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26, 2011
50¢ dailyDelphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Woman finds owner of POWbracelet, p3 Big Green defense shoots thempast Jefferson, p6
Obituaries 2State/Local 3Politics 4Community 5Sports 6Church 7Classifieds 8TV 9World News 10
Mostly sunnySaturday withhigh in 80s.See page 2.
www.delphosherald.comToday’s Non-conferenceFootball Slate
NWC: Ada at HardinNorthern, 7 p.m.; Cory-Rawson at Bluffton, 7 p.m.;Northwood at Jefferson, 7:30p.m.; Spencerville at IndianLake, 7:30 p.m.; WayneTrace at Paulding, 7:30 p.m.MAC (7:30 p.m.): Celinaat Versailles; Kenton atColdwater; Crestview atParkway; MississinawaValley at Fort Recovery;Fort Loramie at Minster;Covington at New Bremen.WBL: Ottawa-Glandorf at Fostoria, 7 p.m.; DetroitHenry Ford at Elida,7:30 p.m.; Van Wert atBryan, 7:30 p.m.; AllenEast at Bath, 7:30 p.m.;Marion Local at Shawnee,7:30 p.m.; St. MarysMemorial at Sidney, 7:30p.m.; Bellefontaine atWapakoneta, 7:30 p.m.BVC: Columbus Groveat Pandora-Gilboa, 7:30p.m.; Hopewell-Loudonat Leipsic, 7:30 p.m.NWCC: Upper SciotoValley at Mohawk, 7 p.m.;Perry at Ansonia, 7:30p.m.; Triad at Waynesfield-Goshen, 7:30 p.m.TRAC: Lima Seniorat Piqua, 7:30 p.m.
Football: Ridgemont atVanlue, 7 p.m.; MarionPleasant at St. Henry, 7p.m.; St. John’s at LCC,7:30 p.m.Boys Soccer: Bryan atOttoville, 1 p.m.; Kalida atVan Buren, 1 p.m.; ElidaSoccer Classic (Fort Jenningsvs. Bluffton, 5 p.m.; Elidavs. Ridgewood (Chicago)High, 7 p.m.); Bath Kick-Off Classic (Spencervillevs. Lima Senior, 5 p.m.;Bath vs. Marion Harding,7 p.m.).Girls Soccer: Bryan atOttoville, 11 a.m.; St. John’sat Fort Jennings, 1 p.m.;Jefferson at Lima Senior,2 p.m.Boys Golf: Jefferson,Ottoville, Spencervilleand Kalida at SpringbrookInvitational, 8:30 a.m.Volleyball: Leipsic atElida, 10 a.m.; ColumbusGrove at Pettisville tri-match, 10 a.m.Co-ed Cross Country:Ottoville, Spencerville,Lincolnview, ColumbusGrove, Kalida and Crestviewat St. John’s Invitational(Stadium Park), 9 a.m.;Elida at Celina RotaryInvitational, 9:30 a.m.Girls Tennis: Van Wert atLima Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
Study: 17% in Tri-county face hunger
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banksreleased a study Thursdayindicating 17 percent of Tri-county residents have dif-ficulty putting food on thetable.The study was based on2009 and 2010 reporting datafrom food banks across thenational Feeding Americanetwork. It compares foodbank data to census numbersto compile percentages foreach county of every state.The Ohio organization reports18.4 percent of Allen Countyresidents are food insecure —this is 19,350 people. In VanWert County, 18.3 percent(5,290) are food insecure; and14.5 percent (5,010) of thosein Putnam County. In rawnumbers, this means 29,650persons in the three countiesare in jeopardy.In Allen County, 45 per-cent (47,848) of the 106,331residents meet incomerequirements for foodstamps. Ohio Job and FamilyServices reports 14,775 per-sons received them last year.The federal government setsits food assistance thresholdat 130 percent of the pov-erty threshold for the numberof persons in a household.However, food banks setthe bar at 185 percent. Thestudy indicates 39 percent areabove it, so 41,469 people inAllen County earn too muchincome to get help from thefood bank. The study shows16 percent of the county’spopulation fall between theincome guidelines.In Van Wert County, 30percent (8,623) qualify forgovernment assistance and3,065 got food stamps lastyear. Forty percent (11,497)make too much money forfood bank help; and 30 per-cent fall between 130 and185 percent of poverty.In Putnam County, 25 per-cent (8,624) fall below 130percent of poverty. This qual-ified them for food stamps butonly 2,415 people receivedthem last year. Fifty-six per-cent (19,319) are above 185percent of poverty; and 19percent fall between the twosets of guidelines.Statewide, the study claims26.5 percent of Ohio childrenare food insecure; 60 percentof them live in a householdwith incomes below 185 per-cent of the federal povertylevel; and 40 percent are ina household with incomeabove it.In the Tri-county, thenumbers are as follows:There are 7,440 foodinsecure children in AllenCounty, 28.5 percent of thecounty’s child population,which is 25,413. Sixty-fivepercent are eligible for fed-eral nutrition programs and35 percent are not.In Van Wert County, thereare 2,120 food insecure chil-dren. This is 30.2 percent of the county’s 11,497 children.Sixty-five percent are eligiblefor federal nutrition programsand 35 percent are not.Lastly, Putnam Countyhas 2,440 children who arefood insecure. This is 25.8percent of 19,319. Thirty-seven percent are eligible forfederal nutrition programsand 63 percent are not.
