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January 24, 2014

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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Religion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8 Television 9World briefs 10
Friday, January 24, 2014
50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Wildcats, Jays win league matchups, p6-7State liquor sales reach all-time high in 2013, p3
www.delphosherald.comMostly sunny this morning the becom-ing partly cloudy with areas of blowing and drifting snow this afternoon and tonight. Snow tonight with accumulation around two inches. Highs 15 to 20 and lows 10 to 15. See page 2.
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — St. John’s students, parents and teach-ers will not have to make up all the days lost to school cancellations this winter at the end of the calendar year. With Ohio Revised Code sec-tion 3313.88, the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Toledo has authorized the “Blizzard Bag” plan to allow students to access and com-plete classroom lessons in order to complete up to three days of instruction in excess of the number of calamity days permitted.St. John’s Elementary Principal Nathan Stant said the administration has been in contact with other schools in the area including St. Mary’s in Van Wert, St. Anthony’s in Columbus Grove and Fort Recovery, and have received positive responses regarding the “Blizzard Bag” curriculum.“Staff and parents are glad that we are working with the curriculum instead of tacking additional days on at the end of the school year,” Stant said.St. John’s Elementary and High School have decided to institute this “Blizzard Bag” curriculum, which extends the activities and work being completed in the classrooms. Teachers have developed plans so students do not miss the day of work but instead will work on the assigned projects at home (outside school time) and turn in the work within two weeks of the cancellation day. This will ensure the school year will conclude as close as possible to the last day on the current school calendar.
St. John’s saved by the ‘Blizzard Bag’
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
SPENCERVILLE — Village Administrator Sean Chapman told Spencerville Village Council Tuesday he met with Todd Jenkins, the new construction administrator (CA) for the village’s new water treat-ment plant, and he is up to speed and ready to get started on the project. Jenkins has requested current contracts and drawings for his review.“We had a meeting scheduled at the plant site on Thursday, where Peterman and Associates introduced Jenkins and brought all parties up to speed on the project status,” Chapman said. “I feel very confident in that we will be in good hands during the course of this project.”He also reminded council members that hiring a new village solicitor before the project resumes is very important.“We have the draft assignment which needs to be reviewed by an attorney to ensure that it protects the village from liability,” Chapman stated. “In addition, we may need some legal advice as the project starts back up. “He urged council to take the appropriate actions in securing a new solicitor as quickly as possible and said if the village does not act swiftly, there is a good chance the overall project schedule could be pushed back.Chapman also reported the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s generator was repaired and a surge protector was installed to help prevent similar damage to the equipment.In addition, Chapman said Aqua-Line Leak Detection Service searched for leaks in the water dis-tribution system and found one large leak at Mulberry and North streets and three smaller leaks (Charles and First, Fourth Street at the canal and Fourth Street in the alley between Main and Canal streets). Work orders have been written for each leak and will be repaired soon.Chapman presented council with a request from R. Lee Macwhinney, owner of 120 S. Broadway apart-ments, for an adjustment in the water/sewer bill at that location. The owner said the tenants left the water running to try to avoid the lines freezing and this cre-ated excessive usage of 55,500 gallons, which would cost $848.83. The average usage for that property is 3,350 gallons. Chapman recommended Macwhinney’s bill be adjusted to $403.35, which is still much higher than normal but offers some relief. Council members approved the recommendation and passed the motion unanimously.Recently, there was a low elevated tank alarm which turned out to indicate a leak at the SE corner of 6th & Broadway Streets.“Becker, Burnett and I were on the leak and ended up cutting out 52 inches of the 8-inch diameter pipe, as the original leak was a large hole and lateral crack on the bottom of the pipe, next to a previous repair clamp,” He detailed.After the initial repair, two more leaks were found in close proximity and the crew made the repairs.Council also addressed a new ordinances allowing a one-time carry over of accrued vacation time for vil-lage Police Chief Darin Cook.
