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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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22, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Boys basketball poll, p6God, Flag and Country essays, p3
February 2011
Don’t miss The2011 Bragging Timesin Wednesday’sHerald.
St. John’s offersReconciliationprogram
St. John The EvangelistChurch in Delphos willhost the Rev. Tony Borgiaat 7 p.m. on March 14 inthe All Saints Buildingof the High School.Rev. Borgia willgive a presentationon Reconciliation.To attend this AdultEducation Program, pleasecall 419-695-4050 to reg-ister. All are invited.
Council seeksfunding fornew sidewalk
BY GREG SCHERGERThe Delphos Herald
DELPHOS — City coun-cil met Monday evening withall members present despiteinclement weather.On first reading, councilpromptly passed ordinance2011-4 to pursue the sale of road patching equipment thecity no longer requires. Theitems slated for sale includea 1993 Durapatch road sur-face patcher, a 1998 Crafcomodel crack sealer and 5,100pounds of bituminous mate-rial used with the equipment.The items are expendablewith the purchase of newpatching equipment approvedin the previous council meet-ing.Council read, but took nodefinitive action on a resolu-tion by President Bob Ulmopposing potential stateaction to reduce funding tothe city. The money in ques-tion is partially garneredfrom estate taxes. If andwhen passed, the resolutionincludes providing a copy of the document to GovernorJohn Kasich, as well as StateSenators Keith Faber andCliff Hite and RepresentativesMatt Huffman and LynnWatchmann. Loss of statefunding, all or in part, wouldnegatively affect the localbalance sheet.Council passed a reso-lution authorizing MayorMike Gallmeier and/orSafety Service Director GregBerquist to apply for state“Transportation ImprovementFunds,” to pay for a substan-tial amount of the construc-tion cost to install a sidewalkfrom “The Point” MarathonStation north along ElidaRoad to the intersection of Elida Road and Fifth Street,then west on Fifth Streetto the intersection of FifthStreet and St. Rt. 190. Thestate fund would shoulder 80percent of the constructioncost of the project; the city’scost would be $16,000 plusengineering costs. Councilstopped short of entering acontract with the successfulproject bidder. The ordinancewill receive further consider-ation on second reading at thenext council meeting.Berquist and Gallmeierreceived approval to submita request to the Water SupplyRevolving Loan Account, afund providing low-interestloans to qualifying com-munities for water-relat-ed improvement projects.Berquist indicated Delphosdoes qualify for the program,which can provide fundingincluding from 30-percentprinciple forgiveness and upto a 30-year loan at 2-percentinterest, to a high of 50-per-cent principle forgiveness ona 30-year loan at 0-percentinterest. Funding is providedthrough the EPA and is sup-ported by the federal stimu-lus.Engineering fees on proj-ects are not covered by theprogram, communities arenot obligated to pursue proj-ects; funded and withdrawnapplications do not jeopardizefuture funding opportunities.The administration has severalprojects to present for possiblefunding, including a water-line in the Gressel Drive area;replacing a high-service pumpat the Water Treatment Plant;replacement of the WaterworksPark Standpipe Tower (erectedin 1892); a new water linefrom Cass to Clay streets andfrom Jefferson High School toFifth Street; and a line to elimi-nate a clearwell bottleneck atthe Waste Water TreatmentPlant.A brief FinanceCommittee meeting was heldto discuss money budgetedfor and utilized by DelphosEMS and Fire personnel forongoing training purposes.Funds appropriated for thisuse were apparently cut backfrom $7,200 to $6,000 in thecurrent budget. Some levelof outsourced grant dollarshave been secured throughFire Chief Dave McNeal’sefforts in past years. Thecommittee concluded EMSpersonnel training shouldbe managed by the depart-ment. No further action was
Nancy Spencer photo
 Moving snow again
Delphos resident John Stant clears his niece’s driveway this morning. Stant spendshis spare time plowing driveways for family and friends and sidewalks all over townfor the school children.
Partly cloudyWednesday;high near 40.See page 2.
