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By JoANNE VIVIANOThe Associated Press
COLUMBUS — A billsetting new U.S. House dis-tricts in Ohio can be putbefore voters despite effortsby Republicans to block a ref-erendum, the state SupremeCourt ruled late Friday.In a 7-0 decision, the courtordered Secretary of StateJon Husted to accept signa-tures submitted by Democratsseeking to get a repeal issueon the 2012 ballot.Senate Republicans hadappropriated funds to boardsof elections in the bill inan effort to make the laweffective immediately, whichwould disallow any referen-dum effort.Laws go into effect 90days after passage with someexceptions, including thosethat make “appropriations forthe current expenses of thestate government and stateinstitutions.” But the courtruled the appropriations in theredistricting bill don’t meetrequired criteria.The justices all agreed inthe ruling, with Justice JudithAnn Lanzinger agreeing withthe judgment, but not thewritten opinion.Ohioans for Fair Districts,the group seeking the referen-dum, says it will ask the courtto restart the 90-day timelineto collect signatures for a ref-erendum effort.“We applaud this unani-mous ruling that makes clearthat the people of Ohio canexercise their right to stopthese unfair Congressionalmaps,” state Rep. KathleenClyde of Kent, a member of the committee, said in a state-ment.John McClelland, aspokesman for state SenateRepublicans, said the newmap complies with the Ohioconstitution and state and fed-
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Division III at ElidaJefferson vs. Lincolnview,3 p.m. (winner vs. No. 1 LCC5 p.m. Oct. 20); St. John’s vs.Allen East, 5 p.m. (winnervs. No. 2 Coldwater 7 p.m.Oct. 20)
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Sophie Held of Verl, Germany, right, with her host mom, Patti Thompson.
Held enjoying America
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — As part of the friendship pact betweenDelphos and sister-cityVerl, Germany, a handful of German high school studentscome to Delphos each year tostudy abroad and explore adifferent culture.As can only be expect-ed, most of the students feela degree of homesickness.In the case of 15-year-oldSophie Held of Verl, who isstaying with Rusty and PattiThompson and their children,Claire and Ross, this isn’t aproblem.“I’m not really that home-sick at all,” she said. “Myhost family is very welcom-ing and everything is stillnew. My family is comingto visit me his month; myparents and my older sister.I also get to see my bestfriends, Roma and Solveig,because they’re here, too,but they’re at St. John’s andI’m at Jefferson. Sometimes,we meet up after schooland go to football games or just hang out together. Twoof the other German stu-dents, Clara and Johannes,go to Jefferson with me butthey’re from a different townin Germany.”Having been here sinceAugust, Held has observeda number of differenc-es between German andAmerican culture.“We’re going to go toCedar Point soon and I’mreally excited about it,” shesaid. “We don’t have bigparks like that in Germany.We have rollercoasters butnothing that big. Americansdress differently, too. Theywear a lot more color. Myhost mom asked me if it’s just my style to wear a lot of black and white but I guessthat’s just German style, orEuropean style.“There is also a lot morefamily time. Maybe it’s justthis family, but we’ve beendoing a lot of things togeth-er.”Another differencebetween the two brings upone thing Held does missfrom home.“The thing I miss the mostright now is healthy food,”she laughs. “My host momhas been cooking a lot of healthy food but at otherplaces, like school, it’s hard-er to eat healthy. Americaalso has larger portions thanGermany.“Also in America, schoolis a lot more exhaustingbecause you don’t get as manybreaks. In Germany, we have13 shorter classes and we getbreaks in between each oneas well as two 20-minutesbreaks.”Despite the differencesbetween Germany and theUnited States, Held saysshe is enjoying her time inDelphos.“The football games arereally fun. It’s fun to getto know people that way,”she said. “I also get to playthe piano in the living roomwhenever I want and I’vegotten to play tennis once,too. Back home, I played ten-nis and the piano for nineyears. There are more parties,too. My host parents have hadsome parties here and theywere a lot of fun. I just reallylike everything. American’sare different than I thoughtthey’d be — very open-mind-ed and friendly.”Held and the other Germanstudents return home on Dec.17.
There are seven studentsvisiting from Germany inconjunction with the VerleFriendship Link. The Delphos Herald will speak with eachone so readers can get to knowthem.
