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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delpho-sherald.com
DELPHOS — The ChurchWomen United’s InterfaithThrift Shop will soon havemore space for social ser-vices, storage and retail.Another 2,738 square feetwill be added on the northside of the existing building.The new space will house thefood pantry and other socialservices, as well as someretail and storage space.Project CoordinatorGeorge Mox said the shophad been working on plansfor the expansion for a coupleof years and hopes to havethe new 22-by-120-foot addi-tion open in early Spring.To make room for theaddition, the former JaumanInsurance building just northof the Thrift Shop was torndown.“The Thrift Shop hadused the Jauman building forstorage up until now,” Moxsaid. “When the addition iscomplete, everything will beunder one roof.”According to Thrift ShopSocial Services CoordinatorBecky Strayer, the totalamount in financial helpto community membersin 2011 was $78,003.92,including $32,471.19 forrent; $42,175.90 for utilities;$1,030.76 for prescriptions;and $2,266.07 miscellaneous.The shop helped 655 fami-lies: 416 in financial aid and239 in pantry visits.“The purpose of expand-ing our building is the hopeto provide more resourcesto help the needy. We hopeto provide education as wellopportunities to survive thiscurrent economic situation,”
Cloudy witha 50 percentchance of rain showersand snowshowers. Highs inthe upper 30s. Lowsin the upper 20s.Mostlycloudy inthe morningthen becom-ing partlycloudy. A 50 percentchance of snow showers.Highs in the lower 30s.Lows in the mid 20s.Partly cloudy Monday with a 20 percent chance of rainshowers. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the mid 20s.Partlycloudy.Highs in thelower 40s.A 30 per-cent chance of rainSunday night. Lowsin the lower 30s.
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John Williams, left, and Ed Marvin of Alexander and Bebout Inc. of Van Wert work on the framing of the ChurchWomen United Interfaith Thrift Shop Wednesday. Thrift Shop administrators hope the addition is finished by spring.The new 22-by-120-foot addition to the Thrift Shop is being erected at the former site of the Jauman Insurance building.
Thrift Shopexpansionunderway
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‘Souper Bowl’ helps food pantries
The Delphos Columbian Squires collected $1,250 on Super Bowl weekend at St.John the Evangelist Catholic Church during the Squires “Souper Bowl” event. Chief Squire T.J. Hoersten, second from left, doles out the money to the Rev. David Howell, left, of the Delphos Ministerial Assoc., Becky Strayer of the Interfaith Thrift Shop andDennis Hickey of the St. Vincent dePaul Society.
Cancer society offerswomen’s workshop
Staff reports
VAN WERT — TheAmerican Cancer Societyis offering another oppor-tunity for women goingthrough cancer treatmentsto “Look Good... FeelBetter.” The free work-shop to be held from 4-6p.m. March 12 at the VanWert Manor, 160 FoxRoad., uses trained cos-metologists who teachwomen with cancer howto understand and carefor changes in skin andhair that may occur duringtreatment. The program isoffered in partnership withPersonal Care ProductsCouncil Foundation andthe Professional BeautyAssociation/NationalCosmetology Association.The impact of cancertreatments on a womancan be devastating. Shemay lose her hair andexperience other appear-ance-related side-effects,making a hard time evenharder. The AmericanCancer Society wants tomake this a little easier.Each woman present atthe workshop will receivea free makeup kit to useduring and after the work-shop. Most of all, par-ticipants share laughterand camaraderie as onlywomen going through thecancer journey can.Registration for theprogram is required andcan be done by calling800-227-2345.
Relay BRA-vodinner, comedynight tix on sale
Tickets are currently onsale for the BRA-vo Dinnerand Comedy Night April28 at the Delphos Eagles.Cocktails and socialhour begins at 5:30 p.m.,dinner is at 6:30 p.m.followed by ComedyHypnotist Michael Oddo.Tickets are $25 per per-son and a table of 8 canbe reserved for $200.The ticket includes afull buffet meal, soft drinksand a hilarious show. Acash bar will be available.A silent auction will beheld and the winners of the Decorate the Girls con-test will be announced.Tickets are available atFirst Federal Bank. Checksshould be made payableto Decorate the Girls.
