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April 19, 2011

April 19, 2011

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50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Wings and Wheels events set, p3 Lady Wildcats get 1st “W,” p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8TV 9
Mostly cloudyWednesdaymorningand windywith highin mid 50s.See page 2.
Council OKs taxabatement for K&M
DELPHOS — During itsfinal April meeting Mondayevening, Delphos City Councilapproved an ordinance autho-rizing the mayor and/or safetyservice director to enter intoagreement with K & M Tire Inc.for the purpose of tax abatementof 60 percent for 10 years forthe expansion only of the facil-ity located at 1125 SpencervilleRoad in Delphos.The company is seek-ing the tax abatement for a50,000-square-foot expansionto the existing facility, upgradeto existing buildings and newequipment, with a total value of up to $1,700,000.The estimated number of newfull-time positions anticipated toresult from the expansion is 10.Council moved to allow theCanal Days Committee to uti-lize city streets, property andservices for the 2011 CanalDays celebration slated for Sept.14-18. The request for servicesand area use is the same as inprevious years.Approval was also providedfor the “Mini-Relay for Life”listed for May 13 with a raindate of May 16. Approval pro-vides use of Pierce Street fromFranklin Elementary School toSt. John’s Elementary Schoolfor students to conduct the 7thannual event, raising funds tocombat cancer.Fire Chief Dave McNealrequested by letter to bid to hostthe 2012 Fireman’s Conventionin Delphos. Previously spon-sored by the Delphos depart-ment in 2004, 1997, 1972 andfour other previous years, theconvention is being sought for2012 to correlate with the 140thanniversary of the department’screation.Council approved a motionin support of the bid. If awarded,the convention would be held inthe city on the third weekend inJune of next year.Candidate for MunicipalCourt Judge in Van Wert CountyTodd Wolfrum presented coun-cil with his qualifications andintended approach to the bench if successful in his May 3 ballotingas Van Wert County residentselect a new judge.Council also approved anordinance to adopt and enact2011 replacement pages to codi-fied ordinances, in conformitywith current state law as requiredby the Ohio Constitution.The Sewer Replacement andImprovement Fund was estab-lished by council as the accountto receive any proceeds from thesale of renewable energy credits(SREC’s) generated by the solararray at the wastewater treat-ment plant.Presently, the city has 26credits to sell (up 9 from theprevious April meeting). Thecity will seek a broker to sell thecredits or may sell them directly.Each “credit” is expected to havea value of several hundred dol-lars, based on reports of valuefrom other states that now havethis program in place.City Auditor Tom Jettinghoff told council the Consumer PriceIndex is pegged at 1.5 percentrather than the original 1 per-cent. This will allow for a half-percent higher rate increase toutility bills in the future thanoriginally anticipated and con-tinues to improve the positivebalance of the water and waste-water fund projections into theyear 2016.A lien in the amount of $682.75 was placed by coun-cil upon a property at 902Spencerville Avenue in Delphosowned by David and SarahWagner. Service to the prop-erty was shut off on Jan. 24 inresponse to unpaid utilities bill-ing. The property is slated for asheriff’s sale on April 27.Council read legislationaccepting a utility easement fromDelphos Senior Housing LLC fora sewer line along Elida Road.Collectively, council membersrequested further inspectionof the line before consideringapproval of assuming ownershipof the infrastructure and mainte-nance of the sewer line.A proposed sewer line proj-ect in the Erie Street area wasalso reviewed on first reading, aswell as an ordinance to transferfunds within city accounts incompliance with the state audi-tor’s office to achieve accountbalances.The Legislative Committeemet at the conclusion of themeeting to discuss the apparentunchecked increase of cat popu-lation within the city.Presently, the city has noordinances to address this issue.It was noted the City of Akronand Village of Spencerville havetaken some steps to address thismatter. After some discussion, itwas decided by the committee toinvestigate the potential servicesthat may be secured from “CatHaven of Lima,” “Angels forAnimals” and other organiza-tions or entities that may be ableto address the growing popula-tion, including sterilization ser-vices and costs for the same.Cats are not licensed in amanner similar to dogs; with-out identification, ownership isdifficult for “house” cats andimpossible for feral or “stray”cats. The committee intends tocontact the mentioned servicesand invite representatives tofuture meetings to advise whatthey can offer and from that takedirection to possibly addresssome legislation in the future.
