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Monday, February 3, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
‘Ride Along’ No. 1 for third week at box office, p4 Jay boys win in last second, Cats take 2nd in NWC wrestling, p6, 8
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Announcements 4Community 5Sports 6-8Classifieds 10TV 11World News 12
Mostly sunny today and partly cloudy tonight. Highs in the lower 20s and lows around 10. See page 2.
Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl
By BARRY WILNERAssociated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Seattle Seahawks’ mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performanc-es in an NFL title game — sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punish-ing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the 5-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver and that was true in all areas. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout.“We been relentless all season,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “Having that mentality of having a cham-pionship day every day. At the end of the day, you want to play your best football and that is what we did today.”Punctuating Seattle’s domi-nance were a 69-yard inter-ception return touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to make it 22-0, and Percy Harvin’s sensational 87-yard kickoff runback to open the second half.Smith was the game’s MVP, the first defender in 11 years to win the award.When the Seahawks, up by 29 points, forced a Denver punt early in the third quarter, the 12th Man — and there were legions of them in MetLife Stadium — began chanting “L-O-B, L-O-B.”
Top winners in the Allen County Spelling Bee were, front from left, first runner-up Karlie Ulm of Landeck Elementary, winner Alotus Wei of Shawnee Middle School and sec-ond runner-up Laura Strahan of Bluffton Middle school. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)Abbey Meyer of St. John’s Elementary spells her jitter round word at the Allen County Spelling Bee Saturday as Emily Dienstberger of Franklin Elementary, left, and Karlie Ulm of Landeck Elementary look on.
Ulm first runner-up in Allen County Bee
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
LIMA — The competition was swift and fierce at Saturday’s Allen County Spelling Bee hosted and sponsored by OSU-Lima.After just nine rounds, Alotus Wei, a sixth-grader at Shawnee Middle School, emerged as the champion speller. Wei won last year’s Lima News Regional Spelling Bee and went to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Bee.Wei’s winning word was “recalcitrant.” She received a $100 gift card, trophy, certifi-cate and pin.Karlie Ulm, a fifth-grader from Landeck Elementary, gave Wei a run for her money, falling on the word “calypso” in round eight. As first runner-up, Ulm received a $75 gift card, trophy, certificate and pin.Third runner-up was Laura Strahan, an eighth-grader at Bluffton Middle School. She spelled the word “guillotine” correctly in round seven but retracted her beginning at spelling it incorrectly and was disquali-fied according to Scripp’s Howard Official Spelling Bee Rules. Her award included a $50 gift certificate, trophy, certificate and pin.Other local participants included Franklin Elementary fifth-grader Emily Dienstberger and St. John’s Elementary seventh-grader Abbey Meyer, who both fell in the third round; and Spencerville Middle School eighth-grader Rebecca Stetler, who fell in the first round.OSU Assistant Dean and history profes-sor Dr. Roger Nimps organized the bee and morning news radio personality from 1140 WIMA News Talk Radio, Mike Miller, was the pronouncer.All of Saturday’s spellers will also partici-pate in the Lima News Regional Spelling Bee March 22 at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima. The winner of that bee will move on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C., where more than $40,000 in prizes are up for grabs to the winner.