 Read how federal nutri-tion programs and communi-ties try to combat the fright-ening number of people whodon’t have enough food toeat in future editions of The Delphos Herald.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
Local pair takes top awards in market steer group
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Aaron Reindel of Delphos Livestock 4-H Club earnedGrand Champion Market Steer at the Allen County Fairon Tuesday.Delphos Livestock 4-Her Jake Horstman won ReserveGrand Champion Market Steer Tuesday evening at the fair.By STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
LIMA — Tuesday eveningat the Allen County Fair’sJunior Fair Market SteerShow, 13-year-old AaronReindel of Delphos tookhome the prize for GrandChampion.Reindel has been in 4-Hfor five years and has spentfour showing steers.“I love showing and justbeing in the ring,” Reindelsaid. “It’s even better when the judge picks you. It was awe-some to know I won, just toknow all of the work I put intothe project paid off in the end.It’s a lot of work. Sometimesmore than four or five hours aday out there in the barn.”Reindel is showing twohogs at the fair this year butonly the one steer.“His name is D-Wade buta lot of different people callhim other names,” Reindeladded. “This is my first timewinning at the Allen CountyFair. I’d really like to thankmy family for helping me.They’ve helped me with a lotalong the way.”Reindel is the son of Timand Tamie Reindel and is astudent at St. John’s.
By STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
LIMA — Jake Horstman,14, of Delphos was givenproof of the merits of hardwork Tuesday evening atAllen County’s Junior FairMarket Steer Show, duringwhich he won Reserve GrandChampion.“I was glad to get Reservebecause I worked really hardon it,” he said. “I basicallylived in the barn.”Horstman, the son of Toddand Nikki Horstman, knowswhat he likes when it comesto showing animals and planson sticking to it.“I like showing steers; Idon’t show any other animalsand I don’t plan to,” he added.“My favorite part is just beingout in the steer barn.”Horstman is a student atSt. John’s and a 5-year 4-Hmember.
MarbletownFestival netto benefitpark project
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — After theparade dust settled and thelast corn hole bag thrown,the Marbletown FestivalCommittee found this year’sevent raised more than$3,000.The festival has been thefinancial thrust behind improve-ments at Garfield Park off SouthClay Street. New sidewalks,a shelterhouse and grill and aGarfield School marker havebeen added since the festival’sinception in 2006.This year’s proceeds will beused to put a ceiling in the shel-terhouse and $3,000 has beenearmarked for a Delphos KiwanisClub project at the park to beginthis fall. More details will begiven in Tuesday’s Herald.This year’s most memo-rable addition for the commit-tee was the Van Wert AreaMarching Band’s participa-tion in the parade.“We had tried to get amarching band in the paradesince we started this,” com-mittee member Kathy Genglersaid. “We finally did it andthey got a standing ovation allthe way down Clime Street.”The sixth annual festivalfeatured several new events.The Children’s Ultimate CakeChallenge drew 55 little pastrychefs and will return in 2012.A Mini Miss Marbletown wasadded to the pageant contestand will also return.Visit marbletownfestival.com.
