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Jefferson alumnus Kristi Hageman looks over the silent auction items at theWildcat Special. Twenty-four baskets and gift packages were offered.The 39th annual Wildcat Special held Saturday at the Delphos Eagles Lodgefeatured Bob and Tom Show guest comedian Billy Ray Bauer. Above: Bauer chatswith Jefferson girls basketball coach Dave Hoffman. Inset: Special guest BillBoronkay opened for Bauer. The $1,000 grand prize winner was Tim Larimore; the$250 winner was Topp Chalet; the $100 winners were Jamie and Ricki Lewis; and the$50 winners were Dan and Diane Baumgartner, Scott Hamilton, Nora Fought, GaryGunter, Brandon Osting, Gary and Judy Mack, Ron and Rhonda Illyes, Brad andKathy Rostorfer, Keith and Carol Fischbach, Dave and Linda Mayer and Dave andJan Hoffman.
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Immunizationsvery importantfor infants
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Despitethe lack of a national healththreat from polio and otheronce-feared diseases, newparents shouldn’t snuggle upto a false sense of securityby hesitating to have babiesimmunized as their doctorrecommends. The NationalCenter for Immunizationand Respiratory Diseases hasdesignated April 21-28 asNational Infant ImmunizationAwareness Week. PediatricianCeleste Lopez says vaccina-tions are extremely importantfor one’s lifelong health.“Immunizations are veryimportant because they pro-tect us and prevent a lot of diseases that kids could getexposed to. They also providea herd immunity so kids whohaven’t been immunized willalso be protected,” she said.“If the majority of peopleare vaccinated, even if some-thing does go around — like,say, we had an outbreak of whooping cough — then itdoesn’t tend to spread becausemost of the people are vacci-nated but babies are at a highrisk because you can’t getyour first immunization until2 months. So, limiting thespread is important.”Vaccines contain dead orweakened disease-causingorganisms that are too weakto harm a child but trick thebaby’s system into develop-ing antibodies that will fightoff the bacteria. Lopez detailsthe vaccines administered inearly childhood:“There are several —there is the DTaP that cov-ers tetanus, whooping coughand diphtheria. Then, there’sthe polio vaccine; the HIBthat prevents against a formof meningitis; and Prevnar,which prevents against anoth-er form of meningitis; thehepatitis B vaccine; and theMMR that protects us frommeasles, mumps and rubella,”she explained.In recent years, ActressJenny McCarthy and otherparents of children withAutism have expressed con-cern. Dr. Lopez says the med-ical community has addressedthem adequately.“A lot of parents havebeen worried about the MMRvaccine but there have beenextensive studies on whetherit has any association withAutism and those studieshave shown there is no rela-tionship between the vaccineand Autism,” she said.Lopez points out that theimmunizations offered are theresult of past grappling withvarious diseases.“We administer these vac-cines because the diseaseshave been a problem atsome point in history. Forexample, we had the Poliooutbreak years ago but,fortunately, we don’t havethat anymore because of the vaccine. It could comeback because there are stillcases of it in other partsof the world and there is alot of world travel, so westill administer the vaccine,”she said. “Also, the bacteriathat causes meningitis arestill around; two of them arethe most common cause of ear infections but, if you’revaccinated, the likelihoodof it causing meningitis isremoved. The bacteria stillgo around and kids are stillexposed to it but they aren’tgetting the more seriousforms of the disease.”
The Jesters Roving Players donated their time Sunday at the Delphos Eagles Lodgeto help fundraise for repairs and maintenance for the Delphos Municipal SwimmingPool. The Eagles Auxiliary hosted a brunch featuring the group. Above: JerryZimmerman, left, Randy Wieging and Roger Rex perform during ‘Pump Boys andDinettes.”
‘Pump Boys’ help fundraise for pool 
Stacy Taff photo
Class of 1957plans reunion
The St. John’s HighSchool Class of 1957Reunion Committee willmeet at 7 p.m. on Tuesdayat the Eagles regardingplans for the 55th classreunion on Oct. 13.All class members arewelcome to attend.
