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Classifieds ..........B5-7Comics & Puzzles .B4Real Estate .............A9Local/State ............A3Obituaries ..............A2History ...................A5Sports .................B1-3Today’s World ........A8Weather .................A2
The Crestview Knights baseball team defeated Cincinnati Country Day 8-2 on Friday to win the regional finals. The Knights now head to state.
Readers speak their minds about local topics on the Opinion page. Turn to pages A6-7 to read letters to the editor, thumbs up/down, and columns from our staff. 
 Publication serving Van Wert, Delphos & Area Communities
A vigil for Hannah Wireman was held Friday at Hiestand’s Woods. More than 200 friends, family, and supporters gathered to remember the teen who lost her battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma this week.
alking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
-Helen Keller 
St. Peter Lutheran Church will again be holding the Kids Summer Breakfast Program that is free to all school-age children. The program will start on June 9 and run through Aug. 22. Do-nations are accepted and volun-teers (high school age and up) are encouraged. There will be an informational meeting for all interested in helping at 7 p.m. on Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 422 N. Pierce St.
Bulletin BoardVol. 144, No. 246
A Joint Product of the Times Bulletin and Delphos Herald Newspapers
dhi MEDIA Editoregebert@timesbulletin.com
VAN WERT — Next weekend, Van Wert will come alive with the festivities and excitement of the 2014 Peony Festival. The annual June celebration that dates back to 1932 makes its return beginning Friday, June 6 at 10 a.m. as the Peony Fes-tival Information Booth opens at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets. Also at 10:00, the Optimist Youth Art Show will be open to the pub-lic in Fountain Park. One hour later, the Peony Craft Show will begin and Lunch with the Peony Festival Queen, Chelsea Hancock, will be served at DeShia Country Gift Shop on U.S. 127 South. Downtown will heat up more at noon as the food ven-dors on S. Jefferson Street open for business and the artist exhibits that are a part of ArtRageous on Main begin at Fountain Park.Other highlight events on Fri-day include the Peony Festival Car Show on W. Main Street and the first Friday Night Concert of the season, featuring the feel-good mu-sic of Papa Doo Run Run in Foun-tain Park.Saturday’s schedule is jam-packed with the Kids’ Free Fishing Derby between 9-11 a.m., the YMCA Peo-ny one-mile fun run for kids at 9:30 a.m. and the YMCA Peony Pace 5K Run and Walk beginning at 10 a.m. All these events are being held at Camp Clay.Downtown will be plenty busy as well with Chalk the Walk, kid’s games and inflatables, ArtRageous on Main, the Architectural Tours, the Youth Art Show, Peony Pet Show, the Garden Tours, and the food ven-dors beginning the festival day at 10 a.m. downtown.At 11:00, the Peony Festival Craft Show restarts in Fountain Park, then at 11:30, a group of medieval re-en-actors will give a presentation at the park.A dance performance by Stars by Erin will begin at the band shell at Fountain Park. Saturday afternoon from 1-5:00, the 53rd Annual Jubi-lee Flower Show will be held at the Wassenberg Art Center. The show will also be held Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center’s Artisan Birdhouse Silent Auction begins at 1 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m. This fundraising event will conclude Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Peony Festival Garden Tours will also be held on Sunday from 12-3 p.m.Queen Jubilee XXXIX Chelsea Hancock and her court, as well as the Flowers in Full Bloom, will be hon-ored at the Peony Festival Queen’s Reception at Willow Bend Country Club beginning at 1:30 p.m. Satur-day.The anticipated step-off of the traditional Peony Festival Grand Pa-rade down Washington Street will occur at 5 p.m. After the parade, it’s time for a little 1950s-style honky tonk and rockabilly featuring Blair Carmen who will be playing at Foun-tain Park from 7-9 p.m. This concert is sponsored by the Peony Festival Committee.Probably only a few residents still remember the fields of peonies grown in the area, perhaps a handful of peo-ple recall when the festival was sim-ply Peony Day, and crowds of people ventured to Van Wert to view the flowers, but many, many people re-member the traditions and fun of the Peony Festival and plan to be a part of the 2014 edition on June 6, 7, and 8.