Brantley 2011 HeraldCarrier Of The Year
The Delphos Herald selects anannual “News Carrier of the Year”in conjunction with InternationalNewspaper Carrier Day. Thisyear’s honored carrier is ChandlerBrantley.Chandler, 14, is the son of Chuckand Tiffany Brantley. He has oneyounger brother, Parker, 12, whoalso has a paper route with TheDelphos Herald; and one youngersister, Madeline, 8.He has been a carrier since August2007. His route includes South Main,South Washington and Hunt streets.Chandler is a freshman at JeffersonHigh School. He plans to run track inthe spring. He played soccer throughthe seventh grade and has playedbaseball and basketball. He alsoenjoys golfing.When not delivering The DelphosHerald, Chandler helps out at church asa teacher’s assistant in the kindergartenclasses. This summer, he went with hisyouth group on a mission trip to theinner city of Cincinnati. In his sparetime, he enjoys watching TV and mov-ies, as well as playing video games. Hisfavorite foods are fish and shrimp andhe loves to eat at Red Lobster.A number of requirements mustbe met to qualify for this elite honor.Some of the requirements for receiv-ing “Carrier of the Year” are: on-timedelivery, having the paper where thecustomers request it and receiving nocomplaints.As Carrier of the Year, Chandlerwill receive a plaque, certificateand dinner for his family from TheHerald.
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Recharge Enterprises Owner Andy Mox speaksto Jefferson High School seniors Friday during thepersonal finance class. Mox asked each student toannounce their plans, most intending to attend college.He told them he graduated from Jefferson with averagegrades and a lack of direction but found it at The OhioState University. He said he thought about accountingbut majored in finance and received no job offers aftergraduation. He moved home and later found a careerin sales, attributing his college accounting classes andsales experience with giving him the knowledge neededto operate his own business. Mox purchased RechargeEnterprises in 1999.Chandler Brantley, center, is the 2011 Delphos Herald Carrier of theYear. He is the son of Tiffany and Chuck Brantley.
Project Recycleset today
Delphos Project Recycleis set for 9 a.m. to 11:30a.m. today at DelphosFuel and Wash north of Double A Trailer Saleson East Fifth Street.Newspaper, phone booksand aluminum cans need tobe in separate containers. Allother items are taken to theVan Wert Recycle Center.Cardboard, magazines andplastic shopping bags alsoneed to be separated. All tin,plastic and glass contain-ers need to be rinsed clean.Labels can be left on itemsand they can be co-mingled.No window or plateglass, nor light bulbs, orna-mental, Pyrex or cookwareglass will be accepted.Computers, etc., arealso accepted but nomonitors or TVs.
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Another vacation is upon my husband andI. Although I am more than thrilled aboutthe prospect about some beach time, visitingwith my children and eating way more than ishumanly possible, I am NOT looking forwardto PACKING.Packing rates right up there in my “dread”list right after bill paying and right before snowshoveling.I was thinking about the project upon meand I have determined that we go through“packing stages” in life, just as we go throughthe cycle of life.As a child, I don’t remember packing any-thing for our family vacations. We just piled inthe old LeSabre convertible and took off. Therealways just magically appeared a picnic lunch,clothes for the next day, plenty of clean under-wear and my toothbrush. Way to go, Mom!When I was in my twenties, I put a littlemore thought into packing...but not much more.Throw some shorts and T-shirts in a grocerybag and I was good to go for a week. No plan - just go with the flow - no worries.Then came the kids and we all know wherethat takes you. No matter what time of yearyou go, you pack for all seasons. Long sleeves,T-shirts, sun dresses, boots, rain gear, extrafood, hats, mittens, sunscreen..and this is justfor a weekend trip to the lake.That brings us to now. No kids to pack forbut the load doesn’t seem to get any lighter. Weare heading south but it still gets a little chillyfor my bones in the evening, so I need to takelong and short sleeves, a light coat and a sweat-shirt. I had better take a hat, too, because myears have turned more temperature-sensitivewith age.Shoes? I used to take only flip-flops; nowits orthopedic sandals and those toner tennisshoes and of course some comfortable slippers.I don’t like walking barefoot anymore - makesmy bunions ache.My medicinal “bag” is just about as big asthose back packs we used to pack for the kids.We take our supply of vitamin C and othervarious letters of the alphabet vitamins, so wecan keep our immune system up. Don’t forgetblood pressure medications; pain killers fornormal aches and pains; arthritis rub for thedays when we have done too much, thinkingwe are much younger than we are; Immodiumin case our bodies don’t digest according toplan; motion sickness pills just incase we takeon something really stupid; pills for acid reflux;and pills in case our allergies flare up.As you grow older, you never know whatyour body is going to throw at you, so just likethe Boy Scouts say, “Be prepared.” Makes youwonder when we will have time to enjoy ourvacation, with all the changing of clothes, rub-bing on of the Bengay, etc.Oh well, it definitely isn’t going to stop mefrom going, I will just have to put up with thoseodd looks from my kids when I pull out myduffle bag of “must-haves.”I will just tell them, “Just wait, it’s all in thecycle of life and their day will come.”
