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50¢ daily BY BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year. Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two senators proposing an extension to offer his support. From Hawaii, Obama pledged Friday to push Congress to move quickly next year to address the “urgent economic priority,” the White House said. For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government’s “emergency unemployment compensation” will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166. Jobless rates could drop, but analysts say the economy may suffer with less money for consumers to spend on everything from clothes to cars. Having let the “emergency” program expire as part of a budget deal, it’s unclear if Congress has the appetite to start

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it anew. An estimated 1.3 million people will be cut off when the federally funded unemployment payments end today. Some 214,000 Californians will lose their payments, a figure expected to rise to more than a half-million by June, the Labor Department said. In the last 12 months, Californians received $4.5 billion in federal jobless benefits, much if plowed back into the local economy. More than 127,000 New Yorkers also will be cut off this weekend. In New Jersey, 11th among states in population, 90,000 people will immediately lose out. Started under President George W. Bush, the benefits were designed as a cushion for the millions of U.S. citizens who lost their jobs in a recession and failed to find new ones while receiving state jobless benefits, which in most states expire after six months. Another 1.9 million people across the country are expected to exhaust their state benefits before the end of June. But Obama has no quick fix. He hailed this month’s two-year budget agreement as a breakthrough of bipartisan cooperation while his administration works with Democratic allies in the House and Senate to revive an extension of jobless benefits for those unemployed more than six months.

Ballers help with Christmas Project delivery

Jefferson seventh- and eighth-grade basketball players lent a hand with the Delphos Community Christmas Project delivery. Project Coordinator Edna Fischer said private individuals and businesses responded to the needs of the residents and donated enough of everything to provide 148 families and 352 children with toys, bikes, clothing, food and paper goods. In addition, 136 fruit plates were delivered to home-bound Delphos residents. (Submitted photo)

Commission sets canal brush cut
The Delphos Canal Commission will conduct brush-cutting on the Canal Tow Path on Monday and Tuesday. Volunteers are to meet at 9 a.m. at Cleveland Street and the Canal and work south from the railroad. Limbs will be stacked until a chipper can be obtained. All individuals and groups are encouraged to participate.

A look back at 2013
April 6 Corinne Metzger of Delphos Jefferson was named first runner-up in the 2013 Peony Pageant held at Marsh Auditorium on Friday night. She performed a flag and rifle routine to the song “Move” by Mercy Me in the talent competition. April 8 The Delphos FFA held its 63rd annual Parent and Member Banquet Sunday evening. Advisor Scott Elwer presented FFA Star Chapter Awards to Sophie Wilson, Caitlin Landwehr, Wes Roby and David Leathers. St. John’s High School Principal Don Huysman was honored with the Honorary Chapter FFA degree at the 63rd annual FFA Banquet Sunday. “Huysman is a 41-year veteran of education who will be retiring after this school year. This was a tribute to him,” Scott R. Elwer, Agriculture Education instructor/ FFA advisor Delphos City Schools said. “Huysman has always been a supporter of our program in Delphos and works hand in hand to benefit both school communities and my FFA members. He has always been all about the kids, has a true passion for education and will truly be missed by the Delphos community. Our organization felt that because of his support, compassion and true heart behind education

The Delphos Public Library continues its “Food for Fines” program through today. During this time, if overdue items are returned with a non-perishable food item, the fine will be dropped and the patron will be helping the less fortunate during the holiday season.

‘Food for Fines’ ends today

Friday’s scores St. John’s Fremont St. Joe Lincolnview Fort Jennings Jefferson Parkway Kalida Ada 64 39 53 31 50 49 61 48

Mostly sunny today and partly cloudy tonight. Highs in the lower 50s and lows in the lower 30s. See page 2.


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See WRAPUP, page 10 Fort Jennings students help get the blades of a wind turbine ready for installation at Fort Jennings’ Land Lab. (Herald file photo) Each year, The Herald the work should be comtakes a look back at the sto- pleted within 60 days. ries and photos of the year. April 4 Here is the second of four Eight young ladies were 2013 wrapups. set to compete for the title APRIL of Queen Jubilee XXXVIII April 1 at the Peony Pageant at Hundreds of local chil- Marsh Auditorium. Each dren flocked to Stadium Park will perform a special talSaturday afternoon for the ent, respond to an imprompannual Optimist Easter Egg tu question and compete Hunt. The Optimists stuffed in formal wear. They are more than 3,000 eggs with Courtney Gorman of candy and a few slips of Lincolnview High School, paper for bigger prizes. Alexis Ford of Parkway April 3 High School, Corinne The Cass Street water Metzger of Jefferson High line bid was accepted. School, Savannah Roughton Delphos City Council of Paulding High School, approved legislation nam- Chelsea Critchfield of ing All Purpose Contracting, Wayne Trace High School, Inc., the contractor for the Jordan Rex of Spencerville project. The bid came in High School, Karissa Place Delphos Police Officers Dale Metzger, left, and Dave Clark work their way up the at $34,828, nearly $10,000 of Van Wert High School under the projected proj- and Kate Bauer of Crestview stairs from St. John’s Little Theatre in the elementary building during simulation training on April 13. Officers were training on response to an active shooter. (Herald ect cost. Safety Services High School. file photo) Director Greg Berquist said

and the support of the program, he was overly deserving of this award at our banquet.” April 10 After three long years, the search is finally over: Delphos City Schools has a new superintendent. Current Ayersville High School Principal Kevin Wolfe was hired to oversee the district and caught the board’s attention during his interviews. April 11 Auglaize River floods Fort Jennings Park. The Auglaize River left its banks in Fort Jennings and flooded the park. Flood warnings were extended for the Auglaize River near Fort Jennings until Sunday evening and the river was expected to fall below flood stage by Saturday night. April 13 The Delphos Fire Association recently purchased new hydraulic couplers for the Jaws of Life, Cutter and Ram equipment carried on the trucks. President of the Delphos Fire Association Jamey Wisher says that the old couplers involved four hoses and 30 seconds to hook up and the new method takes 2-3 seconds and just one hose. “Every second counts,” Wisher explained. “The more efficient we are, the better.” Proceeds from 300 Club tickets, the Delphos Fire Convention and steak suppers funded the $1,700

expense. April 15 The Delphos Police Department was hard at work training for an “Active Shooter Response,” a training hosted at St. John’s Schools — due to the complex nature of the layout of the structure. Patrolman Chad Cupples of the Bluffton Police Department conducted the class which included a Power Point presentation and 4-5 hours of live scenario training with student volunteers. April 17 As part of National Library Week, the Delphos Public Library held a “Family Night” where library patrons of all ages enjoyed the magical stylings of 14-year-old magician Tyler Nygren, who performed magic tricks and created balloon animals for younger audience members. April 18 Ottoville received one of the numerous Ohio Boards of Education Community Service awards during the Northwest Regional Spring Conference held at the Penta Career Center in Perrysburg. The school received the award for the Go-Getters After-school Program “Pocket Flags.” Children participating in the program learned to properly fold a flag and sent pocket versions to troops overseas.

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One Year Ago The undefeated Lady Green of Ottoville traveled to Ada Thursday night for a showdown with the Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldogs played the Lady Green tough early but the depth of TODAY : Mostly sunny. the Lady Green took over in a convincing 58-32 non-league Highs in the lower 50s. win. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. 25 Years Ago – 1988 TON I GHT : P artly Area residents recently attended a barn mass at the Norbert cloudy. Lows in the lower Renner farm, Acadia Road, Landeck. Phyllis Edelbrock spoke 30s. Southwest winds 5 to about the experience and her feelings about the event. “Thanks 15 mph. to David Stearns and Art Rode for music, and to Ruthie S U N D AY : M o s t l y Hammons for her dedication in strengthening the faith in our cloudy. A 50 percent parish, to the children who played roles in the Nativity scene, chance of rain and snow and Helen and Norbert Renner and their family.” in the afternoon. Colder. The 1988 WDOH-Pizza Hut Holiday Tournament kicked Highs around 40. West off Tuesday evening at Jefferson Middle School with semiwinds 10 to 15 mph. final action between the Bluffton Pirates and the Parkway SUNDAY NIGHT : Panthers in the first game and the Lima Temple Christian Cloudy through midnight Pioneers against the host Jefferson Wildcats in the nightcap. then becoming most- Of the two games, none was more of a surprise than the ly cloudy. A 30 percent Jefferson-Temple contest which saw the Wildcats place a stunchance of snow showers. ning 57-46 setback on the Pioneers which entered the contest Colder. Lows 15 to 20. undefeated at 8-0. Northwest winds 10 to 20 Taking part in the live nativity Christmas Eve on the mph. lawn of St. John’s Church were Mike Wannemacher holding M O N D AY : P a r t l y a lamb, Scott Hellman as Joseph, Steven Wannemacher as cloudy. A 40 percent baby Jesus, M. Kroeger as Mary and Doug Homan, a shepchance of snow showers in herd. Sponsoring the nativity were Louis Hohman and Dave the morning. Highs in the Wannemacher, advisors for the Rev. John Otto Bredeick Circle lower 20s. 3329 of Delphos Columbian Squires. MONDAY NIGHT : Partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 50 Years Ago – 1963 10 above. Committee spokesman for the Delphos Country Club teenT U E S D AY : P a r t l y age holiday dance to be held Saturday evening at the Knights cloudy with a 30 percent of Columbus club rooms has stated that some reservations are chance of snow showers. still available and can be made by contacting either Mr. and Highs 15 to 20. Mrs. Howard Hahn, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dickman or Mr. and TUESDAY NIGHT Mrs. Richard Wulfhorst. AND NEW YEARS DAY : Ottoville’s Big Green came roaring back in the fourth Mostly cloudy with a 20 period to outscore the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats 32-20 and percent chance of snow post an 87-79 victory. For the Wildcats, Gordie Vogt, with 22 showers. Lows 5 to 10 points, was top man on the totem pole, and Kenny Jackson above. Highs 15 to 20. with 19 and Monte Druckemiller with 15 were right behind WEDNESDAY NIGHT : him. Mostly cloudy with a 30 St. Theresa Troop of Juniorettes met recently at the home of percent chance of snow. Patricia Wellman at which time the girls reported on their card Lows around 15. sales. The remainder of the meeting was spent working on THURSDAY : Mostly their current projects, candles. The troop will hold its holiday cloudy. Highs in the mid party Dec. 30 at St. John’s School. The Jan. 9 meeting will be 20s. held at the home of Mary Ann Hedrick. THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY : Partly 75 Years Ago – 1938 cloudy. Lows around 15. The proposed Miami-Erie Canal fill-in project is still Highs in the upper 20s. very much at a standstill according to a report made by John Lehmkuhle, president of council, at the council meeting Tuesday night. The proposed project has been under consideration for a number of months and a number of surveys have been completed by state highway officials, but no definite approval has ever been given for start of the work. CLEVELAND (AP) — Pursuant to the established custom of more than 30 years, These Ohio lotteries were state officers and district deputies of the Knights of Columbus drawn Friday: have presented to State Deputy Ray McKowen of Delphos a token of appreciation in recognition of his service contributed Mega Millions 04-15-35-48-49, Mega to the cause of Columbianism during the time he has been the Chief Executive of the Order of the State. For his enjoyment Ball: 11 he can be entertained with a radio equipped with transcontiMegaplier nental automatic tip-touch turning. 5 A meeting of representatives of Eagle aeries in the 17th Pick 3 Evening District will be held Wednesday night to map plans for local 9-9-6 initiations to be held on Jan. 22. The Gross Family Orchestra will provide the music for the round and square dancing at the Pick 3 Midday New Year’s Eve party to be held Saturday night. The Family 0-3-0 Night party for January will be held on Jan. 18. Pick 4 Evening 7-3-7-4 Pick 4 Midday 7-0-8-0 Pick 5 Evening 3-7-4-9-3 Information submitted years (at least one of the conPick 5 Midday victions must be since the law 3-1-9-4-1 COLUMBUS — The took effect Sept. 30, 2008). Powerball Ohio Department of Public · The registry does not Estimated jackpot: $40 Safety launched this week an include convictions more than million enhanced registry of people 20 years old. Rolling Cash 5 who have been convicted at · The registry does not least five times of driving include deceased people. 02-20-21-30-34 · The registry does not Estimated jackpot: under the influence of alcohol or drugs and meet certain other include out-of-state convic$130,000 criteria established by law. tions. 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The upgrades dangerous times of the year on Children 11 and under and seniors-$5 3D seats before 6pm: $7 • 3D after 6pm: Adults $9/ dramatically improve the sys- the road, due to an increase in Children 11 and under and seniors $7 WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS OR CHECKS! tem and the results. Instead of impaired driving. The patrol relying on local court jurisdic- will be out in full force this 419-238-2100 tions to submit forms to add a holiday season, removing danhabitual offender to the regis- gerous and impaired drivers try, the new system compiles in an effort to reduce fatal and the information automatically injury crashes. Last year in from already existing electron- Ohio, seven people died in ic records. 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The Delphos Herald
Nancy Spencer, editor Ray Geary, general manager Delphos Herald, Inc. Don Hemple, advertising manager Lori Goodwin Silette, circulation manager
Vol. 144 No. 140

