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June 24, 2013

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Partly cloudytoday witha chance of showers andthunderstormsin the after-noon. Highs in the upper80s. Partly cloudy throughmidnight tonight thenbecoming mostly cloudy.Lows around 70. See page 2.
BY STACY TAFFStaff Writerstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The 11thannual Delphos Relay forLife concluded on a high note just before noon on Saturdaywith the Balloon Launch toHeaven. Relay for Life ChairCindy Metzger announced just moments before that thetotal for this year’s event is just over $83,764, a prelimi-nary figure as a few fundrais-ers are still in the works.Metzger said the weekendcouldn’t have gone better.“The weather cooperated;it was just a gorgeous week-end,” she said. “We had eightnew teams, 24 total, so we hitour goal. Overall, we had 175participants, not counting the75 survivors for the survivorlap. I can’t think of anythingwe could really improve.How do you improve on per-fection? I guess if we couldhave a cure for next year, thatwould be an improvement. Wewould also like to have moresurvivors because that meanssomething’s going right; peo-ple are getting cured.”The goal for this year was$88,000. The Delphos Relaystarted Saturday at just over$1,000,000 cumulative.Monday, June 24, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, OhioTelling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
‘Monsters’ beats Zombies, Superman at box office, p4Limaland results, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Announcements 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10, 12
Relay total hits $83,764 at close
Ohio air crashshows risks, thrillof wing walking
CINCINNATI (AP) Risking death every time theygo to work, wing walkersneed courage, poise, a healthycraving for adrenaline and,most importantly, they needto be meticulously exactingwith every step they take onthe small planes that carrythem past dazzled crowdsat speeds up to 130 mph.Jane Wicker fit thatbill, her friends and col-leagues in the air showindustry said Sunday.Wicker, 44, and pilotCharlie Schwenker, 64,were killed Saturday in afiery plane crash capturedon video at a southwesternOhio air show and witnessedby thousands. The cause of the crash isn’t yet known.Jason Aguilera, theNational TransportationSafety Board investigatorleading the probe into thecrash, said Sunday that itwas too early to rule any-thing out and that the agencywould issue its findingsin six months to a year.Wicker, a mother of twoteenage boys and recentlyengaged, sat helplessly onthe plane’s wing as the air-craft suddenly turned andslammed into the ground,exploding on impact and stun-ning the crowd at the VectrenAir Show near Dayton.The show closed shortlyafterward but reopenedSunday with a moment of silence for the victims.The crash drew attentionto the rarefied profession of wing walking, which beganin the 1920s in the barn-storming era of air showsfollowing World War I.The practice fell off themiddle of the 20th centurybut picked back up again inthe 1970s. Still, there are onlyabout a dozen wing walkersin the U.S., said John Cudahy,president of the Leesburg,Va.-based InternationalCouncil of Air Shows.
Relayers watch the Hope Floats Relay for Life team Balloons to Heaven launch at noon on Saturday as the 2013 Relayfor Life concluded. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)See RELAY, page 10
‘Bark For Life’paws up $7K
BY STEPHANIEGROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — TheDelphos Bark For Life heldat Leisure Park on Saturdaywas a huge success, taking inmore than $7,000.Prior Bark For Life eventshave been held in Van Wertand Auglaize counties and inLima. To date, the Delphosevent has raised the second-highest amount of moneydonated to a Bark For Lifein the state.There were 35 registrantssigned up for the walk and38 participated in the event.Delphos Animal Hospital’sBonnie Jones, D.V.M. saidthe event went really welleven though she really didnot know what to expect.“Super for this event,”Jones exclaimed. “It’s aunique focus group and itworked to our advantage.”Jones said all of the dona-tions are not in yet and morewill trickle in.“Not including the hospi-tal’s silver level sponsorship,we collected $6,735,” Jonessaid. “$1,500 of that wasraised by my team captains.”There were substantialdonations from business-es in the vicinity, includ-ing Elida Dog Grooming,Hollowell Dog Training,Vancrest Healthcare Center,Orthopedic Institute of Ohioand Niedecken Insurance.“Some donations will bematched by team captain’semployers (employee match)and some of them will not bereceived until after the dona-tions are turned in to theAmerican Cancer Society,”Jones said.Jones wanted to thankeveryone involved for all thetremendous support — allthose who donated money,food, time and advertising—that made the campaign sucha success. Lima Police offi-cer John Dunham, MichaelMesker, Chaplain BrianKnoderer, Dan Warnement,and, of course, GrandMarshal Bob Ulm.
