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January 9, 2014

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January is National Blood Donor Month. Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation.With the beginning of a new year comes a fresh start. New Year’s reso-lutions are often made to form good habits and reach new goals. This New Year’s, the American Red Cross encourages people to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.Every day, about 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and cancer patients.As the winter season continues, blood dona-tions are especially needed. Donations typically decline this time of year, as many regular donors are impacted by inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.This weeks’ storm and frigid temperatures canceled all blood drives on Monday and several Tuesday. Area donors have the opportu-nity to donate from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in the Community Room at the Delphos Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. There will also be a blood drive in honor of Kyle and Kory Mullenhour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles.There is no better reso-lution to make this New Year’s than to help save lives with the Red Cross. Give the gift of life and help give patients another year with their loved ones.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identifica-tion are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with paren-tal consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight require-ments.For more information, visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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www.delphosherald.comDelphos City Council will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. tonight.The meeting was post-poned from Monday due to the weather.Items on the agenda include information presented by Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish and Chief Deputy Jim Everett to discuss dispatch service; the first reading of ordinances and resolutions on the clerk of council salary, amend 2013 appropriations, Civil Service salary and EMS employee non-transport rates.Council will hear on third reading an ordinance to place a one-quarter per-cent income tax increase on the May Primary Ballot.
Delphos council meets today
TODAY
Girls Basketball (6 p.m.): Minster at St. John’s (MAC); Ada at Jefferson (NWC); Ottoville at Continental (PCL); Fort Jennings at Miller City (PCL); Columbus Grove at Lincolnview (NWC); Allen East at Spencerville (NWC); Elida at St. Marys (WBL); Kenton at Van Wert (WBL); Crestview at LCC.Wrestling (6 p.m.): Elida at Shawnee Super-Tri (WBL); Van Wert at Kenton Quad.Co-Ed Swimming and Diving: Van Wert and St. Marys at Ottawa-Glandorf, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): Jefferson at Ada (NWC); Fort Jennings at Kalida (PCL); USV at Ottoville; Lincolnview at Columbus Grove (NWC); Spencerville at Allen East (NWC); St. Marys at Elida (WBL); Van Wert at Kenton (WBL); LCC at Crestview; St. John’s at Minster (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY
Girls Basketball: O-G at St. John’s, noon; Lincolnview at Van Wert, noon; Allen East at Kalida, 1 p.m.; Leipsic at Columbus Grove (PCL), 1 p.m.; Fort Jennings at P-G (PCL), 6 p.m.Boys Basketball (6 p.m.): St. John’s at Shawnee; Jefferson at Wayne Trace; Ottoville at P-G (PCL); Bluffton at Fort Jennings; Bath at Spencerville; Lincolnview at Miller City; Tinora at Kalida; Leipsic at Columbus Grove (PCL); Marion Local at Van Wert; Arlington at Crestview; Elida at Archbold, 6:30 p.m.Wrestling: St. John’s, Jefferson, Spencerville and Van Wert at Lima Senior Spartan Inv., 10 a.m.Co-Ed Swimming and Diving (1 p.m.): Elida at Celina/Wapak Lions Club Inv. (Celina); Van Wert at Wapakoneta Inv. (Celina).