Relay team offersbratwurst dinner
The K&M Tire RelayFor Life team, Kruisin’For a Miracle, will host abratwurst dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on May 3 at theK&M Tire Warehouse park-ing lot at 965 SpencervilleAve. to raise money tosupport cancer research.Meals will cost $4each and will include: onebratwurst, potato or macaronisalad, chips and a cookie.Tickets must be purchasedahead of time. Call Donnaat 419-695-1061, ext. 1117,by Thursday to order.
Delphos Youth Soccerregistrations
Registrations for the2012 fall soccer season forchildren age 5-11 and juniorhigh school are set for 9 a.m.to noon Saturday and 1-4p.m. Sunday at the DelphosMcDonalds on Elida Avenue.Forms can be downloadedon the Delphos Soccer webpage at: www.delphosohsoc-cer.com or on Facebook.
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Baseball (5 p.m.): Blufftonat Jefferson (NWC); Ottovilleat Fort Jennings (PCL);Spencerville at Lincolnview(NWC); Ayersville atKalida; Columbus Groveat Crestview (NWC).Softball (5 p.m.): Blufftonat Jefferson (NWC);Spencerville at Lincolnview(NWC); Kalida at VanWert; Columbus Groveat Crestview (NWC).
Neighborhood watchshooter released from jail
MIAMI (AP) — In a low-key event, George Zimmermanwas released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as heawaits his second-degreemurder trial in the fatal shoot-ing of unarmed teen TrayvonMartin.The neighborhood watchvolunteer was wearing abrown jacket and blue jeansand carrying a paper bag ashe walked out of the SeminoleCounty jail around midnightSunday. He was followinganother man and didn’t lookover at photographers gath-ered outside. The two thengot into a white BMW carand drove away.Zimmerman gave no state-ment as he left the suburbanOrlando jail.His ultimate destinationis being kept secret for hissafety and it could be outsideFlorida.As with the July 2011release of Casey Anthony,the Florida woman acquittedof murder in the death of heryoung daughter, Zimmermanwas released around midnight.But the similarities end there.Anthony was quickly whiskedaway by deputy sheriffs armedwith rifles as angry protest-ers jeered her. While newshelicopters briefly tracked herSUV through Orlando beforeshe slipped from public view,there was no such pursuit of Zimmerman, who will haveto return for trial.Circuit Judge KennethLester said at a hearing Fridaythat Zimmerman cannot haveany guns and must observea 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew.Zimmerman also surrenderedhis passport.Zimmerman had to putup 10 percent, or $15,000,to make bail. His father hadindicated he might take out asecond mortgage.
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Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general manager,Delphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising managerTiffany 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
Students can pick up theirawards in their school offices.St. John’s Scholars of the Day areKyle Pohlmanand KelseyPohlman.Congratulations Kyle andKelsey!Jefferson’s Scholar of theDay are SophiaWilson andJacob Violet.CongratulationsSophia and Jacob!
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Lester W. Seibert
Dec. 15, 1924-April 21, 2012
Joanne M. Nichols, 87, of Fort Jennings died at 6:41p.m. Saturday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Dec. 15,1924, in Ottoville to Stephenand Adeline (Miehls) Looser,who preceded her in death.On April 19, 1947, shemarried Milton Nichols, whodied Jan. 8, 1996.Survivors include sonsMichael (Doris) Nichols andRobert (Jennifer) Nichols of Fort Jennings; daughters Judy(Dave) Will, Becky (Lou)Pothast, Gin (Terry) Snyderand Barb (Denny) Metzger of Fort Jennings; sister VirginiaHoffman of Columbus Grove;27 grandchildren: JosephNichols, Stephen Nichols,Lynette Bornman, MatthewNichols, Andrew Nichols,Christopher Nichols, CurtWill, Stacy Warnecke, AmyWill, Robert Will, KevinGood, Michael Good, SarahGood, Gary Snyder, JodieWalker, Katie Garcia, JessicaFields, Greg Metzger, NickMetzger, Jonathan Metzger,Alex Nichols, ElizabethNichols, Isaac Nichols,Andrew Nichols, ChelseyRyane, Jack Nichols and ColeNichols; and 22 great-grand-children.She was also precededin death by two sisters, twobrothers, and two great-grand-children, Ava and WilliamBornman.Mrs. Nichols was a home-maker who worked at the LimaTank Depot during WorldWar II. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Churchand Fort Jennings AmericanLegion Post 0715 Auxiliary.She devoted her life to herfamily and loved spendingtime with her grandchildren.A Mass of ChristianBurial will begin at 10:30a.m. Wednesday at St. JosephCatholic Church, the Rev.Joseph Przybysz officiat-ing. Burial will follow in St.Joseph Catholic Cemetery,Fort Jennings.Friends may call from2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harterand Schier Funeral Homeand from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at the church.The Fort Jennings AmericanLegion Post 0715 Auxiliarywill conduct a memorial ser-vice at 7 p.m. Tuesday at thefuneral home and the parishwake will follow at 8 p.m.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the FortJennings Fire Departmentand the Jennings MemorialAssociation.High temperature Sundayin Delphos was 50 degrees,low was 35. High a year agotoday was 74, low was 57.Record high for today is 86,set in 1925. Record low is 24,set in 1986.Lester W. Seibert, 84, of rural Spencerville died at6:50 p.m. Sunday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.Arrangements are incom-plete at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.
