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BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
OTTOVILLE —Transitions are often diffi-cult, especially whenleaving a job one hasbeen in for just shyof three decades.With that manyyears in teachingat the local school,Nancy Kroegeris going to retirewhen the lastschool bell ringstoday at OttovilleLocal Schools. The54-year-old reflectson what it was like toteach in the same district shegraduated from.“I graduated from OHSin 1975 and Bowling GreenState University in 1980. Itaught for a year in Vandalia,Ill., and came back here in1981. The transitionwas hard becausethere were still sev-eral teachers herewho I had had asa student. I had toget used to callingthem by their firstname and it took mea couple of years toget used to it. I thinkthey saw me as a col-league but it took mesome time. A coupleof them told me how
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Helms raising funds for space museum
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — KalebHelms is likemost 11-year-olds. He enjoysplaying outside,riding his bikeand gazing atthe stars throughhis telescope.He recentlystarted attend-ing the YoungAstronaut Classat the NeilArmstrong Airand Space Museumin Wapakoneta.That’s where Helms learnedthe museum has lost statefunding and is struggling tostay open.“It’s a really neat place.People come from all over tovisit the museum. I’ve evenseen Canada listed on thevisitor’s log,”the FranklinElementarySchool fifth-grader said.In themeantime,Helms earneda mountainbike for beingthe top sellerin the CubScout Pack 52popcorn salesdrive. That’s whenhe got the idea fora way to raise money for themuseum.“I decided to raffle thebicycle I won and give themoney to the museum,” hesaid.Helms also found helpwith his mother’s group,the Do-Right MotorcycleClub. They have alsoagreed to donate a bicyclefor raffle.Raffle tickets are $1 eachand six for $5 for the chil-dren’s bicycle the motorcycleclub donated and $2 each andsix for $10 for the 26-inchmountain bike. Tickets areavailable by calling 419-233-1907 after 3 p.m.The raffle will be held inJuly.Monetary donations forthe museum can be sent to:Christopher Burton, 500Apollo Drive, WapakonetaOH 45895.
Helms
St. John’s High School sets 95th commencement activities for Sunday
St. John’s High School will holdits 95th Commencement Mass at1:40 p.m. Sunday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church thediploma presentation at 3 p.m. inthe Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.Class valedictorian are TiffanyGeise, Brad Gerberick and TylerKoester. Koester also earned theBishop’s Gold Cross Award.
Geise
is the daughter of Dan andLeane Geise. She plans to attendBowling Green State University andmajor in speech pathology. She wasactive in National Honor Society,Future Teachers of American(vice president), Students AgainstDestructive Decisions, JuniorOptimists, Crespi Society, MissionSociety, and was on the varsity vol-leyball, basketball and track and alsoserved as a student ambassador.Outside of school, she was achurch greeter and Eucharistic minis-ter, soup kitchen volunteer, Optimistvolunteer, coached youth volleyballcamp and littlegirls basketballand attendeda mission ripto Appalachia.She works atFamily Video.
Gerberick
 is the son of Mark and PattyGerberick. Heplans to attendthe University of Dayton, major-ing in chemicalengineering. He was active in foot-ball, basketball, baseball, CrespiSociety, Scholastic Bowl, NationalHonor Society and Mission Society.Outside of school, he was a soupkitchen volunteer, Mass server, lec-tor and Eucharistic Minister, ToledoDiocese Christmas Mass and theMarch for Lifein Washington,D.C.
Koester
is theson of Mark andSherri Koester.He is associat-ing with theCatholic Dioceseof Toledo andplans to enter theRoman CatholicSeminary. Hewas activein marching,pep and concert bands; solo andensemble contests; the school musi-cal; choir, Scholastic Bowl, boysbasketball video-taping; CrespiSociety; the Liturgy Team; NationalHonor Society; and was senior classpresident.Outside of school, he was alector, altar serv-er, EucharisticMinister, soundboard operatorand a member of the youth choir.He worksat St. Johnthe EvangelistCatholic Church.The St.John’s class of 2011 includes: Alicia Ankerman,Sabryna Ashby, Alyssa Berelsman,Tyler Bergfeld, Dylan Bigelow,Emma Boggs, Kasey Bonifas,Brett Bowersock, Sydney Bradley,
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Seventy-five-year-old Frank Vasquez of Delphos will compete in his 6th Senior Olympicsin June.
