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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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‘Small but mighty’ Cloverdale recovers from tornado
City council gets first glimpse of ‘14 budget
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — City coun-cil got its first glimpse of the temporary 2014 Budget Monday.Auditor Tom Jettinghoff presented the appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year with a total of $15,774,000.The figure reflects cost reductions made to-date, including the reductions of two firefighters ($95,000), the reduction of one cus-todian ($15,042), reduced operating costs from Reser, Inc. ($48,000 water, $53,000 sewer), staff reduction of two maintenance person-nel ($22,013 water, $40,756 sewer), retirements/res-ignations ($188,000 GF, $92,000 sewer), furloughs ($13,900 GF, $24,900 water, $25,300 sewer) and reduc-tion in elected officials’ pay ($3,800). These reductions total $636,753.Deficit spending for the Water Fund is $217,566 and the Sewer Fund deficit spend-ing is $541,011.Councilman Josh Gillespie noted expenditures on the budget proposal were higher than previous presentations.“I don’t want to see more appropriations than we had on this budget than when we started,” he said. “I want them down at least to where they were at the beginning.”Jettinghoff said he had increased some appropriations and would bring the requested version to the table at the next meeting for amending.Council also heard on first reading an ordinance setting the pay for the safety service director. The salary range for one full-time safety service director will be $2,115.39-$2,692.31 per bi-weekly pay period payable one-third each from the General, Water and Sewer funds. The ordinance also repeals section 1 of Ordinance 2103-29 and any other ordinances inconsistent with the new ordinance.
Ulm shares adaptability with second-graders
Local hero Bob Ulm and his sidekick Pippa visited the St. John’s Elementary sec-ond-graders to talk about adaptability or finding a different way to do things when you need to. Ulm showed the students how he learned Braille, how Pippa helps him stay safe and even had a volunteer attempt to use his cane. Fr. Dave Reinhart, left, was a good sport and he did a good job maneuvering. (Submitted photo)
Seventh-graders master kinetic, potential energy
Mr. Laman’s seventh-grade class at Jefferson Middle School built roller coasters to help master the concept of kinetic and potential energy. The students were given two days in class to construct a working roller coaster with foam pipe and tape. Their two goals were to have the marble make it through the track safely and also have a “wow” effect on the audience. The students had to use their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy while keeping in mind too much or too little of either can lead to a failing coaster. (Submitted photo)
Mostly sunny this morning the becoming partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight. A 20 percent chance of rain showers tonight. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 30s. See page 2.
City BOE calls special meeting
The Delphos City School Board of Education will hold a special meet-ing at 5 p.m. today in the Administrative Building.The purpose of the meet-ing is to consider waiving the 45-day waiting period and approving an abatement for a local company’s expansion.
Fay gets to two life terms for Ottawa teens’ murders
By Nancy KlineDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
OTTAWA — Michael Aaron Fay has been sen-tenced to two life sentences for the aggravated murder of Ottawa teenagers Blaine and Blake Romes. Fay will not be eligible for parole for 60 years.Calling Fay’s acts chilling and ruthless, Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger said Fay presented an extreme danger to others and was not fit to live in society.Prior to sentencing, Assistant Prosecutor Todd Schroeder said the autopsy report indicated it was a shot to the head that had killed Blaine while he was sleep-ing, but the shot fired at Blake had not killed him. The report said his death was caused when Fay pro-ceeded to strangle him, dam-aging every layer of tissue in his neck and breaking every bone.”It was an emotional ses-sion Monday morning when relatives of Blaine and Blake Romes presented statements on how the murder of the boys had affected their lives. Most of the families statements were read by representatives from Crime Victims Services. Only Joe Schreiber, a paternal uncle to the Romes boys, read his own statement.
BY ANNE COBURN-GRIFFISSentinel Editor
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CLOVERDALE — There was no such thing as “just passing through” Putnam County’s Cloverdale early this week. Anyone entering the town had to park at village limits or skirt the town entirely. Sunday’s chaotic evening of storms produced at least two tornadoes, one of which was an F2, that physically devastated the small community west of the junc-ture of St. Rts. 114 and 634.
An estimated 137 people were left without power and water in Cloverdale. The American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region opened a shelter at Oak Haven Residential Center, located at 152 Main St., late Sunday evening for those affected by the storm. It will remain on standby until power has been restored. More than 230 meals, water and hot drinks were provided Monday and through-out the day on Tuesday. In addi-tion to meals, the Red Cross aided volunteers who left their vehicles on the village outskirts on Monday to navigate through downed trees and power lines to help clear the main roads for emergency and utility vehicles.
