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BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After 44 yearswith the United States Postal Service,Supervisor Dan Smith is retiring froma job he truly loved.Delphos Postmaster MarilynMulholland said Smith began his “post-al adventure” as a mail handler in 1970after serving 19 months in the Armyduring the Vietnam War.Smith’s career encompasses amultitude of management positions,including: Postmaster of JacksonCenter and Waynesfield, CustomerService Manager, Transportation DockSupervisor, Dock Foreman and GeneralForeman of third shift.“He was my Supervisor when Iwas hired into Lima back in 1988,”Mulholland recalled.Smith and his family have alwaysresided in Delphos. In 1990, whenthe supervisor position opened inDelphos, he took a downgrade towork in town and spend more timewith his family.“Rather than seeking upward mobil-ity, I wanted to see my kids and grandkidsgrow up in the town I love,” Smith said.Smith’s job as supervisor entailedrunning the floor, guiding carriers andclerks, seeing that the mail goes out,staff scheduling, payroll and handlingcustomer complaints.Clerk Janet Taff, Smith’s cousin,said Smith was an easy-going, knowl-edgeable supervisor and would alwayssteer clerks and carriers in the rightdirection.“He is a real jokester,” Taff chuck-led. “At the end of every safety talk,he would say ‘and remember, only youcan prevent forest fires’.”“Somebody said that if you lovewhat you’re doing, you never work aday in your life,” Smith said. “It’s bit-tersweet but it’s time to go.”He joked that he couldn’t stayawake here anymore.“It was never difficult to come towork,” Smith said. “The staff mademy job worth coming to everyday. It’stough to walk away.”Smith said he will miss the peopleand the job.What does the future hold for him?“Antiquing down the coast andspending more time with my grandkids,” Smith summed it up. “Lookingforward to a new life!”
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Opinion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
Saturday, August 31, 2013
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Jefferson wins home opener, p6Those Were The Days ... Ripcord!, p3
Getting to know ...... the Canal Days 5K Run, Fun Run Chair
SchaferBY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — On Sundayof Canal Days, all runningenthusiasts are invited totake part in the 12th annual5K Run, which will begin at10 a.m. in front of WDOH.Registration will begin at8:30 a.m. on the corner of Second and Main streets. A2K Fun Run — which doesnot require registration —will also start from the samelocation at 9:15 a.m.Canal Days 5 K Run ChairMichelle Schafer has beenhelping with Canal Days forthe past 10 years after servingas a member of the ChamberBoard.“I have been the 5K RaceDirector since 2008,” Schaferstated.She said preparation forthe race begins with send-ing out registration forms topast participants, orderingshirts and mugs, organizingpost-race refreshments andrecruiting volunteers.
See 5K, page 10
Smith sealsenvelope on44 years atpost office
During the laughter-filled retirement party for Supervisor Dan Smith, Clerk Marilyn Mulholland “toasted”Smith with both funny and serious sentiments from the people he loved to work with the past 22 years. (DelphosHerald/Stephanie Groves)
Virtual academydraws 125 students
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Tuesday marked the first day of the 2013-14 school year for Delphos students and the beginning of thesecond year for Delphos Digital Academy (DDA), which isvirtual classroom setting that allows non-traditional studentsaccess to online coursework 24/7.Principal John Edinger said that the digital academy cur-rently has 125 students enrolled. Of that number, 30 are full-time students and the balance of them are taking extra-creditcourses tied to the common core.“Through Credit Flex, students have their own agenda butmust have approval by our administration team,” Edingerexplained.Credit Flex consists of two options for high school stu-dents; project-based proposals and testing to show mastery of a course. The project based option enables a student to earncredit through non-traditional activities and requires develop-ing a project and working with a Credit Flex Coordinator,who will oversee the project and credit. All projects must beapproved by the Credit Flex Committee. Students planning aproject for credit must outline the learning goals, action plan,assessments and timeline in a paragraph form.The second option for students is to test out of a 1⁄2 creditof various high school classes. They can master out of a courseentirely by passing both the Semester A Credit Flex and theSemester B Credit Flex. This opportunity helps students reachthe goal of graduation and is based on mastery of information.Partly cloudytoday with a 40percent chanceof showersan thunder-storms. Highsin the mid 80s.Partly cloudytonight with a 20 percentchance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in theupper 60s. See page 2.
