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UpfrontSports
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6-7Classifieds 8Television 9World briefs 10
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www.delphosherald.comMostly sunnyWednesdaywith high inupper 80s.See page 2.
Jog for SIDSset Aug. 14
The St. Joseph’sJog for SIDS 5K Runin Fort Jennings hasbeen set for Aug. 14.The 5K run/walkbegins at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $15 if postmarked by Aug. 1;$20 the day of the race.There is also a tot trotbeginning at 9:30 a.m.,with no cost to participate.100 percent of the pro-ceeds are being donated— half to the St. Joseph’sParish and the other half to the American SIDSInstitute, which is dedicatedto the prevention of infantdeath and the promotionof infant health throughresearch and education.E-mail JogForSIDS@hotmail.com to obtainmore information and/or a registration form.
Committee seeksdonations forplayground effort
The LandeckCommunity Committeeis now accepting mon-etary donations for newplayground equipmentat Landeck ElementarySchool, which willbenefit the childrenof the community.This project will bedone in phases. Phaseone will be replacementof the swings. Phase twowill be a play structure.The group hopes tohave phase one completedby the start of school.Monetary donationsand volunteers are neededto help in construction.For any questions orcomments concerningthe project, contact JoeRode at 419-303-0483;Joe Miller at 419-236-4934; Crysti Rode at419-303-6061; or LoisHemker at 419-692-4322.
Administrators brief seniors on school levy
BY MIKE FORDand NANCY SPENCERmford@delphosherald.comnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After ameasure to keep the localpublic schools afloat failedat the ballot box last fall, adifferent measure will appearon the Aug. 2 ballot. To makesenior citizens aware of howthey would be impacted,Delphos Senior Citizens Inc.Executive Director JoyceHale invited SuperintendentJeff Price and Treasurer BradRostorfer to speak to thosegathered for lunch at thesenior center Monday.The pair spoke brieflyto inform the group of thelevy’s basics.Those whose income isrestricted to Social Securitywill not have to pay the tax.“This is a .5 percent tra-ditional income tax that willnot impact those who areonly dependent on SocialSecurity,” Price said. “If theyhave other income and filea state tax return, they willhave to look at Line 5 of theirstate form and discuss it withtheir tax advisor to see whattheir amount will be.”Approximately 25 ladieswere in attendance; Haleknows them and their incomelevel well enough to knowthey have nothing to worryabout. She feels most localseniors are in the same boat.“I can say the majority of them will not be taxed,” shesaid.Alice Heidenescher saidthe community should passthe levy because it must sup-port its children. Doris Kelleragreed.“I have grandkids in theschool system and I think itshould be passed,” she said.Betty Conley said support-ing education is necessarybeyond personal interest.“I don’t have kids orgrandkids in the school butI’ll vote for it,” she said.If passed, the 5-year .5-per-cent Traditional Income TaxLevy will generate 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.Price stresses the fundsare not for teachers’ salaries;they are needed to reinstituteprograms the district had tocut to balance its budget. Thedistrict has made $711,000in cuts to the 2011-12 budgetand in the last four years hascut $1.3 million. Since 2006,the district has eliminated 27full- and part-time positionsand 23 supplemental posi-tions.“It this tax passes,” Pricesaid, “it will allow us to con-tinue to maintain the pro-grams we have and to restoresome of the more vital pro-grams we have had to cutor make reductions in. Wehave cut programs we feelare important to our students’education.”
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Delphos City Schools Superintendent Jeff Price, back center, and Treasurer BradRostorfer, back right, speak with local seniors Monday at the senior center about theupcoming levy.