Delphos man arrested on warrant,
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WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTONIGHT
: Partly cloudyin the evening then becomingmostly clear. Lows in the mid30s. Northwest winds 15 to20 mph.
TUESDAY:
Mostly sunny.Breezy. Highs in the upper50s. Northwest winds 15 to25 mph.
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:Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 30s.At 1:42 a.m. on Sunday,while onroutinepatrol in the100 blockof SouthCanalStreet,DelphosPolicecame intocontactwith JacobGall, 55 of Delphos, at whichtime it was found that Gallhad an active warrant for hisarrest issued out of PauldingCounty.Gall was arrested on thewarrant. As officers weresearching Gall, they foundin his possession some drugparaphernalia.Gall was turned overto Deputies from PauldingCounty on the warrant.Charges for the drug par-aphernalia will be filedinto Van Wert MunicipalCourt.At 9:38 p.m. on Thursday,while on routine patrol in the100 block of West Clime Street,Delphos Police came into con-tact with Caleb Kaverman,18, of Elida, at which time itwas found that Kaverman wasallegedly operating a motorvehicle while impaired.Kaverman was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.At 7:28 p.m. on Wednesday,while on routine patrol in the200 block of North FranklinStreet, Delphos Police cameinto contactwith TylerBlackburn,22 of Delphos,at whichtime it wasfound thatBlackburnwas alleg-edly in pos-session of drug paraphernalia.Blackburn was cited intoLima Municipal Court on thecharge.At 6:52 p.m. on Friday,while on routine patrol inthe 500 block of NorthWashington Street, DelphosPolicecameinto con-tact withRobinHamilton,45, of Delphos,at whichtime it wasfound thatHamiltonwas oper-ating amotor vehicle while havingher driving privileges sus-pended. A further checkfound that Hamilton alsohad an active warrant for herarrest issued out of Van WertCounty for a fraud charge inthat jurisdiction.Hamilton was issued acitation and cited into LimaMunicipal Court and thentransported to the Van WertCounty Jail for the active war-rant.At 6:16 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were calledto the 200 block of HollandAvenue in reference to a ver-bal dispute at a residence inthat area.Upon officers’ arrival, theyspoke with all parties involvedfinding that no physical alterca-tion had occurred. The partiesinvolved agreed to separate toallow things to calm down.A Delphos teen was citedfor failure to yield following atwo-vehicle accident reportedat 12:27 p.m. Sunday at theintersection of East Third andWashington streets.Eleanor Dunlap, 82, of Delphos was traveling west-bound on East Third Street andapproaching the intersectionof Washington Street when avehicle driven by Todd Rode,16, of Delphos traveling north-bound on Washington Streetstopped for the two-way stopsign and then proceeded tocross Third Street and struckthe Dunlap vehicle in the driv-er’s side.No one was injured. Bothvehicles were towed from thescene.Corn: $6.13Wheat: $6.16Beans: $14.25CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Sunday:
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 Driver strikes sign at business
Timothy Powell Jr., 24, of Delphos, struck a Westside Electric sign this morning atapproximately 7:30 a.m. today. Powell told an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper hewas traveling westbound on Lincoln Highway when he looked in his rearview mirrorand saw someone attempting to pass him. When he looked back at the roadway, he haddrifted left of center. When he attempted to correct his vehicle, it left the right side of the roadway and struck the sign at the business located at 24333 Lincoln Hwy. Powellwas cited for failure to maintain control.
