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Monday, October 21, 2013
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
‘Gravity’ holds atop box officefor third week, p4 Soccer, cross country, volleyballtourney action, p6-7
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McNeal lookingforward to a careerchange — retirement
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Fire Chief Dave McNeal is lookingforward to his biggestcareer change yet — retire-ment.McNeal has servedwith the Delphos Fire andRescue Department since1978, first at a part-timeEMT and finally as firechief.Public service runs inhis family.“My dad was a volunteerfirefighter in Spencervilleand my great-uncle, PaulKlinger, was a fire chief in Delphos,” McNealexplained.The Lima Senior grad’sinterest in being an EMTwas sparked by a buddy hereunited with while servingin the Air Force in Germanyin 1976.“I ran across an oldfriend while in the ser-vice and when we got backstateside, we ran EMTfor a private company inArkansas,” he said.Things were a little dif-ferent back then.“We had an old van witha cot in the back and atackle box with first aidsupplies,” McNeal recalled.“The tackle was also theseat for the guy in the backwith the patient. You onlyhad to be certified throughthe Red Cross.”McNeal got an “easyout” of the service andfound work in several plac-es in Lima and Delphosbefore settling in at NewDelphos Manufacturing.“I decided to go toschool to become and EMTand took the 3-to-4-monthtraining, worked a couplehours in a hospital andpassed the test,” McNealsaid. “Then I used my VAmoney to go paramedicschool.”When several full-time openings came up inDelphos, McNeal talked itover with his wife, Sue, andthey decided he should takethe test.“Chief John Clark talkedto me and said I had todiscuss it with my wifebecause my life would bevery different,” McNealsaid. “I would be work-ing different hours andholidays. I made the rightchoice. New DelphosManufacturing closed sev-eral years later and I wasalready in another career.”Working as an EMT hasits ups and downs. McNealsaid it’s great when you canhelp someone and get to thehospital for treatment and itturns out well. Other times,it’s just not so.
Mohawks, Bulldogs inMidget Football finals
On Sunday, the UniopolisBrowns hosted round 1of the Tri-County MidgetFootball Association play-offs at Uniopolis BrownsField in Uniopolis.Game 1 featured theDelphos Mohawks best-ing Spencerville Red 6-0.Game 2 saw the ColumbusGrove Bulldogs beatingthe Delphos Reds 34-6.The championship & con-solation games will be heldin Uniopolis Sunday, withthe consolation game playedat 1:30 p.m. and the cham-pionship game at 3:30 p.m.Partly cloudythis morningthen becom-ing mostlycloudy witha 20 percentchance of showers. Highsaround 60. Partly cloudytonight with areas of frostafter midnight. Lows in thelower 30s. See page 2.
Things were busy in the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Sunday afternoon as theSt. John’s Fall Festival was in full swing for the day. The Ball Toss, above, and theFish Pond kept the children busy while adults played the Money Wheel and boughtchances on raffle items. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
St. John’s Fall Festival fills school with activity
Above: Choices, choices. Festival-goers took their time choosing what theywanted to win at the display of raffle items. St. John’s School faculty run the event.Below: It was all smiles in the carry-out line in the kitchen.McNeal
“This is the best job; it’s the worst job. We see peopleat their very worstand I’ve alsohelped five babiesinto the world.”
