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Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
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Public hearingsset on electricaggregation
Three public hearingswill be held this monthfor questions regard-ing the electric aggrega-tion issue voters passedin November. Meetingswill be held at 10:30 a.m.and 6:30 p.m. Mondayand 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27.Safety Service DirectorGreg Berquist said the nextstep is to develop a plan tosubmit to Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio (PUCO)for aggregation approval.Letters will also be sent toresidents and businesses thatqualify for the opt-out pro-cess within the city limits.
St. Peter to host‘The LongestNight Service’
St. Peter Lutheran Churchwill host “The LongestNight Service” at 7 p.m.Wednesday. The serviceis called “The LongestNight” because in theNorthern Hemisphere, theWinter Solstice is the lon-gest night of the year andfalls on or near Dec. 21st.Church officials recog-nize the Christmas seasonmay not be a joyous time foreveryone. Circumstances likegrief, illness, aging, stress,loneliness, unemploymentand financial worry can seemmagnified during the holi-days. The service of prayers,readings and thoughtfulmusic is not an all-night vigilbut rather a time to take amoment of holy calm in themidst of all the hustle andbustle of this busy season;a time to pause and reflectand know one is not alone.The service is opento the community.
Thrift shop: Doing more for 40 years
By MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Whenthe Arnold C. DienstbergerFoundation recentlyannounced its annual grants,it gave the Interfaith ThriftShop $10,000. Thanks tolocal generosity, the thriftshop is undertaking an expan-sion project that will enableit to continue helping theeconomically-disadvantagedhave happy holidays.Year-round, many resi-dents rely on the ability topurchase good-quality, gen-tly-used clothing and otheritems purchased at the store.For 40 years, the thrift shophas served the community byputting its religious valuesinto action.According to SecretaryDorothy Hoffman, the Rev.Albert Ottenweller, who wasthe pastor at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,spearheaded the thrift shop’sbeginning in 1971. Migrantworkers came from Texas towork in the region’s fieldsand Ottenweller saw theyneeded clothes.“Fr. Ottenweller had a fewchurch women help him —they washed clothes, mendedthem and ironed them. Thenthey gave them to the migrantworkers,” Hoffman said.In 1996, Director DoloresDienstberger told the DelphosHerald Marie Dorman andMarie Meyers started thethrift shop with help fromChurch Women United andlocal churches. At some point,the store closed and reopenedlater. It is unclear whetherthe ladies were involvedfrom the beginning or if theywere merely responsible forits reopening. At some pointearly on, the ministry beganoperating from the formerLee Schimmoeller PoultryShop with a rental agree-ment. The thrift shop laterpurchased the building witha $20,000 loan from the for-mer Commercial Bank. The10-year mortgage was paidoff in two years, according toDienstberger in 1996.However, the buildingwas falling apart and was toosmall. Board President CarolCunningham said the sortingarea was just large enoughfor a couple of tables andfour women to go throughdonations.“It was in deplorable con-dition — the one floor wassinking because it had nofoundation; it was on sand.People became claustropho-bic in there because it wasso small,” she said. “Wewere growing and donationswere increasing, so we hadto have something bigger.Sometimes, we had to sort onthe street because we’d openup the drop-off and thingswould spill out.”Nonetheless, the churchladies pressed on. There wasa bicycle shop next door thatclosed and became the thriftshop’s toy store. Cunninghamsaid different types of mer-chandise were organized asbest as possible in limitedspace.“We had a pantry but itwas unorganized becausethere just wasn’t any room.The jewelry was put on astand all at one price and wedisplayed clothes as best wecould but now, we have thenew building and people seehow we take care of it. Theysee how we price things andwith all the room we have,they give us a lot of stuff,”she said.The old chicken shack wastorn down and the currentbuilding constructed in 2004.Both buildings utilized thesame lot at the northwest cor-ner of Main and First streets.A loan was taken out for thecurrent building but the gen-erosity of Delphos residentsenabled the ladies to pay itoff quickly. This meant theycould continue their minis-try without the financial hin-drance of debt.As has been true for 40years, the thrift shop is a life-saver for many.“The thrift shop helps thecommunity by offering low-priced clothes — tops are $1,bottoms are $1, lightweight jackets are $1, children andinfants’ clothes are 50 centsapiece and 2-piece clothingitems are $2. People withmeager incomes can comehere and get clothes, coatsand other items that are
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Interfaith Thrift Shop Board President Carol Cunningham sorts clothes Thursday forthis weekend’s hours of operation. Through its 40-year history, the thrift shop has hadmore donated goods to manage as it has grown from one building to the next. Not onlyhas increased space allowed for more donations but additional work has been needed andmore volunteers have gotten involved to serve a greater number of people with low-pricedclothes and more.See THRIFT, page 3Janet Hoersten holds the new Bicentennial HistoryBook of Fort Jennings. Those who purchased one canpick them up from 2-6 p.m. today and from 8:30-11 a.m.and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Fort Haven in Fort Jennings.
