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Partly sunnyWednesdaywith chanceof afternoonshowers,storms. Highin upper 80s. See page 2.
Eagle Print only SNAP certified printer in US
Eagle Print pre-press worker Kerri Garza brings up a job on her computer. Garzaopens the job and then prepares it to be put on plates for the press. When working towardbecoming SNAP certified, pre-press workers plated jobs which were then run on the pressand US Ink representatives took the sample product and produced settings for Photo Shopto make the end product uniform for all jobs.Eagle Print General Manager Bill Kohl, left, and Production Manager Denny Klausing, right, watch as lead pressman Kevin Williams makes adjustments to ink settings on one of the he quad stacks. Kohl said an ink- setting sheet is now printed for each job and the newprocedure reduces waste by up to 90 percent.
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BY NANCY SPENCERThe Delphos Heraldnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — Intoday’s economy, compe-tition is fierce. Eagle Printmay now have a leg up onits competitors.Eagle Print was SNAPcertified by US Ink in July,becoming the only webpress quad stack printer of approximately 200 in thenation to qualify.SNAP stands forSpecifications forNewsprint AdvertisingProduction and is the stan-dard coldset commercialprinters and newspapersuse to assure reproductionquality.“The SNAP certifi-cation concept is pret-ty simple,” Eagle PrintProduction ManagerDenny Klausing said. “Itmeans every time the pressstarts up, whether it’s dayor night and pressman oneor pressman two is run-ning it, the jobs come outthe same quality everytime. It’s consistent, goodprinting.”The process includedchanging operations fromhow the customer submitsprojects, to how they areinput in to the system, tohow they are handled inpre-press, to how the presssettings are adjusted.The Delphos HeraldComposing departmentmade adjustments to howphotos, color and adver-tising are processed. Pre-press operators madeadjustments for process-ing plates. The press-men now receive colorgrids for each job forthe quad units to regu-late ink distribution andreduce waste. To adjustthe ink distribution, newlevers were installed onthe quad stacks at a costof $80,000.From start to finish,the process is geared toproducing a high-quality,consistent product.“I will see a significantreduction in waste whichwill improve the bottomline and make us moreefficient,” Eagle PrintGeneral Manager BillKohl said. “Even thoughthis isn’t a new concept,we are still the first andonly SNAP certified print-er using Quad Stack press-es in the United States.It will be an investmentthat we definitely will seereturns on.”
Elmcroft to hostdog show
Elmcroft of Limawill host the “Dog Daysof Summer Dog Show”at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdayto benefit the HumaneSociety of Allen County.All participants willreceive a door prize, andthere will be special prizesawarded for winners of contests like Best Dressed,Tail Wagging Contest,Doggie Musical Chairs,Find the Treat and TalentShow. The entry fee foreach dog is $5, with allproceeds going towards theHumane Society. Thoseinterested in participat-ing should RSVP today.
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Sunflowers 7 feet high
These Mexican sunflowers in Helen Cross’s yardhave reached more than seven feet in height. TheMexican sunflower is one of the best flowers for attract-ing butterflies.
