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Mostly sunnytoday and cleartonight. Highsin the mid70s and lowsin the lower50s. See page 2A.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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 Fort Jennings takes first in Van Wert County Fair Cheer Competition
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—After sleeping in a biton Sunday from all the Saturday nightactivity of Canal Days, be sure to slatesome time to enjoy the annual parade of classic cars, military vehicles, marchingbands and fire trucks. The Grand Paradesteps off at 2 p.m. from the corner of State and Second streets and proceedsdown Second Street to St. John’s School.Parade chair Jay Leininger said hehas been volunteering with Canal Daysfor three years.“I got involved in 2010 with theDelphos Fire Department helping withthe Water Ball Contest on Saturdayand the Canal Days Grand Parade onSunday,” Leininger said.Preparations for the event begin afew months in advance when DanaSteinbrenner helped Leininger contactthe City to schedule road closures forthe parade and Life Flight for the startof the parade.“Steve Martz will be a major helpto me with the final touches the nightbefore the parade,” Leininger explained.The whole fire department playsa significant role in getting everyonewhere they need to be and they directtraffic during the parade.
…the Canal Days Parade Chair
The Fort Jennings High School Competition Team took first place in the senior team division at the Van Wert County Fair Cheer CompetitionSaturday. Team members include, in no order, Emily Grone, Andrea Ricker, Cassie Horstman, Jamie Saum, Stephanie Korte, Lindsey Trentman, Sarah Hellman, Alyssa Wiedeman, Jenna Calvelage, Sarah Chandler, Lydia Mesker, Olivia Wieging, Erin Eickholt, Devyn Wiechart, JordanHorstman and Hailey Young. See the competition results and more photos on page 8A. (Delphos Herald/Dena Martz)
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Pathfinders 4-H Club piles up awards at Van Wert County Fair
See PARADE, page 8APathfinders of Delphos 4-H Club member Kurt Hoerstenraked in the trophies at this year’s Van Wert County Fair.He placed first in Swine Black Inc.; first in class in the RyanTrentman Open Show; was Champion Swine Showman;Reserve Champion Showman of Showmen; placed thirdoverall in Farrow to Finish; and first in class Market Hog.Fellow Pathfinder Sophie Wilson wasChampion of Champions in sheep, placedfirst in class and third in class, took firstplace in Lightweight Market Lamb and wasGrand Champion Performance Lamb (atleft). Wilson also took beef to the fair. She tooksecond place in showmanship, first place inclass, third place in class and below, ReserveChampion Beef Feeder (above). Read morein Wednesday’s paper. (Submitted photos)
Ottoville holds 51st annual Park Festival 
The King and Queen and Junior King and Queen crowning took placeduring the opening ceremony of the 51st annual 2013 Ottoville Park Carnivalon Saturday afternoon. Candidates vying for the title of king and queen sold atotal of $6,219 worth of raffle tickets and the Junior King and Queen contend-ers raised $4,167. The top sellers are honored with the titles of Ottoville ParkCarnival King and Queen. Pictured at left from the left are: 2013 King RyanKemper; 2013 Junior King Trent Kortokrax; 2012 Junior King DamienGudakunst; 2012 Junior Queen Destiny Davis; 2013 Junior Queen MiahGriner; and 2013 Queen Danielle Trenkamp. Below: The Dino Bounce wasthe place to be Saturday. (Delphos Herald/Stephanie Groves)
First Financial Bank willhost the 28th annual DelphosCanal Days Arts and CraftsShow Sept. 20 and 21.Anyone interested inexhibiting can contact anyassociated at the bank at419-695-8110. All items andexhibitors are welcome.Artist Judy Tolhurst fromLady Bug Creations will holda demonstration on Sept. 21.
