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Saturday, August 10, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Alaska the Beautiful, page 5 Fort Jennings golf preview, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Opinion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Partly cloudytoday withhighs in thelower 80s.Mostly clear.Lows in theupper 50s. See page 2.
Park Carnivalseeking paradeentries
Parade entries are beingaccepted for the annualOttoville Park Carnivalparade at 1 p.m. Sept. 1.To receive an entryform or for additionalinformation, contact TinaWeber at 419-453-3087or btzweber@bright.net.Community Unity willcollect school suppliesfor its annual distribu-tion through Aug. 18.Supplies are distributed tofamilies from both Delphos’City and St. John’s schools.Collection barrels arearound the community.Distribution of supplieswill be Aug. 21 and 22.The school supply listincludes: Fisckars scis-sors (student metal blade),Crayola markers (eightcount) and crayons (24count), No. 2 lead pencils,blue or black ink pens (nogel), red pens and pencils,yellow highlighters, erasers,glue sticks, Elmer’s glue,spiral notebooks (wide- andcollege-ruled), loose note-book paper (wide-rule), bot-tom pocket folders, one- andtwo-inch three-ring binders,stretchy book covers (large/ jumbo) and boxes of tissues.Cash donationsare also accepted.
CommunityUnity collectingschool supplies
Festival starts with cake decorating, corn hole
Incoming MarbletownMayor Bev Cross-McNealtakes her oath of office fromDelphos Mayor MichaelGallmeier Friday eveningprior to the Kids CakeDecorating Contest. Cross-McNeal and fellow contend-er Paula Rodriguez raisedmore than $1,500 with eachdollar a vote.More than 30 children participated in the Kids Cake Decorating Contest Friday inMarble Hall at Delphos Wesleyan Church. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)Damon Coil, left, and Jerimy Siefker square off in cornhole Friday evening during Marbleton Festival events.BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
MARBLETOWN — It was gummy frogs and corn holein Marbletown Friday as Marbletown Festival events gotunderway.More than 60 people packed Marble Hall at DelphosWesleyan Church for the swearing-in of Mayor Bev Cross-McNeal by Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier.As soon as the oath was taken, 30-plus children garbed inchef aprons and hats slathered cakes with icing and placedcarefully-chosen decorations in the Kids Cake DecoratingContest.Children could choose from an assortment of gummy can-dies and of course, frogs, the official Marbletown amphibian.After the last crumb of cake was gone, 30 pairs of cornhole players battled for the top two spots in the annual CornHole Competition. Chad German and Brian Gossard tookfirst place and Donny Rice and Damon Coil second.A full slate of events is planned today, including kids’games at 10:30 a.m., the frog-jumping contest at 11:30 a.m.,fire truck rides and inflatables, the parade at 1 p.m., the dedi-cation of the new flag pole and Roger Crowe Memorial Treeand more.
 Fort Wayne Community Band at park Sunday
The Fort Wayne Community Concert Band is the first Delphos Rotary ClubMusic in the Park Series offering for August. The band will perform at 6 p.m.Sunday in the Hanser Pavilion at Stadium Park. In 1979, Dr. William Schlacks, then director of instrumental music at IPFW, was the creative person behind theformation of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band. He brought great insight intoforming an organization that would bring a new sense of culture and entertainmentto the Fort Wayne Area. The band is dedicated to bringing the highest level of musi-cal performance through a variety of genre. Food and refreshments will be servedbeginning at 5:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)
Medical alert device scambecoming more prevalent
Staff Reportnews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Severalpeople in Van Wert Countyhave received unsolicitedphone calls recently offering“free” medical alert devices.According to Ohio AttorneyGeneral Mike DeWine,more than 200 Ohioans havereported such phone calls tohis office so far this year— around 40 percent werereported last month alone.In a release, DeWine stat-ed that those responding tothe calls risk losing money or jeopardizing personal infor-mation.“These calls have beencirculating throughout thecountry and we’re seeingmore Ohioans filing com-plaints,” DeWine said. “Themost important thing toremember is not to respondto suspicious calls in anyway. Don’t give out yourcredit card number or bankaccount information anddon’t press any buttons. Justhang up.”Typically, the call is aprerecorded message sayingthe consumer is eligible fora free medical alert systemor that someone bought analert device for the con-sumer. The message mayask the consumer to “pressone” to schedule the deliv-ery or press another buttonto decline. Consumers whorespond to the calls may beconnected to a live repre-sentative who likely will askfor a bank account number,credit card number, or otherpersonal information. Later,consumers may receivecharges for the “free” sys-tem.Another unsolicited callgoing around is a Medicarecard scam in which callersclaim to represent Medicareand say the consumer needsa new Medicare card. Thecaller asks for the consum-er’s bank account informa-tion or Social Security num-ber to process and fulfillthe new card. In reality, thecaller does not representMedicare.“Scammers often try totake advantage of what’sin the news, and with theupcoming health care changesinvolving the Affordable CareAct, these kinds of scamsmay become more common,”DeWine said.The Ohio AttorneyGeneral’s Office offers sev-eral tips so that consumerscan protect themselves. First,never give out personal infor-mation over the phone. Don’trespond to suspicious calls.Even if the caller says youcan press a button to opt out,don’t follow the instructions.By pressing a button, youindicate that you have anactive phone number, whichmay lead to more calls.
