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DAAG calls for entries for Photography Exhibit
The Delphos Area Art Guild will host its firstever Juried Photography Exhibit from March 7 through April 3. Categories include Photo Journalism, Landscape, Architecture, Portrait, Still Life, Black/White, Special Effects, Plant/Animals, Youth and the 2014 special category of “Beginnings.” Download prospectus online at www. delphosareaartguild. com. Entry form and fees are due by Feb. 22. A reception and award ceremony will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on March 7. Call 419-741-4118 for more information.
Winter blues more than the blahs
“There are changes in a person’s circadian rhythm, which triggers changes in a person’s appetite, weight, sleep patterns, moods; and basically, it alters many of the body’s functions,” Atkins stated. According to the National Institute of General Medical Science, circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. They are found in most living things, including animals, plants and many tiny microbes. The study of circadian rhythms is called chronobiology. The body’s master clock controls circadian rhythms — which are not biological clocks — and consists of a group of nerve cells in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN),
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Delphos, Ohio which controls the production of melatonin, a naturally-occurring hormone that makes humans sleepy. The SCN is located in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain above where the optic nerves — which relay information from the eyes to the brain — are located. The optic nerves send information about incoming light to the SCN. The result is, when there is less light, the SCN tells the brain to make more melatonin, leading to a drowsy feeling. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression and bipolar disorder. “It throws the whole body out of whack,” Atkins detailed. “It affects us biologically, mentally and spiritually.” See BLUES, page 10
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BY STEPHANIE GROVES Staff Writer email@example.com DELPHOS — Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the varying seasons of the year. The most common type is called winter-onset depression, which has symptoms that usually begin in late fall or early win-
ter and diminish by summer. A much less common type of SAD, known as summeronset depression, begins in the late spring or early summer and goes away by winter. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD and an addi-
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tional 10-20 percent experience a mild form of winteronset SAD, which is more common in women than in men. Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties Associate Director Philip Atkins said SAD can be a major depressive disorder with full-blown episodes lasting four to six weeks.
Jefferson posting coaching positions Jefferson has available coaching positions for the upcoming spring sports season: junior varsity baseball coach and boys varsity track coach. Contact Chris Sommers at firstname.lastname@example.org. org if interested. Jefferson hosting annual Wildcat Tournament Jefferson boys basketball coach Marc Smith and staff have scheduled the 9th annual Wildcat 4th-, 5th- and 6thGrade Tournament on April 4-6 (Friday thru Sunday) at Jefferson High School. There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. Entry fee for this event is $125. For more information, contact Ed Smith at (419) 236-4754 or Coach Smith at (419) 615-7233. TODAY Girls Basketball Jefferson at Lincolnview (NWC), 6 p.m. St. Henry at St. John’s (MAC), 6 p.m. Fort Jennings at Ottoville (PCL), 6 p.m. Columbus Grove at Spencerville (NWC), 6 p.m. Elida at Shawnee (WBL), 6 p.m. Bath at Van Wert (WBL), 6 p.m. Crestview at Paulding (NWC), 6 p.m. Wrestling Van Wert at O-G Quad, 6 p.m.
Mass Fatality training exercise helps responders before events occur
BY LINDSAY MCCOY DHI Correspondent email@example.com VAN WERT - A Mass Fatality Incident Response course provided by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and hosted by the Van Wert County EMA will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at Vantage Career Center. The deadline to apply for this informational course is Jan. 30. “This course is for any local agency or first responder who may have to deal with a mass fatality event,” said course organizer Barb Hoffman. “I encourage anyone who may have to deal with such an event to come and gain critical information essential to all responders.” This two-day course prepares local response personnel and other responsible agencies and professionals to handle mass fatalities effectively and to work with the survivors in an emergency or disaster. The course covers incident management, mass fatalities, planning before and operations during an incident, establishing a morgue, family assistance support operations and assistance from the federal government. This will be mainly an informational course but will also conclude with a table-top exercise with attendants playing out scenarios and working together to form a plan. “It is a very good course,” noted Hoffman, who attended a similar course with the same instructors in 2012. The free course is aimed at a wide audience, all of which may play a part in a mass fatality incident, including coroners, medical examiners, funeral directors, EMA, police and fire departments and EMS. Currently 57 people are signed up for the two-day course, and there
“Such an event could include a jet full of people crashing on approach to Fort Wayne International Airport, a greyhound bus crashing on US 30 or a pandemic causing hundreds of deaths in the community. We don’t want to wait until an event occurs to train our personnel.”
— Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy is exactly one week left to apply. Registration can be done at http://ema. ohio.gov/training.aspx by hovering a mouse over the Learning Management System and then clicking on Public Safety Training Campus Login. Create an account and then search for G386 and complete registration. This course is accepted for 14 hours of continuing education by the Ohio Board of Nursing. “We saw a need to address how a large-scale incident could occur in Van Wert County and how it would be dealt with,” said Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy. “Such an event could include a jet full of people crashing on approach to Fort Wayne International Airport, a greyhound bus crashing on US 30 or a pandemic causing hundreds of deaths in the community. We don’t want to wait until an event occurs to train our personnel.”
Putnam 4-H K-9 Club sets first meeting Feb. 2
BY NANCY KLINE DHI Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org PUTNAM COUNTY — Having a dog as a pet is more than just feeding and housing them. It is also about taking proper care of your dog and teaching it obedience. These are the things that are taught in the Putnam County 4-H K-9 Club. The county-wide program will host its first meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Pizza Hut in Ottawa. All Putnam County youth, ages 8(or in the third grade)-18 are eligible to join. Advisors for the club are Marcy Kraner and Crystal Dunlap. In addition to learning about the proper care and grooming for a dog, members learn basic training practices. The students are also taught about recognizing different dog breeds, their responsibilities as dog owners and other skills that are taught as basic 4-H skills. These life skills include responsibility, communication and leadership. Dunlap is in her second year
Members learn about dog care and obedience in 4-H K-9 club. They also have the opportunity to compete at the local and state fairs. (Putnam Sentinel file photo)
Areas of blowing and drifting snow this morning and wind chills -10 to -20. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs 10 to 15 and lows around -5. See page 2.
Regional Planning Commission talks about grant funding
BY KIRK DOUGAL Times Bulletin Publisher email@example.com in the coming year with an eye toward economic development in the represented areas. Under the Van Wert County Commissioners’ new economic development office, some of the focus has turned to finding available funding and utilizing those monies for improvements in the county. He told the representatives they have access to a grant search engine that would allow them to look for funding and he urged each of them to locate issues in their villages or townships that need addressed. He then asked them to bring forward those ideas so they can search as a group for solutions and the money to fix them. Miller reported she will be attending a webinar in the next few weeks as a part of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. This legislation refers to changes through FEMA of flood insurance and how it could affect local residents. It extended the National Flood Insurance Program for five years but also required significant reforms. However, there is still some uncertainty about how soon the reforms go into effect. Miller said they are still waiting on federal direction of a start date but that the program is slated to begin sometime in 2014. The commission also received a report on ongoing or recently completed grants: — The Formula Grant for Middle Point and the City of Van Wert are both completed. These projects involved work on Jackson Street in Middle Point and the handicap-accessible front entrance at the Van Wert City Municipal Building. — Neither the city or the county
as a 4-H advisor. She was a 4-H member growing up. “They can have any type or size of dog,” Dunlap said. “It doesn’t matter.” The “Dog Resource Handbook” that comes with membership in the 4-H obedience club teaches members about the characteristics of the dog, grooming, breeds, training techniques and obedience. The book also talks about health and nutrition for dogs. For more information, contact Dunlap at 419-203-9444 or call the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.
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VAN WERT - The Van Wert County Regional Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening with the election of 2 officers and a look forward to the rest 3 of the year on the agenda. The commission accepted the full 4 slate of officers recommended to serve 5 for 2014, including Commissioner 6-7 Todd Wolfrum as president, Jarret 8 Hammons as vice president, Cathie 9 Miller as secretary, Nancy Dixon as treasurer and three at-large members 10 on the executive committee: Jackie Marbaugh, Mike Jackson and Mary Beth Holtsberry. Wolfrum expressed an interest in seeing the commission move forward
were funded for the 2013 CHIP Grants. These would have included funds for homelessness prevention. — The 2013 Formula Grant and the 2013 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for Middle Point were funded and the environmental reviews have been completed. A release for all activities excluding Activity 7 (Water Facility Improvements) has been received. — All county monies under the Move Ohio Forward program have been utilized with a small amount remaining for use by the City of Van Wert. Move Ohio Forward funds the razing of uninhabitable houses. The next meeting of the commission is at 5 p.m. on April 15 at the commissioners office. The public is invited to attend.
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NY boy killed in fire hailed as hero for saving 6
PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said. Tyler Doohan was being called a hero by firefighters on Wednesday, two days after the early morning fire tore through the grandfather’s home in a trailer park in Penfield, killing the boy, his grandfather and his uncle. Six other relatives — four adults and children ages 4 and 6 — were rescued because of Tyler’s actions, officials said.
OBITUARY Attorneys: Brain-dead Robert A. ‘Bob’ woman’s fetus ‘abnormal’ Brinkman
DALLAS (AP) — The pregnant, braindead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family’s protests is carrying a fetus that is “distinctly abnormal,” attorneys for the woman’s husband said Wednesday. Marlise Munoz remains hooked up to machines in a Fort Worth hospital, while her husband and the hospital are locked in a court battle about whether to retain life support. The case has raised questions about end-oflife care and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus. The case has gotten the attention of groups on either side of the abortion debate, as antiabortion groups argue Munoz’s fetus deserves a chance to be born. Erick Munoz said his wife, a fellow paramedic, was clear with him before he found her unconscious on Nov. 26: If she ever fell into this kind of condition, pull life support. But John Peter Smith Hospital says it’s bound by state law that prohibits the withdrawal of treatment from a pregnant patient, although several experts interviewed by The Associated Press have said the hospital is misapplying the law. Munoz’s attorneys, Heather King and Jessica Hall Janicek, issued a statement Wednesday describing the condition of the fetus, now believed to be at about 22 weeks’ gestation. King and Janicek based their statement on medical records they received from the hospital. “According to the medical records we have been provided, the fetus is distinctly abnormal,” the attorneys said. “Even at this early stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined.” Aug. 18, 1932 Jan. 17, 2014 Robert A. “Bob” Brinkman, 81, of Tawas City, Mich., died Friday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Delphos to Joseph and Lenore Brinkman, who preceded him in death. Bob is survived by his companion, Ruth Coleman; daughter, Laurie (Rick) Rakestraw of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, JoAnn Klausing, Ruth Klima and Marge (Gene) Price; brother and sisters-in-law, Donna Brinkman, Gary (Delores) Whitford, Sherry Meske, Roger Whitford (Barb), Ronald Whitford (Susie), Larry (Kathy) Whitford, Bill (Sandy) Whitford, Dennis (Patti) Whitford and Terry (Jane) Whitford; three grandchildren, Jamie (Andrea) Rakestraw, Benji (Laura) Rakestraw and Amanda (Kevin) Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rakestraw, Ethan Rakestraw, Tess Rakestraw, Liliana Dillon and Owen Dillon; along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Whitford) Brinkman on Dec. 9, 2000; his brother, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Donald Klausing and Leonard Klima; and sisters-in-law, Kay Stephan and Fay Whitford. Bob served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service. He worked as an auto mechanic at Herb’s Auto and later at Zubek Motors. Bob enjoyed entertaining at the losco Medical Care Facility and the Senior Center for 20 years playing and singing and also participating in the senior band in Oscoda. He was known to many as “Uncle Bob” and he loved his country western music and was always found wearing a cowboy hat. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes. com.
