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Upfront
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Religion 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World news 10
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Friday, March 28, 2014
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Curves makes annual donation to food pantries
Members of Delphos Curves completed the annual food drive Thursday by delivering more than 1,400 pounds of canned goods, dry goods and other food items to the Inter-faith Thrift Shop and St. Vincent dePaul Society food pantries. Curves owner Amy Mox, left, and mem-bers Vivian Thompson, Diane Van Cleave, Ginny Disalle and Bea Miller made the deliveries. Now in its 16th year, the Curves Food Drive has gathered and donated more than 75 million pounds of food to benefit local community food banks. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
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LIMA — The League of Women Voters of the Lima Area hosted a health care forum Wednesday night at the Lima Red Cross Building where panel members offered their perspec-tives on the health care system and answered questions regarding the changing system.Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Wilfred Ellis and Stolly Insurance Agent Randee Henson both spoke on the accountable care organiza-tion’s systematic approach to best practices by using the cognitive com-puting of Watson, a super computer that processes information and makes hypothesis based on evidence or out-come data.According to USA Today, the Watson-based applications help diag-nose cancer and manage health insur-ance decisions and claims by taking advantage of the speed, huge database and language skill of the computer. The user accesses Watson through a tablet or computer. Watson quickly compares a patient’s medical records to what it has learned and makes sev-eral recommendations in decreasing order of confidence.In the cancer program, the com-puter will consider what treatment is most likely to succeed. In the insur-ance program, it will consider what treatment should be authorized for payment.“Health care is becoming outcome-based medicine and accountable-care organizations are geared toward reim-bursement,” Henson said.
Watson data drives hospital best practices
Wednesday evening the League of Woman Voters of the Lima Area hosted a health care forum where Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Wilfred Ellis, left, and Stolly Insurance Agent Randee Henson spoke on their perspectives on the healthcare system and navi-gating the changing system.
Absentee voting begins Tuesday
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COLUMBUS — Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that absen-tee voting begins Tuesday for the 2014 Primary Election. Ohioans will vote on primary races for a number of statewide and local candidates, as well as decide the outcome of a statewide ballot issue and more than 600 local issues.
 Election ballot issues
Voters can review the ballot language and summary for State Issue 1: Capital Improvements — General Obligation Bonds online. Information on the 614 local issues on the ballot, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments, is available.
 Absentee voting by mail
Voters wanting to cast an absentee ballot by mail have until noon on May 3 to request an absentee ballot by con-tacting their county board of elections for more information, or by download-ing an absentee ballot request form at MyOhioVote.com.
Beginning Tuesday, boards will mail out absentee ballots to those who have requested them. Voters must complete, sign and seal their voted ballots, tak-ing care to provide the required infor-mation, including proper identification. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than the 10th day after the election (May 16). Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to boards of elections no later than the close of the polls on Election Day. They may not be returned at polling locations
.Cloudy today with a chance of showers and snow this morn-ing. Partly cloudy this after-noon and tonight. Highs in the lower 50s and lows in the lower 30s. See page 2.
Looking for WWII vets for Honor Flight
BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — Our country is losing World War II veterans at an alarming rate,and Van Wert County Veterans Services Officer Barry Johns is leading an effort to gather local vets to participate in Honor Flight. The flights take groups of veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their monuments in the nation’s capital.“I’m trying to get the World War II vets who haven’t seen their memorial to D.C., to see it, and to get the Korea and Vietnam veter-ans to sign up so they can get on the list and get a chance to go and not waiting until the last minute and be left wishing they would have went,” stated Johns.In the past, veterans from this area have departed from Toledo, Fort Wayne and Dayton, but one option will not be available in 2015.“There have been some rule changes with Toledo,” Johns reported. “Toledo is closing down after this year. Two of their flights are already booked. The April and May flights are already booked.”That leaves only the June 18 and the Sept. 24 flights from Toledo. Johns is hoping to get several World War II vets from the area to take part in one of the flights. He wants to hear from locals by April 11.
See VOTING, page 10See FLIGHT, page 10See HEALTHCARE, page 10
 Delphos City Schools talent show Saturday
Franklin Elementary School third-grader Tyler Dellinger, above, is one of 30 students participating in the Delphos City Schools PTO Amateur Show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium. A total of 19 acts will be offered, including singing, dancing and more. Admission is $1 for adults and students are free. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Relay committee ‘Girls’ Night Out’
The Relay for Life Committee will offer a “Girls’ Night Out” from 6:30-9 p.m. April 10 at Kathy Ann’s Boutique.Tickets are free and can be obtained from com-mittee members, at First Federal Bank or Kathy Ann’s. Advance ticket holders will be entered into a special drawing.Wine, snacks, door prizes and raffles will be offered throughout the evening.Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the Delphos Relay for Life.
