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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World news 10
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15, 2011
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Library schedulesmovie day
The Delphos PublicLibrary can help beatthe winter blahs andprovide some fun on aday off from school.On Monday, the movie“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”will be shown at 2:30 p.m. inthe activity room on the bigscreen. The movie is ratedG and lasts 84 minutes.This is open to children of all ages, but children under 6should be accompanied by acaregiver. There is no regis-tration required and childrenare welcome to bring a snack.
Meeting set forprospective hostfamilies
There will be an infor-mational meeting at 7:30p.m. Feb. 23 at the DelphosMunicipal Building for any-one interested in becominga host parent for visitingGerman students in con- junction with the Delphos-Verl Friendship Link.Past host parents will beon hand to share experiences.Meet the prospective visi-tors in Saturday’s Herald.
Ball park setssign up forsummer leagues
The Middle Point BallPark will hold registra-tions for the 2011 summerleagues from 8-10 a.m. onMarch 5 at the LincolnviewElementary entrance.Forms can be obtainedat www.middlepoint-ballpark.com.Boys and girls ages 5-16are welcome to sign up.Registration fee is $30for Tee Ball, Farm League,and Farmettes coachpitch; and $35 for all otherleagues. Child/childrencan play for free after sell-ing raffle tickets. ContactChad Overholt at 419-968-2729 or 419-203-7314.
Mostly cloudyWednesdaywith 20 per-cent chanceof rain. Highin upper 40s.See page 2.
School boardprepares fornegotiations
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — Schoolboard members began prepa-ration for contract negotia-tions with union employeesat Monday’s Delphos CitySchools Board of Educationmeeting. Following a shortpublic meeting, board mem-bers went into executive ses-sion to form parameters andguidelines within which theboard’s negotiation team willwork in accordance with thedistrict’s financial situation.The board expects nego-tiations to start at the end of March or the beginning of April. The current contractwith the Delphos EducationAssociation expires at the endof June.The 2011-12 school cal-endar was approved. Classeswill begin on Aug. 29 withthe last day of school May25, 2012. Quarters end onOct. 31; Jan. 13; March 21;and May 25. Parent-teacherconferences were moved tothe week of Thanksgivingwith early dismissal on Nov.21 and students returning toclass on Nov. 28.“We moved the parent-teacher conferences to thesame week as Thanksgivingbreak so we wouldn’t havetwo weeks of interruptedinstruction in November,”Superintendent Jeff Price said.“Student will get out earlyon that Monday and confer-ences will begin that eveningand continue on Tuesday andWednesday.”Christmas break will beginon Dec. 22 and classes willresume on Jan. 3, 2012.Price said he continues tofollow the new governor andword on the biennial bud-get due in June. He invitedboard members to attend aLegislative Day in Columbuson March 23 sponsored bythe Ohio School BoardsAssociation.Students will not haveclass on Monday in obser-vance of Presidents’ Day.The next meeting willbegin at 8 p.m. March 14.
Stacy Taff photos
 Preschoolers enjoy music program
Paula Schumm of Spencerville dropped by St. John’sAnnex Monday morning to play music for preschoolers.Schumm plays various instruments made by her hus-band, Dr. Herb Schumm. In addition to the banjo above, Schumm also played the hammered dulcimer, mountaindulcimer and a stump fiddle she and her children made.Below: Schumm leads students in “The Old Lady WhoSwallowed a Fly.”
Photo provided
Youth group makes Valentine’s visit 
Members of First Assembly of God’s youth group visited Vancrest HealthcareCenter and Assisted living to pass out Valentines and sing a few songs. “Bud” Carderreceives a Valentine from Alayna Cripe, center, and Susie Wassink.