— Dave McNeal
See MCNEAL, page 12
Horstman enjoying the newexperiences each day brings
BY ERIN COXStaff Writernews@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The newness that each dayof the past three months has brought to MarieHorstman is her favorite part of taking part inthe German cultural exchange program.Horstman is one of five German highschool students living in Delphos for fivemonths. She lives with the Roger and JulieArroyo family.“I always see new things, eat somethingnew and try new things,” Horstman said. “Ilike my whole time here.”Horstman is from Verl, Germany, the sistercity of Delphos. Verl has a population of about25,000.“I like Delphos because it’s so small andeveryone knows everything about everyone,”Horstman said. “I like it for five months.”Horstman’s parents had been to the UnitedStates, which influenced her decision to par-take in the exchange program. She also want-ed to learn the language better, gain moreself-confidence and she likes to travel to othercountries.The first day of school has been the mostdifficult part of the experience so far becauseshe met so many new people and she said itwas overwhelming.Horstman did know two of the otherexchange students, Charlotte Klotz and MerleKampwirth, who attend the same schoolas she does in Germany. Both Klotz andKampwirth attend St. John’s while Horstmangoes to Jefferson but she still has had comfortin knowing they are in Delphos as well.“It helped at the beginning to know othersbecause they had the same problems and feel-ings I was having,” Horstman said.Horstman, a sophomore, likes school inDelphos because it is so different and thereis so much to do. However, sometimes shethinks there is not enough time to just relax.Horstman participates on Jefferson’s volley-ball team and attends practices and gamesalmost every day of the week, which is unlikesports in Germany. Students in Germany playon club teams that usually practice and playgames two or three times a week.“I don’t like that there’s no free timebecause you just go to practice for sports andcome home to do homework and that’s it,”Horstman said.Horstman has also tried to fit time into herschedule to travel outside of Delphos withher host family to make the most of her timein the United States. She has been to CedarPoint, Lake Erie and Indiana Beach; wentshopping in Fort Wayne; and watched a TinCaps game.“I of course want to see my family butI don’t know if I will ever come back toAmerica so it’s sad, too,” Horstman said.
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Adkins excited about Christmasshow coming to NPAC
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editoregebert@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — Country superstar Trace Adkins is in themood for Christmas. He has to be. He has a new album,The King’s Gift, coming out in less than two weeks with theassociated tour beginning shortly thereafter. The second tourdate of his Christmas tour will be at Van Wert’s NiswongerPerforming Arts Center on Nov. 16.The news release should turn a few heads. Adkins has completeda collection of Christmas music with a Celtic influence.“That was the direction I wanted to go in before we had evenselected the first song,” Adkins said. “I had talked to (guitarist)Michael Spriggs about doing this record about 12 or 13 yearsago. Michael has played on several of my records and he’s fromthe Isle of Man, which is just off the coast of Ireland. He’s donesome instrumental records and I talked to him years ago about aChristmas record with this vibe. He said he’d love to do it but we just never got around to doing it.”
See ADKINS, page 12
Community HealthProfessionals is seekingauditions for personal andgroup acts from through-out Ohio for the seventhannual Ohio Has Talent!Auditions will be heldNov. 8 and 9 at TrinityFriends Church in Van Wertto select the 20 acts to takepart in the show on Feb.14, 2014, at NiswongerPerforming Arts Center.Contestants will com-pete for $1,000-first place,$500-second place and$250-third place prizesbased on audience votes.Proceeds from the showbenefit CHP’s Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.Audition applicationsare due by Friday andare available online atwww.comhealthpro.org/Ohio_has_Talent.php. Formore information, call KimMason at 419-238-0200.
Auditionssought for OhioHas Talent!
Delphos CommunityUnity will offer its quar-terly “Free Food On Us”mobile food pantry from3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday atthe Delphos Eagles Lodgeat 1600 E. Fifth St.Doors open at 2 p.m.The food give-away isopen to residents in needwho live in the DelphosCity School District or havea Delphos postal address.Participants need to bringtwo pieces of identification:a photo ID and proof of cur-rent residency (A recent billor other official documentprinted with name, addressand a current date.).Households will signoff they meet the incomeguidelines by signing a self-declaration of income form.
‘Free Food OnUs’ Tuesday
 
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Partly cloudy inthe morning then becomingmostly cloudy. A 20 percentchance of showers. Highsaround 60. Southwest winds15 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT
: Partly cloudythrough midnight then clear-ing. Areas of frost after mid-night. Colder. Lows in thelower 30s. West winds 5 to15 mph.
TUESDAY
: Mostly sunnyin the morning. Then part-ly cloudy with a 20 percentchance of rain in the after-noon. Cooler. Highs in theupper 40s. West winds 5 to10 mph.