After missing the first full day of classes and two hours of their second day due tofog, Franklin Elementary School kindergartners Dominic Boughan, left, and KellenCarder burn off some steam with a footrace Friday morning prior to school openingits doors to students. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
 Franklin kindergarteners see first day of school 
See VIRTUAL, page 10
Tickets stillavailable forOtto concert
Tickets are still avail-able for the James Ottoconcert at 8 p.m. today atthe Van Wert County Fair.Otto is a contemporarycountry music performerwith two previous GrammyAward nominations. His richvoice with a country-soul fla-vor has become well knownsince he started with his firstcharted singles in 2002.Opening for Otto is thewell-known Ohio groupExploit, the band with a greatrange of music. Exploit hasperformed in the Van Wertarea and the band is lookingforward to a good turnoutwhen they open for Otto.Ticket prices for theconcert are $20 for trackand box seats and $15for grandstand seating.Tickets can be purchasedat the fairgrounds office.
OttoFriday’s football scoresBryan 69Van Wert 0Elida 20St. John’s 0Jefferson 48Waynes.-Gosh. 3Spencerville 19Perry 13Crestview 21Parkway 0TODAY
Boys Soccer: Archboldat Fort Jennings, 6 p.m.;Celina at Kalida.Girls Soccer: Lincolnviewat Van Wert, 10 a.m.; Kalidaat Wauseon, 1 p.m.; St. John’sat Lima Senior, 2:30 p.m.Volleyball (10 a.m.):St. John’s at Kenton;Spencerville at St.Marys Inv.; Arlingtonat Columbus Grove.Cross Country: Ottoville,Spencerville, Lincolnviewand Kalida at CG Inv.,9 a.m.; St. John’s andElida at WapakonetaNight Meet, 7:15 p.m.
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 56
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
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Joseph M. Imber
Sept. 26, 1945Aug. 28, 2013
Joseph M. Imber, 67,passed away Wednesday athis home in St. Simons Island,Ga.He was born Sept 26, 1945,in Delphos to Donald F. Sr.and Elizabeth Steinle Imber,who preceded him in death.He is survived by sister,Phyllis Turnwald of Ottoville;brothers, Donald Imber of Onstead, Mich.; George(Adele) Imber of Potomac,Md.; and Arthur (Becky)Imber of Westerville; andsister-in-law, Anna Imber of Paris, Ky.He was preceded in deathby a brother, Peter Imber;a brother-in-law, JeromeTurnwald; and sister-in-law,Louise Imber.Joe was a member of theU.S. Air Force. He was alsoa teacher, an accountant inCalifornia and had a swim-ming pool maintenance busi-ness in Georgia.A private service will beheld at a future date with buri-al in Resurrection Cemetery,Delphos.A boy was born Aug. 28 toBrooke and Wes Liebrecht of Delphos.A girl was born Aug. 29to Stormy and Jordan Kill of Spencerville.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Partly cloudy with a40 percent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in the mid80s. West winds around 5 mph.
Partly cloudy. A20 percent chance of showers andthunderstorms through midnight.Lows in the upper 60s. Southeastwinds around 5 mph.
Partly cloudy. A20 percent chance of showers andthunderstorms in the afternoon.Highs in the upper 80s. Southwestwinds around 10 mph.
Mostlycloudy with a 40 percent chanceof showers and thunderstorms.Lows in the upper 60s. Southwestwinds around 10 mph.
Partly cloudy.Highs around 80.
Mostlyclear. Lows in the mid 50s. Highsin the upper 70s.Wheat $6.24Corn $6.27Soybeans $14.56
Information submitted
The following is a weekly report concerningconstruction and maintenance work on state high-ways within the Ohio Department of TransportationDistrict 1, which includes the counties of Allen,Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam,Van Wert and Wyandot. This report is issued eachweek beginning in April and continues throughNovember.For the latest in statewide construction, visitwww.ohgo.com. Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.
