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Friday, May 25, 2012
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Hot Saturday.High in low90s and lowin low 70s.See page 2.
Jefferson to hold its 137thcommencement for 71 graduates
Staff reports
DELPHOS — JeffersonHigh School’s 137th com-mencement will begin at 9a.m. Saturday in the JeffersonMiddle School Auditorium.There are 71 members in theclass of 2012.Commencement speakerwill be Landeck Elementaryand Franklin Elementaryschools Principal MarkFuerst, The Rev. RandyBevington, Ohio CityChurch of God, will deliverthe invocation and the bene-diction. The Student Prayerwill be delivered by JustinRode. Commencementmusic will be provided bythe Commencement Band,under the direction of DavidStearns, and by the seniormembers of the Vocal MusicDepartment, under the direc-tion of Tammy Wirth.The valedictorian of theclass is Cassidy Bevingtonand the salutatorian is LindziHoersten. They will beaddressing the assembly onbehalf of the class of 2012.Bevington is the daugh-ter of Randy and JudyBevington. Her high schoolactivities include NationalHonor Society, servingas vice president this year;Delphos Junior OptimistClub, serving as presidentthis year; Varsity “D” Club;Fellowship of ChristianAthletes, serving as a leaderthis year; Students AgainstDestructive Decisions, serv-ing as president this year;Student Council; band, serv-ing as president this year;Quiz Bowl; and the musi-cal. She has played soccerand softball for four years,receiving 2nd-team all-NWChonors in soccer this year.Bevington has been the topstudent in Geometry, AlgebraII, Trigonometry/Statistics,Advanced PlacementStatistics, Biology I,Biology II, Physics, CollegePrep. English I, AdvancedPlacement English Languageand Composition, CurrentEvents and French I and II.She has taken the AdvancedPlacement Exams inStatistics, Calculus, EnglishLanguage and Composition,English Literature andComposition and French. Sheis also very involved in herchurch youth group, EPICStudent Ministries. She willattend Rose-Hulman Instituteof Technology, majoring inphysics or engineering phys-ics.Hoersten is the daughter of Chuck Hoersten and BrendaHoersten. Her high schoolactivities include NationalHonor Society; Delphos FFAChapter, serving as presidentthis year and reporter her junior year; Delphos JuniorOptimist Club, 4 years; andStudents Against DestructiveDecisions, 3 years. Shereceived the FFA StarGreenhand Award, FrenchDiscovery Award, Studentof the Month, ChemistryAward, DeKalb Award andthe Delphos FFA AlumniScholarship. She has takenthe Advanced PlacementExam in Statistics. Sheattended Buckeye Girls State.
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Underage drinking an adult problem
BY MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
 As high school seniorsprepare to graduate, manywill celebrate in an illegalmanner by consuming alco-hol. Some area adults lookthe other way while othersdirectly contribute to theproblem. Ohio allows parentsto provide alcohol to theirown children while in theirpresence but that is all thelaw permits. Hosting under-age drinking parties is ille-gal.Nonetheless, it happens inthe Tri-county, where alcoholconsumption is part of theculture. Many who work inaddiction services and lawenforcement agree this is anunderlying challenge.Chelsea L. Verhoff is theiChoose Program coordinatorat the Partnership for ViolenceFree Families in Lima. She isa Kalida native whose pro-fessional life is dedicated topreventing substance abuse.She says underage drinkingis a problem taken lightly andenabled by many parents.“After a game, at leastin the Kalida area, a lot of parents go to the bar after-ward. I’m sure a few of themhave more than two alcoholicbeverages and drive home.We’re kind of teaching ourkids it’s OK to drink anddrive, even though we tellthem all the time not to doit. Actions speak louder thanwords,” she said. “One of mypet peeves is drinking anddriving and I know it happensa lot at the high school level— I’ve seen it first-hand. Isaw it with other kids whenI was in school and I see itnow. We need to tighten upon it.”Verhoff says personalexperience has also taughther that drinking alcohol iscommonly viewed as nor-mal — perhaps, expected—across the region.“In Putnam County, drink-ing is part of our culture.When I was in high school,we lost a big game and allI heard that night was ‘let’sdrink.’ The parents thoughtthat was OK; it’s like ‘here’sa case of beer — just staywhere you are.’ Well, whenI was 16, 17, 18 years old,I thought I was invincible.I know there were times,either for me or for class-mates, alcohol was involvedand some pretty stupid deci-sions were made — thingsranging from as serious asgetting behind the wheel toas petty as breaking up with aboyfriend while one’s judge-ment was influenced by alco-hol. This is a problem wetake really lightly and there’smore to it than just having abeer,” she said.Dr. Keith Durkin chairsthe department of psychol-ogy and sociology at OhioNorthern University. He saysparents who host underagedrinking parties have goodintentions. He says theythink the teenagers will drinkwhether they’re allowed to ornot, so it’s better for them todo it with adult supervision.However, parents who allowtheir kids to drink are under-mining their authority andresponsibilities as parents.“I’m of the generation thatwas in college in the 1980sand we said we would bedifferent from our parents.We said ‘we’ll be the coolparents. If my kid’s goingto do this thing or that thing,I’d rather they do it at home.’There is no evidence that’s agood idea. A young person’sbrain is not fully developed.Our frontal lobe isn’t fin-ished developing until some-time in our late teens or earlytwenties. There is compellingmedical literature on this —if you saturate the developing
“... drinking ispart of our cul-ture. When I wasin high school, welost a big gameand all I heardthat night was‘let’s drink.’ Theparents thoughtthat was okay....”
— Chelsea L. Verhoff,iChoose Program Coordinator
Nancy Spencer photo
Dorothy Tate
Tate’s teaching careerhas been muy bien
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — DorothyTate had a clear view of what she wanted to be whenshe grew up — a teacher.“I always wanted tobe a teacher,” the 40-yearSpanish teacher said. “I wasalways teaching everyonein the neighborhood games,etc.”Her reticence towardbiology steered her towardbecoming a high schoolteacher.“I wanted to be an ele-mentary teacher until Ifound out you had to takebiology. I said, ‘Nope, I’llbe a high school teacher’,”she said. “Looking back, Ishould have just sucked it upand taken biology.”Tate graduated fromWaynesfield-Goshen HighSchool in 1964, from BowlingGreen State University is1968 and finished her mas-ter’s in education at KentState in 1975. A Spanishteacher from high school sether subject choice.“I took French I and thenthe teacher left and theycouldn’t replace her so I tookSpanish my last three years,”she said. “I loved it.”Tate began her career atJefferson High School in1969. She soon organizeda Spanish Club and thegroup was instrumental instarting concessions at girlsbasketball games and sell-ing snacks at track meets.After 30 years, a club trip toMexico and lots of memo-ries, she retired in 1999.“I had my 30 years inand thought I should retireso I did,” Tate said. “WhatI found was I couldn’t standto be idle. There was justtoo much time to fill. So,in 2002, I went back to thechalk board and accepted aposition teaching Spanish atSt. John’s. I have been for-tunate to have taught at twogreat schools where I couldbe myself. Both staffs havebeen wonderful and Delphositself is such a giving com-munity. I didn’t know any-thing about Delphos whenI came here but I’m glad Idid. Everyone is so givingand both schools follow thatphilosophy.”One thing Tate has
Middle Point Fire Department receives $7,000
BY STACY TAFFstaff@delphosherald.com
MIDDLE POINT — Themajority of Ohio fire depart-ments are staffed by volun-teers, especially in smallertowns with smaller budgets.Since career and volunteerfirefighters are required tohave the same level of cer-tification training, the OhioDepartment of CommerceDivision of State Fire Marshalcreated a grant program toreimburse individual depart-ments.Each fire departmentrequesting a grant is selectedbased on criteria, includingannual budget, annual num-ber of fire incidents and theresident population it serves.Middle Point FireDepartment was one of two inVan Wert County to receive acheck Thursday, delivered inperson by State Fire MarshalLarry Flowers. Fire Chief Craig King accepted it.“This reimbursement is formoney we used to bring ourfirefighters to level one cer-tification and some even tolevel two,” King said. “Thereare three levels. We currentlyhave seven at level one andeight at level two, which iscareer level. One-tenth of ourbudget is training, so this isgreatly valued. Anything wedo to raise our certificationlevel is reimbursed by thestate and it’s very greatlyappreciated.”Flowers spoke on behalf of Governor John Kasich,Ohio Department of Commerce Director DavidGoodman and himself whenhe expressed happiness atbeing able to help Ohio firedepartments.“This is a competitive pro-cess but we’re happy to saythat everyone who asked for areimbursement got one,” Hesaid. “One of my goals is toget every firefighter to levelone, at least. These commu-nities now have more fire-fighters trained at a higherlevel that will better enableeveryone to go home safely atthe end of the emergency callor shift. Just as important,the grant lessened the impacton the budgets of these firedepartments.”