Hurricane Irene’s first rains reach threatened US East Coast
By MITCH WEISSThe Associated Press
NAGS HEAD, N.C. —Hurricane Irene’s rains beganreaching the U.S. East Coasttoday ahead of a weekendof punishing weather fromthe Carolinas to as far northas Massachusetts, with atleast 65 million people in thestorm’s path.Rain began falling alongthe coasts of North and SouthCarolina as Irene trudgedtoward the U.S. from theBahamas. Thousands alreadywere without power thismorning as the storm’s outerbands began raking SouthCarolina.Swells from the hurri-cane and 6- to 9-foot waveswere showing up in NorthCarolina’s Outer Banksearly today, and winds wereexpected to begin pick-ing up later in the day, saidHal Austin, a meteorologistwith the National WeatherService.Meanwhile, the hurricanewarning area was expand-ed and now covered a largechunk of the East Coast fromNorth Carolina to SandyHook, N.J., which is south of New York City. A hurricanewatch extended even farthernorth and included LongIsland, Martha’s Vineyardand Nantucket, Mass.For hundreds of miles,millions of people alongthe densely populated EastCoast warily waited today fora dangerous hurricane thathas the potential to inflictbillions of dollars in dam-age anywhere within thaturban sprawl that arcs fromWashington and Baltimorethrough Philadelphia, NewYork, Boston and beyond.Irene also could push crudeoil prices higher if it dis-rupts refineries in Delaware,New Jersey, Pennsylvaniaand Virginia, which producenearly 8 percent of U.S. gaso-line and diesel fuel.Irene weakened slightlytoday, dropping down to aCategory 2 storm with maxi-mum sustained winds near110 mph (175 kph). But somere-strengthening was possibleas Irene moved over energiz-ing Atlantic waters, and thestorm was expected to benear the threshold betweena Category 2 and 3 storm asit reached North Carolina’scoast early Saturday morn-ing, the National HurricaneCenter said.In North Carolina, trafficwas steady today as peopleleft the Outer Banks. Touristswere ordered to leave thebarrier islands Thursday, andmany residents were follow-ing as ordered today.
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COLUMBUS — Two cen-tral Ohio teens playing a prankare accused of causing a fataltraffic crash by concealing astop sign with several layersof plastic wrap and petroleum jelly, a sheriff said Thursday.Seth Stonerock, 19,of Stoutsville and DerekGreenlee, 18, of Circlevillepleaded not guilty to felonyinvoluntary manslaugh-ter charges Thursday inCircleville Municipal Court,said Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff. They alsoare charged with tamperingwith a traffic control device, aminor misdemeanor.“Why they did such astupid trick I don’t know,”Radcliff said, noting that pho-tos from the crash show a“massive amount” of plasticon the sign.“It’s certainly not the kindthat you can hold up and lookthrough,” he said.Radcliff said the teens hadwrapped a girl’s car in plasticwrap before heading on Aug.17 to a stop sign near theirhomes and concealing all buta small part of the “P.” About4:45 p.m. that day, JeanneShea drove through the stopsign, colliding with a vehiclecrossing an intersecting road.Her 85-year-old sister,Mary Spangler of Circleville,was a passenger in the car.Spangler was killed. Shea,a Circleville woman whoturned 81 the following day,was in critical condition at aColumbus hospital, the sheriff said.“We’ve had many, manypeople call in and report theincident, and they see it, andwhy didn’t they stop and pullit off?” Radcliff said. “But itdidn’t happen that way.”Both teens are free on$25,000 bond and face pretrialhearings Sept. 2Greenlee’s attorney, JamesKingsley, said there is moreinformation that hasn’t yetcome out.“All tragedies are notalways a crime,” he said.A message left forStonerock’s lawyer was notimmediately returned.Radcliff said investigatorsdiscovered that a photo of thegirl’s car had been posted ona Facebook page and theytracked down the purchase of five boxes of plastic wrap at alocal Wal-Mart. He said theywere helped by store surveil-lance video and a signatureused for the purchase.The sheriff noted that thecrash is reminiscent of onein northwest Ohio in 2005,when five teens were accusedof stealing a deer decoy andplacing it on a Hardin Countycountry road as a prank, caus-ing a crash that seriouslyinjured two other teens.Four of the teens were sen-tenced to 60 days in juveniledetention, and one to 90 days.