Local weather forecasts for the weekend were for a chance of snow accumulating less than one inch. Delphos residents awoke to a winter wonderland Sunday morning with more than four inches of wet snow creating beautiful scenery. Parts of Van Wert County received up to six inches. Forecasts for Tuesday include possible accumulations of up to six inches. See page 2 for a full weather forecast. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)
‘Parade of storms’ set to continue
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — It’s getting to be old hat. For some it’s just getting old.After a surprise snowstorm hit the Tri-county early Sunday morning, another one is lined up behind it to give the area another wallop.What was expected to be a mild storm of one to two inches of snow Sunday morning shocked experts by dropping six inches of snow in Van Wert County and four or more in Allen County.“The front set up right over us and the snow growth just kept coming,” said Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy. “It caught everybody off guard.”After digging out on Sunday, eyes are now focused on Tuesday, when the next round is due in the area.“It’ll be a significant snow event for the whole state,” McCoy stated. “Everything points to accumulating snow, then some more arctic air coming in right behind it.”Snowfall predictions are greatly varied but McCoy predicted anywhere from six to 10 inches of snow to fall beginning some-time Tuesday, probably in the afternoon hours. To the south, some freezing rain could be mixed in, and the southern half of the state could end up with an inch or two of rain.“There are some discrepancies with some of the models wavering back and forth with where the storm will track,” McCoy explained. “People need to keep watching the forecast. It will go through a lot of fine-tuning over the next couple of days.”
Elida BOE requests state move testing back
BY CYNTHIA YAHNAHerald Correspondentnews@delphosherald.com
ELIDA — The Elida School Board convened on Friday morning in a special meeting for the purpose of approving the delay of dates for the OAA scheduled testing set forth by the Ohio Department of Education.The board will officially request Governor John Kasich work with the Ohio Department of Education to push these testing dates back two weeks.Elida students (along with many other students in Ohio) have been out of school more than they have been in school after a two-week Christmas break due to inclement weather.“These upcoming high-stakes tests have an incredible impact on our school report card. Students and teachers need more time to appropri-ately and sufficiently prepare for these tests in order for students to perform to the best of their ability,” the school board stressed.The Ohio Department of Education has scheduled OAA tests as follows:• Spring administration— April 21 thorough May 9;• Grade 3- Reading and mathemat-ics;• Grade 4- Reading and math-ematics (writing is suspended for this year);• Grade 5- Reading, mathematics and science (social studies is sus-pended for this year);• Grade 6- Reading and mathemat-ics;• Grade 7- Reading and math-ematics (writing is suspended for
this year); and• Grade 8- Reading, mathemat-ics and science (social studies is suspended for this year).
Today’s smile
Kevin Kemper
See PARADE, page 12See BOWL, page 6
Sept. 21, 1921- Feb. 1, 2014
Lucille G. Van Oss, 92, passed from this life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.Lucille was born on Sept. 21, 1921, to Nathaniel L. Staup and Pansie C. (Peterson) Staup, who pre-ceded her in death.On Sept. 2, 1940, she mar-ried Roland J. Van Oss, who passed away Dec. 24, 1991.Lucille is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Tom) Van Oss-Davis of Centerville and Jeanie (Dave) Alt of Delphos; three granddaughters, Suzanne (David) Laudadio, Jennifer (Jeremy) Strapp and Julie (Shawn) Grime; two step-granddaughters, Ali (Jordan) Ross and Jennifer Davis; three grandsons, Eric (Jodi) Wegesin, Matt Wegesin and Jon (Anna) Dieringer; three step-grandsons, Andy (Jamie) Alt, Aaron (Christine) Alt and James Davis; six great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Strapp, Logan and Ella Grime and Sarah and Thomas Dieringer; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Sam, Josh and Luke Alt, Alexa Alt, Jackson Ross, Kristin Davis and Kate Davis; along with nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Wegesin; a grandson, Steve Nomina; a great-grand-daughter, Hannah Strapp; two brothers, Ralph and Ernie Staup; a sister, Luella McMichael; two sons-in-law, Bob Wegesin and Greg Dieringer; and her special feline companion, Miss Kitty.Raised during the years of the Great Depression, Lucille’s life was one of unconditional love, acceptance, service to others, honesty and gratitude. She always placed the needs of others above her own. She had a beautiful, resilient spirit and strong faith. By example, her philosophy of life was passed on to her family. She was a true gift to all who were fortunate to have her in their lives. Her family came first to her always.Lucille gave of her time generously. As a member of St. Rita’s Auxiliary, she vol-unteered in their gift shop for nearly 20 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and in her earlier years, she supported the church and school by volunteering at the annual church festival, in the “Mom’s Room”, and as a Juniorette leader. She gave to her community by her work at the Delphos Thrift Shop.A special thanks to Dr. James Bowlus, who showed such honesty and compas-sion to Lucille and to her family as her days on earth became short, to the staff of Vancrest Assisted Living and Rehab for making the last six months of Lucille’s life the best that they could be and to the nurses of St. Rita’s Hospice.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart will officiate. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A parish wake ser-vice will be held at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986.Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfu-neralhome.com.2 The Herald Monday, February 3, 2014
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wants to correct published errors in its news, sports and feature articles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in published information, call the editorial department at 419-695-0015. Corrections will be published on this page.