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One Year Ago Members of Community Unity teamed up with students from UNOH and the local Roger’s Rangers Tuesday during Free Food On Us at the Delphos Eagles. Free Food On Us is a food distribution that serves families in the Delphos area who are in need. All food items are donated and delivered by the West Ohio Food Bank.
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25 Years Ago – 1989 Among those cutting noodles for the Delphos ParentTeacher Organization carnival Jan. 28 in the Middle School were Joyce Myers, Grace Jones, Leah Hohenbrink and Joan Allemeier. The carnival will feature a game room, a country store, an amateur show, variety show and junior high dance. Assisting with carnival plans are Lyle and Myrna Heller. Chairladies are Ruth Hammons and Susan Basinger. Bill Lloyd is in charge of publicity. The Super Bowl finally lived up to its name Sunday and Joe Montana lived up to his reputation as perhaps the best biggame player in pro football history. He drove San Francisco 92 yards in the final three minutes and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining that brought the 49ers a 20-16 victory over the gallant Cincinnati Bengals. After being humbled Friday night by Northwest Conference foe Crestview, the Wildcats bounced back with an impressive 77-56 win over Fort Jennings Saturday evening. The ‘Cats, led in scoring by Mike Minnig and Jon Boggs with 15 points each, raised their record to 7-6 overall. 50 Years Ago – 1964 Romus Brandehoff and Jack Whitaker were elected new members of the board of directors of Delphos Country Club, Inc., during the club’s annual dinner meeting held Wednesday
night at the Knights of Columbus club rooms. Five members were re-elected to the seven-man board. Named to serve again this year were Steve Dickman, Robert Liggett, Vincent Odenweller, Robert Rozelle and J. Frank Shumaker. Pangles Mastermarkets have entered the “International Checker of the Year” contest again this year with checkers from the eight Pangles stores vying for the title of Pangles “Checker of the Year.” Checkers from the Delphos store entered in the contest are Betty Wiechart, Carol Glaze, Gerry Brock, Marg Kehres and Helen Rode. Delphos Lions Club held its annual Father-Son Banquet Tuesday night at NuMaude’s Restaurant. John Pitsenbarger showed a film on the Indianapolis 500 race and W. P. Hinton showed a movie titled “The Game That Was Never Seen.” Birthday gifts were presented to Owen Grubenhoff, Lloyd Guthrie and Michey Vondran, members who had birthdays in January. 75 Years Ago – 1939 Before a large crowd of Delphos basketball fans, the Blue and Gold of St. John’s showed their heels to the basketeers of Toledo Catholic Central Sunday afternoon and emerged from the fray with a well-earned 26 to 22 victory. During the game, Grothouse made four shots; Huysman, one; Vonderembse, one; and Ditto, two. Ray McKowen, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, was in charge of the conferring of the three degrees on a class of candidates at Athens Sunday. He was accompanied by three members of the Delphos council: Syl G. Grothouse, M. I. Evan and A. J. Laudick. Gerald Gonyea, North Bredeick Street, played a selection, “Hawaii Over the Sea,” on his Hawaiian guitar Sunday as part of the South Sea Island program over radio station WBLY, Lima. The young man is a student at Jefferson High School.
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bathyscaphe Trieste carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet. In 1964, Arthur Miller’s play “After the Fall,” widely regarded as a thinlydisguised account of Miller’s failed marriage to Marilyn Monroe, opened in New York. In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.) In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris. In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84. Ten years ago: The Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan’s powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row. The enduring situation comedy “Friends” filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. Bob Keeshan, TV’s “Captain Kangaroo,” died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76. Five years ago: President Barack Obama quietly ended the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that performed abortions or provided information on the option. New York Gov. David Paterson chose Democratic Rep. Kirsten
Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2014. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it. On this date: In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C. In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “Lame Duck Amendment,” was ratified as Missouri approved it. In 1937, 17 people went on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin’s “Great Purge.” (All were convicted of conspiracy; all but four were executed.) In 1944, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (“The Scream”) died near Oslo at age 80. In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated
Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton. One year ago: Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders to Republican critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 83, the longtime head of Poland’s influential Roman Catholic church at a time when it played a key role in the fight against communism, died in Warsaw. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Jeanne Moreau is 86. Actress Chita Rivera is 81. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 80. Actor Gil Gerard is 71. Actor Rutger Hauer is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 70. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 67. Singer Anita Pointer is 66. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 64. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 64. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 61. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 61. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 57. Singer Anita Baker is 56. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 55. Actress Gail O’Grady is 51. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 43. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 40. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 39. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 29. Singeractress Rachel Crow is 16.
OSENGA, Joseph L., 63, of Fort Jennings, funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Father Chris Bohnsack officiating, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.harterandschier. com. NIENBERG, Dale J., 63, of Kalida, Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa. Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Library or Planned Pethood, P.O. Box 350908, Toledo 43635. Condolences can be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com. KESELICA, Bernice, 87, of Delphos, funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Steve Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Van Wert. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Relay for Life. FABIAN, Ervin “Butch” E., 70, of Delphos, a Military Committal Service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at AlspachGearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert American Legion or DAV.
CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday: Classic Lotto 03-09-24-28-36-49, Kicker: 6-5-6-5-3-3 Est. jackpot: $58.3M Mega Millions Est. jackpot: $62M Pick 3 Evening 3-9-0 Pick 3 Midday 3-3-1 Pick 4 Evening 4-6-9-9 Pick 4 Midday 6-6-7-7 Pick 5 Evening 2-6-1-8-8 Pick 5 Midday 0-6-3-5-4 Powerball 01-02-07-09-55, Powerball: 29 Rolling Cash 5 01-04-10-28-31 Est. jackpot: $110,000
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WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county Associated Press TODAY: Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Highs 10 to 15. West winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero in the morning. TONIGHT: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero. FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Windy. Highs 15 to 20. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph becoming 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Wind chills 15 below to 25 below zero in the morning. FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy. Chance of snow through midnight. Then snow after midnight. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the night. Moderate snow accumulations possible. Very windy. Not as cold. Lows around 15. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of snow 80 percent. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero through midnight. SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s. SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows 5 to 10 above. SUNDAY: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs in the lower 20s. SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows zero to 5 above. MONDAY: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 10. MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Lows around 10 below. Highs 5 to 10 above.
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Proposal to renew repair funds sent to voters
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio voters get to decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs. The House voted 90-2 Wednesday on a resolution asking voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program. The Senate unanimously passed the measure last week. The proposal boosts the amount of money Ohio can borrow through the sale of bonds to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years. The program permits the state to provide grants and loans for local improvement projects. The measure appears on May ballots. Voters previously approved the program in 1987, 1995 and 2005. Democrats sought to authorize additional money, but their amendments failed to win support.
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have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in plate and pipe welding. This program has earned the National Exemplary designation in career technical education. Industrial Mechanics students learn how to perform preventive and corrective maintenance and the set-up and adjustment of plant machinery. Students diagnose and repair heating, ventilation and cooling systems while learning the basics of welding, electricity, machining, metal fabrication and hydraulics. The Electricity program provides entrylevel training ranging from residential wiring to industrial electrical applications. Students learn how to install, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of electrical systems, including the installation of coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment. Seniors also use their residential wiring skills to wire the Vantage Carpentry House project each year. In the Building and Grounds Maintenance program, students are introduced to a wide variety of skills necessary to keep buildings and their surrounding areas in good condition. Students learn building maintenance skills (including recycling), landscaping, painting and light carpentry skills. This year, they are using their skills on a variety of projects in the Vantage district. Build a house while still in high school? That’s just what Vantage Carpentry students do. Carpentry students learn the skills required for residential construction, including blueprint-reading, computerized house design, framing, roofing, drywall, cabinetry, stairs and outside finish work. See VANTAGE page 10
Skills for tomorrow at Vantage
At Vantage Career Center, there are nine different Trade and Industrial programs offered to high school students in the Industrial and Engineering Systems cluster. Here is a brief look at those programs. In the Ag and Industrial Power Technology program, students learn the techniques for the maintenance and operation of industrial, diesel and agricultural equipment and machinery. They troubleshoot, overhaul and assemble gas and diesel engines and work on mechanical and electrical fuel injection systems. Auto Body students assess and estimate the damage to vehicles and learn the basics of collision repair and refinishing, as well as auto body and shop management skills. Performing repairs to plastic and fiberglass components are unique skills of this trade. The Auto Technology program provides hands-on experience in the areas of hydraulic brake systems, automotive engines and suspension systems. Students use sophisticated diagnostic and repair equipment to troubleshoot automotive systems and learn the skills required to inspect, repair and adjust today’s highly-computerized vehicles. In the Precision Machining Technology program, students invent, design, and manufacture components as they learn to operate lathes, grinders, mills and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine. Blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and manufacturing processes are emphasized throughout the program. The Vantage Welding program is a nationally-recognized AWS (American Welding Society) training and testing facility. Students
Fire marshal offers safety tips for propane shortage
Information submitted COLUMBUS — Amid potentially tight propane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell, State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers wants to remind Ohioans that that there is increased risk for home fires when temperatures drop dramatically and citizens turn to alternative heating sources. However, many of these fires are preventable and Ohioans can reduce their risks of becoming a fire casualty by identifying potential hazards and following simple safety tips. “The cold weather and a need to keep warm can lead to behaviors that enhance the possibility of residential fires,” Flowers said. “The use of alternative heating sources can greatly increase the chance of a fire occurring. By following some basic safety tips, you can keep yourself and your family safe when the thermometer drops.” The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal offers these tips: Heating Safety — Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions. — Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away. — Make sure your alternative heaters have “tip switches.” These “tip switches” are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over. — Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes. — Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot. — Refuel heaters only outdoors. — Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from combustible materials. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation. Generator Safety — Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using generators. — Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors. — Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires. — Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed. — Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or “backfeed” can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker. Electrical Safety — If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power. — Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds. — Look for and replace frayed or cracked extension and appliance cords, loose prongs and plugs. — Exposed outlets and wiring could present a fire and life safety hazard. — Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced. — Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage. Additional Tips — Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children. — If the power goes out, make certain that all electrical appliances, such as stoves, electric space heaters and hair dryers, are in the OFF position. — Make certain that your home’s smoke alarms are in proper working order. — Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least twice a year. — Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas. — All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least twice a year. www.edwardjones.com — If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for easy Youby Put In a Safe Place. access the Them fire department.
