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BY JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Bob Arnzen’s impact wasfelt well beyond his 696 victories at the helmof the St. John’s boys basketball program.It was in the way he turned young boysinto men on and off the court.It was the impact he had on the larger com-munity, in Delphos and beyond.It was the way he conducted himself to thevery end.The man many of his former players stillcall “Coach” died Wednesday at the age of 83.Many were left in shock, such as currentSt. John’s Principal and long-time AthleticDirector Don Huysman.“I’m still in shock; it happened so quickly.I was fortunate to have a chance to see himlast night before he died,” Huysman began.“I don’t think there was ever a man I admiredmore than I did him; he was Delphos St.John’s; he was this place. He was an ambas-sador for the school and community — andthe game of basketball — like none other;no matter where I went with him, it was likebeing with a rock star. Everybody wanted totalk to him and he took the time to talk toeverybody. He mentored numerous coaches; Idon’t know how many coaches he influencedand I don’t think he had an enemy. I am 62years old and I struggled to call him Bob; hewas Coach. He was an icon.“You couldn’t ask for a better family,either. His wife, Alice, and five children wereclass acts, just like him.”Arnzen finished his coaching career afterthe 1992-93 season with a 696-291 mark anda state title in 1983. He was then the second-leading winner in Ohio boys history but cur-rently ranks fourth.His career included five trips to the statetournament and 11 conference titles in theWestern Buckeye League and MidwestAthletic Conference.Upon his retirement, the gymnasium at St.John’s was renamed in his honor, the RobertA. Arnzen Gymnasium.The Kentucky native was inducted as amember of the Ohio High School BasketballCoaches Association Hall of Fame; an inau-gural member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame; the Alumni Hall of Fame at St. John’sas an honorary alumnus; the National HighSchool Sports Hall of Fame; the NorthernKentucky Sports Hall of Fame; and theCincinnati St. Xavier High School AthleticHall of Fame, from which he graduated.The OHSAA has a coach’s award namedafter him, the Bob Arnzen Longevity Award.One of his first players, Byron “Barney”Altman, played as a freshman for Arnzen inhis first season in 1951.“He had followed some very good sea-sons: the previous 4 years, we had won atleast 20 games and a state title in 1949. Wewere 13-10, 15-11, 28-4 and 28-5 and a staterunner-up in his first four seasons; we knewwe had a good one,” Altman recalled. “Fr.(E.C. Herr) got a hold of the University of Dayton’s coach at the time, Don Blackburn,for whom Bob was an assistant, and Fr. Herrhired him. The rest is history.“I was in the Army stationed in Germanywhen I got a letter asking me to come be anassistant. He brought in Gip (Pohlman) andwe ran the grade school. In those days, thehead coach was not only of the varsity butthe junior varsity and such. We ran things theway he wanted us to.”Above all, Altman saw Arnzen as a men-tor.“I looked up to him all these years; hehelped us as players and as men. I wasn’t
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Tony Metzger uses his snowblower to clear out a driveway and sidewalk on FourthStreet Wednesday afternoon.
