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Saturday, February 8, 2014
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
The planes are back, p5 Local teams fall on hardwood, p6-7
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Opinion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9
Cloudy today with snow likely this afternoon. Accumulation less than one half an inch. Snow tonight with accumulation up to an inch. Highs 15 to 20. Lows 10 to 15. See page 2.
Heart disease claims a life every 39 seconds
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U. S. for both men and women. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports 2,200 Americans die of cardiovas-cular disease each day, an average of one death every 39 seconds. February marks American Heart Month and health professionals are encouraging each and every person to do a little something more for themselves to improve their heart health.Allen County Department of Health’s Director of Nursing Becky Dershem said American Heart Month is a great way to raise awareness and it’s really important for people to exercise the changes they make now 365 days a year.“The key is, people may feel like they can’t do it all,” Dershem explained. “The changes can be made in baby steps and they don’t have to do everything in one week. They can work toward a goal.”The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coro-nary artery disease (CAD), which results from a process known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. The condition is caused by fatty deposits (plaques) of cholesterol building up in the inner linings of the heart’s arteries. The plaque blocks arteries, prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart and can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias.A heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI) occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart is severely reduced or cut off com-pletely by a buildup of plaque. When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque and can block the blood flow through the heart muscle, which starves the heart for oxygen and causes dam-age or death to parts of the heart. The AHA reports that almost every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a myocardial infarction.The five major symptoms of a heart attack include; pain or discom-fort in the jaw, neck or back; feeling weak, light-headed or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discom-fort in arms or shoulder; and short-ness of breath.Some health conditions and life-style factors can put people at a high-er risk for developing heart disease. People can prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and manag-ing any medical conditions they may have.Start by eating a heart-healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fiber-rich whole grains, lean meats and poultry, fish at least twice a week and fat-free or 1 percent dairy products — low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars — is a way to help cholesterol levels. Get mov-ing for at least 30 minutes of moder-ate-intensity aerobic physical activity for a total of at least 150 minutes per week. Avoid tobacco smoke.“People can walk a few more steps each day and add more fruits and vegetables to their diets,” Dershem explained. “Just adding a few more fruits to the diet and making small changes which people continue with, will make a difference.”By adopting a heart-healthy life-style, people can prevent and/or man-age High Blood Pressure (HBP) — the “silent killer — which is a mis-understood medical condition. Of all people with high blood pressure, over 20 percent are unaware of their con-dition. The AHA recommendation for healthy blood pressure is a systolic measure of 120 or less and a diastolic reading of 80 or less. By keeping blood pressures in the healthy range, people are:
See HEART, page 10
Kahle puts a ‘spin’ on function
BY STEPHANIE GROVESStaff Writersgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Sherry Kahle is the owner and art-ist of SLAK Designs and has a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Education from The University of Findlay. She has taught art in a vari-ety of settings, including Children Resource Centers, Nursing Homes, public and private schools and a number of different art organizations.Kahle is an artist who mainly creates pottery but who also loves to do design work for tattoos, business and company logos, vinyl decals and much more. She also substitutes at a few public schools in Allen County and teaches pottery classes and workshops from her studio.“I am very blessed to be able to do what I love and what God created me to do,” Kahle said. “Art is my thera-py. It’s my form of communi-cation and release of creative energy.”In 2010, Kahle was diag-nosed with cancer. It was during that time she was blessed with the awareness of how important art was to her and how she could touch other’s lives through it. This is when she decided to pur-sue her dream of building a pottery studio to work and teach from and travel to art festivals. Kahle believes that creating art is her gift from God and that it is her respon-sibility to share it with others.“I believe that creating a work of art that pleases or communicates in such a way that it positively impacts someone’s life is essential to an artist,” Kahle said.She said throwing on the potter’s wheel is what she enjoys the most. Kahle said she identifies most with functional pottery, which is pottery that is useful for pur-poses beyond decorative with pieces that include plates, platters, mugs, bowls, jugs and vases.“It’s so relaxing for me that I get lost in the process and enter a world where time doesn’t exist, or should I say ‘time flies like the clay’,” Kahle mused. “I also enjoy creating pieces that are meant to be used in a person’s everyday life that they can also display as art.”Kahle explained the form of a pottery piece is not only meant to be used but also can hold an artistic quality that when glazed can be a form of art on its own. She said glazing is an essential part of pottery that can create a look and a feeling that draws you in. Kahle said life’s expe-riences inspires her art as well as the drive to create a piece that positively impacts another person’s life.“Over time, my art has evolved into works that are more functional and meant to be used in everyday life as well as being an aesthetically pleasing piece to display,” she stated. “My techniques and craftsmanship have improved over time, as well.”Kahle said her mother is a huge influence in her art career.
