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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Jays fall in MAC contest, p6‘Ride Along’ rolls in at No. 1 in box office, p4
www.delphosherald.comObituaries 2State/Local 3Announcements 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
IndexForecast
Much colder today and tonight and partly cloudy. A chance of snow showers today. Highs 10 to 15 and lows around -5. Windchills -10 to zero.
Voters to see amended income tax increase levy
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Those within the city limits of Delphos will see a 1/4-percent Income Tax Levy on the May Primary Ballot. Delphos City Council amended language on the measure Monday following recommendations by the Finance Committee, which met prior to the regular council session.Council brought the resolution off the table to make the changes and pass it.Language was changed to earmark the money from the increase for parks and recre-ation and also limit the income tax increase to three years. After three years, the measure can be placed on the ballot for renewal or allowed to expire.The ballot language now reads: “Shall the ordinance providing for a one-quarter (.25%) percent increase in taxation, from one and one-half percent (1.5%) to one and three-quarters percent (1.75%) per annum, on income to pro-vide funds for parks and recreation said levy commencing on July 1, 2014, and continuing thereafter for a period of three (3) years in accordance with law, be passed?”The levy, if passed, would raise approxi-mately $400,000 in revenue.Councilman Mark Clement was fully behind the changes in the ballot language.“I think this is a much easier sell since it secures the parks and rec services rather than going into the General Fund where citizens don’t really know what happens to the money,” he said.Finance Committee Chair Josh Gillespie would also like to see council pass legislation outlining what council is prepared to do to bal-ance the budget if the measure doesn’t pass.“We didn’t communicate the levy and what would happen one way or the other very well to our citizens the last time,” Gillespie said. “We need people to know exactly what is at stake.”Councilman Joe Martz agreed.“We need the quarter-percent income tax increase,” he said. “We’re not going to keep parks and rec people out there and lay off police officers.”Mayor Michael Gallmeier told council the list for candidates for the safety service director position has been narrowed to seven with interviews scheduled to whittle the list down to the top three. He asked a represen-tative from council sit in on the subsequent interviews with the three before he chooses the new director.He also asked council to form a committee to review the two letters of interest for the open 2nd Ward council seat.
See COUNCIL, page 10Delphos native Julia Pohlman, left, is congratulated by fellow Colts cheerleader and friend Ann Buck after learning she would appear in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Sunday. (Kasidee Karsten photo)
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Julia Pohlman, born and raised in Delphos, just completed her third season as an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader. This past December, the Colts organization announced that Julia, a squad captain, has been selected to represent the Colts at the 2014 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday. One girl from each of the 26 cheerleading squads in the NFL are selected to attend this exciting week long event.“It is such an honor to have been selected to represent my teammates at Pro Bowl,” Pohlman said. “Words can’t express the emo-tion I felt when they announced my name at the game. I was overwhelmed with love from my teammates. I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity and it is truly the best gift I could have ever been given. I want to thank all of them for believing in me!”She has been given 12 routines to learn before arriving in Hawaii and has been work-ing on them every day to make sure that she is prepared when she gets there. She continues with daily stretching, workout routines and clean eating to ensure that she is in prime condition for the game.Before becoming an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, Pohlman graduated from St. John’s High School and then went on to receive her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton, where she studied exercise science. From there, she went on to graduate from Ball State University with a master’s degree in sports administration. It was during her first year at Ball State she decided to audition for the Colts.She is the daughter of Keith and Mary Lou Pohlman
Beth Metzger of rural Delphos and her daughter, Lanette Shultz, were honored on Sunday evening to have seven guests from China. Pizza, the universal food, was served for supper. The guests, six students and their English teacher, are part of a group of 24 students and two teachers attending school at Temple Christian on Brower Road in Lima. They are all from the city of Fushun in the LioNing Province of northern China and the students are all 13 years old. Most of the visitors are staying in Lima-area homes. Lanette’s daughter, Kenzie Suever, is in the eighth grade at Temple Christian. Two boys and two girls are guests of the Shultz – Suever family, while Leo Yin, Eileen Zhou and their teacher, Jane Zhang, 42, are guests in the Metzger home. Above, front from left, Jane Zhang, Christine Sun and Eileen Zhou; and back, Andy Wang, Coffee Jin, Kenzie Suever and Leo Yin. Read more about our Chinese guests in THIS & THAT in Saturday’s edition of the Delphos Herald. (Delphos Herald/Helen Kaverman)Derrick Schultz, left, Leo Yin, Andy Wang and Jane Zhang talk and play Leggos.
