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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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Fuerst to head Franklin, Landeck
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — MarkFuerst will officially take thehelm at Franklin and LandeckElementary schools as princi-pal in August.The Delphos City SchoolsBoard of Education approvedhis retire/rehire 5-year limitedcontract at Monday’s meet-ing. Fuerst had been principaland fifth/sixth-grade teacherat Landeck.Current Franklin PrincipalDamon Ulm will teachfifth grade at Landeck inthe upcoming school year,a change he has expressedenthusiasm for.Twinning the two elemen-tary principal positions willsave the district $20,000 peryear during Fuerst’s contract.During hisSuperintendent’s Report, Jeff Price informed the board heand Treasurer Brad Rostorferwill field district residents’questions concerning the5-year, .5-percent traditionalincome tax levy voters willsee on the Aug. 2 SpecialElection ballot.Price and Rostorfer will beavailable to answer questionsfrom 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.July 20 in the AdministrationBuilding. Although the pairwill be available for ques-tions at these times, anyoneis welcome to visit or call anyday during business hours.The traditional income tax,if passed, will raise approx-imately $850,000 per yearwith the district not seeingfull collection until October2013. From Jan. 1, 2012, toDec. 31, 2012, the districtwill see only approximately$383,000.Senior citizens relyingheavily on Social Securitywill be protected from thetax.Families Take Action willmeet at 5 p.m. Wednesdayand July 20 and 27 to strat-egize on how to gain votersupport for the levy. All arewelcome.In other business, theboard:
• Approved a supplemen
-tal contract to move BrettHalsey from assistant juniorhigh football coach to head junior high football coachand approving Jeff Stockwellas the assistant junior highfootball coach for the 2011-12 school year;
• Approved a 5-year con
-tract for Assistant TreasurerLaura Peters. The contractdoes not include any guaran-teed pay increases; and
• Approved Todd Teman
and Brent Binkley as volun-teers for junior high football.The next meeting willbegin at 8 p.m. Aug. 8.
Delphos City School Board
Strong winds wreakhavoc Monday
Staff reports
Most AEP Ohio customers who lost powerduring Monday’s storm were restored by mid-night, according to Media Relations CoordinatorShelly Clark.“Restoration in the Van Wert and Limaareas was quicker than originally thought,”Clark said. “We were able to receive additionalcrews that we didn’t think we would be ableto use when we gave the estimate. Also, thedamage was not as severe or widespread asoriginally thought.”Western Ohio has been restored and is onnormal operations. The peak outage count was7,135 in Western Ohio.The storm moved through the area quickly.According to calls received by AEP, at 12:30p.m. Monday, 312 customers were withoutpower in the Paulding area. By 2:45 p.m., 5,296customers were without power in Northwestand North Central Ohio, including 1,789 inLima, 585 in Van Wert, 2,112 in Tiffin and1,108 in Findlay.Fallen tree limbs and downed power poleswere the cause of most outages.
Stacy Taff photo
Monday’s winds uprooted a large tree off North Jefferson Street.
