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January 23, 2014

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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Agriscience 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
Thursday, January 23, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Blue Jay wrestlers advance to regional semis, p6Fire marshal offers safety tips for propane shortage, p3
www.delphosherald.comThe Delphos Area Art Guild will host its first-ever Juried Photography Exhibit from March 7 through April 3.Categories include Photo Journalism, Landscape, Architecture, Portrait, Still Life, Black/White, Special Effects, Plant/Animals, Youth and the 2014 special category of “Beginnings.”Download prospec-tus online at www.delphosareaartguild.com. Entry form and fees are due by Feb. 22.A reception and award ceremony will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on March 7.Call 419-741-4118 for more information.
DAAG calls for entries for Photography Exhibit
Areas of blowing and drifting snow this morn-ing and wind chills -10 to -20. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs 10 to 15 and lows around -5. See page 2.
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the varying sea-sons of the year. The most common type is called win-ter-onset depression, which has symptoms that usually begin in late fall or early win-ter and diminish by summer. A much less common type of SAD, known as summer-onset depression, begins in the late spring or early sum-mer and goes away by winter. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.Between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD and an addi-tional 10-20 percent experi-ence a mild form of winter-onset SAD, which is more common in women than in men.Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties Associate Director Philip Atkins said SAD can be a major depressive disor-der with full-blown episodes lasting four to six weeks.“There are changes in a person’s circadian rhythm, which triggers changes in a person’s appetite, weight, sleep patterns, moods; and basically, it alters many of the body’s functions,” Atkins stated.According to the National Institute of General Medical Science, circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that fol-low a 24-hour cycle, respond-ing primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. They are found in most living things, includ-ing animals, plants and many tiny microbes. The study of circadian rhythms is called chronobiology.The body’s master clock controls circadian rhythms — which are not biologi-cal clocks — and consists of a group of nerve cells in the brain called the supra-chiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which controls the produc-tion of melatonin, a natu-rally-occurring hormone that makes humans sleepy. The SCN is located in the hypo-thalamus, an area of the brain above where the optic nerves — which relay information from the eyes to the brain — are located. The optic nerves send information about incoming light to the SCN. The result is, when there is less light, the SCN tells the brain to make more mela-tonin, leading to a drowsy feeling.Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been asso-ciated with obesity, diabetes, depression and bipolar dis-order.“It throws the whole body out of whack,” Atkins detailed. “It affects us bio-logically, mentally and spiri-tually.”
Winter blues more than the blahs
Photo courtesy of mayoclinic.org
See BLUES, page 10Members learn about dog care and obedience in 4-H K-9 club. They also have the opportunity to compete at the local and state fairs. (Putnam Sentinel file photo)
Putnam 4-H K-9 Club sets first meeting Feb. 2
BY NANCY KLINEDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
PUTNAM COUNTY — Having a dog as a pet is more than  just feeding and housing them. It is also about taking proper care of your dog and teaching it obedi-ence. These are the things that are taught in the Putnam County 4-H K-9 Club.The county-wide program will host its first meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Pizza Hut in Ottawa. All Putnam County youth, ages 8(or in the third grade)-18 are eligible to join.Advisors for the club are Marcy Kraner and Crystal Dunlap. In addition to learning about the proper care and grooming for a dog, members learn basic training practices. The students are also taught about recognizing different dog breeds, their responsibilities as dog owners and other skills that are taught as basic 4-H skills. These life skills include responsi-bility, communication and leader-ship.Dunlap is in her second year as a 4-H advisor. She was a 4-H member growing up.“They can have any type or size of dog,” Dunlap said. “It doesn’t matter.”The “Dog Resource Handbook” that comes with membership in the 4-H obedience club teaches members about the characteris-tics of the dog, grooming, breeds, training techniques and obedi-ence.The book also talks about health and nutrition for dogs.For more information, contact Dunlap at 419-203-9444 or call the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.
