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Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Farm 8-9Classifieds 10TV 11
MostlycloudyFridaywith highnear 80and 40percent chance of showersand storms. See page 2.
On Saturday, theNational Association of Letter Carriers will holdits 19th annual Food Drivewith carriers at the DelphosPost Office participating.Customers within the citylimits and the surroundingrural routes are asked to placenon-perishable food items,including baby food, by theirmailboxes or in some instanc-es the place designated forthe mail delivery and carri-ers will pick them up at theirnormal delivery times. Ruralroute customers are asked toeither hang them from theirmailbox or place inside theirmailbox with the flag raisedand the carrier will collect it.There will also bea box located in thepost office lobby.This year’s donationswill be divided betweenthe St. Vincent de PaulSociety, Interfaith ThriftShop and First Assemblyof God food pantries.
Letter carriersset annual fooddrive Saturday
New librarybuilding ‘TheFirst Edition’
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — As renova-tions are coming to a closeon the First Street building,the Delphos Public LibraryBoard of Trustees is hammer-ing out some final details.“We had Fire Chief DaveMcNeal come over andinspect the building and hepointed out to us that wecouldn’t occupy the buildingunless there was a maximumoccupancy posted,” DirectorNancy Mericle said. “So whenhe was signing the papers, Ishowed him the number thatwe’d been told and it was 15.Even he was surprised becauseit’s kind of a big building and15 seems a little low. So Icontacted Julie Sabourin fromGarmann/Miller and she saidthe building was zoned as abusiness, which naturally cutsit up into smaller rooms. Wewere told the fire chief wouldhave to work with us on it. If we can only fit 15 in there,it defeats the whole purposeof the building. So I calleddown to Columbus and theyare going to work to changeour occupancy to 49.”On the subject of the build-ing, the board announced thefocus is now on furnishings.“We’re going to hold off on looking for a refrigeratorfor now but we need to startthinking about tables andchairs,” Mericle said. “We’realso looking around for blindsand trying to decide if wewant to put a television inthere.”The board also made adecision on something theyput on the shelf a while ago;a name for the building.“I’m the one who has tokeep writing ‘the First Streetbuilding’ every time we talkabout it, so I really focusedon finding a name for it,”Secretary Jane Rutledge said.“So I came up with ‘The FirstEdition,’ which I thoughtwould be neat since it’s anaddition, but we could makethe sign in the design of abook and use edition.”The board passed a motionto use the name.
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The Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees hasnamed the First Street building purchased in 2009 “TheFirst Edition.”
Herald to publishmilitary page
The Delphos Herald willpublish a salute to thosewho have fallen in defenseof freedom and those whoare actively serving in themilitary on May 28.Please submit the namesof active military personnelas well where they are serv-ing, spouse and/or parents’names to The Herald by May24 to be included on the page.Send information tonspencer@delphosherald.com; 405 N. Main St.,Delphos OH 45833; ordrop off at the office.
Relay team sets
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The Kruisin’ For a MiracleRelay for Life team willhold a bowling fundraiserat 6:30 p.m. Friday at theDelphos Recreation Center.The cost is $60 per teamor $10 per person and it cov-ers three games of bowling.A silent auction,50-50 raffle and morewill also be offered.Proceeds benefit theDelphos Relay for Life.
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Delphos FFA member Jason Wittler teaches third-graders about common pig parts, feedstuffs and the wholesale and retail cuts of pork at Hoersten’s Hog Farm during theFood For America Program held Tuesday.
