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BY CHRISSY ELWERMission Society Co-Advisor
The junior and senior members of the St. John’s Mission Society and their chaperones recently traveled to McKee, Kentucky, to per-form works of service for the elderly and the many families suffering the effects of poverty in that region.The group is hosted by St. Paul’s Catholic Mission and lodged at Camp Andrew Jackson, a partner in the Christian Appalachia Project.Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, McKee boasts a population of only 878 people, although it is the largest commu-nity in Jackson County. They are notorious for averaging the lowest income per family in the state at $12,857. However, the tough economic situation of these citizens did not damper their warm southern hospitality and spirit.One of the largest projects completed dur-ing the four-day trip was the construction of a wheelchair ramp for a man who lived by him-self in a log cabin he had built. In recent years, he suffered a stroke and heart attack, thus limit-ing his physical mobility. Much of the time, he was housebound without any visitors, living deep in the backwoods.Junior Zach Gable commented on his efforts with the ramp.“I not only appreciated his (Carl’s) welcome-ness but also his faith-centered life,” Gable said. “I believe he will benefit so much — not only from our labor — but our visit, too.”Another important project was creating a large garden for a young family of five so they could not only use the produce for food but hopefully sell some fruits and vegetables at the local farmer’s market for profit. One of the students working on this job site was senior Samantha Bonifas.“Tilling was hard work and all of the digging and bending over made me wonder how garden-ing was a hobby for some people. Yet when it was all over and I saw little Devin (their son) get-ting excited about the crops, it was then I knew we planted a future for that family,” she said.Service was not just limited to physical labor. One of the two mornings, volunteers went to visit individuals staying at the Horizon Adult Day Care Center. This facility allows families of elderly or special-needs adults to go to work during the day, knowing their loved ones are in good hands. Students and chaperones played cards, pool or corn hole with residents. They also visited and made crafts. Special friendships were made at the center.Many other tasks were accomplished on the trip, such as painting a house and cleaning apartments in a retirement complex.Mission Society President Maddie Burgei summarized the trip.
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Friday, May 9, 2014
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BY ED GEBERTTimes Bulletin Editornews@delphosherald.com
VAN WERT — In the end it apparently was not such a good idea after all. At his arraign-ment hearing on Wednesday, Robert Fishbein, 50, had requested that he act as his own attor-ney for his case. Fishbein, the former CEO of I & K Distributing, formerly of Delphos, recon-sidered when his case reconvened Thursday morning.Fishbein explained, “Your honor, I had just seen the indictment 10 minutes prior to coming in here. I was just kind of taking it all in and I was thinking about various types of things I wanted to do but after further consideration, it would probably be in my best interest to take on counsel.”Judge Charles D. Steele agreed and appoint-ed Ryan Warnecke to serve as Fishbein’s defense attorney. Fishbein pleaded not guilty to the eight fifth-degree felony counts of violating a civil protective order. A pretrial hearing in his case has been scheduled for Wednesday.Fishbein has been held in prison in Lancaster on a three-year sentence for intimidation of a witness and telephone harassment of a female former employee back in 2012. He told the court Thursday that he is due to be released this fall. The release date could be pushed back if Fishbein is found guilty of any of the eight counts against him.Three years ago, Fishbein was charged with 21 felony and two misdemeanor counts of tele-communications harassment, stemming from making 300-400 telephone calls to the then-22-year-old, with some of those calls being threatening in nature. At one point, Fishbein was released on bond with the stipulation that he was not allowed to use the telephone unless another person placed the call and monitored the conversation. Minutes after those conditions were explained to him, Fishbein was observed by court offi-cials in the lobby outside the courtroom talking on a cell phone. His bond was then revoked and he was held in jail until he was sentenced.
Fishbein asks for public defender
Nine member of St. John’s High School Mission Society and six chaperones recently traveled to McKee, Kentucky, to perform works of service. (Submitted photo)St. John’s Mission Society member Nick Bockey, left, works with a parishioner  from Appalachia on setting posts for a wheelchair ramp. (Submitted photo)
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The Delphos Discount Drugs Relay for Life team will host a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the store.Events include free blood sugar and blood pressure testing by ONU pharmacy students; free height, weight and Body Mass Index checks by Shelley Kreeger from Van Wert County Hospital and Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center; a cook-out with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water and pop; a bake sale; and a 50-50 drawing.Upon completion of all testing, register to win one of four gift certificates (three to Delphos Discount Drugs and one free month to the Gaylord Center).