Arts and CraftsShow takingexhibitorsSignups starttoday for fallStorytime/Toddlertime
The Delphos PublicLibrary Fall/Winter sessionof Toddlertime and Storytimeis set to begin in Septemberwith sign up for both groupsstarting today. Registrationis required for both groups.Toddlertime is structuredfor children ages 18 monthsto 3 years, accompanied bya caregiver. It meets at 10a.m. and 11 a.m. every otherThursday beginning Sept. 19through Dec. 5. The groupsare limited to 15 children.Storytime is designedfor children ages 3-6 and isoffered at 10:30 a.m. everyTuesday and At 6:30 p.m.every Thursday beginningSept. 24 and ending Dec. 12.Contact the librarywith questions or to reg-ister at 419-695-4015.CHICAGO (AP) — Whencity students arrived for thefirst day of school underthe blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with someunusual school supplies: waterbottles, fans and wet towelsto drape around their necks.What they couldn’t alwaysoffer was air conditioning.“It’s kind of hard to focusbecause everyone was sweat-ing,” said Deniyah Jones,a 12-year-old 7th-grader atNash Elementary School onChicago’s West Side, whichhas just a few window unitsfor the entire fortress-likebrick and stone building.This year’s late August heatexposed a tug-of-war in schooldistricts that are under pressureto start school earlier than everbut are unable to pay to equipaging buildings with air con-ditioning. Parents who worryhot classrooms are a disadvan-tage for their kids are issuingan ultimatum: Make classescooler or start the year later.“Thinking about air con-ditioning — we can’t evenafford new textbooks,” saidBement Community UnitSchool District SuperintendentSheila Greenwood, whooversees a tiny district of 380 students about 20 milessouthwest of Champaign, Ill.
‘Heat days’ morecommon forsweaty schools
 
2A The Herald Tuesday, September 3, 2013
For The Record
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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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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 57
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerLori 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
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly sunny.Highs in the mid 70s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT:
Clear. Lowsin the lower 50s. Northwestwinds around 5 mph throughmidnight becoming light andvariable.
WEDNESDAY:
Mostlysunny. Highs in the lower80s. West winds around 10mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT:
 Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 50s. Northwest windsaround 5 mph.
THURSDAY THROUGHFRIDAY:
Mostly clear. Highsin the lower 80s. Lows in themid 50s.
FRIDAY NIGHTTHROUGH SATURDAYNIGHT:
Mostly clear. Lowsin the lower 60s. Highs in themid 80s.
SUNDAY THROUGHMONDAY:
Partly cloudy.Highs in the mid 80s. Lowsin the lower 60s.
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Betty Joan Fuerst
Nov. 10, 1934-Sept. 1, 2013
Betty Joan Fuerst, 78, of Delphos, died at 4:36 p.m.Sunday at Vancrest HealthcareCenter of Delphos.She was born Nov. 10,1934, in Landeck, to OswaldP. and Irene (Blockberger)Klaus, who preceded her indeath.She was united in mar-riage to Norbert Fuerst onJuly 11, 1951. He precededher in death on June 2, 2004.Survivors include threesons, Gordon (Helen) Fuerst of Delphos, Louis (Ann) Fuerstof Findlay and Roger Fuerstof Delphos; three daughters,Judith (James) Looser of Ottoville, Constance (Mark)Buettner of Elida and Elaine(Darren) Abram of Delphos;two sisters, Virginia Gunter of Delphos and Shirley (Gerald)Ladd of Landeck; two daugh-ter-in-laws, Carole Fuerst of Minster and Barbara Hooleyof Delphos; 16 grandchildren;18 great-grandchildren; andone great-great-grandchild.She was also preceded indeath by two sons, Dennis J.Fuerst and Richard L. Fuerst;her daughter, Denise Fuerst;a sister, Mildred Miller Ulm;three brothers, Leroy, Pauland John Klaus; and a step-grandson, Nicholas Yaeger.Mrs. Fuerst worked forHostess Vending company.She was a member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch and VFW Auxiliary.She enjoyed gardening,playing cards, jigsaw puz-zles, bingo and watching theCincinnati Reds, but most of all she truly enjoyed spendingtime with her children andgrandchildren.Mass of Christian burialwill be at 11 a.m. Friday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, with Father ChrisBohnsack officiating. Burialwill follow at St. John’sCemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home and aParish Wake will be at 6 p.m.There will also be a VFWAux. service on Thursday.Memorial contributionsmay be made to VFW 3035 orSt. John’s Parish Foundation.To leave online condolenc-es for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.