Memories Down Main Street 
Don’t miss the final installment of former Delphosresident Roger Geise’s trip down Main Street on hisbicycle when he was 10-12 years old in Saturday’sHerald.See TATE, page 2State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, left, presents MiddlePoint Fire Chief Craig King with a check for $7,040.
Stacy Taff photo
See DRINKING, page 2See JEFFERSON, page 2
Veterans councilplans MemorialDay service
The Delphos VeteransCouncil has announced itsplans for Memorial Day.A parade will step off from in front of the SafetyService Building on EastSecond Street and travel northon Main Street to the VeteransMemorial Park at North Mainand Fifth streets.
Warnecke named NAIAScholar-Athlete
The University of Northwestern Ohio is proudto announce junior men’sgolfer Matt Warnecke hasbeen named a DaktronicsNAIA Scholar-Athlete.Warnecke is one of 133 student-athletesfrom around the countryto receive the honor.Warnecke, a Kalidanative, carries an impres-sive 3.94 GPA whilemajoring in Accounting.He was also named to theWolverine-Hoosier AthleticConference Championsof Character team.In order to be nomi-nated by an institution’s headcoach, a student-athlete mustmaintain a minimum gradepoint average of 3.5 on a 4.0scale and must have achieveda junior academic statusto qualify for this honor.
At The Country Club
The Ladies of theDelphos Country Club helda Regular Golf outing — co-chaired by Shirley Wiltsieand Jean Hilvers — onthe back nine Tuesday.Wiltsie was the low-grosswinner in the first flight,while LouAnn Wiltsie wasthe low net. Both tied for thelow putts and Shirley hadbirdies on No. 11 and 17.Marilyn Allen hadthe longest drive.In the second flight,Hilvers took the lowgross and Linda Boeckerthe low net. Hilvershad the longest putt.
Jefferson hosting 8thannual summer camp
Jefferson boys basketballhead coach and staff haveslated the 8th annual WildcatSummer Basketball Campfor 3-5 p.m. June 5-7 atJefferson Middle School.The camp ($30, includ-ing a camp T-shirt) is opento all boys in grades 2-6(as of this school year) andbaseball players can be dis-missed early upon request.For more informa-tion, contact Smith at(419) 615-7233. Forms areavailable at Franklin andLandeck elementaries andJefferson Middle School.
Jefferson prom,graduationpictures in office
Jefferson prom andgraduation photos areavailable in the high schooloffice.Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
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Vol. 142 No. 258
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple,advertising manager
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,circulation managerThe Daily Herald (USPS 15258000) is published daily exceptSundays and Holidays.By carrier in Delphos andarea towns, or by rural motorroute where available $2.09 perweek. By mail in Allen, VanWert, or Putnam County, $105per year. Outside these counties$119 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio.No mail subscriptions will beaccepted in towns or villageswhere The Daily Herald papercarriers or motor routes providedaily home delivery for $2.09per week.405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DAILY HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
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Mary Carolyn McKinley,93, formerly of ruralSpencerville, died at 8:20p.m. Wednesday at Hill ViewNursing and RehabilitationCenter in Platte City, Mo.,with her family at her side.She was born Jan. 2, 1919,in Logan Township, AuglaizeCounty, to Philip and Effie(Peterson) Grassley.On June 26, 1937, shemarried William Olin “Bill”McKinley, who died July 30,1989.Funeral services will beginat 1 p.m. Tuesday at ThomasE. Bayliff Funeral Home,Spencerville, the Rev. VinceLavieri officiating.Friends may call from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at thefuneral home, where an Orderof Eastern Star service willbegin at 12:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are todonor’s choice.