2011 Relay $1,897 shy of goal
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — Relay forLife Committee memberslearned Monday eveningthe total for the 2011 eventis just $1,897.38 shy of the$80,000 goal.Teams can continueto turn in money at FirstFederal Bank until Aug. 30so it can be postmarked byAug. 31 to the AmericanCancer Society.Relay Chair Sue Applethanked everyone for theirhard work on this year’sevent.“This had been a greatcommittee to work withand I couldn’t have done itwithout you guys,” Applesaid. “I will stay with thecommittee; I just have toomany other commitmentsto chair again for the 2012Relay.”It was also announcedAmerican Cancer SocietyIncome DevelopmentRepresentative Deb Smithis retiring. Smith has assist-ed with the Delphos Relayfor five years and spent 14years with the ACS.“I have really enjoyedmeeting the caring andcompassionate people whoall share a common bond— curing cancer,” Smithtold those at the meeting.“From survivors to care-givers to co-workers andRelay committees, we haveall worked for the reasonand are fighting the samebattle.”The committee presentedSmith with a silver braceletto mark her retirement andthank her for her help withthe Delphos events.Adam Blevins of Limawill take Smith’s place inDelphos and wasalso at the meet-ing. He is look-ing forward tomeeting all theDelphos teams andis already workingon the 2012 Relay.He is in charge of all Relays in Allenand Hardin coun-ties.“I started withth
e AmericanCancer Society in June2008 because it was agreat job description —work with peopleand organizationsto find a cure forcancer,” Blevinssaid. “Once Istarted, I got agreater under-standing of howmuch volunteersdrive the organiza-tion. I appreciatethe opportunity tomeet new peopleand network inDelphos.”
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
LIMA — The Delphosman who beat an elderlywoman lastweek duringa home inva-sion appearedin LimaMunicipalCourt Monday.AndrewLucas, 26, sawhis bail set at$200,000 incash while hisvictim is backin the hospi-tal.MargaretDitto, 88, hasbeen in closecontact withPolice Chief Kyle Fittro,who explains some of what Ditto has told himabout her condition.“Margaret went backto the hospital Sundayand her primary com-plaint is that she can’tbear weight on her leftfoot,” Fittro said. “Sheis having some mobilityissues, as well as painand soreness. She toldme they checked her upand down and she doesn’thave a broken bone in herbody. So, they are keep-ing an eye on her andplan to get her into someform of rehabilitation.”Fittro believes there is adirect correlation betweenDitto’s present health chal-lenges and last Thursday’sevent.“Before this incident,she was perfectly fine asfar as mobility issues andpain issues are concerned.She went to the hospitalovernight and within aday or two, was backin with symptoms shedidn’t havebefore. I’mnot a medi-cal expertbut commonsense sug-gests the twoare related,”Fittro added.At mini-mum, Lucaswill face 3-10years in pris-on for aggra-vated bur-glary. Fittroindicated thecase will be per-sonally tried byAllen County ProsecutorJuergen Waldick, who isof Delphos.Lucas was reported tohave knocked on Ditto’sfront door at her DeweyStreet home. He askedto use the telephone andDitto refused. Lucas, thenforced his way inside herresidence by punchingDitto in the face. Whilehe began looking for valu-ables, she went outside toher front lawn, bleedingfrom her wounds. A driverstopped to help her andcalled police.Fittro was called tothe scene with other offi-cers and worked the casethrough his shift the nextday. Lucas was arrestedwithin hours of the assault,to which he confessed andindicated he was high on adrug commonly known as“bath salts.”
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Ottoville Village Council addresses auditors questions
BY SANDY LANGHALSStaff writer
OTTOVILLE — TheOttoville Council held itsmonthly meeting Mondaynight with several items todiscuss.Fiscal Officer JeanneWannemacher advised councilthe auditor requested to see thePublic Records Policy. Whenshe checked the policy book,she discovered the villagedidn’t have one. Therefore,she requested council adoptResolution 2011-12 that wouldput a Public Records Policyinto effect for the village. Theresolution was passed.The auditor also questionedthe village’s sewer and waterreserve funds. Wannemacherexplained the reserves areused to pay major repair billsthat may arise and for capital.The auditor requested councilmake a motion to allow thesereserves and state exactlywhat they are used for so thatit is on the record. Councilmade the motion to allowthese reserves.Another resolution waspassed to pay $13,726.98 toreplace well number 4. Aboutthree weeks ago, the well wasstruck by lightning. The wellwas about 8-years-old and wascovered under insurance. Theinsurance paid $12,726.98toward the new well, leavingthe village to pay its $1,000deductible.Phil Hilvers of the main-tenance department toldcouncil that well number 4was replaced with a stain-less steel pump and workingproperly. In addition, a smallwater break on East Streetwas fixed.Wannemacher expressedconcern again this monthabout incorrect addresses inthe village. She said the issueis becoming more prominentwith the county GPS up andrunning, especially with thephone company, 911 coordi-nator and the voter registra-tion office. Wannemacher alsoshared she was called by thevoter registration office withan address that they couldnot find, which was creatingissues for a lady that wantedto register to vote.Police Chief Jay Herricksaid the department recentlyresponded to a serious calland officers could not findthe house because there werethree houses in a row that didnot have house numbers onthem. He would like councilto look into a resolution tomandate house numbers onall houses.It was determined councilwould sit down and look athow many houses would beeffected by these changes andwhat the cost would be to cor-rect the problem.Police Chief Herrick alsoasked council to check intohaving a noise ordinance.