Crop Production Services brought in water for use by residents to wash items soiled by mud from the storm.Cloverdale’s buildings may be down but the community is still standing. Although shell-shocked, many residents were already hard at work driving heavy street-cleaning equipment, delivering hot beverages to combat the cold winds and hand-salvaging what could be saved from demolished homes and the sanctuary and rectory of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, the only church in town.
The front entrance of St. Barbara’s Church was the only wall standing after an F2 tor-nado leveled the church. The Holy Shrine Family shrine and the St. Barbara statue were still intact in the back with votive candles still burning. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)St. Barbara’s Catholic Church rectory was badly damaged by major storms that hit the small community Sunday evening. See MIGHTY, page 12See COUNCIL, page 12See FAY, page 12Listening to statements made by family members of Blake and Blaine Romes, Michael Fay often broke down during his sentenc-ing on Monday. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)St. John’s to sell Arlington playoff tickets
The St. John’s Athletic Department is selling tick-ets for its Region 24 final versus Arlington (kick-off 7 p.m. Saturday) at Lima Stadium in the high school office at the fol-lowing times: from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday; 7-7:30 p.m. Thursday; and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.The school will receive a percentage of all tickets purchased at St. John’s High School.All tickets (adults and students) are $7 pre-sale and $9 at the gates (which open at Lima Stadium at 6 p.m.).Children 6 years old and older must have a ticket.St. John’s is the home team.
 
 
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, circulation manager The Delphos Herald (USPS 1525 8000) is published daily except Sundays, Tuesdays and Holidays. The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for $1.48 per week. Same day delivery outside of Delphos is done through the post office for Allen, Van Wert or Putnam Counties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year. Entered in the post office in Delphos, Ohio 45833 as Periodicals, postage paid at Delphos, Ohio. 405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER: Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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ST. RITA’S
A boy was born Nov. 17 to Tiffany and Jared Bailey of Delphos.A girl was born Nov. 17 to Maranda Tummel of Delphos.A boy was born Nov. 18 to Sheena and Nathan Carder of Elida.
 Arraignment Joel Crawford, 
 25, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree.His bond was set at $10,000 and a pretrial was set for Nov. 27.
 Bond violationJean Sweet, 
 38, Van Wert, was found to have violated her bond by failing to report to probation.She was ordered held until she qualifies for electronic house arrest and sentencing on her original charge is set for Nov. 28.
 Changes of pleasWilliam L. Smith, 
 37, Delphos, changed his plea to guilty to three counts of trafficking in heroin, each a felony of the fifth degree, reduced from three counts of trafficking hero-in, each a felony of the fourth degree.The court ordered a pre-sentence investiga-tion and set sentencing for Jan. 8.
Adam Parting
, 20, Delphos, entered a plea of guilty to possession of cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree.He then requested and was granted treat-ment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.
 SentencingsLola Busch, 
 65, Delphos, was sentenced on one count of trafficking drugs, a felony of the third degree; and two counts of trafficking drugs, each a felony of the fourth degree.She was sentenced to three years com-munity control on each count, to be served concurrently, 30 days jail at a later date, 100 hours community service, substance abuse assessment and treatment, ordered not to pos-sess more than two months’ supply of pain medicine with documentation to probation, two years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, ordered to pay $1,400 restitution to the West Central Ohio Task Force, also to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees.A nine-month prison term on each of the three counts, concurrent, was deferred pend-ing completion of community control.
Beth McCarthy, 
 44, Convoy, was sen-tenced on a charge of attempted forgery, a misdemeanor of the first degree.Her sentence was one year community control, 30 days jail, 200 hours community service, substance abuse assessment and treat-ment, enroll in and complete Nova House program, ordered to pay restitution of $122.79 to Wanda Sowers, to have no contact with Wanda Sowers, to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees; 180 days jail and $1,000 fine were deferred pending completion of community control.
Jerry Cornwell, 
 55, Chillicothe, was sen-tenced on two counts of importuning (each a felony of the third degree); and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, (felony of the fifth degree).He was sentenced to 30 months prison on each of the importuning charges and 11 months on the disseminating charge, to be served concurrently and concurrently with his sentence from Ross County. He was also ordered to pay court costs.