Cancer survivor Moses and his pet parent Melissa Deal from Wapakoneta partici-pate in Saturday’s Bark For Life held at Leisure Park. Moses was a rescue from NewOrleans in 2009 and developed a cancerous ear tumor in 2010. Since treatment, Mosesis doing fine. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Immaculate Conception bids farewell to Stites
BY STACY TAFFStaff Writerstaff@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — The parishionersof Ottoville Immaculate ConceptionChurch held a memorable farewellSunday afternoon for the Rev. JohnStites, who has been with the parishfor eight years.After a series of speakers gavetribute to Stites, he was led outsidefor a surprise; a brand-new ChevroletImpala, purchased with funds raisedby members of the parish as well asDefiance and Toledo.Stites was visibly surprised andemotional when he stepped outsidewhere the car was waiting, wrappedin a red bow.“Thank you so much; this is great,”he said to the crowd.Stites, who experienced some seri-ous health issues over the last year,made the decision to retire after turn-ing 70, the age of eligibility. He willreturn to his hometown of Brunersburgoutside of Defiance. He is grateful tohave been assigned to Ottoville.“I loved it. I love the people,” hesaid. “There are really great peoplehere; such strong families and strongfaith, a beautiful church.”Prior to Ottoville, Stites spent 20years at Cardinal Stritch in Oregon,Ohio. He also spent time at St. Rita’sMedical Center and a few years atLima Central Catholic.Timothy Mahoney from CardinalStritch was present to say a fewwords on his friend’s retirement.“It was difficult to lose FatherJohn but I’m grateful he ended upin Ottoville,” he said. “I know hegreatly enjoyed serving the people of Immaculate Conception. I have hadthe privilege to be a teacher, coach,administrator and parishioner withFather John but I feel most privilegedto have been his friend.
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The Rev. John “Jack” Stites receives his retirement gift — a ChevroletImpala — from the parishioners of Ottoville Immaculate Conception.(Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)See STITES, page 10
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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. 8
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerLori Silette
,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
Passenger goes to hospital after crash
A West Milton man was cited following a two-vehicle crashthe occurred at approximately 12:03 a.m. Sunday near the inter-section of North Main and East First streets.A vehicle driven by Mary White, 63, of Skinner Street wasstopped at the red light at the intersection when a vehicle drivenby Ryan Olander, 22, of West Milton failed to stop behind theWhite vehicle, striking it in the rear.Olander told the responding officer he had looked down to resethis GPS unit right before his vehicle struck the White vehicle.Donald Snyder Jr., 58, of Delphos, a passenger in the Whitevehicle, was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment.Robert White, Kendra Norbeck, Benjamin Norbeck and VeraSchabbing, all of Delphos, also passengers in the White vehicle,were uninjured.Olander was cited for failure to stop at an assured clear distance.
 No injuries in 2-vehicle crash
No injuries were reported ina two-vehicle crash investigatedby Delphos Police at approxi-mately 4:32 p.m. Friday.Reports indicate KrystalUmpfleet of Old Delphos Roadwas facing east on East SecondStreet and stopped at a red lightat the intersection of East Secondand Pierce streets when a vehi-cle driven Steven Metcalfe of Bredeick Street failed to stopbehind the Umfleet vehicle,striking it in the rear.Metcalfe was cited for failureto stop at an assured clear distance.
 Assault complaint forwarded to prosecutor
At 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Delphos Police were called to the 1400block of South Clay Street in reference to an assault complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, the complainant stated that a subjectknown to them and the victim had caused physical harm to them.A copy of the report will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’sOfficr for review and possible charges.
Person removed from residence after disturbance
At 4:09 a.m. on Saturday, Delphos Police were called to 422 S.Jefferson St. in reference to an unwanted person causing a distur-bance at that residence.Upon officers’ arrival, they made contact with the unwantedperson and the homeowner. The homeowner did not wish to pursueany charges in the matter; they only wanted the person to leave theresidence and not return.Officers removed the subject involved and took the person toanother location to stay the night.