 Van Wert readies for 2014 Peony Festival & ArtRageous on Main
Delphos St. John’s Elementary School students, parents and grandparents spill out of the school Friday afternoon to begin summer vacation. Students were dismissed early. Turn to Page A3 for a St. John’s graduation preview. (dhi MEDIA/Nancy Spencer)
dhi MEDIA Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — With five weeks under his belt as the new Delphos Safety Service Director, Shane Coleman has prioritized his focus on city matters.“I think we’re all looking at the budget and what it means for city operations,” Coleman said Thursday. “We are work-ing with a limited staff and limited hours. Not only are the employees feeling it I know the citizens are to starting to see the effects. We need to get our employees back to full-time hours. They continue to sacrifice and continue to do a great job.”The bottom line for 2014 and beyond are a little trou-bling.“How do we get to a better state?” Coleman asked. “We have to get back to acceptable levels. We are not even meet-ing the minimum standards we set for ourselves.”Coleman also feels every-one’s frustration and impa-tience with the situation at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Failing membranes and sub-standard function of equip-ment has hampered the plant’s efficiency.
Coleman getting to know Delphos and its challenges
This 2013 photo shows the float carrying Queen Jubilee XXXVIII and her court during the Peony Parade. This year’s Peony Festival, featuring Queen Jubilee XXXIX Chelsea Hancock, will be held June 6-8. The 2014 Peony Parade will begin at 5 p.m. on June 7. (dhi MEDIA File Photo)
St. John’s students begin summer vacation Friday 
Latta introduces bill to restrict FCC
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ohio 5th District Congressman Bob Latta says he is out to stop the Federal Communi-cations Commission (FCC) from writ-ing new regulations to control Internet service. On Wednesday, Latta intro-duced a bill in the U.S. House of Repre-sentatives to limit the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband Internet service. The bill was introduced after the FCC released a proposal to reclassify broad-band as a telecommunications service instead as an information service.“In light of the FCC initiating yet another attempt to regulate the Inter-net, upending long-standing precedent and imposing monopoly-era telephone rules and obligations on the 21st Cen-tury broadband marketplace, Con-gress must take action to put an end to this misguided regulatory proposal,” said Latta. “The Internet has remained open and continues to be a powerful engine fueling private enterprise, eco-nomic growth and innovation absent government interference and obstruc-tion. My legislation will provide all participants in the Internet ecosystem the certainty they need to continue investing in broadband networks and services that have been fundamental for job creation, productivity and con-sumer choice.”
Toddler will serve as honorary chair at Delphos Relay 
dhi MEDIA Staff Writernews@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Addison Eickholt acts like a normal 3-year-old. She plays with her toys, wants to play outside in the sun, doesn’t really want to start preschool next year and loves fruit snacks.The only difference between Addison and any other toddler is a scar and why she has it. The scar is the result of a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.Last year in April, when Addison was 2 years-old, her mom, Angela Eickholt, found the lump.“I was scratching her belly and when she turned over I found it on her back, so it was a fluke,” Eickholt said.Eickholt describes Addison as a tomboy and thought she may have fallen or bumped into something as a result of her rambunctious behavior. After the lump did not disappear or change the next couple of days, Eickholt knew Addison needed to go to the doctor.The doctor brought in another doctor and then sent Addison to immediately have blood work done.“We got a phone call at 7:00 that night, which we knew wasn’t a good thing,” Eickholt said.Addison had Wilms’ Tumor, a kidney cancer that primarily affects children.In May 2013, she had surgery to remove it, which was fol-lowed by weekly chemotherapy treatments through October.