Ottoville School Board welcomes new member
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville Board of Education welcomed its newest member when Treasurer Bob Weber gave Marilyn Calvelage her oath of office Wednesday.Calvelage is an interven-tion specialist who retired from Ottawa-Glandorf High School. An Ottoville alum-nus herself, Calvelage’s three children also graduated from Ottoville and she has three grandchildren currently in the system. Her husband is Dale B. Calvelage.Returning board members are Kim Wannemacher and Kevin Landin.Landin was tapped as board president with Sue Bendele as vice president.Superintendent Scott Mangas told the board school will be in session on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day, respectively. The school marked calamity days five, six and seven this week due to the storm and subsequent subzero temperatures. State mandate allows for five calamity days per school year. Classes are already delayed two hours today to allow for more daylight for bus drivers.School delays and can-cellations can be seen on WLIO, school’s website and Facebook accounts. Parents and students can also sign up for text alerts.Mangas reported the new security systems for the school’s main entrances are two-thirds finished and the high school entryway camera system is up and working.Mangas is also seeking two additional MARCS radi-os, one for his office and one for High School Principal Jon Thorbahn’s office.“These will be used for 9-1-1 calls, etc,” Mangas added.In the treasurer’s rec-ommendations, Bob Weber reported more than $15,000 in donations to the school were received, including $13,394 from the Ottoville Athletic Boosters for equipment; $67 from U.S. Greenfiber for the recycling program; $1,010 from Ottoville Telephone for capital credits; and $1,220 from Van Wert Schools for the Varsity Tip-Off Classic.Weber also informed the board of the new minimum wage increase from $7.85 to $7.95; a mileage decrease from 57 cents per mile to 56 cents; and an upcoming post-age increase from 46 cents to 49 cents.
Newly-elected Ottoville School Board member Marilyn Calvelage, left, and returning member Kim Wannemacher take their oath of office Wendesday. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Cloudy today with a chance of snow this afternoon and tonight as well as freezing rain after midnight. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the mid 20s. See page 2.
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Warmer temperatures speeding road recovery
With help from warming temperatures, a little sunshine and salt, roads in Delphos are starting to improve. Snow-covered and icy for nearly three days, crews could apply much-needed salt once temperatures rose into double digits on the positive side today. Increased traffic did the rest. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Area schools lookingat make-up days
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
Many area schools either reached their five calamity days or surpassed them this week due to the storm and ensuing Polar Vortex that swept subzero temperatures and wind chills measured at -30 to -40.Ottoville leads the pack with seven days used. School will be in session on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, normally idle days for Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents’ Day. Future make-up days include April 16, 17 and 21 — Easter vacation.Lincolnview used its fifth calamity day Wednesday.Most schools are at six days with one to make up, including Delphos Public and Parochial, Elida and Fort Jennings.Delphos will tack an extra day on to the end of the school year, with students in the classroom on June 2. Elida and Fort Jennings students will give up Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Administrators are watching the roads carefully for today’s classes. All schools in Allen, Putnam and Van Wert counties were posting two-hour delays by early Wednesday evening.“We could only get about half of our bus fleet to start on Tuesday,” Elida Superintendent Don Diglia reported. “We can’t get the kids in here if our buses won’t start. We’re also taking a good look at the roads. Some of the side roads were still not in good condition today (Wednesday).”Superintendents also talk to each other on days the roads or weather may not be the best.“We do a lot of comparing notes and checking on what everyone else is doing,” Delphos City Schools Superintendent Kevin Wolfe said. “We all want to be on the same page.”None of the districts reported any damage or issues due to the storm and/or frigid temperatures.
January marks Blood Donor Month
At least 3 Ohio deaths linked to freezing weather
Associated Press
COLUMBUS — At least three Ohio deaths are linked to dangerously cold weather that closed schools, caused power outages and broke water pipes this week, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.Two of those deaths were in northwest Ohio. A 75-year-old man died of hypothermia in an Allen County home that report-edly had no heat, and his wife was in critical condition, being treated for hypothermia, the EMA reported. In Wauseon, a 90-year-old woman was found dead in drifting snow Monday morning after her car got stuck and she tried to walk home.The death of a 58-year-old man found near an abandoned Cleveland home also was attributed to exposure to the cold.Local authorities reported at least three more deaths, though the causes weren’t immediately confirmed and they weren’t on the state’s list.The cold was a factor in the death of a 42-year-old Akron man found dead in his driveway by a postal worker on Tuesday, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.The body of a 45-year-old southeastern Ohio woman was found frozen in the snow at a trailer park near Athens. The sheriff there said evidence at the scene indicated the woman fell.In eastern Ohio, the Guernsey County sheriff’s office said a 55-year-old man found unresponsive on a frozen lake appar-ently died of hypothermia after he set out on a Monday eve-ning walk in the extremely cold weather.University Hospitals in Cleveland also had reported that one person treated for hypothermia died there Monday, but the county medical examiner’s office later told The Plain Dealer that the cause of death was no longer believed to be hypother-mia.
