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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS  The DelphosCanal Commission welcomedmore than 100 guests to theannual Boatman’s BreakawayDinner Sunday evening.Commission PresidentEd Ulrich gave the crowdan update on activities at theCanal Commission Museum.“We have come a longway this year on renova-tions at the museum,” Ulrichbegan. “The new staircases inthe southeast and northwestcorners of the building arecompleted and the wheelchairlifts will be installed soon.That will give access to ourexhibits to everyone.”Urlich went on to saythe museum will open a3,000-square-foot display onthe second floor and roomis now available for a crosssection of the canal boat TheMarguerite on the main floor.“We will use the originalskeleton of The Margueritewith half the boat finishedand the other half just theframework,” Ulrich said.“This will fulfill a dream of the Columbian Squires from1987 to have The Margueriteon display.”The annual dinner cele-brates thawing ice in spring.When the canal was in use,the lock freed up and canalboats could begin traveling.“The dinner marks thetime when the canal boatscould break away from thedocks and the canal wouldbe full of activity after a longwinter,” Ulrich added.Special guests at the din-ner included Miami-ErieCanal Corridor SecretaryJim Coombs, Steve Dorstenof the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources,MECCA Executive DirectorNeal Brady and his wife,
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Rain Tuesday;high near 50.See page 2A.
Ladycats bring home first-ever regional title
By JIM METCALFEjmetcalfe@delphosherald.com
ELIDA  Getting to theFinal Four in girls basket-ball has long been the “HolyGrail” for 29th-year Jeffersonhead man Dave Hoffman.He finally has captured thequest.His Lady Wildcats usedtheir relentless pressuredefense and transition offenseto bombard Bucyrus Wynford74-48 in the Division IV ElidaRegional finals on the UnionBank Court of the ElidaFieldhouse.The Wildcats garnered thefirst state semifinal in the pro-gram’s 39-year history at 8p.m. Thursday night on thefloor of Value City Arenaversus top-ranked and defend-ing champs Canal WinchesterHarvest Prep (25-1), a 66-35destroyer of ReedsvilleEastern. The other semifinalfeatures Fort Loramie (21-5)and Shadyside (26-0), start-ing at 6 p.m. that night.“I’ve been coaching a longtime and I am closer to the endof coaching than the begin-ning. This is always the goaland to finally get there is anaccomplishment,” Hoffmanbegan. “I am so thankful forthese girls. They are a greatbunch of girls and they reallywork so well together as ateam, on and off the court.It’s a real pleasure to coachthem. The one thing I havenever seen in these girls’ eyesis fear, no matter what. I seeconfidence in their eyes, thatthey know they are going towin.”After a pair of ties  2-2and 4-4  the Wildcats (23-2) took the lead for good ona 3-ball from junior KennedyBoggs (18 markers, 4 blocks)at the 3:53 point. The Wildcatfull-court pressure  man-to-man and zone press  beganto assert itself, forcing sevenof their game total of 19 inthe period. Their lead reached16-9 on a free-throw jumperby senior Kristin Klausing (21counters, 5 treys; 6 boards, 5assists) with 1:28 to go beforeNorthwest District Player of the Year Teneil Krebs (20counters, 9 boards, 3 assists)hit a single and Cierra Brady(11 counters, 3 thefts) 1-of-2with 34.9 seconds to get theLady Royals (23-2) within16-11.
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The Jefferson girls basketball team celebrates the first regional championship in the program’s history after Saturdaynight’s 26-point rout of Bucyrus Wynford.See CHAMPS, page 6A
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State send-off rally
A pep rally to sendthe team off to state isset for 7 p.m. Wednesdayat Jefferson High Schoolin the gymnasium.This event is opento the community.
Jefferson state tickets onsale
Tickets for Thursday’s8 p.m. Jefferson girls bas-ketball state semifinal vs.Canal Winchester HarvestPrep (Schottenstein Center)will be sold to the public 8a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday atthe Jefferson AdministrationBuilding. Cost of tickets is $8pre-sale and $10 at the door.The school gets a percentageof the pre-sale tickets sold.