City schools to hold town hall
Delphos City Schools will hold a town hall forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school cafeteria for anyone that would like to ask ques-tions about the district. Superintendent Kevin Wolf; Principals Mark Fuerst, Doug Westrick and John Edinger; Treasurer Brad Rostorfer; and Technology Coordinator Josh McElroy will be in attendance.
Auxiliary to hold quarter auction
The Fort Jennings Showman 4-H Club will be assisting the Fort Jennings American Legion Auxiliary with its Quarter Auction as a community service project. The Auxiliary is hold-ing the auction at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Legion hall. Concessions will also be served.The Delphos Union Bank Relay for Life team will host the 12th annual Trivia Challenge at 8 p.m. on April 18 at the Delphos Eagles Lodge.Teams consist of 8-10 members who collaborate together to answer on paper 10 rounds of questions in a variety of categories. A $10 donation is collected from each team member.To pre-register or for more information, call Doris Neumeier at 419-692-3382, Margie Rostorfer at 419-692-5106 or The Union Bank Company at 419-692-2010.
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Today is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2014. There are 278 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On March 28, 1939, the Spanish Civil War neared its end as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.On this date:In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immi-grants was a U.S. citizen.In 1914, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Edmund Muskie was born in Rumford, Maine.In 1930, the names of the Turkish cit-ies of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, pre-miered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.In 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif.In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C. at age 78.In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.In 1990, President George H.W. Bush pre-sented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.In 1994, absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco died in Paris at age 84.Ten years ago: French President Jacques Chirac’s government suffered stinging defeats in regional elections seen as a vote of censure against painful economic reforms. Actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov died in Genolier, Switzerland, at age 82. Game show host Art James died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 74.Five years ago: Fears in Fargo, N.D., of a catastrophic flood eased with word that the surging Red River had crested at lower-than-expected levels. Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries switched off nones-sential lights for Earth Hour to highlight the threat of climate change. Thousands of people marched through European cities to demand jobs, economic justice and environ-mental accountability. Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth, ending a 13-day voyage to install a pair of solar wings on the international space station. Film composer Maurice Jarre, 84, died in Malibu, Calif.One year ago: President Barack Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers who’d lost their children to guns, urged lawmakers not to “get squishy” in the face of power-ful forces against gun control legislation. Anxious Cypriots waited in long lines to get at their accounts after banks opened for the first time in nearly two weeks following an international bailout to save the country’s financial system. Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates, including two young women, at a juvenile detention center in a surprising departure from church rules that restricted the Holy Thursday ritual to men. British actor Richard Griffiths, 65, remembered by movie fans for being grumpy Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” movies, died in Coventry, England.Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 86. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 73. Movie director Mike Newell is 72. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 71. Actor Ken Howard is 70. Actress Dianne Wiest is 66. Country singer Reba McEntire is 59. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 56. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 48. Actress Tracey Needham is 47. Actor Max Perlich is 46. Movie director Brett Ratner is 45. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 45. Actor Vince Vaughn is 44. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 43. Actor Ken L. is 41. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is 41. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 38. Actress Annie Wersching is 37. Actress Julia Stiles is 33. Singer Lady Gaga is 28.
WARNECKE, 
 Richard H. “Popeye”, 80, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, with viewing one hour prior to the Mass at the church, Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memo-rials are to Relay for Life Cancer Fund or St. Rita’s Hospice.
ELLERBROCK, 
 Robert L. “Bingo Bob” of Ottawa, Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. today at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Father Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial con-tributions may be given to the Ellerbrock family or to the Parkinson’s Association. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuner-alhome.com.
ROMER, 
 Albert H., 81, of St. Henry, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on today at St. Henry Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Henry Cemetery. Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. on today at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry. Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences may be left at hogenkampfh.com.
DICKREDE, 
 Kenneth J., 75, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Frances. To leave online condolences, visit www.hart-erandschier.com.
SCHWINNEN, 
 Irma L., 82, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flow-ers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Equestrian Therapy Program in Cridersville or a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfu-neralhome.com.
HAMILTON, 
 Mark A., 50, of Elida, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck. A luncheon celebrating Mark’s life will immediately follow at the VFW Hall, Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condo-lences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY
: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of show-ers and snow showers in the morning. Then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 15 mph in the after-noon.
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: Partly cloudy through midnight. Then mostly cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of rain and snow after midnight. Colder. Lows in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.
