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June 29, 2013

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Mostly cloudytoday with achance of show-ers this morn-ing. Showerslikely andisolated thunderstorms in theafternoon. Highs in the mid70s. Mostly cloudy tonightwith a chance of showers.Lows in the lower 60s.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Dickman saluted with Honor Flight
BY STACY TAFFStaff Writerstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—Korean Warveteran Elmer Dickman, 84,was among those salutedthis past April with a tripto Washington, D.C., on theHonor Flight out of Dayton.One of Dickman’s favor-ite parts of the Honor Flightwas coming off the plane andbeing welcomed by service-men.“There were at least ahundred of them and theyall wanted to shake handswith us,” he said. “They wereplaying the bagpipes and bythe time I was done, I feltlike my hand was paralyzed.Then the big shots got upon the stage and said a fewwords.”While in Washington,D.C., Dickman got the oppor-tunity to see the many memo-rials and share in camarade-rie. One face in particular hasstayed with him, that of theyoung volunteer who stayedby his side.“His name was Max, Ican’t recall his last name. He’sfrom Kettering and graduatesthis year. He stayed with meall day and he was right thereif I wanted to get up and lookaround,” Dickman said. “Hemade the Honor Flight pos-sible; worked the last coupleof years collecting money.He raised $92,800 total, andthe honor flight cost $30,000.Everyone enjoyed him; hewas always smiling. Youdon’t meet too many kidslike that these days.”The experience gave hima chance to share his war sto-ries, some he tells fondly andsome he keeps off the record.He remembers the day hegot his orders with crystalclarity, as it was shortly afterhe married his wife, Mary.“It was 1951 and we gotmarried on Jan. 3. We went toCanada for our honeymoon;we were back by Jan. 13,”he said. “Then on Jan. 16, Iwent to see mom and she toldme there was a brown enve-lope waiting for me and said,‘This doesn’t look good.’ Itwas my induction papers.”Dickman was in Korea forsix months and three days,most of which he spent with-out a roof over his head.“We slept on the ground;no roofs and no tents,” hesaid. “Mess gear, our forksand spoons and bowls,wasn’t necessary enough tocarry with us, so we wouldeat out of our helmets. Wewould take the lining out and just eat out of the outer metalpart.“Usually we would eatthings like corned beef hashbut I remember one time wewere going down the line,grabbing a biscuit and someother things and when wegot down to the end they hada ladle for you to pour soupover it all, in your helmet,”he continued. “Boy, you wantto talk about a bunch of guyscussing. They liked to keepyou bitter.”
Korean War veteran Elmer Dickman stops for a picturewith his Honor Flight guardian Max. (Submitted photo)See DICKMAN, page 10
Cheerleaders setchicken BBQ
St. John’s High Schoolcheerleaders are selling tick-ets for their fourth annualchicken BBQ on July 18.Dinners include a porkchop or half-chicken withcorn, baked potato and roll.Tickets are $7 per dinner.Pick up for all pre-soldtickets will be from 4-6:30p.m. in the east parking lotat St. John’s High School.All proceeds fromthe BBQ will go backto the cheerleaders.Contact any cheer-leader or Tricia Pattonat 419-303-5376.Tickets will besold until July 12.
Tender Times welcomes Chezy the Clown Pony
Students at Tender Times Child Development Center welcomed Chezy, the clown pony, during Circus Week and also practiced circus acts.(Submitted photo)Physical Therapist Robert Kann, right, instructs a patient on how to safely sitand get up from a chair during the one-hour Parkinson’s Activity and RehabilitationKlinic (P.A.R.K.) program. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
Kann’s passion drives P.A.R.K. program 25 years
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — It’s been a quarter cen-tury since Physical Therapist Bob Kannwas inspired to begin treating Parkinson’spatients in the lobbies of Lima MemorialHealth Systems. What began as a clinicteaching four patients excercise and func-tionality in 1988 was catapulted into thenational spotlight in 1994 and has sincebecome one of the two best Parkinson’sprograms in the nation.“I never dreamed I would be talkingabout a 25th anniversary,” Kann mused. “Iwant to work in this successful program aslong as I can.”
