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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS  In an agewhen each piece of technol-ogy becomes obsolete almostas soon as it’s on the market,some may take things likeelectricity and running waterfor granted. However, Amishpeople choose to go withouttechnology altogether.Education Curator of theAllen County Museum andHistorical Society Sarah Rishpresented a program titled“Growing Up Amish” atthe Delphos Public LibraryThursday evening, tellingchildren and adults aboutAmish life.“The Amish live a lot likethe pioneers did, with noelectricity or running water,”Rish said. “The pioneers livedwithout those things becausethey hadn’t been invented yet.The Amish live without themby choice. They use lanternsfor light and they don’t haverefrigerators. They keep foodcold by harvesting ice in thewinter and keeping it in anice house, which is a well-insulated building they packwith straw. If they’re lucky,they’ll still have ice in therearound the fourth of July.“Another thing we reallytake advantage of is indoorplumbing,” she added. “TheAmish use outhouses andthere’s no running waterto wash their hands or takeshowers. They don’t havewashers or dryers, either.They wash their clothing inbasins and then hang them toair dry, which can be quite achore considering the aver-age Amish family has aboutseven children.”Rish says the Amish focuson the community, ratherthan on the individual.“All of the clothing theywear is designed to keep anyone person from standing out,”she said. “They wear brightsolid colors but they don’twear patterns or anything elsethat distinguishes them. Theyalso don’t take photos or usemirrors, mostly because theyfeel those things encouragepride in one’s looks.“They’re also very reli-gious,” Rish continued. “Itstarted in Europe when theProtestants broke off fromthe Roman Catholic Churchand came to America. Thenthe Mennonites broke off from the Protestants and theAmish broke off from theMennonites. They believethat baptism should bereserved for adults, so youhave the choice of whetheror not you join the churchbecause once you do join,you’re Amish for good. If you end up going against theAmish beliefs once you’repart of the church and don’trepent and mend your ways,you’ll be excommunicated.”Rish stressed that Amishchildren learn to be respon-sible at an early age.“Not many kids todaydo chores, at least not likethe Amish,” she said. “If you’re Amish, you’re goingto be starting chores at avery young age, around 5years old at least. They learnresponsibility at a very youngage. They also only go toschool through the eighthgrade because they believethat’s all you need. They alsodon’t want interaction withthe outside world, whichwould come with higher edu-cation.”Rish told the children if they were Amish, they wouldhave to think of ways toentertain themselves withoutelectricity.“They have no TVs, novideo games, no computers,no phones,” she said. “Theyplay sports, though, like vol-leyball and softball. Somegroups of Amish play boardgames, which I was surprisedto learn. They play gameslike Monopoly, Scrabble andUNO. Not all of the groupsof Amish are the same. Someare more modernized thanothers. It’s a little like theNative American tribes, howthey’re all Native Americansbut not all of the tribes arethe same.”
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Showers, iso-lated stormsSaturday withpossible heavyrainfall andhigh near 50.See page 2.
Scouts to passout food bags
Delphos Cub Scout Pack42 will pass out “Scoutingfor Food” from 9 a.m.to noon this Saturday.The Scouts will return onMarch 12 to collect bags resi-dents leave on their porchesfilled with canned and othernon-perishable goods.
