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The Fort JenningsEnvirothon team recent-ly competed at the StateEnvirothon competition heldat Deer Creek State Park inPickaway County.One hundred and twentystudents from 17 differenthigh schools, representingevery part of the state, com-peted June 10-11.The annual event is anoutdoor competition that testsstudent’s knowledge of soil,forestry, wildlife, aquaticecology and current environ-mental issues.This year’s theme wasPasture/Rangeland Management.The team from FortJennings placed second outof the top 20 teams at thestate competition. They actu-ally tied for first place out of the 600 points possible butlost out on the tie-breakerwhich was the scores on thepresentation portion of thecompetition.The winning team fromChardon High School wonthe right to attend the CanonNorth American Envirothonin Montana in August.This is the 16th year thatFort Jennings has had anEnvirothon Team and the16th straight year the teamhas advanced to state com-petition. The top four teamsfrom the area competitionheld in April qualify for thestate contest.Students compete byanswering questions as ateam at field test sites andprepare a short oral presenta-tion on the theme of the year.Monday morning and after-noon are spent at the test siteworking on the tests and forfour hours Monday evening,the teams work on prepar-ing their presentations whichmust include visual displays.The team advisors are notallowed to be with their teamat any of the testing or pre-paring times.Tuesday, the teams areassigned a time to givetheir presentation in frontof a three-judge panel thatincludes local resource peo-ple, EPA representatives,local government officials orOhio Department of NaturalResource personnel.An awards banquet is heldwith the winner representingOhio at the North AmericanCanon Envirothon.
By NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@del-phosherald.com
DELPHOS — Rezoningof property at 215 North StateSt., Lot 903, owned by StanWiechart, from Residential 1to Business 2 was defeated byDelphos City Council on a 4-2vote Monday evening in frontof a packed house.Wiechart had expressedinterest in selling the property toFischer Plumbing and Heating.Owner Jason Buettner said hewas going to put up a metalbuilding to house his equipmentand supplies and use the rest of the property for parking.More than 50 concernedresidents attended the meet-ing with their spokesperson,Dave Ricker, speaking for thegroup. Ricker presented a peti-tion with 126 signatures againstthe rezoning, citing decreasedproperty values and what theneighbors of the property feltwere safety concerns, includingincreased risk of injury fromaccidents because of constanttruck and heavy-equipment traf-fic and the presence of por-table toilets, not only becauseof aesthetics but also sanitaryconcerns and children playingand being inquisitive in the area.Councilman Joe Martz ques-tioned several points of Ricker’spresentation, stating several of the issues were not what hadbeen said in previous publicdiscussions about the matter.“I just want to make sureeveryone knows that some of what you have stated is nottrue,” Martz said. “I want to tryand be a mediator in this situa-tion. We need to find a way tomake this work. We need tobe a community and act like acommunity. We are losing jobsand we can’t afford to lose anymore.”
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Jon Neer, left, and Ron “Zee” Beining of Beining Contactors work on concrete pouredfor the footer of the seventh Habitat for Humanity home in Delphos on Tuesday. The26-by-50-foot home will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner, MelanieYoung, and their three children: Samantha, 3, Leanne, 5, and Thomas Jr., 6. (DelphosHerald/Nancy Spencer)
Footer poured for 7th Habitat home
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Delphos’ seventh Habitatfor Humanity home is underway at the cornerof Tenth and Washington streets. BeiningContractors placed the footer forms earlierthis week and poured the concrete for thehome’s foundation on Tuesday.Habitat Construction Manager RogerCalvert said the structure will be the firstEnergy Star Habitat home in Delphos.“This home will be as energy efficient aspossible,” Calvert said Tuesday. “We will cre-ate and air-tight ‘envelope’ with the insulationand caulking of a duct work. The home willmeet better standards from the studs up.”Calvert said the home will keep cool air inthe summer and warm in the winter.“When you seal the ducts and insulate right,you tell the air where to go instead of it follow-ing the path of least resistance,” he added.Calvert said the lighting and applianceswill also meet Energy Star requirements.A third party will come in do testing on theduct work, insulation and other items before thehome receives the Energy Star seal of approval.