 Library hosts ‘ductivities’
Erin Pohlman puts the finishing touches on a duct tape lanyard she made for her sister at the Delphos Public Library. Teens were invited to the library for “ductivi-ties” Saturday. Find out more about upcoming teen activities by following the library Facebook page and visiting delphos.lib.oh.us.
Ohio proclaims State of Energy Emergency for propane deliveries
BY LINDSAY MCCOYDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT - The Ohio Propane Gas Association (OPGA) is working at all levels to relieve Ohioans and their fuel providers from the current distribution and infra-structure problems that have caused a large fuel shortage problem for portions of the United States.According to the OPGA, the country’s supply of pro-pane is strong but is not cur-rently located where it is needed. In the fall of 2013, abundant grain crops were being harvested simultane-ously throughout the upper Midwest and this large, wet crop required massive amounts of propane in order to dry the crops for storage.This increased demand reduced propane inventories throughout the Midwest and has resulted in local fuel pro-viders being forced to import propane from much farther distances if and when possible.“We have a great need during a huge shortage,” OGPA Executive Vice President David Field said. On Friday, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) granted Van Wert County a waiver allow-ing propane truck drivers to drive extended hours and bypass the normal 36-hour resting period to increase the amount of propane com-ing into the county for an additional 30 days.Thanks to this ruling for Van Wert Propane Inc., which had been forced to make delivery cuts to cus-tomers, has now received three additional truck-loads of propane.“While this doesn’t help alleviate the shortage, it will help keep deliveries on schedule,” said Van Wert Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy, who applied for the recently received transportation limit waiver. “It is unknown at this time, though, if additional shipments will continue to come.”OPGA has continued to seek relief from state and fed-eral Hours of Service restric-tions to release other coun-ties across Ohio from the set transportation limit.The Ohio State Emergency Management Agency con-tacted McCoy in concern of the recent shortages and then presented this information to Governor John R. Kasich for review. Late Saturday afternoon, a State of Energy Emergency for propane and heating oil was declared by Governor Kasich for the state of Ohio. This emergency declaration waived previous regulations still in place for many of Ohio’s 88 counties for motor carriers and driv-ers transporting propane and heating oil.“The big concern is this cold wave and getting enough shipments to keep up with the heating of homes and other facilities,” noted McCoy.
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Sept. 19, 1943Jan. 16, 2014
Ervin “Butch” E. Fabian, 70, of Delphos died Thursday at his residence.He was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Convoy to Ervin “Dutch” and Elizabeth (Burk) Fabian, who preceded him in death.Survivors include his chil-dren, Keith (Maria) Fabian of Willcox, Ariz., Holly (Dave) Baird of Delphos, Stacy (Robert) Wilson of Convoy and Nicole Riley of Celina; stepchildren, Eunice Bernhardt of New Bremen, Texas, and Kevin Miller of Benson, Ariz.; brothers, Ed (Faith) Fabian of Convoy and Paul (Robin) Fabian of Van Wert; a sister, Donna Scott of Paulding; grand-children, Ashley Nicole Tosh, Jamie Bennett, Derek Poling, Dallas Baird, Rachael Wilson, Christian Riley, Elizabeth Baird, Reanna Wilson, Deberah Wilson, Cade Riley, Andrew Siqueiros, Amanda Enrico and Raymi Rios; five great-grandchildren; and his dog, “Bosco.”He was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymone E. Fabian.Fabian retired from Kennedy Kit Manufacturing in Van Wert. He was a United States Army veteran and a lifetime member of the Van Wert American Legion and V.F.W., where he was a member of the Color Guard. He was also a big support-er of giving blood to the American Red Cross. He had previously been a member of the Van Wert and Delphos Eagles.A Military Committal Service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van WertFriends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert American Legion or DAV.