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: Rain likely. Possibly mixed with snow. Highs in the lower 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.Wheat $6.84Corn $4.57Soybeans $14.55
Officers complete advanced training
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LEXINGTON – Twenty-two officers from 10 agencies completed advanced emergency vehicle operations training Wednesday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Law enforcement officers from around the state were able to put their skills to the test at Mid-Ohio’s premier 2.4-mile, 15-turn road race course.Using law enforcement casino training funds, Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructors, along with veteran race car drivers, designed the training to heighten the skill level of officers around the state to operate a patrol vehicle in the most efficient and safest manner possible. The six-hour training incorporated both classroom instruction and practical exercises.“The leading cause of on-duty deaths of law enforcement officers nationally is automobile-related traffic crashes,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. Driving skills are perishable. This advanced training provides officers from across Ohio the opportunity to improve their skills.Before these casino law enforcement training funds were available, it was the responsibility of the individual agencies to incur the cost of sending officers to advanced training opportuni-ties like this.Allen County Sheriff’s Office participants included William Dickerson and Andre McConnahea.
One Year Ago
Maverick Media of Lima LLC has announced the sale of its five local radio stations to Childers Media Group LLC (pending FCC approval). Those five stations include: 92.1 The Frog (WFGF), 93.1 The Fan (WWSR), 107.1 (WDOH), 104.9 The Eagle (WEGE), and 940 WCIT.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Norman E. (Si) Powell, 73, of Delphos, died March 27 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Powell was former owner of Si Powell’s Store, retiring from the store in 1981. He presently was a wholesaler and retailer of confections. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035, Delphos, American Legion Post 268, Ohio Polka Boosters Association and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.Delphos Emergency Medical Service was pre-sented a $1,037 check Monday by Don Winkler, manager of Terry Swaney, 222 N. Canal St. The funds were raised by a chicken barbecue hosted by the car dealership. Neumeier’s Deli prepared the food. The EMS volunteers have cur-rently raised $20,050 toward a new or refurbished ambulance.Tony Odenweller of Delphos has been named to the dean’s list at Ohio State University, Columbus. He is a junior majoring in industrial technology and is the son of Richard and Karen Odenweller of Delphos. Grandparents are Tom and Bea Odenweller of Delphos.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Working in Delphos on the Easter Seal drive sponsored by Allen County Society for Crippled Children and Adults are Mrs. Dean Mollenkopf, Mary Ellen Gerdeman, Mrs. Robert Schuerman, Mrs. Keith Kiggins, Lynn Griffis, Mrs. Kenneth Buettner, Mrs. Darrell Wieging, Mrs. Don Macwhinney and Janice Wanamaker. Mrs. Walter Wolery is chairman of the drive in Delphos.Crescent Temple No. 50, Pythian Sisters, held a regular meeting Tuesday evening in the K of P Hall and after the meeting, conducted a practice session for the coming inspection of the organi-zation. Refreshments were served in the dining room after Tuesday night’s session. Hostesses were Mrs. Ed Gabel and Mrs. Winfred Teman.Delphos Evangelical United Brethren Church will observe Maundy Thursday with candlelight Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m. the Rev. Walter Marks will speak on the subject, “Do No Forget.” Special music will include a duet to be sung by Mrs. James Cross and Mrs. Richard Stose. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Cross, will sing and will be accompanied by Mrs. George Patton at the organ.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Four students of the shorthand class at St. John’s High School have received honorable mention gold pins in the 1989 International O.G.A. contest. The students so honored are Pauline Ebbeskotte, Evelyn Gremling, Margaret Hoffman and Virginia Mueller. These students were entitled to a Red Seal Superior Merit certificate. Miss Hoffman, the club prize winner, will be given a higher award.Louise Fuerst, North Washington Street, entertained the members of the N.B.C. Club and two guests, Pauline Eversole and Mrs. Frank Rohr, at her home Monday evening. Bunco was played and at the conclusion of the games, Margaret Ostana was high, Mrs. Rohr, second and Mrs. Frank Kriscamp, consoled. Awards were presented the guests. On April 19, Mrs. Charles Dunn, East Sixth Street, will entertain at her home.A large attendance marked the monthly meet-ing of the Young Ladies Sodality of St. John’s Church held in the school Monday evening. Helen Moenter, prefect, named a committee to submit an outline of activity for future meetings. The next meeting will be in two weeks. Martha Stallkamp, Betty Scherger, Dorothy Weger and Patricia Heyser are to present a discussion on “Why at One Time Were There Three Popes?”CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Boston mourns two firefighters killed in blaze