 D.A.R.E. Camp in Delphos
Fourth-grader Nathan Gable participates in thewasher toss game, which is part of the Allen CountySheriff’s Department annual D.A.R.E. Camp at FranklinElementary School. The premise behind the D.A.R.E.Program is to teach kids the dangers of drugs, tobaccoand alcohol and learn how to make good decisions, howto handle peer pressure and why friends and family areso important. The program also offers free photo/DNAidentification cards throughout Allen County. The cardsare wallet-sized for parents to keep an updated photo andtheir child’s DNA just in case the child comes up missing.(Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
‘The Great Kaplan’ entertains for reading program
Tuesday evening was Family Night for the Delphos Public Library’s SummerReading Program, with entertainment provided by David Kaplan, “The GreatKaplan,” a juggler and musician. Above: Seven-year-old Ava Kramer helps The GreatKaplan get ready for a juggling trick. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)See HABITAT, page 3See REZONING, page 3
Fort Jennings Envirothon Team state runner-up
The Fort Jennings Envirothon Team One received its state runner-up plaque fromState Envirothon Chairperson Jill Obanion, left. Team members include, second fromleft, Alex Sealts, Jared Hoersten, Jake Young, Morgan Ricker and Logan Sickels.(Submitted photo)See ENVIROTHON, page 3
Mostlysunny todaywith highsin the upper70s. Mostlyclear tonightwith lows in the mid50s. See page 2.
Kiwanis takingfireworksdonations
The Kiwanis Club of Delphos is accepting dona-tions for the annual 4th of July Fireworks display.Donations can be sent tothe Kiwanis at PO Box 173,Delphos; or can be droppedoff at First Federal Bank.The Delphos CanalCommission hasannounced the semi-annual Canal Cleanupat 8:30 a.m. Saturday.Volunteers will regis-ter at the Hanser Pavilionand sign waiver forms.All ages are wel-come and civic organi-zations are encouragedto work as a group.Those participatingshould dress accordinglyfor the weather and thepossibility of coming intocontact with skin irritants.
Canal cleanupset Saturday
Youth Baseball ScoresTuesday’s ResultsDelphos Minor League
Cubs 16, Reds 9Indians 14, Orioles 11Mets 18, Tigers 12Pirates 23, Dodgers 6
Buckeye Boys PonyLeague
VW Alspach Gearhart4, Antwerp 1
Inner County League
Middle Point Gold 14,Moose 1320 The Herd 0Lee Kinstle Pirates 10,VW Optimist Reds 2
Monday’s Results
Inner County LeagueMiddle Point Gold 15,VW Optimist Reds 2
Tri-County Little League
Delphos Braves 9,Greif Rangers 6Young’s Waste ServiceYankees 14, DelphaChevy Reds 12K of C Indians 5, 1stFederal Athletics 4
 
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
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WEATHERFORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly sunny.Highs in the upper 70s.Northeast winds 5 to 10mph.
TONIGHT:
Mostlyclear. Lows in the mid 50s.East winds 5 to 10 mph.
THURSDAY:
Mostlysunny. Highs in the lower80s. Southeast winds around5 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHTAND FRIDAY:
Mostlyclear. Lows around 60.Highs in the mid 80s.
FRIDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 60s.
SATURDAY:
Partlycloudy. Highs in the upper80s.
SATURDAY NIGHTTHROUGH SUNDAYNIGHT:
Partly cloudywith a 20 percent chanceof showers and thunder-storms. Lows in the lower70s. Highs around 90.
MONDAY:
Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.Highs around 90.