Vasquez hopesto lap competition
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — When Frankand Pat Vasquez retired, theyfound themselves doing a lotof parking. Not from behindthe wheel, but in front of the television. Because of theway his keister got moving in2006, Frank started lappingup the world of competitiveswimming. At age 75, theex-Marine is still just a kidwho grew up swimming inthe canal.Unable to golf in winter,Vasquez started swimming atSenior Citizens Services, Inc.of Lima. He didn’t have aspi-rations or anything to prove;exercise was his motivation.“When I started swim-ming at the senior center,I’d swim back and forth andback and forth. I enjoyed it.We were looking for a wayto exercise in winter, so we’dgo up there and I still do it forrecreation,” he said.Those who saw him swim-ming encouraged him to getserious about it. He enteredregional competition in theSenior Olympics and quali-fied for state. He won sev-eral medals and qualifiedfor nationals and found him-self immersed in a world of intense seniors.“These guys would ask mewhat team I swim for becausethey all swim for teams thatsend their best individuals.I’d tell them I just swim forrecreation and they look atme strange,” he said. “Hereare all these other swimmersin their Speedos and I’m inmy baggy trunks.”Vasquez said he learnedthe ropes and rules along theway. He doesn’t have a train-er, so he learned by doingthings “wrong.”“I knew I was in over myhead but it’s like anythingelse. If you haven’t done itbefore, you make mistakesand you learn from them. I’velearned a lot about competi-tive swimming — the rulesand etiquette. I got disquali-fied in the Backstroke forturning the wrong way. See,they have a shallow end and adeep end for the diving board.Well, I had never swam inthat. They have lines at thebottom of the pool where youturn around; I swam downto the end and turned aroundand was fine but when I gotback and turned around, Imissed the wall. You haveto touch the wall and I didn’tknow that,” he said.The Lima Area SeniorOlympics will take place thefirst week of June and thiswill be Vasquez’s sixth yearof competition. He said histime has dropped a little but if he qualifies for state, his per-formance there may qualifyhim for the National SeniorGames of 2013 in Cleveland.
Senior OlympicsIt’s My Job
Relay team setsGirl’s NightOpen House
Relay for Life team“Fischin’ for a Cure” willhost a Girl’s Night Out OpenHouse from 6:30-9 p.m.Wednesday at the DelphosCoon & Sportsman’s ClubVendors will offer jewel-ry, skin care, purses and food.
Bob Ulm has worked at WDOH since he was a junior atSt. John’s High School.
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Ulm the voice of local radio
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DELPHOS — Putting alabel on Bob Ulm is toughto do. The voice of the newsdepartment of five area radiostations, the 10-year presi-dent of Delphos City Council,a gifted musician who playsalmost any song by ear, acancer survivor.“There are so many dif-ferent facets of my life that Inever get bored with one thingor another!” Ulm shared. Andwhile each is a true descrip-tion, each facet seems a littlemore special because Ulm isblind.“It’s pretty apparent to methat most people who don’tknow me and listen to meon one of the five radio sta-tions I’m on every day haveno idea that I can’t see. Andthat’s perfect,” he pointedout. “That’s exactly the wayit should be.”Ulm was diagnosed withretinal blastoma and had sur-gery at the age of 11 months.Both eyes had to be removedbecause that type of cancerwill spread to the optic nerveto the brain, if left unchecked.Losing his sight at such anearly age, Ulm says he has nomemory of colors or sight tex-tures or patterns like stripes,solids and plaids.“Quite frankly, I have noconcept of sun or darknessexcept you can feel the heat. Iguess it amuses me that peo-ple are so hung up with theirattitude whether it’s cloudyor sunny. Whatever it is, if Idon’t have to shovel it, I’m ahappy guy!” he explained.Ulm was the first studentto graduate from what he calls“normal” school in this area of the state, attending St. John’sHigh School. During thattime, radio came to Delphosand Ulm found his calling.He began by just showing upat the station willing to doanything. His first assignmentwas to cover Delphos CityCouncil meetings in 1973 asa junior in high school. Aftergraduation and some time atOhio State, Ulm became afull-time employee and hasstayed ever since.“Ever since I can remem-ber when I was a little boy,I wanted to be on the radio,”he recalled. “I couldn’t thinkof a cooler thing to do asa kid than to talk and havepeople hear you. Through myearly teen years, my parentsencouraged me by taking mearound to meet people in the
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Kroeger to miss students,her fellow teachers
Delphos City Schoolswill hold a Pay-to-Participate meeting at 8p.m. on Wednesday atJefferson Middle School.All parents and athletesof Jefferson in grades 7-12for the 2011-2012 schoolyear are encouraged toattend. This is for all sports.