Vancrest on US News and World ReportHonor Roll for second year in a row
DELPHOS — US Newsand World Report has donean Honor Roll listing the“best of the best” nursinghome facilities.Vancrest of Delphoshas made it on the list forback-to-back years. Out of eight Vancrest Health CareCenters, four facilities havemade the list: Vancrestof Delphos, Sarah Jane,Vancrest of Holgate andResthaven.Local AdministratorCindy Langenkamp creditsthe recognition to the dedi-cated staff.“They work very hard,they love what they do andit shows. It’s quite an honorto receive a national levelof recognition for two yearsin a row for the exceptionalcare delivered every day,”she said.When asking the residentstheir opinion about the facil-ity, they stated, “We like ithere and everyone treats usso nice.”“That is exactly why wedo what we do,” Langenkampsaid.Ratings for Vancrest of Delphos:— Overall 5 Stars: Fromratings in health inspections,nurse staffing and measuresof medical-care quality— Health Inspections 4Stars: How well the homemet health and safety stan-dards.— Nurse Staffing 4 Stars:Average number of hoursper day of care received perresident from nurses at alllevels.— Quality Measures 5Stars: Percentages of resi-dents who got recommendedcare and percentages of resi-dents who had pain, bed-sores, urinary tract infectionsand other care-related prob-lems.
Metzger’s passion helping bereaved
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — There areinnumerable career pathsopen to young adults whenthey graduate high school.Therefore, it’s no surprisewhen most change theirmajors in college — someseveral times — and end upfar from where they thoughtthey’d be.The path of 22-year-oldDelphos resident BradleyMetzger follows suit. As anintern and part-time employ-ee at Harter and SchierFuneral Home, his goals havechanged quite a bit.“I originally wanted to bea doctor but the wait was toolong. So I got my businessdegree from the University of Northwestern Ohio,” he said. “Igot to talking with Eric Schierand he started telling me aboutwhat goes on up here at thefuneral home. He said if I wasinterested I could come workpart-time. I started in 2007 afterI graduated. I was 18 at thetime and I just fell in love withit. I decided to enroll at theCincinnati College of MortuaryScience to get my degree.”Having grown up inDelphos, Metzger says it’s alot easier for him to connectwith people while on the job.“The thing I like the mostabout what I do is the peo-ple,” he said. “I’m a peopleperson and being from here,it makes it easier for me toconnect with people. Moreoften than not I know thepeople who have passed onor their families. But whilethat’s the best part for me, it’salso the worst because it’s notfun dealing with the death of someone you know.”Metzger has to completea year-long apprenticeship tofinish his program.“After the apprenticeship,I’ll take a test to get mylicense,” he said. “But untilthen, while I’m under Eric, Ican do anything you need meto do. I’m involved in every-thing, from the prep-work andembalming to paperwork. Iwork usually from 8 in themorning until 5 but then Icould get a call at 2 a.m. andbe working off of that until 6a.m. and not get to sleep untilthe next evening.”Metzger is unsure wherehis career path will lead afterhe earns his license.“Everything is kind of up inthe air for right now,” he said.“I would like to stay in Delphosand make a career but if I haveto leave and go somewhere else,then I will because this is whatI want to do. I’m here from thefirst call until we’re done. Evenafter the funeral, I’m here tohelp with whatever the familymay need. I love this town andI want to do as much as I canto help its people in times of sadness. I want to try and makethings as easy and as smooth aspossible so all they have to dois show up.”
Stacy Taff photo
Harter and Schier Funeral Home intern Bradley Metzgerstands in front of the portrait of Paul Harter Sr., one of thefounders of the funeral home.Jays selling Bath tickets
St. John’s will be sellingtickets for Saturday night’sroad clash at Bath in the highschool office during normalhours until 12:30 p.m. Friday.Adult pre-sale tickets are$6 each, $4 for students. AllGeneral Admission tick-ets will be $6 at the door;reserve seats will be $8.
Fort Jennings boys gameThursday
The Fort Jennings homeboys basketball game ver-sus Perry originally slatedfor Feb. 5 will be made upThursday. JV tip is at 6 p.m.