Franklin Elementary roof needs attention
BY NANCY SPENCERThe Delphos Heraldnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Repairs willhave to be performed on theroof at Franklin ElementarySchool in the coming schoolyear to stop leaks because theroof cannot be replaced untilnext summer.Delphos City SchoolSuperintendent Jeff Pricetold school board membersMonday several contractorshave looked at the roof. Theconsensus is that it does needto be replaced with the rub-berized roof tearing away inplaces and allowing in water.The project cost has notyet been estimated.The existing roof was builtin 1988 and is out of warranty.Issues with the JeffersonMiddle School roof havebeen addressed and includedminor work on the roof overthe auditorium at $500 andmore extensive repairs to theroof over to the south portionof the building. The rubberhad been attached to untreat-ed wood, causing the roof tosag. A new wall was installedon the roof in that portion.That work cost approximate-ly $2,500.Financing came out of the Permanent ImprovementFund.Other district buildings arenearly ready for classes toresume Aug. 30. Price saidthe buildings are lookinggood and the custodial staff is doing a great job.“I visited the middleschool last week and it’s hardto believe that building is100 years old. It looks great,”Price said.Reiter Dairy will onceagain provide the districtwith dairy products. TheSpringfield company’s win-ning bid included 2% whitemilk at 18.80 cents a car-ton; 1% chocolate milk at19.45 cents per carton andstrawberry milk at 19.55cents a carton. Other dairybids included Arps Dairy of Defiance with 2% white milkat 23.2 cents per carton; 1%chocolate milk at 23.20 centsper carton; and strawberry at25 cents per carton. PrairieFarms of Elida bid 2% whitemilk at 20.33 cents per cartonand 1% chocolate at 20.90cents per carton. The districtuses more than 150,000 car-tons of milk per school year.Several positions in thedistrict will be filled on atemporary basis until perma-nent personnel can be hired.Eight candidates have taken acivil service test for a middleschool custodial position anda sub is ready to go until theycan be interviewed. Testingwas also performed for acook’s position.A superintendent’s ad hoccommittee will meet at 9 a.m.Aug. 19 to discuss possiblebudget reductions. If the 1percent earned income taxmaking a second appearanceon the ballot in Novemberisn’t passed, the boardwill need to close a nearly$800,000 gap in the budget.“This committee will bemaking recommendationsonly,” Price said. “They can-not make any decisions; thatis the board’s job. They will just be meeting to find pos-sible solutions to present tothe board.”If passed, the EarnedIncome Tax will be collectedfrom wages and self-employ-ment earnings. It will alsoinclude earnings from partner-ships but does include farmerswho file a Schedule F.It is estimated to collect$1.5 million per year.The net gain to the dis-trict will be the equivalentof approximately 5 mills or$850,000.The tax excludes SocialSecurity, unemployment andwelfare benefits, interest,dividends, capital gains, pen-sions and IRA contributions,rental income, lottery win-nings and income earned byestates.If passed, it would take18 months before the districtbegins to fully collect the tax.School board membersvoted to opt out of the BodyMass Index screening for stu-dents. The screening is a newrequirement for school dis-tricts stemming from SenateBill 210. The Healthy Choicesfor Healthy Children Act wassigned into law on June 18and effective this upcomingschool year. The district canopt out of the requirement fornow, citing lack of funds toperform the screening withresults submitted to the OhioDepartment of Health. If the waiver is approved, thedistrict will take no furtheraction until the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.On other business, theboard:
• Approved the Computer
Network and InternetAcceptable Use Policy aspresented by TechnologyCoordinator Josh McElroy;
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Allen County Refuse pro-vides garbage and recycle col-lection in Delphos.The Allen County portion of Delphos is collected on Thurs-days, with residents placinggarbage containers on the curbWednesday evening and recycleevery other Wednesday.The Van Wert County por-tion of Delphos is collected onFriday, with residents placinggarbage containers at the curbon Thursday evening and recy-cle every other Thursday.If a holiday falls during theweek, collection is pushed backa day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in Al-len County will be Friday andin Van Wert County it will beSaturday.See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, business managerDon Hemple, advertising manager
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, general manager/Eagle PrintThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions willbe accepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
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02-04-08-09-11-12-14-22-29-41-43-45-52-56-57-65-71-72-74-75A boy, Owen Lee, wasborn Aug. 2 at St. Rita’sMedical Center to Josh andJenny McElroy of Delphos.Grandparents are Dickand Joyce Schimmoller andRandy and Joyce McElroy of Delphos.Great-grandparents areDoc and Dorothy Miller, Donand Nancy Schimmoller andBonnie Boggs of Delphos.Corn: $3.75Wheat: $6.28Beans: $10.93
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• Approved the use of the
Franklin Elementary build-ing as an emergency shel-ter by Tender Times ChildDevelopment Center. TenderTimes is operating out of The Senate beginning inSeptember. This approvalallows them the use of a por-tion of the Franklin buildingin a case where they wouldneed to evacuate the indus-trial complex area in whichThe Senate is located.