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brain with alcohol even once,that kid is several times morelikely to become an alcoholicas an adult,” he said.Durkin is a criminolo-gist who specializes in bingedrinking. He says mostunderage drinkers don’tsimply have a beer or two;when they drink, they con-sume more than a moderateamount. He says alcohol’simpairing influence is visiblewith college-age kids, not tomention teenagers.“I’ve been teaching col-lege since 1992 and I cantell the difference between afreshman and a senior. Theydon’t make good life-judge-ments even without alcoholbecause their brain is stilldeveloping. When you throwalcohol on top of it, it’s arecipe for disaster,” he said.Durkin, who is a parenthimself, says many parentsthink if they are more lenientwith teenagers, their par-enting style will minimizerebellion.“I think parents assumeif they let their kids drink athome, they’ll only drink athome. That’s naive. The kidis simply getting a couplefreebies before heading out,”he said. “I hate to tell par-ents this but kids are goingto rebel no matter what. So,if you’re letting your kiddrink with you, the rebellionwill have to go up a notch.The closer we keep it to thestraight and narrow, the bet-ter.”Delphos Police Chief KyleFittro says underage drinkingspikes at graduation-time.He says sometimes, parentsdon’t give kids permissionto drink but many do and arecomplicit in the act.“I don’t know how manytimes I have to beat parentsupside the head with this, butparents really need to under-stand that you cannot hostunderage drinking parties. If anything should happen, youcan be held liable. If the kidsdrink at your house and leaveand get in a wreck, criminalcharges and/or a civil lawsuit— that means money — cancome right back on you,” hesaid.Fittro says taking precau-tions such as making themsurrender car keys doesn’twork when dealing with less-mature people whose natureis to rebel.“The last thing I wouldever do is let a bunch of kids come to my house anddrink because there are athousand different ways thatcan go wrong. There areso many ways hosting anunderage drinking party cango wrong, that it isn’t evenfunny,” he said. “I’ve seenincidents like that, wherethe adult makes them puttheir keys in a bucket andthey tell them they have tostay the night. Well, for onething, you don’t have theauthority to allow someoneelse’s kid to drink in yourhome. That is against thelaw. The other thing is thosekids may not comply withthe rules. They may sneakout and wander off. Theymay have a friend pick themup or they may be on foot;they don’t need a car to getinto trouble.”Fittro said under statelaw, underage consump-tion as a first-degree misde-meanor punishable with upto six months in jail and a$1,000 fine if the offender isbetween 18-20 years of age.He said the law grants judgesmore latitude in sentencingyounger offenders. He saidmost juveniles caught withalcohol in their system arebetween the ages of 15-17and they’re usually caught atparties, which is where theybinge-drink.“Kids who are gener-ally good kids — kids whoare involved in things likesports, FFA or Scouts —those kids don’t usually getinto trouble but these are thekids we find at parties. Itisn’t necessarily somethingthey do every weekend butthey go to a party whereother kids are drinking andthere’s peer pressure, sothey start drinking,” he con-cluded.High temperature Thursdayin Delphos was 86 degrees,low was 60. High a year agotoday was 82, low was 59.Record high for today is 90,set in 1977. Record low is 36,set in 1963.