Delphos FFA conductsFood For America Program
Submitted by Delphos FFA
DELPHOS — More than18 percent of all Americansare employed in agriculture.To most people, this comesas a complete surprise. Thefood eaten, clothes worn, thepaper on which this informa-tion appears, or perhaps eventhe ink that printed it are allbased in agriculture.Agriculture is America’slargest industry, employingmore than 21 million peoplein everything from growingfood to selling it at the super-market. Less than 2 percentof Americans are actuallyfarmers and ranchers.Today’s agricultureemploys people in many pro-fessions. They include spe-cialists in production agri-culture, processing, distribu-tion, trade and marketing, theenvironment, nutrition foodsafety, research, agriculturalpolicy and nearly 200 othercareer areas.Agriculture has grown intoa high-technology, futuristicenterprise. It is America’slargest business. Because of this growth, the United Stateshas evolved from a nation inwhich producers can provideonly for themselves to one inwhich we are helping providefor the basic needs of theworld’s population.The Food for America pro-gram and the Delphos FFAChapter gave more than 150third-graders the opportuni-ty to experience first-handthe processes of agriculturefrom production to retailsales on Tuesday. Studentsfrom Franklin, Landeck andSt. John’s elementary schoolshad the opportunity toaccompany the Delphos FFAthrough seven tours through-out the day.These tours included:Hempfling’s Dairy Farm, JimMiller Beef Farm, HoerstenHog Farm, Mox Nursery,Heidlebaugh Sheep Farm andChief Supermarket.During lunchtime atStadium Park, the studentshad the opportunity to inter-act with FFA students tolearn about farm safety,gun safety and wildlife byFFA members and GaryDilworth.
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The Spring Art Display is available at the Delphos PublicLibrary through Friday.
St. John’s names art winners
St. John’s High School artstudents currently have theirwork on view at the SpringArt Display at the DelphosPublic Library. The exhib-it will remain until Friday.Kathy Fought is the instruc-tor.
Award winners include:First place
Vinnie Wiley, GabbyMetzner, Lindsey Minnig,Joey Grubenhoff, TaylorMueller, Julie Bonifas, ShelbyReindel, Maddie Flack, KyllaMyers, Evan Benavidez,Courtney Grothouse,Kellen Shumaeker, AlyssaBerelsman, Kaiti Myers,Stephanie Pohlman, CodyKundert, Emma Boggs,Mallory Maclennan, JacobRode, Tiffany Recker, JessicaHammons, Cole Helms,Tiffany Geise and RyanMusser.
Second place
AJ Klausing, Vinnie
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Magician Gene Craft of Elida says the magic wordas he tries to teach LaurenMox a trick. Craft wasperforming at the annualMother/Child Banquet atTrinity United MethodistChurch on Wednesday.More than 75 attendedthe event catered by theTrinity United MethodistMen’s Group headed byJim Wilcox.
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Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is JulietteBonifas.CongratulationsJuliette!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is ZacharyMorris.CongratulationsZachary!
Scholars of the Day
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For The Record
The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 141 No. 281
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 will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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At 3:32 p.m. on May 5,Delphos police were called toa residence in the 100 block of North Main Street in referenceto a theft.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadtaken items stored on the out-side of the residence.At 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday,Delphos police were called tothe 500 block of South MainStreet in reference to a tele-phone harassment complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated threatening textmessages and phone calls hadbeen received from a subjectknown to them.
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Today is Thursday, May 12,the 132nd day of 2011. Thereare 233 days left in the year.
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On May 12, 1937, Britain’sKing George VI was crownedat Westminster Abbey; hiswife, Elizabeth, was crownedas queen consort.
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In 1780, during theRevolutionary War, the besiegedcity of Charleston, S.C., surren-dered to British forces.In 1870, an act creating theCanadian province of Manitobawas given royal assent, to takeeffect in July.In 1930, Chicago’s AdlerPlanetarium first opened to thepublic.In 1932, the body of CharlesLindbergh Jr., the kidnappedson of Charles and AnneLindbergh, was found in awooded area near Hopewell,N.J.In 1949, the Soviet Unionlifted the Berlin Blockade,which the Western powers hadsucceeded in circumventingwith their Berlin Airlift.In 1958, the United Statesand Canada signed an agreementto create the North AmericanAir Defense Command (laterthe North American AerospaceDefense Command, or NORADfor short).Allen County Council onAging, Inc., Senior CitizensServices, Inc., Senior CitizensAssociation, Inc., of Blufftonand the Delphos SeniorCitizens, Inc. want to thankthe voters of Allen Countyfor the passage of the AllenCounty Senior Citizens’Service Renewal Levy onMay 3. Four senior agenciessharing levy revenue providetangible, direct services tohelp insure health and well-ness and continued indepen-dence of older adults.Working together thesefour agencies provide a mul-titude of services for just fivecents out of every $100 of valuation on your propertyand all of the money stays inAllen County. As this seg-ment of our population growsthe demand for services tomeet their needs grows.Oh behalf of the agencies,their boards, staff and par-ticipants, we thank the AllenCounty Commissioners andthe voters for their continuingsupport of services to benefitseniors.