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Allen County Refuse providesgarbage and recycle collection inDelphos.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 portionof Delphos is collected on Friday,with residents placing garbagecontainers at the curb on Thurs-day evening and recycle everyother Thursday.Recycle is collected thisThursday and Friday.If a holiday falls during theweek, collection is pushed backa day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in AllenCounty will be Friday and in VanWert County it will be Saturday.See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is BrockBonifas.CongratulationsBrock!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is CalebLucas.CongratulationsCaleb!
Scholars of the Day
2 The Herald Tuesday, February 15, 2011
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 207
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe 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
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Delphos weather
High temperature Mondayin Delphos was 47 degrees,low was 28. High a year agotoday was 25, low was 3.Record high for today is 69,set in 1954. Record low is -6,set in 2007.
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Norman B. Suever, 88, of Sebring, Fla., passed awaySaturday in Sebring.He was born June 30, 1922,in Delphos to William andElizabeth (Rahrig) Suever andhad been a resident of Sebringsince 2007.He is survived by hiswife, Kathryn E. Suever, of Sebring; daughter, Pamela(Donald) Illyes of Sebring;sons, Ronald (JoAnne) Sueverof Powell and Keith Suever,Port Orange, Fla.; grand-daughter, Nicole (Donald)Rice; and great-grandchildren,Tyler Rice and Shayla Rice.Mr. Suever was a factoryworker in the metal manu-facturing industry and was aveteran of World War II, serv-ing as a Staff Sergeant in theU.S. Army.Arrangements have beenentrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 4001Sebring Parkway, Sebring FL33870Condolences can be sentto www.stephensonnelsonfh.com.
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:Partly cloudy. Lows in themid 20s.The following individu-als appeared Monday beforeJudge Charles Steele in VanWert County Common PleasCourt:A second competencyhearing was held Monday fora Van Wert man that has beencharged with the murder of his83-year-old grandmother thattook place on Oct. 1.Shawn M. Jones wasfound competent to stand trialafter an evaluation by CourtDiagnostics & TreatmentCenter of Toledo, which con-ducted an evaluation on Dec.29 and a hearing was held onJan. 5 on that evaluation.Scott Gordan, attorney forJones, asked a second evalu-ation be conducted at whichtime Judge Steele granted therequest. The second evalua-tion was conducted by Dr.Jeffrey Smalldon, Ph.D. of Columbus, with his findingthat Jones was competent tostand trial.Judge Steele found Jones tobe competent to stand trial. A jury trial has been tentativelyscheduled for March 14-18.Attorney Scott Gordon toldJudge Steele he has a numberof motions that he will be fil-ing in the immediate future.Jones continues to be heldin the Van Wert County Jailon a $500,000 cash bond.
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, 44,Delphos, entered a guilty pleato a charge of having weaponsunder a disability, a felony of the third degree.Irwin had been arrested lastOct. 30 in Delphos by theDelphos Police Department.During the traffic stop for atraffic violation, police founda loaded 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol in the vehi-cle. Irwin had a prior felonyrecord of drug use and vio-lence which makes it illegalfor him to have in his posses-sion a firearm.Irwin faces up to fiveyears in prison and a fine of $10,000.Irwin is presently beingheld in the Van Wert CountyJail for a violation of his origi-nal bond conditions.Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation andscheduled sentencing for 9a.m. March 30.
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20, VanWert, entered guilty pleas to anumber of charges containedin an indictment issued bythe July 2010 session of theVan Wert County Grand Jury.Markward entered pleas of guilty to one count of dissemi-nation matter harmful to juve-niles, a felony of the fourthdegree; three other countsof attempting to disseminatematter harmful to juveniles;and two counts of importun-ing, both counts felonies of the fifth degree.Markward was arrestedafter an investigation conduct-ed by the Van Wert CountySheriff’s Department allegedthat Markward, who at thetime was on active army dutyin Irag, was sending porno-graphic materials to juvenilesand also was soliciting sexualactivity with juveniles.Judge Steele told Markwardhe faces up to 6.5 years in jail and a maximum fine of $17,500 for the violations.A pre-sentence investiga-tion was ordered with sen-tencing scheduled for 9 a.m.March 30.