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Information submitted WHITEHOUSE — Bittersweet, Inc., is enhanced by the active participation of our communities through the hard work of volunteers. We are seeking individuals who want to make a difference and we are offering them an opportunity to volunteer at one of four locations: Whitehouse, Pemberville, Lima and Middletown. It is our hope that interested individuals have a diverse background and skill set, as well as believing and committing to serving individuals with autism. Volunteer work at Bittersweet, Inc., is highly satisfying and gratifying, with tangible and immediate results. Volunteers can help to set up the environment for success, positive selfesteem, inter-dependence and learning for individuals with autism. We value the skills, abilities and energy of our volunteers and they play an important role in growing and developing our nurturing and stimulating environment. Some areas of interest for volunteers include but are not limited to administrative tasks, cleaning, horticulture, weeding, baking, groundskeeping, ceramics, weaving and woodshop. Bittersweet, Inc., has many opportunities for interested individuals who wish to volunteer on a consistent basis or help with larger farm projects. Interested individuals will need to fill out an application and complete a
Bill sets rules for carrying guns in schools
COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio bill would require the state’s attorney general to develop a training model for school employees who are allowed to carry concealed weapons. School boards would have to consult with local police to develop school safety protocols, if districts decide to let certain employees carry concealed weapons. The measure would shield the names of gun-carrying employees and block protocols for carrying concealed weapons from being part of collective bargaining negotiations. State law limits the people who can have a deadly weapon in a school safety zone to security guards, on-duty officers and others whom a district’s board has given permission. The bill would allow off-duty officers to also carry weapons. The House passed the bill 62-28 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
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Audubon Society plans meeting, bird count
Information submitted LIMA — Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will feature “Lake Erie Adventures” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the meeting room of OSULima’s Visitor and Student Services Center, 3900 Campus Drive. Take the Mumaugh Road entrance to the campus. It’s the first building to your left (first turn left). The program is free and open to the public. OSU student and Tri-Moraine Audubon Society member Stephanie Harpster, Waynesfield, will share her summer experiences at OSU’s Stone Laboratory, the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States. Agency and academic researchers work on this island campus year-round to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes. College-credit science courses are offered each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators. Stephanie and other students worked alongside the captain and crew traversing lakes Erie and Huron on the salvaged and reconstructed Flagship Niagara. Her graphic presentation will cover her unique handson experience and the history of the island and its amenities for visitors, which include a lighthouse, fish hatchery and aquatic visi-
Bill requires reports on drugaddicted babies
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries and maternity homes to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs. The reporting to the state Health Department, mandated for every three months, is one of several bills aimed at reducing the state’s prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. The bill sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican from Napoleon in northwest Ohio, would not include information that could identify the child. Wachtmann says tracking the number of drugaddicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio’s progress fighting drug addiction. The measure, approved unanimously on Wednesday, heads to the Senate. Overdose drug deaths, many of them from painkillers and heroin, have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes, since 2007.
COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Democrats seeking statewide office this fall on Wednesday coupled criticism of Republicanbacked abortion restrictions with a pledge to make women’s health issues a priority in the 2014 campaign. The party’s full 2014 slate appeared together for the first time to accept endorsements from Planned Parenthood. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, said GOP Gov. John Kasich campaigned almost exclusively on economic issues yet has supported a series of abortion-related restrictions. “So we should have been able to anticipate that his administration would be almost entirely focused on economic development and creating jobs for people in Ohio,” he said. “What we’ve gotten is a series of extreme proposals, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with economic development.” Republican Chairman Matt Borges called the timing of the Democrats’ event on the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion “beyond the pale.” The anniversary was marked by events on both
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sides of the issue. Ohio’s Republican-controlled state Legislature sent Kasich a series of abortionrelated measures last year. One prohibited public hospitals from striking patient transfer agreements with abortion clinics, though such agreements are required under law. The new restriction has led to one clinic’s license revocation and the voluntary closure of two other facilities that relied on public hospital pacts. Lawmakers also passed funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and abortion-related restrictions on counselors at taxpayer-funded rape crisis centers. An informed consent provision requires abortion providers to inform pregnant women in writing about the presence of a fetal heartbeat before the procedure and share the statistical probability of bringing the fetus to term. Ohio Right to Life, the state’s leading antiabortion group, said Democrats were using Planned Parenthood’s backing to generate campaign donations from abortion-rights proponents while Republicans have been defending Ohioans’ widely held opposition to abortion.
tor’s center. Tri-Moraine Audubon Society announces the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 14-17, a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with partner Bird Studies Canada. The GBBC is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome from beginners to experts. It’s free, fun and easy — and it helps the birds. You can spend as little as 15 minutes counting birds or make a whole weekend of it. Birds can be counted anywhere and data is submitted via the Internet. You can count by yourself, with family members, community or school groups or friends. It’s a great way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, and others to the wonderful world of birds. Participants may also send in photographs of the birds they see. To find out how easy it is to participate, learn about birds, why the GBBC is important and get all of your questions answered visit http://www.birdsource.org/ gbbc/whycount.html. Join in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count and make the birds in your neighborhood count.
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Council seeks Ohio Expo Center hosts Agricultural nominees for Hall of Fame Power Show this weekend
Information submitted BY JAMES J. HOORMAN Ag Educator OSU-Extension Putnam County The Power Show Ohio celebrating its 44th Years will be held at The Ohio Expo Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus. More than 200 exhibitors will display products from more than 600 companies. Power Show Ohio provides customers - and potential customers - the opportunity to learn about products in the fields of agriculture, outdoor power equipment and construction. It’s a chance for those same customers to get information that will afford them the know-how to become more efficient in their operations. The show features displays of the newest and best in tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, utility vehicles, grain handling, computer software, fence building, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, logging equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment plus a number of lifestyle items. Daily educational seminars will take place all three days covering topics ranging from shale energy development to soil health to learning tips and techniques from the Ohio AgrAbility Program to how to remain active on the farm or in the garden. Cooking demonstrations and product sampling will be going on in the Voinovich Center conducted by OhioProud all three days. Power Show Ohio will be held Friday-Sunday in Columbus. The Ohio Expo Center is just off Interstate 71 at Exit 111. Parking and admission is just $10 per carload. Discount coupons for $2 are available at the Putnam County Extension Office. For a full schedule of events, hours and more, visit the show’s website: www.PowerShowOhio.com. The Ohio Cattleman’s Association (OCA) has initiated a referendum that would increase Ohio’s Beef Checkoff from $1 to $2 per head. Ballots for voting by mail are available now through March 20 on the OCA website at www.ohiocattle.org or at the Putnam County Extension office. The in-person voting dates for the referendum are Tuesday through Thursday, March 18-20 at the Extension office. Eligible voters must have marketed cattle subject to the assessment in 2013 calendar year. There is no minimum age for voting so 4-H and FFA members that marketed cattle in 2013 are eligible to vote. Fifty cents of every dollar collected stays in Ohio while the other half is allocated to National Beef Checkoff programs. The Ohio Beef Council uses their funds for educational programs in schools, advertising and farm tours that influence media writers about beef production. The Beef Checkoff promotes beef, educates consumers and addresses public misconceptions to protect the future of Ohio’s beef industry. Bruce Clevenger, Defiance County Extension Educator will be conducting a two-day Quicken Computerized Farm Record Keeping workshop on from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday and February 5th at the Putnam County Extension office. Quicken is a simple computer program that keeps records like your farm account books. The Quicken system is relatively inexpensive ($75 to $100) and keeps your records like a checkbook. Registration is $50 per farm business (Maximum two people per farm) plus a workshop manual/ home reference guide. Space is limited to 10 workstations. Call Bruce at 419-782-4771 to reserve a spot. Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University field specialist, is inviting farmers to participate in the 2014 Ohio Farm Business Analysis Program by analyzing their 2013 farm records. The type of questions that this type of business analysis will answer is are you ready as a grain or livestock farmer for $4 corn? How about $3.50 corn? The cost to the farm for 2013 business year analysis will be $100 per farm. Each farm will receive their farm’s completed enterprise analysis, a copy of the Ohio summary, and any available enterprise benchmark reports relevant to their farm. Crops, dairy and livestock farms are targeted for this program. Your 2013 Ohio Farm Business Analysis are kept confidential, give whole farm analysis, and go into enterprise analysis. Benchmarks are used to compare your situation to other farms to see if you are in the top 20 percent of other farms. The program helps to identify your farm’s strengths and your opportunities for improvement. The program helps you gain knowledge to improve or expand your farm. This program is an annual summary, however; results from several years can be used for trend analysis. Upon completion, farmers will have a balance sheet (assets, liabilities, equity), income statement (revenue minus expenses to determine net profit), cash flow statements and enterprise information. For more information contact Diane Shoemaker, State Leader Finpack at 330-257-3377 or go to the following websites. Ohio Farm Benchmarking: Financial Analysis: farm profitability.osu.edu or Center for Farm Financial Management: www.cffm.umn.edu.
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Agricultural Council is seeking nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. Induction into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame is Ohio’s highest recognition of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry. Each year, up to four prominent agricultural leaders are honored and inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame for their superior service, dedication, leadership and contributions to agriculture. Persons wishing to nominate an individual, who he or she believes is deserving of consideration for this honor, may download the nomination form from our website or by contacting us at 614-794-8970 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by March 31 in order to be eligible for consideration in 2014. The Ohio Agricultural Council includes organizations, companies and individuals who have an interest in the well-being and promotion of the agricultural industry in Ohio. For more information, visit www. ohioagcouncil.org.
Pesticide applicator license re-certification available
Information submitted VA N W E RT COUNTY— Farmers who have a Private Pesticide Applicator License that expires in 2014 can attend one of two re-certification sessions being offered in Van Wert County. The morning session will be offered from 8:45 a.m.-noon Feb. 3 at the Extension Meeting Room in the Administration Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert. The evening session will be offered from 5:45-9 p.m. March 11 at the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471 Hall, 1600 East Fifth St., Delphos. Both facilities are handicap accessible. Each session will offer a full re-certification for Core and Categories 1 (Field Crops), 2 (Forage Crops & Livestock), 6 (Fumigation), and 7 (Specialty Uses), plus special arrangements for those carrying Categories 3 (Fruit & Vegetable Crops), 4 (Nursery & Forest Crops including Christmas Trees) and 5 (Greenhouse). These additional categories will be scheduled after the standard re-certification session. A $35 fee will be charged for the training. OSU Extension encourages anyone planning to attend either section to pay the office in advance of the meeting to speed up registration on the day of the meeting. If one does not pay in advance, the fee will be collected at the door. Pre-registration is highly encouraged to allow for preparation for the meeting. If neither session in Van Wert County fits within your schedule, please visit pested.osu. edu for a list of neighboring counties and their corresponding re-certification sessions or call or visit the Extension Office for assistance. Please note that sessions outside of Van Wert County may require preregistration as well. These sessions are for farmers and others who already possess a private pesticide applicators license. There are no Commercial Pesticide Applicator credits available at these meetings. Commercial pesticide applicators need to attend one of the State Commercial Pesticide Applicator Conferences. Farmers and others wishing to obtain a new pesticide applicator license should visit pested.osu. edu/privatelicense.html for more information. For additional information on pesticide applicator license re-certification, or for information on obtaining a pesticide applicator license, please contact Curtis Young of the Van Wert County Extension Office at 419-238-1214 or email young.2@osu. edu.