Mass Fatality training exercise helps responders before events occur
BY LINDSAY MCCOYDHI Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT - A Mass Fatality Incident Response course provided by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and hosted by the Van Wert County EMA will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at Vantage Career Center. The deadline to apply for this informational course is Jan. 30.“This course is for any local agency or first responder who may have to deal with a mass fatality event,” said course organizer Barb Hoffman. “I encourage anyone who may have to deal with such an event to come and gain critical information essential to all responders.”This two-day course prepares local response personnel and other respon-sible agencies and professionals to handle mass fatalities effectively and to work with the survivors in an emer-gency or disaster. The course covers incident management, mass fatalities, planning before and operations during an incident, establishing a morgue, family assistance support operations and assistance from the federal gov-ernment.This will be mainly an information-al course but will also conclude with a table-top exercise with attendants playing out scenarios and working together to form a plan.“It is a very good course,” noted Hoffman, who attended a similar course with the same instructors in 2012. The free course is aimed at a wide audience, all of which may play a part in a mass fatality inci-dent, including coroners, medical examiners, funeral directors, EMA, police and fire departments and EMS.Currently 57 people are signed up for the two-day course, and there is exactly one week left to apply. Registration can be done at http://ema.ohio.gov/training.aspx by hovering a mouse over the Learning Management System and then clicking on Public Safety Training Campus Login. Create an account and then search for G386 and complete registration. This course is accepted for 14 hours of continu-ing education by the Ohio Board of Nursing.“We saw a need to address how a large-scale incident could occur in Van Wert County and how it would be dealt with,” said Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy. “Such an event could include a jet full of people crashing on approach to Fort Wayne International Airport, a grey-hound bus crashing on US 30 or a pandemic causing hundreds of deaths in the community. We don’t want to wait until an event occurs to train our personnel.”
“Such an event could include a jet full of people crashing on approach to Fort Wayne International Airport, a greyhound bus crashing on US 30 or a pandemic caus-ing hundreds of deaths in the community. We don’t want to wait until an event occurs to train our personnel.”
— Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy
Regional Planning Commission talks about grant funding
BY KIRK DOUGALTimes Bulletin Publishernews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT - The Van Wert County Regional Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening with the election of officers and a look forward to the rest of the year on the agenda.The commission accepted the full slate of officers recommended to serve for 2014, including Commissioner Todd Wolfrum as president, Jarret Hammons as vice president, Cathie Miller as secretary, Nancy Dixon as treasurer and three at-large members on the executive committee: Jackie Marbaugh, Mike Jackson and Mary Beth Holtsberry.Wolfrum expressed an interest in seeing the commission move forward in the coming year with an eye toward economic development in the rep-resented areas. Under the Van Wert County Commissioners’ new economic development office, some of the focus has turned to finding available funding and utilizing those monies for improve-ments in the county. He told the repre-sentatives they have access to a grant search engine that would allow them to look for funding and he urged each of them to locate issues in their villages or townships that need addressed. He then asked them to bring forward those ideas so they can search as a group for solutions and the money to fix them.Miller reported she will be attend-ing a webinar in the next few weeks as a part of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. This legislation refers to changes through FEMA of flood insurance and how it could affect local residents. It extended the National Flood Insurance Program for five years but also required significant reforms. However, there is still some uncertainty about how soon the reforms go into effect. Miller said they are still wait-ing on federal direction of a start date but that the program is slated to begin sometime in 2014.The commission also received a report on ongoing or recently com-pleted grants:— The Formula Grant for Middle Point and the City of Van Wert are both completed. These projects involved work on Jackson Street in Middle Point and the handicap-accessible front entrance at the Van Wert City Municipal Building.— Neither the city or the county were funded for the 2013 CHIP Grants. These would have included funds for homelessness prevention.— The 2013 Formula Grant and the 2013 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for Middle Point were funded and the environmental reviews have been completed. A release for all activi-ties excluding Activity 7 (Water Facility Improvements) has been received.— All county monies under the Move Ohio Forward program have been utilized with a small amount remaining for use by the City of Van Wert. Move Ohio Forward funds the razing of uninhabitable houses.The next meeting of the commis-sion is at 5 p.m. on April 15 at the com-missioners office. The public is invited to attend.
Jefferson posting coaching positions
Jefferson has avail-able coaching positions for the upcoming spring sports season: junior var-sity baseball coach and boys varsity track coach.Contact Chris Sommers at csommers@dl.noacsc.org if interested.
