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BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editoregebert@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — After spending nearly 11 months as Van Wert County Economic Development Director, Cindy Leis is as opti-mistic as ever about the future of Van Wert County. She took over the position during the first part of January after the office had been open for 70 per-cent of 2012.“This year for me for me in this office has been a huge learning experience, and by that I mean learn-ing about the community, learning about the service clubs, meeting people, understanding the dynamics of the county,” she reported.At this point, Leis knows her way around the county. She knows the available buildings that could host a potential business. And she has plenty of connections, both among busi-nesspersons and state officials, as she looks to bring jobs to the county.It’s not an easy task, especially with a few businesses shutting down, just as oth-ers are starting up. In this past year the area has had several closings to deal with like Carter Lumber, Pick ‘n Save, Derry Drugs, Pizza John’s, and Three Rivers Federal Credit Union. However, there have been plenty of new businesses as well. Ribbons have been cut at Label Shopper, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Embroidery Coop, Little Ceasar’s, Hall’s Custom Cut Meats, and several other shops. Remodeling and expansion projects have also been completed.Leis stated, “The focus of this office has got to be job creation, as well as investments and expansions.”
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Hey kids! The Delphos Herald has a direct line to Santa himself. Send us your letters to the Jolly ’Ol Elf and we will make sure he gets them. Letters can be mailed to: Santa Letters, 405 N. Main St., Delphos, OH 45833; dropped off at the ofce or e-mailed to nspencer@del-phosherald.com.Letters need to arrive at The Herald by 5 p.m. Dec. 13 to forward to Santa.
Herald seeks man, woman of the year nods
The Delphos Herald is searching for the 2009 Tri-county Area Man and Woman of the Year.Nominees should, by rea-son of public service and com-munity involvement, deserve the title “Man of the Year” and “Woman of the Year.”A panel of judges not associated with the newspa-per will decide the winners.Judges will evaluate nominees based on written recommendations. Tri-County civic, church and social organizations, as well as individuals, are urged to submit nominations.Recommendations must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 18 in The Delphos Herald newsroom, 405 N. Main St., Delphos, OH 45833, or e-mail nominations to nspencer@delphosherald.com.
Herald taking letters to Santa
Kiwanis offer a ‘Hometown Christmas’
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — The holi-days are fast approaching and one of the kick-off events in Delphos will be the first-annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas on Friday.The Kiwanis have taken over the event pre-viously sponsored by the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce. The downtown activities and entertain-ment this year are fully sponsored by the Kiwanis as a way of saying “thank you” to the businesses and individuals in the com-munity for supporting the club throughout the year at its various fundraisers and projects.As always, the Delphos EMS will be serving up their delicious Ham and Bean Supper at the EMS building beginning at 5 p.m. for only $4 a dinner.The Canal Commission Museum on Main Street will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. for the annual Christmas Tree Festival.Entertainment and activi-ties will start at 6 p.m.Santa will be welcomed to town atop a fire truck with a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. from the Delphos Herald parking lot, proceeding down Main Street and ending at Santa’s house in front of the First Financial Bank drive thru.Santa will light the official Christmas Tree at his house at the end of the parade.Free refreshments will be available and Santa will have his sleigh and one of his reindeer for the kids to see. Parents and grandparents can bring their cameras to take pictures with the reindeer and sleigh.Professional ice-carv-ing artist Ryan Roth of Ice Creations will create a Christmas ice sculpture in the fire department park-ing lot across from Santa’s House. The ice sculpture will remain on site as long as Mother Nature’s tempera-ture allows.