 
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Ruth M. Brickner
March 12, 1918-Jan. 6, 2014
Ruth M. Brickner, 95, of Delphos, died at 6:28 p.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born March 12, 1918, in Delphos to Thomas E. and Rickie (Huysman) Alspaugh, who preceded her in death.In 1947, she married Arnold G. Brickner, who preceded her in death in 1980.Survivors include a niece, Marie (Bill) Blymyer of Elida; four nephews, Kenneth (Edith) Miller and Thomas (Jane) Miller of Elida, Ron Alspaugh of Wotcollville, Ind., and Denny Alspaugh of Dunedin, Fla.; and many great- and great-great-niec-es and nephews.She was also preceded in death by sisters, Lydia Alspaugh and Oletha Marie Miller; and brothers, Milford and Howard Alspaugh.Mrs. Brickner retired from Westinghouse after 39 years of service. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Delphos and a Jefferson High School graduate, member of the Women’s Birthday Club, Westinghouse Retirees Club and a volunteer at the Delphos Thrift Shop, where she enjoyed refur-bishing the donated baby dolls.Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Harry Tolhurst officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to First United Presbyterian Church or the Delphos Interfaith Thrift Shop.To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.hart-erandschier.com.
Sandy Averesch
March 29, 1939-Jan. 8, 2014
Sandy Averesch, 74, of Delphos, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.She was born March 29, 1939, in Delphos to Leander and Pricilla (Kiggins) Best, who preceded her in death.She married Harold C. Averesch, who also preceded her in death.Survivors include three sons, Randy (Linda) Averesch of Van Wert and Tony (Rhonda) Averesch and Gary (Cara Boruff) Averesch of Cloverdale; a daughter, Tari (Darrin Leach) Tippie of Delphos; a sister, Marge Bruskotter of Montana; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren with anoth-er one on the way.She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Lori and Tammy Averesch; three brothers, Ben, John and Bill Best; and three sisters, Evelyn Kraft, Ellen “Red” Fitzsimmons and Wilma Runyan.Mrs. Averesch was a house wife and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was also a former Lioness. She loved to sew and collect dolls.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are to the Delphos Thrift Shop.To send condolences, visit harterandschier.com.
One Year Ago
On Nov. 3, Dennis Wilhelm of Delphos was installed as the Eminent Prior of Ohio Priory 18, Knights of the York Cross of Honor for the upcoming year. In this position, he serves as the presiding officer of the over one thousand KYCH’s in Ohio.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Officers of the newly-formed “Just Say No” club are Denise Hellman, president; Kim Rode, vice president; Emily Pohlman, secretary; Charla Gossard, treasurer; and Shawna Pelasky, reporter. The idea for the St. John’s eighth grade club came from Kim Rode. It was formed in an effort to learn and become more aware of drugs and alcohol.St. John’s young wrestling team, led by the most valuable wrestler performance of senior Don Vonderwell, came of age at the Van Buren Invitational over the weekend. The Blue Jays placed fourth in the 18-team field with 119 ½ points. Vonderwell placed first in the 135-pound class and shared the most valuable wrestler honor with Mike Zeno, 112, of Margaretta.Jefferson freshmen gained a come-from-behind 45-44 win over Spencerville at Spencerville. Down 44-43 with 36 seconds left, Jefferson worked the clock. The Wildcats missed three shots before Todd Reynolds hit on a rebound of a miss to gain the one-point edge. Leading scorer for Jefferson was Max Wisher with 25 points. Reynolds led in rebounds with 15.