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45,Lorain, was arraigned andentered a not guilty plea to acharge of operating a motorvehicle while under the influ-ence of alcohol, a felony of the third degree.Lash who originallyentered a not guilty plea inVan Wert Municipal Court,and was released on a $5,000cash bond along with a $5,000unsecured personal suretybond; the cash bond was con-tinued in the present case.A pretrial hearing has beenscheduled for 8 a.m. March 15.
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25, Elida,entered not guilty pleas in twoseparate indictments charginghim with forgery, a felony of the fifth degree; and posses-sion of drugs, a felony of thefifth degree.Taylor was released on a$5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond with a pretrialhearing scheduled for 8 a.m.March 15.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
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DETROIT — Less thantwo years after entering bank-ruptcy, General Motors willextend millions of dollars inbonuses to most of its 48,000hourly workers as a rewardfor the company’s rapid turn-around after it was rescuedby the government.The payments, disclosedMonday in company docu-ments, are similar to bonus-es announced last week forwhite-collar employees. Thebonuses to 76,000 Americanworkers will probably totalmore than $400 million — anamount that suggests execu-tives have increasing con-fidence in the automaker’scomeback.In the four years leadingup to its 2009 bankruptcy,GM piled up more than $80billion in losses and was bur-dened by enormous debt andcostly labor contracts.“On the whole, we madetremendous progress lastyear,” CEO and ChairmanDan Akerson wrote Mondayin an e-mail message toemployees announcing thepayments. “With our collec-tive teamwork, this can be just the beginning.”The company made $4.2billion in the first nine monthsof 2010 and is expected toannounce a fourth-quarterprofit soon.Most of GM’s hourlyworkers will get a recordpayment of more than $4,000— more than double the pre-vious record in 1999, at theheight of the boom in sportutility vehicles and pickuptrucks. Nearly all 28,000white-collar workers such asengineers and managers willget 4 to 16 percent of theirbase pay. A few — less than1 percent — will get 50 per-cent or more.Bill Selesky, an autoindustry analyst with ArgusResearch in New York,called the recovery “dramat-ic” and said the paymentswere needed to stop talentfrom jumping to other auto-makers, especially crosstownrival Ford.The company, he added, isalso trying to send a message:“It’s the new GM.”But the bonuses drew crit-icism from an opponent of the auto industry bailout inWashington who said GMshould repay its entire $49.5billion loan before offeringbonuses.“Since the taxpayers helpedthese companies out of bank-ruptcy, the taxpayers should berepaid before bonuses go out,”said Republican Sen. CharlesGrassley of Iowa. “It sends amessage that those in chargetake shareholders, in this casethe taxpayers, for a sucker.”The government has beenrepaid $23 billion but needs$26.4 billion more to recoupits whole investment. Thegovernment still owns 500million shares of GM com-mon stock, which would haveto sell for roughly $53 pershare to get all the moneyback.The GM documents showthat the company plans topay hourly workers at least$189 million in bonuses nextmonth. About 45,000 workersat GM factories will get morethan $4,000 each. Another3,000 workers at old partsplants that GM is trying tosell will get $3,000 each.The company would notsay how much the white-collar bonuses will cost, butcalculations made by TheAssociated Press show thetotal will probably top $200million.Most GM salaried workersearn in excess of $100,000 peryear. A bonus of 8 percent,the midpoint of the range,would give them roughly$8,000 each. That means GMwould pay out roughly $224million.Final numbers for thebonuses will not be calcu-lated until after the companyannounces its fourth-quarterand full-year earnings from2010 later this month.Chrysler, which needed a$12.5 billion bailout, plansto pay bonuses as well. Thegovernment owns about 9percent of Chrysler stock.The size of the white-col-lar bonuses could become anissue later this year when theDetroit Three begin contracttalks with the United AutoWorkers union. The mastercontract with all three com-panies expires in September.Ruth Adams, 79, diedMonday at Van Wert CountyHospital.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