Dayton manfaces multiplecharges
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: Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 50s. Highsin the mid 70s.At 2 p.m. on Monday,Delphos Police were called tothe 300 block of Hunt Streetin reference to an intoxicatedperson in that area.Upon officers’ arrival andafter inves-tigating thecomplaint,officersfound40-year-oldGressner of Dayton hadattemptedto drivea vehiclebelong-ing to another without per-mission to do so and hadcaused damage to property.Gressner was taken intocustody and transported to theDelphos Police Departmentfor further testing, whichGressner subsequentlyrefused. Gressner was takento the Lima Allen County Jailand was booked into jail oncharges of unauthorized useof a motor vehicle, criminaldamaging, criminal endan-gering and operating a motorvehicle impaired. Gressnerwill appear in Lima MunicipalCourt on the charges.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Thursday:
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Roger E., 71, of Delphos, Funeral services willbe held at 11 a.m. Saturdayat Trinity United MethodistChurch, the Rev. DavidHowell officiating. Burial willbe in King Cemetery, MiddlePoint. Friends may call from2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. todayat Harter and Schier FuneralHome, and for one hour priorto services Saturday at thechurch. Preferred memori-als are to Trinity UnitedMethodist Church.
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Marie A., 89,of Delphos, funeral servicesbegin at 11 a.m. Saturday atthe Chiles-Laman Funeral andCremation Shawnee Chapel,the Rev. Jim Szobonya offi-ciating. Burial will be inLiberty Chapel Cemetery inLima. Friends may call from4-6 p.m. today at the funeralhome.
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Hoersten will attend theUniversity of Dayton,majoring in accounting.Seniors graduating withHigh Honors are CourtneyLewis, Alicia Menke,Joshua Miller, Tyler Miller,Elizabeth Schosker andSamantha Thitoff.Seniors graduating withHonors are Kyle Anspach,Hayley Drerup, MeganGilden, DeLannie Hicks,Stephanie Koenig, KeciaKramer and Justin Rode.Seniors graduatingwith Scholastic HonorableMention are NadineClarkson, Kellen Elwer,Jesstin Foust, SamanthaFoust and Jeffrey Schleeter.Seniors graduatingwith an Honors Diplomadetermined by the OhioDepartment of Educationare Cassidy Bevington,Hayley Drerup, MeganGilden, DeLannie Hicks,Lindzi Hoersten, ShaynKlinger, Stephanie Koenig,Courtney Lewis, JoshuaMiller, Tyler Miller, JustinRode, Elizabeth Schoskerand Samantha Thitoff.Members of the classof 2012 are Ryan PatrickPittman Acosta, TaylorJean Aldrich, Kyle AustinAnspach, Devan LoraineBellmann, Cassidy JoyBevington, Brandon MichaelElwood Bigelow, DerekJames Blackburn, KennedyChrystian Boggs, JaredChristian Lee Boop, DavidEugene Brassell, DylanRay Brinkman, RobertMichael Brown, NadineMarie Clarkson, GeorgeHenry Closson, HayleyNicole Drerup, NicholasSteven Dunlap, DarrenRobert Edinger, Kellen JohnElwer, Jesstin Alexis Foust,Samantha Christine Foust,Phillip Rudene Frye, AlexEdward Garza, AnthonyMichael George, MeganMarie Gilden, Kelsey MarieGoodwin, Kristen NicoleGrothouse, Brandy NicholeHall, Kyle James Hamilton,Braxton Walter Hammons,Zachary Keith Harman,Tyler Daniel Harshman,DeLannie Olivia Hicks,Lindzi Taylor Hoersten,Carla Lynn Nulty Horstman,Christian Wesley Jarman,Michael David Joseph,Hannah Noelle Kleman,Shayn Rodney Klinger,Stephanie Nichole Koenig,Kecia Marie Kramer, JamesEvan Leach, CourtneyLynn Lewis, Tonjia JoLindeman, Alecia HelenMenke, Kayla Sue Metzger,Curtis Jacob Miller, JoshuaMichael Miller, Tyler JacobMiller, Evan John Neubert,Clay Robert Obermeyer,Katherine Nichelle Riordan,Justin Bernard Rode, ChadGeoffrey Rutledge, BridgetteLeanne Sanders, JeffreySteven Schleeter, ElizabethLouise Schosker, TaylorNichole Schriver, DevanElizabeth Schroeder, PaigeOlivia Smith, Kendra FayeStocklin, Aaron MatthewSuever, Anthony Jacob EllisTeman, Samantha EdenThitoff, Elizabeth MorganThompson, Justin DanielFrancisco Van Horn, JoannaLynn VanScoyoc, AmandaJo Vorst, Kayla ChristineWarnecke, Derek MichaelWiles, Nicholas ThomasWolford and Marc BenjaminWollenhaupt.The class colors are redand black. The class floweris Calandiva and the classmotto is “Every new begin-ning comes from some otherbeginning’s end.”
