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BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Whilethe national political sceneremains aflame with aclash between women’scontraception and reli-gion, Congressman BobLatta (R-Bowling Green)visited Delphos Friday.Approximately 30 businessleaders attended a luncheonat Topp Chalet Restaurantsponsored by Time-WarnerCable and organized by theDelphos Area Chamber of Commerce.Latta spoke with TheDelphos Herald, sayingthe Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act wasrammed through Congress soquickly, there was bound tobe trouble.Thanks to PresidentBarack Obama’s health careinsurance reform, Catholichospitals that pay for employ-ee’s health care insurance arerequired to include contracep-tion, something the church’steaching forbids. The reli-gious exemption clause inthe bill was written too nar-rowly and doesn’t includereligious organizations thataren’t classified as a parish.However, Friday afternoon,the president announced an“accommodation” requiringthe respective insurance pro-viders, not the employers, toprovide contraception free of charge. Latta issued a sta-teent late Friday condemningit, much as he had earlier inthe day.“This thing went throughso fast; it was pushed throughso quickly that people didn’thave a chance to reviewit. It wasn’t properly vet-ted in committee to knowwhat it would do and what itwouldn’t do but I think therewere some people out therewho did know when it wasbeing written,” he said.“People looked at differ-ent provisions and said ‘well,I think we’re okay.’ We(Republicans) kept empha-sizing the fact that there areto omany ‘shalls’ in this —you shall do this or that. Italso gives the secretary of health and human servicesthe ability to interpret things.So, there are too many man-dates; then, anything in thegrey area will be decided bythe secretary. When you putthese things together, youend up with them not expand-ing the exemption.”While those on the socialand political Left may saywomen’s health is the mostimportant piece of this issue,Latta says it boils down to theFirst Amendment’s provisionof freedom of religion.“Was this well-calcu-lated and they knew whatthey were doing when thislegislation was being writ-ten? Well, when you givethe secretary so much author-ity and you have all thesemandates — I’m not sure.It may have simply fallenthrough the cracks but evensome liberal Democrats havesaid the president is abso-lutely wrong on this. They’vegot to back off of this thing,”he said. “This comes down tothe First Amendment. Whenyou back off of everythingthat has happened, it clearlycomes down to freedom of religion.”During his talk, Latta alsocommented on the KeystoneXL pipeline proposal thatwould run through portions of the United States between theGulf Coast and Canada. Lattathinks we should go aheadwith the project because itwould provide 120,000 jobs just to build it. He said forevery dollar the U.S. sends toCanada for oil, we get centsback.“We send money to a lotof countries and don’t getanything back,” he said.Latta told The Herald heexpected Obama to comedown on the side of theenvironment. He said manythought the president wouldtake the side of labor but Lattaforecasted Obama’s positionto be formed by political con-cerns of environmentaliststurning against him as he pre-pares to run for re-election.Also concerning energy,Latta said the country needs tofocus on natural gas becausethere is so much of it in theU.S. that “we could be theSaudi Arabia of natural gas.”Latta also touched on gov-ernment regulations impact-ing businesses, told stories,touched on banking and cybersecurity. He also railed againstbureaucracy, saying politi-cians devise regulations “justto justify their existence.”
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The Delphos Livestock4-H Club will hold its firstmeeting for 2012 at 1:30 p.m.Feb. 19 at St. John’s Annex.Anyone 9 years old as of Jan. 1 is eligible to join.Questions may bedirected to Todd Gableat 419-204-2974 or JohnNoonan at 419-234-3143.
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The Delphos PublicLibrary will hold an after-school activity hour for boyscalled “Shiver-Me-Timbers”from 4-5 p.m. on March 1.This pirate event willinclude music by “Sharkyand Bones,” stories, crafts,bingo and prizes. It isopen to boys ages 4-10.Sign up, landlubbers,at 419-695-4015 begin-ning Thursday. The eventis limited to 25 children.The Middle Point BallPark will hold registrationsfor the 2012 summer leaguesfrom 8 a.m. to noon onMarch 3 at the LincolnviewHigh School entrance.Forms can beobtained from middle-pointballpark.com.Boys and girls ages 5-16are welcome to sign up.Registration fee is $30 forTee Ball, Farm League andFarmettes coach-pitch; and$35 for all other leagues.Children have the oppor-tunity to play for free uponselling raffle tickets.Contact Chad Overholtat 419-968-2729 or419-203-7314.