Bonnie I. Ickes
Nov. 30, 1929-June 16, 2013
Bonnie I. Ickes, 83, of Middle Point and formerlyof Spencerville, died at 1:08a.m. Sunday at VancrestHealth Care Center in VanWert.She was born Nov. 30,1929, in Van Wert to AlbertElmer and Helen Mildred(Mihm) Grunden, who pre-ceded her in death.On July 2, 1955, she mar-ried Maurice A. Ickes Sr.,who died on June 3, 1991.Survivors include twochildren, Virginia Mae(William) Kohler Sr. of Delphos and Maurice A.(Kelli) Ickes Jr. of Sidney;seven grandchildren, 12great-grandchildren and twogreat-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by a son, Ronald JayIckes; and a sister, Betty(Hubert) Keyton.Funeral services willbegin at 1 p.m. today atThomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome, Spencerville, theRev. Mike Shaner offi-ciating. Burial will be inSpencerville Cemetery.Friends may call one hourprior to the service today atthe funeral home.Preferred memorials areto the heart or cancer funds.
One Year Ago
More than 210 Jefferson alumnigathered Saturday for the annual ban-quet at the Delphos Eagles Lodge andto honor two special people as the2012 Hall of Honor inductees. Dr.Walter Wolery and Dave Hoffmanwere this year’s honorees.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Spencerville residents are mak-ing final preparations for the benefitwine and cheese reception and awardsceremony June 25 at the Veteransof Foreign Wars post. SpencervilleDumpbusters, under whose banner thelandfill proposal was defeated, willreceive an award during the evening.The last meeting of the seasonfor the Catholic Daughters of theAmericas was held recently at theKnights of Columbus hall on ElidaAvenue. Rosella Bonifas read a thank-you letter from the Right to Life orga-nization for a donation. Katie Hanseralso sent a thank-you to the court forhonoring the poetry winners at theMay potluck.Delphos Memorial Home recentlyhosted the certificate and pin pre-sentation for the nurses aides whocompleted the nursing assistant train-ing program. Attending the ceremonywere: Jenny Kroeger, Becky Swint,Peggy Landwehr, Hope Anita Sherrick,Patricia Siefker, Tammy Lindeman,Lois Hawk, Kathy German, VirginiaMeyer and Beth Kroeger Kerns.
50 Years Ago – 1963
The K of C honored past GrandKnights of Council 1362 at Mondaynight’s meeting. They were: HubertRicker, Frank Wrasman, EugeneWagner, Hubert Youngpeter, CarlWrasman, Donald Imber, MelvinHempfling, A. J. Laudick, WilliamGladen, Ollie Hemker, JeromePohlman and Cyril Hickey.Members of the Senior Chapterof the Child Conservation Leagueheld a Mother-Daughter-Son ban-quet Tuesday evening at the FirstUnited Presbyterian Church. TheGirls Ensemble from Jefferson HighSchool sang “Pride of May.” Membersof the ensemble were: Jane Powell,Jane Koch, Barbara Ladd, CynthiaHeidenreich, Karen Fox, MaryBaumgartner, Becky Martin, DianeBroaddus, Diane Alquire and LindaTruesdale.Mrs. Ambrose Wannemacherwas hostess to the members of theAmicidia Club Tuesday at her homeon West Eighth Street. Cards formedthe evening’s entertainment with Mrs.William Heiing receiving high andtraveling prizes and Mrs. A. J. Meyerlow. The club will meet again July 9 atthe home of Pauline Gremling, WestThird Street.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Louis Scherger, of the class of 1938, was named president of St.John’s Alumni Association at theannual dance given in the school audi-torium Friday evening. Others namedwere Lois Kaskel, vice president, andMary Lindemann, secretary-treasur-er. Advisory board is Arthur Grone,Thomas Stallkamp, Lenore Grewe,Mrs. Bernard Kill, John Helmkamp,Oliver Sever, Leona Martz, JamesHotz, Rita Helmkamp and JeanLindemann.The members of the Delphos coun-cil of Knights of Columbus are mak-ing plans for two social events to beheld in honor of the election of RayMcKowen, a member of the localcouncil, as state deputy, the highestoffice in the organization in Ohio.Cards are out now for a stag party tobe held at the Idlewild clubhouse onWednesday of next week. A more for-mal social affair will be held in the K.of C. rooms next fall.The Putnam County DemocraticWomen’s Club will hold a regularmeeting in the assembly room of thecourt house at Ottawa on June 21.Anne Lewis of Columbus Grove,will lead the discussion on the topic,“Finance.” She will be assisted byMrs. Charles Borman, Mrs. CharlesMcCrate and Mrs. Ray Radcliff.