Jenkins ready to start Spencerville Wastewater Treatment Plant project
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LIMA — Nominations for the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service are now being accepted until noon on Feb. 26. The pro-gram, now in its 14th year, is an opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteers who produce positive changes in the community. The program is open to Allen, Auglaize, Putnam, Hardin, Hancock and Van Wert counties.New to the Jefferson Awards this year is major sponsor Husky Lima Refinery.“There is an impres-sive spirit of volunteerism in our community,” says Vice President and General Manager Roy Warnock. “The Jefferson Awards provide a great opportuni-ty to reward local people who show initiative and dedication to their cause of choice.”Once nominations are submitted, a panel of 10  judges will select eight local winners to be honored at a banquet on March 25. One will advance to the national level, representing the area at a national ceremony next June in Washington, D.C.
2014 Jefferson Awards Program kicks off 
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
ALLEN COUNTY — The Allen County Sheriff’s Office offers two free and confidential programs to assist the older and disabled adult populations of Allen County live a more independent lifestyle. The Senior Visitation Program (SVP) was created to help people who may not have family members living close to them and want to remain on their own. Allen County Sheriff’s Department Administrative Assistant Rhonda Montgomery said there is no set criteria to meet for the Senior Visitation Program.“We visit people who have no family or who have very little contact with others,” Montgomery detailed. “Basically, they don’t have a support system.”Montgomery said anyone wishing to enroll or have a loved one or friend enrolled in the program can call and have the paperwork mailed to them or come to the Sheriff’s Office and fill out the paperwork.At this time, there are 125 resi-dents enrolled in the SVP program.After enrollment into the SVP program, a visitation team comprised of volunteers, including a restricted special deputy — who has been given a background check, training and sworn in by the sheriff — and a volunteer, visit the resident’s home. The team conducts a Home Security Survey, documents emergency con-tact information and assists with the evaluation of any urgent needs. “During the visit, the team will check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for operability,” Montgomery said. “They also give safety recommendations to the resi-dent.” After the visit, all documentation is turned over to Montgomery, who takes the necessary steps to acquire help for the resident and monitor any patterns that may develop. If the resident needs new smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, which are generously donated by local businesses, team members can install those.“Depending on the circumstances, I may contact Crime Victims Services or the Council on Aging,” Montgomery detailed. “These residents may not know there are resources available to them.”The second program, Are You Well? — funded through a federal grant called Experience Works — is a Monday through Thursday check on at-risk older and disabled adults via a phone call from the sheriff’s office. Each day between 10 a.m. and noon, a call is made to the resident and if there is no response, the officer will attempt to contact an emergency con-tact person. If the contact is unable to be reached, an officer will be sent to the home to check on the resident. “There are an average of 75 phone calls made on a weekly basis for the Are You Well? program,” Montgomery said.
Allen County programs support older and disabled adults
See SPENCERVILLE, page 10Information submitted
The Better Business Bureau has received several calls from Target customers regarding emails they have received. Target has sent emails to their customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christ-mas data breach. The email offers free credit monitoring services to its shop-pers. The credit monitoring ser-vices is provided by Experian. Shoppers need to sign up for this service on the Target web-site listed in the email. These letters were also sent to shoppers that have not shopped at Target for a period of time. These emails are legitimate. Target has stated that all the let-ters sent out to shoppers have been posted on the company’s website along with information about the free credit monitor-ing.
BBB: Target emails valid
See TARGET, page 10Construction on a new water treatment plant in Spencerville will begin soon. The old plant, above, is outdated. (Herald file photo)
Have you ever wondered how a football is made? Children in grades 2-6 will be invited to learn all about it when a representative from the Wilson Football Factory visits the Delphos Public Library at 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.Dan Riegle, salesman with the company, will be the special guest for the “Football Fever” program.Wilson makes the most famous football in the world — the official ball of the NFL. Riegle will bring video and actual examples and material to demonstrate how the ball is crafted.Sign up for the pro-gram will begin Tuesday with a limit of 25 children. Call the library at 419-695-4015 to register.
Library to host football program
President Stan Wiechart announced the annual meet-ing of The Delphos Area Browns Backers is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rustic Café. Purpose of the meeting is the election of officers and plans for the 2014 year. All members and prospective mem-bers are urged to attend.