 Driver faces felony charge after high-speed chase
At 8:36 a.m. on Saturday,while on routine patrol,Delphos Police observed afull-sized pick-up truck driv-ing in a reckless and danger-ous manner, almost causingtwo separate accidents in avery short time.Delphos Police activatedtheir overhead lights to stopthe vehicle but the driver,identified as Christopher A.Swann, 28, of Delphos, spedaway from the scene, lead-ing Delphos units on a high-speed pursuit through the cityof Delphos and out into ruralAllen County.As the pursuit went on,the vehicle left the roadwayseveral times, causing dam-age to road signs and prop-erty. As the pursuit neared theCity of Lima, Delphos Policestopped the pursuit for offi-cers‘ and public safety dueto the increasingly aggressiveand reckless driving of Swann.Prior to officers stoppingthe pursuit, got the vehicle’slicense plate number a visualidentification of the driver.Several hours later, officerslocated Swann as he hadreturned to the city limits of Delphos and took into custodywithout further incident.Swann was transported tothe Allen County Jail and willappear in court on the chargeof failure to comply with orderor signal of a police officer, afelony of the third degree.
SwannWEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssoicated PressTODAY:
Partly cloudy. A30 percent chance of showersand thunderstorms in the after-noon. Highs in the upper 80s.Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudythrough midnight then becom-ing mostly cloudy. A 30 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Lows around 70.Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Hot. Partlycloudy with a 30 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Highs around 90.Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
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Partlycloudy with a 30 percentchance of showers and thun-derstorms. Highs in the lower90s.
Suzanne,66, of Spencerville, funeralservices will be at 11 a.m.Tuesday in the ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Homein Spencerville, Rev.Jim Fletcher officiating.Burial will follow in theSpencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today and after 10a.m. Tuesday at the funeralhome. Memorials are to theFirst Baptist Church.
Alberta“Bert,” F., 80, of Delphos,Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10 a.m.Wednesday at St. Johnthe Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. DanielBorgelt officiating. Burialwill be in ResurrectionCemetery. Visitationwill be from 4-8 p.m. onTuesday at Strayer FuneralHome, 1840 E. Fifth St.,Delphos, where a ParishWake Service will be heldat 7:30 p.m. Memorialcontributions may be madeto the St. John’s AthleticDepartment or a char-ity of the donor’s choice.Condolences may beshared at www.strayerfu-neralhome.com
Oct. 5, 1924June 21, 2013
Orville H. Burgei, 88, of Delphos, died at 8:40 p.m.Friday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter. He was born Oct. 5,1924, in Putnam County toJacob and Veronica (Ricker)Burgei, who preceded him indeath. He was united in mar-riage to Ethel B. Miller, whosurvives in Delphos.Other survivors includethree sons, Kenneth (Connie)Burgei of Wauseon, Donald(Judy) Burgei of Columbus andLarry (Donna) Burgei; threedaughters, Mary Jane (John)Morman of Glandorf, Judy(Kevin) Clark of Delphos andAnne (Dan) Wurst of Ottoville;four sisters, Alma Minning andRuth Pohlman of Delphos, IreneMiller of Ottoville and NormaVonderembse of Delphos; adaughter-in-law, Judy Burgei;two sisters-in-law, AvonelleBurgei and Norma Burgei; abrother-in-law, Kenny Rode;and 24 grandchildren and 41great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in deathby a son, Mike Burgei; two sis-ters, Gertrude Rode and RosemaryPohlman; and two brothers, Johnand Thomas Burgei.
Mr. Burgei was a life-longfarmer and veteran of the U.S.Navy, serving as a Fireman 1stClass. He especially enjoyed hisfamily, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyedattending all of their sportingevents. His passion was hislife-long companion, his wifeEthel. He enjoyed gardening,ice cream, fishing on Lake Erieand music, especially playingthe guitar. He also had a lovefor dogs. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, Eagles Aerie 471 andVFW Post 3035.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Tuesdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Chris Bohnsack officiating.Burial will be in ResurrectionCemetery, with military grave-side rites conducted by theDelphos Veterans Council.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, where a ParishWake will begin at 7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are tothe American Heart Assoc.,Alzheimer’s Assoc. or St. John’sParish Foundation.To leave condolences for thefamily, visit harterandschier.com.Today is Monday, June 24, the175th day of 2013. There are 190days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On June 24, 1983, the spaceshuttle Challenger — carryingAmerica’s first woman in space,Sally K. Ride — coasted to asafe landing at Edwards Air ForceBase in California.On this date:In 1314, the forces of Scotland’s King Robert I defeat-ed the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.In 1509, Henry VIII wascrowned king of England; hiswife, Catherine of Aragon, wascrowned queen consort.