St. John’s senior Ryan Shumaker’s name was mis-spelled in the St. John’s/ Tiffin Calvert football story in Monday’s newspaper.Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2013. There are 41 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.On this date:In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.In 1910, revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.In 1929, the radio program “The Rise of the Goldbergs” debuted on the NBC Blue Network.In 1945, 22 out of 24 indicted Nazi officials went on trial (one in absentia) before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.In 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a news con-ference in which he announced the end of the naval quar-antine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis, and the signing of an executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal housing facilities.In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.In 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain’s General Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.In 1982, in one of college football’s oddest finales, the University of California used five laterals to score a disputed winning touchdown on the last play of a game against Stanford, 25-20.In 1992, fire seriously damaged Windsor Castle, the favorite weekend home of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.In 2000, Lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should be allowed to continue.Ten years ago: Michael Jackson was booked on suspi-cion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Jackson was later acquitted at trial.) Record producer Phil Spector was charged with murder in the shooting death of an actress, Lana Clarkson, at his home in Alhambra, Calif., in February 2003. (Spector’s first trial ended with a hung  jury in 2007; he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.) Suicide bombers blew up trucks in Istanbul, Turkey, at the British consulate and at a London-based bank, killing 32 people. Tens of thousands of demonstrators in London burned an effigy of President Bush to show their anger over the Iraq war. In Miami, trade ministers from across the Americas gave final approval to a framework for the world’s largest free trade bloc as police clashed with hundreds of dem-onstrators.Five years ago: Sen. Ted Stevens, the chamber’s longest-serving Republican, delivered his swan song address following his failed re-election bid; he was salut-ed by his colleagues as a staunch friend and teacher. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose new sanctions aimed at reducing the arms flowing into Somalia and the lawlessness and piracy that were flour-ishing there. Betty James, co-founder of the company that made the Slinky, died in Philadelphia at age 90.One year ago: Former boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was shot while sitting in a car in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (Camacho died three days later after doctors removed him from life support.) Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys. Jack Taylor, a guard for the Grinnell College basketball team, shattered the NCAA scoring record with a 138-point performance as the Division III school beat Faith Baptist Bible, 179-104.Today’s Birthdays: Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer is 90. Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 88. Actress Estelle Parsons is 86. Comedian Dick Smothers is 75. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 71. Vice President Joe Biden is 71. Actress Veronica Hamel is 70. Broadcast  journalist Judy Woodruff is 67. Actor Samuel E. Wright is 67. Singer Joe Walsh is 66. Actor Richard Masur is 65. Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is 65. Actress Bo Derek is 57. Former NFL player Mark Gastineau is 57. Reggae musician Jim Brown (UB40) is 56. Actress Sean Young is 54. Pianist Jim Brickman is 52. Rock musician Todd Nance (Widespread Panic) is 51. Actress Ming-Na is 50. Actor Ned Vaughn is 49. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 48. Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 48. Actress Callie Thorne is 44. Actress Sabrina Lloyd is 43. Actor Joel McHale is 42. Actress Marisa Ryan is 39. Country singer Dierks Bentley is 38. Actor Joshua Gomez is 38. Actress Laura Harris is 37. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 37. Country singer Josh Turner is 36. Actress Nadine Velazquez is 35. Actress Andrea Riseborough is 32. Actor Dan Byrd is 28. Actress Ashley Fink (TV: “Glee”) is 27. Rock musician Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 27. Actor Cody Linley is 24.