By AMY TAXINThe Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif. —Prosecutors didn’t take longto decide that the man they saywent on a deadly shooting ram-page at a Southern Californiasalon deserves to die.First, they said, ScottDekraai wrapped himself inbody armor and armed him-self with three handguns.Then, he burst into the salonwhere his ex-wife worked —their 8-year-old son waitingat his elementary school forone of them to pick him up.Over two minutes, Dekraaimoved methodically throughthe salon, killing his ex-wifeand seven others as he shothis victims in the head andchest. Prosecutors said hewanted revenge against hisex-wife with whom he foughtover the custody of their son.“That little boy’s a vic-tim,” said prosecutor TonyRackackaus, pausing to com-pose himself at a news con-ference on Friday. “Now hismother has been murdered,and he has to grow up know-ing that his dad is a mass-murderer. So what kind of sick, twisted fatherly lovemight that be?”Dekraai appeared brieflyin court Friday afternoon,where angry friends and rela-tives of the victims screamedinsults. One person shouted,“I hate you.”Superior Court Judge ErickL. Larsh ordered a medicalreview after Dekraai’s attor-ney said he wasn’t gettinghis needed medications whilebeing held in jail without bail.Attorney Robert Curtis said hewould likely request that thetrial be moved out of the area.Prosecutors often spendtime weighing mitigating andextenuating circumstancesbefore deciding to seek thedeath penalty. Rackackaussaid he reached his decisionin less than 48 hours becausethere was no reason to lookfor such factors in this case.The crime, the worst inSeal Beach’s 96-year histo-ry, has shaken the tight-knitseaside city of 24,000 thatmany residents call Mayberryby the Sea. Until this week,it had only one homicide infour years. The crime report-ed most often last year waslarceny.After a final phone con-versation with his ex-wife,Michelle Fournier, onWednesday morning, author-ities say, Dekraai drove toSalon Meritage in downtownSeal Beach, where he knewshe would be working.During a two-minute span,authorities say, he gunneddown eight people in thesalon and another outside inthe parking lot. One personsurvived and is hospitalizedin critical condition. Thewounded person, 73-year-oldHarriet Stretz, was having herhair done by her daughter,Laura Lee Elody, who waskilled.As people ran out of thebuilding screaming or hid inadjacent rooms or simply layon the floor attempting to playdead, the onslaught continued,with Dekraai only stopping toreload. When he was done,the gunman walked out of thesalon and, encountering a manin a parked car, shot him todeath and drove away.Police pulled over Dekraaia short distance away, andhe surrendered without resist-ing. Rackackaus called thekillings cruel, merciless andmethodical, adding they hadnothing to do with love forDekraai’s son, who friendssaid the 41-year-old formertugboat operator doted on.Dekraai and Fournier splitup in 2006 and divorced thefollowing year. The two hadbeen involved in an increas-ingly acrimonious custodyfight over their son ever sinceDekraai had asked a judgefor “final decision makingauthority” when it came tomatters involving their son’seducation and his medicaland psychological treatment.2 The Herald Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany Brantley,
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The following is thereport concerning construc-tion and maintenance workon state highways withinthe Ohio Department of Transportation District 1,which includes the coun-ties of Allen, Defiance,Hancock, Hardin, Paulding,Putnam, Van Wert andWyandot. This report isissued each Thursday begin-ning in April and continuesthrough November.(All work will take placeweather permitting and dur-ing daytime hours Mondaythrough Friday only unlessotherwise indicated.)
Allen CountyOhio 696 at HillvilleRoad
is now open. HillvilleRoad is now open as well.Work on the project toextend a culvert and lowerthe profile of the roadwaywill continue until earlyNovember with traffic main-tained.