Browns Backers annual meeting
Kasich’s rep visits local manufacturers
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Local manufacturers received a visit from Chase Eikenbary, Governor John Kasich’s Northwest Ohio Regional Representative, along with Delphos Mayor Michale Gallmeier and interim Safety Service Director Sherryl George at Toledo Molding and Die in Delphos and Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer and OSU Extension Educator Cindy Leis at Alliance Automation in Van Wert on Thursday.Eikenbary met with Jack Ruhe, the plant man-ager at Toledo Molding & Die.Toledo Molding & Die, after completing a 51,000-square-foot expansion in 2012, currently employees 351 associates. From its modest begin-ning, the company has grown into a Tier 1/Tier 2 Full Service Supplier of Interior and Air/Fluid Management Systems for the global automotive industry serving more than 20 international auto-motive customers. TMD’s product lines include molding, assembly of a variety of Air Induction, Powertrain Cooling, Front End Module, Washer, HVAC and Underhood components and systems.Eikenbary’s visit to Van Wert included a plant visit to Alliance Automation, LLC, where CEO/President Doug Wenninger described how the company is a custom design, build, installation and service provider of high-end automated equipment.During her visit, Eikenbary learned that Alliance Automation was established in 2006 with 21 employees and has grown to 71 full time associ-ates. The company has a highly technical staff with 28 percent of the staff being mechanical and elec-trical engineers. Currently, the company designs and builds most of its equipment in a 52,000- square-foot facility located on Bonnewitz Avenue with a smaller space in Delphos where fabrication and welding takes place. The company has clients from local entities such as Eaton, Federal Mogul, Crown Equipment and Whirlpool. Alliance target clients are mainly in the industries of automotive, consumer goods, food processing and packaging.The company has plans for continued growth as the market continues to demand accuracy, repeat-ability, safety and dependability as well as cutting manufacturing costs. Presently, the company is seeking additional engineers in an effort to meet the needs of their clients.“It was nice to visit with a couple of companies in Van Wert today,” Eikenbary said at the end of the visits. “Alliance Automation is proof that companies are succeeding in Ohio and that barriers to them creating jobs are being torn down. Like Alliance Automation was informed today, many small businesses in Ohio have a tax cut coming to them, specifically a 50 percent small business deduction on their first $250,000 of business income. I look forward to seeing this benefit take shape for many small businesses in Ohio, includ-ing here in the Van Wert area. Alliance Automation and Toledo Molding & Die should be proud of the continued investments they are making here in the community.”
See PROGRAMS, page 10See BLIZZARD, page 10See JEFFERSON, page 10
2 The Herald Friday, January 24, 2014
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Vol. 144 No. 159
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Windy. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the afternoon. Highs 15 to 20. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph becoming 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills 15 below to 25 below zero in the morning.
: Snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Windy. Snow accumulation around 2 inches. Not as cold. Lows 10 to 15. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero.
: Cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning. Then partly cloudy with a chance of flurries in the afternoon. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 50 percent. Wind chills 10 below to zero in the afternoon.
: Very cold. Partly cloudy. A 20 per-cent chance of snow after midnight. Lows zero to 5 above. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 15 below zero.
: Snow likely. Highs in the upper 20s. Chance of snow 70 percent.
: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 5 to 10 above.
: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 5 to 10 above.
: Partly cloudy. Lows around 10 below. Highs zero to 5 above.
A boy was born Jan. 21 to Kearsten Lamb and Josh Oleson of Elida.A girl was born Jan. 22 to Briana Wreede of Delphos.Corn $4.09Wheat $5.50Soybeans $12.85
Caroline ‘Tiny’ Pavel
Aug. 23, 1935-Jan. 23, 2014
Caroline “Tiny” Pavel, 78, of Delphos died at 8:43 a.m. Thursday at Vancrest Healthcare Center.She was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Delphos to George and Dora (Kitchen) Hoffman, who preceded her in death.She married Lowell “Topp” Pavel, who preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 2003.Survivors include two sons, Ronald (Linda) Pavel of Leipsic and Keith Pavel of Chillicothe; a daughter, Janet (Vernie) Gales of Spencerville; six grandchildren, Sandra Miller, Eric Pavel, Jackie Wood, Brian Pavel, Allen Pavel and Heather Pavel; and eight great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two children, Gregory and Gordon Pavel; one broth-er; and five sisters.Mrs. Pavel was a home-maker and member of Delphos Wesleyan Church and American Legion Post 268 in Delphos.Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Pastor Pam King officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Vancrest Healthcare Center.Leave condolences at hart-erandschier.com.
