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Rainy through-out today and tonight. Chance of rain 90 per-cent. Highs in the lower 60s and lows in the lower 40s. See page 2.
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Obituaries 2State/Local 3The Next Generation 4Community 5Sports 6-7Business 9Classifieds 10 Television 11World briefs 12
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‘Minute to Win It’ earns St. Vincent de Paul $700
The St. John’s Mission Society sponsored a “Minute-To-Win-It” Halloween Assembly on Thursday. Juniors Austin Heiing, left, and Alex Odenweller balance cookies on their foreheads. Students and faculty were encouraged to donate money to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in order to participate. There were a total of 90 people involved. Teams of 10 had to finish stunts in less than a minute in order to earn points for their teams. There were also four groups who performed a half-time routine in hopes of earning extra points for their teams. The senior class ended up winning the overall assembly. Students and faculty were also given the opportunity to wear costumes instead of their uniforms for a donation. Mission Society was able to raise more than $700 to donate to St. Vincent de Paul. (Submitted photo)BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The city will need to fill the safety service director position soon. Greg Berquist announced his intent to retire with Nov. 29 his last day.The news came during Monday’s council meeting after a 25-30-minute executive ses-sion. The announcement was prompted by a question from the gallery about a rumor of an email city officials received on the matter.Berquist was hired for the position in April 2003 by then-Mayor Jerry Neumeier.Berquist said he had been investigating retirement and learned that if he didn’t retire before Dec. 1, he would lose benefits and funds.“Pension laws are changing and we’ve seen some motion on that and there were some obvi-ous drawbacks for me if I don’t leave in the next 30 days,” Berquist said. “If I extend my tenure into 2014, I will have to work longer to retire. If I go now, it will leave me with more benefits and better medical coverage.”Mayor Mike Gallmeier said he is looking to council on guidelines for how they want Berquist’s job filled.“It can stay a full-time position or go to several part-time positions,” Gallmeier said. “I prefer it be a full-time position. At one time, we had three people doing the job.”For the remainder of the month, Berquist will outline his duties for his successor and finalize the 2014 Budget proposal for council to look at during the next meeting on Nov. 18. He has suggested council pass a temporary budget so it can be looked at more carefully at the first of the year.“We are still waiting on news about the Safe Grant and some other things in the works and council will have a better idea of how the numbers will look in January and February,” he said.Berquist said he has no immediate plans but a Caribbean island is calling his name. He is an avid diver.Council also learned Cintas Corp. is mov-ing forward with plans to demo the former Van Dyne Crotty building at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.
Berquist announces retirement
See COUNCIL, page 12
Voters nix tax increase
K of C offers deliver of free Thanksgiving dinners
Grand Knight Jim Mesker has announced the Knights of Columbus will again conduct its annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Dinner Project for those who are alone or those unable to get out to be with other fam-ily members and/or friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Meals will consist of turkey, dressing, cranberry salad, pie, dinner roll and vegetable.All meals will be delivered by Knights of Columbus and other volunteers. No meals will be served at the hall.To request delivery, call Jerry Backus before Nov. 19 at 419-695-1768. He can usually be reached between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. When calling, provide a name, address, phone num-ber, the number of meals needed delivered and any special instructions regard-ing delivery. If no one is available, leave a message.Meals will be delivered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and there is no charge for the meals. The cost of the meals is covered by the Knights of Columbus “Charities Fund.”
St. John’s sets book fair
St. John’s Book Fair will be held from Nov. 17-22.This year’s theme is “Reading Oasis- A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books.”Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.Special family events are planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 and from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 19.
Putnam voters give nod to county EMS levy
 By Nancy Kline DHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
GLANDORF — Putnam County voters gave 57 approval for the Putnam County EMS .65- mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. The final vote was 4,140 for passage and 3,007 against passage. The levy will cost $22.50 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.“We will be good stewards of the money,” said Anita Stechschulte, EMS chief.Stechschulte said they won’t see the money until next July but will begin implementing some of the programs now since they know they will be receiving the money.Steve Odenweller, the Putnam County EMS Coordinator, had said the levy was necessary to provide additional staffing to reduce run response times, increase volunteer reimburse-ment and to increase education opportunities.With passage of the levy, the PCEMS pro-gram will be able to hire two additional full-time positions 24/7, which will include one para-medic and one EMT.Odenweller had indicated this is needed to reduce response time in the county, adding this will provide additional needed responders when a medical emergency occurs.“This new crew would respond as ‘backup’ to the volunteers,” Odenweller said. “We are not eliminating our volunteer program, The levy would also provide volunteers with a $2-per-hour increase for their hourly reimbursement for time on runs.”The levy money will also be used to provide community CPR, first-aid and other appropri-ate courses to aid in the overall well-being of the residents. These funds will also provide additional continuing-education opportunities to PCEMS personnel.