Middle Pointsets summerleagues sign-upApplicationsavailable forscholarship
Applications are nowbeing accepted for theKevin R. “Spanky” KemperMemorial Scholarships atSt. John’s and Jeffersonhigh schools.Application are avail-able from school guidancecounselors and must besubmitted by April 15.Scholarships will beawarded in spring duringthe senior awards ceremo-nies at the high schools.
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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) visited Delphos Friday. Approximately30 business leaders attended a luncheon at Topp Chalet Restaurant sponsored by Time-Warner Cable and organized by the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce.
It’s My Job
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Tumbling instructor Tess Rieger assists beginnerGeorgia Schnipke in a back bend.
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BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — If one hasever watched a cheer competi-tion or floor tumbling in gymnas-tics, you’ve witnessed numerousspectacular and dangerous moveslike flips, tucks and layouts. TessRieger of Ottoville is one of thepeople who teaches these moves.In the 15 years she’s spent asthe tumbling instructor at DancerBy Gina, Rieger has taught girlsand boys of all ages everythingfrom cartwheels to back hand-springs.“I started out as an assis-tant when I was 17 at DelphosGymnastics,” she said.“Eventually, I got a call fromGina up at Dancer By Gina aftershe’d been open for probably twoyears and she said they neededa tumbling instructor and I saidyes. I also did the competitionsquad with Gina for a few yearsand I was a junior high cheercoach at Ottoville for four years.I love that age; you can reallymold them.”Rieger has training in lev-els 1 through 4 and is able toinstruct the absolute beginner, theadvanced student and everyonein between.“I teach classes for earlybeginner, beginner, dance begin-ner, intermediate and advanced,”she said. “So, technically, thereare five levels. I also did twoyears of judging and techniqueis very important. You have toknow how to start a move inposition and end in position. Wedo a lot of technique here, it fallsinto everything we learn. To learnthe basics is the core of being agood gymnast. If you’re sloppy,you won’t acquire the skills youneed.”During a typical practice,Rieger says her students workextra-hard to get stronger andprevent injury.“We start with a 10-minutestretch and I really get on themabout that. Stretching is neces-sary. I’m very big on prevent-ing injury,” she said. “Then, westart with the basics and set-upmats for stations. There’s a jumpstation and a hand stand stationwhere they do three push-ups inhand-stand position. Arm strengthis very important. There are twostations for conditioning. We’redoing conditioning throughout;we don’t save it for the end.”When your work consists of helping people flip upside downand twist in midair, there areoccasional injuries. Rieger saysshe has nursed a few of her own.“I’ve had injuries. I’m thereto catch them in case they landwrong and sometimes peopleland on me. It happens becauseno matter what, you’re going tocatch them,” she said. “I definitelyget nervous at times if someone’sdoing something incorrectly.They’re coming right at me.”Rieger loves dance and gym-nastics but the part of her job sheloves the most is when her stu-dents learn something new.“I love it when a student getsa new skill,” she said. “That hasto be my favorite part — theprogression of a student. Whetherit’s learning that forward roll ora round-off or back handspring,I love seeing it. It gives them asense of satisfaction and confi-dence.”“It’s rewarding when a parentcomes up and says thank-you.When students go on to competeelsewhere and do well, parentstell me judges are always sur-prised that they had trained atsome little studio in Delphos,”she continued. “A lot of gymnastscome back and visit and theyrealize how much they learnedhere. When a student I haven’tseen in a long time comes up tome, it means so much. Many of them have gone on to use theskills they’ve learned.”Rieger also works as officemanager of the College of AppliedTechnologies at the University of Northwestern Ohio and she saysthat while things have sloweddown a little for her over theyears at Dancer By Gina, she hasno plans of stopping.“I do it for the love of it andfor passing that love along,” shesaid. “This isn’t a job to me. It’ssomething I feel I’ve been puton the earth to do. I think I’mgoing to do this until I can’t do itanymore.”Rieger is originally from Elidaand lives in Ottoville with herhusband of 22 years, Tony. Theyhave two daughters, Emily andJamie.
