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Prosecutors face hurdles in Trayvon Martin case
By TAMARA LUSHand GREG BLUESTEINThe Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. — After anextraordinary public campaign tomake an arrest in the shooting of an unarmed black teen, a Floridaprosecutor came back with a murdercharge in the case that has galva-nized the nation for weeks.But prosecutors face steep hur-dles to win a second-degree murderconviction against neighborhoodwatch volunteer George Zimmermanin the killing of Trayvon Martin,experts say. They will have to proveZimmerman intentionally went afterMartin instead of shooting him inself-defense, refute arguments that aFlorida law empowered him to usedeadly force and get past a judge’sruling at a pretrial hearing.Zimmerman, 28, who turned him-self in at a county jail Wednesdayafter prosecutor Angela Coreyannounced the charge, was to appearbefore a magistrate today and pleadnot guilty in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old that set off a nation-wide debate about racial profilingand the rights to self-defense.“He is concerned about getting afair trial and a fair presentation,” hisattorney, Mark O’Mara said. “He is aclient who has a lot of hatred focusedon him. I’m hoping the hatred settlesdown ... he has the right to his ownsafety and the case being tried beforea judge and jury.”Speaking today on NBC’s“Today” show, O’Mara saidZimmerman is stressed and verytired and hoping to get bail.“He wants to be out (of jail) tobe able to help with his defense butoverall he is doing OK,” O’Maratold NBC.Legal experts said Corey chose atough route with the murder charge,which could send Zimmerman toprison for life if he’s convicted, overmanslaughter, which usually car-ries 15-year prison terms and coversreckless or negligent killings.The prosecutors must proveZimmerman’s shooting of Martinwas rooted in hatred or ill willand counter his claims that he shotMartin to protect himself whilepatrolling his gated community inthe Orlando suburb of Sanford.Zimmerman’s lawyers would onlyhave to prove by a preponderanceof evidence — a relatively lowlegal standard — that he acted inself-defense at a pretrial hearingto prevent the case from going totrial.There’s a “high likelihood itcould be dismissed by the judgeeven before the jury gets to hearthe case,” Florida defense attorneyRichard Hornsby said.Corey announced the chargesWednesday after an extraordinary45-day campaign for Zimmerman’sarrest, led by Martin’s parents andcivil rights activists, including theRev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. JesseJackson. Protesters wore hoodedsweatshirts like the one Martinhad on the night of the shooting.The debate reached all the way tothe White House, where PresidentBarack Obama observed last month:“If I had a son, he’d look likeTrayvon.”Corey would not discuss howshe reconciled conflicting accountsof the shooting by Zimmerman,witnesses and phone recordingsthat indicated Martin thoughtZimmerman was following him.“We do not prosecute by publicpressure or by petition. We prose-cute based on the facts on any givencase as well as the laws of the stateof Florida,” Corey said.Martin’s parents expressed relief Wednesday over a special pros-ecutor’s decision to charge the manresponsible for the 17-year-old’sdeath. Martin’s mother said if shecould speak directly to Zimmerman,she would allow him a chance tosay he is sorry for what happened.“I would probably give him anopportunity to apologize,” Martin’smother, Sybrina Fulton, told TheAssociated Press in an interview.“I would probably ask him if therewere another way that he could havesettled the confrontation that he hadwith Trayvon, other than the way itended, with Trayvon being shot.”Her voice trailed off, and tearswelled in her eyes. She remainedstoic, and expressed faith that the justice system would work as itshould.Martin’s father, Tracy Martin,offered several questions that hewould like to ask Zimmerman aboutthe sequence of events that led up toTrayvon’s death, but in the end hewould want to know, “Was it reallyworth it?”“The question I would reallylike to ask him is, if he could lookinto Trayvon’s eyes and see howinnocent he was, would he havethen pulled the trigger? Or wouldhe have just let him go on home?”Tracy Martin said.The parents spoke in Washingtonshortly before special prosecutorAngela Corey announced in Floridathat Zimmerman, 28, had beenarrested on a second-degree murdercharge in their son’s Feb. 26 death.The parents and Trayvon’s brother,Jahvaris Fulton, were attending anational conference convened byAl Sharpton’s National ActionNetwork.