Toys for Tots Drive a great success this year 
During the week of Dec. 5, Ottoville Local School students in grades K-12 brought in toys for the Toys for Tots Drive in Putnam County. Thisyear’s toy drive was a huge success with hundreds of toys being brought to school. Every class contributed to the toy drive and two of the classroomshad 100 percent participation. Council members Haley Landwehr, left, Melissa Burgei, Brandon Boecker, Logan Gable, Eric Wannemacher, CraigOdenweller, Amy Tumblin and Kenny Jackson are with a United States Marine who came to school on Friday to distribute prizes to the students.
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Temi Cano - “It’s good news,really good news. I think the warin Iraq is one of the reasons wehave such a big deficit and wenever should’ve been over therein the first place. I’m glad thesoldiers are coming home, theones who have made it anyway.We’ve lost so much over there.Not just the thousands who havedied but the ones who wereinjured and are suffering andwhose families are suffering.”
Local reaction: How do you feelabout the end of the war in Iraq?
Karen Burns - “I havemixed feelings about it. I’mnot sure it’s really over butI’m sure everyone wants theirsoldiers to come home.”
Brad Hohenbrink - “Ithink it’s a horrible mistake.It’s just our idiot of a presi-dent trying to win re-elec-tion at the cost of ruiningour chance for peace in theMiddle East. I don’t wantour men over there but we’rethe only cop on the block, soto speak.”
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Now she ieson wings of lightOur sweet babytoo soon took ight. Above our headsin clouds so bright,there she’s safest in the light.Her shadows danceacross the sun,but in our hearts love is never done.So y y little wingFly where only angels sing.
Sadly missed,Michael, Jennifer, Lena,Luke, Lane, & LilaGrandma & Grandpa
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I had an experience last weekend that hasseemed to be repeating itself more and more.I shared my story with a few others and I havefound that I am not alone in my distress.My distress? When did going to the bath-room become such a difficult thing? I don’tmean “going” to the bathroom in the morepersonal sense of the word but perhaps “using”the bathroom would be the more correct wayto say it.Let me recount by experience.I was traveling in a different part of Ohioand using a bathroom that was unfamiliarto me. I approached the sink, put my handsunderneath the automatic soap dispenser suc-cessfully getting the perfect “dime-size” dropof soap. I rubbed my hands together, thenproceeded to place my hands under the han-dle-less water faucet. I pondered: is this the“wave”-type of faucet? The touch type? Theone where you use a foot touch? So, I wavedmy hands over and under, tapped and gavevoice commands — all to no avail as the soapbecame a gooey dried combobulation on myhands.There I stood, holding my soapy hands outin front of me, cursing technology. Was any-one watching me, laughing at me, using me asa guinea pig for some wicked type of waterfaucet experiment?I then decided to try those tactics on theadjacent faucet, thinking maybe the first oneperhaps had a “technical glitch.” Finally,the perfectly-passed wave did the job and Ishouted for joy as the water washed away thesticky mess from my hands.I truthfully am getting a complex aboutgoing into restrooms in places I have nevervisited. When I enter, I scope the scene watch-ing others as they wash and dry their hands,trying to get a clue as to what awaits. Do theyhave those hand-blowers you just walk by andthey go off unexpectedly, sounding like a 747scaring the #?#?