See SPIN, page 10Sherry Kahle works on a new piece of pottery. (Submitted photo)
Wolfe praises district working through challenging times
BY STEPHANIE GROVES Staff Writer sgroves@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Delphos Public School Superintendent Kevin Wolfe has been at the helm since August and reports that everything has been good.“We have a great community, staff and student body,” Wolfe said. “Everybody has been working diligently to keep up with all the challenges.”He said this winter has been the big-gest challenge for the district, as well as for many other districts in the region.“We can’t keep cutting hours and canceling days,” Wolfe stated. “The wind chills we have experienced are at dangerous levels.”Wolfe said the biggest challenge is the constant influx of changes from the Ohio Department of Education. For example, Ohio’s new system for evaluating teachers, the Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), which provides educators with a detailed view of their performance, focusing on specific strengths and opportunities for improvement. Each teacher will be evaluated according to Ohio Revised Code and the Evaluation Framework, which is aligned with the Standards for the Teaching Profession adopted under state law.
See WOLFE, page 10Wolfe
$16M available for localtransportation projects
Information submitted
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing $16 million in funding to local communities for transportation improve-ments throughout Ohio. ODOT is spending the next few months working with local communities to address fund-ing needs for two specialized transportation programs: a small city program and a local bridge-replacement program.Approximately $8 million will go to smaller municipali-ties as part of the Small City Program, which provides fed-eral funds to cities with popu-lations from 5,000 to 24,999. This money can be used for any roadway or safety projects.The Municipal Bridge Program will award $8 million for structurally deficient bridg-es carrying vehicular traffic. “This is a great opportu-nity for the Department of Transportation to reach com-munities on a local level, and help fund priority projects that might otherwise not be thought possible. I strongly advise every community that has a need to apply and we will work to help as many as possible,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray said.Local governmental enti-ties, Regional Transportation Authorities, Transit Agencies, and Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies are eligible to apply for funding.
Chinese students visiting the United States stopped in the Delphos Canal Commission Museum to learn about local history. Andy, back left, Leo, Coffee and Jane; and front, Eileen, Jane and Christine stand in front of an old corn sheller from the Grothause farm. Read more about the students who are staying with area families in Helen Kaverman’s This and That on page 3. (Submitted photo)TODAY
Boys BasketballOttoville at Paulding (ppd. from Jan. 25), 2 p.m.Jefferson at Fort Jennings, 6 p.m.Marion Local at Spencerville, 6 p.m.LCC at Elida, 6 p.m.Ayersville at Kalida, 6 p.m.Bath at Columbus Grove, 6 p.m.St. Henry at Van Wert, 6 p.m.Wayne Trace at Crestview, 6 p.m.Girls BasketballSpencerville at Perry, 1 p.m.Leipsic at Kalida (PCL), 1 p.m.Columbus Grove at Arlington, 1 p.m.Fort Jennings at Elida (ppd. from Jan. 6), 2 p.m.Tinora at Crestview, 2 p.m.St. John’s at Ottoville, 6 p.m.WrestlingColumbus Grove at Carey Classic, 10 a.m.Co-Ed Swimming and DivingSectionals at Ayersville, 11 a.m.