One Year Ago
Delphos FFA recently participated in the sub-district Parliamentary Procedure Contest. Senior team members included Karen Cline, Sophia Wilson, Courtney Vanschoyck, Tatiana Olmeda, Kylie Fritz, Caitlin Landwehr, Wes Roby and Jordan Barclay. Beginning team mem-bers are Halee Heising, Rileigh Tippie, Asya Hamilton, Sophia Thompson, Sophia Wilson, Deisree Wessel, Triatan Fetzer and Kiersten Teman.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Ground has been broken for East Towne Plaza on Elida Avenue. Major tenants of the new shopping plaza will be Chief Supermarket, Val’s Discount Store and Rite Aid Drugs. Representatives of these stores and Lanecor representa-tives, Irvin and Mary Grone and Dr. John Grone, representing the Grone family who sold the land to Lanecor, and other city and county officials attended a luncheon Friday at NuMaude’s where the announcement was made.Delphos Family Physicians observed its 100,000th patient visit recently. The medical center, 1775 E. Fifth St., is served by Dr. Carl Wehri and by Dr. Karri L. Krendl, who has practiced fam-ily medicine there since April 1987. Dr. Wehri started his family practice with the opening of the center in September 1979.Seniors Mark Youngpeter of Jefferson and Jason Oakman of Spencerville were named Division V first-team offensive linemen on the Associated Press All-Northwest Ohio football team. Scott Schulte and Kevin Wrasman of St. John’s and Jeff Poling of Jefferson received special men-tion. Nate Wannemacher of St. John’s and Matt Barkimer and Dennis Alt of Columbus Grove were honorable men-tion.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Edna Jane Nolte, Catholic Daughters of America state vice regent, and Mrs. Linus Schmelzer, grand regent of Court Delphos, were in Ashtabula Sunday attending a reception of members into that city’s Court. Nolte represented the state court and extended greetings in that capacity.The Modern Mothers Chapter of the Child Conservation League observed guest night Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Edward Fritz. Chapter president, Mrs. Roger Briggs, called the meet-ing to order and devotions were given by Mrs. Bill Wilcox. At the close of the evening, a dessert luncheon was served by the hostess, who was assisted by Mrs. John McRedmond and Mrs. Robert Shenk. Mrs. Rudolf Lucas entertained the members of the Beta Delphian Study Club Monday evening in her home on North Clay Street. Mrs. Don Penn was program chairman for the evening and presented a review of the book “View To The Southeast,” by Santha Rama Rau.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Officers of St. Elizabeth’s Benevolent Society were re-elected Friday after-noon at the annual meeting of the soci-ety held in the C. L. of C. rooms. They are: Mrs. Frank Kaverman, president; Mrs. John A. Metzner, vice president; Mrs. Joseph Auer, secretary; and Anna Krieft, treasurer.St. John’s Varsity made an excep-tionally fine showing Friday night in their game with Karr Business College of Van Wert with a final score of 42 to 12. Every man but one of the ten Blue and Gold players partici-pated in the scoring. Miller, center, and Mickey Mueller, guard, accounted for all of Karr scoring, each chalking up six points.The monthly meeting of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Church was held Friday afternoon at the home of Mrs. William Alspach, West Third Street. Mrs. C. W. Cordermann presided at the meeting which was opened with the singing of hymns led by Mrs. Frank Linder. The lesson on India was in charge of Mrs. E. Burnett.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph.
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: Mostly cloudy through midnight then becom-ing cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers. Not as cool. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs around 50. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
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: Rain likely. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
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 Nancy, 76, memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Brethren in Christ Church, with Pastor Jody Harr offici-ating. Calling hours are 9-11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. Interment will follow at a later date of Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton. Preferred memo-rials are to the First United Brethren in Christ Church.
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Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s daughter, dies
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, Calif. She was 79.Her death Tuesday was confirmed by The Walt Disney Co. The cause was complications from a fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, was born Dec. 18, 1933.She played a key role in the completion of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, bucking city leaders who wanted to remove Gehry from the project.She also founded the Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio, as a trib-ute to her family’s legacy.She is survived by her husband, Ronald, and seven children.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Tuesday:
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OEPA approves filter and membrane units for Spencerville plant
