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Applications are beingaccepted for the Kevin R.“Spanky” Kemper MemorialScholarship at St. John’sand Jefferson high schools.An application may beobtained from the schools’guidance counselors.Applications mustbe submitted by April15 to be eligible.
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE — Whenchildren leave their parents’homes for the real world,there is often a discouragingperiod of adjustment whenthey realize they won’t beable to live the same lifestylethey were accustomed to.The Ohio State UniversityExtension has created a pro-gram to help prepare highschool students for thefinancial challenges ahead.The Putnam County OSU-Extension brought the “RealMoney, Real World” pro-gram to Ottoville eighth- andninth-graders Tuesday morn-ing.“First, they attend class-room sessions where they’regiven different career options,monthly income, spouses andin some cases, children,”Jason Hedrick of the PutnamCounty OSU Extensionsaid. “They talk over all themonthly bills they will haveto pay. In the gym, we havetables set up. Each representsa specific bill like housing,cars, insurance, etc. Theyhave to visit each table andtry to budget that income andtry to save money or at leastbreak even.”Students were assigneddifferent incomes — someof which barely cleared mini-mum wage — giving thema clear example of what itwould be like to balance abudget. The bills includedin the exercise were childcare, clothing, communica-tions, credit, contributions,entertainment, food, housing,insurance, transportation,utilities and miscellaneous.“This is just a snapshotof what it would be like tospend the money you makeevery month. They also learnwhat you earn isn’t whatyou take home and put inyour account,” Hedrick said.“Each student is meant toassume they have a spousewho is unable to contributean income, whether becausethey lost their job, can’t finda job or are in school. Thatkind of thing is a reality.”When the students werefinished with each table, theywere sent to the “finish line”where they were told howthey did.“This is the second timewe’ve had the programhere at Ottoville,” FamilyConsumer Science EducatorPam Hickey said. “We’lltry to do it every other yearand get them thinking aboutfinances as they go throughhigh school and into theircareers. We want to get themthinking that way earlier sothey see that mom and dadalso have a budget to consid-er and to help them assumesome financial responsibil-ity.”Along with Hickey,Ottoville teacher NancyKroeger and OSU Extensionrepresentative Tina Koesterwait at the finish line for stu-dents to finish their budgets.“In class, I have them bal-ance a checkbook,” Kroegeradded. “They have to go homeand get a cell phone bill,amount spent on weekly gro-ceries and monthly utilitiesand practice writing checksfor those things. All together,we spend about nine weekseducating them about finan-cial responsibility.”Koester says the programis also good for the parents.“They end up quizzingtheir parents, as well, andasking questions,” she said.“They call attention to thingslike bills when they needto practice writing checks.Their parents really look atthe bills and think, ‘Wow,I’m spending that much oncell phones’?”Hickey said it’s importantfor students to lower theirlifestyle expectations.“I tell the kids that whenthey move out and go out ontheir own, they’ll go fromup here to way down herebecause they’ll be startingat the beginning,” she said.“They find out they can’tafford everything they needor want and they end upusing credit to fill in the gaps.That’s where people get introuble. That’s why budget-ing is important.”
‘Real world’ may burst some bubbles
Sue Bendele of the OSU Extension, left, and volunteerMelissa Schnipke, right, help Tim Feasel work out hisclothing budget.Leeanna McKamey of the OSU Extension Putnam County Office, left, and volunteerKatrina Beining help students budget “food expenses.”
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“I’m Broke,” Melissa Sarka, center, told NormaUnverferth, left, of the OSU Extension and volunteerBrianna Rodriguez, right, at the housing table. Studentswere given a fake income and were required to budgetimaginary monthly expenses accordingly.Baked to Perfection owner Alex Benavidez held a program called “I Love Cookies”at the Delphos Public Library Tuesday evening. Children were instructed how todecorate cookies, apply fondant and keep it from drying out. From left: Justin Mox, K.C. Edsall and Annabella Keller take their turn at the table with Benavidez.