LucasRetiring American Red Cross Income DevelopmentRepresentative Deb Smith admires the bracelet DelphosRelay for Life Committee members gave her duringMonday’s Relay Close-out meeting. Smith has assisted withthe Delphos Relay for five years.See OTTOVILLE, page 2
Food giveawayset today
Delphos Community Unityorganization will sponsoranother free food distribu-tion from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ontoday at the Delphos EaglesLodge on East Fifth Street.The distribution is opento income eligible residentsof the Delphos City SchoolDistrict and is made pos-sible by contributions fromlocal businesses, individualsand service organizations.Recipients will berequired to sign a self-declaration of income form.Doors to the distribu-tion will open that after-noon at 2:30 p.m.
Lucas appears in court,Ditto back in hospital
 
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Nov. 29, 1951-July 24, 2011
Kathleen A. Baldauf, 59,of Delphos, died at 11:40 a.m.Sunday at Vancrest HealthcareCenter.She was born Nov. 29,1951, in Lima to Paul andColetta Ardner Baldauf, whopreceded her in death.Survivors include sisterMary (Mark) Gallagher of Wadsworth; brothers Frank(Linda) Baldauf of Limaand Paul Baldauf of MoonTownship, Pa.; and four niec-es and nephews.She was preceded in deathby a daughter, Robin Baldauf.Baldauf worked for NewDelphos for 10 years and forTeleflex for 23 years. Shewas a member of St. Johnthe Evangelist CatholicChurch and a 1970 graduateof St. John’s High School.She enjoyed cooking andloved spending time with hernieces and nephews. She trulyenjoyed her cats.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 1 p.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Melvin Verhoff officiating.Burial will be in St. JohnCemetery.Friends may call from2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursdayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, where a parish wakewill be held at 7:30 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to St. John’sSchools or St. Rita’s Hospice.
May 13, 1921-July 24, 2011
Robert E. Evans, 90,of Lima, died at 10:05 pmSunday at Elmcroft AssistedLiving.He was born May 13, 1921,in Lima, to William and Carrie(Phillips) Evans.A memorial gravesideservice will begin at 10a.m. Thursday at St. John’sCemetery, officiated by theRev. Melvin Verhoff withmilitary rites by DelphosVeterans Council.A memorial visitation will beheld from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, where a parish wakebegins at 7:30 p.m.Memorials are to St. Rita’sHospice.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Monday:
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02-10-16-18-20-21-27-33-34-41-47-48-55-56-65-68-69-76-79-80High temperature Mondayin Delphos was 87 degrees,low was 71. High a year agotoday was 82, low was 62.Record high for today is 99,set in 1941. Record low is 50,set in 1911.An Ottoville teen was citedfor failure to maintain reason-able control following a two-car accident reported at 11:43a.m. Monday to Delphospolice.According to the report,Brent Grothaus, 21, of Delphos, was traveling east-bound on East Fifth Streetand had stopped in the turnlane for the traffic signal atElida Road when a vehicledriven by Amy Looser, 17, of Ottoville, failed to stop behindthe Grothaus vehicle, strikingit in the rear.Looser told police herbrakes failed to work, result-ing in the crash.Minor damage was sus-tained by the Grothaus vehicleand a scuff was noted on theLooser front bumper.No one was injured.