Stricken Japan nuclearplant rocked by 2nd blast
By ERIC TALMADGEand SHINO YUASAThe Associated Press
SOMA, Japan  The sec-ond hydrogen explosion inthree days rocked a Japanesenuclear plant today, devastat-ing the structure housing onereactor and injuring 11 work-ers. Water levels dropped pre-cipitously at another reactor,completely exposing the fuelrods and raising the threat of a meltdown.The morning explosion inUnit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was felt 25 miles(40 kilometers away), butthe plant’s operator said theradiation levels at the affectedreactor were still within legallimits. Hours later, officialsreported that the fuel rods atanother reactor, Unit 2, werefully exposed, at least tem-porarily.Authorities began pouringsea water into that unit tore-cover the rods  as theyare at the plant’s two othertroubled reactors after coolingsystem failures in the wake of Friday’s massive earthquakeand tsunami, which killed atleast 10,000 people. The latestexplosion triggered an orderfor hundreds of people to stayindoors, said Chief CabinetSecretary Yukio Edano.Operators knew the seawater flooding at Unit 3would cause a pressure build-up in the reactor containmentvessel  and potentially leadto an explosion  but feltthey had no choice if theywanted to avoid a completemeltdown. In the end, thehydrogen in the releasedsteam mixed with oxygen inthe atmosphere and set off the blast.The inner containmentshell surrounding the Unit3 reactor was intact, Edanosaid, allaying some fears of the risk to the environmentand public. But the outerbuilding around the reactorappeared to have been dev-astated, with only a skeletalframe remaining.Tokyo Electric Power Co.,which operates the plant, saidradiation levels at Unit 3 werewell under the levels where anuclear operator must file areport to the government.A similar explosionoccurred Saturday at theplant’s Unit 1, injuring fourworkers, causing mass evacu-ations and destroying muchof the outer building.Shortly after today’s explo-sion, Tokyo Electric warnedit had lost the ability to coolUnit 2. Hours later, an indica-tor showed water briefly fellto the bottom of fuel rods,fully exposing them, accord-ing to a spokeswoman for thecompany, Takako Kitajima.She said officials believewater levels have since recov-ered slightly as they continueto inject sea water into thereactor.More than 180,000 peoplehave evacuated the area inrecent days, and up to 160may have been exposed toradiation  pouring miseryonto those already devastatedby the twin disasters.Japan’s meteorologicalagency reported the prevailingwind in the area of the strick-en nuclear plant was headingeast  to the Pacific.Seventeen U.S. militarypersonnel involved in heli-copter relief missions werefound to have been exposedto low levels of radiationupon returning to the USSRonald Reagan, an aircraftcarrier about 100 miles (160kilometers) offshore.U.S. officials said theexposure level was roughlyequal to one month’s nor-mal exposure to natural back-ground radiation in the envi-ronment, and after scrubbingwith soap and water, the 17were declared contamination-free.But as a precaution, theU.S. said the carrier and otherU.S. 7th Fleet ships involvedin relief efforts had shifted toanother area.While Japan has aggres-sively prepared for years formajor earthquakes, reinforc-ing buildings and runningdrills, the impact of the tsuna-mi  which came so quicklythat not many people man-aged to flee to higher ground was immense.By today, officials wereclearly overwhelmed by thescale of the crisis, with mil-lions of people having spentthree nights without electric-ity, water, food or heat innear-freezing temperatures.Officials in one devastatedtown said they were runningout of body bags.Officials have declaredstates of emergency at sixFukushima reactors, whereFriday’s twin disastersknocked out the main cooling
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Carol and Lou Hohman, right, welcome guests Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Secretary JimCoombs, seated left, and Steve Dorsten of the ODNR Divisoin of Soil and Water Resources;and back, MECCA Executive Director Neal Brady and his wife, Allison Brady, executivedirector of the Heritage Trails Park District, to the Delphos Canal Commission’s Boatman’sBreakaway dinner Sunday at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. Lou Hohman is a permanent CanalCommission trustee and a representative on the MECCA board.
Canal Commission holds annualBoatman’s Breakaway Banquet
Delphos Canal Commission President Ed Ulrich gave anupdate on renovations at the Delphos Canal CommissionMuseum Sunday evening.See JAPAN, page 3ASee CANAL, page 2A
 
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Allison Brady, executivedirector of the Heritage TrailsPark District.Delphos Canal CommissionPermanent Trustee LouHohman serves on theMECCA board as a repre-sentative of Delphos and saidmore voices are needed fromthe Delphos Area.“We could really use a fewmore people for input at themeetings,” Hohman said. “Wehave a great asset in the canaland need to continue to workat making it a nice attrac-tion.”Following the meal, localradio personality Bob Ulmprovided entertainment onthe organ. Ulm took requestsfrom the audience and if hedidn’t know the song, hewould donate a $5 to theCanal Commission Museum.Chosen members of the audi-ence had to guess songs andif they didn’t know the song,they had to give $1 to themuseum. Ulm’s contributionwas $100.