• Approved one-year cer
-tified full-time contracts forAmie Buettner, Joyce Day,Pam Hummel, Annie Byrneand Al Unterbrink to bepaid through NPAS fundsfor teachers employed by St.Johns;
• Approved a one-year
contract for Vickie Pohlmanas NPAS clerk to be paidthrough NPAS funds for St.Johns;
• Approved moving Judy
Bevington to the MA columnof the pay scale as present-ed. Bevington was recentlyawarded a master level degreefrom Bowling Green StateUniversity; and
• Approved for the fol
-lowing a volunteer coachesfor the 2010-11 fall sportsseason: Brandon Behnfeldt,Andrew Cano, Jason Cross,Eric Wallace and Joel Brownfor football; and CammiMiller and Gina Wallace forvolleyball.The next meeting willbegin at 8 p.m. Sept. 13.
School
Delphos Police were calledto the 600 block of SouthJefferson at 9:50 p.m. Mondayto investigate a burglary.The homeowner reporteda white male had entered thegarage and had stolen severalitems then fled the area onfoot.At 9:36 p.m. Monday,while on patrol in the 800block of Skinner Street,Delphos Police officerswere flagged down in ref-erence to criminal damag-ing.The victim reported dam-age to a vehicle stemmingfrom a verbal dispute.
HomeownerwitnessesburglaryVictim saysvehicle damagedafter verbaldispute
At 5 a.m. Monday whileon patrol, Delphos Policecame into contact withTrisha Hobbs, 12, and KelsieBockrath, 14, in the 900 blockof Lima Avenue.Both Delphos youth werefound to be in violation of thecity’s curfew, transported tothe Delphos Police Departmentand cited into Allen CountyJuvenile Court.They were later released toa family member.At 5:04 a.m. Monday,police also came into contactwith Brent Binkley, 14, andDevon Schoffner, 17, in the900 block of Lima Avenue.The Delphos juveniles werefound to be in violation of the cities curfew and trans-ported to the Delphos PoliceDepartment, where they werelater released to their families.Both juveniles will appearin Allen County Court.Delphos Police were calledto the 100 block of EastSuthoff Street at 7:01 a.m.Monday for a theft complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim reported his vehiclehad been entered during thenight time hours and itemswere stolen.YELLOWSTONENATIONAL PARK, Wyo.(AP) — A fugitive and hissuspected female accomplicewho have been tracked acrossthe West — from Arizonato New Mexico to Wyoming— have apparently fled to anarea near Montana’s GlacierNational Park, authoritiessaid.The search for inmate JohnMcCluskey, 45, and CasslynWelch, 44 focused for a timeon sprawling, tourist-packedYellowstone National Park,which straddles Wyoming andMontana.But the U.S. MarshalsService said late Monday ithas received tips from the areaeast of Glacier National Parknear the Canadian border.“There has been a lot of activity in the area,” saidFidencio Rivera, chief deputyU.S. marshal for the district of Arizona. “That is one of a fewplaces we are looking at.”He did not elaborate.McCluskey, Tracy Provinceand Daniel Renwick escapedfrom a private, medium-security Arizona State Prisonnear Kingman on July 30 afterauthorities say Welch threwwire cutters over the perimeterfence. Welch is McCluskey’sfiancee and cousin. Renwick,who turns 37 on today, wascaptured in Colorado.Province, 42, was caughtMonday as he walked insleepy Meeteetse, Wyo., stepsfrom a church where he satin the pews a day earlier andsang “Your Grace Is Enough.”He was scheduled for an extra-dition hearing today morning,authorities said.Efforts to find McCluskey,Province and Welch intensi-fied after they were linked toa double homicide in NewMexico, with the case airingSaturday on “America’s MostWanted.”On Sunday, Provincewalked into MeeteetseCommunity Church, about 60miles outside of Yellowstone,wearing blue jeans, a bluecheckered flannel shirt, anda camouflage backpack slungover one shoulder, worship-per Jay Curtis said. Provincelooked like the many hitchhik-ers who pass through town.