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The DelphosHerald
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Corn $4.24Wheat $5.58Soybeans $13.40
St. John’sWeek of Feb. 10-14
Monday: Chicken patty sandwich, mashed pota-toes/gravy, Romaine salad, peaches, fresh fruit, milk.Tuesday: Corn dog, broccoli, Romaine salad, applesauce, fresh fruit, milk.Wednesday: BBQ pork sandwich, peas, Romaine salad, mixed fruit, fresh fruit, milk.Thursday: Chicken and noodles/roll, carrots, Romaine salad, pears, fresh fruit, milk.Friday: Beef and cheese nachos/breadstick, black beans, Romaine salad, strawberries, fresh fruit, milk.————
Delphos City SchoolsWeek of Feb. 10-14
Monday: Franklin/Landeck/Middle - Mini corn dogs; Senior - Chicken fajita, lettuce and cheese, corn, Mandarin oranges, milk.Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, Romaine salad, sherbet, milk.Wednesday: Pizza, tossed salad, fruit, milk.Thursday: Meatball sub or sloppy jo sandwich, corn, fruit, milk.Friday: Chicken nuggets, bread and butter, green beans, chilled peaches, milk.————
OttovilleWeek of Feb. 10-14
Monday: Hamburger with tomato slice, corn, carrot stix, peaches, milk.Tuesday: Taco salad with cheese/lettuce/tomato; K-3: tacos, refried beans, corn, pineapple, milk.Wednesday: Turkey slice, mashed potatoes with gravy, butter bread, applesauce, milk.Thursday: Corn dog, french fries, lettuce, straw-berry cup, milk.Friday: Popcorn chicken, baked potato, butter bread, mixed fruit, milk.————
Fort JenningsWeek of Feb. 10-14
Chocolate, white or strawberry milk served with all meals. High School - additional fruit and vegetable daily. High school - a la carte pret-zel and cheese every Friday and salad bar every Wednesday.Monday: Popcorn chicken, baked beans, cheese slice, fruit.Tuesday: Turkey slice, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, peas, fruit.Wednesday: Fiestata, broccoli, muffin, fruit.Thursday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetable, dinner roll, fruit.Friday: Breaded chicken sandwich, carrots, cheese slice, shape up, fruit.————
SpencervilleWeek of Feb. 10-14
Monday: Grades 5-12: Pepperoni pizza, green beans, fresh veggies and dip, applesauce, milk; Grades K-4: Wedge slice cheese pizza, fresh broc-coli and dip, applesauce, milk.Tuesday: Cheeseburger sandwich, baked beans, fresh veggies and dip, peaches, milk.Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, pumpkin bake, carrots and dip, cinnamon and sugar breadstick, applesauce, milk.Thursday: French toast, sausage patty, smiley fries, 100 percent juice, milk.Friday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh veggies and dip, dinner roll, pears with red jello and topping, milk.
One Year Ago
Delphos Animal Hospital presented three more pet fire rescue kits Thursday to fire departments from Ottoville, Fort Jennings and Kalida. Participating in the presentation were Drs. Bonnie and John Jones of Delphos Animal Hospital, Ottoville Fire Chief Dan Honigford, Kalida Fire Chief John Schimmoeller, Fort Jennings Firefighter Doug Meyer and Drs. Sara Smith and Marisa Long from Delphos Animal Hospital.
25 Years Ago – 1989
First-place winners in the Landeck School bee are Nathan Stant, first grade; Lindsey Rahrig, second grade; Amanda Stant, third grade; and Christine Miller, fourth grade. Finalists in grade five are Lisa Wrasman, Julie Rahrig and Heidi Mueller. Sixth grade finalists are Melany Pohlman, Paul Radabaugh and Eric Mueller. The school champion will be named Friday at Jefferson Middle School.A Longsberger basket-weaving demonstra-tion will be given by Terri Miller at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas meet-ing Feb. 14 at Knights of Columbus hall. Chairladies are Mary Ann German and Kathy Shaw. They will be assisted by Cecilia Hanser, Patricia Schmit, Mary Ellen Hemker, Marcey Brickner, Donna Maloney, Bertha Schmelzer and Luella Grothouse.First-place winner in the prints division in the third annual 11-county area Lima Art Association Invitational was Fort Jennings stu-dent Jason Wieging, who won for his woodcut, “Sawmill.” He received a certificate and $50. Other winners were Missy Utrup, second-place winner for her tempera painting, “Quilt,” and Crystal Birkemeier, second-place winner for her linoleum print, “Swan.”