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 Essayists take second in zone contest 
The three local District God, Flag and Country winners each placed second in theNorthwest Zone Conference God, Flag and Country competition April 8 in Defiance.ClaireSensibaugh (10-11 age group), left, Rebecca Violet (12-13 age group) and Priscilla Painter(14-15 age group) each took home $100 cash and a $75 U.S. Savings Bond.
NC faces massive price tagin storm cleanup effort
BONNETSVILLE, N.C. —Shards of glass from old bottlesand furniture smashed by a torna-do that tore through town litteredthe concrete floor of RhondaCarter’s antique store, shatter-ing her plans to open an auctionhouse in nearby Salemburg. Astorage area in the back was flat-tened.“I just had a feeling somethingbad was going to happen, andit did,” Carter said of Saturday,when storms raged throughBonnetsville and other parts of North Carolina, killing at least21 and damaging or destroyingmore than 800 homes. “Now I’mstarting over.”From remote rural communi-ties to the state’s second-largestcity, thousands of residents hitby the worst tornado outbreakin nearly 30 years were clearingaway rubble and debris, repairingpower lines and facing a recoverythat will cost tens of millions of dollars.The storms that chuggedacross the South last week killedat least 44 people in six states,but the worst devastation cameover about four hours Saturday inNorth Carolina.“In the blink of an eye, somany people have been plungedinto grief and crisis,” said PrestonParrish, executive vice presidentof ministry at the Billy GrahamEvangelistic Association, whichdispatched its disaster-responseteams to four areas of the state.One was Bertie County in thestate’s northeast corner, wherethe ministry also deployed vol-unteers just seven months ago,after floods devastated the countyseat of Windsor and surroundingcommunities.At least two tornadoes hit thecounty in rapid succession, onedoing enough damage to kill 11people. The twisters descendedsuddenly, with only about 15minutes of warning.Gov. Beverly Perdue andother officials toured the damageMonday, pledging prompt sup-port to rebuild. Charities, religiousgroups and emergency shelterssprang into action, offering theirservices to residents well-versed indisasters like hurricanes, who sud-denly found themselves in the pathof a very different type of storm.Bertie County so far is the onlycounty with a monetary damageestimate available. Property dam-age was at least $2.5 million,but that figure doesn’t includeinfrastructure damage or the lossof crops. Bertie County producestobacco, peanuts and soybeans,among other staples. Statewide,costs will likely be at least inthe tens of millions because theweather raged through denselypopulated cities, trashing homes,businesses and public buildings.Employees in Wake County,where Raleigh is located, esti-mated Monday that local costswill be around $65 million,county commission ChairmanPaul Coble said, an estimate heexpects to rise.More than a quarter-millionpeople lost power during thestorm, but by late Monday thathad dropped to a few thousand.The storm not only brought downpower lines, but crews respond-ing to outages found the stormhad been so strong that somewires had simply vanished.Emergency workers took dam-age estimates to see if uninsur-able losses reach $10.3 million,the minimum amount needed forNorth Carolina to qualify for fed-eral disaster assistance. Residentswithout insurance were advisedto take photos of the damagebefore they clean up.
Syrian security forces open fire on sit-in
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria issueda stern warning to the nationtoday to stop protesting, hoursafter security forces opened firewith live ammunition and teargas on hundreds of anti-gov-ernment demonstrators during apre-dawn raid that killed at leastone person, witnesses said.The statement raised thespecter of an increasingly vio-lent crackdown on the month-long protest movement againstPresident Bashar Assad’s author-itarian regime. The uprising isposing the most serious threatto the Assad family’s rulingdynasty.The death toll from a securitycrackdown over the past fourweeks has topped 200, humanrights groups say.The Interior Ministry calledon Syrians to “assist” authoritiesin preserving national securityby refraining from taking part inany protests or sit-ins under anypretext. In a statement broad-cast on Syrian Television, theministry said all laws will beimplemented to safeguard thepeople’s security and the coun-try’s stability.Hours earlier, security forcesfired on anti-government protest-ers staging a sit-in in a square inthe central city of Homs, chas-ing them through the streets forhours.Witnesses said at least oneperson was killed and many oth-ers wounded.“They shot at everything,there was smoke everywhere,”an activist in Homs told TheAssociated Press by telephone,asking that his name not be usedbecause he feared for his per-sonal safety. “I saw people onthe ground, some shot in theirfeet, some in the stomach.”The streets were largelydeserted by early afternoon,with people staying inside theirhomes.Hundreds of people had gath-ered Monday at Clock Squarein the center of Homs, bringingmattresses, food and water tothe site for an Egypt-style stand-off. They vowed to stay untilPresident Bashar Assad is ousted— a brazen escalation of themonthlong uprising against thecountry’s authoritarian regime.An eyewitness said policeused loudspeakers to call onprotesters to evacuate the areaaround 2 a.m. Shortly afterward,security forces moved in, firingfirst tear gas, then live ammuni-tion at fleeing protesters.“They went up to people’shomes, they arrested many,”a Homs resident said by tele-phone. “We heard ambulancesall night.”Three people in Homs con-firmed the account, all of themasking for anonymity for fear of government reprisals.