TUESDAY NIGHT
:Mostly cloudy through mid-night then becoming cloudy.A 40 percent chance of rainand snow. Lows in the mid30s. Northwest winds around5 mph.
WEDNESDAY
: Mostlycloudy with a chance of rainshowers. Possibly mixed withsnow showers. Highs in themid 40s. Chance of measur-able precipitation 30 percent.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 30s.
THURSDAY
: Mostlycloudy with a 20 percentchance of rain showers. Highsin the mid 40s.
THURSDAY NIGHTTHROUGH SATURDAY
:Partly cloudy. Lows in thelower 30s. Highs in the upper40s.
SATURDAY NIGHT
:Mostly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of rain showers.Lows in the mid 30s.
Driver fails tostop at stop sign
Delphos Police inves-tigate a two-vehicle crashreported at 3:40 p.m.Friday at the intersectionof Clime and Clay streets.Richard Joseph, 69,of Delphos was travelingeastbound on West ClimeStreet when his vehiclewas struck by a north-bound vehicle on ClayStreet operated by JuneSloan, 77, of ColumbusGrove. Sloan had failed tostop at the posted stop signat Clime and Clay.Sloan was charged withfailure to yield at a stopsign.Both vehicles weretowed from the scene.
ST. RITA’S
A boy was born Oct. 28to Brittany Caudill and ZachLooser of Spencerville.
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Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the294th day of 2013. There are 71days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edisonperfected a workable electric lightat his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.On this date:In 1797, the U.S. Navy frig-ate Constitution, also known as“Old Ironsides,” was christened inBoston’s harbor.In 1805, a British fleet command-ed by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeateda French-Spanish fleet in the Battleof Trafalgar; Nelson, however, waskilled.In 1917, members of the 1stDivision of the U.S. Army trainingin Luneville, France, became thefirst Americans to see action on thefront lines of World War I.In 1944, during World War II,U.S. troops captured the Germancity of Aachen.In 1959, the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, designed byFrank Lloyd Wright, opened to thepublic in New York.In 1960, Democrat John F.Kennedy and Republican RichardM. Nixon clashed in their fourthand final presidential debate in NewYork.In 1962, the Seattle World’s Fairclosed after six months and nearly10 million visitors. (President JohnF. Kennedy, scheduled to attend theclosing ceremony, canceled becauseof what was described as a “headcold”; the actual reason turned outto be the Cuban Missile Crisis.)In 1967, the Israeli destroyer INSEilat was sunk by Egyptian missileboats near Port Said; 47 Israeli crewmembers were lost.In 1969, beat poet and authorJack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg,Fla., at age 47.In 1971, President Richard Nixonnominated Lewis F. Powell andWilliam H. Rehnquist to the U.S.Supreme Court. (Both nomineeswere confirmed.)In 1986, pro-Iranian kidnappersin Lebanon abducted AmericanEdward Tracy (he was released inAugust 1991).In 1991, American hostage JesseTurner was freed by his kidnappersin Lebanon after nearly five yearsin captivity.Ten years ago: Invoking a hasti-ly-passed law, Florida Governor JebBush ordered a feeding tube rein-serted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of abitter right-to-die battle. The Senatevoted to ban the practice that criticscall partial-birth abortion. The U.N.General Assembly overwhelminglyapproved a resolution demandingthat Israel tear down a barrier jut-ting into the West Bank. Bostonanti-busing activist Louise DayHicks died at age 87. Actor FredBerry died in Los Angeles at age 52.The New York Yankees pulled awayfrom the Florida Marlins for a 6-1victory and a 2-1 World Series lead.Five years ago: Dozens of mem-bers of the Mongol motorcycle gangwere arrested by federal agents insix states on a variety of chargesfollowing a three-year investiga-tion in which undercover agentsinfiltrated the group. Iraq’s Cabinetdecided to ask the U.S. for chang-es to the draft agreement thatwould keep American troops therefor three more years. The formerprime minister of Thailand, ThaksinShinawatra, was convicted in absen-tia of corruption and sentenced totwo years in prison.One year ago: Former senatorand 1972 Democratic presiden-tial candidate George McGoverndied in South Dakota at the ageof 90. A Wisconsin man, RadcliffeHaughton, opened fire at the spawhere his wife worked, killing herand two others and wounding fourother women before turning the gunon himself.Today’s Birthdays: Actress JoyceRandolph is 89. Author Ursula K.Le Guin is 84. Rock singer ManfredMann is 73. Musician Steve Cropper(Booker T. & the MG’s) is 72.Singer Elvin Bishop is 71. TV’sJudge Judy Sheindlin is 71. ActorEverett McGill is 68. Musician LeeLoughnane (Chicago) is 67. IsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuis 64. Musician Charlotte Caffey(The Go-Go’s) is 60. Movie directorCatherine Hardwicke is 58. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 57. SingerJulian Cope is 56. Rock musicianSteve Lukather (Toto) is 56. ActorKen Watanabe is 54. Actress MeloraWalters is 53. Rock musician CheColovita Lemon is 43. Rock sing-er-musician Nick Oliveri (MondoGenerator) is 42. Christian rockmusician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 40. Actor Jeremy Milleris 37. Actor Will Estes is 35. ActorMichael McMillian is 35. RealityTV star Kim Kardashian is 33. ActorMatt Dallas is 31. Actor Aaron Tveitis 30.
One Year Ago
The Van Wert County Fairgrounds,dotted with colorful lavender, yellowand rust-colored mums and bright orangepumpkins, hosted the community-driven26th annual Apple Festival. Of the origi-nal vendors, Carl Lape, president of theVan Wert County Fruit Growers, remainsinstrumental in the production of theyearly event.
25 Years Ago – 1988
On Nov. 1, the annual 4-H GreasedPig Show will be held at Lugibill’sBrothers Livestock Buying, ColumbusGrove. This show features the 40 pigsthat were caught by 4-H members atthe Putnam County Fair last July. Eachmember has raised his pig to marketweight and will bring it to the show to be judged and entered in showmanship. Theactivity is sponsored by Putnam CountyAgricultural, local donors and PutnamCounty Swine Producers.Ottoville senior Greg Kortokraxwill make his third appearance in theOhio High School Athletic AssociationClass A state golf tournament Fridayand Saturday at Ohio State University,Columbus. Sophomore Jodi Ricker willrepresent her school in the High SchoolGolf Coaches Association state tourna-ment Sunday at Ohio State’s Gray course.Oakland slugger Dave Parker has beento the edge of World Series defeat oncebefore and came away a winner. He hopeshistory will once again repeat itself. OnWednesday, Parker found himself againfacing sudden death in the World Seriesafter the Los Angles Dodgers defeatedthe Athletics, 4-3, to go up by a 3-1 mar-gin heading into today’s Game Five.
50 Years Ago – 1963
One hundred and twelve boys fromthe Delphos area participated in thePunt, Pass and Kick contest staged joint-ly by Raabe Motor Sales, Inc., andthe Breakfast Optimist Club of DelphosSaturday at Stadium Park. First-placewinners were: Dan Grothouse, 8, MichaelHedrick, 9, Nick Berelsman, 10, andDana Sterling, 11.Members of the Ladies Bible Class of the Evangelical United Brethren Churchheld their annual Hat Party Friday at thechurch. The session was opened with asong service with Mrs. Lowell Jenkinsat the piano. Mrs. Fred led the singing.Nora Link presented the lesson usingPsalm 143. Mrs. John Gruber and Mrs.Francis Scott will serve as hostesses forthe November meeting.Jay-C-Dels held a meeting Thursdayevening in Jaycee Hall with one guestattending, Mrs. Stan Backus. After rou-tine business was taken care of, buncowas played with prizes going to Mrs.Robert Grothouse and Mrs. WilliamMansfield. Refreshments were served bythe co-hostesses, Mrs. Thomas Ostingand Mrs. Arthur Utrup.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Mrs. C. F. Miller, Worthy GrandMatron of the Delphos chapter of theOrder of Eastern Star, and MyrddonaDavies of Gomer, Associate Matron, willbe in attendance at the state convention of the Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Starof Ohio, to be held in Columbus the weekof Oct. 23. Others who plan to attend allsessions of the convention are Mrs. DaneRidenour, Mrs. Harold Heitzman, Mrs.O. M. Arnold and Avanell Davies.Delphos was represented at a banquetand “get-together” held at Van WertWednesday evening under the sponsor-ship of the Van Wert County Women’sDemocratic Club. Bertha Schultz, VanWert, president of the club, was incharge. She introduced C. E. Thornton of Van Wert, toastmaster.Members of a Delphos contract bridgeclub were guests at a delightful houseparty given by Mrs. Robert C. Reul ather home in Lakewood. Mrs. Reul is aformer resident of this city. Members of the party were Lucy Robyn, Mrs. GeorgeHelmkamp, Mrs. Richard Ricker, Mrs.Louis Justins, Mrs. Justus, Mrs. JohnHorine and Jane and Mary Brotherton.