Drug store Relay team to host Health Fair
The K&M Tire Kruisin’ For a Miracle Relay for Life Team offer a brat dinner from 4-7 p.m. on May 19.Tickets need to be pur-chased by today by calling 419-695-1061. The meal consist of one or two brats, chips, pasta salad and a cookie. Meals are $4 for one brat; and $5.50 for two.Meals are carry-out only. Dinners can be picked up in the parking lot on the south side of K&M Tire.
Kruisin’ for a Miracle offers brat dinner
Showers and thunderstorms likely today and tonight. Windy. Highs in the mid-70s. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation 60-70 percent. See page 2
Robert Fishbein, former CEO of I & K Distributing in Delphos, enters the courtroom Thursday morning in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Fishbein was arraigned on eight fifth-degree felony counts of violating a civil protective order, to which he pleaded not guilty. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Veterans ID cards now available
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Barry Johns, the Van Wert County Veterans Service Officer, and Kim Hughes, the Van Wert County Recorder, are pleased to announce a new initiative benefiting our Van Wert County Military Veterans. Honorably discharged veter-ans will soon be able to obtain an identification card through these two offices. This card will display a picture of the veteran as well as various information regarding his or her service to our country.In Ohio, the office of the county recorder is responsible for maintaining veterans’ military service discharge records, known as a DD214 form. In order to receive an ID card, the veteran must first record this form in the Van Wert County Recorder’s Office. There is no fee to record a DD214 form.Once the veteran’s ID card is issued, it can be used as proof of military service, and to obtain discounts at par-ticipating retail and commercial businesses. In some cases, it may be used as a form of identification for other purposes. No date has been set for the implementation of this program. There will be more information available at a later date.On Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and once again the carriers at the Delphos Post Office will be participating.Approximately 50 million people in this country live in homes that lack sufficient food to feed them, with one in three being a child. A lot of those people live right here in Delphos and that number increases every year.All customers, both within the city of Delphos and the surrounding rural routes, are asked to place their non-perishable food donations, including baby food and pet food , by their mailbox, or in some instances at the place designated for their mail delivery, and the city carriers will pick them up at their normal delivery times. Rural route customers are asked to either hang them from their mailbox or place inside their box with the flag raised and your rural carrier will collect it.There will also be a box located in the lobby of the Post Office for those who wish to drop their donation off there.This year all donations will be divided equally between the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Interfaith Thrift Shop, both located here in Delphos.Last year the Delphos community contributed 1,860 pounds of food, bringing the total collected to more than three tons just in the past three years.
Letter carriers annual food drive Saturday
Jefferson, St. John’s hosting first-round sec-tional baseball
As part of the new OHSAA playoff format, Jefferson and St. John’s are hosting the first round of their respective sectional baseball contests Saturday, with a noon first pitch.The Blue Jays are hosting Lincolnview and Jefferson is at home versus Paulding.Since it is sectional action, admission will be charged: adults $6 and students $4.
Baseball (5 p.m.): St. John’s at Versailles (MAC); Ottoville at Lincolnview; Fort Jennings at Continental (PCL); Spencerville at St. Marys; Miller City at Kalida (PCL).Softball (5 p.m.): Spencerville at New Bremen; Elida at Perry.Track and Field: PCL at Columbus Grove, 4 p.m.
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Send us the names of ACTIVE military personnel as well as where they are serving, spouse and/or parents’ name to the Herald by May 19. Send info by email to: nspencer@delphosherald.commail to: The Delphos Herald, 405 N. Main St., Delphos OH 45833or drop off at the office.
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 Dale D., 54, of Delphos, a graveside ser-vice will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. To leave condolences for the family, please go to www.harterand-schier.com.
