likely this
morning and
a chance this
afternoon and
tonight with
around one inch. Highs in
the lower 30s and lows in
the lower 20s. See page 2.
Obituaries 2
State/Local 3
Agriscience 4
Community 5
Sports 6-8
Classifieds 10
Television 11
World briefs 12
Thursday, January 16, 2014 50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Sommers takes helm of Wildcat
gridiron, p6
Library sees growth in 2013, p3
GED re-vamped, offers funding options
Staff Writer
DELPHOS — According to the
Ad Council, every year, nearly one
in four American students — more
than one million people — do not
graduate high school with their
class. It is estimated that more than
34.6 million adults 18 years of age
and older in the United States do
not have a high school diploma.
The GED® (General Educational
Development Test) offers people
the chance to earn an education
that is equivalent to a high school
diploma. Earning a GED® from
the Ohio Department of Education
(ODE) will allow people to con-
tinue education at a community
college or at a technical school and
have success with employment and
promotion opportunities.
More than 19,200 Ohioans took
the GED® in 2013 and more than
two-thirds of them passed.
In 2010, more than 470,000 indi-
viduals were awarded their high
school credential through the pro-
The ODE Associate Director
of Communications John Charlton
said the cost for the exam is $120,
up from the previous $40 paper/pen-
cil test price. He said the increased
cost became a state legislative con-
cern and to assist people with the
expense, the state has set aside $2
million for the next two fiscal years.
“First time test-takers can
receive $80 in vouchers if they
go to a Career Technical District
site and receive career counselling,”
Charlton stated. “Since it is a new
test, everyone who takes the exam
is a first-time test-taker.”
Charlton said the exam, which
launched on Jan. 2, has been
updated from the 2002 version and
there are now only four subject
areas, rather than five, and includes
Reasoning Through Language Arts,
Mathematical Reasoning, Science
and Social Studies.
“The Language Arts, Writing
subject has been incorporated into
the four other sections,” Charlton
The new version of the exam,
spawned by the GED 21st Century
Initiative — a collaboration
between The American Council
on Education and Pearson — is
an enhanced program with a goal
of validating career- and college-
The three primary compo-
nents of the exam include: a new,
more rigorous test aligned with
Common Core State Standards
designed to ensure career- and
college-readiness; a national test
preparation program with inno-
vative and personalized learning
resources; and a transition net-
work that connects test-takers to
career and post-secondary educa-
tional opportunities which provide
them an opportunity to earn a
sustainable living wage.
Charlton said previously, there
were 64 testing locations in the state
and by the end of February, there
will be between 120 and 130 sites to
take the computer-based test.
“These changes make testing
more efficient, allows adults to
demonstrate basic computer skills
and enables quicker grading, yield-
ing faster test results,” Charlton
detailed. “It’s advantageous for
adults who are looking for employ-
ment right away.”
Individuals 19 years and older
are eligible to take the GED® exam
and must register at an official test-
ing center, which is the same loca-
tion where the exam will be taken.
Before scheduling a computer
test date, an applicant must first
have a Security Application For
Enterprise (SAFE) account with
the ODE. After securing a SAFE
account, the applicant may apply
to take the (CBT) computer-based
GED® test through Pearson Vue,
where the SAFE account log-in
information will be needed.
Charlton said the new test will
be on an entirely new scale of 100-
200 points with a Passing Standard
of 150 points on each test module.
See GED, page 10
Jennings to present Homecoming Court Saturday
The 2014 Fort Jennings High School Homecoming Court will be presented between the junior varsity and varsity
games Saturday when Fort Jennings plays host to McComb. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. The court
includes, front from left, Emily Kehres, Queen Jamie Saum, King Spencer Dray and Josh Wittler; and back, Dillon
Schimmoeller, Sydney German, Erin Osting, Evan Ricker, Hailey Young and Quinton Neidert. Absent from the
picture are miniature attendants Garrett Hark and Maggie Pothast. (Submitted photo)
CHP names Ohio Has Talent! contestants
Information submitted
VAN WERT — The lineup has
been announced for the seventh
annual Ohio Has Talent! to be
held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
in Van Wert.
Twenty local and regional per-
formers will compete for prizes of
$1,000, $500, and $250 at the ben-
efit show for Community Health
Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient
Hospice Center, sponsored in part
by Citizens National Bank. Audience
votes will determine the winners.
The 20 contestants in this year’s
competition feature a wide variety of
The contestant list begins with Jon
Albert of Fort Wayne, who is a danc-
er combining popping, b-boying and
hip-hop. Delphos’ Hayleigh Bacome
and Amanda Leis are a contemporary
dance duo. Gabriel Beming of Sidney
and Caroline Prakel of Versailles are
a creative piano duet with antics
inspired by Victor Borge.
Rockford’s Shay Bolton is a vocal
soloist who also plays piano and
dances. Brother-sister duo Ann and
James Brake from Ohio City will
perform with James at the piano
and Ann dancing. Makenna Cabe of
Sidney was the first-place winner of
the Shelby County Apple Fest Talent
Contest. May Coppler of Fostoria
studies voice, ballet, flute and piano
and was the winner of her age group in
Fostoria’s Got Talent 2012 and 2013.
Yan Coppler of Fostoria received
classical training in high school and
is a previous winner in her category
in Fostoria’s Got Talent. Hailey and
Heather Harshbarger from Anna will
share lead vocals and harmony as
Hailey plays piano.
2012 Ohio Has Talent! third-place
winners Kaden Hohman and Sayler
Wise of Van Wert are an award-win-
ning dance duo who have received a
casting call for America’s Got Talent.
Michaella Johnson of Van Wert
takes voice lessons and plays trum-
pet and piano. Schylar Miller and
Cole Wilson of Spencerville will per-
form a vocal/alto saxophone duet.
Craig Muhlenkamp of Coldwater and
Danny Schneible of Russia will per-
form, combining juggling, comedy
and music.
Van Wert’s Tyler Nygren is an
award-winning illusionist who
has performed across the country.
Katlayne Poorman of Fort Wayne
performs in talent shows and pag-
eants and auditioned for America’s
Got Talent last season. Victoria Ruble
of Garrett, Ind., is a vocalist who
hopes to pursue music as a career.
Country band Shelby County Line
is made up of members Paul Luft of
Yorkshire, Ben Tuttle of St. Marys,
Cody Paul of Minster and Michael
Molasky of New Bremen. They have
opened for national acts and play area
festivals and fairs.
Danielle Stoller grew up in Latty
and is now a senior at Illinois State
University. She has played classi-
cal violin since she was 6. Hanna
Tumbusch of St. Henry has taken
vocal lessons and performed for audi-
ences since she was 9. Jimina Willis
is a vocalist from Beavercreek.
2013 Ohio Has Talent! winner,
Alex Wunder will perform during
the vote counting. Wunder is a tal-
ented vocalist who enjoys singing
the classic songs of the 60s, 70s
and 80s and putting his own spin to
them. The high school sophomore
from Kettering has won other talent
competitions and sang the National
Anthem at a Cincinnati Bengals game
this year.
Tickets for the Feb. 8 show start
at just $10 through the NPAC ticket
office. The office is open from noon
to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,
Tickets can also be purchased online
at or by call-
ing Community Health Professionals
at (419) 238-9223.
Bacome & Leis
Hohman & Wise
Nygren Miller & Wilson
donates $49K
to Christmas
Staff Writer
DELPHOS — The 37th
annual Delphos Community
Christmas Project saw some
miraculous numbers this year.
By taking in over $49,000
in monetary donations, the
drive brightened the holidays
for many families, children
and older adults living in the
Delphos City School District.
Chairperson Edna Fischer said
it was amazing how it all flows.
“The shoppers have been
there a while,” Fischer stated.
“It’s like clockwork.”
Fischer said for the first
time — she’s been chairper-
son of the project for 30 years
— she experienced something
amazing this year.
“I went to the Post Office,
picked up the mail and found
a thick business envelope in
the mix of letters,” Fischer
said. “It had a bank envelope
inside with 20 $100 bills from
an anonymous donor.”
See PROJECT, page 10
Delphos Project
Recycle will be offered
from 9-11:30 a.m.
Saturday at Pacific Pride
Fuel and Wash behind
Double A Trailer Sales
on East Fifth Street.
All contain-
ers must be clean.
Plastic and glass
can be co-mingled.
Items that need to
be separated are: tin
cans, magazines, news-
paper, aluminum and
clean cardboard.
Recycle does not
accept styrofoam, salt
or feed bags, window or
ornamental glass, TVs
or computer monitors.
Computer and electri-
cal equipment and bat-
teries are accepted.
In addition to regular
items, Project Recycle is
collecting old and damaged
U.S. flags.
Proceeds ben-
efit Girl Scouts and
Columbian Squires.
Project Recycle
set Saturday
K of C sets
The Delphos Knights of
Columbus will hold its annual
Free Throw Championship
at 1 p.m. Sunday in the
All-Saints gymnasium.
Boys and girls ages 9-14
(age as of Jan. 1) can par-
ticipate for first and second
place in each age category.
Winners will advance
to the next round in
Columbus Grove.
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For The Record
The Delphos
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Arnold, 91, of Columbus and
formerly of Delphos, Mass
of Christian Burial will begin
at 11 a.m. Saturday at St.
John the Evangelist Catholic
Church in Delphos, the Rev.
Chris Bohnsack officiating.
Delphos Veterans Council
will conduct military rites
following the Mass at the
church. Burial will follow in
Resurrection Cemetery east
of Delphos. Visitation will be
from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday
at Strayer Funeral Home,
1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos,
where a K of C Service will
be held at 7:15 p.m. followed
by a Parish Wake Service at
7:30 p.m. Visitation will also
be offered one hour prior to
the service on Saturday. In
lieu of flowers, please con-
sider donations to Elmer’s
favorite causes: he was an
enthusiastic advocate of organ
donation (information at and of
blood and platelet donations
to the American Red Cross;
he also supported Saint Jude’s
Children’s Hospital (www. and the Wounded
Warrior Project (www.
Online condolences may be
shared at www.strayerfuner-
LANG, George F., 67,
of Holland, funeral ser-
vices will be held at 10
a.m. Friday at St. Richard
Catholic Church in Swanton.
Interment is private. Friends
and family will be received
from 2-8 p.m. today at the
Coyle Funeral Home, 1770
S. Reynolds Road, Toledo,
with a prayer service and
a “sharing of memories” at
7 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to
the Mercy Foundation for
Cancer Care, Toledo. View
and sign the online registry at
Associated Press
TODAY: Snow likely in the morning. Then chance
of snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around 1
inch. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 15 to 20
mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70 per-
TONIGHT: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow.
Lows in the lower 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph
shifting to the west after midnight.
FRIDAY: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow
showers. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows 10 to 15.
West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills zero to 10 above
SATURDAY: Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the
morning. Then snow likely in the afternoon. Light snow
accumulations possible. Highs in the lower 20s. Chance
of snow 70 percent.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent
chance of snow through midnight. Lows 15 to 20.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs around 30.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower
Highs in the mid 30s. Lows in the lower 20s.
TUESDAY: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow
showers. Highs in the upper 20s.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance
of snow showers. Lows 5 to 10 above.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs around 15.
The following individuals appeared
Wednsday before Judge Charles Steele in Van
Wert County Common Pleas Court except for
a case for a bond violation/change of plea case
heard by Judge Kevin Taylor:
Trent Webster, 49, Van Wert, entered a
not guilty plea to grand theft, a felony of the
fourth degree; robbery, a felony of the second
degree; and possession of cocaine, a felony of
the fifth degree.
His bond was set at $250,000 cash and
pretrial was set for Feb. 12.
David Leaser, 37, Van Wert, entered a not
guilty plea to possession of heroin, a felony
of the fourth degree; and operating a vehicle
while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor of
the first degree.
He was released on surety bond and pre-
trial set for Feb. 12.
Angela Kennedy, 28, Van Wert, entered
a not guilty plea to two counts of trafficking
marijuana, each a felony of the fifth degree.
She was released on a surety bond and
pretrial set for Feb. 12.
Jeremiah Miller, 19, Ohio City, entered
a not guilty plea to two counts of trafficking
LSD, each a felony of the fourth degree; and
one count of possession of LSD, a felony of
the third degree.
He was released on a surety bond and pre-
trial set for Feb. 5.
Michael Speakman, 22, Willshire, entered
a not guilty plea to telecommunications fraud,
a felony of the fifth degree.
He was released on a surety bond and pre-
trial set for Feb. 5.