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Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170thday of 2013. There are 195 days left in theyear.Today’s Highlight in History:On June 19, 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35,and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of con-spiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to theSoviet Union, were executed at Sing SingPrison in Ossining, N.Y.On this date:In 1862, Congress passed, and PresidentAbraham Lincoln signed, a measure abol-ishing slavery in U.S. territories.In 1865, Union troops commanded byMaj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived inGalveston, Texas, with news that the CivilWar was over, and that all remaining slavesin Texas were free.In 1910, the first-ever Father’s Day wascelebrated in Spokane, Wash. (The ideafor the observance is credited to SonoraLouise Smart Dodd.)In 1934, the Federal CommunicationsCommission was created; it replaced theFederal Radio Commission.In 1938, four dozen people were killedwhen a railroad bridge in Montana col-lapsed, sending a train known as theOlympian hurtling into Custer Creek.In 1952, the celebrity-panel game show“I’ve Got A Secret” made its debut onCBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.In 1963, President John F. Kennedy,speaking to Congress, criticized lawmakersfor not acting on proposed civil rights leg-islation and called for passage of a singleomnibus bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1963.Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkovareturned to Earth after three days as thefirst woman in space.In 1972, Hurricane Agnes, blamed forat least 122 deaths, made landfall over theFlorida Panhandle.In 1973, the rock musical “The RockyHorror Show” premiered in London (it waslater adapted into the movie “The RockyHorror Picture Show”).In 1986, University of Maryland basket-ball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of theBoston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure. Artificial heart recipientMurray P. Haydon died in Louisville, Ky.,after 16 months on the manmade pump.In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court struckdown a Louisiana law requiring any publicschool teaching the theory of evolution toteach creation science as well.In 1999, author Stephen King was seri-ously injured when he was struck by a vandriven by Bryan Smith in North Lovell,Maine. Britain’s Prince Edward marriedcommoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in Windsor,England.Ten years ago: The FBI put cosmet-ics heir Andrew Luster aboard a plane inMexico and flew him back to California,five months after he’d been convictedin absentia of drugging and raping threewomen. Federal authorities said IymanFaris, an Ohio truck driver who met Osamabin Laden and admitted plots against trainsand the Brooklyn Bridge, had pleadedguilty to felony charges. (Faris was latersentenced to 20 years in prison.) TheU.S. Air Force dropped manslaughter andaggravated assault charges against twofighter pilots who’d mistakenly bombedCanadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002.(One pilot was later found guilty of der-eliction of duty and reprimanded.)Five years ago: President George W.Bush surveyed the aftermath of devas-tating floods during a quick tour of theMidwest, assuring residents and rescuersalike that he was listening to their concernsand understood their exhaustion. DemocratBarack Obama announced he would bypasspublic financing for the presidential elec-tion, even though Republican John McCainwas accepting it.One year ago: Egypt’s Hosni Mubarakwas moved out of prison to a military hos-pital after the 84-year-old ousted leaderreportedly suffered a stroke and his conditionrapidly deteriorated. The Southern BaptistConvention voted to elect its first African-American president, Rev. Fred Luter Jr.Actor Victor Spinetti, 82, died in London.Today’s Birthdays: Pop singer TommyDeVito (The Four Seasons) is 85. ActressGena Rowlands is 83. Singer SpankyMcFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 71.Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyiis 68. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 65. Rocksinger Ann Wilson (Heart) is 63. MusicianLarry Dunn is 60. Actress Kathleen Turneris 59. Country singer Doug Stone is 57.Singer Mark DeBarge is 54. Singer-dancerPaula Abdul is 51. Actor Andy Lauer is 50.Rock singer-musician Brian Vander Ark(Verve Pipe) is 49. Actress Mia Sara is 46.Rock musician Brian “Head” Welch is 43.Actor Jean Dujardin is 41. Actress RobinTunney is 41. Actor Bumper Robinson is39. Actress Poppy Montgomery is 38. Alt-country singer-musician Scott Avett (TheAvett Brothers) is 37. Actor Ryan Hurstis 37. Actress Zoe Saldana is 35. ActressLauren Lee Smith is 33. Actor Paul Danois 29. Actor Atticus Shaffer is 15.