One Year Ago
Fort Jennings Elementary students are springing into action the second half of the school year by taking part in an after-school program focusing on remarkable things – exercise, education and creative enrichment. The initiative, Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), is a unique Federal grant-making program.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Bill Roth explains the story of Christianity in “geographic hieroglyphics in God’s own handwriting.” Roth is painting his geo-graphic hieroglyphics on a wall in the alley between Second and Third streets, east of Main Street. He started his project about July 4 and said he does not know when it will be finished or “if there will be enough wall to finish it.”Former Delphos resident, Staff Sergeant Daniel J. Wrasman, recently graduated from a four-week non-commissioned offi-cers leadership school held in the United Kingdom at Royal Air Force Upwood Base. Wrasman is the son of Melvin and Ruth Wrasman of Delphos. He is a 1982 graduate of St. John’s High School.Ray McKowen Council 1362, Knights of Columbus, has announced the local free throw winners who will advance to district compe-tition Feb. 12 at Van Wert St. Mary’s gym. Local winners are Cynthia Etzkorn, Douglas Geary, Sarah Langhals, Ryan Murray, Stacy Elwer, David Blockberger, Brian Miller, Kim Feathers and Kevin Mumaw.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Members of the 1917 Club met Thursday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Virgil Buchanan on West Fourth Street, with Mrs. W. H. Rinehart serving as hostess. Mrs. O. J. Truesdale presented a reading entitled, “I Fooled My Rainy Day Blues,” by Dorothy Blake. In several contests conducted, prizes were won by Mrs. Paul Harter, Sr., Mrs. Roy Feathers, Mrs. O. J. Truesdale, Anna Metcalfe and Mrs. Buchanan.Junior Court of the Catholic Daughters of America attended a cooking demonstration recently at the Ohio Power Company office with Gael Bourquin, home economist, in charge. Mrs. Lee Pitsenbarger assisted. Food prepared by the economist was later served to the girls and their counselors.Mrs. Howard Hahn welcomed the members of the Priscilla Circle of Trinity Methodist Church to her home on West Sixth Street Wednesday evening. Mrs. Dell Cochensparger and Mrs. Ray Barnes served as co-hostesses. The meeting was opened by the circle leader, Mrs. Robert Dorman. Southern Asia was the topic of the lesson for the evening and was presented by Mrs. Harold Heitzman.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Improvements are being planned by Delphos Aerie No. 471, Fraternal Order of Eagles, which will provide for the members one of the finest homes in this section of the state. The building committee consists of Al Huysman, Robert Lyle, Henry Lang, Joseph Ostendorf and Frank Holden.Mr. and Mrs. Charles Horine, North Jefferson Street, are now making an eight-week tour with the Tatterman Marionettes. They have been employed for the past several seasons by this organization. They will play three weeks in the east and will spend the remainder of the time in Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and a number of other cities.Helen Moenter was chosen as prefect Monday evening at the monthly meeting of the Young Ladies Sodality of St. John’s Church held at the school. Other officers chosen were: Rita Lindeman, vice prefect; Rita Kill, secretary; Mary Lindemann, trea-surer; and Janis Kaverman, sacristan.
Associated Press
Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2014. There are 341 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 24, 1942, the Roberts Commission placed much of the blame for America’s lack of prepared-ness for Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.On this date:In 1742, Charles VII was elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession.In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of ‘49.In 1908, the Boy Scouts movement began in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.In 1924, the Russian city of Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader. (However, it has since been renamed St. Petersburg.)In 1939, at least 28,000 people were killed by an earth-quake that devastated the city of Chillan in Chile.In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime confer-ence in Casablanca, Morocco.In 1961, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Goldsboro, N.C., dropping its payload of two nuclear bombs, neither of which went off; three crew members were killed.In 1963, a U.S. Air Force B-52 on a training mis-sion crashed into Elephant Mountain in Maine after encountering turbulence and losing its vertical stabilizer; seven of the nine crew mem-bers were killed.In 1965, Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.In 1978, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth’s atmo-sphere and disintegrated, scat-tering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM.In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida’s electric chair.Ten years ago: Howard Dean sharply questioned John Kerry’s judgment on Iraq as Democratic presidential rivals raced through a final week-end of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary. NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars, arriving at the Red Planet exactly three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.