100-degree heat grips the South, Midwest
By JAMIE STENGLEThe Associated Press
DALLAS — The tempera-ture setting is stuck on broilacross a swath of the Midwestand South, with Dallas andOklahoma City swelteringthrough 100-degree heat for atleast 10 days in a row.Forecasters warned onMonday that the extreme heatcould continue for most of theweek and perhaps beyond. Atthe same time, many peoplewon’t be able to cool off bytaking a dip: Swimming poolsin some cities have closedbecause of budget cuts.Heat advisories and exces-sive-heat warnings were issuedMonday for 17 states in theMidwest and South. For today,the National Weather Serviceissued heat advisories formuch of the East Coast, fromGeorgia to Connecticut, wheretemperatures are expected inthe upper 90s but will feelas hot as 105 because of thehumidity.“It says a lot when you aredealing with such an expan-sive area of heat alerts,” saidNational Weather Servicespokesman Chris Vaccaro.Hutchinson, Kan., hadreached 103 by Monday after-noon after hitting a scorch-ing 112 on Sunday. (Recordshaven’t been kept there longenough to tell if it was a newhigh for the date.) The mercuryhit 99 in Joplin, Mo., by theafternoon after topping out onSunday at 106, breaking therecord of 104 for the date, setin 1980.Oklahoma City has hit 100degrees or higher — 110 onSaturday — every day sinceJune 29, including Monday,making it 13 in a row. Therecord there is 22 consecu-tive days of 100 degree-plusweather, set in 1936.Dallas recorded its 10th-straight day of 100-degreeweather Monday. The city hit100 for nearly three straightweeks as recently as 2006, andthe National Weather Serviceissued a heat advisory Mondayafternoon for the Dallas-FortWorth area for the first timesince June 18. The advisorywill remain in effect untilWednesday night.In 1980, the Dallas-FortWorth area endured 42 days ina row of 100-degree-and-overheat.Triple-digit highs areexpected through the weekendin Dallas, and there is littlechance of rain to cool thingsdown.“It’s breaking daily records,but when you’re talking abouta record string of days — we’renot there yet,” Vaccaro said.“We’re in the midst of a heatwave that’s not over yet.”On Monday, 87-year-oldR.F. Lanham was taking theheat in stride as he pickedweeds in his shaded front yardin Dallas. “I’ve seen a lot of hot summers,” he said.As 40-year-old Sally Smithloaded two of her children intoher minivan as she left a spinclass at a Dallas YMCA, shesaid that even though she hadlived in Texas for 18 years, thehot weather was hard to getused to.“You feel like your skin isbaking,” the Michigan nativesaid.In Fort Worth, all of thecity’s pools are closed becauseof budget cuts. Through a part-nership with the YMCA, FortWorth residents can swim atfour of its pools for two hours aday without a membership.Authorities said a 51-year-old man suffered heat strokeand died Sunday because hismobile home in Granite City,Ill., had no working air condi-tioner. His body temperaturewas 104 when he arrived at thehospital.In Tahlequah, Okla.,56-year-old David Vaughan,who works construction atwater treatment plants, saidhe was using survival skillshe learned while working inKuwait.“In Kuwait, we had a say-ing: Walk slow and drink a lotof water,” he said.In El Paso, Texas, 67-year-old Jesus Franco was the grate-ful recipient of a fan from theTexas Department of Familyand Protective Services.Franco, who is blind, said thathe had a small air condition-ing unit installed in his homelast week, but even then, “atnight it gets so hot you can’tsleep.”As the stream of air cooledhis shirtless torso Monday, hesaid, “This is much nicer.”Felix Cabrera, an employ-ee of the agency giving outthe fans, said: “With so manypeople unemployed and thepopulation getting older, weare getting more calls.”In New Orleans, the heatwas, as usual, heavy and suf-focating — but just under 95degrees, cool enough to allowthe mule-drawn carriages tocontinue riding through theFrench Quarter. When themercury hits 95, tourist guidesare prohibited from workingtheir mules.Lorna Taylor, a guide andhorse trainer, kept a close eyeon her mule, Elvis. She threwsnacks into his trough to forcehim to dunk his head in thewater. But she wasn’t worried.“Mules are desert-dwell-ers,” she said, sweat glisteningon her brow. “So this is a walkin the park.”
“It’s breakingdaily records, but when you’retalking about arecord string of days — we’re notthere yet. We’rein the midst of aheat wave that’snot over yet.”
— Chris Vaccaro,National WeatherService spokesman
Current and formerfirst ladies gather forBetty Ford’s funeral
PALM DESERT, Calif.(AP) — Michelle Obama andthree former first ladies wereamong dignitaries heading toCalifornia to pay tribute to BettyFord at a funeral focusing onher twin passions: politics andher world famous Betty FordCenter for substance abuse andalcohol treatment.Ford, who died at the ageof 93 on Friday, had mappedout plans for today’s ceremonyincluding who would deliverher eulogies.She chose former first ladyRosalynn Carter and journal-ist Cokie Roberts as speakersalong with a former director of the Betty Ford Center.Obama, Nancy Reagan,Secretary of State HillaryRodham Clinton and formerPresident Bill Clinton said theywould be there. And the formerfirst lady of California, MariaShriver, also planned to attend.A spokesman for formerPresident George W. Bushsaid he will be attending theCalifornia service and willconvey condolences on behalf of his wife, Laura, who can’tattend.