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Dale J. Nienberg
Sept. 17, 1950-Jan. 19, 2014
Dale J. Nienberg, 63, of Kalida died Sunday at his residence.He was born Sept. 17, 1950, in Lima to John Nienberg and Marcile (Elwer) Nienberg-Schmitz, who preceded him in death.He is survived by a nephew, Mike (Teresa) Nartker of New Riegel; a niece, Paula Nartker of New Riegel; five great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces.He was also preceded in death by his sister, Susan Nartker.In 2003, after 30 years of teaching, coaching and administration, Dale retired as Kalida High School’s principal. He was a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, and a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, the Van Wert and Paulding chapters. He was the president of the Putnam County Library, a Master Gardner and a member of the Kalida Lions Club.Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Library or Planned Pethood, P.O. Box 350908, Toledo 43635.Condolences can be expressed at www.lovefu-neralhome.com.
Joseph L. Osenga
Oct. 28, 1950 Jan. 19, 2014
Joseph L. Osenga, 63, of Fort Jennings died at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.He was born Oct. 28, 1950, in Lima to Joseph E. and Mildred (Thatcher) Osenga. His father survives in Cloverdale and his mother preceded him in death.He married Susan Keeling on Dec. 12, 1980, and she sur-vives in Fort Jennings.Mr. Osenga is also survived by his son, Brent (Bethann Martin) Osenga of Delphos; his daughter, Hollie Rust of Dayton; two brothers, Kim (Pam) Osenga of Van Wert and Scot (Marcia) Osenga of Van Wert; and four grand-children, Cole Gasser, Skyler, Liberty and Piper Osenga.He was also preceded in death by his half-brother, Dennis Pollack.He was a member of the National Guard for six years and a 1968 graduate of Grover Hill. He had worked at Orbitron for 20 years, where he was the union president, on the union committee for many years and was highly respect-ed for his leadership abilities. After the closing of Orbitron, he was currently working on his 19th year at Eaton.He truly enjoyed his grand-children and his life revolved around his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with his Susie. He was an avid Buckeye fan.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Father Chris Bohnsack officiating, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Walnut Grove Cemetery.Visitation will also be from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the family.Online condolences may be left at www.harterandschi-er.com.ST. RITA’SA girl was born Jan. 15 to Mallorie and Ryan Calvelage of Ottoville.A girl was born Jan. 16 to Jessica and Brian Binkley of Spencerville.A girl was born Jan. 17 to Heather and Russell Hamilton of Ottoville.
Ervin ‘Butch’ E. FabianNorma A. Meyer
Nov. 16, 1932-Jan. 18, 2014
Norma A. Meyer, 81, of Ottawa died at 9:40 a.m. Saturday at her residence.She was born Nov. 16, 1932, in Lima to Sylvester and Hilda (Schumaker) Schroeder, who preceded her in death.On Sept. 13, 1952, she married Daniel Meyer, who survives in Ottawa.Norma is also survived by two sons, Dean (Charlotte) Meyer and Mike (Pat) Meyer both of Ottawa; a daugh-ter, Jill (Tom) Bullinger of Fort Jennings; seven grand-children; a great-grandchild and one on the way; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Jeannie) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; and a sister, Virginia (Don) Holtkamp of Kalida.She is also preceded in death by a brother, Mark Schroeder.Norma was a home-maker. She was a mem-ber of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, and its Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Minister of Praise, Eucharistic Minister and a Mass server. She was a servant of God and servant of others. Norma was also president of Best Grandchildren’s Club and a member of CRHP Class Three.Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10 a.m. today at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at church cemetery.Memorials may be given to Putnam County Hospice or American Heart Association.Condolences may be expressed to: www.lovefu-neralhome.com.