K of C, Squirescollectingnon-perishables
The Delphos Knights of Columbus and ColumbianSquires will accept non-perishable food items atthe Friday fish fries duringLent at the K of C hall.Containers will be setin the drive-through andat the entrance of thehall for easy drop-off.Items will go to the St.Vincent dePaul food pantry.
Jays announce sectionalboys ticket sales
St. John’s will sell ticketsfor Wednesday’s Van Wertsectional vs. Ottoville (6:15p.m.; a split session) until 1p.m. Wednesday and 7-7:30p.m. Tuesday (adult tickets$6, students $4. All tickets atthe gate are $6).
Parking costis $2. All season tickets willbe punched and none willbe sold in the grade school.
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):Jefferson at ColumbusGrove (NWC); FortJennings at Leipsic (PCL);WT at Ottoville; Pauldingat Spencerville (NWC);Lincolnview at Allen East(NWC); Elida at Defiance(WBL); Kalida at Fairview;Van Wert at Ottawa-Glandorf (WBL); Crestview at Ada(NWC); Coldwater at St.John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.Wrestling Districts:Kettering Fairmont (III),Mar. Harding (II).
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BY JARED DENMANDHI correspondent
OTTAWA — DelawarePolice Officer Rod Glazergave two presentations enti-tled “Sexting, Cyberbullyingand Social Media Training”Wednesday at the PutnamCounty Education ServiceCenter, one at noon for publicofficials and one in the eve-ning for family members.Glazer covered the defini-tions of these activities, theirprevalence among teens, theemotional and psychologicaldamage they cause and thelegal ramifications.He illustrated the exponen-tial growth of social media andits impact on communicationdynamics. He stressed howteens who have grown up withcellular technology commu-nicate in fundamentally dif-ferent ways — primarily viatexting. He presented slidesthat graphically representedthe explosion of social mediaapplications over a three-yearperiod. Information travelsalmost instantaneously andhe mentioned a commercialwhere the main character whodidn’t have the newest cellphone was told that he was so“20 seconds ago.”Along with this new preva-lence of instantaneous infor-mation transfer has comethe phenomena of “sexting,”which is the act of sendingnaked pictures via text mes-saging. Usually, teens sendthese pictures as a way to getsomeone’s attention. Three in10 teens have reported send-ing a sext. Unfortunately, asGlazer demonstrated, once itis sent, it is impossible to
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For The Record
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 142 No. 192
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
Tiffany Brantley
,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published dailyexcept Sundays, Tuesdays andHolidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $1.48 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $97per year. Outside these counties$110 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 $1.48per 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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Woman arrestedon active warrant
A girl was born Jan. 27 toLarry and Erika (Reinemeyer)Dennison of Hilliard.Grandparents are Joeand Jenny Reinemeyer of Delphos.
Fuel taken fromvehicle in garage
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retrieve. He showed how onesext could reach over 7,000people in 30 seconds if eachof six friends forwarded itto six friends. In one sta-tistic, nearly 1 in 5 teenswho received a sext havepassed it on to someone else.Interestingly, sexters werefour times more likely to con-sider suicide than non-sextersin the past year.This has had disastrousconsequences when cyber-bullying is involved. JesseLogan hung herself afternude pictures she had sent toher boyfriend were forwardedto a group of girls who relent-lessly berated Logan after herand her boyfriend broke up. Inperhaps the most well knowncase, Phoebe Prince, who hadrecently immigrated with herparents to the U.S., under-went severe bullying, includ-ing online, by a group of girls at the school she attend-ed after she began dating apopular upper-classman. She,too, committed suicide. Theparents had warned schooladministrators that this washappening but nothing wasdone. Subsequently, criminalcharges were brought, one of the first cases for cyberbul-lying.Glazer warned that cyber-bullying and sexting carrylegal ramifications and thatthe law will increasinglybegin to address crimes viasocial media. One of thethings he stresses is if there’sa doubt that something istoo intimate to post online,don’t post it. Once it’s online,almost anyone can access it.The most important thing isfor parents to be involved intheir childrens’ lives and tobe aware of these issues.