Construction and Maintenance ProjectsWeek of Sept. 2I-75 Reconstruction ProjectI-75 Reconstruction Project
For the most recent information concerningthe I-75 reconstruction project through Lima andAllen County and the safety upgrade of Ohio117/309 on Lima’s east side, please visit: www.odotlima75.org**There will be no lane restrictions through theproject area during Labor Day weekend
I-75 between Fourth Street and Ohio 81 inLima
will have occasional nighttime lane restric-tions during reconstruction of the existing lanes of pavement, replacement of mainline bridges andreconstruction of the interchanges. Work beganin March 2013 and will continue through fall of 2015. Traffic is maintained two lanes in each direc-tion the majority of the time. Lane restrictions gen-erally occur from 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. the followingmorning. The following is project information forthe coming week:
Ohio 117/309 interchange
The entrance ramp to I-75 northbound fromOhio117/309 closed Thursday for at least onemonth to allow for construction of the new north-bound ramp and new northbound pavement onI-75.Traffic on Ohio 117/309 eastbound wishing toaccess I-75 northbound will be directed to Ohio117, Greely Chapel Road to Fourth Street back toI-75. Ohio 117/309 westbound will be directed toLost Creek Boulevard, Ohio 117, Greely ChapelRoad and Fourth Street back to I-75.
Fourth Street interchange
The entrance ramp from Fourth Street to I-75northbound is now open. The exit ramp from I-75northbound to Fourth Street was opened in midAugust.The southbound entrance and exit ramps atFourth Street remain closed for reconstruction.Traffic is detoured to the Ohio 65 interchangethen north on Ohio 65 (St. Johns Road) to FourthStreet. Electronic message boards have beenplaced on I-75 advising motorists to use Ohio 65.
I-75 Mainline
Traffic on I-75 northbound has been switchedonto the new concrete pavement from just south of Fourth Street to a point prior to the Ohio 117/309interchange where traffic is then transitioned backto the existing pavement. This will allow crewsto complete the construction of the new concretepavement at the south end of the project.Paving of the new lanes on I-75 in the north-bound direction outside the barrier wall from justsouth of Fourth Street to Ohio 117/309 is nearcompletion. Paving in the southbound lanes fromsouth of Fourth Street to the Ohio 117/309 inter-change is expected to begin next week. Trafficon I-75 could be affected at times. Motorists arecautioned to watch for concrete trucks entering andexiting the highway over the next several weeks asthe operation continues.Following the Labor Day holiday, occasionalnighttime lane closures will continue on I-75throughout the zone from Fourth Street to Ohio81 generally from 7 p.m. until approximately 10a.m. the following day. Normal traffic patternsof two lanes in each direction will resume duringdaytime hours.Motorists should be aware that all entranceand exit ramp merge areas have been shortenedthroughout the project area. Drivers on I-75 areencouraged to use the passing lane through thezone if they do not wish to exit. Signs advisingthis have been placed throughout the project area.In preparation for Max’s Flea Market andWater Dog Races, message boards have been acti-vated on I-75 directing northbound traffic to exit124 (4th St.) and southbound traffic to exit 125 (SR117/309) to access the event at the Allen CountyFairgrounds. Temporary signage which has beenplaced directing traffic to the fairgrounds for boththe Allen County Fair and Max’s Flea Market willbe removed next week.
LaDonna P.,86, of Spencerville, funeralservices will be at 11 a.m.today in the Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home inSpencerville, with her son-in-law, the Rev. Rex Schrolucke,officiating. Burial will followin the Spencerville Cemetery.Friends may call one hourprior to services. Memorialsmay be made to Trinity UnitedMethodist Church.