Robert R. Neumeier Rita Jane (Bertling) Daley
Aug. 27, 1934Dec. 26, 2013 Robert R. Neumeier of Delphos went home to Heaven on Thursday after a brief illness at Van Wert County Hospital. Robert was born on Aug. 27, 1934, in Lima to Don and Irene Neumeier, who preceded him in death. Robert is survived by his loving and caring wife of 57 years, Virginia June (Brown) Neumeier of Delphos. He is the father of Laura Sibold of Spencerville, Carmy (Bob Dyer) Neumeier of Elida, Kristy Runyan of Delphos, Shelly Clark of Columbus Grove, Julie Link of Mesa, Ariz., Kerry (Sue) Neumeier of Delphos and Mathew (Hayley) Neumeier of Plain City; the grandfather to Cole Sibold, Sara (Nate) Bladen, Kellie Runyan, Hallie Runyan, Jason Clark, Jenny (Kyle) Browning, Sierra Jenkins, Stephanie Neumeier and Jeffrey Neumeier; and 13 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelly Ann Neumeier and two brothers, Jack and Dave Neumeier. He was retired from the Lima Postal Service and Husky Refinery. Besides loving and providing for his family, he enjoyed the outdoors. Robert spent his time hunting squirrels and was an avid fisherman. He was a successful life-long tournament angler and has a room full of trophies to show for it. He loved nothing more than watching his kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids laugh and play. He will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Father Chris Bohnsack officiating. Friends may call from noon-3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sept. 22, 1919-Dec. 27, 2013 Rita Jane (Bertling) Daley, 94, of Lima passed away at 1 a.m. Friday at Lima Manor, Lima. She was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Muntanna to George William & Mabel (Kestley) Bertling, who preceded her death. On Feb. 22, 1946, Rita married Gerald P. Daley, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1995. Surviving are two children, Kevin M. (Janis) Daley and Sr. Kevin Patrice Daley, both of Lima; three grandchildren, Brian Patrick Olsen, Michael G. Engberg and Audrey M. (Toby) Adams; and two greatgrandchildren, Arick and Gunner Engberg. She is also preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Olsen; sister, Rosemary Miller; and her two brothers, James F. Bertling and William J. Bertling. Mrs. Daley was receptionist for Foy Johnston Paints for 14 years and then H & R Block for 25 years. She was a 1938 graduate of St. John’s High School. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, its Altar Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus #2661 Loyalty Ladies and a past president, Daughters of Isabella, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a past president, Women’s Democratic Club, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, #54, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 370, Moose Lodge #199, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275 Auxiliary all of Lima and the Amity Bridge Club, Delphos. She was an avid card player. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima, Fr. David Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at SiferdOrians Funeral Home, Lima, where a Parish Wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose School or to her family. Condolences may be expressed at

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Federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal
NEW YORK (AP) — The heated debate over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional. The ruling by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III and an opposing view earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington D.C. sets the stage for federal appeals courts to confront the delicate balance developed when the need to protect national security clashes with civil rights established in the Constitution. Pauley concluded the program was a necessary extension of steps taken after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He said the program lets the government connect fragmented and fleeting communications and “represents the government’s counter-punch” to the al-Qaida’s terror network’s use of technology to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. “This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Pauley said. “The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.” Pauley’s decision contrasts with Leon’s grant of a preliminary injunction against the collecting of phone records of two men who had challenged the program. The Washington, D.C. jurist said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The judge has since stayed the effect of his ruling, pending a government appeal. Both cases now move to appeals courts for a conflict that some believe will eventually be settled by the Supreme Court. The chances that the nation’s top court will address it increase if the appeals courts reach conflicting opinions or if the current use of the program is declared illegal. Pauley said the mass collection of phone data “significantly increases the NSA’s capability to detect the faintest patterns left behind by individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations. Armed with all the metadata, NSA can draw connections it might otherwise never be able to find.”


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FULLER, Luella Katherine Mary, 90, of Bucyrus, funeral services will be held in Good Hope Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. today. Family will receive friends two hours prior to the service from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Fort Jennings’ Mt. Calvary Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to go to the Good Hope Youth Ministries. Memories can be shared on Luella’s obituary page at KEMPER, Christopher Leo, 40, of Delphos, Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for an education fund for C.J. and Christina Kemper or to St. John’s Teacher Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be shared at KLOPFENSTEIN, Ronald L., 75, a celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elida, Rev. Paul Scannell officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church fellowship hall with burial to follow at Pearl Cemetery, Sidney. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, and for one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Hope Lodge at the Cleveland Clinic or the St. Rita’s Oncology Department. Online condolences may be shared at www.


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My son-in-law, Jim Dickman, is good at finding all kinds of books at antique stores, old book stores and flea markets. He loaned me one of his finds “It’s a Wonderful Christmas – The Best of the Holidays 1940–1965.” A quote from inside the dust jacket reads: “Christmas has always been special. But Christmases during and after World War II were just a little bit more special. Men stationed on palm-covered islands dreamed of snowmen and winter wonderlands. Homefront families looked forward to the day when ‘home for keeps’ would be a reality. And when that day finally came the celebration was enormous. Christmas acquired a jubilant glow, a festive lavishness that persists to this day.” From the toy catalogs to Bubble Lights to Rudolph’s bright red nose, a number of today’s traditions date back to that special time. Even Santa’s appearance changed over the years. Originally Santa Claus was known as St. Nick (St. Nicholas) and had more of a thin figure. Clement Moore pictured him as a “right jolly old elf” who sometimes had trouble getting down the chimney. Soon we saw more and more of that famous Coca Cola Santa in his bright red suit. Even Christmas trees changed. In 1900, only one in every five American families had a tree. Most of them were green with real candles. The Addis Brush Company of America, a manufacturer of toilet bowl brushes began making artificial brush trees and shipped


More Christmas memories
Then Sylvania introduced fluorescent pastel lights. In 1955, Noma marketed its first set of flashing lights. Fairy Lights and mini lights became popular in the 1970s. Early mini lights were wired together on the same strand and when one bulb blew out, the whole strand went dark. Electric window candles, Santas and other decorations became popular during this same time period. Homemade Christmas stockings were very special. Then came the outside lights and all the contests. I might add that the computerized light display at the Fiedler home on Route 224, at the east edge of Ottoville is a “must see.” The peak year for Christmas cards was 1958. Many of us enjoy getting the photo cards. In 1961, first class mail was four cents. America’s first Christmas postage stamp came out in 1962. Christmas seals were sold for years to help stamp out tuberculosis. The Hall Brothers of Kansas City, founders of the Hallmark Company, began manufacturing their own holiday wrap in the 1930s. Then came the curly ribbon, followed by the pre-made bows. The Christmas season didn’t start until Thanksgiving, when Santa Claus arrived in town in all the parades. Every year, we drove to Fort Wayne to see the elaborate window display at the Wolf and Dessauer Store. They also had this large Santa with his sleigh and reindeer on the side of the building. See CHRISTMAS, page 10

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State officials say flu cases on the rise

he retired almost 14 years ago. He had been second-in-command of a small fighting boat in the Pacific during World War II; he had earned a degree in industrial engineering from Ohio State University; and he had taken over a jewelry store from his fatherin-law, brought it out of bankruptcy and turned it into a successful downtown business for half a century. But when he retired in 2000 at age 76, he decided he still had something to give. He applied to be a substitute teacher in the Bexley City Schools. “They said, ‘When do you want to start?’ I said, ‘Tomorrow,’” Frank said. Now, at age 89, he is a math tutor, putting to work his minor in math from Ohio State. He figures he has worked with more than a hundred kids, mostly one-on-one. Sometimes he gets paid, other times not, depending on the parents’ situation. “What Bernie brought to the table was he Dad charged after running could do it on an as-needed basis and charged on kind of a floating scale,” with the bottom of over son with van the scale being free, said Harley Williams, the PLAIN CITY (AP) — principal of Bexley secondary schools. Frank said he always gets paid: “I get paid A father was jailed after he drove away without talking to in the heart. When you’re paid in the heart, officers about running over his you don’t spend the heart. When you get paid 4-year-old son who had fallen money, you spend it.” Frank will talk your ear off. And he has built out of their van near a central Ohio construction site, fatally up a lot of stories over 89 years. He was born in 1924 in Youngstown to a injuring the boy, according to dad who “really did very little; he had jobs and the State Highway Patrol. Natividad de Jesus made very little money,” and a mom “who was Hernandez, 30, of Columbus, one of those first ladies who went out into the was arrested Thursday world and became a working mother” to help after showing up at a hos- support them, he said. In 1942, he moved to Columbus to attend pital where his son, Angel Ohio State. Back then, “Anybody who wanted Gustbabo Hernandez, died could go” because it cost very little, after the accident earlier in You Put Them Intoago Safe Place. Union County, northwest of Frank said. “I was a rich kid at Ohio State whose mother and father didn’t have any Columbus.

COLUMBUS (AP) — State health officials say influenza activity is on the rise in Ohio and residents should get vaccinated. The Ohio Department of Health says so far this flu season, 338 influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported. Those primarily occurred in northeast Ohio. The department said most of the cases were caused by the H1N1 strain that’s also known as swine flu. Officials also cautioned that seasonal flu viruses may become more prominent. Flu is usually the worst in January or February. The health department says Ohio is currently experiencing minimal flu-like illness activity compared to other parts of the country.

Man at 89 still tutors middle-school kids State’s 3 largest cities COLUMBUS (AP) — Bernard Frank had money, but I didn’t tell people.” seek political conventions There were no college deferments during plenty of reasons to kick back and relax when
World War II, and on his 18th birthday, after only three months of college, “I decided that I wanted to join the Army and not be drafted,” Frank said. But he soon realized that by the time basic training was over, he’d be ripe for the invasion of Europe that everyone knew was coming. So he went back to the enlistment office and said he needed to join the Navy, because his dad and grandfather had been in the Navy (which was true) and “They were having fits” that he had joined the Army (which wasn’t true). The Navy was happy to have him and, because of his college experience, sent him into the officers’ program. Eventually, he found himself in the Philippines, second-in-command of a fighting boat, the USS APc-8, which looked like an armed tugboat. His scariest moment came when the boat hit a reef in the Sulu Sea and looked like it was going down, with no one around to help. Frank put on three life jackets thinking that was better than one. But they got the boat free and limped to safety. After the war, Frank returned to Ohio State and got his degree. He married and took over Lynn’s Jewelers at 171 S. High St. from his father-in-law. There were a few missteps, such as when Frank accidentally dropped a bag containing $25,000 in diamond rings — more than $49,000 in today’s dollars — in 1989 near Town and High streets. A man found the bag and returned it. After closing the store in 2000, Frank went to Columbus State Community College to brush up his math skills, got a teaching certificate and became a substitute teacher. Frank goes beyond just being a tutor, said Williams, of Bexley schools. “As much as he’s done with the students in math, I’ve also been as pleased with just the intergenerational experience he’s been able to provide our students.” CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s three largest cities have hopes of landing a Democratic or Republican national convention in 2016. Officials in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati all figure that Ohio’s importance as a presidential swing state will help their cause. All three say they have good convention facilities, hotel space and transportation links needed to host such large conventions. The Dayton Daily News reports that the capital city of Columbus has gotten an early jump in preparing to make a pitch for a convention, while Cincinnati is a latecomer in the competition. Columbus officials say Nationwide Arena could be the convention site, with plenty of other facilities and hotels nearby. “When you look at Tampa and Charlotte (the 2012 conventions’ host cities), our convention center is larger than both of their centers,” said Brian Ross, who leads Experience Columbus. “We have a very walkable destination. The proximity of our arena to our convention center is definitely a benefit of ours.” Ohio’s Democratic Party and Republican Party leaders don’t agree on much, but both say they’d like to see the state host their conventions. Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern said the cities will need private-sector support for their efforts — host cities will need to raise around $50 million for logistics, transportation and law enforcement around the conventions. He said all have local attractions that could draw convention participants. “Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have enormous opportunities for nightlife and social events,” Redfern said. “The cities are very inviting.” Republican chairman Matt Borges said he hopes a competition among three Ohio cities doesn’t hurt one another’s chances. “I’m thrilled that we have two and probably three cities that are very seriously considering,” Borges said. “I think that we will end up with at least one and maybe two that go to the next step of trying to get a bid in.”