Addison Eickholt enjoying the sunshine Thursday afternoon. Addison, 3, was just 2 years-old when her mother found a cancerous lump on her back. (dhi MEDIA/Erin Cox)New Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman poses for a picture at his desk. Coleman is a Van Wert native who has been working as Delphos Safety Service Director for five weeks. (dhi MEDIA/Nancy Spencer)Latta
Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1, 2014
Times Bulletin/Delphos Herald
 TomorrowMonday Todaymostly sunnyeast winds 5 to 15 mphHigh: 84ºLow: 55ºmostly sunny, turning partly cloudy, chance of showers and storms lateHigh: 85ºLow: 68ºshowers and thunderstorms likelyHigh: 83ºLow: 67º
George Agler
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.
Paul Bodkins
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at Christ Memorial Cha-pel, 595 Graafschap Road in Holland, Michigan.
Sharon Coleman
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Alspach-Gearhart Fu-neral Home, Van Wert. Visita-tion will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the funeral home.
Joyce Hirn
A Celebration of Life for Joyce (McCleery) Hirn will occur on Saturday, June 7, 2014, starting at 10 a.m. at Bethel United Method-ist Church, 2493 Mendon Road, Van Wert. This will be followed by lunch, memories, pictures, and fellowship in the church basement.
Gary Keysor
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Van Wert. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.Paul V. Krietemeyer, 78, of Fort Jennings, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial con-tributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuner-alhome.com.
Timothy Markward
A Celebration of Life will be conducted by his family members at noon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. There will be time for friends and family to gather for visitation from 10 a.m. – noon prior to the service.
Eldiva Medford
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Calling hours are Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Monday all at the funeral home.
Edna Parson
Local arrangements will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.
Dolores Schumm
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – Schumm with calling one hour prior to the service.
Jessie Stewart
Services will be held on Sat-urday, May 31, 2014, at 1 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Brazil, In-diana.
Van Wert City Police05-21 10:40 a.m.Johnathan Putnam, 27, of Van Wert was arrested in the Van Wert Municipal Court Probation on failure to appear for a war-rant issued by the court.05-21 5:30 a.m.A Van Wert man reported a theft from his vehicle in the 700 block of Elson Avenue.05-21 10:57 a.m.A Van Wert woman in the 300 block of North Chestnut Street reported menacing by stalking.05-21 9:33 p.m.Jared Siemik, 22, of Clinton, Michigan, was arrested for possession of marijuana.05-22 3:32 p.m.A Van Wert woman reported the theft of her cellphone from her vehicle while it was parked in the 100 block of North Wash-ington Street.05-22 9:04 p.m.A Van Wert man reported hearing someone outside his resi-dence in the 1000 block of Haley Street in the early morning hours between May 2-22.05-22 12:13 p.m.A resident in the 400 block of North Chestnut Street report-ed the theft of a UPS package between noon May 19 and noon May 22.05-22 3:57 p.m.A Van Wert man reported the theft of change from his ve-hicle between 11:30 p.m. May 21 and noon May 22.05-24 12:11 p.m.A Van Wert woman in the 500 block of McKibben Drive reported a theft between noon May 10 and noon May 24.05-23 10:33 p.m.A woman in the 500 block of South Avenue reported the window at her residence was broken between 10:15-10:33 p.m. May 23.05-24 4:55 p.m.Brandon Story, 34, of Delaware, Ohio, was charged with OVI and driving with no operator’s license.05-23 4:10 a.m.A Van Wert woman reported seeing someone around her vehicle as it was parked in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Maple Avenue. She reported she thought something was poured into her gas tank.05-22An abandoned bicycle was brought to the police department.05-25 12:27 p.m.Theft of gasoline between 2-3 p.m. on May 13 was reported from Pak A Sak Marathon, 1052 South Shannon St.05-22 3:21 p.m.Douglas Seibert, 48, of Van Wert was arrested for disorderly conduct and possession of an open container in public.05-25 4:11 p.m.A Van Wert woman reported a bicycle was stolen from the 600 block of East Central Avenue between 12:01 a.m.-4:11 p.m. May 25.Wheat $6.07Corn $4.36Soybeans $15.46
George William Agler
VAN WERT — Eldiva M. “Devey” Medford, 90, of Van Wert, died at 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center after a short illness.Eldiva was born on Dec. 19, 1926, in Latty, to the late Ray and Goldie (Merriman) Griffis.On June 26, 1943, she mar-ried Clarence “Jimmy” Medford at Camp Pickett, Virginia. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage before he died on July 11, 1989.Survivors include a daughter, Sharon A. Clouse, and a son, Michael J. (Julie) Medford, both of Van Wert; two grandsons, Nathan (Katie) Clouse of Christiansburg, Virginia, and An-drew Medford of Van Wert; one great-granddaughter, Cora Rose Clouse; a sister, Imogene Leonard of Midland, Michigan; and a brother, Robert (Shirley) Griffis of Horton, Michigan.She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Griffis of Horton and Donald Griffis of Jerome, Michigan.Mrs. Medford was retired from the Van Wert County Audi-tor’s Office after 32 years. She was a member of Calvary Evan-gelical Church.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m., and one hour prior to services on Monday all at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or Calvary Evangelical Church.