50 Years Ago – 1964
The German Mutual Insurance Company of Delphos held its first meeting of the year Tuesday evening with newly elected officers being sworn into office. Officers for 1964 are president, John J. Wellman; vice president, Albert Krietemeyer; treasurer, Everett Buettner; secretary, Robert Schmit; and Putnam County director, Arnold German.Dorothy Hoover will be awarded a W. I. B. C. patch for 100 pins over average in one game as a result of her score last Dec. 23, while bowling for Metzger Bros. Dorothy, a member of the Ladies Monday Night Late League, bowled 102 pins over her average in one game.Flora Gillaspie presented the lesson at the Women’s Society of Christian Service meeting at Trinity Methodist Church Wednesday after-noon. It was announced that a mission study on Southeast Asia will begin in February and will be led by Mrs. Ralph Mericle. Following the meeting, a tea was served. Fruits grown in India were arranged on the tea table by Mrs. Robert Hohenbrink.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Rev. P. H. Janssen, pastor of St. John’s church, Landeck, installed the newly-elected offi-cers of the Landeck Council of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia at a meeting held in the C. I. of O. hall in Landeck Sunday afternoon. The new president, Mrs. Eugene Kill, named the follow-ing committee members: sick committee, Mrs. Leo Mueller, Mrs. John Youngpeter and Mrs. Ralph Etzkorn; and board of examiners, Mrs. Syl. Hugel, Mrs. Louis Rahrig and Mrs. Thomas Youngpeter.The members of the J. T. Club held their annual dinner party at the Firemen’s clubhouse Saturday evening. In the pedro games, Mrs. Henry Hanf and John Stegeman were high; Mrs. William Scherger and John Tegkenkamp, second; and Mrs. James Dillion and Paul Eiche, consoled.James Moots was elected as president of the Allen County Agricultural Society (Delphos Fair Board) at the annual reorganization meet-ing. Anthony, new member of the board elected last year, was elected as vice president. Ed. H. Hoelderle was named as treasurer to succeed Frank Scherger and Art. O. Wulfhorst was again named as secretary.
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2014. There are 356 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 9, 1914, the County of Los Angeles opened the country’s first pub-lic defender’s office, headed by Walton J. Wood.On this date:In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant ves-sel bringing reinforcements and supplies to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated because of artillery fire.In 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif.In 1914, the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female aviators as they returned to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes.In 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.In 1951, the United Nations headquar-ters in New York officially opened.In 1964, anti-U.S. rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and four U.S. soldiers.In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.In 1987, the White House released a Jan. 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.In 1997, a Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board.Ten years ago: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the nation’s threat level had been lowered from orange (“high”) to yellow (“elevated”). Officials said Pentagon lawyers determined that former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had been a prisoner of war since his cap-ture. An Ohio woman who’d claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 mil-lion was charged with filing a false police report. (Elecia Battle was later convicted of the misdemeanor and put on one year’s probation.)Five years ago: The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who defiantly insisted again that he had committed no crime. (The Illinois Senate unanimously voted to remove Blagojevich from office 20 days later.) President-elect Barack Obama announced he had picked retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the nation-al intelligence director and Leon Panetta to head the CIA. A Saudi supertanker, the Sirius Star, and its crew of 25 were released at the end of a two-month stand-off in the Gulf of Aden after pirates were reportedly paid $3 million in ransom. (Five pirates were said to have drowned with their share of the money when their boat overturned.)One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden heard personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations at the White House as he undertook to draft the Obama administration’s response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The Seastreak Wall Street, a commuter ferry, made a hard landing into a Manhattan pier, injuring 85 people. No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; for the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to Cooperstown.Today’s Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 86. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 80. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 79. Actress K. Callan is 78. Folk singer Joan Baez is 73. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 73. Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 70. Singer David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) is 64. Singer Crystal Gayle is 63. Actor J.K. Simmons is 59. Actress Imelda Staunton is 58. Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberto Menchu is 55. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 51. Actress Joely Richardson is 49. Rock musician Carl Bell (Fuel) is 47. Rock sing-er Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) is 47. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 47. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 46. Roots singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is 38. Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) is 36. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 32. Pop-rock musician Drew Brown (OneRepublic) is 30. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nutini is 27. Actress Nina Dobrev is 25. Actor Tyree Brown is 10.