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CUPERTINO, Calif. —Apple headquarters is stillstanding in this leafy SiliconValley suburb even afterSteve Jobs’ industry-rattlingannouncement that he wasresigning as chief executiveof the company he co-foundedin a garage more than threedecades ago.That news comes as littlesurprise in the Valley, wherefew doubted Thursday thatdespite the loss of its legendaryleader Apple would continueto succeed — at least for thenext few years.“I don’t think in the shortterm it will suffer,” said EthanSalter, 35, an engineering con-sultant who had stopped inat a Starbucks just down theroad from the Mountain Viewheadquarters of Google Inc., amajor Apple competitor. “Inthe long term, things changereally quickly around here.”Tech workers interviewedby The Associated Press saidthey were not shocked to hearWednesday that Jobs was step-ping down. His health troubles,which have included pancreat-ic cancer and a liver transplant,are well known.Yet in a place where thelightning speed of successis matched perhaps only bythe careening pace of failure,some wondered whether Jobs’departure could ultimately leadto a turn in its fortunes.Apple itself floundered fora decade after Jobs left thecompany, and its rise to its cur-rent success did not begin untilhe returned in the late 1990s,cementing his image as the keyto the company’s success.“Last time he left Apple,it wasn’t so pretty,” saidAaron Wegner, 31, a comput-er programmer at LawrenceLivermore National Lab inSilicon Valley for the day.“I think he’s a driving forcebehind what their products endup physically looking like.”Jobs’ reputation as a micro-manager of Apple’s designprocess has both helped andhindered the company. Thecompany’s string of successesover the past decade has con-vinced many consumers andinvestors that with Jobs incharge the company couldn’tfail. The flip side of that con-fidence is an anxiety aboutwhether the company will fal-ter without him.Mi Young, 43, a businessoperations manager at a smallcomputer networking companyin Santa Clara, said she doubtsJobs would have stepped downwithout a plan in place.Many of the ideas to comeout of Apple in the next fiveyears she believes will stillbear Jobs’ stamp. “Beyondthat, I don’t know who will beable to fill those shoes.”Part of the concern amongApple fans hinges on howheavily the company itself hasrelied on Jobs’ cult of person-ality to market its innovativeproducts.His onstage appearances tounveil Apple’s newest designsdraw thousands of adoring fansand hundreds of journalistswho broadcast his every wordaround the globe.“There’s this identificationof the company with the man,”said Alex Bochannek, cura-tor at the Computer HistoryMuseum in Mountain View.That kind of identification isnot unique to Apple in the his-tory of computer companiesand leads to the assumptionthat these large, complex orga-nizations are run singlehand-edly, he said.But Jobs has clearly sur-rounded himself with smartpeople, Bochannek said, suchas lead designer Jonathan Ive,best known to the public as thestylish Brit who extolls Apple’slatest products in the company’sonline marketing videos.“I don’t think anyone thinksApple is going away tomor-row,” he said. At the same time,he said, “ultimately it’s the lead-er who creates a culture.”While Apple’s focus onattractive design and ease of use has fostered a culture of innovation, heavy secrecy isalso a cornerstone of its opera-tions.
Silicon Valley on Apple post-Jobs: success for now
Martha A.“Marty” 79, of Delphos,funeral services will begin at6 p.m. Saturday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, the Rev.Charles Obinwa officiating.Burial will be at a later date.Friends may call from noonuntil the time of the serviceSaturday at the funeral home,where a CLC service willbe held at 4 p.m., an EaglesAuxiliary service at 4:30 p.m.and a VFW Auxiliary service at5 p.m. Memorial contributionsmay be made to Delphos AreaVisiting Nurses or Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.
Sr. TheresaMary (Sister Mary Cletis)SND, funeral liturgy willbe celebrated at 10 a.m. onSaturday in the ProvincialCenter Chapel on SecorRoad in Toledo, followedby the burial at ResurrectionCemetery. Visitation will befrom 2-8 p.m. today at theToledo Provincial Center,with Sharing of Memories at 7p.m. Arrangements are madeby Urbanski Funeral Home inToledo. Any tributes may bemade to the Sisters of NotreDame.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 26,the 238th day of 2011. Thereare 127 days left in the year.
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On Aug. 26, 1920, the19th Amendment to the U.S.Constitution, guaranteeingAmerican women the right tovote, was certified in effect bySecretary of State BainbridgeColby.