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A girl was born May 11 toScott and Erin Neth of Elida.A boy was born May 11 toMatt and Kelly Duke of FortJennings.A girl was born May 11 toAlyssa Parsons of Delphos.At 12:43 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos police were called tothe 100 block of East EighthStreet in reference to a domes-tic violence complaint.Upon officers’ arrival,they met with the victim whostated that a family or house-hold member had caused themphysical harm.As a result of the investi-gation, police arrested CindyRode, 27, of Delphos oncharges of domestic violence.Rode was transported tothe Allen County Jail and willappear in Lima MunicipalCourt on the charge.At 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos police were contact-ed by a subject who lives inthe 600 block of East SixthStreet in reference to a theftcomplaint.Upon speaking with thesubject, it was found sometimein the overnight hours, some-one had went into the victim’svehicle in their garage and hadremoved personal items frominside the vehicle.At 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos police were contact-ed by a subject in reference toa telephone harassment com-plaint.Upon speaking with thecomplainant, it was found asubject known to them hadsent threatening text mes-sages.At 7:24 p.m. on Tuesday,Delphos police were calledto the 700 block of JenningsStreet in reference to a theft.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadused their credit card withouttheir knowledge or approval.The case has been turnedover to the Detective Bureaufor further investigation.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:Classic Lotto11-13-22-30-39-42Estimated jackpot: $30.8millionMega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $27millionPick 3 Evening0-9-9Pick 4 Evening0-4-3-4Powerball09-17-32-43-45,Powerball: 31, Power Play: 3Estimated jackpot: $65millionRolling Cash 508-09-17-23-25Estimated jackpot:$130,000Ten OH Evening03-06-12-15-21-22-25-30-43-46-53-55-56-60-62-69-75-77-78-80
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Resident reportstheft of itemsPolice probephone harassmentWoman facesdomesticviolence chargeItems takenfrom vehicle ingarageComplainantreports phoneharassmentCredit card theftcase underinvestigation
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was84 degrees, low was 64. Higha year ago today was 55, lowwas 48. Record high for todayis 88, set in 1991. Record lowis 31, set in 1946.
Delphos weather
Six individuals appeared inVan Wert County CommonPleas Court for arraignmenthearings before Judge CharlesD. Steele after being indictedby the Van Wert County GrandJury, which met last Friday:
Jda Vcky,
27, VanWert, entered a not guilty pleato a charge of failing to registeras a sex offender, a felony of the third degree.Vickery will be releasedon a $5,000 unsecured and beplaced on electronic monitoredhouse arrest.A pretrial hearing will bescheduled for 8 a.m. May 18.
ry J. Bglw,
28, OhioCity, entered a not guilty pleato one count of theft, a felonyof the fifth degree.Bigelow was released ona $5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond with a pretrialhearing scheduled for 8 a.m.May 18.
radall D. Kll,
51, VanWert, entered a not guilty pleato three counts of possessionof drugs.He was released on $5,000unsecured personal suretybond, pretrial hearing sched-uled for 8 a.m. May 18.
ec D. Bw,
24, VanWert, entered a not guilty pleato one count of possession of drugs (heroin), a felony of thefifth degree.He Was released on a$5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond with a pretrialhearing scheduled for 8 a.m.May 18.