See SCAM, page 10Musketeers edgeBulldogs in golf 
KALIDA — The FortJennings golfers edgedColumbus Grove 196-198Friday at Country Acres.Nate German shot a 47for the victors, Ryan Rau48, Luke Luebrecht 49, SamVetter 52, Alex Sealts 53and Collin Wieging 59.The Bulldogs’ BrandonHoffman was the medal-ist with a 44, followed byLogan Diller’s 50, CodyWoods 52, Logan Hardeman52 and Noah Oglesbee 63.The Musketeers arein the Tee-Off Classic 9a.m. Monday, Grove inthe Colonial Invitational9 a.m. Tuesday.
SJ scrimmage changes
St. John’s football coachTodd Schulte announced thefollowing scrimmage chang-es: Van Buren — movedfrom a 10 a.m. start Aug. 16to 5:30 p.m.; Celina — Aug.23 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22.
CYO VB Registration
Any girls in grade 4-6wishing to participate in theFall CYO volleyball pro-gram must register 6 p.m.($49; will take about anhour). Please bring a par-ent; shirt fee is $12.50.
Emily Dittoreceived her awardfor designing thisyear’s MarbletownFestival T-shirts.CommitteeTreasurer JimKnebel presentsher the check.
2 The Herald Saturday, August 10, 2013
For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 41
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerLori Goodwin 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
One Year Ago
Allen County Agricultural Society mem-bers honored the 2012 Hall of Fame inductee,Charles “Chuck” Faulder, and saw this year’sAllen County Fair Royal Court crowned dur-ing the annual fair press dinner Thursday atthe fairgrounds. The court includes PrincessEmily Green of the Bunny Boosters 4H Club;Queen Sierra Amstutz of the BeaverdamBunch 4H Club; King Max McAdoo of theBunny Boosters and Harrod Lively 4H clubs;and Princess Michelle Hines of the Paws toPals 4H Club.
25 Years Ago – 1988
The Cloverdale Community Club hasnamed three honor citizens for the annualcarnival Aug. 13. Honor citizens are Herband Josie Bockrath, town residents, and VestaSpitnale, country. Spitnale and her late hus-band Ross sold cotton candy at fairs andsocials. Herb Bockrath was town clerk for14 years, past community club treasurer of the Catholic Knights of Ohio branch 120of Cloverdale and a member of the KalidaKnights of Columbus. Vesta Bockrath is amember of the CK of O. the Altar RosarySociety, VFS of Ottoville and the CloverdaleGarden Club.Nancy Grothouse of Delphos recently grad-uated from the University of Dayton with amaster of science degree in education, major-ing in school counseling. Nancy, the daugh-ter of Louis and Shirley Etzkorn, currentlyteaches elementary music at LincolnviewLocal Schools.The Ottoville Senior Citizens Social held ashort business session and card party recentlyat the VFW social rooms. Pinochle win-ners were Valeria Siefker, high, and BeatriceStepleton, second. Euchre winners wereHerbert Bockrath, first, and Helen Fischer,second.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Members of the Women’s Society of WorldService of the Evangelical United BrethrenChurch and several guests met in the socialrooms of the church Thursday afternoon. Themeeting was opened by President Mrs. M. C.Maloney, followed with prayer by Mrs. JohnGruber. Cora Link, program chairman for theday, introduced her niece, Mrs. Melvin Berryof Elida, who was the speaker.Mrs. Harry Thomas entertained the Once-A-Month Pinochle Club in her home at LimaMonday evening. First prize was awarded toMrs. Henry Boecker, second to Mrs. DickBeggs and low to Mrs. Jerome Altenburger.Mrs. James Trenkamp received the travelingprize.Routine business was transacted at a meet-ing of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia heldTuesday night in the Knights of Columbusclub rooms. It was decided to hold a social forthe public Aug. 20, with Eleanora Schmersaland Mary Louise Brickman as chairladies.They will be assisted by Flora Heisterman,Philomena Elwer, Teresa Ricker, MagdalineNartker, Mayme Berry, Edith German, AudreyRhinock and Madonna Heyser.