Fischer to talkabout Alaska
Judy Fischer will presenther trip to the beautiful andfascinating state of Alaska atthe Delphos Public Libraryat 6:30 p.m. Monday.Registration is notrequired, but appreciated.
Grove 4th in poll
The Columbus Grove boysbasketball team, winners of the Putnam County League,stand fourth in the currentDivision IV high school poll.Celina, trying to sewup the Western BuckeyeLeague Friday, stands 10thin Division II, with fellowWBLer Defiance is 16th.LCC, battling Grove thisFriday with the NorthwestConference title on the line,is third in Division III.Continental, rep-resenting the PCL, isninth in Division IV.
Bluffton women’s crosscountry named Division IIIAll-Academic
Bluffton University’swomen’s cross countryteam has earned NCAADivision III All-Academicstatus for 2010.With a cumulative teamgrade point average of 3.29, Bluffton is among167 Division III women’scross country teams nation-wide to be so honored bythe U.S. Track & Field andCross Country CoachesAssociation. To qualify,teams needed to compilea cumulative GPA of atleast 3.10 and to post ascore — meaning at leastfive runners finished — attheir respective NCAAregional meets last fall.
Koester state Americanism winner
Staff reports
DELPHOS — St. John’s High Schoolsenior Tyler Koester is headed to Washington,D.C., this spring after being declared a statewinner of the American Legion and AmericanLegion Auxiliary Americanism & GovernmentProgram.Koester, the son of Mark and Sherri Koester,scored a 98 out of a possible 100 points on thetest administered by the local Legion post.The test covers the U.S. flag and Constitution,the Declaration of Independence and federal,county, city and school board government.An essay question must be answered in caseof a tie.Post Commander Keith Hall said he isproud to send a state winner to Washington,D.C.“This is a very big deal for Tyler. He willsee our government in action and visit manyof the places he has learned about,” Hall said.“We are excited to have a state winner fromour post.”The all-expense-paid trip to Washingtonis from March 7-12 and includes a guidedtour of the Gettysburg Battlefield and visit tothe Gettysburg Visitors Center/Museum andNational Museum; a tour of the WashingtonCathedral, Lincoln Memorial, WashingtonMonument, Jefferson Memorial, U.S. MarineCorps Memorial, the Kennedy Center for thePerforming Arts and the Vietnam Veterans,Vietnam Women’s, Korean Veterans andWorld War II memorials; a guided tour andstaff briefing at the U.S. State Department;participation in a wreath-laying ceremonyat the Tomb of the Unknowns at ArlingtonNational Cemetery; and more.
Census estimates show 1 in 4US counties are dying
By HOPE YEN andJOHN RABYThe Associated Press
WELCH, W.Va. —Nestled within America’sonce-thriving coal coun-try, 87-year-old Ed Shepardlaments a prosperous era goneby, when shoppers lined thestreets and government lenta helping hand. Now, hereas in one-fourth of all U.S.counties, West Virginia’sgraying residents are slowlydying off.Hit by an aging populationand a poor economy, a near-record number of U.S. coun-ties are experiencing moredeaths than births in theircommunities, a phenomenondemographers call “naturaldecrease.”Years in the making, theproblem is spreading amida prolonged job slump anda push by Republicans inCongress to downsize gov-ernment and federal spend-ing.Local businesses in Welchbegan to shutter after U.S.Steel departed McDowellCounty, which sits nearInterstate 77, once referredto as the “Hillbilly Highway”because it promised a wayto jobs in the South. Youngadults who manage to attendcollege — the high-schooldropout rate is 28 percent,compared with about 8 per-cent nationwide — can’t waitto leave. For some reason, thefish in nearby Elkhorn Creekleft too.“There’s no reason foryou to come to Welch,” saysShepard, wearing a Union 76cap at a makeshift auto shophe still runs after six decades.“This is nothing but a damnghost town in a welfare coun-ty.”