Mahw P. Fhl,
25, VanWert, entered a not guilty pleato one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifthdegree.He was released on a $5,000unsecured personal surety bondwith a pretrial hearing sched-uled for 8 a.m. May 18.
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20, Celina,entered a not guilty plea to athree-count indictment charg-ing him with grand theft auto,receiving stolen property andforgery.Luegers can be releasedafter the Adult ProbationDepartment determines if hehas a permanent address toreside at.A pretrial hearing has beenscheduled for 8 a.m. May 18.
Amb Bak,
21, VanWert, was sentenced to threeyears of community controlon a charge of trafficking indrugs (heroin), a felony of thefifth degree, and ordered toimmediately spend 30 days inthe Van Wert County Jail andthen ordered to spend an addi-tional 30 days at a time to bedetermined by her supervisionofficer.Baker was also ordered toperform 200 hours of com-munity service, have two yearsof intensive supervision, hadher drivers license suspendedfor a period of six months, payrestitution of $155 to the VanWert City Police Departmentfor the cost of the purchase of the drugs, pay $250 as partialreimbursement for his courtappointed attorney, $25 affida-vit of indigency fee, and courtcosts. Baker was also orderednot to have any contact with aJordan Black.Judge Steele ordered that hervehicle be forfeited to the VanWert City Police Department,the vehicle had been used inthe commission of the drugabuse offense.Baker was also given anine month prison sentencewith imposition of the prisonsentence deferred pending thesuccessful completion of thecommunity control program.
sc D. Bau,
48,Defiance, appeared for sen-tencing on a charge of assault,a felony of the fourth degree.Judge Steele continued thesentencing hearing for a laterdate in order to review docu-ments that had just been fur-nished to the court.
Chad Dlz,
35, Delphos,appeared for sentencing on acharge of trafficking in drugs.Diltz made a motion towithdraw his guilty plea atwhich time Judge Steele con-tinued the case for a hearing onthat motion at a later date.
Zach Bak,
24, Van Wert,was sentenced to three yearsof community control on threecounts of trafficking in drugsand ordered to spend up to sixmonths at the WORTH Center,Lima.Baker told Judge Steelebefore sentencing, “I don’tblame it on the heroin, it was justthe bad choices that I made.”Baker was ordered to per-form 200 hours of commu-nity service, be on intensivesupervision for a period of twoyears, undergo a substanceabuse assessment and completeany programs recommended,and had his driver’s licensesuspended for a period of sixmonths.Baker must make restitu-tion of $150 to the Van Wertfor the money spent on thedrug purchases, pay $250 aspartial reimbursement for hiscourt appointed attorney, $25affidavit of indigency fee andcourt costs.Judge Steele also gave Bakera 10-month prison sentence oneach count to run concurrentlybut deferred the imposition of the sentences pending the suc-cessful completion of the com-munity control program.
Bad Hhy,
23, VanWert, failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing and a warrant forhis arrest was issued.
samaha J. Lacy,
19, VanWert, appeared on violation of treatment in lieu.Lacy denied the violations.Judge Steele ordered the casecontinued for a full hearing.Lacy was released on a$5,000 unsecured personalsurety bond along with beingplaced on electronic monitoredhouse arrest.
Mak L. Bw,
45,Convoy, entered a guilty pleato a charge of domestic vio-lence, a felony of the fourthdegree.According to the report,Brown allegedly caused orattempted to cause physicalharm to Kevin Brown, whowas a family or householdmember, on May 30, 2010.Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation andscheduled sentencing for 9a.m. June 29.