David Frost, known forNixon interview, dies at 74
LONDON (AP) — David Frost had sparred with RichardNixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with theformer president three years after he stepped down in disgraceover Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost real-ized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixonthat he had been wrong.Nixon had admitted making mistakes, but Frost put downhis clipboard and pressed his subject on whether that wasenough. Americans, he said, wanted to hear him own up to hismisdeeds and acknowledge abusing the power of the WhiteHouse.“Unless you say it, you’re going to be haunted for the restof your life,” the British broadcaster told Nixon.What came next were some of the most extraordinary com-ments ever made by a politician on television. For Frost, whodied Saturday, it was the signature moment of an illustrioustelevision career that spanned half a century and includedinterviews with a long list of the world’s most powerful andfamous, including virtually every British prime minister andU.S. president of his time.A natural at TV hosting, he seemed to effortlessly inhabitthe worlds of entertainment and politics. As a satirist, a gameshow host and a journalist, he disarmed others with unfailingaffability and personal charm.“He had an extraordinary ability to draw out the interview-ee, knew exactly where the real story lay and how to get at it,”former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said. Frost, he added,“was also a thoroughly kind and good-natured man.”Blair’s former communications chief, Alastair Campbell,added on Twitter that Frost was one of the best interviewers“because his sheer niceness could lull you into saying thingsyou didn’t intend.”
One Year Ago
The Ottoville Park Carnival Royaltyreturned for the 50th celebration. The firstking, Dan Weber, was crowned in 1970. Thefirst queen, Sharon (Koester) Wannemacher,was crowned in 1968. The 2012 ParkCarnival King and Queen are Rachel Beiningand Zac Weber. 2012 saw the first juniorking and queen contest. Damien Gudakunstand Destinee Davis were the junior king andqueen.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Black Swamp Quilters Club will conducta raffle of a handstitched iris appliqué quiltat its show in conjunction with Canal Days.The show will be Sept. 16-18 at the DelphosPublic Library. Showing the quilt are SallyDickerhoof of Annie’s Fabrics and Crafts,where the quilt is on display, and Sue Gillerand Martha Fletcher, members of the quiltersclub.The annual Ottoville Park Carnival is setfor Sunday. Crowning of the king and queenwill be at 12:30 p.m., followed by the paradeat 1 p.m. Entrants for the queen competitionare Sherri Bendele, Sharon Gasser, KellyKaufman and Marie Schnipke. King candi-dates are Steve Hilvers, Bob Hohlbein, TonyLanghals and Pete Urton.Jefferson volleyball team downed LimaTemple Christian 15-5 and 15-8 to improveits record to 2-0. Temple Christian is 0-1.Tina Closson led Jefferson going 10 of 14in serving with five aces. Jefferson alsowon the reserve match 15-9 and 16-14. LoriJettinghoff led Jefferson with eight of 12 onserves with six aces. Stefanie Kraft was eightof 13 with six aces.
50 Years Ago – 1963
St. John’s Rosary Altar Society will holdits first meeting of the season Sept. 9 in theLittle Theater of St. John’s School. A potluckdinner will be served followed by a meetingand social hour. The committee in charge of the potluck dinner has announced that meatwill be furnished and members are askedto bring a covered dish. Chairmen for thedinner are Mrs. Richard Renner and Mrs.Kenneth Schimmoeller.Delphos Lions discussed two forthcom-ing projects at their dinner meeting Tuesdaynight. The club will hold a stag fish fry atthe Firemen’s Clubhouse at Waterworks Parkon Sept. 30. Annual Pancake Day will beNov. 2. John Pitsenbarger is chairman of thePancake Day committee. The event will beheld in the Franklin School cafeteria.A Delphos woman was among the win-ners of the prizes given during NationalHardware Week. Mrs. Ed Hotz received aWearever electric grill and warmer with acontrol. Mrs. Hotz registered at DelphosHardware Company.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Charles Myers, proprietor of MyersCleaners, has leased the Milan Mox build-ing, corner of Main and Fifth streets. Thebuilding was formerly occupied by RaabeMotor Sales. Myers stated the building willbe used by Myers Cleaners to store trucksand for a repair shop and wash rack wherethe company trucks will be serviced andcleaned.A number from Delphos plan to go toKalida on Saturday to attend the 66th annualPioneer Day. Athletic events will be held inthe morning, including a bicycle race anda pie-eating contest. Musical entertainmentwill be furnished by the Thomas Brothers of Vaughnsville, the Edward’s Indian VillageEntertainers and various bands.Final plans have been completed for thespecial all-day services and dedication of the new Pilgrim Church, South Bredeick, onSept. 4. There will be a basket dinner andsupper with services in the morning, after-noon and evening. The church was startedthis spring under the supervision of the Rev.C. A. Ford.