“Just shook his hand andsaid ’Welcome, welcome toour church,”’ said Curtis, amember of the church band.“He just smiled and said:’Thank you.”’A woman who had chattedbriefly with Province on thesteps of the church on Sundaycalled police after recogniz-ing him later on television,Gonzales said.When marshals and otherlaw enforcement officersarrested him, he initiallydenied being the fugitive,Gonzales said. He was carry-ing a 9 mm handgun and thesign that said “Casper,” a cityabout 160 miles to the south-east, authorities said.Gonzales said a $40,000reward was set for McCluskeyand Welch’s capture.“Rest assured, we are goingto be on McCluskey like acheap suit,” Gonzales said.“We are not going to pull thisthing down.”The Arizona AttorneyGeneral’s Office on Mondaycharged two women, includ-ing McCluskey’s mother, withhelping the inmates after theyescaped.Province was serving alife sentence for murder androbbery out of Pima County,Ariz. McCluskey was serv-ing a 15-year prison term forattempted second-degree mur-der, aggravated assault anddischarge of a firearm out of Maricopa County, Ariz.Forensic evidence linkedthe two inmates and Welch tothe killings of an Oklahomacouple. New Mexico StatePolice spokesman Peter Olsondeclined to elaborate.The badly burned skeletalremains of Linda and GaryHaas — both 61 and fromTecumseh, Okla. — werefound in a charred camperWednesday morning on aremote ranch in eastern NewMexico. Their pickup truckwas found later 100 mileswest in Albuquerque.Authorities believe the twoinmates and Welch went toWyoming, where Provinceseparated from McCluskeyand Welch on Wednesdaymorning at the southernentrance to Yellowstone.By Monday, rangers at thepark were given posters of thefugitives so they could checkpassing cars for them. Butthey weren’t handing out theposters, nor were they advis-ing entering motorists aboutthe search. Officials said the3,472-square-mile park wassafe, as they welcomed anestimated 30,000 campers andtourists.
By MIKE MELIAThe Associated Press
GUANTANAMO BAYNAVAL BASE, Cuba — Eightyears after his capture as a teen-ager on an Afghan battlefield,a long-delayed trial is begin-ning today for Guantanamo’syoungest detainee.A U.S. military judge ruledMonday that purported con-fessions by Canadian detain-ee Omar Khadr can be usedagainst him, dismissing argu-ments they were tainted bymistreatment and dashing thedefense’s last hope for derail-ing the trial in the slaying of anAmerican soldier.His age — Khadr was only15 when he was captured in2002 — has exposed the admin-istration of President BarackObama to criticism from childadvocates. The prosecutionwill receive added scrutiny asthis is the first trial under theembattled war-crimes tribu-nals inherited from the Bushadministration.Jury selection from a poolof U.S. military officers beginstoday and opening argumentsare planned for Wednesday ina trial expected to last roughlythree weeks.While military prosecutorsdescribe Khadr as a clear-eyedal-Qaida fighter, defense law-yers say Khadr was himself avictim, forced into war by afamily with close ties to Osamabin Laden. His father, AhmedSaid Khadr, was an Egyptian-born Canadian citizen andalleged terrorist financier.