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2 – The Herald Saturday, June 2, 2012
For The Record
Vol. 142 No. 264
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald, Inc.Don Hemple, advertisingmanagerTiffany Brantley,
circulation managerThe Daily Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.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
On June 23, it will be time for anoth-er canal cleanup. The last few have beensparsely attended. I know it’s a busy time foreveryone but keeping up on our waterway isimportant; some may say imperative.Volunteers will line the banks of theMiami-Erie Canal armed with rakes, cuttersand weed whackers. Intrusive weeds andbrush will be no more and litter will be pickedup and properly disposed of. Occasionally,some brave soul dons a pair of waders andheads in to pull out bicycles, car tires andmore.The effort will be made to spruce up thecanal for the upcoming Fourth of July cele-bration and also to keep a handle on the ever-growing weeds and small trees that seem toneed no rain to survive and thrive.For many, the canal is an eyesore. “Fillit in,” they say. For others, the canal is ahistoric landmark and part of our heritage.Delphos was once thought to be on the vergeof becoming a huge, thriving city when thecanal traffic was at its peak. Then alongcame the railroads and those dreams of gloryfaded.However you look at it, it needs to stayclean. I know a lot of trash blows in the canalon a windy day. That would tell me that wehave to keep trash picked up elsewhere aswell.I don’t ever recall seeing things in thecanal when I was growing up. There mayhave been but my co-conspirator in the news-room doesn’t recall that being a problem backthen, either. (We won’t say how far back thenis.)The canal was the hot spot year round.Fishing and crawdad-catching in the sum-mer, ice skating in the winter and just goofingaround in between.I can remember building fires on the banksin the winter so we wouldn’t have to go in assoon because of freezing fingers and toes. Iceskates seemed to draw cold to your feet. It’ssome kind of unexplained phenomenon. Thewhole entire rest of your body would be warmand your toes would be numb with cold.Hockey games broke out without noticewith milk crates set up for goals. The sliceof skates on ice and the clashing of hockeysticks filled many an afternoon. Even shovel-ing the snow off the canal was an entertainingprospect.I can remember a perpetual pile of wetclothing in the mud room and endless cupsof hot chocolate with marshmallows floatingon top.Today, I look out the back window andhave to squint to tell if that white thing on theother side of the canal is a grocery bag or aduck. I see an occasional skater in the winternow. Anglers on the banks are a little morecommon, but still, nothing like it once was.The skates and poles have been replaced withvideo games and computers.There are quite a few of us out there whoremember the “good old days” on the canal.Thankfully, there are quite a few who wouldlike to see more.When you see the notice for the clean-upeffort, please make a little time to help. It willgive you some instant gratification and thecanal a much-needed facelift.
The following is a week-ly report concerning con-struction and maintenancework on state highwayswithin the Ohio Departmentof Transportation District 1which includes the countiesof Allen, Defiance, Hancock,Hardin, Paulding, Putnam,Van Wert and Wyandot.This report is issued eachThursday beginning inApril and continues throughNovember. For the latest instatewide construction visitwww.buckeyetraffic.org.
Allen CountyInterstate 75, Lima, at Fourth Street andReservoir Road
bridgereplacement projects willhave the following impactsto traffic in the comingweeks.The bridge replacementsare Phase 1 of a 3-phaseproject which will recon-struct Interstate 75 from theAuglaize County line to justnorth of Ohio 81, includingthe city of Lima. Work onthe mainline of Interstate 75will not begin until 2013:
– FourthStreet over Interstate 75closed February 27 until latefall for a bridge replacementproject. The entrance rampsto Interstate 75 from FourthStreet were closed May 9for 30 days to allow for con-struction of the new centerpier of the bridge. Traffic onI-75 will be maintained intwo lanes in each directionfor those 30 days, but trafficwill be shifted away fromthe pier area where work istaking place. The ramps areexpected to reopen in earlyJune, perhaps by June 9. Theexit ramps from Interstate75 to Fourth Street remainopen.
–Reservoir Road overInterstate 75 closed May 1until late fall for a bridgereplacement project. As partof the project, Bryn MawrRoad from Reservoir Roadto Elm Street also closedMay 1 until late fall.Traffic on I-75 in thearea of the bridge will bemaintained in two lanes ineach direction during day-time hours. Traffic patternswill be changed beginninglate in the week to allowfor removal of the exist-ing center bridge pier andfor the reconstruction of thenew pier. Traffic will beshifted away from the pierarea. Occasional intermit-tent lane closures will occurduring nighttime hours onlyas work dictates.