By BEN FELLERAP White HouseCorrespondent
WASHINGTON — Underfierce election-year fire,President Barack Obama onFriday abruptly abandoned hisstand that religious organiza-tions must pay for birth controlfor workers, scrambling to enda furor raging from the CatholicChurch to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded thatinsurance companies step in toprovide the coverage instead.Obama’s compromisemeans ultimately that womenwould still get birth controlwithout having to pay for it, nomatter where they work. Thepresident insisted he had stuckby that driving principle evenin switching his approach, andthe White House vehementlyrejected any characterizationthat Obama had retreated underpressure.Yet there was no doubt thatObama had found himself in anuntenable position. He need-ed to walk back fast and findanother route to his goal.The controversy over con-traception and religious libertywas overshadowing his agenda,threatening to alienate key vot-ers and giving ammunition tothe Republicans running for his job. It was a mess that knockedthe White House off its mes-sage and vision for a secondterm.Leaders from opposite sidesof the divisive debate said theysupported the outcome — or atleast suggested they probablycould live with it. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, the head of thenation’s Roman Catholic bish-ops and a fierce critic of theoriginal rule covering hospitalsand other employers, said thebishops were reserving judg-ment but that Obama’s movewas a good first step.The bishops’ organizationlater issued a far more skepti-cal critique contending that thenew approach offered insuf-ficient protections for religiousemployers and calling thatunacceptable.Republicans hoping tooust Obama from the WhiteHouse were conceding noth-ing. Though not mentioningthe birth control issue, NewtGingrich assailed the presi-dent’s views of religious rightsand said “I frankly don’t carewhat deal he tries to cut. ... If hewins re-election, he will wagewar on the Catholic Church themorning after he’s re-elected.”Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the campaign for theGOP presidential nomination,said the decision didn’t changeanything.“Today he did the classicObama retreat, all right, andwhat I mean by that is it wasn’t aretreat at all. It’s another decep-tion,” Romney said while cam-paigning in Portland, Maine.Obama, acknowledging hewanted a resolution to the con-troversy, ordered advisers tofind a middle ground in days,not within a year as had beenthe plan before the uproar. Hesaid he spoke as a Christianwho cherishes religious free-dom and as a president unwill-ing to give up on free contra-ceptive care.“I’ve been confident fromthe start that we could work outa sensible approach here, justas I promised,” Obama said.“I understand some folks inWashington may want to treatthis as another political wedgeissue, but it shouldn’t be. I cer-tainly never saw it that way.”Under the new plan, reli-gious employers such as chari-ties, universities and hospitalswill not have to offer contra-ception and will not have torefer their employees to placesthat provide it. If an employeropts out of the requirement,its insurance company mustprovide birth control for freein a separate arrangement withworkers who want it.“Very pleased,” was howSister Carol Keehan, presi-dent of the Catholic HealthAssociation, reacted in a state-ment distributed by the WhiteHouse. Her trade group repre-sents Catholic hospitals that hadfought against the birth controlrequirement, and Keehan saidthe new arrangement addressesthe concerns it had.
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While catching somefresh air Friday evening,I could hear sirens some-where in our fair city. I saida little prayer that every-thing would be OK.My bestie once told meshe does that every timeshe hears sirens and I justthought it was a great idea.It pretty much covers every-thing.Most sirens start witha 911 call. Someone is introuble and needs help.I’m sure 98 percent of emergency calls are verystraight forward and justwhat they appear. We’veall seen the crime dramaswhere the 911 call told adifferent story than the call-er intended. Something issaid that garners a closerlook or a voice is heardin background implicat-ing whatever and then thedetectives follow up andthe bad guys are caughtand the show ends how wefeel it should; with closure.All tied up in a neat littlepackage.If only life could be thattidy.A recent tragedy gar-nered international atten-tion with the 911 call thecenterpiece.Was it neces-sary? No. Didit do what themedia outletintended? Oh,yeah. It wassensational. Itwent viral.It alsocaused a lotof heartache and needlesspain to a lot of people.Most people were appalled.I found it appalling, too.Emergency calls arepublic record. I’m suresome people get tired of hearing that phrase. Somethings don’t seem right.They offend our sensibili-ties. They make us shudderand turn away. That doesn’tchange what they are.There were several mediarequests for the recordingof that call.Emergency calls arepublic record for a reason.For example: what if a callwas not what it seemed andwas being used to coverup a crime? What if a callwasn’t handled right by thedispatcher?Both are reasons thosecalls need to be heard. Theytell a story and sometimesthey bring justice. Theybring closure.Both outweigh the onesthat are used for different,less tasteful reasons.So while it makes uscringe, some things aren’talways pretty and melt inyour mouth. Some thingsgrate on your nerves andmake you turn away.You have to think whatthe alternative would be. If no one could listen to 911calls, how would we knowthey are being handledcorrectly? How would weknow the people we dependon to keep us safe are doingtheir jobs?It’s like a check andbalance. Kind of tidy butnot the package you’ll seeunder the tree at Macy’s.That’s OK. You just tearthe wrapping off anywayand it ends up in the gar-bage - neat and tidy like.2 The Herald Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Louis A.,72, of Lima, funeral serviceswill begin at 10 a.m. todayat Chiles-Laman Funeral andCremation Services - ShawneeChapel, Lima, with militaryrites by Veterans of ForeignWars 1275 and the NavyHonor Guard. Burial will bein Gethsemani Cemetery ata later date. In lieu of flow-ers, memorial contributionsmay be made online to theWounded Warrior Project athttp://support.woundedwar-riorproject.org.