———In all, roughly 760 of the nation’s 3,142 countiesare fading away, stretchingfrom industrial areas nearPittsburgh and Cleveland tothe vineyards outside SanFrancisco to the rural areasof east Texas and the GreatPlains. Once-booming hous-ing areas, such as retirementcommunities in Florida, havenot been immune.West Virginia was the firstto experience natural decreasestatewide over the last decade,with Maine, Pennsylvania andVermont close to followingsuit, according to the latestcensus figures. As a nation,the U.S. population grew by just 9.7 percent since 2000,the lowest decennial ratesince the Great Depression.“Natural decrease is animportant but not widelyappreciated demographicphenomenon that is reshap-ing our communities inboth rural and urban coresof large metro areas,” saidKenneth Johnson, a sociol-ogy professor and demogra-pher at the University of NewHampshire’s Carsey Institutewho analyzed the censusnumbers.Johnson said commonthreads among the dyingcounties are older whites whoare no longer having children,and an exodus of young adultswho find little promise in theregion and seek jobs else-where. The places also havefewer Hispanic immigrants,who on average are youngerand tend to have more chil-dren than other groups.“The downturn in the U.S.economy is only exacerbating
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Allen County Refuse pro-vides garbage and recycle col-lection in Delphos.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 por-tion of Delphos is collected onFriday, with residents placinggarbage containers at the curbon Thursday evening and recy-cle every other Thursday.If a holiday falls during theweek, collection is pushed backa day. For example, the week of Memorial Day, collection in Al-len County will be Friday andin Van Wert County it will beSaturday.See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
Dear Opa,Even though it’s been 7 years since you passedaway, it till seems as if it was yesterday when I seenyour smile. I know in myheart God had much bigger  plans for you and withthat it makes losing youso much easier.We love and miss you verymuch,
Barb, Rick, Nathan and Jonathan Burgeiand Oma, your loving wife.
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Constance J. Leonhart, 61,of Canton, Texas, and for-merly of St. Marys, died Feb.19, 2011 at her residence.She was born Feb. 11, 1950,in St. Marys, to James Taylorand Geraldine Cunningham.Her father preceded her indeath. Her mother survives.On Oct. 15, 1978, she mar-ried Ronald Byron Leonhart,who survives in Canton.Survivors also includesons Ryan (Angel) Leonhartof Indian Lake, David (Amy)Schuerman of Portage,Mich., and Adam (Shirley)Leonhart of Canton; daugh-ter Dawn (Craig) Murphy of Fort Jennings; sister Renee(Don) Hicks of St. Marys;brothers Curtis Taylor of St.Marys and Gary Taylor; andgrandchildren Alyssa Keeling,Christopher Prince, DanielMurphy, Charles Murphy,Devin Murphy, NicoleMurphy, Aiden Leonhart,Brayden Downs, Cole Downs,Christopher Matlock, HarrisonSchuerman, Lucas Schuerman,Katlyn Schuerman, AshleyLeonhart and ChristinaLeonhart.She was also precededin death by son ChristopherKeith Schuerman.Mrs. Leonhart retired asa chef after many years. Sheenjoyed crafts, crocheting,needle point or anything shecould do with her hands. Shetruly loved spending time withher grandchildren.Services will begin at 11a.m. Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, theRev. Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will be in ResurrectionCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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John A. Brown, 55, of Delphos, died at 5:15 a.m.Monday at Triumph Hospitalin Lima.He was born Jan. 14, 1956,in Lima to Carl and Rose(Klier) Brown. His mothersurvives in Delphos.On Sept. 28, 2003, he mar-ried Christina Brown, whosurvives in Delphos.Other survivors includea sister, Jayne (Dave Gross)Midtgard of Spencerville; andfive brothers, Jim (Shelly)Brown of Van Wert, Joe(Vicki) Brown of Troy, Jay(Lauri) Brown and Joel (Lori)Brown of Delphos and Jamie(Robin) Brown of Sidney.He was preceded in deathby brothers-in-law, RandyBrown and Jim Midtgard.Mr. Brown had workedat Delphos Bending Works.He was a 1974 graduate of Jefferson High School.A memorial services willbegin at 4 p.m. on Saturday atthe Middle Point CommunityCenter, the Rev. Gary Fishofficiating. Burial will be at alater date.Friends may call from noonto 4 p.m. on Saturday at thecenter in Middle Point.Preferred memorials are tohis wife.Arrangements are by Harterand Schier Funeral Home.