Delphos digs out
Staff Reports
Many residents were snow-bound at home Wednesday,digging out from the over-night storm. Traffic was lightthrough much of the day ascity employees worked intothe afternoon to remove snowfrom the center of streets.Bellmann’s Party Shopowner Bill Bellmann saidfoot traffic was very slow athis store. On the south sideof town, Joe Warnecke atNiedecken’s Carry-out saidthe store was quite busy witha steady flow of customers,many who walked there whileseveral drove.Chief SupermarketManager Jerome Hoehn saidnot many residents visited thegrocery store Wednesday.“Monday was really busyand Tuesday was normal buthardly anyone was gettingout Wednesday, so there washardly anyone in the store,”he said.With Tuesday’s storm,Delphos was lucky in moreways than one. The city sawmuch less precipitation thanareas to the north and notas much ice as the MiamiValley. Therefore, the Tri-county did not suffer thewidespread power outagesthat often accompany icestorms.“We dodged a bullet,”said American Electric PowerRepresentative Shelly Clark.“The Western Ohio Districtonly had 112 customers of our 182,564 without power atthe peak of the storm Tuesdaynight. However, we were at1,200 Wednesday morningbecause of a traffic accidentin Lima where a car hit a poleand we had to take down thepower to safely make repairs.Other than that, our storm-related outages were veryminimal.”At 1:30 p.m., only 27customers’ power in the dis-trict had not been restored.Because the region luckedout, the district sent employ-ees to assist in Columbus andCanton, which Clark saidwere the hardest-hit in AEPOhio’s statewide region. Sheadded that because so manypeople came to Ohio fromother states to help, AEP Ohiowill likely return the favor.The enormous winter stormleft Midwesterners shiveringin its frozen footprint. Windchills were expected to dipto 30 below in parts of thenation’s midsection beforethe region awoke today todeal with the storm’s after-math. The sprawling systemunloaded as much as 2 feet of snow, crippled airports andstranded drivers in downtownChicago as if in a prairie bliz-zard. Chicago public schoolscanceled classes for a secondstraight day. The city’s iconicLake Shore Drive reopenedbefore dawn today aftercrews worked overnight toclear snow and stranded vehi-cles. Drivers had abandonedhundreds of vehicles stoppedin their tracks by snow thatdrifted as high as the wind-shields late Tuesday and intoWednesday morning.Some motorists came awayangry, frustrated that the citydidn’t close the crucial thor-oughfare earlier. Others weremad at themselves for goingout during the storm or notusing another route.City crews who workedinto the night Wednesdaywere aiming to have LakeShore Drive passable for themorning rush hour.Utility crews raced torestore power to thousandsof homes and businessesin Ohio, New Jersey andPennsylvania, where freezingrain and ice brought downelectrical lines.
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“I offer my apol-ogy for everythingthat happenedyesterday becauseit’s neither logi-cal nor rational.What happenedwas wrong, amillion percentwrong, whether itwas deliberate ornot deliberate ...Everything thathappened yester-day will be inves-tigated so every-one knows whowas behind it.”
— Prime MinisterAhmed Shafiq
Egypt army moves tostop assault on protesters
BY MAGGIE MICHAELThe Associated Press
CAIRO — Egyptian armytanks and soldiers clearedaway pro-government riotersand deployed between themand protesters seeking the fallof President Hosni Mubarak,as the prime minister made anunprecedented apology todayfor the assault by regime back-ers that turned central Cairointo a battle zone.Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiqtold state TV that the attackWednesday on the anti-govern-ment protesters was a “blatantmistake” and promised to inves-tigate who was behind it.The protesters accuse theregime of organizing theassault, using paid thugs andpolicemen in civilian clothes,in an attempt to crush theirmovement. Government sup-porters charged central TahrirSquare Wednesday afternoon,sparking 15 hours of uncon-trolled chaos, with the twosides battled with rocks, sticks,bottles and firebombs as solid-ers largely stood by withoutintervening.The military began to movewith muscle for the first timeto stop the fighting early todayafter a barrage of automaticgunfire hit the anti-govern-ment camp before dawn, kill-ing at least three protesters ina serious escalation.Four tanks cleared a high-way overpass from whichMubarak supporters hadhurled rocks and firebombsonto the protesters. Soldierson the streets carrying rifleslined up between the two sidesaround 11 a.m. Several hun-dred other soldiers were mov-ing toward the front line.This morning, more pro-testers streamed into thesquare, joining the thousandsof defenders who spent thechilly night there, hunkereddown against the thousands of government supporters in thesurrounding streets.A sense of victory ranthrough the protesters, evenas they organized their ranksin the streets in case of anew assault. “Thank God, wemanaged to protect the wholearea,” said Abdul-Rahman, ataxi driver who spent the nightin the square. “We preventedthe pro-Mubarak people fromstorming the streets leading tothe square.” He refused to givehis full name.The apology by Shafiq, whowas appointed by Mubarakover the weekend, was highlyunusual from a leadership thatrarely makes public admissionsof a mistake. His promise toinvestigate who organized theattack came only hours afterthe Interior Ministry issueda denial that any of its policewere involved.“I offer my apology foreverything that happened yes-terday because it’s neither log-ical nor rational,” Shafiq said.“What happened was wrong,a million percent wrong,whether it was deliberate ornot deliberate ... Everythingthat happened yesterday willbe investigated so everyoneknows who was behind it.”The anti-Mubarak move-ment, which has carried outan unprecedented 10 days of protests bringing as many asquarter-million people intoTahrir, has vowed to intensifyprotests to force him out byFriday. In a speech Tuesdaynight, Mubarak refused to stepdown immediately, saying hewould serve out the remainingseven months of his term — ahalfway concession rejectedby the protesters.The notion that the statemay have coordinated violenceagainst protesters, whose vigilin Tahrir Square had beenpeaceful for days, prompted asharp rebuke from Washington,which has considered Egypt itsmost important Arab ally fordecades, and sends it $1.5 bil-lion a year in aid.“If any of the violenceis instigated by the govern-ment, it should stop immedi-ately,” said White House PressSecretary Robert Gibbs.