By BJOERN AMLANDand SARAH DiLORENZOThe Associated Press
OSLO, Norway — Theself-described perpetrator of Norway’s deadly bombing andshooting rampage was orderedheld in solitary confinementafter calmly telling a court thattwo other cells of collaboratorsstood ready to join his murder-ous campaign.Anders Behring Breivik,who has admitted bombingthe capital and opening fireon a youth group retreat on anisland resort, told authoritieshe expects to spend the rest of his life in prison. Declaring hewanted to save Europe from“Muslim domination,” heentered a plea of not guiltyon Monday that will guaranteehim future court hearings andopportunities to address thepublic, even indirectly.Norway has been stunnedby the attacks and riveted byBreivik’s paranoid and dis-turbing writings. Hundredsthronged the courthouse, hop-ing to get their first glimpseof the man blamed for thedeaths of 76 people — loweredMonday from 93. At one point,a car drove through the crowdand onlookers beat it with theirfists, thinking Breivik mightbe inside.Still tens of thousands of Norwegians also defied hisrhetoric of hate to gather incentral Oslo to mourn the vic-tims and lay thousands of flow-ers around the city.Police believe Breivik, 32,acted alone, despite his grandclaims in a 1,500-page mani-festo that he belonged to amodern group of crusaders.But they have not completelyruled out that he had accom-plices.Judge Kim Heger orderedBreivik held for eight weeks,including four in isolation, not-ing his reference to “two morecells within our organization.”In an interview publishedMonday, Breivik’s estrangedfather said he wished his sonhad killed himself instead of unleashing his rage on inno-cent people.The outpouring of emo-tion stood in stark contrastto what prosecutor ChristianHatlo described as Breivik’scalm demeanor at the hearing,which was closed to the publicover security concerns and toprevent a public airing of hisextremist views. Hatlo said he“seemed unaffected by whathas happened.”Meanwhile, police revealedthey had dramatically over-counted the number of peopleslain in the shooting spree onUtoya island, lowering thedeath toll there from 86 to68. Police spokesman OysteinMaeland said police and res-cuers were focused on help-ing survivors and securing thearea, and may have countedsome bodies twice, though hedid not immediately explainhow the errors occurred.Police also raised the tollfrom a bombing outside thegovernment’s headquarters inOslo from seven to eight.The sharp reduction in thedeath toll adds to a list of police missteps: They took 90minutes to arrive at the islandretreat after the first shot andsurvivors who called emergen-cy services reported being toldto stay off the lines unless theywere calling about the Oslobombings.On Monday, the forcerevealed its entire Oslo heli-copter crew had been sent onvacation and thus couldn’t bemobilized to the scene.By contrast, Breivik, whodonned a police uniform aspart of a ruse to draw campersto him, appeared in total con-trol during the island rampage,police official Odd ReidarHumlegaard said.“He’s been merciless,”Humlegaard said.Authorities say Breivikused two weapons during theisland attack — both boughtlegally, according to his mani-festo. A doctor treating victimstold The Associated Press thegunman used illegal “dum-dum”-style bullets designedto disintegrate inside the bodyand cause maximum internaldamage.Breivik faces 21 years inprison for the terrorism charg-es, but he has told authori-ties he never expects to bereleased. While 21 years is thestiffest sentence a Norwegian judge can hand down, a spe-cial sentence can be given toprisoners deemed a danger tosociety who are locked up for20-year sentences that can berenewed indefinitely.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Mostly clear.Lows around 60. North winds5 to 10 mph shifting to thenortheast after midnight.
WEDNESDAY
: Mostlysunny. Highs in the upper 80s.South winds around 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT
:Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 60s. South winds 5 to10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECASTTHURSDAY
: Very hot.Mostly sunny with a 30 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Highs in themid 90s. Southwest winds 5to 15 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT
:Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of showers andthunderstorms. Lows in themid 70s.
FRIDAY
: Partly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. Highs inthe lower 90s.
FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY
: Partly cloudywith a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.Lows in the lower 70s. Highsin the upper 80s.
SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY
: Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 60s. Highs inthe upper 80s.