Ohio 81 in Allen and VanWert counties
is restrict-ed to one lane through thework zone for a pavementrepair and resurfacing proj-ect which will continue untilearly August. The projectwill take place from U.S.127 to Ohio 66.
Interstate 75 south-bound from HanthornRoad to Breese Road
restricted to one lanethrough the work zone from6-10 a.m. Through the weekfor pavement repair.
Putnam CountyOhio 613 from Ohio 15to West Leipsic
restrictedto one lane through the workzone for removal of pave-ment markings.
Ohio 15, Ohio 65, Ohio109 and Ohio 613
resurfac-ing project through the vil-lages of Ottawa and Leipsic,including the section of Ohio 109 from Ohio 65 toOhio 613, will restrict traf-fic to one lane throughoutthe project work zone. Theproject will continue untilmid-August.
Van Wert CountyU.S. 30 west of Van Wert
will be restricted through thework zone at various loca-tions for drainage repair.
Ohio 116 betweenRingwald Road andReidenbach Road
closedMay 29 for a culvert installa-tion project. Traffic detouredonto Ohio 709, U.S. 127back to Ohio 116. The routeis expected to open some-time during the week.
Ohio 81 in Allen andVan Wert counties
will berestricted to one lane throughthe work zone for a pave-ment repair and resurfacingproject which will continueuntil early August. The proj-ect will take place from U.S.127 to Ohio 66.
restricted to onelane through the work zonefor a pavement repair andresurfacing project whichwill continue until midAugust. The project is tak-ing place from U.S. 224 toU.S. 30, excluding the vil-lage of Convoy.
ElizabethJane “Betty,” 90, of Delphos,funeral services will begin at11 a.m. Wednesday at TrinityUnited Methodist Church, theRev. David Howell officiat-ing. Burial will be in WalnutGrove Cemetery. Friends maycall from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday atHarter and Schier MemorialChapel, where an Eastern Starservice begins at 8 p.m.; andone hour prior to services atthe church on Wednesday.Preferred memorials are toTrinity United MethodistChurch Building Fund andInterfaith Thrift Shop.
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Jan. 21, 1921-June 1, 2012
Geraldine T. Grubenhoff,91, of Ottoville, died at 9:08a.m. Friday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Jan. 21,1921, in Delphos, to Frankand Veronica (Elwer) Osting.On Sept. 1, 1943, she marriedEdwin Grubenhoff.She is survived by daugh-ters Janet (Al) Mescher of Troy and Mary Jean (Ron)Schweller of Fort Jennings;sisters La Donna (Leo)Schmelzer, Earlene (John)Williams and Vera (Jim)Koester of Delphos; brothersMoletus Osting of Delphos,Alvin (Marilyn) Osting andNorm (Karen) Osting of Troy and Roger Osting of Cridersville; grandchildrenKevin Mescher, Diana (Scott)Myers, Jennifer (Bryan)Harris, Julie (Doug) Kimmet;great grandchildren Jason andMegan Myers, Beckett andIsabella Harris and Kaitlyn,Lauren and Madison Kimmet.She was preceded in deathby her husband, parents, broth-ers Wilfred, Eugene, Urban,Ed and Earl; and sister Marie.Mrs. Grubenhoff was ahomemaker who worked atBob’s Grocery and KalidaIGA. She was a member atImmaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, the VFWLadies Auxiliary, Alter Rosaryand she enjoyed swimming atthe Van Wert “Y”, sewing,quilting over 60 quilts, gar-dening, canning and she espe-cially enjoyed spending timewith family and friends.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 10:30 a.m. Mondayat Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, the Rev.John Stites officiating. Burialwill follow in St. Mary’sCemetery in Ottoville.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Sunday and from 9-10a.m. Monday at the Harter andSchier Memorial Chapel.Preferred memorials are todonor’s choice.