 
A second funeral will beheld Thursday in GrandRapids, Mich., where GeraldFord is buried at his presiden-tial museum. Former first ladyBarbara Bush is expected toattend that event.Speakers are expected todiscuss politics, the WhiteHouse and Ford’s impact onsubstance and alcohol abusetreatment.Roberts said Ford asked herto give a eulogy five years agoand specified it should be aboutthe power of friendship to mendpolitical differences even inthese hyper-partisan times.Roberts, a commenta-tor on National Public Radioand member of a noted politi-cal family, said Ford askedher to talk about a time inWashington when Democratsand Republicans could befriends and partisan politics didnot paralyze government.It was that way, Roberts said,when her father, DemocraticCongressman Hale Boggs,was House majority leader andRepublican Gerald R. Ford wasHouse minority leader. She saidthey could argue about issuesbut get together as friends after-ward. The two families becameclose as did the Ford and Carterfamilies, despite Jimmy Carterdefeating Ford in the 1976 pres-idential election.Carter spoke at Ford’sfuneral in 2007. The two fami-lies were so close that beforehis death, Ford asked theCarters to join his wife aboardAir Force One, which flew hisbody to its final resting place inGrand Rapids.“Mrs. Ford was very clearabout what she wanted me tosay,” Roberts said. “She want-ed me to talk about Washingtonthe way it used to be. She knewthere were people back thenwho were wildly partisan, butnot as many as today.“They were friends and thatwas what made governmentpossible,” said Roberts, addingthat the topic seems particular-ly appropriate this week whenthe two parties are divided overdealing with the national debtceiling.
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Coupon Class tobenefit Karhoff 
A Coupon Class will beheld from 1-4 p.m. Saturdayat St. John’s Annex tobenefit Ryan Karhoff.Karhoff is a 27-year-oldhusband and father of threewho was recently diagnosedwith Leukemia. He is thesole provider for his fam-ily. He went to the hospitalto find out was wrong andwas admitted for 5 weeksto begin his chemotherapy.He is home now recoveringwith his family but still hasa long road ahead of him.This coupon class willshow how to read cou-pons and store policiesas well as teach you howto save money and bud-get monthly groceries.“I have personally savedmore than $1,000 in threemonths since taking theclass,” Breanne Carder said.The class is $15 perperson with 100 percentof proceeds to the familyCall Carder at 419-203-6534 to reserve a seat.Trinity United MethodistChurch is now tak-ing registration for itsVacation Bible School.This year’s theme is“Hometown Nazareth”and will be held 6-8:45p.m. July 17-21.All children 4 years of agethrough grade 6 are welcome.Call the church officeat 419-692-0651 or TeresaGilden at 419-692-2364.
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BU hosting groundbreaking
Bluffton Universitywill turn a large cer-emonial “shovelful” of dirttoday to mark the begin-ning of construction of its$14 million Health andFitness Education Center.Beginning at 9 a.m. atthe building site north of Marbeck Center, the cere-mony will include commentsby Dr. James Harder, BUpresident, and an appear-ance by BU mascot J. DennyBeaver before local exca-vator Don Snyder handlesthe ground-breaking.The 60,000-square-footcenter, the top priority fornew facilities in BU’s 2000master plan, will house spacefor the academic departmentof health, fitness and sportscience; a weight and fit-ness center for all students;a new arena for intercol-legiate basketball and vol-leyball; a sports medicinecenter; athletics offices;and practice, intramural andmultipurpose facilities.Expected to openby late 2012, the build-ing will also be the firston campus to be certified“silver” or better underthe U.S. Green BuildingCouncil’s Leadership inEnergy and EnvironmentalDesign (LEED) system.
 
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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.Big item collection is heldfrom 8 a.m.-noon the first Sat-urday of each month in theparking lot across from the citybuilding. Participants need toshow proof of residency like acity utility bill.See the full schedule atcityofdelphos.com.
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The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 24Nancy Spencer, edi
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,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
Priscilla A.WannemacherTammy D. King
High temperature Mondayin Delphos was 93 degrees,low was 70. Rainfall wasrecorded at .47 inch. High ayear ago today was 85, lowwas 69. Record high for todayis 103, set in 1936. Recordlow is 50, set in 1978.
