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By STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Nearlyeverywhere one looks thesedays, one will find signs,logos, decals and letterheads.These things are so commonthat people rarely consider thework and thought that goesinto them or the designer whocreates them.Lance Brown is one suchdesigner.Along with his wifeAnnette, Brown runsMushroom Plant Graphics, agraphic design company thatputs original work on every-thing from labels to tankers.“Both Annette and I haddone similar work before, soit just made sense for us tostart our own company,” hesaid. “There is a lot of graphicdesign involved in makingsigns. I make all kinds — ban-ners, aluminum signs, vehiclegraphics. We did the bottlelabels for Jubilee Winery.“The most unusual thingwe work on is tankers —wrapping big nitrogen tank-ers. That’s one good thingabout this job; everything isdifferent. It’s not like stand-ing all day in front of a punchpress, which I’ve done. That’sboring.”Brown says a change inmethod has made his job a loteasier than it used to be.“Back when we started,it was just cut vinyl,” heexplained. “To get more thanone color in a sign, we wouldhave to layer different col-ors. Now we have a coupleof printers we use, which isreally nice. A printer givesyou the freedom to do moreand to create much better-looking stuff. We do most of the work here but we can’t doeverything; no one can. Somethings we have to farm out butwe like to control as much of the process as we can.”Brown has a hard timefinding anything disagreeableabout his job but his favoriteaspect by far is designing.“I love the design work; thecreative process. That’s thefun part,” he said. “Customersgive us a rough sketch andwe try to work with that togive them what they want.Some people just come in andsay ‘I trust you; do whateveryou think looks good’ andthey let us run with it. Otherscome in with a very specificidea of what they want andare very picky, which is OK,too. I love working with thecustomers, getting to knowthem.”Being self-employed,Brown says there is a lot morework involved in his job.“There are a lot of hours.When you’re self-employed,there are always things youshould be doing,” he added.“Working in a warehouse,when I went home, I wasdone. Here, we’re never donebut even when it’s a bad day,it’s still better to be workingfor yourself. Basically, I canwork all day. Plus, it’s reallya 2-person thing. Annette andI have always worked welltogether and I couldn’t do this job without her.”Brown and his wife live inDelphos and have two chil-dren, ages 20 and 18.
By DAVID CRARYThe Associated Press
NEW YORK — In cor-rections systems nationwide,officials are grappling withdecisions about geriatricunits, hospices and medicalparole as elderly inmates —with their high rates of illnessand infirmity — make up anever-increasing share of theprison population.At a time of tight statebudgets, it’s a trend posingdifficult dilemmas for poli-cymakers. They must addresssoaring medical costs forthese older inmates and pon-der whether some can besafely released before theirsentences expire.The latest available figuresfrom 2010 show that 8 per-cent of the prison population— 124,400 inmates — was55 or older, compared to 3percent in 1995, according toa report being released todayby Human Rights Watch.This oldest segment grew atsix times the rate of the over-all prison population between1995 and 2010, the reportsays.“Prisons were neverdesigned to be geriatric facili-ties,” said Jamie Fellner, aHuman Rights Watch spe-cial adviser who wrote thereport. “Yet U.S. correctionsofficials now operate old-agehomes behind bars.”The main reasons forthe trend, Fellner said, arethe long sentences, includ-ing life without parole, thathave become more commonin recent decades, boostingthe percentage of inmatesunlikely to leave prisonbefore reaching old age, if they leave at all. About one in10 state inmates is serving alife sentence; an additional 11percent have sentences longerthan 20 years.The report also notes anincrease in the number of offenders entering prison forcrimes committed when theywere over 50. In Ohio, forexample, the number of newprisoners in that age group jumped from 743 in 2000 to1,815 in 2010, according tothe report.Fellner cited the caseof Leonard Hudson, whoentered a New York prison atage 68 in 2002 on a murderconviction and will be eli-gible for parole when he’s 88.He’s housed in a special unitfor men with dementia andother cognitive impairments,Fellner said.A.T. Wall, director of theRhode Island Department of Corrections and presidentof the Association of StateCorrectional Administrators,said he and his colleaguesregularly exchange ideas onhow to cope with the surgingnumbers of older prisoners.“We are accustomed tomanaging large numbers of inmates, and it’s a challengeto identify particular practicesthat need to be put into placefor a subset,” he said. “Thereare no easy solutions.”Wall said prison officialsconfront such questions aswhether to retrofit some cellswith grab bars and handicaptoilets, how to accommodateinmates’ wheelchairs, andhow to deal with inmates whono longer understand instruc-tions.“Dementia can set in, andan inmate who was formerlyeasy to manage becomes verydifficult to manage,” he said.States are trying to meetthe needs. Some examples:
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Dominion East Ohio Gas has installed new natural gas pressure monitors at severalstation locations in Delphos. The monitors are battery-powered with solar-power backupand communicate with Dominion employees through phone lines.