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William J. Bechtel, 97,of Lima, died at 3:05 a.m.Sunday at Sarah Jane LivingCenter.He was born Aug. 16, 1913,in Lima to Herman and Marie(Mahler) Bechtel.On Aug. 13, 1949, he mar-ried Mary L. Carter, who sur-vives in Lima.Services will begin at 11a.m. Thursday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.Pastor Steven Kingery willofficiate. Burial will be inMemorial Park Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday atthe funeral home.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the AmericanHeart Association or theAlzheimer’s Association.
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CAIRO — The bodies of slain protesters littered thestreets of neighborhoods inthe Libyan capital today andfrightened residents hun-kered down in their homesas forces loyal to MoammarGadhafi sought to crush anti-government demonstrationsby shooting anyone outsideon sight, residents and anopposition activist said.The U.N. Security Councilwas holding an emergencymeeting, with Western dip-lomats pressing for it todemand an immediate halt toGahdafi’s bloody crackdown.U.N. Secretary-General BanKi-moon, who spoke to theLibyan leader on Monday,told reporters the attackson protesters were “a seri-ous violation of internationalhumanitarian law.”State TV said Gadhafi wasto address a crowd of doz-ens of his supporters gatheredtoday in Tripoli’s main GreenSquare. The night beforeamid the crackdown, a defi-ant Gadhafi appeared on stateTV in the early hours today toshow he was still in charge,brandishing a large umbrellaand wearing a cap with furear flaps, and denying reportshe had left the country.The eruption of turmoilin the capital after a week of protests and bloody clashesin Libya’s eastern cities hassharply escalated the chal-lenge to Gadhafi, and hisregime has been hit by astring of defections by ambas-sadors abroad and even someofficials at home. His secu-rity forces have unleashedthe bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against thewave of protests sweeping theregion, which toppled leadersof Egypt and Tunisia.The U.N. Office of theHigh Commissioner forHuman Rights, citing sourcesinside the country, said todaythat at least 250 people havebeen killed and hundredsmore injured in the crack-down on protesters in Libya,though its officials said thetrue number was not known.New York-based HumanRights Watch has put the tollat at least 233 killed, basedon contacts with Libyan hos-pitals — but their toll didnot include casualties fromcrackdowns in Tripoli sinceSunday night, a sign of thedifficulty of getting informa-tion out of the highly closedNorth African Nation. Adoctor in Benghazi said acolleague at Tripoli’s mainhospital told him 41 peoplehad been killed in the capi-tal during fighting Sundaynight, but the number couldnot be confirmed, and it wasnot known how many diedMonday.The head of the U.N.agency, Navi Pillay, calledfor an investigation, sayingwidespread and systematicattacks against the civilianpopulation “may amount tocrimes against humanity.”The first major protests tohit an OPEC country — andmajor supplier to Europe —sent oil prices soaring to morethan $93 a barrel Tuesday,and the industry has beguneyeing reserves touched onlyafter Hurricane Katrina in2005 and the 1991 Gulf War.The Spanish oil companyRepsol-YPF said it suspend-ed production in Libya today.It accounted for about 3.8percent of Libya’s total pro-duction of 1.6 million barrelsa day. Protesters who havetaken control of cities acrossa long swath of eastern Libyasaid that they now controlledseveral fields and refineriesand were protecting them toprevent damage or vandal-ism.MANAMA, Bahrain (AP)— Bahrain’s king orderedthe release of some politicalprisoners today, conceding toanother opposition demand asthe embattled monarchy triesto engage protesters in talksaimed at ending an uprisingthat has entered its secondweek.The king’s decree — whichcovers several Shiite activistsaccused of plotting against thestate — adds to the brinks-manship on both sides thathas included a massive pro-government rally Monday, anopposition march in responseand the planned return of aprominent opposition figurefrom exile.It’s unclear how manyprisoners will be freed, saidgovernment spokeswomanMaysoon Sabkar.But they include some of the 25 Shiite activists on trialfor allegedly plotting againstthe Sunni