Queen JubileeXXXVI chosenApril 1
The Peony PageantSelection Ceremony forQueen Jubilee XXXVIwill be held at 7:30 p.m.on April 1 at the MarshFoundation Auditoriumon Lincoln Highway.All tickets are $8 and willgo on sale Friday at DerryDrugs on Westwood Drivein Van Wert. Tickets willalso be available at the dooron the night of the pageant,which will open at 6:30 p.m.Contestants include:Mari Young -Crestview High SchoolKorey Boggs - JeffersonHillary Ludwig -Lincolnview High SchoolAbby Evans -Parkway High SchoolKaitlin Relyea - PauldingAmellia Wiseman- VantageRenee Chen - Van WertLauren Holtsberry- Wayne Trace
Jays, Wildcats sellinggirls district tickets
St. John’s and Jeffersonare both selling tickets fortheir district-final clash 7p.m. Saturday at Lima Senior.Both will be selling ticketsuntil 3:30 p.m. this after-noon. Jefferson’s Saturdaysales will be from 8:30 a.m.to noon (AdministrationBuilding), while the Jays willsell theirs from 9-11 a.m.in the high school office.Pre-sale tickets are $6 foradults and $4 for students;all tickets at the gates are$6. Fans are encouraged tobuy pre-sale because therespective schools get a per-centage of the tickets sold.All children, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Boys Basketball SectionalsDivision II: At LimaSenior: Elida vs. VanWert, 6:15 p.m.; Celinavs. Wapakoneta, 8 p.m.Division III: AtWapakoneta: Lima CentralCatholic vs. Coldwater,6:15 p.m.; Jefferson ver-sus St. Henry, 8 p.m.Division IV: At Van Wert:St. John’s vs. Crestview,6:15 p.m.; Ottoville vs.Spencerville, 8 p.m.At Elida: Kalidavs. Continental, 6:15p.m.; Columbus Grovevs. Perry, 8 p.m.
New group forming torenovate Jennings landmark
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
FORT JENNINGS An organizational meetingwas held Thursday to formthe new Jennings MemorialAssociation, spearheadedby Fort Jennings HistoricalSociety President Dr. WesKlir. He said the purposewas to brainstorm on howMemorial Hall can be pre-served for future generations.“It needs to be preserved orits fate is pretty much deter-mined and will be an unfa-vorable outcome,” he said.“If something isn’t done, itwill continue to be left goand will be too far gone tofix up.”Nothing is in stone butKlir hopes to build on thevillage’s bicentennial plan insome way or another.“My plan is to preserve thebuilding by gathering enoughinterested residents to volun-teer their physical efforts tospruce it up into somethingpresentable for the bicenten-nial in 2012. Beyond that,who knows. That’s a questionmark,” he said.“The plan for the bicenten-nial includes a military muse-um. Our own artifacts will beon display and we have someWar of 1812 items, someSpanish-American War items,World War I items and I hopeto enhance that with someloan items from the PutnamCounty Historical Society andthey’ve already given me thegreen light on that,” he said.“Ideally, I’d also like to havesome display items from themembers of the communityto bring our military display alocal flavor.”He believes the countyhistorical museum’s militarydisplay is too small becauseof a lack of space. He wouldlike to forge a partnership of some sort so as to keep loanitems on permanent display.“I would like this tobecome, not an offshoot andnot necessarily the responsi-bility of the Putnam CountyHistorical Society, but be aplace where we can exhibitsome of those items. I’d liketo see part of it become amilitary museum and theother portion of the down-stairs, we’re going to havefixed up for some activi-ties during the bicentennial,one of which will be a fort-building contest that will besponsored throughout thewhole weekend of the bicen-tennial,” he said. “So, therewill be tables and items setup for kids to come in. Whatwe essentially are doing is Ihave some local people whodabble in hobby carpentrycoming in and we’re goingto actually fabricate Lincoln-log-type building materialfor kids to come in and maketheir own construction of what they feel the fort shouldhave or would have lookedlike; there will be judgingfor that at the end of theweekend.”For the long run, Klirwould like to see the hallhouse a permanent militarymuseum to honor veteransfrom Fort Jennings and pro-vide a meeting room avail-able to the community.The group will meet at7:30 p.m. April 14 at thehall.