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The colors of spring
Van Wert Co.Wind Assoc.meets April 26
The Southern VanWert County WindAssociation will meet from7-9 p.m. on April 26 atVantage Career Center.Anyone who owns prop-erty in southern Van WertCounty is invited. Peoplewho have not yet beencontacted by the leasingagent are also welcome.BP is planning a windfarm which covers thesouthern part of the countyfrom Allen County Ohioto the Indiana line.The purpose of theassociation is to helplandowners understandthe lease contract and tomake sure the landownersare happy with the lease.For more informa-tion, contact CatherineHeitz at 419-692-9753
Weather cancellations
Jefferson AthleticDirector Dave Hoffman hasannounced the home var-sity track meet scheduledfor today (Fort Jennings/Lincolnview/Crestview), aswell as their junior varsitybaseball game at home ver-sus Spencerville, have beencanceled because of weather.As well, ColumbusGrove AD Terry Schnipkeannounced the Bull Doghome baseball game vs. FortJennings has been postponed.
NWC sanctions girls soc-cer
Northwest ConferenceCommissioner Mike Mullenannounced that varsity girlssoccer will be a sanctionedconference sport begin-ning in the fall of 2011.Seven of the 10 NWCschools will field teams thatwill compete for an NWCchampionship and all-con-ference post-season honors.The schools involvedare Jefferson, Lincolnview,Crestview, Ada, AllenEast, Bluffton and LimaCentral Catholic.The schools will play asingle round-robin schedulewith three games and onebye each week. There willbe no specific conferencenight for play; schools willschedule their conferencegames by mutual agree-ment within the week theyare assigned to play.The conference sched-ule will begin Aug. 27and will end Oct. 13.
BaseballSt. John’s at Bath 5 p.m.LCC at Ottoville, 5 p.m.Bluffton at FortJennings, 5 p.m.St. Henry atLincolnview ,5 p.m.SoftballOttoville atLincolnview, 5 p.m.
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.
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 261
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
Delphos weather
Helen E. Pohl
High temperature Mondayin Delphos was 51 degrees,low was 37. Rainfall wasrecorded at .53 inch. High ayear ago today was 61, lowwas 30. Record high for todayis 87, set in 2002. Record lowis 22, set in 1983.
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May 29, 1921-April 17, 2011
Helen E. Pohl, 89, of St.Marys, died at 4:38 a.m.Sunday at Lima MemorialHealth System.She was born May 29,1921, in Delphos to Wilmerand Effie (Frey) Smith.On July 2, 1940, she mar-ried John E. Pohl, who died onMarch 17, 1995.Survivors include daugh-ters Janice Y. (Robert)Wein of Spencerville andDrussilla J. “Dru” (Spencer)Cunningham of BowlingGreen; grandchildren Doug(Pam) Wein of Kossuth, Greg(Lori) Wein of Hicksville,Anika Cunningham of Seattleand Kristoff Cunninghamof Cuyahoga Falls; great-grandchildren Brent Wein andKristen Wein, both of Convoy,Stephanie Wein of Piqua,Ethan Carter Cunninghamof Perrysburg and BrennanBolen and Baleigh Bolen of Hicksville; and brother-in-law Richard Bowersock of Spencerville.She was preceded in deathby sisters Clarice Harbert,Edna Snider, Gladys Monfortand Dorotha Bowersock.Mrs. Pohl was a member of Zion United Methodist Churchin Celina, where she taughtadult Sunday school class andorganized her neighborhoodBible study. She was creativein artwork and painting andenjoyed helping her husbandwith the farming and the gar-den. She loved to cook andplay the piano and organ. Shewas a resident of OtterbeinCare Center in St. Marys.Services will begin at 11a.m. Thursday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Homein Spencerville, the Rev.Kenneth Baker officiating.Burial will be in AmandaBaptist Cemetery, east of Spencerville.Friends may call from 2-4and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday atthe funeral home.Memorial contributionsmay be made to WTLWChannel 44 ChristianTelevision.