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NEW ORLEANS —President Barack Obamavowed during a White Housespeech last June that the $20billion he helped coax out of BP for an oil spill compensa-tion fund would take care of victims “as quickly, as fairlyand as transparently as pos-sible.”Eight months later, that’snot how things look to manypeople along the Gulf Coast.Tens of thousands of fish-ermen, oyster shuckers, busi-ness owners, hotel operatorsand hairdressers still awaitpayment. Many others whoseclaims have been turned downquestion the evenhanded-ness. And without the data todetermine who is right, attor-neys general and members of Congress question the open-ness.An Associated Press reviewthat included interviews withlegal experts, governmentofficials and more than 300Gulf residents found a processbeset by red tape and delay,and at the center of it all a fundadministrator whose ties to BPhave raised questions abouthis independence.Now, the dissatisfactionhas reached a fever pitch:Lawmakers in Washington aredemanding the White Housestep in, the Louisiana gov-ernor and others want a fed-eral judge to intervene, andthe people most affected bythe Deepwater Horizon disas-ter are threatening to line thecourthouse steps if they don’tget the changes they seekfrom administrator KennethFeinberg.“A lot of promises weremade by Feinberg andPresident Obama that thiswould be a very open process,and I just don’t feel that’s thecase,” said Rep. Steve Scalise,a Louisiana Republican.Feinberg, the Washingtonlawyer who runs the fund andwas lauded for his work over-seeing the compensation fundfor 9/11 victims, has insistedhe is being fair.He has acknowledgedthat the system is clogged bythe sheer volume of oil spillclaims, along with inflated oroutlandish requests. Amongthem: One person filed a claimfor the entire $20 billion, whileanother asked for $10 billion;a boat captain sought reim-bursement for lost income forhimself and four deckhands,but it turns out he didn’t haveany deckhands; and a fisher-man claimed he lost a monthon the water, but his boat hada hole in it and was dry-dockedeven before the spill.Feinberg recently said hebelieves the Gulf of Mexicoshould largely recover fromBP’s oil spill by the end of next year, and he doesn’t thinkthe entire $20 billion will beneeded to compensate victims.Only half of that should suf-fice, he said.
Gulf spills claimsprocess under fire
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15,the 46th day of 2011. Thereare 319 days left in the year.
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On Feb. 15, 1961, 73 people,including an 18-member U.S.figure skating team en route tothe World Championships inCzechoslovakia, were killed inthe crash of a Sabena AirlinesBoeing 707 in Belgium.
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In 1764, the city of St.Louis was established by PierreLaclede and Auguste Chouteau.In 1820, American suf-fragist Susan B. Anthony wasborn in Adams, Mass.In 1879, PresidentRutherford B. Hayes signeda bill allowing female attor-neys to argue cases before theSupreme Court.In 1898, the U.S. battle-ship Maine mysteriously blewup in Havana Harbor, killingmore than 260 crew membersand bringing the United Statescloser to war with Spain.
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Vantage needshome buildingprojects
Each year, VantageCarpentry and Electricitystudents build a home. Thehome-building project is partof the high school curriculum.For the past several years,Vantage students have builtspec homes in the WashingtonPlace subdivision in VanWert.For the 2011-12 schoolyear, Vantage is looking forprospective home buildingprojects. A potential homebuilding project must be locat-ed within 15 miles of Vantageand must be located withinone of the Vantage memberschool districts.Prospective projects shouldbe a maximum of 2,000 squarefeet, be ready to start con-struction in late August and bewilling to allow the project toextend through May 2012.For more information aboutapplying for a Vantage-builthome, contact Steve Peters at419-238-5411, ext. 161.
