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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Social Security Q&A, p3Jays, ’Cats grab League contestsp6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly cloudytonight; lowin low 20s.Sunday highin mid 30swith 40 per-cent chance of snow inevening. Low in low 20s.
Sarah Jane tohost dementiaseminar
Sarah Jane Living Centerwill host a free informa-tional meeting entitled“Understanding Alzheimer’sDisease with Valuable Tipson Communicating withthe Person with Dementia”at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdayat the center at 328 W.Second St., Delphos.The seminar willbe conducted by LynnRitter, Ph.D., from theAlzheimer’s Association,Northwest Ohio Chapter.For more information orto make reservations, contactthe center at 419-692-6618.
Franklin setskindergartenregistration
Franklin ElementarySchool will register childrenfor kindergarten screen-ing for the 2011-12 schoolyear from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Monday through Friday.Children who will be 5years old by Aug. 1 are eli-gible to attend kindergartenin the 2011-12 school year.Parents/guardiansshould come to Franklinon the above dates to pickup registration materialsand set up an appoint-ment to have their childscreened for kindergarten.The clinics will be held 8a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3, 10,17 and 25. The clinics lastapproximately 30 minutes.For questions, call419-692-8766.
City rounding off snow removal
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Havingpiled much of this week’ssnowfall in the middle of many streets, maintenancecrews have now relocatedmost of it. Depending onwhere the white partitionswere created determinedwhere it was trucked to.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist said some of the wintry mix ended up nearthe Herald office and theparks but most was moved toan empty lot near the railroadtracks.“The city owns a lot onFranklin Street near the bridge just across the railroad tracksand we pile a lot of it up downthere,” he said. “We take itin a big dump truck and wealso take some to the parks,depending on where we’rehauling it from. Sometimes,we get more snow thanexpected and start to run outof places to put it. We didn’tput salt on the roads, so someof it gets thrown in the canal.We have to just put it wherewe can,” he said.Areas to the north receivedmuch more snow than did theTri-County. Because the areaonly got 2-3 inches of snowand sleet, the commitment tokeeping residents safe broughthigh reward.“We did really well.Comparatively speaking, Iwas in some other cities inthe last couple of days and,while we’re basically readyfor the next snow event, othermunicipalities are still clean-ing up from this one. We hadeveryone who can operateequipment out there — com-ing in at 2 a.m. and working12-14-hour shifts. Nobodylikes doing that but I compli-ment the staff for not com-plaining or grumbling. Theycame in and did what neededto be done. In Delphos, that’s just what we do; we do whatneeds to be done to take careof community,” he said.
Stacy Taff photo
A city worker moves snow around at a drop-off point off South Franklin StreetFriday.
School works in some Catholic Schools Week activities
St. John’s teachers enjoy a lunch including pizza and chips providedby the St. John’s PTO. On Monday, elementary students will attend a pepassembly and enjoy popcorn and a movie.
Stacy Taff photos
St. John’s Elementary School students have cookies and milk Fridayafternoon as part of Catholic Schools Week. Many activities were missedthis week due to the snow storm and school cancellations.CYO Spring VolleyballRegistration set
Any girls in the fourththrough sixth grade wishing toparticipate in the Spring CYOVolleyball are asked to attendregistration 1 p.m. Sunday atthe St. John’s Annex.Registration will last aboutan hour. Please bring a parent,registration fee ($45) and shirtfee ($10).
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By LEE KEATHThe Associated Press
CAIRO — A new rallyFriday by nearly 100,000protesters in Cairo andbehind-the-scenes diplomacyfrom the Obama administra-tion piled more pressure onPresident Hosni Mubarak tomake a swift exit and allowa temporary government toembark on an immediate pathtoward democracy.Two days of wild clashesbetween protesters and regimesupporters that killed 11 peo-ple this week seemed to havepushed the United States tothe conclusion that an Egyptwith Mubarak at the helm ispotentially more unstable thanone without him.For the first time in the11-day wave of protests,varying scenarios were beingput forward by two opposingcamps in Egypt and by theUnited States on how to usherthe country into a post-Muba-rak era after nearly 30 yearsof his authoritarian rule.President Barack Obamasaid that discussions havebegun in Egypt on a turnoverof the government and hecalled for “a transition periodthat begins now.”“We want to see thismoment of turmoil turned intoa moment of opportunity,”Obama said in Washington.He did not explicitly call forMubarak to step down imme-diately, but U.S. officials saidthe administration has madea judgment that Mubarak hasto go soon if the crisis is toend peacefully.Under one U.S. propos-al, the 82-year-old Mubarakwould step down and handpower to a military-backedtemporary government head-ed by his newly appoint-ed vice president, OmarSuleiman, the officials said,speaking on condition of ano-nymity to discuss the sensi-tive talks. The governmentwould prepare for free andfair elections later this year.That would mesh in someways with the demands of theprotesters. But one significantdifference was the timetable.Nobel Peace laureateMohamed ElBaradei, one of the leaders of the protesters,criticized the government’splan to reform the constitu-tion within five months andhold presidential elections inSeptember, saying that wastoo rushed.