ORRECTIONSMargaret Elizabeth Powell
April 7, 1921-Feb. 1, 2014
Margaret Elizabeth Powell, 92, of Delphos died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest of Delphos.She was born April 7, 1921, in Ottoville to Henry and Magdelena (Hohlbein) Pohl, who preceded him in death.She married Norman “Si” Powell on Feb. 5, 1946. He died on March 27, 1989.Survivors include three sons, Thomas (Marilyn) Powell of Powell, Michael Powell of Grove City and Jeff Powell of Delphos; six daugh-ters, Marge (Bill) Robinson of Exeter, Calif., Patricia Rittger of Kernah, Texas, Theresa Menke of Middle Point, Deb (Tim) Maag of Ottoville, Cheri (Mike) Placke of Van Wert and Lisa (Bruce) Bendele of Ottoville; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Stocklin; brothers, John, Ed and Elmer Pohl; and sisters, Clara Vondran, Lucille Clark and Dorothy Barnes.She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church.Margaret’s passion was her family. She was also a seam-stress and made several wed-ding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Crossword puzzles were a favorite pasttime. She was also a nature enthusiast.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Ressurection Cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributions may be made to that of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be left for the family at www.harterandschier.com.
Dorothy V. Foust
July 30, 1922-Jan. 31, 2014
Dorothy V. Foust, 91, of Elida died at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Richland Manor.She was born July 30, 1922, in Lima to Orphy and Evelyn (Loomis) Allen, who preceded him in death.For 72 years, Dorothy shared her life with her hus-band, Howard Foust, whom she married on May 2, 1941.Survivors include two sons, Howard L. (Reida) Foust Jr. of Lima and Michael A. (Pat) Foust of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia A. Foust of Lima; a sister, Nettie Millrans of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Sue Allen of Defiance and Margie Allen of California; a brother-in-law, Clay “Derb” Knoch of Uniappolis; five grandchildren, Reed (Kelly) Foust, Allen (Tina) Foust, Laura Pelscher, Melissa (Ryan) Moore and Michael Scott Foust and (Cherrie); 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.She worked at Beckman’s in Delphos in sales.Dorothy loved her grand-children and her dog, Buddy. She also loved walking and quilting.Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. David Howell. Burial will be at a later date at Walnut Grove Cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.Memorial contribu-tions may be made to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.Online condolence may be left at www.harterandschier.com.
Lucille G. Van Oss
Juanita M., 82, of Spencerville, funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, Pastor Joseph Heeter officiating. Burial will fol-low in the Spencerville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at tbayliff@woh.rr.com.
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment
TOM HAYSAssociated Press
NEW YORK — Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other char-acters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world’s finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a nee-dle in his arm. He was 46.The actor apparently died of a drug overdose, said two law enforcement officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of ano-nymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. Envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were found with him, they said.Hoffman — with his doughy, everyman physique, his often-disheveled look and his limp, receding blond hair — was a character actor of such range and lack of vanity that he could seemingly handle roles of any size, on the stage and in movies that played in art houses or multiplexes.He could play comic or dramatic, loathsome or sym-pathetic, trembling or diaboli-cal, dissipated or tightly con-trolled, slovenly or fastidious.The stage-trained actor’s rumpled naturalism brought him four Academy Award nominations — for “Capote,” ”The Master,” ”Doubt” and “Charlie Wilson’s War” — and three Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, including his portrayal of the beaten and weary Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman.”