Ohio 309 (Elida Road)from Robb Avenue toEastown Road on thewest side of Lima
will berestricted to one lane in bothdirections in certain loca-tions for a safety upgradeproject. Work to install acenter-lane, concrete medi-an curb is under way. Travelslowly through the zoneand be aware of lane shifts.The center left-turn lane isclosed at various locations.The project will continueuntil November.
U.S. 30 from MiddlePoint-Wetzel Road to FifthStreet in Delphos
is reducedto one lane through the workzone for a resurfacing proj-ect. Work to be completedby early November.
Putnam CountyOhio 12 in ColumbusGrove in the southwestarea of the village
will beclosed for six weeks begin-ning October 17 for a sewerreplacement project. Trafficdetoured onto Ohio 65, U.S.224 and Ohio 235 back toOhio 12.
Ohio 189 at the intersec-tion of U.S. 224 in Ottovilleto County Road 18 in Rimer
restricted to one lane throughthe work zone for resurfac-ing. The project will continuethrough October.
Van Wert CountyU.S. 30 from MiddlePoint-Wetzel Road to FifthStreet in Delphos
is reducedto one lane through the workzone for a resurfacing proj-ect. Work to be completedby early November.
Ohio 118 (ShannonStreet) between ErvinRoad and Main Street
remains open to local traf-fic only during reconstruc-tion, widening, and waterline and sanitary installa-tion which began in 2010.Localized, one-block clo-sures will occur throughoutthe project. The project isexpected to be completed inOctober.
Delphos City Schools:Oct. 17-21
Mon.: Franklin: Mini-corn dogs/Middle & Senior: Chicken Fajita,lettuce & cheese, corn, Mandarinoranges, low fat milkTues.: Curly Spaghetti, garlic bread,tossed salad, applesauce cup, low fatmilkWed.: Assorted pizza, mixedvegetables, fruit, low fat milkThurs.: Chicken patty sandwich,green beans, fruit cup, low fat milkFri.: Cincinnati chili, breadstick ormini sub sandwich, baby carrots,applesauce cup, low fat milk
Delphos St. John’sOct. 17-21
Mon.: NO CAFETERIATues.: Cooks Choice, vegetable,salad, fruit, milkWed.: Hot dog sandwich or shreddedbeef sandwich, potato chips, bakedbeans salad, pears, milkThurs.: Chili/roll & crackers orshredded turkey sandwich, pudding,salad, peaches, milkFri.: Chicken nuggets/roll or coldmeat sandwich, baked potato/butter,salad, applesauce, milk
Landeck:Oct. 17-21
Mon.: Mini Corn dogs, potatorounds, fruit, milkTues.: Breaded popcorn chicken,butter/peanut butter bread, greenbeans, fruit, milkWed.: Tacos, butter/peanut butterbread, peas, fruit, milkThurs.: Ham Sandwich, corn, fruit,milkFri.: Turkey Sandwich, mashedpotatoes & gravy, fruit, milk
Ft. Jennings:Oct. 17-21
Chocolate, white or strawberry milkserved with all meals.Mon.: Salisbury steak, mashedpotatoes, dinner roll, peas, fruitTues.: Chicken nuggets, G-Forcebar, corn, fruitWed.: Fish Sandwich, cheese slice,green beans, shape up, fruitThurs.: Turkey Slice, mashedpotatoes, mixed vegetables, dinnerroll, fruitFri.: Breaded chicken sandwich,baked beans, cookie, fruit
Ottoville:Oct. 17-21
Mon.: Turkey sub, corn chips, greenbean, pineapple, milkTues.: Salisbury steak, mashedpotatoes w/gravy, butter bread,pears, milkWed.: Chicken fajita w/cheese-lettuce-tomato, corn, peaches,cookie, milkThurs.: Spaghetti, breadstix, carrotstix, applesauce, milkFri.: Chicken pot pie, breadstick,peas, mixed fruit, milk
Lincolnview:Oct. 17-21:
Mon.: Shredded chicken/bun, greenbeans, Mandarin oranges, milk (B.Cheeseburger nachos)Tues.: Sausage pizza, peas, appleslices, milk (B. Alfredo chickenpasta bowl)Wed.: Toasted cheese sandwich,tomato soup, corn, banana, milk ( B.Calzones)Thur.: Turkey slice/gravy, mashedpotatoes, diner roll, peaches, milk(B. Mashed potato bowl)Fri.: French toast sticks, sausagepatty, hash brown, oranges slices,milk (B. Angus Burger)
Spencerville:Oct. 17-21:
Mon.: Chicken & noodles, mashedpotaotes, gravy, wheat breadsticks,peaches, milkTues.: Walking taco w/topping, corn,applesauce, milkWed.: Turkey & cheese sub, carrots& dip, fresh pear, milkThurs.: Pepperoni pizza, greenbeans, grape sherbet, milkFri.: Shredded chicken sandwich,cauliflower blend w/cheese, schoolbus cookie, peaches & milk
Elida:Oct. 17-21:
Mon.: Shredded beef & cheesesandwich, curly fries, Mandarinoranges, low fat milkTues.: Bulldog bowl (popcornchicken, mashed potatoes, corn &gravy), applesauce, soft pretzel, lowfat milkWed.: Sausage pizza, roccoli &cheese, fresh grapes, low fat milkThur.: Chicken soft taco w/toppings,seasoned carrots, diced peaches,bread stick, low fat milkFri.: Sloppy Joe sandwich, greenbeans, diced pears, low fat milk