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House passes far-reachinganti-abortion bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House onTuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that conserva-tives saw as a milestone in their 40-year campaign against legal-ized abortion and Democrats condemned as yet another exampleof the GOP war on women.The legislation, sparked by the murder conviction of aPhiladelphia late-term abortion provider, would restrict almostall abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception, defying lawsin most states that allow abortions up to when the fetus becomesviable, usually considered to be around 24 weeks.It mirrors 20-week abortion ban laws passed by some states,and lays further groundwork for the ongoing legal battle thatabortion foes hope will eventually result in forcing the SupremeCourt to reconsider the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v.Wade, that made abortion legal.It passed 228-196, with 6 Democrats voting for it and 6Republicans voting against it.In the short term, the bill will go nowhere. The Democratic-controlled Senate will ignore it and the White House says thepresident would veto it if it ever reached his desk. The WhiteHouse said the measure was “an assault on a woman’s right tochoose” and “a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.”But it was a banner day for social conservatives who havegenerally seen their priorities overshadowed by economic andbudgetary issues since Republicans recaptured the House in2010.Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America,called it “the most important pro-life bill to be considered by theU.S. Congress in the last 10 years.”Marjorie Dannenfeiser, president of the Susan B. AnthonyList — a group that seeks to eliminate abortion — said the leg-islation differed significantly from past abortion measures in thatit restricts, rather than merely controls, the abortion procedure.Democrats chided Republicans for taking up a dead-endabortion bill when Congress is doing little to promote jobs andeconomic growth. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it “yetanother Republican attempt to endanger women. It is disrespect-ful to women. It is unsafe for families and it is unconstitutional.”Democrats also said the decision by GOP leaders to appeasetheir restless base with the abortion vote could backfire onRepublican efforts to improve their standing among women.Corn $6.94Wheat $6.63Soybeans $15.29
Answers to Monday’s questions:
White Castle’s slogan was “Buy ‘em by the sack.”Their copycat competitor White Tower urged, “Take homea bagful.”The now extinct elephant bird of Madagascar weighedclose to a half-ton and stood 10 feet tall. A relative of theostrich and emu, it is believed to have been the largestbird ever. Scientists hope to bring the gigantic bird backthrough DNA extracted from eggshell fossils.
Today’s questions:
What are the three things that Jack steals on his visitsto the giant’s castle in the “Jack and Beanstalk” fairy tale?In which state was the Mormon religion founded?
Answers in Thursday’s
Herald.Today’s joke:
 A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on theinterstate for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped upto 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lightsbehind him.“There’s no way they can catch a Mercedes,” hethought to himself and opened her up further. The needlehit 90, 100…. Then the reality of the situation hit him.“What am I doing?” he thought and pulled over.The cop came up to him, took his license without aword and examined it and the car. “It’s been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it’s Friday the 13th. I don’t  feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before, you can go.” 
The guy thinks for a second and says, “Last week mywife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying togive her back!”“Have a nice weekend,” said the officer.