thousands of the Addis trees to Great Britain. They were green. At that time many Americans were using the green “feather tree.” Then in 1950, Addis patented the “Silver Pine,” made of aluminum and came with a flood light and a revolving color wheel. The fad in the 1960’s was the flocked tree. Many people liked the “white tree” but some even wanted other colors. Examples of these trees can be found at the Delphos Canal Commission’s Christmas Tree Festival. Woolworth’s introduced ready made “German” ornaments in 1880. Germany dominated the ornament trade until after World War II. Several American companies began making glass ornaments and they started coming in many shapes and sized. The earliest tree toppers were a pendant shape (upside down) but stars and angels quickly became common. Shinny silver tinsel, made of lead, came on the scene. By the end of the 1960’s, the lead tinsel was banned as hazardous to the environment, as well as to children. Later tinsel was made of plastic. Then came icicles, garlands and angel hair. Electric lights first appeared in New York City in 1882. It took a few years for homes to have electric Christmas lights on the tree, since only 25 percent of rural homes had electricity by 1939. Some farm homes in this area, even on Route 190, north of Delphos, didn’t get electricity until 1946, after the war. Noma became famous for making electric Christmas strands of lights. Noma brought out the Bubble Lights in 1946.

Dallas, Tex. — Luther Collins of Oak Cliff, a Dallas suburb, has invented a machine designed to answer the telephone while the housewife or office force is out. In a private exhibition in Chicago recently, the “Ansophone,” as the machine is called, took dictation from the demonstrator and later when the phone rang it whirred faintly and said, “Mr. Blank is out of his office at present. He will return at 2 o’clock. Please call again.” Having given the message, the “ansophone” automatically reverses itself and prepared for another call, to repeat the same message. Delphos Herald, Nov. 6, 1928 ————— Fractures Right Arm in Accident Henry Perrin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrin, of Ottoville, suffered a severe fracture of the right forearm at his home Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred while Perrin was attempting to crank a Ford. A local physician was called and the fracture was reduced. Delphos Herald, Mar. 30, 1927 —————

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Girls Reserve Program Given at Jefferson The weekly program of the Girl Reserve was given in Jefferson auditorium Wednesday morning in the presence of all the pupils of the entire high school. Girl Reserve songs were sung and a program was given, explaining the work of the organization. Miss Florence Fobes was in charge of the affair. Miss Martha Steinle gave a short outline of work of the organization and Miss Margaret Roberts was in charge of the scripture reading. Miss Loretta Herman gave the Girl Reserve prayer. The program was interesting and pleasing. Delphos Herald, Mar. 31, 1927 ————— (This is a reprint of my article from Oct. 10, 1998) ‘Narrow-gauge’ fever “Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, prompted by business and a desire to see the country, we took a trip by buggy along the proposed Delphos and Kokomo narrow-gauge to Willshire.”

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” — Charles Dickens

Happy New Year!
Well, here it is that time again. The pressure’s on. Time to make a New Year’s resolution. The top 10 most common New Year’s resolutions are: 1. Lose weight 2. Stop smoking 3. Stick to a budget 4. Save or earn more money 5. Find a better job 6. Become more organized 7. Exercise more 8. Be more patient at work/with others 9. Eat better 10. Become a better person This sounds like what we try to do just about every day in our normal lives. So, why is it so hard to keep them? Getting fit and healthy is the most common resolution. Every January, people resolve that this will be the year they get back into shape and sign up at a gym. But a month or two later, that resolve slips away. Statistics indicate that two-thirds of Americans will break their New Year resolutions by Valentine’s Day. The main reason is that many people set goals that don’t work with their lifestyles, are too challenging or not based on something they really enjoy. Who comes home from a hard day’s work and thinks, “Boy, a nice salad would be great!?” I personally am thinking about drowning my troubles in ice cream or munching through the blues on cookies. Comfort foods — the downfall of every one of my diets. Broccoli just doesn’t have the same effect as a nice


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chewy brownie. I don’t get that “aaahhh” feeling from crunching my way through celery, either. I will again attempt to cross No. 2 off my list permanently. I know people try three, four and even more times to quit before they are successful. I know I need to. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. Sticking to a budget and making and/or saving more money seem to go hand-in-hand. The budget looks a lot better when there is more to work with. Who doesn’t want more money? Organization is in the eye of the beholder. My mother used to have a sign on her desk at Marathon that read “Don’t touch my desk, I know where everything is!” Same seems to apply here. Every time I clean off my desk, I can’t find what I want. So, what is my New Year’s resolution? Not to make one. That way, I can’t fail. If I work on a few things on the top 10 list throughout the year, I’ll be much better off than making a single decree and failing, like two-thirds of the rest of America. Happy New Year!

DEAR EDITOR: Delphos Residents, We want to thank all the wonderful participants who made the 2nd Annual Betty Honigford Christmas Decorating Contest such a fun and happy event. We were truly impressed by the genuine spirit of the homeowners who entered the contest, the voters who emailed us their votes for People’s Choice, the residents who called us personally to vote and all the others who wrote to thank us for holding a contest which made their holiday a little brighter. Many people told us how looking at the decorated houses was a shared and anticipated family activity. We were touched by the abundance of gratitude and joy extended to us. How do you thank someone who carried you from childhood into adulthood? How do you honor someone who always stood beside you, believed in you, and protected you? How do you respect the memory of someone who taught you right from wrong, and the importance of doing for others? How do you go forward into the future when such a huge piece of who you are is missing? We know of the personal losses of several friends this year and are reminded just how challenging the holidays can be. Mom wasn’t one to waste time or miss the joy of a single moment. She believed your life amounts to the moments you weave together over the years. Thanks to everyone involved in this contest, for allowing us to honor our Mom, and for creating some special moments for our area residents. Making someone smile, even for a moment, is a good thing. We’d like to thank Nancy Spencer for her coverage of the event in the paper and her photos taken in the snowy cold on her time off; Bob Ulm for providing coverage and information on the radio; Sherryl George at the city building for managing forms and votes without complaint; Councilman Jim Fortener for his support and willingness to help us with whatever we needed; elf Andrea Will for her enthusiastic assistance and great sense of humor; Santa Tim for congratulating the winners in his boisterous, warm way; Alexia Arnett from Time Warner for her excellent and timely PSA’s; and our judges, participants and voters. Without all of your support, this would not be possible. And, finally a nod to Meghan and Molly Ryba, who were with us in spirit this year. Blessings to all until next year. We are the lucky ones, The family of Betty Honigford DEAR EDITOR: The season of giving brings friends and families together for quality time, gift-giving and merry celebration. For those waiting, they’re hoping for a shining gift that won’t be wrapped under the tree or in a pretty box – they’re waiting for a second chance at life. Right now, more than 120,000 Americans and 3,400 Ohioans are on the National Waiting List for a life-saving organ transplant. Unfortunately, not enough people are registered to donate critical live-saving and healing gifts to restore their lives. Myths, such as the fear that emergency room doctors won’t save your life if you’re a donor, or misconceptions like worrying that donation will change funeral plans, prevent people from registering as donors. Transplant recipients, organ and tissue donors, and living donors will celebrate the end of the season of giving as they “Light Up the World” on the 2014 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade. They will shine a light on the power each registered donor has to give the gift of life. As you tune in to the parade coverage from California on New Year’s Day, I hope you look out for the inspiring Donate Life float and the beacons of hope that bring awareness to donation. You, too, can bring joyous hope to those waiting this holiday season. Say yes to donation today, and as you join with your loved ones for holiday festivities, have a discussion about your wishes. Register to save lives at your local BMV agency or online at Give the ultimate gift this year - say “yes” to organ, eye and tissue donation. Kent Holloway, CEO, Lifeline of Ohio


WASHINGTON — The year-end review required of all columnists inevitably brings us to the mailbag and a few clarifications. For the record, I read my mail but never online comments. Anonymity liberates hostility, we’ve learned, and the customary online abuse riot undermines the grandiosity required to write opinion. But don’t stop! For some reason, my family thinks the comments are a hoot. The mail that does reach my inbox is about evenly split between fans and not-so-fans. I’ve concluded that there must be a repository of letter-tocolumnist templates out there somewhere. About 70 percent of missives begin with one of the following: — “I usually stop reading your column after the first sentence, but …” — “I rarely agree with you, but …” — “I am a fan — you knew this was coming — but …” And this just in. “I’m not sure how columnists like you who write for a living get paid.” KP: Usually by direct deposit. Otherwise, my response to all of the above: So whaddya want for a buck? A few days ago, a letter arrived asking me whether I ever considered that I might be wrong? My one-word response: “Constantly.” Which is true, up to a point. A columnist couldn’t write if she thought she were wrong, right? But oftentimes we write

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to find out what we think, and sometimes we surprise ourselves. Many times I wish I thought otherwise, since life would be so much easier, but then we’d be bored. Sometimes, yes, I even change my mind. When you’ve written columns as long as I have (26 or 27 years, I can’t remember), you’d best change your mind or admit that you never trouble yourself with thinking. Certitude is a mask one dons only for deadlines, after which, feet on desk, one ruminates on the source of such certitude. This, of course, leads to crippling self-doubt, which in turn may lead to drinking or, worse, yoga. For my own edification, a few words about the differences between online writing and newspaper writing. Like the difference between the male and female sexual appetites (just to keep you interested), one is a microwave, the other a crockpot. Online writers zip and zap across the digital realm in real time, sometimes accelerating before news breaks. Newspaper writers, especially columnists, tend to simmer. You’ll notice at this point

that columnists tend to digress. They also generalize because, we must. It’s our nature. We don’t care that some females have appetites equal to males. If three is a trend, “most” is enough to generalize. Plus, we are easily bored (note the constant imperative to not be bored), and nothing is more tedious than punctiliousness. On the other hand, using a word like punctiliousness can make one want to smoke a cigarette afterward. Back to the matter of differences. Because of print deadlines, I typically write two to three days before a column appears in print. Thus, I have to consider on Thursday what might still be of interest by Sunday. Though one is, therefore, always late to the game, I can think of few commentaries that don’t benefit from a few days’ simmer. Another difference has to do with standards. Newspaper tradition requires that we heed the “family” rule: What is appropriate for family consumption, especially on Sunday mornings? This mandate was born (ages ago) of the desire never to offend anyone, which can make for some rather arid reading and writing that doesn’t swell one’s breast. One must be clever enough to select words that sneak past the kiddies, who, having wearied of FaceTime twerking, might accidentally trip over a grown-up thought. See MEMORIES, page 10

Casework typically involves helping constituents navigate government Our nation faces many bureaucracies. One case challenges, and the impor- might involve helping sometant work we do here in one receive a Social Security Washington on issues like job check that has been lost creation, the economy, the or delayed. Another might budget, healthcare reform, involve a Medicare reimand foreign policy bursement, or are followed closereapplying for a ly by the press. denied veteran’s But my job, servclaim, or assisting the people of ing our men and Ohio, is much bigwomen of the ger than what you military. Other see in the papers areas of casework or on 24-hour involve federal cable news chanpensions, visa and nels. Every day, passport issues, my congressional Black Lung benoffice is working efits, and federal Portman to help constituents workers compensolve problems or sation claims. overcome government obstaAmong the most gratifycles on issues that may not ing resolutions to casework make headlines, but have a efforts is when we help a vethuge impact on their lives. eran obtain medals he or she The First Amendment to rightfully earned in service the U.S. Constitution guaran- to their country, but were tees the “right of the people never awarded for one rea… to petition the govern- son or the other. Nothing can ment for a redress of griev- quite match the satisfaction ances.” In congressional of witnessing a veteran, suroffices around the country, rounded by a proud family, the people’s grievances are finally receiving the Bronze often addressed through what Star, Silver Star, or even the we call “casework”. Purple Heart earned long ago. I know firsthand how cruAs a U.S. Senator, I also cial effective casework ser- have the privilege of nomivice can be to the people we nating high school seniors serve, and as a U.S. Senator, from Ohio for admission I am dedicated to making into one of the United States sure my office is second to Service Academies, includnone in helping Ohioans ing the Military Academy at through an experienced and West Point, the United States talented team of caseworkers Naval Academy, the United stationed in my Columbus States Air Force Academy office. I am extremely proud and the United States of them and the work they Merchant Marine Academy. do. They are dedicated public Nomination forms are availservants, committed to help- able by contacting my ing the people of Ohio take Columbus office at 1-800advantage of every avenue 205-6446. available to get things done. In 2013, our casework