Motorcyclecrash claimsman’s life
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Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbachreleased information that dep-uties investigated a motor-cycle accident in the early-morning hours on Saturday.Riggenbach said the VanWert County Sheriff’s Officereceived a call advising amotorcycle had wrecked nearthe intersection of Slane andHessian roads in HoaglinTownship. The driver of the motorcycle, Nicholas A.Mason, 18, of North Pole,Alaska, lost control of themotorcycle while travelingsouth on Slane Road.Due to the extent of theinjuries to Mason, SamaritanHelicopter was requestedat the scene. Mason wastransported by Samaritan toParkview Hospital in FortWayne, Ind., and later pro-nounced dead at ParkviewHospital.The Van Wert CountySheriff’s Office was assistedat the scene by Grover HillFire and EMS, Van Wert EMSand the Ohio State HighwayPatrol. No other details aboutthe accident were released bythe sheriff’s office.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries were drawnMonday:
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Some flu vaccines promisea little more protection
WASHINGTON (AP) — Flu vaccination is no longermerely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in thenose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against fourstrains of flu rather than the usual three. Called quadrivalentvaccines, these brands may prove more popular for childrenthan their parents. That’s because kids tend to catch thenewly added strain more often.These four-in-one vaccines are so new that they’ll makeup only a fraction of the nation’s supply of flu vaccine, so if you want a dose, better start looking early.But that’s only one of an unprecedented number of fluvaccine options available this year.Allergic to eggs? Egg-free shots are hitting the market,too.Plus there’s growing interest in shots brewed just for the65-and-older crowd, and a brand that targets the needle-phobic with just a skin-deep prick.“We’re moving away from the one-size-fits-all to choos-ing the best possible vaccine for an individual’s age andcondition,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseasespecialist at the Mayo Clinic.“The flip side of that,” he said, is that “this will be a con-fusing year” as doctors and consumers alike try to choose.Federal health officials recommend a yearly flu vaccinefor nearly everyone, starting at 6 months of age. On average,about 24,000 Americans die each flu season, according to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drug agents plumb vastdatabase of call records
GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
SEATTLE — For at leastsix years, federal drug and otheragents have had near-immediateaccess to billions of phone callrecords dating back decadesin a collaboration with AT&Tthat officials have taken painsto keep secret, newly releaseddocuments show.The program, previouslyreported by ABC News and TheNew York Times, is called theHemisphere Project. It’s paid forby the U.S. Drug EnforcementAdministration and the Officeof National Drug Control Policy,and it allows investigators armedwith subpoenas to quickly minethe company’s vast database tohelp track down drug traffickersor other suspects who switchcellphones to avoid detection.The details of theHemisphere Project come amida national debate about the fed-eral government’s access tophone records, particularly thebulk collection of phone recordsfor national security purposes.Hemisphere, however, takes adifferent approach from that of the National Security Agency,which maintains a database of call records handed over byphone companies as authorizedby the USA Patriot Act.“Subpoenaing drug dealers’phone records is a bread-and-butter tactic in the course of criminal investigations,” JusticeDepartment spokesman BrianFallon said in an email. “Therecords are maintained at alltimes by the phone company,not the government. This pro-gram simply streamlines theprocess of serving the subpoenato the phone company so lawenforcement can quickly keepup with drug dealers when theyswitch phone numbers to try toavoid detection.”The Associated Press inde-pendently obtained a series of slides detailing Hemisphere.They show the database includesnot just records of AT&T cus-tomers, but of any call that pass-es through an AT&T switch.The federal governmentpays the salaries of four AT&Temployees who work in threefederal anti-drug offices aroundthe country to expedite subpoe-na requests, an Obama admin-istration official told the AP onMonday. The official spokeon the condition of anonymitybecause he or she was not autho-rized to discuss the program,and said that two of the AT&Temployees are based at the HighIntensity Drug Trafficking Areaoffice in Atlanta, one at theHIDTA office in Houston, andone at the office in Los Angeles.The Hemisphere databaseincludes records that date back to1987, the official said, but typicalnarcotics investigations focus onrecords no older than 18 months.To keep the program secret,investigators who request search-es of the database are instructedto “never refer to Hemispherein any official document,” oneof the slides noted. Agents aretold that when they obtain infor-mation through a Hemisphereprogram subpoena, they should“wall off” the program by filinga duplicative subpoena directlyto target’s phone company or bysimply writing that the informa-tion was obtained through anAT&T subpoena.