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
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Do you love to travel, taste unique foods,try new experiences or have a desire to learna foreign language, but are unable to do it inthis economy? CCI Greenheart is the solutionyou have been looking for. CCI Greenheartis a cultural exchange-based organization thatmatches host families to foreign high schoolstudents from all around the globe within Allen,Auglaize, Mercer and Van Wert counties for aone-month or 10-month stay.With the American lifestyle quickly revolv-ing around technology, it is easy to forget howspecial face-to-face experiences are and howthose experiences truly make each person feelat the end. Think about the last conversationyou had with someone face-to-face and whatyou were able to take from that conversation.Hopefully it was not just information as onewould do via text or email; rather, a feeling orfeelings should be connected to that conversa-tion. Maybe you felt revived, elated, excited,energetic, curious for more or various otheremotions. That is what hosting is all about. It isabout the feelings that one obtains by spendinggreat quality time with someone from anothercountry. It can simply be hitting the mall, din-ner at home, attending a sporting event or evenbigger milestones that a family may be goingthrough, such as a graduation, marriage or anaddition to the family.Hosting an exchange student is meant to bea rewarding experience with very little requiredfinancially and physically. If a family is ableto open its doors to a student, provide the stu-dent with adequate living space, assist themin being a part of the local high school andwilling to make sure that their basic needs aremet on a daily basis, then they are a family thatshould join such a great organization as CCIGreenheart. So where do families go from hereto be a part of the organization? Simply go towww.cci-exchange.com and click on the link“host an exchange student.”The process is simple and allows familiesto be well on their way to experiencing othercultures without leaving their local community.Once the initial application step is completed,a local coordinator with CCI Greenheart willcontact the family to assist them with the restof the application process, discuss the desiredgender of the student, country of origin and fam-ily interests and will then submit to them sev-eral preliminary biographies for consideration. Ittruly is an exciting process to be a part of. Whowould not love to host a student from coun-tries such as Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy,Belgium, France, Hungary, Brazil, Thailand,China, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea. Thelist is truly endless with all of the countries thatare represented through CCI Greenheart.For more information, call Michele Huber,CCI Greenheart Local Coordinator for Allen,Auglaize and Mercer counties, at (419) 584-1038 or ccigreenheartmichele@gmail.com.
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VAN WERT — The VanWert County HistoricalSociety is hosting the 20thannual Isaac Van WartFirecracker Bike Tour onJuly 4. The departure andfinishing point is JubileePark. Routes of 18, 32 and64 miles are available withrest stops in Middle Pointand Venedocia. Departuretime is approximately 7:30-10 a.m. Those taking thelong route are advised toleave by 8:30 a.m. Therewill be a post-ride mealavailable from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. served at Jubilee Park.Non-riders may partici-pate in the meal by pur-chasing a stamp for $6.Children 5 and under arefree. Registration formsare available at area busi-nesses or by contacting theMuseum. The registrationfee includes route maps,route markings, sag wag-ons, sag stops, refreshments,route radio communicationand post-ride meal. Foodstops will be spaced overthe routes at approximately20-mile intervals. Ampleamounts of fresh water, fruitand cookies will be provid-ed. Race registration formscan be found at vanwert.com/museum.
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VAN WERT — OSUExtension is offering theServSafe® food safety andsanitation certification courseat the Van Wert Ohio StateUniversity Extension Officefrom 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.July 16. The ServSafe®program, sponsored bythe National RestaurantAssociation has become theindustry standard in food-safety training and is acceptedin almost all United States jurisdictions that requireemployee certification. Thisprogram is designed to pro-vide food service employeeswith updated principles of safe food handling. The prin-ciples learned in this coursecan easily be applied andpracticed by all food serviceworkers.Upon successful com-pletion of the course andexam, participants receivea Certificate of Completionfrom ServSafe® and aCertificate of Completionfrom the Ohio Departmentof Health signifying the par-ticipant has successfully com-pleted Level 1 Serving SafeFood Training. The cost of theclass is $30.For more information andto register, please contactOSU Extension at (419) 592-0806.
ServSafe® Starterscourse set for VanWert County Healthy U classesoffered at Van Wert Council on Aging
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VAN WERT — HealthyU is a free, community-based workshop that helpsparticipants learn provenstrategies to manage chron-ic health conditions and feelhealthier. Topics includestrategies to deal withstress, frustration, fatigue,pain and depression. Youwill also learn more aboutusing good nutrition toimprove health and controlsymptoms and using physi-cal activity to maintain andimprove strength, flexibilityand endurance.Each participant receivesa free copy of “Living aHealthy Life with ChronicConditions,” a 374-pageguide to self-management.The Healthy U workshopwill be conducted at theVan Wert Council on Agingfrom 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Thursdays from July 11through Aug. 15. This pro-gram is held in collabora-tion with the Area Agencyon Aging 3. For furtherinformation and to regis-ter, call Carol Trice at OSUExtension, (419) 238-1214.