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The Jefferson choiris selling geraniums.Orders can beplaced until Friday.To order the 10-inchhanging baskets, con-tact any junior high orhigh school choir mem-ber. They come in red,pink, purple, salmonand candy kiss colorsand are $15 each.Pick-up day is fromnoon to 6 p.m. on May 4.
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Wellmann of Lima Kiwanis makes annual tree seedlings deliveries
Frank Wellmann of the Lima Kiwanis Club delivered trees to Delphos elementary schools Wednesday. Groups of students at Franklin, St. John’s and Landeck elementarieswere gathered to help him unload them. Every year, the trees are delivered to every first- and third-grade student in Allen County from a trust set up many years ago for theannual donation. Above left: Franklin Elementary students help Wellmann with the trees. Above center: Joshua Wiseman and Hannah Wiltsie help at Landeck Elementary.Above right: St. John’s junior high boys unload trees from Wellmann’s truck.
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New sign, automatic doors installed at library
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS—The Delphos PublicLibrary Board of Trustees met for itsmonthly meeting and discussed thefestivities of the library’s 100th anni-versary and checked a couple of itemsoff its to-do list.“As you can see, the new sign is onthe front of the building and that’s nowpaid off,” Director Nancy Mericlesaid. “Also, the automatic doors arealready in. They called to let me knowthe parts were in and came to installthem yesterday. Now that we have acouple of those projects done, we’llhave some more things to show peopleat the open house on Sunday.”The board also has the ball rollingon another item on its checklist: join-ing the SEO Consortium. The con-sortium would exponentially increasethe amount of material available toDelphos library patrons and would puteBooks within their reach. With thegrant currently offered for member-ship, the board says joining now is anobvious win.“We should be in by the end of theyear,” Mericle said. “The price hascome down quite a bit as well. It wasoriginally around $22,000 but nowour part in that would only be $5,355.Our SirsiDynix Symphony softwarewould also be incorporated into this,so we would no longer be paying that.We’ll end up paying less with theconsortium than we would’ve deal-ing directly with Symphony, so it’sreally a no-brainer. Plus, we’ll haveeBooks.”In other news, the library receivedseveral donations this month: $200from the Delphos Eagles for adultprogramming, as well as $100 fromthe Eagles Auxiliary; and $200 fromthe Kiwanis Club and $700 from theDelphos Optimists for the SummerReading Program.The open house for the DelphosPublic Library’s centennial celebra-tion will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sundayin both the library and the First Editionbuilding.
The new sign for The FirstEdition building has been placed.
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Humorist and author Mary Beth Weisenburger, seated, personalizesa copy of her book “In the Same Boat” for Helen Bonifas. Weisenbergerspoke to a group Wednesday evening as part of the library’s 100thanniversary celebration and National Library Week.
 
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholar of theDay is BrittneyClaypool.CongratulationsBrittney!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay is TylerKlint.CongratulationsTyler!
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Michael E.“Mike” RahrigMelvin R. Gable
April 10, 2011Jan. 24, 1931
Michael E. “Mike” Rahrig,81, died Tuesday in theHospice Home.He was born Jan. 24, 1931,in Landeck to Louis andOlivia Rahrig, who precededhim in death.He married Mildred Rahrig,who survives in Fort Wayne.Other survivors includehis children, Diane (Steve)Michaels and Nancy Siegelof Fort Wayne, Patty (Dave)Sexton, Indianapolis, KrisMcDermott, Carmel, Ind., andAnthony (Tish) Rahrig, Tim,Jeff (Erin) and Jerry (Sarah)Rahrig of Fort Wayne; sisters,Rosemary Mc Pheron andNorene (Dick) Ricker; and 12grandchildren and two great-grandsons.He was also preceded indeath by two sisters, AngelaRicker and Sister MaryEleanor; and a granddaughter,Katie Mc Dermott.Mr. Rahrig worked as anauto mechanic and was anArmy Veteran of the KoreanConflict. He was a memberof St. Elizabeth Ann SeatonCatholic Church.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Monday at St.Elizabeth Ann Seaton CatholicChurch, 10700 Aboite CenterRoad, Fort Wayne, with call-ing 1 hour prior to service.Burial will be in CatholicCemetery.Friends may call from 2-7p.m. Sunday at CovingtonMemorial Funeral Home 8408Covington Road, Fort Wayne,and one hour prior to servicesMonday at the church.Preferred Memorials to St.Elizabeth Ann Seaton and toTV Mass.To send online condolencesor to sign the guestbook, visitcovingtonmemorial.com.