McCoy sees noend in sight forflood concerns
VAN WERT  Floodingand the threat of additionalheavy rain in upcoming weekshas emergency managementofficials watching forecastsvery closely.Van Wert CountyHomeland Security andEmergency ManagementDirector Rick McCoy saysthere currently is no end insight with this active weath-er pattern and the possibleflooding potential remainsvery high.“With this past event onSunday night into Monday,areas in the southern part of Van Wert County received upto two-and-a-half inches of rainfall with even higher rain-fall amounts in Mercer andAuglaize counties. The heavyrain and melting snow put theAuglaize River and St. MarysRiver into flood stage and hasimpacted roadways and flood-ed many basements across theregion. My concern now isthe next heavy rain event thisweekend, which has the poten-tial of dumping another one totwo inches of rain across ourarea,” McCoy said.National Weather Serviceforecasts predict the next sys-tem will move into the areatoday into Saturday. Heavyrain is very likely, with com-puter models projecting theheaviest amounts over thearea. This could easily bringthe St. Marys River back upto a crest exceeding 24 feet inWillshire. It crested Thursdayat 22.4 feet, McCoy said.“Right now, the water isaround four feet deep across St.Rt. 49 going into Willshire,”McCoy said. “St. Rt. 81 andUS 33 into Willshire are alsoclosed due to high water inaddition to the township andcounty roads close to the St.Marys.”With the new rainfallforecast, McCoy requestedWillshire officials beginsandbagging around severalbusinesses in the village inanticipation of possible flood-ing this weekend. Inmatesfrom the county jail were inWillshire Wednesday andThursday helping businessowners and fire personnel ingetting sandbags in place.McCoy said that a verystrong La Niña patternsremains in place in the PacificOcean, which is keeping thePineapple Express goingstrong.“This is the weather pat-tern coming across Hawaiiand into the west coast of theUnited Stated with storm afterstorm lining up every 3 to 4days. After this weekend’sstorm, which will include theheavy rain and ending up assome snow on Sunday. Thenext storm system movesinto our area on Wednesday,which not only will produce
Mike Ford photo
Dr. Wes Klir, left, goes over some ideas with Jim Dickman during an organizationalmeeting to form the Jennings Memorial Association to renovate Memorial Hall.
Stacy Taff photo
Children learn about ‘Growing up Amish’ at library
“This is theweather patterncoming acrossHawaii and intothe west coastof the UnitedStated with stormafter stormlining up every 3to 4 days. Afterthis weekend’sstorm, which willinclude the heavyrain and end-ing up as somesnow on Sunday.The next stormsystem movesinto our areaon Wednesday, which not onlywill produceadditional rainsagain but has thepotential to bepretty severe.”
 Rick McCoy,Van Wert CountyHomeland Security/Emergency ManagementDirector
See FLOOD, page 2Sarah Rish, Education Curator of the Allen County Museum and Historical Society, gives children a closer look at the Amish objects she brought to supplement her program, “Growing Up Amish,” at the Delphos Public Library Thursday evening.
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is TroyElwer.CongratulationsTroy!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is MarissaSheeter.CongratulationsMarissa!
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BerniceCharlene, 90, of Hicksvilleand formerly of Van Wert,Funeral services will be heldat 11 a.m. Saturday at Cowanand Son Funeral Home in VanWert, the Rev. Donald Nicholsofficiating. Burial will be inWoodland Cemetery in VanWert. Friends may call forone hour prior to services onSaturday.Preferred memorialsare to The Salvation Army.Expressions of sympathy maybe forwarded to cowanand-sonfuneralhome.com.
AleneMarie, 81, of Delphos, Massof Christian Burial begins at10:30 a.m. Saturday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. MelvinVerhoff officiating. Burial willfollow in St. John’s Cemetery.Friends may call for an hourprior to the Mass at the church.Memorials are to St. John’sParish Foundation or AllenCounty Right to Life.