50 Years Ago – 1964
St. John’s cagers won one and lost one Friday night at the local gym, the Blue Jays taking the varsity tilt 96-70 from the Crestview Knights and the Reserves losing to the Crestview Reserves 61-53 in the curtain-raiser. Four Jays scored in double figures. Jim Carder topped the list with 23, twin Jerry chalked up 19, Mark Sever had 16 and John Rupert 12.At the Ottoville High School Sweetheart dance Sunday night in the school gym will be Thomas Pittner and Alice Horstman, king and queen of the ball. Thomas is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pittner, Ottoville, and Horstman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Horstman of Cloverdale.The Delphos Jefferson Wildcats zipped past Elida’s Bulldogs Friday night 98-90 in a game played in Elida. Individual scoring honors went to Elida’s Jim Baxter, who rippled the nets for 12 from the field and four from the bonus line. For the Wildcats, Gordie Vogt had 26, Kenny Jackson, 25; Jack DeWitt, 23; and Monte Druckemiller, 16.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The members of the Faith-Hope Class of the United Brethren Church and one guest, Florence Baer, met Friday evening at the home of Irene Miller, North Main Street. The opening hymn was followed by prayer led by Marion Rigdon. Howard Hoover was in charge of the Scripture. On March 3, the class will meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, North Franklin Street.Preliminary plans are being made for the annual St. Patrick’s Day party which will be held at St. John’s. The following are members of the executive committee for this affair: Dr. W. J. Clark, Ray McKowen, Anna McCollister, Mrs. Arthur Humpert, the Misses McMahon, Mrs. John Mueller, Jr., Mrs. Henry Ricker, Mrs. Raymond Stallkamp and Mrs. E. O. Steinle.The members of the Fortnite Pals Club met Friday evening as guests of Mrs. Joseph Mesker, South Canal Street. Mrs. Ed. Haehn was high in the five-hundred, Mrs. Charles Wechter second and Mrs. George Laudick third. On Feb. 13, Mrs. Laudick will entertain the club at her home on East Jackson Street.
Associated Press
Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 8, 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. (Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its destruction in 1979.)On this date:In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C, ended in victory for Union forces led by Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur.In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.In 1922, President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death.In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later.In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.In 1968, three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.In 1973, Senate leaders named seven mem-bers of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal, including its chairman, Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C.In 1984, the Winter Olympics opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.In 1989, 144 people were killed when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.Ten years ago: President George W. Bush denied marching America into war against Iraq under false pretenses and said in a taped interview broadcast on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the U.S.-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nucle-ar weapon. The National Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the American Conference 55-52. In the National Hockey League All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 6-4. At the Grammy Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for “Speakerboxxx-The Love Below” and Beyonce took home a record-tying five trophies.Five years ago: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won five Grammys, including album of the year, for “Raising Sand.” R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat (he was later sentenced to five years of probation for beating his longtime girlfriend, singer Rihanna). The NFC rallied to a 30-21 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.One year ago: A massive storm packing hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions began sweeping through the Northeast, dump-ing nearly 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to more than a half a mil-lion customers.Today’s Birthdays: Actor Jack Larson (TV: “Adventures of Superman”) is 86. Composer-conductor John Williams is 82. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 74. Actor Nick Nolte is 73. Comedian Robert Klein is 72. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 71. Singer Ron Tyson is 66. Actress Brooke Adams is 65. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 61. Author John Grisham is 59. Actor Henry Czerny is 55. The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 53. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (The BoDeans) is 53. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 52. Actress Mary McCormack is 45. Rock musi-cian Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 45. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 44. Dance musician Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) is 40. Actor Seth Green is 40. Actor Josh Morrow is 40. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 37. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 29. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 26. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 26. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is 24. Actress Karle Warren is 22.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morn-ing. Then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow accumula-tions generally less than one half inch. Highs 15 to 20. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.
: Cloudy. Snow likely through midnight. Then chance of snow after mid-night. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Not as cold. Lows 10 to 15. South winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south-west after midnight. Chance of snow 70 percent.
: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s. West winds around 10 mph.
: Cold. Mostly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow showers through midnight. Then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 5 to 10 above. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero.
: Partly cloudy. Highs around 15. Lows around 5 below.
: Mostly clear. Highs around 15. Lows near zero.
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s.
: Partly cloudy with a 20 per-cent chance of snow. Lows around 15.
Toledo building owner indicted in firefighter deaths
TOLEDO (AP) — The owner of an Ohio apartment building accused of setting a blaze that killed two firefighters has been indicted on aggravated murder charges that could carry a poten-tial death penalty if he’s convicted.A county grand jury in Toledo indicted Ray Abou-Arab on Friday in the Jan. 26 blaze. He also faces two counts of murder, eight counts of aggra-vated arson and one count of tampering with evidence.A message seeking comment was left for his attorney. The 61-year-old suspect is being held on $5 million bond.Court documents allege Abou-Arab was in a garage at the site of the fire near down-town Toledo just before an apartment resident said she saw the blaze break out.Veteran firefighter Stephen Machcinski and rookie James Dickman were killed.