The annual Hometown Christmas Parade will usher in Santa’s first official visit to Delphos on Friday. Additional Santa House hours are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Letters can be dropped off any time at the Santa House in the special Santa mail slot. (Herald file photo)Professional ice-carving artist Ryan Roth of Ice Creations will fashion an ice sculpture in parking lot of the fire department Friday night. (Submitted photo)
Church group gearing up for years biggest fundraiser
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DELPHOS — Trinity United Methodist Women are prepar-ing for the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year — the annual Christmas Dinner and Bazaar on Wednesday.Men, women and youth of the church will help prepare food, ready the church’s fellowship hall for dine-in customers and work in the General Store, kitchen and serving and carry-out lines.The General Store, which opens at 2 p.m., is the first attrac-tion of the day. Homemade crafts, candy and baked goods will be available until 7 p.m.The traditional dinners will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu includes ham or roast beef, whipped potatoes and gravy, chicken and noodles, green beans, slaw, applesauce, home-made pies, rolls and coffee. Meals are dine-in or carry out.Home-delivery pre-sale tickets are available by calling the church office at 419-692-0651.
See KIWANIS, page 10See COUNTY, page 10
St. John’s Alumni induct 10th Hall of Fame class
St. John’s High School Alumni Association inducted its 10th class to the Hall of Fame Sunday. Inductees included, from left, Cyndi Kemper (accepting for the late Jerry Kemper - Service to Mankind), Fran Voll — Service to St. John’s, Barney Altman — Arts/Athletic Achievement and Bob Kill — Professional Achievement. (Delphos Herald/Mary M. Grothaus)
Efforts are constant to create and keep jobs in county
Leis
Cloudy today with a chance of rain pos-sibly mixed with snow this afternoon. A 30 percent chance of rain contin-ues throughout tonight. Highs in the lower 40s and lows in the mid 30s. See page 2.The Delphos Public Library is announcing its annual “Breakfast with Santa” on from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Registration is required and going on now for this event as the library will take reserva-tions for 50 total attendees, both children and adults.A light breakfast will be served and Santa will be available for the children to present their “wish lists” and have their pictures taken.The event will take place in the First Edition build-ing. Please call the library at 419-695-4015 to register.
Santa to visit library Saturday
The Delphos Ministerial Association will present an evening of music and reflections to prepare hearts for Jesus’ birth at 7:30 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.Soloists and groups from various churches are involved as well as young people from Jefferson High School and St. John’s Grade School And High School.
Community worship today
 
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Paul Walker, ‘Fast & Furious’ star, dies in crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fiery car crash north of Los Angeles has killed 40-year-old Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, and one other person in the vehicle.Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Two people who were found in the car were pro-nounced dead at the scene.Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor’s death. A statement on Walker’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a char-ity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.The Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash.The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a state-ment. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected mem-bers of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”His “Fast & Furious” co-star Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless.”Walker rode the “Fast & Furious” franchise to stardom, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Los Angeles-native brought California surfer good-looks and an easy, warm charm to the popular street-racing series.The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, Calif. The oldest of five siblings, Walker’s mother began taking him to audi-tions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2.Walker has said the early induction to show business wasn’t to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family.After a string of TV roles as a child in the ’80s, including small roles on “Who’s the Boss” and “Charles in Charge,” Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy “Meet the Deedles.” Supporting roles in the films “Pleasantville,” ”Varsity Blues” and “Flags of Our Fathers” followed.His performance in the 2000 thriller “The Skulls” caught the eye of producer Neal H. Moritz, who cast him in “The Fast and the Furious” as undercover police officer Brian O’Conner. Adapted from a Vibe magazine article about underground street races, the film became an unexpected hit.In the sequel, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” Walker moved to center stage with Diesel temporarily dropping out. Walker, a self-described “gearhead,” kept his character’s sports car from the film.Walker starred in other films, including the crime thriller “Running Scared,” the Antarctic adventure “Eight Below” and the heist film “Takers.” Though his stardom didn’t make as much of an impact outside the “Fast & Furious” series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator.“Your humble spirit was felt from the start,” Ludacris, Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-star, said on Twitter. “Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers.”“Fast & Furious” proved unusually enduring. Released in May, “Fast & Furious 6” was the most lucrative of them all, grossing more than $788 million worldwide. The seventh installment began shooting in September, with a release planned for July. The film’s production was on break with more shooting to be done.Walker stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama “Hours,” which Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films is to release Dec. 13. He also stars in “Brick Mansions,” a remake of the French action film “District B13” in post-production that Relativity plans to release next year. “Paul was an incredibly talent artist, devoted philanthropist and friend,” Relativity President Tucker Tooley said in a statement.He formed Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to aid people struck by natural disasters.A friend of Walker’s who attended the fundraiser Saturday, Bill Townsend, told AP Radio, “He was very happy. He was smiling at everybody, just tickled that all these people came out to support this charity. He was doing what he loved. He was surrounded by friends, surrounded by cars.”Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.