Pay-to-Participatemeeting set
St. John’s Parent/TeacherOrganization will hold auniform sale from 5:30-6:30p.m. Tuesday in the elemen-tary school’s Little Theater.New and gently-useduniforms will be on sale.The PTO is accepting uni-form donations until the closeof school on Tuesday. Dropthem off in the collectionboxes at the school entrancesor to any PTO member.
PTO to holduniform sale
Bearcat girls 4th, boys5th at Lancaster
The Spencerville girlstrack and field team finishedfourth and the boys were fifthat the Division III LancasterRegional meet.Full results of the LancasterRegionals, as well as fromTroy and Tiffin and theDivision II meet at Lexingtontoday, will be in Tuesday’sHerald.
Blue Jays’ game sched-uled for today
The twice-postponed St.John’s vs. Hopewell-Loudonregional semifinal baseballgame is set for 4 p.m. Thisafternoon at Patrick Henry.The finals will be heldat 1 p.m. Monday, so theSt. John’s graduation will beheld Sunday at its regularly-scheduled time: 1:40 p.m.for Mass and 3 p.m. for theCommencement in tge RobertA. Arnzen Gymnasium.
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On-site registations for the2011 Delphos Fall SoccerSeason are over but rregistra-tions are still available on-line for 1 more week only atthe Delphos Soccer websiteat www.delphosohsoccer.com.
 
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany 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
In the 11-plus years I have worked at TheHerald, I have had the pleasure of meetingsome really neat, unique and wonderfulpeople.Every once in a while, one will stand out.Kaleb Helms is such a person.For all his 11 years, he has more compas-sion for others than many adults I know.I first met Kaleb two years ago when hedecided to collect water for earthquake vic-tims. He had seen something on TV abouttheir situation and the person talking saideveryone should help. Well, Kaleb took thatto heart and collected nearly a ton of water.I thought he was a pretty neat kid then.Roll forward a couple of years and nowKaleb, who is in to science and such, istaking the Youth Astronaut Class at theNeil Armstrong Air and Space Museum inWapakoneta. He learned the museum haslost state funding and is struggling.Of course he wishes to continue his class-es because since he was 3 years old, he’s alsowanted to be an astronaut. He also sees thevalue in the museum and wants everyone tobe able to enjoy it.Yes, this child has spent but 11 years onthis earth and he already gets it. He trulygets it.Statistics don’t even show philanthropynumbers for kids Kaleb’s age. It starts withGeneration Y. The Matures top the list with77 percent giving. Generation Y is of coursethe least with 54 percent giving.There are many lessons to be learnedfrom young Kaleb. First and foremost, hesees a need and he finds a way to fill it.Secondly, he does it with no thought of hisown gain.Now, how is he going to accomplish hisgoal of keeping the space museum up andrunning for generations to come? He is raf-fling the mountain bike he earned sellingpopcorn with Boy Scouts and he also gotsomeone else to donate one to raffle, too.If just a fraction of us had the philan-thropic insight this young gentleman does,the whole world could be a better place.If you see young Master Kaleb out andabout, tell him what a cool kid you think heis. If you don’t think he’s cool, knock it off.Speaking of a better place, please jointhe Delphos Veterans Council, VFW andAmerican legion members in honoring andremembering those who gave all in the fightfor freedom.They will unveil three new monumentsat the park. I’m sure it will be a must-seeevent.