Nov. 9, 1912 - July 10, 2011
Priscilla A. Wannemacher,98, of Ottoville died at 4:15p.m. Sunday at VancrestHealthcare Center of Delphos.She was born Nov.9, 1912, in Ottoville toSylvester and Regina (Wurst)Wannemacher.Survivors include a sister,Alice Maag of Fort Jennings;and several nieces and neph-ews.She was also preceded indeath by three sisters, EthelWannemacher, Rita Eickholtand Jean Leonard; and fourbrothers, Earl, Norval, Richardand Robert Wannemacher.Ms. Wannemacher was ahousekeeper and a memberof Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, Ottoville.She loved animals, especiallycats, enjoyed gardening andcanning. She was a very gen-erous, kind and caring person.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at ImmaculateConception Catholic Church,Ottoville, the Rev. John Stitesofficiating. Burial will fol-low in St. Mary’s Cemetery,Ottoville.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township (corner of St Rts 224 & 634), wherethere will be a scripture ser-vice at 2 p.m.Memorials may be givento Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church Steeple Fund,St. Rita’s Hospice or donor’schoice.Condolences may be sentto: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
Sept. 9, 1963-July 10, 2011
Tammy D. King, 47, of Delphos, died at 6:50 p.m.Saturday at her residence.She was born Sept. 9,1963, in Lima to Ira Cooperof Ottawa and Patty (Gibson)Diltz of Delphos.She married Dennis King,who survives in Delphos.Other survivors include astepdaughter, Jennifer Adkinsof Ohio City; a sister, GraceDiltz of Delphos; two broth-ers, Gary (Karen) Cooper andRichard Diltz Jr. of Delphos;grandson, Donnie; and herbest friend, Candy Diltz.She was preceded in deathby two brothers, Barry and Ira“Tom” Cooper Jr.Mrs. King had worked atSpeedway in Delphos. Sheloved the outdoors and fish-ing. She enjoyed watchingfootball and followed theDallas Cowboys and KentuckyWildcats.Funeral services will beginat 2 p.m. Thursday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home, theRev. Denny Coats officiat-ing. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery.Friends may call 2-8 p.m.Wednesday and one hourbefore services Thursday atthe funeral home.Preferred memorials are tothe family.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudy.Lows in the lower 60s. Northwinds 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY
: Mostlysunny. Highs around 80. Northwinds 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
:Clear. Lows in the mid 50s.
EXTENDED FORECASTTHURSDAY, THURSDAY NIGHT
:Mostly clear. Highs around80. Lows around 60.
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: Partly cloudy.Highs in the upper 80s.
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French FM: Envoys sayGadhafi ready to go
US strikes in Pakistanfollow aid cut, kill 38
PARIS (AP) — France’sforeign minister said todayParis has had contact withemissaries from MoammarGadhafi who say the embat-tled Libyan strongman is “pre-pared to leave.”Alain Juppe said that whilethe contacts do not constituteproper negotiations, “every-one (involved in Libya’s civilwar) has contacts with every-one else. The Libyan regimesends its messengers all over,to Turkey, to New York, toParis.“We receive emissarieswho are saying, ’Gadhafi isprepared to leave. Let’s dis-cuss it.”’Foreign Ministry spokes-man Bernard Valero stressedthat the contacts with Libyansclose to Gadhafi do not con-stitute negotiations. He alsodenied suggestions that Franceis acting as a go-between forLibyan rebels by passing mes-sages when French officialsmeet with Gadhafi emissariesor that the French are takinga leading role in such con-tacts. The rebels, “if they havethe intention of sending mes-sages,” can do so themselves,Valero said at a briefing.He refused to identifythe Libyan emissaries otherthan to say they were close toGadhafi and travel to variousmajor capitals.France was instrumentalin launching the NATO-ledoperation of airstrikes againstGadhafi’s forces, in a U.N.-mandated mission to protectcivilians resisting his four-decade regime.NATO flew more than 100sorties Monday and hit severalkey targets in western Libya,including a military storagefacility, three military facilitiesand seven military vehicles,according to an operationalreport issued today.French officials haveinsisted that Gadhafi’s givingup power is key to endingthe hostilities, which beganin mid-March, and Juppe saidthat more and more countriesare now in agreement on thatpoint.