Senior Citizen Services levy passes easily
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Allen County voters supported the .3-mill 5-year replacement Senior Citizen Services levy on the ballot Tuesday night. With the passage of the measure, the county will appropriate over $616,000 for agency services over the next five years.Director of the Delphos Senior Citizens Center Joyce Hale said it’s been a good night.“It’s nice to be able to say, at this time, the people in the county are behind us,” Hale was elated.Monies generated from this levy will provide services and facilities for senior citizens in Allen County served by the following agencies: Allen County Council on Aging, Inc.; Delphos Senior Citizens, Inc.; Senior Citizens Services, Inc.; and Senior Citizens Association of Bluffton.Funds received by the agencies from the levy will be used to provide services for Allen County elderly residents. Funds are also matched with federal and state grant monies to increase local service dollars and bring taxpayers’ dollars back into the county. The ser-vices provided contribute to a better quality of life for senior citizens within Allen County.Services and assistance available from the agencies include the Elderly Day Care Center, living wills, durable power of attorney/healthcare, Homestead Exemption, home-delivered meals, health and wellness programs, income tax forms, monthly blood glucose screens, review of medica-tions, prescription assistance apps, senior fitness classes, caregivers’ training and sup-port groups and many others.“With 69 percent of the vote, it makes us feel what we are doing is appreciated,” Hale added. “We want to thank all in the community who sup-ported us.”
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Roger Wreede feeds his ballot into the machine at Trinity United Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon. Wreede was the 374th person to vote at that location. Voter turnout was at 26 percent in Allen County;  just under 29 percent in Van Wert; and 31 percent in Putnam. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Casinos, pot, secession among US ballot measures
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Voters across the country face ballot measures Tuesday ranging from whether to approve seven casinos in New York to the fate of Houston’s iconic Astrodome. Here’s a look at some of the ballot questions.MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOLCOLORADO: Voters approved a 25 percent tax on newly legal recreational mari- juana to fund school construc-tion. Opponents argued the tax rate would benefit black market sales.MAINE: Voters in Portland, Maine’s largest city, declared victory on a measure to legal-ize possession of recreational amounts of marijuana.MICHIGAN: Voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing have a chance to give some legal protection to users of small amounts of marijuana.UTAH: Residents in the small town of Hyde Park are voting on whether to allow beer sales in a proposal that has divided the conservative, most-ly Mormon city. Hyde Park is among a handful of dry cities left in the state, and the ordi-nance would only allow the sale of beer with the alcohol content of 3.2 percent.SECESSIONCOLORADO: Voters in 11 largely rural counties are decid-ing on a mostly symbolic effort to form a 51st state called North Colorado because of what sup-porters call a disconnect with urban areas. The Legislature and Congress would have to approve the creation of a new state, something considered unlikely.GAMBLINGMASSACHUSETTS: Voters in Palmer rejected Mohegan Sun’s plan for a $1 billion resort casino and enter-tainment complex. And Suffolk Downs says it will reassess plans to build a resort casino at the 78-year-old thorough-bred race track after voters in a Boston neighborhood reject-ed its proposal and residents of a neighboring community approved it.NEW YORK: New Yorkers will decide whether to autho-rize seven casinos in a hotly contested referendum that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has bet on heavily to help revive the economy and provide tax rev-enue for schools. Opposing the measure is an unusual mix of conservatives, religious lead-ers, liberal good-government groups and newspaper editori-als. They say the toll on fami-lies and communities is too high.