“ ... I don’t think therewas ever a man I admiredmore than I did him; hewas Delphos St. John’s; hewas this place. He was anambassador for the schooland community — andthe game of basketball —like none other; no matterwhere I went with him, itwas like being with a rockstar. Everybody wanted totalk to him and he took thetime to talk to everybody.”
— Don Huysman,St. John’s principal
Makeup dates for post-poned games
Tonight’s Jefferson atAllen East girls basketballgame has been postponed dueto weather conditions until 6p.m. Tuesday; the freshmenboys home game versus AllenEast tonight has also beenmoved to Tuesday at 5 p.m.Jefferson’s boys andgirls junior high game atCrestview (postponed fromTuesday) has been moved tothe Feb. 10 (the Fort Jenningsgame will be canceled).The St. John’s at NewBremen girls basketballgame scheduled for tonighthas been postponed and themakeup date scheduled fornoon (JV start) Feb. 19.Games postponed fromTuesday and their makeupdates: Lincolnview at St.John’s (noon Saturday); andAyersville at Fort Jennings(12:30 p.m. Saturday).
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A boy was born Feb. 1 toAlisha and Ryan Miller of Elida.Douglas John Zenz, 44,died Monday in Illinois.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.Robert A. Arnzen, 83, of Delphos, died Wednesday atSt. Rita’s Medical Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
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funeralservices begin at 10:30 a.m.Friday at Cowan and SonFuneral Home in Van Wert,Pastor Don Rogers officiating.Burial will follow in ShermanCemetery in Paulding County.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. today. Memorials areto the ASPCA or March of Dimes. Online condolencesmay be sent to cowanandson-funeralhome.com.
CarmelaAngelia “Angel,” 19, of ruralSt. Marys, funeral servicesbegin at 10:30 a.m. Saturdayat Living Hope Assembly of God, 1130 Indian Avenuein St. Marys, Pastor RandyMcKinney officiating. Burialwill follow at the Elm GroveCemetery in St. Marys.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Friday at thechurch. Memorial contribu-tions may be directed to theRonald McDonald Houseof Cincinnati. Online con-dolences may be conveyedvia millerfuneralhomes.net.Arrangements are under thedirection of the Miller FuneralHome 1605 Celina Road (Ohio703 West) in St. Marys.
Gregory A.“Greg,” 64, of Delphos,funeral services will begin at11 a.m. Friday at Thomas E.Bayliff Funeral Home, PastorTom Shobe officiating. Burialwill follow in SpencervilleCemetery. Friends may callfrom 5-8 today.
RitaT., 92, of Delphos Massof Christian Burial willbegin at 10 a.m. Saturdayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in St. John’sCemetery. Friends may callfrom 4-7:30 p.m. Friday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a parish wakewill begin at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to St. John’sParish Foundation.
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High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was 36degrees, low was 14. Snowfallwas recorded at 1 inch. Higha year ago today was 31, lowwas 26. Record high for todayis 57, set in 1931. Record lowis -12, set in 1985.