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Raabe Motor Sales defeated Diotto’sWildcats 13 to 11 in the only league kitten-ball game played here Tuesday night. Eightinnings were required to settle the contest.Spencerville failed to appear for their gamewith Loetz Market at Waterworks Park. TheStar Café-Coombs game was postponed.The Morris Chapel Church, east of Delphos, and the Elida Methodist Churchhad good representations at the Institute heldat Lakeside the past week. Three from theMorris Chapel representation graduated. Theyare Audrey Heidlebaugh, Dorothy Baxter andBetty Humphreys. The Morris Chapel groupreceived a plaque for obedience of the laws of Lakeside and rules of the Institute.The members of the Phi Delta Sororityheld a swimming paty at Columbus GroveMonday evening. A picnic supper followedthe swimming. In two weeks, the group willhold a steak roast at the Idlewild Club house.The members are to convene at 6:30 p.m. atthe home of Mrs. Richard C. Mueller, EastFifth Street.
ODOT gives weekly road construction report
Information submitted
The following is a week-ly report concerning con-struction and maintenancework on state highwayswithin the Ohio Departmentof Transportation District 1,which includes the coun-ties of Allen, Defiance,Hancock, Hardin, Paulding,Putnam, Van Wert andWyandot.For the most recentinformation concerning theInterstate 75 reconstructionproject through Lima andAllen County, and the safetyupgrade of Ohio 117/309 onLima’s east side please visit:www.odotlima75.org
Interstate 75 betweenFourth Street and Ohio 81in Lima
will have occasionalnighttime lane restrictionsduring reconstruction of theexisting lanes of pavement,replacement of mainlinebridges and reconstructionof the interchanges. Workbegan in March 2013 andwill continue through fall of 2015. Traffic is maintainedtwo lanes in each directionthe majority of the time. Lanerestrictions generally occurfrom 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. thefollowing morning. All rampentrance and exits are cur-rently available.— All entrance and exitramps at the Fourth Streetinterchange with Interstate75 are now closed. Thesouthbound entrance and exitramps closed Monday, July15 for 60 days for recon-struction. The northboundentrance and exit rampsclosed July 8 until mid Augustfor reconstruction. Traffic isdetoured to the Ohio 65 inter-change then north on Ohio 65(St. Johns Road) to FourthStreet. Electronic messageboards have been placed onInterstate 75 advising motor-ists to use Ohio 65.— Paving of the new laneson Interstate 75 are underway in the northbound direc-tion outside the barrier wall.Paving will continue northto the Ohio 117/309 inter-change. Traffic on Interstate75 could be affected at times.Motorists are cautioned towatch for concrete trucksentering and exiting the high-way over the next severalweeks as the operation con-tinues.
Ohio 117/309
is twolanes in each directionwithout a center turn lanefrom just west of the inter-change with Interstate 75to Bowman Road during asafety upgrade project whichwill reconstruct areas of thepavement and install a raisedcurb median in the centerof the roadway. All trafficis currently traveling on thenorth side of the roadwaywhile work takes place onthe south. Only two lanes of traffic are maintained, onelane in each direction, fromWillard Avenue (Speedway)to the west of the Interstate75 interchange. This part of the project will be completedthis fall.• Ohio 81 from just westof Stewart Road to just westof Neubrecht Road east of Lima is one lane in eachdirection in the existing east-bound lanes for pavementreconstruction. All rampmovements are currentlymaintained at the interchangewith Interstate 75.
Allen CountyOhio 696
from one milenorth of Beaverdam to thePutnam County line willbe restricted to one lanethrough the work zone forsealing of pavement cracks.
Putnam CountyOhio 634 between FortJennings and U.S. 224
isnow open.
Ohio 15 fromVaughnsville to Kalida
 will be restricted to one lanethrough the work zone forpavement repair.
Ohio 12 in ColumbusGrove
closed March 15 fora sewer replacement. Trafficdetoured onto Ohio 65 andSycamore Street back toOhio 12.
U.S. 224 between Kalidaand the Van Wert Countyline
will be restricted to onelane through the work zonefor pavement repair.