 Dale J., 63, of Kalida, Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 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. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Steve Robertson officiating. Burial will fol-low in Woodlawn Cemetery in Van Wert. 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.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Pick 3 Evening
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04-16-20-30-32Est. jackpot: $100,000At approximately 5:43 p.m. Jan. 17, officers received a com-plaint from a male stating that two subjects had just stolen his wallet. Officers were given the names of the suspects and the description of the wallet. Moments later, officers located the suspects and retrieved the item matching the description. As a result of the investiga-tion, Christian Hubbard, 17, of Delphos will be charged with theft and Scott Bowen Jr., 18, of Delphos will be charged with receiving stolen proper-ty. Bowen will appear in Lima Municipal Court and Hubbard in Allen County Juvenile Court to face the charge.Delphos Police officers were on patrol at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for equipment infractions. During the traffic stop, officers con-ducted a search of the vehicle and located a small amount of marijuana. As a result, 25-year-old Joshua Hurles of Delphos was issued a citation for possession of marijuana and an equipment violation. He will appear in Lima Municipal Court to face the charge.At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, a Delphos officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a registration violation. Upon making contact with the driver, 28-year-old Jason Stevenson of Delphos, it was found that Stevenson’s driving status was suspended. As a result, Stevenson was issued a citation for driving under suspension and the registration expiration. He will appear in Lima Municipal Court at a later date.At 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers made contact with a female and her two children at the Delphos Fire Department. The woman had been in a motor vehicle crash outside of Delphos and had driven to the fire department to receive medical attention for her children. During the investigation of the incident, probable cause was found to arrest the female driver, Tanya Neal, 42, of Delphos for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Neal was ultimately charged with the OVI as well as child endan-germent, both misdemeanors of the first degree. She will appear in Lima Municipal Court on the charges. Neal is also facing charg-es in Van Wert County pending the Sheriff’s Office investigation.The Delphos Police Department Detective Bureau is currently investigating a series of breaking and enterings at area businesses. The first occurred on Sunday in the 600 block of Elida Avenue. The next two occurred on Thursday, both in the 800 block of Ohio Street. In all three incidents, forced entry was made into the businesses. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Delphos Police Department.
Ottawa man dies in one-vehicle crash
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OTTAWA — A man died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon after his vehicle drifted off the right side of the roadway for an unknown reason.Ronald J. Miehls Jr. of Ottawa was driving a 2006 Jeep Commander north-bound on SR 65 (Perry Street) near Oakview Drive in Ottawa when his vehicle drifted off to the right at around 4:22 p.m.The Jeep struck a traf-fic sign, a metal post and a mobile home before com-ing to a final rest against the mobile home. Seconds later, the vehicle burst into flames and burned out of control until the Ottawa Fire Department arrived and put the fire out.Miehls was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Horstman. Miehls was transported to Love’s Funeral Home and will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Ottawa Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Ottawa Fire Department, Ottawa EMS, Putnam County EMA and Huggins Towing.