: Showersand thunderstorms. Breezy.Some thunderstorms maybesevere with damaging windsand large hail. Lows in theupper 40s.East winds 5 to 10mph with gusts up to 20 mphbecoming southwest 15 to 25mph with gusts up to 40 mphafter midnight. Chance of pre-cipitation 90 percent.
: Mostlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy.Windy. Highs in the mid 50s.West winds 15 to 25 mph withgusts up to 40 mph.
:Decreasing clouds. Colder.Lows in the mid 30s.Northwestwinds 10 to 20 mph decreas-ing to 5 to 10 mph after mid-night.
: Partlycloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.Northeast winds5 to 10 mph.TOLEDO — An Ohio manand woman and Michiganman face felony drug charg-es after Ohio State HighwayPatrol troopers seized 83grams of heroin and 71 gramsof cocaine, valued at $40,300during a traffic stop lastThursday in Lucas County.Troopers stopped a 2010Chevrolet rental car for a fol-lowing too close violationon Interstate 75 southbound,near milepost 208, at approxi-mately 3:26 p.m. on April 14.Troopers observed a strongodor of burnt marijuana. Aprobable cause search revealed83 grams of heroin and 71grams of cocaine hidden onthe driver’s person.The driver, Desiree L.Heablin, 26, of Marion admit-ted that the drugs were sup-plied to her by the two passen-gers Antoine L. Wade, 32, of Mansfield and Alvin E. SmithJr., 39, of Detroit, Mich.All three were all chargedwith possession of heroin, afirst-degree felony; and pos-session of cocaine, a third-degree felony.If convicted, all three couldface up to 15 years in prisonand up to a $30,000 fine.Corn: $7.37Wheat: $7.00Beans: $13.32CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
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Answers to Monday’s questions:
A cross between a camel and a llama is called a cama.Because of the great size difference between the cameland the llama, artificial insemination was used to producethe first cama, a male named Rama, in 1998.Late-night TV host Jack Paar created havoc during aduet by guests Judy Garland and Robert Goulet by shuf-fling their cue cards.
Today’s questions:
What was Frankenstein’s first name in the famousMary Shelley horror story?What is the big tourist attraction in San Pedro deMacoris in the Dominican Republic?
Answers in Wednesday’s Herald.Today’s words:Crepehanger:
a gloomy person
the venomous Brazilian pit viper
Motorcycle deaths drop, but trend is worrisome
By JOAN LOWYThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON —Motorcycle deaths dropped 2percent in the first nine monthsof last year, but the report bystate transportation officialsmay signal just a blip, not alasting improvement in safety.There were 80 fewer motor-cycle deaths from Januarythrough September of 2010than in the same time frame theprevious year, said the report,scheduled for release Tuesdayby the Governors HighwaySafety Association.But fatalities had started toclimb back up during the lastthree of those nine months. Andthat has safety advocates wor-ried.“The drop is all in the fronthalf of the year,” said reportauthor Jim Hedlund, a safetyconsultant. “It looks very muchas if we’ve hit bottom and maybe starting back up again.”Fatalities were down 25 per-cent during the first three monthsof last year, and still down 1percent in next three monthsafter that. Then they went up 3percent in the third quarter of theyear, the report said.Annual motorcycle fatali-ties have more than doubledsince the late 1990s, peakingin 2008 at 5,312 deaths. Butthey plunged 16 percent in 2009as the economy tanked. Whatcaused the drop is a matter of debate.Jonathan Adkins, a spokes-man for the safety group thatissued the report, said recre-ational motorcycle ridingappears to have declined whilethe recession was at its worst,and that may explain why thenumber of deaths went down.Now that the economy isshowing signs of recovery,Adkins said he’s concerned arebound in recreational ridingwill lead to more deaths.But Jeff Hennie, vice presi-dent of the Motorcycle RidersFoundation, disagrees. He saidthe economy — especiallythe recent rise in gas prices —appears to have increased, notdecreased, motorcycle use.“If I have a choice betweendriving a pickup or my motor-cycle, I’m taking the motor-cycle that gets 50 miles pergallon,” Hennie said. “It’s notsport, it’s transportation.”A related data trend is alsoworrisome. The number of motorcyclists wearing federal-ly-approved, impact-absorbinghelmets dropped 13 percent inthe first nine months of 2010.At the same time, motorcyclistswearing so called “novelty” hel-mets — which are lightweightand offer little protection —rose 9 percent.A helmet that meets federalstandards reduces the wearer’schances of being killed in anaccident by about 40 percent,Hedlund said. The only reasonfor wearing a novelty helmet isto avoid getting ticketed for notwearing a helmet, he added.Twenty states require allmotorcycle riders to wear hel-mets, but only 13 states specifythat the helmets must meet fed-eral standards, according to theNational Transportation SafetyBoard. The board has urgedstates to require all riders towear helmets that meet federalstandards.Lobbying by motorcyclistgroups has led some states torepeal mandatory helmet laws.Meanwhile, BMW MotorradUSA said it will offer anti-lockbrakes as standard equipmenton all its 2012 model yearmotorcycles, the first manufac-turer to take that step. Improperbraking has been identified asa factor in many motorcyclecrashes. BMW said its salesaccount for less than 3 percentof the U.S. market.