Library hosts cookie program
Stacy Taff photo
BY ED GEBERTHerald Correspondent
Ohio 75th House DistrictRepresentative LynnWachtmann (R-Napoleon) ispreparing for another battleover abortion. Wachtmannplans to introduce a bill todaywhich has the eye of legisla-tors and activists in manyother states.The “heartbeat bill” wouldprevent a woman from ter-minating a pregnancy oncea fetal heartbeat has beendetected. That typically takesplace in the first six weeksof the pregnancy and canbe as early as 18 days afterconception.“It was not my originalidea but I’ve been a pro-lifeleader here in Columbus for26 years, and I’m commit-ted to pushing the courts asfar as we can go to pro-tect human life, and that’sclearly what this bill is allabout,” Wachtmann stated onTuesday.The bill was crafted by for-mer Ohio Right To Life leg-islative director Janet FolgerPorter, whom Wachtmannsaid he has known for twodecades. The Ohio native alsoput together the nation’s firstban on late-term abortions.The bill is not withoutits critics, even among pro-life supporters. Some won-der about the constitutional-ity of such a measure. Thoseopposing the bill claim thereis no doubt the measure isunconstitutional. Still othersupporters worry that if thebill is passed, then overturnedby the Supreme Court, itcould affect laws already onthe books. Wachtmann saidhe wants to begin the discus-sions.“I’m introducing this billto get the debate going tosee how far we believe wecan push the U.S. SupremeCourt in upholding as strong
Wachtmann pushes for abortion restriction
See WACHTMANN, page 2
By MAGGIE MICHAELThe Associated Press
CAIRO — Egypt’s anti-government activists calledon supporters today toexpand their demonstrationsin defiance of the vice presi-dent’s warning that protestscalling for President HosniMubarak’s ouster would notbe tolerated for much longer.Vice President OmarSuleiman, who is managingthe crisis, raised the pros-pect of a new crackdown onprotesters Tuesday when hetold Egyptian newspaper edi-tors there could be a “coup”unless demonstrators agree toenter negotiations. The pro-testers insist they won’t talkbefore Mubarak steps down,which the president is refus-ing to do.“He is threatening toimpose martial law, whichmeans everybody in thesquare will be smashed,”said Abdul-Rahman Samir, aspokesman for a coalition of the five main youth groupsbehind protests in Cairo’sTahrir Square. “But whatwould he do with the rest of the 70 million Egyptians whowill follow us afterward?”Suleiman is creating “adisastrous scenario,” Samirsaid. “We are striking andwe will protest and we willnot negotiate until Mubaraksteps down. Whoever wantsto threaten us, then let themdo so.”For the first time, protest-ers were calling forcefullytoday for labor strikes, try-ing to draw powerful laborunions into support for theircause.Suleiman’s warning wasthe latest in a series of con-fused messages from thegovernment to the protesters.Officials have made a seriesof pledges not to attack, harassor arrest the activists in recentdays, followed by Suleiman’sthinly veiled threat of a newcrackdown.“We can’t bear this fora long time,” he said of theTahrir protests. “There mustbe an end to this crisis assoon as possible.” He said theregime wants to resolve thecrisis through dialogue, warn-ing: “We don’t want to dealwith Egyptian society withpolice tools.”He also warned of chaosif the situation continued,speaking of “the dark bats of the night emerging to terror-ize the people.” If dialogueis not successful, he said, thealternative is “that a couphappens, which would meanuncalculated and hasty steps,including lots of irrationali-ties.”Although it was not com-pletely clear what the vicepresident intended in his“coup” comment, the pro-testers heard it as a veiledthreat to impose martial law— which would be a dramaticescalation in the standoff.Suleiman, a military manwho was intelligence chief before being elevated to vicepresident amid the crisis, triedto explain the remark by say-ing:“I mean a coup of theregime against itself, or amilitary coup or an absenceof the system. Some force,whether its the army or policeor the intelligence agencyor the (opposition Muslim)
Protesters defy order to stop
See EGYPT, page 2
Partly cloudyThursday;high 15. Seepage 2.
Game changesfor St. John’s
St. John’s AthleticDirector Todd Schultehas announced two gamechanges: the boys game atLincolnview, postponedfrom Saturday, will start at4 p.m. Saturday; and theOttoville at St. John’s girlsgame that night, sched-uled for a 6 p.m. JV start,will start at 6:30 p.m.
Local teams ranked
In the next-to-last girlshigh school basketballrankings, six area teamsare in the running.In Division IV, Minsteris rated third, with Ottovillesixth and Jefferson closebehind at seventh.In Division III, FortRecovery stands 11th.In Division II, Bath is 11thand St. Marys Memorial 16th.See full rank-ings on page 7.
Tuesday’s AreaPrep ScoresBoys
Arcadia 62, Fostoria St.Wendelin 50; Archbold 41,Defiance Tinora 22; Carey54, McGuffey Upper SciotoValley 45; Columbus Grove71, Pandora-Gilboa 40;Cory-Rawson 68, KansasLakota 41; Crestline 57,Ridgeway Ridgemont 50;Kalida 59, Haviland WayneTrace 45; Minster 63, Anna60; Mogadore 62, Akr.Coventry 54; N. LewisburgTriad 63, DeGraff Riverside58; Oregon Stritch 56,Northwood 45; Ottoville 59,Ft. Jennings 39; S. CharlestonSE 47, Milford CenterFairbanks 44; Tol. Christian81, Tol. Emmanuel Baptist 53
Arlington 66, Kenton36; Bryan 39, Stryker 37;Celina 47, Convoy Crestview43; Columbus Grove 51,Ada 39; Delphos Jefferson62, Lafayette Allen E. 41;Findlay Liberty-Benton 42,Miller City 26; HavilandWayne Trace 59, Continental45; Marion Cath. 38,Mansfield Christian 33, 2OT;Napoleon 37, WhitehouseAnthony Wayne 34; NewBremen 61, Spencerville 49;Sandusky 64, Marion Harding50; St. Marys Memorial43, Ottawa-Glandorf 30;Van Wert 57, Lima Sr.51, OT; Wapakoneta 48,Coldwater 44, OT.