One Year Ago
Cancer survivor Ryan Karhoff led the Survivor Lap at Relay forLife on Friday with his family. Karhoff is the honorary chair this year.He was joined by more than 80 other survivors for the first lap of the18-hour event. All are welcome to join the walk to help find a cure forcancer. The event continues today with special laps and the 5K at 9 a.m.It culminates with a “Balloons to Heaven” launch at noon.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Velma Wehri, vice president of Landeck Council 84 Catholic Ladiesof Columbia, was recently elected supreme director at the 34th tri-annu-al convention held at Crossroads Holiday Inn, Columbus-Worthington.She will assume her duties in January 1989. Other members attendingwere Janet Siefker, Pauline Geise and Cecilia Rahrig.One of the goals of many 4-H and Future Farmers of America junior fair exhibitors is to be named to the Junior Fair Royalty Court.The 1988 candidates are: Kelly Meyer, member of Fort JenningsAmbitious J’s; Lezlie Ricker, member of Fort Jennings Showmen;Tina Siefker, members of Ottawa-Glandorf Prize Winners; SharonYarnell, member of Miller City Green Promise Club; Mark Bean,representing Columbus Grove FFA and member of Columbus GroveLivestock 4-H Club; Rick Schnipke, member of Ottawa Sunshine 4-HClub; Gordon Schroeder, member of Columbus Grove Livestock 4-HClub; and Tim Verhoff, member of Kalida Go Getters.Representatives of Lima Aerie 370, Fraternal Order of Eagles,presented a $2,363.41 check to St. Rita’s Medical Center for its cancertreatment programs. St. Rita’s President Sister Rita Mary Wassermanaccepted the check from Betty Schindler, Eagles auxiliary president andCurley Wireman, Eagles vice president.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Naomi Allemeier, president of the Delphos Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, who has been serving as treasurer of the organiza-tion’s State Auxiliary, was elected to the state vice presidency this pastweekend during the convention election. The auxiliary collected fivehonors at the state conclave.Robert Sanders, who has been operating Pete’s Market, 326 W.Cherry St., for the past several months, has announced he will be goingout of business within the next few weeks. The building in which Pete’sMarket is located is owned by P. D. Workman, 503 S. Jefferson St.The growth of a one-room clapboard cabin to a three-buildingmission, one of the buildings being the colorful church served byFather Justin Weger, formerly of Delphos, is told in the July issue of the Catholic Digest. The mission is located near the southern end of Minnesota’s Mille Lacs, a 30-mile-long lake, 100 miles north of TwinCities.
75 Years Ago – 1938
A proposal to buy two school buses to be used in transportation of pupils to Delphos schools was considered at a regular meeting of theDelphos Board of Education at the Jefferson School Wednesday night.The local schools now own one bus, this having been received in thedivision of property which belonged to the Marion Township SchoolDistrict.Fred C. Bindel, North Jefferson Street, has taken over the RobertWhittington Insurance Agency, formerly the Pleas Moorman Agency.Bindel will have his office at 306 N. Main St. He will handle Wolverineand general insurance. Bindel is well known in Delphos and his manyfriends are wishing him success.Louis Huber of Providence, R. I., formerly a resident of Delphos,leaves Sunday on an extensive European tour. He and his party expectto reach the Azores July 1. Their itinerary includes Lisbon, Gilbraltar,Algiers, Sicily, Naples, Greece, Yugoslavia, Venice, Budapest, Vienna,Salzburg, the Alps and Cannes.