Van Wert CountyOhio 66 north of itsintersection with U.S. 30
 will close Aug. 19 for twodays for a culvert replace-ment. Traffic will be detouredonto U.S. 224 to U.S. 127, toU.S. 30 back to Ohio 66.
Ohio 66 south of itsintersection with U.S. 30
 will close Aug. 26 for twodays for a culvert replace-ment. Traffic will be detouredonto U.S. 224 to Ohio 189, toOhio 190 back to Ohio 66.
Ohio 117 near its inter-section with Ohio 116
willclose Sept. 3 for two days fora culvert replacement. Trafficwill be detoured onto Ohio116 to Ohio 81, to Ohio 66,back to Ohio 117.
U.S. 127 three milessouth of Van Wert
willclose Tuesday for 45 daysfor bridge repair. Traffic isdetoured to Ohio 709 to Ohio118 back to U.S. 127.
Pamela Jean, 63,of Middle Point, Mass of Christian Burial will beginat 11 a.m. Monday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. DaveReinhart officiating. Burialwill follow in ResurrectionCemetery. Visitation willbe from 4 -8 p.m. Sundayat Strayer Funeral Home,where a Parish Wake Servicewill be held at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions maybe made to the Middle PointFire Department and EMSand The American CancerSociety. Condolences may beshared at www.strayerfuner-alhome.com.
Herman,70, of Delphos, Visitationwill be from 2-4 p.m. Sundayat Strayer Funeral Home,1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos.Memorial contributions areto the benevolence of thefamily. Condolences may beshared at strayerfuneralhome.com.
Anne Reed,57, of Sandusky, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at9 a.m. today at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church.Burial will follow in St.John’s Cemetery. Memorialcontributions may be madeto Back to the Wild (4504Bardshar Road, P.O. Box423, Castalia, Ohio 44824).Condolences may be sharedat www.strayerfuneralhome.com
Randall B., 62,of Gibsonburg, funeral ser-vices will be at noon todayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, with PresidentMichael Bissegger officiat-ing. Burial will follow inCarmen Cemetery in Gomer.Visitation will be from 10a.m.-noon today at the funer-al home. Memorial contribu-tions can be made to any chil-dren’s cancer fund. To leaveonline condolences for thefamily, visit www.harterand-schier.com.Corn $5.86Wheat $6.04Soybeans $13.30
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s. Northwestwinds around 10 mph.
Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwinds around 5 mph.
Mostly sunny in the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds around 5mph.
Mostly clear through midnight thenbecoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Light and vari-able winds becoming south up to 5 mph after midnight.
Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s.
Partly cloudy. Chance of showers andthunderstorms through midnight, then slight chance of show-ers after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of measur-able precipitation 40 percent.
Mostly clear. Highs inthe mid 70s. Lows in the mid 50s.
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Alma Minnig
Alma Minnig, 90, of Delphos, died Friday andVancrest Healthcare Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Norma B. Recker
Norma B. Recker, 93, of Ottawa died at 5:15 a.m. onFriday at Putnam HeritageAssisted Living, Ottawa.Arrangement are incom-plete at Love Funeral Home,Ottawa.
U.S. Postal Service had$740M third-quarter loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service has trimmedits losses to $740 million over the last three months by consoli-dating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and postoffices and reducing workers’ compensation costs, the agencysaid Friday.Still, year-to-date, the Postal Service had losses total-ing $3.9 billion, and the agency said that without help fromCongress its financial woes will worsen.The report for the financial quarter ending June 30 comes asCongress considers proposals to fix the agency’s finances. Theagency lost $16 billion last year and is trying to restructure itsretail, delivery and mail-processing operations.Over the first nine months of its fiscal year, the PostalService said 104 mail processing facilities were consolidated,career employee work hours were reduced by about 41 millionand operating hours at 7,397 post offices were reduced.The service wants to end most Saturday and door-to-doormail delivery. It also is seeking to reduce its congressionallymandated $5.6 billion annual payment for future retiree healthbenefits. The agency says ending Saturday mail delivery wouldsave $2 billion each year.Joe Corbett, the agency’s chief financial officer, said in astatement that “without comprehensive postal reform legisla-tion signed into law, our hands are tied and we expect multibil-lion dollar annual losses to continue.”The third-quarter loss was far less than its $5.2 billion lossfor the same period last year. Postal officials said its cost-cutting and efficiency moves helped lower losses, along with a$918 million decrease to its workers’ compensation expensesdue to interest rates.Shipping and package revenue continued to be a bright spotfor the agency, increasing 8.8 percent compared to the sameperiod last year. That helped operating revenue rise 3.6 percentto $16.2 billion in the