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DELPHOS — Residentsmay have noticed strange-looking pieces of equipmentpopping up around town.They are called High-LowMonitors and are used byDominion East Ohio Gas tomonitor the pressure on gaslines at pump stations.The monitors are battery-operated and also use solarpower to recharge the battery.The solar panel is the grid ontop of the monitor.According to DominionCommunity RelationsManager Peggy Ehora, thereare five monitors at five of the seven Dominion stationsin Delphos.“We’ve always hadpressure monitors at thosesites,” Ehora said. “Theseare just a newer style and aremore cost-efficient to run.”The monitors measurethe pressure in the naturalgas lines at the stationsand report to Dominionemployees if it raises orlowers beyond normal specs.The monitors use phone linesto communicate.“We’ve used these forquite a while,” Ehora said.“It just took a while for us toreplace all the old ones.”
Library to host‘Tea for Two’
The Delphos PublicLibrary announces a programfor moms and daughtersages 3-10. The “Tea forTwo” tea party will be heldfrom 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 13.Attendees are wel-come to don their partyclothes and come for anafternoon of girlish fun.Registration is requiredand begins on Monday.A total of 50 attend-ees will be accepted.Call the library at419-695-4015 with thenames of all those whowill be attending.PartlycloudySaturdaywith 50percentchanceof snowincreasing to 90 percentin evening with an inch of snow through midnight.High in mid 30s. Low inupper 20s. See page 2.
St. John’s game post-poned
Due to foggy condi-tions Thursday afternoon/evening, the St. John’s girlsbasketball game at Versailleswas postponed until 1p.m. (JV start) Saturday.
TODAY
Boys Basketball (6p.m.): Jefferson at Paulding(NWC); Miller City at FortJennings (PCL); Crestviewat Spencerville (NWC); LCCat Lincolnview (NWC);Elida at Kenton (WBL);Columbus Grove at AllenEast (NWC); Van Wert atCelina (WBL); Versailles atSt. John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.Wrestling: St. John’s,Lincolnview, Spencervilleand Columbus Grove atLCC Invitational, 5:30 p.m.