Orville H. Burgei
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $52 mil-lionPick 3 Evening4-9-4(four, nine, four)Pick 3 Midday9-0-6(nine, zero, six)Pick 4 Evening7-9-7-0(seven, nine, seven, zero)Pick 4 Midday7-7-9-1(seven, seven, nine, one)Pick 5 Evening1-8-8-9-2(one, eight, eight, nine, two)Pick 5 Midday1-3-8-5-9(one, three, eight, five, nine)PowerballEstimated jackpot: $40 millionRolling Cash 504-06-14-21-27(four, six, fourteen, twenty-one, twenty-seven)Estimated jackpot:$423,000
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Ohio NationalChampionshipMotorcylce Races set
LIMA — The Ohio NationalChampionship Motorcycle Racesare returning to the Allen CountyFairgrounds, 2750 HardingHighway, on Saturday.The gates open to the public at3 p.m. The racing is set to beginat 7:30 p.m.Tickets for the event areavailable at the gates or at localdealer establishments. Tickets forreserved seating are $35 and gen-eral admission is $30.This will be the 30th annualOhio National ChampionshipMotorcycle Races and the eventis one of the highest econom-ic generators for Lima/AllenCounty. More than 10,000 racefans converge to watch the GrandNational Circuit’s top racers in thenation participate in the half miledirt track oval at the fairgrounds.This is the area’s premier motor-cycle racing event.For more event information orto purchase tickets, visitohionationalchampionship.netor call Dean Gallup at 419-991-1491.
Van Wert pilot competing for Cessna internship
BY LINDSAY MCCOYDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT - Ryan Todd, a young college student whowas born and raised in Van Wert, has been selected asone of six pilots competing for an internship in Cessna’sDiscover Flying Challenge. Todd greeted people atthe Van Wert County Regional Airport on Tuesday toallow his hometown to view his customized Cessna 172Skyhawk.“I grew up on Lincoln Street in Van Wert and would seethe planes coming in all the time and I would come outand bug the airport manager but was always too young tofly myself,” said Todd. “I then joined the Van Wert CivilAir Patrol here at the airport and did that until I was oldenough to do flight lessons. I eventually saved up enoughmoney and started my flight training at the Van WertAirport. All my flying was done here and I got my licensewhen I was 17.”Todd is currently a student at Eastern MichiganUniversity, where he works at a Cessna Pilot Center. Theschool has always been very proactive about this intern-ship and made information available to all students. Toddwas interested, applied and was selected to interview forthe internship in Wichita, Kan.Todd was flown to Kansas, where he completed apanel interview and flight interview and the young pilotfound out a couple weeks later that he was one of the fewselected for the Discover Flying Challenge.This unique internship allows these selected aviationstudents to experience a summer-long excursion acrossthe United States. This year, Cessna partnered with fivenon-for-profit organizations as part of the summer intern-ship to bring awareness to each organization’s charitableefforts across the globe.“My goals this summer are to get interacted with thesepartnering groups through social media to bring aware-ness to their causes as well as to get people interested inflight training,” remarked Todd.The 2013 selected charities include American RedCross, Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles,Special Olympics, United Way and Veterans AirliftCommand. During their summer flying, pilots plan toattend scheduled events of these community partners.All six pilots will also be required to use social mediato share their experiences with flight and philanthropythroughout the summer in an effort to engage fellow flightenthusiasts and community partner supporters. At the endof the internship, the charity with the most social engage-ment will receive a $25,000 donation from Cessna.The Discover Flying Challenge began this past Saturdayat the Strother Field Industrial Park in Winfield, Kan. Thepilots attended a Cessna 172 fly-in at the field and thenleft for their respective regions around the U.S.The pilots are also competing against each other forvarious prizes by using social media accounts to docu-ment their journey. To follow Todd on Facebook, likethe Ryan Discover Flying Challenge page. To followhim on Twitter, follow @DFC13Ryan. Todd is hopingto see community members from his hometown to fol-low and support his flight across the country.