States weighing labels on genetically altered food
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients. Currently, only Connecticut and Maine have laws requiring labels for genetically modified food. But those requirements won’t kick in until other states adopt their own rules. Bills to do just that are expected in more than two dozen states. Seventy percent of processed foods contain at least one ingredient made or derived from genetically modified crops, known as GMOs, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The industry-backed Grocery Manufacturers Association puts the number between 70 and 80 percent. Genetic modifications to a plant can improve its quality, hardiness or resistance to pests or disease. Scientific studies have found no evidence that GMOs are more harmful than foods without genetic modifications, but those pushing for label requirements point to the value in the information itself. “I don’t know if it’s harmful or unhealthy, but it’s something people have a right to know about,” said Rhode Island state Rep. Dennis Canario, a Democrat sponsoring a labeling bill. “They put calories on a package. They put the fat content. If the ingredients have been genetically altered, shouldn’t that be listed on there somewhere?” The proposals are opposed by biotechnology companies and many agricultural groups, who say genetic engineering has yielded more sustainable, affordable and productive farming around the globe. Business groups worry that labeling requirements would raise costs for food producers — and ultimately consumers — and raise unnecessary fears. “This is mainstream agriculture,” said Karen Batra, a spokeswoman with BIO, a biotechnology trade association. “It is how our food is grown, and it’s how the vast majority of our commodity crops are grown. There’s never been a single reported medical incident related to the consumption of these foods.” Voters in California and Washington rejected ballot proposals in the past two years that would have required GMO labeling. And in New Hampshire, lawmakers defeated a GMO labeling bill Wednesday. Among other arguments, opponents said any labeling requirements would likely face a legal challenge. “If you believe genetic modification produces food that has a health risk, then you’re saying the FDA should be the one to label it,” said New Hampshire state Rep. Linda Lauer, a Democrat and a retired chemist. “And if there’s no health risk, then why are you requiring a label?” So Connecticut and Maine continue to wait on other states to enact laws before their own will take effect. Lawmakers in those two states added that provision to prevent a patchwork of state labeling rules that might be onerous to food producers. The issue may be decided in Washington, where both sides are pushing for a federal standard on how GMO foods are labeled. The Food and Drug Administration, which says
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Corn’s price drop has US farmers looking to soy
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers spent the last few years planting as much corn as they could, but with its price half what it was a couple of years ago, the crop’s golden luster has dulled and many growers are considering shifting acreage back to soybeans. A December survey of more than 1,600 producers by Farm Futures, an agriculture-focused magazine and website publisher, indicated farmers intend to reduce corn planting to 92 million acres, a 3 percent reduction from last year, and boost soybeans about 7.6 percent over last year to 82.3 million acres. That would be a soybean acres record. The official word on farmers’ intentions won’t be released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture until March 31. “Farmers are going to plant what’s going to make them the most money,” said Kevin Scott, who farms on about 2,500 acres in the southeast corner of South Dakota near Valley Springs. “In the years past, corn on corn on corn made them the most money. When it doesn’t pay to do that, they’re going to switch. The economics on soybeans are OK so they’re going to come back to it.” Even if corn production falls by a few million acres and prices rise it’s unlikely to have much effect on grocery prices. Less than 10 percent of the U.S. corn crop is used in food ingredients, like corn flakes and corn meal. Most is used for ethanol production, animal feed and exported. Still, higher prices could increase the already high cost of meat, because corn is staple of animal feed. And when farmers struggle to make a profit, they’re less likely to buy tractors and other equipment, which can have a ripple effect on manufacturers and farm communities. Over the next six week, farmers will monitor price swings and choose what to plant. Futures prices for corn from next year’s harvest are now near break-even or are below cost for many farmers. Soybean prices are more profitable but could drop if South American farmers have a good harvest in February and March, boosting global supply. “That’s why everybody has to keep their pencils pretty sharp on the corn versus beans equation,” said Darrel Good, an agriculture and consumer economics professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. A popular rule of thumb has been for farmers to plant more soybeans if the price is at least 2 times that of corn. Currently, the market prices soybeans for delivery next November at $11.23 per bushel. The comparable corn price is $4.54. That puts the soybean price at 2.47 times corn price. Many farmers have been planting more corn in the last few years because prices were so high. Corn demand began increasing in 2008 as ethanol production boomed. Prompting some farmers to put land back into production that had been enrolled on conservation programs and to pull out fences and take down barns to clear additional acres to plant. More than 97.4 million acres were devoted to corn in 2013, which was the most since 1936. That meant more corn in prime corn and soybean growing states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota and Ohio. The high prices also prompted farmers to gamble on corn in states with soil less suited for the crop, such as Kansas, portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, and parts of South Dakota. Some farmers planted corn repeatedly, a change from the practice of planting about half their land in corn and soybeans, then rotating crops between fields from year to year. Soybeans naturally deposit nitrogen into the soil and corn removes it, so alternating between the two crops provides farmers with free nitrogen the corn needs. Rotating the two crops also provides benefits in weed and insect control and can help reduce pesticide and herbicide costs. Farmers who plant corn fields where corn was just grown must buy nitrogen fertilizer to put on the soil. However with high corn prices, farmers could justify the extra cost and many strayed from the optimum rotation.
all genetically engineered foods must meet the same requirements as traditional foods, now allows producers to voluntarily label their items as genetically engineered or not. Last week, a coalition of organic food producers, GMO critics and supporters in Congress wrote to President Barack Obama urging the FDA. Meanwhile, last month the Grocery Manufacturers Association wrote to the FDA asking whether foods “derived from biotechnology” could be allowed to be labeled “natural.” The association represents Monsanto Company, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and hundreds of other companies. It notes that GMOs have been on the market for two decades, and include soy, corn, sugar and other items commonly used in a variety of foods. Some businesses aren’t waiting for government action. Whole Foods announced last year that it plans to label GMO products in all its U.S. and Canadian stores within five years. And General Mills recently announced it would no longer use GMOs in its original Cheerios recipe. Dozens of nations including the members of the European Union already have GMO labeling laws. Scott Faber, executive director of the pro-GMO labeling organization Just Label It, said he believes the U.S. will follow suit, following pressure from states passing their own requirements first. “Clearly the FDA has the authority to require labeling, but the states are leading the way,” Faber said. “Ultimately, once a number of states act, the federal government will too.”
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Recipes from the 1960s that are worth making
American Chop Suey 1 cup rice 2 1/2 cups boiling water 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound hamburger 1 stalk celery, sliced 1 large onion, chopped 1 can mushroom soup 2 teaspoons soy sauce Salt Pepper 2 tablespoons brown sugar Cook rice in boiling water with salt. Drain. Brown hamburger; add celery, onion and brown sugar. Add cooked rice to meat mixture. Stir in soup, soy sauce, salt and pepper; put in casserole. Bake for 1 hour in a 300-degree oven. Green Salad 1 package (3 ounces) lime Jello 1 small can crushed pineapple 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese 1/4 cup chopped pecans Drain pineapple and add juice to water for Jello. Prepare Jello like it says on package. Then add pineapple, cream cheese and nuts. Stir and let set in refrigerator. If you enjoyed these recipes, made changes or have one to share, email email@example.com.
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JAN. 27-31 MONDAY: Pork chops, redskin potatoes, Capri-blend veggies, diced apples, coffee and 2 percent milk. TUESDAY: Chicken and dumplings, broccoli, slaw, roll, margarine, pumpkin pie, coffee and 2 percent milk. WEDNESDAY: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, wax beans, bread, margarine, fruit, coffee and 2 percent milk. THURSDAY: Beef pot pie, green beans, roll, margarine, raspberry whip, coffee and 2 percent milk. FRIDAY: Salmon patty, cheese potatoes, cauliflower, dessert, coffee and 2 percent milk.
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TODAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Museum of Postal History, 339 N. Main St., is open. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. 7:30 p.m. — American Legion Post 268, 415 N. State St. FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Optimist Club, A&W DriveIn, 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 shopping. SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. St. Vincent dePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. 1:30 p.m. — Amvets Post 698 Auxiliary meets at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 4 p.m. — Amvets Post 698 regular meeting at the Amvets post in Middle Point. 7:30 p.m. — Sons of Amvets Post 698 meet at Amvets Post in Middle Point. MONDAY 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Ottoville Branch Library is open. 11:30 a.m. — 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. 7 p.m. — Ottoville village council meets at the municipal building. Marion Township Trustees meet at the township house. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Eagles Aerie 471 meets at the Eagles Lodge.
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The Delphos Area Art Guild has a myriad of classes, workshop, exhibits and events coming up. Early February classes include: Cartooning with local artist Sarah Pohlman Do you enjoy comic strips or books, greeting cards or more? Then this class is for you. The four-week sessions for ages 9-adult begin from 6:307:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The cost is $35 for four weeks. Art History discussion series with Karen Schaffner a lover of art, experienced teacher and world traveller begins from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 for at 16 and up. The cost is $42 for four weeks. Itty Bitty Art, “Parent and Me” Class with Shauna Smith Create memories and funfilled art with your child. Sessions begin from 9-9:45 p.m. Feb. 8 for ages 2.5-5 years. The cost is $42 for six weeks. Sew a Skirt class with Jodi Hershey Enjoy building your sewing experience by sewing your own skirt. Class begins 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 for kids ages 7high school. The cost is $60 for four weeks. Additional classes to sign up for now are: — Teen Studio Art Night with Ali Geise and Culinary Treats on Feb. 21; — Art This! Drink That! Feb 25 at Cabo’s; and — “Balanced Body, Balanced Life” seminar with Shane Lear on March 1. Call 419-741-4118 or visit www.delphosareaartguild. com to view additional details and register online.