See PARK, page 10A love for annual flowers spawned the collaborationof the live artwork between neighbors Kenny and EdithWieging and Terri and Mike Grubenhoff. The petunia“tree,” located between the neighbor’s houses at 528 and532 S. Main St., is constructed of welded metal armswith rings at the ends to hold the nine pots of flowers, which must be watered every day and fertilized once aweek. This is the second year the live artwork has beenon display and at night, it is highlighted with a spotlight.(Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
 Neighbors collaborate on ‘tree’
The Delphos Kiwanis haveannounced tournaments to beheld on July 4 at Stadium Park.A Co-ed VolleyballTournament will be heldfrom 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.with a limit of 14 teams.The cost if $50 per team.Deadline to reg-ister is Monday.The first-ever DodgeBall Tournament will beheld from 1-4:30 p.m.with 14 teams accepted.Participants must be at least16 years of age. A team con-sists of six to 10 players withone female required per team.The cost is $50 perteam with registrationdeadline Monday.To register for either of these events, contact ScottWiltsie at 419-692-2067or swiltsie@woh.rr.com.The 10-Mile FirecrackerFun Ride will be held from10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 4with registration at 9:30 a.m. atthe Hanser Pavilion in the park.Prizes will be given tothe top three male and topthree female finishers.Anyone 13 and olderis encouraged to ride.The cost if $15 per person(including a T-shirt) and allparticipants must sign a waiver.Registration and waiv-ers forms are available atDowntown Fitness, FirstFederal Bank and PeakCommunity Wellness.Deadline to register is today.
Kiwanis namesports tourneys
Thursday’s YouthBaseball ResultsTri-County Little League
Greif Rangers 10, Young’sWaste Service Yankees 8K of C Indians 15, 1stFederal Athletics 0
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Pirates 13, Indians 1Reds 11, Tigers 3Orioles at Dodgers, ppd. to3 p.m. Sunday, LLMets at Cubs, ppd. to 3p.m. Sunday, Dia. 4
 
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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.
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerLori 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
Marcia E. Kitchen
March 8, 1948-June 26, 2013
Marcia E. Kitchen, 65, of Delphos, died at 8:50 p.m.,Wednesday at Ohio StateUniversity Medical Center.She was born March 8,1948, in Lima to Orval P. andLois L. (Smith) Leiberick, whopreceded her in death.Oct. 18, 1969, she marriedKenneth Steven Kitchen, whosurvives in Delphos.Survivors also include a son,C. Shaun (Stephanie) Kitchenof Ocala, Fla.; a daughter,Kendra Wieging of Delphos;six grandchildren: KelseyKitchen, Justin Wieging, KacieKitchen, Marissa Wieging,Kyle Kitchen and MakennaWieging and a brother, LarryM. (Phyllis) Leiberick of Lima.She was also preceded indeath by a son, Scott RyanKitchen.Mrs. Kitchen had been ahomemaker and an assemblerfor Westinghouse Electric andCrown Equipment.Memorial Services willbegin at 10:30 a.m. Monday inBayliff & Son Funeral Home,the Rev. Charles Martindellofficiating.The family will receivefriends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8p.m. Sunday at Bayliff & SonFuneral Home, Cridersville .Memorial contributionsmay be given to James CancerResearch.Condolences can be sharedat BayliffAndSon.com
May 21, 1938June 25, 2013
Dale O. Point, 75, of Delphos, died at 10:55 a.m.Tuesday at Roselawn Manor inSpencerville.He was born May 21, 1938,in Delphos to Raleigh andHazel (Prine) Point, who pre-ceded him in death.Survivors include two sons,Dale and Paul Point; a daugh-ter, Karen Point; three sisters,Marilyn Armstrong, WandaBowman and Sylvia Harter; abrother, Norman L. Point; sixgrandchildren and six great-grandchildren.He was also preceded indeath by a daughter, PaulaPoint.Mr. Point did carpentry,roofing and siding. He proudlyserved in the Navy from 1955-59, specializing in communica-tion. He was a member of theAmerican Legion and enjoyedbass fishing.Funeral services will beginat 4 p.m. Wednesday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home, witha military service to follow bythe Delphos Veterans Council.Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call anhour prior to the service onWednesday.Preferred memorials are tothe family.To leave condolences, visitharterandschier.com.