Costa offers$14,460 per personfor ruined cruise
By NICOLE WINFIELDThe Associated Press
ROME — Costa CrociereSpA is offering uninjuredpassengers (euro) 11,000($14,460) apiece to compen-sate them for lost baggage andpsychological trauma after itscruise ship ran aground andcapsized off Tuscany whenthe captain deviated from hisroute.Costa, a unit of the world’sbiggest cruise operator, theMiami-based Carnival Corp.,also said it would reimbursepassengers the full costs of their cruise, travel expensesand any medical expensessustained after the ground-ing.The agreement wasannounced today after nego-tiations between Costa rep-resentatives and Italian con-sumer groups who say theyrepresent 3,206 cruise shippassengers from 61 countrieswho suffered no physical harmwhen the Costa Concordia hita reef on Jan. 13.The deal does not apply tothe hundreds of crew on theship, the roughly 100 cases of people injured or the familieswho lost loved ones.Passengers are free to pur-sue legal action on their ownif they aren’t satisfied withthe deal.Some consumer groupshave already signed on asinjured parties in the criminalcase against the Concordia’scaptain, Francesco Schettino,who is accused of manslaugh-ter, causing a shipwreck andabandoning the ship beforeall passengers were evacuat-ed. He is under house arrest.In addition, Codacons, oneof Italy’s best known con-sumer groups, has engagedtwo U.S. law firms to launcha class-action lawsuit againstCosta and Carnival in Miami,claiming that it expects toget anywhere from (euro)125,000 ($164,000) to (euro)1 million ($1.3 million) perpassenger.But Roberto Corbella, whorepresented Costa in the nego-tiations, said the deal offeredtoday provides passengerswith quick, “generous,” andcertain restitution that con-sumer groups estimate couldamount to some (euro) 14,000per passenger including thereimbursements.“The big advantage thatthey have is an immediateresponse, no legal expenses,and they can put this wholething behind them,” he toldThe Associated Press.Angry passenger HerbertGreszuk, a 62-year-oldGerman who left behindeverything he had with him,
See CRUISE, page 10See AGING, page 10
It’s My Job
Browns work and play together
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Lance Brown works as a graphic designer with Mushroom Plant Graphics, a companyhe started 10 years ago with his wife, Annette.
Prison dilemma: surgingnumbers of older inmates
“Prisons werenever designedto be geriatricfacilities. Yet U.S.corrections offi-cials now operateold-age homesbehind bars.”
Jamie Fellner,Human Rights Watchspecial adviser
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Kill Bros. Co-founder dies
Luke Kill, one of the co-founders of Kill Brothers Co.has died.Kill, 98, died in Naples,Fla., on Sunday.Kill started the companywith his brother, William,in 1945 as a welder andradiator shop leading to farmimplements in 1949. Thebusiness continued with Linusand Richard Kill.See full obituary on page2.
 
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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WaconDaniel III, 49, of Delphos,memorial services will beginat 1 p.m. Saturday at FirstPresbyterian Church, 310W. Second St., Delphos, theRev. Harry Tolhurst officiat-ing. A reception for familyand friends will be held atthe Spencerville AmericanLegion Post after the memo-rial service.
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Julius F., 85, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial begins at 1:30 p.m.Saturday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Melvin Verhoff offi-ciating. Burial will follow atResurrection Cemetery, withmilitary rites by the DelphosVeterans Council. Friendsmay call from 2-8 p.m. todayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, where the parish wakebegins at 7:30 p.m. Memorialsare for guide dogs for theblind.
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Rita Elizabeth(Finn), 98, of Lima, Massof Christian Burial beginsat 10 a.m. Saturday at St.Rose Catholic Church, theRev. Thomas Gorman offi-ciating. Burial will followin Gethsemani Cemetery.Friends may call from 5-7p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherethe parish wake begins at6:30 p.m.; and for an hourprior to the service at thechurch. Memorials are to St.Rose Catholic Church or theSt. Francis Home, Tiffin.
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Alvin E. 79, of Frontier, Mich., and formerlyof Delphos, Funeral serviceswill be held Saturday at 1 p.m.at Frontier United MethodistChurch. Interment in FrontierCemetery will be at a laterdate. Friends may call 2-4 and6-8 p.m. today at the EagleFuneral Home-George WhiteChapel in Reading, Mich.Memorials are suggested toFrontier Methodist Church orthe Hillsdale County SeniorCenter. Send condolences,to georgewhitefuneralhome.com
Delphos weather
High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 36 degrees,low was 33. Mixed precip-itation was recorded at .48inch. High a year ago todaywas 28, low was 21. Recordhigh for today is 65, set in1916. Record low is -12, setin 2003.Corn: $6.31Wheat: $6.31Beans: $12.01
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Partly cloudy with a chance of snow through midnight. Thencloudy with snow after midnight.Snow accumulation around 1inch. Lows in the upper 20s.Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.Chance of snow 90 percent.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:
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A girl, Mariah Catherine,was born Jan. 20 at St. Rita’sMedical Center to Darrinand Denise Gerdeman of Delphos.Grandparents are Jim andJane Gerdeman of Delphosand Bob and Paula Weinandyof Elida.