Jefferson hosting annual Wildcat Tournament
Jefferson boys basketball coach Marc Smith and staff have scheduled the 9th annu-al Wildcat 4th-, 5th- and 6th-Grade Tournament on April 4-6 (Friday thru Sunday) at Jefferson High School.There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. Entry fee for this event is $125.For more informa-tion, contact Ed Smith at (419) 236-4754 or Coach Smith at (419) 615-7233.
TODAYGirls Basketball
Jefferson at Lincolnview (NWC), 6 p.m.St. Henry at St. John’s (MAC), 6 p.m.Fort Jennings at Ottoville (PCL), 6 p.m.Columbus Grove at Spencerville (NWC), 6 p.m.Elida at Shawnee (WBL), 6 p.m.Bath at Van Wert (WBL), 6 p.m.Crestview at Paulding (NWC), 6 p.m.
Van Wert at O-G Quad, 6 p.m.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 144 No. 158
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.
Lori Goodwin Silette
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For The Record
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the morn-ing. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Highs 10 to 15. West winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the after-noon. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero in the morning.
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero.
: Partly cloudy. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Windy. Highs 15 to 20. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph becoming 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills 15 below to 25 below zero in the morning.
: Cloudy. Chance of snow through mid-night. Then snow after mid-night. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the night. Moderate snow accumula-tions possible. Very windy. Not as cold. Lows around 15. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of snow 80 percent. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero through midnight.
: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s.
: Partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 10 above.
: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 20s.
: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows zero to 5 above.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 10.
: Partly cloudy. Lows around 10 below. Highs 5 to 10 above.
Robert A. ‘Bob’ Brinkman
Aug. 18, 1932 Jan. 17, 2014
Robert A. “Bob” Brinkman, 81, of Tawas City, Mich., died Friday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Delphos to Joseph and Lenore Brinkman, who preceded him in death.Bob is survived by his com-panion, Ruth Coleman; daugh-ter, Laurie (Rick) Rakestraw of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, JoAnn Klausing, Ruth Klima and Marge (Gene) Price; brother and sisters-in-law, Donna Brinkman, Gary (Delores) Whitford, Sherry Meske, Roger Whitford (Barb), Ronald Whitford (Susie), Larry (Kathy) Whitford, Bill (Sandy) Whitford, Dennis (Patti) Whitford and Terry (Jane) Whitford; three grandchildren, Jamie (Andrea) Rakestraw, Benji (Laura) Rakestraw and Amanda (Kevin) Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rakestraw, Ethan Rakestraw, Tess Rakestraw, Liliana Dillon and Owen Dillon; along with several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Whitford) Brinkman on Dec. 9, 2000; his brother, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Donald Klausing and Leonard Klima; and sisters-in-law, Kay Stephan and Fay Whitford.Bob served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was honor-ably discharged after 20 years of service.He worked as an auto mechanic at Herb’s Auto and later at Zubek Motors.Bob enjoyed entertaining at the losco Medical Care Facility and the Senior Center for 20 years playing and singing and also participating in the senior band in Oscoda. He was known to many as “Uncle Bob” and he loved his country western music and was always found wearing a cowboy hat.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.Wheat $5.41Corn $4.06Soybeans $12.88
One Year Ago
Members of Community Unity teamed up with students from UNOH and the local Roger’s Rangers Tuesday during Free Food On Us at the Delphos Eagles. Free Food On Us is a food distribution that serves families in the Delphos area who are in need. All food items are donated and delivered by the West Ohio Food Bank.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Among those cutting noodles for the Delphos Parent-Teacher Organization carnival Jan. 28 in the Middle School were Joyce Myers, Grace Jones, Leah Hohenbrink and Joan Allemeier. The carnival will feature a game room, a country store, an amateur show, variety show and junior high dance. Assisting with carnival plans are Lyle and Myrna Heller. Chairladies are Ruth Hammons and Susan Basinger. Bill Lloyd is in charge of publicity.The Super Bowl finally lived up to its name Sunday and Joe Montana lived up to his reputation as perhaps the best big-game player in pro football history. He drove San Francisco 92 yards in the final three minutes and threw a 10-yard touch-down pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining that brought the 49ers a 20-16 victory over the gallant Cincinnati Bengals.After being humbled Friday night by Northwest Conference foe Crestview, the Wildcats bounced back with an impressive 77-56 win over Fort Jennings Saturday evening. The ‘Cats, led in scoring by Mike Minnig and Jon Boggs with 15 points each, raised their record to 7-6 overall.