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Jays close football pre-seasonpreparation, p6Van Wert County first in Ohioto ‘get connected,’ p3
Much-awaited new state report cards arrive
BY NANCY SPENCERand AP reportsHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
Themuch-awaitednewA-FstatereportcardsforschooldistrictswerereleasedThursday.AssoonastheresultswereavailableontheOhioDepartmentofEducationwebsite,thenumberofthoseattemptingtoaccessthesystemforthedataprovedtobetoomuchandmanyhadtowaittoseehowtheirdistrictfared.DelphosCitySchoolsreceivedanAformeeting24ofthe24indi-catorsandaB(85.9percent)onthePerformanceIndex.Thedistrictwas“ExcellentwithDistinction”onthelastReportCardand“Excellent”ontheyear’sbefore.ThedistrictreceivedapairofAsforthegradua-tionratewith93.2percentgraduatingwithinfouryearsand95.1percentgraduatingwithinfiveyears.Newly-hiredSuperintendentKevinWolfewaspleasedwiththedistrict’sperformance.“Thedistrictdidverywell,”hesaid.“Therehavebeenalotofcutsinthelastfiveyearsandthisgivescredittotheadministration,staff,theparentsandthekids.Theydidagreat job.We’veshownwecanmaintainandshowgrowth.”OttovilleLocalSchoolscollectedanAforachievingall24stateperfor-manceindicators.Theperformanceindexscoreof89.6wasgoodenoughforaB.Thefour-andfive-yeargraduationrateof100percentearnedapairofAs.“Wefeelschoolsneedtobeaccountable;allschools—char-ter,private,etc.Ottovilledidwellwiththenewgradecardstandards.”SuperintendentScottMangassaid.HewasconcernedwiththeProgressDataandthedistrict’sgradeofC.“Weandotherhigh-performingdistrictswillconstantlyfightthisbecauseourstudentsdosowellonthesetestsearlyonthatitishardtoimproveanymore,”hesaid.“It’skindofliketwopeoplewhorunthemilerace.Persononerunsthemileinfourminutes;itishardtoimprovetimeonthisifyoudosowellinyourfirstrace.Persontwowhorunsasix-minutemileandhasroomforimprovementandimprovementcanbemadebutwhowouldyouratherhaveonyourtrackteam?”FortJenningsLocalSchoolsmet23of24indicatorsforanAandaPerformanceIndexscoreof86.2percentwasgoodforaB.ThedistrictscoredAsinboththefour-yearandfive-yeargraduationrates.“IfeelforthefirsttimethisreportcardisbeingusedFortJenningsdidverywelloverall,”SuperintendentNickLanghalssaid.LanghalswasalsoconcernedwithhisdistrictsgradeofaContheProgressData.“Ourdistrict,staff,parentsandstudentshavealwaysworkedveryhardandhavesetthebarhighascanbeseeninourlast11yearsasan‘Excellent’district,”hesaid.“It’shardtoswallowourlowerlettergradesinareaofProgressDataasourachievementscoresareandhavebeenveryhigh.Ifeelwearestartingatthetopoftheladderbecauseofthehighachievementbyourstudentsbutatthesametime,therearenotmanyrungslefttoclimbup.”AtLincolnview,aBwasreceivedformeeting21of24performanceindicatorsandaBforaperformanceindexof99.7.GraduationrategradeswerebothAsforthedistrictwith98.4percentgraduatingwithinfouryearsand100percentgraduatingwithinfiveyears.
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
The Lutheran Bishop of Northwestern Ohio, Marcus Lohrmann, visited St.Peter Lutheran Church Thursday morning to witness the Kids’ Breakfast OutreachMinistry first-hand by cooking and flipping pancakes on a griddle. (Delphos Herald/ Stephanie Groves)
See REPORT, page 10
Kylie Fritz, a Delphos FFA and Delphos Livestock 4-HClub member, will walk away with five awards this year.(Submitted photo)BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
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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,advertising manager
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,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
Wheat $6.01Corn $6.08Soybeans $13.75ST. RITA’SA boy was born Aug. 18 toBridget and Jeffery Bockey of Delphos.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly sunny.Highs in the lower 80s. Northeastwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Clear. Lows inthe mid 50s. East winds 5 to 10mph.
Sunny. Highsin the lower 80s. East winds 5 to10 mph.
 Mostly clear. Lows in the upper50s. Southeast winds around 10mph.
Mostly clear. Highs inthe mid 80s. Lows in the upper60s.
Mostly clear. Highsaround 90. Lows in the lower 70s.