NARTKER, 
Robert E.,Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. todayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Chris Bohnsack officiat-ing. Burial will follow inResurrection Cemetery,with military gravesiderites accorded by theDelphos Veterans Council.In lieu of flowers, the fam-ily requests memorial con-tributions be sent to St.John’s Teacher EndowmentFund or Van Wert AreaInpatient Hospice Center.Online condolences may beshared at www.strayerfu-neralhome.com.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries were drawnSunday:
Mega Millions
Estimated jackpot: $55 million
Pick 3 Evening
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Pick 4 Evening
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Cartoon studio founder Lou Scheimer dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) —Lou Scheimer, who foundedthe Filmation animation stu-dio that produced Saturdaymorning cartoons including“Fat Albert” and “The ArchieShow,” has died. He was 84.Scheimer’s wife MaryAnn said Sunday that the manbehind the cartoon power-house died on Thursday.The Los Angeles Timesreported that Scheimer’scompany was the largestanimation operation in thecountry in the early 1980s bynumber of employees.Scheimer founded thecompany in 1962 with a$5,000 loan from his mother-in-law. He won a DaytimeEmmy Award as a producerof the 1974-75 season of the“Star Trek” animated series.
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Man pleads guiltyto shooting golferwho hit home
RENO, Nev. (AP) —A Nevada man accused of shooting a golfer who brokea window at his home with anerrant ball has pleaded guiltyto a felony charge.Jeff Fleming of Renoentered the plea to batterywith a deadly weapon onThursday in Washoe CountyDistrict Court. He faces fromprobation to 10 years in prisonand a $10,000 fine when he’ssentenced Dec. 12.The golfer was unable tofind his ball and was doinga drop shot on the 16th holeof the Lakeridge Golf Coursein September 2012 whenFleming approached and fireda single shot at him with ashotgun, prosecutors said. Thegolfer was treated for minorinjuries to an arm and bothlegs at a hospital.Deputy District AttorneySean Neahusan said neighborsalong the golf course werestunned as it’s common forstray golf balls to hit theirhomes.“Live on a golf course andyou got to expect your houseto get hit every once in awhile,” he told The AssociatedPress. “This (shooting) is oneof those stories that you justcan’t make it up.”Neahusan said he’s unsurewhat motivated the shootingand referred queries aboutFleming’s mental state to hislawyer, Larry Dunn.Dunn did not immediatelyreturn phone calls.
Ohio parents, 4 daughtersin crash laid to rest
COLUMBUS (AP) — A husband and wife and theirfour daughters have been laid to rest after being killed incar crash involving an Ohio police officer.The funeral of the six family members came Saturdayevening after regular prayers at the Noor Islamic CulturalCenter just outside of Columbus.Friday’s crash killed 39-year-old Eid Badi Shahad andhis wife, 31-year-old Entisar Hameed. Their four daugh-ters ranged in age from 2 to 16 years old.The couple is survived by four sons, ages 5 to 17. TheColumbus Dispatch reports only the oldest son could bearto attend the funeral.The family was buried in five simple caskets, withHameed sharing one with her youngest daughter.The officer was injured. He was responding to a robberycall when the collision occurred.