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The home will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner Melanie Young and their three children: ThomasJr., 6, Leanne, 5, and Samantha, 3.“We are just beyond excited,” Young said as she watchedworkers pour the footers on Tuesday. “This is a dream cometrue.”Thomas Jr., who was with his mother, could hardly containhimself.“How much grass there is in the world is how excited I am,”the 6-year-old said.Young said all the children are ready to have their own bed-rooms and a yard to play in.“Right now, all we have is concrete so the kids are ready tohave some grass,” she said.Ron Beining, who volunteers his workers and equipment forcommunity projects, was impressed with the lot for the homeas well.“This is the nicest lot I’ve ever seen for a Habitat home,”he said. “This is going be a really nice property when it’scompleted.”The 26-by-60-foot home will include four bedrooms, abathroom and an open kitchen, dining room and living roomarea.The home is expected to be completed in October.A family selected for Habitat home ownership must contrib-ute a minimum of 350 hours of “sweat equity.” This refers tothe actual hands-on involvement of homeowners in the worknecessary to achieve the goal of eliminating substandard hous-ing. It is the homeowner’s physical investment in Habitats’work. “Sweat equity” can be earned by working on commit-tees, attending workshops and by helping to build a Habitathome, including their own.
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Ricker stated Buettner hasrefused to fence the portable toi-let storage area.To the contrary, whatBuettner had said at previouscouncil meetings was he waswilling to put up a two-sidedfence to enclose the portable toi-lets and it was his desire also tokeep children from playing onhis property.Ricker also stated Buettnerhas refused to consider mak-ing his proposed 60-by-80-footsteel building more pleasing tothe eye.What Buettner said was hehadn’t given the concept muchthought.Councilman Jim Knebel,acting as president pro-tem forMonday’s meeting, said he felt itwas a no-win situation.Buettner was permitted toaddress council and residentsbefore the vote was taken.“I just want to continue to dobusiness in Delphos,” he said.“The stories have escalated quitea bit.”After the vote, Buettner saidhe had a contingency plan if themeasure failed and would bemoving his business out of town.“I still own the property onSecond Street. That’s not goinganywhere,” he said. “All I want-ed to do was build a building andput my equipment away. NowI’m leaving and so are 11 jobs.”Martz and Councilman KevinOsting voted “yes” on approv-ing the rezoning. CouncilmenMark Clement, Rick Hanser, JimFortener and Knebel voted “no.”Residents who fail to main-tain their properties to city ordi-nances may find “hiring” the citya little more expensive. Councilheard on first reading an ordi-nance to raise the charge to haveuncontrolled vegetation growthremoved by the city to includebut not be limited to: $200 mini-mum for the first hour or anyincrement thereof and $100 forany hour any increment thereof after the first hour and a $50administrative fee.Safety Service Director GregBerquist said that in past, thecity has charged too little to haveits workers go to properties andclean them up that it is moreattractive for the resident to letthat happen than to hire a serviceto do it.“We were charging them lessthan if they had to hire someoneto do it,” Berquist said. “That just doesn’t make sense, so welooked at some other municipali-ties’ ordinances and brought itmore in line. It should be painfulfor the city to have to do thatwork. We don’t have enoughstaff the way it is and we’veeliminated a position from theParks Department. The city isnot in the business of lawn care.”Stolly Insurance will pro-vide property, general liabilityand fleet insurance for the city.Council suspended the rules andpassed on second reading theordinance authorizing a three-year contract with the company.The first year’s contract is at$73,095, less than last year’s andcovers the city from July 1, 2013,to June 30, 2014. Council willhave the opportunity to reviewthe second and third years of thecontract.Council passed on thirdreading an ordinance amendingsection 145.03 of the codifiedordinances for the city, modi-fying the age requirement forfirefighter in accordance with theOhio Revised Code. The sectionwill now include language stat-ing, “No person shall be eligibleto receive an original appoint-ment as a firefighter in the firedepartment, subject to the civilservice laws of this state, unlessthe person is between the agesof 18 and 41.” Amended lan-guage reads: “No person shallbe eligible to receive an originalappointment on or after the per-son’s 41st birthday.”In other business, council:• Approved waiving the tap-in utilities fee for the Habitat ForHumanity at the corner of Tenthand Washington streets;• Approved the donation of one family season swimmingpass to Community HealthProfessional for its annual ben-efit auction; and• Heard on second readingan ordinance approving the pro-posed 2014 Budget that needsto be filed with the county byJuly 15. The budget shows theGeneral Fund with a $5,000 def-icit at the end of 2014.A public hearing will beheld on the budget at 6:45 p.m.July 1.