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 Elizabeth “Betty” J., 79, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiat-ing. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today with a V.F.W. Auxiliary Service at 7:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. at Strayer Funeral Home. Memorial contri-butions may be made to Delphos St. John’s Parish Foundation or the St. John’s Teacher’s Endowment Fund. Online condo-lences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
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 Paul Edward, 92, of Fort Jennings, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Norbert Howe officiating. Burial will be in church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 6 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the church. To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy. A 40 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
TONIGHT
: Cloudy. Chance of snow and slight chance of light freezing rain through midnight. Then chance of freezing rain and slight chance of light snow after midnight. Not as cold. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 40 percent.
FRIDAY
: Cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. Areas of fog in the afternoon. Not as cold. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT
: Rain. Areas of fog. Not as cool. Lows in the upper 30s. South winds 15 to 20 mph.
SATURDAY
: Rain. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 80 percent.
SATURDAY NIGHT
: Cloudy. A 20 percent chance of light snow through mid-night. Lows in the upper 20s.
SUNDAY
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s.
SUNDAY NIGHT
: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow. Lows in the lower 30s.
MONDAY
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and snow. Highs in the lower 40s.
MONDAY NIGHT
: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.
TUESDAY
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers and snow show-ers. Highs in the upper 30s.
TUESDAY NIGHT
: Mostly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s.
WEDNESDAY
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s.
Caretaker hurt trying to save group home residents
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The caretaker at a California group home for developmen-tally disabled adults that burned to the ground Wednesday tried to beat back the flames with a blanket before dragging two residents outside, but she was unable to rescue two others as the fire spread, authorities said.The 71-year-old caretaker rushed back into the house by a back door, where flames were less intense, but she was finally rescued herself by firefighters as she cried out for the two women she couldn’t save. The names of the caretaker and the dead were not released.The caretaker, who was severely burned on her face and arms, had such a close bond with residents of the home that they called her Mommy and she called them her kids, even though most were elderly, neighbors said.“Our firefighters went in and pulled her out. She was saying, ‘My kids, my kids’,” Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi said. “It was an endearing term. She loved the residents she cared for.”Two residents, 48 and 52, died and five people were injured, including a firefighter and the caretaker.One of the people killed was found in her bed. The other was discovered on the floor next to a bed in a second bedroom.Three other women, between 30 and 60, were hos-pitalized with smoke inhala-tion and the firefighter was treated for burns to his hand, Concialdi said.The third resident who sur-vived was carried out by a firefighter who discovered her asleep on a couch, he said.The fire appears to have started with an electrical fail-ure in a personal electronic device, Concialdi said, but he declined to say what type of device it was.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
Classic Lotto
07-12-16-21-30-34, Kicker: 8-0-7-5-6-0Estimated jackpot: $56.9 million
Mega Millions
Estimated jackpot: $20 million
Pick 3 Evening
1-8-6
Pick 3 Midday
9-7-7
Pick 4 Evening
7-2-8-5
Pick 4 Midday
7-7-7-9
Pick 5 Evening
1-6-9-4-4
Pick 5 Midday
8-8-5-5-4
Powerball
10-28-39-47-58, Powerball: 22
Rolling Cash 5
07-10-17-24-29Estimated jackpot: $110,000
 
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Snow from private drives should not be left on state highways
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LIMA – ODOT is advising residents living on state highways to not leave snow plowed from private driveways on the highways.“Not only is it not advisable to leave snow from your driveway in the middle of the highway, it is against the law,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.Ohio Revised Code 4511.74 prohibits the place-ment of injurious material on a highway except that which is placed on the roadway by a proper authority, such as the salt or other materials which ODOT uses to treat icy roads.Placing anything on the highway could be dangerous to motorists in that they may hit these obstructions and lose control of their vehicle. “If it is found that snow dis-placed from a private drive onto a highway contributes to an accident, the individual who placed it there could be found liable,” said Slusher.According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the offense is considered a first-degree misdemeanor and carries a maxi-mum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.ODOT advises snow from private drives be pushed completely off the highway. It is recommended that residents place the snow on the far side of their drives so that a passing ODOT plow will not throw the snow back into the driveway, said Slusher.In addition, the department recommends individuals clear snow away from their mailboxes. “Moving snow to the far side of the mailbox may reduce the likelihood that snow thrown from a passing plow will cause damage,” said Slusher.ODOT also reminds parents to keep their children from playing in piles of snow which are close to the road.Ohio’s highways are essen-tial to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest trans-portation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the depart-ment wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance opera-tions.