Delphos St. John’sWeek of September 2-6
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Sub sandwich/ lettuce/ tomato/ pickle, carrots,Romaine salad, applesauce, fresh fruit, milk.Wednesday: Corn dog, broccoli/cheese, Romaine salad,cherry crisp, fresh fruit, milk.Thursday: Chicken patty sandwich, mashed potatoes/gravy,Romaine salad, sherbet, fresh fruit, milk.Friday: Tacos/ soft/ hard/ lettuce, tomato/ cheese/ onion,black beans, Romaine salad, peaches, fresh fruit, milk.—————
Delphos City Schools
Grab and go lunches are available every day and must beordered by 9 a.m.
Week of September 2-6
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Popcorn chicken, bread and butter, broccoli/cheese, fruit, milk.Wednesday: Pizza, mixed vegetables, fruit, milk.Thursday: Soft taco, lettuce and cheese, refried beans, corn,mandarin oranges, milk.Friday: Toasted cheese, tomato soup, baby carrots, fruit,milk.—————
OttovilleWeek of September 2-6
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Cold sub, baked beans, pineapple, milk.Wednesday: Breaded chicken strips, steamed carrots, butterbread, grapes, milk.Thursday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes w/gravy, butterbread, green beans, banana, milk.Friday: Pizza, pretzels, brownie, peaches, milk.—————
Fort Jennings Local Schools
Chocolate, white or strawberry milk served with all meals.High school - Ala Carte pretzel and cheese every Friday.Additional fruit and vegetable daily for high school. Salad barwill be Wednesday and pretzel and cheese on Fridays.
Week of September 2-6
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Cheesy rotini, breadstick, peas, fruit.Wednesday: Spicy chicken sandwich, cheese slice, bakedbeans, cookie, fruit.Thursday: Pizzaburger, green beans, shape up, fruit.Friday: Ham and cheese wrap, cheesy rice, broccoli, fruit.—————
Spencerville SchoolsWeek of September 2-6
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Grades K-4: Hot dog on a bun, baked beans, freshveggie and dip, pears, milk. Grades 5-12: Footlong hot dog on abun, baked beans, fresh broccoli and dip, pears, milk.Wednesday: Bacon and egg breakfast pizza, smiley fries,grapes, milk.Thursday: Doritos taco salad, lettuce and cheese, salsa andsour cream, 100 percent juice, milk.Friday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh veg-gie and dip, sweet dinner roll, applesauce, milk.—————
C. Gordon ‘Gordo’Fullerton
Oct. 11, 1936-Aug. 21, 2013
Charles Gordon Fullerton,76, of Lancaster, Calif.,passed away Aug. 21, 2013 inLancaster.He was born on Oct. 11,1936, in Rochester, N.Y.,to his parents, Mr. CharlesFullerton and Mrs. GraceFullerton. Gordon was theoldest of three children.He married Marie J.Buettner in Delphos, Ohio,on July 6, 1968. They had twochildren.Gordon was an EagleScout. He attended CaliforniaInstitute of Technologyand graduated in 1958with a Master’s Degree inMechanical Engineering. Heretired as a United States AirForce Colonel after 30 years of service. Fullerton flew nuclearbombers for the Strategic AirCommand during the ColdWar, joined the astronautcorps at the end of the Apolloprogram and helped designand test the space shuttle. Heflew the shuttle Enterprise inthree of its five test flights.Eventually, he logged 382hours in space during histwo shuttle flights, STS-3and 51-F. Gordon later spentsome 20 years as a researchpilot for NASA Dryden FlightResearch Center at EdwardsAir Force Base, often at thecontrols of the B-52 mother-ship and 747 shuttle carrieraircraft. Gordon’s passionsincluded spending time withhis five grandchildren, hiking,long bike rides and Saturdaymorning garage sales.Gordon will be remem-bered by his loving wifeand their children, MollyMansubi and Andy (Kathleen)Fullerton; five grandchildren,Kobe, Cameron and KyleMansubi and Keira and EliseFullerton. He is also survivedby his two sisters, JeanneSchulz and Ann Fullerton.He was preceded in deathby his parents, Charles R. andGrace (Sherman) Fullerton.Relatives and friends wereinvited to a Mass for theResurrection in celebration forGordon at 10 a.m. Saturday,Aug. 24 at Sacred HeartChurch, 565 West Kettering,Lancaster, Calif. 93534. ACelebration of Life was heldat 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26at NASA Dryden, EdwardsAir Force Base. Intermentwill take place at ArlingtonNational Cemetery, Arlington,Va.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily has requested that dona-tions may be sent to DogTags for Military Kids, 661-940-7624; ProCare Hospice,1-888-573-7305 and BoyScouts of America.To send condolences toMarie Fullerton, contacther at 44046 28th St. West,Lancaster, CA 93536 ormfnurse@yahoo.com.Funeral arrangements arebeing handled by Halley OlsenMurphy, Lancaster Chapel,www.homlancaster.com.A full biography of Fullerton is available onlineat www.nasa.gov/content/retired-nasa-astronaut-test-pilot-gordon-fullerton-dies/#.Uhu5p7aXPvY, whichincludes a video about Gordon,and www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/Biographies/Pilots/bd-dfrc-p004.html.