rulers of the strate-gic island kingdom, a leadingmember of Bahrain’s Shiiteopposition, Abdul Jalili Khalil,told The Associated Press.He called the prisonerrelease “a good step” and a“positive gesture.”Two of those in the case arebeing tried in absentia, includ-ing opposition leader HassanMeshaima, who has been inself-exile in London since lastyear. He was expected to returnto Bahrain later today.Mesheima’s presence couldbolster opposition forces seek-ing a harder line against themonarchy, including somewho have called for the com-plete ouster of the king and theroyal dynasty that has ruled formore than 200 years.Meshaima’s group, knownas Haq, is considered moreradical than the main Shiitepolitical bloc that has so fartaken a central role in therevolt, which began last weekwith marches but quickly metwith violent resistance fromsecurity forces.The primary Shiite groupincludes 18 members of the40-member parliament, whoresigned Thursday to protestthe killing of demonstrators bysecurity forces.Tens of thousands of oppo-sition supporters marchedtoday through the capital of Manama, carrying Bahrain’sred-and-white flag and cir-cling the Bahrain Mall andManama’s financial district— symbols of the country’sprosperity in recent decades.Security forces did not moveto confront the procession, buthelicopters circled overhead.“Egypt, Tunisia, are we anydifferent?” they chanted.The government said todaythat the overall death toll wasseven from the clashes, whichincluded the army opening fireon protesters.The government said 25people were hospitalized, butit’s unclear what degree of injury authorities used to arriveat that figure. Opposition groupplace the figure at more that200. Associated Press journal-ists at the main state hospi-tal witnessed many dozens of people being treated.
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ing the problem,” saidJohnson, whose researchpaper is being published nextmonth in the journal RuralSociology. “In some cases,the only thing that can pull anarea out is an influx of youngHispanic immigrants or neweconomic development.”———The predicament is stark-est in places like Welch. Inthe 1960s, McDowell Countyranked tops in the U.S. incoal production. Even as itbegan to stumble, PresidentJohn F. Kennedy took noticeand pushed federal aid to theregion. McDowell residentswere the first to get federalfood stamps when they wererolled out in the Kennedyadministration.After U.S. Steel sold thelast of its mining operationsby 2003, folks in southernWest Virginia began count-ing on new highway projectsto prop up the long-strugglingarea.“One of the promises we’rewaiting to come is the high-way,” said Carolyn Falin, anassistant schools superinten-dent in McDowell County.From the east, theCoalfields Expressway wouldbypass the many two-lane,truck-clogged roads zigzag-ging through the mountainousregion. It would link a free-way to the Virginia state line65 miles to the southwest.So far, only a few miles areopen. Design work on most of it hasn’t been finished.From the west, a 95-mileKing Coal Highway is alsoenvisioned, with some bridgework and a few miles nowunder construction.Shepard, who walks towork from a nearby apart-ment, watched the county’spopulation plummet 80 per-cent after U.S. Steel’s exit.Even with the recent openingof a federal prison, Shepardbemoans the area’s decline,including the end of “20 yearsof the best fishing you eversaw.”Nowadays, he says, “youcan fish but you won’t catchany trout. It’s like the coalmines. It’s all gone.”Recently the U.S. Senaterejected a $900,000 appro-priation for a proposed inter-change of the King CoalHighway and the CoalfieldsExpressway near Welch.———Dying counties in the U.S.were rare until the 1960s,when the baby boom ended.By 1973, as farming com-munities declined, roughly515 counties — mostly inthe Great Plains — reportednatural decrease. The phe-nomenon then began to showup in industrial regions, suchas upstate New York andCalifornia. Natural decreasepeaked in 2002 at a record985, or 1 in 3 counties,before increasing births andan influx of Hispanic immi-gration helped add to countypopulations during the hous-ing boom.Following the recent reces-sion, birth rates have droppedto the lowest in a century.Preliminary census numbersfor 2007-09 now show thatthe number of dying coun-ties is back on the upswing.Recent additions includePittsburgh and its surround-ing counties.