Eldiva M. “Devey” Medford
Eldiva M. Medford
SPENCERVILLE, Ohio — George William “Bill” Agler, 84, of rural Spencerville, died at 11:51 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, fol-lowing a short illness.He was born April 26, 1931, in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Albert W. “Boots” and Olive May Partin Agler, who are deceased. On Nov. 24, 1951, he mar-ried Betty J. Strayer, who died May 21, 2007. Then on Jan. 13, 2009, he married Margaret L. Kline Strawn, who survives in Spencerville.Also surviving are two children: Tom A. (Sharon) Agler and Kimberly J. “Kim” Wood, both of Spencerville; five stepchildren: Cheryl (Mike) Zumberge, Dennis (Betty) Strawn and Rhonda (Mick) Stose, all of Celina, John (Denise) Strawn of Mendon and Christina (Brad Hull) Strawn, also of Celina; four grandchildren: Tom A. (Stacey) Agler, Jr. of Lima, Amy S. (Ron) Reineke of St. Marys, Megan E. Herold and Brian E. Wood II, both of Spencerville; six great-grand-children: Koby, Gavin and Audrey Reineke, Chloe Agler and Bryce and Blaine Belcher; 13 stepgrandchildren, and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.He was a 1949 graduate of the Van Wert High School.Bill was a long-time member of the Hart-ford Chris-tian Church where he had been Sunday School su-perintendent and dea-con. He enjoyed his Florida winters and camping. For 44 years he and his family owned and operated their lemonade stand at the Allen County and Van Wert County Fairs. He had been a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Van Wert where he loved and was good at billiards.He had worked on the Penn Central Railroad several years and the Allen County Engi-neers of Office and retired in 1986 as Superintendent of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation, Lima.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Fu-neral Home in Spencerville. The Rev. Gary Hohman will officiate. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday.
Memorials are to the do-nors choice.Condolences may be sent to tbayliff@woh.rr.com.
George William Agler
VAN WERT, Ohio — Han-nah R. Wireman, 15, of Van Wert, died at 1:07 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Wert In-patient Hospice Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.
Hannah R. Wireman
Dec. 19, 1926 - May 30, 2014April 26, 1931 - May 30, 2014
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The growing suspicions surround-ing where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never pre-viously tried — establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.The idea, if widely adopted, could remove shadowy com-pounding pharmacies from the nation’s execution system and offer a reliable supply of the deadly chemicals that have become hard for prisons to ob-tain. State legislative leaders said Friday that the proposal deserves consideration.Chris Koster first sug-gested a state-run drug lab Thursday in a speech to the Bar Association of Metro-politan St. Louis, calling it a better alternative than rely-ing on “an uneasy coopera-tion” with medical profes-sionals and pharmaceutical companies.Koster said the process of obtaining execution drugs has become so problematic that death penalty states are weigh-ing extreme alternatives, so a new idea was needed.“I think that this is a bet-ter step than what we’re see-ing occur in Tennessee, where they went to the electric chair, what we are seeing occurring in Wyoming, where they are debating the return of the fir-ing squad,” Koster, a Demo-crat, said Friday in a phone in-terview with The Associated Press.Before Missouri under-takes the same discussion, he said, “it would be prudent to thoroughly investigate strate-gies to get the lethal-injection process stabilized again.”Lethal injection has been in use in the U.S. for more than three decades. But in recent years, states have been forced to scramble for new sources of drugs after several drugmak-ers, including many based in Europe, refused to sell them for use in executions.
Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections
PORT CLINTON, Ohio — At the spring meeting of the Northwest District, Ohio Elks Association which was held at Port Clinton Elks Lodge No 1718 on May 18, two of the Grand Lodge Americanism contest winners were recognized.Haylie Sewell from Port Clinton placed first in the district in Division I, fifth and sixth graders. Also recognized was Andrew Fillmore from Port Clinton who placed second in the district in Division II, seventh and eighth graders. However, Andrew’s essay placed first in the State in his division.Both of the winners, along with their parents were present and the students each read their winning essays to the district membership.The Americanism Essay contest is sponsored each year by the Grand Lodge. This year’s theme was “What does Veterans Day mean to me.”The winners received money for their placement.
Pictured are, left to right, Michelle Kokinda, Port Clinton Elks Lodge Americanism Chair, Andrew Fillmore, Haylie Sewell and Linda Stanley, Northwest District Americanism Chair. (Photo submitted)
Elks announce  Americanism winners
LIMA — The Lima Chapter of Aglow will meet at 9:30 a.m.-noon June 12 at WTLW TV 44, 1844 Baty Road, Lima. Linda Cruz Gilbert will be the guest speaker.Gilbert is a dynamic teacher with a prophetic mantle. The Lord speaks to her often in dreams and through revelation of Scripture. She has a tender heart for the Lord and for his peo-ple. Having been ordained by Vineyard Christian Fellowship and by Foursquare Gospel Church, she has over 25 years of experience as a pastor and church planter. In 2007, Linda pub-lished her first book, “All His Jewels: From Glory to Glory.”Recently, the Lord has been speaking to Linda concerning the Kingly anointing. We are all called and gifted by the Lord to fulfill a divine destiny. It is time to move into our assigned place as priests and kings ruling upon the earth, so that we may welcome the King of Kings as He returns in all His glory for us, His beautiful Bride.Be blessed and refreshed sharing a morning of worship, edi-fication and fellowship with us as we welcome the presence of God to minister His Word through Linda.
Lima Aglow to meet 
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 Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1, 2014
St. John’s High School to hand out 51 diplomas Sunday
dhi MEDIA Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — St. John’s High School will hold its 98th commencement on Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and commencement at 3 p.m. in the Robert A. Arn-zen Gymnasium.Speakers will be Vale-dictorians Nicholas Bockey, Madison Burgei and Kyle Pohlman; and Bishop’s Gold Cross recipients Eric Gerber-ick and Burgei.Bockey is the son of Mark and Karen Bockey. He will at-tend Ohio Northern University to obtain his PharmD degree.He was active in basket-ball, Mission Society, Liturgy Team, Students Against De-structive Decisions (SADD), Crespi Society and National Honor Society.He also participated in Boy Scouts; was a Mass Server, Mass Greeter and Eucharis-tic Minister; volunteered at St. Rita’s Medical Center, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and works at Vana-matic Co.Burgei is the daughter of Gerald and Jeana Burgei. She will attend the University of Dayton, majoring in mechani-cal engineering with a minor in bioengineering.She was active in Mission Society (president), Liturgy Team (chairman of the board), National Honor Society (secretary), Crespi Society, Through the Halls radio show announcer, is a St. John’s Stu-dent Ambassador, track and field and soccer.She also participated as a Eucharistic Minister, Mass Greet, Habitat for Humanity, a tutor and enjoyed babysitting and was a dental office assis-tant.Pohlman is the son of Russ and Laura Pohlman. He will attend the University of Ak-ron College of Engineering on direct admittance to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.He was active in National Honor Society (vice presi-dent), Student Council (Ser-geant at Arms), Blue Jay Student Ambassador, Crespi Society, baseball, football and concert band.He also participated as a Eucharistic Minister and Mass Greeter; church festi-val volunteer; Buckeye Boys State delegate; soup