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VAN WERT — On May 2 and 3, Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers and officers from the Van Wert Police Department, partnered in a  joint effort to contribute to a safer Ohio.During this partnership, law enforcement officers worked together in an effort to save lives and reduce crash causing violations.During this joint effort, over 200 traffic stops were conducted. Those traffic stops resulted in over 120 traffic safety reminders and over 80 enforcement contacts. Officers initiated eight OVI arrests, seven driving under suspension arrests, 30 seat belt arrests and three child restraints arrests, issued over 17 misdemeanor drug arrests and one felony drug arrest.An additional five misde-meanor criminal arrests were made. In addition, officers from the Van Wert Police Department served three war-rants.
One Year Ago
Fort Jennings Catholic Ladies of Columbia Council 88 recently presented a $1,000 check to Putnam County Right to Life. Donations were collected after weekend Masses April 27 and 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. CLC President Shelley Hoersten presented the check to Right to Life President Maryjane Stechschulte and CLC Treasurer Elaine Wehri.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Lyle and Myrna Heller, co-presidents of the Delphos Parent-Teacher Organization, announced that the PTO honored teach-ers Tuesday in the Delphos Public School District. Teachers receiving awards were Jerry Mueller, third-grade teacher at Landeck; Pat Poling, kindergarten teacher at Franklin School; Laura Osburn, sixth-grade teacher at the middle school; and David Whittington, biology teacher at the high school.Spencerville pushed an unearned run home in the sixth inning to edge Jefferson 1-0 in Class A girls sectional tour-nament play Monday at Convoy. Winning pitcher Doris Brotherwood allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two. Spencerville’s hits consisted of a Kerry Barnett triple and singles by Mary Bayliff, Brotherwood, Rene Virgo and Angie Kahle.Jill D. Etgen, Elida High School, is one of 231 Ohio high school graduating seniors who will share $346,500 in the fed-erally-funded Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. The students were chosen from more than 950 applicants statewide to receive awards of $1,500 each to study at an institution of higher education.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Douglas Harter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harter, has been accepted as a member of the American Youth Band and will tour Europe with the organization this summer. In addition to appearances in London, the band will play in Brussels, Cologne, Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Rabello, Monte Carlo, Lyon and Paris.Members of Psi Chapter, Alpha Delta Omega National Sorority, held an impressive candlelight pledge service Thursday evening in the Janba Room at NuMaude’s Restaurant. Pledges to Psi Chapter were Jane Lloyd and Ruth Gasser. The service was conducted by the chapter president, Mrs. Keith Kiggins, assisted by Mary Ellen Gerdeman.Varsity athletes of four high schools: St. John’s, Jefferson, Ottoville and Fort Jennings will be honored at the fourth annual Knights of Columbus Sports Award Banquet slated for Monday night at the council club rooms on Elida Avenue. The banquet will get underway at 6:30 p.m., according to Gilbert “Gip” Pohlman, chairman of the K of C Youth Activities. Other K of C members on the committee are Ronnie Baumgarte, Roger Lindeman, Paul Metzner, Jerome Pohlman and Mike Schimmoeller.