Anthony Oliver, 18, Van Wert, entered a
not guilty plea to three counts of breaking and
entering, each a felony of the fifth degree; and
one count of complicity to breaking and enter-
ing, also a felony of the fifth degree.
He was released on a surety bond and pre-
trial set for Feb. 5.
Change of plea
Jacquelyn Forthman, 25, Ohio City,
changed her plea to guilty to trafficking
heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.
She then requested and was granted
Treatment in Lieu of Conviction and her
case was stayed pending completion of her
Shane Carroll, 23, Convoy, changed his
plea to guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with
a minor, a felony of the fourth degree.
He was released on surety bond. The court
ordered a presentence investigation and set
sentencing for March 5.
James E. Steele IV, 22, Delphos, changed
his plea to guilty to three counts of theft, each
a felony of the fifth degree.
He then requested and was granted
Treatment in Lieu of Conviction and his case
was stayed pending completion of his pro-
gram. He was ordered to pay restitution to all
Jami Renner, 30, Willshire, was sentenced
on a misdemeanor of the first-degree charge
of using weapons while intoxicated.
Her sentence was one year of commu-
nity control, 30 days jail at a later date and
200 hours community service. She was also
ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 with $750
suspended, and court costs.
A 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine were
deferred pending completion of community
Bethany Wreath, 24, Van Wert, was sen-
tenced for trafficking drugs, a felony of the
fourth degree; and trafficking counterfeit sub-
stances, a felony of the fifth degree.
Her sentence was three years community
control on each count, concurrent; complete
residential treatment program; 30 days jail at
later date; 200 hours community service; two
years intensive probation; driver’s license sus-
pended 6 months; and order to pay court costs
and partial appointed counsel fees.
A 12-month prison term on each count was
deferred pending completion of community
Korey Briggs, 29, Fort Jennings, was sen-
tenced for trafficking drugs, a felony of the
fifth degree.
His sentence was three years Community
Control, up to six months at WORTH Center,
30 days jail at later date, 200 hours commu-
nity service, two years intensive probation,
driver’s license suspended six months and
ordered to pay court costs and partial appoint-
ed attorney fees.
A 12-month prison term was deferred.
Judicial release
Alisha Stemen, 21, Van Wert, was
granted judicial release following a hearing
Wednesday morning.
She was placed on three years community
control under standard conditions, 200 hours
community service, ordered to complete all
programs, two years intensive probation and
ordered to pay costs and partial appointed
counsel fees.
A nine-month prison term was deferred.
Stacy Young, 37, Van Wert, admitted to
violating her bond by failing to report to
She was re-released on a surety bond with
sentencing set for Feb. 5.
Zachary Brinkman, 25, Middle Point,
admitted to violating his Treatment in Lieu
of Conviction program by refusing to take a
drug test.
The court ordered a presentence investiga-
tion and set sentencing for March 5. He was
released on surety bond.
Cyle Black, 27, Van Wert, admitted to
violating his probation by having a positive
drug test, for failing to report to probation and
for failure to attend counseling at Westwood.
His previous sentence of nine months for
each of two counts, consecutive, was then
imposed. He was given credit for 379 days
already served. He was remanded to jail for
transfer to prison.
The following Bond Violation/change
of plea was heard by Judge Kevin Taylor:
Cai Evans, 19, Van Wert, appeared
before Judge Kevin Taylor and admitted
to violating his bond by failing to take a
drug test. Bond was set at $10,000 cash
with 10-percent rule to apply. Evans then
changed his plea to count one of his indict-
ment for possession of heroin, a felony of
the fifth degree. A second similar charge
was dismissed for his plea.
Sentencing was set for Feb. 26.
Corn $4.06
Wheat $5.48
Soybeans $13.26
A boy was born Jan. 14
to Sarah and Chad Cain of
One Year Ago
Fort Jennings is now a Purple Heart
Village. Council approved a proclama-
tion Tuesday noting the village as such
with Aug. 7 designated as Purple Heart
Day. Mayor Jim Smith said the actual
events in observance of Purple Heart
Day will take place during the village’s
annual celebration later in August.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Winners in the American Legion
Post 268 Americanism contest were
announced by Charles Kaverman,
Delphos Americanism chairman, and
Robert Nulty, Allen County American
Legion commander. Aimee Stough, a
junior at Jefferson Senior High School,
won at local, district and county levels
and will enter state competition. Also
winning at the local level from Jefferson
are Julie Mosier, Garrett Thompson,
Chad Sybert, Cindy Houdeshell and
Nikki Siefker; and Bryan Kimmet, a
junior at St. John’s High School.
Jefferson turned up its aggressiveness
in the second half against Arlington’s
pressure and pulled away for a 63-53
win Saturday at Arlington. Senior for-
ward Mike Minnig led the ’Cats with
17 points. Junior forward Chris Renner
added 15 and senior guard Randy
Trentman 10.
Convoy Crestview graduate Jackie
Motycka was honored Saturday as
Bowling Green State University’s all-
time leading scorer prior to the Falcon
women’s 92-78 win over Mid-American
Comference opponent Ball State at
Bowling Green. Motycka scored 1,876
points in four seasons, breaking the
record of 1,834 points set in three sea-
sons by Howard “Butch” Komives, a
1964 graduate. Komives played in the
NBA with the New York Knicks and the
Detroit Pistons.
50 Years Ago – 1964
The postponed meeting of the
Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary was
held Wednesday night in the Eagles club
rooms with 27 members present. An
invitation was ready by the secretary,
Dolores Hoffman, from the Van Wert
Auxiliary, for the Delphos members
to attend its anniversary party Jan. 26.
Hostesses for the next regular meeting
on Jan. 27 will be Agatha Hilvers, chair-
man; Faye Ernst, Esther Miller, Donna
Tyo and Margaret Heitz.
First Assembly of God Church bas-
ketball team was defeated 74-68 in its
first game of the season against an inde-
pendent Van Wert team Tuesday eve-
ning. Van Wert forged to an early 18-4
lead before the Delphos cagers, with
Tom Hiegel and Ron Krugh spearhead-
ing the attack, began to hit. Himmiger,
Hiegel and Krugh all had 20 points for
the Assembly team.
Mrs. E. O. Steinle was hostess to the
members of the Beta Delphian Study
Club Wednesday evening in her home
on East Second Street. Mrs. Kenneth
Parkinson was in charge of the program
and reviewed the book, “The Soviet
Family,” by David and Vera Mace. The
club will meet again on Feb. 17 at
the home of Mrs. G. M. Arnold, West
Second Street.
75 Years Ago – 1939
The Allen County Historical Society
will hold the January meeting in the
auditorium of Memorial Hall at Lima
on Jan. 25. Clarence Lathrop will give
a talk on Fort Amanda, the first point
of settlement in Allen County. The first
white settler to bring his family to Allen
County was Andrew Russel, who came
in 1817 and lived in one of the block-
houses of the abandoned fort.
St. John’s High cagers added two
more to their record of victories for the
season Sunday afternoon when they
journeyed to Celina for a double tilt with
the basketeers of Celina Immaculate
Conception High School. The Blue and
Gold Varsity had an easy time of it in
the main event, winning 33 to 8. The
Best Evers nosed out the Celina I. C.
Reserves, 17 to 16.
Alex J. Shenk has been named as
chairman of plans for the observance of
the President’s Birthday for the Allen
County side in Delphos. The appoint-
ment was made by Earl R. Leach, Allen
County Chairman. Shenk stated he will
announce plans in the near future for the
celebration. The proceeds are used for
the study and care of infantile paralysis.
Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Jan. 16,
the 16th day of 2014. There are
349 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in
On Jan. 16, 1944, during
World War II, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower formally assumed
command of the Allied
Expeditionary Forces in London.
On this date:
In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia
(popularly known as “Ivan the
Terrible”) was crowned Czar.
In 1883, the U.S. Civil
Service Commission was
In 1920, Prohibition began
in the United States as the
18th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution took effect, one
year to the day after its ratifica-
tion. (It was later repealed by
the 21st Amendment.)
In 1935, fugitive gangster
Fred Barker and his mother,
Kate “Ma” Barker, were killed
in a shootout with the FBI at
Lake Weir, Fla.
In 1942, actress Carole
Lombard, 33, her mother
Elizabeth and 20 other people
were killed when their plane
crashed near Las Vegas, Nev.,
while en route to California from
a war-bond promotion tour.
Sheriff releases
December dog
warden report
Information submitted
VAN WERT — Sheriff
Thomas M. Riggenbach has
released the Van Wert County
dog warden activity report for
the month of December 2013.
The warden traveled 810
miles while answering citi-
zens’ complaints and assisting
other agencies.
The warden handled 11
complaints, received 27 calls
from residents and conducted
one license check. Seven dogs
were impounded with one dog
being returned to its owner.
The dog warden also left four
door hangers for residents to
contact him, issued one warn-
ing, impounded four cats,
picked up six dead animals,
handled three wildlife calls
and provided one assist to
other agencies.
Safe Coalition
reports no traffic
fatalities in 2013
Information submitted
The Putnam County Safe
Communities Coalition reports
that from Oct. 1-Dec. 31,
there were no traffic deaths in
Putnam County.
According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, each fatality
has a comprehensive cost of
$3,366,388 associated with it.
The fatality cost in Putnam
County for October-December
2013 was $0.
Putnam County had no traf-
fic fatalities during the entire
2013 year. Injury and property
crashes were down drastically.
Mike Klear, Putnam County
Safe Communities Coalition,
said, “Congratulations to all
those driving our roadways,
including those who work in
our law enforcement, EMS and
fire departments. It is up to
each of us in Putnam County
to be smart and keep our roads
safe. Please wear your seat
belts, be sober and not dis-
tracted while you are driving
in a motor vehicle.”
The Putnam County Safe
Communities Coalition is ded-
icated to keeping our county
roads safe so we don’t have
to grieve over someone in our
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Thursday, January 16, 2014 The Herald – 3
E - The Environmental
Dear EarthTalk: What is the Obama
Administration’s America’s Great
Outdoors initiative and what does it hope
to accomplish?
— Doug St. James, New York, NY
President Obama signed a Presidential
Memorandum in April 2010 establishing the
America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to pro-
mote and support innovative community-
level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and
reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The
Memorandum calls for collaboration among
the Departments of Interior and Agriculture
as well as the Environmental Protection
Agency and the White House’s own Council
on Environmental Quality in leading the
initiative. Eight other federal agencies play
a supporting role—and literally thousands of
other partners from state, local and tribal gov-
ernments, non-profits and the private sector
are involved as well. Getting young people,
especially city kids, into the outdoors to expe-
rience our country’s unique natural heritage is
a top priority of America’s Great Outdoors.
Before pursuing any specific strategies,
initiative leaders solicited feedback from
everyday Americans as to what mattered
most to them regarding conservation and
access to the outdoors. Some 105,000 writ-
ten comments and many more spoken ones
from “listening sessions” held coast to coast
streamed in and were crucial to the develop-
ment of programs. Public feedback continues
to shape the initiative’s agenda.
Some of the programs that fall under
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include: the Veterans Fire Corps, which
employs veterans in forest fire manage-
ment; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s program providing technical
training and work opportunities for under-
served youth in habitat restoration and fish-
eries monitoring; and the establishment of a
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Environmentalists may be disappointed
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process, but getting unprecedented numbers
of Americans involved in conservation proj-
ects that protect the nation’s treasured natural
heritage is a worthy conservation legacy in its
own right. The program is sure to positively
impact generations of Americans for decades
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405 N. Main St. • Delphos
Spencerville boosters look
for board’s blessing on center
Herald Correspondent
SPENCERVILLE — The oath of
office was administered by Treasurer
Diane Eutsler to incoming and returning
Spencerville School Board members John
Goecke, Penny Kill, Mr. Meyer and Mrs.
The 2014 board president is Kill, with
Goeckevice president.
Spencerville Booster Don Degen
addressed the board about the strength and
training center the boosters have been try-
ing to get built for the use of the football
“We would like to ask the board to re-
consider our proposal, due to the fact the
funds are not coming in as expected. So,
we have eliminated showers and lockers,
making the building smaller and using a
stick-frame build instead of a steel build-
ing,” Degen said. “We don’t want to pro-
ceed until we get your blessing.”
The board has expressed concerns and
would like Degen to bring them estimates
of the cost of the building.
Spencerville, like many schools in the
area, saw cancellations and delays last
week and had some issues this week.
“It was quite a challenging week,”
Superintendent Dennis Fuge said. “We
had some ice issues and a couple of leaks.