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BOSTON — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in his blood.The smoke from a wind-whipped fire had dissipated Thursday, but a palpable sad-ness hung over the city as tributes poured in for Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh, the two firefighters who died after becoming trapped in a basement in a brownstone apartment building.The cause of Wednesday’s fire, which also sent more than a dozen other firefighters and several police officers to hos-pitals, was unknown. Steve MacDonald, a fire department spokesman, said a conclusion could be months away.Outside Engine 33/Ladder 15, the station where Walsh and Kennedy worked, people stopped to pay their respects, some crying, others praying. Flowers were draped on the fire alarm outside the brick building and piles of bouquets accumulated.Firefighters continued their work.“Life goes on,” Dennis Costin said as alarms went off at the station. “It’s all we can do.”Kennedy, 33, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 and was on active duty for six years, including a deployment to Iraq, before joining the fire department in 2007.In April, he was among the first responders to the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, just a few blocks from the station.“He was devastated by it. He told us about helping to hold someone together, someone with bad injuries,” said Shelley White, the general manager of Personalized Fitness, a health and wellness center where Kennedy also worked as a coach in the CrossFit Together program.Kennedy wrote an essay to earn a spot in the marathon this year and had been training with other firefighters planning to run in the April 21 race, said Gov. Deval Patrick, who was among those who stopped by the station Thursday.Walsh, whose three chil-dren are all younger than 10, was a devoted family man who was physically imposing yet reserved, friends said.“He wasn’t one of these rah-rah guys, but he just had a presence about him,” said John Tobin, a Northeastern University administrator who lives a few streets from Walsh’s family in the city’s West Roxbury neighborhood.
 
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BLUFFTON — Tickets are on sale for Bluffton University’s May Day-weekend production of the musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, to be staged May 1-3 in Founders Hall. Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an assistant professor of music, is music director/conductor. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. nightly; tickets, $13 for reserved seats and $5 for general-admission bleacher seats, are available online at http://tick-ets.bluffton.edu or, beginning Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. weekdays at the Sommer Center box office.In the 1962 Pulitzer Prize-winning show, ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch makes his way from lowly win-dow washer to corporate executive by consulting the handbook “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Through infectious music and clever dialogue, the musical satirizes nepotism, yes-men, gender stereotypes in the workplace and power-hungry corporate climbers.The cast of more than 20 includes Eliot Nofziger, a senior from Archbold, as Finch and Amanda Bartel, a sopho-more from Iowa City, Iowa, as the female lead, Rosemary.Lydia Speicher, a Bluffton senior from Marysville, is the stage manager for the show. Mervin Schrock is techni-cal director and the costume designer is Joan Bauer. Cathy Stratford is the accompanist.
Triathlon to be held in Bluffton
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BLUFFTON — The first “Be A Beaver” Triathlon is set for May 31 in Bluffton.Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, the event will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.Participants may register online at www.3disciplines.com through May 29. Cost for individuals is $50 until April 30 and $60 beginning May 1; for relay teams, it is $100 regardless of the date.On-site registration will then be available at the pool on May 30, with prices $10 higher, and from 6-7:30 a.m. on the day of the triath-lon, with prices $20 higher. Individuals may also register on site for any one of the three triathlon disciplines at a cost of $25.Proceeds will help the uni-versity’s cross country and track and field teams cover their costs to attend out-of-state invitational meets.Triathlon organizers want to introduce the sport to the region and to encourage fit-ness and healthy lifestyles in the Bluffton community. Participants will receive an event shirt and finishers’ mementos will be presented, along with awards to the top three finishers in each age group. There will be profes-sional chip timing with results available online afterward.Community partners for the event are the village of Bluffton and the community pool.
Church hosts community meal,  Easter egg hunt 
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ELIDA — Immanuel United Methodist Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 4 p.m. April 13.Illusionist and comedian Larry Wirtz will be with us followed by the Easter Egg Hunt.Immediately following these activities, our monthly community meal will be held. The menu will be Frito pie, hot dog sandwiches, carrots, celery, cookies and Jell-O.This event is open to the public and we would love to have you join us! Bring your friends and neighbors to this fun, family event. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the church at 419-331-2366.The Immanuel United Methodist Church is located at 699 Sunnydale Avenue, Elida.