Feb. 22 — Jerry Hoehn
2 charged in deathof girl forced to run
High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was 55degrees, low was 31. Rainfallwas recorded at .08 inch. Higha year ago today was 32, lowwas 17. Record high for todayis 66, set in 2000. Record lowis zero, set in 1978,
: Rain likelythrough midnight then rainlikely and chance of snowafter midnight. Lows in themid 30s. South winds around5 mph becoming west 5 to 15mph after midnight. Chanceof rain 60 percent.
: Cloudy witha 50 percent chance of rainshowers and snow. Highs inthe upper 30s. West winds15 to 20 mph with gusts to30 mph.
: Mostlycloudy with a 40 percentchance of snow. Lows in theupper 20s. West winds 5 to15 mph.
: Mostlycloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly Cloudy. A 50percent chance of snow show-ers. Highs in the lower 30s.West winds 10 to 15 mph withgusts up to 25 mph.
: Partly cloudy.Lows in the mid 20s. Highs inthe lower 40s.
:Mostly cloudy with a 40 per-cent chance of rain and snow.Lows in the lower 30s.
: Mostly cloudywith a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs in mid 40s.
:Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of snow. Lows inthe upper 20s.At 9:21 p.m. onWednesday, while on routinepatrol,DelphosPolicecame intocontactwithSandraWallen,22, of Delphos,at whichtimeWallenwas taken into custody onan active warrant issued outof Allen County on a con-tempt of court violation.Reports show Wallen had abond revoked from a passingbad checks case.At 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday,Delphos Police were calledto the 600 block of SouthJefferson Street in reference toa burglary complaint.Upon officers’ arrival, thevictim stated someone hadgained entry into an attachedgarage and had taken fuel outof a vehicle in the garage.
By JAY REEVESThe Associated Press
ATTALLA, Ala. — RogerSimpson said he looked downthe road and saw a little girlrunning outside her home butdidn’t give it another thought.Police, however, said the manwitnessed a murder in prog-ress.Authorities say 9-year-oldSavannah Hardin died afterbeing forced to run for threehours as punishment for hav-ing lied to her grandmoth-er about eating candy bars.Severely dehydrated, the girlhad a seizure and died dayslater. Now, her grandmotherand stepmother who policesay meted out the punishmentwere taken to jail Wednesdayand face murder charges.Witnesses told depu-ties Savannah was told torun and not allowed to stopfor three hours on Friday,an Etowah County Sheriff’sOffice spokeswoman said. Thegirl’s stepmother, 27-year-oldJessica Mae Hardin, calledpolice at 6:45 p.m., tellingthem Savannah was having aseizure and was unresponsive.Simpson said he saw a littlegirl running at around 4 p.m.,but didn’t see anybody chas-ing or coercing her.“I saw her running downthere, that’s what I told thedetectives,” Simpson saidfrom his home on a hill over-looking the Hardins. “But Idon’t see how that would killher.”Authorities are still try-ing to determine whetherSavannah was forced to runby physical coercion or byverbal commands. Deputieswere told the girl was madeto run after lying to her grand-mother, 46-year-old JoyceHardin Garrard, about hav-ing eaten the candy, sheriff’soffice spokeswoman NatalieBarton said.Savannah Hardin diedMonday at Children’s Hospitalin Birmingham, accordingto a news release from thesheriff’s office. The sheriff’srelease said an autopsy reportshowed the girl was extremelydehydrated and had a very lowsodium level. A state patholo-gist ruled it a homicide.The sheriff’s officereceived calls from concernedcitizens who witnessed the girlrunning. No other details werereleased, but an official withthe local volunteer fire depart-ment said rescuers thoughtsomething seemed odd whenthey responded to a call aboutthe child.“One of the ones who weredown there said he didn’t feellike everything was right,” saidRuby Ward, vice president of the Mountainboro VolunteerFire Department.Gail Denny and her hus-band Phil, live just up a dirtroad from the home. They’veknown the family since theymoved to the area in northeast-ern Alabama seven years ago.The couple said they wereused to seeing Savannah andother neighborhood childrenout waiting on the school busin the morning. Gail Dennysaid her grandson had a crushon Savannah.“My grandson askedher to be his girlfriend onValentine’s Day, and she said‘yes,”’ she said before dissolv-ing into tears. She left a candleand stuffed animal outside thegirl’s home Wednesday night,saying a prayer as she pausedbeside the road.“It seems like a very happyextended family around here,”Denny said. “There are moth-ers, grandmothers, kids. Itsounds like a punishment thatgot out of hand.”Garrard and Jessica MaeHardin are being held in theEtowah County DetentionCenter, each on a $500,000cash bond.Corn: $6.41Wheat: $6.38Beans: $12.53CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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Attacks across Iraq kill 50