NANCY SPENCER
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COLUMBUS — TheOhio State Highway Patrolis reminding drivers to notget behind the wheel impairedthis Memorial Day weekend.Troopers will be workingalongside local law enforce-ment officers in an effortto have a weekend free of impaired-fatal crashes.Memorial Day weekendis traditionally a dangerousholiday period on Ohio roads,particularly for impaired driv-ing crashes. Last MemorialDay holiday, six of the 11people killed on Ohio road-ways were involved in alco-hol-related crashes.“Each day, over two mil-lion miles are driven byimpaired motorists and theirpoor choices severely threatenthe well-being of every citizenin the state,” Colonel JohnBorn, superintendent of thePatrol, said. “Fatalities causedby impaired drivers are indeeda national tragedy - and thatmakes them a potential trag-edy for each of us.”Motorists should alsobe reminded that wearing asafety belt is the single mosteffective tool in reducinginjuries and deaths in crashescaused by impaired drivers.This message is part of thenational Click It or Ticketsafety belt mobilization coor-dinated by the Department of Public Safety’s Ohio TrafficSafety Office.Troopers encourage thepublic to continue using1-877-7-PATROL to reportimpaired or dangerous drivers,as well as stranded motorists.
Patrol reminds drivers not todrive impaired this weekend
Delphos City SchoolsWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Assorted sand-wiches, assorted veggies,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Mini subsandwich, baby carrots, fritos,apple, lowfat milk.
St. John’sWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Rotini/meat-sauce/ garlic toast or shreddedchicken sandwich, jello, salad,peaches, milk.Wednesday: Chickenstrips/roll or cold meat sand-wich, cheese potatoes, salad,banana, milk.Thursday: Cook’s choice,vegetable, fruit, milk.
LandeckWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Hamburger sand-wich, mashed potatoes/gravy,fruit, milk.Wednesday: Choice of sandwich, corn, fruit, milk.Thursday: Cook’s choice,fruit, milk.
LincolnviewWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza,vegetable, fruit, milk.Wednesday: Cook’schoice, vegetable, fruit, milk.
Elida Elementary, Middle and High SchoolWeek of May 30-June 1
Daily every student isoffered the choice of four dif-ferent lunches. These includethe one printed here, pizzalunch, sandwich lunch or chef salad lunch.Monday: No school.Tuesday: French toast w/syrup, sausage, 100% juice,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Cheese bread-sticks w/sauce, green beans,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Thursday: Cook’s choice.Friday: Cook’s choice.
GomerWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: French toast w/syrup, sausage, 100% juice,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Wednesday: Cheese bread-sticks w/sauce, green beans,assorted fruit, lowfat milk.Thursday: Cook’s choice.Friday: Cook’s choice.
SpencervilleWeek of May 30-June 1
Monday: No school.Tuesday: Breaded chickenpatty sandwich, corn, orangesherbet, milk.Wednesday: Chicken nug-gets, mashed potatoes withgravy, assorted breads, peach-es, milk.Thursday: (K-4) Hot hamand cheese sandwich, greenbeans, fruit, milk. (5-12)Barbecue pork sandwich,green beans, fruit, milk.Friday: (L-4) PB&JUncrustable, string cheese,carrots w/dip, applesauce cup,milk. (5-12) Pizza wedge,assorted vegetables, fruit,milk.