Marcia L. Grone
May 13, 1967-Jan. 18, 2014
Marcia L. Grone, 46, of Delphos died at 5 a.m. Saturday at her residence surrounded by her loving family after battling cancer for the last five months.She was born May 13, 1967, in St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, to Irvin and Mary (Baldauf) Grone, who survive in Delphos.Other survivors include her son, Zach Grone, at home in Delphos; his father, Nate Price of Fort Jennings; three sisters, Linda (Steve) Coil, Cindy (Kevin) Michel and Laurie (Ron) Culp of Delphos; a brother, Roger (Sara) Grone of Delphos; special friend, Clint Mox of Delphos; and eight nieces and nephews, Philip, Matt and Shannon Coil, Jeff, Jason and Rachel Michel and Aaron and Josh Culp.Marcia started work-ing at Mary’s A&W at the age of 11 and was currently manager. She also took part-time work for several years with the Old Barn Out Back. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a 1985 graduate of St. John’s High School and graduated from Lima Tech with a two-year degree. She enjoyed gardening and tak-ing care of the flowers at A&W. She loved animals but most of all, she loved spend-ing time with her son, Zach, and going to his sporting and school events.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Rienhart officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, Delphos Hospice or Zach’s Education Fund.Leave condolences at har-terandschier.com.
One Year Ago
The fifth annual Dave Kemper Memorial Ping Pong Tournament held Saturday at the Delphos Eagles was a success with $1,200 raised and donated to “Wounded Warriors.” Winners in the tournament’s three pools include, C group – Justin Fast, first place; Dave Kunz, second place; and Eric Odenweller, third place; Nate Howell, first place; Don Hammond, second place; and Kraig Lee, third place; and Tarek Katbi, first place, Ben Kimmett, second place; and Bill Hanlin, third place.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Misty Swygart, a seventh-grader at Fort Jennings Schools, was presented a certificate, book and inflatable globe for winning the local round of the National Geography Bee. The awards were presented by Sue Apple, seventh-grade geogra-phy teacher and guidance coun-selor. The first-place winner of the national round will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.Plans for the Ohio Child Conservation League’s spring conference to be held in Delphos were discussed at a recent meet-ing of Modern Mothers Club. Colleen Harter hosted the meet-ing in her home. Co-hosting was Gerry Brock. The goodie basket, made by Mary Miller, was won by Jacquie Fritz.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
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: Cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs around 15. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero in the morning.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
: Cold. Cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of snow showers. Lows 5 to 10 above. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
THURSDAY
: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 15.
THURSDAY NIGHT
: Partly cloudy. Lows around 10 below.
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: Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs around 15.
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: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Windy. Lows 10 to 15. Highs in the upper 20s.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Monday:
Classic Lotto
18-23-26-29-32-33, Kicker: 8-6-2-8-5-9Est. jackpot: $58.1 million
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Est. jackpot: $131 million
Rolling Cash 5
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Driver fails to yield exiting lot causing crash
No citations were issued in a two-vehicle crash investigated by Delphos Police at approximately 9:44 p.m. Sunday on Gressel Drive.According to the report, a vehicle driven by Alan Miller, 57, of Columbus Grove was traveling north on Gressel Drive and attempting to make a right-hand turn into the Lakeview Farms parking lot when his vehicle collided with another driven by Jon Minard, 42, of Mount Vernon, who was exiting the parking lot and failed to yield to the Miller auto.The vehicle collided head-on with minor damage to the Miller auto and damage to the headlight, bumper and hood of the Minard auto.No one was injured.