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Jan. 24, 1927-Jan. 26, 2012
Kenneth Al Sealscott, 85,of Van Wert, died at 12:55a.m. Thursday at VancrestHealthcare Center in Delphos.He was born Jan. 24, 1927,in Hoaglin Township of VanWert County, to Samuel andNellie (Morris) Sealscott.On Dec. 31, 1947, he mar-ried Miriam Billieu, who diedon July 8, 2011.Survivors include chil-dren Louise (Jeff) Laudick of Delphos and Miles Sealscottof Van Wert; brother-in-lawWalter Billieu of Cincinnati;sister-in-law Virginia Sealscottof Van Wert; grandchildrenKim (Scott) Schwinnen, Brian(Tina) Laudick, Dustin (Beth)Laudick, Amy McNabb andSam (Nesha) Sealscott; andgreat-grandchildren Caleb andKenzie Schwinnen; KadenLaudick; Brady Fisher; AbbyLopshire; Hannah and HaleyDickson; and Silas and SladeSealscott.He was preceded in deathby a brother, Doyle Sealscott.Mr. Sealscott was a lifetimefarmer in Hoaglin Townshipand had also worked at theContinental Can Co. in VanWert, retiring after 30 yearsof service. He was a memberof Trinity United MethodistChurch in Van Wert, a for-mer Hoaglin Township clerkserving for eight years, for-mer member of the Van WertKiwanis Club, had been a vol-unteer with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, was anavid bicyclist and had partici-pated in several GOBA trips.Services will be held at10:30 a.m. Monday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home andCrematory in Van Wert.Burial will be in WoodlawnCemetery in Ohio City.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Sunday at the funeralhome.Preferred memorials are todonor’s choice.Betty Lauer, 89, of Delphosdied today at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter.Arrangements are incom-plete at Harter and SchierFuneral Home.
Charges pendingin task force raid
Deal to sell ‘M-A-S-H’hot dog diner revived
Charges have yet tobe filed following a WestCentral Ohio Crime TaskForce raid at 704 S. Main St.in Delphos.Agents from the task forcebegan a short-term investiga-tion into the residence afterreceiving complaints aboutan alleged “drug house.”The investigation culmi-nated Thursday at approxi-mately 10:20 a.m. when taskforce members, along withthe Allen County Sheriff’sOffice Swat Team, served asearch warrant at the loca-tion.Found inside the residencewas a 22-year-old white male,a 29-year-old white femaleand two small children.As the SWAT Team madeentry into the residence, the29-year-old female ran intothe bathroom and attempt-ed to flush suspected heroindown the toilet. Officers wereable to recover some of thesubstance from the toilet andplan on having it analyzed atthe crime lab.The male and female werenot immediately arrested,however, they both facenumerous potential chargesat a future date. Their namesname will be released onceformally charged. AllenCounty Children’s Serviceswas notified of the conditionsthe children were living in.Also found inside theresidence were the followingitems that were seized forevidentiary purposes;— Numerous pieces of suspected drug parapherna-lia;— A small quantity of UScurrency;— A small quantity of suspected heroin; and— A small quantity of suspected marijuana.The West Central OhioCrime Task Force is com-prised of officers from thefollowing agencies; AllenCounty Sheriff’s Office, VanWert County Sheriff’s Office,Lima Police Department,Shawnee Township PoliceDepartment, Delphos PoliceDepartment and multiplestate/federal agencies. Thistask force operates within amulti-county area to combatdrugs and major crimes.