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Much of Texas wasunder a hard freeze warningWednesday; rolling blackoutswere implemented, includingin Super Bowl host city Dallas,because of high demand dur-ing a rare ice storm. Theoutages would not affectCowboys Stadium in suburbanArlington, said Jeamy Molina,a spokeswoman for utility pro-vider Oncor. But other SuperBowl facilities, such as teamhotels, were not exempt, shesaid.Officials in the Northeasthad warned homeowners andbusinesses for days of the dan-gers of leaving snow piled upon rooftops. As the 2,000-mile-long storm cloaked the regionin ice and added inches to thepiles of snow already settledacross the landscape, the pre-dictions came true. No onewas seriously injured, how-ever.In Middletown, Conn., theentire third floor of a build-ing failed, littering the streetwith bricks and snapping twotrees. Acting Fire Marshal AlSantostefano said two workersfled when they heard a crack-ing sound.“It’s like a bomb scene,”Santostefano said. “ThankGod they left the buildingwhen they did.”A gas station canopy onNew York’s Long Island col-lapsed, as did an airplanehangar near Boston, damag-ing aircraft. Roof cave-ins alsowere reported in Rhode Island.The University of Connecticutclosed its hockey rink as a pre-caution because of the amountof ice and snow on the roof.The school hoped to have itinspected and reopened in timefor a game Saturday.Some places in the Northeastthat have gotten more snowso far this winter than theyusually get the whole seasonare running out of places toput it. In Portland, Maine, thedowntown snow-storage areawas expected to reach capacityafter this week’s storm — thefirst time in three years thathas happened.“It’s not so much aboutplowing as it is about where toput it,” said Mike Schumaker,a contractor near Albany, N.Y.“We still have snow fromChristmas that hasn’t melted.”Snow totals in the Northeasthit their peak at several inchesin New England, a far cryfrom the foot or more theregion has come to expect witheach passing storm in a seasonfull of them. Meanwhile, theMidwest was reeling from thestorm’s wallop as the systemswept eastward.The storm derived itspower from the collision of cold air sweeping down fromCanada and warm, moist aircoming up from the South.Weather experts said La Nina,a temperature phenomenon inthe Pacific Ocean, also con-tributed.“The atmosphere doesn’tlike that contrast in tem-perature. Things get mixedtogether and you have a stormlike this,” said Gino Izzo, aNational Weather Servicemeteorologist. “The jet streamup in the atmosphere was likethe engine and the warm airwas the fuel.”Snowfall totals this win-ter are off the charts alongparts of the Interstate 95 cor-ridor between Boston andPhiladelphia.Newark, N.J., was hit with62 inches of snow throughJan. 27, compared with theseasonal average of 25 inches.In New York City, 56 inchesof snow has fallen on CentralPark, compared to the 22-inchseasonal average.
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Fawcett’s redswimsuit goes toSmithsonian
WASHINGTON (AP) —The red swimsuit that helpedmake “Charlie’s Angels”actress Farrah Fawcett a1970s icon became part of the Smithsonian’s collectionWednesday on what wouldhave been her 64th birthday.Fawcett’s longtime com-panion Ryan O’Neal presentedthe swimsuit and other itemsto the Smithsonian’s NationalMuseum of American Historyin Washington. O’Neal saidFawcett, who died in 2009 afterbattling anal cancer for severalyears, always intended to givethe suit to the museum.“They asked her years agofor the bathing suit,” he said.“So it was always in her plan.”Fawcett wore the bathingsuit for a photo shoot shortlybefore her debut on Charlie’sAngels in 1976. The resultingposter sold millions of copiesand became the best sellingposter of all time, accordingto Smithsonian curator DwightBowers. Bowers compared theposter to World War II pin-ups of Betty Grable and RitaHayworth, saying it became asymbol of the 1970s era.Also donated to theSmithsonian were Fawcett’sbook of scripts for the first sea-son of “Charlie’s Angels,” a1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a“Farrah’s Glamour Center” styl-ing kit for creating her signaturehairdo. The items will be part of the museum’s popular culturehistory collection and will go ondisplay this summer.In 1933, German refugeeAlbert Einstein immigratedto the United States, wherehe would live and work forthe rest of his life. In 1952, hewas offered the post of Israelipresident, which he politelydeclined.
Delphos St. John’s is CelebratingCatholic Schools Week
The students at Delphos St. John’s thank everyone whoserves the school and parish by giving their time, talentand treasure. St. John’s Schools are special because of your commitment. All St. John’s students are encouragedto perform service and do their part to make societybetter by utilizing the intellectual and spiritual formationthey receive. This cycle ensures the longstandingtradition of St. John’s will continue in future generations.
We Thank our School Volunteers
Delphos St. John’s offers a pre-K throughhigh school education for children of all reli-gious affiliations.