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Information Submitted The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) want to remind Ohioans that assistance is available if you have been disconnected or are threatened with disconnection from your utility service. The Winter Crisis Program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program, provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50. Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at their Winter Crisis Program provider. Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880 Monday through Friday (hearing-impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s Winter Reconnect Order allows residential customers the opportunity to pay a designated amount to have their service restored or maintained. Residential customers are required to pay no more than $175 to maintain service under the reconnection order. If the customer’s service has already been disconnected, the customer must pay the $175 and possibly a reconnection fee of no more than $36 to restore service. There is no income-eligibility requirement or sign-up required to use the Winter Reconnect Order.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Stemen, Roethlisberger going into Elida Athletic Hall
where she was a 3-year letterwinner and 3-time MidELIDA — The Elida High American Conference PlayerSchool Hall of Fame will of-the-Week. BASKETBALL: Denise grow by two more individuals during induction ceremonies garnered many basketball starting 1 p.m. Saturday at the awards, including: All-City Honorable Mention 1983, high school. Denise M. Stemen and Ken WBL Special Mention 1983, Roethlisberger will join the All-City First Team 1984, City hall at a banquet in their honor. Scoring Leader for 8 weeks Stemen is a 1984 graduate (198 points), WBL First Team of Elida High School. During 1984, District 8 First Team her high school years, she 1984, District 8 All-Star Game 1984, played three Team MVP years of vol1984 and was leyball and selected for the basketball and Nancy Rehm four years of Memorial softball. She All-Star was a co-capGame, Ohio/ tain of each Indiana Allteam for two Stars 1984. years. She Team honors was named included WBL All-Sports Champs 1983, Queen in Sectional 1984 and was Champs 1983 recognized by Stemen and District the Lima Area Chamber of Commerce as a Runner-Up 1983. Denise curwinner in both the volleyball rently holds the record for and basketball categories. At the most rebounds in a single the time, she was the second game (24). SOFTBALL: Denise’s athlete to receive the honor in softball awards included: two categories. VOLLEYBALL: Denise WBL Second Team 1982, was the recipient of the fol- WBL First Team 1983 and lowing honors: District 8 1984 and Team MVP 1984. Honorable Mention 1982, Team honors included WBL WBL Honorable Mention Champs 1981, 1982 and 1982, District 8 First Team 1983, State Finalist 1982 and 1983, WBL First-Team 1983, District Runner-Up 1983. At District 8 All-Star Match the college level, Denise was 1983, MVP 1983 and All- a 3-year letterwinner at Ohio State All-Star Match 1983. At University and was also the the college level, Denise won Team Captain. a full 4-year athletic scholarship to Ohio University, See ELIDA, page 7 Information submitted
Jays advance to OHSAA Regional semifinals
By LIZ WINHOVER DHI Correspondent email@example.com DELPHOS — Delphos St. John’s hosted the wrestling OHSAA Team Duals Regional quarterfinals at the Vatican on Wednesday night and came away the champions. The Blue Jays defeated Columbus Grove 40-30 in the title match after dispatching Van Wert 54-18. The Bulldogs bested Spencerville 46-30 in the semifinals to advance to the finals. Van Wert eliminated Ottawa-Glandorf 37-33 in the first matchup of the night. In the first match, after a double-void at 106, Avery Martin started the Blue Jays off with six points when Van Wert forfeited the 113-pound weight class. Freshman Evyn Pohlman then took to the mats against freshman Jacob Durden and produced a pin in the second period at the 3:18 mark. Patrick Stevenson wrestled at the 132-pound class and was pinned in the third period by sophomore Andy Hammond at 4:38. Junior Justin Siefker represented the 138 weight class for St. John’s and produced a quick pin against Van Wert’s Jacob Crisenbery. It was then freshman Brett Vonderwell’s turn to earn a pin against senior Chandler Adams in the second period of the 152-pound class at 3:40. Alex Haunhorst went for the team’s third straight pin against Marcel Salcido 30 seconds into the first period of the 170-weight class. Freshman Andrew Shawhan was pinned 31 seconds into his match against Gabe Hill from the 195 class. Junior Austin Schulte rallied in the 220-pound class and brought in another pin for the Jays by taking down Van Wert’s Brody Couts in the first period at the 1:20 mark. Senior Nate Schroeder finished it off with a pin of his own against senior Zach Thomas in the second period at 2:44.
In perhaps the match of the night Wednesday, St. John’s junior Wes Buettner (yellow) battled past Grove’s Alec Gladwell for a 4-0 decision at 170 pounds in the championship match at St. John’s. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger) “I thought we came out and wrestled very aggressively against Van Wert. Nate Schroeder beating Zach Thomas was big; Thomas beat him earlier in the season with Nate only having two days of practice, so that is a nice result against a tough matchup,” St. John’s coach Derek Sterling explained. Brett moved up a weight class and beat a senior; he continues a solid freshman season. The only matches we lost were two freshman — Patrick and Evyn — against two underclassmen. We’ve had some injuries in those spots and those guys pitched in and gave it a good effort.” Van Wert coach Ben Collins wasn’t too surprised by the outcome. “When you void five weight classes, that is 30 points if you are facing a full lineup. We only have 11 to begin with and we have one guy injured — Ryan Stoller — and an extra heavyweight,” Collins said. “St. John’s has more wrestlers than we do to fill weight classes and we had some matches go aaginst us that we needed to have a chance.” See JAYS, page 7
Sherman shows he’s human
By JIM METCALFE Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org I don’t know what to really make of the Richard Sherman post-game rant being interviewed by Erin Andrews after Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks/San Francisco 49ers NFC title game. This involves a feud the Seahawks All-Pro cornerback has with 49er wide receiver Michael Crabtree. At first glance, Sherman — calling himself the best cornerback in the league during the interview — was being a jerk for calling Crabtree a “sorry receiver” and later “mediocre.” Sherman has been known to do his share of “talking” during a football game but apparently, unbeknownst to the rest of us, Crabtree was doing his fair share as well. I am no fan of trash-talking (never have been) about anything — though some regard it OK for some things and not for others, why I find abhorrent — but if they are both going at it and it doesn’t escalate to a fight (or others don’t get involved) then let them both be jerks together! See MUSINGS, page 7
High-octane Broncos can grind it out, too
Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After hurrying Denver’s quick-strike, high-octane offense through a recordshattering regular season, Peyton Manning has turned the Broncos into a slow-grinding, clock-eating machine in the playoffs. Denver’s three most timeconsuming drives of the season have all come in the last two weeks, helping to render opposing passers short-tempered sideline spectators. In dispatching the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots, Manning dinked and dunked his way downfield. “To keep Tom Brady on the sideline is a good thing,” Manning said after directing two epic drives in Denver’s 26-16 win in the AFC Championship. Denver’s downshift, some of it by design, some due to circumstance, has thrown a new wrinkle into an already formidable test that Seattle’s stingy defense will have to prepare for in the Super Bowl. After averaging seven plays, 65 yards and just over 3 minutes, 10 seconds on their 71 touchdown drives during the season, the Broncos have doubled the time to 6:23 in the postseason and the touchdown drives have averaged 12 plays and 79.4 yards. With a wealth of receivers in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas and a rejuvenated running back in Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos are the first team in NFL history to sport five players who each caught 60 or more passes. Each member of this quintet also reached the end zone 10 or more times, something that’s never been done before. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase capitalized on all that firepower, Denver’s altitude and Manning’s deciphering of defenses at the line of scrimmage to ramp up the Broncos to breakneck speed with a no-huddle offense that created mismatches in 2013 after taking over from the more conservative Mike McCoy following last year’s playoff upset. The Broncos scored an NFL-record 606 points. Their 37.9point average was the highest of the Super Bowl era and second only to the 1950 Los Angeles Rams, who averaged 38.8 points. The Broncos could have beaten that mark, too, had Manning not sat out the second half at Oakland in Week 17 after guiding Denver to a 31-0 halftime lead. Taking away the three field goals backup Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to this season and Denver’s five return touchdowns, Manning’s offense accounted for 565 points in just over 453 minutes on the field. That’s 1.25 points per minute. Scoring doesn’t come as easily in the playoffs, however. The most prolific team before this season was the 2007 Patriots, who scored 589 points, an average of 36.8, in the regular season and then averaged just 22 in the postseason, losing the Super Bowl 17-14 to the New York Giants. While the Broncos have scored on 10 of their 14 drives this postseason, not counting the two possessions that ended in victory formation, half of those have been field goals by Matt Prater after promising drives stalled at their opponents’ 27, 9, 17, 2 and 35. In the regular season, they had 71 touchdown drives and 25 field goals. That accounts for a lot of their dip to a 25-point scoring average in the playoffs. Yet, they’re in greater control and their defense is better than it’s been all season, yielding just 17 and 16 points after allowing 24.93 points per game in the regular season.
A person familiar with the Browns’ plans told the AP late Tuesday night that the team CLEVELAND — The intended to interview an unknown Browns’ coaching search — or is candidate on Wednesday. The it a scramble? — club was expectcould be nearing ed to meet with a conclusion. Atlanta offensive Team officoordinator Dirk cials interviewed Koetter at some Buffalo defensive point. coordinator Mike Pettine is Pettine for the the first candisecond time on date known to Tuesday night in have a follow-up Mobile, Ala., and interview with although the sides Browns’ owner did not reach a Jimmy Haslam, deal during their CEO Joe Banner, 4-hour meeting, general manager Pettine the 47-year-old has Michael Lombardi emerged as the front-runner to and team president Alec Scheiner. become Cleveland’s seventh fullThe team initially met with time coach. Pettine on Jan. 16 and following Pettine, who spent one season the interview, Pettine’s teenage with the Bills after four on Rex daughter, Megan, tweeted that her Ryan’s staff with the New York dad was going to meet again with Jets, told Cleveland.com that he the team while taking a not-so“should have some feedback on subtle shot at the Browns. my interview by the end of the See BROWNS, page 7 day.”