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The Fort Jennings Team1 members include JakeYoung, Morgan Ricker, JaredHoersten, Logan Sickels andAlex Sealts. They are advisedby Jeff Jostpille.Fort Jennings Team II alsowas eligible to attend the statecompetition and finished 14th.Team members include CalebBankey, Keri Eickholt, SarahHellman, Jeremy Smith andAllen Fischbach.
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Jennings council to seek bids for street work
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
FORT JENNINGS —Village council met Tuesdaynight to discuss an array of topics, including the SecondStreet Reconstruction Project,street sealing completion, thepark sewer line and recentdumping of grass cuttings inthe wastewater lagoon.Mayor Jim Smith gavedetails about the SecondStreet Construction Project.He said the site work is doneand should be ready afterJuly 1.“Advertising for bids willbegin soon so that we cancollect them before the nextmeeting and then open bidsthen,” Smith said. “The jobshould only take four to fivedays.”Maintenance SupervisorTed Wrasman said there areseven to eight dead treesbetween the walk bridge andthe highway bridge. Smithasked council membersif they would approve theremoval of the trees if thecompany is ready to con-tinue. Council approved theremoval of more dead treeslining the river banks.Smith reported that theultraviolet (U.V.) work wasfinished today and he wasvery impressed with the job.He also discussed having acompany come in to paintthe handicap stripes and stopblocks before August.Smith said there have beenreports made to the Mayor’sOffice that people are dump-ing grass clippings in thelagoon. Wrasman said thathe has not noticed any debrisand has done some clean-upin the area. Council agreedthat posting a “No Dumping”sign in that area may detourany further debris.Another issue related tothe lagoon is the problemwith the wiring to the aera-tors, which have been burn-ing up. Council approvedrepairs by County Electric,whose bid came in at littleover $1,200.Discussion turned to thecounty sewer and water dis-trict, a plan in infancy at thistime. The premise behind theplan is to form a co-op whichwill continually expand andbring sewer and water tomany areas. The areas mayinclude Ottoville, Kalida,Ottawa and Dupont and givethem the opportunity to savemoney on equipment. Forexample, rather than needing10 pieces of the same equip-ment servicing the individualcommunities, with the co-op,two pieces of equipmentwould be transferred and uti-lized where it is needed.Councilmen Jeff Swickquestioned the amount of control the co-op would haveover the operations.“We can’t set our ownsewer rates and might losecontrol,” Swick expressedconcern.Smith sees the advantagesin the co-op.“This spreads the costsover a lot of customers,”Smith reasoned. “Theywould guide us through grantprocesses.”Police Chief Ethel Vaughnwill travel to Perrysburg toreceive a special award forthe six veteran officers onthe force.Vaughn reported thatthings have been very quietin town.“We had the best lastday of school ever,” Vaughnsaid. “No water balloons orproblems. The kids behavedwell.”In the Treasurer’s Report,property tax payments and aShell and Gem Seal billingcosting $32,487 were approvedfor payment by council.The next meeting will beheld at 7:30 p.m. on July 16at the Fort Jennings Library.
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