By JOHN SEEWERThe Associated Press
TOLEDO — The sale of ahot dog eatery made famouson the TV series “M-A-S-H”is sizzling again.Representatives of a res-taurant group told a judgeThursday that a deal to buyTony Packo’s Inc. has beenrevived and could be finalizedin a few weeks. This comes just weeks after the samegroup backed out of a saleagreement.The future of the family-owned business has been up inthe air during the last year afterdescendants of the restaurant’snamesake began accusingeach other of financial mis-deeds and mismanagement.The sale also comes amid theftcharges against the founder’sgrandson.Family members havewaged a yearlong battle overTony Packo’s, a corner barand grill that grew out of theGreat Depression. The restau-rant’s chili-topped hot dogscontinue to be popular, eventhough “M-A-S-H” ended itsrun three decades ago.“If you’re ever in Toledo,Ohio, on the Hungarian sideof town, Tony Packo’s got thegreatest Hungarian hot dogs,”Jamie Farr’s character, Cpl.Max Klinger, said on an epi-sode in 1976.Farr, a Toledo native, putPacko’s on the map when heportrayed a homesick U.S. sol-dier in the Korean War wholonged for the hot dogs andwore dresses in hopes of con-vincing the Army he was crazyand should be discharged.Packo’s was mentioned insix of the 250 episodes of “M-A-S-H” — notably, in thefinal episode in 1983, whichuntil last year’s Super Bowlwas the most-watched TVshow in history.A restaurant group backedby the owner of 26 BurgerKings in the Toledo area nowplans to move forward with a$5.5 million deal that a judgefirst approved in October.It scuttled a deal earlier thismonth after it said the bankinvolved in the sale beganrequiring changes.David Coyle, an attorneyrepresenting the buyers, wouldnot say why the sale is beingrevived.He did say that they stillplan to keep the founder’sgrandson involved in a majorrole within the company, eventhough he was charged inDecember with stealing fromthe family business.Tony Packo III and anothercompany official have plead-ed not guilty to aggravatedtheft. Authorities have said thecharges stem from an 18-monthinvestigation into the allegedtheft of about $170,000 fromthe restaurant chain.Bob Bennett, who wonthe bidding for Packo’s, saidin October that he plans onputting Tony Packo III andhis father in charge of theday-to-day operations of thefive Packo’s outlets aroundToledo.A court-appointed thirdparty appointed to oversee thebusiness during the disputeover ownership has been urg-ing the judge and all sides toact quickly before the businessfalls deeper into debt.Even if the sale is com-pleted, the deal still faces morelegal hurdles.Robin Horvath, whoacquired half the companywhen his mother, NancyPacko Horvath, daughter of the founders, died in 2003, ischallenging the sale and hasmade his own bid for the com-pany.
Luke Kill
Nov. 6, 1913-Jan. 22, 2012
Luke Kill, 98, of Landeck,died at 5:25 a.m. Sunday inNaples, Fla.He was born Nov. 6, 1913,in Landeck to Joseph andMary (Droll Vondran) Kill.On Aug. 11, 1936, he mar-ried Mary Dolores Doughty,who died on March 13, 1995.Survivors include twodaughters, Rosalind Kill of Naples and Helen (Gary)DeWyer of Ocala, Fla.; sixgrandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.He was preceded in deathby six brothers, Albert,Richard, Harold, William,Eugene and Linus Kill.Mr. Kill, along with hisbrother, William, was theCo-founder of Kill Brothers Co.,a welder and radiator shop lead-ing to farm implements in 1949.The company continued withbrothers Linus and Richard Kill.He was a member of St. Johnthe Baptist Catholic Churchin Landeck and St. Peters inNaples. He was also a memberof the Elks, Eagles and K of C of Ohio, Shawnee CountryClub, Delphos Country Club,Royal Palm Country Club andThe Delphos Club. He enjoyedgardening, working in the yardand tending to his honey bees.He especially enjoyed growingand giving away his apples.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10 a.m. Mondayat St. John the Baptist CatholicChurch, the Rev. Robert Killofficiating. Burial will be inthe church cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a Rosary servicebegin as 7 p.m. and a parishwake is at 7:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, dona-tions may be made to St.Rita’s Hospital Foundation,St. John the Baptist CatholicChurch or St. John’s ParishFoundation.