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At approximately 5 p.m. onMonday a collision occurrednear the intersection of Lehman and Elida roads.According to MarionTownship Police, a youngwoman traveling north onLehman Road crossed a setof railroad tracks and failed tostop behind a truck that wasstopped at the intersection atElida Road. The truck report-edly left the scene.There were no injuries.
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God, Flag and Country essays
God, Flag and CountryTroy Elwer2nd place, 10-11-year-old
There are three things inmy life that are special tome — God, flag and coun-try.First of all, God playsa very important role inmy life. He is my creator.He made so many beau-tiful things in nature likeanimals, trees and moun-tains. He also provides mewith enough food and waterto live. To thank him andhonor him I go to churchon Sunday. I am glad heis around when I have badtimes. I know I can count onhim. He forgives me when Ido something wrong. He issomeone to talk to when Iam alone. These are reasonswhy God is a big part of how I am.Not only is God impor-tant to me, but so is theAmerican flag. The flagrepresents the 50 states. Ihave learned to be respect-ful around the flag. The flagalso shows I have freedomslike being able to go tochurch and being able toreceive a good education.Finally, this symbolreminds me of all the menand women who serve inthe military to make sure wekeep these freedoms. Notonly does the flag representmen and women soldiersbut so does our great coun-try.Finally, in music welearn the song “The FiftyNifty United States.” Thisson reminds me of our awe-some country. Some thingsI appreciate about our coun-try is we try to help othercountries who are less fortu-nate and we come togetherin times of need.Thankfully we have apresident who will keep ussafe.These are the reasonswhy God, flag and countryare special to me.
God, Flag and CountryArianna Knebel3rd place, 10-11-year-olds
It may seem that thiswould be a difficult timein our country’s history towrite an essay about God,Flag and Country. Oureconomy is struggling, weare in war and our peopleseem very divided in theiropinions. Respect for flag,country and our reverencefor God are declining.A survey suggests that 70percent of Americans don’thave the influence of God intheir lives.Do you know what you’resaying when you recite thePledge of Allegiance?Traditional values don’tmean as much as they usedto.In days gone by, mostAmericans attended churchevery Sunday.No one doubted thatAMERICA IS THEGREATEST COUNTRYON EARTH.If the flag passed by,everyone removed theirhats and saluted with honorand grace. People livedand worked together as anation.A look at our country’shistory gives us cause foroptimism in the wake of ourcurrent struggles.Those of the “great-est generation” like mygreat-great-grandmotherlived through the GreatDepression and World WarII. These were tough timesin history. What made the“greatest generation” great?Was it an easy time? No. Itwas a depression that heldthe country in its grip forover 10 years. It was a warfought on two fronts.Our country was onceso divided over the issue of slavery that family membersfought against each other inthe Civil War.Servicemen returningform Vietnam were treatedwith disdain even thoughthey had only done whatthey were obligated to do.Clergymen have alwaysstruggled to get people toask God to ease their bur-den.In his inaugural address,President Kennedy said,“ask not what you countrycan do for you but what youcan do for your country.”American people todayare the most educated inthe history of our country.A return to reverence forGod, honor for flag, pridein our country and work-ing together will make ourcountry greater than everbefore. As John Neal says,“a kite rises against thewind, not with it.”