By AMAnDALee MYersAcad P
PHOENIX  Rep.Gabrielle Giffords has beenshowing emotion, goodmemory skills and an impres-sive grasp of everything fromlegislative business to songlyrics as she recovers in aHouston hospital from a gun-shot wound to the head.The Democratic congress-woman has been undergo-ing extensive therapy in thenearly two months since shewas shot at a political eventin Tucson, and has beenreceiving frequent visits fromher astronaut husband MarkKelly as he trains to be thecommander of the next shut-tle mission.Giffords spokesman C.J.Karamargin said Thursdaythat the congresswoman alsogets regular, detailed updatesabout the work being doneat her offices in Tucson andin Washington. She gets theupdates from her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, who issplitting her time betweenHouston, Washington andTucson.Among Giffords’ othervisitors has been StephanieAaron, her rabbi and goodfriend. Aaron describedGiffords’ progress to TheAssociated Press on Thursdayafter a visit to the hospitalover the weekend.She said Giffords sangDon McLean’s “AmericanPie” with husband MarkKelly and his two daughters,and that she knew the wordsbetter than the three of them.Musical therapy is an impor-tant part of her recovery asdoctors use song in attempt toimprove her brain function,along with physical, occupa-tional and speech rehabilita-tion.Aaron said Giffords alsochanted a Hebrew healingprayer with her, although thecongresswoman didn’t knowthe words beforehand.Aaron said she wouldtell Giffords the words, andthe two would chant, withGiffords getting frustrated attimes.“I would just stop, holdher hand and say, ‘Gabby,it’s OK. Just breathe.’ Andwe would sit together and justbreathe,” Aaron said. “Andwhat very much upliftedme was when I was leaving... she got tears in her eyesand she hugged me. I said,‘Gabby, what do you needto remember?’ And she said,‘Breathe.”’She said when she firstarrived at Giffords’ hospi-tal room, she brought thecongresswoman a giant cardmade by students at the middleschool she attended. Inside itwas a T-shirt attached to thecard, and printed on the shirtwas a photo of the studentswith Giffords and Kelly whenthey visited Washington,D.C.“She reached out andpulled the shirt off and heldit to her heart and had a bigsmile, and she touched thepicture of Mark,” Aaron said.“It was very moving.”Aaron said that she leftthe hospital for a while tobring Giffords some of herfavorite foods  matzo ballsoup and cheese blintzes. Shesaid Giffords happily ate themeal.“I’m very encouraged andhopeful for the future,” Aaronsaid.Kelly will be the com-mander of Endeavour whenit launches in April, and hisidentical twin brother Scottis the current leader of theInternational Space Stationcrew.President Barack Obamacalled the astronauts onThursday to wish them hisbest. Before signing off, hetold Scott Kelly that he spoketo his brother a couple daysago.“It sounds like Gabby’smaking incredible progress,”the president said, “and we’rejust thrilled for that.”Giffords was shot onJan. 8 in a rampage outsidea Tucson grocery store thatinjured 12 others and killedsix people, including a fed-eral judge and a 9-year-oldgirl who was born on Sept.11, 2001.Jared Loughner ischarged in federal court inthe assassination attemptagainst Giffords that killedsix people. Authoritiesdescribed him as a men-tally unstable college drop-out who became obsessedwith carrying out violenceagainst Giffords for reasonsthat are unclear.
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NEW YORK  With“tiger blood,” “Adonis DNA”and his “fire-breathing fists,”Charlie Sheen has practicallyinvented a new language withhis rants and ramblings.And while it may not rate anentry in Webster’s, the sitcomstar’s batty, blustering poetryhas resounded in social media.Sheen gained 1 million Twitterfollowers in just 25 hours and17 minutes  record time,according to Guinness WorldRecords, which keeps track of such obscure achievements andhad not previously crowneda champion in that particularcategory.His unique lexicon growsdaily, spreading rapidly overthe Internet and onto T-shirts.On “The Alex Jones Show,”he said he has “poetry in myfingertips,” and added: “Mostof the time  and this includesnaps  I’m an F-18, bro. AndI will destroy you in the air.”He has frequently repeatedhis most famous sayings “winning,” “tiger blood” like trademarked catch phrases.Early Thursday, he announcedhis latest slogan  er, “fast-ball”  with more hype thana CBS promotion for his show,“Two and a Half Men.”“Ready for my next fast-ball, world?” he wrote onTwitter. “PLAN BETTERApplies to everything wherean excuse now sits. Try it. Uwon’t be wrong. Ever.”Sheenspeak could be con-sidered a demented combina-tion of William S. Burroughs’beat musings and thoseChuck Norris jokes in whichthe ’80s action star is inflatedto mythic proportions.“I am on a drug,” Sheentold ABC. “It’s called CharlieSheen. It’s not availablebecause if you try it, you willdie. Your face will melt off,and your children will weepover your exploded body.”Sheen has said his formerparty exploits made FrankSinatra and Mick Jagger looklike “droopy-eyed armlesschildren.” He has called him-self “battle-tested bayonets.”And he’s said he’s riding the“tsunami of media ... on amercury surfboard.”Glossaries have sprung upto help keep track of Sheen’svivid verbiage, which he hasspewed consistently dur-ing his feud with the stu-dio and producers who shutdown “Two and a Half Men”because of his erratic behav-ior. CBS Corp. chief LeslieMoonves has said the series’future is uncertain.The question of whetherSheen’s bizarre bravado is aploy, a sign of mental-healthproblems or a combinationof both has grown moreurgent as it has encompassedhis private life. The actor’sestranged wife, BrookeMueller Sheen, has claimedSheen threatened to cut herhead off, among other things.Their twin toddlers wereremoved from Sheen’s homeTuesday night.