Yet another stage of life
Prosecutor recountskilling spree at salon
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Violeta, 83, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial begins at 10:30 a.m.today at St. John the BaptistCatholic Church, the Rev.Jacob Gordon officiating.Burial will follow in the churchcemetery. Preferred memori-als are to St. Rita’s VisitingNurses or the AmericanDiabetes Association.Arrangements are by Harterand Schier Funeral Home.
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eral election laws.“We’re not debating thelegality of this,” he said.“Maybe people don’t agreewith the lines or don’t like thelines, but they are constitu-tional and they are legal.”Husted spokesman MattMcClellan said the office wasreviewing its options.“This certainly throws amonkey wrench into the fil-ing deadline for congressionaloffices,” he said.The deadline for congres-sional candidates to file isDec. 7, but the 90-day wait-ing period for enactment andreferendum efforts means amap won’t be in place by thattime.Clyde said the Democraticgroup is “prepared to takewhatever steps are necessaryto make sure that the people’svoice is heard.”“Statehouse Republicansnow have a choice: Theycan come back to the draw-ing board and produce fairmaps with bipartisan support,or they can create widespreaduncertainty in our next elec-tion,” she said.The map, which RepublicanGov. John Kasich signed intolaw last month, has been wide-ly derided by Democrats andvoter groups who say the GOPgerrymandered the lines toprotect their control of Ohio’scongressional delegation.New boundaries wereneeded when Ohio lost twoU.S. House seats because of slow population growth com-pared to the rest of the coun-try. Voter advocacy groups,such as the Ohio League of Women Voters, say the newmap makes 12 of those 16seats safe for Republicans.Ohioans are bolsteredby the court’s decision, saidBrian Rothenberg, executivedirector of the liberal policygroup ProgressOhio that hashelped gather signatures forthe repeal effort.“The lines were drawngrotesquely, and people couldtell inherently this was wrong,that this was the wrong way togame the system,” he said.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011 The Herald –3
Christmas is coming andfor those of us associatedwith the Museum of PostalHistory, we are looking forsome early Christmas pres-ents. During the last threeyears since we purchasedour current home, we havebeen most fortunate to havenumerous individuals comeforward and help us with spe-cific tasks at the museum.Help has come from studentsat both high schools, fromCub and Boy scouts, busi-ness professionals, computerexperts, carpenters, retirees,even the inmates of the stateprison, and the list goes on.In my last few articles, Ihave spoken about the numer-ous projects we have start-ed. The most pressing itemhas been the construction of almost 2,500 square feet of partitions. These partitionsserve multiple purposes noleast of which is to provideus with much needed displaysurfaces. These structureshave been constructed frompine boards and luan plywoodand are now in need of a coatof primer and then a coat of paint.I think you are reading mymind — yes the first pres-ent we need has nothing todo with a pear tree but wesure could use a few peopleto assist us in painting. Theimplementation of our exhibitplan is at a complete standstilluntil this portion is complet-ed. Whether it is a couple of hours or an entire morning orafternoon; it would be great if we had some able volunteers.All you need to do is just giveme a call and we will set upa time for you that will beconvenient. If we could get 4or 5 people working on this, itwouldn’t take all that long.Don’t stop reading justbecause painting is not yourthing. Our wish list has a fewmore items on it. We havebeen very fortunate to havehad very capable board mem-bers to guide us through thelast three years. They havebeen there to help us obtainour IRS exemption, our cer-tificate of occupancy, grants,loans and were the overseersof the building renovations.Some have also served astour guides. For a couple of members of the board, theirpriorities have had to shiftand as such are no longerable to serve. The next “pres-ent” we