Jay F., 78, a formerFrankfort, Ind., resident, funeralservices will begin at 11 a.m.today with visitation beginningat 10 a.m. at Goodwin FuneralHome, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.Entombment will be in GreenLawn Mausoleum. Memorialdonations may be made to theElks National Foundation. Onlinecondolences may be made atgoodwinfuneralhome.com.
Joan E. (Hawk),83, of Spencerville, funeral ser-vices will be at 10:30 a.m. todayat the Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville. Visitationwill be prior to the services. Inlieu of flowers, preferred memo-rials are to the CommunityHealth Professional Adult DayCare Center and the CommunityHealth Professional In-patientHospice Center, both of Van Wert.
Juanita I., 81, of Spencerville, memorial servicewill be at 2 p.m. Saturday in theFriends Church in Spencerville,the Rev. Charles H. Johnson offi-ciating. Burial will follow in theSpencerville Cemetery. Friendsmay call from 1-2 p.m. Saturdayat the church. Memorials maybe made to the Roselawn ManorActivities fund.
One Year Ago
The winners in the kiddie tractorpull at St. Joseph’s Parish Festivalhave been announced. First place inthe 3- and 4-year-old division wasCal Menke. Winner in the 5- and 6-year-old division was Camryn Recker.Winner in the 7- and 8-year-old divi-sion was Gavin Schimmoeller. Winnerin the 9- and 10-year-old division wasNathan Davisson.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Direct descendants of Francis ScottKey, the author of “The Star-SpangledBanner,” Mrs. Kellee Johnson of Adaand her mother, Mrs. Gray of Lima,displayed a replica of the 15-star and15-stripe flag seen by Key after thebombing of Fort McHenry, Baltimore,during the War of 1812. It was thissight of the flag still flying intactthat inspired Key to pen the song thatbecame our national anthem.Miss Ohio, Sarah Ann Evans of Van Wert, plans to be herself nextmonth when she competes in the MissAmerica Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.The 23-year-old singer captured thestate title in June on her third trip tothe Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant.Delphos Senior Citizens Centerwill hold its monthly euchre partyAug. 25 at the center. Last month’swinners were Grace Miller, first;Pauline Gremling, second; and FloydSchlereth, third. Fifty-fifty winnerswere Art Miller, Anna Rose Klemanandd Rueben Kramer.
50 Years Ago – 1963
At the livestock auction that was oneof the highlights of the final day of theAllen County Fair Thursday, some of the champions were purchased locally.Equity Elevator Company bought twoof Harold Ebbeskotte’s hogs from hischampion pen of three. The other,which was the grand champion mar-ket hog, was purchased by Pangle’sMaster Markets. Peoples NationalBank of Delphos bought six of MikeOsting’s pigs and Ronald Warnecke’ssteer.Members of the I D Bridge Clubmet Thursday for a 12:30 luncheonat NuMaude’s Restaurant and laterplayed bridge at the home of Mrs. FredReinemeyer on North Canal Street. Atthe conclusion of the games, first prizewas awarded to Mrs. William Gladenand second and traveling to Mrs. CarlRehringer.Defending champion Son’s Bar wasknocked out of the Delphos Invitationalslo-pitch tournament Wednesday nightwhen they were blanked 9-0 by LimaBrien’s Carry-Out. In other games,Defiance Dairy routed Myers Cleaners22-5, and Cloverdale topped the ParkCafé 9-5. Thursday night’s games willsee league and city champion LandeckTown Tavern pitted against DefianceDairy and Harold’s Bar againstCridersville.