# out of you? Do they havethe type you dip your hands in and out of orthe kind you push to start? Or do they have thedispensers that wildly shoot streams of paperout at you?All of this and I have not yet even men-tioned the toilets. To put it delicately — theyscare me sometimes. I wonder if someoneis watching me and knows just the precise“moment” to SWISH! Occasionally, the tim-ing of the “swish” can be a bit off and onceagain you are left in a not-so-pleasant predica-ment of figuring it all out in a place you don’treally want to spend a lot of time.I’m all for making life easier through mod-ern inventions but I am not yet totally con-vinced the bathroom needs to be improved.All I need are the basics — a clean bathroomwith running water and some paper to wipemy hands. Makes you kind of wonder, though,what might be the next step they would sur-prise us with in the world of restroom tech-nology. On the other hand, I just don’t think Iwant to know.
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Delphos City SchoolsWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Walking tacowith lettuce and cheese orSloppy Jo sandwich, corn,peaches, pretzel rod, lowfatmilk.Tuesday: Corn dog on astick, green beans, fruit, low-fat milk.Wednesday: Assortedpizza, tossed salad, fruit, low-fat milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.St. John’sWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Beef and cheesenachos/breadstick or meatloaf sandwich, green beans, salad,applesauce, milk.Tuesday: Chicken nuggets/roll or BBQ pork sandwich,corn, salad, mandarin orang-es, milk.Wednesday: Stuffed crustpepperoni pizza or cold meatsandwich, carrots/dip, salad,pears, milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.LandeckWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Pizzaburgers,green beans, fruit, milk.Tuesday: Breaded chickenstrips, butter/peanut butterbread, corn, fruit, milk.Wednesday: Hamburgersandwich, potato rounds,fruit, milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.Fort JenningsWeek of Dec. 19-23Chocolate, white or straw-berry milk served with allmeals.H.S. - Ala Carte - Pretzeland cheese available everyFriday; Salad bar with fruitand milk for $2.00 availableevery Wednesday.Monday: Turkey andcheese wrap, green beans,muffin, fruit.Tuesday: Charbroil beef sandwich, cheese slice, car-rots, fries, fruit.Wednesday: Chicken nug-gets, dinner roll, mixed veg-etables, fruit.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.OttovilleWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Pizza, chips,peas, pineapple, milk.Tuesday: Chicken strips,augratin potatoes, butterbread, peaches, milk.Wednesday: Salisburysteak, mashed potatoes andgravy, butter bread, apple-sauce, Christmas cake, milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.LincolnviewWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Chicken strips,hash browns, bread and but-ter, grapes, milk.Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza,peas, fruit, milk.Wednesday, Thursday &Friday: No school - Christmasbreak.GomerWeek of Dec. 19-23Monday: Popcorn chicken,seasoned corn, diced pears,brownie bar, milk.Tuesday: Real slice cheesepizza, hot veggie, mandarinoranges, milk.Wednesday: Breadedchicken sandwich, raspber-ry sherbet, applesauce cup,milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.SpencervilleWeek of Dec. 19-23Choice of daily salad orsandwich/wrap with fruit andmilk as another meal option.Monday: 5th-12th grade:Meatball sub w/mozzerellacheese; K-4th grade: BBQ porksandwich, cosmic fries, frenchfries, cherry shape up, milk.Tuesday: Salisbury steak,mashed potatoes, gravy, yumyum cake, applesauce, milk.Wednesday: Wedge slicepepperoni pizza, green beans,fruit, milk.Thursday & Friday: Noschool - Christmas break.