By JILL LAWLESSThe Associated Press
LONDON — An autopsy onsinger Amy Winehouse failedto determine what killed the27-year-old star, leaving fansand family with a weeks-longwait for the results of toxicol-ogy tests. Her funeral will beheld today.A family spokesman saidthe private funeral “for fam-ily and close friends” wouldbe held at an undisclosed timeand place.Winehouse’s devastatedparents visited mourners out-side her north London home tothank them for their support.The singer, who had strug-gled with drug and alcoholabuse for years, was found deadSaturday at home by a memberof her security team, who calledan ambulance. It arrived too lateto save her.The Metropolitan Policesaid Monday that a forensicpost mortem “did not establisha formal cause of death andwe await the results of furthertoxicology tests.” Those areexpected to take two to fourweeks.An inquest into the sing-er’s death was opened andadjourned at London’s St.Pancras Coroner’s Court.During the two-minute hear-ing, an official read out thename, birth date and addressof Winehouse, described as “adivorced lady living at CamdenSquare NW1.”“She was a singer songwriterat the time of her death and wasidentified by her family here atSt. Pancras this morning,” saidcoroner’s officer Sharon Duff.Duff said the scene of Winehouse’s death “was inves-tigated by police and deter-mined non-suspicious.”In Britain, inquests are heldto establish the facts wheneversomeone dies violently or inunexplained circumstances.Assistant Deputy CoronerSuzanne Greenaway saidWinehouse’s inquest wouldresume on Oct. 26.The singer’s father, motherand brother visited her home onMonday, stopping to inspect themounds of bouquets, candlesand handwritten notes acrossthe road from the Victorianhouse.Her father, MitchWinehouse, thanked mournersfor their tributes.“I can’t tell you what thismeans to us — it really is mak-ing this a lot easier for us,” hesaid.“We’re devastated and I’mspeechless but thanks for com-ing.”The singer’s mother, Janis,was in tears as she examined theflowers, candles, vodka bottles,flags, drawings and handwrit-ten cards left by neighbors, fansand well-wishers. Many of theofferings expressed the samesentiment: “What a waste.”“I’ll remember her as atroubled soul,” said fan EthnaRouse, who brought her 4-year-old son to leave a bouquet.“Like many artists in the world— they are tortured souls, andthat’s where the talent comesfrom.”The singer had battled herdemons in public, too oftenmaking headlines for her erraticbehavior, destructive relation-ships and abortive performanc-es.But she was rememberedfondly by her neighbors inCamden, the creative but grittyneighborhood where she livedon and off for years.“She was too young to dieand too talented, and too beauti-ful,” said Peggy Conlon, land-lady of the Dublin Castle pub,where Winehouse occasion-ally stopped for a drink. “She’ssorely missed by everyone, notone person had a bad word tosay about that kid.”Last month, Winehousecanceled her European come-back tour after she swayed andslurred her way through barelyrecognizable songs in her firstshow in the Serbian capital,Belgrade. Booed and jeered off stage, she flew home and hermanagement said she wouldtake time off to recover.
Winehouse autopsy inconclusive; funeral today
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TRASH TALK 
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.
EVANS, 
Jeffrey D., 48, of Spencerville, memorial servic-es will begin at 1 p.m. Thursdayat Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville. Burialwill follow in SpencervilleCemetery. Friends may callfrom 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdayat the funeral home. Memorialcontributions may be madeto Sheri Evans, to be decidedlater.
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John David, 93,of Columbus and formerly of Spencerville, services willbegin at 9:30 a.m. Thursdayat Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome in Spencerville, theRev. Kermit Welty offici-ating. Burial will follow inSpencerville Cemetery.Friends may call from 4-8p.m. Wednesday at the funeralhome. Memorial contributionsmay be made to the AmericanRed Cross, Allen CountyChapter in Lima.Van Wert County CommonPleas Judge Charles Steeleheld a hearing Monday on amotion filed by a Van Wertman charged with the Oct.1 murder of his 83-year-oldgrandmother.Judge Steele heard argu-ments from Van Wert CountyProsecuting Attorney CharlesF. Kennedy opposing the con-tinuance of a trial that hadbeen scheduled to start Aug.8 while attorney representingShawn Jones charged with themurder arguments that he hasnot had access to evidence forprivate analysis for DNA.Jones faces the charge forthe murder of Edna LaRue inher Sunrise Ct. home.Kennedy argued he hadprovided all evidence toGordon on a timely basis giv-ing him ample opportunity forGordon’s experts to examine.After hearing both sides,Judge Steele ruled that thescheduled five day jury trialto be continued until Oct. 17.The trial is scheduled for fivedays.