Film festival‘Launch Party’postponed
The “Launch Party” andFundraiser Dinner held bythe Northwest Ohio FilmFoundation to raise funds andawareness for the Van WertIndependent Film Festival hasbeen pushed.The “Launch,” which wasscheduled for Friday at the VanWert Convention and BanquetCenter, will be rescheduledfor a later date.Tickets purchased for theoriginal date will be honoredonce a new date has beennamed.For more information aboutThe Van Wert IndependentFilm Festival, The NorthwestOhio Film Foundation andthe “VWIFF Launch Party”Fundraiser Dinner, call 419-979-9692.
YMCA to holdFitness 5K Run/Walk April 16
The YMCA of Van WertCounty will hold a Fitness5K Run/Walk on April 16at YMCA Camp Clay, 9196Liberty Union Road, VanWert.The run/walk will begin its3.1 mile loop at 9 a.m. Thereare new 2011 course updates,including mile markers and afinish timer.Refreshments and waterwill be provided at the finishline.Registration forms areavailable at the front deskof the Y or by e-mailingkelly@vwymca.org. Pre-registration is due by April 2.Pre-registration is $12, whichincludes a T-shirt, or $8 withno T-shirt. On-site registrationwill also be available at theevent starting at 8 a.m. On-siteregistration is $12, no-shirt.Overall and age groupawards will be given follow-ing the event. All proceedsfrom the event will be used forfitness equipment updates inthe YMCA fitness center andweight room.In addition to the event,the Camp Clay walking trailand nature center will also beopen.Information about this andany other programs avail-able at the Van Wert YMCAcan be found by calling 419-23800443, visiting vwymca.com or e-mailing kelly@vwymca.org.
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 Bank earns 2011 Isaac Award 
Van Wert Federal Savings Bank is the Van WertCounty Historical Society’s 2011 Isaac Van Wert Awardof Appreciation winner. Society Trustee Larry Webb, left, presents the 2011 Isaac to Gary Clay, president/ CEO of the Van Wert Federal Savings Bank for thebank’s consistent support of the society.
Historical Society holdsorganizational meeting
The Van Wert CountyHistorical Society held itsorganizational meeting onThursday evening in themuseum’s annex.The officers for 2011-2012term were elected. Thoseofficers are: Jon Amundson,president; Lionel Enyart,vice-president; Ron Kessler,treasurer; Linda Mechling,secretary; Joe Steffan, pastpresident.The trustees received areport from Katie Dallos whois the Ohio History ServiceAmeriCorps Program repre-sentative for this area. Shediscussed the CW 150 proj-ect in the state. This projectis to commemorate the 150anniversary of the Civil Warthrough 2011 to 2015. Ms.Dallos suggested possibleprograms or events that thelocal historical society mightchoose to participate in orinitiate. She identified severalonline sources of informa-tion and ideas for such activi-ties, www.OhioCivilWar150.org or facebook page atNorthwest Ohio MilitaryHistory Events.Ronda Davis of themembership committeereported that 520 mem-bership letters were sentout. President Amundsonencouraged those who wishto become members anddid not receive a letter tocontact an officer or Ms.Davis. They also can sendtheir membership donationto P.O. Box 621, Van Wert,Oh. 45891. The donation istax deductable. “The mem-bership donations are thelife blood of the organiza-tion since we have over$14,000 in fix costs eachyear,” Amundson said.Treasurer Ron Kesslerindicated donations are begin-ning to come in. Davis statedthat patrons, sponsors andIsaac Van Wart Club mem-bers will have their nameslisted on the web site andposted in the annex.Art Weber of the ProgramCommittee presented the2011 Calendar. The museumwill open on March 6 andeach Sunday from 2-4:30p.m. The museum will beclosed on Easter Sunday andthe Sunday of the Van WertCounty Fair.Programs on the sched-ule are: March 13, “Indiansand the Great Black Swamp”by Harrison Frech; May 22,“History of Hall LumberCompany” by Jon Hall; Sept.11, “Growing Up Navaho”by Cheryl Tegenkampf;Nov. 6, “Early History of theArea,” by Mike Schumm. Allprograms are free to the pub-lic and located in the annexbeginning at 2 p.m. Specialevents hosted by the histori-cal society include: Holidayat Home and 18th annual