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Today is Monday, April 23,the 114th day of 2012. Thereare 252 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight inHistory:
On April 23, 1789, President-elect George Washington andhis wife, Martha, moved intothe first executive mansion, theFranklin House, in New York.
On this date:
In 1616, English poet anddramatist William Shakespeare,52, died on what has been tra-ditionally regarded as the anni-versary of his birth in 1564.In 1791, the 15th presidentof the United States, JamesBuchanan, was born in FranklinCounty, Pa.In 1910, former PresidentTheodore Roosevelt deliv-ered his famous “Man in theArena” speech at the Sorbonnein Paris.In 1940, about 200 peopledied in the Rhythm Night ClubFire in Natchez, Miss.
 
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Ohio gas pricesdip after surgeand concernsMemorial treesplanted near‘Suicide Bridge’
CLEVELAND (AP) — Aspring storm expected to hithardest today could drop up toeight inches of snow on portionsof northeast Ohio while produc-ing high winds across most of the northern half of the state.Cleveland-based NationalWeather Service meteorologistWill Kubina says the stormcould cause significant poweroutages as snow weighs downtree branches that already havemost of their leaves.Kubina says the worst of thestorm was expected throughthe day and into tonight.Ashtabula, Mahoning andTrumbull counties are amongthose forecast to see the heaviestsnow along with temperaturesin the 30s, while cities fartherwest such as Cleveland couldget no more than an inch.
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Zimmerman worked at amortgage risk-managementcompany at the time of theshooting and his wife is innursing school. A website wasset up to collect donations forZimmerman’s defense fund. Itis unclear how much has beenraised.Bail is not unheard of insecond-degree murder cases,and legal experts had predict-ed it would be granted forZimmerman because of histies to the community, becausehe turned himself in after hewas charged last week, andbecause he has never beenconvicted of a serious crime.Prosecutors had asked for$1 million bail, citing twoprevious scrapes Zimmermanhad with the law, neither of which resulted in charges. In2005, he had to take angermanagement courses after hewas accused of attacking anundercover officer who wastrying to arrest Zimmerman’sfriend. In another incident,a girlfriend accused him of attacking her.Speaking today on “CBSThis Morning,” Zimmerman’sattorney, Mark O’Mara, saidZimmerman would not haveapologized to the Martin fam-ily during Friday’s bond hear-ing if O’Mara had known thefamily felt it was the wrongtime.Zimmerman’s bond hear-ing Friday took a surprisingturn when he took the witnessstand and apologized to theslain teen’s family for the lossof their son. But an attorneyfor Martin’s family spurnedthe apology.O’Mara told the networktoday that if he’d knownthe family felt the timingof the apology was wrong,it wouldn’t have happened.O’Mara said Zimmermansimply wanted to reach out tothe family.Zimmerman, 28, fatallyshot Martin, 17, during analtercation on Feb. 26 insidethe gated community whereZimmerman lived. Martin wasunarmed and was walkingback to the home of his father’sfiancie when Zimmerman sawhim, called 911 and beganfollowing him. A fight brokeout — investigators say it isunknown who started it.Zimmerman says Martin,who was visiting from Miami,attacked him. Zimmermansays he shot Martin in self-defense, citing Florida’s “standyour ground” law, which givesbroad legal protection to any-one who says they used dead-ly force because they feareddeath or great bodily harm.Zimmerman was notcharged for over six weeks,sparking national protestsled by Martin’s parents,civil rights groups and theRevs. Jesse Jackson and AlSharpton. Martin was black;Zimmerman’s father is whiteand his mother is from Peru.Earlier Sunday,Zimmerman’s attorney wasworking to secure the moneyfor bail and a safe place forZimmerman to stay. But resi-dents in Sanford, where Martinwas killed, didn’t expect aruckus once Zimmerman wasreleased.City commissioners saidthey hadn’t received calls fromnervous residents. Protestersdidn’t show up outside the jail. And talk at one local cof-fee shop seldom focused onthe case.“It’s just kind of a non-issuenow,” said Michele Church, aserver at Mel’s Family Diner.“That’s pretty much all any-body in Sanford wanted, wasan arrest, so it could be sortedout in the court system.”