75 Years Ago – 1939
Members of the Allen County (Delphos) Fair Board were in Columbus Monday in conference with state officials in con-nection with the staging of the annual fair in Delphos. Those who went to Columbus were Ed. Busch, Fred J. Buettner, Ed. Hoelderle, Frank Kurber, Fred Moenter, Henry Lang and Art Wulfhorst.A three-act play entitled “Don’t Darken My Door” will be presented in Jennings Memorial Hall Sunday evening by the students of the senior class. The cast included Edward Klima, Margaret Helmkamp, Robert Rose, Wilma Gerker, John Hohenbrink, Agnes Kohl, Rita Eggeman and Bernadine Berelsman.Mrs. Howard Apger, North Maple Street, was hostess to the members of the Willing Workers Class of the Presbyterian Sunday School and one guest, Doris Rice, at her home Monday evening. Mrs. Earl Scott and Mrs. Samuel Roberts were the assistant hostesses. Mrs. F. W. Knowlton was in charge of the devotions and Mrs. Don Miller gave the lesson.CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Thursday:
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Twisters rouse interest in shelters, safe rooms
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Last year’s tornado season wasn’t the worst in Oklahoma history, either in the number of twisters or the number of lives taken.But the deadly barrage that killed more than 30 people scared Oklahomans in a way that previous storms had not, moving them to add tornado shelters or reinforced safe rooms to their homes.There’s just one problem: The surge of interest in tornado safety has overwhelmed companies that build the shelters, creating long waiting lists and forcing many people to endure the most dangerous part of this season without any added protection.“Pretty much anywhere you go right now, the soonest anyone can install is about mid-June,” said Kayli Phillips, who works in sales and accounting at Norman-based Thunderground Storm Shelters. “We’re booked solid until then.”Thunderground, which opened about two years ago, is part of a booming new industry that has taken shape as more Americans seek to shield their families from severe weather. The demand intensi-fied last year following the series of deadly twisters in central Oklahoma, where a single tornado on May 20, 2013, killed 24 people and destroyed 1,100 homes in Moore.Since then, Moore residents have added about 1,100 basements or shelters, according to city spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey. In all, the city has an estimated 6,000 shelters or basements.In nearby Oklahoma City, more than 8,000 storm shelter permits have been issued since May 2013, according to Kristy Yager, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City. In 2009, just 322 permits were issued.The 2013 tornadoes “pretty much kept us booked up the entire year,” Phillips said.Abby Brown, a sales manager for Edmond, Oklahoma-based GFS Storm Shelters, said there’s always a waiting list for installations, but it generally peaks starting in March, when people begin thinking about the upcoming storm season. The company, which has been in business for four years, installs about 175 shelters a month.“People are thinking about it more. People who have lived in Oklahoma all their lives sometimes may not have ever thought that they needed a storm shelter until last year,” she said.Oklahoma is not the only state where families are confronting their twister fears.After a half-mile-wide tornado hit the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia last month, officials said the death toll of 15 could have been worse if residents had not piled into underground shelters and fortified safe rooms.Alisa Smith, sales manager for Austin, Arkansas-based Tornado Shelters Systems, said the company is working around the clock to keep up with demand. Sales have doubled since last year, to about 300 shel-ters. New customers have to wait six to eight weeks for installation, she said.“I think this tornado scared a lot of mothers,” she said. “There were two little boys lost in the Vilonia storm, so I think a lot of mothers are saying, ‘Forget those granite counter tops or sunroom, let’s put in a shelter’.”It’s not unusual for an episode of severe weath-er to send demand soaring, said Ernst Kiesling, executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association.Just as parts of the central U.S. are seeing an increase now, the South experienced a similar trend in 2011, after twisters killed more than 300, he said.But the shelters and safe rooms don’t come cheap. Pricing is based on a variety of factors, including size, location within the home and the type of door used. The priciest models can cost as much as $14,000. Smaller ones can be had for a few thousand dollars.Some people turn to a lottery-style federal pro-gram that provides matching money for residential shelters. The government offers rebates of up to $2,000 per home. About 10,000 people or fami-lies apply annually for one of about 500 rebates, said Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Other cit-ies and towns may offer their own rebate programs.Jennifer Sweeten and her husband used a refund from their federal taxes to install a shelter in their Oklahoma City home in March 2013.“I thought, ‘How stupid are we to live in Oklahoma without a storm shelter or basement’?” Sweeten said. “We felt like that was the best use of our refund. My husband actually wanted to go on a little vacation, and I said, ‘Nope, we’re getting a storm shelter’.”It’s lucky they did. Two months later, two tor-nadoes swept through the area, and the family took shelter underground.“It gives me great security,” Sweeten said. “I felt like we were prepared, and we were safe, and that was worth great peace of mind.”Prior to last May’s storms, only one neighbor had a storm shelter, Sweeten said. Since then, four more have installed them.Tessa Beaulieu, of Edmond, Oklahoma, made sure the new home she is building with her husband had a shelter. She ordered the shelter in January, and it was installed at the end of April.