biketour, July 4; Railroad HeritageWeekend, July 16 and 17;Antique Tractor Ride, Aug.6;and Chicken Barbecue andFall Fest, Oct. 22.Marie SanFilippo listed58 students who will JuniorCurators this year and BarbHunt delivered the 2010Memory Book to be addedto the museum’s collection.Joe Steffan reported that theShake Shingles work on theClark Homestead has beencompleted except for a littleclean-up by Bebout and HougRoofing and Siding Companythis spring. The project wasfinanced by a donation fromthe Odd Fellows Lodge of Van Wert and a grant fromthe Iberdrola RenewablesCompany. Steffan indicat-ed additional monies fromIberdrola will be used to placean Ohio Historical Markerat the corner of the LincolnHighway and Sugar RidgeRoad to identify the graveof Robert Nesbit who namedConvoy after his home inIreland. The application isbeing reviewed by the OhioHistorical Society at thistime.Larry Webb gave thetrustees an update on therenovation of the house onThird Street by the VantageCareer Center’s Buildingsand Grounds class taught byLarry Mengerink. The stu-dents are remodeling thefront rooms of the house toserve as a welcome/research center and giftshop. Webb also informedthe members that the 1917Overland car owned by theWassenbergs has been pur-chased and will be transport-ed from Naples, Fla., to VanWert in the near future. Themoney to acquire the car wasprovided by the Van WertCounty Foundation, CitizensNational Bank, Van WertFederal Savings Bank, FirstBank of Berne, Randy Myersof Leland Smith InsuranceServices and accountant RickSealscott. The restorationwork will be under the super-vision of Dave Kirchenbauer.
‘Uniquely Me!’ Program set
The YWCA will host theGirl Scout’s “Uniquely Me!”program this March.The four-week program,which will meet from 6-7:30p.m. on Tuesdays, is for girlsgrade 4-8. Program datesinclude: March 8, 15, 22 & 29.The Uniquely Me! programwas created by Girl Scoutsof the USA and Unileverto address the nationwideproblem of low self-esteemamong girls. The program isdesigned to foster positiveself-esteem and help educateand inspire girls to embracea wider definition of beauty.It aims to address the chal-lenges girls face in their dailylives, in addition to helpinggirls build a strong sense of self, develop healthy relation-ships and take care of theirbodies and minds.Sessions are held by vol-unteers and include exercis-es about recognizing one’sstrengths and best attributes,handling peer pressure, devel-oping a positive body image,thinking critically about theinfluence of the media, devel-oping healthy habits to takecare of the body and mind andidentifying personal interestsand core values.The program is $12 for thefull four-week session. Thisfee is used to cover book-let supplies and also givesparticipants full Girl ScoutMembership privileges.Financial assistance is alsoavailable.Pre-Register at the YWCAnow through Feb. 23.For more information con-tact Executive Director StacyLooser at 419-238-6639.
YMCA adds video ftness option
The YMCA of Van WertCounty now has a new videofitness option. A large flat-screen TV and DVD playeris now available anytime theY is open and is FREE of charge, in addition to the restof the free fitness class line-up offered to members of theY. It is located in the YouthFitness Center with rubberflooring, mirrors, weights, sta-bility balls, mats and more.Members can call inadvance to reserve the TV fora particular time, or walk-inuse is an option when avail-able. With this, members canbring in any DVD to work-out to, whether on their ownor with a group.“We are really excited tooffer this new opportunitycompletely free to all YMCAmembers,” YMCA fitnessdirector Kelly Avalos said.“It will allow members a lotmore scheduling flexibilityand variety in addition to ourinstructor-led fitness classes,”Avalos added. “Some like towork-out on their own to aDVD but do not have thespace or equipment; this willsolve that problem for them.Others like to work-out in agroup environment and wantto try some of the latest work-outs available on DVD.”Information about this andother fitness programs avail-able at the Van Wert YMCAcan be found by calling 419-238-0443, visiting vwymca.com or e-mailing kelly@vwymca.org.