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Delores B. Meeker
Feb. 4 , 1935-Nov. 29, 2013
Delores B. Meeker, 78, of Lima, died at 11:35 p.m. Friday at Lima Memorial Health System.She was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Putnam County, to Edward and Dorothy (Bigelow) Horstman, who preceded her in death.Surviving are six children, Rick Horstman, Doneta (Greg) Horstman-Smith, William (Sue) Meeker, Jerry Meeker and Larry (Tamara) Meeker of Lima and Lynn (Sherri) Meeker Jr. of Dayton; three siblings, Euletta Von Sossan of Delphos, Agatha (George) Kerns of Fort Jennings and Gerald Horstman of Delphos; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Kent Crisp; and siblings, Denelda Brokamp, Rita Hemker, Carl Horstman and Harold Horstman.Mrs. Meeker was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She retired from the Howard Johnson’s as a night auditor.Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Lima, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fort Jennings.Visitation for Mrs. Meeker will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.Condolences may be expressed online at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.
Treva M. McDougle
June 12, 1924-Nov. 30, 2013
Treva M. McDougle, 89, of Ottawa and formerly from Leipsic, died Saturday at the Vancrest Care Center, Delphos.She was born near Rockport on June 12, 1924, to Byron and Effie (Warnock) Wood, who pre-ceded her in death.Survivors include her son, Jeffery B. (Diane) McDougle of Delphos; her daugh-ter, Pamela A. Brenamen of Fostoria; grandchildren, Robyn, Scott, Amy, Adam, Benjamin and Ashley; and six great-grandchildren.Preceding her in death also were her infant brother, Waldo Wood; sisters, Lucille Schreck and Neva McDougle, who was Treva’s twin; and several nieces and nephews.Treva attended Columbus Grove School and helped work on the family farm during her youth. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Leipsic, and also was a member of the Modern Mothers Club. She had been employed as a lab technician with the Libby, McNeil and Libby Co., prior to which she worked in retail with Ruben’s Department Store, both formerly of Leipsic. In her later lifetime, she was an in-home care pro-vider, lending assistance to many. She enjoyed watch-ing and even kept a running record of scores of many sports events, especially football games.The Ohio State University Buckeyes were her absolute favorite teams. Treva loved music; she was a friend to all a “Mom” to the whole neigh-borhood when her children were growing up.Visitation at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funer-al home, Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, near Columbus Grove. Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be expressed to hartman-sonsfuneralhome.com.
Lois Catherine (Landwehr) Keck
 Nov. 6, 1925-Nov. 29, 2013
Lois Catherine (Landwehr) Keck, 88, of Delphos, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Delphos, to Carl and Katherine (Klevorn) Landwehr, who preceded her in death.On Aug. 11, 1951, she married Darrol Rell Keck, who survives in Delphos.Other survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann (Robert) Warner of Elida; a sister, Helen (John) Haehn of Wapakoneta; two broth-ers, Bernard Landwehr of Kentucky and Harold (Joan) Landwehr of Lima; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Warner of Elida, Brian Warner of Chattanooga, Tenn., and James (Julie Foster) Warner of Elida.She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Hiller, Jeanne Bendele and Ruth Bensman; and a broth-er, Donald Landwehr.Mrs. Keck was a book-keeper at the Delphos Bending Company for 12 years and then at St. John’s Grade School for 25 years.She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America.Mrs. Keck enjoyed camping with family and friends. She also enjoyed attending weekly Mass and sending cards to friends on special occasions and spending time with her grandchildren.A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where there will be a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.To leave online condo-lences for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.