have on our list isto find a few community-minded individuals whowould be interested in servingon our board. Board meet-ings are the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. andlast approximately one hour.If you would be interested,please stop in at the museumand obtain a short applicationform or give me a call andwe can certainly drop oneoff in the US Mail. You donot need any experience withmuseums or the mail. Weseek those people who canbring their knowledge of ourcommunity and a willingnessto devote a couple of hours amonth assisting us in one of numerous areas. For furtherinformation, please feel freeto contact me or any of ourcurrent board members.We don’t want SantaClaus to feel overwhelmedso we only have one moreitem on our list to talk aboutat the moment. As we enterthe last quarter of 2011, manyof you are looking at final-izing your budgets for 2012.As Christmas is a season of giving, we ask that you con-sider setting aside some fundsin your budget to contrib-ute to our cause. The dol-lars you donate to us are aninvestment in our commu-nity. We are an entertainmentvenue that helps draw groupsfrom all over the state andthe Midwest. We are givingtours to groups from 2 to200 and with the proposedchanges to our website, blog,our facebook page, and theadvertising of our trips, moreand more people are takingnotice of who we are andwhat we are accomplishing.Since our inception, we havehad visitors from most of the50 states and over 30 coun-tries. My thanks to the RotaryClub and the many volunteerswho made this year’s SeniorWalking Tour of Delphos agreat success. We are veryglad to be a stop on the tour.Our entire list is actuallymuch longer than the TwelveDays of Christmas, but wewill stop right here for now.I want to thank those bravefolks that traveled with usto Mt. Airy, North Carolina.If you are wondering why Isaid brave, you’ll have to asksomeone who was on the trip.It really was a great time—the weather cooperated, theentertainment was excellent,and Mr. Russell Hiatt, akaFloyd did give me one of thebest and least expensive hair-cuts I have ever had.Speaking of trips, I amworking on a trip to NewYork City next fall and possi-bly a trip to Nashville, Tenn.,as well as a couple of one ortwo day gambling and enter-tainment excursions for 2012.If you are interested in receiv-ing information when wefinalize our plans, drop mea note in the mail, send mean email at: mphdelphos@gmail.com, or give me a callat 419-303-5482.
Driver Education class-es will begin Nov. 14 inDelphos.Area students who willbe 16 years old by June 14,2012, may register for theclass held from 6-9 p.m.Monday through Thursdayat St. John’s High School.The course will includemaneuverability and drivingas well as classroom ses-sions.For more information,call Tom Osting at 419-692-6766.Applications are availableat area high school offices.
Driver’s Edbegins Nov. 14
Pratical Money Skills
By Jason Alderman
If you’re enrolled inMedicare, mark these dates onyour calendar: today – Dec. 7.That’s Medicare’s 2012 OpenEnrollment period – and youshould note that it occurs amonth earlier this year than inthe past. Aside from excep-tions made for a few specialcircumstances, this is the onlyperiod when current enrolleescan make coverage changes forthe coming calendaryear.Medicare pro-vides health carebenefits to peopleage 65 and older andthose under 65 withcertain disabilitiesor end-stage renaldisease. For mostpeople, the initialenrollment periodis the seven-monthperiod that begins three monthsbefore the month they turn 65.If you miss that window, youmay enroll between Jan. 1 andMarch 31 each year, althoughyour coverage won’t beginuntil July 1.Medicare offers severalplans and coverage options,including:
• Medicare Part A, which
covers in-patient hospital,skilled nursing facility andhospice services, as well ashome health care. People areusually enrolled automaticallyupon turning 65 or after havingreceived Social Security dis-ability benefits for 24 months.There’s usually no monthlypremium;
• Medicare Part B, which
covers doctor’s services, outpa-tient care and some preventiveservices. It’s optional and has amonthly premium. Most peo-ple are automatically enrolledat the same time they beginPart A coverage, but you canopt out by following instruc-tions accompanying yourMedicare card (mailed aboutthree months before your 65thbirthday);