 
 
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Vantage Electricity juniors Jay Watson (Paulding) and Tyler Farris (Crestview) workon the servo-robot during lab.
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At Vantage Career Center,there are nine different Tradeand Industrial programsoffered to high school stu-dents in the Industrial andEngineering Systems cluster.Here is a brief look at thoseprograms.In the Ag Diesel Mechanicsprogram, students learn thetechniques for the maintenance,service and repair of industrialdiesel and agricultural equip-ment and engines. Students inAg Diesel Mechanics belongto the Vantage FFA Chapter.Auto Body students learnthe basic skills of collisionrepair and refinishing, as wellas auto body and shop man-agement skills. Performingrepairs to plastic and fiber-glass components are uniqueskills of this trade.The two-year AutoTechnology program provideshands-on experience in theareas of hydraulic brake sys-tems, automotive engines andsuspension systems. Studentslearn the skills required toinspect, repair and adjusttodayís highly computerizedvehicles.In the Precision MachiningTechnology program, studentslearn to operate and use lathes,grinders, mills and computernumerical controlled (CNC)machines to shape metalinto useable tools and parts.Blueprint reading, computeraided drafting (CAD) andmanufacturing processes areemphasized throughout theprogram.The Vantage Weldingprogram is a nationally rec-ognized AWS (AmericanWelding Society) trainingand testing facility. Studentshave the opportunity to earnindustry certifications in plateand pipe welding. This pro-gram has earned the NationalExemplary designation incareer technical education.Industrial Mechanicsstudents learn how to per-form preventive and correc-tive maintenance and the setup and adjustment of plantmachinery. Students learn thebasics of welding, electric-ity, machining, metal fabri-cation, residential and indus-trial plumbing, heating and airconditioning.The Electricity programprovides entry-level train-ing ranging from residentialwiring to industrial electricalapplications. Students learnhow to install, maintain andtroubleshoot a variety of elec-trical systems, including theinstallation of coaxial or fiberoptic cable for computers andother telecommunicationsequipment. Seniors also usetheir residential wiring skillsto wire the Vantage CarpentryHouse project each year.In the Building andGrounds Maintenance pro-gram, students are introducedto a wide variety of skillsnecessary to keep buildingsand their surrounding areasin good condition. Studentslearn basic plumbing, installa-tion of concrete and masonrywalls, landscaping, paintingand light carpentry skills.This year, they are using theirskills to help renovate a homeinto office space for the VanWert Historical Museum.Build a house while still inhigh school? Thatís just whatVantage Carpentry studentsdo. Carpentry students learnthe skills required for resi-dential construction, includingblueprint-reading, computer-ized house design, framing,roofing, drywall, cabinetry,stairs and outside finish work.These students also followprecise specifications anduse software and a TechnoCNC router to build customcabinets for the house project.This year they are partneringwith Van Wert Habitat forHumanity to build a house.Wondering how the build-ing project is coming along?See for yourself! The annualVantage Open House anddinner will be held on from5-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. Toursof the construction projectwill be given. Visit the labs,meet the teachers, and see theprogress of the renovation andexpansion project. A $5pulled pork sandwich dinnerwill also be available from5-7 p.m., with proceeds toCitizens for Vantage. Drive-thru and carry-out available.