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TRIPOLI, Libya  Anactivist says Libyan reb-els’ military commander inZawiya, the closest opposi-tion-held city to the capital,was killed along with threeother people in fighting.Alaa al-Zawi, an opposi-tion activist in Zawiya, saysCol. Hussein Darbouk was hitby anti-aircraft gunfire dur-ing clashes with forces loyalto Moammar Gadhafi thatattacked this morning.Darbouk and other troops inZawiya defected to the oppo-sition early on in the uprising,which began in Libya on Feb.15. He has since been lead-ing rebel forces in the town,which has withstood multi-ple assaults by pro-Gadhafiforces.Al-Zawi says three otherrebel fighters were killed anddozens of people wounded inthe fighting, but he says thecity remains under oppositioncontrol.Forces loyal to MoammarGadhafi fired tear gas at pro-testers in Tripoli today as afierce crackdown that hasterrorized parts of the capi-tal the past week seeminglysmothered attempts to revivedemonstrations calling for theLibyan leader’s ouster.More than 1,500 protest-ers marched out of the MuradAgha mosque after noonprayers in the eastern Tripolidistrict of Tajoura, chanting“the people want to bring theregime down” and waved thered, black and green flag of Libya’s pre-Gadhafi monar-chy, adopted as the banner upthe uprising.But pro-Gadhafi forcesquickly moved in. They firedvolleys of tear gas and  whenthe marchers continued opened fire with live ammuni-tion, according to witnesses.It was not clear if they firedat the crowd or into the air, butthe protesters scattered, manyof them taking refuge back inthe mosque, according to anAssociated Press reporter atthe scene. A doctor said sev-eral people were wounded andtaken to a nearby hospital.The clampdown under-scored the strong hold Gadhafihas maintained over Tripoli,in stark contrast to much of the country. The entire easthas fallen into the hands of the rebellion, as have sev-eral cities in the west closeto his bastion in the capital.The rebels  ragtag forcesof armed residents backed bysome military units  haverepelled repeated attacks bypro-Gadhafi forces trying totake back their territory.That has made control of Tripoli crucial for Gahdafi.His loyalists have taken fierceaction to ensure protesterscannot rise up and overwhelmthe city as they have in otherplaces.Last week, marches weremet by barrages of gunfirefrom militiamen shooting intocrowds, killing a still unde-termined number. Since then,pro-Gadhafi forces have car-ried out a wave of arrestsagainst suspected demonstra-tors, snatching some fromtheir homes in nighttime raids,instilling fear in the most res-tive neighborhoods.