ODOT releases weekly road report
One Year Ago
This week, Ottovillewill say goodbye to VillageMarket, its only grocerystore, which has been a partof the community since itwas founded as a small gen-eral store in the 1880s byJ. J. Miller. It was one of Ohio’s largest general mer-chandise store in the 1900s.With heavy hearts, fourth-generation owners Jay andMike Miller make ready toclose the business that hasbeen part of their family formore than 100 years.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Narrators and tractordrivers visited show plotsMonday to prepare for theFarm Focus ’88 wagon tours.The wagon tours offer theopportunity to see morethan 150 different herbicideweed control treatments oncorn and soybeans and morethan 500 different crop cul-tural treatments. Narrators of the tour are Earl Gerdeman,vocational agriculture teacherat Lincolnview High School;Calvin Leimbach, actingAllen County agriculturalextension agent; and DonaldKimmet, Putnam Countyagricultural extension agent.John Cassudt of Trentontook home the best of showtrophy from the Delphos AreaCar Club show Saturday.Visitors to the show atJefferson Senior High Schoolselected Cassidy’s black andwhite 1919 Oakland 34Btouring car the best among247 entries. Bill and JackieCoulson of Van Wert won thepresident and directors awardwith their 1930 Studebaker.The Rev. Susan A. Fleminghas assumed the pastorate atSt. Paul United MethodistChurch, 335 S. Main St., suc-ceeding the Rev. Allan Brown.She comes to Delphos after10 years on the Houcktowncircuit near Findlay. Rev.Fleming studied theology atUnited Theological Seminary,Dayton, where she received amaster of divinity.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Two Delphos JeffersonHigh School students pre-sented the program at themeeting of the local RotaryClub at noon Wednesdayat NuMaude’s. They hadrecently returned from aFuture Farmers of Americatrip to Europe. These youngmen, Randy Bowersock andCharles Plikerd, addressed theclub covering incidents on thetrip and presented a series of colored slides showing scenesin the various countries whichthey visited.Mrs. Gilbert Brandehoff entertained the members of the Charity Workers ClubWednesday in her home onEast Second Street. The eve-ning was spent playing gamesof five hundred with highhonors going to Mrs. EdmundGrothaus. Mrs. Grothauseand Lucy Mueller receivedthe traveling awards.Delphos Coon andSportsmen’s Club has released100 pheasants in this area forpublic hunting. Money forthe pheasants was receivedfrom city merchants who paidan additional 25-cent fee onhunting and fishing licenses.The club releases rabbits inthe spring and pheasants inthe summer annually as apublic service.