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Friday, January 24, 2014 The Herald 3
E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Will I really be able to save money and energy in the long run by shelling out hundreds of dollars now for a so-called “smart” thermostat? — Bill Cone, Aptos, CA
Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line.The coolest of the bunch of new smart thermostats, the Nest, was created by former Apple employees who had been instrumental in designing the original iPod and iPhone years earlier. This simple look-ing round thermostat is reminiscent of old-school thermostats that one would manually adjust by turning the tempera-ture dial. But the auto-awake feature that turns on the bright blue digital display when someone walks nearby gives the Nest away as an ultra-modern piece of high-tech gadgetry.The Nest’s software “learns” the hab-its in a given space by logging when inhabitants tend to be home and awake and noting when they tend to turn up or down the heat—and then sets a heating/cooling schedule accordingly. Owners can also program the Nest, which connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, to heat up or cool down the house at a set schedule or go into “away” mode from any web browser or smart phone.While the Nest is likely the best known smart thermostat available—especial-ly since Google acquired the company behind it in early 2014—several other manufacturers (including Honeywell, ecobee, Hunter, Radio Thermostat, Trane and Lux) have Wi-Fi-enabled smart ther-mostats available now as well.While only some of them have the auto-sensing and “learning” capabilities of the Nest, those without that feature also cost less. And merely programming in a weekly schedule to any smart thermostat will be the main source of cost and energy savings. People who were diligent about turning their old thermostats up and down throughout the day might not see any sub-stantial savings with a smart thermostat, but most of us aren’t so diligent—espe-cially when it comes to turning the heat down at night when we are sleeping.Many smart thermostat owners report savings of between $10 and $30 per month on their heating/cooling bills—and research has shown that such an upgrade can save upwards of 10 percent of the total energy consumed by a given household. Smart thermostats range in price from $50 to $250, so upgrading could pay for itself within a year or two at most, with long-term savings racking up month-by-month after that.Many utilities now offer free or dis-counted smart thermostats to customers. Getting in on such a program is a great way to reduce energy costs without the up-front expense of installing a smart thermostat independently. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), incentives to install smart thermostats are available through utilities in 45 states. New York’s Con Edison, California’s PG&E and Texas’ CPS Energy are just a few of the larger utilities offering such incentives.Those that do upgrade certainly won’t be alone. Navigant Research reports that the number of smart thermostats in opera-tion around the world will jump from 1.4 million currently installed to some 32 million by 2020. These kinds of num-bers will help utilities meet or exceed energy efficiency goals regardless of other upgrades on the power plant side of their businesses. Likewise, the efficiency boost also can play a key role in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and our emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Navigant Research reports that the number of smart thermostats in opera-tion around the world will jump from 1.4 million currently installed to some 32 million by 2020. These kinds of numbers will help utilities meet or exceed energy efficiency goals regardless of other upgrades on their power plants. (Photo courtesy of The Nest)
State liquor sales reach all-time high in 2013
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The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control (Division), announced that dollar sales of spiritu-ous liquor reached a record level in 2013, totaling $898 million. This was an increase of 5.8 percent, exceeding last year’s total by $49 million.“Ohioans continue to trade up buy-ing more of the premium products as consumer tastes become more sophisti-cated,” said Bruce Stevenson, superinten-dent of the Division. “Quality customer service and better inventory management are the main ingredients that resulted in record dollar sales without encouraging increased consumption.”Retail dollar sales were strong in 2013 totaling $635 million, an increase of 7.35 percent. Wholesale dollar sales (liquor purchased by retail permit holders such as restaurants, bars and clubs) also showed strong growth totaling $264 mil-lion, an increase of 2.5 percent.Dollar sales grew at a higher rate than consumption in 2013. The Division sold a total of 12 million gallons of spirituous liquor through its 466 Contract Liquor Agencies, an increase of only 3 percent over the previous year.The following were the top 10 selling brands of spirituous liquor in Ohio for 2013 (by gallons sold):1. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey – 351,125 gallons2. Kamchatka Vodka – 294,168 gal-lons3. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey – 286,451 gallons4. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 283,000 gallons5. Absolut Vodka – 277,729 gallons6. Bacardi Superior Light Rum – 276,365 gallons7. Smirnoff Vodka – 266,801 gallons8. Jagermeister – 247,078 gallons9. Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey – 230,164 gallons10. Korski Vodka – 222,357 gallons
New budget makes changes to Homestead Tax Reduction
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The new state budget has made significant changes to the Homestead Tax Reduction Law. This real estate tax reduc-tion saves Van Wert County taxpayers between $274.40 and $398.44 per year on their real estate taxes. These changes include Means Testing for both the age-qualified and the disabil-ity-qualified applicants. This will now require proof of income before the application is approved for those who have less than $30,500 for 2014 Ohio Adjusted Gross Income (OAGI). This limit will change annually.There is a “grandfather clause” in the law that is allow-ing anyone who qualifies for the 2013 tax year to be accept-ed without income verification. This grandfather status is por-table, meaning it follows the taxpayer if he or she should move to another home, even if it is in another county. To fall within this category, one must either already be receiving the Homestead reduction on his or her property or qualify as a late application by:• owning AND living in your home as of Jan. 1, 2013, AND at the time the late appli-cation is being filed;• being 65 years of age ANY TIME during 2013 OR being certified as totally and permanently disabled as of Jan. 1, 2013; and• completing and submit-ting a late Homestead applica-tion between Jan. 7 and June 2.Grandfathered applicants must show proof of age or dis-ability. If a taxpayer qualifies for a late file application, he or she MUST file during the 2014 application period or a year’s worth of tax reduction will be lost and income limits will be applied.If the age, disability, or occupancy requirements are not achieved until 2014, application may be completed and submit-ted during the same period (Jan. 7 – June 2) and with proper proof of age and income. When applying, if a 2014 income tax return will be filed, a copy of the signed Federal and State returns will need to be pre-sented at the time of the appli-cation. Proof of income will be needed for the applicant and the applicant’s spouse. If an income tax return is not filed, a mock return form will be required for income verification.It is important that those taxpayers who qualify under the grandfather clause be made aware of this and apply prop-erly so as not to lose this reduc-tion. If you have family mem-bers or friends who may fall in this category, please share this article with them.