Special Olympians compete at state
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VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Special Olympic Basketball Skills team traveled to Bowling Green to participate in state competition this past weekend. The event was held at Bowling Green High School, home of the Bobcats.Athletes com-peted in three events, including dribbling, wall pass and shooting baskets.Bringing home the gold were Chris Murray and Scott Bates; silver went to Jackie Worthington, Jill Krugh, Sharon Mosier, Jennifer Dotson and Jason Benner; and bronze went to Nicole Recker and Francis Smith. Fourth-place ribbons were awarded to Megan Dettrow, Niki Orskog, Laura Johnson and J.P Cox and fifth-place ribbons went to Michele Lichtle and Tracy Prior.Coaches Patty Cox, Lisa Cox and Sue Lichtle would like to thank bus driver Shirley Etzler for getting partici-pants safely to and from the event. A special thanks goes out to the Van Wert County Foundation and the local Moose lodge for their continued support of this athletic program.
 Electrical Safety workshop at  Rhodes State
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LIMA — Rhodes State College, in conjunction with the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), will hold an 8-hour NFPA 70E Electrical Safety workshop on April 25.Outline of this program:- Why Electrical Safety?- Shock Hazard Analysis- Arc Flash Hazard Analysis- Secondary Injuries from Shock/Arc Flash- Qualified Electrical Person- Lockout/TagoutFor more information, con-tact Rhodes State College, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima OH 45804 at 419-995-8406.
Prison guards union seeks additional officers
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio prisons need an additional 400 guards, the union representing corrections officers said Thursday as it warned that serious inmate assaults on officers are at a seven-year high.An upcoming state budget proposal to add 83 officers at three individual prisons is not enough to keep guards from being injured and costing the state in workers’ comp payouts and overtime costs, the union said. Forty-six offi-cers suffered serious attacks last year, accord-ing to the union.“Too many correctional officers are getting hurt because of the understaffing, and they’re getting hurt badly,” said Christopher Mabe, president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Union and a guard at Lorain Correctional Institution.The union says that while the overall rate of assaults on staff has declined, the major assault rate has at its highest in seven years — a span that has seen nearly 850 guard positions cut. Mabe said the last time the assault rate went down was in 2008, when the state added 57 officers.The state’s prison budget proposal asks for 293 new employees, including the 83 guards but also social workers, parole officers, psy-chologists, nurses and mental health adminis-trators, among others.The state shares the union’s concerns about guard safety and has zero tolerance for assaults on inmates, said Ricky Seyfang, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman.Achieving that requires a collaborative effort of all prison employees, she said.“We also believe providing offenders with additional access to programming, medical and mental health services reduces violence and equips the offenders with the skills necessary to successfully return to society,” Seyfang said.The state has about 50,400 inmates and about 6,400 guards, a ratio of 7.1 inmates per guard. The 83 new guards would be placed at prisons in Mansfield, Toledo — site of a recent rise in inmate violence — and Chillicothe.Jeffrey Cavendish, 29, a guard at Noble Correctional Institution in southern Ohio, said he lost eight weeks of work after an inmate punched him in the face several times in the prison cafeteria.Monica Meade, 37, a guard at Trumbull Correctional Institution in northeast Ohio, was on a second-floor unit when an inmate tried to throw her over the balcony. After she resisted, she was punched in the face three times, losing three months of work from her injuries. She debated finding new work — she is a single mother of three children — but decided she couldn’t let one incident end her career.Nevertheless, she is more aware of her sur-roundings now.“The fear itself that something might hap-pen like that again is always there,” Meade said.The state has recently created a three-tier system that moved thousands of violent inmates to higher-security units. It has also tried to reduce its growing inmate population by focusing on community alternatives and rehabilitation programs designed to prevent former inmates from committing new crimes.The prisons agency is also working on educating judges about “risk reduction” sen-tencing that would allow many nonviolent felons to be released from prison after serv-ing at least 80 percent of their sentence.
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Gangs of West Side Story to meet on NPAC stage
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VAN WERT — The Jets and Sharks of the West Side Story are making their way to rumble on the Niswonger stage May 11. This Tony-Award winning Broadway show will entertain at two different show times on Mother’s Day. The daytime performance will start at 2 p.m. with an evening performance fol-lowing at 7:30 p.m. The West Side Story Broadway is known as the greatest love story in Broadway history and remains powerfully mod-ern as ever! The smash hits of the American musical theatre feature “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and many other memorable classics.John Lahr from The New Yorker calls this revamped Broadway “Bold, fresh and transcendent,” USA Today says West Side Story is “a spine-tingling score of rapturous melodies” and Associated Press raves about “Broadway’s best dance-driven musical.”With reviews like these, there is no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.Tickets for this once in a lifetime performance are available today. The Niswonger box office is open from noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit in person at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert; call 419 238-6722; or buy online at NPACVW.org.

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