third quarter, compared to last year’sthird quarter.First-class mail revenue, the Postal Service’s most profit-able category, declined by 0.9 percent compared to the sameperiod last year. Total mail volume was 37.9 billion pieces,down from 38.3 billion pieces for the third quarter last year.The Postal Service for years has been wrestling with declin-ing mail volume and a 2006 congressional requirement that itmake advance payments to cover expected health care costs forfuture retirees, something no federal agency does. The agencyexpects to miss a $5.6 billion health care payment next monthat the end of its fiscal year. It defaulted on two similar pay-ments last year.The pre-funding requirement for future retiree health ben-efits accounts for the brunt of the agency’s red ink and under-scores the urgency for Congress to end the mandate, postalofficials say. About $11.1 billion of last year’s $16 billionagency losses were due to the annual health care payments.Earlier this year, the agency backpedaled on its plan toend Saturday mail delivery after running into opposition inCongress.The National Association of Letter Carriers says endingSaturday delivery would hurt small businesses along with ruralresidents and the elderly, who depend more heavily on the mailfor prescription drugs and other goods.Postal officials also want permission to ship beer, wine andspirits to compete with private shippers such as FedEx, sayingit could bring in as much as $50 million a year. The service alsofavors gradually ending most door-to-door deliveries in favorof curbside and cluster box service to save money.Congress is beginning to tackle plans to help the PostalService.A Senate bipartisan proposal would let the agency endSaturday delivery in a year and make changes in how pensionsand retiree health care costs are calculated in an attempt tostabilize the agency’s finances.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Friday:Mega Millions11-20-30-34-38, MegaBall: 12(eleven, twenty, thirty,thirty-four, thirty-eight; MegaBall: twelve)Megaplier3Pick 3 Evening8-5-2(eight, five, two)Pick 3 Midday5-3-0(five, three, zero)Pick 4 Evening1-6-9-7(one, six, nine, seven)Pick 4 Midday1-8-8-0(one, eight, eight, zero)Pick 5 Evening8-6-0-7-4(eight, six, zero, seven,four)Pick 5 Midday5-2-1-1-8(five, two, one, one, eight)PowerballEstimated jackpot: $40MRolling Cash 511-20-28-31-35(eleven, twenty, twenty-eight, thirty-one, thirty-five)Estimated jackpot:$372,000
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Saturday, August 10, 2013 The Herald –3
On the Banks of Yesteryear ...
From the Delphos Canal Commission
This year marks the 100
anniversary of the Lincoln Highway, the first coast to coastroad in America. Beginning at Times Squarein New York and ending at Lincoln Park inSan Francisco, it was formally dedicatedOctober 31, 1913, making it America’s firstnational memorial to President AbrahamLincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.,by nine years.As the first automobile road acrossAmerica, the Lincoln Highway brought greatprosperity to the hundreds of cities, townsand villages along the way. One of thosecities was Delphos. Affectionately knownas “The Main Street Across America,” theLincoln Highway actually came down MainStreet in Delphos in the early years, cominginto town from the east on 2
Street beforeturning north on Main Street to Fifth Streetwhere it continued west.Within a few years, towns like Delphosbegan to see increased traffic on their MainStreet as Americans discovered the sense of freedom that comes from driving the openroad. Many of these travelers stopped, sup-porting local businesses. New businessesopened, including confectionaries, restau-rants, motor lodges and gasoline stations. Tocapitalize on the popularity of the highway,many businesses were named after it. InDelphos, we had the Lincoln Highway Dairy,Lincoln Inn, Lincoln Highway Garage andLincoln Highway Candy Kitchen.Because the state and federal governmentsdid not fund roads, leaving that up to coun-ties and townships, the Lincoln HighwayAssociation solicited companies and indi-viduals for money to operate and to improvethe routes they had chosen. Many businessesdid this because of what they had to gain byincreased car usage but many individualsgave as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln.There were no road maps so the asso-ciation published a guide which told thedistance to the next town and the amenitiesthey had to offer travelers, such as hotels,restaurants and gasoline. A control centerwas established at each town so the odom-eter could be reset to zero. Delphos has onewhich can be seen on the corner of 5
andMain at Best One Tire.A special postcard collection of theLincoln Highway is now on display atthe museum, along with our regular dis-play which includes a Lincoln HighwayAssociation certificate issued in 1914 toJoseph Jettinghoff, a Lincoln Highway radia-tor emblem which was issued in 1918 to acontributor and an original 1924 LincolnHighway Road Guide which was recentlydonated by Mike Buettner of Lima, presidentof the Ohio Lincoln Highway Association.The museum is open from 1-3 p.m. everySaturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. tonoon every Thursday. Please visit soon.