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VAN WERT — Central Insurance Companies has announced applications are now available for the scholarship program of the company’s Educational and Charitable Foundation. This scholarship program was developed to reward and support graduates seeking careers in the property and casualty insurance industry. Central has provided finan-cial security, protection and peace of mind to policyhold-ers for more than 135 years and believes that by pro-viding assistance to career-minded individuals, we can perpetuate this legacy.Scholarships of up to $5,000 per student are avail-able. To be eligible, stu-dents must be graduating in 2014 from one of the Van Wert County school districts (Crestview, Lincolnview , Van Wert High School or Vantage Career Center). Dependent children of cur-rent Central Insurance Companies’ employees and retirees, regardless of the school attended, are also eli-gible. The scholarship may only be used toward tuition, books, other related school fees and room and board. It is an annual scholarship which may be renewed up to three additional years.While not exclusively an academic scholarship, appli-cants must demonstrate aca-demic promise and good char-acter. A minimum 3.0 GPA in high school is required. Applicants are asked to com-plete an extensive applica-tion and provide a personally-written essay, two sealed let-ters of recommendation and a current official high school transcript.The student must be plan-ning to attend an accredited two- or four-year post-sec-ondary educational institu-tion on a full-time basis by the end of 2014. The school of choice must have a pro-gram leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate in the student’s chosen major. The school may be a college, university, business, or tech-nical school. The student’s major must have a specific use towards a career position within the insurance indus-try.This scholarship will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. The names of recipi-ents will be posted on the Foundation’s website as soon as the recipients have accept-ed the scholarship.Applications are available on the Central Insurance Companies Educational and Charitable Foundation web-site at www.cicecf.org or may be obtained through a high school guidance coun-selor. Completed applica-tions and required materials should be submitted through the applicant’s high school guidance office. Deadline for entry is March 31.Answers to frequently-asked questions are available on the Foundation’s website at www.cicecf.org. Questions about the application pro-cedure should be directed to the student’s Guidance Counselor. Questions about the scholarship or our Foundation should be direct-ed to: Central Insurance Companies Educational and Charitable Foundation, 800 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio 45891. Questions may also be e-mailed to cicecf@central-insurance.com. The Central Insurance Companies Educational and Charitable Foundation reserves the right to make changes to this pro-gram as it deems necessary.The public may make contributions to Central’s Educational and Charitable Foundation with the under-standing that these contribu-tions will be used to support the scholarship program or specific charities.
 
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Winter Crisis Program ongoing through March 31
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LIMA — Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs (LACCA) continues to provide assistance with utility bills through March 31.The Winter Crisis Program can provide assistance for those who have had their gas or electric shut completely off or have a dis-connect notice and bulk custom-ers who have less than 25 percent of fuel in their tank. The program can also help with coal and wood.To be eligible, families must reside in Allen County and earn a household income at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Income for a fam-ily of four could be $41,212.50 annually.Call 1-855-286-7559 to schedule an appointment.There will be 10 walk-in slots available Monday-Friday. Sign in is at 7:30 a.m.Required at appointment:•Current electric and gas bill regardless of account status;•Social Security cards for all household members;•Income documentation for all household members for the last 13 weeks; and•Proof of disability if disabled.For more information, contact LACCA at 540 S. Central Ave., Lima, or call 419-227-2586.