Browns search focused on Pettine
By TOM WITHERS Associated Press
High-spending Yanks add Tanaka for $155M
the Golden Eagles won the Japan Series title. Arizona, the Chicago Cubs and NEW YORK — The Yankees talked White Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers frugality, then reverted to their high- and Houston all said they were among spending ways. the failed bidders. New York capped an offseason Still, the Yankees have ample uncerspending spree by agreeing Wednesday tainty — especially in an AL East to a $155 million, 7-year contract where they compete with World Series with prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro champion Boston. And especially with Tanaka. a veteran team that saw Following just the sec21 players go on the disond season in 19 years that abled list last year. didn’t include a playoff David Robertson appearance, the Yankees appears set to inherit the closer’s role from flexed their economic might the retired Rivera and and committed $438 milNew York must try to lion to four free agents. make up the offense lost Tanaka joined catcher when Cano left for a Brian McCann and out$240 million, 10-year fielders Jacoby Ellsbury deal with Seattle. Alex and Carlos Beltran on a Rodriguez is suspended revamped roster missing for the entire season and long-time All-Stars Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and 39-year-old shortstop Robinson Cano. Derek Jeter has played Tanaka And in addition to the deal just 17 games since with the 25-year-old right-hander, the October 2012. Yankees must pay a $20 million post“I think the entire infield is cering fee to Tanaka’s Japanese club, the tainly something that people will focus Rakuten Golden Eagles. on,” New York general manager Brian “Anybody that questioned our com- Cashman said. “What’s Brian Roberts mitment to winning is going to have going to be? What’s Derek Jeter going to question themselves,” Yankees co- to be as he comes back from his injury? chairman Hank Steinbrenner said dur- What’s Mark Teixeira going to be at first ing a telephone interview with The base as he comes back from his wrist? Associated Press. Can Kelly Johnson secure and handle on Big-league teams had until Friday to a consistent basis third base?” reach an agreement with Tanaka, who New York went 85-77 last year, its was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as worst record since 1992. Attendance Associated Press
and television ratings dropped. The pinstriped response was similar to the Yankees’ behavior after they missed the playoffs in 2008. They spent $423.5 million on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Teixeira, then won their 27th World Series title. This offseason included big deals for McCann ($85 million for five years), Ellsbury ($153 million for seven) and Beltran ($45 million for three). Combined with agreements to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda and Brendan Ryan and adding Roberts, Johnson and Matt Thornton, the Yankees’ offseason spending on free agents totals $471 million. Add the posting fee, and the cost was nearly a half-billion dollars. “There has been criticism of myself and my brother the last couple years that, gee, if our dad was still in charge, we’d be spending this and spending that and doing whatever it takes to win,” Hank Steinbrenner added, referring to late Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner. “He didn’t have revenue sharing, at least for most of his time. That’s what these people in the sports media don’t seem to get. If it wasn’t for revenue sharing, we’d have a payroll of $300 million a year if we wanted to. So we’re doing this despite having to pay all that revenue sharing.” Tanaka replaces the retired Pettitte in the rotation and joins Sabathia, Kuroda and Ivan Nova. David Phelps, Adam Warren, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno are in the mix for the No. 5 slot.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Seattle’s Coleman writes response to deaf girl
By TIM BOOTH Associated Press RENTON, Wash. — Before heading to a team walkthrough Wednesday morning, Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman felt the need to write. So he took a couple of minutes to write to 9-year-old Riley Kovalcik after a letter she wrote to Coleman ended up on his Twitter feed a day earlier. “This morning I woke up and was like let me write something back. So right before our walkthrough I wrote up a little something,” Coleman said in the Seahawks’ locker room on Wednesday afternoon. “Might see some grammar mistakes in there but I was trying to put it out right quick and send it back.” Kovalcik, who is hearing-impaired, saw her letter get circulated around social media on Tuesday after it was retweeted by Coleman, who is also hearing impaired. The 9-year-old wrote, “Just try your best. I have faif (sic) in you Derrick good Job on January 20th game.” Kovalick also wrote that she wears two hearing aids just like Coleman and she also has a twin sister that wears one hearing aid. The letter was sent via Twitter by Riley’s father, Jake. He told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that he posted the letter to show Coleman how much of an inspiration he is for kids. Coleman posted his letter to Twitter on Wednesday so she could see his response. “He’s been so successful. He’s somebody to look up to and he made her feel like hearing aids are cool,” Jake Kovalick told the Daily News. Coleman said he regularly receives letters but Riley’s felt special and that’s why he took the time to respond so quickly even as the Seahawks are preparing for next week’s Super Bowl against Denver. Coleman wrote, “I want you to know that I always try my best in everything that I do and faith in you & your twin sister too. Even though we wear hearing aids we can still accomplish our goals & dreams.” Coleman recently did a commercial for Duracell batteries that has become a YouTube sensation with more than 9 million views. “It means the world to them,” Coleman added of the letter. “It only took a couple of minutes of my time.” Harvin back to practice for Seattle: Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has cleared league-mandated concussion protocol and has returned to practice as a full participant. Harvin was on the field for Seattle’s practice on Wednesday, his first since suffering a concussion in the second quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans on Jan. 11. Harvin was not cleared last week and was unable to play in the NFC championship game against San Francisco. Harvin’s had an injury-filled season, playing in just two of 18 games. He had hip surgery in early August and made his debut in Week 11 against Minnesota. Harvin suffered complications after that one game and was unable to make it back until the postseason. He had three receptions and one carry for 9 yards before being injured against the Saints.
Martin gets 100th win
Senior wrestler Austin Martin has his hand raised as he celebrates his 100th career varsity match win as a St. John’s Blue Jay at the Catholic Invitational Tournament held at Cleveland State University. (Submitted photo)
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Jays honor football players with banquet
The seniors involved in the St. John’s football program were honored at a banquet in their honor. These include, back row (l to r) Kellen Schomaeker, Spencer Ginter, Tyler Jettinghoff, Cody Looser, Nate Schroeder, Ryan Shumaker and Jason Wittler; and front row: Luke MacLennan, Quinn Wise, Kaitlyn Slate (manager), Ben Wrasman, Andy May and head coach Todd Schulte. (Submitted photo)
Buettner. The underclassmen were represented as well DELPHOS — Members of the 2013 St. John’s with sophomores Jordan Mohler, Evan Mohler and football team gathered one last time together to Trent Closson earning first-year varsity letters. Jaret honor their accomplishments on and off the field. Jackson won as a freshman. Head coach Todd Schulte said “that I’ve been at Honored for academic achievement off St. John’s for 15 years and this was my most fulfill- the field was varsity cheerleader Megan Fish. ing year ever. To go from a team that started 2-4 all Academic M.A.C. awards were awarded to: Ginter, the way to the state semifinals was truly amazing.” Schomaeker, Wise, Hays, Heiing, Evan Mohler and Football seniors that were awarded third-year manager/trainer Kaitlyn Slate. varsity letters included Luke MacLennan, Cody Wrasman had a 3.8 GPA but did not receive an Looser and Division VII offensive player of the award due to a technical oversight. year Tyler Jettinghoff. Second-year senior varsity In order to earn academic honors, a student must letters went to Spencer Ginter, Ryan Shumaker and be at least a sophomore, earn a varsity letter and Nate Schroeder. Finally, seniors earning their first have 3.5 G.P.A. or better. varsity award were: Andy May, Quinn Wise, Ben Coach Schulte decided that this year “he wasn’t Wrasman, handing out individual M.V.P. awards. This year, Jason Wittler and Kellen Schomaeker. we were a team that pulled together after a terrible The 2013 team captains which were elected start and went on a great run together as a team. The by the players were MacLennan, Jettinghoff, M.V.P. this year is the entire team not an individual.” Schomaeker and Ginter. The Mr. Fitness Award went to running back The junior class had nine football players earn- MacLennan. The Pancake Award was presented to Investigation. ing first-year varsity awards, including: Nick Martz, offensive lineman Ginter with a total of 19 pancake (Continued from page 6) Roethlisberger is a 1974 Brian Pohlman, Austin Heiing, James Harrison, blocks. The final award of the evening was the Ann graduate of Elida High School. Denise went on to teach Zach Fischer, Tyler Conley, Austin Schulte, Alex Tuohy Integrity Award which was presented During his high school career, Haunhorst and Garrett Nagel. A pair of juniors to Schomaeker for his leadership on and off of at the high-school level for he achieved the following: 10 years in Broward County, earned second-year honors in Evan Hays and Wes the field. First Team All-City in Football Florida. She also coached girls in 1973, Golden Helmet volleyball for 10 years, boys Award Winner in 1973, First volleyball for five years and Team All-City Basketball in girls golf for three years. (Continued from page 6) He was the first candidate to the Browns are not permitted 1974, State Acme Baseball In 1999, Denise became a meet with the team and the to finalize a deal with any Special Agent with the Federal Championship Team in 1973, “It’s the browns,” she posted director of the NFL’s top-rated assistant coach participating Bureau of Investigation. She Lima News Most Outstanding on a Twitter account since delet- defense could sit down with in the Super Bowl until after is currently a Supervisory Scholar-Athlete in 1974, Alled. “But hey, still pretty cool!” Cleveland’s front office before the game, so Cleveland may Special Agent in the Miami WBL in Baseball in 1974. The Browns, who fired Sunday. have to wait until Feb. 3 if Field Division, investigating Finally, in 1974, he played in Roethlisberger Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 Because the Seahawks are they want to hire Quinn. the Ohio North/South All-Star domestic terrorism, weapons of following one season, are also in the Super Bowl, league rules It’s possible, though, the mass destruction and bombing matters. She Football Game. expected to conduct a second require the Browns to speak team could decide Pettine is received the FBI’s most dedicated award in The new inductees will be formally introinterview with Seattle defen- with any assistants in that their choice and can name him 2009 and the FBI Director’s Award for her duced to the public later that evening at the sive coordinator Dan Quinn. game by Jan. 26. However, their coach at any time. work on an International Cyber Intrusion varsity boys basketball game.
In the end, the bad blood apparently stems from an altercation — according to the Sherman camp, Crabtree turned down an attempted handshake from Sherman and apparently tried to start a fight — this summer between the two at a charity event sponsored by Cardinals’ All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald. We’ll see if Crabtree has a different explanation but that has to come. I won’t rehash what happened Sunday but I think I can write that Sherman let the emotion of the situation get to him and he let it be known what he thought of it by attacking his enemy. I agree with his coach, Pete Carroll, that he took away from what should have been a team celebration by making it all about him. I don’t like those that try to excuse it by calling it “real” or “honest” or “who he is.” Hey, he messed up; I believe he has been chastened and has truly come to realize what he did in that moment. Hey, who amongst us in our everyday, work-a-day lives haven’t done something in the heat of the moment we later had to apologize for? Ours just weren’t on national TV in front of billions and billions of eyes — or at least a few!
We’ll see if he learns from this — we all know that the next two weeks will feature Sherman prominently — but I’ll cut him some slack. My, I must be getting old! By the way, I thought Andrews handled it with her usual “cool as a cucumber” ways! I guess I do know what to make of the situation! ——Are we witnessing Peyton Manning’s swan song should the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 48? I have read at least one article about the possibility because of his advancing age and, let’s face it, all fans wonder when a player will finally hang them up for good. We have seen too many superstars that stayed on for too long and, in some cases, were pitiful incarnations of themselves. Those quarterbacks that have somewhat similar stories about Manning don’t believe that — I would give them the benefit of the doubt because they have been “there” — but you always wonder about the neck injuries and surgeries he has gone through. Plus, there are no guarantees that he and the Broncos will be back this far again; the legacy of SB winners is pretty mixed the next year. All I can guess is that when he does decide to hang them
up for good, it will be FOR GOOD. No Brett Favre fiasco here! ——— This is from the “how the mighty have fallen” category. I saw this item last week regarding a “sidebar” to the New England Patriots at Denver Broncos AFC Championship game. Former Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez could not watch the game from his prison cell at the Bristol County House of Correction. He is being held there to face a trial regarding the alleged murder of former semi-pro player Odin Lloyd in 2013 and possibly facing charges on a double-murder from 2012. He is not only allowed to watch any TV. He may have heard the score from other inmates that could watch the game but who knows. Man, you had it made, Aaron! I know many pundits have gone back to his legacy as a member of The “U” — Miami, Florida — in his college football days when they didn’t have the most savory reputation but people do change. I don’t presume his guilt but it is an object lesson. My only hope is that players — well, everybody — can avoid situations like he found himself in. How sad that it comes to something like this.