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In 1883, the island volcanoKrakatoa began cataclysmiceruptions, leading to a massiveexplosion the following day.In 1910, Thomas Edisondemonstrated for reportersan improved version of hisKinetophone, a device forshowing a movie with syn-chronized sound.In 1958, Alaskans went tothe polls to overwhelminglyvote in favor of statehood.In 1961, the originalHockey Hall of Fame wasopened in Toronto.In 1964, President LyndonB. Johnson was nominated fora term of office in his own rightat the Democratic national con-vention in Atlantic City, N.J.In 1971, New Jersey Gov.William T. Cahill announcedthat the New York Giantsfootball team had agreed toleave Yankee Stadium for anew sports complex to be builtin East Rutherford.In 1978, Cardinal AlbinoLuciani (al-BEE’-noh loo-CHYAH’-nee) of Venice waselected pope following thedeath of Paul VI. The newpontiff took the name PopeJohn Paul I. (However, he died just over a month later.)In 1986, in the so-called“preppie murder case,”18-year-old Jennifer Levinwas found strangled in NewYork’s Central Park; RobertChambers later pleaded guiltyto manslaughter and served 15years in prison.
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PresidentGeorge W. Bush admitted hewas worried about the econ-omy’s “paltry” growth and,without making specific prom-ises, assured steel companyexecutives and workers at apicnic celebrating the 100thanniversary of USX Corp. thatprotecting domestic steel wasa national security priority.
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Iran’shard-line president, MahmoudAhmadinejad (mahk-MOOD’ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd),inaugurated a heavy-waterproduction plant, a facility theWest feared would be usedto develop a nuclear bomb.Chad’s President Idriss Debyordered California-basedChevron Corp. and Malaysiancompany Petronas to leave thecountry, saying neither hadpaid taxes. (The dispute overtaxes was later resolved, withthe two companies agreeing topay $289 million.)
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At a gas station in NagsHead, Pete Reynolds said hewanted to make sure he hadenough fuel for the long trip.The retired 68-year-old teacherspent part of Thursday gettinghis house ready for the hur-ricane. Now, he and his wife,Susan, were heading to NewJersey area to stay with theirson’s family.“We felt like we would beOK and we could ride outthe storm,” said Reynolds,who lives in Nags Head. “Butwhen they announced manda-tory evacuations, I knew it wasserious.”Speaking today on CBS’“The Early Show,” NorthCarolina Gov. Beverly Perduesaid the state has HighwayPatrol Troopers, the Red Crossand National Guardsmen inplace to deal with the storm’saftermath. But she warnedcoastal residents not to riskwaiting out the storm and hop-ing for help after it passed.“You can’t count on that.Folks need to decide that theyneed to get out now,” she said.North Carolina was justfirst in line along the EasternSeaboard — home to some of the nation’s most heavily pop-ulated areas and priciest realestate. Besides major cities,sprawling suburban bedroomcommunities, ports, airports,highway networks, croplandand beachfront neighborhoodsare in harm’s way.“One of my great-est nightmares was hav-ing a major hurricane go upthe whole Northeast coast,”Max Mayfield, the NationalHurricane Center’s retireddirector, told The AssociatedPress on Thursday as the stormlurched toward the U.S. “Thisis going to be a real challenge.... There’s going to be millionsof people affected.”The hurricane would bethe strongest to strike the EastCoast in seven years, and peo-ple were already getting out of the way.The center of the stormwas still about 375 miles (600kilometers) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and mov-ing north at 14 mph (22 kph).Hundreds of thousandsof New Yorkers were toldThursday to pack a bag and beprepared to move elsewhere.The nation’s biggest city hasn’tseen a hurricane in decades.Farther south, tens of thou-sands packed up and left NorthCarolina beach towns andfarmers pulled up their crops.