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CharlesA., 77, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at9:30 a.m. today at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff officiating. Burial will be inResurrection Cemetery, withmilitary rites by the DelphosVeterans Council. Memorialcontributions may be madeto the St. John’s TeacherEndowment Fund or theAmerican Cancer Society.
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Edna M., 93, of Baton Rouge, La., and for-merly of Paulding, funeralservices will be conducted11 a.m. today at Den HerderFuneral Home, Paulding, theRev. Kim Semran officiating.Burial will be in RochesterCemetery, Cecil. Friends maycall one hour prior to servicestoday at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, the familyrequests donations be madeto a charity of the donor’schoice. Online condolencesmay be sent to www.denherd-erfh.com
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HARRISBURG, Pa. —As soon as he walked into thePenn State locker room, MikeMcQueary heard runningwater and rhythmic, slappingsounds of “skin on skin.” Helooked in a mirror and sawa naked Jerry Sandusky, theformer assistant coach, hold-ing a young boy by the waistfrom behind, up against thewall in the campus shower.“I just saw Coach Sanduskyin the showers with a boy andwhat I saw was wrong andsexual,” McQueary recalledtelling his father that nightin 2002. He repeated it thenext morning to coach JoePaterno, who slumped deepinto his chair at his kitchentable.“He said, ‘I’m sorry youhad to see that,”’ McQuearysaid.McQueary’s testimonyFriday at a preliminary hear-ing for two Penn State offi-cials accused of coveringup the story was the mostdetailed, public account yetof the child sex abuse alle-gations that have upendedthe university’s footballprogram and the entire cen-tral Pennsylvania campus.Paterno and the universitypresident have lost their jobs,and officials Tim Curley andGary Schultz are accused of lying to a grand jury aboutwhat McQueary told them.A Pennsylvania judge onFriday held Curley, the uni-versity’s athletic director,and Schultz, a retired seniorvice president, for trial afterthe daylong hearing.Curley said that McQuearynever relayed the seriousnessof what he saw, and said hewas only told that Sanduskywas “horsing around” witha boy but that his conductwasn’t sexual.He said he told the uni-versity president about theepisode and the top officialat a children’s charity thatSandusky founded, but nevertold university police. “Ididn’t see any reason becauseI didn’t think at the time itwas a crime,” he told thegrand jury, according to tes-timony read into the recordon Friday.Curley, Schultz andPaterno have been criticizedfor never telling police aboutthe 2002 charges. Prosecutorssay Sandusky continuedto abuse boys for six moreyears. Sandusky has deniedhaving inappropriate sexualcontact with boys.In about two hours on thewitness stand, McQueary saidagain and again that what hesaw was a sexual act, althoughhe stopped short of saying hewas sure that Sandusky, now67, had raped the boy.“I believe Jerry was sexu-ally molesting him and hav-ing some type of sexual inter-course with him,” McQuearysaid on Friday. He said laterhe “can’t say 100 percent” thatSandusky and the boy werehaving intercourse becausehe was seeing Sandusky frombehind.He said after talking tohis father, he went over toPaterno’s home the nextmorning and said that whathe had seen “was way overthe lines, it was extremelysexual in nature.” He said hewould not have used wordslike sodomy or intercoursewith Paterno; he did not getinto that much detail outof respect for the coach, hesaid.Paterno told the grand jurythat McQueary said he sawSandusky doing somethingof a “sexual nature” with theyoungster but that he didn’tpress for details.“I didn’t push Mike ...because he was very upset,”Paterno said. “I knew Mikewas upset, and I knew somekind of inappropriate actionwas being taken by JerrySandusky with a youngster.”Paterno told McQueary hewould talk to others aboutwhat he’d reported.McQueary said he metnine or 10 days later withCurley and Schultz and toldthem he’d seen Sandusky anda boy, both naked, in theshower after hearing skin-on-skin slapping sounds.