Repairs top colleges’ capital budget request
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio higher education leaders, instruct-ed by Republican Gov. John Kasich to cooperate with each other when requesting state dollars, identified maintenance and repairs as far higher priorities than new construction in a 2014 capital funding request released Thursday.Kasich praised a coalition led by presidents of Ohio public colleges and universities for identifying unique, innovative pri-orities through shared effort rather than competing for limited state resources.“You know (in college) you have those slices of pizza sitting on the table there, and I remember back in the days when I was in college, you just grab as many slices of pizza as you can,” Kasich said during a conference call detailing the higher education group’s funding outline. “That was inappropriate, and these college presi-dents are acting so fantastic from the standpoint of what’s good for the state is good for us.”Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, who chaired this year’s Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission, noted that $166.8 million of the $404.5 million requested will be for unglam-orous but important maintenance projects across the state, mostly refurbishing and upgrading existing buildings.“As it turns out, because this was a collective process, I think what you’re able to see is that many, many institutions in our state have the same concerns about current and existing space. This col-lective report gives the state the opportunity to see that deferred maintenance is a very, very serious issue at our universities.”Additional priority was placed on long-term savings, with the $71.7 million requested in that area going to such items as energy efficiency enhancements, mechanical system improvements and shared service arrangements.Republicans who lead Ohio’s two legislative chambers, Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William Batchelder, expressed initial support for the funding request, which will be taken up as part of a capital budget expected to be introduced in February.The commission’s further requests are: $117.5 million to mod-ernize classrooms; $15.8 million for enhanced technology; $25.1 million toward expansion; and $7.6 million in strategic investments aimed at improving completion rates.
Condemned killer sues to stop next execution
COLUMBUS (AP) — The state’s execution policy leaves open the chance an inmate could remain clinically alive even after being pronounced dead, attorneys said Thursday as they tried to stop a con-demned killer from being put to death in March.Inmates also run the risk of experiencing unnecessary pain by suffocation under the current execution policy, and Ohio is violating state and federal law by using lethal drugs without prescriptions to carry out capital punishment, the attorneys said in a federal court filing.The attorneys want a fed-eral judge to stop the March 19 execution of Gregory Lott and declare the state’s new execu-tion policy unconstitutional.There is a substantial risk that Lott’s “electrical cardiac activity and electrical brain activity will continue for as long as 45 minutes after breath-ing and heart sounds are unde-tected,” federal public defend-ers Stephen Ferrell and Stephen Kissinger said in the filing.The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges to Ohio’s injection policy dating back years. It appears to be the first time attorneys have alleged inmates aren’t dead despite a warden’s declaration.The lawsuit follows last week’s execution of Dennis McGuire by the new two-drug method combining the sedative midazolam with the painkiller hydromorphone. Ohio adopted the system after supplies of its previous execution drug dried up.McGuire, 53, was sentenced to death for raping and killing a pregnant newlywed in 1989. He repeatedly snorted, gasped and opened and shut his mouth as if yawning over several minutes, though he appeared unconscious the entire time. His 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.The lawsuit alleges McGuire could have remained clinically alive 45 minutes after his offi-cial time of death.McGuire’s last perceived movement was at 10:43 a.m., and he was then motionless for 10 minutes before being declared dead at 10:53 a.m., according to observations by The Associated Press at the execution.Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the agency doesn’t com-ment on pending lawsuits.

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