God, Flag and CountryClaire Thompson2nd place, 12-13-year-olds
Who is God? Who isJesus? Are they someoneyou can talk to or just aperson being talked aboutnationally? What is church?Is it a place to go sit andsocialize before the service?Is it something you areforced to do? What is theBible? Is it fiction or non-fiction? How do we reallyknow the answers to anyof these questions? I, as aChristian, know that God isthe creator of the world andJesus was his one and onlyson. I also know that churchis where I can go learn les-sons about the Bible and myfaith. Another thing I knowis that the Bible is nonfic-tion.God has been taken outof many, many schools bythe government as a whole.Some schools don’t evensay “under God” during thepledge in the morning. Iam so lucky that the lead-ers of my school have keptGod in our daily schoolroutine. Twice a year wehave a “prayer around theflag-pole.” Everyone whowishes to can come and join the superintendent in aprayer before the day starts.It makes me happy thatwe can keep this traditiongoing as it has for manyyears now.When I go to church,I like to think about howmany other people are atchurch, as well. I sit andthink, “How many otherpeople are at church just likem? Why are they there?”I know I’m not a perfectChristian or anything closeto that, and occasionally,like almost all people, Idon’t “feel like it.” Peoplefrom other countries seechurch as almost a prize.They love it. It is a blessingto know that I was raised ina church and will most like-ly take my kids to a churchin the future. God can be afriend, a family member, aguide, anything you need atthe moment. IN GOD WETRUST. I know who Godis. I trust him. Do you?
God, Flag and CountryClaire Komarek3rd place, 12-13-yearolds
I am the land of the freeand the home of the brave.Can you guess who I am?I am America. I’ve beenthrough everything my peo-ple have. I’ve been throughthe wars and I’ve seen moreand more people to come tomake this big melting potof people. Around 1607 Isaw my very first Britishcolony form, Jamestown.In 1776 my peoplesigned the Declaration of Independence. Shortly afterwe fought the RevolutionaryWar. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris ended the war. Wewere finally free!We were only calm for ashort while. In 1861 we hadanother war. We were fight-ing against ourselves. Thenorth vs. the south to end orto keep slavery and to bringus back together. Four yearslater the war ended and theslaves were free. This mademe very happy because Ihate to see my own peoplefight and have others kept towork with no pay. So I thinkthe war ended well.In 1914 to 1918 we hadthe first world war. Thetwo groups fighting werethe Allies and the CentralPowers. Shortly after thata very bad thing happenedThe Great Depression. Thestock market had crashedand jobs were gone. Theunemployment rate hereraised about 25%. When itended I was saddened by allthe people who lost every-thing. I wished I could havedone more to help.In World War II we werebombed at Pearl Harbor,Hawaii. We fought hardon the allies. We won thewar by bombing the twoJapanese cities Hiroshimaand Nagasaki. I knew itwasn’t an easy thing to dobut we had to end the warand I’m glad we ended it.In 2001 on September11th two planes had flowninto the World Tradebuildings and one into thePentagon. We went into waragain and are losing troopsevery day. This day wasa very bad day in my his-tory and I wish it had neverhappened. Still in was wewere lead into a recession itwasn’t as bad as the GreatDepression but it was close.We are in war now andhopefully it will end soon.I am America and I havea lot of history. I’ve seensorrow, joy and hardships. Iam still and will be the landof the free and home of thebrave for a long time.
God, Flag and CountryReid Corzine2nd place, 14-15-year-olds
The country of God, whatdoes this mean? This meansthat our country is run byGod. Many of our foundingfathers believed in God andthat is what they envisionedwhen they formed our coun-try. I try to go to churchevery week. I am the acolyteat my church, and I believein God. The way I see thecountry with God is like abike. He is the wheels andwe are the handle bars ableto steer our beliefs one wayor another, either believingor not believing.A good example of my analogy is the GreatAwakening. That is whenthe Americans took hold of the handle bars and steeredus onto the path of God.Sadly everything good hasto end. That is when thesecond Great Awakeningoccurred. The Americansonce again took hold of thehandle bars and steered usonto the path of God. Onceagain it had to end.I think it is time for athird Great Awakening. TheAmericans need to grab holdof the handle bars and steerus onto the path of Godbefore we get in to deepand can’t get back out. Howcan we do this you ask? Itis simple; all we need todo is focus on our similari-ties not our differences. Itdoesn’t matter what color,religion, or gender you areall that matters is that we allwouldn’t be here withoutGod.
