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Tornado confirmed near Ohio City
VAN WERT — VanWert County EmergencyManagement Director RickMcCoy met Tuesday withNational Weather Serviceofficials who confirmedMonday’s tornado near OhioCity was an EF-1 tornadowith winds estimated at 93mph. It touched down onWalnut Grove Church Roadbetween Alspach Road andBurris Road to the southwestof the village. It was on theground for four miles andwas 100 yards wide.Ohio City Fire Chief Brandon Bowen report-ed another funnel aloft onWalnut Grove Church Roadnear Alspach Road. Bowenwatched three funnels comedown, merge into one andmove east down WalnutGrove Church Road. He lostsight of it as it became rain-wrapped.The heaviest damageoccurred at 8803 WalnutGrove Church Road. Thebarn sustained heavy damageand several outbuildings andgarage were damaged. Thehouse also had roof and sidingdamage and windows wereblown out. The tornado alsodamaged 11 other propertiesalong Walnut Grove ChurchRoad. These included homes,barns and trees. Power lineswere also down in the area.Also heavy flooding wasreported in the area with upto 3 inches of rain falling dur-ing the evening. Other areasaffected with flash floodingincluded Willshire.McCoy said another roundof severe weather is expectedtoday. He reminds the publicto remain ready during thisvery active severe weatherseason. Weather radiosand local media will givesevere weather updates alongwith the local EmergencyManagement on the scan-ner frequency 155.805 MHz.Sirens are used for tornadowarnings; they are not sound-ed county-wide but only forthe affected area that a tor-nado is expected to track.
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Franklin Elementary School first-graders create “Fruit Hand Puppets” with paperbags during the 5-2-1-0 program celebration at the school on Tuesday. See related photoon page 12.
Students celebrate 5-2-1-0
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A grow-ing concern among parentsand educators alike is that of childhood obesity. The AllenCounty Health Department,along with Proctor andGamble, St. Rita’s MedicalCenter and The Ohio StateUniversity at Lima have part-nered with area schools tobrainstorm on fun ways toeducate first-graders abouteating healthy and stayingactive.The 5-2-1-0 program,which stands for “5 serv-ings of fruit and vegetables,2 hours of television, 1 hourof physical activity, and 0sugary drinks” a day, helpsto reinforce healthy eatingand activity at school and athome.Tuesday afternoon,Franklin students finished theprogram with a final celebra-tion.“This is provided mainlyby the Allen County HealthDepartment but we’re col-laborating with them alongwith St. Rita’s MedicalCenter,” OSU’s Educationand the Community courseinstructor Brit Gibson said.“My students are runningthe program stations, whichinclude a relay race wherethey’re rewarded for goodfood choices, a paper baghand puppet station andthen there’s ‘Tummy Time,’which Melinda Hendersonhas set up over there, and thatuses the Starlab Planetariumto explain the human diges-tive system.”The program gearedtoward helping the youngergeneration, has also providedbenefits for the older set.“This is a really nice col-laboration. I think it’s beenreally good for my students atOSU as well because they’velearned about creating part-nerships with other organi-zations and what it’s likeplanning an event like this,”Gibson said. “I think every-one involved has benefitted.So far the 5-2-1-0 Programis just in Allen County butwe hope to expand sometimein the future. This has been awonderful year.”
Spencerville to graduate 66 SundayKalida sets graduation
Spencerville High Schoolwill present 66 diplomas tograduatesat com-mence-ment cer-emoniesat 2 p.m.Sundayin theschool’scompeti-tion gym-nasium.KaleyCore willgive the “Welcome” speech,Josiah McNulty will givethe “Thank You” speechand Ashley Hook will givethe “Farewell” speech.Top students in the classare Ariel Bonnette, KaleyCore, Trevor Crites, LeighDardio, Ashley Hook,Josiah McNulty, ShelbyMoeller and Kelley Siebert.Members of theSpencerville High Schoolclass of 2011 are: BrittanyAbels, Laura Barnes,MirandaBarnes,AustinBocook,ArielBonnette,ColeBowsher,StevenBrown,JustinBurnett,NicholasBurnett,Nicholas Clevenger, KaleyCore, Shelby Cox, TrevorCrites, Garrett Croft, LeighDardio, Alexandra Degen,Aaron English, JoshuaFetzer, Mariah Hallard,Trevor Hardeman, JessicaHawk, Staci Hiett, DevlinHinojosa, Jessica Hoffman,Cody Holmes, AshleyHook, Brian Howell, RosieHowell, Tyler Huddleston,Jonas Johnson, BrittanyKill, Collin Kill, Scott Kill,Levi Krouskop, Kip Lee,Chad Leffel, Kevin Lenhart,Christopher Matson, AndreaMays, Claire McConnell,Josiah McNulty, KaylaMiller, Shelby Moeller,Taylor Numbers, LauraO’Connor, Kelsey Oden,Andrea Pack, AaronPatterson, Rachel Rex, KaylaReynolds, Chad Roberts,Melissa Rodden, TaimeScheithauer, Kelley Seibert,Calla Shaffer, JenniferShimp, Joshua Solomon,Steven Steiger, John Strayer,Andrew Stumbaugh,Keaton Vandemark,Stormy Weilacher,Nicholas Wheeler, JordanWiechart, Tyler Wilsonand Tiffani Wurst.Kalida High Schoolwill hold commencementat 2 p.m. Sunday in thehigh school gymnasium.Valedictorian EmilyTurnwald will give the“Moving Forward” speechand Salutatorian AmandaSchulte will give the“Looking Back” speech.Turnwald is the daughterof Blythand DennyTurnwald.She plansto attendWrightStateUniversityand majorin exercisescience.She wasactive involley-ball, bas-ketball, softball, band,National Honor Societyand student council. Shehas received the WestPoint Leadership Award.Schulte is the daughter of Carl and Nora Schulte. Sheplans to attend The OhioState University and majorin health sciences. She wasactive in soccer, softball,NationalHonorSociety,Cats WhoCare,ForeignLanguageClub,studentcouncil,AcademicTeam,musi-cal stagecrew, teacher’s aide, promcommittee, Mass server,Eucharist Minister and vol-unteers at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter, The Meadows of Kalida and earned the WestPoint Leadership Award.