See MEASURES, page 12BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Voters turned down a .25-percent income tax increase Tuesday 799-571.The city was looking to increase revenue in the General Fund to help minimize a more than $860,000 loss in the Water and Sewer funds that was left by the closure of Reser’s Fine Foods in September.Mayor Michael Gallmeier was disheartened by the results.“This is disappointing,” he said Tuesday evening. “Now we have to move forward and figure out where we go from here. We still have to make up that money some-where. We can’t cut many more positions, so we’ll have to look at the income tax reci-procity and water and sewer rate increased.”The city also lost $400,000 in utility fees when Chef Solutions filed bank-ruptcy in 2011 and $60,000 in income revenue when I&K Distributions was sold to Lipari Food. The city has also seen reductions in Local Governments Funds from the state. The city received $240,000 in LGF in 2008 and in 2013, received only $79,000. The elimination of the Inheritance Tax cost the city $70,000 in funds.The last time the city asked for new money was in 1989 when a .50-percent income tax increase was approved. The rate then went from 1 percent to 1.5 percent.Measures the city has put in place to address the deficit spending issue include laying off three full-time firefighters and one full-time police offi-cer in early October.The action leaves the police department with seven officers, two staff officers and three dispatchers.The layoffs came quickly on the heels of three others in the service department in mid-October, a 3-hour fur-lough for city employees at the city building, in the main-tenance department and at the water and wastewater plants. Hours in those offices were also cut three hours.The furloughs will keep approximately $15,500 in the city coffers for this year’s budget and if continued, will save more than $60,000 in 2014. The reduction in hours affects 27 city employees.Council also approved a 7 1/2-percent pay reduction for city administration and department heads.
 
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OHIO CITY — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released Tuesday in a statement that the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team executed a search warrant at 402 W. Jefferson St. in Ohio City.The search warrant was obtained as a result of a drug investigation into activity at the residence. The search of the residence recovered the following items:— a moderate amount of sus-pected LSD,— a moderate amount of drug paraphernalia,— a small quantity of suspected ecstasy and— a small quantity of suspected marijuana.Four people were found inside the residence when the warrant was executed. Two people residing in the home were arrested and taken to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility.Jeremiah A. Miller, age 19, was arrested on one count of obstruct-ing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree.Austin Campbell, age 18, was arrested on one count of possession of LSD, a felony of the third degree.The other two people were released.Riggenbach stated that the investigation is continuing and additional charges could be filed.Riggenbach asks that any-one who has information about suspected drug activity contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. People can contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or by going to the Sheriff’s Office website at van-wertcountysheriff.com. People using the website can click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link to pro-vide the information.People who have information can remain anonymous.The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is comprised of offi-cers from the following agencies: Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and mul-tiple State and Federal agencies. The task force operates within a multi-county area to combat drugs and major crimes.
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One Year Ago
The annual Angel Tree displays are decorated and illuminating the names of local boys and girls, as well as families who will be short on Christmas spirit this year. Christmas Project Coordinator Edna Fischer is calling on this “City of Angels” to help by visiting an Angel Tree, selecting a ticket and purchasing the items detailed on the ticket and returning the gifts to one of the local financial institutions by Dec. 1.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Junior Scott Schulte went over 1,000 yards rushing and scored twice and the St. John’s defense held Coldwater to 45 total yards as the Blue Jays wrapped up a winning season under first-year Coach Vic Whiting with a 22-0 victory Friday night at Coldwater. With the 6-4 season, the Blue Jays recorded their first winning campaign since 1983.Delphos Chapter Catholic Ladies of Columbia recently met for a meeting and election of new officers. Officers elected were: President Mary Topp, vice presi-dent Martha Ardner, recording secretary Bertha Smelzer, finan-cial secretary Gertie Patton, trea-surer Dorothy Deffenbaugh, moni-tor Theresa Alspaugh, inner guard Dottie Grothause and trustees Edna Kortokrax, Darlene Pohlman and Mary Hughes.Despite all the mud and all the rain, Jefferson ended their high-ly successful 1988 football season with a 22-14 win over Northwest Conference rival Spencerville. But it took a strong third quarter by the ‘Cats to pull out the win after slip-ping to a 7-6 halftime deficit. The Wildcats, meanwhile, were led by the duo of Rick Dienstberger and Jeff Poling.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Philomena Reinemeyer was re-elected president of the Delphos Catholic Ladies of Columbia Tuesday evening during a meet-ing of the organization held in the Knights of Columbus club rooms. It was decided to hold a social Nov. 19. Cards were played following the meeting with the prizes in 500 going to Axie Gladen and Madonna Reinemeyer. In pinochle, prizes were awarded to Amilda Pohlman and Elizabeth Schwinnen.A total of 700 Delphos resi-dents consumed approximately 3,500 pancakes during the annual Lions Club pancake day held at the Franklin School on Saturday. Lions Club members said this was the biggest and best pancake day to date. Proceeds from the event will be used for the club’s Sight Conservation Program.The Tourists met Monday in the home of Eva Holmes, Lima Avenue, who was also in charge of the eve-ning’s program. Holmes reviewed the book “The Living Reed,” by Pearl Buck. The Tourists will meet again Nov. 18 at the home of Henrietta Eysenbach, East Fifth Street.