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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Hospital will offer Active Parenting Now! — a free workshop for parents of children ages 5-12. The six-session video and discus-sion program will be held on Thursday evenings.Beginning this Thursday for six weeks, each session will be held in the hospital’s conference room B&C from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Van Wert Hospital is located at 1250 S. Washington St.This parenting workshop is funded by a grant provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The mission of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is to take a leader-ship role and be a catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect in Ohio.For more information about this class, visit www.vanwer-thospital.org. Registration is required and can be made by calling 419-238-8672.
Last weekend to see ‘Avenue Q’
BY P.S. LUHN
It’s always fun to go to a play that fea-tures people you know. Especially very tal-ented people. And it’s a great joy to either see something you’re very familiar with, making it easy to catch the subtle nuances you may have overlooked before. But sometimes it’s very nice to be totally surprised by something completely new and different. This feeling is the one many Van Wert Civic Theatre patrons may experience as they discover the current VWCT production, “Avenue Q”.“Avenue Q” is a musical that takes a lot of chances; stretches the envelope. You will see things on stage which will challenge your ability to suspend disbelief. It may encourage you to dig deep to keep the story and message foremost in your conscience while disbelief threatens to force its way in.Originally, inspired by a book by Jeff Whitty and scored and scripted by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, this musical started as an idea for a television series. “Avenue Q” was quickly adapted for the stage and, after a brief stint off-Broadway, made its Broadway debut in 2003. The unique ideas presented in a simplistic, yet complicated manner, soon made fans and ran for a very-respectable 2,534 performances over six years.The play itself features Muppet-like char-acters who say and do the most outrageous things. And they do them without benefit of the usual staging for puppets. The actors “playing” the characters roam the stage with them voicing them and giving them move-ment and personality. You can’t miss the actors, but you are soon drawn into the story and the Avenue Q residents’ personalities.The cast of Sesame Street wannabes bring their insecurities, and dreams to life in a way that is often blunt, profane and shock-ing. This is definitely not Sesame Street! This story explores the coming-of-age many youth must endure, including racism, love and one’s purpose in life. The story is some-times a bit off-putting, perhaps edgy, but throughout, the writers have allowed the actors to infuse vitality and personality into their characters.I must admit I did not find this script appealing. To each his own. But I knew that I would be entertained and delighted by the efforts of this talented cast and crew. Directed by Jerry Zimmerman, assisted by Linda McClure, the cast featured crafty veterans of the stage. Zimmerman gives himself one of the most important parts, because he knows he can make his “Princeton” spring to life. But he also has pros such as Dan Basinger, Roger Rex, Kristin Lee, Nick McClellan and Mark Sampson to work with. All these stars shone brightly. I expected them to knock me out and they delivered. This cast transitioned smooth-ly from start to finish. The music, directed by Dee Fisher, was smooth and unobtrusive and highly professional. The voices were power-ful when they needed to be and muted when it made sense.I would be remiss if I did not mention the surprise performance that stood out for me. Perhaps it was that I had not seen her before. Perhaps it was because I may have expected less from the character “Kate Monster” than I got. I was very impressed with both by Jamie Allen’s range and spot on pitch. She is a young talent VWCT should encourage. I was only disappointed when she sang a trio with Zimmerman and Rex, “I Wish I Could Go Back to College.” The three made a nice picture, and harmonized almost perfectly. I did wish, however, that Allen’s character were not so far upstage. I felt at times she was fighting to match the intensity of the others’ powerful voices.There is one “guest celebrity” portrayed. I won’t give him away. But you can go and see for yourself. Cedric Reeder plays “Gary” with enthusiasm and an often beautiful voice. He got off to a very slow start, losing the orches-tra and his pitch, but gradually slid into his role gracefully. I think as the run of the show progresses he will have a little more fun with his character.I had concerns about the supposedly straight-backed, Midwestern, aging audience at VWCT. Is this show too much contro-versy? Too many crude references and words? Zimmerman et al have found a way to subtly tone down the New York hip. In addition, I believe that because it’s puppets, the storm is softened. At any rate, this audience loved the show and so did I. Were we offended? Not so much. I told a cast member following the pro-duction, “Hated the script, loved your show.” I came away with a greater appreciation for the Avenue Q story. This group made a believer out of this audience member. If you get the chance, let this cast of stars work their magic on you, too.“Avenue Q” continues through Sunday. Call the box office at 419-238-9689 for reser-vations and visit vwct.org for more informa-tion.