“There is a consensus onhow to end the crisis, whichis that Gadhafi has to leavepower,” Juppe said. “That(consensus) was absolute-ly not a given two or threemonths ago.“The question is no longerwhether Gadhafi is going toleave power, but when andhow,” he added.Parliament is due to votelater today on whether to con-tinue French participation inthe operations in Libya.French law requires parlia-mentary approval for all mili-tary campaigns lasting morethan four months. The Libyaoperation has wide supportamong lawmakers from boththe governing conservativeparty and among the opposi-tion Socialists, and the vote isexpected to pass with a broadmajority.Juppe insisted the opera-tion was helping shape thesituation on the ground inLibya.“Contrary to what wemight hear, things are evolv-ing in Libya,” both from astrategic and political perspec-tive, he said.DERA ISMAIL KHAN,Pakistan (AP) — Three sus-pected U.S. missile strikesin northwestern Pakistan inless than 12 hours killed atleast 38 alleged militants, anunusually heavy barrage at atime when relations betweenthe two countries are badlystrained, Pakistani intelli-gence officials said today.The strikes follow theObama administration’sannouncement that it is sus-pending more than one-thirdof U.S. military aid to Pakistanuntil disagreements are workedout. The attacks indicate theWhite House has no inten-tion of stopping the unmanneddrone program even thoughthe attacks have increasinglycaused tension with Pakistan.In the latest strike, sus-pected U.S. missiles hit ahouse in Dremala village inthe South Waziristan tribalarea early today, killing atleast eight alleged militants,said two Pakistani intelli-gence officials. Two otherPakistani intelligence offi-cials put the death toll fromthe strike at 13. The villageis located close to the borderwith North Waziristan.Before dawn today, sus-pected U.S. missiles hit ahouse in Shawal area of NorthWaziristan, killing 10 allegedmilitants, said Pakistani intel-ligence officials.Late Monday, suspectedU.S. missiles hit a housein Gorvak village in NorthWaziristan, killing at least20 alleged militants, said twoPakistani intelligence offi-cials. Two other Pakistaniintelligence officials put thedeath toll at 23. The villageis located very close to theAfghan border and is oftenused as a route for militantsto cross into Afghanistan.The Pakistani intelligenceofficials spoke on conditionof anonymity because theywere not authorized to talk tothe media.The areas where the strikesoccurred are very dangerous,so it is difficult to indepen-dently confirm the intelli-gence officials’ accounts.Pakistan’s reluctance to tar-get Afghan militants based inNorth Waziristan who stagecross-border attacks againstNATO troops in Afghanistanhas been one of the main sourc-es of tension with the U.S.Pakistan says its troops arestretched too thin by opera-tions in other parts of thecountry, but many analystsbelieve the government ishesitant to cross militantswith whom it has historicalties and who could be use-ful allies in Afghanistan afterforeign forces withdraw.In response, the Obamaadministration has dramati-cally increased drone strikesin North Waziristan overthe past couple of years andhas also hit areas in SouthWaziristan. The U.S. refusesto publicly acknowledge thecovert CIA drone program inPakistan, but officials havesaid privately that the strikeshave killed senior Talibanand al-Qaida officials.Pakistan is widely believedto have supported the strikesin the past, even though offi-cials often criticize them pub-licly as a violation of thecountry’s sovereignty. Butthat support has become lesscertain in recent months, espe-cially following the covertU.S. raid that killed al-Qaidachief Osama bin Laden onMay 2 in a Pakistani garrisontown not far from Islamabad.The raid humiliated thePakistani military, which wasnot told about it beforehand.U.S. officials said they keptPakistan in the dark becausethey were worried that some-one would tip off bin Laden.Corn: $6.82Wheat: $6.09Beans: $13.62
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A boy, Nathan Neal, wasborn July 6 at Van WertCounty Hospital to ReneWard and Brian Vennett of Delphos.Grandparents are Monteand Patty Kline of Delphosand Pam Vennett of Van Wertand the late Bill Vennett.