Nancy Rae McKowen
Aug. 13, 1939- June 25, 2013
Nancy Rae McKowen, 73,of Naples, Fla., passed awayTuesday at Physicians RegionalMedical Center.She was born Aug. 13, 1939,in Lima to Carl and Lucretha(Hittle) Ralston, who precededher in death.Survivors include her lovinghusband, Timothy L. McKowen;four children, Douglas John(Stephanie) McKowen, JohnDavid (Christine) McKowen,David Michael (Cheryl)McKowen and Kelly Ann(Robert) Skinner; two broth-ers, Larry Ralston and DannyRalston; 10 grandchildren,Shannon, Lauren, John, Abigail,Emily, Parker, Barret, Olivia,Aubrey and Caden; and severalnieces and nephews.Nancy had resided inthe Naples area since 2002.Originally from Delphos, shegraduated from Jefferson HighSchool. Before settling inNaples, Nancy and her familylived in several places, includingPennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan,Indiana and Tennessee.During her life, Nancy was adedicated wife and mother andalso worked as an administra-tive assistant for a CPA firm andfor Ford Motor Company. Shewas an avid bowler in her earlieryears, was passionate about knit-ting, loved to play cards and readconstantly. First and foremost inher life was the well-being of herhusband and family. A wonderfulcook, Nancy’s recipes will con-tinue to bring love into her chil-dren’s and their children’s homesfor generations to come. Nancywas a very selfless person; othersalways came first. Your familywill miss your love and guidancedear; we ask that you look downon us from above.Mass of Catholic Burial willbe held at 11:30 a.m. Monday atSt. John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, Naples. Interment willfollow in St. John the Evangelist’sMemorial Garden.Memorial contributions maybe made to your local St. VincentDe Paul Charities in loving mem-ory of Nancy Rae McKowen.
Dale O. Point
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly cloudy.Chance of showers in the morn-ing. Then showers likely andisolated thunderstorms in theafternoon. Highs in the mid70s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.Chance of precipitation 60 per-cent.
TONIGHT:
Mostlycloudy with a 40 percentchance of showers. Lows inthe lower 60s. North winds 5to 10 mph.
SUNDAY:
Mostly cloudy.Chance of showers in the morn-ing. Then chance of showersand isolated thunderstorms inthe afternoon. Highs in the lower70s. Northeast winds 5 to 15mph. Chance of measurable pre-cipitation 50 percent.
SUNDAY NIGHT:
Mostlycloudy with a 20 percent chanceof showers. Lows in the lower60s.
ODOT provides local road report
The following is a weekly report concern-ing construction and maintenance work onstate highways within the Ohio Departmentof Transportation District 1, which includesthe counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock,Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert andWyandot.
Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project
For the most recent information concern-ing the Interstate 75 reconstruction projectthrough Lima and Allen County and thesafety upgrade of Ohio 117/309 on Lima’seast side, please visit: www.odotlima75.orgTraffic on Interstate 75 from south of Ohio 117/309 to just south of Fourth Streetwill be restricted today to one lane in eachdirection for most of the day. The restrictionswill allow crews to place pavement stripingand move concrete barrier wall in prepara-tion for the reconstruction of the ramps at theFourth Street interchange. The restrictionscould begin as early at 7 a.m.· Until the barrier wall is moved, tem-porary closures of the northbound exit andsouthbound entrance ramps at Fourth Streetand Interstate 75 will be necessary as welltoday. Only one ramp at a time will be closedbeginning as early as 7 a.m. The northboundexit ramp will be the first to close and isexpected to reopen by noon. The southboundentrance ramp is expected to reopen earlyevening.· The ramp closures are not expectedto significantly impact traffic for the OhioNational Championship Motorcycle Racestoday at the fairgrounds as the ramps will beopen by the conclusion of the event.· Traffic wishing to enter northbound orsouthbound I-75 will be directed to enterat the Ohio 117/309 interchange. Messageboards will be placed at Fourth Street direct-ing traffic to enter at Ohio 117/309.· Beginning July 8, the I-75 northboundentrance and exit ramps at Fourth Street willbe closed for reconstruction. The ramps areexpected to reopen prior to the Allen Countyfair which begins August 16.· Occasional nighttime lane closures willcontinue on Interstate 75 throughout the zonefrom Fourth Street to Ohio 81 generally from7 p.m. until approximately 10 a.m. the fol-lowing day. Normal traffic patterns of twolanes in each direction will resume duringdaytime hours.· Motorists should be aware that allentrance and exit ramp merge areas havebeen shortened throughout the project area.Drivers on Interstate 75 are encouraged to usethe passing lane through the zone if they donot wish to exit. Signs advising this have beenplaced throughout the project area.
Interstate 75 between Fourth Street andOhio 81 in Lima
will have occasional night-time lane restrictions during reconstruction of the existing lanes of pavement, replacementof mainline bridges and reconstruction of theinterchanges. Work began in March 2013 andwill continue through fall of 2015. Traffic ismaintained two lanes in each direction themajority of the time. Lane restrictions gener-ally occur from 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. the fol-lowing morning. All ramp entrance and exitsare currently available.
Ohio 117/309 is one lane in each direc-tion in the eastbound lanes from just westof the interchange with Interstate 75 toBelmont Avenue (Kmart)
during a safetyupgrade project which will reconstruct areasof the pavement and install a raised curbmedian in the center of the roadway. Atwo-way, left-turn lane begins at SaratogaAvenue. Traffic will remain in this patternuntil mid to late summer to allow for workat the interchange at Interstate 75 and onthe north side of Ohio 117/309. Access toand from Interstate 75 and Ohio 117/309 ismaintained.
Ohio 81 from just west of Stewart Roadto just west of Neubrecht Road east of Lima
is one lane in each direction in the exist-ing eastbound lanes for pavement reconstruc-tion. All ramp movements are currently main-tained at the interchange with Interstate 75.
Allen CountyU.S. 30 from Ohio 65 to Delphos
will berestricted to one lane through the work zone atvarious locations for pavement repair.
Putnam CountyOhio 634 north of Cloverdale, justnorth of Township Road J
will close July 8for five days for a culvert replacement. Trafficdetoured onto Ohio 114, Ohio 66 and Ohio613 back to Ohio 634.
Ohio 189 over Sugar Creek inVaughnsville
for a bridge deck replacement.Traffic detoured onto Ohio 190, U.S. 224 andOhio 115 back to Ohio 189.
Ohio 12 in Columbus Grove
closedMarch 15 for 90 days for a sewer replace-ment. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 65 andSycamore Street back to Ohio 12.
Ohio 634 between U.S. 224 and Ohio114
closed June 24 for culvert replacements.Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 224 to Ohio66, to Ohio 114 back to Ohio 634. The routeis expected to reopen at the beginning of theweek.
Ohio 108 just south of Ohio 613
closedJune 17 for embankment repair. Traffic isdetoured from Ohio 108 to Ohio 15 to Ohio613 back to Ohio 108. The route will remainclosed for several more weeks.
Ohio 15 north of Greensburg
will berestricted to one lane through the work zonefor shoulder improvement.
Van Wert CountyU.S. 30 between Middle Point and VanWert
will be restricted to one lane through thework zone for pavement repair.
Ohio 49 just south of Willshire
will berestricted to one lane through the work zonefor pavement repair.