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville Village Council received some very good news Monday evening from Village Administrator Sean Chapman, which was the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved the proposed fil-ter — Purtrex Depth Cartridge Filters — and media and membrane softening units — FILMTEC Membranes — for the new water treatment plant project. Chapman said by expediting the project step-by-step, the village is on track for a completion date next year at this time.“The units will be ordered and arrive for fabrication with no significant delays,” Chapman explained. “They will be fabricated in Findlay.”As reported during the Nov. 4 meet-ing, Chapman, Richard Kirk of Kirk Bros., Poggemeyer Design Group and IFM (Industrial Fluid Management) met with the OEPA in Columbus Nov. 1 to discuss the revised plans for the water treatment plant. The meeting led to the agency granting the village partial approval of the revised plans which would allow commencement of the proj-ect.Chapman said The Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) has responded to a letter sent by Julie Ward of Ohio RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Program) which explained the scope of the water treatment plant project would be changed from the orig-inal containerized system.“The OHPO states that their origi-nal comments and findings have not changed,” Chapman detailed. “No his-toric properties would be affected by the project and there are no further reviews or environmental studies needed.”In addition, Chapman is proceeding with securing a new construction admin-istrator (CA) for the water treatment plant project and with the assistance of Mayor J. P. Johnson and Kirk, has drafted a Scope of Services for the new CA. Chapman said he has contacted Peterman Associates, Inc., from Findlay, who have shown an interest in the proj-ect.“There are a few more,” Chapman said. “It may be a selection process.”He said the project must keep mov-ing and the most important step to be completed is getting copies of Change Order 2G submitted to the village for approval.“Although council unanimously approved the change order as presented by Kirk Bros. in October, we have yet to receive hard copies which will need to be signed by our CA, the village and the contractor,” Chapman insisted. “This needs to happen quickly since the change order must be sent to OEPA for approval.”In addition, the village may see more pay requests — Buschur Electric, Inc., has submitted requests — by the first of the year and a CA is needed to review these requests.Chapman had a meeting with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project slated for state fiscal year 2015. The scope of the project entails new sidewalks on Second Street and a beacon flashing light at Second and Broadway streets.“We discussed what will be done, environmental and right-of-way issues and costs,” Chapman said. “The grant is $96,000 and any cost in excess will be the portion we pay.”“Will there be any monetary par-ticipation from the school?” Johnson asked. “Maybe a joint venture?”“The engineers’ study involved walking path improvements; those may be cost-shared with the school,” Chapman said.Chapman discussed a main water line break in an alley behind North College Street where crews cut out and repaired pipe on Monday.Chapman addressed the effect of the five-hour power outage from Sunday evening’s storms that rolled through the area. The outage affected both plants. The generator at the waste water treat-ment plant did not start due to a failed circuit board — which is on order and will cost $2,000 — and the water treat-ment plant had no power.
Broad Ohio gun bill spurs stand-your-ground debate
COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel cleared a measure Tuesday that makes broad changes to the state’s gun laws, including the addi-tion of a “stand your ground” self-defense rule that has sparked similar debates on gun control across the country.The measure would expand the circumstances in which Ohioans could use force to defend themselves without having a duty to first retreat from an attacker. Under cur-rent law, residents need not retreat if they are lawfully in their homes, vehicles or the vehicle of an immediate fam-ily member.The bill would eliminate the duty to retreat in any place in which the person is lawfully allowed to be.At least 22 states have similar laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws gener-ally eliminate a person’s duty to retreat before using force in the face of a serious physical threat.Debate over such mea-sures has increased among the states following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 Florida shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Activate Allen Co. seeks input on Active Transportation Plan
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ALLEN COUNTY — Activate Allen County is seeking community input on Allen County’s first Active Transportation Plan.The plan will be the first in Allen County to take into account the need to encourage increased physical activity when developing long-term transportation plans by mak-ing walking, bicycling and transit the easy, safe, attrac-tive and convenient choice for everyday trips.A web survey has been designed to help better gauge what type of improvements the community desires. This survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. To access the survey, please click on the following web link: surveymonkey.com/s/AC_ATP.Paper versions of the sur-vey may be obtained from Activate Allen County located in the YMCA Annex at 136 West St. in Lima. Completed paper surveys may be returned to the same location.The web survey will close at 11 p.m. Dec. 8.In addition to the survey, the community is to provide specific hopes and concerns on an interactive public visioning map. To access the visioning map, please click on the following web link: communityremarks.com/AllenCounty.More information on the Active Transportation Plan may be found on the Activate Allen County website’s Active Transportation Plan page: activateallencounty.com/healthy-community/active-transportation.aspx.