Detectives: 4 found dead in Florida home were shot
MIKE SCHNEIDERAssociated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — A man, his wife and their two teenage children were shot before the million-dollar home they were renting burned down in what investigators called arson, a fire perhaps exacerbated by fireworks and gasoline, authorities said Thursday.Autopsies were still being complet-ed to determine how they died, but investigators have said they are looking into the possibility of a murder-suicide. Authorities recovered a gun at the home registered to Darrin Campbell and he bought an “exceedingly large amount” of fireworks and gas cans days before the fire, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski said.Authorities still have not positively identified the bodies, but the family has not been accounted for and a relative said they were inside the home when it burned.As flames shot through the roof Wednesday morning, neighbors report-ed explosions, presumably hearing fire-works go off inside. Authorities have not indicated who may have started the fire or why.Campbell bought $650 of fireworks on Sunday and authorities said fire-works were found throughout the five-bedroom home. Still, it wasn’t clear what role the fireworks might have played, though Lusczynski said they could’ve been used to ignite the fire or keep it going.Campbell had been an executive for several high-profile businesses. He was currently working at a records manage-ment firm and volunteering as trea-surer at his children’s private school. His wife, Kimberly, was a stay-at-home mom, according to her father, Gordon Lambie.The family moved to Tampa more than a decade ago. They sold their home in 2012 for $750,000 and signed a two-year lease for the 6,000 square-foot home owned by former tennis pro James Blake. He bought the home in the Avila community in 2005 for $1.5 million, according to property records.Avila is known for its mansions, heavy security, country club and golf course. Many well-known athletes have called the community home over the years.Lambie said the family wanted to move closer to the children’s school, Carrollwood Day School.Nineteen-year-old Colin Campbell was a talented baseball player who planned to graduate high school next month. His teenage sister, Megan, was a ninth-grader who made an honor roll and took dance lessons.“I’ve lost my entire family,” Lambie said from his Michigan home. “It’s very tough right now because I’m 1,500 miles away.”Campbell bought six packages of firecrackers and about the same number of fireworks designed to shoot into the air, said William Weimer, vice president of Ohio-based Phantom fireworks. He described them as backyard fire-works someone might set off on the Fourth of July.He said the fireworks could have started a fire but it would have spread slowly. The amount of pow-der inside each one was smaller than an aspirin, he said.
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COLUMBUS – As summer camps, fairs, vacations and family picnics take you and your family away to many fun-filled places during the warm weather months, now is a good time to get vaccinated. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reminds Ohioans that immunizations are the most effective way to prevent illness from vaccine-preventable diseases. The ongoing mea-sles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio also serve as a reminder to all Ohioans that they should be up-to-date on immunizations.“Activities that bring large groups of people together can accelerate the spread of these diseases,” said ODH State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. “When coming into close con-tact with sick individuals, immunizations can provide the protection you need to keep from getting ill.”Given the on-going measles and mumps outbreaks, ODH recommends that Ohioans are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the diseases. Symptoms for measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat and a red rash appearing three to five days after the start of the symptoms. Symptoms of mumps include runny nose, cough and swelling of the salivary glands.When individuals are fully vaccinated, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the mea-sles and 88 percent effective in preventing the mumps. Those who are not up-to-date on their immunizations should contact their healthcare provider or local health department and receive the MMR vaccine if there is no medical reason not to do so.ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC. These recommen-dations include vaccination schedules for when individuals (children and adults) should receive their vaccinations.Whether your summer plans include sending the kids to camp or traveling in or out of the country, please be aware that immunizations may be required to protect you and your chil-dren from vaccine-preventable diseases.For more information about measles, mumps and other vaccine-preventable diseases, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov.
