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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—TheDelphos Public LibraryBoard of Trustees metWednesday to discuss theimprovements to the FirstStreet building and otherongoing projects.“The renovations aremoving along, the drywalland painting is all finished,”custodian Norb Renner said.“Next I’ll be putting in thegrid for the ceiling and afterthat the electrician can get inthere and finish his work. Healready has the light switch-es installed so he’ll just needto get the lights and fans inand he’ll be done.”The board deliberatedover several ceramic tile andcarpet squares before final-ly settling on a green tilefrom Menards for the wholebuilding and not installingcarpet.“The only room we werereally thinking about layingcarpet in was the smallermeeting room, just to makeit warmer and quieter, butit wouldn’t be worth itbecause it’s not going to beused too much more thanthe other rooms,” DirectorNancy Mericle said. “Thetile is a little cheaper and it’sa lot easier to clean if there’sa spill. Also, this tile is por-celain and the color con-tinues all the way throughit, which is nice if there isa chip somewhere becauseyou won’t be able to see it.”The board chose a darkgreen grouting to placebetween the tiles and settledon a rubber baseboard.In other news, Mericlementioned a puppet theaterarrived for the children’sprogram.“The puppet stand is hereand Denise is very happywith it,” Mericle said. “Sheeven had a little money leftfrom what was put aside forthat and right now it’s justpainted white, so she wasthinking about maybe hiringsomeone to come in and paintsomething colorful on it.”The board also discussede-books.“We occasionally getrequests for them,” Mericlesaid. “But when the personcomes in and asks if we offerthem, we don’t know whichdevice they use, whether it’sthe Amazon Kindle or theNook, etc., and so it wouldbe hard to figure out whiche-book program would becompatible for them if wewere to do that.”The board agreed toshelve the matter for furtherdiscussion.
Library Board members Leila Osting, left, Susan Kapcar and Director NancyMericle, right, examine the different flooring options from Lowe’s and Menards for theFirst Street building renovations.
Stacy Taff photo
Library project moving along
The Allen CountyChapter of the AmericanRed Cross will hold itsfifth annual Mardi Grasevent, featuring The Menusfrom Cincinnati. Proceedswill benefit the mission of the American Red Cross.Wings and beverages avail-able for purchase. Ticketsare $25 per person; mustbe 21 to enter. Tables withprominent seating for largergroups can be purchasedfor $250 at the AmericanRed Cross Allen CountyChapter, 610 S. Collett St.,Lima. Doors open at 7 p.m.,band will take the stage at8 p.m. Call 419-227-5121for more information.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.(AP) — Icy blasts tuggedtemperatures to well belowzero in chunks of the Southearly today, leaving ranchersand farmers fretting abouttheir animals after a winterstorm dropped 2 feet of snowon parts of Arkansas andOklahoma and left at leastthree people dead.Forecasters predictedlows of negative 11 in north-west Arkansas and minus 10degrees in parts of Oklahoma.Temperatures had dipped tonegative 8 in Fayettevilleby 2 a.m., according to theNational Weather Service.In a section of the nationaccustomed to neither snownor subzero temperatures,those numbers had cattlemensuch as Paul Marinoni cross-ing their fingers that pregnantcows won’t pop out babiesduring the coldest hours. Thenewborns could stick to theground, Marinoni said, muchlike tongues on a flagpole,and die.“How do you prevent it?”Marinoni, 70, said from hisfarm outside Fayetteville.“You can’t.”He hoped to check on hiscows at sunrise, provided hecould get to them through thesnow. In the meantime, somecows have sprouted fins of icicles down their backs.“There ain’t no way tokeep them warm,” he said.The frigid temperaturesfollowed a powerful bliz-zard that howled throughthe nation’s midsectionWednesday and made itsway into the Deep South,where it brought a mix of rain and snow to some areas.The heaviest snow was con-centrated in the northeastcorner of Oklahoma, wherethe towns of Colcord andSpavinaw got 22 and 23inches, respectively. Thedeepest snow was reportednear the village of Jay, with25 inches.Two people died inseparate traffic accidentsWednesday along a snow-covered highway in Arkansas,and another woman waskilled when she lost controlof her vehicle in Springfield,Mo. Blowing snow broughttraffic to a halt in some areasand abandoned cars chockedmajor highways after somedrivers gave up and walkedaway.The fresh snow was espe-cially troublesome in Tulsa,Okla., where many roadswere still impassable fromlast week’s record 14-inchsnowfall. The previous stormkept students out of schoolfor at least six days. Mail,bus and trash service wereonly recently restored.Five more inches of snowfell Wednesday in Tulsa,according to the NationalWeather Service. That raisedthe city’s total for the winterto 25.9 inches, breaking theprevious seasonal record of 25.6 inches, set during thewinter of 1923-24.Elsewhere in Oklahoma,ranchers struggled to keeptheir herds well fed andhydrated. Danny Engelmanspent hours tending to some300 cows.“If the temperatures getdown to zero, with windchills of 20 below zero,you’ve got a good chanceof losing a calf,” Engelmansaid. “Sometimes you’ve gotto put them in the pickup andget some heat on them.“Most ranchers prepare forwinter storms by giving theircattle the right food to buildup their energy reserves.“If their belly is filled withhigh-protein feed, they canwithstand incredible cold,”Engelman said.Meanwhile, poultry farm-ers will burn a lot of pro-pane in the next few daystrying to heat their chickenhouses, said Dustan Clark,an Extension Service poultryveterinarian at the Universityof Arkansas.“It’s a balancing act —ventilating the house to keepit from getting too damp,bringing in the cold air, andheating it to keep it from get-ting too cold,” he said.