“He’s not a real Talibanwarrior. He’s a kid who wasput in an unfortunate situa-tion,” said Dennis Edney, aCanadian lawyer for Khadr.His capture on July 27, 2002,followed a lengthy firefightbetween U.S. Special Forcesand men holed up inside a mud-walled al-Qaida compound ineastern Afghanistan. As sol-diers entered the compoundKhadr allegedly lobbed a gre-nade that killed U.S. Army Sgt.1st Class Christopher Speer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.Khadr, who was shot twicein the back during the fight,was treated by U.S. medics andlater flown to this U.S. Navybase in southeastern Cuba.He has denied throwing thegrenade and pleaded not guiltyMonday to all five chargesagainst him, including mur-der, conspiracy and spying. Hefaces a maximum life sentenceif convicted.His attorneys contend thecase relies on confessionsextracted following abuse inAfghanistan and Guantanamo,but the judge in the case, ArmyCol. Pat Parrish, said Mondaythat he would allow Khadr’sstatements as evidence.Defense attorneys say theywill counter the statementswith testimony from interroga-tors including former ArmySgt. Joshua Claus, who saidat a pretrial hearing that hescared Khadr into confessingby making up a story aboutan uncooperative detainee whowas sent to an American prisonto be raped.Some officials inWashington were reported-ly reluctant to see the caseadvance to trial in the face of criticism from opponents suchas UNICEF head AnthonyLake, a former Obama adviser,who warned it could set a dan-gerous international precedentand lead to more youths beingvictimized by war.Negotiations on a plea agree-ment broke down, however,when Khadr rejected an offer of 30 years in prison — five moreyears in Guantanamo, plus 25in Canada — in exchange forpleading guilty to all charg-es, according to Edney, theCanadian lawyer.Where other Western coun-tries have successfully lobbiedfor the return of their nationalsfrom Guantanamo, Canada hasrefused to intervene despite arecent federal court ruling thatordered it to remedy its failureto protect Khadr’s rights.Khadr will sit for trial in thesame hilltop courthouse wherein 2006 he made the first of many appearances before theon-again, off-again tribunalsystem.It was later in 2006 thatthe U.S. Supreme Court struckdown one version of the mili-tary trials, known as commis-sions, before Congress and theBush administration came upwith new trial rules.Delphos Police werecalled to the 900 block of East Seventh Street at 7:41p.m. Monday to investigate aburglary.The resident(s) reportedsometime in the past few days,someone had gained entry tothe residence and stole per-sonal property.
Four Juvenilescited for curfewviolationsPersonal itemstaken fromvehicle
Search for fugitive, ancee focuses on Montana
Gitmo’s youngestprisoner on trial
Property missingfrom residence
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyThe Associated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudywith a slight chance of show-ers and thunderstorms. Lowsin the upper 60s. Winds lightand variable. Chance of rain20 percent.
WEDNESDAY
: Partlysunny. A chance of show-ers and thunderstorms in theafternoon. Highs in the upper80s. Northeast winds around5 mph. Chance of rain 40percent.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.Lows around 70. Northeastwinds around 5 mph becom-ing southeast after midnight.Chance of rain 40 percent.
THURSDAY
: Partlysunny with a chance of show-ers and thunderstorms. Highsin the upper 80s. Winds lightand variable. Chance of rain40 percent.
EXTENDED FORECASTTHURSDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstormsin the evening. Lows in theupper 60s. Chance of rain 30percent.The high temperatureMonday in Delphos was 89and the low was 66. A yearago today, the high was 91and the low was 72. Therecord high for today is 97,set in 1911 and the record lowof 44 was set in 1972.