By LYNN ELBERAssociated Press
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Conaway, who starred in thesitcom “Taxi,” played swag-gering Kenickie in the moviemusical “Grease” and publiclybattled drug and alcohol addic-tion on “Celebrity Rehab,”died Friday. He was 60.The actor was taken off life support Thursday and diedFriday morning at EncinoTarzana Medical Center,according to one of his man-agers, Kathryn Boole.“It’s sad that people remem-ber his struggle with drugs. ...He has touched so many peo-ple,” she said, calling Conawaya kind and intelligent man whowas well read and “alwaysso interesting to talk to. Werespected him as an artist andloved him as a friend.”“He was trying so hard toget clean and sober,” Booleadded. “If it hadn’t been forhis back pain, I think he wouldhave been able to do it.”Family members, includinghis sisters, nieces and neph-ews, and his minister, werewith him when he died, Boolesaid.He was taken to the hospi-tal unconscious on May 11 andplaced in a medically inducedcoma while being treated forpneumonia and sepsis, whichis blood poisoning caused by abacterial infection.Conaway had failed to seekmedical aid, instead trying totreat himself with pain pillsand cold medicine, said PhilBrock, Boole’s business part-ner.“He’s a gentle soul with agood heart ... but he’s neverbeen able to exorcise hisdemons,” Brock said afterConaway was hospitalized.Conaway is the secondperson who appeared in theVH1 reality series “CelebrityRehab With Dr. Drew” wholater died. In March, formerAlice in Chains bassist MikeStarr, who was on the show in2009, was found dead in SaltLake City. The month before,police there had arrested himon suspicion of possession of medications without a requiredprescription.Messages seeking com-ment from Pinsky, a physicianand radio and TV personality,were not immediately returnedFriday.Conaway had acknowl-edged his addictive tenden-cies in a 1985 interview withThe Associated Press, whenhe described turning his backon the dream of a pop musiccareer. He’d played guitar ina 1960s band called 3 1/2 thatwas the opening act for groupsincluding Herman’s Hermits,The Young Rascals and TheAnimals.“I thought, ‘If I stay inthis business, I’ll be dead ina year.’ There were drugs allover the place and people weredoing them. I had started to dothem. I realized that I’d die,”Conaway told the AP.His effort to avoid addic-tion failed, and his battles withcocaine and other substanceswere painfully shared in twostints on “Celebrity RehabWith Dr. Drew.” Conaway,who’d had repeated back sur-geries for an injury, blamed hiscocaine use and pain pill abusein part on his lingering backproblem.Conaway was born in NewYork City on Oct. 5, 1950,to parents who were in showbusiness. His father was anactor, producer and agent, andhis mother was an actress.He made his Broadwaydebut in 1960 at the age of 10in the Pulitzer Prize-winningplay “All the Way Home.” Bythen his parents were divorced,and Conaway had spent a greatdeal of time with his grandpar-ents who lived in the Astoriasection of Queens.“I used to hold in a lotof feelings. I’d smile a lotbut I was really miserable. Ididn’t know it at the time,but I’ve figured it out since.When I was on stage, I couldmake people laugh,” he saidin 1985.He toured in the nation-al company of the comedy“Critic’s Choice,” then attend-ed a professional high schoolfor young actors, musiciansand singers. After abandon-ing music he returned to act-ing with a two-year stint in“Grease,” on Broadway (play-ing the lead role of DannyZuko at one point) and even-tually with the touring com-pany.The musical about highschool love brought Conawayto Los Angeles and televi-sion, including a small part on“Happy Days” that led to larg-er roles. He had roles in smallfilms and then in the movieversion of “Grease” (1978),although he lost the top-billedpart to John Travolta.In 1978, he won the “Taxi” job — playing vain, strugglingactor Bobby Wheeler — thatput him in the company of Judd Hirsch, Danny de Vitoand Andy Kaufman in whatproved to be a hit for ABC.The tall, gangly actor, witha shock of blond hair and whatthe late longtime AP dramacritic Michael Kuchwaracalled a “wide-angle smile”and “a television face, justright for popular consump-tion,” appeared a success.But Conaway, who receivedtwo Golden Globe nomina-tions for “Taxi,” said he tiredearly of being a series regu-lar, although he stayed withthe series for three years, until1981.
‘Taxi,’ ‘Grease’ star dies at 60
ODOT
REPORT
The following is the reportconcerning construction andmaintenance work on statehighways within the OhioDepartment of TransportationDistrict 1, which includes thecounties of Allen, Defiance,Hancock, Hardin, Paulding,Putnam, Van Wert andWyandot. This report is issuedeach Thursday beginning inApril and continues throughNovember.(All work will take placeweather permitting and dur-ing daytime hours Mondaythrough Friday only unlessotherwise indicated.)
Allen CountyOhio 81 from east of Township Road 68 to ConantRoad
will be restricted to onelane through the work zonein the eastbound direction forpaving.
 Ohio 66 north of Spencerville
will be restrictedto one lane through the workzone in the northbound direc-tion for paving.
Ohio 309 between CoolRoad and Thayer Road
willbe closed beginning May 31for 30 days for the replacementof two culverts. Traffic willbe detoured onto Interstate 75,Ohio 81 and Ohio 235 back toOhio 309.