75 Years Ago – 1938
The Delphos girls won fromSpencerville at Waterworks ParkMonday night by a score of 14-7.Those playing on the Delphos teamwere Fair, Tegenkamp, Mericle,Beckman, Nolan, Bond, Schwinnen,Van Autreve and Schosker. Mericle hittwo home runs.The members of the Sunshine Classof the Middle Point PresbyterianSunday School and their teacher,Margaret Dolbey, enjoyed a picnicat Waterworks Park Monday. Presentwere the following: Miss Dolbey, BettyJean Benroth, Helen Ringwald, MaryLouise Davies, Corinna Straley, ErmaJean Johnson, Juanita Summersall andPeggy Neer. A special attraction willbe presented twice at the Delphos Fair.Fred Wreede’s Junior Square Dancerswill be presented on Wednesday eve-ning at the fair dance pavilion on EastThird Street and Friday evening atthe free act platform on South MainStreet at the Pennsylvania Railroad.The Junior Square Dancers are allsmall Delphos children and perform themost difficult square dances with ease.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235thday of 2013. There are 130 days left inthe year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 23, 1973, a bank rob-bery-turned-hostage-taking began inStockholm, Sweden; the four hostagesended up empathizing with their captors,a psychological condition now referred toas “Stockholm Syndrome.”On this date:In 1305, Scottish rebel leader SirWilliam Wallace was executed by theEnglish for treason.In 1775, Britain’s King George IIIproclaimed the American colonies to bein a state of “open and avowed rebellion.”In 1858, “Ten Nights in a Bar-room,”a play by Timothy Shay Arthur about theperils of drinking alcohol, opened in NewYork.In 1912, actor, dancer, director andchoreographer Gene Kelly was bornEugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh.In 1913, Copenhagen’s Little Mermaidstatue, inspired by the Hans ChristianAndersen story, was unveiled in the har-bor of the Danish capital.In 1914, Japan declared war againstGermany in World War I.In 1926, silent film star RudolphValentino died in New York at age 31.In 1927, amid protests, Italian-bornanarchists Nicola Sacco and BartolomeoVanzetti were executed in Boston for themurders of two men during a 1920 rob-bery.In 1939, Nazi Germany and the SovietUnion agreed to a non-aggression treaty,the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in Moscow.In 1944, Romanian prime ministerIon Antonescu was dismissed by KingMichael, paving the way for Romania toabandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.In 1960, Broadway librettist OscarHammerstein II, 65, died in Doylestown, Pa.In 1982, Lebanon’s parliament electedChristian militia leader Bashir Gemayelpresident; however, Gemayel was assas-sinated some three weeks later.Ten years ago: Former priest JohnGeoghan, the convicted child molesterwhose prosecution sparked the sex abusescandal that shook the Roman CatholicChurch nationwide, died after anotherinmate attacked him in a Massachusettsprison. All-Star baseball player BobbyBonds, slugger Barry Bonds’ father, diedat age 57.Five years ago: Democratic presiden-tial candidate Barack Obama introducedhis choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Bidenof Delaware, before a crowd outside theOld State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Twoforeign journalists, Canadian AmandaLindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan,were kidnapped near Mogadishu,Somalia; both were freed after 15 monthsin captivity. At the Beijing Olympics, theUnited States won gold in the women’sand men’s 1,600-meter relay track events.The U.S. women’s basketball team beatAustralia 92-65 to win a fourth straightgold medal. Angel Matos of Cuba and hiscoach were banned for life after the tae-kwondo athlete kicked the referee in theface following his bronze-medal matchdisqualification.One year ago: First lady MichelleObama consoled relatives of worshippersgunned down at a Sikh temple in subur-ban Milwaukee. Lance Armstrong chosenot to pursue arbitration in the drug casebrought against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, setting the stage for hisTour de France titles to be stripped and hisname to be all but wiped from the recordbooks of the sport he once ruled.
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The following is a weekly reportconcerning construction and mainte-nance work on state highways withinthe Ohio Department of TransportationDistrict 1, which includes the coun-ties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock,Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wertand Wyandot. This report is issuedeach week beginning in April andcontinues through November.For the latest in statewide con-struction, visit www.ohgo.com.Please contact us at 419-999-6803with any information needs.
