispatched to the 400block of South Main Street in reference to an unwanted guest.As officers arrived, they observed two males engaged in aphysical altercation on the ground. Officers identified them-selves and were initially able to get the males separated. Onesubject, identified as 27-year-old Jeremy Siefker, attempted tocontinue fighting at which time he was ordered to stop or hewould be tased. Siefker then attempted to assault the officer atwhich time he was tased.Officers were able to gain control of Siefker and he wasarrested and transported to the Allen County Jail. He is facingthe charges of persistent disorderly conduct by intoxication andobstructing official business.
Winfrey callsRipa and Strahantalk-show royalty
NEW YORK (AP) —Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have adaily talk show anymore. Buttwo years after abdicating herthrone, the former talk-showqueen is clear who she thinksnow wear the crowns: KellyRipa and Michael Strahan.Winfrey declared the co-hosts “the reigning king andqueen” during a surpriseappearance on Tuesday’s“Live with Kelly andMichael.”Winfrey, who now runs theOWN cable network, whereshe appears on-camera on aless-frequent basis, insistedshe doesn’t miss the dailytalk-show grind.
Ohio Senate removes stateincome tax cut from budget
COLUMBUS (AP)— State senators onTuesday pulled what’s leftof Republican Gov. JohnKasich’s proposed income taxcut from the state budget infavor of tax relief targeted atsmall businesses.The move by the GOP-led Ohio Senate FinanceCommittee came as a polit-ical blow to Kasich, whopledged to reduce the state-wide income tax if elected.The Ohio House had retained7 percent of the 20 percentpermanent income tax cutoriginally proposed byKasich. It was among doz-ens of changes the Senate ismaking to the House budgetbill.Senate President KeithFaber, a Celina Republican,said income tax relief willcontinue to be debated asbudget deliberations progress.Rather than embracethe broader income tax cut,the Senate chose to restorea small business benefitalso proposed by Kasich.That proposal would allowindividuals to deduct up to$375,000 in net annual busi-ness income for income taxpurposes. The Senate taxbreak is worth roughly $1.4billion, compared with theroughly $1.5 billion price tagfor the House’s income taxplan.Asked why the Senate’stax cut was better than theHouse’s plan, Faber said,“Because it’s about creating jobs and growing the state’seconomy.”Faber said the state alreadyrecently had a 4.2 percent,across-the-board income taxcut, and senators wanted tohelp the small businesses thatwere adding to the job mar-ket.With rosy state revenueadjustments expected nextmonth, the stage has been setfor a potential tax compro-mise incorporating elementsof both plans when the twochambers come together inlate June to reconcile theirbudget differences.As anticipated, Senate bud-get changes did not includeexpansion of Medicaid underthe federal health insuranceoverhaul. Senators also leftout a tax increase on high-volume oil and gas drillersproposed by Kasich andexpansion of the state salestax to include professionalservices like lawyers. Thebill keeps a provision effec-tively de-funding PlannedParenthood by putting it atthe back of the line for publicfunds.Faber said the idea of changing Medicaid is notdead but will be taken up ina separate bill. A placeholdermeasure could come in thenext two weeks.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Obituaries updated
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Hiawatha (aka Judy Schroeder) gives a history lesson the Fort Jennings second-graders during the field day sponsored by the Fort Jennings Historical Society. Shepointed out that the house in the background, now owned by Tom Smith, was built bythe Raabe family and heated by steam generated by burning corn cobs at the Raabeelevators next door. (Delphos Herald/Helen Kaverman photo)
 Jennings student learn history lesson
Cooper Farms celebrates 75 years of business
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OAKWOOD —One of Van WertCounty’s vital businesses is celebrat-ing a milestone anniversary this year.It was 1938 when Virgil Cooperset out to raise his first flock of just500 turkeys for the holidays and start-ed what is now Cooper Farms. Asthey celebrate their 75th anniversary,the Cooper family is humbled by thegrowth they have seen and thankful toall those who have helped them reachthis amazing milestone.“I doubt my parents could haveever imagined the company beingwhat it is today,” said Gary Cooper,COO. “We have learned that throughhard work and commitment to yourword, opportunities can come yourway and you can become more thanyou ever dreamed. Our small-townturkey farm has now become the 12th-largest turkey producer in the U.S.,and is also one of the largest hog pro-ducers in Ohio.”Though the company has grown,the Cooper family will always remem-ber the core values of a family thathave brought them to where they aretoday, ones which include more than just blood relatives.The contributions everyone hasmade as individuals and as a team arewhat have brought Cooper Farms suchsuccess. The Cooper family is proudto share that success with both theteam members and the communities.“Family was always important tomom and dad and it remains impor-tant to all of us,” said Jim Cooper,CEO. “Dad always made sure thathis employees were happy and feltlike they were a part of the CooperHatchery ‘family’ and we work to dothat still today. We try to take the timeto show them how much we appre-ciate what they do through specialevents, appreciation lunches and ourbenefits programs.”Not only are the team membersrecognized as vital to the success of Cooper Farms, but so are the com-munities where they are located. Eachyear, Cooper Farms and the CooperFamily Foundation provide thousandsof dollars of support to local schools,fire departments, boy/girl/cub scouts,4-H and many other organizations thathelp the communities and childrenthrive.