“I would have describedthat it was extremely sexualand I thought that some kindof intercourse was going on,”said McQueary.McQueary said he wasleft with the impression bothmen took his report seriously.When asked why he didn’tgo to police, he referencedSchultz’s position as a vicepresident at the universitywho had overseen the cam-pus police“I thought I was talking tothe head of the police, to befrank with you,” he said. “Inmy mind it was like speakingto a (district attorney). It wassomeone who police reportedto and would know what todo with it.”The square-jawed, red-haired assistant coach spokein a steady voice in his firstpublic account of the allegedabuse, sometimes turninghis seat and leaning towarddefense lawyers to answerquestions. His voice rose afew times and he blushedonce when describing thesexual encounter in the show-er.Defense lawyers forCurley and Schultz arguedthat a perjury charge shouldnot be based solely on a per-son’s testimony under oathcontradicting someone else’stestimony. The defense saiduncorroborated testimo-ny from McQueary is notenough and sought to pickapart the ways he describedthe shower scene differentlyto different people.The defense noted thatMcQueary admitted changinghis description of the showerencounter when speakingwith Paterno — enough sothat the coach didn’t believea crime had occurred.McQueary said he hadstopped by a campus footballlocker room to drop off a pairof sneakers in the spring of 2002 when he saw Sanduskywith the boy, who he estimat-ed was 10 or 12 years old.McQueary, 37, said hehas never described whathe saw as anal rape or analintercourse and couldn’t seeSandusky’s genitals, butthat “it was very clear that itlooked like there was inter-course going on.”In its report last month,the grand jury summarizedMcQueary’s testimony assaying he “saw a naked boy... with his hands up againstthe wall, being subjected toanal intercourse by a nakedSandusky.”
PSU coach says he saw, reported abuse
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP)— A University of Vermontfraternity whose members areaccused of circulating a surveythat asked who they would liketo rape has been closed indefi-nitely.The national Sigma PhiEpsilon made the announce-ment Friday after an internalinvestigation and lengthy dis-cussions with the university inBurlington.The national organizationhas said there’s no indication thequestionnaire was sanctioned bythe fraternity or distributed tothe more than 50 members of the Vermont chapter.A student reported the ques-tionnaire to university officialsover the weekend, which led theschool and the national orga-nization to suspend the chaptertemporarily, pending the inves-tigation.The school is investigatinghow widely the survey was cir-culated, and campus police aretrying to determine if any crimeswere committed.The survey prompted a wom-en’s rights and equality groupto organize a rally Thursday inBurlington, attended by morethan 200 people, some call-ing for the fraternity to be shutdown.
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For the past 13 years, Delphoshas had a Christmas Tree Festivalat the Canal Museum. Althoughmuch of the work is done by trust-ees and volunteers, local groupsplay a big part. This year there are30 trees decorated by groups andfamilies:Special interest clubs: DelphosQuilters Club, Do-Right MotorcycleClub, Changing Times MothersClub, Green Thumb Garden Club,Delphos Young Farm Wives,POW MIA group, Delphos EaglesAuxiliary, Divine Divas Red HatLadies, Red Hat Floozies, andVFW Ladies AuxiliaryCivic groups: Relay for Life,Delphos Ladies Club, Van Crest,Community Health Professionals,and Delphos Senior CitizensYouth groups: Pathfinders4-H, Jr. Optimists, St. JohnsTeens Against Substance Abuse,Girl Scouts, and Kiwanis K-KidsBuilders Club (7th and 8thGraders)Church groups: ColumbianSquires, JCDA (Jr. CatholicDaughters of America), JCSA (Jr.Catholic Sons of America), CDA(Catholic Daughters of America),Ridge/Zion United MethodistWomen, St. Peters LutheranChurch Sunday School, LandeckCatholic Ladies of Columbia,and Delphos Catholic Ladies of ColumbiaSome of these groups do atree related to their club and oth-ers buy items which can later begiven to the Delphos CommunityChristmas fund. For instance, thegarden club always has a beauti-ful tree with decorations madeout of natural materials and thequilter’s tree features handmadeitems using quilting fabrics. TheRidge/Zion church tree is filledwith gloves and mittens and theCatholic Ladies of Columbia dec-orated with girls’ hair accessorieswhich will be welcome gifts tochildren in the community.Not only groups are represented,there are also families. The Muellerfamily has shared a treasured nativ-ity set with us for many years andthis year 4 generations of the VirgilGerman family got together andspent a Saturday afternoon deco-rating a tree with kitchen gadgetswhich they will then donate to theDelphos Community ChristmasProject. Maybe you or your fam-ily have something you would liketo share with the community nextyear at the Tree Festival. Or maybeyou can start a Christmas traditionas the German family is doing. If so, let us know.There is still time to see thefestival this week-end or next. Themuseum will be open from 1-4p.m. Saturday and Sunday after-noons.