Syrian protesters attackUS, French embassies
BEIRUT (AP) —Hundreds of Syrian govern-ment supporters attacked theU.S. Embassy in DamascusMonday, smashing windowsand spray-painting walls withobscenities and graffiti thatcalled the American ambas-sador a “dog.” Guards at theFrench Embassy fired in theair to ward off another groupof protesters.The sharp escalation intensions followed a visit lastweek by the American andFrench ambassadors to thecity of Hama, a strongholdof opposition to authori-tarian President BasharAssad. Syrian authoritieswere angered by the visitand American AmbassadorRobert Ford’s harsh criticismafterward of the governmentcrackdown on a four-month-old uprising. Ford’s resi-dence was also attacked onMonday.The U.S. and France bothaccused Syrian forces of being too slow to respond anddemanded the governmentabide by its international obli-gations to protect diplomaticmissions and allow envoysfreedom of movement. TheU.S. formally protested, call-ing the attacks “outrageous,”and saying protesters wereincited by a television stationheavily influenced by Syrianauthorities.“Ford get out now,” pro-testers wrote on a paper hungon the U.S. Embassy’s fence.“The people want to kickout the dog,” read graffitiscrawled in red on the wallof the embassy, along withanother line cursing America.The protesters smashed theembassy sign hanging overone gate.The U.S. said it would seekcompensation for damage.Syrian-U.S. relations havebeen mired in mutual dis-trust for years. But Monday’sattacks were the worst suchviolence since 2000, when astone-throwing mob attackedand vandalized the U.S.Embassy and ambassador’sresidence over American andBritish airstrikes against Iraq.The attacks pose arenewed challenge to theObama administration. TheWhite House has criticizedthe Syrian regime’s violentcrackdown on peaceful pro-tests but has refrained fromcalling for an end to theAssad family’s four decadesof rule, seemingly wary of pressing too hard as it triesto wind down wars in Iraqand Afghanistan and facescriticism for being part of thecoalition battling MoammarGadhafi in Libya.The U.S. said about 300“thugs” breached the wall of the embassy compound beforebeing dispersed by AmericanMarine guards. No injurieswere reported.State Department spokes-woman Victoria Nuland saidthe mob got onto the roof of the chancery building, spray-painted graffiti and brokewindows and security cam-eras. They lobbed fruits andvegetables at the compound.A witness told TheAssociated Press that protest-ers scaled a fence, smashedwindows and raised a Syrianflag at the embassy.
 
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VW Master Gardener’s Garden Walk features 11 gardens
The Van Wert MasterGardeners are sponsoring aGarden Walk featuring 11exceptional gardens in andaround Van Wert.The Garden Walk isscheduled from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. for Saturday. The costis $10 per adult. Tickets maybe purchased at any of thegardens and each garden stopis designated by a sunflowersign prominently placed inthe landowner’s yard.Refreshments will be avail-able as well as “Shop Fruits of our Labor” market at the homesof the Master Gardeners onthe walk. Additional locationsoffer a Tussie-Mussie dem-onstration, irrigation demon-stration, and diagnostics withquestions and answers. Itemsneed to be brought in a ziplockbaggie for identification.The proceeds from theGarden Walk will be use-ful in supporting the MasterGardeners with ongoingfuture educational projects.
Sue & Robert Young, 935 Elm Street
The square foot gardens at Sue and Bob Young’s home at935 Elm Street began when Sue read “All New Square FootGardening” by Mel Bartholomew and decided to give it a try.Three years ago, her grandson Chan Hurless helped her buildher square foot boxes. Sue has always enjoyed designing hergarden but this was a different style and she is enjoying thenew challenge. There are 7 square foot boxes, 5 half barrelsand 2 big flower pots filled with herbs, flowers and vegetables.Every year she tries to bring in new plants to add variety andcolor. Sue dresses up the family backyard with fun scarecrows,watering cans, bird houses, and a water fountain that she hand-crafted. The child in all of us will enjoy looking for MiniatureFairy Gardens.
Steve & Tomi Jaycox, 702 Congress St.
 The Jaycoxes moved to this location in 2002 with an emptycanvas and many weeds that lay ahead of them. After threeyears of waging war on the eyesore and admitting defeat, aprofessional landscape expert was hired to create and expanda garden. Weeds were killed, peonies moved, and plans weremade to accommodate additional plants for the future. Over theyears a variety of perennials and annuals in many shapes, sizes,and colors have been added, along with organic materials, arock garden with succulents, tree stump planters, landscapepavers, and stone and driftwood pathways; all of which addinterest and texture to the creative design and attract nature’sown “colorful characters” such as butterflies, interesting birds,squirrels, and favorite family pets, Hazel and Boo.