Ohio 81 approximately amile and a half east of Ohio 66over the Auglaize River
closedfor 75 days beginning April25 for replacement of a bridgedeck. Traffic detoured ontoOhio 66, Ohio 117 and EastownRoad back to Ohio 81.
Ohio 309 (Elida Road)from Robb Avenue toEastown Road on the westside of Lima
is currentlyrestricted to one lane in theeastbound direction for a safe-ty upgrade project. Crews arecurrently working in the areabetween Robb Avenue andArthur Avenue during daytimehours. Beginning Monday, anight crew will begin excava-tion work in the area fromWendy’s to Eastown Road.With the addition of the nightshift, crews will be working inthe zone most hours of the dayand night. Motorists are askedto drive cautiously throughthe area and remain aware of equipment moving in and outof the work zone. Project willcontinue until September.
Putnam CountyOhio 15 between Ohio108 and the Defiance Countyline
will be restricted to onelane through the work zone forsealing of pavement cracks.
Van Wert CountyU.S. 224 between U.S. 30and the Putnam County line
will be restricted to one lane ineach direction through the workzone for a resurfacing projectset to begin Tuesday. Work willcontinue through July.
Ohio 118 over Town Creek just south of Township Road82
closed May 16 for 30 daysfor bridge deck overlay. Trafficdetour begins at the intersectionof Ohio 118 and Ohio 81. Goeast on Ohio 81 to its intersec-tion with U.S. 127. Go northon U.S. 127 to its intersectionwith Ohio 118. The same detourapplies in reverse for the oppo-site direction of travel.
Ohio 118 (Shannon Street)between Ervin Road andMain Street
remains open tolocal traffic only during recon-struction, widening and waterline and sanitary installationproject which began in 2010.Localized one-block closureswill occur throughout the proj-ect. Work is expected to becompleted in September.
U.S. 30 between U.S. 224and Lincoln Highway
isrestricted to one lane in eachdirection through the work zonefor a resurfacing project whichbegan May 2. Work will con-tinue through mid-summer.
By ANGELA CHARLTONAssociated Press
DEAUVILLE, France —Russia abandoned one-time allyMoammar Gadhafi and offeredFriday to mediate a deal forthe Libyan leader to leave thecountry he has ruled for morethan 40 years.The striking proposal bya leading critic of the NATObombing campaign reflectsgrowing international frustra-tion with the Libyan crisis and adesire by the Kremlin for influ-ence in the rapidly changingArab landscape.With Gadhafi increasinglyisolated and NATO jets inten-sifying their attacks, Russia mayalso be eyeing Libya’s oil andgas and preparing for the pros-pect that the lucrative Libyanmarket will fall into full rebelcontrol.Early today, two NATO airstrikes shook the Libyan capital,Tripoli. It was not immediatelyclear what was targeted.“He should leave,” RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedevsaid of Gadhafi. “I proposedour mediation services to mypartners. Everyone thinks thatwould be useful.”The proposal thrustMedvedev into the spotlight ata summit in France of Group of Eight rich nations. Talk of thisyear’s Arab world uprisings hasdominated the summit.Analysts question whetherRussia still has any leverageover Gadhafi, and the leadersof France, Britain and Germanysaid there’s no point in negoti-ating directly with the Libyanleader himself.“If Gadhafi makes this deci-sion, which will be beneficialfor the country and the peopleof Libya, then it will be pos-sible to discuss the form of hisdeparture, what country mayaccept him and on what terms,and what he may keep and whathe must lose,” Medvedev toldreporters.Medvedev said he is sendingenvoy Mikhail Margelov to therebel stronghold of Benghaziimmediately to start negoti-ating, and that talks with theLibyan government could takeplace later. Margelov said ear-lier Friday that it’s necessary tonegotiate with all “reasonable”representatives of the govern-ment, including Gadhafi’s sons.