• Medicare Part C (Medicare
Advantage) plans, whichare privately run alternativesto traditional Parts A and B.Structured like HMO or PPOplans, they often include addi-tional benefits such as prescrip-tion drugs, dental, vision andwellness programs. Monthlypremiums may be higher thanregular Part B, but they usu-ally have lower deductibles andcopayments; also, they requirethat you use the plan’s providernetwork; and
• Medicare Part D, which
covers prescription drugs. It’soptional and carries a monthlypremium. These privately runplans vary widely in terms of cost, copayments and deduct-ibles and medications covered.During Medicare OpenEnrollment you can:
• Switch from original
Medicare Parts A, Band D to a MedicareAdvantage plan, orvice versa;
• Switch from one
Advantage plan toanother;
• Switch from
an Advantage planthat offers prescrip-tion coverage to onethat doesn’t, and viceversa; or
• Join a Part D plan, switch
from one plan to another, ordrop Part D coverage altogeth-er.People currently enrolledin Medicare Advantage haveanother opportunity to makechanges during a second periodcalled Medicare AdvantageDisenrollment. Between Jan.1 and Feb. 14, 2012, youcan switch back to originalMedicare Parts A and B cover-age, with the option to join PartD as well. However, during thisperiod you cannot:
• Switch from origi
-nal Medicare to MedicareAdvantage;
• Switch from one Medicare
Advantage plan to another; or
• Switch from one Part D
plan to another.Understanding and choosingthe right Medicare options can becomplicated and time-consum-ing. For assistance, call 1-800-633-4227 or visit Medicare’swebsite, www.medicare.gov,where you’ll find:
•Helpful publications,
including Medicare & Your2011, a highly detailed guidethat explains Medicare in easy-to-understand language.
• Tools to compare prescrip
-tion plans, hospitals, nursinghomes, home health agenciesand Medigap plans in yourarea.
• Resources to find local
doctors and other practitionerswho participate in Medicare.
• Services covered by vari
-ous Medicare plans.
Medicare OpenEnrollment comes early
COLUMBUS —Organizations, schoolsand individuals are beingasked to help celebrate the150th birthday of the OhioStatehouse by sending a“birthday greeting.”In preparation for a spe-cial 150th birthday event onNov. 15, the actual day theCapitol Building was com-pleted in 1861, citizens andorganizations throughout thestate are encouraged to senda birthday greeting to markthe historic occasion.Birthday greetings canbe as unique as Ohio’s 11.5million residents. Birthdaygreetings can represent andcapture the well-wisher’sorganization or school.Greetings can be sent in anymanageable size, format and/or medium. Creativity ishighly encouraged.Greetings can be as simpleas a purchased birthday cardor hand drawn note. Eachgreeting will be displayedduring the “Ohio Statehouse150th Birthday CelebrationOpen House and CapitolArtists Fair” scheduled forNovember 15.Each submitted birthdaygreeting will become part of the permanent collection of the Ohio Statehouse. Plansare in place to preserve eachgreeting and display themduring the Statehouse’s200th anniversary in the year2061.Birthday greetings can bemailed by Nov. 8 to:Ohio Statehouse 150thBirthdayOhio Statehouse1 Capitol SquareColumbus, OH 43215Digital greetings can beemailed by Nov. 10 to:150@csrab.state.oh.us
Ohio Statehouse seeksbirthday greetings
AC Museumannounces treefestival theme
Plans are underway forthe 39th annual ChristmasTree Festival at the AllenCounty Museum. The 2011Planning Committee hasannounced that this year’stheme for the Festival willbe “Visions of Christmas.”The five-day event willinclude extended eve-ning hours on Friday forthe MacDonell House andMuseum and “Christmas inAustralia” at the Children’sDiscovery Center.Organizations interestedin entering a decorated treemay contact Donna at theAllen County Museum at419-222-9426.Deadline for tree registra-tion is Oct. 24.
Church offers
dinner to benefit
Liberty Chapel UMC,7590 Sandusky Road, Limawill hold a Chicken andPulled Pork Dinner from4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 22.The dine-in or carry-outdinners are $7 and includechoice of meat, two sides, aroll, a dessert and a bever-ageProceeds will send areayouth to Lakeside in 2012.The Titanic was runningat 22 knots when it hit theiceberg.

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