Mauvette & Ralph Collins 16524 Middle Point Road
Mauvette started her garden in 2001 with a large fountainbase that she used as a container for flowers. The next yeartwo perennial beds were added. That same year, her husband,Ralph, built her a seated arbor. There always seems to be aperennial that needs separated and moved, so now her peren-nial bed extends to the road. She has several clematis vines andmore than 250 roses of many varieties that climb on obelisksand trellises. In addition to her vines, she has Oriental lilies,several potted flowers and hanging baskets on the deck andpatio. They also have a berry patch and vegetable garden.
Aaron Baker, 1001 S. Walnut
The gardens of Dr. and Mrs. John Perchalski feature a boldpalate of summer color through the use of irises, day lilies andasiatic lilies that bloom in succession throughout the summer.The front of the house features a traditional foundation plant-ing that compliments the period in which their historic homewas built. The back yard contains several garden areas, includ-ing a shade garden with astilbes, hostas, bleeding hearts andspiderwort. The shade garden gives way to a succulent gardenfilled with butterfly-attracting sedum varieties. Flowing fromthe brick patio is a cottage garden, framed by a brown picketfence that structures gardens rooms and encloses an eatingarea and a water lily pond. Behind the cottage garden, Dr.Perchalski’s collection of day lilies — more than 100 of them— are showcased against blue muffin and high bush cranberryviburnums. Master Gardener Aaron Baker, caretakes for thePerchalskis. Since moving there in August, Aaron has revital-ized dozens of shrubs through winter pruning. In addition, hehas reshaped and redesigned several beds, planting and divid-ing and transplanting more than five hundred perennials. Thisgarden demonstrates how to maintain mature landscape as wellas the use of annuals to help a garden shine through an exten-sive update. At this location, there will be an opportunity fordiagnostics with time for questions and answers. Please bringyour plant or insect item in a ziplock baggie for identificationpurposes.
Fred & Louise Hartwig, 1186 S Walnut St.
Theme gardens include a white garden, yellow garden, rosegarden, sun and shade gardens, with numerous Japanese treepeonies, and a yellow one that the Hartwig couple treasure.This Garden Walk stop will feature a vertical garden and smallspace garden. Fred and Louise would like to impress upongardeners new and experienced, that no matter how small thespace, one can have a garden. Dwarf fruit trees have beenintroduced, such as peach, and a Meyer lemon. See how togrow grapes, blueberries, and strawberries, all in a small space.Also, on location will be “Shop Fruits of our Labor” offeringvisitors the opportunity to purchase all sorts of garden relateditems.S
teve & Diana Pollock, 8012 Slane Road
Over the years the focus went from canning, freezing, anddrying of garden harvests to simple family fun spent in outdoorgarden rooms! Surprises abound for every season starting withearly June bringing bright orange Oriental Poppies and manyfavored peonies of long ago. Later, annuals fill in remainingempty spaces during summer months along with herbs, vege-tables, and perennial flowers. Self seeded flowers are nurturedand enjoyed by family members. Sunflowers are everywhere.The structures and recently built pergola on the premises addan appealing ambiance to the pond nearby where family mem-bers gather to fish and swim. Heavy spring time precipitationwas the inspiration for adding a few raised beds this year. Thisproject completes the backyard enjoyment.
Garden of the Senses, next door to Wilkinson’sPrinting on 100 block of Main Street
The Master Gardeners of Van Wert have created a gardenin downtown Van Wert, located in an empty lot between twobusinesses that had been used as a parking lot. This lovelyoasis, called the Garden of the Senses, contains trees, flowers,herbs, and shrubs with raised beds and brick walkways curvingaround the flowers and trees with benches to stop and rest andenjoy the peacefulness of the garden. A pergola was built onthe spot, which in the summer is adorned with hanging basketsand during the Christmas season houses a stately decoratedChristmas tree.