“My dad was always one who gaveback to the community,” said DianneCooper. “When I was a kid in GirlScouts, if we went on a trip dad wouldalways show up with treats for allthe girls and he did the same for theboys. And as a whole, we like to dothat today, too; we like to give to thelocal groups and help our communityhowever we can.”Cooper Farms is now run by Virgiland Virginia Cooper’s children — Jim,Dianne and Gary — and is still pri-vately owned by the Cooper Family.Several of the third generation familymembers also work for Cooper Farmsin various positions throughout thecompany, with some of fourth genera-tion recently joining the company.Over the years, Cooper Farms grewand diversified. What started as asimple hatchery has grown to fourlocations. The Live Animal Divisionencompasses two locations. In theOakwood area the turkey and hogbreeding farms are located as well asthe hatchery which hatches 15 millionpoults (baby turkeys) a year. In theFort Recovery area are the nearly 300family contract farms which grow theturkeys and hogs to market weightand house chickens for table eggs.The Food Processing Division hasthe processing plant in St. Henry anda Cooked Meats Plant in Van Wert,where deli products are made.Virgil Cooper’s operation grewquickly during World War II, in anattempt to meet the large demandfor meat. In 1944, he and his wife,Virginia, acquired one of the hatcher-ies that had been selling him poults(baby turkeys) for the past six years.Eventually growing out of that smallfacility in downtown Oakwood, Virgilwent on to build a new state-of-the-arthatchery in 1948. He built it in a ruralarea next to his home, allowing him toknow there would be room for growthand expansion over the years.After more than 42 years, Virgilretired in 1980 and handed over day-to-day management of the company,then hatching about 4 million poultsa year, to his sons, Jim and Gary, anddaughter, Dianne.The new generation has continuedto maintain Virgil’s focus on qualityand innovation, raising turkeys in alow-stress environment and growingCooper Farms into one of the largestfamily-owned turkey processing com-panies in the country.
Youth employment  program to begin
Information submitted
VAN WERT — Studentsas well as local businessesare being sought to participatein the TANF Summer YouthEmployment Program, orga-nized by the Van Wert CountyDepartment of Job and FamilyServices.Jobs in this program pay$7.85 per hour, 20-25 hoursper week, They will be filledby Van Wert County youthages 14-23, giving them workexperience at local businesses.In-school students can workuntil school starts, and out-of school youth can work nolater than Aug. 31.Businesses are neededto mentor students in gen-eral and specific work skillsto increase the caliber of ourupcoming workforce. Payrolland worker’s compensationare provided through the pro-gram at no cost to participat-ing businesses.To be considered the youthmust be between 14 and 23years of age, and be a minorchild, be pregnant, be a parent(including non-custodial par-ent), or be a part of a familythat has a minor child in thehome.In addition, students mustmeet the income eligibil-ity based on the family sizeat 200 percent of the 2013Federal Poverty Guidelines.For instance, a one-personhousehold cannot earn morethan $1,915 per month, a two-person household cannot earnmore than $2,585 per month.For each additional person,add $670 to the maximumincome figure.Applications are avail-able at the Van Wert CountyDepartment of Job and FamilyServices, 114 E. Main St., VanWert, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,Monday-Friday. Questionsshould be directed to DeannaLugabihl at (419) 238-5430ext. 0136.
Stage at renovated Wassenbergunder construction
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VAN WERT – The performance stage is currently underconstruction inside the new Wassenberg Art Center, which willbe located in the former Van Wert Armory building. The stageis approximately 30 feet across with a quarter-circle designand is located in the northeast corner of the former drill hallthat will become the exhibit gallery. The stage will be usedprimarily for contemporary and independent regional music,presentations and plays, and was designed to be flexible forthe varied needs of the community. A tentative opening date isset for later this summer.Located at 214 S. Washington St. (U.S. 127), the armorywas built in 1938 by the state of Ohio. The 11,000 square-footiconic structure was saved from demolition by the WassenbergArt Center Association and the Van Wert County Foundation.It is just another example of Van Wert’s commitment towardsthe revitalization of its architecturally-significant downtown.The funding for the stage is being given by Central MutualInsurance and was a result of the Wassenberg Art-fitterCampaign that was launched at the beginning of the renova-tion project. With the goal of partnering with local businessesand residents to help support the project, the Art-fitter cam-paign seeks full or partial donations toward the purchase of art equipment, sculptures, landscaping and memorial pavers.Names of companies and individuals will be prominently dis-played near the item they choose to donate.

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