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Today is Monday, March14, the 73rd day of 2011.There are 292 days left in theyear.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On March 14, 1794, EliWhitney received a patent forhis cotton gin, an inventionthat revolutionized America’scotton industry.
On this date:
In 1743, a memorial ser-vice was held at Faneuil(FAN’-yul) Hall in Bostonhonoring Peter Faneuil, whohad donated the buildingbearing his name.In 1883, German politicalphilosopher Karl Marx diedin London at age 64.In 1900, Congress ratifiedthe Gold Standard Act.In 1923, President WarrenG. Harding became the firstchief executive to file anincome tax report.In 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dis-solved, opening the way forNazi occupation of Czechareas and the separation of Slovakia.In 1951, during the KoreanWar, United Nations forcesrecaptured Seoul (sohl).In 1961, the New Testamentof the New English Bible wasfirst published.In 1964, a jury in Dallasfound Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee HarveyOswald, the accused assas-sin of President John F.Kennedy, and sentenced himto death. (Both the convictionand death sentence were lateroverturned, but Ruby diedbefore he could be retried.)In 1980, a Polish air-liner crashed while makingan emergency landing nearWarsaw, killing all 87 peopleaboard, including 22 mem-bers of a U.S. amateur boxingteam.In 1991, a British courtoverturned the wrongful con-victions of the “BirminghamSix,” who had spent 16 yearsin prison for a 1974 IrishRepublican Army bombing,and ordered them released.
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Inspectorstightened U.S. defensesagainst foot-and-mouth dis-ease a day after a case wasconfirmed in France. DougSwingley won the IditarodTrail Sled Dog Race in Alaskafor the third straight year.
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Iraqiauthorities reported discover-ing at least 87 corpses  thoseof men shot to death execu-tion-style  as Iraq edgedcloser to open civil warfare.At 6:18 p.m. on Friday, acollision occurred when thedriver of a vehicle bottomedout on a set of railroad tracks.Matthew Yohe, 17, of Ottawa, was headed south-bound on South Canal Streetwhen he attempted to cross aset of railroad tracks at whatthe Delphos Police Departmentjudged to be a high rate of speed, causing Yohe’s vehicleto bottom out.Both airbags deployed andYohe’s passenger sustainednon-incapacitating injury andwas transported to St. Rita’sby Delphos EMS.Yohe’s vehicle was towedfrom the scene. No citationswere issued.At 1:08 a.m. on Sundaywhile on routine patrol,Delphos police cameinto contact with RobinHamilton, 44, of Delphos,at which time it was foundthat Hamilton was drivinga motor vehicle while hav-ing her driving privilegessuspended.Hamilton was cited intoVan Wert Municipal Court onthe charge.At 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, acollision occurred when onevehicle struck another at astop light.Tara Fleischman, 37, of Delphos, was stopped onFifth Street facing west atthe Main Street intersectionbehind Chad Carpenter, 41,of Michigan, when she tookher foot off the brake. Thisresulted in Fleishman’s frontend striking Carpenter’s rear-end.There were no injuries andminor damage to both vehi-cles. Fleischman was cited foran expired license.At 12:04 a.m. on Sundaywhile in the 300 block of West Sixth Street, Delphospolice came into contactwith Steven Ashby, 41, of Delphos.As officers approachedand identified themselves,Ashby became disorderlyand attempted to flee fromofficers. A short distanceaway, Ashby was arrested byofficers and transported tothe Van Wert County Jail oncharges of persistent disor-derly conduct and obstruct-ing official business.Ashby will appear in VanWert Municipal Court on thecharges.At 8:23 a.m. on Friday,Delphos police came intocontact with Dustin Kunz,20, of Delphos in the 500block of Fort JenningsRoad.During officers’ contactwith Kunz, he became dis-orderly and refused to calmdown. As a result, Kunz wasarrested on charges of disor-derly conduct and was citedinto Lima Municipal Courton the charge.
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High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 41 degrees,low was 33. High a year agotoday was 40, low was 35.Record high for today is 78,set in 1995. Record low is 0,set in 1950.Ella Wilson, 79, of Delphos,died at 7:19 p.m. Sunday ather residence.Funeral arrangements areincomplete at Harter andSchier Funeral Home.Helen Ann Birt Walker,83, of Spencerville, died at9:20 p.m. Sunday at JointTownship District MemorialHospital in St. Marys.Funeral arrangementsare incomplete at ThomasE. Bayliff funeral Home,Spencerville, where fiends maycall from 2-8 p.m. Tuesdayand funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Wednesday.