Jay & Tonia Gamble, 12479 Cooper Road
The Gambles went from high to low maintenance garden-ing. For many years a regular garden was planted, tilled,and hoed. That all changed when Jay attended a square footgardening seminar in 2010. He was captivated when taughtabout gardening without tilling or hoeing. His 20 foot by 40foot garden was converted using the square foot method. Henow has 12 boxes of various sizes and since learning about thistechnique has separated his row of asparagus from the old gar-den. The garden consists of a variety of vegetables, herbs, andflowers. In addition, he has added strawberry and blueberryplants. While visiting the Gamble’s home be sure to ask aboutirrigation to help with garden maintenance.
St. Mary’s Parish Rosary Garden, 601 Jennings Road
The parish, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus,coordinated the development of a garden as a “Memorial forthe Unborn”. Once the decision was made to construct a gar-den the Knights of Columbus suggested that a memorial for theunborn be constructed. A rosary was built around the memorialout of stones and bushes, with five benches placed throughoutthe garden. Clint Salisbury, a fifth-grade student at St. Mary’sat the time and son of Roger and Becky Salisbury, won thecontest for designing the garden in the shape of a footprint.Parishioners, who made donations to the cost of construction,have their names engraved on the benches, stones and treesthroughout the garden. Other areas of interest consist of theBell Tower garden, the front of the church and school, as wellas the recent landscaping around the church and hall.
Children’s Garden, across from theairport on 1400 Leeson Ave.
This garden, located in Smiley Park on the southwest sideof Van Wert, has been a project of our local Master Gardenersclasses. It provides a hands-on learning facility for childrenand their families. A gazebo is positioned in the center withseveral theme gardens radiating out like spokes on a wheel.The first garden is a large butterfly-shaped garden outlined byflagstone and incorporating vibrant plantings that butterflieslove. A walkway through the center of the garden leads to thecolorful Butterfly House; provided by KAM Corporation, thatcontains lush plantings of aromatic flowers .They attract themany species of butterflies that make their residence in theHouse and garden. This garden was designed to promote edu-cation, horticulture, the arts, and to be environmental.
Historical Society Museum HerbGarden, 602 N. Washington St.
The herb garden is designed to the period of the log house.It contains plants that would be grown and used for a familyliving in the log house in the 1800’s. The herb garden is divid-ed into several raised beds with paths between them. The gar-dens include a culinary, medicinal, household, cutting, biblical,fragrance and a vegetable garden. The Evergreen Garden Clubdesigns, plants and maintains the garden throughout the year.During the garden tour, a demonstration will be given on howto make Tussie-Mussies from herbs in the garden. These arebouquets or nosegays that carry a message in the language of flowers. Guests will be able to make their own Tussie-Mussieto take home with them.
Clergy will report toVatican on Cleveland bishop
By MEGHAN BARRThe Associated Press
CLEVELAND — ARoman Catholic bishop inCleveland who has publiclybattled with parishioners overchurch closings said Mondaythat another bishop is visit-ing Ohio on behalf of theVatican to investigate his per-formance.Cleveland Bishop RichardLennon said Monday that heasked the Most Rev. JohnSmith of Trenton, N.J., to visitnortheast Ohio this week foran “objective assessment” of his leadership. Lennon, whohas overseen the closings of 50 churches in the Clevelanddiocese during the past twoyears, has clashed repeatedlywith Catholics who tried tothwart the closings.“While I am confidentthat I am faithfully handlingthe responsibilities entrustedto me, I personally madethis request earlier this yearbecause a number of per-sons have written to Romeexpressing their concernsabout my leadership of thediocese,” Lennon said in astatement. “This visit willbe an opportunity to gatherextensive information on allaspects of the activities of thediocese and will allow for anobjective assessment of myleadership.”Lennon did not specify howlong the visit would last, butsaid Smith would submit areport to the Vatican afterward.The Trenton diocese declinedto comment on the visit.Lennon, who becamebishop of Cleveland in 2006after overseeing church clos-ings in Boston, is viewed bymany Catholics as an outsiderwho was brought in solely toshut down churches. A groupcalled Endangered Catholics,which opposes the closings,has demanded the appoint-ment of a bishop to overseeLennon’s work.Amid rising anger fromparishioners, Lennon can-celed plans for some farewellMasses and warned congrega-tions not to set up “renegade”churches. When the bishopdid attend Mass, he was oftenescorted by police officers.The massive downsizingof mostly older, ethnic parish-es was decreed by the diocesebecause of falling attendance,a priest shortage and financialproblems.
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