See HOFFMAN, page 12WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
: Partly cloudy. Lows around 10. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero.
: Mostly cloudy. Snow in the afternoon. Moderate snow accumulations possible. Highs in the mid 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow 80 percent. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
: Snow. Heavy snow accumulations possible. Lows around 20. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph.
Associated Press
Today is Monday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2014. There are 331 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big BopperRichardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.On this date:In 1014, Sweyn I, the king of Denmark, Norway and England, died in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire,  just over a month after being declared ruler of the English.In 1783, Spain formally rec-ognized American independence.In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
One Year Ago
Jefferson Middle School seventh-grader Jason Ditto recent-ly won his school’s spelling bee. He will represent the middle school at the Allen County Spelling Bee Saturday at OSU-Lima. He will be joined by Trysten Smith of Landeck Elementary, Megan Weitzel of Franklin Elementary and Abbey Meyer of St. John’s Elementary.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Walterick-Hemme Auxiliary to Post 3035 Veterans of Foreign Wars donated a flag to Sarah Jane Chambers Geriatric Center. Accepting the flag was Don Foster, World War I vet-eran, and Therase Walter, activities director. Presenting the flag were Auxiliary President Denelda Brokamp and Americanism chairman Ruth Bigelow. Flags were also donated to Cloverdale Town Council in memory of Alfreda Schreiber, Fort Jennings Branch Library, Delphos Memorial Home in memory of Leean Sever, Reliable Plumbing and Heating, Shenk and Clark law offices, two to Ken Grothaus for Stadium Park shelterhouse and Waterworks Park and Deb Schurger for Delphos Optimist Club.Fort Jennings Catholic Ladies of Columbia Council 88 met recently with 20 members present. During the meeting, Irma Ricker and Eda Kohls assisted with the installation of officers. Annette Kahle, Viola Krietemeyer, Sharon Calvelage and Helen Calvelage received theater tickets for perfect attendance.
See ARCHIVES, page 12
CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Sunday:
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 166
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager, Delphos Herald Inc. Lori Goodwin Silette
, circulation manager The Delphos Herald (USPS 1525 8000) is published daily except Sundays, Tuesdays and Holidays. The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for $1.48 per week. Same day delivery outside of Delphos is done through the post office for Allen, Van Wert or Putnam Counties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year. Entered in the post office in Delphos, Ohio 45833 as Periodicals, postage paid at Delphos, Ohio. 405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER: Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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Coins, Currency and Collectibles 238 North Main.
Bring your concerns with resolution and all the positive things we can do. There are no bad ideas.
This is the rst step hopefully in a lengthy process to enhance our downtown. It is truly however an effort that will require a lot of “foot soldiers”. The tentative agenda for the meeting is posted at ccc.mybigcommerce.com or you can stop by the store and pick up a copy.
Refreshments will be served.
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 to let us know if you will be there. Written comments would also be appreciated if you cannot attend.