U.S. 33 in Willshire
will be restricted toone lane through the work zone for pavementrepair.A girl, Natalie Marie, wasborn June 12 at St. Rita’sMedical Center to Keith andJodie Recker of Van Wert.She weighed 7 pounds, 3ounces.She was welcomed homeby big sister, Molly.Grandparents are Steveand Lisa Recker of Delphosand Joe and Julie Haines of Jenison, Mich.Great-grandparents areGeorge and Carol Hellmanand Pat Recker.
ST. RITA’S
A girl was born June 27 toMeghan and Craig Baldauf of Delphos.A girl was born June 27 toDanielle Wilkerson and ChrisDavidson of Delphos.
MCCLASKEY
, Barbara,71, of Delphos, funeral ser-vices will be at 2 p.m. todayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, Rev. David Howellofficiating. Visitation willbe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.today at the funeral home.Burial will be at a later date.Memorial contributions canbe made to the family. Toleave online condolencesfor the family, visit hart-erandschier.com
One Year Ago
A Delphos teen willperform at Ohio’s largestIndependence Day celebra-tion after qualifying for thethird round of a statewidevocal competition. CameronJones, 15, recently wasselected as a member of OhioIdol’s Top 50 and will performoutside Nationwide Arenain Columbus on Tuesday atRed, White and Boom.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Catholic Ladies of Columbia held their last cardparty for the summer at theKnights of Columbus hall.In euchre, winners wereMarcella Shumaker and MaryEllen Hemker. Pinochle win-ner was Esther Jostpille.Bertha Schmelzer won at 500.Grocery certificate winnerswere Lois Osting and MarthaPohlman; 50-50 winners wereMary Hughes, Edna Kortokraxand Catherine Metzger.Corn $6.32Wheat $6.23Soybeans $15.49
Grace E. Burley
Feb. 10, 1930-June 28, 2013
Grace E. Burley 83, of VanWert, died at 2:52 p.m. Fridayat Van Wert Inpatient HospiceCenter. She was born Feb. 10,1930, in Convoy to William E.and Mary (Klinger) Harting,who preceded her in death.On Feb. 24, 1951, shemarried Ross A. Burley, whodied Nov. 7, 1996. Survivorsinclude her children, SuzanneSinning of Van Wert, RandyBurley of Ottoville, Mark A.(Fawn) Burley of Convoy andTeri (Bob) Lauer of Delphos;brothers: Lawrence (Charlotte)Harting of Van Wert, GeraldHarting of Convoy, Gene(Marsha) Harting of Van Wertand Roger (Mary) Harting of Convoy; grandchildren: JasonSinning, Adam Sinning, LizWilliams, Dustin Burley, JeradBurley and Lydia Burley; andgreat-grandchildren: Haley,Taylor and Caleb Sinning,Krystyan Williams, LeviWilliams and Hunter Burley.She was also precededin death by a brother, RalphHarting; and a sister, OliveHarting, who died in infancy.Friends may call from 2-6p.m. Sunday and one hour priorto services at Alspach-GearhartFuneral Home, Van Wert.Funeral services will begin at10:30 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, theRev. Paul MillerBurial will be in ConvoyI.O.O.F. Cemetery.Preferred memorial are toVan Wert Inpatient Hospice.Condolences may be expressat alspachgearhart.com.CLEVELAND (AP) — TheseOhio lotteries were drawn Friday:Mega Millions08-15-35-46-52, Mega Ball:38(eight, fifteen, thirty-five, forty-six, fifty-two; Mega Ball: thirty-eight)Megaplier4(four)Pick 3 Evening5-9-9(five, nine, nine)Pick 3 Midday3-6-7(three, six, seven)Pick 4 Evening1-7-8-5(one, seven, eight, five)Pick 4 Midday0-3-2-8(zero, three, two, eight)Pick 5 Evening8-2-9-6-4(eight, two, nine, six, four)Pick 5 Midday8-3-1-2-7(eight, three, one, two, seven)PowerballEstimated jackpot: $50 millionRolling Cash 522-26-29-34-37(twenty-two, twenty-six, twen-ty-nine, thirty-four, thirty-seven)Estimated jackpot: $130,000
TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, June 29, the180th day of 2013. There are 185days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On June 29, 1613, London’soriginal Globe Theatre, wheremany of Shakespeare’s plays wereperformed, was destroyed by a firesparked by a cannon shot during aperformance of “Henry VIII.” (Nofatalities were reported.)On this date:In 1767, Britain approvedthe Townshend Revenue Act,which imposed import duties onglass, paint, oil, lead, paper andtea shipped to the American colo-nies. (Colonists bitterly protested,prompting Parliament to repeal theduties — except for tea.)