kitchen, Community Christmas Proj-ect, Canal Clean-up Project and St. Rita’s Medical Center volunteer; was a 4-H member; and performed seasonal main-tenance for the Delphos Parks and Rec. Dept.Gerberick is the son of Mark and Patty Gerberick. He will attend the University of Dayton, majoring in biochem-istry and intends to complete a DVM degree.He was active in track, basketball, Scholastic Bowl, SADD, Crespi Society, marching band, pep band, concert band, National Honor Society and Through the Hall radio show director.He also participated as a Mass server, lector and greet-er; Eucharistic Minister; pro-vides stable care for horses and lawn care for several peo-ple; and volunteers at the Al-len County Humane Society.The class colors are teal and jet black; class flower is the snapdragon; and the class motto is: One year, one class, one family.The St. John’s High School class of 2014 includes, Stepha-nie Adams, Evan Benavidez, Justin Berelsman, Amanda Boberg, Nick Bockey, Chey-anne Bonifas, Samantha Bonifas, Paige Bradley, Ali-cia Buettner, Madison Burgei, Eric Clark, Brittney Clay-pool, Jake Csukker, Emilie Fischbach, Kylie Fritz, Eric Gerberick, Spencer Ginter, Aaron Hellman, TJ Hoersten, Tyler Jettinghoff, Megan Jo-seph, Morgan Jostpille, Brad-ley Klausing, Tyler Kline, Ryan Koester, Jessica Kover-man, Madison Kreeger, Cody Looser, Paige Lucas, Luke MacLennan, Austin Martin, Andy May, Lyndsay Mohler, Gwen Neumeier, Page Per-rine, Kyle Pohlman, Erica Saine, Kellen Schomaeker, Nathan Schroeder, Saman-tha Schwinnen, Mikhaila Scirocco, Elizabeth Shafer, Ryan Shumaker, Kaitlyn Slate, Brelyn Stepleton, Lind-sey Warnecke, Quinn Wise, Jason Wittler, Ben Wras-man, Kaylie Youngpeter and Brooke Zuber.
One killed in Paulding County crash
PAULDING — A 95-year-old man was killed in a crash on Thursday at the intersec-tion of U.S. 24 and Paulding County Road 143 in northeastern Paulding County.Dead is Karl Werling, who was a rear-seat passenger in a car driven by Gary Lipp, 66, Paulding. Lipp was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on U.S. 24 when a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup failed to yield the right of way, striking the right side of the Equi-nox. The Ram was driven by Harvey Bok, 66, Defiance. Bok was traveling south on County Road 143 before attempting to cross 24.Lipp and his 67-year-old wife Janice Lipp sustained critical injuries and were flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for treatment. On Friday, Janice Lipp was reported in critical condition and Gary Lipp in serious condition.Werling was a passenger in the left rear seat. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.Bok refused medical treatment at the scene.This was the second serious crash at this in-tersection in less than two weeks. On May 18, three persons were injured when a southbound pickup hit an eastbound pickup.Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Fire and EMS, Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office, Paulding County Coroner’s Office, Parkview Samaritan Medical Transport, Gideon Wreck-er Service, Ohio Department of Transporta-tion, Defiance Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Re-construction Unit.The accident remains under investigation.
9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping.9 a.m. — St. Vincent dePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open.10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open.12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue.1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open.7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre.8 p.m. — AA open discussion at First Presbyterian Church.
1 p.m. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 has its month-ly meetings at the VFW post home, located at 111 N. Shan-non St., across from the YMCA, on the corner of Jackson and Shannon streets. For more information check out their website: http://vfwpost5803.webs.com or contact them at email: vanw-ertvfw5803@gmail.com.1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open.2 p.m. — AA open discussion at 1158 Westwood Dr. 2-4:30 p.m. — Van Wert County Historical Museum is open to the public. 4 p.m. — Convoy Fire & EMS meets the first Sunday at the fire station.