April 25, 1947-April 11, 2012
Melvin R. Gable, 64, of Delphos, died peacefully at8:45 a.m. Wednesday, at St.Rita’s Medical Center in thearms of his loving wife andsurrounded by his children.He was born April 25,1947, in Lima to Clarence andEdna (Dickrede) Gable, whopreceded him in death.On May 30, 1969, he mar-ried June Heitmeyer, who sur-vives in Delphos.Survivors also includesons Clint (Diane) Gable of Delphos and Mike (Vina)Gable of Denver; daughterKimberly (Dustin) Hostetler,of Wooster; a sister, BettyGable, of Decatur, Ind.;brother James (Margie) Gableof Delphos; brother-in-lawRichard (Diana) Landwehr;and grandchildren Elle Gable,Camden Gable, Trevor Gable,Joshua Gable, Nathan Gable,Austin Hostetler and TaylorHostetler.He was also preceded indeath by two sisters, EthelGable and Mildred Landwehr.Mr. Gable was a grainand livestock farmer andhad retired as an inspectorwith Dana Corp. after 30years. Following his retire-ment, he worked part timeat H&R Block and EliteNaturescapes. He was a mem-ber of St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, where hewas a Eucharistic minister.He had been a 4-H adviser formore than 10 years. He was amember of the Allen CountyCattlemen’s Associationand the Ohio Murray GreyAssociation. He was a 1965graduate of St. John’s HighSchool. He enjoyed help-ing and spending time withhis family, raising livestock,reading and traveling. He wasa loving husband, father andgrandfather, who didn’t knowan enemy, had the patience of a saint and selflessly helpedothers. Throughout his illness,he remained strong and wasan inspiration to his familyand those around him.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 10:30 a.m.Saturday at St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church,the Rev. Jacob Gordon offi-ciating. Burial will be inResurrection Cemetery.Friends may call from 6-8p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-8p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea parish wake service will beheld at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Memorial contributionsmay be made to PolycysticKidney Disease Foundation orSt. John’s School.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Wednesday:
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
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:Partly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of showers. Lowsin the lower 40s.High temperatureWednesday in Delphos was50 degrees, low was 29. Higha year ago today was 55, lowwas 41. Record high for todayis 89, set in 1985. Record lowis 24, set in 1982.On March 31, the secondannual Bowling for the Boyzwas held in Delphos. The eventsucceeded all expectations, as$8,850 was donated to the JayHoldgreve Endowment forTesticular Cancer Research atThe Ohio State University’sJames Cancer Hospital.The event included kara-oke, silent auction, live auc-tions, raffles, 50/50 drawing,Jeff Davis on guitar and of course bowling.Thank you to all whoattended, sponsors, itemdonors, Bruce and his staff and to all those who helpedmake Bowling for the Boyz ahuge success.Thank you.
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Police: no crime occurredin Houston’s death
By ANTHONYMcCARTNEYThe Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Police have closed theirinvestigation into WhitneyHouston’s death without find-ing any evidence to suggest itwas anything than an acci-dental drowning, investiga-tors announced Wednesday.The Beverly Hills PoliceDepartment did not releasea detailed report on the case,but Lt. Mark Rosen said theconclusion came after detec-tives reviewed the completefindings of the coroner’soffice. Coroner’s officialsruled Houston drowned acci-dentally at the Beverly Hiltonon Feb. 11 and that heartdisease and cocaine use con-tributed to her death.Beverly Hills authoritiesalso released a minute-long911 call made by a hotelworker who summonedpolice and paramedics toHouston’s suite at the hotel.The call revealed few details,other than that people in theGrammy-winning singer’sroom repeatedly hung up onhotel personnel after discov-ering Houston in a bathtub.The dispatcher had askedto be patched into the roomto deliver lifesaving instruc-tions, but the security workersaid that wasn’t possible. Hesaid a woman who notifiedthe hotel that Houston wasunresponsive was “irate” anddidn’t provide many details.Rosen re-iterated condo-lences to Houston’s familyand friends in a brief state-ment.Houston’s death on theeve of the Grammy Awardsstunned the world. Thesinger had been attemptinga comeback and had fin-ished work on a remake of the film “Sparkle” when shedrowned.Toxicology results showedcocaine throughout her body,and coroner’s officials saidthe results indicated chronicuse. In the bathroom, inves-tigators found a small spoondescribed by investigators ashaving a “crystal-like sub-stance” in it, and they dis-covered a white powderysubstance in a drawer, acoroner’s report released lastweek showed.Houston had a history of drug abuse which marredher career, robbing her of her voice and reputation, butfamily and friends describedher as intent on returning toglory in the months beforeher death. Her unexpecteddeath at age 48 sparked arenewed interest in her musicand movies, sales of whichwill benefit her only daugh-ter, Bobbi Kristina.