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Briefing covers wind energydevelopment opportunitiesfor Van Wert County
Next to labor, energy is thesingle most expensive opera-tional input for many indus-trial, commercial, farm andsmall business operations.Residential energy consumersin rural, suburban and urbanneighborhoods are lookingfor ways to control energycosts too.Van Wert County businessand community leaders, aswell as interested residentsare invited to attend a spe-cial two-part wind energyissues briefing, sponsored bythe Van Wert County FarmBureau. The briefing will beheld at 7 p.m. Tuedsay andMarch 22 at the KingsleyUnited Methodist Church,15482 Mendon Road, VanWert.This meeting will be free toany Ohio Farm Bureau mem-ber; there will be a charge of $5 per person for anyone whois not a current active mem-ber in the Ohio Farm Bureau.If participants decide to jointhe Farm Bureau after themeeting, the Van Wert FarmBureau will refund the meet-ing charge.The Meeting on Tuesdayis important to attend to get agood understanding of windenergy prior to attending theMarch 22 meeting, whereBP Wind Energy representa-tives will be available to helpanswer questions and givesome details pertaining to theproject in Van Wert County.The program will featureOhio Farm Bureau Federation(OFBF) Director for EnergyServices Dale Arnold.“Wind energy develop-ment is a key issue for VanWert County,” Arnold said.“The area is being consid-ered by several energy ser-vice providers as a centerfor large, utility scale windenergy projects,” Arnoldsaid. “Some local farms andbusinesses want to utilizewind energy for on-site elec-tric generation. Several areamanufacturers want to learnmore about new supply chain/manufacturing opportuni-ties these energy initiativesoffer. Moreover, governmentand community leaders wantto know how advanced andrenewable energy generationcan make an impact on theirutility bills.”During the course of thebriefing, Arnold will discusscurrent federal and state leg-islative initiatives that iden-tify communities such as VanWert County as key areas forenergy development. He willreport on how several Ohiocommunities are alreadyworking with energy devel-opers to establish utility scalewind energy projects. Also,he will discuss how projectdevelopers, government lead-ers, utilities and communitymembers could work togetherto create and implement localenergy development plans.“Alternative and renew-able energy developmentoffers local communitiesa variety of new economicopportunities,” Arnold said.“All parties interested inthese projects bring uniqueresources that, used in combi-nation, create a win-win situ-ation for everyone involved.These collaborative effortsand partnerships can generatesuccess.”Arnold has beenOFBF Director for EnergyDevelopment since 1995.He represents farm and ruralresidential energy consumerson the Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio WindWork Group and BiomassTask Force, as well as con-sumer advisory boards withColumbia Gas of Ohio,American Electric Power andVectren. He is a member of the Green Energy Ohio boardof directors. Over the pastseveral years he has beeninvolved with communityelectric and natural gas aggre-gation projects, utility-scaleand on-site renewable energygeneration and creating pub-lic policy that provides moreopportunities for consumersto control their energy costs.
BBB warns of counterfeit sweepstakes
From Neil Winget, Better Business Bureauserving West Central Ohio
Consumers have been reporting to theBetter Business Bureau that they are gettingmail and telephone calls saying they have wonmoney from Publisher’s Clearing House.The consumer is instructed to write a checkfor a specific amount and send it via WesternUnion to a provided address. Then they aretold to call the phone number provided by theperpetrator as soon as the check is on its way.They are told the “big money prize” will bedelivered directly to their home.If the consumer asks where they are, orfrom where the money will be delivered, theyare given the name of a city near where theperson lives.While this phenomenon is related to the fakesweepstakes scam, there is a difference. In thisscheme, they are impersonating a real, legiti-mate sweepstakes, (i.e. Publisher’s ClearingHouse) and using that organization’s name togive the crooked scheme some validity.Rest assured, Publisher’s Clearing Housedoes not call winners with this kind of request(sending money) because a winner does nothave to pay out money to collect a sweep-stakes prize. That is the bottom line.It is theorized that this scheme has taken onnew life because of some recent, highly pub-licized winners of lotteries and sweepstakes.The question consumers need to ask them-selves is, “did I enter a sweepstakes?” If theanswer is no, the BBB advises they hang up.Consumers are advised to contact the BBBabout any such phone calls or letters.