75 Years Ago – 1938
The Jefferson High School foot-ball team ended the 1938 season with a tie Saturday morning at the Lima South High stadium. They battled the Lima South Reserves to a 6-6 tie. With Dunlap in the line at tackle, the forward wall showed up the best of the entire season. In the backfield, Miller, Foster, Van Meter and Fuller played the entire game.A regular meeting of the Faith Hope Class of the United Brethren Church was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scott, west of this city, Friday evening. The meeting was opened with a hymn and prayer led by Mrs. Harold Wade. Plans were made to hold the next session with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kriscamp on Dec. 16.A large number of Delphos Eagles will go to Lima Sunday afternoon to participate in a district initiation which will be held there. A regular meeting of Delphos Aerie will be held Monday night. Plans will be made for the local initiation which will be staged Nov. 14. The 40th anniversary membership drive is progressing nicely and the four teams are working hard to sign the most applications.The congregation of St. Peter Lutheran Church would like to thank every-one who supported our recent fundraiser. It was our third annual pork loin dinner fundraiser and it was a great success!Sincerely,St. Peter Lutheran Church
Bernice C. McClure
Bernice C. McClure, 97, of Fremont, died Monday at her residence.Visitation will beheld from 9-11 a.m. on Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where funeral ser-vices will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.Further arrangements are incomplete.
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2013. There are 55 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Nov. 6, 1888, Republican Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland with an electoral vote count of 233-168, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.On this date:In 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed in battle.In 1860, former Illinois con-gressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candi-dates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover’s election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.In 1934, Nebraska voters approved dissolving their two-chamber legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single (or “uni-cameral”) legislative body, which was implemented in 1937.In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.In 1947, “Meet the Press” made its debut on NBC; the first guest was James A. Farley, former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee Chair; the host was the show’s co-creator, Martha Rountree.In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected Senator from Massachusetts.In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios back-lot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.Ten years ago: President Bush signed an $87.5 billion package approved by Congress for Iraq and Afghanistan. Federal judg-es in New York and California blocked a new ban on certain late-term abortions, a day after President Bush signed it into law. The U.S. Mint unveiled the new nickel.Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama spoke by phone with nine world leaders and met privately at the FBI office in Chicago with U.S. intelligence officials, preparing to become commander in chief.One year ago: As Americans went to the polls, President Barack Obama extended congrat-ulations to rival Mitt Romney “on a spirited campaign” and said he was “cautiously optimistic” he would win. The president and first lady spent Election Day in Chicago while Romney gathered with his family at a waterfront hotel in Boston to watch the elec-tion returns.Today’s Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 82. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 81. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 76. Singer P.J. Proby is 75. Country singer Guy Clark is 72. Actress Sally Field is 67. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 65. Singer Rory Block is 64. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 64. TV host Catherine Crier is 59. News correspon-dent and former California first lady Maria Shriver is 58. Actress Lori Singer is 56. Actor Lance Kerwin is 53. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 50. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 49. Rock singer Corey Glover is 49. Actor Brad Grunberg is 49. Actor Peter DeLuise is 47. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 45. Actor Ethan Hawke is 43. Actress Thandie Newton is 41. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 41. Actress Zoe McLellan is 39. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 35. Actress Taryn Manning is 35. Actress Katie Leclere is 27. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 27. Actress Emma Stone is 25. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 24.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Rain. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.
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: Cloudy. Rain through midnight. Then chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
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: Partly cloudy. Cooler. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
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: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Highs in the lower 50s.
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Do you take drugs? If you’ve never taken aspirin, cough syrup, or medicine pre-scribed by a doctor, you’re unusual. Nearly everyone has used drugs in one form or another. Drugs can help cure or relieve symptoms of many illnesses and when used wisely are usually safe. Some drugs, however, have no medical uses And even medications can be dangerous when used improperly.With all the different kinds of drugs, it’s easy to be confused about what “hav-ing a drug problem” means. Just what is a drug, anyway, and what’s the difference between use and abuse?