BAGHDAD (AP) — Arapid series of attacks spreadover a wide swath of Iraqi ter-ritory killed at least 50 peopletoday, targeting mostly secu-rity forces in what appearedto be a vicious strike by al-Qaida militants bent on desta-bilizing the country.The apparently coordinat-ed bombings and shootingsunfolded over four hours inthe capital Baghdad — wheremost of the deaths occurred— and 11 other cities. Theystruck government offices,restaurants and one in thetown of Musayyib hit close toa primary school. At least 225people were wounded.“What is happening todayare not simple security viola-tions — it is a huge secu-rity failure and disaster,”said Ahmed al-Tamimi, whowas working at an EducationMinistry office a block awayfrom a restaurant that wasbombed in the Shiite neigh-borhood of Kazimiyahin northern Baghdad. Hedescribed a hellish scene of human flesh and pools of blood at the restaurant.“We want to know: Whatwere the thousands of police-men and soldiers in Baghdaddoing today while the terror-ists were roaming the cityand spreading violence?” al-Tamimi said.It was the latest of a seriesof large-scale attacks thatinsurgents have launchedevery few weeks since thelast U.S. troops left Iraq inmid-December at the end of anearly nine-year war.The ongoing nature of the violence and the fact thatinsurgents are able to operateover a wide swath of Iraq tocarry out a variety of attacksshows the country is stilldeeply unstable, despite gov-ernment assurances it couldprotect itself when Americantroops left in December.The violence points to adangerous gap in the abilitiesof the Iraqi security forcesthat had particularly worriedthe departing U.S. military:their ability to gather intel-ligence on insurgent groupsand stop them before theylaunch such deadly attacks.Gathering information onmilitants and their networkswas a key area in which theU.S. military helped theirIraqi counterparts.Shortly after the withdraw-al, a major political crisis withsectarian undertones eruptedas well when Shiite-dominatedauthorities sought to arrestSunni Vice President Tariqal-Hashemi on allegations hecommandeered death squadstargeting security forces andgovernment officials.While no group immedi-ately claimed responsibilityfor the latest attacks, target-ing security officials is a hall-mark of Al-Qaida in Iraq.Such attacks achieve twogoals: undermining the pub-lic’s confidence in the abilityof their policemen and sol-diers to protect everyday citi-zens and discourage peoplefrom joining or helping thesecurity forces.Al-Qaida claimed respon-sibility for a similar strike onJan. 5 that killed 78 peopleand mostly targeted Shiitepilgrims in Baghdad, in whatwas the worst day of violenceto shake Iraq in months.Two government spokes-men declined immediatecomment.A senior Iraqi defenseintelligence official saidtoday’s attacks appeared tohave been planned for at leastone month. He predicted theyaimed to frighten diplomatsfrom attending the ArabLeague’s annual summit thatis scheduled to be held inBaghdad in late March.Similar fears were part of the reason the League meet-ing was canceled in Baghdadlast year. The defense offi-cial spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasnot authorized to release theinformation.Nationwide, security forc-es appeared to be targeted inat least 14 separate attacks,including a drive-by shoot-ing in Baghdad that killedsix policemen at a checkpointbefore dawn. Police patrolsin the capital and beyond alsowere besieged by roadsidebombs and, in once case, asuicide bomber who blew uphis car outside a police sta-tion in the city of Baqouba,35 miles (60 kilometers)northeast of Baghdad.
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Feb. 23,the 54th day of 2012. There are312 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On Feb. 23, 1942, the firstshelling of the U.S. mainlandduring World War II occurredas a Japanese submarine firedon an oil refinery near SantaBarbara, Calif., causing littledamage.