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‘GG’ earns her high school diploma
BY CYNTHIA YAHNAHerald Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
EDIDA — Elida School history was made Tuesday evening during the board of education meeting as Irene Zajac Vondra was presented an honorary Elida High School diploma.The 94-year-old Vondra, known as “GG” (great grandma), graciously accepted her honorary diploma.She and her granddaughter, Irene Alderman, have been recording many hours of interviews and have transcribed them into what is taking shape as her memoir. During the interviews, she was asked if she had any regrets. The two regrets was that she never finished school and she never learned how to ride a bicycle. Irene attended kindergarten through third grade while living on a farm in Galien, Mich. In fourth grade, her family moved to Chicago. She completed school up to the eighth grade. Irene and some friends were on their way to sign up for high school when she saw a “help wanted” sign at a mattress factory. This was during the Great Depression and her older brother and sister also left school to work and help the family. She went to work and gave the full amount of her pay to her mother, who returned a small amount for spending money. She moved to Ohio in 1998 to be closer to her daughter.The board members honored the following students of the month: Elida elementary school, Hali Khork, Payton Kuhn and Zavier Tickle. Middle school students: Megan Bible, Hailey Rode, Ashley Sherard and Molly Wright. High school students: Daulton Buetner, Brianne Harvey, Erika Kiel and William Legge.Board member Pat Schymanski gave his report and wanted to congratulate all students who made the honor roll.He also reported favorable comments on Elida students’ behavior at a recent playoff game.“This is a great example of how our students conduct them-selves in public and another reason we should be proud of them,” Schymanski said.The play “Rumors” was performed at the end of October. It was a great production.A group of high school students helped at the voting polls, learning about voting and seeing “democracy” in action. The students were well received and again, the students represented Elida very favorably.DECA sponsored a “Tip Your Hat for a Vet” day and $198 was raised by this fund drive recognizing our veterans for their service.The middle school held its first-ever variety show on Thursday. Miss Witkowski, the choir director, organized and directed the show. The performance was attended by approxi-mately 200 people. The middle school will be putting on its first-ever musical, “School House Rock, Jr.,” in the near future.On Nov. 8, student Gavin Braun was presented with a gift box of school supplies for use in Dawn Sanders classroom. The gift was presented by a representative from Setex, Inc., of St. Marys. Gavin’s father entered Gavin and his teacher in the drawing and they were one of the winners.The UNOH International Fair was a successful event, help-ing all learn more about different cultures.First-graders were visited by a veterinarian and a therapy dog to talk about animals and jobs with animals. This is part of the science curriculum in the common core. The therapy dog came from Cincinnati for a special visit.COSI on Wheels will visit in December. UNOH students will help and the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be present. The Delphos Herald will be working with the fourth-grade students to develop advertisements for the paper.The board also heard in an open board forum from Jackson Burklo. Burklo approached the podium to speak about the topic of a new superintendent.“I am a 54-year member of this school district and I have strong feelings about the hiring of the superintendent. I feel the new board members should have a voice in the selection of the superintendent,” he said. “Also, the one being hired should be required to live in the school district of Elida. How can a man ask the people for a levy if he doesn’t live in the area?”The following items were approved by the board:— Resignation of Lisa Castle-Lopez, elementary aide; and Kyle Harmon, high school assistant wrestling coach;— Sales project potentials conducted by a student activity program;— Professional leave for the eighth-grade Washington, D.C., trip on May 6-9;— Nancy Bile as home instructor for a student; and— Don Diglia, Maureen Rentz, Brad Mendenhall, Faith Cummings, Tony Cox and Dave Morman as credentialed teacher evaluators for the 2013-14 school year.The board entered into executive session for the purpose of discussing employee discipline and the appointment of a public employee.The next Elida Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17.
2014 Fort Fest cut to 2 days
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
FORT JENNINGS — During Tuesday night’s vil-lage council meeting, Park Board President Jerry Siefker announced that the 2014 Fort Fest celebration held in August will be cut to two days.“Three days was too extensive,” Siefker added. “We will not have a parade on Sunday and the lawn mower races will not happen.”The festival will include many of the attractions and entertainment from past years, including the Huey 369 flights, 1812 re-enactments, car show, “Eyes of Freedom” display and the MIA Wall procession into the village on Friday afternoon. He said this past year, there were 170 bikes and 200 people who participated in the caravan from Sidney to Ft. Jennings.Siefker was excited to report that there will some new additions to Fort Fest.“We are adding a Vietnam display and re-enactors who will be at the park,” Siefker said. “It will be educational — teaching post-Vietnam War generations what veterans have been through — and therapeutic for the veterans to share their stories.”In addition, Siefker said the display will be unique and fit what the village is doing with the military theme.“We’re going to move the duck races to Saturday eve-ning after the chicken dinners at Memorial Hall,” Siefker explained. Councilman Jeff Swick asked Siefker if there were any figures on profit and what (attractions, vendors, entertainment) worked well with the festival.Siefker said that the profit on Fort Fest was $9,800 and the profit on the Giveaway was $8,600.“Friday night was big with Nashville Crush and the duck races,” Siefker explained. “It kept ramping up all night.”Siefker described a new gun raffle — including camp-ing and hunting items — slated for Saturday, which will complement the military theme.
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