Sandy’s ‘freaky’path may be lesslikely in future
WASHINGTON (AP) Man-made global warm-ing may further lessenthe likelihood of the freakatmospheric steering cur-rents that last year shovedSuperstorm Sandy duewest into New Jersey, anew study says.But don’t celebratea rare beneficial climatechange prediction justyet. The study’s authorssaid the once-in-700-yearspath was only one factorin the massive $50 bil-lion killer storm. They saidother variables such as sealevel rise and strongerstorms will worsen withglobal warming and out-weigh changes in steeringcurrents predicted by thestudy’s computer models.
Police probeprivate propertyaccidents
Delphos Police inves-tigated a pair of privateproperty accidents thisweekend.At 2:05 p.m Monday,officers were called to 8161/2 Suthoff St. for a back-ing accident. According tothe report, Amber Collins,25, of Suthoff St., wasbacking from the drive-way at 828 1/2 Suthoff St., failed to see a parkedvehicle in the driveway at816 1/2 Suthoff St. andstruck it in the rear.At noon Saturday, offi-cers were called to 725 N.Bredeick St. According toowner Anthony Teman, heparked his vehicle in frontof his Bredeick Street homeon Friday. On Saturday, henoticed damage to the pas-senger side door and rearfender.
 
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COLUMBUS – September is NationalPreparedness Month (NPM). NPM wasoriginally created by FEMA’s ReadyCampaign in response to the tragic eventsof Sept. 11, 2001, in order to educate thepublic on how to prepare for all hazardsand emergencies.The Ohio Emergency ManagementAgency and ReadyOhio have committedto participate in National Preparedness toincrease readiness throughoutOhio and the United States.NPM is now in its ninth year.This year’s theme is: You CanBe the Hero. FEMA and theReady Campaign are urgingthe country’s communities totake the pledge of preparedness.One of NPM’s key messages is: Beprepared in the event an emergencycauses you to be self-reliant for at leastthree days without utilities, electricity,water service, access to a supermarketor local services, or maybe even with-out response from police, fire or rescue.Preparing can start with four key steps:Be informed about emergenciesthat could happen in your commu-nity. Access www.ready.ohio.govfor information on Ohio’s hazardsand what to do before, during andafter an emergency.Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on,and document an emergency planwith those in your household orcare. For sample plans, visit www.ready.gov.Build a Kit: Keep enough emer-gency supplies – water, nonper-ishable food, first aid supplies,prescriptions, flashlight and a bat-tery-powered radio – on hand foryou and the household.Get Involved: There are manyways to get involved, espe-cially before a disaster occurs.Community leaders agree thatthe formula for ensuring a saferhomeland consists of volunteers, atrained and informed pub-lic and increased supportof emergency responseagencies during disas-ters. Look into volunteerprograms like local chap-ters of the American RedCross and Ohio Citizen Corps.Visit http://ohioresponds.gov/.On Monday, Ohio EMA is partner-ing with HandsOn, Central Ohio, forsetup of the annual Field of Flags 9/11Memorial on the Ohio Statehouse Lawn.Approximately 3,000 small U.S. flagswill be arranged on the Statehouse WestLawn to silhouette the World TradeCenter towers and the Pentagon. Eachflag represents a life lost on Sept. 11,2001.For more information about the ReadyCampaign and National PreparednessMonth, visit www.ready.gov and www.ready.ohio.gov. “Like” Ohio EMA onFacebook and read more on preparednesstips and how You Can Be the Hero.Tuesday, September 3, 2013 The Herald 3A