On this date:
In 1685, composer GeorgeFrideric Handel was born inGermany.In 1836, the siege of theAlamo began in San Antonio,Texas.In 1848, the sixth presi-dent of the United States,John Quincy Adams, died inWashington, D.C., at age 80.In 1861, President-electAbraham Lincoln arrivedsecretly in Washington to takeoffice, following word of apossible assassination plot inBaltimore.In 1870, Mississippi wasreadmitted to the Union.In 1927, President CalvinCoolidge signed a bill cre-ating the Federal RadioCommission, forerunner of the Federal CommunicationsCommission.In 1945, during World WarII, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jimacaptured Mount Suribachi.In 1954, the first massinoculation of children againstpolio with the Salk vaccinebegan in Pittsburgh.In 1965, film comedianStan Laurel, 74, died in SantaMonica, Calif.In 1970, Guyana becamea republic within theCommonwealth of Nations.In 1981, an attempted coupbegan in Spain as 200 mem-bers of the Civil Guard invadedParliament, taking lawmakershostage. (However, the attemptcollapsed 18 hours later.)In 1992, the XVI WinterOlympic Games ended inAlbertville, France.
Ten years ago:
Colombianpresidential candidate IngridBetancourt was kidnapped by arebel group, the RevolutionaryArmed Forces of Colombia.(She was rescued along with14 other hostages in July 2008.)Penn State pole vaulter KevinDare, 19, died after landingon his head during the BigTen indoor championships inMinneapolis.
Five years ago:
AMississippi grand jury refusedto bring any new charges inthe 1955 slaying of EmmettTill, a black teenager whowas beaten and shot afterwhistling at a white woman,declining to indict the woman,Carolyn Bryant Donham, formanslaughter. Democrat TomVilsack abandoned his bid forthe presidency. Phoenix SkyHarbor International Airportbecame the first in the UnitedStates to begin testing newX-ray screening technologythat could see through peo-ple’s clothes. Forty-six coun-tries attending a conference inOslo, Norway, agreed to pushfor a global treaty banningcluster bombs.
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Sentinel honored with 3 statewide awards
Staff reports
OTTAWA — The PutnamCounty Sentinel was awardedthree statewide awards duringan annual newspaper conven-tion last week with one of theawards honoring the Sentinelfor its community service.The Osman C. HooperNewspaper Contest, puton by the Ohio NewspaperAssociation, recognizesweekly and collegiate news-papers in Ohio. Hooper was,according to ONA, an impor-tant Ohio journalist and spent58 years at The ColumbusDispatch in a variety of roles.Each weekly newspaper inOhio can enter the contestinto 12 separate categoriesthat look at editorials, pho-tos, sports, overall coverage,community service and gen-eral excellence. The Sentinelentered each one of thesecategories competing withnewspapers all over Ohiowith similar circulations.The Sentinel brought homefirst place in the categorynamed “Best CommunityService” for its coverage onflooding and flood mitiga-tion. This category, however,was open to all weekly news-papers throughout the stateand not categorized by cir-culation.Judges’ commentsincluded, “Managing Editor,Marlena Ballinger doggedlycovered local efforts to dealwith regular flooding of theBlanchard River in Ottawa.Her reporting over manymonths followed the lead-upto the Blanchard WatershedConservancy District trial andbeyond. A classic example of the vital role newspapers playwhen they stay on a story foras long as it takes.”The Sentinel won a secondplace award for overall designof the newspaper. Sentinelreporter Dar Nevergall alsobrought home a third placeaward for his column writing.Judges’ comments onNevergall’s columns include,“Nevergall’s columns pro-vide proof that you can writeabout purely personal topics,yet still tell good stories andgrab the attention of the read-ers.” The comments continue,“There is a degree of whimsyand gentle humor that takesus back to similar events weexperienced. He is able totake us along and that’s not aneasy thing to accomplish.”