A pipe in the tech room had problems and
the alarm went off during lunch.”
Fuge also gave the school board mem-
bers certificates of acknowledgement
in honor of “School Board Recognition
He informed the board Connie Pratt
resigned as third-shift custodian.
“She wants to try something else, so we
will be taking applications for that posi-
tion,” he said.
Principal Susan Wagner reported the
fifth- and sixth-grade quiz bowl meets will
begin Jan. 27; all meets are at Shawnee
A program about abstinence,
“Relationships Under Construction,” is
being offered this week during sixth-grade
science. Students needed a permission slip
to attend.
High School Principal Scott Gephart
reported semester exams will be Jan. 22-24
and student India Miller has been selected
to participate in the Japan youth exchange
program and will travel to Harimacho,
Japan, in June.
The high school solo and ensemble
contest will be held Feb. 1 at the St. Marys
High School and a high school talent show
will be held on Feb. 10.
In other action, the board:
- Accepted donations from Life
Touch, Farm Credit, Ron/Lori Ringwald,
Whitney, Pass the Hat, Kim Bowersock,
Joan Schoeniger, New Bremen competi-
tion, Susan Spicer, Savidge Paint and
Repair, Paul Kill, Mercer Landmark, Klein
Trust Foundation and employee payroll
- Employed head volleyball coach
Shelby Cox, effective July 1;
- Approved volunteer baseball coach
Jeff Thiery;
• Employed Quest tutor Brooke Schultz
(certified) effective Jan. 6 for the remain-
der of the 2013-2014 school year as need-
ed per principal approval at $16 per hour
(not to exceed 28 hours per week) based
on approved time sheet submitted to trea-
surer’s office;
• Accepted the resignation of Josh
Hobbs as head soccer coach; and
• Aproved the Ohio School Boards
Association 2014 membership for $3,307,
which includes 15 free electronic subscrip-
tions to “Briefcase.”
The board retired to executive session
for the purpose of discussing negotiations
and the compensation of public employ-
Library shows growth in ’13
Herald Editor
DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library
showed growth in 2013, according to Director
Kelly Rist’s annual report presented at the
board of trustees meeting Wednesday.
Total circulation was up from 2012 by
more than 28,000 at 223,855, with 158,937
attributed to adults and 64,918 to children.
The most impressive tally was 30,094
items loaned to other libraries in approxi-
mately 10 months. The library became part of
the state-wide program in early 2013 and has
since processed 13,000 bags of materials sent
to other libraries.
“The response for materials from us is
unbelievable,” Rist said. “I don’t think we
could have imagined this.”
In contrast, Delphos patrons have request-
ed 383 items.
The number of registered borrowers saw a
dramatic decrease from approximately 10,000
down to 6,811.
“When the state looked at our patrons, if
there hadn’t been any activity on the card for
three years and no fine attached to it, it was
kicked out,” Rist said. “So we had quite a few
inactive accounts.”
Rist also said the AWE early learning
station computer for the children’s area has
been purchased with a recent Arnold C.
Dienstberger Foundation Grant. The com-
puter, geared for ages 2-8, is self-contained
with no Internet connection required; plug in
and go with more than 60 fun and educational
software programs. It can be operated with the
keyboard, touch screen or stylus. The system
costs $3,100 and a new desk and chair will
be needed.
The new teen area in the basement was
updated with a WiFi access point for future
use; the walls will be painted in February.
“We haven’t decided on a color but we are
looking at a coating that will make the wall a
white board and perhaps one wall could be a
green board for videos,” Rist said.
Storytime and Toddlertime is underway
and Rist said plans are already being made for
National Library Week with the theme “Lives
Change at the Library.”
“We’d like to feature Delphos’ amateur
astronomer Leslie Peltier in one of the pro-
grams for that,” Rist added.
With further public business to conduct, the
board went into executive session. Following
the session, the board approved changes to the
employee manual and closing the library on
March 4 for staff in-service training.
Sara Says ....
I am branching out and
reviewing more than just
what can be found “under the
covers.” I will still be review-
ing books, but also albums,
movies, (which I have done
a few times already) artists,
websites, blogs and possibly
other entities that can be
reviewed. The column is now
called “Sara Says …”
”I took my love and I took
it down. I climbed a mountain
and I turned around. And I
saw my reflection in the snow
covered hills. ‘Til the land-
slide brought me down…”
— Stevie Nicks
I reflect a lot.
I heard this song today,
and felt compelled to write
about it. Landslide is obvi-
ously not a new song; it is
a song I’m sure most people
are familiar with. What hap-
pens to me is, once in a while
a song comes on the radio,
a song I’ve heard a million
times, but this time it’s differ-
ent. This time I really listen.
I connect with the lyrics. It’s
almost like hearing the song
for the first time.
This is a song that really
speaks to me, especially as I
get older. I reflect a lot. Not
necessarily because I want to,
but because my brain won’t
shut off. Usually, I rumi-
nate. Focus on everything I
think I’ve done wrong. Do
I take my kids for granted?
Do I take Andy for granted?
Should I be doing more with
my life? Am I living my life
to the fullest? I should exer-
cise. I should spend less time
on the computer. I should
do more fun stuff with the
kids. I “should” on myself all
the time. I “should” all over
“Well, I’ve been afraid of
changing ‘cause I’ve built
my life around you. But time
makes you bolder. Children
get older. I’m getting older
too. Yes I’m getting older,
Why is it that I tend to
zone in on what I perceive I
do wrong, instead of what I
do right? I don’t know. I wish
I knew. I wish I could shut
off that negative inner mono-
logue. I am afraid of change.
I want positive changes, but
I’m so afraid at the same
time. Afraid of what could
As far as getting older…I
think back on my life con-
stantly. My twenties. Those
are a blur. I made a lot of
mistakes. I was so naïve. Not
so much anymore. I’m trying
to look forward to the future,
to embrace the person I’m
becoming. Time really does
make you bolder.
I’ve been told in the past
that I don’t love myself.
To be honest, I think I love
myself more now than I ever
did. I’m learning. I think it’ll
take a while before I fully
get there. I love Landslide,
because I can relate to it.
“Can the child within
me rise above? Can I sail
through the changing ocean
tides? Can I handle the sea-
sons of my life?”
That’s something I can
reflect on tonight.
Interlibrary loans top
30,000 in less than a year
Facial Weakness
Arm and Leg Weakness
Speech Problems
Time is Critical
Know the signs of
STROKE and act
4 — The Herald Thursday, January 16, 2014
Dates set for Putnam County
Commodity banquets
Information submitted
KALIDA — The Putnam County annual Beef, Pork
and Dairy banquets have been set for 2014.
You can purchase tickets for all three banquets at the
Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa or from any
member of the Cattlemen, Swine or Dairy committees.
The 2014 Putnam County Beef Banquet is set for
Wednesday at the Kalida Knight of Columbus Hall start-
ing with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The entertainment will be
Al Felkey’s Mixed up Band. Cost is $10 per person.
The 2014 Putnam County Pork Banquet is set for
6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Kalida K of C hall. The speaker
for the evening will be David White from The Ohio
Farm Bureau Federation. The subject of his talk will be
“Building Trust with Consumers about Food, Farming
and Agriculture.” Cost is $10 per ticket.
The 2014 Putnam County Dairy Banquet is set for
7:15 p.m. March 26 at the Kalida Knights of Columbus
hall. Ticket price is $10.
Putnam County
Agronomy night set
Information submitted
KALIDA — The annu-
al Putnam County OSU
Ext ensi on Agronomy
night is scheduled at the
Kalida K of C hall start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
Once again, Agronomy
Night will have a wide
variety of topics pre-
sent ed by
E x t e n s i o n
s p e c i a l i s t s
and l ocal
industry peo-
Topics for
the evening
will include
“Effect of
Planting Date
and Starter Fertilizer on
Soybean Quality & Yield
in No-Tillage Systems”
presented by Grace
Bluck, research asso-
ciate, The Ohio State
University. “Agronomic
Practices to Maximize
Soybean Yields” will be
the second topic for the
evening. The presenter
will be Matt Hankinson,
research associate, The
Ohio State University.
Dr. Andy Michel,
assi st ant pr of essor
Wooster, will be report-
ing on “Current & Future
Corn and Soybean Insect
The final topic at
Agronomy Night will
be a report on “Three
Keys to High Yield
Corn,” presented by Dr.
Steven Prochaska, field
s p e c i a l i s t ,
A g r o n o mi c
Systems, The
Ohi o St at e
There is no
cost to attend
A g r o n o m y
Night thanks
to financial
support from
local Agricultural busi-
The program will not
completely re-certify a
farmer ’s private pesti-
cide license but you can
receive 1.5 hours of cat-
egory one for a $15 fee.
Sandwiches and drinks
will be provided at the
break. Mark your calen-
dars and plan to attend
the 2014 Putnam County
Agronomy Night at 6:30
p.m. Jan. 23.
Black Swamp Conservancy to host
farmland preservation meeting
Information submitted
Swamp Conservancy, a
Perrysburg, Ohio-based land
conservation organization, will
host an informational meeting
about farmland preservation
from 4-6 p.m. on Monday.
The meeting will be held in
the Great Room at W.W. Knight
Preserve, located at 29530 White
Road in Perrysburg, near the
corner of White Road and East
River Road (State Route 65).
The Conservancy has been
allocated $564,320 from the
Ohio Department of Agriculture
for the purchase of agricul-
tural easements through the
Local Agricultural Easement
Purchase Program (LAEPP).
The competitive application
process will began Wednesday.
The LAEPP provides fund-
ing for the purchase of agri-
cultural easements preserving
Ohio’s fertile farmland. An agri-
cultural easement allows a land-
owner to retain ownership and
management of his or her land,
while ensuring that the property
is used primarily for agriculture,
in perpetuity. The agreements
are binding on the current and
all future owners of the property.
In addition to LAEPP,
Black Swamp Conservancy
also utilizes the Federal Farm
and Ranch Lands Protection
Program (FRPP), adminis-
tered by USDA-NRCS.
Landowners interested
in preserving their farmland
are encouraged to attend
the meeting to learn about
LAEPP, FRPP and other
options available to them.
About Black Swamp
Black Swamp Conservancy
is a land trust dedicated to
protecting agricultural land
and natural areas, now and for
future generations, through
land conservation agreements.
The Conservancy does this
to preserve the rural heritage,
unique natural habitats and
streams of northwest Ohio.
Since its founding in
1993, the organization has
permanently protected more
than 13,280 acres of woods,
wetland and family farms
in northwest Ohio. By pro-
tecting the region’s valuable
land and water resources, the
Conservancy supports healthy
communities with strong, sus-
tainable economies, including
agriculture and ecotourism.
As a nonprofit orga-
nization, Black Swamp
Conservancy relies on the
support of landowners, donors
and partnerships with other
conservation organizations.
The Conservancy strives to be
a wise investment for its sup-
porters, whether they are giv-
ing their land, time or money.
For more information,
Pork virus might cause
decline in 2014 production
Ag Educator
Putnam County
Consumers and pork producers may
be feeling the bite from a pig virus that is
occurring, causing young pigs to die and
causing pork prices to rise. Smithfield
Foods, the nation’s biggest hog producer,
said Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
(PEDV) might result in a loss of two
million to three million hogs, or a 2 to
3 percent decline in U.S. production in
2014; however, the pork is still safe to
eat. This pork virus has been found in 20
Midwest states including Ohio, Indiana,
Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The
National Pork Board has released the
following information about this disease.
• PEDV is a virus similar to transmis-
sible gastroenteritis (TGE), another dis-
ease only affecting pigs. It poses no risk
to other animals or humans. Also, it poses
no risk to food safety.
• PEDV has been identified in the
United States in a number of herds (1,764
as of Dec. 15, 2013, USDA Source). The
virus is not a new virus as it was first
recognized in England in 1971. Since
then, the disease has been identified in a
number of European countries, and more
recently in China, Korea and Japan.
• USDA, State Animal Health
Officials, the American Association of
Swine Veterinarians and veterinarians at
the National Pork Board are actively
monitoring this disease and will make
recommendations to producers as neces-
• PEDV is transmitted via the fecal-
oral route and may appear to be the same
as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE)
virus with acute diarrhea within 12 to 36
hours of onset. Herd veterinarians remain
well versed in managing TGE-like dis-
• Laboratory testing is the only way to
diagnose PEDV.
• As always, producers who see any
signs of illness in their pigs should notify
their herd veterinarian immediately to
address the issue.
• PEDV does not affect pork safety.
Pork remains completely safe to eat.