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Romus Brandehoff and Jack Whitaker were elected new members of the board of directors of Delphos Country Club, Inc., during the club’s annual dinner meeting held Wednesday night at the Knights of Columbus club rooms. Five members were re-elected to the seven-man board. Named to serve again this year were Steve Dickman, Robert Liggett, Vincent Odenweller, Robert Rozelle and J. Frank Shumaker.Pangles Mastermarkets have entered the “International Checker of the Year” contest again this year with checkers from the eight Pangles stores vying for the title of Pangles “Checker of the Year.” Checkers from the Delphos store entered in the contest are Betty Wiechart, Carol Glaze, Gerry Brock, Marg Kehres and Helen Rode.Delphos Lions Club held its annual Father-Son Banquet Tuesday night at NuMaude’s Restaurant. John Pitsenbarger showed a film on the Indianapolis 500 race and W. P. Hinton showed a movie titled “The Game That Was Never Seen.” Birthday gifts were presented to Owen Grubenhoff, Lloyd Guthrie and Michey Vondran, members who had birthdays in January.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Before a large crowd of Delphos basketball fans, the Blue and Gold of St. John’s showed their heels to the basketeers of Toledo Catholic Central Sunday afternoon and emerged from the fray with a well-earned 26 to 22 victory. During the game, Grothouse made four shots; Huysman, one; Vonderembse, one; and Ditto, two.Ray McKowen, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, was in charge of the conferring of the three degrees on a class of candidates at Athens Sunday. He was accompanied by three members of the Delphos council: Syl G. Grothouse, M. I. Evan and A. J. Laudick.Gerald Gonyea, North Bredeick Street, played a selection, “Hawaii Over the Sea,” on his Hawaiian guitar Sunday as part of the South Sea Island program over radio station WBLY, Lima. The young man is a student at Jefferson High School.
Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2014. There are 342 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, elimi-nating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it.On this date:In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,” was ratified as Missouri approved it.In 1937, 17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.” (All were convicted of conspir-acy; all but four were executed.)In 1944, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (“The Scream”) died near Oslo at age 80.In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.In 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet.In 1964, Arthur Miller’s play “After the Fall,” widely regarded as a thinly-disguised account of Miller’s failed mar-riage to Marilyn Monroe, opened in New York.In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spy-ing mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84.Ten years ago: The Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan’s powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row. The enduring situation comedy “Friends” filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. Bob Keeshan, TV’s “Captain Kangaroo,” died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76.Five years ago: President Barack Obama quietly ended the Bush admin-istration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that performed abortions or provided information on the option. New York Gov. David Paterson chose Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.One year ago: Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders to Republican critics of the Obama admin-istration’s handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 83, the long-time head of Poland’s influential Roman Catholic church at a time when it played a key role in the fight against commu-nism, died in Warsaw.Today’s Birthdays: Actress Jeanne Moreau is 86. Actress Chita Rivera is 81. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 80. Actor Gil Gerard is 71. Actor Rutger Hauer is 70. Rhythm-and-blues sing-er Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 70. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 67. Singer Anita Pointer is 66. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 64. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 64. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 61. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 61. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 57. Singer Anita Baker is 56. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 55. Actress Gail O’Grady is 51. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 43. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 40. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 39. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 29. Singer-actress Rachel Crow is 16.
Joseph L., 63, of Fort Jennings, funeral servic-es will be at 11 a.m. today, 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the fam-ily. Online condolences may be left at www.harterandschier.com.
 Dale J., 63, of Kalida, 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 2-8 p.m. today 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.lovefuneralhome.com.
 Bernice, 87, of Delphos, funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Steve Robertson officiating. Burial will fol-low in Woodlawn Cemetery in Van Wert. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contribu-tions may be made to American Cancer Society or Relay for Life.