Views of post-Mubarak Egypt begin emerging
Local girls who par-ticipated in a cheercamp conducted byJefferson High Schoolcheerleaders performedfor Wildcat basketballfans Friday night at“The Stage.” Jefferson’sboys varsity squad clob-bered the Allen EastMustangs 73-44.
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Our little neck of the woods lays frozenunder ice and snow and there could be more tocome. Yeah. We have a spot in our back yardthat could use a little more; it’s a little lowerthan the rest.This has been quite the week. First camethe snow - then sleet. Of course, it could havebeen worse. If even a tenth of what we gotwas ice or freezing rain we would have beenin a world of hurt. Nothing says February inOhio like a power outage with negative windchills.We at The Delphos Herald mustered ineach day appreciative we didn’t live some-where else that was marking its third-or-morefoot of snow for the season.As we dug ourselves out, the sun brokethrough on Thursday and made the roadwaysa little safer and the bitter cold a little morebearable.This is the kind of weather that makessome people restless. At least one day therewas nowhere to go even if you had the urge.Most school kids were probably wishingfor more. Who didn’t enjoy a nice, unexpectedbreak from school when they were younger?Many of us made it through the Blizzard of 78 with tales to tell and solid week or so of uninterrupted playtime.Mom tells that my father lasted less than24 hours before the cabin fever overtook himand he ventured outside to see what was goingon.Cabin fever - the intense need to escapeone’s current abode and get outside and do… whatever.I think I will try to come down with cabinfever this weekend. I have a hard time imagin-ing spending so much time in the house I haveto get out. I walk a dog at least 7-9 times a dayand my car leaves the garage at least twice.As I look back, I don’t think I’ve evercaught the bug that drives one outside becausethey just can’t stand to be indoors any lon-ger.So, that’s my goal this weekend. I’m goingto hang around the house until I just can’t takeit anymore. I’m going to exhaust myself withreading, watching “idiot” TV and doing justlain nothing.I’ve thought this out carefully. I did themajority of my cleaning on Friday and justhave a few loose ends to tie up the rest of theweekend. Then I’m going to settle in with thelatest Eve Dallas book and see if I can drivemyself crazy with the yearning to run outsidescreaming because I can’t take it anymore.Seriously, that’s not going to happen. Idon’t know how long it takes to get cabinfever because I’ve never had it but I’m guess-ing it takes some of us longer than others.More often than not, I’m running into thehouse screaming because I don’t get to spendenough time there.Cabin fever, smabin fever. I dare the virusor bug or whatever it is to get me.It knows where to find me; I’ll be the onein the cabin.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 199
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany Brantley,
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Delphos CitySchoolsWeek of February 7-11
Monday: Charbroiled ham-burger sandwich, cheese slice,oven potatoes, fruit, lowfat milk.Tuesday: Salisbury steak, din-ner roll, mashed potatoes withgravy, strawberries, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Pepperoni pizza,tossed salad, peaches, lowfatmilk.Thursday: Macaroni and cheese, bread and butter or delisandwich, cole slaw, sherbet, low-fat milk.Friday: Franklin - Hot dog sand-wich; Middle and Senior - Footlonghot dog, corn chips, baked beans,diced pears, lowfat milk.
St. John’sWeek of February 7-11
Monday: Italian grilled chickensandwich or Sloppy Jo sandwich,California blend/cheese, salad,strawberries, milk.Tuesday: Chicken wrap/let-tuce, tomato, cheese or cold meatsandwich, salad, apple crisp, milk.Wednesday: Corn dog or cream of broccoli soup/ crack-ers/ cheese stick, peas, salad,Mandarin oranges, milk.Thursday: Chili/ roll/ crackersor shredded chicken sandwich,pudding, salad, pears, milk.Friday: Sub sandwich/ lettuce/tomato/ onion or BBQ pork sand-wich, potato chips, salad, peach-es, milk.