A community Christmas at the museum
In 1947, Edmund Gwennstarred in a very popularmovie entitled Miracle on 34thStreet. The premise of the filmwas that this kindly old manwas being considered insanebecause he believed that hewas the real Santa Claus. Hisattorney argued that he wasthe real Santa Claus. His proof came from tens of thousandsof letters that were deliveredto the courtroom by noneother than the United StatesPost Office Department. If theUS government believed thathe was Santa Claus how coulda judge disagree.It was a cute story. I havefond memories as a young boyof going into “the city” andlooking at all the store win-dows decorated for the holi-days. Macy’s on 34th Streetwas always our first stop. Thenwe would go up Fifth Avenueand see the moving displaysat Saks, Lord and Taylor, andFAO Schwartz. The last stopwas always to my father’soffice which was located inBloomingdale’s DepartmentStore. The Salvation Armyalways had a band playingwith a jolly old Santa nearby.The street vendors had chest-nuts roasting and those big softpretzels with a ton of coarsesalt. We would all go to theemployee’s cafeteria and drinkhot chocolate and to rest fromwalking so much. Christmaswas everywhere and my par-ents always used a great deal of care in picking out Christmascards we would send to friendsaround the country. The cardswere always something I lovedto open. They were gold andglittery and filled with goodwishes, family pictures andlong letters to tell us aboutwhat was happening in theirlives. There were no eCardsand a social network was usu-ally at someone’s home not incyberspace.I know that people don’tsend cards like they used tofor many reasons – the costsand time to name a few. But Iremember very clearly when Iworked for the post office, thenumber of people that couldn’twait to get their hands on thenew Christmas stamps. If wedidn’t have them in stock yetor ran out, we would certainlyhear about it from our custom-ers. Sending packages – oh thetruckloads I remember loadingfor weeks before Christmasand everyone wanted to knowthat last day that you couldmail to Europe or one of theother continents and guaranteeit would be there by Christmas.There were so many pack-ages for our servicemen andwomen who were overseasand some very special holidaygifts destined for VA hospitalsall over the country.It was a time of giving, atime of sharing and everyonedepended on the US mail tomake the holidays bright. Iknow the news about the postoffice sounds grim; and mail-ing cards and packages can geta little expensive if you sendto everyone you know. Butstop and think for a moment.Think of someone who youhaven’t talked to in a whileand instead of picking up thephone, or sitting down at thecomputer, give that personsomething very special, verypersonal, and always appreci-ated. Not a generic newsletterthat everyone gets. Give themsomething that is a part of you— write them a letter in yourown hand. Maybe even put itin a beautiful Christmas card.I guarantee you will fill thatperson with joy and happinesslike no other present can give.When you care enough tosend the very best … there isnothing finer than your ownwords. I will be sending outmany cards and letters thisseason, but for now, I want tothank you for taking the timeto read my article and mayyour family enjoy a MerryChristmas, a Happy New Yearand a glorious holiday season.