(Source: National Pork Board)
The Pig Site also offers some addi-
tional information about this pork dis-
ease: “Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
(PEDV) is caused by a coronavirus. The
virus damages the villi in the gut thus
reducing the absorptive surface, with loss
of fluid and dehydration. After introduc-
tion of the virus into a susceptible breed-
ing herd, a strong immunity develops
over two to three weeks and colostrum
immunity (sow’s first milk) then protects
the piglets. The virus usually disappears
spontaneously from breeding herds par-
ticularly small ones (< 300 sows).,
“Acute outbreaks of diarrhea occur
when the virus is first introduced into a
susceptible population. In such cases, up
to 100 percent of sows may be affected,
showing a mild to very watery diarrhea.
Two clinical pictures are recognized:
PED Type I only affects growing pigs
whereas PED Type II affects all ages,
including sucking pigs and mature sows.
The incubation period is approximately
two days and diarrhea lasts for seven
to 14 days. In sucking pigs, the disease
can be mild or severe with mortalities
greater than 40 percent. In large breeding
herds, not all the females may become
infected first time round and the disease
may reoccur only in piglets suckling from
sows with no maternal antibodies and is
therefore sporadic.
“The symptoms in sows can vary from
very mild ‘cow pat’ feces through to a
watery diarrhea. Piglets develop diarrhea
and with severe dehydration, mortal-
ity may be high (greater than 40 percent
death loss). In ‘weaners’ (pigs weaned
from sows milk) and ‘growers’ (pigs big-
ger than 30 pounds and weaned), acute
watery diarrhea with no blood or mucus
is generally seen with low mortality but
the number of pigs affected can be high,
resulting in weight loss and poor growth.
“When the virus is first introduced
on to the farm, there is a rapid spread of
diarrhea across all breeding and growing
pigs with almost 100 percent disease rate
within five to 10 days. The incubation
period is two to four days and vomiting
may occur. The causes and contributing
factors include the immune status of the
herd, i.e., no immunity. Disease may
be spread as susceptible pigs enter the
finishing herd, and the disease normally
is only seen when virus first enters the
herd.” (Source: The Pig Site)
Preventing the spread of PEDV
requires strict biosecurity from beyond
the farm gate and all the way to the pack-
ing plant. A Pork Check Off study shows
that PEDV can be spread by contamina-
tion during transport of pigs to markets
with 17 percent of trailers contaminated
with PEDV before unloading the pigs.
Another 11 percent of trailers that were
not contaminated with PEDV on arrival
were subsequently contaminated during
Agriculture Department
recognizes 103 historic farms
Information submitted
— In 2013, the Ohio
Department of Agriculture
recognized 103 century or
bicentennial farms owned
by the same family for at
least 100 or 200 consecu-
tive years. There are now
more than 1,000 of these
farms registered across the
Each family received
a certificate signed by
Governor John R. Kasich
and Ohio Department
of Agriculture Director
David Daniels to keep
with their historic docu-
ments and pass down to
future generations.
“You can’t walk down
Main Street and find many
businesses that are older
than our bicentennial
and century farms,” said
Daniels. “That says a lot
about these families and
the important role they
have played in building
Ohio’s top industry.”
The Ohio Bicentennial
and Century Farm pro-
gram is a voluntary pro-
gram administered by
the Ohio Department of
Agriculture. The depart-
ment has been recogniz-
ing families who have
owned their farms for at
least 100 years since 1993.
In 2013, the department
began officially recogniz-
ing bicentennial farms in
acknowledgment of the
growing number of centu-
ry farms that had reached
their 200-year anniversary
of same-family owner-
ship. To kick off the new
Bicentennial Farm desig-
nation, Director Daniels
presented certificates to
those who qualified and
were already enrolled in
the program.
Anyone who can veri-
fy that a currently-owned
farm has remained in their
family for at least 100
years may register. For
more information, visit
www. agri . ohi o. gov/ di vs/
cent_farms/, or contact
Cindy Shy in the Office
of Communication at 614-
752-9817 or cindy.shy@
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Museum of Postal History,
339 N. Main St., is open.
5:30 p.m. — The Delphos
Canal Commission meets at
the museum, 241 N. Main St.
5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith
Thrift Store is open for
7 p.m. — Spencerville
Local Schools Board of
Education meets.
St. John’s Athletic
Boosters meet in the Little
7:30 p.m. — Delphos
Chapter 26 Order of the
Eastern Star meets at the
Masonic Temple on North
Main Street.
Delphos VFW Auxiliary
meets at the VFW Hall, 213
W. Fourth St.
7:30 a.m. — Delphos
Optimist Club, A&W Drive-
In, 924 E. Fifth St.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite
at Delphos Senior Citizen
Center, 301 Suthoff St.
1-4 p.m. — Interfaith
Thrift Store is open for
9-11:30 a.m.— Delphos
Project Recycle at Delphos
Fuel and Wash.
9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith
Thrift Store is open for
St. Vincent dePaul
Society, located at the east
edge of the St. John’s High
School parking lot, is open.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. —
Delphos Postal Museum is
12:15 p.m. — Testing of
warning sirens by Delphos
Fire and Rescue.
1-3 p.m. — Delphos
Canal Commission Museum,
241 N. Main St., is open.
7 p.m. — Bingo at St.
John’s Little Theatre.
8-11:30 a.m. — Knights
of Columbus benefit for St.
John’s School at the hall,
Elida Ave.
1-3 p.m. — The Delphos
Canal Commission Museum,
241 N. Main St., is open.
11:30 a.m. — The Green
Thumb Garden Club will
meet at the Delphos Public
Library for luncheon and
Mealsite at Delphos
Senior Citizen Center, 301
Suthoff St.
6:30 p.m. — Shelter from
the Storm support group
meets in the Delphos Public
Library basement.
JAN. 20-24
MONDAY: Salisbury
steak, mashed potatoes, broc-
coli, bread, margarine, apple-
sauce, coffee and 2 percent
TUESDAY: Meatloaf,
ranch mashed potatoes,
creamed corn, roll, margarine,
jelatin with fruit, coffee and 2
percent milk.
Alfredo, egg noodles, brocco-
li, bread, margarine, blueberry
whip, coffee and 2 percent
meatballs, egg noodles, broc-
coli, bread, margarine, blue-
berry whip, coffee and 2 per-
cent milk.
FRIDAY: Baked fish with
tartar sauce, potato wedges,
coleslaw, bread, margarine,
Mandarin oranges, coffee and
2 percent milk.
JAN. 16-18
THURSDAY: Sue Vasquez, Darla Rahrig, Sandy Hahn,
Dorothy Hedrick, Cathy Vorst and Helen Kimmett.
FRIDAY: Eloise Schumaker, Kay Meyer, Delores German
and Martha Etzkorn.
SATURDAY: Vera Chiles, Anita Dunlap, Julie Fuerst and
Rita Nesbitt.
THRIFT SHOP HOURS: 5-7 p.m. Thursday; 1-4 p.m.
Friday; and 9 a.m.- noon Saturday.
Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Catharine
Gerdemann, 419-695-8440; Alice Heidenescher, 419-692-5362;
Linda Bockey, 419-692-7145; or Lorene Jettinghoff, 419-692-
If help is needed, contact the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and leave a message.
Try your hand
at these recipes
Chicken Strips Italiano
with Linguine
8 ounces uncooked lin-
1/2 cup grated
Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian-style
bread crumbs
1/2 cup purchased
Italian salad dressing
1 pound boneless
chicken breast halves, cut
into 1-inch-thick strips
2 cups spaghetti sauce
Heat oven to 375
degrees. Lightly grease
cookie sheet. Cook lin-
guine to desired doneness
as directed on package.
Meanwhile, in small
bowl, combine cheese and
bread crumbs; mix well.
Place salad dressing in
another small bowl. Dip
each chicken strip in salad
dressing; coat with bread
crumb mixture. Place
1 inch apart on greased
cookie sheet. Drizzle any
remaining salad dress-
ing over strips; sprinkle
with any remaining crumb
Bake at 375 degrees
for 20 minutes or until
chicken strips are light
golden brown and no lon-
ger pink in center.
To serve, heat spaghet-
ti sauce. Serve chicken
strips and spaghetti sauce
over linguine. If desired,
sprinkle each serving
with additional grated
Parmesan cheese. Makes
4 servings.
Lime Fruit Dip
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 can (6 ounces) fro-
zen limeade concentrate,
2 to 3 drops green food
1 cup heavy cream,
Fresh fruit, cut into
sticks, and berries
Beat eggs and combine
in top of double boiler
with sugar, cornstarch
and limeade concentrate.
Cook until thickened, stir-
ring frequently. Remove
from heat and stir in
food coloring. Cool.
Whip cream and fold into
cooled limeade mixture.
Transfer to bowl or
individual serving dishes
and serve with fresh fruit
and berries.
Note: This mixture
can be frozen, but it also
keeps well in the refrig-
erator. Makes approxi-
mately 2 cups.
If you enjoyed these
recipes, made changes or
have one to share, email
JAN 17
Rachel Minnig
Carol Turnwald
Brooke Cress
Logan Kill
Brandon Kugler
Willi Richardson
The Van Wert Civic Theatre
at 118 S. Race St., Van Wert
will hold open auditions for
“Don’t Drink the Water,” writ-
ten by Woody Allen at 7 p.m.
Sunday and Monday at the
The cast calls for 12 men
and four women.
“Don’t Drink the Water”
will be directed by Chris
For more information, visit
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for ‘Don’t Drink
the Water’
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DHI Correspondent
St. John’s wrestling team
hosted Ada at a dual meet
Wednesday night at Robert
A. Arnzen gymnasium and
overcame .
This match was a resched-
uled meet of the one that
was canceled during last
Monday’s winter storm and
bitter cold temperatures.
Originally, Ottawa-Glandorf
and Jefferson were scheduled
to compete against St. John’s.
“Wrestling is unique in the
fact that meets are scheduled
almost every weekend with a
few smaller matches during
the week,” said Blue Jay head
coach Derek Sterling. “O-G
and Jefferson were unavail-
able due to schedule con-
flicts this week, so I searched
around and Ada was the only
available squad out there
needing a match.”
The night started with pins
from a pair a St. John’s under-
classmen. Freshman Avery
Martin was leading 5-0 at
the end of the first period and
pinned Ada’s Devon Emlinger
for the win. Patrick Stevenson
was also in the lead at the end
the first period in his match
against Nathan Price of Ada
4-3. Stevenson got the victory
with a pin at the 1:02 mark in
the second period of the 126-
pound matchup.
Sports Editor
Alex Rodriguez has reared his head — I know ugly is
supposed to be in there somewhere but I didn’t have the
heart! — again.
I would like not to have to write another sentence about
this man ever again but he makes it impossible.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz — to my surprise — most-
ly upheld Major League Baseball’s suspension of the New
York Yankees’ star for his Biogenesis involvement, only
reducing the sentence to 162 games (plus any postseason
games) this year from the original 211.
A-Rod’s response? Continue to sue everybody that does
not agree with him.
That includes the MLB Players Association, which he
accuses of not using “extraordinary remedies” outside of
the arbitration process — agreed to by both parties a long
time ago — to stop MLB from disciplining the player.
I read that to mean forget about what has been negoti-
ated in the collective bargaining agreement — which keeps
making the players very rich men — or anything else just
to suit this man.
This is the same group that has gone to the depths to get
the players what they have now — which you or I would
kill for when it comes to salaries, pensions, insurance,
amenities, etc. — and actually helped prevent MLB from
getting a handle on PEDs long before it was forced to;
seems to me that he is whistling Dixie.
Should he not sue his lawyers for doing the same of
which he accuses the union?
Hey, it could mean that everybody is out to get him!
For a man that claims he wants to tell “his side” of the
story to his fans, etc., it seems he is doing everything pos-
sible not to.
Or is this going to put this off until maybe he thinks he
will get inducted to the Hall of Fame — hey, these guys
don’t lack egos! — and THEN he will tell us “his side of
the story?”
I know some have accused MLB of stooping to seedy
levels to get a seedy character — the “60 Minutes” inter-
view, for example — but the fact that the other 11 guys
that were suspended last summer took their medicine like
men — why didn’t they sue if there were real issues with
the facts? — tells me volumes about what MLB — and by
extension, its union — actually had on these guys.
Besides, isn’t this something that occurs in courtrooms
throughout America every day in the criminal justice sys-
6 – The Herald Thursday, January 16, 2014
See JAYS, page 7
Sommers has solid foundation to build on
Staff Writer
DELPHOS — It’s official.