Van Wert man grantedcontinuance in murder trial
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explained that the only ordi-nances the village has ineffect now is for mufflers andsquealing tires. He would liketo have an ordinance to coverloud music and other issues.Herrick talked to coun-cil about several of the sidestreets not having 25 mphsigns on them. He states thathe believes these are nec-essary. Someone on councilexplained that eventuallyall signs would have to bereplaced in the village withreflective signs and costwould be looked into.Councilman JerryMarkward reported therewere eight trees that neededto be taken down around thevillage.“Recent strong winds havereally taken a toll on someof the trees and the othersare Ash trees that need tobe taken care of,” Markwardsaid.He was advised to get bidsfrom two sources and awardthe job to the lowest bidder.Council agreed to applyfor an Issue I grant for anAuglaize Street project. Thegrant application would not avillage share of $100,000 inthe project with the rest fund-ed by the grant. The project isestimated to cost $561,000.Council will hold its nextmeeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 inthe town hall.
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YWCA Summer Food Program serves area youth
The YWCA Summer Food Program participants from the 10-12 year old grouptoured Braun Industries on Monday July 19. Pictured with the kids are Jeff Farmer, Braun Production Manager, left, and Troy Miller, Braun Supply Chain Manager, back. To date, 7,606 meals have been served to the area youth in the 25 days of theprogram. Below: Participants also visited the Van Wert Police Station and childrenwere given the opportunity to check the inside of a police vehicle.
Cloverbud Campset Aug. 3-4
The Van Wert CountyExtension Office is offerCloverbud Day Camp. Thisyear’s theme is “A Day at theBeach” and is designed to giveboys and girls an opportunityto learn new things, meet newfriends, form team buildingskills and of course have funin the sun.The day camp is from noonto 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4.A few of the activitiesinclude a scavenger hunt,water jump rope, water relays,sandcastle-making and snowcones. The day is also packedwith water-oriented activities.Both days will be having thesame activities, which meanyou choose which one bestworks for you and your child.Better yet, this is a free daycamp!Registration forms can bepicked up at the Van WertCounty Extension Officeon 1055 S. Washington St.For questions, contact AliciaHempfling at 419-238-1214or e-mail at hempflad@mail.uc.edu.
Family Fun BikeFest Saturday
The Allen County CreatingHealthy Communities Coalitionand partner agencies are spon-soring a bicycle festival to cele-brate the completion of the ColeStreet Bikeway. The FamilyFun Bike Fest will be held from9 a.m. to noon Saturday at theCornerstone Harvest Churchparking lot at 2000 N. Cole St.Events include a bike rodeo,a bike ride to Robb Park, and akiddy bike and trike parade.“The Cole Street Bikeway ispart of the City of Lima’s planof connecting neighborhoods tonear-by parks and schools. Nowthat we have more bikeways,we want people to use themsafely,” says Kirk Niemeyer,engineer for the City of Lima.The Bike Fest is designed toencourage bike riding for exer-cise, and to teach bicyclists theskills they need in order to bebetter cyclists.Families and children areinvited to attend. The bike fes-tival has three events. The bikerodeo is made up of a seriesof stations, each dealing withan important aspect of safecycling. Participants will havetheir bicycles inspected andwill then learn about and prac-tice bicycle-handling skills thatwill increase their enjoyment of bicycling and could somedaysave their lives. In addition, alimited number of toddler andadult helmets will be available.A bike ride to Robb Parkled by Lima Police Sgt. PaulaStrickler begins at 10:45 a.m.and a Kiddy Bike & TrikeParade along the bikeway forchildren under 7 begins at 11a.m.Those participating in oneor more events will be eligiblefor door prizes, including a newboys and girls bike. Prize draw-ings will begin at 11:30 a.m.