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From the Editors of E/TheEnvironmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Iunderstand that the use of antibiotics in raising farmanimals is threatening tomake bacteria overall moreresistant to antibiotics, which has serious life anddeath implications for peo-ple. Can you enlighten andadvise what is being doneabout this?— Robert Gelb, Raleigh, NC
Most medical doctorswould agree that antibioticdrugs—which stave off bac-terial infections from staph tosalmonella to bacterial pneu-monia — are among the mostimportant tools in modernmedicine. But public healthadvocates, environmentalistsand even many doctors worrythat our society’s overuse andmisuse of antibiotics is mak-ing bacteria more resistantand thus limiting the effec-tiveness of these lifesavingdrugs.Bacterial resistance to ourantibiotics simply means lon-ger, more serious and morecostly illnesses. The Alliancefor the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, a nonprofit thatconducts research around theworld on antibiotic resistance,estimates that antibiotic resis-tance has been responsiblefor upwards of $16 billionannually in extra costs tothe U.S. health care systemin recent years. The U.S.Centers for Disease Controland Prevention (CDC) con-siders antibiotic resistanceone of its top concerns.While misuse of antibioticsfor human health problems isdefinitely a concern — thosewith a valid need for antibiot-ics who don’t finish off theirprescriptions, for example,could effectively help bacteriadevelop resistance and makeit stronger for when it infectsits next host — a larger issueis the misuse of antibiotics totreat the common cold andflu and other viral infectionswhich do not involve bacteria.The more antibiotics we usewilly-nilly, the faster bacte-ria will develop resistance,rendering many of the drugsmodern medicine has come torely on obsolete.Of even greater con-cern is the preponderanceof antibiotics used down onthe farm. “Antibiotics oftenare used on industrial farmsnot only to treat sick ani-mals but also to offset [thehealth effects of] crowdingand poor sanitation, as wellas to spur animal growth,”reports the Pew Campaign onHuman Health and IndustrialFarming. Indeed, researchersestimate that up to 70 per-cent of all antibiotics sold inthe U.S. are given to healthyfood animals to artificiallyexpedite their growth andcompensate for the effects of unsanitary farm conditions.“The routine use of antibiot-ics in food animals presents aserious and growing threat tohuman health because it cre-ates new strains of dangerousantibiotic-resistant bacteria,”says Pew.So what can we do to cur-tail the overuse and misuseof antibiotics? For one, weshould not prescribe or useantibiotics to (mis)treat viralinfections. Beyond beingconscientious with our ownbodies, we should also urgefarmers to reduce their useof these drugs. Pew andother groups are trying tomuster public support for thePreservation of Antibioticsfor Medical Treatment Act(PAMTA, H.R. 1549/S. 619),which if enacted would with-draw from food animal pro-duction the routine use of seven classes of antibioticsvitally important to humanhealth unless animals arediseased or drug compa-nies can prove that their usedoes not harm human health.Hundreds of groups, includ-ing the American MedicalAssociation, AmericanAcademy of Pediatricians,Infectious Diseases Societyof America and World HealthOrganization support the leg-islation. Pew is urging con-cerned citizens to call theirRepresentatives and Senatorsand advocate for pushing thelegislation into committeehearings.
Send your environmental questions to: EarthTalk®,c/o E – The Environmental  Magazine, P.O. Box 5098,Westport, CT 06881.
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According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health andIndustrial Farming, the routine use of antibiotics in foodanimals — used not only to treat sick animals but also tooffset the health effects of crowding and poor sanitationand to spur animal growth presents a serious andgrowing threat to human health because it creates newstrains of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Report: Air faresrise by doubledigits Ohio
COLUMBUS (AP) — Anew government report findsfares have seen double-digitpercentage increases at Ohio’sfive largest airports comparedwith a year earlier.Numbers releasedWednesday by the federalBureau of TransportationStatistics show last summer’saverage domestic fares atCincinnati/Northern KentuckyInternational Airport werenearly 19 percent higher thanin the summer of 2009. Faresat the Akron/Canton airport jumped 17 percent, ClevelandHopkins registered a 16 per-cent increase, Columbusfares were up 13 percent, andDayton, 12 percent.Airlines have been limit-ing the number of seats forsale, allowing them to pushup fares.Another part of the reportshows Cincinnati had thenation’s fifth highest airlineticket prices during the sum-mer quarter, averaging $436for a domestic flight. Thenational average was $340.

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