LandeckWeek of February 7-11
Monday: Stuffed crust pizza,corn, fruit, milk.Tuesday: Breaded popcornchicken, butter/peanut butter bread, potato rounds, fruit, milk.Wednesday: Hamburger andmacaroni, dinner roll, peas, fruit,milk.Thursday: Tacos, butter/pea-nut butter bread, green beans,fruit, milk.Friday: Macaroni and cheese,butter/peanut butter bread, lettucesalad, fruit, milk.
Fort JenningsWeek of February 7-11
Chocolate, white or strawberrymilk served with all meals.H.S. - Ala Carte - Pretzeland cheese available everyFriday; Salad bar with fruit andmilk for $2.00 available everyWednesday.Monday: Coney dog, bakedbeans, cheese stick, fruit.Tuesday: Chicken fajita, cheesyrice, mixed vegetables, fruit.Wednesday: Beef gravy over mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll,fruit.Thursday: Pizzaburger, greenbeans, sherbet, fruit.Friday: Charbroil beef sand-wich, cheese slice, peas, fruit.
OttovilleWeek of February 7-11
Monday: Chicken patty, rice,green beans, pineapple, milk.Tuesday: Tacos with cheese,lettuce, tomato, corn, cookie,peaches, milk.Wednesday: Sausage patties,tri tator, French toast stix, omelet,orange juice, milk.Thursday: Chicken, cheesypotatoes, butter bread, slicedstrawberries, milk.Friday: Hot dog-chili dog, cornchips, baked beans, peaches,milk.
Elida Elementary,Middle and High SchoolWeek of February 7-11
Daily every student is offeredthe choice of four different lunch-es. These include the one printedhere, pizza lunch, sandwich lunchor chef salad lunch.Monday: Chicken tenders,broccoli and cheese, assortedfruit, dinner roll, lowfat milk.Tuesday: Roast beef andcheddar sandwich with BBQ pkt.,spiral fries, assorted fruit, lowfatmilk.Wednesday: No school.Professional Development Day.Thursday: Chicken soft tacowith toppings, seasoned corn,assorted fruit, garlic breadsticks,lowfat milk.Friday: Real slice cheesepizza, green beans, assorted fruit,lowfat milk.
Gomer Week of February 7-11
Monday: Chicken tenders,broccoli and cheese, assortedfruit, dinner roll, lowfat milk.Tuesday: Roast beef sand-wich, spiral fries, assorted fruit,lowfat milk.Wednesday: No school.Professional Development Day.Thursday: Chicken soft tacowith toppings, seasoned corn,assorted fruit, garlic breadstick,lowfat milk.Friday: Real slice cheese pizza,green beans, assorted fruit, milk.
SpencervilleWeek of February 7-11
Monday: Grilled cheese sand-wich, celery with peanut butter dip, Goldfish crackers, peaches,milk. Grades 5-12 will have tomatosoup instead of celery with peanutbutter dip.Tuesday: Menu created byMrs. Sueve’s class: Meatball suband mozz. cheese, curly fries, fruitcocktail with mini marshmallows,vanilla ice cream, milk.Wednesday: Chicken nug-gets, mashed potatoes with gravy,8 grain dinner roll, peaches, milk.Thursday: Hamburger sand-wich, baked beans, orange smiles,milk.Friday: Pepperoni pizza, corn,applesauce, milk.
The City of Delphosgranted the following build-ing permits for 2010:
Mary Wagner, fence,$500; Kathleen and TimMiller, house, $350,000;Eugene Youngpeter, garage/sunroom, $26,000; Jim andPam Vincent, sunroom,$18,000; William and JaniceMolter, garage, $6,500.Total for month- $401,000.Total for year to date-$4,884,190.
Michael Thitoff, garage,$13,000; Rebecca LeVan,fence, $5,000; Brent andKathy Newland, awning,$1,000; Heritage Meadows,house, $135,000; DaveKlaus, garage, $3,500.Total for month- $157,500.Total for year to date-$5,041,090.