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team worked on over 2,300 new cases for Ohioans who came to our office in need of aid. We were able to reach a favorable result in over 81 percent of these cases. I want to share just a few of these successful stories with you. • A local foundation that conducts humanitarian work was having problems with the FDA and Customs. Over a thousand pairs of donated reading glasses from China were seized and had to go to the FDA for testing. Our staff was able to expedite the release of the shipment and have the glasses distributed to needy families. • In another instance, a Cleveland man who was looking to expand his business had been waiting for months for a needed permit to be approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury. He contacted us in May hoping to have it expedited in time for a Memorial Day grand opening. We were able to get the application pulled and approved in time for his Memorial Day celebration. • We also helped a Toledo area woman who surprised her two grandsons with a trip to England only to discover that their passports were expired—two days before they were to leave on their trip. We were able to quickly arrange for them to appear at a local passport agency the next morning and expedite their applications in time for their trip. For many people, navigating the often turbulent waters of the federal bureaucracy can be a frustrating experience. My office stands ready to help make the sailing a little smoother.

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TODAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. St. Vincent dePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main BY MARGIE ROSTORFER dresses on the racks this eveSt. Kalida. ning. We anticipate keeping Shine. Sparkle. The them out and will be bringMONDAY Christmas and New Years’s ing out even more beautiful 9 a.m.-7 p.m. — Ottoville holidays emulate both words. dresses since the prom and Branch Library is open. There’s no more sparkly, glit- bridal season will be getting 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite tery, shiny time of the year into full steam very soon. In at Delphos Senior Citizen than now. Around the Thrift fact, the board is working Center, 301 Suthoff St. Shop, those same two words on presenting a Prom and 6:30 p.m. — Shelter from Bridal Showcase the Storm support group can be used to on Feb. 16, so describe both meets in the Delphos Public be sure to mark Alice Williams Library basement. your calendars. and Nora More details are Gerdemann, who TUESDAY being ironed out recently left us to 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite as to the exact at Delphos Senior Citizen shine and sparkle time and place of in heaven with Center, 301 Suthoff St. the show. Private 7:30 p.m. — Alcoholics the Lord. fitting rooms will The forAnonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. mer be accessible and treasurer Second St. dresses will be and member available for purof the Board of WEDNESDAY chase that day. Directors for Rostorfer HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you have many years, Alice prom or wedtruly did shine and THURSDAY sparkle with anticipation in ding apparel that you’d like 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos helping develop programs for to donate, we will be most Canal Commission Museum, those in need in our com- appreciative of your dona241 N. Main St., is open. munity. She was devoted in tion. Shoes, jewelry, shawls 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen her mission to help bring a and purses to complete the little joy and comfort to fami- outfit will be most welcome Center, 301 Suthoff St. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos lies and individuals who were as well. You can even ask for a receipt (for income tax Museum of Postal History, burdened and struggling. purposes) for your donation. Nora was a faithful volun339 N. Main St., is open. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith teer who, even with her ach- Rather than cramming, jamThrift Store is open for shop- ing, hurting feet, gave will- ming and stuffing your dress ingly of her time to run a cash in the drop off window, please ping. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos register or to help in any way know that someone is almost Ladies Club, Trinity United she could. The dictionary also always near the back door Methodist Church. gives other descriptions of to receive in those beautiful, 7 p.m. — Delphos shine; one being: To distin- poofy dresses or any donaEmergency Medical Service guish oneself in an activity tion you may want to drop off meeting, EMS building, or a field; to excel. When I Monday through Friday from Second Street. looked up sparkle, it read: to 9 a.m.-noon. If you prefer, 7:30 p.m. — Delphos be brilliant in performance; you can even call ahead at Chapter 23, Order of Eastern to shine. Thanks for a job 419-692-2942 to arrange a Star, meets at the Masonic well done, ladies. We will time for the drop off. Temple, North Main Street. The board members want remember, miss and think of to extend a very special you often. FRIDAY How ironic is it that as thank you to the Arnold C. 7:30 a.m. — Delphos I left the Thrift Shop after Dienstberger Foundation for Optimist Club meets at the A&W Drive-In, 924 E. Fifth St. my shift was over this eve- their recent generous dona11:30 a.m. — Mealsite ning, my foot kicked up a tion to the Thrift Shop. We at Delphos Senior Citizen flat, little metal ornament out will be able to develop and in the alley? In the dark, I institute educational proCenter, 301 Suthoff St. 1-4 p.m. — Interfaith couldn’t see what it was but grams to help those in need. Thrift Store is open for shop- I was compelled to pick it Many, many thanks also to up and I carried it to the car the anonymous donors of ping. to look at it. Honestly, here monetary gifts and to the SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith is what it read: “I do not school clubs and organizaThrift Store is open for shop- cease to give thanks for you tions that held food and coat/ ping. as I remember you in my clothing drives to benefit the St. Vincent dePaul Society, prayers.” Ephesians 1:16. Thrift Shop. Our hearts are located at the east edge of the Speaking of shine and warmed by your generosity St. John’s High School park- sparkle, there were many glit- and thoughtfulness. So many ing lot, is open. tering and sparkling tops and nice items came in that will

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This 5-year-old pit mix’s previous owner tried to dock his tail by wrapping a band around it. Luckily, Guyus was brought to the shelter, where he received medical attention. He doesn’t have a tail anymore but he does have a shot at a bright future.

Lana Chump Change is a beautiful little fur baby that is 5 months old. She is a big cuddler and quite the lovey little baby once she warms up to you. Won’t you come out and give her some much needed love & affection? She will make any home a furever happy home.

The following pets are available for adoption through The Van Wert Animal Protective League: Cats M, F, 1 year and older M, 1 1/2 years, golden yellow tiger, good mouser, name Jack be sure to provide warmth on these cold, cold days. The Valentine’s Day items will be on display within the next week or two, so be sure to get in and pick up a pretty sweater or top or some items to decorate everything from your table to the front door. There’s greenery and flowers and vases and knick-knacks of all kinds that we are in the process of displaying. I recently heard someone say they were going to make it their New Year’s resolution to clean out closets and garages and attics and get their gently used items dropped off to our window at the rear of the building on the First Street side. What a great resolution. Another person told me they were going to make it their resolution to volunteer this year. We are always in desperate need of volunteers! Christmas has passed (and all too quickly) but I am still reflecting on the words spoken in church this past weekend. Pastor said, and reiterated it in the bulletin that, “We all need a “Stable” background, and to keep Christ not only in Christmas, but in each day throughout the year.” He also said, “To some, Christmas is all about the presents but let us remember that the best gift of all is Him.” From all of us at the Thrift Shop, we wish you all a very healthy, happy, safe, successful, and joy-filled peaceful New Year. Kittens M, F, 9 weeks, shots, dewormed, black and white, white and gray M, F, 6 months, angora, gray striped M, F, 6 weeks, orange, tabby M, F, 6 weeks to 6 months, gray, gray tiger, tan, black and white Dogs Dachshund, M, 12 years, long haired, shots, name Indy Brown Lab, F, 12 years, spaded, shots, name Montana Rotweiller, F, 3 years, spayed, shots, not kid-friendly, name Bella Chocolate Lab, M, 2 years, name Max German Shepherd, F, 7 years, spade, name Chum Austrailian Shepherd, F, 1 1/2 years, spayed, purebred, brown white and black, name Roxy For more information on these pets or if you are in need of finding a home for your pet, contact The Animal Protective League from 9-5 weekdays at (419) 749-2976. If you are looking for a pet not listed, call to be put on a waiting list in case something becomes available. Donations or correspondence can be sent to PO Box 321, Van Wert OH 45891. DEC. 29 Kelsey Britt Dylan Stump Stephanie Renner Brian Strayer Roger Diltz Anna Spring Logan Sickels DEC. 30 Anthony Bonifas Damian Conley Linda Wallace Michelle Strayer MaryLou Luersman

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Saturday, December 28, 2013


Jays rout Crimson Streaks in holiday tourney
By LARRY HEIING DHI Correspondent

Last-second Smith trey lifts ‘Cats to wild comeback
BY SEAN LAFONTAINE DHI Correspondent ROCKFORD – The Parkway Panthers faced off against the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats in the nightcap of the opening round of the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament in Rockford on Friday night. Parkway started off hot and took a sizeable lead in the first half but a furious comeback and last-second three gave the Wildcats the 50-49 victory. The Panthers had a 26-12 lead after the first half thanks to good 3-point shooting and a strong defensive performance that led to Jefferson turnovers. The Wildcats outscored the Panthers 15-10 in the third quarter to pull within 9 but the fourth quarter is when Delphos turned it on. The Panthers had increased their lead to 10 points with just under 3:30 left to play in the game when the Wildcats started their comeback. With the score 45-35 in favor of Parkway, Ross Thompson hit back-to-back field goals to get Jefferson within six.

Jefferson’s Trey Smith buries this game-winning trey over defensive pressure by Parkway’s Matt Heindel during the Wildcats 1-point win Friday night. (Delphos Herald/ Pat Agler)

After a Parkway turnover, Jace Stockwell hit a layup to cut the lead to four. The Wildcats got another stop on the next possession and then Austin Jettinhoff hit a three to get the score to 45-44 in favor of the Panthers. Delphos fouled Brant Barna to put him on the line for two shots. The senior stepped up and hit both free throws to extend the lead to 47-44. The Panthers finally got a defensive stop, which forced the Wildcats to foul Matt Heindel. Heindel hit the first but missed the second. The Wildcats responded with another three by Jettinghoff to again cut the Panther lead down to one, 48-47. Delphos fouled Tanner Bates right away on the in-bounds pass. Bates also hit the first shot but missed the second, leaving the door open for the Wildcats who took advantage. With time winding down, Trey Smith hit a huge three to give Delphos Jefferson a 50-49 lead with 1.4 seconds left to play. The Panthers had one last shot on the inbounds but the Bates’ three rolled around and out, giving the Wildcats the 50-49 comeback victory. See WILDCATS, page 7

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The St. John’s boys basketball team made the long trip east on State Route 30 to Amish country to participate in the firstever Dover-Phila Credit Union Holiday Shootout. The Blue Jays made the trip worthwhile as all the varsity players saw action in a 66-39 blowout of Fremont St. Joseph. The tournament features a total of 14 Catholic schools from across Ohio and one from Pennsylvania, a high school basketball junkie’s dream come true with a total of 14 games played over a 2-day span Friday and today. The field features teams with a long resume of successful programs with a combined 16 state titles, 16 state runner-ups and 59 state semifinalists. The Blue Jays lived up to the elite billing with pressure defense. St. John’s 1996 graduate Jonathan Will is the head coach of the Crimson Streaks. “My team doesn’t face a whole lot of teams with the pressure defense that Delphos brings. Playing a team with a rich history like St. John’s will help prepare us for our league schedule,” Will said before the game. Another St. John’s alum, Eric Buettner (Class of 2009), is an assistant coach for Will. After Marcus Kerr gave St. Joseph the lead after the opening tip, Eric Clark tied the score at two with a 10-foot jumper. Tyler Conley gave the Blue Jays for good with a short jumper inside and they never looked back. Junior Andy Grothouse got going with an offensive rebound