Jefferson Athletic
Director Chris Sommers
has added the title head
football coach to his
expanding repertoire.
It was made official at
Monday night’s Delphos
City School District Board
of Education meeting.
He doesn’t figure to
have to do a major make-
over in the Wildcat grid-
iron program after taking
over for the resigned Larry
“Bub” Lindeman.
“We have a pretty good
foundation already laid. Bub and his
coaching staff did a nice job of doing
that over the years, as did previous
coaches, so I don’t have to start from
scratch,” Sommers explained. “They
really did a nice job with establishing
our system, letting the kids know what
they expect in the off-season and dur-
ing the season.
“We have started our off-sea-
son workouts and it’s typical stuff,
especially the lifting. I told the kids
Tuesday morning and they’ve gotten
right to work.”
Sommers is well aware of that
system, having been a player for the
Wildcats in the 1990s under Jim Morris
and a part of the last coaching staff.
A couple of holdovers
from the previous regime
will become part of the
new staff.
“Rusty Thompson was
an assistant last year and
he will return. Jon Kroeger
was a junior high coach
last fall and he will move
up to varsity as the offen-
sive line coach,” Sommers
added. “Our high school
principal, John Edinger,
has also agreed to come
on board as an assistant. He
had head varsity experience
coaching at Spencerville, which should
be invaluable to me. We are looking for
a fourth member right now.”
Edinger was part of the hiring pro-
cess, along with Superintendent Kevin
“Normally, Chris would have been
part of the process but since he was
one that did apply, he couldn’t do so,”
Edinger said. “We followed the prop-
er protocol. We posted the opening
in-house. If we hadn’t received any
qualified applications that way, then
we would have posted it for outside
“We were hoping to promote from
within and fortunately, we received
qualified applications. We then went
through the interview process and we
agreed Chris was a good fit. The board
had final approval.”
For Edinger, it’s a good hire.
“One, he is qualified to coach var-
sity football; he’s got the experience
and we feel he is ready to be a head
varsity coach; he knows the amount
of time it takes for football,” Edinger
added. “Two, he knows the system,
the kids and the community and he
has great people skills, which suits
him well to coach. We feel comfort-
able that we didn’t have to go outside
the system
or make
a ton of
c h a n g e s .
Bub and his
staff did a
great job
of keep-
ing things
going in
a positive
d i r e c t i o n
and we can
build on
Oh, no — not again! Have mercy!
Record number of underclassmen
entering NFL draft
Associated Press
South Carolina defen-
sive end Jadeveon Clowney
and Texas A&M quarterback
Johnny Manziel headline a
record number of underclass-
men entering the NFL draft
heading into Wednesday
night’s deadline.
At least 90 players
who had college eli-
gibility remaining are
expected to enter the
draft, shattering last
year’s record number
of 73.
“It’s a humon-
gous number, so
the first reaction is it makes
you step back a little bit,”
said NFL Network draft ana-
lyst Daniel Jeremiah, a for-
mer scout with the Baltimore
Ravens, Cleveland Browns and
Philadelphia Eagles. “What
I’m hearing is that the agents
always have to make the sales
pitch to get these to come out.
This year, what I’ve been told
is the sales pitch is that all your
money right now is coming
from the second contract, so
you need to come out early
so you can get to that sec-
ond contract a year earlier …
and apparently it’s been pretty
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
released a mock draft
Wednesday in which
23 of the 32 first-
round picks were early
entries. Kiper had
Manziel going first
overall and included
Clowney, UCF quar-
terback Blake Bortles
and Clemson wide
receiver Sammy Watkins as
top-five picks. Jeremiah’s list
of the top 50 draft prospects
includes early entries in the
top three spots: Clowney at
No. 1, Watkins at No. 2 and
Auburn offensive tackle Greg
Robinson at No. 3.
Browns’ owner details coaching search in letter
Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Browns’ owner
Jimmy Haslam is asking Cleveland fans to
be patient as he looks to replace the coach
he fired after one season.
With criticism growing as the search
drags on, Haslam sent a letter to fans
Wednesday in which he explained the
Browns’ “methodical” hunt for a “strong
Haslam fired Rob Chudzinski
last month following a 4-12 sea-
son, forcing the Browns to look
for their seventh full-time coach
since 1999 and fourth in six
The owner wrote the team has spoken
to a “number of outstanding candidates”
and indicated he and CEO Joe Banner will
meet with assistant coaches currently in the
NFL playoffs.
“We have purposefully been very
methodical in our approach,” Haslam wrote
in the letter released by the team and posted
on its website. “We believe it is very impor-
tant to stay disciplined to this process and
to interview all of the candidates on our
list. We are strongly committed to finding
the right person to coach the Cleveland
The Browns were the first team to fire
a coach after the season and they’ll be the
last to hire one now that the Minnesota
Vikings are completing a contract with
former Cincinnati defensive
coordinator Mike Zimmer, who
interviewed for the Cleveland
opening a year ago.
When Chudzinski was dis-
missed, Haslam made it clear
the Browns would take as long
as needed to find a “proven winner.” But
as days turned to weeks and several candi-
dates took jobs elsewhere or other names
surfaced and were quickly dismissed, a
perception took hold that the front office
was not on the same page.
There have also been rumblings that the
Browns have been spurned by candidates
and are fixated on hiring Denver offensive
coordinator Adam Gase.
Haslam’s unexpected letter seemed to
be the team’s attempt to quell some of the
outside noise.
Cleveland has interviewed six known
candidates and the team intends to meet
with Gase when the Broncos’ season ends.
Gase was the first candidate contacted by
the Browns after Chudzinski was let go.
The 35-year-old Gase told the Browns and
Vikings he wanted to wait until after the
Although Gase appears to be the front-
runner, there’s no guarantee he’ll be hired by
the Browns — or if he even wants the job.
Gase’s interview will likely take place
soon after the Broncos are finished playing.
That could be as soon as Sunday or as late
as Feb. 3, if Denver advances to the Super
Haslam wrote the Browns, who haven’t
been to the AFC playoffs since 2002, will
remain patient.
MLBPA: Rodriguez sought ‘extraordinary remedies’
Associated Press
NEW YORK — A Major
League Baseball Players
Association lawyer says Alex
Rodriguez wanted the union
to pursue “extraordinary rem-
edies” outside of arbitration
to stop attempts to discipline
the New York Yankees third
Attorney Daniel
Engelstein made the com-
ment Wednesday as he urged
that two Rodriguez lawsuits
in Manhattan federal court be
combined into a single case.
The court did not immediately
Engelstein said Rodriguez
accused the MLBPA of act-
ing arbitrarily “by not com-
plying with Mr. Rodriguez’s
demands that the union pursue
extraordinary remedies out-
side of the arbitration process
to ‘stand up’ to MLB and to
stop it from acting in a manner
Mr. Rodriguez characterized
as improper.”
Rodriguez sued the Major
League Baseball
and the union on
Monday in an
effort to over-
turn an arbitra-
tor’s decision
last weekend
suspending the
3-time AL MVP
for the 2014 sea-
son and postsea-
son for violations
of the sport’s
drug agreement
and labor contract.
Arbitrator Fredric
Horowitz found Rodriguez
used three banned substances
each year from 2010-12 and
made two attempts to obstruct
MLB’s investigation of the
Biogenesis of America anti-
aging clinic.
In October, Rodriguez
sued the league and Selig,
saying he had been the target
of a “witch hunt” by baseball
and Selig.
R o d r i g u e z
attorney Jordan
Siev said in
papers filed
Wednesday that
the cases should
remain separate
because each
action involves
different facts and
there is no risk of
inconsistent rul-
ings or conflict-
ing orders.
MLB lawyer
Howard Ganz in papers of his
own urging consolidation of
the lawsuits said there was sub-
stantial factual overlap and the
same or substantially similar
parties, property, transactions
and events. MLB removed the
October suit to federal court
and filed a motion to dismiss
it; Rodriguez filed a motion to
remand it back to New York
State Supreme Court. Both
motions are pending.
Clark: MLB Players
won’t allow deals to be
voided: New baseball union
head Tony Clark says play-
ers won’t agree to terminat-
ing contracts as part of dis-
cipline for drug violations.
Clark took over as
executive director of the
MLBPA following the
death of Michael Weiner
in November and expects
talks on possible changes
to the drug agreement to
start before spring training.
Commissioner Bud Selig
proposed last March that
drug penalties be toughened
but Weiner had said any
alterations would be dis-
cussed for the 2014 season.
See MUSINGS, page 7
Blue Jays grapple
past Bulldogs
St. John’s junior Wes Buettner won the battle of state-
ranked wrestlers when he tech-falled Dylan Hannah of Ada
17-1 Wednesday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. (Delphos
Herald/Larry Heiing)
Beavers drop 2 to DC
By Adriane Bruner
Sports information assistant
DEFIANCE — The Bluffton University women’s bas-
ketball team was looking to build on the momentum gained
from back-to-back victories over Mount St. Joseph and
Hanover but Defiance had other plans as the Jackets used a
39-30 advantage in the second half to upend Bluffton 70-61
on Wednesday.
The visitors fell to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Defiance improved to
5-9 and 2-5 in the HCAC with the Yellow Jackets’ first home
victory of the season.
Six straight points from freshman post Kelsey Tietje to
open the game helped Defiance to a quick 6-3 lead over the
visitors at the 17:04 mark. Bluffton
responded with a Brooke Ruffer
jumper in the paint before fel-
low sophomore Taylor Knight put
Bluffton up 8-6 with a deep triple.
The Beavers opened a 19-13
lead on the strength of five points from Taylor Whitaker
and a Kaitlyn Pennekamp trifecta. Five straight points from
Defiance pulled the home team within one but a pair of
Knight freebies made the score 21-18 with 8:18 to play in the
half. Triples by Pennekamp and Belicia Cooper put Bluffton
on top 31-27. However, Defiance scored the final four points
of the half to make it 31-31 at the break.
The Beavers came back to the court ready to go as
Ruffer put the first points on the board in the second half.
However, Defiance responded again with another bucket for
Tietje followed immediately by a Yellow Jacket steal and a
jumper from Megan Zachrich and another layin by Tietje.
The Beavers pulled back within striking distance several
times throughout the half before knotting it at 47 following a
jumper by Knight.
See BEAVERS, page 7
See NFL, page 7
Thursday, January 16, 2014 The Herald — 7
Peyton Manning very
good at second chances
Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — From rematch-
es to revivals to redemption, it’s not a good
idea to bet against Peyton Manning when it
comes to second chances.
He has 97 touchdown throws since hook-
ing up with John Elway in Denver two
years ago after the Indianapolis Colts released
him when neck troubles clouded his football
After dispatching San Diego Sunday on
the anniversary of last year’s crushing loss
to Baltimore in eerily similar circumstances,
Manning stands one win from
a shot at becoming the first
quarterback to win Super Bowls
with two franchises.
Standing in his way are Tom
Brady and the New England
Patriots, who beat the Broncos
34-31 in overtime in November.
Thing is, it’s been six years
since Manning lost a rematch to
a team that beat him earlier in
the season.
The Broncos (14-3) lost just
once at home this season, when
they became the highest-scoring
team in the Super Bowl era, pro-
pelled by Manning’s record 55 TD throws
and 5,447 yards through the air.
That was back on Dec. 12, when they
were upset by San Diego, a loss they avenged
Sunday by beating the Chargers 24-17.
The last time Manning lost twice in a row
to the same team was in 2007, when the Colts
lost 23-21 at San Diego in November and
then dropped a 28-24 heartbreaker at home in
the wild-card playoffs.
Since then, Manning has won five straight
rematches, including the AFC championship
against the Jets 30-17 following the 2009
season, avenging a 29-15 loss in Week 16 that
ended Indy’s shot at a perfect season.
It took a vintage performance from
Manning on Sunday to keep that streak going.
After controlling the game for 3½ quar-
ters, the Broncos allowed 17 fourth-quarter
points after losing shutdown cornerback Chris
Harris Jr. to a torn ACL.
The Broncos were facing third-and-17
from their own 20 with three minutes left
and Rivers loosening up his right arm on the
Chargers sideline, ready for his chance to tie
this one just like the Ravens had a year earlier
on their way to a 38-35 win in
“It was deja vu,” Elway, now
the Broncos’ executive vice
president, said on his weekly
podcast on the team’s website
As Manning took the snap
and stepped up, the pocket
began to collapse around him
but he spotted tight end Julius
Thomas open along the Broncos
sideline. The pass was perfect,
as was Thomas’ tap dance until
his momentum took him out of
bounds at the 41.