Ohio unemployment report shows little change in May
BY ED GEBERTDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherld.com
VAN WERT — After dropping toa five-year low in April, the unem-ployment rate in Van Wert Countywill probably not make a big movein May provided the county ratefollows the trend of the statewide jobless rate released Friday by theOhio Department of Job and FamilyServices (ODJFS).Ohio’s unemployment rate didnot move between April and May,remaining at 7.0 percent last month.Indiana’s rate fell by two-tenths to 8.3percent in May, while Michigan’s job-less figure also remained unchangedlast month at 8.4 percent.In April, the Van Wert Countyunemployment rate dropped to 6.6percent — a rate that had not beenseen in this area since 2008. Thecivilian labor force estimates for Mayfor each Ohio county will be releasedon Tuesday.Overall employment in Ohio roseby 32,100 jobs in May to 5,213,900.The number of unemployed work-ers increased by 5,000 to 405,000 inMay also. In the last 12 months, thestate has seen a growth of 33,200 inwage and salary employment and adrop of 15,000 in the number listedas unemployed.The latest business establish-ment survey conducted by the U.S.Department of Labor Bureau of LaborStatistics in cooperation with ODJFSshows an increase of only 800 manu-facturing jobs in the state in May, butan additional 3,900 jobs in construc-tion, and a gain of 20,200 jobs in pri-vate service-producing industries and7,200 more government positions.Over the past 12 months, Ohio haspicked up 8,200 more manufacturing jobs and 34,700 service industry jobswhile losing 5,600 government positions.In Indiana, job growth camethrough the private sector with 9,000new jobs added in May, placingemployment in the private sector at afive-year high. The Hoosier State hasadded 45,300 private sector jobs inthe past 12 months.Area Indiana county rates showedlittle change. In Adams County, the jobless rate remained at 6.8 percentwith only six fewer employed andfour additional unemployed. In AllenCounty, Ind., the unemployment rateactually climbed one-tenth to 7.8percent with 607 more people onthe job and 219 more persons unem-ployed, according to labor force esti-mates from the Indiana Departmentof Workforce Development.The U.S. unemployment rate forMay was 7.6 percent, up from 7.5percent in April.
Kalida Pioneer Days Committee announces parade theme
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KALIDA — The Kalida Pioneer Days Committee hasannounced the theme for the annual Pioneer Days parade to beheld on Sept. 8. The theme this year will be “Friends, Familyand Fun ... there’s something for everyone at Pioneer Days!”Entries in the parade representing this theme are especiallyencouraged.This theme was selected from entries submitted by studentsfrom Kalida Grade School. The lucky winner was BrookeVennekotter, daughter of Jeff and Marcia Vennekotter. Forsubmitting the winning theme, Brooke, a fourth-grader, willreceive a free pass to ride all the Pioneer Days rides duringthe four-day festival.The annual Pioneer Days parade is one of the largestparades in Northwest and West Central Ohio. It is a fastmoving parade with normally around 300 entries. Last year,the community welcomed the World Renowned BudweiserClydesdales to the parade. They had previously appeared inPioneer Days parades in 2005 and 2000, as well. In recentyears, a broad array of vintage military equipment has beenrepresented in the parade, plus a current M-1 tank.This year, the Pioneer Committee is pleased to announcethat Durant Amusements will be supplying the rides for thefestival. Durant Amusements, a well-known local Ohio com-pany, has grown to be one of the major ride companies operat-ing in the midwest. The Pioneer Days Committee is proud tohave this first class company be a part of the festival. DurantAmusements will offer rides for all ages. Daily one price ridewristbands will again be available during the festival.The Pioneer Days festival, now in its 141st year, is one of Ohio’s oldest festivals and is jointly sponsored by the KalidaLions and Kalida Firefighters. The Pioneer Days planningcommittee consists of two Lions members and two firefight-ers. This year, Scott Kahle and Tim Kahle represent the KalidaLions, while Phil Karhoff and Brian Goubeaux represent theKalida Firefighters.For additional information on this year’s festival, check outthe newly-updated Pioneer Days website, pioneerdays.com.
Summer cooling assistanceapplications taken July 1
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Northwestern OhioCommunity ActionCommission will be accept-ing application for the HEAPSummer Cooling programstarting July 1 and continuingthrough Aug. 31. Assistancewith a payment of an elec-tric bill and/or distribution of a free air conditioner will beprovided.To qualify, a person mustbe within 175 percent of theFederal poverty guidelines($41,213 annual income for afamily of four), be 60 years orolder or have a medical condi-tion that would benefit fromthe program documented by aphysician or nurse practitioner.Please contact your localNOCAC Community ServiceOffice for more details or toschedule an appointment.Income for the past 90 days,electric and gas bills, socialsecurity cards for everyonein the household and disabil-ity proof (if applicable) arerequired for every appoint-ment.Contact numbers are, as fol-lows: Defiance County: (419)784-2150, Fulton: (419) 337-8601, Henry: (419) 599-2481,Paulding: (419) 399-3650,Williams: (419) 636-4924 orVan Wert: (419) 238-4544.
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