Weak US jobs report also offers hints of optimism
PAUL WISEMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON — A second straight month of weak job growth renewed concerns Friday that the vigor displayed by the American economy late last year may be gone, at least for the moment.The Labor Department’s monthly employment report showing a tepid gain of 113,000 jobs in January followed December’s puny increase of 75,000 — far below last year’s average monthly gain of 194,000.Yet the report provided some cause for optimism. Solid hiring last month in manufacturing and construction point to underlying strength.And in a healthy sign, more Americans began looking for  jobs, suggesting they were more hopeful about their prospects. A sizable 115,000 formerly unemployed people also said they found jobs. Their hiring reduced the unemployment rate to a sea-sonally adjusted 6.6 percent, the lowest in more than five years.Most economists say they think hiring will strengthen dur-ing 2014 as the economy improves further.Job growth “clearly has downshifted over the past two months,” said Doug Handler, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight. “But we still believe the economic fundamen-tals remain strong and … forecast an acceleration of growth later in the year.”
Driver backs into parked car
A man backed into a parked car in the Speedway parking lot on Fifth Street.Paul Lehmkuhle, 77, of Fort Jennings started to back out of the gas station parking lot and struck a parked vehicle, the own-er’s name was not listed in the report.Both vehicles received light damage.
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Chinese Visitors Part II
Tomorrow morning, our friends from China will leave Northwestern Ohio. They have enjoyed their three week visit with us. It’s been interest-ing to hear some of their impressions of our country, which they will take back to their Asian homeland. If we all get to know each other better, maybe the world would be better off.Of course, we still have those groups in the Middle East who think the rest of us are just a bunch of infi-dels and they are waging war against anyone who does not believe and behave as they do.Most of the time when we think of China, we remember the pictures of The Great Wall of China in our geography books. That was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and remains one of the most amazing feats of mankind. The wall along the northern borders of China is 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) long. With a history of more than 2,000 years some of the sections are in ruins or disappeared. However it is still one of the most appealing attractions of the world. (See more history at the end of this article.)Most of us ordinary citizens of the United States wonder why our US government has borrowed all that money from China and think it should stop. We are also annoyed to find “Made in China” on so many items we purchase. We want to see more of “Made in the USA.”Philosophically, China is under Communist rule and one of their greatest errors is the “one child per family rule,” and forcing women to have an abortion if they find them-selves pregnant with a second child. Some mothers say it makes them “feel” like murderers but they have no choice in the matter, it is forced by the Communist government. Although we have serious differ-ences with the leaders and govern-ment of China, most individuals who live there are good people. During the Olympics, we will all be friends, except for the Islamic terrorists, who continue to wage jihad against all the rest of us, especially against us Americans.During their three-week stay in Northwest Ohio, our Chinese visitors have been given a variety of things to do and places to go. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day being a free day from school, Beth Metzger took her guests to visit the Amish County near Kenton. The Arctic Blast followed and gave them plenty of free snow days. Activities just seemed to fall into place. During their visit to St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos, the kids took a lot of pictures of the massive structure and the beautiful interior.Everyone went to church with Beth on Sunday. During the afternoon, they went for a visit to the Delphos Canal Commission Museum. Lanette Shultz and her daughter, Kenzie Suever, brought their guests over to  join the tour, which was conducted by Marilyn Wagner. They toured all three floors and were not even ready to go home, when 3:30 came. Marilyn said: “For a group of 13-year-olds, they were especially attentive, inter-ested and polite. They all spent Super Bowl Sunday at the Shultz home, where Jane Zhang, the teacher in the group, treated them to lessons in Chinese cooking. A favorite on the menu was the “dumplings.” These delicious little pastries are filled with ground beef (or pork or chicken), leeks, onions, celery, etc.Jane’s son, Jeff, has been a guest in the home of Dr. Earl Lehman, a retired professor of math and engi-neering at Ohio Northern University. Beth was privileged to be included on a tour of the pharmaceutical depart-ment and a special piano concert at the hall.Jane was especially impressed with the St. Vincent de Paul Society during their Saturday morning visit to the group’s “store,” which is locat-ed behind St. John’s Schools. She praised the work they do, with the proceeds used to help the needy.Last Thursday, the group went to Toledo to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was New Year’s Eve and 12, 14 or 16 courses were served. Dumplings are the specialty for that celebration. The Chinese use the lunar calendar and this is the Year of the Horse.