Ohio jobless rate dipsto 8.5 pct. in November
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio’s unemployment ratesaw its largest one-monthdecline in nearly 30 years dur-ing November amid improve-ment in the state’s job marketand overall economy, and asthousands of the state’s job-less stopped searching forwork, officials said Friday.Gov. John Kasich called thereport “encouraging.”Joblessness dropped to 8.5percent last month, from 9percent in October, the OhioDepartment of Job and FamilyServices said. The half-per-centage-point dip was the larg-est since summer 1983 andpushed the state’s unemploy-ment rate down to its lowestlevel since December 2008,said Ben Johnson, a depart-ment spokesman.“The economy is get-ting better, the job market isimproving, and slowly butsurely Ohioans are gettingback to work,” Johnson said.The unemployment ratewent down in November asthe state added jobs and as thelabor market shrank becausesome 22,000 out-of-workOhioans quit looking for jobs,he said.Ohio payrolls outsideof farms grew by 6,000 inNovember, led by gains inservices jobs. Meanwhile, atgoods-producing industries,hiring in manufacturing wasoffset by losses in construc-tion, the department said. Thenumber of workers unem-ployed in Ohio has fallen by69,000 in the past 12 months,going down to 496,000 inNovember, from 526,000 inOctober.The state’s jobless rate hasdeclined by more than two fullpercentage points since theheight of the recession, andin November was below thenational rate of 8.6 percent.
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inexpensive and good qual-ity,” Cunningham said. “Onewoman said she helped hergrandson get through col-lege by bringing him here forclothes because they couldn’tafford to go to the stores.”She continued: “So,clothes are our big seller butthe thrift shop also gives thecommunity an opportunity tobe giving. They give us somuch beautiful stuff — it’samazing how good it is andsome of it’s brand new. Wealso give people a place tovolunteer and they give somuch of their time. Since wehave more room, we’ve beenable to accept more in dona-tions, so there is more to sort.We have more toys and wehave books. My sister saidwe needed a boutique, so westarted it and people saw thestuff that was in the boutiqueand gave us more becausethey know we’re not going to junk it.”The thrift shop has hada food pantry throughoutmost of its years in minis-try. However, Becky Strayercame on board as social ser-vices coordinator about threeyears ago and has expandedthe variety of services.Strayer connected the thriftshop with the Ohio BenefitsBank, a state program thatstreamlines various public-and private-assistance pro-grams through one applicationprocess. This makes the thriftshop the one place in townwhere those in need can applyfor food stamps, energy assis-tance, prescription assistanceand more.The thrift shop has helpedpeople with utility bills formany years but doesn’t havetons of cash available. Strayersaid clients often come to herneeding help with somethinglike rent or their electric-ity. Paying the bill for themmay not be possible but thatdoesn’t mean the thrift shopcan’t help.“The first thing we look atis ‘are you employed? Haveyou applied for unemploy-ment? Have you applied forfood stamps?’ Sometimes,you can free up money forrent and utilities by gettingfood stamps. A lot of peoplemay qualify but don’t knowit,” she said.Strayer has also connect-ed the thrift shop with theSalvation Army; pursued agrant from Midwest Electric,Inc., that enabled the shopto install a security system;and she is getting the ladiesorganized, turning part of the building into administra-tive spaces the thrift shop hasnever had before. However,organizational developmentmeans space is again maxi-mized. Therefore, the thriftshop is expanding.“We never had officesbefore. We never even hadfiles and now, we do. Theproblem is, we don’t haveany room,” Cunningham con-cluded. “Since Becky camehere, we’ve gotten in with theSalvation Army and the OhioBenefits Bank — that’s allBecky’s doing. All of theseother social services havebeen added in the three yearsshe has been here.”

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