CoreMcNultySchulteTurnwaldSee Kalida, page 12
Showers andchance of thunderstormsThursdaywith highsin the lower70s and lows in thelower 50s. See page 2.
Day to pursue otherpassions in retirement
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After 41 yearsof being an educator, JoyceDay says retiring at the end of this year will be bittersweet.While she feels it is time to stepdown, she will miss the stu-dents and faculty of St. John’sElementary.“I’ve justgotten to thatage and I feelit’s time,” shesaid. “I’m stillreally enjoyingthe teachingbut as they say,all good thingsmust come toan end.”A Delphosnative, Dayattended collegein Fort Wayne,obtaining herbachelor’s degreeat the Universityof St. Francis and her mas-ter’s at Indiana University.After teaching second gradefor eight years at St. Charles inFort Wayne, Day moved backhome.“Delphos is my home. Sowe moved back here and Istarted subbing,” she said.“While I was here at St. John’s,they needed an InterventionSpecialist, so I took some extraclasses at the University of Dayton and got my certifica-tion and just kind of fell intoit. That was back in 1978. I’vebeen here ever since.”With her years of experi-ence, Day has some advice foryounger educators.“The most important thingis to have a passion for the job,”she said. “You have to loveit. Another important thing iscommunication. It’s importantto keep contact with the parentsso they know what’s going onwith their child — both goodand bad things.”After she retires, Day plansto pursue other passions.“I love to volunteer andbe with people,” she said.“I do a lot with the LiturgyCommittee and I volunteerat the Thrift Shop. I’m alsoplanning on tak-ing some classesfor seniors overat OSU. I willspend more timewith my family,too. My husbandLarry, my sonBrent, my daugh-ter Molly andmy grandchil-dren, Noah andJonah.”When it comesto what she willmiss, Day hasa hard time justpicking a fewthings.“I’ll miss the contact withthe students and the otherteachers,” she said. “I get reallyinvolved with my students. Ilike to keep tabs on them afterthey’ve graduated, too. I reallytry to help them realize theirpotential and find their one truetalent, which takes some time.If you study the lives of peoplelike Thomas Edison or HenryFord, you can really see howtheir early interests influencedwho they became and whatthey did.“I try to help them by relat-ing them to other people, likeThomas Edison,” Day added.“Edison had a hearing prob-lem but he went on to accom-plish great things. I just wantthem to know that all things arepossible. Getting to see howthey turn out and what theyaccomplish gives me so muchpleasure.”
DayThe EF-1 tornado near Ohio City also left downed trees and limbs in its wake.
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Pool ticketpre-sale continues
Pre-sale swimming poolseason tickets will be soldat the Municipal Building,608 North Canal Street,Delphos from 9 a.m. to4 p.m. through Friday.On May 28, 29 and 30,they will be sold at thepool from noon to 8 p.m.(weather permitting).Presale prices are:Single — $60Family — $170Over 55 — $50Regular Priceseffective June 1:Single — $80Family — $195Over 55 — $70Applications can beobtained at the MunicipalBuilding or on the city’sweb site at cityofdelphos.com. Applications can bemailed in but have to bereceived no later than May27 in order to get the pre-sale rates. The city is notresponsible for any applica-tions that are not received.To purchase a family pass,bring or attach a copy of the2010 federal income tax formto show proof of dependents.The tentative pool sea-son will be from noon to 8p.m. June 2 (unless school isextended) through Aug. 24
Regional Track and FieldDivision III at Troy/Lexington/Tiffin preliminar-ies, 4 p.m. (Finals in 4x8relay; boys pole vault,long jump and discus; girlshigh jump and shot put)Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Antwerp vs.Fremont St. Joseph CC, 5 p.m.
Division IV RegionalBaseball at Patrick Henry:Ottawa Hills vs. Stryker,2 p.m.; St. John’s vs.Hopewell-Loudon, 5 p.m.Division III At Elida:St. Henry vs. Tinora, 2p.m.; Ontario vs. CarrollBloom-Carroll, 5 p.m.Division II Track andField at Lexington pre-liminaries, 4 p.m. (Finals in4x8 relay; boys pole vault,long jump and discus; girlshigh jump and shot put)Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Crestviewvs. North Baltimore, 5 p.m.
Regional Track and FieldDivision III at Troy/Lexington/Tiffin, 4 p.m.Division IV RegionalBaseball at Patrick Henry:St. John’s/Hopewell-Loudonwinner vs. Ottawa Hills/Stryker winner, 5 p.m.Division III At Elida:St. Henry/Tinora winnervs. Ontario/Carroll Bloom-Carroll winner, 5 p.m.
Division II Track and Field atLexington, 11:30 a.m.Division IV RegionalSoftball at Findlay: Antwerp/Fremont St. Joseph CC winnervs. Crestview/North Baltimorewinner, noon