Jhua M. Myug,
27,Van Wert, entered a no contestplea to a charge of possessionof drugs, a felony of the thirddegree.Minyoung, when arrestedhad 67 tablets of Dilaudid,which was over the bulkamount.Minyoung entered the nocontest plea in order to appealJudge Steele’s decision duringa recent suppression hearing.Judge Steele ordered a pre-sentence investigation andscheduled sentencing for 9a.m. June 29.Corn: $6.65Wheat: $6.89Beans: $13.30
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Thursday, May 12, 2011 The Herald –3
E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear Earth Talk: Howhealthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown usingchemicals like other cropsand is even being geneticallymodified.— D. Frinka, Syracuse, NY
Food products made withsoy have enjoyed great popu-larity in the U.S. and else-where in recent years. Twodecades ago, Americansspent $300 million a year onsoy food products; today wespend over $4 billion. Moreand more adults are substitut-ing soy — a great source of protein — for meat, while aquarter of all baby formulacontains soy instead of milk.Many school lunch programsnationwide have added soy-based veggie burgers to theirmenus, as have countless res-taurants, including diners andfast food chains.And there are hundredsof other edible uses of thelegume, which now vies withcorn for the title of America’smost popular agriculturalcrop. The U.S. Food andDrug Administration pro-motes the inclusion of soyinto other foods to cut downon heart attack risk. Clinicalstudies have shown that soycan also lower the risk forcertain types of breast andprostate cancer.But there may be a darkside to soy’s popularity andabundance. “Many of soy’shealth benefits have beenlinked to isoflavones — plantcompounds that mimic estro-gen,” reports Lindsey Konkelin Environmental HealthNews. “But animal stud-ies suggest that eating largeamounts of those estrogeniccompounds might reduce fer-tility in women, trigger pre-mature puberty and disruptdevelopment of fetuses andchildren.” But before youdump out all your soy foods,note that the operative phrasehere is “large amounts”which, in laboratory science,can mean amounts substan-tially above what one wouldconsume in real life.Also at issue is thatupwards of 90 percent of the U.S. soybean crop isgrown using geneticallymodified (GM) seeds soldby Monsanto. These havebeen engineered to withstandrepeated dousing with the her-bicide, glyphosate (also soldby Monsanto and marketedas RoundUp). Accordingto the nonprofit Non GMOProject, this allows soybeanfarmers to repeatedly spraytheir fields with RoundUpto kill all weeds (and othernearby plant life) except forthe soybean plants they aregrowing.The U.S. government per-mits the sale and consump-tion of GM foods, but manyconsumers aren’t so sure it’sOK to eat them—given notonly the genetic tinkering butalso the exposure to so muchglyphosate. Due to these con-cerns, the European Unionhas had a moratorium on GMcrops of all kinds since 1998.The fact that geneticallymodified soy may be presentin as much as 70 percent of all food products found inU.S. supermarkets means thata vast majority of Americansmay be putting a lot of GMsoy into their systems everyday. And not just directlyvia cereals, breads and pasta:Some 98 percent of theU.S. soybean crop is fed tolivestock, so consumers of meat, eggs and dairy are indi-rectly ingesting the productsof scientific tinkering withunknown implications forhuman health.Since GM soy has onlybeen around and abundantfor less than a decade, no oneyet knows for sure what thelong term health effects, if any, will be on the popula-tions of countries such as theU.S. that swear by it. Naturalfoods stores like WholeFoodsare your best bet for findingnon-GM foods of all sorts.