See ARCHIVES, page 10See ODOT, page 10
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Area Agency on Aging3 will host A Matter of Balance Coach Trainingfrom 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25and 26.The training is for thosewho have concerns aboutfalling, would like to reducethe fear of falling andincrease the activity levelsof older adults or have adesire to improve the healthand well-being of the com-munity.Three Ohioans die everyday because of a fall. Thenumber of injury-related fallsacross the nation is reachingepidemic proportions.To try to help stop thesenumbers from rising, con-sider the opportunity tobecome a volunteer layleader by coming to thetraining sessions. Only 20seats are available and lunchwill be provided both days.The sessions will takeplace at the Area Agencyon Aging 3, 220 E. HighSt., Lima, in the third floorconference room.Deadline to register isSept. 20. Contact DancieMohler, the AAA 3 HealthEducation Coordinator/AMOB Master Trainer, atdmohler@psa3.org to reg-ister.
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The following pets are available for adoption throughThe Van Wert Animal Protective League:Cats
Minx, M, 4 years, 2 1/2 years, neutered, front dew-clawed, yellow mackerel, tiger, names Sherman Tank andMini MeM, 3 years, shots, dew-clawed, neutered, black/gray/white, named Figero
M, F, 9 weeks, shots, dewormed, black and white, whiteand grayM, F, 6 months, angora, gray stripedM, F, orange, tabby
Dachshund, M, 12 years, long haired, shots, namedIndyBrown Lab, F, 12 years, spaded, shots, name MontanaBlack Lab, F, 4 years, name LilyRat Terrier, F, 11 years, spayed, name ZayShepherd mix, F, 3 years, black and brown, name BellaLab/Beagle/Dalmatian, M, 3 years, fixed, shots, whitewith black spots, name CasperShepherd mix, F, 3 years, fixed, yellow, name FoxyMix, F, 1 year, black and brown, medium size, nameLucy
For more information on these pets or if you are inneed of finding a home for your pet, contact The AnimalProtective League from 9-5 weekdays at (419) 749-2976.If you are looking for a pet not listed, call to be puton a waiting list in case something becomes available.Donations or correspondence can be sent to PO Box321, Van Wert, OH 45891.Meet Sonic, a handsomeblonde lab-mix that mostcertainly holds true to hisname. At first he may comeoff timid but once you hangout with this fella, you’llexperience the surprisingamount of love and energyhe has. He loves to runand like any young buckhe loves to play even if he’sby himself 
A brown tiger with asleek and slender frame, Elaine has a beautiful faceand hopes to melt yourheart. She is very friendlyand would love a home tocall her own. By the way- she’d love any type of home. She gets along greatwith everyone and I caneven learn to love (gasp!)dogs!!!The Humane Society of Allen County has many petswaiting for adoption. Each comes with a spay or neuter, first shots and a heartworm test. Call 419-991-1775.
One of our most memorable family vaca-tions occurred in the summer of 1980. Mywife, Janie, and I took our three children fora two-week vacation with most of it spent inFlorida. We went to an Atlanta Braves gameand took pictures of players like Dale Murphy.We spent a few days at Daytona Beach andthought it was really cool to get to drive ontoand park our Chevy Impala on the beach there.We also spent time at Clearwater Beach andhave lots of pictures of our time spent at thosebeaches. However, the highlight of our tripwas our time spent in Orlando at Walt DisneyWorld. I was recently looking through ourphoto album of that great vacation and ourtime at the Magic Kingdom and remembering“those were the days.”We took in the sights, met Mickey and someof his friends and went on a lot of rides. Theride I remember the most was Space Mountain.We got in line and noticed the warning signsabout needing to be aware of potential prob-lems for people with heart problems. Therewere also age/size limitations but our kids werealso old/big enough to qualify for the thrill ride.Only two people were allowed in each “car” soChrissy, 7, and I were in front, Mike, 11, andJohn, 8, were two cars behind us, with Janieand one of the cameras in the car between therest of us.We didn’t realize it but back then SpaceMountain was like an indoor roller coasterride in the dark. You couldn’t see which wayyou were going to turn or drop next so it wasimpossible to brace or prepare yourself forwhat was about to happen.Janie spent her time hanging on and yellingat the rest of us to make sure we were