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UPPER ARLINGTON(AP) — The typical 1958ranch-style house that wasonce home to an entrepreneuris to be nominated by Ohiothis week for listing on theNational Register of HistoricPlaces.Frederick Kilgour was aneducator, librarian and histori-an who founded the automat-ed Online Computer LibraryCenter that links 72,000 insti-tutions in 171 countries.The Columbus Dispatchreports Kilgour lived inthe Upper Arlington home,described as a “typical ranch-style house of its time,” withhis wife, Eleanor, from 1967to 1990.He died in 2006.The Ohio Historic SitePreservation Board is expect-ed to formalize the nomina-tion Friday.
Ohio wants homeof entrepreneurlisted as historic
Jury selection set to beginin John Edwards trial
Ohio nursing home fundswill be tied to standards
TOLEDO (AP) —Beginning this year, nursinghomes in Ohio will need toshow that they’re providingquality and comfortable carefor their residents or risk los-ing a big chunk of their fund-ing.While the state expects allnursing homes to meet thenew requirements this year, ithopes to raise the bar on thestandards in coming years.Future funding for nursinghomes could be tied to wheth-er they reduce the number of times their residents go tothe hospital, for instance, orincrease the number of bath-rooms that are wheelchairaccessible.For now, effective July1, nursing homes must meetany five out of 20 standardsor risk losing nearly 10 per-cent — $16 per patient perday — of their full Medicaidpayments for services theyprovide. Those that fall shortwill be docked based on howmany standards were notmet.In past years, those meet-ing the state’s goals weregiven additional funding butthere was no cut for nursinghomes that didn’t make thegrade.Some of the standardsare based on staffing levels,facilities and resident satis-faction.A survey of nursing homeresidents released last weekwas a first step in evaluatingOhio’s 957 nursing homes.The survey looked at threeof the state’s new measures,including overall satisfac-tion.About one in four nursinghomes met all three standardswhile one in five failed toreach any of the three mea-sures.The Ohio Health CareAssociation, which representsOhio’s for-profit nursinghomes, supports the measuresas they stand now. But it alsobelieves that if the standardsare raised in future years,money shouldn’t be takenaway if nursing homes don’treach the state’s loftier goals,Executive Director Peter VanRunkle said.Last year’s state budgetcut overall payments to nurs-ing homes. To replace someof that money, the state cameup with the performancemeasures. Still, Ohio’s nurs-ing homes say they have cutthousands of jobs because of cuts in both federal and statefunding.The trade group that repre-sents Ohio’s nonprofit nurs-ing homes says the currentgoal of reaching five of 20standards is too low, saidJohn Alfano, chief executiveof LeadingAge Ohio.“That doesn’t push anyoneto do better,” he said. “We’rehopeful we can make somechanges to truly reward thosefacilities that do a better job.Let’s strive for excellence,not just making sure every-one meets the minimum.”The state ultimatelywants more people in homehealth care instead of nursinghomes.