Opening rally Tuesday tokickoff 40 Days for Life
LIMA  “Pro-life mem-bers of the Lima communitywill join together for the kick-off event at Lima Knights of Columbus on Tuesday March8th at 6:30PM as the Limaand surrounding area beginsits 40 Days for Life cam-paign,” said Sheri Ketner,spokesperson for the Limaand surrounding area 40 Daysfor Life campaign.40 Days for Life is anintensive pro-life campaignthat focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 daysof peaceful vigil at abortionfacilities, and 40 days of grassroots educational out-reach. The 40-day time frameis drawn from examplesthroughout Biblical historywhere God brought aboutworld-changing transforma-tion in 40-day periods.Lima and the surroundingarea is one of the many com-munities from coast to coastconducting simultaneous 40Days for Life campaignsfrom March 9 through April17. “We want to start thiseffort by drawing membersof the communities togetherto share the vision of 40 Daysfor Life and to pray for God’sblessings on this effort. It istime to focus attention on theharm abortion has done to ourcity,” said Sheri Ketner.Speakers at the 40 Daysfor Life kickoff event include:Pastor Scott Dove FirmFoundation Christian Center;Father Tim Ferris, Chaplainat Lima Central CatholicHigh School; and Jan Kahlefrom Catholic Chairities andPutnam County Right toLife.“This rally will begin 40days of prayer and fasting,with special attention to prayeroutside the abortion facility atCapital Care Network 222South Elizabeth, as well asvarious types of communityoutreach. We look forward toseeing what kind of transfor-mation God will bring aboutin our city,” Ketner said.To learn more about40 Days for Life, visit:www.40daysforlife.com.For information aboutthe Lima and surround-ing areas campaign, visitwww.40daysforlife.com/limaFor assistance or for moreinformation, please contactSheri Ketner at sketner@wtlw.com or 419-670-3461cell anytime or 419-339-4444, ext. 162 beginningMonday.
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Humane Societysays veal rulethreatens dealKasich: ‘TheAvengers’ to
flm in Cleveland
COLUMBUS (AP)  Amajor animal rights group isthreatening to try again for anOhio ballot issue against ani-mal cruelty because of a newstate rule on the treatment of veal calves.Humane Society of theUnited States PresidentWayne Pacelle says the stan-dard approved Wednesdayby the Ohio Livestock CareStandards Board would allowthe animals to be kept in cratestoo small for them to turnaround.Pacelle says in a statementthat the board’s 6-5 vote jeop-ardizes last year’s agreementreached between the HumaneSociety, Ohio agriculturebusinesses and then-Gov. TedStrickland. The deal led theHumane Society to give up aballot campaign.Ohio Agriculture DirectorJim Zehringer tells TheColumbus Dispatch the votecould change following a pub-lic comment period that endsnext month.CLEVELAND (AP) Ohio Gov. John Kasichsays filming of the MarvelStudios superhero movie “TheAvengers” will take place inCleveland.The Plain Dealer reports thatKasich made the announce-ment Thursday before MayorFrank Jackson’s State of theCity address.The film for release nextyear features the Marvel com-ics superheros, includingRobert Downey Jr. as IronMan, Samuel L. Jacksonas Nick Fury and ScarlettJohansson as Black Widow.Ohio Film Office publi-cist Katie Sabatino says thestate was in discussions withMarvel throughout the weekbefore reaching an agreement.The Detroit Free Pressreported last month that Marvelconsidered filming in Detroitbut backed out after MichiganGov. Rick Snyder proposedeliminating the state’s filmincentive program.A message seeking com-ment was left Thursday fora firm representing MarvelStudios.COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio’s unemployment ratehas slipped another notch,down to 9.4 percent in Januaryfrom a revised 9.5 percent inDecember.The state Department of Job and Family Services saidtoday the January jobless ratewas down from 10.6 percent ayear earlier. Ohio’s 9.4 percentfor January was higher thanthe month’s national unem-ployment rate of 9.0 percent.Officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohioin January was 551,000, downfrom 560,000 in December.The ranks of the state’s unem-ployed have fallen by 75,000in the past 12 months.
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