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dialogue lunchset Wednesday
Allen County and Limaelected and appointed officialswill hold their 91st dialogue onWednesday.The event is from noonuntil 1 p.m. at Allen EconomicDevelopment Group, 144 SouthMain Street, Suite 200, Lima.County, township, village,and city officials are invited tochat and share a light meal. A$5 donation is asked to coverthe cost of lunch.Dialogues are an agenda-free, informal opportunity to getto know each other, exchangeideas and build relationships,according to David Adams, amember of the group’s steer-ing committee. More than 170officials have participated sinceApril 2003. Total attendance is1,371.Members of the PlanningCommittee are David Adams(Lima City Council), SylEssick, Roy Hollenbacher (BathTownship Trustee), MillieHughes (Lima Area Leagueof Women Voters), MitchKingsley (Bluffton VillageCouncil), Frank Lamar (PerryTownship Trustee), Jed Metzger(Lima/Allen County Chamberof Commerce), Greg Sneary(County Commissioners),and Marcel Wagner (AllenEconomic DevelopmentGroup).For more information, callAllen Economic DevelopmentGroup 419-222-7706.DAYTON (AP) — Howhot was it last week? TheNational Weather Servicesays the recent heat wavewas the hottest and longestin years for the major popu-lation centers in central andsouthern Ohio.Dayton had an average tem-perature of 84.7 degrees fromJuly 17-24. The weather ser-vice says that was the warm-est average temperature overan eight-day period since July1940. And, Dayton had its lon-gest stretch of days with hightemperatures of 90 degrees ormore since June 1994.The same eight days werethe warmest in Columbussince 1999, which was alsothe last year the city had alonger string of days thatwere 90 or hotter. Cincinnatihad its warmest eight-daystretch and longest period of temperatures of 90 or abovesince 2007.
Heat wave longest in years
LORAIN (AP) Authorities in northeast Ohiosay a 6-year-old girl tried todrown a litter of seven pup-pies in a swimming pool.The police report in Lorainwest of Cleveland says aneighbor alerted authorities,who rescued the puppies lastWednesday.The puppies were turnedover to an animal shelter.The child’s grandfathertells WJW-TV in Clevelandthat the report of a puppy-drowning attempt is “totallylies.”The Morning Journal inLorain says a witness report-ed seeing the girl throwingthe puppies into the poolfilled with more than a foot of water. The witness says threeother girls tried to stop her.
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COLLINS (AP) — RandyWright has talked to almosteveryone he meets about thedemand for organ donors —and his need for a kidney.So when a Walmart clerkheard his plight and suggestedthe 45-year-old Huron Countyman join Facebook, Wright,with some help, began anawareness campaign on socialmedia.No one in Wright’s fam-ily is a suitable donor, butat least two siblings haveagreed to donate to others aspart of the paired donationconcept created by a doctorat the University of ToledoMedical Center — formerlythe Medical College of Ohio— where the man with Oblood type is on the waitinglist for a kidney.“Need ‘O’ kidney,” stateshis Facebook community pageliked by more than 50 people.“Will swap two ‘A’ kidneysfor one ‘O.’ Stay tuned in myquest for a kidney, and pleaseDonate Life.”Besides the communitypage, which is liked by morethan 50 people, Wright hasmore than 275 friends onhis personal Facebook page.Through Facebook and bydoing research online, thefather of three has met otherswaiting for organ transplants,people who have had surger-ies, and people whose lovedones were donors either whilealive or after death.And he and his friendElizabeth Wolfe are spread-ing the word online aboutthe need for organ donationsduring his home hemodialy-sis sessions several times aweek where they live, about70 miles east of Toledo inHuron County’s TownsendTownship.Wright has enlarged kid-neys from polycystic kidneydisease, which went undetect-ed until the laid-off carpenterfell off a tractor two yearsago and had internal bleedingfrom ruptured cysts.Nearly 112,000 Americansawait organ transplants,including nearly 90,000 whoneed kidneys, according toLife Connection of Ohio.The organ shortageis growing so rapidly thatanother person is added to thelist every 11 minutes, and 18people die every day waitingfor a transplant, according tothe Maumee organization.
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