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learned from teaching is thatstudents are most successfulwhen parents, students andteachers work together.“Parental involvement isthe key,” she said. “If parentstreat school like it’s impor-tant, students will, too.”Tate enjoyed her careerand along the way createda style what works best forher regarding her students.“I’ve always though that if you could teach in a mannerthat they and you can enjoyit, it’s not so much work,” shesaid. “Humor can solve a lotof problems. And sometimes,the lessons best taught aren’ton the lesson at all.”When noting her accom-plishments, Tate didn’t haveto look far for what gave herthe most satisfaction.“I was always most proudof taking a student who hadnot done well in grade schooland talking them into tryingit one more time. It’s easy toteach a smart kid. They prac-tically teach themselves,” shesaid. “We worry about all ourstudents. We want them to besuccessful later in life. We wantthem to be well-rounded anddevelop a good attitude towardothers and use it later in life. Wewant them to gain confidence inthemselves as they learn.”As for future plans, Tate isgoing to see how it goes.“I am going to do abso-lutely nothing for year andafter that, who knows?”
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Today is Friday, May 25,the 146th day of 2012. Thereare 220 days left in the year.
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On May 25, 1787, theConstitutional Conventionbegan at the Pennsylvania StateHouse (Independence Hall)in Philadelphia after enoughdelegates had shown up fora quorum. (The Conventionended four months later withthe delegates adopting theConstitution of the UnitedStates.)
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In 1810, Argentina beganits revolt against Spanishrule with the forming of thePrimera Junta in BuenosAires.In 1895, playwright OscarWilde was convicted of amorals charge in London; hewas sentenced to two yearsin prison.In 1916, the ChicagoTribune published an inter-view with Henry Ford inwhich the automobile indus-trialist was quoted as saying,“History is more or less bunk.It’s tradition. We don’t wanttradition. We want to live inthe present and the only his-tory that is worth a tinker’sdam is the history we maketoday.”In 1935, Babe Ruth hitthe 714th and final home runof his career, for the BostonBraves, in a game against thePittsburgh Pirates.In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen.Joseph Stilwell, frustrated overbeing driven out of Burma byJapanese troops during WorldWar II, bluntly told reporters inDelhi, India: “I claim we got ahell of a beating.”In 1946, Transjordan (nowJordan) became a kingdom asit proclaimed its new mon-arch, Abdullah I.In 1961, President John F.Kennedy told Congress: “Ibelieve that this nation shouldcommit itself to achieving thegoal, before this decade isout, of landing a man on themoon and returning him safe-ly to the earth.”In 1968, the Gateway Archin St. Louis was dedicatedby Vice President HubertHumphrey and InteriorSecretary Stewart Udall.In 1979, 273 people diedwhen an American AirlinesDC-10 crashed just after take-off from Chicago’s O’Hareairport. Six-year-old EtanPatz disappeared while on hisway to a school bus stop inlower Manhattan; his fate hasnever been determined.In 1981, daredevilDan Goodwin, wearing aSpiderman costume, scaledthe outside of Chicago’s SearsTower in 7 1/2 hours.In 1986, an estimated 7million Americans par-ticipated in “Hands AcrossAmerica” to raise moneyfor the nation’s hungry andhomeless.In 1992, Jay Leno madehis debut as host of NBC’s“Tonight Show,” succeedingJohnny Carson.
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PresidentGeorge W. Bush, during avisit to St. Petersburg, joinedRussian President VladimirPutin (POO’-tihn) in pressur-ing Pakistan’s president tocurb cross-border violence inKashmir and ease tensionswith neighboring India. AChina Airlines Boeing 747-200 flying to Hong Kongcrashed in the Taiwan Strait,killing all 225 people onboard. A passenger train anda freight train collided insouthern Mozambique, kill-ing more than 190 people.