his and That
An Amish buggy on road in front of them, near Kenton. (Photos submitted)Jane, Eileen, Oscar, Dr. Earl Lehman, Jeff and Leo during a visit to Ohio Northern University.Leo is on Bob the horse at the Metzger “ranch.” This year is the Chinese Year of the Horse.See VISITORS, page 10
Governor delays killers upcoming execution
COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday granted an eight-month reprieve to a condemned killer following last month’s execution of an inmate who repeated-ly gasped in the state’s longest lethal-injection procedure.The ruling by Kasich delays until Nov. 19 the execution of Gregory Lott, sentenced to die for setting an 82-year-old man on fire dur-ing a break-in and leaving him to die.Attorneys for Lott have sued in federal court to stop his execution, arguing the Ohio’s new two-drug combination puts him at risk of unnecessary pain and suffering. Lott’s attor-neys also allege Ohio is breaking state and federal laws because it has obtained the drugs without a prescription.The reprieve says only that “circumstances exist justifying the grant of a temporary reprieve.”Death row inmate Dennis McGuire, dur-ing his 26-minute execution on Jan. 16, made repeated snorting sounds and opened and shut his mouth several times.McGuire’s family sued the state, arguing the execution was cruel and inhumane. Initial reviews by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction determined written procedures were followed and there is no need to change them.The prisons agency is conducting a longer review looking at what happened during the execution.“Gregory Lott committed a heinous crime for which he will be executed, and his execu-tion is being moved to November 19 as DRC finishes its current review,” Kasich spokes-man Rob Nichols said.Federal public defender Steve Ferrell, rep-resenting Lott, said he was happy with the news and glad the execution wasn’t being rushed.A leading anti-death penalty group praised Kasich’s decision.“The unanswered questions that arose during the execution of Dennis McGuire will require time to address,” said Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions. “The governor’s actions today suggest he wants answers and is taking the appropriate steps while the investigation continues.”
Friend: Defiance family killing suspect was disabled
DEFIANCE (AP) — A Vietnam veter-an suspected of shooting his wife, daugh-ter and granddaughter to death before killing himself at their Ohio home was being treated for war-related disabilities and recently suffered a stroke, a veterans service officer said Friday.The bodies of Robert Garza Sr., 68, and the three family members were discovered Thursday night by Garza’s son, who was checking on the four who were last seen Wednesday afternoon.A handgun apparently used in the shootings was found at the house, Sheriff David Westrick said. The house is in a rural area several miles outside the city of Defiance, located about 60 miles south-west of Toledo.Mike Williams, who works with veter-ans in northwest Ohio’s Defiance County, declined to specify the military service-related disabilities suffered by Garza.Williams said he didn’t think Garza had filed for disability related to Agent Orange. Family members told investi-gators that Garza had expressed con-cerns about exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, the sheriff said.There was no immediate determination if health problems prompted the rampage, Westrick said.Williams knew Garza as a client and friend who was proud of his Vietnam service. He said he hadn’t seen the retired factory worker since September but knew of no reason why he might become vio-lent.“I knew he had issues, but if someone said he would have been capable of this, I’d say, ‘No way,’” Williams said. “I am  just plain flabbergasted.”Officials identified the others shot as Garza’s wife, Christine Garza, 61; their daughter, Zoila Garza, 42; and a grand-daughter, 15-year-old Rebecca Garza.Westrick said the bodies of two of the family members were found in one room and two in another. He declined to be more specific about the scene or indicate how many times each was shot.
Tree seedling order forms available
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VAN WERT — The Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District has begun taking orders for tree seedlings. The seedlings are available in packets of 10 at a minimal cost. Orders will be accepted until March 14.The following seed-ling species are available: American Arborvitae, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Arrowwood, Bald Cypress, Black Chokeberry, Common Lilac, Forsythia, Pin Oak, Red Maple, Sawtooth Oak and Sweet Gum.Special assorted packets that are available:Homeowner Packet, which consists of two of the following: Black Chokeberry, Common Lilac, Pin Oak, Arrowwood or Forsythia.Three seed pack-ets are available. They include: Wildflower Seed, Hummingbird Seed and Bird and Butterfly Seed. The one ounce Wildflower Seed con-tains 10-12 different annual and 10-12 different peren-nial species adapted for this area and will cover 250 square feet. Half an ounce Hummingbird Seed contains four-six different annual and four-six different perennial varieties and will cover 150 square feet. The one ounce Bird and Butterfly Seed contains seven-nine differ-ent annual and seven-nine different perennial varieties and will cover 250 square feet.This program is open to the public. Order forms are available in the SWCD office, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert, or by call-ing 419-238-9591. Orders will be accepted until March 14. The delivery date is mid April. Payment (cash/check) is required when placing the order.

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