Harry and Judy Tolhurst,addition, $30,000. Total formonth- $30,000. Total foryear-to-date- $5,071,690.Total for 2010: residen-tial- $808,255; commer-cial- $1,000; industrial-$650,000.
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June 17, 1921-Feb. 4, 2011
Jack W. Schutte, 89, Delphos,died at 6:55 a.m. Friday atVancrest Healthcare Center.He was born June 17,1921, in Kenton, to Haroldand Margaret Schutte.He was married to BonnieBarnes, who preceded him indeath.Survivors include daughtersSandy McCann of Delphos,Jenny (Ernie) Numbers of Cridersville, Barbara (Harold)Pickett of Lexington, Kyand Joyce (Ron) Taylor of Westerville; a brother, Don(June) Schutte of Kenton; 16grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren.He was also preceded indeath by his daughters, AliceFuerst and Janice Schutte.Mr. Schutte served in theArmy during World War II,owned Schutte’s Lamp Supplyfor 35 years and held member-ships with the Lima UnionChapel and the AmericanLegion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Lima.Services begin at 2 p.m.Monday at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, Pastor MarkBayliff officiating. Burial willbe at a later date.Visitation will be fromnoon until the time of ser-vice with military rites at thefuneral home by the DelphosVeterans Council.Memorials are to the family.CLEVELAND (AP) —The winning numbers inFriday evening’s drawing of the Ohio LotteryPick 30-2-7Pick 41-7-1-9Rolling Cash 512-13-14-21-32Estimated jackpot:$110,000Ten OH04-06-12-15-16-18-20-22-24-25-28-29-34-38-43-51-52-58-66-76
CarmelaAngelia “Angel,” 19, of ruralSt. Marys, funeral servicesbegin at 10:30 a.m. today atLiving 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. today at thechurch. Memorial contribu-tions may be directed to theRonald McDonald Houseof Cincinnati. Online con-dolences may be conveyedvia millerfuneralhomes.net.Arrangements are underthe direction of the MillerFuneral Home 1605 CelinaRoad (Ohio 703 West) in St.Marys.
RitaT., 92, of Delphos Massof Christian Burial willbegin at 10 a.m. today atSt. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiat-ing. Burial will be in St.John’s Cemetery. Friendsmay call from 4-7:30 p.m.today at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, where aparish wake will begin at7:30 p.m. Memorial contri-butions may be made to St.John’s Parish Foundation.
, Robert A. 83,of Delphos; Mass of ChristianBurial will begin at 11 a.m.Monday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,Delphos. Father Jacob Gordonwill officiate. Burial will be inthe church cemetery.Friends may call from 2 to8 p.m. Sunday at the RobertA. Arnzen Gymnasium atDelphos St. John’s HighSchool, Delphos, and 9 to 10a.m. Monday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home. Therewill be a parish wake ser-vice at 3 p.m. and a Knightsof Columbus service at 3:30p.m., both Sunday at the gym.Memorial contribu-tions may be made to theDelphos Stadium Club or theDelphos St. John’s TeachersEndowment Fund.On a trip to the South SeaIslands, French painter PaulGauguin stopped off brieflyin Central America, where heworked as a laborer on thePanama Canal.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)— As the chief courier of aCalifornia-to-Ohio marijuanashipping scheme pleaded guiltyFriday, prosecutors said theinvestigation continued into otherpossible suspects in the plot thatbrought hundreds of pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases toOhio on private jets.Authorities say Lisette Leewas the primary courier for ascheme that distributed about7,000 pounds of the drug andmade more than $3 million fromNovember 2009 through April.“Obviously other people wereinvolved in the case,” assistantU.S. attorney Tim Pritchard saidafter Lee pleaded guilty. “We’recontinuing to look as we werefrom the first day.”Lee, 29, pleaded guilty to onecount of conspiracy to distributeand possess with intent to dis-tribute more than 2,000 poundsof marijuana. She faces 10 yearsto life, though under federalsentencing rules she’s likely toreceive the lower sentence.Frank Edwards, of Hacienda,Calif., was among five othersarrested in the case. He pleadedguilty Friday to a similar chargeinvolving more than 200 poundsof pot. He faces five to 40 yearsin prison, but also is not expectedto receive the longest term.