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In the title match, Avery Martin started off for the Blue Jays and wrestled against sophomore Justin Calvelage. Martin struggled in the first period and beginning of the second but managed to pull off a pin at 3:08. It was then Pohlman’s turn opposite Eli Schroeder. Schroeder cinched the pin in the first period at 1:31. Next, Siefker wrestled with Jacob Ogle and took it all three periods. At the end of the third, Siefker stood with 10 points against Ogle’s 1 and received the major decision. Vonderwell took his match all three periods, too. At the end of his hard-fought match, he stood with 12 points and his opponent, Christian Stechschulte, had only 8, bringing the overall score to 19-12 with St. John’s in the lead. Austin Martin took to the mats and pinned his opponent, Tyler Schroeder, in the first period at 1:04. On Haunhorst’s second match, he was pinned by Columbus Grove’s Andrew Burgie in the second period at 3:09. It was junior Wes Buettner’s turn and he wrestled senior Alec Gladwell, who lost the match to Buettner at the end of the third period 4-0. Shawhan was pinned again, this time by Alex Burgie in the first period at :44. The last two weight classes were forfeited by Columbus Grove and St. John’s won 40-30. “That was a great match between our strongest wrestler, Wes, and their strongest wrestler, Gladwell. That was a big win for Wes,” Sterling added. “Brett had another great win against a very good wrestler. Grove matches up very well with us: our strengths match their strengths. We had some other big wins by younger kids. We just have to get healthy with our injured guys and hope we
keep going.” The Blue Jays will continue onto the Regional Semifinals which take place next Wednesday. “It would have been nice for us to both have our injured wrestlers back; I’d like to see how we would have done,” Grove coach Eric “Ernie” Siefker noted. “That is what a lot of coaches are facing right now; dealing with injuries. We have a lot of wrestlers overall but we are loaded in some weight classes and struggling to fill others. We have the LCC Invitational Saturday and a tri next week before the NWC meet. We have a full schedule to see where we can get better from tonight but we need to get our injured guys back, too.” Against the Bearcats, the Bulldogs voided 119 (Peyton Ford), 126 (Cody Dickson), 220 (Wyatt Krouskop) and 285 (Tyler Dues), with the Bearcats doing the same at 106 (Preston Brubaker). Garnering pins for the victors were Justin Calvelage (113 - Brandon Patterson), Christian Stechschulte (145 - Derrick Smith), Andrew Burgie (160 - Trenton Schwartz), Alec Gladwell (170 - Zach Brown) and Alex Burgie (195 - Caleb Sutherland), with Tyler Schroeder major-decisioning Dakota Sutherland 15-3. “We are reaching our peak,” Siefker added. “We didn’t wrestle well early on this season but in the last two weeks or so, we have wrestled very well. I think we wrestled mad against Spencerville and I like to see that attitude. We need to carry that forward.” Earning decisions for the Bearcats were Trevor Bockey 8-5 over Eli Schroeder (132) and Cole Bellows beating Nick Ogle 9-2 (138). “We’ve got a lot of youngsters that are
still learning. We’ve always been a program geared toward the post-season but that’s even more this year,” first-year Bearcat coach Zac Clum noted. “We have one senior, a handful of juniors and the rest are freshmen and sophomores. Grove has a quality and experienced group this year. We’ll continue to try and get better before LCC and then next week. That’s what we’ve been shooting for.” In the first matchup of the night, Van Wert’s Zach Thomas major-decisioned Shaun Gibson 14-3 at the 285-pound class to give the Cougars a 37-33 victory to advance to their matchup with the Blue Jays. O-G won voids at 106 (Le’on Palomo), 113 (Logan Balbaugh), 152 (Ralph Recker) and Trenton Meyer (182), with the Cougars winning forfeited weight classes at 170 (Marcel Salcido) and 220 (BrodyC outs). Earning pins for the victors were Andy Hammond over Ajan Brown at 126; Jacob Durden over T.J. Nelson at 132; and Jacob Crisenberry over Jake Hahn. “We will face O-G in a match Thursday night and we have some other matches from now until the WBL meet,” Collins added. “What we will do is sit down Wednesday and see where we need to put people to have their best chance at success.” OG got a pin by Derek Ebbeskotte over Gabe Hill and wins by Jon Basinger — 6-5 over Ritchie Espinoza at 120 — and Cristian Santiago — 4-3 over Chandler Adams at 160.
ST. JOHN’S 40, COLUMBUS GROVE 30 106: Preston Brubaker (C), void. 113: Avery Martin (S) pin Justin Calvelage, 1:08 (2). 120: Double void. 126: Patrick Stevenson (S), void. 132: Eli Schroeder (C) pin Evyn Pohlman, 1:31. 138: Justin Siefker (S) major dec. Nick Ogle 10-1. 145: Brett Vonderwell (S) dec. Christian Stechschulte 12-8. 152: Austin Martin (S) pin Tyler Schroeder, 1:04.
160: Andrew Burgie (C) pin Alex Haunhorst, 1:09. 170: Wes Buettner (S) dec. Alec Gladwell 4-0. 182: Will Selhorst (C), void. 195: Alex Burgie (C) pin Andrew Shawhan, :44. 220: Austin Schulte (S), void. 285: Nate Schroeder (S), void. ST. JOHN’S 54, VAN WERT 18 106: Double void. 113: Avery Martin (S), void. 120: Ritchie Espinoza (V), void. 126: Evyn Pohlman (S) pin Jacob Durden, 1:18 (2). 132: Andy Hammond (V) pin Patrick Stevenson, :38 (2). 138: Justin Siefker (S) pin Jacob Crisenberry, :25. 145: Double void. 152: Brett Vonderwell (S) pin Chandler Adams, 1:40 (2). 160: Austin Martin (S), void. 170: Alex Haunhorst (S) pin Marcel Salcido, :40. 182: Wes Buettner (S), void. 195: Gabe Hill (V) pin Andrew Shawhan, :30. 220: Austin Schulte (S) pin Brody Couts, 1:20. 285: Nate Schroeder (S) pin Zach Thomas, :44 (2). COLUMBUS GROVE 46, SPENCERVILLE 30 106: Preston Brubaker (C), void. 113: Justin Calvelage (C) pin Brandon Patterson, 1:48 (2). 120: Peyton Ford (S), void. 126: Cody Dickson (S), void. 132: Trevor Bockey (S) dec. Eli Schroeder 8-5. 138: Cole Bellows (S) dec. Nick Ogle 9-2. 145: Christian Stechschulte (C) pin Derrick Smith, :35 (2). 152: Tyler Schroeder (C) major dec. Dakota Sutherland 15-3. 160: Andrew Burgie (C) pin Trenton Schwartz, 1:21 (2). 170: Alec Gladwell (C) pin Zach Brown, :49. 182: Will Selhorst (C) pin Chase VanSchoyck, 1:15. 195: Alex Burgie (C) pin Caleb Sutherland, 1:44. 220: Wyatt Krouskop (S), void. 285: Tyler Dues (S), void. VAN WERT 37, OTTAWA-GLANDORF 33 106: Le’on Palomo (O), void. 113: Logan Balbaugh (O), void. 120: Jon Basinger (O) dec. Ritchie Espinoza 6-5. 126: Andy Hammond (V) pin Ajan Brown, :54. 132: Jacob Durden (V) pin T.J. Nelson, 1:12. 138: Double void. 145: Jacob Crisenberry (V) pin Jake Hahn, 1:06. 152: Ralph Recker (O), void. 160: Cristian Santiago (O) dec. Chandler Adams 4-3. 170: Marcel Salcido (V), void. 182: Trenton Meyer (O), void. 195: Derek Ebbeskotte (O) pin Gabe Hill, 2:45. 220: Brody Couts (V), void. 285: Zach Thomas (V) major dec. Shaun Gibson 14-3.
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Dear Annie: I was mar- ments in the meantime. Our ried for 30 years to a man I condolences on your loss. Dear Annie: My daughloved deeply. I know perfectly well he is not perfect (who ter has never let me meet my is?) and saw him struggle to grandson. He was born in control his temper and sharp May, and the last time I saw tongue. He had a schizo- my daughter was in March phrenic father and an alcohol- when I hosted a baby shower. She and her ic mother. They boyfriend don’t divorced when believe in God. I he was about 10, asked them whethand he bounced er they would bless from foster home the child, but they to foster home. became angry. She He slept in alleys is really breaking and ate from garmy heart. I can’t bage cans. believe she is so He was deepevil. What can I do ly loving, fiercely to resolve this? protective and Dear Grandfaithful. He had ma: People who compassion for are deeply relithe downtrodden Annie’s Mailbox gious often do not and often gave understand how away food, clothing and money to the less offensive their religious defortunate. I loved his heart of mands are to people who do not share their beliefs. By “pure mush,” as he put it. Unfortunately, my family asking your daughter to only saw his quick temper bless the child, you were and said he was only using showing disrespect for her me for my money. He always and her boyfriend. We know worked, just at lower-paying you strongly disagree with jobs, and we learned to live their approach to raising with less so we could give their child, but it is not your more away. They never saw decision to make. If you ever hope to have a relationthe generous things he did. When he died, I notified ship with your grandchild, both families and received no you will need to demoncondolences whatsoever. His strate to your daughter that family has never acknowl- you can be trusted not to unedged his passing. My fam- dermine her parental authorily members seem intent on ity. Dear Annie: Thank you degrading him in front of our mutual friends and me. These for your poignant answer are people who claim they to “In Love With Another care about me, but I wonder. Man,” the foolish married Why won’t they let the man woman who has reconnected rest in peace and leave me with an old flame. I, too, had with my loving memories, an overly close relationship instead of trying to justify with a man despite a perfecttheir apparent hostility? He’s ly good marriage. Circumdead now and can’t aggravate stances in my life made me them anymore. How can I get emotionally fragile, and “the them to stop? — Still Loving other man” set off sparks that had only vaguely smoldered My One and Only Dear Still: You have to in the marital day-to-day. tell them and make it stick. Long conversations with a If your relatives begin deni- counselor made me realize grating your late husband, that “the other man” had all respond with: “Please stop sorts of traits that would be saying terrible things about repugnant to me if it weren’t someone I loved. It makes for the excitement and the my grieving more difficult.” romance of the fling, and I Don’t lose your temper or eventually found my way cry. Simply make your state- back to the man I married. I ment, and if they continue to pray “In Love” follows your say unkind things, get up and excellent advice and does leave. Eventually, they will the same. — Never More in stop, but at least you won’t Love have to listen to their comQ: Who played defensive back for the New York Giants before he coached the Cowboys? A: Tom Landry.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence. A White House report highlights a stunning prevalence of rape on college campuses, with 1 in 5 female students assaulted while only about 1 in 8 reports it. “No one is more at risk of being raped or sexually assaulted than women at our nation’s colleges and universities,” said the report by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes, according to the report. It chronicled the devastating effects, including depression, substance abuse and a wide range of physical ailments such as chronic pain and diabetes. The report said campus sexual assaults are fueled by drinking and drug use that can incapacitate victims, often at student parties at the hands of someone they know. Perpetrators often are serial offenders. One study cited by the report found that 7 percent of college men admit-
Obama targets college New rules sought to sexual assault epidemic make child car seats safer
ted to attempting rape, and 63 percent of those men admitted to multiple offenses, averaging six rapes each. Obama, who has overseen a military that has grappled with its own crisis of sexual assaults, spoke out against the crime as “an affront on our basic decency and humanity.” He then signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes. Obama said he was speaking out as president and a father of two daughters, and that men must express outrage to stop the crime. “We need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable,” Obama said. “And they’re going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense.” Obama gave the task force, comprised of administration officials, 90 days to come up with recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to the crime, increase public awareness of each school’s track record, and enhance coordination among federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they don’t confront the problem. Records obtained by The Associated Press under the federal Freedom of Information Act illustrate a continuing problem for colleges in investigating crime. The documents include anonymous complaints sent to the Education Department, often alleging universities haven’t accurately reported on-campus crime or appropriately punished assailants as required under federal law. A former Amherst College student, Angie Epifano, has accused the school of trivializing her report of being raped in a dorm room in 2011 by an acquaintance. She said school counselors questioned whether she was really raped, refused her request to change dorms, discouraged her from pressing charges and had police take her to a psychiatric ward. She withdrew from Amherst while her alleged attacker graduated. Among the federal laws requiring colleges to address sexual assault are: Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in education; the renewed Violence Against Women Act Obama, which was signed into law last year with new provisions on college sexual assault; and the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to publicly report their crime statistics every year. WASHINGTON (AP) — Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government proposed Wednesday. The proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year. “Car seats are an essential tool for keeping young children safe in vehicles, and they have a proven track record of saving lives,” NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman told a gathering of automotive engineers. Under the proposal, the new tests will simulate a “T-bone” crash, where the front of a vehicle traveling 30 mph strikes the side of a small passenger vehicle traveling at 15 mph. The tests will position the car seat on a sled, with another sled ramming the side of the sled with the seat, rather than using actual vehicles since the aim isn’t to test the crash worthiness of specific vehicles, NHTSA officials said. Research shows that many child deaths and injuries in side-impact crashes involve a car carrying children that is stopped at an intersection, usually at a light or stop sign, officials said. When the car begins to accelerate to go through the intersection, it is struck in the side by a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed on the cross street. The side-impact test — the first of its kind — simulates both the acceleration of the struck vehicle and the vehicle’s door crushing inward toward the car
seat. Besides using a 12-month-old child dummy already approved under NHTSA standards, the proposed test will also utilize a to-be-developed side-impact dummy representing a 3-year-old child. “As a father of two, I know the peace of mind this proposed test will give parents,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. The test “will give parents and car seat makers important new data on how car seats perform in side crashes.” Safety advocates have long sought tougher standards for car seats to protect against side-impact crashes. “I think this is terrific,” said Joan Claybrook, who was the NHTSA administrator during the Carter administration and later president of Public Citizen. She noted that today’s passenger vehicles have eight air bags, in part to protect adults from side-impact crashes. “We have an absolute moral obligation to protect children as well,” she said. NHTSA’s estimates of the number of lives that will be saved and injuries prevented by the proposed standards are “very, very conservative,” Claybrook said. Some manufacturers are already taking steps to improve the protection afforded by their car seats in side-impact crashes. The Dorel Juvenile Group, the world’s largest car-seat maker, has been incorporating small, already-inflated air bags into some of their models to protect children’s heads from injury in side-impact crashes since 2009, said Julie Vallese, a spokeswoman for the Columbus, Ind., company. Another impact-absorbing technology derived from protections found in Indy race cars is built into the sides of the chairs, she said.