Then, on third-and-6 from his 45, Manning
hit Thomas for a 9-yard gain over the middle
with 2:12 left.
A year ago, then-offensive coordinator
Mike McCoy called for a run by undersized
Ronnie Hillman on third-and-7 at about the
same point in the game, which in turn led
to Joe Flacco’s 70-yard touchdown heave
to Jacoby Jones over Rahim Moore with 31
seconds left.
This was the ultimate second chance and
Manning made good on it.
Seahawks don’t see
problems with offense
Associated Press
RENTON, Wash. — Russell
Wilson and the Seahawks
offense haven’t exactly pro-
duced impressive numbers dur-
ing the past month.
But ask Wilson
and coach Pete
Carroll if there
are worries head-
ing into Sunday’s
NFC champion-
ship game against
San Francisco and,
while they say
they would like to
see more consis-
tency, they say the
numbers aren’t the
important thing.
“We’re always
looking for more
and he is too and all that,”
Carroll replied. “But as long
as our football team is playing
well and we’re playing within
the formula and we’re playing
good defense, we’re running
the football, we’re playing on
(special) teams, and we’re tak-
ing care of the ball and getting
it, we’re going to have a really
good chance to win. And that’s
what’s most important to us.
It’s not about the stats and all
Seattle advanced to the NFC
championship game despite
getting a career-low passing
performance from Wilson,
who threw for 103 yards in the
Seahawks’ 23-15 win over the
Saints. It was the fourth time in
the past five games that Wilson
failed to top 200 yards passing
and the Seahawks had less than
300 yards of total offense.
The Seahawks were helped
by a huge day from Marshawn
Lynch, running for 140 yards and
two touchdowns
in his best game
since Week 10.
And the passing
numbers against
New Orleans
were skewed by
the awful weather
conditions with
strong winds and
heavy rain making
throwing the foot-
ball a challenge.
But the lack of
consistency by the
passing game versus
New Orleans, against a team
Wilson had carved up earlier in
the season, only heightened fan
worries heading into Sunday.
“We’ve played some real-
ly good defenses and they’ve
made some plays. There’s defi-
nitely room for improvement,
especially on my part and that’s
the thing I look forward to every
week,” Wilson said. “I always
think I can get better and there’s
tons of throws in there that I can
make and I know I will make.
So I have no worry about that. I
think the ultimate goal is for us
to win football games and to be
explosive and make the clutch
play when we need to make the
clutch play.”
Ultimately, it’s Wilson’s job
to be a caretaker of the ball
and not take undue risks in
the passing game. That’s what
Carroll wants from his quar-
terback and Wilson follows,
sometimes to the point of frus-
tration by fans. Carroll was
asked this week if he thought
Wilson was being too conser-
“No, I really haven’t,” he
Carroll believes that because
being too aggressive can some-
times lead to turnovers and no
one values possession more
than Seattle. That’s why the
Seahawks led the NFL this sea-
son with a plus-20 turnover dif-
ferential — they were extreme-
ly aggressive on defense and
cautious on offense.
“I never play scared. I never
have, I never will,” Wilson
added. “I think that for me,
in terms of decision-making,
I always try to make the smart
What Seattle has really
been missing over the past five
weeks is the ability to establish
a passing game down the field
beyond intermediate routes.
According to information
from STATS Inc., Seattle has
completed just 2-of-16 passes
with one touchdown and two
interceptions on passes that
have traveled more than 21
yards in the past five games.
Even the intermediate passing
game of throws between 11
and 20 yards is lacking, with
Wilson going 13-of-24.
Schuerholz optimistic
expanded replay this year
Associated Press
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — The head of the committee that
developed Major League Baseball’s plan to expand instant replay says
he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though
owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve.
Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said that because
of the complexities, he expects the system will need three years
of use to resolve problems that develop.
The plan would give managers the right to challenge most
calls except balls and strikes, with one challenge allowed in the
first six innings and two from the seventh inning on. A success-
ful challenge would not count against the limits.
Schuerholz said he was uncertain whether owners would
vote on the proposal during today’s meeting. Owners always
could vote later by telephone.
Schuerholz expects the umpires’ and players’ union to go
along with the plan.
“There’s been a great deal
of dialogue,” he said, “and our
anticipation is that both of our
partners will be willing and
ready to go forward.”
The new executive director
of the players’ association, Tony
Clark, also sounded optimistic about expansion of video review.
“It’s been a challenge to try to navigate how best we do this
without disrupting the game itself,” Clark said in an interview
with The Associates Press. ‘Our guys are very concerned with
making sure the game stays the same.”
Speaking Wednesday at the hotel where the owners were
attending a quarterly meeting, Schuerholz said the replay
expansion should enhance the sport.
“We are in uncharted waters,” he said. “But behind all of this
and buttressing all of this we should remember that in the doing
of this, managers will be given an opportunity that they’ve never
had in the history of the game and that is to challenge a play and
perhaps have it reversed, and perhaps have that reversal benefit
their team, and win a game that might win a division that might
get them into a playoff. And who knows from there?”
Schuerholz has been joined on the replay committee by
former managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, both current
MLB executives. Scheurholz agreed with Clark that there will
be adjustments after the system is put in place.
“We feel like we’ve worked through this process in as much detail
as possible,” Schuerholz added. “We realize the further we get in, the
complexities involved. And that’s what’s taken time. There will prob-
ably be complexities that show themselves that we might not have dealt
with. But as I keep telling everyone, this is a 3-year rollout. … This is
uncharted territory for us — and for the industry and for the managers
and for the replay officials and for the umpires. For everyone.”
(Continued from page 6)
Whether he actually plays this year is another matter: I think
the Yankees are trying to do everything they can to get out
of the remnants of this albatross of a contract — $61 million
for the final three seasons — for a guy that hasn’t really been
“worth it” for how many years.
Everything I have read about this case suggests that he
won’t have much of a chance of success at the federal court
level, though who knows sometimes.
Of course, he may end up suing them, too, if they don’t
come down on his side!
If the Yankees do end up releasing him after figuring out
all the stuff involved to satisfy all parties, do you think any
general manger will have a hole in his head big enough to sign
this pariah and headache waiting to happen — for that salary
at the breaking-down age of 38?
I kind of wonder if when he does retire, will be eligible for
Cooperstown. After all, MLB has more or less termed him a
cheat for violating its pact with the union, for which they have
the proof.
Of course, by then we will have another commissioner but
when you consider the other main guys associated with the
Steroids Era on the ballot — whose voting percentages for the
Hall keep going down — his chances for election are probably
slim and none.
To me, if all this shakes out as I think it should, he shouldn’t
even be on the ballot — but that is for another column.
(Continued from page 6)
St. John’s was already wrestling
without Gunnar Lucius and Nate
Schroeder due to injuries and Evyn
Pohlman and Andrew Shawhan due to
sickness, then lost Evan Mohler due to
a medical default in his match against
Tyler Rockhill.
Blue Jay Justin Siefker won the 138-
pound match by forfeit and gave St.
John’s an 18-6 lead in team points.
Brett Vonderwell continued his
impressive freshman season with a reg-
ular decision victory over Ada’s Matt
Higgins 9-2. Senior Austin Martin won
with a void at 152 pounds and the Blue
Jays led 27-6 heading into the final three
tough matches.
“Brett went out and beat another
upperclassmen,” Sterling said. “He is
wrestling aggressively this year, which
is impressive for a freshman.”
Alex Haunhorst faced a tough oppo-
nent in the 160-pound matchup. He was
down 4-1 but seemed ready to take con-
trol of the match when Austin Weindel
turned him for the quick pin.
In the battle of state-ranked wrestlers
at 170 pounds, Wes Buettner made a
strong statement why he is ranked near
the top with a 17-1 tech-fall victory
over Dylan Hannah. Buettner nearly
had Hannah pinned at the end of the
first period when the clock expired, then
continued to be on the attack and scored
enough points to seal the win early in
the second.
Ada gained valuable team points
winning the voided 182 and 195 weight
classes and cut into the team score 32-24
with only one match remaining.
St. John’s junior wrestler Austin
Schulte appeared to dominate the first
period of the battle at 220 pounds but
had no points to show for it, trailing 5-0.
Getting a reversal for two points in the
second and an escape with a takedown
tied the score at 5. Schulte finally fin-
ished his comeback with a pin of Ada’s
Brady Pitney at the 1:22 mark.
After the match, Sterling added
“Austin’s performance was the big-
gest surprise of the evening. He handed
Pitney only his second loss of the year,
so it was a big win for us.”
The Blue Jays ended up winning five
of the seven contested matches.
The next action for the Blue Jay grap-
plers will be Saturday and Sunday at
the Catholic Invitational Tournament at
Cleveland State University.
ST. JOHN’S 38, ADA 24
106- double void
113- Avery Martin (SJ) pinned Devon
120- double void
126- Patrick Stevenson (SJ) pinned
Nathan Price
132- Tyler Rockhill (A) medical def.
over Evan Mohler
138- Justin Siefker (SJ), void
145- Brett Vonderwell (SJ) dec. Matt
152- Austin Martin (SJ), void
160- Austin Weindel (A) pinned Alex
170- Wes Buettner (SJ) tech falled
Dylan Hannah
182- Noah Beach (A), void
195- Jarod Woodland (A), void
220- Austin Schulte (SJ) pinned
Brady Pitney
285- double void
(Continued from page 6)
Defiance started to pull ahead with about four minutes left.
Whitaker tried to keep the Beavers in the game with a 3-point
shot with just under three minutes remaining but the Yellow
Jackets stemmed the tide and clinched it with 7-of-8 at the
stripe to end the night in a disappointing 70-61 loss for the
Whitaker kept Bluffton in the game with a team-high 19
points on 8-of-10 shooting at the line. She also picked up three
of Bluffton’s 15 steals. Ruffer was 5-of-10 for 12 points, while
Knight and Pennekamp were both in double figures with 11
and 10 markers, respectively. Pennekamp picked up a career-
high five steals. Rachel Beining (Ottoville) was tough on the
glass, pulling down eight boards.
Bluffton struggled to a 21-of-62 shooting night from the
field (33.9 percent) while DC was a blistering 28-of-44 (63.6
percent). Both teams found the sledding difficult outside the
arc. The Beavers went 5-of-19 (26.3 percent), compared to just
1-of-9 (11.1 percent) for the victors. Bluffton forced Defiance
into 26 turnovers (12 for the Beavers) but the Yellow Jackets
doubled up the visitors on the boards (42-21).
The Beavers will be looking to get back on the winning
track Saturday when they travel to Transylvania for a meet-
ing with the HCAC-leading Pioneers. The women’s contest is
slated for 2 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.
In the nightcap, the Yellow Jacket men made it a clean
sweep with a 55-42 victory to improve to 10-4 (5-2 HCAC).
The Beavers fall to 6-8 (2-5).
Defiance placed two in double digits: Bernard Edwards
with 16 and Ryan Hicks 14.
The Beavers’ Will Pope scored 15 points and went over
the 1,000-point mark early in the second half. Billy Taflinger
(LCC) added 10 and Ryan Ebbeskotte (Spencerville/Delphos
Jefferson) tacked on six.
Defiance College won the shooting battle 46.3 percent
(20-of-54, including 4-of-13 beyond the arc) to 36.4 percent
(16-of-44, 3-of-13 from deep).
BU was 7-0f-10 at the line (70%) to 1-of-5 for DC (20%).
The Beavers won the turnover battle 10-11 but got belted
on the glass 37-23, including a 15-7 deficit on the offensive
glass. Pope added six and Ebbeskotte Thayne Recker had four
apiece. Ebbeskotte and Pope added three assists each, with
Taflinger grabbing three steals.
Wade Wooley led all rebounders — and the Jackets — with
13 and Edwards added seven.
The Beaver men take on Transylvania at 4 p.m. Saturday as
part of a doubleheader.
(Continued from page 6)
“It’s going to be a huge number of
underclassmen that go high and have long
careers,” Jeremiah added. “And there are
going to be some other guys who don’t
get drafted and will be in a tough spot and
would have been better served to go back
to school. It works both ways.”
Here’s a position-by-position break-
down of some of the early entries at each
QUARTERBACK: Manziel, Bortles
and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater are all
projected first-round picks. Although the
6-1 Manziel lacks the size of Bortles and
Bridgewater, the 2012 Heisman Trophy
winner played tougher competition in the
Southeastern Conference. Jeremiah ranks
Manziel as his No. 7 overall prospect,
with Bridgewater 10th and Bortles 22nd.