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I’ve only had the chance toplay golf one time this year, butam hoping to play more often.I still enjoy the game althoughI’m not very good at it anymore.Recently I came across a photoof me holding the golf ball that Imade my first hole-in-one with.A search on Google tells me thatGolf Digest says the statisticalprobability of an amateur mak-ing a hole in one are 1 in 12,750.The odds of me making my firsthole-in-one and the way it hap-pened have to be astronomical.In the summer of 1979, mywife’s twin brother, Jack, and Iwere partners in our company’sgolf league. I was the “A” playerand Jack was the “B” player.Although Jack was a better ballstriker than me, I was a goodscrambler and had a good shortgame. As a result, although weplayed together often, Jack hadnever scored a round lower thanmine. For example, we wereplaying a round at a course inCanton, Ohio, and Jack scoredan impressive 38 on the first nineholes. However, I had the bestnine holes of my life and scoreda 33! That’s the way it alwayswent. If Jack was playing great, Iwas playing better. If I was play-ing poorly, Jack was even worse.But “bragging rights”changed to Jack’s favor whenhe made a hole-in-one that waswitnessed by his brother, Brett,who he was playing with. Jackcouldn’t wait to tell me all aboutit.“You can’t imagine howgood it felt to see that ball go inthe hole. You don’t know howgood it feels to make a hole inone!”My response was, “No, Jack,you’re right. I can’t imagine howgood it feels to make a hole-in-one because I’ve never madeone.”Jack was “rubbing it in”every chance he got! He woulddescribe how he was standingat the fifth hole at South HillsGolf Course; how he took outhis pitching wedge on the 100-yard hole; how he took a smoothswing; how the ball hit to theleft of the green (just the way heplayed it) kicked onto the slop-ing left to right green and rolledright into the hole. Although hewas getting annoying braggingabout it, I liked Jack and washappy for him. Jack had the“upper hand.” No doubt aboutit. But that would all change oneweek later.Brett challenged me to around of golf at the same golf course. I brought my two sons,Mike and John, and my neph-ew, Jerry, to watch us play. Weplayed the first four holes andsince no one was behind us onthe course, I let the boys practiceputting while Brett and I walkedto the fifth tee. Since Brett hadwitnessed Jack’s hole-in-one aweek earlier on the hole we wereabout to play, I asked him todescribe Jack’s reaction. Brettcalled it a lucky shot and talkedabout how excited Jack was andhow he yelled with joy whenthat ball went into the hole.The boys walked over to joinus and sat down on the benchnext to the tee. I pulled out mypitching wedge and teed up my#5 Top Flite on the fifth hole.Pro golfers say you should visu-alize the shot that you want tohit before you attempt the shot,so I tried it. I pictured me tak-ing a smooth swing and makinggood contact. I visualized theball landing on the green to theleft of the hole, taking one hop,and then rolling into the hole.I know it’s hard to believe, butI took my stance, made a niceswing and watched as the balltook flight and ended up rollinginto the hole for a hole-in-one!The boys were impressed.They were high-fiving me whileBrett was in shock that he hadwitnessed both Jack and I mak-ing a hole-in-one on the samehole in just one week. About 10minutes later, we hit our driveson the sixth hole. Brett waswalking about 50 yards ahead of me while the boys and I werestill in the “afterglow” of myhole-in-one. Talk about irony – I watched as Jack came walk-ing from the opposite directiontoward Brett. He had come tosee who was winning and Iwatched as Brett told him aboutme making a hole-in-one. Icould tell that Jack couldn’tbelieve it.I approached Jack with ahuge smile on my face andsaid, “Now