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Humane Society of Allen Co.sets Wine and Whiskers event
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LIMA — The Humane Society of Allen County ispleased to announce tickets are now on sale for thesecond annual Wine & Whiskers: An Elegant Eveningin Support of the Humane Society of Allen County. Thesemi-formal event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 atThe Met in downtown Lima.Attendees will be greeted at the door with a glass of bubbly and treated to an elegant evening of excellentfood, fine wines and elegant company. A live auctionconducted by Bart Mills featuring unique items fromlocal Lima business will round out the evening. Auctionitems include a chef’s table from The Met.Tickets are $60 in advance or $80 at the door.Advance ticket purchasers will receive a $5 gift cardtowards their next visit to The Met. Tickets may bepurchased online through the HSOAC website: www.hsoac.org, at the shelter located at 3606 Elida Roadduring open hours and from Humane Society Boardmembers. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Societyof Allen County; portions of the ticket price may be taxdeductible.The Humane Society of Allen County is a non-profit 501(c) (3), charitable organization. It receivesno federal, state, county or city tax dollars to supportits programs or services. The Society is supported byprivate donations from citizens, businesses and founda-tions who recognize the important contributions of theSociety to the community.For more information, contact event chairpersonCat Kouns Born at 419-236-5069 or via email cborn@hsoac.org.
Elida Theatre Departmentpresents ‘Rumors’
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ELIDA — ElidaHigh School TheatreDepartment will presentNeil Simon’s “Rumors”at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 andNov. 2 and at 4 p.m.Nov. 3.Four couples arriveat the townhouse of adeputy New York Citymayor and his wife toattend a party celebrat-ing their 10th weddinganniversary. However,the four couples soondiscover that there areno servants, the host-ess is missing and thedeputy mayor has shothimself in the head (it’sonly a flesh wound).Comic complica-tions arise when, giveneveryone’s upper classstatues, they decide theyneed to do everythingpossible to conceal theevening’s events fromthe local police and themedia.Students in thecast include AutumnSlusher, Eric Anthony,Shannon Reirden,Andrew Stringfield,Micah Hartman,Emily Alderman,Cory Schoonover,Jenny Stringfield,Sam Watkins, LindseySeiberling and MiaHurst.Tickets are on sale for$7 for adults and $5 forstudents. Tickets may bepurchased at Elida HighSchool or at the door.
Hospital rumored to behaunted poses hazard
CANTON (AP) — A shuttered andcrumbling former hospital in northeast-ern Ohio has become a hazard as teenag-ers, vandals and ghost-hunters break intothe asbestos-laden building, a problemexacerbated annually by Halloween.The Molly Stark Hospital near Cantonwas shuttered in 1995 after about 66 yearsof operations, ranging from a tuberculo-sis sanitarium in the 1930s and later to ahospital for the mentally ill.The once-grand building is now ashambles, with an airborne asbestosproblem that’s so bad, specialists withthe Environmental Protection Agencysay no one should go inside without arespirator.But every week, officials say mainte-nance workers have to return to buildingthree or four times to replace woodenpanels covering broken windows, accord-ing to the Canton Repository (http://bit.ly/16osncb).The primary culprits are teenagers,but also include people looking for scrapmetal and ghost hunters who’ve heardthat Molly Stark is haunted.“The worst possible thing is someone,maybe even some high school kid, getsin there and falls and gets injured oreven dies,” said Robert Fonte, directorof Stark County Parks, which owns theproperty. “It’s a safety issue.”Earlier this month, a park rangercaught a group of teens with back-packs filled with tools, respirators and anextension ladder.