Kiper’s mock draft has Bridgewater get-
ting taken eighth. Wyoming’s Brett Smith
isn’t regarded as highly as the other three
quarterbacks but could get chosen later in
the draft.
RUNNING BACK: Auburn’s Tre
Mason boosted his stock by rushing for
663 yards against Alabama, Missouri
and Florida State over his final three
games. Jeremiah rates Mason 47th over-
all and second among running backs,
behind Ohio State senior Micah Hyde.
Other notable running backs to enter the
draft include Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey,
Washington’s Bishop Sankey, Oregon’s
De’Anthony Thomas, LSU’s Jeremy Hill,
UCF’s Storm Johnson and Florida State
teammates Devonta Freeman and James
Wilder Jr.
WIDE RECEIVER: The impact of
underclassmen on the draft is perhaps
most evident at wide receiver. Kiper’s
mock draft has seven early entry receiv-
ers going in the first round: Watkins,
Texas A&M’s Mike Evans (13), Southern
California’s Marqise Lee (18), Florida
State’s Kelvin Benjamin (22), Oregon
State’s Brandin Cooks (28), LSU’s Odell
Beckham Jr. (30) and Penn State’s Allen
Robinson (32). Jeremiah has nine listed
among his top 50 overall prospects. And
that doesn’t factor in the available tight
ends. Kiper has North Carolina tight end
Eric Ebron going 16th overall and Texas
Tech’s Jace Amaro 29th.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Robinson has par-
layed a breakthrough season at Auburn
into a likely top-10 selection in the
draft. Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and
Tennessee’s Antonio “Tiny” Richardson
could join him in the first round.
DEFENSIVE LINE: The headliner
here is Clowney, who may have the most
upside of any prospect regardless of posi-
tion. Florida State tackle Timmy Jernigan
also is a potential top-10 pick. Notre Dame
teammates Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt,
as well as Missouri’s Kony Ealy, could
both get taken in the first round. Florida
tackle Dominique Easley was playing at
an All-America level this fall before tear-
ing his anterior cruciate ligament.
LINEBACKER: Ohio State’s Ryan
Shazier is rated as the No. 31 overall
prospect by Jeremiah. Other lineback-
ers turning pro early include Florida’s
Ronald Powell, California’s Khairi
Fortt, Alabama’s Adrian Hubbard and
Connecticut’s Yawin Smallwood.
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role. Emerson is a graduate
of Drake University in Des
Moines, Iowa, where he
earned a degree in theater
arts. He met his wife, Carrie
Preston, during a production
of “Hamlet” in Alabama.
They married in 1998.
Preston plays the waitress
Arlene on “True Blood.”
Emerson has expressed
interest in making a guest
appearance on the show.
Q: I watched a television
show years ago called “My
Friend Tony.” It was about a serviceman who
befriended a young man from Italy. Do you
have any information about the years the show
was on the air and the actors who were in
the cast? I believe the serviceman was James
Whitmore, who has since passed away. I can
never find any information about the actor who
played Tony. -- V.D., Peoria, Ill.
A: “My Friend Tony” aired for one season
-- 16 episodes -- in 1969. You are right: James
Whitmore played professor John Woodruff.
Whitmore died in 2009 at age 87. Italian
actor Enzo Cerusico played Tony Novello. He
passed away in 1991 at age 53.
(Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All
at or c/o Universal
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Carrie Preston
Thursday, January 16, 2014 The Herald - 9
By Bernice Bede Osol
Decluttering not
just for older folks
Dear Annie: In the past
fve years, my parents, in-laws
and an uncle passed away. My
uncle lived in the same house
for 40 years and kept every-
thing. I took off a lot of time
from work to go through his
mountains of paperwork and
paid a lot of money
to have his place
cleaned out. I’d like
to offer some ad-
If you are over
55 or in poor health,
please start declut-
tering your home
now. Even if you are
in good health, you
could have an ac-
cident or suddenly
become ill. Start
with one hour per
week and work on one closet
or room. Many charities will
pick up your unused, service-
able things. Organizations like
Habitat for Humanity desper-
ately need clean, decent furni-
ture and household items.
Trust me, your children
don’t want your old knick-
knacks. Save the family pho-
tos, and get your kids and
grandkids to come over and
pick out a few things they
will truly treasure. Make sure
you have a will and a list
somewhere of life insurance
policies, bank accounts and so
forth, and give a copy to your
lawyer or a trusted relative.
If there are family heirlooms,
include in your will who gets
Stop collecting stuff and
collect memories instead.
Visit your friends and rela-
tives while you can. Take that
special trip you’ve always
dreamed of. Don’t leave a
mess for those who care about
you the most. — No Clutter
Dear Nancy: Most people
fnd it overwhelming to go
through 40 years’ worth of
clutter, papers, knickknacks,
old clothing and what have
you. Your advice to start with
one hour in one closet or room
is smart, and we hope people
(of all ages) will add it to their
resolutions for the year. They
won’t regret it.
Dear Annie: Three months
ago, I was put in charge of
collecting money for a group
contribution. I put it in an
envelope in my house. I then
had to go on a trip. When I
returned, I searched high and
low for the envelope, and for
the life of me, I can’t fnd it.
Some were checks that may
expire soon.
I made good on the con-
tribution, so if I fnd the en-
velope, I can de-
posit the cash into
my own account
as reimbursement.
But I don’t know
what to do about
the checks. Should
I call those folks
and tell them I mis-
placed the money
and suggest they
stop payment, or
should I just let
them expire? I am
really embarrassed
about this. — Upset and Frus-
Dear Frustrated: You
must call and inform these
people that the checks were
misplaced. They can then de-
cide whether they want to stop
payment (for which there is
generally a bank charge) or
simply let the checks expire.
They may even choose to reis-
sue them in order to reimburse
you (provided they trust that
you won’t fnd and cash the
checks). Either way, be sure
to apologize for hiding them
so well that you can no longer
fnd them. If the checks turn up
later, return them to the givers.
Those people who have not
already done so should then
reimburse you, because you
covered their costs out of your
own pocket.
Dear Annie: I read the let-
ter from “The Bride,” whose
soon-to-be sister-in-law, “Jes-
sie,” sounds like my young-
est sister. She has disrupted
the lives of her family since
she was 12. She caused such
a scene at our father’s funeral
that she stopped the service.
In her early 20s, she was diag-
nosed as bipolar. She refuses
counseling and medication.
I sympathize with Jessie’s
family, but if she’s like my
sister, her behavior at the wed-
ding will depend on her unpre-
dictable mental state. The best
course of action is to exclude
her from public events. She
won’t be happy about it, but
she will never be happy until
her disorder is controlled. —
Sad but True
Annie’s Mailbox
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emotion or consternation. Make your
choice and stick to your plan. Avoid
excess as well as people who are
too demanding or entitled. Stay close
to those who share your concerns,
interests and beliefs. Invest in
yourself and your talents.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) -- Keep a close watch on your
situation today. Not everyone will play
by the same rules. There is a good
reason for your uncertainty -- tread
carefully. A last-minute change must
not be allowed to ruin your plans.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
-- Get whatever is troubling you out
in the open. Discuss your thoughts,
plans and intentions. The more direct
you are, the surer you will become of
the path you have chosen.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) --
You will not see your situation clearly.
Don’t be fooled by compliments
or someone using gestures of
friendliness to ferret out personal
information. Protect your reputation
and your secrets.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) --
Accept the inevitable, but don’t initiate
change. Keep your eyes wide open
and listen for any changes that might
affect your status or your position.
Help your peers and form beneficial
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
-- Broach personal subjects with
caution. Showing compassion and
understanding will help you ease
into a situation that has the potential
to turn emotional. Be willing to
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Deal with a fraught situation while
you have the chance. Make changes
or offer assistance, and things will be
easier when you need a favor or aid
in return.
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Get together with someone you love.
Sharing stories will help you build a
closer bond, as well as enlighten
you regarding your family or cultural
background. Make travel plans.
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let added responsibilities get you
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chores out of the way, the sooner you
will be able to enjoy a change of pace
and space.
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Find out all you can about things
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wide variety of options to consider
and pursue.
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and pastimes. An interest in an
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In 1981, “Sugar” Ray
Leonard unified boxing’s
middleweight title by
knocking out Tommy Hearns
in the 13th round of a bout
in an outdoor arena at the
Caesar’s Palace casino in Las
Answers to Wednesday’s questions:
To flee an enemy, a lobster swims backward, unable to
see where it is going. When threatened, a lobster faces its
enemy or perceived danger and then propels itself blindly
backward through the water by snapping its abdomen and
powerful tail.
Car owners were required to put their initials on home-
made license plates when New York became the first state
to mandate them in 1901. New York required them but did
not issue them.
Today’s questions:
What crucial role did Boston’s Green Dragon Tavern
play in U.S. history?
What words from Genesis are said as ashes are applied
to a worshipper’s forehead during lent?
Answers in Friday’s Herald.
The Outstanding National Debt as of 10 p.m. Thursday
was $17,290,397,240,249.
The estimated population of the United States is
317,449,232, so each citizen’s share of this debt is
The National Debt has continued to increase an aver-
age of $2.59 billion per day since Sept. 30, 2012.
10 – The Herald Thursday, January 16, 2014
Suspect’s family ‘heartbroken’
over New Mexico shooting
Associated Press
ROSWELL, N.M. — The 12-year-
old boy who opened fire on a crowd of
students in a New Mexico middle school
gym had planned the attack and warned
some classmates to stay away moments
before the gunfire rang out, investigators
said Wednesday.
State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said it
appeared the victims in Tuesday’s shoot-
ing at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell
— an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl
— were chosen randomly.
The shotgun used by the boy came
from his family’s home, and he had three
rounds of ammunition, Kassetas said at a
news conference.
“All three rounds were expended dur-
ing the incident,” the police chief said.
“There was no indication that he had any
ammunition other than what was loaded
in the gun.”
He declined to speculate on a motive.
The 11-year-old boy who was shot in
the face and neck remained in critical con-
dition Wednesday at University Medical
Center in Lubbock, Texas. The 13-year-
old girl, identified Kendal Sanders, was in
satisfactory condition with injuries to the
right shoulder. The family of the injured
boy has asked that his name be withheld
while he recovers.
Meanwhile, the suspected shooter’s
family issued a statement Wednesday say-
ing they were heartbroken and that their
remorse could not be put into words. They
said the two children who were injured
have been in their thoughts and prayers.
“We are horribly sad over this tragedy
on so many levels,” the family stated. “We
are praying that God will be with everyone
who has been affected.”
The family added it will cooperate with
law enforcement to “piece together how
this awful tragedy occurred.”
Police have not released the boy’s
name, and The Associated Press typically
doesn’t identify juveniles who are accused
of crimes.
Police didn’t say when charges would
be filed, only that they were working
with the district attorney’s office. Kassetas
described the case as complex.
He said investigators worked through
the night executing search warrants at
the school, and determined through those
searches that the attack was planned. They
examined the boy’s locker and the duffel
bag the seventh-grader used to transport
the .20 gauge shotgun to school.
Kassetas said the handle of the gun was
sawed off so it had “more of a pistol grip.”
He added authorities had some indica-
tion that the boy verbally warned “select
students” about the attack as he arrived at
the school. Kassetas didn’t elaborate.
The shooting spurred a flood of 911
calls from students Tuesday morning. In
some, screaming could be heard in the
The shooting was over in 10 seconds,
officials said, after the boy fired at the
ceiling, the floor and then the students. An
eighth-grade social studies teacher, John
Masterson, then stepped in and talked
the boy into dropping his weapon.
Masterson and other teachers were
lauded for taking quick action that
authorities said would’ve saved lives
had the boy had more ammunition, or
had there been another gunman.
Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon
said all the schools in the county, public
and private, undergo regular training for
dealing with “active shooters.”
“The teachers and the staff at
Berrendo knew exactly what to do,”
Coon said. “They went into their lock-
down. They followed the way they were
taught. If there would have been more
than one young man roaming the halls,
there would have been minimal dam-
age because they locked that down so
Apple will refund at
least $32.5M in app case
Kids gleefully snapped up vir-
tual pet food, gems or other
items while playing games on
their mobile devices, while the
bills from Apple Inc. mounted,
often without parents’ knowl-
edge. Now, the tech giant has
agreed to refund the money.
Following tens of thou-
sands of consumer complaints,
the Federal Trade Commission
said Wednesday that Apple
will pay at least $32.5 million
to settle a federal case involv-
ing those in-app purchases.
Apple also must change its
billing practices to make it
more obvious that an actual
purchase is taking place dur-
ing the course of the game
or app.