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By KYLE HIGHTOWERand MIKE SCHNEIDERAssociated Press
SANFORD, Fla. — TrayvonMartin’s shooter must return to jail, a judge ordered Friday ina strongly worded ruling thatsaid George Zimmerman andhis wife lied to the court abouttheir finances to obtain bondin a case that hinges on jurorsbelieving his account of whathappened the night the teenwas killed.Zimmerman has pleadednot guilty to second-degreemurder for the February shoot-ing. The neighborhood watchvolunteer says he shot Martinin self-defense because theunarmed 17-year-old wasbeating him up after confront-ing Zimmerman about follow-ing him in a gated communityoutside Orlando.Zimmerman was arrested44 days after the killing, andduring a bond hearing in April,his wife, Shellie, testified thatthe couple had limited fundsavailable. The hearing also wasnotable because Zimmermantook the stand and apologizedto Martin’s parents.Prosecutors pointed out intheir motion that Zimmermanhad $135,000 available then.It had been raised from dona-tions through a website he setup and they suggested morehas been collected since anddeposited in a bank account.Shellie Zimmerman wasasked about the websiteat the hearing, but she saidshe didn’t know how muchmoney had been raised. CircuitJudge Kenneth Lester set bailat $150,000. The 28-year-oldwas freed a few days laterafter posting $15,000 in cash— which is typical — and hassince been in hiding.Prosecutor Bernie De laRionda complained Friday,“This court was led to believethey didn’t have a singlepenny. It was misleading and Idon’t know what words to useother than it was a blatant lie.”The judge agreed and orderedZimmerman returned to jail bySunday afternoon.“Does your client get to sitthere like a potted plant andlead the court down the prim-rose path? That’s the issue,”Lester said. “He can’t sit backand obtain the benefit of alower bond based upon thosematerial falsehoods.”The judge questioningZimmerman’s truthfulnesscould undermine the defen-dant’s credibility if it is broughtup at trial, which could happen,and may complicate how hisdefense presents him as a wit-ness, said Orlando-area attor-ney Randy McCLean, who isa former prosecutor.Witness accounts of therainy night Martin was shotare spotty. There is no video of the fight, though photos pros-ecutors have released showedZimmerman with wounds tohis face and the back of hishead. His recollection of whathappened is key.“The other key witness,unfortunately is deceased,”McClean said. “Basically,Zimmerman is going to beasking the jury to believe hisversion of the facts ... As thecase stands now, his credibil-ity is absolutely critical to thecase.”The defense counteredthat Zimmerman and his wifenever used the money for any-thing, which indicated “therewas no deceit.” O’Mara said itwouldn’t be a problem to bringZimmerman back into custodyby the deadline.The judge said he wouldschedule a hearing afterZimmerman is back in custodyso he could explain himself.Police in Sanford didnot immediately arrestZimmerman, citing Florida’s“stand your ground” law thatgives wide latitude to usedeadly force rather than retreatin a fight if people believe theyare in danger of being killed orseriously injured.Zimmerman’s credibil-ity with the judge would beimportant if O’Mara tries toget a judge without the jury todismiss the charges based onthe law, said Orlando defenseattorney David Hill.“If he was in on somethingthat was not truthfully revealedto the judge, when there isa ’stand your ground’ hear-ing, of course you’re going tosecond-guess him,” Hill said.Both McClean and Hillsaid O’Mara would be able tochallenge the admissibility of the bond revocation at trial byquestioning its relevance.Benjamin Crump, an attor-ney for Trayvon Martin’sparents, Tracy Martin andSybrina Fulton, said his clientshave always said Zimmermanshould remain in jail until trial,which O’Mara said he believedwouldn’t be until next year.Crump was asked if hethought that if Zimmermanwould be willing to lie abouthis finances that he wouldbe willing to lie about whathappen the night Martin waskilled.
Zimmerman goes back to jail
COLUMBUS (AP) —Ohio has become the 39thstate to prohibit texting whiledriving.Gov. John Kasich signed aban Friday on writing, readingand sending texts from behindthe wheel. It goes into effectin 90 days.The measure includes astricter crackdown on teendrivers’ use of electronicdevices. Minors would bebanned from using cellphones,iPads or other electronicswhile driving.Texting would be a sec-ondary offense for adult driv-ers. They could be ticketedfor typing messages only if they were first pulled over foranother offense, such as run-ning a red light.Teens could more easily bepulled over for violating thetexting ban.
Ohio governorsigns textingban for drivers