Delphos Weather
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —A plane believed to be car-rying eight people, includingformer Sen. Ted Stevens andformer NASA AdministratorSean O’Keefe, crashed insouthwest Alaska and rescuecrews were trying to reachthe wreckage this morning,authorities said.Alaska National Guardspokesman Maj. Guy Hayessaid there were possible fatal-ities. Five people were onscene helping the crash vic-tims, he said. It was unclearhow they reached the site.A U.S. government officialtold The Associated Press thatAlaska authorities have beentold that Stevens, a formerlongtime Republican senator, isamong several passengers on theplane. The official, who spokeon grounds of anonymity, saysStevens’ condition is unknown.The federal officialdeclined to be publicly iden-tified because the crashresponse and investigationare under way.Defense contractor EADSNorth America said Tuesdaymorning that O’Keefe, thecurrent CEO of the U.S.-baseddivision of the Europeancompany, was a passenger onthe small plane. The companysaid it has no further informa-tion about O’Keefe’s status.Hayes said the Guard wascalled to the area about 20miles north of Dillingham atabout 7 p.m. Monday aftera passing aircraft saw thedowned plane. But severeweather has hampered searchand rescue efforts.
Karen Moore of Delphos is Week 10 winner in theDelphos Herald 140th anniversary Giveaway. Advertisingrepresentative Don Hemple presents her with a giftcertificate. Week 10 winner is Kathy Gengler of Delphos.
Official believed to havebeen aboard crashed airplane
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Y GymnasticsProgram to startfall session
The YWCA of Van WertCounty is announcing thereturn of the GymnasticsProgram for the fall ses-sion.Classes are instructed bytwo experienced coaches.Danni Chiles and JamieEvans have over 20 yearsof combined experience incompetitive gymnastics andcoaching.Classes are offered onWednesday and Thursdayevenings. The Preschoolclass is for 3 and 4 year oldsto learn basic gymnasticsskills as well as developgross motor skills, balanceand body awareness.The Beginner I and IIclasses are for first timegymnastics students. Classeswill include basic gymnas-tics skills including rolls,cartwheels, jumps and turnson beam, beginning vaultskills such as spring boardapproach and beginning barskills including pullovers,casts and back hip circles.The Intermediate classis an advanced class andgymnasts are placed in theclass by the coaching staff.Tumbling class includesonly tumbling skills suchas back handsprings, backtucks and aerials. Scheduleis as follows:
Wednesday:
Tumbling - 4-4:45 p.m.
Thursday:
Beginner I - 4-4:45 p.m.Beginner II - 4:45 – 5:30p.m.Preschool - 5:30 – 6 p.m.Intermediate - 6-7 p.m.There is a cost for theclasses. There is no registra-tion fee and membership isnot required.
Call the YWCA at 419-238-6639 or visit www.vanwertywca.com for moreinformation.
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OSU Extension provides nutrition education toYWCA Summer Food Program
Amy Eicholt from OSU Extension has been providing nutrition information andexercise two times a week for YWCA Summer Food Program participants all sum-mer. OSU Extension has been a contributor of the YWCA program for many years.The Summer Food Program is supported by United Way of Van Wert County.
20 years, 1,800 patientsfor Cincy Zoo’s head vet
By JOHN JOHNSTONThe Cincinnati Enquirer
CINCINNATI (AP) —Dr. Mark Campbell makeshis first house call of theday shortly before 8 a.m.The bearded, bespec-tacled veterinarian entersthe Cincinnati Zoo &Botanical Garden’sElephant House, wherehis patient awaits.My-Thai, a 36-year-old, 8,700-pound Asianelephant, is not sick.But Campbell needs todraw a blood sample fora species survival planstudy that will determinewhether elephants experi-ence menopause.Elephant managerCecil Jackson Jr. read-ies My-Thai with a baththat helps gets her bloodflowing. Then Campbellpulls on latex gloves andapproaches the elephant,keenly aware of where her jumbo-sized feet are.“Steady, My. Not a bigdeal,” the vet says sooth-ingly.He inserts a needle intoher right ear, and a syringebegins filling with blood.“Steady, My. Almostdone.”A perfect patient, shedoesn’t flinch.If it’s true that an ele-phant never forgets, thenMy-Thai’s memories of Campbell stretch w-a-a-a-y back. In October,Campbell, 48, will markhis 20th year as theCincinnati Zoo’s directorof animal health.If those two decadesas zoo vet have taughtthe humble resident of theClifton neighborhood any-thing, it’s that he still hasa lot to learn.