“If I have achoice betweendriving a pickupor my motor-cycle, I’m takingthe motorcyclethat gets 50 milesper gallon. It’snot sport, it’stransportation.”
— Jeff Hennie,vice president, MotorcycleRiders Foundation
Porn company is amassing 1-800 numbers
NEW YORK (AP) — Foryears, teenagers across the U.S.could call a toll-free hotline if they had embarrassing questionsabout AIDS and safe sex. Dial thesame number now and you geta recording of giggling womenoffering to talk dirty to you.“We both have big appetitesfor sex,” they purr. “Pinch usand poke us. Spank us andtease us. We love it all. ... Enteryour credit card number now.”Those naughty misdials,and countless others like them,appear to be no accident.Records obtained by TheAssociated Press show that overthe past 13 years, a little-knownPhiladelphia company calledPrimeTel Communicationshas quietly gained controlover nearly a quarter of allthe 1-800 numbers in the U.S.and Canada, often by grab-bing them the moment theyare relinquished by previoususers. As of March, it admin-istered more 800 numbers thanany other company, includingVerizon and AT&T.And many, if not most, of those1.7 million numbers appear to beused for one thing: redirecting call-ers to a phone-sex service.Dial 1-800-Chicago andinstead of reaching a tourismhotline for the Windy City, youwill hear a woman offering “one-on-one talk with a nasty girl”for $2.99 per minute. A similarthing happens if you punch in theinitial digits of 1-800-Metallica,1-800-Cadillac, 1-800-Minolta,1-800-Cameras, 1-800-Worshipor 1-800-Whirlpool.All those numbers containmessages redirecting callers toerotic chat lines operated byNational A-1 Advertising, acompany that shares an officebuilding with PrimeTel, hascommon ownership and listsmany of the same people asexecutives or business con-tacts.ANDERSON, S.C. (AP)— Buster has finally comedown from a 150-foot pinetree in northwestern SouthCarolina after nine days, butthe cat’s owners aren’t happywith local officials.Linda Megretto told theAnderson Independent-Mailshe expected to find the catdead Monday, but her hus-band climbed a 40-foot ladderand coaxed the cat down.Megretto says Busterstayed in the tree through twostorms after becoming afraidwhen a neighbor chased thecat from his barking dog.She says she called theHumane Society, fire depart-ment, police and animal con-trol and got no help.Sheriff’s spokesman ChadMcBride says there’s norecord she called.Fire Chief Billy Gibsonsays firefighters no longerrespond to such calls becauseof liability issues. Gibson saysputting food at the base of atree usually works.