Cold chill grips South, kills 3 people
By MAGGIE MICHAELAssociated Press
CAIRO — Doctors in whitelab coats and lawyers in blackrobes streamed into Cairo’sTahrir Square today, linkingstriking workers with anti-gov-ernment protesters to createpowerful new momentum forcalls to oust President HosniMubarak. With its efforts tomanage the crisis failing, thegovernment threatened thearmy could crack down byimposing martial law.The protests in their 17thday, which have focused ondiscontent with Mubarak’s29-year monopoly on power,now have tapped into the evendeeper well of anger over eco-nomic woes, including infla-tion, unemployment, corrup-tion, low wages and wide eco-nomic disparities between richand poor.A crowd of 4,000 angryover lack of housing riotedin the Suez Canal city of Port Said today for a secondstraight day. They marchedon the local state securityheadquarters, demanded thoseinside leave, then stormed thebuilding, set fire to part of itand six police cars. Police didnot intervene. A day earlierthey torched the governor’shome and offices.The spread of labor unrestwas in part in direct response tocalls from protesters as strikers joined in the movement. Butthere also seemed to be anoth-er element — locals unleash-ing long pent-up resentment atspecific symbols of the state,whether it was an unpopularlocal police commander, a statefactory seen as stiffing workersor a governor failing to followthrough on promises.The government warningsraised the prospect that theenergized protests could bringa new crackdown despiterepeated army and governmentpromises not to try to clearprotesters from their camp inCairo’s Tahrir Square.Speaking to the Arab newsnetwork Al-Arabiya on today,Foreign Minister Ahmed AboulGheit said that if “adventur-ers” take over the process of reform the military “will becompelled to defend the con-stitution and national security... and we’ll find ourselves in avery grave situation.”The night earlier, hewas more explicit, sayingin an interview with “PBSNewsHour” that there wouldbe chaos if Mubarak steppeddown immediately. “Do wewant the armed forces toassume the responsibility of stabilizing the nation thruimposing martial law, andarmy in the streets?” he said. Itwas the second coup warningthis week, with Vice PresidentOmar Suleiman making simi-lar threats Tuesday.The warnings reflect grow-ing government impatience asits own attempts to manage thecrisis have failed. Mubarak hasrefused to step down imme-diately, saying he will serveout the rest of his term untilSeptember elections.
St. John’s ElementarySchool teacher MelissaMyers and her thirdgrade students were thetop fundraising classin the Allen CountyHumane Society’s“Pennies for Pets”drive. The class wastreated to a visit andlunch Wednesday, mak-ing plenty of new friendsof Humane Society resi-dents.
Red Cross tohold Mardi Gras
Students raisePennies for Pets
The Lima Branch of American Association of University Women is nowaccepting applications fromAllen County women for$1,000 scholarships. Highschool seniors, undergradu-ate and graduate studentsare invited to apply if theyare permanent residents of Allen County. Contact guid-ance departments at highschools or colleges for appli-cations and more informa-tion or contact Kathy Neilat email@example.com.
Girls Basketball (6p.m.): Parkway at St.John’s (MAC); Blufftonat Jefferson (NWC);Spencerville at Lincolnview(NWC); Celina at Elida(WBL); Columbus Groveat Crestview (NWC); St.Marys at Van Wert (WBL).
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Jefferson at Bluffton (NWC);Continental at Ottoville(PCL); Lincolnview atSpencerville (NWC); Elidaat Celina (WBL); Miller Cityat Kalida (PCL); Crestviewat Columbus Grove (NWC);Van Wert at St. Marys(WBL); St. John’s atParkway (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
Boys BasketballSt. John’s at Lincolnview,4 p.m.; Fort Jennings atJefferson, 6 p.m.; Elidaat LCC, 6 p.m.; Kalidaat Ayersville, 6 p.m.;Spencerville at Marion Local,6:30 p.m.; Van Wert at St.Henry, 6:30 p.m.; Crestviewat Wayne Trace, 6:30 p.m.Girls Basketball (1 p.m.):Perry at Spencerville; Kalidaat Leipsic (PCL); Arlingtonat Columbus Grove; Ottovilleat St. John’s, 6:30 p.m.Wrestling: WBL at Celina,9 a.m.; NWC Tournamentat Paulding, 10 a.m.; St.John’s and Versailles atColdwater (MAC), 5 p.m.