8 a.m. — Chrysler Retiree’s breakfast will be held at the Orchard Tree Restaurant.11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Cen-ter, 301 Suthoff St.1 p.m. — Senior Citizens Club will meet in the CoA Building. 5 p.m. — Weight Watchers will hold its weigh in. Meeting will follow at 5:30 p.m. Both are held in the Fellowship Hall on the second floor at Trinity United Methodist Church, South Walnut St., Van Wert.6 p.m. — Willshire Village Council will meet in the village hall.6:30 p.m. — Shelter from the Storm support group meets in the Delphos Public Library basement.7 p.m. — Delphos City Council meets at the Delphos Municipal Building, 608 N. Canal St.7 p.m. — Delphos Parks and Recreation board meets at the recreation building at Stadium Park.7 p.m. — Washington Township trustees meet at the township house.7 p.m. — American Legion Post 178 will have a meeting.7:30 p.m. — Spencerville village council meets at the mayor’s office.7:30 p.m. — Delphos Eagles Auxiliary meets at the Ea-gles Lodge, 1600 Fifth St.8 p.m. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars meet at the hall. 8 p.m. — Jennings Township, Van Wert County, trustees will meet at the township house.8 p.m. — AA Big Book meeting at First Presbyterian Church.8:30 p.m. — Young & Heart Group will meet at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
 Hundreds gather to remember Wireman’s young, beautiful soul 
More than 200 family members, friends and supporters of Hannah Wireman  joined together Friday night at Hiestand Woods for a candlelight vigil. Wireman, 15, died Friday afternoon after a seven-month battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. During the vigil, people shared tears, laughs and stories of a girl they all describe as a beautiful person. (dhi MEDIA/Erin Cox)
UNOH Optimists set annual Bike Safety Day
LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio Optimist Club will host its fourth annual Safety Bike-a-thon event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 in the parking lot of the 500 Building on the UNOH campus.The Safety Bike-a-thon event is designed for youth in the Lima and surrounding communities and their families to get out and enjoy the weather and make sure their bikes are in safe working order. This event is for kids enrolled in grades K-5.At the event there will be bike inspections, an obstacle course challenge, and bike tune-ups provided free of charge. Other items for children to enjoy during the Bike-a-thon include an inflatable bounce house and representatives from the DARE program will be in attendance. All children in attendance will receive a free hot dog and drink. This event is free and open to the public, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.For more information about the Summer Bike Safety Event, please contact Chris Marker at cmarker@unoh.edu.
ASA calls for extension of comment period
ST. LOUIS, Missouri — In a letter to the Environmental Pro-tection Agency, the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week, the American Soybean As-sociation (ASA) joined more than 70 other food and agriculture stakeholder groups in requesting more time to comment on EPA’s proposed interpretive rule on Wa-ters of the United States.“This rule has the potential to impact a large majority of the things we do as farmers each day within our operations,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “These comments aren’t something we can rush through. We have to look at the many different ways the rule could affect the way we oper-ate, and integrate those into our comments. To do that, we need a little more time.”Citing the complexity of EPA’s draft rule, the groups maintain that comprehensive comments that represent the best interests of soybean farmers and other publics involved will require “deep and substantial review of lengthy and complex documents… and careful con-sideration and thought into the potentially significant changes to the historical relationship en- joyed between the agricultural community and the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture.”The groups also pointed to the need for farmers to discern what the rule would mean for them on the ground level. “The key step in all this is the middle one: farmers and ranchers work-ing out in the field and on their farms to determine what these proposed policies mean,” wrote the groups. “Unfortunately, the timing of this proposed rule and the 90-day comment period coincides exactly with the abso-lutely busiest period in the farm calendar. Our farmer members during this period are prepar-ing soil for planting, planting and replanting seed, applying crop nutrients and crop protec-tion products, and harvesting hay and winter wheat crops. All of this work is taking place this spring and early summer, and that necessarily limits their abil-ity to review and understand the proposal and the Interpretative Rule and how they may apply to them on their farms, and then provide meaningful comments.”
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