“I’d be happy if I’mconsidered a good zoo vet(after) 30 years,” he says.“And I think people whotell you differently aren’tbeing truthful, becausethere’s just too much toknow.”Consider:His patients include1,800 animals — heknows many by name —representing more than500 species. They rangefrom tarantulas in theInsectarium to colossalcreatures like My-Thai,who gets an apple and apat on her trunk from thevet for being a good sportabout giving blood.A wrong move arounda potentially dangerousanimal could put the vetin the hospital. But he’sreceived one only minorbite, from a monkey. “Nota big deal. The monkey’sOK, too,” he says, smil-ing.Returning to the zoo’sW. Rowell Chase AnimalHospital, Campbell, whois single, says: “Quitefrankly, I do better withanimals than people.”What people see - nomatter the season - isa guy roaming the zoogrounds in khaki shorts,a knit shirt and athleticshoes. No white lab coat.“I get dirty. I walk thepark 30, 40 times a day.Yesterday I was drenched(with sweat). I’m workingon animals. You get poopedon, you get peed on.”Pachyderms pack aparticularly pungent odor,but the vet can sometimesbe oblivious.“I was at my grocerystore, 10:30 at night. It hadbeen a long day. Peoplebehind me are looking atme like, ’there’s some-thing not right with thatguy.’ I get home and takea shower and when thewater hits my hair thisbig explosion of elephant(smell) comes out.”He’d have it no otherway.The Milwaukee nativehad just a few months of experience working in pri-vate practice in Chicagowhen former CincinnatiZoo director Ed Maruskahired him in October 1990.Campbell says it was “oneof the best days of my life.”“He was green,” saysMaruska, who retired in2000. “A vet is a veryimportant part of the zoofamily, and we wanted tomake sure we got the rightguy, so I put him on tem-porary status.”Campbell soon provedhimself worthy of a per-manent position.“Being a zoo vet is alabor of love,” Maruskasays, “and I could see thatin Mark. I used to chastisehim at times to get the hellout of the place, he spentso much time there.”Says Jackson: “As faras a veterinarian, he’s oneof the best. He has a greatrapport with the elephants.He’ll listen to the keepers,too, when they have issuesand problems.”When necessary, he’llcall in outside experts rang-ing from veterinary ortho-pedic surgeons to medicaldoctors and dentists thatwork on humans.Campbell says theMarch 1998 birth at thezoo of an Asian elephantnamed Ganesh ranksamong the highlights of his career. Ganesh was thefirst elephant conceivedand born in Ohio since theIce Age.“To watch the birth,and to dry off the elephantcalf and introduce it backto its mother, and to watchthe kid grow up, that’s just amazing,” he says.He has experiencedheartache, too.A year ago he was work-ing hard to save an ail-ing 21-year-old Sumatranrhino named Emi, the onlybreeding female of thatspecies in captivity.“We met and talkedabout that case once ortwice a week all summerlong. He would listen toevery idea,” says TerriRoth, director of the zoo’sCenter for Conservationand Research of Endangered Wildlife andthe researcher who pio-neered the Sumatran rhinobreeding program.“We couldn’t do enoughto save Emi,” Roth says.“We both kept trying. Itwas very hard, like watch-ing one of your relativesget sick.”Emi died in Septemberfrom liver failure causedby a disease that depositedexcess iron in her system.“Her death tore him up, just like it tore me up,”Roth says.Says Campbell: “Thoseare heartbreaking days,but you have to deal withthose because that’s partof medicine. I go fromneonatologist to coro-ner.”This day, he’s an ob/gyn of sorts — for a lacemonitor, a type of liz-ard commonly found inAustralia.Erik Keyster, the zoo’steam leader of reptiles andamphibians, brings thelizard to the zoo hospitalfor an X-ray. They wantto know if she’s pregnantso staff can provide anappropriate nesting area.“How cooperative is shegoing to be?” Campbellasks.“She’ll probably squirma lot,” Keyster says.Indeed, there’s plen-ty of that as the lizard’sforked tongue flicks inand out. A towel over itshead helps calm the crea-ture as Campbell, wearinga lead-lined vest, takes theX-ray.A few minutes later,an image shows no signof eggs.“Preventative medi-cine is the foundation of what we try to do here,”Campbell says. “We tryto provide the best hus-bandry, nutrition, andveterinary (care) that wecan, and that’s all tiedtogether.”