 Ervin “Butch” E., 70, of Delphos, a Military Committal Service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert American Legion or DAV.
Attorneys: Brain-dead woman’s fetus ‘abnormal’
DALLAS (AP) — The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family’s protests is carrying a fetus that is “distinctly abnormal,” attorneys for the woman’s husband said Wednesday.Marlise Munoz remains hooked up to machines in a Fort Worth hospital, while her husband and the hospital are locked in a court battle about whether to retain life support.The case has raised questions about end-of-life care and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus. The case has gotten the attention of groups on either side of the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups argue Munoz’s fetus deserves a chance to be born.Erick Munoz said his wife, a fellow para-medic, was clear with him before he found her unconscious on Nov. 26: If she ever fell into this kind of condition, pull life support. But John Peter Smith Hospital says it’s bound by state law that prohibits the withdrawal of treat-ment from a pregnant patient, although several experts interviewed by The Associated Press have said the hospital is misapplying the law.Munoz’s attorneys, Heather King and Jessica Hall Janicek, issued a statement Wednesday describing the condition of the fetus, now believed to be at about 22 weeks’ gestation. King and Janicek based their state-ment on medical records they received from the hospital.“According to the medical records we have been provided, the fetus is distinctly abnor-mal,” the attorneys said. “Even at this early stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined.”
NY boy killed in fire hailed as hero for saving 6
PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burn-ing blanket, authorities said.Tyler Doohan was being called a hero by firefight-ers on Wednesday, two days after the early morning fire tore through the grandfa-ther’s home in a trailer park in Penfield, killing the boy, his grandfather and his uncle. Six other relatives — four adults and children ages 4 and 6 — were rescued because of Tyler’s actions, officials said.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday:
Classic Lotto
03-09-24-28-36-49, Kicker: 6-5-6-5-3-3Est. jackpot: $58.3M
Mega Millions
Est. jackpot: $62M
Pick 3 Evening
Pick 3 Midday
Pick 4 Evening
Pick 4 Midday
Pick 5 Evening
Pick 5 Midday
01-02-07-09-55, Powerball: 29
Rolling Cash 5
01-04-10-28-31Est. jackpot: $110,000
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Fire marshal offers safety tips for propane shortage
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COLUMBUS — Amid potentially tight pro-pane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell, State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers wants to remind Ohioans that that there is increased risk for home fires when temperatures drop dra-matically and citizens turn to alternative heating sources. However, many of these fires are pre-ventable and Ohioans can reduce their risks of becoming a fire casualty by identifying potential hazards and following simple safety tips.“The cold weather and a need to keep warm can lead to behaviors that enhance the possibility of residential fires,” Flowers said. “The use of alternative heating sources can greatly increase the chance of a fire occurring. By following some basic safety tips, you can keep yourself and your family safe when the thermometer drops.”The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal offers these tips:
Heating Safety
— Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.— Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.— Make sure your alternative heaters have “tip switches.” These “tip switches” are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.— Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.— Never refill a space heater while it is oper-ating or still hot.— Refuel heaters only outdoors.— Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from com-bustible materials. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.
Generator Safety
— Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using generators.— Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. CO fumes are odor-less and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.— Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires.— Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.— Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or “backfeed” can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.
Electrical Safety
— If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power.— Assume all wires on the ground are electri-cally charged. This includes cable TV feeds.— Look for and replace frayed or cracked extension and appliance cords, loose prongs and plugs.— Exposed outlets and wiring could present a fire and life safety hazard.— Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.— Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.
Additional Tips
— Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.— If the power goes out, make certain that all electrical appliances, such as stoves, electric space heaters and hair dryers, are in the OFF position.— Make certain that your home’s smoke alarms are in proper working order.— Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least twice a year.— Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.— All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least twice a year.— If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for easy access by the fire department.
Volunteers welcome at Bittersweet, Inc.