Just how could a kid buy
these things without mom or
dad’s knowledge and run up
bills into the hundreds of dollars
or more?
A game-player wants to
advance to a new level or buy
coins, a chest of gems or treats
for a virtual pet. It takes a click,
and then the app asks for a
password. The child turns to a
parent, who punches it in.
But, according to the FTC
complaint, Apple did not always
make it clear that they were
buying something. Parents also
were not told that entering the
password started a 15-minute
clock during which kids could
make unlimited purchases with-
out any further action by an
adult, the agency said.
A single purchase generally
can range from 99 cents to $99,
the commission said.
One parent told the FTC that
her daughter had spent $2,600
in “Tap Pet Hotel,” in which
children can build their own
pet lodging. The game is free to
download and play, but it takes
in-app purchases for treats and
coins for the pets.
Others consumers reported
unauthorized purchases by chil-
dren totaling more than $500 in
the apps “Dragon Story” and
“Tiny Zoo Friends.”
“You cannot charge consum-
ers for purchases they did not
authorize,” said Edith Ramirez,
the commission chairwoman.
Apple will have until Mar.
31 to come up with a billing
system that ensures the compa-
ny obtains consumers’ informed
consent before billing them for
in-app purchases.
The settlement involves all
apps in which minors made
unauthorized purchases.
It addresses the same issue
raised in a class-action lawsuit
that Apple resolved last year.
In that case, Apple agreed to
contact 28 million of its app
customers to offer them a $5
store credit or a $30 cash refund
if their children had spent at
least that much money without
parental consent. The deadline
for filing a claim was Monday.
That settlement resulted in
about 37,000 claims, according
to a memo that Apple CEO Tim
Cook sent to company employ-
ees Wednesday to discuss the
FTC’s rebuke.
Homes lost to foreclosure hit 6-year low in 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of U.S. homes that
got started on the path to foreclosure fell last year to a low not
seen since before the high-flying days of the housing boom,
the latest evidence that the threat of foreclosures continues to
Lenders also took back the fewest number of homes last
year since 2007, at the dawn of the foreclosure crisis, foreclo-
sure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said today.
While foreclosures remain elevated in many populous
states, such as Florida, New York and California, they have
been steadily declining since the U.S. housing market and
economy began to rebound after years of decline.
The U.S. housing market has emerged from a deep slump,
aided by rising home prices, steady job growth and fewer
troubled loans dating back to the housing-bubble days.
Meanwhile, more homeowners are keeping up with their
mortgage payments.
That’s led to fewer homes entering the foreclosure pipeline.
Foreclosure starts totaled 747,728 last year. That’s down 33
percent from a year earlier and the lowest annual level since
2006, before the housing bubble burst.
All told, foreclosure starts fell in 37 states, including
California, Arizona, Colorado and Georgia, but posted annual
increases in 13 states, including Maryland, Arkansas, New
Jersey, Connecticut and New York, the firm said.
“Foreclosure starts are a leading indicator that we’re getting
back to normal, and those are back to normal, back to 2006
levels,” said Daren Blomquist, a vice president at RealtyTrac.
While also down sharply, completed foreclosures — when
a home ends up repossessed by a lender — have further to go
before returning to normal levels, Blomquist added.
Banks took back 462,970 U.S. homes last year, down 31
percent from 2012 and the lowest level since 2007, RealtyTrac
said. Foreclosures peaked in 2010 at 1.05 million and have
been declining ever since.
Completed foreclosures declined on an annual basis in
38 states, including California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia
and Michigan. They increased in a dozen states, including
Maryland, Arkansas, Washington, New York and Oklahoma.
As of December, more than 1.2 million properties nation-
wide were in some stage of the foreclosure process or owned
by banks, but not yet sold. That’s a decline of 19 percent from
a year earlier and 44 percent below their peak of more than 2.2
million homes in December 2010, the firm said.
Most of the homes in some stage of foreclosure are tied to
mortgages that were taken out between 2004 and 2008.
As 2013 drew to a close, Florida remained the nation’s
foreclosure hotbed. The state had 306,018 homes in some
stage of foreclosure or owned by banks in December. That
amounts to a quarter of the national total.
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“In 2014, test-takers will
need to reach a score of at least
150 on each of the four content
modules in order to be eligible
to receive a high school equiv-
alency credential,” Charlton
added. “There is no longer com-
pensation between the test mod-
ules to offset lower scores on
one module with higher scores
on another module as there was
on the 2002 test.”
He also said the score need-
ed for career- and college-readi-
ness has been established at 170
on a scale of 100 to 200 for each
“This score is based on
performance data of a national
sample of high school graduates
from the class of 2013 who par-
ticipated in the Standardization
and Norming study in the
summer of 2013,” Charlton
Charlton said each test-taker
can take the GED three times in
a year and the cost per individ-
ual section is $30 per each time.
“GEDTS (General
Educational Development
Testing Service) CREDIT
allows any test-taker who pre-
viously fails a test section the
opportunity to re-take that sub-
ject twice at a discounted cost
of $10,” Charlton added. “This
is for the 2014 computer-based
test only.”
For more information,
visit www.gedtestingser-
faqs#standardization. Check
out sample questions at www.
(Continued from page 1)
Fischer said she wanted to thank the
donor for his or her generosity.
She said she also experienced a
particularly funny situation. Fischer
explained that a woman wrote in and
said her daughter wanted the “Dynasty
Series” DVDs for Christmas.
“We thought it was the Dynasty tele-
vision series from the 1980s.” Fischer
chuckled. “So, we found the DVDs
online, delivered the gift to the family
and when the daughter opened them,
her mother said she had a perplexed
look on her face. It turned out, she
wanted the Duck Dynasty DVDs.”
Fischer said her helpers scurried
to find the Duck Dynasty DVDs and
deliver them to the family as soon as
“The Duck Dynasty DVDs were
much easier to locate than the 1980s
series,” Fischer affirmed.
Fischer said that so far, $47,500 has
been spent and has paid for 160 Chief
food gift cards, 153 fruit plates, 115
food boxes, 127 pairs of shoes, 14 beds
and all the gift items for the 148 fami-
lies and 349 children.
“Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul
put together 115 food boxes which cost
$1,000 and the 160 Chief gift cards
were $100 each,” Fischer said. “Phi
Delta Sorority paid for 161 pairs of
shoes that were given as gifts.”
There were also 17 used Christmas
trees — some refurbished by Brad and
Kent Hoenbrink — with lights and
decorations given to families, as well as
13 new bicycles donated by businesses
and private individuals.
In addition to the 14 beds bought
after Christmas for folks — box
springs, mattresses and frames pur-
chased through local businesses —
Fischer is in the process of buying new
bedding for them, one baby crib and
one toddler bed.
“Our promise is we spend what we
take in,” Fischer stated.
Fischer said there are so many peo-
ple to thank for their help with this
year’s drive.
“I want to thank Joan and Dennis
Pathoff, owners of Beckman’s Furniture
Store, for allowing us to use their build-
ing to store all the food and gifts and
use it as a delivery hub.”
Additionally, Fischer would like
to thank; Coach Greg Gossman and
members of the junior high basket-
ball team for helping with the set
up at Beckman’s building; all those
who helped make fruit plates, Arnie
Fischer, who heads up the fruit plate
crew and orders all the fruit needed;
Jim and Joan Weger; Alfred and Bob
Schmidt; Ken and Jeanne Looser; Patty
Hablitzel and Helen Marie Dickman,
who made the fruit plate tags from old
Christmas cards; the National Honor
Society students from Jefferson and
the St. John’s junior religion class for
volunteering their time to deliver gifts
and food; all the kids who helped with
the clean up at Beckman’s store, Ben,
Tyler, Mitchell, Ken G., Don G.; and a
number of husbands who also helped.
In a few weeks, Fischer and mem-
bers of the project will meet to analyze
what things went well, what things can
be improved on and strategize for this
next year’s drive.
“It takes a lot of work,” Fischer said
in a serious tone. “We’ll be ready to
Obama’s NSA announcements
just the starting point
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s blueprint for
overhauling the government’s sweeping surveillance program is
just the starting point. The reality is few changes could happen
quickly without unlikely agreements from a divided Congress and
federal judges.
The most contentious debate probably will be over the future of
the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records
from millions of Americans. In his highly anticipated speech on
Friday, Obama is expected to back the idea of changing the pro-
gram. But he’ll leave the specifics to Congress, according to U.S.
officials briefed on the White House review.
That puts key decisions in the hands of lawmakers who are at
odds over everything from whether the collections should continue
to who should house the data.
Even a widely supported proposal to put an independent privacy
advocate in the secretive court that approves spying on Americans
is coming under intense scrutiny. Obama has indicated he’ll back
the proposal, which was one of 46 recommendations he received
from a White House-appointed commission. But a senior U.S.
district judge declared this week that the advocate role was unnec-
essary, and other opponents have constitutional concerns about
whether the advocate would have standing to appear in court.
The uncertain road ahead raises questions about the practical impact
of the surveillance decisions Obama will announce in his speech at the
Justice Department. The intelligence community is pressing for the
core of the spy programs to be left largely intact, while privacy advo-
cates fear the president’s changes may be largely cosmetic.
House passes $1.1 trillion
bill to fund government
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1.1 trillion
spending bill for operating the government
until just before next fall’s election steamed
through the battle-weary House on Wednesday
over tepid protests from tea party conserva-
tives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore
painful cuts in domestic and defense programs
and show disaffected voters that Congress can
do its job.
The bill swept through the House on a 359-
67 vote and was on track for a big Senate vote
by week’s end. Republicans voted for the bill
by a 2 1/2-1 margin, and just three Democrats
were opposed.
The measure funds virtually every agency
of government and contains compromises on
almost every one of its 1,582 pages. It covers
the one-third of government spending subject
to annual decisions by Congress and the White
House, programs that have absorbed the brunt
of budget cuts racked up since Republicans
reclaimed control of the House three years ago.
Excluded are the giant benefit programs like
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food
stamps that run on autopilot and are increas-
ingly driving the government deeper into debt.
Tea party Republicans, chastened after
sparking a 16-day partial shutdown of the
government in October in a kamikaze attempt
to derail President Barack Obama’s health care
law, appeared resigned to the bill.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of
opposition,” one tea party leader, Rep. Raul
Labrador, R-Idaho, said before the vote. “The
die has been cast for the next year on budget
To buy time for the Senate debate, Congress
on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a
three-day funding bill in time to avert a sched-
uled shutdown at midnight. The Senate cleared
that measure by an 86-14 vote.
The bill increases core agency spending by
$26 billion over the fiscal 2013 year that began
Oct. 1, after last year’s automatic spending cuts
took them to $986 billion. But it’s $31 billion
less than Congress passed last March before
automatic cuts known as sequestration took
The Pentagon faces a tight squeeze even as
it avoids what would have been another $20
billion wave of automatic cuts. The Pentagon’s
core budget is basically frozen at $487 billion
after most accounts absorbed an 8 percent
automatic cut last year. Adding $6 billion to
Obama’s war request provides some relief to
readiness accounts, however, though active
duty troop levels would still be cut by 40,000
to 1.36 million. It includes $85 billion for
overseas military operations, a slight cut from
last year.
Domestic programs generally fare better
and are kept, on average, at levels agreed to
last year before the automatic cuts of 5 percent
kicked in across the board. Those broadly
applied cuts, called sequestration, were trig-
gered by Washington’s inability to follow up
a 2011 budget deal with additional deficit
Thousands of fish
dead in Nevada
marina mystery
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) —
State wildlife officials are
trying to figure out why all
the fish have died in a north-
ern Nevada marina where the
stocked fishery has flourished
since the man-made lake was
created nearly 15 years ago.
An estimated 100,000 trout,
bass and catfish have died over
the past month in the Sparks
Marina along U.S. Interstate 80
east of Reno, apparently the result
of a dramatic, unexplained drop in
dissolved oxygen levels, Nevada
Department of Wildlife spokes-
man Chris Healy said Wednesday.
Scientists say a bitter cold snap
could have caused oxygen-poor
waters to rise from the old rock
quarry’s bottom to the surface,
but they don’t understand what
sparked the massive die-off.
Fish biologists confirmed low
oxygen levels caused the death of
an estimated 3,000 fish in one cor-
ner of the lake in mid-December,
but Healy said they thought at the
time that the event was localized
and of limited impact. Since then,
they’ve been unable to detect
any live fish in the 77-acre lake.
Numerous dead fish have been
removed from the lake’s shore-
line, and Healy said it’s likely the
rest sank to the bottom.