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PresidentGeorge W. Bush signed a billto pay for military operationsin Iraq that did not contain atimetable for troop withdraw-als.
 
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Vantage class of 2012 Award of Distinction winners are, front from left, Harley-Davidson Lane (Electricity, Continental), Dylan Long (Auto Body, Parkway), Ian Munger(Industrial Mechanics, Paulding), Austin Ream (Auto Body, Wayne Trace); and back, Tiffany Hahn (Interactive Media, Paulding), Kayla Garb (Crestview, Culinary Arts) andNacole Mansfield (Early Childhood Education, Continental). Unavailable for the picturewas Taylor Mock (Cosmetology, Paulding).
Senior Awards Assemblyheld at Vantage
For the first time in 36years, the Vantage AwardsAssembly was held in a dif-ferent location — the newlyconstructed Commons Area.“Awards of Distinction” andscholarships highlighted theannual Awards Assemblyon Friday. A packed house,including the entire studentbody, staff members, homeschool representatives,family and friends, joinedtogether at this event to rec-ognize the achievements andaccomplishments of studentsenrolled in Vantage careertechnical programs.Student speakers for thisyear’s assembly were DanielleTaylor (Lincolnview) and IanMunger (Paulding). Taylor,a Cosmetology student andpresident of the Interact Club,shared observations on grati-tude from her recent trip toHaiti and talked about howpeople make a difference inlife. Munger, an IndustrialMechanics student, revealedhow little he knew abouttools and mechanical ‘things’before coming to Vantage,and how much he learnedafter just two years —enough to take 2nd place inthe Mechatronics state con-test with his teammate, JaredFortman (Kalida). In closing,he assured his classmates, “Iknow we are all capable of doing extraordinary things.”They both thanked teach-ers and staff members fortheir guidance, friendship andsupport.Each year, career techni-cal teachers select outstand-ing students to receive an“Award of Distinction.” Tobe eligible for this award,a student must demonstrateleadership qualities at school,have outstanding achieve-ment in their program area,show exceptional skills inthe subject area, participateas an active member of aschool career technical cluband demonstrate cooperation,initiative and responsibility.This year’s “Award of Distinction” winners are,Tiffany Hahn (InteractiveMedia), Kayla Garb (CulinaryArts), Nacole Mansfield(Early Childhood Education),Harley-Davidson Lane(Electricity), Dylan Long(Auto Body), Ian Munger(Industrial Mechanics), AustinReam (Auto Body), andTaylor Mock (Cosmetology).Scholarship recipientswere also recognized atthe assembly. The RobertC. Stevens Scholarshipis given by the VantageTeacherís Organization inmemory of Bob Stevens,who taught OccupationalWork Experience (OWE)at Vantage from 1976 until1984. Students who areawarded this scholarshiphave shown outstandingachievement in their pro-gram area, while demonstrat-ing initiative and persever-ance. This year, the RobertC. Stevens Scholarships wereawarded to Crystal Morgan(Lincolnview) and Fortman,who was also awarded theRobert Brandt Scholarship.The Joshua RalstonMemorial Scholarship wasestablished in 2003 in memo-ry of Josh Ralston, a VantageAg Diesel student fromParkway. This scholarship isgiven to a student pursuing acareer and further educationin mechanics. Josh’s father,Scott Ralston, presentedthis scholarship to AbramMitchner (Lincolnview).Kayla Miller, a VanWert senior in the HealthTechnology program, wasawarded the Van WertRotary scholarship by VanWert Rotary member DebRussell.All student scholarshiprecipients were recognizedat the assembly, along withnational skills contestants,National Technical HonorSociety members, awardof merit winners, studentsreceiving academic awards,students with perfect atten-dance, student ambassadorsand Girls and Boys State del-egates.