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From the Vantage Point
Ohio Senate exploring repeal of election law
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — SeveralRepublican state senators havebeen reviewing for weeks theidea of repealing Ohio’s newelections law that trims earlyvoting days in the presidentialbattleground state and makesother election changes, theleader of Ohio’s Senate saidThursday.The law has been on holduntil voters can decide inNovember whether it shouldbe scrapped.Senate President TomNiehaus said he was “amazed”that Secretary of State JonHusted, a fellow Republican,has called on the GOP-ledLegislature to repeal the mea-sure and write a new bill afterthis year’s presidential elec-tion.Niehaus said for weeks,senators have looked at partsof the law dealing with earlyvoting, election operationsand the petition process tosee whether they could bringback or discard sections of themeasure.“There are changes that webelieve are needed,” Niehaussaid. He said lawmakersweren’t sure what they coulddo legally given the pendingreferendum. He also didn’tknow whether there could bea different set of rules for theMarch primary and Novembergeneral election.“I don’t know what the sec-retary of state thinks, becausehe hasn’t bothered to call,”Niehaus told reporters.The Senate leader madethe comments at a legislativepreview session for journalistsorganized by The AssociatedPress. Speakers at the forumincluded legislative lead-ers, statewide office holdersand representatives from thestate’s political parties.Husted made his recom-mendation for repeal onWednesday at a conference of local election officials. He toldthem a fall campaign aboutthe details of the elections lawwill confuse Ohioans at thesame time election officialsare trying to inform peopleabout how to vote.“Let’s let common senseprevail here,” Husted saidThursday at the AP forum.“If you want to solve thisproblem, it can be solved. If you don’t want to solve thisproblem, you can come upwith a hundred reasons not tosolve it.”The law contains manyideas backed by Husted,though state lawmakers alsoleft their mark. A partisan fightensued over the plan, and theelections measure cleared thestate Legislature in late Junewith no Democratic support.Volunteers from theOhio Democratic Party andPresident Barack Obama’s re-election campaign circulatedpetitions to successfully putthe law on hold until Ohiovoters could decide whether itshould be kept.Ohio Republican PartyChairman Kevin DeWinealso said at the AP forum thelaw should be repealed so itdoesn’t appear on the ballot.Lawmakers would have tovote to reject the law thissummer for it to be taken off ballots. Husted said it coststaxpayers about $1 million toadvertise the referendum andput it on the ballot.Niehaus said senators hadreached out to Husted aboutwhat to do with the law asrecently as Monday, but hadnot heard a response.“I don’t know what thesecretary of state thinks,because he didn’t bother tocall,” Niehaus said.Husted said his staff hadspoken to legislative staff, andhe also said he had talked tosome senators about the idea.At the forum, HouseSpeaker William Batchelderquestioned whether it waspossible under the OhioConstitution to toss out thecontentious law because it’sthe subject of a referendum.Ohio’s attorney general,who appeared later at the APsession, said that he believesstate lawmakers could repealthe law.“I don’t know why theycouldn’t,” said AttorneyGeneral Mike DeWine, aRepublican.Earlier in the day, OhioGov. John Kasich told report-ers he doesn’t know why somein his party have balked abouthis plan to move the State of the State address from theStatehouse to an eastern Ohioelementary school.“What’s the debate?”Kasich. “You know what itis? It’s Old Man Change. BoyI tell you, it’s hard for people,isn’t it?”Kasich offered few detailsabout the Feb. 7 speech,which will mark the first timethe address is delivered out-side the Ohio Capitol. He saidhe doesn’t plan to use a tele-prompter or prepared text, andhe doesn’t have a backup planin case of winter weather.“You have snow shoes?”he joked to reporters. “We gota sled ready?”The Ohio House narrowlyagreed to the move this week,with some of Kasich’s fellowRepublicans voting againstit. The GOP-led Senate wasmore in favor.
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— Jon Husted,Secretary of State

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