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At 9:12 p.m. on Sunday,Delphos Police were calledto the 200 block of HollandAvenue in reference to a fightin progress in that area.Upon officers’ arrival, theylocated and spoke with thevictim who advised a friendhad been at the residence atwhich time a physical alterca-tion had occurred. The victimstated he did not wish to pur-sue charges at this time.The victim was transportedby a friend to a local hospitalfor medical assistance.A Delphos woman was citedfor improper backing followinga two-vehicle crash near theintersection of Carolyn Driveand East Fifth Street.A vehicle driven by JulaneStockwell, 44, of Delphos wasstopped in traffic behind anoth-er vehicle on Carolyn Drive atEast Fifth Street when a vehi-cle driven by Regina Banburybacked from a parking spaceout onto Carolyn Drive, strik-ing the Stockwell vehicle.No one was injured. Bothvehicles sustained moderatedamage.
State laws allow drillingeven if owners object
By JULIE CARR SMYTHAssociated Press
COLUMBUS — Retiredpolice officer Ed Hashbargeris watching in anger as drillersconverge on his part of easternOhio, at times gaining accessto coveted oil and gas depositsthrough a state law that cantrump objections of individualproperty owners.The U.S. Army veterancontends the practice calledmandatory pooling violateshis constitutional rights, hisCatholic faith — which callsfor safeguarding the environ-ment — and what his countrystands for.“We do not defend theUnited States of America sothe government can strip meof my rights to my land,” saidHashbarger, who expects hisland in Bloomingdale will soonbe pooled as such deals engulf neighboring properties. “I’mfurious over the whole thing.”Mandatory pooling givesdrillers the ability to over-come a landowner’s objectionsto drilling on his property if enough neighbors have agreedto the well drilling. The resist-ing landowner is paid for theoil or gas taken.Laws allowing mandatorypooling began springing upacross the nation in the 1960sin response to what was seenas wasteful over-drilling.Such laws are drawing newcriticism as hydraulically frac-tured wells reach more heav-ily populated areas, and publicattention rises over oil and gasdrilling in the Marcellus andUtica shale formations thatlie under Ohio, Pennsylvania,New York and other northeast-ern states.Natural gas drillers areswarming eastern Ohio —where Hashbarger lives — asnew horizontal drilling tech-nology has allowed access topreviously unavailable oil andgas deposits in the shale. Ohiois among states that have beenrevisiting their drilling lawsin order to capitalize on theinvestment and job creationpotential.Laws on mandatory pool-ing were intended to assurethat profits from drilling wereshared among both willing andunwilling property owners, saidJohn Keller, a Columbus law-yer who represents Ohio drill-ers in their pooling requests.The arrangement preventsneighbors from allowing drill-ers to suck resources fromunder another’s land withoutcompensation, while allowinginterested landowners to exer-cise their mineral rights.He said they were dubbed“conservation statutes” thatwould discourage severalneighbors from each drillingwells extending down intothe same deposit “like sev-eral straws going into the sameCoke bottle.” That was seen asboth blighting the landscapeand shrinking profits for every-one involved by reducing theunderground pressure that dic-tates how much oil or gas isproduced.“People were spendingmore money and getting lessas a result,” Keller said.After Marcellus Shaleexploration took off in 2008and 2009, natural gas indus-try lobbyists in Pennsylvaniaput pooling at the top of theirpriorities list, but no legisla-tion has been introduced. Gov.Tom Corbett, who is viewedas an industry ally, has saidhe opposes it, calling it tan-tamount to “private eminentdomain.” Pennsylvania has anunused and outdated poolinglaw that applies to a differ-ent gas formation below theMarcellus Shale.
Hearing plannedfor exotic animalquarantine
REYNOLDSBURG (AP)— A state-appointed lawyer isset to hear arguments today overOhio’s quarantine order for fiveanimals kept at a zoo since anexotic animal escape in October.The Columbus zoo begancaring for three leopards, twoprimates and a bear after theirsuicidal owner released dozensof animals that had to be killedby authorities near Zanesville.One leopard was euthanized afterit was struck by a door loweringbetween two enclosures.The owner’s widow, whodemanded the appeal hear-ing, questions whether the statehad the authority to quarantinethe animals on the suspicion of potential dangerous infectiousdiseases.The widow has sought medi-cal testing to prove the quarantineisn’t needed.

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