I know, Jack, Howgood it feels to make a hole inone! You want to tell everyoneyou see about it. It’s an awe-some feeling isn’t?” I don’tremember what Jack said, butI can picture him photo smilingand shaking his head while hewas muttering something aboutme being the luckiest guy heever met.While watching the U.S.Open recently with my sons,Mike and John, we talked aboutthat hole-in-one that happened34 years ago. My memory of the hole-in-one was the same aswhat I described earlier whenI visualized the shot. Theirmemory and description is alittle different. They say that Ihit the ball and it landed on thehill to the left of green. Then ittook a bounce to the right ontothe green. It kept rolling untilit went into the left side of thecup. They hinted that it wasmore luck than skill but thengracefully added that it wasprobably just the way I hadmeant to hit the shot.To be using a golf ball withnumber five on it, to be onthe fifth hole, to make yourfirst hole-in-one on the samehole that your friend, golfingbuddy and wife’s twin brotherhad made his first hole-in-oneon, to have it witnessed bythe same guy who had seenboth hole-in-ones, and to haveyour two sons actually see youmake a hole-in-one the firsttime they have ever watchedyou play golf… WHAT ARETHE ODDS?
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Those WereThe Days ...
with Pastor Dan Eaton
What are the odds?
Pastor Dan Eaton shows off his hole-in-one ball. (Photosubmmitted)
2013 Spencerville Summerfest Kiddie Tractor Pull
There were 52 participants in the 2013 Spencerville Summerfest Kiddie Tractor Pull. Afull pull was 50 feet. Winners were:Ages 0-4 First place — Ethan Sawmiller (Full pull and in pull off - 36 feet.)Second place — Nathan Boyer (Full pull and in pull off - 34 feet 6 inches)Third place — Phoenix Tucker (47 feet)Ages 5-6 First place— Sebastian Baugh (Full pull and in pull off - 44 feet 5 inches)Second place — Gabe Stoute (Full pull and in pull off - 31 feet 2 inches)Third place — Trevor Crisp (Full pull and in pull off - 19 feet 2 inches)Ages 7-8 First place Zane Stout (Full pull)Second place — JD Mcwhinney (49 feet)Third place — Melaina Kroeger (37 feet 2 inches)
Nathan Boyer makes a pull during the 2013 Spencerville Summerfest KiddieTractor Pull on Thursday. Boyer came in second place in his age division. (DelphosHerald/Stephanie Groves)
Teen Program at Putnam Library
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OTTAWA — ThePutnam County DistrictLibrary in Ottawa willhave “Minute To Win It”from 3 to 4:30 p.m. onTuesday, July 9. All kidsgrades 5 to 12 are welcometo try and beat the clockto win the ultimate chal-lenge. This free program issponsored by the Friendsof the Putnam CountyDistrict Library and AreaLocal Businesses. Formore programs visit thelibrary website at www.mypcdl.org.
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County CouncilOn Aging is looking for volunteers to work withschool-aged students in a reading mentoring programcalled Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for ReadingExcellence). Project MORE is an evidenced based inter-vention that is making a difference for students withdisabilities or students identified as not on track. ProjectMORE mentoring sessions provide one-on-one instruc-tion with students. Sessions last for 30 minutes and takeplace four times per week at the host school. Currently,Continental, Fort Jennings, Kalida, Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa schools have Project MORE Programs. ProjectMORE was developed by the Putnam County EducationalService Center and is in about 300 schools across Ohio.For more information on becoming a Project MOREvolunteer, please contact Jodi Warnecke at the PutnamCounty Council on Aging, Inc. at 419-523-4121.
Putnam County COAneeds volunteers

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