Dear EarthTalk: Ourcommunity is talking of culling local deer herd num-bers. Frankly I think it’s thepeople who are overpopu-lated, crowding out everylast inch of habitat. Whathappens when we finally dodevelop everything? Pow!There goes the last doe?— Anne Williamson, State College, PA
 It’s hard to believe thatdeer, those innocuous enoughvegetarian browsers thatoccasionally tromp throughour backyards, are consideredthe scourge of many a subur-ban neighborhood across thecontinent. Prior to white set-tlement of the “New World,”tens of millions of deer blan-keted the continent, but theirpopulation density was keptin check by free-roaming nat-ural predators such as bears,wolves and mountain lions.The white man’s rifle tookout the deer’s chief predatorsand did a number on deerpopulations as well; venisonwas a staple meat on the everexpanding frontier. Biologistsestimate that there were onlya half million white-taileddeer left in the U.S. in theearly 1900s due to unregu-lated hunting. At that pointmany states jumped in andbegan to regulate hunting totry to conserve fast dwindlingresources. The new rules setlimits on when hunters couldkill deer and banned huntingfemales altogether.In the meantime, manyof the one-time farms in theeastern U.S. began revert-ing back to forests, creat-ing a habitat patchwork thatin some areas was ideal fordeer. The ensuing reboundof white-tailed deer popula-tions—over 20 million roamthe U.S. today—is viewed asone of the nation’s greatestconservation success stories,especially since it occurredlong before the dawn of themodern environmental move-ment.But there is a dark side toall this “success.” Too manydeer can cause problemsfor humans, other wildlife,and even for the deer them-selves, who must competefor dwindling forage sources.“Complaints from residentsare often that the deer areeating things that they haveplanted,” reports the MissouriDepartment of Conservation(MDC). “Well fertilized andwatered landscapes and gar-dens can be much more desir-able to the deer than surround-ing common ground areasthat are likely not watered orfertilized.”Other concerns beyondtearing up suburban back-yards include damage toagricultural crops, deer/carcollisions, transmission of Lyme disease, and the overbrowsing of habitat whichdeer and other wildlife need.“Increasing deer densitiesthrough time can lead resi-dents to a feeling that theyhave to share too much withthe deer as the damage theydo becomes less tolerated,”reports MDC. It’s at thispoint that wildlife manag-ers begin considering cullinglocal herds, usually by tweak-ing local hunting regulations.Many animal advocatesoppose such practices. InDefense of Animals (IDA)reports that even permittedsport hunting, under currentwildlife management guide-lines and outdated land man-agement policies, contributesto deer overpopulation prob-lems. “Currently, there areapproximately eight does forevery buck in the wild,” thegroup explains. “Laws restrictthe number of does that hunt-ers may kill.” Since buckswill often mate with morethan one doe, the ratio of does to bucks “sets the stagefor a population explosion.”And open season on bothsexes won’t solve the prob-lem, as too many does woulddie, stranding needy fawnsand depleting the reproduc-tive pool—as happened in theearly 20th century when deernumbers fell precipitouslylow. IDA and many otheranimal protection organiza-tions believe that sport hunt-ing should be banned and thatdeer populations should beallowed to regulate naturally.
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Animal advocacy groups argue that outdated wildlifemanagement guidelines and land management policiescontribute to deer overpopulation problems. For one, sincehunters mainly prize antlered males, which will mate withmultiple females, a resulting ratio of eight females for everymale in the wild sets the stage for a population explosion.
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$27,417 was raised withthe help of loyal customers,valued associates, and supportfrom vendor partners duringthe Chief Good Neighbor Dayheld on April 5. A percentageof sales from that day wasdonated to support local foodpantries affiliated with WestOhio Food Bank and selectedlocal pantries.Customers were encour-aged to donate food itemswhen they shopped at anyChief location on April 5.Chief also donated $1 forevery new Chief Facebookfan through April 30.“Good Neighbor Day wasa total success. We had excel-lent participation from all of our communities and the pro-ceeds from this day will makea difference for many fami-lies that are facing difficultsituations in this economy,”Chief Supermarkets’ Directorof Marketing Annette Hoeffelsaid.According to the WestOhio Food Bank:
• 45 percent of clients
served by the West Ohio FoodBank report having to choosebetween paying for food andpaying for gas for a car.
• 44 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying for utilities or heatingfuel.
• 36 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying their rent or mortgage.
• 35 percent had to choose
between paying for food andpaying for medicine or medi-cal care.Funds donated will allowlocal food pantries to purchasestaple food items, includingproduce, meat and frozenfoods, at greatly reduced pric-es from the West Ohio FoodBank, which serves morethan 170 pantries in 11 coun-ties throughout West CentralOhio. Each dollar donationto West Ohio Food Bank willprovide 25 pounds of foodthat will make 19 meals tofeed 2 people for 3 days.Selected local food pantriesthat are not part of the WestOhio Food Bank group willalso benefit directly from thedonated funds.