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WHITEHOUSE — Bittersweet, Inc., is enhanced by the active participation of our com-munities through the hard work of volunteers. We are seeking individuals who want to make a dif-ference and we are offer-ing them an opportunity to volunteer at one of four locations: Whitehouse, Pemberville, Lima and Middletown.It is our hope that inter-ested individuals have a diverse background and skill set, as well as believ-ing and committing to serving individuals with autism. Volunteer work at Bittersweet, Inc., is highly satisfying and gratifying, with tangible and immedi-ate results.Volunteers can help to set up the environment for success, positive self-esteem, inter-dependence and learning for individu-als with autism. We value the skills, abilities and energy of our volunteers and they play an important role in growing and devel-oping our nurturing and stimulating environment.Some areas of interest for volunteers include but are not limited to admin-istrative tasks, cleaning, horticulture, weeding, baking, groundskeeping, ceramics, weaving and woodshop.Bittersweet, Inc., has many opportunities for interested individuals who wish to volunteer on a consistent basis or help with larger farm projects.Interested individuals will need to fill out an application and complete a background check, in addi-tion to having a short inter-view with our Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Shannon Dane by calling 419-875-6986, ext. 1263, or by emailing sdane@bit-tersweetfarms.org.Bittersweet Farms is a non-profit organiza-tion that serves individu-als with Autism Spectrum Disorders through residen-tial, occupational and voca-tional services. The mis-sion of Bittersweet, Inc., is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism and those whose lives they touch.
Dems’ ticket to highlight women’s health
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Democrats seeking statewide office this fall on Wednesday coupled criticism of Republican-backed abortion restrictions with a pledge to make women’s health issues a priority in the 2014 campaign.The party’s full 2014 slate appeared togeth-er for the first time to accept endorsements from Planned Parenthood.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, said GOP Gov. John Kasich campaigned almost exclusively on economic issues yet has supported a series of abortion-related restrictions.“So we should have been able to antici-pate that his administration would be almost entirely focused on economic development and creating jobs for people in Ohio,” he said. “What we’ve gotten is a series of extreme pro-posals, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with economic development.”Republican Chairman Matt Borges called the timing of the Democrats’ event on the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion “beyond the pale.” The anniversary was marked by events on both sides of the issue.Ohio’s Republican-controlled state Legislature sent Kasich a series of abortion-related measures last year.One prohibited public hospitals from strik-ing patient transfer agreements with abortion clinics, though such agreements are required under law. The new restriction has led to one clinic’s license revocation and the voluntary closure of two other facilities that relied on public hospital pacts.Lawmakers also passed funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and abortion-related restrictions on counselors at taxpayer-funded rape crisis centers.An informed consent provision requires abortion providers to inform pregnant women in writing about the presence of a fetal heart-beat before the procedure and share the statis-tical probability of bringing the fetus to term.Ohio Right to Life, the state’s leading anti-abortion group, said Democrats were using Planned Parenthood’s backing to generate campaign donations from abortion-rights pro-ponents while Republicans have been defend-ing Ohioans’ widely held opposition to abor-tion.
Proposal to renew repair funds sent to voters
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio voters get to decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to road-ways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.The House voted 90-2 Wednesday on a resolution asking voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program. The Senate unan-imously passed the mea-sure last week.The proposal boosts the amount of money Ohio can borrow through the sale of bonds to $175 mil-lion annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years. The program permits the state to provide grants and loans for local improvement projects.The measure appears on May ballots. Voters previ-ously approved the pro-gram in 1987, 1995 and 2005.Democrats sought to authorize additional money, but their amend-ments failed to win sup-port.
 Bill sets rules  for carrying guns in schools
COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio bill would require the state’s attorney gen-eral to develop a training model for school employ-ees who are allowed to carry concealed weapons.School boards would have to consult with local police to develop school safety protocols, if dis-tricts decide to let certain employees carry concealed weapons. The measure would shield the names of gun-carrying employees and block protocols for carrying concealed weap-ons from being part of col-lective bargaining negotia-tions.State law limits the peo-ple who can have a deadly weapon in a school safety zone to security guards, on-duty officers and oth-ers whom a district’s board has given permission. The bill would allow off-duty officers to also carry weap-ons.The House passed the bill 62-28 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
 Bill requires reports on drug-addicted babies
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurser-ies and maternity homes to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.The reporting to the state Health Department, mandated for every three months, is one of several bills aimed at reducing the state’s prescription pain-killer addiction epidemic.The bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon in northwest Ohio, would not include information that could identify the child.Wachtmann says track-ing the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio’s progress fighting drug addiction.The measure, approved unanimously on Wednesday, heads to the Senate.Overdose drug deaths, many of them from pain-killers and heroin, have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes, since 2007.