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 Elks donate to Youth Day
Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and ProtectiveOrder of Elks recently donated $200 to the Van WertCounty Outdoorsman Association to help support itsfourth annual Youth Day planned for Sept. 18. YouthDay Funds Chairman Charles Davis receives the checkfrom Lodge Youth Activities Chairman Fred Fisher.The Youth Day is put on to introduce the youth of our area to different shooting sports. The participantsare offered the chance to try archery, air rifle, 22 rifleand shot gun under close supervision by NRA certifiedinstructors and range safety officers. There is no chargeto the youth to participate on this day to learn safe gunhandling and marksmanship skills.
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 D.A.R.E. officer visits YWCA Summer Food Program
D.A.R.E. Officer Greg Blackmore of the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department recently sat down with the8-12-year-old participants of the YWCA of the Van Wert County Summer Food Program to talk about respect, lyingand drugs. The Summer Food Program provides breakfast and lunch as well as education programs all summer toarea youth ages 4-12.
“He was green.A vet is a veryimportant partof the zoo family, and we wantedto make sure wegot the right guy, so I put him ontemporary status.... Being a zoo vetis a labor of loveand I could seethat in Mark. Iused to chastisehim at times toget the hell outof the place, hespent so muchtime there.”
— former CincinnatiZoo director Ed Maruska,who hired Campbellin October 1990
YMCA of Van Wert Countyhires new aquatics director
The YMCA of Van WertCounty announces MarthaMartin as aquatics director.Although new to the posi-tion, Martin is not new to theY. She worked at the Y inhigh school as a guard andswim class instructor. Later,she became an assistantswim coach for the MarlinsSwim Team.After taking a leave fromguarding and instructing towork elsewhere, she returnedto the Y in 2008 to onceagain work with the Marlinsand teach swim lessons.“When asked to teachlessons, my answer wasyes,” Martin said. “I loveto teach children to swimand just couldn’t believe Iwas given the opportunityto do so again. For me, theaccomplishments the chil-dren make and the looks ontheir faces are priceless —that’s what makes this jobso great!”In May of this year,Martin was given yet anoth-er opportunity, to head upthe direction of the AquaticsDepartment at the YMCA of Van Wert County.“I was ecstatic to be giventhis role,” Martin said. “Iam learning new things eachday and may make somemistakes along the way; butI have great people to workwith that steer me in the rightdirection.” Martin added.In her spare time, Martinenjoys spending time withher family—husband Jackand daughters Megan,Michelle ( Mason), Jenna(Matt), Maria and son Matt.Martin can also bereached by e-mailing mar-tha@vwymca.org or calling419-238-0443.
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CHP sets sausagesandwich,dessert buffet forthe United Way
Community HealthProfessionals will host alunchtime sausage sandwichand dessert buffet from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 26 at1159 Westwood Dr. to ben-efit the 2010 United Way of Van Wert County campaigndrive.The event featuresVenedocia Lions Club sau-sage sandwiches, a side andan all-you-care-to-eat buffetof desserts for a $5 donation($2.50 for sandwich only).Carry-outs are availableand delivery is offered for anadditional $1 donation.For large orders, pleasecall a day ahead to Anita orJenna at 419-238-9223.

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