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Monday, February 3, 2014 The Herald 3
Program helps with energy costs
COLUMBUS (AP) — State officials remind eligible Ohioans that they can get help managing energy costs this winter through a payment assistance program.The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus allows eli-gible Ohioans to pay utility bills based on a percentage of household income.Customers must receive their primary or secondary heat source from a compa-ny regulated by the utilities commission and have a total household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify.Eligible Ohioans who heat with gas pay 6 percent of their monthly household income to their gas company and 6 per-cent to their electric company. Those heating with electric-ity pay 10 percent of their monthly household income to their electric company.Program information is available at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
 Lima Mall gives model, actor hopefuls a chance at stardom
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LIMA — The Sunburst Beauty Pageant and International Star Search will make a stop at the Lima Mall at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 to scout the best talent from the Ohio area and beyond. The Sunburst International Star Search welcomes children and adults of various ages to apply and be interviewed for potential talent oppor-tunities. Girls from birth to 27 years of age as well as boys from birth to 3 years of age are eligible to apply and be seen by Sunburst representatives.“If you’ve ever dreamt of being in the entertain-ment industry, Sunburst representatives are the type of scouts that have the contacts and ability to land a variety of opportunities,” said Theresa Morocco, mall manager of the Lima Mall. Sunburst Star Search has a long-standing history discovering beautiful new faces. In the pageant world, several Miss America state titleholders and two Miss America’s grew up in Sunburst Pageants. In the entertain-ment spectrum, Sunburst has landed roles in the Halloween movies, The Young and the Restless and in commercials for Toys R’ Us, Disney, Burger King and Nickelodeon to name a few. The Sunburst Star Search will take place near the Macy’s inside the Lima Mall. For more information, contact the Lima Mall at 419-331-1311 or visit facebook.com/limamall.
Wind turbine project stopped near Lake Erie
TOLEDO (AP) — A group of bird-ing enthusiasts hopes a decision to halt plans for a wind turbine at an Ohio National Guard base will send a message to developers proposing other wind power projects along Lake Erie.Federal officials sent notice this past week that they are pulling back from building the proposed wind tur-bine just weeks after two organiza-tions threatened to take legal action.The American Bird Conservancy and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory argued that the wind turbine would endanger migrating birds and bald eagles while also violating several fed-eral laws designed to protect those birds.The wind turbine slated to go up in just a few months at the guard’s Camp Perry site east of Toledo is one of about two dozen wind energy projects in the planning stages along Lake Erie in Ohio, according to the American Bird Conservancy.What upset the birding enthusiasts is that the Camp Perry site is in the middle of a hotspot for migrating birds.Bird watchers blanket the area in early May to see several hundred spe-cies that stop at the marshes and rocky shoreline to rest and refuel while fly-ing from Central and South America all the way to northern Canada.“It’s probably one of the top five migration corridors in the U.S.,” said Robert Johns, a spokesman for the American Bird Conservancy.Ohio Air National Guard officials maintained that an assessment found the turbine won’t cause significant impact. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had suggested shutting off the turbine and dimming the lights around it during the spring and fall migration.A letter sent this week by Air Force Col. Peter Sartori, director of installa-tions and mission support in the National Guard Bureau, said the project wouldn’t go forward as of now because of the concerns raised by the two groups.A message seeking comment about what will happen next was left with Ohio National Guard spokesman James Sims.“The signal we hope this sends is that groups like ours are going to look hard at this and will take action if warranted,” Johns said. “We’re not opposed to wind energy. All we’re saying is ‘Don’t put it up where it shouldn’t be.’”A business park near the Camp Perry site already has put up a wind turbine, but it isn’t operating yet.Kim Kauffman, director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, said they will be monitoring it. “If we were to learn it killed migrating birds or eagles, we would pursue legal action,” she said.There are about 60 bald eagle nests within 10 miles of the wind turbine, she said.President Barack Obama’s admin-istration, which wants to increase the development of green energy, announced in December it would allow some com-panies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty.Companies would need a permit and would have to make efforts to avoid killing the birds and submit reports of how many eagles they kill. The permits would be reviewed every five years.