Drugs are chemical substances that change the structure or functioning of your body. Psy-choactive drugs are drugs that change the way you think, feel, or act by affecting your brain. Some psychoactive drugs are legal, but many are not. (Illegal psychoactive drugs are sometimes called dope. They include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and acid.)
A person may turn to psychoactive drugs to help him feel more relaxed, energetic, or cheerful. Al-though the drugs often have the intended effect, they may have other effects, too. That’s why even psychoactive drugs prescribed by a doctor must be used with care.
Two people may be affected differently by the same drug. Body chemistry is complex and varies slightly from one person to the next. This is why it’s risky to take any drug unless it’s needed for a specific purpose and approved by a doctor. Some drugs are so pow-erful that taking them even once can hurt you or kill you.Sometimes people abuse drugs because they’re feeling down or depressed and they hope the drugs will help them feel better. Maybe they’re curious about what effect drugs will have on them, or they feel pressured to try them by their friends.Few people start taking drugs with the thought that they’ll become addicted, but it happens just the same. When a person is addicted, he has developed a physical dependence on the drug. Drug use has caused changes in the chemistry of his brain, and he must continue taking the drug to avoid becoming sick. Sometimes people become psychologically dependent instead; they depend on drugs to get them through the day. This is called drug habituation. Either way, the person dependent on drugs has a problem.
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Bippity-Boppity Ball tickets released
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VAN WERT — The Cinderella Ballet performed by The State of Russia Theatre Ballet will captivate at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Before the danc-ers take the stage, we cordially invite guests to the Bippity-Boppity Ball.This light-hearted event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Niswonger Upper Lobby. The evening will include a delicious dinner catered by The Gourmet Gals, an opportunity to meet the Russian Ballet performers, cap-ture a keepsake photograph with the dancers and take part in a Mother/Son and Daddy/Daughter waltz. All of this before taking a comfortable seat in the performance hall to enjoy the exqui-site Cinderella Ballet performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the ballet are now available online www.npacvw.org or through the Box Office 419-238-6722. Attendees to the Bippity-Boppity Ball must also have tickets to the Cinderella Ballet performance.The cost for the Bippity-Boppity Ball is $15 adults and $10 children. Tickets are on sale now through the Box Office 419-238-6722 and online www.npacvw.org. The seating is lim-ited to the first 80 ticket buyers. Please share the names of attendees when ordering as name cards will be placed for guests at their respective dinner settings.This will be a family night of beauti-ful moments and delightful memories.
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MIDDLE POINT — The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association will be having a muzzleloader, shotgun and pistol fun shoot on Saturday. This is a chance for you to sight in your Ohio deer hunting legal guns for the upcoming deer season.We will have deer targets at several distances for a chal-lenge and also a few fun targets to try out. This is open to the public and also our members.Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and we will start the fun shoot at 10 a.m. The cost is $2 per relay. We are located at 9065 Ringwald Road, Middle Point. For more information, please call 419-203-5419.
Lincoln Highway Association meeting set
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Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association has set its monthly meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Biggie’s Coast to Coast Restaurant, 116 E. Main Street in Cairo (on the old Lincoln Highway).Biggie’s Coast to Coast will host this month’s Lincoln Highway Association Western Ohio Chapter meeting. After attendees order din-ner individually from the menu, Michael Buettner will present a program at 7 p.m., “The Lincoln Highway and the Harding Highway in Western Ohio - The Most Colorful Chapter of the Lincoln Highway History in Ohio”. The pub-lic is invited.Bring a friend and a Lincoln Highway story to share!