One Year Ago
Do Right Motorcycle Club members Mark Dempsey, Donny Ardner, Rick Boop, Carol Boop and Jared “Tiny” Fisher presented Diane Hetrick with a $1,000 donation for the Christmas Community Project. The donation is comprised of funds by individuals and from the sale of tickets for the organization’s annual Christmas party.
25 Years Ago – 1988
The Jefferson freshman basketball team opened its season with a 47-34 win over Lincolnview Tuesday at Lincolnview East gym. Led by the shooting of Max Wisher, the Wildcats broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Lancers 17-6 to take a 37-19 lead. Wisher led all scorers with 22 points. Mike Ahten added nine and Dan Baumgartner seven.Students at Jan Reed’s class at Gomer Elementary School are Stephanie Johnson, Jessica Mosher, Justin McCall, Jason Potter, Nicholas Taflinger, Melissa Short, Angela Webb, Daniel Brickner, Jimmy McClain, Courtney Lapham, Brian Garmatter, Robin Altenburger, Christopher Hughes, David Stander, Matthew Riley, Summer Swaim, John Solomon and David Niemann.Associated Charities, Inc., a private foundation with headquarters in Van Wert, presented a $550 check to the city Thursday. The dona-tion, along with city funds, will be used to trim trees in the Westside Cemetery. Winfred Teman, executive director of the foundation, presented the check to Jim Hodgson, acting safety-service director.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
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: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the mid 40s.
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Evelyn M., 83, of Delphos and former-ly of Lima, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville with the Rev. John Spyker officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodwin Cemetery near Elgin. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed online at tbayliff@woh.rr.com.
 
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Special Olympian swimmers fare well at district event
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On the second Sunday in November, the Van Wert County Special Olympics swim team trav-eled to Ottawa for the Area 3 Aquatics meet.Bringing home the gold in the 25-meter free-style were Carolyn Hartmann, Michele Lichtle, Brandon Painter and Brittany Lichtenberger; sil-ver went to Jeff Dietsch, Michelle Mollenkopf, Kirk Pontius and Jennifer Dotson; and bronze to Jason Benner, Jeannie Miller and Sharon Mosier; and Jill Krugh receiving a fourth-place ribbon.In the 25-meter backstroke, gold went to Jill Krugh, Brittany Lichtenberger, Jeannie Miller, Michelle Mollenkopf and Brandon Painter; sil-ver medals were won by Jason Benner, Carolyn Hartmann and Michele Lichtle; and fourth-0place ribbons going to Jennifer Dotson and Sharon Mosier. Kirk Pontius received gold for the 25-meter breaststroke with silver going to Jeff Dietsch for the 50-meter backstroke. The ladies 4 x 25 relay team consisting of Jeannie Miller, Michelle Mollenkopf, Carolyn Hartmann and Brittany Lichtenberger received silver medals. The men’s 4 x 25 relay team made up of Jason Benner, Jeff Dietsch, Brandon Painter and Kirk Pontius brought home the bronze.The athletes and coaches would like to thank the Van Wert County Foundation, the local Moose Lodge and other private donors for supporting this very special athletic organiza-tion. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated
Pictured are Van Wert County Special Olympics team members sporting their winning medals and ribbons. (Submitted photo)
State monitors deer for health, public safety
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s Division of Wildlife is monitoring deer around the state for reasons including health and pub-lic safety as deer-gun season opens this week.Officials with the division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say studying a sampling of deer can help them make assumptions about the health and age of the deer population. They say that translates into better management of the herd through proper setting of hunting lim-its and ultimately benefits everyone, The Columbus Dispatch reported.Karen Norris, a biologist and spokes-woman with the Division of Wildlife, is one of dozens of state employees traveling to deer-processing stations around the state for the opening of deer-gun season today.