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Ohioan finds man linked to POW bracelet
By CLIFF RADELThe Cincinnati Enquirer
CINCINNATI (AP) —Every time she lifted the lidof her jewelry box, SusanWilson saw a bracelet thatreminded her of a man shenever met.She would wonder if heever made it home. All sheknew about the man was onthe bracelet.His name: Peter Drabic.His rank: Sergeant. And thedate the soldier disappearedwhile on patrol in the junglesof Vietnam: 9-24-68.“I always wanted to sendhim that bracelet. That’s whatyou were supposed to do — if he came home,” said Wilson,an Anderson Township moth-er of two, grandmother of three and executive secretaryat Procter & Gamble’s down-town Cincinnati headquarters.“But I never knew any-thing more about him.”She does now.Forty years after she start-ed wearing the shiny nickel-plated brass bracelet to honortroops taken prisoner or miss-ing in action in Vietnam,Wilson finally found Sgt.Drabic. She located himrecently at his home in ruralMaryland.The 64-year-old retiredtelephone worker can lookout his window onto a peace-ful view of the Blue RidgeMountains, far removed intime and place from the war-torn foothills of Vietnam.Wilson mailed the braceletto Drabic.“I am always very humbledwhen I receive one of these,”he said hours after openingWilson’s package. Over theyears, he has received dozensof these presents.Drabic marveled that peo-ple still think of him.“That,” he said, “was along time ago.”He spent a long time as aprisoner of war: 1,635 days.When he was captured, he hadbeen in Vietnam for 13 days.He was two months awayfrom his 21st birthday.Drabic spent the next400 days in the jungles of Vietnam.“I went from 162 poundsto 112. All they gave us to eatwere two handfuls of rice aday and some water.”He served his final threemonths as a POW in theinfamous prison and torturechamber known as the HanoiHilton. While behind bars, hedevised a secret communica-tions system that boosted theprisoners’ morale and laterearned him one of his twoBronze Stars. During hisentire time as a POW, noone in the States knew, untilhis release in 1973, if he wasalive or dead.For a man who lost 4 1/2years of his life to a brutalenemy, Drabic — who goesby his middle name (”my dadwas Peter, so I became Ed”)— has a remarkably positiveoutlook on life.“Eddie is not bitter,” saidDebbie Drabic, his wife of 34 years. “He just views thisas part of his past, just likepeople go to college for fouryears.”Her husband has “a greatappreciation for life. The mostmundane things are very pre-cious to him,” she said.“That happens,” he said,“when you don’t see the moonand the stars for four and ahalf years.”He paused. There wassomething he had to get off his chest.“This story is not aboutme,” he said. “I’ve alreadybroken my own rule and saidmore than I should have aboutmyself.”He politely declined arequest for a photo. “Notfor any newspaper,” he saidlaughing. “I don’t like atten-tion.”He firmly insisted that thisstory “is about Susan and themen and women serving ourcountry now.”Ironically, today’s soldiersare the reason Wilson caughtup with Drabic. She washelped by a man who knowsthe anguish of not knowingwhether a loved one at war isalive or dead.Wilson volunteered in Julyto go with some P&Gers tothe Yellow Ribbon SupportCenter in Clermont Countyand assemble care packagesfor soldiers overseas.At the center, she saw abox of bracelets. They werereturned to the family of Sgt. Matt Maupin when hisremains were found four yearsafter he was captured in Iraq.“That reminded me of mybracelet,” she said. She toldher story to Keith Maupin,the center’s administrator andMatt’s dad.He told Wilson to searchfor Drabic’s name on a web-site dedicated to fallen heroes.She did. No luck.“I felt relieved,” she said.“That gave me hope he madeit back home.”After her stint at the center,Wilson kept searching. Shefinally found him in late Julyafter Googling his name onher home computer.Google and home comput-ers, she noted, “are two thingswe didn’t have when I startedwearing the bracelet.”That was in the summerof 1971. She was 13, goinginto ninth grade at AndersonMiddle School.She talked about the warwith her mom, Zella Goin.She ordered the bracelet forher daughter. It cost $3.The money went to VoicesIn Vital America, a nonprofitdedicated to keeping thoseGIs’ names before the pub-lic. The organization’s ini-tials faintly appear on theinner surface of Wilson’sbracelet.“You did not get to picka name,” Wilson said. “Theidea was you wore the brace-let to remember this person. Iprayed every night for God tokeep him safe.”In the summer in 1971,Drabic was in his third yearof captivity. Wilson stoppedwearing the bracelet in 1973.That’s when OperationHomecoming brought 591American POWs home.“I never saw his nameon any list,” she said. “But Inever forgot him.”Drabic came home “toa wonderful homecom-ing parade in my town inMaryland, Everyone turnedout.”He noted that many return-ing Vietnam veterans had “lotsof issues. But, I didn’t.”He found a job with thephone company, got marriedand had a son.He paused again. He pre-fers to talk about today.“This stuff is all in thepast,” he said. “I’ve livedmy dream life. I’ve met thewoman of my dreams andmarried her. I’ve had a verynice job.“Since I missed almost fiveyears of my life being lockedup, I thought it would be niceif I could retire a bit early. Iwas able to do that. So, I’vebeen blessed.”Getting a bracelet in themail from a woman he nevermet is another one of life’sblessings.“Things like that,” he said,“make me a lucky man.”