Dr. Hohman recognized for outstanding immunization practices
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VAN WERT — Van Wert Pediatrics announced today that it has received the 2013 AFIX Immunization Coverage Improvement Award from the Ohio Department of Health. This office is recognized for achieving a 92-percent immunization rate and its effort to get all children in the practice vaccinated on time. The Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, eXchange (AFIX) Project for Ohio is a continuous quality-improvement pro-gram that consists of assess-ment of immunization cov-erage levels and feedback of information to physicians and staff.“Immunizations are rec-ognized as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman said. “We are proud of our doctors and nurses and other staff who work every day to protect and improve the health of our community - especially our youngest residents.”Immunizations given according to the recommend-ed schedule ensure protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. In Ohio, more than 71 percent of 24-month-olds receive all the recommended vaccinations on time, giv-ing the state the seventh-best rates in the country.The Ohio Department of Health recognizes providers with the AFIX Immunization Coverage Awards for achiev-ing immunization coverage rates of 90 percent or high-er or achieving significant improvement in coverage rates within the practice.Hohman stresses the importance of immunizations at well-child check-ups.“Immunizations are one of the most important ways that parents can protect their chil-dren from contracting serious and life-threatening infec-tions,” said Hohman.For more information on the AFIX continuous quality-improvement process and the Ohio Department of Health’s Immunization Program, visit their webpage: odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/dis/immu-nization/immindex1.aspx.
Changes proposed for state’s political party bill
COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio bill setting requirements on minor political parties hasn’t been without its political missteps and dissension.A piece of the measure was inadvertently cut after the House made a series of last-minute changes to ensure its pas-sage last week. The Senate, which had been poised to send it to the governor that day, had to reject the bill so it could be fixed.Now a compromise panel appointed to hash out the differ-ences could make the requirements tougher. Both chambers could vote as soon as today.The measure sets qualifications for groups that want to be recognized as political parties and how they can gain ballot access in the perennial battleground state. It also establishes what percentage of the vote a party would need to keep its status as a political party.The proposal comes as Republicans who dominate the Legislature face growing competition from tea party supporters who say they may back a third-party challenger to Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.
Ohio Veterans Bonus deadline nears for Gulf War Era veterans
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COLUMBUS – Ohio veterans who served during the time of the Persian Gulf War have until Dec. 31 to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus and receive the thank you for their service awarded them by Ohio’s citizens.The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues for veter-ans of the Iraq War, who have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply. No deadline has been announced for veterans of the Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001.“I personally urge any eligible veteran, par-ticularly those who served during the Persian Gulf War, to apply for the bonus immediately. It’s a very personal thanks to every one of our veter-ans who served during our recent wars from all the people of our great state,” Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Tim Gorrell said. “To everyone in our veterans’ community, please reach out to these veterans and make sure they’re aware. And if anyone has a friend or a family member who served, let them know.”The Ohio Veterans Bonus is open to veterans of the Persian Gulf War era as well as the eras of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of where they served. However, the amount avail-able is higher to those who served directly in the war zones. It is also open to the next of kin of those who were killed in action or died of disease as a result of in-theater service. The bonus is not subject to federal or state taxes and can be used for any purpose.To date, almost $59 million has been paid to over 70,000 veterans and family members.Ohio voters approved the Ohio Veterans Bonus by an overwhelming margin in November 2009, to be awarded to veterans of the Armed Forces and military service members who served during the periods of the Persian Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The specific criteria are below:— Military service of more than 90 days active duty, not for training, anywhere in the world during the following periods:Aug. 2, 1990 through March 3, 1991 Persian Gulf; deadline to apply is Dec. 31Oct. 7, 2001, through a date to be deter-mined by the President – AfghanistanMarch 19, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2011  – Iraq; deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2014— Eligible veterans and military service members must have been Ohio residents at the time of their entry into the military and must be Ohio residents at the time they apply.The bonus pays $100 a month to veterans who served in the Persian Gulf theater, or in the countries of Afghanistan or Iraq, up to a maximum of $1,000. For veterans who served elsewhere, the payment is $50 a month up to a $500 maximum. Veterans medically discharged due to injuries sustained in com-bat can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for months of service elsewhere. Family mem-bers of those killed in action or who died from disease as a result of their in-theater service can receive a bonus of $5,000, plus whatever the service member was eligible for, up to a total of $6,500.For more information or to apply:— Call toll-free to 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838) option 2Visit www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov— Visit any county veteran service office (see www.ohiovet.gov for an interactive map of the county offices). These offices can also provide information about all federal and state veterans’ benefits, and assist veterans in the application process.— The department also provides information about the bonus through its social media and at veterans’ events and has advertised the program in print and broadcast media, as well as in veter-ans’ publications and a mailing to veterans whose service likely occurred during the Persian Gulf era.The Ohio Veterans Bonus continues a tradi-tion of bonuses to reward Ohio veterans that dates back to the Civil War. Those other war bonuses are now closed.
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