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Elenora C. Ricker, 94 of Fort Jennings, died 12:20am Saturday at VancrestHealthcare Center of Delphos.She was born Sept.11, 1916, in Fort Jenningsto Charles M. and Helena(Bensman) Ricker.Surviving is a sister, Sr.Edna Ricker, OSF of FortJennings; a sister-in-law, IrmaRicker of Fort Jennings; astepniece and nephew andseveral cousins.She was preceded in deathby two brothers, Philip andJames Ricker; a sister, Sr.Alma Ricker, OSF; and a sis-ter-in-law, Margaret Ricker.Ms. Ricker was a memberof St. Joseph Catholic Church,Fort Jennings, and its AltarRosary Society. She walked toschool at Rushmore and afterattending two years of highschool in Fort Jennings, sheworked for her aunts whenthey needed help. She was aquiet and reserved person whowas a perfect homemaker andloved to garden and play cards.She also loved animals, espe-cially her dog, Spot. She had agreat devotion to The BlessedVirgin Mary and for the edu-cation of priests at St. MeinradSeminary, who would come toher home to visit.Mass of Christian burial willbegin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday atSt. Joseph Catholic Church, theRev. Joseph Przybysz officiat-ing. Burial will follow in thechurch cemetery. Visitationwill be from 2-8 p.m. todayat Love-Heitmeyer FuneralHome, Jackson Township (onthe corner of Rts. 224 & 634)and one hour prior to serviceTuesday at the church. Therewill be a scripture service at7:30 p.m. today at the funeralhome.Memorials may be made toThe Sisters of St. Francis, St.Joseph Catholic Church, St.Joseph Cemetery Fund or thecharity of the donor’s choice.Condolences may beexpressed at: www.lovefuner-alhome.com
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Ohio school districtsbrace for funding cuts
COLUMBUS (AP) Schools throughout Ohio areanticipating tighter budgetsnext year and expecting tohear about education cuts thisweek when Republican Gov.John Kasich unveils his two-year budget.The Cincinnati PublicSchools, which have morethan 33,000 students, are tak-ing input on spending priori-ties at a meeting Monday, aday before Kasich reveals hisspending plan to help addressan estimated $8 billion gap, TheCincinnati Enquirer reported.“To my knowledge andlistening to people who’vebeen around a lot longer, theydo believe these are some of the largest cuts we’ve hadto contemplate,” Cincinnatischool board president EveBolton said. She said cutswould force schools tochange how they operate andlook for ways to generatemoney, including taxes in thecommunity and other partner-ships.The district also will losealmost $40 million in fed-eral stimulus money usedfor summer programs, andconsidering rising costs, itstreasurer has said the districtwill need a levy to maintainthe services it has now, thenewspaper reported.That may be a com-mon move for districts thisNovember if they face cuts,David Varda, the head of theOhio Association of SchoolBusiness Officials, told theEnquirer.Though formal informa-tion on any cuts has not beenreleased, some school leadersin northwest Ohio tell TheBlade in Toledo that they’repreparing for the possibilityof losing up to 20 percent of their funding  a move thatcould force staff cuts and pro-gram eliminations.“I think everyone’s wait-ing, everyone’s anxious,“said Thomas Hosler, super-intendent of PerrysburgExempted Village Schools.”Everyone’s waiting to seewhat happens.”He said the budget processcomplicates schools’ plan-ning for next year because thespending plan also must gothrough the state legislature.In Maumee, where thecash-strapped school districtalready has a 5.9-mill operat-ing levy request on the Mayballot, officials are trying toremain optimistic while con-sidering worst-case scenari-os, Superintendent GregorySmith told The Blade.“It is very difficult whenyou don’t have accurate infor-mation, and then when whatyou think is accurate chang-es,” Mr. Smith said. “Thatcan be very frustrating.”