St. John’s head coach Aaron Elwer laughs with St. John’s graduate and Fremont St. Joseph head coach Jonathan Will before their game Friday at the Dover-Phila Holiday Shootout. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing) of a Ryan Koester miss for the putback. After St. Joe’s Hunter Harrison tied the score at six, Grothouse recorded a 3-point play with a driving basket and was fouled. Another junior for St. John’s, Alex Odenweller, traded two treys with two short buckets by Harrison. Evan Hays nailed a pull-up jumper to end the first quarter scoring for St. John’s. Despite Harrison’s eight points in the opening eight minutes, St. Joe’s trailed 17-10. Koester got into the action, opening the second period with a driving bucket from the right side after a score by St. Joseph’s Ben Linke. Grothouse kept the St. John’s defensive pressure turned up with a steal and nice pass to Conley for the score-and-foul for a 10-point lead. Grothouse drained a 3-pointer, forcing Will to call time. St. John’s followed a score by Kerr with an offensive rebound by Conley and assist to Koester for the answer. With the score 27-14, Will called another timeout to try to keep his troops close. Grothouse scored his 13th point of the first half with a layin on the in-bounds play. Hays scored on a miss and put-back for the 19-point lead. Koester finished the half out with another steal, driving the length of the floor for his sixth point of the second quarter. The Blue Jays headed for the locker room with a 35-14 halftime lead. See JAYS, page 7

Now you know why I — or anyone else on this miserable panel!!! — does this stuff for a living! Well, maybe regular Bob Weber, who had the best mark this week at 8-4 (3-2 college, 5-2 pros) to zoom his mark to 120-71-1 — 60-30 and 60-41-1. Regular Dave Boninsegna and Guest Picker Jake Bowers/Rick Miller both went 6-6 (both 2-3 and 4-3). Dave now stands at 110-80-1 (56-33, 54-47-1). I and second GP Erin Cox both went 4-8: I was 1-4 and 3-4 to sink my despicable, miserable, even mediocre mark to 107-84-1 (52-38, 55-46-1); Erin JIM METCALFE COLLEGE: NOTRE DAME: Fighting Irish are just more talented and better, especially on defense. Defenses tend to do better the later you get into the bowl season. C I N C I N N AT I : The Bearcats have played pretty good ball all year. ACC just isn’t that good of a conference, so Bearcats get big win. LOUISVILLE: Many are thinking Teddy Bridgewater may be most proready QB in this year’s Draft. This is where he shows it. KANSAS STATE: Michigan offense started to show signs of life with Devin Gardner under center. Without him, no chance. PRO: PITTSBURGH: Steelers — improbably — have something to play for; Browns don’t. I’m sure they’d like to put a fork in the “turkey”, I don’t think Big Ben and Dick LeBeau will let them. CINCINNATI: Baltimore got embarrassed last week at home. Bengals have yet to lose at “The Jungle” - I like the Bengals. SAN DIEGO: Chiefs really have nothing to play for. Chargers hold all the cards. CHICAGO: Aaron Rodgers will be back; that’s good for Packers. They won’t have Clay Matthews from a horrid defense; that’s worse. ARIZONA: Cardinals need to win to have a chance at the playoffs. Victory at Seattle gives them all the momentum. MIAMI: Dolphins had one of those games in Buffalo last week. My trick knee says they won’t have one this week. DETROIT: If Lions lose this game, Jim Schwartz should be fired. There is too much talent on this team.


went 2-3 and 2-5. The GPs are now 188-168-2 (88-79, 100-89-2). College: Pinstripe Bowl - Notre Dame vs. Rutgers; Belk Bowl - Cincinnati vs. North Carolina; Russell Athletic Bowl - Miami vs. Louisville; Buffalo Wild Wings Kansas State vs. Michigan. NFL: Cleveland at Pittsburgh; Baltimore at Cincinnati; Kansas City at San Diego; Green Bay at Chicago; San Francisco at Arizona; N.Y. Jets at Miami; Detroit at Minnesota; Philadelphia at Dallas. hat is off to the Mrs. - after an 0 for September out of the Steelers, she hung with her beloved Steelers and may end up 8-8 and have an outside shot at the playoffs. NOTE TO BROWNS FANS - Roethlisberger is 16-1 versus the Browns and during that same time the Browns have started six different quarterbacks - NO MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID. CINCINNATI - Bengals are undefeated at home this year. The Ravens have lost the last four games they’ve played against the Bengals in Cincinnati. SAN DIEGO - I’ve done quite well picking the Chargers this year. I think Andy Reid will take the opportunity to rest a lot of his key players for the playoffs. GREEN BAY - Ok, I’m buying all the hype - Superman (Aaron Rodgers) is back and he will help the Packers get to the playoffs. Big factor in this game is Eddie Lacy’s health. Going with the green and gold. SAN FRANCISCO - Not sure about this pick; however, I believe the 49ers are really solid on both sides of the ball. MIAMI - Everything is on the line for the Dolphins and who would have believed that earlier in the year with the whole Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying scandal. MINNESOTA - Last game at the Metrodome. The Lions have lost five of their last six games. I see the Lions mailing this one in and the Vikings wanting to send their fans out with one last win at the Metrodome. PHILADELPHIA - It won’t surprise me if the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones plays Romo (EN: Only if he is a moron!); however, either way I like the Eagles to send the Cowboys packing once again with everything at stake in the season. ——— ERIN COX I did my college picks in poem because I thought it’d be cool. Then I realized it was hard and stopped. COLLEGE: Notre Dame: Notre Dame is pretty lame, but I picked them to win, which could be a considered a sin. (EN: Ouch!) Cincinnati: Kentucky is blue, UNC is not. I’ll go with the other team, Cincinnati will beam. Miami: Again I must say, Kentucky is my way. Louisville will lose today, in two different ways. Kansas State: Without their starting quarterback, the Wolverines will not fare well. The Wildcats won’t take a sack, they will bid an early farewell. NFL: Pittsburgh: The Steelers have so much more riding on this than Cleveland and I think they’ll fight it out. Cincinnati: The Ravens let me down last week; I will return the favor. San Diego: The Chiefs are planning to sit some starters so I think the Chargers will be able to take the win. Green Bay: I don’t like this one bit but I want to try to pick at least one game right. Arizona: I’m jealous that my boyfriend’s team is going to the playoffs again, not going to lie. I would rather just have the pain over with now. (See last pick) Miami: The Jets just are not a reliable team. Miami has had so much going on this season, they will fight for this win. Detroit: If both teams don’t forfeit to end their misery earlier, Detroit will manage to win. Dallas: Oh, Dallas, you always love to go out in style. I still have hope! But I am no newbie to the Dallas game and I know exactly what to expect. Thankfully I will be at work and won’t have to watch.

Bowers leads Bearcats over Big Green
By BOB WEBER DHI Correspondent OTTOVILLE — After a nice little break away for the hard court for Christmas, the Bearcats of Spencerville traveled up Route 66 to take on the Big Green of Ottoville in a non-league contest Friday night. The Bearcats outscored the Big Green in the second half 33-26 to take a 62-53 win over the home squad. The Bearcats, under the veteran leadership of head coach Kevin Sensabaugh, started strongly with sophomore Zach Goecke drilling two long-range three-balls that went along with his 10 points for the quarter. Junior Tyler Roby of the Big Green kept the home squad battling with seven points of his own. After the first eight minutes, the Bearcats led 16-14. The Big Green stormed out of the gate in the second quarter using a nice inside-outside game, finding junior Kyle Bendele for four of his six firsthalf points, that also included a couple of blocked shots and four rebounds. Spencerville found themselves behind midway in the second quarter but battled back to take the lead going into the locker room behind the excellent bench play of freshman Jacob Meyer (6 points) and sophomore Mason Nourse (2 points). At the break, the Bearcats led 29-27. Todd Turnwald, head coach of the Big Green, has seen his team give great effort throughout the year but has struggled to finish in games; this night was the same story playing out again. The third quarter found the Big Green outscoring the Bearcats 16-14 to knot the game at 43-43 after 24 minutes of play. Junior Brandt Landin had a nice quarter of taking the ball to the hoop on the Bearcats and adding eight points to his team-leading 17 on the night. If there would have been a headline act for this night’s game, however, Bearcat senior Ben Bowers would have filled that role extremely well. Bowers had 20 of his team’s high 27 points in the second half (7 in the 3rd, 13 in the 4th). The Big Green, forced to foul in the last several minutes, sent the Bearcats to the line where they went 13-16 (81%), compared to the Big Green that had a tough night at the line going 9-19 (47%). The Bearcats used a 19-10 difference in the fourth quarter to come away with the non-league win over the Big Green. The Bearcats (6-1) used their two weapons that have performed at a high level all year to lead them in scoring as Bowers (27) and Goecke (14) led their team in scoring. The visitors actually shot a higher percentage from 3-point land, going 9-23 (39%) compared to 11-30 (37%) from inside the arc. The Big Green (2-6) had three players in double figures with Landin (17), Roby (16) and senior Luke Schimmoeller chipping in 10 points. Shooting percentages tell a lot of the story. Even though the Big Green shot 41% (19-46) from inside the arc, they went 15 percent (2-13) from beyond the arc. The JV contest also went to the Bearcats 28-20.

PHILADELPHIA: Two words: Kyle Orton. Need I write more? ——BOB WEBER NOTE TO EDITOR - It looks like Santa rewarded only good boys and girls a successful last week of picks - LOL! (Editor’s Note: You ain’t a-kiddin’!) College: NOTRE DAME - The Scarlet Knights have given up 3,600 yards through the air this year. I look for Brian Kelly and the Irish QB Tommy Rees to have a big day at Yankee Stadium. CINCINNATI - The Bearcats have a nice team led by Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. The Bearcats played in the Belk Bowl last year defeating Duke. The Bearcats finished the regular season outscoring their opponents by 166 points. LOUISVILLE - Teddy Bridgewater is going back home to play in the back yard of where he was a high school star in Florida. Next year he will be playing on Sunday afternoons. Poor defense derailed the Hurricanes’ season and they lost their top rusher Duke Johnson with a broken ankle. KANSAS STATE - OK - this is one of my favorite bowl games. I love Buffalo Wild Wings!!!! Now for the game Michigan lost 5 games this year; should have lost to Akron and Connecticut. Wolverines can’t run the ball and may not have QB Devin Gardner with a turf toe problem. Late Christmas present another Wolverine loss! Pros: PITTSBURGH - Well - I made it through Christmas and Mrs. Claus actually had some presents with my name on them under the tree. My



Lancers dominate glass in 53-31 win over Fort Jennings
BY JOHN PARENT DHI Correspondent MIDDLE POINT — Coming off a game in which the Lincolnview Lancers were outrebounded in a game where they allowed Kalida to comefrom-behind to beat them, Lancers head coach Brett Hammons knew his club had to crash the boards on Friday night when they hosted Fort Jennings. Lincolnview came up with 39 total rebounds, including 19 on the offensive glass, while the Musketeers grabbed only 21 total boards. That advantage on the glass made all the difference in a 53-31 Lancer victory. “After getting beat on the boards they way we did on Monday, we stressed (rebounding) coming in this week,” noted Hammons, whose team improved to 4-2 on the season. “I was proud of the guys. We discussed rebounding offensively and defensively and we got after it tonight.” While the Lancers didn’t have the greatest of shooting nights, the team made up for its relative lack of offense with effort in getting to loose balls and on the defensive end of the court. Fort Jennings was held to just 3-for-21 shooting in the second half of the contest and accounted for a mere 12 points after halftime. “We want to win the 50-50 game and I thought we did that tonight. We stress getting deflections and we held a good-scoring team to 31 points. I’m just pleased with the effort,” added Hammons. The Lancers jumped out to a quick 4-0 edge on a Kyle Williams jumper and a driving layup by fellow senior Connor McCleery. Though the Musketeers tied the game shortly thereafter, Williams knocked down a 3-point field goal from the left wing

to establish the Lancer lead at 7-4. It was a lead that Lincolnview would not surrender. Though the Musketeers pulled within two last in the opening period, Williams created some room to shoot and drained another three, this one coming on the right wing, just before the buzzer for a 12-7 score. The second half featured sloppy play on both ends until Hayden Ludwig got himself involved in the action. The Lancers seemed to catch Fort Jennings off guard when they jumped into some full-court pressure with just more than three minutes to play in the half. Sophomore guard Austin Leeth came away with a steal in the backcourt and fired a pass to Ludwig underneath for the hoop. On the ensuing in-bounds play, Ludwig came up with a steal of his own and scored inside once again. See LANCERS, page 7