E - The EnvironmentalMagazineDear EarthTalk: Thereare many areas around theU.S. where “disease clus-ters” have occurred, where-by unusually large numbersof people have gotten sick, usually because of proxim-ity to a polluter. What if anything is being done toremedy the situation?— Michael Sorenson, Natick, MA
The Natural ResourcesDefense Council (NRDC)defines a disease cluster as“an unusually large num-ber of people sickened bya disease in a certain placeand time.” The organiza-tion, along with the NationalDisease Clusters Alliance(NDCA), reported in March2011 that it had identified 42disease clusters throughout 13U.S. states: Texas, California,Michigan, North Carolina,Pennsylvania, Florida,Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana,Montana, Tennessee,Missouri, and Arkansas, allchosen for analysis, states thereport, “based on the occur-rence of known clusters in thestate, geographic diversity, orcommunity concerns about adisease cluster in their area.”State and local healthdepartments respond to some1,000 inquiries per year aboutsuspected disease clusters,though less than 15 percentturn out to be “statisticallysignificant.” Epidemiologistsexplain that true cancer clus-ters typically involve one typeof disease only, a rare type of cancer, or an illness not usu-ally found in a specific agegroup.A classic example of adisease cluster is in Anniston,Alabama, where residentsexperienced cancerous, non-cancerous, thyroid and neu-rodevelopment effects thatthey believe were caused byreleases of various chemicals,including PCBs. The culprit:a nearby Monsanto-ownedchemical maker, according toNDCA. And, indeed, a 2003study in and around Annistonby the federal Agency forToxic Substances and DiseaseRegistry did find that one infive locals had elevated PCBlevels in their blood.Clusters are controversial“in part because our scien-tific criteria for proving thatexposure A caused diseaseB…are extremely diffi-cult to meet,” says DonnaJackson Nakazawa, author of The Autoimmune Epidemic.“People move, or die, ortheir disease is never prop-erly diagnosed. How can weprove, with all these vari-ables, that a toxic exposurein an area caused a group of people to fall ill with a specif-ic set of diseases?” Nakazawais hardly skeptical about theexistence of disease clus-ters. She is part of a growingchorus of voices calling onthe government to not onlyremediate existing sites but toalso prevent disease clustersin the first place by develop-ing more stringent standardsregarding chemical usage anddisposal.“European environmentalpolicy uses the precaution-ary principle—an approachto public health that under-scores preventing harm tohuman health before it hap-pens,” Nakazawa reports. In2007 the European Unionimplemented legislation thatforces companies to developsafety data on 30,000 chemi-cals over a decade, and placesresponsibility on the chemi-cal industry to demonstratethe safety of their products.“America lags far behind,without any precautionaryguidelines regarding chemi-cal use,” adds Nakazawa.NRDC says “there is aneed for better documenta-tion and investigation of dis-ease clusters to identify andaddress possible causes.”Armed with better data, advo-cates for more stringent con-trols on chemicals could havea better chance of convinc-ing Congress to reform theantiquated Toxic SubstancesControl Act of 1975 and bringmore recent knowledge aboutchemical exposures to bear insetting safer standards.
 EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and  Doug Moss and is a regis-tered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine(www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com.
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St. John’s Elementary School class 1-B
First-grade students at St. John’s Elementary School in class 1-B include, front from left, Peyton Stabler, CadenWright, Myah Boggs, Jacob Bonifas and Colin Shaffner; center, Olivia Fischer, Curtis Swick, Kayla Grothouse, Lucas Grothaus and Ashley Youngpeter; and back, Ethan Druckemiller, Melanie Gerdeman, Tony Foust, MikaylaShough, Gavin Holdgreve and Hopelyn Friedrich.
Catholic Charitiesoffers adoptiontraining
Catholic Charities of theDiocese of Toledo will hostfree Adoption InformationTraining from 6 to 9 p.m. onMarch 8 in Toledo.The training is for couplesin northwest Ohio who areinterested in learning moreabout Catholic Charities’domestic and internationaladoptions services.Catholic Charities is alicensed agency for domes-tic adoptions for infants agessix months and younger.The organization works withcouples of all religious back-grounds and encourages opendomestic adoptions in which arelationship can be establishedbetween birth parents andadoptive parents. The orga-nization also facilitates inter-national adoptions throughconducting home studies andserving as a liaison to foreignadoption agencies.The training will be at theDiocese of Toledo at 1933Spielbusch Ave., Toledo. Toregister or for more informa-tion about Catholic Charities’adoption programs, contactKathy Motsinger at kmotsing-er@toledodiocese.org or 419-244-6711, ext 440.

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