Construction andMaintenance ProjectsWeek of August 26, 2013I-75 Reconstruction Project
For the most recent informationconcerning the I-75 reconstructionproject through Lima and AllenCounty and the safety upgrade of Ohio 117/309 on Lima’s east side,visit: www.odotlima75.org· I-75 between Fourth Street andOhio 81 in Lima will have occasion-al nighttime lane restrictions duringreconstruction of the existing lanesof pavement, replacement of main-line bridges and reconstruction of theinterchanges. Work began in March2013 and will continue through fallof 2015. Traffic is maintained twolanes in each direction the majority of the time. Lane restrictions generallyoccur from 7 p.m.-10 a.m. the follow-ing morning. The following is projectinformation for the coming week:-The entrance ramp to I-75 north-bound from Ohio 117/309, and theexit ramp from northbound I-75 toOhio 117/309 will close Tuesday from10 p.m.-6 a.m. to allow for installa-tion of a storm sewer. NorthboundI-75 traffic wishing to access Ohio117/309 will be directed to Ohio 81to I-75 southbound back to Ohio117/309. Traffic wishing to accessI-75 northbound from Ohio 117/309will be directed southbound on I-75to Ohio 65 back to I-75 northbound.-The I-75 northbound exit rampto Fourth Street reopened Aug. 15.The northbound entrance ramp isexpected to reopen by the Labor Dayholiday. The southbound ramps areanticipated to be reopened in approxi-mately one month.-Electronic message boards havebeen placed along I-75 to guide traf-fic for the Allen County fair to theappropriate exits. Northbound trafficon I-75 may use exit 124 (FourthStreet), southbound traffic on I-75can use exit 125 (Ohio 117/309) orexit 122 (Ohio 65). Exit 124 south-bound will remain closed throughoutthe fair. There will be no access toI-75 from Fourth Street during thefair. Use Ohio 65 or Ohio 117/309to access I-75 from the fairgrounds.Signs have been placed throughoutthe area to guide traffic to and fromthe fairgrounds.-Paving of the new lanes on I-75in the northbound direction outsidethe barrier wall from just south of Fourth Street to Ohio 117/309 is nearcompletion. Paving in the southboundlanes from south of Fourth Street toOhio 117/309 interchange is expectedto begin during the week. Trafficon I-75 could be affected at times.Motorists are cautioned to watch forconcrete trucks entering and exitingthe highway over the next severalweeks as the operation continues.· Ohio 117/309 is two lanes ineach direction without a center turnlane from just east of the interchangewith I-75 to Bowman Road duringa safety upgrade project which willreconstruct areas of the pavementand install a raised curb median inthe center of the roadway. All trafficis currently traveling on the northside of the roadway while work takesplace on the south.Only two lanes of traf-fic are maintained, onelane in each direction,from Willard Avenue(Speedway) to the westof the I-75 interchange.This part of the projectwill be completed thisfall.· Ohio 81 from justwest of Stewart Road to just west of NeubrechtRoad east of Lima isone lane in each direc-tion in the existingeastbound lanes forpavement reconstruc-tion. All ramp move-ments are currentlymaintained at the inter-change with I-75.
Allen County
Pavement repair will take placeat the following locations during theweek with traffic maintained throughthe work zone. Work is being per-formed by Allen County ODOTmaintenance garage:-Ohio 66 south of Spencerville-Ohio 309 between village of Elidaand Eastown Road-Ohio 196 at the Ohio 117 inter-section-Ohio 65 at Bluelick Road-Ohio 117 between Lima and theAuglaize County line
Putnam County
Ohio 15 between Township 15Cand 16C will be restricted through thework zone for shoulder work. Workis being performed by the PutnamCounty ODOT maintenance garage.
Van Wert County
Ohio 49 inside the corporationlimits of the village of Convoy willbe restricted to one lane through thework zone for pavement repair andresurfacing. The project was antici-pated to begin Thursday. Work isbeing performed by Shelly Company,Findlay.Ohio 66 north of its intersectionwith U.S. 30 will close Monday fortwo days for a culvert replacement.Traffic will be detoured onto U.S.224 to U.S. 127, to U.S. 30 back toOhio 66. Work is being performed bythe Van Wert County ODOT mainte-nance garage.Ohio 117 near its intersectionwith Ohio 116 will close Sept. 3 fortwo days for a culvert replacement.Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio116 to Ohio 81, to Ohio 66, back toOhio 117. Work is being performedby the Van Wert County ODOT main-tenance garage.U.S. 127 three miles south of Van Wert closed Aug. 13 for 45days for bridge repair. Trafficis detoured to Ohio 709 to Ohio118 back to U.S. 127. Work isbeing performed by BrumbaughConstruction, Arcanam.