SPENCERVILLE (62) Zach Goecke 3-2-2-14, Ben Bowers 5-4-5-27, Dakota Prichard 0-1-3-6, Bailey Croft 1-0-0-2, Mason Nourse 1-1-0-5, Jacob Meyer 1-1-3-8. Totals – 11-9-13-62 OTTOVILLE (53) Tyler Roby 5-2-0-16, Brandt Landin 6-0-5-17, Luke Schimmoeller 4-0-210, Kyle Bendele 4-0-1-9, Colin Bendele 0-0-1-1. Totals – 19-2-9-53. Score by Quarters: Spencerville 16-13-14-19 — 62 Ottoville 14-13-16-10 — 53 ———JUNIOR VARSITY SPENCERVILLE (28) David Wisher 0-0-2-2, Damien Corso 2-1-1-8, Grant Goecke 1-0-0-2, Jacob Meyer 5-0-0-10, Nick Freewalt 1-0-0-2, Keaton Gillispie 2-0-0-4. Totals 11-1-3-28. OTTOVILLE (20) Brendon Schnipke 1-0-2-4, Jordon Gudakunst 1-0-0-2, Alex Krouskop 4-0-4-12, Eric VonSossan 0-0-2-2. Totals 6-0-8-20. Score by Quarters: Spencerville 8-9-7-4 — 28 Ottoville 6-6-2-6 — 20

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Jefferson girls win at Chatt tourney; Lancers falter
By JIM METCALFE Staff Writer ROCKFORD — Once Jefferson’s girls basketball team got the lead with 2:34 left in the opening period, they would not let it go, holding off host Parkway 49-40 in the fifth annual Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament held Friday afternoon at Parkway High School in Rockford. In the opener, Fairlawn knocked off Lincolnview 56-45. The two victors play in the girls finals at 6:20 p.m. today. “This was one of the most consistent games we’ve played all year overall. We usually have one really bad quarter but we didn’t have that today,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman noted. “I felt we had good ball movement against their defense and the shots were in the scheme of the offense; we had very few 1-pass-and-shoot possessions, which is not to our liking.” The Lady Panthers struggled from the field against the mixed Jefferson defenses, shooting 15-of-54 from the floor (1-of-9 beyond the arc) for 27.8 percent. Something else left Parkway head coach Lynn Bihn disappointed. “We had no effort, no enthusiasm, no intensity, nothing. I don’t know why,” she explained. “We’ve had an entire week of great practices: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We gave them Christmas Day off but this performance was totally unexpected. We did not play today like we practiced all week. I told the girls beforehand that we were going to need to play with heart but we didn’t.” In the first 5:26 of the contest, there was a pair of lead changes — both teams struggled finding the range — and one tie: 9-9 at 2:46 on a triple by Parkway’s Kayle Heckler (7 markers, 5 boards, 4 steals). However, when Jefferson senior Rileigh Stockwell (16 markers, 6 boards) drove baseline for a deuce at 2:34, that gave the Red and White (3-6) an 11-9 edge, there were no more ties or lead changes. Stockwell followed with another basket at 1:28; after a putback by Parkway junior Lydia Heindel at the 20-second mark, Stockwell hit the second-of-2 free throws with 4.0 ticks on the board for a 14-11 edge. The second period was a tight affair, with Parkway winning the eight minutes 10-9. The Panthers (3-5) got within 16-15 on a basket by senior Cami Hellwarth (11 points, 5 boards) with five minutes left but they could not wrest the lead away as the Wildcats held them off. A free-throw jumper by freshman Sarah Gehron with 40 ticks on the board got the hosts within 23-21. Heindel picked up her third foul at 5:24 of the period. As well, Jefferson 6-2 junior Stephanie Koenig came off the bench to put together a double-double: 11 blocks and 10 boards, neutralizing the inside game of the Panthers. Parkway was not about to go away in the third stanza, twice getting within a point — the latter at 26-25 on 1-of-2 singles by Gehron at 4:40. However, every time they had a chance to take the lead, they couldn’t get the shots to fall or they turned it over. The Wildcats moved out to a 33-26 edge on a 3-ball by junior Brooke Culp (8 points, 5 dimes) at 1:45 but by the time Hellwarth hit two charity throws at 5.2 ticks, Parkway was within 34-30. After Heckler put back a miss just 46 seconds into the fourth period, Parkway was within 34-32. However, the Lady Wildcats had a killer spurt — 8-2 — in the next three minutes to grab their biggest lead of 42-34 on a 3-point play the old way by Stockwell at 3:59. From then on, they used their quickness and spread the floor to force Parkway out of its zone and chase. As well, they salted the game away by hitting 6-of-8 freebies down the stretch (11-of-19 for the night for 57.9%). “I don’t know what our single-game

St. John’s junior matman Wes Buettner shows the wear and tear after two matches at the 33-team Marion Harding Wrestling Classic. (Submitted photo) Jefferson junior Shelby Koenig, who had a double-double in blocks (11) and rebounds (10), hits this jumper over Parkway’s Kayle Heckler Friday night at the Chatt Insurance Classic. (Delphos Herald/Pat Agler) block record is but Shelby was huge off the bench tonight. She basically shut down their inside game, which allowed us to extend on their shooters a little bit more,” Hoffman added. “Defensively, we went to a 1-3-1 zone the second half to cut off Hellwarth’s penetration and we got a handle on her. Our rebounding as well was pretty good; we had good contributions from everybody we played, especially the bench, which is what we need.” In sum, Jefferson ended up 17-of-44 shooting, 4-of-20 downtown, for 38.6 percent; grabbing 38 rebounds, 10 offensive, as senior Katie Goergens (14 points) added seven; 15 miscues; and 11 fouls. Senior Gabby Pimpas added three assists. “Every time we threatened to take the lead, we’d make a crucial mistake — usually an unforced turnover — or not hit a shot,” Bihn added. “We got the ball inside but we didn’t adjust to the way the game was being called. I told the girls at halftime that they had to use shot fakes and such to get the big girl off her feet but we kept doing the same thing and the same result occurred.” Parkway totaled 9-of-12 at the line for 75 percent; with 35 caroms, 15 offensive, as Heindel added nine and junior Terra Walls seven; 13 errors; and 19 fouls. They face Lincolnview in the opener at 3 p.m. today. In the first game, Lincolnview (3-6) suffered the same fate as Parkway, shooting the exact same — 15-of-54 (4-of-20 downtown) for 27.8 percent. “For the most part, I liked the shots we were getting; we just couldn’t get them to fall. That sometimes happens in high school basketball,” Lancer head coach Dan Williamson said. “They shot decent; we struggled to contain number 12 (Audrey Francis) and number 5 (Abbie Roe) and that was enough with the way we were shooting.” It began early as they canned on a mere 1-of-12 shots against the Lady Jets in the first period. Fortunately for the Lancers, the Jets weren’t much better at 3-of-11. Thus, the biggest lead was 7-3 on a drive by Roe (20 markers, 5 boards) at 2:15. When Lincolnview senior Christine Stemen (12 markers, 6 caroms, 3 steals) hit two from the line at 1:46, the first-period scoring ended 7-5, Fairlawn. The second period heated up on both ends as they split the canto 16-16. Lincolnview started to get more balanced scoring against the Jets’ man-to-man and 3-2 zone defenses — hitting 7-of-12 — while the Jets were 5-of-7 against the Lancer combination of defenses but also 4-of-7 at the line as the thin Lancers (only playing seven girls) started to get into some foul woes. The Lancers took a 13-11 edge on a basket by Julia Thatcher (12 markers, 3 assists, 4 boards) with five minutes showing but the Jets took it right back on a 3-point play by Olivia Tyler (8 rebounds). They led the rest of the half, up to five markers twice, before a horn-beating 19-footer by freshman Katie McClure (4 boards) got the Lancers within 23-21. The lead was up for grabs most of the third period as there were four lead changes in the first 4:45. The final one was when Francis — a thorn in the Lancer side with a game-high 24 markers (12-of-18 at the line), 12 boards and five dimes — hit two singles at 3:15 that gave the Jets the lead for good at 32-31. That started a 7-0 mini-spurt to give the Jets a 37-31 cushion on a Francis drive but two Stemen freebies at 1:01 reduced that to 37-33. The Jets scored the first basket of the fourth on a putback by Tyler on the first possession and the Lancers’ shooting eye went awry just when they needed to get hot. A 3-of-18 performance kept them from making a serious rally, along with 9-of-15 shooting from the line for the Jets (16-of-27 overall for 59.3%). In sum, Lincolnview was 11-of-16 at the line (68.7%); nabbed 29 boards (14 offensive) as sophomore Ashton Bowersock led with nine; had 10 turnovers and 19 fouls. “The one thing I was most disappointed in was our rebounding, which is all effort plays. I felt we matched up well with them up front, so that was a bit disheartening,” Williamson added. “Whether it was long bounces off missed shots or not boxing out or poor positioning, I don’t know, but I know we need to come back here tomorrow and give a better overall effort.” Fairlawn notched 18-of-40 shots (4-of12 3-balls) for 45 percent; 39 rebounds (10 offensive); 16 miscues and 14 fouls.

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Information submitted MARION — The St. John’s wrestlers had to watch how much ham, cookies and fruitcake they ate over the Christmas holiday to participate in the Marion Harding Wrestling Classic this weekend. Seatings in the brackets were based this year on previous individual performance at Marion and state tournament qualifications. Despite the Blue Jays having some successful wrestlers this year, not a single grappler for the Blue Jays was seeded in the 33-team field. The first round started perfectly for the Blue Jays with Evyn Pohlman, Evan Mohler, Justin Siefker, Brett Vonderwell and Wes Buettner recording pins to move on. The second round wasn’t as kind with Pohlman and Mohler suffering defeats. Vonderwell and Siefker won close matches. Senior standout Austin Martin lost a tough match to Connor Rodgers from Northwestern 5-4. Allen County Tournament champion Alex Haunhorst also suffered a heart-breaker by one. Junior Wes Buettner scored a victory with a pin over a Lakewood St. Ed’s wrestler to face returning Marion Harding Classic champion Ryan Slife from St. Mary’s. Buettner defeated Slife to qualify for the semifinals today. Also moving on to the final four was senior Nate Schroeder with pins in each one of his matches. The biggest surprise of the tournament so far was freshman Brett Vonderwell. He defeated experienced senior wrestlers from Findlay and Triad to be the third Blue Jay grappler in the semifinals. Head coach Derek Sterling said “it’s crazy awesome with Brett as a freshman making the semifinals. Wes beating a powerful St. Ed’s wrestler and a returning tournament champ is impressive. Nathan’s performance with every victory via the pin is very, very good.” After the first day, Dublin Jerome is in first place with 88.5 points. In second is Galion with 84, followed by St. Ed’s 83.5 and Findlay with 75. The Blue Jays — minus front-liners Gunnar Lucius and Avery Martin due to injury — are hanging with the larger schools in fifth place with 65 points. Wrestling concludes today at Marion with the consolation rounds beginning at 10 a.m.


JEFFERSON (49) Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Brooke Culp 3-0-8, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 5-2-14, Rileigh Stockwell 4-8-16, Gabby Pimpas 3-1-7, Shelby Koenig 1-0-2, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2. Totals 13-4-11/19-49. PARKWAY (40) Cami Hellwarth 4-3-11, Sarah Gehron 1-1-3, Tori Rutledge 0-0-0, Kayle Heckler 2-2-7, Lydia Heindel 2-1-5, Ashlynn Henderson 0-0-0, Terra Walls 2-2-6, Sierra Fent 4-0-8. Totals 14-1-9/12-40. Score by Quarters: Jefferson 14 9 11 15 – 49 Parkway 11 10 9 10 - 40 Three-point goals: Jefferson, Goergens 2, Culp 2; Parkway, Heckler. ——— LINCOLNVIEW (45) Ashton Bowersock 2-2-6, Claire Clay 1-1-3, Katlyn Wendel 1-0-2, Katie McClure 1-2-4, Julia Thatcher 4-112, Hannah McCleery 3-0-6, Christine Stemen 3-5-12. Totals 11-4-11/16-45. FAIRLAWN (56) Brittany Hughes 0-0-0, Kelsey Oates 3-0-7, Abbie Roe 8-3-20, Olivia Tyler 2-1-5, Audrey Francis 5-1224, Allison Watkins 0-0-0, Cheyenne Driskell 0-00, Madison Tyler 0-0-0, Mollie Roe 0-0-0, Kaitlynn Morrison 0-0-0, Megan Dudgeon 0-0-0. Totals 14-416/27-56. Score by Quarters: Lincolnview 5 16 12 12 - 45 Fairlawn 7 16 14 19 - 56 Three-point goals: Lincolnview, Thatcher 3, Stemen; Fairlawn, Francis 2, Oates, A. Roe.