Ohio center finalist for potential missile defense
COLUMBUS (AP) — A training center in northeastern Ohio is one of four military installations in the country being considered for a potential missile defense site.The Department of Defense says it will prepare an environ-mental impact study of Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center near Newton Falls and three other military sites.The department’s Missile Defense Agency has evaluated the four installations. But officials say no decision has been made yet on whether to construct a new missile defense site.The other installations under consideration are Fort Custer, Mich., Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Training Area near Rangeley, Maine.The environmental impact studies will take about two years to complete. They will assess potential impacts on land use, water resources and air quality among other areas.“It is encouraging that Camp Ravenna is currently being considered for future Department of Defense missions,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement.“Designating Camp Ravenna as a missile defense site would create local jobs and strengthen the regional economy.”Last fall, Camp Ravenna and four other sites were named as areas that would house an undetermined number of U.S. missiles designed to intercept incoming enemy missiles.Camp Ethan Allan Training Site in Vermont was dropped from consideration, pleasing U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.“The ground-based interceptors being contemplated for an East Coast missile defense site cost huge sums of money, without delivering reliable capability,” he said in a statement.“I welcome the news that Vermont’s Camp Ethan Allen will not be considered as a site, and I continue to pursue redi-recting those funds toward projects that have more proven and cost-effective success in keeping Americans safe.”The Pentagon said there has been no decision to proceed with the construction of a new missile defense site, but to clear the first hurdle was good news for Ohio officials.“We are pleased and proud to be among the finalists for the potential opportunity to serve the citizens of Ohio and the nation,” said Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst, Ohio adjutant general. “Since Camp Ravenna was announced as a candidate several months ago, we have all realized the poten-tial economic benefits to the state’s northeast corridor.”
 Buckeye Chuck: spring coming soon
MARION (AP) — Ohio’s weather forecasting ground-hog Buckeye Chuck says spring will be here soon.Amid a steady snowfall Sunday morning, Buckeye Chuck predicted the end of winter after he did not see his shadow.According to The Marion Star, Paul James with WMRN radio says Buckeye Chuck is right “about 70 percent of the time.”Pennsylvania’s better-known Punxsutawney Phil disagreed with Chuck’s fore-cast. He saw his shadow, fore-casting six more weeks of winter.More than 150 attended the Marion Groundhog Day cer-emony in north-central Ohio.Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.
AAUW presents Sister To Sister Summit
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VAN WERT — The American Association of University Women will pres-ent its 11th annual Sister to Sister Summit for girls in grades 6-8 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 1 at the YWCA in Van Wert. The sum-mit is open to all Van Wert County Schools, as well as to Parkway and Delphos.This year’s theme is “Supersize your Confidence Level - Recognizing Role Models to be a Part of your Super Hero Team.” The focus will be to provide the girls with the tools needed to pro-vide harmony in their lives while trying to balance all that is expected of them. Tools for problem solving, goal setting and personal health and well-ness are some of the issues that will be explored. The speakers will also talk about how they became interested in their career choices since education is an important ele-ment of the S2S summits.Speakers for the event are Heather Gottke, 4-H program coordinator with the OSU Extension Office, “Supersize Your Future Through Enriching Experiences;” Kendra Thompson, business office administrator at Edward Jones, “Understanding Money to Help You Reach Your Goals;” Teresa Schalois, L.M.T./owner, Teresa Schalois Massage Therapy, “Downsize Your Stress With Yoga;” Vickie Schulte, owner/designer, Once I Was “Giving New Purpose To What You Already Have;” Dr. Kristen Pollock, D.O., Van Wert Family Physicians, “Health and Nutrition Advice For Your Well-Being and Success;” Debby Compton, D.P.T. Director of Rehabilitation, Therapy Solutions “How To Cope When Life Becomes Overwhelming.”The “Hands On” event with breakfast bars, lunch, goodie bags, door prizes and all materials are free to the participants. Packets for reg-istration will be available at the school offices on Feb. 14. The registration deadline is Feb. 26. Parents may also ask questions or request that packets be sent by contact-ing event organizers, Deb Kleinhenz at 419-238-9519 or Sandy Unterbrink Young at 419-495-2824.If requesting a packet, please leave name, phone number and complete address. For further infor-mation on AAUW programs and membership, contact Kleinhenz, Van Wert AAUW chapter president.
Shown is a photo from the 2013 Sister to Sister Summit science experiment. (Photo submitted)

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