Russia wants Gadhafi out
 
 
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From the Delphos Canal Commission
When America was threat-ened by war, we used everymeans possible to encouragesupport of the war effort byall Americans.During World War II,Hollywood made patrioticmovies and newsreels, victo-ry gardens were planted, warbonds were issued and menand women were recruited to join the military. Housewivesand mothers were coaxed intofactories to take the place of men who were serving andeven children were asked todo their part.Posters were designed,some by famous artists likeNorman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth, to keep the pub-lic thinking about the needto stay involved in winningthe war. Newspapers andradio were the main sourceof information in those dayso colorful posters proved tobe a very good visual tool.These posters were placed infactories, offices, governmentbuildings, train stations andeven schools.The Delphos CanalMuseum has a great displayof these posters thanks toour many generous donors.One poster offers giftsto children who sell WarSavings Stamps while get-ting food to our troops andallies was promoted in an“eat less meat and wheat”themed poster.The Canal Museum is cur-rently resetting displays as weexpand to the second floor of our buildings. Please excuseour mess as we improve andupdate our collections.The Canal Museum isopen from 9 a.m. to noon onThursdays and from 1-3 p.m.on Saturdays and Sundays.Take another look.
Those Were The Days 
It was the summer of 1976.Janie and our three childrenwere visiting my wife’s par-ents who lived nearby andI was feeling a little lonely.Despite being on crutches asa result of a torn tendon in myleft knee and the subsequentsurgery, I decided to go out-side and try to enjoy the day.As I stepped onto our deckthat led into the backyard, Inoticed a black object in thegrass that looked a lot likeone of my smoking pipes. Icarefully made my way downthe steps and hobbled overto see if my suspicion wascorrect. Balancing myself onone crutch, I bent over andpicked up what turned outto be my favorite pipe – astraight stemmed “Carey”that smoked smooth and sel-dom let any bitter taste fromthe pipe tobacco get into mymouth.Of all the pipes in my inex-pensive collection, why wasthis one in the backyard andhow did it get there? To addto my dismay, I noticed blackfluid dripping from the pipethat looked and smelled like3 in 1 oil!With Sherlock Holmestype intuition, I deduced thatone my sons was most likelythe perpetrator of this deviouscrime. But why? Were theypretending my pipe was a gunand that they were cleaningit? That didn’t make muchsense because I didn’t ownany handguns. I didn’t knowwhat they were thinking butI knew one thing, somebodywas in big trouble!Moving as quickly as Icould on my crutches, I head-ed down the well worn pathfrom our home to Grandpa andGrandma Dunn’s. Throughback yards and a field I wentfollowing the trail that wouldlead me to the hideout of thecriminals. My knee was hurt-ing like crazy and the more ithurt the madder I got.My eyes spotted our twosons, Mike and John, agessix and four, and their cousin,Jerry, who was like our thirdson. Raising my oily ruinedpipe, I demanded to know whohad been playing with it. Thelook of fear on John’s facerevealed that he was the culprit.“Go home right now,” I yelled,“you are going to get it.”Running past me, the boysstarted sprinting back up thetrail I had just taken. I wassoon left far behind, but deter-minedly huffed and puffedmy way after them. I seldomspanked our children and wasfeeling bad about being soticked off, but this was onetime someone was going tohave a stinging bottom.Sweating and still angry Ifinally made it into our back-yard, up the steps of the deckand into the house. After mak-ing my way through the din-ing room, down the hallwayand into the boys’ bedroom,I arrived to find a sight thatI did not expect to find. My“John Boy” had a T-shirt andshorts on when I found himat Grandpa and Grandma’sbut now he was wearing blue jeans and it appeared that hisnormally small bottom hadbecome noticeably larger. Infact, it looked like he had sev-eral layers of clothes on.As I looked at the threeboys, I began to assess the sit-uation. Obviously, big broth-er, Mike, and/or cousin, Jerry,had instructed John to put onsome extra padding to easethe pain. There they all stoodlooking nervously at me. Theyhad never seen me so angry.Tears were slipping down thecheeks of little Johnny. Myanger began to dissipate andmy love for them gained theupper hand.There was no need for anyspanking. It was obvious thatseeing me that upset had beenpunishment enough. I couldn’thelp but smile as I lookedat John’s padded bottom andtheir faces. He deserved aspanking but I extended graceinstead. I told them that Iloved them and that they werefar more important to me thanany old pipe.Grace — God’s unmeritedfavor. I wonder how manytimes my heavenly father haslooked at me and knowing thatI deserved a spanking, choseto forgive me instead? I amso glad God has not given mewhat I deserve but has givenme what I don’t deserve – Hismercy, grace, and love.As for my collection of pipes… a few years after theaforementioned incident, ourlittle daughter, Chrissy, gotmy attention. With tears in hereyes she said, “Daddy, pleasestop smoking. They told usat school today that smokingcould cause cancer.”I haven’t smoked since.Children have a lot of wis-dom, don’t they?And as for John — he ismarried with two boys anda girl. His littlest son, Jesse,has the same ornery grin ashis daddy.