A girl, Kendall Avery,was born Feb. 1 at DupontHospital in Fort Wayne toCody and Heidi Hesselingof Van Wert.She weighed 7 pounds,3 ounces and was 19 1/2inches long.Grandparents includeAnita Gebhart of Payne andGreg and Brenda Hesselingof Middle Point.Great-grandparents areRoger and Dorothy Gebhartof Payne and Margaret“Peg” Long and Rita Clappof Delphos.
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Lowell “Gene” Crisenbery,79, of Elida, died at 5:01 a.m.Friday at his daughter’s resi-dence.He was born Sept. 13, 1932,in Van Wert County, to Lowelland Marjorie (Fronefield)Crisenbery.On March 1, 1953, he mar-ried Marian Stemen, who diedin 2007.Survivors include sons Jay(Donna) Crisenbery of CrownCity; Lowell “Lee” (Miriam)Crisenberry of Goshen, Ind. andLyndell (Lou Ann) Crisenberyof Patriot; daughters Connie(Phil) Bear of Parsonburg, Md.and Darlene (Doug) Sandlin andLinda (Brian) Powell of Elida;sister Karen Nolan of Bluffton;brother Jerry Crisenbery of Ada;34 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in deathby great-granddaughter JazminSandlin and brothers John andDonald Gale Crisenbery.Mr. Crisenbery ownedCrisenbery Plumbing, Heatingand Electric. He also farmed. Heloved the lord with all his heartand was a member of SharonMennonite Church, where hewas a minister for many years.Services begin at 10:30 a.m.Monday at Sharon MennoniteChurch. Burial will follow inSharon Mennonite Cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at thechurch and for an hour prior tothe service on Monday.Memorials are to St. Rita’sHospice.
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www.delphosherald.comAt the time Delphos cameinto existence, most familiesdidn’t have money to spend onstore-bought clothing and lin-ens but had to depend on theirown expertise with a needleand some thread to make suchitems for their households. Itwas a very tedious and time-consuming chore. But that allchanged with the invention of the sewing machine by EliasHowe in 1846. Right on hisheels was Isaac Singer, whodeveloped a sewing machinefor home use; but it was alittle-known third inventor,Allen Wilson, who fine-tunedit into the smooth-workingmachine such as we knowtoday. Wilson was an inven-tor but he was no business-man, so he teamed up withNathaniel Wheeler and dur-ing the 1850s and 1860s, TheWheeler & Wilson Companywas the most successful sew-ing machine producer in theworld. Theirs was the bestsewing machine money couldbuy but their glory did notlast.Although sewing-machineprices dropped after theCivil War, a machine wasstill a sizeable investment.Sometimes neighboring fam-ilies pooled their money toshare a machine. To increasethe market, Singer began mak-ing cheaper models and cameup with the “hire-purchaseplan,” which was the proto-type for making installmentpayments. With this plan, theSinger sewing machine wasmade available to just aboutanyone — even those withvery limited incomes. Also,by the late 1870s, all the pat-ents had been extended andexhausted and Wheeler &Wilson production fell dra-matically as competition fromnew manufacturers increased.In 1904, they were bought outby Singer.The canal museum is veryfortunate to have one of thefirst Wheeler & Wilson mod-els made during that prosper-ous time. It is very unusualbecause the material feedsfrom left to right rather thanfront to back. The machinepictured here was made around1867 and donated by Arthurand Gayle Ladd.Locally, an 1899 DelphosHerald had ads for sew-ing machines at Mueller’sEmporium on South MainStreet, just before the rail-road tracks, and at H.B.Schwartzengraber &Company Hardware Store at320 N. Main St. The 1931City Directory lists sewingmachines at F.J. Mersman’s,529 N. Main St. and in 1957John Wilson carried Necchi-Elna sewing machines at 318N. Main St. It is not known if Wheeler & Wilson machineswere ever sold in Delphos.The museum has a verygood sampling of differentbrands of sewing machines.We are open from 1-3 p.m.every Saturday and Sundayand from 9 a.m. to noon everyThursday.WASHINGTON, D.C. —With 83 communities strug-gling to afford costly but nec-essary renovations to sewersystems, U.S. Sen. SherrodBrown (D-OH) today discussedlegislation that would providerelief from high water ratesto Ohio communities. Brownintroduced the Clean WaterAffordability Act and outlinedhow it would help communitiesmake renovations to outdatedsewer systems, while improv-ing water quality and keepingrates affordable for residentsand small business.