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After the game, Parkway coach Rick Hickman talked about his team’s struggles in the last quarter of the game. “We had a lot of turnovers in the second half after we didn’t have any in the first and that was really the difference,” said Hickman. “I thought at times our defense wasn’t as sharp as it should have been. We got in some foul trouble and they took advantage at the free-throw line. Any little thing when you lose by one ends up making a big difference.” Barna led the Panthers with 15 points, while Heindel and Bathes chipped in with 13 and 11 respectively. On the other side, Marc Smith talked about his team’s triumph in the fourth quarter. “I wasn’t surprised we got off to a slow start because we had a lot of distractions and practice time missed this past week,” said Smith. “There was not ranting or raving at halftime; I just told the kids we were getting what we deserved. Our kids executed a variety of different presses in the second half. They hit some big shots but they were executed the way we wanted them to be.”

Smith led all scores with 20 points, while Jettinghoff added 12 for the Wildcats. With the win, the Wildcats will move on to play Finneytown, who defeated Fairlawn in the first game 75-72 in overtime. The championship game between the two teams will take place at 8 p.m tonight. The Parkway Panthers will play Fairlawn in the consolation game Saturday night, which is scheduled to tip off at 4:40 p.m.


Jefferson (50) 2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts. Nick Fitch 0-0-0-0, Tyler Rice 0-0-0-0, Dalton Hicks 0-0-2-2, Ross Thompson 2-0-5-9, Tyler Mox 1-0-0-2, Jace Stockwell 1-1-0-5, Austin Jettinghoff 0-4-0-12, Trey Smith 4-2-6-20. Totals 8-7-13-50. Parkway (49) 2-pt. 3-pt. FT Pts. Brandon Gibson 0-0-0-0, Matt Heindel 6-0-1-13, Brent Barna 4-1-4-15, Dakota Schaffner 0-0-0-0, Tanner Bates 2-2-1-11, Brody Adams 1-1-0-5, Asutin Dennison 1-0-0-2, Austin Adams 1-0-1-3. Totals 15-4-7-49. Score by Quarters: Jefferson 6 6 15 23 - 50 Parkway 12 14 10 13 - 49 Rebounds: Jefferson 20 - 3 offensive (Thompson 9), Parkway 14 - 4 offensive (Barna 4). Assists: Jefferson 8 (Stockwell 6), Parkway 9 (Heindel/Bates 3). Steals: Jefferson 5 (Thompson 4), Parkway 12 (Barna/Dennison 3).

Those two plays, along with a pair of McCleery three-point plays, helped the Lancers build a 26-12 lead before a 7-0 Fort Jennings run late in the period got the Musketeers back into the game, if only briefly. Eli Farmer’s buzzer-beating baseline jumper provided the 11-point halftime cushion for the Lancers. Fort Jennings got a driving score from Austin Kehres and a triple from Nick Von Sossan, but Williams countered with a three of his own and the Lnacers closed the period on a 9-0 run, building a 42-25 lead after three. Ludwig once again made his presence felt, getting a pair of buckets in the final minute of the third, including a tip-in as the buzzer sounded. That was the last of seven offensive rebounds for Lincolnview in the quarter. Though the Lancers shot only 3-for-16 in the third, They were able to seal the game by creating extra possessions. Fort Jennings was just 2-for-10 in the period and had a total of four boards. “We want to be a tough team defensively that makes

things difficult on opposing teams and I think we accomplished that goal tonight,” Hammons concluded. Junior Justis Dowdy showed up with a strong final period for Lincolnview. Dowdy collected a pair of offensive rebounds and went to the free-throw line where he made 3-of-4. He also drilled a 3-pointer, giving him 11 points on the night. Williams led the Lancers with his 14 while Ludwig and McCleery each added 10. The Lancers also came away with a victory in the junior varsity contest, taking a 39-26 final. Lincolnview Scorers: Kyle Williams 14, Austin Leeth 2, Justis Dowdy 10, Derek Friesner 3, Chandler Adams 2, Conner McCleery 10, Eli Farmer 2, Hayden Ludwig 10. Fort Jennings Scorers: Nick Von Sossan 5, Conner Wallenhorst 1, Mark Metzger 4, Josh Wittler 2, Austin Kehres 9, Nate German 2, Drew Grone 6, Logan Sickles 2. Score by quarters Fort Jennings 7 12 6 631 Lincolnview 12 18 12 1153

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St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer kept his team fired up and focused after the break with more pressure defense. Hays stole a pass and laid it in at the other end. Fremont only shot 33 percent from the charity line for the game and couldn’t cut into the large deficit, making only 1-of-3 freebies to open the third. Aaron Hellman drilled the 3-pointer from the corner for a 40-15 Blue Jay lead. Odenweller found the bottom of the basket with an 8-footer between two buckets by Fremont. Austin Heiing banked in a short jumper from the left side and Elwer called a timeout to get new faces into the game. Harrison muscled his way to the bucket between three Delphos defenders for two. Grothouse drove for two more and

Koester got an offensive rebound and putback for a 49-22 lead. Heiing continued the Blue Jay domination on the glass with an offensive takedown and score. Fremont scored twice to head into the final eight minutes trailing 51-26. Grothouse and Conley scored to open the period. Elwer called timeout after Fremont scored nine points to cut the deficit to 20 against less intense pressure. After regrouping, the Jays displayed great team play after breaking the Fremont full-court press: Clark hit Conley at half-court, who then passed it to Hays to Grothouse and back to Conley for the streaking layup. Great team worked continued with a steal by Hays and a dish to Grothouse for the lay-up and a 61-38 lead. St. John’s went to a spread offense with 2:15 left on the

clock. Working the ball around, Hays got a 3-point play with an open 10-footer and was fouled. Jake Csukker was fouled with three seconds left in the game and hit the pair of charity tosses for the final margin. St. John’s had balanced scoring on Friday with Grothouse leading the way with 17 points, Conley had 11, Odenweller 10, Koester chipped in nine and Hays not only had another great defensive game but added eight points. St. John’s made 9-of-15 foul shots and outrebounded Fremont 24-17. The second game for St. John’s at the Shootout will be 1:30 p.m. today against Columbus Bishop Hartley, who defeated Dayton Carroll 46-43 in the first game of the tournament. St. John’s (66)

Andy Grothouse 7-2-17, Evan Hays 3-2-8, Eric Clark 1-0-2, Ben Wrasman 0-0-0, Aaron Hellman 1-0-3, Ryan Koester 4-1-9, Nick Bockey 0-0-0, Alex Odenweller 4-0-10, Tyler Conley 4-3-11, Austin Heiing 2-0-4, Jake Csukker 0-2-2. Totals 27-10-66. Fremont St. Joseph (39) Lucas Michael 1-0-2, Ben Linke 4-210, Marcus Kerr 3-0-7, Kyle Velba 2-0-5, Ryan Williams 1-0-2, Hunter Harrison 5-2-12, Cody Sandgross 0-1-1. Totals 16-5-39. Score by Quarters: St. John’s 17 18 16 15 - 66 FSt. Joseph 10 4 12 13 - 39 Three-point goals: St. John’s, Odenweller 2, Grothouse, Hellman; St. Joseph, Kerr, Velba.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Not everyone will be honest with you. Ask direct questions to glean enough information to make a decision. Sudden changes will be to your advantage. Love is highlighted. COPYRIGHT 2013 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. may cause difficulties. Try to be helpful without being critical, and meet your responsibilities without complaint. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You should make time for social activities today. Be cautious if you are juggling relationships. If you are asked for an honest, clear answer, you may have to make a difficult decision on the spot. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Think carefully before promising something that you can’t deliver. If you’ve been exaggerating your abilities, you may get stuck with a job that leaves you feeling out of your depth. Keep your opinions to yourself. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Get to know your colleagues better through social activities. Distant friends or people from your past may turn up unexpectedly. Prepare to reminisce. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you use your imagination, you can turn your home into a palace. Assess the costs involved carefully before proceeding. Someone will oppose you fiercely if they think you are overspending. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Make sure to complete your domestic duties before relaxing or socializing. Don’t rush through things, or you may injure yourself. Try not to get into a bickering match. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Focus on what you want to see change in the new year. You can advance professionally if you network with well-connected people. Make a point of revealing your abilities. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Your emotional vitality will be strong, leading to greater self-confidence. Try new things and chase your dreams. Your ability to challenge others will catch someone’s eye. COPYRIGHT 2013 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Managing your finances should be your priority in the near future. Ensure that you can cover both your personal and business expenses. Be willing to apply pressure as needed. Don’t allow relationships to distract you, and keep private matters to yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Jump on any opportunities that arise. Solving a problem or closing a deal will determine how far you will advance. Success now will allow you to enjoy the rest of the year. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -Anger must be defused peacefully. Don’t overreact. Identify what is required for progress. Romance is highlighted, but a healthy mindset is imperative. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Move quickly to take care of tax breaks and other financial concerns before the year’s end. An emotional connection will make your life unexpectedly easier. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Hit the shops or sign up for a physical or social activity. Concentrate on friendships, entertainment and destinations that inspire you. Aggressive action will result in exciting personal changes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Get organized at home in preparation for the New Year. Rearrange things to meet your needs. If you want some motivation, visit a location connected to an activity you want to add to your routine. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Look to alternative traditions to help you find a new perspective -- one that will encourage you to pursue your dreams. Love is in the stars and a new partnership will be fortuitous. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Try something new or incorporate something you already do well into a different milieu. If you diversify your skills, it will be easier to develop a successful strategy. Greater stability is within reach. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Try something new or spend time with people whose backgrounds are different from your own. New perspectives will make it easier for you to implement changes suitable to the opportunities that will be offered. Variety is the key. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Before you head out to party with friends, take care of lingering responsibilities. Neglecting someone who depends on you will cause problems. Offering kindness and empathy will enhance relationships. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Share your knowledge and make suggestions. Don’t allow the inanity of domestic chores to frustrate you -- get them done and then have a good laugh with friends. Love is in the stars. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Don’t let anger get the best of you. Concentrate on what is possible. Move forward with honesty. Let go of whatever holds you back.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013 Strong desires will persist this year. Follow through with your plans and maintain your convictions in order to achieve success. If you make the necessary sacrifices, this will be a creatively fertile period. Keep loved ones in the loop so they won’t cause difficulties at crucial moments. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- It’s time to make positive changes, but now is not the moment to share your thoughts in advance. Reflect on the past year and make decisions about how to proceed in the future. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Networking and making new friends will keep your mind active. Join a new group. Alone time will not be sufficiently challenging or stimulating. Interaction will lead to innovation. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Your partner will express frustration if you avoid your chores. If you take an honest approach, you may save yourself the hassle of having a needlessly emotional day. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Chasing excitement will turn out to be costly. Focus on being productive and acquiring useful information. Your choices will set the tone for the year to come. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- A financial venture may reach a dead end. Do not take legal action, though you may be tempted. Someone unexpected