“Our goal isn’t just to make it better for hunting,” Norris said.She says herd management helps the public in many ways. Too many deer mean more vehicle crashes, so there’s a science to appropriate culling. Deer also can cause extensive crop damage, which can lead to higher prices at the grocery store, officials said.But no one wants to reduce the herd too drastically.“Whether you are the guy with a camera photographing wildlife, or someone who likes to see the white-tailed deer outside your back door, we want the deer there for enjoyment, too,” Norris said.Division employees will have examined hundreds of deer at more than 80 process-ing stations by the end of the deer-gun season that runs through Sunday. They will also have monitored for disease in an effort to protect the herd and Ohio’s captive-deer farms and other livestock, said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife.Deer are monitored for black-legged ticks and for diseases, including brucel-losis, an infectious disease that can be transferred to livestock.State wildlife officials no longer esti-mate the numbers of white-tailed deer in Ohio but they say the herd was estimated at more than 700,000 a few years ago.
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Annual live nativity set for this weekend
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VAN WERT — The annual Live Nativity Drive-Thru, hosted by the Jennings Road Church of Christ, will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The church is located at 1124 Jennings Road in Van Wert.Live camels will once again be the featured attraction, with authentic costumes, and scenes rec-reated from biblical times. A no-vacancy inn, lively bartering around the mar-ketplace, singing angels, shepherds and sheep and the newborn baby will be seen from the com-fort of your car as you drive through the recreated scenes. There is no cost for the event, though dona-tions will be accepted.For more information, go to www.jenningsroad.org.The Jennings Road Church of Christ is an independent, non-denomi-national church.
Live camels will be part of this weekend’s Live Nativity at Jennings Road Church. (Submitted photo)
Audubon Society bird counts slated for December
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LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will coordinate two of the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Ohio: Grand Lake St. Marys on Dec. 14 and Indian Lake on Dec. 15. Participation is free and open to the public.The CBCs offer an opportunity to participate in a little winter birding, and perhaps see some of the win-ter visitors to our area - especially those that usually do not hang out in our yards. Most importantly, we are collecting very useful data as “citizen scientists.” Data contained in the more than 100-year history of Audubon CBCs is a very valu-able source of information about birds. Such a volume of data could not have been acquired in any other way. This could be especially impor-tant for the Grand Lake St. Marys count, since the St. Marys River and Grand Lake St. Marys represent one of the Important Bird Areas in the Tri-Moraine region.The more counters we have par-ticipating, the more fun we can have and the more birds we are likely to tally. All are welcome; less experienced birders will flock with more experienced birders, so everyone’s eyes and ears will be useful. Although it is OK to show up at the last minute to participate, it is really helpful in organizing the count efficiently if the coordinator knows in advance (at least the night before) how many counters there will be. To sign up for the count (or for additional information), please contact Eric Juterbock at 419-995-8360 (day), 937-468-2606 (eve-ning), juterbock.l@osu.edu (email) or at OSU at Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804.To be considered an official count, we must be out for at least eight hours but individual counters need not participate for the full time. In addition to the counters roaming the 15-mile diameter count circle, one may participate by tal-lying the birds that visit a feeder located within the circle. Assigned routes for the mobile counters gen-erally involve both road and foot travel. Remember to dress appropri-ately and to bring such needed items as binoculars, bird guides, food and drinks, etc.Counters will meet at 7:30 a.m. for both counts, in order to finalize the census routes and be counting by 8 a.m. For the Grand Lake St. Marys count, meet at the McDonald’s at the mall at the intersection of SR 29 and US 33 in St. Marys. For the Indian Lake count, meet at the McDonald’s in Russell’s Point.

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