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VW Co. Hospitaloffers free 6-week  parenting workshop
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VAN WERT — Van WertCounty Hospital will offerActive Parenting of Teensworkshop for parents of chil-dren ages 12-18. The six-ses-sion video and discussion pro-gram will be held on Thursdayevenings. Beginning Sept. 12,each session will be held inthe hospital’s conference roomB&C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. VanWert Hospital is located at1250 S. Washington St.“We are proud to offerActive Parenting of Teens tothe parents in our communi-ty,” says Julia Gauvey, L.S.W.,M.S.W., Social Services andTransition Care Departmentof Van Wert County Hospital.“This program combinesentertaining video and dis-cussion to help parents learnhow to raise children who arecooperative, responsible andable to resist peer pressure.It also guides parents in deal-ing with sensitive issues suchas drugs, sexuality and vio-lence.”This parenting workshopis funded by a grant providedby the Ohio Children’s TrustFund. The mission of the OhioChildren’s Trust Fund (OCTF)is to take a leadership roleand be a catalyst in prevent-ing child abuse and neglectin Ohio.For more information aboutthis class, visit www.vanwer-thospital.org. Registration isrequired and can be made bycalling 419-238-8672.
Ohio veterans groupsdisregard rafflemachines ban
CLEVELAND (AP) —Veterans and fraternal groupsacross Ohio have continued toset up electronic raffle machinesdespite an April order from thestate’s attorney general mandat-ing that all the slots-like devicesbe removed by Aug. 1.Now, Attorney General MikeDeWine has decided to delayenforcing the ban after stateSenate leaders notified him thatthey’re considering legalizingthe devices, The Plain Dealerreported on Monday.“We’re standing down fornow, but we are not going tostand down forever,” the headof DeWine’s charitable-lawsection, Pete Thomas, told thenewspaper. He added that localauthorities are free to pursuecases.A Senate leadership spokes-man said senators don’t have adefinite timetable on the issuebut are likely to help the veteransand fraternal groups.Some of the machines wereinstalled as recently as mid-August.An attorney for a supplier of the machines, David Kopech,said they resemble slots. Themachines produce $1 raffle tick-ets that function like instant lot-tery vouchers, said Kopech, of the Columbus-based CharitableManagement and Capital Group.Winners can earn up to$1,199, a dollar shy of thethreshold for reporting to theInternal Revenue Service.A lobbyist for the OhioVeterans and FraternalCharitable Coalition, MitchGiven, said the groups mustoffer electronic games to be ableto compete with casinos, com-bined race tracks and casinosknown as racinos and other ven-ues that offer Keno and Internetcafes.