By MICHAELBIESECKERThe Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C.— After years of investiga-tion, denials and delays, juryselection was set to begintoday for the criminal trial of former presidential candidateJohn Edwards.Edwards was expectedinside a Greensboro, N.C.,courtroom to face six crimi-nal counts related to nearly$1 million in secret pay-ments made by two cam-paign donors to help hidethe married Democrat’s preg-nant mistress as he sought theWhite House in 2008.The money flowed toAndrew Young, a formercampaign aide who initiallyclaimed the baby was his.Young is expected to be akey witness for the prose-cution. The mistress, RielleHunter, may testify as part of Edwards’ defense.Following years of ada-mant public denials, Edwardsacknowledged paternity of Hunter’s daughter in 2010.The trial is expected to lastabout six weeks.A key issue will be wheth-er Edwards knew about thepayments made on his behalf by his national campaignfinance chairman, the lateTexas lawyer Fred Baron,and campaign donor Rachel“Bunny” Mellon, an heiressand socialite who is now 101years old. Both had alreadygiven Edwards’ campaign themaximum $2,300 individualcontribution allowed by fed-eral law.Edwards denies havingknown about the money,which paid for private jets,luxury hotels and Hunter’smedical care. Prosecutorswill seek to prove he soughtand directed the payments tocover up his affair, protecthis public image as a “familyman” and keep his presiden-tial hopes viable.If convicted, Edwardsfaces a maximum penaltyof 30 years in prison andas much as $1.5 million infines.
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E - The EnvironmentalMagazine Dear EarthTalk: Howis it that dams actuallyhurt rivers?— Missy Davenport, Boulder, CO
Dams are a symbolof human ingenuity andengineering prowess —controlling the flow of awild rushing river is nosmall feat. But in this dayand age of environmen-tal awareness, more andmore people are question-ing whether generating alittle hydroelectric poweris worth destroying ripar-ian ecosystems from theirheadwaters in the moun-tains to their mouths at theocean and beyond.According to the non-profit American Rivers,over 1,000 dams across theU.S. have been removedto date. And the biggestdam removal project inhistory in now well under-way in Olympic NationalPark in Washington Statewhere two century-olddams along the ElwhaRiver are coming out. Butwhy go to all the troubleand expense of removingdams, especially if theycontribute much-neededrenewable, pollution-freeelectricity to our powergrids?The decision usuallycomes down to a cost/benefit analysis takinginto account how muchpower a given dam gener-ates and how much harmits existence is doing toits host river’s environ-ment. Removing the damson the Elwha River was ano-brainer, given that theyproduced very little usableelectricity and blockedfish passage on one of theregion’s premiere salmonrivers. Other cases aren’tso clear cut.According to theHydropower ReformCoalition (HRC), a con-sortium of 150 groups con-cerned about the impactof dams, degraded waterquality is one of the chief concerns. Organic materi-als from within and outsidethe river that would nor-mally wash downstreamget built up behind damsand start to consume alarge amount of oxygen asthey decompose. In somecases this triggers algaeblooms which, in turn,create oxygen-starved“dead zones” incapableof supporting river lifeof any kind. Also, watertemperatures in dam res-ervoirs can differ greatlybetween the surface anddepths, further complicat-ing survival for marinelife evolved to handle nat-ural temperature cycling.And when dam operatorsrelease oxygen-deprivedwater with unnatural tem-peratures into the riverbelow, they harm down-stream environments aswell.Dammed rivers alsolack the natural trans-port of sediment crucialto maintaining healthyorganic riparian chan-nels. Rocks, wood, sandand other natural materi-als build up at the mouthof the reservoir insteadof dispersing through theriver’s meandering chan-nel. “Downstream of adam, the river is starvedof its structural materialsand cannot provide habi-tat,” reports HRC.Fish passage is also aconcern. “Most dams don’tsimply draw a line in thewater; they eliminate hab-itat in their reservoirs andin the river below,” saysHRC. Migratory fish likesalmon, which are bornupstream and may or maynot survive their down-stream trip around, overor through a dam, standan even poorer chanceof completing the roundtrip to spawn. Indeed,wild salmon numbers inthe Pacific Northwest’sColumbia River basin aredown some 85 percentsince the big dams went inthere a half century ago.While the U.S. gov-ernment has resistedtaking down any majorhydroelectric dam alongthe Columbia system,political pressure ismounting. There is nodoubt all concerned par-ties will be paying closeattention to the ecosys-tem and to salmon recov-ery on the Elwha as itunfolds over the next fewdecades.
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Dams have a deleterious affect on water quality and on fish habitat and passage.Indeed, wild salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River basin are downsome 85 percent since the big dams went in there a half century ago. Pictured: the worldfamous Hoover dam, built in 1936.