NYC mayor: ‘More could have been done’ on snow Internet community helps crack grandma’s code
JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK — Northeasterners scraped and shoveled Wednesday after a snowstorm grounded flights, shuttered schools and buried roads with a surprising amount of snow, leaving biting cold in its wake. The atmosphere was particularly frosty in New York, where the new mayor acknowledged flaws in the cleanup and some residents complained that schools remained open while children elsewhere in the region stayed home. The storm stretched from Kentucky to New England but hit hardest along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston. As much as 14 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia, with New York City seeing almost as much, and parts of Massachusetts were socked with as many as 18 inches. Temperatures were in the single digits or the teens in many places Wednesday. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing one of the first flashpoints of his weeks-old tenure, initially defended what he called a “coordinated, intense, citywide response” to a storm he said caused a worse-than-expected headache when it ramped up at rush hour. And de Blasio, who campaigned on closing gaps between rich and poor city residents, at first rebuffed complaints that the effort had lagged on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, saying “no one was treated differently.” But he backtracked Wednesday evening, saying he’d determined “more could have been done to serve the Upper East Side.” Thirty more vehicles and nearly 40 more sanitation workers were sent to the area to finish the cleanup, de Blasio said in a statement that noted he still felt the citywide response, overall, “was well-executed.” In a city where snow removal has proven a political hot potato, the flap was almost a mirror image of complaints about how de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, handled a 2010 blizzard. Bloomberg, who lives on the Upper East Side, faced criticism that outer boroughs had gotten short shift from plows. Brooklyn-dwelling de Blasio, then the city’s public advocate, was among the critics. This time, de Blasio found himself being asked why some Upper East Side avenues still were covered in snow when a Brooklyn thoroughfare was plowed clear to the pavement. Pamela Murphy Jennings’ two children navigated snowy sections of tony Madison and Park avenues to get to their public schools on the Upper East Side, she said in an interview. “Children have to walk to city bus stops and cross these streets to get here,” she said. “Cars are sliding on roads. If there was any day to close schools, this was the day.” De Blasio said officials made the right call in anticipating that streets would be passable enough for students to get to school safely, adding that his own teenage son had gone, if grouchily. But the Department of Education said Wednesday’s attendance rate was only 47.1 percent — far below the average daily attendance rate of about 90 percent for the 1.1 million students who make up the nation’s largest public school system. Traffic and the storm’s timetable complicated the cleanup, he and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said. The storm arrived earlier than expected Tuesday and intensified right around the evening rush, making it difficult to plow and spread salt, Doherty said. Citywide, 100 percent of primary streets were plowed by 6 a.m. Wednesday, along with 90 percent or more of other streets, Doherty said. Some residents were understanding. Upper East Sider Lou Riccio agreed cleanup was a problem in his neighborhood, but he didn’t see it as the mayor’s fault. “It was just the problem of a bad snowstorm coming at a bad time of the day,” said Riccio, who teaches public affairs at Columbia University. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a brain tumor took away Dorothy Holm’s ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code — but it was one the preteens couldn’t crack. Eighteen years later, the puzzle has been solved after one of Holm’s granddaughters posted images of a card online. In just 13 minutes, a MetaFilter.com user figured out that as Dorothy Holm was dying, she was writing out prayers. “It was kind of relieving to have an answer, even if we don’t know what every single word says,” Janna Holm, who posted the card, said. “It’s nice to know that they were prayers, and kind of gave some insight into what she was thinking and what she was focused on in her last couple weeks.” Holm said Wednesday that her grandmother, who lived in Shakopee, was diagnosed with lung cancer that metastasized and formed a brain tumor. She died in 1996 when Janna was 11. In her final weeks, she wrote line after line of capital letters on roughly 20 index cards, sparking her grandkids’ curiosity. Holm said she, her brother and two cousins — then ranging in age from 8 to 12 — spent a few months trying to figure out what the letters stood for, but failed. Holm’s father recently found one of the cards, and Holm, who loves puzzles, decided to delve into the project once again. She asked for help Monday on MetaFilter.com, a community blog, thinking her grandmother may have been trying to remember lyrics, and that each letter stood for a word in a song. “This is a crazy long shot, but I’ve seen Mefites pull off some pretty impressive code-breaking before!” she posted. In the image she posted, the letters fill the front of the card top to bottom. There is some repetition, strokes that look like backward commas and lines that look like stanza breaks. The back of the card contains fewer lines, marked with the numerals 1 and 2. In minutes, MetaFilter members were on the case. One user — looking at the back of the card — thought about religion and Beneficial information needed for realized that each letter stood for a word in the Lord’s Prayer. an appointment includes a record of “AGH, YES! ….. OFWAIHHBTN … Our Father who art in symptoms; depression patterns, when Heaven, hallowed be thy name,” the user wrote. depression starts and what seems to make it better or worse; mental or physical health problems you have; major stressors or recent life changes; (Continued from page 3) on your calendars for 5:30-7:30 and a list of all medications, including p.m. Feb. 10. Tour the buildvitamins or supplements. These students also follow ing, see the labs, check out the To help with a diagnosis, the doctor will do a thorough evaluation by precise specifications and use new equipment, talk to the staff asking detailed questions about mood software and a Techno CNC and students. 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Even with an evaluation, it can be tagecareercenter.com. Itís almost time for the annuDinner includes sandwich, difficult to diagnose SAD since other al Vantage Open House and chips, cookies and bottled types of depression or other mental BBQ Sandwich Dinner. Mark it water. health conditions can cause similar symptoms. The following criteria must be met for a diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder: a person has experienced depression and other symptoms for at least two consecutive years, during Answers to Wednesday’s questions: the same season every year; the periAccording to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, 70 ods of depression have been followed by periods without depression; and percent of the 3,000 plant species with known anti-cancer there are no other explanations for the properties are only found in rain forests. The long-running cartoon strip Blondie, introduced in changes in mood or behavior. “In Delphos, a group called Shelter 1930, was created by Chick Young, whose earlier comics From the Storm meets at the library included The Affairs of Jane, Beautiful Babs and Dumb for a depression recovery class each Dora. Today’s questions: Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30,” How do you know if you’re sitting a mile above sea Atkins said. “It can be very helpful to meet with others for support and level when you attend a Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field in Denver? ideas.” What Oscar-winning U.S. film had its title changed to For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/season- The Urban Neurotic in Germany? Answers in Friday’s Herald. al-affective-disorder/basics/definition/ CON-20021047.
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Not everyone with SAD has the same symptoms, which includes: • Sad, anxious or “empty” feelings • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness • Irritability, restlessness • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy • Fatigue and decreased energy • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping • Changes in weight • Thoughts of death or suicide Alberta Health Services Mental Health Promoter Pam Kollross reported that people suffering from SAD have a substantially higher level of melatonin in their blood all the time. “Physiologically, at some level, their bodies are still asleep,” Kollross explained. “It makes a lot more sense why we have poor concentration, we’re exhausted all the time or looking for things to nibble on. Melatonin is a huge part of the puzzle.” Kollross said there are ways to combat the symptoms. She said since melatonin plays such a big role in SAD, one of the most common ways of treating the disorder is by using light (light therapy). “We want to trick the body into thinking it is daytime and that there is more sunshine than there actually is,” Kollross said. Light therapy is one of the first line treatments for SAD, which is a treatment where a person sits a few feet from a specialized light therapy box exposing them to a bright light that mimics outdoor light. The treatment appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood.
Research on the treatment is limited but it appears to be effective for most people in relieving SAD symptoms. “The use of electronics before bed can throw off a person’s circadian rhythm because the brain is engaged,” Atkins detailed. “Turn off all lightemitting electronics 30 minutes before bedtime.” The specific cause of SAD remains unknown and it is likely that genetics, age and the body’s natural chemistry all play a role in developing the condition. Factors that may lead to a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might also play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression. Atkins said serotonin and dopamine combine to regulate a person’s mood and help brain cells fire from one to the other. “When there is a lack of serotonin, there is broken ‘communications’ between the firing cell to the next cell,” Adkins added. “This can be due to diet, circadian rhythm, alcohol consumption, smoking or medical conditions like heart disease and thyroid problems.” Atkins said some people with SAD benefit from an antidepressant treatment. “Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) prevent the firing cell from taking back the serotonin from the next cell enabling the ‘communications’ between cells to continue,” Adkins stated. Health professionals urge people not to disregard the yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk they have to deal with alone. People experiencing any of the listed symptoms should make an appointment as soon as possible with a family doctor or primary care provider.