“I always wantedto send him thatbracelet. That’swhat you weresupposed to do —if he came home.But I never knewanything moreabout him.”
— Susan Wilson
West central Ohio jump startsstatewide health information exchange
From Ohio HealthInformation Partnership
COLUMBUS — Thestate’s vision of connectingall hospitals and physiciansso they can exchange patienthealth records electronicallyacross the state advancedtoday, with the announce-ment that West Central OhioHealth Information Exchange(WCOHIE) has signed a con-tract with the Ohio HealthInformation Partnership andCliniSync, Ohio’s statewidehealth information exchange(HIE).The participation of WCOHIE, a regional healthinformation partnership,will connect Joint TownshipDistrict Memorial Hospital,Lima Memorial HealthSystem, Mercer CountyCommunity Hospital, St.Rita’s Health Partners,Triumph Hospital Lima,Van Wert County Hospital,Lima Pathology Labs, HealthPartners of Western Ohio,and Medlab with local phy-sicians and other healthcareproviders.“Signing on with CliniSyncreflects the great communitycollaboration to improvehealth care communication,”said WCOHIE President Dr.Herbert Schumm. “WCOHIEappreciates the opportunity tobring this to our communityand to work with CliniSyncas they roll this out state-wide.”WCOHIE Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Homansaid, “We’re excited to usethe CliniSync technologyto help build a communityexchange to connect our hos-pitals, physicians, long-termcare facilities and regionallabs.”Dan Paoletti, CEO of theOhio Health InformationPartnership and CliniSyncsaid, “We’re so excited thatWCOHIE is taking this stepin transforming healthcare inour state through electronichealth information exchange.Our first step will be to makesure the hospitals send outlab results to physicians, andfrom there, we will buildthe system across the stateso more information can beshared.”Ohio received a $14 mil-lion grant from the Officeof the National Coordinatorof Health InformationTechnology through theU.S. Department of Healthand Human Services to cre-ate a statewide infrastruc-ture. For Fred Richards, theOhio Health InformationPartnership’s chief informa-tion and chief operationsofficer, the contract signingsends the signal that patientcare coordination in Ohiowill improve.“Transforming patientcare coordination has movedfrom a vision to reality witha signature,” Richards said.“Physicians and hospitalsthat have moved from paperrecords to electronic healthrecord systems can nowimprove the quality of diag-nosis and care, can bettercoordinate medication use,and can reduce duplicativeor unnecessary services.They will have a comprehen-sive picture of the patient’shealthcare history.”In Ohio, there are health-care providers who startedsharing records electroni-cally within the past decadeand they have lead the wayusing technology to improvecare and outcomes. Howeverthese existing systems areclosed networks within ahealth system or in specificregions. CliniSync is the firstinfrastructure that will allowinformation to flow through-out the state, Paoletti said.The Ohio Health InformationPartnership’s goal is to signup 50 hospitals to CliniSyncby the end of December.The CliniSync infrastruc-ture – now being created byMedicity, a national vendorwith experience in HIE inother states – will be tech-nologically secure amongauthorized healthcare userswho sign agreements withthe Ohio Health InformationPartnership. In addition,patients will give one-timeconsent to have their recordsshared among providers.