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K of C honors essay winners
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Winners of the K of C “My View of Patriotism” essay contest are, from left, AndrewEtgen, second place, St. John’s High School; Aaron Ledyard, first place, St. John’s; andBrandon Lippi, third place, Lincolnview High School.
Bishop Neumann Assembly 4th DegreeKnights of Columbus honored three highschool seniors for their essay on the topic“My View of Patriotism.” The winners werechosen from 93 entries from tri-county highschools. They and their families were honoredat the Delphos K of C hall and include, AaronLedyard of St. John’s, son of Wayne andDawn Ledyard, first place; Andrew Etgen,of St. John’s, son of Jeff Etgen and SandraWannemacher, second place; and BrandonLippi of Lincolnview High School, son of Donald and Teresa Lippi, third place.Here are their essays:
PatriotismBy Aaron Ledyard
American Patriotism requires responsibil-ity. Citizens should have some knowledge of history, be informed of current events and beengaged in the critical examination and analy-sis of government policy.Leadership, community service and char-acter are three traits that a true patriot willpossess in order to lead a fulfilling life.Patriotism is inspired by those who havespoken out and fought against those who havethreatened our country’s security and ideals.It is through our love of country and thewillingness to sacrifice for it that patriotismhas found its way into almost all parts of oureveryday activities.Patriotism is symbolized through the col-ore of red, white and blue. It reminds us howlucky we are to be Americans.
Blessed To Be An AmericanBy Andrew Etgen
Many people would go to extreme mea-sures to live in a country as beautiful as theUnited States of America. The biggest lifelesson I have learned in my 18 years of lifeis to be thankful for the things I have insteadof worrying about unnecessary things. Forinstance, my car could be taken, my homecould be gone and my clothes could be rippedoff my back in a matter of seconds if that iswhat God has in store for me. I try to liveevery day to its absolute fullest and take noth-ing for granted. We, as Americans, are givenan amazing opportunity to live a life full of wisdom and happiness which is an opportu-nity some countries do not have. I am trulyblessed to be an American.
PatriotismBy Brandon Lippi
What is Patriotism? Most people modestlysuggest it is love and support for their country.To me, it’s much more: patriotism is pride andloyalty in country, life, self and community. Itis an obligation to support and serve those lessfortunate as well as working to keep the naturalworld clean. Patriotism is where an Americanwould give up his or her life for someone elseand who has a strong love, not just for his orher country, but also for all the people livingon earth. Patriotism keeps in mind faith in Godand the belief that America and all it stands foris based on God. Patriotism is being proud tobe a citizen of our great nation.
Marion Township Trustees
The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regu-lar scheduled meeting onMonday April 9, 2012 at7:00 p.m. at the MarionTownship Office with thefollowing members pres-ent Jerry Gilden and JosephYoungpeter.The purpose of the meet-ing was to pay bills andconduct ongoing business.The minutes of the previ-ous meeting were read andapproved as read. The trust-ees then reviewed the billsand gave approval for 23checks totaling $81,262.88.Road Foreman Ken Elwerwas present to see if thetrustees have made a deci-sion whether to participatein the additional 12-inchtile that was installed alongwith the original 15-inch tilethat the trustees had alreadyapproved, Trustee Gildentold Elwer that after somediscussion amongst the trust-ee they could not justify pay-ing for the additional tile.Elwer made some sugges-tion to the trustees regardingthe 2012 Road program tobring it more in line withwhat is budgeted for thisyear. He also had a quotefrom Ward Construction Co.to do some tar and shipping,the trustees asked him to getback with Ward and get aprice on doing just one roadto compare it to the qualitythat is now being done.Fiscal Officer Kimmetgave the trustees theFund Status and the BankReconciliation Reports fromMarch 31 for their reviewand signature.They signed the paper workneed for the CD that was pur-chased for The Bellis Fund.He gave them a let-ter from the Allen CountyCommunity Development,which they decided neededno action.Police Chief Vermillionadvised the trustees he washaving computer issues andthey gave him a name tocontact regarding this.Trustees Youngpeteradvised he had a call regard-ing the railroad crossing onPeltier Road and they askedElwer to check it out andthen call the railroad if repairis needed.There being no furtherbusiness, a motion to adjournby Trustee Youngpeter wasseconded by Trustee Gildenand passed unanimously.
 
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