“Water and sewer infra-structure is critical to economiccompetiveness,” Brown said.“While all Ohioans deserveaccess to clean water, too manycommunities are struggling toafford costly, but necessary,upgrades to sewer systems.This bill is about helping localgovernments make these reno-vations and investing in Ohio’slong-term economic develop-ment.”Tony Parrott, executivedirector of the MetropolitanSewer District of GreaterCincinnati, discussed howBrown’s legislation will helpCincinnati lower water andsewer rates to attract new busi-nesses and create jobs.“This bill has elements thatwill bring relief to residentsand businesses via the pro-posed Federal CSO grants,longer repayment schedulesfor SRF loans and extendedcompliance schedules for regu-latory mandates,” Parrott said.“Further, it also sets in placea mandated process for EPAto implement and allow com-munities the flexibility to re-open existing Consent Decreesbased on the communitiescurrent economic conditionand the local communities’desire to use more innovativeand sustainable solutions toaddress CSO and SSO whichin turn can bring value, com-munity revitalization and jobcreation to urban communities.It is imperative that EPA shiftthe paradigm to become part-ners with local communities tofacilitate the outcomes that arebased on local priorities/needsand support solutions that willlimit future liabilities on theoverall environment and futuregenerations.”Brown also released acounty-by-county map of Ohio communities with com-bined sewage overflow sys-tems — outdated sewer sys-tems that collect sewage andstorm water, leading to over-flows that can pollute drinkingwater. In the event of a stormor excessive rain,CSOs cannot handleboth human waste-water and storm run-off at the same time.The EnvironmentalProtection Agency(EPA) estimates thatabout 850 billiongallons of untreatedwastewater and stormwater are releasedthrough CSOs eachyear in the United States.In Allen County, theyinclude Delphos, Lima andBluffton. Putnam communi-ties with combined sewers areColumbus Grove, Leipsic andPandora. Van Wert includesOhio City and Van Wert.Federal guidelines requiremunicipalities to renovate theseoutdated systems to protecthuman health and the environ-ment, but upgrades often provetoo costly for many small com-munities. According to EPA,communities across the nationface an estimated $63 billionin need for CSO renovations.These projects represent morethan 25 percent of all wastewa-ter needs reported in the mostrecent EPA needs survey.A 2008 EPA survey show-ing 83 Ohio communitieswith serious sewage overflowproblems amounts to a need-ed investment of $7.5 billionover the next twenty years.The report calculated there isan immediate need of morethan $10 billion in Ohio forimprovements in publicly-owned wastewater treatmentfacilities.The Clean WaterAffordability Act isaimed at updatingthe EnvironmentalProtection Agency’s(EPA) clean wateraffordability policy,which can put unduestrain on the budgetsof local communi-ties. The current EPAaffordability policydoes not provide for a fulland accurate representation of the financial impacts of cleanwater investment programson communities struggling tomeet federal regulations forimproving their water infra-structure.The Clean WaterAffordability Act authorizes$1.8 billion over five yearsfor a grant program to helpfinancially distressed com-munities update their aginginfrastructure. The programwould provide a 75-25 costshare for municipalities to usefor planning, design, and con-struction of treatment works tocontrol combined and sanitarysewer overflows. The NationalAssociation of Clean WaterAgencies (NACWA), whichrepresents the sewer districts,has endorsed the legislation.The legislation would alsoestablish that:
• The implementation
schedule for water qualityrelated improvements must betailored to the affected com-munity’s unique financial con-dition.
• A financial capabil
-ity assessment should considermore broadly each commu-nity’s economic situation.
• Environmental improve
-ments should be structured tomitigate the potential adverseimpact of their cost on dis-tressed populations.
• Allows for reopening of 
approved Long Term ControlPlans for green infrastructureprojects.
• Payback of State Revolving
Fund loans are extended from20 to 30 years
• Establishes integrated per
-mitting that requires EPA toprioritize the funding of mostcost-effective and most impor-tant water quality projects.
Water and sewer rates projected to increase four fold by 2028
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