Free OSHIIP ‘Medicare Check-up’event coming to Paulding County
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COLUMBUS — Lt. Governor andDepartment of Insurance Director MaryTaylor announced the Department’s OhioSenior Health Insurance InformationProgram (OSHIIP) will hold a freeMedicare Check-up presentation-onlyevent in Paulding County at noon Fridayat the Paulding County Senior Center.The center is located at 401 E. JacksonSt. in Paulding.The event is intended to help peoplereview Medicare changes and determinecoverage for 2014. It coincides withMedicare’s Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annualenrollment period. OSHIIP helped nearly40,000 Ohioans save an OSHIIP record$5.5 million during last year’s annu-al enrollment period. So far in 2013,OSHIIP saved Ohioans with Medicare $8million.“Understanding the many differenttypes of Medicare coverage can be com-plicated,” Taylor said. “Fortunately theDepartment’s staff can help consumersidentify the coverage that best meetstheir unique needs.”OSHIIP is medicare’s designated andimpartial educational program in Ohiofor beneficiaries, family members andhealth care professionals. Taylor urgesOhioans to call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 with their Medicare questions andfor enrollment assistance. A MedicareCheck-up and Annual Enrollment Toolkitis available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.The toolkit includes a plans listing check-up events, schedule and more. Ohioanscan also visit OSHIIP on Facebook.Taylor said when reviewing options,people should ensure a plan’s list of covered drugs includes their needed pre-scriptions and to consider the conve-nience of having pharmacies in theirnetwork near where they live. It’s alsoimportant to take into account all out-of-pocket expenses before making a deci-sion.Topics of discussion at the eventinclude recent changes to Medicare suchas the new Medicare deductibles, co-pay and coinsurance amounts, MedicareAdvantage and Part D plan options for2014, as well as available financialassistance programs. Attendees shouldbring their list of prescription drugswith dosages and preferred pharmacy,information on retirement coverage andVeteran’s Administration of other medi-cal care benefits they receive.Taylor cautions Ohioans to watch forpredatory sales practices and offers thatseem too good to be true If you suspectwrongdoing or have been victimized, callthe Department’s fraud and enforcementhotline at 1-800-686-1527.Those with questions and in needof Medicare coverage and financialassistance enrollment can all OSHIIPat 1-800-686-1578 or Medicare at1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).Information is also available at www.medicare.gov.
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VW YMCA to host1800s Pioneer Days FallRendezvous this weekend
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VAN WERT — The Jennings Creek Council and the VanWert YMCA are again partnering to bring the Van Wert com-munity a fun, interactive reenactment of how life would havebeen in the 1800’s. The YMCA’s Camp Clay will be the sitefor the Fall Rendezvous this weekend.All are welcome to attend this free community eventthroughout the weekend. Pre-registered organized schoolgroups can come and take part in the events that will be heldfrom 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.The Jennings Creek Council reenacts what life was like inthe early 1800s when brave men would travel deep into theAmerican wilderness in search of beaver pelts and other finefurs. If a man was skilled enough to survive the winter trap-ping season, he would gather his furs and travel many milesto prearranged places called Rendezvous, French for “gath-ering place”. Here they would gather and reunite with theirfamilies and exchange their furs for money and supplies.Relaxing in relative safety, they would renew friendshipswith those not seen over the year. There would be great storytelling, singing and dancing and tests of their woodsmanskills such as flintlock shooting and tomahawk throwing.According to history, these rendezvous were the mostimportant part of the year for these men and their families.Whether they were called Mountain Men, Buck Skinners,Trappers or Voyageurs; they were the forerunners of American history. They opened the doors to the unknown,which led to the eventual taming of the land by the flood of pioneers and settlers that would soon follow.“The Jennings Creek Council re-enactors come from allover Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and are looking forward tobeing able to again use the YMCA Camp Clay campus fortheir rendezvous,” said Larry Morrison, president of the JCC.Most everything in the members’ camp areas are periodaccurate. The camps are allowed to have some modernconveniences; however, they have to remain hidden duringvisiting hours. This allows for the most authentic hands-onteaching and learning history experience for visitors.“The YMCA is very excited to offer this special eventto the Van Wert community,” said Hugh Kocab, executivedirector of the YMCA. “The pioneer camps will providesome great family fun and a local opportunity to experiencelife in the 1800s.”The Jennings Creek Council and YMCA Camp Claywelcome you to step back into this colorful period of American history and witness an authentic reenactment of the Rendezvous. There will be black powder muzzleloadercompetitions, tomahawk and knife throwing, open fire cook-ing, period games and other demonstration of skills andcamp life. This is also a great opportunity to check out theoldest standing wood structure in Van Wert County — the1827 log cabin that was recently brought to Camp Clay andis being semi-restored.Information about this and other programs available atVan Wert YMCA Camp Clay can be found by calling the Yat (419) 238-0443, visiting www.vwymca.org or emailingclint@vwymca.org.
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