Happy 100
Birthday, Lincoln Highway!
The view from St. John’s Church steeple east.
The fifth annual PutnamCounty Senior Expo isplanned for 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Friday at the Glandorf Parish Center, 103 N. MainSt.Hosts for this annualevent are the Meadowsof Kalida, Leipsic andPutnam Acres, PutnamCounty Council on Aging,Putnam County HomeCare& Hospice, Putnam CountyHealth Department and theOttawa Senior CitizensAssociation.These organizations have joined together to show theirsupport for area senior citi-zens by providing them withan opportunity to learn moreabout matters, such as healthand wellness, safety, insur-ance, finances, housing andassistance programs avail-able.Free health screenings,such as blood pressurechecks, cholesterol checks,osteoporosis screenings,video ear inspections andso much more will beoffered.At this time, approximate-ly 50 community organiza-tions are scheduled to partici-pate in the expo.This year’s featured speak-ers will be Dr. Ronald Blackon “Can Your Turn YourDisease Off and On?” andKieu Okuley on the “HiddenDangers in Your MedicineCabinet.”The Putnam CountySheriff’s Office will be onsite for a Medication DisposalDay.A free lunch will also beserved from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m.For more information onthe Putnam County SeniorExpo, please contact JodiWarnecke at 419-523-4121or Tina Weber at 419-532-2961.
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WILLOUGHBY HILLS (AP) — An Ohioman was indicted Friday on charges that heplotted to kill his wife with his teenage fosterdaughter, with whom he allegedly was roman-tically involved.Kevin Knoefel, 43, of Willoughby Hillswas indicted by a Lake County grand jury oncounts of conspiracy to commit aggravatedmurder and complicity to aggravated murder.His wife, 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel, was foundstabbed to death in their home in November.Their foster daughter, Sabrina Zunich, 18,was arrested the night of the slaying and is in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge.Police in Willoughby Hills, east of Cleveland, got a 911 call before dawn Nov.16 from a 13-year-old girl screaming thather sister had a knife and was attacking hermother. Police say they found Zunich in thehouse covered with blood and holding a knife.Her foster mother was found in a first-floorbedroom with fatal stab wounds. Lisa Knoefelhad worked at the Division of Children andFamily Services in Cuyahoga County.Knoefel was arrested Friday by local policeand faces arraignment Monday.He also was charged with six counts of sexual battery stemming from his role as afoster father — three counts stemming frombefore Zunich turned 18 on Oct. 27 and threecounts from after her birthday. Court recordsdidn’t identify an attorney for him. If con-victed, he could face life in prison.According to the indictment, Knoefel andZunich discussed different ways to kill LisaKnoefel while she slept. Knoefel suggestedZunich stab his wife between the shoulderblades or around the neck, the indictmentsays, and told the teenager that her fostermother “was worth more dead than alive.”The indictment says Knoefel coachedZunich on how to make the killing look like aburglary by rummaging through jewelry andleaving a door partly open. He offered alterna-tive scenarios for the killing, including havingZunich cut herself to make it look like self-defense or, if arrested, by claiming she didn’tremember what happened or was insane, theindictment says.Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulsondeclined to elaborate on the relationshipbetween Knoefel and Zunich beyond whatwas in the indictment, which detailed sex-ual encounters over an eight-month periodlast year. Coulson also would not commenton whether Zunich had cooperated with theinvestigation targeting her foster father.
Man charged with plotting wife’s murder
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COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohioans could register tovote and request an absenteeballot online under a statelegislative proposal.The measure from Sen.Frank LaRose also would letOhio’s elections chief workwith other states to shareinformation to help maintainvoter rolls.Republican Secretaryof State Jon Husted backsonline voter registration. Hepraised the bill’s introduc-tion Thursday, saying it willimprove voter access andsave the state money.Husted’s 2014 Democraticchallenger also supportsmany of the bill’s concepts.State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland says other updatesto Ohio’s election processshould be considered, such asElection Day registration.Online registration waspart of a contentious elec-tion bill in 2011 but was laterrepealed.Currently, voters canupdate their addresses overthe Internet under changesHusted made last year.
Ohio proposal wouldlet voters register online
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