Calif. womanpleads guilty inplane pot case
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The “trial work period”allows Social Security dis-ability beneficiaries to testtheir ability to work for atleast nine months withoutlosing benefits. During thetrial work period, you canreceive full benefits no matterhow much you earn, as longas you remain disabled andyou report your work activity.The trial work period contin-ues until you have completednine trial work months withina 60-month period. You canfind more information aboutavailable work incentivesin our publication WorkingWhile Disabled—How WeCan Help at www.socialsecu-rity.gov/pubs/10095.html.
What are the four parts of Medicare?
The four parts of Medicareinclude:— Hospital insurance (PartA), which helps pay hospi-tal bills and some follow-upcare. The taxes you (or yourspouse in some cases) paidwhile working financed thiscoverage, so it’s premiumfree. For those who are not“insured,” coverage may bepurchased.—Medical insurance (PartB), which helps pay doctors’bills and other services. Thereis a monthly premium youmust pay for Medicare PartB and you may refuse thiscoverage.— Medicare Advantage(Part C) plans, which gener-ally cover many of the samebenefits a Medigap policywould cover, such as extradays in the hospital after youhave used the number of daysMedicare covers. People withMedicare Parts A and B canchoose to receive all of theirhealth care services throughone of these provider organi-zations under Part C. Theremight be additional premiumsrequired for some plans; and— Prescription drug cov-erage (Part D), which helpspay for medications doctorsprescribe for treatment.Anyone who has Medicarehospital insurance (Part A),medical insurance (Part B), ora Medicare Advantage plan(Part C) is eligible for pre-scription drug coverage (PartD). Joining a Medicare pre-scription drug plan is vol-untary and you pay an addi-tional monthly premium forthe coverage. To learn moreabout Medicare benefits, readour publication, Medicare,at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10043.html.
I can’t get health insurancebecause of my pre-existingcondition. Is there anythingI can do?
You may be eligiblefor the new Pre-ExistingCondition Insurance Plan —a program for people whohave a pre-existing condi-tion and have been withouthealth insurance coverage forat least six months. For moreinformation, call the Pre-Existing Condition InsurancePlan toll-free: 1-866-717-5826 (TTY 1-866-561-1604)between the hours of 8 a.m.and 11 p.m. Eastern Time.Or visit www.pcip.gov andselect “Find Your State” tolearn about eligibility andhow to apply.
Utility expectsslower progresson outages
CANTON (AP) — One of the power companies hit hard-est by this week’s Ohio icestorm says it expects to makeslower progress toward restor-ing service.American Electric Powerexplained in a statement Fridaythat many of its remainingoutages are scattered and iso-lated.More than 27,000 Ohiohomes and businesses remainwithout power from thisweek’s ice, which resulted indamage to power lines.The number includes about12,000 AEP customers innortheast Ohio’s Stark County,which includes Canton.Ohio Gov. John Kasich vis-ited storm victims shelteredin Canton Thursday nightand told them they shouldbe “good to go” with poweragain this weekend.AEP says it expects to haveall service restored by latetoday.
Man found guiltyof murder calledin by child
DAYTON (AP) — AnOhio man has been foundguilty of killing a womanwhose 5-year-old son called911 saying his mother wasdead and begging for someoneto come and stay with him.A Montgomery CountyCommon Pleas jury foundDamien Brown guilty onThursday in the June fatalshooting of estranged girl-friend Marquita Brown, 25.Brown, 27, was foundguilty of two counts each of murder and felonious assaultand one count of having aweapon as a convicted felon.Prosecutors said he shot thevictim in the head after anargument at her home. Thetwo were not related.Brown said the victimgrabbed a pistol in his hand andthe shooting was an accident.His attorney, Scott Calaway,confirmed Friday that an appealwould be filed, but declined tocomment further.Marquita Brown’s son— the only other person inthe home — called 911 afterDamien Brown fled the house,prosecutors said.“My mama is at homedead,” the child said in the 911call. “Can you come here?” hecould be heard pleading withthe dispatcher.Brown could get 18 years tolife in prison at his Feb. 17 sen-tencing. Assistant ProsecutorTracey Ballard Tangeman saidhe has a history of violence,particularly against women,and she would ask for the max-imum sentence.The victim’s mother, AnnHarris, said she was satis-fied with the verdict becauseBrown was found guilty onall counts and “he’s going toserve his consequences,” theDayton Daily News reported.“We know that that childsaw enough, knew enoughand heard enough to put ittogether,” Ballard Tangemansaid. “I’ve not met many chil-dren who have been that braveand that smart.”

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