YWCA to host Zumbathon Sunday
The YWCA is hostingtheir first ever ZumbathonFundraiser from 2-4:30 p.m.on Sunday.Zumba Fitness fuses hyp-notic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create aone-of-a-kind fitness experi-ence. The classes are a blastof calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiringmovements meant to engageand captivate participants. AZumbathon is an enhancedZumba Fitness class.The event includesnumerous Zumba sessions,a break including a healthysnack and water sponsoredby Van Wert Manor andalso numerous raffles. Theevent is also includes a DJand lights to complete ourZumba party atmosphere.The YWCA will also remainopen to participants afterthe event to give them achance to unwind and enjoythe steam room, sauna, andwhirlpool.Three local Zumba certi-fied instructors will be leadingthe party. They include MaryJane Fast, Alissa Prichard andHolly Vaughn.The event fee is $20 andincludes snack, water andraffle opportunities.The proceeds raised willgo to support the communitybased programs of the YWCA,including the TransitionalHousing program for home-less women and children.The YWCA welcomesregistration the day of theevent.For more information, con-tact Program Director DanniChiles at 419-238-6639.
U.S. Military Academies a greatopportunity for young Ohioans
By Senator Rob Portman
 The great state of Ohiohas produced more than itsfair share of heroes who dis-tinguished themselves in theUnited StatesArmed Forces,whether on thefield of battle orthe exploration of space.From UlyssesS. Grant to SimonKenton to EddieRickenbacker,Neil Armstrong,John Glenn,James Lovell andJudith Resnick – just to name a fewout of thousands –the Buckeye State’s contribu-tion to our nation’s militaryendeavors, exploration, andspace program has alwaysbeen a source of pride.Maybe our strongMidwestern work ethic orour inherent sense of nation-al pride inspires Ohioans totackle the biggest challenges.Maybe our status as the birth-place of flight stirs count-less young men and womento a higher calling. NeilArmstrong, who I’ve beenhonored to get to know andcall a friend, said as muchonce when he remarked, “Asa boy, because I was born andraised in Ohio, about 60 milesnorth of Dayton, the legendsof the Wrights have been inmy memories as long as I canremember.”Whatever the reason, ournation has neverhad to look fur-ther than theBuckeye Stateto find thoseindividuals whoexhibit the ster-ling qualitiesof leadership,and the sense of adventure neededto turn the big-gest dreams intoreality, and riseto any occasion.That’s why I amparticularly honored that as aUnited States Senator I havethe privilege every year of nominating a few of Ohio’stop young achievers for entryinto one of our nation’s mili-tary academies, including theMilitary Academy at WestPoint, the Naval Academy,the Air Force Academy,Merchant Marines Academyand the Coast GuardAcademy.This is a great opportu-nity for young Ohioans. Ourmilitary academies providethe education, training andleadership skills proven toprovide each branch of themilitary with the best, bright-est and most dedicated offi-cers in the world. Their ranksare made up of individu-als from every walk of life,whether from small towns orbig cities, tiny rural schoolsor large metropolitan schooldistricts.If you are a junior in highschool and you are inspiredto serve your country inthis way, please contact meoffice.To be considered for nom-ination, an applicant must bea U.S. citizen and legal resi-dent of Ohio, and, by July 1of the year of admission, beat least 17 years of age andnot past their 23rd birthday.If you are interested, pleasecontact my Service AcademyCoordinator at 1-800-205-6446 or e-mail casework@portman.senate.gov for moreinformation and to receivean application. The deadlinethis year to have applicationcompleted is Oct. 7.Our country’s freedomsand liberties are guaranteedby our Constitution, but theyare defended by the men andwomen who proudly wear theuniforms of our armed forces.Our service academies aresecond to none in provid-ing the tools needed today toproduce the leaders of tomor-row.
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