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New energy bill delays green targets 2 years
COLUMBUS (AP) — A proposal headed to the Ohio House freezes state-set tar-gets for the amount of energy that utilities must produce from renewable sources such as solar and wind, but stops short of repealing the targets permanently.The closely watched bill cleared the Ohio Senate just after 1 a.m. Thursday, about 15 hours after a compromise was struck. Lawmakers who initially sought to perma-nently freeze phasing in the 7-year-old standards backed off Wednesday.The Republican-led Senate worked with Gov. John Kasich on an alterna-tive that pauses progress on the targets for two years as a legislative committee looks at the issue.Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, noted that amendments of both Republicans and Democrats were accepted in the final version.State Sen. Eric Kearney, the committee’s ranking Democrat, criticized the pro-cess. He said the final ver-sion of the bill was subject to no testimony, and lawmak-ers were pressed to read and analyze its contents before a vote.Questions and answers on the bill as it stands:———Q: What are the targets?A: Under a 2008 law, Ohio utilities were required to pro-duce 12.5 percent of energy from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and cap-tured heat, and 12.5 percent from advanced sources, such as clean coal, by 2025. The law also required companies to help customers reduce electricity use 22 percent by 2025.———Q: What happens to the targets under the Senate bill?A: Targets for advanced energy are eliminated. Targets for renewable energy are frozen for 2015 and 2016 and a condition is eliminated that required at least half of those resources to come from Ohio. The benchmarks will resume as scheduled in 2017 unless lawmakers act on a new study commission’s rec-ommendations before then. The new date for clean ener-gy and efficiency targets to be met is 2027.———Q: What’s the makeup of the study commission?A: 13 members: six from the Ohio House and six from the state Senate, including no more than four of the same political party from either chamber, and the chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.———Q: Are lawmakers required to accept the com-mission’s recommendations?A: No. The bill states that it is the intent of the Legislature in the future to pass legislation reducing tar-gets for energy efficiency, use of renewable energy resources and for reduced peak demand at power plants.
 Assisting the homeless in accessing social security benefits
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PUTNAM COUNTY — The HHWP Community Action Commission has funds to assist the home-less in accessing social security disability bene-fits. Funding and resourc-es are provided by the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio (COHHIO). In order to be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Hardin, Wyandot or Putnam coun-ties, be 18 years of age or older, homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, suffering from a severe physical/mental illness expected to last 12 months or more and are unable to work substantial-ly due to their disability.Once determined eli-gible, the SSI specialist will guide the individual through the application process, assisting in com-pleting forms and gath-ering necessary medical and/collateral informa-tion to send to SSA and the Bureau of Disability Determination. The SSI Specialist will also assist the individual in access-ing community resources needed to meet his/her basic needs to include housing, food, medical, etc., as well as assist indi-viduals in finding a payee to help manage their funds and one-time back award as needed. Marci Sease, SSI Specialist, can be con-tacted for an appointment by calling 419-889-3539 or 1-800-423-4304 or stop in and see her in her new office at the New Hope Ministry Park Office at 13671 W. Pattison Avenue, Kenton, Ohio 43326.
Van Wert Outdoorsmen hosts Ladies Day
The Ladies Day at the Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association was a huge success! There were 30 ladies taking advantage of a day at the range. All participants had instruction in marksmanship, safety, and range etiquette. Specific instruction in 22 caliber rifles and pistols was also a part of the day. The club was aided with a grant from The Friends of the NRA to provide this clinic free to all of the participants. The Outdoorsmen Association is planning an additional Ladies Day later in the year. Check the web page at www.vwoutdoorsmen.ino for the upcoming Ladies Day. (Submitted photo)
Schaufelberger speaks on  finding graves
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VAN WERT — On May 18, the Van Wert County Historical Society will wel-come Larry Schaufelberger as he presents “Finding A Grave.”Are you looking for a grave of a long lost friend, relative, etc.? Schaufelberger will dem-onstrate how to find that grave. Schaufelberger is a retired music teacher with 35 years of experience, 29 at Van Wert High School. He has degrees from Ohio Northern and Ohio State.The lecture will be held at the Van Wert Historical Museum Annex starting at 2 p.m.All are welcome and like always there is no admission charge.
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Report: Ohio leads country in metal thefts
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio continues to lead the nation in metal thefts, with 1,446 insur-ance claims made last year, according to a new report.A National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Wednesday said the state reported more than 4,000 claims from 2011 through 2013 from homes and busi-nesses, nearly all copper thefts.That’s about a third more claims than second-place Texas and about 40 per-cent more than third-place California, according to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1fY9as5). The 1,446 claims last year in Ohio is about flat with the number in 2012 and up from 1,232 in 2011.Thieves have stripped sheets of metal from rooftops, stolen decorations from cem-eteries, ripped apart air con-ditioners for the copper coils and stripped homes of wir-ing and piping, then sold the pieces for scrap.

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