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OTTAWA — From mid-August through Labor Day,local police will be out inforce as part of the annualnationwide “Drive Sober orGet Pulled Over” crackdownon drunk driving. The crack-down, which will includehigh-visibility enforcementthroughout Putnam County,started Wednesday and will runthrough Sept. 2.The effective nationwidedrunk driving crackdownincludes high-visibility enforce-ment, high-profile events andwill be supported by nationalpaid advertising, creating acomprehensive campaign tocurb drunk driving in Augustand through the Labor Day hol-iday weekend.Deputies and other lawenforcement officers fromPutnam County will aggres-sively look for drunk driversduring the crackdown and willarrest anyone caught drivingdrunk.Although it is illegal in all 50states, the District of Columbiaand Puerto Rico to drive drunk(having a blood alcohol con-centration of .08 or higher),far too many people across thenation get behind the wheelafter consuming too much alco-hol. The latest statistics fromthe National Highway TrafficSafety Administration under-score the serious nature of thenation’s continuing drunk driv-ing epidemic.“Every year, about onethird of all motor vehicletraffic deaths involve one ormore drunk drivers or motor-cycle operators,” said MikeKlear, Putnam County SafeCommunities Coalition. “In2011, 9,878 people died incrashes involving drunk driv-ers. That works out to approxi-mately one drunk driving fatal-ity every 53 minutes.”Klear added that holidays,such as Labor Day, are particu-larly dangerous.During the Labor Day week-end in 2011, a total of 138 peo-ple were killed in motor vehicletraffic crashes involving driversor motorcycle riders with BACsof .08 g/dL or higher. Of thosefatalities, 83 percent occurredduring early evening and over-night, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.Drunk driving takes a partic-ularly heavy toll among youngdrivers. Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehi-cle traffic crashes during the2011 Labor Day weekend, 42percent were alcohol-impaired.“Research has shown thathigh-visibility enforcement likethe ‘Drive Sober or Get PulledOver’ campaign reduces drunkdriving fatalities by as muchas 20 percent. By joining thisnationwide effort, we will makePutnam County’s roadwayssafer for everyone throughoutthe Labor Day period,” saidSiefker.“We want to remind every-one that getting behind thewheel drunk is a terrible idea.Unfortunately, not only doesdrinking impair your abilityto operate a vehicle safely, italso impairs your judgment andgood sense about whether youcan or should drive. If you haveany doubt about your sobriety,do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired,you will be arrested. No warn-ings. No excuses,” Siefkerstated.Siefker noted that beingarrested for driving drunkbrings a wide range of negativeconsequences into one’s life.Drunk drivers face jail time,loss of their driver licenses andsteep financial consequences,such as higher insurance rates,attorney fees, court costs, losttime at work and the poten-tial loss of job. When family,friends and co-workers findout, violators also often facetremendous personal embar-rassment.“Driving drunk is simply notworth the risk. So don’t takethe chance. Remember, we willbe out in force and we will bewatching, so ‘Drive Sober orGet Pulled Over’,” said Siefker.For more information,visit the “Drive Sober orGet Pulled Over” CampaignHeadquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
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YWCA youth fallswim lessonsregistration open
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VAN WERT — TheYWCA of Van Wert Countyis now accepting regis-tration for its fall swimlesson session. The eight-week session begins Sept.3 and runs through Oct.23. The second fall ses-sion will begin Oct. 28and run through Dec. 18.Classes are held Monday,Tuesday and Wednesdayevenings. Call for specificclass times.The YWCA offers twobasic youth swim pro-grams: Preschool SwimProgram and Learn-to-Swim Program.The Preschool SwimProgram works with chil-dren 3-5 years of ageteaching them the basicwater propulsive skills,creating awareness of their aquatic environmentand working on gainingtheir greater aquatic inde-pendence. All preschoollevel classes have a maxi-mum of six participants toensure safe, quality one-on-one instruction. TheYWCA also offers a ParentChild class for children6 months old to 2 yearsof age which requires anadult participant to workwith the enrolled child inthe pool under an instruc-tor’s supervision and lead-ership. These classes are30 minutes long. Class feesare $42 for the eight weeksession.The Learn-to-SwimProgram begins at Level1, helping participants feelcomfortable in the waterand works up throughLevel 6, which refinesstrokes and teaches par-ticipants to swim withease, efficiency, powerand smoothness over greatdistances. All upper levelclasses have a maximumof 8 children enrolled toensure safe, quality one-on-one instruction. Theseclasses are 45 minuteslong. Class fees $56 forthe eight week sessionThe YWCA is a UnitedWay and Van Wert CountyFoundation funded agency.For more information,contact Danni Chiles,Program Director, at 419-238-6639 extension 101.