E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for explaining global warming and other complex envi-ronmental problems to my kids? — Peter Buckley, Pittsburgh, PA
Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like global warming may still mystify them. Luckily there are many resources available to help parents teach their kids how to under-stand the issues and become better stewards for the planet.A great place to start is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change” website. The site is divided into sections (Learn the Basics, See the Impacts, Think like a Scientist and Be Part of the Solution) so kids can get just the right amount of detail without feeling overwhelmed. One feature of the site is a virtual trip around the world to see the effects of climate change in different regions. An emissions calculator—with questions tailored to kids’ lifestyles—helps connect everyday actions (like running the water while brushing teeth) and climate change. And a FAQ page answers some of the most common questions about climate change in easy-to-read short paragraphs.Another great online resource is NASA’s Climate Kids website, which engages kids with games, videos and craft activities and offers digestible info on what’s causing climate change and how kids can make a difference. A guided tour of the “Big Questions” (What does climate change mean? What is the greenhouse effect? How do we know the climate is changing? What is happening in the oceans? and others) uses cartoon characters and brightly-colored designs to help kids come to grips with the basics.Perhaps even more engaging for those eight and older is Cool It!, a card game from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The game, designed in collaboration with science educators, requires players to collect “solution” cards in the categories of energy, transportation and forests, while slowing opponents down by playing “problem” cards along the way. “The game enables teachers and parents to talk about global warming in a fun and hopeful way,” reports UCS. “Kids, meanwhile, will learn that all of us make choices that deter-mine whether the world warms a little or a lot, and which of those choices reduce global warming emissions.” The game is available for purchase ($7.95) directly from the UCS website.Younger kids curious about climate change can consult the Professor Sneeze website, which features online illustrated children’s stories that present global warming in a familiar context. The stories for 5- to 8-year-olds follow a cartoon bunny on various warming related adventures. A few of the story titles include “The Earth Has a Fever,” “Where Are the Igloos of Iglooville?” and “Tears on the Other Side of the World.” The site also features stories geared toward 8- to 10-year-olds and 10- to 12-year-olds.Of course, teachers can play a key role in making sure kids are well versed in the science of climate change. A recently launched initiative from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)—long respected for its work in defend-ing and supporting the teaching of evolution in the public schools—aims to help teachers do a better job of teaching climate change in the classroom. The group’s Climate Change Education website points teachers to a treasure trove of resources they can use to demystify the science behind global warming, combat “climate change denial” and support “cli-mate literacy.”
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There are many resources available to help parents and educators teach kids how to understand the issues and become better stewards for the planet. (Global Imagination photo)
Industry lobbyist pushes revised state drilling tax
COLUMBUS (AP) — A top lobbyist for Ohio’s oil and gas drilling industry urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a package of tax revisions advanced as an alternative to an earlier plan by Republican Gov. John Kasich.At a packed hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee, Ohio Oil and Gas Association executive vice president Tom Stewart expressed support for a tax bill introduced last month.The proposal would raise the severance tax rate on horizontally drilled wells by 1 percent, then 2 percent, while rolling back similar taxes on traditional wells.The plan would exempt drilling companies subject to the new tax from Ohio’s main business tax, called the Commercial Activity Tax, and makes other adjustments.Critics say Ohio’s drilling taxes would still be too low, given the money to be made through natural gas-rich shale deposits made newly available in recent years through advances in high-pressure hydraulic fracturing, which involves horizontal drilling.Stewart said the new proposal is constructed to encourage gas exploration, environmental protection and regulatory reform with-out scaring off drillers.
Man with 48 bombs in Ohio is an Indiana Guardsman
LONDON (AP) — A man being held on $1 mil-lion bond in Ohio after police say they found bombs and other weapons in his vehicle has been identified as an Indiana National Guardsman.The Columbus Dispatch reports that 43-year-old Andrew Scott Boguslawski is also a groundskeeper at a National Guard training center near Butlerville, in south-central Indiana. Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree told The Dispatch Boguslawski is an Indiana National Guard specialist who does intelligence analysis and has top-secret clearance.She didn’t immedi-ately return a message left Wednesday by The Associated Press.Boguslawski was stopped for speeding in Ohio Jan. 1. He was charged with illegally mak-ing or possessing an explo-sive device after 48 bombs and four guns were alleg-edly found in his vehicle. No attorney is listed for him yet.
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