Audubon Society plans meeting, bird count
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LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “Lake Erie Adventures” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the meeting room of OSU-Lima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the campus. It’s the first building to your left (first turn left). The program is free and open to the public.OSU student and Tri-Moraine Audubon Society member Stephanie Harpster, Waynesfield, will share her summer expe-riences at OSU’s Stone Laboratory, the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States. Agency and academic researchers work on this island campus year-round to solve the most pressing prob-lems facing the Great Lakes. College-credit science courses are offered each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educa-tors. Stephanie and other students worked alongside the captain and crew traversing lakes Erie and Huron on the salvaged and reconstructed Flagship Niagara. Her graph-ic presentation will cover her unique hands-on experience and the history of the island and its amenities for visitors, which include a lighthouse, fish hatchery and aquatic visi-tor’s center.Tri-Moraine Audubon Society announc-es the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 14-17, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with partner Bird Studies Canada. The GBBC is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome from beginners to experts. It’s free, fun and easy — and it helps the birds. You can spend as little as 15 minutes counting birds or make a whole weekend of it. Birds can be counted any-where and data is submitted via the Internet. You can count by yourself, with family members, community or school groups or friends. It’s a great way for more experi-enced birders to introduce children, grand-children, and others to the wonderful world of birds. Participants may also send in pho-tographs of the birds they see.To find out how easy it is to partici-pate, learn about birds, why the GBBC is important and get all of your questions answered visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html. Join in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count and make the birds in your neighborhood count.
From the Vantage Point
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At Vantage Career Center, there are nine dif-ferent Trade and Industrial programs offered to high school students in the Industrial and Engineering Systems cluster. Here is a brief look at those programs.In the Ag and Industrial Power Technology program, students learn the techniques for the maintenance and operation of industrial, die-sel and agricultural equipment and machinery. They troubleshoot, overhaul and assemble gas and diesel engines and work on mechanical and electrical fuel injection systems.Auto Body students assess and estimate the damage to vehicles and learn the basics of collision repair and refinishing, as well as auto body and shop management skills. Performing repairs to plastic and fiberglass components are unique skills of this trade.The Auto Technology program provides hands-on experience in the areas of hydraulic brake systems, automotive engines and sus-pension systems. Students use sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment to trouble-shoot automotive systems and learn the skills required to inspect, repair and adjust today’s highly-computerized vehicles.In the Precision Machining Technology program, students invent, design, and manu-facture components as they learn to operate lathes, grinders, mills and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine. Blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and manufac-turing processes are emphasized throughout the program.The Vantage Welding program is a nation-ally-recognized AWS (American Welding Society) training and testing facility. Students have the opportunity to earn industry cer-tifications in plate and pipe welding. This program has earned the National Exemplary designation in career technical education.Industrial Mechanics students learn how to perform preventive and corrective mainte-nance and the set-up and adjustment of plant machinery. Students diagnose and repair heat-ing, ventilation and cooling systems while learning the basics of welding, electricity, machining, metal fabrication and hydraulics.The Electricity program provides entry-level training ranging from residential wiring to industrial electrical applications. Students learn how to install, maintain and trouble-shoot a variety of electrical systems, including the installation of coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment. Seniors also use their residential wiring skills to wire the Vantage Carpentry House project each year.In the Building and Grounds Maintenance program, students are introduced to a wide variety of skills necessary to keep buildings and their surrounding areas in good condition. Students learn building maintenance skills (including recycling), landscaping, painting and light carpentry skills. This year, they are using their skills on a variety of projects in the Vantage district.Build a house while still in high school? That’s just what Vantage Carpentry stu-dents do. Carpentry students learn the skills required for residential construction, includ-ing blueprint-reading, computerized house design, framing, roofing, drywall, cabinetry, stairs and outside finish work.
Skills for tomorrow at Vantage
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