“Teenagers don’t care about that asbes-tos,” Chief Park Ranger Dan Georgesaid. “They just want to get inside thatbuilding.”George said he has seen young peoplescale the second- and third-floor balco-nies on the front of the building, balco-nies that overlook asphalt. He’s also runinto groups of people wearing identicalT-shirts with the names of paranormalorganizations.Break-ins already have gone up thismonth with Halloween nearing, Georgesaid, adding that the hospital “is reallyhigh up on the list of places that ghost-hunters want to get into.”The parks department has struggledwith what to do about Molly Stark sinceit was deeded to the agency by countycommissioners for $1 in 2009. One esti-mate put simply bringing the building upto code at a price tag of $10 million. Thedepartment sought to have the buildingdemolished, also a costly undertakingbecause the asbestos would have to bepainstakingly removed first; a state grantapplication for the work was denied butthe department is planning to reapplynext year.“Government money is very difficultto get,” Fonte said. “We would like topreserve it, but for what purpose?”Greg Feketik, senior founder of Tri-CGhost Hunters, which has teams of paranormal investigators in Cleveland,Columbus and Canton, said he’d like tosee if the hospital could be renovatedinto a tourism site, like the Ohio StateReformatory in Mansfield, where he vol-unteers for ghost hunts.“Molly is intriguing because of itshistory, the architecture, the size andbecause there’ve been a number of deathsthere. When you add all that stuff togeth-er, it just screams ‘ghosts’,” Feketik said.“It would make a ton of money.”That’s what happened to the MansfieldReformatory, which was set to be torndown before it was saved for ghost-hunting tours charging $70 a person. Thesite, about halfway between Clevelandand Columbus, also has been used forseveral music videos, movies and TVshows, including the Travel Channel’s“Ghost Adventures.”“Too bad that doesn’t happen withMolly Stark,” Feketik said. “It’d be ashame for them to tear it down.”———
Veterans Hall of Fame to induct 15members
COLUMBUS (AP) —The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame will induct 15 mem-bers this year.The newest membersof the Hall of Fame willbe inducted in a ceremo-ny Nov. 7 at Veterans’Memorial Auditorium inColumbus.Officials of the Hallof Fame say it was estab-lished to recognize Ohioveterans who put theirskills and abilities to workin their local communitiesafter their military service.This year’s inducteesinclude veterans from vari-ous branches of the mili-tary, including the Army,Navy, Marine Corps andthe Ohio Air NationalGuard. Some of the induct-ees include veterans whoserved in World War II,the Korean War and theVietnam War.The Hall of Fame is tak-ing nominations for nextyear’s class The deadlineto submit nominations for2014 is June 30.
YMCA to host basketball shooting clinic
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VAN WERT — TheYMCA of Van Wert Countywill hold an instructionalbasketball clinic Nov. 5.The clinic is for boys andgirls third–eighth grades.Third–fifth grade instruc-tion will be from 6-7:15p.m. and sixth – eighthgrades will be from 7:15-8:30 p.m. The clinic willbe hosted by Hall of Fameand long-time Wayne Tracevarsity boys basketballcoach Al Welch. The clinicwill focus on developingbasic basketball shoot-ing skills and techniqueto help players shoot withconfidence. The cost of theclinic is $20 per athlete.Pre-registration is due Oct.28 to guarantee a T-shirt.Participants may registerthe day of the clinic for$20 with no T-shirt.To register or for moreinformation about this andother programs availableat the Van Wert YMCA,call 419-238-0443 or visitwww.vwymca.org.The YMCA of Van WertCounty is partially fundedby the Van Wert CountyFoundation and UnitedWay.
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COLUMBUS (AP) — Thestate’s attorney general urgesOhioans to be wary of so-called“sweetheart scams” where conartists typically develop rela-tionships with victims onlinebefore asking them for money.Attorney General MikeDeWine says his office hasreceived about 70 complaintsof such scams since October2011. DeWine says the highestreported loss was $210,000.The con artist in a typi-cal sweetheart scam meets thevictim online through a dat-ing website or social network-ing site and communicatesthrough email, instant messageor phone. The scammer laterasks the victim to send moneyto help cover costs such asmedical expenses.

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