Van Wert County first in Ohio tobe named a Connected Community
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Van Wert County celebrated a first onWednesday. The county became the first certified Connectedcommunity in Ohio, meaning the county is the first to scorehigh enough to obtain the rating. That was accomplished withthe addition of fiber networks which increases connectivity andspeed.The certification was made by Connect Ohio, an organizationpromoting bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broad-band to everyone in the state.Van Wert County 911 Coordinator Kim Brandt acceptedthe certification on behalf of the team that helped completethe assessment. She recapped a few of the benefits to bringingin another broadband fiber line to back up the new fiber line,including improved service in county offices and the resultingsavings on expenses. Brandt also pointed out that the broadbandservice made it possible for Van Wert High School to broadcastcity council meetings on local access television and allows VanWert Municipal Court Judge Jill Leatherman to hold requiredarraignment hearings by video connection, saving transportationof prisoners to the courtroom and any possible problems with theprisoners.Brandt went on to describe the future benefits, saying, “Theend result will be a step toward NG911 (Next Generation 911)implementation, improved government services for residents,continued savings for taxpayers and the possibility of loweredcosts to residents for high-speed Internet and phone services.”She also noted a very important driving force for this program.“It will make Van Wert County more attractive for business,”stated Brandt.Stu Johnson, Connect Ohio executive director, highlighted themessage this dedication to high-speed Internet and broadbandconnections will give to prospective companies eyeing Van WertCounty as a new home. These companies realize that technologycapabilities and realities are infrastructure like roads and utilitiesand they are sure to want superior technology availability.“We all know the demand is there. The providers knowthe demand is there. It’s going crazy,” exclaimed Johnson.“The demand is here right now and investment is being maderight now. That is going to continue, but where is it going tobe directed? It’s going to be directed to communities that ‘getit.’ Communities that understand. Communities that embraceit. Communities who have done the work and go out and say,‘We’re here to play.’ This report tells the rest of the world thatVan Wert is ready to play.”The fact that this status is a great economic developmenttool was repeated several times during the Wednesday morningmeeting.However, there is still work to do, according to the reportbased on the assessment. There are still areas that need improve-ment, but enough progress has already been made to garner thecertification. Besides being the first certified community in Ohio,Van Wert County is only the ninth certified community in theUnited States.Highlights in the county’s assessment included availability of computers for the public in places like the Brumback Library andthe Council on Aging, extensive competition of broadband pro-viders with 18 offering services and a large percentage of countybusinesses with websites.The statistics shown Wednesday are a huge step forward froma 2007 study. In that examination, only nine providers offeredbroadband services and speeds were only slightly faster than thestate average. At that time almost three out of five respondentssaid they did not need broadband or did not understand thebenefits, and 20 percent stated broadband was unavailable attheir residences. Only 72 percent of county residents even hadcomputers at that point with only 64 percent had Internet service.
YMCA/KalidaPioneer Days 5K,Family Fun Run
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KALIDA — The YMCA/Kalida Pioneer Days 5K is on anew day Sept. 8, starting at 9 a.m.Tot Trot begins at 10 a.m. Packetpick-up and same day registra-tion opens at 8 a.m. This eventbegins and ends at the KalidaHigh School, located at 301 NThird St., Kalida. ProfessionalT-shirts for 5K participants withpre-registration while supplieslast. Awards for overall top threemale and top three female finish-ers in the 5K. Special awards forfirst, second and third male andfemale in age groups in the 5K.No duplication of awards. Pre-registration for the 5K is $15; $20for race day registration. One MileFun Run pre-registration is $10;and $15 race day registration. TotTrot registration is $5.“This is a great event for theentire family,” says Lisa Langhals,Wellness Program Director atthe Putnam County YMCA.“We have great door prizes, andrefreshments. Showers are avail-able, so bring a change of clothes,and enjoy the rest of the day atthe Pioneer.” For more informa-tion, contact the Putnam CountyYMCA at 419-523-5233 or visitthe website at www.putnamymca.org for a registration form on thenews tab.
 Elsie the Cow comingto VW Sunday
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VAN WERT — A spe-cial visitor is coming tothe Van Wert HistoricalSociety from 2-4:30 p.m.Sunday.A brown-eyed Jerseycow by the name of Elsiewill visit the Red Barnon the campus of theHistorical Society. She willbe the highlight of our newspecial display featuringVan Wert’s Borden Cheesefactory memorabilia.The real Elsie the Cowfirst became the spokes-person for Borden’s dairyproducts in the early 1930sas a cartoon figure andwent on to be featured inmovies and TV commer-cials. Elsie’s first publicdisplay was at the 1939New York Worlds’ Fairwhen she became a fixturein the Borden’s display.Reminiscent of thatdisplay, on display arerestored furniture piecesfrom Elsie’s last visit to theVan Wert County Fair in1951. Be sure to also checkout items and pictures fromVan Wert’s Borden CheeseFactory.The new display andElsie the Cow’s visit is co-sponsored by the Van WertCounty Dairy Services. Inhonor of this display, theVan Wert County DairyServices will provide freeice cream to visitors whilesupply lasts. Visitors to theVan Wert County Fair areencouraged to visit the VanWert County HistoricalSociety’s display in theAgricultural Buildingto relive more memoriesof the Van Wert BordenCheese Company plant.

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