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Wheels-N-Wings HeritageFestival coming May 21
At a Wheels-N-WingsFestival committee meet-ing last week, plans for thisyear’s event moved forward.Following the legal clarifi-cation by Van Wert City LawDirector Greg Unterbrink lastFriday about the legality of beer sales being a part of the festival, members of theVan Wert County RegionalAirport board attended themeeting and said their origi-nal agreement from Nov. 9,2010, to support the eventas presented by the festivalcommittee was still in effect.At that meeting, the boardagreed to all the Wheels-N-Wings Festival to take placeon the airport grounds, pro-vided it met legal and liabil-ity requirements. The beerconcession will be hosted bythe local Van Wert Elks, whowill be obtaining the neces-sary permit.Also, plans were discussedconcerning many of the otheractivities taking place dur-ing the festival. Larry Lee,Director of the Van WertArea Convention and VisitorsBureau and spokesperson forthe festival committee, saidthe festival will provide afull day’s entertainment forthe whole family and peopleof all ages. Although thereare still many details to befinalized, Lee was able toreport a general outline of thefestival activities has beencompleted.The festival will actuallykick-off the evening of May20 at the Pitt Stop Restaurantwhere a cruise-in will beheld. The restaurant will beproviding the space, food andentertainment for the eve-ning. Door prizes will alsobe awarded. Car owners reg-istering at the cruise-in willreceive free entrance to theSaturday afternoon car showat the airport.John Marshall, local carenthusiast and head of thesub-committee organizingthe car show, said infor-mation about the event isbeing distributed locally andregionally through flyers andadvertisements. He reportedthat some vendors have beencontacted about participating.A $5 entry fee will be collect-ed on site for the show whichwill run from noon to 4 p.m.Awards will be given to thetop 20 judged cars and dashplaques will be available tothe first fifty cars registered.Marshall also reported thatthere will be a motorcyclepoker run, organized by theAmerican Patriots club. Areanew car dealers will have theopportunity to display newcars at the festival, as well.The festival will alsoinclude a motorcycle show,hosted by the Van WertCushman Club. Larry Webb,head of the sub-committeeorganizing this activity, alsosaid advertisements and fly-ers about the motorcycleshow have been sent out withthe anticipation of severalvintage motorcycles makingan appearance at the festival.Tom Dunno, manager of the airport, has been workingwith Lee to arrange severalunique aircraft displays. Areapilots are being invited to“fly-in” for the early morn-ing pancake-and-sausagebreakfast being prepared bythe local American LegionPost. Other aircraft displayswill include a Vietnam-era Huey 360 helicopter,WACO bi-planes from theTroy Historical Society, andthe Wright “B” Flyer fromDayton.The Grimes Flying Labwill be making a return visitand will be putting on a lightshow at dusk. The NationalAviation Hall of Fame willbe bringing a flight simulatorand other historical displays.There will be radio-con-trolled airplane demonstra-tions, sky-diving exhibitions,para-motor displays, and air-plane rides. The local airportis also planning some chil-dren’s activities.Lee also reported thata small craft fair is beingplanned and entertainmentfor all ages is being arranged,including a candy drop andsmall rides for kids. Therewill be musical entertainmentthroughout the day, culminat-ing with an appearance of thegroup Sierra Shame begin-ning at approximately 7:30p.m. The group was featuredat last year’s Rib Cook-Off and received great reviews bythe crowd.In addition to the earlymorning pancake-and-sau-sage breakfast, several otherfood options will availablethroughout the day, includinga chicken wing contest witharea restaurants and vendorsparticipating.Lee said a complete sched-ule of all activities will beavailable by late April, buthopes the public will beginmarking their calendars tomake plans for attending thisyear’s great event.For more information aboutany of these activities, or if interested in either participatingin or helping with the festival,contact Lee at the Van WertArea Convention and VisitorsBureau at 419-238-9378
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Elks Students of Month
Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197, Benevolent andProtective Order of Elks have selected Rebecca Ries, senior at Van Wert High School; and Bradley Miller, senior at Crestview High School, as the recipients of the Students of the Month for March. Students arenominated by their high schools to receive this award.Each Student of the Month receives a $50 savings bondalong with a certificate from the Van Wert Elks Lodge1197 with the possibility to be named the Student of the Year. Students are judged on the basis of multipleachievements – character, leadership, service, citizen-ship and scholastic. This program is designed to rec-ognize outstanding young men and women for theirachievements in school and community.Above: Bradley Miller receives his certificate fromStudent of the Month Chairperson Linda Stanley.Below: Student of the Month Chairperson LindaStanley presents Rebecca Ries her certificate.
 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary donates cookies
The American Legion, Isaac Van Wert Post 178 Auxiliary, recently helped the Girl Scouts help our military. Thepost donated one case of Girl Scout cookies to the USO and the Heroes in Action program through the Gift of Caringportion of the Girl Scout Cookie program. The cookies were donated through Girl Scout Troop 20180. Above, backfrom left, Makenzie A., Ashley M,, Auxiliary President Rose Myers, Saddie S., Chaplain Romona Bostic, Lydia R. andAudrey J.; center, Aeris F., Alisha T., Erienne C., Emily G., Chelsey W., Ava C., Erin T. and Alexis R.; and front, RyleeM., Carly H., Caitlyn G., Anna C., ReAnna C. and Carley W.

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