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Private police exempt from records law
COLUMBUS (AP) — Under current state law, more than 800 privately employed Ohio police officers who carry guns, use deadly force, and search, detain, and arrest people are allowed to keep their records secret, even from crime victims.The private police officers, who work for 39 employers made up of mostly private uni-versities and hospitals, are — like their employers — exempt from the public-records laws that public-sector police agen-cies must follow.Critics, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, say it’s time to demand the same accountabil-ity and transparency from pri-vate police officers.“The public policy is clear, that the state is giving them the same power as (public) police departments. For all other purposes, we should be treat-ing them the same insofar as openness and giving the public information,” DeWine said.DeWine told The Columbus Dispatch that he will ask state legislators to change Ohio law to make private police forces subject to public-records laws.“It’s hard to envision the legislature would intend pri-vate police to make an arrest and that they should be treated differently than a police officer for the city of Columbus,” he said.Records with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy show that there are 814 state-trained and certified officers on the job with 17 hospitals and health-care sys-tems, 16 private universities, three railroads, an arboretum and a bank. They’re allowed to make a felony arrest anywhere, anytime.Of public-records requests filed with all 16 private uni-versity police departments and three Columbus-area hospital systems by the Dispatch, just one — the Licking Memorial Hospital — provided copies of reports on arrests made by their offi-cers in 2013.Fourteen of them largely said they are private and have no duty to turn the records over, while one agency didn’t have any arrests.
Bryan Area Foundation awards grant to 4-H Camp Palmer pool
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BRYAN — The Grant Making Committee of the Bryan Area Foundation has given a grant to 4-H Camp Palmer in the amount of $25,000. These funds will be used to support the replacement of a new swimming pool at camp.The Bryan Area Foundation grant will be used to fund con-struction of the new pool. Also, the grant will encourage similar support in the effort to replace a pool that was originally built in 1957. Last year, the 4-H Camp Palmer Board decided to choose a design build process and voted to hire The Patterson Company as the builder along with consultant Kurt Carmen.“This grant award is a great boost toward the fund raising efforts toward this project. We are extremely grateful to Bryan Area Foundation,” said Bill Goodson, Executive Director of 4-H Camp Palmer. The new pool will have a number of new features including: expanded deck, much wider pool (75 foot length by 42 foot wide), step entrance, accessible pool lift, water volleyball, sprayers and more. The Bryan Area Foundation is a publicly sup-ported foundation using donations to accomplish diverse philanthropic goals. Since its founding in 1969, the Bryan Area Foundation has contributed over $7.6 million to a wide spectrum of community based projects and programs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at bryanarea-foundation.org.4-H Camp Palmer is accepting continuing donations to sup-port the replacement of the camp’s pool. Currently about 40 per-cent of funds ($200,000 raised thanks to many generous donors of the estimated $495,000 needed) have been raised with an anticipated new pool in place by summer of 2015. The demand and use of 4-H Camp Palmer has grown steadily since 1947 serving over 295,000 regional youth. 4-H Camp Palmer is a place where adventure and excitement of discovery merge to lift minds of 21,000 camper days of youth and adults annually4-H Camp Palmer has also organized a brick memorial fundraiser to support the pool fund. A 22 x22-foot patio will be built surrounding the camps flagpole at the center of camp. Dedicated 8x8-inch bricks can be purchased by individuals or businesses. For more information on ways to sup-port 4-H Camp Palmer pool project or order your memorial brick please call 419-237-2247 or email: 4hcampplamer@gmail.com.

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