God, Flag and CountryAlex Haehn3rd place, 14-15-year-olds
Some people think of the flag as just a piece of cloth that flies around in theair. Well, if they think thatthen they are wrong. well atleast in my opinion. To methe flag is very important.Every day when I see theflag I think to myself thatwe are a very lucky countryand I think of how proud Iam to live in America andto have all of the wonderfulrights.The colors on the flag arered white and blue. The redstands for valor, the bluestands for justice and whitestands for innocence.A widow named BetsyRoss had created the flag,but George Washington hadshown her a rough draft of one and asked if she couldmake a flag that startedoff with six pointed stars.Francis Hopkins had alsomentioned things about theflag.1960 the flag had beenchanged to fifty stars andthat is what we sing thepledge of allegiance andstar spangled banner to thisday.I know people or at leastmost people feel freedomwhen they see the Americanflag. If it wasn’t for ourcountry we could not havea flag today, and if it wasn’tfor God, then we would nothave a country or a flag.The very first time I sawthe flag I didn’t think any-thing of it. To me now,to know we have this flagfloating in the air, I am veryhappy. I am not only happybut I am very impressed.I love our country, I loveour flag, and most impor-tantly I love God. If you putthese all together, you getAmerica.
St. Mary of theAssumptionto hold annualauction
The St. Mary of theAssumption Church andSchool will hold its annualfundraising auction at 5 p.m.on March 5 in the school gym-nasium.The theme for the eveningis Mardi Gras and there willbe a meal, a large variety of items to bid on, cash prizes,and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle tick-ets to win a Kindle, $175 cashor $150 cash will also be forsale.Tickets for the meal are$10 for adults and $5 for chil-dren. The evening’s menuincludes fried chicken, au gra-tin potatoes, chicken and ricegumbo, red beans and rice aswell as a salad bar and variousdesserts.The evening’s festivitieswill include both a live andsilent auction. Some itemsincluded in this year’s auc-tion are:
• a used car donated by a
local dealer;
• trips;• jewelry;• gift certificates;• items purchased on the
parish’s recent trip to Rome;
• projects made by the
school children; and
• a variety of gift baskets
and other items.All proceeds from the auc-tion will go to benefit theSt. Mary of the AssumptionCatholic School.
Hospital setsMammographySaturday
Van Wert County Hospitalwill host a mammogram andDEXA scan day on March 26for women who are unable tofind the time during the weekfor these crucial tests, now isthe time to make an appoint-ment.In addition to Digitalmammograms, DEXA scan-ning will also be available onthat Saturday. DEXA scan-ning is the most common-ly used test for measuringbone mineral density, oneof the most accurate waysto diagnose Osteopenia orOsteoporosis.For more information,contact Central Scheduling at419-238-8643.
YWCA holdingopen swim
YWCA has scheduleda Family Open Swim from10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturday.The whole family can enjoythe YWCA pool and practiceswimming before the warmweather comes. The moveablefloor pool will be set shallowso that all children can enjoythe fun!Cost is $5 per family.For more information con-tact Program Director DanniChiles at 419-238-6639.
Storm leavesthousands withno power
COLUMBUS (AP) —Thousands have no electric-ity in Ohio and schools arecanceling or delaying classesin the wake of a storm thatdumped heavy rain, ice andsnow.FirstEnergy Corp. report-ed Tuesday that more than27,000 customers had nopower across northern Ohio,with more than half the out-ages in the Toledo area. Thepower company has saidsome customers may nothave service restored untilWednesday.Monday’s mix of rain,sleet and up to 7 inches of snow across the region hastaken a toll on power linesand made roads dicey. TheAkron and Canton schoolsclosed Tuesday, while scoresof other districts chose toopen later.Airports in Columbus,Dayton and the Cincinnatiarea reported record rainfallfor the date on Monday beforea changeover to snow.
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