Council on aging sets purse bingo
The Van Wert Council onAging will host a DesignerPurse Bingo on June 15 at thesenior center located at 220Fox Road in Van Wert.Tickets can be purchasedfrom 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at thesenior center Monday throughFriday. The cost is $15 if pur-chased by June 8. After thatdate, the cost will be $20 if any remain.Doors will open at 4:30p.m. and the Early BirdGames will begin at 6 p.m.Early Bird packets will beavailable for $5. Followingthe Early Bird Games, the funwill continue with 20 morebingo games, which will beplayed for authentic designerpurses.There will also be severalraffles, a 50/50 drawing anda “spin the wheel” drawing.Food will be available anddoor prizes will be givenout.The Purse Bingo fundrais-er will assist the agency inproviding much-needed ser-vices to its senior citizens.
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COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohiolawmakers have approvedmeasures aimed at making iteasier for ex-offenders whocan prove their rehabilitationto find work after prison.The bills approved by theHouse and Senate Thursdaywould reduce current restric-tions on felons for workingas cosmetologists, optical dis-pensers, salvage-yard dealers,construction-trade workers,hearing-aid dealers and fittersand security guards.The two chambers mustreconcile certain differencesin the bills before sendingtheir proposal to Gov. JohnKasich.Both bills allow courtsto order community serviceinstead of fines or drivers’license suspensions, and per-mit child support payments tobe modified when someone’searning capacity is loweredbecause of serving time orhaving a felony record.Juvenile advocates objectto a provision that could makethe records of some juvenileoffenders public as adults.TOLEDO (AP) — A prepschool in northwest Ohioplans to conduct randomdrug testing on its studentsand staff in the fall as a con-dition of enrollment.The Toledo Blade reportsSt. John’s Jesuit High School& Academy will ask its stu-dents and staff for a hairsample to test. Each test willcost $40.St. John’s spokesmanZach Silka says the schoolwill offer treatment or coun-seling to students or staff who test positive. They couldface suspension or expulsionif they ignore them. Theschool will not involve lawenforcement.The Ohio School BoardsAssociation says St. John’sis one of the only schoolsin the state testing all stu-dents and staff and not justathletes.School officials called thepolicy a proactive move toprevent drug abuse early.ST. MARYS (AP) —Officials have posted signsat a western Ohio state parklake to warn visitors abouttoxic blue-green algae.The state Department of Natural Resources postedthe first signs of the yearThursday at four beaches inGrand Lake St. Marys.The Columbus Dispatchreports the signs warn peoplewith weak immune systemsto not swim or walk throughthe water. It also warnselderly and young people tostay away.Blue-green algae are com-mon in most lakes but growthick in sun-warmed waterthat contains phosphorus.Department spokeswom-an Bethany McCorkle saysa test on Tuesday of the13,000-acre lake showedtoxin levels higher than therecommended threshold.Milt Miller, co-founder of the Grand Lake St. MarysRestoration Commission,says those levels are stilllower than they were lastyear.
Police link dead ex-con to’10 Ohio church slaying
YOUNGSTOWN (AP)— Authorities have cleareda man charged with murder-ing an 80-year-old woman ina church parking lot becausenew evidence implicated anex-convict whose slaying lastyear remains unsolved.Mahoning County pros-ecutor Paul Gains announcedthe decision Thursday andsaid a palm print found atthe 2010 crime scene whereAngeline Fimognari waskilled doesn’t match that of 20-year-old Jamar Houser, of Youngstown, who had beencharged in her death.Authorities believe theprint was left by the killeras he reached into the car tosteal her purse.Fimognari was shot in thehead while in the parkinglot of St. Dominic CatholicChurch in Youngstown inJanuary 2010 after attend-ing Mass. Her death focusedattention on crime issues ina neighborhood pockmarkedwith vacant and boarded-uphomes.Gains said two witness-es came forward on April24 saying Duane Colvin, of Youngstown, had confessedto the murder. The 32-year-old Colvin was killed inSeptember, and the caseremains unsolved.Colvin’s body wasexhumed May 17 and thepalm print on the car matchedColvin.“The police departmentand this office recognize thatwe have a duty to convictthe guilty and exonerate theinnocent,” Gains said. “Atthis time there is insufficientevidence to prosecute Mr.Houser.”Houser still faces felonycharges in a shooting unre-lated to the Fimognari case,Gains said.
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