doingalright. I spent my time hanging onto Chrissyand silently praying that we would all survivethe ride. I remember telling the Lord that if wemade it out of Space Mountain alive, I wouldnever ride on another roller coaster. We didmake it and I’ve kept my word – no more rollercoasters/thrill rides for me.Flash forward to a few weeks ago whenour daughter, her husband, their three chil-dren, Janie and I spent a day at “Michigan’sAdventure” thrill ride, entertainment and waterpark. We all agreed that it was OK for me to“sacrifice” not going on any of the rides, butthat I would take pictures and movies of therest of the family having fun. Remember, Imade a promise to the Lord…Our grandchildren Jaynah, 12, Johnny, 9,and Jamey, 6, were fearless as they joinedBrian, Chrissy and Janie on thrill rides thatwould have caused most mere mortals to passout or become sick. No roller coaster or ridethat turned them upside down and inside outwas too tough for them. I marveled at theirenthusiasm and eagerness to go on ride afterride after ride. They were having a great time.It was thrill enough for me to be privileged tobe with them and get to record some of theiradventures that we could later look at and enjoyfor years to come.Yes, I was doing fine until we arrivedat The Ripcord. It is a “special” ride. Sospecial that each person has to pay an extra$15 to get to go on it. Brian offered to payand dared any three of our family membersto go on The Ripcord. Much to his surprise,Janie was the first one to take him up on it.Jaynah was quick to say that she wanted togo with Mamaw and Johnny insisted he alsowanted to go. The rest of us had to watch asthey each signed a “disclaimer” that if theydied of a heart attack or were killed/injured inany way that Michigan’s Adventure was notresponsible.We watched as they waited in line and thenhad help putting on their harnesses/equipmentneeded for the ride. I watched through the lensof the camera as they hooked them up andbegan lifting them into the air. My legs gota little weak as they lifted them higher andhigher and finally stopped at 180 feet abovethe ground!My legs were getting weak, there was alump in my throat and my eyes were tearingup as I watched. Jaynah pulled the ripcord asshe had been instructed and they plunged headfirst into a dive toward the earth at a speed of about 80 miles an hour! It was with great relief that they started flying like Superman beforehitting the ground. Back and forth they wentabove my head until the ride was over and theywere unhooked from the ripcord. They smiledand waved at the camera as they arrived safelyback on the ground.You may think that it sounds like I’m abit of a chicken. Actually, I’ve taken a lot of risks in my life. But when it comes to thrillrides … not so much. There are a number of things I hope to accomplish before I meetmy maker. But The Ripcord is not on my“bucket list.”
Those Were The Days 
Pastor Dan Eaton
 Medicaid expansionbackers eye Ohioballot effort 
COLUMBUS (AP) Backers of Medicaid expan-sion have started gatheringinitial signatures in an effortthat could put the idea beforeOhio voters if the Republican-controlled Legislature fails toact.A formal announcementabout the campaign and itsplayers is expected to comenext week, Jon Allison of the Ohio Alliance for HealthTransformation said Friday.State lawmakers havebeen trying to find commonground on whether to expandMedicaid health coverageto more low-income peoplesince Republican Gov. JohnKasich proposed an extensionof the program in February.GOP leaders pulled it from thestate budget, and the issue hasyet to gain traction.The House speaker recent-ly said his chamber wouldn’tbe ready to take any actionon Medicaid by October, butmore likely by year’s end.Allison’s broad coalitionof Ohio hospitals, businessgroups, consumer advocatesand religious organizationssupports Medicaid expansion,as does AARP Ohio. Andthey’re focused on gettingstate lawmakers to approvethe program’s extension,Allison said.“Legislative action toauthorize Medicaid expansionremains the No. 1 priority,” hesaid in a phone interview.A petition to get the pro-posal on the ballot must cleara variety of hurdles to be suc-cessful. Supporters have togather a certain number of valid signatures from reg-istered voters. Once thoseare verified, the GeneralAssembly has four months toact on the proposed law. If legislators pass, amend or takeno action, then supplementalpetitions may be circulatedto get it before Ohio voters inNovember 2014.

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