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Police and fire and rescue assisted with St. John’s SADD Mock Crash on May 9. The scenario presented high-schoolers a sobering reality check on drinking and driving just prior to the school’s prom. (Herald file photo) (Continued from page 1) April 20 Retired Police Sergeant Bev Cross-McNeal was honored for her service to Delphos and its police department at Monday’s city council meeting. CrossMcNeal was on the force for 33 years starting in June 1979 as a dispatcher. She began on the auxiliary force in August 1979 and joined the department full-time on Nov. 4, 1979, making history as the first full-time female police officer in Delphos. In 1988, she was promoted to sergeant, the first female police supervisor Delphos had seen. April 24 Cancer survivors and their caregivers raised purple gloves during the annual Relay for Life of Delphos Cancer Survivor Dinner at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. A “Purple Glove” video was made of the group and will join team videos prepared to send to the American Cancer Society. April 26 This past March, Wesleyan Church voted in its newest senior pastor, the Rev. Rodney Shade, who has been the interim pastor for the church since June 2012. Sarah Brotherwood enjoys her position as the new clerk at the Delphos Public Library. April 27 The Ottoville chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 16 new members. They are Chelsey Boecker, Megan Lambert, Haley Landwehr, Elizabeth Luersman, Morgan Beining, Anna Bendele, Courtney VonSossan, Robyn Turnwald, Melissa Burgei, Ryan Kimmet, Andrew Horstman, Tyler Roby, Alex Justel, Annie Lindeman, Joseph Van Oss and Trent Miller. April 28 Fifty St. John’s High School seniors left for their class trip to New York City. The students will stay in New Jersey and travel into the city for three days of sightseeing. The students were looking forward to spending some fun, quality time together. MAY May 2 Westrich Home Furnishings has expanded its storeroom capacity by 14,500 square feet, which has created economic growth in the form of job creation. With the new addition, the company gained more than 150,000 square feet of space and has utilized it for merchandise storage. Future endeavors may include expanding the showrooms. May 6 Cory Fischer and Jacob Turnwald of Ottoville joined the likes of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and President Gerald Ford Sunday as they earned their Eagle Scout designation. Fischer and Turnwald, both seniors at Ottoville High School, completed their projects this past year. May 8 Delphos voters have spoken and Andrew Knueve and Del Kemper will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. Ballots lifted Knueve over Andrew Daley 126 to 100 for the 1st Ward nod and Kemper beat out Greg Etgen for the 4th Ward. May 10 The bodies of two of the three teen boys thought to be kidnapped from an Ottawa trailer park Thursday morning were located. Investigators found the bodies after the third teen, who was discovered in Columbus Thursday afternoon after a statewide Amber Alert was issued, told officials their location. Police and fire and rescue assisted with St. John’s SADD Mock Crash. The scenario presented high-schoolers a sobering reality check on drinking and driving just prior to the school’s prom on Saturday. May 13 Boy Scout A.J. Siefker and his crew were busy at Suever Park using a Bobcat to haul and place the sand on the newlyexcavated trail. May 16 St. John’s High School students celebrated May Day on Wednesday by participating in co-ed kickball, dodge ball and other games. Fort Jennings High School principal and school board members handed out 35 diplomas during the school’s commencement ceremonies in the high school gymnasium. Speakers included: Valedictorian Kaitlin Stechschulte, Salutatorian Sara Miller and honor students Rachel Krietemeyer and Alex Von Lehmden. May 17 Ottoville High School held its commencement for 49 graduates in the high school gymnasium. Top students and speakers included,Abby Siefker, Audrey Rieger, Kara Hoersten and Logan Gable. May 22 The Village of Fort Jennings was honored by the Purple Heart Association as the first Purple Heart Village in America during a banquet held at Fort Jennings America Legion Post 715. Fort Jennings Mayor Jim Smith, Jim Dickman and many members of the community have worked diligently to honor local Purple Heart recipients, as well as all veterans from all branches of the service from any conflict. Seventy-five Spencerville seniors received diplomas on Sunday. Student speakers included Morgan Wireman (Welcome Speech), Rachael Kahle (Thank You Speech) and Bryce Ringwald (Farewell Speech). Kevin Sensabaugh gave the address and Judy Wells spoke on behalf of Apollo Career Center. May 23 Elida High School administration and school board members handed out 172 diplomas on Sunday in the Elida Fieldhouse. May 25 Cancer survivors, students, teachers, grandparents and parents attended the opening ceremony of the Mini Relay for Life. May 28 The Delphos Veterans Council held Memorial Day services Monday at the Veterans Memorial Park at Fifth and Main streets. 1st Sgt. Paul A. Joseph was the featured speaker. May 29 St. John’s High School bid farewell to a 41-year veteran this year in retiree Principal Don Huysman. Adam Lee, a 1999 alumnus, hopes he is up to the task of filling those shoes. Lee was announced as St. John’s new high school principal Sunday during the school’s commencement ceremonies. May 31 On May 7, a vote was held that resulted in the Delphos Fire Department hiring its first-ever female firefighter. Native Kelly Maas was informed May 13 that she would become part of the team. With three years experience as an EMT with Delphos, Maas is no stranger to the district. She says she’s wanted to get into the emergency services field for as long as she can remember. Rob Van Winkle, known around the world as rapper Vanilla Ice, was in Van Wert County in May shooting a portion of his reality show, Vanilla Ice goes Amish. (Times Bulletin file photo) Delphos Public and Parochial students poured out of buildings early Friday afternoon, eager to start their summer vacation. June 3 Each year, the current graduating class officers of Jefferson High School choose an Honorary Wildcat — someone who did not graduate from the district but they feel is a Wildcat all the same by their support to the class and school. During commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Ed Ulrich was announced as the 2013 Honorary Wildcat. June 5 St. John’s High School Language Arts teacher Sue Knippen retired after 40 years in the classroom. June 6 Village workers began setting up the new playground structures at Ottoville Community Park. The project was spearheaded by the Lady Otts. The club received a matching grant of $19,443.50 toward the purchase of the equipment and its installation. The equipment costs $26,231.38. June 8 The city lost its convenient and friendly discount retailer. ALCO hung a banner announcing the store’s closure and offered discounts of up to 10 percent on merchandise. June 10 Rick Miller (class of 1970) and Jim Stockwell were named to the Delphos City Schools “Hall of Honor” during the Jefferson Alumni Dinner. June 12 Jefferson Middle School Principal Terry Moreo announced his retirement. Moreo has been with the district since 1984. June 14 The skies may have been clear but water poured down in Ottoville Saturday afternoon during the Waterball Contest, part of the 139th annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention. Ottoville Fire Department welcomed hundreds of brethren to the village this weekend to celebrate the annual event. June 19 Delphos’ seventh Habitat for Humanity home is underway at the corner of Tenth and Washington streets. Habitat Construction Manager Roger Calvert said the structure will be the first Energy Star Habitat home in Delphos. The 26-by50-foot home will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner, Melanie Young, and their three children: Samantha, 3, Leanne, 5, and Thomas Jr., 6. The Fort Jennings Envirothon Team recently competed at the State Envirothon competition held at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County. One hundred and twenty students from 17 different high schools, representing every part of the state, competed June 10-11.The annual event is an outdoor competition that tests student’s knowledge of soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. June 21 Last fall, the Ohio State University Forensic Anthropology Case Team (FACT) began a survey of the Old Fort site, which contains the gravesites of 12-14 soldiers who died in Fort Jennings during the War of 1812, the final phase of the Revolutionary War. On Thursday, the team of archaeologists and anthropologists returned to complete the survey of the site by using geophysics, the study of the Earth using quantitative physical methods. June 22 With the more than $1,000,000 raised in less than 11 years, the 2013 Relay for Life of Delphos transformed the Community Track at Jefferson High School into a party this weekend. The Delphos Bark For Life held at Leisure Park on Saturday was a huge success, taking in more than $7,000. June 27 The Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour made its way through the area Wednesday. The tour began in New York and stopped for an official lunch in Van Wert. The tour included 48 cars and approximately 100 people who gathered at Van Wert First United Methodist Church for an indoor picnic.


JUNE June 1 Some people go to work everyday and some are fortunate enough to do what they love everyday. A lucky few get to do both. Friday was a bittersweet day for retiring St. John’s High School Principal Don Huysman. As the hallways emptied at the last bell of the school year, the 41-year veteran educator and administrator looked around his office at the array of mementos he amassed during his career. Pat Rode, left, retired as cook at Landeck Elementary, hugs Ottoville hosted the 139th annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention. one of her students during a Ottoville Fire Department welcomed hundreds of brethren to the village this weekend to cel- gathering in her honor at the ebrate the annual event. (Herald file photo) school Thursday afternoon.


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(Continued from page 3) Robert May of Montgomery Ward invented Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer, the bashful, small, unappreciated reindeer. Due to a paper shortage, May’s story could not be printed during WW II. The story was brought back in 1946, then Gene Autry made the song a real hit in 1949. I know I have that original record buried in my collection. The place to go in Delphos at Christmas was the second floor of the Western Auto Store. That was a favorite spot, with all the toys. It was a wonderland. Riding toys, such as a tractor, fire truck, tricycle, scooter, wagons and bicycles were really in demand after the war. Timex watches debuted in 1946 and the first transistor radio came on the market just before Christmas in 1954. During the war many, many things were rationed, especially metal. This Christmas book, listed the toys as they came out. This includes: 1942 — Little Golden Books, 1943 — Chutes & Ladders, 1945 — Slinky, 1946 — Lionel trains return to production with many added features, 1947 — Tonka trucks and equipment, 1948 — Silly Putty, Candyland and Clue. Late in the 40’s or early 50’s plastic models (cars, boats, planes, etc.) were available. Lionel hit its “highwater” mark in quality and popu-

larity at that time. Doll houses with a vast array of plastic furniture were popular with little girls and many adult women. Then came Howdy Dowdy puppets, etc. Then the list continues: in 1950 — Buzzy Bee by Fisher–Price and Hopalong Cassidy lunch boxes, 1952 — Mr. Potato Head and the first Matchbox car, 1953 — Gumby (favorite toy boy), 1954 — Robert the Robot and 1955 — “Cissy” Doll by Madame Alexander, Davy Crockett on TV, along with 3,000 Davy Crockett items. His raccoon hat was really a top item, making Raccoon fur jump from 25 cents per pound to $8. Then in the mid-50s, Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy were popular so gun and holster sets were wanted by many little boys. In 1956 – Play–Doh and the Yahtzee game, 1957 – When–O’s Frisbee and Prehistoric Times Play Sets by Marx, 1958 – Hulu Hoop and Skateboards and Barbie was the real hit in 1959. Ken joined the crowd in 1961, then Midge in 1963 and Skipper in 1964; 1960 – Chatty Cathy, The Game of Life and Etch-a-Sketch by Ohio Art; 1961 — Ideal’s Mr. Machine; 1962 – LEGOS and Sea Monkeys and Tammy (by Ideal); 1963 – The Mousetrap and the Easy Bake Oven; 1964 – Troll Dolls; and 1965, Super Ball (by Wham-O), G I Joe and Creepy Crawlers (made in the Thingmaker). Much to my surprise and disappointment, the book did not mention

Monopoly. I know we were playing it during the winter of 1945–46 during that month of January when Fort Jennings didn’t have school because of all the snow. And, don’t forget the Red Ryder BB gun, like Ralphie had on “The Christmas Story.” Some of the great movies that came out were “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “ Miracle on 34th Street.” Then many wonderful Christmas songs made their debut. In 1942, it was “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in 1943; 1944 – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”; 1945 – “Let It Snow”; 1946 – “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”; 1947 – “Here Comes Santa Claus”; 1949 “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry; 1950 – “Frosty the Snowman,” “Silver Bells” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”; 1957 – “Jingle Bell Rock” and “The Little Drummer Boy”; 1958 – “The Chipmunk Song”; 1962 – “A Holly Jolly Christmas”; and in 1962 – “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. There are more, such as “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and “Snoopy and the Red Baron.” We could go on and on. Those were sure the “Good Ole Days.” Hope you are having a blessed Christmas season and Happy New Year! God bless you all!

Another frequent reader comment: “Nice job, but you failed to mention …” or “You left out …” KP: Yes, but … columnists are strictly held to a non-negotiable word count — in my case, 750 and not a definite article more. My definition of a column, soon to be a book title, is: “A Sliver of a Slice of a Piece of a Moment.” It is a glimpse of an insight viewed through the prism of another’s tenure on

Answers to Friday’s questions: Baseball legend Ted Williams holds the record for the highest on-base percentage in major league history at .482. He’s followed by Babe Ruth at .474, and John McGraw at .466. Denmark, in 2011, was the first country in the world to impose a tax on fatty foods. The tax is on all food containing more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. Today’s questions: What 1915 product gave the Sharp Corporation, Japan’s consumer electronics giant, its name? What valuable gemstones did miners throw away during the Montana gold rush in the 1860s? Answers in Monday’s Herald.


Earth, served with trepidation and self-flagellating humility. This is to say, thanks for the memories, the corrected syntax and the astute observations about my laxity and bombast, and special gratitude to those (you know who you are) who shared often-brilliant insights through their own tenured prism. I couldn’t do it without you. Cheers! Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@