Chiefs donatesmore than $27,000 tolocal food pantries
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Ohio’slargest law enforcement orga-nization has withdrawn itsendorsement of the Republicanstate senator who sponsored anew law that restricts publicworkers’ collective bargain-ing rights and led thousands toprotest at the Statehouse.The state board of the OhioFraternal Order of Policevoted this past weekend toretract its 2010 endorsementof Sen. Shannon Jones, saidJay McDonald, the group’spresident.The organization repre-
sents more than 26,000 offi
-cers and their families. It typi-cally is courted for endorse-ments, as candidates look tograb key support from lawenforcement officials duringtheir campaigns.Some Republicans whovoted for the collective bar-gaining law were amongthose backed by the groups’members this past November.The GOP had sweeping victo-ries in the midterm election,taking control of the Houseand furthering its grip on theSenate.Now, the Ohio FraternalOrder of Police and severalof its local lodges are pullingback endorsements they gaveto some of these Republicanswho won last fall and in previ-ous elections.Jones, of Springboro, gotthe police endorsement lastyear during a Republican pri-mary race for state Senateagainst former state Rep.Michelle Schneider. Jones wonthe May primary, and then herseat this past November.McDonald told TheAssociated Press that theboard took back its supportbecause members felt Jonesbetrayed them by sponsoringthe collective bargaining leg-islation.“We asked her about col-lective bargaining, and shetold us she was not a fan, butbelieved that police and firewere different,” he said.The law signed by Gov.John Kasich in late Marchaffects more than 350,000public workers, includingpolice officers, firefighters,teachers and state employees.It allows unions to negotiatewages but not health care,sick time or pension benefits.It bans strikes and gets ridof automatic pay increases,replacing them with meritraises or performance pay.Jones, who was notifiedon Tuesday about the retrac-tion, said she believes thelaw maintains the rights of police and firefighters to bar-gain. “And I believe that theyare different — and thereforeshould be given an expressedright to negotiate things likesafety equipment,” which isin the law, she said.She said the group’s sup-port wasn’t a factor in hersponsorship of the legisla-tion.“I don’t make these deci-sions based on endorsementsor anything else,” Jones said.“I make these decisions basedon what’s in the best interestsof all Ohioans.”
Police group retracts endorsement
NEWARK (AP) — Fourgenerations of an Ohio familylearned a routine to help theclan’s matriarch tap dance herway into her 80s.On Wednesday, eight fam-ily members ranging all the
way down to a 6-year-old
great-granddaughter joinedJean Ivers in a dance to thesong “Tuxedo Junction” atan American Legion post inNewark in central Ohio.When Ivers turned 80 inFebruary, her three daughtersgave her a card promising tapdancing lessons with familymembers followed by a groupperformance. Daughter CarolDean tells The Advocate of Newark her mom got “reallyteary eyed” over the gift.The newspaper reportsIvers has been dancing sinceage 8, performing on localstages and at her daughters’weddings. She says the showwith the family was one she’llnever forget.
Family tap dancesfor mom’s 80thbirthday giftPain doctorslicense supsended
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s State Medical Boardhas suspended the license of adoctor it says prescribed painpills “excessively and inap-propriately.”The board says Dr. JamesE. Lundeen Sr. wrote prescrip-tions for some patients whoshowed signs of addiction andthat he often increased dosag-es of narcotics without cause.The suspension announcedWednesday took effect imme-diately.In its statement the boardcalled Lundeen’s operations“atypical” of a standard medi-cal practice, noting he regular-ly treated about 90 people perday in Portsmouth in southernOhio, at one of his dozen or sooffices across the state.Reacting to his suspension,Lundeen told The ColumbusDispatch in an e-mail that hehad a “spotless” record andhad done nothing wrong.

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