Ohio in a battlewith potentiallycostly potholesGas keeps risingto average $3.55Delta endsservice to Toledo
COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio and its communities arefighting to keep up with pot-holes, which motorists blamefor tens of thousands of dol-lars in vehicle damage.Officials in the state’s larg-est city say a harsh winterhas been followed by what’sdescribed as “a very largevolume” in Columbus. Crewsplanned to begin an aroundthe clock effort on Monday topatch 20,000 potholes on thecity’s streets by March 25.The Columbus Dispatchreports drivers who say theircars have been beat up by pot-holes on Ohio highways sinceJanuary have filed 114 claimswith the state totaling $103,500.In recent years, up to 70 percentof claims have been paid.The state has spent $41,400on asphalt to fix potholes sofar this winter, less than dur-ing the same period last year.COLUMBUS (AP) Ohio motorists are payingalmost 50 cents a gallon morefor gasoline than they were amonth ago following another8-cent jump in pump pricesover the past week.The latest survey fromauto club AAA, the OilPrice Information Serviceand Wright Express puts thestate’s average price for reg-ular-grade gas at about $3.55a gallon, up from $3.47 lastMonday.One month ago the state-wide average was $3.06. Lastyear at this time regular cost$2.73, on average, at stationsaround Ohio.Turmoil in the Middle Easthas sent fuel prices surgingthis winter. Ohio gas pricesare the highest they’ve beensince the fall of 2008.TOLEDO (AP)  Thefinal Delta Air Lines flighthas departed from Toledo’sExpress Airport with morethan half the available seatsempty.The struggling airportreported a record low passen-ger count last year. The Bladenewspaper reports that Deltasaid flights on its Toledo-Minneapolis route flew about75 percent empty in January.A Delta spokesman saysSunday’s last flight had 22passengers on board the50-passenger regional jet.American is now the onlymajor airline still servingToledo. It flies three daily tripsto Chicago.Airport officials said ear-lier this year they’re trying todraw more discount, charter-style vacation airlines ratherthan the traditional routes withmajor airlines. About 174,000passengers used the airport in2010.The Blade reports Delta’shistory in Toledo can be tracedback to 1945.
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systems and backup genera-tors. Three are at Dai-ichi andthree at the nearby FukushimaDaini complex.Most attention, though,has been focused on Dai-ichiunits 1 and 3, where opera-tors have been funneling insea water in a last-ditch mea-sure to cool the reactors. Acomplete meltdown  themelting of the radioactivecore  could release radio-active contaminants into theenvironment and pose major,widespread health risks.Edano said no Fukushimareactor was near that point,and he was confident of escaping the worst scenarios.International scientists saythere are serious dangers butlittle risk of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe. Chernobyl,they note, had no containmentshell around the reactor.“The likelihood therewill be a huge fire like atChernobyl or a major envi-ronmental release like atChernobyl, I think that’s basi-cally impossible,” said JamesF. Stubbins, a nuclear energyprofessor at the University of Illinois.And, some analysts noted,the length of time since thenuclear crisis began indicatesthat the chemical reactionsinside the reactor were notmoving quickly toward acomplete meltdown.“We’re now into thefourth day. Whatever is hap-pening in that core is takinga long time to unfold,” saidMark Hibbs, a senior asso-ciate at the nuclear policyprogram for the CarnegieEndowment for InternationalPeace. “They’ve succeededin prolonging the timeline of the accident sequence.”But despite officialassurances, many residentsexpressed fear over the situ-ation.“First I was worriedabout the quake,” said KenjiKoshiba, a constructionworker who lives near theplant. “Now I’m worriedabout radiation.” He spokeat an emergency center inKoriyama, about 40 miles(60 kilometers) from the mosttroubled reactors.Overall, more than 1,500people had been scannedfor radiation exposure in thearea, officials said.The U.N. nuclear agencysaid a state of emergencywas also declared Sundayat another complex, theOnagawa power plant, afterhigher-than-permitted levelsof radiation were measuredthere. It said Japan informedit that all three of those reac-tors there were under con-trol.Four nuclear complexesin northeastern Japan havereported some damage fromthe quake or the tsunami.WEST CHESTER (AP) Authorities say a southwestOhio hospital was locked downfor a time while police lookedfor a man suspected of leadingthem on a 100 mph chase.The Cincinnati Enquirerreports officers and a dogsearched West Chester MedicalCenter Sunday morning andfound the 20-year-old suspecton the second floor just after 6a.m. The newspaper reports hesurrendered.The State Highway Patrolsays a trooper had tried tostop the man on Interstate 75north of Cincinnati around 5a.m., but he sped off. TheEnquirer reports the motor-ist ran into the hospital aftercrashing nearby.Jail officials say the sus-pect is being held on chargesincluding operating a motorvehicle while intoxicated andfailure to comply with police.
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