A pipe, a littleboy and grace
Teacher’swordsshapeNoonan’scareer
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — “Youshould teach math, Linda.”That statement wouldshape the career of one St.John’s High School gradu-ate.Spoken by one of herteachers, Linda Noonan tookthose words to heart.“When I graduated fromSt. John’s I moved on to goto Mary Manse College inToledo. I started teachingat the elementary level andthen moved to high school,”Noonan said.After 27 years, Noonansaid she wouldn’t change athing.“I really enjoy when thestudents’ faces light up andthey get it and see a con-nection between what youare doing and the answer,”Noonan said. “I know mathisn’t everyone’s favoritesubject but I try to applyeveryday life like interest onloans to what we’re workingon. We use math everyday.”Noonan spent her firstyear at Jefferson workinghalf-days before coming toher alma mater for a year.Then it was family time.“I took time off to raiseour children and then startedback full time in 1984-85,”she said. “I wouldn’t changethat, either. That was a gooddecision.”One of Noonan’s favoriteaffirmations of her effortsis when her former studentscome back to visit.“I know I did my jobwhen my students come backand say, ‘Thank you. I wasprepared for college’,” shesaid.Perhaps what she willmiss the most is the camara-derie of her fellow teachers.“There is such a familyatmosphere at St. John’s. Weall feel for each other. I havea lot of special memorieshere,” she said.Noonan and her husband,Tom, have four children,Scott, Russ, Ryan and Nicole,and enjoy six grandchildren.Now with a little time on herhands, Noonan said visitsto those grandchildren willbecome a priority.“All of our grandchildrenlive out of town so spendingmore time with them is onthe top of my list,” she said.Another item she’s likelyto check off is visiting Mainein autumn to see the fall foli-age.“You always hear peopletalking out the leaves in NewEngland and how you’ve just gotto see them,” she added. “Well,I’m planning on doing that nowthat I will have the time.”
NoonanBy SPENCER HUNTThe Columbus Dispatch
WOOSTER (AP) — Thereare many ways to measure thetornado that ripped throughOhio State University’sAgricultural Research andDevelopment Center inSeptember.Time wise, the twistertook four minutes to cross theWayne County campus.As far as size, the stormcut a path about 200 yardswide.Cost? As much as $30 mil-lion in damage to buildings,trees and other property.What’s harder to gauge,however, is the researchaffected by the storm that hiton Sept. 16.In all, about 500 projects— many of them housed inthe five large greenhouses orin labs that lost power, threat-ening frozen genetic mate-rial — were harmed by thetornado.“You lose one plant and itcan make a big difference,”said Bill Ravlin, the center’sassociate director.In total, $126 million ingovernment and private-sectorgrants and investments wentinto the 500 projects, accord-ing to OARDC officials.Then again, how can youmeasure the time and knowl-edge lost in the storm?When the storm hit, plantgeneticist Esther van derKnaap had 2,000 experimen-tal tomato seedlings in oneof five large OARDC green-houses.“In the end, we were able torescue about 100 plants,” saidvan der Knaap, who is identi-fying the genes that influencetomato size and shape. “It waspractically a total loss.”Starting over takes time.For example, it took fivemonths to cross-pollinatetomato plants to create hybridseedlings for field testing.Those seedlings should beready by the fall and are goingto Florida, where the climateis better suited for late plant-ings.“If the seedlings aren’tready to put in (an Ohio) fieldby June, you lose a wholeyear,” she said.David Francis, a plantbreeder and geneticist, alsohad to grow a new generationof tomatoes for his research.“What we really lost wasa season’s worth of work,”Francis said.He’s trying to develop atomato that can resist a diseasecalled bacterial spot. He’s alsocross-breeding tomatoes to testthe benefits of the antioxidantsbeta carotene and lycopene.
Ohio State measures tornado’s damage to research
Pastor Dan Eaton

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