Telephone Co. seekssupport to save ruralbroadband service
Several decades ago, theU.S. government establishedThe Communications Act of 1934 in order to make basictelephone service affordableand available to everyone. Thisled to the formation of TheUniversal Service Fund (USF),which the FCC has manage.Currently, all telecommunica-tion providers that provide inter-state communications servicecontribute to this fund which atthis time is self supporting. Thefund then reimburses telecomcompanies with a portion of the costs that are incurred toprovide service in rural areas.Rural phone companies rely onthe USF to build and maintainbroadband networks throughoutthe country.This fund has four pro-grams:—High Cost - which allowscustomers in rural areas to haveaccess and pay rates that arecomparable to those living inurban areas,;— Low Income - which pro-vides discounts on basic tele-phone service available to low-income households;—Rural Health Care provid-ers subsidies - that enable ruralhealthcare professionals to haveaccess to specialists through“tele-health and tele-medicine”at affordable rates; and— Schools and libraries -which allow telecom providersto offer discounts on services toeligible schools and librariesSmall telcos that providebroadband services to theircommunities have put UniversalService Funds to good usefor the customers they serve.Middle Point Home TelephoneCompany began offering broad-band to its customers in 2002. Itwas offering 128K speed andcould only reach about 70 per-cent of its customer base. At theend of 2002, they had only 26DSL customers — dial up wasstill very popular. Nine yearslater, the company can reach100 percent of their customerbase with broadband at speedsgreater than 3Mg and contin-ue to make improvements tomeet the challenges of the everchanging landscape of telecom-munications.Small telcos in NorthwestOhio, including Middle Point,also provide fiber connec-tions to local schools as partof The Northwest Ohio AreaComputer Services Cooperativewhich allow the schools Internetaccess.In addition, The MiddlePoint Home TelephoneCompany contributed to a stateprogram which provided acomputer to the branch libraryin Middle Point for use bylocal residents.The FCC is now proposingreform that leaves broadbandnetwork investments and opera-tions at serious risk by reducingsupport for small rural com-panies. If this plan succeeds,many rural telecom companieslike Middle Point would eitherneed to charge unaffordablerates in order to recover costsor cut spending on broadbanddeployment and network main-tenance. The negative impactto communities served by thesecompanies would be widelyfelt.Hundreds of rural providersand associations have bandedtogether to give the FCC analternate plan that still meetsthe FCC’s key reform objec-tives without putting at riskthe rural communities that arecurrently served by companiessuch as Middle Point HomeTelephone Company.Residents, local govern-ments, schools, libraries, healthprofessionals and all businessesare encouraged to write theircongressman and let them knowthat our rural communities can-not be left behind.Visit SaveRuralBroadband.org for more additional infor-mation on this very impor-tant issue. A letter template isincluded to send to those inWashington. The time to actis immediately as many of ourcongressmen are on break butthey will be returning in earlySeptember and this issue is sureto be on the agenda.
COLUMBUS (AP) —Students pledged allegianceto images of flags printed onpieces of paper and beamedonto walls as one of Ohio’sbig-city school districtsopened the academic yearwith a new requirement thatthe pledge be recited — anda shortage of flags in class-rooms.“Apparently, between thetime that (the new policy) waspassed and the start of school,they just couldn’t get enoughflags,” Columbus school boardmember Mike Wiles told TheColumbus Dispatch for astory published Thursday.Wiles sponsored a directivethe school board passed lastweek telling schools to beginthe day by leading studentsin the Pledge of Allegiance.The new policy was put intopractice throughout the dis-trict on Wednesday, the firstday of the new academic yearfor most Columbus publicschools.School officials weren’tsure how many classroomshad no flag, though Wilessaid he found many flaglessclassrooms on a tour of sevenbuildings on the first day of school.Teachers improvised bydistributing small, printed-out copies of flags, projectingflags onto walls and display-ing them on computer screens,the Dispatch reported.The federal Flag Coderequires that a person sayingthe pledge have some typeof flag to look at, said SteveEbersole, spokesman for theAmerican Legion of FranklinCounty.Wiles promised thatschools would get more flags,so long as they’re not tooexpensive.Previously, the pledgewas encouraged — but notrequired — as a way to startthe school day. Students don’thave to participate, and thepolicy specifically bars class-mates and school employeesfrom intimidating anyone into joining the morning recita-tion.Veterans groups like theschools’ new pledge require-ment and might be “thrilled”to donate some flags if need-ed, Ebersole said.COLUMBUS (AP) —A liberal policy group thatpreviously sued over Gov.John Kasich’s privatizationof Ohio’s economic devel-opment functions has fileda similar lawsuit challengingprivatization of five state pris-ons.ProgressOhio and severalprison employees filed theaction Thursday in FranklinCounty.The lawsuit alleges sellingstate-owned prisons to pri-vate contractors is unconstitu-tional. It seeks to prevent thestate from proceeding withthe sales or to block layoffs.It also wants workers at priva-tized prisons declared publicemployees.Prisons department spokes-man Carlo LoParo says effortsseeking proposals have been“open, fair and legislativelysanctioned.” He says officialsseek to get taxpayers the bestvalue.ProgressOhio ExecutiveDirector Brian Rothenbergsays the suit is intended topreserve jobs and protect pris-on safety.The Ohio Supreme Courtdismissed a similar challengeto JobsOhio, Kasich’s jobsboard.
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